Après l'interdiction de la présentation du dernier album du rappeur L7a9d, Walou, la semaine dernière, les autorités entravent, indirectement, la route du Festival Résistance et Alternatives qui est censé se dérouler du 20 au 23 février aux anciens abattoirs de Casablanca.

"A l'heure actuelle, on attend toujours l'autorisation de la Direction des Affaires Générales d'Intérieur (DAG) qui elle-même attend le feu vert du ministère de l'Intérieur" nous explique Hamza Mahfoudi, l'un des organisateurs. La DGA ne le sait peut-être pas, mais le festival doit avoir lieu dans deux jours... "Si on a pas l'autorisation, on sera obligé d'annuler le festival ou au mieux, de ne proposer que les workshops" se désole-t-il.

(Geneva) – ‘Increased privatization of schools in Morocco is benefitting the elite and maintaining a mediocre public education system for the rest of the population. Increasing privatization in education in Morocco without strong government regulation is discriminatory, likely to exacerbate inequality, and if not properly dealt with in an expeditious manner would rise to a violation of Morocco’s obligations under international human rights law’, a leading coalition of non-governmental organisations said today.

When Libya won this year’s African Nations Championship on 1 February it had a rare uniting effect on the troubled country. But only for that one evening. Three years on from the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi, divisions in Libya are deepening and putting the nascent media sector under severe pressure

Division and tensions
Libya’s politicians have so far been unable to deliver progress in several much-needed areas. This is due in part to a Congress deadlocked in continued political infighting between those who sympathise with the Muslim Brotherhood and the leading nationalist party.

17 February 2014 - Freedom of expression and human rights organisations call on the Moroccan authorities for all criminal charges facing Moroccan journalist and editor Ali Anouzla to be dropped at the Rabat court hearing scheduled on 18 February.

Anouzla, journalist and editor of the Arabic edition of the news website Lakome, was arrested on 17 September 2013 in connection with a 13 September news article published on the Arabic edition of Lakome, which included a link to a video posted on the website of the leading Spanish daily El País. The video, embedded from YouTube, allegedly sharply criticized King Mohammed VI of Morocco, accusing him of despotism and corruption, and called on Moroccan youth to engage in “Jihad”. YouTube has since removed the video. Anouzla was released on bail on 25 October.

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Urgent need for climate change adaptation measures in Arab countries

Authors: M.K. Tolba (ed); N.W. Saab (ed)
Publisher: Arab Forum for Environment and Development, 2009

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Although greenhouse gas emissions from the Arab world amount to 4.2% of global emissions, the impact of climate change on the fragile environment of the region and its people is expected to be immense. This report aims to provide information to governments, business, academia and the public about the impact of climate change on the Arab countries, and encourage concrete action to face the challenge.

The report analyses the Arab response to the urgent need for adaptation measures, and uses the latest research findings to describe the vulnerabilities of natural and human systems in the Arab world to climate change and the impacts on different sectors. In an attempt to help shape adequate policies, the report discusses options for a post-Kyoto regime and outlines the state of international negotiations in this regard.

Egypt blogger military trial criticised

Egypt has been strongly criticised by Human Rights Watch for trying a blogger, Ahmed Mustafa, before a military court.

The 20-year-old is accused of publishing false information in a blog a year ago, alleging a case of nepotism at Egypt's premier military academy.

Egypt's emergency law, in place since 1981, allows indefinite detention and trials of civilians in military courts. Egyptian officials have denied that the power is much used.

Mr Mustafa, an engineering student, is charged with releasing information considered secret to the armed forces, and of spreading false information insulting officials responsible for admissions to the military academy. The only evidence presented at his trial this week is the post on his blog.

Iraq: Candidates Should Promote Human Rights

Elections an Opportunity to Improve Conditions Across the Country

(Washington, DC) - Political parties and candidates in Iraq's parliamentary elections on March 7, 2010, should promise to uphold human rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The election will be a key indicator of whether the country is moving toward greater political stability and respect for human rights and away from the sectarian violence that devastated Iraq after the 2005 election, Human Rights Watch said.

The six-page report, "Iraq's 2010 National Elections: A Human Rights Platform for Candidates," focuses on five key areas of human rights problems: electoral exclusion; abridged freedom of expression; ill-treatment and torture in detention; violence against vulnerable groups; and the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons. Human Rights Watch urged political parties to make the report's specific and feasible recommendations part of their electoral commitments.


In March 2010, the Commission on the Status of Women will undertake a fifteen-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly.   Emphasis will be placed on the sharing of experiences and good practices, with a view to overcoming remaining obstacles and new challenges, including those related to the Millennium Development Goals.  Member States, representatives of non-governmental organizations and of UN entities will participate in the session.  A series of parallel events will provide additional opportunities for information exchange and networking.

Ongoing national and regional review processes are feeding into the global review process.

The General Assembly is expected to mark the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in a commemorative meeting during CSW.

* National level review of implementation

* Regional 15-year review processes
o Regional reports
          o Regional meetings

* Global 15-year review process in the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women
* Commemoration of the 15th anniversary by the General Assembly
* Related intergovernmental processes
* Other commemorative initiatives in the UN

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