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RABAT, May 02, 2013 (AFP)
Morocco’s national press union voiced concern on Thursday over a rise in violence against journalists, in its annual report, and said it was closely following the progress of a draft new press code.
”Physical aggression towards journalists by the security forces seems to be an additional method, alongside court trials, of preventing them from achieving their duty to inform,” said the union’s president Younes Moujahid.
on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day
It is not only the career of troubles but also looking for the truth
“SHAMS” center emphasizes that the crime of killing journalists and violation of their right for protection is considered in accordance with the principles of international humanitarian law as a war crime, and attacking media headquarters and other civilian targets, is also perceived as a war crime, which entails to bring perpetrators whether civilian or military personnel, regardless of their ranks and positions, in front of international criminal courts without grating them any impunity. This requires the concerted efforts of the international organizations, concerned governments, institutions and trade unions where these journalists belong and particularly the International Federation of Journalists to uncover the perpetrators and those responsible for killings, torture and imprisonment of journalists and for the destruction of media headquarters.
A Call to Defend and Protect It
25 April 2012
Over two years after the Revolution for Freedom and Dignity had broken the shackles that fettered freedom of expression and information, the signatory civil society associations think that it is incumbent upon them to warn public opinion against the relentless attempts to prevent a reform of the sector consistent with professional rules and international standards. Once again, these attempts aim to use the media as propaganda channels, which represents a real danger for the democratic transition process, and risks to pave the way for a new dictatorship.
To exemplify the existing threat to freedom of expression in Tunisia, we note in particular:
Reporters Without Borders is launching a campaign entitled “Don’t leave news out of the race” for this weekend’s Formula One Grand Prix in Manama. The campaign visual shows an image of Bahrain’s uprising reflected in the helmet of a racing driver who is about to start the race.
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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
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 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.
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.
* 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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