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(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.
Since the beginning of January 2014, Social protests have gained momentum, affecting vital sectors and several regions. These protests vary from strikes and sit-ins to blocking roads and closing regional treasuries.
First, resident and internal doctors went on a seven-day strike(from 2 January), contesting a draft law that will require healthcare professionals to work at public hospitals for three years when graduated and urging the government to draft a law that would “organize the job of doctors working at public hospitals.”
The Parallel Conference to the Arab Summit
"Darfur and the Upcoming Arab Summit"
The Arab Coalition for Darfur is organizing a conference...
Enough is enough. After 61 years of Palestinian slaughter, displacement,occupation, oppression, and international dismissiveness and complicity, global action is essential. Israel must be held...
"For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent."...
Canadian Health Workers Stand With Gaza
As workers, students and activists in the health sector we condemn the
gross and inhumane Israeli massacre of Palestinians in...
Amnesty International has on World Water Day urged the Israeli authorities to end discriminatory practices against Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that violate their right to adequate water supplies.
Many of the Palestinians living in the West Bank and featured in the October 2009 Amnesty International report Troubled Waters – Palestinians Denied Fair Access to Water – face continuing serious Israeli obstacles to accessing water.
"Almost six months after our report, the Israeli government still maintains control over water resources in Occupied Palestinian Territories. Palestinians are allowed only a fraction of the almost unlimited supplies provided to illegal Israeli settlements," said Malcolm Smart, Director of Amnesty International's Middle East Programme.
Paris-Geneva-Copenhagen, March 17, 2010. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Human Rights (EMHRN) denounce the continued harassment faced by Syrian human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience.
On March 10, 2010, the first public hearing of the trial of human rights lawyer Mr. Muhannad Al-Hassani, President of the Syrian Organisation for Human Rights “Sawassyah”, Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) as well as one of the four nominees for the Martin Ennals Award 2010, was held before the Second Chamber of the Damascus Criminal Court in the presence of numerous human rights activists and lawyers, foreign embassies representatives, and international observers, notably Mr. Abdessatar Benmoussa, former President of the Tunis Bar Association mandated by the ICJ, the Observatory and the EMHRN to attend the hearing.
Algeria Summit States Should Urge End to Murders, Kidnappings
(Dakar) - Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has in recent months stepped up targeting tourists and aid workers for murder and kidnapping in Mali, Niger, and Mauritania, Human Rights Watch said today. AQIM should immediately and unconditionally free hostages in its custody and end attacks on civilians, Human Rights Watch said.
The organization also called on foreign ministers from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, meeting today in Algeria, to categorically denounce AQIM's attacks against civilians, as well as a threat by AQIM made in a March 11 statement to Spanish Daily El Pais, which underscored the group's willingness to attack civilians. The threat suggested Spain would be "paid in kind" in "a war that does not distinguish between civilians and militants."
Under these slogans the 25th of January revolution erupted. The revolution,...
Egypt is a corner stone in the US plan of control of the Planet. Washington will not tolerate...
The issues of the Dakar World Social Forum are organised around three main matters: the global...
The following is a presentation given by Mireille Fanon Mendes France at the World Education...
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