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The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) has the pleasure to invite you to a seminar organised at the Hotel Crown Plazza, on Sunday 31 October 2010, from 15:00 to 17:00.
in the Framework of the EMHRN Working Group Meeting on Freedom of Association
The Improvement of Freedom of Association in the Euro-Mediterranean Region:
A threatened civil society?
Beirut, Sunday 31 October 2010,
Hotel Crown Plazza - 15:00 - 17:00
(Languages: Arabic, English, French with simultaneous translation)
Ms Nejla Sammakia, consultant and one of the authors of the EMHRN 2010 Report as well as Mr. Wadih Al Asmar et Mr. Moataz El Fegiery, members of the EMHRN Executive Committee, will present jointly the main findings of the Report. This session will also benefit from the expertise of Mr. Ghassan Moukheiber, Rapporteur at the Human Rights Commission of the Lebanese Parliament and co-author of the EMHRN 2007 Report.
Since the publication of the first EMHRN Report in 2007, the trend observed in the past three years is that new restrictions have been put in place in the name of public order, security and the fight against terrorism. These restrictions have led to arbitrary denials of registration for many organisations, in particular those active in the human rights field (Libya, Syria, Tunisia), including in promoting diversity and minorities (Greece, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Turkey). The restrictions have also taken the form of ever-growing interference in NGO activities by the authorities, for example by impeding their right to peaceful assembly (Algeria, Israel, Egypt), intervening in the affairs of their boards (Syria, Tunisia) or dissolving organisations on arbitrary grounds (Palestine). Recently, a glimmer of hope has risen with the establishment of a new mandate on freedom of association and assembly at the United Nations level. The presentation session will therefore give the opportunity to know more about this restricted right, but in. permanent progress
The freedom of association project of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), funded by the European Commission since 2007, monitors the evolving situation of NGOs, in law and in practice, throughout the Euro-Mediterranean region, on a daily basis. This activity, which has already given rise to three annual reports on freedom of association since 2007, continues this year with a fourth report documenting both the developments related to freedom of association that have taken place since the publication of the last report in December 2009, as well as analysing the broad patterns of progress and setbacks that have emerged since the publication of the first report in December 2007. Similarly to the previous reports, this fourth report also includes two thematic chapters encompassing the whole Euro-Mediterranean region. This year, the subjects are the funding of associations and the right of non-nationals to form associations.