Current Evidence of the Generalized Regression of Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa

The latest post on the IMES blog

The Institute of Middle East Studies

by Wissam al-Saliby

As I was going through Facebook a few days ago, I saw the following post by an Egyptian friend.

Facebook Disappearances 2

This seeming human rights violation by Egyptian authorities is symptomatic of a greater and general regression with respect to fundamental human rights in the stableStates in the Middle East and North Africa.

In Turkey this month, the United Nations and Human Rights Watch accused Turkish security forces of committing serious human rights violations against Turkish civilians and Syrian refugees. Media, freedom of speech and of opinion is threatened amid political and security tensions.

In Tunisia, Egypt and Israel human rights activists risk prosecution and the freezing of their assets. Earlier this month, Egypt arrested members of a satirical street troupe for their improvised street films, critical of the Egyptian president, which went viral. Even the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah followed suit this month and detained…

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