Brief Reflections on Social Media Engagement: Arab World Edition

I have first-ever used tiwtter in 2009, but really without much to do with real using. It was pretty much closed to a universe of people who text each other what I viewed as unclear messaging and too much cumbersome happening on cell phones with the privilege of Internet connectivity. That has changed in late…

فادي القاضي يكتب: يعرف الإسلاميون الآن مرارة وتعسف “عقوبة الإعدام” وبإمكانهم العمل على وقف العمل بها

نُشر هذال المقال على موقع زائد 18 بتاريخ 10 مايو/أيار 2015 على هذا الرابط عارض الإسلاميون على مدار عدة عقود إلغاء عقوبة الإعدام، وتركزت الحجج التي ساقها العديد من منظريهم وقياداتهم ودعاتهم، جيلاً بعد جيل، على أن العقوبة تشكل حجر الزاوية في إطار تعاليم الإسلام، وبالتحديد تلك المتعلقة منها بـ “القصاص”، واتسمت مواقفهم بالرفض المطلق…

حكاية “ماهينور المصري” في تسلسل زمني إخباري

تم نشر هذا المقال في موقع زائد 18 يوم الخميس 14 مايو/نيسان 2015 على هذا الرابط تسلمت المحامية ماهينور المصري، في 31 أكتوبر 2014، جائزة لودوفيك تراريو، وهي جائزة دولية سنوية تُعنى بتكريم محامين لجهودهم في الدفاع عن احترام حقوق الإنسان. وخلال مراسم تسليم الجائزة التي تمت في إيطاليا، قالت ماهينور إنها كانت أكثر حظا…

Islamists Now Know Bitterness and Arbitrariness of Death Penalty, Should Work to Abolish It

Islamists have strongly opposed abolishing capital punishment (death penalty) for decades. Generation after generation of their leaders (and scholars) argued that the penalty is cornerstone of Islam principles (known as Qasas) and can’t be subject to even discussion. Rights activists in Arab countries (as part of the larger Islamic world) defense has been merely built…

Brief Talking Points on Morsi Death Sentence

  Capital punishment is an absolute punishment that  human rights defenders seek abolishing as being cruel and inhuman. As classical this may sound, but boundaries to discuss capital punishment end there. Morsi trial is an unfair trial, which essentially means that defendant’s due process rights have been violated in what is no less than messy…

The “Arab Human Rights Movement” That Does Not Exist

Albeit its charm and the nostalgic (perhaps nationalistic) connotations it implies, the term “Arab Human Rights Movement” is ambiguous and a bit delusional and cautious must be observed when even referring to the Arab region as a one entity. On one hand, the term “Rights Movement” is very problematic and its viability is critically questioned,…

Saving Yemen: Make Political Will to Allow Delivery of Humanitarian Aid

On 4 April last week, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that the streets of Aden are “strewn with dead bodies, and people are afraid to leave their homes”. ICRC statement called for a 24-hour humanitarian “pause” to allow delivery of medical supplies and assistance to the city, and other war-affected areas…

Unforgettable Landmark of Rights Respectful Dubai: Al-Roken Tower

On the first week of July 2012, a meeting was held in which top UAE officials were contemplating international law related strategies to confront Iran’s continued occupation of the three UAE islands. Few academics and legal scholars were invited to help brain out what options maybe available to flesh such a strategy. Among the few…

Egypt Reject International Inspection of Prisons To Prevent Torture, Other UPR Recommendations

Egypt submitted its conclusions about the 300 recommendations it received during the Universal Periodical Review (UPR) proceedings in November 2014. The government of Egypt provided the Human Rights Council with its responses in an addendum which the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner made available through the document referenced (A/HRC/28/16/Add.1) and dated 2 March 2015…