Middle East

25.01.2021

Julian Assange tortured to give governments and army the freedom to kill

Julian Assange tortured to give governments and army the freedom to kill

Tonight I received a letter that Fabio wrote and addressed to some English politicians. We reworked it together making it an open letter addressed to those who, in various ways, are involved in the dramatic situation of Julian Assange: to the judges who are carrying out an illegal trial, to… »

23.01.2021

World Says No to War on Yemen Global Day of Action

World Says No to War on Yemen Global Day of Action

On January 25th, 2021 200 organizations around the world are calling on people to have online or COVID safe in-person actions for Yemen. Take action for Yemen on January 25th and make sure governments around the world hear loud and clear: the world is saying NO to war on Yemen!… »

18.01.2021

No Vaccine for An Israeli Plague

No Vaccine for An Israeli Plague

The violation of lives and human rights that has been going on for three-quarters of a century and does not find who wants to stop it is a real plague. There is a vaccine that nobody wants to use. »

09.01.2021

Lebanon’s racism is fanning the flames of violence towards Syrian refugees

Lebanon’s racism is fanning the flames of violence towards Syrian refugees

Makram Rabah As Lebanon celebrated Christmas, a Syrian refugee camp in Miniyeh in the north of Lebanon was attacked by a group of local youths who set fire to tents amid clashes with residents. The number of violent incidents against displaced communities living in the country… »

07.01.2021

The Nuclear Weapon States Urged to Advance Disarmament

The Nuclear Weapon States Urged to Advance Disarmament

By Bernhard Schell The upcoming Review Conference (postponed to August 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is expected to be characterised by deep divisions among the nuclear-weapon states (NWS), and between them and the non-nuclear-weapon states (NNWS), which are deeply disappointed with the lack of… »

06.01.2021

FROM THE FIELD: Port explosion which ‘burnt hearts’ of Beirut residents

FROM THE FIELD: Port explosion which ‘burnt hearts’ of Beirut residents

Five months on from the devastating port explosion that killed over 200 people, and injured thousands more, the UN has invited Beirut residents to share their hopes and fears for the future of the city, and for Lebanon, which remains in crisis. “This explosion burnt our hearts”, says 40-year-old Farah. »

27.12.2020

Who’s afraid of the Muslim Brotherhood, and why?

Who’s afraid of the Muslim Brotherhood, and why?

By Yvonne Ridley I’ve often wondered why the Muslim Brotherhood strikes fear into the hearts of Arab regimes. Prisons across Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are filled with thousands of political prisoners drawn from the leadership and membership of the movement, which is also banned… »

23.12.2020

Find solutions for causes of protests in Sulaymaniyah

Find solutions for causes of protests in Sulaymaniyah

For two weeks now, citizens in the Sulaymaniyah governorate in Iraqi Kurdistan have been protesting the barren living conditions that they are facing. For months on end they have not (or only partly) been receiving their salaries from the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). With a majority of the Kurdish… »

08.12.2020

“Palestinian women need to be heard”

“Palestinian women need to be heard”

How does the corona crisis exacerbate the already difficult situation for Palestinians? To find out, PAX’s general director Anna Timmerman talked with Lucy Nusseibeh, the founder and chairperson of Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND), one of PAX’s partner organizations in Palestine. They spoke about strengthening the voice of… »

02.12.2020

In the Middle East, words escape prison walls to inspire freedom and hope

In the Middle East, words escape prison walls to inspire freedom and hope

This post was written by Khalid Ibrahim, executive director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR), an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly in the MENA region. Human rights defenders have nothing but words to defend the civil and human rights of their people. Their enemies,… »

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