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NoMilTrials: Arresting change

Despite the worrying number of men and women still facing military trial in Egypt, one grass-roots movement has succeeded in alerting the public to the need for change. Rana Muhammad Taha speaks to No Military Trials activists Salma Abdelgelil and Mohammad Fouda about the group’s development.

Rana Muhammad Taha

Iraq parliament approves rights commission

By AFP BAGHDAD: Iraqi MPs have approved the first independent human rights commission in the country’s history, which is to track rights violations here, lawmaker Ashwaq Al-Jaff said on Tuesday. “The main role of this commission is to monitor all violations of human rights in all fields and in all governmental and non-governmental institutions,” Jaff …


Human rights violations escalate despite 2011 uprising

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: In December, member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Major General Mokhtar El-Molla criticized in a meeting with foreign journalists the media’s focus on the cases of detained bloggers like Alaa Abdel-Fattah and Maikel Nabil. “Nabil and Abdel-Fattah are Egyptians and we are very keen to protect all …


Rights groups call for official committee to guarantee equality among Egyptians

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: The Forum of Independent Egyptian Human Rights Organizations (FIEHRO) sent a memorandum to Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif on Tuesday requesting the formation of a committee to implement constitutional provisions that guarantee Egyptians’ right to citizenship and equality. In the memo, the FIEHRO called for the representation of minority groups in the committee, …


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