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Friday, March 28, 2008

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies charges 14 countries with human rights violations

In a report presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) charged 14 Middle East and North African governments with participating in actions that limited their citizens’ civil liberties, Inter Press Service (IPS) reported Thursday.

CIHRS stated that, “Special attention should be awarded to providing protection to human rights defenders in the Arab World,” and asked the international community to “urge Arab governments to duly reconsider their legislation, policy and practices contravening their international obligations to protect freedom of assembly, freedom of expression and freedom to form associations, including non-governmental organizations.”

Countries pegged by CIHRS for violations were Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Yemen.

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