Egyptian lawyer jailed for 10 years for Facebook post

Amnesty International denounced the sentence as ‘harsh’ (AFP) An Egyptian court sentenced a lawyer to 10 years in jail for insulting the president and “inciting terrorism” in a Facebook post, a judicial official said on Thursday. The court in the coastal city of Alexandria also sentenced the defendant, Mohammed Ramadan,

Moqtada al-Sadr urges Assad to quit

Shia Iraqi cleric condemns killing of 87 people in the suspected chemical attack in a rebel-held Syrian town   Sadr meeting with advisers in Baghdad’s green zone in 2016 (AFP) raqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, also calling on Washington and

Press Statement on Bashar Assad’s Regime use of Sarin nerve agent on innocent civilians

Citizens International is deeply appalled and shocked by the inhumane use of the banned chemical weapon by Bashar Assad’s regime on Syria’s innocent civilians. This incident occurred on the 4th of April in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, northwestern Syria. Footage of the aftermath of the attack, in the

Pick Your Favorite Ethics Offender in Trumpland

President Trump and his administration are offering the country a graduate-level course in the selling of the presidency. Much attention has focused on how Mr. Trump is using the White House for personal gain, but many other officials, including members of his family, friends and close aides, also stand to

Release Bin Quasem and other detainees

31st March 2017   Mr. Saber Chowdhury MP Ex-officio President Inter-Parliamentary Union   Dear Mr. Chowdhury                              Sub: Release Bin Quasem and other detainees We write to express our serious concern about the large number of enforced disappearances taking place in Bangladesh in the last few years, in particular,

End forced disappearances in Bangladesh

Press Release  31st March 2017  Sub: End forced disappearances in Bangladesh   “We write to express our serious concern about the large number of forced disappearances taking place in Bangladesh in the last few years, in particular, the case of Bangladesh barrister Mr. Ahmad Bin Quasem” wrote the chairman of

Sisi supporters turn on Trump over Muslim ban

Politicians and media figures who supported Trump against Clinton have called the seven-country ban racist and likely to increase terrorism Donald Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi meet in New York in September 2016 (AFP) Egyptian politicians and pro-government media have condemned Donald Trump’s controversial ban against Muslims travelling

‘Forced to hang my head in shame’: Former Navy chief writes open letter to President Mukherjee, PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Former Navy chief Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas has written an open letter to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemning the attacks on minorities and Dalits under the rule of the current government. “The Hinduism I knew and experienced was gentle, inclusive, and filled with extraordinary diversity,”

What role does AIPAC play in US elections?

  Republican candidates have been making their pitch to the most powerful pro-Israel lobby in the US. The American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the most powerful pro-Israel lobby in the US, is holding its biggest annual conference yet with around 13,000 delegates in Washington. For all those bidding to become

UK foreign affairs report slams ‘misguided’ Muslim Brotherhood review

Egypt’s then-president-elect Mohamed Morsi addresses tens of thousands of Egyptians in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on 29 June, 2012 (AFP)   The British government’s investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood had serious shortcomings that have damaged the country’s reputation for fair dealing, parliament’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee said in a new report

Egypt court sentences eleven ’11 Nov’ protesters to 3-5 years for inciting violence

The court also issued a 3 year sentence in absentia against Hamza Zobaa, an Egyptian TV presenter on a reportedly Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Turkish channel, for broadcasting false news and inciting violence against the state A security vehicle stationed at Tahrir Square in Cairo on November 11, 2016 (Photo:Reuters) A Giza

Will new law restrict Egyptian NGOs’ activities?

An Egyptian policeman stands guard outside the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 25, 2015. (photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images) CAIRO — The Egyptian parliament announced its final approval for a draft law regulating the activities of civil organizations in Egypt, amid criticism by representatives of civil society and rights organizations.

Assad regime set free extremists from prison to fire up trouble during peaceful uprising

ISTANBUL / AMMAN // Syrian intelligence agencies released Islamist militants from prison to deliberately subvert a peaceful uprising and ignite a violent rebellion, according to a former regime security official. The claim comes ahead of peace talks in Switzerland on Wednesday, which President Bashar Al Assad’s government said should “fight