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, the case of Bangladesh barrister…

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 Citizens International Mohamed Idris, in…

Press release – Set up committee to implement report on Israeli Apartheid

Press release 27th March 2017 Set up committee to implement report on Israeli Apartheid Citizens International calls on the Malaysian government to set up a committee, including representatives of civil society, to assess how to follow up on and implement the recommendations of the report “Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of…

Sisi economics: Theatre of the absurd

By Amr Khalifa   Waiting for Egypt’s economic revival with Sisi at the helm is like waiting for Godot Sacrifice, with victory as the supposed long-term goal, is central to both Egypt’s military ethos and a central driver of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s economic mindset. In early November, when the Egyptian government devalued its currency, I…

All the President’s Lies

By David Leonhardt   The ninth week of Donald Trump’s presidency began with the F.B.I. director calling him a liar. The director, the very complicated James Comey, didn’t use the L-word in his congressional testimony Monday. Comey serves at the pleasure of the president, after all. But his meaning was clear as could be. Trump has…

Crimes of apartheid

By Vijay Prashad   A new UN report should strengthen the global consensus against Israeli policy Apartheid is a powerful word, with evocations of the South African experience and with implications of crimes against humanity. The United Nations does not use this word loosely. It rarely enters UN reports, and is not heard from the lips…