More than a year after the Tunisian revolution and Z. BEN ALI’s demise, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) Executive Committee convened in Tunis on 24, 25 and 26 February 2012.
Accountability, Justice and Space for Civil Society
The space available for civil society organisations working to promote, defend and protect human rights in the Euro-Mediterranean region has steadily declined over past three years, as has access to justice and accountability for citizens in the region.
Our organisations are deeply concerned about the fact that human rights defenders, in particular union activists, remain the targets of harassment by the authorities.
On 24 February 2011, the Algerian government lifted the state of emergency in response to the wave of mass protests that was sweeping across the region and reaching into Algeria itself.
On 24 February 2011 the Algerian government lifted the state of emergency in response to the wave of popular protests that was sweeping through the region.
Our organisations call on the Syrian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mazen Darwish, a prominent Syrian human rights defender, as well as seven of his colleagues and a visitor, who were arrested during a raid on their offices.
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH andOMCT) and the EMHRN fear for the safety and security of 14 human rights defenders who were arrested this afternoon in the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression’s offices.
The EMHRN and its Algerian affiliates – the CFDA and the LADDH – are of the opinion that Law 12-06, the new associations law, does not guarantee the rights of Algerian associations.
The Egyptian revolution was hailed internationally as an admirable and justifiable act by the Egyptian people to demand social justice and freedoms that they have been denied for decades.
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH and OMCT), and the EMHRN welcome the release of blogger Maikel Nabil, which follows the release of another blogger, Alaa Abdel-Fatah.
One day ahead of the first anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, the EMHRN seizes this opportunity to acknowledge the struggle and sacrifices made by the Egyptian people, ever since the outbreak of the 25 Jan.