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Horrific fall of Arab organizations Horrific fall of Arab organizations
by Abdullah A. Ali Sallam
2013-09-01 13:23:37
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There are in the Arab world hundreds of organizations interest with human rights, civil and political rights, are located mostly in Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen and the Arab Maghreb, and all of these organizations have undertaken carry out programs and activities that promote human rights, democracy. And there are hundreds and perhaps even thousands of training courses, workshops, seminars and conferences as well as Publishing that emphasize the importance of respect for human rights and promote the democracy concepts.

During the past two decades the concepts of human rights and democracy in the Arab region were only ink on paper, Political systems were tyrannical and unjust, did not aware and nor believe in these concepts, and despite the existence organizations and activities for human rights in these countries, but they were just to show the fact that democracy in Arab region as saying no reaction. As they represent decors of these despotic regimes.

Until the Arab revolutions came, or so-called Arab Spring, which no longer seems springy. Many Arab organizations thought that Arab Spring come from struggle fruit, although they know that majority participant in the Arab Spring were illiteracy and did not participate in their activities whereas the percentage of illiteracy in the Arab world is still above 70% and thus proportion of people do not know about the democracy and human rights concepts were not present in events and activities of these organizations and did not reach them news of these organizations.

So Mohammed Bouazizi who had bombed Tunisian revolution and the Arab Spring, he was not a political and human right activist, but he was a youth virtuous looking for a living sweat of his brow the conditions of life, Injustice and oppression has forced to light himself on fire to be the spark of the Arab revolutions.

Actually the injustice and tyranny that bombed the Arab revolutions, not the elite that were attending the events and activities of the Arab human rights organizations who are same participants in every event  or as they call them just professionals to participate and attend conferences.

In the Arab countries is easy to be a human right activist, just present two training sessions or a human rights conference is sufficient by consideration some to declare that a human rights activist but if you want to be politically activist, once opposed to the politicians opponents regardless of principle or idea, which opposes it.

Many call themselves activists understand the game well and established organizations to gain social status can highlight their status during the talk about themselves appendix their names as presidents or directors of human rights and civilian organizations to be able to cross continents and stay even for days in the luxury hotels which violate basic of human and their workers’ rights, in fact they do not defending about human rights but they are looking for a quick way to make money and in short period have own luxury apartments and cars whereas there is neither the sergeant nor observe in this aspect.

These persons can talk about human rights, civil and political rights, but they do not practice. There are many employee and workers in these organizations do not get their rights as well as labor law agreements in these organizations do not apply to employees and their workers as in a private security companies.

But the disgusting thing feeling sad that the positions and principles of  these organizations are divisible, recently issued a statement by the most organizations renowned in the Arab world is the Arab Organization for Human Rights said about Rabaa Adaweya and El Nahda sit-in in  Egypt. Here's part of the report, which seems  the report of the Ministry of coup internal and Military Intelligence.

First: torture of unarmed citizens even death: the total number of bodies from Rabaa and El Nahda squares , and that have torture effects and led to the death about 11 bodies, six of them in  El Nahda square and five in Rabaa Adawiya square, as well as cases of other torture. ([i])

Now after sit- in disengagement where are the bodies? Who are they?  Where are their families? Why there is no monitoring of facts professionally as they teach their members? where are the other cases of torture ? and they are really know that Rabaa and El Nahda sit-in was not camp closed. What is sure in this report was not professionally and it depended on personality opinion and lack of spiritual values of human rights.

Fourth: armament in Rabaa and El Nahda squares: Rabaa Adawiya residents monitored all kinds of weapons, whether light or heavy or sophisticated, and  have been trained demonstrators joined to a MB militia, and reports indicate that the process of kidnapping a police officer in Rabaa was intended operation as a kind of training on the process to face police and Interior if be break up  the sit-in by force. ([ii])

After two weeks, these weapons did not appear yet after break up the sit-in and did not contribute to repel attack and protect unarmed young moreover exercises of the militias did not help to be skirmishes at the training and weapons level that the report did not mention its type, and said were heavy so this means that there are tanks or vehicles armored at the very least, as if the report is telling that Rabaa Adaweya square is in Afghanistan and it was easy to transfer such weapons simply and conveniently to MB. And it seems the weapons were existed just in this report.

Unfortunately, this organization has blessed military coup in statement supports so-call  the popular will in Tahrir square,  but the neutral reports proved it  was not popular will because they did not exceed one million.

On the other hand  this organization ​​no mention never about the popular will who sit- in Rabaa and El Nahda  squares and in most Egyptian cities, which lasted continued more than a month , they came out to support the democratic process that for as long as such this organizations Non-professional and police (forgive me on this word) noise us about the importance of democracy applying and human right respect, it means the citizens    who went out in the Rabaa and El Nahda  squares were not Egyptians or in other state is not recognized internationally.

It seem, dollars smell was stronger than the smell of gunpowder that toward to innocent also that their stinky smell overwhelmed on the smell of freedom blood spilled near them.

This is the tip of the iceberg, there is another statement from nine Egyptian organizations represents a disaster for Human Rights said about break up Rabaa and El Nahda squares sit-in that protestors were terrorists in reference to the Muslim Brotherhood and there were weapons and violence. It is still designed after all this killing, torturing and burning for people, as if the hundreds who were killed and thousands injured are terrorists to allow killing them extrajudicial.

Also Strangely The Arab Program for Human Rights Activists( NGO ) ([iii])  which did not stop for a minute version of the data for all the Arab countries in this period shut up and did not issue any statement since the military coup. Apparently silence mark satisfaction as Arabs say.

But the big contradiction that will find on the shelves of these organizations libraries all International conventions and posted on their websites and publishing  moreover they teach their members , and one of these conventions is the Geneva Convention of Human Rights in the "Wars" not peace , should put a hundred line under the word wars, in Article 32says:

The High Contracting Parties specifically agree that each of them is prohibited from taking any measure of such a character as to cause the physical suffering or extermination of protected persons in their hands. This prohibition applies not only to murder, torture, corporal punishment, mutilation and medical or scientific experiments not necessitated by the medical treatment of a protected person but also to any other measures of brutality whether applied by civilian or military agents. ([iv])

Article 33

No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited. Pillage is prohibited. Reprisals against protected persons and their property are prohibited. ([v])

And article 68 point:

Protected persons who commit an offence which is solely intended to harm the Occupying Power, but which does not constitute an attempt on the life or limb of members of the occupying forces or administration, nor a grave collective danger, nor seriously damage the property of the occupying

Forces or administration or the installations used by them, shall be liable to internment or simple imprisonment, provided the duration of such internment or imprisonment is proportionate to the offence committed. Furthermore, internment or imprisonment shall, for such offences, be the only measure adopted for depriving protected persons of liberty. The courts provided for under Article 66 of the present Convention may at their discretion convert a sentence of imprisonment to one of internment for the same period. ([vi])

Which exposes the falsity of the Arab organizations reports is the reports of international organizations. The organization of Human Rights Watch declares that Egyptian security forces’ rapid and massive use of lethal force to disperse sit-ins on August 14, 2013 led to the most serious incident of mass unlawful killings in modern Egyptian history. ([vii])

The ongoing Human Rights Watch investigation indicates that the decision to use live ammunition on a large scale from the outset reflected a failure to observe basic international policing standards on use of lethal force and was not justified by the disruptions caused by the demonstrations or the limited possession of arms by some protesters. The failure of the authorities to provide safe exit from the sit-in, including for people wounded by live fire and needing urgent medical attention, was a serious violation of international standards. ([viii])

Mean while Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International said “Based on the initial testimonies and other evidence we’ve gathered, there seems to be little doubt the security forces have been acting with blatant disregard for human life, and full investigations that are both impartial and independent are urgently needed,”

Also he said “Security forces resorted to lethal force when it was not strictly necessary to protect lives or prevent serious injury – this is a clear violation of international law and standards. Previous promises to use graduated force when dispersing the sit-ins and provide ample warning and safe exits were quickly broken.” ([ix])

So what after this horrific fall of Arab organizations for human rights that say and do not apply, their attitudes and principles are divisible, I feel sad that I wasted my time in presence many of the courses of these organizations and injured my senses in an interview these leaders, and one day I paid fifty dollars to sign up in one of these organizations, I know that everything gone is died but that gone is the principle which died in the minds and hearts of these persons, because there are humans who must eat their own hearts in order to speech..

Abdullah AbdulElah Sallam

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