By Astrid Vanackere, MEDEA Institute On Saturday, November 23 Turkey announced that it downgraded diplomatic relations with Egypt. The announcement came after Egypt made a similar move earlier that Saturday and requested the Turkish Ambassador Hüseyin Avni Botsali to leave the country. This happened the day after Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan called for the release of...
Also published on www.icj.org, ICJ International Commission of Jurists
Both under the rule of President Mubarak and the SCAF, the State of Egypt has failed to meet its obligations under international law to respect, protect, promote and fulfil human rights. The lack of adequate constitutional guarantees consistent with international standards, combined with a legal framework that has severely restricted the enjoyment of human rights, in particular the Emergency Law, have contributed to exacerbating human rights abuses. These abuses include, among others, cases of torture and other ill-treatment, arbitrary arrest and detention, unlawful killings, violations of freedom of assembly, association and expression, and a failure to respect and ensure basic economic, social and cultural rights. During its mission to Egypt, the ICJ heard from individuals who were involved or suspected of being involved in peaceful protests and were targeted by law enforcement and military officials. These individuals reported that they were subjected to arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment, and the disproportionate use of force, including lethal force, by law enforcement officers.
By Professor Bichara Khader, CERMAC, Université Catholique de Louvain
Palestinian memory is replete of events related to Europe ( Crusades 1099-1290), Napoleon’s expedition in Egypt and Palestine ( 1798-1799), the establishment of the first European consulates ( 19th century),European broken promises to Sharif Hussein ( 1915), the secret Sykes-Picot agreement ( 1916), Balfour Declaration ( 1917) ,British Mandate in Palestine ( 1922-1948),the West-sponsored partition plan of Palestine ( 1947) and finally the recognition of the State of Israel by most of European countries . To put it in a nutshell, Europe has been “part and parcel of the Palestinian issue” since its very beginning.
Mediterranean Film Festival
In the context of the Mediterranean Film Festival the documentary EKÜMENOPOLIS will be shown on 08/12. The projection will be followed by a debate with Rukiye Tinas,...
Midi Med: Belgium and the EU facing the Arab revolutions
Midi Med with the Vice Prime Minister Didier Reynders, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs. Moderated by Sébastien Boussois and Geoffroy D’Aspremont (MEDEA Institute) Where? Congress hall of the House of Parliamentarians, 21 rue de Louvain, 1000 Brussels When? December 12th from 12h30 to 14h00 Invitation Registration form