Headlines from the region

Saudi Arabia was the biggest buyer of U.S. weapons during a four-year span with $11.2 billion in deals, followed by the United Arab Emirates with $10 billion, the U.S. Congressional

Tunisian student jailed over interviews

Global Voices, the international rights group blog, reported that Tunisian student Mohamed Soudani, 24, disappeared on October 22, 2009, in Tunisia, after giving interviews to Radio Monte Carlo International and

Amnesty says Kurds trial in Syria a farce

The trial of five members of the Kurdish minority in Syria began again on Tuesday amidst much international rights groups’ frustration. London-based Amnesty International called on Syria’s Supreme State Security

Before We Damn Switzerland

On October 27 I was on a visit to Switzerland and in this column I wrote from there a first article about the battle over minarets.

The Chameleons Attack ElBaradei

The story began in an ordinary way. A dog in the street attacked a passer-by and bit his finger.

When the United Nations is being used as a means to limit the work of

Unfortunately, there are many procedural breaches and human rights violations committed by United Nations bodies purportedly concerned with human rights.

Egypt: Detention and torture of Zakaria and Dia Ibrahim

The Egyptian authorities continue to forcibly arrest anyone who challenges the regime.

Britain issues war crime arrest warrant for Israeli politician, then retracts

A British court issued an arrest warrant for Tzipi Livni, Israel’s former foreign minister on Saturday.

Khairat is the man!

According to his page on Facebook, this November 14, is the third anniversary for Khairat Alshater’s detention. Khairat Alshater’s is the second deputy chairman for Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Omar Hayyan al-Razzouk sentenced pursuant to Law 49/1980

The Syrian Human Rights Committee (SHRC) has learnt from an appeal sent by the father of the detainee Omar Hayyan al-Razzouk that on 13/12/2009, the Supreme State Security Court (SSSC)