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The incident is part of the Egyptian government’s ongoing campaign of repression, where for the past several years it has worked to sever the links between Egyptian civil society and international NGOs and silence human rights organizations working to expose violations against ordinary citizens and the opposition.

" يعتبر ذلك الحادث جزء من حملات  القمع المستمرة  التى تبنتها الحكومة المصرية خلال الاعوام القليلة السابقة  والتى عملت على  قطع الروابط بين المجتمع المدنى المصرى والمنظمات غير الحكومية الدولية  ، واسكات المنظمات غير  الحكومية التى تعمل على فضح انتهاكات حقوق الانسان التى ترتكب ضد المواطن البسيط والمعارضة ، " قال تشارلز دون ، مدير برنامج الشرق الاوسط وشمال افريقيا بمؤسسة بيت الحرية . " يجب على النظام المصرى ان يتوقف عن استهداف منظمات حقوق الإنسان الدولية،  نظراً لان تلك الحملة  تمثل انتهاكاً للاعراف الدولية  والالتزمات التى وقعت عليها مصر . " 

Azerbaijan's arrest of Intiqam Aliyev, head of the Legal Education Society, shows Azerbaijani authorities' determination to dismantle civil society.


“Most Dangerous Country” may be the least desirable title in the world and yet the one that Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala often battle for, leading to thousands of people from Central America’s northern triangle seeking refuge in other countries, including the United States. Aid being provided to those countries has focused almost solely on security, not on strengthening the rule of law and thus human rights, the weaknesses that make these countries vulnerable to violence.

Remarks by the Swazi prime minister, Barnabas Dlamini, that Swazi citizens should 'strangle' two human rights activists when they return from the United States, are the latest example of the government's blatant disregard for the fundamental right of freedom of speech and for rule of law.

The Swazi government’s isolation of human rights activist Thulani Maseko shows its increasing intolerance for freedom of expression and its contempt for the rule of law.

"Stronger African democracies mean more developed, knowledge-based African economies, which are better for American business interests in the long run" write Daniel Calingaert and Kellen McClure. Read their Global Post op-ed here.

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