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Arab countries fail on human rights—report
By Samer al-Atrush
CAIRO, Egypt — Human rights deteriorated across the Arab world in 2009 with
torture widely practiced in several countries, an Arab watchdog said in a report
released on Tuesday.
The report by the independent Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
surveyed 12 countries and said that most of them repressed human rights
activists, press freedoms, and discriminated against religious minorities.
The state of human rights in the 12 countries—Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq,
Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen—"has
worsened compared to 2008," the report said.
"Arab governments remained wedded to a broad array of repressive laws that
undermine basic liberties," compared to the previous year, said the report,
"Bastion of Impunity, Mirage of Reform."
"Peaceful rotation of power through representative politics, and clean and
competitive elections remained a dream in most countries covered by this
report," it said.
Egypt and Syria were singled out as leading offenders, with Cairo said to
lead the region in practicing torture and Damascus for repressing rights
"Egypt continued to top the list of countries in which torture is routinely
and systematically practiced," it said, adding that dozens had died in the
country of torture or excessive force by police.
The report also found torture was "routine" in Bahrain, "rampant" in Tunisia,
and practiced in Saudi Arabia against terrorism suspects.
Human rights advocates faced harassment in several Arab countries, with
Syria, which has jailed dozens of democracy activists, holding the "worst record
in this regard."
Religious and ethnic minorities also continued to suffer discrimination in
several Arab countries, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, the report said.
"Despite the Saudi regime's attempt to appear to champion religious tolerance
and interfaith dialogue in international forums, in practice the national
religious police continue to exhibit violent behavior," it said.
Egypt, where roughly 10 percent of the 80-million-strong population are
Coptic Christians who frequently complain of discrimination, "is increasingly
acquiring the features of a religious state," it added.
The report also said that US policies were "wholly inimical to reform and
human rights in the region," and accused President Barak Obama's administration
of abandoning support for reform initiatives in the Arab world.
"The last spark of life in the initiatives was quashed once and for all with
the arrival of a new US administration," it said.
Bahey eldin Hassan, the rights group's director, said the 12 countries
surveyed were indicative of the region.
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