Archive for November 22nd, 2011


Egypt: Military Junta, More Repressive Than Mubarak

Human Wrongs Watch

Egypt’s military rulers have completely failed to live up to their promises to Egyptians to improve human rights and have instead been responsible for a catalogue of abuses which in some cases exceeds the record of Hosni Mubarak, Amnesty International said in a new report.

Field Marshal Tantawi, Military Junta Chief. Photo: Helene C. Stikkel | Wikimedia Commons

In Broken Promises: Egypt’s Military Rulers Erode Human Rights, the organization documents a woeful performance on human rights by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) which assumed power after the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak in February.

The report’s release on Nov. 21 follows a bloody few days in Egypt that has left many dead and hundreds injured after army and security forces violently attempted to disperse anti-SCAF protesters from Cairo’s Tahrir square.

“By using military courts to try thousands of civilians, cracking down on peaceful protest and expanding the remit of Mubarak’s Emergency Law, the SCAF has continued the tradition of repressive rule which the January 25 demonstrators fought so hard to get rid of,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Acting Director.

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Zimbabwe: The One Million People Struggle for Food

Human Wrongs Watch

Harare – More than one million Zimbabweans will struggle for food between now and March, the United Nations reported.

Food on sale at a market in Harare | Credit: UN

The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which has already begun assisting the most vulnerable but needs $42 million to fund its activities in the Southern African nation.

Most of the vulnerable households are located in the southern and western regions, which are very susceptible to dry spells. And most at risk are low-income families hit by failed harvests, and households with orphans and vulnerable children.

Although food is generally available in many rural areas, it is too expensive for those with limited resources,” WFP said.

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