Archive for December 9th, 2011

09/12/2011

The Uprooted, an Invisible Nation as Big as Britain

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva – Global forced displacement figures already stood at a 15-year high at the end of 2010, with 43.7 million people uprooted by conflict and persecution worldwide. Recent events indicate that this number is likely to rise again by the end of the year. The number of stateless people is estimated to be at least 12 million, according to UN.

In Search of Identity: an ailing 75-year-old Bihari sits alone in his room in a camp in Bangladesh | Credit: UN

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, called on the international community to assume its shared duty to protect and assist millions of forcibly displaced and stateless people around the world.

Guterres noted that “dramatic events have forced hundreds of thousands of people to seek refuge across borders in 2011. More than three quarters of a million people became refugees, following upheaval and conflict in Africa and the Middle East.”

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09/12/2011

‘Egyptian Women No Longer Satisfied to Walk One Step Behind Men’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Shahira Amin*

Cairo – Since its very beginning in January, the Egyptian revolution has been an all inclusive people’s movement: the Islamists, the Christians or Copts, men, women, the young, the elderly… entire families were there.

February 11, celebrating Mubarak's fall. **Photo: Mariam Soliman | Wikimedia Commons

Like in the last few days, Tahrir square was boiling. And it wasn’t just the men who had camped out there vowing to stay put until Mubarak steps down. It was also the women.

They conducted security checks at the entrances and exits to the square. They treated and nursed the injured, they distributed food and they protested alongside the men. Often it was the women who were at the podium chanting anti regime slogans with the men chanting after them.

There has been no discrimination based on gender, age, religion or political ideology. The gaps were bridged and no one cared who was taking the lead.

Who were these women in Tahrir and what had they achieved until then?.

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