Archive for December 11th, 2011

11/12/2011

Arab Spring, the Year the Idea of Power Shifted

 Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva – “In 2011, the very idea of ‘power’ shifted,” High Commissioner for Human Rights said on the occasion of this year’s Human Rights Day on December 10. “We know there is still too much repression in our world, still too much impunity, still too many people for whom rights are not yet a reality,” Navi Pillay said.

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During the course of this extraordinary year, it was wielded not just by mighty institutions in marble buildings, but increasingly by ordinary men, women, and even children courageously standing up to demand their rights,” she said. This year’s Day is building on the pro-reform movements witnessed across North Africa and the Middle East, and social media’s contribution to them, to encourage more people to get involved in the global human rights movement.

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11/12/2011

Morocco’s Islamist Ruling Party

Human Wrongs Watch

By James Asfa* Think Africa Press

Cairo – Morocco’s legislative elections, that took place a year early following constitutional changes as part of the kingdom’s response to the Arab Spring, resulted in a triumphant victory for the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD). It gained 107 of 395 seats, just over 27%, making it by far the largest party in parliament.

Benkirane (right) | Thinkafricapress.com

As a result, Morocco’s King Mohammad VI appointed the PJD’s leader Abdelillah Benkirane as Morocco’s first Islamist Prime Minister.

The PJD victory means that Morocco takes pride of place in the Islamist wave sweeping North Africa in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, with Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt all dominated by Islamist political forces.

Islamist governments, until this year, were associated with the autocratic Iran and Sudan. Recently, attention has shifted to the democratic Islamist model offered by Turkey, Tunisia, and Egypt.

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