Archive for October 16th, 2012


Egyptians Bitter over President Morsi’s ‘Broken Promises’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Shahira Amin for RIA Novosti*Cairo, October 15 – A million-strong protest organized by Egypt’s secularists, political forces, and revolutionary youth-activists turned violent on Friday October 12, when clashes broke out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square between President Mohamed Morsi’s opponents and Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

Mohamed Morsi.png: Jonathan Rashad

Organizers held the protest, dubbed “Accountability Friday,” to demand a more egalitarian constitution, and express their anger at Morsi’s record in his first 100 days in office.

They accuse him of failing to fulfill his campaign pledges to tackle issues such as security, traffic, fuel, bread, and garbage collection.

Ahead of Friday’s protest, Morsi gave a nationwide televised speech defending his policies. He insisted that he had delivered on most of the pledges in his100-day plan, including those related to security, traffic and garbage.

Morsi’s supporters were protesting against the acquittal of former regime loyalists in the “Battle of the Camels” case, when men riding camels and horses charged at peaceful protesters in Tahrir Square on February 2, 2011.

The acquittal of all the suspects, including senior members of the former regime, in this high-profile case sparked a new wave of anger among Islamist groups and youth-revolutionaries alike. They have repeatedly called for “kassas,” or retribution for the martyrs of the revolution.

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Arab Countries: 10 Million Young People Fail to Complete Primary School

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 In the Arab States, over 10 million people aged 15 to 24 have not even completed primary school and need alternative pathways to acquire basic skills for employment and prosperity, according to the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO)*. 

The tenth Education for All Global Monitoring Report*, Putting Education to Work, reveals the urgent need to invest in skills for youth.

This is equivalent to one in five of the region’s youth population, rising to one in four in Iraq.

More than half of the population in the region is under 25-years-old.

Worldwide, one in eight young people are unemployed; one quarter are trapped in jobs that keep them on or below the poverty line.

As the effects of the global economic crisis continue to be felt, the severe lack of youth skills is more damaging than ever.

Despite significant progress in enrolling children in school in countries like Morocco, the Report shows that few are on track to meet the six Education for All goals set in 2000, and some, such as Yemen, are a long way behind.

Along with Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab States have the worst rate of girls to boys in school of any region in the world.


‘Crime Syndicates Evade Justice – World, Civil Society to Work Together’

The United Nations’ top anti-crime official called for integrated international and civil society initiatives to choke off crime syndicates that have shown they can evade justice by quickly shifting to a new location when the law catches up with them at an initial location.

**Forensic police officers examine evidence collected at a crime scene. UN Photo/Martine Perret

“Our collective goal must be to end the ‘era of displacement,’ which sees crime simply move elsewhere when challenged, and to begin a time of interconnected cooperation, coordination and communication against crime,” the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, said in Vienna on 15 October, at the opening of the sixth session of the conference of parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

He added, “Where the criminals are smart, we must be smarter, where the criminals are sophisticated, we must be even more sophisticated and where crime transcends borders, so must our cooperation.”

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China, Japan Brewing a Serious Conflict

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

Tokyo, October 2012 – From time to time, we read about the confrontation between Japan and China over some insignificant islands called the Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China, which are also claimed by Taiwan. Japan also faces claims by South Korea over the Dodko islets, called Takeshima in Japan.

**Aerial Photo of Kitakojima and Minamikojima of Senkaku Islands, Ishigaki City, Okinawa, Japan

The fact that tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in their respective capitals in the last few weeks, and that China took the extraordinary step of deserting the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Tokyo a few days ago, should not be taken lightly – it is the opening of a very serious regional conflict.

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