Looking Back & Moving Forward: Human Rights in the Arab World in 2009 and Beyond

MIDEAST Human Rights
Last month, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) released its annual report concluding that the state of human rights in the Arab region “has worsened compared to 2008.” The report, which features 12 country studies by regional authors, paints a detailed picture of trends and developments over the past year that have threatened personal freedoms and regional progress towards improved human rights standards. These trends include the persistence of “widespread impunity and flagrant lack of accountability” in addition to a variety of repressive legal measures regimes have taken to undermine basic liberties, such as emergency and anti-terrorism laws. The report also takes a closer look at the state of women’s rights at a time when Arab governments have actively engaged on that issue.  Finally, it reviews the behavior of Arab governments in regional and international organizations.

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Please join us for an in-depth discussion of the report and its implications for U.S. policy, with remarks from:

* Amal al-Basha, President, The Arab Sisters Forum for Human Rights (Yemen)
* Bahey Eldin Hassan, General Director, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
* Marina Ottaway, Director, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
* Jeremie Smith, Director, Geneva Office, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
* Radwan Ziadeh, Director, Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Root Room, 2nd Floor

Please RSVP here or by email to: rsvp@pomed.org
Lunch will be served.