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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Nothing compares to Egypt...

posted by Matthew Schauki at 8/19/2008 04:18:00 PM 1 comments

Persepolis 2 (Trailer) - Safeguard the Innocent

Sequel to Persepolis exposes the reality of the suffering of the Baha'is in Iran since the Revolution and until today, and calls for action on their behalf. Note: The images for this clip were borrowed from Marjan Satrapi's film "Persepolis", an admirable work which serves as inspiration to us all.

2,500 years ago, Cyrus the Great penned down what is regarded as the first declaration for human rights, affirming the right of freedom of worship. But centuries later, what is the condition of Iran's largest religious minority?

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posted by Matthew Schauki at 8/19/2008 04:11:00 PM 1 comments

Egypt demanding data from cyber cafés users: NGO

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Source: Middle East Times

CAIRO (AFP) An Egyptian NGO on Saturday accused the Egyptian authorities of forcing cyber cafés to gather personal information on Internet users, saying the measure was a violation of privacy.

"The Egyptian government imposed a new measure which increases the extent of censorship on Internet users and violates their right to privacy," the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said in a statement.

According to the NGO, clients at Internet cafés must provide "their names, email and phone numbers, before they use the Internet."

Once the data is provided, clients will receive a text message on their cell phones and a pin number allowing them to access the Internet, the NGO said.

The rights group called this a "censorship procedure" which it said has "become a widespread reality" in Egypt.

"This severely abusive procedure proves that the security policies aim to impose constraints and censorship on Internet users," it said.

An Egyptian security official told AFP on condition of anonymity that "the measure is not an official one" although he acknowledged that "some cyber cafés have been instructed" to obtain such data from their clients.

Egypt earlier this year arrested bloggers and Internet activists for security reasons, prompting criticism by Amnesty International and calls for their release.

© 2008 Agence France-Presse

posted by Matthew Schauki at 8/10/2008 03:49:00 PM 0 comments

Religion on ID cards

الديانة في بطاقات الهوية

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Of what use is the mentioning of religion on official papers? Or, more specifically, what's the need for it on identification cards? This kind of discrimination is not consistent with the principle of citizenship mentioned in the Egyptian constitution. What different type of treatment should one receive if "Christian," "Baha'i," or "Muslim" is written in their ID card? For instance, if someone goes to see a doctor, would they be treated with Bible verses if they're Christian and with Koran verses if they're Muslim? Or if they go to get their driving license, would they be forced to have a Star of David hung in their car if they're Jewish and a cross if they're Christian? How strange! These examples are mere imagination, but even if such ways of discrimination occur somewhere in the world, they still are not compatible with the principle of equality on the basis of citizenship. What's the importance of knowing someone's religion in matters of civil dealings that have nothing to do with the personal type of religiousness an individual has.

ما هو استخدام خانة الديانة في الأوراق الرسمية؟ أو بشكل أكثر تخصيصًا، ما حاجتنا لها في البطاقات الشخصية؟ لا يتماشى هذا الأسلوب من التمييز مع مبدأ المواطنة المذكور في الدستور المصري. أي نوع مختلف من المعاملة يتلقاها مواطن ما إن كان مكتوب في بطاقته مسيحي أو بهائي أو مسلم؟ مثلاً إن ذهب شخص ما إلى الطبيب، هل يعالجه الطبيب بالإنجيل إن كان هذا الشخص مسيحيًا أو بالقرآن إن كان مسلمًا؟ أو إن ذهب لاستخراج رخصة القيادة، هل يعلــَـق له نجمة داود في السيارة إن كان يهوديًا أو صليب إن كان مسيحيًا مثلا؟ هذه الأمثلة هي من وحي الخيال وإن كانت تحدث في بعض الأماكن في العالم فهي لا تتوافق ومبدأ المساواة على أساس المواطنة. إذًا فما هي حقــًا أهمية معرفة دين شخص ما في أمور المعاملة المدنية التي لا علاقة لها بنوع التدين الخاص بالفرد؟

posted by Matthew Schauki at 8/07/2008 05:59:00 AM 6 comments