Syria

ISIS issues several new resolutions regarding education and women going out in public, Raqqa is being slaughtered silently (Syria), 19 October 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Women are not permitted to go out except while wearing dira’ (an extra dress on top of the niqab and Islamic dress). Private courses are not permitted except upon arrangement and payment of a 500 lira fine (instead of the previous 50 liras for those in contravention). Any…

Algeria

‘Red Crescent fully prepared to carry out its humanitarian duty to displaced Africans,’ Annahar (Algeria), 26 May 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Algeria is prepared to carry out its humanitarian duty to African refugees in its territory, according to the head of the Algerian Red Crescent, who also criticized European policies in dealing with refugees.– – – الهلال الأحمر على استعداد تام للقيام بواجبه الانساني اتجاه النازحين الأفارقة ٢٦ مايو…

‘Morocco rejects its comparison with any other country that doesn’t respect human rights,’ Middle East Online (London), 14 May 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Morocco’s official government spokesman has denied Amnesty International’s recent accusations of torture in the kingdom, stating that a previous UN report proved that torture is not practiced and actually praised the country for its commitment to protecting and advancing a culture of human rights. – – المغرب يرفض…

‘Morocco remains silent after questions from British newspaper “The Guardian”,’ Al-Mustaqbal As-Sahrawi (Sahrawi Refugee Camps – Algeria), 28 April 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
An article published by The Guardian on Sunday discussed a push for British tourists to boycott Morocco over human rights abuses in the Western Sahara. The newspaper approached Moroccan authorities for comment, but received no response.– – المغرب يلتزم الصمت امام اسئلة جريدة الغارديان البريطانية ٢٨ أبريل ٢٠١٤…

‘Opponents of Polisario in Tindouf release first announcement confirming that they will fight for freedom and dignity,’ Ya Biladi (Morocco), 9 April 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
A new group calling itself the “Youth of Change” movement has appeared in the Tindouf camps for Sahrawi refugees in southwestern Algeria. The group has released its first statement vowing to fight for freedom and dignity in the face of corruption and exploitation by the Polisario Front. —…

‘Official Moroccan report speaks of “improvement” in press freedom, unlike international reports,’ Elaph (London), 3 March 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Contrary to multiple international reports documenting Moroccan deficiencies with regards to press freedom, a new government report says that Morocco is seeing progress in freedom of expression.– – – تقرير رسمي مغربي يتحدث عن “تحسن” وضع حرية الصحافة عكس التقارير الدولية ٣ مارس ٢٠١٤ أفاد تقرير صادر عن…