The
Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR)

Eighth
General Assembly

(Cairo, 15 April 2011)

AOHR Reiterates itsIts Support for the
Liberal Wave in the Arab World and Discusses the Tracks of Transition to
Democracy

 

Under
the title "In Wider Space of Freedom," the eighth general assembly of
the Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR) concluded its periodic meeting in
its head office in Cairo on 14 and 15 April 2011. The Board of Trustees of the Organization and
representatives of Arab organizations that are members of the Organization
participated in this meeting.

The
general assembly listened to field reports prepared by member organizations
regarding the developments during the transitional period, in which two dictatorial
regimes in Tunisia and Egypt fell out, and the challenges facing the two
countries. Additionally, they discussed
the difficulties facing the uprising in Libya, Yemen and Syria, the demonstrations
calling for reforms in Bahrain, the Sultanate of Oman, Jordan, Algeria and
Morocco, the popular movement to end the fragmentation in Palestine and the
call for a third Intifada against the Israeli occupation on the
anniversary of the Palestinian  Nakba
(the uprooting of the Palestinian people from their land, and the escalation of
popular demonstrations all over Iraq calling for true reforms, prevention of the
renewal of the US army’s presence in Iraq and fighting corruption.

The
general assembly noticed with comfort the developments directed towards
boycotting the previous dictatorial regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, prosecuting
those who are responsible for the crimes committed against civilians in both
countries and the efforts made to regain the money derived from
corruption. However, it was gravely
concerned over the delay of measures taken to regain the money smuggled abroad,
which  may be lost.  

The
assembly called for accomplishing the legislative changes needed for reform from
a perspective that takes into account the tracks of transition to democracy and
the wide partisan pluralism which is considered as a trait of the transitional
period.

The
general assembly strongly condemned all forms of repression and crimes
committed against civilians in peaceful demonstrations in Yemen. It supports their legitimate demands calling for
change after the regime had lost its legitimacy.

It
is gravely concerned over the developments in Libya and raises its concerns
regarding the unstable international stances on the interpretation of the
Security Council’s resolution 1973.

It
called upon the Syrian government to seriously respond to the legitimate public
demands calling for freedom and the prosecution of those who are responsible
for crimes committed against civilians in the peaceful demonstrations.

The
general assembly also urged all governments in the Arab World to positively
react to the movement that calls for transition to constitutional kingdoms,
cancellation of emergency law and similar exceptional ones, and development of
national legislations to cope with the call for freedom and equality.

The
assembly particularly focused on the grave violations committed against the
Palestinian people and the deteriorating conditions of their legitimate and
inalienable rights. It is strongly
concerned over the political fragmentation in Palestine, due to which it called
upon the political powers in Palestine to cooperate to end the
fragmentation. It welcomed the brave
stand of Goldstone Mission members against Goldstone’s shameful stance that
wastes the rights of the Israeli offensive’s victims and encourages Israel to repeat
it.

The
general assembly was pleased regarding the Iraqi movement, which called for not
only ending the ethnic and sectarian fragmentation, but also for the necessity
of non-renewal of the US army’s presence in Iraq and for true reforms.

It
was concerned over the deterioration of conditions in Sudan coincided with the
implementation of the southern referendum’s  results, the regime’s disregard for the public
demands calling for free elections after the southern MPs had withdrwan from
the parliament and limiting it suggestion to no more than forming a coalition
government dominated by the regime.

It
noticed that all pitfalls that faced the Arab regimes were the outcome of the
systematic violations of human rights and public freedoms. The general assembly drew attention to that regaining
stability in the region requires commitment to the political, economic and
social reforms based on human rights standards and values.

In
the context of its activities, the general assembly condemned the prevention of
a number of its members from attending the meeting; whether they were prevented
through security decisions in Syria, or administrative ones in Bahrain, or not
giving visas for the members in Iraq, or restrictions imposed on the members
coming from Gaza.

At
the conclusion of the meeting, the general assembly approved the narrative and financial
reports presented by the Board of Trustees for AOHR’s previous term, and
elected new Board of Trustees. (The list of the Board of Trustees’ members for
AOHR’s term of 2011-2014 is attached)

The
elected Board of Trustees held its procedural meeting and elected Mr. Raji
Sourani as President; Ms. Maha al-Barjas as Vice President; Mr. Alaa’ Shalabi,
as Secretary General of the Organization; Dr. Hamed Fadlallah, as Treasurer;
Dr. Hassan Mousa, Mr. Hafez Abu Sa’da and Ms. N’ema Jom’a, as Members of the
Executive Committee.

Board of Trustees

 

1.

Ameen Makki
Madani

 

Sudan

2.

Hafez Abu
Sa’da

Member of the
Executive Committee

Egypt

3.

Hamed
Fadlallah

Treasurer

Germany

4.

Hassan Mousa

Member of the
Executive Committee

Austria

5.

Raji Sourani

President

Palestine

6.

Rasem al-Atasi

 

Syria

7.

Siham al-Freih

 

Kuwait

8.

Sayed Othman
Weld al-Sheikh

 

Mauritania

9.

Abdul Ghaffar
Hussein

 

Emirates

10.

Abdullah
al-Drazi

 

Bahrain

11.

Alaa’ Shalabi

Secretary
General

Egypt

12.

‘Ammar Qarbi

 

Syria

13.

Omar al-Farouq
Hassan

 

Sudan

14.

Fadel Ali
Abdullah

 

Yemen

15.

Mohsen ‘Awad

 

Egypt

16.

Mohammed Fa’eq

 

Egypt

17.

Maha al-Barjas

Vice President

Kuwait

18.

Nabeel Ya’qoub

 

Germany

19.

N’ema Jom’a

Member of the
Executive Committee

Lebanon

20.

Hani al-Dahla

 

Jordan