Friday, April 15, 2005

Human rights: the Arab world, & Amnesty International

Having long procrastinated any action on behalf of victims of torture, and having recently listened to Malika Oufkir's biography, Stolen Lives, I began to read the issue of Amnesty International which arrived in our mail box yesterday. This morning before I turn on the National Public Radio, I visited the A.I. web site.

My attention has been divided lately between the Palestinian and Israeli suffering, the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the many human rights abuses throughout the world, not excepting Arab nations such as Morocco, from where Malika Oufkir and her family come, and Algeria, which soon will be the subject of study both here and at the arabic learners' group at Yahoo Groups.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's proposal of a general amnesty for human rights abuses committed in the country's brutal internal conflict may permanently deprive victims or their families of their right to truth, justice and reparation, a group of international human rights organizations warned today.

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