A Revolution Continues

Article published in Civicus:

by Marlyn Tardros, PhD Executive Director of Virtual Activism

The world watched the January 25th revolution which ousted long-time president Hosni Mubarak. Now the world is watching again, this time with less optimism. But this is the story of a people who refuse anything less than freedom. Egyptians of all walks of life are not sleeping in tonight. Everyone throughout Egypt is on the streets determined to continue their revolution which had been interrupted.

When Egyptians elected the Islamist President Morsi, they were between a rock and a hard place: the first was a Mubarak-era nominee who many believed would be the end of the revolution, while the second was the Islamist Morsi who made promises of bringing the freedom they so longed for to life. The expression 'squeezed a lemon on themselves' referred to those who elected him in spite of knowing he would not be a good choice.

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Civil Society Statement to the Human Rights Council on the impact of State Surveillance on Human Rights addressing the PRISM/NSA case

prism/nsaThe following statement has now been endorsed on behalf of "CSISAC - The Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council To The OECD" regarding PRISM/NSA case:

We express strong concern over recent revelations of surveillance of internet and telephone communications of US and non-US nationals by the government of the United States of America and the fact that US authorities makes the results of that surveillance available to other governments such as the United Kingdom. Of equal concern is the indication of apparent complicity of some US-based Internet companies with global reach.1 These revelations suggest a blatant and systematic disregard for human rights as articulated in Articles 17 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), as well as Articles 12 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Zermatt Summit 20-12 June 2013

Dr. Tadros has been invited to the Zermatt Summit in Zermatt, Switzerland from June 20-21. The Summit this year is focused on business and NGOs. From the Summit conference:

Civil society and business have thus engaged in debate, competing advocacy and – quite often – in controversy – each trying to get the attention and support not only of the public but also of governments and international organizations to their views. While there are today very laudable examples of efficient collaboration between business and NGOs on various issues and in different countries, there is obviously a need for a broader, more strategically oriented, quieter and hopefully even more productive dialogue.

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WSIS +10 2nd phase

The second phase of the open consultations on the 2013 World Summit on the Information Society multistakeholder review event (WSIS+10) is now launched. You are invited to contribute to online discussions on the WSIS Knowledge Communities platform (WSIS KC) on themes, format and the process leading to the 2013 WSIS+10 review event. This multistakeholder and high-level event will be co-organized by UNESCO, ITU, UNDP and UNCTAD and will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 25 to 27 February 2013.


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Press Release 2012

November 8th, 2012

Egypt -  Blocking internet websites a new step towards suppression of freedom of expression

Virtual Activism has learnt with great concern of the Egyptian public prosecutor’s decision on November 7th 2012, to “block internet porn sites” and any images or visuals that “threaten the values and morals of the Egyptian family and national security”.

Several issues need to be taken into consideration:

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