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On the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The ACIJLP Calls upon Arab countries to ratify and accede to the International Criminal Court And the abolition of the death penalty


Cairo, 10th December 2013

On the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

The ACIJLP Calls upon Arab countries to ratify and accede to the International Criminal Court

And the abolition of the death penalty

Today 10th December 2013 marks the 65th anniversary of the UN General Assembly adoption of the UDHR which is considered one of the most important document that embodied in its 30th articles, on an equal footing respect for human dignity inherent in the human beings, the human right to a dignified life and freedom of expression , work, education and belief and participation in public life without oppression or discrimination on the basis of color , language, religion , gender or social origin, economic status or political opinion .

In spite of the development of these human values ​​, and activating it by the international commitments and covenants, but many of these fundamental rights and freedoms , despite approval on all international and national levels, are exposed to serious violations in various parts of the world, especially in the Arab countries which are still till the present time have violations to the right to life, the right to physical integrity, the right to freedom, the right to justice, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the right to belief and the right to a fair trial in addition to discrimination based on religion or belief , sex , political opinion which is remarkable in these countries  and Which lead many of the peoples of the Arab countries to revolt against authoritarian and dictatorial regimes that violate the rights and freedoms, the so-called " Arab Spring ."

The ACIJLP believes that although it is no longer accepted at all levels to deny the idea of ​​the universality of human rights, which appeared in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, however, many of the governments of the Arab countries are still depriving their peoples of the freedoms and rights advocated by the Universal Declaration human rights, and established and recognized widely. These governments are reluctant to ratify or accede to international commitments related to the protection of human rights, including civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

The ACIJLP is concerned that the reluctance of many of the governments of the Arab states regarding ratification or accession to some international commitments, and the non-activation of the fundamental rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its attached pledges, the so-called International Bill of Human Rights which could result in the desire of these governments to apply the death penalty and military trials to get rid of political opponents, the prosecution of human rights activists, narrowing the scope of the freedom of opinion and expression , the deterioration of the status of women's rights so as to deprive her of holding public prosecution's positions, for example, and the lack of a sincere desire to end the culture of impunity .

The ACIJLP calls upon the governments of the Arab countries on the occasion of the sixty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to protect and activate the exercise the fundamental rights and freedoms in order to fulfill its international commitments and obligations.

The ACIJLP also demands the governments to ratify and accede to international conventions and commitments, especially the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on the abolition of the death penalty, as well as the ratification and accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.