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Author Wissam al-Saliby

At the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in March, a man sitting next to me was writing in Arabic the statement that he would be reading to the council. Adel was a Tunisian head of a nonprofit. I said hello in Arabic, and we introduced ourselves and exchanged cards. He looked down at […] Read More

A greater and general regression is ongoing with respect to fundamental human rights in the stable states in the Middle East and North Africa – a trend that necessitates understanding the West’s collusion with human rights violations in the region. This Western collusion can range from political support at the United Nations Security Council to […] Read More

The Facebook page of an Egyptian friend of mine was deactivated recently following his arrest by government authorities so that the opinions he expressed could not be used against him during investigations. This seeming human rights violation by Egyptian authorities is symptomatic of a greater and general regression with respect to fundamental human rights in […] Read More

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is investigating alleged crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territories since June 2014. Israel condemned this move. Hamas welcomed it, even though its actions will also be under ICC scrutiny. The announcement drew the ire of some Western media platforms and many U.S. politicians. Christian are called to “learn to […] Read More

A few weeks ago, I had driven a woman and her children to my church service. She had escaped to Lebanon from a North African country following persecution. She had come to faith in Jesus Christ and became a Christian, but her family could not accept this. On the way to church, she explained to […] Read More

The Syrian war has become one of the widest scale challenges to children’s rights. Recent global initiatives highlighted the need for mobilizing resources to provide education to hundreds of thousands of refugee and displaced children. Recruitment of children by armed groups and their use in war efforts need to be highlighted as well. In a […] Read More

As Egyptian developments unfold, Christians around the world are asking how best to preserve the Christian community from harm and maintain its voice and role in Egypt. Media outlets have broadcast images of a brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators while local and international human rights nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have strongly criticized the army’s […] Read More

The North African region of Sudan – governed by British and Egyptian authorities until 1956 – has long been a hotbed for Muslim-Christian tensions. Embroiled in a conflict that spans two civil wars, it comprises a predominately Muslim Arab North Sudan and a predominantly Christian South Sudan. On July 9, 2011, South Sudan was formally […] Read More

The cornerstone principle in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is the principle of distinction: You can only attack military targets and persons directly participating in the war; you can never attack civilians. The violation of this principle, such as indiscriminate attacks, would amount to a war crime. In Syria today, just as in Lebanon’s (un)civil wars […] Read More

In the spate of 12 days in October 2009, I read in the newspapers of the death – presumed suicide – of four migrant domestic workers. The workers were either Nepalese or Ethiopian. Upon the fourth death, I went online and opened a blog that I depressingly (and without much thinking) titled Ethiopian Suicides. I […] Read More