Egyptian Blogger Jailed: What Sort of Democracy is This?
LUCY EMMERSON: The case of Maikel Nabil, and that of many other writers, highlights the utter lack of respect for freedom of expression that currently exists in Egypt.
Egypt Braced for Final ‘Free and Fair’ Results
LUCY EMMERSON: Many people were voting for the first time. “Last time I didn’t vote because my vote didn’t matter,” said Fatima Abdullah…
Turnout “Surprisingly” High: Day One of Egypt’s Elections A Promising Start
LUCY EMMERSON: By Egyptian standards, the chaos has been moderate. Today marks a good start to a process due to unfold over the next three months.
Egypt Protests: So, Who’s Got The Plan Then?
LUCY EMMERSON: The number of protestors is growing but we haven’t yet seen the numbers in Tahrir Square grow to the levels of January/February. Who, though, has worked out the next steps?
Egypt’s ‘Culture of Harassment’ Must Stop
LUCY EMMERSON: If you fight back you’re advised to ‘calm down’. The daily harassment of half of Egypt’s population is, however, a serious problem.
Syria: Growing Pressure on Assad to Stand Down Falling on Deaf Ears
LUCY EMMERSON: There are still more who believe that a regime which has killed in excess of 2,200 peaceful protesters in the past 6 months cannot stand
Libya: The Battle for Credibility Has Just Begun
LUCY EMMERSON: The Libya that emerges from this conflict will be in dire need of rebuilding and there are those who doubt the NTC is up to the job…
Mubarak: Trial of Century Must Be Beyond Reproach
LUCY EMMERSON: As Saleh, Al-Assad and Gadaffi watch this trial, the message must be clear: no one is above the law, everyone will someday be held to account.
‘More Democracy, More Openness’: Norway’s Lesson
LUCY EMMERSON: There has been much debate about how we should characterise the Norwegian mass-killer Anders Breivik. Were he Muslim there would have been no debate.
Promise of Arab Spring Failing to Deliver for Middle-Eastern Women
LUCY EMMERSON: Now is not the time to let “women’s issues” fall to the back of the agenda; they must not be deprived of the dignity that they have fought for.