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The EU Courts the Arab League

The EU Courts the Arab League

Country: 
European Union
News Date: 
07/05/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 
  • [President of the European Council, Donald] Tusk referred to the value gap between the states of the Arab League and those of the European Union as "differences between us". Such euphemisms however, do not explain the evident lack of even the pretense, on the part of the EU, to comply with its own stated human rights policies.

  • "We've been witnessing a spike in gross human rights violations across the Arab region, including in extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, and torture and other ill-treatment. The region is in dire need of a credible and independent judicial mechanism to provide justice for human rights violations, the overwhelming majority of which presently go unaddressed". — Said Benarbia, MENA Programme Director of the International Commission of Jurists.

  • In uncomfortably Orwellian fashion, the summit "Reaffirmed our resolve to combat cultural and religious intolerance, extremism, negative stereotyping, stigmatisation and discrimination leading to incitement to violence against persons based on religion or belief and condemn any advocacy of religious hatred against individuals that constitutes incitement, hostility or violence, including on the internet and social media".

  • Instead, Mogherini's words came across as references to the EU's own continued efforts to monitor and police free speech and thus, gradually, to extinguish any kind of diversity of opinion within the EU.