Human Rights

November 29, 2012

On Killing Civilians

By Rupen Das On Nov. 18th, just as another round of bloodletting between the Israeli’s and Palestinians got underway, twelve members of the Dalu family (seven of them children) in the Al Nasser neighborhood of Gaza City were killed by an Israeli artillery strike. While the Israeli military initially insisted […]
November 19, 2012

Your Rights & My Responsibilities

By Arthur Brown Your Rights & My Responsibilities:  Biblical & Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights IMES’ Middle East Conference 2013  June 17-21, Beirut. Conference Announcement This week’s post is a temporary departure from the norm, in that it is an announcement concerning our annual Middle East Conference. Each year IMES […]
October 18, 2012

Domesticating Slavery in the Contemporary Arab World

by Martin Accad There is an issue in our Arab region these days that has become so blatantly intolerable that most people seem to have instinctively shut off their natural capacity to see it or to talk about it: the situation of “domestic workers.” Both those responsible for this human […]
October 11, 2012

Why is it always them?

By Arthur Brown As I have looked at various news articles over the last few weeks, it has struck me, yet again, how good we all are at apportioning blame on others whilst neglecting to ask questions about our own faults. Have you ever noticed that the trouble with ‘our […]
September 27, 2012

I’ve got a Name…too[1]

By Rupen Das On March 2nd 2012 The Guardian Newspaper reported that two French journalists who had been wounded in Homs, Syria had been safely evacuated to Beirut. The article stated in detail their activities in the line of fire and the harrowing escape, but tucked away towards the end […]
September 6, 2012

Will We All Be Blind?

By Arthur Brown The throwing of stones at Israeli soldiers and military vehicles by Palestinian youth is something we’ve all become used to seeing on our TV screens and in our newspapers. This somewhat symbolic expression of resistance by these children/young people, began in the Jabaliya refugee camp [Northern Gaza] […]
August 30, 2012

Human Rights versus Obligations: Conversation with a Muslim Friend

By Rupen Das A couple of months ago, during an extended conversation with a Muslim friend in Saida about a rights-based approach to addressing poverty, he said, “Islam does not believe in human rights”. After a long pause, during which my mind conjured up all the worst prejudices about Islam […]