Human Rights

November 29, 2013

UNHCR Beirut and Persecuted Arab Converts Seeking Refugee Status

By Wissam al-Saliby* Last Sunday, I drove 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 become a Christian, but her family could not accept this. On the way […]
November 21, 2013

On Being a Woman in the Arab World: Why Our Lebano-Chauvinism Is Not Helping Us

By Martin Accad “Mabrouk Lebanon! Congrats!” We ranked number 16 out of 22 Arab states on Thomson Reuters Foundation’s third annual poll indexing women’s rights in the Arab World. We can pat ourselves on the back for not being as bad as Egypt, ranking 22nd, thanks to the rise to […]
October 3, 2013

Children Participating in Syria’s Armed Conflict

By Wissam al-Saliby* 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. In this post, I will highlight the issue of recruitment of children […]
September 19, 2013

You – Yes YOU Can Influence the Future of Syria!

By Martin Accad I witnessed, last weekend, the physical transformation of a Syrian young lady sitting in my living room. As my wife and I helped her and her younger cousin complete an application for a university grant for Syrian refugees, they had just returned from a last-minute visit to […]
September 5, 2013

The Syrian Homeless: Reflections of an Aleppine Pastor

Our post this week is the translation of an Arabic news email, containing pastor Mounir al-Ajji of Aleppo’s reflections on the situation of Syrian displaced persons in Syria and Lebanon. Nothing expresses better the tragedy and distress that has beset our dear Syrian brothers and sisters than such a poignant […]
August 29, 2013

50 Years Later and Half a World Away: Dr. King’s Dream Lives On!

50 years ago this week, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his now iconic “I Have a Dream” speech on the footsteps the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Though incomplete, the tireless work of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement radically altered the fabric of American society. Yet […]
August 22, 2013

A Christian, Rights-Based Approach to Egyptian Developments

By Wissam al-Saliby* As Egyptian developments unfold, many Christians in the Arab World and in the West are asking which position they can take to best preserve the Christian community from harm, and maintain its voice and role in Egypt. Media outlets, including satellite news channels, YouTube and Facebook, have […]
July 25, 2013

Redeeming the Enemy: A Call to Civil Disobedience

By Martin Accad “To our most bitter opponents we say: ‘We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We shall meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will, and we shall continue to love you. We cannot in all […]