Salamssss, to whoever is reading!
I hope your doing well blog readers. I am doing excellent, hamdullah ya rab (praise be to Allah). I am officially graduated from the University of Alberta!!! *woohooooo*. I would have to say that the years I spent working towards my undergraduate degree at the U of A were one of the best times in my life, FO SURE. The experiences and friends I made throughout the years are keepers; my degree in Political Science has served me well so far too haha 😉
Since I made this blog for the purpose of archiving my experiences……get ready ’cause Nariman is off to another great experience- inshallah, if I find somewhere to live haha. I have been offered the position of Advocacy Intern for the spring semester of 2012 at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies in Geneva, Switzerland!!! I am so so so so so unbelievably excited to start interning there; it’s honestly a dream to have the opportunity to intern in the land of neutrality haha, I mean obviously for the sole existence of the second largest UN office haha! I’m also very excited to head over to Europe for the reason of seeing family members as well! It’ll be the second time I visit them and I am just so excited to reunite with the French side of my family…I’m really abusing the exclamation mark here…
So, just a bit more about the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, here on out, CIHRS. They’re:
“an independent regional non-governmental organization founded in 1993. They aim at promoting respect for the principles of human rights and democracy, analyzing the difficulties facing the application of International Human Rights Law and disseminating Human Rights Culture in the Arab Region as well as engaging in dialogue between cultures in respect to the various International Human Rights treaties and Declarations”
“CIHRS enjoys consultative status with the United Nations ECOSOC, and observer status in the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. CIHRS is also a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) and the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX)”
So to list off some of the duties that I will be doing while interning, I think one of the most exciting will be the chance to observe, document and monitor proceedings of the U.N, I’m hoping I get the chance to sit in on a Human Security Council Session….’cause come on that would just be a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Another aspect of my internship that I’m looking forward to is the legal and factual research on initiatives concerning human rights abuses in Arab nations, including issues of arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, violation of freedom of expression…the list goes on and I can’t wait to get started, especially with what’s been happening in Egypt lately with the crackdown on NGO’s in Cairo. According to the Supreme Miliatary Council, they are responsible for “accepting illegal foreign funds with the purpose of causing turmoil in the country and attempting to topple the regime” HAHAHAHAH. What a joke. As noted by many, the revolution in Egypt is still going on and human rights organizations are proudly going on strong and not backing down to holding their governments accountable.
The spirit of human rights culture in the Arab world has made a huge comeback- with human rights organizations existing since the late 70’s, constantly harrassed and under scrutiny by past dictatorships, they’ve now found a platform in the last year where there’s finally breathing room for these guys to do what they’ve set out to do since their origination: ‘Promote Respect for the principles of Human Rights and Democracy’. The concept of human rights within the region has been underrated to say the least. However, can you really blame them? Since the time of colonization which than smoothly transitioned into fully fledged dictatorships, Arabs and Middle Easterns alike have had fear injected into their conscioussness. With 2011 bringing in the air of revolution, as I wrote in an op-ed for my undergraudate online journal:
“Something beautiful has happened in the Arab world, the air of revolution stepped inside, lingered and decided to extend its visit in an attempt to leave a permanent footstep in the consciousness of all Arabs. Since January 2011, the Arab world has witnessed revolutionary uprisings among all segments of the population- demanding equality, accountability, an end to the culture of impunity and most importantly a plea for justice”
I hope you enjoyed this blurb and I can’t wait to come back with exciting updates during my internship! Until next time peeps, Nari,
Peace in the Middle East