Arab States and UN Human Rights Mechanisms | Ifi Research Report
Research Report | June 2013
Arab States and UN Human Rights Mechanisms by Fateh Azzam
The revolts that have rocked the Arab region in 2011 have focused on demands for dignity, social and economic justice, and political freedoms. As the protests unfolded and spread from one country to another, their chants gained remarkable consistency in their rejection of unaccountable leadership and exclusionary economic and development policies that had failed for decades. The revolts were a wake-up call to all those concerned with politics and development in the region, that development can no longer be viewed as a purely economic quest in isolation from political processes and the broader human rights agenda: the guarantee and respect of economic, social, civil, political and cultural rights.