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CIHRS digs up roots of unrest in Arab world in new report

As change continues to sweep across the Middle East, with citizens seeking democracy and guarantees for their basic human rights, you've got to ask: what got them here? The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) seeks the answer to this question in "Roots of Unrest", its third annual report of the Arab world.

"Roots of Unrest" finds some striking similarities among countries that are now the stage for popular revolutions. Among them: large-scale deterioration of human rights, even in those countries that are supposedly "stable", and a lack of political will to improve the human rights situation; laws that are used often to discipline and harass opponents, including emergency and counterterrorism laws; widespread impunity, often perpetuated by the authorities; and censorship of the media, especially on issues related to the royal family or Islam.

Country by country, "Roots of Unrest" describes in detail the "daily accumulation of people's suffering and grievances, which led them to the point of no return as they faced their regimes, both those that have already fallen and those still waiting their turn."

Read "Roots of Unrest" here.

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