The human and legal rights implications of Middle Eastern uprisings
Though it has only been two years since the 2011 Egyptian revolution that led to the overthrow of the federal government and ouster of President Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak, tensions have raged on in the spring and summer months of 2013. With conflicts occurring in much of the Middle East, many human rights activists are concerned that the outcome of such revolutions will not benefit the general public in these regions.
One of the hottest nations today for political uprising is Egypt, which is where the last Arab summer started roughly two years ago.
The legal threats of political leaders in Egypt have quickly raged out of control, with journalists, ordinary citizens and protestors alike not being safe from the potential steps officials are thinking about taking. Though President Mohamed Morsi has already exited his position, his supporters are continuing the fight to get him reinstated.
One of the first threats Morsi had made was to prosecute all journalists who were speaking against him and his party, as well as the prospect of completely shutting down the Internet in the country. While this might seem impossible, remember that there are a variety of ways to disconnect the population from one another.
Though officials in Boston, MA, did not take responsibility for the complete shutdown of cell phone service following the Marathon bombings, residents will remember that the city was not able to connect through wireless devices.
Now, in Egypt, the military is in firm control of the government, which has outraged many Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, who support former President Morsi.
With tensions so high between the various parties, many human rights activists are concerned about those who simply want peace in the nation. Too many communities and individuals have already been negatively effected or caught in the cross hairs of the political and social battle.
Other nations still at risk
Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and many other Middle Eastern countries continue to be effected by political turmoil, and a battle of religion among varying groups. As a result, governments in these nations continue to side with those parties that they most closely associate with.
It has always been clear that a dramatic revolution is necessary to implement more feasible governmental structures that allow the general public to have a say in political matters in the region. However, are these often bloody conflicts indicative of helpful revolutions, or simply more evidence that human and legal rights have been forgotten?