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#Trending: Arab twitterati mournful on International Human Rights Day

Arabs sought to call attention to major deficits in human rights across the region [Getty]

Date of publication: 10 December, 2016

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Social media users across the Arab world take to Twitter to mark the International Human Rights Day on Saturday, lamenting the state of human rights in the region.
The Twitter hashtag #HumanRightsDay in Arabic gained traction on Saturday as social media users across the Arab sought to call attention to major deficits in human rights across the region.

While some users from Syria, Egypt, Palestine and Yemen pointed to a lack of regard for human rights in their own countries, others took to Twitter to highlight what they considered a region wide problem.

[Translation: Of course, Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Tunisia, Burma, Sudan and other Arab states are excluded from #HumanRightsDay]

[Translation: Sorry we are Arabs we do not have any human rights] 

As for the causes of this deficit, a host of different reasons were given.

While some pointed to a pandemic of military regimes as the biggest cause of human rights abuses, others argued a broader "patriarchal" or "authoritarian" aspect of Arab conservative culture was to blame. 

[Translation: Tens of thousands of people in #Egypt are wrongfully detained by authorities of the #military_coup]

[Translation: Your silence on #HumanRightsDay leaves people locked up inside military prisons]

[Translation: We do not acknowledge this day as it does not carry any meaning to us #Arabs, #HumanRightsDay. Freedom to all prisoners of conscious under totalitarian and military regimes!] 

Women were particularly active, arguing that the idea of human rights in the Arab world is intrinsically linked to the promotion of women's rights so easily forgotten.

[Translation: If a woman takes her rights, then all humans will get their human rights #HumanRightsDay.]

[Translation: A woman = A human #HumanRightsDay]

[Translation: #HumanRightsDay Saudi and Afghan women in this world are excluded and not regarded as humans]

Rights of religious and ethnic minorities similarly came to the fore, with users arguing that both religious and ethnic communities continually facing persecution and marginalisation.

[Translation: Human rights apply to minorities, such as Jews, Christians, Shias, Houthis, Hindus, Parsee and other religious groups]

The rampant abuse of human rights in individual countries where equally condemned, with a major number of posts speaking about abuses in Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Palestine amongst others. 

[Translation: Where is #Syria today as we mark #HumanRightsDay?]

[Translation: On #HumanRightsDay which human we referring to? The displaced Syrian dying from the cold or the Yemeni dying of hunger under bombardment?]

[Translation: On #HumanRightsDay we remember those who fell during the January revolution and those killed in Rabaa massacre, in Maspero and in Mohamed Mahmoud...amid impunity. We back Egypt's prisoners of conscience.] 

As for solutions, or hopes for the future? There was little optimism on show.

But some users did tweet to what they believed could be some important steps and gestures for the idea of the natural right of humans to take root. 

[Translation: On #HumanRightsDay I hope that the #the_right_to_life is granted to millions - so that they can live in peace, away from discrimination based on political or religious differences] 

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