1- هل يخشى المجلس العسكري قوة الاخوان ؟ - Joe dark Blog http://bit.ly/qXpehl
2- الثورة والمجلس العسكري:المواجهة المؤجلة - Egyptian Woman http://bit.ly/oVIP4P
3- فليسقط المجلس العسكري..ولتسقط جميع الخطوط الحمراء - FaceBook Note http://on.fb.me/rteT9f
4- المجلس العسكري بقواته المسلحة..مذنب - مدونة بداية الكلام سلام http://bit.ly/nAMNH2
5- حقائق لازم نشوفها تبينحقيقة مجلس مبلرك العسكري - مدونة قلب ميت http://bit.ly/r2xgSP
6- الثورة بعد ستة أشهر من النفاق - مدونة أحمد فوزي http://bit.ly/oL2lKJ
7- مجلس الالهة - Impossible Is Nothing http://bit.ly/rua69e
8- How A Dictatorship Forms - Egyptian Wise Man http://bit.ly/rt7Wqw
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The Revolution of January 25th came to put on the first blocks of democracy, and tp put an end corruption and dictatorship manifested in the absolute immunity and unaccountability of the ruling elite i.e. the businessmen, the ministers, the state security and the president as well as the presidency. Nevertheless, there seem to be a new immune class being built in the society today, despite all what the revolution has called for during the past two months; a new class of Untouchables unfolds itself.
During the course of the revolution, as the army came out to the Egyptian streets, warmly welcomed it chanting “El sha’ab, w el geisha, eid wahda” or “the army and the people are one” as the army renounced violence against the demonstrators in Tharir square. Nevertheless, as the army becomes the ruling power, and its public policy unfolds, much of what the people called themselves as one with the army for no longer exists. The Egyptian army has committed and continues to commit unbearable degrees of human rights violations against the Egyptian civilians. On the Friday that preceded the departure of Ahmed Shafiq from his post as Prime minister, the army is reported to having forcibly cleared the square off the demonstrator, engaging in some beating and torturing of civilians. The day after, the army spokesman of came out to give an apology about those violations, describing them as “unintentional mistakes”, and promising that they may never occur again. Perhaps this was the first and the last time that any army violation is heard of publicly. The people continue to cheer “eid wahda”, while the army continues to arrest, beat, torture, and even degrade civilians of their humanity.
I imagine this statement would come to the surprise of many readers; that many would be unpleased, shocked or even deny and discredit such notion. I can fully grasp and understand such sentiments and thoughts, as I myself experienced and lived in this romantic euphoric period in which the army represented to me the sole hero, the protector of the revolution and the savior of the country. I guess we all want to believe in a hero, perhaps as a human nature, or maybe as an Egyptian cultural trait!
The reason behind this euphoria I believe is the degree of obscurity with which the Egyptian media and press is treating any critiques to the army in its new “position” as head of state. Egyptian media and press rarely broadcasts any critique to the army, if at all. If you are not a passionate user of social media such as Facebook and Twitter, you would most likely be among those living in euphoria whereby the army is the protector of the revolution, and the savior of the country, as I myself was. This is because even though the violations of the army has been reported by national as well as international human rights organizations and law centers, they have only been broadcasted in social networking websites, and have not made it to the Egyptian media and press, not the private nor the public ones!
My euphoric belief in the army as an the unmistakable and rather angelic entity shattered as I came to learn about the violent practices committed by of the military investigation and the military police against civilians which range from arbitrary detention, electric shocks, various torture techniques and most horrifically, forced virginity tests unto female detainees! In a post dated the 23rd of March, 2011, Amnesty International reports that:
" After army officers violently cleared the square of protesters on 9 March, Amnesty International has been told by women protesters that they were beaten, given electric shocks, subjected to strip searches while being photographed by male soldiers, then forced to submit to ‘virginity checks’ and threatened with prostitution charges."
Clearly seen as a form of torture, the organization declared the foced tests and calls them “utterly unacceptable”.
Additionally, Dr. Ayda Seif El-Dawla writes in the name of a commentary in the name of a collation of Egyptian Human Rights organizations in which she responds to to an interview of General Major General Hamdy Badeen military police commander in Al Shorouk Newspaper whereby any violent practices by the army against civilians. The commentary clearly rejects General Badeen statements, and declares the position of proof of torture committed against civilians in military prisons. he denies that the military police has committed any violence againce the protesters. The coalition of human rights organizations is composed of eight legal and human rights centers including El Nadim Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture, The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Awlad Elard Foundation, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Hisham Mubarak Law Center,and Nazra Group for Women’s Studies, in which she asserts the human rights violations committed by the military police. The commentary, offering proves from tortured civilians and their families about the sort of maltreatment they faced while detained at the military prisons.
Along those same lines wrote William Dobson on the 13th of March,2011 in the guest bloggers section of The Washington Post on In an article titled ” The Military is Above the Nation” in which he reports the detention beating, and electric shocks which detainees faced as the army forcibly cleared the square on March 9th. Dobson also reports the story of a woman who was detain and tortured at the Cairo Museum and then forced to strip for a “virginity test”. When the woman shouted, “the army and the people are one”, her prison guard said, “no the military is above the nation” says Dobson.
Unfortunately, those articles, testimonies and reporters are rarely known about as it or broadcasted on Egyptian press and media. The military has become a redline about which any criticism is prohibited, and all violations are obscured. This bitter reality is only known to a limited number of people who are no longer enchanted by the unmistakable army, and who started circulating those reports on social networking websites. The question here is not merely a question of the army practices not the human rights violations, which are indeed unacceptable and rather intolerable, the question is rather about the silence that followed those practices, and what it means for the “democratic” Egypt to be. The silence and unconditional enchantment with the army makes generated in me an uncomfortable and rather suspicious energy, a scare of the formation of a new evil, a new class of Untouchables. If the NDP businessmen were “unaccountable”, the army is now being treated as “untouchable”.
Even when the violations of the army came to the attention of the media, they passed by unnoticed, overlooked, and ignored. Ramy Essam, a young protestor singer was interviewed on “Al hayat ma’a Rola Kharsa” show on Thursday the 24th of March 2011 on Al Hayat channel. As a youthful voices of the revolution, the host, Rola Kharsa asked Essam what he is planning to do next. Essam told the host that he has an album of the revolution songs coming up, but has been delayed due to “the recent torture incidents which [he] faced”. It is well known and reported by several Human Right organizations in Egypt, one of which is El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence that Ramy Essam is among the many who were collectively arrested and detained by the military police on March 9th, and severely beaten and tortured. Instead of discrediting the torture of the young singer, questioning it, or at least inquiring about what happened, the host decided to totally ignore this comment, as if nothing has been said. To go on, she asked Essam to sing one of the albums songs!
In addition to all the above, a major step towards dictatorship and a huge violation upon civil and political rights of the citizens is the trial of civilians in the military courts. According to the Egyptian Constitutional and Law, as well as several international law covenants to which Egypt is a signatory, admitting civilians to military courts is illegal. A military court procedure constitutes of the total opposite of a fair trial to which all civilians are entitled; the defendant has no right to appeal and his judgment is final. This is why it’s prohibited that civilians be admitted to such courts. Some argue that this does not constitute a violation of human rights or that these violations are acceptable since we are in a “critical timing”. What really makes a nation a nation of law and order is how much it respects the law and the rights and freedoms of its people in pressing times. Every person has the right to a fair trial, and no citizen should be denied of that right based on the assumption that he is a guilty “looter” or a dangerous person; that is a clear post-facto judgment! It is also noteworthy to mention that at those very pressing times, the heads of corruptions, such as Maghrabi, El Adli, Garana, Ezz and others, are enjoying their full rights to a civil trial, a prolonged one even, while protesters detained en masse from the square received a 5 years sentence, with no rights to appeal, and no chance to defending themselves in order to prove themselves innocent, or being justly proven guilty.
What is most important here is not Rolla Kharsa ,Ramy Essam, not the army itself. What is most important is the way those violations are being dealt with in the media and press. From random arbitrary detention, to military court decisions, torture and virginity tests, the media and press are still celebrating the unprecedented rejuvenating revolution, shutting off all eyes and ears about the atrocities taking place. What difference is there really between the Mubarak gang, which people have revolted against, and the new class of Untouchables that is being created now? Perhaps Mubarak’s gang was unaccountable, but not untouchable, not a red line where all media and press stood mute.
Who’s really to blame? Is it the army? The media and the press? Or the people who seem to always find a class of people or a group against whom all criticism has to be prohibited, and who’s image has to remained untouchable. Today’s Untouchables, the army, will be gone tomorrow as the power transitions into the hand of a civilian president-hopefully- if at all. With the army as the Untouchables of today, who’s going the Untouchables of the day after? And can Egypt really afford to allow the crystallization of a new class of Untouchables? Such a question needs a thorough yet a fast answer, because whatever the answer is, the repercussions to it will be costly; the only difference is which cost is more worthy.
By: Mahinour El-Badrawi
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2- When Army officers break promises | Shreef
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5- لماذا لم يسقط العسكر | يا ثورة ما تمت
6- إنجازات العسكر في 6 شهور | Jan 25
7- أشهد بالحق | كلام حلمنتيشي
8- رسائل | Impossible Is Nothing
9- قراءة في أحوال مصر.. كوميديا سوداء من مكتوباتي | Facebook Note
10- شوفت العصفورة!!!| joe dark blog
11- الشرك الرئيسي بالثورة | Facebook Note
The blog posts of the first blogging day against #Armyviolations :
:تدوينات يوم التدوين الاول ضد انتهاكات الجيش
1- جريدة يومية لمتابعة أخبار الهاشتاج #Armyviolations
2- How the SCAF think? (Part one) - Arabic
3- الجيش المصري العظيم بين الاول و العاشر من رمضان | مدونة “يهمني الانسان” - Arabic
4-كفر عسكر | In or Fly - Arabic
5- اللي حطوا مبارك في القفص اتعذبوا في السجن الحربي!| محاولات سامية - Arabic
6- كرامة المصري خط أحمر يا جيش | محاولات سامية
7- كرامة المصري أكبر خط أحمر | Manoly Facebook Note
8- الخطى الصغيرة - إهداء لروح الشهداء و من سيلحق بهم | مدونة عيش حرية عدالة اجتماعية
9- المجلس اللي أعلى من أي مجلس تاني | مدونة المجنون
10- مين يحكم المجلس العسكري؟ | Shehab Facebook Note
11- عن جيشنا اللي كان… | مدونة هات إيدك
12- أسبوع التدوين ضد انتهاكات العسكر | مدونة يوميات ملكة بلا عرش
13- العلبة دي فيها ايه؟ | مدونة كلام حلمنتيشي
14- “مهمتك تحميني مش تمحيني” | مدونة المكان المظلم
15- من أين لك هذا يا مجلسنا العسكري؟ | Facebook Note
16- أيها الشعب المصري العظيم | مدونة إيمان البحيري
17- Why the army cannot lead a country | Egyptian Wise man - English
18- آمون هو السبب | Facebook Note
19- العسكر | مدونة آدي اللي اخدناه من الثورة
20- فيلم فيه حقائق خطيرة عن يوم اعتصام سفارة اسرائيل | محاولات سامية
21- تساؤلات | مدونة خواطر
22- ضباط 8 ابريل.. فرسان نبلاء في الزمن الخطأ | مدونة دولة جنرالات العسكر
23- المجلس العسكري؟ | مدونة ايهاب عصام
24- سؤال لكل مناوئ!!! | In Or Fly
25- حتى لا يقال يوماً أن الجيش حمى الثورة، فالثورة لها رب و شعب يحميها
26- كشفت راسي و دعيت عليك | مدونة يوميات معددة
27- أحمد: المشير ما بيموتش! | Facebook note
28- المجلس العسكري.. صورة في المرآة | مطاطيات حائرة
29- العاشر من رمضان: يوم تدويني للتنديد بالانتهاكات ضد مصابي و أسر شهداء الثورة | Effective
30- اسطورة الخط الاحمر | بداية تانية
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