Activists of the Middle-East often become known when they are jailed.It is the more common fate of those who dare opposing the regime in place, or claiming some rights in a rigid society.Some facts, less important, conduct just the same to imprisonment: the best example is the condemnation of Nabeel Rajab, for a tweet.
Now, Nabeel Rajab is still in jail, its trial is always postponed, but by his notoriety he is the voice of all opponents in Bahrain, an immobile regime , where the authorities and the religion can not be criticized .BCHR , a Bahraini network for human rights, calls the attention on it:
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, for the most known cases ,have the same practice towards intellectuals who think that Islam and democracy can be conciliated.In Saudi Arabia, the land where is he sanctuary of the whole Muslim community, Mecca, religion is not an issue to speak or write about: when someone try, he (or she) is accused of blasphemy . If I write “she”, it is because since a while, a movement called “Women Drive”is active in the country; in effect, according to Saudi laws, a woman can only leave her house and be seen in public if she is accompanied by a man of her family, husband, brother, and so on. Alone, it is forbidden, and , by a consequence, she can drive a car only if she is with a man.
Against these laws which make of the daily life of Saudi women a constant surveillance, the movement “Women Drive” is the feminist claim that a woman has the right to drive and go alone.Of course, on the web, parodies were made of this protest.
But whatever the parody, the call is serious: its stake is freedom for women. The West knew the same fight in the 50th and the 60th.
In Egypt, a country which was one of the first in the so-called “Arab Spring”, because it began its Revolution on January, 25, 2011, Islam has taken the place, in the hot subjects , of Mubarak. Assisi don’t support criticism .
We cannot speak of all countries, because the whole Middle-East is concerned: in Oman, in Koweit, and others lands, two issues can’t be criticized without taking risks : the power, the religion. Human Rights Watch recently denounced this in a report and a web gallery :
One day, the protester disappear: NGOs call this phenomena “enforced disappearances” .To call for his liberation, there is his woman, or his daughter.
On Fridays, women often protest in what is called by Western journalists “day of rage”. It would be better to note that the participation of women in politics is active, unlike prejudices. Prisoners in their daily lives, liberty is their fight.