Jamal Saadeddine Ibrahim – Egypt

Linked with The American Muslim TAM, and with the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy.

He is Deputy for Kafr Al Sheikh, Egypt, Member of the Egyptian Peopl’s Assembly.

Websites and text in arabic language: Saadeddine Ibrahim; Arab Observers – Islam and Politics; Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy CSID.

Civil-Political Rights (scroll down): … The case of Saad Eddin Ibrahim, a prominent Egyptian sociologist and director of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies can be viewed as a “critical test” of American policy on civil rights in the Arab world for two reasons – he holds duel
Egyptian and American citizenship, and his Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies once received funding from NED. If ever there was a political prisoner who should have met American conditions for contentious public diplomacy, it is Ibrahim … (full text, ).


Jamal Saadeddine Ibrahim – Egypt

He works for the Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy CSID.

In return, US officials, including President Bush himself, set about to express their rejection of domestic conditions in Egypt, including instances such as the arrest and trial of some political activists, as in the cases of Dr. Ayman Nour at present, and, formerly, Saadeddine Ibrahim. (full long text, Oct. 17, 2007).

Egypt Update, 03 July 2007, by Pieter Koekenbier.

Egypt’s jailing of American-Egyptian civil-society activist Saad Eddine Ibrahim triggered condemnation from Western governments, international media, and human-rights groups, but the Egyptian press showed little sympathy for the 62-year-old academic’s plight. (full text, Dec. 2001).
CONFERENCE CSID, August 27, 2007: aAs you know, we just organized our 6th Annual conference on April 22-23 at the Marriott Wardman hotel in Washington, DC. The conference was attended by over 200 participants from many countries, including Turkey, the Philippines, Iran, Jordan, Egypt, the UK, and of course the US. Keynote speakers included … Saadeddine Ibrahim, from Egypt … (full text, May 6, 2005).

Look at: The American Muslim TAM, and: Muslim Voices Against Extremism and Terrorism.

Sociologue et militant égyptien des droits de l’homme, Saad Eddine Ibrahim dirige le centre Ibn Khaldoun d’études sociologiques et politiques, un forum réformateur et laïc. Le pouvoir, qui lui a reproché d’avoir ‘terni l’image de l’Egypte’ et ‘reçu illégalement des fonds étrangers’, l’a emprisonné pendant deux ans au total, entre 2000 et 2003. (full text, 24 mai 2005).

The lack of free expression in Egypt was manifested this week with the arrest of Saad Eddine Ibrahim, founder of the Ibn Khaldoun Center for Human Rights. The Egyptian government is accusing the lawyer and sociology professor of using foreign subventions to write reports on the internal situation of Egypt and to make films that harm the image of the country and threaten its stability. The detention of Saad Eddine Ibrahim betrays a way of governing, quite common in the Gulf countries, which leads to the annulment of an independent, democratic and pluralistic civil society. Countries like Syria, Iraq and Libya and, to a lesser degree, Sudan, Algeria and Tunisia, are examples of weak regimes that resort to methods of repression – in a form of self-protection – to muzzle any critical and independent voice. Joining this list of countries over time have been Morocco, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon and Palestine. The main cause for instability and politico-economic distortion in the Arab world is the leading classes? indiscriminate use of the powers of the State and the management of the rule of law for their own political ends. (full text, 07-07-2000). More information about the background.

Mr. Ibrahim, 61, who was detained in June for 45 days, has said he was made a target because of his discovery of widespread fraud during elections in 1995. He said earlier this month that he would monitor parliamentary elections in October. (full text, Sept. 25, 2000).

Recently in a French article in the ‘Courrier International‘, October 18, 2007, Saad Eddine Ibrahim told his recent visit to Switzerland. Asking ‘who is Switzerland’s President’, he got first no answer.

After a while he was explaned that in Switzerland Presidents change every year, by rotation inside of the 7 Federal Counselors, so many people think there is no need to learn their names. He understood, Presidents are not so important, as the Swiss Country runs by itself, like a good Swissclock.

He began to compare with his country, Egypt, remembering how every official room shows President’s photo … he remembered how he had been put in jail for having critizised the presidency.

He acknowledges that Swiss journalists do not waste their time about our President’s name or photos … but then he was no more sure if poor Swiss have to be lamented or envied …

My comment: this brought me to reflect on this humanity. What if this planet would rule by itself, no issues about Human Rights, Women questions, Poverty, Health, Educations … all runs perfectly … yes, like a good Swissclock …

… what should I write on my four blogs, every day …

I guess I would go for long diving vacations … yes, yes, in Egypt, in the Red Sea …


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The Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies;

AMALS, Association of McGill Arab Law Students;

CSID’s 8th Annual Conference on the ‘Rights of Women in Islam and Muslim Societies’, George Washington University, Washington DC, April 27, 2007;

The Lebanese Bloggers;

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