Det står dårlig til med respekt for menneskerettigheter i den arabiske verden. Faktisk kan man snakke om en tilbakegang. Regimene er nå mer opptatt av å kontrollere og knekke dissidenter, reformister og NGO’er enn de er av islamister, sier Kairo-instituttet for menneskerettsstudier.

Instituttet har gjort opp status i anledning 60-årsdagen for menneskerettighetene. Bildet som tegnes er nedslående.

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, one of the oldest such groups in the Arab world, accused Arab governments in its first such annual report of attempting to silence rights organizations at home and abroad.

The report, which was released Friday in conjunction with the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, chronicled the human rights records of 12 Arab countries. It said judicial systems in many Arab countries lack independence and power-sharing mechanisms are largely absent.

The group singled out Egypt, accusing the country of using its influence in various international organizations, such as the United Nations, to thwart human rights reform. It also criticized the Arab League, an umbrella group of 22 Arab states, for supporting repressive regimes like the ones in Sudan and Yemen.

«The Arab League has become more expressive of authoritarian tendencies than any time in the past,» the report said.

Officials from Egypt and the Arab League could not be reached for comment because Friday is the weekend in the Mideast.

The rights group said Islamic extremists are no longer the principal targets of Arab government repression. Instead the report said «there is an increase in repression of reformists, human rights defenders and independent press.»

Rights group: Arab human rights deteriorate