Mohamed Bechri

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Mohamed Bechri (Abu Khawla) is professor of economics at the University of Sousse, Tunisia. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Southern California.[1][2]

Human rights activism[edit]

He is a human rights activist and former chair of the Tunisian section of Amnesty International.[3] Human Rights Watch cites him in telling of repression of human rights.[4]

Statements[edit]

He is quoted as blaming the Arab silence of Darfur genocide on the "twin fascisms" that dominate the Middle East, pan-Arabism and Islamism,[5] as well as to why all minorities living within the Arab world are under siege,[6] that 'Islamism is the mother of all big lies',[7] that freedom in the West gave Islamist terror masters ample opportunity to mount an effective propaganda machine, and that only Arab/Muslim secular forces can effectively undermine Islamism.[8]

Persecution[edit]

In 2000, journalists were assaulted and threatened by police officers in Tunis. Among them was Omar Mestiri (an editor of the opposition online newspaper Kalima, who is a victim of judicial harassment. Reporters Without Borders [9]) and Mohammed Bechri, both human rights activists,[10] Bechri told Human Rights Watch that he was forcibly prevented from approaching the Ministry and was attacked in his car as he was trying to leave.[11]

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