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Documents – general


General documents

Arab League documents - special page

Human rights documents - special page

Sana'a Declaration - on emerging democracies, July 1999

The west and the Middle East

Barack Obama at the UN General Assembly 
25 September 2012

Barack Obama on the Middle East and North Africa 
19 May 2011

Barack Obama on a new beginning  
Speech by President Obama at Cairo University, 4 June 2009 

Freedom in Iraq and the Middle East 
Speech by President George Bush, 6 November 2003.

Anglo-French Joint Statement on Aims in Syria and Mesopotamia - 8 Nov 1918

The Sykes-Picot Agreement - 1916

Letter from Sir Henry McMahon to Ali ibn Hussain - 1915

Documents on human rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights  
UN General Assembly, 10 December, 1948

Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights  
19 September, 1981

Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam 
Organisation of Islamic the Conference, 5 August 1990

Arab Charter on Human Rights  
Arab League, 15 September, 1994

Arab Charter on Human Rights (revised)
Arab League, 22 May 2004

The Casablanca Declaration  
Arab Human Rights Movement, 25 April, 1999

Beirut Declaration (PDF)
First Arab Conference on Justice, 16 June, 1999. Also in Arabic (PDF).

Treaties, conventions, agreements
Full text of 95 international human rights documents [Human Rights Internet, Canada]


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Last revised on 01 March, 2016