Arabs for Freedom and Democracy

Many millions of Arabs have risked their lives in order to get rid of dictatorship. What started in Tunisia in December 2010 appeared to be an unstoppable wave of revolutions all over the Arab region. In the name of liberty, democracy, justice and dignity people toppled dictators inn Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen and enforced reforms elsewhere. And for sure this is not the end. Many reforms and changes will follow in these countries. Dictators will fall, not the least in Syria where day after day people are sacrificing their life in their struggle to get rid of this brutal regime.

After a revolution comes the challenge of reconstruction. It is not easy to reconstruct a society on the ruins of tyranny. The politicians of today inherited a true corrupted, dysfunctional and sometimes even non-existing state. From the history of other countries and regions in the world we know that the transition period from dictatorship to democracy, from corruption to justice and from oppression to freedom is a long and winding road.

In MENA countries we share common values, heritage and religions, but also many problems. How to create credible, well-functioning parties? How to create a good education system for all? How to reform the judicial apparatus? How to deal with the impatience of people who want to see immediate change? How to reform the police and the security services? How to defend the rights of the Palestinian people in creating their own state? These are just a few of the questions every leader in the Arab world has to deal with today.

That is the reason why we founded the Arabs for Freedom and Democracy. Countries that went through a revolution, want to cooperate with each other, exchange ideas, learn from each other’s experiences and support each other for the benefit of the people of our countries. We are convinced that by connecting to each other we will be better capable of fulfilling the promises of the revolution: freedom, democracy, dignity, justice and human development. Only by holding strong on these principles, we will be able to guarantee a brighter future for all our citizens. Therefore we strongly believe in democracy, in freedom and in the idea of mutual cooperation between Arab states, but also worldwide. We will look for partners who stand by the same ideals in all Arab and other countries.

Our region has been deprived far too long of basic rights. Many people in the world even believed that Arabs were not interested in or even capable of revolting against dictators and embracing freedom and democracy. The Arab people, in particular the youth, have proven and are still proving every day that this disturbing way of thinking is wrong. They have given their lives for dignity. We as Arabs, see it as our duty to do everything in our capacity to give these martyrs what they have died for and to give back to the Arab people what it deserves: freedom and democracy.

Cairo, 23 September 2012.

Who we are

Amr Moussa

Amr Moussa

Egypt

Former Secretary-General of the Arab League and former Foreign Minister

Ayman Nour

Ayman Nour

Egypt

Chairman of El Ghad El Thowra party, former presidential candidate

Yassine Brahim

Yassine Brahim

Tunisia

Former Minister, executive director Parti Républicain

Mahmoud Jibril

Mahmoud Jibril

Libya

Former Prime Minister of the transition government, President of the National Forces Alliance

Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh

Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh

Jordan

Former Prime Minister

Hanan Ashrawi

Hanan Ashrawi

Palestine

Activist, scholar, member of the Palestinian National Council

Munib Al-Masri

Munib Al-Masri

Palestine

Businessman, former Minister, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council

Ahmad Hariri

Ahmad Hariri

Lebanon

Acting president of the Future Movement

Fawaz Tello

Fawaz Tello

Lebanon

Prominent opposition member against the Syrian regime

Guy Verhostadt

Guy Verhostadt

European Union

Former Prime Minister, president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Edward McMillan-Scott

Edward McMillan-Scott

European Union

Former Vice-President of the European Parliament for Democracy and Human Rights

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