Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Egypt’s Court Judgment Violates International Law

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma


The media has reported a story of an Egyptian appeal Court (the Supreme Administrative Court) upholding an earlier decision of a lower court ordering the stripping of citizenship of Egyptian men who marry Israeli women. It is my considered opinion that this judgment violates international law.

A.15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that, Everyone has the right to a nationality. Clauses 2 and 4 of A.12 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights read together have the same effect. They state that, Everyone shall be free to leave any country, including his own, and that, No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of the right to enter his own country, respectively. These provisions are restated under A.12 (2) of the African [Banjul] Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, the essence of which is to guarantee everyone’s citizenship and nationality.

This decision is in total contravention of these legal instruments which, to the best of my knowledge and belief, Egypt is party to. Its effect is to render the concerned people stateless and effectively homeless. It is believed that there are over 300,000 Egyptian men who have married Israeli women. Since Egypt is a predominantly Moslem society where men can marry up to four women, it is possible that we are talking about 1, 200, 000 adults rendered refugees in their own country! And this is not all as there are children of these marriages who bring the figure even higher. This is untenable in this modern day and age.

These children are equally stateless and inevitably refugees like their parents. Stripping their parents of nationality automatically strips them of it as well and this contravenes A.24 (3) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which sates that, Every child has the right to acquire a nationality. Legally speaking, since these children’s parents have no nationality, they cannot pass on any to their children.

Although it is important to note that the above statements of law are not absolute considering that there are qualifications and provisos (or conditions) attached, they ought to be given a purposive and generous interpretation in order to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment of them. As such therefore, these qualifications (like the need for national security and use of words like arbitrary) should not be used to erode the substantive rights. In fact, in this case, the judge said that the decision was taking into account Egypt’s national security. The case was ostensibly premised on the need to “prevent the creation of a generation disloyal to Egypt and the Arab world.”

If there were any iota of truth in these submissions, then cosmopolitan states like the U.S.A would not be as mighty as they are today. This judgment is nothing but an extension of the political conflict between Arabs and Israelis to the courts of law and a judicial sanction of racism. This is very unfortunate and unnecessary because courts and the state should not be expected to supervise each and every activity of human life.

This decision is unwarranted as there is evidence from a recent Al Jazeera documentary indicating that the conflict between Arabs and Israelis is exaggerated by politics as ordinary citizens are willing and ready to live together in peace and harmony. Politicians have betrayed their people’s desire for peaceful co-existence and this court decision escalates this betrayal. It breaches both man’s and God’s law viz common humanity and good conscience.