As part of the 2nd edition of the "Mediterranean Meetings on Cinema and Human Rights," a panel entitled “Democracy and Human Rights in the Arab World” was held on April 9, 2011 in Rabat. The panel included AFAC’s Executive Director Oussama Rifahi along with political scientist Abdelhay Mouden, human rights activist Kamal Jendoubi, and the French sociologist and philosopher Edgar Morin.
In light of the revolutions and social movements calling for democracy that have spread across the Arab world, the panel tackled the dialectical relation between democracy and human rights, democratization processes in the region, reform scenarios in view of the demands of the Arab people and social movements, the possible roles of political parties, intellectuals, civil society activists and other actors, and the past, present, and future role of international diplomacy.
The festival, organized in Morocco by the “National Council of Human Rights” from 6 to 9 April 2011, included additional panels on cinema, human rights, and humanitarian issues in the Arab world, and the reality of human rights, education, human security, and freedom in the region.
14 related films were also screened, followed by discussions with the directors.