Democracy is vital for the long term stability and prosperity of the Middle East. No region of the world or peoples should be viewed as unsuited to democracy and autocratic regimes should not be supported or defended in the name of strategic interests. Nor should democracy be imposed by external powers. Rather, it is essential that the aspirations of the people of the Arab world for genuine democratic reform and accountable governance are fulfilled.
Caabu has been active in the media and the British parliament supporting popular uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa. As part of this work, on Thursday 3 March we published an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron calling on the UK government to cease the sale of arms to governments that engage in repression. The letter, published in the Guardian newspaper, is supported by a group of eminent signatories.
We are seeking funds through our democracy appeal to build on our current work. We believe Britain's role in the Middle East and North Africa, not least its arms sales, has had a deeply negative impact on the region and ignored the lessons of past experience. Britain's role in the region requires a fundamental change.
Help us to continue keeping pressure on the British government by donating to our appeal. Your donation will contribute to our vital work advancing Arab-British relations by supporting international law, human rights and democracy.
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