mission & vision

About Us

Mission

Skyline aims primarily at defending the rights to freedom of opinion and of expression on all social media: “Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp” and other contemporary means of communication within the Web, in an effort to influence public opinion in the Arab region to reject these violations and to stop them, by achieving the following objectives:

To observe, document and archive all violations against any person, whether ordinary or famous, for expressing their opinions on social media sites by security agencies, unknown persons, parties and extremist groups or through campaigns of distortion and incitement, and to ensure the provision of legal support.

To link issues on the promotion and protection of the freedom of thought and of expression to international laws and charters that support the principles of the right to freedom of opinion and expression on social media networks.

 

To work with civil society and international media organizations to defend freedom of expression and build a human rights and media pressure front in the Arab region and Europe.

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vision

It is necessary to emphasize first that the right to freedom of opinion is an absolute right which cannot be restricted under any circumstances and includes the right to change views. Discrimination against any person, restriction or derogation of any other rights is not permitted based on his or her views. This part of the right includes protection for all forms of opinion, including political, religious and other views that may be contrary to those adopted by the majority in the country or that differ or contradict those adopted by the state departments or the ruling party. It is necessary to point out that many United Nations expert bodies have stressed that restrictions on the right to freedom of expression must be the exception rather than the rule, and that in adopting laws that provide for restrictions, States should always be guided by the principle that the essence of rights should not be hindered by restrictions.

Freedom of thought and expression is therefore an essential feature of the advancement of society, a cornerstone of democracy, a means of self-expression and a guarantee of the transmission and reception of information and ideas without censorship or any kind of restrictions or violations.

The exercise of this right to freedom of expression creates a state of harmony between the different views, but the most important is to preserve them to ensure a multiplicity of opinions while establishing a base of availability and impartiality at the same time. From this point, members of Skyline Foundation believe that individuals and groups in the Arab region must enjoy their rights to freedom of expression and to freedom of opinion through various means of social communication within the values of tolerance and acceptance of the other within the scope of human rights contained in international conventions and agreements.

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Means

  • Issuing data and reports on specific cases of violation to freedom of expression on social media networks.
  • Organizing workshops on the right to freedom of opinion and expression as well as on violations of this right in the Arab region, with a view to drawing concrete and applicable recommendations.
  • Organizing conferences on issues of freedom and expression via social media networks. Preparing open petitions to be signed by activists and interested parties around the world, in order to create movements calling on the defense of freedom.
  • Providing legal counseling to users of social media who are subject to prosecution, imprisonment and trial.
  • Networking and coordination with local and international bodies that defend the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
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