Jordan science facility to promote research ties between Mideast countries

The vast white building is home to a synchrotron, a particle accelerator that acts as a powerful microscope. (Photo courtesy: sesame.org.jo)
Updated 16 May 2017
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Jordan science facility to promote research ties between Mideast countries

DUBAI: An advanced research center to be shared by scientists from countries with politically tense relations is set to open in Jordan today.
The facility is called Sesame — Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East – and will be used by researchers from across the region, including Iranians, Israelis and Palestinians.
The facility’s name is a play on the famous phrase “Open Sesame” and implies the beginning of a new era of collaborative scientific research, the BBC reported Tuesday.
The vast white building is home to a synchrotron, a particle accelerator that acts as a powerful microscope by generating intense beams of light
There are about 60 synchrotrons in the world but this will be the first in the Middle East.
Located 35 kilometers north of the capital Amman, the facility is geared toward establishing advanced science in the region, according to Egyptian Dr. Gihan Kamel.
“We are not building a paradise, it’s not an ideal place… But we are creating something, we are giving hope for other people for other generations,” she told the BBC.
The opening ceremony is being attended by Jordanian, Cypriot, Egyptian, Iranian, Pakistani, Palestinian and Turkish delegations and by the heads of UNESCO, CERN and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
However, an Israeli Cabinet minister called off the long-planned visit to attend the ceremony following a spat between the countries over a deadly shooting in Jerusalem.
Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis said he was skipping the because of Jordan’s reaction to the killing of a Jordanian who stabbed an Israeli police officer.


Yemeni civil society organizations call on UN support for human rights violations inquiry commission

Updated 18 September 2018
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Yemeni civil society organizations call on UN support for human rights violations inquiry commission

DUBAI: Civil society organizations in Yemen sent an appeal to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday to increase the level of support to the National Commission of Inquiry in Human Rights Violations in Yemen and to reflect this support in the purported resolution on Yemen in the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council.

The statement read: “The National Commission has made great successes in the field of monitoring, documenting and investigating different violations since the issuance of the above-mentioned HRC resolution. The Commission intensified its presence in all territories of Yemen; investigated and collected information on violations perpetrated by all parties; and established a comprehensive database for all victims of violations for use during peace time to achieve accountability, justice and reconciliation in Yemen. In addition, the Commission issued several general and specific reports containing results of investigations it conducted in all parts of Yemen.”