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Call for Applicants: Reporting Energy and Finance in Europe's Neighborhood (9 May, Istanbul)

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Reporting Energy and Finance in Europe's Neighborhood 9 May 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Istanbul, Turkey     Organised by Bankwatch Network, this workshop aims to familiarise reporters from European Neighbourhood countries with issues related to reporting energy and energy markets, particularly with a focus on European public and private investors in the Neighbourhood region.   Specific attention will be given to the European Bank for Reconstruction and ...

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The Final Statement of the Second Gulf Platform for Human Rights Defenders

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[The following statement was published on the Gulf Center for Human Rights website on 2 March 2013.] We, the human rights defenders from the Gulf countries and Yemen, convened at the second Gulf Platform for Human Rights Defenders held in Istanbul (1-2 March 2013), and organized by the Gulf Center for Human Rights, stress the following: We declare our absolute solidarity with the human rights defenders in the region and our complete support without reservations, and while ...

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Press Release: As Obama Lands, Palestinians Erect New Bab al Shams Neighborhood

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Palestinians assert their right to protect their lands from colonialism and their opposition to American policy which keeps granting Israeli occupation and repression of Palestinians full support.  Hundreds of the Palestinians arrived this morning, Wednesday, 20 March, to Eizariya and erected about fifteen tents on lands of the village as new neighborhood of Bab al Shams village, on a hillside opposite to the one on which the original village of Bab al Shams was ...

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Violence, Vulnerability, and Migration: Trapped at the Gates of Europe

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[The following report was issued by Doctors Without Borders on 14 March 2013.] Violence, Vulnerability, and Migration: Trapped at the Gates of Europe A report on the situation of sub-Saharan migrants in an irregular situation in Morocco. Executive Summary Over the last ten years, as the European Union (EU) has tightened its border controls and increasingly externalised its migration policies, Morocco has changed from being just a transit country for ...

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Yemeni Detainee Tortured in Saudi Prison after Extradition by Qatar

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[The following is an appeal that Al Karama issued on 14 March 2013 detailing the detention and torture of Yemeni detainee Iwad Al Hayki and calling on the international community and Saudi authorities to look into his case.] Iwad Al Hayki, a thirty-three-year-old Yemeni national has been imprisoned in Al Qasim Prison since 18 October 2010, the day he was extradited by Qatar to the Saudi authorities. Detained incommunicado for almost a year in solitary confinement, he has ...

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Jailed Human Rights Defenders on Hunger Strike

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[The following is an urgent appeal that the Bahrain Center for Human Rights issued on 18 March 2013]   The BCHR has received information that Zainab Alkhawaja's mother received a phone call today from the prison notifying her that Zainab's health had deteriorated, and that she had refused to be taken to the hospital until she is allowed to see her daughter.  The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses urgent concern for the health and well being for the ...

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An Open Letter From Salman al-Odah

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[The following is an open letter from Saudi sheikh and former political prisoner Salman al-Odah to the Saudi Arabian regime dated 15 March 2013. It has been circulating widely in English and Arabic.] Introduction: 1. Your friend is the one who speaks to you honestly. A rational person values the truth, regardless of who speaks it. We are speaking about the nation we love and whose future we are all equally concerned about. 2. We must preserve the gains we have ...

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Program of the Inaugural Conference of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (March 19-20, Beirut)

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All tweets from the conference can be accessed HERE   يسر المجلس العربي للعلوم الاجتماعية أن يعلن عن توفير ترجمة لجميع التغريدات التي صدرت أثناء المؤتمر التأسيسي. اضعط هنا           The Arab Council for the Social Sciences is pleased to announce its inaugural conference, titled Arab Transformations: Interrogating the Social Sciences, to be held in Beirut, Lebanon on 19-20 March 2013. The conference will showcase papers and ...

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The Crime of Insulting the President, A Crime of an Authoritarian Regime

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[The following report was issued by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information on 20 January 2013.]  The Crime of Insulting the President, A Crime of an Authoritarian Regime Introduction In the May of 1995, the Supreme Constitutional Court wrote significant lines in its judgment, which strongly support the freedom of expression, which  included: “Therefore, it is logically and inevitably that the constitution shall be biased to the freedom ...

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Reports Roundup (March 16)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.]  A Bitter Legacy: Lessons of De-Baathification in Iraq The International Center for Transitional Justice reports on the problematic de-Baathification process in Iraq from 2003 to 2011. Petition: Stop the "Green Building" Draft Law in Lebanon The following petition highlights the negative consequences of the ...

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The Tunisian Constituent Assembly's By-laws: A Brief Analysis

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[The following report was issued by the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance on 26 February 2013.] The Tunisian Constituent Assembly's By-laws: A Brief Analysis Executive Summary In response to the Jasmine Revolution, Tunisia is in the process of  developing a new constitution. The institution charged with drafting this new constitution is the National Constituent Assembly (NCA). The functioning and processes of  the NCA will ...

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Torture Accusations Hidden Behind Closed Doors in 'UAE 94' Trial

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[This report was originally published by Alkarama on 13 March 2013.] UAE: Concerns for Safety of 'UAE 94' Confirmed as International Observers Prevented from Attending Second Hearing The first and second hearings in the trial of the UAE 94 were held on 4 and 11 March, respectively, with international observers prevented access. Reports from the trial have raised alarm bells that the UAE has still not respected the norms of a fair trial. The UAE should allow international ...

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UNICEF Report: Children in Israeli Military Detention

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[The following report was issued by UNICEF on 6 March 2013.] Children in Israeli Military Detention: Observations and Recommendations Executive Summary  All children in contact with judicial systems should be treated with dignity and respect at all times. For several years, national lawyers, human rights organizations, United Nations experts and treaty bodies have been publishing reports of illtreatment of children who come in contact with the Israeli ...

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UK Spyware Targets Bahraini Business

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[This report was originally published by Bahrain Watch on 13 March 2013.] TOP BAHRAINI COMPANY INFECTED WITH GOVERNMENT SPYWARE SOLD BY UK FIRM IN APPARENT POLITICALLY MOTIVATED TARGETING Company Declines to be Identified, Citing Potential Reprisals [Manama] During the course of recent investigations, Bahrain Watch determined that a computer inside a top Bahraini company was infected with spyware operated by Bahrain’s government. The spyware, known as FinSpy, is sold ...

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Long Sentences Imposed on Saudi Human Rights Activists

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[This report was originally issued by Alkarama on 12 March 2013.] KSA: Two prominent human rights defenders sentenced to 10 and 11 years in prison after unfair trial The Saudi authorities should immediately release Mohammad Al Qahtani and Abdullah Al Hamid, two Saudi human rights defenders and co-founders of the Saudi Association for civil and political rights (ACPRA). The two men were sentenced last Saturday to ten and eleven years in prison for accusations including ...

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Eye on the Libyan General National Congress: Third Report

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[The following report was issued by Bokra Youth Organization and H2O Team on 28 February 2013. This is the third in a year-long series of reports covering the actions of Libya's General National Council. This issue focuses on the period from 15 January to 1 February 2013. Click here to access the previous report.] Eye on the General National Congress: The Third Report Introduction On Tuesday evening, 15 January 2013, Mr. Omar Hemedan, the official spokesperson for the ...

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Saudi Arabia Imprisons Activists and Dissolves Prominent Rights Organization

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[This report was originally published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 11 March 2013.] Saudi Arabia - The authorities imprison prominent human rights defenders Dr. Abdullah Al-Hamid and Dr. Mohammed Al-Qahtani and dissolve the Association for Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA) On 9 March 2013, the eleventh hearing of the trial of Dr. Abdullah Al-Hamid and Dr Mohammed Al Qahtani, the co-founders of the Association for Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA), was held at ...

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Bosnia's Dangerous Tango: Islam and Nationalism

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 26 February 2013.] Bosnia's Dangerous Tango: Islam and Nationalism  Overview The Bosniak community is deeply frustrated with the dysfunctional government, flawed constitution and economic stagnation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), as well as renewed Croat and Serb challenges to the state’s territorial integrity. The Islamic community has taken a leading role in channelling popular anger, filling a ...

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Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims

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[The following press release and report were issued by the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC), and its partner organizations the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsability (CLEAR) project of CUNY School of Law, and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF).] New Report Launch: NYPD and Its Impact on American Muslims On March 11, 2013, members of the American Muslim community will release findings from a ground-breaking new ...

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Petition: Stop the "Green Building" Draft Law in Lebanon

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For the past six months, the Lebanese government has been stalling in implementing the salary adjustment and wage scale for public employees it had approved in September 2012. The last few weeks have seen an increase in workers’ unions' organized strikes across Lebanese cities demanding the immediate application of the authorized salary increase (see Khaled Saghieh’s article in Jadaliyya for more analysis). The government claims it is still looking into sources of revenue to ...

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