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Demonstrations and Arrests for Bedoon Rights Activists in Kuwait (Video)

[Abdulhakim and Abdulnasser AlFadhli. Photo from bedoonrights.org]

[The following report was issued by Bedoon Rights on 12 December 2012. The video, included at the bottom of the report showing a recent protest march for Bedoon rights, was posted on Youtube by MediaBidoon and is not a part of the original report.] Two Bedoon Activists Sentenced to 2 Years in Jail and "Deportation"! After arresting his brother on Sunday, 9 December, Bedoon activist Abdulhakim AlFadhli was taken last night,  11 December. ...

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Call for Papers -- Sectarianism in the Contemporary Middle East: Religious and Political Discourses (London, 13 April 2013)

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Sectarianism in the Contemporary Middle East: Religious and Political Discourses 13 April 2013 Al-Khoei Foundation, London The Centre for Academic Shi'a Studies is pleased to announce its third annual conference titled "Sectarianism in the Contemporary Middle East: Religious and Political Discourses," which will be held at the Al-Khoei Foundation in London on Saturday 13 April 2013. CASS encourages new research trajectories based on historical, sociological, ...

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Mosques Under Construction Re-Demolished by Authorities in Bahrain

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[The following report was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 9 December 2012.] The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses concern over the continued attacks on religious freedom represented in the re-demolishing of Shia mosques, which have been under construction since they were initially attacked and demolished during the government crack-down in 2011. On December 1st, 2012, government bulldozers demolished four mosques for the second time; no ...

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Letter to Members of EU and European Parliament Concerning Human Rights in Bahrain

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[The following letter was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 8 December 2012.] 8 December 2012 Honorables President and members of the European Union President and members of the European Parliament Subject: EU to secure respect of human rights in Bahrain Dear respected members, We appreciate your stances to support the genuine promotion of human rights in Bahrain. The procrastination and deception policy, adopted by the ruling elite in Bahrain to ...

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Sudan: Major Reform or More War

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 29 November 2012.] Sudan: Major Reform or More War Executive Summary The “Sudan Problem” has not gone away with the South’s secession. Chronic conflict, driven by concentration of power and resources in the centre, continues to plague the country. The solution is a more inclusive government that addresses at least some of the peripheries’ grievances, but pledges to transform governance remain unfulfilled. A ...

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Working with Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon (1980 - 2012): A Mapping of NGO Services

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[The following report was issued by the International Labour Organization on 27 November 2012.]  Working with Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon (1980 - 2012): A Mapping of NGO Services Introduction Various institutional sources estimate that the number of women migrant domestic workers (WMDWs) in Lebanon is between150,000 and 220,000 in an overall workforce of 1.45 million. In addition to cooking and cleaning, these women perform a variety of ...

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WFP Concerned About Food Security in Syria

[Destroyed farm in Idlib, Sryia, in May 2012. Image by Freedom House via Flickr]

[The following statement was issued by the United Nations World Food Programme on 4 December 2012.] The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is warning that the recent escalation of violence in Syria is making it more difficult to reach the country’s hardest-hit areas and that food insecurity is on the rise due to bread shortages and higher food prices in many parts of the country. High prices are also affecting neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees. ...

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Themed Issue of International Review of the Red Cross: The Future of Humanitarian Action

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[The following description and table of contents is from the International Review of the Red Cross.]  The Future of Humanitarian Action Since the end of the Cold War, humanitarian activity has grown exponentially. Several factors today seem to demonstrate profound changes in this polymorphic sector. These are factors related first to the development of crises and vulnerabilities and the risks that are emerging; second to the environment around humanitarian action ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Longlisted for Arabic Booker Prize

Sinan Antoon’s third novel, Ya Maryam (Ave Maria) (Beirut/ Baghdad: Dar al-Jamal, 2012), was longlisted for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, otherwise known as the “Arabic Booker.” The novel, Antoon’s third, explores the conflicting views of two generations of an Iraqi Christian family. The sixteen books on the longlist were selected by a panel of five judges, whose names will be announced in Tunis on Wednesday 9 January 2013, ...

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Marrakech Event: Art Practice and Research in North Africa and the Middle East Resources and Translations (12-13 December)

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Art Practice and Research in North Africa and the Middle East Resources and Translations 12 & 13 December 2012 Dar al-Ma’mûn, Marrakech In collaboration with the National Institute of Art History (INHA, Paris), the residency center for artists and translators Dar al-Ma’mûn will host a symposium in Marrakech under the title Artistic Practice and Research in the Maghreb and the Middle East: Resources and Translations. The symposium is convened by Omar ...

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Reports Roundup (December 8)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Israeli Supreme Court Hearing on Petition Against Anti-Boycott Law Set for 5 December The Who Profits? project condemns as unconstitutional Israel's anti-boycott law, passed in 2011, and draws attention to the Supreme Court hearing against the law that began on 5 December.  Letter from Maryam Alkhawaja to Kim ...

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Twenty-One Egyptian Rights Organizations Urge Egyptian President to Prevent Civil War

[Protesters head to the Presidential Palace in Cairo on 4 December 2012. Image by Moud Barthez via Flickr]

[The following statement was released by a group of Egyptian rights organizations on 6 December 2012.] The undersigned Egyptian human rights organizations express their grave concern regarding the recent developments that are rapidly pushing Egypt toward the brink of civil war, the first signs of which were seen in the street battles and exchanges of violence which occurred yesterday in the area surrounding the presidential palace in Cairo and in a number of other ...

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Dismay at Convictions of Bahraini Medics in Criminal Court

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[The following statement was issued by Physicians for Human Rights on 21 November 2012.]  PHR today expressed dismay at the decision by Bahrain’s Lower Criminal Court to sentence 23 health professionals to three months in prison on charges of illegally gathering during Arab spring protests in 2011. Five others were acquitted. “We are disappointed, though not surprised, that the Bahraini regime once again has decided to punish health professionals merely for expressing ...

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Urgent Appeal: Political Prisoner Ali Radhi’s Health Rapidly Deteriorating on Fourth Day of Hunger Strike

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[The following report was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 4 December 2012.] Further to information published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) regarding the recent attack on prisoners at the Dry Dock prison, the BCHR has received following information regarding ill-treatment of prisoners. The twenty-three year-old political prisoner Ali Radhi from Al-Eker village is on the fourth day of a hunger strike to protest being placed in a solitary ...

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Letter From Center for Constitutional Rights and Other Groups to University of California President Advising Him of Need to Protect Pro-Palestinian Speech on Campus

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[The following introduction and letter were published by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on 3 December 2012.] Today, CCR and other civil rights groups submitted a letter to University of California (UC) President Mark Yudof, pressing him to consider the chilling effect of efforts to target Arab, Muslim and other students advocating for Palestinian rights on UC campuses, and to take affirmative steps to protect pro-Palestinian speech on campus.  In ...

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Call for Papers -- The Arab Spring and MENA Economies: Quo Vadis? (15 December Deadline)

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The Arab Spring and MENA Economies: Quo Vadis? 18 - 20 March 2013 Speyer, Germany The Middle East Economic Association (MEEA) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting abstracts for papers to be presented at the 12th International Conference of MEEA, held jointly with the German Research Institute for Public Administration, in Speyer, Germany, 18 to 20 March 2013. The main topics will focus on several fields of economic research related to the ...

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Letter from Maryam Alkhawaja to Kim Kardashian

[Ms. Kardashian in 2011. Image by Eva Rinaldi via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following letter was issued by Maryam Alkhawwaja, Acting President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, on 29 November 2012.]  Dear Ms. Kardashian, My name is Maryam Alkhawaja, and I am writing in my capacity as the Acting President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR). [Our work has been recognized by a number of international human rights bodies over the last few years- see below.] I am pleased that you’ll be visiting Bahrain, and that you’re ...

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Israeli Supreme Court Hearing on Petition Against Anti-Boycott Law Set for 5 December

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[The following statement was issued by the Who Profits? project and was first published on the BDS Movement website on 1 December 2012.]  On Wednesday, 5 December 2012, the Israeli Supreme Court will conduct a hearing on the petition filed by the Coalition of Women for Peace against the anti-boycott law, which was passed by the Knesset in July 2011. This anti-democratic law is a blunt violation of political and civil liberties and is ...

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Reports Roundup (December 1)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Joint Statement by Twenty-Two Egyptian Rights Organizations on Morsi Declaration Egyptian rights organizations came together to reject Morsi's constitutional declaration as an attack on the judiciary and rule of law.  America's Native Prisoners of War Aaron Huey's TEDx presentation traces the history of settlers and ...

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Egypt: New Constitution Mixed on Support of Rights

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[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 30 November 2012.] The final draft of a constitution approved on 29 November 2012 by Egypt’s 100-member constituent assembly protects some rights but undermines others. The constitution, approved in the midst of a political standoff between the president and the judiciary, provides for basic protections against arbitrary detention and torture and for some economic rights but fails to end military trials of ...

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