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Joint Statement for the Release of Bahraini Human Rights Activists

[Nabeel Rajab in his office. Image by Isa Alhammadi via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following letter was issued by the International Freedom of Expression Exchange on 17 August 2012.]  As international human rights groups, we call on member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council who participated in Bahrain's Universal Periodic Review in May 2012 to urge Bahrain to release human rights defenders and peaceful opposition activists, who have been subjected to constant harassment by security forces and the courts for exercising ...

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Call for Papers: Congress of Contemporary Research on the Middle East (Erlangen, Germany, 4-6 October 2012)

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19th International Congress of Contemporary Research on the Middle East, DAVO Congress 4 – 6 October 2012 Erlangen, Germany  The German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) is calling for papers for its 19th International Congress. The conference will be held at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, chaired by Prof. Dr. Christoph Schumann (Professur für Politik und Zeitgeschichte des Nahen Ostens) and Dr. Jörn Thielmann ...

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Safe Streets Campaign in Yemen

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As part of the social protests sweeping the Middle East over the past year and half, a number of movements have arisen to tackle the issue of sexual harassment. One such movement is Yemen's Safe Streets campaign, founded in the fall of 2011. Safe Streets encourages both men and women to speak out about and against street harassment via the following media: 

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South African Government Discourages Citizens from Traveling to Israel

[The following report was issued by BDS South Africa on 11 August 2012.]  South Africa's Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation has unequivocally communicated the South African government's position on "boycott-busting" trips to Israel (which the Israeli lobby has attempted to take students, journalists, sports people, CEOs, government officials, mayors and others on): "Because of the treatment and policies of Israel towards the ...

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Reports Roundup (August 18)

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[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Saudi Arabia Between Conservatism, Accommodation, and Reform The Islamic Research Project discusses issues of social reform in Saudi Arabia, including changing intellectual trends, civil society, and the role of women in society.  US Pursues Return of Palestinian TV Station's Equipment The Committee for the Protection ...

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Sanctions Against Iranian Students in the Netherlands

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[The following statement was released by Open Democracy on 10 August 2012.]  While the Netherlands awaits elections at the end of the summer to elect a new cabinet after their government suddenly resigned in April, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service, or the Immigratie en Naturalisatie Dienst(IND), controversially halted processing visa and residency applications made by Iranian citizens. Students for example at the Technical University in Delft ...

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Call for Proposals: New Paradigms Factory (Deadline: 12 September 2012)

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Fellowship Opportunity for Arab Scholars and Activists in the Arab Region: “New Paradigms Factory” A new project of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences facilitating publishing of new thinking by critical, activist, young Arab scholars Are you challenging ways of thinking about politics, culture, action, and social change? Are you frustrated by the way Arab or Western journalists frame the events of Arab uprisings, new social transformations, state formations, ...

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Syria: Prospects for Intervention

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[The following report was issued by Chatham House.]  Syria: Prospects for Intervention Introduction This is a summary of discussions that took place in a closed-door study group bringing together experts from Chatham House's Middle East and North Africa, International Law and International Security programmes. With little or no prospect for a negotiated end to the civil conflict in Syria, the discussion focused on the prospects for foreign intervention across a ...

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Light at the End of their Tunnels? Hamas & the Arab Uprisings

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 14 August 2012.]  Light at the End of their Tunnels? Hamas & the Arab Uprisings  Executive Summary    Hamas never has faced such large challenges and opportunities as presented by the Arab uprisings. It abandoned its headquarters in Damascus, at much cost to ties with its largest state supporter, Iran, while improving those with such US allies as Egypt, Qatar and Turkey. Asked to ...

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US Pursues Return of Palestinian TV Station's Equipment

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[The following article was released by the Committee for the Protection of Journalists on 7 August 2012.]  For more than five months, the Ramallah-based private television broadcaster Wattan TV has been without key equipment, including transmitters, computers, files, and archives. On February 29, Israeli soldiers and officials from the Ministry of Communications raided the station without a warrant, saying it was broadcasting illegally and ...

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Saudi Arabia Between Conservatism, Accommodation, and Reform

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The “Saudi Arabia Between Conservatism, Accommodation, and Reform” report—edited by Roel Meijer & Paul Aarts—falls within the “Riyadh programme,” which is part of the larger Islamic Research Project (IRP) initiated by the Dutch Foreign Office. The report covers three topics: intellectual debates, civil society, and the position of women. During the course of the project, the junior researchers, Joas Wagemakers, Mariwan Kanie, and Annemarie van Geel spent at least three ...

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Reports Roundup (August 11)

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[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.]    Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated) International Crisis Group chronicles events in Syria since February 2011.  Saudi Campaign for Disabled Rights Interview on Sabah Al-Saudia (Video) Sabah Al-Saudia interviews #للمعوق_حقوق (meaning "rights for the disabled") ...

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#SudanRevolts: Halima's Testimony (Video)

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The following video is the account of a University of Khartoum student named Halima. While on campus during a protest on 9 July 2012, she was shot with a rubber bullet by police officers, resulting in the loss of her right eye.   

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Syrian Inmate Describes Fatal Assault on Prisoners

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[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 27 July 2012.]  The Syrian government should immediately grant United Nations observers full access to Homs and Aleppo central prisons to check on prisoners who may be at risk of violent reprisals following prison riots, Human Rights Watch said today. “Samir,” an inmate in the old section of the Homs central prison, told Human Rights Watch by phone that a riot broke out on 21 July 2012, and that prisoners ...

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Photos of War Torn Abyan, Southern Yemen

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 [The following photos were posted by Woman from Yemen on 24 July 2012.]  Earlier this month I had a brief visit in the warn torn Southern province of Abyan.  Like any war, the impact on civilians and residents is often ignored.   The war in Abyan has killed innocent civilians and displaced hundreds.  Schools have been closed, and the main hospital was bombed.  Many have lost family members, and many others are wounded.  Their homes ...

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Interview with Representative of Sudan Change Now

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[Over the last month, a protest movement has gripped Sudan. The movement pronounced Friday 13 July "Kadanka Friday" in order to highlight the role of women in the opposition movement. Below, Heather McRobie interviews Rawa Gafar Bakhit, a representative of Sudan Change Now, about the overall course of the movement and women's role in #SudanRevolts. The interview was published by OpenDemocracy on 19 July 2012. ]  Heather McRobie (HM): What are ...

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Saudi Campaign for Disabled Rights Interview on Sabah Al-Saudia (Video)

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A recent Twitter campaign bearing the hashtag #للمعوق_حقوق (in English, "rights for the disabled") seeks to draw attention to the circumstances of people with disabilities in the Arab world. The initial campaign consisted of participants rotating their profile pictures 180 degrees; the upside-down images were intended to signify a reproach of Saudi government officials for ignoring the issue of disabled persons' rights.   

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Free Citizen Journalists in Sudan & Call for Videos

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[The following statement was issued by Sudan Watch on 22 July 2012. The organization is calling for brief videos about the importance of citizen journalism for an upcoming campaign.]  Citizen journalism has been changing the media landscape since the rise of blogs in the late 90s. This was further accelerated by the Arab Spring. It has moved from a nuisance to the only source of information where access is impossible for traditional media. It was citizen ...

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Syria's Mutating Conflict

[Classroom of teacher Ghaleb Radi in Al-Qusair after mortar shelling. 31 July 2012. Via Lens Young Homsi.]

[The following report is the latest from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Syria.]  Syria's Mutating Conflict Executive Summary  At a distance, Syria’s conflict can resemble a slow, painful slog, punctuated by intermittent accelerations and apparent tipping points, influenced by international activity. Zoom in, and one can cast such impressions aside. Diplomatic manoeuvrings have ended up being little more than inertia masquerading as motion. The West used ...

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Weaponizing Tear Gas: Bahrain's Unprecedented Use of Toxic Chemical Agents Against Civilians

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[The following report was issued by Physicians for Human Rights on 1 August 2012.]  Weaponizing Tear Gas: Bahrain's Unprecedented Use of Toxic Chemical Agents Against Civilians  The Bahrain government’s indiscriminate use of tear gas as a weapon has resulted in the maiming, blinding, and even killing of civilian protesters and must stop at once while the government reassesses its use, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) declares in a report issued ...

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