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Panel Event -- The Syrian Tragedy: Where From? Where to? (3 April, George Mason University)

The Syrian Tragedy Where From? Where to? Thursday April 3 3pm - 5pm Johnson Center Cinema George Mason University This event is free and open to the public Featuring Omar Dahi, Hampshire College/Jadaliyya: Material Roots of the Uprising: Rethinking the Economic Thesis Rochelle Davis, Georgetown University: Gender, Danger, and Vulnerability: Syrian Men and War Yasser Munif, Emerson College: Participatory Democracy and Local Governance ...

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Conference: Reason and Esotericism in Shi'i Islam (April 4, University of Chicago)

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The University of Chicago Shi'i Studies Group presents A Shi'i Studies Symposium: "Reason an Esotericism in Shi'i Islam" 4 April 2014, 8.45am - 6:00pm Coulter Lounge, International House, 1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL Hermeneutics, Law, Theology, Heresiography, Epistemology, Politics, and Anthropology Speakers: Tahera Qutbuddin  Paul Walker Hassan Ansari  Bella Tendler Ed Hayes Rodrigo Adem Mushegh Asatryan ...

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Reports Roundup (March 29)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Joint Statement: Palestinian NGOs in Israel Reject the "Sectarian Representation Law" Palestinian NGO's in Israel speak out against splitting Arab representation on a public advisory board of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission between Christians and Muslims. Reporters Without Borders Statement on Harassment of ...

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Human Rights Watch Briefing on Saudi Arabia's New 'Terrorism Laws'

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[The following briefing was published by Human Rights Watch on 20 March 2014] Saudi Arabia’s new terrorism law and a series of related royal decrees create a legal framework that appears to criminalize virtually all dissident thought or expression as terrorism. The sweeping provisions in the measures, all issued since February 2014, threaten to close down altogether Saudi Arabia’s already extremely restricted space for free expression. “Saudi authorities have never ...

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Press Release: University of Michigan Activists Respond to Divestment Resolution Vote

 [The following press release was issued by the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor chapter of Students Allied for Freedom and Equality on 27 March 2014.] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Greetings from Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE) at the University of Michigan ­ Ann Arbor! This past week has been nothing short of inspirational. Hundreds of Palestinian students, SAFE activists, and allies from dozens of student organizations persevered ...

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Joint Statement Calling for Release of Arbitrarily Detained Journalists and Others in Syria

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[The following joint statement was issued by the undersigned and published by Reporters Without Borders on 17 March 2014]  Free Key Rights Defenders Government Arbitrarily Holds Darwish, Colleagues Despite UN Demands The government of Syria should immediately and unconditionally release the arbitrarily detained human rights defender Mazen Darwish and his colleagues Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghareer, 55 human rights organizations said today. The United Nations ...

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Press Release: Bahrain Activists Return from Korea Seeking to Ban Tear Gas Exports

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[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 26 March 2014] A Bahrain Watch delegation has returned from a weeklong visit to Seoul, at the invitation of South Korean civil society activists.  The purpose of the trip was to educate the government and public about ongoing human rights violations and misuse of tear gas in Bahrain, in support of a draft legislative amendment to block arms sales to human rights violators.  The amendment, sponsored by MPs ...

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The Terrorism Law in Bahrain: A Tool to Silence Dissidents

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[The following report was published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights 13 March 2014] The Terrorism Law in Bahrain: A Tool to Silence Dissidents Introduction In 2011, the grassroots movement that started in Bahrain demanding democracy, rights and freedoms was met with large scale brute violence by the government. Extreme measures were taken against pro-democracy protesters, and thousands were arrested, systematically tortured and given lengthy prison sentences. The ...

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The Next Round in Gaza

[The following report was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 25 March 2014.] The Next Round in Gaza Overview   The ceasefire between Israel and Gaza has eroded during the past several months and recently threatened to come to an abrupt end. The day after three members of Islamic Jihad were killed by Israel in a border clash on 11 March 2014, the group, apparently in coordination with Hamas, launched the largest salvo of rockets toward ...

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Witnessing Gezi (Video)

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Gezi Tanıklığı / Witnessing Gezi Camera, director: Emin Özmen Director: Barış Koca Editor: Soner Emanet Original soundtrack: Berkant Kılıçkap Subtitle: Engin Önder Graphic Design: Ozan Şanal Organization: Agence Le Journal Gezi Tanıklığı / Witnessing Gezi was created with the recordings of photojournalist Emin Özmen, who witnessed the protests against the urban development plan for Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park. Subsequently, the protests sparked supporting strikes ...

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Squeezing the Life out of Yarmouk: War Crimes Against Besieged Civilians

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[The following report was published by Amnesty International on 10 March 2014] Introduction Three years after popular pro-reform then anti-government protests drew a brutal response from the Syrian authorities, leading to the internal armed conflict that continues to rage, around a quarter of a million civilians are living under siege across Syria. Many have endured appalling conditions in their struggle to survive. Most live in areas besieged by Syrian government forces ...

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Confronting the Human Rights Crises Left in the Wake of the Iraq War

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[The following briefing was written by Jeena Shah and published by the Center for Consitutional Rights on 24 March 2014] The Bush administration’s plan to invade Iraq spurred the largest outcry and anti-war protests in the history of the world. More than ten years and hundreds of thousands of lives later, U.S. veterans and Iraqi civil society groups have come together to demand accountability for the U.S.’s fateful and lawless decisions. As one of the region’s principle ...

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Lebanese Lawyers and the State: Dispute, Collusion, Cooperation?

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Institut français du Proche-Orient المعهد الفرنسي للشرق الأدنى Department of Contemporary Studies Conference Series: "Lebanon, what State for what Citizenship(s)?" “Lebanese Lawyers and the State: Dispute, Collusion, Cooperation?”  Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6 – 8 pm  Institut Francais du Proche-Orient (Ifpo) – Conference Room - (Building G), Damascus Road, Beirut With the participation of:  Melhem Khalaf, lawyer, member of the UN ...

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Call for Papers: Understanding Israeli Practices of Forced Displacement and Settler Colonialism in the OPT (Deadline: 1 May)

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Understanding Israeli Practices of Forced Displacement and Settler Colonialism in the Occupied Palestinian Territories Journal of Internal Displacement Guest Editor: Lamya Hussain   Deadline: May 1st 2014  Emerging literature on Palestine studies continues to explore the policies and practices of Israel in forcefully displacing Palestinians from their lands. Recent scholarship has placed an emphasis on the West Bank and East Jerusalem area where an ...

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Reporters Without Borders Statement on Harassment of Media in Yemen

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[The following joint briefing was issued by the Freedom Foundation, the Union of Journalists, and Reporters Without Borders. It was published by Reporters Without Borders on 13 March 2014] Two years after Abd Rab Mansour Hadi became president, the situation of freedom of information in Yemen continues to be very worrying, especially as regards violence against media personnel. With the help of reporting by the Freedom Foundation, a Yemeni NGO, and the Union of Journalists, ...

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Call for Participants: Proposal Writing and Research Design Seminars for Junior Scholars in Egyptian Public Universities (1 May Deadline)

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Training to Engaged Research: Proposal Writing and Research Design Seminars for Junior Faculty in Egyptian Public Universities Arab Families Working Group Presenter: Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis June 19, 20, 21, 2014 - Cairo, Egypt This seminar will train junior faculty (recent PhD’s or MA level) from national public universities in Egypt in proposal writing and research design, with two intensive seminars, the first in June 2014 and a second in Fall ...

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Joint Statement: Palestinian NGOs in Israel Reject the "Sectarian Representation Law"

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[The following statement was issued by the undersigned and published by Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel on 27 February 2014] We, the Palestinian civil society organizations in Israel, absolutely reject the new law enacted by the Knesset on 24 February 2014, which replaces Arab representation on a public advisory board of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with sectarian representation. This new law is a dangerous attempt by the state to ...

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Joint Statement: NGOs Condemn Escalation of Violence in Bahrain and Reiterate Protestors' Demands

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[The following statement was issued by the undersigned and published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 4 March 2014] Joint Statement: NGOs Express Concern over Escalation of Violence in Bahrain and Reiterate the Legitimate Demands of Peaceful Protestors The undersigned NGO’s express in the strongest terms their concern in regards to the escalation of violence in Bahrain and the use of foreign security forces to police peaceful protests under the guise of secretive ...

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Oman Intensifies Localization Strategies

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[The following briefing was published by Migrant Rights on 13 February 2014] Nationalization policies in Oman and the wider Gulf region are not new; many programs began in the late 1980s and enforcement has since fluctuated – often waning in periods of heavy development and revived in economic downturns. The spade of crackdowns and mass deportations in 2013 encompassed a renewed implementation of localization schemes throughout the Gulf, largely to pre-empt rising national ...

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GCHR Annual Report 2014: Rising Human Rights Challenges in the Gulf Region and Beyond

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[The following report was published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 1 March 2014] Rising Human Rights Challenges in the Gulf Region and Beyond: Annual Report of the Gulf Center for Human Rights 2014 Executive Summary This is the second annual report of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR).  GCHR documents the human rights environment for human rights defenders working in the six Gulf Cooperation Council member states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi ...

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