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Reports Roundup (April 13)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon American Near East Refugee Aid reports on the state of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon after having fled Syria, many of whom suffer from lack of employment, hunger, and poor housing conditions.  Yemen's Military-Security Reform: Seeds of New Conflict? International ...

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FIDH Condemns Crackdown on Freedom of Expression in Egypt

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[The following statement was issued by the International Federation for Human Rights on 3 April 2013.] FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) deplores the increasing crackdown against freedom of expression in Egypt and is alarmed to recall that if under the thirty year rule of former president Hosni Mubarak, four cases were filed for “insulting the President”, during the first six months of President Morsy’s rule alone, at least twenty-four cases and complaints ...

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Long Beach Event -- The Arab Uprisings: Between Continuity and Change (17 April 2013)

[Crop of cover image of The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? (Pluto Press 2012)

The Arab Uprisings: Between Continuity and Change Panel Discussion and Book Event 5pm on Wednesday ,17 April 2013 Cal State University Long Beach, MMC 200 Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish and contributor Aslı Bali, of The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of An Old Order?,  will discuss the Arab uprisings, focusing in particular on the comparative nature of the trajectories of the different uprisings, as well as the changing nature and effect of international and US ...

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Open Letter to Bahraini Parliament Regarding Potential Reform to Law of Associations

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[The following letter was issued by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders on 8 April 2013.]  Excellencies, Dear members of Parliament, The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), expresses its deepest concerns regarding the Draft Law on Civil Associations and Organisations currently before Parliament, ...

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Statement from Sami Issawi: Palestinian Prisoner On Hunger Strike for Over 240 Days

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[The following statement was issued in late March by Samer Issawi. It was posted on his Facebook page by his lawyer Fawwaz Shloudy and translated into English by Shahd Abusalam.] Regarding the Israeli Occupation offer to deport me to Gaza, I affirm that Gaza is undeniable part of my homeland and its people are my people. However, I will visit Gaza whenever I want or I feel like it as it is within my homeland of Palestine, which I have the right to wander through whenever I ...

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Turkey: Decriminalize Dissent

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[The following report was issued by Amnesty International in March 2013.]  Decriminalize Dissent: Time to Deliver on the Right to Freedom of Expression Introduction Freedom of expression is under attack in Turkey. Hundreds of abusive criminal prosecutions are brought every year against political activists, human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and others. These prosecutions represent one of the most deeply entrenched human rights problems in ...

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Nabeel Rajab's Letter From Prison

[Nabeel Rajab in an opposition rally, Budaiya Highway, 30 December 2011. Image by Saeed Saif.]

[The following letter from Nabeel Rajab was originally published on Freedom in Bahrain. Click here for an Arabic version of the letter.] To all HR activists and defenders in all local, regional and international HR groups and organizations March 2013 Dear friends and colleagues, I write to you from Jaw prison in Bahrain to express my gratitude and sincere appreciation for all your persistent and unrelenting efforts to advocate for my case in which I am facing unjust ...

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Event: Roger Owen on The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life (11 April, Fairfax, VA)

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The Middle East Studies Program, Global Interdisciplinary Programs, and the Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University present: The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life A talk by Roger Owen Thursday 11 April 2013 4:30pm (Food and drink will be provided) Room F Johnson Center, 3rd Floor George Mason University  

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Regime Crackdown in Bahraini Villages Surrounding Formula 1 Grand Prix

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[The following report was originally published on 7 April 2013 by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.] Bahrain: Escalated Crackdown in Villages Close to F1 Grand Prix Event in Preparation for Race The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses grave concern in regards to the escalated security measures, increased house raids and arbitrary arrests of citizens living in villages located near the Bahrain International Circuit, which is due to host the Formula One race on 21 ...

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Social Media Bouquet from Syria

[Room lined with protest banners from Kafranbel. Image from the Kafranbel Coordinating Committee.]

[This is part of a collection of multi-media items that have circulated on Syrian social media networks over the past two years of the uprising. The collection does not necessarily reflect the views of Jadaliyya, but represents salient themes and recurring motifs.] Point Zero On 26 September 2012, an explosion ripped through the headquarters of the army chief of staff, opposite the Institute of Advanced Theatrical Arts, shattering glass windows in the Institute and causing ...

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State of Human Rights in Pakistan 2012

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[The following report was issued by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in March 2013.] State of Human Rights in Pakistan 2012 Introduction There is no question that the human rights situation remained murky across the country in 2012, but the unprecedented milestone of a democratically elected government about to complete its tenure offered hope that, given the chance, the people of Pakistan could extract themselves from the quagmire. It is ...

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Yemen's Military-Security Reform: Seeds of New Conflict?

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 4 April 2013.]  Yemen's Military-Security Reform: Seeds of New Conflict? Executive Summary  Ask virtually any Yemeni from across the political spectrum, and he will protest support for a professional military-security apparatus free from family, tribal, party and sectarian influence. Yet, these public assurances do not mean it is easy – far from it. Military-security restructuring is hugely ...

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Reports Roundup (April 6)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Trial Observation Report: The United Arab Emirates 94 A coalition of human rights organizations monitor and report on the trial of ninety-four intellectuals, activists, and human rights defenders charged with founding, organising and administering an organization aimed at overthrowing the government.  Media Mea Culpas ...

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Palestinian Museum’s Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for 11 April 2013

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[The following press release was issued by the Palestinian Museum on 3 April 2013.] Palestinian Museum’s Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for 11 April The Welfare Association, celebrates on Thursday, 11 April, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Palestinian Museum in the town of Birzeit. The museum, which will open its doors in Fall 2014, will be dedicated to the exploration and understanding of the culture, history, and society of Palestine and its people and will be a space ...

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Call for Applications: Varieties of Democracy Workshop (8 - 21 September 2013, Cairo)

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2013 Workshop Fellows: Varieties of Democracy 8 - 21 September 2013 Cairo, Egypt  The American Political Science Association (APSA) and the American University in Cairo (AUC) are pleased to announce a call for applications from individuals who would like to participate in a workshop on “Varieties of Democracy.” The two-week workshop will be held on 8-21 September 2013 at AUC. The organizers, with a grant secured from the Carnegie Corporation of ...

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Unfair Bahrain Trial Sentences Sixteen Minors to Fifteen Years in Prison

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[The following statement was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 29 March 2013.]  The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses grave concern over the detention and sentencing of 16 Bahraini citizens to 15 years imprisonment without clear evidence of the charges brought against them. The authorities in Bahrain have been arbitrarily arresting, detaining and sentencing citizens from protest areas in sham trials. The Ministry of Interior claims that in July ...

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LA Event -- Return of the Brothers: Student Activism and Islamic Politics in 1970s Egypt (10 April 2013)

[Professor Abdullah Al-Arian of Wayne State University]

Return of the Brothers: Student Activism and Islamic Politics in 1970s Egypt Co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, the UCLA Department of History, and the Arab Studies Institute (ASI). 10 April 2013, 4:30 pm 10383 Bunche Hall, UCLA Los Angeles, California  This talk examines the means by which the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was reconstituted during the turbulent decade of the 1970s, following a lengthy period of dismantlement and ...

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'What Good Are Free Elections When A Country Is Destroyed?'

[A Syrian-Kurdish boy during Nowruz celebrations. 19 March 2013. From Lens of a Kurdish Young.]

[More than two years into the uprising in Syria, important questions remain about a number of a dynamics concerning the present situation and future prospects in Syria. Below, Muhammad Dibu interviews Baderkhan Ali on the trajectory of the Syrian uprising, the aspirations of Syria's Kurdish community, and the prospects for the post-uprising period in Syria. The interview was first published on correspondents.org on 27 March 2013.] Muhammad Dibu (MD): There ...

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Look at Us With a Merciful Eye: Juvenile Offenders Awaiting Execution in Yemen

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[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch on 4 March 2013.]  Look at Us With a Merciful Eye: Juvenile Offenders Awaiting Execution in Yemen Summary  I want the world to know that here they are executing [juvenile offenders]. No one cares or checks these juvenile cases.… If you don’t have anybody [to help you,] they just execute you, whether you are young or not. — Qaid Youssef Omar Al-Khadamy, on death row in Sanaa Central ...

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Symposium: The Political Economy of the New Egyptian Republic (6 April 2013, Cairo)

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Cairo Papers in Social Science Annual Symposium: The Political Economy of the New Egyptian Republic 6 April 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cairo, Egypt  Program 9:00-9:30a.m. -- Coffee 9:30-9:45a.m. -- Opening Remarks 9:45-10:30a.m. -- Keynote:  What Happens to a Dream Deferred?  The Political Economy of Egypt from Adjustment to Revolution, Ellis Goldberg (University of Washington) 10:30-10:45a.m. -- ...

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