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The Impact of World Bank Policy and Programmes on the Built Environment in Egypt

[The following report was issued by the Egyptian Iniative for Personal Rights on 20 March 2013.]  Despite billions of Egyptian pounds in infrastructure investment both from national and international sources, Egypt's cities, towns and villages continue to grow and function in much the same way they have over the last three decades, namely through self-reliance. There are varying degrees of deprivation such as shortages in housing, municipal services and transport--the ...

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Statement Supporting Topless Tunisian Feminist

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[The following statement was published by FEMEN on 22 March 2013.]  19 year old Tunisian Amina who posted a topless photo of herself bearing the slogan “my body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honour” has been threatened with death. Islamist cleric Adel Almi, president of Al-Jamia Al-Li-Wassatia Tawia Wal-Islah, has called for Amina’s flogging and stoning to death saying Amina’s actions will bring misfortune by causing ...

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Teaching Opportunities: Comparative Studies in Social Justice and Human Rights

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Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy School for International Training Study Abroad, International Honors Program Job Announcement: Traveling Faculty 2013 and 2014 The International Honors Program (IHP), a program of World Learning/School for International Training, offers international, comparative study abroad programs for university students. We are currently seeking four to six traveling faculty members to join an interdisciplinary team of ...

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Petition to Release 79-Year-Old Kurdish Prisoner

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[The following article was issued by Alliance for Kurdish Rights on 18 March 2013.]  A petition has been launched to call for the release of Elfo Ülper, a seventy-nine year old Kurdish mother who has been imprisoned in an M-Type Prison for eight years and suffers from high blood tension and rheumatism. Elfo Ülper is a  seventy-nine year-old mother born in the Kurdish province of Şırnak in Turkey. Having been committed to eighteen years in prison due to ...

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Colonizer as Lender: A Statement on Palestine from Members of Occupy Wall Street and Strike Debt

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[The following statement was issued by members of the Occupy Wall Street and Strike Debt movements. It was originally published in the fourth issue of Tidal magazine on 22 February 2013.]  Right in the place where empire was scheming to do its worst, a tent went up—and then another, and then a village. A new community was born there, an act of resistance as well as a nurturing space for eating and sleeping and living. People talked and prayed together. There ...

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Joint PHROC Statement: UN Resolution on Settlements--Another Missed Opportunity

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[The following statement was issued on 25 March 2013 by the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council.]   Occupied Ramallah, 25 March 2013 - On Friday, 22 March, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (the Council) adopted a resolution, tabled by the State of Palestine, the Organisation of Islamic Conference, and the Arab Group, on the report of the International Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied ...

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Human Rights Organizations Continue Efforts to Aid Families of the Disappeared in Algeria

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[The following statement was issued by Alkarama, the Collective of Families of Disappeared Persons in Algeria (CFDA), and TRIAL on 22 March 2013.] The United Nations Human Rights Committee will meet on Monday, 25 March 2013 in order to monitor the implementation of its decisions regarding cases of human rights violations. In preparation of this meeting, Alkarama, CFDA, and TRIAL wrote to the Committee denouncing the complete lack of implementation of sixteen decisions ...

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Urgent Appeal: Zainab Al-Khawaja's Life at Imminent Risk

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[The following is an urgent appeal that the Bahrain Center for Human Rights Issued on 24 March 2013.]  Both Abdulhadi and his daughter Zainab Al-Khawaja were denied family visits again this weekend, prompting them to start a dry hunger strike today. Zainab Al-Khawaja was told by doctors that she is at risk of organ failure, cardiac arrest, or coma at any time. Her blood sugar has dropped to two on several occasions in the last two days. According to Dr. Fatima Haji, ...

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Eye on the Libyan General National Congress: Fourth Report

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[The following report was issued by Bokra Youth Organization and H2O Team on 9 March 2013. This is the fourth in a year-long series of reports covering the actions of Libya's General National Council. This issue focuses on the period from 1 February to 15 February 2013. Click here to access the previous report.] Eye on the General National Congress: Fourth Report Introduction The General National Conference (GNC) held five sessions during this period, the ...

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Reports Roundup (March 23)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] The Crime of Insulting the President, A Crime of an Authoritarian Regime The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information reports on the history of governmental violations of freedom of expression in Egypt.  An Open Letter From Salman al-Odah Saudi sheikh and former political prisoner Salman al-Odah addresses the Saudi ...

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Call for Papers -- A Hundred Years of Arab Nationalism: Critical Assessment and Future Perspectives (4 & 5 June, Paris)

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A Hundred Years of Arab Nationalism:  Critical Assessment and Future Perspectives 4 & 5 June 2013 Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA), Paris In Commemoration of the Centenary of the first Arab Congress, Paris, 17-24 June, 1913The Arab Congress of 1913 (also known as the "Arab National Congress," the "First Arab Congress, and the "Arab-Syrian Congress") met in a hall of the French Geographical Society from June 18–23 in Paris.This ...

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Reporters Without Borders Enemies of Internet Report Features Iran, Bahrain, and Syria

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[The following report was issued by Reporters Without Borders on 11 March 2013.] The Enemies of Internet -- Special Edition: Surveillance  Introduction: Era of the Digital Mercenaries  “My computer was arrested before I was.” This perceptive comment was made by a Syrian activist who had been arrested and tortured by the Assad regime. Caught by means of online surveillance, Karim Taymour told a Bloomberg journalist that, during interrogation, he was ...

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Event -- Shades of Occupation: Iraq After 10 Years (29 March, Haverford College)

Shades of Occupation: Iraq After 10 Years 2013 Mellon Symposium Friday, 29 March 2013  Haverford College Convened by Zainab Saleh, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Haverford College This interdisciplinary symposium will be held on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq as a venue to examine multiple dimensions of the decade-long occupation. Despite the US Army's official withdrawal from the country, the US ...

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Open Letter from Members of the Protection Committee for Bedouin Communities in the Jerusalem Periphery to President Obama

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[The following English version of an open letter to President Obama was issued by the Protection Committee for Bedouin Communities in the Jerusalem Periphery on 10 March 2013.] Dear Mr. President, In the name of the Protection Committee for Bedouin Communities in the Jerusalem Periphery we extend to you our warmest greetings. We write to welcome you to Palestine next week and also to seek your support as a matter of urgency due to the Government of Israeli's (GOI) ...

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Bahrain Press Association Condemns Attacks Against Journalists

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[The following statement was issued by the Bahrain Press Association on 13 March 2013.] Bahrain Press Association ("BPA"), the London-based association concerned with defending and addressing issues related to Bahraini media and press people, expresses its deep sorrow to the course of actions Bahrain has been witnessing since the awake of the 14 February Revolution as per the marginalization notion, intimidation of freedom of expression, and the on-going ...

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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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