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Long Sentences Imposed on Saudi Human Rights Activists

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[This report was originally issued by Alkarama on 12 March 2013.] KSA: Two prominent human rights defenders sentenced to 10 and 11 years in prison after unfair trial The Saudi authorities should immediately release Mohammad Al Qahtani and Abdullah Al Hamid, two Saudi human rights defenders and co-founders of the Saudi Association for civil and political rights (ACPRA). The two men were sentenced last Saturday to ten and eleven years in prison for accusations including ...

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Eye on the Libyan General National Congress: Third Report

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[The following report was issued by Bokra Youth Organization and H2O Team on 28 February 2013. This is the third in a year-long series of reports covering the actions of Libya's General National Council. This issue focuses on the period from 15 January to 1 February 2013. Click here to access the previous report.] Eye on the General National Congress: The Third Report Introduction On Tuesday evening, 15 January 2013, Mr. Omar Hemedan, the official spokesperson for the ...

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Saudi Arabia Imprisons Activists and Dissolves Prominent Rights Organization

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[This report was originally published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 11 March 2013.] Saudi Arabia - The authorities imprison prominent human rights defenders Dr. Abdullah Al-Hamid and Dr. Mohammed Al-Qahtani and dissolve the Association for Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA) On 9 March 2013, the eleventh hearing of the trial of Dr. Abdullah Al-Hamid and Dr Mohammed Al Qahtani, the co-founders of the Association for Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA), was held at ...

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Bosnia's Dangerous Tango: Islam and Nationalism

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 26 February 2013.] Bosnia's Dangerous Tango: Islam and Nationalism  Overview The Bosniak community is deeply frustrated with the dysfunctional government, flawed constitution and economic stagnation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), as well as renewed Croat and Serb challenges to the state’s territorial integrity. The Islamic community has taken a leading role in channelling popular anger, filling a ...

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Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims

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[The following press release and report were issued by the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC), and its partner organizations the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsability (CLEAR) project of CUNY School of Law, and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF).] New Report Launch: NYPD and Its Impact on American Muslims On March 11, 2013, members of the American Muslim community will release findings from a ground-breaking new ...

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Petition: Stop the "Green Building" Draft Law in Lebanon

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For the past six months, the Lebanese government has been stalling in implementing the salary adjustment and wage scale for public employees it had approved in September 2012. The last few weeks have seen an increase in workers’ unions' organized strikes across Lebanese cities demanding the immediate application of the authorized salary increase (see Khaled Saghieh’s article in Jadaliyya for more analysis). The government claims it is still looking into sources of revenue to ...

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A Bitter Legacy: Lessons of De-Baathification in Iraq

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[The following report was issued by the International Center for Transitional Justice on 4 March 2013.] A Bitter Legacy: Lessons of De-Baathification in Iraq Executive Summary The dramatic collapse of regimes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has raised many important policy and justice questions. One key question is how to deal with former regimes’ security and government apparatuses. The National Democratic Party in Egypt and the Constitutional Rally party ...

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Reports Roundup (March 9)

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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.] NGO Conference Calls for Regional Human Rights Reform The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights reports on the result of a February NGO seminar focused on strategy for human rights reform throughout the Arab world.   Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated) International Crisis Group issues a monthly ...

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Targeting Women Activists in Bahrain

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[The following report was originally published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 7 March 2013.] International Women's Day: Bahraini Women Imprisoned, Tortured, Killed, Stripped from Nationality...and Impunity for Abusers On International Women's Day, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its grave concern and condemnation over the continued violations of women's rights in Bahrain. Due to Bahraini women's important role in the Bahraini uprising, calling for ...

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On The Barring of International Observers from Trial Against UAE Activists

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[The following statement was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 3 March 2013.]  Ninety-four peaceful activists are due to be brought before the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi tomorrow morning, Monday, 4 March 2013, on state security offences. Limited access to lawyers, withholding of evidence and details on the charges by the State Prosecution, no right to appeal the court's decision, detentions in undisclosed locations... before the trial even began, flagrant ...

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Brooklyn College, BDS, and Palestinian Rights

[The following statement was issued by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) on 2 March 2013.] Earlier in February, a panel held at Brooklyn College on the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel was subjected to relentless vilification, bullying, and unfounded allegations. The campaign against Brooklyn College was so intense that even the New York Times and the mayor of New York intervened to express their ...

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Announcing the Launch of the Arab American Studies Website

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The Arab American Studies Association (AASA) would like to announce the launch of the website We invite those interested in Arab American studies to visit the website and learn more about AASA. Founded in 2012, AASA is a non-profit, nonpolitical, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to the study of the history, culture, literature, art, music, politics, religion, and other aspects of Arab American experience. The ...

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Jordanian Held Incommunicado in Saudi Arabia

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[The following call to action was issued by Amnesty International on 26 February 2013.] A Jordanian man has been held incommunicado in an undisclosed location in Saudi Arabia since 6 January. He was last seen being arrested by Saudi Arabian security forces, and has since been denied access to his family and to the outside would. The conditions of his detention may amount to enforced disappearance if the Saudi Arabian authorities continue to refuse disclosing his ...

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Open Letter from Family of Jailed Palestinian Cartoonist Mohammed Saba'na

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[The following update on the status of jailed Palestinian cartoonist Mohammed Abdel Ghani Saba'na was issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists on 1 March 2013. Below the update is an open letter from Saba'na's family, published by Cartoon Movement on 25 February 2013.]  Update on Status of Mohammed Abdel Ghani Saba'na A military court in the city of Ashkelon extended the detention of Mohammad Saba'aneh, a Palestinian cartoonist for Al-Hayat al-Jadida, on ...

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Doctors Without Borders: Humanitarian Aid Cannot Be Co-Opted into Somalia Stabilization Program

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[The following statement was issued by Doctors Without Borders on 28 February 2013.] Efforts underway at the United Nations to integrate humanitarian assistance into the international military campaign against opponents of Somalia’s government will further threaten the safe delivery of independent and impartial aid to Somalis struggling to survive ongoing war, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ...

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Concern Over Arrest of Human Rights Defender Zainab Al-Khawaja

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[The following statement was issued by Front Line Defenders on 1 March 2013.] On 27 February 2013, human rights defender Ms Zainab Al-Khawaja was arrested by security forces during a peaceful sit-in in front of the Royal Palace in Al Qudaybiyah. Meanwhile, on 28 February 2013, the Court of Appeal rejected an appeal lodged by the human rights defender against a sentence of two months imprisonment, while an appeal against another one month imprisonment sentence was ...

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Call for Applicants: Rachel Corrie Scholarship Program

The Palestinian American Women Association (PAWA) of Southern California established the Rachel Corrie Scholarship (RCS) Program to commemorate the life of American peace activist Rachel Corrie. It is in her honor and legacy that PAWA hopes to inspire future activists. The goal of the Rachel Corrie Scholarship Program is to empower young female activists in becoming leaders in their community by cultivating their cultural and ...

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NGO Conference Calls for Regional Human Rights Reform

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[The following press release was issued by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights on 25 February 2013, following the conclusion of a NGO seminar on human rights issues throughout the Middle East.] An NGO high level strategic conference urges the Arab League to adopt an effective human rights protection system as an urgent requirement to meet expectations of the peoples and address major violations of and threats to universal human rights in the Arab region. In a ...

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Event -- International Women's Day: Youth Activism, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (9 March 2013, Garden Grove, CA)

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International Women's Day: Youth Activism, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS)  9 March 2013, 6:00 p.m. Garden Grove, California  The Palestinian American Women’s Association (PAWA) of Southern California presents "Youth Activism, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) on International Women's Day, featuring keynote speaker Professor Nada Elia, activist and professor of Gender and Global Studies.  Also featuring: Live Entertainment ...

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Reports Roundup (March 2)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Sexual Violence Against Women and the Increasing Frequency of Gang Rape in Tahrir and Its Environs Nazra for Feminist Studies addresses the rise of sexual violence in Egypt's Tahrir Square from a feminist perspective, arguing that women's issues are first and foremost political issues.  Physicians for Human Rights: Rights ...

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The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival 2017: The Kennedy Center

SHOWCASE // I am From There, I am From Here I Am From There, I Am From Here: A Palestinian Showcase will kick off the seventh DCPFAF on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage with storytelling, musical ensemble, and theater. The cultural production, a contemporary expression of the colorful Palestinian diaspora, celebrates Palestine as a vision for the future as much as an object of commemoration. Featuring: Nadia Abuelezam of Palestinians Podcast ⋅ ...

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