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Joint Statement on Iranian Opposition Leaders Under House Arrest

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[The following statement was issued by a group of human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, on 14 February 2013.] The Iranian authorities should immediately release from arbitrary house arrest two former presidential candidates, Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Mir Hossein Mousavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard, an author and political activist, the Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, and six leading human rights groups said today. The authorities ...

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Gerrymandering in Bahrain: Twenty-One Persons, One Vote

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[The following article was issued by Bahrain Watch on 11 February 2013.] With the the start of yet another “National Dialogue” arranged by the Bahraini government yesterday, the Bahrain Watch team thought it would be appropriate to highlight the issue of gerrymandering which will certainly be brought up during the talks. The question of gerrymandered voting districts has been one of the major sticking points between the government and opposition since 2002, when ...

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Tunisia: Violence and the Salafi Challenge

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 13 February 2013.]  Tunisia: Violence and the Salafi Challenge  Executive Summary   The assassination of Chokri Belaïd, a prominent opposition politician, has thrown Tunisia into its worst crisis since the January 2011 ouster of President Ben Ali. Although culprits have yet to be identified, suspicions swiftly turned to individuals with ties to the Salafi movements. Founded or not, such ...

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The Silence of the Law: Khaled Fahmy on Shari'a and the Origins of the Egyptian Legal System (Video)

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What does it mean to implement shari'a today? Khaled Fahmy, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the American University in Cairo, tackles this question by examining Egypt's encounter with modernity in the nineteenth century and the origins of the Egyptian legal system. The interview was produced the by the American University of Cairo Office of Communications.  

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London Event: 'Syria Through a Lens' Screening (28 February 2013)

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 Syria Through a Lens A documentary on the life and works of slain Syrian filmmaker and activist Bassel Shahade.  Thursday, 28 February 2013 7:00 PM G3 Main Building The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG London Syria Through a Lens highlights the life, activism, and films of the late Syrian filmmaker Bassel Shahade. On 28 May 2012, Bassel was killed during a government assault on Homs, where he had been ...

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Human Rights Organizations Demand the Release of Omani Activists

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[The following statement was originally published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 20 February 2013.] Oman – Release Immediately and Unconditionally all Detainees of Human Rights Defenders and Activists The undersigned human rights organizations declare their full and complete solidarity with all Omani human rights defenders who are currently in detention, especially those undertaking hunger strikes. Twenty-four defenders and activists (including Basma Al-Kiyumi, ...

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SJP National Voices Support for University of California Organizers

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[The following statement was issued by Students for Justice in Palestine on 5 February 2013.] Nearly fifty years ago, students at the University of California fought to win the right to free speech on their campuses. It is deplorable that today, pro-Palestinian students must find themselves fighting once again for their basic rights. As the Ad Hoc Steering Committee for the National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference, we write to express our solidarity with ...

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Statement on FJP Endorsement of Repressive NGO Law

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[The following statement was issued by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies on 14 February 2013.] On February 13, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) participated in a second meeting at the Ministry of Justice to discuss the new NGO law. During the meeting, CIHRS representatives received a copy of the draft law submitted by the Ministry of Local Development, overseen by Mohammed Ali Bishr, a member of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and a ...

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Call for Applicants: Summer Arabic & Politics Exchange (14 June - 12 July, Tunis)

[Image from] and its partners - Université Paris-Dauphine I Tunis, Tunisia Live and the Bosphore Academy - are pleased to announce the first Summer Arabic & Politics Exchange June 14-July 12, 2013, in Tunis, Tunisia. The four-week course will immerse our participants in the language and politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with a particular emphasis on direct engagement with some of the leading academic, political, intellectual and religious ...

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تظاهرات عالمية من أجل الديمقراطية والتضامن والعدالة

نداء ١٥ شباط لتظاهرات عالمية من أجل الديمقراطية والتضامن والعدالة

[تم إصدار هذ البيان من مجموعة من الناشطين والباحثين الدوليين في ١٥ شباط، ٢٠١٣] نداء ١٥ شباط لتظاهرات عالمية من أجل الديمقراطية والتضامن والعدالة منذ عشر سنوات، قال ملايين الناس حول العالم "لا" للحرب في 15 شباط من عام 2003. والآن، فإننا نقول "نعم" للسلام؛ "نعم" لنزع الأسلحة وللحياة الكريمة، بما في ذلك الحياة الاقتصادية التي تحددها المبادئ الديمقراطية. بدأ احتلال العراق بالرغم من احتجاجات عام 2003، ولكن العنف الذي أحدثه بوش كان أضيق من العنف ...

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Statement on UAE Targeting Families of Detained Human Rights Defenders

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[The following statement was issued by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights on 16 February 2013.] The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) has received information that authorities in the UAE are targeting family members of human rights defenders currently in detention. In recent days the daughter of Dr Mohammed Al-Mansoori has been subjected to judicial harassment while the son of Saleh Al-Dhufairi has been intimidated by state authorities. Moza Al-Mansoori, twenty-three ...

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Misery Beyond the War Zone: Life for Syrian Refugees and Displaced Populations in Lebanon

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[The following report was issued by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on 6 February 2013.] Misery Beyond the War Zone: Life for Syrian Refugees and Displaced Populations in Lebanon Executive Summary  The ongoing crisis in Syria is forcing ever more Syrians to flee their homeland in search of safety. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) reported in late January that more than 165,000 refugees had officially been registered in Lebanon alone, ...

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Reports Roundup (February 16)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Film-Portrait of Dr. Saud Mukhtar Al-Hashimi, Human Rights Defender, Saudi Arabia Alkarama Foundation highlights the humanitarian work of Dr. Saud Mukhtar Al-Hashimi, co-laureate of the 2012 Alkarama Award. Dr. Al-Hashimi was sentenced to thirty years imprisonment by the Riyadh Special Criminal Court in November 2011. Judith ...

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Film-Portrait of Dr Mohamed Al-Roken, Human Rights Defender, UAE

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The following video was produced by the Alkarama Foundation to highlight the work of Mohamed al-Roken, co-laureate of 2012 Alkarama Award for human rights defenders. Al-Roken has defended many political activists and fellow human rights defenders who were stripped of their citizenship, detained arbitrarily, subjected to travel bans, or tortured solely for having expressed their opinions. On 17 July 2012, the Emirati security services arrested Dr. al-Roken in Dubai during the ...

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The Feb 15 Call for Global Protests for Democracy, Solidarity and Justice

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[The following statement was issued by an international group of activists and scholars on 15 February 2013.] Ten years ago, millions of people around the world said "no" to war on February 15, 2003. Now, we say "yes" to peace; "yes" to demilitarizing, to having decent lives, including economic lives, determined by democratic principles.  The invasion of Iraq still began after the 2003 protests, but the violence wreaked by Bush was still ...

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Eye on the Libyan General National Congress: Second Report

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[The following report was issued by Bokra Youth Organization and H2O Team on 8 February 2013.  This is the second in a year-long series of reports covering the actions of Libya's General National Council. This issue focuses on the period from 20 December 2012 to 15 January 2013. Click here to access the previous report.]  Eye on the General National Congress: The Second Report Introduction The General National Congress (GNC) held the following sessions ...

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Los Angeles Event: Sex and Sectarianism in Lebanon (20 February 2013)

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Sex and Sectarianism: Recognition and the Disarticulation of Madhhab/Sect and Sex/Gender in Lebanon A lecture by Maya Mikdashi Co-Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, the UCLA Islamic Studies Program, and UCLA School of Law Critical Race Studies Program, and the Arab Studies Institute (ASI) Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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 University of California Los Angeles   This talk examines the legal practice of strategic ...

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Statement from Global Palestinian Right to Return Coalition

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[The following statement was issued by the Global Palestinian Right to Return Coalition on 5 February 2013.] To the children of our heroic Palestinian people, To those who safeguard the unity of our people, our representation, and our cause, As the Palestinian people await the meeting of various sectors of Palestinian leadership on the eighth of February in Cairo, and as we anticipate further development of steps towards turning the page on painful Palestinian divisions, ...

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Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition

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[The following report was issued by the Open Society Foundations on 5 February 2013.]  Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition  Executive Summary Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) commenced a secret detention program under which suspected terrorists were held in CIA prisons, also known as “black sites,” outside the United States, where they were subjected ...

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Judith Butler's Remarks to Brooklyn College on BDS

[The following remarks were given by Judith Butler at a recent boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) event held at Brooklyn College. The event was the subject of a major public campaign (via false accusations and threats to withdraw funding) to pressure the Department of Political Science at the college to withdraw their co-sponoshorship of the event. The remarks were first published on The Nation.] Usually one starts by saying that one is glad to be here, but I cannot ...

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