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UN Counter-Terrorism Expert Launches Inquiry into the Civilian Impact of Drones and Other Forms of Targeted Killing

[Image of MQ-1 Predator Drone, used primarily by the Central Intelligence Agency and United States Air Force. Image by David Smith.]

LONDON (24 January 2012) - UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson QC will be formally launching an Inquiry into the civilian impact of the use of drones and other forms of targeted killing, focusing on the applicable legal framework, a critical examination of the factual evidence concerning civilian casualties, with a view to making recommendations to the UN General Assembly concerning the duty of States to ...

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Eye on the Libyan General National Congress: First Report

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[The following report was issued by Bokra Youth Organization and H2O Team on 19 January 2013.  This is the first in a year-long series of reports covering the actions of Libya's General National Council.]  Eye on the GNC: The First Report This project is the result of intensive communication between two organizations, H2O and Bokra, mobilizing efforts to collect information and data to prepare accurate reports on the performance of Libya's General ...

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Call for Papers -- Minorities: Between Marginality and Participation in the Middle East (8 May, Oxford)

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Minorities: Between Marginality and Participation in the Middle East BRISMES Graduate Student Conference 8 May 2013 Oxford, United Kingdom The events of the last two years have thrown into sharp relief the debate about the cohesion of societies and regimes in the Middle East and North Africa. Particular focus has been given to the place of the individual within their community, and the prospects for these communities to contribute to the wider process of ...

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An Update from the Timbuktu Manuscripts Project

[Screenshot of the Timbuktu Manuscripts Project website.]

[The following is a statement released by director of the Timbuktu Manuscripts Project, Dr. Shamil Jeppie, from the Institute for Humanities in Africa University (HUMA) of Cape Town. It was released on 30 January 2013.]  Since the start of this week there are reports about the destruction of library buildings and book collections in Timbuktu. It sounds as if the written heritage of the town went up in flames. According to our information this is not ...

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Medical Neglect in Israeli Prison Leads to Death of Ashraf Abu Dhra'

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[The following statement was issued by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association on 22 January 2013.] Addameer sends its condolences to the family of Ashraf Abu Dhra’, a recently released prisoner who passed away last night as a result of medical negligence in an Israeli Occupation prison. Ashraf, twenty-nine years old and from Beit 'Awwa in Hebron, was arrested on 16 May 2006 and sentenced to six and a half years in Ramleh prison. Ashraf had a long history of ...

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Call for Applicants: Leadership in a Challenging Environment Training (10-11 & 17-18 April, Cairo)

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Leadership in a Challenging Environment Training 10-11 & 17-18 April 2013 American University of Cairo The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy’s Executive Education at the American University in Cairo is now accepting applications for its upcoming training titled Leadership in a Challenging Environment. The training will be held on April 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the AUC campus in Cairo.  Within the framework of the Transforming Public Service program, ...

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Syria's Kurds: A Struggle Within a Struggle

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 22 January 2013.] Syria's Kurds: A Struggle Within a Struggle  Executive Summary As Syria’s conflict has expanded, the population in majority-Kurd areas has remained relatively insulated. Keeping a lower profile, it has been spared the brunt of regime attacks; over time, security forces withdrew to concentrate elsewhere. Kurdish groups stepped in to replace them; to stake out zones of influence, ...

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Toronto Event: Photo Auction: Once I Was Here: Benefit for Syrian Refugees (31 January 2013)

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Once I Was Here: Benefit for Syrian Refugees 31 January 2013 A silent auction of photographs in aid of Syrian refugees featuring the works of world-renowned frontline photojournalists. Click h

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Call for Papers: The Arab Council for the Social Sciences' Inaugural Conference (19-20 March, Beirut)

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The Arab Council for the Social Sciences' Inaugural Conference 19-20 March 2013 Beirut, Lebanon The Arab Council for the Social Sciences is pleased to announce its inaugural conference, titled Arab Transformations: Interrogating the Social Sciences, to be held in Beirut, Lebanon on 19-20 March 2013. The conference will showcase papers and panels from on-going projects of the ACSS including “The New Paradigms Factory,” “Inequality, Mobility and Development” and ...

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Reports Roundup (January 26)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Kuwaiti MPs Propose a New Bedoon Law BedoonRights.org reports on a newly proposed Kuwaiti law that would redefine the term "bedoon" and grant stateless individuals access to health care and education. Arrested Bedoon Activist Goes on Hunger Strike Kuwaiti activist Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli addresses Kuwaiti citizens, ...

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List of Children Killed by Drone Strikes in Yemen and Pakistan

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[The following list was issued by Drones Watch on 20 January 2013. The names were compiled from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports.] PAKISTAN Name | Age | Gender Noor Aziz | 8 | male Abdul Wasit | 17 | male Noor Syed | 8 | male Wajid Noor | 9 | male Syed Wali Shah | 7 | male Ayeesha | 3 | female Qari Alamzeb | 14| male Shoaib | 8 | male Hayatullah KhaMohammad | 16 | male Tariq Aziz | 16 | male Sanaullah Jan | 17 | male Maezol Khan | 8 | ...

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Call for Papers: History & Contemporary Dynamics of Human Rights in the Arab World

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The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University and the Issam Fares Institute of the American University of Beirut are embarking on a multi-year research project to study the history and contemporary dynamics of human rights in the Arab world. The project focuses on the relationship between research on human rights theory and principles broadly defined, advocacy at the international, regional, and local levels in the Arab world in the form of ...

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International Foundation for Electoral Systems FAQs on Jordanian Elections

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[The following report was issued by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems on 16 January 2013. While polls have closed at the end 23 January for the 2013 Jordanian parliamentary elections, the document offers details on the policies and procedures guiding the electoral system. It should be noted, though, that the report problematically takes at face value the efficacy of these polices and procedures in bringing about meaningful change, something activists and ...

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BADIL Proudly Announces the Release of its Report on Palestinian National Identity

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BADIL Proudly Announces the Release of its Research Project: One People United: A Deterritorialized Palestinian Identity -- BADIL Survey of Palestinian Youth on Identity and Social Ties-2012 The violent establishment of Israel in 1948 constituted a catastrophe, or Nakba, for Palestinian aspirations for self-determination. More significantly, the Nakba resulted in the mass forced displacement of the majority of the Palestinian people from their homeland, thereby ...

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Reporters Without Borders: Mourning Mothers Spokesperson to be Jailed for 6 Months

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[The following statement was issued by Reporters Without Borders on 17 January 2013.] Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned to learn that Mansoureh Behkish, a netizen and founder of the Mourning Mothers movement, has been told to report to the sentence application court at Tehran’s Evin prison on 29 January to begin serving a six-month jail sentence. “We urge the authorities not to jail Behkish,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The way she has been hounded ...

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Continued Harassment and Targeting of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's Family Members

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[The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) issued the following press release on 22 January 2013.]  The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its grave concern about the constant targeting and harassment of families of human rights defenders and victims of extrajudicial killings. The latest case was the summoning of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's son-in-law, Hussain Ahmed (twenty-two years old), to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Hussain ...

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Los Angeles Event -- The Arab Uprisings: Between Change and Continuity (29 January)

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The Arab Uprisings: Between Change and Continuity Panel Discussion and Book Event Tuesday, 29 January 2013, 4:30 PM  UCLA Law School, Room 1430 This event features one of the co-editors and two of the contributors of The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of An Old Order? (Pluto Press, 2012). The panelists will offer commentary on both the book (as a resource) and the general trajectory of the uprisings (as socio-political phenomena). This event is ...

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Qatar Leaks: The Business of Foreign Policy

[Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar. 22 October 2011. Image from flickr/Nader Daoud/World Economic Forum]

[This report has been placed on hold until further corroboration emerges]

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Palestine Refugee Family in Yemen Face Abuse Following Deportation from Saudi Arabia

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[The following statement was issued by Alkarama on 2 January 2013.] The suffering of a family of Palestinian refugees continues after being forcibly deported from Taif, Saudi Arabia to Yemen in 2007. All the members of Al-Hadad family were recently detained by Yemeni security forces and then taken to Sana'a central Prison without any legal proceedings. Although some of the family members were released a week later, the father, Omar Eid Nimer Al-Hadad, and his son Mahmoud ...

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European Parliament Calls for Sanctions Against Bahrain

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[The following statement was published on the Bahrain Center for Human Rights website on 17 January 2013.] The European Parliament today endorsed a strongly-worded resolution addressing the ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain. The effort, led by Dutch Member of European Parliament Marietje Schaake (ALDE/D66), calls for targeted EU sanctions against human rights violators in Bahrain. “For almost two years now the world has ignored the lethal violence used against ...

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