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Reports Roundup (February 2)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Letter Concerning Incidents at the Marmara University Faculty of Communications The Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association expresses its concern over the actions of Yusuf Devran, the government-appointed dean of the Faculty of Communications at Marmara University in Turkey. Under Dean Devran, specific ...

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HRW Statement on Backsliding Human Rights Situation in UAE

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[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 31 January 2013.] The Human Rights situation in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) deteriorated rapidly during 2012, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2013. The government has carried out a repressive campaign that has targeted Islamists, liberals, activists, and scholars alike, Human Rights Watch said. The campaign has systematically violated UAE citizens’ rights to free expression and ...

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Beirut Event -- Lawfare and Armed Conflict: Comparing Israeli and US Targeted Killing Policies (5 February)

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Lawfare and Armed Conflict: Comparing Israeli and US Targeted Killing Policies and Challenges against Them  5 February 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 PM AUB Building 37 - CASAR (behind Lee Observatory)   American University of Beirut Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research cordially invite you to the lecture "Lawfare and Armed Conflict: ...

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Call for Applicants: Director at Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, American University of Beirut

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The American University of Beirut (AUB) invites applications and nominations for the position of founding director of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship. The Asfari Institute will serve as a regional hub of academics, practitioners and policy makers who will explore associational life in the Arab world, and advance realistic solutions to obstacles to effective civil society and citizenship. Reporting to the provost, the director will ...

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Turkish Progressive Lawyers Association Statement on Lawyers' Arrests

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[The following statement was issued by the Progressive Lawyers Association of Turkey on 18 January 2013.] Police terrorism against defense lawyers continues. Lawyers are being taken under custody and searches are carried out in their offices and houses as well as two offices of Progressive Lawyers’ Association. The offices of the Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD), Istanbul and Ankara Branches, The People’s Law Office (An independent law office defending the basic ...

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

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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

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[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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