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Iraq: Cybercrimes Law Violates Free Speech

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[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch on 12 July 2012.]  Iraq's Information Crimes Law: Badly Written Provisions and Draconian Punishments Violate Due Process and Free Speech  Summary Iraq’s government is in the process of enacting what it refers to as an Information Crimes Law to regulate the use of information networks, computers, and other electronic devices and systems. The proposed law had its first reading before Iraq’s Council ...

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UN Committee Against Torture Releases List of Issues for Israel

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[The following press release was issued by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel on 18 July 2012 in response to the UN Committee Against Torture's publication of a list of issues to be addressed by Israel. An Israeli response to these issues must be submitted by December 2013.]   37 of 59 Questions Regarding Israel’s Compliance with the Convention Against Torture Relate to Issues Raised in NGO Report In June 2012, the United Nations Committee Against Torture ...

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Amnesty International Condemns Sentencing of Omani Activists

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[The following statemwent was issued by Amnesty International on 17 July 2012.]  The Omani authorities must drop the charges against a number of activists facing prison sentences merely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today.  In the latest case on Monday, a court in the capital Muscat sentenced five activists to jail terms of between one year and 18 months on charges including publicly insulting the ...

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IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group Expresses Concern Over Closing of Media Reform Body

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[The following statement was issued by the International Freedom of Expression Exchange Tunisia Monitoring Group on 9 July 2012. The statement was prompted by the voluntary termination of the activities of the National Authority to Reform Information and Communication, an independent body tasked with reforming the Tunisian media, in response to continued government obstruction of its work.]  The International Freedom of Expression Exchange Tunisia Monitoring Group ...

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In Translation: The Revolutionary Youth Coalition's Final Report

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[The following report was originally published in Arabic on 8 July 2012 by the Coalition of Revolutionary Youth, one of the most important umbrella organizations emerging from the January 25th revolution in Egypt. The report was translated into English by Industry Arabic and published by The Arabist on 18 July 2012.]  An Account of the Actions of the Coalition of Revolutionary Youth We believe that every experience should either continue or ...

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Visualizing Palestine on Jadaliyya!

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Visualizing Palestine creates visual stories for social justice based on data from globally respected Palestinian, Israeli, and international human rights organizations; academic institutions; and other official sources. VP was initiated in 2011 as a network and online platform. Its visuals are created by bringing together an international and interdisciplinary network of individuals and partner organizations working at the intersection between research, design, technology, ...

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Victimizing the Employer: Gulf Media's Backward Reporting

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[The following article was published by Migrant Rights on 26 June 2012.]  Imbalanced media reporting is a regular topic featured by Migrant Rights; migrants are too often spoken of, but rarely spoken to, as employers and government officials dominate the narrative surrounding foreign worker issues. The public perception of migrants is consequently distorted –one-sided and so skewed it appears deliberately manipulated. The escalating number of ...

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Al-Haq: Legal Memorandum on State Responsibility in Relation to Israel’s Illegal Settlement Enterprise

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[The following press release was issued by Al-Haq on 16 July 2012.] Al-Haq is pleased to announce the publication of “State Responsibility in Connection with Israel’s Illegal Settlement Enterprise in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” The new legal memorandum analyses the concept of State responsibility under customary international law and examines the recommendations of the 2004 International Court of Justice (ICJ) Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the ...

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Alliance for Kurdish Rights: Fire Isn't Turkey's Biggest Problem When It Comes to Prisons

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[The following article was published by the Alliance for Kurdish Rights on 21 June 2012.]  Recent events in Turkey have shed a critical, if heated, light on the prison system in Turkey. On Saturday 16 June, several inmates of the Urfa prison set their bedding on fire in protest of the prison’s extreme overcrowding. Thirteen inmates were killed, and five others were injured as a result of the blaze. The next day, the prison erupted in further protests both from ...

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Pro-Palestine Ads at Metro-North Stations Stir Controversy

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[This article originally appeared in, a New York-based regional publication. The piece asserts that historical representation of the shrinking land mass of Mandate Palestine between 1948 and 2010 is a "distortion" of the facts for failing to explain Israel's reasons for expansion.] Pro-Palestine billboards recently appearing at Metro-North stations have sparked an outcry among Israel supporters. The provocative poster depicts a shrinking Palestinian ...

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An Open Letter to the President of Republic of Sudan

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[The following letter was originally published on Young Professionals in Human Rights on 30 June 2012.]  Dear Mr. Omer Elbashier: When you took over power, it was uncomfortable. When you fired skilled workers in civic service, it was unreasonable. When you introduced Sharia laws, it was painful. When your regime announced war against South Sudan, I feared for my family and friends. But now, after 23 years under your ...

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The Rise of Egypt's Workers

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[The following report was authored by Joel Beinin and published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on 28 June 2012.]  The Rise of Egypt's Workers Summary Workers have long sought to bring change to the Egyptian system, yet the independent labor movement has only recently begun to find a nationwide voice. As Egypt’s sole legal trade union organization and an arm of the state for nearly sixty years, the Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF) has had a ...

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Kuwait: Bidoun Nationality Demands Can't Be Silenced

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[The following report was issued by Refugees International on 6 March 2012.]  KUWAIT: BIDOUN NATIONALITY DEMANDS CAN'T BE SILENCED  As many as 100,000 people living in Kuwait are stateless. They are called “bidoun,” and over the last twelve months thousands have been gathering peacefully in Taima Square to insist that the government recognize their Kuwaiti nationality. Tear gas, rubber bullets, and beatings have all been used to quell the demonstrators. Refugees ...

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Yemen: Enduring Conflicts, Threatened Transition

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[The following is the latest from International Crisis Group (ICG) on Yemen.]  YEMEN: ENDURING CONFLICTS, THREATENED TRANSITION  As messy as it has been and unfinished as it remains, Yemen’s transition accomplished two critical goals: avoiding a potentially devastating civil war and securing the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had ruled the impoverished country for over three decades. It also cracked the regime’s foundations, while making it ...

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Racism and Segregation at Lebanese Beaches (Video)

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Recently, the Ministry of Tourism in Lebanon issued a memorandum banning discrimination in the country's private pools and beaches. Such a ban came after many years of the barring of entry or other forms of discrimination against migrant domestic laborers and those assumed to be migrant domestic laborers. In an effort to monitor and encourage the implementation of this recent official ban on discrimination, the Lebanese group Anti-Racism Movement has produced the ...

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Letter to EU High Representative on the EU-GCC Ministerial Meeting

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[The following letter was issued by Human Rights Watch on 25 June 2012.]  Baroness Catherine Ashton High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Vice-President of the European Commission  Dear High Representative, In advance of the upcoming EU-GCC Ministerial Meeting we write to request that human rights form a significant part of your dialogue with your GCC counterparts. We specifically call on you to make unmistakably ...

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Academics Call on EU Commission to Exclude Israeli Companies from EU-Funded Research

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[The following letter was issued by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine to the EU Commisioner for Research, Innovation and Science on 10 July 2012. The letter was signed by 250 academics from over fourteen different countries, mainly in Europe but also inlcuding the United States and elsewhere. It urges the European Commission to take action to prevent Israeli arms companies and other companies involved in abuse of Palestinian human rights from ...

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BDS at 7: Celebrating, Reflecting, and Further Mainstreaming

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[The following statement was issued by the Palestinian BDS National Committee on 9 July 2012.]  Occupied Palestine, 9 July 2012 – Seven years after the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel was launched, the global BDS campaign has become stronger, more widespread, more effective and certainly more diverse than ever—a true cause for celebration by all those groups and conscientious citizens of the world who ...

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Committee to Protect Journalists Condemns Recent Attacks on Palestinian Journalists

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[The following statement was issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists on 2 July 2012.]   The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned attacks by Palestinian security forces on at least four journalists who were covering protests against the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah on Saturday and Sunday, according to news reports. "Palestinian journalists have a right and a duty to document demonstrations," said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. ...

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Call for Papers: Short Papers on Youth Movements for Social Change / Youth Organizations (25 July Deadline)

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The Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series  Submissions due 25 July Boston Published by The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University   The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is delighted to announce a Call for Papers for The Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series (danah boyd and John Palfrey, editors) presented by the Berkman Center and the Born This Way Foundation, and supported by the ...

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