Settler violence toward Palestinians and their property continues in the shadow of a massive arrest campaign throughout the West Bank, in which Israel claims to have detained some 150 Palestinians, including the leadership of the Hamas movement.
Sunday night, settlers from the Ramot Yishai outpost in downtown Hebron attacked Madleen Imad Abu Shamsiyya, aged 14, striking her hands and arms. When Israeli soldiers reached the scene they took Abu Shamsiyya and her father to the police station in the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba for questioning. There are no reports of settlers being detained for questioning.

Monday marked the third consecutive day in which the occupied West Bank was wracked with increased settler violence and clashes with Israeli military forces following Israel's exploitation of the reported kidnapping of three settler youths to crack down on Hamas and wage attacks on the new Palestinian unity government.
At least three incidents of serious settler violence were reported Monday in the Bethlehem area.

Israeli forces search for three missing settlers

Israeli forces carried out search and arrest operations in the Hebron governorate, looking for three settlers gone missing since Thursday night. The forces searched towns of the area and neighborhoods of Hebron itself, storming houses and arresting more that 20 Palestinians. During the operation the troops forcefully confiscated surveillance cameras from local shops.

Success Story Black Shame

“Blessed Yemen” is a term we always repeated and memorized by heart; but this was not the case for girl's education, which in fact could not have been worse. The reality of girl's education in many areas in Yemen, particularly rural areas, is painful, while percentages and statistics reflect alarming indicators. Changing the reality in a context governed by customs and traditions will not take place by taking a decision...and here comes the role of tribalism, while its power is taken into, the features of a great accomplishments sufficed, while the password that decoded a simple equation manifested in “shame”.

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Urgent need for climate change adaptation measures in Arab countries

Authors: M.K. Tolba (ed); N.W. Saab (ed)
Publisher: Arab Forum for Environment and Development, 2009

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Although greenhouse gas emissions from the Arab world amount to 4.2% of global emissions, the impact of climate change on the fragile environment of the region and its people is expected to be immense. This report aims to provide information to governments, business, academia and the public about the impact of climate change on the Arab countries, and encourage concrete action to face the challenge.

The report analyses the Arab response to the urgent need for adaptation measures, and uses the latest research findings to describe the vulnerabilities of natural and human systems in the Arab world to climate change and the impacts on different sectors. In an attempt to help shape adequate policies, the report discusses options for a post-Kyoto regime and outlines the state of international negotiations in this regard.

Egypt blogger military trial criticised

Egypt has been strongly criticised by Human Rights Watch for trying a blogger, Ahmed Mustafa, before a military court.

The 20-year-old is accused of publishing false information in a blog a year ago, alleging a case of nepotism at Egypt's premier military academy.

Egypt's emergency law, in place since 1981, allows indefinite detention and trials of civilians in military courts. Egyptian officials have denied that the power is much used.

Mr Mustafa, an engineering student, is charged with releasing information considered secret to the armed forces, and of spreading false information insulting officials responsible for admissions to the military academy. The only evidence presented at his trial this week is the post on his blog.

Iraq: Candidates Should Promote Human Rights

Elections an Opportunity to Improve Conditions Across the Country

(Washington, DC) - Political parties and candidates in Iraq's parliamentary elections on March 7, 2010, should promise to uphold human rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The election will be a key indicator of whether the country is moving toward greater political stability and respect for human rights and away from the sectarian violence that devastated Iraq after the 2005 election, Human Rights Watch said.

The six-page report, "Iraq's 2010 National Elections: A Human Rights Platform for Candidates," focuses on five key areas of human rights problems: electoral exclusion; abridged freedom of expression; ill-treatment and torture in detention; violence against vulnerable groups; and the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons. Human Rights Watch urged political parties to make the report's specific and feasible recommendations part of their electoral commitments.

In March 2010, the Commission on the Status of Women will undertake a fifteen-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly.   Emphasis will be placed on the sharing of experiences and good practices, with a view to overcoming remaining obstacles and new challenges, including those related to the Millennium Development Goals.  Member States, representatives of non-governmental organizations and of UN entities will participate in the session.  A series of parallel events will provide additional opportunities for information exchange and networking.

Ongoing national and regional review processes are feeding into the global review process.

The General Assembly is expected to mark the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in a commemorative meeting during CSW.

* National level review of implementation

* Regional 15-year review processes
o Regional reports
          o Regional meetings

* Global 15-year review process in the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women
* Commemoration of the 15th anniversary by the General Assembly
* Related intergovernmental processes
* Other commemorative initiatives in the UN

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