Beginning 2014: Social Protests in Tunisia

Since the beginning of January 2014, Social protests have gained momentum, affecting vital sectors and several regions. These protests vary from strikes and sit-ins to blocking roads and closing regional treasuries.

First, resident and internal doctors went on a seven-day strike(from 2 January), contesting a draft law that will require healthcare professionals to work at public hospitals for three years when graduated and urging the government to draft a law that would “organize the job of doctors working at public hospitals.”

“Topping our list of concerns is the fear of dying from a shell, or from a bullet – stray or intended,” says Lina al-Hakim, a Syrian journalist reporting on the humanitarian situation in the country’s largest city Aleppo.

The western part of the city where she is based is under the control of the Assad regime and subject to almost daily shelling by the armed opposition.

The Peace Event will take place in Sarajevo from 6 to 9 of June 2014. Side sessions will be organized also in Banja Luka and may be other town of Bosnia Herzegovina.

- The Peace Event will include
- The Forum,
- Cultural activities
- A youth camp (18-30 years old)
There will be an opening and closing public session. The center of the Event will be the Bosanski Kulturni Centar (Cultural Center BKC), workshops and other meetings will be organized all around the city.

Beirut- On the 23th and 24th of November 2013, family associations of the disappeared coming from all around the Euro-Mediterranean region- Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Serbia and Turkey-, as well as from other regions, international and Lebanese non-governmental organizations, international and local experts, judges, lawyers, journalists as well as representatives of national and international institutions, decided to convey its 4th Euro-Mediterranean Conference of the Family Associations of the Disappeared in Beirut, in order to tackle specifically the theme of “Enforced Disappearances, Truth and the Fight Against Impunity”.

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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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