Nonviolent action around the world – 12 March 2010 (Part 2)

March 12, 2010
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Beit Sahour professor faces arrest by Israeli military for nonviolent protest
By: Carol Sanders, The Only Democracy, March 11, 2010
Mazin Qumsiyeh reports on his likely arrest next week by the Israeli military when he returns from a lecture tour in the U.S. to his village in Beit Sahour near Bethlehem.  His crime?  Participation in nonviolent protests against the military takeover of the only remaining open land in Bethlehem, which the Jewish-Israeli settlers covet for themselves.   
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Report: Iran sentences professor to six years
By: AP, March 11, 2010
An Iranian appeals court sentenced a university professor to six years in prison for suspected involvement in the country’s postelection turmoil, local media reported Thursday.
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Dancers protest Iran’s treatment of women
By: RFE, March 11, 2010
A group of Iranian women protested against what they described as gender and ethnic discrimination in the Islamic Republic by dancing in front of Tehran’s embassy in Ottawa on International Women’s Day. Iranian women have been banned from dancing in public since the 1979 revolution because dancing is considered un-Islamic.
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Iran tops list of jailers of journalists in world
By: Scheherezade Faramarzi, AP, March 10, 2010
Journalists have become a prime target in an Iranian government crackdown on the opposition following last June’s disputed presidential election, with 52 of them currently held – making Iran the top jailer of journalists in the world, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
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Iran blocking foreign, domestic Web sites to curb anti-government activists
By: Thomas Erdbrink and Kay Armin Serjoie, Washington Post, March 10, 2010
Ever since the disputed victory of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June elections led to wide-scale protests, Iran’s leaders have been cracking down on the tech-savvy opposition movement with the Revolutionary Guard and police blocking millions of foreign and domestic Web sites, including some Google services, CNN and the BBC.
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Two multinationals pull back from Iran
By: Rom Nixon, NY Times, March 10, 2010
Royal Dutch Shell and Ingersoll-Rand this week became the latest major corporations to announce they would cease or cut back business operations in Iran. The announcements came as the United States and its European allies stepped up their efforts to win a tough new round of United Nations sanctions aimed at pressing Iran to rein in its nuclear program.
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Shell ends gas sales to Iran
By: VOA, March 10, 2010
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell says it is no longer selling gasoline to Iran, the latest in a growing number of oil firms to halt supplies to the Islamic Republic.
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Iranian women’s rights advocate dedicates her prize to jailed activist
By: RFE, March 10, 2010
Iranian human rights lawyer and women’s rights advocate Shadi Sadr has dedicated her “Women of Courage Award,” given by the U.S. State Department, to jailed human rights activist Shiva Nazar Ahari.
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Iran calls political opponents enemies of Islam
By: Brian Murphy, AP, March 10, 2010
A traditional Islamic concept about protecting the faith and its followers has become a judicial weapon for Iran’s rulers: charging opponents as so-called enemies of God with the threat of possible death sentences.
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Boyfriend of Neda, murdered Iranian protester, talks
By: Alix Rijckaert, AFP, March 10, 2010
The boyfriend of an Iranian woman, who became an opposition icon after images of her death at a Tehran protest spread across the Internet, says the event has turned him into a staunch activist.
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Women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Supporting the fight for freedom and equality
By: Sarah Trister, Huffington Post, March 10, 2010
While the rest of the world commemorated International Women’s Day on March 8, women in the Middle East had less to celebrate than most. A new Freedom House survey finds that despite modest gains in the last 5 years, women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region continue to suffer from a dismal deficit in human rights.
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Morocco ‘violently’ repressed protests in W. Sahara
By: Expatica, March 10, 2010
Moroccan authorities “violently” put down peaceful protests in Western Sahara earlier this week, Western Sahara human rights activist Aminatou Haidar said Wednesday.
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Moroccan police brutally disperse self-determination protest in Western Sahara
By: ASVDH, March 10, 2010
Yesterday twenty Sahrawi citizens were injured during a violent intervention by Moroccan police to disperse a peaceful demonstration on the main street of the Maatallah quarter in El-Aaiun, Western Sahara.
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Armenia: U.S. embassy honors prosecuted Armenian activist
By: RFE, March 10, 2010
The U.S. Embassy in Armenia has publicly honored a young Armenian activist who was prosecuted for publicizing alleged sexual and other abuse at a Yerevan boarding school, RFE/RL’s Armenian Service reports. U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch presented the embassy’s Women of Courage award to Mariam Sukhudian, a leader of the environment protection group SOS Teghut.
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Israelis against Israeli settlements
By: Robert Mackey, NY Times, March 10, 2010
The strength of feeling among Israelis who oppose moving more Israelis into Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem was demonstrated just last Saturday, when a large protest took place against the eviction of Palestinian families from homes in the city’s Sheikh Jarrah district.
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Nonviolent struggle in Palestine and Israel
By: David Hartsough, Pulse, March 10, 2010
When some people think of Palestine and Israel, they often picture Palestinians as suicide bombers and terrorists while the Israeli military are seen as bombing whole neighborhoods in Palestine. However, I found something very positive and hopeful and perhaps the key to a peaceful resolution of this tragic conflict – and a possible path toward a peaceful future for both peoples.
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With 52 journalists in jail, Iran hits new, shameful record
By: CPJ, March 9, 2010
The number of journalists in jail rose in February as a relentless media crackdown continues in Iran. Authorities are now holding at least 52 journalists in prison, a third of all those in jail around the world, according to the latest monthly survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
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Iran: Students keep opposition fires burning with small campus protests
By: LA Times, March 9, 2010
Students at two Iranian universities staged small protests Monday and Tuesday, video footage uploaded to the internet showed, in the latest sign that the opposition movement unleashed by the country’s disputed elections last year has not been stamped out.
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Iran torture trials begin
By: Huffington Post, March 9, 2010
The trial in Iran opened Tuesday for 12 suspects accused of torturing to death three anti-government protesters tortured in prison during the turmoil following the June elections, the official news agency reported.
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Iranian Nobel Peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi presses Iran on human rights and warns against international sanctions
By: Democracy Now, March 8, 2010
The Obama administration is working to gather international backing for a fourth round of UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. Leading Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi argues the UN should focus on pressing the Iranian government to restore democracy and human rights, rather than imposing economic sanctions.
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s tyranny ‘is crushing Iran’s artists’
By: Lizzy Davies, The Guardian, March 7, 2010
Golshifteh Farahani knows how dangerous it is now to be an artist in Tehran. By the time Body of Lies was released, she was an exile in Paris. She does not know when she will go home. Last week, as the Iranian diaspora reeled from the arrest of Jafar Panahi, the most outspoken film director still living in Tehran, Farahani felt a fresh rush of fury towards a regime which critics say is taking ever greater steps towards a total crackdown on free speech.
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Israel: 5,000 protest in Sheikh Jarah
By: Rabbi Brian, Rabbi Brian’s Blog, March 7, 2010
I returned to Israel on Friday, just before Shabbat, after a five day visit to the U.S.A. where I attended the Christian Muslim Summit at the Washington Cathedral.  After sleeping many hours on Shabbat, I attended the demonstration at Sheikh Jarrah on Saturday night.  This was the largest demonstration so far (5,000 people!) and marked a significant point in the struggle to end the evictions in Sheikh Jarrah.
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How Nokia helped Iran “persecute and arrest” dissidents
By: Nate Anderson, ARS Technica, March 5, 2010
A new report out of Finland suggests that the country’s corporate poster child, Nokia Siemens, has been involved in some pretty tawdry dealings with Iran, dealings that go beyond the company’s admitted involvement with the Iranian regime.
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King and the Palestinian struggle for freedom
By: Sanna Towns, Race Talk, March 4, 2010
Today there is a growing community of human rights activists in the U.S., around the world, and especially in Palestine-Israel whose behavior mirrors and extends Martin Luther King, Jr.’s confrontation with injustice in their own efforts to break the silence on the injustice of the cruel, oppressive Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian people.
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Iran women rights defenders continue undeterred by prison detention
By: Elahe Amani, Truthout, March 3, 2010
Today on a daily basis, personal memoirs of ongoing encounters of government crackdown and resistance in Iran are being written in print and in cyberspace by countless Iranian civil rights activists, scholars and women human rights defenders.
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Chinese law-makers take to microblogging
By: Francois Bougon, AFP, March 11, 2010
Mao Zedong used paintbrush and ink to write classic poems in calligraphy but his grandson is micro-blogging by laptop from China’s annual session of parliament. The heavy-set, 40-year-old senior colonel is now one of the star users of “Renmin Weibo”, a social networking platform opened by the People’s Daily, the ruling Communist Party’s mouthpiece newspaper.
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US: Activists rally in San Francisco for Tibetan freedom
By: KTVU, March 10, 2010
At Union Square in San Francisco Wednesday night, hundreds of people held a spirited rally to raise public awareness about freeing Tibet from the ongoing Chinese occupation.
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Dalai Lama: China attempting to annihilate Buddhism in Tibet
By: Ashwini Bhatia, AP, March 10, 2010
The Dalai Lama lashed out at China on Wednesday, accusing it of trying to “annihilate Buddhism” in Tibet and rebuffing all his efforts to reach a compromise over the disputed Himalayan region.
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Dalai Lama risks Chinese ire to back Uighurs
By: Abhishek Madhukar, Reuters, March 10, 2010
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama voiced his support on Wednesday for an ethnic minority in China’s troubled Xinjiang province, risking worsening further his fraught relations with Beijing.
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China: Dalai Lama’s statement on the 51st anniversary of the Tibetan national uprising day
By: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Dalai Lama, March 10, 2010
“Today marks the 51st anniversary of the Tibetan people’s peaceful uprising in 1959 against Communist China’s repression in Tibet, as well as the second anniversary of the peaceful protests that erupted across Tibet in March 2008. On this occasion, I pay homage to those heroic Tibetan men and women, who sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tibet, and pray for an early end to the sufferings of those still oppressed in Tibet.”
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International lawyers urge UN to condemn detention of missing China rights advocate
By: Jaclyn Belczyk, Jurist, March 10, 2010
An international group of human rights lawyers on Tuesday petitioned the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to condemn to the detention of Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, missing for more than a year.
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China: Scholars, writers press for Liu Xiaobo’s release
By: Human Rights Watch, March 9, 2010
More than one hundred leading China scholars, writers, and human rights advocates from around the world are today releasing a letter to China’s National People’s Congress that calls for the immediate and unconditional release of imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo.
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Record 237 nominations for 2010 Nobel Peace Prize
By: Ian MacDougall, AP, March 11, 2010
The committee that selects the Nobel Peace Prize winner will consider a record 237 nominations for the 2010 award, a Nobel official said Wednesday. Surpassing last year’s record of 205 nominations, 199 individuals and 38 organizations have been nominated for the coveted prize, said Geir Lundestad, the committee’s permanent nonvoting secretary.
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Evaluating the fight for women’s rights
By: Tina Musuya, Amnesty International, March 9, 2010
I’m attending my first CSW and it’s also my first time at the UN in New York. I arrived a few days after the start of the conference which was a relief since I heard that the first few days were really hectic with some people queuing for over seven hours just to get registered to be able to get into the UN.
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Alliance for Youth Movements summit highlights strategies to reduce violence
BY: CBS News, March 9, 2010
The Alliance of Youth Movements (AYM) , a non-profit that focuses on effecting nonviolent change through 21st century tools, is holding an event in London from March 9-11 to explore the use of technology by youth movements to diminish violence.
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Google may offer services in Cuba, Iran, Sudan
By: Doug Caverly, Webpro News, March 9, 2010
It looks like Google may be ready to wade into another controversial censorship vs. availability of services situation.  A high-ranking corporate representative has welcomed the U.S. Treasury’s decision to allow the exportation of online communications tools to Cuba, Iran, and Sudan.
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Radio Erena: Une source indépendante d’information pour l’Erythrée
By: RSF, March 10, 2010
Basée à Paris et animée par des journalistes érythréens en exil, Radio Erena fonctionne depuis maintenant neuf mois. Émettant par satellite pour les Erythréens de l’intérieur et sur Internet pour la diaspora, cette station apporte une voix indépendante à un pays où la liberté de la presse n’existe pas et où tout écart par rapport à la ligne officielle est violemment puni.
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Les réalisateurs, la nouvelle cible des régimes autoritaires
By: Pamela Taylor, InfoSud, March 10, 2010
Un nombre croissant de réalisateurs de documentaires subissent la répression des régimes de leur propres pays. Le Festival du film et forum international sur les droits humains (FIFDH) leur dédie sa 8e édition.
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Honduras: Un journaliste assassin, “Gare à l’exploitation politique de l’affaire dans le contexte post-coup d’État”
By: RSF, March 4, 2010
Reporters sans frontières présente ses condoléances aux collègues et proches du journaliste Joseph Ochoa, de la chaîne privée Canal 51, tué de balles dans la soirée du 2 mars 2010 à Tegucigalpa, lors d’une attaque qui visait apparemment sa consœur Karol Cabrera, employée de la chaîne publique Canal 8 et de la station privée Radio Cadena Voces (RCV), grièvement blessée mais désormais saine et sauve.
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Tactics that tickle: Laughing all the way to the win
By: New Tactics, February 9, 2010
Join us for this online dialogue featuring Tactics That Tickle: Laughing All the Way to the Win from March 24 to 30, 2010. Humor is a powerful nonviolent tactic that has the ability to prevent and counter activist burnout, engage more supporters, and increase the chance of getting media attention.
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Call for papers on “Transitional Justice & Reconciliation in the Arab Region”
By: Salwa El Gantri, Peace and Collaborative Development Network, March 9, 2010
Al Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center (KADEM) is a technical non-governmental regional organization, specialized in transferring knowledge, sharing experiences and building capacities in the field of democratic transition. In the framework of its project on Transitional Justice in the Arab region, KADEM launches a call for papers on the subject of “Transitional Justice and Reconciliation in the Arab Region”.
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