Civil society

Palestinian territories: separate and unequal

22 December 10 - From Human Rights Watch: This report shows that Israel operates a two-tier system for the two populations of the West Bank in the large areas where it exercises exclusive control. Read

UN in test of wills with Ivory Coast

22 December 10 - The United Nations is taking an unrelenting stand on the spreading constitutional crisis in Cote d’Ivoire, where two contenders - one victorious and the other vanquished - are battling it out for the country’s presidency. Read

Zimbabwe: call to investigate 2008 election crimes

15 December 10 - From VOA News: Zimbabwe human rights groups are stepping up pressure on Harare’s national unity government to prosecute the perpetrators of 2008 electoral violence including politically motivated rape before proceeding with another round of elections next (...) Read

China’s post Nobel award crackdown

14 December 10 - From Reuters: UN human rights investigators said on Monday that activists in China were under growing pressure from the state, linking the crackdown to the Nobel peace prize award to dissident Liu Xiaobo. Read

Ivory Coast election chaos continues

3 December 10 - More than a month after a long-overdue presidential election, Ivoirians still do not know who their president is, trapped in a post-election limbo marked by violence, the tearing up of ballot papers and bitter recriminations between rival political (...) Read

Call to investigate Egypt election violence

1 December 10 - From Amnesty International: At least eight people are reported to have died and scores more wounded across the country as Egyptians went to the polls to elect members to the lower house of parliament, the People’s Assembly. Read

Swiss vote to ease foreign expulsions

29 November 10 - Newspapers see the acceptance of an initiative to deport criminal foreigners as a sign of popular uncertainty facing a rapidly changing social landscape. Read

Africa’s time has come

26 November 10 - There is the image of Africa, worse than Africa is, and then there is Africa, so much of it better than its image. It’s the continent whose time has come, African civil society leaders emphasised at a meeting in Madrid (...) Read

Egypt says no election observers needed

25 November 10 - From the Los Angeles Times: Responding to increasing demands to allow international observers to monitor Sunday’s parliamentary elections, the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights stressed its ability to supervise the ballot without help from the (...) Read

Burundi: post-election rights crackdown

23 November 10 - From Human Rights Watch: Burundi is cracking down on civil society, media, and opposition parties in the wake of troubled local and national elections from May through September 2010. Read
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