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IRIN Middle East | Middle East | MIDDLE EAST | MIDDLE EAST: MIDDLE EAST: Weekly round-up Number 51 for 2 – 8 December 2005 | Children, Democracy, Early Warning, Economy, Education, Gender issues, HIV AIDS, Human Rights, Peace Security, Refugees IDPs | Weekly
Tuesday 21 February 2006
 
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MIDDLE EAST: Weekly round-up Number 51 for 2 – 8 December 2005


[ This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]


CONTENTS:

IRAQ: Science scholarships for post-graduate students
IRAQ: Saddam’s trial resumes in chaos
IRAQ: Hundreds of families flee fighting in Ramadi
IRAQ: NGOs lament dangerous working conditions, urge release of colleagues
IRAQ: Islamic groups demand release of kidnapped aid workers in Iraq
JORDAN: Teenagers given airtime to speak out on AIDS and violence
JORDAN: Islamic groups oppose draft anti-terror law
JORDAN: Iraqis face discrimination in wake of bombings
LEBANON: Government, NGOs cooperate on issue of gender violence
LEBANON: Discovery of second mass grave raises questions
LEBANON: Homosexuals still facing discrimination
LEBANON: Venue for Hariri trials still undecided
YEMEN: Stigma, ignorance hampering fight against HIV/AIDS
YEMEN: Draft press law debated amid criticism
YEMEN: Women’s conference tackles rights issues, politics
YEMEN: Fears over increasing child trafficiking
EGYPT: Web editor’s arrest raises concern for civil liberties
EGYPT: Opposition cries foul in final voting day



IRAQ: Science scholarships for post-graduate students

Iraq's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research introduced a scholarship programme on 1 December for students hoping to obtain Master’s degrees and doctorates abroad

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IRAQ: Saddam’s trial resumes in chaos

The trial of deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein reconvened on 5 December for its fourth day amid chaos in the courtroom and accusations of unfair bias.

Full report



IRAQ: Hundreds of families flee fighting in Ramadi

Hundreds of families have fled Ramadi, capital of the western Anbar Province, amidst fierce fighting between US military forces and Iraqi insurgents, according to aid agencies.

Full report



IRAQ: NGOs lament dangerous working conditions, urge release of colleagues

NGOs working in Iraq complained bitterly on Wednesday about dangerous working conditions coupled with the absence of legal protection, calling for the release of all kidnapped humanitarian workers.

Full report



IRAQ: Islamic groups demand release of kidnapped aid workers in Iraq

Islamic scholars and groups from the Middle East and Asia attending a conference in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, have issued a joint statement demanding the immediate release of four kidnapped aid workers in Iraq.

Full report



JORDAN: Teenagers given airtime to speak out on AIDS and violence

Jordanian adolescents have been given the chance to speak on local and satellite television channels about critical issues, related to World AIDS Day and ahead of International Children’s Day of Broadcasting.

Full report



JORDAN: Islamic groups oppose draft anti-terror law

Islamic groups in Jordan have rejected the government’s new draft anti-terror law saying that it intends to control the religion as a measure for preventing further terror attacks in the country.

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JORDAN: Iraqis face discrimination in wake of bombings

Reports of discrimination against Iraqis living in Jordan are on the rise following the November bomb attacks in the capital, Amman, which killed 54 and caused public outrage.

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LEBANON: Government, NGOs cooperate on issue of gender violence

Government ministries and civil society groups in the capital Beirut are collaborating for the first time to tackle the issue of violence against women, the open discussion of which is still considered taboo in some segments of Lebanese society

Full report



LEBANON: Discovery of second mass grave raises questions

Following the discovery of the second mass grave in Lebanon within a month, international watchdog Amnesty International urged the Lebanese government to take immediate action to ensure that evidence at grave sites was properly preserved.

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LEBANON: Homosexuals still facing discrimination

With his hair band, groomed eyebrows and designer bag, Wisam nurtures a distinctively effeminate look. When the 30-year-old filmmaker crossed Sassine Square in East Beirut last April, four young men beat him up because they did not like his style.

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LEBANON: Venue for Hariri trials still undecided

Debate this week among Lebanese politicians was ongoing over the venue for the trials of Syrian officials suspected of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Full report



YEMEN: Stigma, ignorance hampering fight against HIV/AIDS

Ali (not his real name) is living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. He says that, from the day he was diagnosed, he has been an outcast, a pariah with whom few want to associate.

Full report



YEMEN: Draft press law debated amid criticism

Yemen’s Shura Council, or upper chamber of parliament, has begun reviewing a draft press law amid demands by journalists for legislation granting them greater rights and protection.

Full report



YEMEN: Women’s conference tackles rights issues, politics

The position of women in the Middle East is in need of improvement in all fields, including the political, economic, social and cultural, a recent conference devoted to “Women’s Rights in the Arab World,” concluded.

Full report



YEMEN: Fears over increasing child trafficking

“I was astonished when I saw a four-year old girl picked up by the police at the Saudi border,” said Haitham al-Jubairi, director of social affairs and labour in the Hajja governorate, 120 km north of the capital, Sana.

Full report



EGYPT: Web editor’s arrest raises concern for civil liberties

The arrest of the editor of a local news website this week has raised fresh concerns among defenders of freedom of expression.

Full report



EGYPT: Opposition cries foul in final voting day

In a highly charged conclusion to an already dramatic month of parliamentary elections, the runoffs for the third and final round of voting were marked by violent clashes between voters and security forces, charges of widespread election fraud
and the arrest of an opposition party chief.

Full report


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 Theme(s) Children
Other recent MIDDLE EAST reports:

MIDDLE EAST: Weekly round-up Number 61 for 10 - 16 February 2006,  16/Feb/06

MIDDLE EAST: Weekly round-up Number 60 for 3 - 9 February 2006,  12/Feb/06

Journalists hoping to improve reporting on HIV/AIDS,  9/Feb/06

MIDDLE EAST: Weekly round-up Number 59 for 27 January - 2 February 2006,  5/Feb/06

Gulf support for quake likely to continue into reconstruction,  2/Feb/06

Other recent Children reports:

IRAQ: Thousands of families still displaced after flooding, 21/Feb/06

SOUTH AFRICA: Govt adopts more focused approach to help orphans, 21/Feb/06

YEMEN: Two killed in flash floods, 21/Feb/06

YEMEN: Measles vaccination campaign launched to prevent children’s deaths, 21/Feb/06

TAJIKISTAN: UN appeal for 2006 launched, 16/Feb/06

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