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HRW, March 7 , 2014
A joint declaration on March 7, by 27 United Nations member states expressing concern about Egypt's repeated use of excessive force against demonstrators was the first such action at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva since Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of protesters in dispersing a sit-in at Raba'a Square in Cairo on August 14, 2013. It denounced Egypt's restrictions on peaceful assembly, expression and association and urged the government to release those arrested solely for exercising those rights.
Tania Branigan, The Guardian, March 6 , 2014
Occupy Central is a pro-reform civil disobedience campaign that wants to see thousands take over Hong Kong's financial district - much to Beijing's alarm. Non-violent civil disobedience - modelled on the activism of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi - would be the last resort, after mass deliberative meetings that would form the basis for negotiations by the opposition pan-democratic parties that are backing Occupy. People have come to expect more say and younger people are especially supportive of democracy.
Oksana Grytsenko, Kyiv Post, March 6 , 2014
Dozens of Russian civilians traveled to Southeastern Ukraine to stir up separatist moods and organize rallies against the new Kyiv government. After a few clashes with police and a number of smashed windows, Russian flags were raised over government administrations in Luhansk, Donetsk and Odesa. Hundreds of pro-Russian activists also marched the streets of Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolayiv, demanding to organize referendums on federalization of Ukraine or even to attach these regions to Russia.
Peter Popham, The Independent, March 5 , 2014
In recognition of her need for allies, Aung San Suu Kyi recently reached agreement with the leaders of 88 Generation, the activists behind the democracy protests of 1988 and 2007, on constitutional change, and she has started wooing ethnic parties. But the constitution remains a major problem for her ambition to become president, and not only on account of Article 59(f) [which prevents her from becoming president because of the nationality of her former husband and sons]. Also, the National Convention not only reserves one-quarter of seats for the military, it also puts the National Defence and Security Council at the apex of government, and gives the military a controlling say in key ministries.
Priyanka Borpujari, JUST BE! March 5 , 2014
On January 30, the valiant struggle of the residents of Kalinganagar, in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, lost its hero Dabar Kalundia. A Ho Munda adivasi (indigenous tribe), a farmer, a visionary, a revolutionary - 43-year-old Kalundia had been in the forefront to stop steel companies from taking over vast areas of land that indigenous peoples like himself have long been sustaining themselves with. Surya Shankar Dash, a filmmaker, feels that the movement in Kalinganagar evolved through the strength of the people; it did not have the support of any NGO or mainstream political party. "All decisions were collectively made by the community that stood to be affected by the projects, and this is something I have not seen in other movements," says Dash.
ICNC Awards for Research Monographs on Civil Resistance
ICNC announces its first Research Monographs Award. The goal of the award is to advance research and study in the field of civil resistance. In particular the award is intended to support work that enhances the strategic practice of civil resistance, improves understanding of civil resistance by members of the international community, and develops robust conceptual frameworks for understanding the nature, dynamics, power and impact of civil resistance movements. Educators, scholars, and practitioners who have substantial knowledge of the literature in the field of civil resistance are encouraged to apply. The deadline for proposal submissions is February 28, 2014.
EVENT - Civil Resistance: The Study of Nonviolent Power and Organized People
New York University
Civil Resistance and Military Dynamics: Examining Security Force Defections in the Arab Spring
Sharon Erickson Nepstad, University of New Mexico
Recent studies have emphasized that security force defections can greatly improve the odds that civil resistance movements will achieve their goals. Yet we still know relatively little about why defections occur and the long-term consequences for nonviolent struggles. In this webinar, I describe a variety of security force responses and the factors that shape whether security forces remain loyal, defect, or divide internally. To illustrate these dynamics, I explore several cases from the Arab Spring including Egypt, Bahrain, and Syria. I conclude by examining some problems that may arise when defectors join the opposition and the ways that civil resisters can maintain control of their movement.
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