08 Jan 2018- NPWJ News Digest on Middle East and North Africa Democracy


As protests go on, Iranian exiles wrestle with fear, foreboding and coded messages
by Karla Adam (Washington Post), 08 Jan 2018

For many Iranians living in exile, the past nine days have been a mix of emotions — fear, foreboding, hope — as they intently watch, as best they can, the deadly unrest unfolding in their native land.

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UN rights office raises alarm over Egypt executions
By Aljazeera, 08 Jan 2018

 The United Nations human rights office has expressed "deep shock" and concern over the reported executions of 20 people in Egypt over the past two weeks. Due process and fair trial guarantees appear to have been disregarded, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) noted in a statementissued on Friday.

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UAE-backed Egyptian forces arrive in Eritrea
by MEMO, 08 Jan 2018

Following coordination with the United Arab Emirates, Egyptian forces arrived in Eritrea today, Al Sharq has reported. The forces are armed with modern technology and heavy armoured vehicles. Sources told Al Sharq that a meeting was convened between the UAE, Egypt and the Sudanese opposition representing groups in Darfur and eastern Sudan. There are no reported military confrontations.

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Israel imposes travel ban on 20 foreign NGOs over boycott movement
By The Guardian, 08 Jan 2018

 The prominent British campaign group War on Want has been listed as one of 20 foreign NGOs whose representatives are banned from visiting Israel over their support of the pro-Palestinian boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) movement. The publication of the list, which also includes a well-known Jewish anti-occupation group and a Nobel peace prize-winning US Quaker group, had been threatened for months by Israel.

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