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dc.contributor.authorAbdou, Ahmed
dc.contributor.authorBarghouthi, Fatima
dc.contributor.authorCartes Rodríguez, Juan Bautista
dc.contributor.authord'Hondt, Cedric
dc.contributor.authorDiab, Jasmin Lilian
dc.contributor.authorDi Lenna, Maria Teresa
dc.contributor.authorDukmak, Amr
dc.contributor.authorEid, Lyn
dc.contributor.authorEl Chakar, Joanna
dc.contributor.authorEmbaby, Khadiga
dc.contributor.authorGeagea, Maria
dc.contributor.authorGhaziri, Ayla
dc.contributor.authorHammond, Serina
dc.contributor.authorJambi, Reham
dc.contributor.authorLagarde, Louise
dc.contributor.authorTimmermans, Angela L.
dc.contributor.authorManfellotto, Elena
dc.contributor.authorPepoli, Giulia
dc.contributor.authorSanchez Borland, Lorena
dc.contributor.authorSauvadet, Augustin
dc.contributor.authorYounas, Ammar
dc.identifier.citationA Abdou et al ‘Selected developments in human rights and democratisation during 2016: Rights amid turmoil in the Arab region’ (2017) 1 Global Campus Human Rights Journal 479
dc.description.abstractIn the Arab world, covering the Mashriq, the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, wars and conflicts are impeding every initiative to reflect upon democratic progress or the protection of rights. Where peace prevails, economic difficulties are discouraging political reform and tolerance, and where petrodollars flow, regimes are using their wealth to buy support, reinforce allegiance, fund intervention in neighbouring countries, and catalyse fratricidal conflicts. War-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia have witnessed continuous violations of human rights. Chemical weapons, torture, harsh detention conditions, child soldiers and other abuses have been practised by all sides, with the international community turning a blind eye to violations committed by its allies. As long as conflict prevails in these countries, prospects will look grim. Geostrategic conflicts, land conquest and border control will remain their primary concern. However, countries that managed to remain relatively peaceful in the region have shown patterns of modest reform despite challenges resulting from forced migration and a lack of economic resources. In many Arab countries some progress has indeed been noticed with regard to electoral participation, gender issues and migrant workers. These reforms remained limited and were associated with populist ambitions, driven by bottom-up activism and civil society movements. These movements reflect the existence of grassroots initiatives channelling social demands and new voices being heard in the Arab world. Women are also starting to gain ground, and elections are proving to be a vector of change. Key words: war; migration; economic hardship; elections; gender; Mashriq; Arabian Peninsula; North Africaen_US
dc.publisherGlobal Campusen_US
dc.subjectArab Countriesen_US
dc.subjectNorth Africaen_US
dc.subjectMiddle Easten_US
dc.subjectArabian Peninsulaen_US
dc.titleSelected regional developments in human rights and democratisation during 2016: Rights amid turmoil in the Arab regionen_US

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    Global Campus Human Rights Journal Volume 1 No 2 (2017)

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