Multiregional Publications, June 2011

12 07 2011

A list of recent multiregional reports that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Assessing the Quality of Democracy: A Practical Guide (French)
http://www.idea.int/publications/aqd/fr.cfm
Évaluer la qualité de la démocratie: guide practique” – IDEA’s State of Democracy (SoD) assessment Framework guide in French is now available online. Source: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)

Freedom of Connection, Freedom of Expression: Changing Legal and Regulatory Ecology Shaping the Internet
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0019/001915/191594e.pdf
This report provides a new perspective on the social and political dynamics behind threats to expression. It develops a conceptual framework on the ‘ecology of freedom of expression’ for discussing the broad context of policy and practice that should be taken into consideration in discussions of this issue. Source: UNESCO

Making the Most of Public-Private Dialogue: An Advocacy Approach
http://www.cipe.org/publications/papers/pdf/ppd_052411.pdf
The new toolkit from CIPE explains the role of advocacy strategy in dialogue, the principles of high-quality dialogue, the elements of effective communication, and the steps to prepare for dialogue. Source: Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Strategising Online Activism: A Toolkit
http://www.violenceisnotourculture.org/files/Strategising%20Online%20Activism.pdf
While this toolkit has been designed primarily for the local partners and activists of the VNC campaign, this can also be a resource for human rights activists who are keen to develop their online activism and want to know where and how to start. Source: Violence Is Not Our Culture

World Refugee Global Report
http://www.unhcr.org/gr10/index.html#/home
This report reveals a deep imbalance in international support for the world’s forcibly displaced, with a full four-fifths of the world’s refugees being hosted by developing countries – and at a time of rising anti-refugee sentiment in many industrialised ones. Source: UNHCR

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.

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Latin America & Caribbean Publications, June 2011

12 07 2011

A list of recent reports on Latin America & the Caribbean that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Guatemala’s Elections: Clean Polls, Dirty Politics
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/latin-america-caribbean/guatemala/B024-guatemalas-elections-clean-polls-dirty-politics.aspx
Guatemalans go to the polls in September 2011 to elect a president, the Congress and local officials. The vote itself is likely to be reasonably free, but violence and unregulated campaign finance imperil the country’s political institutions. Source: International Crisis Group

Mapping Digital Media: Mexico
http://www.soros.org/initiatives/media/articles_publications/publications/mapping-digital-media-mexico-20110613
The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Mexico is one of the 15 largest economies worldwide, yet only 15 percent of households own a digital device and less than a third have a computer. Source: Open Society Foundations

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Multiregional Publications, April 2011

6 05 2011

A list of recent multiregional reports that were highlighted in the April issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

1001 Stories of Common Ground
http://www.1001cgstories.org/
From photos of youth in Saudi Arabia rebuilding after recent floods, to blog posts about solidarity in peaceful protests in Tahrir Square, to a video about women working together to overcome stereotypes, the new social networking site, 1001 Stories of Common Ground, offers a view of what is it like to be a creative, active Arab in a globalised world, far from the stereotypes haunting international mass media. Source: Search for Common Ground

2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
http://paei.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2010/index.htm
This report provides encyclopedic detail on human rights conditions in over 190 countries for 2010. Source: U.S. Department of State

Freedom on the Net 2011: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media
http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=664
Cyberattacks, politically motivated censorship, and government control over internet infrastructure are among the diverse and growing threats to internet freedom, according to a new study by Freedom House. Source: Freedom House

Leaping Over the Firewall: A Review of Censorship Circumvention Tools
http://freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=383&report=97
The report compares 11 circumvention tools, as well as other solutions to bypass censorship, and how effective they are in some of the most censored regions in the world: China, Iran, Burma and Azerbaijan. Source: Freedom House

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Middle East & North Africa Publications, April 20ll

6 05 2011

A list of recent reports on Middle East and North Africa that were highlighted in the April issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

No News is Good News: Abuses against Journalists by Palestinian Security Forces
http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2011/04/06/no-news-good-news
This report documents cases in which security forces tortured, beat, and arbitrarily detained journalists, confiscated their equipment, and barred them from leaving the West Bank and Gaza. Source: Human Rights Watch

Traveling toward the Rule of Law in the Middle East and North Africa: Avenues and Obstacles
http://www.usip.org/publications/traveling-toward-the-rule-law-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-avenues-and-obstacles
Popular uprisings throughout the Middle East and North Africa are demanding justice, security, and accountability- defining features of the rule of law. Source: United States Institute of Peace

Voices of a Revolution: Conversations with Tunisia’s Youth
http://bit.ly/iNxymJ
Findings from focus groups with young Tunisian men and women conducted March 11 to 24, 2011. Source: National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Eurasia Publications, March 2011

7 04 2011

A list of recent reports on Europe and Eurasia that were highlighted in the March issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

North Kosovo: Dual Sovereignty in Practice
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/europe/balkans/kosovo/211-north-kosovo-dual-sovereignty-in-practice.aspx
The dispute between Kosovo and Serbia, which keeps the Western Balkans divided and insecure, is most acute in Kosovo’s northern municipalities. Source: International Crisis Group

Shattering Hopes: Post-Election Crackdown in Belarus
http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2011/03/14/shattering-hopes-0
The report documents the human rights violations that have occurred since the election – including persecution of opposition candidates and activists, abuse of detainees, trials behind closed doors and raids on human rights organisations. Source: Human Rights Watch

Southeast and Central Europe Media Handbook
http://www.mediahandbook.org/
The database includes the latest political and economic developments, an overview of the media landscape, media-related legislation and press freedom issues. Source: South and East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO).

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Asia publications, Feb 2011

8 03 2011

A list of recent reports on Asia that were highlighted in the February issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

China’s leaders embrace social media
http://cmp.hku.hk/2011/03/02/10346/
Given its recent efforts to assert control over dissidents and the Internet, China certainly seems on alert for some sort of “contagion” from events happening elsewhere in the world. But it’s worth pointing out as well that China’s leaders – “networked authoritarians”? – are also catching the social media cold, exploring new ways to use these tools to their advantage. Source: China Media Project

Coping with a failing Pakistan
http://www.peacebuilding.no/eng/Publications/Noref-Policy-Briefs/Coping-with-a-failing-Pakistan
As a state and a nation Pakistan has been in trouble for many years, but both now seem to be in a downward spiral. Source: NOREF

Promises Unfulfilled: An Assessment of China’s National Human Rights Action Plan
http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2011/01/11/promises-unfulfilled-0
This 67-page report details how despite the Chinese government’s progress in protection of some economic and social rights, it has undermined many of the key goals of the NHRAP by tightening restrictions on rights of expression, association, and assembly over the past two years. Source: Human Rights Watch

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Annual Report from Journaliste en danger (JED)

6 01 2011

Journaliste en danger (JED) published its 2010 report about the state of press freedom in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read the press release and report recommendations at IFEX:
http://www.ifex.org/democratic_republic_of_congo/2010/12/14/2010_report/

Download the report summary in French from the JED website:
 http://www.jed-afrique.org/fr/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=69&Itemid=52