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2016-06-02

Condolences for President Mohamed Abdelaziz

2016-03-11

Nordic NGOs: The UN must organize the referendum about the future of Western Sahara

Representatives of 15 different civil society organizations in the Nordic countries call on its governments to urge the UN to end the stalemate. The associations gathered yesterday for a Western Sahara coordination meeting in Stockholm. 

2013-05-29

Palestinian women organize for change

HDIP, Health Development and Information Policy Institute, works with empowerment of Palestinian women. Their goal is to increase women’s knowledge of democracy, human rights, leadership, advocacy, conflict resolution and gender rights. With this knowledge women can take a greater part in the decision making process and the results so far are very good. Out of 78 women who participated in the project training sessions 2012, 12 ran in the municipal elections in October 2012 and one was elected.

2013-04-26

Syria: We were the ones carrying this revolution

“We were the ones who were out on the streets, we were the ones carrying this revolution: youth, women, journalists, teachers and students. What I’m afraid of is that we will be marginalized when the armed conflict has ended”. These are the words of Reem “Hala” who recently participated in the conference for the Syrian opposition, that was held by the International Palme Center held in February 17-20 outside of Stockholm.

2013-04-26

Syria: We were the ones carrying this revolution

The anti-regime demonstrations in Syria began in Damascus about two years ago. During that spring, they spread across the country. By May, thousands of students were demonstrating in the streets of Aleppo, protesting against the regime’s violence against its own population in many other Syrian cities. Reem “Hala” – which is one of her aliases as an activist – is just above 20 years of age and was there when it began.

2013-04-19

From a grocery store to minister in Iraq

– Many of the participants of this conference didn’t know much about Iraq and Kurdistan. By coming here, however, they really got the chance to get to know us. Then they understood that we are Kurds, and that we have our right to freedom, after many years of suffering. If we hadn’t had this conference, we would never have gotten to know each other, says Osman.

2013-04-01

Syria

One year after the start of the mainly peaceful protests in Syria, thousands of people have been killed and tens of thousands have been arrested. The Joint Special Envoy of the UN and the League of Arab States Kofi Annan has negotiated a ceasefire that started the 12th of April. However, according to reports from Syria, the violence between government forces and opposition has resumed.

2012-07-13

Difficult situation in Syria: Analysis of the two last defections

In July 2012, two important members of the regime in Syria defected: Bashar al-Assad's personal friend Manaf Tlass, head of a brigade that caters to presidential security, and Nawwaf al-Fares, the Syrian ambassador to Iraq and an influential tribal leader in the Syrian east.

2012-07-13

Difficult situation in Syria: Analysis of the two last defections

In July 2012, two important members of the regime in Syria defected: Bashar al-Assad's personal friend Manaf Tlass, head of a brigade that caters to presidential security, and Nawwaf al-Fares, the Syrian ambassador to Iraq and an influential tribal leader in the Syrian east.

2012-07-13

Difficult situation in Syria: Analysis of the two last defections

These are the most important defections from the Syrian dictatorship so far. In the report "Friends no more - Implications of the Tlass and Fares defections from the Syrian regime", The Middle East expert Aron Lund analyzes the meaning of these defections and their possible future consequences.

2012-07-09

Oppositional students from Iran meet in Gothenburg

Two of the Palme Center’s partner organizations, Association for the Integration of Informal Areas and Agenda Institute, have therefore teamed up and launched the initiative POP 2013, short for Përballja e Ofertave Politike 2013, ‘Confronting Political Proposals’.

2012-07-05

New booklet about the Syrian opposition

The uprising that erupted in Syria in March last year has become the most protracted and destabilizing of all the revolutions now sweeping the Arab world. The new booklet "Divided They Stand - An Overview of Syria’s Political Opposition Factions" is the most detailed description of Syria's political opposition movement published to date.

2012-07-05

New booklet about the Syrian opposition

The uprising that erupted in Syria in March last year has become the most protracted and destabilizing of all the revolutions now sweeping the Arab world. The Baath Party-led government of President Bashar al-Assad has been weakened by popular protest and international isolation, but the military core of the regime has remained largely intact.

2011-10-12

The Syrian Opposition met in Stockholm

The conference gathered leading representatives from a large range of different opposition parties, ethnic and religious organizations, as well as writers, university teachers, actors and bloggers. The participants came both from within Syria and from the opposition that has fled to other countries, for example France, Germany and Sweden. A hundred persons participated in the conference. Some of the participants were the chairman of the newly founded Syrian National Council (SNC) Burhan Ghalioun, the writer Michel Kilo, the political scientist Ghied Al Hashmy, the writer Faiez Sara and the member of the SNC Steering Committee Abdulbaset Sieda.

2011-04-07

Let us use our freedom

Many oppressive regimes in North Africa and the Middle East have been preserved in order to maintain regional stability. The U.S. and the EU have turned a blind eye to despots that have kept their countries in an iron grip, even going so far as to actively support regimes such as Egypt's Mubarak, Tunisia's Ben Ali, Libya's Gaddafi, the Moroccan royal family, Algeria's Bouteflika, Saudi Arabia's elite and others.

2010-07-13

Anna Lindh Seminar 2010

2010-07-13

Anna Lindh Seminar 2010

2011-10-12

The Syrian Opposition met in Stockholm

The 8-10:th of October the Syrian opposition gathered at a conference that took place in Stockholm, hosted by the Olof Palme International Center. The conference was called “Unify all efforts to support the Syrian people” and aimed at unifying the opposition’s different fractions and their efforts for democracy and human rights in Syria.

2009-10-10

A visit with Fatah in Hebron

“After the election in 2006, we were contacted by social democratic parties from many countries. But we get along best with the Swedes”, says Khaled Tomaizi at Fatahs party district in Hebron, The West Bank. “You have no hidden agenda, but really want to help build democracy."

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