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Bahrain: Alkhalifa defeated in Geneva;

Bahrain: Alkhalifa defeated in Geneva; | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Alkhalifa clan has been handed serious defeat at the UN Human Rights Council this week. As the session on Bahrain’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) got underway it became clear that the Saudi-Alkhalifa spin policies and companies had been working for a long period to change the course of the debate.
Apart from the GCC member states, no other country came to the support of a regime that has been found guilty by its own investigation commission of “systematic torture”, extra-judicial killings and unprovoked destruction of mosques. The hawkish Alkhalifa foreign minister brushed aside any talk of reform or respect of human rights. He shocked the international audience in the Geneva session when he insisted that jailed political opponents were “criminals” thus dashing any hope of releasing them. The Austrian delegation grilled the Alkhalifa regime exposing its gross violations of human rights and calling for the immediate release of the political leadership of the revolution. While the British and American delegates disguised their support of the regime by urging it to undertake more serious reforms, ten international human rights bodies, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others, lambasted the Alkhalifa FM and scrutinised the embattled and unpopular tribal regime. It was one of the worst moments for the Alkhalifa who had thought they still stood a chance of turning the deliberations at Geneva to their own favour.

Amnesty International commented on the UPR outcome arguing that “Unless Bahrain’s government now puts into practice the UPR’s recommendations at the national level, this will have been just a hollow box-ticking exercise.” Others who addressed the 21 session session include journalists Without Borders, Ifex for freedom of expression, Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, the Arab Network for information of Human Rights and the International PEN. They called for an immediate stop to the repression against human rights defenders and the release of all political prisoners.   ....

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Palestine’s UN Cliffhanger, Then and Now | Foreign Affairs

The peace process has yielded little movement since the violence of the second intifada erupted in 2000 and Israel’s subsequent swing to the right. Israel’s hyper-proportional parliamentary system ensures that small parties bear disproportionate influence in governing coalitions. Any government that moves to meet Palestinian demands risks the defection of these parties, some of which seem to exist solely to prevent a peace deal. Israeli leaders are unwilling to tackle the entrenchment of the settlers, illegal under international law, who have become one of the most powerful political forces in the country.

The Palestinian initiative, then, is an act of desperation born of deep frustration. Abbas, who by experience and temperament is not confrontational, has made clear that he prefers negotiations. It was only in the absence of viable terms for talks that he opted to go to the UN, even though he risks alienating the only ally that can deliver Israel in negotiations -- the United States. And if he backs down without achieving anything concrete, or if efforts for a crucial Fatah-Hamas reconciliation are undercut, his political standing at home will be severely weakened. (Hamas, hedging its bets, has dissociated itself from the UN move without opposing it.) Those seeking to persuade him to return to negotiations would have to show him a persuasive path forward -- one that includes a freeze of settlement construction. No wonder he is resorting to the diplomatic equivalent of a Hail Mary pass.

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UN demands Bahrain release prisoners detained for exercising freedom of speech

UN demands Bahrain release prisoners detained for exercising freedom of speech | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

0 August 2011 – The United Nations today demanded the release of Bahraini civilians who may have been arrested during recent anti-Government protests merely for exercising their rights to freedom of speech, and called for civilian trials for those whose cases go forward.
“We stress that civilians must be tried in civilian courts and that every detained person must be charged with a recognizable criminal offence, with adequate access to a lawyer and enough time to prepare a defence,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva, noting that at least 264 cases remain pending, many of which may be tried in the Court of National Safety, effectively a military court.

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BCHR Letter to the High Representative Catherine Ashton re Spy Gear Abuses | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

BCHR Letter to the High Representative Catherine Ashton re Spy Gear Abuses | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) is writing to you to express its serious concern about the report published by the American magazine (Bloomberg)[1] showing that European companies sold surveillances technologies known as Spy Gear which have been used in countries that practice human rights abuses against activists and politicians; tracing their calls and messages and then torturing them in violation of human rights laws and treaties signed by these countries.

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The UN marks the International Day of the Disappeared

The United Nations Working Group of Enforced or involuntary Disappearances handles individual cases of human rights violations. The chairperson of the UN exp...
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UN condemns Israel’s housing plans in occupied Palestinian territory

UN condemns Israel’s housing plans in occupied Palestinian territory | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

16 August 2011 – Voicing great concern at Israel’s recent announcements to advance planning for new housing in Ariel and East Jerusalem in occupied Palestinian territory, the United Nations and its partners in the search for Middle East peace today called the action contrary to international law.

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Rights group warns of more atrocities by Sudan

Rights group warns of more atrocities by Sudan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Human Rights Watch has warned that human rights abuses including atrocities were taking place in Sudan's South Kordofan. The New York-based group said the Sudanese Army has been bombing civilian targets in the border province's Nuba mountains.
"Tens of thousands of civilians in Southern Kordofan are in grave danger, and no one is on the ground to report on what is happening, much less do anything about it," HRW's Africa director Daniel Bekele said. "An international presence in Southern Kordofan is urgently needed to prevent further atrocities."
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Up to six more Somalia regions may face famine/drought: U.N.

Up to six more Somalia regions may face famine/drought: U.N. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) The famine/drought in the Horn of Africa is spreading and may soon engulf as many as six more regions of the lawless nation of Somalia, the U.N.

Something tells me that Global Warming & Climate change is NOT the creation of these people! Global Corporations meet your dependents!
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Altaira Wallquist's curator insight, May 25, 2015 7:41 PM

This article goes over the famine plaguing regions of Africa. It goes over the necessary resources needed to help the peopl and where it is occurring.

 

This connects to the Unit 5 TEK on famine and starvation by discussing the topic of famine and providing examples of places where famine has dealt damage.

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Palestine – Ending the Pretending…Facing the Facts | J-Wire

Palestine – Ending the Pretending…Facing the Facts | J-Wire | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Until the Palestinian Arabs sort themselves out and elect a Government that is prepared to
recognize Israel as the Jewish State and
outlaw any political party that calls for the destruction of Israel
- successful negotiations to conclude a binding and enforceable peace agreement are not remotely possible.
Ms DiCarlo offered little comfort to the Palestinian Arabs when she stated:
“Let me also reiterate that, like every U.S. administration for decades, we do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity. “
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Somali rebels say famine label used for politics

Somali rebels say famine label used for politics | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali Islamist rebels accused the United Nations Thursday of exaggerating the severity of the drought gripping the south of the country and of politicizing the humanitarian crisis.The...
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Bahrain says talks to go on despite opposition exit - AlertNet

Bahrain says talks to go on despite opposition exit - AlertNet | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Wefaq and six other political opposition groups, which were invited to take part in talks, have complained that their proposed political reforms would never be put into effect because the opposition received only 35 out of 300 seats at the talks
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Wefaq said on Sunday it would withdraw because its views were not being taken seriously in talks it accused of being dominated by pro-government representatives. That decision still has to be ratified by the movement's higher council.
Wefaq and six other political opposition groups, which were invited to take part in talks, have complained that their proposed political reforms would never be put into effect because the opposition received only 35 out of 300 seats at the talks
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The United Nations said on Monday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon believes authorities in Bahrain need to create the right conditions so that as many people as possible, including Wefaq, can participate fully in the dialogue.
That would enable the dialogue to lead to "the kind of reforms that the Bahraini people are looking for," U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.
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Analysis: Peace no closer as Palestinians ask U.N. for state

Analysis: Peace no closer as Palestinians ask U.N. for state | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A hasty attempt by big powers to refloat Middle East talks -- and spare the United States the embarrassment of vetoing a Palestinian demand for United Nations recognition of...
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‘Recognition of Palestine obligatory’ - The Egyptian Gazette

‘Recognition of Palestine obligatory’ - The Egyptian Gazette | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

CAIRO ��" Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a meeting of Arab foreign ministers on Tuesday that the recognition of a Palestinian state is an "obligation".

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"The Palestinian issue is all about human dignity, so we should work hard together to help them obtain their rights. It's our common responsibility.
“The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not only threatening the Middle East, but it's also an international issue. This situation should not continue and Palestine should be recognised," he told the gathering at the Arab League (AL) headquarters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
"We will all support this. Before the end of this month, we will see that the Palestinian situation has changed. We should work for the Palestinian flag to be raised in the UN.”
The Palestinians are preparing to submit a formal request to become the 194th member of the United Nations when the General Assembly begins its meetings on September 20.
"Let's raise the Palestinian flag as this flag is a symbol of peace and justice in the Middle East," Erdogan added to great applause.
Erdogan, who is on a three-day visit to Egypt, stressed that Israel has isolated itself and must "pay the price" after refusing to apologise for its raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last year.
Turkey has suspended military ties with Israel and expelled top Israeli diplomats, as it pledges to support the Palestinians' statehood bid. It has also vowed to get the Turkish Navy to escort Gaza-bound aid ships in the future.

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At UN on Syria, China Says BRICS United, Points to Bahrain, India on Tripoli : The Shia Post

At UN on Syria, China Says BRICS United, Points to Bahrain, India on Tripoli : The Shia Post | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Ban-Ki-Moon, Do you see?

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Russia Arms Deal With Bahrain Shows Why We Need an Arms Trade Treaty

Russia Arms Deal With Bahrain Shows Why We Need an Arms Trade Treaty | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

a proposed UN Arms Trade Treaty has no authority over the internal sale of arms. But Russia’s recent deal with Bahrain does show how and why a potential arms trade treaty could help prevent weapons from landing in the hands of human rights abusers around the world.

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The continued supply of weapons to repressive regimes is nothing new, but it does highlight the need for a globally binding Arms Trade Treaty that restricts transfers to human rights abusers. Continuing to supply arms even as government forces gun down peaceful protesters sends the message that the supplier believes the recipient government is still legitimate. An Arms Trade Treaty that held states parties responsible for the end use of their arms exports and imposed real consequences for their misuse could provide a strong disincentive in these circumstances.

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Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee against Torture BAHRAIN

Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee against Torture  BAHRAIN | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Protracted acceptance of torture and its coverup in Bahrain as is evidenced here. 

The UN knew of these Khalifa activities 10 years ago, and still has done nothing!

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Handing Qaddafi a Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Card

Handing Qaddafi a Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Card | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Amnesty for mass atrocities, whether explicit or de facto, has no legal validity internationally.
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Palestine’s Bid for Recognition

Palestine’s Bid for Recognition | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As Mr. Serry indicated, Israel’s settlement of Palestinian land continues. In fact throughout this entire 20 year process, colonization has gone on unabated. And, of course, all of it is illegal under the Geneva Conventions.
One of the reasons that restarting any negotiations is so “extremely difficult” is that the Palestinian side has insisted that, as a prerequisite for any new talks, Israel must begin to abide by international law. Israel has refused.
So it might come as something of a surprise to the uninitiated observer that Israel and the United States are pointing fingers at the Palestinians in this affair.
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UN Will Count 194 Members If Palestine Gets In

UN Will Count 194 Members If Palestine Gets In | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Shaath told the Chinese news agency Xinhua on July 30 that the decision to approach the UN and demand recognition of the state of Palestine as a full member of the organization "will be so helpful to the Palestinian cause in all cases no matter what the consequences are."
"Applying to the UN will be fruitful and would at least show the international support to our legitimate rights and our sovereignty on our land. This is really very positive and so important for us and for our just cause," Shaath said.
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UN experts strengthen human rights safeguard - Europe - Al Jazeera English

UN experts strengthen human rights safeguard - Europe - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
UN Human Rights Committee issues document strengthening legal safeguards for freedom of opinion and expression.
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UNHCR launches emergency aid drive across southern, central Somalia - AlertNet

UNHCR launches emergency aid drive across southern, central Somalia - AlertNet | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In light of the deepening crisis in Somalia, UNHCR is stepping up assistance inside the country with a series of aid distributions across central and southern parts of the country. Although access remains a serious impediment, working with partners on the ground in Somalia we have so far distributed assistance packages to some 90,000 people in Mogadishu and Belet Hawa and Dobley in south-west Somalia. Further non-food aid for an estimated 126,000 people is being handed out from today in other parts of the Gedo and Lower Juba regions, with assistance also on its way to Mogadishu and the Afgooye corridor, as well as further south west in Lower Shabelle.
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Rape as Weapon of War Is UN Focus

Rape as Weapon of War Is UN Focus | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
It took a video going “viral” of a Libyan woman being dragged from a Tripoli hotel -- shouting that she’d been raped for two days by 15 men -- to put a face and name to a weapon of war that dates back at least to the founding of ancient Rome. - Iman Obeidi
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