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UN chief slams jailing of Bahrain opposition leaders

UN chief slams jailing of Bahrain opposition leaders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

UN chief Ban Ki-moon Wednesday sharply criticized tough jail terms imposed on 13 leading Bahraini opposition figures, calling on the country's leaders to ensure the right to a fair trial.
"The secretary-general is concerned by the harsh sentences, including life imprisonment, upheld by a Bahrain appeals court," Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a statement.
The jail terms, which included seven life sentences, were imposed for charges of plotting to overthrow the Sunni Gulf monarchy during last year's Shiite-led protests.
Ban "urges the Bahraini authorities to allow all defendants to exercise their right to appeal and to ensure that due process is observed."
And he "reiterates his appeal to the Bahraini authorities to ensure the application of international human rights norms, including the right to a fair trial, freedom of expression and peaceful assembly," the statement added.
The UN chief also renewed his belief "that there needs to be an all-inclusive and meaningful national dialogue that addresses the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis."

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UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry finds Assad regime guilty of Houla Massacre crimes against humanity!

UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry finds Assad regime guilty of Houla Massacre crimes against humanity! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Syrian Government forces and anti-Government groups responsible for war crimes:
UN Commission of Inquiry
Geneva -- The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Syria today released
its latest report on the human rights situation in Syria in which it concludes that Government
forces and Shabbiha fighters had committed the crimes against humanity of murder and torture,
war crimes and gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, including
unlawful killing, indiscriminate attacks against civilian populations and acts of sexual violence.

 

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http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/RegularSession/Session21/A-HRC-21-50.doc

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UN is a farce!: Iran elected to top post at UN Arms Trade Treaty conference

UN is a farce!:  Iran elected to top post at UN Arms Trade Treaty conference | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...“Right after a UN Security Council report found Iran guilty of illegally transferring guns and bombs to Syria, which is now murdering thousands of its own people, it defies logic, morality and common sense for the UN to now elect this same regime to a global post in the regulation of arms transfers,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a non-governmental monitoring group based in Geneva.

"This is like choosing Bernie Madoff to police fraud on the stock market. And the U.N.'s scandalous choice of Iran is exactly why we fear that Syria's declared bid for a U.N. Human Rights Council seat is not impossible."

UN Watch called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who addressed the conference on the same day as the election, to condemn the decision to give Iran a position of responsibility in regulating the arms trade.

"He should remind the conference that the Security Council has imposed four rounds of sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt its probited nuclear program, and that Iran continues to defy the international community through illegal arms shipments to the murderous Assad regime," said Neuer.

"Syria continues to be the central party to illicit Iranian arms transfers," the Security Council report recently found, citing the discovery of Iranian shipments to Damascus of assault rifles, machineguns, explosives, detonators, 60mm and 120mm mortal shells and other items. ...

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Pakistani Aerial gunships are attacking the Baloch civilians! #StopBalochGenocide | (BNV) Baloch National Voice

Pakistani Aerial gunships are attacking the Baloch civilians!  #StopBalochGenocide | (BNV) Baloch National Voice | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Occupied Balochistan: A spokesperson of the Baloch National Voice (BNV) has said that Pakistani Gunship Helicopters and fighter jets have started bombing civilian population, under the directions of IG FC, in Kohistan Marri region, here on Sunday.

According to a statement of the Baloch National Voice, the Pakistani fighter jets and gunship helicopters carried out bombardments in Bhambor, Trataani, Taddari and surrounding area of Kohistan Marri region, in Balochistan. The BNV said that the fresh bombardment and operation started after the IG FC (Inspector General of Frontier Corps) had asked the federal government of allow the use of air-strikes in Balochistan. “The IG FC’s request has been entertained and being implemented”, said the BNV statement.

The statement of the BNV further read that due the whole-day bombardment over a dozen people including women and children have been killed and injured – also several livestock have been killed due indiscriminate shelling from Pakistani security forces’ check posts and aerial bombing. “The enemy forces want to eliminate the Baloch nation that is why they’re using latest lethal weapons including cluster bombs, napalm and other chemical weapons to contaminate the air with poisonous gas making it extremely difficult for the local population to breath in fresh air”, said BNV in their statement.

The Pakistani security forces have laid anti-personnel mines on all the roads that link Kohistan Marri to other cities of Balochistan, hence people are unable to take the wounded to doctors – they are left stranded in appalling conditions, read the BNV statement adding that the local people says crops are ready for harvest but the Pakistani security forces issued warnings that people will be shot dead if they do the harvesting. According to the BNV such preventive actions taken by Pakistani security forces do not only cause loss millions of rupees but it is also aimed to economically bankrupt the Baloch people. The BNV has requested the International media and analysts to visit Balochistan, especially the affected areas, including Kohistan Marri to witness and observe the Pakistani atrocities.

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The BNV appealed the UN and all other democratic and civilised nations of the world to take notice of Balochistan issue and support the Baloch National Freedom movement which in accordance with International principles. The international community should immediately take action against the Baloch enemy state [Pakistan], which is responsible for endangering world peace.

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UN REPORT: Security Council's statement on Houla / Syria

UN REPORT: Security Council's statement on Houla / Syria | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the killings, confirmed by United Nations observers, of dozens of men, women and children and the wounding of hundreds more in the village of El-Houleh, near Homs, in attacks that involved a series of government artillery and tank shellings on a residential neighbourhood. The members of the Security Council also condemned the killing of civilians by shooting at close range and by severe physical abuse. The members of the Security Council extended their profound sympathies and sincere condolences to the families of the victims, and underscored their grave concern about the situation of civilians in Syria.....

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Bahrain in UN spotlight over political prisoners

Bahrain in UN spotlight over political prisoners | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain faced calls at the United Nations on Monday to release its political prisoners, including prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab who is charged with tweeting insults against the government.

The Gulf kingdom came under scrutiny by members of the UN Human Rights Council, which is examining Bahrain's rights record as part of its four-yearly review process.

"France condemns the arbitrary arrests and ongoing charges against defenders of human rights, trade unionists and campaigners for simply expressing their opinions," said French ambassador to the UN in Geneva Nicolas Niemtchinow, who highlighted the case of Rajab and fellow activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.

Rajab, who heads the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, has been leading anti-government protests following a brutal crackdown on Shiite-led demonstrations against the ruling Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty in March 2011....

Rajab was detained on May 5 for "insulting a statutory body via Twitter" and also faces trial for taking part in a Manama demonstration three months ago.

Khawaja was convicted last June of plotting to overthrow the government and has been on a hunger strike since February 8.

At the meeting France requested a "humanitarian response" for the dissident and Denmark said he should be released for treatment.

The United States meanwhile called for a review of the convictions of all people involved in non-violent protest and Britain recommended new trials for all defendants convicted in military courts.

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Bahrainis protest against use of tear gas

Bahrainis protest against use of tear gas | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Hundreds of Bahrainis staged on Thursday a sit-in outside the offices of the United Nations demanding action over the "excessive" use by police of tear gas against protesters.

Protesters gathered outside the UN house in Manama, in a rally organised by the Shiite-led opposition, according to a statement by Al-Wefaq, the main opposition formation. ...

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Bahrain protests draw thousands to UN office in Manama, Bahrain

Bahrain protests draw thousands to UN office in Manama, Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Several thousand people have held a protest outside the United Nations' offices in Bahrain's capital, Manama.

The demonstrators chanted "Down, Down, Khalifa" - a reference to long-serving Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman al-Khalifa, activists said.

They also carried banners urging the UN to "intervene to protect civilians".

Witnesses said that police allowed the peaceful demonstration to proceed without interference, while a police helicopter hovered overhead.

One activist told the BBC: "Today the police were good. They didn't close off roads, they didn't attack us as they usually do with tear gas and stun grenades."

Observers say the police might have behaved with restraint because of a rare public rebuke by the United States last week over police tactics and the beating of a well-known human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab.

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Massacres during the visit of the UN human rights in Bahrain

المجازر التي حدثت اثناء زياره وفد الامم المتحده لحقوق الانسان في البحرين...

 

America, Britain, UN:  Can't you see Hamad Al-Khalifa is NOT serious about reforms, Human Rights or the dignity of his people?!

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UN to dispatch human rights delegation to Bahrain

UN to dispatch human rights delegation to Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The United Nations human rights office announced today it is dispatching a delegation to Bahrain, where serious rights violations are alleged to have occurred earlier this year, to discuss how to build a more open and democratic society in the...
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UN chief appeals to Israel’s Netanyahu to immediately resume transfer of Palestinian funds

UN chief appeals to Israel’s Netanyahu to immediately resume transfer of Palestinian funds | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is appealing to Israel’s prime minister to immediately resume the transfer of Palestinian tax and customs revenue to the Palestinians.

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said Ban also told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a phone conversation Tuesday that Israel’s new settlement building, including in East Jerusalem, undermines efforts to resume direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations and violates international law.

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UNbelievable! UNworkable! UNaccomplished! UNworthwhile!

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, the U.N. always seem to bury any chances for significant global progress behind mounds of useless resolutions, and empty rhetoric...   

Send the 'rhetoric in Chief' to the UN! <== Obama

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Abbas puts damper on bid to renew talks

Abbas puts damper on bid to renew talks | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Leader signals he will nix any U.N. plan that disregards Palestinian conditions for resuming negotiations.

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But he said that “we will not deal with any initiative” that does not demand a halt to Israeli settlement construction or negotiations based on borders before the 1967 war, when Israel captured land the Palestinians claim for their state.

The Quartet statement made no such demands.

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UN Experts Based Statement on Information! #FreeNabeelRajab

UN Experts Based Statement on Information!  #FreeNabeelRajab | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"...The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya said on Aug. 23 that the sentencing of Nabeel Rajab was “another blatant attempt by the Government of Bahrain to silence those legitimately working to promote basic human rights.”..."

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Internet Access Is a Human Right, Says United Nations

Internet Access Is a Human Right, Says United Nations | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A United Nations human rights body resolution passed this week called Internet access and freedom of online expression a basic human right.

The resolution says that all people should be allowed to connect to and express themselves freely on the Internet. All 47 members of the Human Rights Council, including notoriously censorship-prone countries such as China and Cuba, signed the resolution

 

[This should impact directly upon Nabeel Rajab's case.....]

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UN Whistleblower protection program is fundamentally flawed..

UN Whistleblower protection program is fundamentally flawed.. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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"So 99.7 percent of U.N. staff members who sought protection under the Secretariat's whistleblower protection policy were ultimately not protected from retaliation," said Shelley Walden, GAP's international program officer.

"FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED"

Wasserstrom took his case to the U.N. Dispute Tribunal, which began work in July 2009 by hearing complaints from staff and former staff on administrative decisions. It handed down its ruling on Wasserstrom's case late last month.

"The Tribunal finds that the Ethics Office should have taken note of the fact that, as the principal agency promoting the observance of human rights norms and practices and respect for the rule of law, the United Nations could not, and would not, have countenanced or condoned such humiliating and degrading treatment of a member of its own staff," the ruling said.

"The Ethics Offices should have pursued further enquiries to ascertain the reasons for such treatment. Without having done so, their finding that the treatment was not retaliatory is fundamentally flawed," the tribunal said on June 21....

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The U.N.’s Syria disaster

The U.N.’s Syria disaster | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Mr. Annan’s concession was forced in part by the latest massacre by a government-backed militia. In a village near Hama, some 80 people were butchered and their homes burned. A BBC reporter who visited the scene tweeted: “You can see that a terrible crime has taken place.” Like a massacre two weeks ago in another village, this was an instance of sectarian cleansing. The militia members came from the Alawite sect of Bashar al-Assad, while the victims were Sunni.

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[Assad is a disgrace to Shia Islam..........Assad is a disgrace to ISLAM ! ]

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More States ratify optional protocols to UN convention on children’s rights

More States ratify optional protocols to UN convention on children’s rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Twenty additional countries have ratified the optional protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and pornography, while 15 States have became parties to the optional protocol on children in armed conflict since the launch of the campaign...

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Bahrain: Human Rights Body Should Target Repression | Human Rights Watch

Bahrain: Human Rights Body Should Target Repression | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
(Geneva) – United Nations member states should scrutinize Bahrain’s deplorable human rights record during the country’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council on May 21, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today.
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UN rights office concern at Bahrain protest deaths - San Jose Mercury News

GENEVA—The U.N.s human rights office has expressed concern about the number of protesters in Bahrain who have died after security forces used tear gas against demonstrators.
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UN: Navi Pillay seeks immediate release of all prisoners of conscience in Bahrain!

UN:  Navi Pillay seeks immediate release of all prisoners of conscience in Bahrain! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

GENEVA (21 December 2011) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday called on authorities in Bahrain to take immediate steps to address the “deepening mistrust” between the Government and civil society, including by promptly releasing those detained for taking part in peaceful demonstrations.

“The Bahraini authorities need to urgently take confidence-building measures including unconditionally releasing those who were convicted in military tribunals or are still awaiting trial for merely exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression and assembly,” Pillay said.

“Thousands of individuals have lost their jobs for participating in demonstrations, many students have had their education derailed - these serious violations of their economic and social rights must be immediately addressed. Those who have been unfairly dismissed should be reinstated to their original functions.”

Pillay also urged the Government to address the prevailing impunity at all levels, including for security forces responsible for excessive use of force on peaceful protestors and officers who perpetrated torture, sometimes with fatal consequences, in detention centres.

“We continue to receive reports of the repression of small protests in Bahrain and although some security officers have reportedly been arrested, we have yet to see any prosecution of security forces for civilian injuries and deaths,” she said. “Such impunity – at all levels – is a serious impediment to national reconciliation.”

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Front Line Defenders Statement on 13th Anniversary of UN Declaration on HRDs (Arabic)

نائب مدير مؤسسة الخط الأمامي أندرو أندرسون يتحدث عن الأوضاع الراهنة للمدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان عشية الذكرى الثالثة عشرة لإعلان الأمم المتحدة الخاص بالمدافعين ...

 

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The Islamic Republic of Iran Is Holding Hostages in Iraq. ACT NOW!!

The Islamic Republic of Iran Is Holding Hostages in Iraq.   ACT NOW!! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The UNHCR continues to appear powerless to stop the persecution and pending forced return of refugees to Iran and cannot travel into this area without armored vehicles and an armed U.S. escort. Only we, as a nation, can prevent yet another atrocity and tragedy in Iraq. Who cares enough to shout out for these innocent people, who will otherwise be imprisoned, tortured, and likely executed by the Islamic terrorists in Iran? The detainees and their families have asked us and the United States to help them. Will you?

 

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Ambassador Rice at U.N. on Iran, Burma, North Korea Human Rights | IIP Digital

“The United States welcomes decisions by the U.N. General Assembly’s Third Committee to highlight human rights abuses in Iran, Burma and North Korea,” says Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, November 21.
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Palestinian Envoy: UNESCO Membership Opens Doors to Other U.N. Agencies

It's not just UNESCO: The Palestinians' top envoy in Geneva said Tuesday he believes that joining the U.N. agency for culture, education and science will open the door to joining 16 other U.N. agencies within weeks.
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