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US drone strikes could be classed as war crimes, says Amnesty International

US drone strikes could be classed as war crimes, says Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Joint report with Human Rights Watch judges US attacks in Yemen and Pakistan to have broken international human rights law
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Act Against Atrocities Advocacy Day

Act Against Atrocities Advocacy Day | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Thousands of activists will be coming to Washington, D.C. the weekend of June 8-10 to support a powerful exhibit and event called 'One Million Bones', a visual installation on the National Mall to commemorate past genocides and generate awareness and action on current conflicts in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other areas affected by mass atrocities.

Join the Enough Project on Monday, June 10th, following the events of the weekend, to meet face-to-face with staff representatives or Members of Congress themselves when possible to inform them about atrocities unfolding in the world's worst conflicts....

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Human Rights Watch | Defending Human Rights Worldwide

Human Rights Watch | Defending Human Rights Worldwide | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

http://www.hrw.org/world-report/2013/country-chapters ;  :  Country by country

 

http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/wr2013_web.pdf ;    :  Full report

 

 

 

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Video | Torture on Trial | Link TV

Video | Torture on Trial | Link TV | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
This Link TV original production investigates the history of interrogations in the "War on Terrorism", and the growing movement calling for accountability for those who authorized and participated in torture.

 

[We need to bring  Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice to justice before the ICC]

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Sehrish awaits justice - the torture and murder of Zubair Baloch

Sehrish awaits justice - the torture and murder of Zubair Baloch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The killers had torture murdered another student activist for his valid demand of his legitimate rights. Many other students, doctors, intellectuals, engineers and teachers, also share the same fate as Zubair. Various activists were killed before and after him. Sehrish is not the lone sister to cry. Their family is not the only one to curse brutal state machinery. Thousands of others either wait for the bodies of their loved ones or they have dried their tears, like Sehrish, on dead bodies. More than five hundred activists have been killed since June 2010 and it goes unabated without any one questioning the unquestionable authority given to the killers. ...

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The US and its double standards on human rights - Arab News

Human Rights Watch’s report issued on Jan. 22 provides several facts that make reasonable people conclude that there may in fact be a double standard operating in more cases than can be explained by bureaucratic failures or cultural norms.

Consider these examples that the HRW report documents:

1. The US incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, sometimes imposing very long sentences marred by racial disparities.

2. Some 363,000 non-citizens are held in immigration detention facilities, although many are not dangerous or at risk of flight.

3. Detentions without charge at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

4. Seriously flawed military tribunals.

5. Blocking lawsuits seeking redress for torture victims.

6. 46 million people live in poverty in the US, the largest number in recent memory. Poverty often intersects with racial and gender inequalities.

Keep in mind that HRW, which has documented these infractions of the US’ own standards, is a moderate, middle of the road American organization. If anything, it is accused sometimes of soft-peddling, not over-criticizing, US human rights violations.

There is no question that US advocacy of human rights has been frequently quite useful for a variety of reasons, but its value would be greater if it had a better record of compliance.

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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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WPR Article | U.S. Must Step Up for Egypt's Women

WPR Article | U.S. Must Step Up for Egypt's Women | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In the previous legislature, Egypt's mandatory quota system allowed women to hold approximately 13 percent of the seats -- 64 out of 445. Now, the only protection for women will apply to the half of the new parliament's seats that will be elected by the party list system, for which each party's list must include at least one woman. Where on that list the woman's name must appear is not specified.
Contrast this with recent developments in Tunisia, where the transitional government has decreed that not only must every political party present equal numbers of male and female candidates, but that men and women must alternate on the lists, so that however many seats a party gains will be divided equally between the sexes. In a fascinating turn, some of Tunisia's Islamist parties supported the measure as well. ...
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Guatemala massacre trial begins

Guatemala massacre trial begins | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Guatemalan authorities have been under pressure to prosecute those responsible for human rights violations committed during the civil war.
And in 2009, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the state must act in the case of the Las Dos Erres massacre.
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Merkel’s arming Saudi Arabia:Last nail in political coffin | Scoop News

Merkel’s arming Saudi Arabia:Last nail in political coffin | Scoop News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The old Soviet Union armed the East German brutal dictatorship under the pretext of countering and standing up to the West German capitalist and their imperialist masters in the USA. Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, who is originally from East Germany and supposedly a victim of the Soviet’s oppression, is using an identical pretext to arm the most ruthless dictatorship in the Middle East. According to Merkel’s government, which is hell bent on selling 200 Leopards tanks to the Saudi regime, these tanks would bolster Saudi Arabia’s ability to stabilise the region by confronting and holding at bay the growing Iranian influence. This argument is absolutely baseless, given the extremely poor track record of the Saudi army, despite being equipped with the most advanced USA weaponry and the intensive USA training.
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AIUK : UK: Foreign Affairs Committee echoes Amnesty International's calls on the UK government to put human rights at the heart of its Middle East and North Africa policy

AIUK : UK: Foreign Affairs Committee echoes Amnesty International's calls on the UK government to put human rights at the heart of its Middle East and North Africa policy | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Today (20 July), the Foreign Affairs Committee released its report on the 2010 Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Human Rights and Democracy Report.
Amnesty International welcomes the Committee’s recommendations for the government to place human rights at the heart of its future work in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Committee’s recommendations echo Amnesty International’s calls on the government to take a more robust and significantly more consistent position on human rights violations throughout MENA. The Committee echoed Amnesty International’s concern about inconsistencies in the withdrawals of arms export licences and shared the organisation’s concern regarding the continuation of arms transfers to Saudi Arabia despite evidence that it was sending UK-supplied armoured vehicles into Bahrain.Amnesty International urges the government not to overlook human rights abuses and repression in favour of arms sales, trade more generally, or national security cooperation. Women's human rights must not be ignored.
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The Associated Press: Life sentences given in Argentine torture trial

The Associated Press: Life sentences given in Argentine torture trial | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Two former military officers were convicted Thursday of murder, kidnapping and torture at one of the most notorious prisons run by Argentina's former dictatorship. Both got life sentences for crimes against humanity.
There were very few survivors among the 2,500 political prisoners who passed through "El Vesubio" prison during the 1976-83 military junta's dirty war on dissidents, which officially claimed 13,000 lives in all.
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Google+ vs. Facebook: Should Human Rights Factor in Your Choice of Social Network?

Google fights China against censorship, Facebook gives-in and accepts China's censorship! - Internet Human Rights
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Bush Adminstration Convicted of War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity

Bush Adminstration Convicted of War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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This omission might be due, at least in part, to the fact that Mr. Bush is now a convicted war criminal who dares not travel abroad out of fear of being arrested.

In February 2011, Bush was forced to cancel a scheduled appearance in Geneva, Switzerland after human rights groups filed a criminal complaint charging him with violating international treaties against torture.

His trouble increased dramatically a year ago when Bush — along with former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and several other top Bush administration officials — were convicted of war crimes in absentia by a special war crimes tribunal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal was convened and conducted according to internationally recognized procedures and rules of evidence, and the week-long hearing ended with the five-member panel unanimously delivering guilty verdicts.

What is the significance of that tribunal? Is its verdict legally binding? Are there troublesome aspects to the idea that a foreign tribunal can sit in judgment of a U.S. President — whatever we may think of his actions?...

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CIA was lying about torture even to its own staff - CIA veteran Kiriakou — RT

CIA was lying about torture even to its own staff - CIA veteran Kiriakou — RT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
President Obama adopted most of President Bush’s counter-terrorism policies, argues John Kiriakou - the former CIA official who blew the whistle on the agency's torture practices and is now set to go behind bars for it.
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Did ExxonMobil Pay Torturers?

Did ExxonMobil Pay Torturers? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The oil giant has long said it has no responsibility for atrocities committed by the government soldiers it hired to protect its plant in Indonesia. Now the issue could be headed to the Supreme Court.

 

Citizens United v FEC : If Corporations are people, then they can be tried in Federal and International courts for crimes against humanity!

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Torture Archipelago Arbitrary Arrests, Torture, and Enforced Disappearances in Syria’s Underground Prisons since March 2011

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Since the beginning of anti-government protests in March 2011, Syrian authorities have
subjected tens of thousands of people to arbitrary arrests, unlawful detentions, enforced
disappearances, ill-treatment, and torture using an extensive network of detention
facilities, an archipelago of torture centers, scattered throughout Syria.
Based on more than 200 interviews with former detainees, including women and children,
and defectors from the Syrian military and intelligence agencies, this report focuses on 27
of these detention facilities. For each facility, most of them with cells and torture chambers
and one or several underground floors, we provide the exact location, identify the agencies
responsible for operating them, document the type of ill-treatment and torture used, and
name, to the extent possible, the individuals running them. The facilities included in this
report are those for which multiple witnesses have indicated the same location and
provided detailed descriptions about the use of torture. The actual number of such
facilities is likely much higher.
In charge of Syria’s network of detention facilities are the country’s four main intelligence
agencies, commonly referred to collectively as the mukhabarat:
• the Department of Military Intelligence (Shu`bat al-Mukhabarat al-`Askariyya);
• the Political Security Directorate (Idarat al-Amn al-Siyasi);
• the General Intelligence Directorate (Idarat al-Mukhabarat al-`Amma); and
• the Air Force Intelligence Directorate (Idarat al-Mukhabarat al-Jawiyya). ....

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International Day of Support for victims of torture

International Day of Support for victims of torture | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Take time today to pray for and to acknowledge the sacrifice of sooo many who suffer for freedoms! 6/26/12

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الحقيقة مؤلمة، لكن الأكاذيب قاتلة - د. داليا وصفي

حقيقة الحكومة الأمريكية والحرب على العراق وأفغانستان...

 

The World's biggest terrorist organization:

 The American Government !

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Pakistan: Independent Human Rights Commission coming up

Pakistan: Independent Human Rights Commission coming up | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Anybody in the country can lodge a complaint with the Commission which will have legal power to rectify the grievance of the complainant. This step will not only fulfill the international obligation of such Commission but will also serve as driving force for negating the propaganda of human rights violations in Pakistan, he said.
Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar said it has also been decided to appoint human rights officers at Union Council level to act as watchdog of human rights.
A “Women in Distress Relief Fund” with Rs. 65 million was lying dormant wanting some minor amendments in the law. The fund will soon be used for suffering women now. Another fund called “Diyat Arsh Maan Fund” with Rs. 35 million has been sought and now will be used for payment of fines for those prisoners who are still languishing in jails even after completing their jail sentences because they could not pay fines. Two Hundred prisoners will be out of jails before Eid, he said.
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Vaccination campaign in Kenya refugee camps | Video | Reuters.com

Vaccination campaign in Kenya refugee camps | Video | Reuters.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Aug 1 - Aid agencies vaccinate against polio and measles in Kenya's Dadaab area where hundreds of thousands of refugees have settled after fleeing devastating drought and warfare in Somalia. Nick Rowlands reports.


Freedom from harm/warfare, freedom from drought/starvation, freedom to be healthy......some of the most basic human rights!
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Amnesty International website ‘blocked in Saudi Arabia’ | Amnesty International

Amnesty International website ‘blocked in Saudi Arabia’ | Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Amnesty International's website has been blocked inside Saudi Arabia after the organization published criticism of a draft "anti-terror" law.

I think scoop.it and 'Bahrain, MENA & Arab spring' are still viewable in Saudi Arabia.....

Saudi's apply censorship, and propaganda techniques in a feeble attempt to keep their citizenry
ignorant of the Regimes Human Rights Abuses.....a failure upon implementation!
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Amnesty condemns Saudi terror law

Amnesty condemns Saudi terror law | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A secret anti-terror law being drawn up by Saudi Arabia would lead to "massive rights violations", says Amnesty International.
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Amnesty International: Iraq Should Cease Harassment of Iranian Exiles in Ashraf | Camp Ashraf

Amnesty International: Iraq Should Cease Harassment of Iranian Exiles in Ashraf | Camp Ashraf | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Stop Fundamentalism- World’s human rights body, Amnesty International, in a public statement released on 23 July, urged the government of Iraq to cease harassments of the residents in Camp Ashraf who are Iranian exiles and members of the Iran’s main opposition movement Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI).

The rights body also called on Iraq to ensure resident’s “unhindered access to medical care and humanitarian needs.”
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Democracy and Human Rights l Update - http://www.petercliffordonline.com/human-rights/

Democracy and Human Rights l Update - http://www.petercliffordonline.com/human-rights/ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Democracy and Human Rights update on Libya,Yemen, Ivory Coast, Bahrain,Tunisia, Egypt, Saudia Arabia, Syria and China. A personal view...
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