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Bahrain & KSA: 3 Women are being deprived of the completion of their medical degrees....

Three Bahraini Female students are losing their dreams to graduate as Doctors from Dammam University in Saudia Arabia (KSA) after the official bodies in KSA banned them from entering Saudia Arabia due to the Political Crisis of Feb 14, 2011 that occured in Bahrain during the Arab Spring Revolutions period, and the story is as follows:

 

Personal Information of Zainab:
Name: Zainab Mohammed Maklooq
Age:(24years)
Nationality: Bahraini
Occupation: Medical Student
University: AL Dammam University (King Fiasal University previously)
Year of studying: 6th year medical student, last semester (two modules to graduate)

 

Personal Information of Aala’a:
Name: Aalaa Sayed Shubber Mohsin Majed (24years)
Nationality: Bahraini
Date of birth: 16th May 1987 (24)
Occupation: Medical Student
University: AL Dammam University (King Fiasal University previously)
Year of studying: 6th Year medical student, Last semester (two modules to graduate)

 

Personal Information of Zahra’a:
Name: Zahra Salman Mohamed Zabar (23years)
Date of birth: 12th January 1989
Occupation: Medical Student
University: Al Dammam University (King Faisal University previously)
Year of Studying: 5th Year medical Student.

 

Case Summary: During the period between the 14th of February 2011 till the16th of March 2011, where the Bahraini revolution took place before authorities cracked down all the protests, we were not allowed to get in or back from Saudi Arabia as smooth as it was. That’s why we had to stay over the weekend at the students housing although we used to get back to Bahrain to meet with our families. Ala’a and Zainab were in Bahrain during the weekend before the crack down took place on the 16th of March and could not get back to university until the 19th of March. However Zahra’a stayed there for more than two weeks because she had exams and was afraid if she get back to Bahrain she will not be able to get back to Saudi as all Shia were banned to get in. On the 21st of March 2011 10:00 PM the director of Al Dmmam University housing requested us to take our personal belongings as an order came from the Higher national security counsel requesting to depart us from Saudi Arabia immediately. We asked for more clarification at that time, but we were told that our families are waiting for us at King Fahd causeway without even mentioning the reasons for that action. Out of the students housing building which our flat is in, the Head of university’s office manager was waiting for us as he drove us in his private car to king Fahd causeway and he handed us to the Bahraini security Force.

Around 50 masked police officers were waiting for us. Until that time we were able to contact our families in Bahrain, but our contact them got stopped since we were submitted to Bahrain security Force as they’ve taken our mobile and they switched them off. They put us in a mini-bus and closed the windows and one of the policemen was shouting on us, belittling us and frightening us. We felt suffocated.

We were concerned because our parents do not know anything about us. Please note that Zainab was in her 13th week of pregnancy as she was most of the time in Bahrain.

The lawyer demanded three times the public persecution to release her because of her maternity condition, however, each time the request was rejected. After that, we have been taken to the police station at king Fahd causeway for further investigation.

At 4 a.m. from the 22nd of March Bahraini authorities took us to another temporary police station to stay the rest of the night there. Our families have had appointed Mr. Abdullah Al Shamlawi as our lawyer.

At 11 a.m. we had been taken again to King Fahd causeway police station where they started the investigations all again with the investigator started screaming and shouting that we have lost all the years of study and we will get a sentence of life imprisonment.

Also he said that we don’t deserve to get scholarships despite that we got the scholarship after we graduated with high GPA (98%) from secondary school.

On the same day, we have been presented to the Public Prosecution and the lawyer attended as well.

General Persecutions directed an accusation to us listed below:
1. Cursing the government symbols and leaders.
2. Incitement the hate toward the regime and demanding the overthrow the regime.
3. Organizing protests at the university and at the university housing in Saudi Arabia.
4. Contacting foreign channel and providing misleading information’s regarding the situation in Bahrain.

The lawyer asked the Public prosecutor to close the file, as there were no evidence against us neither by the Bahraini government or any known evidences provided by the Saudi authorities that would charge us. Despite that, the Public Prosecutor had decided to imprison us up for 7 days while holding our case pending for further investigation in a police station called “Isa town police station for women rehabilitation”. We were among the investigator decision we were supposed to stay in the custody for 7 days only.

However, the custody duration expanded to 23 days until the 13th of April. Suddenly, the authorities have decided to release us where we were handed back to our families from the same police station we detained from. At that time, they let us sign on pledge that we will not participate in any activity against the government and the royal family, we will not contact any media and they have the right to call us anytime if they hand new evidence and by that the case had been closed. On the 2nd of June Ala’a and Zahra received a call asking us to attend the military court.

Zainab was not asked to go due to her maternity. We asked for clarification but what we have been told that we need to sign papers regarding our case.

On the 6th of June we went to the military court and shocked that we were presented in front the military court judge were he accused us with the charge of participating in a protest in the Pearl Roundabout to commit crimes and breach of public security. None of the previous accusation was directed to us.

We had appointed another lawyer called Mr. Mohsin Al Aalwi and to attend court on our behalf. He attended 3 court sessions, when finally on the 21st of June we got the acquittal.

Later, when we decided to get back to the university, we where told from the Saudi authorities on the King Fahd Causeway that we were banned from getting in and we are not welcomed in the country anymore. We contacted the University to get a clarification regarding our studying status but they cleared that they have no authority to help us getting back and it was all directed to them from higher authorities.

From that day until today we had communicated with all possible responsible parties both in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia that might help in our case. We met with the Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd, the prince of the Eastern Region whom supposes to have a direct input in our case. Although, he showed some of understand to our situation, there were no actions taken.

Moreover, we reported the case to BICI (Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry), which one of their recommendations was to return all dismissed students back to their studying seats. The National Committee who’s assigned by the King to apply the recommendations duty was finished on the 20th of March 2012 without even reporting back regarding our case. Keeping in mind that we met with the president of that committee since they started.

Also, we communicated with all human rights defendant parties and committees inside and outside Bahrain.

Last but not least, we met with many committees and missions sent by many countries as UK, US and Ireland who visited Bahrain. Our Current situation, is unknown if we will be able to get back to Saudi where we need to complete the remaining semester (2 months. Otherwise, we need to apply to private universities where most of them we contacted requested us to repeat 3 to 4 years and on our own funding despite we used to have it as a scholarship.

We hope that your foundation could consider our case and help us completing our study.

 

With Regards,
Aalaa Al-Sayed
Zainab Mohammed
Zahara Salman

 

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@mariaselba2 on twitter

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Please follow the new twitter account of Maria Selba!  She is one of the founding inspirations of this site and always has great news, advice, and is a great humanitarian!  

So much of content here is from her as a source,  the World is in her debt for her hard work!  Please follow and be inspired as I have been, be helped as I have been, become informed about human rights issues as I have been and will always continue .....

Follow @maiaselba2     on twitter...... 

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Jailed Dane begins new hunger strike in Bahrain - The Local

Jailed Dane begins new hunger strike in Bahrain - The Local | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Al-Khawaja, a dual citizen of Denmark and Bahrain, has been in a Bahraini prison since 2011, serving a life sentence for demonstrating against the government and organising protests during the Arab Spring. Along with eight others, he was convicted on charges of terrorism and attempting to overthrow the government. While jailed in Bahrain, al-Khawaja has been subjected to torture, violence and sexual abuse....


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Pakistan demands self-determination for Kashmir but has occupied Balochistan: Hyrbiar Marri - Viewpointonline

Pakistan demands self-determination for Kashmir but has occupied Balochistan: Hyrbiar Marri - Viewpointonline | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
‘As you know there are many in Balochistan. They believe that Balochistan’s occupation is being maintained through the barrel of gun; hence, Balochistan liberation will also flow through the barrel of gun,’ says Hyrbiar Marri. Son of the late Khair Bux Marri, Hyrbiar is a known spokesperson for Baluchistan national struggle. Read on:

Basically what in your view is Balochistan’s problem?

 In 1947 when Balochistan got independence and it stayed independent for nine months, Pakistan’s founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah wanted our Khan to accede to Pakistan. The Khan sought the advice of the Baloch parliament. The House of Lords as well as the House of Commons advised the Khan against accession to Pakistan. The parliament believed that being an independent country, with a distinct culture and language, Balochistan should not accede to Pakistan merely on religious grounds. On March 27, 1948 Pakistan invaded Balochistan whereupon the Khan was forced to sign the treaty of accession. The Baloch did not want it. Accession to Pakistan was secured under duress. The Baloch nation has refused to accept the forced accession. We believe we are an occupied land. We view Pakistan as an occupying force. We want the world to know that it was an illegal occupation of Baloch land. We want the international community to support us in the way it lent support to Kuwait against Iraqi occupation.   

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Impartial nations and Human Rights Organisations should help Baloch and Kurds to get UN representation: Hyrbyair Marri - London - World - Balochwarna News

Impartial nations and Human Rights Organisations should help Baloch and Kurds to get UN representation: Hyrbyair Marri - London - World - Balochwarna News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Impartial nations and Human Rights Organisations should help Baloch and Kurds to get UN representation: Hyrbyair Marri

...Baloch pro-freedom leader Hyrbyair Marri said that Pakistan has started indefinite barbarism in New Kahan Quetta Balochistan and Pakistani security forces are continuously terrorising innocent Baloch in their efforts to suppress Baloch voice for freedom. He said on going raids in New Kahan Quetta, abduction of hundreds of people and loot and plunder of houses are continuation of state’s conspiracy. 

He said there are different measurements for human rights and humanity in the world. “The entire Arab world is crying for Palestine because the Palestinians speak the same language as them. On the other hand the Arab World is not only silent over Pakistan’s barbarism against Balochistan but they are helping Pakistan in its human rights violations against Baloch people,” he said.

He said similarly the whole world raises their voice about atrocities against Yazidi community in Iraq because they are scared of religious extremists of ISIS but when Pakistan indiscriminately attacks and bombs Balochistan the entire civilised world ignores it.

Hyrbyair Marri said: “Pakistani army is blatantly violating human rights in Balochistan and the only difference between them [army] and ISIS is that army commits crimes in uniform and the world supports them, but the Pakistani military’s ideology is same as that of Taliban and ISIS. The ISIS is massacring Yazidi and other communities in Iraq and in similar fashion Pakistani forces are involved in extra-judicial abductions, killings and military operations in Balochistan with complete state immunity. 

Mr Marri said that the international community takes notice of human rights violations in Palestine, Ukraine, and against Yazidi Community in Iraq but they turn a blind eye to Pakistani state barbarism against Baloch people and the their bloodshed in Balochistan.

He said that some UN member states are using their status to only protect their own individual interests and helping others on linguistic basis. Such states, he said, are occasional humanitarian – they only remember human rights if their own interests are at stake or if their linguistic partners are in trouble.  

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Amnesty International Sends Human Rights Delegation to Ferguson, Missouri

Amnesty International Sends Human Rights Delegation to Ferguson, Missouri | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Today, Amnesty International USA announced that it has sent human rights delegation to Ferguson, MO to observe police and protester activity, gather testimony, seek meetings with officials and offer support to the community.
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Azerbaijan prosecutes a prominent human rights defenderon absurd charges.

Azerbaijan prosecutes a prominent human rights defenderon absurd charges. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
WHEN AN autocrat who is intolerant of dissent begins to see spies and traitors around, it is a good time to be alert. Now is such a moment in Azerbaijan, the oil-rich but liberty-starved former Soviet...
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OCHA report: Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 8 August 2014, 0800 hrs)

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Yazidi minority in Iraq facing catastrophe

Yazidi minority in Iraq facing catastrophe | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

ISIS has brutalized members of minority religions in Iraq, but we might be only days away from witnessing one of the largest humanitarian tragedies in the history of modern Iraq. ....

 

Make no mistake, the Yazidi are being slaughtered. Around 500 men and 40 children have been killed. But it gets worse than even that.  

 “Our women are being used as concubines and sold in the markets,” Dakheel said. “Please save us. Save us.”

 If these poor people can't get off this mountain, and soon, then we could be looking at a tragedy of biblical proportion.

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Nigerian Military Accused Of Committing War Crimes

Nigerian Military Accused Of Committing War Crimes | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Graphic new video footage from northeastern Nigeria shows the country's military carrying out abuses against civilians as part of their fight against the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, Amnesty International said Tuesday. The international human rights group also accused the military of killing of more than 600 released prisoners.

The violence against civilians constitutes "war crimes," Amnesty alleged.

One video shows military personnel and civilian vigilantes calling five detainees from a row of 16 young men and boys, then slitting their throats one by one before dumping the bodies into an open grave.

AGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Graphic new video footage from northeastern Nigeria shows the country's military carrying out abuses against civilians as part of their fight against the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, Amnesty International said Tuesd...

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We demand that International Criminal Court charges Benjamin Netanyahu & Israel for War Crimes against Humanity

We demand that International Criminal Court charges Benjamin Netanyahu & Israel for War Crimes against Humanity | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
We the citizens of the world demand that Benjamin Netanyahu as person and Israel as the apartheid state is put on trial along with all the evidences that prove it to be a country responsible for terrible war crimes against humanity and people of Palestine in general.

Why should Israel be put on trial?

1. At the time of writing this, Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for killing over 1000 civilians. Many of those are children, women and people with absolutely no affiliation with any group of any sort. They have been wiped off the map as if they were totally insignifican ...
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ISIS Militants Order Iraqi Females to Undergo Genital Mutilation - NBC News

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GENEVA - Militants have ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said...
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Editorial: Acid attacks on women in Balochistan | The Balochistan Point

Editorial: Acid attacks on women in Balochistan | The Balochistan Point | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"...No organization has claimed responsibility so far for the acid attacks but it’s obvious that who is behind them. The same forces of darkness that forced the closure of girl’s schools in Panjgur are behind acid throwing attacks. The sinister minds behind these attacks want to terrify Baloch women so that they don’t dare coming out of their homes for education, protests and for anything that threatens the status quo in Balochistan. Since the inception of Pakistan, Religious extremism has been used to oppress the people of smaller provinces and this acid throwing episode is mere extension of that policy...."

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JURIST - Bahrain files suit to suspend main opposition group

JURIST - Bahrain files suit to suspend main opposition group | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain's Ministry of Justice [official website, in Arabic] on Sunday filed a lawsuit seeking to suspend all activities of the main Shi'ite opposition group for three months. The move comes after leaders of theAl-Wefaq party [GU Berkley Center backgrounder] were charged recently withholding an illegal meeting[JURIST report] with a US diplomat from the State Department [official website]. The lawsuit, however, does not mention the meeting, but rather seeks to suspend the party[AP report] for violating quorum and transparency requirements. Al-Wefaq leader Ali Salman said his party plans to challenge the move [Reuters report].

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Jailed Danish activist in coma in Bahrain - The Local

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Less than a week in to his new hunger strike, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has reportedly fallen into a coma. The family plans to appeal to Denmark for help.
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Bahrain: Rehabilitate Torture Victims | Human Rights Watch

Bahrain: Rehabilitate Torture Victims | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Beirut) – Bahrain should provide victims of torture with physical and psychological rehabilitation, Human Rights Watch and other human rights groups said today, based on a letter they sent to King Hamad.....

Bahrain accepted the BICI’s finding that its security forces tortured people in 2011, so it should face up to its treaty obligation to help the victims recover.These 13 prisoners should not be in jail in the first place, but that doesn’t mean Bahrain can ignore its obligation to help them recover from torture by its security forces.

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Bahrain human rights activist spent two years in jail for tweets

Bahrain human rights activist spent two years in jail for tweets | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Nabeel Rajab urges Ireland ‘to fight for democracy around the world’ ...

Rajab believes there are similarities between Bahrain and Ireland in their shared struggles for democracy, justice and equality. “You were ruled by the British; we are ruled by a family who invaded the country 200 years ago and treated the indigenous population badly. [The government] marginalised people, put them in jail.”

He says that because Ireland achieved democracy, the Irish people “have an obligation to fight for democracy around the world . . . and to play a more active role in human rights struggles in the Middle East”.....

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"A Human Rights Crisis": In Unprecedented Move, Amnesty International Sends Monitors to Ferguson

"A Human Rights Crisis": In Unprecedented Move, Amnesty International Sends Monitors to Ferguson | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
After a week that saw a militarized police crackdown and the imposition of a nighttime curfew, Amnesty International USA has taken an "unprecedented" step by sending a 13-person delegation to monitor the developments in Ferguson, Missouri. It is the first time the Amnesty organization has deployed observers inside the United States. We speak to Steven Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA.
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HRW researcher: Mass killing continues in Egypt

HRW researcher: Mass killing continues in Egypt | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A researcher at Human Rights Watch, Omar Shaker, has confirmed that the facts documented in the latest HRW report on the Rabaa massacre are unquestionable, and that the killing of protesters is still ongoing. In an interview with Aljazeera, Shaker, who
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Human rights activist Rajab speaks of Bahraini jail ordeal

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Bahraini Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab has arrived in the British capital following his release from a jail in Manama. He held a press conference in the House of Parliament to speak of his ordeal. But Rajab’s arrival was met with brutal treatment by British security forces.
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Bahrain bans three clerics from preaching; opposition condemns move

(Reuters) - Bahrain has banned three Muslim clerics from preaching in mosques, accusing them of violating the "ethics and principles of religious discourse", in what opposition activists said was part of a crackdown on dissent.

State news agency BNA said the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs and Interior Ministry of the Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdom had forbidden Sheikh Kamel al-Hashemi, Adel al-Hamad and Mohammed al-Mansi to preach in and around the capital Manama.....

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Al Khalifa dynasty’s days are short - analyst - Interviews - Panorama | Armenian news

Al Khalifa dynasty’s days are short - analyst - Interviews - Panorama | Armenian news | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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I think the world outside of the United Sates knows more about the oppression in Bahrain than people in the United States and the United States government is trying to keep it quiet because every crime that is going on in Bahrain, the suppression of freedom of speech, the denial of human rights, the torture that is going on in the jails and the indiscriminate jailing of anybody who voices their opinion against the autocratic monarchy they get jailed and tortured and killed and that contradicts everything the United States supposedly stands for.

It contradicts democracy, it contradicts human rights, it contradicts women’s rights, it contradicts the rights of free conscience and that is why the United States does not want to air its dirty linen because Bahrain is the United States’ dirty linen.

We are responsible for the murder that is going on there and the United States government knows it and that is why most of the people in the State Department are appalled about what we are doing in Bahrain and they do not like it...."

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Bahrain: Harassment of leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab at UK Airport

Bahrain: Harassment of leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab at UK Airport | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

On 24 July 2014, Nabeel Rajab, president of BCHR and director of GCHR, arrived with his wife and two children (12 and 16 years old) at Heathrow International Airport from Bahrain on a personal visit to see friends and undergo medical checkups in the UK. 

To their surprise, they were held for approximately five hours at a temporary detention center at the airport as they were waiting for the immigration authorities to process their entry papers. Their luggage was thoroughly searched and their fingerprints and photos were taken. They felt that they were treated “like criminals”. Rajab was allowed one phone call only and had to be escorted by a policeman when going to the rest room. Additionally, he was interrogated about his sentence and imprisonment in Bahrain, which was the apparent reason for this treatment. Later, they were informed that they would be allowed to enter the country; however, their passports were held for investigation and they were told that they will be notified in two weeks (by August 7, 2014) whether they will be allowed to stay in the UK for three weeks as they had planned. Rajab’s visa was issued via the UK embassy in Bahrain a few days before his trip and no issues were brought to his attention at that time.

Rajab was imprisoned in Bahrain for two years between July 2012 and May 2014 for exercising his right to freedom of assembly by participating in and calling for peaceful protests, in the Capital Manama, in defense of people’s rights in Bahrain.

He was considered a prisoner of conscience by several human rights bodies including the UK based Amnesty International, and his detention was considered arbitrary by the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

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What is wrong with England?  The AlKhalifa terrorists are treated like royalty and human rights defenders are treated like terrorists!  Reverse values operating in the British elite.....

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repatriate Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, imprisoned for more than 11 years, as a matter of urgency. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

repatriate Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, imprisoned for more than 11 years, as a matter of urgency. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Plz sign and help an innocent Muslim women regain her freedom.  She was convicted on nothing other than guilt by association.  She is a gifted neuroscientist and has no connection whatsoever to 

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UN human rights body to investigate claims of Israeli violations in Gaza

UN human rights body to investigate claims of Israeli violations in Gaza | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
UN's human rights chief says Israel has not done enough to protect civilians while also condemning attacks by Hamas....

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has agreed to launch an international inquiry into violations that may have been committed during Israel's latest military offensive in Gaza.

Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, warned earlier that Israel may have committed war crimes in its offensive against Hamasin the Gaza Strip, where hundreds of Palestinian civilians have been killed in the past two weeks.

Pillay told an emergency debate at the UNHRC in Geneva that Israel had not done enough to protect civilians.....

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Baloch National Voice Condemns acid attacks on women in Balochistan - Quetta - News - Balochwarna News

Baloch National Voice Condemns acid attacks on women in Balochistan - Quetta - News - Balochwarna News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Quetta : 

The Baloch National Voice (BNV) in a statement on Wednesday strongly condemned the ‘cowardice act of’ acid attacks on women in Quetta and Mastung areas of Balochistan. 

The BNV said that Baloch are a tolerant nation but their enemy [Pakistan] is uncivilised and it is breaking all international war convents and laws. “Pakistan is using the name of Islam to counter Baloch freedom struggle through its criminal death squads. These military death squads and Pakistani intelligence agencies are involved in abduction and kill & dump of innocent Baloch civilian,” the BNV said. 

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