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Bahrain: The words of Ebrahim Sharif in court today: 6/5/12

Bahrain: The words of Ebrahim Sharif in court today:  6/5/12 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak in this distinguished Court after denying us our right to defend ourselves before in national safety court , despite the gravity of the charges and the vast distance between them and the truth, they cannot claim hide fluency, a claim which was adopted mainly on statements extracted by torture or at the "artificial" confidential sources of national security, which command after the issuance of the report of the Committee of Bahraini fact-finding (Commission Bassiouni "), which have been formulated in order to pass the convictions and preset.

 

This trial court ideas: Dear gentlemen,this trial inception was an attempt to bring ideas and search intent, and to demonstrate the charges they gave on behalf a Group of statements attributed to me like "no legitimacy to kill people," and "not the legitimacy of the Constitution of 2002" and "minus" system or "regime" had no legitimacy and Army is not National bh also the gov are taking the country money for them self and I best Republican system and I ask for dropping the representative Council ". Despite the availability of large amounts of video and audio recordings and writings to me during the popular movement which was launched on 14 February and was accepted by the prosecution failed to prove that I am creating one directory to use violence or work I called to overthrow the Government by force.
Ideas dear gentlemen cannot arrest or assassination, and cannot be defeated in this Court or other State courts. The only court that could prosecute those ideas is the Court of public opinion, and the punishment that courts of public opinion is to defeat the idea and then disappear, or whitewashing and then common.Causes political crisis: we are here today not because of what happened on February 14, the difference was that day in the history of Bahrain as a result of a failure of political system after emerging from a bottleneck and the crisis spread more than two and a half decades since the dissolution of the National Assembly elected in 1975. In February 2001 the great hopes of the Bahraini citizens after the opposition agreement and governance to open new page through the National Action Charter by which King launched a series of commitments to maintain the Constitution of 1973 and parliamentary life and move to a higher stage of democratic notion of "constitutional monarchy as ancient democracy," but the system quickly, broken promises about recoil promises and issued a new Constitution in 2002 will individual ownership of results was to expand Executive powers to the King, and the formation of a Consultative Council and the introduction of a large number of The constitutional amendments were all people power account and its elected Parliament . Since then, gov through legislation or change practices, in return for limited reforms of the Charter, particularly in the area of public freedoms, security and rebuild the State and its various organs specialized in monitoring and trapping and punish dissent.
Resulted in years of political upheaval and the absence of genuine popular participation and rampant corruption in the Central ruling elite to push the country to the brink of a crisis waiting for a spark coming from Arab States spring into violent popular uprising led by youth dreaming of freedom and dignity and believes in the role of sacrificing peaceful protest to force the system to respect the will of the people. "The Commission has noted in paragraph Bassiouni (642) of its report that" the reforms rather than regime change was the basic requirement of the revolution in its infancy, adding that "when not responding to the demands of reform, to evolve and lifted roof claimed to change gov.Bahrain has been waiting for this moment to Explode,gov believed that their machine media propaganda supported by benefit distribution system on the new political class by a pro-Government political groups and representation and municipal and bureaucratic expansion of State organs and bodies, wooed former opponents of promoting policy, Division of society along sectarian lines, and most importantly, strengthen security and intelligence capabilities, all to avoid the abundant potential Bahrainis. Power thought was disappointed because the political and social backlogs on Earth was greater than all the mobilized system to meet a popular uprising. I've missed it governance is causing the biggest instigator and of this revolution, and directories on this many:-growing frustration among the citizens especially shea because of the rapid pace of the naturalization process.Aimed at altering the demographic (population), and the continued discrimination against citizens on the basis of sectarian and fill most of the military sector employment clse doors in the faces of the shea community. -Sharing ruling elite State lands turned into fiefdoms of senior members of the ruling family and their allies.-Corruption in State institutions and the inability of the Office of financial supervision on limiting despite the large number of irregularities which monitored annually in its annual report, and the inability of the State to hold corrupt especially sons of senior ruling family, as is the case in the corruption case aluminum company, Bahrain (Alba) filed with the United States and involved the Alcoa Corporation of America also through corrupt contracts leading to loss of Alba towards billion dollars. We are proud of all our young people did not stop hope on nicer than this day, and in our present system better, and in more rational judgment of judging this judgment. It also inspire revolutions Arab spring with proved and his insistence on peaceful choice to force the system to achieve comprehensive reform, rather than plunging in prisons and detention centres was the duty of the authority a dialogue with young people, which lasted in its Bahraini peaceful despite the power to gun.

 

Moral stance against violence: well it's not based on any facts or acts or statements attributed to me or to the organizational "promised", charged by the prosecution without evidence and she lent me whereby the Tribunals for national safety without cause, a charge contained in the first paragraph of "VI" is an assignment that I promoted the heart and regime change by force through writing and speeches and statements. These accusations sent and baseless, they are not upright with my position and the position of my organization. Let me show you my position and the position of the Association "wade" principled rejection of the use of violence or force as an engine of political change. I believe that means it must be same target. If the aim of the Group seize power in order to establish a totalitarian or authoritarian, surely that means going from same. Violence and force and ask him the blood, everything becomes justified because this approach believe that "the end justifies the means".If the goal is the natural means transformation is invoked for peaceful people's will, either through polls, if available, through peaceful protests and civil disobedience, perhaps. This approach — including myself — consider litigation or the use of violence and force the taboo on damage to the case and their owners. When Mahatma Gandhi was struggling against racist laws in South Africa told supporters "I am ready to die for many issues, but my friends, no one deserves to kill for it, so must be our movement and our political move. In practice I don't need much effort to demonstrate lack of possibility of change by force — if any of the drives this option-serious breach in the military balance of power between the unarmed people doesn't have one weapon and the Government and loyal are heavily supported by regional rapid intervention force within a few hours.I can say that the beneficiary of the violence is the regime, because he'd been opposition from battle of values and ideas that excelled opposition to battle and force dominated system and when used by force and violence to impose the well of each other, the differences between ethical and value are almost disappear and become difficult to remove a strong interest in world peace international legal organizations in the justness of our cause, and exhausted so our needs moral crane to continue their struggle for fair, democratic State. Violence by the totalitarian culture arises, a destructive culture of peoples and communities if adopted by its political opposition.


Charges of violence to suppress dissent and exclusion: that our political history testifies numerous cases involving the ruling power of oppression, violence and exclusion, and opposition has been tried in the 1956 National Union body leaders, Abdul Rahman early and his companions, on charges of "attempting to assassinate the Governor" and "attempting to undermine the kadiba Palace and the airport" and "enter military organizations under the banner of Scout Organization as a nucleus for the overthrow of the Government" and "breach security during demonstrations" and issued judgment already in prison and exile to the island of Saint Helena, a British court headed by Sheik daij bin Hamad Al-Khalifa was on Right and left two others from the same sheikhan ruling family with the militant leaders . The history of Bahrain over the decades prove beyond reasonable doubt that the main source of violence is State security and military organs, sometimes with tribal militia walvdaoih. And the State partially acknowledged by accepting the report "Commission Bassiouni" responsibility to some incidents of violence against peaceful demonstrators killing 5 Palestinians under torture in its prisons. And I have to mention the esteemed Court and that these people are still waiting for Justice and victims of retaliation from their tormentors with given opponents of the system false charges to court and sentenced to harsh because of their political opinions. Malicious charges charges were from the outset malicious unfounded and not supported by physical evidence, the goal was attitudinal and punitive on parts over the years. It is not surprising that an authoritarian regime is using all its organs, intelligence and security forces and judiciary, to filter the account with his opponents. Traditionally these devices smarter in fabrication and transplantation and the presentation of evidence and witnesses to prove the existence of "conspiracy to overthrow the Government by force." But the inefficiency of these devices and expedited sentencing response to orders submitted to us service to demonstrate malicious this case since its inception. Examples of many: EISA Sultan Al-Sulaiti pilot allegations from the national security service registered in the military prosecution record on 30/4/2011 that I have with others to provide material support needed to implement their schemes taking advantage of five ppl in(page 8),And I, according to the allegations pilot Al-Sulaiti who participated in the attack on me.

 

Cabinet: shea constitute 24% of members of Cabinet with the proportion of members of the ruling family 40% and Sunnis (other than the Royal family).

 

The Ministry of the Interior: shea are 10% of senior positions with the sons of the ruling family holds 35% and the suni not royal 55%.

 

defence force: no shea in senior level (brigade or larger) while running sons ruling family half positions and the other half of the suni(non-Royal family).

 

Supreme Defence Council: no shea Council while dominated by sons of the ruling family on 13 of the 14 seats.

 

institutions and governmental bodies: not more than a shea leadership about 7% with running of the ruling family and 29 percent a suni 64%.

 

corporate governmental and mixed: again no more representation of Shea in senior leadership from 8% in representation of non-Bahrainis 19%, and the ruling family 27% the suni 46%.

 

Judiciary and legal: there is no representation for Shea in any judicial and legal bodies with high proportion of members of the ruling family and 33% suni58% and 9% non-Bahrainis.

 

General managers of municipalities: Shea form 20 percent with running sons ruling family and suni rest positions evenly or 40% each. These scandalous figures and its shocking at the same time because this sectarian divide aldes did not exist as such before three decades which show case of discrimination and marginalization of systematic exercise against the Shea who make up at least 50% of the population, mostly for the benefit of the ruling family, which holds leadership positions much more than sites operated by Shea, although their proportion in the population probably not exceeding 30 percent. What is demanded by all citizens, young Shea who lit uprising February 14, is equal citizenship is the basis of any democratic society.

 

IV: insulting the army theme sectarianism and discrimination brings me to what proportions to a national army that is described. Again talk about context graduated acting. He was talking at a symposia did not rely on the neutrality of the army in internal political conflict, and the Bahraini army won't be as Tunisian or Egyptian army. Either reason explained in the symposium by saying that the composition of the army, as shown previously in the statistics contained in table no. (3) devoid of any representation for Shea in the ruling family occupies 50% of senior leadership positions. This makes it difficult to imagine that changing the position of the army or stand on neutrality for the benefit of the people in any conflict between it and the ruling family. He therefore concluded that the current army combination "non-national" in terms of the absence of the representation range constitute more than 50% of the people of Bahrain. Either the Supreme Defence Council in charge of defence policy and security strategy is fully evaluate.Everything that I have said in public forums, and in press statements that I made in the past period that preceded the arrests, came from Hersi public interest, which essentially restored civil peace and social stability, freedom and justice and equal citizenship between components of Bahraini society, and start building democratic civil State, without these constants that upholds humanity cannot lift injustice from different people groups and promote sustainable development in our country develop democratic countries that respect human rights And daily exercise of democracy in its approach.That way the constitutional political crisis afflicting the country through serious dialogue and meaningful between governance and political opposition, preceded by implementation of benefits provision committed himself and was promised since February 2001, in terms of powers of the Legislative Council elected and not compete with him in control which is appointed Board of advice and opinion only, and the transition to a constitutional monarchy similar to democracies. Translate commitments in strict and faithful and Frank for all recommendations of the Commission on the truth, and the implementation of the recommendations of the Human Rights Council advertised in its eighteenth session in may 2012,and engage in transitional justice based on fairness, openness and national reconciliation, including through reparation for victims of torture, arbitrary detention and unfair judgements issued against hundreds of citizens and political activists and Jurists, and reinstating all workplaces which Kano ytbo'onha by unjustly and compensate them for past period.As is the way out of the political crisis in constituencies just reflect the principle of "equal voice for every citizen" in different regions, translated just electoral system simulates all the components of Bahraini society and political, ethnic and sectarian and democratically represent the will of the people, and in an independent and impartial judiciary, security for all, as a clear doctrine is extremely national homeland security of citizen security.

Therefore, dear gentlemen, we stand before you today after trying and suffering lasted more than 14 months and we are sure that "lost thing doesn't give" and the justice system doesn't know cannot be applied. We know in advance as a result of this examination between real justice for the oppressed triumph if weak, fake justice triumph of strong though unjust.

They detained us, but they cannot arrest our dream ... The dream of freedom for our people, and dignity welcomed us thank you for good hearing ...

 

see also:  http://www.aldemokrati.org/ar-BH/ViewNews/5/3308/News.aspx

 

[Peace and mercy and blessings of God be upon you Mr. Ibrahim Sharif prisoner of conscience June 5, 2012]

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JURIST - Bahrain files suit to suspend main opposition group

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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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Corporate Human Rights Abuses Are Fine, United States Tells the UN

Corporate Human Rights Abuses Are Fine, United States Tells the UN | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Good news: The United Nations has recently approved the implementation of a legally binding body that can punish corporations that commit human rights abuses.

Bad news: The United States is furious and says it will refuse to abide by any repercussions this Human Rights Council-approved body should assign.

Up until now, the UN’s standards for corporate accountability have been strictly voluntarily. Resolving that waving a metaphorical finger at companies that commit human rights abuses was insufficient, in 2013, Ecuador initiated a proposal to hold international offenders responsible for their immoral actions. More than 80 other countries signed on, agreeing that actual accountability was necessary to diminish human rights abuse. With help from South Africa, Ecuador finally convinced the HRC to vote on the issue last week; the resolution passed by a 20-14 vote.

Alas, it’s the nations who voted no that are being the most vocal at this point, with the United States and nations in the European Union leading the charge. Before the vote, they lobbied hard to have nations reject Ecuador’s proposal; since losing, they have thrown what amounts to a hissy fit. ...“



Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/corporate-human-rights-abuses-are-fine-united-states-tells-the-un.html#ixzz36jXyPN00

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UN human right chief condemns Gaza rockets, Israeli strikes - Diplomacy and Defense

UN human right chief condemns Gaza rockets, Israeli strikes - Diplomacy and Defense | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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"From a human rights point of view, I utterly condemn these rocket attacks and more especially I condemn Israel's excessive acts of retaliation," UN Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told journalists in Vienna on Thursday.

"I am extremely concerned by what's happening," she added on the sidelines of a conference.

Pillay said the demolition of Palestinian homes constitutes a human rights violation.

She also condemned killing of a Palestinian teen, whose body was found in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

"It's despicable but now in turn there's been a kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian youth. This cannot happen. This level of retaliation is excessive and this is what is spawned when governments do not respect the rule of law, when governments themselves resort to excessive forms of retaliation," she said.  ...."

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The searing hypocrisy of the West - Intifada Palestine

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Palestinian children are assaulted or murdered every day and barely do their lives register in western press. No mother should have endure the murder of her child. No mother or father. That does not only apply to Jewish parents. The lives of our children are no less precious and their loss are no less shattering and spiritually unhinging. But there is a terrible disparity in the value of life here in the eyes of the state and the world, where Palestinian life is cheap and disposable, but Jewish life is sacrosanct."
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Bahraini torture victims gather in UK

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Bahraini torture victims have gathered in Britain to publicize the terrifying ordeal they have faced in regime custody, Press TV reports.

A group of people, most of whom have experienced torture in the jails of the Bahraini regime, gathered in the UK on Thursday to voice their solidarity with the victims of torture in Bahrain.

They called the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom “The Kingdom of Torture.”

“Honestly, I don’t like to speak as a victim because victims are everywhere in Bahrain,” said Mohammad al-Tajir, a human rights lawyer, who has faced two months of interrogation and torture in Bahrain.

He added that prisoners can be found in all families in Bahrain and they can talk about their experience in Bahraini jails.

The Bahraini activists also gathered outside the UN office in Manama on Thursday, holding photographs of the political prisoners tortured by the regime forces in detention centers.

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Rights activists demand anti-torture law

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KARACHI: “The current state of Balochistan is such that if we dig a hole anywhere we discover a mass grave there,” said Kareema Baloch, vice chairperson of the Baloch Students Organisation (Azad), while presiding over a seminar on Thursday.

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These Aren't Refugee Camps, They're Concentration Camps, and People Are Dying in Them

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Confined to squalid camps, supposedly for their own "protection," Burma's persecuted Rohingya are slowly succumbing to starvation, despair and disease. Some are calling it a crime against humanity
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Bahrain: 'detainees tortured daily', study says - General news - ANSAMed.it

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(ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 11 - The ordeal of prisoners in Bahrain, the country with the highest percentage of detainees across the entire Middle East, often starts with a police raid in a home or a checkpoint operation which turns into a real abduction, a report published on Wednesday said. The person taken away simply disappears - sometimes for 24 hours or for months, according to the study published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR). Those arrested reportedly find themselves ''locked inside a nightmare''.
In the three years since the beginning of the protest movement in favour of democracy which started in February 2011, the report said, Bahrain's prison population has increased exponentially. BCHR reportedly documented thousands of arbitrary detentions, most of which followed forced disappearances, and a long list of human rights violations, including torture.
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Bahrain: A message of thanks from newly released prisoner of conscience, Nabeel Rajab

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The authorities arrested me in order to send a message that you will be arrested if you publicly defend human rights in Bahrain. Strangely enough they were not aware that in this way, they have created hundreds of activists who will follow the same path as me.

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I and my colleagues at BCHR have won numerous human rights awards for defending the civil and human rights of all Bahrainis. We will continue our work because there are still many political prisoners, including prisoners of conscious, being held on trumped-up charges...."

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Freed From Prison, Bahraini Activist Nabeel Rajab Urges U.S. to Stop Backing Regime’s Crackdown

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Nabeel Rajab, head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, joins us after nearly two years behind bars for his role in pro-democracy protests. With the critical backing of the U.S. and neighboring Gulf states, the Bahraini government has waged a crackdown on opposition protesters since an uprising broke out in February 2011. "We have been abandoned by the American government, we have been ignored completely," Rajab says. "They support a dictatorship here... no one can change their policy except the American people." We are also joined by Human Rights Watch’s Josh Colangelo, author of a new report that finds Bahrain’s courts have played a key role in maintaining the country’s highly repressive political order, routinely sentencing peaceful protesters to lengthy prison terms.

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The UK Is Betraying the People of Bahrain

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Without justice there can be no peace in Bahrain, and that won't change as long as the UK is happy to promote and provide political cover for an illegitimate government that is inflicting untold misery on its own citizens. Only by ending the political and military support that is strengthening the regime can the UK ensure that it is promoting human rights and acting the best interests of the people of Bahrain.....

There are few authoritarian regimes that enjoy as much political support from the UK as the one in Bahrain. Bahraini opposition groups are threatening toboycott the upcoming parliamentary elections unless democracy can be guaranteed, but the UK has only increased its public support for the brutal and oppressive dictatorship.

The latest research from Human Rights Watch shows that despite the positive assessment from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) there has been little in the way of progress on human rights. This is why the group's Director, David Mepham, concluded that the UK's response has been "both feeble and ineffective."

Despite the ongoing crackdown, it was only three months ago that the regime was given a private visit from Prince Charles. The visit, according to Iain Lindsay, the UK ambassador in Bahrain, was to emphasise that the UK-Bahrain relationship is "a warm, close and long-standing one."

Similarly, Prince Andrew flew over to Bahrain earlier this year for GREAT British Week, a week-long 'celebration' to mark 200 years of 'friendship and strong bilateral relations' between Great Britain and Bahrain'. The event was like a full state circus and was attended by the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond MP, and a range of arms companies including Rolls Royce and BAE Systems, which was trying to secure sales of its Eurofighter jet.

Almost as soon as the 'celebrations' had finished, the King of Bahrain, bolstered by his international support, increased his powers by introducing a new lawthat imposes jail sentences of up to seven years and a fine of up to 10,000 dinars (£15,700) on anyone who publicly insults him.

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Reset the Net

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Stop Governmental spying on the Citizens of the World!  Help end the fascism of today's regimes!

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Police fire teargas, arrest dozens of protesters in Istanbul marking anniversary of nationwide anti-government protests. .....

Hundreds of people chanted "Resign, murderer AKP," and "Everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is resistance" on the busy shopping street Istiklal that leads to Taksim before police fired teargas at the crowd, forcing it to retreat......

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Please help the Rohingya!

Need help to stop Genocide against Muslims of Burma including ethnic RohingyasPosted by yannaing Burmese ( Myanmar) government have been systematically committing genocide against Burmese Muslims including Rohingyas since half a century ago. The latest round of oppression started in June 2012 in western Burma killing hundreds if not thousands and drove out over 140,000 Rohingyas to the concentration camps without including another 250,000 Rohingyas, living in the refugee camps in Bangladesh, who escaped to Bangladesh in 1978. By United Nation statistics, half a million Rohingyas are internally displaced since then. Very few to no food and medical assistance made the situation of Rohingyas to the worst now. Children, women, elders and men are being killed by this slow burning genocide. Human Right Watch stated that Rohingyas of Burma are the most persecuted people in the world. Recently, Burmese government oppresses more to Burmese Muslims using Nazi-style ethnic cleansing throughout Burma. From 2012 to now, Muslims of Burma have been going through being killed, tortured, imprisoned, discriminated, and destruction of their places of worship, homes and businesses. Recent attacks on Muslims in the city of Mandalay a week ago is another proof of systematic government-sponsored genocide against Muslims of Burma. There are around 10 million Muslims in Burma. Especially over 140,000 Rohingyas of western Burma, who are living in flimsy make-shift tents, are in dire situation now and they are greatly in need of food and medical treatments. Therefore, I would like to ask people around the world to help Muslims of Burma contributing your knowledge, power and wealth to provide medical, food, advocacy, awareness media and more to the most persecuted people in the world. Great Thanks!
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Erekat: International community must stop Israeli aggression 'before it is too late'

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The international community must act quickly and immediately to stop "the current round of Israeli collective punishment and terror attacks against the people of Palestine", Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement today.

"We call upon the international community not to turn a blind eye to Israel's exploitation of the incident involving the killing of three Israelis, and to immediately act in order to prevent the consequences that this new Israeli wave of aggression will bring for regional peace and security," Erekat said.

He warned the international community to act quickly "before it is too late".

"Israel's military bombardment of Gaza, the killings, injuries and the statements by Israeli ministers advocating for revenge through aggression and further illegal settlement building are fuelling a very dangerous situation," Erekat warned.

The senior official went on to describe how Israeli forces and "armed settlers have terrorised thousands of Palestinians", including Mohammad Abu Khdeir, calling for a UN investigation into his murder saying: "Criminals should be prosecuted".

He blamed the escalation of violence and the revenge attacks by settlers on "years of impunity granted by the State of Israel to its soldiers and settlers in their daily crimes against the Palestinian people".

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'Unfortunately we are ruled by a tribe' | Middle East | DW.DE | 04.07.2014

'Unfortunately we are ruled by a tribe' | Middle East | DW.DE | 04.07.2014 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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I'm sure our struggle is going to continue, and that we will use all peaceful means, all legitimate means recognized by the international community. We do not believe in the use of violence. Everyone knows the fight is costly and painful, but Bahrainis are willing to continue, and to pay the price. Stopping or going back is not an option.

How has the human rights situation changed in the two years you were in detention?

Since I was detained, the number of prisoners has doubled, the number of jails has doubled, the number of arbitrary arrests has increased, discrimination and marginalization against the Shia community is worse than ever in the history of this country. But at the same time, there are fewer media reports, fewer statements from civilized governments. That makes people angry.

Every international media outlet covers 20,000 people protesting in Ukraine, but when 200,000 in a country of just 700,000 take to the streets, it is not reported. And that is very disappointing. We are marginalized in the media at a regional and international level.

Western governments keep talking about democracy and human rights in countries such as Syria and Iran, but when it comes to the rich Gulf countries, they ignore our struggle. Even their media ignores our struggle.

That should not continue. Civilized nations have to react, because ignoring our situation makes people feel a sense of hopelessness and that will lead to the creation of extremist groups.

Activists accuse Western governmnents of turning a blind eye to the ongoing repression

How would you like to see Western governments act?

In the same way they act in other countries. They should have one language and one standpoint, whether on Iran, Syria, Iraq or China. They should be straightforward with all governments, no matter how rich they are or what business they do. Otherwise they lose credibility - which is what is happening now.

The unrest in Bahrain is often portrayed as sectarian. Is that how you see things?

The ruling family is Sunni. The ruling family is repressive. It's true that the majority of protesters are Shia, because the majority of the population is Shia, but we are not against the family's religion - we are against their policies, attitude and behavior. The ruling family tries to present it as a Shia-Sunni issue, but we are not against the Sunni people.

I come from a mixed family and our revolt is against the ruling family that wants to keep all the power. We are struggling to share this power. Seventy percent of our government is from one family, we have had the same prime minister for more than 40 years. This system can't continue. It is time for democracy, justice and human rights. We are a civilized, educated nation. But unfortunately we happen to be ruled by a tribe....."

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Long-Oppressed Kurdistan on Verge of Independence from Iraq

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....But with the current takeover of much of Northwest Iraq by the terrorist “Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shan” -- ISIS -- the Kurds were given the impetus to opt for total independence, as their Peshmerga warriors had repelled the ISIS terrorist invasion, while the Shiite-dominated Iraq security forces had fled, leaving their military weaponry in the hands of the terrorists. Despite the difficulties still facing the Kurds in fulfilling their long-standing dream of total freedom, they will not let this chance escape them. They are even planning to expand their shrunken borders to regain their full extend of Kurdistan, which they had originally claimed historically and traditionally.....

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An Independent, sovereign Kurdistan is needed now!

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Human Rights Watch confirms reports of mass executions in Iraq | News | DW.DE | 27.06.2014

Human Rights Watch confirms reports of mass executions in Iraq | News | DW.DE | 27.06.2014 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The US-based group Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday demanded "further" investigation be conducted into alleged executions of captured soldiers at Tikrit in northern Iraq. Evidence pointed to a "war crime," it said.

In mid-June militants of the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) posted photos online after its fighters overran the cities of Mosul and Tikrit, which was once the bastion of the late longtime dictator Saddam Hussein.

HRW said its analysis "strongly indicates" that the ISIS conducted "mass executions" at two locations in Tikrit between June 11 and June 14.

Imagery of two trenches filled with bodies matched landmarks in ISIS photos, it said.

Toll could be 'much higher'

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Bahrain 'Moving Backwards' Says Nabeel Rajab...

Bahrain 'Moving Backwards' Says Nabeel Rajab... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Nabeel Rajab, one of the most prominent opposition activists in Bahrain, has been speaking after being released from jail.
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Activist urges nations to punish Manama

Activist urges nations to punish Manama | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Prominent Bahraini human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, has called on the international community to punish Manama over its rights abuses.

The Bahraini regime has become a “dictatorship” and the situation in the country has worsened over the past couple of years, Rajab said during a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday.

“Many...measures have been taken and turned the system into a dictatorship,” he said, adding, “I...urge all civilized nations to take action against my country...regardless of the business relationships they have with my country.”

He also noted that  between 3,000 and 4,000 political prisoners are kept in the jails of a country having about 700,000 inhabitants....

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JURIST - The Human Rights Implications of "Killer Robots"

JURIST - The Human Rights Implications of "Killer Robots" | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Fully autonomous weapons, which could select and fire on targets without meaningful human intervention, have the potential to revolutionize the nature of warfare, bringing greater speed and reach to military operations. In the process, though, this emerging technology could endanger both civilians and soldiers.

Nations have been considering the multiple challenges these weapons would pose to the laws of war, also called international humanitarian law. But little attention has been given to the implications for human rights law. If these weapons were developed and used for policing, for example, they would threaten the most basic of these rights, including the right to life, the right to a remedy and the principle of human dignity.

Fully autonomous weapons, also known as autonomous weapons systems or "killer robots," do not yet exist, but research and technology in a number of countries are moving rapidly in that direction. Because these machines would have the power to determine when to kill, they raise a host of legal, ethical and scientific concerns. Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic are advocating for a pre-emptive prohibition on fully autonomous weapons. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a global coalition of 52 nongovernmental organizations coordinated by Human Rights Watch, is making the same call.

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Drones WITH human interaction are a gross violation of human rights as well....in these cases there are no charges, no trials, and no habeas corpus....

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Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of war crime in death of Palestinian protesters

Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of war crime in death of Palestinian protesters | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
IDF maintains forces did not use live ammunition, conducting investigation; rights group states soldiers shot two Palestinian teens in cold blood.
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Inhuman zionist Bahrain Regime forces detained 214 kids in 2013: Report

Inhuman zionist Bahrain Regime forces detained 214 kids in 2013: Report | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahraini police forces have detained more than 200 children across the Persian Gulf nation during raids on their homes and over the past year, the country’s main opposition group said.
In a Thursday report titled “Bahrain: Repression – The Shadow of Tyranny,” Bahrain’s Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society listed the human rights violations committed by the Manama regime in the course of 2013.
According to the nearly 130-page report, Bahraini regime forces detained 214 children last year, with most of them being detained during raids on their houses. A number of other children were also taken from their schools, the report added.
The report, drafted by Al-Wefaq’s Liberties and Human Rights Department (LHRD), further said the Bahraini regime made 7,342 arbitrary arrests between 2011 and 2013. It also highlighted the demolition of religious structures in the Persian Gulf country as well as Manama’s restrictions on religious freedom.
“The human rights situation in Bahrain has reached dangerous levels,” said Sayed Hadi al-Musawi, the LHRD head, adding, “Bahraini citizens are exposed to different forms of violations…, including killing, torture and arrest.”
The LHRD official further criticized the international community for remaining silent in the face of the Manama regime’s numerous human rights violations, saying that the world “is standing on the sidelines and watching as the atrocious human rights abuses continue in broad day light.”...

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Nabeel Rajab: The problematic success of 'human rights' in the Arab world

Nabeel Rajab: The problematic success of 'human rights' in the Arab world | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Is there space for dialogue with the government in Bahrain?
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#Bahrain 's evil overlords, the #AlKhalifas, continue to target children!

#Bahrain 's   evil overlords, the  #AlKhalifas, continue to target children! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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