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Syria death toll probably at 70,000, U.N. human rights official says

Syria death toll probably at 70,000, U.N. human rights official says | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(CNN) -- The death toll in Syria is probably now approaching 70,000, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday.

In early January, Pillay said that 60,000 people in Syria had died, a figure that she called "truly shocking." She blamed the international community for failing to act.

At that time, CNN tried to put the number in perspective. Sixty thousand people is roughly the population of Terre Haute, Indiana; or Cheyenne, Wyoming. It's how many people would fit in Dodger Stadium, and it's more than the 50,000-plus U.S. combat deaths in Vietnam.

The war in Syria has been raging since March 2011 when protesters, partly inspired by Arab Spring uprisings in the region, began demonstrating for more freedom. That movement quickly morphed into a movement against President Bashar al-Assad, who was appointed president by Syria's rubber-stamp parliament in 2000 after his father died.....

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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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"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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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

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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

ISIS Militants Order Iraqi Females to Undergo Genital Mutilation - NBC News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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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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

The searing hypocrisy of the West - Intifada Palestine | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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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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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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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

Human rights activist Rajab speaks of Bahraini jail ordeal | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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
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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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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'

Erekat: International community must stop Israeli aggression 'before it is too late' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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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