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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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Bahrain activist Maryam al-Khawaja released

Bahrain activist Maryam al-Khawaja released | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Authorities in Bahrain have released Shia political activist Maryam Abdulhadi al-Khawaja but the charges against her still stand, the Gulf state's interior ministry said in a statement.
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China should be condemned for its Human Rights abuses in Tibet

China should be condemned for its Human Rights abuses in Tibet | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Dharamshala: - In recent years the international community – including the United Nations, European Union, and the US government – has failed to clearly and forcefully raise the issue of human rights during visits to China. This significant issue consistently goes unmentioned in bilateral talks, despite severe human rights violations in Tibet, Eastern Turkestan, and China.

International communities across the world have a long-established demand for respecting human dignity. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, after all, has set a common standard of treatment for mankind since 1948....

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An open letter to prominent Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

An open letter to prominent Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

We on behalf of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) urge you to immediately stop your hunger strike. We well know your willingness to sacrifice your life for the freedom of the people of Bahrain, as you are about to enter the day 24 of your hunger strike where your life is at grave risk.

We believe that you have achieved the objectives of the protest in terms of reaching and influencing public opinion across the world. You have truly brought attention to bear on the flagrant violations that are happening in Bahrain against yourself, your colleagues who are detained human rights defenders and the rest of citizens in Bahrain.

We call on you to stop the hunger strike forthwith in order to preserve the lives of your fellow human rights defenders, who are forcibly detained in prisons, who continue their hunger strike in solidarity with you. The lives of some of them are in great danger; among them are elderly defenders, one of whom is suffering from heart disease.

Finally, we appeal to you to stop this hunger strike on behalf of the GCHR & BCHR, both organisations that you took the initiative to found. In doing this you created organisations dedicated to the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights in Bahrain and across the region.

We, your supporters, lovers of freedom across the world, hope beyond hope that you respond to this appeal.

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Death Sentence for a Shi’a Cleric in Saudi Arabia

Death Sentence for a Shi’a Cleric in Saudi Arabia | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A protester holds up a picture of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a rally at the coastal town of Qatif, against Sheikh Nimr’s arrest in this July 8, 2012 file photo. Saudi authorities and officials in o...

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Malinowski to Return to Bahrain; Maryam al-Khawaja Begins Hunger Strike | Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)

Malinowski to Return to Bahrain; Maryam al-Khawaja Begins Hunger Strike | Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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URGE SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE BAHRAINI GOVERNMENT’S VIOLATIONS AND ASK FOR THE RELEASE OF MARYAM AL KHAWAJA

URGE SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE BAHRAINI GOVERNMENT’S VIOLATIONS AND ASK FOR THE RELEASE OF MARYAM AL KHAWAJA | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Zionist Puppet Bahrain Regime Court Extends Activist’s Custody despite UN Outcry | Islamic Invitation Turkey

Zionist Puppet Bahrain Regime Court Extends Activist’s Custody despite UN Outcry | Islamic Invitation Turkey | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A Bahrain regime court ruled Saturday that prominent rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja be kept behind bars for an extra 10 days despite a UN call for her release, her lawyer said.

The Bahraini co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, who also has Danish nationality, was arrested on August 30 on arrival in Manama in connection with an alleged assault on a police officer at the airport.
Her lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi told AFP that the judge ordered that Khawaja be kept in custody on the same “charge”.

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Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain: Overview

Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain: Overview | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Learn about working at Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain. Join LinkedIn today for free. See who you know at Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain, leverage your professional network, and get hired.
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Kiev's War Against Freedom of Speech. Ukraine: The Ugly Truth

Kiev's War Against Freedom of Speech. Ukraine: The Ugly Truth | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Such events have become part of everyday life for the inhabitants of Donbass. Independent cameramen are trying to bring the truth to the Ukrainian and Western public but this is no easy task.

Firstly, it is very difficult to publish the videos, because internet connection is now a luxury for Donbass. The Ukrainian army has destroyed not only electricity plants but water pipes and gas lines as well.

Secondly, Ukrainian forces are arresting journalists and people making videos, and treating them as criminals. Kiev has unleashed a real war against freedom of speech. Any video or text criticizing the Ukrainian government is considered as “support for Donbass terrorists.” Making such videos means risking your life or freedom.

This affects journalists beyond Donbass as well. The Security Service of Ukraine (the equivalent of the American FBI) pays regular visits to intractable reporters and throws them in prison with no scruples. Recently my empty apartment in Kirovograd was visited by agents of the Security Service of Ukraine. I was lucky enough to be in Russia but my neighbors were questioned about me.

The desire to smash any kind of resistance in the country has become an obsession of the Ukrainian authorities. The declaration recently made by the head of Ukrainian Officers’ Union, Evgeniy Lupakov, where he said he wanted to hang the “Donbass terrorists” on street poles, is of utmost importance and direst foreboding."

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Prominent activist arrested in Bahrain

Prominent activist arrested in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Prominent Bahraini activist Maryam al-Khawaja was arrested after arriving in the island nation over the weekend.

"To be clear, I'm officially under arrest on unknown charges," al-Khawaja tweeted Saturday. "They will bring me before a judge tomorrow at...
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She is arrested only for being an Al-Khawaja!   The Failed terrorist AlKhalifa regime is without any morality whatsoever!

When will the World demand that Bahrain should be liberated from the AlKhalifa menace and the people of Bahrain achieve their long deserved human rights? 

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Bahrain arrests top human rights activist - Al Jazeera English

Bahrain arrests top human rights activist - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Maryam al-Khawaja, who campaigns against abuse in Gulf state, charged with insulting king and assault on arrival.

 

The prominent Bahrain human rights activist and critic of the ruling family, Maryam al-Khawaja, has been arrested by authorities on her arrival at the Gulf state's airport.

Posts on the Twitter account of Khawaja said she had been charged with insulting the king, assaulting police officers, and faced charges for her involvement with the rights campaign, Wanted For Justice.

Khawaja, the co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, is the daughter of Shia Muslim activist Abdulhadi Abdulla Hubail al-Khawaja, who has been in custody in Bahrain since 2011 and is on hunger strike.

The Reuters news agency reported her mother Khadija al-Musawi as saying her daughter would be transferred to the public prosecution court on Sunday.

A later post on her Twitter account stated that she would be held for seven days and was not allowed to see a lawyer before her interrogation.

Khawaja, who has lived abroad for several years, had returned to Bahrain to see her father, who recently decided to go on a new hunger strike. Her sister, Zainab, had been released from custody on Friday pending further investigation.

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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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1000s hold demo in Bahrain to reject proposed reforms | Islamic Invitation Turkey

1000s hold demo in Bahrain to reject proposed reforms | Islamic Invitation Turkey | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Tens of thousands of Bahrainis have taken to the streets in the capital Manama to reject the Al Khalifa regime’s proposed reforms.

On Friday, the pro-democracy demonstrators denounced the reforms announced by Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa a day earlier, saying the measures do not represent the people and opposition living in the Persian Gulf country.

On the same day, the leader of Bahrain’s biggest opposition movement, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, said that the new proposal “ignores the legitimate demands of the people,” and the “official position remains rigid.”

“The royal family retains all powers — executive, legislative and judicial, in addition to security, information and wealth,” Sheikh Ali Salman stated, adding, “The solution would be to give up this monopoly of all power and respect the will of the people.”....

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Nearly 160 organizations call for release of Bahraini activist Maryam al-Khawaja

Nearly 160 organizations call for release of Bahraini activist Maryam al-Khawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Nearly 160 civil society groups from more than 60 countries have urged Bahrain's King Hamad to order the unconditional release of human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja, Reporters Without Borders announced Thursday.

Khawaja, a director of the Beirut-based Gulf Center for Human Rights, also has Danish nationality and is a daughter of jailed opposition activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.

She was arrested after arriving at Manama airport on August 30 and will stand trial from October 1 for allegedly assaulting a police officer, a charge denied by fellow activists.....

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Bahrain: Activists highlight the human rights situation - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship

Bahrain: Activists highlight the human rights situation - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Nabeel Rajab, president of the 2012 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Advocacy award winning Bahrain Center for Human Rights, discusses the human rights situation in his country during a meeting.

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Human Rights Watch urges Turkey to overturn new Internet amendments

Human Rights Watch urges Turkey to overturn new Internet amendments | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...“After hosting the 2014 Internet Governance Forum, Prime Minister [Ahmet] Davutoğlu's new government has adopted even more provisions to restrict free speech online and the privacy of Internet users,” said Emma Sinclair-Webb, senior HRW Turkey researcher.
“These measures would violate basic rights protected in the Constitution and guaranteed under international law, and should be struck down.”....

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@mariaselba2 on twitter

@mariaselba2   on twitter | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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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A declaration for Independence of Balochistan

Quetta/ Geneva, Sep 08: The largest and resource-rich province of Pakistan, Balochistan, celebrate August 11 as its `Independence Day’ and blames Pakistan for its illegal occupation since 1948. Facing poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and inequity, the people in Balochistan feel a deep sense of insecurity and disgruntlement against the Pakistan regime. Human rights violations have reached `epidemic proportions’ in the region. On August 11, 2014, Baloch nationalist leaders issued a written declaration demanding Balochistan’s independence. The declaration forwarded to the concerned authorities says that Pakistani armed forces have launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing and genocide in Balochistan, and are systematically kidnapping, imprisoning and murdering Baloch political activists, students, lawyers, intellectuals and nationalist leaders.
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‘Bahrain acting out most perilous crime’

‘Bahrain acting out most perilous crime’ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Interview with Nabeel Rajab, Bahraini human rights activist, London
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Bahrain: Maryam al-Khawaja detained, take action now

Bahrain: Maryam al-Khawaja detained, take action now | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Leading Bahrain human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja remains in detention in Bahrain after being arrested on 30 August after she arrived to visit her father, a political prisoner who began a hun...

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What you can do:

Write to your MP calling on them to demand the UK government tells the Bahraini regime to release Maryam.

Letter campaign tool prepared by the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy here

Read more about Bahraini human rights’ organisations campaign in solidarity with Maryam and her father here

Sign the petition calling for her release hereRead our background briefing on repression in Bahrain and pass the model trade union resolution here

 

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Click on the title and go to site to sign and get help on the letter writing campaign....

 

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Maryam Al-Khawaja: Bahraini human rights defender must be immediately released

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Written question to the High Representative on the case of Maryam al-Khawaja in Bahrain

Written question to the High Representative on the case of Maryam al-Khawaja in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
On 1 September, Marietje Schaake submitted written questions to High Representative Catherine Ashton concerning the case of the arrest of Maryam al-Khawaja in  Bahrain. Please find a plain text version […]
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Jailed Danish activist in coma in Bahrain - The Local

Jailed Danish activist in coma in Bahrain - The Local | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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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