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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: Six month sentence for Nabeel Rajab blow to freedom of expression | Amnesty International

The Bahraini authorities must quash the conviction of prominent human rights defender, Nabeel Rajab, who has today been sentenced to six months in prison for posting comments online which were considered insulting to the Ministries of Interior and Defence, Amnesty International said.
“Nabeel Rajab is being unjustly punished simply for posting tweets deemed insulting to the authorities. His conviction is a blow to freedom of expression – it must be quashed. He should be released immediately and unconditionally,” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.
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Bahrain Justice System Should Immediately Drop All Charges Against Nabeel Rajab | Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights | Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights

(January 19th, 2015 | Florence, Italy) To respect the basic right of free expression and end judicial persecution and harassment, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights calls on the court of Bahrain to drop all charges against Nabeel Rajab. The government cannot guarantee an independent procedure in this case and should present evidence to justify the detention and trial or Rajab and others.

Rajab's being held is the latest in a government crackdown against political opposition. In addition, Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of the main political opposition recognized legally in Bahrain, has been held since December 29th, 2014 and charged with the promotion of violence and defamation of "a statutory body". Last week the government arbitrarily arrested nine children under 18 years of age.

All of these incidents are violations of the freedom of expression for anyone brave enough to raise their voice against the regime. Tomorrow 20th January, Nabeel Rajab should be released and no further unjustified prosecutions should continue.

Frank LaRue
Director, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Europe
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Protests escalate in Bahrain as authorities crack down

Protests escalate in Bahrain as authorities crack down | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Thousands of Bahrainis held nationwide rallies in a show of solidarity with political prisoners on Friday.

Media reports say angry demonstrators poured onto the streets in the capital Manama, Samaheej, Sitra, Bilad al-Qadim, and many other towns.

They chanted slogans against the Al Khalifa monarchy and demanded the release of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of Bahrain's main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society.

Bahraini regime forces fired teargas and birdshot to disperse anti-government protesters.

Eyewitnesses say an unknown number of people were injured in the towns of Bilad al-Qadim and Sitra.

The rallies came after the Public Prosecutor's Office extended the detention of Sheikh Salman for an unlimited period. The extension came after an eight-hour interrogation.

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‘Regime can never stop Bahrain uprising’

‘Regime can never stop Bahrain uprising’ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Pro-democracy protests are unstoppable in Bahrain, says a top Shia cleric as fresh clashes erupt between security forces and demonstrators.

Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassim said on Sunday that the pro-democracy protests are unstoppable in the Persian Gulf country and regime’s continued crackdown on popular protests would end nowhere.

Qassim said that arresting leaders of the uprising with the aim of making them forgotten would have no effect on the determination of the people.

He added that the regime’s desperate attempt to quell the protests is an impossible mission as people will continue to press for a real reform in the system.     

Sheikh Qassim’s comments came as Bahraini regime forces resorted to violence to put an end to a protest demanding the release of senior opposition figure Sheikh Ali Salman.
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Sheikh Ali Salman Slams West over Double Standards on Human Rights Violations

Sheikh Ali Salman Slams West over Double Standards on Human Rights Violations | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
“The West believes in the protection of human rights and democracy, but when it comes to the regimes in the region, such values are ignored and not discussed at a greater level because of these interests they have in the Persian Gulf,” Sheikh Salman told Press TV in an exclusive interview just before his arrest on December 28.
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Calls to Free Leading Cleric in Bahrain

Calls to Free Leading Cleric in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The top United Nations human rights official on Tuesday called on the authorities in Bahrain to release the detained leader of the country’s main opposition group, in a high-level rebuke that appeared to reflect fears that his arrest could incite new bouts of civil unrest in the troubled Persian Gulf nation.

The opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, who is the head of the main Shiite opposition al-Wefaq party, was taken into custody on Sunday. His detention was renewed for seven days on Tuesday, as prosecutors investigated charges, including that he had promoted “political change using illegal forceful means and threats,” according to a government statement.

The arrest appeared to be part of a rolling government crackdown on political opponents that has ensnared hundreds of dissidents and stretched for years, since a Shiite-led popular uprising in 2011 against Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy.
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We need to set the Al-Khalifa trash out to the curb for weekly pickup!

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Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa is on hunger strike

Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa is on hunger strike | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa who is observing continued and indefinite hunger strike since November 14 has hardened his stance regarding his demands.

Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa is seeking permanent release of 7 Sikh political prisoners who were sentenced to imprisonment by courts and who have already served the terms of their sentence.

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UNSMIL reports details human rights abuses across Libya

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UNSMIL has released a report detailing ongoing human rights abuses and violations of international law, reporting that the armed conflict in many areas across the country is causing hundreds of deaths, mass displacement and a humanitarian crisis in many areas.

The comprehensive report provided a history of the clashes which began in May in Benghazi and which since spread across the country, with armed conflicts taking place in Tripoli, west of Tripoli, the Jebel Nafusa, Obari and now the centre of Libya’s coastline around the oil ports of Sidra and Ras Lanuf.

The report detailed human rights abuses and international laws broken in various areas of Libya, beginning with Tripoli.

UNSMIL representatives interviewed residents of Tripoli who reported they had witnessed an increase in security in recent weeks. Other residents, however, described an atmosphere of repression.

Activists, human rights defenders and journalists face ongoing threats and danger, reported UNSMIL. The National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights (NCCLHR) has stopped its work due to intimidation.

Media outlets, civil society organizations and individuals have been subjected to threats and intimidation by Libya Dawn, UNSMIL said.



Read more: http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/12/27/unsmil-reports-details-human-rights-abuses-across-libya/#ixzz3NHjABVtf

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Assata Shakur : An Open Letter To The Media

Assata Shakur : An Open Letter To The Media | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Assata Shakur sends and open letter to the media. My name is Assata Shakur, and I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the US government’s policy towards people of color. I am an ex-political prisoner, and I have been living in exile in Cuba since 1984.
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Bahrain: The regime takes revenge on peaceful activists

Bahrain: The regime takes revenge on peaceful activists | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights condemn the repressive policies used by the Bahraini authorities against human rights defenders and other peaceful activists. The authorities, represented in this case by the Ministry of Social Development, recently moved forward with new criminal charges against the activist and blogger Nader AbdelImam[2], because of his role in founding and working with the human rights organisation “Ensaf” without prior permission.

Nader AbdelImam is a Bahraini activist and blogger currently serving a six-month prison sentence since 27 August 2014 on charges of insulting religious figures in a post he published on his Twitter account. His lawyer reports that he is facing a further charge, for founding the organisation “Ensaf” and operating without a licence. The levelling of this charge is a clear violation of the principles of human rights, especially those relating to freedom of expression, peaceful work and establishing organisations...

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The Other Torture Report: Brazil Commission Details Past Human Rights Abuses

The Other Torture Report: Brazil Commission Details Past Human Rights Abuses | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The report sheds light on cases of torture, disappearances and murders in Brazil during a 20-year military dictatorship.
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Stand In Solidarity With Courageous Women's Human Rights Defenders

Stand In Solidarity With Courageous Women's Human Rights Defenders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"...However, the world is still far from the vision articulated in Beijing. Approximately 1 in 3 women throughout the world will experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. Less than a quarter of parliamentarians in the world are women. In over 50 countries there is no legal protection for women against domestic violence. Almost 300,000 women and girls died in 2013 from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Approximately 1 in 3 married women aged 20 to 24 were child brides. In many parts of the world, women and girls cannot make decisions on their most private matters -- sexuality, marriage, children. Girls and women who pursue their own life choices are still murdered by their own families in the dishonorable practice of so-called honor killings. All of our societies remain affected by stereotypes based on the inferiority of women, which often denigrate, humiliate and sexualize them...."

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‘Saudi human rights record worst in region: 1 beheading every 4 days’

‘Saudi human rights record worst in region: 1 beheading every 4 days’ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As long as Saudi oil is seen as a valuable resource for US oil corporations, the US will maintain relations with the feudal regime regardless of what that means for the rights of Saudi people, Sara Flounders, of the International Action Center, told RT.
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Hussain Jawad Case Presents Bahrain With Key Test on Speech

Hussain Jawad Case Presents Bahrain With Key Test on Speech | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Yesterday, Bahrain's foreign minister took part in a Paris rally in protest of the recent killings at the Charlie Hebdo offices and elsewhere. Meanwhile, his government continues to harass journalists and other peaceful critics, including human rights defender Hussain Jawad, who is charged with free speech-related offenses and faces court tomorrow.

Chair of the European-Bahraini Organisation for Human Rights (EBOHR), Jawad faces the usual charges levied against human rights activists -- insulting the monarchy and inciting hatred against the regime. It's an important case not only because Jawad is a prominent member of civil society in Bahrain, but also because his arrest occurred when he went to a police station to complain about his being targeted by a newspaper that is loyal to the government.
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In Haiti, the State and International Community Continue to Trounce Human Rights

In Haiti, the State and International Community Continue to Trounce Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Some things never change. In Haiti, no matter the century or decade in question, one can be certain that: the state and elite are trouncing the rights and needs of the majority, the population is protesting to demand land and justice, and the international community is taking the wrong side.

Five years after the earthquake that killed an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 (no one knows for sure) and rendered 1.9 million more people homeless, the fraudulently elected administration of Michel Martelly has abandoned any pretense of democracy.Having failed to hold elections three years in a row, instead letting national and local elective seats become vacant, the government now rules by decree. It is alsoattacking and killing human rights defenders. The elite, in combination with foreign corporations, are seizing land for agribusiness, mining, tourism, and free trade zones. The grassroots has taken to the streets to demand democratic government and an end to foreign occupation by the UN. Social movements are also mobilizing for defense of land, housing, and rights. The US has, until recent months, staunchly supported the government. It has backed this support with “security” funding, including more than $7 million for the police in 2015, for a nation not at war against anyone but its own people.

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Protesters, police clash after Washington criticizes Bahrain arrest

Protesters, police clash after Washington criticizes Bahrain arrest | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Protesters clashed with police near Bahrain's capitol in the seventh straight day of demonstrations over the detention of Sheikh Ali Salman, a leading opposition figure.
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Clashes erupt at demonstrations in Bahrain

Clashes erupt at demonstrations in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Anti-riot police and hundreds of demonstrators keeping up daily protests to demand the release of Bahrain's main Shia opposition leader have clashed in villages near Manama, witnesses said.

An unspecified number of arrests were made and people wounded as police fired buckshot and tear gas to disperse the protests staged after weekly prayers in mosques on Friday.

The demonstrators, including women and children, carried portraits of jailed Al-Wefaq leader Sheikh Ali Salman and chanted slogans calling for his release.

Anti-riot police were deployed in force on an avenue which links several Shia villages to the west of the capital and manned checkpoints on main roads to prevent the protests from spilling over, witnesses said.

It was the sixth straight day of protests since Salman, 49, was arrested on Sunday, accused of making statements inciting violence.

Protests on Thursday also turned violent and witnesses reported clashes in central Manama after prayers at the capital's Mumen mosque.

Previous unrest has centred on Shia communities in the suburbs.

Police used tear gas and batons against the protesters, and some injuries and arrests were reported.

"Dozens of people ... including women and children, were arrested," a statement from the Bahrain Observatory for Human Rights said.

Salman, 49, heads the Al-Wefaq movement, was charged on Monday with seeking to use force to change the regime.

The US, which has its Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain, has also expressed deep concern about Salman's detention, warning that it could only inflame the persistent violence that has gripped the kingdom since 2011.

Bahrain is a majority Shia country ruled by minority Sunnis.

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UN, EU Concerned at Arrest of Top Bahrain Shiite Leader, Sheikh Ali Salman

UN, EU Concerned at Arrest of Top Bahrain Shiite Leader, Sheikh Ali Salman | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...The spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Liz Throssell, urged Bahrain's government to immediately release Salman, "as well as all other persons convicted or detained for merely exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression and assembly...."

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In Bahrain, tweeting for freedom is a crime!

In Bahrain, tweeting for freedom is a crime! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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....all this is the work of the Al Khalifa terrorists in Bahrain....

 

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"After 16 Years Of Civil Rule, We're Decsending To Anarchy"

"After 16 Years Of Civil Rule, We're Decsending To Anarchy" | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
After overviewing the 16 years of civil rule in Nigeria, a human rights group the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) says we’re descending into anarchy.

The group has held a press conference in Lagos entitled ‘Before Hope is Lost’ and dedicated to the state of the nation.

“The hopes of Nigerians that a return to civil rule would bring a definite enthronement of the rule of law and full observance of human and other liberties have been routinely dashed,” the 7-page-long statement, presented at the conference, read.

“In addition to an atmosphere of impunity, events in the country since the return of our society to civil rule in May 1999 sadly indicate that Nigeria is gradually sliding towards anarchy.

“Except for the few state actors and their family members, relations, friends and contractors, life has been precarious and is nothing short of confronting danger and confusion.

“The situation has become so hopeless that our people, especially those of us who were in the trenches during those dark days of military authoritarianism, have began to question why we fought the military in the first instance.

“There are ominous signs which signal great danger for the 2015 general polls. One is the flawed process of the distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards PVCs nationwide as we all have witnessed where many registered voters risk being disenfranchised from participating in the coming election by INEC’s refusal to issue them with their PVCs,” the group noted.
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Massive Anti-Government Rally Held in Bahraini Capital Despite Protest Ban / Sputnik International

Massive Anti-Government Rally Held in Bahraini Capital Despite Protest Ban / Sputnik International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MOSCOW, December 26 (Sputnik) — A massive anti-government rally was held Friday in western Manama despite Bahrain's ban on protests, the country's main Shiite opposition party Al-Wefaq said in a statement.
The rally under the motto "Democracy is Our Right", ran its course, despite that two years ago the government prohibited opposition parties from rallying their supporters and threatened them with violence, Al-Wefaq said.

It stressed that the people of Bahrain, who are largely Shiites while the ruling Al-Khalifa dynasty is Sunni, "refuse to be marginalized and demand to be truly represented through truly elected government".
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Why isn't #Bahrain free?

Why isn't #Bahrain free? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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When leadership acts and a sheepish populace accepts the shackles and manacles of servitude, then the leadership is punished in vain.

When Zainab tears up a picture of  Hammy, the big loser, AlKhakifa....the entire Shiite populace of Bahrain, enter the streets in mass protests of shredding pictures of Hammy publicly, then the regime cannot silence the dissent.  It must capriciously attack only one person for the acts of over  one million, or it must not act at all.  The failed regime cannot imprison over a million Shiites!  Either way, the regime loses and the opposition wins!  

Two things to remember:  1. Do you want your children to live in bondage, or to know freedom?
2. Everyday is Karbala, will you stand up with your leadership, or will you hide and accept bondage? 

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Here Are The Most Horrific Details From The US Senate Torture Report

Here Are The Most Horrific Details From The US Senate Torture Report | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the long-awaited summary of its torture report, revealing horrific details about the CIA's post-9/11 detention and interrogation program.

Many of the details in the report are sickening and gr...
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Bush was horrid, Obama continues the torture with force feeding prisoners at Gitmo!    American 'government' is a total failure!  
America is now just a state exporter of terrorism! 

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