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Middle East Online::Ignoring Genocide: Rohingya People Deserve to Live

ASEAN must break away from its silence and tediously guarded policies and western countries must be confronted by their own civil societies: no normalization with Rangoon when innocent men, women and children are being burned alive in their own homes, writes Ramzy Baroud.

 

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One fails to understand the unperturbed attitude with which regional and international leaders and organizations are treating the unrelenting onslaught against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, formally known as Burma. Numbers speak of atrocities where every violent act is prelude to greater violence and ethnic cleansing. Yet, western governments’ normalization with the Myanmar regime continues unabated, regional leaders are as gutless as ever and even human rights organizations seem compelled by habitual urges to issue statements lacking meaningful, decisive and coordinated calls for action.

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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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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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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

Rights activists demand anti-torture law | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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

These Aren't Refugee Camps, They're Concentration Camps, and People Are Dying in Them | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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

Bahrain: 'detainees tortured daily', study says - General news - ANSAMed.it | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
(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

Bahrain: A message of thanks from newly released prisoner of conscience, Nabeel Rajab | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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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

Freed From Prison, Bahraini Activist Nabeel Rajab Urges U.S. to Stop Backing Regime’s Crackdown | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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

The UK Is Betraying the People of Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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

Reset the Net | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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

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Facing 25,000 police officers, Turkey activists mark Gezi protest anniversary - Middle East

Facing 25,000 police officers, Turkey activists mark Gezi protest anniversary  - Middle East | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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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#Badaun gang-rape: Human Rights groups demand strict action against policemen involved in heinous act | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

#Badaun gang-rape: Human Rights groups demand strict action against policemen involved in heinous act | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
#Badaun gang-rape: Human Rights groups demand strict action against policemen involved in heinous act - The gang-rape and murder of teenage Dalit girls in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh has enraged the nation and sent shivers down the spine of the Uttar Pradesh's political leaders. But, it has also provided them the opportunity to start a blame game.
The victims not only carried the triple burden of being a girl child from lower caste and class but were also minors.
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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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'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

Long-Oppressed Kurdistan on Verge of Independence from Iraq | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....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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ASWJ terrorists kill 3 Shias in MQM dominated areas in Karachi | The Shia Post

ASWJ terrorists kill 3 Shias in MQM dominated areas in Karachi | The Shia Post | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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