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Michael Moore calls for support of Occupy Wall Street protest, decries execution of Troy Davis - Countdown with Keith Olbermann // Current TV

Michael Moore calls for support of Occupy Wall Street protest, decries execution of Troy Davis - Countdown with Keith Olbermann // Current TV | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Michael Moore, filmmaker, activist and author of “Here Comes Trouble,” calls on people all over the country to bring the Occupy Wall Street movement to their communities.
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Native Americans Say US Violated Human Rights

Native Americans Say US Violated Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Onondaga Indian Nation says it plans to file a petition at the Organization of American States on Tuesday, seeking human rights violations against the United States government. It wants the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to declare that the U.S. government's decision not to hear its lawsuit asking for the return of 2.5 million acres in upstate New York to be violations of international human rights agreements.

The nation has argued that about 4,000 square miles in 11 upstate New York counties stretching from Pennsylvania to Canada was illegally taken through a series of bogus treaties. More than 875,000 people live in the area, which includes Syracuse and other cities.

U.S. courts have refused to hear the lawsuit asking for the return of their land, with the Supreme Court turning away a final petition in October.

"The problem is that we can't get the governor to sit down with us and the United States to live up to its treaty rights," said the Onondaga Nation's attorney, Joe Heath.

While in Washington, the group plans to display a belt that George Washington had commissioned to commemorate one of the treaties that was supposed to guarantee the Onondaga their land and "the free use and enjoyment thereof."

The group says it is not seeking monetary damages, eviction of residents or rental payments. Instead, it wants a declaration that the land continues to belong to the Onondagas and that federal treaties were violated when it was taken away. Onondaga leaders have said they would use their claim to force the cleanup of hazardous, polluted sites like Onondaga Lake.

The petition against the United States was brought by the Onondaga Nation and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, which is made up of the Onondaga, Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga and Seneca Nations....

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China human rights lawyer tells of torture at hands of police

China human rights lawyer tells of torture at hands of police | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A 45-year-old human rights lawyer who has spent many years concerned with the issue of China's so-called "black jails" where citizens are subjected to human rights violations was severely beaten by guards while recently detained, it was learned by Saturday.

Tang Jitian, who was released last Sunday, told Kyodo News in Beijing of the violence he was subjected to, such as being physically assaulted at a police station in the northern province of Heilongjiang while facing such threats as having his kidneys removed alive.

Tang said he suffered serious injuries including broken ribs as a result of being subjected to fierce torture such as being punched and kicked by guards while in detention.

The black jails are a network of extralegal detention centers set up by Chinese security forces mainly to detain, without trial, petitioners seeking redress for grievances unresolved at the local level over such issues as land confiscation.

The current state of such facilities including their number is not clearly known, but international human rights groups began focusing attention on them around 2003....

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Bahraini Protesters Hold Anti-Regime Demos

Bahraini Protesters Hold Anti-Regime Demos | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

People in Daih, Sanabis, and Sitra took to streets in support of opposition leaders on Wednesday, press tv reported.

"We will never give up our rights, no to humiliation," chanted the protesters....

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Malaysia accused of shocking human rights violations, abuses against Shiite minority

Malaysia accused of shocking human rights violations, abuses against Shiite minority | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – Malaysia has a serious human rights problem, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), which released a 100+ page report entitled “No Answers, No Apologies” detailing abuses by Malaysian authorities. The report comes on the heels of accounts that Malaysia arrested infants from the country’s minority Shiite Muslim sect, based upon the “crime” of engaging in Shiite religious practices.

International attention has been given to Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing last month, and human rights watchdogs welcome the focus.

“Unjustified shootings, mistreatment and deaths in custody, and excessive use of force in dispersing public assemblies persist because of an absence of meaningful accountability for Malaysia’s police force, the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP),” says the HRW report.

The human rights abuses are directed at all sectors of Malaysian society, however significant media attention has been drawn towards the plight of Shia Muslims in Malaysia, who are facing increased discrimination on a daily basis.

“Among the marginalized in Malaysia, there is a single group perhaps more marginalized than many. They are the people that Malaysia has forgotten. They are the Shiite Muslims” says Loyar Burok, a popular Malaysian blog. The article is entitled “Shiite Muslims in Malaysia: A Cultural Genocide.”...

 

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Alleged mass killings in West Papua

Alleged mass killings in West Papua | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Activists says 11 people are dead and 20 more are missing after a combined military and police crackdown on support for the Free Papua separatist movement. The names of victims and several grisly photographs have been provided to PM by the armed wing of the movement.

It's impossible to verify the claims, but Indonesia's Embassy in Canberra has agreed to take up the matter....

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Saudi Princesses held as prisoners by the Fascist Saudi 'king'...... Now being starved!

بنات الملك عبدالله يفضحن والدهن عبر محطة بريطانية وجّهت أربع أميرات (بنات ملك السعودية) محتجزات منذ 10 سنوات، رسالة مصوّرة عبر محطة بريطانيّة، وبواسطة برنامج...
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Egypt to try more than 900 Islamists

Egypt to try more than 900 Islamists | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Egypt has ordered the prosecution of 919 suspected Islamists in two mass trials, days after hundreds more were sentenced to death in a separate case.

The UN, US and EU have condemned the verdict in the previous trial, delivered against 528 supporters of the deposed president, Mohammed Morsi...

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I don't think this is what the people camped in Tahrir square for!  

It is extremely saddening to see repression bloom from buds of freedom!

 

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Bahrain Authorities Keep University Student in Prison, Despite Full Sentence Being Served

Bahrain Authorities Keep University Student in Prison, Despite Full Sentence Being Served | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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...The BICI report states that trials in Bahrain are used to attack the opposition. Bahrain faces wide criticism in the international community. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Navi Pillay had previously stated that Bahrain uses prosecutions to practice "political persecution".  NGOs such Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch issued statements and reports confirming "No Justice in Bahrain" and describing its judicial system as a "Travesty of Justice"....

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Human Rights Panel Criticizes U.S.

Human Rights Panel Criticizes U.S. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A United Nations human rights panel has called for more oversight and transparency in the program of targeted drone strikes carried out by the United States and recommended the prosecution of all those involved in unlawful killings and torture overseas, particularly “persons in command positions.” In a report released Thursday, the United Nations Human Rights Committee, a panel of 18 independent experts from different countries, expressed concern that the United States government had not clarified the criteria or legal basis for drone strikes and called for independent oversight of the program. It also drew attention to the limited number of investigations into unlawful killings and the use of torture in overseas operations by the American military and private contractors. It said the responsibility of those who “provided legal pretexts for manifestly illegal behavior should also be established” and urged the government to declassify and release the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret rendition activities....

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UN Human Rights Agency Alarmed By Mass Imposition Of Death Penalty In Egypt

UN Human Rights Agency Alarmed By Mass Imposition Of Death Penalty In Egypt | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The United Nations human rights office said Tuesday it is deeply alarmed by the imposition of the death penalty against 529 people in Egypt a day earlier after a "cursory" mass trial in which the majority of defendants were not present in court.

"The astounding number of people sentenced to death in this case is unprecedented in recent history," Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told a news conference in Geneva.

"The mass imposition of the death penalty after a trial that was rife with procedural irregularities is in breach of international human rights law," he added.

The 529 defendants were convicted of various charges, including membership of an unlawful organization (the Muslim Brotherhood), incitement to violence, vandalism, unlawful gathering and the killing of one police officer. All the charges relate to events in August 2013 after the Government of President Mohamed Morsi was ousted.

Colville pointed out that this was several months before the Muslim Brotherhood was declared by the Egyptian authorities to be an unlawful organization. The exact charges against each defendant are unclear as they were not read out in court.

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Bahrain forces attack Shia mosque near Manama

Bahrain forces attack Shia mosque near Manama | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahraini forces fired tear gas at people attending a funeral ceremony inside a mosque in the village of Sanabis.

It was not immediately clear why security forces stormed the mosque.

Bahrain’s main opposition party al-Wefaq strongly condemned the incident, saying this is the second such attack this month.

In February, the regime forces also attacked a mosque in the village of Sa’ar near Manama.

Dozens of mosques have been demolished in Bahrain since the start of anti-monarchy rallies in 2011....

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Report: Turkish court orders halt to Twitter ban

Report: Turkish court orders halt to Twitter ban | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Dogan news agency and other media say a court has issued a temporary injunction ordering the telecommunications authority to restore access to Twitter, five days after the government blocked the social network.

The telecommunications authority had accused Twitter of disobeying court orders to remove content. The ban came shortly after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "rip out the roots" of the social network that has been a conduit for links to recordings suggesting government corruption. Many in Turkey found immediate ways to circumvent the ban.

Lawyers and the opposition party asked courts to overturn the Twitter ban, arguing it was illegal and unconstitutional.....

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Welcome back, Turkey!  You were missed and it is joyous you have been returned!

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Twitter Exposes Turkish PM Erdogan's corruption, gets blocked in return...

Twitter Exposes Turkish PM Erdogan's corruption, gets blocked in return... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Erdogan is battling a corruption scandal which he says is a plot to undermine him by a U.S.-based Turkish Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen. Gulen is a former ally whose network of followers include influential members of Turkey's police and judiciary. Gulen denies orchestrating the graft investigation.

Erdogan's government has responded to the scandal by tightening controls of the Internet and the courts and reassigning thousands of police and hundreds of prosecutors and judges, often demoting them....

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...Erdogan's failed regime is mere Fascism....

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UN Cites Human Rights Violations in Ukraine

UN Cites Human Rights Violations in Ukraine | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Corruption, a lack of independence of the judiciary and a lack of free elections were among the root causes of popular protests that took place in Ukraine from November to February, the United Nations said Tuesday in a report on the country's human rights situation.

The report said 121 people — the majority of them protesters — died during the protests and there were also numerous accounts of torture and ill-treatment. The U.N. demanded that all violations related to the protests should be investigated in order to ensure the accountability of the perpetrators.....

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Mainstream media misleading world on Bahrain: Analyst

Mainstream media misleading world on Bahrain: Analyst | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A political analyst says the world is in the dark about the crackdown of anti-regime protesters in Bahrain as mainstream media render a distorted image of developments in the Persian Gulf kingdom, Press TV reports.

In an interview on Tuesday, Daoud Khairallah, professor of law at the Georgetown University, said that there is a certain “deliberate distortion” of facts in Bahrain.

“Unfortunately the international community is fed information [about Bahrain] by a media that is already politicized and distorted,” he said.

“We know that the media is biased, the media is controlled by special interest and there is a huge double standard in the way the world sees what is going on in the entire Arab world and this is very unfortunate,” Khairallah added.

Referring to a recent ruling by a court in Bahrain which sentenced seven anti-regime protesters to 15 years in prison, the analyst said politics is “ostensibly” interfering in the judicial process in Bahrain.

On Sunday, a Bahraini court handed down the jail terms to the protesters after convicting them of an attack which wounded a policeman during a protest in December 2012.

Khairallah said that the Bahrain uprising has been “peaceful” but the Manama kingdom supported by certain regional countries has launched a heavy crackdown on protesters.

Bahrainis have been staging demonstrations since mid-February 2011, calling for political reforms and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

In February, Amnesty International censured Manama for its “relentless repression” of anti-regime protesters, blaming Bahraini security forces for their repeated use of “excessive force to quash anti-government protests.”

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UN: 3,600 raped in DRC in four-year period

UN: 3,600 raped in DRC in four-year period | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The United Nations has said more than 3,600 women, children and men were subjected to rape and other sexual violence in Congo over a four-year period by the country's defense and security forces or armed rebels.

A UN report published on Wednesday documented 3,645 victims of sexual violence between January 2010 and December 2013, with nearly three-quarters of the victim’s women....

Ranging in age from two to 80-years-old, 73 percent of the victims were women, 25 percent were children and 2 percent were men, the report said.

Just over half the rapes documented were committed by members of armed groups that operate in eastern Congo. The remainder were attributed to state agents, including soldiers in the military (FARDC), who were implicated in around one in three rapes.....

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Torture of (4) Saudi Princesses is representative of the abuse of Women under the Saudi Monarchy

ذكرت القناة الرابعه البريطانية ان أربع من بنات الملك السعودي عبد الله بن عبد العزيز يخضعن للإقامة الجبرية منذ 13 عاما بحيث لا يسمح لهن باستقبال أي زوار" واصف...
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U.N. Human Rights Committee Gives U.S. Bad Grade on ICCPR

U.N. Human Rights Committee Gives U.S. Bad Grade on ICCPR | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...However, the “principal matters of concern” far outnumber the “positive aspects.” For instance, the U.S. is not applying the Covenant to “individuals under its jurisdiction but outside its territory.” NSA surveillance concerns the HRC, as does the fact that the U.S. uses drones for targeted killings. According to the HRC’s concluding observations, the U.S. is not holding members of the Armed Forces and other government agents accountable for unlawful killings, torture, inhuman treatment or punishment of U.S. detainees. The justice system displays racial disparities and employs racial profiling. There are some states in the U.S. in which the death penalty is legal. There is no timeline for Guantanamo Bay’s closure. There are “continuing high numbers of gun-related deaths” and domestic violence, and the HRC is concerned that “Stand Your Ground Laws” are used to get around self-defense limits. Corporal punishment of children is used in the home, school, and penal institutions. The rates of excessive force by law enforcement officials, the continued practice of prolonged solitary confinement in adults and juveniles who are deprived of their liberty, the criminalization of homelessness, and the “lack of comprehensive legislation criminalizing all forms of torture, including mental torture” are all stated concerns of the HRC. Some courts still retain the ability to use their discretion to render life without parole sentences for juveniles convicted of homicide offenses and adults convicted of non-homicide offenses.  State-level felon disenfranchisement laws take away voting rights.  Mental health services use electroshock, psychiatric medication, and other coercive and restrictive practices....

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Gov't sanctioned murder of American citizen in Albuquerque, NM., USA!

Gov't sanctioned murder of American citizen in Albuquerque, NM., USA! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Greetings city of Albuquerque, we are Anonymous. Recently, a video has been released to the public which shows Albuquerque Police Officers murdering a man in cold blood for ‘illegally camping’. This man, which was schizophrenic, obviously had no intention of hurting these police officers, on the contrary, this man looks as if he is simply attempting to protect himself from visually fierce militarized thugs. Whether this man had a history of crime is irrelevant. We drastically need to address the growing police state that has occupied our country. When will we say no more? How many more citizens will be murdered? Naturally, the APD will attempt to label Anonymous as a terrorist organization for our demands of justice, but the question has to be asked. Who do we terrorize? Is it not a growing police state that terrorizes it’s own citizens?   APD you now have the full attention of Anonymous. To the citizens of Albuquerque, it’s time to organize. On March 30th we are asking the citizens of Albuquerque to occupy the APD HQ and occupy the sites of the Albuquerque Police Department. Let them know that your city is not a place for war games against the homeless and the less fortunate. Anonymous grab your cannons and aim them at Albuquerque police websites.

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Here Is The YouTube "Start A False Flag War With Syria" Leaked Recording That Erdogan Wanted Banned | Zero Hedge

UPDATE: *TURKEY'S DAVUTOGLU SAYS LEAK IS 'DECLARATION OF WAR': TURKIYE As we noted here, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan had blocked Twitter access to his nation ahead of what was rumored to be a "spectacular" leak before this weekend's elections. Then this morning, amid a mad scramble, he reportedly (despite the nation's court ruling the bans illegal) blocked YouTube access. However, by the magic of the interwebs, we have the 'leaked' clip and it is clear why he wanted it blocked/banned. As the rough translation explains, it purports to be a conversation between key Turkish military and political leaders discussing what appears to be a false flag attack to launch war with Syria.
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UN Human Rights Council: Letter on Remotely-Piloted Aircraft or Armed Drones | Human Rights Watch

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While currently only the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel use armed drones in operations against alleged terrorists, with the United States carrying out the vast majority of these attacks, other states and non-state actors may acquire them in the near future. Since 2009, the United States has carried out at least 400 drone strikes, reportedly killing upwards of 2,600 people, according to independent research groups.

Human Rights Watch has serious concerns that some if not many US drone attacks may violate international law. In examinations of six US targeted killing operations by drones since 2011 in Yemen that had killed and wounded civilians, Human Rights Watch found a clear violation of international humanitarian law in one attack and possible violations in the remainder. Research by Human Rights Watch and others on these operations is hampered by the unwillingness of the US to provide information on these attacks or conduct transparent investigations when there are credible allegations of violations of international law.

This resolution has implications that extend beyond the United States, however. The misuse of drones by any nation sets a dangerous precedent for other governments that may seek to unlawfully use these weapons systems against their enemies.....

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UN News - UN human rights chief presses for investigation into alleged abuses in Sri Lanka war

UN News - UN human rights chief presses for investigation into alleged abuses in Sri Lanka war | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Stressing the need to ensure justice and accountability, the United Nations human rights chief today called for the establishment of an independent and credible investigation into alleged violations committed in 2009 during the final phase of the conflict in Sri Lanka.

“This is essential to advance the right to truth for all in Sri Lanka and create further opportunities for justice, accountability and redress,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in her address to the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which wraps up this Friday in Geneva.

The Sri Lankan Government declared victory over the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009, after a conflict that had raged on and off for nearly three decades and killed thousands of people. The final months of the conflict had generated concerns about alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

The 47-member Council is expected to take action during its current session on a draft resolution on the establishment of an inquiry into the alleged violations.

“Almost five years since the end of the conflict, it is important for the Human Rights Council to recall the magnitude and gravity of the violations alleged to have been committed at that time by the Government and the LTTE, which left thousands of civilians killed, injured or missing,” said Ms. Pillay

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Kashmir and Crimea Lastupdate:- Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:30:00 GMT GreaterKashmir.com

Kashmir and Crimea Lastupdate:- Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:30:00 GMT GreaterKashmir.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"....Webb upholds the right of Kashmir to secede from Indian Union on “Just cause theory”. He  claims that since the act of  accession of State to India, without knowing the will of his subjects, there has been a wide gulf between India’s democratic and secular ideals  and the reality of it’s relationship with Srinagar. This has led to various bouts of disillusionments, the first of them as early as the 1950s. Persistent calls for Kashmiri secession have only intensified through the next three-and-a-half decades as disenchantment with assertive Indian actions mounted and finally took a violent turn in November 1989.He says that Kashmir has been treated unjustly & unfairly since inception. He cites reports by Amnesty International (1998, 2008 and 2011), Asia Watch and Physicians for Human Rights (1993), which have detailed arbitrary arrests, beatings, electrocution, intentional destruction of property, rape, torture, execution. To further substantiate his case, Webb also discusses the notorious Armed Forces Special Powers Act of 1990 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act, which have contributed to the detention without trial of an estimated 8000 to 20,000 Kashmiris. He cites presence of mass graves & enforced disappearances as proof enough of India’s  complicity in committing crimes against humanity rendering itself liable to international intervention & coercive action. Webb presents the two-decades of physical, psychological and sexual abuse resulting from the heavy-handed tactics of Indian security forces and the accompanying lack of legal redress as “perhaps the most compelling just cause for Kashmir’s secession.”
This book provides a new way of looking at the Kashmir dispute, by asking what these theories tell us about Kashmir, and in turn what the example of Kashmir allows us to learn about these theories. More importantly it lays a theoretical foundation for Kashmir’s right to secede from Indian Union. "

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Three Years Later, Reform in Bahrain Is Nowhere to be Seen

Three Years Later, Reform in Bahrain Is Nowhere to be Seen | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

It's three years ago this month that troops from Saudi Arabia entered the island kingdom of Bahrain to help the government there crack down on protests for reform. The violent attack on protesters and the subsequent deaths and arrests by Bahraini security forces pose a test for U.S. human rights policy -- and it is a test the United States is failing.

The Bahrain regime -- a key U.S. ally in the Gulf -- has succeeded in recasting a broad-based movement for democracy into a struggle against Iranian influence. U.S. ambivalence has abetted this narrative and, unless things change, it risks becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Bahrain hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet and has been an American military ally for decades. Stability is critical to the relationship. The king's uncle has been the un-elected prime minister for over 40 years; that's one kind of stability. But when a country's jails become populated by peaceful dissidents -- including some who are there simply for tweets critical of the king -- that is a sign of instability, and should be cause for U.S. concern.

A stable, democratic Bahrain that respects the rule of law is a more reliable partner than a volatile dictatorship. The Bahraini government knows this, so it blames the movement for democratic reform on agents of Tehran, reducing the struggle for human rights to a Shia versus Sunni conflict and claiming that the rights movement has been hijacked by extremists out to establish an Islamic caliphate.

There's no doubt Iran will seek to exploit Bahrain's political chaos. But if the United States -- and the Bahraini regime -- really want to foil Iran, they should be making common cause with those who seek participatory democracy.

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Rohingyas need HELP!

Rohingyas need HELP! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Doctors Without Borders had announced on Feb. 28 they had been expelled from Myanmar, adding that the decision had put tens of thousands of human lives at risk. Later, the government said the group might be allowed to resume operations anywhere in the country but the Rakhine state. 
The humanitarian group is considered as a lifeline to the impoverished country as it has operated there for two decades. Denying it access to Rohingya Muslims is a gross violation of human rights that warrants international attention.
According to a UN report, a large number of Rohingyas were killed in January in an attack by Buddhist nationalists. These groups are running political campaigns urging the government to do whatever it can to persecute Muslims. 
It also exposes the true face of the Myanmar government, which pretends to sympathize with the Muslim community and at the same time provides tacit support to nationalist groups to carry out ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas. ...

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