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Pakistani troops aid Bahrain's crackdown - Features - Al Jazeera English | Boycott: Fauji Foundation

Pakistani troops aid Bahrain's crackdown - Features - Al Jazeera English |  Boycott: Fauji Foundation | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In the following two months, on the back of visits to Islamabad by senior Saudi and Bahraini officials, sources say at least 2,500 former servicemen were recruited by Bahrainis and brought to Manama, increasing the size of their national guard and riot police by as much as 50 per cent.
"We know that continued airplanes are coming to Bahrain and bringing soldiers from Pakistan," Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, told Al Jazeera.
"We do not know the exact number, but we know that it is much more than 1,500 or 2,000 people."
Recruited into the special forces, the national guard, and the riot police, the Pakistani citizens are tasked with suppressing Shia protesters that are reportedly demanding equal rights after years of alleged oppression at the hands of the royal family, part of Bahrain's Sunni minority.
"Our own Shia cannot join the security forces, but the government recruits from abroad," said Rajab.
On the ground in Pakistan, the recruitments were handled by the Fauji Foundation, one of the largest conglomerates in the country with close ties to the Pakistani military. In addition to the Overseas Employment Services, which is tasked with providing job opportunities for retired military personnel, the foundation owns large cereal and gas companies, sugar mills, security firms, as well as hospitals and universities.

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Turkey on trial - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Turkey on trial - Opinion - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Turkish courts have jailed hundreds of defendants - military officers, journalists, academics and lawyers - for allegedly plotting to topple the country's democratically elected government.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan promotes the trials as evidence of Turkey's new turn towards democracy and the rule of law. They are also actively supported by news media belonging to the so-called Gülen group - a powerful ally of Erdogan's government comprising followers of the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen. In reality, the trials amount to a grave breach of the rule of law, with the judiciary transformed into a political weapon aimed at opponents of the government and the Gülen movement.
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Peres holds secret talks with Palestinians in bid to restart negotiations

Peres holds secret talks with Palestinians in bid to restart negotiations | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Peres and Erekat go over maps of West Bank, East Jerusalem in effort to find formula to bypass dispute over establishing 1967 borders as basis for negotiations; meetings held in coordination with Netanyahu.
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Lawyer: Iran Will Announce US Hikers Verdict By Next Week

Lawyer: Iran Will Announce US Hikers Verdict By Next Week | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Attorney Masoud Shafiei speaks of signs that might signal the impending release of two Americans who have been in custody for two years. A third was released on bail.
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Pakistan's Taliban claim responsibility for Swiss kidnappings | Reuters

Pakistan's Taliban claim responsibility for Swiss kidnappings | Reuters | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
By Saud Mehsud SHAWAL, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan's Taliban have claimed responsibility for kidnapping a Swiss couple this month, saying they could be freed in exchange for a Pakistani woman serving...
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Sugar Land Muslim community seeks peace amid controversy

Sugar Land Muslim community seeks peace amid controversy | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Sugar Land area Muslim community was recently put under an
unexpected and not too welcome spotlight recently.
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Pak Taliban want Aafia in return for Swiss couple

Pak Taliban want Aafia in return for Swiss couple | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A Swiss couple were kidnapped earlier this month from Balochistan province.
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Pakistani Taliban want to trade Swiss hostages for Lady al Qaeda - Threat Matrix

Pakistani Taliban want to trade Swiss hostages for Lady al Qaeda - Threat Matrix | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
He said his group ordered the kidnapping in order to gain freedom for Aafia Siddiqui, a US-educated mother of three who is serving 86 years in an American jail for trying to kill US officials in Afghanistan.
Rehman said the Swiss have not been tortured.
But he said that if Siddiqui is not freed, a Taliban court will decide the fate of the pair.
Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2011/07/pakistani_taliban_want_to_trad.php#ixzz1ThM2t7ez
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Some of what police used to shoot a house in #Aali Thu 28-7-1... on Twitpic

Some of what police used to shoot a house in #Aali Thu 28-7-1... on Twitpic | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
CS gas grenades from Republic Labs, (made in USA), are not being used for crowd control, they are fired into homes to attempt to effect suffocation. Some deaths have already been caused. All these grenades and more fired at one home! ---- Crimes Against Humanity ----
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Iranian top cyber police official: Facebook may be unblocked in the future | Middle East news, articles, opinion and analysis | CrethiPlethi.com

Iranian top cyber police official: Facebook may be unblocked in the future | Middle East news, articles, opinion and analysis | CrethiPlethi.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
CrethiPlethi | Middle East News, Articles, Opinion and Analysis.
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The Malevolent Ex-Maestro

The Malevolent Ex-Maestro | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Greenspan, still doing damage....


What were you doing before the collapse? .....remember these times!
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Nabeel Rajab Awarded the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Nabeel Rajab Awarded the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights has been awarded the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award by the Washington based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

What a great man! So deserved.....how long until he gets the Nobel Peace Prize?
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Kissing is Forbidden ("No Se Permiten Besos")

Kissing is Forbidden ("No Se Permiten Besos") | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Just outside the town of Ponce, on Puerto Rico’s southern coast, is a prison for girls. Although the place is named “Center for Detention and Treatment” (Centro de Detención y Tratamiento Social), little by way of “treatment” goes on there.
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Libyan government says 190 rebels killed in western fighting

Libyan government says 190 rebels killed in western fighting | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Moussa Ibrahim also said that al Qaeda was responsible for the death of rebel military chief Abdel Fattah Younes, whose death on Thursday dealt a blow to the rebels and Western forces seeking to remove Gaddafi.
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Bahrain Protests: Tens Of Thousands Demonstrate Against 'National Dialogue'

Bahrain Protests: Tens Of Thousands Demonstrate Against 'National Dialogue' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA, July 29 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands marched outside Bahrain's capital Manama on Friday to protest against the results of a "National Dialogue" they said had failed to bring real democratic reform in the Gulf island kingdom.
Shouting "We want freedom" and waving Bahraini flags and banners that read "No to dialogue", protesters marched along Budaiya highway as helicopters from the security forces buzzed overhead. ...
The government thought the results were great. We thought they were nothing. There's no fully elected government, no reforms to the voting system -- it's a one-sided deal," said Wefaq leader Sayed al-Mousawi.
Shi'ite Bahrainis have long complained of discrimination in jobs and services and accuse the government of gerrymandering electoral districts, charges the government denies.
Some began to shout "Down, down (King) Hamad" in the Friday march, which organisers entitled "The people are the source of authority."
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Indians hold 'slutwalk' protest march | Video | Reuters.com

Indians hold 'slutwalk' protest march | Video | Reuters.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
July 31 - Hundreds of women in New Delhi participate in the first ever 'slutwalk' in India, raising their voices against rampant sexual stereotypes and gender prejudice. Simon Hanna reports.


Women's rights!
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Pakistani Taliban Claim They Have Swiss Hostages « VOA Breaking News

Pakistani Taliban militants say they are holding a Swiss couple kidnapped earlier this month as they traveled through the country's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan.
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Pakistani Taliban say they have Swiss tourists | Pakistan | DAWN.COM

Taliban commander Waliur Rehman said his group ordered the kidnapping in order to gain freedom for Aafia Siddiqui.
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Dr Aafia’s sister seeks CJ’s help

Dr Aafia’s sister seeks CJ’s help | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, sister of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, imprisoned in a US jail on terrorism charges, on Wednesday sought help from the Chief Just ...
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6 women among 210 Pakistanis languishing in US jails

6 women among 210 Pakistanis languishing in US jails | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Islamabad—Two hundred and ten Pakistanis including 6 females are languishing in US jails on various charges... and Dr Aafia Siddiqui since August 2008 for espionage.According to the list
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UN experts strengthen human rights safeguard - Europe - Al Jazeera English

UN experts strengthen human rights safeguard - Europe - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
UN Human Rights Committee issues document strengthening legal safeguards for freedom of opinion and expression.
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Police beat and taser 'gentle' mentally-ill homeless man Kelly Thomas, 37 to death

Police beat and taser 'gentle' mentally-ill homeless man Kelly Thomas, 37 to death | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTO: Kelly Thomas, 37, from California, was beaten beyond recognition by police and died a few days later. A YouTube video showing the beating has been released.


THE STATUS OF 'HUMAN RIGHTS' IN AMERICA.....
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The Cutting Edge News

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Egypt After Mubarak

Egypt turns to the Dark Side as Muslim Brotherhood Calls the Shots

... In Cairo, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Tahrir Square on July 29, in response to an appeal launched by the Muslim Brotherhood. Fifteen lay political formations as well as Coptic Christians joined in the demonstration.
Among the slogans in the square, there was ''Islam, Islam, we do not want a liberal State," "The people want Islamic law,"''Islam: not West or East," to which were political demands, such as bringing ormer President Hosni Mubarak to justice.
...During Egypt's spring there was heard "Hold your head up high, you’re Egyptian.” On Friday, “Muslim” was substituted for “Egyptian.” Similarly, the chant that resounded throughout the revolution, the people want to topple the regime,” became "The people want to apply God’s law.” Moreover, the chant "There is no constitution but Islam," was also heard.
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"The young protagonists of the revolution in previous months (who forced the resignation of President Mubarak) would like a more democratic government," said Rev. Verdoscia. "These young people are from the cities and are able to handle the most modern means of communication, such as the social network."
"On the other hand," continued the missionary, "the Muslim Brotherhood has a considerable organizational capacity and appeal especially to religious identity. One must keep in mind that a good part of the Egyptian population lives in rural areas. These people have no culture and their identity is only religious."
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Following Friday prayers, contending groups of Egyptians flooded Tahrir Square and chanted conflicting slogans. Prominent among these were Salafists, an ultraconservative branch of Wahabi Islam that has close ties to Saudi Arabia. Saudi flags were evident among members of the crowd that numbered in the thousands and appeared to fill the now iconic Tahrir ('freedom') Square in Cairo. Both the Salafists and Muslim Brotherhood contingents vastly outnumbered the other groups present.
The Salafists are considered to be more religiously conservative than the Muslim Brotherhood. According to local reports, in some cities the Salafists have refused to allow contending groups to join them in marchs demonstrating against the current government. ...
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Pakistan braces for rainy season | Video | Reuters.com

Pakistan braces for rainy season | Video | Reuters.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
July 30 - One year after the worst floods in the country's history, the devastation is still evident and Pakistan remains unprepared for the rainy season. Lindsey Parietti reports.
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“Ending States that Sponsor Terrorism”: Dismantling the Iraqi State, Destroying an Entire Country

“Ending States that Sponsor Terrorism”: Dismantling the Iraqi State, Destroying an Entire Country | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The United Nation's Human Rights Council in Geneva reviews the human rights record of the United States on the 5th of November 2010, on the occasion of the Ninth Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), 1 to 12 November 2010. The following is a presentation given by Dirk Adriaensens in Geneva on 3 November.
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