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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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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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Center for Justice And Accountability

Center for Justice And Accountability | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Center for Justice and Accountability is an international human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world and advancing the rights of survivors to seek truth, justice and redress. 

CJA uses litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law, and advance the rule of law in countries transitioning from periods of abuse. 

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Monthly Report – A Review of the Human Rights Situation in Iran (3)

Monthly Report – A Review of the Human Rights Situation in Iran (3) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
 
The following is a monthly report summarizing the human rights status in Iran in October / November (Solar calendar, month of Aban), 2014. This report has been prepared by the office of Statistics and Publications of the Human Rights Activists Association of Iran. Considering the ongoing s
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Sham Bahraini Elections

Sham Bahraini Elections | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

On November 22, sham parliamentary elections were held for the first time since 2011. Majority Shias boycotted as expected. Turnout was low.

Main opposition party Al-Wefaq refused to participate. Its Secretary-General, Ali Salman, said "turnout (was) no more than 30%" of around 350,000 eligible voters.

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London-based Al-Wefaq member Khalil Al-Marzooq said opposition members had nothing to gain. Bahraini elections are farcical. Illegitimate by any standard.

"There's no justice in Bahrain. (N)o independence of the judiciary, " said Al-Marzooq

"Unless we agree on the system that represents people and make officials accountable and save people and protect their rights, we can't participate."

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Bahraini governance reflects state terror writ large. A case study of despotism....

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DETEKT: Resist Surveillance software

DETEKT:  Resist Surveillance software | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Detekt is a free tool that scans your Windows computer for traces of FinFisher and Hacking Team RCS, commercial surveillance spyware that has been identified to be also used to target and monitor human rights defenders and journalists around the world. Read more about our Intentions & Methods.

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Bahrain elections must not be used to cover up human rights violations | CJFE

Bahrain elections must not be used to cover up human rights violations | CJFE | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...CJFE adds its voice to No Peace Without Justice and the undersigned signatories to urge that Bahrain’s upcoming elections not be used to cover human rights violations. On 22 November 2014, Bahrain’s citizens will be called to cast their votes for legislative and municipal elections. The elections will be the first to take place since the people of Bahrain took to the streets and squares of the Kingdom in February and March 2011, demanding more openness in the political process and sustained reform to enlarge the space for freedoms and rights enjoyed by Bahraini citizens......

 
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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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Bahrain activist, Zainab AlKhawaja, gets prison term...... BOGUS Bahraini regime!

Bahrain activist, Zainab AlKhawaja, gets prison term......   BOGUS Bahraini regime! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahraini pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja has been sentenced to three years in prison for tearing up a picture of King Hamad.

A court gave her the option of paying a fine to remain at liberty until her appeal.

Ms Khawaja, who comes from Bahrain's most prominent dissident family, faces other cases next week.

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Women’s rights defender Ghada Jamsheer released and immediately re-arrested

Women’s rights defender Ghada Jamsheer released and immediately re-arrested | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) and the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) express serious concern over the re-arrest of women’s rights defender Ghada Jamsheer in Bahrain, hours after she was released from 10 weeks imprisonment. She was returned to jail just days before International Women Human Rights Defenders Day on 29 November.
On 27 November 2014, Jamsheer was released after two and a half months in jail, only to be re-arrested on charges of “assaulting a police officer” within hours of her return home to her daughter and mother, who have been suffering greatly from her absence. The police officer claims that the alleged assault by Jamsheer was during her stay in prison within the month of September. Jamsheer was not informed of such a case and no investigations were done based on such a charge before.
The BCHR and the GCHR express its concern about the judicial harassment against Jamsheer and believes that this kind of harassment is merely aimed at deterring human rights defenders from their human rights activities. It is similar to the experience of Maryam Al-Khawaja, who was charged in September with allegedly assaulting a police woman after she was arrested at Bahrain’s airport, even though she herself suffered a torn shoulder muscle and did not resist. (See: http://gc4hr.org/news/view/767)
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U.N. Criticizes U.S. on Torture and Array of Human Rights Issues

U.N. Criticizes U.S. on Torture and Array of Human Rights Issues | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The United Nations Committee Against Torture released a report Friday that deeply criticized the U.S. for its responses and investigations — or lack thereof ...
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Saudi Arabia 'intensifies Twitter crackdown'

Saudi Arabia 'intensifies Twitter crackdown' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Saudi authorities have stepped up their crackdown on online dissidents, Human Rights Watch said, alleging that prosecutors and judges use "vague law" to charge citizens for peaceful tweets and social media comments.

The New York-based rights organisation on Sunday called on the government to end the crackdown and live up to its obligations to respect free speech.

Three prominent lawyers were convicted of criticising the Justice Ministry last month and sentenced to prison terms of between five and eight years.

Instead of pursuing their peaceful online critics, Saudi officials would be better employed in carrying out much-needed reforms

Sarah Leah Whitson, Human Rights Watch

 

Police also detained a liberal women’s rights activist in connection with tweets that allegedly criticised religious officials and promoted the right of Saudi women to drive.

"These prosecutions show just how sensitive the Saudi authorities have become to the ability of ordinary citizens to voice opinions online that the government considers controversial or taboo," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch (HRW).

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USA: Release the Torture Report Now!

USA:  Release the Torture Report Now! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Join us and sign the petition: Tell Sen. Mark Udall and the Senate Intelligence Committee to enter the CIA torture report into the Congressional Record.
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