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Balochistan wants INDEPENDENCE like Bangladesh from Pakistan | Pakistan Army, ISI to BLAME

Balochistan wants INDEPENDENCE like Bangladesh from Pakistan | Pakistan Army, ISI to BLAME | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Bahrain Al Khalifa Family: A Dictatorship

Bahrain Al Khalifa Family: A Dictatorship | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Leading Bahraini cleric Sheikh Issa Qassem said that ruling Al Khalifa has officially declared a war on the Shia faith by expelling Ayatollah Sheikh Hussein al-Najati.

In a Friday speech, Sheikh Qassem condemned the Al Khalifa regime over expulsion of Sheikh Hussein al-Najati, the representative of Iraq-based Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.Sheikh Issa Qassem

“Out of all states in the world, Bahrain declared a blatant, defying and open war on the Shia faith,” Sheikh Qassim stated.

However, he pressed on international communities and the United Nations to take a stand.

The Bahrain regime have been oppressing and imprisoning  all activist against al khalifa regime, Najati had been among the 31 opposition figures deprived of their Bahraini nationality by the regime in 2012.

“This campaign of threats, harassment and intimidation against Sheikh Hussain al-Najati is unacceptable and must stop immediately,” said Said Boumedouha, Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa.

The United Nations also has censured the Bahraini regime for discriminating against the Shia majority of the country.

In Addition Scores of Bahrainis have so far been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the regime crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.

Not to forget here that some governmental leaks have confirmed the involvement of Saudi And Jordan Forces in Bahrain

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When a man asks for an egg, do you hand him a snake?    The Khalifas want war.....what do you give them?

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UN News - UN expert urges Azerbaijan to drop charges against human rights defenders

UN News - UN expert urges Azerbaijan to drop charges against human rights defenders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

9 May 2014 – Three human rights defenders facing 12 years in prison for charges brought against them in the aftermath of Azerbaijan’s 2013 presidential elections have drawn the serious concern of United Nations independent experts.

“We are seriously concerned that the three human rights defenders are being prosecuted in retaliation for their legitimate work in documenting alleged widespread irregularities and human rights violations around the presidential elections of 9 October 2013,” explained Mr. Maina Kiai, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association....

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Bahrain regime forces terrorize families of martyrs in home raids

Bahrain regime forces terrorize families of martyrs in home raids | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Regime forces is Bahrain have raided the home of the martyr Issa Abdulhasan who was shot dead during a brutal crackdown on the 2011 mass pro-democracy protests. The martyr’s wife and children were terrorized by the forces who broke into their home in Karzakan village, in early morning hours today. The family confirmed that the forces failed to present legal permission to enter and search the house. They also said there was no reason for the raid.

The forces also tried to break into the house of the martyr Jawad Alhawi in Sitra island. However, when they failed to break open the front door, they raided the neighboring apartment which belongs to the brother of the martyr. The forces broke in without prior warning while the martyr’s sister-in-law was not wearing her head scarf. She was questioned and insulted by the forces before they left the house in a mess.

The martyr Jawad Alhawi died due to being exposed to amounts of toxic tear-gas fired in his neighborhood....

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17 Human Rights Groups Urge Palestinians to Join World Court

17 Human Rights Groups Urge Palestinians to Join World Court | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A group of 17 human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International on Thursday urged President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority to “promptly” join the International Criminal Court, a move strongly opposed by Israel and the United States.
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The Oppression in Bahrain by the khalifa ( الظلم في البحرين). - YouTube

The Oppression In Bahrain Continues by the Khalifa's of Saudi Arabia continues and yet the Blood shed of innocent lives does not satisfy them. Yet they conti...
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Struggle for freedom will intensify: Brahamdagh Bugti

Struggle for freedom will intensify: Brahamdagh Bugti | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances are common in Pakistan's largest and resource-rich Balochistan province.
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UN Human Rights Committee finds US in violation on 25 counts

UN Human Rights Committee finds US in violation on 25 counts | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

While President Obama told the country to “look forward, not backward” when it came to Bush’s torture program, the United Nations has taken a different route. Recently, the U.N. Human Rights Committeeissued a report excoriating the United States for its human rights violations. It focuses on violations of theInternational Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the country is party.

Prisoners at the infamous Angola, a 17,000-acre former slave plantation that serves as the Louisiana State Penitentiary, return from a long day’s work in the fields, their white overseer spurring on the marching Black men.

The report mentions 25 human rights issues where the United States is failing. This piece will focus on a few of those issues – Guantanamo, NSA surveillance, accountability for Bush-era human rights violations, drone strikes, racism in the prison system, racial profiling, police violence and criminalization of the homeless

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UN News - Independent UN human rights expert urges Bahrain to stop persecuting Shi’a Muslims

UN News - Independent UN human rights expert urges Bahrain to stop persecuting Shi’a Muslims | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

24 April 2014 – An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Bahrain to stop the harassment and persecution of a Shi’a Muslim leader who was reportedly forced to leave the country following threats from State security agents to arrest him and his son.

Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, said he received reliable information that Hussain Mirza Abdelbaqi Najati was forced to leave for Lebanon on 23 April after being exposed to “enormous pressure and harassment” by Bahrain authorities.

“Targeting the most senior and influential Shi’a religious figure in Bahrain may amount to intimidating and thus discriminating against the entire Shi’a Muslim community in the country because of its religious beliefs,” the expert stated in a news release.

From a statement issued yesterday on the website of Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior, it appears, the news release said, that the decision revoking Mr. Najati’s Bahraini citizenship and the orders to expel him from the country may have been made due to his position as a senior and influential religious authority among Shi’a believers, who make up the majority of the country’s population.

“I have expressed to the Government of Bahrain my grave concerns at what appears to be an act of religiously motivated discrimination, which would seem to impose unjustified restrictions on Mr. Najati’s fundamental human rights, including his right to practice and profess peacefully his religious beliefs,” Mr. Bielefeldt stressed, warning that the case may have far-reaching implications for the Shi’a Muslim community in the country.

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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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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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SAUDI ARABIA involvement to spread hate and violence in the region !! Shocking details - YouTube

SAUDI ARABIA involvement to spread hate and violence in the region !! Shocking details
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Detention of Abd Al Aziz Al Abbar Corpse is an acknowledgement of the Impunity Policy in Bahrain

Detention of Abd Al Aziz Al Abbar Corpse is an acknowledgement of the Impunity Policy in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

16 Human rights organizations have utterly condemned the way the Bahraini government is tackling with the case of the Bahraini citizen Abd Al Aziz Al Abbar (27 years) whom the security forces were involved in killing, pointing out that counterfeiting the death certificate and not-writing the real reason of death which caused the detention of the victim’s corpse for 22 days in the morgue reveals the extent of implementing the impunity policy in Bahrain, in addition to the official manipulation in the cases of peaceful demonstrations victims.

The organizations also asked:” Where is the role of the National Institution of Human Rights, the General Secretariat of Plaints, the General Prosecution, the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee and other official sides concerned in helping to alleviate the suffering of the victim’s family?!”Calling the organizations and international human rights associations to exert the necessary pressure to stop this over usage of impunity means.

Concerning Al Abbar’s incident, the organizations added:” Abd Al Aziz Al Abbar was shot directly by a fire projectile in his head during the random shooting on the participants in Basar Consolation Ceremony on 23rd of February, and he died after 50 days of coma in the hospital on 18 April 2014″, signifying that this approach of using excessive power during the repression of peaceful demonstrations or implementing the policy of group punishment have been documented by the reports of international human rights organizations and Bassiouni’s report.

The organizations continued: This is not the first incident in which three cases already took place for every one of the following victims: The media man Ahmed Ismael (22 years) and (12 days) of escaping to deliver a clear report about the death, Salah Abbass Habib (36 years) was killed with a fire weapon and he was exposed to torture and Mahmud Al- Haziri (20 years) and (12 days) of the detention of the corpse after killing him with a fire shot during the suppression of peaceful demonstrations on 14 February 2013.

The organizations demanded to hold accountable those involved in outlaw murder cases against more than 150 Bahraini citizen the security forces were involved in their killing, calling the Bahraini Government to join Roma Convention of the International Criminal Court to facilitate the immediate commencement toward the transitional justice and finishing the crisis which has been striking the county for more than three years.

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Bahraini forces fire tear gas at protesters | The Shia Post

Bahraini forces fire tear gas at protesters | The Shia Post | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The Bahraini police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.

Scores of Bahraini activists have been placed behind bars across the country, which is supported by a number of Western countries, particularly the United States and Britain, despite its appalling human rights record.

Moreover, lengthy prison sentences imposed on political activists come in conjunction with acquittals of the police officers and troops who killed protesters in the brutal crackdown against peaceful protests on February 14, 2011.

Many prisoners continue to complain of torture and assault during their detention and interrogation to coerce them into making false confessions.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have held numerous demonstrations on the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power...."

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Bahrain: Mahmood Al-Ghasra Arrested, Harassment of Family Continues

Bahrain: Mahmood Al-Ghasra Arrested, Harassment of Family Continues | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses grave concern in regards to the health and well-being of Mahmood Al-Ghasra, who was arrested by the Bahraini authorities without a warrant or just cause whilst crossing the Saudi Bridge of the King Fahd Causeway on Wednesday, 30 April 2014.

Al-Ghasra was previously arrested on 21 April 2014 when the Bahraini authorities detained him and his father at the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID). They were released several hours later after being questioned without the presence of a lawyer. The BCHR believes that these unjustified arrests and harassment of family members were made in attempt to pressure the brother of Mahmood Al-Ghasra, Redha Al-Ghasra, into turning himself in.....

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Russian Report On Gross Human Rights Violations In Ukraine

Russian Report On Gross Human Rights Violations In Ukraine | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Russian Government has compiled a "White Book" listing some of the most atrocious attacks on human rights in Ukraine.

The Kremlin said on Monday that the main purpose of the White Book is "to provide the public with facts and evidence of the events in Ukraine, thus helping to form non-politicized, unbiased assessments and to call to account those who are responsible for the illegal actions."

The White Book, a report prepared by the Russian Foreign Ministry, was submitted to President Vladimir Putin.

It is also published on the Kremlin's official website.

It narrates a number of human rights violations occurred in Ukraine from late November 2013 to late March 2014.

The document is based on information from Russian, Ukrainian and Western media sources, statements by representatives of the current authorities in Kiev and their supporters, eyewitness accounts and on-the-spot observations and interviews of Russian non-commercial organizations, the Kremlin says.

The data in the report shows severe violations of the basic human rights' principles and norms have taken place on a mass nature in Ukraine.

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Human rights group react to botched Oklahoma execution

And turning now to the United States.
A botched execution in the state of Oklahoma has reignited the debate over the death penalty.
38-year-old Clayton Lockett was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Tuesday, but doctors stopped the execution when he began convulsing and writhing in pain.
He then died of a massive heart attack about 40 minutes after the procedure.
State officials had been testing a new cocktail of chemicals in its lethal injections.
Human rights groups have condemned the incident as torture and called for a nationwide ban on capital punishment.
The Governor of Oklahoma Mary Fallin has ordered an independent review into the state's execution protocols.
She also said that executions for other death row inmates have been delayed pending the results of the investigation.
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Sign the Petition to #SaveBSOAzadLeader · HELP SAVE: Azad Zahid Baloch - BSO chairman

Sign the Petition to #SaveBSOAzadLeader ·   HELP SAVE: Azad Zahid Baloch - BSO chairman | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

This petition has received 13 signatures. Baloch Social Media Activists & all Human rights lovers....Please become informed about the Baloch quest for freedom, dignity, and independence from the state terrorism of Pakistan!  Please do all that is in your power to spread the word and help their cause...

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Stop Mass Executions in Egypt

An Egyptian court has sentenced 528 men to death, most in their absence, following a grossly unfair mass trial.

The convicted men are supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and were tried for their alleged role in a riot in which one policeman died.

This mass trial represents the largest number of death sentences handed down in one case in recent years. It is a grotesque example of the shortcomings and selective nature of Egypt's justice system.

This is definitely not justice. Its the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, and it could be an attempt to wipe out political opposition.

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Balochistan News: Detailed report on Pakistani security forces' atrocities

Balochistan News: Detailed report on Pakistani security forces' atrocities | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Occupational State Forces and their Death Squads continued their Relentless Military Aggression throughout Balochistan this week. In the Patfeedar, Mohan Pat, RD238 and other adjoining areas of the Sui, Dera Bugti, Pakistan Armed Forces carried out several Intense Military Operations. Earlier today Occupational State Forces Bombarded houses in Civilian Neighbourhoods throughout Dera Bugti. Dozens of houses were destroyed during the assault and many residents were abducted, among them was RD238 resident Haji Nawab Din Habibani bugti. 

State Forces also conducted home invasions in the region, looting valuables & livestock and performing Acts of Torture upon the inhabitants (incl. Women & Children). The same rural communities were recently assaulted by Heavy Mortar Shelling and Intense Gunfire only six days earlier; on April 10th. Since then Countless homes have been destroyed and the surviving residents are left injured and destitute.

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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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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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