Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner criticizes French anti-terror efforts. The government wants to give intelligence services legal backing to vacuum up metadata in the hope of preventing an imminent terror attack.
#Europe #France #PJLRenseignement #human_rights
#Saudi_Arabia Beheads Rapist, Murderer, Marking 38th #execution of 2015
Updated at 3:03 pm (GMT+ 2): Saudi Arabia beheaded a convicted rapist and a murderer on Tuesday, bringing to 38 the number of death sentences carried out in the kingdom this year. Mohammed bin Ali bin Mohammed al-Bishi, a Saudi national, raped his victim at gunpoint, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. read more
#Tunisia Jails Blogger for Six Months for “Defaming” Army
A Tunisian military appeals court jailed blogger #Yassine_Ayari for six months on Tuesday on charges of defaming the army, halving the previous sentence but failing to satisfy its critics. Chants of “Down with the military judge” rang out from the public gallery as the sentence was read out. Ayari was prosecuted over blog posts he had written alleging financial abuses by army officers and defense ministry officials in a case that #Human_Rights_Watch described as "not worthy of the new Tunisia.” read more
Kerry Denounces #UN Human Rights Council “Obsession” with #Israel
US Secretary of State #John_Kerry gestures as he delivers remarks to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, March 2. AFP/Evan Vucci
#US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday launched a staunch defense of Israel at the annual session of the UN human rights body. Israel has long had stormy relations with the Human Rights Council (HRC), which has repeatedly accused it of rights violations in Palestinian territories, leading to accusations of bias by Israel and its allies. “The HCR’s obsession with Israel risks undermining the credibility of the entire organization,” Kerry said at the opening of the main annual session of the council, which aims to protect human rights around the globe. read (...)
Saudi Appeals Court Upholds 15-Year Jail Term for #Human_Rights Lawyer
An appeals court in #Saudi_Arabia has upheld a 15-year jail term for a human rights lawyer who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, a watchdog said Wednesday. The Specialized Criminal Court of Appeal, Saudi Arabia’s infamous “terrorism tribunal,” confirmed on Sunday the latest verdict against Waleed Abu al-Khair, the Gulf Center for Human Rights said. In January an appeals court ordered Abu al-Khair to serve the full 15 years of his jail sentence. read more
Of course, the righteous nations of the west would never assassinate journalists, except of course when they do - but, you know, it is different because they support an evil regime. In a statement of 8 April 1999, #NATO indicated that the #RTS studios in #Belgrad would be targeted unless they broadcast 6 hours per day of Western media reports: “If President #Milosevic would provide equal time for Western news broadcasts in its programmes without censorship 3 hours a day between noon and 1800 and 3 hours a day between 1800 and midnight, then his TV could be an acceptable instrument of public information” (▻http://www.icty.org/sid/10052#IVB3). The RTS station was bombed on 23/4/99 - sixteen employees died. Nobody was held accountable for the attack.
Yes, Milosevic was busy with #war_crimes. Yes, RTS was instrumental to propaganda supporting them.
So, to recapitulate: journalists who support a government that is criminal according to your laws are fair game - especially if your laws are universal laws that obviously apply to all humanity (such as the Universal Declaration of #Human_rights or the rulings of your favourite religious leaders). Oh noes you say - human rights are natural rights and supporting them is entirely different to any religious creed. Are you sure ? At the very least it makes for an interesting philosophical debate. ▻http://www.ethicsandglobalpolitics.net/index.php/egp/article/view/26262 #religion #philosophy #terrorism #journalism
At least, killing journalists in the name of religion or equivalents thereof is something we can all agree on
#Saudi_Arabia Beheads Two, Marking 9th Execution of 2015
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday beheaded a convicted Pakistani drug trafficker and one of its own citizens who allegedly killed a soldier. Their cases bring to nine the number of #executions this year, according to an AFP tally. Rakan bin Eid bin Bikheet al-Baqmi, a Saudi, was found guilty of chasing and firing on a security patrol, killing soldier Sultan bin Ibrahim bin Ghrahid al-Jaid, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. Baqmi was executed in the Mecca region of western Saudi Arabia. read more
#Nusra_front Executes Syrian Woman Accused of Adultery
Al-Qaeda’s branch in #syria, al-Nusra Front, shot dead a woman in the northwest of the country after accusing her of adultery, a monitoring group said on Wednesday. Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for #Human_Rights, said he received a video showing the woman being shot in the head outside the city of #Idlib after being charged by Nusra Front with adultery. Before she was killed, she begged to see her children but her killer refused, he added. read more
#Saudi_Arabia Adds 5 Years to #Human_Rights Lawyer’s Prison Sentence
A Saudi judge has sentenced a prominent human rights lawyer to an additional five years in jail, after he refused to show remorse or recognize the court that handed down his original 10-year term for sedition. #Waleed_Abu_al-Khair, founder and director of watchdog group Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (MHRSA), was sentenced last year to 10 years in jail on charges that included breaking his allegiance to King Abdullah, showing disrespect for the authorities and creating an unauthorized association. read more
The ongoing encroachment on electronic and #digital_rights by the Lebanese authorities is one of the many challenges facing the public today. Digital rights are defined as the #Human_Rights that allow individuals to access, use, create, and share digital media through communication tools like #smart_phones or #computers. In order to form a defense against such abuses, Al-Akhbar English has compiled a beginner’s guide that highlights basic e-rights in #Lebanon.
#Kuwait Arrests Opposition MP for Criticizing Government Two Years Ago
Kuwait authorities arrested a former liberal cabinet minister as he attempted to leave the country Saturday, after being sentenced to a week in jail over an article criticizing the government, his lawyer said. Saad al-Ajmi, information minister between 1999-2000, was detained at the airport as he was leaving for a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia with his wife and daughter, his lawyer al-Humaidi al-Subaie said on Twitter. read more
Four Gazans, Including Three Newborns, Freeze to Death
A Palestinian kid looks through a hole on a wall of the building which was destroyed by Israeli strikes in Shujaiyya neighborhood of #Gaza City, Gaza on January 03, 2014. Anadolu/Ashraf Amra A Palestinian kid looks through a hole on a wall of the building which was destroyed by Israeli strikes in Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on January 03, 2014. Anadolu/Ashraf Amra
A baby and a young man were found dead in Gaza on Saturday, bringing the total death toll in #winter #storm_huda to four after #palestinians in the tiny coastal enclave endured their coldest night of the storm yet. On Saturday afternoon, a two-month-old baby girl was found dead in a shelter for the displaced in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza (...)
#Saudi_Arabia carries out 84th execution of 2014
Saudi Arabia on Monday beheaded a child rapist, adding to what activists say is one of the world’s highest execution tolls. The Interior Ministry said Suleiman Bin Abdullah had been found guilty of kidnapping a male child, tying him up “and performing the obscene” act. Authorities carried out the sentence against him in Buraydah city, northwest of Riyadh, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. He was the latest of 84 Saudis and foreigners to be executed in the kingdom this year, according to an AFP tally. read more
#force-feeding used in #Guantanamo to discourage #hunger_strike: witness
Officials at Guantanamo Bay prison are using force feedings of a Syrian detainee to discourage other inmates from joining a hunger strike, a witness at a federal trial over his treatment said on Tuesday. The prisoner, Abu Wael Dhiab, 43, has been held at the prison in Cuba without charges for 12 years. He was cleared for release in 2009 but the process has stalled for five years. He has been on a hunger strike and Dhiab’s lawyers have said the practice of forcibly removing him from his cell, restraining him and feeding him through a nasal tube up to twice a day was illegal and abusive. read more
#Perenco in the Democratic Republic of Congo : when oil makes the poor poorer
Perenco’s operations in Bas-Congo are an example of how oil extraction can destroy the environment and the livelihoods of #local_communities, without giving them almost anything in return. In Muanda, the “poorest oil city in the world,” exploitation of petroleum by the Anglo-French company Perenco has brought no real development benefits. A report by the French NGO CCFD-Terre Solidaire paints a damning picture of the situation: unwelcome news at a time when the Democratic Republic of Congo is (...)
/ #Extractive_Industries, #DR_Congo, Perenco, #Total, #Extractive_Industries, #biodiversity, local communities, #corruption, #human_rights, #tax_system, #social_impact, #environmental_impact, #extractive_industries, #commodities, #regulations_and_norms, #poverty, (...)
#corporate_social_responsibility #parent_company #transparency
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Statistics: Victims of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza since 08 July 2014
Tuesday, 05 August 2014
White #schools in postapartheid #South_Africa
It’s a little over two decades ago that South Africa’s Whites Only schools began to ‘welcome’ Black students (African, Coloured and Indian) students into their classrooms. Guided by the official principles of multiculturalism and equality, many a White teacher witnessed his or her classroom diversify. In response, many of them adopted the rhetoric of ‘color […]
#UN rights chief: “strong possibility” #Israel violating international law in #Gaza
Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza, where its punitive house demolitions and killing of children raise the “strong possibility” that it is violating international law, UN High Commissioner for #Human_Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday. Pillay, opening an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, also condemned the firing of rockets and mortars by Hamas into Occupied #Palestine. (Reuters)
– Il existe « de sérieux doutes quant au respect israélien des normes internationales des droits de l’homme et du droit humanitaire international » ▻http://www.un.org/apps/newsFr/storyF.asp?NewsID=32955
– Des crimes patents qui « semblent avoir violé les lois de la guerre »
Pourquoi, si le Hamas interdit aux habitants de Gaza de quitter leur domicile après les avertissements des militaires israéliens, a-t-on vu des dizaines de milliers de déplacements ?
In fact, tens of thousands of people have fled their homes for what they hope is a safer place. UNRWA reports that more than 140,000 people have sought shelter in its properties; churches and mosques have been overwhelmed by displaced civilians
En fait, une des explications de l’assassinat de personnes ayant obéi aux injonctions israéliennes de déplacement semble être la volonté israélienne de décourager ces personnes de se déplacer afin de pouvoir accuser le Hamas de se « cacher derrière les civils. »
En Arabie Saoudite, les athées sont maintenant considérés comme des te...
Un rapport de Human Rights Watch indique que l’Arabie Saoudite vient d’adopter toute une série de lois qui définissent les personnes athées comme des terroristes, rapporte the Independent.
Les lois en question, rassemblées sous le Décret Royal 44, qui pénalise la « participation à des hostilités hors du royaume » portent sur le terrorisme, et elles visent à réprimer toutes les formes de dissidence politique et les manifestations de nature à « troubler l’ordre public ».
Elles ont été conçues alors que de plus en plus de Saoudiens se rendent en Syrie pour participer à la guerre civile, et en reviennent avec des idées subversives, et formés aux méthodes pour renverser un régime. Les peines prévues pour ces délits vont de 3 ans à 20 ans d’emprisonnement.
L’Article 1 définit le terrorisme comme suit : « l’appel à la pensée athée sous toutes ses formes, ou la remise en question des fondamentaux de la religion islamique sur laquelle ce pays est basé ».
Working conditions on construction sites in #Qatar : the role of #Bouygues and #Vinci
After Brazil this year, it will be Qatar’s turn to host football’s greatest ritual in 2022. Giant construction projects - stadiums, metros, highways, and hotels - are already adding up. French businesses Bouygues and Vinci have won huge contracts in the country. The problem? Qatar has come under heavy fire from the International Labor Organization, international #unions, and #NGOs such as Amnesty International and #human_rights Watch because of the deplorable working conditions and other human (...)
/ Qatar, #Workers'_Rights_and_Freedom_of_Association, #Occupational_Health_and_Safety, Bouygues, Vinci, #Building_and_Public_Works, #Qatari_Diar, Confédération générale du travail (CGT), #work_conditions, #workers'_rights, #occupational_health_and_safety, #decent_work, human (...)
#Confédération_générale_du_travail_CGT_ #infrastructure #migrants #corporate_social_responsibility
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Are human rights activists today’s #warmongers ? - Opinion - The Boston Globe
By Stephen Kinzer | MAY 25, 2014
ALMOST EVERYONE likes the idea of human rights. The phrase itself is freighted with goodness. Supporting human rights is like supporting world peace.
The modern human rights movement began as a band of outsiders, fighting governments on behalf of the faceless and voiceless. President Jimmy Carter brought it into the American foreign policy establishment by naming an outspoken assistant secretary of state for human rights. This meant that concern for the poor, the brutalized, and the imprisoned would be heard in the highest councils of government.
Now, several decades after the human rights movement traded its outsider status for influence in Washington, it is clear that this has produced negative as well as positive results. The movement has become a global behemoth. Sometimes it functions as a handmaiden to the power it was once dedicated to combating.
The most appalling result of this process in the United States is that some human rights activists now regularly call for using force to resolve the world’s problems. At one time, “human rights” implied opposition to war. Now some of the most outspoken warmongers in Washington are self-proclaimed human rights advocates.
This is a radical development in the history of the human rights movement. Once it was generals, defense contractors, and chest-thumping politicians who saw war as the best solution to global problems. Now human rights activists play that role. Some seem to have given up on diplomacy and statecraft. Instead they promote the steady militarization of American foreign policy.
These trigger-happy human rights activists rotate in and out of government jobs. This month more than 100 scholars, activists, and Nobel Peace Prize winners protested against this revolving door in an open letter to #Human_Rights_Watch, which, thanks to an astonishing $100 million gift from the financier George Soros, has become king of the human rights hill.
Their letter says that, although Human Rights Watch claims to defend and protect human rights, its ties to the American military and security establishments “call into question its independence.” It names prominent Human Rights Watch figures who have served in the State Department and #CIA; condemns the group for supporting “the illegal practice of kidnapping and transferring terrorism suspects around the planet”; and asserts that it produces biased reports exaggerating human rights abuses in countries the United States dislikes, like #Venezuela, while being gentler to American allies like #Honduras.
“#HRW ’s close relationships with the US government suffuse such instances with the appearance of a conflict of interest,” the letter says.
The world needs fearless truth-tellers. Some human rights advocates are. Others have succumbed to the temptations of power. Their movement is in danger of losing its way.
Human Rights Watch’s Revolving Door | Jacobin
Let’s pretend that we want to start an organization to defend the rights of people across the globe that has no affiliation to any government or corporate interest. Which of the following characters should we therefore exclude from intimate roles in our organization’s operation? (You may choose more than one answer.)
1. An individual who presided over a NATO bombing, including various civilian targets.
2. An individual who was formerly a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, a speechwriter for Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright and a member of the State Department’s policy planning staff who in 2009 declared that, under “limited circumstances, there is a legitimate place” for the illegal CIA rendition program that has seen an untold number of innocent people kidnapped and tortured.
3. A former US Ambassador to Colombia, who later lobbied on behalf of Newmont Mining and J.P. Morgan — two US firms whose track records of environmental destruction would suggest that human wellbeing falls below elite profit on their list of priorities.
4. A former CIA analyst.
If you answered “all of the above,” you’re one step ahead of Human Rights Watch, which has played institutional host not only to persons matching descriptions A–D but to many others with similar backgrounds.
#Javier_Solana, for example, was NATO secretary general during the 1999 assault on Yugoslavia, an event HRW itself described as entailing “violations of international humanitarian law.” Solana is now on the group’s Board of Directors.