Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Human Rights News

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Roughly twelve clothing firms linked to Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza factory, which collapsed two years ago killing over 1,100 people, are yet to offer a...

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The US Government has revealed that the number of detainees it expects to be given a trial at Guantanamo has fallen to a new...

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President Barack Obama once again has made it plain that he intends to close Guantanamo. Those who doubted his previous promises on immigrant rights...

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Reprinted with permission from Washington's Blog What Americans STILL Don’t Know… New polls show that – even after the Senate torture report showed that torture is...

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Norman Pollack RINF Alternative News When will America be cleansed of its fascistic rot? Never, because its institutional core not only protects but generates this rot....

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In all the media debate about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s release, finally, of a heavily redacted report on officially sanctioned torture by the CIA...

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Mass march demands abolition of water fees, which are part of broader austerity push Sarah Lazare "We can't pay! We won't pay!" was the call of...

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Former operative John Kiriakou, currently in prison, was charged with a crime after helping expose widespread abuses conducted by agency Sarah Lazare There is only one...

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The intelligence committee of the United States Senate has released its long-awaited congressional report detailing the CIA’s use of torture on prisoners in the...

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The problem wasn’t carrying out torture. It was that releasing a report into torture might increase the chance of terrorism. That was the deliberately obtuse...

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As the US administration prepares for the release of a long-awaited report examining the CIA’s use of torture post 9/11, Britain’s previously undisclosed role...

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Alexis Agathocleous George Ruiz is 72 years old. For the past 30 years, he has spent every day alone — locked in a cramped, windowless...

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Sarah Mehta On Wednesday, the United Nations Committee Against Torture began its review of the United States’ record on torture—not only at the infamous Guantánamo...

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CHARLES GLASS “Protest is a right, repression is a crime.” Written on a wall at the Escuela Normal Rural Raùl Isidro Burgos, Guerrero State, Mexico, where...

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The US has announced that it will this week tell the United Nations that it now considers a ban against torture to apply to...

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STEVE BREYMAN On November 12—thirteen years after the onset of George W. Bush’s dirty underground war against “unlawful combatants”—the Obama administration finally told the United...

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Despite earlier indications, White House tells panel in Geneva that U.S.  will abide by UN Convention Against Torture... for the most part  Jon Queally The Obama...

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Appearing today before the United Nations Committee Against Torture, U.S. representatives acknowledged that the country’s legal obligations under a major anti-torture treaty apply to...

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British security company G4S is refusing to address concerns over its involvement in the running of the US prison at Guantánamo Bay. Human rights charity...

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A former government adviser has called the UK’s efforts to curb slavery and human trafficking a “lost opportunity,” claiming the proposed bill, to be...

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Over 100 demonstrations held across Ireland protesting austerity scheme to tax, privatize water supply Lauren McCauley Protest organizers Right 2 Water estimate that over 150,000 people...

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FRANCES WEBBER There is more to the Tories’ proposals on human rights and free movement than mere electioneering, argues Frances Webber of the Institute...

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One of the numerous issues being carefully avoided by the political establishment in the US midterm elections, now less than one week away, is...

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Dan Bacher In the home of the Free Speech Movement at the U.C. Berkeley campus, students got a rude awakening when what they describe as...

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Torture politics makes for strange bedfellows. For those of you who think the Obama Administration doesn’t know how to work with Republicans, think again....

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Michael Ratner of the Centre for Constitutional Rights rejects the idea that the convention on torture exempts the US outside its borders http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ecgr_C8tfY

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During and after Israel's war on Gaza, bipartisan congressional majorities have worked to undermine war crimes investigations by the United Nations and human rights...

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We have human rights because we are human, not because we are British. Forced to abandon NHS bashing for the sake of the election, David...

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Lawrence Davidson The traditional criterion for state legitimacy was very simple. If a state and its government could hold and govern territory, it was legitimate,...

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An unprecedented trial to assess the legality of force-feeding methods used at Guantanamo Bay will begin today, Monday Oct 6, at 10am (EST) in...

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The Tory plan to break with the European court is all about blunting Ukip’s bayonets – channelling rage that should be aimed elsewhere Jonathan Freedland It’s...

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Linn Washington Police carp about college students’ selection of a prison inmate for their commencement speaker. It must have something to do with Mumia Abu-Jamal…the...

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Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to terminate the Human Rights Act if the Conservatives are re-elected in Britain’s 2015 general election. The controversial...

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Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state Amberhawk Training According to most of the broadsheets, if there is a Conservative government after the next...

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LISA SIMEONE Several stories have been circulating recently about people’s medications being confiscated by the TSA. In some cases, these are potentially lifesaving medications, such...

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After more than a decade of criticism, the New York Timesexecutive editor Dean Baquet announced (8/7/14) that when the paper reports on US torture, it will call...

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"It would be much better if the U.S. did not award contracts to companies with horrendous track records and itself stopped human rights abuses...

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Rights group, lawyer give Sept. 4 deadline for Manning's Gender Dysphoria to be treated Andrea Germanos The medical needs and therefore constitutional rights of Chelsea Manning...

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Jeff Bachman On Aug. 1, President Barack Obama stated in an oddly casual manner that “we tortured some folks.” As Obama is well aware, torture...

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Britain could have had its own Guantanamo Bay, according to classified documents detailing discussions between the US and Tony Blair’s government. The prison, which could...

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William Blum Since the “war on terror,” the  before  , there was the argument pretense that Two of the things that governments tend to cover-up...

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An American accused of conspiring to aid the militant group Islamic State was ordered by a New York judge to be held without bail...

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Watching Israel’s brutal treatment of Palestinians in Gaza over our TV screens makes it easy to forget about the human rights abuses taking place...

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Eric London Senator Dianne Feinstein announced last Friday that the Senate Intelligence Committee would delay the release of a declassified summary of its voluminous report...

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Professor and political activist Cornel West declared President Barack Obama a “war criminal,” arguing that his support of Israel and his drone policy make...

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Lawrence Davidson By the end of the 19th Century, it was recognized by those concerned with human rights that the nation-state was a destructive anachronism. It...

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Obama just admitted that the United States tortured people. Apparently, he's softening up the public for the imminent release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation of the CIA....

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I don’t want to understate how seriously wrong it is that the CIA searched Senate computers. Our constitutional order is seriously out of whack when the executive...

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Unlike previous centuries and epochs, modern warfare is not restricted solely to the battlefield. Rather, it extends into the information sphere where the dissemination...

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When the CIA first began using its controversial interrogation and detention methods after the September 11th attacks, it reportedly declined to tell the Secretary...

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Jeff Bachman RINF Alternative News On July 15, the Miami Herald reported that a Navy medical officer recently refused to continue to participate in the force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay...

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Rarely-used resolution may allow Senate to declassify documents without presidential approval Nadia Prupis U.S. Senators are considering using a special rule to compel the White House...

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Hannah K. Gold Earlier this month, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced that his office would no longer, in many cases, prosecute low-level marijuana possession....

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Joachim Hagopian Journalist Mai Bei, (Yahoo News) is reminding America of its recent dark past vis-à-vis that longtime rogue agency the CIA’s global torture operations during...

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With all eyes glued on the atrocities in Gaza and Ukraine, another homegrown atrocity may soon be underway. The Obama administration has quietly executed...

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