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  • Investigation of Argentina’s “Dirty War” Set Precedent for Inquiry into Iran’s “Summer of Blood”

    10/06/2017 10:42:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2017 | Ken Blackwell
    In the 1990s, I and my distinguished colleague Charlotte Ponticelli had the privilege of working with Dr. Clyde Snow, one of the world’s foremost experts in forensic anthropology, who played an instrumental role in bringing justice to Argentina by uncovering the mass graves left behind by the country’s “Dirty War.” His actions and investigation helped uncover the truth about what was an incredibly deadly series of crimes carried out over nearly a decade. Holding the regime in Argentina accountable set a valuable precedent and demonstrated the global community’s commitment to upholding justice and human rights, which must be maintained today....
  • Egypt "hunting down" gays, conducting forced anal exams

    09/30/2017 8:18:44 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 103 replies
    Reuters ^ | SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 | Staff
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Six Egyptian men arrested for “promoting sexual deviancy” and “debauchery” on social media will be subjected to anal examinations ahead of their Oct. 1 trial, Amnesty International said on Saturday. Their arrest is part of a wider crackdown against homosexuality that started last week when a group of people were seen raising a rainbow flag at a concert, a rare public show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the conservative Muslim country. At least 11 people have since been arrested, Amnesty said, and one man has been sentenced to six years in jail...
  • Environmentalists Sue To Give River Human Rights

    09/25/2017 12:04:41 PM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | September 25, 2017 | Tim Pearce
    An environmental group is filing the first lawsuit of its kind on Sept. 26 in the U.S., attempting to force the state of Colorado to recognize the “legal rights” of the Colorado River and the surrounding ecosystem. Activist organization Deep Green Resistance (DGR) has signed on as the river’s “next friends” in Colorado River v. State of Colorado. The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is a legal adviser in the case, according to a CELDF press release.
  • UN to Turkey: “End rights violations”

    09/17/2017 4:24:21 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017, 10:27 | ANF - SERKAN DEMİREL (GENEVA)
    States speaking in the UN Human Rights Sessions criticized Turkey harshly and urged the country to end rights violations at once. United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council’s 36th Human Rights Sessions continued on the second day with discussions on the annual human rights report presented by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein yesterday. State and international NGO representatives spoke in the sessions and pointed out the scope of human rights violations in various parts of the world and stressed the need to prevent violations through international solidarity. Throughout the day, several states and NGOs speaking to...
  • Israeli NGO Wins Historic $330m. judgment against North Korea... (Shurat HaDin Wins Suit)

    04/12/2015 11:57:36 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/13/2015 | Yonah Jeremy Bob
    The case was over the abduction of Dong-Shik, a South Korean who was a permanent resident of the US and had spent seven years providing aid and proselytizing to North Korean defectors. An Israeli NGO announced on Monday that a US federal court in Washington, DC has granted it a historic $330 million default award judgment against North Korea in a civil damages trial for wrongful death, torture and kidnapping. The judgment, only announced Monday, but written on April 9, included $15 million dollars each to the son and brother of Reverend Dong Shik Kim, presumed dead, as well as...
  • News-For-Hire Scandal Deepens: ‘Fusion GPS’ Sleazy Venezuela Links Shed New Light on Trump Dossier

    07/30/2017 12:45:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | 27 July 2017 | Lee Smith
    The Fusion GPS news-for-hire scandal has not only led to the public identification of the source of the “Trump Dossier”—a for-profit company that provides opposition research to whoever could write big checks, which is staffed by four former Wall Street Journal reporters led by Glenn Simpson. The scandal has also lifted the lid off a sewer of corporate information warfare and opposition research that the flailing institutions of the mainstream press now regularly re-package as news, without ever saying where it came from—or who paid for it. While the idea that the products of paid opposition research are being main-lined...
  • Trudeau government: Respect for human rights of others only voluntary

    07/24/2017 12:40:49 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/24/17 | Arthur Weinreb
    Trudeau is sending out the message that imams preaching death to Jews and gays and treating women as second class citizens is okay in his Canada. And it seems it is The Canadian Press has obtained a copy of a draft citizenship guide the Liberals are working on. These guides are used by people studying to pass their citizenship test. The last time the guide was updated was in 2011 under the Harper government. While some of the changes to the guide were expected based upon Trudeau’s criticism of the Tories’ guide, others were totally unexpected. When former Immigration Minister...
  • Liu Xiaobo, China's Most Prominent Dissident Dies

    07/14/2017 5:57:14 PM PDT · by Jess Kitting · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | July 13, 2017 | BBC
    Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was China's most prominent human rights and democracy advocate, has died aged 61. The activist had been serving an 11-year prison term for "subversion" and was recently moved to a hospital for treatment for terminal liver cancer. A university professor turned tireless rights campaigner, Mr Liu was branded a criminal by authorities. The Nobel Committee said the Chinese government bore a "heavy responsibility for his premature death". The campaigner was repeatedly jailed throughout his life. When not in prison, he was subject to severe restrictions while his wife, Liu Xia, was placed under house arrest.
  • “Turkey detained human rights defenders to hide the violations”

    07/12/2017 4:18:25 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANF News ^ | Sunday, 9 Jul 2017, 11:45 | ANF AMED
    Turkey's Human Rights Association deputy secretary general in charge of organisation stressed that the Turkish government detained human rights activists to hide the violations in the country. Turkish government detained human rights activists to hide the violations in Turkey, Human Rights Association’s (IHD) deputy secretary general in charge of organisation Necla Şengül said. Her remarks came after Turkish police arrested human rights activists in Istanbul, on July 5th. Idil Eser, Amnesty International’s director in Turkey in among the 11 activists arrested. “The arrested activists are leading experts in human rights. They were deliberately targeted by the government” Şengül said. Şengül...
  • Dallas Proclaims Itself First ‘U.N. Human Rights County’ in Texas

    07/08/2017 6:58:02 AM PDT · by DFG · 38 replies
    breitbart ^ | 07/07/2017 | MERRILL HOPE
    Dallas proclaimed itself the first “human rights county” in Texas. The commissioners court embraced the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an initiative that claims to cultivate communities worldwide, although the Geneva-based Human Rights Council (HRC) has come under fire for anti-Israel bias and member countries with poor records. “Human rights abuses occur in our community, our country, and our world every day,” said Democrat Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who pushed the resolution to a vote on July 5. “We must lead at the local level. We can’t do everything but we can all do something.” Democrat commissioners...
  • Detention of Human Rights Defenders in Turkey Share

    07/06/2017 5:17:36 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    U.S. Department of State ^ | July 6, 2017 | Press Statement, Heather Nauert
    Press StatementHeather NauertDepartment Spokesperson Washington, DC July 6, 2017 The United States is deeply concerned by the July 5, detention of prominent human rights defenders from Amnesty International Turkey and other respected institutions. As with past arrests of prominent human rights defenders, journalists, academics, and activists, we underscore the importance of respecting due process and individual rights, as enshrined in the Turkish Constitution, and consistent with Turkey’s own international commitments. As we have expressed on numerous occasions, persistent curbs on freedom of expression erode the foundations of democratic society. More voices, not fewer, are necessary in challenging times.
  • UN: Turkey hinders our investigations in the South East

    06/14/2017 10:46:54 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF News ^ | Tuesday, 6 Jun 2017, 11:52 | ANF GENEVA
    UN Human Rights High Commissioner Al Hussein said: “Our attempts at investigating the severe human rights violations in South Eastern Turkey are constantly rejected.” 35th Human Rights session of the United Nations Human Rights Council started in Geneva. UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s speech at the opening started with the Israel-Palestine issue and demanded an end to the pain both sides have endured. Al Hussein also stated that extrajudicial executions are widespread in many countries throughout the world still and people suffer inhumane treatment. “OUR EFFORTS ON TURKEY'S SOUTH EAST ARE HINDERED” Al Hussein said the...
  • Trump about to pull out of UN Human Rights Council?

    06/05/2017 11:53:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/04/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    The Trump administration may decide to follow the example of George W. Bush and wash its hands of the UN’s Human Rights Council. Reuters reports this morning that the US may announce as soon as tomorrow that it will withdraw from the panel unless the UN commits to serious reform, especially in its obsession with Israel at the expense of real human-rights abuses: The United States is expected to signal on Tuesday that it might withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council unless reforms are ushered in including the removal of what it sees as an “anti-Israel bias”,...
  • Men probing Ivanka Trump brands in China arrested, missing

    05/30/2017 11:23:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Lake Placid News ^ | May 31, 2017 | The Associated Press
    SHANGHAI (AP) — A man investigating working conditions at a Chinese company that produces Ivanka Trump-brand shoes has been arrested and two others are missing, the arrested man's wife and an advocacy group said Tuesday. Hua Haifeng was accused of illegal surveillance, according to his wife, Deng Guilian, who said the police called her Tuesday afternoon. Deng said the caller told her she didn't need to know the details, only that she would not be able to see, speak with or receive money from her husband, the family's breadwinner....
  • Human Rights Music Festival Blacklisted in Los Angeles Chinatown

    05/30/2017 8:00:50 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 6 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 30, 2017 | Larry Ong
    A music festival that seeks to raise human rights issues in China was blocked from its original venue, a state park in Los Angeles’s Chinatown, following a dispute between the festival’s organizers and a local community leader. George Yu, president of the Chinatown Business Improvement District, said he won’t endorse the Blacklisted Music + Arts Festival being held at the Los Angeles State Historic Park unless the organizers stop calling attention to Tibetan independence, environmental pollution, and forced organ harvesting in China—issues that the Chinese regime considers out of bounds for discussion. The organizers and host of the festival said...
  • China lawyer's family says US helped them flee

    05/08/2017 8:29:02 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 6 replies
    Stuck in a Bangkok jail with a deportation order against her, Chen Guiqiu waited with dread over what seemed certain to come next. A Thai immigration official showed her surveillance video of the jail entrance, where more than a dozen Chinese security agents were waiting. Within minutes, Chen feared, she and her two daughters would be escorted back to China, where her husband, prominent rights lawyer Xie Yang, was held on a charge of inciting subversion - and where punishment for attempting to flee surely awaited her. After weeks on the run, Chen was exhausted, and so was her luck....
  • Persecuted Group Marks 18th Anniversary of Fateful Appeal in China

    04/24/2017 7:56:27 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 1 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 23, 2017 | Larry Ong
    Brass horns, bright banners, and bustling dragon and lion dance troupes formed part of an hour-long parade on Flushing’s Main St. on the afternoon of April 23. Pedestrians on the busy sidewalks paused and peered at the banners. “Falun Dafa is good,” one passersby read. “Bring Jiang Zemin to justice,” another passersby read. Others whipped out smartphones to snap videos and photos of the passing military band, colorful floats and cheery senior ladies beating on Chinese waist drums. The parade was held by about 1,000 New York-based practitioners of Falun Gong, or Falun Dafa, a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline currently...
  • Movie Review: ‘The Crown’: Beauty Queen Slaps China in the Face

    04/12/2017 3:36:58 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 4 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 11, 2017 | Mark Jackson
    Before Oprah Winfrey became a mega-star, she was Miss Fire Prevention 1971 and Miss Black Tennessee 1972. You knew that, right? Of the top 10 pageant girls who’ve changed the world, the only memorable ones are Hallie Berry, Diane Sawyer, Vanessa Williams, and Oprah. Being a beauty queen is a substantial platform from which to say something, but most don’t have anything substantial to say. The short documentary “The Crown,” directed by Kacey Cox, is about a pageant winner with the most substantial message in the history of beauty queens.
  • Firm behind "Dossier" Joined Lobbying Effort to Kill Pro-Whistleblower Sanctions on Kremlin

    04/04/2017 9:15:46 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    Senator Chuck Grassley ^ | March 31, 2017
    WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is asking whether a suspected former Russian intelligence officer-turned U.S. lobbyist and the firm behind the unsubstantiated anti-Trump dossier should have registered as foreign agents for their efforts to bring down a U.S. law on behalf of the Kremlin. According to a complaint filed with the Justice Department, Fusion GPS, which was also involved in the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, was involved in the pro-Russia campaign to kill the Global Magnitsky Act around the same time. In 2012, President Obama signed into...
  • The Latest: Attorney calls for investigation of Fox News

    04/03/2017 8:24:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    The Wires (Breitbart) ^ | April 3, 2017 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on sexual harassment allegations at Fox News (all times local): An attorney for a former Fox News contributor is calling for an independent investigation of sexual harassment allegations against host Bill O’Reilly. Lisa Bloom represents Wendy Walsh, a former Fox News contributor who says she lost a segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” after she refused to go to O’Reilly’s bedroom following a 2013 dinner in Los Angeles.