Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category

Occupation 101: Hebron in the West Bank

January 20, 2009

I came across this video early this morning and thought I should put the link here so other may view it.

This is a 22-minute video of Hebron, the history-rich ancient city in the West Bank that is now a source of conflict between Palestinians and Israeli settlers, with Israeli security forces placed squarely in the middle.

A fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into the obstacles that many Palestinians face in their day-to-day lives under Israeli occupation. Just click on the link below:

Occupation 101: Hebron in the West Bank

Holocaust Survivors Create Holocaust in Gaza

January 19, 2009

It is synchronistic that I had been thinking of how the abused became the abuser when I logged onto my blog and saw the following:
Holocaust Survivors from World War II Make Holocaust in Gaza.
The comparisons made here are chilling. The images shocking!
How much can be said of the ongoing atrocities being perpetrated in the name of PEACE!!!

Here are but a few images portraying the comparisons. Go to

The Land Of First Human Rights Charter
For the full story and the horrible images.

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Israel Is Committing War Crimes

January 12, 2009

Update: Jan.13, 2009

Published on Monday, January 12, 2009 by Agence France Presse

UN Rights Council Condemns Israeli Offensive in Gaza

GENEVA – A divided UN Human Rights Council voted on Monday to condemn Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip and set up a probe into “grave” human rights violations by Israeli forces against the Palestinians.

Israelis Rain ‘Phosphorus Bombs’ Over Gaza

by Mel Frykberg
RAMALLAH – “There is no doubt that Israel is using phosphorus bombs over Gaza. Israel is flagrantly violating the Fourth Geneva Convention,” says Raji Sourani, head of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza.
“This is not the first time we have documented Israel using this kind of prohibited weapon against Gaza’s civilian population,” Sourani told IPS on phone from Gaza.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) confirmed Sourani’s assessment in a statement it released on Friday. Its researchers said they had seen “multiple air-bursts of artillery-fired white phosphorus over Gaza city.”

WHAT DOES THE WORLD HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS?

Hamas’s violations are no justification for Israel’s actions.

By GEORGE E. BISHARAT
Israel’s current assault on the Gaza Strip cannot be justified by self-defense. Rather, it involves serious violations of international law, including war crimes. Senior Israeli political and military leaders may bear personal liability for their offenses, and they could be prosecuted by an international tribunal, or by nations practicing universal jurisdiction over grave international crimes. Hamas fighters have also violated the laws of warfare, but their misdeeds do not justify Israel’s acts. More…

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES AT THIS SITE

Palestinian Mothers

The Other Side of the Story!

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Torture is un-American

November 6, 2007

I just got this information from AlterNet.org which I felt should be on this site so others may take action.

Dear Reader,
The United States has been disgraced by the practice of torture interrogation techniques in our military. It is time to take back our nation’s honor and let the Presidential candidates know that torture is unacceptable. Please join Human Rights First as they give you the opportunity to let the candidates know how you feel about the United States military’s use of torture.

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Don Hazen
Executive Editor, AlterNet.org

Dear Friend,

 Torture is un-American.
One year from today, we can elect a President who ‘gets it’ – and rejects it.
Thirty seconds from now, you can make a difference.
Sign the petition today!

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I taught prisoner of war interrogation for 18 years to U.S. Army soldiers. Neither I nor the Army taught torture: it’s morally wrong, it endangers our own troops who may be taken prisoner, it undermines our values, and it does not produce reliable information.
I’ve listened to some of our current leaders say that we should use torture – what they call “enhanced” interrogation techniques – to combat terrorism. Abandoning our principles is never the answer. An expert interrogator needs to be clever, not inhumane.
Strong presidential leadership is needed to restore our nation’s stature in the eyes of the civilized world. This week, one year from the presidential election, I am adding my name to Human Rights First’s petition, urging all of the presidential candidates to restore our nation’s honor. You can do the same.
Take 30 seconds to put your name next to mine. Restore what America stands for: human rights and the rule of law.
This isn’t about being tough on terrorists. It’s about what’s in the strategic interest of the United States. Torture doesn’t produce reliable information but it does harden hearts and minds against us, and torture by any agency of our government puts our own troops at greater risk. It’s time to stop playing semantic games about what torture is.
If you’re like me, you want a President who is truly devoted to this country, its longstanding laws, and its fundamental values. A President who will:

  • Stop shipping prisoners to countries known to torture
  • Close Guantanamo
  • Restore the right of habeas corpus
  • Ensure that torture is never again a part of U.S. policy

Get on board – sign TODAY. This is not a partisan endeavor.
In one year, we could be celebrating the election of a leader who understands what’s at stake. But only if we demand it today! Thank you for joining me and Human Rights First as we end torture and abuse in America’s name.
Yours sincerely,
Brigadier General David R. Irvine, USA (Ret.)
Human Rights First is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3), international human rights organization based in New York and Washington D.C. We do not favor or oppose any candidate for public office.

Latest News From Myanmar

October 4, 2007

European Union members agree on tougher sanctions on Myanmar

October 4, 2007
IANS : European Union (EU) member states agreed Wednesday to impose new sanctions on the government of Myanmar while looking for ways to boost humanitarian aid to the country’s population. Read more… »

Japan demands answers for journalist’s death

October 4, 2007
Big News Network: Japan intends pressing murder charges against Burmese troops who shot dead a Japanese journalist during the pro-democracy protests. Under Japanese law, police can seek the prosecution of suspects when a Japanese national is the victim of a felony crime overseas. Read more… »

U.S. diplomat: Burma’s junta hunting protesters

October 4, 2007
Associated Press: Rangoon, Burma – Soldiers announced they were hunting pro-democracy protesters in Burma’s largest city Wednesday and the top U.S. diplomat in the country said she heard that military police were pulling people out of their homes during the night. Read more… »

Arakan protests continue despite threats from authorities

By admin | October 4, 2007
Democratic Voice of Burma: Over 10,000 people in the Arakan town of Man Aung staged another protest yesterday against the Burmese government’s harassment of demonstrators. Read more…>>

ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL BLOGGERS OF THE WORLD

October 1, 2007

International bloggers are preparing an action to support the peaceful revolution in Burma. We want to set a sign for freedom and show our sympathy for these people who are fighting their cruel regime without weapons. These Bloggers are planning to refrain from posting to their blogs on October 4 and just put up one Banner then, underlined with the words “Free Burma!“.

To join the movement, go to http://www2.free-burma.org/index.php#attend

FREE BURMA NOW!