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Poisonous political rhetoric is a danger to the world warns Amnesty International | Euronews

The rise in poisonous political rhetoric is threatening to roll back human rights and creating a more dangerous world, Amnesty International has warned.

Source: Poisonous political rhetoric is a danger to the world warns Amnesty International | Euronews

Norman Finkelstein on the Coming Break-Up of American Zionism: Part 2

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What changed Jewish attitudes to Israel was the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. The Americans saw Israel very much as a kind of outpost of American interests in the Middle East, and identified its people with great American heroes like Davey Crockett, and the struggle of the Texans for independence from Mexico. There was an equivalence between Israel’s soldiers and the heroes of the Alamo. The Israelis were invested with all the heroic values Americans believed characterised themselves, and from it being unpatriotic to support the Israelis, it became the reverse. It was super-patriotic to support them.

Crucial to this was the Israeli claim to have practised ‘purity of arms’. Unlike Vietnam, where the Americans were losing and committing terrible atrocities, the Israelis were winning without committing massacres and other breaches of human rights. This record has gradually darkened as the wars between Israel and its Arab neighbours continued. The classic case…

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2 Sisters Sentenced To Be Gang Raped And Paraded Naked By An Unelected All Male Court

Original post from Daily Kos

‘………… BY Leslie Salzillo


It’s more than disturbing – it’s deranged. Young girls and women are continuously violated and abused under the guise of religion and archaic, misogynist laws. News of another extreme case is sweeping social media and people are reacting. Amnesty International has createdPETITION to stop the rape sentence of two sisters in India’s Baghpat District.

An unelected all-male village council in India has ordered that 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister be raped and paraded naked.The ‘sentence’ was handed down as punishment after their brother eloped with a married woman.

Nothing could justify this punishment. It’s not fair. It’s not right. And it’s against the law. Demand that the local authorities intervene immediately.
Unelected village councils such as this are widespread in parts of India. More often than not they are made up of older men from dominant castes, who prescribe rules for social behaviour in villages.

The supreme court of India has branded their decrees illegal, yet in some states they continue to operate – and their punishments are carried out.

The whole family, including the eloped woman, are at risk of reprisals. A brother of the sisters, Sumit Kumar, said, “In the panchayat [village council], the Jat decision is final. They don’t listen to us. The police don’t listen to us. The police said anyone can be murdered now.”

Act now. Demand the Director General of Police, Jagmohan Yadav, ensures the safety of Meenakshi Kumari, her sister and family.



Please sign and share the Amnesty International PETITION in hopes of stopping this atrocity, as well as sending a message to the world that these horrific abuses against women will not be tolerated.


Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter continues to speak out against the abuses of women worldwide. Here is an excerpt from: Jimmy Carter: ‘Losing My Religion For Equality’

This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries.At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.

The same discriminatory thinking lies behind the continuing gender gap in pay and why there are still so few women in office in the West. The root of this prejudice lies deep in our histories, but its impact is felt every day. It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us.

It’s Your Body! Know Your Rights!

Original post from Amnesty International



Being able to make our own decisions about our health, body sexuality and reproductive life is a basic human right. Yet all over the world, many of us are persecuted for making these choices – or prevented from doing so at all. That’s why we’ve launched our global campaign: My Body, My Rights.

My Body My Rights is Amnesty International’s global campaign to help ensure that everyone has access to their sexual and reproductive rights and to stop criminalization of sexuality and reproduction by governments. Over 2014-15, we are working for tangible change in people’s lives in Nepal, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Ireland. It’s your body, know your rights!

You have the right to:

  • Make decisions about our own health, body, sexual life, and identity without fear of coercion or criminalization
  • Seek and receive information about sexuality and reproduction and access related health services and contraception
  • Decide whether and when to have children, and how many to have
  • Choose your intimate partner and whether and when to marry
  • Decide what type of family to create
  • Access family planning; contraception; safe and accessible post-abortion care; access to abortion in cases of rape, sexual assault or incest, and pregnancy that poses a risk to the life or to physical or mental health; and, where legal, access to safe abortion services
  • Live free from discrimination, coercion and violence, including rape and other sexual violence, female genital mutilation, forced pregnancy, forced abortion, forced sterilization and forced marriage.

Women and girls and people from groups at risk of discrimination on other grounds, including sexuality and ethnicity, are disproportionately affected by restrictions on their sexual and reproductive rights. For example, young women and adolescent girls from marginalized groups are most affected due to the inequality and discrimination they face, preventing them from accessing the sexual and reproductive health information and services they need.

Everyone has the right to have access to quality, comprehensive, integrated sexual and reproductive health services, counseling, comprehensive sexuality education and information. Barriers to the services and information women and girls need for a healthy life must be removed.

It’s your body. Know your rights!

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PRESS RELEASE President Buhari Will Look Into Amnesty International Report On Torture


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Niamey, Niger, 03 June 2015: President Muhammadu Buhari acknowledges receipt of the Amnesty International report on Nigeria titled “Nigeria: Stories of horror in their own words.”

Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity), Mal. Garba Shehu said in a press statement in Niamey, Niger Republic on Wednesday, 3 June said that President Buhari has received the the report which he says contains many disturbing allegations .

According to Shehu, President Buhari assured his administration will study the document and act appropriately.
“I assure you that your report will be looked into,” President Buhari said.
He said without meaning to prejudice the outcome of any investigation, Nigerians needed to be reassured that “this administration will leave no stone unturned to promote the rule of law, and deal with all cases of human rights abuses.

“Respect for human rights and adherence to the rule of law are the…

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Amnesty International slams Afghanistan’s ‘failure’ to protect women

Original post from Aljazeera America



Rights group raises alarm over rising violence against female leaders and activists as US troops continue to withdraw

Afghanistan is turning its back on women leaders and activists and leaving them vulnerable to violence, Amnesty International said Tuesday, urging the international community to stand up for women’s rights.

Women politicians and rights campaigners have endured an escalating number of targeted car bombings, grenade attacks and killings of family members, the London-based rights group said in a report.

“Laws meant to support them are poorly implemented, if at all, while the international community is doing far too little to ease their plight,” the report said.

Most of the threats come from the Taliban and other armed opposition groups, but government officials and local warlords also commit abuses against women leaders and activists, the report added.

The report is based on interviews with more than 50 female leaders and activists and their relatives around the country.

“It’s outrageous that Afghan authorities are leaving them to fend for themselves, with their situation more dangerous than ever,” Amnesty chief Salil Shetty told reporters in Kabul.

In December 2014, an audit of U.S.-funded women’s empowerment programs in Afghanistan concluded that the initiatives could not be assessed because agencies involved did not properly track spending or results. However, proponents of the programs pointed to some Afghan women holding government positions and girls’ increased enrollment in schools as signs of the programs’ success.

But with the steady withdrawal of U.S. troops and fragile state institutions left behind, there are increasing concerns that violence against women is on the rise.

“Afghanistan is facing an uncertain future, and is at arguably the most critical moment in its recent history. Now is not the time for international governments to walk away,” Shetty said.

Reacting to the scathing report, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said his government was “committed to protecting women’s rights.”

Last month a mob in downtown Kabul lynched a 27-year-old woman for allegedly burning a Quran — a charge that has since been disputed.

In February, popular female politician Angiza Shinwari died following a bomb attack on her vehicle in the volatile eastern province of Nangarhar.

And last year Shukria Barakzai, a prominent female MP and women’s rights campaigner, narrowly survived a suicide attack in Kabul.

Al Jazeera and Agence France-Presse…………..’

Blogger Facing 950 Lashes Could Get Death Sentence

Blogging is one of the freedoms we have, but this is not so in some countries.

Original post from Newser

A protester holds a placard outside the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London during a demonstration against the flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.
A protester holds a placard outside the Royal Embassy
of Saudi Arabia in London during a demonstration against
the flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.   (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

(NEWSER) – After an international outcry over the harsh sentence handed out to a Saudi Arabian blogger, the kingdom now appears to have decided a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes is too lenient. Raif Badawi’s wife tells theIndependent that official sources say charges of apostasy against him may be reinstated. Converting from Islam to another faith is punishable by beheading in Saudi Arabia, and an apostasy charge against Badawi was thrown out of court in 2013 after he told the judge he was still a Muslim. reports the Independent. The prosecution’s evidence included the fact that he once liked a Facebook page for Arab Christians.

Badawi’s wife, who now lives in Canada with their three children, tells the CBC that she won’t stop fighting for his freedom. “We call on the world citizens and governments not to leave Raif dragged by such bigots to death,” the family said in a statement. Amnesty International, which is calling for Badawi’s release, says it’s trying to confirm rumors of a new trial. Badawi was scheduled to receive 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks, but later rounds of lashingshave been delayed because of injuries he suffered in the first flogging.  …..’