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John Kiriakou – Saudi Arabia and the UN’s Human Rights Scandal

audi Arabia has completed its first three months as Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Council. If anything exemplifies the irrelevance of the United Nations and the body’s seeming inability to put its collective foot down on human rights abuses around the world, it is having Saudi Arabia as the leader of the UN body that is supposed to …

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Maude Barlow – Water is a right. So why are so many without it?

It’s within the power of the world’s governments to fulfil the United Nations goal of water for all. It’s just a matter of priorities. On July 28, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing the human rights to clean drinking water and sanitation as “essential for the full enjoyment of the right to life.” Two months later, …

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Michael Krieger – The UN Releases Plan to Push for Worldwide Internet Censorship

The United Nations has disgraced itself immeasurably over the past month or so. In case you missed the following stories, I suggest catching up now: The UN’s “Sustainable Development Agenda” is Basically a Giant Corporatist Fraud Not a Joke – Saudi Arabia Chosen to Head UN Human Rights Panel Read More

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Glenn Greenwald – U.S. State Department “Welcomes” News That Saudi Arabia Will Head U.N. Human Rights Panel

Last week’s announcement that Saudi Arabia — easily one of the world’s most brutally repressive regimes — was chosen to head a U.N. Human Rights Council panel provokedindignation around the world. That reaction was triggered for obvious reasons. Not only has Saudi Arabia executed more than 100 people already this year, mostly by beheading (a rate of 1 execution every two days), and not only is it serially flogging …

One Year After Gaza Massacre, UN Exposes Likely War Crimes By Marjorie Cohn

One year ago, on July 7, 2014, Israel launched “Operation Protective Edge,” a massive assault on the Gaza Strip. For 51 days, Israel bombarded Gaza with more than 6,000 airstrikes. Many of them hit residential buildings. Tawfik Abu Jama, a father of eight, told UN investigators, “I was sitting with my family at the table ready to break the fast. …

Democracy on the Retreat in Over 96 of the 193 U.N. Member States, Says New Study By Thalif Deen

Democracy is on the retreat and authoritarianism is on the rise in more than 96 of the U.N.’s 193 member states, according to a new report released here. The two regions of “highest concern” for defenders of civic space are Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa, which between them account for over half of the countries counted. …

Blood on the ground at a United Nations run school after Israeli air strikes in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip

Israel’s Total Assault on Palestinian Life: Latest Crackdown Is Attempt to Wipe Out Their Culture By Alex Kane

The most extreme government in Israel’s history is wasting no time getting down to business. One of its first acts is targeting Palestinian freedom of expression. In June, Naftali Bennett, the Israeli education minister (who once boasted [3] of killing “lots of Arabs”), announced he was pulling state funding [4] from a play created by Palestinians. He claimed the play glorified terrorism, though an Israeli committee that …

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UN report details Israeli war crimes in Gaza By Jean Shaoul

The report into Israel’s war on Gaza last summer by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) found that both Israel and Hamas committed war crimes during Israel’s war on Gaza last summer. But while some newspaper headlines may give the impression of equal blame, the UNHRC’s commission of inquiry nevertheless highlighted the disproportionate nature of the killings—2,251 Palestinians of …

Israel Bombing Elementary Schools Not Considered War Crimes, “Collateral Damage”. UN Commissioned Task Force Op-Ed by Sydney Barakat

The High Level International Military Group—a UN-commissioned group made up of 11 former chiefs of staff, generals, senior officers, and political leaders from the U.S., Germany, Spain, Holland, the U.K., Italy, Australia, and Colombia—dismissed all charges and allegations of Israel’s war crimes after investigating last summer’s attack on Gaza. The report was issued on Saturday following the group’s five-day trip to the region …

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From Drones Abroad to Police Brutality at Home, UN Slams US Human Rights Record – Lauren McCauley

The United States’ human rights record faced fierce criticism on Monday during a hearing of the United Nations Human Rights Council, when a panel of more than 100 international leaders voiced concern over violations spanning from police brutality and the continued use of the death penalty to the torture of detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison. According to those present at the hearing …