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Human rights

Thousands of women protest over Cairo beatings

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December 21, 2011 – 10:16AM

Women protest in Cairo after the police brutality.Women protest in Cairo after the police brutality. Photo: Reuters

Thousands of woman marched through downtown Cairo on Tuesday evening to call for the end of military rule in an extraordinary expression of anger over images of soldiers beating, stripping and kicking a female demonstrator on the pavement of Tahrir Square.

“Drag me, strip me, my brothers’ blood will cover me!” they chanted. “Where is the field marshal?” they demanded, referring to Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the military council holding onto power here. “The girls of Egypt are here.”

The event may have been the biggest women’s demonstration in Egypt’s history, and the most significant since a 1919 march led by pioneering Egyptian feminist Huda Shaarawi to protest British rule. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Veto threat was a mere political theater’

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Terror suspects in America could be held in prison indefinitely – without charge or trial. The military will be able to take custody of alleged terrorists virtually without question. Critics say this would be a stark violation of human rights.

­The controversial National Defense Authorization Act, which was met with criticism from human rights activists, faced a presidential veto, but since last month Obama has retracted his warning.

“The White House explained it would veto the bill because these provisions, mandating military custody amount to a restriction of president’s authority,”
explains John Glaser, assistant editor at Antiwar.com.

“But in truth it’s reasonable to assume that a veto threat was a mere political theater, because Senator Carl Levin one of the provision’s primary authors revealed during senate debate that it was the Obama administration itself who requested the inclusion of language mandating military detentions, including US citizens. So you could say the administration never changed their minds, it was just a sort of doing it for public consumption,” he told RT. Read the rest of this entry »

European rights official attacks burka bans

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Agence France-Presse July 20, 2011

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Banning the burka and niqab in public places threatens to exclude women, not liberate them, a top European human rights official said Wednesday.

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STRASBOURG – Banning the burka and niqab in public places threatens to exclude women, not liberate them, a top European human rights official said Wednesday.

And letting a relatively minor problem become such a major issue was a “sad capitulation” to xenophobia, Council of Europe human rights commissioner Thomas Hammarberg added.

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Exposed: Egypt’s spies dragged from shadows

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Published Date: March 10, 2011 CAIRO: New evidence of spying and torture by an Egyptian security agency has piled pressure on military rulers to abolish a hated and feared symbol of Hosni Mubarak‘s era. Reformists at the heart of the mass uprising that toppled Mubarak have turned their attention to the agency known as state security, a body with a reputation for carrying out abuses that helped galvanise opposition to his 30-year rule. Read the rest of this entry »

Islam Channel CEO back in cell

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January 26 2010 at 01:18PM

The CEO of the UK-based Islam Channel was moved from the hospital to police cells in Pretoria on Tuesday morning, the Media Review Network (MRN) said.

“He was there until this morning [Tuesday] when the doctors discharged him and he was taken back to his holding cell at the Moot police station in Pretoria. That is where is being held currently,” said MRN chairman Iqbal Jassat. Read the rest of this entry »

Galina Kozhevnikova: Russia journalist incompetent and suffering from xenophobia

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October 6, 2009 – 2:17 am

Moscow media as opposed to regional colleagues is much more likely to use “hate speech”. The questionable “merit”, if not in formation, the maintenance of negative ethnic or religious stereotyping, as well, mostly owned by journalists, human rights activist Galina Kozhevnikova wrote in a study on “The journalists of the religious groups: between incompetence and hostility.” The text published on the website information-analytical center “Sova”.

“For many journalists, especially reporters, have no skills of the professional response to the unusual situation – the author claims. – And when there is something extraordinary, the first reaction of a journalist is unprofessional. As a result, instead of discreet and comprehensive description of events in the air and on the pages of newspapers often get panicky rumors are usually painted household xenophobic media workers. Read the rest of this entry »

Sri Lanka assures continued support to counter Global terrorism

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Jul 24, 2009

Phuket, Thailand, 24 July, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka will continue to support global measures to counter the scourge of terrorism, including the early conclusion of the Global Convention on Terrorism, assured Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister.

Speaking at the  16th ASEAN Regional Forum, Phuket,  Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama further said subscribing to the UN Convention dealing with Terrorism, Sri Lanka is party to the NPT treaty and its related Safeguard Agreements as well as other related Agreements under the framework of the IAEA, such as the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident among others. Read the rest of this entry »