commissioner for human rights

“The situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” said Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, in a statement.

Over 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled government violence in Myanmar — where they are a Muslim minority — for Bangladesh. They are straining the capacity of aid agencies on the ground and of the Bangladesh government. And more refugees arrive each day.

They line up from 8 in the morning, says Raihanul Islam Mia, a local government official who is supervising the distribution. It’s taking place at a site on the road from the city of Cox’s Bazar in southern Bangladesh to the town of Tefnaf, near the border with Myanmar.

“More than 10,000 people I’ve given relief today,” says Mia. He’s been at it for 14 days. “They need food,” he says. “And each and every day more Rohingya come from Myanmar.”

Bangladesh Copes With Chaos: Rohingya Refugees Are ‘Coming And Coming’

Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images


Photographs by JEB (Joan E. Biren)

  1. Archene Turner and Lynn Walker share a sweet moment in the backyard of their home in Atlanta, Georgia. 1987.
  2. Ana Maldonado, physician associate and women’s health care specialist, provides lesbian health service at the Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center. Here she assists a client in seeing her cervix. California, 1986.
  3. Colevia Carter, D.C. human rights commissioner, poet, and human resource developer for the D.C. prison system, attends the Human Rights Campaign Fund dinner in 1984. Colevia also developed AIDS education programs for the Black community in Washington D.C.
  4. Del Martin and Pyllis Lyon have been domestic partners since Valentine’s Day, 1953. In 1955, they co-founded the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), the oldest lesbian organization in the U.S. Here at Habromania House (habromania: having delusions of a pleasing nature), their San Francisco home, Del and Phyllis pause in the midst of their many movement activities. 1984.
  5. Anna Marie Rechichi works as a welder for a large crane manufacturer. She is an active member of Cleveland’s Hard Hatted Women and Older Wiser Lesbians. Anna Marie also volunteers with Oven Productions, which produces women’s cultural events in Cleveland, Ohio. 1986.
  6. Eleanor N. Soto takes a turn on the 24-hour crisis line at the Mid-Peninsula Support Network in Mountain View, California. Eleanor was co-director of this agency, which serves battered women and their children. 1986.
  7. Friends Kim Samsel and Robin Ching get together for conversation in American Sign Language. Baltimore, Maryland. 1987.
  8. Mona Bachmann is part of a crew patching the roof of a friend’s house in preparation for a community Fourth of July celebration in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. 1987.
  9. Mary, KD, and Boo end a full day of work and play with music. These “valley girls” have been together, building a community of women, for ten years. Stevensville, Montana, 1987.
UPDATE 5-Struck by liver cancer, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies in custody

(Corrects year of birth to 1955 in paragraph 17)

By Ben Blanchard

BEIJING, July 13 (Reuters) - Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, a prominent dissident since the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, died on Thursday after being denied permission to leave the country for treatment for late-stage liver cancer.

Liu, 61, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for “inciting subversion of state power” after he helped write a petition known as “Charter 08” calling for sweeping political reforms.

Mourning his death, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Liu a “courageous fighter for civil rights and freedom of expression”, while the French and U.S. governments called on China to allow Liu’s family to move around freely.

Already seriously ill, Liu, a thorn in the ruling Communist Party’s side since he helped negotiate a deal to allow protesters to leave Tiananmen Square before troops and tanks rolled in, was moved last month from prison to a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang to be treated.

The Shenyang Bureau of Justice said in a brief statement on its website that Liu had suffered multiple organ failure and efforts to save him had failed.

Despite being given multiple forms of treatment his illness had continued to worsen, it added.

The hospital treating him confirmed in a separate statement the cause of death. Though allowed out on medical parole he was never freed, spending his final days in the hospital surrounded by security guards.

The leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee which, to Beijing’s ire, awarded Liu the peace prize in 2010, said the Chinese government bore a heavy responsibility for his death.

“We find it deeply disturbing that Liu Xiaobo was not transferred to a facility where he could receive adequate medical treatment before he became terminally ill,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen in an emailed statement.

China said at the time that Liu’s award was an “obscenity” that should not have gone to a man it called a criminal and a subversive.

Carl von Ossietzky, a pacifist who died in 1938 in Nazi Germany’s Berlin, was the last Nobel Peace Prize winner to live out his dying days under state surveillance.


Western government and rights groups expressed sorrow at Liu’s death, and criticised Beijing for not allowing him to seek treatment for his cancer overseas.

“China has lost a deeply principled role model who deserved our respect and adulation, not the prison sentences to which he was subjected,” said U.S. ambassador to China Terry Branstad in a statement that also called on Beijing to release all prisoners of conscience.

Tsai Ing-wen, the president of self-ruled Taiwan which China regards as a wayward province, said on her Facebook page the island hoped China could now show self-confidence and promote political reform following Liu’s death.

“Only through democracy, in which every Chinese person has freedom and respect, can China truly become a proud and important country,” she said.

In China, while mention of Liu’s passing was swiftly removed from Weibo, the country’s answer to Twitter, images and comments were shared on the WeChat messaging service.

Some activists shared a picture of a black screen with the years 1955-2017 - his lifespan - or of a single candle superimposed over his face.

“Mr. Liu, rest in peace,” wrote rights lawyer Zhang Peihong on his WeChat account.

State news agency Xinhua reported the death only in English in a brief story that noted he had been seen by “China’s top-rated cancer experts”.


United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein urged China to guarantee his widow, Liu Xia, freedom of movement, and allow her to travel abroad should she want to. Liu Xia has lived under house arrest since 2010.

“Despite the imprisonment and separation from the wife he adored that could have fuelled anger and bitterness, Liu Xiaobo declared that he had no hatred for those who pursued and prosecuted him,” Zeid said.

Rights groups and Western governments had urged China to allow Liu and his wife to leave the country to be treated abroad, as Liu had said he wanted.

But the government had warned repeatedly against interference and said Liu was being treated by renowned Chinese cancer experts. The hospital had said he was too sick to travel.

Beijing did allow two foreign doctors, from the United States and Germany, to visit Liu on Saturday and they later said they considered it was safe for him to be moved overseas.

The doctors said Liu and his family had requested that the remainder of his care be provided in Germany or the United States.

Family friend and fellow dissident Hu Jia said the ruling Communist Party would not let him die in peace.

“To some extent, this was an attempt by the party to show their strength, to show that they control your life if you live in China,” he told Reuters.

“But I think the historic message they are leaving is very different. By letting a Nobel peace prize winner die in custody they lost a chance to show humanity and instead proved their cold-blooded nature.”

In the Chinese territory of Hong Kong, which enjoys broad freedoms not granted in mainland China, around 100 protesters gathered in silence within an hour of the news of his death being announced outside of the Beijing representative office in silence, some quietly sobbing and others with their heads.

Many held signs reading “The people’s hero, he’ll always be remembered,” “the murder of a dissident” and “free Liu Xia”.

“What happened to Liu Xiaobo tells the whole world about the human rights situation in China,” said pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung. (Additional reporting by Christian Shepherd, and James Pomfret and Venus Wu in Hong Kong, J.R. Wu in Taipei, Tom Miles in Geneva, Gwladys Fouche in Oslo and Madeline Chambers in Berlin; Editing by Alex Richardson)

They’re killing us in Kasaï (Did you hear?)

They’re killing us in Kasaï

Did you hear?

With machetes, and guns, and rockets, and stray bullets

They’re burning us in Kasaï

Did you read?

With torches, and fuel, and tear gas, and flamethrowers

But who, but who’s

Attacking whom?

With whom and whom

In front of whom?

(Radio silence)

Oh, those goddamn people from Kasaï

With their big mouths that they don’t know how to shut

Their land full of diamonds

Their annoying arrogance

Burn them down, burn them down!

(and so they burned and they burned…)

September 1960 - The killings in the Kasaï province (Congo) ‘involve a most flagrant violation of elementary human rights and have the characteristics of the crime of genocide’ Dag Hammarskjöld, U.N. Secretary General

But also…

September 1961 - The plane carrying U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld has crashed in Rhodesia after takeoff from the Congo.


They’re looting us in Kasaï

Did you hear?

Our mines, our fields, our villages, our forests

They’re slaughtering us in Kasaï

Did you read?

Elders and babies

From the oldest to the youngest

But who, but who’s

Massacring whom?

With whom and whom

In front of whom?

(Radio silence)

Oh, those goddamn people from Kasaï

With their exasperating habit of challenging everything

Hunt them down! Hunt them down!

(and so they hunted and hunted)

March 2017 - ‘In light of recurrent reports of grave violations (…), I urge the council to establish a Commission of Inquiry.” Zeid Al-Hussein. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights

But also…

April 2017 - The bodies of the two U.N. experts who were investigating allegations of war crimes have been found in Kasaï


They’re assaulting us in Kasaï

Did you hear?

In Tshikapa, in Luebo, in Nkoto, in Tshienke

They’re torturing us in Kasaï

Did you read?

In Mwanza Lomba, in Bitande, in Tshimbulu, in Kamonya

But who, but who’s

Invading who?

With whom and whom

In front of whom?

(Radio silence)

Oh, those goddamn people from Kasaï

With their defiant ideas and their infamous opponents

Circle them, circle them!

(and they circled and circled)

Divide them, divide them!

(and they divided and divided)

Subdue them, subdue them!

(And so they tried. In vain)

March 2017 - The mandate of the MONUSCO shall ‘ensure effective and dynamic protection of civilians under threat of physical violence, including by preventing, deterring, and stopping all armed groups (…) inflicting violence on the populations. (resolution 2348, paragraph 34)

But also…

May 2017 - United Nations officials acknowledged that they were concerned about the situation in Kasaï. (Congo) Since last year, it is estimated that about one million people have been displaced, thousands of refugees have fled the country and at least forty mass graves have been discovered.

(Radio silence)

They’re killing us in Kasaï.

Did you hear? Did you read? Did you see?

©Sabrina Moella

Nikki Haley: UNESCO resolution an 'affront to history' - 8 July 2017

The United States said on Friday it was reviewing ties with UNESCO after the UN cultural agency declared the Old City of Hevron to be an “endangered Palestinian heritage site.”
Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, said the UNESCO decision was an “affront to history” and “further discredits an already highly questionable UN agency.”
“Today’s vote does no one any good and causes much harm,” said Haley in a statement.
“The United States is currently evaluating the appropriate level of its continued engagement at UNESCO” following the vote, she added.
12 countries voted in favor of Friday’s resolution while three opposed it and six countries abstained.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the vote as “another delusional decision” and ordered to cut an additional $1 million from the membership funds that Israel pays to the UN.
The money will instead be transferred to the establishment of “The Museum of the Heritage of the Jewish People in Kiryat Arba and Hevron” and to additional heritage projects related to Hevron.
Haley has been very critical of the UN and its anti-Israel bias. Before Friday’s vote, she sent a letter to UNESCO Secretary General Irina Bokova in which she stated that the Palestinian Authority was lying when it said that the Cave of the Patriarchs, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, was in danger of being destroyed by Israel.
She has previously blasted an anti-Israel report released by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which offered to “advise and support” efforts to create a “blacklist” database of companies operating in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights, and eastern Jerusalem.
Haley said the report “reeks of anti-Israel bias” and added, “Not only does it undermine the credibility of the Human Rights Council on human rights issues, but it once again highlights the unfair bias of the UN when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Chechen Police “Torturing Gay Men”
Gay men are fleeing brutal persecution in Chechnya, where police are holding more than 100 people and torturing some of them in an anti‐gay crackdown, Russian activists say.

BBC News:

LGBT Network submitted reports about the crackdown to the Russian prosecutor‐general’s office, the Federal Investigative Committee (SK) and federal commissioner for human rights.

“We got no response, despite all the appeals. The only thing was that the Russian ombudswoman said she would initiate an investigation. That was only after Amnesty International filed their own statement,” she said.

“The office of the military commandant is now the unofficial detention centre for torture, near Argun. All the victims confirmed that,” she said.

But it is not a “concentration camp” for gays, she said, rejecting the description used in some media reports.

Foreign governments and human rights groups have voiced concern about the alleged abuses, urging the Russian and Chechen authorities to stop them.

The EU, the US state department, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are among those who have complained.


#HandsOffTheHomeless: Faith leaders, politicians, community organizers, and civil rights advocates gathered in front of City Hall to demand an end to the NYPD’s “sweeps” of homeless people from public space and other instances of inhumane treatment of the homeless by police.

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Gurgen Margaryan

Margaryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia September 26th 1978. He graduated from the State Engineering University of Armenia with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Margaryan then went to his mandatory military service term where he became a lieutenant in the Ministry of Defense.

On January 11'th 2004, Margaryan left for Budapest, Hungary to participate in a three month long English language course which was part of NATO’S partnership for Peace program.

On February 19 he was axed to death by the Azerbaijani Lieutenant Ramil Safarov. Who also was a participant of the same program, whilst he was asleep in his hotel room bed. A postmortem concluded that Safarov hit Margaryan sixteen times in his face, almost severing his head from his body, also stabbing him multiple times in his chest after his death. The murder was described “"unusualy cruel” by the Budapest police.

Balázs Kuti who was Margaryans roommate, says that around 9:50 he went to bed and Margaryan busied him self with studies and then shortly after went to Hayk Makuchyan who was also a program,
participant who stayed in another room. Kuti then remembers that lights were turned on and he thought it was Margaryan who had come back, only to wake up when he heard muffled sounds, he turned his head away from the wall and saw Safarov standing by Margaryan’s bed with a long axe in his hands. Safarov’s plan was to also murder Makuchyan, but discovered Kuti had locked the door and had went to call the police who showed up at the crime scene and arrested Safarov.

“I started to shout at the Azerbaijani, urging him to stop it. He said that he had no problems with me and would not touch me, stabbed Gurgen a couple of more times, and left. The expression of his face was as if he was glad he had finished something important" 

During the trial, Safarov’s laywers tried to plead for insanity, claiming he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, they argued that he had gone through psychological trauma during the Nagorno Karabakh War, and that he and his family had been tortured by Armenians. However, this contradicts Safarovs earlier statement that he was studying in the Azeri capital Baku and in Turkey during the Karabakh war. 

An Azeri doctor was brought in from Azerbaijan and examined Safarov and concluded he was insane, Although another doctor from Hungary also examined him and found that Safarov was of stable mind. The court sentenced Safarov to life imprisonment without the possibility of appeal until 2036

Andras Vaskuti, cited the premeditated nature and brutality of the crime and the fact that Safarov showed no remorse for his deeds as the reasons for the sentence.

However, In 2012 the Hungarian authorities were payed off and agreed to release and extradite Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan to serve the remainder of his sentence there. Dictator of Azerbaijan Illham Aliyev issued a pardon as soon as Safarov arrived to Baku and promoted him to the rank of Major. Safarov was also provided with luxury accomodations by the Azerbaijani government.

Elmira Suleymanova, the human rights commissioner of Azerbaijan stated that "Safarov must become an example of patriotism for the Azerbaijani youth” and that his “punishment was far too harsh”

Armenians all over the world and the Armenian government expressed outrage, along with many other governments such as France, Iran and countless others, They condemned the decision made by Hungary and Azerbaijan. The government of Armenia also announced that Armenia is suspending all diplomatic relations and all official contact with Hungary.

Gurgen Margaryans body was buried in Yerablur cemetery along with other Armenian heroes. In September 2013, Artush Margaryan, Gurgen Margaryan’s father, was hospitalized. According to Armenian news sources, Margaryan had attempted to commit suicide.

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La Paz (AFP) - Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state.

President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba.

It “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” he said.

The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972.

Morales said the Gaza offensive shows “that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.”

More than two weeks of fighting in Gaza have left 1,300 dead and 6,000 wounded amid an intense Israeli air and ground campaign in response to missile attacks by the Islamist militant group Hamas.

In the latest development, 20 people were killed after two Israeli shells slammed into a United Nations school, drawing international protests.

Bolivia broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009 over a previous military operation in Gaza.

In mid-July, Morales filed a request with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prosecute Israel for “crimes against humanity.”

Photos: Bolivian ambassador to the UN Sacha Llorenti wears keffiyeh in solidarity with Palestinians, July 2014. 

Regrettably, for some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift. There may be more restrictions on some so that there can be more protections for others.
—  Tony Abbott.  This rhetoric reeks of 1984. Delve into your pockets Australia, tighten your belt, give up your education opportunities and your healthcare, give up your privacy and your freedom. All hail Abbott.
Crimes against humanity entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation. The commission further finds that crimes against humanity are ongoing in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea because the policies, institutions and patterns of impunity that lie at their heart remain in place.
—  United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights report on N. Korea. The Commissioner calls for the UN Security Council to “refer the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the International Criminal Court.”

I’ve said it before, but North Korea is not a police state. It’s far, far beyond that. It’s the state from Orwell’s 1984. North Korea is a prison state.
George Brandis…

1. Fights dirty to destroy independent watchdogs.

Example A: Gillian Triggs (Human Rights Commissioner) criticised the government’s refugee abuses so Brandis bullied her to quit - when his job as AG is to *defend* her from attacks to preserve her independence.

Example B: Parliament blocked his attempt to kill off the Freedom of Information Commissioner (who helps keep government transparent) so he defunded it, effectively killing it off in a betrayal of Parliament’s wishes. As former Liberal Attorney-General John Dowd told Brandis: “The rule of law is not a nebulous concept but does have some very specific components, one of which is the doctrine of the separation of powers … It is disappointing that we have to draw this simple principle to your attention.”

2. Hates the environment.

Example A: In 2003, he gave a 20 minute speech in Parliament linking environmentalism to Nazism. Google it.

Example B:  When a court found the Environment Minister broke the law in too hastily/sloppily approving a coal mine near the Great Barrier Reef, Brandis tried to change the law to stop green groups taking such government law breaking to the court.

Example C: Defunded and killed off Environmental Defenders’ Offices (they’re like environmental Legal Aid) two months after the mining industry asked him to.

Example D: Justified sacking CSIRO climate scientists because “if the science is settled, why do we need research scientists to continue inquiring into the settled science?” Not that he personally believes it’s settled.

3. Defunded Legal Aid.

Example A: Aboriginal Legal Services was defunded but he did fund $2.2m to those *challenging* native title claims.

Example B: Women’s community legal centres and other CLCs defunded when access to lawyers to escape domestic violence is life and death.

Example C: Only willing to give funds to community legal centres if lawyers there were forbidden from speaking up for law reform (to help the homeless, jobless, abused etc). These lawyers are on the frontline and are valuable in telling us where our law is failing our fellow Aussies.

4. Grab-bag of crapness.

Example A: He spent $28K of taxpayer money on a personal library.

Example B: He pushed for metadata laws but couldn’t explain metadata.

Example C: He wanted s18C scrapped because ‘people have the right to be bigots’.

Example D: He thinks climate change believers are stifling the ‘free speech’ of climate deniers.

TL/DR: George Brandis is Attorney General, the “first law officer of Australia”. His job is to protect the rule of law (but he attacks those who bring up when his government are *breaking* the law), protect free speech (but only when it serves his agenda, the free speech of green groups and community lawyers he goes out of his way to silence) and protect the fair running of the court (but how is that possible if you defund Legal Aid, the only way the poor and most in need can access the courts?).

His attitude to the Solicitor-General in the news today is not surprising.


TURKEY. Bakur. Sirnak province. Cizîr/Cizre. March 2016.

(1) Fatma Tetik sits near a wall with threatening graffiti written by Turkish special forces. Her husband, Ali Tetik, was killed during fighting between Turkish special forces and the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party).

(2) A child carries metal scraps in the ruins of Cizre.

(3) Mourners at a funeral for a victim of the clashes between the PKK and the Turkish Army.

(4) A family mourns the death of their 17-year-old son, Kasim, who was killed when the building he was in was destroyed by Turkish special forces.

(5) A man walks in the ruins of Cizre. The city was badly damaged during the clashes between Turkish security forces and the Kurdish PKK militants.

During the Kurdish-Turkish conflict (2015-present), in September 2015 Turkish security forces launched an operation in Cizre. According to a teacher from the district of Silopi, the tanks fired all day and people had nowhere left to hide and were left dying in their own homes.

On May 2016, the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein raised an alarm over violence against civilians and alleged human rights abuses in predominantly Kurdish south-east Turkey. He also raised concern over the Turkish government’s refusal to allow a UN team to conduct research in the area amid reports that more than a hundred people had burned to death in buildings surrounded by security forces. The Commissioner stated:

“More and more information has been emerging from a variety of credible sources about the actions of security forces in the town of Cizre during the extended curfew there from mid-December until early March,” he said in a press release. Most disturbing of all are the reports quoting witnesses and relatives in Cizre which suggest that more than 100 people were burned to death as they sheltered in three different basements that had been surrounded by security forces.”

Photographs: Emin Ozmen/Le Journal

11 photos that show how football can foster peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares to kick off a football match between Real Madrid and Levante in Madrid.

@unicef​ Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham lends his voice in support of the Global Goals at the opening of the @united-nations General Assembly in 2015.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon intercepts the ball during a friendly football match at Mandela National Stadium in Kampala, Uganda for War Victims Day.

Former British Ambassador to the UN, Mark Lyall Grant takes a penalty during an event marking the Centenary of First World War Christmas Truce at UN headquarters in 2014.

United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste peacekeeeping officer joins in football game with village children.

Timorese children and members of the Portuguese Formed Police Unit (FPU), working with the UN’s mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), play football on the sidelines of the annual Dili marathon.

Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay meets AC Milan footballer Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Staff members of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) play against a local team from Agboville in a football match for peace.

Please VOTE for Syria

Please sign this petition that calls that the Presenter #Faisal Al Qassem and AL #Jazeera News Network (Qatar channel) to be presented to Justice because of incitement to a genocide of a minority religious group in Syria.

The petition will be sent to Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International Office of the Special Advisor on The Prevention of #Genocide and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights . We need 2000 more votes.

To brief you of the video posted with the petition. It shows an episode of Faisal Al Qasem’s program on Al Jazeera aired on May 5th 2015 asking people to vote on a #pole that asks; Do you think Alawites have brought on themselves whatever might come to them next? Then the presenter starts reading out answers like those quotes from the episode: 1. “the better question should be shall we impale(pierce with sharp objects) Alawites? Shall we erase the Alawites and wipe out their existence including their children?

                    2.  “Alawites are demons” and the presenter then says no “ Even Demons are ashamed of their existence”

                   3. Then the presenter mutters out his opinion and says: “It is the right of the people to #SLAUGHTER all #Alawites”.

These are just a few of what was said in this #SECTARIAN episode that for 47 minutes discussed how this religious group should be slaughtered. Just as a note for those who don’t know this is exactly what ISIS, Islamic army, Nusra Front and other extreme Islamic groups are doing to this sect together with other minorities and christians because they consider them evil groups against “true” islam.  So basically this episode was asking people to help #ISIS to slaughter those minorities on live international tv !!

The petition says that this episode and many of the quotes chosen are a clear violation of the United Nation’s treaty of Prevention and Punishment against Genocides (9 December 1948 article 3 paragraph C) that for sure is a part of Direct and public incitement to commit genocide.

Please help the Syrians get this #petition to the Human Rights and get those criminals into a court and OFF television. 

Please sign and reblog.

Petition link here
North Korea's gulags: a horror "without any parallel in the contemporary world" [TW: Graphic Content]

A basic guide to North Korea’s infamous labor camps, how they work, and why they exist.

The gulags of North Korea exist in a strange world between secret and unsecret. No one knows for sure how many thousands or millions are locked away in the camps, which officially do not exist, and information about what goes on there can be sparse. But we can watch the camps grow and contract from satellites, where they’re so plainly and publicly visible they're labeled on Google Maps, and we are learning more all the time from the trickle of defectors and escapees who make it out of the Hermit Kingdom.

Here is a guide to the basics of North Korea’s infamous labor camps: how they work, who is sent away, and why these monstrous abuses of human rights continue.

North Korea’s gulags: the basics

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North Korean gulag escapee Kim Kwang-il drew this to portray his living conditions. (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights)

North Korea operates four enormous labor camps for political prisoners — sprawling, city-sized facilities in the country’s frigid and mountainous north. Most inmates are sent for life as punishment for minor slights, or because a relative committed some offense. They are subjected to backbreaking labor, routine torture and starvation, constant fear of arbitrary execution, and conditions so squalid most do not survive past age 45.

These gulags — which are separate from the country’s more conventional prison systems — are thought to house 100,000 or more people, including many women and children. Often, entire families are sent away for one member’s offense, through two or three generations. Sometimes inmates will have no idea why they’re there, or will have never met the relative for whom they are punished with a life of torture and malnutrition.

What makes them the worst human rights abuses on earth

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An overview of Camp 15. (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights)

A United Nations report called the camps a human rights abuse “without any parallel in the contemporary world.” Being sent to the camps is a death sentence, one that can take several torturous years or decades to carry out. The torments of the gulag are in many ways a more severe microcosm of North Korea outside of the camps.

Inmates are given not quite enough food to survive, forcing them to turn against one another — or curry favor somehow with the guards — to secure enough to eat. They are assigned brutally punishing work, such as coal mining without proper equipment or ventilation. Women and girls are subject to rape and molestation by guards.

Because the generations-long sentences mean that something to akin to families often form in the camps, inmates live with the fear that they will be tortured or killed for a family member’s crime — and are often forced to betray their own family to survive. And all inmates, from young children up to pregnant mothers, live with the constant fear of arbitrary execution, because they gave offense, or dropped a piece of equipment, or for no reason at all.

Why this is happening: to control by fear

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Kim Young Soon, who lived in a North Korean political camp for nine years, weeps while testifying before Congress. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)

The camps are an extension of North Korea’s totalitarian police state, meant to exert total control and instill complete obedience. That police state begins in homes, every one of which is required to hang portraits of leader Kim Jong Un and is outfitted by a radio — impossible to turn off — that blasts state propaganda. Neighborhoods and housing blocks are assigned formal political officers, usually male, and informal political monitors, usually female, who inform on the slightest breach.

Underlying it all is the threat of the gulag: a fate worse than simple death by execution or starvation. The camps are meant to terrify North Koreans into not just compliance but active collaboration, informing on neighbors and family members. This is paired with nationalistic propaganda meant to instill a worshipful love of the state and of leader Kim Jong Un.

The camps also play an economic role, as sources of mining, logging, and agriculture.

What can the world do about it: hope for collapse

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects army troops (KNS/AFP/Getty)

There is very little that the world can do, or is willing to do, to end the camps. The North Korean government has successfully distracted the world with its nuclear weapons program and its random-seeming threats and attacks on its neighbors, mainly South Korea but also Japan; it knows that the world cares much more about deterring a North Korean nuclear attack than about ending the gulags.

This is one major reason why North Korea periodically alternates between engaging in nuclear negotiations and blustering provocations. This keeps the global focus on nukes, and not on North Korea’s internal human rights abuses, which it sees as crucial for maintaining control.

There is zero indication that the Kim family, which has ruled for three generations, will ever soften or reform these abuses. Nor is there any chance that the outside world will force them to stop: North Korea’s nuclear deterrent makes that impossible. Perversely, the “best” we can hope for is that the government collapses or is overthrown from within, which would no doubt be catastrophic, but could at least mean the end of the cruelest system of human rights abuses in the world.

Watch: How North Korea got this way, explained in less than 3 minutes.

Correction: This article originally stated that North Korea operates six gulags. In fact, as Curtis Melvin of the US-Korea Institute points out, North Korea has recently closed Camps 18 and 22 as part of its apparent consolidation of prisoners into other camps, meaning it currently operates four. Thanks to Curtis for pointing this out.

Source: Max Fisher for Vox

Mass extrajudicial killings, the targeting of individuals on the basis of their ethnicity and arbitrary detentions have been documented in recent days. We have discovered a mass grave in Bentiu, in Unity State, and there are reportedly at least two other mass graves in Juba.
United Nations passes LGBT human rights resolution

This week, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted an LGBT rights resolution on a vote of 25 to 14.

The resolution is rather anemic, simply calling for a report from the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights on combating human rights violations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. But it is one of the few times a U.N. body has adopted a resolution affirming LGBT rights are human rights, and so LGBT advocates see it as an important precedent in empowering officials throughout the U.N. system to work on LGBT rights.

Important stuff to keep track of, even if it moves slowly. 

anonymous asked:

lmao some giant baby man in australia is having a cry because he's not allowed to say the n-word and he wants "equality" in discrimination laws. too bad he's the actual fucking Human Rights Commissioner tho.

Racists always think they found some genius loophole when they point out that discrimination laws don’t affect all people equally. Hey, fuckheads, guess what, if discrimination affected everyone equally, it wouldn’t be discrimination, you fucking idiots.