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Post time 2011-5-24 15:25:50 |Display all floors

Iran to launch rights violation data bank

Tue May 24, 2011 3:28AM

Chairwoman of the Human Rights Committee of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Zohreh Elahian
An Iranian lawmaker says the country plans to create a data bank for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and help them investigate rights violations in the West.

Chairwoman of the Human Rights Committee of the Parliament (Majlis) Zohreh Elahian told Fars News Agency on Monday that rights violations in the United States and certain European countries, such as Britain, are grave and cannot go unnoticed.

She also called on Iranian NGOs to bring human rights abuse in the West into sharp focus.

On May 16, member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Karim Abedi said that Iran plans to launch an English-language news agency to assert human rights in the West.

According to him, The Human Rights News Agency, will shed light on rights violations in Britain and the United States.

Recently, Amnesty International slammed the US for its indefinite detentions in Afghanistan and at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, as well as its flawed capital punishment system.

"Scores of men remained in indefinite military detention in Guantanamo as [US] President [Barack] Obama's one-year deadline for closure of the facility there came and went," the report recently released by the body said.

The organization's annual global human rights report points to the execution of 46 people over the past year, in which the guilt of several of the defendants remained questionable. Some cases also included unclear proof of legal representation and mental impairment.

According to Amnesty International, of the 173 men currently detained at Guantanamo Bay only three had been convicted under a military commission system, "which failed to meet international fair trial standards."

"Military commission proceedings were conducted in a handful of cases, and the only Guantanamo detainee so far transferred to the US mainland for prosecution in a federal court was tried and convicted,” the report added.

Upon taking office, Obama signed an executive order to stop military commissions in order to close down the facility by 2010. However, this has not happened yet.
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Post time 2011-5-24 15:27:17 |Display all floors


I am beginning to like this more and more. Its about time a country victimized by the colonialists, imperialists and zionists fights back on their turf. Lets get South Africa, Chile, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan involved as starters. I am sure there are plenty of non state actors in the west who will gladly join forces.

Way to go but need to put teeth in it to be taken seriously. Indeed, Iran with others who are interested should undertake preliminary steps to establish own independent international criminal court to address the human rights violations among other criminal acts with the purpose to bring justice to governments, institutions and individual violators of human rights across the globe particularly in west that are often ignored purposefully!
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Post time 2011-5-26 21:19:07 |Display all floors

Human rights whitewash from the White House

Barack Obama at Westminster Hall
Alexander Cockburn:

US turns a blind eye to the savagery in Bahrain and in America’s own jails

MAY 26, 2011

Was there ever a nation so marinated in hypocrisy as America? Week after week President Barack Obama trumpets Uncle Sam's virtues and dispenses homilies to other nations on how to behave themselves and honour freedom and democracy. This last week it's been Europe's turn to hear these self-righteous preachments.

A couple of weeks ago, Secretary of State Clinton attacked China, contrasting untiring efforts by the US to encourage human rights around the world, at a time when the Chinese "are trying to stop history, which is a fool's errand. They cannot do it. But they're going to hold it off as long as possible".

A week earlier Obama signed an expanded trade pact with Colombia where, in 2010, 51 Colombian labour organisers were murdered, many of them by government-sponsored death squads. As Richard Trumka, America's top labour leader, remarked, it was doubtful the trade agreement would be moving forward if 51 CEOs had been killed.

If there's one state in the Middle East where the US surely has clout it's Bahrain, which just happens to be the base for the US Fifth Fleet. While Clinton was wagging her finger at China, details were surfacing of the ferocious repression of Bahrain's Shia majority by the island state's Sunni rulers, backed by Saudi troops.

Masked squads raid Shia villages at night. At least 27 Shia mosques and religious meeting places have so far been wrecked or bulldozed flat. If this was Libya, Clinton would be trumpeting the repression as requiring Nato intervention. Not so in Bahrain.

As my brother, Patrick Cockburn, has reported in the Independent, "Facing little criticism from the US, otherwise so concerned about human rights abuses in Libya, the al-Khalifa family is ruthlessly crushing opposition at every level... al-Jazeera revealed... that the Bahraini police has been raiding girls' schools, detaining and beating schoolgirls, and is accused of threatening to rape them."

Amid Obama's grandiose eloquence about freedom, he has effectively excluded Palestinians from his supportive embrace and, amid meaningless verbal froth, collapsed yet again in the face of Israeli intransigence.

The New York Times reported last week that, thus far with US government complaisance, Abu Dhabi has hired Erik Prince, the former SEAL and founder of the private security firm Blackwater, to recruit an 800-member battalion of foreign troops for the United Arab Emirates. The troops include Colombian veterans, probably fresh from shooting and torturing union organisers back home.

The Times said it has documentary evidence that the unit is being formed by Prince's new company, Reflex Responses, with $529 million from the UAE, and will be used to thwart internal revolt, conduct special operations and defend oil pipelines and skyscrapers from attack.

So at the practical level, where it really counts, the US is doing its level best to "stop history".

Nauseating though the self-righteousness is about the US's double standards abroad, it pales before the macabre spectacle of Obama and Clinton extolling the moral credentials of a country with a vast gulag of some 2.3 million behind bars - 743 prisoners per 100,000 population, compared to Russia's 580, China's 186, England and Wales' 154 and India's 32. In America today, more than seven million people are under correctional supervision.

At the start of last week, the US Supreme Court ordered the state of California to reduce its prison population, currently running at 143,335, by more than 30,000. The state's prisons, at anything even remotely approaching standards not in violation of the Eighth Amendment forbidding cruel and unusual punishment, could accommodate 80,000.

Not for the first time, the ghastly conditions of California's prisons have been unsparingly described: people with terminal cancer in spaces the size of telephone booths left to die without treatment or even painkillers; convicts crammed three tiers high in prison gyms.

California rarely executes prisoners in San Quentin on death row. Informal executions are a different matter. A California court found that "an inmate in one of California's prisons needlessly dies every six or seven days due to constitutional deficiencies". Prison rape across the country is a given - at least 216,000 cases in 2008. Most of the rapists (according to the libertarian magazine Reason, which recently published a fine report on US prisons) aren't other prisoners but corrections officials.

Yet one million of the 2.3 million prison population are inside for non-violent offences, predominantly related to drugs. More than 800,000 are arrested each year for marijuana alone.

Governor Jerry Brown has suggested non-violent prisoners be sent from the state prisons to local jails, but California has no money to beef up the local hoosegows. Meanwhile policies deriving from the 1990s and before feed more and more prisoners into the system, many of them under the three-strikes law which hands out 25-year sentences for a third offence as trivial as stealing a $2 pair of socks.

America's penal conditions make a mockery of the constitution and foster crime, all against a backdrop of statistics - the FBI dispensed another batch last week - showing that crime rates have been steadily falling to levels unseen for a generation or more. America's current Depression has not seen a surge in robberies and violent crime, as many expected. Attempts to prove the efficacy of harsh codes of imprisonment and sentencing speedily collapse under statistical data.

America's prison population and treatment of citizens and immigrants trapped in the judicial system is a foul blot on the entire society and its political culture - but not one that Obama has shown the slightest interest in confronting. Indeed, his Justice Department is intent on adding more "mandatory minimum sentences" to the sentencing guidelines.

How much more pleasant it is to lecture other nations, while running on a re-election platform currently based on dispatching a death squad halfway round the world to Abbottabad on a lawless mission of revenge.
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Post time 2011-6-27 22:22:53 |Display all floors

US prisoners in solitary confinement for 40 years

Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:53PM

More than ever, the United States is quick to charge other nations with abuse of political prisoners, and to urge indictment of heads of state for doing harm to their own citizens.
Yet, the nation with the world's highest incarceration rate and a justice system saturated with racism claims to have no political prisoners. In fact, scores have been held under cruel and unusual conditions for three and four decades.

For almost 40 years, Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace have been in solitary confinement at Louisiana's infamous Angola State Prison, in what is thought to be the longest period of enforced solitude in America's vast prison gulag.

Under the conditions of solitary confinement, Woodfox and Wallace are restricted to their tiny cells for 23 hours a day. Three times a week, for an hour, they are allowed to exercise in an outdoor cage, if weather permits.

Amnesty International says their treatment is "cruel and inhumane and a violation of the U.S.'s obligations under international law."

Albert Woodfox's conviction has twice been overturned by lower courts on the basis of racial discrimination, prosecutorial misconduct, inadequate defense and suppression of evidence.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals decided that Woodfox's fate was Louisiana's business. Amnesty International demands only that the two elderly prisoners be released from solitary.

The National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) urges the U.S. to apply international human rights standards to protect and ensure the rights of political prisoners currently incarcerated within its own prison system.

NCBL presented the plight of political prisoners in the United States to the United Nations' Human Rights Council (HRC) as part of a Universal Periodic Review.

On November 9, 2010, the U.S. published a response to the HRC's recommendation, in which it again neglected to address the human rights violations committed by its FBI, which had resulted in the wrongful imprisonment of dozens of African-American political activists and others during the 1960s.

There are scores of U.S. political prisoners that have languished behind bars for three or four decades. The National Conference of Black Lawyers has been pressing for their outright release, especially those who were wrongfully imprisoned due to the FBI's COINTELPRO operation, which sought to "neutralize" and destroy radical political activists and organizations - most notably the Black Panther Party.

"COINTELPRO" was the FBI's secret program to undermine the popular upsurge which swept the country during the 1960s. Though the name stands for "Counterintelligence Program," the targets were not enemy spies.
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Post time 2011-6-27 22:23:48 |Display all floors


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6/27/2011 2:08:02 PM

This is an example of how degenerate the USA is and always has been. This treatment amounts to torture, The governor of the state of Louisiana should be facing indictments for crimes against humanity.
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Post time 2011-7-7 22:53:53 |Display all floors

HRW blasts US over Bahrain crackdown

Wed Jul 6, 2011 11:18PM

HRW's deputy Middle East director Joe Stork
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has lashed out at the US and its allies for ignoring violent oppression against peaceful anti-regime protesters in Bahrain.

"Bahrain has brutally punished those protesting peacefully for greater freedom and accountability while the US and other allies looked the other way," HRW's deputy Middle East director Joe Stork said.

The rights group, in a statement on Wednesday, also criticized the Bahrain government for carrying out a "campaign of violent oppression" against its citizens.

Anti-government protesters took to the streets of Bahrain on February 14, but the country's Saudi-backed forces crushed the demonstrations in a bloody crackdown in March.

"The Bahrain government, since March 2011, has been carrying out a punitive and vindictive campaign of violent repression against its own citizens," the statement said.

Bahrain Center for Human Rights, a non-governmental organization, said there are currently over 1,000 political detainees, including medical staff, inside the country.

HRW called on Bahrain "to end unlawful and incommunicado detention, to free protesters unless legitimate criminal charges can be brought against them, and to allow monitoring by independent human rights organizations."

It also said it has been prevented from working in Bahrain since April.


HRW is just a joke. They are the leading organization in supprting the Zionisem and capitalism.

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Did Iran ever hear of an expression in English called "good cop bad cop"? I suggest you learn what it means... HRW is a Soros/CIA front organization. You guys know who that is don't you? They recently ran the coup against your government. "George Soros to Give $100 million to Human Rights Watch"
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Post time 2011-7-11 07:20:07 |Display all floors

'US imposes inhumane, cruel conditions upon prisoners'

Sat Jul 9, 2011 6:4PM

Thousands of inmates at several California prisons are staging hunger strikes to protest the “inhumane” and “cruel” conditions they are facing, says Frederick Alexander Meade, American author and human rights activist.

“Many prisons in this country, in the United States, have imposed rather inhumane conditions upon these prison populations,” Meade said in an interview with Press TV's U.S. Desk on Saturday.

Prisoners in the United States are often times subjected to solitary confinement for 23 hours a day which constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment”, the human rights activist added.

Meade predicted that more prison inmates would join the hunger strike to improve the prison condition in the United States.
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