Yemen: Coalition’s Blocking Aid, Fuel Endangers Civilians — Human Rights Watch Org’s Video

Houthi-Saleh Obstruction Heightens Crisis The Saudi-led coalition’s restrictions on imports to Yemen have worsened the dire humanitarian situation of Yemeni civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The restrictions, in violation of international humanitarian law, have delayed and diverted fuel tankers, closed a critical port, and stopped life-saving goods for the population from entering seaports controlled…

Opinion: Modi’s India is a bad example for Kashmiris — Deutsche welle de

For almost a year, New Delhi has been trying to pacify angry protesters in Kashmir. DW’s Shamil Shams says an intolerant India under PM Modi’s leadership cannot bring the disgruntled Kashmiri youth under its fold. Since July last year, Indian authorities have been trying to quell unrest in the Kashmir valley. They have used their…

Some sad stories of Palestinians under Israel occupation written by B’Tselem (The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories)

UN report is a reminder: Over 1.5 million people live in the Gaza Strip. It is not a battlefield The UN report on the 2014 Gaza conflict rejects Israeli government and military officials’ view of what is permissible in combat in densely populated areas. The UN commission’s premise differs from that of these officials, seeing…

Palestine UN envoy demands justice over Israel child abuse — Press TV

The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations (UN) has submitted an open letter to the UN Security Council, demanding justice over the Israeli regime’s persisting violations and abuse against Palestinian children. Arrest and kidnap of Palestinian children is among daily Israel abuses against Palestinian communities in occupied territories. (File photo)   “Every single day and…

In Latest Vindication of Snowden, Court Rules UK Mass Surveillance Illegal — Common Dreams org

‘We must not allow agencies to continue justifying mass surveillance programmes using secret interpretations of secret laws,’ said Privacy International director Eric King. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal found on Friday that the British intelligence agency GCHQ violated human rights laws by spying on citizens and sharing information with the NSA. (Photo: Stefano Bertolotti/flickr/cc) In the…

B’Tselem (Israeli Information Center for Human Rights): Israel wants to have its cake and eat it too when it comes to Geneva Convention

Israeli authorities blatantly breach the Convention, yet benefit from membership in the club of nations that have signed it The village Um al-‘Kheir, in the Southern Hebron Hills, with the Carmel settlement in the background. Photo: Keren Manor, activestills.org, 10 March 2011. The High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention held a conference today. In…

Video: Saudi Arabia Tries to Silence Center for Inquiry at UN Human Rights Council – 6/23/14. Also read: ‘What Made Saudi Arabia Panic at the UN Human Rights Council?’

  Published on 23 Jun 2014 Saudi Arabia tries, three times, to stop Center For Inquiry representative Josephine Macintosh from delivering a statement critical of their repeated assaults on freedom of religion, belief, and expression at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on June 23, 2014. More information and background about the incident:…

“Why did the Taliban destroy our school?” – Report from FATA by Sami Ullah of SAWERA on Safe World for Women org

Girls’ High School, Mohmand Agency, FATA. Literacy Status & Community: Government Tendency Towards Education in Tribal Areas of Pakistan Report and photos by Sami Ullah, Programme Coordinator, SAWERA ©   Most girls in Pakistan have never been to school FATA Education is considered a primary development indicator and an important aspect of the Millennium Development…

Kazakhstan: Blair Criticized for Cozying Up To Astana — Eurasia Net Org

Just over two years ago, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair signed on as a political consultant with the government of Kazakhstan. His performance as an adviser to the Central Asian nation remains a source of contention. But what is indisputable is that Kazakhstan’s democratization record is far poorer today than it was when he…

Palestinians with work permits must arrive at checkpoints before dawn, undergo humiliating inspection — B’Tselem org The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories article and video

More than 30,000 Palestinians have permits to work in Israel, and may enter the country by crossing any one of eleven checkpoints. Three checkpoints are located in the southern West Bank, five in its center, and three in the northern West Bank. Last month, B’Tselem staff visited Tarqumya Checkpoint in the southern West Bank and…

World Bank: Ducking Human Rights Issues — Human Rights Watch

(Washington, DC, July 22, 2013) — The World Bank has closed its eyes to risks to the human rights of the very people it seeks to benefit, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The bank lacks adequate checks to guard against funding human rights abuse. The bank’s board will meet as part…