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  • Internet Access Is Not a Human Right

    01/14/2012 6:05:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 4, 2012 | Vinton G. Cerf
    From the streets of Tunis to Tahrir Square and beyond, protests around the world last year were built on the Internet and the many devices that interact with it... It is no surprise, then, that the protests have raised questions about whether Internet access is or should be a civil or human right.... is an enabler of rights, not a right itself. There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right. Loosely put, it must be among the things we as humans need in order to lead healthy, meaningful lives, like freedom from torture or...
  • Outrage over 'human zoo' on Indian islands....(Oh! the inhumanity!)

    01/11/2012 7:08:28 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/11/12 | Yahoo News
    Rights campaigners and politicians Wednesday condemned a video showing women from a protected and primitive tribe dancing for tourists in exchange for food on India's far-flung Andaman Islands. British newspaper The Observer released the video showing Jarawa tribal women -- some of them naked -- being lured to dance and sing after a bribe was allegedly paid to a policeman to produce them. Under Indian laws designed to protect ancient tribal groups susceptible to outside influence and disease, photographing or coming into contact with the Jarawa is illegal.
  • Russia slams US for its human rights record

    12/28/2011 6:09:30 PM PST · by Mandingo Conservative · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/28/11
    MOSCOW (AP) Russia's Foreign Ministry has attacked America's human rights record in its first report on injustice elsewhere in the world, offering examples such as the Guantanamo Bay prison and wrongful death row convictions to paint the U.S. as hypocritical for lecturing other nations on the subject of rights.
  • U.S. Congress holds hearings on human rights in Russia

    12/20/2011 11:09:10 AM PST · by struwwelpeter · 4 replies
    Radio Echo of Moscow ^ | December 17th, 2011 | Natalia Pelevine
    This week the U.S. Congress held hearings on human rights in Russia. The first remarks by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), conducting the hearings, and they were pretty tough. This was not surprising, since long ago she signed a bill named for Sergey L. Magnitsky, a Russian attorney killed in police custody. This bill now has twenty-five senators supporting it in the upper house of the U.S. Congress, and may well be adopted. Further testimony was given Phillip H. Gordon, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian affairs, and Thomas O. Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the...
  • At Length: John Bolton discusses nuclear Iran and Israel

    12/19/2011 8:17:20 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 4 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Rabbi David Woznica
    Most of the time when we hear John Bolton, we hear him in small sound bites on Fox News. But in this interview John Bolton talks about Iran at length, discussing what we know about Irans nuclear facilities, why sanctions wont work, and what he expects Israel to do in the next couple of years. Very interesting discussion:
  • Batman Star Christian Bale Attacked & Stopped in China from meeting a Blind Activist Lawyer

    12/19/2011 7:13:11 AM PST · by thesaleboat · 4 replies
    LIFESITENEWS ^ | 16 Dec 2011 | LIFESITENEWS ^YouTube video link^ DONGSHIGU VILLAGE, China, December 16, 2011 ( - Famed Batman star Christian Bale is making headlines after he traveled nine hours from Beijing to visit blind forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng. The actor never got the chance, however, as he was roughed up and forced away from Chens village by Chinese government officials, according to a CNN report. What I really wanted to do was shake the mans hand and say thank you, and tell him what an inspiration he is, he said. Bale was in Beijing for the premiere of The Flowers of War, a...
  • Op-Ed: Human Rights for Israelis?

    12/15/2011 5:40:37 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/12/11 | Ted Belman
    Sunday In Israeli Knesset's legislative committee they postponed a vote on the outposts. This Sunday is when you can make a difference. Read on. The battle for the rights of the 7000 young Israelis living in so-called outposts (young communities in Judea and Samaria which lack formal government approval for political reasons) is fierce in Israel. European funded leftwing pro-Palestinian groups are doing their best to have these communities both delegitimized and decimated. The Israeli public generally sympathizes with the communities, among other reasons due to the fact that deceased Israeli war heroes, known to every Israeli family, lived in...
  • UN rights chief says Syria death toll over 4,000

    12/01/2011 7:51:26 AM PST · by Righting · 4 replies
    AP / YahooNews ^ | Dec. 01, 2011
    GENEVA (AP) The U.N.'s top human rights official says her office estimates the death toll in Syria's nine-month uprising is now "much more" than 4,000. Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, gave the latest figure a day before the global body is due to hold an emergency meeting on the crisis in the country. Pillay told reporters in Geneva on Thursday that evidence emerging of abuses committed by Syrian security forces affirms her call that the country's leadership should be prosecuted for "crimes against humanity."
  • A 'Human Rights' Swindle in Colombia (NGO Fraud)

    11/08/2011 10:32:00 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 7, 2011 | MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    As Occupy Wall Street droned on about the evils of corporate avarice last month, a multimillion-dollar international scandal broke in Bogot, exposing greed and corruption in the "nongovernmental organization" (NGO) world of human rights.
  • Israeli Ministry of Welfare Destroys Ethiopian Homes

    11/05/2011 9:34:30 AM PDT · by Love for Israel · 26 replies
    UnPromisedLand channel ^ | 4 Nov 2011 | David Weisskopf
    Ministry of Welfare Destroys Ethiopian Homes by R. D. Weisskopf, founder of the UnPromised Land channel Despite the widespread outcry against the Ministry of Welfare, senior management refused this week to fight corruption which has been deeply-entrenched in the Ministry of Welfare for over 30 years. One of the communities that has suffered most at the hands of the Ministry of Welfare are Ethiopian immigrants. According to the Jewish Agency, Ethiopians are less than 3% of Israels immigrant population while Ethiopian children represent 50% of the immigrant population under the Ministry of Welfares control. One of the many testimonies linked...
  • Human-rights complaint seeks secular praying room for Muslims at Catholic University

    10/28/2011 11:48:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/28/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    I'll start off this post by informing readers that they will not identify the most outrageous part of this story from the headline, not here at Hot Air, and not at Fox News, which headlines the story, ‘Do Crosses at Catholic University Violate “Human Rights” of Muslims?’ Before we get to the most outrageous part of the story, let’s hit the teeth-grinding allegations in the complaint (via Katie Pavlich): The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights confirmed that it is investigating allegations that Catholic University violated the human rights of Muslim students by not allowing them to form a Muslim...
  • Muslims Want Catholic School to Provide Room Without Crosses

    10/26/2011 7:37:22 PM PDT · by bkopto · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct 26, 2011 | Staff
    Catholic University has been accused of violating the human rights of Muslim students by not allowing them to form a Muslim student group and by not providing them rooms without Christian symbols for their daily prayers, according to a complaint filed with the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights. The 60-page complaint said Muslim students must perform their prayers surrounded by symbols of Catholicism e.g., a wooden crucifix, paintings of Jesus, pictures of priests and theologians which many Muslim students find inappropriate. SNIP Patrick Reilly, the president of the Cardinal Newman Society, an organization that promotes Catholic identity among...
  • Diane Sawyer: "Moderate" Islamists government in Tunisia - What the heck is that?

    10/24/2011 4:46:46 PM PDT · by Righting · 12 replies
    Newsround: ABC TV / PBS NewsHour
    Diane Sawyer: "Moderate Islamists" government in Tunisia - What the heck is that? This ("moderate Islamists") was D. Sawyer's invented language today [Oct. 24, 2011]. (World News With Diane Sawyer - ABC) --- PBS NewsHour - Oct. 24, 2011 Gwen Ifill had guests: Michelle Dunn (Atlantic Journal) and Hisham Melhem, Washington bureau chief for Al-Arabiya TV. Surprisingly, it was Michelle Dunn that typically was caught up in the media romance-with-Arab-spring frenzy and lied/said that defended the 'Sharia' legalization in Tunisia. Whereas the Arab Muslim Hisham of al-Arabiya that was more defining it in clarity, 'Islamic law' being the main Vs...
  • Home Secretary Theresa May wants Human Rights Act axed

    10/02/2011 3:25:08 AM PDT · by EnglishCon · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/02/2011 | BBC News
    The home secretary has called for the Human Rights Act to be scrapped, less than a fortnight after Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said it was "here to stay". The act enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law. But Theresa May told the Sunday Telegraph she "personally" would like to see it go because of the problems it caused for the Home Office. ..... Prime Minister David Cameron said he agreed with Mrs May that the act should be scrapped and replaced with a British Bill of Rights.
  • Obama To Meet With Honduras Lobo At White House In October

    09/28/2011 8:57:54 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Latin American News Dispatch ^ | September 23, 2011 2:48 pm | none stated
    U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Honduran President Porfirio Lobo next month at the White House to discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional economic and security issues, according to a press release. The Oval Office Meeting on October 5 will come only a few weeks after Lobos address at the United Nations, where he highlighted his countrys commitment to restoring human rights in the aftermath of the June 2009 coup that ousted then-President Manuel Zelaya. The President also welcomes the opportunity to underscore the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Honduran people, as well as...
  • HRW Founder Bernstein Starts "Advancing Human Rights" (denounced the HRW biased organization)

    09/14/2011 8:16:52 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Camera ^ | March, 2011
    March 03, 2011 HRW Founder Bernstein Starts Advancing Human Rights (AHR) Robert Bernstein, the founder and former chairman of Human Rights Watch who publicly renounced his ties with the organization due to distorted and disproportionate focus on free and open Israel at the expense of the rest of the Middle East -- mostly unfree -- has just launched a new human rights organization, Advancing Human Rights. Why the need for a new organization? Bernstein, 88, explains: Some human rights organizations, like Human Rights Watch, do not condemn incitement to genocide, Arab hate speech being spewed daily in Gaza, particularly, and...
  • Calling for Action on North Korean Crimes

    09/09/2011 5:10:41 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 9, 2011 | Benedict Rogers
    (Snip) An estimated 200,000 people are trapped in a brutal system of political prison camps akin to Hitler's concentration camps and Stalin's gulag. Slave labor, horrific torture and bestial living conditions are now well-documented in numerous reports by human rights organizations, through the testimonies of survivors of these camps who have escaped. Although there is still a shroud of mystery surrounding North Korea, the world can no longer claim ignorance as an excuse. A growing number of North Korean defectors have shared their stories. Lee Sung Ae told British Parliament about how when she was jailed, all her finger-nails were...
  • Christian Nurse in Pakistan Boldly Opts to Report Videotaped Rape

    09/08/2011 7:13:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Compass. ^ | September 08, 2011
    Colleague tries to blackmail her into converting to Islam, marrying him. A Christian nurse here filed a police report on Saturday (Sept. 3) alleging she was raped by a Muslim colleague who filmed the act in an attempt to blackmail her into renouncing her faith and marrying him, she and hospital sources ... Christians have little legal or societal standing in Pakistan, and Muslim criminals tend to assume they will not be prosecuted if their victims are Christians. ... Although Shaista and her family have filed an FIR with police, getting justice without higher government help may be difficult
  • No place for Human Rights, democracy or citizenship in Islam

    09/05/2011 3:07:18 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 7 replies ^ | Sept 5, 2011 | IOPHRI Gates of Vienna
    Mesbah-Yazdi, the theoretician of violence, gave a new speech at the end of Ramadan (end of August) in which he criticized the opinion of those people who claim Islam is based on generosity and respect for Human Rights. In this speech he said: Democracy, Human Rights and the rights of citizenship have no place in Islam. He continued that there is no room for freedom of speech and thought in Islam, and that Islam is based on strictness and violence. Muslims and those who convert to the religion of Islam must only adhere to the opinions of the leader of...
  • People deprived of the internet feel 'upset and lonely' ... {snip}

    07/25/2011 9:52:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    ukdailymail ^ | 11:17 AM on 22nd July 2011
    The majority of people feel upset and lonely when they are deprived of access to the internet, according to consumer research. A new study has revealed that 53 per cent feel upset when denied access and 40 per cent feel lonely if they are unable to go online. The research found that people experience these feelings even if denied online access for a short time. The scientists reported the volunteers told of physiological and physical symptoms comparable to addicts trying to quit smoking or drugs. These included feeling fidgety, anxious and isolated, and even reaching out for their mobile phone,...