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  • The Strange Morality of Human Rights (of Human Rights Watch)

    08/04/2006 3:44:04 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 3 replies · 331+ views ^ | August 4, 2006 | P. David Hornik
    There were two kinds of people who reacted with instant condemnation to the news of Israel’s strike on the building at Qana. One kind consisted of Arabs and Muslims who grew up in authoritarian countries or social frameworks and mostly had been indoctrinated in hatred of Israel and Jews. The other kind consisted of people who grew up in free and tolerant frameworks in democratic countries and supposedly absorbed ideals regarding fairness and evidence.
  • Human Rights Watch Courts The Mullahs (Stupid Left BWAHAHAHAHAHA Alert)

    08/03/2006 1:18:02 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 578+ views ^ | 08/03/06 | John Perazzo
    During these tense times in the Middle East, at least Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can have a good laugh over the pathetic July 26 letter addressed to him by the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa Division, Sarah Leah Whitson. “Dear President Ahmadinejad,” the letter solemnly begins, “We [at HRW] are aware that you have recently expressed great concern about the current fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, citing in particular the large numbers of Lebanese civilian victims of this conflict.” Your eyes do not deceive you. HRW believes, at least publicly, that it is communicating...
  • Human Rights Watch Targets israel

    07/25/2006 4:51:04 PM PDT · by John Carey · 5 replies · 283+ views
    On Line Opinion, Australia ^ | July 26, 2006 | On Line Opinion Staff
    "Such tunnel vision towards its political goal not only undermines HRW's credibility as a defender of human rights, but also feeds the process of anti-Israel demonisation. Until it relinquishes its extremist political program with respect to Israel, and recognises the difference between terrorists and sovereign democratic states, HRW will continue to fuel the conflict that it condemns with such vigour."
  • Group says Israel ignored beach blast evidence - Human Rights Watch

    06/21/2006 7:50:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 436+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/21/06 | Dean yates
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch accused an Israeli army investigation on Wednesday of ignoring evidence that challenges its decision to clear the military of blame for a blast that killed seven Palestinians on a Gaza beach. The deaths on June 9, a day of heavy Israeli shelling designed to stop militants firing rockets from Gaza, drew international condemnation and prompted the ruling Palestinian Islamist group Hamas to call off a 16-month-old truce. Major-General Meir Califi, who led the army investigation, dismissed the accusations by the U.S.-based rights watchdog, which has carried out its own inquiry into the explosion that...
  • Human rights groups silent on death of Americans

    06/20/2006 10:35:13 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 39 replies · 1,379+ views ^ | 21 June 2006 | Jeff Emanuel
    Two American soldiers, missing since an insurgent ambush at the checkpoint they were manning last Friday, were found dead Monday night on a street just south of Baghdad. An Iraqi General confirmed to the Associated Press that the soldiers’ bodies showed “signs of torture,” and that the men appeared to have been killed in a particularly “barbaric” way. This assertion appears to be backed up both by the fact that DNA tests were required to positively identify the remains, and by the claim of responsibility made by the self-titled new leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, who posted on an Islamist...
  • Jordan rebukes Human Rights Watch

    06/19/2006 4:43:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 306+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/19/06 | AP
    AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan rebuked Human Rights Watch on Monday for criticizing the kingdom's arrest of four lawmakers after they paid condolences to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's family. Al-Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. airstrike north of Baghdad on June 8. The four lawmakers — members of Jordan's largest opposition group, the Islamic Action Front — attended the al-Qaida in Iraq leader's wake in his native Jordan on June 9. One described al-Zarqawi as a "martyr." Two days later, they were arrested and charged with "instigating sectarian strife" and "fueling national discord" and jailed for 15 days. The New York-based rights...
  • Human Rights Watch admits unable to contradict IDF

    06/19/2006 2:20:49 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 10 replies · 549+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 19 June 2006 | Yaakov Katz
    While sticking to its demand for the establishment of an independent inquiry into a blast on a Gaza beach 10 days ago that killed seven Palestinian civilians, the Human Rights Watch conceded Monday night for the first time since the incident that it could not contradict the IDF's exonerating findings. On Monday, Maj.-Gen. Meir Klifi - head of the IDF inquiry commission that cleared the IDF of responsibility for the blast - met with Marc Garlasco, a military expert from the HRW who had last week claimed that the blast was caused by an IDF artillery shell. Following the three-hour...
  • Group Blasts Jordan for Lawmaker Arrests

    06/18/2006 5:57:30 AM PDT · by Valin · 5 replies · 275+ views
    AMMAN, Jordan, AP -Human Rights Watch criticized Jordan's arrest of four lawmakers who visited the family of slain terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, calling it a violation of freedom of expression. "Expressing condolences to the family of a dead man, however murderous he might be, is not a crime," Sarah Leah Whitson, director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division, said in a statement Saturday. The lawmakers, members of Jordan's largest opposition group, visited al-Zarqawi's family home in Zarqa, 17 miles northeast of Amman, on June 9, two days after al-Qaida in Iraq leader was killed in...
  • "Unbiased" Advice

    06/15/2006 11:24:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 387+ views
    Human Rights Watch and Saeb Erekat lack objectivity The Israeli Defense Forces recently concluded a report on the tragic deaths of seven Palestinians on a Gaza Beach. As detailed yesterday in HR's special report "Gaza Beach Libel", the IDF has carefully analyzed all evidence and proven that it was not responsible for this tragedy. In the past 24 hours, our report has generated over 500 letters to the media. While some news organizations have reported the IDF findings, it certainly does not compensate for the highly emotive front page initial accusations.At the same time, many in the media have been...
  • Rights report slams US 'torture' (Barf ALERT!!!)

    01/18/2006 4:01:42 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 1 replies · 166+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19 January 2006
    US counter-terrorism policies, with their deliberate use of "torture and mistreatment," put the global defence of human rights on the back foot in 2005, Human Rights Watch said in its annual report released overnight. The New York-based monitor said the US strategy has fuelled terrorist recruitment and hampered Washington's ability to pressure other countries into respecting international law. "Fighting terrorism is central to the human rights cause," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. "But using illegal tactics against alleged terrorists is both wrong and counterproductive." The watchdog also criticised US allies in the war on terror for...
  • Human rights in Iraq 'much worse'

    01/18/2006 3:50:12 PM PST · by ferri · 12 replies · 472+ views
    cnn ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2006
    (CNN) -- After a year of arduous political spadework by Iraqis trying to establish a democracy, a major humanitarian watchdog group has said "the human rights situation in Iraq deteriorated significantly in 2005." Human Rights Watch made the assessment Wednesday in a report titled "Human Rights Watch World Report 2006," a global survey of the state of human rights. The U.S.-led coalition has touted a year of political progress in Iraq, as Iraqis numbering in the millions went to the polls to vote for a transitional parliament, a four-year parliament and a constitution.
  • Bush Meets Victims of 'Butcherer' Saddam AND (Barf)Rights Group: U.S. Has Torture Strategy

    01/18/2006 3:49:20 PM PST · by xzins · 2 replies · 321+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 18 Jan 06 | NEDRA PICKLER
    Bush Meets Victims of 'Butcherer' Saddam By NEDRA PICKLER ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) - 0118dv-bush-iraqis Iraqis who said they were beaten, imprisoned and lost loved ones at the hands of Saddam Hussein's government shared their stories Wednesday with President Bush, who said the former Iraqi president "will get his due justice." There was an emotional atmosphere in the hourlong meeting, participants said, as Bush went around a table in the Roosevelt Room asking each of roughly a dozen Iraqis to tell their experiences. Bush said they told "stories of sadness and stories of bravery." "One of the interesting moments will...
  • Poland was main CIA centre in Europe, says rights body

    12/09/2005 12:24:17 PM PST · by lizol · 16 replies · 411+ views
    Poland was main CIA centre in Europe, says rights body 09/12/2005 - 5:03:52 PM A Human Rights Watch investigator said Poland was the CIA’s main centre to detain terrorist suspects in Europe at clandestine prisons, a Polish newspaper reported today. Poland’s leaders continue vigorously to deny any involvement. Marc Garlasco, a senior military analyst with the rights organisation, was quoted by Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza as saying Human Rights Watch had documents corroborating its case about Poland, and showing Romania was a transit point for moving prisoners. “Poland was the main base of interrogating prisoners and Romania was more of a...
  • EU investigator seeks data on CIA planes (Who Leaked to Human Rights Watch?)

    11/23/2005 7:59:33 AM PST · by Stultis · 23 replies · 901+ views
    AP via Miami Herald ^ | 22 November 2005 | JAN SLIVA
    EU investigator seeks data on CIA planesJAN SLIVAAssociated Press PARIS - The head of an investigation into alleged secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe said Tuesday he was checking 31 suspect planes that landed in Europe in recent years and was trying to acquire past satellite images of sites in Romania and Poland.If the European probe uncovers evidence of covert facilities, the potential impact ranges from major embarrassment for the United States to political turmoil in countries that might have participated, even unwittingly. Countries found housing secret detention centers also could be suspended or expelled from the 46-member Council...
  • CIA Makes Referral to Justice Department on Secret Prisons Story

    11/08/2005 5:52:19 PM PST · by aculeus · 50 replies · 1,551+ views
    Tampa Bay On Line (AP) ^ | November 8, 2005 | By Katherine Shrader Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The CIA took the first step toward a criminal investigation of a leak of possibly classified information on secret prisons to The Washington Post, a U.S. official said Tuesday. The agency's general counsel sent a report to the Justice Department about the Post story, which reported the existence of secret U.S. detention centers for suspected terrorists in Eastern Europe. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue deals with classified information, said the referral was made shortly after the Nov. 2 story. The leak investigation into the disclosure of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame's...
  • Recommendations (Human Rights Watch gives a list of recommendations to Terrorist Groups in Iraq)

    10/02/2005 8:44:54 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 22 replies · 428+ views
    Human Rights Watch ^ | October 2 2005
    In this report, Human Rights Watch calls on insurgent groups active in Iraq to: Cease all attacks against civilians, the civilian population and civilian objects, both Iraqi and non-Iraqi. Civil servants, politicians, religious leaders, humanitarian aid workers, journalists and civilian employees of foreign governments are immune from attack; Cease all attacks that do not discriminate between combatants and civilians, and attacks that cause harm to civilians or civilian objects that is excessive in relation to the anticipated military advantage; Take all feasible precautionary measures during military operations to verify that objectives to be attacked are not civilian but military, and...
  • Iraq insurgents guilty of war crimes -rights group

    10/02/2005 5:40:10 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 24 replies · 888+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 3, 2005 | Suleiman al-Khalidi
    Iraqi insurgents are committing war crimes by attacking civilians in their fight against U.S. forces, the New-York based Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Although the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the ensuing occupation resulted in tens of thousands of civilian deaths, and abuses that enraged many Iraqis, this was no justification for deliberate killings of civilians, it said. "The deliberate targeting of civilians during an armed conflict constitutes a war crime," Human Rights Watch said in a 140-page study, released in Jordan.
  • How Citigroup’s Board Cleaned the Stable

    07/30/2005 9:04:06 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 687+ views
    Corporate Board Members Magazine ^ | May/Jun 2003 | Monica Langley
    Ok, this is 'older'; but it looks front page news worthy to me! Corporate Board Member May/Jun 2003 Feature Story How Citigroup’s Board Cleaned the Stable by Monica Langley Sandy Weill built the world’s most profitable financial empire. Then Citigroup—and Weill—became embroiled in scandal. Here’s how he got his board to sign off on his plan to save the company and redeem himself. During his tumultuous career, humbly born Sanford I. Weill survived setbacks that would have finished most people and went on to build Citigroup, the singularly profitable agglomeration of Citibank, Travelers, Smith Barney, and other financial businesses (2002...
  • US Policy Options for Iran

    07/18/2005 7:37:31 AM PDT · by humint · 14 replies · 1,081+ views ^ | 30, June 2005 | Iran Policy Committee
    U.S. Policy Options for Iran: Sham Elections, Disinformation Campaign, Human Rights Abuses, and Regime Change Excerpt from Executive Summary While the Bush administration has been reluctant to adopt an unambiguous policy of regime change for Iran, the outcome of the Iranian electoral process, disinformation campaign, and violations of human rights require adoption of an explicit regime change policy for Iran.  An ambiguous American policy was somewhat effective prior to the June 2005 Iranian elections. That policy allowed Washington to support the European diplomatic initiative toward Iran without fear of being blamed for sabotaging negotiations by threatening the regime’s existence....
  • US faces prison ship allegations

    06/28/2005 1:02:59 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 84 replies · 1,937+ views
    US faces prison ship allegations The United Nations says it has learned of serious allegations that the US is secretly detaining terrorism suspects, notably on American military ships. The special rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak said the accusations were rumours at this stage, but urged the US to co-operate in an investigation. He said the UN wants lists of the places of detention and those held. The comments come five days after the UN accused the US of stalling on their requests to visit Guantanamo Bay. Investigators have been asking to visit the jail in Cuba to carry out checks...
  • Rights report says US detentions were abuse of law

    06/27/2005 4:56:00 PM PDT · by Valin · 7 replies · 226+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/27/05
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States abused a law intended to keep witnesses from fleeing when it jailed dozens of Muslim men after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to a report Monday by two major rights groups. The 70 men, all but one of them Muslim, were suspected by the Justice Department of involvement in terrorism but were held as material witnesses rather than criminal suspects, said Jamie Fellner of Human Rights Watch, which released the report with the American Civil Liberties Union. The designation, intended to hold people who have information about a crime but may want...
  • The World's Working Children

    06/09/2005 7:04:09 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 1,063+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 06.09.05 | Tony Magliano
    As millions of children look forward to a break from school, millions of oth­ers only wish they could begin. For these children, summer days will not be spent in ballparks and play­grounds, but on battlegrounds or in fields. These children have no time for play. It's all work. And the work is dirty, hard and dangerous. According to the International Labor Organization's ( global report, "A Future Without Child Labor," 246 million children worldwide are in­volved in child labor, which should be abolished. The study found that 179 mil­lion children ages 5 to 17 are exposed to forms of child...
  • US Offends Muslim Detainees’ Religious Beliefs: HRW (Islamist Propaganda Barf Alert)

    05/19/2005 8:57:16 AM PDT · by Cornpone · 31 replies · 584+ views
    Islam Online (IOL) ^ | 19 May 2005 | Islam Online
    NEW YORK, May 19, 2005 ( & News Agencies) – The US should investigate the humiliation of Muslim detainees and the abuse of their religious beliefs rather than attack those who expose them, an international human rights group has said. “Around the world, the United States has been humiliating Muslim detainees by offending their religious beliefs,” Reed Brody, a special counsel for the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse (AFP). “If the United States is to repair the public relations damage caused by its mistreatment of detainees, it needs to investigate those who...
  • Treasonatrix Barbie: Meet the Real Marla Ruzicka - (the Jane Fonda of our war on terror)

    04/22/2005 11:57:14 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 141 replies · 7,481+ views
    When The New York Times, “Nightline,” and CNN nominate a young blonde for sainthood ahead of the Pope, it’s time for a reality check. Especially when that blonde, Marla Ruzicka’s sole purpose is to legitimize our enemies, cause problems for U.S. troops already in harms way, and morally equivocate dead terrorists with victims of 9/11. Jane Fonda lite—but unfortunately without having been spat upon by right-thinking veterans. The recent death of Ruzicka, an American “activist” in Iraq, elicited an orgy of gush—everywhere from Time Magazine to The Guardian of London to Al-Jazeera. A 28-year-old San Franciscan, Ruzicka was in Iraq...
  • Human Rights Watch to study U.S. military justice system (outrageous)

    03/28/2005 6:14:54 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 13 replies · 357+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 27, 2005 | Nancy Montgomery
    Human Rights Watch has begun a project to track how allegations of abuse and homicide against U.S. soldiers are dealt with in the military justice system. “What we’re trying to get a handle on, is how successful the military justice system has been in investigating and prosecuting allegations of abuse,” said John Sifton, lead researcher on counter-terrorism and military affairs for the non-profit group based in New York City. “We’re not on a witch hunt against troops; our concern is systematic failures.” The project to collect and analyze data from more than 100 cases began in December, which includes allegations...
  • Human Rights Group Accuses Ethiopian Military of Attacking Civilians

    03/25/2005 12:24:29 PM PST · by Das Outsider · 1 replies · 224+ views
    Human rights group accuses Ethiopian military of attacking civilians NAIROBI, Kenya: Ethiopian troops have committed widespread killings, rapes and torture of the Anuak population in the southwestern corner of the country since late 2003, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. Numerous attacks by soldiers and civilians from other ethnic groups have killed more than 500 people and driven several thousand Anuaks from their homes in the Gambella region, the New York-based group said in a 64-page report released in Nairobi. The most serious attack took place in December 2003 when civilians attacked several Anuak villages, killing more than 400 people, the...
  • Human Rights Watch Hires Researcher from "Electronic Intifada"

    03/25/2005 11:40:07 AM PST · by Afghanistanmation · 3 replies · 497+ views
    NGO Monitor ^ | NGO Monitor
    (via Geopolitical Review) Ken Roth and Human Rights Watch have employed Lucy Mair as a researcher in Israel/Occupied Territories. Ms. Mair's qualifications include writing for the "Electronic Intifada" and work with Grassroots International, a radical pro-Palestinian political organization. (Since HRW's employment process is secret, and not subject to independent review, we are unable to compare her credentials and expertise on universal human rights issues with the other candidates.) Her descriptions of Life in Palestine, and articles for "Palestine Now" etc., focus exclusively on Palestinian "fear and the loss and the humiliation and the despair", with no mention of terror, suicide...
  • Iraq: Torture Continues at Hands of New Government (BARF ALERT)

    01/25/2005 11:50:13 AM PST · by FreedomNeocon · 9 replies · 318+ views
    Human Rights Watch ^ | Jan 26th, 2005 | Sarah Leah Whitson
    Iraq: Torture Continues at Hands of New Government Police Systematically Abusing Detainees (Baghdad, January 25, 2005) -- Iraqi security forces are committing systematic torture and other abuses against people in detention, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The people of Iraq were promised something better than this after the government of Saddam Hussein fell. The New Iraq? Torture and Ill-treatment of Detainees in Iraqi Custody Report, January 24, 2005 The 94-page report, The New Iraq? Torture and Ill-treatment of Detainees in Iraqi Custody, documents how unlawful arrest, long-term incommunicado detention, torture and other ill-treatment of detainees...
  • Group: Iraqi Forces Torturing Detainees ( Human Rights Watch ...... says.......)

    01/24/2005 7:35:03 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies · 664+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | January 24, 2005 at 19:30:48 PST | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    LONDON (AP) - Iraqi security forces are arbitrarily arresting people and systematically torturing and abusing detainees, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Tuesday. With few exceptions, Iraqi authorities have not acted to stop such mistreatment, the report said. International police advisers, largely funded by the U.S. government, "have turned a blind eye to these rampant abuses," it said. "The Iraqi interim government led by Prime Minister Ayad Allawi ... appears to be actively taking part, or is at least complicit, in these grave violations of fundamental human rights. Nor has the United States, the United Kingdom or other...
  • Bush under fire over human rights (Barf Alert!)

    01/18/2005 8:09:32 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 4 replies · 218+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | January 14, 2005 | Richard Norton-Taylor, Julian Borger in Washington and Suzanne Goldenberg in Fort Hood
    America's human rights abuses have provided a rallying cry for terrorists and set a bad example to regimes seeking to justify their own poor rights records, a leading independent watchdog said yesterday. The torture and degrading treatment of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo Bay have undermined the credibility of the US as a defender of human rights and opponent of terrorism, the New York-based Human Rights Watch says in its annual report. "The US government is less and less able to push for justice abroad because it is unwilling to see justice done at home," says Kenneth Roth, the...
  • Criminal Complaints

    01/18/2005 12:40:02 PM PST · by dervish · 2 replies · 523+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/14/2005 | Denis Boyles
    Denis Boyles is a must read to follow the ongoing hypocrisy of our "allies" in Europe. He is also wicked funny.
  • Rights group says Israel is violating international law by destroying Palestinian homes in Gaza

    10/18/2004 10:33:14 AM PDT · by SmithL · 62 replies · 571+ views
    AP ^ | 10/18/4 | GAVIN RABINOWITZ
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has violated international law by systematically destroying Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip town of Rafah in a bid to create a buffer zone along the border with Egypt, according to a human rights report released Monday. The Human Rights Watch report also accused the Israeli military of exaggerating the threat posed by weapons-smuggling tunnels running from Rafah to Egypt -- the main justification for the home demolitions. "We've seen the piece by piece destruction of up to 10 percent of Rafah," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of the New York-based group.
  • Rights group lists Al-Qaeda suspects in secret CIA custody (worry about SENIOR AQ leaders)

    10/11/2004 8:04:19 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 29 replies · 803+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Oct. 11, 2004 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) - Human Rights Watch listed the names of 11 senior Al-Qaeda suspects it said were held by the CIA (news - web sites) in secret locations overseas, where some had reportedly been tortured. The suspects were detained with no notification to their families, no Red Cross access and, in some cases, no acknowledgement that they are even being held, the New York-based watchdog said in a 46-page report. "'Disappearances' were a trademark abuse of Latin American military dictatorships in their 'dirty war' on alleged subversion," said Human Rights Watch special counsel Reed Brody. "Now they have become...
  • Darfur - exposing Arab goals for what they are: genocide, racism and Arab political hegemony

    08/03/2004 5:35:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies · 654+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8-2-04 | SHLOMO AVINERI
    The EU and the UN have finally decided to take the first timid steps to try to put an end to what it happening in Darfur in the Sudan. The recent report by Human Rights Watch on Darfur corroborates the worst suspicions of those who have followed developments in western Sudan. There have been killings on a massive scale, expulsions, the systematic torching of villages and – last and not least – the use of rape as a weapon of intimidation and humiliation against the province's black population. These are not just the depredations of unruly Arab militias. They are...
  • Muslim killing Muslim in Sudan

    06/20/2004 3:08:03 AM PDT · by risk · 26 replies · 1,638+ views
    A refugee from the village of Kailek tends a camp fire in Kas, Sudan. (Sudarsan Raghavan/Knight Ridder) Muslim killing Muslim in Sudan By Sudarsan Raghavan Knight Ridder News Service     KAILEK, Sudan -- The white-robed men on horseback shot two of Hamid Rahman's boys that scorching afternoon. They were 3 and 6. But they weren't the youngest or the weakest to die. The Arab marauders targeted the blind, the disabled, the women carrying children -- anyone who couldn't run fast enough.     "They killed even babies," recalled Rahman, 40, a survivor with sad, glassy eyes.     Here, in the...
  • The Social Construction of Atrocity: The New York Times and Abu Ghraib

    05/18/2004 11:03:34 AM PDT · by mrustow · 2 replies · 356+ views
    The Rant ^ | 18 May 2004 | Nicholas Stix
    Sorry, Sorry, Sorry! On Thursday, May 6, Pres. Bush publicly apologized to Jordan’s King Abdullah II for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. I wasn’t aware that Abdullah was the king of Iraq. Apparently, when America screws up, our leader must apologize to any and every Moslem in the world, to people who exuberantly support torture, as long as it is carried out by Moslems. I must have missed King Abdullah II’s apology for the butchering of four American civilians in Falluja. King Abdullah is a “moderate, pro-U.S.” Arab, which means that his statements in support of genocidal...
  • US Military Violating Human Rights In Afghanistan: HRW

    03/08/2004 6:30:20 AM PST · by fraud · 211 replies · 211+ views
    Mar. 8
    Kabul: Human Rights Watch (HRW) has flayed the actions of US military and intelligence units in the war-torn Afghanistan. In a new report, the US-based group has accused US personnel of using excessive force, carrying out arbitrary detentions and mistreating people in custody. Washington keeps about 9,000 troops on Afghan soil, involved primarily in fighting the Taleban and al-Qaeda terror network. But the human rights body says many US actions violate international law. Entitled Enduring Freedom - Abuses by US Forces in Afghanistan, the report focuses on the American system of detaining people at bases across the country, which it...
  • Ousting Saddam 'no cause for war' (Kumbaya Human Rights Group Alert!)

    01/26/2004 9:21:15 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 11 replies · 123+ views
    BBC News ^ | 1/26/04
    A leading human rights group has said the US and UK are wrong to use the toppling of a brutal regime in Baghdad to justify going to war against Iraq. The group, Human Rights Watch asked why George Bush and Tony Blair did not try remove Saddam Hussein much earlier. Its report comes as the former US chief weapons inspector questioned the CIA's assessment of the threat from Iraq. Tony Blair is also under pressure, awaiting the findings of an inquiry into the death of a UK weapons expert. Mr Blair and Mr Bush have come under increasing pressure...
  • Iraq War Not Humanitarian, Group Says

    01/26/2004 9:07:18 AM PST · by Pikamax · 35 replies · 182+ views
    Iraq War Not Humanitarian, Group Says Monday January 26, 2004 4:16 PM By MICHAEL McDONOUGH Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) - The war in Iraq cannot be justified as an intervention in defense of human rights even though it ended a brutal regime, Human Rights Watch said Monday, dismissing one of the Bush administration's main arguments for the invasion. While Saddam Hussein had an atrocious human rights record, his worst actions occurred long before the war and there was no ongoing or imminent mass killing in Iraq when the conflict began, the advocacy group said in its annual report. President...

    12/13/2003 1:29:39 AM PST · by kattracks · 9 replies · 309+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/13/03
    <p>December 13, 2003 -- The activist group Human Rights Watch has claimed that "hundreds of civilian deaths" in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq "could have been prevented" if only America hadn't used cluster munitions or tried to "decapitate" the Iraqi leadership using intercepts of satellite phone calls. This could be true. After all, war is an inherently messy thing - a kingdom of difficult, often deadly choices.</p>
  • (Iraq) War report lauds, faults US, Britain (Human Rights Watch, civilian casualities)

    12/12/2003 12:32:21 PM PST · by Stultis · 14 replies · 304+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 12 December 2003 | Bryan Bender
    <p>WASHINGTON -- The US-led invasion of Iraq was one of the most humane military conflicts on record, although American and British forces could have avoided hundreds of civilian deaths if they had not used cluster bombs and if aircrews had relied on more-accurate bombing procedures, according to the first independent study of the war.</p>
  • Human Rights Group Faults Nigerian Record

    LAGOS, Nigeria - A U.S.-based human rights organization accused Nigeria of killing and torturing activists, stifling free speech, and threatening and bribing journalists in Africa's most populous nation. New York-based Human Rights Watch issued its strongly worded 40-page report citing alleged killings and beatings by state security forces as Nigeria prepares to host a prestigious summit of 53 leaders of Britain — including Queen Elizabeth I — and its former colonies. "Even though military rule has ended, Nigerians still cannot express themselves freely without fear of grave consequences," said Peter Takirambudde, executive director of Human Rights Watch's Africa division. Nigeria...
  • Attacks on Iraq collaborators are war crimes, Human Rights Watch says

    11/22/2003 8:02:14 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies · 145+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov 22, 2003 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- Guerrillas battling the U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq are committing war crimes by attacking civilians collaborating with the occupation authorities, a human rights group said Saturday. International law, including the laws of war expressly forbid the targeting of civilians, said a statement released by New York-based Human Rights Watch. "All Iraqi civilians are protected by the Geneva Conventions," said Joe Stork, acting executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division. "It doesn't matter whether they sympathize with the U.S. occupation, or with the insurgents." The statement received in...
  • The Axis of Chaos: The New York Times/Humanitarian/Terrorist War on the Geneva Conventions

    11/10/2003 12:41:38 PM PST · by mrustow · 27 replies · 288+ views
    A Different Drummer/Front Page Magazine ^ | 11 November 2003 | Nicholas Stix
    Is the U.S. a terrorist state? Are al Qaeda fighters the good guys? That's what you might think, to read the New York Times editorial page, and some of the humanitarian bureaucrat-activists who, though largely unknown to the general public, have tremendous clout with the Times. An October 16 New York Times editorial (“The American Prison Camp”) attacked the Bush Administration for maintaining its detainee camp for terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Citing criticism of the Bush Administration by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the editorial claimed that Administration justifications for the camp “miss the point,” are “unpersuasive,”...
  • Rights Group Says Zimbabwe Starves Dissidents [To Terri's parents: The UN supports you!]

    10/25/2003 6:03:05 PM PDT · by summer · 20 replies · 131+ views
    The NYT - INternational Section ^ | Oct 25, 2003 | Michael Wines
    Rights Group Says Zimbabwe Starves Dissidents By MICHAEL WINES Published: October 25, 2003 JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 24 — On the heels of new reports of growing desperation in Zimbabwe, Human Rights Watch charged Friday that the nation's rulers were using its limited food supplies as a weapon of political control. In a lengthy report on conditions inside Zimbabwe, Human Rights Watch said government relief programs regularly withheld food from critics of the ruling political party, ZANU-PF, and often from entire classes of people, like city dwellers, many of whom are seen as opponents of ZANU-PF. But the watchdog group also offered...
  • Saddam's Prisoner Amnesty Blamed For Iraqi Crime Wave

    05/16/2003 1:21:18 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 9 replies · 117+ views
    AP via Dow Jones | 5/16/03 | AP Staff
    Saddam's Prisoner Amnesty Blamed For Iraqi Crime Wave BAGHDAD (AP)--A few months before the U.S. invaded Iraq, Saddam Hussein made a bold political decision: He released 100,000 prisoners, most of them hardened criminals. Now, with security tenuous across postwar Iraq and Baghdad plagued by crime and fear, U.S. officials are blaming that general amnesty for much of the chaos. And, in interviews across the capital Friday with more than 30 Iraqis, many agreed. "Security will not return to the country until all the prisoners return to jail," said Khalil al-Baaj, a police lieutenant who has been stalked by one freed...
  • FARC Executes Hostages - Emotional President Urges Colombia to Resist Terror

    05/06/2003 1:50:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies · 490+ views news ^ | May 6, 2003 | MARGARITA MARTINEZ, AP
    MEDELLIN, Colombia - Colombia's president asked the nation to back him in fighting terrorism after a state governor, a former defense minister and eight others held hostage by leftist guerrillas were killed in a military rescue attempt. In an emotional televised address late Monday, President Alvaro Uribe said the hostages were executed by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels as troops approached the rebel camp. An alleged rebel communique blamed the government for the killings. "In this moment of pain, Colombia cannot surrender," said Uribe, who was elected promising to crackdown on the guerrillas. "Now, we have to fortify our...
  • Horror Stories

    05/01/2003 3:18:21 PM PDT · by Remedy · 1 replies · 436+ views
    Insight ^ | Posted April 28, 2003 | Timothy W. Maier
    The war footage of Iraq beamed via satellite to billions of TV viewers around the world showed homes with walls invariably decorated with pictures of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. If he was so hated, why so many pictures? There was little choice: Failure to hang such a picture or display a statue, or even to celebrate Saddam's April 28 birthday, guaranteed a one-way ticket to a torture chamber in which execution often was only a matter of time. "We had a picture of Saddam to show loyalty," explains Bayanne Surdashi, 27, who was granted political asylum in the United States...
  • Rights Group Says Peace Is Proving More Lethal the War for Civilians in Northern Iraq

    04/27/2003 8:36:41 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 216+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 27, 2003 | Associated Press
    More civilians are being injured or killed in northern Iraq now than during the war, largely due to the breakdown of law and order and the dangers of abandoned caches of Iraqi arms, a human rights group said Sunday. The New York-based group Human Rights Watch said it studied civilian injuries and deaths at five hospitals and morgues in the northern cities of Kirkuk and Mosul. Health workers reported daily weapons-related injuries, both intentional and accidental, and many of the victims were children who played with unexploded ordnance, it said. "In some ways, the peace has proved more lethal than...
  • Rights abusers let off at U.N. - pressure groups

    04/25/2003 9:04:47 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 2 replies · 84+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/25/03
    GENEVA, April 25 (Reuters) - Human rights activists said on said on Friday a key U.N. body had been hijacked by countries bent on stopping it naming those that abuse human rights. "An 'abusers club' of governments hostile to human rights has further consolidated its position and blocked several important country initiatives," said Human Rights Watch. The six-week annual meeting in Geneva of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights has traditionally sought to bring pressure on countries that are grave violators, but activists said there had been an increasing trend to stop pointing the finger at individual states. At...