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  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • UN doubts legality of Israeli air campaign

    07/11/2014 7:59:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2014 10:17 AM EDT | John Heilprin
    Israel’s air campaign in Gaza may violate international laws prohibiting the targeting of civilians, the U.N.’s top human rights official said Friday. Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said the Israeli military, which claims to have hit more than 1,100 targets that it says are mostly rocket-launching sites, and the Gaza militants, who have fired more than 550 rockets against Israel, must abide by international law. […] Pillay says she’s seen for herself in Gaza how traumatic the airstrikes and rocket attacks are for civilians, particularly children. Her office says civilians bear the brunt of the conflict...
  • As Syrian rebels dig in, soldiers defect en masse

    07/03/2012 8:01:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | Tuesday, July 03, 2012 | Mariam Karouny
    Syrian helicopters bombarded a Damascus suburb on Monday and Turkey scrambled warplanes near the border in the north, as the UN human rights chief warned that arms supplied to both the government and rebels were deepening the 16-month conflict. Fighting has come to the gates of the capital in recent weeks and is also raging throughout the country as the battle to unseat President Bashar al-Assad increasingly takes on the character of an all-out civil war, fuelled by sectarian hatred. Syrian government forces have launched an assault on Douma, a city on the edge of Damascus where they stormed a...
  • UN Ridiculed for Attacking Poverty and Demanding Tax Hikes in Canada

    05/20/2012 5:32:05 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 5/17/2012 | Alex Newman
    Commentators and officials said Wednesday that the United Nations had cemented its position as a discredited global laughing stock after the UN “Food Envoy” criticized Canada — one of the wealthiest and healthiest nations in the world — for alleged inequality, poverty, and obesity. Critics of the global body and top Canadian policy makers promptly lambasted the organization for wasting scarce taxpayer resources “investigating” the nation and demanding reforms even as millions of people around the world starve. UN “Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food” Olivier De Schutter presented his demands for Canada in a dubious report released Wednesday...
  • Fla. Civil Rights Group Welcomes U.N. Official’s Call for Reparations in Trayvon Martin Case

    04/11/2012 5:02:40 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/10/2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    CNSNews.com) – A Florida advocacy group spearheading protests over the racially-charged Trayvon Martin shooting has welcomed the intervention of the United Nations’ human rights chief, who has called for the shooter to be put on trial and “reparations for the victims concerned.” “We believe that the United Nations involvement can help prevent another Trayvon Martin situation in other counties across the world,” J. Willie David, president of the Florida Civil Rights Association, said in a statement provided to CNSNews.com on Monday. “The shooting death of Trayvon Martin and Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law have created a worldwide movement that calls...
  • UN "Human Rights" Boss Questions Fla. Law, Demands Justice for Trayvon

    04/09/2012 9:03:47 PM PDT · by robowombat · 24 replies
    New American ^ | MONDAY, 09 APRIL 2012 12:16 | ALEX NEWMAN
    WRITTEN BY ALEX NEWMAN MONDAY, 09 APRIL 2012 12:16 As the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida continues to dominate headlines around the world, United Nations “High Commissioner for Human Rights” Navi Pillay publicly demanded an investigation of the incident and the prosecution of shooter George Zimmerman. She also expressed concerns about the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law that allows would-be victims to defend themselves. Speaking at a press conference in Barbados, Pillay joined the growing chorus of race-profiteers, anti-gun zealots, and supposed “civil rights” activists in attempting to exploit the tragedy. "As High Commissioner for Human Rights, I call...
  • Obama Turns His Back on Israel at the U.N.

    07/02/2012 1:54:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Natinal Review Online ^ | 7/2/12 | Anne Bayefsky
    Today, at the United Nations, the Obama administration is turning its back on Israel. For the very first time, the U.N. Security Council has invited the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to “brief” the Council specifically on the subject of Israel and the commissioner’s list of trumped-up sins. Though the U.S. is a veto-holding power, the extraordinary move has full American approval, despite the fact that the global soapbox will be handed to Navi Pillay, a notorious anti-Israel partisan. Moreover, the American-backed action exposes President Obama’s profound weakness on the international stage. It turns out that the deal to...
  • UN rights chief calls for Trayvon Martin probe

    04/05/2012 4:53:39 PM PDT · by maggief · 40 replies
    AFP ^ | April 5, 2012
    BRIDGETOWN (AFP) - UN rights chief Navi Pillay on Thursday called for an "immediate investigation" into the circumstances surrounding the February death of an unarmed black US teen, shot by a neighborhood watchman. Pillay made the comments about the controversial Trayvon Martin case at a press conference in Barbados, as she wrapped up a three-day visit to the Caribbean island nation. "As High Commissioner for Human Rights, I call for an immediate investigation," Pillay told reporters. "Justice must be done for the victim. It's not just this individual case. It calls into question the delivery of justice in all situations...
  • Obama Default Mode: Blame Israel

    12/09/2011 5:11:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2011 | Mona Charen
    After a two-hour meeting in Cairo, Khaled Mashaal, unelected leader of Hamas, and Mahmoud Abbas, unelected leader of the Palestinian Authority, were all smiles. "We want to assure our people and the Arab and Islamic world that we have turned a major new and real page in partnership on everything to do with the Palestinian nation," Mashaal announced. "There are no more differences between us now," agreed Abbas. In other words, the "moderate" Abbas is now a full partner with the leader of an organization whose charter is committed not just to the destruction of Israel but also to the...
  • UN Rights Chief Dismisses Syria's Assad Claims on Credibility

    12/10/2011 4:25:19 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Friday, December 9, 2011 | Margaret Besheer
    United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay has dismissed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's recent claims that the U.N. is not a credible organization and that her commission of inquiry failed to contact his government during an investigation of human rights violations in his country. Earlier this week, U.S. television network ABC aired an interview with President Assad in which he said he had not received documents or evidence to support recent findings by a U.N. commission of inquiry that crimes against humanity have been committed during the on-going crackdown on dissenters. He also questioned the United Nations' credibility. Pillay, who...
  • Torture, Rape in Prisons Under Libya's New Government

    01/28/2012 3:09:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    In Libya its a case of "meet the new boss; same as the old boss." The UN's top human rights official said Friday that Libya's transitional government must take control of its prisons and prevent further atrocities against detainees. “There's torture, extrajudicial executions, rape of both men and women,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the Associated Press. Pillay says she is particularly concerned about sub-Saharan African detainees whom the brigades automatically brand as fighters for the late Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Pillay, who briefed the UN Security Council about Libya on Wednesday demanded action from the...
  • U.N. official decries attack in South Sudan [Muslims make war]

    11/11/2011 9:45:56 PM PST · by americanophile · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/11/11 | Colum Lynch
    UNITED NATIONS — The U.N.’s top human rights official called Friday for an “independent, thorough and credible investigation” into allegations that Sudan’s air force had bombed a refugee camp in South Sudan. “If indeed it is established that an international crime or serious human rights violation has been committed, then those responsible should be brought to justice,” said Navi Pillay, the high commissioner for human rights.
  • France pushes Syria meeting at divided UN council

    12/10/2011 4:31:59 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Reuters India ^ | Saturday, December 10, 2011 | Louis Charbonneau
    The U.N. Security Council agreed on Friday to France's request for a briefing on Syria's rights crackdown from the U.N. human rights chief, overcoming resistance from Russia, China and Brazil, Western envoys said. Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, president of the Security Council this month, said Navi Pillay's closed-door briefing would probably take place on Monday. He dismissed suggestions from Western envoys that Russia had opposed the briefing, although he acknowledged Moscow and others had reservations. "We expressed a position, a concern, which also some other members of the Security Council had ... that there is a division of labor,"...
  • 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."
  • Thousands Demonstrate in Maldives Over Islamic Law

    12/23/2011 11:57:30 AM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 23, 2011
    Thousands Demonstrate in Maldives Over Islamic Law December 23, 2011 Thousands in the Maldives protested Friday, calling on the government to halt what they called "anti-Islamic" activities, including a plan to allow direct flights to Israel. More moderate supporters of the president rallied as well as debate swells over the future of the state's religion. The Indian Ocean archipelago of 300,000 Muslims prohibits practicing any other faith. The protesters want authorities to stop the sale of alcohol in the islands, shut down brothels operating in the guise of massage parlors and demolish monuments gifted by other countries marking a South...
  • UN says deaths in Syria unrest exceed 5,000

    12/13/2011 7:53:28 AM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | Dec. 13, 2011
    Rights chief calls situation "intolerable" but Syrian ambassador to UN says country is victim of "huge conspiracy". More than 5,000 people are now believed to have been killed in the Syrian government's crackdown on protests, the United Nations human rights chief has told the UN Security Council. The UN's Navi Pillay said on Monday there were reports of increased attacks by opposition groups on President Bashar al-Assad's security forces but highlighted "alarming" events in the besieged protest city of Homs, according to diplomats in the closed meeting. More than 14,000 people are estimated to have been detained and at least...
  • A UN Probe Into Death of Qaddafi? They’ve Got to Be Kidding…

    10/23/2011 10:54:06 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 20 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | October 21, 2011 | Claudia Rosett
    But the UN is a serious place, led by serious people, such as UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, who was seriously concerned a few years ago about the execution of Saddam Hussein. Now she’s upset over the killing of Qaddafi. Apparently the Russian government, with its serious interest in law, is concerned as well.
  • 'Do You Know Right From Wrong?' Last-Known Words Of Gadhafi

    10/21/2011 1:56:42 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 46 replies · 1+ views
    MyFoxNY ^ | Oct. 21, 2011 | Staff
    A bloodied and beaten Moammar Gadhafi asked the fighters who captured him "Do you know right from wrong?" in what could well have been the final words of the ousted Libyan dictator. New video footage emerged Friday showing the former strongman apparently in his last moments, surrounded and pleading for his life, repeatedly telling the mob swarming around him, "What you are doing is forbidden in Islamic law." One of the group is heard responding, "Shut up you dog," as the armed fighters fired celebratory bullets in the air. The footage ends with Gadhafi telling them, "What you are doing...
  • UN to Encourage Terrorists to Break Deal Tenets?

    10/18/2011 1:29:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/11 | David Lev
    Israel was concerned Tuesday night that the United Nations would encourage terrorists who are supposed to remain outside Israel and Gaza to return to their families, after UN Human Rights Council head Navi Pillay said that requiring the terrorists to relocate from their original homes was against international law. Pillay said that the Council may interview terrorists to determine whether or not they willingly agreed to leave their original homes. "It was with a sense of great relief that we have received news of the agreement to exchange prisoners. We do however have concerns regarding reports that hundreds of Palestinian...
  • UN concerned about 'forcible transfer' of 'Palestinian' terrorists

    10/18/2011 3:13:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 10/18/11 | Carl in Jerusalem
    I don't know how many of you noticed the comments of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and 'Human Rights' Commissioner Navi Pillay on Gilad Shalit's release, but they got some play on Israel Television this evening, because they are quite ludicrous. The United Nations voiced concern on Tuesday that some of the Palestinian detainees released in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit may have not have been given any choice on where to go, which could constitute an illegal forced transfer. The office of Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, welcomed the release but cited reports that some...
  • Texas Execution Broke International Law, Says U.N. Official

    07/09/2011 10:25:38 AM PDT · by lbryce · 86 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | July 8, 2011 | Adam Martin
    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay accused the United States of breaking international law when Texas executed Mexican citizen Humberto Leal Garcia Jr. Thursday night. The execution sparked controversy after the International Court of Justice in the Hague determined in 2004 that the U.S. had violated the Vienna Convention when officials failed to tell foreign inmates about their right to visit their consular officials. But the U.S. Supreme Court voted yesterday that Texas could go ahead with the execution, even over the objection of President Barack Obama. Pillay said today the execution "raises particular legal concerns" about the...
  • UN’s a massive joke

    09/26/2011 5:43:27 AM PDT · by Clive · 10 replies
    Sun Media via Toronto Sun ^ | 2011-09-26 | David Akin
    Though it was created with lofty ideals, the United Nations in practice is too often an embarrassment to its noble goals. The latest example came last week as the UN commemorated the 10th anniversary of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance held in Durban, South Africa, in 2001. That became know as Durban I. Durban II was in 2009 in Geneva and, last week in New York, the UN convened Durban III “to strengthen political commitment to fight racism.” Sounds great in theory, but in practice that “strengthening” last week included the contribution of Iran’s...
  • U.N. official deplores Texas execution (story uses Ft. Hood shooting memorial picture)

    07/08/2011 1:29:03 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    UPI ^ | July 8, 2011
    UNITED NATIONS, July 8 (UPI) -- The Texas execution of a Mexican national puts the United States in violation of international law, the U.N. human rights chief said Friday. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said federations like the United States have a responsibility to ensure that individual states "respect the international responsibilities assumed by the country as a whole." ...."I am very disappointed that neither the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles nor the governor took steps open to them to prevent this breach of the U.S. obligations under international law from occurring," Pillay said.
  • U.S. broke international law by executing Mexican national, says U.N.

    07/08/2011 11:23:34 AM PDT · by massmike · 197 replies
    http://edition.cnn.com ^ | 07/08/2011 | CNN Wire Staff
    The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says the United States breached international law by executing a Mexican national. Navi Pillay, in a statement Friday, said he deeply regrets the execution of Humberto Leal Garcia, after a last-minute 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court denied him a stay of execution Thursday night. "The execution of Mr. Leal Garcia places the U.S. in breach of international law," said Pillay, who is currently on official mission in Mexico. "What the state of Texas has done in this case is imputable in law to the U.S. and engages the United States' international...
  • U.N. Official Calls for Texas Governor to Block Execution of Mexican National

    07/01/2011 3:12:08 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 34 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 01, 2011 | FoxNews/Reuters
    A top United Nations official is urging the governor of Texas to call off the execution of a Mexican national convicted of murder because he was not told of his right for diplomatic advice when he was arrested, according to Reuters. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is calling for Gov. Rick Perry to commute the sentence to life in prison for Humberto Leal Garcia. Garcia was convicted of raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in February 1998. "The lack of consular assistance and advice raises concerns about whether or not Mr. Leal Garcia's right to a fair...
  • UNHRC Gave Assad, Other Dictators a Free Pass, Study Shows

    06/11/2011 10:48:23 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/6/11 | Gil Ronen
    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has turned a blind eye to most of the world’s worst abusers, UN Watch has found. In an exhaustive study, the watchdog group examined all statements by Pillay published on the UN website between September 2008 and June 2010. The findings show “a questionable sense of priorities,” the group reported. “Ms. Pillay turned a blind eye to most of the world’s worst abusers… She failed to voice any concern for victims in 34 countries rated ‘Not Free’ by Freedom House—meaning those with the worst records, and the most needy victims.” Syria was...
  • U.N. rights chief concerned about new Ivory Coast army

    06/18/2011 7:34:56 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:28pm EDT | Fredrik Dahl
    (Reuters) - The top U.N. human rights official expressed concern on Wednesday over acts of violence allegedly carried out by members of Ivory Coast's new army, including reports of summary executions, rape and torture. The former rebel Forces Republicaines Cote d'Ivoire (FRCI) is now the backbone of the west African state's armed forces after the ousting of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo two months ago. "Lack of discipline and violence on the part of the newly established army, the FRCI, which is composed of several different groups with no clear command structure, are ... of serious concern," U.N. High Commissioner for Human...
  • Ankle Biters

    05/05/2011 7:26:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 5, 2011 | Staff
    International Affairs: The United Nations wants the United States to provide a factual accounting of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The Obama administration should tell the U.N. to butt out of U.S. business. Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that even though the raid "was a complex operation," it would be "helpful if we knew the precise facts surrounding" bin Laden's death. "The United Nations," she said, "has consistently emphasized that all counterterrorism acts must respect international law." The implication, of course, is that the commandos who killed bin Laden and the executive branch...
  • Killing of Unarmed bin Laden Leaves Anglican Head 'Uncomfortable'

    05/08/2011 9:03:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/05/2011 | Karen Peake
    The spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion admitted on Thursday that he felt “very uncomfortable” with the killing of Osama bin Laden when he was unarmed. Contrary to initial reports that bin Laden had engaged in a 40-minute gun fight with U.S. Navy Seals, it emerged on Wednesday that the al-Qaida leader had been unarmed when he was shot dead in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Sunday. Answering a question about the killing at a press briefing, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams also criticized conflicting reports coming from the White House about the events surrounding bin Laden’s death....
  • The Real Issue On Harsh Interrogations

    05/08/2011 6:23:34 PM PDT · by Neoavatara · 2 replies
    Neoavatara ^ | May 8, 2011 | Neoavatara
    The assassination of Osama Bin Laden was a great moment for the United States, as it issued final justice to a man responsible for the death of thousands here at home and abroad. The intelligence necessary to locate Bin Laden has of course become a political football, as the issue of harsh interrogations once again enters the American political consciousness. I think the discussions are important, but the focus needs to be on the here and now. Many have focused on harsh interrogations occurring at the Guantanamo Bay terrorist facility and elsewhere, especially in the 2001-2005 time period. Frankly, that...
  • Taliban demand proof of killing

    05/03/2011 5:35:28 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 44 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | Tuesday, 3 May 2011
    The Taliban have cast suspicion on the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death, saying they would not believe the al Qaida leader was dead until they had seen proof or received confirmation from sources close to him. Though US officials have said they confirmed bin Laden's identity both with face-mapping software and DNA tests, the lack of photos of the body and its burial at sea have raised doubts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that the man who evaded American detection for so long has actually been killed. People gather outside the compound where al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was...
  • UN rights chief seeks details on Bin Laden killing

    05/03/2011 5:31:13 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 127 replies
    GENEVA – The U.N.'s top human rights official says the global body wants details on the death of Osama bin Laden. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the raid on the al-Qaida leader's hideaway in Pakistan "was a complex operation, and it would be helpful if we knew the precise facts surrounding his killing." Pillay has frequently stressed the importance of respecting international law during counter-terror operations
  • UN human rights boss questions U.S. on legality of bin Laden killing

    05/03/2011 5:16:00 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 35 replies
    Canada.com ^ | May 3, 2011 | Steven Edwards
    UNITED NATIONS — The UN's chief human rights official led calls by rights activist organizations on Tuesday for Washington to explain whether U.S. forces lawfully killed Osama bin Laden. The request by Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, came even as the world body continues to falter over its multi-year bid to define terrorism... On the U.S. action in Pakistan Sunday, Pillay agreed that bin Laden was a "very dangerous man" ... But she also said the United States had always "clearly stated they intended to arrest bin Laden if they could." Admitting that taking bin Laden...
  • Watchdog Group Demands Removal Of Libyan Human Rights Investigator

    03/08/2011 1:33:34 PM PST · by PRePublic · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | March, 2011
    Watchdog Group Demands Removal Of Libyan Human Rights Investigator By: Brian Teegarden | “AP/Foxnews.com U.N. Watch, an organization that monitors the world body, says Libyan envoy Najat Al-Hajjaji should be the ‘last person’ investigating human rights abuses, as Libyan jets drop bombs on rebel forces in her homeland. A watchdog group is asking the U.N. to immediately remove a Libyan envoy from her post as an investigator on human rights violations by mercenaries, saying that as a mouthpiece for a regime that’s “deploying hired guns to massacre its own people” it’s “outrageous” to have her in that position. But it’s...
  • UN: Security Council Meets On Libya

    02/22/2011 1:02:17 PM PST · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    Scoop (NZ) ^ | 02-22-2011 | Staff
    New York, Feb 22 2011 10:10AM Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations human rights chief have both called on the Libyan authorities to immediately end their violent crackdown on protesters, and the Security Council is meeting today to discuss the situation in the North African nation. Mr. Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson on Monday, said he was “outraged” at press reports that the Libyan authorities have been firing at demonstrators from war planes and helicopters. This is unacceptable,” the Secretary-General <"http://www.un.org/apps/sg/offthecuff.asp?nid=1731">told reporters in Los Angeles, where his currently on an official visit. “This violence against demonstrators...
  • Bodies Reported on Streets of Libyan Capital

    02/22/2011 9:15:43 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    FoxNews ^ | February 22, 2011 | Associated Press
    CAIRO -- The bodies of protesters shot to death by forces loyal to Muammar al-Qaddafi were left on the streets of a restive district in the Libyan capital Tuesday, an opposition activist and a resident said, while the longtime leader defiantly went on state TV to show he was still in charge. The eruption of turmoil in the capital after a week of protests and bloody clashes in Libya's eastern cities has sharply escalated the challenge to Qaddafi. His security forces have unleashed the bloodiest crackdown of any Arab country against the wave of protests sweeping the region, which toppled...
  • Criminals in Haiti raping quake survivors and trafficking children

    01/29/2010 6:19:47 AM PST · by ruralvoter · 22 replies · 991+ views
    London Times (UK) ^ | 1/29/10 | Staff
    Criminals in Haiti are preying on vulnerable earthquake survivors, even raping women, in makeshift camps set up in Port-au-Prince after the disaster. "With the blackout that's befallen the Haitian capital, bandits are taking advantage to harass and rape women and young girls under the tents," Haiti’s police, chief Mario Andresol, said yesterday. "We have more than 7,000 detainees in the streets who escaped from the national penitentiary the evening of the earthquake ... It took us five years to apprehend them. Today they are running wild." Rachelle Dolce, who is living at a large makeshift camp on the Petionville Club...
  • No Honor, Only Horror [5,000 Cases Annually]

    07/13/2010 6:18:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    NYTimes ^ | July 13th, 2010
    EDITORIAL No Honor, Only Horror July 12 There is much to admire in India today, including its vibrant democracy and economy and its rich traditions. It should also lead the way in protecting and empowering women by ending so-called honor killings. Jim Yardley recently reported in The Times the case of Nirupama Pathak, a 22-year-old journalism graduate student from northern India who was found dead in her bedroom in April. Police arrested her mother on suspicion of murder; the family insisted Ms. Pathak had killed herself after confessing she was pregnant. The legal process must move forward, but what is...
  • What Are We Doing About Gaddafi’s Bloody Hands in Libya?

    02/20/2011 12:48:31 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 20 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 20, 2011 | Claudia Roset
    Note: The important link in this article is to this “Urgent Appeal to World Leaders to Prevent Atrocities in Libya.“As uprisings sweep the Middle East and North Africa, the bloodiest crackdown is happening, right now, in Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi has ruled for more than 41 years. There are reports of hundreds killed, of massacres in Libya’s second-largest city of Benghazi, of snipers shooting peaceful protesters, of tanks crushing bystanders, of regime gunmen firing on mourners in funeral processions for protesters previously murdered; of rocket-propelled grenades and helicopter gunships used against crowds of demonstrators.That’s Gaddafi. Since Gaddafi came to power...
  • Israel Storms Gaza Troublemaker Ship

    05/31/2010 5:52:27 AM PDT · by nysuperdoodle · 6 replies · 393+ views
    ECR ^ | 01 Jun 10 | EC
    ANKARA — Shock and outrage swept the globe Monday after Israeli commandos stormed a flotilla of aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip, as the Jewish state's foes and allies closed ranks in condemning the deadly raid. The UN's rights chief Navi Pillay said she was "shocked" at the violence of the raid, which left at least 10 dead, many of them reportedly Turks, while the European Union demanded a full inquiry from Tel-Aviv.
  • Italy 'deplores' Gaza flotilla bloodshed (shoulda stopped the 'flotilla' then)

    05/31/2010 5:58:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies · 599+ views
    ANSA ^ | 5/31/2010
    (ANSA) - Rome, May 31 - Italy on Monday joined an international outcry against a bloody Israeli assault on a pro-Palestinian multinational flotilla aiming to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. "I absolutely deplore the slaying of civilians," Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said amid reports that up to 19 activists were killed when Israeli commandos stormed a Turkish NGO's boat, one of six carrying relief supplies to Gaza. Frattini described the incident as "absolutely grave", called for a "serious and detailed" international inquiry, urged Israel to lift its blockade and voiced the hope that the Middle East peace...
  • Nigeria Urged to Probe Death of Hundreds (Brutal Massacre Of Christian Villagers)

    03/09/2010 5:48:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 330+ views
    CBC ^ | March 9, 2010
    International officials called on Nigeria on Tuesday to investigate the deaths of hundreds of unarmed civilians over the weekend in the latest incident of sectarian violence in the region. Acting president Goodluck Jonathan had promised fighting between Christians and Muslims would stop after more than 300 people were slain in January. While a curfew was in place in the nearby city of Jos, those who survived the attacks in three villages Sunday said security forces never provided them any guards. Witnesses say gangs armed with guns and machetes rampaged through three mostly Christian villages, firing shots to draw people from...
  • Criminals in Haiti 'raping quake survivors and trafficking children'

    01/29/2010 7:23:24 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 11 replies · 552+ views
    Times On Line UK ^ | Jan. 29, 2010
    Criminals in Haiti are preying on vulnerable earthquake survivors, even raping women, in makeshift camps set up in Port-au-Prince after the disaster. "With the blackout that's befallen the Haitian capital, bandits are taking advantage to harass and rape women and young girls under the tents," Haiti’s police, chief Mario Andresol, said yesterday. "We have more than 7,000 detainees in the streets who escaped from the national penitentiary the evening of the earthquake ... It took us five years to apprehend them. Today they are running wild." Rachelle Dolce, who is living at a large makeshift camp on the Petionville Club...
  • U.N. rights chief: Guantanamo chapter not yet closed

    06/24/2009 4:55:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies · 165+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 24, 2009 | By Patrick Worsnip
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. human rights chief said on Wednesday the United States still had much to do to close the chapter of its Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorism suspects and should itself accept detainees for resettlement. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also warned against "half-measures" and said the role of lawyers and doctors implicated in torture should be examined. In a statement on Wednesday marking an international day to support torture victims, she again praised Obama for upholding a U.N. ban on torture but said "there is still much to do before the Guantanamo chapter...
  • Another OBAMA SLAP AT ISRAEL--US Apologizes for Skipping Durban II

    06/21/2009 9:30:14 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 440+ views
    Eye on the UN/The Lid ^ | 6/22/09 | The Lid
    Convening on the anniversary of Adolf Hitler's Birth, the Durban II conference, officially known as the Durban review conference was four days of AntiSemitism and Anti-Israel rhetoric. Lead off by a key-note speech by Iranian President Ahmadinejad. It is interesting to not that while many Western Nations walked out of the Iranian Presidents tirade, the UN Secretary General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay sat glued to their seats. After the conference the UN High Commissioner (which sounds very close to Supreme Leader) praised the conference for having only ONE paragraph in its final statement that...
  • UN rights chief calls for review of US detainees

    01/22/2009 10:11:25 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies · 437+ views
    AP ^ | January 23, 2009
    The U.N. human rights chief on Thursday warmly welcomed President Barack Obama's decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and called on the new U.S. administration to follow up by reviewing its approach to detaining people in other countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq. Navi Pillay also called for a thorough investigation into allegations of torture at the Guantanamo center in Cuba and said detainees who were innocent or arbitrarily detained should be adequately compensated "for the six or seven years of their lives that have been lost." .... Calling for a thorough investigation into allegations of torture at Guantanamo,...
  • The So-Callled International Community (Google For International Condemnations Of Hamas Alert)

    01/02/2009 10:23:18 PM PST · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 688+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/03/2009 | Mona Charen
    Just for a lark, I decided to google “international condemnations of Hamas” this morning. You can guess what came up, right? Naturally, searching for condemnations of Hamas, one finds only international condemnations of Israel. An Australian report noted that the “British Foreign Secretary David Miliband is calling for an urgent ceasefire, while Russia’s Foreign Minister says he’s told his Israeli counterpart to urgently halt the military action.” The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, “strongly condemned Israel’s disproportionate use of force,” as did Brazil. Indonesia called on all countries to “sever all forms of diplomatic and business...
  • Trayvon Martin: UN leader calls for investigation

    04/09/2012 11:51:30 AM PDT · by massmike · 74 replies
    cfnews13.com ^ | 04/09/2012 | n/a
    The case of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's death in Sanford has reached the United Nations. Navi Pillay, the U.N.'s human rights chief, has called for the organization to launch an immediate investigation into the case. The Florida Civil Rights Association said it supports the recent call for action, saying the involvement of the U.N. would help prevent violence they said stems from racial profiling in other parts of the world as well.
  • Germany expected to boycott UN anti-racism meeting

    04/17/2009 1:32:25 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 876+ views
    Topnews ^ | April 16 2009 | DPA
    Berlin - Germany is likely to stay away from a UN meeting against racism next week in Geneva amid western concerns that the event may take on anti-Semitic overtones, a senior official confirmed in Berlin Thursday. To the dismay of UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, the United States, Australia and other western nations have objected to wording about Israel in a draft declaration and said they do not plan to send any envoys to the five-day meeting in Switzerland. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has caused upset by calling the Holocaust a "myth" and demanding the abolition of Israel,...