Egypt is violating international law through mass home demolitions and evictions along its border with the besieged city of Gaza.The Human Rights Watch holds that the large-scale destruction of at least 3,255 buildings in Rafah to counter the alleged threat of smuggling tunnels is disproportionate and doesn’t meet Egypt s obligations under international human rights law or the laws of war. In its new report, the rights group says,
These are terrible times to be refugee in both Europe and the United States.Just like in Europe, on US soil, people displaced by war, violence and poverty in predominantly Latin American countries are being forced into detention centers that are plagued with human rights abuses.According to the US-based Commission on Civil Rights, the human rights violations include denial of food and medical care, lack of due process, and sexual assault.
In a desperate move that masks a profoundly deep guilt for his inhumane actions, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims, “The UN report, published in June as regards Israel’s Gaza offensive in 2014 is biased. The commission that wrote it is under a committee that does everything but protect human rights.”If that is the case, then how come human rights organizations are calling for urgent international action to protect
The timing could not have been worse. The International Atomic Energy Agency has just voted against a resolution, which would have expressed formal “concern” over Israel’s nuclear arsenal, and urged them to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Unsurprisingly, sixty-one countries, including the United States and the entire member states of the European Union, voted against the resolution, while 43 countries, including Iran,
Poor families continue to bear the brunt of criminal-justice policies in the United States, where 2.4 million people are currently in prison.According to a collaborative research project led by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Forward Together, and Research Action Design in partnership with 20 community organizations across the United States, the social harms of mass incarceration spread far beyond prison walls, with poor families
The decision by the European Union to label products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories is heartening in many ways.The move follows a growing number of individuals, companies, and organizations that are now collectively boycotting Israeli goods. In addition to this collective global action, several universities and academic centers have already cut off academic, cultural and social relations with their
The United States continues to excuse human suffering in Syria, sitting idly by, watching the conflict flare up, as if these were mere entertainment rather than human beings whose lives are being destroyed.Despite being the richest nation in the world, the United States says it will only admit 10,000 Syrian refugees this year. Although no one will ever be able to verify that, it’s still shamefully low, particularly given the role of the
There is a reason why Iran and Russia are helping Syria in its counter-terrorism effort: They are more concerned about what their conscience whispers than about what the United States and its NATO-Arab allies shout.Allowing a sovereign nation to fall apart is wrong. Lining up behind a blockade of assistance to the Syrian government – even if that would mean an ISIL/al-Qaeda victory – is wrong. It will have immeasurable consequences.
One supports the government while the other backs “trusted” terrorists in Syria, and the similarities between the two parties begin and end there.This week, however, their paths crossed in a manner that the US government did not appreciate: Russia is “reportedly” increasing its involvement in Syria, backing the military in the fight against ISIL, al-Qaeda, affiliates and proxies.The US government has picked the “military
The tragedy of 9/11 should no longer be allowed to haunt the world’s collective memory and define its sense of purpose and orientation.Under the pretext of wiping out the terrorists and their movements, the United States and its allies continue to spread sectarian poison and bring pain and suffering to many others. For fourteen years, the world has only seen wars, interventions, assassinations, torture, kidnappings, black sites, the
More than four years ago, Iran s Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned the United States, Europe and their regional allies of the high price they would eventually pay for supporting terrorists to affect regime change in Syria.The coalition of regime changers ignored his historic warning then. They are paying the price now:Leaving behind at least five million refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, some 200,000 refugees - most of
Europe is finally realizing what it has done to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya. Soon it will wake up to the nightmare of Yemen too. It won’t take long.Pundits suggest a mixture of reasons why tens of thousands of refugees pour into countries across Europe. These include poor reception and lack of future in host countries in the Middle East, the wars not getting any better, and the knock-on effect of underfunded UN bodies working with