Article: Cameron the cautious PM clashes with May and Gove over human rights

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Cameron the cautious PM clashes with May and Gove over human rights

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VENICE: ‘ OFFICIALS TO VISIT UKRAINE TO DISCUSS LUSTRATION LAW PROVISIONS CONTRADICTING HUMAN RIGHTS ‘

#AceWorldNews – VENICE:Dec.12 – Venice Commission experts will visit Ukraine early next year to discuss issues including the government lustration law, RIA Novosti reported, citing a source in the European Council.

Several provisions of the legislation that concern about one million officials and public and law enforcement officers contradict international human rights law, according to the seventh report of the monitoring mission by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Venice Commission, an advisory body of the Council of Europe, is composed of independent experts.

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‘ HUMAN RIGHTS DECLARATION OFFENDS NOT DEFENDS THOSE THAT ARE INNOCENT ‘

#AceNewsServices – Nov.19 – Featured Editors Post – The Declaration of No Human Rights – This is just one man’s story of being able to leave Guantanmo Bay in 2007 and then again in 2009 and is still detained in solitary confinement.

Written Nov.10 2014 – During Human Rights Week – Reprieve.   

by Shaker Aamer, Illustrations: Tom Scotcher 

From the column ‘Behind the Bars: Guantánamo Bay’

I have been in Guantánamo Bay for 12 years now. George W Bush’s administration cleared me to leave in 2007, Barack Obama’s in 2009. I am still here. By generously providing me with additional time in a “Single Cell Operation” [that’s solitary confinement by another, more obfuscatory, name], the US military has allowed me time to make a closer study of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), as it was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948.

Various senior members of the Bush administration periodically asserted that international human rights and humanitarian law was “outmoded” and needed to be updated to face modern challenges. However, the longer I have remained in this terrible prison, the more I have come to realise that the US has already amended the UDHR by imposing their own addendum to each Article. Here, then, is a recently declassified copy of the Declaration of No Human Rights (DNHR):

Article 1.

In its original format, Article 1 reads as follows:

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

By its actions in Guantánamo Bay, however, the US has inserted an addendum to Article 1 that reads as follows:

“BUT, all Muslim men held in Guantánamo Bay are considered to be something rather less than human, the worst of the worst of America’s enemies. Indeed, the detainees should have fewer rights than the iguanas that roam the naval base. Because these 148 men are not considered human beings, they should be subjected to as many indignities as the perverse human mind is capable of imagining.”

Article 2.

Original:

“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status…”

Addendum:

“This rule shall not be applied to the US naval base at the tip of Cuba, which the US coerced from Cuba in 1903. This should be given a special status with rigid distinctions made on whatever grounds the American military can dream up, but especially on grounds of religion.”

Article 3.

Original:

“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”

Addendum:

“Everyone who is Muslim, and insists on growing a beard, has the right to three inedible meals and 24-hour detention in a cell.”

Article 4.

Original:

“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”

Addendum:

“But any inmate of Guantánamo Bay has to be shackled and cuffed for any step he takes outside of his cell.”

Article 5.

Original:

“No one shall be subjected to torture.”

Addendum:

“But everyone in Guantánamo shall be subjected to as many different forms of torture as Donald Rumsfeld or whoever is playing the part of Donald Rumsfeld can imagine, and this shall continue until they are released.”

Article 6.

Original:

“Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.”

Addendum:

“Everyone in Guantánamo Bay should be recognised only as a number and will be referred to as a ‘package’ when being taken from one ‘reservation’ to the next.”

Article 7.

Original:

“All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.”

Addendum:

“The men held in Guantánamo are not equal before the law and therefore are not protected by any law at all.”

Article 8.

Original:

“Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.”

Addendum:

“But with respect to those Muslim men with beards who are in Guantánamo, it would be less embarrassing to President Barack Obama if everyone would turn a blind eye to the injustice they face daily.”

Article 9.

Original:

“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.”

Addendum:

“In light of this rule, the US prefer it if the world (and particularly the media) would ignore the fact that the men in Guantánamo have been arbitrarily detained and exiled for many years.”

Article 10.

Original:

“Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.”

Addendum:

“Still, hundreds of men shall be held beyond the law on an island prison for over a decade. None of these men shall be brought before an independent and impartial tribunal, since the dozen men charged will be put before what Lord Bingham has called a ‘kangaroo court’. These are the fortunate few. The others will never be charged at all.”

Article 11.

Original:

“Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.”

Addendum:

“Those held in Guantánamo are guilty until proven guilty, and are also guilty after proven innocent. It would be inconvenient to be as liberal as a medieval king, so we will not guarantee basic rights recognised since the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215.”

Article 12.

Original:

“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation.”

Addendum:

“Surely the UN was kidding here? The authorities at Guantánamo Bay shall interfere with each detainee’s privacy, family, home and correspondence in every way possible. They will censor a young son’s correspondences to his father because it says, ‘I love you.’ They will degrade the detainees’ honour and reputation as much as possible, including watching them shower or use the toilet. They’ll insist on groping the detainees’ genitals in a ‘scrotum search’ any time they leave their cells.”

Article 13.

Original:

1.    “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.”

2.    “Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”

Addendum:

1.    “Guantánamo detainees shall occasionally have the right to freedom of movement within their cells. Should they leave their cells, they have the inalienable right to be shackled tightly.”

2.    “Guantánamo detainees can leave their cell to go to the small rec cage for two hours daily, although the authorities reserve the right to take detainees they don’t like there in the middle of the night.”

Article 14.

Original:

“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.”

Addendum:

“The only asylum we recognise for most of these detainees is the mental asylum they will end up in if we are allowed to continue abusing them.”

Article 15.

Original:

“No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.”

Addendum:

“Shaker Aamer had better be told that he needs to be sent to Saudi Arabia because that is the only way to ensure that complicity by British intelligence agents in his torture never gets to a British court of law.”

Article 16.

Original:

“The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.”

Addendum:

“But this really must not be allowed with Guantánamo prisoners. While lots of delusional radicals like UK Prime Minister David Cameron seem to think Shaker should be reunited with his family in London, this shall be refused indefinitely. Guantánamo shall continue to tell him that he cannot be returned to Britain and can only live in Saudi Arabia without his family.”

Article 17.

Original:

1.    “Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.”

2.    “No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.”

Addendum:

1.    “Guantánamo detainees do not have any right to property, including pictures of their children, family and legal correspondence, medical prescriptions, hygienic items, and even their own underwear.”

2.    “At every chance possible, Guantánamo guards shall raid and search detainees’ cells, taking everything they can. If the detainees irritate the guards with their peaceful hunger strikes, even the mats on which the men sleep should be taken, forcing the detainees to sleep on the bare concrete.”

Article 18.

Original:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.”

Addendum:

“It would be absurd for the world to think the US military is going to apply this to Guantánamo. Prayer time shall be interrupted regularly and other Islamic religious requirements shall be ignored or wilfully violated.”

Article 19.

Original:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

Addendum:

“But we will censor every word that a detainee says, and every time his opinion is heard in the outside world, he shall be punished. In particular, Shaker Aamer shall be held in isolation most of the time, because he keeps on trying to express himself and this can be quite embarrassing to the military.”

Article 20.

Original:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.”

Addendum:

“If the men in Guantánamo attempt to peacefully assemble, they shall be punished and placed in isolation (which should never be called that, because it looks bad, so let’s call it a ‘single cell operation’ or SCO). If the man who is trying to peacefully assemble is Shaker Aamer, he shall be FCE’d immediately and put back into his SCO. (FCE means a ‘Forcible Cell Extraction’, which covers up the fact that we’ll just beat him up.)”

Article 21.

Original:

1.    “Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.”

2.    “Everyone has the right to equal access to public service in his country.”

Addendum:

“There’ll be no representation for the detainees. Detainees will not be allowed to go back to the country where they lived. Far better that they are allowed to gradually fall apart here in Cuba.”

Article 22.

Original:

“Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.”

Addendum:

“BUT everyone at Guantánamo is ordered to mind his own business, or suffer the consequences. Okay, so we’ve wasted $5 billion of US taxpayers’ money on the place so far, and are currently spending $2.7 million every year per prisoner in Guantánamo, but we would not want this spent on anything constructive; better by far that their culture should be mocked as much as possible.”

Article 23.

Original:

“Everyone has the right to work.”

Addendum:

“The men in Guantánamo would like to work. After all, it’d be nice to have something to do. It’d be nice to earn a little money in order to buy clothing that fits, for example. But we can’t let that happen. These men are Muslims. We can’t trust them with the work programmes we provide in other prisons.”

Article 24.

Original:

“Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.”

Addendum:

“Sure, but not in Guantánamo. We’ll interrupt their sleep as much as we possibly can, sometimes even moving them from cell to cell to keep them awake. But, again, let’s not call this ‘sleep deprivation’; we’ll call it the ‘frequent flier programme’ as then maybe the media won’t work out what we’re doing.”

Article 25.

Original:

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.”

Addendum:

“You’ve got to be kidding me if you think this kind of socialist ‘benefits programme’ is going to be in the DNHR. Medical care shall be denied to the maximum extent possible and doctors shall take their orders from the military. If a detainee is prescribed medication, these will be given out at random, on a whim. Detainees will routinely be given old, worn, and ill-fitting clothing (one of our favourite ways to irritate people is to give small-sized clothing to larger men).”

Article 26.

Original:

“Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental states.”

Addendum:

“The only education provided to Guantánamo detainees shall be regular lessons on doing precisely what they are told, when they are told to do it. Friendships between guards and detainees are strictly forbidden.”

Article 27.

Original:

1.    “Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”

2.    “Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.”

Addendum:

1.    “The authorities at Guantánamo will snatch the photos detainees’ children have taken for their fathers. When a father draws a picture for his children, to show his love from afar, this picture will be destroyed. Detainees have the right to always give up their works of art to the authorities.”

2.    “Books will be censored or not allowed in. For example, The Innocent Man by that little-heard of American author John Grisham, shall be banned.”

3.    “The detainees do have the inalienable right to be subjected to our experiments, both to assess the best way to break them during interrogation sessions, and to see what impact the involuntary and secretive use of drugs might have on them.”

Article 28.

Original:

“Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.”

Addendum:

“Every man detained in Guantánamo is entitled to the prohibition of any rights set forth in the original UDHR, unless those rights have been reinterpreted in the Guantánamo Declaration of No Human Rights. If the men demand that the United Nations come to Guantánamo and enforce the UDHR, we can all be very sure it will not be permitted.”

Article 29.

Original:

1.    “Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.”

2.    “In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society…”

Addendum:

“A Guantánamo detainee shall be duty bound to do precisely as he is told. His personality should be developed to ensure he expresses no personal opinion whatsoever, but becomes an automaton guided solely by the authoritarian will of the United States of America.”

About Shaker Aamer:

Shaker Aamer is a British resident whose wife and four children live in London. He says that it was while doing charity work building girls’ schools in Afghanistan that he was sold for a bounty to US forces and taken to Bagram Airbase. There, he reportedly witnessed torture before being rendered to Guantánamo. He has never been charged by the US with any crime, and has never received a trial. He was cleared to leave Guantánamo in 2007 by the Bush administration and in 2009 by the Obama administration, yet still he remains detained in the prison. Reprieve Case Here: 

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‘ IDF Storm and Arrest Palestinians in West Bank ‘

AceWorldNews – WEST BANK – September 28 – Israeli forces have raided a number of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, arresting at least seven people.

' IDF Detain Seven Palestinians in West Bank '

‘ IDF Detain Seven Palestinians in West Bank ‘

The Palestinians were arrested after Israeli troops stormed their homes in the cities of Bethlehem, located about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of al-Quds (Jerusalem), Husan and al-Khalil (Hebron), located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of al-Quds, early on Sunday.

Local residents said the abductee’s were taken to an unknown location.

Five of the detainees are reportedly accused of throwing stones at Israeli military forces.

A Palestinian human rights organization says Israel is holding 540 Palestinians without trial, showing a sharp increase in the number of Palestinian arrestees over the past six years. 

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UAE: ‘ Trafficking Children as Child-Jockeys ‘

#AceNewsServices (SEA – Exclusive) – September 23 – Apparently, human beings have managed to assimilate the crabs’ ability to walk forth and back with equal ease. This is evident in many human activities, particularly in the field of human rights, where bigger steps backward often reverse smaller steps forward. The case of the camel child-jockeys in the Middle East is just one more clamorous example.

' Child Jokey's Trafficked as Bangladesh Slaves '

‘ Child Jokey’s Trafficked as Bangladesh Slaves ‘

Camel racing is an old Bedouin tradition in the Arab region, particularly in countries with large deserts. In recent decades, it has become a lucrative tourist attraction. Unlike the fights between gladiators and between men and lions in old Rome, and present-day dog-fights and cock-fights in the U.S. and China, as well as the bull-fights in Spain – all of which end with the death of one of the combatants – camel racing used to be a way of showing the tribesmen pride for possessing the best camels in the region.

Part One: 

Gradually, these races were transformed in a sort of organized business. This required more sophisticated preparations, such as the use of light-weight riders or jockeys. The human mind understood that young children appeared as the best option for the job. Human trafficking networks came to the rescue for provision of “supplying” the demands of this strenuous business.

Recruited by human traffickers with the promise of a better life, thousands of children were hijacked or bought from the poorest families in poor countries, such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sudan and then ‘exported’ to the Gulf countries, for their exploitation as camel-jockeys.

Part Two

STARVED TO SERVE

Once trafficked into Gulf-States, children became totally dependent on their owners. Race organizers would go further – they would force those children to work hard without eating, to the very limit of starvation.

Perhaps one of the most comprehensive professional media reports on this issue is the one filed by Al Jazeera’s reporter Nicolas Haque on May 22 from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Haque tells the story of a boy called Shameem Miah, who was just three years old when he travelled to the Gulf state of Dubai. “Lured by the promise of a better life, his family says they sold all of their land and belongings, even going into debt, in order to pay for the move,” Haque reports.

He goes on: “Shameem Miah is one of 879 Bangladeshi children who will receive compensation from the United Arab Emirates for years of suffering as child camel-jockey. The Bangladeshi authorities have received 1.43 million dollars from the UAE, which will be distributed among the families of former child-jockeys.” Commenting on the UAE’s decision to economically compensate the child victims of such practices and their families, Haque says “this is an unprecedented move to compensate child-jockeys for camel races”.

Haque then explains that a strong pressure from human rights groups led the UAE to ban the use of child-jockeys in 2005. Most had been trafficked from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sudan.

According to the report, Shameem’s father paid 4,500 dollars to migrant traffickers who had promised him gainful employment in the UAE. The traffickers had arranged for the children to work as well.

On arrival in Dubai, Shameem and his two brothers – then aged five and six – were separated from their parents to take part in camel races,” tells Haque. “A toddler, Shameem had only just learnt to walk when he was first seated upon a camel’s back.”

I used to be so scared of the camels, at the beginning, I would fall off the camels all the time,” Shameem says. His brother Muna says that Shameem was so small that he had to be strapped on to the camel, says the report, adding that the children’s “terrified screams drove the camels to race even faster, much to the satisfaction of the camel owners”.

Prized for their light-weight, the child-jockeys say they were intentionally starved, often going days without food, in order to keep them below 20 kilos, says the report.

The camel owners would weigh us and if we ate too much, they would give us electrical shocks. I was so scared of them, I remember, if I would lose a race they would beat me,” Shameem is quoted saying.

Haque reports that “to this day, Shameem bears the scars of five years of abuse by his employer, and countless falls”. Many other child-jockeys, however, have suffered much worse, sustaining life-long injuries from being trampled under the charging camels. Some are known to have died. “For five years Shameem and his brother lived and worked in a barbed wire encircled camp near the desert race track, where they often labored 18 hours a day for a payment of only four dollars a month,” Al Jazeera reporter says.

CHILDREN, SOLD INTO SLAVERY

Even this tiny wage was of help to Shameem’s father, 45-year-old Abul Kashem Miah – many children were in effect sold into slavery and received nothing.  “For Shameem’s father, the situation was heartbreaking,” says Haque. “He deeply regrets that he could not prevent the use of his sons as camel jockeys, saying: ‘All I could think of was paying off our debt and getting out of poverty so that we could leave to go back to Bangladesh’.”

The report goes on to tell that at the age of eight, Shameem was discarded by his employer, deemed too old and heavy to race camels. But it’s clear that his experience of camel jockeying will remain with him forever,” says the report, “as he describes training with the camel every day, being fed just biscuits and water, allowed to sleep – only when completely exhausted – alongside the other children, directly on the sand.”

He says he rarely rode with a helmet and constantly burned his feet on the hot desert sand because he had not been given shoes.”

Haque informs that only 874 former child-jockeys will receive compensation despite the fact that many more are believed to have been trafficked. Most of those still awaiting payment are now teenagers.

The report also takes up the issue of missing children, saying that according to the UK-based human rights group, Anti-Slavery International, some 2,000 unaccounted for child camel jockeys have not yet returned to their families from the Gulf states.

UGLY FACE

Nevertheless, there is still the ugly face of some communities which have the luxury to see the children suffering and working to starve them so as to lose weight in order to win in these old Bedouin practices called camel races.

Despite curbing bans international pressure, child slaves still continue to be used as camel jockeys in many parts of UAE and Gulf States. The children are trafficked and sold or lent at low prices, to other countries.

The hugest obstacle is that the camel jockey races are held under the pretext of development and promotion of tourism.

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A recent example being the camel-racing festival at Sweihan in Abu Dhabi, the photographs and videos released to the international media showed young children riding camels at this event that was also attended by dignitaries and uniformed police officers.

Observers from the UK-based Anti-Slavery International advocacy group also saw one child fall from a camel and narrowly escape being trampled on at the same race-rack. The presence of UAE authorities at the event is also disturbing as it indicates that even senior government officials are not taking child protection very seriously, despite the ban.

REPATRIATED BACK INTO ANOTHER HELL

Over the years, many children and boys were simply handed back to the unscrupulous parents who sold them in the first place. expressed their grave concern about these practices. A large number of them get handed over to madrassas (religious schools) and orphanages funded and controlled by extremist groups.

Their repatriation has not necessarily led to their rehabilitation or reintegration back into society, in fact it’s an escape from one kind of hell to another.

The time has come to put an end to this barbaric, inhumane and appalling menace. Till that time nobody really knows how many more childhoods will be stolen – all for the pleasure of the rich-Arabs of Middle East, self-proclaimed followers of the true tradition of Islam.

Courtesy of The Human Lens 

References:

1. Al Jazeera Bangaldesh reportage by Nicolas Haque

2. Asia Development Media

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World Food Programme: ‘ GAZA – For The First Time Since 2007 a Humanitarian Convoy of UN WPF Successfully Crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip Today ‘

#AceWorldNews – GAZA – August 27 – For the first time since 2007, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days.

​’ Rafah Border Crossing Was Closed Now Open For Aid and Feeding People ‘

After a seven-hour drive from Alexandria – where the food was procured – across the Sinai Peninsula, WFP’s trucks arrived at the Rafah crossing. The convoy of 18 trucks carried 15,600 food parcels – part of a total batch of 25,000 food parcels. The parcels include ready-to-eat food such as canned meat, canned beans, tea and dates.

A second convoy with the remaining parcels is expected to cross into Gaza in the next few days.

​This is the first time that WFP has used the Rafah crossing point since the start of the Gaza blockade in 2007.

“It is extremely important that we have access to the Gaza Strip from different routes including the Rafah crossing to ensure a constant flow of humanitarian supplies to meet the growing needs of the people affected by the recent violence. We are grateful to the Government of Egypt for opening the Rafah crossing and allowing WFP to procure food in Egypt,” said Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe.

To respond to the urgent need for humanitarian aid in Gaza, the UN in Palestine has activated the logistics cluster. Under the leadership of WFP, the cluster is in charge of coordinating the movement of humanitarian assistance into Gaza. The Egyptian Red Crescent is coordinating all the crossing of humanitarian goods through Rafah.

“The opening of the Rafah crossing for humanitarian aid provides a major opportunity to scale up aid delivery to Gaza and needs to be sustained,” says WFP Country Director Pablo Recalde. “WFP has provided emergency relief from the onset of the conflict and will continue its food deliveries to Gaza to reach people affected by the conflict”.

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Let’s join the indigenous people of West Papua…

Let’s join the indigenous people of West Papua in their fight for self determination and freedom from oppressive Indonesia. Please see the Free West Papua| Trailer of documentary the “Forgotten Bird of Paradise”.
Thank you so much.
http://saadiahaq.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/free-west-papua-trailer-forgotten-bird-of-paradise/

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Ace News I will really appreciate to share…

Ace News, I will really appreciate to share the second part of the story of a courageous American convert Theresa Corbin’s journey into her faith Islam and how she’s fighting against the prevailing racial discrimination, Islamophobia and Muslim bigots at http://saadiahaq.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/in-conversation-with-an-american-convert-to-islam-part-ii/
( A phenomenal woman rights activist in her own might) Thanks.

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The Human Lens brings today a real life…

The Human Lens brings today a real life story of courage and compassion, an American woman convert to Islam, please do support religious freedom rights and spread the word.
Thanks a lot, at http://saadiahaq.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/in-conversation-with-an-american-convert-to-islam-part-i/

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Dear Admin Ace News I will request to…

Dear Admin, Ace News I will request to please share this link related to the human rights atrocities happening in Indonesia with West Papuan indigenous people, am currently doing media coverage with their human rights defenders, more at for the http://saadiahaq.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/free-papua-campaign-in-conversation-with-a-papuan-activist/

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` UN Human Rights Chief Confirms over 9,000 Children Recruited as Child Soldiers in South Sudan’s War ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH SUDAN – April 30 – Over 9,000 children have been recruited as soldiers in South Sudan’s four-month long civil war by both government and rebel forces, the UN’s human rights chief said on Wednesday.

“Children have also been killed during indiscriminate attacks on civilians by both sides,” AFP quoted UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay as saying.

The list of alarming statistics is long. Here are a few more: UNMISS unquestionably saved thousands of lives, when it opened the gates of several of its compounds to people fleeing deadly attacks.

Some 80,000 people are now sheltering in these compounds. UNICEF reports that more than 9,000 children have been recruited into armed forces by both sides. 32 schools have been taken over by military forces, and there have been more than 20 attacks on clinics and health centres.

Many women and girls have been raped, often brutally and sometimes by several fighters. Others have been abducted.

Children have also been killed during indiscriminate attacks on civilians by both sides.

Ace Related News:
1. United Nations Human Rights – April 30 – http://tinyurl.com/y6xdynj

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` Britain must Immediately Refrain from Using Human Rights as a pretext for interfering in China's Internal Politics '

#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN – April 15 – (Reuters) – China on Tuesday condemned Britain for interfering in its domestic affairs, in response to a human rights report, a day after the British government said Beijing had called off human rights talks.

Britain listed China as “a country of concern” in its annual human rights report last week, saying it had observed increased curbs on freedom of expression, association and assembly in 2013.

It also cited reports of “the forcible suppression of ethnic unrest in Tibet and Xinjiang.”

China reacted by calling off talks with Britain on Beijing’s human rights record. Chinese and British officials had been due to hold a round of the two-way Human Rights Dialogue in London on Wednesday.

The two countries had agreed to resume the regular meetings during a trip to China by British Prime Minister David Cameron in December.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying accused Britain of issuing the report with “irresponsible remarks made about the Chinese political system, rudely slandering and criticising China’s human rights situation”.

Britain must immediately stop using human rights as a pretext for interfering in China’s internal politics and judicial sovereignty, Hua told a daily news briefing.

Read More: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/04/15/uk-britain-china-rights-idUKBREA3D1AY20140415

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` Syria’s Bloody Conflict has Killed More Than ` 150,000 Men, Women and Children ‘ Since 2011 ‘

#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – April 01 – More than 150,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a new toll released on Tuesday.

It had documented the deaths of 150,344 people, 51,212 of them civilians, including nearly 7,985 children, AFP reported.

The monitoring group said 37,781 members of the armed opposition had been killed in the fighting, including Jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), and Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.

The Observatory added that 364 members of Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollha movement were killed (ALN News)

The conflict started in 2011 when President Bashar al-Assad cracked down on peaceful anti-government protester’s.

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` Human Rights Council Resolution is ` Illegitimate ' and `Islamic Republic of Iran ' Considers the Approach Non-Constructive '

#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – March 31 – Expressing regret over issuing a resolution against Iran at the UN Human Rights Council, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman said approval of the resolution on Iran is based on dual standards and has political aims.

Marziyeh Afkham said that the move aims to create dispute between countries, impose special standards on others, and disrupt international human rights mechanism.

She stressed that Islamic Republic of Iran considers this approach non-constructive.

Afkham added that issuing such resolutions is ignoring Iranˈs positive steps in fulfilling its obligations and its constructive cooperation with international bodies and the improving trend of human rights in Iran.

Afkham continued that the resolution is following political interests and lacks legitimacy, adding that it is regretful that sponsors of the resolution are silent and indifferent about violation of human-rights of Palestinian people, and fate of innocent people, who are being taken hostage by terrorist groups and citizens who lose their lives on pretext of fight against terrorism.

The spokeswoman stressed that promotion of human rights is a global concern and no country is superior to others in such an important human responsibility and Iran has positive interaction with related international bodies and intends to make a dialogue and cooperate in a realistic way.

IRNA News

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#AceWorldNews Moscow March 29

#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 29

“For instance, while enumerating the violations of human-rights the resolution does not make any mentioning of violence on the part of paramilitaries that was described in the report in detail – mass executions, abductions of women and children, sexual violence, the use of children soldiers, mortar shelling of densely populated areas, as well as the terrorist acts committed by the groupings making up the Syrian Free Army and closely linked to the Islamic Front,” the ministry said.

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` UN has said that an ` Egyptian Court’s ‘ decision to Sentence 529 Muslim Brotherhood to Death contravenes International Law ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED NATIONS – March 25 – The UN human-rights office said Tuesday that an Egyptian court’s decision to sentence 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death contravened international law, Reuters reported.

Monday’s ruling is seen as the biggest mass death penalty handed out in modern Egyptian history.

“The mass imposition of the death penalty after a trial rife with procedural irregularities is in breach of international human rights law,” UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said in Geneva.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s leader and 682 others went on trial Tuesday in the same court.

Ace Related News – March 24 – 11.06 GMT – Extract – #AceWorldNews – CAIRO – March 24 – In Egypt, 529 activists in the banned the association Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death.
The decision was made by the province of Minya Criminal Court http://wp.me/p165ui-4vi

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` Crimea Guarantees `Human Rights ‘ to everyone regardless of Nationality ‘

#AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL – Crimea guarantees human rights to everyone, regardless of nationality or any other features, the republic’s parliament said in a statement on Monday.

The document was adopted at an emergency meeting on Monday, where it was supported by 85 deputies.

“The Republic of Crimea guarantees human rights to everyone regardless of nationality or any other features,” the statement reads.

“The territory of the Republic of Crimea is limited by the borders of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as on the date of announcing the Republic of Crimea as an independent sovereign state,” the parliament’s official site reads.

Crimea’s parliament is announced the supreme authority, and the deputies’ term is set to September, 2015.

“From March 17, 2014, the Republic of Crimea’s supreme authority is the parliament of the Republic of Crimea, where the term of its deputies continues to September 2015,” the document reads.

“Before adoption of a new version of the Constitution of the Republic of Crimea will continue to remain in force the Republic’s Constitution of 1998.”

Tass – News Sources

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` UN accuses ` Nigerian Security Forces ‘ of ` Human-Rights-Abuses ‘ fighting a near 5-year `Islamist Insurgency ‘

#AceWorldNews Nigerian security forces have committed human-rights abuses as they fight a near five-year Islamist insurgency by the Boko Haram sect, Reuters said, citing a UN official.

Boko Haram has killed thousands in its effort to carve out an Islamic state, and rights groups say the military carries out extra-judicial killings, torture and illegally detains suspects.

“Many people… acknowledge human rights violations have been committed by the security forces,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, told reporters in Abuja on Friday.

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` New Ukrainian Government are `Violating Human Rights ‘ and ` Oppressing National Minorities ‘ Poland-Based NGO ‘

#AceWorldNews The new government in Ukraine is violating human-rights and oppressing national minorities, a Poland-based NGO said, adding that the actions of the Maidan leaders would be considered illegal in most EU states.

Mateush Piskorski, a Polish MP and head of the European Centre for Geopolitical Analysis, said: “The dominant political forces who participated in the so-called Euromaidan” are calling “for major violations of human-rights, mainly to violations of the rights of national minorities.”

Piskorski told Itar-Tass that his organization sent several groups of experts to Ukraine during the unrest.

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` Yemeni inmate introduces a landmark lawsuit to challenge practice of force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay ‘

#AceWorldNews Yemeni inmate at Guantanamo Bay has introduced a landmark lawsuit challenging the practice of force-feeding at the US military prison camp.

The case represents the first time a US court will hear allegations of detainee abuse at Gitmo.

The plaintiff, Emad Abdullah Hassan, says he has been force-fed more than 5,000 times since 2007 as part of the military’s efforts to break his hunger strike, the UK-based human-rights organization Reprieve said Tuesday, citing court documents.

The 34-year old has been held at Guantánamo Bay since 2002 without charge and is said to be gravely ill.

“All I want is what President Obama promised – my liberty, and fair treatment for others. I have been cleared for five years, and I have been force-fed for seven years.

This is not a life worth living, it is a life of constant pain and suffering. While I do not want to die, it is surely my right to protest peacefully without being degraded and abused every day.”

Hassan claims detainees are force-fed up to a gallon of nutrients and water at a time, while another inmate said that feeding sessions have been sped up, sometimes compressed into as little as 20 minutes, AP reports.

“When liquid is forced into him at excessive speed, [Hassan] vomits on himself. The feeding process starts again, but the vomit remains. With the nutrient mix comes the forcible administration of medication to counteract his inevitable constipation.

The most humiliating aspect of the whole process, he says, is when he defecates on himself and is forced to remain seated for an hour or more before being returned to his cell — where he will be refused clean clothes,” Clive Stafford Smith, the founder and director of Reprieve who is representing Hassan, wrote in an op-ed for Al-Jazeera.

AP – Al-Jazeera – RT – AFP – News Sources

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