“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution,” under Article 14 under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, however, that does not apply to individuals who have committed “non-political crimes” or “acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.” National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 3, 2013 1:12 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 17, 2013 5:27 pm|
Billed as an exclusive, CNN sent their Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence to cover the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay prison this week. At least two segments aired on Erin Burnett’s program. The Pentagon decided to have CNN interview a female guard who could talk about the “dire conditions” that guards face at the prison. “For [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 30, 2013 4:42 pm|
There are steps President Barack Obama could take right now to expedite the closing of Guantanamo Bay prison camps, where prisoners currently engaged in a major hunger strike continue to be held in detention. Yet, Obama and his defenders insist Congress is solely responsible for why the prison continues to be open and why prisoners [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday April 16, 2013 1:29 am|
Considering the way the military has handled the situation at Guantanamo — forbidding reporters at the island, making nice to the ICRC only to conduct violent raids on detainees as soon as Red Cross officials leave, force-feeding hunger-striking detainees against all medical ethics and protocols — you’d think the Pentagon thought they had another Koje-Ko prison camp rebellion on their hands.
Apparently the White House was notified in advance of the nighttime raids on the debilitated hunger strikers, who according to military accounts (which one must take with maximum suspicion), fought back with mop and broom handles and plastic water bottles.
Whatever military police met in terms of opposition, what they certainly encountered were emaciated prisoners, worn down by years of interrogation, isolation, brutality, and now hunger, as they wield the only real weapons they know, their very bodies, choosing death over the hopelessness and torture that is indefinite detention.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday April 13, 2013 11:36 am|
Ten human rights groups have sent a letter to President Barack Obama on “shared concerns” related to the “targeted killing” policies of his administration. The letter also makes recommendations the Obama administration can take to make policies accountable and transparent. The organizations call for the public disclosure of “targeted killing standards and criteria.” They urge [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday April 12, 2013 11:35 am|
Amnesty International released its annual review of death sentences and executions around the world. The review found the five biggest executors in 2012 were China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the USA. It also found that the number of countries that abolished the death penalty rose to 97 and progress toward abolition of the death [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday April 11, 2013 2:42 pm|
A prisoner, who has been held in detention for eleven years without charge or trial, has told an attorney that the prison authorities are trying to “break Muslims.” He is participating in a major hunger strike that has been ongoing since early February and shared details on his health as a result of his participation [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday February 5, 2013 6:26 pm|
A major report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) program was released today by the Open Society Justice Initiative. It is one of the most comprehensive examinations of the program to date. From “credible public sources and information provided by reputable human rights organizations,” the organization was able to figure out that “as many [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 20, 2012 11:42 am|
(photo: Truthout.org ) A year-end report from the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) indicates the “number of new death sentences in 2012 was the second lowest since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.” The number remained near the historic low number of death sentences in 2011. Seventy-eight people were sentenced to death in the United States. States that [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 13, 2012 3:23 pm|
A landmark ruling was issued by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) holding the European Union responsible for its role in the CIA’s detention and rendition of German national Khaled El-Masri. The ECHR unanimously found Macedonia had been responsible for his “unlawful detention, enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment, and for his transfer out [...]