Assange Addresses UN Members, Lambasts Obama’s UN Address for Rewriting History

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 11:27 pm

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange addressed members of the United Nations at an event with Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino and Center for Constitutional Rights legal director Baher Azmy. He spoke to members on the current status of his asylum case and how the United States currently is engaged in a wide investigation into members of [...]

Julian Assange to Address United Nations Members (VIDEO)

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 7:03 pm

UPDATE – 8:00 PM EST: Assange’s address concluded. I’ll have a post on his address soon. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will address the United Nations on the status of his asylum case within the hour via satellite from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino and Baher Azmy, legal director for the [...]

The Economic Toll US Drones Have on Pakistani Communities

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 4:39 pm

A new report from the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic of Stanford Law School and the Global Justice Clinic at the New York University School of Law exhaustively details the toll that United States drones are exacting on Pakistani communities. It is the product of two investigation missions to Pakistan and collaboration with [...]

Revisiting CIA Torture on International Day of Support for Victims

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 8:33 pm

“Every day, women, men and children are tortured or ill-treated with the intention of destroying their sense of dignity and human worth,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared. He called on countries to “provide concrete support for victims of torture and prove their commitment to fighting a cruel and dehumanizing practice that remains pervasive.” The [...]

Some Drone Strikes Likely War Crimes & Obama Administration Continues to Defend Secrecy

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 5:31 pm

At a conference organized by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Geneva, Switzerland, Christof Heyns, a UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, strongly condemned the United States’ targeted killing program and the country’s use of drones to carry out extrajudicial executions abroad. Heyns told attendees the program threatens fifty years of [...]

Obama Administration’s Tenuous Commitment to Human Rights

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 1:01 pm

(photo: Barack Obama) The Obama Administration recently announced that it would begin an “interagency process” to implement commitments made on human rights before the UN Human Rights Council just over a year ago. Coinciding with the announcement, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) put out a report on how the administration has done so far. [...]

“Confess or be ready to die”: UN Report Pummels US Ally Afghanistan on Torture

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 5:41 pm

A new report by an agency of the UN describes “systematic” torture to produce confessions by Afghan police and security agencies. It’s ten years since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. The government is their propped up puppet. Given the U.S. love for torture, as exemplified by past practice, enshrining elements of the torture program in their Army Field Manual, and refusing to prosecute U.S. officials responsible for torture, the results of this study examining their Afghan partners is not surprising. There is little or nothing that differentiates the U.S. at this point from the enemy they face, and given they supposedly represent progressive democracies, the harm they incur is even worse than what the Taliban offers. The report also makes clear that such human rights abuses by an invading force only drives individuals into the ranks of the Taliban.

WikiLeaks Cable: UN Special Rapporteur Urged US Government to Intervene Before Troy Davis Was Executed

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 2:23 pm

(photo: dabnotu ) (update below) *Troy Davis is to be executed at 7 pm ET today, September 21. If executed today, Georgia will have executed a man on a day recognized as the International Day of Peace. The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied Troy Davis clemency. The five-member board reviewed pleas for [...]

Torture Decriminalized: How the State Department Provides Space for the Culpables’ Book Tours

By: Wednesday August 31, 2011 12:24 pm

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo: marcn) Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who should be investigated and tried for war crimes that include but are not limited to torture and abuse of detainees, has mounted a tour to publicize his memoir In My Time. Waterboarding has historically been considered torture and a war crime yet [...]

Review: ‘The Whistleblower’ Humanizes a Character Often Targeted & Vilified By Society

By: Friday August 19, 2011 12:18 pm

Girls and women migrate into the Bosnia sex industry because of lack of opportunity and poor economic conditions. Generally coming from Eastern European countries, they answer ads and are promised good job only to find they become property of traffickers. They are moved across borders on routes that avoid official border crossings, all to disorient [...]

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