‘The United Nations says the drug war’s rationale is to build “a drug-free world — we can do it!” U.S. government officials agree, stressing that “there is no such thing as recreational drug use.” So this isn’t a war to stop addiction, like that in my family, or teenage drug use. It is a war to stop drug use among all humans, everywhere. All these prohibited chemicals need to be rounded up and removed from the earth. That is what we are fighting for.
I began to see this goal differently after I learned the story of the drunk elephants, the stoned water buffalo, and the grieving mongoose. They were all taught to me by a remarkable scientist in Los Angeles named Professor Ronald K. Siegel.’
- Intoxication: The Universal Drive for Mind-Altering Substances (Book)
- Graham Hancock: The War on Consciousness
- Citing Failed War on Drugs, World Leaders Call for Widespread Decriminalization
- How the War on Drugs and the War on Terror Merged Into One Disastrous War on All Americans
- ‘It is time to end the war on drugs’, says top UK police chief
‘The US State Department said on Friday that the Palestinian application to join the International Criminal Court will have “implications” for US aid to the Palestinian Authority.
“It should come as no surprise that there will be implications for this step, but we continue to review,” the official told Reuters.
“US assistance to the Palestinian Authority has played a valuable role in promoting stability and prosperity not just for the Palestinians, but also for Israel as well,” the official added.
Washington sends about $400 million in economic support aid to the Palestinians every year. Under US law, that aid would be cut off if the Palestinians used membership in the International Criminal Court to make claims against Israel.’
‘“There was a clear message from international community to the Palestinians: Do not try to use tricks to replace negotiations,” a top Foreign Ministry official told Ynet, but the American effort to torpedo the Palestinian’s UN Security Council resolution demanding Israel end its ‘occupation’ of the West Bank proved once again the importance of maintaining good relations with Washington.
Furthermore, the abstention by African nations also demonstrated the importance of the visits made by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to the African continent. However, the change of power set to take place in the Security Council on Thursday will change the balance of power against Israel.
The rejection of the Palestinian resolution by the UN Security Council on Tuesday night was a reminder of the great extent to which Israel-US relations serve as a critical factor in Israeli national security. It only strengthens the need for Israel to maintain good relations with Washington in general and more specifically with the White House, and prevent disagreements such as the one that occurred between Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Israeli diplomats say that the US played a crucial role in the effort to block the Palestinian resolution which sought to set a time table for Israel’s disengagement from territories for a future Palestinian state without direct negotiations.’
- Abbas mulls another UN Security Council bid for Palestinian state
- France to Israel: We backed Palestinians in Security Council to prevent ICC bid
- US and Israeli intervention led UN to reject Palestinian resolution
- Palestinians plan next steps after failed UN bid
- UK declares it cannot support Palestinian UN bid
- Palestinian statehood bid fails at UN Security Council as US, Australia vote against
‘Mexico on Sunday called for an overhaul of the United Nations Security Council, envisaging more member countries across a wider geographical swathe, as the government steps up efforts to raise its profile on the global stage.
Tasked with maintaining global peace, the U.N. Security Council meets when war looms and cooperates in efforts to solve international disputes, with measures ranging from sanctions to military action.
The Council has five permanent members – China, France, Russia, Britain and the United States – and 10 temporary members elected by the U.N. General Assembly for two-year terms.
Editor’s Note: I thought the below profile by civil rights lawyer Chase Madar written back in 2009 was worth sharing after Evan Osnos’s recent piece on “humanitarian interventionist” Samantha Power in the New Yorker.
‘[…] The intellectual career of Samantha Power is a richly instructive example of the weaponization of human rights. She made her name in 2002 with A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. In this surprise global bestseller, she argues that when confronted with 20th-century genocides, the United States sat on the sidelines as the blood flowed. Look at Bosnia or Rwanda. “Why does the US stand so idly by?” she asks. Powers allows that overall America “has made modest progress in its responses to genocide.” That’s not good enough. We must be bolder in deploying our armed forces to prevent human-rights catastrophes—to engage in “humanitarian intervention” in the patois of our foreign-policy elite.
In nearly 600 pages of text, Power barely mentions those postwar genocides in which the U.S. government, far from sitting idle, took a robust role in the slaughter. Indonesia’s genocidal conquest of East Timor, for instance, expressly green-lighted by President Ford and Secretary of State Kissinger, who met with Suharto the night before the invasion was launched and carried out with American-supplied weapons. Over the next quarter century, the Indonesian army saw U.S. military aid and training rise as it killed between 100,000 and 200,000 East Timorese. (The figures and the designation of “genocide” come from a UN-formed investigative body.) This whole bloody business gets exactly one sentence in Power’s book.
What about the genocide of Mayan peasants in Guatemala—another decades-long massacre carried out with American armaments by a military dictatorship with tacit U.S. backing, officer training at Fort Benning, and covert CIA support? A truth commission sponsored by the Catholic Church and the UN designated this programmatic slaughter genocide and set the death toll at approximately 200,000. But apparently this isn’t a problem from hell.’
- The Samantha Power Doctrine
- Samantha Power, Goddess of the U.N.
- UN Ambassador Samantha Power Warns Against Intervention Fatigue
- Samantha Power: Don’t Knock U.S. Intervention In Syria
- The Millennials Rise Up Against Samantha Power At Fusion Conference
- CAR Atrocities Must Be Answered, Says U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power
- Samantha Power on the Duty to Intervene
- Samantha Power Goes to War
- Cass Sunstein and Samantha Power: Fun Couple of the 21st Century
- A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide (Book)
‘[…] The number of stateless people worldwide likely exceeds 15 million, the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion said in a report, which lifts the veil on some of the most invisible people on the planet.
[…] The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) estimate of 10 million stateless people left out 1.5 million stateless refugees and 3.5 million stateless Palestinians.
Without a nationality, stateless people are denied basic rights and benefits that most people take for granted, including access to healthcare, education and work. They often cannot own property, open a bank account or even get married.
Sometimes called “legal ghosts”, stateless people are vulnerable to rights abuses, detention and exploitation.’
‘Israel continues to interact with Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights and allow them to cross the border, according to a new UN report corroborated by a VICE News team that visited the area in November, uncovering additional incidents beyond what has been described by the UN.
Israel has occupied the Golan Heights since the Six-Day War in 1967, when it captured it from Syria. In 1974, a UN peacekeeping mission, known as UNDOF, was established to police a 50-mile-long disengagement zone between the Israeli “Alpha” and Syrian “Bravo” lines. At the disengagement zone’s narrowest southern points, the distance between the two lines can be less than a kilometer.’
‘As protests continue over the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the United States is facing pressure internationally over its failure to put a halt to police brutality. In a new report, the United Nations Committee Against Torture expresses deep concern over the “frequent and recurrent police shootings or fatal pursuits of unarmed black individuals.” The Committee also criticizes a number of other U.S. practices on torture and imprisonment, Guantánamo Bay, and the custody of migrants including children in “prison-like detention facilities.” We discuss the report’s findings with Dr. Jens Modvig, member of the Committee against Torture and one of two rapporteurs for its report.’ (Democracy Now!)
‘[…] The resigned attitudes toward spying at the climate talks signal a normalization of broad surveillance by states like the U.S. and Britain. It seems that spying has become part of the woodwork of international ecological negotiations.
Intelligence gathering is fading into the background in part because it has become so ubiquitous, expanding well beyond traditional redoubts like diplomacy and military affairs into corporate operations, political activism and, yes, environmental affairs. Faiza Patel, who helps lead efforts against surveillance overreach at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, says, “The big point of this story for me is the fact that both the GCHQ and NSA shroud their actions as if it’s all about national security, when what we’ve seen over and over again is that it’s not.”’
- Disguised as Climate Negotiators
- Ban Ki-moon: Climate Espionage should be investigated
- Snowden documents reveal British climate espionage – Copenhagen climate summit targeted
- Foreign diplomats shrug off leaked report of U.S. spying and bugging at climate talks
- For the NSA, espionage was a means to strengthen the US position in climate negotiations
- The U.S. Government’s Secret Plans to Spy for American Corporations
‘About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and many are without food or shelter as winter starts, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.
Amin Awad, UNHCR’s director for the Middle East and North Africa, said the world was becoming numb to the refugees’ needs.
“Now when we talk about a million people displaced over two months, or 500,000 overnight, the world is just not responding,” he told reporters in Geneva.
The 13.6 million include 7.2 million displaced within Syria – an increase from a long-held U.N. estimate of 6.5 million – as well as 3.3 million Syrian refugees abroad.
In Iraq, 1.9 million have been displaced this year by tribal fighting and the advance of Islamic State, adding to 1 million previously displaced, and 190,000 have left the country to seek safety.’
‘On October 31, a new United Nations General Assembly First Committee resolution on depleted uranium (DU) weapons passed overwhelmingly. There were 143 states in favor, four against, and 26 abstentions. The measure calls for UN member states to provide assistance to countries contaminated by the weapons. The resolution also notes the need for health and environmental research on depleted uranium weapons in conflict situations.
This fifth UN resolution on the subject was fiercely opposed by four depleted uranium-shooting countries — Britain, the United States, France and Israel — who cast the only votes in opposition. The 26 states that abstained reportedly sought to avoid souring lucrative trade relationships with the four major shooters.
Uranium-238 — so-called “depleted” uranium — is waste material left in huge quantities by the nuclear weapons complex. It’s used in large caliber armor-piercing munitions and in armor plate on tanks. Toxic, radioactive dust and debris is dispersed when DU shells burn through targets, and its metallic fumes and dust poison water, soil and the food chain. DU has been linked to deadly health effects like Gulf War Syndrome among U.S. and allied troops, and birth abnormalities among populations in bombed areas. DU waste has caused radioactive contamination of large parts of Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo and perhaps Afghanistan.’
- US will use depleted uranium in Iraq again ‘if it needs to’
- Iraqi Doctors Call Depleted Uranium Use “Genocide”
- Iraq calls for global treaty ban on depleted uranium weapons
- World Health Organization Covers Up Iraq War Crimes
- How the World Health Organisation covered up Iraq’s nuclear nightmare
- Still dangerous after 30 years: Uranium particles from DU weapons
- We’ve moved on from the Iraq war, but Iraqis don’t have that choice
- Ten Years Later, U.S. Has Left Iraq With Mass Displacement & Epidemic of Birth Defects, Cancers
- In a State of Uncertainty: impact and implications of the use of depleted uranium in Iraq
- Study: Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009
‘Months after President Obama frankly admitted that the United States had “tortured some folks” as part of the War on Terror, a new report submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture has been released that excoriates his administration for shielding the officials responsible from prosecution.
The report describes the post-9/11 torture program as “breathtaking in scope”, and indicts both the Bush and Obama administrations for complicity in it – the former through design and implementation, and the latter through its ongoing attempts to obstruct justice. Noting that the program caused grievous harm to countless individuals and in many cases went as far as murder, the report calls for the United States to “promptly and impartially prosecute senior military and civilian officials responsible for authorizing, acquiescing, or consenting in any way to acts of torture.”’
- Peace Prize Laureates Urge Disclosure on U.S. Torture
- Is Obama Stalling Until Republicans Can Bury the CIA Torture Report?
- The truth about torture is Obama never wants you to find it
- Senate’s inquiry into CIA torture sidesteps blaming Bush, aides
- Panetta Says Rahm Emanuel Cussed Him Out for Cooperating With Torture Inquiry
- Obama Admits He Banned Only “Some” of the CIA’s Torture Techniques
- President Obama’s Whitewashed History of US Torture
- Contrary to Obama’s promises, the US military still permits torture
- The Torture Architects (Infographic)
- General Taguba Report on Torture
Venezuela, Malaysia, Angola, New Zealand and Spain win U.N. Security Council seats, Turkey bid fails
‘Venezuela, Malaysia, Angola, New Zealand and Spain won seats on the United Nations Security Council on Thursday for two years from Jan. 1, 2015. The 193-member U.N. General Assembly elected Venezuela with 181 votes, Malaysia with 187 votes, Angola with 190 votes.
All three countries campaigned unopposed for their seats after being chosen as the candidates for their respective regional groups, but still needed to win the votes of two-thirds of the General Assembly to secure their spots.
The only contest was between New Zealand, Spain and Turkey for two seats given to the Western European and others group. New Zealand won a seat during the first round of voting with 145 votes. Spain beat Turkey in a third round of run-off voting.’
- Turkey fails in bid to join UN Security Council
- Venezuela elected to UN security council
- Spain wins seat on UN Security Council
- New Zealand wins seat on UN Security Council
- Angola Goes Big On UN Security Council
- Malaysia: How Will It Perform on the UN Security Council?
- Has America Stopped Even Pretending to Care About the U.N. Security Council?
‘U.N. member states owe the world body about $3.5 billion for its regular operating budget and far-flung peacekeeping operations, the U.N. management chief said Thursday.
Yukio Takasu told reporters after briefing the General Assembly’s budget committee that “as a whole the financial situation of the United Nations is very sound and generally good except the regular budget.”‘
‘Mali’s foreign minister urged the United Nations on Wednesday to consider creating a rapid intervention force to fight extremist groups in the African country’s troubled north, warning that the region “once again runs the risk of becoming the destination of hordes of terrorists.”
Abdoulaye Diop spoke to the U.N. Security Council via videoconference the day after a peacekeeper with the U.N. mission in Mali was killed in a rocket attack. That follows the death of nine peacekeepers in an attack on Friday, the deadliest since the mission began last year.
U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous has called the situation “intolerable” as French troops in northern Mali draw down, leaving peacekeepers largely on their own in the rebellious region. Ladsous told the council that the rate of attacks has increased substantially and that with the “quasi-disappearance” of Mali’s forces, “we cannot face the threat alone.”‘
- Mali PM: France, U.N. must step up fight against Islamists in Mali
- Niger to Stay in Mali After Peacekeepers Killed
- Nine U.N. troops killed in worst attack yet on Mali force
- French troops edge closer to Libya border to cut off Islamists
- Chad accuses U.N. of neglecting its peacekeepers in Mali
- Mali: The forgotten war
- UN asks Sahel countries to set up border patrols
- Malian refugees in Niger struggle to cope
‘What is the seizure and control of an area by armed troops? Military occupation. What is the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of politico-economic aims? Terrorism. What is the freedom from negative consequences of an injurious action? Impunity.
Military occupation. Terrorism. Impunity.
To far too many of us, these 4 words have become synonymous with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, the MINUSTAH which, for the past 10 years, has maintained a reign of terror in Haiti.’
- Haiti: A Movement of Solidarity to End the UN’s Illegal Occupation
- The Haiti Occupation Continues
- 10 Reasons why the UN Occupation of Haiti Must End
- U.N. Confronts another Sex Scandal
- The Death of Gérard Jean-Gilles: How the UN Stonewalled Haitian Justice
- MINUSTAH: Haiti under Military Occupation
- Mass Protests in Haiti: ‘Time for Haitians to Stop Taking Orders From Colonists’
- U.N. sued for ‘bringing cholera to Haiti,’ causing outbreak that killed thousands
- Haiti ‘Reconstruction': Luxury Hotels, Sweat Shops and Deregulation for the Foreign Corporate Elite
- Haiti “Open for Business”: Sourcing Slave Labor for U.S.-Based Companies
- How the U.N. Caused Haiti’s Cholera Crisis, and Won’t Be Held Responsible
- U.S. Gives Haiti the Gift of Prisons
‘We are no longer living in the 19th century with the spectre of Haiti’s successful struggle for its freedom haunting the consciousness of slave masters across the Americas. Yet the military occupation of this country since 2004 by way of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is sending a clear message that the Haitians’ tentative step toward exercising control over the destiny in the 1990s and the early years of the new century is still “a source of alarm and terror” to imperial overlords such a Canada, France, and the United States.
The MINUSTAH occupation army has a combined force of 7, 408 soldiers and police personnel as of July 31, 2014. This armed entity has served as the muscle behind the schemes of the local elite and foreign interests in preventing the disenfranchised urban and rural labouring classes from seeking to capture the levers of national political, economic, and social power.
A number of observers have documented the oppressive actions of MINUSTAH in its ten-year occupation of Haiti: involvement in the sexual exploitation and abuse of girls and women; repression of Jean-Bertrand Aristides’ supporters; the general abuses of living under occupation; introduction of cholera that has killed over 8,500 Haitians and infected more than 700,000 people; the suspicious death of a teenager; and the compelling reasons for an end to the occupation.’
- When Will the UN Pay For Its Crimes in Haiti? When Will Anyone?
- Four Years After Cholera Outbreak, UN Secretary General Visits Haiti
- Imperialism’s Coup d’Etat against Democracy and the People of Haiti
- Thousands Demonstrate Calling for End of UN Occupation and Resignation of President and Prime Minister
- We Have an Anti-imperialist Obligation to the People of Haiti
- The Haiti Occupation Continues
‘The UN’s chief of Ebola mission Anthony Banbury said Ebola could become airborne in a ‘nightmare scenario’ but leading scientists have slammed his remarks saying this has never happened and suggesting it is ‘irresponsible’.
Mr Banbury was speaking exclusively to the Telegraph as predictions were made that Ebola could have infected 1.4m people by January.
He said the longer the virus is in humans the greater the chance it could mutate. He said the virus being spread through the air was a ‘nightmare scenario’ but that it ‘could not be ruled out’.
However leading British scientists have rounded on him saying his comments are a distraction and accused him of spreading panic.’
- UN Ebola chief raises ‘nightmare’ that virus could become airborne
- Health workers need optimal respiratory protection for Ebola
- What We’re Afraid to Say About Ebola
- Why Michael Savage Freaks Out About Ebola
- UNSC unanimously declares Ebola ‘threat to international peace’
- Ebola Spreading Faster Than the Efforts to Contain It
- Newsweek’s Monkey Meat Ebola Fearmongering
- Canadian Health Agency Deletes Info on “Airborne Spread” of Ebola
- From 2012: Growing concerns over ‘in the air’ transmission of Ebola
- From 2012: From Pigs to Monkeys, Ebola Goes Airborne
‘Abby Martin speaks with RT Correspondent Marina Portnaya, about a new UN resolution that is being compared to the US Patriot Act, going over how the text could allow countries to increase surveillance under the name of counter terrorism, as well as giving states new tools to crack down on dissent by simply labeling activists ‘terrorists’.’ (Breaking the Set)
‘The speech by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the 193-nation assembly was the latest example of the deteriorating relations between Moscow and Western powers, which have imposed sanctions on Russia over the conflict in neighboring Ukraine.
“The U.S.-led Western alliance that portrays itself as a champion of democracy, rule of law and human rights within individual countries … (is) rejecting the democratic principle of sovereign equality of states enshrined in the U.N. Charter and trying to decide for everyone what is good or evil,” he said.
“Washington has openly declared its right to unilateral use of force anywhere to uphold its own interests,” Lavrov added. “Military interference has become a norm – even despite the dismal outcome of all power operations that the U.S. has carried out over the recent years.”‘
‘Conflict and instability in the Middle East and parts of Africa look set to push the number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries to the highest level in 20 years in 2014, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday, warning that the flow of refugees was increasing the strain on already overstretched humanitarian aid budgets.
More than 330,700 people applied for asylum in a group of 44 countries in Europe, North America and parts of the Asia-Pacific region in the first half of the year, the refugee agency reported, almost a quarter more than in the last half of 2013.
From the experience of past years, which saw more people seeking asylum in the second half of the year, it predicts that the number of people seeking refuge in these countries will reach more than 700,000 by the end of the year, the highest level since the Balkan wars of the 1990s.’
‘[…] I am all in favour for generating the largest audiences possible when it comes to topics as important as feminism and gender equality. What I don’t understand, however, is why the UN decided to re-invent the wheel. Why, in 2014, did a keynote speech about gender equality focus on girls dropping out of sports teams, or boys not being able to show their emotions by age 18? I understand that Watson was speaking from personal experience, and even found that her candour added real emotional appeal to her message, but in a world where femicide, FGM, and child marriage are pertinent issues, I don’t think the girl-next-door experience is good enough.’
‘A United Nations human rights team looking into complaints of torture in Azerbaijan said on Wednesday it had cut short its investigations because it had been stopped from visiting some government detention centres.
In a statement issued in Geneva, the five-person group said the action by the authorities in the former Soviet republic had come despite assurances that the team would have unrestricted access to all places where prisoners were held.’
CERD Report: US Slammed for Failure to Fulfill Legal Obligation to Eliminate All Forms of Race Discrimination
‘Three weeks after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) published a report detailing how the United States has failed to fulfill its legal obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Convention).
The CERD report was scathing in its criticism of the United States for not complying with the convention’s mandates. Since the United States ratified this treaty, thereby becoming a state party, it is part of US law under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.
States parties must comply with the obligations under the convention, including submitting periodic reports to CERD regarding their progress in fulfilling their obligations. CERD is the body that monitors compliance of states parties with the convention. After reviewing the most recent US report, CERD responded with its concluding observations.’
‘Grave human rights violations have been committed during clashes in the Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi, with disastrous consequences for civilians, a UN report said on Friday. The warning came from the UN mission in Tripoli (UNSMIL) and UN rights office only days after Libya’s outgoing government admitted from its safe refuge in the east that it has effectively lost control of the capital to armed militias.
The report accused the combatants of “indiscriminate shelling and attacks on civilian objects, the shelling of hospitals, the abduction of civilians, torture and unlawful killings”, including of women and children. “Dozens of civilians were reportedly abducted in Tripoli and Benghazi solely for their actual or suspected tribal, family or religious affiliation, and have remained missing since the time of their abduction,” it said. The United Nations agencies appealed to all parties to prioritise the protection of civilians.’
- UN: 250,000 have fled militia fighting in Libya
- Helicopters bomb Islamist ammunition sites in Libya’s Benghazi
- Libyan jet crashes in Tobruk near parliament
- UN Envoy Opposes Foreign Intervention in Libya
- U.N. Security Council passes Libya resolution amid concern over secret airstrikes
- Proxy War Feared in Libya as UN Envoy Warns Against Foreign Intervention
- UN to impose sanctions on Libyan militia leaders
- Libya’s UN Envoy Warns of ‘Full-Blown Civil War’
‘The United Nations failed in its mandate to protect Sri Lankan civilians caught up in the final phases of the Indian Ocean island’s bloody war, a new report has said.
Sri Lanka’s civil conflict ended in May 2009 in cataclysmic final battle in which government forces surrounded Tamil rebels on a tiny strip of coastal land, where the separatists kept hundreds of thousands of civilians as human shields.
A 2011 U.N. probe estimates about 40,000 people were killed in the final phases of the war, mostly by army shelling and bombardments. Sri Lanka has rejected the allegation and claims in its own investigation that around 7,000 people died.’
- UN chief says access not a must for Sri Lanka war crimes probe
- Sri Lanka president adamant on barring UN war crimes investigators
- Sri Lanka accuses UN rights chief of prejudice in war crimes probe
- Protesters in Sri Lanka Disrupt Meeting on Civil War Missing
- Sri Lanka’s NGO crackdown triggers free speech fears
- Sri Lanka to investigate war crimes; appoints foreign experts
- Sri Lanka accused of turning blind eye to violence
- Sri Lanka opposes UN-backed war crimes probe
- Sri Lanka rejects devolving police powers to ease tension with Tamils
- Tamils say barred from commemorating war dead, Sri Lanka denies
- Report: Sri Lanka bans, freezes funds of 15 Tamil diaspora groups
- Motions & Emotions: Neo-Feudalism in Sri Lanka
- U.S. expresses concern on Sri Lanka’s arrest of rights activists
- Sri Lanka army admits torture of women
- Dispute on Sri Lanka War Crimes Escalates
- Sri Lanka: silencing the civil war survivors
- Sri Lanka Denounces Push to Open War Inquiry
- Russia rejects proposed war crimes probe for Sri Lanka
- Sri Lankan security forces destroyed evidence of war crimes, report claims
- New Inquiry on Sri Lanka Points to Possible War Crimes
- Sri Lanka Refuses Visa for US State Dept Official After War Crimes Accusations
- Tamil leaders vow to prove ‘genocide’ in civil war
Saudi Arabia remains on U.N. Human Rights Council despite 19 beheadings, including one for “sorcery”
‘Ask any human rights organization where they stand on chopping off people’s heads and they’ll probably say such actions constitute a violation of human rights.
And yet, one nation that does a lot of beheadings is on the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Lately, in fact, Saudi Arabia can’t seem to get enough beheadings. Its government has executed at least 19 people using this method since August 4, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).
Of the 19, eight were found guilty of non-violent offenses; seven for drug smuggling and one for committing sorcery.’