Gaza under siege: The life and death of Ahmed Shubair

25/3/17; Belal Aldabbour; Ahmed Abdelall Family mourns death of 17-year-old boy, after Israel refused to let him leave Gaza for an urgent medical procedure. Since infancy, Ahmed suffered from a faulty heart that required several major procedures and frequent visits to hospitals in Israel [Belal Aldabbour/Al Jazeera In 2016, Israel approved fewer than 50 percent […] read more…

Why Washington was a no show at human rights hearings

27/3/17; United States Lauren Carasik – Lauren Carasik is the Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Western New England University School of Law. By sitting out IACHR hearings, the Trump administration signals its contempt for international accountability. The Trump administration’s failure to appear at hearings at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on […] read more…

Vatican panel urges ‘compassion’ for victims of abuse

28/3/17; Vatican City (AFP) A panel advising Pope Francis on child protection has called on the Vatican to react “directly and compassionately” to letters from victims of clerical sex abuse, reviving an issue that unleashed a storm just weeks ago. The Pontifical Commission on the Protection of Minors made the recommendation after a weekend meeting. […] read more…

Australia skips UN nuke-ban treaty talks (2)

28.3.17; Michelle Nichols – AAP Australia is following nearly 40 countries, including the US, Britain and France, and not taking part in talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty starting at the United Nations. US Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters on Monday the countries skipping the negotiations are instead committed to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which […] read more…

US leads boycott of nuclear weapons ban talks

28/3/17; Catherine Triophe – AFP – United Nations – United States – AFP (1) You can read a table on the website where this article came from! US leads boycott of UN talks on nuclear weapons ban – More than 100 countries on Monday launched the first UN talks aimed at achieving a legally binding […] read more…

Pedophilia cases spark social media outcry in Vietnam

23/3/17; Tran Thi Minh Ha Facebook has become forum where the public can express outrage over abuse of children when wheels of justice turn slowly – and sometimes arrests are made Vietnamese police took three months to respond seriously to allegations that an eight-year-old girl had been molested, but then outrage spilled onto Facebook and […] read more…

Mass graves in Ireland: A long history of Church abuse

27/3/17; Norma Costello When infant remains were found in a former home for unwed mothers last month, it didn’t come as a surprise to everyone. The Catholic Church has faced a series of scandal in recent years [Al Jazeera] Tuam, Ireland – When human remains were discovered in a septic tank in Tuam, in western […] read more…

Israel built 2,630 illegal homes in West Bank last year (2)

23/3/17; Israeli–Palestinian conflict Illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank surged 40 percent in More than half a million Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem [EPA] Israel built 2,630 illegal settler homes in the occupied West Bank in 2016, an increase of 40 percent compared with numbers from […] read more…

*** Israel’s false narrative on land swaps (1)

27/3/17; Ben White -Ben White is a freelance journalist, writer and activist, specialising in Palestine/Israel. The idea of future land swaps has been used to justify expanding Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, analysts say. When Israeli opposition leader and Labour Party chairman Isaac Herzog published a plan for kick-starting the peace process last month, one […] read more…

Pope in Milan hinterland to rally poor

26/3/17; Céline Cornu – AFP Pope Francis arrived in Milan on Saturday to meet families on a working-class housing estate, have lunch in a prison and hold a mass for hundreds of thousands of believers in nearby Monza. Bells in church towers across over 1,000 dioceses rang out as Francis landed at Milan-Linate airport outside […] read more…

Canada passes M-103 motion against Islamophobia

25/3/17; Source: News agencies Non-binding motion tasks Canadian government with study to develop ways to address racism and discrimination. Canadian politicians have passed a motion that condemns Islamophobia and requests that the government recognise the need to “quell the public climate of fear and hate”. The non-binding motion, which condemns “Islamophobia and all forms of […] read more…

Israel seeks to ‘publicly shame’ human rights groups (2)

17 July 2016 Jonathan Cook Newly passed Transparency Law compels certain rights groups to divulge foreign funding in all official statements. The legislation’s aim, peace activists argue, is to vilify groups that monitor abuses of Palestinians, suggesting they are ‘foreign agents’ and ‘traitors’ [Reuters] Nazareth, Israel – The Israeli government stands accused of waging a […] read more…

Israel’s human rights spies: Manipulating the discourse (1)

25/3/17 By Neve Gordon @nevegordon; Neve Gordon is a Leverhulme visiting fellow at SOAS, University of London. & Nicola Perugini @PeruginiNic Nicola Perugini is lecturer at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. Revelations about Israel’s infiltration of NGOs in the 1970s shocked many, but human rights ‘spies’ are still out there. […] read more…

The woman who washes the dead

13/1/17; Fahrinisa Oswald The story of two women – a Palestinian Bedouin and a Syrian refugee – as one prepares the other for burial. Lesbos, Greece – In the large one-room container in the quiet cemetery of Kato Tritos, a small town several kilometres from the capital of Lesbos, Warda Alkenawy prepares for the ritual […] read more…

Canada passes M-103 motion against Islamophobia

25/3/17 .aljazeera Non-binding motion tasks Canadian government with study to develop ways to address racism and discrimination. Critics of M-103 are worried that it would curtail freedom of speech – Chris Helgren/Reuters Canadian politicians have passed a motion that condemns Islamophobia and requests that the government recognise the need to “quell the public climate of […] read more…

Gaza: ‘100,000 hours of isolation’

1 February 2017 Belal Aldabbour Report highlights catastrophic consequences of three wars and a decade-long Israeli siege on Gaza Strip. One in every four Palestinian children in Gaza still needs to receive psychosocial support to overcome the traumatic memories of violence witnessed during Israel’s war on Gaza in 2014, according to a new report by […] read more…
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