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Western Anger as China, Russia Elected to UN Human Rights Council and Saudi Arabia Rejected

    Western Anger as China, Russia Elected to UN Human Rights Council and Saudi Arabia Rejected

In a secret ballot at the United Nations yesterday, Saudi Arabia was rejected for a position on the body’s 47-country Human Rights Council (HRC). The only country that did not receive the required number of votes from member states, the failure has been seen as a repudiation of the Kingdom’s abysmal human rights record and…

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UN Venezuela Report Omits US Human Rights Violations

    UN Venezuela Report Omits US Human Rights Violations

On September 23, María Eugenia Russián, president of Fundalatin, Venezuela’s oldest human rights organization, testified to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and decried an attempt by a UNHRC fact-finding mission to erase people who were “lynched, burned alive, decapitated and murdered by extremist sectors of the Venezuelan opposition.” This fact-finding mission had published a…

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Life Under Seige: The Blockade on Gaza Turns Fourteen and Is Still as Illegal as Ever

    Life Under Seige: The Blockade on Gaza Turns Fourteen and Is Still as Illegal as Ever

As the coronavirus pandemic has dominated the headlines for the past few months, it could be easy to miss the news that the Gaza Strip has quietly entered its fourteenth year under an Israeli blockade. The humanitarian ramifications of that blockade cannot be understated, with Israel controlling Gazans from the high seas, the air, and…

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Israeli Human Rights Group Highlights How Israel Makes Fishing in Gaza Deadly

    Israeli Human Rights Group Highlights How Israel Makes Fishing in Gaza Deadly

The Gaza Strip, just six miles wide, boasts a twenty-five-mile coastline on the Mediterranean Sea. Fishing is a natural industry in such a location and as recently as 2000, was a lucrative business for ten thousand Gazans. Today, only about 3,700 remain in the fishing trade – and about ninety-five percent of these live below the…

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As Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, Here Are Some of Its Worst Winners

  As Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, Here Are Some of Its Worst Winners

Donald Trump has been nominated for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. The President of the United States was put forward by the far-right Norwegian member of parliament, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, who insists he is “not a big Trump supporter,” despite nominating him last year as well. Tybring-Gjedde’s stated reason for nominating Trump is for his work…

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Biden Urged to Adopt a Good Neighbor Policy Toward Latin America

  Biden Urged to Adopt a Good Neighbor Policy Toward Latin America

Election season is a difficult time to develop good policies towards Latin America, since both Democrats and Republicans cater to the small, but organized, conservative factions of the Latinx community in Florida, vying for their votes. But if Biden wins the White House, there is a chance to reverse the Trump administration policies that have…

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Lee Camp: A Dozen Reasons Now is the Time for Housing as a Human Right

  Lee Camp: A Dozen Reasons Now is the Time for Housing as a Human Right

Congress’s inability to actually represent the real-live human beings of America, combined with an economic system that rewards lack of empathy and an excess of greed, has brought us to a dark time when an oncoming tsunami of financial ruin, destitution and evictions towers over our heads, blocking out the sunlight. The impending evictions may…

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Anti-Diplomacy: Danny Danon Ends Five Year Legacy of Israeli Hasbara at the UN

  Anti-Diplomacy: Danny Danon Ends Five Year Legacy of Israeli Hasbara at the UN

The United States is Israel’s best friend and ally in the world. It contributes over $10 million a day in no-strings-attached military aid despite the fact that Israel’s human rights record, according to the State Department’s own admission, is deeply problematic and contravenes U.S. law. The U.S. has dropped out of or defunded a number of United Nations…

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Yemen: Saudi Airstrike Kills Four Children as UN Removes Kingdom From List of Child Killers

  Yemen: Saudi Airstrike Kills Four Children as UN Removes Kingdom From List of Child Killers

SADAA, YEMEN — It was not the first time that the mother of Faisel Ahmed al-Jaser heard the small radio perched in the corner of her kitchen report that Saudi aircraft were once again dropping bombs in the area. This time, though, was different. She sensed something was amiss when she heard the aircraft buzzing…

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How Israel Legitimizes the Abuse of Palestinian Political Prisoners

  How Israel Legitimizes the Abuse of Palestinian Political Prisoners

Each year Palestinian Prisoners Day comes and goes while the prisoners remain in their cells and their conditions worsen. The destructive effects that Israel’s imprisonment of thousands of Palestinians has on society cannot be overstated. Israel justifies its treatment of these prisoners with false claims that the Palestinian men, women, and children who languish in…

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