Tag Archive for human rights

Historical first: Israeli professor to chair UN Human Rights Committee

Not to be confused with UN Human Rights Commission or UN Human Rights Council, the UN Human Rights Committee has just elected an Israeli human rights professor to lead the body of 18 experts.

By i24NEWS


For the first time in its history, the UN Human Rights Committee has elected an Israeli to lead the body, a statement from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem said on Tuesday.

Yuval Shany, who is the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was elected unanimously by the UN body’s 18 experts who oversee the implementation of “the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its State parties.”

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Human rights groups refuse to assist Arab victims of Palestinian Authority torture

Palestinian Human Rights NGOs refused medical assistance to Arabs suing the Palestinian Authority, after having suffered from physical, psychiatric, and/or urological disabilities that stem from torture during their unlawful detention.
– ‘We only help those that hurt Israel.’

By Tzvi Lev


In July, the Jerusalem District Court gave an unprecedented ruling stating that the Palestinian Authority (PA) was responsible for the unlawful detention and torture of collaborators with Israel since the 1990’s, which cleared the way for victims to file a lawsuit against the PA.

Palestinian police officers beat a protester during clashes at a demonstration against the U.S.-sponsored

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Pro-Palestinian NGO press Hamas to open Gaza’s only foot crossing into Israel

Arab rights groups remind Hamas that its “Security goals should not come at the expense of human rights.”



Arab NGOs and rights groups on Thursday called on the Hamas regime in Gaza to reopen the only foot crossing into Israel, after the Islamist movement closed it following an assassination.

Before Hamas took control of Gaza, Palestinian workers in Israel wait at the Erez Crossing to return to the Gaza Strip, July 2005. – Wikimedia Commons

The ‘Palestinian NGOs Network,’ a coalition of more than 100 charities and rights groups, demanded the “lifting of restrictions and restrictive measures which violate human rights”, a statement said. Continue Reading »

Human Rights Group: Palestinian Suffering More Now Than Ever Before

Palestinian human rights are the worst ever, not because of increased Israeli security measures, but inflicted by the hands of their leader.

By Israel Today


In one of its more recent reports on human rights in the Palestinian-controlled territories, the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights said the situation had reached an all-time low, but not because of Israel.

Hamas prepares 3 Gazans before execution- Source: Israel Today

While the advocacy group does routinely lambast Israel for security measures that inflict hardships on average Palestinians, the reason highlighted for the worsening human rights was corrupt and abusive governance by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. Continue Reading »

Obama to posthumously award 3 Jewish civil rights workers Medal of Freedom

Obama to honor Michael Schwerner & Andrew Goodman both N.Y. Jewish civil rights activists, and James Chaney who were murdered for trying to register African-American voters in Mississippi in 1964 .


President Barack Obama is planning to posthumously award three Jewish civil rights workers who were murdered in Mississippi in 1964 the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Goodman Chaney Schwermer

The 1964 FBI poster listing Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney and Michael Schwerner missing. – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, activists from New York, were trying to register voters in Philadelphia, Mississippi, together with James Earl Chaney, a local African-American, when they went lynched and brutally murdered by members of the KKK on the night of June 21, 1964

“These three young men, and countless others, paid the ultimate sacrifice in an effort to help bring equality to the state of Mississippi,” the office of U.S.

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Analysis: Neither new Iranian leader or Arab revolts ushered Israel-style rights for LGBTs


Possibly the most omitted major human-rights story developing in the Middle East are the systematic executions, brutalization & repression of the region’s gay community.



For the Middle East’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, the grassroots upheavals in many Arab countries – and promised reforms in the Islamic Republic of Iran – have not produced a sexual liberation movement. Meanwhile, rollbacks in Turkey’s limited freedoms to LGBTs also are on the rise.


Celebrants march in the gay pride parade.

Celebrants march in the gay pride parade. – Photo: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST

Perhaps the most neglected major news story unfolding in the Middle East is the systematic repression of the region’s LGBT community.

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Iran Alleges UN’s Human Rights Rapporteur is Mossad Agent

After Ahmed Shaheed, the Maldivian diplomat that was elected as the UN’s special rapporteur on the state of human rights in the Islamic Republic turned in an honest report, he was deemed a Zionist agent by Teheran.




The United Nations’ top official responsible for monitoring human rights in Iran is secretly working either for the Mossad or the CIA, the Iranian government is alleging.

Ahmed Shaheed, the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in Iran - Photo: REUTERS

Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Iran – Photo: REUTERS

Ahmed Shaheed, the Maldivian diplomat who was elected as the UN’s special rapporteur on the state of human rights in the Islamic Republic three years ago, came under verbal attack from an Iranian government official on Saturday for making “baseless allegations” against the regime. Continue Reading »

‘Human rights’ are again ignored by UN, except as weapon against Israel

This isn’t about human rights at all. Twisted beyond recognition, ‘human rights’ at the UN is simply a weapon in the political arsenal of Israel’s enemies. Millions & millions of human rights victims are left by the wayside in the UN’s stampede to denounce & defeat the Jewish state.

By Anne Bayefsky


Today at the United Nations in New York City, the UN’s top women’s rights body, the Commission on the Status of Women, will wrap up its annual session by condemning only one state for violating the rights of women anywhere in the world. Not Syria, or China, or Saudi Arabia.  Continue Reading »

UK Arab Human Rights group accuse the PA of inhumane practices

Arab human rights group reports: Between 2007-2011, Mahmoud Abbas’ PA detained 13,271 Palestinians,  torturing 96% of them that resulted in 6 deaths.



LONDON – An Arab human rights group based in London accused the Palestinian Authority of inhumane practices and human rights violations against Palestinian civilians in a scathing report published on Friday.

PA police grapple with Hamas supporters

PA police grapple with Hamas supporters – Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters

The Arab Organization for Human Rights has put the primary blame for the human rights abuses on PA President Mahmoud Abbas and called on the UN, Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation to take urgent action. Continue Reading »

Human Rights Watch Lying About Israel…Again

NGO Monitor, points out that Human Rights Watch (HRW) is once again leveling false charges against Israel.

By David Lev


NGO Monitor, which studies the treatment of Israel by supposedly non-affiliated and apolitical volunteer and civic groups, has accused Human Rights Watch (HRW) of once again leveling false charges against Israel. According to NGO Monitor, HRW accused Israel of attacking “journalists” in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense, but the charge “is false both legally and factually, and the timing of this release appears to be a cynical attempt to divert attention from many scandals currently plaguing the organization,” NGO Monitor said. Continue Reading »