Archive for ‘Human Rights’

February 5, 2016

Refugees facing the cold weather of Greece

by mkleit

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Refugees continue to reach Europe through it’s Greek gate, where a million and a half have reached last year, while the operation become harder due to the cold weather.

All photos above are credited to Alexandros Avramidis, Reuters

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January 3, 2016

The Nation That Executed 47 People In 1 Day Sits On The U.N. Human Rights Council

by mkleit

Source: Huffington Post

 

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Saudi Arabia’s announcement Saturday that it executed 47 prisoners, including an influential Shiite cleric, caused protests in Shiite neighborhoods around the world, from Saudi Arabia itself to Bahrain to Kashmir.

Shiite leaders in countries including Iran, Lebanon and Iraq issued fierce warnings that the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who supported regional anti-government protests and was arrested in 2012, would herald the downfall of the Saudi regime. European officials criticized the mass executions and warned that Nimr’s death risking inflaming sectarian tensions in the region.

Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry said the people sentenced were convicted terrorists. Besides Nimr, they included at least three other Shiite political detainees and alleged al Qaeda militants. Shiites make up around 10 percent of Saudi Arabia’s population.

Death sentences in the country are usually carried out by beheading with a sword.

“Regardless of the crimes allegedly committed, executing prisoners in mass only further stains Saudi Arabia’s troubling human rights record,” Sarah Leah Whitson, the Middle East director for Human Rights Watch,told Reuters. The mass execution follows the deadliest year on death row in Saudi Arabia in two decades — the kingdom executed 158 people in 2015, the highest number since 1995.

Despite the worldwide outrage, Saudi Arabia is unlikely to face rebuke from the world’s top human rights body.

In fact, Saudi Arabia wields significant influence in the United Nations Human Rights Council, where it enjoys the support of world powers including the U.S. and U.K.

 

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The council’s 47 members are divided between five geographic regions and elected in a secret ballot of the U.N. General Assembly for a three-year term. Saudi Arabia was elected as one of the members from Asia in November 2013. While human rights groups voiced alarm at Saudi Arabia’s inclusion in the Human Rights Council, the Gulf nation had powerful supporters, including — according to Wikileaks — the U.K.

To the further chagrin of human rights groups, Saudi Arabia was selected to chair a key panel of the Council last summer. The five-member “consultative group” helps select the experts who are assigned to examine human rights issues on behalf of the Council.

Despite the outcry, Saudi Arabia’s allies stood by them. A U.S. State Department spokesperson said the U.S. “would welcome” Saudi Arabia’s appointment to the panel. U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power said the position was only “procedural” and would not have a significant bearing on the U.N.’s human rights work.

Yet Saudi Arabia has already brought its influence to bear on the council. In late September, Saudi pressure squashed a draft Human Rights Council resolution by the Netherlands to establish an international inquiry into human rights violations in Yemen’s war. Saudi Arabia leads a coalition conducting airstrikes and providing group support to Yemeni troops and militias fighting Houthi rebels in the country. Human rights groups have documented the use of child soldiers, banned cluster munitions and high civilian casualties throughout the nine-month war. But the Council settled on a vague resolution with no international inquiry after Saudi resistance.

November 11, 2015

Photos from Destroyed Neighborhoods in Syria

by mkleit

The following photos are not mine nor do I claim rights to them.

I have shared them in this post to show the amount of destruction caused by all sides of the Syrian crisis; regime, opposition, extremist groups, all are responsible for the chaos and disasters in Syria.

Syrian kid selling merchandises on a table in Der el Zour

Syrian kid selling merchandises on a table in Der el Zour

Syrian kid plays on tricycle in a besieged neighborhood by FSA in Homs

Syrian kid plays on tricycle in a besieged neighborhood by FSA in Homs

Syrian students playing in the courtyard of their school in rebel-controlled Idlib

Syrian students playing in the courtyard of their school in rebel-controlled Idlib

Girls playing in Homs

Girls playing in Homs

Children taking a walk in destroyed neighborhood of Douma, Damascus

Children taking a walk in destroyed neighborhood of Douma, Damascus

Young man riding by a bomb in Douma, Damascus

Young man riding by a bomb in Douma, Damascus

Kids swimming in a crater caused by bombing in Aleppo

Kids swimming in a crater caused by bombing in Aleppo

Girl holding a bag of licorice (unknown area)

Girl holding a bag of licorice (unknown area)

September 2, 2015

The Syrian kid who killed the world

by mkleit

The body of a Syrian migrant child was washed ashore on a beach after a boat carrying 12 migrants heading to Greece sank off the coast of Mugla’s Bodrum district, Turkey on September 02, 2015.

and these images summarize the saddest story in history.

The boy was part of a group of 11 Syrians who drowned in the coastal town of Bodrum in Turkey

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August 8, 2013

President Obama: Stop drone attacks in Yemen

by mkleit
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US drone firing at targets in Yemen, most deaths are civilians

 

USA drone attacks kill children and innocent civilians in Yemen in the name of “war against terrorisim”. This is illigal and against all international and humanitarian laws. People of the world, please sign this petition to stop this crime.

 
To: 
http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama 
International Criminal Court 
International court of justic 
President Obama, President of the UAS 
US embassy in Yemen 
US embassy in yemen- Public Affairs, Public Affairs 
American Embassy in Yemen 
Stop drone attacks in Yemen 
USA have -for several years now- launched a “so called war on terrorism” by using drone strikes in Yemen that is resulting in illegal targeted killings and murdering of innocent Yemeni citizens without court trail in any international court of law on sovereign nations. USA should be made accountable, charged of crimes against humanity, people involved sentenced & victims compensated immediately. We need to stop these strikes on innocent children and people of Yemen. 

Sincerely, 
X

 

 

 Names of children killed by the US drone attaks so far in Yemen
  1. Petition Organizer

    Afrah Ali Mohammed Nasser | 9 | female 
    Zayda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 7 | female 
    Hoda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 5 | female 
    Sheikha Ali Mohammed Nasser | 4 | female 
    Ibrahim Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 13 | male 
    Asmaa Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 9 | male 
    Salma Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | female 
    Fatima Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 3 | female 
    hadije Ali Mokbel Louqye | 1 | female 
    Hanaa Ali Mokbel Louqye | 6 | female 
    Mohammed Ali Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | male 
    Jawass Mokbel Salem Louqye | 15 | female 
    Maryam Hussein Abdullah Awad | 2 | female 
    Shafiq Hussein Abdullah Awad | 1 | female 
    Sheikha Nasser Mahdi Ahmad Bouh | 3 | female 
    Maha Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 12 | male 
    Soumaya Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 9 | female 
    Shafika Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 4 | female 
    Shafiq Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 2 | male 
    Mabrook Mouqbal Al Qadari | 13 | male 
    Daolah Nasser 10 years | 10 | female 
    AbedalGhani Mohammed Mabkhout | 12 | male 
    AbdelRahman Anwar al Awlaki | 16 | male

     

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    Estimated deaths from drone strikes in Yemen since 2002 until 2012; number increasing due to “war on terror”

January 10, 2013

فتاة سعودية تتكلم عن الثورات في الخليج العربي

by mkleit

 

“فيديو لفتاة عربية سعودية تتكلم عن ثورة الرابع عشر من فبراير في البحرين وما قد يحدث إن انتصرت وتأثيرها على بقية دول الخليج العربي كالسعودية والإمارات ودخول قوات درع الجزيرة إلى البحرين” – alrruwaili

December 21, 2012

Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark

by mkleit

In the heart of the Arab Spring, certain Arab states became a symbol of regime change. But rarely is Bahrain mentioned as country with a revolution inside.
The Bahraini scream for change is continuously silenced by acts of politics and media.
Al Jazeera English’s documentary exposes the Bahraini regime’s treatment of peaceful protesters.

In hopes of the Bahraini would be able to break the darkness by the light of hope… One day they will.
Godspeed…

November 17, 2012

Ron Paul: The Truth in the Farewell [Video]

by mkleit

Ron Paul’s Farewell Speech

 

An amazing 50min of truth out of the mouth of former US presidential candidate Ron Paul during his retiring from Congress speech after a huge in the Republican Primary election. The farewell speech contained strong feelings and imposed many questions to the US government and its policy; calling the Americans that they live in a “Culture of Violence” and the violence is justified… Just a little of what he said.

 

November 4, 2012

Human Rights or Human Privileges?

by mkleit

The Story of Human Rights

 

 

The Opinion and Counter-Opinion

I placed this second video so that I wouldn’t be plagiarizing George Carlin’s thoughts.
George argues that Rights are not “God-given”, they’re privileges since your government can still take it away whenever possible, directly and indirectly.
and keep in mind, that the first video didn’t show Human Rights violations in Palestine via israeli soldiers.

 

Rights – George Carlin – It’s Bad for Ya!

October 18, 2012

The Uprising of Women in the Arab World انتفاضة المرأة في العالم العربي

by mkleit

Left to Right: Malak, Sara, Fatima, Camilia, Mhamad, Asma

The Uprising of women in the Arab world is a righteous campaign to free the Arab woman, and hopefully every woman, from the constraints of being disrespected, belittled, inferior, unaccepted, abused, discouraged, streotyped, and generally unfree because of the patriarchal society we live in.

Asma is a Lebanese girl that has been locked behind her veil in the job market, because most media companies did not accept her since she’s veiled.
She represents a huge sample of Lebanese women that are being discriminated for such an outer appearance and inner belief.
We have reached a time that our capabilities are forced to a halt because of what we believe in and we stand up for!

Stand up for a cause that concerns our mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters!

Respect to all uprising women!

حملة انتفاضة المرأة في العالم العربي حملة حق لتحرير المرأة العربية، وبأمل كل مرأة، من تعرضها لقلة الاحترام، تقليل الشأن، عدم المساواة، الرفض، التحرش، عدم الثقة، الشمولية، وبالمجمل تكبيلها وسلبها حرياتها بسبب العالم الذكوري الذي نعيش فيه.

أسما فتاتة لبنانية حبستها أفكار شركات الاعلام بسبب حجابها. هي تمثل فئة كبيرة من النساء اللبنانيات اللتي يتعرضن للتمييز بسبب زيهن الخارجي ومعتقداتهم الداخلية.

وصلنا الى وقت حيث قدراتنا أجبرت على التوقف بسبب ما نأمن به ونقف جنبه!

ناصروا قضية تهتم بأمكم، وأختكم، وزوجتكم، وابنتكم!

أحترامي الكامل لكل امرأة منتفضة!

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