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Tony Blair should face trial over Iraq war: Desmond Tutu | The Observer

Anti-apartheid hero attacks former prime minister over ‘double standards on war crimes’ Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be hauled before the international criminal court in The Hague and delivered a damning critique of the physical and moral devastation caused by the Iraq war. Tutu, a Nobel peace prize winner and hero of the ...

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How Drones Destroy Their Own OODA Loops | Counterpunch

This report by independent journalist Gareth Porter is extremely important.  Porter, one of our finest investigative journalists, highlights one of the central problems in drone warfare:  How imperfect feedback loops drive our perceptions of effectiveness and thereby distort our decisions regarding regarding the  follow on strike operations in the drone campaign. The result is a self-referencing phenomenon known among Pentagon reformers as ...

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UN report: Syrian govt forces, rebels committed war crimes | RT

Syrian government forces and its Shabbiha militia allies have committed war crimes and other crimes against humanity, UN human rights investigators said. The UN panel also found that rebel fighters had carried out war crimes, including killings and torture, though they did not “did not reach the gravity” of the crimes committed by government forces. For more on this story, ...

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Syria’s Torture Centers Revealed | HRW

http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/07/03/syria-torture-centers-revealed Former detainees and defectors have identified the locations, agencies responsible, torture methods used, and, in many cases, the commanders in charge of 27 detention facilities run by Syrian intelligence agencies. The systematic patterns of ill-treatment and torture that Human Rights Watch documented clearly point to a state policy of torture and ill-treatment and therefore constitute a crime against humanity. ...

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Colombia human rights defenders still in danger: Report – Colombia news | Colombia Reports

Human rights defenders in Colombia still face grave danger despite an improved public discourse, according to an international report released Monday, July 9, 2012. The reportissued by the US Office on Colombia (USOC) and the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF), travelled to eight regions of Colombia, and claimed human rights supporters continue to face threats, attacks and stigmatization ...

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Why this arms trade treaty is essential | guardian.co.uk

The UN conference on the arms trade aims to create a treaty that will reduce the killing and maiming of people around the world by William Hague, Laurent Fabius, Guido Westerwelle and Ewa Björling Today the international community is gathering at the United Nations in New York to negotiate the first truly comprehensive treaty governing the trade of conventional arms ...

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Drone strikes threaten 50 years of international law, says UN rapporteur | guardian.co.uk

The US policy of using aerial drones to carry out targeted killings presents a major challenge to the system of international law that has endured since the second world war, a United Nations investigator has said. Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, summary or arbitrary executions, told a conference in Geneva that President Obama’s attacks in Pakistan, ...

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Pakistan advised to seek official investigation into US drone strikes | guardian.co.uk

A senior UN official has said the government should invite a special rapporteur to examine legality of the attacks by Jon Boone in Islamabad The United Nation’s most senior human rights official has advised Pakistan to seek an official UN investigation into whether US drone strikes in the country are legal. Navi Pillay, the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, ...

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