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US drone attacks in Pakistan: UN backs probe into civilian casualties | AFP via The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: The UN human rights chief on Thursday called for a UN investigation into US drone strikes in Pakistan, questioning their legality and saying they kill innocent civilians. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay made the remarks at the end of a four-day visit to the country, where US drone strikes have on average targeted militants once every ...

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Assad compares Syria crackdown to surgeons saving patients’ lives | The Guardian

Syrian president denied responsibility for the Houla massacre in his first public address for five months by Julian Borger Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, defended his government’s bloody crackdown on dissent, comparing his security forces – who have been repeatedly accused of torture and mass killing – to surgeons working to save the life of their patients. Speaking before a newly ...

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Western Sahara: The Last Colony – The Moroccan Occupation of Western Sahara | allAfrica.com

By Malainin Lakhal The UN has adopted around hundred resolutions reaffirming the Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination. Yet Sahrawis are still denied the legitimate and fundamental right to vote on the fate of their homeland. The West often portrays itself as the champion of democracy, rule of law and human rights. Yet, when we look at Western Sahara, the hypocrisy ...

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Africa: The Militarisation of Poverty in Africa | allAfrica.com

by Toby Leon Moorsom, who teaches at Queen’s University in Canada and is an editor of Nokoko Journal of African Studies Increasing the rewards for those forces able to capture the state, by any means necessary, inevitably leads to war. KINGSTON, CANADA – Over the past year, Africa has seen the decomposition of states from coast to coast. A belt ...

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Dispatch from Aleppo: Victims of Syria’s brutal crackdown at Livewire | Amnesty International

By Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s senior crisis researcher. Every protest I observed during three days in Aleppo ended the same way: with the army, security forces and shabiha – the infamous militias who do some of the government’s dirty work – opening fire on non-violent demonstrators who posed no threats to them (or to anybody else). On Friday 25 May ...

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South Sudan: The Peace Dividends | Opinion: allAfrica.com

2005 has since been long gone. Some clauses of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) are slowly getting off our (South Sudanese) radar. Of late, the focus is on our oil and how best to protect it from the desperate neighbour in the north, whose callous, if not simple stupid nature of their long treatment of Southerners ever since they were ...

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Noam Chomsky: Palestinian Hunger Strike a Protest Against ‘Violations of Elementary Human Rights’ | DemocracyNow!

We begin our hour-long interview with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky by discussing the Palestinian hunger strike. A tentative deal has reportedly been reached to end a landmark action that’s seen an estimated 2,000 jailed Palestinians go without food to pressure Israeli prison authorities to end the use of solitary confinement and ease a wide range of ...

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UGANDA: Amnesty or prosecution for war criminals? | IRIN Africa

KAMPALA, 17 May 2012 (IRIN) – The arrest of a senior Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander has reignited debate in Uganda about what to do with alleged war criminals: let them go, to encourage other rebels to surrender; or prosecute them in the name of accountability and justice. LRA commander Caesar Acellam Otto, along with other senior LRA commanders, “is ...

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SRI LANKA: Thousands missing three years after war ends | IRIN Asia

COLOMBO, 17 May 2012 (IRIN) – Three years after the government of Sri Lanka declared an end to decades of civil conflict with separatist rebels, thousands of people are still missing, according to the UN and Sri Lankan activists. The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) of the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights has ...

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Analysis: Israeli government challenges the law to embrace illegal settler outposts | IRIN Middle East

RAMALLAH/TEL AVIV, 14 May 2012 (IRIN) – Israeli settlers east of the separation barrier in the central West Bank occupy the land most critical for any future final status agreement under a two-state solution. But instead of limiting settlement expansion, critics say the Israeli authorities are setting a dangerous precedent by legalizing new outposts and undermining the law. God gave ...

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