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[Human Rights Watch]/Egypt: Rab’a Killings Likely Crimes Against Humanity

EGYPT: RAB’A KILLINGS LIKELY CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

 

No Justice a Year Later for Series of Deadly Mass Attacks on Protesters
AUGUST 12, 2014
  • What Egypt Should Do:
    End excessive use of force in policing demonstrations
    What UN Member Countries Should Do:
    Urgently establish an international commission of inquiry to investigate mass killings of protesters; Suspend all sales and provision to Egypt of security-related items and assistance
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(Cairo) – The systematic and widespread killing of at least 1,150 demonstrators by Egyptian security forces in July and August 2013 probably amounts to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today in a report based on a year-long investigation. In the August 14 dispersal of the Rab’a al-Adawiya sit-in alone, security forces, following a plan that envisioned several thousand deaths, killed a minimum of 817 people and more likely at least 1,000.

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Pro Palestinian activists close Staffordshire Drone Engine Factory with Rooftop Protest/Statement of solidarity

PRO PALESTINIAN ACTIVISTS CLOSE STAFFORDSHIRE
DRONE ENGINE FACTORY WITH ROOFTOP PROTEST/STATEMENT OF
SOLIDARITY
for now have caused 1916 Palestinian deaths, destroyed thousands
Also in the international arena it had consequences:
Five influential South American countries, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile,
El Salvador and Peru, have recalled their envoys.
UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon reacted violently on the [second] Israeli
attacking of a UN School, calling it a ”criminal act”.
Even die hard ally and arms supplier, the USA,  were ”appalled” by
the ”disgraceful” shelling of the UN School.
ABOUT  EU COUNTRIES AND THE RELATION WITH THE ISRAELI ARMY

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(Human Rights Watch)/Israel/Palestine/Unlawful Israeli Airstrikes Kill Civilians

ISRAEL/PALESTINE/UNLAWFUL ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES KILL CIVILIANS

 

Bombings of Civilian Structures Suggest Illegal Policy
JULY 16, 2014
Israel’s rhetoric is all about precision attacks but attacks with no military target and many civilian deaths can hardly be considered precise. Recent documented cases in Gaza sadly fit Israel’s long record of unlawful airstrikes with high civilian casualties.
Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director

(Gaza) – Israeli air attacks in Gaza investigated by Human Rights Watch have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians in violation of the laws of war. Israel should end unlawful attacks that do not target military objectives and may be intended as collective punishment or broadly to destroy civilian property. Deliberate or reckless attacks violating the laws of war are war crimes, Human Rights Watch said.

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[Human Rights Watch]/Dispatches: Qatar’s Labor Reforms Fall Short

DISPATCHES: QATAR’S LABOR REFORMS FALL SHORT

 

FEBRUARY 11, 2014

The Qatar Supreme Committee, the body charged with delivering the Gulf state’s 2022 World Cup, this morning released its Workers’ Welfare Standards. In this detailed 50-page document, the committee outlines how it intends to ensure the basic rights of foreign migrant workers involved in select projects related to the construction of stadiums and associated infrastructure. (Another quasi-governmental body, the Qatar Foundation, released a similar set of standards in April 2013.)

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[Human Rights Watch]/Qatar: Serious Migrant Worker Abuses

QATAR: SERIOUS MIGRANT WORKER ABUSES

 

Construction Boom Not Accompanied by Labor Reform
JANUARY 21, 2014
Qatar is in the spotlight over an issue that blights the Gulf region, and Qatari officials should see this as an opportunity to set a positive example. If Qatar seizes the opportunity, it will win international acclaim.
Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director

(Beirut) – International criticism over serious abuses of migrant workers was focused onQatar during 2013, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014. The authorities have ignored warnings to reform a legal and regulatory system that facilitates forced labor.

Human Rights Watch said in January 2013 that without major reforms, the tens of thousands of migrant workers building infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup would face exploitation and misery. Further revelations were made in 2013 of appalling living and working conditions and high death rates for migrant workers. But despite mounting international criticism, Qatari authorities have given no indication they intend to carry out needed reforms.

 

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Mass death sentences in Egypt/Urgent appeal about the mass death sentences by the Criminal Court in Minya/Letter to the minister of Foreign Affairs

URGENT APPEAL ABOUT THE MASS DEATH SENTENCES BY THE CRIMINAL COURT IN MINYA/

LETTER TO THE EGYPTIAN MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

 

 

To the Egyptian minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr Nabil Fahmy
Subject:
Mass Death sentences of 528 people by the criminal Court in Minya
Urgent request to overturn the death sentences
Reason:
Unfair trial, lacking basic due process protections.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”
Article 3, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an
independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations
and of any criminal charge against him.
Article 10, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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[Human Rights Watch]Egypt: Shocking death sentences follow sham trial

EGYPT: SHOCKING DEATH SENTENCES FOLLOW SHAM TRIAL

 

529 Denied Right to Meaningful Defense, Face Capital Punishment
MARCH 25, 2014
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It’s shocking even amid Egypt’s deep political repression that a court has sentenced 529 people to death without giving them any meaningful opportunity to defend themselves. The Minya court failed to carry out its most fundamental duty to assess the individual guilt of each defendant, violating the most basic fair trial right. These death sentences should be immediately quashed.
Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director

(New York) – The criminal court in Minya, Egyptsentenced 529 people to death, possibly the largest mass death sentence in recent years anywhere, in a trial lacking basic due process protections.

The March 22, 2014, trial, in which the vast majority of defendants were tried in absentia, took place in under an hour. The prosecution did not put forward evidence implicating any individual defendant, even though it had compiled significant evidence during its investigations, and the court prevented defense lawyers from presenting their case or calling witnesses, three of the defense lawyers told Human Rights Watch. A second summary session was held two days later solely to announce the verdict.

“It’s shocking even amid Egypt’s deep political repression that a court has sentenced 529 people to death without giving them any meaningful opportunity to defend themselves,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The Minya court failed to carry out its most fundamental duty to assess the individual guilt of each defendant, violating the most basic fair trial right. These death sentences should be immediately quashed.”

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[Human Rights Watch]/EU: Much Talk on Rights, Few Results

EU: MUCH TALK ON RIGHTS, FEW RESULTS

 

Political Will, Collective Action Needed to Address Serious Abuses
JANUARY 21, 2014
  • European Union flags fly in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. © Reuters 2012

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Respect for human rights is measured in deeds, not words. Ordinary people, from the homeless in Hungary, to black and Arab teenagers constantly stopped by the police in France, to Syrian asylum seekers in Greece, are paying the price for the lack of robust rights enforcement.
Judith Sunderland, senior Europe and Central Asia researcher

(Brussels) – European Union (EU) leaders in 2013 acknowledged problems of rising intolerance and persistent human rights violations across the EU, but failed to take concerted action, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014. Human Rights Watch documented EU-level developments in migration and asylum, discrimination and intolerance, and counterterrorism, highlighting events in 11 member states, including a new member, Croatia.

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[Human Rights Watch]/South Asia: Protect migrant workers to Gulf Countries

 

SOUTH ASIA: PROTECT MIGRANT WORKERS TO GULF COUNTRIES

 

Seek Reforms in Sponsorship System, Labor Rights Protections
DECEMBER 18, 2013
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The Gulf countries should recognize the crucial role foreign workers play in their economies and take measures to ensure that their rights are fully respected. South Asian governments should join forces to press for reforms to end the terrible abuses against migrant workers that have gone on for far too long.
Brad Adams, Asia director

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[Human Rights Watch]/UAE: Assaults on Dissident, Free Expression

 

UAE: ASSAULTS ON DISSIDENT, FREE EXPRESSION

 

Credible Allegations of Torture in Custody
JANUARY 23, 2014
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The UAE’s repressive laws and dysfunctional justice system belie the government’s efforts to present the country as moderate and progressive. The UAE might seem like a safe place to shop, do business, or take a winter holiday but it’s becoming a very dangerous place to express a political opinion.
Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director

(Dubai) – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2013 stifled free expression, and subjected dissidents to manifestly unfair trials marred by credible allegations of torture, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014.

A court sentenced 69 dissidents to prison terms of up to 10 years in July on charges of aiming to overthrow the government, though most of the evidence the court cited in the 243-page judgment suggested that they had only engaged in peaceful political activities. Many of those convicted, and another group of 30 dissidents facing similar charges, said they experienced mistreatment in pretrial detention that in some cases amounted to torture.

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