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October 22, 2014

Paraguay, where judiciary is "inefficient" and domestic violence "common", elected to top UN body to promote "human rights"

On October 21, 2014 human rights abuser Paraguay was elected to serve a 3-year term on the UN "Human Rights" Council. Candidates must receive 97 votes of the 193 UN General Assembly members in order to be elected. Paraguay received 139 votes, more than the fully democratic state of Costa Rica which lost its bid for a second council term. Diplomats from other democratic states describe Costa Rica's loss as "shocking."

As part of its candidature for the Council, Paraguay submitted a "pledge" to protect human rights. Here's what a large majority of UN states evidently took seriously:

    "Convinced that the protection and exercise of human rights is the foundation of an effective democracy, in particular when all vulnerable groups are included, the Government of Paraguay has continuously stepped up its efforts to institutionalize human rights in the country."
And this is part of the actual abysmal human rights record of the newly elected Council member Paraguay as detailed by the latest US State Department human rights report:
    "Security forces committed human rights abuses. The most serious human rights problems included widespread corruption and inefficiency in the country's law enforcement and judicial system, leading to arbitrary arrest or detention and denial of a fair and timely public trial, as well as violence against women. Additional human rights problems included harsh prison conditions, restrictions on freedom of speech and press, lack of government transparency, trafficking in persons, and vigilante justice. Societal discrimination continued against women; members of racial and ethnic minority groups; indigenous persons; individuals with disabilities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons; and those with HIV/AIDS."
Paraguay is not ranked "fully free" by the Freedom House index. The October 21st election results mean less than half of all the members of the UN's top human rights body are fully free democracies - 20 of 47.

Paraguay, where judiciary is "inefficient" and domestic violence "common", elected to top UN body to promote "human rights" Development

Bolivian women

Bolivia, where sexual violence, rape are "serious and widespread", is new UN "human rights" authority

On October 21, 2014 human rights abuser Bolivia was elected to serve a 3-year term on the UN "Human Rights" Council. Candidates must receive 97 votes of the 193 UN General Assembly members in order to be elected. Bolivia received 144 votes, more than the fully democratic state of Costa Rica which lost its bid for a second council term. Diplomats from other democratic states describe Costa Rica's loss as "shocking."

As part of its candidature for the Council, Bolivia submitted a "pledge" to protect human rights. Here's what a large majority of UN states evidently took seriously:

    "The Plurinational State of Bolivia attaches the greatest importance to international cooperation for the promotion and protection of human rights."
And this is part of the actual abysmal human rights record of the newly elected Council member Bolivia as detailed by the latest US State Department human rights report:
    : "Security forces committed human rights abuses. The most serious human rights problems included widespread corruption and inefficiency in the country's law enforcement and judicial system, leading to arbitrary arrest or detention and denial of a fair and timely public trial, as well as violence against women. Additional human rights problems included harsh prison conditions, restrictions on freedom of speech and press, lack of government transparency, trafficking in persons, and vigilante justice. Societal discrimination continued against women; members of racial and ethnic minority groups; indigenous persons; individuals with disabilities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons; and those with HIV/AIDS."
Bolivia is not ranked "fully free" by the Freedom House index. The October 21st election results mean less than half of all the members of the UN's top human rights body are fully free democracies - 20 of 47.

Bolivia, where sexual violence, rape are "serious and widespread", is new UN "human rights" authority Development

UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland

UN majority elects Albania, with "pervasive corruption in all branches of government", to join UN rights Council

On October 21, 2014 human rights abuser Albania was elected to serve a 3-year term on the UN "Human Rights" Council. Candidates must receive 97 votes of the 193 UN General Assembly members in order to be elected. Albania received 176 votes.

As part of its candidature for the Council, Albania submitted a "pledge" to protect human rights. Here's what a large majority of UN states evidently took seriously:

    "Albania has actively embraced and promoted the ideals and the principles of the Charter of the United Nations...The Republic of Albania remains committed to promoting multilateralism as an effective tool in the protection and promotion of human rights. Albania is further fully committed to the universal promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms."
And this is part of the actual abysmal human rights record of the newly elected Council member Albania as detailed by the latest US State Department human rights report:
    "Security forces committed human rights abuses. The most significant human rights problems were: pervasive corruption in all branches of government, and particularly within the judicial system; the stalling of the reform agenda, in particular the fight against corruption, as the political parties focused on the June elections; and domestic violence and discrimination against women. Other human rights problems included police beating and other mistreatment of suspects during detention and interrogation, sometimes to elicit confessions; substandard prison conditions; an inefficient judiciary subject to political pressure and corruption; and child abuse. Displaced and street children remained a problem, particularly within the Romani community. Marginalization and abuse of the Romani and Balkan Egyptian communities were serious problems. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity was a problem. Cases of trafficking in persons continued to be reported. Impunity remained a problem. Government efforts to prosecute officials who committed abuses were sporadic and inconsistent. Government officials and politicians, as well as judges and those with powerful business interests, often were able to avoid prosecution."
Albania is not ranked "fully free" by the Freedom House index. The October 21st election results mean less than half of all the members of the UN's top human rights body are fully free democracies - 20 of 47.

UN majority elects Albania, with "pervasive corruption in all branches of government", to join UN rights Council Development

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh welcoming the Emir of Qatar and his wife to the Gaza Strip, October 23, 2012.

Qatar, major sponsor of terrorism, elected to serve on UN top human rights body

On October 21, 2014 human rights abuser and sponsor of terrorism Qatar was elected to serve a 3-year term on the UN "Human Rights" Council. Candidates must receive 97 votes of the 193 UN General Assembly members in order to be elected. Qatar received 142 votes.

As part of its candidature for the Council, Qatar submitted a "pledge" to protect human rights. Here's what a large majority of UN states evidently took seriously:

    "The promotion and protection of human rights is one of the pillars of the policy of the State of Qatar...The State of Qatar is addressing the issue of human rights in an integrated manner that takes into account the importance of fundamental freedoms and democracy, places human beings at the centre of State policy, respects freedom of expression and judicial independence, and promotes a culture of peace and acceptance of others."
And this is part of the actual abysmal human rights record of the newly elected Council member Qatar as detailed by the latest US State Department human rights report:
    "The principal human rights problems were the inability of citizens to change their government peacefully, restriction of fundamental civil liberties, and pervasive denial of noncitizen workers' rights. The monarch-appointed government prohibited organized political parties and restricted civil liberties, including freedoms of speech, press, and assembly and access to a fair trial for persons held under the Protection of Society Law and Combating Terrorism Law. Other continuing human rights concerns included restrictions on the freedoms of religion and movement, as foreign laborers could not freely travel abroad. Trafficking in persons, primarily in the domestic worker and labor sectors, was a problem. Legal, institutional, and cultural discrimination against women limited their participation in society...There is no specific law criminalizing domestic violence... domestic violence against women continued to be a problem."
Qatar is not ranked "fully free" by the Freedom House index. The October 21st election results mean less than half of all the members of the UN's top human rights body are fully free democracies - 20 of 47.

Qatar, major sponsor of terrorism, elected to serve on UN top human rights body Development

Children in the Republic of the Congo

Congo, where child abuse is "prevalent" and rape "common", reelected to UN "Human Rights" Council

On October 21, 2014 human rights abuser Congo was elected to serve a 3-year term on the UN "Human Rights" Council. Candidates must receive 97 votes of the 193 UN General Assembly members in order to be elected. Congo received 185 votes.

As part of its candidature for the Council, Congo submitted a "pledge" to protect human rights. Here's what a large majority of UN states evidently took seriously:

    "The Republic of the Congo declares its candidacy for re-election to the Human Rights Council as a testament to its commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms...the Constitution of the Congo is a legal instrument that enshrines its commitment to the universal values of peace, freedom, equality, justice, tolerance and probity, and to the virtues of dialogue. It guarantees all citizens' civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights."
And this is part of the actual abysmal human rights record of the newly elected Council member Congo as detailed by the latest US State Department human rights report:
    "Major human rights problems included beatings and torture of detainees by security forces, poor prison conditions, and lengthy pretrial detention. Other human rights abuses included: lack of due judicial process; arbitrary arrest; political prisoners; infringement of citizens' privacy rights; restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and association; refugee abuse; restrictions on the right of citizens to change their government peacefully; restrictions on the activities of opposition political groups; official corruption and lack of transparency; discrimination against women; sexual and gender-based violence, including domestic violence, child abuse, female genital mutilation/cutting, and forced child marriage; trafficking in persons; lack of access for persons with disabilities; discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, particularly toward indigenous people."
Congo is not ranked "fully free" by the Freedom House index. The October 21st election results mean less than half of all the members of the UN's top human rights body are fully free democracies - 20 of 47.

Congo, where child abuse is "prevalent" and rape "common", reelected to UN "Human Rights" Council Development

October 21, 2014

Iyad Nasr Abdo Shurab, 24, PIJ Al-Quds Battalions operative. Killed in Khan Yunis, July 26, 2014

The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) released its latest report on the identities of Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge. The main intent of this report, the sixth in a series of publications, is to determine which of the fatalities are "terrorist operatives" and which are "non-involved civilians." A total of 2,157 Palestinians were killed and, to date, ITIC has examined 1,017 names, or 47% of the total. Of those names:

  • - 435 of those killed were terrorist operatives.

  • - 439 of those killed were non-involved civilians.

  • - 143 people who were killed are unidentified at this stage - it cannot be determined whether they were terrorist operatives or non-involved civilians.


  • Not included in this report is the number of non-involved civilians (children and adults) killed as the result of being used by terrorist operatives as human shields.

    On September 22, 2014, Flavia Pansieri, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the United Human Rights Council that "a staggering three fourths (1,479) of a total of 2,158 Palestinian fatalities were civilians, of them over one third (506( were children." It remains to be seen if the United Nations will correct its version of the death toll in light of ITIC's latest findings.

    Ongoing meticulous examination of Palestinian Gaza death toll reveals 50% terrorists Article

    "The U.K. alone is now treating 300 women and girls each month for the aftereffects of the brutal, unnecessary surgery. We need Obama to follow through on his promise to eradicate it.

    "New figures from the U.K. are finally revealing the true extent of female genital mutilation: In just six months, nearly 2,000 women and girls have been treated by Britain's National Health Service after undergoing the brutal procedure.

    "And with these statistics, which have been made available for the first time, hiding from the issue is no longer an option for Britain and the U.S.-and President Obama's pledge to eradicate this abuse has never been more pressing.

    "While FGM-the process of removing either parts or the entirety of the external female genitalia-has been a federal offense in the U.S. since 1996, a dearth of tangible data has meant years of Western authorities theorizing on the extent of (and solution to) the problem-with few results. Though the past year has seen a number of legislative steps being taken toward both identifying victims and punishing perpetrators, these calls to action have largely occurred on paper, and convictions remain nonexistent..."

    The West's Female-Genital Mutilation Wake-Up Call Document

    A Bahraini woman protects herself from tear gas fired by riot police during an anti-regime rally

    In Bahrain, Human Rights Defenders Are Under Attack But We Won't Be Deterred Document

    Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab

    "Prominent Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab went on trial on Sunday over remarks published on his Twitter account that were critical of state institutions, his lawyer said, in a case that has drawn criticism from international civil society groups.

    "Rajab is one of the most high-profile pro-democracy campaigners in the Arab world, and founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.

    "The hearing began on Sunday afternoon, where the court refused to release Rajab, according to his Twitter account. The hearing was adjourned until October 29.

    "At the beginning of the month, Bahrain's Ministry of Interior said that Rajab had been summoned for questioning by the General Directorate of Anti-corruption and Economic and Electronic Security 'regarding tweets posted on his Twitter account that denigrated government institutions'.

    "An associate of Rajab, writing on the activist's Twitter account, said on October 2 that Bahrain's Public Prosecution had ordered Rajab held for questioning for one week.

    The Public Prosecution confirmed it had charged a person and had detained him for questioning, although it did not name the individual. The Public Prosecution also said, via its own Twitter account, that the detained person had confessed to publishing the offending comments after a complaint from the Interior Ministry."

    Prominent Bahraini Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Goes on Trial for Twitter Remarks Document

    October 20, 2014

    Roya Saberinejad Nobakht (L) with her husband

    "Roya Saberinejad Nobakht, an Iranian-born British citizen, is being held in the Women's Ward at Evin Prison for postings on Facebook. In October 2013, she travelled to Iran to visit relatives but was arrested upon her arrival at Shiraz airport. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court presided over by Judge Moghisei. British newspaper the Independent reported that Nobakht and her husband Dariush Taghipoor 'have lived in the Stockport suburb of Heald Green for the past six years and have both been granted dual British-Iranian nationality. Mrs. Nobakht had previously been a student at Stockport College, but a spokeswoman said today she had left four years ago.' According to the Independent, her husband Dariush Taghipoor told a family friend in England that his wife was arrested for comments she made on a Facebook group about the government, in which she said it was 'too Islamic' and that she was only charged after a confession was extracted from her 'under duress...'"

    Roya Saberinejad Nobakht, Crime: Journalism Document