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 Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch said prosecuting human rights violations and war crimes in Afghanistan was critical to the future of the country, and again urged the United Nations to establish a commission of experts to investigate war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious abuses in Afghanistan.
Violations of international law unconnected with acts of international terrorism against the United States, such as the abuses in Afghanistan cited above, would not be covered by the military order.
Human Rights Watch noted that President Bush on November 13 issued a military order authorizing the trial by special military commissions of non-U.S. citizens he has reason to believe are members of al Qaeda, have assisted al Qaeda members, or have engaged in or aided acts of international terrorism. /organizations/Human_rights/hrweb/Class2/Homepage/Afghanistan_Three_Afghan_commanders_should_be_executed.html   (683 words) - Human Rights Watch urges United States to respect al-Libbi's rights
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An international human rights group urged Washington to respect the rights of a senior al-Qaeda suspect arrested in Pakistan as the American military confirmed he had been transferred to U.S. custody and flown to the United States.
James Yonts, the U.S. military spokesman in neighboring Afghanistan, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that al-Libbi was taken from Pakistan to the United States and was not brought to Afghanistan.
Human Rights Watch called on the United States to respect al-Libbi's rights. /news/world/2005-06-07-detainee-rights_x.htm?csp=34   (413 words)

 Reuters AlertNet - Afghanistan: U.N. Rights Monitoring Still Needed
Human Rights Watch urged the U.N. Commission for Human Rights, now conducting its annual meeting in Geneva, to keep Afghanistan on its agenda and to increase the number of human rights monitors in the country.
Human Rights Watch called on the Afghan government to press for greater international support in monitoring human rights conditions throughout the country.
Human Rights Watch documented intimidation of civil society groups and journalists during the presidential campaign. /thenews/newsdesk/HRW/a18aee95479a7664b60dd679da82f555.htm   (505 words)

 United Nations - OCHA IRIN Asia News
KABUL, 16 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Wednesday condemned this week's attack on the house of one of its local female staff members in eastern Afghanistan, vowing it would not dissuade them from continuing their work in the area.
ANKARA, 17 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Human rights groups have strongly criticised a US government report for failing to designate Turkmenistan a country of particular concern (CPC) on the issue of religious freedom.
KABUL, 25 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - The United Nations, Afghan human rights bodies and the national independent association of journalists have all criticised a two-year jail sentence given to the editor of a women's magazine for publishing anti-Islamic articles. /AsiaFp.asp?SelectTheme=Human_Rights   (548 words)

 Physicians for Human Rights
PHR personnel seconded to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) revisited the site in March and dug a test trench that revealed the remains of 15 people.
For the past five months, PHR has been urging the Afghan Interim Authority, the United Nations, the United States, and its coalition partners to protect the mass grave sites in Afghanistan and to develop a plan for their careful and objective investigation.
PHR urgently reiterates its call for immediate protection of the gravesite by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) or proper authorities as well as the need for a full forensic investigation of the site to ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable. /news2002/0613-11.htm   (551 words)

 BBC NEWS World Americas US 'erodes' global human rights
It found that human rights conditions remained grave in Iraq and Israel, and had deteriorated in Iran, with little sign of improvement in the rest of the Middle East.
According to the New-York based group, abuses committed by the US have significantly weakened the world's ability to protect human rights.
HRW's 527-page annual report covers the developments in human rights in more than 60 countries in the past year. /1/hi/world/americas/4171177.stm   (561 words)

 Anti-Terror Campaign Cloaking Human Rights Abuse (Human Rights Watch, 16-1-2002)
Roth said that Human Rights Watch had not yet conducted an on-the-ground investigation of civilian deaths in the U.S. bombing campaign in Afghanistan, but that serious questions had been raised by reports of civilian casualties.
Human Rights Watch does not generally take a position on whether particular wars should be fought, but does urge strict respect for international humanitarian law in the conduct of any war.
Human rights principles must not be compromised in the name of any cause. /press/2002/01/wr2002.htm   (753 words) Joe Conason's Journal
HRW warns that when the Bush administration divorces human rights advocacy from its security policy, as in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, both objectives are undermined.
They write up files for Human Rights Watch, the worldwide monitor whose reports often strike me as fairer, smarter, more careful and more concerned with serious matters than much of what currently passes for journalism.
What worries HRW is the State Department's insistence that the Geneva Convention doesn't apply to those captured in Afghanistan (just as the Justice Department says the Constitution doesn't apply to "prisoners of war," including American citizens, who are arrested here). /opinion/conason/2003/01/15/bush   (620 words)

 Reuters AlertNet - Civilian War Victims Advocate Marla Ruzicka Mourned
"Human Rights Watch staff who worked closely with her in the conflict zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, and in the halls of Washington were all impressed by her.
Human Rights Watch extended its condolence to the families of Ruzicka and Salim.
This information was widely viewed as some of the most accurate data about the condition of civilians and helped put a human face on their suffering. /thenews/newsdesk/HRW/84f66f0c27fb640871e9f98a4da7490a.htm   (694 words)

 EurasiaNet Human Rights - Turkmenistan: UN Human Rights Commission Condemns Turkmen Abuses For First Time
In December, the UN human rights rapporteur on torture, Theo van Boven, concluded a two-week fact-finding mission in Uzbekistan with the declaration that torture is "systematic" in the country’s prisons and detention camps.
Human Rights Watch officials expressed concern that resolutions were not even tabled on several countries previously under scrutiny at the commission, including Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Serbia and Montenegro.
But human rights activists welcomed the resolution, saying it could provide a new lever for countries to press for rights reforms in Turkmenistan. /departments/rights/articles/eav041903.shtml   (818 words)

 Other Human Rights Abuses
Bush reportedly raised human rights issues, urged dialogue with the Dalai Lama, and publicly said that no government should use the anti-terrorism campaign "as an excuse to persecute minorities within their borders." When U.S. military strikes began against Afghanistan, China had appealed for international support for its crackdown in Xinjiang.
Human rights were raised in the international debate leading up to the July 17 decision in Moscow to award the games to Beijing, but the IOC set no human rights preconditions and ignored appeals from Human Rights Watch and others to set up an independent monitoring committee.
In February, the Swedish presidency presided over an E.U.-China rights dialogue and the E.U. held a seminar on the death penalty in Beijing in May. /other_human_rights_abuses.htm   (818 words)

 International Humanitarian Law Issues In A Potential War In I raq (Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper, February 20, 2003)
Human Rights Watch, “Fatally Flawed: Cluster Bombs and Their Use by the United States in Afghanistan,” A Human Rights Watch Report, vol.
Human Rights Watch believes that in addition to internal investigations and courts martial, it would be useful for the sake of transparency and public credibility for all parties to consider enabling commissions of inquiry into wartime violations that are comprised entirely or partly of experts outside the military establishment of the warring parties.
Human Rights Watch, “Memorandum to Delegates of the Fourth Annual Meeting of States Parties: Implementation of CCW Protocol II,” December 11, 2002,, (retrieved February 4, 2003). /backgrounder/arms/iraq0202003.htm   (7298 words)

 Human Rights Watch: Asia : Australia
Human Rights Watch found that many asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran were still at risk in the countries through which they passed - such as Jordan or Indonesia - and were unable to access the offices of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or foreign embassies to apply for resettlement.
Australia is trying to export policies that violate the rights of refugees, Human Rights Watch said today in a new briefing paper titled "Not for Export." The paper's release marks the one-year anniversary of Australia's controversial asylum legislation, passed on September 26, 2001.
Australia should provide strong leadership to restore the credibility of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, Human Rights Watch said today when the country was elected to chair the Commission's next annual session, which begins March 15. /asia/australia.php   (1107 words)

 Turkmenistan Main - Human Rights - Sierra Club
Despite Turkmenistan's wretched human rights record, the Bush administration (surprised?), multinational corporations and neighboring governments have expressed interest in Niyazov's plan for a $3 billion pipeline to send natural gas to Afghanistan, Pakistan and possibly India.
Human rights advocates worry that he might be tortured or abused in prison, where conditions are harsh.
In the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan -- where President-for-Life Saparmurat Niyazov runs a Stalinesque dictatorship -- local environmentalist Farid Tukhbatullin, 41, had been sentenced to three years in prison for attending a human rights meeting outside the country. /human-rights/turkmenistan   (678 words)

 Local Libraries
Human rights in Afghanistan, 1987 : hearing before the Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Organizations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One hundredth Congress, first session, May 21, 1987.
WorldCat is provided by OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. on behalf of its member libraries. /wcpa/ow/e7d5f0fb31be5e6ba19afeb4da09e526.html   (678 words)

 WAPHA-Women's Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan
These human rights include women's full and equal enjoyment of their rights in access to education, health, work and elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.
Islam has granted rights for security of life and property and protects the honor and dignity of human beings (Sura 49 Verse 11-12).
Islam grants human the rights for freedom of thought, of expression, of associations and of formation of organizations, On the condition that these rights be used for the propagation of truth, virtue and justice and not for evil purposes. /testominy200.html   (1846 words)

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) strongly protests against the arrest and detention of Mr.
It is possible they believed the policy of allowing foreign journalists freedom to cover Pakistan and Afghanistan which was continued for long years had not changed.
While their release on bail is a welcome relief to them, HRCP urges upon the Government to display reasonableness and due regard to their professional rights. /ngo4.html   (1846 words)

 AIHRC Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
During the workshop members of civil society, elders, community representatives and international experts gathered to outline the strategies for the promotion and protection of human rights, justice, and the rule of law in Afghanistan.
It is up to the people of Afghanistan, not the Commission, to decide which mechanism to employ to deal with the past abuses of human rights.
Citizens who suffered from violation of human rights may demand compensation, and the government must determine what is appropriate. /transitionaljustice.htm   (730 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Special reports Crucial decisions for detention judges
But human rights lawyers insist it has been a factor in the case of Algerians who were acquitted in last year's so-called ricin trial and now facing being deported.
The issue is one of constitutional principle, whether evidence obtained by torturing another human being may lawfully be admitted against a party to proceedings in a British court...
At the centre of concern over the use of "coerced evidence" is Mohammad Meguerba, a 37-year-old Algerian who had been in an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan. /terrorism/story/0,12780,1663273,00.html?79%3A+Uk+latest   (1070 words)

 National Endowment for Democracy
NED Honors Afghan Activists with 2005 Democracy Award - Three democratic activists from Afghanistan were chosen to receive the 2005 Democracy Award of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which was presented July 13 at an event in the U.S. Congress.
Azar Nafisi on "Women, Culture, Human Rights: the case of Iran" given April 20.
NED and Foreign Policy Association launch New York Democracy Forum - A joint venture of the Endowment and the Foreign Policy Association, the New York Democracy Forum brings to New York audiences key figures in the democracy movement who are leading the way in the advance of democratic values and institutions around the world.   (1070 words)

 Amnesty International - International Human Rights Day 2001
Amnesty International's Secretary General, Irene Khan, was in Pakistan for Human Rights Day to discuss a human rights agenda for Afghanistan with victims, refugees, human rights groups, representatives of government and civil society
Despite 10th December being International Human Rights Day, human rights are under attack all over the world.
Amnesty International`s new Secretary General, Irene Khan,with Afghan refugee children in Jalozai refugee camp, near Peshawar, Pakistan, on Human Rights Day 10 December 2001 /web/content.nsf/pages/gbrhuman+rights+day   (1070 words)

 Human Rights Watch World Report 2002: Asia: China and Tibet
Bush reportedly raised human rights issues, urged dialogue with the Dalai Lama, and publicly said that no government should use the anti-terrorism campaign "as an excuse to persecute minorities within their borders." When U.S. military strikes began against Afghanistan, China had appealed for international support for its crackdown in Xinjiang.
Human rights were raised in the international debate leading up to the July 17 decision in Moscow to award the games to Beijing, but the IOC set no human rights preconditions and ignored appeals from Human Rights Watch and others to set up an independent monitoring committee.
During trade meetings in China in February, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien raised human rights concerns in Tibet and the crackdown on Falungong, and the two countries held a human rights dialogue in July. /wr2k2/asia4.html   (1070 words)

 Derechos: Human Rights in Afghanistan
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan
A Health and Human Rights Crisis in Afghanistan
Afghani women's group, includes news & reports on human rights violations /saran/afg.html   (217 words)

 United States Support of Human Rights and Democracy
USAID continues to provide technical assistance and training in Afghanistan to the Constitutional, Judicial and Human Rights Commissions, as well as the President's Office and other institutions.
The main way in which human rights are addressed in the international community are through organizations that publicize human rights abuses, that seek to protect human rights activists through reports that try to establish human rights norms.
We are doing this direct documentation as part of a human rights effort and also to prove that the government of Sudan has engaged in the practice of trying to cover up the atrocities they have engaged in. /committees/intlrel/hfa94707.000/hfa94707_0.htm   (217 words) / The Human Rights Act: Calling Bullshit on Charlie
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The Human Rights Act: Calling Bullshit on Charlie
read The Human Rights Act: Calling Bullshit on Charlie /2005/08/the-human-rights-act-calling-bullshit-on-charlie   (98 words)

 Infoshop News - your 24/7 source for news, opinion and information
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The United States empire continues to murder hundreds of thousands of people the world over, establishing regimes and destroying peoples to satisfy a never-ending lust for wealth, resources, and global power.   (98 words) Archives: November 2004 - the Political Community Weblog. Discussing the Conservative and Liberal, and all political points in-between.
Publishers, including The Washington Post, are accusing the White House of a double standard -- while offering television networks broadcasting rights, the adminstration refuses to grant online news outlets rights to distribute official White House video...
Eighty-five of the bloodstream infections occurred among soldiers serving in Iraq (news - web sites), the area around Kuwait and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army said in a report published on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (news - web sites).
A leaked memo from the International Red Cross "reports to the United States government that the American military has intentionally used psychological and sometimes physical coercion 'tantamount to torture' on prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba." In an official press release, the Red Cross refused to confirm or deny the report. /archives.php?id=A2004111   (98 words)

 KPFA - Flashpoints Archives
Palestinian former political prisoners speak out about the system of torture and oppression inside Israeli prisons; we’ll speak to a Latin American human rights activist who interrupted John Negroponte’s senate confirmation hearings today; Plus, environmental activists sue law enforcement for pepper spray torture during a nonviolent demonstration; and the Knight Report.
We’ll have a report-back on a bold action taken by immigrants rights activists in Sacramento this week; also, we’ll look at how the Zapatistas are counteracting Free Trade with non-GMO corn; we’ll hear headlines from the region, a commentary from roving producer Miguel Gavilan Molina, and of course, Flashpoints en Español.
Helen Caldicott reports from a global UN conference on nuclear proliferation; also, immigrant California governor Schwartzenegger goes pro-vigilante; Iraq and Afghanistan still up in flames as a new government is sworn in; youth voices from Palestine; and the Knight Report. /archives/archives.php?id=9&limit=N   (98 words)

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