Posts Tagged ‘rights’

Human Rights Watch Report Reveals Major Free-Speech Impact of Anti-BDS Movement

Seventy-eight percent of Americans live in states that have laws or policies against boycotting Apartheid Israel or Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report details the immense price Americans pay when exercising their free speech via their purchasing power to push back […]

The Need for New Laws to Proscribe the Violation of Our Fundamental Rights in Social Media and in the Government

Christopher Jon Bjerknes It is vitally important that we break the cycle of “propaganda of the deed” and secure our fundamental rights to freedom in this age of high technology. There are proven instances of terrorists committing acts of violence in the hope that the governments will use their violence as a pretext to further […]

Defending Rights And Dissent On Julian Assange Indictment

Defending Rights And Dissent On Julian Assange Indictment Note: Independent UN rights experts on Thursday said the arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange by police in the United Kingdom after the Ecuadorian Government decided to stop granting him asylum in their London embassy, exposed him to “the risk of serious human rights violations” if extradited to the […]

Rights Groups Urge UN To Protect Palestinians On ‘Great March’ Protest Anniversary

19 organisations warn in a letter to UN secretary-general that Israel will use lethal force on protesters this Saturday Almost 20 Palestinian rights groups – both regional and international – urged the United Nations to protect Gazans who participate in the anniversary of the “Great March of Return” protests this coming Saturday. In a letter sent to […]

37% of Americans Can’t Name Any of the Rights Guaranteed by First Amendment

A survey released in 2017 shows that nearly four in 10 Americans cannot name a single right protected by the First Amendment. The survey, conducted in August by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) and released on Sept. 12, showed 37 percent could not name any of the five rights protected by […]

May Day 2019 – National Mobilization For Immigrant Workers Rights!

May Day 2019 – National Mobilization For Immigrant Workers Rights! Above Photo: From We are calling a national day of multi-ethnic unity with youth, labor, peace and justice communities in solidarity with immigrant workers and building new immigrant rights & civil rights movement! Fight against Trump’s racist anti-immigrant policies. Wear White T-Shirt, organize local […]

Hiding Colombia’s Human Rights Nightmares In A Venezuelan Coup

Hiding Colombia’s Human Rights Nightmares In A Venezuelan Coup Above Photo: Youtube Screenshot/ It can – and should be said that our imperialist coups are never about democracy, but more so about protecting our investments, killing the threat of a good example, and of spinning a media tale to veil the extreme failures of […]

Lake Erie Just Won The Same Legal Rights As People

Lake Erie Just Won The Same Legal Rights As People Above Photo: An Ohio resident collects water from Lake Erie in 2014 after a ban due to algae-related toxins. Getty Images Ohio voters passed groundbreaking legislation that allows citizens to sue on behalf of the lake when it’s being polluted. It started in a pub. A […]

As US Laments Human Rights in Venezuela, US-Allied Colombia Descends into Drug-fueled Humanitarian Crisis

By Whitney Webb Source The dichotomy between Washington’s relationship with Venezuela and Colombia is yet another clear example that the public justifications for the U.S.’s Latin America policy are little more than window dressing for the U.S.-backed expansion of neo-fascist governments throughout Latin America. BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA (Analysis) — Several troubling situations are currently playing out across […]

Our Rights to Free and Representative Government Versus Orwellian "Quarantine" and "Inoculation"

Christopher Jon Bjerknes The recent documentary Alt-Right: Age of Rage discusses two extremely troubling and dehumanizing tactics used to subvert our democratic political process. These subversive methods are given the Orwellian labels “Quarantine” and “Inoculation” which liken a certain class of human beings to diseases. The false presumption which is tacitly made by those who […]

Elliott Abrams: A Human Rights Horror Show in Three Acts

Elliott Abrams: A Human Rights Horror Show in Three Acts By Brett Wilkins | CounterPunch | February 1, 2019 Last Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Elliott Abrams would once again be returning to government, this time as President Donald Trump’s special envoy to help “fully restore democracy and prosperity” to Venezuela. Abrams, 71, is best […]

Birmingham civil rights institute votes to give award to Angela Davis after all

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has now gone full circle: It announced that it has voted to give its human rights award to Angela Davis after all! The Institute originally decided to give the scholar and activist the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award last December. Then on January 4, reportedly under pressure from Jewish groups […]

‘We will not be bullied into silence’: Over 350 scholars and Civil Rights movement veterans speak out in support of Palestinian rights and Angela Davis

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, over 350 scholars of the Civil Rights and Black Freedom Movements, and veterans of these historic struggles, along with educators and human rights advocates, issued the following statement in support of Palestinian human rights, and in defense of, Angela Y. Davis, who was publicly dishonored three weeks ago by […]

Israel just ‘lost Cronkite’ — the struggle for Palestinian rights at ‘The New York Times’

In late January 1968, after the series of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong attacks known as the Tet Offensive, Walter Cronkite, the anchor of the CBS Evening News and the most trusted journalist in America, came back from a trip to Vietnam to report on what was going on over there.  At the end of […]

Vaccine Mandates Results Don’t Safeguard Children’s Rights or Health: How Did We Get Here?

The Facts: Michelle McMacken, an internal medicine physician, shares why she does not recommend the ketogenic diet at all for her patients. Reflect On: Why are we so quick to jump on bandwagons, especially when it comes to health topics, without ever really looking into it deeper? The ketogenic diet has many health benefits, but […]

Israel spraying herbicides inside Gaza violates int’l law, rights groups say

Illustrative photo of a crop-duster spraying agricultural lands with chemical agents. (Moshe Shai/FLASH90) For 3 years, Israel has been spraying dangerous herbicides into Gaza to destroy foliage and enable clear viewing of land near the border. (Think Agent Orange.) The destruction of crops and the health risks to farmers infringe on human rights and violate […]

Human Rights Defenders Call Out Israel on Dangerous Herbicides Sprayed over Gaza

A number of human rights organizations have called on Israel to stop spraying dangerous herbicides over the Gaza Strip, as they endanger health and crops in the besieged coastal enclave, a press release by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel said, on Wednesday. […]

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (20 – 26 December 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 20 – 26 December 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. 4 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a person with mobility impairment, were […]

UN “Country-Specific” Human Rights Reports: North Korea, A Grotesque Travesty of Reality

On December 17, 2018, the UN General Assembly Plenary adopted a series of resolutions, many denounced for their double standards,  with fierce official statements of protest against the “country-specific” resolutions, the most nefarious and hypocritical of all.  The voting on the morning resolutions is revealing: Item 74(b) A/73/589/Add2. Draft Resolution VII  “Promotion of a Democratic […]

PCHR: Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (13 – 19 December 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 13 – 19 December, 2018. Israeli forces killed Ashraf Na’alwah in a crime of extra-judicial execution. 2 civilians, including an elderly, were killed in Ramallah and al-Bireh. 24 Palestinian civilians were wounded, […]

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