human rights http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/20018/all en Amnesty documents deaths under torture in Syria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/amnesty-documents-deaths-under-torture-syria <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New report says at least 88 Syrians have died in detention since uprising began in what international rights group says are probable crimes against humanity. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Amnesty International has <a href="http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/report/syria%E2%80%99s-surge-deaths-detention-revealed-2011-08-30">documented the cases</a> of at least 88 Syrians who have died in detention in Syria during five months of bloody repression of pro-reform protests, the majority of them after having suffered torture or other ill-treatment that caused or contributed to the deaths.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/amnesty-documents-deaths-under-torture-syria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring crimes against humanity human rights Syria torture Middle East The Casbah Wed, 31 Aug 2011 23:08:16 +0000 GlobalPost 5674399 at http://www.globalpost.com Syrian attorney general exposes atrocities http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/syrian-attorney-general-exposes-atrocities <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In a video Hama Attorney General Adnan Muhammad al-Bakkour says atrocities have been committed in the city he presided over. He says that he resigned in protest, while the Syrian authorities say he was kidnapped. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Annasofie Flamand </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> &ldquo;I, the attorney general of Hama, Adnan Muhammad al-Bakkour, announce my resignation from my position in the state that is shadowed by Assad and his gangs.&rdquo;</p> <p> Sitting at a table in a grey suit reading from papers in front of him, the attorney general, the highest ranking official to resign from Syria so far, delivered a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB5CuyyY558 posted on Youtube">video message</a> explaining his decision.</p> <p> An independent lawyer has confirmed to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/31/us-syria-defection-idUSTRE77U7H320110831">Reuters</a> that the person who appeared in the video was indeed Bakkour.</p> <p> The attorney general gave several reasons for his resignation among them was the killing of 72 protesters in the &ldquo;Central Prison of Hama&rdquo;, who had all been buried in mass graves.</p> <p> According to Bakkour mass graves had also been dug in public parks for the bodies of some 420 people who had died at the hands of the security forces and &ldquo;death squads&rdquo;. He said that he had been asked to &ldquo;present a report declaring that these victims were killed at the hands of &ldquo;Armed Gangs.&rdquo;&rdquo;</p> <p> Five months into the Syrian uprising, which the UN claims have cost the lives of at least 2,200 people, the Assad&rsquo;s are still intent on crushing the growing calls for the overthrow of the regime.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/syrian-attorney-general-exposes-atrocities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring crimes against humanity human rights Syria Middle East The Casbah Thu, 01 Sep 2011 15:04:06 +0000 Annasofie Flamand 5674423 at http://www.globalpost.com Yemeni journalists at risk http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/journalists-risk-their-lives-reporting-yemen <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As the protests against the Saleh regime continue, attacks meant to silence journalists are on the rise. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Annasofie Flamand </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Intimidation, beatings, kidnapping and arrests have become commonplace for journalists covering the protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh&rsquo;s 33-year long rule in Yemen.</p> <p> With its blotchy, at best, human rights record, threats against outspoken journalists are nothing new in Yemen, but the number of attacks on journalists has risen dramatically since the uprising began in January, rights groups say.</p> <p> &ldquo;Around 52 journalists have been attacked this year,&rdquo; Hakim al-Masmari told GlobalPost. &ldquo;My staff have been warned and threatened by the central security forces for covering any story that supports the Yemeni revolution or the opposition.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;The government is attacking journalists more often since Yemen&rsquo;s revolution started. They do not want such information to leave the country,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;My staff is commonly threatened by government forces when covering security matters or when they are known to have entered opposition protest areas.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/journalists-risk-their-lives-reporting-yemen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> freedom of speech human rights journalists Yemen Conflict Zones Middle East The Casbah Mon, 05 Sep 2011 15:17:22 +0000 Annasofie Flamand 5674660 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria: Counting the dead http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/syria-counting-the-dead <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Estimates of the number of people killed in Syria since the uprising began in mid-March vary from the regime’s total of 1,400 to activists recording 3,004 dead. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Annasofie Flamand </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> As the pro-democracy protests in Syria are poised to enter their sixth month, calculating an accurate figure for the death toll from the regime&rsquo;s crackdown is proving difficult.</p> <p> According to the UN&rsquo;s human rights agency, UNHR, the number of people killed, both protestors and security forces, during the uprising is at least 2,600.</p> <p> &quot;With regard to Syria, let me note that, according to reliable sources on the ground, the number of those killed since the onset of the unrest in mid-March 2011 in that country, has now reached at least 2,600,&quot; the <a href="http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL5E7KC20H20110912 ">UN human rights chief Navi Pillay</a> told the UN Human Rights Council.</p> <p> While most rights organizations set the numbers of dead roughly in the same ballpark, accuracy is difficult. &ldquo;Our biggest challenge is communication. When the regime is cracking down on a city, town or neighborhood they switch off the mobile networks and in many cases the landlines,&rdquo; Wissam Tarif of rights group Avaaz said.</p> <p> &ldquo;Those killed under torture are also very difficult to count. We get to know about them mostly after they bury them. That makes proper documentation more difficult.&rdquo;</p> <p> According to Avaaz, which will be publishing a comprehensive report on death tolls on Thursday, the number of killed are 3,004 people, including 278 army conscripts, seven defected shabiha (government thugs) and four officers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/syria-counting-the-dead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring crimes against humanity human rights Syria United Nations Conflict Zones Diplomacy Aid The Casbah Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:09:45 +0000 Annasofie Flamand 5675144 at http://www.globalpost.com Why are people disappearing in China? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/110922/china-human-rights-disappearances-uighur <p>HONG KONG &mdash; The Chinese government has a novel solution to the growing problem of illegal enforced disappearances. &ldquo;Legalize&rdquo; them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/110922/china-human-rights-disappearances-uighur" target="_blank">read more</a></p> human rights China Opinion Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:12:00 +0000 Phelim Kine 5675970 at http://www.globalpost.com Raw Feed: Libya's missing missiles http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5679412 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Huge depots of dangerous weapons are being left unsecured.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> James Foley </div> </div> </div> <p> Human Rights Watch says there are more unsecured surface-to-air missiles in Libya than in any other conflict.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="640" height="480" alt="Raw Feed: Libyas Missing Missiles" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/twistage_stills/c804356f1b855-original.jpg?1319730629" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2011:10:27 12:28</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("c804356f1b855", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> Africa human rights Libya surface-to-air missiles Conflict Zones Diplomacy Video Thu, 27 Oct 2011 16:28:00 +0000 James Foley 5679412 at http://www.globalpost.com Report: America's poor at historic high http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/111103/report-americas-poor-at-historic-high <p> The country&rsquo;s poor population are at historic highs across the US, a new report found.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/111103/report-americas-poor-at-historic-high" target="_blank">read more</a></p> human rights United States Thu, 03 Nov 2011 20:28:00 +0000 Kyle Kim 5680231 at http://www.globalpost.com Police find 17 infants sold by their parents, state-run media reported http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/111104/police-arrested-rescued-17-infants-sold-their-parent <p> Police in China have busted a human trafficking ring involving poor families who are selling their babies for as much as $7,800, a state-run newspaper reported Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/111104/police-arrested-rescued-17-infants-sold-their-parent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> human rights Human Trafficking Asia-Pacific China Fri, 04 Nov 2011 16:30:00 +0000 Kyle Kim 5680342 at http://www.globalpost.com Peru: forced sterilization cases reopened http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/111107/peru-abuse-cases-reopened <p> LIMA &mdash; In the 1990s, Peru used forced sterilization to eradicate poverty, one of only two countries to deploy the practice since Nazi Germany.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/111107/peru-abuse-cases-reopened" target="_blank">read more</a></p> human rights Peru Americas Politics Tue, 08 Nov 2011 11:17:32 +0000 Simeon Tegel 5680562 at http://www.globalpost.com Pygmies in the Congo treated like "pets": report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/111113/pygmy-pets-congo-pygmies-slavery-human-rights <p> Pygmies, known for being unusually short, are in danger of extinction in Congo, and suffer discrimination and exploitation, according to the report.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/111113/pygmy-pets-congo-pygmies-slavery-human-rights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Congo human rights Sun, 13 Nov 2011 23:37:00 +0000 News Desk 5681207 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain: Fresh protests as report charges government with excessive force http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/111123/bahrain-protests-report-charges-government-excessive-force <p> Bahraini security forces used excessive force to clear demonstrations, made unlawful arrests and subjected detainees to &quot;physical and psychological torture,&quot; said the head of a special panel set up to investigate the crackdown.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/111123/bahrain-protests-report-charges-government-excessive-force" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bahrain human rights World Leaders Military Middle East Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:15:00 +0000 News Desk 5682307 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian government says it could take more refugees, but there's a catch http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/down-under/australia-immigration-asylum-seekers Australia has been offered a solution to the contentious issue of Australia's asylum seeker intake: take 50 percent more... with conditions.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/down-under/australia-immigration-asylum-seekers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> human rights Asia-Pacific Down Under Wed, 30 Nov 2011 22:44:00 +0000 Freya Petersen 5682992 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria: UN calls for 'urgent' action to prevent civil war http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/111202/syria-un-calls-urgent-action-prevent-civil-war <p> &quot;The Syrian authorities&rsquo; continual ruthless repression, if not stopped now, can drive the country into a full-fledged civil war,&quot; said UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/111202/syria-un-calls-urgent-action-prevent-civil-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bashar al-Assad human rights Syria United Nations Diplomacy War Middle East Fri, 02 Dec 2011 14:59:00 +0000 News Desk 5683134 at http://www.globalpost.com Women's rights in Israel under assault http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/israel-and-palestine/111208/womens-rights-israel-gender-debate <p> JERUSALEM &mdash; The subject of women&rsquo;s place in public dominated Israel&rsquo;s headlines this week after a series of incidents highlighted what some say is the growing repression of Israeli women.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/israel-and-palestine/111208/womens-rights-israel-gender-debate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> human rights Politics Culture & Lifestyle Israel and Palestine Fri, 09 Dec 2011 11:26:24 +0000 Noga Tarnopolsky 5683721 at http://www.globalpost.com Malawi to review anti-gay laws http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/111208/malawi-review-anti-gay-laws <p> The push for gay decriminalization from Western governments have undoubtedly brought attention to Africa, where homosexual acts are illegal throughout most of the socially conservative and predominately religious continent.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/111208/malawi-review-anti-gay-laws" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Gay rights human rights World Leaders Diplomacy Aid Politics Culture & Lifestyle United Kingdom United States Africa Emerges Thu, 08 Dec 2011 18:37:00 +0000 Kyle Kim 5683729 at http://www.globalpost.com