By Nathan Crompton - April 18, 2013
After nine steady weeks of nightly protests by anti-poverty activists in front of the PiDGiN restaurant in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, police have stated that they plan to arrest picketers. In a press conference delivered yesterday, Vancouver Police Department spokesperson Brian Montague stated that his department is “anticipating an arrest soon.”
By Bill Van Auken - WSWS
If ever there was a case of the pot calling the kettle black, the Obama administration’s indicting of Moscow for human rights violations is it.
April 17 Marks 41 Years of Solitary Confinement for Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3
Today, April 17, 2013, marks 41 years that Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace have been unjustly incarcerated in solitary confinement in Louisiana. This is 41 years of living in concrete and metal cages of 6 x 9 feet; 41 years of being separated from their families and loved ones; 41 years of being wrongly accused of a murder they did not commit.
Samer Issawi's a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine activist. In April 2004, he was wrongfully arrested. He committed no crime.
By Tim Groves - April 16, 2013
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is disclosing intelligence to private companies despite a law that does not permit this sharing...There is a “new imperative” for the Service to work closely with industry partners, according to the 2010 “Review of CSIS’s Private Sector Relationships,” created by the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), the body that oversees the spy agency’s compliance with the law.
America's the world's leading human rights abuser. State terror is official policy. So is waging war on humanity.
Societies perhaps are best judged by how they treat prisoners, their most disadvantaged and children.
In summer 2010, sporadic protests began. In mid-February 2011, major ones erupted. Bahrainis want democracy. They want King Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalif's repressive regime replaced.
By Yves Engler - April 10, 2013
The current Canadian government has a thing for monarchy. In fact the Conservatives seem to like it better than democracy...[S]ince the "Arab Spring" democracy struggles that began in 2011 Stephen Harper's government has gotten down right scary, apparently supporting the divine right of kings over rule by the people.
By Paul Tetrault - April 10, 2013
In 2002, Omar Khadr was captured by the Americans in Afghanistan. He was 15 years old. Eleven years later, he's still in jail, and his sentence runs for seven more years...Last year, the Conservative government was finally forced to repatriate Omar Khadr to Canada where he is now incarcerated in Millhaven maximum security penitentiary, without access to basic education and rehabilitation programmes.
By NATHAN GOODMAN - Counterpunch
Human rights organizations shouldn’t be in the business of handing out awards, accolades and executive positions to human rights abusers...Resistance to war, occupation and mass incarceration includes opposing organizations that falsely claim to fight for human rights.
Israeli criminals have avoided accountability long enough. Ignoring them any longer is intolerable.
Israel operates one of the world's most unconscionable gulags. Thousands of Palestinian political prisoners fill it. Fundamental human rights are denied. Torture, ill-treatment and medical neglect are commonplace.
Detainees have few ways to resist. Refusing food challenges injustice. It's now past two months.
By Rocizela Pérez Gómez - April 02, 2013
In the first three months of 2013, a number of social leaders...have been assassinated or kidnapped...These attacks are not isolated events. They have all been directed against men and women who struggle to claim individual and collective rights and have constantly denounced the looting of natural goods on the part of transnational corporations, in complicity with the Government which has instituted policies of repression and criminalization of the organized struggle.