Human Rights Watch has released a report on Syria’s state policy of torture, which includes testimony from former prisoners and security officers, while also revealing that among the victims are women, senior citizens and children. However, Syria’s government routinely denies all allegations of any such abuse. “Basat al reeh.” “Dulab.” “Falaqa.” They are Arabic names for torture […]
Eight years ago former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill No. 1520 into law, which will prohibit the sale and production of foie gras in California. On Sunday, July 1, 2012 that ban from 2004 will finally go into effect. The legislation states: “The bill would prohibit a person from force feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging […]
Flash floods have inundated refugee camps in northern Sri Lanka, endangering more than 16,000 Tamil refugees who only months ago survived cross-fire in the country’s two-decade civil war, the United Nations says. Three days of heavy rains have damaged or destroyed nearly 2,000 shelters housing the refugees in the Vavuniya District and in Menik Farm, according to the U.N.
Hundreds of gay men have been tortured and killed in Iraq in recent months, some by the nation’s security forces, Human Rights Watch said Monday.
Impairing Education American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch Aug.
The head of a humanitarian agency in Chechnya and her husband were found dead early Tuesday, their bodies stuffed in the trunk of their car, a prosecutor’s spokeswoman said. “These two soldiers nabbed her, put a bag over her head and pulled her into the bushes. She explains it as, ‘They got me,’ ” says Sherrlyn Borkgren, who spent a month in the Democratic Republic of the Congo late last year.
The young girl whispered in a hushed tone. She looked down as she spoke, only glancing up from her dark round eyes every now and then. She wanted to tell more, but she was too ashamed.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered his ambassador Saturday to go back to Colombia amid tense diplomatic relations between the two countries. The staffer was identified as locally employed political analyst Hossein Rassam
A British embassy staffer has gone on trial in Tehran Saturday for his involvement in the post-election demonstrations in Iran, Britain’s Foreign Office has confirmed. The staffer was identified as locally employed political analyst Hossein Rassam. A Foreign Office spokesperson told CNN: “This is completely unacceptable and directly contradicts assurances we have repeatedly been given by Iranian officials
Palestinian militant groups including the armed wing of Hamas are committing war crimes when they fire rockets into Israel, according to a report by campaign group Human Rights Watch. Three Israelis have been killed and dozens more seriously injured in Palestinian attacks since November 2008 with rockets striking populated areas up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) inside Israeli territory and putting 800,000 Israelis in danger, the report said. Two Palestinian girls died in Gaza when a rocket fell short of its intended target while the attacks have also put Palestinian citizens at risk from Israeli counterstrikes, it added