A day after the UN blacklist, the US sold Saudi Arabia another $15 billion dollars worth of missile systems, highlighting just how frivolous the United Nations “power” really is in this world.
Turns out it wasn’t all just Barack Obama. A new report by the United Nations outlines the deteriorating conditions in Palestinian territories, while harshly criticizing Israel’s actions for continuing to plan, develop and build record amounts of settlements in the region.
A new report by Human Rights Watch indicates that nearly 1,000 civilians were killed by the use cluster munitions last year, most of them inside Syria and Yemen. Here is a sneak peek at the report which will be formally presented to the United Nations in Geneva at the Seventh Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions on September 4th.
29 years after Iranian officials brutally executed 30,000 political prisoners in the Iranian uprising of 1988, many people are beginning to publicly speaking up about the horrible conditions modern political prisoners are still forced to live in. To draw international attention and press to the issue, political prisoners throughout Iran have staged a massive non-violent hunger strike.
The treaty was negotiated by more than 70 countries at the United Nations Minamata Convention on Mercury and went into effect for the first time today.
4 years to the day, not a single Government official has been held accountable for their role in the Rabaa Massacre of 2013, during which Government forces led by President al-Sisi, whom had assumed control of the country through military coup 2 weeks earlier, literally slaughtered over 1,000 protestors in the streets of Cairo for opposing his rule. In the years to follow, as many as 1,700 people have been “disappeared” by Sisi’s regime, hundreds more have been incarcerated and journalists whom report on these events continue to be imprisoned without trial.
Speaking towards protestors at his 2nd State of The Union address, Duterte did not shy away from international criticism regarding his administrations brutal crackdown on drugs. On the contrary, Duterte promises to be even more “unrelenting” in his 2nd year in office.
June 30th 2017 will mark 1 year since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. Over this time and ever since declaring a public War on Drugs, over 110,000 people have been imprisoned and over 10,000 more have been murdered in the streets.
United Nations To Formally Investigate Democratic Republic of Congo for Various Human Rights Violations
Since August of 2016, more than 3,300 innocent civilians have been killed, 1.3 million people have become displaced and over 600 schools have been destroyed. As a result, the United Nations Council on Human Rights has sent in an international envoy to investigate these crimes and determine if Congolese Army leaders should be brought in front of the International Criminal Court.
After forcing further power cuts upon the residents of Gaza, Amnesty International is calling on the United Nations and international community to condemn Israel’s actions. Amnesty has taken the occasion to remind the world that Israel’s continued blockade of the region is illegal, that Israel is directly responsible for the humanitarian crisis which has ensued there and has been violating international law on this matter for decades.
Ahead of the 2018 Presidential Election, Russia has blacklisted 7 Human Rights Groups from the country, including three more today. Russian officials say these groups could be used to disseminate information that might paint the Government of Russia and its leaders in a negative light, undermining the election in the process.
On April 27th 2017, The United Nations Security Council will vote whether to renew or withdraw international peace keeping troops from several refugee camps in Western Sahara. Ahead of the vote, Amnesty International is raising awareness for the situation and urging the UN to renew their commitment to the area.