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Until now we don’t understand why. We want… an investigation; we want to know why me and my sisters have been orphaned. Why did they kill our parents, our family?

Fathiya Mousa, whose parents and siblings, aged between 14 and 28 years, were killed on 14 January 2009 in an Israeli air strike, while in their yard in the Sabra district of Gaza City.

Demand Justice for the victims of the conflict in Gaza and southern Israel

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Israel: Withdraw Legislation Punishing Human Rights Activists
(Jerusalem) - Israel’s Knesset should reject proposed legislation that would weaken the country’s vibrant civil society, Human Rights Watch said today. Recent proposed bills would penalize human rights groups for critical reporting and advocacy, including publicizing information on war crimes, expressing support for boycotts, or helping refugees and asylum seekers.
via Human Rights Watch

Israel: Withdraw Legislation Punishing Human Rights Activists

(Jerusalem) - Israel’s Knesset should reject proposed legislation that would weaken the country’s vibrant civil society, Human Rights Watch said today. Recent proposed bills would penalize human rights groups for critical reporting and advocacy, including publicizing information on war crimes, expressing support for boycotts, or helping refugees and asylum seekers.

via Human Rights Watch

Monday, June 7, 2010
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Whistleblower Bradley Manning, who may have leaked the “Collateral Murder” video, has been arrested. More on the video here.

ryking:

Whistleblower Bradley Manning, who may have leaked the “Collateral Murder” video, has been arrested. More on the video here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It’s been a year since the war ended in Sri Lanka, with the government’s defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels.  In the final months of the war, Amnesty International received credible reports of violations of human rights and war crimes being committed by both sides.  The Tigers kept civilians trapped in the war zone and shot those trying to flee.  The government shelled areas heavily populated by the trapped civilians.  Thousands of civilians were killed or injured.  A State Department report issued last year recounted these crimes in detail.

The Sri Lankan government promised the UN in May 2009 that it would address these violations.  But so far what has it done?  President Rajapaksa appointed a committee of experts to advise him on how to respond to the State Department report.  And within the past week he has appointed a reconciliation commission to look into events during the war.

Unfortunately, the Sri Lankan government has a poor record of holding its forces accountable.  Just read the Amnesty report, “Twenty Years of Make-Believe:  Sri Lanka’s Commissions of Inquiry,” and you’ll see what I mean.

We can’t count on getting justice from the Sri Lankan government.  So we’re starting a global action today calling on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to undertake an independent international investigation into violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, including war crimes, committed by both sides during the war in Sri Lanka.  Such an investigation is a necessary first step to achieving justice for the victims and their families.  Please add your signature to our online petition today – every voice counts!  Thanks.

via the AIUSA blog

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Check out this short film about the conflict in the DRC, with images from photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale.

Check out this short film about the conflict in the DRC, with images from photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale.

From Condition Critical, a photo timeline of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rape has been systematically employed as a weapon of war in the DRC, demoralizing and terrifying the civilian population. Thousands of women are raped every year, and nearly 50% of the victims of sexual violence are children. During the first 6 months of 2008, 5,000 cases of rape were reported in the North Kivu province alone.

From Condition Critical, a photo timeline of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rape has been systematically employed as a weapon of war in the DRC, demoralizing and terrifying the civilian population. Thousands of women are raped every year, and nearly 50% of the victims of sexual violence are children. During the first 6 months of 2008, 5,000 cases of rape were reported in the North Kivu province alone.

From Condition Critical, a photo timeline of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, starting in 1993.
Refugees often spend long periods of time hiding in the bush, trying to avoid being killed by warring factions. Starving and exhausted, they continue on to camps in hopes of stability, food and medical care provided by humanitarian organizations like Doctors Without Borders. Unfortunately, refugees are not often a priority in war zones, and humanitarian groups operate on very limited resources and personnel.

From Condition Critical, a photo timeline of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, starting in 1993.

Refugees often spend long periods of time hiding in the bush, trying to avoid being killed by warring factions. Starving and exhausted, they continue on to camps in hopes of stability, food and medical care provided by humanitarian organizations like Doctors Without Borders. Unfortunately, refugees are not often a priority in war zones, and humanitarian groups operate on very limited resources and personnel.

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