Human rights

UN session targets Israel

By Shira Rubin, March 26, 2015

On Monday, the first day of the UN Human Rights Council's thrice-yearly meeting on global abuses, Israel was accused of deliberately targeting civilians and violating human rights in the 50-day Gaza war last summer.

Hillel Neuer, director of UN Watch, a human-rights NGO based in Geneva, called it a "Hate Israel Day".

Israel was discussed under Agenda Item 7.

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Arabs blocked from buses

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

Israel's Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon caused a political and legal row after accepting the demands of West Bank settlers to stop Palestinian workers travelling on Israeli buses.

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Human rights champion Helen Bamber dies

By Marcus Dysch, August 22, 2014

Veteran human rights champion Helen Bamber has died at the age of 89.

Following the Holocaust, Ms Bamber began her compassionate work by helping victims of torture and atrocities.

She was born into a Polish-Jewish family in north London in 1925 and as a teenager joined efforts to combat Oswald Mosley’s fascists.

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Brave and tragic heroes of civil rights

By Robert Philpot, June 26, 2014

On Wednesday 24 June 1964, Robert and Carolyn Goodman received a postcard from their son, Andrew, at their New York apartment. "I have arrived safely in Meridian, Mississippi," the 20-year-old student wrote.

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This loathsome UN hypocrisy

By Robert Philpot, June 12, 2014

On April 3, a gay Ugandan teen swallowed rat poison and pills, bringing an end to a life he believed had no value.

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UN hires another Israel-basher to replace hate-blogger Richard Falk

By Anne Bayefsky, May 16, 2014

ANALYSIS

For over a month, the UN’s top human rights body has been struggling with a major dilemma. How much prior Israel-bashing experience is necessary to be appointed UN “independent expert” on Israel?

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Israel joins human rights group at UN

By Charlotte Oliver, February 12, 2014

Israel participated yesterday in a meeting of the United Nations human rights group JUSCANZ – the first time it has taken part since being admitted to the group in 2010.

The country’s involvement was welcomed by the Israeli ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, who described it as correcting a “historic injustice”.

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New Israel Fund honours social justice campaigners

By Simon Rocker, December 2, 2013

Three Israelis who have made a mark in their country campaigning for social justice were honoured with the New Israel Fund’s annual human rights awards in London on Sunday.

Amal Elsana Elhjooj, 40, who was born in the village of Laqyia in the Negev, was just 17 when she set up the first Bedouin women’s organisation.

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It’s better for Israel to join UN rights review

By Rosa Freedman , October 25, 2013

Although Israel cut its ties with the Human Rights Council in May 2012, there is one UN human rights mechanism it should make every effort to be part of, even if it means sending a driver to the meeting.

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Qatada wins if we drop the Human Rights Act

By Martin Bright, July 11, 2013

It is nearly 14 years since I first met Omar Mahmood Abu Omar, the man known to the world as Abu Qatada.

He was sitting on the carpeted floor of a book-lined room in north-west London, every bit the picture of a man of Islamic learning. I remember him as a jolly, avuncular figure, gently spoken and charismatic.

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