Human rights

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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Second ‘Prisoner X’ charged with more severe crime

By Josh Jackman, July 10, 2013

The attorney of the late ‘Prisoner X’ Ben Zygier has revealed that the anonymous inmate being held under similar conditions to his former client is charged with a more severe crime.

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Israel rejects fresh UN ‘child shield’ claims

By Shira Rubin, June 27, 2013

Palestinian children are tortured and used as human shields by Israeli military and police forces, according to a report released on Thursday by a United Nations human rights watchdog.

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Israel losing support by ignoring hostile UN human rights body

By Rosa Freedman, June 14, 2013

Israel once again found itself criticised and condemned at the United Nations Human Rights Council this week at that body’s 23rd session in Geneva. And Israel was not there to rebut it, having stuck to its decision in January to disengage from the Council. This is a stance that undermines Israel in the eyes of the many states unconcerned with the conflict in the Occupied Territories.

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