– UN torture investigator calls for access to US prisons, Gitmo detainees (RT, March 11, 2015):
The United Nations special rapporteur on torture lambasted the United States for continually obstructing his requests to visit prisons where 80,000 people sit in solitary confinement and to freely speak with inmates at Guantanamo Bay.
Juan E. Méndez said Wednesday that he has attempted for more than two years to visit and check conditions at American prisons, including some of the nation’s most notorious maximum security facilities. He added that UN human rights officials have asked for access to Guantanamo prisoners since 2004.
“On the federal level, I want to go to ADX in Florence, Colorado and to the Manhattan Correctional Center,” Méndez said during a news briefing, Reuters reported.
“Those are where people accused of terrorism are taken or where they serve their term.” Continue reading »
– UN: Israel must pay Lebanon 850 million Dollars (The Ugly Truth, Dec 20, 2014):
OCDG: Very short article… This of course doesn’t mention the thousands of Lebanese killed and over a million displaced. Nor does it bring up the massive destruction of infrastructure and the many many cluster bombs/mines left after the “war”. 850 Trillion would be a better estimate.
The UN General Assembly approved on Saturday a resolution calling on Israel to pay Lebanon more than $850 million for damages caused by an oil spill allegedly resulting from attacks by the IDF on oil storage tanks during the Second Lebanon War. The resolution, which was past by a vote of 170 countries supporting and only six opposing, does not obligate Israel to pay.
Using depleted uranium is GENOCIDE:
– Bunker buster bombs containing depleted uranium warheads used by Israel against civilian targets in Lebanon (Global Research, July 26, 2006)
More info on depleted uranium:
This article is by Victor Connor, a specialist in physics and computer science. It was reviewed and approved by Doug Rokke, the former head of the Pentagon’s Depleted Uranium Project.
– Exponential: Ebola Cases Now Double Every 3 Weeks; CDC Warns As Many As Half A Million May Be Infected Soon (ZeroHedge, Sep 19, 2014):
Since the start of the outbreak, the Ebola virus has infected 5,357 people, killing 2,630, according to the WHO; and as The UN explains, the outbreak is the largest the world has ever seen with the number of cases is doubling every three weeks. As Sierra Leone instigates a 3-day nationwide shutdown to contain the deadly virus, the UN Secretary-General explains “Ebola matters to us all,” as we noted previously the odds of the infection coming to America is around 18% by year-end. The CDC, however, hot on the heels of the UN’s proclamation that “the gravity and scale of the situation now require an unprecedented level of international action,” has warned that unless government intervention is increased significantly, 550,000 people could be infected by the end of January. “Contained?”
… and Obama has armed and trained them.
– U.S. Special Forces Train Syrian Rebels In Jordan (Le Figaro)
– ‘Executions, amputations and lashings': ISIS commits war crimes in Syria, UN says (RT, Aug 27, 2014):
Both the Islamic State militants and the Syrian government have committed crimes against humanity during the civil war in Syria, a report by a special UN panel says.
The report, conducted by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry, accuses the Islamic State militants of “widespread and systematic attacks on the civilian population” in Syria.
“In areas of Syria under ISIS control, particularly in the north and northeast of the country, Fridays are regularly marked by executions, amputations and lashings in public squares,” the four-member commission said in a statement. “Bodies of those killed are placed on display for several days, terrorizing the local population. Women have been lashed for not abiding by ISIS’s dress code. In Ar-Raqqah, children as young as 10 are being recruited and trained at ISIS camps. ISIS has forcibly displaced Kurdish communities in northern Syria. Journalists and other media workers are systematically targeted.” Continue reading »
– White Hawk Down – UN Helicopter Shot Down In South Sudan (ZeroHedge, Aug 26, 2014):
Time for some more ‘humanitarian’ airtsrike non-boots-on-the-ground ‘advisors’… As AP reports, The U.N. mission in South Sudan says one of its helicopters has crashed, and a U.N. official told The Associated Press that it appears the aircraft was shot down. While not quite Mogadishu (yet), the UN is “deeply concerned” about the crew as the widespread and massive violence between rebels and the national army in South Sudan that has raged since December continues to rage.
– UN ‘leaders’ as corrupt as US/UK/Israel: We the People must demand arrests or suffer endless war (Washington’s Blog, Aug 24, 2014):
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s official statements about Israel’s most recent armed attack upon Gaza are Orwellian lies of omission because they fail to uphold the one and only legal authority of the UN: to stop Wars of Aggression.
Allowing “developed nations” to have unlawful wars is consistent with UN history. A recent example is Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s silence for 18 months in official statements over the US/UK’s armed attacks and invasion of Iraq, to finally admit in 2004 when directly asked if that war is illegal: Continue reading »
– ‘I regret Russian aid convoy issue became highly-politicized’ – UN humanitarian chief (RT, Aug 23, 2014):
The UN recognizes the dire situation in east Ukraine, and underlines the importance of avoiding politicizing humanitarian issues, as happened with the Russian aid convoy, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told RT.
The situation in east Ukraine, where fighting between the Kiev troops and militia continues, is deteriorating, Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator said in an interview with RT Saturday.
“We are very concerned that the situation is getting worse because the fighting has not stopped. In the east, where the fighting continues, we still have a lot of people in need of humanitarian aid,” she said. Continue reading »
Aug 9, 2014
The following open letter signed by 129 organizations and distinguished individuals was sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 5 August:
For humanity and the little remaining credibility of international law:
Continue reading »
– US refuses to recognize UN court jurisdiction on Argentina’s debt (RT, Aug 9, 2014):
Washington has refused to allow the UN International Court of Justice (IJC) to hear Argentina’s claims that US court decisions on the country’s debt have violated Argentina’s sovereignty.
“We do not view the ICJ as an appropriate venue for addressing Argentina’s debt issues, and we continue to urge Argentina to engage with its creditors to resolve remaining issues with bondholders,” the US State Department told Reuters in an email.
The State Department sent an email with the same content to one of Argentina’s leading newspapers, the Clarin. Continue reading »
Added: Jul 30, 2014
UNRWA spokesperson Christopher Gunness breaks down in tears on live TV after the 19 killed in attack on UN school in Gaza.
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The original video: http://youtu.be/Uoemv7DNsnE
Palestinian girls walk amidst debris following an Israeli military strike in Gaza city, on July 23, 2014. (AFP Photo/MAHMUD HAMS)
– Israel maybe guilty of war crimes – UN Human Rights Chief(RT, July 23, 2014):
Israel maybe committing war crimes in Gaza, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says. Speaking in Geneva, Navi Pillay said house demolitions and the killing of children raise the “strong possibility” that Israel is violating international law.
Opening an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, she citied cases of Israeli air strikes and shelling hitting houses and hospitals in the coastal enclave: “These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes,” she said.
She hit out at both sides concerning their conduct during the conflict, which is now in its 16th day, having started on July 8. Some 643 Palestinians, many of them children and civilians have died in the conflict, including a seven-year-old hit by a shell in southern Gaza early on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
The Israeli army has been accused of targeting civilian areas, as well as using flechette shells during its offensive in Gaza, which can cause widespread harm and death to civilians. Some 29 Israeli soldiers have been killed, including a tank officer shot by a Palestinian sniper early on Wednesday. Continue reading »
From the article:
The U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights – Navi Pillay – also said this week that Snowden should not be prosecuted:
Those who disclose human rights violations should be protected. We need them. And I see some of it here in the case of Snowden, because his revelations go to the core of what we are saying about the need for transparency, the need for consultation of all, as what we say, ‘multi-stakeholders,’ everybody concerned. So we do owe it to him for drawing our attention to this issue.
– UN High Commissioner: Mass Surveillance Violates International Law … and Snowden Should NOT Be Prosecuted (Washington’s Blog, July 19, 2014):
– It Has Begun! UN Building a World Army to Usher in NWO and Disarm Citizens Everywhere! High Treason is Being Committed Right Under Our Noses!! (Before It’s News, July 15, 2014):
The United Nations has set the world on fire! They are building an army of soldiers ready to disarm citizens at the verbal command of their leader. Their goal is to take over the world and implement their tyrannical rule and it is only a matter of time before it happens. They are recruiting soldiers from countries all across the globe and are building up their military arsenal; from MRAPS to machine guns. If you are still a skeptic on the New World Order, you won’t be after this….
– UN must urgently investigate war crimes in Israeli-Gaza conflict – Amnesty Intl (RT, July 12, 2014):
Amnesty International (AI) has urged the UN to urgently mandate an independent international investigation into Israeli airstrikes on Gaza as well as Palestine’s indiscriminate shelling of Israel, and hold accountable those responsible for war crimes.
Despite claims by Israel that its operation “Protective Edge”, launched June 8, targets Hamas militants, most of more than a hundred Palestinians killed in airstrikes on Gaza are civilians, Amnesty says, adding that at least 24 children and 16 women were among the casualties. Continue reading »
– UN Demands Europe “Open Its Doors” As Syrian Refugees Reach “Saturation Point” (ZeroHedge, July 11, 2014):
Syrian refugees, whose numbers are set to pass 3 million in the next few weeks, are almost all in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, with smaller numbers in Iraq and Egypt. But, as Reuters reports, that looks set to change: UNHCR chief spokeswoman Melissa Fleming exclaimed that Europe must open its doors to more Syrian refugees, having welcomed only a “miniscule” number while Syria’s neighbors have reached “saturation point.” Continue reading »