Human Rights

Saudi Arabia’s 175 “mass judicial executions” in 1 yr condemned by Amnesty

Amnesty International has slammed Saudi Arabia in a report for its flagrant use of the death penalty, which has seen 175 people executed in the space of 12 months, while adding that a number of crimes did not warrant the use of capital punishment. The report entitled ‘Killing in the Name of Justice: The Death […]

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Jill Stein announces 2016 Green Party presidential bid

The most successful female presidential candidate in US history is making another White House bid. Dr. Jill Stein announced she would seek the Green Party nomination, joining sixteen other contenders in the 2016 presidential race so far. The third woman to join the campaign, Stein made the official announcement on Tuesday, at the National Press […]

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Torture broke CIA’s own “human experimentation” rules – report

The CIA’s torture program had explicit guidelines on human experimentation from 1987, according to a report. But their regular practices, including participation of medical staff in torture sessions, may have violated those guidelines. A document obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and published on Monday by the Guardian reveals the Central Intelligence Agency […]

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Italy threatens EU: “Sort out migrant mess you caused or get hurt”

Rome has warned of retaliatory measures unless the EU changes its asylum policies to make them more in “solidarity” with Italy, which continues to struggle with an enormous inflow of mostly North African migrants. “If the European Council chooses solidarity, then good. If it doesn’t, we have a Plan B ready but that would be […]

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“Iraq war vet Brown’s death in jail was murder”: US Army veteran

The death of Sergeant James Brown in a Texas jail was an outrageous “torture operation,” author and US Army veteran Rory Fanning told RT. But the odds that police officers involved get indicted are very low, unless there are massive protests, he added. A video obtained by KFOX14 has revealed aggressive force being used by […]

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Poland pays compensation to ex-inmates of CIA torture sites on its territory

Warsaw has paid €230,000 to two former inmates of CIA “black site” prisons, which used to be on Poland’s territory – a move that has raised questions in the country. “Poland has fulfilled the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights,” Deputy Foreign Minister Rafał Trzaskowski said on Thursday, RIA Novosti reports.

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Castro meets Pope, promises to go ‘back to praying & church’

Cuban President Raul Castro has promised to attend all Pope Francis’s masses when the pontiff visits Cuba. Castro said he may even go back to praying and church if “the pope continues to talk as he does.” The talks between the Cuban leader and the pontiff in Vatican were strictly private and lasted for about […]

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Supreme Court to rule on lethal injection drugs after Oklahoma botched executions

The US Supreme Court is hearing arguments on lethal injections for the first time in nearly a decade, following a botched execution in Oklahoma and amid a nationwide shortage of the drugs used in the procedure. On Wednesday, the state of Oklahoma and lawyers for three death row inmates there presented their arguments to the […]

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Journalists’ killings: Western media blind spot on what’s happening in Kiev

The recent killings in Ukraine are reported in Western media in a completely distorted way says investigative journalist Tony Gosling. It’s a dangerous situation that may provoke further killings and less reporting of certain points of view, he told RT. Opposition journalist Oles Buzina was killed near his home in Kiev on Thursday. Ukraine’s President […]

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Christians in peril – because of Western foreign policy

Easter should be a time of celebration for Christians, but for those of the faith living in the Middle East, there hasn’t been too much to celebrate in recent years. “Kill the Christians” is the title of a new BBC documentary, to be broadcast this week.

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“Slave labor” Migrants building Guggenheim, Louvre in UAE “treated like battery hens”

An International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has slammed conditions faced by migrant workers building Abu Dhabi’s $27-billion Saadiyat Island cultural hub, set to feature new branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim museums.

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Six released Guantanamo detainees “happy to be” in Uruguay

Six former US detainees, who have never been charged, are beginning their new life as refugees in Uruguay. They arrived on Sunday and have given their first comments to the press to say they are happy to be there. The six include four Syrians, a Palestinian and a Tunisian. Although they were cleared for release […]

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All dogs go to heaven: Pope Francis says animals will enter pearly gates

Pope Francis has promised that your favorite pooch will have a spot in heaven, along with all other animals. He made the vow while comforting a little boy mourning the loss of his dog, according to media reports. During his weekly address in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square, the pope told the boy that “paradise […]

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10 most shocking facts we found in CIA torture report

The so-called “torture report” released by the Senate this week contains only a fraction of the findings on how the CIA aimed to gather intelligence from detainees through interrogation. Still, it contains more than a few shocking revelations. According to the Senate committee’s findings released on Tuesday, the “enhanced interrogation techniques,” or EITs, used against […]

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Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

Although there is always reason to celebrate the toppling of an autocrat, the outcome of the Iraq war and the rise of Islamic State have demonstrated in horrific terms that the alternative can be even worse. In mid-April 2003, German author Hans Magnus Enzensberger published a piece in the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in which […]

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