Archive for January 24th, 2012


“U.S. to Ensure Accountability for Serious Violations, Torture”

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva – The UN human rights chief spoke out against “the failure by the United States to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and to ensure accountability for serious violations – including torture – that took place there.”

*Image: Shane McCoy – Source: Socialist Worker

It is 10 years since the US Government opened the prison at Guantanamo, and now three years since 22 January 2009, when the President ordered its closure within 12 months,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said on 23 Jan. 

“Yet the facility continues to exist and individuals remain arbitrarily detained – indefinitely – in clear breach of international law,” she added. “Nobody should ever be held for years on end without being tried and convicted, or released.”

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Nuclear Dangers, The World Is “One Minute Closer to Midnight”

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jamshed Baruah* – IDN-InDepthNews

Berlin – “We want a nuclear weapons free world.” More than 80 percent of people around the globe have expressed this overwhelming desire to authors of a new report. But a close look shows that very little is happening rather slowly in terms of reducing nukes and putting a halt to proliferation. This is cause of profound concern also to atomic scientists.

**Image: ICAN

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) released a study on January 16, which says that every country in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa is in favour of a treaty banning nuclear weapons, as are most nations in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East.

But in Europe and North America, particularly among members of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) nuclear alliance, support for a ban on nukes is weakest.

ICAN’s report, titled Towards a Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons, comes one week after the Doomsday Clock of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was moved one minute closer to midnight in response to growing nuclear dangers around the world and a lack of progress towards nuclear abolition.

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