Archive for December 10th, 2014


UN Human Rights Expert Calls for 'Prosecution of CIA, US Officials for Crimes Committed During Interrogations'

Human Wrongs Watch

A United States Senate report has confirmed what the international community has long believed – that there was a clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the Bush Administration which allowed to commit gross violations of international human rights law, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on counter terrorism and human rights on 9 December 2014 said.

**Anti-war demonstration during President Bush's visit to London, June 2008 | Author: CharlieTPhotographic | Wikimedia Commons

**Anti-war demonstration during President Bush’s visit to London, June 2008 | Author: CharlieTPhotographic | Wikimedia Commons

Released on 9 December, the so-called Feinstein report, after long-time US Senator Dianne Feinstein who chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that compiled the document, probes crimes of torture and enforced disappearance of terrorist suspects by the Bush-era CIA.*

“It has taken four years since the report was finalised to reach this point,” said Ben Emmerson in a statement.

Now it is time to take action, he added. “The individuals responsible for the criminal conspiracy revealed in today’s report must be brought to justice, and must face criminal penalties commensurate with the gravity of their crimes,” he said.

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On Human Rights Day, UN Launches in Harlem a World Decade for People of African Descent

Human Wrongs Watch

On the eve of the worldwide commemoration of Human Rights Day, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, on 9 December 2014 led in New York’s historic Harlem neighborhood, a public reading of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Photo: OHCHR

This year, as Human Rights Day, marked annually on 10 December, coincides with the launch of the International Decade for People of African Descent, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) hosted the commemoration in New York to link the two events.*

By taking this event to Harlem, a symbolic location for people of African descent in the United States, it highlights the human rights struggle by African-Americans and people of African descent that continues until today.

The historic Schomburg Center, itself a cultural touchstone, was established in Harlem in 1905 as a research library and an archive repository for information on people of African descent worldwide.

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