Archive for April 11th, 2019

11/04/2019

‘Assange Arrest Exposes Him to Risk of Serious Human Rights Violations,’ If Extradited to the United States – Independent UN Rights Experts

Independent UN rights experts on Thursday [11 April 2019] said the arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange by police in the United Kingdom, after the Ecuadorian Government decided to stop granting him asylum in their London embassy, exposed him to “the risk of serious human rights violations”, if extradited to the United States.

UN Photo/Mark Garten | Press Briefing by Ms. Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. She tweeted that the explusion of Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London exposed him to “risks of serious human rights violations”.
11/04/2019

The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s Is the Story of Our Times

Human Wrongs Watch

By Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A Quasi-Review of, A Lie Too Big To Fail: The Real History of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, by Lisa Pease

 “‘We’re all puppets,’ the suspect [Sirhan Sirhan] replied, with more truth than he could have understood at that moment.”
– Lisa Pease, quoting from the LAPD questioning of Sirhan

Edward Curtin

8 Apr 2019 – When Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated on June 5, 1968, the American public fell into an hypnotic trance in which they have remained ever since.

The overwhelming majority accepted what was presented by government authorities as an open and shut case that a young Palestinian American, Sirhan Sirhan, had murdered RFK because of his support for Israel, a false accusation whose ramifications echo down the years.

That this was patently untrue and was contradicted by overwhelming evidence made no difference.

Sirhan did not kill Robert Kennedy, yet he remains in jail to this very day.

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11/04/2019

‘More than 4 in 10 Women Live in Fear of Refusing Partner’s Sexual Demands’ – New UN Global Study

Human Wrongs Watch

More than four in 10 women in 51 countries surveyed, feel they have no choice but to agree to their partner’s sexual demands, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, said on Wednesday [10 April 2019], noting that they are also unable to make basic decisions about getting pregnant and accessing health care for themselves. 

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Early marriage remains a serious problem in Chad in the Sahel region of Africa.
11/04/2019

Venezuela – ‘Close to Seven Million People Are in Dire need of Aid, and Some 5,000 People Flee across Borders Every Day’

Human Wrongs Watch

©UNHCR/Vincent Tremeau | Venezuelan migrant in Colombia. About 5,000 people have been crossing borders daily to leave Venezuela over the past year, according to UN data. Colombia, April 2019.

Tensions in the country escalated in January this year, when Juan Guaidó, head of the country’s National Assembly, challenged the legitimacy of the sitting President, Nicolás Maduro, in power since 2013 and sworn in again for a second term this past January, following an election process disputed by many in opposition.

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11/04/2019

‘Still Time’ to Stop a ‘Bloody Battle’ for Libya’s Capital – Guterres

Human Wrongs Watch

Speaking to reporters outside the Security Council in New York on Wednesday [10 April 2019] night, UN chief António Guterres said there was still time for a “bloody battle for Tripoli” to be avoided, despite the continuing fighting in and around the Libyan capital. 

Mohamed Alalem | Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres listening to migrants and refugees during his visit to Ain Zara Detention center in Tripoli, Libya. 4 April, 2019.

The offensive directed towards the capital, and troops loyal to the internationally-recognized Government led by Faiez Serraj, began on Monday [8 April 2019]UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric briefed reporters earlier in the day that clashes were “reportedly intensifying, with increased use of artillery and airstrikes”.

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