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by Natana J. DeLong-Bas

Boston, Massachusetts - There are certain events that are so painful and incomprehensible that they stop us in our tracks and make us wonder what kind of world we live in. The horrific mass murder of teens and young adults at a summer camp in Norway must make us pause to contemplate how such a thing could happen. (Full Story)

by Zareh Sahakian

There is a good reason why Reporters Without Borders are condemning the decision by the Turkish authorities to ban a program that dares to discuss the Armenian Genocide. (Full Story)


I watched the same program via satellite and thought Nisanyan was abusive, aggressive, and unsophisticated. While these may not be sufficient justification to ban a TV program, insulting and libelous language used by NIsanyan could get him into legal trouble in any country around the world.

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by Louise Arbour, President and CEO, International Crisis Group Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

We urge the United Nations Security Council to take immediate steps to address the ongoing crisis in Kyrgyzstan. With a death toll likely to reach far higher than the official count of 200 and an estimated 400,000 displaced in Kyrgyzstan and across the border in Uzbekistan, the situation poses a significant threat to international peace and security. (Full Story)

by Victoria Azad, Member of Amnesty International

According to recent events and evidence put forward by various independent human right organizations, the Islamic republic of Iran has put the people under immense pressure and dissidents are being imprisoned under false accusations such as “acting against national security”, espionage and even high treason. These detainees are tortured both physically and mentally and now the government is using increased executions as a deterrent method. We are sure that you are well informed on the recent five political executions and no doubt additional executions will take place. (Full Story)

It has come to our attention that you are due to attend a meeting with the Iranian authorities regarding the violations of human rights. We are a group of families that have become victims of the fact that our beloved ones have got incarcerated for being politically active, they are prisoners of conscience, we wish to stress the urgency of the matters discussed below and expect that you will take any measures necessary to protect these prisoners’ human rights. (Full Story)
By EveryOne Group

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Al Haq, Al Mezan and B'Tselem have gained a reputation for their method of operation - develop a theory first, in their case "Israel is to blame" and then twist or invent the facts to fit the theory. The current round of polemicist attacks on the Tories seems inspired by this method of operation. If the facts cannot sustain their theory - a Conservative party hostile takeover of Rights and Democracy to pursue a right wing ideological agenda - then the facts must be changed to fit the theory.
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The Board of Directors of Rights & Democracy, a not-for-profit organization created by Canada's parliament in 1988 to encourage and support human rights around the world, recently voted, with substantial objection, to repudiate grants given to Al-Haq and the Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights, two well-known Palestinian human rights organizations located respectively in the West Bank and in Gaza.
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By Rabbi Michael Lerner

The defeat of the Democrats choice to succeed Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate is being treated as though there is a decided shift of mass opinion to the Right in the U.S. But it is the Obama Administration, not the people who supported him in 2008, which moved to the Right--in the name of being pragmatists or realists-- in the process emptying their own agenda in regard to health care, environment, human rights, social and economic justice, and global peace of the critical elements that made those programs sound hopeful, and leaving many of their supporters feeling confused, disillusioned, and unable to rally around the politics that seemed so very far from "the change you can believe in" that we had been promised.
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