Press Release: Myanmar- Kofi Annan-led Commission on Rakhine State a Welcomed Move

Press Release: Myanmar- Kofi Annan-led Commission on Rakhine State a Welcomed Move: [us10.campaign-archive2.com] Fortify Rights welcomes the formation of the Annan Commission and commends the office of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi for spearheading the effort.

“This is a step in the right direction to address ongoing human rights violations in Rakhine State,” said Matthew Smith, chief executive officer at Fortify Rights. “The Commission should focus on the totality of the human rights situation in Rakhine State to establish the facts and identify solutions for decades of violations.”

The commission will convene for the first time on September 5 in Yangon.


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Herald.ng: Minister beaten to death by striking Bolivian miners

Minister beaten to death by striking Bolivian miners: [herald ng] The minister, who spoke of a “cowardly and brutal” murder, added that his aide was also injured and was taken to hospital.

He said that one mine worker was reportedly also killed in the Thursday’s clashes, bringing the death toll in several days of protests against controversial trade union legislation to three.

“Two miners were killed on Wednesday.

“Around 100 miners were detained after Thursday’s protests,’’ he said.

Mine workers currently represented by independently organized cooperatives have been using street blockades to protest against a law allowing them to join trade unions.


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Hizbullah Shells Nusra Posts in Arsal Outskirts, Inflicts Casualties — Naharnet

Hizbullah Shells Nusra Posts in Arsal Outskirts, Inflicts Casualties — Naharnet: Several militants were killed and wounded, it added.

Militants from the Front and its rival jihadist group Islamic State are entrenched in rugged areas along the undemarcated Lebanese-Syrian border and the army regularly shells their posts while Hizbullah and the Syrian army have engaged in clashes with them on the Syrian side of the border.


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Held 14 Years Without Charge, CIA Torture 'Guinea Pig' Abu Zubaydah Asks for Freedom | Common Dreams | Breaking News

Held 14 Years Without Charge, CIA Torture 'Guinea Pig' Abu Zubaydah Asks for Freedom | Common Dreams | Breaking News: Both his representative and the government official emphasized Zubaydah's good behavior in the prison as well as his condemnation of the Islamic State (ISIS).

"He has no desire or intent to harm the united states or any other country, and has repeatedly said that the Islamic State is out of control and has gone too far," the statement read.

But as the Guardian noted, "during the publicly open portion of a quasi-parole hearing to consider his release from the prison at Guant�namo Bay, there was no mention of the torture endured by the 45-year-old Palestinian."

And despite President Barack Obama's recent efforts to decrease the population of Guant�namo, one of Zubaydah's attorneys, Joe Margulies, feels strongly that "Abu Zubaydah will not be released," which Guardian reported David Smith attributed to his "deep knowledge of CIA torture."

Margulies continued: "Here’s the bottom line. Since Barack Obama took office, there is no one more different—who they thought he was and who he is—than Abu Zubaydah. He has done nothing that authorizes his continued detention. It is morally and legally unjustified."


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Report: Pakistan school textbooks riddled with religious 'hate material'

Report: Pakistan school textbooks riddled with religious 'hate material': [worldwatchmonitor.org] This backs up the findings of another recent report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, which concluded: “The trend toward a more biased curriculum towards religious minorities is accelerating. These grossly generalized and stereotypical portrayals of religious minority communities signal that they are untrustworthy, religiously inferior, and ideologically scheming and intolerant.”

The NCJP report (in Urdu), which focused on textbooks used in the 2015-16 school year, noted that “hate material” previously identified had not been removed from the curriculum. It also noted that Pakistan’s Sindh Assembly had failed to keep its promise to include the complete text of “Father of the Nation” Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s speech of 11 Aug. 1947, in which he said:


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Burkini ban protest outside London's French embassy as ... - We Resist.

Burkini ban protest outside London's French embassy as ... - We Resist.: They arrived with deck chairs as well as sand and lilos to voice their disapproval after authorities in Nice banned the burkini, supposedly over security fears.

However, in one clip taken at the scene, a French woman appears to voice her annoyance at the group, shouting repeatedly “N’importe quoi!” or in English, “Bulls**t!”


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CN supports Standing Rock Sioux in pipeline standoff

CN supports Standing Rock Sioux in pipeline standoff: [cherokeephoenix.org] “The Cherokee Nation stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its effort to halt the development of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and I applaud our Tribal Council for showing the support of the legislative body of the Cherokee Nation as well,” said Principal Chief Bill John Baker in a statement. “The Standing Rock people have an inherent right to protect their homelands, their historic and sacred sites, their natural resources, their drinking water and their families from this potentially dangerous pipeline.”


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Judge to Rule on Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Bid to Stop Oil Pipeline by Sept. 9 | Warrior Publications

Judge to Rule on Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Bid to Stop Oil Pipeline by Sept. 9 | Warrior Publications: The $3.8 billion pipeline, which will run 1,168 miles through Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota, has generated legal challenges and protests, most aggressively in North Dakota and Iowa. Growing protests and increased tension over the pipeline that will cross the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation has led to 28 arrests.

Wednesday’s hearing in Washington, D.C., attracted dozens of protesters, including actresses Susan Sarandon and Shailene Woodley. Sarandon said the pipeline creates a “dangerous situation” that threatens the tribe’s drinking water.

“Everyone needs water and I’m very grateful to the Standing Rock Tribe for making this clear that this has to stop,” Sarandon told The Associated Press. “Now it’s our turn to support them and make things right.”


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Panguna decision undermines Bougainville autonomy says Momis | Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Panguna decision undermines Bougainville autonomy says Momis | Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Prime Minister, the reasons for your decision on the equity suggest that you believe that you know better than the ABG about Bougainville’s mining policy needs. You substitute your views for ours. Yet under the Bougainville Peace Agreement, responsibility for Bougainville mining policy has been transferred, so that these are now matters solely for the ABG.

We have given careful attention to mining policy. We give landowners veto power over ABG grant of mining licences, giving them real and direct involvement in decision-making. They must be satisfied with conditions and benefits before a project proceeds. A minority 17.4 per cent BCL equity that you propose will not give them any control over decision-making.


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Turkey: Writer & human rights activist Asli Erdogan, held on terror charges PEN International

Turkey: Writer & human rights activist Asli Erdogan, held on terror charges PEN International: Erdoğan, who serves as an advisory board member and columnist in the paper, was sent to a jail in Istanbul on preliminary charges of “membership of a terrorist organisation” and “undermining national unity.” Erdogan’s arrest comes amid heightened concerns for rights and freedoms following last month’s failed coup.

While recognizing the right of the Turkish authorities to bring those responsible for crimes during the attempted coup to justice, PEN International calls on the Turkish authorities to safeguard freedom of expression, human rights and respect their obligations under international law during the declared state of emergency and to release all journalists and writers held solely in connection with their peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, as appears to be the case with Aslı Erdoğan.


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Aung San Suu Kyi picks a well-known Rohingya genocidaire to serve on her advisory commission of "Eminence Persons ~ Zarni's Blog

Aung San Suu Kyi picks a well-known Rohingya genocidaire to serve on her advisory commission of "Eminence Persons ~ Zarni's Blog: Aung San Suu Kyi picks a well-known Rohingya genocidaire to serve on her advisory commission of "Eminence Persons


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Nearly 15 Years and $70 Billion Later, US Troops Still Endlessly Fighting Taliban | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Nearly 15 Years and $70 Billion Later, US Troops Still Endlessly Fighting Taliban | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community: Brigadier General Charles Cleveland told reporters on Monday that the deployment would be "temporary," but would not say how long it would last, citing "security reasons."

Sources in Helmand say about 130 U.S. troops have arrived to their base in the region, the Guardian writes. Cleveland said they would act as a "new presence to assist the police zone."

In July, the government watchdog group Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reported that the Afghan government had lost five percent of its territory to the Taliban, meaning it had less than two-thirds of the country's districts—and that Taliban fighters now claim more ground than at any time since 2001.


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Serbia: Afghan migrant 'shot dead by hunting party' in woods

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24/8/2016- Police have arrested a member of a hunting party in Serbia
after a young Afghan migrant was shot dead in the woods near the
Bulgarian border.  Security forces in Pirot were patrolling the woods,
in the southeast of Serbia,
when they "heard a shot and then met six migrants, one of whom had been
shot in the chest." They then came across four hunters at the scene and
arrested one of them on suspicion of shooting the 20-year-old migrant. A
Serbian defence ministry spokesman said: "Upon the arrival of emergency
services, doctors could only establish the death of a 20-year old male
citizen of Afghanistan." It gave no further details. The suspect, who
was named only as M.M, lives in Pirot and is understood to be in his
late thirties. Prosecutors ordered the man to be held in custody for 48
hours.

Serbia lies on the so-called Baltic route taken by hundreds of thousands of migrants attempting to reach central Europe. It
comes a few weeks after Serbia's Interior Minister, Nebojsa Stefanovic,
announced tough new plans to tighten its controls on the southern
border in a bid to stem the flow of migrants. He announced the creation
of a joint police and military force tasked with pushing economic
migrants back across the border and cracking down on people smuggling.
“Refugees do not want to stay in Serbia or to seek asylum here. However,
in accordance with the law, we will provide asylum to those who seek it
[in Serbia]," he told Serbia's public broadcaster RTL. Both Serbia and Hungary
have been accused of turning a blind eye to some migrants and allowing
them to slip through their borders into neighbouring countries.


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Authorities Remove Water Supply to Dakota Pipeline Protest Site | News | teleSUR English

Authorities Remove Water Supply to Dakota Pipeline Protest Site | News | teleSUR English: “I feel like I just got shot down,” said Johnelle Leingang, executive secretary to Standing Rock Sioux Nation Chairman Dave Archambault II and the nation’s emergency response coordinator. “It’s very hurtful," she added, according to the Bismarck Tribune.

The protests have temporarily halted the building of the US$3.8 billion oil pipeline. The Bakken pipeline, as it is also known, is almost as long as the previously proposed Keystone XL and will run through wildlife areas, sacred Native American sites and the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, prompting its critics to assert that the pipeline poses a major threat to Indigenous life as well as ecosystems.

Right before noon, a pickup truck backed up to the water tanks and hauled them away, along with two air-conditioned trailers and a command center vehicle that had all been delivered last week by the North Dakota Department of Health at the request of the Standing Rock.


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Indigenous Activists Detain Panama's President for 2 Hours | News | teleSUR English

Indigenous Activists Detain Panama's President for 2 Hours | News | teleSUR English: President Juan Carlos Varela was detained after he was about to give a public speech praising a recent deal with some Indigenous leaders to resume construction. Opponents of that agreement threw stones at police cars, injuring four officers, reported local media.

The president's security team immediately took Varela and Indigenous representative Silvia Carrera inside a nearby school, where they were forced to stay for two hours while the Indigenous dissidents threatened to not let them out until the agreement was "burned down."


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Public speaks out in 'heated' town hall meeting on mosque, cemetery plan | 11alive.com

Public speaks out in 'heated' town hall meeting on mosque, cemetery plan | 11alive.com: Neighbors expressed concerns over the increase of traffic. They were not allowed to voice their feelings on the project last meeting, but they did pack the meeting space.

The did so, again, Monday night, for the town hall meeting and public comment. The meeting, held in two sessions that stretched for three hours, was impassioned.

Based on comments from those in attendance at the meeting, people don't seem to want the plan to proceed more for seemingly religious reasons instead of claimed traffic concerns.

"We have already seen bombings and beheadings," said one woman. "Eight years ago our U.S. government got a Muslim president who has put Muslims in power.”

“It’s hard for people like me, and probably most of you tonight, to draw the line between innocent Muslims and radical Muslims, since they’ve all claimed to serve the same God and they all claim to follow the same book,” said another.


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LOUD & CLEAR Interviews: Jose Maria Sison, historic rebel leader, on war and peace in the Philippines

LOUD: The new President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has said it is his dream to end of the nearly fifty year armed conflict in the country. Last week, he declared a unilateral ceasefire with the New People’s Army, but withdrew it just days later. Still, the Communist Party has said that it expects to declare a truce along with the government on August 20th, the same day that peace negotiations are due to begin in Oslo.

Brian is joined by Jose Maria Sison, who is the senior political adviser to the National Democratic Front, which is the organization that will begin peace talks with the Duterte government on August 20. Brian also speaks with Bernadette Ellorin, chairperson of BAYAN-USA, and Rhonda Ramiro, vice-chair of BAYAN-USA in addition to Anakbayan-USA chairperson Adrian Bonifacio and Nap Pempe�a, Vice-Chairperson of Anakbayan-USA.


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Indigenous people to reclaim land after years of struggle - The Jakarta Post

Indigenous people to reclaim land after years of struggle - The Jakarta Post: Even when the forests have been managed for generations by their inhabitants, only the government has had the power to issue licenses for logging and plantations.

Forest areas have regularly been used by large corporations for industrial logging, pulp and paper and palm oil plantations.

These forest conversions have been the major cause of conflicts between government and local communities, who feel victimized by the land seizures and a lack of benefits.

In 2013, indigenous people were finally given hope after the Constitutional Court delivered a ruling on the 1999 Forestry Law that invalidated the government’s claim to customary forests.


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