Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category
Details emerging that a young, suicidal woman of precarious immigration status, the victim of a traumatic rape was refused an abortion, and subsequently had the child delivered by Caesarian section, have again brought centre stage the urgent need to Repeal the 8th Amendment and implement measures to deal with abortion for women who are the victims of rape & incest, cases of fatal foetal abnormalities and where a woman’s health is in danger, as strongly recommended recently by the UNHRC.
Last Saturday’s fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri led to 4 nights of protests which have been mostly peaceful. However, the horrific police reaction to the protests shocked many across the U.S. and has received much international criticism.
The Irish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign have produced a document (see below) which outlines their view of the crisis and the political steps necessary to help bring justice to the Palestine-Israel region.
The document explores and addresses eleven of the most common misconceptions about the conflict, and makes the recommendation that only by sanctioning Israel will the international community be able to help put a stop to that states’ constant human rights and international law violations against the Palestinian people.
August 2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. Far from being a “war to end all wars” or a “victory for democracy”, the war was a military disaster and a catastrophe for humankind which left 16 million dead and 20 million wounded, many horribly so. Britain alone suffered almost 900,000 military deaths and a further 124,000 civilian deaths. Life in the trenches was a living hell. Desertions were punished by firing squad. Those who survived were deeply scarred with many suffering debilitating long-term effects. The war became a testing ground for new mechanised techniques of mass killing with the development of tanks, gas warfare and aerial bombing that encouraged huge profiteering through the armaments industry. In the US alone, for example, war profits saw the creation of 21,000 new millionaires.