human rights

What's Senator Leahy Really Up To?

There’s some confusion about whether a powerful U.S. senator is planning to introduce an amendment to the foreign aid bill to cut off American assistance and equipment to three elite IDF units accused of human rights violations.
 

Syria Starts Ramadan With A Bang

Bashar Assad ushered in Ramadan this weekend by killing at least 136 unarmed civilian demonstrators, including nearly 100 in the city of Hama, the place where nearly 30 years earlier his father massacred tens of thousands of his fellow Syrians. Tanks and machine-gunners also targeted mosque minarets in the Sunni-majority city; Assad and his ruling circle are Alouite Shi'ites.

Israel, Germans Work For Shalit's Release on 5th Anniversary

06/25/2011 - 20:00

Efforts are intensifying for the release of Israeli hostage Gilad Shalit on the fifth anniversary of his capture by the terrorist organization Hamas.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel had accepted a German-mediated deal for Shalit's release, and was awaiting Hamas' response.

Solitary Confinement: When Solitude is no Longer a Virtue

05/04/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Last week there was a major Congressional briefing on the effects of long-term solitary confinement. Experts demonstrated that prolonged, isolated confinement causes serious psychological damage. Yet most courts and legislatures have been unwilling to declare this harsh practice unconstitutional or to change this nation's current unethical practice. Can anyone hear the cries from the "hole?"

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

UN Human Rights Council Draws Jewish Praise for Iran Position

03/24/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.N. Human Rights Council drew rare praise from Jewish groups for creating a position for a special rapporteur on Iran.

Jewish Activists Protest UN Appointment Of Iran To Commission On Status Of Women

03/22/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Every year since 1917 the month of March has been dedicated to women around the world.

March 8 is International Women’s Day, and since 1946 the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) – the principal global policy-making body that promotes gender equality – convenes during the month to evaluate progress, identify challenges, and formulate concrete policies to further the global advancement of women.

U.S. Supports Israel’s Security, Obama Tells Jewish Leaders

03/01/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) -- America opposes efforts to de-legitimize Israel, President Obama told a 50-member delegation of Jewish leaders during a White House meeting.

Obama met Tuesday with members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Inquiries Into Left-Wing NGOs Could Violate Rights, Israel AG Says

02/20/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The establishment of panels of inquiry to look into the funding and activities of left-leaning non-governmental organizations could violate basic human rights, Israel's attorney general said.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein made the statement Sunday in a brief filed with Israel's Supreme Court, in response to a petition asking the court to prevent the establishment of such Knesset inquiry panels.

The Knesset is set to vote next week on a bill that would establish two panels to look into the funding sources and activities of left-wing organizations.

JCPA Welcomes New State in Southern Sudan

02/08/2011 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.S. Jewish policy umbrella welcomed the emergence of a new state in southern Sudan, but said the international community must be vigilant in bringing about a broader peace.

Quash Bill Probing NGOs, Peres Tells Knesset

01/17/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the Knesset to reject proposed legislation that establishes a committee to investigate the funding of left-leaning human rights groups.

By a vote of 47-16, the Knesset earlier this month gave preliminary passage to the measure. The parliamentary panel would probe the funding and activities of left-wing and human rights organizations and NGOs.

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