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Electronic Intifada
Palestinian portal for information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its depiction in the media. News, commentary, analysis and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a Palestinian perspective.
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is a non-government organization (NGO) based in Gaza City. The Centre is a non-profit company, dedicated to protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law and upholding democratic...

News Releases

An Open Letter to the Members of the Wassenaar Arrangement
2014-12-04
Reporters without Borders
As members of the Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports (CAUSE), Reporters Without Borders, Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)...
Arrests underway in Toronto Israeli Consulate Sit-in
2009-01-07
Jewish Women for Gaza
Police have moved in to arrest a group of Jewish Canadian women who are currently occupying the Israeli consulate at 180 Bloor Street West in Toronto. The women took their action in protest against th...
Ayotzinapa delegation to testify before civil society and policy makers about human rights crisis in Mexico
2015-04-10
Ayotzinapa delegation to testify before civil society & policy makers about human rights crisis in Mexico. Family members & representatives of 43 missing students touring Canada calling for end to sta...
Call for demonstration in Paris on third anniversary of coup
2012-06-25
Reporters without Borders
Defending human rights and exercising the right to impart or receive news and information can get you killed nowadays in Honduras. The favourite targets include NGO and union representatives, civil so...
Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Non-Violent Resistance in Bil'in in the West Bank
2010-02-01
Come to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the non-violent resistance in Bil'in in the occupied West Bank. February 5th from 5 until 6pm at the Iisraeli Consulate 180 Bloor St. W. Toronto.
Continuous protest at Israeli consulate in Toronto starts July 24
2014-07-24
On July 24 people of conscience including Muslims, Jews, and Christians, are coming together at the Israeli consulate in Toronto for a three day continuous vigil to call attention to the frightening s...
EFF To Court: Cisco Must Be Held Accountable For Aiding China's Human Rights Abuses
2016-01-13
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Company Built Customized Golden Shield System to Identify Falun Gong Members Who Were Later Tortured.
EU Fails Human Rights Victims
2009-10-30
Reporters without Borders
The European Union#s decision today to lift the arms embargo against Uzbekistan despite its atrocious human rights record is an unconscionable abdication of responsibility toward Uzbek victims of abus...
European Court rules against Turkey in case brought by two journalists
2014-07-11
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders hails European Court of Human Rights ruling that Turkey violated the rights of two journalists, Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener, by keeping them in pre-trial detention for more tha...
50 Young Israelis Send a Letter to Netanyahu: "We Refuse to Serve in the Occupation Army"
2014-03-10
We, the undersigned, intend to refuse to serve in the army and the main reason for this refusal is our opposition to the military occupation of Palestinian territories.
Four young Tibetans jailed for providing information about self-immolation
2012-10-04
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that more Tibetans, including a minor, have been given long jail sentences for trying to circulate information about the grave human rights situation in ...
Free Key Rights Defenders: Government Arbitrarily Holds Darwish, Colleagues Despite UN Demands
2014-03-18
The government of Syria should immediately and unconditionally release the arbitrarily detained human rights defender Mazen Darwish and his colleagues Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghareer, 55 human righ...
Honduras: Rule of law and civil liberties founder in year since coup
2010-06-28
Reporters Without Borders, World Association of Community Radio Broadcaster
Joint statement on the first anniversary of the 28 June 2009 coup d#état in Honduras.
IFEX network launches 2013 International Day to End Impunity Campaign
2013-11-06
IFEX
IFEX launches the third annual International Day to End Impunity campaign. And while there is a growing awareness of the problem of impunity and how it allows -- even exacerbates -- violations of huma...
IFJ Condemns ‘Shocking' Violence on Journalists in Belarus
2010-12-23
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today accused authorities in Belarus of "violent bullying and intimidation" of journalists covering a peaceful protest in central Minsk yesterday.
IFJ Launches New Campaign in Iraq, Pakistan and Russia to End Impunity for Violence in Journalism
2013-11-06
International Federation of Journalists
With International Day against Impunity one month away, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today written to the leaders of Iraq, Russia and Pakistan to urge them and their governmen...
In Support of the Palestinian Human Rights Community Call for International Action
2009-01-05
In the past the world knew how to fight criminal policies. The boycott on South Africa was effective, but Israel is handled with kid gloves: its trade relations are flourishing, academic and cultural ...
Iranian regime accused of crimes against humanity
2010-01-20
Sources News Releases
Reporters Without Borders today accused the Iranian regime of #crimes against humanity# and urged the international community to speak out.
Israeli army raids on Bil'in village
2009-07-09
Tadamon
Israeli army forces are launching night-time military raids on Bil'in village in Palestine. Military raids launched by Israeli forces in Palestine in parallel to court case in Canada.
Jewish Canadians Concerned About Suppression of Criticism of Israel
2009-03-10
We are Jewish Canadians concerned about all expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and social injustice. We believe that the Holocaust legacy "Never again" means never again for all peoples. It is a tr...
Le Bateau Canadien Pour Gaza Presente Quelques Un-e-s des Delegu-e-s qui Seront a Bord du Tahrir
2011-06-16
D’ici la fin juin, le bateau canadien Tahrir se joindra à la Flottille de la Liberté II - Rester humains. Des délégué-e-s de la société civile provenant de tous les coins du pays, des partenaires inte...
Le blocus de Gaza s’etend jusqu’aux cotes grecques!
2011-07-01
Bateau canadien pour Gaza
Alors qu’il tente de prendre la mer, le Bateau canadien pour Gaza, le Tahrir, est retenu en Grèce.
Le Tahrir, le bateau canadien pour Gaza de la Flottille de la liberte II, levera l’ancre aujourd’hui
2011-07-04
Le bateau canadien pour Gaza
Beneficiant du soutien de la societe civile grecque et du public partout au monde, le Tahrir prend la mer aujourd’hui.
Mohammed Khatib, coordinator of West Bank Coordination Committee arrested
2010-01-28
International Solidarity Movement
Mohammed Khatib#s arrest today is the most severe escalation in a recent wave of repression again the Palestinian popular struggle and its leadership. Khatib is the 35th resident of Bil#in to be arres...
Richard Falk, UN Rapporteur on Human Rights in Occupied Palestinian Territories Speaking in Toronto
2009-09-20
NECEF
Richard Falk, the UN Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, will be speaking in Toronto next Sunday September 27th at 2pm. at 155 College St. Room 610.
Rights activist arrested over tweet about prison torture
2015-04-10
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns renewed efforts by the Bahraini authorities to censor online information, including leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab's latest arrest on 2 April and attempt...
Sources welcomes Independent Jewish Voices
2010-05-31
Independent Jewish Voices
Sources welcomes a new member: Independent Jewish Voices. ndependent Jewish Voices represents Jews in Canada from diverse backgrounds, occupations and affiliations who have in common a strong commitme...
Statement from the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights on Palestinian territories
2008-12-10
Connexions Information Sharing Services
It would seem mandatory for the International Criminal Court to investigate the situation, and determine whether the Israeli civilian leaders and military commanders responsible for the Gaza siege sho...
Suspend the $15-billion sale of LAV IIIs to Saudi Arabia and sign the Arms Treaty (ATT)
2016-02-03
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace is deeply concerned that the newly- elected Canadian government seems intent on completing the $15-billion sale of Canadian-made LAV III vehicles to Saudi Arabia ...
Thailand: Call for moratorium on prosecutions for criticising the King, dialogue on Internet freedom
2009-04-28
Reporters Without Borders joined by 31 other organisations in a call for moratorium on prosecutions for criticising the King, dialogue on Internet freedom.
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance
2009-10-22
International Freedom of Expression Exchange
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance.
UNRWA suspends food distribution in Gaza
2008-12-18
UNRWA
Food distribution for both emergency and regular programs in Gaza will be suspended from 18 December until further notice. All crossings for goods into the Strip are closed and no humanitarian supplie...
Urgent Call for Immediate International Intervention
2009-01-04
Palestinian Medical Relief Society and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel
The Palestinian Medical Relief Society and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel call for urgent and immediate intervention by the international community, and especially the Quartet, for the enforcement...
We are NOT the 'Story', It's Not Just Our 21 Kidnapped Passengers
2009-07-01
FreeGaza
On June 30th 2009 Israeli Occupation Forces forcibly boarded the Free Gaza boat, SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, and kidnapped 21 human rights workers and journalists who were on their way to deliver much needed ...

Sources Select Resources

Burning History in San Salvador
Destruction of Historical and Human Rights Archives
Maslin, Sarah
Article
2013
CounterPunch
On Thursday, Nov. 14, three armed men broke into the offices of Pro-Búsqueda. The attack on Pro-Búsqueda was not a random crime. We should be worried about what is happening in El Salvador.
CIA rendition: more than a quarter of countries 'offered covert support'
Cobain, Ian
Article
2013
The Guardian
Report finds at least 54 countries co-operated with global kidnap, detention and torture operation mounted after 9/11 attacks.
CIA Torture Tactics Reemerge in New York Prison
Mclaughlin, Jenna
Article
2015
The Intercept
Over 60 inmates at New York's Clinton Correctional Facility have complained of abuse by prison guards in the wake of the June escape of convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt.
Connexions Library: Imperialism and Colonialism Focus Page
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Continuous protest at Israeli consulate in Toronto starts July 24
Sources News Release
Article
2014
On July 24 people of conscience including Muslims, Jews, and Christians, are coming together at the Israeli consulate in Toronto for a three day continuous vigil to call attention to the frightening s...
Ecuador 1960-1963
A Textbook of Dirty Tricks
Blum, William
Article
Common Courage Press
An account of the CIA-backed coups in Ecuador of 1960-1963.
EFF To Court: Cisco Must Be Held Accountable For Aiding China's Human Rights Abuses
Sources News Release
Article
2016
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Company Built Customized Golden Shield System to Identify Falun Gong Members Who Were Later Tortured.
Ethiopia: Hacking Team Lax on Evidence of Abuse
Leaked Documents Show Need to Regulate Surveillance Sales
Human Rights Watch
Article
2015
Human Rights Watch
The Italian spyware firm Hacking Team took no effective action to investigate or stop reported abuses of its technology by the Ethiopian government against dissidents.
50 Young Israelis Send a Letter to Netanyahu: "We Refuse to Serve in the Occupation Army"
Sources News Release
Article
2014
We, the undersigned, intend to refuse to serve in the army and the main reason for this refusal is our opposition to the military occupation of Palestinian territories.
Files that may shed light on colonial crimes still kept secret by UK
Cobain, Ian; Norton-Taylor, Richard
Article
2013
Guardian Weekly
Secret government files from the final years of the British empire are still being concealed despite a pledge by William Hague, the foreign secretary, that they would be declassified and opened to the...
Free Key Rights Defenders: Government Arbitrarily Holds Darwish, Colleagues Despite UN Demands
Sources News Release
Article
2014
The government of Syria should immediately and unconditionally release the arbitrarily detained human rights defender Mazen Darwish and his colleagues Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghareer, 55 human righ...
Guatemala 1962 to 1980s
Blum, William
Article
Common Courage Press
An account of the United States' repeated intereventions in Guatemala.
Haaretz reporter Uri Blau facing up to seven years in prison
Article
2011
Reporters without Borders
Journalist faces heavy jail sentence for using classified military papers to document human rights abuses and murders by the Israeli military.
How the Colombia Trade Agreement Accelerates Human Rights Abuses
U.S.-Colombia Mass Displacement Policy Succeeding
Kovalik, Daniel
Article
2012
CounterPunch
The Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would lead, indeed by design, to the immiseration and mass displacement of rural peoples, especially Indigenous and Afro-Colombian. The article explores the dis...
IFEX network launches 2013 International Day to End Impunity Campaign
Sources News Release
Article
2013
IFEX
IFEX launches the third annual International Day to End Impunity campaign. And while there is a growing awareness of the problem of impunity and how it allows -- even exacerbates -- violations of huma...
IFJ Launches New Campaign in Iraq, Pakistan and Russia to End Impunity for Violence in Journalism
Sources News Release
Article
2013
International Federation of Journalists
With International Day against Impunity one month away, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today written to the leaders of Iraq, Russia and Pakistan to urge them and their governmen...
In the Matter of the International Community v Israel
Cohen, Stanley
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
In its first full week of a "new" get tough policy, almost 500 young Palestinian demonstrators were injured, shot and maimed, and at least three teens murdered in response to what Israel sees as a ris...
Indonesia 1957-1958
War and Pornography
Blum, William
Article
Common Courage Press
An account of the CIA's failed 1958 attempt to overthrow president Sukarno of Indonesia
An Interview With Noam Chomsky on Obama's Human Rights Record
Nothing Can Justify Torture
Bailey, Eric
Article
2012
CounterPunch
America's human rights record under the administration of President Obama and the military intervention policies that have seen increased use during the Arab Spring.
Is Israel singled out for its human rights violations?
Article
2014
WLUML.org
Some people assert that human rights activists and the international community are disproportionately – and unjustifiably – focusing their attention on the Jewish state. They are "ignoring" human righ...
Israel/Palestine: Resources for peace, justice, and human rights
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Website
2006
Connexions Information Sharing Services
A selection of resources for those looking for a solution to the situation in Isreal/Palestine based on peace, justice, and human rights.
Jewish Canadians Concerned About Suppression of Criticism of Israel
Article
2009
We are Jewish Canadians concerned about all expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and social injustice. We believe that the Holocaust legacy "Never again" means never again for all peoples. It is a tr...
Journalists Killed since 1992
Article
2009
Committee to Protect Journalists
A database of more than 700 journalists who have been murdered or killed on dangerous assignments since 1992. Interactive maps, timelines, and statistical breakdowns providing analysis by country, yea...
The Logic of Murder in Israel: A Culture of Impunity in Full View of the Entire World
Baroud, Ramzy
Article
2016
Dissident Voice
"Whether he made a mistake or not, is a trivial question," said an Israeli Jewish man who joined large protests throughout Israel in support of a soldier who calmly, and with precision, killed a wound...
The mass graves of Kashmir
India's dirty war unmasked
Scott-Clark, Cathy
Article
2012
The Guardian
For 22 years this contested region has endured a regime of torture and disappeared civilians. Now a local laywer is discovering their unmarked graves and challenging India's abuses.
A memorial to killed journalists, a call to action
Article
2009
Committee to Protect Journalists
More than 500 journalists have been targeted for murder, our research shows, and nearly nine in 10 of these slayings go unpunished. Another 200 journalists have been killed in combat or on dangerous a...
Memory and Repression in El Salvador
McAnarney, Alexandra
Article
2013
Truthout
The raid on Pro-Busqueda happened three days after the Salvadorean Supreme Court heard testimony from survivors of a 1982 raid carried out by government forces.
One Thousand Years of Solitude
Life in the SHU
Mariner, Joanne
Article
2012
CounterPunch
Indefinite solitary confinement: a large-scale experiment in sensory deprivation and social isolation.
Prisoners of the War on Terror
Time to Give up "Hope" and Think About Active Change
Bello, Judy
Article
2013
Counterpunch
Status of prisoners of war in Guantanamo.
Remembering Argentina's Mothers of the Disappeared
Sun, Rivera
Article
2016
CounterPunch
Campaign Nonviolence is a movement to build a culture of active nonviolence. We share the stories of nonviolent action, drawing lessons, strength, and strategy from the global grassroots movements for...
Rights activist arrested over tweet about prison torture
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns renewed efforts by the Bahraini authorities to censor online information, including leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab's latest arrest on 2 April and attempt...
The Selective Compassion of the Media & Human Rights Establishment
Ignoring the Victims of State Crimes
Kovalik, Daniel
Article
2012
CounterPunch
“Human rights” doctrine has devolved into a mere tool used by the U.S. to carry out its imperial aims, and many times by means (such as war) which cause many more human rights violations than they pur...
Slavery still shackles Mauritania, 31 years after its abolition
Mark, Monica
Article
2012
The Guardian
Rigid caste system and ruling elite have enabled a centuries-old practice to continue into the 21st century.
Solitary Confinement FAQ
Rodriguez, Sal
Article
2012
Solitary Watch
Solitary confinement is the practice of isolating inmates in closed cells for 22-24 hours a day, virtually free of human contact, for periods of time ranging from days to decades.
Somebody Else's Atrocities
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2012
Truthout
Atrocities commited by official enemies are routinely condemned, but atrocities for which our own country is responsible are rarely mentioned.
Surveillance company Hacking Team's relationships with repressive regimes exposed
Privacy International
Article
2015
Privacy International
A 400 gigabyte trove of internal documents belonging to surveillance company Hacking Team has been released online. Hacking team sells intrusive hacking tools that have allegedly been used by some of ...
Thailand: Call for moratorium on prosecutions for criticising the King, dialogue on Internet freedom
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters Without Borders joined by 31 other organisations in a call for moratorium on prosecutions for criticising the King, dialogue on Internet freedom.
Torture, Democracy and Memory in Argentina
No Sugarplums for Christmas
Gonzalez, Celilia
Article
2014
CounterPunch
Torturing and Jailing Palestinian Children
Nightmare in the Occupied Territories
Abbas, Ziad
Article
2013
CounterPunch
About 500-700 children are arrested by the Israeli occupation every year, according to Defense for Children International-Palestine. These children face a policy designed to kill their spirit and shut...
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance
Sources News Release
Article
2009
International Freedom of Expression Exchange
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance.
The Unbelievable Inhumanity of Solitary Confinement And Punishment for as Little as Reading a Book
Gottesdiener, Laura
Article
2012
AlterNet
The majority of those in solitary confinement were given the punishment for nonviolent, low-level offenses such as having unauthorized books or disobeying an order or growing their mustaches too long.
Uruguay 1964-1970
Blum, William
Article
1995
Common Courage Press
An account of American involvement in torture and counter-insurgency in Uruguay.
Why is India so bad for women?
Pidd, Helen
Article
2012
The Guardian
Of all the G20 nations, India has been labelled the worst place to be a woman. How is this possible in a country that prides itself on being the world's largest democracy?
Wikileaks, the US, Sweden and Devil's Island
The Anti-Empire Report
Blum, William
Article
2011
CounterPunch
The 'Yellow Book' of the Armed Forces
Confidential document of military top officials reveals persecution of government opponents during armed conflict.
Unclassified
2014
Latinamericapress
The existence of a document, the 'Yellow Book', used by the El Salvador military to identify and target those believed to be opposed to the regime, has been revealed. Many of the individuals named in ...

Sources Bookshelf

Manufacturing Consent
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Herman, Edward S.; Chomsky, Noam
Book
1988
Contrary to the usual image of the press and cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitious in its search for truth, Herman and Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets...
Nostalgia de la luz (Nostalgia for the Light)
Guzmán, Patricio (director/writer)
Film/Video
2010
In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers search the sky and explore the origins of the universe. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones murdered and dumped...

Media

Press for Conversion
To oppose Canadian military exports and promote conversion of military industries and bases. Projects: anti-war toys, nuclear weapons research, links with Third World NGOs, opposing weapons bazaars.


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