Illegal economic sanctions as collective punishment
UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights
An independent expert appointed by the Human Rights Council [of the United Nations] has expressed deep concern at the recent imposition of unilateral coercive measures on Cuba, Venezuela and Iran by the United States, saying the use of economic sanctions for political purposes violates human rights and the norms of international behaviour. Such action may precipitate man-made humanitarian catastrophes of unprecedented proportions. Continue reading
Citizens for Legitimate Government – THE official number of hunger strikers in its detention centre in the illegally-occupied Guantánamo Naval Base reached 100 on Saturday — three more than the day before. Twenty of the detainees are receiving enteral feeds, five of whom are being observed in a detainee hospital. Lawyers for the detainees contest the official numbers, saying that some 130 prisoners are actually taking part in the protest. The hunger strike began around February 6, when detainees claimed prison officials searched their copies of the Koran for contraband, according to their attorneys. Prisoners are also protesting their extrajudicial incarceration at the prison.
UNITED NATIONS.— The United Nations has criticized the U.S. government for maintaining its detention centre in the illegally-occupied Guantánamo Naval Base, despite assurances it would be closed. In addition, it called on Washington to allow a UN Human Rights Commission delegation to visit the prison, with free and open access and the possibility of speaking in private with the prisoners. Continue reading