so kofi, where's your mouth now?

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    How about a few resolutions, Kofi....you dumb bastard.......

    UN has been pretty quiet of late. Who wants odds that this pri*ck says and does nothing about these violations?

    I wonder why? Doh!



    Jun. 30, 2003
    Amnesty accuses Arab governments of misusing war on terror
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    CAIRO, Egypt


    Arab governments are taking advantage of the war on terrorism to crack down on Islamist opposition and are violating human rights in the process, according to a regional human rights organization.

    The Arab Organization for Human Rights said countries in the region, particularly the Gulf states which were hit the hardest by terrorist attacks, are abusing "the rights of individuals and groups."

    "After the world declared its war on terror, prisons in many Arab countries filled with detainees who were not given trials," said Mohammed Faeq, the secretary general of the organization that published its annual report on Sunday.

    The group said that Egypt used the international war on terror to crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's main opposition group that is officially banned but allowed to function within certain limits.

    According to the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, more than 100 members of the Muslim Brotherhood were tried in state security or military courts last year, up from 20 members in 2000.

    The Arab report also pointed to human rights violations not linked to the war on terrorism.

    In a section on Iraq, it cited the large number of mass graves where corpses of Kurds, Kuwaitis and Iraqi political dissidents were discovered after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, and said the perpetrators should be brought to justice.

    "Trials should include those responsible for crimes committed in the past, during the invasion and after the end of the war," said the report, by the non-governmental organization founded in 1983.

    Meanwhile, Amnesty International said Monday it has evidence that points to U.S. violations of international law by subjecting prisoners to "cruel, inhuman or degrading" conditions at its detention centers in Iraq.

    Amnesty welcomed American intentions to prosecute former regime members on human rights violations, but said the United States should heed the same standards, said Joanna Oyediran, an Amnesty researcher. "In order to uphold human rights you also have to respect human rights," she said.

    The disappearance of people is also a problem in the region, human rights groups said, adding that 8,000 people in Algeria disappeared last year.

    "After the discovery of Iraqi mass graves, involuntary disappearance has become a crucial problem," Faeq said. "We want governments to clear the fate of those disappeared people."

    After the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington, Saudi Arabia - the focal point in the fight against terrorism - detained more than one thousand Islamist radicals believed to have links to al-Qaida. Most of them were held without trial, the Arab human rights report said.

    The Saudi government also imposed illegal restrictions on charitable organizations suspected of sponsoring Islamist militants, it added.

    The organization also criticized counter terrorism efforts in Yemen, where several attacks were made on American targets.

    "Confrontations (between the government and terrorist groups) victimized many people and resulted in severe violations of suspects' rights," the report said, adding that random detentions and violations of the right to trials had become part of the Yemeni campaign against terrorism.

    Arrests and torture of political activists and trials of civilians before military courts were examples of the continuous violation of human rights in most Arab countries, the report said.

    "We are calling upon Arab governments to adhere to international human rights treaties that most of them ratified," Faeq said.

 
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