“One in 30 males in America is behind bars. One out of nine black men is behind bars.”
“There are more 17 year-old black boys in prison than in college. “
“One in 30 males in America is behind bars. One out of nine black men is behind bars.”
“There are more 17 year-old black boys in prison than in college. “
Hell on Earth for these poor souls?
What the heck is wrong with you Indonesia? Compassion does not translate in your language?
In many mental facilities, it has become commonplace to keep patients in cages and feed them low-nutrient diets.
Indonesian mental facilities have gained poor reputations for keeping their patients in appalling facilities and living conditions.
As you’ll view below, some patients are chained in cages, most are fed low-nutrient diets, and it is a common practice to separate the ill from others. In essence, those who need psychiatric help and support the most are being left to suffer life in solitude.
Stunned by this reality yet inspired to raise awareness about this issue, American photographer Andrea Star Reese has been traveling to Indonesia the past few years to document the conditions the mentally ill live in. The photographs are difficult to stomach, but they relay the everyday horrors approximately 19 million mentally ill patients are forced to endure in Indonesia.
“There are still doctors that use only one prescription and one diagnosis – insane,” says Reese.
The activist hopes that by sharing these disturbing images, mental hospitals and the health practitioners employed by them are forced to adopt change.
Humanitarian vulnerabilities? Seriously UN? Call it what it is: Genocide, Barbarism, War Crimes!
Relocate Israel to Florida!
A UN report says Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and its blockade of Gaza is the primary cause for Palestinian “humanitarian vulnerabilities.”
The annual report is the fifth of its kind, published by the Palestinian branch of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Titled “Fragmented Lives,” the report bills itself as a “comprehensive overview of the underlying causes or drivers of the humanitarian vulnerabilities” in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Israel is the major cause of the Palestinian suffering, it said, characterizing Egypt’s role in the blockade of Gaza as the second-tier cause.
“Humanitarian needs in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) continue to be driven by practices related to Israel’s prolonged occupation and continued conflict,” it said.
Palestinians are suffering most acutely in Gaza, the report said, citing Israel’s invasion of the territory in 2014 and its eight-year blockade of the enclave which is home to 1.8 million people.
2015 saw highest fatalities in a decade
In the West Bank, “fatalities and injuries among West Bank Palestinians by Israeli forces were the highest since OCHA began recording such figures in 2005,” it added.
The report further touched on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and violence by settlers against Palestinians.
“The longstanding phenomenon of settler violence, compounded by insufficient law enforcement by the Israeli authorities, has also undermined the physical security and livelihoods of Palestinian communities,” it said.
“Documented cases of settler attacks, trespassing and forceful takeover of land, suggest that violence is often being carried out as part of a calculated effort by settlers to push Palestinian farmers from what has subsequently become de facto Israeli-controlled areas.”
According to OCHA, the number of Palestinian-owned trees damaged, stolen or uprooted in settler-related incidents was the highest since 2006 at 11,254.
The report further criticized Israeli crackdown, saying the regime held more Palestinians in jail by the end of 2015 than any year, with the number standing at over 6,000.
As many as 422 Palestinian children were held by Israel in the period, which was the highest since 2008.
So we have a Royal parasite regime (the Queen) supporting another medieval Royal parasite regime?
British police are training Saudi officers to use high-tech detection skills despite concerns that they have led to suspects being tortured.
Senior British MPs called Tuesday for the suspension of the controversial program by the College of Policing.
The college has reportedly been teaching Saudi officers finger-printing, forensics and crime scene investigation under a contract signed in 2009.
It now plans to expand the scheme to include cyber security, mobile phone analysis, CCTV systems, voice recognition, DNA use and IT digital forensics, according to internal documents obtained by the BBC and rights group Reprieve.
Reprieve condemned the program, saying the training could help Saudi police target political activists.
“It is scandalous that British police are training Saudi Arabian officers in techniques which they privately admit could lead to people being arrested, tortured and sentenced to death,” said Maya Foa, a campaigner for Reprieve.
Documents show that the College of Policy acknowledged that “the skills being trained are used to identify individuals who later go on to be tortured or subjected to other human rights abuses” by the Saudi regime.
Labour MP Andy Slaughter, the shadow minister for human rights, called the program “astonishing.”
“This is a regime which executed 47 people in one day this year, that still has minors on death row,” he said of Saudi Arabia. “We shouldn’t be having anything to do with this criminal justice system.”
Riyadh executed prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr along with 46 others in January, provoking angry reactions around the world.
At the time, the UK government issued its mildest possible condemnation of its ally over the mass executions.
In a scathing report last month, the United Nations’ Committee against Torture voiced “deep concern” over torture and ill-treatment of prisoners in Saudi Arabia as well as coerced confessions and death penalty in the kingdom.
British TV crew filmed an undercover documentary in Saudi Arabia in an attempt to penetrate the world’s most secretive and murderous regime.
March 24, 2016
(ANTIMEDIA) United Kingdom — A British television crew recently filmed an undercover documentary in Saudi Arabia in an attempt to penetrate the world’s most secretive and murderous regime. Working with a team of undercover Saudi cameramen, the one hour eye-opener, Exposure: Saudi Arabia Uncovered, was broadcast by ITV on March 22. It reveals the hidden side of the regime, which buys billions of pounds worth of British arms, accepts training from British security forces, sells oil back to the U.K., and enjoys nothing less than red carpet treatment from the British royal family.
After setting up a fake company, the crew flew into Riyadh posing as businessmen, wielding carefully concealed hidden cameras. For cover, they said they were in the country to attend a business conference on cyber-security. What they discovered was a state that beheads — and even crucifies — its citizens; where women lack basic human rights and its children are indoctrinated. Patrolled by religious police, citizens are tortured, imprisoned, and sentenced to death for writing blogs and questioning authority. It sounds like the Islamic State, but it’s not — it’s the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. And it is fully propped up by Europe and the United States.
The mind-boggling documentary reveals how Saudi Arabia’s money and Wahhabi ideology has helped drive terrorism around the world. Shining a light on Britain’s shoulder-rubbing with the ruling royals, the production has pushed the U.K. government to admit they have provided more than 300 Saudi police officers with training since 2012.
“A necessary evil”
In January 2015, the Union Jack flew at half-mast at Westminster as a mark of respect for the death of Saudi ruler, King Abdullah. During the same month, young Saudi blogger Raif Badawi received 50 lashes in public. Convicted of insulting Islam after blogging about his government and religion, quoting Albert Camus, he wrote:
“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
Comments like this earned the father of three 1,000 total lashes and ten years in prison.
“We don’t approve of what Saudi Arabia does, we don’t like what they do, but they are a necessary evil in combating other regimes,” former Head of International Terrorism, Colonel Richard Kemp, told ITV.
“And of course, ultimately they have a lot of oil,” he added.
Undercover cameraman Yasser is from an underground network of Saudi activists. He risked life and limb to provide a window into the brutal and secretive country where the King is all powerful, journalists cannot operate without a minder, and dissent is a cardinal sin. In the country, which is home of some of Islam’s holiest sites, the Saudi state oil company is worth £7 trillion. The royal family is worth billions. In contrast, an estimated quarter of the population lives in poverty, and numerous women were filmed begging and being beaten in the streets.
It is estimated that only one in five Saudi women of working age are employed. They are banned from driving and struggle to perform simple tasks, such as going to the doctor without a male guardian. But some are fighting back, and prominent human rights activist Loujain Hathloul has become the face of the Saudi women’s rights movement.
Moments after uploading videos of herself driving — as part of a campaign to change the ban against it — the activist was arrested for trying to enter Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates while behind the wheel. Imprisoned for 73 days without trial, she remains banned from traveling. Terrorism charges also were filed against her. Facing persistent death threats towards her and her family, for some she is a hero. For others, she is a hate figure.
The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice
The religious police, officially known as the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, patrol streets and shopping malls enforcing strict Islamic laws. Yasser films himself and his friend as they are violently stopped from playing a lute outside. Playing music in public is forbidden, and their instrument and hidden camera are smashed. In other instances, religious police force women to cover themselves and drive people out of cafes to pray.
This strict form of Sunni Islam is known as Wahhabism, and it is the religion on which Saudi Arabia was founded. It is thought that the majority of Saudis support the state ideology, and the activists film a preacher spreading hatred of other religions and the Shia minority. Children are shown being indoctrinated by school textbooks, made in Saudi Arabia and exported to the world.
“No country is the perfect ally, perfect partner, without any reservations whatsoever. Welcome to the real world, welcome to the premier league,” said former CIA Director, General David Petraeus.
Director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs, Ali al-Ahmed, said the Saudi education system was created as a security measure to protect the ruling family and mislead millions of students into hatred of other religions and cultures. Some say the state has made progress in removing some of the worst examples of hatred from its textbooks, but the books can still be found in mosques and schools around the world.
Al-Ahmed added, “It’s no wonder that thousands of Saudis joined ISIS and other terror groups because they were trained in Saudi schools.”
“Chop Chop Square”
In 2015, Saudi Arabia executed 157 people. Traditional punishments are employed, and executions are often carried out in public by one sword blow to the neck. Headless bodies are sometimes displayed publicly, and the documentary shows harrowing footage of a Burmese woman screaming for mercy as she is beheaded in the street.
Yasser says many Saudis are angry but cannot speak out due to fear of imprisonment, adding that the regime relies on secrecy; criticism of the government is considered an act of terror. The film crew visits one of Saudi Arabia’s most notorious landmarks, known as Chop Chop Square. It is the scene of many of the regime’s public executions and has drains in the ground for blood.
Since 9/11, Saudi Arabia has attempted to show the world they are tackling terrorism. The regime has clamped down on private donations to extremists from inside the Kingdom and carried out airstrikes against ISIS. They deny they are supporting the terror group, but many feel it is the underlying Wahhabi Salafi ideology that is the wider problem.
Former Director of Political Islam of the CIA, Emile Nakleh told ITV:
“The ideology of ISIS is not much different from the ideology that Wahabi Salafi Islam in Saudi adheres to. Unless the Saudis deal with this issue, we are going to constantly fight yesterday’s wars. Even if we defeat ISIS there will be another terrorist organisation, perhaps with a different name, as long as they have this ideology.”
Unwilling to tolerate dissent and fiercely opposed to sharing power, Saudi Arabia executed 47 people in January of this year — its largest mass execution since 1980. Some were convicted terrorists, but others were political activists. Footage smuggled out by activists has revealed that the executions sparked the largest public protests since the Arab Spring.
Since the mass executions, Yasser has stopped filming undercover. He claims it is just too risky continue, which, of course, is exactly what these public displays of punishment are all about. Although activists are being forced underground, the spread of mobile phones and cameras means it is becoming impossible for the regime to control what the world sees.
While in the country pretending to be traders, the filmmakers’ website was hacked, leading them to believe their cover was blown. As a result, they promptly left the country.
The documentary ends with a statement from the Saudi authorities condemning the covert filming by ITV:
“The kingdom of Saudi Arabia utterly rejects the partisan nature and sensationalist tone of this documentary which sets out to portray the country in a negative and unbalanced light. The Kingdom’s legal system is based on the due process of Islamic Sharia Law. The Kingdom is at the forefront of international efforts to combat terrorism and will pursue anyone who supports and funds terrorist activities. To suggest otherwise is a slur. In keeping with its biased agenda, ITV chose to undertake covert filming when they could have applied for and received a journalistic visa, like many of their counterparts.”
The full documentary, Exposure: Saudi Arabia Uncovered, can be viewed here.
Come on Iran, rejoin the human species and stop this medieval barbarism, you are better than that. We know from the US war on drugs is that this is a futile, costly, and barbaric effort that will not fix your problem. Bomb the Afghan opium fields if you want to make a difference!
Following reports of Iran’s recent killing of all adult males in an unidentified village over purported drug ties, its routine bloodletting has increased international revulsion at the United Nations’ complicity.
In the latest salvo of Iran’s routine slaughter of narcotics offenders, some 100 prisoners jailed together for drug crimes in Iran have been informed of their impending execution.
Mahmood Moghaddam, director of the Norway-based Iran Human Rights group, revealed on Friday that sources inside and outside Ghezel Hessar prison, including a prosecutor attached to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court, confirmed that the inmates were told that the country’s Supreme Court had upheld their sentences, and that they should prepare to be put to death.
The prospect of this mass execution for drug crimes comes just months after the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) inked a new $20 million deal with Iran to assist in its counter-narcotic efforts. Advocates against the excesses of the drug war have pilloried the UN for its dealings with Iran, which kills hundreds of people every year, including foreign nationals, over drug-related charges. Iran Human Rights estimates that more than 1,800 people were executed for drug crimes in Iran between 2010 and 2014, most without due process or access to proper legal representation.
Moghaddam said that last year the number of executions for such crimes increased considerably, surpassing 600. He estimates that more than half of government executions, and in recent years as much as 70 percent, involve some connection to drugs. On a per capita basis, Iran executes more people than any other country in the world.
This February, Iranian authorities halted such killings in the weeks surrounding parliamentary elections — a common practice, and one that suggests the arbitrary ordering of executions is largely political and not aimed at actually curtailing drug trafficking or use in Iran. That perception is reinforced by Iran’s progressive but apparently contradictory practice of offering some drug users access to harm-reduction methods.
Iran’s location next to Afghanistan makes it a major drug trafficking conduit, and addiction within the Islamic Republic has spiked over recent years. Officials last year acknowledged that more than 2.2 million people in the country of 80 million are addicted to hard drugs like heroin and methamphetamine, with more than a million of them in some sort of treatment program.
“Iranian authorities have admitted several times that the executions do not reduce drug crimes,” said Moghaddam. “The judiciary says that the drug problem has actually been increasing. So the question is why they keep on executing these people. I don’t have a good answer for that.”
Last week, Shahindokht Molaverdi, Iran’s vice-president for woman and family affairs, raised alarm both inside and outside Iran when she informed journalists that the entire adult male population of an unidentified village in Baluchestan province had been executed for supposed ties to drug trafficking. Her comments, given to the semi-official news agency Mehr, could not be confirmed, and she has come under pressure domestically to walk back the controversial disclosure.
Such wide-scale bloodletting has increased revulsion at the international community’s complicity. Maya Foa, head of the death penalty team at the UK-based human rights organization Reprieve, called the planned mass execution at Ghezel Hessar “the one tangible return on the UN’s investment in Iranian drug raids.”
“Iran’s spree of drug-related hangings is based on unfair trials and force ‘confessions,’ and its main victims are innocent scapegoats and vulnerable people who’ve been exploited as drug mules,” Foa said in a statement.
Iran’s penchant for putting drug offenders to death hasn’t dampened the UNODC’s enthusiasm for the country’s role in the drug fight.
“Iran takes a very active role to fight against illicit drugs,” remarked Yury Fedotov, the UNODC’s executive director, in 2014. “It is very impressive.”
Ghezel Hessar prison, located on the outskirts of Tehran, is one of Iran’s largest and most notorious correctional facilities. Moghaddam said that those who were informed of the decision to proceed with executions were located in an area devoted to drug offenders. Many of them have had no access to lawyers.
Last May, dozens of inmates with death sentences gathered in a prison yard at Ghezel Hessar and peacefully petitioned the state to commute their punishment to life in prison.
“Right after that gathering, the head of the prison said, ‘We will execute all of you,'” said Moghaddam. “After that they started and every few days they executed groups of 11 to 17 people.”
In addition to Iran’s close cooperation with the UN over counter-narcotics operations, the country’s ambassador in Vienna, Reza Najafi, has been appointed vice-chair of a prominent drug policy board based out of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The board is charged with guiding the drafting of a document that will be presented to member states at the General Assembly in New York during its upcoming special session on international drug policy in April.
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Tell me, how can anyone take the United Nations Human Rights Council seriously when these deluded parvenus engage in this barbaric behavior? The Saudis are leading that council, if you did not know. Of course, they are backed and supported by the Barbaric States of Dumbmerica.
Why are Westerners still flogging to that medieval country? Oh right, greed has no morals.
The Saudi religious police, which is also responsible for monitoring social networks, found more than 600 “atheist” tweets on the page of an unnamed user, AP reports.
The user was said to deny the existence of God, ridicule verses from the Koran, and accused all prophets of lying and fueling hostilities through their teachings, according to Al-Watan online daily.
The 28-year-old man, whose name has not been disclosed, is said to have admitted his atheist views and refused to repent, saying the tweets reflect his beliefs and that he has the right to express them.
Along with imprisonment and corporal punishment, the man was also slapped with a fine of 20,000 riyals (about $5,300), Reuters reports.
Saudi Arabia is known for its strict laws based on the Sharia system. Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (also known as the religious police) arrested a man dressed as a mascot for not wearing Islamic dress.
In December the religious police arrested another man for wearing women’s clothing in a public place, which is banned in Saudi Arabia and can lead to six months imprisonment or public flogging.