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US accused of human rights violation

US accused of human rights violation

Washington - The United States has violated the economic and legal rights of its citizens to an alarming degree, the CATO Institute said in a new report.

According to the Washington-based think tank’s newly published Human Rights Index, the United States’ ranking fell from the 17th place in 2008 to the 20th in 2012, declining in indicators of rule of law and economic freedom, among others.

“The US performance is worrisome and shows the United States can no longer claim to be the leading bastion of liberty in the world,” said Ian Vasquez, co-author of the report.

According to Vasquez, in addition to the expansion of regulatory state and drop in economic freedom, the war on terror, the war on drugs and the erosion of property rights have all likely contributed to the United States’ decline.

The United States has recently seen waves of domestic protests against and worldwide condemnation of its human rights violations as cases of police shooting dead African Americans, most notably the one in Ferguson, Missouri, happened frequently in the country.

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Four Palestinian children, including 6-year old, Injured in Kufur Qaddoum protest march

Four Palestinian children, including 6-year old, Injured in Kufur Qaddoum protest march

Palestinian medical sources have reported that four residents were injured Friday, after Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest in Kufur Qaddoum town, near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.

The protesters, accompanied by international activists, marched through the village, demanding that Israel open the main village road that was blocked by the army 13 years ago in order to enable easy access by Israeli colonizers to the Kedumim illegal colony, built on Palestinian lands.

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Slovenia Top in ECHR Report by Human Rights Violation Rate

Slovenia Top in ECHR Report by Human Rights Violation Rate

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has established human rights violations in 304 cases against Slovenia so far, which is the highest rate per capita among all 47 Council of Europe countries.

 A report providing the court's statistics for 1959-2014 shows that the ECHR received more than 8,400 cases against Slovenia, judging in 323 of the cases and finding at least one violation in 304 cases.

Most of the violations established concern the right to trial within a reasonable time and the right to effective legal remedy.

A graphic analysis of the ECHR support on the Rights Info portal finds Slovenia has the highest violation rate relative to its population with 148 violations per million people.

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Chelsea Manning found guilty of violating prison rules

Chelsea Manning found guilty of violating prison rules

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning was found guilty Tuesday of violating prison rules and will receive three weeks of recreational restrictions at the Kansas military prison where she's serving her 35-year sentence, her attorney said.

The transgender Army private was accused of having a copy of Vanity Fair with Caitlyn Jenner on the cover and an expired tube of toothpaste, among other things. Her attorney, Chase Strangio of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a news release that Manning was convicted of all charges after a closed four-hour disciplinary board hearing in which she had no counsel.

Manning received 21 days of recreational restrictions limiting access to the gym, library and outdoors. The maximum punishment she could have faced was indefinite solitary confinement.

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Austrian refugee camp violates children’s rights: Amnesty International

Austrian refugee camp violates children's rights: Amnesty International

Amnesty International on Friday slammed conditions at Austria's main refugee camp as a "disgraceful" violation of human rights, highlighting what it called the "inhumane" plight of more than 1,700 unaccompanied children.

The human rights organisation visited the Traiskirchen camp, 20km south of Vienna, last week, a day after the overcrowded centre stopped accepting new arrivals because of disastrous sanitary conditions.

Built to house 1,800 people, the camp and an adjacent government building are currently home to 4,000 men, women and children. Of these, around 1,500 do not have a bed, with many minors sleeping in tents outside the camp, in parks or at the local train station.

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Within 9 Days, Israeli Forces Kill 3 Palestinian Civilians At Military Checkpoints

Within 9 Days, Israeli Forces Kill 3 Palestinian Civilians At Military Checkpoints

Israeli forces stationed at military checkpoints have used excessive lethal force against Palestinian civilians. During the past few days, Israeli forces have killed 3 Palestinian civilians in similar circumstances which did not require the use of excessive force.

In addition, Israeli forces claimed in these 3 crimes that Palestinian civilians attempted to stab Israeli soldiers. Two of these crimes took place 42 hours apart at 2 checkpoints south of Nablus.

Investigations conducted by PCHR confirm that these crimes violate the principles of necessity and discrimination, and the use of force was excessive, especially that Israeli forces could have used less lethal force against the victims or arrested them, even if the Israeli allegations were true.

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Crowd control: Riot police techniques from Ferguson to France

Crowd control: Riot police techniques from Ferguson to France

The scenes of violent confrontation in Ferguson, Missouri, over three straight nights show angry African-American residents protesting in response to a police shooting currently under investigation. To counter the crowds, local police have attempted to use the same techniques that security forces use around the world, including tear gas, bean bag rounds and wooden bullets.

Riot control police – wearing helmets, visors, body armor and gas masks – are called in for disturbances ranging from rowdy soccer matches and merchandise looting to anti-war protests. Civil disorder, whatever the source, can be quelled with a variety of methods, increasingly taken from the military arsenal:
Tear gas

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