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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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Obama Administration Must Take Action Against Rampant Racial Profiling, Rights Violations Near U.S. Borders

Obama Administration Must Take Action Against Rampant Racial Profiling, Rights Violations Near U.S. Borders

As immigration issues grab headlines across the nation, congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle resort to knee jerk reactions calling for wasteful, military-style tactics along the southern border, reflecting the deep misunderstanding that Capitol Hill has of border communities.

These efforts fail to address glaring systemic problems within the nation's largest law enforcement agency, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and fail to offer solutions that will move us forward together.

Unchecked abuse and corruption within CBP must be part of any discussion regarding the US southern border and the time has come to talk about reforming the agency. The Obama administration has the means to move us forward and should do so immediately.

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Dispatches: The Hidden Victims of Greece’s Crisis

Dispatches: The Hidden Victims of Greece’s Crisis

Greek citizens aren’t the only victims of the country’s financial crisis – the cost of this debacle includes thousands of migrants and asylum seekers who are streaming into Greece, only to find there’s not enough shelter, food, healthcare, and even toilets to go around.

“Here I’m really suffering. I’m trying to figure out every possible way to leave from here. I can’t handle sleeping anymore outside like this.”

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Dispatches: Europe’s Refugee Crisis – Has UK Forgotten the Past?

Dispatches: Europe’s Refugee Crisis – Has UK Forgotten the Past?

Isaac Levine arrived in the UK from Lithuania as a 17-year-old in 1894. Manfred Gorlin left his home in Nazi-controlled Danzig (now in Poland) and arrived in 1939. As the grandchildren of Jews who found refuge from persecution in the UK, we watch the debate on asylum seekers and migrants and wonder: would they have been welcomed in today’s Britain?

In recent days, Prime Minister David Cameron has referred to asylum seekers and migrants crossing the Mediterranean as “a swarm.” Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has warned of “marauding migrants”  in Calais and of “millions” from Africa threatening Europe’s standard of living.

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