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- Everyone's heard about the human rights abuses in African gold and diamond mines. But when it comes to their ultra-cool, razor-thin cell phones, American consumers won't get the message.
- Bush at the NAACP Convention
- Cheap labor as close as the nearest jail
- Of the several examples cited, one of the most egregious is what has come to be known as the Burge torture cases in Chicago
- "Prove You're Not Pregnant. Show Us Menstrual Blood!"
- Our Failing Prison System
- The Spanish language doesn't have a concise word for "sweatshop." Nearly every factory violates local and international labor laws.
- Putting Blacks in Prison is the Latest Legacy of Slavery
- A Corporate Abuse
- Standford Study links death sentences to darker features
- The Tragedy of False Confessions
- Give Us Your Poor, Your Tired, Your English-Speaking ...
- Infant boys are placed at the mercy of the doctors or mohels, and the idea that men are stronger seems to apply even to helpless newborn babies.
- "Appropriate Medical Care" and the Paradox of Sanitized Execution
- Child Abuse for Profit is Occurring in America
- More than 2,000 people were known to have been executed around the world last year, the vast majority of them in China, followed by Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States...
- The original Europeans in what is now the US were not immigrants, but colonists. And the US is not a nation of immigrants -- it is a white colonial settler state, like South Africa under Apartheid, the former Rhodesia, Australia and Israel. Like those states the US has always operated on a sometimes hidden, sometimes overt system of Apartheid.
- The desire for sons has created a severe shortage of marriageable young women. As their value rises, unscrupulous men are trading them around the subcontinent and beyond as if they were a mere commodity
- A recent report of an inquiry into the treatment of children in penal custody in England and Wales details the inhuman conditions facing many vulnerable young people in state institutions.
- Today the US shamelessly has more people behind bars than any other nation including China with over 4 times our population.
- Last week, the U.S. came out with its annual human rights report for the world.
- The US must stop shackling pregnant female prisoners when they are giving birth, Amnesty International has said.
- The government is far more interested in boosting this modern day slave trade, which netted $US1.6 billion in remittances for Sri Lanka in 2004, than in insisting that employers in the Middle East and elsewhere provide proper conditions and pay for their cheap contract labour.
- ...Martin Luther King Jr. saw that the task of the United States was not simply to transcend racism. He saw racism as inextricably connected to militarism and materialism. And he saw a hyperpatriotic nationalism not as virtue but as a problem to be overcome.
- His case, the latest in a long line to raise disturbing questions about the way capital punishment is administered in the United States, is filled with ghoulish ironies. He almost died of a heart attack four months ago but doctors at San Quentin prison resuscitated him - fulfilling their professional obligations, just as the prison's executioners are now preparing to fulfil theirs at one minute after midnight on Tuesday.
- Pentagon has yet to ban contractors from using forced labor
- ...death-row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal will get to plead his case in a federal appeals court early next year. In a surprise decision earlier this month, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear arguments on three important points where his Constitutional rights were violated.
- If Tookie Williams had killed four black people, would he still be alive today?
- New York, California, Florida and Texas have the highest rates of slavery in the U.S., and close to 300,000 U.S. boys and girls are at risk of falling into the sex trade.
- An hour and a half's drive from where Bush stood, the US military ran the notorious School of the Americas from 1946 to 1984, a sinister educational institution that, if it had a motto, might have been "We do torture." It is here in Panama and, later, at the school's new location in Fort Benning, Georgia, where the roots of the current torture scandals can be found.
- The colourful carpets can fetch thousands of dollars, but they bring the women who weave them just enough to get by - along with a lot of hardship.
- To allow the state the absolute power over life and death is to elevate its significance above those it is created to serve. Capital punishment is a form state worship; elevating the authority of government above the principles that legitimize its existence.
- The United States should be leading the world to oppose the death penalty. Instead, it's one of the leading practitioners.
- After a 10-year moratorium, Gilmore in 1977 became the first person to be executed following a 1976 U.S. Supreme Court decision that validated state laws to reform the capital punishment system. Since then, 997 prisoners have been executed, and next week, the 998th, 999th and 1,000th are scheduled to die.
- Witness, co-defendant tell newspaper man wasn't guilty
- The U.S. locks up more juveniles for life without parole than all nations combined.
- The number of people in US prisons and jails rose again last year to 2,267,787 people, continuing a trend of increasing incarceration rates that has gone on unabated for more than two decades.
- Perhaps the most damaging myth about Rosa is that she acted alone. In fact, she worked for years with other social justice and civil rights activists prior to her famous action.
- House Legislation to Renew USA Patriot Act Would Loosen Some Provisions for Execution
- One Person Makes a Difference...
- According to the International Center for Prison Studies at King's College in London, there are more people behind bars in the United States than in any other country.
- The number of incarcerated women has been growing ... due in large part to sentencing policies in the war in drugs...
- Now, 50 years after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision that struck down "separate but equal" as inherently unfair, schoolchildren in the U.S. are again suffering the consequences of segregation -- an all the more odious reality because segregation has been outlawed on paper.
- Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic – are working for various industries for a pittance. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold.
- Thousands of African-Americans, young and old, have rallied in Washington, frustrated with lingering inequalities in the United States.
- Two leading human rights organisations have accused the United States of in effect throwing away the lives of more than 2,000 juvenile offenders sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole - a punishment out of step with international law but one increasingly popular with tough-on-crime US legislators.
- While men account for 80 percent of all work-related deaths, the report said, some 22,000 children die at work each year.
- President Bush decided Wednesday to waive any financial sanctions on Saudi Arabia, Washington's closest Arab ally in the war on terrorism, for failing to do enough to stop the modern-day slave trade in prostitutes, child sex workers and forced laborers.
- When the state assumes the right to take or give life to anyone, regardless of their race, socio-economic status and even regardless of an individual’s crimes, it is telling all of us that it holds ultimate authority to demand submission by inflicting the ultimate punishment - the taking of any of our lives.
- Food conglomerate Tyson Foods has been sued by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on behalf of workers at Tyson Food's Ashland, Alabama chicken processing plant for maintaining a Whites Only break room and rest room.
- Efforts by the George W. Bush administration to undermine international gender equality initiatives -- most recently ahead of a key United Nations (U.N.) World Summit -- are part and parcel of a broader campaign to erode reproductive rights at home, say many U.S.-based activists.
- Fifteen percent of the world population is under threat of eviction for a series of reasons: foreign investment in countries with heavy debts, privatizations of the housing sector, deregulation of rented accommodation, ethnic cleansing, wars and occupation, as well as commercial speculation of natural disasters.
- In a report released Wednesday, the Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) became the fourth bank in the United States to disclose links to slavery.
- Black, Hispanic and white motorists are equally likely to be pulled over by police, but blacks and Hispanics are much more likely to be searched, handcuffed, arrested and subjected to force or the threat of it, a Justice Department study has found.
- They called her "stupid" They forced her to work impossible hours, giving foot massages until 2 am then rising at six to make breakfast. And for half a year, the Arab family that hired Lisa, a Filipina maid, paid her nothing.
- The author contends that a Brazilian man killed accidentally by the British police after the London bombings is just the latest victim of an attitude taken by "white colonial masters" toward people of color, and that the United States in its policies is expressing this same attitude.
- On August 13, thousands of people are expected to march in D.C. against rising mass imprisonment in the U.S.
- As I sit here in my solitary confinement cell at USP Terre Haute, and reflect over the past month’s events, I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of love and gratitude for each and every one of you who have so diligently stood by me in this time of crisis. As you already know by now, on June 30, 2005, I was transferred from Leavenworth Facility, to Terre Haute USP.
- Inmate Larry Lawton says at three inmates have died due to improper medical attention. He has sent letters to numerous U.S. Senators without a response and is filing legal charges against prison authorities for his own medical condition being ignored by authorities.
- Nearly 2,100 incidents of rape and other sexual violence were recorded in US prisons in 2004, US justice authorities said.
- Citing grave concerns that Missouri executed an innocent man, a coalition that includes a congressman, high-profile lawyers and even the victim's family pointed to evidence Tuesday they said could clear Larry Griffin's name.
- It is high time to begin constructing useful indices with which to measure the quality of life, not just for a fortunate few, but for the broad masses of our people in America’s black one-eighth.
- CONGRESS HAS a novel response to the rash of prisoners over the past few years who have been exonerated of capital crimes after being tried and convicted: Keep similar cases out of court. Both chambers of the national legislature are quietly moving a particularly ugly piece of legislation designed to gut the legal means by which prisoners prove their innocence.
- Close to 150,000 died in the illegal and unjust war imposed on Afghanistan and Iraq and no one is even willing to diligently count the dead. Deadly bombs went off in Iraq Wednesday and not a word was published. Hours later, in London, more bombs exploded and the western media was all over the story.
- An attorney told a packed gathering of Hopi that a 150-year-old document could hold the key to sovereignty and prevent the federal government from leasing their assets
- “Unlike what was done to the Shawnee 150 years ago, the Tribe does not want to dispossess Ohioans of their lands,” Enyart wrote. “The Tribe remains interested in working with the state and local communities to help return the Eastern Shawnee to their homeland.”
- Before the transfer of sovereignty to an Iraqi interim government a year ago, the International Committee of the Red Cross reported registering 107 detainees under 18 during visits to six prisons controlled by coalition troops. Some detainees were as young as 8. Since that time, Human Rights Watch reports that the number has risen.
- One in six countries in the world face food shortages this year because of severe droughts that could become semi-permanent under climate change, UN scientists warned yesterday.
- Belief in the myth of the self-made man has made many ordinary people suckers for the right-wing pitch.
- Under a newly-proposed rule (that will most likely be formally adopted), the EPA would allow pesticide manufacturers to test their products on human "volunteers." The volunteers would include pregnant women and prisoners, as well as newborns and children.
- With 714 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants, the United States remains the country with the highest incarceration rate in the world, ahead of Russia and Belarus, according to figures published by the London University King's College International Centre for Prison Studies.
- Both the Maoists and the Army have involved children in their bloody nine-year war. The Maoists, who are trying to overthrow the monarchy, control 75 percent of the country's territory - most everything but cities, towns, and district headquarters. They have set up their own courts and systems of taxation and governance. Over 8,000 children have been orphaned and tens of thousands displaced in a conflict that has claimed over 12,000 lives. The Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) has caused two-thirds of the deaths, according to INSEC, a human rights organization.
- More than half of Kenya's 32 million population is in danger of harassment and torture by police, a rights group said in a report that accused security agencies of routinely violating human rights.
- Six months after the Asian tsunami, a leading international charity says the poorest victims have benefited the least from the massive relief effort.