International

The right to privacy in the digital age

06/30/2014
In its resolution 68/167, the General Assembly requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to submit a report on the protection and promotion of the right to priv acy in the context of domestic and extraterritorial surveillance and/or the interception of digital communications and the collection of personal data, including on a mass scale, to the Human Rights Council at its twenty - seventh session and to the General Assembly at its sixty - ninth session, with views and recommendations, to be considered by Member States. The present report is submitted pursuant to that request. The Office of the High Commission er will also submit the report to the General Assembly at its sixty - ninth session, pursuant...

Caso Lo Porto: il diritto alla conoscenza vale anche per voi, cari amici americani

04/30/2015
Autore: Valter Vecellio Fonte: http://notizie.radicali.it/ Si può, da “Amerikani” riconoscenti per quanto quel paese ha saputo e voluto fare; da ammiratori di quel sistema che discende dai “Federalist papers” di Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay; da consapevoli delle opportunità (certo, sudate e strappate con le unghie e con i denti) che questo paese ha voluto e potuto dare a tanti europei; grati a quelle migliaia di giovani americani che sono venuti a morire in Italia e in Europa, per la nostra libertà e il nostro benessere; si può, dicevo, pensare che non piace per nulla quello che è accaduto nell’“affaire” Giovanni Lo Porto? Non è in discussione la responsabilità della sua morte e di Warren Weinstein. Certo: i maggiori...

Iraq today: interview with William Spencer

04/27/2013
In the last four days, nearly 200 people lost their lives in Iraq due to serious episodesof violence which took place between the army, protesters and Islamic militants. The bloodiest clashes took place in the city of Hawija (450,000 inhabitants), north of Baghdad, when the police violently suppressed a demonstration of Sunnis - predominant in the area, but a minority across the country – where they demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki . The Premier Al-Maliki issued an appeal to avoid a new inter-confessional conflict in the country. Over the last two months four Sunni ministers have resigned to protest against the anti-terrorism laws that are often used to restrict political opponents: Finance Minister Rafi al-Issawi, Minister of...

Roundtable discussion with Members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives

09/25/2012
On the occasion of the visit to Brussels of a Delegation of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, No Peace Without Justice and the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty held a roundtable discussion in their headquarters at Rue du Pépin 54, on “Prospects of Iraq-EU Relations”. Speakers included the Hon Sadiq Al Rikabi , Senior Political Advisor to the Iraqi Prime Minister, and Hon Safia Al Souhail , member of the Iraqi National Assembly. The meeting provided an opportunity for a discussion between the Iraqi delegation and international NGOs representatives on the prospects of Iraq-EU relations in terms of promotion of human rights, rule of law and justice, civic and democratic culture. Participants highlighted the current challenges faced by Iraq...

Assad may be offered clemency by Britain and US if he joins peace talks

06/21/2012
Britain and America are willing to offer the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad , safe passage – and even clemency – as part of a diplomatic push to convene a UN-sponsored conference in Geneva on political transition in Syria . The initiative comes after David Cameron and Barack Obama received encouragement from Russia 's President Vladimir Putin in separate bilateral talks at the G20 in Mexico. A senior British official said: "Those of us who had bilaterals thought there was just enough out of those meetings to make it worth pursuing the objective of negotiating a transitional process in Syria." With daily reports of civilian deaths and the conflict apparently taking on an increasingly sectarian hue, Britain is willing to discuss...

Tony Blair's star turn in Kazakhstan video

04/24/2012
Former British PM Tony Blair has appeared in a promotional video for Kazakhstan praising "progress" in the former Soviet state. In heavily edited clips from a TV interview he talks about the country's "extraordinary economic potential". Mr Blair has been advising President Nursultan Nazarbayev on political reform and economic development. But human rights campaigners say the video presents a "sanitised image of this repressive country". The country has been criticised over clashes in December between police and striking oil workers in which at least 14 people died. This week the New York-based campaign group Human Rights Watch said the country should suspend the trial of other oil workers who took part, who have claimed they were tortured. The hour-long video,...

Iraq war in figures

12/14/2011
The US is withdrawing the last of its troops from Iraq, the final phase in the eight-year operation which has cost billions of dollars and many thousands of lives. The onus of ensuring Iraq's security and rebuilding the devastated country now rests with Iraqi leaders. Almost every figure related to the war is disputed, with none more keenly debated than the total number of Iraqi deaths. This is a summary of some of the key numbers and the arguments surrounding them. Troop levels US troops led the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, in coalition with the UK and other nations. The numbers of US "boots on the ground" have mostly fluctuated between 100-150,000 apart from the period of the...