Egyptian police ‘using rape as a weapon’ against dissident groups

  Claim comes amid widespread anger at crackdown that has seen 16,000 arrested Egyptian students, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, demonstrate outside Cairo University. Photograph: Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images   Two male political dissidents claim they were raped in Egyptian police custody in separate assaults that campaigners suspect are indicative…

Criminal Court a U.S.-Israeli “Red Line” for Palestinians

By Thalif Deen April 11, 2014 “ICH” – “IPS” – – When Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas decided to defy the United States and Israel over stalled peace negotiations, he formally indicated to the United Nations last week that Palestine will join 15 international conventions relating mostly to the protection of human rights and treaties governing conflicts…