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…

Iran sees influence growing in Syria

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (C) arrives at the Syrian parliament building for talks with Syrian officials in Damascus, Jan. 15, 2014.  (photo by REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri) TEHRAN, Iran — When the Lebanese Islamist group Hezbollah entered Syria for the first time, almost a year ago, the status quo was different. Syrian regime forces were losing ground to opposition rebels. Among some observers,…

Turkey will be new president of the D-8

ANKARA — The Developing Eight have high expectations of Turkey’s presidency this year, says the group’s secretary general. Sayed Ali Mohammad Mousavi said Saturday Turkey was the “founding father” of D-8, which represents an economic development alliance among eight countries with high Muslim populations. “We appreciate the Turkish government’s support to the D-8,” Mousavi said. “Turkey…

Egypt Anti-Coup Alliance slams US, EU

An Egyptian coalition of Islamic parties says the United States and the European Union are supporting the Cairo military-backed government in its crackdown on people, Press TV reports. Egypt’s Anti-Coup Alliance has issued a statement describing a recent visit by EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, as an “evil” visit. The statement added that the…

The Deterioration of Egypt

By Ramsey Clark and Abdeen Jabara   April 10, 2014 “ICH” – “CP” –  We recently visited Egypt leading a delegation of lawyers to observe the situation of human rights in that country. We were troubled by what we saw and heard. We are also troubled by the United States’ support for a government installed…