Tag: Human Rights

Middle East Banks Neglect Human Rights Implications of their Business Practices

French bank BNP Paribas faces as ongoing lawsuit for its alleged role in financing Omar al-Bashir’s regime in Sudan. Source: BNP Paribas Money makes the world go ‘round, as the saying goes. It greases the wheels of global business as well as eases the pain in the gap between the haves and the have nots ...

When it comes to human rights, the US is guilty of blatant hypocrisy

The US has punished Chinese companies for Uighur oppression, but ignores an Israeli surveillance state that routinely intimidates Palestinians The United States has traditionally positioned itself as a champion of human rights around the world, speaking out for dissidents and minorities in Syria, China, Russia and Iran. The US government has frequently employed restrictions or ...

Arms sales are about profit and politics, not ethics

We must expose where public dollars are really being spent and boycott or divest from the enterprises that profit from selling munitions that kill. Western governments were quick to express their outrage at Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria to clear it of Kurds, resulting in the displacement of more than 275,000. Ten countries—including the United States, ...

MENA Businesses & Human Rights: How should we move forward?

Nine years after the so-called “Arab Spring” protests swept the Middle East and North Africa, with mostly young people calling for the end of autocracy and respect for their human rights, civil and human rights are more at risk than ever. Governments across the region engage in vicious, factional wars for control (Syria, Yemen, Libya); ...

Towards an effective UN role in combating impunity for crimes against journalists

Journalists do face grim challenges in their reporting whilst, there is a sharp rise noticed in the attacks against them worldwide. These attacks became a phenomenon due to the impunity for those aggressors. There is clear lack of accountability and there is failure from organisations concerned with journalists in their pursuit to offer proper advocacy ...

The Gaza Strip: Reversing the Desire to Flee- I

 “Physically, the prisoner is powerless. But in spirit he gnaws unceasingly at the roots of the thorny hedge.“ — The Lager Echo, a prison camp newspaper on the Isle of Man, WW I. (Kenneth Helphand 2006)   Densely populated with more than 1.8 million residents, the Gaza Strip is one of the most chronically unstable ...