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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in November 'expressed alarm at the continuing lack of transparency about casualties and the treatment of thousands of detainees' after the violent crackdown of the recent protests in Iran. “Verified video footage indicates severe violence was used against protesters [...]” Bachelet said. “We have also received footage which appears to show security forces shooting unarmed demonstrators from behind while they were running away, and shooting others directly in the face and vital organs – in other words shooting to kill. These are clear violations of international norms and standards on the use of force, and serious violations of human rights.” Further, the UN office could partially corroborate 'reports that Iranian security forces used machine guns against protesters in Jarahi Square in Mahshahr – including against people fleeing the area and people hiding in nearby reed-beds'.
Courage Foundation panel criticizes ‘Unacceptable Practices’ in the OPCW’s investigation of the Alleged Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria on April 7th 2018. 'Key information about chemical analyses, toxicology consultations, ballistics studies, and witness testimonies was suppressed, ostensibly to favor a preordained conclusion.'
- 14 Dec update by Wikileaks here with summary by Mail on Sunday
World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency
500 scientists signed letter to UN on climate change, claiming 'no climate emergency'
'Studies funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation expect human-induced global warming to tail off slightly over the next few decades. A weaker sun could reduce temperatures by half a degree.'
The definitive report (1 March 2019) on Syria gas attacks does not include one evidence analysis which now has been leaked.
Apparently that analysis was submitted at the last moment (or too late?) and the debate is starting if it should have affected the report's conclusions or not.
Magnitsky wins Russian rights battle 10 years after his death
Describing Magnitsky as a "whistleblower", the BBC article suggests that he was put in prison for that. However, the article admits that "the court rejected a complaint that his arrest and detention were ill-founded". BLOG POST ON THE MAGNITSKY MYTH HERE
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