Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/28/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Chemical attack on Syrian suburb denounced as worst human rights violation of 2013

The United States State Department has denounced the chemical weapons attack one of Syria's "countless crimes against humanity" and by far the worst human right violation of 2013. But it's not just Syria that's trampling on basic human rights and freedoms: Uganda, North Korea and Ukraine have all been called out for their crimes against humanity.

The state department declared that the August 21 chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb was 'one of many horrors in a civil war filled with countless crimes against humanity, from the torture and murder of prisoners to the targeting of civilians with barrel bombs and Scud missiles, which has claimed more than 100,000 lives.'

The state department declared that the August 21 chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb was "one of many horrors in a civil war filled with countless crimes against humanity, from the torture and murder of prisoners to the targeting of civilians with barrel bombs and Scud missiles, which has claimed more than 100,000 lives."

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/28/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Syria, human rights violations, Secretary of State John Kerry, Ukraine


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In an annual survey by the State Department of global human rights abuses, the report singled out the expected repeat offenders: Iran, for manipulation of elections and civil liberties restrictions; North Korea, for rampant reports of extrajudicial killings, detentions, and torture and Belarus, for beatings of protesters.

"The fundamental struggle for dignity.is a driving force in society," Secretary of State John Kerry says. "This year's report, we think is especially timely. It comes on the heels of one of the most momentous years for human rights in modern history."

Saint Patrick's Day is coming -- go here!

Kerry called out Syria, Venezuela, North Korea and Uganda among others for their extensive human rights violations in the past year. The state department declared that the August 21 chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb was "one of many horrors in a civil war filled with countless crimes against humanity, from the torture and murder of prisoners to the targeting of civilians with barrel bombs and Scud missiles, which has claimed more than 100,000 lives.

"The tragedy that has befallen the Syrian people stands apart in its scope and human cost," the report concluded.

According to the report, kidnappings, targeted killings of journalists, protesters, torture of women and children and deplorable prison conditions are among a litany of major issues in Syria.

Crackdowns on peaceful protests in Ukraine and Russia's refusal to punish human rights abusers during 2013 were also cited in the report.

The growing unrest in Ukraine over the past year has forced President Viktor Yanukovich to flee the capital, Kiev. Russian news agencies have since reported Yanukovich was staying at a Kremlin sanatorium, outside Moscow, for protection.

Parliamentary elections there did not meet international standards for fairness or transparency, and security forces beat protesters with batons and employed other forms of force at a peaceful November 30 demonstration against the government in Kiev's main square.

The most egregious abuse in Ukraine last year, however, the report said was the government's crackdown on media, including violence against journalists.

The report said Ukrainian security forces beat detainees, maintained unhealthy prisons, fostered corruption in the courts and across the government and harassed or otherwise discriminated against ethnic minorities and gay people.

Secretary of State Kerry also called out Uganda over its recently enacted anti-gay law, and the more than 80 countries that have criminalized homosexuality.

Kerry called the laws an "affront" to human dignity and said "The United States will continue to stand up for equal rights for our LGBT brothers and sisters."

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2015
General Intention:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Missionary Intention: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

BANNING BULLETS: Obama to use executive action to ban ammo for popular hunting rifle Watch

Image of The inexpensive 5.56 M855 ammo, commonly called

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Banning all firearms across the United States would take a massive effort, and certainly not many Americans would willingly give up their protection. According to a memo, U.S. President Barack Obama intends to use his executive powers to ban the bullets for the ... continue reading


Abercrombie & Fitch's 'looks policy' under fire for stark employee discrimination of Muslim girl Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Abercrombie & Fitch faces yet another lawsuit for potential discrimination. The hip clothing store has previously been under fire for lack of racial diversity in both employment and advertisement and for limited sizing choices. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


SHOCKING REPORT: Social Security card in hand, illegal immigrants can claim back tax benefits Watch

Image of Lawmakers have expressed distress that amnestied illegal immigrants could be potentially rewarded for illegal work.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Workers living and employed here illegally appear to be on a fast track to join the American dream. According to a Congressional Research Service, or CRS, memo, those illegal immigrants able to obtain Social Security Numbers and work permits due to President ... continue reading


NOT SO FAST! Net neutrality to get onceover before approval Watch

Image of Democrat Mignon Clyburn on the Federal Communications Commission wants to narrow the scope of new net neutrality rules set for a vote later this week.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The hotly debated "Net Neutrality" - which will determine how the 21st Century's preferred mode of communication and information - is not a sure thing, just yet. Democrat Mignon Clyburn on the Federal Communications Commission wants to narrow the scope of new ... continue reading


Democrats can dish it out - but are now shying away from Obamacare penalties Watch

Image of As those taxpayers discover the penalty they owe, they will already be racking up a new, higher penalty for 2015.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It looks like Democrats can dish it out, but can't take it. One of the stipulations of health care reform, or "Obamacare" was those who chose not to enroll had to pay a penalty come tax time. Now, as millions begin to file their taxes, Democrats are having ... continue reading


Human Tide: Texas' porous border allows thousands to flood in from Mexico Watch

Image of Speaking out on CBS's

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Porous borders - one where demarcations are hazy and ill-defined, allowing people to cross over into another country without proper accounting, was one of the reasons for the Ebola crisis in East Africa. There exists a similar situation between the United ... continue reading


'Terror threat' from American right-wing extremists discussed at summit Watch

Image of The mastermind behind the Alfred P. Murrah building bombing attack, Timothy James

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Domestic terrorism in the United States has long been an ongoing concern. The White House held a "Countering Violent Extremism" summit last week to talk about "extremist ideologies that radicalize." The summit did not address radical Islam in particular, but ... continue reading


Is Obama corrupt? Contracts for amnesty being pushed at 'full-throttle pace' by Department of Homeland Security Watch

Image of The population of potential requesters for the president's deferred action will be

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Despite a federal court's decision to halt President Obama's amnesty order, the White House continues to award multi-million-dollar contracts to firms to process millions of illegal immigrants. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The population of potential ... continue reading


Blackwell and Morrison: Obama's ISIS Policy - Above US Only Sky Watch

Image of With the murders this week of twenty-one Coptic Christians on the beach in Libya, the world has seen an example of the cruelty and barbarism. The Obama administration regularly denies it has anything to do with Islam.

By Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison

With the murders this week of twenty-one Coptic Christians on the beach in Libya, the world has seen an example of the cruelty and barbarism. The Obama administration regularly denies it has anything to do with Islam. Islam must change. The world cannot survive ... continue reading


Ron Paul issues dire warning: Secession is happening Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The time is here, the United States' may soon be no more. According to former Republican presidential candidate and congressman, Ron Paul, the states will stop listening to federal laws. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "I would like to start off by talking about ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
4 I pleaded with Yahweh my God and made this ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
15 Costly in Yahweh's sight is the death of his ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 9:2-10
2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James ... Read More

Reading 2, Romans 8:31-34
31 After saying this, what can we add? If God is for ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 1st, 2015 Image

St. David
March 1: According to tradition, St. David was the son of King Sant of ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter