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"The Government’s place is not to be assisting people who think they can’t make it on their own, it’s an absolute last emergency order” --> the words of UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty & Human Rights @Alston_UNSR should shame Britain & need to be publicised. My THREAD:
Professor Philip Alston said that 14 million people are in poverty in the UK (a figure the Government disputes) and that child poverty rates are “staggering” and are predicted to go up significantly over the next couple of years. #poverty #humanrights #austerity
The UN Special Rapporteur said he saw “a lot of misery” during his trip to the UK & met “a lot of people who feel the system is really there just to punish them”. People who could have gotten help in "yesterday's Britain" can no longer count on it #poverty #humanrights #austerity
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Europe's border is not where you think it is. Here's why:
#humanrights #migration #refugees #IDS2018 see @visionscarto #map @CDB_77
1/5. From 2010 to 2014, the number of refugees and migrants coming to Europe increased from 60,000 to 280,000. The EU decided to crack down on migration by paying other countries to deal with migration for them.
2/5. The EU started making financial agreements with African strongmen and #dictators to ramp up #border security, technical aid and data collection. As a result, other countries are actually controlling the EU border, moving the border further south to #NorthAfrica.
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Dear anyone who thinks they will vote Conservative when we have a #GeneralElection ...please read the below report from UN Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights before you cast your vote.

Let your conscience do the rest.

#ChildrenInNeed #Poverty
ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/…
“But through it all, one actor has stubbornly resisted seeing the situation for what it is. The Government has remained determinedly in a state of denial.”

@theresa_may @EstherMcVey1

#UNVisit2018 #poverty
“Even while devolved authorities in Scotland & N Ireland are frantically trying to devise ways to ‘mitigate’, or in other words counteract, at least the worst features of the Government’s benefits policy, Ministers insisted to me that all is well and running acc to plan”
#Poverty
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UN special rapporteur Philip Alston giving press conference now after his time investigating #poverty in the UK: on benefits there is 'a sense that we should make the system as unwelcoming as possible'.
.@Alston_UNSR on impact of Brexit on UK #poverty, says 'those on the lower income levels are really going to suffer' - calls for much more attention to be paid to this.
.@Alston_UNSR on the risks of paying #universalcredit to only one partner in a household: 'the impact on many women is extremely problematic: it puts them at risk of domestic violence'
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UN special rapporteur @Alston_UNSR - who spent two weeks investigating UK #poverty at invitation of British govt - concludes that Tory ministers are "in denial" over the crisis caused by austerity, and their motivation is "an ideological one"
bit.ly/2TcTc34
His report is a damning indictment: "All of the evidence that I've seen, not withstanding the claims of the DWP, is that sanctions are usually counter production". Calls it a "tonne of bricks approach" which is counter to basic human rights, traditional British sense of fairness
Philip Alston says the poor will also "bear the brunt" of the economic fallout from #Brexit
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THREAD: I promised I'd try my abest to #FactcheckChina at today's #ChinaUPR. But I find that's rather hard when the delegation statement isn't available online...

But as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are a few choice selections from the China PR campaign.
The whole point of protecting #HumanRights is to ensure equality for those who are NOT "the overwhelming majority". But it appear that #XiJinping Thought would have it otherwise.
#FactCheckChina
A colourful photo of streetlife in #Xinjiang. Which also happens to have seen a massive expansion of camps/detention facilities since 2016, where one might be locked up arbitrarily for simple religious expression. #FactcheckChina
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My name is Lelena.

I am a #ChronicPain patient.

I am required to pee in a cup monthly to show #compliance to my #LowDose #opioid regimen.

I am painted as despicable, helpless, & #unclean by the powers that be.

I am a modern-day #Leper.

#EndStigma #PainLeper
Newsflash, America:

I'm not JUST a #ChronicPain patient.

I am not helpless.

I am not #unclean.

I am not #despicable.

I don't just use #pills to overcome my #SeverePain.

I refuse all #stigma, misconceptions, assumptions, and #labels.

I am an #Overcomer.
I will be criticized for calling myself a #ChronicPain patient.

People will say: she wallows in illness. She enjoys it! She IDENTIFIES with her pain.

Wrong. It is part of my reality. I must face it & battle it daily.

And I do. Despite all the negativity I face from others.
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Dear #MAGA #Desis & other assorted non-white ppl who support Republicans because of anti-blackness or lower taxes or the feeling of proximity to power, observe this pattern of escalating & widening targeting in #immigration policy & #deportation:
1. Criminal illegal aliens "bad hombres"
2. All undocumented immigrants
3. End TPS "Temporary Protected Status"
4. End family preference in green cards "chain migration"
5. Reduce/eliminate residency lottery
6. Review citizenship applications for fraud & revoke citizenship &
deport ppl who've been here for decades
7. End birthright citizenship for children of undocumented migrants
8. Muslim ban
9. Revoke residency visa for people who have used certain public welfare benefits

I've probably forgotten some other measures, and no doubt there are more
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#Netanyahu says #EU has agreed to stop funding an association of left-wing NGOs - Aug 7,2018
The #FreedomProtectionCouncil was established in 2017, a media freedom NGO,
composed of representatives of dozens of leftist #Israel-i NGOs inc. #BTselem & #Adalah
timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-says…
#BTselem is a “disgrace,” PM #Netanyahu said on October 14, 2018 as he lashed out at the left-wing #Israeli NGO over its plans to speak out against #Israel at the #UnitedNations Security Council later that week.
#Palestine #Gaza #Occupation
jpost.com/Israel-News/Ne…
At #UN, #BTselem chief blasts #Israel; Envoy calls him a ‘collaborator’
Head of dovish Israeli #HumanRights group urges #SecurityCouncil to act against Jewish state,which he compares to #apartheid-era #SouthAfrica. Oct 18, 2018
#Palestine #Gaza #Occupation
timesofisrael.com/in-un-btselem-…
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We're at #CEDAW71, and will live-tweet the session. Minister Frankie Campbell has introduced the delegation, thanked NGOs for contributions, and introduced The #Bahamas as the most beautiful place in the world from space (as noted by astronaut Scott Kelly).

#CEDAW242
He is now giving information about the makeup of The #Bahamas -- being an archipelago, having a Family of Islands, and dealing with increasing frequency and intensity of hurricanes.

#CEDAW71 #CEDAW242
He has just mentioned that The #Bahamas was successful in its bid to join the #HumanRights Council.

Now talking about the importance of the #SDGs.

#CEDAW71 #CEDAW242 #Bahamas
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We’re witnessing a slow-motion #Holocaust in Occupied #EastTurkistan. MILLIONS of Muslims, including the elderly, have been disappeared into Communist #China’s system of #ConcentrationCamps. Meanwhile, #Beijing is murdering CEO’s & even abducted the head of @INTERPOL. Crisis.
… it’s vital that #PacificRim nations coalesce around our shared values: #HumanRights, #PressFreedoms, & #RuleOfLaw. The time to push back on Communist #China is NOW. #America 🇺🇸, #Japan 🇯🇵, #Australia 🇦🇺, #India 🇮🇳, #Taiwan 🇹🇼, & others… join together to stop these atrocities!
… the free world — I hope you still cherish it — has never faced a more daunting & urgent threat that the one posed by Communist #China’s totalitarian regime. Nazi Germany’s population was 90 million. Soviet Russia’s was 293 million. Communist China? 1.386 BILLION. Must act NOW.
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It seems awfully convenient that #MagnitskyAct guy (& probable #EdmondSafra murderer-hirer) @BillBrowder & many of his neocon playthings — like @LindseyGrahamSC — are trying to pin this on Crown Prince #MBS. I smell a shakedown. Bad thing for #HumanRights when only money matters.
… one thing that people don’t realize about #Magnitsky & the #MagnitskyAct is that there’s no more crucial hub of state-sanctioned money laundering than @TheJusticeDept’s @SDNYnews. That’s where Wall St. is (& all the #FININT collection that goes w/ it).
… it’s important to understand #Browder’s connections to the #London-based #HongKong #Shanghai Banking Company — #HSBC — a bank heavily dependent on Communist #China which functions as his private #laudromat. The #Khashoggi case takes the focus off them.
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You can't understand #JamalKhashoggi assassination without knowing the following:
1. The industrialized world's relationship with raw materials-producing nations like #KSA #SaudiArabia produces corruption on both sides
muslimmediareview.blogspot.com/2015/02/review…
2. The Arabic-speaking countries, for the most part, even if they don't depend on mineral exports, are dependent on similar relationships, often mediated through the wealth on neighboring raw materials-producing nations or security arrangements made to protect industrialized
nations' interests in the mineral-exporting nations or in the Zionist settler-colonialist project (Egypt. Jordan).

3. When thousands of youth in these nations revolted against these systems in 2011 & subsequent yrs, the industrialized world supported the regimes through military
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A reminder on #NationalComingOutDay that only one country in the entirety of the Middle East supports, defends and celebrates freedom of choice:

#Israel
As a contrast to their equal rights in #Israel, here is how #gay men are treated in #Iran.
#NationalComingOutDay
Sodomy is punishable by death in #SaudiArabia.
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The World Day against the Death Penalty is a day when the world says no to the mullahs’ religious tyranny.
#Iran #NoDeathPenalty #HumanRights @HouseForeign⁩ ⁦@SecPompeo @MBachelet @JavaidRehman
The World Day against the Death Penalty is a time to pay tribute to the 30,000 who were hanged during the #1988massacre by the religious dictatorship in #Iran. #NoDeathPenalty #HumanRights
#Iran - Since January 2018, at least 223 people have been executed. including: ten political prisoners and six individuals who were under 18 at the time of the crime have been confirmed. #NoDeathPenalty #1988Massacre #HumanRights
iran-hrm.com/wp-content/upl…
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1/Children & young people with autism and learning disabilities who could be living in the community with specialist support are languishing for years in Assessment & Treatment Units, some of them locked up 24/7 in isolation rooms, bec of severe financial pressure on Local Auths
2/ At the same time, private providers running these ATUs are raking in profits, being paid £452m per yr in what has become a market driven provision where autistic and LD people are little more than commodities
3/ This in spite of the fact that caring for them in the community would be far less expensive not to mention far better for the individuals concerned, their quality of life, their security and safety and their wellbeing
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The Suffocation of Democracy

By: Christopher R. Browning

THREAD✔
1/
As a historian specializing in the #Holocaust, #Nazi Germany, and #Europe in the era of the world wars, I have been repeatedly asked about the degree to which the current situation in the United States resembles the interwar period and the rise of #fascism in Europe.
2/
I would note several troubling similarities and one important but equally troubling difference.

In the 1920s, the US pursued #isolationism in foreign #policy and rejected participation in international organizations like the League of Nations.
3/
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Hey @DefenseOne @smallwars @defense_news and others...I think the @NobelPrize committee would like a word with you. Because as far as I can see, you've missed something today. edition.cnn.com/2018/10/05/eur…
see, those of us in the #nationalsecurity world know that you consider rape a #humanrights thing and a little more fluffy than the big toys you all usually write about. But that's exactly the point, and why you should take the message that is being sent to you. 2/
The @NobelPrize was awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end sexual abuse AS A WEAPON OF WAR.

So you guys cover wars, right? So where is the discussion of this? From what I can see, you didn't even cover it. 3/
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Marzieh Ebrahimi #AcidAttack victim #Iran .
This is a tiny example for you to know why I am trying to overthrow the mullahs.
Is not that enough for #IranRegimeChange
Marzieh Ebrahimi #AcidAttack victim #Iran .
You can be an echo of the Iranian people، help spread the word 2 know what happens in Iran.please.
#Iran: As long as the mullahs' are in power #humanrights and #womensrights are not going to be upheld in Iran.
As the Iranian regime suffers from instability and is beset by social protests and discontent, it is essential that we support the Iranian pp & #Iranprotesters!
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I welcome Kristinn #Hrafnsson’s (@khrafnsson) appointment as @WikiLeaks’ Editor-in-Chief. The @USAgov’s campaign of dezinfomatsia, lawfare, & extortionate tactics — as well as the @govUK’s flagrant violations of international #HumanRights law — will clearly not impede WL’s work.
#Hrafnsson’s appointment sends a CLEAR SIGNAL to @TheJusticeDept: #WikiLeaks (& its fans) won’t back down, nor will WL’s mission be nullified by @CPSUK continuing to hold #Assange hostage. These terrorist tactics are beyond the scope of acceptable state behavior. #FreeAssange.
… moreover, this dumb & counterproductive campaign against #WikiLeaks — for daring to expose widespread, systemic corruption in the #DNC, inc. flagrant campaign finance violations — sets an anti-press precedent when we should be pressing #China on #FreeSpeech & #PressFreedoms.
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NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi on the Roadmap to Freedom, 2018 Iran Uprising Summit, September 22:
1- “I want to stress the path we have chosen and the horizon ahead of us as we strive to reach the Iranian people's grand destination.”
#Iran #FreeIranSummit #Alternative
2- “We seek popular sovereignty. We are fighting for the establishment of a republic based on the vote of the people. We consider the people's free vote to be the sole criterion of legitimacy for national officials.”
#Iran #FreeIranSummit #Alternative
3-“We stress human rights in accordance w/ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, & in accordance w/ conventions adopted by the United Nations. The mullahs' sharia edicts, which make up the legal precedent of the regime's punitive laws, will have no place in tomorrow's Iran.”
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This could explain Javad Zarif's anxiety:
"It should be noted that on the Internet, especially Telegram, the enemy and especially the [#MEK], have gained complete control… The terminology of regime change is gaining complete control in social media networks." -Tehran Press #Iran
The mullahs have always been fearful of #MEK's connecting to citizens. Here is what @NYTimes wrote in 1996: "Gov officials said the number of banned sites was not available, but they include those with information distributed by opposition groups like the [MEK]..." #CyberSecurity
The @NYTimes continued: ''The brains of the young are very impressionable, so the Mujahedeen Khalq [#MEK] might be able to brainwash people to join them, or they might be able to influence an election,'' said a senior Gov official familiar w/ the Internet project. #CyberSecurity
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This all started because the #MetPolice & #LBRUT couldn't do their jobs properly & then decided to take the law into their own hands. The result of this decision has led to events stranger than fiction

#BBCNews #Skynews #Itvnews #Channel4News #ThisMorning #TheresaMay #UKGov #LBC
My company was raided. It should have been a straightforward matter. But the #MetPolice & #LBRUT forgot to seize my computer & came back to do a 2nd raid. The search warrant didn't permit a second entry, however, #LBRUT entered unlawfully

#Guardian #Telegraph #DailyMail #GMB #UK
Complaints were then made to my MP #VinceCable. He liaised with the #Metpolice & #LBRUT. And then weeks later, the search warrant was completely changed & was passed off as the search warrant executed on the day of the raids.

#DailyPolitics #Libdems #Conservatives #labour #bbcdp
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