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24 Jul 2014

ISCI Condemns Demolition Exercise at Paga Hill

Press Release UK Human Rights Body Condemns Demolition Exercise at Paga Hill British human rights research centre, the International State Crime Initiative, has condemned the demolition exercise at Paga Hill on Tuesday. According to local residents over twenty homes were destroyed, leaving hundreds homeless, in a demolition exercise that was organised by the National Capital... Read more »
22 Jul 2014

MH17 is a crime, and so is the reckless bombardment of all civilian spaces

  The great critic of American foreign policy, Noam Chomsky, has a simple yet controversial technique for identifying contradiction in the international stance of western governments; he judges them by the standards with which they condemn others. Last week, the tragic loss of MH17 elicited an international response that brought into sharp focus a particularly... Read more »
18 Jul 2014

The War on Gaza: Israeli state crime and western complicity

‘I don’t know how my family are’, says Coventry restaurant owner Manal Timraz. ‘Last night was a bloody night because of the armed invasion and because of the types of weapons the Israeli Defence Force are using – gas bombs that create a sweet smell of oranges but cause great devastation.’ As Israeli attacks against... Read more »
18 Jul 2014

International Crimes, International Headlines – Comparing MH17 and Gaza

Today, global audiences are reeling from the devastation of two international crimes.* One involves the downed MH17 jet, and its 299 passengers, the other the besieged residents of Gaza, of which 250+ have died under a hail of Israeli bombs and bullets. Yet these two tragedies, both of the greatest moral gravity, have passed through... Read more »
16 Jul 2014

‘Villagisation’ and State Crime in Ethiopia’s Gambella Region

By Hanno Brankamp In Ethiopia, evidence suggests that the state has been involved in forced population movements and development-induced displacements, especially in the country’s vast peripheries. Today, Ethiopia’s governing coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), stands accused of violating the rights of the indigenous Anuak (or Anywaa) that comprise nearly 21% of the population... Read more »
09 Jul 2014

Forced evictions in Israel-Palestine

By Amelia Smith and Penny Green This report examines the ongoing role of Israel’s systematic and criminal programme of forced evictions in mandate Palestine. Our fieldwork took us from East Jerusalem and Ramallah, to the northern reaches of the Jordan Valley, Yafa [Jaffa] and unrecognized villages near Tel Aviv, to Hebron in the southern West Bank,... Read more »
12 Jun 2014

Religious Conversion Law Threatens Religious Freedom in Burma

(Photo: The Burmese House of Representatives) [This is a Repost of the Media Statement released by the Chin Human Rights Organization on 12th June 2014] Over 80 organizations [Ed: led by Chin Human Rights Organization] from civil society worldwide [Ed: including ISCI] today call on the Government of Burma/Myanmar to scrap proposed legislation that would unlawfully restrict... Read more »
11 Jun 2014

PRESS RELEASE: UK Human Rights Body Warns of Police Intimidation at Paga Hill

                  International State Crime Initiative                 The Dickson Poon School of Law                  King’s College London                  Strand | London | WC2R 2LS Press Release  UK Human Rights Body Warns of Police Intimidation at Paga Hill The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI), a research centre based out of... Read more »
10 Jun 2014

PRESS RELEASE: UK Human Rights Initiative Raises Concerns over Paga Hill Eviction

                  International State Crime Initiative                 The Dickson Poon School of Law                  King’s College London                  Strand | London | WC2R 2LS Press Release UK Human Rights Initiative Raises Concerns over Paga Hill Eviction   The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI), a research centre based out of... Read more »
27 May 2014

Thomas MacManus awarded prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship

The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) is delighted to announce that Executive Board Member Dr Thomas MacManus has been award a prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. Tom will hold his Fellowship with ISCI at the Department of Law at Queen Mary, University of London. The Fellowship will run for three years during which time Tom... Read more »
27 May 2014

More good news on Ali Aarrass’ campaign

Dear Friends of Ali Aarrass, On 13 May, Amnesty International launched a two-year campaign against torture. It highlighted five countries – Morocco, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Uzbekistan –  and five cases, of which one is that of Ali Aarrass. The AI report uses the report of UN Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez and that of the UN Working Group... Read more »
14 May 2014

Still the Enemy Within – The Secret State and the Strike – Penny Green & Seumas Milne

This day-long event celebrated the start of the great miners strike by bringing together film premiers, long lost archive, debate, discussion and entertainment to look back at a defining event in British history and at the strike’s relevance today.
13 May 2014

BOOK LAUNCH VIDEO: ‘The Muslims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror’ with Arun Kundnani

  Does the concept of extremism help us to make sense of political violence? Or does it distract us from the causes of conflict and lead to the suppression of dissent? Is there now an “anti-extremism industry” that encourages mass surveillance of suspect communities? Is the anti-fascist movement in danger of being co-opted by government... Read more »
12 May 2014

If truth be told: The revelations of a torturer to Brazil’s National Truth Commission

Brazilian former army colonel has been found dead weeks after admitting torturing and killing political prisoners under military rule Renata Meirelles On 25 April 2014 retired army colonel Paulo Malhães was found dead, with signs of asphyxiation, after three men broke into his house in Nova Iguaçu, in Rio de Janeiro’s periphery. His death under... Read more »
24 Mar 2014

Death at Europe’s frontiers: Foreseeable result of state policy?**

European states are morally responsible for deaths at the EU’s borders, argues ISCI’s Alicia de la Cour Venning* ‘This is the main feature of contemporary border politics. It exposes the border transgressors to death rather than directly using its power to kill.’  Khosravi (2010), ‘Illegal’ Traveller: an auto-ethnography of borders (p. 27) On 6 February, fifteen sub-Saharan Africans... Read more »
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