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Image Comparing Iraq Death Toll to Police Mortality https://www.facebook.com/heroesbehindthebadge

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So, I was scanning through my Facebook posts just now, and someone I know who is a police officer had posted this image with statistics. The image compares the death toll of troops in the Iraq War since 2001 to the death toll of on-duty police officers since the same time period. The numbers are almost identical, but what strikes me about these statistics is how selective they are. Nowhere is there any mention of the collateral damage of foreign citizens, or how lopsided this war on terror has been (sorry if I offend).

Torture and Death in Syrian Prisons

In a recently published report by Amnesty International, it has been discovered that at least 17,723 people have died in custody in Syrian prisons since March 2011. This, the article states, is around “300 deaths per month” - not counting the much larger reality of all those people who have been abducted or are “missing”.

Sex Trafficking: Selling American Girls

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The article posted (see link below) discusses how prostitutes have been-and in some areas still are-being arrested for their "crimes." Prostitution is an act (when not by choice) that strips an individual of their dignity and enslaves them in tortuous practices. For this particular case, Stacey, a 16 year-old, found herself trapped in the community and notified officers through a blocked number.  The officers are still having difficulty locating her because of the use of code names and a pimp who continues to keep a tight leash on Stacey.

China and International Human Rights Accountability

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On a global stage, human rights takes front and center. It is through a lack of accountability that tragedy ensues - you don't have to look any farther than the Rwandan Genocide or the Holocaust to see that this is true. By national entities engaging in conversations about the protection human rights, the world as a whole has a hope of moving towards universal equality and fair treatment. 

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