Man charged for second time over deaths of Aboriginal children [ABC - 9/2/17]
... In the United Kingdom the changes followed on from the media attacks on the Justice System after a number of young men were acquitted of the racially motivated murder of Stephen Lawrence.
That experience illustrates the possible danger of allowing trials to be reopened.
In the Lawrence case, despite what appears to be the perfectly legitimate rejection of flawed identification evidence, a media campaign was able to significantly undermine the integrity of the criminal justice system.
The continued erosion of what were once thought to be fundamental 'rights' is indicative that the principle of limited Government is being abandoned.
The State can do what it wants.
Without any brake on the Executive Government's power to make and enforce laws they can and do say; 'in order to control crime - anything goes'.
In the absence of a strong Parliament and a Bill of Rights only the legal profession and the limited powers of some in the courts can stop or stem the flood. ... The rule against Double Jeopardy [NSW Public Defender - June 2003]
Family of Aboriginal man who died in custody say they fear a cover up [Buzzfeed - 8/2/17]
Israeli forces violently detain Palestinian boy in broad daylight, 16 others in night raids [Maan - 8/2/17]:
Israeli forces violently detained a Palestinian minor off the street in broad daylight on Wednesday afternoon, while at least 16 other Palestinians were detained earlier from across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in predawn raids.
According to locals in Aida refugee camp in in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, Israeli forces raided the camp Wednesday afternoon and violently detained a boy in the street as he was walking home from school. ...
An elderly Palestinian died after being run over by an Israeli settler on Wednesday near the illegal Israeli settlement of Neve Daniel in the occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem. ... [Maan - 8/2/17]
Veterans return to Standing Rock, not backing off pipeline protests [Stars and Stripes - 8/2/17]
Water Protector recalls moment National Guard took selfies with caged protectors in background [We Are The Media - 6/2/17]
Mississippi House passes bill to allow firing squads in executions [Clarion Ledger - 8/2/17]:
The House passed a bill that could lead to the death penalty being carried out by nitrogen gas, firing squad or electrocution.
The execution alternative methods in House Bill 638 would only come into play if Mississippi's lethal injection protocol is ruled unconstitutional.
Then each of the other methods would be successive if one is ruled unconstitutional. ...
The attorney general of Guatemala asked a court Tuesday to move forward on the trial of the former military chief of staff Manuel Benedicto Lucas Garcia and four other high-ranking officials for the 1981 kidnapping and disappearance of 14-year-old Marco Antonio Molina Theissen, including the torture and rape of his sister Emma Guadeloupe.
The solicitation to move forward with the Molina Theissen case follows decades of victims clamoring for justice for the brutal crimes carried out during Guatemala’s bloody 36 years of military dictatorships.
All five former top military officials would be tried for crimes against humanity, forced disappearance and aggravated rape.
The judge's decision is expected in the coming week. ... [teleSUR - 7/2/17]
Sri Lankan army presents artificial limbs to former LTTE cadres at USAID event [Tamil Guardian - 8/2/17]
@mir_sidiquee [9/2/17]: Diplomats visit #Rohingya Refugee camps in #S_CoxsBazar, welcome them with the placards written demands mostly for #Restoration of #Rights
Dozens of Buddhist monks and demonstrators gather at a Yangon port to protest the Food Flotilla for Rohingya [New Straits Times - 9/2/17]
Myanmar police in leaked Rohingya torture video reprimanded [Frontier Myanmar - 8/2/17]
Myanmar: UN says over 1,000 Rohingya killed - 70,000 escape - as 4 month military operation in Rakhine draws to a close [Reuters - 8/2/17]
Australia's Attorney-General George Brandis: "Thanks to this government, it [the right to seek asylum as a genocide unfolds] isn't Australia's problem anymore".
[Senate - May 2015]
STOP KILLING FAMILIES: Rohingya refugees - now political prisoners of the Australian government - protest at Manus Island concentration camp [November 2016]
Woodside Petroleum can grow without acquisitions: CEO [Australian Financial Review - 19/1/17]:
... Exploration spending will be roughly maintained, at $US325 million, with drilling in Myanmar to take the largest chunk, of $US100 million. ...
... After five days at sea, their boat reached Australian waters, but the engine failed as they struggled to make their way closer to Christmas island.
The Rohingya desperately waved to the crew of a passing Australian Navy vessel, which Mr Abdul said did not respond. ... [The Straits Times - 1/2/16]
The bipartisan anti-refugee policy of successive Australian governments led to another tragedy last Friday.
A young Rohingya man, who fled Burma as an unaccompanied teenager nearly four years ago, reportedly doused himself with petrol and set himself alight in a suburban branch of the Commonwealth Bank. ... [WSWS - 22/11/16]
Myanmar’s 2015 election largely free despite 4 million being unable to register to vote [Australia Myanmar Election Observer Mission - 11/11/15]
... Rohingya refugees in Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia told BROUK and Fortify Rights that police routinely used the threat of arrest to extort money and property from them, particularly if they were unable to produce proper documentation or a card demonstrating they were a registered asylum seeker with the UNHCR.
Changes in the UNHCR's registration practices in Malaysia have considerably narrowed access to asylum procedures for Rohingya refugees, the [Everywhere Is Trouble] report said, leaving many without any documents and at risk of serious security abuses, including the possibility of indefinite detention.
Rohingya refugees in Malaysia said the lack of access to UNHCR registration was the single most important issue they faced, followed by a lack of access to affordable healthcare and livelihoods. ... [The Nation - 12/3/16]
Fairfax protects UNHCR grubs [Sydney Morning Herald - 9/2/17]
Bail application for man who attempted to escape PNG/Australia anti-refugee regime to seek asylum in Fiji adjourned for third time [EMTV - 9/2/17]:
The Boroko District Court has for the third time, adjourned the bail application hearing, of an asylum seeker charged for Falsifying Information.
This afternoon, the accused, Loghman Sawari was told in court, his bail application will be heard tomorrow afternoon, because of the Notice of Service, which was only filed yesterday afternoon.
This notice means, the police prosecution has up to 72 hours to respond to the application.
The 21-year-old accused appeared in court, from a private hospital, but under police custody. Sawari’s lawyer, Loani Henao, was supposed to apply for bail on medical grounds.
However, police prosecution objected to the bail application, saying the Notice of Service was only filed yesterday, and they needed more time to prepare their objections.
Police prosecution informed the courts, that Sawari was receiving medical treatment without the knowledge of concerned authorities.
Henoa rebutted that submission and told magistrate Kalandi that Sawari was transported to a private hospital, under police escort from Waigani Police Station.
Henao also told the courts, that despite a request for police to escort Sawari back to the hospital yesterday, they were told there were no police officers available to assist his client.
Magistrate Kalandi then questioned police prosecution, on why there was no police escort provided because Sawari was still under police custody.
The first adjournment came after Boroko District Court Magistrate, Maristella Painap, learnt in court that the name written on Sawari’s village on the Information Sheet was incorrect.
Yesterday, police prosecution told Sawari’s lawyer that there was magistrate present to hear the bail application, and certain court documents were not filed at the Boroko District Court Registry, in order for the bail application to be heard.
Police alleged that Sawari used false information in July 2016, and obtained travel documents.
He flew to Fiji last month, using those travel documents but was deported to Papua New Guinea last Friday.
Following the adjournment of his bail application, Sawari was taken to the Boroko Police Station cells where he will be remanded until his case returns to court tomorrow.
Shady IOM forum seeks "durable solutions" for 1,000s of internally displaced persons in PNG [EMTV - 9/2/17]
US Embassy in Port Moresby awards two new grants totalling US$1 million to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) [11/12/14]
US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman renews call for declassification of phoney Obama-Australia refugee "deal" [Senator Chuck Grassley Media Release - 2/2/17]
Israel's Knesset lowers maximum migrant detention in Holot to 12 months [Jerusalem Post - 9/2/17]
@wikileaks [9/2/17]: Ecuadorian presidential candidate calling for Assange arrest is implicated in WikiLeaks cables as US informant
@wikileaks [9/2/17]: Assange asylum is in the news today ...
Seven arrested at deportation protest for Valley mom in Phoenix [abc 15 - 8/2/17]:
Protests erupted in Phoenix Wednesday, when a Valley woman was ordered to be deported after showing up for a routine immigration check.
Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was arrested in 2009 for impersonation as part of a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office raid.
She was charged with a felony, but her attorneys say that raid was later ruled unconstitutional. ...
@GadiNBC [8/2/17]: A caravan of vehicles just left #ICE in Phoenix. protestors start screaming as they drive away. officers clear the street. #GuadalupeGarcia
Trump vowed to end 'catch and release,' but on the border, it's business as usual [LA Times - 6/2/17]:
... President Trump has vowed to overhaul the immigration system, but for now it’s almost business as usual on the border.
A slow stream of Central American families, fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, has continued to trickle into McAllen, one of the busiest ports of entry on the Southwest border.
Although Trump has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to end "catch and release," the unofficial name for a policy in which U.S. immigration enforcement agencies allow migrants they deem low risk to remain at large pending a hearing, there are not enough detention centers to hold the thousands of families crossing over.
A few times a day, a white bus drops off a fresh batch of immigrant families in downtown McAllen.
Mothers and fathers stumble out — many wearing thick, black electronic ankle monitors — cradling small children with disheveled hair and clutching legal notices to appear in court within days.
Worn out, they line up to pick up tickets to join family in cities as far away as Tallahassee and Los Angeles.
Across the border, anxiety is rife as immigrants, attorneys and officials struggle to interpret the frenzy of announcements from Washington. ...
Australian Government moves to forcibly deport men from Manus Island concentration camp because it knows the opposition, human rights establishment and professional associations are with them every step of the way.
PNG police attacked Mike prison 4am to deport two Nepali asylum seekers. One taken, one escaped and is lost. Barbaric action
Manus prison: imigration giving people negative papers right now. Too many officers here. Knocking on doors saying 'go back.' After 4yrs
Immigration saying 'if you sign to go back to your countries we'll give you $20000 US, if you don't we'll deport you by force.' No way
Nobody researched what happened to ppl returning to their countries in past 4yrs.They don't care about people's lives. Already 4 people died
Manus prison:Threatening to deport 12 ppl to Nepal, about 34 to Bangladesh & many others. Height of injustice. Australian gov responsible
The lawyer for asylum seekers in Australia's offshore detention centre in Papua New Guinea says PNG immigration authorities have begun removing men from the island so they can be deported.
Immigration authorities have previously said they were preparing to deport 163 men whose refugee claims had been rejected.
The men's lawyer said at least one Nepalese asylum seeker was removed from the centre in the early hours of the morning so he could be flown to Port Moresby then back to Nepal.
Other detainees said a second Nepalese man was also taken from the centre but escaped and is now being pursued by police on the island.
The men's lawyer, Ben Lomai, said there were major problems with the assessment process, and the Government should not be deporting people until they are resolved.
"It's a concern that some of them, not all of them, but some of them or even a few of them may not have been assessed properly," he said.
The asylum seekers, lawyers and human rights advocates have raised concerns about the refugee determination process on Manus Island, which was not overseen by the United Nations.
About 30 asylum seekers refused to give their claims to PNG authorities for processing.
Most were given an arbitrary "negative" status, including the vulnerable witness to the murder of Reza Barati, Benham Satah.
"Some of these people are genuine people. They've marks of physical injuries on their body to these assessors, but they failed to cross check [that] information and then give them a favourable response," Mr Lomai said. ...
Will any journalist bother to report the outcome of this application ---> ... The lawyer [Ben Lomai] representing the detained men on Manus Island says he is in the process of applying for a court injunction to stop the deportations. [RNZI - 9/2/17]
Brisbane maths teacher Jacob Rice taught at the Manus Island immigration detention centre in 2014 when a 23-year-old Iranian man name Reza Berati was bashed to death by security guards during a riot by hunger strikers [when refugees were attacked].
One of the friends the teacher-turned-whistleblower made while working on Manus for nine months was a Rohingya maths teacher.
His friend is still in indefinite detention as his application for asylum had just been rejected on the grounds that he was educated.
The man has told his family that they should consider him dead.
Mr Rice said the Immigration Department had rejected his friend's asylum claim because they concluded he could not be a genuine Rohingya person because members of this religious minority in Burma were not allowed to be educated.
He holds a masters degree in mathematics.
One of his daughters was studying medicine while the other had won a maths competition. ...
I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]
Australia and Papua New Guinea regional settlement arrangement [Joint media release with Kevin Rudd - Prime Minister, Mark Dreyfus - Attorney General and The Hon Tony Burke MP - Australian Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship - 19/7/13]
Meanwhile, Australia's human rights establishment help Attorney-General George Brandis with his PR problem
... Why do people set themselves on the fire front of UN? Because they remind us how human rights is a big business in this country and there is no real action. ...
Mina Taherkhani - political prisoner of the Australian government, Nauru [Guardian - 7/11/16]
Joyous applause at @dfat forum as AG Brandis announces plan to ratify #OPCAT this year & outlines plans to prevent torture & ill treatment @rightsagenda - Human Rights Law Centre [9/2/17]
Seems to be a correlation between inaction on human rights and the number of symposiums, conferences and forums being held ---> Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes Brandis OPCAT PR stunt while simultaneously legitimising indefinite detention. [Media Release - 9/2/17]
In August 2015, a Senate motion to expedite the ratification of OPCAT [Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment] didn't even get to a vote because Queensland ALP Senator Claire Moore objected.
Australian Human Rights Commission urges Turnbull to end ALP anti-refugee policy with "rights based" deterrence [Sydney Morning Herald - 14/9/16]
March 2015: Australian media and human rights organisations ignored protests on Nauru as they toasted each other at International Women's Day celebrations at the Sydney Opera House.
... With over one thousand people shot dead by US law enforcement agents each year, the alleged risk posed by Guantánamo prisoners to the US is clearly exaggerated, and with the naval base home to another indefinite detention facility since 1991, for immigration detainees, there is no interest in ending indefinite arbitrary detention, a highly lucrative business. ... Why Obama didn't close Guantánamo [One Small Window - 7/1/17]
Australia's refugee concentration camps on Nauru and Manus Island were reopened by the ALP under the watchful guidance of the United States (i.e. Hillary Clinton's State Department) [Buzzfeed - 4/6/16]
Clinton's Guantanamo [Slate - 21/12/2005]:
... Despite signals on the campaign trail that he intended to shut down the camp, Clinton changed his mind.
As a result, the refugees remained, even after he assumed office, in leaky barracks with poor sanitation, surrounded by razor wire and guard towers.
They responded with a hunger strike, and after raucous protests against their confinement, a number were thrown in the naval brig as if they were criminals. ...
It's DEPORTATION THEATRE, and it's FASCISM ----> Deported to death: Why did Obama deport 85 Muslim asylum seekers to Bangladesh, India and Nepal? [Democracy Now - 8/4/16]
Minnesota activists are mobilising community members today against what they call the unjust deportation of eight Cambodian citizens from the United States, according to local media.
On Thursday, about 200 people gathered at the University of Minnesota to hear from the families of eight men who are currently awaiting deportation to the Kingdom.
Chamroeun Phan, Chan Heng Ouch, Chan Om, Ched Nin, Phoeuy Chuon, Ron An, Soeun Chheng and Sameth Nhean were all detained in August.
Activists are urging Minnesota residents to begin calling their local officials today to ask for the men’s release.
The Minnesota 8, as activists are calling them, fit the profile of many Cambodians deported from the US.
Most were born in Thai refugee camps, came to the US as small children and have never set foot in their country of citizenship.
All of them are legal US residents, but face deportation due to a 2002 repatriation agreement that determined immigrants who are not US citizens can be deported if they are convicted of a crime, including some misdemeanours. ... Minnesota activists push back as deportations loom [Phnom Penh Post – 24/10/16]
The quiet deportation of Cambodian refugees you haven’t heard about: Almost 16,000 Southeast Asian Americans have received deportation orders since 1998 [Think Progress - 17/10/16]
9 February 2017