"The End of Democracy": Julian Assange in conversation with Angela Richter and Srećko Horvat [VIDEO 12/12/15]
A man accused of killing a New Zealand national and stuffing his body in an esky will face a trial next year.
David Leslie Hickson, 33, was charged with murder and interfering with a corpse after Campbell Paterson's body was found in bushland South of Cairns in November last year.
In the Cairns Magistrates Court on Monday he was ordered to stand trial, with a five-day trial set down to begin on March 14 next year. [Yahoo - 14/12/15]
Man dies after stabbing, Marsden [Yahoo - 14/12/15]:
A man in his 50s has died after being stabbed in a south Brisbane suburb, Queensland Ambulance Service says.
Paramedics were called to Brown Plains Road in Marsden shortly before 3.30pm on Monday.
The man, who was stabbed in the chest, died at the scene.
Queensland police have confirmed officers were called to a serious assault where a man received "life-threatening injuries".
"Initial investigations suggest that around 3.30pm two men were involved in a physical altercation at a Browns Plains Road address which resulted in a man receiving stab wounds," a police statement said.
The road has been shut at the intersection with Chambers Flat Road with diversions in place while investigations continue.
Attempted murder charge, Redcliffe [QPS Media - 13/12/15]:
Police have charged a 51-year-old man with attempted murder after an alleged assault in Redcliffe today.
Just before 12pm a man attended a Sutton Beach address and is alleged to have assaulted a 43-year-old woman with a knife.
The woman received several stab wounds to the upper body and was taken to the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The man was also injured as a result of the incident and was transported to the Redcliffe Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening stab wounds.
The man and the woman were known to each other.
The 51-year-old Rothwell man has been charged with attempted murder and is due to appear in the Redcliffe Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Fire has destroyed a home on the Gold Coast this morning, leaving a single mum and her five children without a home for Christmas. ... [MYGC - 14/12/15]
Firefighters have extinguished a blaze at a unit complex in far north Queensland this morning.
The ninth and 10th floors of the Trilogy One apartments on the Cairns Esplanade were evacuated after the fire broke out about 5:00am (AEST). ... [ABC - 14/12/15]
A woman is in a critical condition after falling four metres from a balcony in northern NSW.
Paramedics treated the woman, believed to be 42, for suspected spinal and pelvic injuries at a Bilambil house just after midnight.
She was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital where she remains in a critical but stable condition. [Yahoo - 14/12/15]
Bishop accused of not being 'candid', lacking 'compassion' in testimony to Child Abuse Royal Commission [Sydney Morning Herald - 14/12/15]:
A Catholic bishop has been accused of being untruthful to a royal commission in order to protect himself and the church from criticism over their handling of child sexual abuse allegations against clergy.
Brisbane's auxiliary bishop Brian Finnigan, formerly a secretary and adviser to former Bishop of Ballarat Ronald Mulkearns, has been grilled for almost two days about his knowledge of allegations against serial child sex offenders, including disgraced priest Gerald Ridsdale.
He said on Friday that he only learned of Ridsdale's crimes after 1993 and maintained on Monday that he only had "suspicions" of them before then. Counsel assisting the commission, Angus Stewart, SC, said on Monday: "... you've consistently distanced yourself from any knowledge of child sexual abuse by priests of the diocese to protect yourself and to protect the church."
He likened the Bishop's testimony to the "appalling" experiences of survivors when they tried to discuss their abuse with church officials in the 1980s, because it "lacked any compassion" and had "not been candid".
18-year-old charged with attempting to engage 14-year-old online, Gold Coast [QPS Media - 14/12/15]
Major anti rights drug operation closed by Moreton CIB [QPS Media - 14/12/15]:
... Police will allege that the principal offender, a 42-year-old Burpengary man, the president of the newly-formed Caboolture chapter of the Nomads OMCG, along with a network of associates, engaged in trafficking and supply of dangerous drugs – primarily Ice.
It will be further alleged that prior to ‘patching over’ to the Nomads, he was the long-term president of the Caboolture chapter of the Lone Wolf OMCG.
The chapter president has been charged with trafficking and supply of dangerous drugs with a Vicious Lawless Associate circumstance of aggravation as an office bearer. ...
Teenager charged following dangerous, resource wasting, class and race based police pursuit, Loganholme [QPS - 14/12/15]
What would you do if you were being chased by a dog that you knew had been trained to kill? [Brisbane Times - 14/12/15]:
A man charged with animal cruelty after a police dog went missing for hours on the Gold Coast will spend Christmas behind bars.
Adam Leigh Lawrence faced Southport Magistrates Court on Monday after being charged with four counts of assaulting police - including one related to the dog - as well as animal cruelty, driving and burglary offences.
A police officer had to smash the window of a four-wheel drive abandoned on the Gold Coast to rescue Police Dog Ox once he was eventually located after about six hours. ...
57 rounded up as Tactical Crime Squad and Public Safety Response Team deployed for yet another Apartheidesque provocation, Mt Isa [QPS Media - 14/12/15]
Melbourne teenager pleads guilty to thought crime [Nine MSN - 14/12/15]:
A Melbourne teenager arrested during a raid on his home has pleaded guilty to one terror-related charge.
The 17-year-old was due to face the Children's Court today, but admitted to one charge ahead of the hearing and prosecutors dropped two others.
He pleaded guilty to engaging in an act in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act between April 25 and May 8.
The teenager looked down and quietly said "guilty" when he was asked how he wanted to plead.
A prosecutor said he would front a directions hearing at the County Court at a later date.
The matter was expected to be heard at the Supreme Court after prosecutors won a bid to "uplift" the case from the Children's Court.
"The Supreme Court has indicated it ought be heard in the County Court," the prosecutor said.
"This all happened fairly recently."
He did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody to appear in the Melbourne County Court on Thursday.
Police officers acted appropriately in shooting deaths of two men on Sunshine Coast, coroner finds [ABC - 14/12/15]:
The police officers who shot dead two men in separate incidents on Queensland's Sunshine Coast acted appropriately, a coroner has found.
A coronial inquest investigated the deaths of Edward Wayne Logan and Anthony Young.
Logan died in November last year at Tewantin and Young in August 2013 at Coolum.
Coroner Terry Ryan today backed internal police investigations that found the use of lethal force was justified in both situations.
Young, 42, was shot by Senior Constable Evan Condon at Coolum.
It was later discovered that Young had killed a man and a woman aged in their 40s, whose bodies were discovered in a house where he had been living.
Mr Ryan said he agreed with the findings of Senior Sergeant Damien Hayden, who reviewed the use of force in the context of police policies.
Sen Serg Hayden concluded Sen Const Condon's actions in firing the fatal shots were "fully justified".
"His actions were in response to an honestly perceived imminent and legitimate threat to his life from an armed person in possession of a machete and a knife who was in the overt act of committing a serious indictable offence against Sen Const Condon," he said.
Sen Serg Hayden found that if Young had not been shot by Sen Const Condon he would have proceeded to attack him with the machete and knife he was carrying.
"I agree with Senior Sergeant Hayden's conclusions," Mr Ryan stated.
Mr Ryan said he also accepted the findings by Police Ethical Standards Command into the shooting of Logan.
The hearing was told police officers were also called to a house where Logan was behaving violently at a family birthday party, and people feared for their lives.
Soon after their arrival, Logan charged at the officers with a metal pole and ignored repeated warnings to drop the weapon.
Police fired three shots - all hit Logan and he died on the street 24 minutes later.
Mr Ryan found the police officers "reasonably feared that Mr Logan would kill them or cause them grievous bodily harm".
Police defend use of special emergency response team and armoured car during siege [Yahoo - 14/12/15]:
A man shot dead by police during a siege in Brisbane was "at the end of his tether" after believing he'd lost a custody battle, an inquest has heard.
Shaun Kumeroa, 42, was shot by special emergency response team (SERT) officers at an Inala carport on September 29 last year, after he emerged from a car brandishing a replica pistol.
His death followed a four-hour stand-off with police.
A detective who investigated the shooting has told an inquest that Mr Kumeroa believed he had recently lost a custody battle, and was facing an arrest warrant for allegedly assaulting his ex-partner and her mother.
"It's my understanding that the family custody dispute resolution he attended on September 11 had a very large impact on Mr Kumeroa," Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Sandra Pfeffer told the Brisbane inquest.
"I believe that he thought he was at the end of his tether for want of a better word, that he had nowhere to turn."
Mr Kumeroa was shot simultaneously by three SERT officers when he stepped from the car.
Members of his family left the court room when media footage of the incident was replayed.
Video shot by police and neighbours showed officers repeatedly telling Mr Kumeroa he would be shot if he left the car with his gun, which police did not know was a replica.
"I don't think there could be any doubt that Mr Kumeroa would have understood what would happen," Det Sen Sgt Pfeffer said.
Those who knew the victim said he was a "good person" who had problems with drugs throughout his life, she said.
The detective defended the use of SERT police and an armoured car in the siege, saying the officers' highest priority had been to contain Mr Kumeroa.
"At the end of the day it was an armed person," she said.
"With consideration of safety of police officers and other members of the public, then I believe that containing the situation in the way that it was done was the best option."
The inquest continues.
The man who was shot dead by police outside an Inala unit block had told officers he would not shoot them during a tense four-hour stand-off, witnesses have said. ... [ABC - 30/9/14]
An inquest is to be held into the deaths of five people shot by Queensland Police officers.
The state coroner announced a joint inquest will be held into the deaths of five men shot between August 2013 and November last year.
The inquest will examine circumstances surrounding the deaths of Anthony Young, Shaun Kumeroa, Laval Zimmer, Edward Logan and Troy Foster. ... [ABC - 28/5/15]
If we think you look shifty expect to be singled out for harassment and intimidation - and don't flinch - we might shoot you: Queensland Police [ABC - 24/9/14]:
... Commissioner Ian Stewart said his officers would be nervous after last night's shooting and it was his duty to protect them, as well as the public.
"You will see officers regularly carrying their firearms more often than you would have seen in the past," he told 612 ABC Brisbane.
"It means when they pull people up or speak to people, they are probably going to ask people to submit to pat-down searches much more regularly.
"Our police are going to be noticeably alert and request people to be very compliant with their dealings with a lower tolerance to policing.
"Any little thing might be a key to how someone is about to react in a potentially bad way and our police will be on guard for those signs."
Counter-terrorism law changes unnecessary, say top criminal lawyers: Changes to threshold from belief to suspicion ‘would allow police to be a little more trigger-happy’ [Guardian - 24/9/14]
Deception Bay man in stand-off with police.
Image: @KathLanders - journalist, Channel 9 [30/11/14]
QPS Media [30/11/14]:
The Ethical Standards Command will investigate the death of a man at Deception Bay this evening.
Police entered an Osborne Terrace home around 7.15pm this evening and located the body of a man.
Police had been outside of the residence negotiating with a 53-year-old man since early this morning after officers were called to a disturbance at the home.
The emergency declaration made under the Public Safety Preservation Act this afternoon has now been lifted.
A report with be prepared for the Coroner and the Crime and Corruption Commission have been informed.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Domestic violence orders against Queensland police officers more than double in a year [ABC - 14/12/15]:
... Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said while he in no way condoned domestic violence, he said given the impact on an officer's career by being taken off the road he believed some partners were using DVOs as leverage in relationship breakdowns.
"Tragically what I do see throughout society is some people will misuse the domestic violence legislation for their own personal gains," he said. Mr Leavers also blamed the increase in DVOs, in part, on the psychological impact of policing.
"I was at an information session on post-traumatic stress and what it basically says is most police [officers]with five years or more service have some form of post-traumatic stress," he said.
"That destroys relationships and that could, or could not, lead to domestic violence." ...
A community meeting will be held tonight, about a potential nuclear waste facility being built at Inglewood in Queensland's southern border region.
Inglewood is one of six sites across Australia, short-listed to host a permanent facility for low to medium risk nuclear waste. ... [ABC - 14/12/15]
Perth bushfires: DFES advises Gidgegannup residents to leave [WA Today - 14/12/15]
Why is there no discussion of Leibler's views on Palestinian first nations in the context of his appointment to the Constitutional Recognition Referendum Council?
Image: @clayton_dixon [14/12/14]
The prominent Indigenous leader Patrick Dodson and the tax lawyer Mark Leibler will oversee efforts to secure a successful referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s constitution. ... [Guardian - 7/12/15]
Constitutional Recognition Survey [Conducted by IndigenousX]
'Recognising' The Artful Con That Is The Constitutional Reform Debate, Amy McQuire [New Matilda - 12/12/14]:
The great academic Noam Chomsky once wrote: “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum”.
This quote perfectly encapsulates the current debate around constitutional reform – where there is a bipartisanship backed by reams of PR spin as a “positive”, while in reality it demonstrates one of the most insidious developments in black policy today – a dangerous “Canberra consensus”, as described by Indigenous policy expert Jon Altman.
How can two white leaders agreeing on the best way to shortchange blackfellas, at the expense of Aboriginal opinion, be a good thing?
The debate around ‘Recognise’ is made worse by the fact even the Greens are snuggly in the fold, leaving the opposition to a growing chorus of disenchanted and disenfranchised Aboriginal people, who are vilified for their justifiable and commendable cynicism.
should be proud of the fact that our Prime Minister and Foreign Minister have
consistently supported a genuine, negotiated two-state resolution to the
This is why Australia wisely voted against the admission of Palestine to UNESCO and why Australia should vote against Palestinian ''statehood'' if and when it comes to the United Nations General Assembly. ... Mark Leibler [Sydney Morning Herald - 17/11/11]
Alibaba to pay US$266 million for Hong Kong's South China Morning Post [Channel News Asia – 14/12/15]
600 tortured refugees have begged Australia's Prime Minister to kill them!
Australia's corrupt and fascist media WON'T EVEN ASK HIM FOR A RESPONSE.
Refugee women and children on Nauru are being ritually humiliated and Australia's human rights establishment ARE SILENT.
Nauru's former resident magistrate Peter Law says there's a climate of fear in the country [RNZI - 25/11/15]
Yendo por una nueva ola. - Huyendo por una mejor vida. Tarifa.
Image: @Marodriguez1971 [13/12/15]
@MSF_Sea [13/12/15]: ... Many boats arriving to #Lesvos today. The @Greenpeace & @MSF boats are making sure everyone arrives safely
ISIS terrorists in Syria received all necessary materials to produce deadly sarin gas via Turkey, a Turkish MP claimed, citing evidence from an abruptly closed criminal case.
Speaking to RT, Eren Erdem said there is grounds to believe of a cover up.
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) member, Eren Erdem, brought up the issue for public discussion in parliament last week.
He accused Ankara of failing to investigate Turkish supply routes used to provide terrorists with toxic sarin gas ingredients. ... [RT - 14/12/15]
Russian inspectors to perform observation flight over Turkey - Russian Defense Ministry [TASS - 14/12/15]
Six citizens were killed and more than 43 others were injured due to terrorist mortar and rocket attacks launched by terrorist organizations on the residential neighborhoods in Damascus city, Jarmana and al-Wafideen Camp. ... [SANA - 13/12/15]
Yemeni forces have managed to kill over 80 Saudi-led troops, including 42 Blackwater mercenaries, in a ballistic missile attack in the western Bab-el-Mandeb area.
The Yemeni army, backed by popular committees loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement, targeted a Saudi military headquarters in the Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz with a Tochka ballistic missile on Sunday night, Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah news website reported.
Twenty-three Saudi, nine Emirati, and seven Moroccan forces, including a number of commanders, were also killed in the attack. Other reports said the attack left nearly 150 casualties among the Saudi-led forces. ... [Press TV - 13/12/15]
CAR referendum violence leaves two dead, 20 wounded [Ahram - 13/12/15]
ICC delegation to visit occupied Palestinian territory in February [Maan - 14/12/15]
Israeli fighter jets bomb besieged Gaza Strip [Press TV - 14/12/15]
Israeli forces shot and seriously injured a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron after an alleged stabbing attempt, locals and the Israeli army said.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that “a Palestinian armed with knife attempted to stab a pedestrian in Hebron, when forces on site responded to the threat and shot the assailant.”
The Palestinian was evacuated by an Israeli ambulance to Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Karem in West Jerusalem, the spokesperson added.
Local sources in Hebron identified the teenage girl as 16-year-old Lama Munthir Hafith al-Bakri. ... [Maan - 13/12/15]
Israeli forces on Sunday shot and injured a Palestinian farmer east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, locals and medics said.
Locals told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers stationed on the Israeli side of the border fence near the Kerem Shalom military post opened fire at Palestinian farmers working on their land at the time, hitting a farmer in his twenties.
Medics at Abu Yousif al-Najjar hospital said that the victim had been treated for wounds in his left leg. ... [Maan - 13/12/15]
Innovation Minister Christopher Pyne is in Israel to learn about its start-up entrepreneur culture.
Mr Pyne met with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday, following the release last week of the federal government's $1.1 billion innovation package.
Under the plan $36 million will go towards a global innovation fund including five "landing pads" overseas for start up entrepreneurs, with one to be located in Tel Aviv. [Yahoo - 14/12/15]
... CBA also wants to work with Israeli
"agritech" companies. Mr Whiteing said the agreement could be used to bring
insight back to CBA's rural customers. ...
CBA signs start-up deal with Israel's chief scientist
[Sydney Morning Herald - 23/11/15]
Australian reporters report on their trip to Israel [J-Wire – 11/12/15]
Mexico: Attorney General found over 500 corpses in 5 years [teleSUR - 13/12/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [13/12/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven strikes in Syria:
-- Near Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and wounded two ISIL fighters.
-- Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed seven ISIL buildings.
-- Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL staging area and damaged two others.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 15 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Fallujah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicle bomb facilities, two ISIL staging locations, and five ISIL buildings.
-- Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bunker.
-- Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL vehicle bomb facilities.
-- Near Ramadi, six strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL command and control nodes, an ISIL assembly area, two ISIL fighting positions, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Rawah, one strike struck an ISIL vehicle bomb facility.
-- Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and four ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
Russia warns Turkey over Aegean warship incident [Reuters – 13/12/15]
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday brushed off what a Germany magazine said was a request from the United States to provide more military help in the fight against Islamic State.
"I believe Germany is fulfilling its part and we don't need to talk about new issues related to this question at the moment," Merkel told the ZDF broadcaster when asked about the Der Spiegel magazine report of the U.S. request. ... [Reuters - 13/12/15]
Because Australia has stopped people from seeking asylum, Indonesia is now looking to eradicate 1,000s of refugees [AUDIO - ABC - 14/12/15]:
Seven months ago they were rescued from a sinking boat off Indonesia's coast but now the hundreds of Bangladeshi and Rohingya asylum seekers are at risk of being returned to Myanmar and Bangladesh.
In May, Indonesia agreed to house them for no more than a year and the country's Director General of Immigration is adamant that if no third country steps in to give them refuge, Indonesia will send them back.
Who will help refugees and asylum seekers in South East Asia if the UNHCR continue making excuses? [Guardian -11/12/15]:
Secret federal government documents cast doubt over whether Australia told Indonesia and the United Nations about a retrospective ban on taking refugees from official channels.
In November last year Australia announced it would no longer accept refugees who applied for resettlement through the UN’S refugee agency in Indonesia.
The ban applied to anyone who registered with the UNHCR from 1 July 2014.
An undated draft talking point document, released by the department of immigration under freedom of information, suggests Jakarta and the UNHCR were not consulted before the changes were made public.
... "They focused on an information campaign, that's all. Not about helping people at sea and not about humanitarian assistance," a U.N. official, who declined to be named, told Reuters. ... Thai migrant crisis meeting ends without any solution on offer [Reuters - 4/12/15]
Bay of Bengal boat movements manageable with weasel words, a racist, victim blaming media and the ability to ignore the elephant in the room i.e. the regional pariah's example setting human rights atrocities against refugees and asylum seekers [UNHCR Media Release - 4/12/15]
Watch Australia's protected and unaccountable Ambassador for "People Smuggling" Andrew Goledzinowski defend Australia's human rights atrocities against asylum seekers @ 1 hr 13 mins in ---> [Australia - 23rd Session of Universal Periodic Review - VIDEO - UN - 9/11/15].
Goledzinowski was Australia's representative at a recent manifestation of this ongoing regional "Wannsee". [Jakarta Post - 10/11/15]:
Indonesia will soon cohost the Jakarta Meeting, gathering government representatives from 14 countries to address the root causes of irregular migration, an official said on Tuesday.
“We should find the reason why these migrants are willing to sacrifice their wealth and take dangerous paths to countries that can’t promise they can stay,” said the Foreign Ministry’s director general for multilateral affairs, Hasan Kleib.
Scheduled for Nov. 27 to 28, the senior officials’ meeting will involve 14 countries that are significantly affected by the asylum seeker issue, including countries of origin such as Iran, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Afghanistan; transit countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore; and destination countries such as Australia and New Zealand.
Irregular migrants have become a major humanitarian issue.
A high flow of asylum seekers from conflict-affected countries has raised the numbers of migrants crossing the borders of both transit and destination countries.
Hasan said that if the situation continued, Indonesia — currently a transit country for asylum seekers hoping to reach Australia or New Zealand — could become a destination country.
However, creating solutions for only the countries experiencing a high flow of asylum seekers will not tackle underlying problems which, according to Hasan, lie in the domestic situations of asylum seekers’ countries of origin.
“Whether it’s development, economic, political, or social issues, we should really address this problem by discussing it with countries of origin,” Hasan told thejakartapost.com.
Meanwhile, Hasan asserted that as such domestic issues were typically sensitive, countries of origin would be assisted through capacity building and campaigns on the dangers of irregular migration.
“We expect concrete actions to be achieved in the meeting. However, addressing the root causes is of great importance because this irregular migration issue has affected us all,” Hasan said.
... A/S RICHARD: Well thank you for your question. I did meet with Australian colleagues at the May 29th meeting in Bangkok including the Ambassador for People Smuggling -- or Against People Smuggling, I guess.
The United States takes a different approach off our shores to people coming toward us in boats.
You know our Coast Guard intercepts the boats and then conducts interviews on its decks to find out if the people, if the boat people in the Caribbean have a credible fear of persecution or not.
And if it is judged that they are economic migrants they’re returned to places from which they’ve come.
But if it’s judged that they may have a case for asylum then they are not returned and that they get follow-on interviews and they may end up being moved as refugees to a new country. So the numbers we’re talking about in the Caribbean are quite small, but this, with this approach of ensuring that people get a chance to express their case is a part of what the US is doing that I think is needed throughout the region. I think that’s mostly on that issue. ...
Important lecture about seeking asylum - and how Australia is trashing the UN Refugee Convention ----> Professor Alison Mountz, of Harvard University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, responds to and challenges the crisis narratives unfolding in the media as she discusses political struggles over the erosion of asylum taking place globally. This talk explores shifting geographies of migration and border enforcement in major transit sites where migrants and asylum seekers seek entry and protection. The talk dwells in islands and enforcement archipelagos, offshore sites where struggles over entry and exclusion transpire and where the infrastructure of border enforcement and detention are growing. ... [VIDEO - Centre for International Governance Innovation - 12/11/15]
Garment factories in Myanmar stand to benefit the most from the United States' decision to ease restrictions on trade with Myanmar, which was considered by local business leaders the first step towards the eventual lifting of sanctions.
Aung Thein, vice president of the Myanmar Industries Association and managing director of Nibban Electronics, welcomed the move, saying it would boost exports to the US and strengthen local industries.
Garment factories would reap the most from the decision, he said. ... [The Nation - 14/12/15]
Myanmar: Snapshot of Humanitarian Issues [OCHA - 11/12/15]
NLD yet to engage with ethnic parties [Myanmar Times - 11/12/15]
Rohingya group protest shooting death in Rakhine State [Mizzima - 10/12/15]:
Eleven Rohingya groups have protested the shooting death of a 25-year-old Rohingya man on Monday near Buthidaung in Rakhine State.
Maung Maung died from a gunshot would after a car he was riding in was stopped by Border Guard Police (BGP) while he was returning home, according to a press release.
Maung Maung was travelling from Maungdaw to Buthidaung after shopping for his family when the car was stopped by a BGP team at Pawan Chaung Na Ta La village, the group said.
BGP officers demanded money from the Buddhist Rakhine driver of the car, the group said.
When the driver refused to pay,a shot was fired and a bullet struck Maung Maung in the head. He died at Maungdaw hospital on December 8.
Since June, 2012, deadly violence in Arakan State has claimed many Muslim and Buddhist lives, and left more 160,000 people homeless.
The group said the government has failed to protect the Muslim Rohingya population and has been a source of systematic persecution.
It said various human rights groups and others including the International State Crime Initiative Report from Queen Mary University, the Al Jazeera Genocide Agenda Report, a legal analysis by the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School, and the Fortify Rights group have cited strong evidence that genocide is being committed against the ethnic Rohingya of Myanmar.
The group called for a UN Commission of Inquiry into the human rights situation in Rakhine State, the region of the largest Rohingya population.
The statement was signed by the Arakan Rohingya National Organization and Rohingya groups in the UK, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Nearly 100 leading film-makers, writers, artists and lawyers from around the world have signed an open letter calling on the Malaysian government to drop charges against a human rights activist who is due to go on trial on Monday 14 December and could face up to three years in jail for screening a film on the war in Sri Lanka.
of the Malaysian human rights NGO Pusat KOMAS, has been charged under
Malaysia’s draconian censorship laws for screening the award-winning documentary
No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka – a film about human rights abuses
at the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war – to an invited audience in July 2013. ...
Gazette - 13/12/15]
SL military intelligence threatens Jaffna daily, reminds editors on ‘white-vans’ of past [TamilNet - 13/12/15]
Relatives of disappeared testify before commission in Jaffna [Tamil Guardian - 12/12/15]
Samantha Power, Obama’s Atrocity Enabler [Alternet - 27/10/14]
A democracy does not do this to convicted criminals, let alone refugees.
Greater protection of #humanrights leads to stability, & prosperity in our societies. -@AmbCefkin - Judith Cefkin - US Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu. ...
Image: @FWRM1 [1/12/15]
As the representative of US empire on Nauru, the Ambassador's silence = endorsement - and that is why all Australian politicians have gone silent on this issue.
They don't think they have to respond and/or explain torture and abuse anymore.
Australian Women in Support of Women on Nauru [14/12/15]:
THE HUMILIATION OF WOMEN ON NAURU ESCALATES
Early yesterday (Sunday) we began hearing reports of an extraordinary escalation in the humiliation and human rights abuses visited upon the women of Nauru.
It appears that Australian and Nauruan men employed by Wilson Security are now strip-searching women going in and out of the “open” camp on Nauru.
We are still trying to determine how wide spread this practice is and how many women have already been humiliated in this way. But this is what we do know so far.
On Saturday (12th December) a woman living in the detention camp on Nauru reported that she had been stopped by four guards and told: "You have to take off your clothes in front of us as we are conducting a strip search.
”She told the guards she had nothing to hide and showed them her ID card. The guards told her to open her legs and hands so they could scan her with a wand.
She told her Australian friend: “They were laughing and leering at me and I felt I was being treated like criminal. I kept telling them that I have nothing but they told me " you must take of your clothes in front of everyone, in front of all the security men.”
She became extremely distressed and started crying saying: “ Please do not make me take my clothes of.” However the guards kept insisting and told her it was the new rule.
Imagine walking down your street and being confronted by four blokes who demand you strip while they laugh and jeer at you and run a “wand” all over you – imagine this happening to your daughter, your mum, your grand kids.
In the end this frightened woman took off her T-shirt and stood there while the men laughed at her and jeered as she said, “This is abuse at the highest standard. Why is there no female officers conducting these searchers? How much more humiliation do I need to stuffer at the hands of your Australian policies?”
We knew Nauru was a black site. But now it appears security have been directed to strip-search women - including young teenagers – in order to find the smart phones that are being used to communicate with the rest of the world.
The woman who alerted us to this ugly new form of abuse has suffered serious physical and mental health complications and this final humiliation is perpetuating her trauma. The women and girls on Nauru have been subject to sexual harassment, petty humiliations, and in the case of a number of women, brutal sexual assault.
The Prime Minister must act to restore the rule of law to Australia’s camps immediately. And 2016 must begin the process of implementing a regional solution and shutting camps on Nauru, Manus Island and Christmas Island.
We will keep updating you on the situation as we get more information. But please we can’t let these women suffer in silence.
We are asking everyone to contact the Prime Minister’s office today and ask him what he plans to do to restore the rule of law to Australia’s camps and end this systemic humiliation and abuse of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Malcolm Turnbull: Tel: 02 9327 3988 or Canberra 02 6277 7700287-289 New South Head Rd Edgecliff, NSW, 2027 Email: www.pm.gov.au/contact
Example of the effort Australia is putting into stopping one man from seeking asylum ---> Save Mohammad Albederee [13/12/15]:
Jeanie Marie Walker
# Shout out to you hard working senior management trolls at Transfield/Broadspectrum!
So you won't take Mohammad Albederee back to Manus Island and the hospital in Port Moresby still can't work out why he can't stop vomiting hey?
Things are getting pretty messy at your end.
I bet you are wondering how the hell it got to this point?
I'd love to sit down and tell a Royal Commission some day but that's another story
The funniest thing. Apparently people in Port Moresby are under the impression that, and I quote ''Broadspectrum have no legal right to restrain asylum seekers'' while they are in Port Moresby?
They think people getting medical treatment in the ''World Class Hospital' are actually free to roam!
Amazing hey? I know I found it hard to believe and I bet that made you chuckle into your champage.
So how come you have to check them out through the back door of the hospital through the rubbish area?
Might they realize that they have freedom and not want to accompany your guards back to your motel hideout?
Were you worried Mohammad might want to test this new-found freedom after 28 months and not be in a motel room with your guards?
And you book appointments for Manus Island detainees claiming it is for staff?
Mrs Mohammad Albederee has a lovely ring to it don't you think?
What a bloody coincidence that she is working for Transfield/Broadspectrum and has the same name! They really should catch up for some cake and a cuppa sometime.
That's some freaky shit you got going on in your organisation!
I hope you are looking after Mohammad well because if something happens to him then shit is going to get very real back here in Australia.
I keep having this niggling feeling that someone who is unable to eat or drink even after spending 17 days under your medical care should possibly be in a medical facility but hey I'm not an expert.
You are the ones being paid milions to look after him.
If you get a chance maybe check on him to make sure he's not vomiting blood.
Bye for now.
14 December 2015