United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 15/9/16]
@moas_eu [15/9/16]: #Mediterranean: 314 lives saved today; @crocerossa @Federation treating all on board as they recuperate ...
Rescuers pulled some 650 migrants to safety and recovered five dead bodies from boats in difficulty off the coast of Libya on Wednesday, Italy's coastguard said in a statement.
An Italian navy ship, a vessel run by private rescue group MOAS and the Irish military ship James Joyce went to the rescue of six boats, the coastguard said.
The James Joyce recovered the five bodies. ... [Reuters - 15/9/16]
African refugees fleeing war and economic strife on the rise [VIDEO - TRNN - 12/9/16]:
... PERIES: There are certain legal implications to whether you call these refugees, refugees or migrants. Your organization has clearly decided to call them refugees, whether they're economic refugees or refugees fleeing war tones. Tell us about the significance of that difference and why your organization has decided to call them refugees.
CANALS [Co-ordinator with Proactiva Open Arms]: Well look, for me personally I prefer to call them people. So the difference that they make when you call them refugees is that they are fleeing from war. So, but migrants are more for economical reasons.
But in the end it's the same thing. You are leaving your country and you are putting your life in danger it's because you really feel the need to do it. Otherwise you don't want to put your life in danger like this.
So yeah, we call them refugees, but personally I prefer to call them people because this is what they are.
And it's happened before in our country in Spain that our own people have to leave, so now we have our turn to give something back you know. ...
I am a Pastor. Refugees are people, I'll happy give over my garments to lament their treatment. #LoveMakesAWay
Day 180 refugee protests, Nauru
... We have been protesting half a year.
never give up
Image: @elahe_zivardar [15/9/16]
Obama, meeting with Suu Kyi, says US ready to lift Myanmar sanctions [Reuters - 14/9/16]
A decision by U.S. President Barack Obama to lift all remaining sanctions on Myanmar could pose a threat to peace, the democratic transition, and the protection of human rights in the country, Fortify Rights said today.
An Executive Order must be issued for sanctions to be lifted, which President Obama said will happen “soon.”
“Lifting all sanctions now will embolden the Myanmar military and its partners,” said Matthew Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Fortify Rights.
“This decision was hasty and fails to recognize political realities on the ground.” ... [Fortify Rights - 15/9/16]
Still no justice or citizenship for the Rohingya, Azad Essa [IOL - 7/9/16]:
... Under the guise of “democracy”, the stage has been set for Myanmar to become a major pivot in the rush to secure energy resources in the region in an attempt to ward off rising Chinese influence.
By doing so, the western world is willing to “forgive” Myanmar for some of its shortcomings.
Companies like the UK, US, The Netherlands, Australia, and Italy have already signed contracts with Myanmar.
For others like Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Myanmar is seen as the entry point into Asia.
The China-Myanmar pipeline - the first overland pipeline to China from the Middle East opened in 2015.
It allows gas and oil to be transported to China at a fraction of the cost and minimal risk and travels through both the Rakhine and Shan states, where locals have been aggrieved for scant compensation for the appropriation of land impacted by the construction of the pipeline.
No surprise then that it is precisely these two states where the Rohingya have been killed, maimed, persecuted and driven from their homes.
The international community is not about to sacrifice possible political influence over Myanmar by forcing the Rohingya issue.
Neither, in these harsh economic times, are they willing to forgo the rich deposits in pursuit of justice.
And as it happened under apartheid, everyone who turns a blind eye, risks complicity in the crimes committed against these people.
Rohingyas feel safe in India, but uncertainty looms [Deutsche Welle – 12/9/16]
Nope Nope Nope ----> Last year, the ALP and LNP voted against a Senate motion for Australia to provide SAR assistance and to help resettle some of the abandoned Rohingya refugees [Senate Hansard - 24/6/15]
Indian coast guard detain Tamil refugee fleeing Mullaitivu [Tamil Guardian - 14/9/16]:
The Indian coast guard on Tuesday detained a 41 year old Eelam Tamil man who was fleeing his home town of Mullaitivu "fearing harassment by the Sri Lankan armed forces", reported The Hindu.
The man, Arul Jayarathinam, alias Rajan, was reported by the paper to be a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
He was stranded on the third islet of the Gulf of Mannar when he was found by the coast guard and detained.
Sri Lanka’s commander of the security forces in Jaffna told The Island that the army “would not return even an inch” of the land it occupies in the Northern Province, as he confirmed that the number of soldiers in the region had not been reduced.
The military currently occupies 4,419 acres of land in Jaffna, said The Island.
The land, currently occupied by the military’s Jaffna camp and Palali High Security Zone, has seen some small scale releases to Tamil civilians over the last year, but the commander declared that the security forces would not be releasing any more due to “security requirements”. ... [Tamil Guardian - 13/9/16]
TiSA Annex on Movement of Natural Persons [WikiLeaks - 15/9/16]
@wikileaks [15/9/16]: RELEASE: #TiSA: #TPP & #TTIP's secret brother covering 52 countries & affecting 80% of the economy in US and Europe ...
Last week, a British court dropped a second charge of torture against Nepal Army Colonel Kumar Lama, who was arrested in London three years ago.
Lama was acquitted of a similar charge in August.
He was accused of ordering torture against suspected Maoist detainees when he was in charge of the Gorusinghe barracks in Kapilvastu during Nepal’s decade-long conflict.
The case against Lama captured a great deal of attention in Nepal’s public sphere and it reminded both Nepalis and the international community of the serious crimes that had been committed during the conflict.
Dewan Rai and Shashwat Acharya spoke with Raman Kumar Shrestha, the recently appointed attorney general (AG), about the lessons from Lama’s case, the process of amending the Transitional Justice Act, concerns about amnesties to grave rights violations, and Nepal’s peace process. ... [Kathmandu Post - 12/9/16]
Families file murder case as Bangladesh fire toll rises [Eastern Eye – 14/9/16]:
Relatives of workers killed in a fire at a packaging factory in Bangladesh have filed a murder case against the owner, police said on Monday, as the death toll from the disaster rose to 31.
Another 12 people are missing after the disaster on Saturday (10), the worst since the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment complex in 2013 that killed over 1,100 people.
The government has launched an investigation into what caused the fire, but police in the industrial town of Tongi, where the Tampaco Foils Limited factory was located, said bereaved relatives had already filed a private lawsuit.
“A murder case was filed by relatives of a dead worker against eight people, including the owner and his wife,” Tongi police chief Firoz Talukdar said.
Police said they would launch a separate investigation into the murder allegation made by the family. Any decision on whether to bring charges would be taken by a court.
Talukdar said firefighters and soldiers engaged in search and rescue efforts had dug out two more bodies, but there was now little hope of finding any survivors.
Around 70 people were also injured, some critically, in the fire at the factory, which packages food and cigarette products for local and foreign brands.
The Tampaco factory supplies multinational and domestic brands, including British-American Tobacco Bangladesh Ltd and Nestle Bangladesh Ltd, according to its website.
The tragedy struck as families were preparing to celebrate the major Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. ...
An advance release of UN Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith’s upcoming report to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) gives the government poor marks on a raft of social and political issues, prompting a government spokesman last night to declare that the former professor “doesn’t deserve to work in Cambodia”. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 15/9/16]
Underage girls freed in raids on two Phnom Penh brothels [Cambodia Daily - 15/9/16]
A man accused of luring migrant workers into paying thousands of dollars for jobs, only to exploit them for cheap labour and send them home nearly penniless, has been found guilty of people trafficking.
Faroz Ali, 46, has been standing trial, charged with bringing 15 Fijian workers illegally into New Zealand and then subjecting them to exploitative working conditions on farms in the Bay of Plenty between 2013 and 2015.
On Thursday, a jury a High Court at Auckland found him guilty of 15 charges of people trafficking and 16 others for helping people illegally get into, or stay in, the country. ... [Newshub - 15/9/16]
Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells said they had uncapped the number of workers able to participate annually in the Seasonal Worker Program.
"We expanded it to the agriculture and accommodation industries," Ms Fierravanti-Wells said.
"But Fiji's potential goes much further.
"I would encourage Fiji to see Australia as a partner and a platform for linking into global value chains." [Fiji Times - 15/9/16]
Leaders independence at Pacific Islands Forum questioned [RNZI – 14/9/16]:
Civil society groups are questioning the independence of island leaders in the Pacific Islands Forum while Australia and New Zealand are at the table.
This comes after what the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs described some outcomes from last week's leaders summit in the Federated States of Micronesia as disappointing.
Its executive director Emele Duituturaga was in Pohnpei and she said the passion and enthusiasm Pacific leaders had for some issues were not reflected in the final communique.
"Well on particular issues like West Papua there is definitely a limitation. We know this because we were on the ground, we were talking to leaders there was a draft text that got watered down. So we do question the extent to which our leaders can be bold and courageous in the presence of our geo-political neighbours like Australia and New Zealand."
Two protesters have been killed and scores wounded in clashes with security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir, bringing the death toll after months of unrest to 82, as a security crackdown marred Eid festivities in the disputed region.
One protester was killed on Tuesday after being struck on the head by a tear-gas shell in the northern district of Bandipora, a police officer told the Associated Press news agency on condition of anonymity.
Another protester was killed by pellet ammunition fired from shotguns in Shopian, in the south of Kashmir, the officer said.
At least 60 people were wounded in clashes in 10 different places in the disputed region, which remains under curfew. ... [Al Jazeera - 14/9/16]
Boat explosion in Bali injures 20, kills one [Jakarta Post - 15/9/16]
A counterterrorism official has said the arrest of East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) leader Basri, alias Bagong, in Poso, Central Sulawesi, on Wednesday, may further weaken the power of the terrorist group; however, security authorities should not underestimate the potential of the group’s militants, who remain at large, in staging terror attacks. ... [Jakarta Post - 15/9/16]
Philippines' Duterte denies giving death-squad orders [Al Jazeera - 15/9/16]:
A witness in a Senate hearing on the extra-judicial killings in the Philippines has testified that he was a member of a death squad in the home city of President Rodrigo Duterte, and that the then-mayor himself ordered the killings of crime and drug suspects as well as the bombing of a mosque in Davao City. ...
A Queensland company has started work on rebuilding the engines of the nation's battle tanks for the first time on home soil, saving the Australian Army a significant amount of time and money.
A fleet of 59 M1A1 Abrams tanks arrived in Australia in 2007 and until now their engines were sent to the United States to be fixed at a cost of about $500,000 per engine.
Aerospace company TAE, which has a depot at the Royal Australian Air Force base at Amberley, south-west of Brisbane, has secured a contract with the army to repair the engines on site at a tenth of the price. ... [ABC - 15/9/16]
French military visit to Fiji [RNZI - 15/9/16]
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in New York on Sunday to discuss responses to North Korea's latest nuclear test, South Korea's foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek Cuba's help in responding to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs during a rare visit to Havana next week, a spokesman said. [Reuters - 14/9/16]
Australia: Teenager tortured in a Darwin prison has application for parole knocked back [WA Today - 15/9/16]
NT Aborigines 'most policed' in Australia [Nine MSN – 18/8/16]:
... She said she spoke with the mother of Dylan Voller, the boy shown hooded and tied to a chair in the most shocking footage on Four Corners.
"Joanne Voller came to me when she first saw her son with a mark on him when she went to visit him. You see the footage of that little boy? She was actually on the phone, she heard the screws slapping her son around, she couldn't do anything," Ms Shaw said.
"Why can't these screws go to jail for beating and stripping our boys?" ...
UK: Author and editor of Inside Time Noel ‘Razor’ Smith explains why 1,000s are serving indefinite sentences for a law that was abolished 4 years ago [VIDEO - RT - 15/9/16]
Hacker who exposed Ohio rape cover-up facing more jail time than perpetrators [Sputnik News - 15/9/16]
Facebook, Twitter join coalition to tackle “fake news” [NBC – 14/9/16]
Solidarity of worldwide fascist left meet in Montreal to pretend they are progressive [Sydney Morning Herald - 11/9/16]:
... Mr Shorten and Mr Trudeau will also co-host a session on the future of progressive politics at the Global Progress 2016 conference in Montreal.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt and other business and charity leaders will also attend.
Mr Shorten will meet with a number of the leaders on the sidelines of the event before heading to the United States.
Mr Shorten will meet with officials in Washington DC, just two months out from the US election.
The Labor leader has been deeply and publicly critical of Republican candidate Donald Trump, calling him "barking mad".
However he's likely to attempt a more diplomatic approach when he's on US soil.
In Dallas, Mr Shorten will tour Lockheed Martin's Joint Strike Fighter facility.
Australia is buying 72 of the next-generation fighter jets at a cost of at least $17 billion. ...
The ever emboldened Peter "protected and unaccountable" Dutton continues promoting ALP anti-refugee policy - no questions asked [Yahoo - 15/9/16]:
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has ruled out any deal between Nauru and New Zealand to take refugees from Nauru.
Mr Dutton said Australia would not enter arrangements which allowed people smugglers to get back into the business of transporting asylum seekers to Australia for money.
"There has been no change," he said in an address to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra.
Mr Dutton said the government was continuing negotiations with third countries to take those from Nauru and Manus Island.
"When we land something, it will be done in a very sophisticated way and we will talk about some of that publicly and other parts not," he said.
Mr Dutton's speech was briefly interrupted by a small group of protesters who waved placards and shouted "shame on you" and "close the camps."
Police ushered them out without incident.
He said the government had made some tough calls.
As of Thursday night, 740 people aboard 29 people smuggling vessels had been intercepted and returned to their country of departure [740 refugees aboard 29 boats had been interdicted and forcibly returned.]
"Had those boats made it through our ring of steel, hundreds of boats would have followed in their wake," he said.
The Immigration Department has been working through the legacy caseload of more than 30,000 asylum seekers, some arriving as far as back as 2012.
Mr Dutton said on the basis of processing so far, a third or more could be found not to be genuine refugees.
That could amount to 10,000 to 12,000 economic migrants who paid people smugglers to to bring them to Australia.
Many would likely refuse to return to their home country, remaining a burden on the taxpayers.
"We remain engaged with several countries to alleviate these issues but negotiations will necessarily be protracted," he said.
Mr Dutton said the boats may have stopped but the hard truth was that Australia had been placed firmly and forever on the people smugglers' map.
He said there were 14,000 people in Indonesia who would board a boat for Australia if border protection policies were weakened and that would just be the start.
"Let me be clear. Anyone who attempts to come to Australia by boat will never settle here permanently. No-one on Manus Island or Nauru will ever be settled in Australia," he said.
... Hawke was quick to declare categorically that the Cambodians were not ‘political’ but ‘economic’ refugees.
He said he would not allow Cambodian asylum seekers to ‘jump the queue’ of Australia’s orderly migration program .
The label ‘queue jumper’ has been used to denigrate asylum seekers arriving by boat ever since. ... Australia's sledgehammer, Peter Mares [APO - 25/2/2004]
In late 1946 the Labour government of Clement Attlee asked MI6 for “proposals for action to deter ships masters and crews from engaging in illegal Jewish immigration and traffic,” adding, “Action of the nature contemplated is, in fact, a form of intimidation and intimidation is only likely to be effective if some members of the group of people to be intimidated actually suffer unpleasant consequences.”
Among the options contemplated were "the discovery of some sabotage device, which had ‘failed’ to function after the sailing of a ship, ... tampering with a ship’s fresh water supplies or the crew’s food... [and] fire on board ship in port."
Stewart Menzies, the chief of the SIS, suggested these be blamed on a fake terrorist group called "The Defenders of Arab Palestine". ...
British spies staged covert operations to sabotage Holocaust survivors' attempts to reach Palestine between 1946 and early 1948.
Among the tactics used by the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in Operation Embarrass were the bombing of five ships used by potential immigrants, intimidation and the creation of a fake Palestinian defence group.
The British government gave the go-ahead to the campaign to slow illegal immigration into Palestine, provided there was "no risk of casualties being incurred" and no link could be traced back to the government.
The revelations come in the first authorised history of the SIS, MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949, by Professor Keith Jeffery. ... [The Jewish Chronicle Online - 21/9/10]
Instead of tweeting childrens' artwork featuring planes, UNHCR Canberra needs to explain why they don't want Manus and Nauru refugees released and resettled - and why they aren't pushing the Australian government to resume meeting its obligations under the convention.
In the lead up to Obama and the UN/IOM's dubious summits, international media signal they won't be challenging Australia's anti-refugee policy [NPR - 14/9/16]
As above ---> @AlJazSydANDREW [15/9/16]: My Talk to Al Jazeera programme; previewed on ABC: Dutton leaves door open to resettle Nauru refugees in NZ
The Government has told 65 asylum seekers wanting to live in New Zealand to contact United Nations officials in Australia.
The people, from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, say they were heading for New Zealand when they were shipwrecked on an Indonesian reef earlier this month.
A written reply from the office of the Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, said while New Zealand accepted 750 refugees annually, it could not pick and choose.
It said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra was responsible for inquires dealing with New Zealand and suggested the group approach that office. [The UNHCR Canberra said nothing.]
A UN representative in Indonesia said they met with the group, 52 of whom were registered as refugees. [As far as we know, these refugees are still detained in Kupang.]
Jail for boat crew paid by Australian official to turn back [Sydney Morning Herald - 17/1/16]:
The captain of an asylum seeker boat who said he was paid thousands of dollars by an Australian official to return to Indonesia has been sentenced to five years and eight months' jail on people smuggling charges.
The panel of judges also ordered Yohanis Humiang, 35, to pay 700 million rupiah ($70,000) or serve an additional five months in prison.
The remaining five crew members were sentenced to five years and six months' jail and a fine of 500 million rupiah or an extra three months' prison time.
The asylum seekers remain in limbo in Indonesia.
Kandiha Kayuran and his wife, who gave birth in December, are still in immigration detention in Kupang.
He told Fairfax Media they had no idea what the future held.
"No one cares, New Zealand is not listening, and Australia too, even after the Amnesty report came out. Please help us."
Refugees illegally imprisoned by the Australian government on Manus Island receive response to their letter to ICC [RNZI - 15/9/16]:
Refugees on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have received a response to their letter to the International Criminal Court in July.
The letter, signed by over five hundred of the asylum seekers and refugees, asked the ICC to investigate alleged torture by the Australian Government at the Manus regional processing centre.
In April, PNG's Supreme Court ruled that the roughly 900 men held for offshore processing on Manus were detained illegally after being forcibly transferred there by Australia in the past three years.
Despite the ruling the governments of PNG and Australia are yet to reach a plan or resettlement outcome for those on Manus in order to close the offshore centre.
Meanwhile, reports from some of those held on Manus still depict a system of physical and psychological ill-treatment among overcrowded compounds or dormitories.
The men had fled from countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Myanmar.
In their letter, they urged the ICC to help take any legal action to release the men from "this torturing limbo", a reference to the ongoing mental impact on them due to the uncertainty of their future under Australia's offshore processing system.
"The conditions that is happening in here, are exactly crime against humanity," read the letter.
"As you know the article 7 of International Criminal Court lists 16 individual crimes . You know how many of them were and are happening in here."
In its response to the refugees letter, the ICC said the court had limited jurisdiction and can only hear cases under certain conditions.
However it has said that the correspondents should review the guidelines around the ICC's jurisdiction and its Rome Statute, and if their case meets the conditions, they should submit it.
A Kurdish Iranian refugee on Manus, Behrouz Boochani, said he was convinced there was enough evidence to make a challenge against the Australian government for breaking international law by detaining the men.
He added that despite April's PNG court ruling, the men on Manus don't have access to a court in PNG or Australia and that international courts offer the only way for the refugees to seek justice.
Behrouz Boochani said the refugees would continue to "fight the system of torture" he and the others held on Manus have been subjected to.
"WE ARE POLITICAL HOSTAGES. ... WE CAME ON SAME BOAT BUT SOME ARE FREE & WE ARE IN PRISON" @racvictoria [13/9/16]: Day 124 of protests by #Manus ...
@SuchNigel [14/9/16]: Thanx for students and staff in #sydney ...
Nauru Files Reading Vigils:
... As part of this ongoing effort, a coalition of grassroots organisations will be holding #NauruFiles reading vigils during the week of 12–16 Sept, 2016.
At these vigils we will be aiming to read as many of the 2,116 incident reports as possible, as a way to publicly narrate the cruelty that’s occurring in Australia’s detention centres.
These vigils are inspired by those who recently held a 10-hour #NauruFiles reading in London.
We want to send a message to the Government and Opposition that the abuse, assault and conditions detailed in the Nauru reports must end, and that they must take responsibility for their poor decisions and the culture of secrecy that has been created around immigration detention.
Most of all, we want to see Australia’s offshore detention camps shut down immediately.
Thursday 15 September PERTH: 8am–6pm, Wesley Church, 75 William St, Perth ...
Friday 16 September SYDNEY: 8am–6pm, Queen Victoria Building (south end, at the Queen Victoria statue), Cnr George St and Druitt St, Sydney
Friday 16 September HOBART: 8am–7pm, Franklin Square, Hobart
Friday 16 September CANBERRA: 8am–6pm, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, 3 Lonsdale Street, Braddon ...
#NauruFiles reading in Brisbane CBD has been going since 8am this morning ...
Image: @McquireJacob [12/9/16]
Organisations who have expressed support for refoulement and refugee boat turnbacks, are discredited.
Image: @riserefugee [27/8/16]
“If you don’t know about the camps and what you are signing up for with the job, where have you been living for the past 23 years? Doctors and nurses and teachers are not high school students. They know about the abuses.
"Doctors, nurses, teachers — just say no. Boycott the jobs.”
Save The Children not saving anyone [Green Left Weekly – 10/9/16]:
.. Save The Children board members, including a Corporate Social Responsibility academic, declined to speak with Green Left Weekly on the record.
Green Left Weekly has uncovered that a corporation that provides military ships to the Department of Defence is the employer of one board member.
This is critical because one of the specific questions RISE asks is: “Paul Ronalds, the CEO of Save The Children — Australia, publicly urged refugee advocates to accept asylum seeker boat turnbacks are here to stay.
Considering the fact that the operation of boat turnbacks endangers the lives of asylum seekers does your organisation endorse this compromise of human lives, including the lives of children?” ...
All aboard the bipartisan ship [Overland - 11/8/15]:
Writing in The Australian, Save the Children Australia CEO Paul Ronalds makes a more reluctant argument for the same conclusion: that organisations supporting refugees should embrace the opportunity for bipartisan consensus by abandoning active support for the principle of non-refoulement:
Although we may not like turnbacks, it is clear the policy is here to stay. Now we and other advocates for the rights of asylum-seekers must look beyond this aspect of the policy and concentrate our efforts on implementing a genuine regional framework, which we have long called for.
As NGOs have taken on major government contracts for refugee and asylum-seeker services, such as the $19m contract Save the Children currently holds with the detention facilities on Nauru, these organisations have become structurally invested in maintaining government control over asylum seekers.
But liberal humanitarians are more deeply invested in government control over asylum seekers than can be explained by any direct financial benefit.
They may disagree with right-wing conservatives on how many refugees should be accepted, or the details of how those who are turned away should be treated, but they share the premise stated by John Howard during the Tampa crisis: ‘We will decide who comes here and the manner in which they come.’ ...
Pauline Hanson did not imprison Muslims in concentration camps or justify Australia's racist, anti-refugee policy.
The banality of evil: Minister Tony Burke poses for a photo op during his tour of Nauru refugee concentration camp [26/7/13]
Australian Immigration Minister Burke Visit to Nauru [Dexter S Brechtefeld - 27/7/13]
Greens display their increasing irrelevance as a third party with childish Senate walkout stunt [Nine MSN - 14/9/16]
Australian NGOs and so called rights activists continue enthusiastically - and unquestioningly - promoting the Deporter In Chief's "Refugee Summit", which looks set to to erode the UN Refugee Convention even further [IRIN - 12/9/16]:
... “There’s quite a lot of language about protecting the rights of migrants regardless of status, but it’s not clear what that will mean in practice,” said Monami Maulik, advocacy coordinator with the Global Coalition on Migration.
Even well before the summit, GCM and other migrants rights groups appear to have largely switched their focus to the development of the “Migration Compact” over the next two years.
But it’s not yet clear who will lead this process.
There are concerns that the responsibility may be handed to the International Organization for Migration, which is to become a related organisation of the UN at the summit on the 19th. ...
... “Would asylum seekers, of all people, who are on the lowest socioeconomic rung in Israel, really seek to falsify their place of residence in order to register their children for Petah Tikva preschools? Do the decision makers in the city and the Education Ministry see groups of asylum seekers coming in nice cars from their homes in other cities in order to transport their children to Petah Tikva? The answers are clear,” states the petition. ... Israeli city blocking African migrants from registering children for preschool, petition alleges [Haaretz - 9/9/16]
US: 340+ civil and human rights organisations tell DHS: Stop detaining immigrants in private prisons [Detention Watch Network - 14/9/16]:
More than 340 immigrant rights, faith-based and civil- and labor-rights organizations delivered a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson Wednesday calling for the government to end its use of private prison companies to detain immigrants.
In the letter, advocates reject Secretary Johnson’s plan to review DHS’s use of private contractors, citing years of studies exposing the human rights violations and lack of accountability that plague the for-profit immigration detention system.
Instead, the letter calls for the secretary to create a plan to end DHS’s entanglement with private prison companies. ...
Hearing reveals ongoing civil rights abuses at US-Mexico border patrol checkpoints [American Immigration Council - 14/9/16]
... Dubbed the “Chaos Company” in an April 2014 Vanity Fair article, G4S is often brought into the stickiest situations, such as overseeing security for the Basrah Gas Company, an Iraqi natural gas company which Shell, Mitsubishi, and South Oil Company jointly own.
G4S also has security contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense at both Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and the controversial U.S. military base in Diego Garcia.
The British human rights group Reprieve called for an investigation of G4S as it pertains to human rights abuses which took place at Guantanamo. ... Security firm guarding Dakota Pipeline used psychological warfare tactics for BP [Counterpunch - 14/9/16]
@MGlodkiewicz [14/9/16]: C. Thorpe from @SalamaFikira denouncing conditions of pirate detention centres in Somalia funded by EU at #IMHR16 [International Maritime Human Rights Conference]
In the first six months of 2016, two more militants released from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have returned to fighting, the U.S. government said on Wednesday.
Washington has confirmed that a total of nine people freed from Guantanamo have rejoined militant groups since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, according to a report issued on Tuesday by the Office of Director of National Intelligence, or ODNI.
Overall, the figures released by ODNI still showed that the administration of Obama's predecessor, Republican George W. Bush, released far more detainees from Guantanamo than the Obama administration has. ... [Reuters - 14/9/16]
Exiled Guantanamo prisoner slips into coma during hunger strike [Stars and Stripes - 14/9/16]:
A former Guantanamo prisoner on a hunger strike slipped into a coma Wednesday, said a doctor in Uruguay, where the ex-detainee was taken in as a refugee nearly two years ago but has been demanding to move elsewhere to reunite with his family.
Abu Wa'el Dhiab was unconscious and extremely dehydrated when paramedics arrived at the apartment where he is staying in Montevideo, said Dr. Julia Galzerano of the Medical Union of Uruguay, who was treating the former prisoner from Syria. ...
International Day of Democracy 15 September
Obama's war on whistleblowers forced Edward Snowden to release documents, says WikiLeaks editor Sarah Harrison [Democracy Now - 14/9/16]
Assange medical and psychological records [WikiLeaks - 14/9/16]
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Syria and Iraq [US Department of Defense - 14/9/16]
15 September 2016