Worried about “stigmatizing” cluster bombs, US Congress approves more sales to Saudi Arabia [The Intercept - 17/6/16]
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 17/6/16]
@HumanityCrew [17/6/16]: Two boats arrived this morning to the north of Lesvos, all of them are safe ...
@LighthouseRR [17/6/16]: 52 people arriving at 7.10 in S. Sikamineas this morning, intercepted by Frontex at sea. Clear increase in arrivals.
Daily Mail publishes correction to story about 'migrants from Europe' [Guardian - 17/6/16]:
... The Daily Mail was on Friday criticised by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, an independent national charity which exists to campaign for justice in immigration, nationality, and refugee law and policy.
Saira Grant, the charity’s chief executive, told the Guardian: “It is absolutely vital that the media report accurately, without scare-mongering or demonising certain groups.
“Inaccurate stories like this lead to a toxic public debate which very much affects how we treat refugees and migrants who are often in fear for their lives and futures. We are pleased this has been corrected, but we cannot continue to set our nation’s policy in a context of half-truths and headline grabbing distortions of reality.’ ...
Day 90 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @elahe_zivardar [17/6/16]
During the UNHCR's visit to Nauru [April 2016], refugees were told to expect to remain on the island for "another ten years".
Immediately after they conveyed this message to the refugees, Omid Masoumali covered himself in flammable liquid and set himself alight shouting at the delegation "We're sick and exhausted! You've destroyed our lives! Did you come just to gape at our misery? We lead miserable lives! You've been torturing us for three years!"
Channel 9's A Current Affair stalk and harass exiled family for purpose of anti refugee propaganda [New Matilda - 17/6/16]:
... The family also previously had a bad experience with an Australian media outlet, and said the story was twisted to help portray Nauru as a pleasant place for refugees to live.
Afraid of this happening again, Dayni declined to be filmed.
“I am sick now, and I have four boys, [life is]not easy here,” she told New Matilda.
“I am a strong lady but now I am sick.” ...
Amnesty unable to see exiled refugees fighting for their lives on Nauru [Media Release - 16/6/16]: Amnesty International welcomes the new Crimes Act 2016, which came into force in Nauru on 12 May. ...
Political prisoners on Manus Island: Enforcement of release, transfer to Australia and claim for damages proceeding in PNG Supreme Court [RNZI - 17/6/16]:
... The Supreme Court in PNG is now overseeing applications for compensation for the detainees.
On Thurday it asked lawyers representing the detainees and the PNG government to come to terms on enforcing it's decision that detention at the centre is illegal.
One of the detainees' lawyers, Ben Lomai, who spent the last week on Manus signing up almost all of the detainees to his bid for compensation, says he'll propose a series of consequential orders for the court to enforce.
They include the release and re-transfer of all the asylum seekers back to Australia within the next two months.
He'll also propose that the court considers the amount of compensation the detainees are due for their deprivation of personal liberty, if lawyers can't agree on a figure.
Thirdly, he will suggest that the question of the detainees' inhumane treatment at the centre is proceeded to a trial, which could result in further compensation being awarded them.
KH: Who could be liable to pay that compensation?
BR: At the moment, the respondent in these matters is the PNG government, but Mr Lomai says the court has invited Australia to be joined to the case if it so wishes.
If not, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has suggested Australia work with PNG to ensure the case is resolved.
The Supreme Court will reconvene on Tuesday.
@MSF_Sea [17/6/16]: Faces of those the #EU countries have decided not to see - we cannot take funds from those who do so much harm.
@MSF [17/6/16]: “Europe’s attempt to outsource migration control has a domino effect, with closed borders stretching all the way back to #Syria.”
International Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced today that it will no longer take funds from the European Union and Member States, in opposition to their damaging deterrence policies and intensifying attempts to push people and their suffering away from European shores. ... [Media Release - 17/6/16]
Who will demand an explanation from the UNHCR, Australian human rights establishment and the Greens for their contemptible silence? [ABC - 17/6/16]:
... ADAM HARVEY: The boat, carrying 44 Sri Lankan refugees, moored off the northern tip of Aceh one week ago during bad weather. The boat also had engine problems.
Those on board apparently told local authorities they were heading to Christmas Island, more than 2,000 kilometres away, to seek asylum in Australia.
They were given food, fuel, and help with their engine. But the group, which includes women and children, are still there, on their boat, and aid agencies say Indonesia is refusing to let them ashore.
Lillian Fan from the Aceh based NGO, Geutanyoe, says aid agencies and staff from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees can't get to the asylum seekers. ...
@LeighACampbell [17/6/16]: $135k raised for UNHCR at this morning's breakfast. Small group of people, big change. #WithRefugees [... Funds raised will help UNHCR provide, shelter, assistance and protection for Syrian refugees. ...]
@ellenmfanning [17/6/16]: "The refugee game is Australia's game" says @GillianTriggs at Australia for UNHCR breakfast #WithRefugees
@brucehawker2010 [17/6/16]: Great to hear Gillian Triggs, Tony Shepherd, Naomi Steer & 500 friends at the annual UNHCR Breakfast. "We stand together" #WithRefugees
You can call to end unjust refugee policy, or you can wish for the election of the ALP.
You cannot do both because they are mutually exclusive.
ALP "advocates" use lesser evilism to try and commandeer weekend protests [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 17/6/16]: ... In the last few weeks of the Federal election campaign, a Coalition desperate for votes has very deliberately played the refugee card.
First Peter Dutton went on Sky News to assert that ‘illiterate and innumerate’ refugees took Australian jobs. That effort backfired badly, as Dutton was widely condemned by refugee and migrant community leaders.
But as the Coalition has languished in the polls, the Coalition has decided to have another go – with scare-mongering about Labor’s policy to scrap temporary protection visas for boat arrivals, and issue permanent visas in their place.
They have also attacked Bill Shorten’s promise of greater transparency regarding refugee issues and to allow journalists to go to Nauru. ...
The lives of men, women and children are imperilled. Using refugees to try and get Shorten and Marles elected is LOWEST act imaginable ----> Brisbane rally speakers ... Roslyn McLennan, General Secretary at Queensland Council of Unions ... [Refugee Action Collective, Queensland]
Pro detention unions congratulate themselves for a campaign that they don't own ----> @AMWUnionActive [8/3/16]: @TheQCU Ros McLennan honoured by ACTU for her great leadership of the #LetThemStay picket at #ladycilento #ausunions
Watch Ros McLennan from the Queensland Council of Unions let Shorten and Marles off the hook <---- 50 seconds in @7NewsQueensland [VIDEO - 21/2/16]
Refugee Action Collective Queensland chant "Shame Shame Dutton Shame" as they parade around the Brisbane CBD, impliedly endorsing Shorten and Marles. [19/3/16]
Got one with Richard "offshore single most important policy" Marles? ----> @Jodi_Magi [18/6/16]: @PeterDutton_MP is making an appearance at today's #Refugee rally #Melbourne. ...
Refugee Council continues pretending Australia didn't stop accepting refugees 2 years ago [Media Release - 17/6/16]
Jaya urges justice for genocide against Eelam Tamils [Tamil Guardian - 16/6/16]:
The chief minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa this week called on the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi ensure those responsible for genocide against Tamils to be brought to justice.
Meeting with Mr Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday, Ms Jayalalitha made these demands in a memorandum which she submitted to him, the Financial Express reported.
She also called for Eelam Tamil refugees in India to be granted dual citizenship.
“Tamil Nadu government urges the Government of India to permit such refugees to hold dual citizenship of both India and Sri Lanka so that they could take up employment and business in India without any hindrance,” she urged.
On Wednesday Indian officials however said that dual citizenship could not be granted as India does not recognise it.
Faiz Ahmed, 70, Rohingya [Live Mint - 17/6/16]:
... It’s been a long and torturous journey to India for Ahmed—thrice uprooted from his land, never allowed to settle down and a face, still, of the politics of sectarianism and hatred. As Zakir, now 16, hovers around, mingling with children of his height and age, his elderly father, stoic in his response to questions, worries about the future.
“In Burma, they would call us illegal Bengalis from Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, they would derogatorily refer to us as Burmese and in India, they call us refugees. Tell me, who are we?” he wonders aloud.
He answers his own question. “We are poor people looking for food to eat and a home to stay in.”
“Unlike the Syrian and African refugee crises, the Rohingyas aren’t big international news, primarily because the refugees haven’t reached Europe. What is important in world discourse is what happens in Europe and North America,” says Paula Banerjee, professor and head of the department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at Calcutta University. In 2015, as director of the Calcutta Research Group—a Kolkata-based forum of public activists and socially committed researchers—Prof. Banerjee oversaw the publication of an extensive 105-page report on the Rohingya crisis, titled Rohingyas: The Emergence of A Stateless Community.
“It is sad that a person of Aung San Suu Kyi’s stature has not spoken up. It shows the minority community’s vulnerability,” she adds.
More than 15,000 Rohingya refugees and asylum seekers are registered with the UNHCR in India. Many more are reported to be off the UNHCR radar. The numbers have seen a dramatic increase since the “pogrom” of 2012, says Mazher Hussain, executive director of the Hyderabad-based Confederation of Voluntary Associations (Cova), a partner organization of the UNHCR.
Cova facilitates the availability of basic human rights to refugees in Hyderabad, where approximately 3,200 Rohingyas are settled.
“Nearly 11,000 Rohingya refugees in India have received UNHCR refugee cards,” says Ipshita Sengupta, policy associate, UNHCR, India.
“The card gives them recognition as a refugee in India and protects them from detention and deportation. Their access to basic services such as education and health is improved with UNHCR documentation. They can apply for long-term visas on the basis of UNHCR refugee cards,” she adds.
Even though the country lacks a national legal framework for refugees, India, says Sengupta, has been generous in its treatment of all refugee groups, including the Rohingyas, who live here freely and safely. In Hyderabad itself, says Hussain, refugees and asylum seekers from 10 different countries have found shelter.
It’s in India, many young Rohingyas tell me, that they have first tasted freedom.
“India has acted according to the country’s rich legacy of tolerance and acceptance towards refugees. Unlike Australia, a signatory to the UN’s 1951 Refugee Convention but a problematic country, India should be proud,” says Banerjee. ...
PNG: church condemns police shooting of students [The National - 17/6/16]
No-confidence vote is a democratic process: Namah [PNG Loop - 16/6/16]
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says his meeting with French President François Hollande is significant as the two nations increase economic and cultural ties through the new Papua LNG project.
The two leaders met in Paris yesterday. ... [The National - 17/6/16]
2 killed by security forces in gunfight in Kashmir's Sopore [India Today - 17/6/16]
Gujarat riots: Gulbarg massacre 'darkest day', says Judge sentencing 11 to life [NDTV - 17/6/16]
A former guard at Phnom Penh’s notorious S-21 security center lied when he told the Khmer Rouge tribunal that prison staff were shown a celebratory video of Vietnamese prisoners being disemboweled, former prison chief Kaing Guek Eav said on Thursday ... [Cambodia Daily - 17/6/16]
Protests in Hong Kong over bookseller detention in China [Channel News Asia - 17/6/16]
Homeless group gatecrashes Vinnies CEO Sleepout event in Whitmore Square [ABC - 17/6/16]:
An angry group of homeless people has gatecrashed the Vinnies CEO Sleepout event being held in Adelaide's CBD, accusing participants of not understanding their plight.
The annual event, held Australia-wide, sees business executives sleep outside in a bid to raise money for homeless services and awareness of homeless people's situation.
Marquees and fences were erected specifically for the event in Whitmore Square, which is usually frequented by homeless people. ...
The Bolivian government rejected an offer by U.S. tycoon Bill Gates, who said he would donate 100,000 chickens to reduce poverty in developing countries.
Gates, through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said he would send 100,000 chickens to twenty countries, among them Bolivia, as a donation through the Heifer International Organization with the purpose of "reducing poverty" and "improving nutrition" of people in the countrysude.
Bolivian Minister of Rural Development and Land, Cesar Cocarico said this announcement was rude.
“Unfortunately the view of some people, especially in ‘the empire,’ still see us as beggars," said the Cocarico.
“He does not know Bolivia’s reality, he thinks we are living 500 years ago, in the middle of the jungle, not knowing how to produce," said Cocarico.
"Respectfully, he should stop talking about Bolivia, and once he knows more, apologize to us." ... [teleSUR - 16/6/16]
Red Cross spent 25 per cent of Haiti donations on internal expenses [NPR - 16/6/16]
Police find body of murdered US freelance journalist [Guardian - 17/6/16]:
Police in Texas are treating the death of freelance journalist Jay Torres as murder.
His body was found in Garland, a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth, on Monday (13 June).
He had been killed by a single shot several days before, according to police.
Torres (full name: Jacinto Hernández Torres) was 57. He ran a real estate business as well as acting as a contributor to La Estrella, the Spanish-language sister newspaper to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He covered local social issues.
A search of his articles on the paper’s website by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) showed that he had written recently about the Mexican elections, concern about the dangers of underage drinking, and the effect of US voter identification laws.
The motive for his murder is unclear. His daughter, Aline, told reporters at a press conference that there could be a link to her father’s journalism: he was working, he had told her, on sensitive stories about illegal immigration and human trafficking. ...
... At least five people are believed to have been killed in a mass shooting at a gay bar in Mexico, reports have emerged.
Three gunmen entered La Madame, a LGBTI bar in Xalapa, and carried out a mass shooting on 22 May.
In a statement by the state prosecutor, it said five people were killed, 14 injured, of which 12 have been discharged from hospital.
However, contradictory reports claim there were many more deaths. ... [Gay Star News - 17/6/16]
A social media post that seemingly references Sunday’s mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub has led to an investigation of two active-duty Camp Pendleton Marines.
The Camp Pendleton-based 1st Marine Expeditionary Force said Thursday that it is looking into a photo posted in a Facebook group called Camp MENdleton Resale, which advertises itself as a private forum for male troops and veterans.
The photo, which has since been removed, shows a uniformed Marine corporal pointing a rifle toward the camera. A caption at the bottom says, “Coming to a gay bar near you!” ... [LA Times - 16/6/16]
Jo Cox suspect bought gun guides from US neo-Nazis, says Southern Poverty Law Center [Guardian - 17/6/16]
Thousands to call for US troops' exit from Okinawa [Al Jazeera - 17/6/16]
The United States said Thursday that Nicaragua has expelled three American government officials.
... the Nicaraguan government released a statement it said it had sent to the State Department about what it called an "unfortunate incident."
It said two of the U.S. officials expelled were conducting anti-terrorism and anti-drug work in the customs field without the approval of the Nicaraguan government.
It did not reference the third official. ... [ABC News - 16/6/16]
Protest @Rossoworld Man About Aus House gig @AusHouseLondon home to @AusHCUK apologist for torture ...
Image: @NadineElEnany [16/6/16]
@NadineElEnany [16/6/16]: #CloseTheCamps protest @Rossoworld Man About Aus House gig @AusHouseLondon home to @AusHCUK apologist for torture
Let them eat cake ---> Grouse show by @Rossoworld and #KitWarhurst at Australia House in London @mechrissyg [16/6/16]
@Mums4Refugees [16/6/16]: Our mums welcomed Bishop Long from Parramatta & respectfully asked to #CloseTheCamps & #EndTheAbuse
@elahe_zivardar [16/6/16]: It's Hamid's son. His dad still in the jail without any crime. [Nauru]
Whitewashing continues: UNICEF welcomes and congratulates Nauru for passing Child Protection Act [United Nations Information Centre, Canberra - 16/6/16]
@MaxChalmers90 [17/6/16]: Called A Current Affair to ask if they're on Nauru, they said "can neither confirm nor deny." On water matters I guess
From Manus prison to Australian voters - Behrouz Boochani via @KateSusabu [15/6/16]:
... I want to speak about my experiences inside this prison as a journalist who is trying to work at the best of his ability. I have experienced systematic censoring of my work over the past 3 years.
Most of my articles are published in independent media, with a notable few exceptions. I believe that when Labor speaks of granting journalists access to these prisons that this is a cruel joke, a dirty political game.
Over the past 3 years, Labor could have supported and forced access for journalists to these prisons, they could also have listened to the works of writers, journalists, artists and human rights defenders and amplified our voices, made our voices and reports part of the mainstream. They chose not to.
I believe that the independents and the Greens should raise these questions and highlight the very obvious propaganda that the Labor and Liberal parties are spreading. It is clear that these two parties are playing with Australia's international interests. It is clear that these two parties are invested in the torturing of children, women and men.
To the Australian people, think deeply, use your own thoughts and ability to question.
Watch and examine how the Australian political parties will use advertisements and propaganda to try to make your minds up for you, to stop you thinking independently.
We in these prisons, are being used for political aims, women, children and men are used in this power play.
You too are used in a power play.
Hold your government and all the political parties to account.
You have a voice. Use it.
"WE ARE NOT ROCKS FOR YOU TO BLOCK THE SEA WITH" @Mums4Refugees [17/6/16]: Yesterday was Day 35 continuous protest by men dumped on Manus. ...
Today, Detention Watch Network (DWN) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released a new report, Banking on Detention 2016 Update, that reveals for the first time that mothers and their children are jailed under guaranteed minimum bed contracts for local jails.
The report shows the extent to which ICE grants financial benefits to private and public entities that detain immigrants through government contracts requiring ICE to pay for a set number of beds at detention facilities, rendering immigrants, including children and families, a source of profit for contractors.
“While the Obama administration continues to support the use of aggressive raids to unconstitutionally detain and deport immigrants, our report exposes the extent to which local lockup quotas incentivize the incarceration of immigrants and fuel ICE to pursue punitive and unjust enforcement practices,” said Silky Shah, Co-Director of Detention Watch Network.
“The costs of detention are two-fold: moral and financial. American taxpayers are paying over $2 billion a year to tear apart hundreds of thousands of families across the country.” ... [Detention Watch Network - 16/6/16]
Man kicked in head by police officer faces charges [Chicago Tribune - 16/6/16]
Under the shadow of a presidential veto threat, the House of Representatives passed a defense appropriations measure Thursday that included $635.7 million for Israel’s missile defense programs. ... [Times of Israel - 17/6/16]
The US Air Force (USAF) is set to start training the first cadre of Israeli F-35 fighter pilots from next month, despite the stealth aircraft’s substandard performance in tests due to software issues.
The four pilots are led by the commander of the Israeli air force’s first F-35I squadron and will begin simulator and ground-based training at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. ... [Press TV - 16/6/16]
Mellanox Technologies is looking to take advantage of a resource largely untapped by Israel's high-tech companies: Palestinians. ... [Reuters - 16/6/16]
The United Nations will not disclose to a Saudi Arabia-led coalition sensitive sources of information that led the world body to briefly blacklist it for maiming and killing children in Yemen, a U.N. spokesman said on Wednesday. ... [Reuters - 16/6/16]
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, today discussed wide-ranging security issues of interest to both of their nations, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters following the bilateral meeting. ... [US Department of Defense - 16/616]
Are Saudis using British cluster bombs to kill civilians in Yemen? [VIDEO - RT - 15/6/16]
British lawmaker shot dead, EU referendum campaigns suspended [Reuters - 16/6/16]
Hundreds of trucks lined roads leading to the normally bustling Torkham crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Thursday, after deadly clashes between the countries forced it to close. ... [Reuters - 16/6/16]
At least nine people died in clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that erupted when government soldiers prevented former fighters from leaving a camp for demobilized militia groups, officials said on Thursday. ... [Reuters - 16/6/16]
Like it isn't already happening ---> More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country’s five-year-old civil war. ... [New York Times - 16/6/16]
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 16/6/16]
@ProfessorBlitz [16/6/16]: Meet Simon - @MiddlesexUni art graduate & refugee from Eritrea; rescued in 2007. Sister rescued by @moas_eu in 2015
60 migrants rescued by coast guard and local fishermen as boat runs aground near Lesvos [Ekathimerini - 16/6/16]
The Indonesians aren't "copying" Australia.
The Aceh outrage is a consequence of Australia pushing back its borders with impunity - and the complicity of international forums such as the Bali Process.
Mountz: image showing #Australia's onshore and offshore #detention sites ...
Image: @AudraLMitchell [12/11/15]
Important lecture about seeking asylum - with a focus on how Australia has trashed 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]
This human rights obscenity is Australia's fault. Why are the Greens and human rights establishment silent? [Sydney Morning Herald - 17/6/16]:
Police fired a warning shot into the air after a group of Sri Lankan women who have been stranded off the coast of Aceh since June 11 disembarked from their boat in defiance of orders from Indonesian authorities.
An eyewitness told Fairfax Media the five women, who are among 44 Sri Lankans who claimed they were en route to Australia when they suffered engine trouble, had earlier pleaded that a child they said was sick be allowed to come to shore. ...
A group of 44 Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, consisting of 20 men, 15 women — one of whom is pregnant — and nine children, have become stranded in Aceh in an attempt to reach Australia.
The group had been sailing for about 20 days, fleeing what appears to be a deteriorating security situation in Sri Lanka, before the Indian-flagged boat became stranded on Saturday in Lhoknga waters, Aceh Besar regency, and was found by local fishermen.
Local authorities assisted the asylum seekers by repairing their broken motor and providing them with food and fuel.
The group then departed from Lhoknga on Sunday, only to return the next day asking for more fuel to continue their journey.
Aceh immigration authorities, however, did not allow them to land as they did not have passports or other relevant travel documents.
Consequently, they remained on the boat, anchored 2 kilometers offshore, refusing to set sail unless they were provided with more assistance. Australia-bound Tamil asylum seekers still stranded off Aceh [Jakarta Post - 16/6/16]
It's all "a bit too newsy" for Aunty ----> Greece migrants: Sun-powered phone charger gives refugees free electricity [ABC - 17/6/16]
The regional impact of Australia's UNHCR supported war of attrition against refugees will not be explained to ABC audiences ----> @adharves - ABC Indonesia Correspondent [15/6/16]: But can he make a double espresso with attitude?
"Young Labor Left" = ALP = Illegal, mandatory offshore detention and boat pushbacks. Why are they being featured at a pro refugee rally? ---> Pre-election rally: Close Manus, Close Nauru, Bring Them Here [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney]:
*Margaret Pomeranz: (former Movie Show presenter)
*Evan Davis plus Judith & Jennifer: (ex-teachers on Manus & Nauru)
*refugee speaker TBC
*Lee Rhiannon (NSW Greens Senator)
*young Labor activist
Why does Richard Glover give everyone soft ball interviews, then is OTT combative with Dick Smith? What an ARSELICKER. ---> Dick Smith shares his views on Sweden and the Julian Assange case [AUDIO - ABC - 16/6/16]
17 June 2016