... Meanwhile, the United Nations in PNG has expressed concern at the treatment of both men and called for an investigation into the actions of police.

"If there are allegations of any kind of illegal force, or beating or whatever, that has to be investigated," said Kedar Poudyal, an advisor at the UN's Human Rights Office in Port Moresby.

"If there is any charge against any refugees, because they are vulnerable people, they should be provided with legal support and a speedy trial."

The Manus Province police commander, David Yapu, has previously said there will not be any investigation into the bashing of the asylum-seekers, because it was likely they had been injured while resisting arrest.

Mr Poudyal urged police to reconsider and investigate the officers involved.

"It's good for the police to conduct an investigation and tell people 'we have conducted an investigation and found out this'," he said.

"It's important for them as well." <--- These men have been rendered stateless and without rights for NEARLY 4 YEARS because that is how Australia's anti-refugee policy operates.




The persecution of Australia's exiled political prisoners won't end until the policy ends [PNG Loop - 18/1/17]:


The Boroko District Court has adjourned the case against Iranian refugee, Mohammad Rezza Najafi Movafagh to next week Monday after his case went for mention today.  

Magistrate Alex Kalandi adjourned the case after the defendant did not turn up in court again today after it was stood over from Tuesday.

It is not known if he was informed of his case hearing today. 

The magistrate also instructed prosecution to order the arresting officer in the case to appear next week and explain to the court how the defendant was released on bail of K150.  

Movafagh was arrested on Jan 10 over allegations of being in possession of marijuana.

The 31-year-old Iranian refugee living in Port Moresby was arrested by police for having in his possession two-pack rolls of marijuana without any doctor’s prescription.

He was charged under section 3(1)(d) of the Dangerous Drugs Act, however he is yet to appear in court in person.

The rolls of marijuana were allegedly found in his room on Jan 4 by housekeeping staff at the motel he has been residing in. 

According to Police Summary of facts before the court, the defendant when questioned by police CID Drug Squad on Jan 5, revealed he bought the drugs from a boy in Boroko and consumes it to relieve himself from stress due to his current condition.

He also failed to produce a doctor’s prescription when asked for one by police.

He was flown down from Manus to undergo medical treatment and has been living in a motel in Port Moresby where the drugs were allegedly found in his room.



Ask Senator Claire Moore why this is happening in Australia's health care facilities ---> ... His wife, Barb Spriggs, was told he had been given 500mg of seroquel, an anti-psychotic drug, instead of 50mg.

The family said he could have been overdosed up to three times.

"I was left feeling very frustrated, very disappointed," Mrs Spriggs said.

"Very angry that we had gone through so much to make both of those moves as comfortable and as easy as we could."

Earlier in the same week, his family found Mr Spriggs lying on the floor when they visited him.

His daughter, Kerry Spriggs, said he also had unexplained bruises around the top of his legs.

"It became apparent that it was most likely from restraint, so restraining him, which we were never aware of," she said.

The family said they raised concerns with the facility when he was having trouble eating and drinking, but they said their concerns fell on deaf ears. ... [ABC - 18/1/17]



In August 2015, a Senate motion to expedite the ratification of OPCAT [Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment] didn't even get to a vote because Queensland ALP Senator Claire Moore objected.  



No matter your view on asylum seekers and offshore detention, a prohibition on torture is something we can all support, writes Greens Senator Penny Wright, who will present a motion to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture to Parliament today. ... [Lawyers Weekly - 11/8/15]



The [Cambodian] Ministry of Social Affairs yesterday claimed it had released scores of people from the notorious Prey Speu detention centre into the hands of NGOs, including children who had been detained without their parents for months on end.

Director of the municipal social affairs department Sorn Sophal said 58 people were handed over to Mith Samlanh, Plan International and Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) on January 16, though the latter two NGOs denied having accepted detainees. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 18/1/17]



Hong Kong's chief executive said on Wednesday in his annual policy blueprint that the city couldn't become independent or separate from China.

Addressing recent growing calls from activists for Hong Kong to become independent from China, Leung Chun-ying told the city's legislature that "there is no room for independence or any kind of separation" from China. ... [Reuters - 17/1/17]



‏@wikileaks [17/1/17]:  Hillary Clinton met to discuss "so clever" plan to "ditch Taiwan" in swap for US debt



Fukushima 'voluntary' evacuees to lose housing support [Japan Today - 18/1/17]:


... Matsumoto left her family’s home 50 kilometers from the plant, after her daughter, then 12, began suffering an array of health problems, including nose bleeds and nausea.

Matsumoto, 55, who now lives with her daughter in Kanagawa, about 250 kilometers from the plant, said she also developed serious health disorders after the accident, including hormonal disorders and a non-cancerous tumor in her thyroid.

“I am furious that the central government and Fukushima prefecture stigmatised and now abandoned us,” she told reporters. ...



Philippine police murder South Korean businessman before collecting ransom [The Straits Times - 18/1/17]



At least four killed in gunfight at government offices in Mexico's Cancun [Reuters - 18/1/17]



Authorities in southern Mexico have found the severed heads of six men in a plastic bag on the roof of a sport utility vehicle, and six headless bodies inside.

The security spokesman for the southern state of Guerrero said the bodies were found Monday in Chilpancingo, the state capital. ... [CBS - 17/1/17]



State in Brazil’s north requests aid after 26 killed in prison riot [Rio Times - 17/1/17]



The Brazilian Air Force is planning to privatize the running of its telecom network used for defense, surveillance and air traffic control, an Air Force spokeswoman said on Tuesday. ... [Reuters - 17/1/17]



... Strange days indeed

Most peculiar, Mama ...


'Nobody Told Me', John Lennon [1980]



Trump vows 'insurance for everybody' in replacing Obamacare [Reuters – 16/1/17]:


U.S. President-elect Donald Trump aims to replace Obamacare with a plan that would envisage "insurance for everybody," he said in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday night.

Trump did not give the newspaper specifics about his proposals to replace Democratic President Barack Obama's signature health insurance law, but said the plan was nearly finished and he was ready to unveil it alongside the leaders of the Republican-controlled Congress.

The Republican president-elect takes office on Friday.

"It’s very much formulated down to the final strokes. We haven’t put it in quite yet but we’re going to be doing it soon," Trump told the Post, adding he was waiting for his nominee for health and human services secretary, Tom Price, to be confirmed.

The plan, he said, would include "lower numbers, much lower deductibles," without elaborating.

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump said.

“There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”

Trump was also quoted as saying in the interview that he would target pharmaceutical companies over drug pricing and insist they negotiate directly with the Medicare and Medicaid government health plans for the elderly and poor. ...



The United States government announced Tuesday the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera, who has been imprisoned in the U.S. for 36 years for his struggle to free Puerto Rico from U.S. colonial rule. ... [teleSUR - 17/1/17]



Italy sentences two former South American leaders to life in prison for Operation Condor murders [Reuters - 17/1/17]:


A Rome court on Tuesday handed down eight life sentences for the murder of 23 Italian citizens in a conspiracy, known as Operation Condor, in which South American dictatorships hunted down and killed thousands of dissidents in the 1970s and 1980s.

It is the first time an Italian court has ruled a conspiracy existed between the governments of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia to help find and assassinate each others' political opponents.

After a trial that lasted more than two years, lead judge Evelina Canale said eight men were convicted in absentia, including former Bolivian President Luis Garcia, now 87 and serving a 30-year prison sentence in Bolivia for crimes committed during his government, and former Peruvian President Francisco Morales, now 95.


Operation Condor, named after the broad-winged birds that inhabit the Andes, was a Cold War era campaign by U.S.-backed right-wing dictatorships in South America that killed scores of left-leaning opponents. ...



Nazis trained and supported Chile's Operation Condor activities [teleSUR – 17/12/16]



Declassified documents on Operation Condor reveal that the U.S. knew and assisted the Argentine dictatorship as it threw unconscious prisoners to their death in notorious “vuelos de la muerte,” or death flights. ... [teleSUR -16/12/16]



CIA makes 12 million declassified pages available online [Deutsche Welle - 18/1/17]



A leftist coalition in Berlin's city hall that could be a model for a federal government later this year faced a crisis on Monday after a minister quit because of his past in East Germany's Stasi security police.

Andrej Holm, an academic who had hidden the fact he served in the notorious communist police before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, resigned as deputy housing minister on Monday after Mayor Michael Mueller had called for him to be fired on Saturday.

Holm was appointed by the Left party, which along with Mueller's Social Democrats (SPD) and the environmentalist Greens formed the first such three-way coalition at the state level only five weeks ago. ... [Reuters - 16/1/17]



"Feel the freedom" of over-priced, over-surveilled public transport on the Gold Coast Light Rail to nowhere



Surfers Paradise [18/1/17]


@GraffitiExpert:  We are watching you watching us. You fucking fascists ...



Boston Police officials announced they will be scrapping a $1.4 million social media analytic technology program for monitoring potential criminal activity. ... [SC Magazine - 17/1/17]



Emosi Radrodro, a former radio personality was ordered to pay $10,000 to Fiji Fashion Week Limited managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight. ... [Fiji Times - 18/1/17]



Sickos ---> Davos elites simulate the refugee “experience” by “pretending to flee advancing armies” [Vanity Fair - 17/1/17]



Indonesia moves to formalise UNHCR/IOM supported limbo, detention and deportation of 1,000s of Australia-bound refugees [Jakarta Post - 18/1/17]



The forgotten refugees of Indonesia [Policy Forum - 18/1/17]



... By 2015 there were 33 sites of immigration detention throughout Indonesia.

Australian funding through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has expanded the capacity of this detention network since 2011. ...  What Australia's fanatical anti-refugee policy means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]



Refugee Council of Australia's constant stream of unquestioning retweets helps Australia's bipartisan anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy stay unscrutinised and unopposed --->  'It's like developing another suburb': Fairfield calls for support to settle thousands of refugees | SBS News @OzRefugeeCounc [18/1/17]



On Friday, the U.S. bishops’ migration chair criticized the Obama administration’s denial of decades-old special protections for Cuban migrants to the U.S. ... [CRUX - 17/1/17]



10 Guantanamo prisoners temporarily exiled to Oman [Reuters - 16/1/17]



Asylum Seekers illegally turned away by US Customs and Border Patrol [CBP] officers [American Immigration Council - 17/1/17]:


... Friday, the American Immigration Council, in collaboration with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc., Kino Border Initiative, Women’s Refugee Commission, Public Counsel, and Latin America Working Group, filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) which lifts up a handful of  illustrative case summaries that demonstrate this disturbing practice and detail the harrowing experiences of the asylum seekers whose attempts to seek humanitarian protection at ports of entry along the border were repeatedly thwarted by CBP officers.

These officers repeatedly misinformed asylum seekers that they had no right to request asylum, that they required visas to enter the United States, that they must first ask for protection from Mexican immigration officials, or that there simply was not enough space for them.

As a result, many men, women, and children have been exposed to continued harm and threats while waiting in Mexico for an opportunity to apply for asylum in the United States.

The same complaint was filed, today with the Office of Inspector General (OIG), a second oversight department at DHS. ...



‏@wikileaks [17/1/17]:  Manning's clemency stifles howls over Obama's failure to pardon Snowden, keeping civil-liberties crowd & NSA+CIA+IC onside for war v Trump.



‏@wikileaks [17/1/17]:  Assange is confident of winning any fair trial in the US. Obama's DoJ prevented public interest defense & fair jury....



Perhaps if Brisbane Times' stenographer Cameron Atfield dropped the sneery Murdoch tone, he might get a response --->  @wikileaks [17/1/17]:  VICTORY: Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence from 35 years to 7. Release date now May 17. Background ...



What Chelsea Manning's commutation means for trans rights [The Hill - 17/1/17]:


... Sadly, Manning is just one of many trans heroines who have been held needlessly behind bars because of their audacious efforts to live freely in a more just and open society.

Trans women — and particularly those who are poor, from communities of color or undocumented — have suffered a great deal during Obama's time in office.  

Dozens have lost their lives to senseless transphobic violence while countless others have experienced horrific abuse in jails, prisons and immigration detention centers across the U.S.

Sadly, many of these women end up incarcerated simply because they are being criminalized for seeking to survive: whether it is because they are involved in sex work, using non-prescription drugs or even defending themselves against life-threatening acts of violence. ...



‏@MikaelThalen [17/1/17]:  ... Obama pardons retired 4-star Marine Gen. James Cartwright for lying to investigators about leaking Stuxnet details to the press



Russia extends Snowden asylum, slams former Deputy Director of CIA's suggestion to ‘present’ him as a gift to Trump [Sputnik News - 18/1/17]



Nigeria's military says a figher jet has mistakenly bombed a refugee camp in the country's northeast, killing - according to aid workers - dozens of people and wounding scores more.

The incident occurred on Tuesday at about 9am local time (08:00 GMT) in Rann, in the far north of Borno state, the epicentre of Boko Haram's armed campaign, as humanitarian workers distributed food to civilians.

Nigeria's air force said a fighter jet was on a mission against Boko Haram fighters when it accidentally struck the camp and killed an unknown number of refugees and aid workers.

But in a statement, aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the strike had killed at least 50 people and wounded 120. ... [Al Jazeera - 17/1/17]



In leadup to OIC meeting on Rohingya, region ramps up "trafficking", "durable solutions" rhetoric and finger pointing, thus maintaining genocidal spiral and anti-refugee status quo [The Star - 18/1/17]



Representatives from Nordic countires visit Bangladesh refugee camp to oversee the IOM and UNHCR's implementation of caloric intake - notice that there is no suggestion Sweden or Norway might offer the Rohingya sanctuary [bdnews24.com - 17/1/17]



Mass graves reveal massacre in Northern Maungdaw [RVision TV - 18/1/17]



‏@mir_sidiquee  [17/1/17]: ... "We are in await for Justice" #DaGyiZarr villagers 31+8=39 Rohingyas killed by Army in one village



Drought will leave over 12,000 Kilinochchi families without drinking water [Tamil Guardian - 17/1/17]



On January 10, a Canadian Federal Court judge upheld the deportation order of Mr. Suresh Manickavasagam, an alleged LTTE fundraiser who has been resident in Canada for 26 years. 

Mr. Manickavasagam's case has wound its way through Canadian Courts for over 2 decades since he was first arrested in 1995 for allegedly posing a security risk.

The Canadian authorities alleged that Mr. Manickavasagam, as co-ordinator of the now banned World Tamil Movement in Toronto, was fundraising for the LTTE and tried to deport him on a 'security certificate'. 

Mr. Manickavasagam fought his case up to the Supreme Court of Canada, which in 2002, overturned his deportation order on the grounds that he would be at risk of torture if returned to Sri Lanka, and that this risk had to be balanced against the alleged security threat he posed. 

For 13 years, Mr. Manickavasagam then proceeded to build a life in Canada.  ... [Tamil Guardian - 17/1/17]




18 January 2017