Day 217 refugee protests, Nauru



Image:  ‏@elahe_zivardar [22/10/16]




Choreographed ALP stooges and dummies #WalkTogether to keep Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and boat turnback policy unopposed [Reuters - 22/10/16]:


... Labor politician Jihad Dib, a member of the New South Wales state parliament, told a Sydney rally that Australia was stronger with multiculturalism. ...



Keeping refugees out of Australia is ALP policy.  #WalkTogether is nothing but another pro-ALP front ---> @welcome2aussie kicks off with Welcome to country from Uncle Ben, Ningalie and family ... ‏@linessue - Senator Sue Lines [22/10/16]



Comment by Marilyn Shepherd on Abbott's Escher Australia [Independent Australia - 28/6/15]:


In the vote about reporting child abuse in Nauru and Manus prison 8 ALP women voted no and 6 didn't record a vote.

I will list the women who voted to not have reporting of child abuse on Nauru and ask that you think about this clearly.

Catryn Bilyk - Tasmania, no.

Katy Gallagher - ACT,no

Jan McLucas - Qld, no

Deb O'Neill - NSW = no

Nova Peris - NT - no

Sue Lines - WA - no

Claire Moore -QLD no

Lisa Singh - Tas no. ...



During the 2015 Rohingya boat crisis, the ALP and LNP voted against a Greens Senate motion for Australia to provide SAR assistance and to help resettle some of the refugees [Senate Hansard - 24/6/15]:


Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (15:39): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) expresses concern at the disturbing reports aired on the Four Corners television program on 22 June 2015;

(b) notes:

(i) that only 412 Rohingyans have been resettled in Australia through Australia's humanitarian program since 2008, and

(ii) the Government's recent refusal to provide assistance or resettlement for Rohingyans currently in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and stranded at sea off these three countries; and

(c) urges the Government to:

(i) contribute to the search and rescue mission for thousands of migrants, including Rohingyans, currently stranded at sea,

(ii) resettle some of the Rohingyan migrants rescued by Indonesia and Malaysia, and

(iii) resettle an increased number of Rohingyans in the 2015 humanitarian program, increasing the number of the program if necessary.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion be agreed to.


The Senate divided [15:39]

(The President—Senator Parry)


Ayes ...................... 13

Noes ...................... 33

Majority ................. 20


Di Natale, R

Hanson-Young, SC

Lazarus, GP

Ludlam, S

Madigan, JJ

Milne, C

Rhiannon, L

Rice, J

Siewert, R (teller)

Waters, LJ

Whish-Wilson, PS

Wright, PL

Xenophon, N


Back, CJ

Bilyk, CL

Brown, CL

Bullock, J.W.

Bushby, DC

Cameron, DN

Canavan, M.J.

Colbeck, R

Edwards, S

Fawcett, DJ

Fifield, MP

Gallagher, KR

Heffernan, W

Ketter, CR

Leyonhjelm, DE

Lindgren, JM

Lines, S

Marshall, GM

McEwen, A (teller)

McGrath, J

McKenzie, B

McLucas, J

Moore, CM

Nash, F

O'Neill, DM

Parry, S

Peris, N

Polley, H

Ruston, A

Ryan, SM

Urquhart, AE

Wang, Z

Williams, JR

Question negatived.




‏@nslwin [21/10/16]:  10000 #Rohingya IDPs are confined in a few villages of #Maungdaw township, with urgent need of protection, food, shelter, and sanitation.



‏@nslwin [22/10/16]:  #Myanmar Army torches again the #Rohingya houses in #Wabaik #KyiGanPyin #Maungdaw today at 3pm. 3 houses burnt down. 4th one is burning now



Young women raped, elderly women assaulted in Nan Chaung attack [Myanmar Observer - 21/10/16]



‏@nslwin:  Demonstration in front of #Bangladesh consulate in #LosAngeles organized by #Myanmar Muslims on Oct 20. Asked to open border for #Rohingya.


Guests from Australia, Austria, Bhutan, Canada, China, Italy, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Russia and the UK attend Awami League national council meeting in Bangladesh [Dhaka Tribune – 22/10/16]:


...Canadian MP Deepak Obhrai from Conservative Party will be in attendance with Australian State MP of New South Wales from Labor Party, Hugh McDermott and Maninderjit Singh, councillor of Blacktown City Council from Labor Party.



Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina tells 'Leaders' Summit on Refugees' there are 500,000 Rohingya living in Bangladesh [ - 21/9/16]



UNHCR maintains its feeble response to Indonesia's ever-expanding carceral plans for the human bottleneck created by Australia's anti-refugee policy [Jakarta Post - 17/10/16]:


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will support whatever policy is taken by the Indonesian government on refugees so long as it respects human rights and does not force refugees to return to their home countries.

Jeffrey Savage, the UNHCR’s senior protection officer, told The Jakarta Post in Batam on Friday that his organization had heard about the idea to place refugees on one island.

He said the UNHCR had asked the government to review the idea carefully because such a measure could lead to problems and could potentially create conflict.

First of all, there are 48 different nationalities,” Savage said after meeting with local administration officials to discuss the issue.

He said the success story of how the Batam administration and the central government had dealt with Vietnamese refugees on Galang Island, Batam, 30 years ago, would not serve as a suitable reference point for the current influx of refugees because of the diversity of nationalities present in the refugees.

The idea of placing refugees on one island, according to Savage, was once implemented by Australia.

He said this kind of policy limited the movement of the refugees.

He also emphasized that policies on refugees were the sole purview of the Indonesian government and that his side could only offer suggestions.

Based on UNHCR data, there are 13,700 asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia, much lower than the number of those in Malaysia and Thailand, which amount to the hundreds of thousands.

In Bangladesh, the figure reaches up to 2 million.

The UNCHR has an annual budget of US$4 million for its operations in Indonesia.

The budget is considered small because it is spent on supporting the refugees and also on covering staff salaries and other necessities.

The organization cannot say when the refugees will leave Indonesia because this depends on the willingness of other countries to accept them.

If you ask how long the refugees will be staying here, my answer is I don’t know,” Savage said.

Batam immigration office data shows that there are currently 362 refugees in Batam, 280 of whom are being accommodated at the Kolekta Hotel and 61 at the office’s detention center.

They are all financially supported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which has been a part of the UN for the last two weeks, according to Savage.

Previously, the Batam administration sent a letter to the Office of the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister asking for the removal of the refugees from the city because their presence had caused social problems.

Batam administration spokesperson Ardiwinata told the Post on Friday that Batam Mayor Muhammad Rudi suggested placing all the refugees and asylum seekers on an island outside of Batam, citing the city’s success in dealing with Vietnamese refugees on Galang Island as an example to follow.

The mayor’s idea was shared during a forum, but was not detailed in the letter sent to the coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister,” Ardiwinata said.

He said placing the refugees on a single island would ease monitoring efforts and at the same time maintain local harmony in Batam.

Moreover, we have hundreds of islands here, some are not inhabited,” he said, adding that the idea was still being discussed at the city level.



The National Arms Trade Treaty two day workshop in Port Moresby ended on Friday.

The workshop provides the opportunity for participants to share and exchange views, information and experience to improve the existing domestic mechanisms to effectively address the ATT issue in PNG in domesticating the treaty when ratified. ... [PNG Loop - 22/10/16]


Japan, US to hold first joint drill following National Security Law revision [Japan Times – 22/10/16]:


... The drill will be part of the Keen Sword comprehensive defense exercise from Oct. 30 to Nov. 11, which will be participated by a total of 25,000 Ground, Maritime and Air SDF troops, and 11,000 U.S. servicemen.

The drill for the potential emergency situation, slated to be conducted on Nov. 7-9 in waters around the island of Ukibaru off Okinawa Prefecture, will assume a scenario that a large U.S. warplane has crashed, leaving many U.S. troops injured. ...



Hibakusha join activists at UN event in calling for nuke ban treaty [Japan Times – 22/10/16]:


... They had come to the city on the Peace Boat, which is operated by a Japanese nongovernmental organization whose aim is to build friendships and spread pacifism around the world.

Aboard the vessel at its dock in Manhattan, Sakashita spoke about her vision of a nuclear-free world in front of a crowd of thousands including U.N. officials, diplomats and other guests.

“I believe that hibakusha testifying to the inhumane and cruel nature of nuclear weapons can be and should be the only source of nuclear deterrence,” she said.

“Many of us hibakusha sincerely wish that we will be able to see the world without nuclear weapons while we are still alive.”

The Peace Boat, on its 92nd voyage, stopped in New York on its way from Europe. It will continue on to the Bahamas and Cuba.


Among the activists who back the nuclear ban treaty is Clifton Truman Daniel, the grandson of Harry S. Truman, the American president who authorized the dropping of the bombs on Japan.

Daniel accompanied the A-bomb survivors as they made presentations in various venues and has in the past met with hibakusha in Japan and in the United States.

“I would support the ban,” he said when asked about its possible passage at the U.N. General Assembly.

“It is long overdue.”

Daniel said he believes his grandfather would agree with him. ...



Opposition party members walk out ahead of Diet committee deliberation on TPP [Japan Times – 21/10/16]



A U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, drawing a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area.

The U.S. action was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, U.S. officials said.

The Chinese Defense Ministry called the move "illegal" and "provocative," saying that two Chinese warships had warned the U.S. destroyer to leave. ... [Reuters - 21/10/16]

US Defense Secretary reaffirms US commitment to security on Korean peninsula [US Department of Defense – 20/10/16]:


The United States remains concerned about North Korean provocations, and is committed to defending its allies with the "full spectrum of American military might," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today in a news conference with his South Korean counterpart, Han Min-koo. ...


Over 50,000 evacuated in typhoon's path in southern China [ – 22/10/16]



Australian Senator Pauline Hanson wants the Australian government to recall its administrator on Norfolk Island.

Norfolk Island was stripped of its autonomy 16 months ago but strong opposition to the move remains.

At the centre of the criticism is the abrasive administrator, Gary Hardgrave, who Ms Hanson said has failed to uphold the obligations of his office and should be immediately replaced.

Ms Hanson is on Norfolk Island at the invitation of the groups wanting Canberra to restore the island's autonomy. ... [RNZI - 20/10/16]



Fiji PM says PACER plus trade agreement too one-sided and restrictive [RNZI – 21/10/16]



CETA: Canada-EU trade talks fall apart in Belgium as Trade Minister Freeland walks out [Global News – 21/10/16]



Cambodian government tells airlines, airports to bar opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s return [Cambodia Daily – 22/10/16]


A former US ambassador to the UN and a late New York state assemblyman were among four men found guilty in absentia yesterday and sentenced to a year each in prison for defrauding a local businesswoman out of $1 million in 2012.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court also ordered the four – American businessmen San Richer and Thomas Willems, former UN envoy Siv Sichan and Assemblyman William Nojay – to return the $1 million to complainant Eng Lykuong and pay an additional fine of 300 million riel, or about $73,000. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 21/10/16]



Bombardier to cut 7,500 more jobs through 2018, mostly in rail [Reuters – 21/10/16]



Fourteen people remained trapped on Friday under the wreckage of a packed passenger train that derailed en route between Cameroon's two largest cities, killing at least 55 and injuring 575, the government said in a communique read on state television. ... [Reuters - 21/10/16]



French police staged protests in Paris and other cities for a fifth night on Friday, in a movement showing no sign of abating despite President Francois Hollande's government attempts to defuse tensions just months before a presidential election.

Police say they are no longer sufficiently equipped even to defend themselves and have staged five nights of unauthorized demonstrations.

Some 3,000 of them took to the streets on Thursday night, they said. ... [Reuters - 21/10/16]



A local judge in Ecuador on Friday ordered preventive prison for a former oil minister on grounds of bribery amid an investigation into a $12 million corruption scandal in the Andean country's state oil company.

Ecuador's public prosecutor's office has accused Carlos Pareja, an ally of President Rafael Correa, of receiving $1 million dollars for allegedly helping companies get contracts with Petroecuador.

Sixteen other people have been accused in the ongoing case.

Reuters was not immediately able to contact Pareja, who Ecuador's public prosecutor has said left the country on Sept. 28. [Reuters - 21/10/16]



Mexico arrests ex-police chief linked to student disappearances [Reuters - 21/10/16]



South Africa to quit International Criminal Court [Al Jazeera – 21/10/16]



Srebrenica massacre victims’ associations have filed a criminal complaint alleging that electoral law was violated during this month’s municipal polls which gave the town its first post-war Serb mayor.

A coalition of four Srebrenica victims’ associations, including the Mothers of Srebrenica, has filed a criminal complaint against all seven members of Bosnia’s Central Election Commission, alleging violations of electoral law during the recent municipal polls. ... [Balkan Insight - 19/10/16]



Donetsk suburb comes under shelling by Ukrainian troops [TASS – 22/10/16]



‏@wikileaks [22/10/16]:  RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 15 ... #HillaryClinton



‏@wikileaks [21/10/16]:  Finance billionaire Hebert Sandler to Clinton's campaign chief John Podesta  ...




Not a single Australian journalist went to Nauru to report on the 2013 riot trials.


The ABC's Gaven Morris is full of shit.


... I was a Staff Sergeant in the South African Police during and after the Apartheid era and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never witnessed the injustice and ill-treatment of human beings that I witnessed at Bravo Camp, RPC Nauru.  ... [Nauru Senate Inquiry, Submission 98 - August 2015]



Image: Displaced Peoples Organisation Limited via @CSerow [23/8/13]




This photograph of the Nauru Police Force was taken by Clint Deidenang when he was told to leave the area outside the court house during the 2013 riot trial.




Media trumpet the ongoing destruction of another family on Nauru as ALP lawyers don't call for and end to Australia's anti-refugee torture policy [Channel 10 - 21/10/16]





Adnan Shirwani, 36, with his 6-months-pregnant wife Maryam, 33, from the Kurdistan region of Iran. They spent one year in the detention centre and were given refugee status and released to the community based camp in June 2014. ... [Photographed by Vlad Sokhin, October 2014]




Nauru: Dream turned nightmare for boat refugees seeking asylum in Australia [RIA Novosti - 2/11/14]




Media outlets and "advocates" who are now pretending the concentration camp component of Australia's anti-refugee policy had an end date are lying. [SBS - 25/2/14]:


... Ms Thompson is the first staff member to publicly resign from Manus Island following a recent outbreak of violence [attack on the refugees] which left one dead.

She was originally bought in to conduct refugee-assessment interviews and claims she was told to tell inmates their only option was resettlement in Papua New Guinea.

Ms Thompson said she knew their only option was indefinite detention, and so did they.

"I would not go back because there is no process, nothing for me to do, no process to assist people with - it's fake," she said.

"It's not designed as a processing facility, it's designed as an experiment in the active creation of horror to deter people from trying in the first place."

Ms Thompson told Dateline she was given a script to follow while conducting refugee assessments.

"We were informed that we were not to discuss resettlement, we were not to discuss third country options," she said.

"It was made very clear to us every day, sometimes even twice a day, under the threat of being removed from the island, we were not to talk about a third country, we were not to suggest there were any resettlement options, we were not to suggest they would be able to get off PNG," she said.

“We knew that this was ridiculous, but we were lying to people and we were told to keep that message going to keep it clear."

"What's not happening is any clarification on where they are going to end up."

“There is no process, the process doesn’t lead anywhere except indefinite detention." ...



Joint media release with Kevin Rudd - Prime Minister, Mark Dreyfus - Attorney General and The Hon Tony Burke MP - Australian Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship [19 July, 2013]



The ABC still haven't given Nauru refugees the right of reply to UNHCR slurs ---> No UNHCR staff member or any other individual in our presence throughout last week's mission to Nauru made comments to asylum seekers that they could expect to be on the island 'for up to 10 years' or otherwise return to their country of origin. ... [EDITOR'S NOTE - 4th May, 2016 - ABC]



King George Square



Brisbane #saytheirnames


Image: ‏@McquireJacob [22/10/16]



@riserefugee [21/10/16]:  RISE SUPPORTS NATIONAL CALL TO ACTION organised by @WARmobofficial  ...



Aboriginal artist’s message resonates in Palestine [Electronic Intifada - 21/10/16]:


... Sitting inside the plain-looking tent, its sides raised to allow an audience to look in, and with a sign in Arabic at its front, Bell, a striking figure, spoke passionately about how his people have been oppressed, displaced, uprooted, impoverished and alienated in their own homeland.

“Colonial forces create divisions whenever and wherever they can,” Bell said on the rooftop of Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in the Old City of Jerusalem where his tent had been erected.

“We must find every way possible to get our message across.” ...




Israeli Prison Service (IPS) refused last year to allow doctors’ visits to Palestinian prisoners who were subjected to torture while in detention, Haaretz Hebrew newspaper said.

The paper quoted The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel as saying that the IPS has continued to refuse to allow those who were subjected to torture to meet with doctors.

The Israeli human rights group finds that prisoners waited years for medical tests to verify claims of mistreatment. ... [PNN - 21/10/16]



Israeli settlers seize Palestinian lands in Jordan Valley [PNN - 21/10/16]



50-year-old Palestinian man shot in the foot with live fire during Gaza protests [Maan - 21/10/16]



4 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria [Maan - 22/10/16]:


The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) released a statement on Friday condemning the killing of four Palestinian refugees from the Khan Eshieh refugee camp in Syria, warning that Khan Eshieh “is at risk of becoming another Yarmouk,” the refugee camp in Damascus devastated by years of violence.

On the night of Oct. 18, as they attempted to leave the Khan Eshieh camp -- to which access has been highly restricted -- south of Damascus, Nofeh Mohammed Jarad, who was in her 60's, her daughter Ibaa Saeed al-Nader, 22, their driver and a one-year old baby were all killed when their vehicle was shelled.

The mother of the baby, a Syrian citizen, also died in the incident. ...



Reconciliation agreements were signed during the day with representatives of 15 more settlements in Syria, including eight — in the province of Latakia, six — in the province of Hama, and one — in the province of Quneitra, the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its regular daily bulletin posted on the Russian Defense Ministry’s official website on Friday.


At the request of representatives of the United Nations and other international organizations, Russian President Vladimir Putin decreed to extend the humanitarian pause in Aleppo for one more day, until 7pm Moscow time on October 22, the Russian center said. ... [TASS - 22/10/16]



Terrorist organisations continue to prevent families from leaving eastern neighborhood of Aleppo [SANA - 21/10/16]



Citizens injured by terrorist rocket attacks in Damascus, Aleppo and Daraa [SANA - 21/10/16]



The UN Human Rights Council has voted to start an independent special inquiry into the situation in the war-ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo, indicating that the blame for most of the civilian casualties lies with Syria and Russia.

A resolution aimed at reviewing alleged human rights violations in Aleppo was introduced by Britain and its Western and Arab allies.

The document was approved Friday, with Russia and China voting against the draft.

The council has requested that the International Commission of Inquiry "conduct a comprehensive independent special inquiry into the events in Aleppo." 

It also urges the body to identify and bring to justice those responsible for the alleged abuses. ... [RT - 21/10/16]



In a robust ruling in favor of Abu Ghraib detainees, an appellate court ruled Friday that torture is such a clear violation of the law that it is “beyond the power of even the president to declare such conduct lawful.”

The ruling from a unanimous panel of judges on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstates a lawsuit against a military contractor for its role in the torture of four men at the notorious prison in Iraq. ... [The Intercept - 22/10/16]



Not only are the Anglo-Americans united by common opinions, but they are separated from other nations by feelings of pride.

For the last 50 years no pains have been spared to convince the inhabitants of the United States that they are the only religious, enlightened, and free people.

They perceive that, for the present, their own democratic institutions prosper, while those of other countries fail; hence they conceive a high opinion of their superiority and are not very remote from believing themselves to be a distinct species of mankind.



‘Democracy in America’, Alexis De Tocqueville  [1835] - as mentioned by commenter "Frank" ---> Adam Curtis: Another manager of perceptions [OffGuardian - 21/10/16]




Australian football coach kidnapped in Yemen appears in ransom video [Nine MSN - 21/10/16]



US drone strikes in Yemen kill 8 [Long War Journal - 21/10/16]



The Saudi regime has once again violated the ceasefire in Yemen, carrying out airstrikes on the impoverished Arab country.

Saudi Arabia launched rocket attacks against several areas in the Yemeni province of Sa’ada on Friday.

According to Yemen's al-Masirah news website, the rockets hit residential areas in Shada district.

On Thursday, six people were killed in airstrikes by Saudi warplanes on Sa'ada and the province of Amran.

The Yemeni army and popular committees launched retaliatory attacks on Saudi military positions in the southwestern province of Jizan. ... [Press TV - 21/10/16]



@GraffitiExpert [21/10/16]:  Surfers Paradise just got a small taste of what it's like living in a war zone - buzzed by fighter jets #GoldCoast


@GraffitiExpert [21/10/16]:  As Lennon's 'Imagine' warbles from The Clock [Hotel]. Oh the irony. ...



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 21/10/16]



Two Minneapolis police officers followed proper procedure in a confrontation that led to the fatal shooting of a black man in November, and won't face discipline, the city's police chief announced Friday.

Chief Janee Harteau said an internal investigation found the officers were warranted in using deadly force in the death of Jamar Clark, 24. ... [NY Daily News - 21/10/16]



‏@agirecudi [21/10/16]: Aftermath of Turkish and jihadi bombing of SDF controlled Sheikh Issa.



@cdersim3 [21/10/16]: ... #Turkey-backed jihadists attacking Um-al Qura & Hasiye in the region #Shahba and Um-Hosh & Herbol, north of #Marea (ANHA) #Afrin



@cdersim3 [21/10/16]:  More than 1,000 civilians from #Mossul have arrived on the border to #Rojava and will be placed at al-Hawl camp, #Hasakah (ANHA)  



‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [21/10/16]: 


Baghdad: A person was killed and 9 were wounded when an IED exploded in Siha neighborhood in Doura area south of Baghdad.


Ta'meem: 13 women were killed and 46 wounded when coalition air force targeted a funeral in Daqooq district in Kirkuk.


Nineveh: Peshmerga has targeted Mosul by planes and artillery .



US soldier "embedded with Kurdish Pershmerga" killed in Northern Iraq roadside bombing [ - 20/10/16]



Bunkers and booby-traps as Islamic State makes a stand in Libya [Reuters - 21/10/16]



Four more Bunyan Marsous fighters died today and 30 were injured as the advance against IS in Sirte edged forward slowly, at one point behind two tanks. According to the BM Operations Room 20 terrorists were killed in the fighting, which it described as “desperate”. 

Photos were posted showing at least two bodies, one of whom appeared to be in his middle teens.

The battle has focused on the 600 complex of pink flats separated from the BM forces by an area of open ground with little cover.

Yesterday five foreign nationals, two Turks, two Indians and a Bangladeshi were freed from a makeshift IS prison. 

It is not known how they fell into the terrorists’ hands but there has been a number of raids into the oil fields, including Mabruk.

In February 2015, five oil workers, three Filipinos and two Nigerians were seized in an IS assault near Mabruk.

The latest casualties in BM’s slow push into Sirte’s Third District may have found themselves to be the first wounded to be treated in the Italian field hospital which has just begun work.

The fully-equipped and staffed military facility was declared operational yesterday by Italian defence minister Roberta Pinotti.

Located at Misrata airport, it is guarded by as many as 200 Italian paratroopers. [Libya Herald - 20/10/16]



On October 20, 2011, Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi was brutally murdered by a mob of NATO-backed ‘rebels’, after first being beaten and violated in the most barbaric fashion.

History leaves no doubt that not only was the Libyan leader murdered on this day but Libya itself. ... [Counterpunch - 21/10/16]




'Libyan Coast Guard' craft attacks migrant boat, at least four dead: Sea-Watch NGO [Reuters – 21/10/16]:


The crew of a speedboat labeled "Libyan Coast Guard" attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing many to fall into the water and at least four to drown, a humanitarian group said on Friday.

The Germany-based Sea-Watch group, which is one of several non-governmental organizations operating vessels off the coast of Libya, said the speedboat swooped in just as they were about to go to the aid of the overcrowded rubber boat.

"The violent intervention of the Libyan Coast Guard caused a situation of mass panic on board the rubber boat in distress," Sea-Watch said in a statement.

"One tube of the rubber boat collapsed, causing the majority of the 150 people to slip into the water."

The Sea-Watch crew recovered four bodies, spokesman Ruben Neugebauer told Reuters, and was still conducting rescues.

About 120 others were brought safely onto the Sea-Watch 2 ship, while four were unconscious and receiving treatment. Italy's coast guard said there were nine rescue operations underway on Friday, and that Sea-Watch was involved.

A spokesman for Libya's naval forces in Tripoli said he had not heard about the incident.

Italy's coast guard and a spokesman for the EU's anti-smuggling operation Sophia also said they had no information about the attack.

Italy has taken in more than 146,000 boat migrants so far this year and is on track to see more arrivals than last year, when 153,000 arrived. Since Sunday, some 2,200 have been rescued.

It was not immediately clear if the incident would affect the planned start of training next week of up to 100 Libyan coast guard members as part of the EU mission Operation Sophia.

The spokesman for Sophia had no immediate comment.

The U.S. military, which also operates ships in the region, had no immediate comment on the incident.

"Next week training starts with the Libyan coast guard," Neugebauer said.

"We think it's quite important to think about with whom we are collaborating."

According to information the German government has provided to parliament, the first set of training is to take place on two ships – one Italian and one Dutch off the coast of Libya, with equipment and trainers provided by Germany, Italy, Greece, Belgium and Britain.

The Libyan coast guard currently has three boats in Tripoli, three boats in Misrata and two boats in Zuwarah, according to the German government report.

The German military said it had no information about the incident.

In August, another humanitarian group that operates rescue ships off the coast of Libya, Doctors Without Borders, said it had been attacked and boarded by armed men on a Libyan navy boat.

The Libyan navy said it fired "warning shots" because it thought the vessel was involved in people smuggling.



‏@guardiacostiera [21/10/16]:  #CentraleOperativa coordina soccorsi #MediterraneoCentrale: #Guardiacostiera, @EUNAVFORMED_OHQ @defenceforcese ONG salvano 3300 migranti



“Today is one of the heaviest days of my life” [Counterpunch - 21/10/16]:


... “Today I got the immigration decision that my case was rejected. Me and Ahmed are not welcomed to Finland. Thanks for everything you did.”

The next day he wrote again.

“Today is one of the heaviest days of my life. Everybody, my son, my cousin and myself….we just kept silent. We are shocked from the decision. Losing my brother, jailed for 2 years, kidnapped, tortured, losing my house, parents, father-in-law, death threat letter and assassination attempt. Over 50 relatives killed. What more must I give them for them to believe me? Only one thing I forgot, to submit my death certificate. I feel I am being slaughtered. I don’t know what to tell my wife and children [in Baghdad].” ...



Statement from Detention Watch Network (DWN) Co-Director Silky Shah on emerging details of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holding more than 40,000 people in detention while entering into and renewing contracts for increased detention capacity ... [Detention Watch Network - 21/10/16]



Hostile Jurisdictions [American Immigration Lawyers Association - 21/10/16]:


... “I have always loved court, but as many of you know I quit court. Maybe the last straw was my client who had a seizure in the parking lot of EOIR after the Judge granted her request for relief from deportation  and denied her husband’s. Maybe it was having to call the court from my hospital bed just hours after the birth of my daughter to ask about a continuance still not granted after months, even when I went to the clerk weeks before with a letter from my doctor that stated I was no longer allowed to work and a list of ungranted continuances which the clerk refused to accept. Maybe it was having a judge punish me for the many, many appeals I won by making me wait till the end of master calendars to be called, regardless of when I checked in. Maybe it was the general feeling of depression and darkness that began to surround me every day. The feeling that nothing I did was every good enough, thanks to the abuse of the judges and the double standard for the private bar and the government, maybe it was taking the blame for all the things clients were unable to do or provide rather than throw them under the bus in court because judges would pick apart the evidence to the nth degree, maybe it was all the long last minute continuances and sudden move ups of hearings making it impossible to ever both be prepared and make any money on these cases. Mostly I just became stressed and fatigued as I had never felt in my life before and a light started to go out in my soul… That’s how it’s felt to me…” ...





22 October 2016