Judge orders release of immigrant children detained by US [New York Times - 26/7/15]:

 

 

A federal judge in California has ruled that the Obama administration’s detention of children and their mothers who were caught crossing the border illegally is a serious violation of a longstanding court settlement, and that the families should be released as quickly as possible.

In a decision late Friday roundly rejecting the administration’s arguments for holding the families, Judge Dolly M. Gee of Federal District Court for the Central District of California found that two detention centers in Texas that the administration opened last summer fail to meet minimum legal requirements of the 1997 settlement for facilities housing children.

Judge Gee also found that migrant children had been held in “widespread deplorable conditions” in Border Patrol stations after they were first caught, and she said the authorities had “wholly failed” to provide the “safe and sanitary” conditions required for children even in temporary cells.

The opinion was a significant legal blow to detention policies ordered by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in response to an influx of children and parents, mostly from Central America, across the border in South Texas last summer.

In her 25-page ruling, Judge Gee gave a withering critique of the administration’s positions, declaring them “unpersuasive” and “dubious” and saying officials had ignored “unambiguous” terms of the settlement.

...

Initially, Homeland Security officials said they were detaining the families to send a message to others in Central America to deter them from coming to the United States illegally.

In February, a federal court in Washington, D.C., ruled that strategy unconstitutional.

Officials stopped invoking deterrence as a factor in deciding whether to release mothers and children as they seek asylum in the United States.

But many women and children remained stalled behind bleak walls and fences month after month with no end in sight. Mothers became severely depressed or anxious, and their distress echoed in their children, who became worried and sickly.

...

 

 

 

 

 

The Globalisation of High Seas Interdiction–Sale’s Legacy and Beyond [Opinio Juris - 10/3/14]:

 

 

... Maritime migrant interdiction is now a key border enforcement tool for the United States, the European Union, and Australia.

The U.S. developed the model in the early 1980s as a means of preventing Haitian asylum seekers from reaching U.S. Shores.

In 1992, the administration of George H. W. Bush abandoned the past practice of screening Haitians for refugee characteristics and instituted a direct return policy that authorized the repatriation of all interdicted Haitians regardless of whether they would be persecuted in Haiti.

In 1993, the United States Supreme Court gave its imprimatur to this new framework with its Sale v. Haitian Centers Council, Inc. decision, holding that the United States was not bound by the U.N. Refugee Convention when processing Haitians interdicted at sea.

As scholars have noted, Sale later became a key point of reference for other countries seeking to legitimize their own adoption of U.S.-style maritime migrant interdiction programs.  ...

 

 

 

 

 

President Bush's order to return Haitian boat people directly to Haiti without review violates international law and serves as a virtual death sentence for some Haitians, refugee lawyers said yesterday.

"We have a refugee emergency in our own back yard, and we have closed our doors," said Bill Frelick, senior policy analyst for the U.S. Committee for Refugees, a private refugee-advocacy group.

"It's dangerous and frightening. When there is another refugee emergency in Africa or Asia, the countries that want to close the door, push these people away, will be able to point to the United States," he said.

"Our ability to act as a moral voice has seriously been undermined." ...  [The Baltimore Sun - 26/5/1992]

 

 

 

 

 

 

... In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, the [Refugee Council of Australia] Council’s Paul Power said Sunday that turning back asylum seeker boats, regardless of the justification, is “pandering to the politics of fear.”

Scoffing at the ALP’s assertion that there are significant points of difference between their policy and the ruling Coalition’s, Power said the opposition’s form to date on asylum seekers makes it difficult to take them at their word.

“We’ve recently seen the Labor Party support government legislation designed to muzzle whistle-blowers,” he stated, referring to the Border Force Act passed by parliament in May.

The legislation allows for a jail sentence of up to two years for anyone who speaks publicly about issues at detention centers, part of Australia’s policy of holding asylum seekers at offshore sites in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

“That is appalling,” Power exclaimed.

“Now we are expected to believe that this is a political party with good intentions and deeply concerned about people seeking protection from persecution?”

...

“What Australia is signaling to the world is that we clearly don’t want to have any role in providing asylum for people. ... [Anadolu Agency - 26/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Vietnamese community fears for safety of latest boat of refugees refouled by Australian government

 

 

 

ABC [26/7/15]:

 

 

The Vietnamese community has urged the Australian Government to protect a group of asylum seekers it has reportedly sent back to Vietnam.

The Victorian president of the Vietnamese Community in Australia, Bon Nguyen, said he had been told at least some of the 42 Vietnamese asylum seekers intercepted off the coast of Western Australia last week arrived back in Vietnam overnight.

"Just because on the track record of the Vietnamese Communist regime of what they do to the people trying to escape the regime," Mr Nguyen said.

"I have a great fear for their safety.

"If [the] Australian Government has returned them back to Vietnam already, please have some sort of monitor program so that our Australian embassies in Vietnam can actually keep an eye on them."

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the Government had broken international law in returning the asylum seekers back into danger.

The Refugee Convention prohibits the return of people to a place where their life or freedom may be threatened on account of religious, racial, social or political factors.

Ms Hanson-Young said asylum seekers returned by Australia earlier this year were facing persecution.

 "Many of those people have been imprisoned, children have been banned from going to school and a number of them have been punished as a result of trying to flee Vietnam as asylum seekers," she said.

"It's a breach of international law and it flies in the face of the refugee convention."

The Government has refused to say whether or not it has returned the asylum seekers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police believe two-year-old girl died after being hit by truck

Nine MSN [26/7/15]:

 

 

 

Police believe a two-year-old girl who died on a NSW property yesterday was hit by a truck.

The young girl died at the scene of a property in Wauchope, in mid-northern NSW, around 11am.

Investigators said they believe she was fatally struck by a truck driven by a 28-year-old man.

They do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances.

 A report will be prepared for the coroner.

 

 

 

 

 

Police are investigating after a boy was approached by an unknown vehicle on Thursday afternoon in Kirwan.  ... [QPS Media - 26/7/15]

 

 

 

 

Townsville Police will be hosting the 3rd annual Daniel Morcombe Foundation Charity Golf Day on Friday July 31 at the Rowes Bay Golf Club. ...

 

 

 

Hit and run traffic crash, Warana

 

 

 

QPS Media [26/7/15]:

 

 

 

Kawana Waters police investigating a hit and run traffic crash at Warana in the early hours of this morning are appealing for witnesses.

Preliminary information suggests that between 3 and 3.30am a 37-year-old Marcoola man was walking northbound along Kawana Way- approximately 120 metres past the Premier Circuit turn off- when he was struck by a vehicle.

A passing motorists found the man lying in the roadway shortly after 3.30am. He was transported to hospital for treatment to non-life threatening head injuries.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or have any information that could assist them with their investigations, to contact Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

 

Assault charges, Broadbeach

 

 

QPS Media [26/7/15]:

 

 

 

Police have charged two men following the serious assault of another man in Broadbeach early this morning.

Just after 3.20am, a 19-year-old man was leaving a licenced premises on Victoria Avenue when he was allegedly punched in the face by a man and had his head stomped on by another.

A security guard interrupted the pair and they were arrested a short time later.

The 19-year-old man suffered serious head and facial injuries and was transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

A 22-year-old Burleigh Waters man and a 22-year-old Carrara man have been charged with one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst in company.

The pair are due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on August 10.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man hospitalised after being savaged by police dog during arrest, Gold Coast

 

 

 

QPS Media [26/7/15]:

 

 

 

Police have charged two man following an incident that occurred overnight in Runaway Bay.

Shortly before 8pm, police have attempted to pull over a vehicle travelling along Oxley drive, and it will be alleged that the vehicle has then evaded police and drove off at considerable speed.

The vehicle was monitored by PolAir1 as it continued to allegedly drive around northern Gold Coast suburbs before police were able to intercept the car on the Pacific Motorway and three men were taken into custody.

During the arrest, a man believed to be armed and was bitten by a police dog and was taken to hospital for treatment of minor puncture wounds to his shoulder.

A 24-year-old Southport man has been changed with one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possessing dangerous drugs, possession of a utensil, driving without a licence, assault police, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and two counts each of failure to stop a motor vehicle and receiving tainted property.

He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on August 10. A 27-year-old Biggera Waters man has also been charged with one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on August 26.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

 

 

 

 

Attempted robbery, Rockhampton

 

 

 

QPS Media [26/7/15]:

 

 

 

Rockhampton police investigating the alleged attempted theft of money from a local sports club last night have charged a man with attempted robbery.

Police will allege that around 7.10pm a man a Normanby Street, The Range business, grabbing a bag of cash and running for the door.

A 55-year-old female employee chased the man, grabbing the bag off him, and getting struck in the face by an elbow at the same time.

The bag fell to the ground and the man fled empty handed.

A 38-year-old Mitchell man has been remanded in police custody and is due to appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court tomorrow.

It is believed the woman was not physically injured.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day

 

 

 

 

 

Man arrested after three-hour NT stand-off

 

 

 

West Australian [26/7/15]:

 

 

 

A man has been arrested after a three-hour stand-off in suburban Darwin.

Police were called to a Malak home about 1.30pm after reports a 27-year-old man was smashing windows with a spade during a domestic dispute.

The man barricaded himself inside the house but surrendered without further incident and was taken into police custody.

 


 

 

 

 

Shot fired inside Tweed home

 

 

 

MYGC [26/7/15]:

 

 

 

A Tweed couple have been left shaken after intruders fired a gun inside their house.

The pair were at home around 10pm on Saturday when they throught they heard people downstairs. 

They then heard a loud bang and saw two men running away along Tweed Valley Way.

The men got into a car and left the scene.

Police went to the Condong house and have confirmed, initial inquiries indicate someone forced entry and fired a single projectile into a cupboard.

No one was injured and it’s not believed any items were stolen. Forensic Services Group officers are examining the home and police investigations are continuing by Tweed/Byron Detectives.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minority group of Murdoch reading bigots and geezers hold another protest against proposed Mosque at Currumbin

 

 

 

Nine MSN [VIDEO - 26/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

... For hours I studied faces. Nearly everyone’s – on both sides – were twisted in contempt. And when I considered how tiny the Reclaim Australia numbers were, I wondered if the counter-protesters weren’t indulging their opponents. They were dealing with atrophied imaginations and personality disorders. This spectacle was merely serving as a defibrillator for dull lives.

There is, however unlikely, something impressive about so anti-social a figure. The neo-Nazis were happily absorbing the contempt, and their self grew. So swollen are their disorders that I’m not sure they can be broken. These guys literally danced to the jeers, grinning like children as they swung their arms to the screams of their opponents: “Whose streets? Our streets!” It’s impressive in the same way as watching boxer Floyd Mayweather inspire contempt for himself, then transform his villainy into a fuel for his ego.

So why not ignore them and let their tiny numbers speak for themselves? Let them keep shrinking until they no longer justify coverage – after all, it wasn’t so much the Reclaim rallies themselves that were newsworthy, but the drama of conflict.  ...  Inside the strange dynamic of Reclaim Australia's rallies, Martin McKenzie-Murray  [The Saturday Paper - 25/7/15]

 

 

 

 

Five years ago WikiLeaks released the Afghanistan War Diary.

Now combined with Iraq.

Search over 130k war deaths.


 

 

Sunset sailing, Gold Coast Broadwater [26/7/15]

 


WarDiaries.Wikileaks.org is a website which provides an easy way to search through the Iraq and Afghan War Diaries, which were made public by Wikileaks on 22nd October 2010.

The documents are a set of over 391,000 reports which cover the war in Iraq from 2004 to 2009 and Afghanistan from 2004 to 2009.

From here, you can browse through all of the documents that have been released, organized by type, category, date, number of casualties, and many other properties.

From any document page, clicking on the green underlined text will open a popup that links to other documents that contain those phrases, making it possible to see important search terms and connections that you might not otherwise notice.

Our hope is that this tool will be helpful to reporters and researchers who are interested in learning more about the US's war in Afghanistan and making sense of this important database.

If you wish to support this work, we encourage you to make a donation to WikiLeaks.

https://wardiary.wikileaks.org/search/

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. troops will begin training regular Ukrainian military forces later this year in an expansion of their current mission, which so far has been limited to instructing Interior Ministry national guard units, the State Department said on Friday. ... [Reuters - 24/7/15]

 

 

 

 


Belgium has arrested two former detainees of Guantanamo prison on charges of terrorism, saying the men are suspected of seeking recruits to fight in Syria, the federal prosecutor's office said on Friday. ... [Yahoo - 24/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Officials in Egypt say a roadside bombing in the country's restive Sinai Peninsula has wounded 18 police conscripts. ... [Daily Star - 26/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

A car bomb attack killed two Turkish soldiers in the Kurdish-dominated southeast of the country, after separatist rebels warned they would no longer observe a truce after Ankara's air strikes on their positions in Iraq, officials said July 26.  ... [Hurriyet Daily News - 26/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Six killed in US drone strike near Pakistan, Afghanistan border [Tribune - 26/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

A local security guard working at the United States embassy in Islamabad has been shot dead by unknown gunmen, police officials said Sunday. ... [GEO.tv - 26/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

US pressures Pakistan to crack down on other militant groups [Pak Tribune - 24/7/15]

 

 


 


Afghanistan: 48 militants killed in newest military operations [Khaama – 26/7/15]

 

 

 

 


Helmand officials accused of complicity in kidnappings [Pajhwok – 25/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Unidentified gunmen have shot dead the former provincial council (PC) head for eastern Kunar province, an official said on Saturday. ... [Pajhwok - 25/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Israeli forces broke into Al-Aqsa mosque compound Sunday morning firing stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at Muslim worshipers as they cleared way for right-wing Jews who were visiting the compound to mark a Jewish fast day, witnesses said.

Dozens of Palestinian worshipers were reportedly hit with rubber-coated bullets and suffered excessive tear gas inhalation, while Israeli police officers were reported to have attacked worshipers with pepper spray, rods and rifle butts.  ... [Maan - 26/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Israeli forces fire on Gaza farmers, no injuries [Maan - 25/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Gunmen kill Somali lawmaker and his guards [Daily Star  26/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

At least 14 people were killed on Saturday night in a bomb attack on a bar in Maroua in the far north of Cameroon, just days after deadly twin bombings in the regional capital, security sources told Agence France Presse. ... [Naharnet - 26/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warplanes carried out raids near the Yemeni capital Sanaa late Saturday and shortly after dawn Sunday, residents reported.

The raid on Sunday near the Houthi-controlled city happened hours after a truce declared by a Saudi-led coalition was meant to have started.

The targets included a military base near the city, the residents said.  [Daily Star - 26/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

At least 12 people have been killed after two suicide bombers attacked a crowded swimming pool in northern Iraq, according to a local official and police sources.

The attacks in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, about 175km north of the capital Baghdad, left 45 others wounded.  ... [Al Jazeera - 26/7/15]

 

 

 

 

United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria

 

 

 

Reuters [25/7/15]:

 

 

 

The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State militants with 22 air strikes in Iraq on Friday and nine in Syria, the Command Joint Task Force said on Saturday.

Seven of the attacks were near the Iraqi city of Fallujah and hit bridges, a bomb-making facility and other targets.

The strikes in Iraq were near the cities of Al Huwayjah, Bayji, Habbaniyah, Makmur, Mosul, Ramadi, Sinjar and Tel Afar and hit tactical units, weapons and other assets.

In Syria, fighting positions, tactical units and equipment were targeted in strikes near Al Hasakah, Ar Raqqah, Dayr Az and Kobani, a statement said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkish fighter jets and ground forces hit Islamic State militants in Syria and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in Iraq overnight on Saturday, in a campaign Ankara said would help create a "safe zone" across swathes of northern Syria. ... [Reuters - 25/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

590 detained in police crackdown on ISIL, PKK throughout Turkey [Hurriyet Daily News -25/7/15]

 

 

 

 

Kurds protest in Paris against Turkish strikes on PKK [ARA News - 26/7/15]

 

 

 

The death toll from Saturday's Saudi-led airstrike on the central Yemeni city of Taiz rose to 80 people with at least 150 people injured, local medical sources said.  ... [Reuters - 25/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

... Some of the victims and survivors of the embassy attack have been rendered jobless and disabled. Others lost their loved ones and breadwinners.

Dozens staged a hunger strike in the days leading up to Obama's visit, including Maloba, who said she blames the U.S. and Kenyan governments for refusing to pay attention to the victim's plight for the past 17 years.  ... US Embassy bombing victims protest Obama Kenya visit [USA Today - 25/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

... Leave Africa Alone

I wish him to serve well the interest of the United States and to let Africa solve its issues.

— Joseph, 38, from Rwanda. ...   Ahead of President Obama’s trip this week to Kenya and Ethiopia, we asked readers in Africa or from there to share their views of his presidency.  [New York Times - 24/7/15]


 

 

 

 

 

 

Feds regularly monitored Black Lives Matter since Ferguson [The Intercept - 25/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activists from across the nation converged in Cleveland this weekend for a conference meant to draw national attention to police brutality and race relations in the wake of a number of incidents involving police and black Americans.  ... [Cleveland.com - 25/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Oklahoma teenager has been booked on charges that he fatally stabbed five family members and wounded a sixth, a 13-year-old sister who told police she was attacked by two of her brothers, a probable cause statement released on Friday said.  ... [Raw Story - 24/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

George Clooney opposes war profiteering except when he doesn’t [Mint Press - 24/7/15]:

 

 

 

George Clooney is being paid by the world’s top two war profiteers, Lockheed-Martin and Boeing, to oppose war profiteering by Africans disloyal to the U.S. government’s agenda.

Way back yonder before World War II, war profiteering was widely frowned on in the United States.

Those of us trying to bring back that attitude, and working for barely-funded peace organizations, ought to be thrilled when a wealthy celebrity like George Clooney decides to take on war profiteering, and the corporate media laps it up.

“Real leverage for peace and human rights will come when the people who benefit from war will pay a price for the damage they cause,” said Clooney — without encountering anything like the blowback Donald Trump received when he criticized John McCain.

Really, is that all it takes to give peace a chance, a celebrity?

Will the media now cover the matter of who funds opponents of the Iran deal, and who funds supporters of the wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, etc.?

Well, no, not really. ...

 


 

 

 

 

Over 1,000 refugees rescued in Mediterranean

 

 

 

EURO News [25/7/15]:

 

 

 

More than 1,200 migrants have arrived in Sicily after being rescued at sea by Norwegian and Irish vessels.

According to the International Organisation for Migration more than 150,000 migrants have arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean sea route so far this year.

It follows a deadly week for African migrants, after 40 people were feared drowned after their inflatable dinghy sank near the Libyan coast on Thursday.

Most of those arriving safely on Italian territory come from Syria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Eritreans are the second largest group after Syrians to risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean.

...

 

 

 

 

 

More than 350 refugees rescued by LE ‘Niamh’ in Mediterranean [Irish Times - 24/7/15]

 

 

 


‏@MSF_Sea [25/7/15]:   A mother, her baby and the sea. This is what is happening on the #Mediterranean right now

 

 


 


This is a pantomime of lies --->   "As that realisation comes to fruition I think people do see a very strong position the government puts," he [Dutton] told Sky News on Sunday.  [West Australian - 26/7/15]

 

 

 

 

So is this ----->  Plibersek supported new boat policy: Carr:   ... Mr Albanese says the policy, which will include Australia doubling its humanitarian intake, will remove the incentive for people to risk their lives by travelling from Indonesia by boat. "I don't believe the boats will come," he told ABC's Insiders program. ... [West Australian - 26/7/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS is reality  ---> Nauru toddler suffered tuberculosis for months before test

 

 

 

 

 

There are over 15 million registered voters in Australia.  We VASTLY outnumber the LNP, ALP (their supporters), and the fascist media minority megaphones.

 

 

 


 Canberra Times [26/7/15]:


An Iranian toddler detained on Nauru had visible signs of tuberculosis for three months before medical tests were ordered and was then forced to wait three weeks for medication to arrive after he tested positive to the deadly bacterial infection.

By the time the medicine arrived, his parents had grown so suspicious about the urgency of the treatment they declined to administer it for another three weeks.

Sydney paediatrician David Isaacs has risked imprisonment under the federal government's detention gag laws to speak about the case, which he said was symptomatic of a broader indifference to the wellbeing of children on the island by the healthcare contractor International Health and Medical Services.

Children with tuberculosis are not infectious to other people.

Dr Isaacs detected a swollen node under the boy's arm while visiting the island in December and immediately ordered a TB test.

The enlarged node – a classic sign of tuberculosis – had been present for three months and he had been underweight with lumps on his neck for six months.

"Once the medication arrived the parents said, 'If it's that important why didn't you get the medicines earlier?"' Dr Isaacs said.

"IHMS frequently claim that healthcare on the island and for asylum seekers generally is comparable to that given in Australia. This is the sort of thing that tells me it's not."

The boy was transferred to Villawood for treatment and will soon return to Nauru.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection said it had started to screen child detainees for tuberculosis in December.

"The time frame for the implementation of routine screening of children for latent TB was influenced by consultations with experts in the area and procurement of material as well as training for staff," the department said.

"A person with infectious TB is medically isolated and treated until no longer infectious. Contact tracing is undertaken, to identify others who may have been at risk of exposure."

TB screening was not routine for children at the time it was detected in the boy, despite a recommendation from a previous paediatrician.

IHMS, which has a $1.6 billion contract to provide healthcare to asylum seekers, has struggled to meet its commercial obligations while providing appropriate care.

An internal report leaked to The Guardian indicated the company believed fraud was "inevitable" if it was to meet government targets.

An independent audit of healthcare records kept by IHMS showed that children were receiving the vaccinations they required only 7 per cent of the time and asylum seekers were seeing GPs within three days of making the request only 29 per cent of the time.


 

 

 

Australia's refugee death camp brings the violence.

 

 

 

Your responsibility LNP, ALP and media censors [PNG Loop - 26/7/15]:

 

 

 

Three men are in police custody after a young man was killed during a fight last night at the Ward two area of Lorangau, Manus province.

While police conduct investigations eye witnesses say the deceased, believed to be in his early 20s was walking home in the evening when he was attacked.

They say the young man and his two younger brothers had gone to town to use the ATM and were walking home to Werei camp when they were attacked by two men.

The reason for the attack is unknown at this stage.

Police say the deceased received a heavy blow to his head and had fallen into a nearby river called  “Wara pukpuk”.

Residents who rushed to the commotion found the body lying in the river.

In a separate incident, two you man from Pak Island are in hospital after receiving knife wounds in a fight also yesterday.

 

 

 

 

Fate of jailed Rohingyas in Bengal hangs in the balance

 

 

 

Hindustan Times [25/7/15]:

 

 

 

For the past two months, the fate of 62 Rohingya Muslims including 21 children, the first batch among hundreds behind bars in Bengal jails, who were able to send application for refugee status to United Nations high commissioner for Refuges (UNHCR), hangs in a balance.

They were persecuted in Myanmar, fled to Bangladesh and then ultimately landed up at Bengal borders only to languish in jails for years.

It was when an international NGO could reach them behind bars that their plight was revealed and they could apply.

“They fled persecution in Myanmar where they faced horrific conditions. Somehow traveled to Bangladesh and then landed up in jails of West Bengal. In May our organisation was able to meet them behind bars, hear their stories and then they applied for refugee status. We forwarded it to UNHCR, who referred the cases to MHA. But till date nothing has happened,” said Madhurima Dhanuka consultant with Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), an international NGO working with UNHCR.

“We are awaiting a response from ministry of home affairs. Without which we cannot move,” said a source at UNHCR.

It was in May when the NGO officials who work with UNHCR managed to convince Bengal jail authorities and visited groups of Rohingya inmates behind bars. They managed to interview 34 adults and 16 children in Balurghat jail and 7 adults and five children in Berhampur jail. Some of them are languishing since 2011.

After the interview they applied for refugee status, which was forwarded along with their case studies with the UNHCR office in Delhi.

According to UNHCR one has to appeal to its office in Delhi for refugee status. The individual has to fill up a registration for after which he is granted the status of ‘person of concern’. UNHCR then conducts an interview of the person, after which it decides to grant it refugee status, followed by settlement within the community.

However, for Rohingyas the problem is that they sneak into India through Bengal from Bangladesh. Security forces detain them as illegal Banlgadeshi immigrant. They then languish in different jails of West Bengal.

“They cannot reach UNHCR. Most of them identify themselves as Bangladeshis so that they can be pushed back to the neighbouring country after serving jail term. Then once again try to sneak in and reach Delhi. It is a vicious circle,” added Dhanuka.

In December 2014 and March 2015 teams from UNHCR visited Bengal to organize sensitization programmes for jail officials and police officers. This was aimed towards proper identification of the Rohingyas and facilitating them to appeal to UNHCR for refugee status.

According to UN Rohingyas are most persecuted minorities which thousands forced out of Myanmar. Many of them stranded in seas and tried to enter South East Asian countries. Intelligence agencies stated that a sizeable section tried to venture in India through Bengal-Bangladesh border. Hundreds were jailed in the process since they have no valid papers. Some were able to infiltrate in Bengal.


 

 

 

 

 South East Asia

 

 

 

 

In Pakistan, detainees are vanishing in covert jails [New York Times - 25/7/15]

 

 

 


Western Downs’ landholders to give evidence at Senate Hearing in Brisbane tomorrow


 

“The impacts aren’t just felt by individual landholders; the social and environmental costs are heavily felt by the whole community and governments just don’t seem to give a damn.”

 

 

 

Lock The Gate [26/7/15]:



Western Downs’ farmers impacted by invasive coal seam gas projects look forward to giving evidence at Monday’s public inquiry into landholders’ rights to refuse to have mining companies on their properties.

Witnesses to give evidence at the Senate Hearing include Hopeland Community Sustainability Group spokesperson, Shay Dougall and Chinchilla farmers, George and Pam Bender.

Lock the Gate’s president, Drew Hutton, who will also give evidence to the committee, said the group supported landholders having the power to veto coal and gas mining on their land.

“Currently no states, including Queensland, give landholders the legal power to stop mining companies from undertaking large scale coal and unconventional gas mining on their land,” he said.

“We think it should be a State Government responsibility, rather than a Federal one and we thank the Senator Larissa Waters for bringing this Bill to the table.”

The Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications is holding the enquiry into Senator Waters’ Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Coal and Gas) Bill 2015.

“At present the states rely on royalty income from mining and, at the same time, have the responsibility of protecting the environment and communities impacting by these proposals so there’s an obvious conflict of interest,” Mr Hutton said.

“We would like tighter and more relevant Federal environment and heritage laws to better prevent the degradation of land, water and other natural resources by mining interests, and thus to properly protect the broader public interest. “

Mrs Dougall said communities must have a say in the future of their local environments.

“We are being hammered by coal seam gas companies out here at the Western Downs,” she said.

“The impacts aren’t just felt by individual landholders; the social and environmental costs are heavily felt by the whole community and governments just don’t seem to give a damn.”

Other groups to give evidence at the hearing include the Environmental Defenders Office, the Oakey Coal Action Alliance, the Basin Sustainability Alliance and medical expert, Dr Geralyn McCarron.

See Senate Hearing rundown here.


 

 

Serious traffic crash, Coomera

 

 

QPS Media [26/7/15]:

 

 

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating a serious traffic crash involving two vehicles, which occurred on the Pacific Motorway at Coomera last night.

Just before 9pm police were responding to an unrelated matter on the Pacific Motorway when a station wagon was observed travelling southbound at high speed without headlights.

A short time later the vehicle crashed around Exit 57 of the Pacific Motorway.

Initial investigations suggest the vehicle exited the off-ramp and lost control, becoming partially airborne and colliding with a vehicle travelling westbound.

The male driver of the station wagon was transported to Gold Coast University for treatment for minor injuries.

The female driver and sole occupant of the second vehicle was transported to Gold Coast University Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day

 

 

 

 

Grievous bodily harm, Eagleby

 

 

 

QPS Media [26/7/15]:

 

 

Police have charged a 37-year-old woman following an incident on Dongarven Drive in Eagleby last night.

At around 10:30pm officers attended a residence following reports a man had suffered a wound to his neck.

 On arrival police located a 26-year-old man with what appeared to be a knife wound to his neck.

He was subsequently transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital for treatment.

A 37-year-old Tamborine woman has been charged with one count of acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and is due to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Monday, July 27.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

 

 

 

 

Weapons charges, Hatton Vale

 

 

QPS Media [26/7/15]:

 

 

Police have charged four men following an incident at a residence in Hatton Vale overnight.

Around 7pm, it will be alleged that four men attended an address on Shaw Road before becoming involved in a verbal argument with a female resident, during which, two of the men discharged a firearm.

The four men left the address but were located by police a short time later.

No one was injured during the incident. The group were believed to be known to each other.

During a search of the area police allegedly uncovered three firearms, ammunition and a knife.

Police have charged a 36-year-old Laidley man, 35-year-old Laidley man, 37-year-old Brightview man and 26-year-old Kirwan man with one count each of; going armed so as to cause fear, threatening violence, common assault, unlawful possession of weapons and not holding the authority required to possess explosives.

All four men are scheduled to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

 

 

 

 

Armed robbery and unlawful use of a motor vehicle charges, Coolangatta

 

 

 QPS Media [26/7/15]:

 

 

Gold Coast police have charged a man following a series of incidents which began in Miami yesterday morning.

Police will allege the man approached another man at around 11.30am, demanding his car keys before threatening him with a knife and leaving the scene in the allegedly stolen vehicle.

The same man later attended a rental car business outside the Gold Coast Airport, allegedly armed with a golf club and knife, and demanded car keys and phones from staff members.

When staff members refused to comply he exited the business.

Police will further allege the man drove a vehicle onto the footpath outside a terminal at Gold Coast Airport, colliding with a guard rail.

No members of the public were injured during these incidents.

A 34-year-old Miami man has been charged with one count each of; armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a vehicle, serious assault of a public officer, assault or obstruct police, wilful damage and failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

He is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on Monday, July 27.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

 

 

 

 

 

26 July 2015

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