Nauru's human rights record to be examined by UN Human Rights Council
Pacific Scoop [29/10/15]:
Nauru’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Tuesday, 3 November 2015 in a meeting that will be webcast live.
Nauru is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 2 to 13 November.
Nauru’s first UPR took place on 24 January 2011.
The documents on which the reviews are based are:
1) national report – information provided by the State under review
2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities;
3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.
Among the issues raised in the above-mentioned documents are: decriminalising same sex activity between consenting adults; combatting gender-based and domestic violence; prohibiting corporal punishment; preventing arbitrary detention; the independence of the judiciary; human rights training for law enforcement; steps to protect and respect media freedom, freedom of expression and freedom of information; guaranteeing protection of those disclosing human rights violations; guaranteeing the rights of all refugees and safety measures for unaccompanied refugee minors; offshore processing for asylum seekers; and the impact on human rights of the rehabilitation of mined-out phosphate lands.
The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Nauru on 3 November can be found here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/NRSession23.aspx
The delegation of Nauru will be headed by Mr. David Adeang, Minister for Justice
The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Nauru are: Argentina, Kazakhstan and Kenya
The webcast of the session will be at http://webtv.un.org
The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of Nauru will be posted on the UPR Extranet at the following link [username: hrc extranet (with space); password: 1session]: https://extranet.ohchr.org/sites/upr/Sessions/23session/Nauru/Pages/default.aspx
The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Nauru at 16.30 on 6 November.
The State under review may wish to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during their review.
The recommendations will be shared with the media on this day in advance.
FAQ for GetUp's completely non threatening "No Business in Abuse" campaign clearly states they are not interested in closing Australia's refugee concentration camps or divestment.
They want the status quo.
This article is wrong. The successful Hesta divestment campaign was run by Hesta Divest, @xBorderOps and others ---> Migrant crisis on pension funds’ radar [Financial Times – 1/11/15]
It appears that what "No Business in Abuse" are trying to do is usurp a genuine grassroots campaign - and the media are helping them.
Why doesn't NBIA's pledge explicitly call for the closure of Manus and Nauru or divestment from Transfield?:
It's not enough that any individual detention centre is closed or a single company refuses to be involved – the fundamental human rights abuses inherent in the many incarnations of this system need to be clearly outlined and rejected.
The NBIA pledge outlines a values basis for all people and institutions in our community. It ensures that we, as a society, hold to the fundamental values of humanity, that will ensure our current detention centres cannot reincarnate, under different names, in different places or with different companies.
More prisoners please, says WA government [WA Today - 1/10/15]
Man stabbed in chest in Mackay [Brisbane Times - 1/11/15]
A man who shot rubber bullets at cattle from a helicopter on a Central West Queensland property has been found guilty of animal cruelty.
The man was fined $1000 in the Mackay Magistrates Court after the incident was investigated by Biosecurity Queensland.
They alleged the man fired a shotgun at two Brahman Cross bullocks, striking them in the face, while heli-mustering on a remote property.
"The rubber-shot projectiles fired at the animals inflicted significant injuries down the faces of both animals resulting in both needing to be destroyed," compliance and investigations manager Jason Tews said. ... [Brisbane Times - 31/10/15]
A man who was found seriously injured outside a house at Byron Bay on Saturday morning has been transferred to the Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment.
The 22-year-old German National was found outside a Ruskin Street address covered in blood with serious injuries to his head, face, wrists and hands at around 3.30am.
He was rushed to Tweed Heads Hospital before being transferred to Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment.
Police say his injured are serious, although not believed to be life-threatening. ... [MYGC - 1/11/15]
A 71-year-old man has died after the utility he was driving rolled on Queensland's Bruce Highway south of Miriam Vale.
Police say the crash happened around 1.30pm on Saturday. [Brisbane Times - 1/11/15]
A man and woman have died in a fiery head-on road smash near Warwick in south-east Queensland.
Emergency services said their car collided with a semi-trailer that jack-knifed on the Cunningham Highway at midday.
The vehicle burst into flames on impact and the couple believed to be in their 60s died at the scene.
The highway is closed in both directions and police are diverting traffic.
Police are also appealing for witnesses to contact them. [ABC - 1/11/15]
A man, aged in his 70s, has today died as a result of injuries he sustained in a crash on October 25 in Rockhampton. ... [QPS Media - 31/10/15]
An Iranian man who is facing deportation along with his family has been arrested in Brisbane after allegedly stabbing his wife in the chest.
The 42-year-old father-of-three has been charged with attempted murder after his 32-year-old wife was found in the driveway of a Brisbane residence with a knife in her chest.
The man was remanded in custody in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday. [Yahoo - 30/10/15]
Armed robbery, Mount Gravatt East [QPS Media - 31/10/15]
Queensland ex-principal and Christian Brother faces child sex charges [Yahoo - 30/10/15]
Ghan derailment stops Adelaide to Darwin trains [Nine MSN - 1/11/15]
Catholic school teachers in Queensland will stop work again next week in their battle for better pay and fairer workloads. ... [Yahoo - 30/10/15]
The Turnbull government is paving the way for changes to “inefficient” regulation of health insurance in Australia, prompting doctors to warn against moving towards a US-style system where private funds play a much greater role in primary care services.
The health minister, Sussan Ley, said she would soon seek public feedback on private health insurance so the government could frame policies to “deliver the best value for consumers first and foremost”. ... [Guardian - 28/10/15]
Here he is with his underpants on his head on his way to South Korea [Reuters - 1/11/15]
The Muslim bogeyman is a tool for the cheap politics of fear [Sydney Morning Herald – 1/11/15]:
... "Deradicalisation" has come to mean making Muslims less Islamic, more westernised or secular and more submissive to political norms. It is nothing more than an agenda of forced assimilation justified by exaggerated fears of a security threat.
The notion that certain interpretations of Islam cause terrorism is based on the discredited idea of an alleged conveyor belt from normative Islamic ideas to violence. In fact, there is much evidence that terrorism is caused by political grievances, not radical ideology.
In 2008, the British MI5 published research finding that "far from being religious zealots, a large number of those involved in terrorism do not practice their faith regularly".
Prominent terrorism expert John Horgan of the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Pennsylvania State University puts it bluntly: "The idea that radicalisation causes terrorism is perhaps the greatest myth alive today in terrorism research."
But there's a bigger issue here with western states pointing the finger at Islam.
How in the world can they lecture anyone about violence? ...
@wikileaks [30/10/15]: Australian intelligence whistleblower who used 4chan rather than WikiLeaks and was caught as a result pleads guilty [Canberra Times - 30/10/15]
Refugee Radio | 3CR Community Radio [AUDIO - 1/11/15]: 17 minutes in ---> Interview with Janet Galbraith from Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites
Facebook page for refugee Mohamad Albederee - incarcerated on Manus Island - gone.
Jeanie M Walker, National Spokesperson for Asylum Seekers, Australian Democrats [15/9/15]:
... Mohammad was beaten until he was unconscious and sustained serious injuries to his shoulder which resulted in nerve damage causing extreme pain and numbness in his hand. He also suffered kidney damage causing blood in his urine due to the severity of the assault. This has resulted in severe chronic pain for over a year.
Mohammad was supposed to be brought to Australia for urgent medical treatment in February 2015 by medical request, but this did not happen.
He was told by Wilson Security that he had a flight if he signed a form saying he would never make a complaint against the guards that beat him.
When he would not sign the papers he was told that he would never leave Manus Island alive. ...
Why are certain Australian refugee advocates now sanitising Department of Immigration propagandists like Sandi Logan?
Are they frauds or idiots?
Tweeted by @SandiHLogan - National Communications Manager, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Canberra [19/7/13]
Sydney Morning Herald [14/3/12]:
The Immigration Department developed its new, highly restrictive policy on media visits to detention centres with reference to US military arrangements governing media access to the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention centre.
Documents released under freedom of information show the ''deed of agreement'' that Immigration insists journalists and media organisations visiting detention centres must sign was ''informed by … the current US Department of Defence media access policy for its detention facility at Guantanamo Bay''.
The department also justified extremely tight media control and censorship to the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, as ''the right balance'' in circumstances that included ''the current climate associated with media ethics, media 'phone hacking' [in Britain]''.
Asylum seeker advocates have condemned the Australian government for releasing pictures of a group of Iranians apparently distraught at being told they will never be allowed to settle in Australia under new immigration rules.
The photographs and videos – which are blurred to preserve individuals' identities – show some of the 81 Iranian people whose boat was intercepted by Australian customs north of Christmas Island on Saturday morning, the minister for home affairs, Jason Clare, told Guardian Australia.
They include a photograph of a woman crying, with head in hands, captioned: "A female asylum seeker comes to terms with the fact she won't be settled in Australia."
Immigration minister Tony Burke said he made "no apologies" for the photographs on Monday evening, adding he was "determined to get the message out as quickly and as forcefully as possible that anyone who comes by boat now without a visa will not be settled in Australia.
"Getting this message out is critical to stopping people from drowning at sea and I make no apology for maximising that opportunity to get the message out," he said.
Pamela Curr, campaigns co-ordinator for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, was disgusted by the news release.
"It seems that the government and the [immigration] department are reading that the Australian people want them to act in a cruel and abusive way towards asylum seekers, and that they'll be greeted with acclaim for doing so," she told Guardian Australia.
After undergoing health checks at Christmas Island, the 81 passengers will now be transferred to Papua New Guinea under the new regional agreement announced by Kevin Rudd on Friday afternoon. They were apparently told of the new arrangement at Christmas Island's North West Point immigration detention centre.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship told Guardian Australia the department routinely put up photographs of asylum seeker arrivals, and the decision to release these pictures was not because they were the first group to be processed under the new government policy. The department confirmed the captions were accurate.
The news release was headlined: "81 Iranians get the new message: you will not settle in Australia."
In an accompanying video, DIAC's acting regional manager, Steven Karras, said the message given to the asylum seekers that they would never be settled in Australia under the new arrangement was "quite clear" and had "probably sunk in a bit". "I think in fact over the coming days … they will start to contemplate very seriously whether in fact returning home is a better option," he said.
DIAC confirmed under the new arrangement no assessments have been made of the asylum seekers' claims, so it is not known what situation they would be returning to.
Tony Burke said on Monday said under the new rules failed asylum seekers will face the choice of staying in indefinite detention in PNG or travelling back to a country where they have right of residence.
The new arrangement, signed by Rudd and PNG prime minister Peter O'Neill, stipulates that no asylum seekers who arrive by boat will have a chance of being settled in Australia. Instead they will be processed on Manus Island, and if found to be refugees, settled in PNG.
Future remains uncertain for Rohingya [Channel News Asia - 1/11/15]:
Myanmar is getting ready for its historic elections on Nov 8, but not everyone will be able to vote. Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state are some of them and their future remains uncertain.
Yasmin, 27, is a Rohingya Muslim and a mother of four. She lives in Say Thamar Gyi - one of the 10 Rohingya Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps located on the outskirts of Sittwe.
Her husband has already fled Rakhine state for Malaysia, making a perilous journey by boat along with thousands of other Rohingyas, soon after sectarian violence broke out nearly three years ago.
Earlier this year, Yasmin and her children attempted to do the same. But the boat they were on, which was headed for Thailand, was stranded at sea for two months.
Despite this setback, Yasmin said she was determined to go again. "I want to go to Thailand and meet my husband. The situation is not too good here. I am afraid things will get worse with the elections coming. So I will try to get to Thailand. I'd rather die trying to get to Thailand than stay here," Yasmin said.
Yasmin is one of the 140,000 Rohingya Muslims who live on the outskirts of Sittwe.
Segregated from the Buddhist Rakhine community, the Rohingyas have no access to proper healthcare, education, and job opportunities, prompting thousands to flee by boat in search of a better life.
This is one of the causes of the Southeast Asian migration crisis. Rohingya Muslims would leave in large numbers on boat to places like Southern Thailand and Malaysia. As segregation continues on the ground, many speculate that the Rohingyas will take to the boat once again during the coming dry season.
There have been conflicts between the Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslim community over the past century but both communities have also enjoyed long periods of peaceful co-existence.
Many Rakhine Buddhists feel that situation would improve if they have more say in managing their own affairs rather than relying on the central Myanmar government.
U Zaw Tun, director of Wan Lark Development Foundation, said: "There have been some minor conflicts before the 2012 riots. In the past, we were able to solve these conflicts ourselves and kept living and doing business together. If we, the Rakhine people, can have the right to manage our state, we can solve all these problems."
While the Rakhine Buddhists may be able to make this happen in the upcoming elections, the Rohingyas, on the other hand, have been barred from voting.
Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division, said: “Taking away the Rohingyas' rights to vote was in many ways a final blow - the straw that breaks the camel’s back. The final indication for some of these Rohingyas that they are really not welcome and that ultimately they will not be able to find the way through to achieve what they want, which is citizenship.”
Since the sectarian violence in 2012, tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled across the Andaman Sea to Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. With the rainy season ending this week, there is speculation that many more will continue to make these journeys.
Life in Myanmar for Shajidah was more than a 16-year-old should live through. There, she faced a terrible dilemma: To stay and live in fear or to leave and risk her life. ... [Channel News Asia - 30/10/15]
Human rights must be at the heart of historic election period in Myanmar – UN expert [Media Release – 29/10/15]
Avijit Roy’s publisher Dipan hacked to death at Shahbagh hours after attack on another publisher
BD News 24 [31/10/15]:
A publisher of slain writer-blogger Avijit Roy has been hacked to death hours after another publisher of his books was attacked in Dhaka.
Faisal Arefin Dipan, who ran 'Jagriti Prokashony', was hacked to death in his office on the second floor of Aziz Supermarket at Shahbagh on Saturday, blogger and online activist Mahmudul Haque Munshi told bdnews24.com.
Dipan was attacked hours after another publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul was attacked with sharp weapons.
He was declared dead by doctors after being taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), police said.
Tutul is being treated at DMCH along with writer Ranadipam Basu and blogger Tarek Rahim, who were also injured in the attack.
Tutul, who owns publishing house ‘Shuddhaswar’, was hacked up in his office at Lalmatia around 2:30pm along with blogger Rahim and writer Basu.
Doctors said Tutul and Rahim were in critical condition.
Later, DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia, quoting doctors, said all the three were out of danger.
'Shuddhaswar' had published a number of books written by Avijit Roy.
Faisal Arefin Dipan was the only son of well-known writer and professor of Dhaka University’s Bengali department Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque.
His 'Jagriti Prokashony' had published Avijit Roy's popular title ‘Biswaser Virus’ (Virus of Faith).
The book was a hit with rationalists and freethinkers, but it had upset the Islamist radicals, who are suspected to be involved in his murder.
Roy was murdered by machete-wielding killers on the Dhaka University campus in February this year during the Amar Ekushey Book Fair.
Son of well-known physicist Ajoy Roy, Avijit was an US citizen but a passionate blogger and writer who promoted rationality and science.
Dipan was a classmate of Avijit at Udayan School. He studied economics at Dhaka University. His wife is a doctor. He left behind two children.
Aziz Supermarket Traders Association General Secretary Morsalin Ahmed said the shops at the market were closed after the news of the attack on Dipan broke in the evening.
11 killed as Pakistanis vote in local government polls [Ahram – 31/10/15]
Some 1500 families have been displaced after the Taliban captured Darqad district of northern Takhar province, a local official said on Saturday.
The Darqad district fell to Taliban insurgents late on Wednesday.
The gubernatorial spokesman, Sunatullah Taimur, told Pajhwok Afghan News nearly 1,500 families had migrated to Khwaja Bahauddin district of the province. ... [Pajhwok - 31/10/15]
IS-fired rocket hits mosque in Nangarhar, leaving six worshippers killed [Khaama - 31/10/15]
14 civilians held hostage by gunmen released in Ghazni [Khaama - 31/10/15]:
... Including women and children, the 14 family members were kidnapped after head of the house was shot dead around 11:00 PM on 26 October.
Neither officials have released identification of the kidnappers nor has any group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping but Haqbayan said that foreign intelligence is trying to put ethnic and tribal tensions in Afghanistan.
Afghan national allegedly responsible for over 1,000 lives in 1979 arrested in Holland, HRW says [Khaama - 31/10/15]
Afghan Massacre: Eyewitnesses testify US troops complicit in massacre of up to 3,000 Taliban POWs [VIDEO - 23/5/03]
Saudi Arabia committing unprecedented crimes in Yemen: Larijani [Press TV - 31/10/15]
Four people are dead, including a suspected gunman, following a shooting spree in Colorado Springs on Saturday.
Lt. Catherine Buckley says officers were responding to a report of shots being fired when they spotted a suspect matching the description of the person they were trying to find. Buckley says the suspect opened fire, and police fired back.
CBS affiliate KKTV reported police were originally called to North Prospect Street at 8:45 a.m. on reports of gunshots.
They found a deceased man sprawled on the side of the street, his backpack still on his back.
Multiple witnesses told KKTV the suspect went on a shooting rampage in the minutes leading up to the gun battle with police outside a Wendy’s. ... [5 News - 31/10/15]
Turkish jets launch bombing raids against "Islamic State targets" in Syria : Government official [Ahram - 31/10/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [30/10/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Airstrikes in Syria
Fighter aircraft conducted one airstrike in Syria, destroying an ISIL mortar system near Mara.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber and fighter aircraft conducted 11 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Huwayjah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL weapons and staging areas.
-- Near Beiji, one strike suppressed three ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Ramadi, two strikes suppressed an ISIL mortar position and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Sinjar, four strikes destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions, seven ISIL beddown locations, 15 ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL command and control node, three ISIL caches and four ISIL staging areas.
-- Near Tal Afar, three strikes destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions and three ISIL assembly areas.
Death toll from Syria marketplace attack reaches 70: MSF [Daily Star - 31/10/15]
@ahmadalissa [31/10/15]: #Syria: 2 suicide bombings by #ISIS in #Muheen, east of #Homs: 3 people dead, 15 injured. Heavy fighting followed. ...
Vienna talks conclude, emphasize fighting terrorism, political solution, Syria’s unity [SANA - 31/10/15]
Army and Armed forces carried out on Saturday wide military operations, establishing control over new area, targeting terrorists’ dens in several areas around the country where many terrorists were killed or injured and their weapons were destroyed. ... [SANA - 31/10/15]
A newly formed U.S.-backed Syrian rebel alliance on Saturday launched an offensive against Islamic State in the northeast province of Hasaka, a day after the United States said it would send special forces to advise insurgents fighting the jihadists.
It was the first declared operation by the Democratic Forces of Syria, which joins together a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia and several Syrian Arab rebel groups, since it announced its formation earlier this month. ... [Reuters - 31/10/15]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [31/10/15]:
Baghdad: A security source said that a roadside bomb attached to KIA was exploded in Sadr City today noon resulted in death and 5 injuries........
Baghdad: "A roadside bomb has exploded in Abu Dsheer in Doura area south of Baghdad resulted in death and 8 injuries",news agencies reported..............................
A footage shows one of Baghdad hospitals after hours of rain..... [VIDEO]
Suleimaniya: Dozens of teachers have renewed their protests in Suleimaniya due to the delay of paying their salaries.......
How the government's forces treat the peaceful demonstrators in Diwaniya .......................................... [VIDEO]
A Palestinian was shot dead Saturday after an alleged attack attempt on an Israeli security guard at the al-Jalama military checkpoint north of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army and media said. ... [Maan - 31/10/15]
Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinian men with live rounds during clashes that broke out east of al-Breij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday, medics said. ... [Maan - 31/10/15]
@LazSim [31/10/15]: Tear gas #falafel... only in #Palestine #Hebron
@stevesalaita [31/10/15]: The Palestinian body finally achieves the approving gaze of the settler ...
Palestinians bury 5 murdered teens, baby in West Bank [Daily Star - 31/10/15]
[Senator] @lindareynoldswa: Today in Be'er Sheva we commemorated the charge of the AUS 4th Light Horse BDE Lest We Forget @ASPI_org @Wyatt_MP
Why isn't the pro Israeli anti Palestinian Australian media reporting this ---> Former enemies who are now friends joined together on Friday in paying tribute to courageous soldiers who fought and fell in the Battle of Beersheba and in other campaigns during the First World War.
In a series of ceremonies organized by the Australian and Turkish embassies in conjunction with the municipality of Beersheba, the heroism of Australian, New Zealand, Turkish, and German soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice in this and other campaigns was saluted by Australian Ambassador Dave Sharma, New Zealand Ambassador Jonathan Curr, Turkish Charge d’Affaires Cem Utkan, Beersheba Mayor Ruvik Danilovich, and Beersheba Deputy Mayor Heftsi Zohar.
Australian and New Zealand expats, representatives of Australian Zionist Youth groups from all over the country, diplomats, military attaches, and two Australian delegations currently in Israel were amongst those present. ... [Jerusalem Post - 1/11/15]
Someone should tell them! Perhaps if we had a functioning media???? -----> ABC Riverina breakfast presenter laments Australian lack of knowledge about the Battle of Beersheba [30/10/15]:
@ozroan: Dear Australian media, maybe leave #Halloween for a bit & do anniversary of Oct31 #Lighthorse charge @ #Beersheba
@GlennontheGC - Gold Coast City Councillor, Mudgeeraba, Hinterland [31/10/15]: You might like this film we made recently & launched yesterday, @ozroan. Battle of #Beersheba features prominently
New Zealand diplomats at the UN Security Council circulated a draft resolution urging Israel to stop settlement construction and calling on the Palestinians to drop their International Criminal Court bid against Israel. ... [Jerusalem Post - 30/10/15]
A lawyer says newly freed Guantanamo Bay prisoner Shaker Aamer wants an independent inquiry to examine whether British officials played a role in his treatment.
Human rights lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith told BBC on Saturday that Aamer wants "the whole world" to know what happened to him so rules can be enacted to keep others from facing torture.
His lawyers say he was tortured and kept in isolation for extended periods. ... [CP24 - 31/10/15]
I got 643 days of torture. My tormentor gets Cameron’s red carpet Mohamed Soltan [Guardian - 31/10/15]
Lufthansa and Air France stop flying over area of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula where 224 passengers and crew died in crash. … [Al Jazeera – 31/10/15]
Muslim students in California face discrimination [Al Jazeera - 31/10/15]
… Yesterday, Black Lives Matter protesters interrupted an “African-Americans For Hillary” event with chants of “BLACK LIVES MATTER” and various hymns. Clinton was forced to pause her speech to address the interruption—and of course went into full pander mode. … [Legal Insurrection – 31/10/15]
1 November 2015