Archive for April 16th, 2016

16/04/2016

We Need Statesman and Values but We Get Selfish Politicians and Cynicism

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, 15 April 2016 – A total indifference has accompanied the number of refugees injured by Macedonian police in Idomeni, where more than 12 000 people, including 4 000 children have been trapped, since Austria asked Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia, to prevent the continuing passage of refugees. Austria has now informed the Italian government that it will send several hundred troops to its border with Italy.

Roberto Savio

The illegal agreement with Turkey, that Angela Merkel pushed to defuse her growing unpopularity in Germany, is conducted in a way that has obliged both the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Doctors without Borders, to refuse to participate in a brutal operation that effectively violates the UN Charter and the European Treaty by bribing the Turkish government.

The use of tear gas and rubber bullets against refugees in Idomeni is deplorable and plays into the hands of growing support among Europe’s right wing parties and even ISIS, which supposedly calls for the dignity and freedom of the Arab world and supports the creation of a war of religions.

What many seem to have forgotten is that the Austrian police actually carried out a survey of refugees and discovered that they were better educated than the Austrians.

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16/04/2016

Can an Animal Heist Fable Help Solve the Middle East Crisis?

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, 15 April 2016 (IPS) Make no mistake-the Middle East is the longest and perhaps the most complex crisis in recent History, this explaining the innumerable, successive –and frustrating- attempts to solve it.
A scene from the film, Giraffada, directed by Rani Massalha and produced by Pyramide Films. The film was screened at the UN on 7 April 2016. Photo: Courtesy of Pyramide Films | Source: UN News Centre

A scene from the film, Giraffada, directed by Rani Massalha and produced by Pyramide Films. The film was screened at the UN on 7 April 2016. Photo: Courtesy of Pyramide Films | Source: UN News Centre

Now, while expecting the US president Barack Obama to follow the “tradition” of his predecessors of calling for a big summit in Washington to talk about this crisis as one of his last official acts, an animal heist fable has just appeared as a new try to serve as poignant metaphor for Middle East relations.

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16/04/2016

Squaring the Circle

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

16 April 2016

I LIKE the President of the State of Israel, Reuven (“Rubi”) Rivlin. I like him very much.

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Uri Avnery

This may seem a bit strange, since he is a man of the Right. He is a member of the Likud party. He believes in what is called in Hebrew “the whole of the Land of Israel”.

However, he is a very humane person. He is kind and unassuming. His family has been rooted in Palestine for many generations. He sees himself as the president of all Israelis, including the Arab citizens.

I believe that he harbors a secret contempt for Binyamin Netanyahu and the likes of him.

So how was he elected president? The President of Israel is chosen in a secret ballot of the Knesset. I strongly suspect that he did not get all the votes of the Likud, but was elected by the votes of the Left.

THIS WEEK, President Rivlin published a peace plan. That is not a usual act by a president, whose office is mainly ceremonial.

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16/04/2016

Where Are the Rohingya Boat Survivors Now?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jonathan Vit* 

Thousands of Rohingya asylum seekers attempting to reach Malaysia have ended up in the hands of traffickers.

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Nearly a year later, a crackdown has successfully reduced migrant smuggling and trafficking into Malaysia to a trickle. But for hundreds of the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar who came off the smugglers’ boats hoping for a new life, their troubles are far from over and now no one seems to care.

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16/04/2016

‘Little Boy’ Devouring African Food

This ‘Little Boy’ (from El Niño in Spanish) is a band of warm ocean water that develops in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific including the coasts of South America.

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16/04/2016

Nigerian Boys Tell of Boko Haram Abduction

Human Wrongs Watch

By Helene Caux

The Far North Region of Cameroon, 14 April 2016 (UNHCR) Paul and his younger brother Adam resisted with all their strength when several armed men from the Boko Haram sect burst into their house in their village, located in Nigeria’s Borno State, and dragged them outside.

© UNHCR/H.Caux | Nigerian youngster Paul, who was abducted by Boko Haram militants at age 14, stands against a wall.

“They ended up lifting us up and threw us in a car. They handcuffed us, and we remained like that for a day,” remembers Paul from the Minawao camp, in Cameroon’s Far North region, where he is now a refugee with his brother and mother. “Our abduction happened almost three years ago but it feels as if it happened yesterday,” he added.

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16/04/2016

Nigeria: 10-Fold Increase in Number of Children Used in ‘Suicide’ Attacks

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Hope Amidst Violence — Conflict prompted by Boko Haram has led to widespread displacement of more than 2 million people across the Lake Chad region. A new UNICEF report details the impact on children. Hear their stories of being bound by violence, and freed by dreams.

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Credit: UNICEF

12 April 2016 (UNICEF) – The number of children involved in ‘suicide’ attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger has risen sharply over the past year, from 4 in 2014 to 44 in 2015, according to a UNICEF report released today. More than 75 per cent of the children involved in the attacks are girls. 

“Let us be clear: these children are victims, not perpetrators,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa.

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16/04/2016

Desert Locust Invading Yemen, More Arab States

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CAIRO, 13 April 2016 – Now that Yemenis begin to hope that their year-long armed conflict may come to an end as a result of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the UN sponsored round of talks between the parties in dispute, scheduled on 18 April in Kuwait, a new threat to their already desperate humanitarian crisis has just appeared in the form of a much feared massive desert locust invasion.

Juvenile desert locust hoppers. Photo: FAO/G.Tortoli

Juvenile desert locust hoppers. Photo: FAO/G.Tortoli

“The presence of recently discovered Desert Locust infestations in Yemen, where conflict is severely hampering control operations, poses a potential threat to crops in the region,” the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has warned.

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16/04/2016

War and Money

“Who is doing this? Who is killing us? This great evil. How did it steal into the world?
We were a family. How did it break up and come apart?”
– Private Witt’s thoughts, The Thin Red Line, by Terrence Malick. 

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Credit: Greenpeace/Alan Hindle

Records from the first century portray Jewish peasants – men, women, and children marching on the governor in Caesarea, protesting atrocities of the Roman army, prostrating on the ground, and offering their lives en masse. Since the dawn of warfare, there have been peace movements.

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16/04/2016

The Unknown Fate of Thousands of Abducted Women and Girls in Nigeria

Human Wrongs Watch

15 April 2016 (IPS) The plight of 219 Chibok schoolgirls abducted two years ago is all too common in Nigeria’s conflict-affected north-eastern communities, and up to 7,000 women and girls might be living in abduction and sex slavery, senior United Nations officials on 14 April 2016 warned.

This 15 year-old Nigerian refugee at the Minawao refugee camp in northern Cameroon, was abducted by Boko Haram and spent four months in captivity. Photo credit: UNICEF/Karel Prinsloo

This 15 year-old Nigerian refugee at the Minawao refugee camp in northern Cameroon, was abducted by Boko Haram and spent four months in captivity. Photo credit: UNICEF/Karel Prinsloo

“Humanitarian agencies are concerned that two years have passed, and still the fate of the Chibok girls and the many, many other abductees is unknown,” said Fatma Samoura, Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria.

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