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No parliament has the right nor can it command nor demand such a right to pass any law that dictates personal morality which belongs entirely, fully, comprehensively and inalienably with the Agency of the Human  Mind what is termed in law as The Person. The Person enters into political membership of the State without compromising its absolute integrity of being a whole and nothing but the whole Person.   This does not require much discussion for this is the fundamental basis of Jurisprudence. The State even cannot take away The Person's Membership of the State:Citizenship: let alone his:her right to make own moral choices. In this no such law can be 'legitimately' passed by any Parliament that requires or forces a Person to opt out of his:her personal morality and commits acts against his:her personal morality such a law that requires doctors to prescribe lethal medication prescription for someone, even if in severe pain and suffering, to kill himself:herself nor can such law force anyone to take part in that self annihilation even if they have to watch and observe or even prepare the person committing suicide.

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Seven Billion Plus Humanity Live Across This Earth: Then Why Is It That Most World States and Governments and Bodies With Powers Are Attacking Human Rights From Every Possible Angle All the Time: Write For Rights: A Chance for World Governments to Stand Up For Humanity: Because States and Governments Exist to Serve This Very Humanity Not to Conduct War Against Their Human Rights

 

 

 

 

|| Friday: November 20: 2020 || ά. Amnesty International today launches the world’s biggest human rights campaign, Write for Rights, calling on governments to put right injustices, against individuals, who are detained or persecuted in countries across the globe and to lead by example in building a fairer post-COVID-19 world. “Devastating though it has been, the COVID-19 pandemic has, also, brought out the best in people. We have witnessed countless acts of compassion and solidarity as people come together in their communities to help those most in need.

Sadly, many governments have pursued the opposite course, detaining and persecuting people, who stand up for human rights.” said Ms Julie Verhaar, the Acting Secretary General of Amnesty International. “We are at a crossroads; we can all choose to build a future, which puts kindness, solidarity, tolerance and human rights at its core. Governments must use this moment to show that they can put right injustices by releasing prisoners of conscience, ending the persecution of human rights defenders and upholding every person’s right to freedom of expression.”

Every December, people around the world write millions of letters, emails, postcards and other means of communications for those, whose human rights are under attack, in what has become the world’s biggest human rights event. The ten cases, selected for Write for Rights 2020 include human rights defenders and individuals in Algeria, Burundi, Chile, Colombia, Malta, Myanmar, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey.

Mr Gustavo Gatica is a psychology student in Santiago, Chile. On November 08, 2019, he attended a protest over rising inequality, part of mass demonstrations, that made headlines all over the world for being an inspiring example of people power. Police violently repressed this protest, repeatedly opening fire on demonstrators with shotguns, loaded with rubberised buck shots. Mr Gatica was struck in both eyes and left permanently blinded. Amnesty International is calling for a full investigation into the events, that led to his being injured and for the commanders in charge to be held responsible.

In Malta, three youths from Ivory Coast and Guinea are awaiting trial on baseless terrorism charges after acting as interpreters for the captain and crew of a Maltese tanker, which came to rescue them and more than 100 other people, from their sinking rubber boat. Initially, the captain wanted to take the 114 people, including, 20 women and, at least, 15 children, back to Libya, where they would have been at risk of abuses, including, detention in inhumane conditions, extortion and torture. However, after discussions with the migrants, the captain and crew agreed to take them to Malta instead.

But on arrival in Malta, the three teenagers, who had acted as translators, were arrested for allegedly hijacking the boat and forcing the captain to take them to Malta. They are now accused of very serious offences, that could carry life sentences, just for opposing an unlawful return to torture. Amnesty International is demanding justice for the ‘El Hiblu three’ and calling for the charges against

Mr Germain Rukuki, a Burundian human rights defender and prisoner of conscience, serving a 32-year prison sentence. He was convicted on account of his human rights work. Amnesty International is calling for his immediate and unconditional release.

Ms Jani Silva, an environmental defender, representing hundreds of peasants, campesinos, in the Putumayo region of Colombia, who are continually threatened by illegal groups, the military, drug traffickers and multinational companies. In Colombia, human rights defenders face a high level of persecution, repression, threats, criminalisation and killings. Amnesty International is calling for protection for Ms Jani Silva and human rights defenders like her. There are countless other instances and cases, where real human beings, often, defenders of human rights and of human beings, whose rights have been violated and for whom they were standing up to ensure justice. They need the world and world humanity’s support and solidarity so that they do not remain ‘cases of injustice’ but become free again and keep on working to advance human rights for all.

As seen in previous years, writing letters really does bring about change for the individuals, whose cases are highlighted in Write for Rights and, also, offers enormous emotional support and encouragement to them and their families. Nigerian teenager Mr Moses Akatugba was arrested and sentenced to death when he was 15 years old, after being accused of stealing three phones. In 2019, he was released, after 800,000 Amnesty International supporters showed their support.

“I was on death row because the police claimed, I stole three phones.” says Mr Moses. “But now I’m free, because people like you wrote letters to support me. After eight years in jail and 800,000 letters from Amnesty International supporters all over the world, I was released. Those letters kept my fire burning. I am alive today because of these letters. So, your letters can save a life.”

In July 2020, a South Sudanese man had his death sentence quashed, due in part to Write for Rights. According to his testimony in court, Mr Magai Matiop Ngong fired his father’s gun at the ground to warn off his cousin, who was trying to stop him fighting with another boy in his neighbourhood. The bullet ricocheted and hit his cousin, who later died in hospital. Mr Magai, who was just 15 at the time, faced trial for murder without a lawyer. He was convicted and sentenced to death.

Our research shows that the death penalty is disproportionately used against poor and disadvantaged people. According to international law and South Sudanese law, sentencing a child to death is illegal. More than 765,000 people took action and wrote to the South Sudanese government, expressing solidarity with Mr Magai. The South Sudan Court of Appeal, eventually, quashed the death sentence, imposed on Mr Magai because he was a child at the time of the crime and sent his case back to the High Court to rule on an appropriate sentence.

“The power of individual action to save lives and hold governments to account must never be underestimated. Year on year we see the powerful impact, that simply writing a letter or email can deliver.” said Mr Julie Verhaar. “Write for Rights is all about individuals, helping other individuals and this way of expressing our shared humanity has never been more important and relevant. Governments must respond to this widespread desire for change by delivering justice to those, whose human rights are being attacked.”

Write for Rights mobilises hundreds of thousands of people around the world to change the lives of individuals at risk through taking action. Last year over six and half million actions were taken, an annual increase for the 18th consecutive year. The case of Yasaman Aryani in Iran received over one million actions alone.

The Write for Rights campaign will run from November 20 to December 31.

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Australia: Follow Up Afghan Report With Prosecutions: Human Rights Watch

 

 

 

 

|| Thursday: November 19: 2020 || ά. The findings of the four-year inquiry into alleged war crimes by Australian forces in Afghanistan highlight the need for prompt, independent criminal investigations, leading to appropriate prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said today. The Australian Government should provide adequate and swift compensation to the Afghan victims of abuses and their families.

The Australian Defence Force on November 19, 2020, released the inquiry, headed by Justice Paul Brereton. The investigation found credible information of 23 incidents of unlawful killing of 39 people ‘by or at the direction of members of the Special Operations Task Group in circumstances, which, if, accepted by a jury, would be the war crime of murder. None of these are incidents of disputable decisions, made under pressure in the heat of battle, found the inquiry’.

The Report, also, found credible allegations that junior soldiers were required by their patrol commanders to shoot a prisoner to achieve the soldier’s first kill, in a practice, that was known as ‘blooding’. Credible allegations into the practice of ‘throwdowns’ were, also, established, in which soldiers placed weapons, handheld radios, weapon magazines or, grenades with the body of an ‘enemy killed in action’ to portray the person killed as a legitimate target.

“The Australian Government was right to promptly release the Brereton Report and the shocking news that the special forces unlawfully killed 39 people will horrify both Australians and Afghans.” said Mr Elaine Pearson, Australia Director at Human Rights Watch. “The Morrison Government needs to ensure the Special Investigator’s Office has the resources it needs to act quickly to ensure justice. As time drags on, the prospect of justice for Afghan victims becomes more and more remote.”

On November 12, the Morrison Government pre-emptively announced the creation of an Office of the Special Investigator to examine potential criminal matters, raised by the Brereton Report. The Government said that the office will be staffed with experienced investigators from the Australian Federal Police, state police experts, and legal counsel, who will gather evidence and refer briefs to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions for consideration.

The Government should ensure that the special investigator’s office is independent from both the military and political actors and that it investigates all those in the chain of command implicated in these abuses, Human Rights Watch said. The inquiry notes that, ‘the criminal behaviour described in this report was conceived, committed, continued, and concealed at patrol commander level, and it is overwhelmingly at that level that responsibility resides’. But civilian officials and military commanders can be held criminally liable as a matter of command responsibility, if, they knew or should have known about violations, committed by forces under their control and failed to prevent them or punish those, directly responsible.

Similar allegations in the United Kingdom about British special forces implicated in unlawful killings in Afghanistan resulted in the creation of ‘Operation Northmoor’ in 2014, which ran for six years and was closed in 2020 without charging any servicemen. This investigation was not independent of government and was open to political interference.

Successive British governments repeatedly obstructed the process, most blatantly, by effectively shutting down Operation Northmoor and the UK’s Iraq Historic Allegations Team:IHAT, which was established in 2010. The UK Government introduced legislation in parliament this year that would make it nearly impossible to prosecute soldiers for alleged crimes, committed outside the United Kingdom more than five years ago.

“Canberra needs to learn lessons from the UK’s failed efforts to prosecute soldiers, implicated in war crimes in Iraq and ensure that no government minister has the power to interfere, direct or prevent investigations and prosecutions.” Ms Pearson said. “The Office of the Special Prosecutor needs to be able to investigate and prosecute Australian military personnel regardless of rank.” The Government has not yet clarified what powers the Office of the Special Investigator will have to get its work done and the special investigator has not yet been appointed. The government should ensure that the office has clear legal authority to obtain evidence and summon people for questioning and arrest. The office should, also, be protected against interference in its operations and obstruction of justice, as with other criminal investigations.

Investigating historic crimes in another country is a difficult, complex and costly exercise. The special investigator’s office should have adequate resources and staff, including, relevant experts, analysts and translators to ensure that investigations are handled effectively and efficiently. Ministers should ensure the office has the necessary resources, expertise and time to fully carry out its work.

The creation of a separate independent oversight panel to oversee the Department of Defence response to the Brereton Inquiry is critical to ensuring that the Australian Defence Force undertakes the necessary steps to address systemic problems and implement the deep cultural, organisational and leadership changes across the armed forces, to ensure that such abuses do not happen again.

For many Afghan survivors and others harmed by these abuses, the consequences have been devastating. Families, who happened to live in districts, that had a Taliban presence lost their children, their family’s breadwinner, their homes. Those, who sought justice for these crimes were turned away or threatened. The special investigator’s office should ensure that proper protection measures are in place to minimise any risks for potential witnesses to crimes.

The Australian soldiers, who came forward to speak out about these incidents challenged a culture of secrecy and silence, that has surrounded the Australian Defence Force for many years, Human Rights Watch said. The accounts they provided to the inquiry and media were the first step towards accountability.

The former military lawyer and whistleblower Mr David McBride, who was deployed to Afghanistan with the special operations task group, was charged with a number of offenses in 2017 after he spoke to reporters about the alleged abuses and his trial is on-going. He is the only person, who was charged and the charges are unrelated to his conduct in Afghanistan.

“David McBride is a brave whistleblower, who drew attention to hideous abuses after his superiors failed to respond to his concerns.” Ms Pearson said. “His whistleblowing has been vindicated by this Report and his continued prosecution is a chilling warning to others, who, may, wish to come forward.”

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Iran: Internet Deliberately Shut Down During November 2019 Killings: New Investigation

 

 

 

 

|| Tuesday: November 17: 2020 || ά. The Iranian authorities deliberately shut down the internet during nationwide protests in November 2019, hiding the true scale of unlawful killings by security forces, Amnesty International said yesterday. On the anniversary of the deadliest day of the protests, Amnesty International launched a new microsite, A web of impunity: The killings Iran’s internet shutdown hid, documenting how the lethal crackdown, that left at least 304 people dead, was hidden from the world.

“When news of the deadly crackdown began to emerge from Iran last November, the world was shocked by the brutal violence of the security forces. The authorities deliberately blocked internet access inside Iran, hiding the true extent of the horrendous human rights violations, that they were carrying out across the country.” said Ms Diana Eltahawy, the Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International. “The government thought, they could silence the population by taking the country offline but, the Iranian people were determined to tell the world the truth.

Our new website is a tribute to the courage of everyone, who captured on camera the scenes of violence, that the authorities wanted to keep hidden.” The microsite is a joint investigation between Amnesty International and The Hertie School, in partnership with the Internet Outage Detection and Analysis:IODA project, features more than 100 verified videos from 31 cities and shows the repeated use of firearms, water cannons and tear gas by Iran’s security forces against unarmed protesters and bystanders.

To date, no one has been criminally investigated or held accountable for the killings. Amnesty International is again calling on member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council to mandate an inquiry into the unlawful killings to ensure, those responsible for ordering, planning and carrying out the crimes are brought to justice in fair trials.

On November 15, 2019, protests erupted across Iran, following a government announcement of a significant increase in the price of fuel. During the five days of protests, that followed, security forces killed, at least, 304 men, women and children. The victims were mostly killed with shots to the head or torso, indicating security forces were operating a shoot-to-kill policy. The real number of deaths is believed to be much higher but, the on-going cover-up by Iranian authorities means the true death toll may never be known.

On November 16, authorities started to shut down the country’s internet. Amnesty International’s research shows that day was, also, the deadliest of the protests, with, at least, 100 protesters and bystanders killed. As protests intensified, the Iranian authorities implemented a near-total internet blackout by ordering different internet service providers:ISPs to shut down. IODA observed steady drops in signals, which started when cellular operators were ordered to disconnect around 02pm local time on November 16. By 07pm, Iran had descended into digital darkness.

Iran’s domestic internet remained online, allowing activities, such as, government services and banking to continue, which minimised financial losses in the country’s economy. It was only around five days later, at, approximately, 10am on November 21, that internet access began to be restored. It did not completely return until November 27.

A shutdown happens when a state or another actor intentionally disrupts the internet for a specific population or within a specific region. Shutdowns take a variety of forms. Authorities may slow down the internet to make access difficult or they may order ISPs to shut down services completely.

The UN Human Rights Committee has declared that ‘states…must not block or hinder internet connectivity in relation to peaceful assemblies’. However, many states have increasingly used internet shutdowns as a tool to stifle or silence dissent in recent years, particularly, when faced with protests or uprisings.

Since the November 2019 protests, internet access in Iran has been disrupted on several occasions during further protests. Organising peaceful protests, speaking openly against state policies and documenting human rights violations all heavily rely on the ability to access the internet and are protected under international human rights law. Today, Amnesty International is, also, joining the Keep It On coalition, a partnership of more than 220 organisations, campaigning against internet shutdowns.

“Access to the internet is essential to protect human rights, especially, in times of protest. The Iranian authorities must commit to never again taking the country off-line and must respect the right to peaceful protest.” said Mr Sam Dubberley, the Head of Amnesty International’s Crisis Evidence Lab.

Amnesty International first documented the use of lethal force against protesters in the days after the crackdown began and recorded the details of, at least, 304 people killed in an investigation published in May 2020. The Organisation verified the deaths by collating evidence from videos and photographs, death and burial certificates, accounts from eyewitnesses, victims’ relatives  and friends and acquaintances on the ground, as well as, information, collected by human rights activists and journalists.

Further research by Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps found that in the vast majority of cases across the country, there was no evidence that protesters posed an imminent threat to life or threat of serious injury. As such, the intentional lethal use of firearms by the authorities was completely unwarranted and unlawful.

Key data that Amnesty International has gathered is published on the microsite, including, pictures of victims and details, related to their cause and place of death and can be downloaded in both English and Farsi.

Amnesty International is again calling on the Iranian authorities to ensure that independent and impartial criminal investigations are conducted into every death during the November 2019 protests, as the first step towards ending impunity.

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Cambodia: Scrap Draft Cybercrime Law

 

|| Sunday: November 15: 2020 || ά. The Cambodian government should, immediately, scrap the draft cybercrime law, which threatens increased surveillance of internet users, privacy rights and free speech online, Human Rights Watch said today. The United States, other concerned governments and international technology and communications companies, operating in Cambodia, should call for the bill to be dropped.

Human Rights Watch obtained the third known draft, dated, August 04, 2020. The government has received private advice from the United States but, it has not shared the draft with the public or consulted with civil society organisations or experts. “Prime Minister Hun Sen has long bragged about listening in on phone calls and intercepting emails and the proposed cybercrime law would give him further legal cover to do so.” said Mr Brad Adams, the Asia Director of Human Rights Watch. “The draft cybercrime law’s terms are incredibly broad and vague and would give an already authoritarian government, even, more power to arbitrarily prosecute critics and political opponents.”

The draft states that its purpose is ‘to ensure probity in the use and the management of computer systems and computer data and to protect security and public order’. Article 45 calls for up to three years in prison for intentional false statements, that have an ‘adverse effect’ on national security, public health, public safety or public finances, relations with other countries, the results of a national election, that incite racial hostility, hatred or discrimination or cause a loss of public confidence in the government or state institutions. Article 40 prohibits acts that vaguely constitute ‘disturbing, frightening, threatening, violating, persecuting or verbally abusing others by means of computer’.

The bill does not define any of these terms, such as, ‘adverse effect’, ‘national security’, ‘public safety’ or ‘loss of confidence’. It does not specify which authority would decide when the terms of the law have been violated. Articles 32 and 33 on ‘unauthorised access’ to a computer system or transferring data from a system without authorisation, face up to 10 years in prison. The provisions could be used to prosecute whistle blowers and investigative journalists, who use leaked materials in their work.

Chapter three of the draft law mentions the obligations of ‘service providers’ but, fails to clarify whether its application is limited to internet and mobile service providers or, also, includes internet cafes or other places, including, company offices, that provide internet access to staff. Articles Eight and 12 require service providers to store internet traffic data for at least 180 days upon request by the authorities. Failure to preserve data or to co-operate with the authorities are punishable by fines and prison sentences.

The most recent draft follows earlier versions in 2014 and 2015, that were sharply criticised by civil society and media groups for restricting the rights to privacy and free expression. The groups expressed concerns that the drafting process lacked inclusivity, transparency and public participation.

The Cambodian government has already enacted several repressive laws, that allow for increased governmental control over information and communications technologies. The 2015 Telecommunications Law permits undeclared monitoring by the authorities of any private speech via telecommunications without any procedural safeguards and judicial oversight. The law established an enforcement body of ‘telecommunications inspection officials’ to investigate alleged offenses under the Telecommunications Law, with the authority to call in support from the armed forces ‘to join in cracking down on alleged crimes’.

In May 2018, the Cambodian government adopted the Inter-Ministerial Proclamation on Website and Social Media Control, which requires all internet service providers to install surveillance software to monitor content circulated on the internet. The proclamation grants the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications the authority to ‘block or close’ web and social media pages containing ‘illegal content … considered as incitement, breaking solidarity, discrimination, create turmoil by will, leading to undermine national security, and public interests and social order’.

In July 2020, the Posts and Telecommunications Ministry proposed a sub-decree on a National Internet Gateway, which seeks to route all internet traffic through a regulatory body monitoring online activity. The sub-decree would allow for the ‘blocking and disconnecting of all network connections, that affect safety, national revenue, social order, dignity, culture, tradition and customs’.

The US-based Freedom House’s ‘2020 Freedom of the Net’ report documented incidents between June 2019 and 2020 in which online contents, news sites and songs released, that were critical of the government, ‘was removed, following government pressure or user complaints during the coverage period, and users were forced to sign statements promising to stop posting some content online while they were held in detention’.

The Cambodian government has a long record of targeting critics of the government. Cambodia now has more than 50 political prisoners. The authorities, also, have arrested 30 people for peacefully expressing their views on the internet, related to Covid-19. Among those, detained is the online journalist Mr Sovann Rithy, whom the authorities charged with incitement after he quoted a speech by Hun Sen. The authorities, also, revoked two broadcasting licenses of Rithy’s news and radio site, TVFB, allegedly because Rithy broadcast information, ‘which was to generate an adverse effect on the security, public order and safety of society’.

“Cambodia lacks a data protection law with safeguards to ensure that official requests for data are necessary and proportionate.” said Mr Adams. “But this bill grants the authorities the power to conduct fishing expeditions for data without independent oversight. Governments should call for the Cambodian government to start over and draft a law, that ensures protection for online speech and privacy rights.”

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Ethiopia: Investigation Shows Evidence That Scores of Civilians Were Killed in Massacre in Tigray State

 

|| Saturday: November 14: 2020 || ά. Amnesty International has confirmed on Thursday, November 12, that scores and, likely, hundreds, of people were stabbed or hacked to death in Mai-Kadra, May Cadera, town in the South West Zone of Ethiopia’s Tigray Region on the night of November 09. The Organiwation’s Crisis Evidence Lab has examined and digitally verified gruesome photographs and videos of bodies strewn across the town or being carried away on stretchers.

It confirmed that the images were recent and using satellite imagery, geolocated them to Mai-Kadra in western Tigray state : 14.071008, 36.564681. “We have confirmed the massacre of a very large number of civilians, who appear to have been day labourers, in no way involved in the on-going military offensive. This is a horrific tragedy, whose true extent only time will tell as communication in Tigray remains shut down.” said Ms Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa.

“The government must restore all communication to Tigray as an act of accountability and transparency for its military operations in the region, as well as, ensure unfettered access to humanitarian organisations and human rights monitors. Amnesty International will, regardless, continue to use all means available to document and expose violations by all parties to the conflict.”

The Organisation has, also, spoken to witnesses, who were providing food and other supplies to the Ethiopian Defense Forces:EDF, who visited the town immediately after the deadly attack, on the morning of November 10, to find dead bodies strewn all over the town, as well as, injured survivors.  Most of the dead bodies were found in the tow​n centre, near the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia and along a road, that exits to the neighbouring Humera town, according to the witnesses and verified images.

People, who saw the dead bodies told Amnesty International that they had gaping wounds, that appeared to have been inflicted by sharp weapons, such as, knives and machetes, reports, which have been confirmed by an independent pathologist, commissioned by Amnesty International. Witnesses said that there were no signs of gunshot wounds.

The witnesses said that together with the EDF soldiers, they found some wounded people among the dead and took them to nearby hospitals in Abreha-Jira and Gondar, before removing dead bodies from the streets. “Those wounded told me, they were attacked with machetes, axes and knives. You can, also, tell from the wounds that those, who died were attacked by sharp objects. It is horrible and I am really sad that I witnessed this in my life.” one distraught witness said.

Amnesty International has not yet been able to confirm who was responsible for the killings but, has spoken to witnesses, who said that forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front:TPLF were responsible for the mass killings, apparently, after they suffered defeat from the federal EDF forces.

Three people told Amnesty International that survivors of the massacre told them that they were attacked by members of Tigray Special Police Force and other TPLF members. “There was a military operation by the EDF and Amhara Special Force against the Tigray Special Police and militia at a place, called, Lugdi, during the daytime on November 09. After they defeated the Tigray forces, the EDF spent the night on the outskirts of Mai-Kadra town.

When we entered, we saw a lot of dead bodies, soaked in blood, on the streets and rental dormitories, frequented by seasonal workers. The view was really debasing and I am still in shock, struggling to cope with the experience.” a civilian, who entered the town after it was retaken by EDF, told Amnesty International.

This was corroborated by another, who said, “We went to the town immediately after the army and the Amhara Special Force took control of Mai-Kadra town on November 10 around 10am. The army entered, after encircling the town overnight. There was no exchange of fire for the army to take over the town. But when we entered the town, what we saw was devastating. The roads were strewn with dead bodies, especially, in the centre of the town and on the road, that connects the town to Humera.”

“The Ethiopian authorities, must, immediately, thoroughly, impartially and effectively, investigate this blatant attack on civilians and bring those, responsible, to justice in fair trials.” said Ms Deprose Muchena.

“TPLF commanders and officials must make clear to their forces and their supporters that deliberate attacks on civilians are absolutely prohibited and constitute war crimes. All parties in the Tigray conflict must ensure full respect for international humanitarian law and human rights law in their operations.  The safety and protection of civilians must be paramount.”

While the official death toll in Mai-Kadra is not yet known, the Amhara regional government’s media agency AMMA reported that there were around 500 victims, adding that they were primarily non-Tigrayan residents of the town. A man, who was helping to clear the bodies from the streets told Amnesty International that he had looked at the state-issued identification cards of some victims and most were Amhara.

On November 04, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Mr Abiy Ahmed ordered the Ethiopian Defence Forces:EDF to militarily engage with the Tigray Regional Paramilitary Police and militia loyal to the Tigray People Liberation Front:TPLF, in what he stated was a response to multiple attacks by the Tigray security forces on the EDF North Command base in Mekelle and other military camps in Tigray Region.

Since the start of the conflict, there have been armed confrontations between federal forces, Federal Army, Amhara Region’s Special Force Police and Amhara local militia, on one side and the Tigray regional forces, Tigray Special Force Police and militia, on the other side

The Ethiopian Ministry of Defence and the Prime Minister have announced that Ethiopian Air Force planes carried out multiple air strikes against TPLF military installations. The Prime Minister and the Army Chief of Staff pledged to continue air strikes on selected targets without endangering civilian life, advising residents to stay away from ammunition depots and other military targets.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, as of November 11, some 7,000 refugees had fled western Tigray state into neighbouring Sudan.

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Spain: Respect Rights of People Arriving by Sea to Canary Islands

 

|| Wednesday: November 11: 2020 || ά. Spanish authorities should immediately alleviate overcrowded and unsanitary conditions on the Arguineguín pier, Gran Canaria, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, Human Rights Watch said today. Since November 07, when Human Rights Watch visited the pier, the number of migrants and refugees detained there has more than doubled to over 2,000.

The growing humanitarian crisis follows a sharp increase in recent months in the number of people, attempting to reach Europe via the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the western coast of Africa. “What I saw a few days ago was a row of crowded tents where people are held for days on end, sleeping on the ground, 30 or 40 people sharing a portable toilet.” said Ms Judith Sunderland, acting Deputy Europe and Central Asia Director at Human Rights Watch. “I can not imagine the situation now with over double the people. Even, assuming the best intentions of those, working there, these conditions do not respect people’s dignity or basic rights nor, do they reflect well on Spain.”

Human Rights Watch is one of the few independent observers to have visited the pier. The government has blocked access to journalists, photographers and television cameras, citing privacy issues. At the time of the visit, 835 people were there, according to the Spanish Red Cross, which runs the camp, including, roughly, 300, who had been rescued overnight. By November 10, over 2,000 people were huddled on the pier.

The emergency camp, whose formal capacity is around 400, was set up in August for medical screening, including, COVID-19 testing and police identification and registration procedures. On the day of the Human Rights Watch visit, there were 14 tents, each with a portable toilet, with a capacity for 30 or 40 people, plus a tent for showering and for changing. One tent is reserved for women travelling alone and unaccompanied children, despite international guidelines, that call for unaccompanied boys to be housed separately from women and unaccompanied girls.

The tents are floorless, with no beds or mattresses. People interviewed, who had spent days detained on the pier said that they were given two blankets, one to put on the ground and one to use as a cover. There is, also, a medical tent and a mobile hospital tent and Red Cross ambulances onsite.

Human Rights Watch research in Arguineguín, based on interviews with migrants, refugees and civil society actors, as well as, direct observation, indicates that conditions on the pier are wholly inadequate, even, when under capacity. In addition to poor conditions, the procedure on the pier raises serious concerns about access to information and respect for the right to apply for asylum.

Based on interviews with Red Cross personnel on the pier, COVID-19 protocols include routine PCR testing for everyone, an isolation tent for people, who exhibit symptoms, consistent with COVID-19 or, who have tested positive for the coronavirus and the distribution of surgical masks.

Despite these protocols Human Rights Watch met two women, who the Red Cross said had tested positive but were still living in a tent with other women and children. People, who have travelled separately are sometimes placed together in tents and social distancing is virtually impossible. At the time of the visit, a Red Cross official said that there were 55 people, who had tested positive for COVID-19 awaiting transfer to a dedicated facility for isolation, monitoring and treatment. However, the bus company was refusing to take them, citing health concerns.

Many people appear to be detained on the pier for longer than the 72 hours, permitted under Spanish law. Two women from Mali interviewed on the pier showed proof that they had been there since October 22, over two weeks. Men and two boys, ages 15 and 17, interviewed after they were transferred to hotels, said that they had spent between three and ten days on the pier. Everyone, arriving in a hotel from the pier must do a 14-day quarantine before being able to move freely within the hotel and outside. At the hotel Human Rights Watch visited, managed by the Red Cross, everyone was wearing masks in all shared spaces.

Everyone, interviewed, had been given an expulsion order regardless of their personal circumstances and, often, without clear information in a language they could understand or access to a lawyer. The majority of those, interviewed, did not understand the meaning of this document, could not recall being given an explanation of its content or meaning in a language they could understand and could not recall speaking with a lawyer before being asked to sign it. None of the people, interviewed, were told by the police or anyone else while they were held at the pier about their right to apply for asylum.

Human Rights Watch has documented obstacles and disincentives to applying for asylum in Ceuta and Melilla, Spain’s enclaves in Morocco, as well as, at Andalusian ports. The number of people, attempting to reach Europe via the Canary Islands has significantly increased during 2020. So far this year, more than 13,800 people have reached the Canary Islands by boat, including, 2,188 this past weekend. Border control measures in collaboration with Senegal and Mauritania, adopted after significant arrivals in 2006-2007, had sealed off the route.

After, approximately, 2,000 people arrived in the last three months of 2019, Mr Juan Carlos Lorenzo, the Head of the Spanish Refugee Organisation:CEAR in the Canary Islands, urged authorities to identify structures, that could be used in the event of a humanitarian crisis. The majority of boats are rescued by the Spanish maritime rescue agency, Salvamento Marítimo. Despite their tireless efforts, the Atlantic Ocean between the western coast of Africa and the Canary Islands is quickly becoming the most dangerous sea route in the world. The UN refugee agency UNHCR estimates that more than 600 people have died or been reported missing at sea so far this year.

The Spanish government does not provide a breakdown by nationality but, most appear to come from Senegal, Mali, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Guinea. According to UNHCR, an August profile study showed that 30% said that they had left their country due to conflict and widespread violence, while 32% cited persecution ‘due to sexual and gender violence, ethnicity, religion, political reasons or forced marriage and recruitment’.

On November 06, Spanish Interior Minister Mr Fernando Grande-Marlaska announced that Spain would close the camp on the Arguineguín docks and create a new reception area in a former munitions warehouse in Las Palmas, the island’s capital, with European Union support. Details about the installation, its conditions or capacity or when it will become operational, have yet to be made available.

The Spanish authorities should quickly set up alternatives to the pier and ensure that people, who have arrived on the islands, have access to a fair asylum procedure, Human Rights Watch said. Stepped up transfers to the Spanish mainland could free up spaces in local hotels, otherwise empty due to the tourism crisis, where migrants and asylum seekers are accommodated upon release from police custody.

“Improvising a reception and identification camp on a pier was never a good idea and now the chaos there poses a real threat to people’s rights, health and safety.” Ms Sunderland said. “Times are tough but, Spain can and should provide a humane response to people, arriving on its shores.”

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Afghanistan: Taliban Rights Efforts Fall Far Short: Human Rights Watch Report

 

|| Wednesday: July 01: 2020 || ά. The Taliban in Afghanistan has imposed severe restrictions on rights in areas under their control despite claims of reform, Human Rights Watch said in a Report, released on Tuesday, June 30. Residents reported an inability to criticise or question Taliban actions, violations of the rights of women and girls and severe limits on freedom of expression and the media. Rights abuses by both Taliban and government forces mean that the United States and other countries, supporting the peace process should ensure that any agreement has strong human rights commitments and enforcement mechanisms.

The 69-page Report, ‘You Have No Right to Complain: Education Social Restrictions and Justice in Taliban-Held Afghanistan’, focuses on the everyday experiences of people, living in Taliban-held districts and Taliban restrictions on education, access to information and media and freedom of movement. The Taliban’s widespread rights abuses in areas it controls raise concerns about their willingness and ability to keep commitments on rights in any future peace agreement. “The Taliban have rolled back some of their harshest measures in areas they control but it remains difficult and dangerous for people to voice objections to Taliban authorities.” said Ms Patricia Gossman, the Associate Asia Director.

“The Taliban appear intent on ruling by fear, without holding themselves accountable to communities under their control.”

The Report is based on 138 interviews, including, 120 in-person interviews, conducted since January 2019, with Taliban officials, commanders and fighters, as well as, teachers, doctors, elders, students and other local residents in Helmand, Kunduz and Wardak provinces.

Taliban forces currently control a significant portion of Afghanistan’s land and population. In many of these areas, residents abide by a parallel set of government laws and Taliban-imposed regulations, that govern education, courts and other services and establish or reinforce codes of conduct. While there has been progress on access to education for girls and women in Taliban-held areas, there has been little regard for rights to freedom of expression, information, association, privacy or media freedom.

Although, the Taliban officially state that they no longer oppose girls’ education, very few local Taliban authorities actually permit girls to attend school past puberty and some do not permit girls’ schools at all. Policies apparently based on individual commanders’ personal views have left residents wary.

One teacher said, “Today they tell you that they allow girls up to sixth grade but tomorrow, when someone else comes instead, he might not like girls’ education.” In some districts, local demand for education has persuaded Taliban authorities to take a more flexible approach. In others, residents said that they did not dare to raise the issue of girls’ schools. Social controls, embodied in ‘morality’ officials, who work for ‘vice and virtue’ departments, operate in Taliban-held districts to enforce residents’ adherence to Taliban-prescribed social codes regarding dress and public deportment, beard length and men’s attendance at Friday prayers.

Taliban officials have said that the social restrictions reflect local community norms. However, while such restrictions exist in both government and Taliban-held areas, some residents, particularly, younger people, have resisted these constraints as they seek greater freedom. Taliban officials have punished residents, who engage in prohibited social behaviour. The Taliban justice system is focused on punishment and largely relies on confessions, often, obtained by beatings and other forms of torture.

Residents of Taliban-held districts said that Taliban officials had not allowed them to air grievances or express concerns. The Taliban claims that it holds commanders and other authorities accountable for abuses but in practice Taliban officials have seldom considered practices amounting to war crimes, including, unlawful attacks, that have killed civilians, to be wrongful acts.

“The Taliban publicly claim that they don’t put civilians in harm’s way but have punished residents, who complain about Taliban forces entering their homes to attack government troops.” Ms Gossman said. Peace talks between the Taliban and an Afghan government delegation are expected to begin in the coming weeks. The government delegation includes some independent civil society representatives, including, a small number of women. As the talks move forward, they should address concerns about protections of fundamental human rights, including, the rights of women and girls.

The current Afghan constitution and laws enacted since 2002 include many human rights protections, including, gender equality but implementation in government-controlled areas has been poor. Government forces have committed serious human rights abuses, including, torture and have, often, failed to protect women’s rights. Both the Taliban and current and former government leaders have been implicated in war crimes and other abuses. There is near total impunity for serious violations.

“A future Afghan agreement will not only need to endorse broad human rights principles but  it will be critical for both the government and Taliban to demonstrate that they are willing to accommodate diverse communities, tolerate dissent and protect fundamental rights, including, women’s and girls’ rights.” Ms Gossman said. “To hold the parties to their human rights commitments, explicit, detailed human rights guarantees and robust monitoring are needed.”

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There Does Not Exist Any Human Rights So Long Racism Exists Threatening Infringing and Violating These Rights: Human Rights Council Must Rise to Fight Racism With All Its Might

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Calls on US to Comply With International Obligations to Tackle Racial Discrimination 

|| Wednesday: June 17: 2020 || ά.  In statement, issued on Monday, June 15, The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:The Committee, has called on the United States to make immediate structural reforms to end racial discrimination and to uphold its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. In its formal statement The Committee urged the United States Government to fully respect the Convention, which it ratified in 1994 and to ensure a wide understanding of the Convention among its law enforcement officials through training and education curricula.

“No one shall be victim of racial discrimination, it’s the essence of the Convention.” said Mr Noureddine Amir, the Chairperson of The Committee, adding, “We can not afford any delay in the promotion of understanding among all races, discontinuing racial profiling and criminalising racially motivated attacks.” The Committee, which is composed of 18 independent experts, expressed its deep concern at the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the recurrence of killings of unarmed African Americans by police officers and individuals over the years.

“Systemic and structural discrimination have permeated government institutions for centuries, stripping African Americans of their rights to equal treatment before the tribunals, threatening their personal security and depriving them of their civil, economic, social and cultural rights embodied in the Convention.” Mr Amir said.

The Committee urged the United States Government to publicly recognise the existence of structural racial discrimination in society, as well as, to unequivocally and unconditionally condemn racially motivated killings of African Americans and other minorities.

To eliminate racial discrimination, The Committee recalled its recommendations, made after the previous two reviews of the United States. These include, ensuring the full implementation of the Convention throughout the country, monitoring compliance of domestic laws and policies with the Convention and systematically carrying out anti-discrimination training of government officials at the federal, state and local levels.

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination monitors States parties’ adherence to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The Committee is made up of 18 members, who are independent human rights experts, drawn from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty.

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|| Wednesday: June 17: 2020 || ά. After a three-month long COVID-19-enforced break, the Human Rights Council resumed on Monday, giving the green light to a rare Urgent Debate on racism, alleged police brutality and violence against protesters, sickened by the killing of American George Floyd in police custody. Opening the 35th meeting of the 43rd session of the Council in the unusual setting of the Assembly Hall, to comply with social distancing requirements, current Council President, Ms Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, gave the floor to Burkina Faso Co-ordinator of the African Group.

It is the most opportune time for the Human Rights Council to take up the fight against racism and all the injustices and evils, that it inflicts on people at the receiving end of such horrible evils of racism. Consider this, where do human rights exist when the entire governance system and public affairs management system are run under absolute, innate, systemic and structural racism, bias, prejudice, hostility and hatred against people in the minorities, such as, the African Americans in the current state of  things in America where they are brutally tortured, killed and abused by the law enforcements and where they are the ‘mandatory’ targets of all injustices and inequalities, including, economical? There does not and can not exist any human rights where racism exists to challenge, infringe, violate and annul these very rights. Where is George Floyd’s right to life? Where is Breonna Taylor’s right to life? Racism took that away. We can not claim to work and advance human rights until we accept that our moral imperative is to fight and end racism before we can begin the work of advancing human rights. Therefore, we invite the entire body of humanity, involved in this international Body to commit themselves to invest all the resources, expertise, know-how and powers available to them, to fight this evil of racism to end it for good.

“The tragic events of May 25 in Minneapolis in the US, which led to the death of George Floyd, led to protests throughout the world against injustice and police brutality, that persons of African descent face on a daily basis in many regions of the world.” said Mr Dieudonné W Désiré Sougouri, the Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva. “The death of George Floyd is unfortunately not an isolated incident.” Insisting that many other persons of African descent had faced the same fate because of their origin and police violence.” Mr Sougouri said that it would be inconceivable, if, the Council did not address the issue.

“This is why the African Group calls upon the Human Rights Council to organise an Urgent Debate on current violations of human rights, that are based on racism, systemic racism, police brutality against persons of African descent and violence against peaceful demonstrations to call for an end to be put to these injustices.” he said.

After the request was endorsed, Ambassador Tichy-Fisslberger fixed the provisional date of the Urgent Debate on ‘current racially inspired human rights violations, systematic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protests’ for Wednesday, June 17 , at 15:00.

Speaking later to journalists, the Council President confirmed that the request from the African Group came after ‘what happened in America with George Floyd and the whole tragedy, which showed the problems of racism, of police violence and the follow-up to that’.

‘’It was not clear whether any members of Mr Floyd’s family had been invited to address the Council but, a draft resolution would be prepared by the Group.’’ she added. The Group’s initiative came after a call from more than 600 rights groups last Monday to investigate alleged police violence after the killing of Mr Floyd.

The issue was universal, the Ambassador maintained, highlighting the large number of Black Lives Matter protests, that have been held in many countries. “As you have seen with demonstrations all over the world, including, here in Geneva, so this is a topic, that is not about just one country, it goes well beyond that.” she said. “When I said, it’s not against the United States, I mean, there are complaints about a lot of racism in many countries of this world, of course, in Europe but, not only; you find it all over the world.”

For seasoned Council-watchers, the day will, also, be remembered for the fact that Member States and non-governmental organisations convened in the cavernous Assembly Hall, where the near 2,000-seat capacity had to be slashed by around 90 per cent in line with Swiss government health directives.

In more normal times, deliberations happen in the Council’s altogether more colourful, if, smaller, home elsewhere in the Palais des Nations, in the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilisations Room. Although, voting on some 40 draft resolutions is expected to be held there on Thursday afternoon and Friday. Delegations were parsed to just one representative rather than the usual two or three people in line with corona virus social distancing measures. The decision to resume the Council’s work mirrors deconfinement moves in Switzerland and beyond, as the country reopens its borders with Austria, France and Germany on Monday, June 15. To date, Switzerland has confirmed more than 31,000 cases of COVID-19 infection and more than 1,670 deaths, according to latest WHO data.

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Civil Rights Groups Sue Donald Trump and Others for Tear-Gassing Protesters Outside White House

 

 

|| Thursday:  June 04: 2020 || ά. Protesters, who were attacked with tear gas and other weapons by American federal troops in front of the White House Monday, June 01 evening as they were demonstrating against police brutality, sued President Donald Trump, Attorney General William Barr and numerous other federal officials today for violating their constitutional rights and engaging in an unlawful conspiracy to violate those rights.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Black Lives Matters DC and individual protesters today by the American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the law firm of Arnold and Porter. “What happened to our members Monday evening, here in the nation’s capital, was an affront to all our rights.” said Ms April Goggans, Core Organiser of Black Lives Matter DC, the lead plaintiff in the case.

“The death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police officers has reignited the rage, pain and deep sadness our community has suffered for generations. We won’t be silenced by tear gas and rubber bullets. Now is our time to be heard.” Hundreds of protesters were gathered Monday evening in Lafayette Square, the park in front of the White House, to protest police brutality.

Immediately preceding the President’s appearance in the Rose Garden at, approximately, 18:30, US Park Police, conducted a co-ordinated and unprovoked charge into the crowd of demonstrators and deployed several rounds of chemical irritants, rubber bullets and sound cannons to disperse the crowds away from the park. Following his brief statement, President Trump and administration officials walked to St John’s Episcopal Church across the White House to pose for pictures in front of the church holding a Bible.

“The President’s shameless, unconstitutional, unprovoked and, frankly, criminal attack on protesters because he disagreed with their views shakes the foundation of our nation’s constitutional order.” said Mr Scott Michelman, Legal Director, ACLU of the District of Columbia. “And when the nation’s top law enforcement officer becomes complicit in the tactics of an autocrat, it chills protected speech for all of us.”

Attacks by law enforcement against lawful demonstrators have escalated in recent days nationwide. Police drove vans into groups of protesters; pepper-sprayed them; fired rubber bullets at them; beaten them; and dragged them across streets. Police have, also, arrested thousands of protesters. “Across the country, law enforcement, armed with military weaponry, are responding with violence to people, who are protesting police brutality.” said Mr Ben Wizner, Director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.

“The First Amendment right to protest is under attack and we will not let this go unanswered. This is the first of many lawsuits the ACLU intends to file across the country in response to police brutality against protesters.” The ACLU is similarly filing lawsuits across the country in response to police attacks against journalists.

The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia and seeks an order, declaring President Trump, Attorney General Barr and other administration officials violated the protesters First and Fourth Amendment rights, as well as, engaged in a conspiracy to deny those rights. The lawsuit seeks an order barring the officials from repeating the unlawful activities and damages for the injuries plaintiff’s sustained.

Mr Jonathan M Smith, the Executive Director, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, “The deaths at the hands of police of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other people of colour have brought people to the streets across the nation to call for change. At this moment, the White House is a uniquely important venue for protest and demonstration. The actions in Lafayette park were a shocking assault on the First Amendment rights of people peaceably assembled to call upon their government for action.”

Ms Kristen Clarke, the President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, “For the President to refer to this assault as domination is very telling and indicates a willingness to use brute force to trample on the rights of Americans. The Lafayette Square assault amounts to unconstitutional and unlawful state-sponsored violence, perpetrated against non-violent civil rights activists. The actions of the government caused harm and were intended to chill the speech and right to assembly of people, exercising constitutionally protected rights. This lawsuit is about defending rights, that lie at the heart of our democracy.”

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COVID-19 Or Not: Children’s Rights Must Also Be Always Protected Even Under the Emergency Conditions

 

 

|| Monday: May 11: 2020:  Johanna Laisaari Writing || ά. The COVID-19 epidemic has shown us in practice how important the rights of children are under emergency conditions. Over the past few months, the rights of children have been considerably restricted around the world. Restrictions have been placed on education, social relations and physical activities. At the same time, the rights of children to security, basic care, play and leisure time have also been reduced in practice.

In addition to numerous national actors, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has raised concerns over the effects of the coronavirus crisis on children’s welfare and their rights. The measures required by the epidemic have also clearly highlighted the need for a National Child Strategy. The fundamental and human rights obligations, on which the forthcoming National Child Strategy is based, require that under emergency conditions the rights of children be restricted only to the extent that is necessary. At the same time, it is important to be aware of the effects of these restrictions on children.

Emergency conditions force us to make difficult decisions in a rapidly changing situation, and this may easily lead to superficial assessment of the impact of such decisions.

It is, however, always important to assess and predict the effects of decisions on children, and under emergency conditions, it is more important than ever. When assessing the effects on children, account must be taken of children’s own opinions; we cannot overlook the experiences and views of children and young people themselves on how the crisis affects their everyday life.

Under emergency conditions, it is particularly important to pay attention to predictability and the significance of providing sufficient information to children. The State is responsible for informing children of the matters that concern them, and children have the right to receive information appropriate to their age level.

Now it is important to look to the future and to safeguard the rights of children as restrictions are being lifted. From the perspective of children’s rights, it is imperative that Finland adheres to the rule of law and safeguards the fundamental and human rights of children both in emergency conditions and as restrictions are being lifted. The National Child Strategy will set guidelines for how this will be achieved.

::: Johanna Laisaari is the Secretary General for the National Child Strategy, Finland :::

 

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