Archive | June 14, 2017

Landmark Victory for the Ogiek delivered by the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights*

 

Landmark Victory for the Ogiek delivered by the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights*

By Venatrix Fulmen

The Ogiek preparing to receive the African Court’s landmark decision after awaiting close to a decade. Photo: Andrew Songa on twitter @drewfremen

 

The African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, at its 45th session on May 26, 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania, delivered a long-awaited and unanimous judgement against the Kenya government in a case brought before it by the Ogiek Indigenous Peoples.

The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights had filed the case after the applicant proved consistent violations and the denial of the human and land rights of the Ogiek by the Republic of Kenya.

In November 2009, when the Kenyan Forest Service (KFS) delivered a potentially fatal blow against the Ogiek with the designation of an eviction order in October 2009 against the Ogiek and anyone else within the Mau Forest Complex–the ancestral homeland of the Ogiek–within 30 days, the African Court had issued an order to suspend the implementation of the eviction notice.

In March 2013, the African Court issued additional provisional measures requiring the Kenyan Government to stop any land transactions in the Mau Forest and refrain from taking any action that would harm the case, until a decision had been reached. This order, however, has never been respected by the Kenyan state.

After dismissing the numerous objections of the government of Kenya, the African Court delivered in Arusha a comprehensive judgement and a very clear ruling, read out over almost 2 hours by Hon. Justice Agustino Ramadani, the former President of the African Court.

The court found that the government of the Republic of Kenya illegally evicted members of the Ogiek community from the Mau Forest and has continuously violated the rights of the Ogiek under Articles 1, 2, 8, 14, 17 (2/3), 21 and 22 of the African Charter on Peoples and Human Rights.

The Republic of Kenya given 6 months to implement required remedies

Concerning the demand for reparations and compensation, the Ogiek have 90 days to file an application and the Kenya state has 90 days to respond to the demands. After this period, the African Court will rule on the reparations to be awarded to the Ogiek community and its victims of abusive state power.

The ruling has been widely welcomed as a fair and just decision by the Ogiek and ECOTERRA Intl., an organization that has stood by the Ogiek since 1986, as well as other important supporters including Friends of Peoples close to Nature (fPcN-interCultural), Minority Rights International and CEMIRIDE.

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Grenfell Tower Resident Praise Muslim Youth for their Bravery in Helping Survivors*

Grenfell Tower Resident Praise Muslim Youth for their Bravery in Helping Survivors*

A Grenfell Tower resident praises the bravery of Muslim youth returning from the mosque who she saw running into the fire to rescue people, adding that they were the first to warn residents and distribute water to survivors.

The fire which started last night has already killed six people.

Muslim charities, Londoners and the local mosque were very quick to respond with aid and assistance.

Charities such as the National Zakat Foundation, Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid and Suffa Global have been providing water and blankets, as well as assessing the needs on the ground.

Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre have been providing food and shelter since the early hour of this morning.

MAB Youth and Muslimaat London are collecting emergency supplies, the East London Mosque is fundraising, whilst others have been providing water, food and their homes as shelters.

 

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Macron to Put France in a ‘Permanent State of Emergency’*

Macron to Put France in a ‘Permanent State of Emergency’*

France was first put into a state of emergency on November 13, 2015, after an attack in Paris killed 130 people. French activists and lawyers are warning that a new bill will make the country stay in a permanent state of emergency, effectively making all of the measures that are put in place during a state of emergency the permanent law of the land.

The bill will turn warrant-less property searches as well as house arrests into everyday life. Protest marches are to be banned, under the bill; places of worship that are suspected of sharing “extremist” views along with electronic tagging for surveillance purposes are also on the docket.

The power shift would be absolutely absurd and would effectively turn France into a pseudo-police state. Perhaps globalists are using the threat of Islam to consolidate their power through new police freedoms that limit their citizens’ powers.

The Daily Caller reports:

French President Emmanuel Macron wants to end France’s 19-month state of emergency by effectively turning it into a permanent reality.

“They tell us we’re ending the state of emergency, but they are actually making it eternal. It’s an intellectual scam,” Marie-Jane Ody, vice president of a union representing judges, told French newspaper Le Figaro in a June 8 article.

Imagine a fascist-like group rises to power. All the legal instruments would be in place to commit abuse.”

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U.S. Coalition Cause ‘Staggering loss of civilian life’ during U.S.-backed siege of Raqqa*

U.S. Coalition Cause ‘Staggering loss of civilian life’ during U.S.-backed siege of Raqqa*

Internally displaced people flee Raqqa, Syria on May 19, 2017. © Rodi Said / Reuters

 

The ongoing siege by Syrian Kurdish militia, supported by airstrikes of the U.S.-led coalition, on terrorist stronghold Raqqa has been marred by at least 300 civilian fatalities and the displacement of some 160,000 people, a U.N. commission says.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group of militias dominated by ethnic Kurds, launched their offensive on Raqqa last week amid weapons and military hardware supplies from the U.S. The effort is taking a serious toll on civilian residents of the city controlled by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), chairman of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry into the Syrian conflict said on Wednesday.

“We note in particular that the intensification of airstrikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced,” Paulo Sergio Pinheiro told the U.N. Human Rights Council, Reuters reports.

The chairman did not give an estimate for civilian casualties in the city, but Karen Koning AbuZayd, one of the panels’ commissioners, said it has documented about 300 civilian deaths from the airstrikes supporting the Raqqa offensive.

“We have documented the deaths caused by the coalition airstrikes only and we have about 300 deaths, 200 in one place, in al-Mansoura, one village,” she said.

The U.S. troops deployed in Syria are supporting the SDF offensive providing artillery and air support on the battlefield as well as “advice and training” for the militias.

U.S.-led coalition admits use of white phosphorus in Mosul amid mounting criticism

 

The Pentagon calls the deployment, which is done with no U.N. Security Council mandate or invitation from the Syrian government, a limited-scale operation. The Americans have attacked pro-government troops in Syria on several occasions over the past few weeks, claiming it was necessary to protect its SDF allies.

Also on Wednesday the Human Rights Watch (HRW) expressed its concern over the toll the Raqqa offensive operation is taking on civilians. The group criticized the U.S. troops for allegedly using white phosphorous munitions as part of the offensive, saying the chemical may cause serious injuries and trigger fires when used in residential areas.

In his speech, Pinheiro also criticized Damascus for negotiating a series of evacuations of opposition fighters and their families from various areas around Syria, including the December evacuation from Aleppo. He said in some cases the residents had no choice but to leave and that their relocation may amount to a war crime.

The evacuation from Aleppo came after years of fighting for control of the city as it was split between pro-government forces and parts held by rebel. The fighting resulted in numerous deaths among residents. The evacuation was negotiated by Russia, Iran and Turkey and came as an alternative to continued street-to-street battles for Aleppo.

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What we see in Raqqa is no attempt to protect civilians

The U.S. coalition is carpet bombing Raqqa without any U.N. mandate, raising the question whether there is something they want to hide or destroy before it is discovered by the Syrian Army, Vanessa Beeley, associate editor at 21stcenturywire.com, says.

United Nations war crimes investigators slammed intensified U.S.-led strikes on the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) stronghold of Raqqa in Syria.

“We note in particular that the intensification of airstrikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF [Syrian Democratic Forces] advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced,” Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the U.N.’s Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian War, said.

The SDF are a Kurdish-led group of militias actively backed by the U.S.-led coalition through air strikes and arms shipments. The group announced the start of the operation to retake Raqqa from Islamic State last week.

RT: Do you think this latest warning from U.N. investigators will have any effect on the US-led coalition?

Vanessa Beeley: It very rarely seems to. What is extraordinary is the hypocrisy that we are seeing right now from the U.S. coalition. We are well aware that they have used chemical weapons inside Syria, they used depleted uranium. We have reports coming in of them using white phosphorous. One wonders why the red line that they keep imposing upon target nations, prey-nations, do not apply to the U.S. or to the U.S. coalition. What we are seeing in Raqqa is no attempt to protect the civilians; and this is after a five-year long media and NATO-aligned NGO campaign to try and demonize the Syrian government and its allies, trying to liberate East Aleppo from terrorist and extremist factions imposed and embedded in east Aleppo by NATO states and Gulf states. So, demonizing them while they were providing humanitarian corridors, while they were doing their utmost to provide safe exit for civilians. And here, as we saw in Mosul, we have the U.S. coalition basically carpet bombing entire areas, bombing in a country that they don’t have any U.N. mandate to be doing so. It raises the question why are they frantically bombing this area? Is there something that they want to hide? Is there something they want to destroy before it is discovered by advancing of the Syrian Army? It raises a lot of questions but it should also raise a lot of doubts over the reasons that the U.S. coalition is involved in Syria in the first place…

RT: Do you think such casualties could have been avoided? Is it possible to retake a city from terrorists without affecting civilians?

VB: It is very difficult when those terrorists have embedded themselves into civilian areas and, as in many instances across Syria, have used them as human shields and have used them as sort of propaganda tools and have exploited them. From that perspective, it is very difficult, but why is the U.S. coalition not cooperating with the Syrian government? Why is it not speaking to the Syrian government and asking them – as Russia did – to provide these humanitarian corridors to help them in this campaign? And it is simply because the U.S. coalition bombing campaign in Syria is entirely illegitimate.

RT: Raqqa is ISIS’ last major stronghold. Do you think fears of an even bigger bloodbath than in Mosul are justified?

VB: I think we have a very complex situation in Raqqa. We’ve seen clear collusion between, for example, the U.S. proxies, the SDF forces who we know according to reports on the ground have effectively given ISIS a back door out of Raqqa when they’ve been under threat. We know that the U.S. coalition on many occasions have supported ISIS through its air campaign. We also know that many of the civilians from Raqqa have already been driven out of Raqqa by ISIS and by various other sorts of scaremongering campaigns that have been run in order to cleanse the area, in order to implant, I believe, the American proxy, the Kurdish forces, and the SDF. So, are we going to see a bloodbath, it is very hard to tell because it is very hard to determine exactly how many civilians are left inside Raqqa.

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Indigenous Guatemalan Campesinos Show Solidarity with Venezuela Govt*

Indigenous Guatemalan Campesinos Show Solidarity with Venezuela Govt*

The demonstrators demanded that the Guatemalan government not promote actions against Venezuela. | Photo: teleSUR/Mario Rosale

 

We want to tell Venezuela that it is not alone. They are attacking Venezuela for their struggle because the government is working for the good of the people,” said Thelma Cabrera, one of the members of the committee.

Hundreds of Indigenous Guatemalan campesinos marched to the Venezuelan embassy in the capital city of Guatemala, holding Venezuelan flags to show their support for and solidarity with the Bolivarian government of Nicolás Maduro in the face of violent opposition protests that have left more than 70 dead in the nation.

“We want to tell Venezuela that it is not alone. They are attacking Venezuela for their struggle because the government is working for the good of the people,” said Thelma Cabrera, who participated in the act of solidarity.

The solidarity rally was organized by the members of the Committee of Peasant Development, CODECA, and the Solidarity Coordinator with Venezuela. Demonstrators carried a banner with the message:

“We stand in solidarity with the government and people of Venezuela.”

Peasants march in Guatemala in support of the government of Venezuela. | Photo: Twitter

“We want to tell Venezuela that it is not alone. They are attacking Venezuela for their struggle because the government is working for the good of the people,” said Thelma Cabrera, one of the members of the committee.

Cabrera said that she has demanded that his country’s government not promote actions against the Venezuelan government.

Since early April, the Venezuelan opposition has taken part in street protests that have been characterized as violent. The opposition groups use various types of weapons and homemade bombs to confront the security forces.

So far, opposition violence, concentrated in eastern Caracas, has left more than 70 dead, including people who did not participate in the protests, but were hit by bullets, as well as four people have been killed because of hate crimes against people identified as Chavistas.

Peasant organizations in Guatemala focus on supporting the Venezuela government. | Photo: Twitter

 

On Tuesday, nearly 900 workers and 45 children of a preschool were affected by an attack to the headquarters of the Ministry of Habitat and Housing, located in Chacao district of Miranda state.

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U.S. Coalition Admits to Bombing Civilians with Chemical Weapons*

U.S. Coalition Admits to Bombing Civilians with Chemical Weapons*

Earlier this month, multiple reports surfaced of U.S.-led coalition forces in Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria, using the incendiary chemical weapon, white phosphorus, on civilians. For over a week, the U.S. government and the coalition at large have remained silent on the issue — until now.

In an error that will likely get him much backlash, in an interview with NPR, New Zealand Brig. Gen. Hugh McAslan, and member of the U.S.-coalition has admitted — for the first time — to using white phosphorus during operations in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

“We have utilized white phosphorous to screen areas within West Mosul to get civilians out safely,” McAslan told NPR on Tuesday.

Instead of questioning the horrid nature of the chemical weapons use on civilians, NPR echoed the general’s sentiment and noted that 28,000 civilians have managed to escape. While that may be true, countless others were injured or suffered horrifying deaths.

White phosphorus is described as an “incendiary and toxic chemical substance used as a filler in a number of different munitions that can be employed for a variety of military purposes.”

The chemical was banned internationally after the 1980 Protocol on Incendiary Weapons restricted the “use of incendiary weapons as a means or method of warfare during armed conflict.”

The use of chemical weapons is clearly prohibited in international armed conflicts. The International Committee of the Red Cross noted that “employing asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases, and all analogous liquids, materials or devices is listed in the Statute of the International Criminal Court as a war crime.”

While deploying incendiary weapons against residential areas is banned under Protocol III of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW), the two other uses — smoke screens and signals — are not, which allows the hypocritical US, to keep such munitions in their arsenal and use them. It is through this loophole that the US claims the right to deploy these deadly weapons on towns.

On November 30, 2005, General Peter Pace stated that white phosphorus munitions were a “legitimate tool of the military” used to illuminate targets and create smokescreens, saying “It is not a chemical weapon. It is an incendiary.” However, the general is wrong. As soon as white phosphorus is deployed against people, it becomes a chemical weapon.

A chemical weapon can be “any chemical which through its chemical action on life processes can cause death, temporary incapacitation or permanent harm.”

White phosphorus remains very dangerous even when not deliberately used to start fires or attack humans. Submunitions can ignite days after deployment and remain a hazard for a city. Injuries caused by the chemical can burn to the bone and are prone to reigniting if a piece of the phosphorus remaining in the wound is exposed to air when a dressing is changed.

“No matter how white phosphorus is used, it poses a high risk of horrific and long-lasting harm in crowded cities like Raqqa and Mosul and any other areas with concentrations of civilians,” said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch.

The U.S. claims of using white phosphorus as a smoke screen or signal ring hollow when assessing the damage reported on the ground in Syria and Iraq.

Just as the rights groups warned, civilian casualties were, in fact, a reality from the coalition’s deployment of white phosphorus.

Xinhua News, China’s state press agency, reported last week that “Tens of civilians were killed on Thursday when the U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Syria’s northern city of Raqqa with white phosphorus,” citing a report from Syria’s Sham FM radio.

Russia’s Riafan.ru reported that “Coalition forces led by the United States of America shell Raqqa and suburbs of white phosphorus munitions,” citing reports on Twitter, which said the U.S.-backed coalition conducted 20 air raids.

Although the total number of civilian deaths has not been entirely confirmed, early reports suggest that nearly 50 people were killed.

“Horrific civilian harm from previous use of white phosphorus has generated public outrage and this latest use of white phosphorus underscores the urgent need for states to strengthen international law relating to incendiary weapons,” HRW’s Goose said.

Although NPR happened to have the general admit to them U.S. forces are using white phosphorus, no other mainstream outlet in America has picked up this bombshell story.

Their silence shows their complicit nature in covering up the alleged war crimes of the West.

“U.S.-led forces should take all feasible precautions to minimize civilian harm when using white phosphorus in Iraq and Syria,” Goose said of the situation. However, from the reports on the ground, that appears not to be the case.

In the video below, the U.S.-led coalition is dropping white phosphorus bombs on Western Mosul. Watch for yourself and decide whether or not it was being used as a ‘tool’ to allow civilians to escape.

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Muslims Ramadhan Waking may have saved Grenfell Tower Residents’ Lives*

Muslims Ramadhan Waking may have saved Grenfell Tower Residents’ Lives*

Muslims awake for Ramadhan might have helped save lives after noticing the horrific blaze at Grenfell Tower.

 

Residents have told of how they didn’t hear alarms as the fire swept through the 24-storey tower block in West London. But they were instead alerted to the blaze by fellow residents, some of whom may have been Muslim people who were awake early in the morning because of Ramadan and were among the first to notice the fire.

The fire broke out not long after midnight and when many people living inside the tower block were asleep.

Muslims were among the first people on the scene as people were evacuated from Grenville Tower.

Andre Barroso, 33, told The Independent: “Muslims played a big part in getting a lot of people out.

“Most of the people I could see were Muslim. They have also been providing food and clothes.”

He said lots of people were still searching for friends and relatives who lived inside the tower.

Many people have donated water, food and clothing to the nearby St Clement church, where locals have taken refuge. Others are distributing water bottles to those waiting outside.

“Everybody was hands on. It was wonderful to see everyone come together.”

Rashida, a local resident, told Sky News how Muslim’s observing Ramadhan may have saved lives in the tower block, as many were awake, which would have helped.

She said: “Most Muslims now observing Ramadhan will normally not go to be until about 2am maybe 2.30am.

“Until they have their late night last meal. They do their last prayer.

Forty fire engines rushed to tackle the enormous fire that destroyed Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate.

Desperate residents trapped high in the enormous tower built ropes from sheets in an attempt to reach the ground.

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Grenfell Tower ablaze

A deadly overnight fire raced through a 24-story apartment tower in London on Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring 74 others. One desperate woman threw a baby out of a high window and a man on the ground managed to catch the child, a witness said.

Flames from the inferno lit up the night and black smoke spewed from the windows of the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington where more than 200 firefighters battled the blaze. A plume of smoke stretched for miles (kilometers) across the sky after dawn, revealing the blackened, flame-licked wreckage of the building, which was still burning over 12 hours later.

“This is an unprecedented incident,” Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told reporters. “In my 29 years of being a firefighter I have never, ever seen anything of this scale.”

She told reporters she feared firefighters would find more victims still inside the building.

People in apartments enveloped by the quickly advancing flames and thick smoke banged on windows and screamed for help to those watching down below, witnesses and survivors said. One resident said the fire alarm did not go off.

Police commander Stuart Cundy gave the death toll but added the figure was likely to rise “during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days.”

Paul Woodrow, head of operations for the London Ambulance Service, said 20 of the injured were in critical condition.

The London Fire Brigade received the first reports of the fire at 12:54 a.m. and the first engines arrived within six minutes, Cotton said.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the blaze, but angry residents said they had warned local authorities about fire issues at Grenfell Tower. The public housing block of 120 apartments was built in 1974 and recently upgraded at a cost of 8.6 million pounds ($11 million), with work finishing in May 2016, according to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Samira Lamrani, a witness, said a woman dropped a baby from a window on the ninth or 10th floor to people on the sidewalk.

“People were starting to appear at the windows, frantically banging and screaming,” Lamrani said, adding the woman gestured that she wanted to drop a baby.

“A gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby,” Lamrani told Britain’s Press Association news agency.

“The flames, I have never seen anything like it, it just reminded me of 9/11,” said Muna Ali, 45. “The fire started on the upper floors … oh my goodness, it spread so quickly. It had completely spread within half an hour.”

Other witnesses described a white, polystyrene-type material falling like snow from the building as it burned. Some feared the charred tower block might collapse but a structural engineer said the building was not in danger, London Fire Brigade said, adding “it is safe for our crews to be in there.”

Ruks Mamudu, 69, escaped from her first floor apartment wearing only her purple pajamas and bathrobe. She and her grandson sat outside the building and watched people trapped on higher floors cry desperately for help.

“I sat there watching my house burn down and watching people cry for help who couldn’t come down,” she said.

People at the scene spoke of being unable to reach friends and family inside. Others said they could see people inside using flashlights and mobile phones to try to signal for help from higher floors.

Nassima Boutrig, who lives opposite the building, said she was awakened by sirens and smoke so thick that it filled her home as well.

“We saw the people screaming,” she said. “A lot of people said ‘Help! Help! Help!’ The fire brigade could only help downstairs. It was fire up, up, up. They couldn’t stop the fire.”

The disaster occurred 10 days after a terror attack at London’s Borough Market. Some residents initially feared the fire was also terror-related, though authorities discounted that possibility.

Edward Daffarn, a 55-year-old who lived on the building’s 16th floor, said the fire alarm didn’t ring. Daffarn said residents had complained for years to London City Council about building safety, to no avail.

“I’m lucky to be alive. A neighbour’s smoke alarm went off and another neighbor phoned and told me to get out,” he said. “I consider this mass murder.”

The Grenfell Action Group, a community organization formed to oppose a nearby redevelopment project, has been warning about the risk of fire at Grenfell Tower since 2013. The group has raised concerns about testing and maintenance of firefighting equipment and blocked emergency access to the site.

“All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time,” the group said in a blog after the fire broke out.

A July 2014 newsletter for residents said the building was designed “according to rigorous fire safety standards” and recommended that in case of a fire residents should stay inside their apartments.

The British company that carried out the tower’s 2016 refurbishment, Rydon, said in a statement its work “met all required building control, fire regulation, and health and safety standards.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said many questions now need to be answered about tower blocks around the city.

“There will be a great many questions over the coming days as to the cause of this tragedy and I want to reassure Londoners that we will get all the answers,” Khan said.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Downing Street office said she was “deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in the Grenfell Tower and is being kept constantly updated on the situation.”

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