Wednesday, September 17, 2014

North Korea Says Reports of Abuse Are Produced by Political ‘Racket’

North Korea Says Reports of Abuse Are Produced by Political ‘Racket’


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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea, a country widely condemned for egregious rights violations, issued its own report on Saturday on the state of human rights in the country, disputing outside criticism and suggesting that accusations of abuses are politically motivated.
The “all-inclusive,” five-chapter report was prepared by the North’s Association for Human Rights Studies “to lay bare the false and reactionary nature of the reckless anti-North Korean human rights racket and to wipe out the prejudice and misunderstanding,” the official Korean Central News Agency said.
The report, more than 53,000 words in the English translation, did not mention prison gulags, which have been described in detail by defectors, including a handful of survivors, as places where anyone deemed disloyal to the country’s ruling family is detained in brutal conditions. The report instead claims that North Koreans enjoy robust human rights, including freedom of speech and religion and protection from slavery and torture.
“In the confrontation between the D.P.R.K. and U.S., the U.S. learned that it was impossible to overthrow the people-centered system by means of political and military threats and pressure as well as the economic blockade,” the report said, using the abbreviation for the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “What they found next was the human rights issue.”
Human rights conditions in North Korea, especially a network of political prison camps that is reported to be vast, have drawn wider international attention since a United Nations commission of inquiry issued a report in February confirming “widespread, systematic and gross” violations.
After a yearlong investigation that included interviews with many defectors from the isolated police state, the commission documented in often gruesome detail what it called violations ranging from the “crime of extermination” to the brutal conditions in concentration camps, including enslavement, torture, rape and executions. The North did not allow international investigators into the country to follow up on the defectors’ accounts.
One defector, Shin Dong-hyuk, whose prison life was chronicled in a best-selling book, told the investigators that he witnessed the execution of his mother and brother in the camp where he was incarcerated.
The United Nations Human Rights Council issued a strongly worded resolution in March that called on the Security Council to take action, including referring North Korea to some form of international judicial process. But any such move would be likely to face resistance from China, the North’s longtime patron, which holds veto power on the council.
Human rights advocates have long bemoaned the lack of action on North Korea’s human rights record, saying the world has been focused too exclusively on the threat posed by the country’s nuclear weapons program.
North Korea condemns all discussion of its human rights record by foreign governments, calling it interference in domestic affairs and a political plot to undermine its government.
Its report comes ahead of a meeting on human rights in the North that Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se of South Korea and other top diplomats are scheduled to attend this month on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
North Korea has rejected the Human Rights Council resolution as “a product of confrontation” and called the defectors interviewed by the commission of inquiry “fanatics” and criminals who fled punishment in the North and “cook up groundless stories.”

Friday, September 5, 2014

Walk Free Organization

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Dear Karen,

“I am being followed by the police here. Looks like they will give me troubles now.”1

This is one of the ominous final messages Krishna Upadhyaya sent before he and his colleague Ghimire Gundev disappeared in Qatar four days ago -- they haven’t been heard from since.

Krishna and Ghimire are British campaigners, working in Qatar on behalf of the Norwegian human rights organisation Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD). They had been researching the plight of migrant labourers constructing facilities for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup, conducting interviews with Nepali labourers and investigating the terrible working conditions. 

On Sunday they vanished. Krishna was last in touch with a friend who has since said: “He was feeling unsafe to leave the hotel premises and according to him there were many police, most likely undercover ones, coming in very close to him every time he spoke to anyone on the phone. He expressed that he felt very insecure about what might happen when he left the hotel for the airport.”2

Krishna checked out of his hotel but did not board a planned flight back to Norway. Both are now feared to be detained by the Qatari security forces. Their whereabouts remain undisclosed by Qatari authorities despite repeated efforts by their families, and GNRD to obtain their location.3 In short -- it’s feared that they may have been subjected to enforced disappearance.

Take action now: call for the immediate safe return of Krishna Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev.

Krishna and Ghimire were working hard to keep the world’s attention on migrant workers trapped in conditions of modern slavery in Qatar. We cannot allow their mistreatment to continue. As fellow anti-slavery activists, we must take a stand and add to mounting pressure on the Qatari authorities to ensure Krishna and Ghimire are found. 

Please join us in calling on the Qatari authorities to act by:
  • Immediately investigating the whereabouts of Krishna and Ghimire and ensuring that they are allowed immediate access to their family members, a lawyer of their choice and to any medical treatment they may require. 
  • Ensuring that they are protected from all forms of torture or other ill-treatment.
  • Recognising that labour standards apply to all migrant workers, including the workers on Qatar 2022 World Cup infrastructure projects.
The next few hours are vital in finding and protecting Krishna and Ghimire -- once you have taken action, please ask as many of your friends and family as possible to do the same.

In solidarity,

Jayde, Joanna, Fleur, Olly and the whole Walk Free team

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/british-human-rights-investigators-disappear-in-qatar-after-being-followed-by-plain-clothes-police-9709804.html
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Israeli official calls for concentration camps in Gaza

Israeli official calls for concentration camps in Gaza and 'the conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters

  • Moshe Feiglin is Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset
  • He posted the message on his Facebook page at the weekend
  • Plan includes shipping the people living in Gaza across the world
  • IDF would 'exterminate nests of resistance' as part of his plan
  • The Gaza war has left more than 1,800 Palestinians dead

Moshe Feiglin called for concentration camps in Gaza in his action plan
Moshe Feiglin called for concentration camps in Gaza in his action plan
An Israeli official has called for concentration camps in Gaza and ‘the conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters’.
Moshe Feiglin, Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset and member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, posted the inflammatory message on his Facebook page at the weekend.  
He lays out a detailed plan for the destruction of Gaza -  which includes shipping its residents across the world - in a letter he addressed to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The message, which received more than 2,000 likes on his page, lists four action points which he wants to be enforced as soon as possible.
Feiglin details the first one as 'defining the enemy' and states: 'The strategic enemy is extremist Arab Islam in all its varieties, from Iran to Gaza, which seeks to annihilate Israel in its entirety. The immediate enemy is Hamas. (Not the tunnels, not the rockets, but Hamas.)'
He says another important part of his plan is the 'conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters.' 
Moshe Feiglin is Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset and member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu¿s ruling Likud Party, and posted the message on his Facebook page at the weekend
Moshe Feiglin is Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset and member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, and posted the message on his Facebook page at the weekend
He lays out a detailed plan for the destruction of Gaza - which includes shipping its residents across the world - in a letter he addressed to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
He lays out a detailed plan for the destruction of Gaza - which includes shipping its residents across the world - in a letter he addressed to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
The Gaza war, now in its fourth week, has left more than 1,800 Palestinians dead. 
Feiglin details how he wants the Israeli PM 'to turn Gaza into Jaffa, a flourishing Israeli city with a minimum number of hostile civilians.' 
In 1948 Jaffa was a Palestinian town but there was an exodus of most of its Arab population when it fell to the fledgling Israeli army and right-wing Jewish militias. 
In the letter he expresses his desire for the IDF to find areas on the Sinai border to establish 'tent encampments...until relevant emigration destinations are determined.'
He says that the supply of electricity and water to the Gaza would be disconnected before being 'shelled with maximum fire power.'
In his plan the supply of electricity and water to the Gaza would be disconnected before being 'shelled with maximum fire power'
In his plan the supply of electricity and water to the Gaza would be disconnected before being 'shelled with maximum fire power'
Feiglin  states: 'The strategic enemy is extremist Arab Islam in all its varieties, from Iran to Gaza, which seeks to annihilate Israel in its entirety. The immediate enemy is Hamas. (Not the tunnels, not the rockets, but Hamas.)'
Feiglin states: 'The strategic enemy is extremist Arab Islam in all its varieties, from Iran to Gaza, which seeks to annihilate Israel in its entirety. The immediate enemy is Hamas. (Not the tunnels, not the rockets, but Hamas.)'
Feiglin explains how the IDF would then 'exterminate nests of resistance, in the event that any should remain.'
 Establish 'tent encampments...until relevant emigration destinations are determined'
Part of his plan includes shipping the people living in Gaza across the world. 
He says to encourage the movement those who willingly agree to emigrate will be given 'a generous economic support package.'
But those who resist leaving their home will be required to publicly sign a declaration of loyalty to Israel, and receive a blue ID card similar to that of the Arabs of East Jerusalem.
Then Israeli law will be extended to cover the entire Gaza Strip and 'the city of Gaza and its suburbs will be rebuilt as true Israeli touristic and commercial cities.' 
A second Gaza ceasefire collapsed in just six minutes this morning after an Israeli F16 jet destroyed a house in a beach-side refugee camp, killing an eight-year-old girl and wounding dozens.
Israel announced the temporary ceasefire to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid and allow some of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced by an almost four-week-old war to go home.
Hamas said it would not be observing the truce, and warned people to exercise extreme caution when venturing out onto the streets after earlier temporary ceasefire arrangements collapsed into a frenzy of bloodshed.
Feiglin’s Facebook page is verifiable as it is linked from his official page on the Knesset website. 
  
Israeli Prime Minister visits wounded soldiers

Palestinians remove the body of an eight-year-old from the rubble from a house hit by an Israeli airstrike in the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City today
Palestinians remove the body of an eight-year-old from the rubble from a house hit by an Israeli airstrike in the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City today





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Monday, August 4, 2014

Stop enslaved child labor in cocoa industry

Stop enslaved child labor in cocoa industry


SIGN THE PETITION TO

Hershey's, Mars, Ferrero Rocher, Godiva And other Enslaved Child Labor Chocolate companies

Much of our decadent chocolate flows from the veins of children through the practice of child trafficking and enslaved child labor. Approximately 43 percent of the worlds cocoa bean supply comes straight from the Ivory Coast and 17 percent from Ghana. That derives 60 percent of the world’s chocolate from those two locations. In the Ivory Coast, one third of the nation’seconomy is fueled by profits made from the 600,000 cocoa farms in the country.These cocoa beans supply many of the well-known corporations and the industry of chocolate is one that generates 80 billion dollars a year.And much of this chocolate is riddled with the marks of child trafficking. To be fair, chocolate companies have made an initiative to stop this kind of slavery from happening. Many chocolate companies and two senators came together to formulate a protocol which agreed to eliminate many forms of child labor. This protocol was known as the Harkin-Engel Protocol, named after the two senators that helped draft it. This contract, if you will, was signed in September of 2001. But even now the practice has not been completely abolished and progress is very slow to come. We as Americans are number one in the arena of chocolate consumption.We are the most culpable for advocating these procedures. And every time we rip open a Hershey’s, Mars, Godiva, or other chocolate bar that has not been approved by Fair Trade we are promoting this economy that has enslaved about 3.6 million African children and forces them to labor long treacherous hours, with no education, proper clothing, food, and most importantly no childhood. Through these statistics one can only begin to develop a mere framework that can be used to understand the magnitude of this ethical crisis.Which approach shall we take in order to amend for these problems? Is the answer truly that clear? The response to that question is yes. Let us imagine ourselves as a slave. A seven year old taken from their home who will never see their family again. You will never know what it is like to play, to learn, to experience a relative happiness. You will never attend a school to expand your horizons of thought and understanding. You life will consist of reoccurring beatings, violations of your rights, and ultimately fear of other human beings. Most contradictory, however, is that you will never taste the product you have sacrificed your life and childhood for. You will never experience that luscious cocoa running down your throat. And you will most likely never meet the people who so ignorantly promote the life you are living. When looking at it from this perspective, the answer to the ethical dilemma is very clear. Stop this lucid infringement of the autonomy of a human soul. Stop child trafficking in the chocolate business. And stop it now.
Signed,
Faizah Shareef

Friday, July 25, 2014

Jews Against Genocide statement and action

Jews Against Genocide statement and action


We, Jews Against Genocide, came to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial of the genocide committed against Jews, to honor the Palestinian children who are dying in a genocide committed by Jews.

We brought dolls to symbolise the children of Gaza, and tried to bring a glimpse of the horror that Gazan’s face, to Israel’s doorstep. We hope to show Israel, and the world, the absurd reality of using the memory of one genocide to justify another.

We invite compassionate people from across the globe to join the outcry by staging similar protests in front of Israeli embassies and consulates around the world.

Just as we honor the people who were murdered seven decades ago in Europe because they were Jews, we are here to honor the people who are being murdered at this very moment because they are the indigenous people of this land who are not Jews.
The UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines Genocide as, “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; [...]“

The children of Gaza, who are being systematically murdered as we write this article, constitute 52% percent of the population under siege in the strip. The vast majority of these children are descendants of refugees from historical Palestine.

In the current round of atrocities committed by the Israel occupation army, so far dozens of children have been murdered in their homes, with Israel’s war-making leadership vowing “much higher costs” on the Palestinian side as the bombing and shelling continues.

The war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Gaza today are the latest stage of an ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing and genocide against the indigenous people of this land.

The Jewish State was founded on the Zionist principle of “maximum Jews on maximum land, and minimum Arabs on minimum land”, which was made reality through sixty-six years of continued assault against Palestinians, denying them the right to live freely and peacefully in their historical homeland.

The Israeli regime has turned the beautiful Gaza strip into a densely populated ghetto, with unsafe water, untreated sewage, and insufficient resources and electricity. This ghetto has become a concentration camp, through repeated Israeli massacres in what the Goldstone Report described as an effort to, “humiliate and terrorize a civilian population, radically diminish[ing] its local economic capacity.”

We express our support and solidarity for the Palestinian civil society’s call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, until it complies with the three basic demands of:

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

Never Again for Anyone – End Israel’s Genocide of Palestinians
Jews Against Genocide (JAG)

IJAN and Jews Against Genocide call on Jews of Conscience to “lay siege” on Israeli consulates with protests, creative actions, pickets and demonstrations and to protest events that attempt to justify Israel’s brutality against the Palestinian people.
Please email us reports of your actions @ ijan@ijsn.net and jewsagainstgenocide1948@gmail.com.

© 2014 IJAN.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Notify Your Local Police: Victims of Human Trafficking Identified Online


Causes

A message from the campaign

Heroes Rising


This is how it works.
A pimp has a phone number through which he works several girls. He is selling them for sex. The phone number he uses is the means by which he makes his livelihood. The phone is everything: his money, his connections, his power. He lists that number day and night on social networking, escort and urban listing websites in a specific geographic region.
In this case, the phone number was listed on Backpage.com in the Connecticut Escort section. More specifically, at a Motel 6 well known for human trafficking on the Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield, CT. This was documented in the case of the United States vs. Dennis Paris in 2007, through Wethersfield Police verification in 2010, again with his Mr. Paris's brother, Jaykuan Paris in 2012, and through eyewitness accounts as recently as July 6, 2014.
The ad for a girl called "Coco." Her photo, one taken from the Backpage.com, is included in this article and obviously depicts an underage female. The phone number can be searched through a website called EscortPhoneSearch.com, which was established so that men could locate their favorite girl-for-sale via that very special phone number.
In "Coco's" case, a search for her number on EscortPhoneSearch.com reveals the profiles and photos of several women in this particular pimp's stable. You can read reviews of the girl's services on TheEroticReview.com or find all her listings on CityVibe.com or Fling.com
It's that simple. You only need the phone number. In fact, that's all law enforcement needs to rescue potential victims of this human rights violation. At this very moment, "Coco" is being worked (sold) out of the Motel 6 at the corner of the Silas Deane Highway and Town Line Road in Wethersfield, CT in the US. Her listing was posted just a few hours ago.
The men are there now, buying her, paying for her to be their slave.
Will the police be there as well?
Some time ago, I was told by a Wethersfield Detective. "We know there's human trafficking there. We just don't have the manpower right now." It was not the detective's fault. I have known him for years and he loves Wethersfield, protecting people and his job. He was more frustrated with the situation than any of us. This is why I am trying to make people aware. The police must be given the resources and training for this type of crime. The pressure to get them want the need - and want - must come from us. For now, find out the email of the detectives in your town. Then, you can go to the "Escort" section of Backpage.com in you local area, look at each listing, and select the "email this post" option. Then, email it to your police, urging them to investigate if it is a human trafficking situation. If ten people do that consistently in in every town, things will begin to change.
Of course, if the police want to know exactly where these young girls are, they just need to look at RubMap.com. That's right, it's a website that lists all the "Happy Ending" massage parlors in the United States by individual town. You can look up each parlor's listing and read reviews of their "services." If you don't understand the coded language used by the customers - who call themselves "hobbyists" - Rubmap even has a handy Glossary of Terms.
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