Reader’s Links for July 15, 2020

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  1. United Nations

    General Assembly

    Human Rights Council

    Visit to Qatar

    Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of
    racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related


    At the invitation of the Government, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms
    of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Tendayi Achiume,
    visited Qatar from 24 November to 1 December 2019.

    The Special Rapporteur commends Qatar for its human rights treaty ratifications,
    and for a number of legislative and policy reforms that promote racial equality and nondiscrimination.

    She notes, however, that Qatar needs to do more in the light of the
    persistent complex challenges that undermine its compliance with its international
    obligations and threaten the achievement of genuine equality and non-discrimination,
    including the overwhelming role that national origin and nationality currently play in
    determining access to human rights.

    She raises concerns regarding a de facto caste system based on national origin, which results in structural discrimination against non-citizens, including as the result of immense power imbalances between employers and migrant workers rooted in the kafala (sponsorship) system that historically structured labour relations in Qatar.

    She commends the significant labour and immigration reforms implemented by Qatar to improve conditions for low-income migrant workers, including domestic workers, but urges further action in this regard.

    […]Racial equality and non-discrimination in Qatar

    6. Qatar has a population of approximately 2.8 million. of that number, about 2.5
    million are non-citizens,
    who are identified in the Qatar National Vision 2030 framework as central to the nation’s economic growth, development and global ambitions.

    In short, about 90 per cent of the population are non-citizens, who represent over 70 nationalities. 3 About 71 per cent of the national population is comprised of low-income migrant workers.4

    PDF ( 21 pages )

  2. Eight French Gendarmes Injured and Multiple Fires Started During Urban Violence (breitbart, Jul 15, 2020)

    “At least eight members of the French gendarmes were injured after being attacked by local rioting youths in the commune of Évreux on Monday night, with many areas of the country seeing similar nights of urban violence.

    Local youths in the districts of La Madeleine, Navarre, and Nétreville set off fireworks and set fire to several cars, bus shelters, and garbage bins on Monday evening.

    According to a report from broadcaster France Bleu, one of the car fires spread to a nearby house. Firefighters later rescued the residents; the occupants will have to be relocated due to the extent of the damage caused by the blaze.

    Nicolas Gavard-Gongallud, the deputy mayor of Évreux, condemned the violence, saying: “The inhabitants of Évreux will have to pay out tens of thousands of euros because of a handful of morons who have no values. A very sad night for the city of Évreux. Our thoughts are with the mobile gendarmes, and police officers injured that night.”

    Évreux was not the only area to see urban violence on Monday. In Paris, local youths clashed with police in the heavily migrant-populated 18th arrondissement and the 19th arrondissement. Youths set fires and aimed fireworks at police officers, with several videos of incidents posted on social media being reported by French news website

    The urban violence comes after several other riots across the country in recent months, many sparked by allegations of police brutality.

    Some of the most severe rioting took place in April when at least 25 cities across the country erupted into violence following a motorcycle accident in Villeneuve-la-Garenne that allegedly involved local police.”

  3. ABC News – Sharing Islam Billboard Against Racism

    Muslims in Chicago, led by GainPeace, ICNA CSJ (Council of Social Justice) and the CIOGC-Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, have launched a billboard to address social justice and racism in America.

    The billboard is on highway 294 and Grand Ave. and will be hosted for a month from July 3rd to Aug 2nd insha Allah.

    The hadith of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is highlighted on the billboard: ‘ A white has no superiority over a black, nor a black has any superiority over a white, except by piety and good actions.’

  4. “Monday Was A Big Day For Democrats, But You Probably Missed It” By Christopher Bedford – July 14, 2020

    “Biden Favorably Quotes Communist Dictator Whose Regime Killed Millions Of Chinese”
    By Elle Reynolds – July 14, 2020

  5. Note: this next news clip is deceptively harmless, but taken in the larger context… well…

    Male children have been drugged for decades to prevent them from being ‘too male’ and to fit into an increasingly ‘feminine-only’ education system. ADD, Aspergers etc. medications have stunted the physical growth and mental development of boys considered too masculine for the institutionalized education system.

    This is yet another step further: treating male teenage rebellion (termed as Oppositional Defiant Disorder – ODD, something that lazy teachers attempted to tag one of my perfectly well adjusted and successful sons with when he was a kid because he kept asking for reasons for their insane teachings) as an illness that deserves chemical castration, without parental knowledge or consent.

    OK – rant done – but the story is important regardless:

    A 16-year-old boy was prescribed and pressured into taking estrogen as treatment while at a Los Angeles County juvenile hall. His parents are now suing, claiming they were never consulted or made aware of the doctor’s decision.
    Two days after being arrested and taken to Eastlake Juvenile Hall last June, the teenager who is referred to as “J.N.” in the suit (his name is being kept private because he is a minor) was diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).

    A doctor at the juvenile facility prescribed estrogen as a treatment for the disorder, though the lawsuit describes this plan as highly “experimental” since ODD is typically dealt with through therapy — and estrogen can have unintended consequences if given to a teenager whose hormone levels will already be fluctuating.

    • “His parents are now suing…”

      See the child, meet the parents. The Dog Whisper sees no less.

      The greatest crime in the universe, is an unwanted child.

      The need for affection – can be confused with sexual maturation and love.
      The need for attention – with smashing up the place.

      Therefore, after sharing and exposing your child to a wide variety of interests, you can set them off to run free. Otherwise, schools are correctional prisons, when there is no home-life to show them what is meaningful.

      And the passing from father to son and mother to daughter does not happen.

      They no longer have a connection to god.

      And the rest, is make-believe.

  6. Police denied access to LAPD gang database records

    OS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general on Tuesday made it impossible for law enforcement agencies to access entries that Los Angeles police made in the state’s gang database after three LA officers were charged, not convicted, of falsifying records.

    The Los Angeles Police Department’s records are roughly 25% of the database, which critics have long said fosters racial profiling. Known as CalGang, the database lists nearly 80,000 people — the majority of them people of color — suspected of being active gang members or possible associates.

    Banning access to the LAPD’s entries comes amid a national reckoning into police practices and racial injustice.

  7. Senegal Builds Military Camp Near Border With Troubled Mali

    “Senegal on Tuesday began building a military camp near its border with violence-torn Mali to address “cross-border threats (and) trafficking,” the defense ministry said.

    The camp is being constructed at Goudiry in the east of the country, nearly 600 kilometers (370 miles) from the capital Dakar.

    Neither the ministry nor the army gave details of troop numbers or the kind of equipment that the base would house.

    Mali is in the grip of an eight-year jihadist insurgency that has spread into neighboring Niger and Burkina Faso, claiming thousands of lives and driving hundreds of thousands from their homes.

    Senegal has so far been untouched but it has stepped up security and contributed troops to the UN peacekeeping force in Mali, and its courts have handed out several sentences in recent years for “terrorism.”

    Barracks housing gendarmes — a police force under the control of the military — have also been built in Senegal’s north and east.

    The ceremonial first stone of the camp in Goudiry was laid by armed forces minister Sidiki Kaba, flanked by army chief General Birame Diop, the military told AFP.

    The ministry said in a statement the authorities planned to “intensify the territorial network” of the security forces “to adapt to changes in the regional strategic context and heighten the response to the public’s need in terms of security.”

    Other than the threat of jihadism, the eastern border zone with Mali is “rife” with criminals and drug trafficking, an army official said.”

  8. Azerbaijan Police Crack Down on Rally Demanding War With Armenia

    “Azerbaijani police cracked down on thousands of protesters who rallied in the capital Baku on Tuesday night in support of the army after 11 troops were killed in border clashes with Armenia.

    A total of 16 people have died since Sunday in the heaviest fighting in years between the two South Caucasus arch-foes, raising fears of a major flare-up in the region.

    The ex-Soviet states have for decades been locked in a simmering conflict over Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Nagorno Karabakh, which was seized by ethnic Armenian separatists in a 1990s war that claimed 30,000 lives.

    In the largest rally Azerbaijan has seen in years, protesters gathered in Baku’s Azadliq square late Tuesday demanding that the army be mobilized to retake Nagorno Karabakh.

    Waving Azerbaijani flags, they chanted “Karabakh is Azerbaijan!” and “Mobilization!”

    Public gatherings are currently banned in Azerbaijan as part of restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

    Demonstrators marched towards the country’s parliament and some entered the building, prompting a heavy-handed response from riot police, who used water cannons to disperse the crowd.

    An AFP reporter saw police carrying out arrests and beating demonstrators with truncheons.

    Eleven Azerbaijani troops and one civilian have been killed since Sunday in the border clashes.

    The clashes subsided late Tuesday and Armenia’s defense ministry spokeswoman Sushan Stepanyan said on Wednesday the situation on the border was “calm overnight.”

    Energy-rich Azerbaijan, whose military spending exceeds Armenia’s entire state budget, has repeatedly threatened to restore control over the territory by force.

    Armenia has vowed to crush any military offensive.

    Peace talks have so far failed to bring about a solution to the dispute.”

  9. Saudi Arabia, US, 5 Gulf Countries Sanction Businesses in Turkey, Syria over Terror Links

    “Saudi Arabia, the United States and five Gulf countries on Wednesday imposed sanctions on six targets Washington has accused of supporting ISIS operations, including by funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to leaders of the group in Iraq and Syria.

    The US Treasury Department said in a statement the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) – which also include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – imposed sanctions on three money services businesses and an individual in Turkey and Syria, as well as an Afghanistan-based charity.

    “The actions taken today serve as a further warning to individuals and businesses who provide financial support or material assistance to terrorist organizations,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

    The Treasury said the blacklisted Syria-based money services businesses, which include al Haram Exchange, Tawasul Company and al-Khalidi Exchange, “played a vital role in transferring funds to support Syria-based ISIS fighters and … provided hundreds of thousands of dollars of liquidity to ISIS leadership.”

    Abd-al-Rahman ‘Ali Husayn al-Ahmad al-Rawi, selected by ISIS in 2017 to serve as a senior financial facilitator, was also blacklisted, the Treasury said, accusing him of being one of a few that have provided ISIS “significant financial facilitation” into and out of Syria.

    The TFTC also slapped sanctions on Afghanistan-based Nejaat Social Welfare Organization and its director, Sayed Habib Ahmad Khan, accusing the organization of being used as a cover company to support the activities of the Afghan affiliate of ISIS, known as ISIS Khorasan (ISIS-K).

    Wednesday’s action freezes any US assets of the individuals and entities blacklisted and generally prohibits Americans from dealing with them.”

  10. More on the stabbing of a Kurdish Iranian politician in the Netherlands. Looks like a planned assassination attempt:
    Taher Zarza, his brother, told the Leeuwarden Courant newspaper that Zarza was stabbed multiple times in his head, neck, stomach, and chest, but has survived.

    “He was earlier on the kill list of the Iranian secret service,” he told the local news agency. “Years ago, the BVD (Dutch intelligence service) also prevented another assassination attempt against my brother,” he said, adding that the attack was a message from Iran.
    According to the Leeuwarden Courant, a former classmate in Iran recently called Zarza in the Netherlands and asked, as a favor, that he provide some assistance to his son who was about to begin studies in Rotterdam. Zarza agreed to meet the son at the Leeuwarden train station.

    The suspect apparently had been waiting at the station for hours with a bouquet of flowers.

    A local witness told the newspaper, “When the victim arrived, he walked over to the car. They did not exchange any words; nothing. He immediately stabbed (him) through the passenger seat window.”

    As Zarza tried to flee, the suspect walked around the car and continued stabbing him with the knife, after which he waited for the police and then surrendered himself when they arrived.

  11. Qatar’s migrant workers facing ‘structural racism’, UN report says

    “The United Nations has raised “serious concerns” about structural racism towards migrant workers of South Asian and sub-Saharan African origin in Qatar, in a report to be presented to the UN human rights council this week.

    The report says there is a “de facto caste system based on national origin” in the Gulf country, and that “European, North American, Australian and Arab nationalities systematically enjoy greater human rights protections” than those from South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa.

    Tendayi Achiume, the UN special rapporteur on racism and author of the report, said despite “impressive reforms” by the World Cup’s organising committee in Qatar, authorities need to “do more in the light of the persistent complex challenges that undermine its compliance with its international obligations”.

    About two million migrant workers are employed in Qatar, the majority of them being low-income labourers from South Asia and East and West Africa.

    While 18,500 of those workers are currently involved in the construction of stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, tens of thousands more are employed on projects linked to the event itself, including in the hospitality and security sectors.

    Low-income workers continue to suffer severe discrimination and exploitation, the report said.

    Amnesty International said in a report last month that some workers on a construction project for the sporting event had gone unpaid for seven months.

    The salary delays began in 2019 and were exacerbated in 2020 as the country went into lockdown because of the coronavirus.

    Qatar’s kafala system
    The UN report outlined human rights violations that include unsafe working conditions, racial profiling by police, and denial of access to certain public spaces.

    Many low-income workers are too afraid to seek justice for labour violations amid the “imbalances rooted in the kafala (sponsorship) system”, and workers who flee abusive employers are deemed to be “absconding”, the report said.

    Achiume said the use of that term “points to the indentured or coercive labour conditions that are the reality for too many low-income workers in Qatar”.

    Under Qatar’s kafala system, employers must provide workers with residency permits to justify their legal presence in the country, and grant them permission if they wish to change jobs.

    Qatar announced plans to abolish the system in October 2019, but it continues to be in effect.

    In a statement sent to The Guardian, Fifa did not acknowledge the racial discrimination described by the special rapporteur and said the report recognised “the significant improvements that Qatar has made over the past years, and commends Qatar for its openness in engaging with the UN-mandated experts”.

    Fifa also said it was working with its partners towards “an inclusive tournament experience for all and a firm stance against discrimination of any kind”.

    Qatar’s government cancelled a visit by the UN special rapporteur on slavery scheduled for January, soon after the preliminary findings of the UN report were published.”

  12. UK defense chief: Turkish use of drones ‘game-changing’

    “Britain’s defense secretary on Wednesday stressed the “game-changing” role of Turkish drones in modern warfare in the Middle East and North Africa, Anadolu reports.

    “We need to look at the lessons of others. Look how Turkey has been operating in Libya where it has used Bayraktar TB-2 UAVs since mid-2019,” Ben Wallace told a virtual gathering of the Air and Space Power Conference.

    “Those UAVs have conducted intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and targeting operations against frontlines, supply lines and logistics bases.”

    “In July last year they struck the Libyan National Army-controlled Jufrah Airfield destroying several command and control nodes as well as two transport aircraft,” he added, referring to a force under Khalifa Haftar, a renegade warlord fighting Libya’s UN-recognized government.

    Last year, Turkey and Libya signed a pact on defense cooperation.

    On Turkey’s counter terrorism operations in northern Syria, he underlined the success of lightly armed drones used there.

    “Or consider Turkey’s involvement in Syria and its use of electronic warfare, lightly armed drones, and smart ammunition to stop tanks, armored cars, and air defense systems in their tracks,” he said.

    “According to reports, the Assad regime suffered heavy losses ‘3,000 soldiers, 151 tanks, eight helicopters, three drones, three fighter jets vehicles and trucks, eight aerial defense systems and one headquarters among other military equipment and facilities’,” he said.

    “Even if only half of these claims are true, the implications are game-changing.”

    Also at the conference, Wallace announced that the UK had signed a £65 million ($81.8 million) contract to build the UK’s first three Protector drones.

    They will enter service by mid-2024 and will be the first British-operated system capable of strike missions anywhere in the world.

    They have enhanced range and endurance and will replace the UK’s current stock of Reaper drones.”

  13. Turkey’s actions in Libya impinge on Arab national security: Arab League head

    “Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed ­­Aboul-Gheit has reiterated the body’s rejection of “illegal Turkish interventions” in the internal affairs of Arab countries, specifically in Iraq, Syria and Libya, warning that Ankara’s actions are threatening the whole of Arab national security…”

  14. Man who torched school bus gets 24 yrs

    “A man who hijacked and later torched a school bus with 50 children, two teachers and a janitor aboard near Milan in March 2019 on Wednesday got 24 years in jail for attempted murder.

    Ousseynou Sy, 47, was found guilty and given the term which prosecutors had requested.

    The crime was committed at San Donato Milanese.

    Senegalese-Italian Sy was in full possession of his mental faculties when he hijacked the bus, experts ruled recently.

    Sy had told the court he is neither a killer nor a terrorist despite his apparent attempt to kill the occupants of his vehicle.

    “I am neither a killer nor a terrorist and I hope justice will be done also for us Africans”, the defendant said in a spontaneous statement to the court.

    “I am also a son of Africa, the Africa that you know very well, that has seen its sons deprived of human dignity, of any right to serenity, of happiness, even today”.

    “As an Italian citizen and an African, I accuse” (anti-immigration League leader Matteo) Salvini, (who was deputy premier and interior minister at the time of the hijacking), “and his government of crimes against humanity and genocide”.

    Sy argued that Salvini had condemned many migrants to death and torture by blocking Italian ports to NGO run rescue ships.

    Salvini says his hardline policy saved lives.

    Sy, a man with a criminal record who is originally from Senegal but has been an Italian citizen since 2004, got off the bus after it was stopped by police, who were alerted by students on board.

    He had just set it alight.

    The Carabinieri managed to get the children out by smashing windows at the back.

    The two Egyptian boys who were hailed as heroes after phoning the police when Sy was not looking have been granted Italian citizenship. (ANSA).”

  15. Southern Italian regions call for support in tackling migration

    “Leaders of the southern Italian regions of Sicily and Calabria have called on the government in Rome to urgently address the situation with migrants arriving from Africa to these areas. In the first half of the year, the number of migrants arriving to Italy via the Mediterranean Sea more than doubled compared to last year, according to Frontex data.

    “We need an immediate solution. We have issues of a sanitary, social and economic nature,” said the regional president of Sicily Sebastiano Musumeci, calling on the Italian government to declare a state of emergency in the southern regions.

    The regions in the South of Italy announced that their facilities for migrants are overcrowded. They are also concerned about protests against accommodating refugees infected with COVID-19.

    According to Musumeci, the situation on the island of Lampedusa, which belongs to Sicily and lies about 100 kilometers from the African coast, is unsustainable. On Saturday alone, three boats with a total of 173 migrants arrived on this island, which has a population of about 7,000 people. Another 600 migrants had already been counted arriving there.

    Musumeci also criticized the European Union for the absence of help with tackling the influx of refugees.

    “Europe, that cynical Europe, should wake up and abandon its hypocritical stance, which it holds onto for too long,” said the head of the Sicilian government.

    Furthermore, the critical situation in the area is intensified by the coronavirus epidemic. The question is, who will provide tests for COVID-19 and take care of potential patients.

    President of the Calabria region Jole Santelli called on the Italian government to quarantine all migrants on ships off the Italian coast.

    On Monday, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex released the latest preliminary data. Since the beginning of the year, almost 7,200 refugees have arrived in Italy. In the last year, overall, 11,471 migrants arrived in Italy via the Mediterranean, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

    In its report, Frontex stated that mainly Tunisian and Bangladeshi migrants arrive in Italy.

    However, the number of incoming migrants is even higher in the case of the Balkan countries. This year, over 9,200 people have tried to get to Europe via the Balkan route, which is almost three times more than at the same time last year. Compared to May, the number increased by 73 percent in June. Most of the refugees came from Syria.

    On the contrary, the situation has improved in Spain. This year, nearly 4,500 migrants chose this route to get to Europe, which is about less than half of last year´s number. This route is used mainly by Algerian refugees.”

  16. Family asks court to order Canada to repatriate orphan from ISIS camp

    The family of a Canadian orphan living at a camp for ISIS detainees in Syria filed legal action against the federal government on Tuesday, alleging Ottawa is violating her rights by not bringing her home.

    The case was filed in the Federal Court on behalf of a 5-year-old, Amira, whose Canadian parents and three siblings were killed in an airstrike during the collapse of ISIS in 2019.

    Since then Amira has been living at Al-Hawl Camp, a facility in northeast Syria operated by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Kurdish fighters who defeated ISIS and are holding thousands of prisoners.

    Her uncle, identified only as Ibrahim, a Toronto engineer, brought the case against the Canadian government after traveling to the region in an unsuccessful attempt to bring her back to Canada.

    According to the court application, the SDF and the Autonomous Administration of Northeast Syria (AANES) have both agreed to hand over Amira, and the Canadian government is the only remaining obstacle to her return.

    The application asks the court to order the government to comply with its duty to issue Amira an emergency travel document and work with Kurdish authorities to facilitate her return to Canada.

    While her uncle has done “everything humanly possible” to bring her back, the government of Canada has “for more than a year been unwilling to take a single step to enable the repatriation of Amira to take place,” the application alleged.

    The allegations have not been proven in court.

    Global Affairs Canada said it was “aware that a Canadian orphan is currently in a Kurdish-run camp in northeastern Syria.”

    “This is an extremely complex situation and we recognize how difficult it is for this child and her family in Canada. Officials are in regular contact with her family and Minister Champagne has spoken to them directly,” a spokesperson said.

    “Global Affairs Canada has worked in collaboration with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, which has been able to confirm the child’s identity. Consular officials are actively engaged with Syrian Kurdish authorities and the international non-governmental organization providing care to her.”

    But the department said that Canada had no diplomatic presence in Syria and, given the security situation in the region, as well as the global pandemic, “it is extremely difficult to provide consular services anywhere in Syria.”

    “Despite these challenges, Global Affairs is evaluating options to assist further in this case as we continue to advocate for the child’s health and safety.”

    Lawrence Greenspon, the Ottawa lawyer representing the uncle, told reporters Amira was born in Syria in 2015. Her parents were Canadians suspected of having joined ISIS.

    Found alone after her family was killed in Baghuz, Syria, where ISIS made its last stand, she is now being cared for by a humanitarian organization, he said.

    Her uncle has confirmed her identity, and Global Affairs Canada has not questioned it, he added.

    Greenspon said he cannot understand why the Canadian government had failed to bring her back, as other governments had done.

    “Why not Amira?” the lawyer said. “We say there’s a requirement for the government to act.”

    […]The Canadian detainees include self-admitted Toronto-based ISIS members such as Mohamed Ali and Mohamed Khalifa as well as Canadian women who claim they had no role in ISIS, but most are children born in Syria to Canadian parents.

    “Al-Hawl is hopelessly overcrowded, has a lack of clean water, many of its detainees suffer from malnutrition and non-existent hygiene measures and there is an acute shortage of medical care and facilities,” according to the court application.

    The case is the first to challenge the government’s position on the ISIS detainees.

    It alleges that Canada has refused to: make a formal request for the repatriation of Amira; assign a Canadian delegate or representative to meet with local authorities; or work with a third party to arrange her return.

    In its report, New York-based Human Rights Watch urged the government to bring back the Canadians and investigate adult detainees, saying their repatriation should be a “matter of urgent priority.”

    CBC – Lawyer files suit against Ottawa over Canadian child stuck in Syria

    Relatives of a five-year-old Canadian girl stuck in Syria are taking the federal government to court, after their nearly year-long effort to bring the child to Canada.

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