• UK : Government considers ’Rwanda-like’ deals with four other countries

    The UK’s so-called Rwanda deal, which would see asylum seekers in the UK flown out to Rwanda to be processed, has yet to be passed into law; but already, the government is reportedly considering similar deals with four other countries.

    The UK government’s Rwanda deal, which intends to fly asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda to have their claims assessed there, may pass into law within days despite strong opposition.

    The plan has been highly contested, both within parliament and by organizations supporting migrant and refugee rights.

    But despite facing setbacks for almost two years, the British government is now reportedly also considering striking similar deals with at least four other countries, modelled after the same principle.

    The Times newspaper revealed at the weekend that it had obtained “leaked documents” from government officials, listing Armenia, Ivory Coast, Costa Rica and Botswana as potential target countries for the government to set up similar deals to process asylum seekers in third countries.

    The Daily Mail, which reported on the Times’ exclusive, adds that the British Foreign Office was also considering deals with other Latin American countries, including Paraguay, Peru, Brazil and Ecuador, adding, however, that these governments are thought to have “less interest” in signing up to such a scheme compared to the four aforementioned governments.

    According to the reports, bilateral talks on asylum pacts are being scheduled to take place in the foreseeable future.

    ’Reserve list’ of potential partners

    The Daily Mail highlights that a series of other countries are also on a “reserve list,” including Cape Verde, Senegal, Tanzania and Sierra Leone.

    According to the right-wing newspaper, these governments could be “approached, if talks with other, more favored countries didn’t succeed.”

    The leaked information also suggests that other countries such as Morocco, Tunisia and Namibia all “explicitly declined” to enter discussions about becoming third-country processing centers for the UK, and were thus ruled out by UK officials as “non-starters.”

    Some of the information reported suggests that civil servants have laid out specific “feasibility criteria” reported the Daily Mail, which included assessing “the size of the territory and its population.”

    The Daily Mail added that this had resulted in some smaller states such as Suriname and Belize being ruled out.

    ’Following the Rwanda process closely’

    These new plans have, however, reportedly been hampered by fears that the problems that have dogged the Rwanda plan for two years could put potential new partners off.

    Reports highlighting the costs of the Rwanda scheme, compared to the actual number of potential asylum seekers who might eventually be flown, there have also recently drawn increased criticism from political opposition within the UK parliament.

    Armenia, is reported to be waiting for the outcome of the current Rwanda policy to become finalized and public before it decides whether to enter talks with the UK.

    Meanwhile, the Daily Mail also reported that officials working at the Home Office expressed fears about the problems the Rwanda Bill is having an impact on discussions with officials at the Foreign Office hoping to expand the model to other countries.

    According to the Daily Mail, one unnamed senior Foreign Office official was reported to have written the following in communications with the Home Office:

    “We are conscious that many potential partner countries are following the UK legal process on the partnership with Rwanda and may be cautious about engaging substantively until this process is satisfactorily resolved.”

    Although the government has not commented directly on specific countries nor confirmed or denied the reports, a government spokesperson told the Daily Mail that the UK was “continuing to work with a range of international partners to tackle global illegal migration challenges.”

    Government focus on passing Rwanda bill first

    The spokesperson continued: “Our focus right now is passing the Safety of Rwanda Bill, which builds on the Illegal Migration Act, and putting plans in place to get flights off the ground as soon as possible.”

    Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak meanwhile met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame last week in London for further talks about the bill.

    At the time, both leaders were reportedly looking forward to seeing planes taking off “in spring” — i.e. within a matter of weeks.

    The Rwanda plan was first announced in spring 2022, and has gone through several iterations under the leadership of various Home Secretaries as part of UK government efforts to actually get a plane carrying asylum seekers to take off from the UK to Rwanda to be processed there.
    From file: Stopping boats from crossing the English Channel is one of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s five main pledges - something he has so far failed to successfully accomplish | Photo: James Manning/AP/picture alliance

    Last week, as the British and Rwandan leaders met, the Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail also reported that some of the homes earmarked for asylum seekers in Rwanda and built with British funding in a private-public partnership in Rwanda had since been sold off to Rwandan clients.

    Government still looking for airline partner

    Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reported on April 15, that it is unlikely that any asylum seekers will head to Rwanda “before June” despite the UK government marking spring as the launch window of flights.

    The newspaper added that this was due to the UK government having “so far failed to secure an airline to carry out the flights.”

    In the past, campaigners have targeted airlines which had agreed to operate government deportation flights in a bid to try and stop them participating in such schemes.

    This has resulted in some airline partners withdrawing from potential agreements; others were reported to loathe to have their reputations associated with the scheme.

    In 2022, the Spain-based Privilege Style airline, which had been hired to operate government flights to Rwanda, pulled out of the deal following pressure from campaigners, reports the newspaper.

    Even Rwanda’s state-owned airline, RwandAir, reportedly turned down any involvement with the scheme, states the Daily Mail.
    Political ping-pong

    Before the Easter recess, parliament’s upper house, the House of Lords, pushed the Safety of Rwanda Bill back to the lower house, the House of Commons, with a reinsertion of a number of amendments and recommendations.

    This is part of a parliamentary process in the UK which has become known as ’political ping pong.’

    The bill, now in its final stages, has to be voted on again by the House of Commons before it is then passed to the final Royal Assent stage before it can become law. This requires the signature of the Sovereign, which currently is King Charles III, who cannot break with tradition and reject the bill.

    The divisive Bill is expected to win a majority in the parliament this week but many of the amendments suggested by the Lords have meanwhile caused further ruptures in the ruling Conservative Party, which tabled the bill and the entire Rwanda plan in the first place.

    Some right-wing members of the Conservative Party, such as former Home Secretary Suella Braverman, have declared the bill ineffective if it is allowed to pass with the current amendments.
    New bill ’seeks to respond to [court] findings’

    The British government continues to insist that the “quicker we can begin flights, the quicker we can stop the boats,” meaning migrant boats departing from the French and Belgian coasts for the UK.

    Rishi Sunak, who is currently experiencing new lows in his popularity ratings, has staked part of his and his government’s reputation on making the Rwanda bill work. “Stopping the small boats” from crossing the Channel is one of his five main pledges for this legislature.

    With mere months to go to fresh elections in the UK, it is unclear whether Sunak will succeed in achieving this as his legacy. Even if the Safety of Rwanda Bill passes as expected, it remains uncertain if and how airplanes will be cleared to take asylum seekers to the small African nation.

    According to the government fact sheet on the Safety of Rwanda Bill, the new bill does not seek to override the UK Supreme Court’s judgement which deemed that Rwanda is not safe for migrants, but rather seeks to “respond to its key findings to ensure the policy can go ahead.”

    The bill, says the government, “ensures asylum seekers relocated to Rwanda … are not at risk of being returned to a country where their life or freedom would be threatened — known as refoulement.”

    The new treaty, they say, will also strengthen Rwanda’s asylum system, requiring the country to establish a new appeal body within its court system in order to hear appeals against refusals of asylum or humanitarian protection claims.

    Finally, under the new bill, the government has also set up an independent monitoring committee, which will oblige all signatories to make sure the terms and obligations of the treaty are upheld and adhered to in practice.


    #Arménie #Côte_d'Ivoire #Costa_Rica #Botswana #externalisation #asile #migrations #réfugiés #UK #Angleterre #externalisation_de_la_procédure


    et ajouté à la métaliste sur la mise en place de l’#externalisation des #procédures_d'asile au #Rwanda par l’#Angleterre (2022) :

  • Memoria e giustizia per Moustapha Diomande

    Moustapha Diomande era un ragazzo ivoriano di 14 anni. Giunto dal suo Paese di origine in #Tunisia, aveva trovato razzismo e discriminazione e dunque aveva deciso di prendere la strada del mare: nel dicembre scorso, partito da Mahdia insieme ad altrə 38 compagnə di viaggio ha tentato di attraversare il Mediterraneo per raggiungere l’Europa. In quella notte di dicembre, Moustapha è morto insieme a decine di persone in quel Mediterraneo che le politiche migratorie europee hanno trasformato in spazio di violenza e di morte. Il suo corpo non è mai stato ritrovato. Bintou , sua madre, ha appreso la notizia

    #Comunicati_stampa_e_appelli #Costa_d'Avorio #Italia #Naufragi_e_sparizioni #Solidarietà_e_attivismo

  • Comment le Nicaragua est devenu le raccourci des migrants africains et asiatiques vers les Etats-Unis

    Comment le Nicaragua est devenu le raccourci des migrants africains et asiatiques vers les Etats-Unis
    Par : AFP - Webnews | 30 décembre, 2023 à 10:12:21 | Lu 702 Fois |
    L’Airbus A340 de la compagnie roumaine Legend Airlines, qui se rendait à Managua depuis Dubaï, a été immobilisé le 21 décembre lors d’une escale à l’est de Paris, en raison de soupçons « de traite d’êtres humains ». Lundi 276 passagers indiens ont été renvoyés vers Bombay, 27 personnes sont restées en France, dont deux soupçonnées d’être des passeurs et présentées devant un juge d’instruction parisien. La police indienne a également ouvert une enquête. Les passagers auraient payé des dizaines de milliers de dollars à des passeurs pour atteindre les États-Unis, a affirmé à l’AFP un commissaire de police indien.
    Manuel Orozco, expert en migration au sein du groupe de réflexion Inter-American Dialogue, a expliqué à l’AFP que le gouvernement du président nicaraguayen Daniel Ortega, qui considère les États-Unis comme un « ennemi », avait facilité « un réseau de services aériens internationaux » afin que les migrants « puissent atteindre plus rapidement la frontière entre Mexique et États-Unis », utilisant le Nicaragua comme « un raccourci ». Une action « préméditée » selon lui, « pour augmenter le poids de la crise migratoire vers les États-Unis et capter des revenus » en visas et taxes aéroportuaires. « Nous avons recueilli des données sur plus de 500 vols charters » et « même l’autorité aéroportuaire » a passé un contrat « avec des entreprises privées situées à Dubaï pour former des fonctionnaires à la gestion de la paperasserie internationale », a ajouté l’expert. L’avocate de Legend Airlines, Liliana Bakayoko, a confirmé à l’AFP que les ressortissants indiens « devaient obtenir leur visa à l’aéroport » de Managua et que le Nicaragua avait approuvé la liste des passagers avant qu’ils n’embarquent, comme le prévoit la procédure migratoire.Sans cette approbation « l’avion ne pouvait pas obtenir l’autorisation d’atterrir au Nicaragua et donc de décoller » de Dubaï, a-t-elle expliqué. Le flux de migrants asiatiques et africains entrant au Honduras par sa frontière terrestre avec le Nicaragua - où ils arrivent directement en taxi ou en bus depuis l’aéroport - a quintuplé, passant de 14 569 en 2022 à 76 178 en 2023 (+522 %).
    Les migrants traversent ensuite le Guatemala pour entrer au Mexique jusqu’à la frontière Sud des États-Unis, au prix de milliers de dollars pour de nouveaux passeurs.
    L’Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM) souligne une « tendance significative » des migrants africains et cubains souhaitant se rendre aux États-Unis à choisir « les routes aériennes vers l’Amérique centrale en évitant le Darién », la jungle entre Colombie et Panama. Cubains, Haïtiens, Chinois, Vietnamiens et Africains avaient rejoint ces dernières années la vague de Vénézuéliens qui traversent cette dangereuse frontière naturelle où ils sont livrés aux trafiquants ainsi qu’à la rudesse de l’épaisse jungle, considérée comme « l’enfer » des migrants. Plus d’un demi-million ont emprunté cette année cette route longue de 266 km, plus du double qu’en 2022. Le Nicaragua, selon Manuel Orozco, est depuis 2021 un « tremplin » vers les États-Unis pour les Cubains et les Haïtiens pour lesquels aucun visa n’est requis.Une moyenne de 50 vols charters par mois ont transité entre La Havane et Managua de janvier à octobre 2023. Depuis Port-au-Prince, les vols sont passés de 30 en août, à 100 en septembre et 130 en octobre, selon Inter-American Dialogue. Comme le Panama, hub international, San Salvador est également une plaque tournante d’Amérique centrale pour migrants à bord de vols commerciaux à destination du Nicaragua, a expliqué à l’AFP un porte-parole de la Direction générale des migrations du Salvador. À l’instar du Costa Rica et du Panama, le Salvador a imposé en octobre une taxe aéroportuaire de 1 130 dollars (1 498 $ canadiens) aux ressortissants africains et indiens en transit. Ces derniers mois, les autorités colombiennes ont, elles, remarqué qu’une majorité des passagers de vols en provenance de Turquie étaient des Africains en transit vers San Salvador, via un vol depuis Bogota, pour se rendre au Nicaragua. « Des personnes qui [...] veulent migrer et paient des billets et d’autres choses pour éviter de passer par le Darién », a expliqué cette semaine le vice-ministre colombien des Affaires étrangères, Francisco Coy.


  • The Social Cost of Automobility, Cycling and Walking in the European Union

    #Cost-benefit-analyses (#CBA) are widely used to assess transport projects. Comparing various CBA frameworks, this paper concludes that the range of parameters considered in EU transport CBA is limited. A comprehensive list of criteria is presented, and unit costs identified. These are used to calculate the external and private cost of automobility, cycling and walking in the European Union. Results suggest that each kilometer driven by car incurs an external cost of €0.11, while cycling and walking represent benefits of €0.18 and €0.37 per kilometer. Extrapolated to the total number of passenger kilometers driven, cycled or walked in the European Union, the cost of automobility is about €500 billion per year. Due to positive health effects, cycling is an external benefit worth €24 billion per year and walking €66 billion per year. CBA frameworks in the EU should be widened to better include the full range of externalities, and, where feasible, be used comparatively to better understand the consequences of different transport investment decisions.

    #marche #piétons #vélo #voiture #coût #bénéfice #calcul #mobilité #externalités #externalités_positives #externalités_négatives #économie #transport

    voir aussi:
    How Much Does Your Choice Of Commute Really Cost?

    via @freakonometrics

  • UK signs contract with US startup to identify migrants in small-boat crossings

    The UK government has turned a US-based startup specialized in artificial intelligence as part of its pledge to stop small-boat crossings. Experts have already pointed out the legal and logistical challenges of the plan.

    In a new effort to address the high number of Channel crossings, the UK Home Office is working with the US defense startup #Anduril, specialized in the use of artificial intelligence (AI).

    A surveillance tower has already been installed at Dover, and other technologies might be rolled out with the onset of warmer temperatures and renewed attempts by migrants to reach the UK. Some experts already point out the risks and practical loopholes involved in using AI to identify migrants.

    “This is obviously the next step of the illegal migration bill,” said Olivier Cahn, a researcher specialized in penal law.

    “The goal is to retrieve images that were taken at sea and use AI to show they entered UK territory illegally even if people vanish into thin air upon arrival in the UK.”

    The “illegal migration bill” was passed by the UK last month barring anyone from entering the country irregularly from filing an asylum claim and imposing a “legal duty” to remove them to a third country.
    Who is behind Anduril?

    Founded in 2017 by its CEO #Palmer_Luckey, Anduril is backed by #Peter_Thiel, a Silicon Valley investor and supporter of Donald Trump. The company has supplied autonomous surveillance technology to the US Department of Defense (DOD) to detect and track migrants trying to cross the US-Mexico border.

    In 2021, the UK Ministry of Defence awarded Anduril with a £3.8-million contract to trial an advanced base defence system. Anduril eventually opened a branch in London where it states its mission: “combining the latest in artificial intelligence with commercial-of-the-shelf sensor technology (EO, IR, Radar, Lidar, UGS, sUAS) to enhance national security through automated detection, identification and tracking of objects of interest.”

    According to Cahn, the advantage of Brexit is that the UK government is no longer required to submit to the General Data Protection Regulation (RGPDP), a component of data protection that also addresses the transfer of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas.

    “Even so, the UK has data protection laws of its own which the government cannot breach. Where will the servers with the incoming data be kept? What are the rights of appeal for UK citizens whose data is being processed by the servers?”, he asked.

    ’Smugglers will provide migrants with balaclavas for an extra 15 euros’

    Cahn also pointed out the technical difficulties of identifying migrants at sea. “The weather conditions are often not ideal, and many small-boat crossings happen at night. How will facial recognition technology operate in this context?”

    The ability of migrants and smugglers to adapt is yet another factor. “People are going to cover their faces, and anyone would think the smugglers will respond by providing migrants with balaclavas for an extra 15 euros.”

    If the UK has solicited the services of a US startup to detect and identify migrants, the reason may lie in AI’s principle of self-learning. “A machine accumulates data and recognizes what it has already seen. The US is a country with a significantly more racially and ethnically diverse population than the UK. Its artificial intelligence might contain data from populations which are more ethnically comparable to the populations that are crossing the Channel, like Somalia for example, thus facilitating the process of facial recognition.”

    For Cahn, it is not capturing the images which will be the most difficult but the legal challenges that will arise out of their usage. “People are going to be identified and there are going to be errors. If a file exists, there needs to be the possibility for individuals to appear before justice and have access to a judge.”

    A societal uproar

    In a research paper titled “Refugee protection in the artificial intelligence Era”, Chatham House notes “the most common ethical and legal challenges associated with the use of AI in asylum and related border and immigration systems involve issues of opacity and unpredictability, the potential for bias and unlawful discrimination, and how such factors affect the ability of individuals to obtain a remedy in the event of erroneous or unfair decisions.”

    For Cahn, the UK government’s usage of AI can only be used to justify and reinforce its hardline position against migrants. “For a government that doesn’t respect the Geneva Convention [whose core principle is non-refoulement, editor’s note] and which passed an illegal migration law, it is out of the question that migrants have entered the territory legally.”

    Identifying migrants crossing the Channel is not going to be the hardest part for the UK government. Cahn imagines a societal backlash with, “the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom being solicited, refugees seeking remedies to legal decisions through lawyers and associations attacking”.

    He added there would be due process concerning the storage of the data, with judges issuing disclosure orders. “There is going to be a whole series of questions which the government will have to elucidate. The rights of refugees are often used as a laboratory. If these technologies are ’successful’, they will soon be applied to the rest of the population."


    #UK #Angleterre #migrations #asile #réfugiés #militarisation_des_frontières #frontières #start-up #complexe_militaro-industriel #IA #intelligence_artificielle #surveillance #technologie #channel #Manche


    ajouté à la métaliste sur la Bibby Stockholm:

    • Huge barge set to house 500 asylum seekers arrives in the UK

      The #Bibby_Stockholm is being refitted in #Falmouth to increase its capacity from 222 to 506 people.

      A barge set to house 500 asylum seekers has arrived in the UK as the government struggles with efforts to move migrants out of hotels.

      The Independent understands that people will not be transferred onto the Bibby Stockholm until July, following refurbishment to increase its capacity and safety checks.

      The barge has been towed from its former berth in Italy to the port of Falmouth, in Cornwall.

      It will remain there while works are carried out, before being moved onto its final destination in #Portland, Dorset.

      The private operators of the port struck an agreement to host the barge with the Home Office without formal public consultation, angering the local council and residents.

      Conservative MP Richard Drax previously told The Independent legal action was still being considered to stop the government’s plans for what he labelled a “quasi-prison”.

      He accused ministers and Home Office officials of being “unable to answer” practical questions on how the barge will operate, such as how asylum seekers will be able to come and go safely through the port, what activities they will be provided with and how sufficient healthcare will be ensured.

      “The question is how do we cope?” Mr Drax said. “Every organisation has its own raft of questions: ‘Where’s the money coming from? Who’s going to do what if this all happens?’ There are not sufficient answers, which is very worrying.”

      The Independent previously revealed that asylum seekers will have less living space than an average parking bay on the Bibby Stockholm, which saw at least one person die and reports of rape and abuse on board when it was used by the Dutch government to detain migrants in the 2000s.

      An official brochure released by owner Bibby Marine shows there are only 222 “single en-suite bedrooms” on board, meaning that at least two people must be crammed into every cabin for the government to achieve its aim of holding 500 people.

      Dorset Council has said it still had “serious reservations about the appropriateness of Portland Port in this scenario and remains opposed to the proposals”.

      The Conservative police and crime commissioner for Dorset is demanding extra government funding for the local force to “meet the extra policing needs that this project will entail”.

      A multi-agency forum including representatives from national, regional and local public sector agencies has been looking at plans for the provision of health services, the safety and security of both asylum seekers and local residents and charity involvement.

      Portland Port said it had been working with the Home Office and local agencies to ensure the safe arrival and operation of the Bibby Stockholm, and to minimise its impact locally.

      The barge is part of a wider government push to move migrants out of hotels, which are currently housing more than 47,000 asylum seekers at a cost of £6m a day.

      But the use of ships as accommodation was previously ruled out on cost grounds by the Treasury, when Rishi Sunak was chancellor, and the government has not confirmed how much it will be spending on the scheme.

      Ministers have also identified several former military and government sites, including two defunct airbases and an empty prison, that they want to transform into asylum accommodation.

      But a court battle with Braintree District Council over former RAF Wethersfield is ongoing, and legal action has also been threatened over similar plans for RAF Scampton in Lancashire.

      Last month, a barrister representing home secretary Suella Braverman told the High Court that 56,000 people were expected to arrive on small boats in 2023 and that some could be made homeless if hotel places are not found.

      A record backlog of asylum applications, driven by the increase in Channel crossings and a collapse in Home Office decision-making, mean the government is having to provide accommodation for longer while claims are considered.

      #barge #bateau

    • ‘Performative cruelty’ : the hostile architecture of the UK government’s migrant barge

      The arrival of the Bibby Stockholm barge at Portland Port, in Dorset, on July 18 2023, marks a new low in the UK government’s hostile immigration environment. The vessel is set to accommodate over 500 asylum seekers. This, the Home Office argues, will benefit British taxpayers and local residents.

      The barge, however, was immediately rejected by the local population and Dorset council. Several British charities and church groups have condemned the barge, and the illegal migration bill it accompanies, as “an affront to human dignity”.

      Anti-immigration groups have also protested against the barge, with some adopting offensive language, referring to the asylum seekers who will be hosted there as “bargies”. Conservative MP for South Dorset Richard Drax has claimed that hosting migrants at sea would exacerbate tenfold the issues that have arisen in hotels to date, namely sexual assaults, children disappearing and local residents protesting.

      My research shows that facilities built to house irregular migrants in Europe and beyond create a temporary infrastructure designed to be hostile. Governments thereby effectively make asylum seekers more displaceable while ignoring their everyday spatial and social needs.
      Precarious space

      The official brochure plans for the Bibby Stockholm show 222 single bedrooms over three stories, built around two small internal courtyards. It has now been retrofitted with bunk beds to host more than 500 single men – more than double the number it was designed to host.

      Journalists Lizzie Dearden and Martha McHardy have shown this means the asylum seekers housed there – for up to nine months – will have “less living space than an average parking bay”. This stands in contravention of international standards of a minimum 4.5m² of covered living space per person in cold climates, where more time is spent indoors.

      In an open letter, dated June 15 2023 and addressed to home secretary Suella Braverman, over 700 people and nearly 100 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) voiced concerns that this will only add to the trauma migrants have already experienced:

      Housing people on a sea barge – which we argue is equal to a floating prison – is morally indefensible, and threatens to retraumatise a group of already vulnerable people.

      Locals are concerned already overstretched services in Portland, including GP practices, will not be able to cope with further pressure. West Dorset MP Chris Lode has questioned whether the barge itself is safe “to cope with double the weight that it was designed to bear”. A caller to the LBC radio station, meanwhile, has voiced concerns over the vessel’s very narrow and low fire escape routes, saying: “What they [the government] are effectively doing here is creating a potential Grenfell on water, a floating coffin.”

      Such fears are not unfounded. There have been several cases of fires destroying migrant camps in Europe, from the Grand-Synthe camp near Dunkirk in France, in 2017, to the 2020 fire at the Moria camp in Greece. The difficulty of escaping a vessel at sea could turn it into a death trap.

      Performative hostility

      Research on migrant accommodation shows that being able to inhabit a place – even temporarily – and develop feelings of attachment and belonging, is crucial to a person’s wellbeing. Even amid ever tighter border controls, migrants in Europe, who can be described as “stuck on the move”, nonetheless still attempt to inhabit their temporary spaces and form such connections.

      However, designs can hamper such efforts when they concentrate asylum seekers in inhospitable, cut-off spaces. In 2015, Berlin officials began temporarily housing refugees in the former Tempelhof airport, a noisy, alienating industrial space, lacking in privacy and disconnected from the city. Many people ended up staying there for the better part of a year.

      French authorities, meanwhile, opened the Centre Humanitaire Paris-Nord in Paris in 2016, temporary migrant housing in a disused train depot. Nicknamed la Bulle (the bubble) for its bulbous inflatable covering, this facility was noisy and claustrophobic, lacking in basic comforts.

      Like the barge in Portland Port, these facilities, placed in industrial sites, sit uncomfortably between hospitality and hostility. The barge will be fenced off, since the port is a secured zone, and access will be heavily restricted and controlled. The Home Office insists that the barge is not a floating prison, yet it is an unmistakably hostile space.

      Infrastructure for water and electricity will physically link the barge to shore. However, Dorset council has no jurisdiction at sea.

      The commercial agreement on the barge was signed between the Home Office and Portland Port, not the council. Since the vessel is positioned below the mean low water mark, it did not require planning permission.

      This makes the barge an island of sorts, where other rules apply, much like those islands in the Aegean sea and in the Pacific, on which Greece and Australia have respectively housed migrants.

      I have shown how facilities are often designed in this way not to give displaced people any agency, but, on the contrary, to objectify them. They heighten the instability migrants face, keeping them detached from local communities and constantly on the move.

      The government has presented the barge as a cheaper solution than the £6.8 million it is currently spending, daily, on housing asylum seekers in hotels. A recent report by two NGOs, Reclaim the Seas and One Life to Live, concludes, however, that it will save less than £10 a person a day. It could even prove more expensive than the hotel model.

      Sarah Teather, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service UK charity, has described the illegal migration bill as “performative cruelty”. Images of the barge which have flooded the news certainly meet that description too.

      However threatening these images might be, though, they will not stop desperate people from attempting to come to the UK to seek safety. Rather than deterring asylum seekers, the Bibby Stockholm is potentially creating another hazard to them and to their hosting communities.



      Point intéressant, lié à l’aménagement du territoire :

      “Since the vessel is positioned below the mean low water mark, it did not require planning permission”

      C’est un peu comme les #zones_frontalières qui ont été créées un peu partout en Europe (et pas que) pour que les Etats se débarassent des règles en vigueur (notamment le principe du non-refoulement). Voir cette métaliste, à laquelle j’ajoute aussi cet exemple :

      voir aussi :

      The circumstances at Portland Port are very different because where the barge is to be positioned is below the mean low water mark. This means that the barge is outside of our planning control and there is no requirement for planning permission from the council.


      #hostile_architecture #architecture_hostile #dignité #espace #Portland #hostilité #hostilité_performative #île #infrastructure #extraterritorialité #extra-territorialité #prix #coût

    • Sur l’#histoire (notamment liées au commerce d’ #esclaves) de la Bibby Stockholm :

      Bibby Line, shipowners

      From Guide to the Records of Merseyside Maritime Museum, volume 1: Bibby Line. In 1807 John Bibby and John Highfield, Liverpool shipbrokers, began taking shares in ships, mainly Parkgate Dublin packets. By 1821 (the end of the partnership) they had vessels sailing to the Mediterranean and South America. In 1850 they expanded their Mediterranean and Black Sea interests by buying two steamers and by 1865 their fleet had increased to twenty three. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 severely affected their business and Frederick Leyland, their general manager, failed to persuade the family partners to diversify onto the Atlantic. Eventually, he bought them out in 1873. In 1889 the Bibby family revived its shipowning interests with a successful passenger cargo service to Burma. From 1893 it also began to carry British troops to overseas postings which remained a Bibby staple until 1962. The Burma service ended in 1971 and the company moved to new areas of shipowning including bulkers, gas tankers and accommodation barges. It still has its head office in Liverpool where most management records are held. The museum holds models of the Staffordshire (1929) and Oxfordshire (1955). For further details see the attached catalogue or contact The Archives Centre for a copy of the catalogue.

      The earliest records within the collection, the ships’ logs at B/BIBBY/1/1/1 - 1/1/3 show company vessels travelling between Europe and South America carrying cargoes that would have been produced on plantations using the labour of enslaved peoples or used within plantation and slave based economies. For example the vessel Thomas (B/BIBBY/1/1/1) carries a cargo of iron hoops for barrels to Brazil in 1812. The Mary Bibby on a voyage in 1825-1826 loads a cargo of sugar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to carry to Rotterdam. The log (B/BIBBY/1/1/3) records the use of ’negroes’ to work with the ship’s carpenter while the vessel is in port.

      In September 1980 the latest Bibby vessel to hold the name Derbyshire was lost with all hands in the South China Sea. This collection does not include records relating to that vessel or its sinking, apart from a copy ’Motor vessel ’Derbyshire’, 1976-80: in memoriam’ at reference B/BIBBY/3/2/1 (a copy is also available in The Archives Centre library collection at 340.DER). Information about the sinking and subsequent campaigning by the victims’ family can be found on the NML website and in the Life On Board gallery. The Archives Centre holds papers of Captain David Ramwell who assisted the Derbyshire Family Association at D/RAM and other smaller collections of related documents within the DX collection.


      An Open Letter to #Bibby_Marine

      Links between your parent company #Bibby_Line_Group (#BLG) and the slave trade have repeatedly been made. If true, we appeal to you to consider what actions you might take in recompense.

      Bibby Marine’s modern slavery statement says that one of the company’s values is to “do the right thing”, and that you “strongly support the eradication of slavery, as well as the eradication of servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking”. These are admirable words.

      Meanwhile, your parent company’s website says that it is “family owned with a rich history”. Please will you clarify whether this rich history includes slaving voyages where ships were owned, and cargoes transported, by BLG’s founder John Bibby, six generations ago. The BLG website says that in 1807 (which is when slavery was abolished in Britain), “John Bibby began trading as a shipowner in Liverpool with his partner John Highfield”. John Bibby is listed as co-owner of three slaving ships, of which John Highfield co-owned two:

      In 1805, the Harmonie (co-owned by #John_Bibby and three others, including John Highfield) left Liverpool for a voyage which carried 250 captives purchased in West Central Africa and St Helena, delivering them to Cumingsberg in 1806 (see the SlaveVoyages database using Voyage ID 81732).
      In 1806, the Sally (co-owned by John Bibby and two others) left Liverpool for a voyage which transported 250 captives purchased in Bassa and delivered them to Barbados (see the SlaveVoyages database using Voyage ID 83481).
      In 1806, the Eagle (co-owned by John Bibby and four others, including John Highfield) left Liverpool for a voyage which transported 237 captives purchased in Cameroon and delivered them to Kingston in 1807 (see the SlaveVoyages database using Voyage ID 81106).

      The same and related claims were recently mentioned by Private Eye. They also appear in the story of Liverpool’s Calderstones Park [PDF] and on the website of National Museums Liverpool and in this blog post “Shenanigans in Shipping” (a detailed history of the BLG). They are also mentioned by Laurence Westgaph, a TV presenter specialising in Black British history and slavery and the author of Read The Signs: Street Names with a Connection to the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Abolition in Liverpool [PDF], published with the support of English Heritage, The City of Liverpool, Northwest Regional Development Agency, National Museums Liverpool and Liverpool Vision.

      While of course your public pledges on slavery underline that there is no possibility of there being any link between the activities of John Bibby and John Highfield in the early 1800s and your activities in 2023, we do believe that it is in the public interest to raise this connection, and to ask for a public expression of your categorical renunciation of the reported slave trade activities of Mr Bibby and Mr Highfield.



      Très peu d’info sur John Bibby sur wikipedia :

      John Bibby (19 February 1775 – 17 July 1840) was the founder of the British Bibby Line shipping company. He was born in Eccleston, near Ormskirk, Lancashire. He was murdered on 17 July 1840 on his way home from dinner at a friend’s house in Kirkdale.[1]


    • ‘Floating Prisons’: The 200-year-old family #business behind the Bibby Stockholm

      #Bibby_Line_Group_Limited is a UK company offering financial, marine and construction services to clients in at least 16 countries around the world. It recently made headlines after the government announced one of the firm’s vessels, Bibby Stockholm, would be used to accommodate asylum seekers on the Dorset coast.

      In tandem with plans to house migrants at surplus military sites, the move was heralded by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary Suella Braverman as a way of mitigating the £6m-a-day cost of hotel accommodation amid the massive ongoing backlog of asylum claims, as well as deterring refugees from making the dangerous channel crossing to the UK. Several protests have been organised against the project already, while over ninety migrants’ rights groups and hundreds of individual campaigners have signed an open letter to the Home Secretary calling for the plans to be scrapped, describing the barge as a “floating prison.”

      Corporate Watch has researched into the Bibby Line Group’s operations and financial interests. We found that:

      - The Bibby Stockholm vessel was previously used as a floating detention centre in the Netherlands, where undercover reporting revealed violence, sexual exploitation and poor sanitation.

      – Bibby Line Group is more than 90% owned by members of the Bibby family, primarily through trusts. Its pre-tax profits for 2021 stood at almost £31m, which they upped to £35.5m by claiming generous tax credits and deferring a fair amount to the following year.

      - Management aboard the vessel will be overseen by an Australian business travel services company, Corporate Travel Management, who have previously had aspersions cast over the financial health of their operations and the integrity of their business practices.

      - Another beneficiary of the initiative is Langham Industries, a maritime and engineering company whose owners, the Langham family, have longstanding ties to right wing parties.

      Key Issues

      According to the Home Office, the Bibby Stockholm barge will be operational for at least 18 months, housing approximately 500 single adult men while their claims are processed, with “24/7 security in place on board, to minimise the disruption to local communities.” These measures appear to have been to dissuade opposition from the local Conservative council, who pushed for background checks on detainees and were reportedly even weighing legal action out of concern for a perceived threat of physical attacks from those housed onboard, as well as potential attacks from the far right against migrants held there.

      Local campaigners have taken aim at the initiative, noting in the open letter:

      “For many people seeking asylum arriving in the UK, the sea represents a site of significant trauma as they have been forced to cross it on one or more occasions. Housing people on a sea barge – which we argue is equal to a floating prison – is morally indefensible, and threatens to re-traumatise a group of already vulnerable people.”

      Technically, migrants on the barge will be able to leave the site. However, in reality they will be under significant levels of surveillance and cordoned off behind fences in the high security port area.

      If they leave, there is an expectation they will return by 11pm, and departure will be controlled by the authorities. According to the Home Office:

      “In order to ensure that migrants come and go in an orderly manner with as little impact as possible, buses will be provided to take those accommodated on the vessel from the port to local drop off points”.

      These drop off points are to be determined by the government, while being sited off the coast of Dorset means they will be isolated from centres of support and solidarity.

      Meanwhile, the government’s new Illegal Migration Bill is designed to provide a legal justification for the automatic detention of refugees crossing the Channel. If it passes, there’s a chance this might set the stage for a change in regime on the Bibby Stockholm – from that of an “accommodation centre” to a full-blown migrant prison.

      An initial release from the Home Office suggested the local voluntary sector would be engaged “to organise activities that keep occupied those being accommodated, potentially involved in local volunteering activity,” though they seemed to have changed the wording after critics said this would mean detainees could be effectively exploited for unpaid labour. It’s also been reported the vessel required modifications in order to increase capacity to the needed level, raising further concerns over cramped living conditions and a lack of privacy.

      Bibby Line Group has prior form in border profiteering. From 1994 to 1998, the Bibby Stockholm was used to house the homeless, some of whom were asylum seekers, in Hamburg, Germany. In 2005, it was used to detain asylum seekers in the Netherlands, which proved a cause of controversy at the time. Undercover reporting revealed a number of cases abuse on board, such as beatings and sexual exploitation, as well suicide attempts, routine strip searches, scabies and the death of an Algerian man who failed to receive timely medical care for a deteriorating heart condition. As the undercover security guard wrote:

      “The longer I work on the Bibby Stockholm, the more I worry about safety on the boat. Between exclusion and containment I encounter so many defects and feel so much tension among the prisoners that it no longer seems to be a question of whether things will get completely out of hand here, but when.”

      He went on:

      “I couldn’t stand the way prisoners were treated […] The staff become like that, because the whole culture there is like that. Inhuman. They do not see the residents as people with a history, but as numbers.”

      Discussions were also held in August 2017 over the possibility of using the vessel as accommodation for some 400 students in Galway, Ireland, amid the country’s housing crisis. Though the idea was eventually dropped for lack of mooring space and planning permission requirements, local students had voiced safety concerns over the “bizarre” and “unconventional” solution to a lack of rental opportunities.
      Corporate Travel Management & Langham Industries

      Although leased from Bibby Line Group, management aboard the Bibby Stockholm itself will be handled by #Corporate_Travel_Management (#CTM), a global travel company specialising in business travel services. The Australian-headquartered company also recently received a £100m contract for the provision of accommodation, travel, venue and ancillary booking services for the housing of Ukrainian refugees at local hotels and aboard cruise ships M/S Victoria and M/S Ambition. The British Red Cross warned earlier in May against continuing to house refugees on ships with “isolated” and “windowless” cabins, and said the scheme had left many “living in limbo.”

      Founded by CEO #Jamie_Pherous, CTM was targeted in 2018 by #VGI_Partners, a group of short-sellers, who identified more than 20 red flags concerning the company’s business interests. Most strikingly, the short-sellers said they’d attended CTM’s offices in Glasgow, Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Switzerland. Finding no signs of business activity there, they said it was possible the firm had significantly overstated the scale of its operations. VGI Partners also claimed CTM’s cash flows didn’t seem to add up when set against the company’s reported growth, and that CTM hadn’t fully disclosed revisions they’d made to their annual revenue figures.

      Two years later, the short-sellers released a follow-up report, questioning how CTM had managed to report a drop in rewards granted for high sales numbers to travel agencies, when in fact their transaction turnover had grown during the same period. They also accused CTM of dressing up their debt balance to make their accounts look healthier.

      CTM denied VGI Partners’ allegations. In their response, they paraphrased a report by auditors EY, supposedly confirming there were no question marks over their business practices, though the report itself was never actually made public. They further claim VGI Partners, as short-sellers, had only released the reports in the hope of benefitting from uncertainty over CTM’s operations.

      Despite these troubles, CTM’s market standing improved drastically earlier this year, when it was announced the firm had secured contracts for the provision of travel services to the UK Home Office worth in excess of $3bn AUD (£1.6bn). These have been accompanied by further tenders with, among others, the National Audit Office, HS2, Cafcass, Serious Fraud Office, Office of National Statistics, HM Revenue & Customs, National Health Service, Ministry of Justice, Department of Education, Foreign Office, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

      The Home Office has not released any figures on the cost of either leasing or management services aboard Bibby Stockholm, though press reports have put the estimated price tag at more than £20,000 a day for charter and berthing alone. If accurate, this would put the overall expenditure for the 18-month period in which the vessel will operate as a detention centre at almost £11m, exclusive of actual detention centre management costs such as security, food and healthcare.

      Another beneficiary of the project are Portland Port’s owners, #Langham_Industries, a maritime and engineering company owned by the #Langham family. The family has long-running ties to right-wing parties. Langham Industries donated over £70,000 to the UK Independence Party from 2003 up until the 2016 Brexit referendum. In 2014, Langham Industries donated money to support the re-election campaign of former Clacton MP for UKIP Douglas Carswell, shortly after his defection from the Conservatives. #Catherine_Langham, a Tory parish councillor for Hilton in Dorset, has described herself as a Langham Industries director (although she is not listed on Companies House). In 2016 she was actively involved in local efforts to support the campaign to leave the European Union. The family holds a large estate in Dorset which it uses for its other line of business, winemaking.

      At present, there is no publicly available information on who will be providing security services aboard the Bibby Stockholm.

      Business Basics

      Bibby Line Group describes itself as “one of the UK’s oldest family owned businesses,” operating in “multiple countries, employing around 1,300 colleagues, and managing over £1 billion of funds.” Its head office is registered in Liverpool, with other headquarters in Scotland, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Malaysia, France, Slovakia, Czechia, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Nigeria (see the appendix for more). The company’s primary sectors correspond to its three main UK subsidiaries:

      #Bibby_Financial_Services. A global provider of financial services. The firm provides loans to small- and medium-sized businesses engaged in business services, construction, manufacturing, transportation, export, recruitment and wholesale markets. This includes invoice financing, export and trade finance, and foreign exchanges. Overall, the subsidiary manages more than £6bn each year on behalf of some 9,000 clients across 300 different industry sectors, and in 2021 it brought in more than 50% of the group’s annual turnover.

      - #Bibby_Marine_Limited. Owner and operator of the Bibby WaveMaster fleet, a group of vessels specialising in the transport and accommodation of workers employed at remote locations, such as offshore oil and gas sites in the North Sea. Sometimes, as in the case of Chevron’s Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) project in Nigeria, the vessels are used as an alternative to hotels owing to a “a volatile project environment.” The fleet consists of 40 accommodation vessels similar in size to the Bibby Stockholm and a smaller number of service vessels, though the share of annual turnover pales compared to the group’s financial services operations, standing at just under 10% for 2021.

      - #Garic Ltd. Confined to construction, quarrying, airport, agriculture and transport sectors in the UK, the firm designs, manufactures and purchases plant equipment and machinery for sale or hire. Garic brought in around 14% of Bibby Line Group’s turnover in 2021.

      Prior to February 2021, Bibby Line Group also owned #Costcutter_Supermarkets_Group, before it was sold to #Bestway_Wholesale to maintain liquidity amid the Covid-19 pandemic. In their report for that year, the company’s directors also suggested grant funding from #MarRI-UK, an organisation facilitating innovation in maritime technologies and systems, had been important in preserving the firm’s position during the crisis.

      The Bibby Line Group’s story begins in 1807, when Lancashire-born shipowner John Bibby began trading out of Liverpool with partner John Highfield. By the time of his death in 1840, murdered while returning home from dinner with a friend in Kirkdale, Bibby had struck out on his own and come to manage a fleet of more than 18 ships. The mysterious case of his death has never been solved, and the business was left to his sons John and James.

      Between 1891 and 1989, the company operated under the name #Bibby_Line_Limited. Its ships served as hospital and transport vessels during the First World War, as well as merchant cruisers, and the company’s entire fleet of 11 ships was requisitioned by the state in 1939.

      By 1970, the company had tripled its overseas earnings, branching into ‘factoring’, or invoice financing (converting unpaid invoices into cash for immediate use via short-term loans) in the early 1980s, before this aspect of the business was eventually spun off into Bibby Financial Services. The group acquired Garic Ltd in 2008, which currently operates four sites across the UK.


      #Jonathan_Lewis has served as Bibby Line Group’s Managing and Executive Director since January 2021, prior to which he acted as the company’s Chief Financial and Strategy Officer since joining in 2019. Previously, Lewis worked as CFO for Imagination Technologies, a tech company specialising in semiconductors, and as head of supermarket Tesco’s mergers and acquisitions team. He was also a member of McKinsey’s European corporate finance practice, as well as an investment banker at Lazard. During his first year at the helm of Bibby’s operations, he was paid £748,000. Assuming his role at the head of the group’s operations, he replaced Paul Drescher, CBE, then a board member of the UK International Chamber of Commerce and a former president of the Confederation of British Industry.

      Bibby Line Group’s board also includes two immediate members of the Bibby family, Sir #Michael_James_Bibby, 3rd Bt. and his younger brother #Geoffrey_Bibby. Michael has acted as company chairman since 2020, before which he had occupied senior management roles in the company for 20 years. He also has external experience, including time at Unilever’s acquisitions, disposals and joint venture divisions, and now acts as president of the UK Chamber of Shipping, chairman of the Charities Trust, and chairman of the Institute of Family Business Research Foundation.

      Geoffrey has served as a non-executive director of the company since 2015, having previously worked as a managing director of Vast Visibility Ltd, a digital marketing and technology company. In 2021, the Bibby brothers received salaries of £125,000 and £56,000 respectively.

      The final member of the firm’s board is #David_Anderson, who has acted as non-executive director since 2012. A financier with 35 years experience in investment banking, he’s founder and CEO of EPL Advisory – which advises company boards on requirements and disclosure obligations of public markets – and chair of Creative Education Trust, a multi-academy trust comprising 17 schools. Anderson is also chairman at multinational ship broker Howe Robinson Partners, which recently auctioned off a superyacht seized from Dmitry Pumpyansky, after the sanctioned Russian businessman reneged on a €20.5m loan from JP Morgan. In 2021, Anderson’s salary stood at £55,000.


      Bibby Line Group’s annual report and accounts for 2021 state that more than 90% of the company is owned by members of the Bibby family, primarily through family trusts. These ownership structures, effectively entities allowing people to benefit from assets without being their registered legal owners, have long attracted staunch criticism from transparency advocates given the obscurity they afford means they often feature extensively in corruption, money laundering and tax abuse schemes.

      According to Companies House, the UK corporate registry, between 50% and 75% of Bibby Line Group’s shares and voting rights are owned by #Bibby_Family_Company_Limited, which also retains the right to appoint and remove members of the board. Directors of Bibby Family Company Limited include both the Bibby brothers, as well as a third sibling, #Peter_John_Bibby, who’s formally listed as the firm’s ‘ultimate beneficial owner’ (i.e. the person who ultimately profits from the company’s assets).

      Other people with comparable shares in Bibby Family Company Limited are #Mark_Rupert_Feeny, #Philip_Charles_Okell, and Lady #Christine_Maud_Bibby. Feeny’s occupation is listed as solicitor, with other interests in real estate management and a position on the board of the University of Liverpool Pension Fund Trustees Limited. Okell meanwhile appears as director of Okell Money Management Limited, a wealth management firm, while Lady Bibby, Michael and Geoffrey’s mother, appears as “retired playground supervisor.”

      Key Relationships

      Bibby Line Group runs an internal ‘Donate a Day’ volunteer program, enabling employees to take paid leave in order to “help causes they care about.” Specific charities colleagues have volunteered with, listed in the company’s Annual Review for 2021 to 2022, include:

      - The Hive Youth Zone. An award-winning charity for young people with disabilities, based in the Wirral.

      – The Whitechapel Centre. A leading homeless and housing charity in the Liverpool region, working with people sleeping rough, living in hostels, or struggling with their accommodation.

      - Let’s Play Project. Another charity specialising in after-school and holiday activities for young people with additional needs in the Banbury area.

      - Whitdale House. A care home for the elderly, based in Whitburn, West Lothian and run by the local council.

      – DEBRA. An Irish charity set up in 1988 for individuals living with a rare, painful skin condition called epidermolysis bullosa, as well as their families.

      – Reaching Out Homeless Outreach. A non-profit providing resources and support to the homeless in Ireland.

      Various senior executives and associated actors at Bibby Line Group and its subsidiaries also have current and former ties to the following organisations:

      - UK Chamber of Shipping

      - Charities Trust

      - Institute of Family Business Research Foundation

      - Indefatigable Old Boys Association

      - Howe Robinson Partners

      - hibu Ltd

      - EPL Advisory

      - Creative Education Trust

      - Capita Health and Wellbeing Limited

      - The Ambassador Theatre Group Limited

      – Pilkington Plc

      – UK International Chamber of Commerce

      – Confederation of British Industry

      – Arkley Finance Limited (Weatherby’s Banking Group)

      – FastMarkets Ltd, Multiple Sclerosis Society

      – Early Music as Education

      – Liverpool Pension Fund Trustees Limited

      – Okell Money Management Limited


      For the period ending 2021, Bibby Line Group’s total turnover stood at just under £260m, with a pre-tax profit of almost £31m – fairly healthy for a company providing maritime services during a global pandemic. Their post-tax profits in fact stood at £35.5m, an increase they would appear to have secured by claiming generous tax credits (£4.6m) and deferring a fair amount (£8.4m) to the following year.

      Judging by their last available statement on the firm’s profitability, Bibby’s directors seem fairly confident the company has adequate financing and resources to continue operations for the foreseeable future. They stress their February 2021 sale of Costcutter was an important step in securing this, given it provided additional liquidity during the pandemic, as well as the funding secured for R&D on fuel consumption by Bibby Marine’s fleet.
      Scandal Sheet

      Bibby Line Group and its subsidiaries have featured in a number of UK legal proceedings over the years, sometimes as defendants. One notable case is Godfrey v Bibby Line, a lawsuit brought against the company in 2019 after one of their former employees died as the result of an asbestos-related disease.

      In their claim, the executors of Alan Peter Godfrey’s estate maintained that between 1965 and 1972, he was repeatedly exposed to large amounts of asbestos while working on board various Bibby vessels. Although the link between the material and fatal lung conditions was established as early as 1930, they claimed that Bibby Line, among other things:

      “Failed to warn the deceased of the risk of contracting asbestos related disease or of the precautions to be taken in relation thereto;

      “Failed to heed or act upon the expert evidence available to them as to the best means of protecting their workers from danger from asbestos dust; [and]

      “Failed to take all reasonably practicable measures, either by securing adequate ventilation or by the provision and use of suitable respirators or otherwise, to prevent inhalation of dust.”

      The lawsuit, which claimed “unlimited damage”’ against the group, also stated that Mr Godfrey’s “condition deteriorated rapidly with worsening pain and debility,” and that he was “completely dependent upon others for his needs by the last weeks of his life.” There is no publicly available information on how the matter was concluded.

      In 2017, Bibby Line Limited also featured in a leak of more than 13.4 million financial records known as the Paradise Papers, specifically as a client of Appleby, which provided “offshore corporate services” such as legal and accountancy work. According to the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a global network of investigative media outlets, leaked Appleby documents revealed, among other things, “the ties between Russia and [Trump’s] billionaire commerce secretary, the secret dealings of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s chief fundraiser and the offshore interests of the Queen of England and more than 120 politicians around the world.”

      This would not appear to be the Bibby group’s only link to the shady world of offshore finance. Michael Bibby pops up as a treasurer for two shell companies registered in Panama, Minimar Transport S.A. and Vista Equities Inc.
      Looking Forward

      Much about the Bibby Stockholm saga remains to be seen. The exact cost of the initiative and who will be providing security services on board, are open questions. What’s clear however is that activists will continue to oppose the plans, with efforts to prevent the vessel sailing from Falmouth to its final docking in Portland scheduled to take place on 30th June.

      Appendix: Company Addresses

      HQ and general inquiries: 3rd Floor Walker House, Exchange Flags, Liverpool, United Kingdom, L2 3YL

      Tel: +44 (0) 151 708 8000

      Other offices, as of 2021:

      6, Shenton Way, #18-08A Oue Downtown 068809, Singapore

      1/1, The Exchange Building, 142 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5LA, United Kingdom

      4th Floor Heather House, Heather Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18, Ireland

      Unit 2302, 23/F Jubilee Centre, 18 Fenwick Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong

      Unit 508, Fifth Floor, Metropolis Mall, MG Road, Gurugram, Haryana, 122002 India

      Suite 7E, Level 7, Menara Ansar, 65 Jalan Trus, 8000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

      160 Avenue Jean Jaures, CS 90404, 69364 Lyon Cedex, France

      Prievozská 4D, Block E, 13th Floor, Bratislava 821 09, Slovak Republic

      Hlinky 118, Brno, 603 00, Czech Republic

      Laan Van Diepenvoorde 5, 5582 LA, Waalre, Netherlands

      Hansaallee 249, 40549 Düsseldorf, Germany

      Poland Eurocentrum, Al. Jerozolimskie 134, 02-305 Warsaw, Poland

      1/2 Atarbekova str, 350062, Krasnodar, Krasnodar

      1 St Peter’s Square, Manchester, M2 3AE, United Kingdom

      25 Adeyemo Alakija Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

      10 Anson Road, #09-17 International Plaza, 079903 Singapore


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    • The Langham family seem quite happy to support right-wing political parties that are against immigration, while at the same time profiting handsomely from the misery of refugees who are forced to claim sanctuary here.



      Family firm ’profiteering from misery’ by providing migrant barges donated £70k to #UKIP

      The Langham family, owners of Langham Industries, is now set to profit from an 18-month contract with the Home Office to let the Bibby Stockholm berth at Portland, Dorset

      A family firm that donated more than £70,000 to UKIP is “profiteering from misery” by hosting the Government’s controversial migrant barge. Langham Industries owns Portland Port, where the Bibby Stockholm is docked in a deal reported to be worth some £2.5million.

      The Langham family owns luxurious properties and has links to high-profile politicians, including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden. And we can reveal that their business made 19 donations to pro-Brexit party UKIP between 2003 and 2016.

      Late founder John Langham was described as an “avid supporter” of UKIP in an obituary in 2017. Now his children, John, Jill and Justin – all directors of the family firm – are set to profit from an 18-month contract with the Home Office to let the Bibby Stockholm berth at Portland, Dorset.

      While Portland Port refuses to reveal how much the Home Office is paying, its website cites berthing fees for a ship the size of the Bibby Stockholm at more than £4,000 a day. In 2011, Portland Port chairman John, 71, invested £3.7million in Grade II* listed country pile Steeple Manor at Wareham, Dorset. Dating to around 1600, it has a pond, tennis court and extensive gardens designed by the landscape architect Brenda Colvin.

      The arrangement to host the “prison-like” barge for housing migrants has led some locals to blast the Langhams, who have owned the port since 1997. Portland mayor Carralyn Parkes, 61, said: “I don’t know how John Langham will sleep at night in his luxurious home, with his tennis court and his fluffy bed, when asylum seekers are sleeping in tiny beds on the barge.

      “I went on the boat and measured the rooms with a tape measure. On average they are about 10ft by 12ft. The bunk bed mattresses are about 6ft long. If you’re taller than 6ft you’re stuffed. The Langham family need to have more humanity. They are only interested in making money. It’s shocking.”



    • ‘This is a prison’: men tell of distressing conditions on Bibby Stockholm

      Asylum seekers share fears about Dorset barge becoming even more crowded, saying they already ‘despair and wish for death’

      Asylum seekers brought back to the Bibby Stockholm barge in Portland, Dorset, have said they are being treated in such a way that “we despair and wish for death”.

      The Guardian spoke to two men in their first interview since their return to the barge on 19 October after the vessel lay empty for more than two months. The presence of deadly legionella bacteria was confirmed on board on 7 August, the same day the first group of asylum seekers arrived. The barge was evacuated four days later.

      The new warning comes after it emerged that one asylum seeker attempted to kill himself and is in hospital after finding out he is due to be taken to the barge on Tuesday.

      A man currently on the barge told the Guardian: “Government decisions are turning healthy and normal refugees into mental patients whom they then hand over to society. Here, many people were healthy and coping with OK spirits, but as a result of the dysfunctional strategies of the government, they have suffered – and continue to suffer – from various forms of serious mental distress. We are treated in such a way that we despair and wish for death.”

      He said that although the asylum seekers were not detained on the barge and could leave to visit the nearby town, in practice, doing so was not easy.

      He added: “In the barge, we have exactly the feeling of being in prison. It is true that they say that this is not a prison and you can go outside at any time, but you can only go to specific stops at certain times by bus, and this does not give me a good feeling.

      “Even to use the fresh air, you have to go through the inspection every time and go to the small yard with high fences and go through the X-ray machine again. And this is not good for our health.

      “In short, this is a prison whose prisoners are not criminals, they are people who have fled their country just to save their lives and have taken shelter here to live.”

      The asylum seekers raised concerns about what conditions on the barge would be like if the Home Office did fill it with about 500 asylum seekers, as officials say is the plan. Those on board said it already felt quite full with about 70 people living there.

      The second asylum seeker said: “The space inside the barge is very small. It feels crowded in the dining hall and the small entertainment room. It is absolutely clear to me that there will be chaos here soon.

      “According to my estimate, as I look at the spaces around us, the capacity of this barge is maximum 120 people, including personnel and crew. The strategy of ​​transferring refugees from hotels to barges or ships or military installations is bound to fail.

      “The situation here on the barge is getting worse. Does the government have a plan for shipwrecked residents? Everyone here is going mad with anxiety. It is not just the barge that floats on the water, but the plans of the government that are radically adrift.”

      Maddie Harris of the NGO Humans For Rights Network, which supports asylum seekers in hotels, said: “Home Office policies directly contribute to the significant deterioration of the wellbeing and mental health of so many asylum seekers in their ‘care’, with a dehumanising environment, violent anti-migrant rhetoric and isolated accommodations away from community and lacking in support.”

      A Home Office spokesperson said: “The Bibby Stockholm is part of the government’s pledge to reduce the use of expensive hotels and bring forward alternative accommodation options which provide a more cost-effective, sustainable and manageable system for the UK taxpayer and local communities.

      “The health and welfare of asylum seekers remains the utmost priority. We work continually to ensure the needs and vulnerabilities of those residing in asylum accommodation are identified and considered, including those related to mental health and trauma.”

      Nadia Whittome and Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the Labour MPs for Nottingham East and Brighton Kemptown respectively, will travel to Portland on Monday to meet asylum seekers accommodated on the Bibby Stockholm barge and local community members.

      The visit follows the home secretary, Suella Braverman, not approving a visit from the MPs to assess living conditions as they requested through parliamentary channels.

      #prison #conditions_de_vie

  • #canada : Des infirmières malades de la COVID-19 forcées de travailler Le Devoir - Nikoo Pajoom

    L’accalmie estivale attendue n’est pas arrivée dans les hôpitaux. Des infirmières ayant des symptômes sévères de la COVID-19, dont des nausées, des vomissements, des maux de tête et des douleurs musculaires, sont forcées de travailler auprès de patients vulnérables pour éviter des ruptures de service dans le réseau de la santé.

    Selon ce que Le Devoir a appris, cette obligation de rester en poste malgré un test de dépistage positif et des symptômes incommodants crée un malaise chez des travailleurs de la santé. Des infirmières ont confié leurs craintes d’infecter des patients ou de commettre des erreurs médicales en raison de la fatigue et des symptômes de la COVID-19.

    Photo : Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir Le ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux confirme que des employés malades de la COVID-19 peuvent être appelés à travailler en cas de « compromission persistante » de l’accès aux services due au manque de personnel. _

    « C’est une situation dangereuse pour mes collègues, pour les patients et pour moi-même », raconte une infirmière qui travaille en gériatrie auprès d’une clientèle vulnérable. Elle a demandé à garder l’anonymat par crainte de représailles.

    Présentant des symptômes d’une infection à la COVID-19, cette travailleuse a effectué un test rapide de dépistage qui s’est révélé positif. Après un test PCR qui a confirmé l’infection, les gestionnaires responsables des employés avec un test positif à la COVID lui ont dit de s’isoler pendant cinq jours. Cependant, après avoir informé sa cheffe d’unité, cette infirmière a dû rester sur son quart de travail « avec l’accord de la haute direction ».

    Le lendemain, des gestionnaires lui ont ordonné de retourner au travail en raison du manque de personnel dans son unité. Mais, entre-temps, son état de santé s’était détérioré : « J’ai développé des symptômes de plus en plus intenses. Nausées, vomissements, céphalées, douleurs musculaires et douleurs abdominales. »

    Elle en a informé les personnes responsables. Pourtant, on lui a dit que tant qu’elle n’avait pas de fièvre, elle devait continuer à travailler. Cette décision a conduit l’infirmière à travailler « avec des étourdissements et des nausées ». « J’ai malheureusement vomi dans mon département. »

    Après cet épisode, on lui a intimé de rentrer chez elle immédiatement. Mais sans aucune relève, l’infirmière a été obligée de terminer son quart malgré ses symptômes.

    Le lendemain, à cause d’une forte fièvre, elle a été autorisée à s’isoler jusqu’au retour à une température sous les 38°C.

    Éviter les ruptures de service  
    Le ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) confirme que des employés malades de la COVID-19 peuvent être appelés à travailler en cas de « compromission persistante » de l’accès aux services due au manque de personnel.

    Quelque 6478 employés du réseau de la santé étaient absents en raison de la COVID-19 en date du 26 juillet, selon le MSSS. « Il est évident que ce taux d’absentéisme contribue à exercer davantage de pression sur les employés en poste et sur le réseau de la santé », affirme Robert Maranda, porte-parole du MSSS.

    « La réintégration précoce d’un employé infecté par la COVID se fait lorsque les autres options ont été épuisées et lorsque l’établissement risque la rupture de services en raison du manque de travailleurs », précise-t-il. L’établissement doit s’assurer que le retour se fait en zone « chaude », où sont des personnes déjà infectées par la COVID, ou auprès de clientèles moins vulnérables. Des mesures doivent être prises pour éviter que d’autres employés se contaminent, en réservant aux travailleurs infectés une salle de repas ou un vestiaire, par exemple. Ces derniers doivent aussi porter des équipements de protection adéquats, souligne le MSSS.

    Principe de précaution
    Une autre infirmière ayant 20 années d’expérience, qui souhaite aussi rester anonyme, a dû travailler malgré un test positif de COVID-19 et des symptômes d’une infection. Elle faisait de son mieux pour éviter ses collègues et elle allait dans un coin « où il n’y avait personne » quand elle avait besoin de se moucher.

    « Je ne l’ai pas dit à mes patients, parce que je ne voulais pas leur faire peur », explique l’infirmière.

    « Les gens étaient choqués de savoir qu’ils pouvaient être soignés par une infirmière non vaccinée, mais ils ne savent peut-être pas que les travailleurs de la santé sont susceptibles d’être contagieux », ajoute-t-elle.

    La Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) soutient que les travailleuses de la santé infectées à la COVID-19 devraient s’isoler pendant 10 jours.

    « Nous prônons le principe de précaution au bénéfice des travailleuses, mais aussi pour les patients. On ne doit pas faire de compromis sur la santé et la sécurité des patients et des travailleuses », fait valoir Benoit Hamilton, attaché de presse de la FIQ.

    Le travail des infirmières atteintes de COVID-19 « ne semble pas une pratique généralisée pour l’instant », selon le syndicat.

    De son côté, l’Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec rappelle que ses membres n’ont « aucune obligation déontologique d’informer leurs patients de leur condition de santé ».

    Une infirmière qui se rend au travail en se sachant malade « doit en aviser son employeur et respecter les règles de prévention des infections », dont le port d’équipements de protection pour protéger ses patients.

    « Par contre, si elle considère qu’elle n’est pas apte à se rendre au travail au point d’affecter la qualité des soins à prodiguer, elle doit se retirer et en aviser son employeur. »

    #covid-19 #coronavirus #santé #pandémie #sars-cov-2 #Hôpital #Santé #Santé_Publique #Soignants #Soignantes #Médecine #esclavage ? #Travail #crise_sanitaire #conditions_de_travail

  • HCR - Le Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés préconise la création d’un mécanisme régional pour faire face aux déplacements sans précédent au Mexique et en Amérique centrale

    Le Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés préconise la création d’un mécanisme régional pour faire face aux déplacements sans précédent au Mexique et en Amérique centrale
    GENÈVE – Le Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, Filippo Grandi, a conclu une visite de dix jours au Mexique, au Salvador et au Guatemala par un appel sans équivoque en faveur de la mise en place d’un mécanisme régional qui permettrait de renforcer, de coordonner et de créer des synergies entre les différents programmes, politiques et initiatives visant à faire face à l’ampleur et à la complexité sans précédent qui caractérisent les mouvements de population au Mexique et en Amérique centrale. « Plutôt que d’ériger des murs pour retenir les gens, nous devrions plutôt aider ceux qui se déplacent à rester chez eux en créant les conditions nécessaires pour qu’ils n’aient pas besoin de partir et que ceux qui doivent s’enfuir trouvent ce dont ils ont besoin plus près de chez eux », a expliqué Filippo Grandi. « Ce dont nous avons besoin, c’est d’un mécanisme régional pour générer des synergies entre les différents programmes, alliances, plateformes et forums existants qui tentent de s’attaquer aux causes structurelles de la mobilité humaine et de trouver des solutions. »
    Le déplacement de près d’un million de personnes au Mexique et en Amérique centrale est dû à un certain nombre de facteurs économiques, sociaux et humanitaires interconnectés, notamment le manque d’opportunités, l’insécurité causée par les gangs et le crime organisé, les ravages de la pandémie de Covid-19 et les effets du changement climatique. En outre, les migrants et les demandeurs d’asile venant de plus loin au sud et des Caraïbes transitent de plus en plus par l’Amérique centrale. Cette année, plus de 100 000 hommes, femmes et enfants ont entrepris la traversée de la jungle du Darien entre la Colombie et le Panama, tandis qu’au cours des six premiers mois de 2021, le Mexique a reçu le troisième plus grand nombre de demandes d’asile au monde. « Le Mexique et le Guatemala ne sont pas seulement des lieux de transit, mais de plus en plus des pays où les réfugiés et les migrants trouvent la sécurité et un accès à des opportunités », a déclaré Filippo Grandi. « Dans ces deux pays, j’ai vu de nombreuses manifestations de générosité, un accueil chaleureux et de véritables efforts pour intégrer les réfugiés dans le tissu social et économique. J’ai également rencontré de nombreux réfugiés qui sont heureux de travailler, d’étudier et de contribuer de différentes manières au bien-être de leurs communautés d’accueil ». Le HCR collabore avec les gouvernements, la société civile et d’autres partenaires pour renforcer les systèmes d’asile au Mexique, au Guatemala et dans d’autres pays d’Amérique centrale, et plaide pour des alternatives migratoires en faveur de ceux qui en ont besoin. De nombreuses personnes déracinées par la violence dans la région ne franchissent pas de frontières internationales mais restent dans leur propre pays. Au cours de sa visite, le Haut Commissaire a pu constater les efforts déployés par le Salvador pour renforcer sa législation, ses politiques publiques et ses programmes afin de répondre aux besoins de protection, de services et d’assistance pour les personnes déplacées à l’intérieur du pays. Le mardi 30 novembre, le Haut Commissaire a participé à la 4e réunion annuelle du Cadre régional de protection et de solutions (MIRPS, selon l’acronyme espagnol), qui réunit le Belize, le Costa Rica, le Salvador, le Guatemala, le Honduras, le Mexique et le Panama dans le but de coordonner les réponses régionales et nationales visant à s’attaquer aux causes profondes des déplacements forcés, à apporter des réponses efficaces aux besoins de protection de la population déplacée, des demandeurs d’asile, des réfugiés et des rapatriés ayant besoin de protection, ainsi qu’à la recherche de solutions durables.


  • À Venise, tensions après la réouverture de la lagune aux croisières

    Après 17 mois d’interruption pour cause de pandémie de Covid-19, un premier navire de croisière a levé les amarres samedi à Venise, réveillant la polémique entre partisans et opposants à la présence de ces monstres des mers dans la célèbre lagune italienne.
    . . . . . . . .
    Le MSC Orchestra, arrivé vide jeudi en provenance du port grec du Pirée, est reparti avec environ 650 passagers, qui ont dû présenter un test négatif datant de moins de 4 jours et se soumettre à un nouveau test pour pouvoir embarquer.
    . . . . . . . .
    Le MSC Orchestra n’est autorisé à embarquer au total que la moitié de sa capacité de 3.000 passagers, pour respecter les mesures anti-Covid. Il doit faire étape à Bari (sud de l’Italie), Corfou (Grèce), Mykonos (Grèce) et Dubrovnik (Croatie).
    . . . . . . . .

    #variant #Costa_Croisières #croisière #tourisme #croisières #méditerranée #covid-19 #coronavirus #pandémie #contamination

    L’intégrale : https://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/a-venise-tensions-apres-la-reouverture-de-la-lagune-aux-croisieres-20210606

  • Costa Croisières reprend la mer après une longue pause due au Covid 1 er Mai 2021 - afp/ther

    Le groupe italien Costa Croisières a repris la mer samedi soir depuis le port de Savone (nord-ouest) avec son navire amiral Costa Smeralda, après plus de quatre mois de pause forcée due à la pandémie de coronavirus.

    Maintes fois reporté, le départ de ce navire amiral du groupe italien Costa Croisières, numéro un en Europe, a finalement eu lieu à 18h00, avec à son bord environ 1500 passagers, soit un quart de sa capacité d’accueil théorique.

    Ce périple en Méditerranée durera de trois à sept jours, selon les formules, avec des escales sur la côte italienne à La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Naples, Messine et Cagliari. . . . .

    La suite : https://www.rts.ch/info/monde/12166232-costa-croisieres-reprend-la-mer-apres-une-longue-pause-due-au-covid.htm

     #covid-19 #coronavirus #pandémie #contamination #variant #Costa_Croisières #croisière #tourisme #croisières #méditerranée

  • Le Ghana et l’Afrique du Sud devant la France pour la liberté de la presse Philippe Rosenthal

    Le #journalisme, « principal vaccin » contre la désinformation en pleine pandémie, est « totalement ou partiellement bloqué » dans plus de 130 pays, rapporte Reporters sans frontières (RSF), qui a publié ce mardi 20 avril l’édition 2021 de son classement mondial de la liberté de la presse.

    La #France absente de la zone blanche de la carte de la liberté de la presse. « Le journalisme, est totalement ou partiellement bloqué dans 73 % des pays évalués », écrit Reporters sans frontières (RSF). Tous les ans la situation sur la liberté de la presse dans 180 pays et territoires est scrutée par l’ organisation indépendante basée à Paris dotée d’un statut consultatif auprès de l’Organisation des Nations unies, de l’Unesco, du Conseil de l’Europe et de l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

    Ce rapport annuel montre que « l’exercice du journalisme », ce que RSF nomme comme étant le « principal vaccin contre le virus de la désinformation, est gravement entravé dans 73 des 180 Etats du Classement établi » par l’association et « restreint dans 59 autres, soit au total 73 % des pays évalués ». Ces chiffres correspondent au nombre de pays classés rouge ou noir sur la carte mondiale de la liberté de la presse, c’est-à-dire ceux dans lesquels le journalisme est dans une « situation difficile », voire « très grave » et à ceux classés dans la zone orange, où l’exercice de la profession est considérée comme « problématique ».

    La France (34e), classée pourtant jaune, dans le groupe où la situation est plutôt bonne selon RSF, est cependant derrière l’#Espagne (29e), le #Royaume-Uni (33e) et devant la #Slovénie (36e), classée toujours jaune, qui est, elle, classifiée par RSF comme étant un pays qui bloque le journalisme en obligeant, par exemple, l’agence de presse STA à suivre la ligne politique du gouvernement au risque d’être privée de financement d’Etat. La France, pays des droits de l’homme par excellence n’est en tout cas pas dans la zone blanche de la carte de la liberté de la presse, qui indique une situation d’exercice du journalisme sinon optimale du moins très satisfaisante comme cela est le cas pour la #Norvège, la #Finlande, la #Suède, le #Danemark.

    Les #Etats-Unis et la France derrière des pays africains. La France, classée donc en jaune, se trouve, comme le montre RSF derrière des pays comme, la #Costa_Rica, la #Jamaïque, l’#Uruguay, le #Suriname, la #Namibie, le #Cap-Vert, le #Ghana et l’#Afrique_du_Sud. L’organisation indépendante, qui place curieusement le Royaume-Uni (33e) juste devant la France alors qu’il garde le journaliste d’investigation, Julian #Assange, dans la prison à haute sécurité de #Belmarsh, où sa santé physique et mentale continuent de se dégrader, met la Russie en rouge en indiquant que ce pays a « déployé son appareil répressif pour limiter la couverture médiatique des manifestations liées à l’opposant Alexeï #Navalny ».

    Le deux poids, deux mesures est, d’emblée visible dans ce rapport. En effet, pourquoi placer le Royaume-Uni en 33e position et la #Russie en 150e quand un reporter de renommé international ayant dénoncé les violations des droits de l’Homme et les meurtres de l’armée américaine est enfermé en prison à Londres ? Il semble que RSF prenne une défense arbitraire pour un pays occidental et porte un bandeau sur les yeux. Pourtant, RSF, souligne que le cas du fondateur de #Wikileaks est un « type de revers pour le journalisme ».

    Même si les Etats-Unis sont d’après RSF en 44e position et classée toujours en jaune bien loin derrière la France et le #Ghana, le problème a été, selon l’organisation, la dernière année du mandat de Donald Trump qui « s’est caractérisée par un nombre record d’agressions (près de 400) et d’arrestations de journalistes (130), selon le US Press Freedom Tracker, dont RSF est partenaire ».

    L’organisation Reporters sans frontières, qui même si elle prend une position favorable pour le Royaume-Uni alors que Julian Assange y est emprisonné, ne peut pas cacher le fait que la liberté de la presse est réellement en danger dans de nombreux pays occidentaux. Aussi, on peut vraiment écrire que la France, le Royaume-Uni et les Etats-Unis peuvent apprendre de pays africains comme le Ghana et l’Afrique du Sud. Cela prouve que de graves dérives non démocratiques ont actuellement lieu dans ces pays.

    Même si « l’Europe et l’Amérique (Nord et Sud) restent les continents les plus favorables à la liberté de la presse » et « même si la zone des Amériques enregistre cette année la plus grande dégradation des scores régionaux (+2,5 %) », RSF informe que « le continent européen accuse pour sa part une détérioration conséquente de son indicateur “#Exactions” » car « les actes de violence ont plus que doublé au sein de la zone Union européenne-Balkans, alors que cette dégradation est de 17 % au niveau mondial ».

    L’organisation indépendante et défenderesse de la presse https://rsf.org/fr/classement-mondial-de-la-liberte-de-la-presse-2021-le-journalisme-est-un-vaccin précise que « les agressions contre les journalistes et les interpellations abusives se sont notamment multipliées » en #Pologne (64e, -2), en #Grèce (70e, -5) , en #Serbie (93e) et en #Bulgarie (112e, -1) mais aussi en #Allemagne, en France (34e) et en #Italie (41e).

    • Classement mondial de la liberté de la presse 2021 : le journalisme est un vaccin contre la désinformation, bloqué dans plus de 130 pays

      L’édition 2021 du Classement mondial de la liberté de la presse établi par Reporters sans frontières (RSF) démontre que le principal vaccin contre le virus de la désinformation, à savoir le journalisme, est totalement ou partiellement bloqué dans 73 % des pays évalués par RSF.


      Le Classement mondial de la liberté de la presse, qui évalue tous les ans la situation de la liberté de la presse dans 180 pays et territoires, montre que l’exercice du journalisme, principal vaccin contre le virus de la désinformation, est gravement entravé dans 73 des 180 Etats du Classement établi par RSF et restreint dans 59 autres, soit au total 73 % des pays évalués. Ces chiffres correspondent au nombre de pays classés rouge ou noir sur la carte mondiale de la liberté de la presse, c’est-à-dire ceux dans lesquels le journalisme est dans une “situation difficile”, voire “très grave” et à ceux classés dans la zone orange, où l’exercice de la profession est considérée comme “problématique”.

      Le blocage du journalisme est révélé par les données du Classement qui mesurent les restrictions d’accès et les entraves à la couverture de l’actualité. RSF a enregistré une dégradation flagrante de l’indicateur sur la question. Les journalistes sont confrontés à une “fermeture des accès” au terrain comme aux sources d’information, du fait ou au prétexte de la crise sanitaire. Seront-ils d’ailleurs rouverts après la fin de la pandémie ? L’étude montre une difficulté croissante pour les journalistes d’enquêter et de faire des révélations sur des sujets sensibles, en particulier en Asie et au Moyen-Orient, ainsi qu’en Europe.

      Le baromètre Edelman Trust 2021 révèle une défiance inquiétante du public envers les journalistes : 59 % des personnes interrogées dans 28 pays considèrent que les journalistes tentent délibérément d’induire le public en erreur en diffusant des informations dont il savent qu’elles sont fausses. Néanmoins, la rigueur et le pluralisme journalistiques permettent de contrer la désinformation et les “infodémies”, c’est-à-dire les manipulations et les rumeurs.

      Par exemple, face à la Covid-19, les présidents Bolsonaro au Brésil (111e, -4) et Maduro au Venezuela (148e, -1) ont fait la promotion de médicaments dont l’efficacité n’a jamais été prouvée par le monde médical : heureusement, des enquêtes comme celles de l’Agência Pública brésilienne ou des articles fouillés publiés par les derniers journaux indépendants vénézuéliens ont établi la vérité des faits. En Iran (174e, -1), les autorités ont renforcé leur contrôle sur l’information et multiplié les condamnations de journalistes pour mieux minimiser le nombre de décès liés à la Covid-19. En Egypte (166e), le pouvoir du président al-Sissi interdit tout simplement la publication de chiffres sur la pandémie autres que ceux du ministère de la Santé. Au Zimbabwe (130e, -4), le journaliste d’investigation Hopewell Chin’ono a été jeté en prison peu de temps après avoir révélé un scandale de détournement d’argent public dans l’acquisition de matériel destiné à lutter contre l’épidémie.

      Les principales évolutions au Classement mondial
      => https://rsf.org/fr/classement-mondial-de-la-liberte-de-la-presse-2021-le-journalisme-est-un-vaccin

    • Le Comité Vérité et Justice 31, la Case de Santé, Grisélidis, le Jeko, Toulouse Anti Cra et Révolte Décoloniale appellent à une journée d’action le samedi 20 mars 2021 afin de protester contre l’impunité du racisme d’État, de l’islamophobie, du sexisme, des violences et des crimes des forces de l’ordres.

  • Amérique centrale : la crise de trop

    Les nouvelles de l’Amérique centrale sont mauvaises. Tandis que deux énièmes ouragans dévastateurs, boostés par le réchauffement des océans, viennent de frapper l’isthme coup sur coup, la pandémie de coronavirus exacerbe, c’est peu dire, les profondes crises qui le déchirent. Crises économique, politique, sociale, environnementale… et, par voie de conséquence, crise migratoire : nombreux sont les Centro-Américain.es qui rêvent en effet d’échapper à leur condition, caractérisée par des niveaux de précarité (...) #Le_regard_du_CETRI

    / #Analyses, #Le_Sud_en_mouvement, #Le_regard_du_CETRI, #Nicaragua, #Costa_Rica, #Guatemala, #Salvador, #Honduras, Homepage - Actualités à la (...)




    Alors tout commence vers mars quand l’épidémie explose, confinement, tout ça vous savez. A l’époque je suis en 5e année de médecine à Paris Descartes. Rapidement la fac en coopération avec l’aphp commence à recruter des étudiants pour
    Aller dans diverses missions COVID. Pour ma part, je débute une première mission sous la direction de la responsable du Bureau du Personnel Médical (= BPM) de l’HEGP, mon taff consiste à lister tous les #étudiants recrutés, les heures faites etc dans un but de RÉMUNÉRATION
    (les étudiants recrutés à l’HEGP je précise)

    Assez vite finalement je dois abandonner mes fonctions car les étudiants recrutés passent sous la responsabilité du Bureau du Personnel Non Médical (= BPNM) pour des raisons d’administration (pas possible de payer autrement)

    Le but étant que les étudiants soit rémunérés selon le #salaire horaire d’un.e IDE niveau 1 ou 2 (je me rappelle plus) mais globalement 12€/h.

    Et moi, je me retrouve dans mon ancien service de rea parce qu’ils ont besoin d’externes pour faire du travail aide soignant,
    Infirmier, de secrétariat, d’appel des familles etc....

    J’y reste pendant plus de 6 semaines, (je vois pas ma famille, je suis explosée au COVID tous les jours mais bref), je fais en tout plus de 100h, dont des weekends, parfois je fais deux semaines d’affilée sans pause
    J’abrège pour en arriver au total de ce que je suis censée toucher : 1500€ de salaire COVID à peu près (en plus de la prime COVID).

    En parallèle, pendant ces 6 semaines, la fac et les chefs de sevice nous garantissent qu’on va être payés, et merci, et vous êtes formidables, et
    Qu’est ce qu’on ferait sans vous etcetcetc

    Avril arrive, pas de salaire COVID, mais je suis pas la seule. Ok les élus étudiants nous disent que ça va arriver y’a du retard.
    Mai arrive, pas de salaire COVID.
    Juin arrive, prime COVID ok comme tt le monde mais pas de salaire COVID
    Donc là je commence à m’impatienter, avec les externes d’autres services concernés on va voir la responsable du BPNM qui nous dit qu’effectivement c’est bizarre, qu’on devrait être payés. Elle prend nos noms, nos heures, nos RIB, tout ce qu’il faut.

    Là, je vous avoue que je sais plus ce qui s’est passé exactement à chaque mois mais le résumé est le suivant :

    On retourne demander où est notre salaire. Et là d’un seul coup la responsable du BPNM dit qu’on nous avait jamais dit qu’on allait être payés, qu’on a pas signé de
    Contrats (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on est externes !!!!!?!), qu’il est hors de question qu’on soit payés, que les consignes de « là haut » s’y opposent formellement, que la fac nous a promis ça sans l’accord de l’aphp.

    Nous sommes plus de 50 étudiants concernés seulement sur l’HEGP
    (et je reçois encore des messages toutes les semaines de nouvelles personnes qui se manifestent)
    J’estime environ 50000€ de salaires non versés...

    #covid-19 #externes #médecine #hôpital #soignants #cost-killers #toctoc

  • HCR - Les difficultés se multiplient pour les réfugiés les plus âgés dans le contexte de la pandémie de Covid-19

    Les difficultés se multiplient pour les réfugiés les plus âgés dans le contexte de la pandémie de Covid-19. Le déclin physique, l’aggravation des difficultés économiques et l’isolement rendent la vie plus difficile pour les personnes âgées, qui représentent quatre pour cent de la population déracinée dans le monde.
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Malgré ses problèmes de genoux et son hypertension, Esperanza*, une Nicaraguayenne de 69 ans, demandeuse d’asile, se levait tous les jours à l’aube pour aller récolter le café afin de subvenir aux besoins de sa famille au Costa Rica. « Notre âge nous empêche de faire ce que nous devrions faire pour subvenir à nos besoins alimentaires », explique cette grand-mère, qui a dix petits-enfants et qui avait fui le Nicaragua en 2018, après une répression gouvernementale contre les manifestations de rue dans ce pays.« Récolter du café est très exigeant physiquement, et à notre âge, il est très difficile d’être dehors toute la journée, parfois dans le froid et tremblant sous la pluie battante. Si nous étions plus jeunes, ce serait plus facile », explique-t-elle.
    Pour Esperanza et son mari, qui a également fui au Costa Rica, la vie était déjà « une lutte quotidienne » dans ce pays étranger où ils étaient venus en quête de sécurité. Et maintenant, avec la pandémie de Covid-19, cette situation ne fait que s’aggraver.Le travail d’Esperanza s’est fait plus rare et elle et son mari ont pris du retard dans le paiement de leur logement, et ont été menacés d’expulsion. « Notre âge nous empêche de faire ce que nous devrions faire pour subvenir à nos besoins alimentaires. »
    Le HCR, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, leur a fourni une assistance qui leur a permis de payer le loyer qu’ils devaient et d’ainsi garder leur logement. Les demandeurs d’asile âgés, comme Esperanza, représentent environ quatre pour cent de la population relevant de la compétence du HCR dans le monde. Des Amériques, à l’Afrique et à l’Asie, beaucoup rapportent que leur vie déjà difficile devient encore plus difficile à mesure que la pandémie se propage. Depuis qu’il a fui les violences au Cameroun en février de l’année dernière, James Orock, un réfugié de 68 ans installé dans le sud du Nigéria, recevait une assistance financière de son fils, qui se trouve en Chine. Mais comme l’entreprise de son fils a souffert de la pandémie, il ne reçoit plus les sommes sur lesquelles il comptait.


  • 10 chansons d’Amérique latine sur la pandémie

    Latinoamérica le canta a la pandemia : música para sanar


    Desde que comenzó la pandemia artistas de distintas corrientes han reflejado qué significa para ellos la crisis actual en el mundo.

    Entre ellos se encuentran los músicos, quienes, además de haber ofrecido conciertos online, han seguido escribiendo canciones que luego comparten en sus redes sociales.

    Esta es una lista de 10 músicos de América Latina que le han cantado a la pandemia.
    Costa Rica
    El Salvador

    ping @sinehebdo

  • Nîmes : 12 mois de prison dont 6 avec sursis pour le gilet jaune Roland Veuillet - Le Poing

    Le 27 mai 2016 à Lunel, face à #Roland_Veuillet, Emmanuel #Macron a déclaré : "La meilleure façon de se payer un #costard, c’est de travailler".

    Le verdict est tombé hier, jeudi 2 juillet : Roland Veuillet, #gilet_jaune et syndicaliste Nîmois connu pour son engagement et pour l’acharnement judiciaire dont il est victime, a été condamné à 12 mois de #prison (six mois ferme avec mandat de dépôt et six avec sursis), plus 1500 euros d’amende.

    Pour rappel, Roland Veuillet s’est fait arrêter lors d’une action de soutien aux sans papiers le 30 mai à Nîmes pour non respect de son contrôle judiciaire, formulé en attente d’un précédent procès reporté déjà maintes fois. Il avait alors été placé en détention provisoire à la maison d’arrêt de Nîmes.

    Contacté par la rédaction du Poing, un de ses proches et membre de son comité de libération nous a expliqué le déroulement de l’audience.

    « Le procès a été très long. Le procureur a demandé 18 mois dont 9 ferme. La cour a délibéré, l’a reconnu coupable de tous les chefs d’inculpations qui le visaient, et l’a condamné à 12 mois de prison, six mois ferme avec mandat de dépôt et six mois avec sursis, plus 1500 euros d’amende aux policiers qui ont porté plainte contre lui. Il n’avait pas d’avocat. Il a demandé en ouverture du procès son report et son dépaysement. Le tribunal a refusé. C’était un huis clos pour cause de Covid, mais on était 70 militants devant le tribunal. Il est reparti ensuite à la maison d’arrêt. On ne sait pas si il va faire appel. »

    Avant son arrestation, Roland Veuillet avait entamé une procédure de recours contre le procureur de Nîmes pour dénoncer la partialité de celui-ci et protester contre et l’acharnement judiciaire dont il est victime.

  • Nicaraguan migration and COVID-19, explained – The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate


    The second pandemic wave in Costa Rica has struck the Northern Zone, where vulnerable populations have become the country’s new coronavirus epicenter.

  • COVID-19 impacting vulnerable Costa Ricans in the United States – The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate


    Michael Mora, 30, left for the United States two years ago. The search for the so-called “American dream” led him to leave Puntarenas and travel to New Jersey, with the aim of saving money and then starting a business in Costa Rica.

    But COVID-19 took his life in April.

  • Panama seeks to bring migrants stranded by COVID-19 to Costa Rica – The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate


    Panama intends to transport some 1,900 migrants, who have been stranded in that country due to COVID-19 after crossing the inhospitable Darien jungle, closer to the border with Costa Rica, the Panamanian government announced Saturday after a resolution by the Inter-American Court.

  • Suits: Articles of Interest - 99% Invisible

    Menswear can seem boring. If you look at any award show, most of the men are dressed in black pants and black jackets. This uniform design can be traced back to American Revolution, classical statuary, and one particular bloke bopping around downtown London way back in the 1770s.

    #vêtement #mode #masculinité #dandy #costume #costard #Beau_Brummell

  • ’Dengue kills too’: Latin America faces two epidemics at once

    ’Dengue kills too’: Latin America faces two epidemics at once

    Experts expect 2020 to be marked by high rates of dengue, which can fill ICUs even absent the pressures of coronavirus. ’Dengue kills too’: Latin America faces two epidemics at once #Dengue #LatinAmerica #Coronaviruspandemic #Colombia #Ecuador #CostaRica #Panama #Paraguay #Health

  • Le Costa Rica a rejeté plus de 10 000 migrants nicaraguayens pendant la pandémie


    Plus de 10 000 Nicaraguayens ont été rejetés dans leur tentative de entrée irrégulière au Costa Rica depuis la fermeture des frontières décrétée mi-mars pour réduire les infections à COVID-19.

  • Macron : l’insupportable comédie du 1er Mai - Page 1 | Mediapart

    Emmanuel Macron cajole les travailleurs qu’il n’a cessé de rabrouer jusque-là. Il veut retrouver « les 1er Mai joyeux, chamailleurs parfois », omettant les violences policières des derniers défilés.

    À certains moments, on en viendrait même à se demander si tout cela n’est pas une vaste plaisanterie. C’est le cas lorsqu’Emmanuel Macron apparaît, au matin du vendredi 1er mai, dans une courte vidéo postée sur son compte Twitter, pour saluer « les travailleuses et les travailleurs de notre pays », regretter que ce jour « ne ressemble à aucun autre » et promettre, en insistant par un silence, parce qu’il faut toujours bien scander son propos, que « nous les retrouverons, ces 1er Mai heureux, ensemble, unis ».

    Comme il le fait chaque année, le président de la République a profité de la journée internationale des travailleurs pour adresser « une pensée » à tous ceux qu’il écoute à peine le reste du temps. Les organisations syndicales, d’abord, « qui ne peuvent tenir les traditionnels défilés ». Les soignants, les agriculteurs, les fonctionnaires, les salariés, les indépendants, ensuite. Bref, tous ceux grâce auxquels « la Nation tient », comme le chef de l’État semble en avoir brutalement pris conscience à la lumière de la crise sanitaire.

    Depuis le début de l’épidémie, il n’en finit plus de les remercier, usant et abusant d’une mystérieuse ardoise magique censée effacer tout ce qu’il s’est passé durant les trois premières années de son quinquennat. « Il nous faudra nous rappeler aussi que notre pays, aujourd’hui, tient tout entier sur des femmes et des hommes que nos économies reconnaissent et rémunèrent si mal », lançait-il le 13 avril, comme si de rien n’était. Sur les réseaux sociaux, il retweete régulièrement des particuliers pour applaudir les pompiers, les responsables associatifs, les éboueurs…

    Cette communication sous forme de rédemption politique ne trompe personne. Car depuis trois ans, ce sont les mêmes travailleurs qui défilent dans les rues pour dénoncer les réformes néolibérales qu’on leur impose. Les mêmes qui sont victimes d’un maintien de l’ordre devenu répression. « C’est bien grâce au travail, célébré ce jour, que la Nation tient », se félicite pourtant Emmanuel Macron dans sa courte allocution, oubliant au passage que le 1er Mai, on ne célèbre pas le travail, mais les luttes des travailleurs et des travailleuses.

    Bien qu’il n’ait pas grand-chose à voir avec ce qu’il appelle « l’esprit du 1er Mai », le président de la République tente toutefois de s’y incruster en utilisant le « nous ». « Privés des rituels de cette journée, nous en éprouvons aujourd’hui toute la valeur, tout le sens. Avec cette volonté forte : retrouver dès que possible les 1er Mai joyeux, chamailleurs parfois, qui font notre Nation », dit-il. « Les 1er Mai joyeux, chamailleurs parfois » ? « Chamailleurs » ? Mais de quoi le chef de l’État parle-t-il exactement en employant des mots aussi infantilisants ?

    Du 1er Mai 2018, jour où Alexandre Benalla, alors toujours en poste à l’Élysée, était filmé place de la Contrescarpe à Paris, en train de frapper un jeune homme ? Ou bien du 1er Mai 2019, où des manifestants avaient été contraints de se réfugier au pied des immeubles de l’hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière pour échapper aux lacrymogènes et aux charges policières ? Voilà des années que les 1er Mai ne sont plus « joyeux ». Des années que les organisations syndicales dénoncent un maintien de l’ordre « scandaleux et inadmissible dans notre démocratie ».

    Des années durant lesquelles les libertés publiques, à commencer par celle de manifester, n’ont cessé d’être bafouées par des violences policières dont le pouvoir continue de nier le caractère systémique. « Ne parlez pas de “répression” ou de “violences policières”, ces mots sont inacceptables dans un État de droit », avait tranché Emmanuel Macron, en mars 2019, quand le recours disproportionné de la France au lanceur de balles de défense (LBD) inquiétait déjà sur la scène internationale, de l’ONU au Conseil de l’Europe.

    La communication présidentielle atteint ici les limites du supportable. Entendre le chef de l’État rendre grâce au « dévouement » des personnels soignants, alors qu’il tançait, en avril 2018, une infirmière du CHU de Rouen qui réclamait des moyens supplémentaires, est exaspérant. L’écouter vanter « l’esprit du 1er Mai », un an tout juste après que son ministre de l’intérieur Christophe Castaner a inventé une « attaque » à l’hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière, l’est tout autant.

    Depuis le début du confinement, Emmanuel Macron remercie comme des enfants les Françaises et les Français pour « l’effort » qu’il leur « demande » et la « solidarité » dont ils font preuve dans cette crise sanitaire. Dans le même temps, les « témoignages de jeunes hommes disant faire l’objet d’amendes en grand nombre et de manière abusive » se multiplient, comme le notait dans cet entretien Aline Daillère, juriste de formation et spécialiste des droits humains. Des policiers débarquent à domicile pour des banderoles au balcon. D’autres sont même pris en flagrant délit de racisme. Et ce, sans même parler des mensonges répétés de l’exécutif sur les masques qui continuent de manquer cruellement.

    Le récit du pouvoir, qui reste vertical tout en prônant une héroïsation artificielle des travailleurs, se fracasse aujourd’hui sur le réel. Les principaux concernés ne s’en laissent d’ailleurs pas conter : « Arrêtez de nous qualifier de héros. Un héros se sacrifie pour une cause. Je ne veux pas me sacrifier : en tout état de cause, c’est VOUS qui me sacrifiez », écrivait fin mars une infirmière sur sa page Facebook. « Vous pouvez compter sur moi, l’inverse reste à prouver… », lançait également un médecin au président de la République, fin février. Face à une telle défiance, les mots placebos ne suffisent plus. Pire encore : ils aggravent la situation.

    #mépris #1er_mai