• International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia

    (19 pages +annexes) (A/HRC/51/46)

    19 September 2022

    ​In its resolution S-33/1, on the situation of human rights in Ethiopia, adopted on 17 December 2021, the Human Rights Council decided to establish, for a period of one year, renewable as necessary, an international commission of human rights experts on Ethiopia, comprising three human rights experts, to be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council, to complement the work undertaken by the joint investigative team.

    https://www.ohchr.org/en/hr-bodies/hrc/ichre-ethiopa/index

    In the present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution S-33/1, the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia presents its initial findings. The report concludes that there are reasonable grounds to believe that violations, such as extrajudicial killings, rape, sexual violence, and starvation of the civilian population as a method of warfare have been committed in Ethiopia since 3 November 2020. The Commission finds reasonable grounds to believe that, in several instances, these violations amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. The report provides an assessment of transitional justice developments and makes urgent recommendations.
    Selection of incidents and themes
    The Commission’s time and resource constraints obliged it to select a specific and manageable group of incidents and themes for which it could complete investigations in two months with limited resources. Although its selection reflects some of the most significant violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, while illustrating broader patterns, it does not allow the Commission to present a comprehensive picture. Although its mandate authorizes it to investigate incidents throughout the territory of Ethiopia, the Commission confined its investigations for this report to the hostilities in Tigray and Amhara regions. It acknowledges that its selection will frustrate many, especially in light of the broad and troubling range of allegations of violations in Ethiopia since 3 November 2020. The Commission hopes that it will have the opportunity to expand its investigations and findings with additional time, resources, and cooperation to include further incidents and themes, such as those set forth in section VII.

    Background
    After four years of anti-government protest and rising ethno-nationalist sentiment, Ethiopia’s ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) chose Dr. Abiy Ahmed from its Oromo wing as its new Prime Minister (PM) in April 2018. The new PM took office promising political and economic reform, amid great optimism and with strong international support. He was lauded for quickly making peace with neighbouring Eritrea. A comprehensive amnesty saw EPRDF’s political and armed opponents return to Ethiopia from exile, including in Eritrea, or released from jail.
    There are two accounts of what followed: Federal government spokespersons and their supporters (including in Eritrea) allege that TPLF veterans masterminded a series of violent attempts to sabotage or undermine the government, accusations they deny. Others claim the growth of vigorously anti-TPLF sentiment in government statements, and government-aligned media. Related narratives drew on anti-Tigrayan ethnic slurs that had surfaced in Eritrean propaganda during the Ethio-Eritrean war (1998-2000), in nationalist rhetoric around contested elections (2004-2006), and in Oromo (and Amhara) activism (2014-2018).
    Hate speech against Amhara and Oromo communities also proliferated in a newly competitive and ethnicised political environment. Political conflict erupted in inter- communal violence and religious tensions. In January 2019, the ENDF launched a counterinsurgency including airstrikes against the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) in western Oromia, in a conflict that has since continued and escalated. New leaders were installed in four regional states, and when a national Prosperity Party was established in December 2019, the TPLF (and some ruling Oromo politicians) declined to join.
    24. With the outbreak of COVID-19, the Federal Government postponed elections. Influential Oromo opposition leaders were arrested after further ethnicised violence. The TPLF pressed ahead with elections in Tigray in September 2020. Federal and Tigray regional governments declared one another’s actions ‘unconstitutional’, and fighting erupted on 3-4 November 2020.

    Conclusions :

    The Commission finds reasonable grounds to believe that the ENDF shelled Mekelle on 28 November 2020, killing and injuring civilians and striking civilian objects days after Tigrayan forces had left the city with their assets. ENDF soldiers committed widespread extrajudicial killings, rapes and other forms of sexual violence, and looting during the seven-month period stretching from 28 November 2020 to 28 June 2021. ENDF personnel also used civilian objects for military purposes and restricted access to medical treatment.

    The Commission finds reasonable grounds to believe that Tigrayan forces killed civilians and persons rendered hors de combat, raped, looted, and damaged or destroyed civilian infrastructure and property in Kobo and Chenna in late August and early September 2021.

    The Commission finds reasonable grounds to believe that the ENDF conducted a drone strike against the Dedebit IDP camp on 7 January 2022, killing and injuring approximately 60 civilians and destroying civilian infrastructure. It also finds reasonable grounds to believe that there were no soldiers or military equipment in or near the camp on the day of the attack.

    The Commission finds reasonable grounds to believe that the ENDF, EDF, and Fano have committed widespread acts of rape and sexual violence against Tigrayan women and girls. In some instances, the attackers expressed an intent to render the victims infertile and used dehumanising language that suggested an intent to destroy the Tigrayan ethnicity. Tigrayan Forces have also committed acts of rape and sexual violence, albeit on a smaller scale.

    The Commission finds reasonable grounds to believe that the Federal Government and allied regional State governments have implemented a widespread range of measures designed to systematically deprive the population of Tigray of material and services indispensable for its survival, including healthcare, shelter, water, sanitation, education and food.

    The Commission is deeply troubled by its findings because they reflect profound polarization and hatred along ethnic lines in Ethiopia. This has created a disturbing cycle of extreme violence and retribution, which raises the imminent threat of further and more pronounced atrocity crimes.
    127. Many of the indicators and triggers contained in the 2014 UN Framework for Analysis of Atrocity Crimes are present in Ethiopia today, including but not limited to:
    Dissemination of hate speech and absence of independent mechanisms to address it;
    Politicization of identity;
    Proliferation of local militias and other armed groups across the country;
    Particularly dehumanizing types of violence inflicted upon civilians on the basis of their ethnicity and perceived allegiance with the enemy;
    Imposition of strict controls on communication channels, including internet shutdowns; Widespread arbitrary detention on ethnic grounds; and
    Obstruction of humanitarian access and attacks on humanitarian aid workers.

    #Ethiopie#TPLF#Tigré#guerre#guerre_civile#Erythrée#ONU#crimes_de_guerre#OHCHR#rapport

  • Ethiopie : un massacre ordinaire ARTE Reportage (12mn)

    Il y a un an et demi, l’un des soldats a filmé le crime tout en l’encourageant. Quelques mois plus tard il est arrêté par le camp adverse, qui documente l’horreur des crimes de guerre de ses frères d’armes de l’Armée Ethiopienne.

    https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/109954-000-A/ethiopie-un-massacre-ordinaire

    A Mekele, la capitale du Tigré, nous avons rencontré « Fafi », le vidéaste amateur. Il reconnait les crimes de guerre et revient sur son état d’esprit à l’époque. Deux de ses frères d’armes de la 25em brigade témoignent eux aussi des circonstances du drame. Dans la prison où ils se trouvent, ces jeunes soldats côtoient 6000 autres prisonniers de guerre.

    A quoi reconnaît-on un massacre ethnique ?

    #Ethiopie #Tigré #conflit #guerre #Mekele #crimes_de_guerre #armée #guerre_civile #Corne_de_l'Afrique

  • [UKRAINE / RUSSIE] Progressions russes V/S montée en puissance ukrainienne : ANALYSE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JvSTRv1OI0

    Tous les 15 jours environs Xavier   #Tytelman publie une vidéo bilan assez détaillée sur la guerre en #Ukraine, l’état des forces en jeu, des avancées / reculs, du matériel, des pertes, etc.

    Ces images sont déjà terribles en elles-même ; il y a cette impression que les humains jouent à un jeu vidéo du style Words of Tanks grandeur nature… On y comprend comment sont utilisés les #drones d’observation pour guider les artilleries, ou découvre que l’armée Russe ressort du placard des très vieilles bombes et missiles (pour certaines déclassées), peu précises (probablement parce qu’ils ont utilisé déjà toutes celles qu’ils avaient de récent)…

    Une bonne partie de ce travail provient de l’#OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) qui vise à analyser les photos, vidéos, ou toute donnée devenue publique sur les réseaux sociaux, en les vérifiant, recoupant, datant, etc...

    Note : Je vous conseille d’arrêter la vidéo à 32 minutes (avant le dernier chapitre « Crimes contre l’humanité et tortures russes ») car bien qu’il ne montre pas de vidéo, le contenu est profondément *fortement choquant*.

    Je suis complètement perturbé et interloqué par comment les humains peuvent se détruire les uns les autres jusqu’à commettre de tels actes barbares sur leurs congénères. Ça parait tellement invraisemblable. Ou comment en prétextant d’éliminer le nazisme, on commet des actes tout autant dégueulasses. Comment ces soldats peuvent se permettre autant d’atrocités ? C’est affreusement dingue.

    #humanité #guerre #barbarie #torture #crimes_de_guerre #russie

  • Guerre en Ukraine : du matériel militaire français accusé d’avoir servi dans le massacre de Boutcha
    https://disclose.ngo/fr/article/des-equipements-militaires-francais-impliques-dans-le-massacre-de-boutcha

    Des caméras thermiques de Thales ont été retrouvées sur un char russe capturé par l’armée ukrainienne. Elles pourraient avoir été utilisées lors de crimes de guerre en Ukraine. Lire l’article

  • Ilan Pappé – Quatre leçons de la guerre en Ukraine- Acta
    https://acta.zone/ilan-pappe-quatre-lecons-de-la-guerre-en-ukraine

    Dans cette brève et incisive intervention, l’historien Ilan Pappé analyse l’hypocrisie et le deux poids deux mesures du discours occidental qui s’est révélé au grand jour avec l’offensive russe en Ukraine : du triage raciste des réfugiés à la légitimation des crimes de l’État d’Israël contre le peuple (...) @Mediarezo Actualité / #Mediarezo

  • Etiopia, i conti col passato: la strage di Addis Abeba del 1937

    Sono passati 85 anni ma gli eccidi compiuti dagli invasori italiani - quello di Addis Abeba e quello successivo di Debre Libanòs, ai danni di centinaia di monaci cristiano-copti -, sembrano non avere lasciato traccia nella memoria comune italiana, come del resto tutto il nostro passato coloniale. In Etiopia, invece, il 19 febbraio rappresenta il momento del ricordo di una tragedia collettiva

    È il 19 febbraio del 1937, nel calendario etiopico il 12 Yekatit 1929. Addis Abeba è in festa per celebrare davanti al Ghebì imperiale la nascita di Vittorio Emanuele, il figlio del re, del nuovo imperatore d’Etiopia. Otto granate esplodono alle spalle del viceré, il temutissimo Rodolfo Graziani, e provocano la morte di sette persone e circa cinquanta feriti. Sino al 21 febbraio la capitale etiopica sarà messa a ferro e fuoco, causando la morte e il ferimento di migliaia di civili.

    Quella strage, “Il massacro di Addis Abeba” come è stata definita dallo storico Ian Campbell nel suo testo dedicato all’analisi degli eventi avvenuti nel febbraio 1937, rappresenta solo l’inizio di una carneficina che coinvolgerà anche il monastero cristiano-copto di Debre Libanòs. Luogo mistico situato nella regione Oromo, a nord di Addis Abeba, divenne teatro di una storica “vergogna italiana” (per riprendere il sottotitolo del testo di Campbell).

    Paolo Borruso, nel suo testo Debre Libanòs 1937: il più grave crimine di guerra dell’Italia (edito da Laterza nel 2020), ricostruisce le inquietanti vicende che hanno contraddistinto una delle pagine più buie del colonialismo italiano. Il convento di Debre Libanòs era considerato il luogo di ospitalità di alcuni degli attivisti della resistenza etiopica che avevano partecipato all’attentato contro il viceré, anche se dalle ricostruzioni di Borruso emerge che gli attentatori si fossero solo ritirati brevemente presso il monastero.

    La strage, compiuta dalle truppe italiane guidate dal generale Pietro Maletti ai danni dei monaci, si consumò tra il 21 e il 29 maggio 1937, causando la morte di circa 450 monaci. Le spedizioni punitive elaborate dalla mente del generale Graziani (passato alla storia come il “macellaio del Fezzan”, per i metodi feroci utilizzati nella riconquista dell’area libica tra il 1929 e il 1930), sembra facessero parte di un piano ben dettagliato di violenza su vasta scala che aveva lo scopo di esibire la forza delle truppe coloniali italiane e costringere alla resa l’élite etiopica.

    Sono passati 85 anni ma, sia la strage di Addis Abeba, sia il massacro di Debre Libanòs, sembrano non avere lasciato traccia nella memoria comune italiana, come del resto tutto il nostro passato coloniale. Tralasciando le meritorie ricostruzioni storiche di Angelo Del Boca, la storiografia italiana ha poco sottolineato la gravità dei crimini commessi durante l’occupazione italiana dell’Etiopia.

    Nel 2006 alla Camera dei deputati fu presentato un progetto di legge recante il seguente titolo: Istituzione del «Giorno della memoria in ricordo delle vittime africane durante l’occupazione coloniale italiana». Nel preambolo della proposta di legge si riconosce l’importanza della strage e la si definisce come “giornata simbolo in memoria delle migliaia di civili africani etiopici, eritrei, libici e somali, morti nel corso delle conquiste coloniali”.

    In Etiopia, invece, il 19 febbraio rappresenta il momento di condivisione di una tragedia collettiva. Nel 1955 un obelisco è stato eretto nella capitale per commemorare questa “inutile strage” e da allora, anche durante il governo socialista del Derg, ogni presidente ha reso omaggio alle vittime del colonialismo italiano. Se ancora parzialmente restano sul terreno le vestigia dell’architettura italiana in Etiopia (uno fra tanti il quartiere Incis, oggi Kazanchis), nella nostra memoria non vi sono neppure le macerie.

    https://www.nigrizia.it/notizia/etiopia-i-conti-col-passato-la-strage-di-addis-abeba-del-1937

    #fascisme #Italie #colonialisme #massacre #massacre_d'Addis_Abeba #19_février_1937 #Debre_Libanòs #Ethiopie #Italie #Italie_coloniale #colonialisme #histoire #passé_colonial #Rodolfo_Graziani #Graziani #Pietro_Maletti #Maletti #macellaio_del_Fezzan #violence #Incis #Kazanchis

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    ajouté à ce fil de discussion:
    #Addis_Ababa_massacre memorial service – in pictures
    https://seenthis.net/messages/671162
    et à la métaliste sur le colonialisme italien:
    https://seenthis.net/messages/871953

    • Debre Libanos 1937. Il più grave crimine di guerra dell’Italia

      Tra il 20 e il 29 maggio 1937 ebbe luogo, in Etiopia, il più grave eccidio di cristiani mai avvenuto nel continente africano: nel villaggio monastico di Debre Libanos, il più celebre e popolare santuario del cristianesimo etiopico, furono uccisi circa 2000 tra monaci e pellegrini, ritenuti ‘conniventi’ con l’attentato subito, il 19 febbraio, dal viceré Rodolfo Graziani. Fu un massacro pianificato e attuato con un’accurata strategia per causare il massimo numero di vittime, oltrepassando di gran lunga le logiche di un’operazione strettamente militare. Esso rappresentò l’apice di un’azione repressiva ad ampio raggio, tesa a stroncare la resistenza etiopica e a colpire, in particolare, il cuore della tradizione cristiana per il suo storico legame con il potere imperiale del negus. All’eccidio, attuato in luoghi isolati e lontani dalla vista, seguirono i danni collaterali, come il trafugamento di beni sacri, mai ritrovati, e le deportazioni di centinaia di ‘sopravvissuti’ in campi di concentramento o in località italiane, mentre la Chiesa etiopica subiva il totale asservimento al regime coloniale. L’accanimento con cui fu condotta l’esecuzione trovò terreno in una propaganda (sia politica che ‘religiosa’) che andò oltre l’esaltazione della conquista, fino al disprezzo che cominciò a circolare negli ambienti coloniali fascisti ed ecclesiastici nei confronti dei cristiani e del clero etiopici, con pesanti giudizi sulla loro fama di ‘eretici’, scismatici. Venne a mancare, insomma, un argine ad azioni che andarono oltre l’obiettivo della sottomissione, legittimate da una politica sempre più orientata in senso razzista. I responsabili di quel tragico evento non furono mai processati e non ne è rimasta traccia nella memoria storica italiana. A distanza di ottant’anni, la vicenda riappare con contorni precisi e inequivocabili che esigono di essere conosciuti in tutte le loro implicazioni storiche.

      https://www.laterza.it/scheda-libro/?isbn=9788858139639
      #crimes_de_guerre #livre

  • Mon pays fabrique des #armes

    Depuis quelques années, les ventes d’armes françaises explosent et notre pays est devenu le troisième exportateur mondial. Pourtant, le grand public sait peu de choses de ce fleuron industriel français, de ses usines, de ses salariés, des régions productrices d’armes et des grandes instances d’État chargées de les vendre.
    Car la France exporte massivement vers le Moyen-Orient. Beaucoup vers l’Arabie Saoudite. Au sein de l’État, qui arbitre lorsqu’il s’agit de vendre à des régimes suspectés de crimes de guerre ? A quoi la realpolitik nous contraint-elle ? Dans le reste de l’Europe, la société civile réagit à cette question. Si les armes sont si cruciales pour l’emploi des Français, si elles participent autant à l’indépendance de notre pays, pourquoi y sont-elles un angle mort du débat public ?

    http://www.film-documentaire.fr/4DACTION/w_fiche_film/54294_1

    #film #film_documentaire #documentaire
    #France #armement #commerce_d'armes #Dassault #Rafale #François_Hollande #Hollande #Inde #Qatar #Egypte #avions #bombes #munitions #missiles #MBDA #Nexter #Bourges #Avord #industrie_militaire #armée #La_Chapelle_Saint-Oursin #emploi #Jean-Yves_Le_Drian #ministère_de_l'armée #hélicoptère_Caïman #Direction_générale_de_l'armement (DGA) #commission_interministérielle_pour_l'étude_des_exportations_de_matériels_de_guerre (#CIEEMG) #Louis_Gautier #guerres #conflits #Cherbourg #CMN #Arabie_Saoudite #Yémen #crimes_de_guerre #ventes_d'armes #Traité_sur_le_commerce_des_armes (#TCA) #justice #contrat_Donas #Jean-Marc_Ayrault #licence_d'exportation #Jean-Charles_Larsonneur #canons_caesar #hypocrisie #impératif_de_vente #armes_de_surveillance #armes_d'interception #ERCOM #chiffrement #nexa_technologies #AMESYS #torture #complicité_d'actes_de_torture #Libye #al-Sissi #écoutes #Emmanuel_Macron #Macron #secret_défense

  • #Libye : preuves de #crimes_de_guerre et de #crimes_contre_l’humanité, selon des experts de l’#ONU

    Parmi les exactions dénoncées par la mission onusienne : des attaques contre des écoles ou des hôpitaux ou encore les violences subies par les migrants.

    Des crimes de guerre et des crimes contre l’humanité ont été commis en Libye depuis 2016, a conclu une #mission d’#enquête d’experts de l’ONU après une enquête sur place, indique l’AFP ce lundi, confirmant des faits dénoncés de longue date.

    La mission souligne que « les civils ont payé un lourd tribut » aux #violences qui déchirent la Libye depuis cinq ans, notamment en raison des attaques contre des écoles ou des hôpitaux. « Les #raids_aériens ont tué des dizaines de familles. La destruction d’infrastructures de santé a eu un impact sur l’#accès_aux_soins et les #mines_antipersonnel laissées par des #mercenaires dans des zones résidentielles ont tué et blessé des civils », souligne le rapport.

    Par ailleurs, les #migrants sont soumis à toutes sortes de violences « dans les #centres_de_détention et du fait des trafiquants », en tentant de trouver un passage vers l’Europe en Libye, a dénoncé l’un des auteurs de l’enquête. « Notre enquête montre que les #agressions contre les migrants sont commises à une large échelle par des acteurs étatiques et non étatiques, avec un haut degré d’organisation et avec les encouragements de l’Etat - autant d’aspects qui laissent à penser qu’il s’agit de crimes contre l’humanité ».

    Les #prisons

    Les experts soulignent aussi la situation dramatique dans les prisons libyennes, où les détenus sont parfois torturés quotidiennement et les familles empêchées de visiter. La #détention_arbitraire dans des #prisons_secrètes et dans des conditions insupportables est utilisée par l’Etat et les #milices contre tous ceux qui sont perçus comme une menace.

    « La violence est utilisée à une telle échelle dans les prisons libyennes et à un tel degré d’organisation que cela peut aussi potentiellement constituer un crime contre l’humanité », a souligné Tracy Robinson.

    Les auteurs du rapport notent que la justice libyenne enquête également sur la plupart des cas évoqués par la mission de l’ONU, mais notent que « le processus pour punir les gens coupables de violations ou de #maltraitances est confronté à des défis importants ».

    La mission composée de trois experts, Mohamed Auajjar, Chaloka Beyani et Tracy Robinson, a rassemblé des centaines de documents, interviewé 150 personnes et menée l’enquête en Libye même, mais aussi en Tunisie et en Italie.

    Cette mission indépendante a toutefois décidé de ne pas publier « la liste des individus et groupes (aussi bien libyens qu’étrangers) qui pourraient être responsables pour les violations, les abus et les crimes commis en Libye depuis 2016 ». « Cette liste confidentielle le restera, jusqu’à ce que se fasse jour le besoin de la publier ou de la partager » avec d’autres instances pouvant demander des comptes aux responsables.

    Le rapport doit être présenté au Conseil des droits de l’homme à Genève - la plus haute instance de l’ONU dans ce domaine - le 7 octobre.

    https://www.liberation.fr/international/afrique/libye-preuves-de-crimes-de-guerre-et-de-crimes-contre-lhumanite-selon-des

    #torture #migrations #rapport

  • Benny Gantz war crimes in Gaza case goes to Dutch appeals court
    September 17, 2021 - Quds News Network
    https://qudsnen.co/?p=29406

    Dutch court will hear an appeal on 23 September against a ruling that granted immunity to two former Israeli military commanders in a lawsuit related to war crimes in Gaza.

    One of those commanders is Benny Gantz, who was Israeli forces Chief and currently Israel’s war minister and deputy prime minister and the other is Amir Eshel, then air force chief.

    The Palestinian-Dutch citizen Ismail Ziada has been suing Gantz and Eshel, for the decision to bomb his family’s home during Israel’s 2014 aggrrssion on Gaza Strip.

    The Israeli aggression that time reduced his family’s three-floor building in al-Bureij refugee camp to rubble and killed his 70-year-old mother Muftia, his brothers Jamil, Yousif and Omar, sister-in-law Bayan, and 12-year-old nephew Shaban, as well as a seventh person visiting the family.

    Ziada sued the Israeli generals for more than $600,000 in damages plus court costs.

    During the 51 days of the 2014 aggression on Gaza, Israel attacked residential and other civilian buildings, an independent investigation commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council revealed.
    (...)
    In January 2020, the district court in The Hague denied Ziada access to justice by granting immunity to the Israeli commanders because the alleged crimes were committed while they acted in an official capacity.

    This ruling flew in the face of the Nuremberg principles – established after the trials of Nazi war criminals – that those who commit war crimes or crimes against humanity cannot hide behind their official functions, or the excuse that they were just following orders.

    Indeed, in his appeal, to be heard next week, Ziada will argue that there can be no immunity for such grave crimes.

    Although Ziada’s lawsuit is a civil action filed in the Dutch national courts, the principle that acting in an official capacity does not shield a person from accountability is now well recognized in international law.

    #crimes_de_Guerre #GAZA

  • Sexual violence used as weapon of war in Ethiopia’s Tigray, Amnesty finds

    Ethiopian and Eritrean troops have raped hundreds of women and girls during the Tigray war, subjecting some to sexual slavery and mutilation, Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday.

    Drawing from interviews with 63 survivors, the report sheds new light on a scourge already being investigated by Ethiopian law enforcement officials, with at least three soldiers convicted and 25 others charged.

    Some survivors said they had been gang-raped while held captive for weeks on end. Others described being raped in front of their family members.

    And some reported having objects including nails and gravel inserted into their vaginas, “causing lasting and possibly irreparable damage”, Amnesty said.

    “It’s clear that rape and sexual violence have been used as a weapon of war to inflict lasting physical and psychological damage on women and girls in Tigray,” said Amnesty’s secretary general Agnes Callamard.

    “Hundreds have been subjected to brutal treatment aimed at degrading and dehumanizing them.

    “The severity and scale of the sexual crimes committed are particularly shocking, amounting to war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.”

    ‘All of us were raped’

    Northern Ethiopia has been wracked by violence since November after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner, sent troops into Tigray to topple its regional ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

    He said the move came in response to TPLF attacks on federal army camps.

    As the conflict has deepened, the humanitarian toll has spiked, with aid workers struggling to reach cut-off populations and 400,000 people facing famine-like conditions in Tigray, according to the UN.

    Alleged perpetrators of rape include government soldiers, troops from neighbouring Eritrea – which has backed up Abiy – as well as security forces and militia fighters from Ethiopia’s Amhara region, Amnesty said.

    More than two dozen survivors told Amnesty they were raped by Eritreans alone, while others said Eritreans and Ethiopians had worked together.

    “They raped us and starved us. There were too many who raped us in rounds,” said one 21-year-old survivor who reported being held for 40 days.

    “We were around 30 women they took.... All of us were raped.”

    Investigations ongoing

    AFP has previously interviewed multiple survivors of gang rape perpetrated by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers.

    Amnesty said Wednesday that health facilities in Tigray had “registered 1,288 cases of gender-based violence from February to April 2021”, though doctors note that many survivors do not come forward.

    In February Ethiopia’s women’s minister Filsan Abdullahi Ahmed said rape had “without a doubt” taken place in Tigray. A task force she established has since sent a report to the attorney general’s office.

    On Tuesday, Filsan told AFP it was up to law enforcement officials to determine the scale of the problem and who was responsible.

    “I think they are doing their best... They have to go and really study thoroughly before they identify who committed the crimes.”

    But she added: “I would prefer them moving at a faster pace so I can say justice has been served, and I hope we will see justice being served.”

    In May, the attorney general’s office said three soldiers had been convicted and sentenced for rape and that an additional 25 had been charged with “committing acts of sexual violence and rape”.

    Investigations were continuing, it said.

    https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20210811-sexual-violence-used-as-weapon-of-war-in-ethiopia-s-tigray-amnest
    #Tigré #Ethiopie #guerre #viols #viol_comme_arme_de_guerre #abus_sexuels #violences_sexuelles

    • Ethiopia: Troops and militia rape, abduct women and girls in Tigray conflict – new report

      - Forces aligned to the Ethiopian government subjected hundreds of women and girls to sexual violence
      - Rape and sexual slavery constitute war crimes, and may amount to crimes against humanity

      Women and girls in Tigray were targeted for rape and other sexual violence by fighting forces aligned to the Ethiopian government, Amnesty International said today in a new report into the ongoing Tigray conflict.

      The report, ‘I Don’t Know If They Realized I Was A Person’: Rape and Other Sexual Violence in the Conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia, reveals how women and girls were subjected to sexual violence by members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), the Eritrean Defense Force (EDF), the Amhara Regional Police Special Force (ASF), and Fano, an Amhara militia group.

      Soldiers and militias subjected Tigrayan women and girls to rape, gang rape, sexual slavery, sexual mutilation and other forms of torture, often using ethnic slurs and death threats.

      “It’s clear that rape and sexual violence have been used as a weapon of war to inflict lasting physical and psychological damage on women and girls in Tigray. Hundreds have been subjected to brutal treatment aimed at degrading and dehumanizing them,” said Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

      “The severity and scale of the sexual crimes committed are particularly shocking, amounting to war crimes and possible crimes against humanity. It makes a mockery of the central tenets of humanity. It must stop.

      “The Ethiopian government must take immediate action to stop members of the security forces and allied militia from committing sexual violence, and the African Union should spare no effort to ensure the conflict is tabled at the AU Peace and Security Council.”

      The Ethiopian authorities should also grant access to the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights Commission of Inquiry, and the UN Secretary General should urgently send his Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict to Tigray.

      Amnesty International interviewed 63 survivors of sexual violence, as well as medical professionals. Twenty-eight survivors identified Eritrean forces as the sole perpetrators of rape.
      Widespread sexual violence

      The pattern of acts of sexual violence, with many survivors also witnessing rape of other women, indicates that sexual violence was widespread and intended to terrorize and humiliate the victims and their ethnic group.

      Twelve survivors said soldiers and militia raped them in front of family members, including children. Five were pregnant at the time.

      Letay*, a 20-year-old woman from Baaker, told Amnesty International she was attacked in her home in November 2020 by armed men who spoke Amharic and wore a mixture of military uniforms and civilian clothing.

      She said: “Three men came into the room where I was. It was evening and already dark… I did not scream; they gestured to me not to make any noise or they would kill me. They raped me one after the other… I was four months pregnant; I don’t know if they realized I was pregnant. I don’t know if they realized I was a person.”

      Nigist*, a 35-year-old mother-of-two from Humera said she and four other women were raped by Eritrean soldiers in Sheraro on 21 November 2020.

      She said: “Three of them raped me in front of my child. There was an eight-months pregnant lady with us, they raped her too… They gathered like a hyena that saw something to eat… They raped the women and slaughtered the men.”

      Health facilities in Tigray registered 1,288 cases of gender-based violence from February to April 2021. Adigrat Hospital recorded 376 cases of rape from the beginning of the conflict to 9 June 2021. However, many survivors told Amnesty International they had not visited health facilities, suggesting these figures represent only a small fraction of rapes in the context of the conflict.

      Survivors still suffer significant physical and mental health complications. Many complained of physical trauma such as continued bleeding, back pain, immobility and fistula. Some tested positive for HIV after being raped. Sleep deprivation, anxiety and emotional distress are common among survivors and family members who witnessed the violence.
      Sexual slavery and intention to humiliate

      Twelve survivors said they were held captive for days and often weeks, and repeatedly raped, in most cases by several men. Some were held in military camps, others in houses or grounds in rural areas.

      Tseday*, 17, told Amnesty International that she was abducted by eight Eritrean soldiers in Zebangedena and held captive for two weeks. She said: “They took me to a rural area, in a field. There were many soldiers; I was raped by eight of them… Usually, they went out to guard the area in two shifts. When four of them went out, the rest stayed and raped me.”

      Blen*, a 21-year-old from Bademe, said she was abducted by Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers on 5 November 2020, and held for 40 days alongside an estimated 30 other women. She said: “They raped us and starved us. They were too many who raped us in rounds. We were around 30 women they took... All of us were raped.”

      Eight women also told how they had been raped by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers and associated militia near the border with Sudan, as they sought shelter.

      Two survivors had large nails, gravel, and other types of metal and plastic shrapnel inserted into their vaginas, causing lasting and possibly irreparable damage.

      Soldiers and militia repeatedly sought to humiliate their victims, frequently using ethnic slurs, insults, threats, and degrading comments. Several survivors interviewed by Amnesty International said that the rapists had told them, “This is what you deserve” and “You are disgusting”.
      Lack of support for survivors

      Survivors and witnesses told Amnesty International that they received limited or no psychosocial and medical support since they arrived in the internally displaced persons camps in the town of Shire in Ethiopia, or in refugee camps in Sudan.

      Survivors also suffered because medical facilities were destroyed and restrictions imposed on the movement of people and goods, which hindered access to medical care. Victims and their families said they are short of food, shelter and clothes due to the limited humanitarian aid.

      Reports of sexual violence were mostly hidden from the outside world during the first two months of the conflict that began in November 2020, largely because of access restrictions imposed by the Ethiopian government and the communications blackout.

      “On top of their suffering and trauma, survivors have been left without adequate support. They must be able to access the services they need and are entitled to – including medical treatment, livelihood assistance, mental healthcare and psychosocial support – which are essential aspects of a survivor-centred response,” said Agnès Callamard.

      “We must see all allegations of sexual violence effectively, independently and impartially investigated to ensure survivors receive justice, and an effective reparation program must be established. All parties to the conflict should also ensure unfettered humanitarian access.”

      https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/08/ethiopia-troops-and-militia-rape-abduct-women-and-girls-in-tigray-conflict-

      Pour télécharger le rapport:
      https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/AFR2545692021ENGLISH.PDF

      #rapport #Amnesty #Amnesty_International #femmes #filles #esclavage_sexuel #milices #armées #soldats #crimes_de_guerre #crimes_contre_l'humanité

  • Israël-Palestine : l’enquête nécessaire de la Cour pénale internationale
    https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2021/03/13/israel-palestine-l-enquete-necessaire-de-la-cour-penale-internationale_60729
    https://img.lemde.fr/2021/03/03/390/0/3829/1914/1440/720/60

    Fatou Bensouda, la procureure de la CPI, a confirmé, le 3 mars, l’ouverture d’une enquête pour les crimes commis, depuis juin 2014, dans les territoires palestiniens occupés. Le manque de soutien des grandes puissances, à commencer par les Etats-Unis, à cette décision est regrettable.

    Editorial du « Monde ». Cinquante-quatre ans après le début de l’occupation de la Cisjordanie et de la bande de Gaza, la politique de l’Etat d’Israël dans ces territoires est désormais sous la loupe de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI), juridiction créée en 2002 sous l’égide des Nations unies, qui siège à La Haye. L’ouverture d’une enquête sur ce dossier explosif a été confirmée, début mars, par la procureure de l’institution, Fatou Bensouda.

    La magistrate gambienne, qui a courageusement passé outre les pressions exercées sur elle par Donald Trump, a fait cette annonce peu après l’arrivée au pouvoir de Joe Biden. L’accueil réservé par le nouveau président démocrate à cette procédure s’annonce comme un marqueur de sa politique proche-orientale. D’autant que l’enquête s’ouvre au moment précis où la normalisation des relations entre Israël et ses voisins arabes, négociée sous Trump, tend à marginaliser la question du droit des Palestiniens à un Etat.
    Dans un rapport publié en 2019, Mme Bensouda envisageait de se pencher sur trois sujets : les crimes présumés commis lors de la guerre de l’été 2014, dans la bande de Gaza, tant par l’armée israélienne que par le Hamas ; la répression de la « marche du retour », dans la bande de Gaza en 2018, qui a fait 200 morts et des milliers de blessés ; et la colonisation juive en Cisjordanie, violation de la convention de Genève, qui interdit de modifier la démographie d’un territoire occupé. Ni les Etats-Unis ni Israël ne reconnaissent la CPI. Mais l’Autorité palestinienne y a adhéré en 2015, après avoir obtenu le statut d’observateur aux Nations unies.

    Un test de crédibilité pour Biden
    L’avocat britannique Karim Khan, qui doit succéder à Fatou Bensouda à la mi-juin, devra faire preuve de la même inflexibilité que sa devancière. Car Joe Biden ne semble pas pressé de respecter l’indépendance de la CPI. Le nouveau président hésite même à lever les sanctions infligées à Fatou Bensouda par Donald Trump, en contradiction avec son engagement à restaurer une diplomatie « des valeurs ». Le signal envoyé par Washington – mais aussi par Berlin, qui a déploré en des termes similaires la décision de la procureure – est d’autant plus regrettable qu’il survient au moment où l’idéal de justice universelle redresse timidement la tête.

    Un premier verdict contre un tortionnaire syrien a été prononcé, fin février, par le tribunal de Coblence, en Allemagne. D’autres procédures sont en cours dans d’autres pays, contre d’autres maillons de la machine répressive du régime Assad, selon le même principe de compétence universelle.

    Les crimes imputés au pouvoir syrien en dix années de guerre civile et ceux reprochés à Israël depuis 1967 ne sont pas de la même nature. Mais ces deux conflits prospèrent sur le même terreau : l’impunité. Le système judiciaire israélien dénie aux Palestiniens toute capacité à obtenir réparation. Les autres voies qu’ils ont explorées pour défendre leurs droits, qu’il s’agisse de la mobilisation populaire non violente, des négociations, du soulèvement armé, du terrorisme ou du recours à l’ONU, ont fini en impasses. Du fait de l’asymétrie entre les parties et de la répugnance des grandes puissances à peser sur Israël pour que cesse sa politique d’annexion et de fait accompli.

    La saisine de la CPI est donc l’ultime planche de salut pour les Palestiniens. C’est un test de crédibilité pour Joe Biden et pour toutes les capitales occidentales qui prétendent défendre la « solution à deux Etats ». Nul ne peut être au-dessus du droit international.

  • L’Australie lance une enquête sans précédent sur ses crimes de guerre
    https://www.justiceinfo.net/fr/tribunaux/tribunaux-nationaux/46386-australie-lance-enquete-sans-precedent-crimes-de-guerre.html

    Le nouveau Bureau de l’enquêteur spécial doit commencer à travailler le 4 janvier. Sa mission est d’enquêter sur de récents crimes de guerre qui auraient été commis par les forces spéciales australiennes en Afghanistan. Aucun membre des forces armées australiennes n’a été poursuivi pour crimes de guerre depuis quelque 120 ans. Cela pourrait changer le paysage de la justice internationale en Australie, et peut-être même au-delà.

    L’Australie doit mettre en place cette semaine une unité spéciale chargée d’enquêter sur d’éventuels crimes de guerre commis par ses forces en Afghanistan. Cette enquête pénale fait suite à un rapport choquant, publié en novembre, qui offrait des preuves de graves abus pouvant constituer des crimes de guerre commis par des membres des forces spéciales australiennes en Afghanistan, (...)

    #Tribunaux_nationaux

  • Douch, symbole total
    https://www.justiceinfo.net/fr/tribunaux/tribunaux-mixtes/45263-douch-symbole-total.html

    Kaing Guek Eav, mieux connu sous son surnom révolutionnaire Douch, est mort à Phnom Penh, le 2 septembre. L’ancien directeur de la sinistre prison S-21 sous le régime de Pol Pot était devenu le symbole malgré lui du crime de masse commis par les Khmers rouges. Sa mort intervient alors que le maigre effort de justice accompli sur la tragédie cambodgienne est lui-même à bout de souffle.

    23 ans de prison, plus de 25 ans d’une vie de révolutionnaire, dont 8 années à superviser la torture et l’exécution de milliers d’ennemis présumés et le plus souvent imaginaires, ont finalement eu raison de la robustesse de Kaing Guek Eav, alias Douch. L’ancien tortionnaire khmer rouge, condamné à la prison à vie en 2012, est mort dans un hôpital de la capitale cambodgienne, peu après minuit, le 2 septembre, à l’âge de 77 (...)

    #Tribunaux_mixtes

  • Douch, le dernier silence du bourreau
    https://www.justiceinfo.net/fr/les-debats-justiceinfo/opinions/45278-douch-le-dernier-silence-du-bourreau.html

    Au lendemain de la mort de Douch, ancien tortionnaire khmer rouge condamné pour crimes contre l’humanité, l’écrivain Antoine Audouard se penche sur le crime et le châtiment, les questions souvent insolubles que pose le parcours d’un révolutionnaire meurtrier mais « conscient et enthousiaste », et le sens ou l’impasse de son procès.

    A ceux que rassure la pensée d’un bourreau barbare ou pathologiquement amoureux de la souffrance, il faut rappeler quelques données biographiques concernant Kaing Kek leu, alias Douch, l’ancien tortionnaire en chef de la prison khmer rouge S-21, qui vient de mourir à Phnom Penh, à l’âge de soixante-dix sept ans. Sans avoir fréquenté les universités parisiennes comme plusieurs futurs leaders de la « révolution de l’Angkar », ce fils de paysan avait comme Pol Pot, à force de (...)

    #Opinions

  • Première combattante Kataëb en 1975, Jocelyne Khoueiry est décédée à l’âge de 64 ans - L’Orient-Le Jour
    https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1227873/lex-combattante-kataeb-jocelyne-khoueiry-decede-a-lage-de-65-ans.html

    Jocelyne Khoueiry, l’une des premières combattantes (sinon la première combattante) du début de la guerre civile au Liban, en 1975, qui faisait partie de la milice Kataëb durant la première phase de la guerre libanaise, est décédée vendredi à l’âge de 64 ans des suites d’une longue maladie, à l’hôpital Notre-Dame de Secours à Jbeil, rapportent les médias locaux.

    Pas un mot, ni même une allusion, sur le rôle de ladite milice dans les massacres de civils durant la guerre du Liban.

    #l'orient-le_jour #liban #crimes_de_guerre

  • En Allemagne, après s’être attaqué aux écrivains Khaled Barakat, Kamila Shamsie et Achille Mbembe, aux musiciens Talib Kweli et Nirit Sommerfeld, au directeur de musée Peter Schafer, aux militants Stavit Sinai, Ronnie Barkan, Majd Abusalama et au mouvement BDS en général (rappels ci dessous, en en remontant que jusqu’en 2019), voilà que l’ancienne ministre israélienne #Tsipi_Livni, poursuivie pour crimes de guerre pendant la guerre de Gaza en 2008-2009, reçoit un prix en Allemagne, et pas n’importe lequel, le Brückepreis, remis « à des individus qui ont dédié leur vie à la démocratie et à l’entente pacifique entre les peuples » !!!

    Une israélienne qui fuit des poursuites pour crimes de guerre reçoit un prix allemand de la paix
    Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, le 17 juin 2020
    https://agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2020/06/22/une-israelienne-qui-fuit-des-crimes-de-guerre-recoit-un-prix-al

    #Palestine #Allemagne #israel #crimes_de_guerre #prix
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    377 universitaires et artistes signent leur opposition à l’usage croissant en Allemagne de critères décisionnels de nature politique dans leur champ d’expertise
    le 11 mai 2020
    https://nopoliticallitmustests.wordpress.com/plus-de-360-universitaires-et-artistes-signent-leu

    Une artiste israélienne mise en garde en Allemagne contre le soutien à BDS
    Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, le 4 octobre 2019
    https://www.aurdip.org/une-artiste-israelienne-mise-en.html

    Censure : Walid Raad se voit dénier le Prix Aachen pour ses opinions politiques
    Lunettes Rouges, Le Monde, le 2 octobre 2019
    https://www.lemonde.fr/blog/lunettesrouges/2019/10/02/censure-walid-raad-se-voit-denier-le-prix-aachen-pour-ses-opinions-politique

    German Museum Will Give Artist Walid Raad Prize Despite City’s Objection
    Hakim Bishara, Hyperallergic, le 2 octobre 2019
    https://hyperallergic.com/520414/german-museum-will-give-artist-walid-raad-prize-despite-citys-objecti

    Walid Raad Denied Art Prize for Refusing to Denounce BDS Movement
    E-Flux, le 1er octobre 2019
    https://conversations.e-flux.com/t/walid-raad-denied-art-prize-for-refusing-to-denounce-bds-movement/9426

    250 auteurs avec Kamila Shamsie, privée d’un prix pour un soutien à la Palestine
    Camille Cado, Actualitté, le 24 septembre 2019
    https://www.actualitte.com/article/monde-edition/250-auteurs-avec-kamila-shamsie-privee-d-un-prix-pour-un-soutien-a-la-palestine/96996

    Open Letter to the die Jury of the Nelly-Sachs-Prize
    Le 24 septembre 2019
    https://www.juedische-stimme.de/2019/09/24/open-letter-to-the-die-jury-of-the-nellie-sachs-prize

    Dénoncer les exactions d’Israël peut coûter un prix littéraire en Allemagne
    Nicolas Gary, Actualitte, le 15 septembre 2019
    http://www.france-palestine.org/Denoncer-les-exactions-d-Israel-peut-couter-un-prix-litteraire-en-

    Talib Kweli explique pourquoi il a été désinvité du festival allemand Open source
    Steve Bramucci, Uproxx.com, le 9 juillet 2019
    http://www.chroniquepalestine.com/talib-kweli-explique-pourquoi-il-a-ete-desinvite-du-festival-all

    Comment l’influence israélienne écrase la liberté d’expression en Allemagne
    Shir Hever, Middle East Eye, le 9 juillet 2019
    http://www.pourlapalestine.be/comment-linfluence-israelienne-ecrase-la-liberte-dexpression-en-alle

    Barakat en appel contre l’interdiction que lui impose l’Allemagne
    Quds News Network (Berlin), le 6 juillet 2019
    http://www.pourlapalestine.be/barakat-en-appel-contre-linterdiction-que-lui-impose-lallemagne

    Le retrait de Talib Kweli de la programmation du festival fait partie de la tendance à la censure anti-palestinienne
    Lettre ouverte de plus de 100 artistes et personnalités, dont Peter Gabriel, Naomi Klein, Judith Butler, Eve Ensler, Reem Kelani, Tariq Ali, Avi Mograbi, Eyal Sivan, Eyal Weizman, Danielle Alma Ravitzki, Aki Kaurismäki, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Brian Eno, Roger Waters, Robert Wyatt, Tom Morello, Thurston Moore, Boots Riley, Mark Ruffalo, Patrisse Cullors, Marc Lamont Hill, Ali Shaheed Muhammad du groupe A Tribe Called Quest, Ben UFO, The Black Madonna, The Guardian, le 2 juillet 2019
    http://www.agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2019/07/03/le-retrait-de-talib-kweli-de-la-programmation-du-festival-fait-

    L’écrivain et militant palestinien Khaled Barakat censuré et interdit de toute activité politique en Allemagne !
    Collectif Palestine Vaincra (Toulouse), le 23 juin 2019
    https://palestinevaincra.com/2019/06/lecrivain-et-militant-palestinien-khaled-barakat-censure-et-interd

    Appel à la solidarité avec l’écrivain palestinien Khaled Barakat
    Samidoun, le 27 juin 2019
    http://www.pourlapalestine.be/samidoun-lance-un-appel-a-la-solidarite-avec-lecrivain-palestinien-k

    Germany puts BDS activists on trial for disrupting Israeli MK
    Oren Ziv, +972, le 11 mars 2019
    https://972mag.com/germany-puts-pro-bds-activists-trial-disrupting-israeli-mk/140509

  • Israël devant la Cour pénale internationale : Il est plus que temps
    Solidaires, le 7 mai 2020
    https://solidaires.org/Israel-devant-la-Cour-penale-internationale-Il-est-plus-que-temps

    Le 20 décembre 2019, Fatou Bensouda, procureure de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) à La Haye, a exprimé sa volonté d’ouvrir une enquête sur les crimes de guerre commis en Israël-Palestine en vertu du Statut de Rome, précisant que l’enquête portait sur la Cisjordanie, Jérusalem Est et Gaza.

    Suite au débat qu’elle a ouvert avec des spécialistes internationaux du droit sur les compétences territoriales de la CPI, elle estime aujourd’hui, dans un document de 60 pages publié le 30 avril 2020, qu’une telle enquête peut être ouverte.

    Parmi les obstacles, celui de savoir si l’État de Palestine, bien qu’il ne soit ni souverain ni indépendant, est habilité à saisir la CPI et à poursuivre Israël pour crimes de guerre et crimes contre l’humanité. Paradoxe des manoeuvres israéliennes, la Palestine se voyait déniée de son droit d’être un État en vertu des accords d’Oslo, alors que ces accords prévoient cet État, mais qu’Israël en empêche la création depuis près de 30 ans.

    Les chancelleries traditionnellement alliées d’Israël se sont mobilisées : États-Unis, Brésil, Hongrie, Allemagne, Autriche, mais aussi une équipe internationale de juristes conduite par Robert Badinter qu’on a connu plus soucieux de la vie humaine. A cela s’ajoute les sempiternelles accusations d’antisémitisme qui sont de plus en plus déplacées. Mobilisation procédurière sans précédent, et pour quoi ? Pour empêcher que des crimes soient jugés ? Pour protéger des criminels ? Pour protéger une puissance militaire occupante ?

    L’obstacle a été levé et la procureure a bien confirmé l’habilitation de la Palestine, question posée depuis plus de cinq ans. Cinq ans pendant lesquels Israël a bombardé Gaza, causant des milliers de morts qui auraient pu être évités. Si les victimes palestiniennes de crimes de guerre dus à la colonisation israélienne s’accumulent depuis plusieurs décennies, une intervention de la CPI aurait pu permettre d’épargner la vie des civils manifestant chaque semaine depuis deux ans pour défendre leurs droits, et assassinés à bout portant par l’armée israélienne.

    Il est plus que temps maintenant de traduire devant la cour les criminels de guerre israéliens, dont certains comme Benjamin Netanyahou et Benny Gantz dirigent encore le pays ! De même qu’il sera temps plus tard de juger ces dirigeants, et d’autres, du crime d’apartheid.

    Un ministre israélien a déclaré voir chez Fatou Bensouda l’influence de la campagne BDS (Boycott, désinvestissement et sanctions). Paradoxalement, c’est l’occasion pour le mouvement de solidarité avec la Palestine auquel appartient notre syndicat de découvrir que la stratégie juridique est une voie complémentaire de celle du boycott citoyen, et que les deux doivent être menées de front. En plus de rendre justice, la possibilité pour la Palestine de déposer plainte auprès de la CPI est une reconnaissance et une fierté dont la portée symbolique n’est pas négligeable.

    Une chambre préliminaire du CPI, composée de trois juges, doit maintenant entériner la décision de la procureure. C’est en général une formalité, si les juges ne cèdent ni aux pressions, ni aux tentatives de manipulation. D’autres obstacles surgiront peut-être, le Conseil de Sécurité peut par exemple retarder d’un an l’enquête lancée par la procureure.

    Nous restons donc attentifs, car la Palestine a malheureusement l’habitude des retournements de situation. Cela fait plus de 70 ans qu’elle attend que le vent tourne. Il est plus que temps.

    A ce propos :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/850280

    #Palestine #CPI #crimes_de_guerre #crimes_contre_l’humanité #Justice #BDS #Solidaires

  • La Palestine autorisée à poursuivre Israël pour crimes de guerre et crimes contre l’humanité
    Pierre Barbancey, L’Humanité, le 3 mai 2020
    https://www.humanite.fr/historique-la-palestine-autorisee-poursuivre-israel-pour-crimes-de-guerre-e

    Pour la première fois, les Palestiniens veulent se donner les moyens de confronter Israël à ses pratiques coloniales. La procureure de la CPI se devait donc de procéder à un examen préliminaire, notamment pour déterminer si la Cour était compétente sur les faits. Ce qui était reconnu presque cinq plus tard.

    « La position de la procureure correspond à une position anti-israélienne typique, influencée par l’Organisation de la coopération Islamique et le mouvement BDS » (Boycott, désinvestissement et sanctions) », s’est étranglé le ministre israélien des Infrastructures nationales, Yuval Steinitz, pour qui Fatou Bensouda « a reformulé les règles du droit international, inventant un État palestinien, alors que le processus de paix israélo-palestinien n’est pas encore terminé » (sic).

    #Palestine #CPI #crimes_de_guerre #crimes_contre_l’humanité #Justice #BDS

    • La procureure de la Cour pénale persiste dans son enquête sur la « situation en Palestine »
      Publié le 3 mai 2020 sur The Rights ForumTraduction : Jean-Marie Flémal
      https://charleroi-pourlapalestine.be/index.php/2020/05/06/la-procureure-de-la-cour-penale-persiste-dans-son-enquete-

      La procureure générale de la Cour pénale internationale maintient son point de vue : Il convient d’examiner les crimes de guerre en territoire palestinien occupé.

      (...) La procureure Bensouda a invité les parties qui se sentent concernées dans l’enquête qu’elle a décidée de réfléchir à leur vision.

      Huit États et trente-trois organisations avec leurs experts l’ont fait. Israël a laissé passer son tour ; le pays avait déjà réfléchi à un mémorandum juridique.

      En outre, Israël ne s’est jamais approché de la Cour pénale internationale, par crainte que ses dirigeants ne doivent se justifier de crimes comme ceux sur lesquels Bensouda voudrait désormais qu’on enquête.

      Cette fois, une coalition a été rameutée afin de soutenir le point de vue israélien.

      L’Allemagne, l’Autriche, la Hongrie, la Tchéquie, l’Australié, le Brésil et l’Ouganda, des organisations comme Shurat HaDin, l’Ordre israélien des avocats, ainsi que nombre d’experts juridiques ont réfléchi à des plaidoyers en ce sens.

      Les Palestiniens ont toutefois plaidé leur propre cause, soutenus par la Ligue arabe et par l’Organisation de la coopération islamique, ainsi que par des experts comme Richard Falk, John Quigley et Dennis Ross.
      D’autres réactions encore

      Ensuite, dans une lettre ouverte, plus de 180 organisations, dont The Rights Forum, se sont exprimées en faveur de l’enquête sur les crimes de guerre décidée par la Cour pénale.

      Dans leur lettre, les organisations ont insisté pour que soit mis un terme à l’impunité de plus de cinquante ans dont Israël jouit dans les territoires palestiniens qu’il occupe.

      En décembre, sous la direction de The Rights Forum, une coalition internationale de 203 organisations avait déjà demandé à la Cour pénale de lancer sans tarder une enquête officielle.

      À cet effet, le 10 décembre 2019 – date de la Journée des droits de l’homme –, une pétition avait été déposée à La Haye.
      L’évaluation de la procureure

      Dans sa réaction publiée le 30 avril dernier, un document de soixante pages, Bensouda se penche sur les plaidoyers introduits.

      Sur base de ces derniers, elle invite la Chambre préliminaire à confirmer que « le »territoire » sur lequel la Cour pourra exercer sa juridiction (…) comprend bien la Cisjordanie, y compris Jérusalem-Est, et Gaza ».

      Au contraire des voic pro-israéliennes, Bensouda adhère à un point de vue non politisé.

      Elle insiste sur le fait qu’en novembre 2012, la Palestine a été reconnue par les Nations unies comme un État observateur non membre (Résolution 67/19), et que c’est en s’affiliant en tant qu’État membre qu’elle a accédé au Statut de Rome, le statut de fondation de la Cour pénale internationale.

    • Israël devant la Cour pénale internationale : Il est plus que temps
      Solidaires, le 7 mai 2020
      https://seenthis.net/messages/851600

      Les chancelleries traditionnellement alliées d’Israël se sont mobilisées : États-Unis, Brésil, Hongrie, Allemagne, Autriche, mais aussi une équipe internationale de juristes conduite par Robert Badinter qu’on a connu plus soucieux de la vie humaine. A cela s’ajoute les sempiternelles accusations d’antisémitisme qui sont de plus en plus déplacées. Mobilisation procédurière sans précédent, et pour quoi ? Pour empêcher que des crimes soient jugés ? Pour protéger des criminels ? Pour protéger une puissance militaire occupante ?

  • Fascist legacy

    Fascist Legacy ("L’eredità del fascismo") è un documentario in due parti sui crimini di guerra commessi dagli italiani durante la seconda guerra mondiale, realizzato dalla BBC e mandato in onda nei giorni 1 ed 8 novembre 1989.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IlB7IP4hys

    #film #film_documentaire #documentaire

    #Mussolini #Pietro_Badoglio #Ethiopie #guerre_chimique #Rodolfo_Graziani #gaz_moutarde #colonialisme #Italie #Libye #fascisme #massacres #crimes_de_guerre #Mario_Roatta #Yougoslavie #camps_de_concentration #Rab #destruction #terreur #impunité

    voir aussi :
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascist_Legacy

    ping @wizo @albertocampiphoto

  • Rohingya, la mécanique du crime

    Des centaines de villages brûlés, des viols, des massacres et 700 000 Rohingyas qui quittent la Birmanie pour prendre le chemin de l’exil. Rapidement, l’ONU alerte la communauté internationale et dénonce un « nettoyage ethnique ». Ces événements tragiques vécus par les Rohingyas ne sont que l’achèvement d’une politique de discrimination déjà ancienne. Ce nettoyage ethnique a été prémédité et préparé il y a des années par les militaires birmans. Ce film raconte cette mécanique infernale.

    http://www.film-documentaire.fr/4DACTION/w_fiche_film/57765_1
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2OjbDcBfPk


    #film #documentaire #film_documentaire #opération_nettoyage #armée_birmane #feu #incendie #réfugiés #2017 #Bangladesh #répression #Arakan #nettoyage_ethnique #génocide #préméditation #planification #moines #islamophobie #xénophobie #racisme #crime_contre_l'humanité #camp_de_réfugiés #camps_de_réfugiés #violence #crime #viol #Tula_Toli #massacre #Maungdaw #milices #crimes_de_guerre #colonisation #Ashin_Wirathu #immigrants_illégaux #2012 #camps_de_concentration #Koe_Tan_Kauk #ARSA (#armée_du_salut_des_Rohingya) #métèques #déni #Inn_Dinn #roman_national #haine #terres #justice #Aung_San_Suu_Kyi #retour_au_pays #encampement
    #terminologie #mots #stigmatisation
    –-> « La #haine passe du #discours aux actes »

    #ressources_naturelles #uranium #extractivisme #nickel —> « Pour exploiter ces ressources, vous ne pouvez pas avoir des gens qui vivent là »
    (#géographie_du_vide)

    #Carte_de_vérification_nationale —> donnée à ceux qui acceptent de retourner en #Birmanie. En recevant cette carte, ils renient leur #nationalité birmane.

    #NaTaLa —> nom utilisé par les #musulmans pour distinguer les #bouddhistes qui ont été #déplacés du reste de la Birmanie vers la région de l’Arkana. C’est les musulmans qui ont été obligés de construire, avec leur main-d’oeuvre et leur argent, les maisons pour les colons bouddhistes : « Ils nous ont enlevé le pain de la bouche et au final ils nous ont tués ». Ces colons ont participé au #massacre du village de Inn Dinn.

    A partir de la minute 36’00 —> #effacement des #traces dans le #paysage, maisons rohingya détruites et remplacées par un camp militaire —> photos satellites pour le prouver

    A partir de la minute 45’35 : la colonisation sur les #terres arrachées aux Rohingya (le gouvernement subventionne la construction de nouveaux villages par des nouveaux colons)

    ping @karine4 @reka

  • Tous surveillés - 7 milliards de suspects | ARTE
    https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/083310-000-A/tous-surveilles-7-milliards-de-suspects

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wN3emyA-ew

    C’est un reportage intéressant car il contient une interview avec l’inventeur du système de crédit social chinois Lin Junyue. (à partir deTC 00:50:20) Cet homme rearquable pour son visage aux traits impénétrables explique sur un ton glaçant qu’avec son système le mouvement des gilets jaunes et tous les autres mouvements populaires n’auraient pas eu lieu en France et qu’il espère bien qu’un jour les Français comprennent qu’il est nécessaire de règlementer la société à sa façon.

    Pour le reste ce serait parfait si on nous avait expliqué que le sort des Ouïgours est le résultat d’un islamisme terroriste lancé et entretenu par les #USA afin de déstabliliser son concurrent chinois. Le gouvernement Chinois se défend avec les moyens modernes qui lui permettent d’éviter un conflit armé ouvert. Il est évident que les conséquences sont horribles pour les familles ouïgoures broyées dans l’engrenage de la nouvelle guerre froide imérialiste. Quant à ce sujet ce documentaire n’apporte pas d’élément au dela de ce que veulent nous font croire les infos de 20 heures des médias système. Au lieu de parler des forces véritables qui agissent dans cette guerre on nous tient le discours habituel anti-chinois avec quelques comparaison nazies aberrantes illustrés avec les images habituelles de Tibétains et autres opposants ralliés aux amis étatuniens.

    A d’autres moments le film dit clairement que les technologies de surveillance moderne sont le fruit de la guerre et particulièrment de la guerre menè par l’état d’Israel. Là encore il y manque l’information que cet état est le résultat d’actions de groupes armés zionistes anti-arabes et anti-britanniques, ces auteurs de l’attentat de l’hôtel King David et diplomates habiles se servant du désir étatsunien de récupérer la place du Royaume Uni dans la région après 1945.

    Bref, ce film est à voir mais avec les mises en garde habituelles contre l’amalgame de vérité et de vraies fausses histoires.

    Des caméras de Nice à la répression chinoise des Ouïghours, cette enquête dresse le panorama mondial de l’obsession sécuritaire, avec un constat glaçant : le totalitarisme numérique est pour demain.

    Disponible du 14/04/2020 au 19/06/2020, Prochaine diffusion le vendredi 15 mai à 09:25

    Arte-Doku zur Überwachungspraxis : Perfekte Unterdrückung - Medien - Gesellschaft - Tagesspiegel
    https://www.tagesspiegel.de/gesellschaft/medien/arte-doku-zur-ueberwachungspraxis-perfekte-unterdrueckung/25756912.html

    Tatsächlich ist mit dem Überwachungs-Regime die Kriminalitätsrate stark gesunken. Probleme würden nicht durch Inhaftierung, sondern durch die missbilligende Reaktion der Gesellschaft gelöst, sagt der Sozialwissenschaftler und Regierungsberater Lin Junyue, der in dem französischen Dokumentarfilm „Überwacht: Sieben Milliarden im Visier“ als Erfinder der Sozialkredite in der Volksrepublik China vorgestellt wird.

    Lin Junyue würde seine Idee gerne ins kapitalistische Ausland verkaufen, in Europa habe Polen Interesse signalisiert. Um das französische Publikum zu überzeugen, sagt er: „Mit dem Sozialkredit-System hätte es die Gelbwesten-Bewegung nie gegeben.“

    #intelligence_artificielle #reconnaissance_faciale #surveillance #crimes_de_guerre #Chine #France #reportage

  • Les colonies israéliennes en Cisjordanie, un crime de guerre ?
    Ghislain Poissonnier et Eric David, La Revue des Droits de l’Homme (2019)
    https://journals.openedition.org/revdh/7353

    La politique de colonisation israélienne dans le territoire palestinien occupé a été déclarée illégale à de nombreuses reprises par différents organes internationaux. L’illégalité de cette politique fait l’objet d’un large consensus au niveau international. Les dirigeants israéliens sont informés de ces condamnations internationales répétées et de l’illégalité en droit international de la politique qu’ils conduisent. Ainsi, en cas de poursuites devant la CPI, le Procureur pourra facilement établir que les principaux responsables de la colonisation avaient conscience du caractère illégal de l’acte de transfert d’une partie de la population civile israélienne en territoire palestinien occupé.

    #Palestine #Droit #Colonies #Cisjordanie #crimes_de_guerre

  • How Israel is ‘bombing Gaza blind’ with old intelligence
    Bel Trew, The Independent, le 12 février 2020
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-strikes-gaza-palestine-air-force-military-bomb-un-a9330876.htm

    Israeli servicemen say ‘serious structural problems’ mean ‘masses of targets’ are attacked and killed without thorough intelligence evaluations

    The revelations come amid mounting pressure on Israel to change its conduct in Gaza, including a possible investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

    #Palestine #Gaza #Guerre #Bombardements #Assassinats #Crimes_de_guerre

    • Making misery pay : Libya militias take EU funds for migrants

      When the European Union started funneling millions of euros into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, the money came with EU promises to improve detention centers notorious for abuse and fight human trafficking.

      That hasn’t happened. Instead, the misery of migrants in Libya has spawned a thriving and highly lucrative web of businesses funded in part by the EU and enabled by the United Nations, an Associated Press investigation has found.

      The EU has sent more than 327.9 million euros to Libya (https://ec.europa.eu/trustfundforafrica/region/north-africa/libya), with an additional 41 million approved in early December (https://ec.europa.eu/trustfundforafrica/all-news-and-stories/new-actions-almost-eu150-million-tackle-human-smuggling-protect-vulnerable), largely channeled through U.N. agencies. The AP found that in a country without a functioning government, huge sums of European money have been diverted to intertwined networks of militiamen, traffickers and coast guard members who exploit migrants. In some cases, U.N. officials knew militia networks were getting the money, according to internal emails.

      The militias torture, extort and otherwise abuse migrants for ransoms in detention centers under the nose of the U.N., often in compounds that receive millions in European money, the AP investigation showed. Many migrants also simply disappear from detention centers, sold to traffickers or to other centers.

      The same militias conspire with some members of Libyan coast guard units. The coast guard gets training and equipment from Europe to keep migrants away from its shores. But coast guard members return some migrants to the detention centers under deals with militias, the AP found, and receive bribes to let others pass en route to Europe.

      The militias involved in abuse and trafficking also skim off European funds given through the U.N. to feed and otherwise help migrants, who go hungry. For example, millions of euros in U.N. food contracts were under negotiation with a company controlled by a militia leader, even as other U.N. teams raised alarms about starvation in his detention center, according to emails obtained by the AP and interviews with at least a half-dozen Libyan officials.

      In many cases, the money goes to neighboring Tunisia to be laundered, and then flows back to the militias in Libya.

      The story of Prudence Aimée and her family shows how migrants are exploited at every stage of their journey through Libya.

      Aimée left Cameroon in 2015, and when her family heard nothing from her for a year, they thought she was dead. But she was in detention and incommunicado. In nine months at the Abu Salim detention center, she told the AP, she saw “European Union milk” and diapers delivered by U.N.staff pilfered before they could reach migrant children, including her toddler son. Aimée herself would spend two days at a time without food or drink, she said.

      In 2017, an Arab man came looking for her with a photo of her on his phone.

      “They called my family and told them they had found me,” she said. “That’s when my family sent money.” Weeping, Aimée said her family paid a ransom equivalent of $670 to get her out of the center. She could not say who got the money.

      She was moved to an informal warehouse and eventually sold to yet another detention center, where yet another ransom — $750 this time — had to be raised from her family. Her captors finally released the young mother, who got on a boat that made it past the coast guard patrol, after her husband paid $850 for the passage. A European humanitarian ship rescued Aimée, but her husband remains in Libya.

      Aimée was one of more than 50 migrants interviewed by the AP at sea, in Europe, Tunisia and Rwanda, and in furtive messages from inside detention centers in Libya. Journalists also spoke with Libyan government officials, aid workers and businessmen in Tripoli, obtained internal U.N. emails and analyzed budget documents and contracts.

      The issue of migration has convulsed Europe since the influx of more than a million people in 2015 and 2016, fleeing violence and poverty in the Mideast, Afghanistan and Africa. In 2015, the European Union set up a fund intended to curb migration from Africa, from which money is sent to Libya. The EU gives the money mainly through the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the High Commissioner for Refugees. (UNHCR).

      But Libya is plagued by corruption and caught in a civil war. The west, including the capital Tripoli, is ruled by a U.N.-brokered government, while the east is ruled by another government supported by army commander Khalifa Hifter. The chaos is ideal for profiteers making money off migrants.

      The EU’s own documents show it was aware of the dangers of effectively outsourcing its migration crisis to Libya. Budget documents from as early as 2017 for a 90 million euro (https://ec.europa.eu/trustfundforafrica/sites/euetfa/files/t05-eutf-noa-ly-03.pdf) outlay warned of a medium-to-high risk that Europe’s support would lead to more human rights violations against migrants, and that the Libyan government would deny access to detention centers. A recent EU assessment (https://ec.europa.eu/trustfundforafrica/sites/euetfa/files/risk_register_eutf_0.pdf) found the world was likely to get the “wrong perception” that European money could be seen as supporting abuse.

      Despite the roles they play in the detention system in Libya, both the EU and the U.N. say they want the centers closed. In a statement to the AP, the EU said that under international law, it is not responsible for what goes on inside the centers.

      “Libyan authorities have to provide the detained refugees and migrants with adequate and quality food while ensuring that conditions in detention centers uphold international agreed standards,” the statement said.

      The EU also says more than half of the money in its fund for Africa is used to help and protect migrants, and that it relies on the U.N. to spend the money wisely.

      The U.N. said the situation in Libya is highly complex, and it has to work with whoever runs the detention centers to preserve access to vulnerable migrants.

      “UNHCR does not choose its counterparts,” said Charlie Yaxley, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency. “Some presumably also have allegiances with local militias.”

      After two weeks of being questioned by the AP, UNHCR said it would change its policy on awarding of food and aid contracts for migrants through intermediaries.

      “Due in part to the escalating conflict in Tripoli and the possible risk to the integrity of UNHCR’s programme, UNHCR decided to contract directly for these services from 1 January 2020,” Yaxley said.

      Julien Raickman, who until recently was the Libya mission chief for the aid group Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders, believes the problem starts with Europe’s unwillingness to deal with the politics of migration.

      “If you were to treat dogs in Europe the way these people are treated, it would be considered a societal problem,” he said.

      EXTORTION INSIDE THE DETENTION CENTERS

      About 5,000 migrants in Libya are crowded into between 16 and 23 detention centers at any given time, depending on who is counting and when. Most are concentrated in the west, where the militias are more powerful than the weak U.N.-backed government.

      Aid intended for migrants helps support the al-Nasr Martyrs detention center, named for the militia that controls it, in the western coastal town of Zawiya. The U.N. migration agency, the IOM, keeps a temporary office there for medical checks of migrants, and its staff and that of the UNHCR visit the compound regularly.

      Yet migrants at the center are tortured for ransoms to be freed and trafficked for more money, only to be intercepted at sea by the coast guard and brought back to the center, according to more than a dozen migrants, Libyan aid workers, Libyan officials and European human rights groups. A UNHCR report in late 2018 noted the allegations as well, and the head of the militia, Mohammed Kachlaf, is under U.N. sanctions (https://www.un.org/securitycouncil/sanctions/1970/materials/summaries/individual/mohammed-kachlaf) for human trafficking. Kachlaf, other militia leaders named by the AP and the Libyan coast guard all did not respond to requests for comment.

      Many migrants recalled being cut, shot and whipped with electrified hoses and wooden boards. They also heard the screams of others emerging from the cell blocks off-limits to U.N. aid workers.

      Families back home are made to listen during the torture to get them to pay, or are sent videos afterward.

      Eric Boakye, a Ghanaian, was locked in the al-Nasr Martyrs center twice, both times after he was intercepted at sea, most recently around three years ago. The first time, his jailers simply took the money on him and set him free. He tried again to cross and was again picked up by the coast guard and returned to his jailers.

      “They cut me with a knife on my back and beat me with sticks,” he said, lifting his shirt to show the scars lining his back. “Each and every day they beat us to call our family and send money.” The new price for freedom: Around $2,000.

      That was more than his family could scrape together. Boakye finally managed to escape. He worked small jobs for some time to save money, then tried to cross again. On his fourth try, he was picked up by the Ocean Viking humanitarian ship to be taken to Italy. In all, Boakye had paid $4,300 to get out of Libya.

      Fathi al-Far, the head of the al-Nasr International Relief and Development agency, which operates at the center and has ties to the militia, denied that migrants are mistreated. He blamed “misinformation” on migrants who blew things out of proportion in an attempt to get asylum.

      “I am not saying it’s paradise — we have people who have never worked before with the migrants, they are not trained,” he said. But he called the al-Nasr Martyrs detention center “the most beautiful in the country.”

      At least five former detainees showed an AP journalist scars from their injuries at the center, which they said were inflicted by guards or ransom seekers making demands to their families. One man had bullet wounds to both feet, and another had cuts on his back from a sharp blade. All said they had to pay to get out.

      Five to seven people are freed every day after they pay anywhere from $1,800 to $8,500 each, the former migrants said. At al-Nasr, they said, the militia gets around $14,000 every day from ransoms; at Tarik al-Sikka, a detention center in Tripoli, it was closer to $17,000 a day, they said. They based their estimates on what they and others detained with them had paid, by scraping together money from family and friends.

      The militias also make money from selling groups of migrants, who then often simply disappear from a center. An analysis commissioned by the EU and released earlier this month by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (https://globalinitiative.net/migrant-detention-libya) noted that the detention centers profit by selling migrants among themselves and to traffickers, as well as into prostitution and forced labor.

      Hundreds of migrants this year who were intercepted at sea and taken to detention centers had vanished by the time international aid groups visited, according to Médecins Sans Frontières. There’s no way to tell where they went, but MSF suspects they were sold to another detention center or to traffickers.

      A former guard at the Khoms center acknowledged to the AP that migrants often were seized in large numbers by men armed with anti-aircraft guns and RPGs. He said he couldn’t keep his colleagues from abusing the migrants or traffickers from taking them out of the center.

      “I don’t want to remember what happened,” he said. The IOM was present at Khoms, he noted, but the center closed last year.

      A man who remains detained at the al-Nasr Martyrs center said Libyans frequently arrive in the middle of the night to take people. Twice this fall, he said, they tried to load a group of mostly women into a small convoy of vehicles but failed because the center’s detainees revolted.

      Fighting engulfed Zawiya last week, but migrants remained locked inside the al-Nasr Martyrs center, which is also being used for weapons storage.

      TRAFFICKING AND INTERCEPTION AT SEA

      Even when migrants pay to be released from the detention centers, they are rarely free. Instead, the militias sell them to traffickers, who promise to take them across the Mediterranean to Europe for a further fee. These traffickers work hand in hand with some coast guard members, the AP found.

      The Libyan coast guard is supported by both the U.N. and the EU. The IOM highlights (https://libya.iom.int/rescue-sea-support) its cooperation with the coast guard on its Libya home page. Europe has spent more than 90 million euros since 2017 for training and faster boats for the Libyan coast guard to stop migrants from ending up in Europe.

      This fall, Italy renewed a memorandum of understanding with Libya to support the coast guard with training and vessels, and it delivered 10 new speedboats to Libya in November.

      In internal documents obtained in September by the European watchdog group Statewatch, the European Council described the coast guard as “operating effectively, thus confirming the process achieved over the past three years” (http://www.statewatch.org/news/2019/sep/eu-council-libya-11538-19.pdf). The Libyan coast guard says it intercepted nearly 9,000 people in 2019 en route to Europe and returned them to Libya this year, after quietly extending its coastal rescue zone 100 miles offshore with European encouragement.

      What’s unclear is how often militias paid the coast guard to intercept these people and bring them back to the detention centers — the business more than a dozen migrants described at the al-Nasr Martyrs facility in Zawiya.

      The coast guard unit at Zawiya is commanded by Abdel-Rahman Milad, who has sanctions against him for human trafficking by the U.N.’s Security Council. Yet when his men intercept boats carrying migrants, they contact U.N. staff at disembarkation points for cursory medical checks.

      Despite the sanctions and an arrest warrant against him, Milad remains free because he has the support of the al-Nasr militia. In 2017, before the sanctions, Milad was even flown to Rome, along with a militia leader, Mohammed al-Khoja, as part of a Libyan delegation for a U.N.-sponsored migration meeting. In response to the sanctions, Milad denied any links to human smuggling and said traffickers wear uniforms similar to those of his men.

      Migrants named at least two other operations along the coast, at Zuwara and Tripoli, that they said operated along the same lines as Milad’s. Neither center responded to requests for comment.

      The U.N.’s International Organization for Migration acknowledged to the AP that it has to work with partners who might have contacts with local militias.

      “Without those contacts it would be impossible to operate in those areas and for IOM to provide support services to migrants and the local population,” said IOM spokeswoman Safa Msehli. “Failure to provide that support would have compounded the misery of hundreds of men, women and children.”

      The story of Abdullah, a Sudanese man who made two attempts to flee Libya, shows just how lucrative the cycle of trafficking and interception really is.

      All told, the group of 47 in his first crossing from Tripoli over a year ago had paid a uniformed Libyan and his cronies $127,000 in a mix of dollars, euros and Libyan dinars for the chance to leave their detention center and cross in two boats. They were intercepted in a coast guard boat by the same uniformed Libyan, shaken down for their cell phones and more money, and tossed back into detention.

      “We talked to him and asked him, why did you let us out and then arrest us?” said Abdullah, who asked that only his first name be used because he was afraid of retaliation. “He beat two of us who brought it up.”

      Abdullah later ended up in the al-Nasr Martyrs detention center, where he learned the new price list for release and an attempted crossing based on nationality: Ethiopians, $5,000; Somalis $6,800; Moroccans and Egyptians, $8,100; and finally Bangladeshis, a minimum $18,500. Across the board, women pay more.

      Abdullah scraped together another ransom payment and another crossing fee. Last July, he and 18 others paid $48,000 in total for a boat with a malfunctioning engine that sputtered to a stop within hours.

      After a few days stuck at sea off the Libyan coast under a sweltering sun, they threw a dead man overboard and waited for their own lives to end. Instead, they were rescued on their ninth day at sea by Tunisian fishermen, who took them back to Tunisia.

      “There are only three ways out of the prison: You escape, you pay ransom, or you die,” Abdullah said, referring to the detention center.

      In all, Abdullah spent a total of $3,300 to leave Libya’s detention centers and take to the sea. He ended up barely 100 miles away.

      Sometimes members of the coast guard make money by doing exactly what the EU wants them to prevent: Letting migrants cross, according to Tarik Lamloum, the head of the Libyan human rights organization Beladi. Traffickers pay the coast guard a bribe of around $10,000 per boat that is allowed to pass, with around five to six boats launching at a time when conditions are favorable, he said.

      The head of Libya’s Department for Combating Irregular Migration or DCIM, the agency responsible for the detention centers under the Ministry of Interior, acknowledged corruption and collusion among the militias and the coast guard and traffickers, and even within the government itself.

      “They are in bed with them, as well as people from my own agency,” said Al Mabrouk Abdel-Hafez.

      SKIMMING PROFITS

      Beyond the direct abuse of migrants, the militia network also profits by siphoning off money from EU funds sent for their food and security — even those earmarked for a U.N.-run migrant center, according to more than a dozen officials and aid workers in Libya and Tunisia, as well as internal U.N. emails and meeting minutes seen by The Associated Press.

      An audit in May of the UNHCR (https://oios.un.org/audit-reports, the U.N. refugee agency responsible for the center, found a lack of oversight and accountability at nearly all levels of spending in the Libya mission. The audit identified inexplicable payments in American dollars to Libyan firms and deliveries of goods that were never verified.

      In December 2018, during the period reviewed in the audit, the U.N. launched its migrant center in Tripoli (https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2018/12/5c09033a4/first-group-refugees-evacuated-new-departure-facility-libya.html), known as the #Gathering_and_Departure_Facility or #GDF, as an “ alternative to detention” (https://apnews.com/7e72689f44e45dd17aa0a3ee53ed3c03). For the recipients of the services contracts, sent through the Libyan government agency LibAid, it was a windfall.

      Millions of euros in contracts for food (https://apnews.com/e4c68dae65a84c519253f69c817a58ec) and migrant aid went to at least one company linked to al-Khoja, the militia leader flown to Rome for the U.N. migration meeting, according to internal U.N. emails seen by the AP, two senior Libyan officials and an international aid worker. Al-Khoja is also the deputy head of the DCIM, the government agency responsible for the detention centers.

      One of the Libyan officials saw the multimillion-euro catering contract with a company named Ard al-Watan, or The Land of the Nation, which al-Khoja controls.

      “We feel like this is al-Khoja’s fiefdom. He controls everything. He shuts the doors and he opens the doors,” said the official, a former employee at the U.N. center who like other Libyan officials spoke anonymously out of fear for his safety. He said al-Khoja used sections of the U.N. center to train his militia fighters and built a luxury apartment inside.

      Even as the contracts for the U.N. center were negotiated, Libyan officials said, three Libyan government agencies were investigating al-Khoja in connection with the disappearance of $570 million from government spending allocated to feed migrants in detention centers in the west.

      At the time, al-Khoja already ran another center for migrants, Tarik al-Sikka, notorious for abuses including beating, hard labor and a massive ransom scheme. Tekila, an Eritrean refugee, said that for two years at Tarik al-Sikka, he and other migrants lived on macaroni, even after he was among 25 people who came down with tuberculosis, a disease exacerbated by malnutrition. Tekila asked that only his first name be used for his safety.

      “When there is little food, there is no choice but to go to sleep,” he said.

      Despite internal U.N. emails warning of severe malnutrition inside Tarik al-Sikka, U.N. officials in February and March 2018 repeatedly visited the detention center to negotiate the future opening of the GDF. AP saw emails confirming that by July 2018, the UNHCR’s chief of mission was notified that companies controlled by al-Khoja’s militia would receive subcontracts for services.

      Yaxley, the spokesman for UNHCR, emphasized that the officials the agency works with are “all under the authority of the Ministry of Interior.” He said UNHCR monitors expenses to make sure its standard rules are followed, and may withhold payments otherwise.

      A senior official at LibAid, the Libyan government agency that managed the center with the U.N., said the contracts are worth at least $7 million for catering, cleaning and security, and 30 out of the 65 LibAid staff were essentially ghost employees who showed up on the payroll, sight unseen.

      The U.N. center was “a treasure trove,” the senior Libaid official lamented. “There was no way you could operate while being surrounded by Tripoli militias. It was a big gamble.”

      An internal U.N. communication from early 2019 shows it was aware of the problem. The note found a high risk that food for the U.N. center was being diverted to militias, given the amount budgeted compared to the amount migrants were eating.

      In general, around 50 dinars a day, or $35, is budgeted per detainee for food and other essentials for all centers, according to two Libyan officials, two owners of food catering companies and an international aid worker. Of that, only around 2 dinars is actually spent on meals, according to their rough calculations and migrants’ descriptions.

      Despite the investigations into al-Khoja, Tarik al-Sikka and another detention center shared a 996,000-euro grant from the EU and Italy in February.

      At the Zawiya center, emergency goods delivered by U.N. agencies ended up redistributed “half for the prisoners, half for the workers,” said Orobosa Bright, a Nigerian who endured three stints there for a total of 11 months. Many of the goods end up on Libya’s black market as well, Libyan officials and international aid workers say.

      IOM’s spokeswoman said “aid diversion is a reality” in Libya and beyond, and that the agency does its best. Msehli said if it happens regularly, IOM will be forced to re-evaluate its supports to detention centers “despite our awareness that any reduction in this lifesaving assistance will add to the misery of migrants.”

      Despite the corruption, the detention system in Libya is still expanding in places, with money from Europe. At a detention center in Sabaa where migrants are already going hungry, they were forced to build yet another wing funded by the Italian government, said Lamloum, the Libyan aid worker. The Italian government did not respond to a request for comment.

      Lamloum sent a photo of the new prison. It has no windows.

      TUNISIA LAUNDERING

      The money earned off the suffering of migrants is whitewashed in money laundering operations in Tunisia, Libya’s neighbor.

      In the town of Ben Gardane, dozens of money-changing stalls transform Libyan dinars, dollars and euros into Tunisian currency before the money continues on its way to the capital, Tunis. Even Libyans without residency can open a bank account.

      Tunisia also offers another opportunity for militia networks to make money off European funds earmarked for migrants. Because of Libya’s dysfunctional banking system, where cash is scarce and militias control accounts, international organizations give contracts, usually in dollars, to Libyan organizations with bank accounts in Tunisia. The vendors compound the money on Libya’s black-market exchange, which ranges between 4 and 9 times greater than the official rate.

      Libya’s government handed over more than 100 files to Tunisia earlier this year listing companies under investigation for fraud and money laundering.

      The companies largely involve militia warlords and politicians, according to Nadia Saadi, a manager at the Tunisian anti-corruption authority. The laundering involves cash payments for real estate, falsified customs documents and faked bills for fictitious companies.

      “All in all, Libya is run by militias,” said a senior Libyan judicial official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of risking his life. “Whatever governments say, and whatever uniform they wear, or stickers they put....this is the bottom line.”

      Husni Bey, a prominent businessman in Libya, said the idea of Europe sending aid money to Libya, a once-wealthy country suffering from corruption, was ill-conceived from the beginning.

      “Europe wants to buy those who can stop smuggling with all of these programs,” Bey said. “They would be much better off blacklisting the names of those involved in human trafficking, fuel and drug smuggling and charging them with crimes, instead of giving them money.”

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