• Jean Ziegler : « Nous avons recréé des camps de concentration » | Illustré
    https://www.illustre.ch/magazine/jean-ziegler-avons-recree-camps-concentration

    Il est rentré bouleversé d’une mission pour l’ONU sur l’#île_grecque de Lesbos, où se trouve le tristement célèbre camp de réfugiés de Moria. #Jean_Ziegler accuse l’Europe de bafouer les #droits_de_l’homme et publie « Lesbos, la #honte de l’#Europe ». Rencontre avec un rebelle dont la colère ne faiblira jamais.

    Publicité
    – Jean Ziegler, vous qui avez beaucoup voyagé et été témoin de crises humanitaires majeures, pourquoi écrire un livre sur Lesbos aujourd’hui ?
    – Dans ma fonction de rapporteur spécial des #Nations_unies pour le droit à l’alimentation, j’ai vu des choses horribles, c’est vrai. J’ai vu des enfants mourir de faim dans la Sierra de Chocotan au Guatemala ou dans les bidonvilles de Dacca au Bangladesh. Des choses absolument terribles. Mais lorsque je suis allé à Lesbos, dans le camp de #réfugiés de Moria, j’ai été terrifié de comprendre que ce genre de choses se passait aussi en Europe et, pire, au nom de l’Europe. En tant qu’Européen, je me suis tout d’un coup senti complice de la stratégie de terreur, de ce refus du réfugié et de la chasse à l’homme qui règne sur les îles grecques.

    [...]

    Mais pourquoi donc ces #camps ne ferment-ils pas ?
    – L’Europe crée ces conditions dans un seul but : décourager les réfugiés de quitter leur enfer. Les « hot spots » sont donc un repoussoir, mais c’est complètement inefficace, parce que si vous vivez sous les bombes à Idlib ou dans les attentats quotidiens de Kaboul, vous partez de toute façon, quelles que soient les nouvelles qui vous viennent de Moria. D’ailleurs, les gens continuent d’arriver par centaines à #Lesbos.

  • Top UN official accuses US of torturing #Chelsea_Manning | US news | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/31/chelsea-manning-us-torture-un-official-wikileak

    Un haut responsable de l’#ONU accuse les #Etats-Unis d’avoir torturé Chelsea Manning – Anti-K
    https://www.anti-k.org/2020/01/02/un-haut-responsable-de-lonu-accuse-les-etats-unis-davoir-torture-chelsea-man

    Nils Melzer, le rapporteur spécial des #Nations_unies sur la #torture, a fait cette accusation dans une lettre envoyée en novembre mais qui n’a été publiée que mardi.

    Dans la missive, Melzer dit que Manning est soumis à « une mesure de contrainte de plus en plus sévère et illimitée qui remplit tous les éléments constitutifs de la torture ou d’autres peines ou traitements #cruels, #inhumains ou #dégradants ».

    [...]

    ... Melzer a déclaré que la détention de Manning « n’est pas une sanction légale mais une mesure coercitive de durée progressive et sévère, équivalente à de la torture et devrait être interrompu et supprimé sans délai ».

  • Defying US, UNGA renews mandate for agency helping Palestinian refugees

    The United Nations General Assembly has, by an overwhelmingly vote, extended the mandate for a UN agency supporting Palestinian refugees for another three years amid a cash shortfall triggered by a halt in US funding.

    The 193-member Assembly renewed the mandate mandate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) with 169 votes in favour and nine abstentions. The United States and Israel voted against.

    UNRWA, which as established in 1949, provides education, health and relief services as well as housing and microfinance assistance to more than 5 million registered refugees in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, as well as in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

    The agency has faced budgetary difficulties since last year, when the United States – its biggest donor – halted its aid of $360 million per year. The United States and Israel have both accused UNRWA of mismanagement and anti-Israeli incitement.

    In a statement published by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas praised the vote as a victory for international law and the rights of the Palestinian refugees.

    Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, hailed the U.N. vote as a defeat for the United States and a failure of its attempts to pressure U.N. member-states against UNRWA.

    “We welcome the decision to renew the international mandate to UNRWA and we see it as another failure to hostile U.S. policies to the Palestinian rights,” Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters.
    Last month UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl resigned amid an investigation into misconduct allegations. Krahenbuhl has denied wrongdoing and said his agency was the victim of a political campaign designed to undermine it.

    Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium suspended payments to UNRWA over the inquiry, deepening the budget crisis set off last year by the United States. UNRWA hopes the management shake-up will help pacify donors, said a source with knowledge of the organization’s thinking.

    The United States has advocated shifting the agency’s relief services to refugee host countries. But UNRWA counters it provides a humanitarian lifeline and that it safeguards and advances Palestinians’ rights under international law.

    Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestine Liberation Organization official, praised the U.N. vote on Friday and said it was the United Nations’ responsibility to combat what she called U.S. and Israeli attacks on Palestinian refugees.

    “All attempts at trying to limit UNRWA’s mandate or defund it or attack it have failed, and we hope that the international community will continue to come to the rescue,” she said.

    https://www.app.com.pk/defying-us-unga-renews-mandate-for-agency-helping-palestinian-refugees
    #réfugiés_palestiniens #UNWRA #asile #migrations #réfugiés #malversation #déficit #déficit_budgétaire #mandat_international #renouvellement #Suisse #Pays-Bas #financement #sous-financement #Belgique #USA #Etats-Unis #Nations_unies #UN

  • A staggering one-in-three women, experience physical, sexual abuse | UN News
    https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/11/1052041

    Here is the grim reality, in numbers: A third of all women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, half of women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family, and violence perpetrated against women is as common a cause of death and incapacity for those of reproductive age, as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than road accidents and malaria combined.

    The prevalence of the issue, “means someone around you. A family member, a co-worker, a friend, or even yourself” has experienced this type of abuse, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message to mark the Day.

    To spotlight the scale of the problem, on this year’s International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations is sharing the many ways in which the scourge manifests itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms, and the organisation is underscoring the life-altering, adverse consequences women suffer as a result.

    intimate partner violence (battering, psychological abuse, marital rape, femicide);
    sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyber- harassment);
    human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation);
    female genital mutilation
    child marriage.

    Some national studies examining incidents in the United States show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and or sexual violence from an intimate partner, according to UN Women.

    The agency cited that nearly a quarter of female college students reported having experienced sexual assault or misconduct in the US, but harm targeting women and girls knows no bounds.

    Multi-country investigations by WHO show partner violence to be a reality for 65 per cent of women in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa, and around 40 per cent of women in South Asia, as well as Andean parts of Latin America.

    Meanwhile, even in regions where incidents are less likely, as in East Asia and Western Europe, more than 16 per cent and 19 per cent of women have experienced intimate partner violence, respectively.

    Psychological violence is another layer to the problem, with some 82 per cent of women parliamentarians in a recent study, reporting having experienced remarks, gestures, threats, or sexist comments while serving – most often via social media.

    While gender-based violence can happen to anyone, women who identify with the LGBTI community, migrants and refugees, indigenous minorities, and those living through humanitarian crises, are particularly vulnerable to gender-based harm.

    #Violence #Genre #Féminicide #Nations_unies #Femmes

  • Une saison à l’#ONU

    Tout le monde a entendu parler de l’ONU, mais combien savent exactement ce qu’elle fait et comment elle fonctionne ? Et 70 ans après sa fondation, difficile de dire que les Nations Unies ont rempli leur ambition de départ : maintenir la paix et la sécurité dans le monde ! Pendant quatre ans, Karim Lebhour a observé comme correspondant de presse l’impuissance du Conseil de sécurité, le recul de la domination occidentale, et l’avènement d’une nouvelle guerre froide avec la Russie et les nombreux travers et défaillances de l’ONU. Ses chroniques parfois décalées, souvent drôles, toujours édifiantes, nous font entrer dans le quotidien de cette administration gigantesque qui rassemble des dizaines d’agences et emploie quelque 44 000 personnes !


    http://steinkis.com/une-saison-agrave-l-onu-3-94.html
    #nations_unies #BD #livre #bande_dessinée

  • Malgré les risques, plus de 90% des #migrants africains prêts à nouveau à voyager vers l’#Europe (PNUD) | #ONU Info
    https://news.un.org/fr/story/2019/10/1054431

    Une étude des #Nations_Unies sur les #migrations, publiée lundi, montre que 93% des Africains qui se rendent dans des pays européens en empruntant des routes irrégulières le feraient de nouveau, malgré le danger souvent mortel qui les menace.

  • UNHCR in Libya Part 1 : From standing #WithRefugees to standing #WithStates ?

    October 3rd is a day upon which the UNHCR “remember and commemorate all the victims of immigration and promote awareness-raising and solidarity initiatives.”

    With that very sentiment in mind, Euronews has undertaken an investigation into the UNHCR’s operation in Libya, where tens of thousands of migrants live in detainment camps, hoping to make it to Europe.

    We uncover the extent of neglect in terms of care that can be found where migrants wait to be processed. We ask why the UN’s humanitarian agency cannot have the required access in Libya when the mother organisation - The United Nations - is working with the Tripoli-based government. We ask why there is a severe lack of transparency surrounding the agency’s operation and we talk to some of the migrants involved in the process and allow them to tell their stories.


    https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/02/unhcr-in-libya-part-1-from-standing-withrefugees-to-standing-withstates
    #Libye #HCR #UNCHR #responsabilité #camps_de_réfugiés #réfugiés #asile #migrations #ONU #nations_unies #transparence #droits_humains #droits_fondamentaux #réinstallation #inefficacité #argent #financement #aide_humanitaire #indépendance

    ping @isskein @karine4 @reka

    • UNHCR in Libya Part 2 : Migrants in detention centres : ’Why does UNHCR want to keep us in prison ?’

      In this, the second part of our four-part investigation into the UNHCR’s operation in Libya, we talk to those migrants actually involved in the registration and detainment process. They tell Euronews their stories.

      Despite increased EU funding to the Libyan coastguard, and an Italian memorandum of understanding with the DCIM (the body responsible for running migrant detention centres) no effective provision has been made by the EU to implement migrants’ human rights and living conditions in Libya.

      The migrant experience in the embattled North African nation is deteriorating. Many people in that position who spoke to Euronews have reported abuses after being thrown into detention centres with the hope of being registered by UNHCR. Testimonies include instances of torture, rape and extortion at the hands of local militias and when this leads to an attempt to cross the Mediterranean sea, reports also detail how they have been intercepted by the Libyan coastguards and automatically re-incarcerated into the detention centres.

      “It has become an infinite, terrible circle from which there is no way out”, Julien Raickman, head of the MSF-France’s Libyan operation, told The Times.

      UNHCR’s main mission in Libya is to register migrants and find a solution to get them out of the country. However, as Raickman adds, “the resettlement procedure is totally blocked”.


      https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/02/unhcr-in-libya-part-2-migrants-in-detention-centres-why-does-unhcr-want-to
      #centres_de_détention #détention #Qasr_Bin_Gashir #Zintan #Az-Zāwiyah #Abu_Salim ##Az-Zawiyah

    • UNHCR in Libya Part 3: Former staffer blows whistle on favouritism and ’culture of impunity’

      Libya’s United Nations Refugee Agency has been branded “the worst in the region” by a former staff member who has alleged corruption, mismanagement and incompetence in its dealings with tens of thousands of vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers.

      The former staff member, who spoke to Euronews on condition of anonymity, painted an image of an agency overstretched and out of its depth, with asylum seekers left homeless, deprived of medical care and in legal limbo in an increasingly violent and unstable Libya.

      Migrants and refugees on the ground told Euronews that they had even bribed their way into Libya’s notorious detention centres in an effort to speed up their asylum claims. There they face exploitation at the hands of militia groups, which run the centres in all but name.

      The former staff member described a chaotic infrastructure at UNHCR, where he worked for several years, with asylum seekers registered under incorrect nationalities and others forced to wait for months to hear the status of their applications.

      Meanwhile, questions about UNHCR in Libya have stretched to procurement. An internal audit found that the agency had purchased laptop computers at inflated prices (eight laptops for just under $50,000) and used two travel agents to purchase almost $200,000 worth of flight tickets. The audit also notes that “no competitive bidding was conducted for the travel services” (sect. D of OIOS report 2019/007).
      Medical care

      Euronews has spoken to dozens of asylum seekers on the ground in Libya, including a man suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis. Asyas, 30, was discharged from the hospital by a UN medical partner, the International Medical Corps (IMC), and was now living in a private home in Tripoli.

      “I’m just waiting to die,” he told us.

      A medical source in Tripoli said that the hospitalisation of migrants and refugees - especially those cases with tuberculosis - is expensive, and some public hospitals lack the equipment to correctly diagnose the cases.

      As a result, NGOs have to find a balance between paying very high bills to private hospitals or discharging patients too early, the source concludes.

      The IMC told Euronews it cannot comment on the case.

      The feeling on the streets is one of abandonment by international institutions. Asylum seekers in urban areas believe that the UN agency will be there to help them find accommodation for example but the UNHCR are not obligated to do so.

      In one case, a group of Sudanese refugees – including expectant mothers and newborn babies - have been living for several months in an abandoned warehouse in an area of Tripoli known as al-Riyadiya.

      The group were since evicted from the warehouse and are now sleeping in front the UNHCR community day centre, waiting to be moved to safer housing.

      Commenting on the experiences Euronews uncovered, a spokesperson for the UNHCR, Charlie Yaxley, said: “Life for many refugees is extremely difficult and what we can do is at times very limited.”
      Libya in the eye of the storm

      Libya has been at the forefront of the migrant crisis and is the embarkation point for many boats that attempt to cross the Mediterranean to Italy.

      Libya’s lawlessness since the 2011 war that followed the overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi has seen the rise of numerous militia groups, all competing for a piece of the lucrative migrant trade.

      A large part of that trade is the operation of detention centres, officially run by the government but effectively controlled by militia groups. Asylum seekers detained in Libya are held at the centres, where they are often subject to abuse and violence.

      The conditions at detention centres has got so bad that the UNHCR prioritise the processing of refugees and migrants that are held in them - as they are considered among the most vulnerable. This has led to asylum seekers actually bribing their way into centres, sources say.

      In December, migrants and refugees detained in Khoms Suq al-Khamis started a hunger strike to persuade UNHCR to visit the centre and register them in the hope that this might stop them from being sold and disappeared.

      Amina, a Somali refugee now in Triq al-Sikka facility in Tripoli confirmed to Euronews that she paid money to be “accepted into detention and have a better chance to be registered and evacuated".

      The former UN staff member detailed one case where he claims a pregnant rape victim had opted to return to a detention centre in order to be considered for evacuation.

      At the Abu Salim detention centre, Eritrean refugees have been begging the detention centre manager to admit them, with the sole hope of being evacuated.

      Others are paying to get themselves in to the UNHCR’s Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) - managed by the Libyan Ministry of Interior, UNHCR and UNHCR’s partner LibAid - in Tripoli, where refugees are normally hosted until their transfer to another state is confirmed.

      There, one refugee awaiting evacuation told Euronews: “The guards who are working at the gate, brought inside Somalian and Eritrean women; they paid 2000 dinars (around 430€) each. We told this to UNHCR, and they asked us not to tell anyone”.

      Commenting on the allegations, Yaxley said: “UNHCR takes any claims of misconduct very seriously. Any claim that is found to be valid following an investigation is followed by a zero tolerance approach. We strongly encourage any victims to directly contact our Inspector General’s Office.”.
      Lack of information

      Aside from bribery, the former employee said that the fate of individual asylum seekers and their families in Libya largely relies on luck.

      “It’s up to the office,” the source said.

      “At the beginning of 2019, the UNHCR registered a woman from Ivory Coast (which is not among the 9 nationalities that are prioritised according to Cochetel), only because there was a recommendation letter from a higher rank.

      “Sometimes you may wait months to register a case because no one will give you approval; there are cases of favouritism and a lazy attitude. All registration processes are unclear.”

      Many refugees and asylum seekers in Tripoli complained to Euronews about the lack of information available to them about their personal case. The former employee said that this is part of a strategy at the agency in order to avoid having to deal with the huge amount of admin involved.

      “It’s a general attitude not to answer refugees and keep them blind to avoid more requests. In Tripoli, refugees or asylum seekers are left without a clue. They don’t know if they are accepted or rejected.

      “They receive very little information about their file and most of the time, no proper update about the process, or in case they have to appeal if their request has been rejected.”

      The source said that since September 2017 there is no system in place to appeal against rejection on their refugee status, and asylum seekers don’t know they have the right to appeal the decision within 30 days.

      One family from Nigeria, now detained in Az-Zāwiyah detention centre, described their experience.

      “The first time we managed to meet UNHCR was secretly in Tarik Al Matar centre in July 2018. Since that time UNHCR is refusing to register us. When we try to ask about our cases they kept telling us later, next time, next time,” the father said.

      “Sometimes they avoid us totally. Once, UNHCR has even advised us to return home. My youngest girl has been born in detention and the eldest have some traumatic effects due to a whole lot of horrible stuff they’ve experienced.”

      Meanwhile the situation in Libya is only likely to get worse, with a bottleneck in some states like Niger slowing down the evacuation plan from Libya.

      There are currently 1,174 evacuees from Libya staying in Niger, including 192 evacuated unaccompanied children, according to UNHCR. With the Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) at full capacity, many cases are still pending a decision.

      “The Government of Niger has generously offered additional space for up to 1,500 refugees in the Emergency Transit Mechanism run by UNHCR in Niamey with financial support from the European Union,” writes Cochetel in May 2018.

      Mistakes

      To make the situation worse, according to the former employee, many mistakes have been made including nationalities wrongly assigned to individuals.

      “UNHCR was registering Chadians as Sudanese, or Ethiopians as Eritreans. The UNHCR staff in Libya was not qualified to properly understand the situation,” the source said.

      Commenting on that claim, Yaxley said: “UNHCR staff are selected through the same processes as in all other operations worldwide, following human resources rules. There are over 100 national staff working in Libya. UNHCR does not work with external contractors.”

      The aforementioned concentration on nine specified nationalities was put in place in order to keep numbers down, the former staff member said.

      Libya’s Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Migration, Mohammed Al-Shibani, said that on the contrary the Libyan government is not refusing to register other nationalities. “The nationalities are determined by the UN not by us,” he said.

      Procurement

      On issues with procurement, the former staff member points Euronews at the internal UN audit of the operations in Libya, which found that UNHCR designated procurements to 12 partners worth $4.7 million and $4.0 million in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

      But the mission “did not conduct any cost-benefit analysis”, opting instead for direct procurement “despite the significant differences between official and market exchange rates.

      In 2017 and 2018, “the mission designated procurement exceeding $100,000 to three partners without them being pre-qualified by the Procurement Service at headquarters”. A lack of procurement plans resulted in ’’unnecessary and higher” costs.

      For example, the audit found a transaction for eight laptops with total expenditure of $47,067 (equivalent to a unit cost per laptop of $5,883). Moreover, flight tickets amounting to $128,000 and $66,000 during 2017 and 2018 were bought from two different travel agencies without any clear process for selection, as mentioned in the audit and confirmed by a former UN source.

      “The mission was unable to demonstrate it used its resources effectively and efficiently in providing for the essential needs of persons of concern. The lack of reporting also increased UNHCR’s reputational risk”, reads the audit.

      https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/03/unhcr-in-libya-part-3-former-staffer-blows-whistle-on-favouritism-and-cult
      #impunité

    • UNHCR in Libya Part 4: The detention centres - the map and the stories

      When NGO workers arrived at the Janzoor detention centre in Libya in October 2018 to collect 11 unaccompanied minors due to be returned to their country of origin, they were shocked to find that the young people had completely disappeared.

      The failed asylum seekers were registered and ready to go, a staff member at the International Organisation of Migration, who wished to remain anonymous, told Euronews. It took six months to find out what had happened to the group.

      “They were sold and their families were asked for ransom”, the former staff member said.

      In February 2019, the Libyan government revealed that there were 23 detention centres operating in Libya, holding over 5,000 asylum seekers. While they are officially run by the government, in reality it is Libya’s complex patchwork of militias that are in control.

      Even those ostensibly run by Libya’s Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM) are effectively under the control of whichever armed group controls the neighbourhood where a centre is located.
      Rule of militias

      Militias, also known as “katibas”, are de-facto in control of the gates of the centres and the management. In many cases, migrants and refugees are under arrest in locations which are not considered official detention facilities, but “holding places” for investigation.

      By correct protocol, they should be sent to proper detention facilities, but in reality procedures are seldom respected and asylum seekers are detained with no legal review or rights.

      For many migrants and refugees, the ordeal begins at sea.

      According to the Libyan coast guard, from January to August 2019, nearly 6,000 people were intercepted and brought back to Libya.

      On September 19, a man from Sudan died after being shot in the stomach hours after being returned to shore.

      The IOM, whose staff witnessed the attack, said it occurred at Abusitta disembarkation point in Tripoli, when 103 people that had been returned to shore were resisting being sent back to detention centres.

      IOM staff who were on the scene, reported that armed men began shooting in the air when several migrants tried to run away from their guards.

      “The death is a stark reminder of the grim conditions faced by migrants picked up by the Coast Guard after paying smugglers to take them to Europe, only to find themselves put into detention centres” said IOM Spokesperson Leonard Doyle.

      With conflict escalating in Tripoli and many detention centres located on the frontline, the majority of the people intercepted by Libyan coast guards are brought to al-Khoms, a coastal city 120km east of the Libyan capital.

      Tortured, sold, and released

      According to UN sources, guards at the city’s two detention facilities - al-Khoms and Souq al-Khamis - have either facilitated access to the militias or were afraid to deny them access.

      “Let me be honest with you, I don’t trust anyone in al-Khoms centre,” a former DCIM official told Euronews.

      “The detention centre has been officially closed by the DCIM but the militia there do whatever they want and they don’t respect the orders given by the Ministry of Interior.

      “People have been tortured, sold and released after paying money. The management and the militia in al-Khoms, they act independently from the government”.

      Last June, during the protection sector coordination meeting in Tripoli, UN agencies and international organisations raised the question of people disappearing on a daily basis.

      “In one week at least 100 detainees disappeared and despite the closure of the centre, the Libyan coast guard continued to bring refugees to al-Khoms detention centre” according to a note of the meeting seen by Euronews.

      The head of an international organisation present at the meeting, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “Many organisations have been turning their back on the situation, as they were not visiting the centre anymore.

      “19 people from Eritrea were at risk, including young ladies between 14 and 19 years old”.

      During a press briefing last June, the spokesman for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, reported that women held in detention have been sold into sexual exploitation.

      David, a migrant who had been detained in Misrata detention centre was able to get out after transiting from a safe house in al-Khoms. He said that centre staff “had been extorting money from detainees for months.

      “I didn’t have a choice as the UN refused to register me because I come from Central African Republic and my nationality is not among the one recognised by UNHCR.”

      Detention centres are still open

      In August 2019, Libyan authorities in Tripoli confirmed the shutdown of three detention centres in Misrata, Khoms and Tajoura, but DCIM officers and migrants held in detention confirmed to Euronews that the centres are still open.

      While it is impossible to independently verify the current status of the facilities - as as the Ministry of Interior in Tripoli does not authorise access to them - Euronews was able to speak on the phone with detainees.

      “Just bring a letter with the authorisation from the Ministry of Interior and I will let you enter,” said one commander from Tajoura on the phone, confirming that the centre was still running.

      Another source at the DCIM in Tripoli mentioned that Tajoura was still running and the militia was mainly arresting people from street to fill the hangars again.

      The decision to close the Az-Zāwiyah detention centre - mentioned in PART 1 and 2 - was taken in April 2018 by former head of DCIM Colonel Mohamed Besher. But the centre has instead been transformed into an arrest and investigation centre.

      Located at the Az-Zāwiyah Refinery, which is secured by Al-Nasser brigade since 2011, it is close to the base of the Az-Zāwiyah coastguard

      Both the commander of the Libyan Coast Guard’s Unit and the head of Al-Nasr brigade are sanctioned by UN and the United States for alleged involvement in human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

      Mohammed Kushlaf is working in cooperation with “Osama” (➡️ SEE PART 2), who is in charge of the detention facility. His name appears 67 times in the recent investigation conducted by Italian prosecutor Luigi Patronaggio.

      ‘Inhumane conditions’

      The investigation had “confirmed the inhumane conditions” endured by many migrants and “the need to act, at an international level, to protect their most basic human rights.”

      The Government of National Accord has supported the UN sanctions and issued public statements of condemnation against the trafficking and smuggling of migrants.

      The Libyan prosecutor has also issued an order to suspend the commander of the Libyan Coast Guard and bring him into custody for investigations, although this was never implemented, confirmed a Libyan lawyer working at the Ministry of Justice.

      Sources at the DCIM mentioned that between September 2018 and April 2019 - when the Libyan National Army (LNA) troops guided by the general Khalifa Haftar seized Tripoli’s southern suburbs – many detention centres were located near the clashes.

      Salaheddin, Ain Zara, Qasr Bin Ghashir and Tariq Al Matar detention centres have been closed because of the conflict.

      As a result, large groups of refugees and migrants have been displaced or transferred to other locations. A DCIM officer in Tripoli mentioned that “The Tariq Al Matar centre was in the middle of the clashes and many refugees left to find safety in other areas after a few people were injured. A group was transferred to Ain Zara and another to Janzour detention centre, some 20 kilometres southwest of Tripoli’s centre.”

      Migrants being recruited to help militia in Libya’s civil war

      In September and several times in December and January, refugees say they were forced to move and pack weapons as fighting between rival armed groups in the capital of Tripoli flared up.

      They also engaged directly with local militia, from the Tripoli suburb of Tarhouna, that was controlling Qasr Bin Ghashir detention centre at the time.

      “No one was fighting on the front but they would ask us to open and close the gate and move and pack weapons”, said Musa, a Sudanese refugee who left Qasr Bin Ghashir in April following the attack.

      On October 2, Abdalmajed Adam, a refugee from South Sudan was also injured by a random bullet on his shoulder and was taken to a military hospital,” adds Musa.

      The militia who is controlling the area where Abu Salim detention centre is located is known as Ghaniwa and is aligned to the GNA.

      The group has been asking refugees, especially Sudanese – as they speak Arabic - to follow them to the frontline.

      “Last August they bought us to Wadi Al-Rabea in southern Tripoli, and asked us to load weapons. I was one of them. They took five of us from the centre,” said Amir, a Sudanese asylum seeker who is detained in Abu Salim.

      A former DCIM officer confirmed that in June 2018, the head of Abu Salim DCIM, Mohamed al-Mashay (aka Abu Azza), was killed by an armed group following internal disputes over power.

      The Qasr Bin Ghashir detention centre, in which 700 people were locked up, was attacked on April 23. Video and photographic evidence shows refugees and migrants trapped in detention having incurred gunshot wounds.

      Multiple reports suggested several deaths and at least 12 people injured. A former DCIM officer mentioned that behind the attack there was a dispute over the control of the territory: it is a very strategic point being the main road to enter to Tripoli.


      https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/03/unhcr-in-libya-part-4-the-detention-centres-the-map-and-the-stories

      #torture #traite_d'êtres_humains #cartographie #visualisation #localisation

  • #Industrie du #développement : les mésaventures des modèles voyageurs

    Micro-crédit solidaire, titrisation foncière, paiement basé sur la performance, transferts monétaires, prévention de la transmission du Sida de la mère à l’enfant, aliments thérapeutiques contre la malnutrition infantile, promotion des pratiques familiales essentielles constituent autant de « modèles voyageurs », promus, selon les cas, par la Banque mondiale, l’OMS, l’UNICEF, MSF, et bien d’autres « partenaires du développement ». Ils consomment une grande partie de l’#aide_au_développement, et fournissent des centaines de milliers d’#emplois. Mais comment faire en sorte qu’ils s’adaptent mieux, chaque fois, aux réalités locales ?

    https://aoc.media/analyse/2019/09/25/industrie-du-developpement-les-mesaventures-des-modeles-voyageurs
    #business #coopération_au_développement #Jean-Pierre_Olivier_de_Sardan #aide_humanitaire #ONU #nations_unies

  • A Manhattan, les rois du pétrole organisent leur contre-sommet climatique
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/230919/new-york-les-rois-du-petrole-organisent-leur-contre-sommet-climatique-bon-

    Les patrons de grands groupes pétroliers se sont réunis sous haute sécurité à New York en marge du sommet climat de l’ONU pour vanter leurs solutions contre le réchauffement climatique. Leur message : grâce à eux et aux technologies, tout se passera bien.

    #Analyse #Nations_unies,_pétrole,_Climat,_ONU,_Gaz,_Carbone,_Energies_fossiles

  • Go See “#Official_Secrets” Right Now
    https://theintercept.com/2019/08/31/official-secrets-iraq-war-film

    "Official Secrets", l’histoire d’une #lanceuse_d'alerte qui voulait la #paix | Euronews
    https://fr.euronews.com/2019/08/27/official-secrets-l-histoire-d-une-lanceuse-d-alerte-qui-voulait-la-paix

    L’histoire vraie de #Katharine_Gun, lanceuse d’alerte, arrive au cinéma. Peu de temps avant l’invasion de Irak, en 2003, une jeune traductrice du renseignement britannique révèle un dossier secret de la #NSA : il concerne une opération illégale d’espionnage anglo-américaine contre des membres du Conseil de Sécurité des #Nations_Unies. L’objectif de l’opération d’espionnage est d’influer sur leur vote et favoriser une invasion de l’#Irak.

  • Sur le plancher des vaches (II)
    Bibles

    Natalie

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Sur-le-plancher-des-vaches-II-Bibles

    Paris, le 7 août 2019
    Amis,

    Vous en conviendrez aisément, la « technontologie » ne saurait débuter autrement qu’en définissant de quelles « bibles » elle s’inspire. La chose faite, il sera temps de s’intéresser aux « religions » y afférentes, pour en arriver finalement aux « croyances et cultes » (on envisage de conclure vraiment sur un chapitre « anecdotes »).

    Aujourd’hui, donc, il sera question des bibles. La description qui vous en est proposée est à la fois partielle, longue et indigeste. Ce pensum s’est toutefois révélé incontournable puisque c’est lui qui nous permettra de faire ultérieurement une analyse des ressorts de quelques moteurs à croyances, analyse qui ne saurait être qu’absolument passionnante.

    La « valorisation » de la démarche étant posée, nous allons pouvoir à présent « challenger » ces deux évidences :

    La culture professionnelle actuelle s’est mondialisée pas à pas, depuis les années 1980, en suivant le mouvement de fusion-acquisition-délocalisation des entreprises, lesquelles ont évolué, tant que faire se peut, vers la forme de multinationales.

    La culture professionnelle se transmet en particulier via la formation continue, laquelle s’est mise en place de façon structurée en Europe au cours des années 1970. (...)

    #culture_professionnelle #formation_continue #management #Dewey #Freinet #Piaget #process #pédagogie #développement_durable #entreprise #évaluation #qualité #contrôle #normes #Global_Compact #Nations_unies #génome #technologie

  • #Libye : les vérités de Ghassan Salamé | Vues du monde
    https://monde.blogs.la-croix.com/libye-les-verites-de-ghassan-salame/2019/05/23

    « La Libye est perçue comme un prix par les plus malins, les plus forts, les plus patients et beaucoup moins comme un pays de 6 millions d’habitants qui mérite une vie décente après quatre décennies de dictature et une décennie de chaos. Il n’y a pas assez de motivation morale pour mettre fin à cette guerre et, par conséquent, il y a moins de prédisposition politique à faire un effort supplémentaire pour trouver une solution. »

    « Les violations récentes flagrantes et télévisées » de l’#embargo sur les #armes imposé par l’#ONU ont mis en péril la #crédibilité de l’ensemble des #Nations_Unies. « L’ONU devrait se rendre compte qu’elle n’est pas prise au sérieux lorsque les violations sont si flagrantes et exhibitionnistes. »

  • Crise dans le #Golfe : les enjeux géostratégiques du #détroit_d’Ormuz
    https://www.france24.com/fr/20190514-crise-golfe-enjeux-geostrategiques-detroit-ormuz-iran-oman-emirat

    Le détroit d’#Ormuz, qui permet aux navires de quitter le Golfe, est un petit bras de mer large de 50 km environ, 40 km dans sa partie la plus étroite. Ses eaux étant peu profondes (pas plus de 60 m de profondeur), les navires en provenance de l’océan Indien doivent emprunter un premier chenal de navigation entre les îles omanaises de Quoin et Ras Dobbah, en face de la péninsule du Musandam, avant de s’engager dans un chenal parsemé de trois îles : la Grande Tomb, la Petite Tomb et Abou Moussa. Ces dernières sont contrôlées par l’Iran depuis 1971, et revendiquées depuis par les Émirats arabes unis.

    C’est par ces chenaux de navigation, qui mesurent près de 3 km de largeur chacun, qu’ont transité plus de 18 millions de barils de #pétrole (brut et condensat) par jour pendant le premier semestre de 2018, soit plus de 35 % du pétrole transitant par voie maritime dans le monde, selon l’Agence d’information sur l’énergie du gouvernement américain (AIE). Un chiffre auquel il faut ajouter, selon un rapport du Service de recherches du Congrès américain, 4 millions de barils de produits pétroliers par jour, et plus de 300 millions de mètres cubes de #gaz naturel liquéfié (GNL) par jour.

    En moyenne, plus d’une trentaine de pétroliers et méthaniers quittent le Golfe par le détroit chaque jour, majoritairement en direction des pays asiatiques, notamment la Chine, le Japon, l’Inde et la Corée du Sud. Les pays de l’Union européenne et les #États-Unis figurent également parmi les clients des #pétromonarchies du Golfe. Selon les experts, une fermeture du détroit équivaudrait à retirer une dizaine de millions de barils de pétrole par jour du marché international. Par ailleurs, le détroit est également une porte d’entrée commerciale vitale pour les pays de la région, très dépendants des importations, ce qui en fait un des principaux corridors du #commerce international.

    Si ses eaux sont partagées entre la République islamique d’Iran et le sultanat d’Oman, le détroit d’Ormuz est un couloir international, et en principe tous les navires, quel que soit leur pavillon, bénéficient du droit de passage en transit, conformément à la Convention des #Nations_unies sur le droit de la mer, adoptée en 1982, et au droit international coutumier de la mer. Le Golfe est l’une des régions les plus militarisées au monde, qui concentre une grande partie des importations mondiales d’armement. De leur côté, les États-Unis disposent dans la région d’une forte présence militaire, à travers plusieurs bases hautement stratégiques. Ainsi la Ve Flotte américaine est stationnée à Bahreïn, tandis que le Qatar accueille la plus grande base aérienne américaine au #Moyen-Orient. La France, quant à elle, compte une base militaire à Abu Dhabi, dans les Émirats arabes unis. Ces derniers jours, le #Pentagone a dépêché dans la région un porte-avions, un navire de #guerre, des bombardiers B-52 et une batterie de missiles Patriot, évoquant des menaces de l’Iran ou de ses alliés contre des ressortissants ou des intérêts américains au Moyen-Orient.

  • #MSF dénonce la #complicité_de_fait du #gouvernement français avec les trafiquants d’êtres humains en #Libye | #Médecins_sans_frontières
    https://www.msf.fr/communiques-presse/msf-denonce-la-complicite-de-fait-du-gouvernement-francais-avec-les-trafiquants-

    De nombreux éléments, dont le dernier rapport des #Nations_unies publié en décembre 2018, ont établi les relations troubles entre autorités officielles et trafiquants en Libye, au point que le chef d’une unité de #garde-côtes #libyen a été visé en juin dernier, fait tangible, par des sanctions du Conseil de Sécurité de l’#ONU pour trafic d’êtres humains. La France se compromet en choisissant d’appuyer ces garde-côtes et en annonçant par la voix de sa ministre des Armées, Mme Parly, la donation de six bateaux pour soutenir leurs activités. « Le gouvernement français entretient le système criminel qu’il prétend dénoncer, un système extrêmement violent qui viole les droits humains les plus fondamentaux », déclare Pierre Mendiharat.

  • L’ONU s’inquiète de la stérilisation forcée des femmes autochtones au Canada La Presse Canadienne à Ottawa - 7 Décembre 2018 - Le Devoir
    https://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/543155/l-onu-s-inquiete-de-la-sterilisation-forcee-des-femmes-autochtones-au-cana

    Le Comité des Nations unies contre la torture se dit préoccupé par « la stérilisation extensive forcée ou contrainte » de femmes et de filles autochtones au Canada, y compris de récents cas en Saskatchewan.


    Photo : Sean Kilpatrick La Presse canadienne Francyne Joe, présidente de l’Association des femmes autochtones du Canada (à droite) et Jacqueline Hansen, militante d’Amnesty International au Canada, lors d’une conférence sur la colline du Parlement à Ottawa le vendredi 7 décembre 2018.

    Le comité dit que le Canada doit veiller à ce que toutes les allégations fassent l’objet d’enquêtes impartiales et à ce que les responsables soient tenus pour responsables.

    Il estime également que l’État doit prendre des mesures législatives et politiques pour empêcher les femmes d’être stérilisées contre leur gré.

    Le rapport du comité est présenté au moment où des groupes, dont l’Assemblée des Premières Nations, tirent la sonnette d’alarme concernant une violation continue des droits de la personne au Canada.

    Amnistie internationale Canada a demandé au gouvernement fédéral de nommer un représentant spécial chargé d’entendre des femmes autochtones stérilisées contre leur volonté afin de savoir à quoi ressemblerait la justice pour les victimes.

    Un projet de recours collectif est également en préparation et vise la Saskatoon Health Authority, le gouvernement provincial, le gouvernement fédéral et une poignée de professionnels de la santé.

    #Femmes #Canada #génocide #racisme #Nations_unies #Amnistie_internationale #Premières_Nations #stérilisation

  • Kampuchea, il diritto e le menzogne


    –-> document trouvé dans des archives en Italie par @wizo.
    Archives : Fondazione Avvenire à Côme (http://www.fondazioneavvenire.it)

    Il s’agit de la reproduction d’un article écrit par #Virgilio_Calvo, paru dans la revue « Tricontinental » en 1981.

    «Lo scritto di Calvo costituisce un appassionante appello alla comunità mondiale perché venga riconosciuta, da tutti i popoli, la Repubblica Popolare di Kambuchea, legittima rappresentante del popolo cambogiano, sollevatosi per abbattere la tirannia del genocida Pol Pot»

    #Cambodge #histoire #gauche #vérité #mensonge #journalisme #presse #médias #génocide #Pol_Pot #guerre_froide #impérialisme #ONU #Nations_Unies

    • #Tricontinental

      Tricontinental is a leftist quarterly magazine founded during the Tricontinental Conference. The magazine is the official publication of the Cuban organisation #OSPAAAL which also publishes it. It has its headquarters in Havana.

      From the founding of Tricontinental in August 1967 until the dissolution of the Soviet Union, which led to a rapid recession in the Cuban economy, propaganda posters were folded up and placed inside copies of the magazine, however, this was stopped, along with publication of Tricontinental, due to ink shortages and financial trouble.

      Tricontinental began to be printed again in 1995. In 2000, the decision was made to begin to reprint posters.

      The magazine is distributed around the world, and at its height, 87 countries received Tricontinental, and there were more than 100,000 subscribers, mostly students. At one time, it was very common for posters from issues of Tricontinental to be posted on the walls of student community centres.


      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tricontinental

  • La stratégie mondiale de l’#ONU en matière de #drogues est un « #échec spectaculaire », selon 174 ONG
    https://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_la-strategie-mondiale-de-l-onu-en-matiere-de-drogues-est-un-echec-specta

    Les politiques punitives mises en œuvre cette dernière décennie ont mené à de nombreuses #violations des droits humains et à des #menaces pour la #santé et l’ordre public, juge l’IDPC dans son rapport intitulé « Bilan : 10 ans de politiques des drogues - un rapport parallèle de la société civile ».

    Parallèlement, « la culture, la consommation et le trafic de drogues ont atteint des niveaux record » depuis les années ’90, pointe Helen Clark, ex-Premier ministre néo-zélandaise et membre de la Commission globale sur les #politiques des drogues. Ainsi, entre 2009 et 2018, la culture du pavot à opium a augmenté de 130% et celle de la coca de 34%, selon l’organisme, qui se base pour son rapport sur des données onusiennes, académiques et de la société civile.

    Pour l’IDPC, les politiques mises en place contreviennent aux priorités plus larges des #Nations_Unies, que sont la protection des #droits humains, la promotion de la #paix, de la #sécurité et du #développement.

  • La #diplomatie sociale des #multinationales

    Alors qu’un #traité_international sur la #responsabilité_sociale des multinationales est actuellement en négociation aux #Nations_Unies, Marieke Louis montre comment les entreprises ont investi les arènes de la #gouvernance_mondiale et fait ressortir les rapports ambivalents entre États et multinationales.

    https://laviedesidees.fr/La-diplomatie-sociale-des-multinationales.html
    #Etat-nation #Etats #ONU

    Le #pouvoir des multinationales

    Qu’est-ce qu’une firme multinationale ? Cette question, simple en apparence, est au cœur de nombreux débats politiques actuels, fortement polarisés, qui témoignent de la difficulté à comprendre ce que sont et font des entreprises comme #Google, #Apple, #Facebook, #Amazon (les fameuses « #Gafa ») et bien d’autres. Présentées tantôt comme des havres de #développement_économique, tantôt comme des enfers sociaux, elles sont dans tous les cas le symptôme d’économies mondialisées, qui remettent en cause les #régulations_nationales.
    Cet ouvrage a pour ambition d’analyser les firmes multinationales comme le résultat et le moteur d’un processus économique, politique et social au cœur de la mondialisation. En croisant les travaux d’économistes, de juristes, de politistes, de sociologues et de géographes, l’enjeu est de mieux cerner les fondements de leur pouvoir et d’ouvrir des pistes de réflexion sur leur #régulation.


    https://www.puf.com/content/Le_pouvoir_des_multinationales
    #livre #régulation

  • #Syrie : Trump, le doigt sur son « gros bouton »
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/110418/syrie-trump-le-doigt-sur-son-gros-bouton

    Donald Trump entouré du vice-président Mike Pence, de John Bolton et de l’état-major militaire, lundi 9 avril à la Maison Blanche. © Reuters Le président américain envisage des #frappes de représailles après l’attaque chimique meurtrière à Douma, dans la banlieue de Damas. Des discussions sont en cours avec Paris et Londres.

    #International #Donald_Trump #France #Nations_unies #ONU #Royaume-Uni

  • Merchants of Death Ultimate Winners in Escalating Military Conflicts | Inter Press Service
    http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/03/merchants-death-ultimate-winners-escalating-military-conflicts

    “All five permanent members of the Security Council”, ridicules one UN diplomat, “preach the doctrine of peaceful coexistence and the principles of disarmament — while having no compunctions in simultaneously selling lethal weapons in battle zones.”

    #armement #nations_unies

  • Des abus sexuels à l’ONU - Le Temps
    https://www.letemps.ch/monde/2018/02/01/abus-sexuels-lonu

    L’Organisation des Nations unies n’est pas épargnée par les cas d’abus et de harcèlement sexuels. Les agences dénombrent plusieurs affaires récentes et promettent de renforcer les mécanismes internes pour lutter contre ce #fléau

    #onu #unicef #onusida #pam #hcr #abus_sexuels #viols #impunité

  • #Israël-Palestine : le fiasco diplomatique de #Donald_Trump
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/241217/israel-palestine-le-fiasco-diplomatique-de-donald-trump

    Nikki Haley, ambassadrice des États-Unis à l’Onu, défend la position américaine lors du vote du 18 décembre sur Jérusalem. © Reuters En reconnaissant unilatéralement Jérusalem comme capitale d’Israël, le président américain voulait rebattre les cartes de la négociation israélo-palestinienne moribonde. Il a mis en difficulté ses principaux alliés arabes, condamné son rôle dans les pourparlers et subi aux #Nations_unies deux fiascos diplomatiques retentissants.

    #International #Palestine

  • Trump ou la diplomatie du choc
    http://www.laviedesidees.fr/Trump-ou-la-diplomatie-du-choc.html

    La reconnaissance par Donald Trump de Jérusalem comme capitale d’Israël marque un revirement historique. Si ses effets juridiques sont nuls, le statut de la #ville restant le même au regard du droit international, elle traduit toutefois une recomposition des alliances au Moyen-Orient, et pourrait avoir des conséquences politiques profondes.

    Essais & débats

    / ville, #Nations_unies, #frontières, #conflit_israélo-palestinien

    #Essais_&_débats

  • UN rapporteur “shocked” by deep poverty in US - World Socialist Web Site

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/12/18/pove-d18.html

    UN rapporteur “shocked” by deep poverty in US
    By Eric London
    18 December 2017

    On Friday, United Nations Special Rapporteur Philip Alston published a report on poverty and democratic rights in the United States titled “Statement on Visit to the USA.”

    In 1831, the French intellectual and diplomat Alexis de Tocqueville traveled to the United States and compiled notes on what he saw, publishing an optimistic report titled Democracy in America. One hundred and eighty six years later, Alston, an Australian academic and New York University professor, traveled through a country in the throes of a social catastrophe. His report might well be titled Destitution in America .

    #nations_unies #états_unis #âuvreté #pauvreté_extrême #inégalités

  • A l’Onu, un traité alternatif sur le commerce est en chantier
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/economie/231017/l-onu-un-traite-alternatif-sur-le-commerce-est-en-chantier

    Des dizaines d’États se retrouvent à partir de lundi à #Genève, pour discuter d’un texte qui ferait primer les droits humains sur ceux des #multinationales. La société civile pousse, mais les Européens, eux, freinent. La position de Paris est ambiguë.

    #Economie #CETA #Dominique_Potier #libre-échange #Nations_unies #ONG #ONU #Rana_Plaza #vigilance