We all must punish Christoph Darbellay, the next Hitler of Europe from Swiss People’s Party

We all must punish  Christoph Darbellay, the next Hitler of Europe from Swiss People’s Party

“We don’t have a situation of the extreme right in Europe attacking Jews because they are content to attack Muslims,” Philip Carmel, the international relations director for the Conference of European Rabbis, told Reuters.

“But the Swiss example is classic: it’s not just Muslims who are going to be targeted by the extreme right.”

Darbellay has also proposed a ban on the Muslim burqa, or face veil, despite opposition from within his own party. His comments are seen as a response to the rise of the populist Swiss People’s Party (SVP) which campaigned for the minaret ban.

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Handcuffed Than Shwe, the Genocide Criminal

Handcuffed Than Shwe, the Genocide Criminal

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Than Shwe,

                   Why did you arrest the Burmese Muslim leaders?

This is the CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY amounting to a GENOCIDE.

Do you understand the meaning of  Genocide?

Just licking the BOOT of Obama could not erase your sins or AGAINST HUMANITY and GENOCIDE

 If you fail to release the Muslim leaders, we would start a campaign to handcuff you.

If the world Muslims declare Jihad on SPDC, you could not find a safe haven but grilled in hell soon.

The world Muslim Ummah

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Rights group says Myanmar judges should be referred to ICC

 

Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] President of the Global Justice Center [advocacy website] Janet Benshoof said [press release] Thursday that judges who participated in the trials and convictions of 60 political activists[JURIST report] in Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] last week are co-conspirators of crimes against humanity and should be referred to the International Criminal Court(ICC) [official website].

In a statement, Benshoof explained that_ 

  1. the circumstances of the hearings
  2. – in which many defendants did not have legal representation,
  3. those who did were not allowed to meet with their lawyers in private,
  4. and in which defendants could not question the prosecution witnesses –

justified a referral to the ICC.

She pointed out direct provisions of the ICC that she felt the judges violated:

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CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT OBAMA

CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT OBAMA

Dear Mr President,

                       As a duly elected President of the United States of America, you are 101% sure to be inaugurated as the 44th US president on Jan 20, 2009. Contrary to your condition, our BURMA’S Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was elected as a winner in the election in 1990 but she is still under house arrest for nearly two decades.

Please kindly help her release by declaring the SPDC Generals as Human Rights criminals and push for the International arrest warrant.

Please read my following article, which could be used as a rough guide-line for the appropriate action to be  taken for the prosecute the Myanmar generals.

Thanking Your Honour

Yours Humbly

 

Dr San Oo Aung

Democrat candidate Barack Obama has been elected as the United States first black president following his historic win over his Republican rival John McCain.

american presidential election barack obama versus john mccainThe 47-year-old father of two, who will be inaugurated as the 44th US president on Jan 20, 2009,

Ban Ki-moon, Al Capone, Yamashita and Than Shwe

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Save us the rescuers

Save us the rescuers

Calls for military action to force aid on Myanmar

march us down a dangerous road, that we are willing to accept

By David Rieff May 18, 2008

Sorry, Mr David Rieff we disagree with you and I erased ‘From’ your heading. And I added the pharase, ‘that we are willing to accept’, at the end of your subheading.

The decision by the government of Myanmar not to admit foreign humanitarian relief workers to help the victims of Cyclone Nargis has been met with fury, consternation and disbelief in much of the world.

  • With tens of thousands of people dead,
  • up to 100,000 missing
  • and more than a million displaced
  • and without shelter, livelihood or possibly even sufficient food,
  • the refusal of the military rulers of the country to let in foreign aid organizations or to open airports and waterways in more than a token way to shipments of aid supplies
  • seems to be an act of sheer barbarism.

In response, Gareth Evans, the former Australian foreign minister who heads the International Crisis Group, made the case last week that_

  1. the decision by Myanmar’s authorities to default on their responsibilities to their own citizens might well constitute “a crime against humanity,”
  2. and suggested that the United Nations might need to consider bringing aid to Myanmar non-consensually,
  3. justified on the basis of the “Responsibility to Protect Resolution”
  4. adopted at the 2005 U.N. World Summit by 150 member states.

To be sure, R2P (as the resolution is colloquially known) was not envisaged by the commission that framed it (and that Evans co-chaired) as a response to natural disasters, but rather as a way of confronting “genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.”

To extend its jurisdiction to natural disasters is as unprecedented as it is radical. But as Evans put it last week, “when a government default is as grave as the course on which [Myanmar’s] generals now seem to be set, there is at least a prima facie case to answer for their intransigence being a crime against humanity — of a kind that would attract the responsibility-to-protect principle.”

  • Evans’ warning was clear. Myanmar’s generals should not delude themselves into thinking that the international community would allow them to act in any way they wished
  • not if it meant turning a blind eye to the dangers the cyclone’s survivors faced.
  • These dangers, according to the British charity Oxfam, threatened an additional 1.5 million lives.

And a number of European governments took the same line.

  1. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband stated that military action to ensure that the aid got to where it needed to go might be legal and necessary.
  2. And French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner echoed this argument, saying that France was considering bringing a resolution to the U.N. Security Council allowing for such steps to be taken.

For Kouchner, a co-founder of the French relief group Doctors Without Borders, this was familiar ground. He was a leading, and controversial, figure in the relief world long before joining Nicolas Sarkozy’s government last year,

  • and he is one of the originators of the so-called right of interference
  • a hawkish interpretation of humanitarianism’s moral imperative
  • and an operational license that basically held that outside aid groups and governments had a presumptive right to intervene when governments abused their own people.

At first glance, the arguments of Evans, Miliband, Kouchner and the leaders of many mainstream relief organizations may seem like common-sense humanism.

  1. How could it be morally acceptable to subordinate the rights of people in need to the prerogatives of national sovereignty?
  2. In a globalized world in which people, goods and money all move increasingly freely,
  3. why should a national borderthat relic of the increasingly unimportant state system — stand in the way of people dedicated to doing good for their fellow human beings?
  4. Why should the world stand by and allow an abusive government to continue to be derelict in its duties toward its own people?

Surely, to oppose this sort of humanitarian entitlement is a failure of empathy and perhaps even an act of moral cowardice.

This has been the master narrative of the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.

It has dominated the speeches of officials and most of the media coverage,

which has been imbued with an almost pornographic catastrophism in which aid agencies and journalists seem to be trying to outdo each other in the apocalyptic quality of their predictions.

I hope that the author ended here. But we sadly see the communist/socialistic views of the author, who do not know the sufferings of Burmese citizens. We know about the SPDC than you!

(Comment: unfair counter accusation: First, the U.S. charge d’affaires in Yangon, Myanmar’s capital, without having left the city, told reporters that though only 22,000 people had been confirmed dead, she thought the toll could rise as high as 100,000. A few days later, Oxfam was out with its estimate of 1.5 million people being at risk from water-borne diseases — without ever explaining how it arrived at such an extraordinarily alarming estimate.In reality, no one yet knows what the death toll from the cyclone is, let alone how resilient the survivors will be. One thing is known, however, and that is that in crisis after crisis, from the refugee emergency in eastern Zaire after the Rwandan genocide, through the Kosovo crisis, to the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the 2004 South Asian tsunami, many of the leading aid agencies, Oxfam prominent among them, have predicted far more casualties than there would later turn out to have been. In part, this is because relief work is, in a sense, a business, and humanitarian charities are competing with every other sort of philanthropic cause for the charitable dollar and euro, and thus have to exaggerate to be noticed. It is also because coping with disasters for a living simply makes the worst-case scenario always seem the most credible one, and, honorably enough, relief workers feel they must always be prepared for the worst. But whatever the motivations, it is really no longer possible to take the relief community’s apocalyptic claims seriously. It has wrongly cried wolf too many times.We should be skeptical of the aid agencies’ claims that, without their intervention, an earthquake or cyclone will be followed by an additional disaster of equal scope because of disease and hunger. The fact is that populations in disaster zones tend to be much more resilient than foreign aid groups often make them out to be. And though the claim that only they can prevent a second catastrophe is unprovable, it serves the agencies’ institutional interests — such interventions are, after all, the reason they exist in the first place.)

Unwelcome as the thought may be, reasonable-sounding suggestions made in the name of global solidarity and humanitarian compassion can sometimes be nothing of the sort. Aid is one thing. But aid at the point of a gun is taking the humanitarian enterprise to a place it should never go. And the fact that the calls for humanitarian war were ringing out within days of Cyclone Nargis is emblematic of how the interventionist impulse, no matter how well-intended, is extremely dangerous.

The ease with which the rhetoric of rescue slips into the rhetoric of war is why invoking R2P should never be accepted simply as an effort to inject some humanity into an inhumane situation (the possibility of getting the facts wrong is another reason; that too has happened in the past).

Yes, the impulse of the interveners may be entirely based on humanitarian and human rights concerns. But lest we forget, the motivations of 19th century European colonialism were also presented by supporters as being grounded in humanitarian concern. And this was not just hypocrisy. We must not be so politically correct as to deny the humanitarian dimension of imperialism. But we must also not be so historically deaf, dumb and blind as to convince ourselves that it was its principal dimension.

Lastly, it is critically important to pay attention to just who is talking about military intervention on humanitarian grounds. Well, among others, it’s the foreign ministers of the two great 19th century colonial empires. And where exactly do they want to intervene — sorry, where do they want to live up to their responsibility to protect? Mostly in the very countries they used to rule.

When a British or French minister proposes a U.N. resolution calling for a military intervention to make sure aid is properly delivered in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, then, and only then, can we be sure we have put the specter of imperialism dressed up as humanitarianism behind us. In the meantime, buyer beware.

David Rieff is the author of many books, including “At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention” and “A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis.”

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Now or Never! NCGUB should invite NATO to invade Irrawaddy delta

 

Gordon Brown:Burma is guilty of inhuman action

Gordon Brown:Burma is guilty of inhuman action

Telegraph.co.uk

A woman walks in the rain as she covers herself with a plastic bag in the outskirts of Yangon, MyanmarThe official death toll of the cyclone disaster in Burma has risen to 78,000, as the country’s military regime continues block aid from reaching 2.5 million survivors.

The new figure is nearly double the official estimate of 43,000 dead or missing given on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister spoke shortly after France’s UN ambassador said Burma was on the verge of “committing a crime against humanity” by refusing to allow aid to be delivered.

A woman walks in the rain as she covers herself with a plastic bag in the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar

Jean-Maurice Ripert made the comment during a UN General Assembly session after Burma’s UN ambassador accused France of sending a warship to the region.

France said the ship is carrying 1,500 tons of food and medicines for the survivors of Cyclone Nargis.

Mr Brown called on the ruling junta to stop blocking foreign aid. ”This is inhuman. We have an intolerable situation, created by a natural disaster.

“It is being made into a man-made catastrophe by the negligence, the neglect and the inhuman treatment of the Burmese people by a regime that is failing to act and to allow the international community to do what it wants to do.”

He said “the responsibility lies with the Burmese regime and they must be held accountable.”

The official death toll of the cyclone disaster in Burma has risen to 78,000, as the country’s military regime continues block aid from reaching 2.5 million survivors.

The new figure is nearly double the official estimate of 43,000 dead or missing given on Wednesday.

According to state television, as of May 15 more than 55,000 people were missing and almost 20,000 have been injured in the worst disaster in the country’s history, which hit two weeks ago.

Independent experts have said the actual number is probably far higher, with British officials saying the total dead and missing could be more than 200,000.

The new death toll comes a day before the Burmese junta is due to lead foreign diplomats on a stage managed tour of the Irrawaddy Delta, the worst-hit area.

The delta is closed to outsiders — not just foreign aid workers and journalists but also Burmese from elsewhere in the country – making it increasing difficult to gain an impression of conditions there.

“The tour will go to a model camp in the delta, but we think it would be a mistake to turn our back on the visit even if it is a show operation” said a Western diplomat last night. “If we want to get more aid in, perhaps it is a game we have to play.”

Torrential rain continued on Friday, compounding the misery of survivors. There are reports of disease, and accounts of hungry villages gathering along roadsides in the rain and mud, begging passing vehicles for food with clasped hands. Food and clean drinking water are practically unavailable in most places.

Ramesh Shrestha, the head of Unicef in Rangoon who has local staff on the ground, said that in several places thousands of survivors are crammed together in temporary shelters without sanitation.

His agency is digging trenches as temporary latrines, and gathering together orphaned children “who have been found wandering around”.

Unaccompanied children are at risk of trafficking.

Restrictions imposed by the junta mean such relief efforts remain localised. Only around 10 per cent of victims are believed to have received any aid at all.

The European Union humanitarian aid commissioner, Louis Michel, on Friday became the latest in a long line of international grandees to visit Rangoon but gain no concessions. The junta again refused access for international aid workers. “They did not give any reason,” he said.

Mr Michel was also denied access to the delta, but taken instead to a “rather perfect, organised camp” near Rangoon.

State television reported that prime minister Thien Sein —number four in the military heirachy – claimed: “We have already finished our first phase of emergency relief. We are going onto the second phase, the rebuilding stage”.

The top three generals are yet to make any public statement on the crisis.

“They are in a completely parallel universe,” said the diplomat. “They see it essentially as a security operation. It’s straight from the playbook they used during the protests in September and October last year. You clear up all the journalists and block the news.”

The regime has an established tactic in dealing with Western pressure by slowly offering minor, cosmetic concessions and waiting until international attention wanes. “It’s completely transparent what they are doing with this trip,” said the diplomat.

Myanmar cyclone: Forced labour camp fears

 Myanmar cyclone: Forced labour camp fears

Telegraph.co.uk

By Graeme Jenkins in Rangoon

Survivors of the Burma cyclone are being forced into government camps amid fears they will be used as forced labour.

Government refugee camps to house cyclone survivors in KhonChanGone township, Yangon, BurmaThe ruling military junta has forcibly relocated tens of thousands of survivors from the Irrawaddy delta following the devastation of Cyclone Nargis on May 2.

 Many who had sought shelter in Buddhist monasteries – the centre of unrest during protests against the junta last year – are also being moved into government camps.

Ko Hla Min, a 35-year-old farmer who lost nine relatives in the storm, said that those rounded up by soldiers around the devastated town of Bogalay were being used as forced labour.

 

“They have to break stones at the construction sites. They are paid $1 per day but are not provided with any food,” he said.

 Meanwhile, a senior UN official told The Daily Telegraph that he feared other survivors will shortly be moved back to the delta and used by the junta to plant the next rice crop in the coming weeks.

 About 80,000 people had sought sanctuary in schools and temples in the delta town of Labutta, which was left in ruins after the cyclone struck nearly two weeks ago, they said.

 Now, only about 20,000 remain in their care at 50 monasteries in Labutta, after the military moved them to camps.

 A Buddhist monk stands outside a monastery that had given shelter to people displaced by the cyclone

With an official toll of 66,000 dead or missing and another two million in dire need of emergency aid, the government again rejected calls to accept foreign relief workers needed to quickly deliver food, water, shelter and medicine. The Red Cross estimates the real death toll to be closer to 128,000.

 Many displaced families have moved into temporary sheltersForeign Office minister Lord Malloch-Brown yesterday the most senior members of Burma’s military government of turning a “deaf ear” to the plight of their subjects.

 “From the top level of government, there is a sense that there is a complete deaf ear, that [ruling general] Than Shwe is not hearing the seriousness of the crisis and the regime has set its back against the need to accept outside help.”

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that the United Nations was to organise an emergency summit in Asia to discuss the disaster.

Many displaced families have moved into temporary shelters

 The reports came as the Burmese regime announced an overwhelming endorsement of its new constitution in the referendum held last weekend.

 State radio claimed that 92.4 per cent of voters in a 99 per cent turn out voted “yes”, although rights groups and dissidents earlier reported a low turnout and extensive irregularities. At some polling stations officials voted “yes” on behalf of anyone who had not appeared by 1pm. Campaigning against the constitution was punishable with jail.

A western diplomat in Rangoon told the Daily Telegraph that only one small fraction of the army was initially devoted to relief efforts in the area devastated by cyclone Nargis, while the regime concentrated its resources on conducting the referendum. Their only concession to the storm was to postpone voting in the effected areas until May 24.

The supposedly democratic charter is widely dismissed as a smoke screen for prolonged military rule.

Many of those are still without adequate food, shelter and drinking water two weeks later. Reports of cholora are beginning to spread by word of mouth.

 In an attempt to hide the burgeoning humanitarian catastrophe from the outside world even Burmese people are no longer allowed to enter the Irrawaddy Delta area, which is ringed by road blocks. Foreign aid workers are banned and foreign journalists posing as tourists have been unable to enter since the beginning of the week.

The military insists that it will distribute the international aid trickling into Rangoon airport, although some of it has already appeared in Rangoon markets.

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CALGARY HERALD

Forced labour cleans up Myanmar cyclone

Military leaders say relief getting to 2.5 million victims

Aung Hla Tun, Reuters

Published: Friday, May 16, 2008

Myanmar’s military government said Thursday its cyclone relief effort was moving along swiftly even as foreign powers warned of starvation and disease among up to 2.5 million people left destitute by the storm.

The European Union’s top aid official met government ministers and urged them to allow in foreign aid workers and essential equipment to prevent more deaths. But his trip did not yield any breakthroughs.

“Relations between Myanmar and the international community are difficult,” Louis Michel said. “But that is not my problem. The time is not for political discussion. It’s time to deliver aid to save lives.”

Earlier, Myanmar’s generals signalled they would not budge.

“We have already finished our first phase of emergency relief. We are going onto the second phase, the rebuilding stage,” state television quoted Prime Minister Thein Sein as telling his Thai counterpart.

Nearly two weeks after Cyclone Nargis tore through the heavily populated Irrawaddy delta — leaving up to 128,000 people dead — supplies of food, medicine and temporary shelter have been sent in dribs and drabs.

In Bogalay, a Delta town where 10,000 people are thought to have died, people complained of forced labour and low supplies of food at state-run refugee centres.

“They have to break stones at the construction sites. They are paid K1,000 ($1) per day but are not provided any food,” said Ko Hla Min, who lost nine family members in the storm.

In Bogalay relief materials were being held in storage waiting for distribution and government officials sold tin-sheets for roofs at $5 apiece, far above the budget of most.

Along the river rotting corpses remain near where villagers fish, wash and bathe. The United Nations has said more than half a million people may now be sheltering in temporary settlements.

The UN estimates of the number of people in urgent need at 2.5 million, and called for a high-level donors’ conference to deal with the crisis.