Terrorist victims – Capperi http://capperi.net/ Mon, 16 May 2022 10:45:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://capperi.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-01T215521.666-150x150.png Terrorist victims – Capperi http://capperi.net/ 32 32 Former Somali president returns to power and pledges to bring Somalia back to stability https://capperi.net/former-somali-president-returns-to-power-and-pledges-to-bring-somalia-back-to-stability/ Mon, 16 May 2022 10:45:55 +0000 https://capperi.net/former-somali-president-returns-to-power-and-pledges-to-bring-somalia-back-to-stability/ By Nimi Princewill, CNN Somalia’s parliament elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud the country’s tenth president on Sunday in a vote broadcast live on national television. Mohamud previously served as president from September 2012 to February 2017 and is now the country’s first twice-elected leader of Somalia’s state. After his election, he pledged to “work on a […]]]>

By Nimi Princewill, CNN

Somalia’s parliament elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud the country’s tenth president on Sunday in a vote broadcast live on national television.

Mohamud previously served as president from September 2012 to February 2017 and is now the country’s first twice-elected leader of Somalia’s state.

After his election, he pledged to “work on a stable policy that leads Somalia to agreement and the world to agreement”.

In the vote organized by lawmakers and broadcast by Somali National Television (SNTV), Mohamud defeated incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo, whose regime came under scrutiny late last year as it suspended powers of the Prime Minister amid an ongoing power struggle, prompting calls for calm from the US and UK and raising fears of political violence.

Farmaajo conceded defeat early Monday and congratulated Mohamud, calling for support for the new administration.

“I congratulate the President-elect, my brother, HE @HassanSMohamud on his election as the 10th President of our nation. I urge all my fellow citizens to support and pray for his success. I would like to express my gratitude to all who have contributed to harmonious and peaceful elections,” Farmaajo said in a Posting on Twitter.

Mohamud benefited from an outpouring of goodwill messages about his victory, including one from neighboring Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed.

“I would like to congratulate former President @HassanSMohamud on his re-election as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia. I look forward to working closely with you on shared bilateral and regional interests,” Aby tweeted Monday.

The presidential election had been delayed for more than a year due to a political crisis aggravated by the power struggle between Farmaajo and suspended Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble.

The incoming government would aim to contain Somalia’s burgeoning challenges bequeathed by the Farmaajo administration. Somalia is facing its worst drought in decades and is grappling with a high cost of living and a burgeoning Islamist Al-Shabaab sect that continues to launch deadly attacks across swathes of the country, including the capital. Mogadishu.

Incumbent President Mohamud has accused Farmaajo of failing to bring the deadly terror group under control since he took power in 2017.

“Farmajo promised to eradicate Al-Shabaab from Somalia in just two years when he took office in 2017. He also promised victims of terrorism that his government would quickly compensate them. Nevertheless, it proved another broken promise,” Mohamud written in an article of which he is the author ahead of the presidential election, adding that “…Somalia in 2022 should be better protected against Al-Shabaab and better integrated and governed as a federal state.”

Long designated a foreign terrorist organization by the United States, Al-Shabaab fought to overthrow the central government and establish a regime based on its strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia.

Earlier in May, the brutal sect overran a major military base housing African Union forces in Mogadishu, killing a number of Burundian peacekeepers.

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Ethiopian security forces kill ‘large numbers’ of Oromo rebels: minister https://capperi.net/ethiopian-security-forces-kill-large-numbers-of-oromo-rebels-minister/ Sat, 14 May 2022 17:10:40 +0000 https://capperi.net/ethiopian-security-forces-kill-large-numbers-of-oromo-rebels-minister/ By TESFA-ALEM TEKLE Security forces in Ethiopia’s Oromia Regional State have killed scores of rebel Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) members, the government’s communications service said. In a statement on Saturday, State Communications Minister Legesse Tulu said a counter-insurgency operation was underway to eliminate the OLA, which the government has declared a terrorist group. Lily: Ethiopia’s […]]]>

By TESFA-ALEM TEKLE

Security forces in Ethiopia’s Oromia Regional State have killed scores of rebel Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) members, the government’s communications service said.

In a statement on Saturday, State Communications Minister Legesse Tulu said a counter-insurgency operation was underway to eliminate the OLA, which the government has declared a terrorist group.

Lily: Ethiopia’s Oromo rebel leader predicts victory ‘very soon’

Many “members of the militant group were killed in the operation”, he said, without revealing the exact number of casualties.

The Minister said that the military campaign is being carried out in the western and eastern parts of Welega, western and eastern Guji, northern, eastern and western Shoa, as well as in the Borona area in the Kenyan border.

An Oromo opposition leader, who spoke with East Africa, confirmed that there is an ongoing military operation in parts of Oromia region.

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“The Ethiopian army is carrying out drone strikes to carry out targeted assassinations in many areas,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“However, many innocent civilians are also victims of the ongoing war.”

A few days ago, an Oromo opposition political party, the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), said in a statement that a “secret war” was taking place in the Oromia region and that many civilians had been killed as a result.

The party has called for an independent international investigation into the alleged “mass killings”.

The OFC said Ethiopian government security forces were carrying out a campaign guided by the principle of “drying up the sea to catch fish”.

“Killing civilians, burning houses, looting and destroying property; imprisoning and torturing, sometimes killing parents over their children’s alleged OLA affiliation, has become commonplace,” read an OFC statement seen by East Africa.

“More recently, drone and helicopter strikes have been carried out by government forces as part of this campaign.”

The party added that the “indiscriminate air strikes” carried out in recent days have led to the death of more than 30 civilians and caused serious material damage and the displacement of a large population.

The OFC has alleged that more than 280 civilians have been massacred since April 16 as part of the ongoing joint military operation.

“Failure to protect innocent civilians amounts to a failure of the system,” the party said, further calling for an independent international investigation into the alleged killings.

The Ethiopian government denied the allegations and said the campaign was aimed at curbing the killings, displacements and destruction of property caused by the OLA.

Violence in western Oromia has displaced half a million civilians, with escalating hostilities leading to the closure of hundreds of schools and health facilities, a new UNOCHA report says.

“In 2022, the partners faced increased security threats, including two shootings, various harassments, temporary detentions and the forced requisition of their vehicles,” OCHA said.

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Croatian Foreign Minister attends a meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh https://capperi.net/croatian-foreign-minister-attends-a-meeting-of-the-global-coalition-against-daesh/ Wed, 11 May 2022 17:34:25 +0000 https://capperi.net/croatian-foreign-minister-attends-a-meeting-of-the-global-coalition-against-daesh/ Image: HDZ/Facebook screenshot ZAGREB, May 11, 2022 – Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman participated in a ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh in Marrakech on Wednesday, the ministry said in a press release. The meeting was led by Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Nasser Bourita and US […]]]>

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ZAGREB, May 11, 2022 – Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman participated in a ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh in Marrakech on Wednesday, the ministry said in a press release.

The meeting was led by Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Nasser Bourita and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The first ministerial meeting of the coalition in Africa aimed to reaffirm the partners’ commitment to combat Daesh through increasing military and civilian actions in order to definitively defeat the terrorist organization.

The coalition strongly condemned the recent attacks in Afghanistan during Ramadan by the local Daesh branch in Khorasan, supporting all victims and their families and reaffirming its determination to bring all Daesh members to justice.

The coalition said the priority was the protection of civilians and respect for international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, as well as all relevant Security Council resolutions. He also highlighted the role of women and youth in preventing radicalization and implementing deradicalization.

The main task of the coalition remains to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria as well as to stabilize the liberated territories and eliminate the causes that contributed to the rise of Daesh in Syria.

The coalition welcomed the creation of the Africa Task Force as well as the expansion of the coalition in Africa.

Grlić Radman reaffirmed Croatia’s commitment to coalition efforts and goals. In his speech, he stressed the importance of cooperation between the EU and African states, including counter-terrorism cooperation.

He recalled the deaths of workers from the Croatian company Hidroelektra in Algeria in 1993 and the execution of a Croatian national in Egypt in 2015. He expressed his deep understanding for all victims of terrorism, saying that supporting tolerance , intercultural and interreligious dialogue is one of the best defences. against terrorist propaganda and attempts to spread hatred and fear.

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Saudi leaders offer condolences to Egypt for victims of Sinai terror attack https://capperi.net/saudi-leaders-offer-condolences-to-egypt-for-victims-of-sinai-terror-attack/ Tue, 10 May 2022 03:53:50 +0000 https://capperi.net/saudi-leaders-offer-condolences-to-egypt-for-victims-of-sinai-terror-attack/ JEDDAH: With the high rate of road deaths in Saudi Arabia and the alarming rise in road rage incidents, motorists in the Kingdom are joining the dashcam revolution, installing them in their vehicles to gather evidence in the event of a traffic accidents, traffic offences, theft and fraud. According to statistics published by the Ministry […]]]>

JEDDAH: With the high rate of road deaths in Saudi Arabia and the alarming rise in road rage incidents, motorists in the Kingdom are joining the dashcam revolution, installing them in their vehicles to gather evidence in the event of a traffic accidents, traffic offences, theft and fraud.

According to statistics published by the Ministry of Health on the number of injuries and deaths caused by traffic accidents for 2019 and 2020, 5,754 deaths were recorded in 2019 and 4,618 deaths in 2020, of which almost 90% of men.

Ahmed Eid Al-Attawi, the owner of the Jeddah-based Dashcams store, told Arab News that he has long been selling dash cams to motorists concerned about vandalism, and now accidents.

“Now dash cams are becoming more popular because motorists want to film where they’re driving, to prove they’re not overshooting or if there’s an accident,” he said. .

Vehicle owners can now be assured of their safety on the road. Indeed, a dashcam is a great investment in the safety of your family and your vehicle that can not only save you time and money, but also provide you with peace of mind in the event of an accident/accident. .

Majed Al Shikhiautomotive expert and automotive reviewer

“Dash cams, or dashcams, are beginning to be seen on the road in increasing numbers. In the public sector they are known (for their use) in police vehicles and ambulances. These days these dashcams were installed by regular drivers for very practical and useful reasons.

Al-Attawi estimates that nearly one in five drivers currently use a dashcam.

“Over the years, the use of dashcam has been adopted in many countries. In Saudi Arabia, the use of dash cams is even less and the market is still in its infancy as more and more as more drivers and/or car owners are made aware of the importance of dash cams and their unparalleled safety features, the demand and use of these safety devices is likely to grow in the years to come.

Al-Attawi also revealed that women want to be more proactive than men in reporting reckless driving on Saudi roads, saying, “We are seeing more and more women coming forward to install these technological devices to protect their rights. .

He explained that the small camera, which can be mounted on the windshield, can be positioned to record inside the vehicle or pointed forward to capture anything in front of the car.

“The number of hours it records depends on the size of the SD card, and the car does not need to be running for the unit to work. Prices for the camera can range from SR700 (186 $) to SR2600, the more expensive cameras including a GPS function which can also record the speed of the vehicle.

Dashcam sales are booming, increasingly recognized as an essential tool in insurance claims and as evidenced by traffic authorities.

According to lawyer Khalid Al-Mhmadai, dashcams are as good as any other approved video.

“Yes, dashcams are allowed in Saudi Arabia,” he told Arab News. “It’s kind of proof these days, demands Najm for road accident insurance services – it’s the right thing to do.”

He added that as long as the vision is clear and the images were taken in a public place, they can be used in legal proceedings.

Automotive expert and car critic Majed Al-Shikhi thinks dashcams will one day be in all cars.

“Innovation has a huge impact on all aspects of our lives, and driving is no exception,” he said. “Vehicle owners can now be assured of their safety on the road. Indeed, a dashcam is a great investment in the safety of your family and your vehicle that can not only save you time and money, but also provide you with peace of mind in the event of an accident/accident. .

“With more and more dashcams now on the road, if you do something stupid or illegal, chances are you’ll get caught,” Al-Shikhi added, pointing out that demand for dashcams has increased. increased in Saudi Arabia after women were allowed to drive.

“I think placing a dash cam helps motorists and traffic police, as long as it’s used to film the road ahead and to help keep drivers out of trouble, and to determine fault and responsibility in motor vehicle accidents,” he said.

“It also allows motorists to capture images of drivers whose reckless actions may put citizens and residents at risk.”

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The band that played at the Bataclan the night of the Paris attacks will tell the court about their traumatic experience https://capperi.net/the-band-that-played-at-the-bataclan-the-night-of-the-paris-attacks-will-tell-the-court-about-their-traumatic-experience/ Sun, 08 May 2022 10:26:54 +0000 https://capperi.net/the-band-that-played-at-the-bataclan-the-night-of-the-paris-attacks-will-tell-the-court-about-their-traumatic-experience/ This week, Eagle of Death frontman Jesse Hughes, 49, will give his version of events on the night of the Paris attacks in 2015, when the Bataclan theater he was playing in was attacked by terrorists. He is expected to share details of how he briefly came face to face with one of the gunmen […]]]>

This week, Eagle of Death frontman Jesse Hughes, 49, will give his version of events on the night of the Paris attacks in 2015, when the Bataclan theater he was playing in was attacked by terrorists.

He is expected to share details of how he briefly came face to face with one of the gunmen but was thankfully able to get away.

The band’s former guitarist, Eden Galindo, 52, and Matt McJunkins, 39, who played bass that night, will also testify in a Paris court in one of France’s most important legal cases.

They are expected to talk about the horrific events that transpired when jihadists stormed into the auditorium and the impact this traumatic event had on their lives.

The night of November 13, 2015 is the worst terrorist attack in French history, Islamic extremists wearing suicide vests entered the Bataclan as the band had just started playing “Kiss the Devil” and opened fire on the crowd, killing 90 people.

Members of US rock band Eagles of Death Metal will testify in a French court about their experience on November 13, 2015, when the Bataclan concert hall they were performing in was attacked by Islamic gunmen

Frontman Jesse Hughes (pictured: right, next to guitarist Dave Catching at a memorial outside the Bataclan concert hall) will describe in court how he came face to face with one of the terrorists this week

Frontman Jesse Hughes (pictured: right, next to guitarist Dave Catching at a memorial outside the Bataclan concert hall) will describe in court how he came face to face with one of the terrorists this week

The band hadn't been on stage for long (pictured) when the three gunmen opened fire on the crowd, which some initially mistaken for a malfunctioning loudspeaker or pyrotechnics

The band hadn’t been on stage for long (pictured) when the three gunmen opened fire on the crowd, which some initially mistaken for a malfunctioning loudspeaker or pyrotechnics

The gunmen who stormed the Bataclan died in the attack, but there are 14 defendants at trial.

However, only one is accused of direct involvement – 31-year-old Salah Abdeslam, who allegedly gave up a suicide belt outside the Stade de France.

The others are charged with less serious terrorism offences. The trial, which began in September, is expected to conclude at the end of next month.

“I saw the looks on all those faces in front of me,” former guitarist Galindo said. ‘[The audience] didn’t know what was going on, they couldn’t see anything. They were pushed against each other, then against the stage.

Salah Abdeslam (pictured), 31, is the only surviving member of the attackers who struck Paris

Salah Abdeslam (pictured), 31, is the only surviving member of the attackers who struck Paris

“It’s hard to go back on all that,” he told the Journal di Dimanche newspaper. “All these years I tried not to think about it.” Writing the statement that he will read in court'[took] reminds me of the emotions that came over me after the attacks“.

Galindo said he still struggled to forgive those responsible, even though he felt it was the right thing to do.

He added: “It’s a long road and I hope to get there one day. But today, I still feel so angry towards them.

Singer Hughes, a firearms enthusiast, immediately knew what was going on when he heard the first of around 50 gunshots – unlike his bandmates and audience members who thought it might be pyrotechnics, firecrackers or speaker malfunction.

The singer was the first to realize this and shouted at his comrades to run.

He, Galindo, and drummer Julian Dorio managed to safely escape through a backstage door, but guitarist Dave Catching and bassist Matt McJunkins were unable to escape.

Catching hid alone in a bathroom stall while the McJunkins hid in a locker room with several fans.

A commemorative plaque and flowers were placed at the entrance to the Bataclan concert hall (pictured) in 2018 to remind the 130 people who were killed on the third anniversary of the Paris attacks

A commemorative plaque and flowers were placed at the entrance to the Bataclan concert hall (pictured) in 2018 to remind the 130 people who were killed on the third anniversary of the Paris attacks

An eyewitness reported hearing the gunmen wondering among themselves where the members of the Eagles of Death Metal were after the gunfire stopped.

Hughes recalled his escape and how he came face to face with one of the gunmen.

“I saw the shooter. He turned around and shot the gun at me, but the barrel hit the door frame,’ Hughes told Vice in an interview recorded shortly after the event.

The group’s head of merchandising, Nick Alexander, 35, from Essex, died – the only Briton to be killed that night in which 130 people were killed.

Testifying in October, her sister, Zoe Alexander, told defendants at trial that while her family “mourns what you did, we don’t hate you”.

The group members are among more than 2,000 people with civil party status – those who, according to French law, have suffered physically or mentally as a result of a crime.

As such, they are not limited to describing the horrors of that night but can talk more broadly about their feelings. Some read long written statements.

Their testimonies were intermingled with those of politicians, police and other experts who provided information on how the attack by the Franco-Belgian jihadist group was orchestrated by Isis from its headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

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Utah girls, women are not safe from human trafficking – St George News https://capperi.net/utah-girls-women-are-not-safe-from-human-trafficking-st-george-news/ Fri, 06 May 2022 00:55:26 +0000 https://capperi.net/utah-girls-women-are-not-safe-from-human-trafficking-st-george-news/ Stock image | Photo by Favor_of_God/iStock/Getty Images Plus, St. George News ST. GEORGE- Human trafficking is a global problem involving the exploitation of people for profit through force, fraud or coercion. This can include forced labor, debt bondage, domestic servitude and sexual exploitation. It also occurs in the United States, including rural and urban areas […]]]>

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ST. GEORGE- Human trafficking is a global problem involving the exploitation of people for profit through force, fraud or coercion. This can include forced labor, debt bondage, domestic servitude and sexual exploitation. It also occurs in the United States, including rural and urban areas of Utah.

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The Utah State University Utah Women & Leadership Project recently compiled a report containing information from approximately 50 sources in an effort to understand the extent of human trafficking among Utah girls and women.

The examples that the researchers found were numerous. In February 2021, six people were arrested for human trafficking and prostitution in massage parlors after a police intervention in Utah County. In 2020, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received 182 contacts regarding 64 reported cases of human trafficking in Utah.

In 2019, 157 victims and 39 traffickers were identified, and in 2018 the Utah Attorney General’s office conducted 49 human trafficking investigations and reportedly prosecuted eight cases and served 44 victims.

According to Susan Madsen, founding director of the project and one of the four authors of the report, research shows that trafficking can involve girls, boys, women, men and non-binary people of various races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations and socioeconomic status, among other factors.

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“However, US federal criminal court cases from 2020 showed that 98% of sex trafficking victims were female and 60% of forced labor victims were male,” she said. “These rates only reflect those who are identified, rather than the actual rates of those who are trafficked. We assume the actual numbers are much higher,” Madsen said.

Estimates suggest that there were more than 40 million victims worldwide in 2016, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, various regions and countries have reported an increase in human trafficking domestically due to loss of financial livelihoods and travel restrictions.

The report shows that forced labor generates more than $150 billion in annual profits worldwide, two-thirds of which comes from forced sexual exploitation, making it one of the most profitable crimes in the world after the drug traffic.

It also indicates that in conflict situations, human trafficking “supports terrorist and armed groups, funds, criminal groups and transnational criminal syndicates, supports abusive regimes and promotes instability”.

The report’s lead author and human trafficking researcher, Lindsay Gezinski, said research shows that victims are generally targeted based on their vulnerability, and if they reenter society, they often return in the same circumstances. dangerous that led to their initial victimization.

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Possible factors that could make someone susceptible to being trafficked include poverty, separation from family, forced displacement, oppression, religious persecution, natural disasters, restrictive migration policies, political dissent , armed conflict and situations where social, economic and employment opportunities are lacking. .

Other factors include substance abuse, homelessness, abuse (sexual, physical, and emotional), undocumented immigration status, runaways, involvement in the foster care system, and having been incarcerated. .

“And contrary to what we hear in popular culture, traffickers are unlikely to kidnap a complete stranger off the street,” Gezinski said. “Research shows us that traffickers can be acquaintances, friends, romantic partners or family members. Additionally, victims may be lured by fake job offers, employment agencies, and false promises of employment. Although the situation is discouraging and frightening, there are things we can and should do. »

Researchers have identified three ways Utahns can help.

First, implement prevention measures, including community and school education, to help reduce human trafficking before it happens. The Utah State Core Standards for Health Education include recognition of “strategies for preventing and reporting harassment, abuse, discrimination, and relationship violence.”

Core curriculum designed to teach the concepts of healthy relationships, consent, and violence prevention should also include education about human trafficking.

Second, recognize the signs of trafficking and provide support. Screening tools can be used in social services, education, medical, immigration and criminal law settings to identify and assist victims and survivors.

Finally, intervention is crucial to eliminate threats of human trafficking so that survivors can receive immediate and long-term assistance. they need to rebuild their lives and avoid revictimization.

Depending on individual needs, services such as immediate and long-term housing, medical and dental services, legal aid and immigration assistance, mental health care, job training and life skills life and help to reconnect with family can help a survivor’s recovery and rehabilitation.

Madsen said it was important that key stakeholders do more to end human trafficking in Utah, and while anyone can be trafficked, certain populations are particularly vulnerable to trafficking. exploitation and should be focused on anti-trafficking efforts.

“A multi-pronged approach that targets prevention, identification and response and uses a coordinated community response is needed to help prevent human trafficking in Utah,” she said.

“With coordinated community responses and partnerships between government and organizations, Utahans can help save lives and change the future of victims. As Utah works to reduce human trafficking within the state, our communities will become safer and we can empower our Utah girls and women.

The other authors of the study are McKayla Caress, research associate, UWLP, and Marin Christensen, associate director, UWLP.

To view the full report, including citations, click here. For more information on UWLP programs and projects, visit utwomen.org.

Written by JULENE REESE, USU Extension.

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IPOB’s beheading of soldiers on the verge of espousing terrorism taken too far https://capperi.net/ipobs-beheading-of-soldiers-on-the-verge-of-espousing-terrorism-taken-too-far/ Tue, 03 May 2022 16:26:51 +0000 https://capperi.net/ipobs-beheading-of-soldiers-on-the-verge-of-espousing-terrorism-taken-too-far/ The Nigerian military on Tuesday condemned the brutal killing of two soldiers about to be married and noted that the action was carried out by members of the proscribed indigenous people of Biafra and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network. The army has described as “horrifying, barbaric and most despicable” the beheading of Master Warrant […]]]>

The Nigerian military on Tuesday condemned the brutal killing of two soldiers about to be married and noted that the action was carried out by members of the proscribed indigenous people of Biafra and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network.

The army has described as “horrifying, barbaric and most despicable” the beheading of Master Warrant Officer Audu Linus (retired) and Private Gloria Matthew, who were in transit to Imo State for their traditional wedding when they were killed on April 30, 2022.

The army’s director of public relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Tuesday, said the act was terrorism taken too far.

The punch had earlier reported that Matthew was first raped before being shot with his lover, Linus

The duo were then beheaded and the criminals made a video of the incident and posted it online.

Reacting in the statement titled “Horrific killing of two soldiers by IPOB/ESN, callous and despicable”, the army vowed that the attackers would not go unpunished.

The statement read in part: “Ironically, the fact that one of the soldiers, Private Gloria Matthew, a native of Nkwerre LGA of Imo State, has an ethnic affiliation with the good people of South East Nigeria n did not prevail over the sensitivity of the dissidents. .

“This despicable act, one too many, clearly foreshadows the deep hatred, desperation and anarchy with which the IPOB/ESN foot soldiers have sown terror on Ndigbo, which they claim to have a mission to protect and destroy. emancipate, as well as other innocent Nigerians residing in or transiting through the South East.

“This horrific murder, in which they did not even spare their own child, clearly depicts callousness, impenitence and is unquestionably a brazen act of terrorism perpetrated by IPOB/ESN.

“Although splinter groups have continued to live in denial while posing as unknown gunmen in their violent criminal campaign in the region, the NA will ensure that the perpetrators of this despicable act unleashed against its personnel do not not go unpunished.

“As we express our sincere condolences to the families, loved ones and loved ones of the victims, the NA has opened an investigation to unmask and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

The federal government banned IPOB and designated the group as a terrorist organization in September 2017.

IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services and is facing terrorism-related charges before Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

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Memories of the victims | Cranbourne Star News https://capperi.net/memories-of-the-victims-cranbourne-star-news/ Mon, 02 May 2022 01:48:51 +0000 https://capperi.net/memories-of-the-victims-cranbourne-star-news/ By Cam Lucadou Wells Families from Casey Town and Greater Dandenong gathered in Dandenong’s Harmony Square on Sunday April 24 to mourn the victims of the recent atrocities in Afghanistan. At a candlelight vigil, they mourned more than 100 people – many of them children – killed in recent terror attacks on two schools in […]]]>

By Cam Lucadou Wells

Families from Casey Town and Greater Dandenong gathered in Dandenong’s Harmony Square on Sunday April 24 to mourn the victims of the recent atrocities in Afghanistan.

At a candlelight vigil, they mourned more than 100 people – many of them children – killed in recent terror attacks on two schools in Kabul on April 19, followed by further deadly attacks on two mosques.

The killings have been labeled as part of an ongoing genocide of Hazara and Shia Muslim minorities under a “terrorist” Taliban regime.

Co-host Hayat Rahimi called on the Australian government to recognize the “Hazara genocide” as many loved ones remain trapped in Afghanistan.

“The attacks on our schools, our hospitals, our mosques and our individuals have been constant, targeted and systematic.

“Unfortunately, under previous governments and now under the Taliban regime, we have been discriminated against.”

Mr Rahimi called on the Australian government to speed up the processing of partner and family visas for evacuees and grant permanent residency to Hazara asylum seekers in Australia.

Many have languished for years on temporary protection visas, restricted from work, income and family reunions.

“Members of our community are hard working people, many of whom have started their own businesses and contribute to the social, economic and cultural life of Australian society.”

Supporting speakers include Afghanistan and refugee advocates, Greater Dandenong Mayor Jim Memeti, and federal election candidates. Councilors Tim Dark and Rhonda Garad were also present.

Labor MP for Bruce Julian Hill condemned “blatant” targeted attacks on minorities by “extremist and radical elements”.

“They weren’t condemned by the Taliban – the so-called government,” he noted.

“These (acts) are not political statements, they are targeted and systemic acts of murder.

“It’s even more appalling that it was done in the name of religion.”

He read an email from a man trapped in Afghanistan, who feared for his life and that of his family.

He had been sponsored for a partner visa to join his fiancée in Dandenong. The Australian government did not respond to his request for a humanitarian visa, Mr Hill said.

Bruce Greens candidate Matthew Kirwan said he stood “in solidarity” with the public.

“This deadly attack this week is sadly just another sad chapter in the continued genocide of the Hazara people over the past century and a half.”

He said he bought a painting from an exhibition of Hazara student artists.

“(It is) a reminder of the unjust world we live in, but also a reminder that Australia has failed you as a good global citizen and is not speaking out strongly enough against this ongoing genocide nor welcomes with open arms the Hazara people who seek refuge here.”

But it also reminded him of “the strength, courage and resilience” of the Hazara community.

In an audio message, Bruce’s Liberal candidate James Moody criticized the “most cowardly and despicable attacks” that left “the most innocent among us – our children.”

“Please stick together tonight, please remember the dead and God bless you all.”

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Attorney General Merrick B. Garland delivers remarks at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards | Takeover bid https://capperi.net/attorney-general-merrick-b-garland-delivers-remarks-at-the-national-crime-victims-service-awards-takeover-bid/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 22:43:30 +0000 https://capperi.net/attorney-general-merrick-b-garland-delivers-remarks-at-the-national-crime-victims-service-awards-takeover-bid/ Notes as prepared for delivery Good afternoon. Good afternoon. Thank you Amy [Solomon], for that kind introduction, and for your stewardship of the Office of Justice Programs. And thanks to you and your team, Kris [Rose]. We would not be here today without the dedicated professionals of the Office for Victims of Crime and the […]]]>

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Good afternoon. Good afternoon. Thank you Amy [Solomon], for that kind introduction, and for your stewardship of the Office of Justice Programs. And thanks to you and your team, Kris [Rose].

We would not be here today without the dedicated professionals of the Office for Victims of Crime and the Office of Justice Programs. You planned today’s event and you do amazing work every day on behalf of the American people. Thank you.

I am pleased to be joined today by the leadership team of the Ministry of Justice, the Deputy Attorney General of Monaco and Associate Attorney General Gupta.

We are all here because we know that our country’s justice systems could not function without victim service providers.

Empowering and encouraging people who have been victimized to participate in our justice system is essential to justice.

Demonstrating to victims of crime that we hear and see them – and gaining their trust in our work – is essential to upholding the rule of law.

The theme for National Victims of Crime Rights Week this year is Rights, Access and Equity. This theme highlights the importance of helping survivors of crime achieve justice by upholding victims’ rights, expanding access to services, and ensuring fairness and inclusion for all.

We are honored to be here to announce the recipients of this year’s National Awards for Services to Victims of Crime and to recognize the recipients of the National Awards for Services to Victims of Crime for 2020 and 2021.

These award winners – like the hundreds of other victim advocates and allied professionals here today – are true public servants.

You are there for victims of crime every step of the way.

You offer compassion and care immediately after a tragedy.

You help victims navigate the maze of legal proceedings for months or years.

And you support victims long after a case has reached a decision and lawyers like us have left the courtroom.

This year’s recipients represent many aspects of the victim services field.

The recipients include medical professionals who have dedicated themselves to providing the care, support and compassion that victims of sexual violence deserve.

One of the winners personally and single-handedly pursued in-person services, court accompaniments and phone calls to support victims of domestic violence when the pandemic hit.

Two of the winners are themselves survivors of assault, abuse and exploitation who have turned their painful experiences into a difference in the lives of other victims.

Together, all of these honorees represent the best of who and what we all strive to be as public servants.

At the Department of Justice, we put our resources to work supporting victim advocates, funding victim assistance programs, and putting victims at the center of our efforts to carry out the department’s mission to uphold the rule of law.

As outlined in the Department of Justice’s recent Agency Equity Plan, we are taking department-wide actions that we hope will improve access to departmental services for underserved communities. especially those who are disproportionately likely to be victims of crime.

In 2021, our Office for Victims of Crime awarded over $1 billion to fund victim services. These include mental health counselling, legal assistance and victim advocates, enabling more than 11,000 victim assistance programs to reach more than 10 million survivors. This year, we are continuing that work.

Our Office for Victims of Crime is releasing several new solicitations to expand access to services for those who have been historically underrepresented and underserved.

And across the Department, we are strengthening our ability to prevent and prosecute cases of human trafficking and to protect and support victims of human trafficking.

The Department of Justice has been working hard to push forward the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which finally happened earlier this year.

As it has done since the VAWA came into force, our Office on Violence Against Women uses all resources at its disposal to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, provide essential services to survivors and support victim service providers.

Our budget for the next fiscal year includes a total of $1 billion for the Office on Violence Against Women an increase of 74% over the level adopted for fiscal year 22.

We know that survivors are more likely to seek services from organizations that know their culture, language and background. That’s why the Office on Violence Against Women prioritizes and pilots programs for organizations that provide culturally-specific, community-based support to survivors.

We also center victims in our tribal justice work. Native American communities have long suffered disproportionate rates of violence. In October, the Department launched a steering committee to address the crisis of missing or murdered Indigenous peoples.

The first priority of this steering committee is to develop “strategies to support victims and their loved ones”.

Whether it’s fighting gun violence, fighting fraud and exploitation, or supporting survivors of sexual assault victims and their rights are at the center of our efforts.

This commitment to victims also requires an understanding of how far-reaching the effects of a criminal act can be.

Hate crimes are an important example. We know that in addition to the targeted victim hate crimes strike terror and fear into entire communities.

That’s why the Department takes a holistic approach to combating unlawful acts of hate by supporting not only direct victims, but also entire communities.

A broad and deep understanding of victims’ rights is essential to our ability to carry out the Department’s mission. And without the dedicated work of service providers for victims of crime, this mission would not be possible.

All of us in this work understand that the experience of victims of crime is often much more than just an incident or moment in time.

Being the victim of a crime can mean an upsetting and sometimes upsetting experience that lasts long after the crime is over.

Last week marked the 27th anniversary of the day a domestic terrorist bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 19 children, and seriously injuring hundreds more.

As the Justice Department’s lead prosecutor in this case, I arrived at the scene 48 hours after the attack.

Shattered glass and crumbled bricks were everywhere.

The facade of the building had collapsed and fallen into a crater.

An army of first responders sifted through the rubble for survivors and the dead. And everyone was crying.

Prosecutors have met with family members and survivors. We listen to their concerns. We have held frequent briefings to keep everyone informed. We went to the memorial service together.

We treated them as we would have liked our own families to be treated.

And that’s really at the heart of what you all do: you treat people the way you would want someone you love to be treated if something terrible happened to them.

You do this when tragedy strikes an entire community. And you do it when tragedy strikes individuals.

You help people and communities endure unimaginable loss and heal untold evils. You do this despite unusually long days and emergency calls in the middle of the night.

You are nothing short of heroic. I am in awe of you.

Thanks for being with us today. I will now entrust the program to the Deputy Attorney General of Monaco.

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Implications of delisting Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps from the terrorist list – OpEd https://capperi.net/implications-of-delisting-irans-revolutionary-guard-corps-from-the-terrorist-list-oped/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 23:14:36 +0000 https://capperi.net/implications-of-delisting-irans-revolutionary-guard-corps-from-the-terrorist-list-oped/ By Ghazal Vaisi* Nuclear talks between Iran and the West have stalled as the United States continues to deny Iran’s request to remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the list of foreign terrorist organizations (OTF). US Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who voiced his concerns in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, […]]]>

By Ghazal Vaisi*

Nuclear talks between Iran and the West have stalled as the United States continues to deny Iran’s request to remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the list of foreign terrorist organizations (OTF).

US Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who voiced his concerns in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and former Iranian parliamentarian Faezeh Hashemi, who infuriated hardliners in Tehran for opposed to delisting from the IRGC, spoke out in opposition. Hashemi said, “I don’t think removing the IRGC from the list does any good for the Iranian nation,” and that the IRGC should “retreat to its bases.”

The widely held belief among Iranian dissidents is that sanctions relief will provide Iran with the necessary funds to bolster the IRGC’s missile and drone programs and boost the morale of the Islamic Republic’s leadership while dealing a slap in the face to all their victims, from Syria to Tehran.

If the IRGC is removed, its pre-Soleimani reputation will be restored among its militias, and Iran will never rein in its missile and drone program, which has been the main driver of its influence in the Middle East. . Moreover, the lifting of sanctions will reinforce their system of internal oppression, demoralizing Iranian dissidents.

The Islamic Republic has long sought to exclude any questions about its funding of proxies and weapons development programs from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement. Masoud Jazayeri, former Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, said: “The Islamic Republic’s missile and defense power development plan has nothing to do with the JCPOA.

On the contrary, Iran’s missiles and defense power are essential elements in ensuring an effective JCPOA. As Senator Manchin told Secretary Blinken, “We should not reward Iran with sanctions relief until it demonstrates verifiable efforts to curb…its nuclear ambitions, terrorist financing and development of dual-use weapons”.

In the six months since the deal was implemented in 2015, Iran received sanctions relief from more than $100 billion in previously frozen monetary assets overseas. In addition to injecting funds into the Islamic Republic, the 2015 deal offered Iran access to global trade in exchange for agreeing to restrictions on its atomic program.

The affair, however, did not last long. Since Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the deal in 2018, Iran has exceeded the enriched uranium limit of 3.67% fissile purity. Fissile purity is currently 60%, about 15 times the limit set by the JCPOA in 2015, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

An enrichment of around 90% is required to build an atomic bomb. Due to the bipartisan nature of US foreign policy, Iran is now very close to acquiring nuclear weapons.

While Iran’s acquisition of a nuclear weapon currently appears to be the most potent threat, and while possession of a nuclear weapon would trigger an arms race with regional rivals and lead to further destabilization of the Middle East, failing to address Iran’s drone and missile program and proxy support for wars emerging from negotiations will undermine any proposed peaceful resolution in the Middle East.

The Islamic Republic poses a threat even without nuclear weapons. Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei called Iran’s regional strength and nuclear capabilities Iran’s “weapons of power” in his speech to the Assembly of Experts in March 2022. Khamenei’s views are strictly followed by his network of IRGC generals as a guideline.

Since 2015, and amid the talks, the IRGC has bolstered its missile and drone program and continued to build a network of militias across the Middle East.

Restrictions on Iran’s missile program in the first agreement were weak and non-binding. As a result, Iran’s missile arsenal now dominates its regional adversaries in size and diversity, with some munitions capable of striking as far away as Egypt and Eastern Europe.

Iran has also embraced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as a key pillar of its military strategy. “For the first time since the Korean War, we are operating without total air superiority,” warned former CENTCOM commander General Kenneth Mckenzie.

Iran’s IRGC shares its capabilities with its associated militias across the Middle East. Unresolved conflicts between Iran and its neighboring countries are responsible for the collapse of several states in the region (Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen) torn apart by civil war and an aggravation of the humanitarian crisis.

In addition to supporting rebel militias, the IRGC directly enabled Syrian dictator Bashar-al-Assad to massacre his people and permanently displace 13.5 million Syrians from their homes.

The IRGC also arms and finances groups such as Hamas and the Islamic Jihad Union, operating from the Gaza Strip. In recent developments, the Israeli military announced that Iran had launched drones from its military bases – carrying small arms, heading towards the Gaza Strip and the West Bank – avoiding its usual strategy of using proxies to target neighboring countries.

In addition, Houthi rebels backed by Iran have claimed responsibility for hundreds of attacks inside Saudi borders. As a result, Israel and several Arab countries are set to create an unprecedented “joint defense system” to deter the threat of Iranian drones and missiles on their doorstep. This nascent alliance is proof of the imminent threat that Iran can pose, even without a nuclear weapon.

Critics of the IRGC believe that any sanctions relief will be earmarked for military spending and strengthening Iran’s IRGC-linked state-run intelligence services. Not only will Iranians not feel the benefits of the sanction relief, but the funds released will further exacerbate human rights problems in Iran for dissidents.

Moreover, it would demoralize Iranians and all the victims of the IRGC’s offensive policy, from Yemen to Syria to Tehran.

Iran’s nuclear program remains a threat to international security, and an agreement must be reached between Iran and the P5+1 countries, but not before there is comprehensive coverage of all issues of conflict between the Iran, the United States and their allies in the region. – if not, the deal will bring the Islamic Republic financial relief and a morale boost, as it did in 2015.

Removing Iran’s IRGC from the terrorist list will send the wrong message to policy makers in Tehran, encouraging Iran and its associated militias to continue their misdeeds in the region. Before granting the Islamic Republic the financial assistance it desperately needs, the United States must use its influence to bring Iran to the negotiating table and settle all the points of conflict that are fueling the chaos in the Middle East. East.

*The author is an Iranian-born international affairs analyst who focuses on the evolution of authoritarianism in the modern world. His writings have appeared in the Middle East Institute, Independent Farsiand Iranian International.

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