human rights – Capperi http://capperi.net/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 17:23:42 +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 human rights – Capperi http://capperi.net/ 32 32 A new nuclear deal with Iran should not come with terrorist legitimization https://capperi.net/a-new-nuclear-deal-with-iran-should-not-come-with-terrorist-legitimization/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 16:02:18 +0000 https://capperi.net/a-new-nuclear-deal-with-iran-should-not-come-with-terrorist-legitimization/ Iran has a new demand for US diplomats as they conclude what will hopefully be the final round of negotiations for a new nuclear deal later this month: Remove the 2019 US Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation on the Islamic Revolutionary Guards of Iran (IRGC). The United States should reject this request, even if it […]]]>

Iran has a new demand for US diplomats as they conclude what will hopefully be the final round of negotiations for a new nuclear deal later this month: Remove the 2019 US Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation on the Islamic Revolutionary Guards of Iran (IRGC). The United States should reject this request, even if it risks Iran failing to comply with the negotiations. Removing the terrorist stigma from the IRGC will embolden Iranian proxies and anger regional allies.

FTO designations can be awarded to groups if they meet three criteria under US Code §1189— the group must be foreign, engaged in terrorist activities and threaten the national security of the United States. By labeling a group an FTO, the United States creates extraterritorial criminal and civil liability for parties contracted to provide material support to it. There are currently 73 listed groups and their status is reviewed every five years by the US State Department.

Maintaining the FTO designation puts political pressure on states that interact with the IRGC, namely Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, to significantly alter their relationship or risk international pariah status. The Iranian market becomes dangerous for potential business partners, as any transaction with the country could be seen as IRGC funding since it is state-sponsored. The designations also clarify the United States’ attitude toward international actors and let Iran know that the actions of its paramilitary organization are not condoned by the United States, regardless of any future diplomatic re-engagement.

FTO de-designations are less common, with the United States removing only 15 groups from the list since its inception. In most cases of de-designation, groups have been removed due to their outright dissolution, which would not be the case with an IRGC de-designation. Attempts to remove still-active groups from the list, such as the Houthis, have had negative consequences for US national security.

In February 2021, the United States deleted the FTO label of the Houthis, a Yemeni Shia militia that receives direct funding from the IRGC. The purpose of this de-designation was to better provide Yemeni civilians with humanitarian aid. The designation made it difficult for human rights groups and charities to donate food, medical supplies and cash as a Saudi-led blockade starved the country. However, the Houthis made no concessions, and less than a year later the group took advantage of this gesture by launch drone strikes on the United Arab Emirates.

The aftermath of this attack was swift. During the month, the Saudis and Emiratis worked together to conduct Airstrikes over the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. The Houthis, using weapons supplied by Iran, responded with strikes on Saudi airports and other civilian sites. The US Treasury Department subsequently designed new punishments on the Houthis’ financial network, specifically implicating the IRGC. Canceling the IRGC’s designation to revert to a nuclear deal would send mixed messages from the Biden administration to the Arab world and encourage Iran to spend its newly sanction-free assets on other excellent investments in the militia to counter influence Sunni.

Not only will the UAE and the Saudis feel abandoned by the United States if they take this course, but Israel will also question the sincerity of the United States in its stated goal of preserving Israeli sovereignty, whether the Iran does not recognize. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei demands ‘all Muslims must fight until the annihilation of Israel’, and facilitating Tehran’s ability to provide its most extreme fighting force with outside money will bring the regime closer of this objective.

Instead of dropping the FTO designation from the IRGC without concessions, the United States should consider making public the non-statutory factors involved in granting such a designation. This action would inform the international community about the objective criteria involved in US counterterrorism strategies and prevent Washington from appearing disorganized on designation issues between presidential administrations.

recent Iran budget and presidential cabinet appointment should inform the Biden administration that a nuclear deal will not change Iran’s priorities to support the IRGC at the expense of the civilian population. Iran is spending more than ever on guards. Removing the bureaucracy around the IRGC as it expands its weapons research and production capabilities would betray close relationships that have taken decades to build. No nuclear deal should impact the FTO de-designation process, and past Houthi conduct justifies reluctance to cave to Iranian demands. Removing the terrorism label should require effort from the offending party, which the Islamic Republic is unwilling to provide.

John O’Malley

John O’Malley is currently a Middle East Security Intern for the Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

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Online Islamophobia surged 18-fold in Australia after Christchurch terror attack https://capperi.net/online-islamophobia-surged-18-fold-in-australia-after-christchurch-terror-attack/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/online-islamophobia-surged-18-fold-in-australia-after-christchurch-terror-attack/ Hate is allowed to “fester and grow” in New Zealand, three years after the mosque terror attack, says Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon. His comments came just hours before a new Australian study found an 18-fold increase in online Islamophobic abuse immediately following the 2019 attack on two Christchurch mosques. The report’s chief investigator, Dr […]]]>

Hate is allowed to “fester and grow” in New Zealand, three years after the mosque terror attack, says Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon.

His comments came just hours before a new Australian study found an 18-fold increase in online Islamophobic abuse immediately following the 2019 attack on two Christchurch mosques.

The report’s chief investigator, Dr Derya Iner, said that in the hours following the attack on the Masjids of An Nur and Linwood on March 15, 2019 and in the two weeks since, “the ecosystem that has socialized [the terrorist] has become hyper-visible online.

Hateful rhetoric online rose from threats telling Muslims to “go home” ahead of the Christchurch shootings, to a 28% increase in examples of blatant threats of massacre or civil war, Iner said.

An increase in hatred has also been seen in Aotearoa, said Islamic Women’s Aliya Danzeisen, National Coordinator of the Council of New Zealand (IWCNZ). “We’ve seen an increase here, and we’ve felt it.”

She said people were speaking out louder at a time when legislation was failing to protect vulnerable communities.

Commissioner Foon said the government’s failure to strengthen hate speech legislation had allowed hate to “fester and grow”.

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Iner warned New Zealand and other governments to stop underestimating the impact of online hate, especially after global events copycat after the Christchurch attack.

“Don’t treat online as isolated, cybernetic, hypothetical, only thought talk. It’s real. The people behind the screen are real. They live this ideology.

Of the 247 incidents reported to the Islamophobia Register Australia (IRA) between January 2018 and December 2019 – cited in the study to analyze the period before and after the Christchurch massacre – offline abuse also quadrupled.

Threats to kill Muslims accounted for 25% of online incident reports before March 15, 2019, and that figure rose to 42% after. Overall, threats of massacres or civil war against the Muslim community rose from 25% before to 52% after.

The study prompted the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network to call on its government to strengthen the legislation, after the New South Wales and Federal Governments voted against it.

Among online incidents in the study, after the Christchurch attack, an Australian nurse posted on social media claiming that Muslims were massacring people of other religions, “now they know how it feels [and] I hope this is a wake-up call for them to start acting in a civilized way”.

This struck fear among Muslims in the area where the nurse’s hospital was located, about the care they would receive if they needed treatment.

It was an example of online abuse working “hand in hand” with offline reality.

“Maybe this person lives in the same city, or the same neighborhood.”

Online hate could socialize people to violence in the physical world, and offline violence can trigger more violence online, as seen after the Christchurch attack.

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The Masjid Al Noor Mosque on Deans Ave in the aftermath of the 2019 terrorist attack.

Danzeisen said the study results “are not surprising.”

A lot of people thought the depth of hate was largely virtual, but there was a flow to real life.

“It’s so close to our house. This shows what the terrorist was involved in and where he was and what happened immediately after in certain environments in which he existed.

He pointed out how security and intelligence agencies should have been more aware of what was to come.

As the Council of Islamic Women told the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the attack, it was common knowledge that there was a wide spread of Islamophobia and encouragement of anti-Islamic actions, mainly in line.

Some actions were likely to have breached the Human Rights Act, “but for the fact that the omission of religion had been an issue since the legislation came into effect”.

The group called for an amendment to the law to include religious and ethical beliefs.

“There are several communities that just have to defend themselves instead of having the law represent them,” Danzeisen said.

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Mohammed Moustafa and his wife, Nada Tawfeek, talk about extremism and how to eradicate racism after their loved one was killed in the Christchurch terror attacks. (Video first posted April 4, 2019)

Foon said in a statement on Monday that he was “disappointed with the slow response” to implementing what was a recommendation from the Royal Commission following the March 15 terrorist attacks.

He said he had written to all relevant ministers, with mixed responses and only a few replies.

“If, as Commissioner responsible for following these issues, I cannot get an answer, what hope is there for our affected communities? »

There were promises to review hate speech, “but now the government seems to be saying it’s politically too much to handle”.

The commissioner’s comments come after Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said news center over the weekend, there was a need to be careful about hate speech legislation as it could “inflame the very problem we are trying to address”. “We also don’t want to inflame the very problem we’re trying to solve here.”

Danzeisen said the comment was “offensive”, given that the Muslim community had always told them that anti-Islam rhetoric existed long before the March 15 attack and before discussions of hate speech legislation began. begin.

The Christchurch appeal had started to prevent people from seeing future online attacks, but more needed to be done to prevent the attacks themselves, starting with monitoring online activity, she said.

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Saudi Arabia executes record 81 people in one day for terrorism-related offenses https://capperi.net/saudi-arabia-executes-record-81-people-in-one-day-for-terrorism-related-offenses/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 11:49:50 +0000 https://capperi.net/saudi-arabia-executes-record-81-people-in-one-day-for-terrorism-related-offenses/ Published on: 03/13/2022 – 12:49Amended: 03/13/2022 – 12:51 Saudi Arabia said on Saturday it executed a record 81 people in one day for terrorism-related offences, surpassing the total number of people killed last year and drawing criticism from human rights activists. All had been “convicted of committing several heinous crimes”, the official Saudi Press Agency […]]]>

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Saudi Arabia said on Saturday it executed a record 81 people in one day for terrorism-related offences, surpassing the total number of people killed last year and drawing criticism from human rights activists.

All had been “convicted of committing several heinous crimes”, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported, saying they were convicts linked to the Islamic State group, al-Qaeda, armed forces. Houthi rebels in Yemen or “other terrorist organizations“.

The wealthy Gulf country has one of the highest execution rates in the world and has often carried out death sentences by beheading.

Those executed had been convicted of plotting attacks in the kingdom, including killing “a large number” of civilians and members of the security forces, according to the SPA statement.

“They also include convictions for targeting government personnel and vital economic sites, murdering law enforcement officers and mutilating their bodies, and laying landmines to target police vehicles,” he said. declared the SPA.

“The convictions include crimes of kidnapping, torture, rape, smuggling weapons and bombs into the kingdom,” he added.

Of the 81 people killed, 73 were Saudi citizens, seven were Yemenis and one was a Syrian national.

“Strict and unshakable position”

SPA said all those executed were tried in Saudi courts, with trials overseen by 13 judges, which took place in three separate stages for each individual.

“The kingdom will continue to take a strict and unwavering stance against terrorism and extremist ideologies that threaten stability,” the news agency added.

Saudi Arabia has been the target of a series of deadly shootings and bombings since late 2014 by IS extremists.

The kingdom also leads a military coalition that has been fighting in Yemen since 2015 against Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who have in turn launched strikes against Saudi Arabia.

But the executions drew condemnation from British campaign group Reprieve.

“Just last week, the Crown Prince (Mohammed bin Salman) told reporters that he planned to modernize Saudi Arabia’s criminal justice system, only to order the biggest mass execution in the country’s history” , Reprieve said.

“There are prisoners of conscience on Saudi death row, and others arrested as children or charged with non-violent crimes. We fear for all of them following this brutal display of impunity.”

Saturday’s announcement of 81 deaths marks more than the total of 69 executions in 2021.

As of Saturday, Saudi Arabia had executed 11 people convicted of various crimes in 2022, according to an AFP tally based on an official announcement. This brings the total executed so far this year to 92.

About fifty countries in the world continue to apply the death penalty.

In 2020, 88% of the 483 reported executions took place in just four countries: Iran, with 246, followed by Egypt with 107, Iraq with 45, then Saudi Arabia, which carried out 27 that year, according to Amnesty International.

Death row for teenage crime

Saturday’s executions were announced the day after the release of Saudi blogger and human rights activist Raif Badawi, who had been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Islam.

But Badawi, who received just 50 lashes before his sentence was halted following global condemnation, is now subject to a 10-year travel ban, officials confirmed to AFP on Saturday.

This means the 38-year-old is unable to join his wife Ensaf Haidar and their three children in Canada, where they fled after his arrest.

In recent years, Saudi Arabia has announced a series of sentencing reforms, including a moratorium on the death penalty for drug-related offences, as well as the abolition of court-ordered floggings.

In April 2020, the kingdom also announced that it was ending the death penalty for those convicted of crimes committed when they were under 18.

On Saturday, a rights group and relatives of a Saudi man sentenced to death as a minor said he was taken to hospital after going on a hunger strike and collapsing.

Abdullah al-Howaiti, who was just 14 when he was arrested in 2017 for armed robbery and the murder of a police officer, was first sentenced to death in 2019, with the verdict upheld on last month in a new trial.

“Abdullah went on a hunger strike and was hospitalized after collapsing,” Reprieve said.

(AFP)

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Dozens burned to death in three regions amid junta’s scorched earth campaign — Radio Free Asia https://capperi.net/dozens-burned-to-death-in-three-regions-amid-juntas-scorched-earth-campaign-radio-free-asia/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 00:45:29 +0000 https://capperi.net/dozens-burned-to-death-in-three-regions-amid-juntas-scorched-earth-campaign-radio-free-asia/ Junta troops have burned more than five dozen civilians since late December in three parts of Myanmar where they have encountered strong armed resistance to military rule, sources in the regions said on Wednesday. Residents told RFA’s Myanmar service that at least 65 people had been set on fire and killed in the 10 weeks […]]]>

Junta troops have burned more than five dozen civilians since late December in three parts of Myanmar where they have encountered strong armed resistance to military rule, sources in the regions said on Wednesday.

Residents told RFA’s Myanmar service that at least 65 people had been set on fire and killed in the 10 weeks to March 7, including 35 and three in Hpruso and Demoso townships in Kayah state, and five in Gangaw township, Magway region.

In Sagaing area, troops burned alive 10 people in Salingyi township, four in Ye-U township, three in Kalay township and five in Myinmu township, they said.

Anti-junta Karenni State Police (KSP) fighters in Kayah state told RFA that during the same period ‘at least 49 people were burned to death’ in the Moso village of Hpruso , including 45 civilians and four pro-democracy members. Karenni nationalities of paramilitary Defense Forces (KNDF) who operate as border guards in the area.

In one incident on February 24, residents of Kalay township in Sagaing discovered the charred bodies of a woman and her two young children who had been detained by the military the previous day. The father of the two children told RFA that he was only able to identify the remains after seeing his daughter’s earring.

Myanmar’s military has killed at least 1,640 civilians since seizing power in a February 1, 2021 coup and arrested nearly 9,560 others, mostly during peaceful protests against the junta.

The junta has recently launched a series of major offensives against ethnic armed groups and anti-junta paramilitaries of the People’s Defense Forces (PDF) in remote border areas of the country, which have seen troops commit acts of rape, of torture, arson and murder against civilians, according to reports.

In the typical pattern of the conflict, after exchanges of fire with local anti-junta militia fighters, regime troops attack villages suspected of harboring resistance groups and burn all structures after stealing livestock, food and valuables.

Residents of Shwe Bo village in Gangaw township told RFA that a combined force of military troops and members of the pro-junta Pyu Saw Htee militia shot and killed two people and burned five people during a a raid on February 28.

A villager who spoke on condition of anonymity said atrocities like those in Shwe Bo and elsewhere were driving civilians to armed resistance against the junta, rather than scaring them into submission.

“Villagers know nothing but anger and want to retaliate against it,” he said.

“We could be punished in the future, but for now we will do whatever it takes to get rid of them. We want to see them eliminated either by [the shadow National Unity Government] NUG or any other group.

In Done Taw village in Salingyi township, where the burnt bodies of ten people – including four aged between 14 and 17 – were discovered following a military raid in December, another source who declined to comment to be named told RFA that locals wanted to see the perpetrators. sentenced to death when a civilian government returns to power.

“If the popular government takes control, we want to see the crimes of the junta and of all those who killed innocent people exposed,” he said. “We want to see those responsible for these brutal murders pay for them.”

demand justice

Asked about military arson attacks and reports of civilians being burned to death, the junta’s deputy information minister, General Zaw Min Tun, denied troops were responsible.

“We have no reason to do that when we protect civilians, as it is our duty,” he told RFA.

“In the Sagaing area, terrorist groups calling themselves PDFs are forcing local people to engage in terrorist activities. Many villages in the region have formed militias to protect against the NUG and PDF terrorist groups. The PDF terrorists attack the villages and set them on fire.

However, a surgeon who claimed to have inspected the victims of what was dubbed the “Christmas Eve massacre” of 35 people in the village of Moso in Hpruso township called the killings a “deliberate act of brutal murder by the military in a January 3 press release. conference organized by the NUG.

He described the bodies as having their hands tied behind their backs and their mouths gagged; missing parts of their skulls, genitals and chests; and burned so badly that their internal organs had disintegrated. Some victims are believed to have been killed before being set on fire.

Rights activists and medical experts said those responsible for the burning deaths intended to eliminate evidence of their actions.

Phoe Phyu, a human rights lawyer, told RFA that perpetrators of such atrocities will be prosecuted under Myanmar’s criminal code.

“For now, witness statements and evidence must be collected and then justice must be given to the victims – this is called transitional justice,” he said.

“One day, when a government elected by the people comes to power and assumes its responsibilities, it will open the door to ensuring such transitional justice.”

The NUG has pledged to launch an investigation into the deaths with the help of the international community.

Fresh reports of the number of civilians burned to death by junta troops came as research group Data for Myanmar reported that on Monday the military used arson to destroy a total of 6,719 homes in 186 locations in nine regions and states since last year. blow.

The group, which documents the impact of the conflict in Myanmar, warned in a statement on Wednesday that its report was compiled from publicly available data sources and excluded incomplete records, suggesting that actual figures on military arson may exceed reported data.

Reported by Myanmar Service of RFA. Translated by Ye Kaung Myint Maung. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

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Opinion: The Iranian ticking time bomb https://capperi.net/opinion-the-iranian-ticking-time-bomb/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 23:03:22 +0000 https://capperi.net/opinion-the-iranian-ticking-time-bomb/ Vikram Mansharamani lives in Lincoln and is the author of “THINK FOR YOURSELF: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence.” While the world has rightly focused its attention on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, another problematic development is flying under the radar in Iran. According to many American and international officials, the […]]]>

Vikram Mansharamani lives in Lincoln and is the author of “THINK FOR YOURSELF: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence.”

While the world has rightly focused its attention on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, another problematic development is flying under the radar in Iran.

According to many American and international officials, the The Islamic regime could soon receive tens of billions of dollars to intensify their terrorism. When combined with the Iranian government’s clandestine nuclear program, chants of “death to America” ​​and outspoken hatred of Israel, this development represents a rapidly escalating existential threat to American interests.

A little history is helpful here. In an effort to contain Iranian nuclear ambitions in 2015, President Barack Obama brokered the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a horrific deal that fundamentally failed to solve the problem of a nuclear Iran. First, it provided Iran with a path to a nuclear bomb, albeit years late. Second, America provided sanctions relief and, who could forget, pallets of cash to the Iranian regime. Finally, the deal allowed the Islamic regime to continue its ballistic missile programs and turned a blind eye to its state support for terrorism and attacks on US soldiers in Iraq (efforts that killed more than 600 of our soldiers).

Credit should be given to the foresight of Senator Tom Cotton, who along with several dozen colleagues in the Senate realized just how bad the deal President Obama was brokering with the Iranians in 2015 was. an open letter to the iranian regime, he noted that the US Constitution requires two-thirds of the Senate to vote in favor of entering into new treaties, and failing such action, the deal would simply be a political deal between Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei. Cotton’s letter also correctly noted that many US senators would likely remain in office well beyond the 2016 US presidential election. The letter’s purpose was simple: “to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.” “.

Cotton noted that a future president could walk out of any deal “with the stroke of a pen,” something President Trump did in 2018 to more effectively tackle Iran’s funding of terrorism, hostage-taking and nuclear ambitions. Let’s not forget that Iran directly funded the Houthis in Yemen, a terrorist group that carried out drone attacks on Saudi oil installations and attacked the US embassy in Yemen, taking many employees hostage. In reality, Iran has spent more than $16 billion since 2012 on support for terrorist proxies such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

And within its own borders, Iran has an abysmal human rights record. According to Amnesty International, the regime’s security forces deploy unlawful force to crush protesters and use “enforced disappearances, torture and other ill-treatment…with impunity on a widespread and systemic basis”. In November 2019, Iranian leaders murdered about 1,500 protesters who had taken to the streets of Iran. The regime’s regular violence against women and girls and their arbitrary imprisonment and torture of political dissidents occurs alongside its brutal persecution of its nationwide LGBTQ+ community.

Iran has said it will release Americans detained under the JCPOA. Yet on the 15th anniversary of the kidnapping of a retired FBI agent and patriotic American Bob Levinson, consider Iran’s actions. Not only did they fail to free him, but it was also later revealed that Levinson most likely died in Iranian captivity. The Iranians have never revealed what happened to him or who in their government was responsible for his death. In the meantime, they’ve taken even more American hostages, hoping Biden will shell out even more cash in return. It would be a dangerous mistake. Paying ransom to terrorists in exchange for hostages will likely lead to the capture of more innocent Americans.

Let’s be clear: Iran is a direct and immediate threat to US interests. The Islamic regime has enriched uranium to a level that Rafael Grossi, Director General of the IAEA, says “has no justification for civilian purposes” and is only needed for nuclear weapons. In addition, the Department of Justice revealed this year that Iranian agents were plotting to kidnap and returned a US citizen from her home in Brooklyn.

And the regime continues to plot assassination attempts against senior US government officials – on US soil. Let’s also not forget that Iran was singing as recently as 2019 that his “technological advances” would soon make their goal of “wiping Israel off the map” achievable. It is not surprising that an Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett recently warned that a renewed nuclear deal with Iran would result in a “more violent and unstable Middle East”.

Yet the Biden administration is apparently seeking to restore the JCPOA. According to various press articles and information shared by Gabriel Noronha, a former State Department official who focused on Iran, career government officials are so concerned about the concessions made in the negotiations that they leaked details of the potential deal “in the hope that Congress will act to stop the surrender”. The envisaged deal offers Iran jaw-dropping sanctions relief and a path to a nuclear bomb. You don’t need a doctorate. knowing that makes no sense.

One of the architects of the original JCPOA was John Kerry. As Kerry recently made clear, global developments may distract us so-called “existential” risks like climate change. Perhaps the Biden administration’s quest for a supposed “diplomatic victory” (and the prospect of Iranian oil to ease the pain at the American pump) distracts them from the fact that they would allow a nuclear Iran, fund groups terrorists, circumvent US laws that require Senate consent, and sell out Israel and America in the process?

We need to stop wasting time trying to restore a bad deal. As Mike Pompeo summarized, “lifting sanctions against Iranian terrorists will bring more war and more terror. This will not stop Iran’s nuclear program. A rich Iran will continue to kill all over the world, even here at home. The only death America should allow is that of this deal.

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Cardinal in search of justice | Daily FT https://capperi.net/cardinal-in-search-of-justice-daily-ft/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 23:38:27 +0000 https://capperi.net/cardinal-in-search-of-justice-daily-ft/ The Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm, Cardinal Ranjith, this week met with Pope Francis and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in Rome and Geneva respectively. According to reports citing the Catholic Church, the subject of those discussions was the lack of progress in national legal processes to deliver justice for […]]]>

The Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm, Cardinal Ranjith, this week met with Pope Francis and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in Rome and Geneva respectively. According to reports citing the Catholic Church, the subject of those discussions was the lack of progress in national legal processes to deliver justice for the Easter Sunday attacks that hit the Christian community the hardest in Sri Lanka, when three churches became the target of suicide bombers.

With his moves this week, the cardinal crossed the proverbial Rubicon on international justice, finally accepting that the local criminal justice system failed to hold the perpetrators accountable. His pleas to the international community echo the calls for justice made by thousands of Sri Lankan victims of atrocities and human rights abuses since the end of the civil war as, time and time again, the processes the island’s judiciaries simply fail.

After being elected on a national security and public order list following the 2019 bombings, after two years in office, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa delivered neither. Despite numerous Boards of Inquiry, law enforcement investigations, and a few indictments, no one directly responsible for the crime or guilty of criminal negligence has yet been held accountable in court for the Easter terrorist attacks. The whole process was also undermined by negotiations and political interference. For example, former President Maithripala Sirisena, who at the time was also Minister of Defense and Minister in charge of Police and all State Intelligence, received a free pass after returning to the perch in the bosom of the Rajapaksa regime.

That the Cardinal has now resorted to international legal and advocacy options is an indictment in the local justice system which for many years has failed the victims, whether it be the 100,000 people or disappeared or extrajudicially killed or those who are routinely murdered in state custody. The Easter terrorist attacks are just another reminder of this broken justice system. The failings are even more concerning after SSP (Rtd.) Shani Abeysekera’s latest claims that state intelligence agencies had repeatedly interfered in CID’s investigations into the terrorist cell and its networks before and after. attacks.

Abeysekera’s petition to the Supreme Court detailing these links has yet to be challenged or at least rejected by the government. The former CID leader made the allegations at risk of perjury and contempt of court and could be jailed if he lied in his Supreme Court petition. The fact that no denial, even symbolic, has been issued by the government regarding these serious allegations is astonishing.

Instead of seeking the truth and offering some semblance of justice to the victims, Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s administration has been involved in a systematic effort to silence those who demand judgment. Shehan Malaka Gamage, an activist demanding justice for the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings, was arrested by the CID on February 14 in connection with a mafia kidnapping. Earlier, the CID questioned the Reverend Cyril Gamini Fernando, a Catholic priest, at length about a statement he allegedly made during a webinar. Such intimidation and harassment of individuals demanding the truth and seeking justice for the victims will only cement the idea that the current government and its military and security apparatus are involved in a grand conspiracy to cover up the true motives of the incident.

The cardinal has not always been a champion of human rights or efforts to seek justice for victims of state crimes internationally. Shortly before the Easter Sunday attacks, he proclaimed that human rights were “the religion of the West”. But there is no joy in this reversal of opinion by the head of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka, for it is the pain and denial of closure for his flock that the cardinal takes with him to Rome and in Geneva.

In his quest for justice for the victims of the heinous Easter bombings, it is hoped that Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith will also carry the prayers and appeals of thousands of Sri Lankans across the island who are still crying out for justice 10, 20 and 40 years on the road. God’s speed, Your Eminence.


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Phone scammers scam a former Turkish minister https://capperi.net/phone-scammers-scam-a-former-turkish-minister/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 08:29:44 +0000 https://capperi.net/phone-scammers-scam-a-former-turkish-minister/ Azimet Köylüoğlu, a former minister of state, has become the latest victim of notorious phone scammers in Turkey, according to a report by Sabah newspaper on Wednesday. The scam started last month like any other, with fraudsters phoning their victim, telling them their bank accounts had been ‘compromised’ after ‘crooks hijacked them’. A scammer introduced […]]]>

Azimet Köylüoğlu, a former minister of state, has become the latest victim of notorious phone scammers in Turkey, according to a report by Sabah newspaper on Wednesday.

The scam started last month like any other, with fraudsters phoning their victim, telling them their bank accounts had been ‘compromised’ after ‘crooks hijacked them’. A scammer introduced himself to Köylüoğlu, a civil engineer who served as the state minister for human rights between 1994 and 1995, as “Chief Prosecutor of Antalya”. Köyluoğlu, who lives alone in the western province of Izmir, believed the scammer’s claim because they had detailed information about his bank accounts.

Another scammer contacted Köylüoğlu posing as a policeman. He demanded more information about the victim’s mobile banking passwords, telling him he needed to withdraw some money and hand it over to the “police” so their serial numbers could be “checked”.

Köylüoğlu, believing his money would be returned later, allowed them to withdraw. Scammers pretending to be policemen phoned Köylüoğlu once an hour for 20 days to gain their victim’s trust. He was also told to cut off all contact with anyone throughout the “investigation”, and Köylüoğlu did not leave his home or call anyone for 20 days.

It was the greed of the crooks that ultimately foiled the scam. When scammers told him that he had to sell his house in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul which was apparently targeted by “scammers” who did not exist, Köylüoğlu traveled to Istanbul to complete the sale. The house, however, was registered in the name of the victim’s son. Köylüoğlu couldn’t sell the house on his own and when he contacted his son, he helped him realize that his father was the victim of a massive scam. The former minister filed a criminal complaint while the “real” police opened an investigation to capture the suspects. It is unclear how much Köylüoğlu was defrauded.

In recent years, phone scams have multiplied in Turkey and mainly target elderly people living alone. They exploit people’s trust in the security services and the fear of being entangled in an investigation. More often than not, they made their victims believe that their names appeared in investigations related to terrorist groups, namely the Gülenist Terrorist Group (FETÖ) and the PKK. Through persuasion combined with foreknowledge of personal information about their victims which they carefully researched, they made them send money “to check whether their money was being used in the activities of terrorist groups“.

The latest high-profile victims were two professors living in Istanbul, Ahmet Demirel, who handed out $712,000 (10 million TL) to the scammers and sociology expert Nilüfer Narlı, who gave him $35,000 (500,000 TL) ) and jewelry.

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New NCRI-US Book Lays Out Iran Regime’s IRGC-Quds Force’s Latest Terrorist Game Plan: Forming Proxy Naval Units https://capperi.net/new-ncri-us-book-lays-out-iran-regimes-irgc-quds-forces-latest-terrorist-game-plan-forming-proxy-naval-units/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 18:43:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/new-ncri-us-book-lays-out-iran-regimes-irgc-quds-forces-latest-terrorist-game-plan-forming-proxy-naval-units/ The new NCRI-US book, “IRAN – Exposing the IRGC’s Quds Force’s Latest Terrorist Game Plan: Forming Proxy Naval Units”, was released on February 28, 2022. It unveils the details of the terrorist units naval forces newly created by the Quds Force. The new NCRI-US book, “IRAN – Exposing the IRGC’s Quds Force’s Latest Terrorist Game […]]]>

The new NCRI-US book, “IRAN – Exposing the IRGC’s Quds Force’s Latest Terrorist Game Plan: Forming Proxy Naval Units”, was released on February 28, 2022. It unveils the details of the terrorist units naval forces newly created by the Quds Force.

The new NCRI-US book, “IRAN – Exposing the IRGC’s Quds Force’s Latest Terrorist Game Plan: Forming Proxy Naval Units”, was released on February 28, 2022. It unveils the details of the terrorist units naval forces newly created by the Quds Force.

Flowchart of the Quds Force for the recruitment, dispatch and training of naval terrorists. SOURCE: NCRI-US book, “IRAN – Exposing the IRGC-Quds Force’s Latest Terrorist Game Plan: Forming Proxy Naval Units”

Table of naval weapons and equipment shipped to Yemen. SOURCE: NCRI-US book, “IRAN – Exposing the IRGC-Quds Force’s Latest Terrorist Game Plan: Forming Proxy Naval Units”

The port city of Jask in the Arabian Sea is home to Imamat Garrison, the base of the IRGC’s Navy Independent Command Headquarters. SOURCE: NCRI-US book, “IRAN – Exposing the IRGC-Quds Force’s Latest Terrorist Game Plan: Forming Proxy Naval Units”

Perimeter of IRGC Commando University. SOURCE: NCRI-US book, “IRAN – Exposing the IRGC-Quds Force’s Latest Terrorist Game Plan: Forming Proxy Naval Units”

The new book details the activities of the Quds Force (IRGC-QF) in recruiting and training mercenaries for newly created terrorist units to attack maritime targets.

New NCRI revelations are further evidence that additional sanctions are warranted due to the Iranian regime’s escalating violence in the region and intensifying repression at home.

— NCRI-US Deputy Director, Alireza Jafarzadeh

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, USA, March 1, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Monday, February 28, 2022, the US Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI-US) released its new book, titled ‘IRAN – Exposing IRGC-Quds Force’s Latest Terrorist Game Plan: Formation of Naval Units by Proxy.’ The book, for the first time, unveils details of how the Al-Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC-QF) recruited mercenaries for newly created, armed and trained terrorist units to attack ships and maritime targets in the area. The IRGC-QF is the offshore arm of the IRGC.

The new NCRI-US book is available on Amazon in paperback and kindle versions. It is also available on Barnes & Noble and all other major book publishing platforms.

After the elimination of Qassem Soleimani in January 2020, which weakened the Quds Force’s ability to directly encroach on countries in the region, the IRGC’s ability to interfere in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria is on the decline. To compensate for this failure, the IRGC turned to intervention in Yemen, in particular by stepping up naval terrorist activities and threatening international shipping on its shores.

The Al-Quds Force command headquarters in Yemen recruits Houthi forces and sends them to Iran for training, where the IRGC-QF provides training in specialized naval courses for its Yemeni, Iraqi, Syrians, Lebanese and Africans, who are then sent to Iran. their home countries to form proxy naval units.

The book shows where these mercenaries are trained, what type of training they undergo, how and where they are sent, and what the targets are.

It also shows how the Quds Force set up a smuggling network to supply weapons and equipment to its proxies for naval attacks. One way is to use small boats along the shores of the Arabian Sea, especially the seaport known as Bandar-e-Jask.

The Quds Force has equipped the Houthis with speedboats, missiles, mines and other weapons to expand the conflicts in the Arabian Sea, Bab al-Mandab and the Red Sea.

Since early 2021, and even more since August 2021, when Ebrahim Raisi took office as the new president of the Iranian regime, Tehran has intensified its maritime terrorist operations using its foreign mercenaries, notably the Houthis.

Tehran’s latest game plan to advance its terror agenda by prioritizing mercenaries and escalating regional chaos is aimed at projecting power and covering up its fundamental weakness inside Iran.

The book ends by outlining some of the major political implications of the new revelations:

– Western countries’ continued offers of concessions and lack of accountability for the Iranian regime’s terrorist operations and killings at home have encouraged Tehran to step up its provocative behavior, creating chaos in the region.

– Billions of dollars plundered from Iran’s national wealth that the regime received from easing sanctions under the nuclear deal have been expropriated to build and produce weapons, finance and train proxies in order to carry out maritime terror operations and export regional terrorism and warmongering products. This is when a large majority of the Iranian people live below the poverty line.

– Since December 2017, there have been eight major uprisings, as well as successive protests from various sectors of Iranian society demanding fundamental change. Tehran’s latest plan of action to create terrorist naval units and intensify regional chaos aims to project power and cover its fundamental weakness inside Iran. The regime hopes this image will provide additional leverage internationally and domestically.

– Regardless of what the Iranian regime might do with its nuclear weapons program and its negotiations with the P5+1, Tehran must be held accountable for its proxy wars in the region, its terrorism, its development of ballistic missiles and its flagrant human rights violations and repression of its own citizens engaged in ongoing uprisings.

– This new information is further proof that none of the sanctions against the regime should be lifted. On the contrary, additional sanctions are justified because of the Iranian regime’s escalating violence in the region and the intensification of repression in its country.

The book contains satellite images, maps and other illustrations.

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Senior Iranian lawmaker reiterates call for removal of IRGC sanctions https://capperi.net/senior-iranian-lawmaker-reiterates-call-for-removal-of-irgc-sanctions/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 16:32:59 +0000 https://capperi.net/senior-iranian-lawmaker-reiterates-call-for-removal-of-irgc-sanctions/ Iran’s parliament reiterated Tehran’s demand to remove the IRGC from the US list of terrorist entities, as one of the steps needed to revive the JCPOA nuclear deal. Spokesman for the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, Mahmoud Abbaszadeh-Meshkini, said on Sunday that all demands of the Islamic Republic in the talks in […]]]>

Iran’s parliament reiterated Tehran’s demand to remove the IRGC from the US list of terrorist entities, as one of the steps needed to revive the JCPOA nuclear deal.

Spokesman for the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, Mahmoud Abbaszadeh-Meshkini, said on Sunday that all demands of the Islamic Republic in the talks in Vienna must be met.

“When we say the lifting of all sanctions, it means institutions, companies and individuals; removing the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) from the list of terrorist organizations is also one of the expectations of the Islamic Republic”, did he declare.

Abbaszadeh-Meshkini added that there are five or six issues left in the Vienna talks, which are important and sensitive priorities for the Islamic Republic, noting that these are the country’s red lines.

Last week, 250 of the 290 members of parliament issued a statement urging President Ebrahim Raisi not to agree to a new nuclear deal without meeting Iran’s demands.

Iran insisted on obtaining a political guarantee from the United States that it would not renege on a new nuclear deal and would remove all sanctions imposed on Iran, whether for nuclear or other reasons, such as violations of human rights or terrorism. The United States said it would only remove nuclear-related sanctions.

Earlier in February, Israel urged US not to suppress IRGC from its list of terror groups, saying the IRGC – which has been designated as a terror group since 2019 – sponsors Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Houthis.

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Franco A.: The double life of a German far-right soldier https://capperi.net/franco-a-the-double-life-of-a-german-far-right-soldier/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 08:22:35 +0000 https://capperi.net/franco-a-the-double-life-of-a-german-far-right-soldier/ All eyes are on this Thursday on Frankfurt, on the trial of Franco A., a Bundeswehr soldier accused of fomenting a terrorist attack by posing as a Syrian refugee. Last week, he was taken into custody for new evidence. Bundeswehr soldier Franco A.* has been on trial since May 2021 for preparing a “serious act […]]]>

All eyes are on this Thursday on Frankfurt, on the trial of Franco A., a Bundeswehr soldier accused of fomenting a terrorist attack by posing as a Syrian refugee. Last week, he was taken into custody for new evidence.

Bundeswehr soldier Franco A.* has been on trial since May 2021 for preparing a “serious act of violent subversion”. He allegedly planned to carry out terrorist attacks targeting public figures while posing as a Syrian refugee and blamed the attacks on asylum seekers.

Frankfurt Higher Regional Court said on Monday (14.2.2022) that the 33-year-old, who has been free during his trial so far, is back in custody after a routine check at a train station found in his possession unnamed objects that could be used as evidence. It remains unclear whether the check was carried out at random or whether Franco A. had been targeted for the check. According to the media, the terrorist suspect resisted the officers.

Prior to his arrest on Sunday, Franco A. was required to report regularly to authorities and half of his salary was withheld. At a special closed-door hearing on Monday, authorities concluded he should be considered a flight risk.

First arrested by German authorities in April 2017, Franco A. was remanded in custody for seven months, until a court ordered his release at the end of November 2017, as the court found “no urgent suspicion” that he was preparing to commit a criminal act against the State. He admitted to owning a number of weapons, but dismissed claims that he was planning an attack. The case has sparked scrutiny from a network of far-right extremists in the German military.

A file with an international dimension

Prosecutors believe the former Bundeswehr officer took weapons and explosives from the German military to carry out attacks on targets including high-ranking politicians.

Franco A., already a career soldier, was first apprehended by Austrian authorities as he tried to retrieve a French pistol and ammunition he had hidden in a bathroom at Vienna airport.

After checking his fingerprints against a database, authorities discovered that the man, born to an Italian father and a German mother in the Hesse region of Germany, was actually registered as a Syrian refugee living in Bavaria. Despite the fact that he barely spoke Arabic and was supposed to serve full-time at a Bundeswehr base in Alsace, no one realized he was leading a double life.

The Austrian authorities let Franco A. go and the German authorities opened a secret investigation, during which they found evidence of his far-right ideology in recordings, videos and tens of thousands of texts on the courier services used by Franco A.

He was charged with “preparing a serious act of violent subversion”, that is, suspicion of terrorism, but let go.

Federal prosecutors believe the weapons were to be used in attacks on politicians and public figures Franco A. considered “pro-refugee.” Authorities found lists with the names of then-Justice Minister Heiko Maas, Deputy Speaker of the German Parliament Claudia Roth, and human rights activist Anetta Kahane, among others. Authorities assume his plan was that the acts of violence would be attributed to his false Syrian identity.

Right-wing Bundeswehr?

In 2017, First Lieutenant Franco A. was a member of the Franco-German 291st Infantry Battalion stationed in Illkirch, near Strasbourg. Before becoming a soldier, he defended a master’s thesis in a French military academy on the “mixing of races” and the “dissolution of ethnic groups”. In 2014, the French warned their German colleagues against the man’s right-wing ideological bent, and a German historian concurred with the French assessment.

But his superiors in the Bundeswehr simply issued a warning and he submitted a new version of the thesis. The Bundeswehr also did not inform the military intelligence service (MAD) of the incident.

Then-German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen initially reacted to the scandal by condemning what she called a “false understanding of esprit de corps”. She then visited Franco A.’s barracks in Illkirch, accompanied by journalists from Berlin, where a hand-painted swastika and memorabilia from the Nazi-era German army, the Wehrmacht, had been found.

Von der Leyen then ordered the inspection of all Bundeswehr barracks and decided to revise the so-called Traditionserlass (Edict of Tradition) in an effort to further steer the current German military away from Wehrmacht war crimes. .

Since spring 2018, individuals from previous armies can only be deemed worthy of honor if they exemplify the values ​​of today’s Bundeswehr.

The Bundeswehr has since remained in the headlines due to alleged far-right extremism within the ranks. In July 2020, the Ministry of Defense disbanded a company of the German Army’s elite Special Commando Forces (KSK) after several far-right incidents were reported. Bundeswehr special forces then made headlines again when it emerged that they were unable to locate the missing weapons.

In the meantime, Franco A.’s affiliations began to emerge. Maximilian T., his friend and comrade in the Bundeswehr, was drawn into the investigation, which caused a political stir because he also worked part-time for parliamentarian Jan Nolte of the far-right populist Alternative for the Germany (AfD). The MP told DW in 2018 that he viewed Maximilian T. as a “victim of a politically motivated attack”.

Errors of the Refugee Authority

The case of Franco A., however, remains unique because of his attempts to pass himself off as a Syrian refugee. In November 2015, Franco A. applied for asylum at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) under the name of David Benjamin, claiming to be from the Aleppo region in northern Syria.

His 2016 asylum hearing was conducted in French. He had said that he was a Christian, that he spoke better French than Arabic and that he felt threatened in his country of origin. He received the subsidiary

protected status and began collecting benefits as an asylum seeker, in addition to his full-time job as a professional soldier in Alsace, 300 kilometers away.

The refugee office later acknowledged that “glaring errors” had been made at every step of the process, but found no evidence of “deliberate manipulation”.

The BAMF then conducted follow-up investigations into 2,000 Syrian and Afghan refugee cases and issued a green light on safety standards.

The start of the trial was repeatedly delayed due to questions about whether the evidence was strong enough. The trial against Franco A. has proven tricky, as there are dozens of relevant files containing complicated and conflicting information, and there is little clear evidence that he actually planned to carry out an attack under his Syrian identity.

If convicted, Franco A. faces up to 10 years in prison.

This article was originally written in German. It has been continuously updated since it was first published in 2018.

*Editor’s Note: DW follows the German Press Code, which emphasizes the importance of protecting the privacy of suspected criminals or victims and urges us to refrain from revealing full names in such cases.

Authors: Ben Knight, Andrea Grunau

First published: February 22, 2022

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Source: dw.com

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