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Archive for April 30th, 2010

Russia Proposes New UN Court For Somali Pirates

Posted by Info on 30/04/2010

Russia has proposed a new court for prosecuting Somali pirates under the auspices of the United Nations.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a Russian proposal Tuesday asking Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to look into how such a regional or international tribunal might be set up and to report back within three months.

The move comes in reaction to Kenya’s recent decision to stop prosecuting suspected Somali pirates because of the strain on the country’s justice system.
Somali pirates accounted for over half of last year’s more than 400 piracy attacks around the horn of Africa.

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Kremlin Is Back To Its K.G.B. Ways?

Posted by Info on 30/04/2010

International Herald Tribune: 28.4.2010:The Kremilin-loya Russian Parliament is considering a bill to restore practices once linhked to the K.G.B., like special summonses and warnings.

The legislation would allow security officers to summon individuals for informal talks and issue written warnings about “inadmissible” participation in antigovernment activites like protest rallies.
The warnings would be considered “obligatory”, and those who failed to follow them could face fines or 15 days in jail.

Journalists who refuse to follow the demands of security officers or who prevent them from fulfilling their duties could face charges under the legislation.
Ludmila Alexeyeva, head of Moscow Helsinki Group:” It’s not even like Soviet times”, when K.G.B. officers were under Communist Party control.

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В Киргизии Растет Число Желающих Покинуть Страну

Posted by Info on 30/04/2010

Последние события в Киргизии привели к росту миграционных настроений среди населения. Число желающих покинуть свою страну значительно увеличилось.

У офиса представительства федеральной миграционной службы (ФМС) России в Бишкеке в эти дни наблюдаются большие очереди. После событий 7 апреля число граждан, которые обращаются сюда с намерением переехать на постоянное место жительство в Россию, возросло почти втрое.Сейчас ежедневно сюда обращаются до 300 человек. Одни приходят пока за консультацией, другие несут документы на получение статуса добровольного переселенца, так как для себя уже окончательно решили – Киргизию покидают навсегда.

“Здесь нет будущего…” Надежда Орлова из Бишкека говорит: “Эти события подтолкнули нас срочно оформлять документы. Уезжаем ради детей, им нужно будущее, а здесь сложно построить хорошее будущее, особенно русскоязычному населению”

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PACE Freezes Contacts With Belarus After Double Secret Executions

Posted by Info on 30/04/2010

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe freezes high-level contacts with Belarus due to violation of democratic standards.The resolution was adopted by a majority of votes at a PACE session in Strasbourg on April 29.

The resolution notes a “lack of progress” towards Council of Europe. In particular, the document says that two executions were carried out in Belarus “in conditions of total secrecy” at a time when the United Nations Human Rights Committee had requested a stay in the executions pending its examination of their cases.

The resolution also mentions the facts of violations of the rights of the Polish minority in Belarus and absence of international observers at the local council “elections”.

The resolution regrets “lack of political will on the part of the Belarusian authorities to embrace Council of Europe values” and calls to continue the dialogue with Belarus.

In view of the recent executions, the Assembly has adopted a decision to “put on hold its activities involving high-level contacts between the Assembly and the Belarusian parliament and/or governmental authorities”, the PACE resolution says.
the PACE president cancelled his visit to Belarus.

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Kyrgyz Who Applied To UNHCR For Asylum Is In Detention In Tajikistan

Posted by Info on 30/04/2010

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) calls upon the Government of Tajikistan to immediately release Mr. Botakozuev as there are no grounds to detain him illegally.
Mr. Nematillo Botakozuev (02.07.1967), citizen of the Kyrgyz Republic applied to UNHCR for asylum is being held in detention since 26 February 2010.

Mr. Botakozuev is held by the State Committee on National Security of the Republic of Tajikistan and no charges have been made against him. There is threat of his extradition to Kyrgyz Republic based on the allegations of his involvement in the Nookat events in 2008.

UNHCR has informed the Tajik authorities about the amnesty act concerning persons involved in the Nookat events issued on 27 April 2010. Moreover, the political situation that has changed in the Kyrgyz Republic would allow for Mr. Botakozuev’s release from detention. However, there are not yet conditions for his safe return to Kyrgyzstan until the decision on his asylum application by UNHCR is issued.

UNHCR expresses its grave concern that after two months of continuous efforts to seek his release, neither UNHCR nor his lawyer have been able to see Mr. Botakozuev and to independently confirm the conditions of his illegal detention.

Despite the assurances given by the Tajik authorities that the lawyer hired by UNHCR to represent Mr. Botakozuev will have free and unimpeded access to interview his client in a confidential manner as foreseen by the international and national standards on the right to liberty and security of person, the lawyer was not allowed to meet Mr. Botakozuev confidentially.

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23 Americans Convicted Of Abducting Egyptian Terror Suspect

Posted by Info on 30/04/2010

An Italian court has convicted 23 Americans of abducting an Egyptian terror suspect under the CIA’s so-called “extraordinary rendition” programme.
The man who was abducted was taken to Egypt, where he was allegedly tortured. Americans have been found guilty and given sentences of five to eight years to serve in prison.

The convicted men ranged from US diplomats to members of the military and included the former CIA station chief in Milan, Robert Seldon Lady, who received the longest sentence of eight years.

“This has been an ongoing case, so we will have to see if Interpol red notices go out and which countries will cooperate with authorities to take these people into custody.”

Amnesty International has said that the US should not need a foreign court to distinguish what is right from what is wrong.

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