News & events
The third updated edition of Desmond Fernandes’ book “Education, Human Rights Violations in Pakistan and the Scandal involving UNHCR and Christian asylum seekers in Thailand” in a special low-cost affordable pdf book format for just UK £5.00!
The NUJ has welcomed the decision of the European court of justice (ECJ) today (Wednesday 21 December) that general and indiscriminate retention of email and electronic communications by the UK government is illegal. The union called on the prime minister Theresa May to implement the legal ruling rather than further waste tax payers money going to an appeal. - NUJ press release: Wednesday 21 December 2016
Yasha Maccanico says suspicion of terrorism is often used as a pretext to ensure that people cannot have any possibility of determining their fate - therealnews.com, 19 December 2016
The Home Office programme ‘Prevent Violent Extremism’ has had mounting criticism, especially in the run-up to becoming statutory last year. Nevertheless its measures are being expanded, supposedly to safeguard vulnerable individuals. Why? What drives the agenda? What implications for a counter-strategy? These questions are addressed by Les Levidow in this article, based on his talk at the IHRC's Islamophobia conference held on 10th December.
Two panels of experts looked at how education, the legal system and the PREVENT / Counter-terrorism regime coalesce to create an environment of hate that facilitates the operation of a de facto Police State.
Lessons from Rojava and beyond: Workshop, exhibition and roundtable discussion - Against a background of conflict and repression in the Middle East, Kurds in four countries (Iraq, Iran, Syrian and Turkey) are asserting their political and cultural rights and transforming both themselves and the countries they live in. They pursue a democratic, secular and gender-equal political project in which women play a crucial role.
Investigatory Powers Act legalises range of tools for snooping and hacking by the security services - Ewan MacAskill, The Guardian, 19 November 2016
Speech by Desmond Fernandes, genocide scholar, member of the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities and Peace in Kurdistan (and former Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and the Geography of Genocide at De Montfort University) at the 13th November 2016 ‘National Remembrance Day, Baluch Martyrs’ meeting, held at the Cumberland Hotel, London
The Dakota Access Pipeline was originally scheduled to cross the state of North Dakota north of Bismarck, the state capital (pop. 70,000). But then the route was shifted 40 miles south, to the south, to pass by the Standing Rock Sioux reservation (pop. 8200). This is sovereign territory of the Sioux, whose reservation straddles North and South Dakota and whose members include Hunkpapa Lakota and Yaktonai Dakota. - Gary Leupp, Counter Punch, 8 November 2016
With each passing day, Turkey looks ever more like a dictatorship. Not only has the British government remained silent but it colludes in this betrayal of democracy by selling Erdogan weapons, writes STEVE SWEENEY - Morning Star, 7 November 2016
Regular Statewatch news bulletin - 7 November 2016
We call on the British Government to demand the immediate release of the Diyarbakir co-mayors Gultan Kisanak and Firat Anli along with all elected Kurdish officials. - Peace in Kurdistan, 30 October 2016
The parliamentary elections of August 2015 brought into power a coalition government between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP), the two major political parties that had ruled Sri Lanka since independence from the British in 1948. - INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre, 2016
After the Marikana massacre where 44 people were killed during the strike at Lonmin’s Platinum mine on 16th August 2012 (34 shot dead while trying to disperse, while 10 people died before and after the massacre) the government set up the Farlam Commission which cost R153 million. The police and the striking miners were not asked to give evidence. This ‘inquiry’ failed to ask the right questions (who gave the order to issue guns to the police...and to shoot to kill?) or to address the issues - better wages and living conditions for the mineworkers.
Lawyers in Pakistan have begun a nationwide strike after dozens of attorneys were slain in a suicide bombing outside a hospital in the city of Quetta in Balochistan, the country’s poorest province. Authorities said at least 70 people died in the attack, including as many as 60 attorneys; 120 were injured. The suicide bombing targeted lawyers who had assembled outside the hospital to mourn the assassination of Bilal Kasi, the president of the Balochistan Bar Association, who was killed earlier on Monday as he headed to court. Kasi had strongly condemned recent attacks in the province and had announced a two-day boycott of court sessions in protest of the killing of a colleague last week. A faction of the Pakistan Taliban, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack and for the murder of Bilal Kasi. ISIS also claimed responsibility. - Democracy Now, 9 August 2016