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For upates before the 10. March 2019 go to THE VENEZUELA FILES I

Update WED, 21. March 2019: (vf)

OHCHR chief Michelle Bachelet

Update TUE, 20. March 2019: (vf) Today the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, presented a first, quite controversial report on the Venezuelan scenario in which she, however, proposed to find a political solution.

Here are some of the phrases that emerge from the preliminary report (Source URL: La IguanaTV - Translated by JRE)::

-I am extremely concerned about the magnitude and seriousness of the impact of the crisis on human rights.

-It is essential that the (UN) team has full and unrestricted access, and that no retaliation against any person who has been interviewed or attempted to be interview by them.

  • Since June 2018 – Last time we published a report on Venezuela – the exercise of social and economic rights has continued to deteriorate continuously.

-The authorities have refused to recognize the size and severity of the crisis.

-The recent interruption of the electricity supply that affected the entire country has aggravated this situation, by further reducing the population’s access to food, water and medicines, and has also seriously affected hospitals.

-The health care system continues to deteriorate.

-According to a recent survey, more than one million children have stopped attending school, mostly because their parents can not provide them with breakfast.

-Although this devastating social and economic crisis began before the imposition of the first economic sanctions in 2017, I am concerned that the recent sanctions on financial transfers derived from the sale of Venezuelan oil to the US may contribute to aggravating the economic situation.

  • I am deeply concerned about the reduction of the democratic space, in particular the continuous criminalization of peaceful protest and dissent.

-My office documented numerous violations and human rights abuses perpetrated by security forces and armed groups.

So far the preliminary report. It is hoped that the final report will go much more into the details and points out the real causes of the present crisis in Venezuela, which is embattled by the U.S.A.

 

Right Groups, Activists Demand Justice for Slain Costa Rican Indigenous Leader

People demanding justice for Sergio Rojas, the murdered Indigenous leader from Costa Rica.
Sergio Rojas, the murdered Indigenous leader from Costa Rica. | Photo: Twitter / @BHRRC

By TS - 20 March 2019

People are demanding justice for murdered Indigenous leader from Costa Rica.

Various rights organizations are demanding justice for the murdered Costa Rican Indigenous activist who was shot dead Monday. From political parties, the Ombudsman's Office, students, to the presidency of the National Institute of Women are demanding a prompt investigation of the murder of Sergio Rojas, the Bribri leader.

Indigenous land rights defender Sergio Rojas was assassinated by armed gunmen who shot the activist as many as 15 times at around 11:45 pm local time in his home, according to his neighbors, in southern Costa Rica.

Especially poorer countries suffer since long from the U.S.-imposed "immunity"-regulations protecting U.S.American military and civilian personnel that come as part of any parcel of U.S."Aid" - shielding their crimes ranging from fraud, ivory smuggling, rapes to murder as well as war crimes and crimes against humanity.

'Change your course!': Pompeo threatens ICC over US war crimes probe

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is vocal cord of Trump to the nations.
In an effort to threaten everyone into not investigating US or Israeli war crimes in the International Criminal Court, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says anyone involved in such probes will lose their visa and may be sanctioned.
 

The Washington war hawk said that action had to be taken because any investigation into alleged war crimes and torture committed by the United States would be a threat to US rule of law. Visas will be pulled or denied for anyone who has been involved in or even requested an ICC investigation of “any US personnel.

The ICC is currently mulling over a request to investigate possible war crimes committed by the US in Afghanistan in the course of the nearly 20-year conflict which has left over 100,000 Afghans dead. The international court prosecutor’s office says it has “reasonable basis” to believe that “war crimes and crimes against humanity” were, and continue to be, committed by foreign government forces in Afghanistan.

The International Community and the UN must stop Indonesian military attacks in West Papua

West Papuan genocide committed by Indonesia while the inrternational community looks away.

By ULMWP - March 12, 2019

West Papuans beg for UN intervention as 2,650 Indonesian commandos hunt down freedom-fighters and the Jakarta government blocks emergency food water and medical supplies to highland villagers

Today another 650 Indonesian commandos joined the 2000-strong war machine transported to the Central Highlands in December 2018 after the Indonesian Parliament declared war on the West Papua National Liberation Army.

The government also escalated the impact of its December legislation by blocking all the emergency food water and medicines supplied by local churches and NGOs for the past three months to the Nduga, Kenyam, Yigi, Mbua, and Mapunduma districts.

By Thomas Mountain (*) - 11. March 2019

Since the US-fleet lost Mombasa/Kenya as harbour and never could use their newly built war-harbour at Kismayo in Somalia they tried to get a marine base in Eritrea. But the Eritreans didn't want them and that's why since then Eritrea has been in the cross-hairs of the U.S. military complex.

On February 28, 2019 the last financial wire transactions between the small socialist country of Eritrea and all the western countries were stopped with no further wire transfers in USD$ or Euros to or from Eritrea being allowed .

UNjust and illegal UN sanctions against Eritrea were lifted recently but the damage being done continues. During the 9 year long UN sanctions period the US shut down all Eritrean government bank accounts and cut off all access to USD$ international transfers. The USA and its European lackeys even tried to prevent Eritreans in the diaspora from paying their national 2% income tax (something all US citizens outside the country must do), critical to the creation and survival of the country.

After being kicked out of the dollar market Eritrea’s next turn was to the EU to no avail. The EU would not allow Eritrea access to international euro transfers so Eritrea was forced to fall back on her only international friend, Russia, as a conduit for  international banking transactions in Euros.

SEX & DRUGS & ROCKnROLL AT THE HELM OF SOUTH AMERICA

No time to read and study in order to understand or to find an answer to the question: Why does the USA want to impose their kind of "democrazy" on Venezuela? - JUST WATCH 2:40 Minute CLIP

For updates from 10. March 2019 go to THE VENEZULA FILES II

Guaido greeting his relatively small crowd of supremacist right-wing followers with a Nazi salute.

Update 09. March 2019: (vf) Agitator Guaido's rally today looked more like a school-yard gathering with him blasting through a megaphone like an auctioneer. But he didn't elaborate to his crowd that he already has promised to foreign corporations to auction state-run entities and enterprises.

The political crisis in Venezuela has come to an impasse, with Nicolas Maduro refusing to budge and opposition leader Juan Guaido, backed by a string of Western and South American countries, so far failing to mobilise enough compatriots to oust the president. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has pledged to respond to acts of "imperial aggression" as the county braces for pro and anti-government protests scheduled on the same day.

"The US empire, once again, underestimates the conscience and determination of the Venezuelan people. I assure you that every attempt [to express] imperial aggression will be met with a forceful response from the patriots that we love and defend, with courage, our Homeland," Maduro said on Saturday.

By Ramzy Baroud - 7 March 2019

A commemorative plaque for the Namibian victims in the Garnisons cemetery in Berlin, Germany, placed on Jul. 7, 2015. | Photo: EFE

The Herero and Nama peoples demanded compensation for damages over genocide and property seizures by German colonists.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain rejected a lawsuit requiring Germany to pay damages over genocide and property seizures by its colonists, who carried out a racial extermination campaign against the Herero and Nama peoples in the first years of the 20th century in present-day Namibia.

The Manhattan judge said that Germany is immune from claims by descendants of the Herero and Nama peoples, depriving her of jurisdiction over its role in what happened in German South West Africa, a colony of the German Empire from 1884 until 1919.

Herero leader Vekuii Rukoro said Judge Taylor Swain made errors in her analysis and the tribe would make sure the decision was reversed on appeal, adding that "we have directed our lawyers in New York to proceed with immediate effect." The plaintiffs' attorney Kenneth McCallion said he will discuss new options for legal action with his clients.

Landscapes such as this example of natural beauty in Uganda are under threat unless action is taken.

On Africa Environment Day and World Wildlife Day today, Max Gomera warns of the real challenge facing conservationists

Until people can eat, wildlife will decline

By Max Gomera - TI - 3 March 2019

In Mirera village in Kenya, farmers are threatening to kill scores of wild animals that have been invading their farms, unless authorities contain them within two weeks. In Laikipia county, there are fears of food shortage following destruction of crops by elephants and increasing concern over wildlife-related deaths.

These are not isolated incidents. Across the world, a slow creep of smallholder and mega-farms is taking place, with agriculture moving into lands that were formerly wildlife range. As more humans encroach on wildlife sanctuaries, deaths on both sides are increasing, with wildlife locked in a battle it cannot win. While AK47 laden poachers are often framed as the chief threat to the wildlife of the world, a far more mundane risk needs to be addressed: the troubled co-existence of farmers and wildlife.

Addressing this crisis must start by building a new truce between rural communities, governments and the global conservation movement. The benefits and the risks of protecting wildlife should be shared by all three, rather than putting the full burden and few of the benefits on local people. That way, nature is seen as having a value to farmers’ co-existence with wildlife, rather than a threat to their crops and livestock.

John Pilger: 'Defy the Thought Police', Stand With Assange

Demonstrators demanding freedom for Julian Assange at Ecuadorean embassy | Photo: Reuters

John Pilger says of Assange that the room he's held in resembles "Room 101" from the famous novel "1984" by George Orwell.

By John Pilger - 3. March 2019

Whenever I visit Julian Assange, we meet in a room he knows too well. There is a bare table and pictures of Ecuador on the walls. There is a bookcase where the books never change. The curtains are always drawn and there is no natural light. The air is still and fetid.

This is Room 101.

Before I enter Room 101, I must surrender my passport and phone. My pockets and possessions are examined. The food I bring is inspected.

The man who guards Room 101 sits in what looks like an old-fashioned telephone box. He watches a screen, watching Julian. There are others unseen, agents of the state, watching and listening.

Study: Warming Oceans Cause Fish Decline As High as 35%

The decline of the sustainable catch of 124 fish and shellfish species has been directly linked to warming of the world’s ocean. | Photo: Reuters

By ts - 1 March 2019

Researchers compared the changes in 235 fish and shellfish populations across 38 ocean regions that have occurred from 1930 to 2010 - a 4% decrease.

A new study concludes that climate change is adversely affecting the quantity of fish in the oceans. The scientists also noted that overfishing, specifically in the Sea of Japan region - where the decline is as high as 35%, has significantly added to the problem.  

“We were surprised at the strength the impact of warming has already had on fish populations,” study lead author and University of California Santa Barbara ecologist Chris Free, stated.

Researchers compared the changes in 235 fish and shellfish populations across 38 ocean regions that have occurred from 1930 to 2010 - a 4% decrease.

In 2016, 171 million tons of fish were taken from the sea, and that number is trending to rise to 201 million in the next 10 years.

'First, they took the religion. Now they want to build a railroad'

Riikka Karppinen has been campaigning against the project since she was 15. Photograph: Joel Redman/The Guardian

Will a railway across Europe’s last great wilderness create new jobs – or destroy the Sami people’s ancient way of life? Another Anglo-American disaster in the making.

Jussa Seurujärvi, 22, momentarily stops helping his father, 51, and sister, 16, pull up fishing nets from holes in the ice to take in the long, slow Arctic sunrise, which glows with pastel strokes of yellows, purples and pinks. His brow furrows slightly and he says with a gentle determination: “I want to continue living from this land just as my ancestors have done for hundreds and hundreds of years. This is a way of life for us – it is not just a job.”

His father quickly dispatches five prized white fish and a slimy looking burbot ensnared in the net. Almost every part will be used by the family, with even the burbot’s muddy-green scales destined for his mother’s handicrafts. “The Sami way has always been that you take what you need – you don’t take any more,” says Seurujärvi.

This is the scared heart of the Sami homeland in the upper reaches of Finnish Lapland. It is a largely pristine landscape of forests, marshes, scree-covered fells and deep, clean lakes. Often described as Europe’s last great wilderness, it is also home to lynxes, brown bears, wolverines and golden eagles. Thousands of tourists come every year to enjoy the unspoiled nature and marvel at wonders such as the northern lights; more than 100,000 foreign visitors, including 22,000 British tourists, passed through the region’s capital, Rovaniemi, in December 2017.

Indestructable "In-Dio" Chavinista

By John Pilger -

Travelling with Hugo Chavez, I soon understood the threat of Venezuela. At a farming co-operative in Lara state, people waited patiently and with good humour in the heat. Jugs of water and melon juice were passed around. A guitar was played; a woman, Katarina, stood and sang with a husky contralto.

“What did her words say?” I asked.

“That we are proud,” was the reply.

The applause for her merged with the arrival of Chavez. Under one arm he carried a satchel bursting with books. He wore his big red shirt and greeted people by name, stopping to listen. What struck me was his capacity to listen.

Outcry as Zimbabwe Plans to Export Baby Elephants to China

An African elephant and her baby are pictured on Nov. 18, 2012, in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

By Andrew Mambondiyani, Special to The Epoch Times - February 22, 2019

MUTARE, Zimbabwe—Plans by the government of Zimbabwe to export as many as 35 baby elephants to China has sparked an outcry among wildlife conservationists who say proper procedures haven’t been followed.

They also raise concerns about China’s significant role in the global trade in endangered species.

Investigations by wildlife protection activists reveal that the baby elephants, some as young as 2, were separated from their mothers and are being held in pens at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park while preparations are finalized to send them to China, where they will be put in zoos.

The export plan has been roundly condemned by local and international wildlife conservationists, who say the removal of young elephants from the herd is highly damaging—not only to the young elephants but to the entire herd.

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Botswana considers allowing big game hunting, culling elephants

A herd of elephants leaves a drinking spot in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

GABORONE (Reuters) - Botswana, home to almost a third of Africa’s elephants, is considering lifting a ban on big game hunting, to combat what the government says is growing conflict between humans and wildlife

Conservationists estimate the southern African country has around 130,000 elephants, but some lawmakers say it is much higher and causes problems for small-scale farmers.

A committee appointed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi to review the 2014 hunting ban handed a report on the matter to Masisi late on Thursday.

“We recommend ... a legal framework that will enable the growth of a safari hunting industry and manage the country’s elephant population within the historic range,” said Frans Van Der Westhuizen who chaired the committee that also called for “regular but limited” elephant culling.

Masisi set up the committee in June 2018 to consider the ban imposed by former president Ian Khama after surveys showed declining wildlife populations in the north.

United Nations experts condemn human rights abuse and racism in West Papua

February 21, 2019

Indonesian police torturing West Papuan Man - picture: AFP

The largest group of independent experts within the UN human rights system has issued an unprecedented statement condemning a ‘culture of impunity’ around human rights abuses in West Papua. The statement calls for ‘those who have committed human rights violations against the indigenous population of Papua’ to be ‘held to account’.

In a joint statement of UN experts, comprised of members of Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, five UN Special Rapporteurs condemned the ‘general lack of investigations into allegations of human rights violations in Papua’.

Chinese 'Ivory Queen' smuggler sentenced to 15 years jail in Tanzania

Yang Feng Glan will be surrounded by steel bars in Tanzania for a long time.

Known as Yang Fenlan the Chinese ivory smuggler was convicted of trafficking 860 tusks between 2000 and 2014

 

Yang Feng Glan had been charged in October 2015 along with two Tanzanian men with smuggling 860 pieces of ivory between 2000 and 2004 worth 13 billion shillings ($5.6 million). All three denied the charges.

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