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Παρασκευή, Ιανουαρίου 16, 2015

Canarias ve como un “éxito” el fin de las prospecciones petrolíferas de Repsol

El presidente de Canarias, Paulino Rivero, afirmó este jueves que su Gobierno considera "un éxito para las islas" y "una garantía para las próximas generaciones" la paralización de las prospecciones petrolíferas que estaba realizando Repsol en aguas próximas a la región.

En un comunicado, Repsol informó este viernes que "el análisis de las muestras obtenidas en el sondeo denominado Sandía confirma la existencia de gas sin el volumen ni la calidad suficientes para considerar una futura extracción".

Rivero insistió, en una rueda de prensa, en que "no hay que fiarse" de esta decisión de Repsol, porque "puede obedecer a razones electorales" del Partido Popular (PP). "No hay que descartar esta posibilidad, por eso seguiremos batallando en todos los frentes para garantizar la protección de las aguas próximas a Canarias", insistió el presidente canario.

Por su parte, el presidente del Gobierno de Lanzarote, Pedro San Ginés, ante la posibilidad de que esta retirada de Repsol pueda ser temporal, exigió al Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Turismo que se suspendan "definitivamente" los permisos de exploración petrolífera otorgados a Repsol en aguas canarias. San Ginés, también mostró su "satisfacción" por el anuncio de la petrolera.

La opinión del Gobierno español es muy diferente. El subsecretario del Ministerio de Industria, Enrique Hernández Bento, calificó hoy como "una muy mala noticia para los intereses energéticos de España" el anuncio de Repsol de paralizar los sondeos en Canarias.

Las prospecciones petrolíferas que se estaban realizando en Canarias se situaban a 54 kilómetros de la Isla de Fuerteventura y a 62 de la de Lanzarote.

  http://mundo.sputniknews.com/ecologia/20150116/1033329305.html
16/1/15
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Τρίτη, Δεκεμβρίου 09, 2014

US Senate report finds CIA interrogations 'far more brutal' than agency admitted

"Enhanced interrogation" techniques used by the CIA on militants detained in secret prisons were ineffective and never produced information which led to the disruption of imminent terrorist plots, the declassified report by the Senate Intelligence Committee has found.
The report said the CIA misled the public and government policymakers about the effectiveness of the programme, which ran from 2002 to 2006 and involved questioning Al-Qaeda and other captives around the world.

The report prepared by the Intelligence Committee after a five-year investigation said the techniques used were "far more brutal" than the CIA ever told policymakers or the public.
"This document examines the CIA's secret overseas detention of at least 119 individuals and the use of coercive interrogation techniques - in some cases amounting to torture," committee chair Dianne Feinstein said.

Speaking on the Senate Floor, Senator Feinstein said that the findings fell into four main categories:
  • (1) that the so-called "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" were not an effective way of acquiring effective intelligence that was otherwise unattainable.
  • (2) that the CIA provided extensive amounts of inaccurate information about the interrogation programme to the White House, to Congress, to the Department of State, to the media and to the American public.
  • (3) that CIA management of the programme was inadequate and deeply flawed.
  • (4) that the techniques involved were far more brutal than anyone had been led to believe.

The report, which runs to 6,700 pages, however, the committee also published a declassified executive summary of around 500 pages.
Senator Feinstein said the committee had found that at least 26 of them were wrongfully held.
She described how detainees were often stripped naked, made to wear nappies and put in stress positions from the moment they arrived in secret overseas locations. 
Detainees were also deprived of sleep for days, and she referred to one case of an individual who was kept awake for seven and a half straight days.
Specific examples of brutality by CIA interrogators cited in the report include the November 2002 death from hypothermia of a detainee who had been held partially nude and chained to a concrete floor at a secret CIA prison.
Commenting on the report US President Barack Obama said it “documents a troubling program involving enhanced interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects in secret facilities outside the United States.
"It reinforces my long-held view that these harsh methods were not only inconsistent with our values as nation, they did not serve our broader counterterrorism efforts or our national security interests.
"Moreover, these techniques did significant damage to America's standing in the world and made it harder to pursue our interests with allies and partners," he added in a statement.
"That is why I will continue to use my authority as president to make sure we never resort to those methods again.
"That is why I unequivocally banned torture when I took office, because one of our most effective tools in fighting terrorism and keeping Americans safe is staying true to our ideals."
The report describes one secret CIA prison, whose location is not identified, as a "dungeon" where detainees were kept in total darkness, constantly shackled in isolated cells, bombarded with loud noise or music, and given only a bucket in which to relieve themselves.
It says that during one of the 83 occasions on which he was subjected to a simulated drowning technique the CIA called "waterboarding," an Al-Qaeda detainee known as Abu Zubaydah became "completely unresponsive with bubbles rising through his open full mouth," though he later was revived.
CIA Director John Brennan acknowledged that the CIA detention and interrogation programme "had shortcomings and that the agency made mistakes" but the agency pushed back against the panel's criticism.
The agency insists that information gleaned from detainees held and questioned in the CIA programme "advanced the strategic and tactical understanding of the enemy in ways that continue to inform counter-terrorism efforts to this day".
It was unclear whether the report would lead to further attempts to hold those involved accountable. The legal statute of limitations has passed for many of the actions.

Security stepped up at US facilities worldwide
Preparing for a worldwide outcry from the publication of the graphic details, the White House and US intelligence officials said they had beefed up security of US facilities worldwide.
The report charts the history of the CIA's "Rendition, Detention and Interrogation" programme, which President George W. Bush authorised after the 9/11 attacks.......................http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/1209/665563-cia-report/
9/12/14
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El Tribunal Superior de Canarias rechaza suspender las prospecciones petrolíferas

Los jueces del Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Canarias rechazaron hoy suspender cautelarmente las prospecciones petrolíferas que se están realizando a 54 kilómetros de la Isla de Fuerteventura y a 62 de la de Lanzarote, en el archipiélago canario.

El Gobierno de Canarias había solicitado al tribunal la "paralización temporal" de los sondeos mientras se resolvía el recurso que presentaron contra la autorización que dio el Ministerio de Industria Repsol, la empresa encargada de las prospecciones.

El Tribunal Supremo ya dio apoyo al real decreto de 2012 del Gobierno conservador de Mariano Rajoy, en el que amparaba las prospecciones de la petrolera.

Contra este decreto, que abría la puerta a los sondeos, se presentaron hasta siete recursos, la mayoría de organizaciones ecologistas, Izquierda Unida y el propio Gobierno Canario. Todos alertaban de los "daños medioambientales" que podían ocasionar estos sondeos.

Las prospecciones de Repsol en Canarias, que comenzaron el pasado 18 de noviembre, llevan tiempo siendo el tema central de las disputas entre el Ejecutivo central y el canario.

Paulino Rivero, presidente del archipiélago, se respalda en el 75% de apoyo de la población, que rechaza las prospecciones que se están realizando.

[sp.ria.ru]
9/12/14
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Τετάρτη, Οκτωβρίου 22, 2014

Blackwater guards convicted in Iraq killings

Four former employees of the US security company Blackwater have been convicted of almost every charge related to the shootings of more than 30 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad seven years ago.
The jury in Washington found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder, and the three other ex-security guards - Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard - were convicted on Wednesday of committing multiple counts of voluntary manslaughter at a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007.

The trial focused on the killings of 14 Iraqis and the wounding of 17 others.
The shootings, which came in the fourth year of the US military invasion of the country, triggered an international uproar over the role of defence contractors, who were hired by the US State Department to protect American diplomats in the Middle Eastern country. 
The four men were charged with a combined 33 counts in the shootings and the jury is expected to continue deliberating on the other counts.
However, Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan, reporting from Washington, noted that "even though the men were convicted, the sentencing has not yet been settled".
"They [convicts] plan to appeal the verdicts," she said. 
"The end of the legal saga is not yet in sight."

Legal battles
The case was mired in legal battles for years, making it uncertain whether the defendants would ever be tried.
There was sharp disagreement over the facts in the case. 
The defendants' lawyers said there was strong evidence the guards were targeted with gunfire from fighters and Iraqi police, leading the Blackwater employees to shoot back in self-defence. 
However, federal prosecutors said there was no incoming gunfire and that the shootings by the guards were unprovoked.
One of the government witnesses in the case, Blackwater guard Jeremy Ridgeway, pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed Iraqi mother sitting in the passenger seat of a car driven by her son.
  Source: Al Jazeera and agencies 
22/10/14

Δευτέρα, Σεπτεμβρίου 22, 2014

First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples set to open at UN headquarters

UN,  21 September 2014 – The week of high-level events that marks the opening of the United Nations General Assembly's annual general debate kicks off this year with the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), which opens Monday.

Convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the Assembly, the two-day World Conference is expected to draw over a thousand indigenous and non-indigenous delegates who will have the opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of their rights, including pursuing the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the General Assembly in 2007.


Indigenous peoples represent remarkable diversity – more than 5,000 distinct groups in some 90 countries, making up more than 5 per cent of the world's population, some 370 million people. These peoples continue to self-identify as distinct peoples with strong links to traditional territories with their own social, economic and political systems as well as unique languages, cultures and beliefs.

The World Conference is expected to result in a concise, action-oriented outcome document on the implementation the rights of indigenous peoples and the promotion of the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, prepared by the President of the General Assembly on the basis of inclusive and open consultations with Member States and indigenous peoples.

Opening remarks at the Conference are expected to be delivered by General Assembly President Sam Kutesa, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, among others.

The opening plenary will also include an opening ceremony involving indigenous peoples and the adoption of the World Conference outcome document.

The meetings will be co-chaired by indigenous representatives from all regions: Pacific, African and Asian, as well as Western and Eastern European, and Latin American and the Caribbean.

[un.org]
21/9/14
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Τετάρτη, Αυγούστου 27, 2014

IMF chief charged with ‘negligence’ over graft case

Case relates to handling of $527-million state payout to disgraced tycoon.... 

IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, announced Wednesday she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister.

The shock announcement came a day after she was grilled for more than 15 hours by a special court in Paris that probes ministerial misconduct, the fourth time she has been questioned in a case that has long weighed upon her position as managing director of the International Monetary Fund.


"The investigating commission of the court of justice of the French Republic has decided to place me under formal investigation," she said in exclusive comments to AFP.

In France, being placed under formal investigation is the nearest equivalent to being charged, and happens when an examining magistrate has decided there is a case to be answered.

It does not, however, always lead to a trial.

Asked whether she intended to resign from the IMF, she responded: "No." But her fate now hangs on what the IMF board of directors will decide.

"I have instructed my lawyer to appeal this decision which I consider totally without merit," said Lagarde, who replaced Dominique Strauss-Kahn as IMF chief in 2011 after he became embroiled in a New York sex scandal involving a hotel maid.

"I return back to Washington where I will indeed brief my board," she added.

The case relates to her handling of a 400-million-euro ($527-million) state payout to disgraced French tycoon Bernard Tapie in 2008, which investigating judges suspect may have been doled out in return for his support of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2007 election.

The payout to Tapie was connected to a dispute between the businessman and partly state-owned bank Credit Lyonnais over his 1993 sale of sportswear group Adidas.

Tapie claimed Credit Lyonnais had defrauded him by intentionally undervaluing Adidas at the time of the sale and that the state, as the bank's principal shareholder, should compensate him.

Lagarde referred the dispute to a three-member arbitration panel that ruled in favor of Tapie and ordered the payout, which included 45 million euros in moral damages.

Investigating judges are seeking to determine whether the arbitration was a "sham" organized to reward Tapie for his support of Sarkozy.

The IMF chief has always denied having acted on the former president's orders. After a third grilling in March, she had said she "always acted in the interest of the country and in accordance with the law."

"After three years of procedure the only surviving allegation is that through inattention I may have failed to block the arbitration that put an end to the long standing Tapie litigation," Lagarde told AFP Wednesday.

She had until now avoided formal charges that could have forced her to quit as head of the IMF, and had instead been placed under a special witness status that forced her to come back for questioning when asked by the court.

Five people have also been charged in the case, including Stephane Richard, then Lagarde's chief of staff, now boss of telecoms giant Orange.

Questioning has in the past revolved around a signature stamp used in a letter dated from October 2007 that investigators think is crucial in determining who took the decision to resort to an arbitration panel.

Lagarde says she was unaware of the contents of the letter and has told judges it was stamped with her signature in her absence.

In France, those found guilty of "negligence" can be sentenced to a year in prison and a 15,000-euro fine.

Sources: AFP - globaltimes.cn
27-28/8/14

Σάββατο, Αυγούστου 09, 2014

On International Day, Ban says indigenous peoples can be "powerful agents of progress"

 UN, 9 August 2014 – Marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said indigenous peoples have a central interest in development and can act as “powerful agents of progress.”

“In order for them to contribute to our common future, we must secure their rights,” said Mr. Ban in his message on the Day, in which he added: “Let us recognize and celebrate the valuable and distinctive identities of indigenous peoples around the world. Let us work even harder to empower them and support their aspirations.”


The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is commemorated annually on 9 August in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations, held in Geneva in 1982.

“Historical injustices have all too often resulted in exclusion and poverty,” Mr. Ban said, adding that power structures continue to create obstacles to indigenous peoples' right to self-determination.

  • There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in some 90 countries around the world who constitute 15 per cent of the world's poor and about one third of the world's 900 million extremely poor rural people. Practicing unique traditions, they retain social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live.
Yesterday at an event at UN Headquarters in New York to kick off commemoration of the International Day, the President of the General Assembly, John Ashe, said that with the Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People coming to an end and the World Conference in September 2014, this year celebration carries with it particular significance.

“The historical marginalization of indigenous peoples is still an unfortunate reality in today's world and in many places, daunting obstacles are a part of daily life,” Mr. Ashe said through a statement delivered by his Special Advisor, Crispin Gregoire.

Irina Bokova, head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) noted that the agency, tasked with protecting cultural diversity, is leading the way with two angles of action – first, to promote the use of indigenous cultures, languages and traditions, and second, to provide knowledge and skills that enable indigenous peoples to participate fully and equally on the national and international stage.

“We are taking this forward also in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. With our partners, we are advocating for an ambitious and comprehensive education goal that provides due respect to local knowledge systems, including those of indigenous peoples,” she said.

The UNESCO chief said the International Day is an opportunity for all to mobilize to bridge the gaps that remain to the fulfilment of indigenous peoples' rights, particularly as the international community shapes a new post-2015 development agenda.

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007, recognized their right to self-determination and to freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development. This year's theme, “Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of Indigenous peoples” also marks the 20th anniversary of the celebration, which dates back to 1994. 

[un.org]
9/8/14
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Δευτέρα, Μαρτίου 31, 2014

Egypt: UN rights experts denounce mass death sentences as ‘mockery of justice’

UN, 31 March 2014 – A group of eight United Nations human rights independent experts today urged the Egyptian authorities to quash the 529 death sentences announced in Egypt last week and give the defendants new and fair trials, in line with international human rights law.
“The right to life is a fundamental right, not a toy to be played with. If the death penalty is to be used at all in countries which have not abolished it, international law requires the most stringent respect of a number of fundamental standards,” the experts said in a news statement.

On 24 March 2014, the 529 defendants were convicted of various charges, including membership in an unlawful organization (the Muslim Brotherhood), incitement to violence, vandalism, unlawful gathering and the killing of one police officer. All the charges relate to events in August 2013 after the Government of President Mohamed Morsi was ousted. The exact charges against each defendant are unclear as they were not read out in court, and at least 600 more individuals are currently under trial for similar charges.
“We are appalled by the lack of clarity of the charges under which each individual was sentenced to death. Reports that some of them received capital punishment for charges of unlawful gathering, or any other offence not involving murder, indicate a clear violation of international law,” the experts stressed, recalling the “most serious crimes” provision under international law, according to which only crimes of intentional killing may be punishable by death. 

“The imposition of the sentence of death on 529 defendants, after a two-day trial that was rife of procedural irregularities, and on unclear or sometimes insignificant charges makes a mockery of justice,” added the experts. “There is a clear need for a serious and comprehensive reform in any legal system that allows for such developments to occur.”
The independent experts also expressed deep concern about numerous procedural irregularities reported during the recent proceedings, such as limited access to lawyers, trials in absentia, or the mass imposition of the death sentences, all of which are in breach of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Egypt is a party.
“International law also requires that, in cases of capital punishment, trials must meet the highest standards of fairness and due process,” they noted. 

Warning that the absence of a fair trial is likely to “undermine any prospects for reconciliation within the Egyptian society,” the experts reminded the Egyptian authorities “how crucial it is that the future of the Egyptian society be based on dialogue, justice, and respect of human rights.” 

Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. 
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The group of eight experts was comprised of: Christof Heyns, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Gabriela Knaul, Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers; Juan Méndez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; and Pablo de Greiff, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.
Also a part of the statement were: Mads Andenas, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; and Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism.-
 un.org
31/3/14

Κυριακή, Δεκεμβρίου 01, 2013

Miles de personas se manifiestan contra la 'deliberadamente injusta' sentencia del 'Prestige'

Multitudinarias manifestaciones simultáneas en ocho localidades de Galicia ... Nunca Máis se erige como 'el único grito de Justicia en medio de tanta Injusticia' ... Recaudan fondos para financiar el recurso ante el Supremo y en Estrasburgo ....
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Los manifestantes sostienen que "once años después siguen existiendo razones para la indignación, la reivindicación y la contestación social" y aunque este domingo la contestación social quedó muy lejos de aquellas cifras históricas de 2002, todas las manifestaciones fueron multitudinarias.

Las banderas negras y azules que surgieron de las protestas del año 2002 ya habían salido a la calle este año, el 15 de noviembre, dos días después de conocerse la sentencia del Prestige, con concentraciones de protesta en 15 localidades. Este domingo fueron más numerosas, en especial en Vigo, A Coruña y Santiago de Compostela, donde todos los asistentes no entraron en la plaza de A Quintana.
A falta de cifras globales, varias decenas de miles de gallegos secundaron las manifestaciones, que se desarrollaron simultáneamente en A Coruña, Santiago, Pontevedra, Vigo, Ourense, Lugo y Foz y, media hora más tarde, en Ferrol, donde coincidió con una protesta de 25.000 personas en defensa del sector naval.
El "grito de Justicia" también se convocó fuera de Galicia, en Madrid, Londres, Praga y la Bretaña francesa (en la ciudad de Le Croisic, epicentro de la catástrofe del Erika en 1999) y en todas las protestas se leyó un manifiesto común que, además de expresar su rechazo a la sentencia, pidió siete medidas concretas para "evitar otra marea negra"........todo el articulo en elmundo.es
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Τετάρτη, Οκτωβρίου 30, 2013

Brazil court orders resumption of work on Amazon Belo Monte dam.

AFP - A Brazilian court on Wednesday ordered work to resume on a dam in the Amazon, reversing a ruling that had ordered a stoppage over environmental concerns, the project consortium said.
A Norte Energia statement said the president of the Federal Court in Brasilia lifted the suspension on the Belo Monte dam.
Another judge had ordered the consortium to halt the work Friday, saying it had not met its environmental commitments.
Just as the 20,000 workers were preparing to stop work at the dam, located in the northern state of Para, Judge Mario Cesar Ribeiro said only a special court could rule on a suspension, according to a spokesman.

Federal Court Judge Antonio Souza had suspended the project's environmental license as well work at the dam last week after state prosecutors charged that Norte Energia had failed to comply with environmental commitments.
But Norte Energia insisted that it was "rigorously complying with its obligations and commitments."

Indigenous groups fear the dam across the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon, will harm their way of life. Environmentalists have warned of deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions and irreparable damage to the ecosystem.
Belo Monte, a $13 billion project aiming to produce 11,000 megawatts of electricity, is expected to flood a 500-square-kilometer (300-square-mile) area, displacing 16,000 people, according to the government.
It would be the third-biggest dam in the world, after China's Three Gorges and Brazil's Itaipu in the south.
france24.com
30/10/13
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Δευτέρα, Οκτωβρίου 28, 2013

Brésil: la justice suspend la construction du gigantesque barrage de Belo Monte.

Foto: en.wikipedia.org
Un juge d'un tribunal fédéral de Brasilia a ordonné la suspension des travaux de construction du gigantesque barrage de Belo Monte, en Amazonie brésilienne, vivement contesté par les écologistes et les populations locales, a annoncé lundi une porte-parole de la cour.
Le juge Antonio Souza Prudente a prononcé la suspension de l'autorisation environnementale accordée au projet et l'arrêt des travaux du barrage hydroélectrique, situé sur le fleuve Xingu, dans l'Etat du Para (nord), selon cette porte-parole.
Prise vendredi, la décision du juge interdit à la banque publique BNDES, qui finance le projet, de débloquer des fonds tant que tous les engagements sociaux-environnementaux n'auront pas été tenus par les promoteurs. "Nous ne nous opposons pas au développement du pays mais nous affirmons qu'il faut respecter la loi", avait déclaré le procureur de l'Etat du Para.

La décision du juge Souza Prudente fait effet jusqu'à ce que les magistrats de ce tribunal se réunissent en collège et statuent sur sa validité.
Norte Energia, responsable du projet, a indiqué à l'AFP ne pas avoir encore été informée de cette décision judiciaire mais a affirmé que "toutes les obligations et les engagements de l'entreprise sont rigoureusement respectés".

  • Belo Monte est le barrage le plus important en cours d'édification au Brésil et le troisième du monde, derrière celui d'Itaipu (Brésil et Paraguay) et des Trois Gorges (Chine). Il fournira 11 233 mégawatts, soit 11% de la capacité installée du pays, et la première tranche devrait entrer en service en 2015. Sa mise en place entraînera l'inondation de 502 km2. Son coût est estimé à 13 milliards de dollars.

  • Même si leurs terres ne seront pas inondées, l'édification du barrage risque de changer le mode de vie des communautés indiennes vivant aux alentours, qui ne pourront plus pêcher pour leur subsistance en raison de la dérivation des cours d'eau.
AFP
rtbf.be
28/10/13 
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Πέμπτη, Νοεμβρίου 29, 2012

U.N. Court Frees Former Leader of Kosovo

PARIS — A United Nations war crimes tribunal on Thursday acquitted the former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, for the second time of torturing and killing Serb civilians while he was a commander of the NATO-backed Kosovo Liberation Army during its fight for independence in 1999. 
Two of his comrades, Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj, were also acquitted, although Mr. Brahimaj has already served a six-year sentence for torture handed down in an earlier trial. The judges ordered the three men released immediately.

Supporters cheered and applauded in the courtroom’s public gallery in The Hague, where proceedings were broadcast via videostream.
The men were expected to return later in the day to Kosovo, where Mr. Haradinaj’s supporters — even before the verdict — said they hoped he would return to politics. In Serbia, which is involved in crucial talks with Kosovo, a former Serbian province before the war, the decision was expected to provoke a new wave of angry reactions.
Earlier this month, the tribunal enraged the Belgrade government and many Serbs, when an appeals chamber threw out the convictions of two Croatian generals, Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac. They had led a 1995 military campaign that recaptured Serb-occupied Croatian land and drove more than 150,000 Serbs from Croatia.
The overturning of the Croatian and now the Kosovo convictions are seen as serious setbacks for the prosecution. It has said in recent days that it will seek a review of the Croatian appeals ruling, in which two of the five judges wrote unusually sharp dissents. 
29/11/12 
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ΚΚΕ: Καμία έκπληξη από την αθώωση του αρχηγού του UCK στη Χάγη

Σε σχόλιό του, για την αθώωση του πρώην αρχηγού του UCK και πρωθυπουργού του Κοσσόβου Ραμούς Χαραντινάι, το Γραφείο Τύπου της ΚΕ του ΚΚΕ σημειώνει:

 «Το Διεθνές Ποινικό Δικαστήριο της Χάγης αθώωσε τον διοικητή του UCK Ρ. Χαραντινάι, γιατί δεν βρήκε, όπως λέει, επαρκή στοιχεία για τις δολοφονίες – προβοκάτσιες, για το εμπόριο όπλων, ναρκωτικών κλπ.! Καμία έκπληξη.


Η έκπληξη θα ήταν αυτό το διορισμένο από τις ΗΠΑ και την ΕΕ δικαστήριο να έβλεπε τα κραυγαλέα εγκλήματα και να έβγαζε καταδικαστική απόφαση. Αυτά είναι τα όργανα τα οποία οι υποστηρικτές του καπιταλισμού τα παρουσιάζουν ως ανεξάρτητα και δίκαια». 
.902.gr
29/11/12
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