Daily Archives: 27/04/2011

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Pakistani national Naqib Ullah (also Naqibullah) was 14 years old and out doing an errand for his father when he was kidnapped from his village in Khan, Afghanistan by 11 men that called themselves, “Samoud’s people.” The men, according to Ullah, “forcibly raped him at gunpoint”. He was taken back to the men’s village encampment and “forced to do manual work.”

Ullah was in the camp for three days when, in December 2002, US forces raided the camp. The group had been forewarned. They ordered Ullah and others to stay behind and fight US forces. He was captured and had a weapon but it had not been fired. He was transported to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in January 2003 because the military believed he might have knowledge of “Taliban resistance efforts and local leaders.”

This teenager is just one of twenty-two juveniles who wound up in Guantanamo. And, with the release of the Gitmo Files by WikiLeaks, more details on the capture, transfer, detention and release of juvenile detainees are becoming known.

Article 1 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as “every human being below the age of eighteen years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier.”

UN officials have called on the US to “respect the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” which “aims to increase the protection of children during armed conflicts. It requires that all States parties ‘take all feasible measures’ to ensure that members of their armed forces under the age of 18 do not take a direct part in hostilities.” The UN has tried to remind the US “that children under 18 are entitled to special protection and so any voluntary recruitment under the age of 18 must include sufficient safeguards.” But, the Pentagon has effectively shrugged off the concerns of the UN in the same way they shrugged off the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture’s concerns about Bradley Manning when he was being held at Quantico.

For example, eight years prior to the release of the Gitmo Files, then-Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld, when asked about “the juveniles in Guantanamo,” complained, “This constant refrain of “the juveniles,” as though there’s a hundred of children in there — these are not children. Dick Myers responded to that. There are plenty of people who have been killed by people who were still in their teens.”

Indeed, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dick Myers did respond. This was his characterization of the children in Guantanamo:

I would say, despite their age, these are very, very dangerous people. They are people that have been vetted mainly in Afghanistan and gone through a thorough process to determine what their involvement was. Some have killed. Some have stated they’re going to kill again. So they may be juveniles, but they’re not on a little-league team anywhere, they’re on a major league team, and it’s a terrorist team. And they’re in Guantanamo for a very good reason — for our safety, for your safety.


( A student who had to have brain surgery after he was allegedly hit by a truncheon during the tuition fees protests in central London on 9 December is among 11 males aged between 15 and 25 charged in connection with violence at the event. Alfie Meadows, 20, faces a charge of violent disorder.

It brings the total number of people charged as a result of the disturbances to 13, a figure which may increase, according to the Metropolitan police.

Meadows is said to have fallen unconscious on the way to hospital after being struck as he tried to leave an area outside Westminster Abbey during the protests. The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The 11 men include six who are facing charges of violent disorder, one who faces two counts of criminal damage, and another who was charged with affray. Three males aged 15, 16 and 17 were charged with violent disorder and will appear at west London youth court on 24 May, while the eight older individuals will appear at City of Westminster magistrates court on 9 June.

 In addition, a 16-year-old youth also received a final warning for possession of cannabis, and affray.

 More than 50 people were injured during the disturbances, including Meadows and a police officer who sustained serious neck injuries, while dozens of arrests were made.

 According to police, scuffles first broke out after the protest, which had been called by a loose coalition of student groups who deviated from an agreed route.

by Ben Quinn


(angrynewsfromaroundtheworld) 22/04/2011 – Indy Madrid – Thursday night 21, while the religious zealots of the city of Seville celebrated their Maundy Thursday, a group of stubborn anarchists decided to attack a subsidiary of Banco Santander to express our disgust with the process of repression which takes place in Chile (“bombas caso”) imprisoning our brothers in ideas for already 8 months.
Enjoying the sound of rain and the darkness of the night we stoned the windows breaking them, as well as the screens of ATMs by putting them out of service, before leaving this message as a tag on its front :
Freedom for the anti-authoritarian prisoners in Chile!
The bombs case is a frame up!


( Children as young as eight are being raped in front of their families by Gaddafi’s forces in Libya, according to a leading charity.
Aid workers described horrific stories of widespread sexual abuse, including one incident in which a group of girls was abducted and held hostage for four days.
When they were finally released, they were too traumatized to speak.
Other children have described being forced to watch as their fathers were murdered and their mothers raped.
They told Save The Children that they themselves were then brutally beaten before being released.
Harrowing stories of sexual assaults against women and children have emerged from those who have fled the besieged cities of Misrata, Ajdabia and Rus-Lanuf.
Many families are now in temporary refugee camps in Benghazi, where they talked to Save The Children staff.
Michael Mahrt, the charity’s child protection adviser, said: ‘The reports of sexual violence against children are unconfirmed but they are consistent and were repeated across the four camps we visited.
‘Children told us they have witnessed horrendous scenes. Some said they saw their fathers murdered and mothers raped.
‘They described things happening to other children but they may have actually happened to them and they are just too upset to talk about it – it’s a typical coping mechanism used by children who have suffered such abuse.
‘What is most worrying is that we have only been able to speak to a limited number of children – what else is happening to those who are trapped in Misrata and other parts of the country who do not have a voice?’.
Mr Mahrt said that some children are showing signs of physical and emotional distress; they are withdrawn, refuse to play and wake up crying in the night.
He added: ‘Whenever some children hear a gun being fired they re-live the terrible ordeal they have been through. It is clear that for many of them, their suffering is far from over.’
There have been numerous reports of Gaddafi’s troops – some fuelled by Viagra – using rape as a weapon of war.
In the most notorious example, 28-year-old Iman al-Obeidi claimed she was assaulted for two days by 15 men after being abducted at a checkpoint.
She was arrested after trying to tell her story to foreign journalists and has subsequently been charged with slander.
Doctors in Misrata have also treated patients who have been sexually assaulted.
But in a conservative society where rape is heavily stigmatised, many women will not tell even their close family what has happened to them.
Rebel spokesman Abdelbaset Abumzirig, who is based in Misrata, said that there has been a string of horrific assaults in Benghazi Street – parallel to Tripoli Street where a armor battle for the city was fought.
‘The Gaddafi forces took control of Benghazi Street before we managed to push them out,’ he told Al Jazeera.
‘They have been ordered to rape because this means they are insulting Misrata itself.’
He said that some families had spoken to human rights organizations about the assaults
‘Some have spoken, some others, you know the old traditions, they didn’t speak, but it’s not a shame,’ he added.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Dr Khalifa al-Sharkassi described how two sisters, aged 16 and 20, had been assaulted by African mercenaries after their brothers had joined the rebels.
The girls’ mother was locked in another room while they were raped.
‘Four or five Africans took turns raping both girls,’ he said. ‘(Now) one of them just sits and cries and looks lost.’
He said another victim had tried to clean herself with bleach after being attacked.
One of his patients had given herself an injection of chlorine in the belief that this would stop herself becoming pregnant.



(The Telegraph) Six protesters who police feared were planning to disrupt the royal wedding have been arrested by Scotland Yard as the officers begin their “pre-emptive strike” against potential anarchists.

The six were arrested in the past week in connection with alleged public order offences they are said to have committed at the TUC march last month.

But officers moved to arrest them this week as they feared the group were planning further disruption at the royal wedding on Friday. The six have been issued with bail conditions stopping them from entering central London on the day of the wedding.

It brings the total number of anarchists banned from London on the day of the wedding to 68. And Scotland Yard sources confirmed that further arrests are planned in the coming days as they move to minimise the potential of trouble for Prince William and Kate Middleton on the big day.

Meanwhile officers announced that a proposed protest during the wedding by extremist group Muslims Against Crusades (MAC) has been rejected.

But a new request, by a group thought to want to protests about issues in the Middle East, have now lodged a request to protest on the day.

MAC had asked to protest outside Westminster Abbey on the day of the wedding.

After meetings with the group, Scotland Yard agreed they could protest there, but not until hours after the wedding had finished. The group refused and did not turn up to a meeting on Thursday to negotiate with officers.

Then on Saturday, a man handed in a request at Hackney police station in east London stating that he wanted to protest outside the Abbey on Friday. After investigating officers discovered he was linked to a protest movement concerned about activities in the Middle East.

Officers are yet to decide whether to allow the protest although it is unlikely they will allow it to go ahead during the wedding.

Scotland Yard has also appealed to members of the public to be its “eyes and ears” and to alert officers of any potential trouble they see in the crowd.

Lynne Owens, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of the policing operation on the day, said: “If you see anything or anyone in the crowd that is acting suspiciously, please bring it to the earliest attention of our officers… they are there to help you.

“We are very clear that we want this to be a safe, secure and happy event and we intend to act robustly, quickly and firmly if anyone engages in any criminal activity.”

The Metropolitan Police says there is still no specific terror threat to the royal wedding.

By Mark Hughes, Crime Correspondent