London Grenfell Tower disaster, film plans

This video from Britain says about itself:

22 October 2017

Lowkey speaking at the “Grenfell: Institutional Racism and the Social Cleansing of our Cities” workshop, Stand Up To Racism conference 2017.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Grenfell Tower fire: Steve McQueen to film tribute to victims

The new artwork is being funded by McQueen, who comes from a council estate close to the site of the disaster

Roisin O’Connor

Steve McQueen is set to lead a project which will create a “lasting memorial” for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The artist and director behind films including the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave will begin work this week, using a helicopter to film the ruins of the building in Kensington, west London.

The new artwork is being funded by McQueen, who comes from a council estate close to the site of the disaster, and will eventually go on display in a London museum, the Sunday Times reports.

“This is to record this moment in the community’s history and make a lasting memorial to the tragedy”, an official website, intended to explain the project to survivors, said.

“This would be done with respect to those who lost their lives and the wider community. The aim is that it lives on in the mind of the nation and the world long after the covering has gone up.”

Grenfell Tower is currently being covered by a white plastic screen to prevent more psychological trauma to those affected. Officials hope the building will be fully covered by the end of March 2018.

71 people died from the fire in June 2017. Six months on from the fire, four out of five families made homeless are still searching for permanent accommodation, while almost half face Christmas in a hotel. Two days after the disaster, the Prime Minister promised families would be rehoused within three weeks.

Survivors and local residents were joined by members of the royal family and senior politicians last week for a national service to mark the six-month anniversary of the fire at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

There was no official representative at the service from Kensington council, which has been heavily criticised for its handling of the crisis.

​McQueen’s project will not go on display for at least two years — while the police investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire and an independent public inquiry take place.


Stop slavery in Libya, The Hague, 18 December

This 24 November 2017 video is called The football world did not remain silent on slave trade in Libya.

From In-EUmanity Amsterdam and No Border Network in the Netherlands:

Monday 18 December 2017 14:00 till 16:00

Europahuis, Korte Vijverberg 5/6 2513 AB The Hague

Stop Europe Funding Slavery in Libya: Stop Wars on Migrants

We are going to organize action days against European funding of atrocities in Libya.

In Libya, everyday migrants are imprisoned in private detention centers, tortured and sold as slaves. They suffer extreme exploitation and violence.

Europe [rather: the European Union] is funding the expansion of these detention centers. Meanwhile by implementing the Malta agreement, Europe is training and technically supplying the Libyan “coastguard” to carry out illegal refoulements that they call “rescue operations”.

We stand up against the criminal regime of Fortress Europe.

We demand the immediate cessation of the funding of the Libyan torturers.

End slavery and detention in Libya.

Free passage, healthcare and protection to all the victims of torture and trafficking.

Common Day of Action on the 18th of December, International Day of Migrants

Turkish refugees to Greece

This video says about itself:

Turkey: Dozens detained at Ankara protest over imprisoned teachers

23 July 2017

Police turned water cannons and pepper spray on protesters decrying the arrest of two Turkish teachers in Ankara on Sunday.

From Ekathimerini daily in Greece, 16 December 2017:

Group of 32 Turkish civilians set to seek political asylum in Greece

A group of 32 Turkish citizens who reached Chios island on the weekend are expected to apply for political asylum in Greece, Kathimerini understands.

All state workers or teachers, the Turks claimed they feared persecution in their country, where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a purge of the civil service and armed forces after a failed coup in 2016.

Coming just a few days after a tense visit to Greece by Erdogan, who demanded the extradition of eight military officers who fled to Greece after the failed coup, there are fears that an asylum request from the 32 Turks could further strain bilateral [NATO] ties.

Around 1,000 Turks have applied for asylum in Greece since July 2016.

London Grenfell Tower disaster, never forget

Jeremy Corbyn hugs a woman after the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul's Cathedral in London

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Friday, December 15, 2017 – 12:35

Grenfell memorial

Campaigners are relying on Corbyn to expose the truth

PEOPLE affected by the Grenfell Tower fire told Jeremy Corbyn at a memorial service yesterday that they were relying on him to help expose the truth.

The ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral was attended by 1,500 people, including the Labour leader, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, Prime Minister Theresa May, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and members of the royal family.

Mr Corbyn promised mourners that he was “here to try and change things” when he met them after the hour-long service, which marked the passage of six months since the fire killed at least 71 residents (the official count) of the council tower block in North Kensington.

He was met with calls for “justice” and several victims’ relatives hugged him and said they were relying on him to ensure the truth came to light.

Karim Mussilhy, nephew of Hesham Rahman, who died on the 23rd floor, said: “We should never have been here today, our friends, our families should never had died, but we’re all here together, remembering them.

“It feels like it’s been six hours. That day stays embedded, so fresh in the mind – it’s hard to turn it off and turn it away.

“It’s just been awful, like a big abyss.

“But now, all of this anger and frustration and sadness has been turned into determination – determination for justice, to make sure our loved ones are not forgotten, that the people who are responsible are held accountable and changes are made so this never happens again.”

A criminal investigation and public inquiry have been launched to seek the causes of the fire, which is believed to have spread unusually fast because cheap flammable cladding had been fitted to the building’s exterior.

Earlier this week, Mr Mussilhy helped deliver a petition to Downing Street calling for the inquiry to include a panel made up of members of the culturally diverse North Kensington community.

Tortured Iraqis win British court case

This video from Britain says about itself:

9 September 2011

The government and the British army say the illegal torture and interrogation techniques used in Iraq, and which caused the death of Baha Mousa, were the acts of a few “bad apples”. In fact, for five years, illegal and brutal techniques classified as torture under international law, were common practice throughout the British army in Iraq. The shocking treatment of prisoners in this video, which was presented as evidence at the UK inquiry into the army’s use of torture, is just a glimpse of what took place in at least 14 interrogation centres.

By Will Stone in Britain:

Thursday, December 14, 2017 – 17:37

Human Rights

Iraqi civilians win High Court case over abuse by British soldiers

FOUR Iraqi citizens have won tens of thousands of pounds in damages after they were subjected to degrading abuse at the hands of British soldiers during the Iraq war.

High Court judge Mr Justice Leggatt ruled on Thursday that the Ministry of Defence had breached the Geneva conventions and the Human Rights Act over its ill-treatment and unlawful detention of civilians.

The degrading treatment included soldiers taking turns running over the backs of detained civilians and hooding them.

Lawyers said yesterday’s ruling could set a precedent for hundreds of abuse claims of Iraqis during the war.

There are more than 600 unresolved claims in what is known as the Iraqi Civilian Litigation.

Mr Leggatt announced his conclusions after overseeing two High Court trials during which Iraqi citizens gave evidence in an English courtroom for the first time.

The judge himself conceded that “some of the factual issues raised are likely to affect many of the remaining cases in the litigation.”

In his judgment, he made clear that “none of the claimants was engaged in terrorist activities or posed any threat to the security of Iraq.”

Human rights law firm Leigh Day, which represented two of the claimants, praised the ruling.

Leigh Day international claims team partner Sapna Malik said: “These trials took place against an onslaught of political, military and media slurs of Iraqis bringing spurious claims, and strident criticism of us, as lawyers, representing them.

“Yet we have just witnessed the rule of law in action. Our clients are grateful that the judge approached their claims without any preconception or presumption that allegations of misconduct by British soldiers are inherently unlikely to be true.”

Abd Al-Waheed, who was arrested in a house raid carried out by British soldiers in Basra city in February 2007, was awarded the largest sum — a total of £33,300.

He was awarded £15,000 in “respect of the beating” he suffered after his arrest and £15,000 for further abuse including “being deprived of sleep and being deprived of sight and hearing,” the judge said.

Mr Al-Waheed was awarded a further £3,300 for unlawful detention for 33 days.