British government deports child refugees to war zones


This video from Canada says about itself:

Syrian Children Experience Snow

19 January 2016

Snow is a new experience but fun in any language looks the same.

Unfortunately, not all refugee children have the luck of the children in this video (and if the previous Stephen Harper government in Canada would not have been defeated by the voters, then the children in the video might never have seen snow either.)

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Refugee crisis: Thousands of child asylum seekers deported back to war zones, Home Office admits

Exclusive: Hundreds sent back from UK to countries where Isis and Taliban are rampant

Maeve McClenaghan

Tuesday 9 February 2016 21:44 BST

Thousands of young people who sought refuge in Britain as unaccompanied child asylum-seekers have been deported to repressive regimes and countries partly controlled by Isis and the Taliban, the Home Office has admitted. Over the past nine years 2,748 young people – many of whom had spent formative years in the UK, forging friendships and going to school – have been returned to countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Syria.

The figures were finally published by the Home Office minister James Brokenshire this week. Previous Home Office figures significantly understated the scale of the deportations.

The bulk of those deported – some 2,018 – were sent to Afghanistan, but around 60 young people have been deported to Iraq since 2014, the year Isis seized control of swathes of the country. The findings, which were triggered by questions from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Labour MP Louise Haigh, raise serious concerns about what happens to child asylum-seekers when they turn 18, and at a time when Britain is being urged to help thousands of orphaned child refugees from Syria.

Unaccompanied child asylum-seekers arriving in the UK are given temporary leave to remain. But this expires when they become adults, at which point many are sent back to their home country – even if they have taken GCSEs and A-levels, integrated into British society and lost touch with their homeland. They often struggle to start new lives, because their Westernised mannerisms mean they are regarded with suspicion.

Ms Haigh said: “These shocking figures reveal the shameful reality behind our asylum system.

“Children who flee countries ravaged by war in the most appalling of circumstances are granted safe haven and build a life here in the UK, but at the age of 18 can be forced on to a flight and back to a dangerous country they have no links to and barely any memory of.

“With many more vulnerable young children due to arrive in the UK over the next five years the Government needs to answer serious questions and provide a cast-iron guarantee that vulnerable young people will not be sent back to war zones.”

She now plans to bring a parliamentary debate on the issue, while the Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is to chair an emergency cross-party summit on 10 February to explore how Britain can support future intakes of child refugees.

Mr Farron said: “It is a sad state of affairs that the Government is stripping the protective blanket of safety we have offered these children on their 18th birthday. Many will have integrated into their communities.”

As he released the figures, Mr Brokenshire was forced to apologise for previously providing the Commons with inaccurate numbers in November that said just 1,040 former child refugees had been returned to Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Libya since 2007. He blamed the inaccurate data on “an error during the extraction process”.

Ms Haigh said: “Ministers have been basing their confident assurances on protecting these extremely vulnerable young people on a calamitous guesstimate.”

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism explored the cases of several Afghan teenagers last year as they battled deportation orders. Some who were returned claimed they had been left homeless, chased by the Taliban, kidnapped, ransomed and beaten.

The latest Home Office figures show that in 2015, 57 former child refugees were sent back to Afghanistan, where the Taliban still controls many districts. Removals to the country have now been temporarily halted as lawyers argue that the security situation is so unsafe that no one should be returned.

However, earlier this month lawyers for the Home Office argued in a Court of Appeal case that removals should continue. The judgment is expected imminently. The latest figures also show 657 former child refugees have been returned to Iraq since 2007, including 22 last year and 38 in 2014 when Isis began to take territory in the region.

The Foreign Office advises against “all but essential travel” to half of Iraq, and against any travel to the north-western areas. …

Explainer: Child asylum claims

Children can apply for asylum when they first arrive in the UK, but the likelihood of getting refugee status at this point is low, and even less likely for Afghan or Iraqi children.

The UK Government does not generally deport unaccompanied children – so instead they are given temporary leave to remain, which lasts until they turn 17-and-a-half.

At this point, teenagers must apply to extend their leave. But the BIJ’s analysis of appeals from Afghan teenagers found just one in five was granted asylum at this point. Thousands of teenagers are deported after years living in the UK.

Refugee crisis: Welfare cuts and anti-migration policies ‘will not stop’ asylum seekers coming to Europe – report. New laws might change the countries where refugees end up but they will not stop them arriving, a report found: here.

‘Afghan government, stop refugees or else’, German government says


This video is about Germany. Hundreds demand justice for Kunduz massacre victims in Afghanistan.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Germany to continue security operations in Afghanistan only if arrival of refugees stopped

Alexandra Sims

Germany’s interior minister has promised Afghanistan it will continue to provide security support to the country, but only if the arrival of Afghan refugees to the country is stopped.

During a visit to Kabul on Monday, Thomas de Maiziere said: “We’re staying here as long as it’s necessary. But we also expect that the Afghan population stays here,” N-tv reports.

“We want the influx of refugees to be stopped.”

And how, Herr de Maiziere, is the Kabul government supposed to stop Afghan refugees from fleeing?

By bringing peace to the country? They and their big NATO paymasters have proved to be extremely unable to do that for the past fourteen years and longer.

By improving the situation of Afghan women? They and their big NATO paymasters have proved to be extremely unable to do that for the past fourteen years and longer.

By stopping sexual abuse of children? United States occupation generals have said it is OK for Afghan warlords to carry on with that.

By stopping the poverty and hunger? They and their big NATO paymasters have proved to be extremely unable to do that for the past fourteen years and longer. As all the trillons of money go to warfare, to corrupt Western merchants of death and to corrupt Afghan warlords.

Then, in what other way should the Afghan government stop refugees?

Recently, in Germany extreme right racist politicians advocated violently stopping Afghan and other refugees crossing the German border. Asked if they really believed that German border guards should stop refugee women and children from crossing the border through open fields with firearms they answered ‘Yes’.

Is Herr de Maiziere now advising the Afghan government that their border guards should stop refugee women and children from crossing the border out of Afghanistan through open fields by killing these refugee women and children?

By the way, only a small minority of refugees from the bloody war in Afghanistan go to Germany.

Why have millions of refugees fled Afghanistan? Partly because of war crimes there by Herr de Maiziere’s German armed forces. Like the Kunduz massacre of civilians. A massacre covered up by you, Herr de Maiziere. When you were not yet Minister of the Interior like now, but Minister of War … oops, I should have used the euphemism ‘Defence’. You, Herr de Maiziere, demonstratively promoted Colonel Klein, responsible for that bloody massacre, early in 2013 to the rank of brigadier general.

Of course, refugees from Afghanistan flee not only German war crimes. If we limit ourselves to Kunduz, where the German Bundeswehr had committed their massacre: recently, the United States Air Force, your NATO allies, Herr de Maiziere, lethally attacked the MSF hospital, the only hospital in Kunduz.

Germany has been engaged in operations in Afghanistan since 2003 and has trained over 73,000 Afghan police personnel. Around 980 German troops remain in the country since the NATO mission in Afghanistan officially ended in 2014.

Mr Maiziere said German police and soldiers will remain in Afghanistan “as long as it asks for security,” but stressed, “because we want to stay, we do not want that many Afghans to leave their country.”

The minister quashed any expectations Afghans may hold upon coming to Germany, stressing chances of asylum seekers finding success were slight.

“There is no welcome money in Germany. There is no guarantee of a job or an apartment,” Mr Maiziere told state broadcaster ZDF, warning Afghans not to succumb to propaganda spread by people smugglers. …

Mr Maiziere promised to bolster deportations of Afghans from Germany, using current flight routes between the countries and hiring charter planes. …

Mr Maiziere made the comments just hours after a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Kabul police station, killing at least 20 people and wounding 29 others – the latest attack in the Afghan capital. …

On social media, people remarked upon the German government’s call to send refugees back to Afghanistan in the wake of the attack.

One Twitter user wrote: “Mr Maiziere is demanding from others that they live in a land that he’ll only visit with the protection of a division of soldiers

Another said: “Despite the attack in Kabul, Mr Maiziere is calling for Afghans to go back”

Hitler copycat attacks Afghan war refugees


This satiric music video says about itself:

Der Fuehrer’s Face

Chorus

When der fuehrer says we is de master race
We heil heil right in der fuehrer’s face
Not to love der fuehrer is a great disgrace
So we heil heil right in der fuehrer’s face

When Herr Goebbels says we own the world and space
We heil heil right in Herr Goebbels’ face
When Herr Göring says they’ll never bomb dis place
We heil heil right in Herr Göring’s face
Are we not he supermen Aryan pure supermen
Ja we are the supermen (super duper supermen)
Is this Nutsy land so good
Would you leave it if you could
Ja this Nutsy land is good
We would leave it if we could
We bring the world to order
Heil Hitler’s world to order
Everyone of foreign race
Will love der fuehrer’s face
When we bring to the world disorder

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

German man with Hitler moustache attacks refugees using swastika helmet before doing Nazi salute

Police said the two men from Afghanistan had been enjoying the snow in Altenberg

Lizzie Dearden

A man wearing a swastika-emblazoned helmet and “Hitler moustache” has attacked two refugees on a ski slope in Germany.

Police in Dresden said the friends from Afghanistan were sledging in the snowy Ore Mountains in Altenberg on Sunday when the stranger approached.

“A young man approached them on the slope, wearing a steel helmet emblazoned with a swastika,” a spokesperson said.

“The stranger purposefully walked up to two men from Afghanistan (aged 21 and 26) and insulted them.

“Shortly afterwards, he hit the younger man in the head using his helmet, causing him to fall to the ground.”

The attacker continued to torment the pair until a passer-by intervened, at which point he left, but not before performing a Nazi salute.

German authorities are treating the incident, which left the 21-year-old asylum seeker needing medical treatment, as aggravated assault.

The perpetrator is also wanted for the “use of symbols of unconstitutional organisations”, which is used to ban the Hitler salute along with the display of swastikas and other Nazi symbols.

In an appeal for information, police described the suspect as aged between 25 to 30, about 175 cm tall, … and of “muscular build”.

He was bald with facial hair resembling a “Hitler moustache” and wearing a light blue jeans and a khaki jacket.

January has seen a spate of angry anti-refugee protests and revenge attacks across Germany since the attacks in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.

Last weekend, the New York Times published a vile commentary by Jochen Bittner entitled “Can Germany Be Honest About Its Refugee Problems?” In the article, Bittner, a regular contributor to the German weekly Die Zeit who also writes for the Times, calls for tougher action against refugees. Bittner demands that German Chancellor Angela Merkel admit that she underestimated what he calls the “refugee problem” in Germany, declaring that “potentially thousands of these men are criminals, with no other goal than to rob and betray their hosts.” Among Bittner’s demands are the mass arrest and deportation of refugees: here.

Veteran helps four-year-old refugee girl, doesn’t get five years jail


This video by British veteran Rob Lawrie, recorded in Calais, France, says about itself:

Calais “The Truth”

10 October 2015

My photos, their story.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Judges lenient on aid worker who wanted to help refugee

Friday 15th January 2016

BRITISH aid worker Rob Lawrie who attempted to smuggle an Afghan child out of the Calais refugee camp was granted clemency by a French judge yesterday.

The former soldier avoided jail for up to five years after attempting to reunite four-year-old Bahar Ahmadi with her relatives in Britain.

He was given a suspended fine of €1,000 (£750) for “endangering” the life of the child.

Outside a Boulogne court Mr Lawrie said: “Compassion has been in the dock here.

“I’m going to raise the profile (of refugees) even more because we cannot simply leave these children.

“We need to get these children now and into our education system because these guys are going to be doctors and lawyers and teachers if we get them now and educate them correctly.

“Or we can leave them in the Jungle to rot and die of cold.”

Following the news of Mr Lawrie’s trial, friend and fellow Calais volunteer Janie Mac told the Star: “Everybody here in the camp has been waiting for such good news.

“Any one of us would do the same thing, he only did what was right.

“A lot of people have been waiting for an outcome of this kind because a lot of children are on site with no parents.

“A lot of people have been waiting for the result of this case so we know how we can proceed.

“A lot more people will be willing to take the risk because we all have children here, we all want them homed.”

The Jungle is currently facing a part-demolition by French authorities with aid workers warning of imminent rebellion by the thousands of migrants living inside the Calais camp.

United States bombs killed more people in Afghan hospital than thought


This video says about itself:

Scenes From Kunduz Hospital in Afghanistan

7 October 2015

This is footage taken at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in 2011, 2014 and 2015. The hospital was the only facility of its kind in the northeastern region of the country. It provided cost-free, high level life- and limb-saving trauma care. In 2014, more than 22,000 patients received care at the hospital and more than 5,900 surgeries were performed. MSF treats all people according to their medical needs and does not make any distinctions based on a patient’s ethnicity, religious beliefs or political affiliation.

At the time of the aerial attack on October 3, there were 105 patients and their caretakers in the hospital, alongside more than 80 international and Afghan MSF staff. MSF expresses its sincere condolences to the families and friends of its staff members and patients who have tragically lost their lives in this attack.

MSF calls for State activation of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to investigate Afghanistan bombing. Read more here.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

MSF/Doctors Without Borders: more deaths in hospital in Kunduz than thought

Today, 06:17

The death toll from the US American bombing of an MSF hospital in Afghanistan is greater than previously thought. The official death toll stood at thirty, but the organization said in a statement that at least 42 people were killed.

Among the dead are 14 members of MSF, 24 patients and four relatives of patients. The bombing was in October. The exact number of victims is only known now because many files were destroyed in the hospital.

Conversations with employees of MSF and survivors show that there were more people in the hospital than was assumed at first. Recently, more human remains were found in the destroyed hospital. Also, a number of injured people brought to other hospitals have died from their injuries.

… The organization previously called for an independent examination.

The New York Times Thursday published a lengthy investigative report based on a probe by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service into the torture and murder of detainees by Navy SEALs in Kalach, Afghanistan in May of 2012. While the official report, obtained by the Times through the Freedom of Information Act, details horrendous accounts of torture, resulting in the death of a detainee, charges against all four SEALs were dropped: here.

How Americans are propagandized about Afghanistan. The Pentagon is again forced to admit that its original claims about an attack were false: here.

THE resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, where they recently mounted a major military operation in Helmand province in the south and where throughout the rest of the country they are increasingly active, is emphatic evidence that Nato’s prolonged military mission there has been a dismal failure: here.

Pentagon whitewash of hospital bombing rejected by Doctors Without Borders


This 4 October 2015 video is called Kunduz attack may amount to war crime – UN Human Rights chief.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

MSF/Doctors Without Borders: Kunduz report leaves important questions unanswered

Today, 20:08

MSF is shocked by the investigation report by the US military about their bombing of an MSF hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz. According to MSF director Christopher Stokes the findings just cause more questions.

Stokes finds it shocking that US troops launched an attack without having a view of the target and without having a list of buildings that should not be attacked.

He also points out faltering communication. During the attack, MSF staff have called the US Americans to say that they made a mistake. Yet the Americans continued bombarding. In the bombardments at least thirty people died.

Huge negligence

The series of faults points according to MSF to a massive failure by the US military. The destruction of the hospital can not be brushed aside by the organization as a human error, as the military does .

“It seems that thirty people died and hundreds of thousands of people in Kunduz are now without life-saving care because the hospital was closest to an open field and roughly resembled the description of the target,” writes Stokes.

MSF again calls for an independent investigation. “Research into this terrible event should not only be done by the parties involved in the conflict in Afghanistan.”

Pentagon report whitewashes bombing of Doctors Without Borders hospital: here.

NAVY SEAL ‘COVER-UP’ A look at the probe into the beating death of an Afghan prisoner. [NYT]

ASH CARTER USED PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNT FOR OFFICIAL BUSINESS “U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a personal email account for some work-related business earlier this year at the Pentagon, although he has since stopped such use of his personal email, the Pentagon said on Thursday.” [Reuters]

Dutch ex-Afghanistan military policeman a murder suspect


Medics try in vain to save the life of Rudi Schouten

Dutch NOS TV and Omroep Brabant broadcasters report today that a Dutch soldier who used to participate in the Afghan war in Kabul and elsewhere and is still in the Dutch armed forces, having been both in the army and in the military police, is a suspect in a murder case.

On 3 April 2015, five men attacked and killed 28-year-old Rudi Schouten with a stitching awl, an axe and guns on a parking lot in his city Breda.

One of the suspects is the soldier Gianiro S.

Dutch soldiers in Afghanistan. Murder suspect Gianiro S. is second from right

Gianiro S. is an outlaw motorcycle gang member. The Dutch Defence department cannot legally sack him for that, as motorcycle gangs are not officially considered to be criminal organisations yet. However, 80% of Dutch motorcycle gang members have criminal records, according to the police.