Nigerian women raped by army, Amnesty says

This Amnesty International video says about itself:

Nigeria: ‘They betrayed us’

24 May 2018

These brave women are taking on the Nigerian government by asking for justice for themselves and their families.

Thousands of women and girls who survived the brutal rule of the Boko Haram armed group have since been further abused by the Nigerian security forces who claim to be rescuing them.

Amnesty international’s latest report, “They betrayed us” reveals how the Nigerian military and Civilian Joint Task Force (Civilian JTF) – a militia who work alongside them – have separated women from their husbands and confined them in remote “satellite camps” where they have been raped, sometimes in exchange for food. Amnesty International has collected evidence that thousands of people have starved to death in the camps in Borno state, north-east Nigeria, since 2015.

Nigeria: “They betrayed us”: Women who survived Boko Haram raped, starved and detained in Nigeria; Amnesty International report here.


Racism, sexism at English university

This video, about crimes of the nazi occupation of then Poland, now Ukraine says about itself:

Rape of Jewish women and slaughter of over 6,000 Jews. Lviv 1941

16 May 2016

Description at beginning of film.

This city is known by three names. Lviv (Ukrainian); pronounced as L’vil.

Lwow (Polish) pronounced L’vuf. L’vof Russian. Also called Lemburg by the Germans.

The pogrom against the Jews there may be associated by either of these names so it can be confusing.

Actions like this also happened in Kaunas, Lithuania, mostly perpetrated by [pro-nazi] Lithuanians.

One of the first films showing Jews forced to run to trenches to be shot was filmed by an off duty German sailor here in 1941. …

Music: Krzysztof Penderecki. “The Dream of Jacob”.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Warwick University suspends 11 students over racist and misogynistic ‘jokes’

ELEVEN male students at Warwick University have been suspended pending a disciplinary investigation after screenshots of a group chat showed that they joked about rape and used racist and anti-semitic slurs.

Three formal complaints were made to the university, with dozens of screenshots of the alleged remarks provided as evidence.

The screenshots from Facebook showed one chat member wrote: “Rape her friends too,” with another replying: “Sometimes it’s fun to just go wild and rape 100 girls.”

The conversation continued with: “Rape the whole flat to teach them all (a) lesson.”

Another message read: “What do we do with girls? RAAAAAAAAAPE.”

At one point, a user wrote: “Rape her in the street while everybody watches,” with another responding it “wouldn’t even be unfair.”

One chat participant then said: “Even the pakis?”

Further remarks included: “love Hitler, hate niggas and jews and Corbyn.”

Discussing racism, one user said: “Yeah racism is frowned upon at Warwick? Fucking bull.”

Others replied “EDL!” and “racism is class.”

The University of Warwick – a member of the elite Russell Group of universities – is ranked 11th in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.

A University of Warwick student union spokeswoman said: “The SU condemns the content of these messages, together with all forms of sexism, racism, anti-semitism, ableism and threats of violence, in the strongest possible terms.

“The SU has been supporting the victims and will continue to do so.

“We are also proactively co-operating with the university’s ongoing investigation and hope to see a conclusion as swiftly as possible.”

British Conservative accused of rape

This video from Britain says about itself:

Conservative MP’s chief of staff ‘raped woman’

12 December 2017

Tory MP’s chief of staff, 24, ‘called Parliamentary worker in her 20s a b***h as he repeatedly raped her in his boss’s office her before she fled shaking and crying through corridors of Westminster’.

A Conservative MP’s chief of staff raped a woman in his boss’s office after calling her a ‘b***h’ when she rebuffed his advances, a court has heard.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Tory MP’s chief of staff raped woman in parliamentary office, court hears

Wednesday 13th December 2017

Craig Mackinlay‘s aide Samuel Armstrong stands accused

TORY MP Craig Mackinlay’s chief of staff raped a woman twice in his boss’s parliamentary office after repeatedly calling her a “bitch” when she rejected his advances, a court heard yesterday.

Samuel Armstrong, 24, is alleged to have attacked the woman, who was working for him as an intern, after drinking with her in the Palace of Westminster.

The South Thanet MP’s aide is said to have taken advantage of his victim, who is in her twenties, when she fell asleep.

The court heard that the pair had been drinking in the Sports and Social Bar within the Houses of Parliament with two other people.

Later in the night, Mr Armstrong and the woman then went to Mr Mackinlay’s office, in the Norman Shaw building, where he played jazz music on a laptop.

They sat and talked on a three-seater sofa, where she fell asleep, jurors heard. He then began kissing and touching the woman before asking her back to his flat.

But when she said “no” several times, Mr Armstrong repeatedly called her a “bitch” before taking off her clothes and assaulting her.

Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC said the woman asked: “What are you doing?” To which Mr Armstrong allegedly replied: “This is what you want.”

Mr Heywood said he raped her twice, adding: “In doing so, he abused his role and his position.

“She, in distress, walked and ran through the corridors of Westminster, eventually finding and telling cleaning staff what had happened.

“He went out another way, using his pass and sending her messages, one of which suggested that he was concerned and that she contact him if she had ‘any issues’”.

Mr Armstrong, from Danbury in Essex, denies two counts of rape, one of sexual assault and one of assault by penetration on October 14 last year.

The court heard that the woman suffered a number of bruises and abrasions to her genitals, arms and mouth, which were consistent with, but do not prove, the allegations.

Mr Armstrong worked as a volunteer activist for the Conservative Party while at university before joining Mr Mackinlay’s staff when he was elected in 2015.

He was arrested at 5.39am on October 14 2016. …

The trial, which is expected to take two weeks, continues.

TORY aide Sam Armstrong, who is accused of raping a woman in his boss’s Westminster office has a “potentially huge” motivation to lie, a court heard yesterday: here.

Televangelist accused of human trafficking, rape

This video from the USA says about itself:

Televangelists: God Says We Need Another Private Jet!

16 January 2016

There’s an insane phenomenon called “prosperity gospel” where preachers tell their audiences to send them tons of money so they can live lives of luxury/private jets. Cenk Uygur, host of the The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“If you’ve ever wondered why some Christian preachers must hopscotch the globe in fancy private jets, it’s in part so that they don’t have to get on commercial planes with the “demon” common folk.

Preachers from the so-called “prosperity gospel” movement, Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis, tried to explain their controversial need for their followers to give up their hard-earned dollars so they can fly in luxury in an interview posted Wednesday.

Copeland then pointed out he could “scratch my flying itch” by riding around in his single-engine, open-cockpit plane.

“But we’re in soul business here,” he said. “We got a dying world around us. We got a dying nation around us. And we can’t even get there on an airline.””

Read more here.

From eNCA in South Africa:

Two women held for human trafficking

Wednesday 22 November 2017 – 6:24pm

PORT ELIZABETH – Two women have been arrested for allegedly recruiting girls for a Durban-based televangelist who stands accused of human trafficking and rape.

Some of the alleged victims are girls as young as 13.

The duo, aged 28 and 36, are alleged to have recruited the girls during church crusades around the country.

At the first bail hearing for the disgraced pastor, the Hawks chief investigating officer said recruiters would target vulnerable girls from poor homes with no father figures.

The women are expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s court on Friday.

A teacher at St Paul’s girls’ school, a prestigious private school in west London which has been at the centre of historical sexual abuse allegations, has resigned after being implicated in some of the claims: here.

British government jails raped African women

One Day Withous Us in Britain

By Elizabeth Tswana and Anna Cross in England:

Victims of rape treated with suspicion and scorn

Friday 17th February 2017

A Ugandan refugee and gang rape victim, Erioth Mwesigwa escaped to Britain. But the government locked her up in Yarl’s Wood. Elizabeth Tswana and Anna Cross tell her harrowing story

WE ARE the All African Women’s Group, a self-help group of women seeking asylum, based at the Crossroads Women’s Centre in London.

Once a fortnight, 90 to 100 women from different countries come together to discuss our legal cases, share experiences and support each other.

One of our members, Erioth Mwesigwa, a 59-year-old woman who suffered multiple gang rape by soldiers in Uganda, has been detained at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

Erioth has helped other women with their legal cases, spoken at public events and regularly attends our fortnightly meetings. Last Friday, guards came to her room in detention to take her to the airport but Erioth bravely refused to go.

Now the High Court has refused her claim and told her she has to go back to Uganda to appeal.

We cannot allow this. Erioth won’t survive and we refuse to allow anyone to be sent back to their death.

Erioth was targeted by soldiers because her husband was suspected of opposing former Ugandan president Milton Obote.

A family member who hid her in his house after she escaped from prison was subsequently killed.

She spent years in hiding in Uganda before she finally managed to escape to Britain and meet with her (now ex-) husband and family, who had already been granted refugee status. However, when Erioth asked for the same, she was refused.

Many of us in the All African Women’s Group are victims of rape and other torture.

We too have been in detention and threatened with removal.

A few of our members have been sent back to their country of origin and have suffered further rape and abuse.

It is the actions of governments like the British that fuel wars in Africa that make us flee in the first place.

We are forced to be refugees. Yet when we come here to get safety we are treated like beggars and scroungers.

The Home Office has accepted that Erioth is a victim of rape but they still want to deport her because the rape happened a long time ago.

We hear on the news every day how victims of abuse in this country have come out after so many years and are still scarred and traumatised.

Who would dare say to them that they should just get over it?

Erioth is clearly still very badly affected by what happened to her and has never had the support she needed to recover until she met us.

We have been in touch with Erioth every day since she was detained.

She said to us: “When I was in Uganda I had to spend all those years in hiding and fear that one day I will be found by the soldiers again.

“After all that, I have finally found a place where I feel safe with people who care about me. It has given me hope for my life. I do not have anyone who I can return to in Uganda. Here I have my family and friends who look after me.”

Women Against Rape, which is also supporting Erioth, has shown that 88 per cent of victims of rape and sexual violence are disbelieved when they claim asylum.

Even though it is well known that in some countries rape is widespread and used as a way of waging war on the community, when we arrive in Britain and say we have been raped, we are treated with suspicion and forced to prove in every little detail what we have been through.

We believe that Erioth should be able to stay in here and remain a part of our group.

Please join our protest and write to the Home Secretary to demand that Erioth is released from detention and given the right to stay.

Elizabeth Tswana and Anna Cross are member of the campaigning All African Women’s Group. You can join the protest against Erioth’s detention and removal as part of the One Day Without Us event on Monday February 20 outside the Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, Westminster, SW1P 4DF, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. For more information on the One Day Without Us visit

French police rape innocent youth

This 6 February 2017 French video is about a demonstration in Aulnay against the rape by policemen of Théo.

By Kumaran Ira in France:

Riots erupt after youth sexually assaulted by French police at Aulnay

7 February 2017

Riots broke out on Saturday evening in the poor housing estate in Aulnay-sous-Bois, in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, in protest against police brutality. Four officers have been charged with using excessive violence and raping an innocent 22-year-old, Théo, with a police baton.

The incident sparked popular outrage on Saturday and Sunday evening, with minor clashes and arson attacks on the sprawling Estate of the 3000. A car was set fire and bus shelters smashed. On Sunday, riot police were deployed and arrested at least five people.

The assault took place on Thursday afternoon, when four police officers arrived on the housing estate and began doing identity checks on the youths. During the operation, Théo was allegedly forced to the ground and beaten by police officers, one of whom assaulted Théo with a baton. Théo suffered anal injuries 10 centimeters in depth, requiring immediate surgery, as well as injuries to the head and face.

Yesterday, BFM TV released a recording in which Théo recounts his arrest and his barbaric assault by police.

Théo said, “He was looking at me, he was behind me but at an angle, so I saw what he was doing behind me. He took his baton and stuck it in my buttocks, voluntarily. As soon as he did that, I fell on my stomach, I had no more strength. Then he said, ‘hands on your back,’ I had to put my hands on my back, they handcuffed me and they told me to sit down. So I told them I couldn’t sit down, I don’t feel my buttocks anymore, so they put tear gas in my head, my mouth, they hit me on the head with a baton, and I had so much pain in my buttocks that this pain seemed temporary.”

“I had trouble walking, I was not myself. I thought I was going to die, I was walking but it was because they were holding me up,” he said.

Once he was inside the police vehicle, Théo reported, police beat him and insulted him, calling him a “dirty bitch.” It took them several hours to call an ambulance.

Théo said, “The medics turned me over, looked at the wound and said, that is very serious, the opening is at least 5 or 6 centimeters, we have to operate and as fast as possible… They said I had lost a lot of blood. … The baton injury in the buttocks they gave me, it marked me for life, it is something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, physically I am very diminished, I can’t move… I can’t sleep at night.”

Judicial sources say images show two police “trying to subdue” Théo, apparently as he intervened to try to protect one of his friends. “They quickly use tear gas. Their colleague is alone, he gets out his telescopic baton and strikes the individual’s legs, apparently trying to make him buckle at the knees.” The source added, “On the video, we see a blow from the telescopic baton, horizontally, at the victim. The blow pierces his underwear, we think this was what caused the injury.”

Initially, the public prosecutor’s office in Bobigny tried to cover up the police brutality, opening a judicial investigation simply for “violence.” It issued a statement declaring, “Police were carrying out identity checks on a dozen people after hearing characteristic cries from lookouts trying to protect drug dealers.” During this operation, they “tried to carry out the arrest of a 22-year old,” and “in the face of his resistance,” they “used tear gas and, in one case, a telescopic billy club.”

After video images on the Internet clearly revealed police brutality against Théo, Bruno Beschizza, the right-wing mayor of Aulnay-sous-Bois and a former police officer, was forced to condemn the violence. Calling the decision of the prosecutor’s office to open an investigation for violence and not for rape “a miscarriage of the truth,” he said that “police are there to protect and not to humiliate our fellow citizens.”

On Sunday, the investigating judge in charge of the case decided to prosecute the officer who used the telescopic baton for rape. The four officers, who deny the charges, have been suspended.

The savage and horrific assault on Théo is the product of many years during which police have been able to treat residents of working-class suburbs in France brutally, and with impunity. This only got worse when police were handed extraordinary powers under the terms of France’s effectively permanent state of emergency, which has been constantly extended since the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris. At the same time, the influence and political prestige of the neo-fascist National Front among police officers has continued to rise.

Aulnay is a devastated city, suffering from deplorable social conditions, particularly soaring unemployment. In recent years, it witnessed mass riots pitting police against the population, notably in 2005 and 2007.

This social crisis is the product of decades of reactionary policies conducted by successive governments of all political colorations. …

Each time police brutally attack youth in such neighborhoods, they enjoy state protection; charges against police have been dropped after evidence of police brutality was suppressed or covered up.

Last summer, 24-year-old Adama Traoré died in police custody after his arrest. His death triggered riots in his hometown, Beaumont-sur-Oise. Although autopsy reports revealed that Traoré died of asphyxia due to excessive police violence, authorities tried to cover up the fact and whitewash the killing. They limited protests by family and friends, citing the terms of the state of emergency.

Being raped, a ‘crime’ in Qatar

This video from the USA says about itself:

Woman Convicted Of Being Raped In Qatar

14 June 2016

A 22-year-old Dutch woman was raped while on vacation in Doha. She has been convicted of having sex outside of marriage. Ana Kasparian, Sam Shacher, Kenny Hamilton, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“A court in Qatar has convicted a Dutch woman of having sex outside marriage after she told police she was raped.

The 22-year-old was handed a suspended sentence and fined $824 (£580). She will also be deported.

Her lawyer said her drink had been spiked at a Doha hotel in March and she had woken up in a stranger’s flat, where she realised she had been raped.

Her alleged attacker, who said the sex was consensual, was sentenced to 100 lashes for having sex outside marriage. He will be given a further 40 lashes for consuming alcohol.

The woman has been detained since making the allegation three months ago, but her case only came to light over the weekend when her family decided to go public.”

Read more here.

The woman’s name is Laura. Read more here and here.

USA: THE SCARY BACKSTORY ON POLICE DEPARTMENTS’ ‘UNFOUNDED’ RAPE CASES “Across the country, some police departments claim a vast number of rape reports are false. A BuzzFeed News investigation into a year of “unfounded” rapes in Baltimore County reveals that detectives often don’t investigate them at all — even when the man had been arrested for rape before.” [BuzzFeed]