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  • Britain to Help Secure Tunisia-Libya Border

    British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Monday he is sending a training team of about 20 soldiers to Tunisia to help prevent people from crossing into the country illegally from neighboring Libya.Islamic State fighters have expanded their presenc…

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  • HOT PORT NEWS from GAC

    Change to immigration restrictions for crew changesMonday, February 29, 2016, Fujairah, UAEVessels coming from and going to ports in the following country’s port are now permitted to conduct crew changes through Port of Fujairah Immigration:”Iran”Iraq”…

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  • UN Official: International Human Rights Law Grossly Violated

    GENEVA-

    The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights warns that international human rights laws aimed at safeguarding the rights and dignity of human life, are increasingly being violated by states for short-term gain. Speaking at the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s 31st session in Geneva, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein said the perceived threats of terrorism and extremism are undermining fundamental principles of human rights.

    Al-Hussein calls the piecemeal dismantling of the international system of human rights law deeply alarming. He says this body of law, which was set up to ward off global threats, is being grossly violated by many states which pick and choose those parts that suit their political agendas.

    He says an increasing number of nations are reacting to the rise of violent extremism, the growing number of armed conflicts and mass exodus of people fleeing for safety by disregarding basic human rights principles.

    “Many leaders are pandering to a simplistic nationalism, which mirrors the simplified and destructive ‘us’ versus ‘them’ mind-set of the extremists, and fans a rising wind of prejudice and fear,” said Al-Hussein.

    The High Commissioner says both international human rights and international humanitarian laws are being shockingly violated with complete impunity in multiple conflicts. He highlights the five-year civil war in Syria where hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, hospitals and medical personnel purposely targeted and where starvation is being used as a deliberate, and forbidden weapon of war.

    He notes Syria is far from the only armed conflict where civilians are enduring frightful attacks. He names Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen as a few of the many other conflicts where attacks against civilians have become the norm.

    “Survivors, particularly the most vulnerable, are forced to flee, and become exposed to further violations�To keep building higher walls against the flight of these desperate people is an act of cruelty and a delusion,” he said.

    Though not mentioning them by name, High Commissioner Al-Hussein criticizes the growing number of European countries that are adopting restrictive policies against Syrian and other asylum seekers.

    He notes that after World War ll nations opened their doors to millions of displaced people. But today he says, instead of repeating this positive move, states are treating those fleeing conflict and persecution with hostility, disarray, and xenophobia.

    Source: Voice of America

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