Daily Archives: September 17, 2016

Ukraine | State security as terrorist organization

State security service regional office in Odessa turned to be a center of terrorism. This conclusion of state security activity in Ukraine is based on data published by opposition media. As it known two years ago Ukrainian fascists organized massacre in Odessa. Since that time Odessans who lost the relatives carry out commemorative actions on the square Kulikovo Field near the place of mass death of people. Also traditionally unknown people call to police at the days of commemoration and report that the area, where activists gather, is mined. The police surround the area and do not allow holding a meeting near the Trade Unions Building where Odessa residents were killed. However every time the message on a mining of the area proves to be false. The police do not find any bombs. Under the Ukrainian laws the anonymous call by phone with the statement about a mining is considered a crime. Despite it the police still brought nobody charges.
Recently oppositional website “Timer” received an explanation of this riddle from the sources in the Odessa police. As the police officer who wished to remain anonymous reported, the police established long ago from where calls about a mining of the city square arrive. The staff of department of public safety of regional management of police established that calls about a mining of Kulikovo Field arrive from the telephone numbers registered in the building of State security regional office namely from department of protection of national statehood. Under the Ukrainian laws obviously untrue report on preparation of explosion is punished by restriction of freedom for a period of up to three years. However intelligence agencies in this country stand above the law.

Morocco: the suicide of Khadija Souidi, raped and tortured, reopens the debate on the impunity of aggressors

On Saturday, July 30, when she poured fuel on her head   and set herself on fire in the street, Khadija Souidi wanted to end the nightmare that she had endured for nearly a year. By her actions, she also wanted to send a message to her family and neighbours in Ben Guerir, an arid town located 70 km north of Marrakech. The message was received, but Khadija is not there to see it.

Russia | Dark Side of the “White Gold” of Uzbekistan

The Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR) supports the campaign against forced labor and persecution of human rights defenders in Uzbekistan. The country officials have created one of the largest public systems of forced labor, designed to ensure the production of cotton—the “white gold” of Uzbekistan.
Since the Soviet times Uzbek officials used to involve child labour in harvesting cotton. Three years ago, after long-standing pressure from trade unions, human rights activists and international institutions, the Uzbek government has agreed to renounce the use of child labor. This commitment is carried out to date. However, child labor was replaced by forced adult labor. Every year, thousands of doctors, teachers, state employees and students are picking cotton under the threat of dismissal from their jobs, eviction from their houses and hostels, expulsion from educational institutions, pressure on the family and other repression threats. Commercial companies are also receive orders for sending their employees to the cotton fields—and there is no way to refuse.
Trade unions and human rights organizations are campaigning to end this practice. Independent observers are documenting what is happening in the cotton fields, and then being harassed by the officials. The facts of repressions were documented in the report of the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights, published in March 2016 “The Cover Up: Whitewashing Uzbekistan’s White Gold.”
One of the human rights defenders Uktam Pardaev from the city of Jizzakh had been put in jail for eight weeks, where he was beaten and abused, and then was sentenced to three years’ probation. Right now the LabourStart portal is holding an electronic campaign in his defense.
The president of the KTR and a member of the Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights of Russian Federation Boris Kravchenko said: “Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR) fully supports the campaign against forced labor in Uzbekistan, and its demands to cease the persecution of human rights defenders documenting the situation in the cotton fields. For us it is a question of solidarity. But this is also the question of fundamental human rights, violation of which in one country of the region, especially such large-scale and systematic as in the case of Uzbek cotton, creates a dangerous precedent for every other country.”
Boris Kravchenko noted: “Only independent trade union organizations can effectively resist the system of forced labor and exploitation, but in Uzbekistan, their creation and activity are met insurmountable obstacles. The international community and financial institutions should be more attentive to the issue of compliance with the basic standards of labor rights and other human rights while implementating partnerships and investment programs in the country.”