Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Diplomazia

Belarus. Punto della situazione. I tempi sono mutati. – Cnn.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-02.

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«Despite authorities in the US knowing the kind of misery Al-Ahmed lives with, he says “we have to be realistic.” He says that even countries like the US and UK, which bill themselves as human rights defenders, have to have a “pragmatic” relationship»

Il cuore della frase è qui racchiuso:

«US and UK, which bill themselves as human rights defenders».

Già. I liberal si sono autoniminati “difensori”, caratteristica che nessun altro stato al mondo loro riconosce, anzi, avversa. È una loro credenza, un loro utilitaristico dogma ideologico.

Non solo, per “human rights” essi intendono ciò che la loro visione ideologica considera essere tali, ma che il resto del mondo civile rigetta in toto.

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La storia ci fornisce molti esempi.

-Il 7 ottobre 1985 scoppiò il caso Sigonella. Terroristi islamici avevano sequestrato a nave da crociera. Gi egiziani convinsero i terroristi a scendere dalla nave, e li mise su di un aereo diretto in Tunisia. Il presidente Ronald Reagan dispose di  intercettare unilateralmente l’aereo: dalla portaerei USS Saratoga decollarono quattro F-14 Tomcat che affiancarono l’aereo poco sopra Malta e lo dirottarono a Sigonella. Immediatamente confluirono sulla pista 30 avieri VAM e 20 Carabinieri, di stanza all’aeroporto di Sigonella, circondando l’aereo, come da ordini ricevuti. Craxi non si mosse dalle sue posizioni: i reati erano stati commessi a bordo di una nave italiana, quindi in territorio italiano, e sarebbe stata l’Italia a decidere se e chi estradare. La crisi diplomatica tra Italia e Stati uniti si risolse poi lentamente.

– Nella notte del 15 aprile 1986 dalla base inglese di Lakenhealth si levarono in cielo 18 bombardieri F-111. Altri aerei decollarono da altre basi. Altri aerei decollarono da altre basi: i bombardieri Usa dovettero passare sopra Gibilterra, allungando di oltre 2.100 chilometri il loro tragitto, e furono così costretti a ricorrere a molti rifornimenti in volo. Furono lanciate oltre 60 tonnellate di bombe con lo scopo di uccidere Geddafi, che sfuggì perché Bettino Craxi lo aveva avvisato dell’imminente raid. Il destino di Craxi era segnato. Fecero fuori anche lui.

– Gli Stati Uniti del presidente George H. W. Bush invasero militarmente Panama nel dicembre 1989. L’allora capo del governo panamense, Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno, inizialmente supportato dalla CIA dagli anni cinquanta al 1986, fu catturato, portato a forza negli Stati Uniti, processato e condannato a 40 anni di carcere per violazione dei diritti umani.

– Nel 1991 una coalizione occidentale guidata dagli Stati Uniti invase l’Iraq. Il 20 marzo 2003 una seconda coalizione angloamericana, non appoggiata dai loro storici alleati in assenza di un chiaro e formale mandato dell’ONU, invase nuovamente l’Iraq, lo occupò militarmente: l’ex presidente iracheno fu catturato il 13 dicembre 2003 da soldati statunitensi in un villaggio nelle vicinanze di Tikrīt. Saddam Hussein fu quindi processato ed impiccato. «L’esecuzione di Saddam è sembrata come una vendetta»

– Il 2 maggio 2011 un commando americano irruppe ad Abbottabad, città del Pakistan, e per ordine diretto del presidente degli Stati Uniti Barack Obama assassinarono Osāma bin Muhammad bin ʿAwaḍ bin Lāden, noto come Osāma bin Lāden o Bin Lāden.

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– Londra, sparano ad attivista Black Lives Matter, gravissima

«La polizia di Londra esclude “per il momento” che l’incidente nel qual è stata gravemente ferita l’attivista di Black Lives Matter Sasha Johnson si tratti di un “attacco mirato”»

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Adesso cerchiamo di ragionare.

Nei decenni scorsi gli Stati Uniti non si son fatti scrupolo di usare la loro forza per ammazzare gli avversari politici.

Hanno calpestato chiunque nella difesa dei propri interessi, che lo denominano come difesa dei ‘diritti umani’.

Hanno dirottato aerei, condotto operazioni belliche in terra straniera senza nemmeno avvisarla, fomentato guerre sanguinose pur di assassinare il loro nemico.

Adesso si ergono a santerellini, e condannano il Belarius per aver arrestato sul proprio territorio una persona da loro ritenuta essere un terrorista.

È una stridente ipocrisia, che ne mina alle radici la credibilità, sempre che mai la avessero avuta.

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Ma i tempi sono mutati, e le parti stanno capovolgendosi.

«The arrest of a Belarusian activist has terrified dissidents all over the world»

«The chilling story of a Belarusian dissident being plucked from the sky while traveling on a passenger jet over the country’s airspace sent a message to other opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko: you’re not safe anywhere»

«Roman Protasevich was arrested in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, after Ryanair flight 4978 was diverted to land in the country following a “security alert.”»

«He is charged with “organizing mass riots and group actions that grossly violate public order,” from outside the country, via his Telegram channel»

«Three of the women who stood in opposition to Lukashenko disappeared»

«No one can feel safe in Europe»

È finito il tempo in cui l’occidente liberal faceva e sfaceva a piacer suo.

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The brazen arrest of a Belarusian activist has terrified dissidents all over the world. – CNN.

The chilling story of a Belarusian dissident being plucked from the sky while traveling on a passenger jet over the country’s airspace sent a message to other opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko: you’re not safe anywhere.

Roman Protasevich was arrested in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, after Ryanair flight 4978 was diverted to land in the country following a “security alert.” He is charged with “organizing mass riots and group actions that grossly violate public order,” from outside the country, via his Telegram channel.

He has confessed to the charges in a video which his supporters believe was made under duress.

Life has been difficult for Belarusian dissidents since last year’s elections, in which Lukashenko, often described as Europe’s last dictator, claimed to have won over 80% of the vote.

n the weeks that followed, mass protests took place across the country with many believing that the poll was rigged. Three of the women who stood in opposition to Lukashenko disappeared from sight or fled the country in fear for their lives after the election.

“No one can feel safe in Europe,” Franak Viacorka, an adviser to Svetlana Tikhanovksya, one of those opposition figures, told CNN earlier this week, speaking about the wider repercussions of Belarus’s forced downing of the Ryanair plane for the entire continent.

Speaking from exile in Lithuania, Viacorka said in a subsequent interview that even in Vilnius, he had received death threats and made to feel unsafe. “There are no limits for this regime. I have a special application which sends a signal to my friends and family if something happens to me.”

While skyjacking is in itself a very unusual act, this kind of transnational repression is increasingly common in a world where authoritarians are less afraid of consequences.

“What’s more common is states using the institutions of other states in order to get to people,” says Nate Schenkkan, co-author of Freedom House’s report, Out of Sight, Not Out of Reach: Understanding Transnational Repression. “Authoritarian states might label someone a terrorist at home then recruit local law officials to have them detained and deported,” he explains.

Schenkkan points to the case of Roohollah Zam, an Iranian activist who was lured from France to Iraq where he was subsequently kidnapped, taken to Iran and executed. “This case is important to note as he was also operating a Telegram channel which allowed him to have an influential voice while overseas. The regime didn’t like that.”

The report also highlights the case of Paul Rusesabagina, a high-profile critic of Rwandan president Paul Kagame. Rusesabagina’s family believes he was kidnapped from Dubai in August 2020.

Schenkkan’s report explains that Rwanda’s government claimed they had “achieved his return through ‘an international arrest warrant,’ only for the authorities in the United Arab Emirates to deny that they had cooperated in the return.” This was claimed, the report says, to add some legitimacy to the abduction.

Freedom House found that transnational repression is becoming a normal phenomenon, noting that many governments were using the same methods to attack their critics abroad. Those methods ranged from outright detention to online intimidation. Alarmingly, it concludes that the “consequences for transnational repression are currently insufficient to deter further abuse.”

These trends of copycat repression and insufficient consequences have not gone unnoticed by dissidents elsewhere. And for many, the case in Belarus has stoked further fears.

“With China and Russia arduously promoting authoritarianism, leaders have more confidence in committing human rights violations,” says Nathan Law, a Hong Kong human rights activist exiled in London. “I may now need to not only avoid going to countries where China has good relationships, but also taking planes flying over their territory,” he said, following the detention of Protasevich in Belarus.

“Freedom for Raman Pratasevich” (Protasevich) is written on a protest wagon in front of the Embassy of Belarus in Berlin, Germany, Monday, May 24, 2021.

Law is one of the six activists in exile that Hong Kong police have issued an arrest warrant for under its controversial national security law, which claims worldwide jurisdiction and allows for extradition to the Chinese mainland.

Why are the consequences so insufficient for egregious offenders? Tatyana Margolin, Eurasia director at Open Society Foundations, thinks it’s a cocktail of a rise in global authoritarianism and a growing indifference to those leaders from citizens of democratic nations.

“We can safely say that the authoritarian tide has moved across the world, including in the US under Trump’s presidency,” Margolin says, pointing to Donald Trump’s perceived love of strongmen in countries like Russia and Saudi Arabia.

“Citizens in the West are less bothered about the plight of migrants now, so are less compelled to have sympathy for people seeking refuge. This has led to immigration policies that make attaining refugee status harder and people easier to target,” she adds.

Trump’s friends in Russia and Saudi Arabia have been guilty of some of the worst examples of transnational repression in recent years.

The brazen behavior of the two Russian operatives believed to be behind the 2018 attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English town of Salisbury is a good indication of how much Moscow cares about the consequences of these actions. The pair gave an almost mocking interview to Russian state TV shortly after being identified as suspects in the nerve agent poisonings, making light-hearted claims about being cathedral enthusiasts who were only in the UK to visit the historic town. The mountain of evidence against them suggests otherwise.

Multiple Western nations, including the US, imposed sanctions on Russian companies and individuals, and expelled Russian diplomats in the wake of the Salisbury attack, though it’s unclear if these actions have cowed Moscow.

“I don’t think the words safety or security apply to anyone who is opposition in Russia,” says Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Russian opposition politician who has been poisoned twice in Moscow in five years, told CNN last year.

Vladimir Ashurkov, another opposition figure, says that the “situation with Roman Protasevich is probably every dissident’s nightmare.” Speaking from London, he adds that he has “no doubt that Russian security services are capable of conducting assassinations,” and expresses concern that Lukashenko “raised it to a new level with the usage of a hoax bomb” — a concern of many who fear that what one authoritarian leader gets away with, others emulate.

The most reported incident in recent years was probably the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey in 2018. Numerous reports have pointed the finger at the inner circle of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but no real action has been taken against Riyadh’s most powerful man.

Then-president Trump was criticized for ignoring CIA findings that bin Salman personally directed the murder.

Ali Al-Ahmed, a high-profile dissident based in Washington DC, says that he avoids traveling for fear of being “taken or killed.” “It happened to Jamal and it could happen to me,” he says, adding that traveling to other Arab countries is not an option because he fears being “captured and sold” back to the Saudi government.

Al-Ahmed also explains that even with the security that should come with living in the US, he is still subjected to intimidation online. “People accuse me of being a terrorist, presumably to make Americans nervous of me and to build a case for having me arrested and extradited.”

Despite authorities in the US knowing the kind of misery Al-Ahmed lives with, he says “we have to be realistic.” He says that even countries like the US and UK, which bill themselves as human rights defenders, have to have a “pragmatic” relationship with Saudi Arabia.

“If they gain something from placing sanctions on MBS, they will. If they need to maintain a relationship, they will make a load of noise but will put sanctions on lesser figures,” he adds.

What can be done to make Western governments care and act? For now, very little. The trend towards more inward-looking societies has existed for some time — and the coronavirus pandemic has done nothing to help.

“We are moving towards a state-centric world view which has resulted in migration policies that are more interested in national security than refugees,” explains Schenkkan.

This insular, nationalist thinking means it’s harder to make people care about things that happen to other people. Margolin believes that the Belarus arrest will be old news very soon.

“There is outrage across the world, but how long will it last? It will be replaced by another story and things in Belarus will go back to normal. The international community must stand with the people of Belarus and ensure that doesn’t happen,” she says.

The dire situation facing political dissidents living in exile is unlikely to improve soon. Until Western leaders make meaningful stands against countries like China, Saudi Arabia, Russia and many others, the benefits of capturing a political opponent for domestic reasons will outweigh the risk.

And, unfortunately for the people this most affects, that won’t happen while so many of the world’s largest democracies place human rights below economic or strategic interests with some of the most oppressive regimes on earth.

Pubblicato in: Diplomazia, Ong - Ngo, Russia

Russia. Arrestato Andrei Pivovarov, direttore della ong Open Russia, mentre fugge.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-01.

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«Andrei Pivovarov, direttore della ong Open Russia, una delle organizzazioni della galassia legata a Soros, è stato arrestato all’aeroporto Pulkovo di San Pietroburgo qualche giorno dopo lo scioglimento dell’organizzazione fondata dall’ex-oligarca Mikhail Khodorkovsky»

«Il direttore della Ong legata a Soros è stato costretto a scendere dall’aereo sul quale si era imbarcato e che era già pronto al decollo»

«Già nel 2017 la Procura generale aveva dichiarato “indesiderabili” tre organizzazioni finanziate dallo speculatore George Soros e a Open Russia: Otkrytaya Rossia, Open Russia Civic Movement e Institute of Modern Russia»

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Attenzione!!

Tutti gli articoli riportati sono stati pubblicati su media liberal occidentali

«The standards of the civilised world do not apply there.»

Con l’innata modestia e ritrosia, i liberal occidentali si auto definiscono “civilised world”, ossia quello che aveva invaso militarmente Panama prendersi Mr Noriega e portarselo negli Stati Uniti; che avevano dirottato un aereo egiziano a Sigonella per catturarne i passeggeri; che hanno mandato cacciabombardieri in Libia per assassinare Gheddafi; che hanno mandato un commando in Pakistan ad assassinare Bin Laden. Ma questi sono solo alcuni dei possibii esempi di cosa intendano i liberal per “civilised world”.

No, amici liberal, il mondo non condivide in nulla il vostro modo di pensare e di operare.

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Russian authorities detain head of opposition group Open Russia

The head of the now-defunct opposition group Open Russia said he was pulled off a plane and detained by police in St. Petersburg.

The head of Russian opposition group Open Russia, which said it ended operations last week, said he was pulled off an airliner and detained by police on Monday.

Andrei Pivovarov said his flight was taxiing for takeoff at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport when it was stopped and he was removed by authorities.

He said on Twitter that he was taken to the Investigative Committee offices on suspicion of running an “undesirable” organization. If he is convicted, he could be imprisoned for up to six years.

He was reportedly detained and transported to Krasnodar, a city in the south of Russia, following his interrogation, according to a statement circulated by his lawyer Elena Borodina.

The criminal case against him is being carried out by the Investigative Committee for Krasnodar Territory, the statement added.

What is Open Russia?

Open Russia is a political activist group critical of the Kremlin.

The group was financed by oil tycoon and opponent of President Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Khorodkovsky, who now lives in London after spending 10 years in prison. His sentence was widely seen as a punishment for challenging Putin’s rule.

In an attempt to protect Open Russia’s members from prosecution, Pivovarov announced he would cease the organization’s operations last week.

The group based in London was declared “undesirable” in 2017. Members in Russia formed a separate legal entity, albeit with the same name, to continue their activities and defend themselves from prosecution.

Crackdown against ‘undesirable’ groups

The Russian government passed a law in 2015 that made membership of an “undesirable” organization a criminal offense.

The designation has been used to ban about 30 groups. Several  German NGOs in Russia were deemed “undesirable” last week.

Russian authorities described the laws as a response to alleged outside efforts to undermine Russia. Critics have said the laws are part of the Kremlin’s efforts to snuff out dissent.

The federal government has intensified its crackdown in the lead-up to September’s parliamentary elections as the popularity of the main Kremlin-backed party, United Russia, has been falling.

Prominent Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny, was detained in January upon returning to Russia. The activist had been recovering in Germany after being poisoned by the Soviet-era Novichok nerve agent.

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Andrei Pivovarov: Kremlin critic pulled off plane, arrested

Pivovarov heads the Open Russia movement, which recently dissolved itself over fears its members would be punished under new laws.

Russian authorities have arrested a prominent opposition activist after he was hauled off a flight, and raided the homes of several others.

Andrei Pivovarov, the head of the Open Russia movement, was pulled off a Warsaw-bound plane at St Petersburg’s airport just before takeoff late on Monday.

Pivovarov’s team said police questioned him, searched his apartment and opened a criminal case against him on Tuesday for allegedly violating Russia’s legislation on “undesirable organisations”.

“These situations show us that they are afraid of us, and we are a majority,” Pivovarov’s Twitter account said.

The Krasnodar branch of the Investigative Committee, which probes major cases, said in a statement that Pivovarov had in August 2020 published materials in support of an “undesirable organisation”.

The statement also accused the activist of attempting to flee from investigators on Monday.

Pivovarov said he was going on vacation when he was arrested.

‘Unusual action’

Pivovarov’s removal from the plane came after authorities in Belarus on May 23 diverted a Ryanair flight heading from Greece to Lithuania to the capital, Minsk, and arrested a journalist on board.

Polish airline LOT, which operated Pivovarov’s flight, said the plane was taxiing when Russian air traffic control ordered the crew to return to the parking position.

“The pilot had to comply with this order as he was under Russian jurisdiction,” Polish news agency PAP quoted the company as saying.

Poland said it was looking into the issue.

“This is an unusual action because if the Russians wanted to detain this person they could have done so before boarding. The question is why it was done exactly at that moment,” Deputy Foreign Minister Piotr Wawrzyk told state broadcaster TVP.

“The standards of the civilised world do not apply there.”

Open Russia tagged as ‘undesirable’

Open Russia was financed by tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who moved to London after spending 10 years in prison in Russia on charges viewed by some as political revenge for challenging President Vladimir Putin’s rule.

Russia declared the group “undesirable” in 2017, effectively banning its activities.

Its allies in Russia continued their activism under a separate legal entity to try to protect themselves from prosecution.

But the group folded its activities in Russia last week to prevent its supporters from facing criminal prosecution as parliament prepares to adopt legislation that would increase criminal liability for anyone who cooperates with “undesirable organisations”.

Russia says the law is needed to protect its national security from external interference.

Police raids

Also on Tuesday, police raided a country home of opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov, a former lawmaker who has aspired to run for parliament in September.

At least two of his associates had their homes searched.

“I don’t know the formal reason for this,” Gudkov wrote on the Telegram social media platform. “But the real (reason) is clear.”

Gudkov’s father Gennady, also critical of the Kremlin, described the searches as “a special operation to eliminate Gudkov’s team”.

Authorities were yet to comment on the operation Gudkov said was under way.

Crackdown on dissent

The moves came as Russia appears to be cracking down on political opposition ahead of September’s parliamentary election.

Putin’s United Russia party has lost support recently as economic woes weigh.

The president’s leading political foe, Alexey Navalny, was arrested in January upon his return from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin – accusations that Russian officials reject.

He is serving a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for violating terms of a suspended sentence stemming from a 2014 embezzlement conviction that he denounces as politically motivated.

With Navalny in prison, prosecutors have asked a Moscow court to designate Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) and his network of regional offices as “extremist” groups.

In a parallel move, a bill approved by the lower house of the Russian parliament bars members, donors and supporters of “extremist” groups from seeking public office – a measure that would keep Navalny’s associates from running for parliament in September.

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Putin arresta il direttore di Open Russia mentre fugge: sgominata la rete di Soros

In Italia basterebbe una legge identica che impedisce ad entità finanziate dall’estero di agire come ‘onlus’ in Italia. Ricordatevi: la liberaldemocrazia non è democrazia, è il parco giochi dei miliardari che sono liberi di agire indisturbati in nome della ‘libertà’, che è sempre la loro, visto che la libertà si compra.

Andrei Pivovarov, direttore della ong Open Russia, una delle organizzazioni della galassia legata a Soros, è stato arrestato all’aeroporto Pulkovo di San Pietroburgo qualche giorno dopo lo scioglimento dell’organizzazione fondata dall’ex-oligarca Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Il direttore della Ong legata a Soros è stato costretto a scendere dall’aereo sul quale si era imbarcato e che era già pronto al decollo.

Nei giorni scorsi, lo stesso Pivarov – dopo l’entrata in vigore della legge che impedisce la candidatura alle elezioni di chiunque abbia lavorato o sostenuto organizzazioni considerate come estremiste e dell’inasprimento delle pene per chi collabora con le organizzazioni “indesiderabili” – aveva annunciato “l’annullamento dell’appartenenza di tutti i membri a Open Russia per evitare possibili persecuzioni”.

Già nel 2017 la Procura generale aveva dichiarato “indesiderabili” tre organizzazioni finanziate dallo speculatore George Soros e a Open Russia: Otkrytaya Rossia, Open Russia Civic Movement e Institute of Modern Russia.

Pubblicato in: Criminalità Organizzata, Devoluzione socialismo, Ong - Ngo, Unione Europea

Acquarius. Nessuno stato sembrerebbe disposto a concederle la bandiera.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-09-24.

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«Karline Kleijer, MSF’s Head of Emergencies, accused European leaders of using “abusive and vicious” tactics»

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Panama ha radiato dal proprio registro navale la nave Aquarius, una delle ultime che esercitano la tratta dei negri nelle acque del Mediterraneo.

Stando alle leggi ed ai trattati internazionali, ogni nave che solca i mari deve essere registrata presso una nazione, della quale poi batte la bandiera. In caso contrario è una semplice nave pirata. Non solo, anche l’attracco ai porti e tutte le operazioni di logistica navale le sono precluse: dai rifornimenti alla assunzione di marinai.

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Migranti: Panama ferma Aquarius. Ong, pressioni Italia

«SOS Méditerranée e Medici Senza Frontiere sono “sconvolte dall’annuncio dell’Autorità marittima di Panama di essere stata costretta a revocare l’iscrizione dell’Aquarius dal proprio registro navale sotto l’evidente pressione economica e politica delle autorità italiane. Questo provvedimento condanna centinaia di uomini, donne e bambini, alla disperata ricerca di sicurezza, ad annegare in mare e infligge un duro colpo alla missione umanitaria di Aquarius”. Così in una nota le due organizzazioni umanitarie.

SOS Mediterrannee e MSF chiedono all’Europa di permettere all’Aquarius di poter continuare ad operare nel Mediterraneo centrale e di far sapere alle autorità panamensi che “le minacce del governo italiano sono infondate o di garantire immediatamente una nuova bandiera per poter continuare a navigare”. E’ quanto chiedono le due Ong in una nota nella quale è riportata anche una dichiarazione di Karline Kleijer, responsabile delle emergenze per Msf. “I leader europei – afferma Kleijer – sembrano non avere scrupoli nell’attuare tattiche sempre più offensive e crudeli che servono i propri interessi politici a scapito delle vite umane. Negli ultimi due anni, i leader europei hanno affermato che le persone non dovrebbero morire in mare, ma allo stesso tempo hanno perseguito politiche pericolose e male informate che hanno portato a nuovi minimi la crisi umanitaria nel Mediterraneo centrale e in Libia. Questa tragedia deve finire, ma ciò può accadere solo se i governi dell’Ue permetteranno all’Aquarius e alle altre navi di ricerca e soccorso di continuare a fornire assistenza”.»

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I negrieri impediti a svolgere le loro consuete attività si dimostrano essere indignati e si appellano all’Unione Europea, che però non dispone di un registro navale.

Bene.

Vorrà dire che i santi patroni della tratta concederanno loro una bandiera sotto cui operare.

Sia più che certi che Frau Merkel e Mr Macron faranno a gara per avere l’onore di prendersi la Aquarius sotto la loro bandiera.

Notiamo anche il tono asettico con cui Bbc ne da notizia.


Bbc. 2018-09-24. The Aquarius: Migrant rescue ship has registration revoked

A rescue vessel operating in the central Mediterranean Sea has had its registration revoked, leaving its future operations in jeopardy.

When the Aquarius next docks, it will have to remove its Panama maritime flag and cannot set sail without a new one.

It is the last private rescue ship operating in the area used for crossings from Libya to Europe.

The charities who run the vessel accuse the Italian government of pressuring Panama into deflagging the Aquarius.

The two groups who lease it, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS Mediterranée, say they were notified of the decision by the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) on Saturday.

The authority is said to have described the ship as a “political problem” for the country’s government, and said Italian authorities had urged them to take “immediate action” against them, according to SOS Mediterranée.

Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who has previously described the aid boats as a “taxi service” for migrants, denies his country put pressure on Panama.

On Sunday, he tweeted he “didn’t even know” what prefix Panama has for telephone calls.

Mr Salvini has been a prominent figure in a public immigration crackdown in Italy since his government, a coalition between the right-wing League party and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, came to power in June.

He has frequently came into conflicts with rescue ship operators and last month was involved in a public stand-off about the disembarkation of 150 migrants on a coast guard ship on the island of Sicily.

According to United Nations, more than 1,700 migrants have died trying to cross to Europe in 2018.

The Aquarius has been operating in the area since February 2016, finding itself at the centre of diplomatic stand-offs in recent months over disembarkation.

It was under the flag of the Gibraltar Maritime Administration until August this year, when it was given “notice of removal” and re-registered with Panama.

The ship’s operators say they were notified of the new decision while on a current mission, and say they have 58 survivors on board from two boats they found in distress.

Once it docks, the vessel will now be de-flagged and will not be able to set sail again without being registered with a new maritime authority.

In a joint statement, the charities insisted they were in “full compliance” with maritime law and denounced the decision as condemning hundreds to death.

The statement asks for European governments to step-in to allow the vessel to continue its operations by either reassuring the Panamanian authorities or issuing it a new flag.