World Popular Resistance Clippings 3/6/2013

M’pur widow takes ‘extrajudicial kiling’ issue to UNHRC, Geneva

Neena Ningombam, representing Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) and the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), Hong Kong has taken up the issue of extrajudicial killing at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNRC), Geneva. According to a press release issued by ALRC, Neena spoke about extrajudicial executions in India and South Asia in the context of the report filed by the UN special eapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to the council.

Delivering her speck during the 23rd session of the UNHRC, Neena stated that the Constitution of India guaranteed the right to life and fair trial of all citizens however she said she lost her husband to the state agencies after extrajudicial killing and branding him (husband) as “a terrorist”. She also raised the issue of the denial of state welfare schemes for widows as a consequence of the branding her husband as a terrorist.

Stating that she stood along with thousands of widows, whose loved ones were “extra-judicially executed, particularly in the North East and Kashmir of India, where, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958 (AFSPA) was in operation, Neena informed that following a petition filed at Supreme Court of India to probe into the 1528 cases of extrajudicial executions documented from Manipur, the apex Court appointed a high power commission that has revealed the systemic failure of the government to protect the “Right to Life.” Unfortunately, the commission’s report is not made available to the petitioners and the public.

We sincerely hope that the Court will release the report, the contents that we are entitled to know as the petitioners in the case, in furtherance to the UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions. Pertaining to the present report of the rapporteur, Neena also asked why the report did not touched upon the fact that the investigation of criminal cases in India was patently defective, primarily due to the inability of the crime investigating agencies to undertake credible and prompt investigations. She asked if the rapporteur informed by the government that the proper conduct of autopsies in cases of unlawful killings was impossible due to the lack of facilities in most government hospitals in the country.

Neena also wanted to know what follow-up actions have been taken to ensure that the rapporteur’s report to UNHRC was positively acted upon. Stating that similar conditions existed in other South Asian countries, where victims of extrajudicial execution were systematically denied justice, Neena said governments in these countries refused to admit that extrajudicial execution negated the fundamental premises of fair trial.

Unrest in Savar

At least 20 garment workers were injured in clashes with police who tried to clear a blockade on the Dhaka-Aricha highway in Savar on Monday. The workers had started the blockade demanding, among others, that their factories be reopened. Police later ‘cleared’ them off the road to resume traffic on the highway. Workers of three ‘Dynasty Group’ factories, now closed indefinitely, set up a blockade on the highway asking managements to reopen their factories and hike their wages, Industrial Police Sub Inspector Omar Faroque said.

Hundreds of workers of Dynasty Sweater (BD), Dynasty Knit Fashion and Millenium Sweater Limited blocked traffic on the highway in Aukhpara area around 10:00am causing long tailbacks, Savar Correspondent reported. Industrial Police and Savar Police tried to ‘talk’ them into lifting the blockade, witnesses said. When that failed, police resorted to a baton charge and the workers started pelting stones. SI Omar Faroque said one policeman was slightly hurt.

Traffic returned to normal after 11:00am. Workers say at least 20 of them were injured. Some of them, seeking anonymity, complained that authorities promised them wages on Monday, but police moved them away when they approached their factories. “Later we brought out a procession but police baton-charged us at the C&B bus-stand area. We pelted stones, police lobbed teargas shells.” However, police denied lobbing teargas shells. The three RMG units closed down indefinitely on May 28 in wake of relentless protests from workers. Some 3,500 workers work in these factories.

Garment workers stand in front of police officers during a protest at a factory in Kampong Speu province

Garment workers confront police officers during a protest in front of a factory in Kampong Speu province

Cambodian police break up Nike factory protest

PHNOM PENH: Cambodian riot police on Monday broke up a protest by several thousand workers at a factory making clothes for US sportswear giant Nike and arrested eight people, labour activists said. Unionists accused the security forces of using excessive force and intimidation to quell the demo — the latest in a series of outbreaks of worker unrest at factories producing goods for western brands. “The arrests are a threat to thousands of workers at the factory not to continue their protest… the situation is getting worse,” said Say Sokny, secretary general of the Free Trade Union (FTU).

The FTU said at least 10 people were injured in the incident at Sabrina Cambodia Garment Manufacturing in the southern province of Kampong Speu. The arrested demonstrators included seven of its members. Police said they were forced to intervene after protesters threw rocks at the factory and fighting broke out between two rival groups of workers. “We had to break them up in order to protect the factory,” said Kheng Tito, spokesman for the national military police, adding that 20 officers were injured by sticks and rocks thrown by demonstrators.

The incident followed violent scenes at the same factory last week when riot police allegedly used stun batons to disperse protesters. Protesters say this resulted in a pregnant woman suffering a miscarriage.



G8: GB police officers begin training for Fermanagh summit

A string of Police Service of Northern Ireland Land Rovers roar into view, lights blazing, sirens wailing. The unit screeches to a halt and officers in full riot gear start pouring out of the backs of the vehicles. Commands are shouted and responses are given in accents that are not local – neither is the location. Longmoor Training Camp is a Ministry of Defence facility in Hampshire in the south of England. The police officers, drawn from constabularies across the length and breadth of Britain, have come to be trained up in public order duties. In a few weeks time they will be on duty in Northern Ireland as mutual aid officers during the G8 summit in Fermanagh.

New skills

The training course has been devised and run by the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland). “All of these officers being trained have never worked with armoured vehicles before,” said the officer in charge of training, Ch Supt Kevin Dunwoody. “There are differences in PSNI tactics such as bringing police vehicles up into the front line. They’re also not used to wearing ballistic body armour and many of them are not used to working with the intermediate riot shield,” he said. Since April, more than 3,000 policemen and women have been trained for duty in Northern Ireland during the G8 summit later this month.

The training has taken place in Longmoor in Hampshire and at Catterick military base in Yorkshire. police training The G8 Summit will take place in Fermanagh on the 17-18 June 2013. Around 3,600 extra officers have been drafted in to support the PSNI. The officers have been trained in simple tasks such as how to quickly embark and disembark from an armoured police Land Rover in full riot kit, up to facing a hostile crowd throwing petrol bombs and how to react if a gunman is spotted amongst the rioters. Sgt Scott Hargreaves of Wiltshire police is responsible for training his own force in public order duties but says this course has taken it to another level.

“I’ve policed many of the bigger events in Britain such as the Notting Hill Carnival, some of the larger scale football matches but I volunteered for G8 duty to give me the experience of seeing how a different police force operates,” he said. “I think it’s important for us to receive this training particularly around some of the tactics which are new to us such as the water canon, the baton gunners and the armoured police vehicles.

‘Peaceful protest’

While the training draws heavily on lessons learned from public order policing in Northern Ireland over the past 30 years, the experience of officers in Britain has also influenced certain tactics. “G8 isn’t about high level rioting, a lot of it is about peaceful protest which we have a responsibility as a police service to facilitate,” said Supt Dunwoody. “We are learning as much from these officers who are coming over to Northern Ireland because of the experience they’ve got on peaceful protests.

For example they’ve done the environmental protests, they’ve policed animal rights campaigns”. The training has been about preparing for the worst while hoping for the best as Ch Supt Dunwoody explained. “It’s about giving them tactical options, it’s up to the commanders on the ground to decide which tactic they use,” he said. “It’s like working on an engine, if you’ve only got one spanner you won’t get too far. We’re giving them all the tools that they will need to deal with all the conditions they could possibly face.”


Crenshaw High Students To Protest Deadly-Officer Involved Shooting

CRENSHAW ( — Students at Crenshaw High School are planning to protest the fatal shooting of a classmate’s father who died after he was struck by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on May 18. Officials said Terry Laffitte was aggressive and aimed a weapon at them before the shooting occurred. His family insists he was complying with orders, on the ground, and unarmed.

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