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2018 suppressed news
concerned with the prevention of genocide
by j. b. gerald
graphics by j. maas
January 21, 2019 Côte d’Ivoire Manitoba Saskatchewan British Columbia
Côte d’Ivoire: Previous. Former President Laurent Gbagbo was acquitted of all charges (crimes against humanity) against him at International Criminal Court January 15, 2019. His co-defendant Charles Blé Goudé, former Youth Minister, was acquitted as well. In Côte d’Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo's wife Simone Gbagbo serving 20 years in-country for violences following the 2010 elections was given amnesty by Alassane Outarra who replaced Gbagbo as President through the use of force and French Troops. In the humiliation of leaders which seems to be a signature of Euro-American takeovers in African countries (one remembers the 2011 replacement of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya), at arrest April 11, 2011, Gbago's face was bruised and swollen, his son bleeding and beaten and his wife allegedly a victim of attempted rape by the troops who entered their bedroom. Outarra, supported by the World Bank, the U.S. where he received portions of his education, and France, attempted to use the World Court as a victor's court and have Gbago assume responsibility for the violences of armed struggle which brought Outarra to power. An Ivorian court has cleared the former first lady of crimes against humanity and war crimes rising from post 2011 election violence. While the Western media backed Outarra's bid for the presidency, the Supreme Court of Côte d’Ivoire had found Gbagbo the legitimate winner of the 2010 elections which is why he was overthrown by force of arms.Partial sources online: "Ivory Coast ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo granted amnesty," Aug. 7, 2018, BBC News; "Ivory Coast's Gbagbo cleared of war crimes, may return to politics," Stephanie van den Berg, Ange Aboa, Jan. 15, 2019, Reuters; "Cote d’Ivoire: Acquittal of Gbagbo and Blé Goudé a crushing disappointment to victims of post-election violence," January 15, 2019, Amnesty International
Winnipeg Manitoba: on January 17th at Winnipeg’s St. Boniface Hospital, a two day old infant was taken from her Indigenous mother despite the mother's and the baby's family's protests. The child was placed in a child carry seat by police and removed under the authority of the Winnipeg Child and Family Services despite the mother's claims that a member of her family was ready to assume guardianship. Under current law the authorities were allowed to take the child because someone said the mother was drunk when she went to the hospital to give birth. The mother and family's acquiescence, though unwilling, may be attributed to the frequency of taking away Indigenous children at birth. If provably a practice federal or international court could recognize the act as a violation of the Convention on Genocide Article II, e. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.. Partial sources online: "‘Blindsided:’ Manitoba officials seize newborn from mother in hospital," Ashley Brandson, APTN News Jan.12, 2019, National News [access:< https://aptnnews.ca/2019/01/12/blindsided-manitoba-officials-seize-newborn-from-mother-in-hospital/ >]; "First Nations family 'blindsided' by how child services takes newborn from mom, posts video to call for change," Sarah Petz, Jan.11, 2019, CBC News.
Saskatoon Saskatchewan: Previous. According to RT Canadian Senator Yvonne Blyer has claimed that Indigenous women are suffering tubal ligation across Canada, particularly in Saskatoon, and has requested an investigation. A previous report by Dr. Yvonne Boyer & Dr. Judith Bartlett deals in depth with the issue in Saskatoon, noting that "Most of the women did not understand that tubal ligation was permanent, thinking it was a form of birth control that could be reversed in the future." Genocide warning. According to The Washington Post due to coerced or forced sterilizations as many as 62 Indigenous women are currently engaged in a suit against Canada, Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon Health Region, and various medical professionals. Partial sources online: "Indigenous Canadian women still being forcibly sterilized, claims senator," Nov. 12, 2018, rt.com; "External Review: Tubal Ligation in the Saskatoon Health Region: The Lived Experience of Aboriginal Women," Dr. Yvonne Boyer & Dr. Judith Bartlett, July 22, 2017, Discharge Abstract Database (DAD); "End forced sterilizations of Indigenous women in Canada," Nickita Longman, Dec. 4, 2018 The Washington Post.
British Columbia: on January 15th, at the Supreme Court of British Columbia, two First Nations have claimed that three hydro electric projects, the Site C Dam, the Bennett Dam and Peace Canyon Dam, infringe on their rights. The dams would flood traditional territory belonging to the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations. Their injunction against construction of the Site C dam is to be reviewed. They request the Site C Dam approval by Federal and Provincial governments, which has overtly infringed on Indigenous rights, be overturned. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has ordered the construction of the Site C. Dam be stopped until "free and informed consent" of the Indigenous people is assured and expects response by April 8th (see previous). One First Nations perspective is that the government is proceeding with cultural genocide. The government previously ignored a reporting deadline last August 2018, and the government's continuing delay shows bad faith. Partial sources online: "First Nations File Civil Action Against Site C, Citing Treaty 8 Infringement," Carol Linnett, Jan. 16, 2018, Narwhal; "United Nations instructs Canada to suspend Site C dam construction over Indigenous rights violations," Sarah Cox, Jan. 9, 2019, The Narwhal.
January 12, 2019
U.S.: "Updates: some U.S. political prisoners January 2019," by J. B. Gerald
Canada: Update. Mahmoud Jaballah, a refugee in Canada was detained in 1999 under a Canadian Security Certificate, a mechanism which placed him in prison under threat of deportation. The government's security agency alleged he was a member of an organization linked to Al-Qaeda. The evidence was dismissed by a judge as unreasonable. The government tried again in 2001 with additional secret evidence. In 2007 the Supreme Court found the secret security certificate process too unjust and demanded cosmetic additional legal procedure be added to it, so a third security certificate was applied to Mahmoud Jaballah in 2008. In May 2016 Federal Court Judge Dolores Hansen found "I conclude that the security certificate filed by the minister is not reasonable and will be set aside." The Federal Appeals Court supported her decision. On November 28, 2018 Mahmoud Jaballah filed a suit at the Ontario Superior Court asking for 37.4 million dollars to cover the damages to his wife, himself and their six children, not only for ruining his life and his suffering in prison but for the continual threat of deportation and the effects of all this on his family.Partial sources online: "Court finds designation of Egyptian man as security threat unreasonable," The Canadian Press, May 24, 2016, MacLeans; "After 17-year deportation fight over alleged terrorism ties, Toronto man sues federal government for $34M," Brian Platt, Jan. 4, 2019, National Post.
January 4, 2019
Canada: "Updates: some Canadian political prisoners January 2019," by J. B. Gerald
2018 suppressed news
A branch that comes from violence will not take root;
for a blighted root is on sheer rock, like reeds by the
banks of a river, which are dried up before any grass; but
kindness, like eternity, will never be cut off, and faithfulness
will be established forever - from Ben Sira
(Dead Sea Scrolls Bible, Abegg et al)
This account is against forgetfulness.
by john bart gerald
graphics by julie maas
guest contributions as noted
January 21, 2019