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nightslanternFebruary 26, 2021
concerned with the prevention of genocide
by j. b. gerald
graphics by j. maas
China: (see previous) The Parliament of the Netherlands has declared that the Uyghurs in Xinjiang are undergoing a "genocide." The non-binding motion manages to avoid directly confronting the government of China. Reuters reports a million detained in camps. Al-Jazeera reports 250,000 people of the region imprisoned since the government began its "Strike Hard Campaign against Violent Terrorism" in 2016; in the next two years the birthrate was halved. Both Canada and the Netherlands are currently supporting the Gambia's case alleging genocide against Myanmar/Burma at the International Court of Justice, for the treament of Rohingya peoples.
Partial sources: "Dutch parliament: China's treatment of Uighurs is genocide," Reuters staff, Feb. 25, 2021, Reuters; "Dutch parliament says China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide," Feb. 26, 2021, Al Jazeera.
February 23, 2021
China: The Canadian Parliament has voted to condemn China for genocide against Uyghur Muslims. As U.S. President Trump left office, his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared China's treatment of its Uyghurs, "genocide." President Biden's Secretary of State Anthony Blinken concurs. In Canada the Conservative Party brought the issue to a vote in Parliament. Liberal Prime Minister Trudeau's and his cabinet's abstention from the vote can be understood as careful of the law and wary of escalating points of difference between NATO countries and China. China does not admit to the allegations of genocide or consider its treatment of Uyghurs "genocide." The U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the declaration of a crime as "genocide" is for courts to decide. No court has declared China's actions against its Uyghur population "genocide." News of China's treatment of its Uyghur population in Xinjiang is amply revealed in the NATO press with articles and reports alleging numerous crimes against humanity. See previous. The CBC quotes Foreign Secretary Marc Garneau: "This investigation must be conducted by an international and independent body so that impartial experts can observe and report on the situation first-hand." All media accounts avoid openly stating that declaring China engaged in a "genocide" strengthens the position of those who wish to engage China militarily which would risk nuclear conflict. A difficulty with judgements by U.S. officials is that U.S. policy is unable to submit to objective international arbitration the allegations of genocide against its own policies. It has avoided an international standard of what genocide is by withdrawing from the Rome Statute and International Criminal Court. China as well doesn't subscribe to the Rome Statute and I.C.C.. The U.S. and Chinese ongoing refusals to submit to international law, in this instance leave us with an ongoing genocide warning for the Uyghurs of Xinjiang. By refusing I.C.C. jurisdiction, major powers weaken the force of the Genocide Convention. While Canada subscribes to the Rome Statute and International Criminal Court, the current Parliamentary vote is understood to have moral rather than legal effect. North America continues to remove the teeth of any application to its own genocidal policies. Canada avoids contemporary charges of genocide against its government's modus operandi which continues to endanger survival of First Peoples by delaying infrastructure improvements. Note: there should be further public definition of the term "genocide" which is used loosely in the media, and to economically motivated political effect and to initiate or support military actions which might better be dealt with by economic penalties. There is a difference in response required for the genocide by bullet of the Ukraine's Jewish and Polish populations under the Third Reich, and alleged forced Han-Uyghur intermarriage. Current allegations against China are not showing the immediate extermination of a entire people as one finds in the murder of Rohingya peoples in Myanmar and the forcing from their lives in Burma of close to a million people surviving or dying in camps in other countries - to deprive someone of their place in their country, to strip someone of their home, is a part of the process of killing them. NATO countries may have more affect in their protests of alleged genocides when histories of colonialsm and subjugation are subject to international law.
Partial sources: "Mike Pompeo declares China's treatment of Uighurs 'genocide', " Jan. 19, 2021, theguardian.com; "MPs vote to label China's persecution of Uighurs a genocide," Ryan Patrick Jones, feb. 22, 2021, CBC News; "Canada's parliament declares China's treatment of Uighurs 'genocide'," Feb. 22, 2021, BBC News; "Boris Johnson declines to match US on Uighur ‘genocide’ declaration," William Adkins, Jan. 20, 2021, Politico.
January 2, 2021
U.S.A.: Kings Bay Plowshares 7 background. Update: Carmen Trotta met the New Year in FCI Otisville, NY where he began a 14 month sentence December 14th (7.5 weeks already served). The incarceration keeps him from his work of thirty years at the Catholic Worker providing food to the homeless in New York's Bowery. Martha Hennessy met the New Year in FCI Danbury, CT where she began her 10 month sentence (7.5 weeks already served) on December 14th. Clare Grady reports to FCI Anderson West Virginia, February 10th to serve a 12 month 1 day sentence (she is considered to have served 3.5 months). Patrick O'Neill begins his 14 month sentence on January 14th (pretrial he's completed 7.5 weeks and according to a Kings Bay Plowshares press release). Mark Colville has served 15 months pretrial and is to be sentenced by the judge (Judge Lisa Godbey Wood) on February 19th. Fr. Steve Kelly was transported to Tacoma Washington to face other legal action for a probation violation. According to the Kings Bay Plowshares press release he has already served 33 months pretrial with behavior credits and this is longer than his sentence. Liz McAlister at 81, was sentenced (previous) to the 17 months she already served in prison pretrial; she met New Years with her family in Connecticut where she is restricted by three years of probation regulations from a 1983 Plowshares action in New York State. All these are sincere people of faith and nonviolent action. Catholicism has been able to mount some resistance as a faith to the unacceptable risk of nuclear war. Most of these activists spend their lives serving community. Their incarceration for protesting nuclear weapons has become illegal under international law: on October 24th Honduras ratified the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) which goes into effect January 22, 2021. The Treaty makes production, development, possession of nuclear weapons a crime. In not honoring the Treaty the nuclear powers are allowing themselves the option of nuclear wars. Yet it would be impossible to wage nuclear war without violating the Convention on Genocide. While the "omnicide" of nuclear war may not be adequately forbidden by the world's legal systems, a "genocide" of the victim racial, ethnic, religious or national group, of any country targeted in nuclear attack is clearly actionable.
Partial sources: "Carmen and Martha to report to Prison Monday December 14," Press release , December 10, 2020, Kings Bay Plowhares 7; "Carmen and Marth Report to Prison. Steve Kelly Being Moved," Press release, Dec. 15, 2020, Kings Bay Plowshares 7; "‘Ban the Bomb’ becomes international law, but U.S. doesn’t sign on," Henry Lowendorf, Dec. 22, 2020, People's World; "NATO Rejects New UN Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons, Defends Deterrent," Brendan Cole, Dec. 15, 2020, Newsweek.
2020 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)
at first posting in 2002 this bulletin board was for emergency protests, attempts to counter
genocide, anti-war information, which were suppressed in the media; my interest remains in
how a society is moved into what have become genocidal wars, and how people are able to
resist... it becomes a kind of history in motion and a way to counter enforced forgetfulness,
the lies that say these things never happened, or that there is nothing wrong with the murders
of hundreds of thousands of innocents in other countries, or the continuing move toward
eradication of the poor by death, in north america; this account is against forgetfulness. - jbg 2008
by john bart gerald
graphics by julie maas
guest contributions as noted
February 26, 2021