François Crépeau a donné une entrevue à Michel Desautels à son émission « Desautels le dimanche » sur le décret anti-immigration et la situation des obligations internationales des États-Unis en matière des droits des réfugiés.
“It has been almost a week since a truck plowed through a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring dozens. In the following days, the city, the country — all of Europe — were gripped by the Continent-wide manhunt for the suspect, Anis Amri, who was shot and killed by the Italian police on Friday.
Certainly, sadness prevails in Berlin. At Breitscheidplatz, many have left flowers and candles. Some cry. “I just don’t get it,” said a man who lives nearby.
“We have helped so many. Why do they attack us?””
Out of the senseless violence of the past years, this sentence expresses what I fear most. Who are “they”? Probably Muslims. Daesh and its victims all put in the same bag, without distinctions. Just like, in the 30s and 40s, German Jews and North American citizens of Japanese origin were too often associated with the enemy and collectively considered suspicious. Just like gay men, in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, were often indiscriminately considered responsible for its dissemination. This is the most terrifying prospect of the populist onslaught: treating everyone with only one identity marker, thus seeing only a threatening throng, an unindividualised mass.
Amnesty International published yesterday a new report on the human rights violations linked to the EU hotspot system in Italy. The report demonstrates that a host of human rights violations are taking place in Italy, including excessive use of force by police, arbitrary detention and collective expulsions, and details serious allegations of torture and other forms of ill-treatment. The Italy-Sudan recent readmission agreement is also discussed in detail.
The full report is available here.
“In May, David Cameron announced that Britain would accept as many as 3,000 unaccompanied minors. James Brokenshire, immigration minister at the time, said Britain had “a moral duty to help”.
However, Home Office figures reveal that by mid-September, only 30 children had arrived under the scheme. The Home Office did not respond to queries over whether it intended to help lone child refugees once the Calais camp was destroyed.
On Monday President François Hollande is expected to visit Calais and confirm that the refugee camp will be demolished. Details emerged last week when refugee organisations were told that alternative accommodation elsewhere in France would be supplied for 9,000 adults and families.
However, because of a supposed lack of emergency capacity for unaccompanied minors, at least 850 children will be made homeless.”
The UK government being so reluctant to help children reunite with family in the UK and the French government using the misery of hundreds of children to force the hand of another government are disgraceful political behaviour. Housing isolated children and reuniting them with family members should be a priority of the first order for any politician concerned. And it should be done quickly.
To read the full article in The Guardian, please click here.
“According to France’s prime minister, Manuel Valls, the suit is part of “the enslavement of women.” In a newspaper interview, the mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, said: “The burkini is the uniform of extremist Islamism, not of the Muslim religion.”
These explanations may seem ludicrous, but Mr. Valls and Mr. Lisnard perfectly summed up the two contradictory public order rationales that European courts all the way up to the European Court of Human Rightsuse when dealing with Muslim women in religious garb. According to Europe’s highest court of human rights, Muslim women in head scarves and burqas are simultaneously victims, in need of a government savior, and aggressors, spreading extremism merely by appearing Muslim in public.”
From a human rights perspective, “ludicrous” is an understatement, but, in the present political context, it’ll take years before the ECtHR changes its case law. From an integration perspective, the ban is totally counterproductive: sales of burkinis have increased 200% since the first ban. Thank Heaven, the Canadian human rights policy and practice could inspire the French Republic: the RCMP will allow female Muslim officers to wear the hijab, after it allowed over twenty years ago male Sikh officers to wear the turban (the first such officer is now head of intelligence!)
To read the full Op-Ed in the NY Times, please click on the following link.