• Torture, rape and slavery in Libya: why migrants must be able to leave this hell

    Rape, torture and slave labour are among the horrendous daily realities for people stuck in Libya who are desperately trying to escape war, persecution and poverty in African countries, according to a new report by Oxfam and Italian partners MEDU and Borderline Sicilia.

    The report features harrowing testimonies, gathered by Oxfam and its partners, from women and men who arrived in Sicily having made the dangerous crossing from Libya. Some revealed how gangs imprisoned them in underground cells, before calling their families to demand a ransom for their release. A teenager from Senegal told how he was kept in a cell which was full of dead bodies, before managing to escape. Others spoke of being regularly beaten and starved for months on end.

    Oxfam and its partners are calling on Italy and other European member states to stop pursuing migration policies that prevent people leaving Libya and the abuse they are suffering.

    158 testimonies, of 31 women and 127 men, gathered by Oxfam and MEDU in Sicily, paint a shocking picture of the conditions they endured in Libya:

    All but one woman said they had suffered from sexual violence
    74% of the refugees and other migrants said they had witnessed the murder and /or torture of a travelling companion
    84% said they had suffered inhuman or degrading treatment, extreme violence or torture in Libya
    80% said they had been regularly denied food and water during their stay in Libya
    70% said they had been tied up

    #torture #enlèvements #viols #Libye #asile #migrations #réfugiés #rapport

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  • #drogue et #jeux : la grande lessiveuse de la #mafia italienne passe par #Malte

    ‘Ndrangheta, #Cosa_Nostra, #Camorra… Les #Malta_Files, révélés par Mediapart et l’European Investigative Collaborations (EIC), documentent la place centrale occupée par la petite île de Malte dans le #blanchiment des activités criminelles de la mafia italienne. La force du système repose sur sa sûreté : aucun contrôle n’est imposé sur l’argent arrivant d’Italie.

    #International #Cocaïne #Corruption #EIC #enlèvements #‘Ndrangheta

  • #Mexique : « L’Etat est faible et ne contrôle plus grand-chose »

    Alors que depuis dix ans, plus de 27 000 personnes ont disparu et 160 000 personnes ont été assassinées, le chercheur #Edgardo_Buscaglia cerne les causes de la #violence qui frappe le Mexique et propose des solutions pour sortir de cette spirale infernale. Bien plus que d’une guerre contre le #narcotrafic, c’est « d’institutions démocratiques efficaces » qu’a besoin le Mexique.

    #International #Amérique_du_nord #démocratie #drogue #enlèvements #Enrique_Peña_Nieto #mafia #PAN #PRI

  • EDITORIAL: After year of futility, Japan needs new game plan for abduction talks with N. Korea - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

    One year has passed since North Korea set up a special committee to carry out a fresh investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by the country decades ago.

    Last autumn, North Korea said it would try to compile a report on the reinvestigation in a target timeframe of about one year.

    On July 2, however, Pyongyang told the Japanese government that it will “take awhile” before it can release the report.

    It is hard to believe that North Korea is making sincere efforts. The abductions are an egregious violation of human rights that can never be pardoned. We cannot help but feel strong indignation.

    The regime in Pyongyang should realize that there is no way it can improve its relations with Japan other than by swiftly producing a convincing report on the probe.

    There have been many baffling developments concerning the issue during the past year.

    In May last year, after the announcement of an agreement between Tokyo and Pyongyang about the steps toward establishing formal diplomatic relations between the two countries, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Japan and North Korea “shared the recognition that the first report on the reinvestigation would be made sometime between the end of summer and around early autumn” last year.

    Instead of the expected report, however, Pyongyang only informed Tokyo of a delay in the work, saying that the probe was “still in an early stage.”

    On July 3, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted that there had been no clear agreement between the two governments over the deadline for Pyongyang’s report. “There is no specific timeframe on which Japan and North Korea have agreed,” he said.

    Abe has been claiming that he has managed to get North Korea, which used to say the abduction issue had already been resolved, to start a reinvestigation. He has stressed that he has succeeded in “prying open the heavy door.”

    One year since the start of the reinvestigation, however, can he still claim that the heavy door has really been opened?

    Obviously, the primary blame for the current situation should be put on North Korea’s insincere handling of the matter.

    In reopening dialogue with the North, however, what kind of workable game plan for success did the Abe administration have? Why has this new round of negotiations been so unproductive?

    The administration should offer detailed explanations at least to the families of the abduction victims. The families have been yearning desperately to see their loved ones return home.

    With a combination of hope and anxiety, the families have been watching how the fresh investigation will turn out.

    Sakie Yokota, the mother of Megumi Yokota, who has become a symbol of the sufferings of the victims and their families, has described the past year as “the most fatiguing and trying period” of all.

    Japan’s political leadership has failed to offer any consolation, let alone good news, to the agonizing families of the abductees.

    #Corée_du_Nord #Japon #Enlèvements