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A human rights scandal on the southern border
The Associated Press reported that US authorities have expelled or paroled 15,000 migrants – most of them Haitians – who gathered on the banks of the Rio Grande last week. According to federal agencies, more than 2,000 Haitians were expelled from the border on US government-chartered flights last week, while 5,000 were detained by the Department of Homeland Security. The remaining asylum seekers have either entered the United States on probation – which means they could eventually be deported – or retired to Mexico, where they are also with persecution from authorities.
Pictures showing Haitian migrants being chased and flogged on horseback by U.S. border police were released by Agence France-Presse on September 20. Sparks international outrage. Four days later, President Joe Biden’s special envoy to Haiti resigned in protest against the treatment of asylum seekers. VICE news and the Associated press highlighted the discriminatory effects of US border policies – and the authorities’ long, racist history of whipping black people on horseback.
Biden, the portrayed himself as a supporter of immigrant rights during his 2020 presidential campaign, called the border guards caught whipping Haitians “will pay”. But his government is currently appealing to a court assignment block the expulsion of migrants under Title 42, a federal law revived by former President Donald Trump at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. To According to CNBC, the Trump administration has expelled more than 440,000 migrants under Title 42, while the Biden administration has used the law to expel more than 690,000 migrants since taking office.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, warned that the use of Title 42 by the Biden government for the mass deportation of asylum seekers without screening for basic security needs could violate international law. The old one Rule of law non-refoulement prevents migrants from returning to places where they could face violence or persecution – such as Haiti, which is currently home to civilians facing Gang wars, kidnappings, murders, starvation and displacement.
Bloody crackdown by the military authorities in the occupied West Bank
Israeli forces killed five Palestinians in the occupied West Bank early Sunday, September 26, as part of an alleged crackdown on the Hamas armed group.
דיווחים פלסטינים על חילופי ירי בי כוחות צה”ל לחמושים פלסטינים הבוקר בכפרים בגזרת ג’נין כמו בוקוין םוקעוח דאןי רי םוכפוחי ו וקוין םוכפוחחי י י וכפוחי ו ווש םוכפוחחי ו ווש םוכפוחיו pic.twitter.com/EfGhGNzRmr
– Jack khoury. جاك خوري (@KhJacki) September 26, 2021
Al Jazeera reported that the five Palestinians – identified by Israeli forces as “Hamas agents” – were killed in shootings that broke out after Israeli forces raided Palestinian villages near Jenin and Jerusalem. the youngest The victim was 16-year-old Yousif Soboh.
The Palestinian Authority has sentenced the murders – the it called “Field executions” – as a “heinous crime”. Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the Israeli army is preparing for retaliatory rockets from Hamas fighters in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Last month the Israel Defense Forces did killed four Palestinians raided a refugee camp near Jenin in the occupied West Bank. The murders also take place amid widespread arrests campaign by Israeli authorities in the West Bank following a high profile jailbreak that freed six Palestinians from an Israeli maximum security prison.
A protest movement, a foiled military invasion and an attempted coup in Sudan
On September 21, the Sudanese authorities called they prevented “an orchestrated coup d’état” by agents linked to the former government of President Omar al-Bashir, which was overthrown by a coup during the Sudanese Revolution in 2019.
“Tensions between Sudan’s military and civilian politicians bottomed out on the Sunday after last week’s coup attempt, when senior officials urged the public to prepare for protests against the withdrawal of official security details,” said a Reuters analyst reported Sunday. “Worsening relations have put the fragile transition to a democratic civilian government into its most precarious position in the two years since the ousting of former President Omar al-Bashir.”
The Sudanese military also said on September 26 that it had repulsed a military invasion of Eastern Sudan by Ethiopian forces. An army spokesman called that Sudanese fighters forced the Ethiopians to withdraw from the disputed border region Umm Barakit. Diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Sudan have deteriorated in the last few months since conflict in the Tigray region has spread across the border and thousands of refugees and notes from dead bodies to East Sudan.
Meanwhile, the Sudanese Department of Energy said on September 25 that protesters switch off a pipeline that transports crude oil to the capital, Khartoum.
“Protesters from the Beja tribes in eastern Sudan have closed ports and blocked roads to protest what they describe as the poor political and economic situation in the region,” said Al Jazeera. reported from Khartoum.
A version of this article appeared in the e-print edition of Monday, September 27, 2021. Contact Suhail Gharaibeh at [email protected]