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Eritrea: Peace deal prompts hope of internal reforms, to improve fundamental human rights (19.09.2018)

The peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia has raised hopes that improving human rights will be front and centre on Eritrea’s path forward, according to a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Tuesday.

DAKAR, Senegal, September 19, 2018 -On 9 July, leaders of both countries signed a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship, raising expectations that the end of the “no war, no peace” stalemate between them, would positively impact Eritrea’s internal human rights situation.

The thaw in relations between the neighbouring countries, who fought a bloody, unresolved war in the late 1990s, began earnestly in June, when Ethiopia’s newly-elected leader, Abiy Ahmed, made peace overtures to his counterpart.

Eritrean authorities must urgently embrace and implement bold measures to strengthen protection of and respect for human rights, justice and accountability – UN Rapporteur

Yet, repression reportedly continues within Eritrea.

“During the past 17 years, the Government of Eritrea has maintained tight control over the country, stifling any form of public debate and participation,” said Sheila B. Keetharuth, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea.

Eleven government officials who had criticised the President in an open letter, along with 10 independent journalists, were arrested in 2001 – silencing public political discourse an

“I have received reports that the former Minister of Finance,” Ms. Keetharuth continued, “who recently wrote two books on the current state of affairs in the country, including the rule of law, has been arrested in Asmara during the morning of 17 September.”

If confirmed, the arrest, on the eve of the 2001 clampdown anniversary, would question the will for genuine reform, “especially regarding respect for fundamental rights and freedoms,” the expert asserted.

According to Ms. Keetharuth, while comprehensive domestic reforms would be required for a free, fair, democratic society with all human rights entitlements, the Government can take immediate action towards that end in three concrete, urgent areas.

Firstly, the families of prisoners who have disappeared in Eritrean jails should be informed about the fate of their loved ones. Secondly, implementing the 1997 Constitution would provide a natural basis for a national legal framework and a society governed by the rule of law. And thirdly, the Government could inform new military conscripts that they would not have to serve beyond the 18 months stipulated by Eritrean law.

“The achievement of peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia must be duly celebrated,” stated Ms. Keetharuth. “However, Eritrean authorities must urgently embrace and implement bold measures to strengthen protection of and respect for human rights, justice and accountability,” she concluded.

Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The unpaid positions are honorary, and independent from any government or organization.

 

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Har Regjeringen vurdert «Mafiaparagrafen» mot gjenger? – Før man gjør uskyldige skyldige!

Jommen sa jeg smør. Det er av og til jeg lurer på om det går uvitenhet der ute. Om det er noen særskilte fenomen som går under radaren. Ettersom den Blå-Blå Regjeringen med Justisminister Tor Mikkel Wara vurdere gjengforbud, men hva da med mafiaparagrafen, den som ble lagt til i 2003 til allerede gjeldene lover i den Almindelige Borgerlig Straffelov §60a som sier:

«§ 60 a. Dersom en straffbar handling er utøvet som ledd i aktivitetene til en organisert kriminell gruppe, forhøyes maksimumsstraffen i straffebudet til det dobbelte, likevel ikke med mer enn 5 års fengsel. Med organisert kriminell gruppe menes et samarbeid mellom tre eller flere personer som har som et hovedformål å begå en handling som kan straffes med fengsel i minst 3 år, eller som går ut på at en ikke ubetydelig del av aktivitetene består i å begå slike handlinger. Forhøyelse av maksimumsstraffen etter bestemmelsen her får anvendelse i forhold til lovbestemmelser som tillegger strafferammen rettslig virkning, hvis ikke annet er bestemt» (Almindelige Borgerlig Straffelov, Tilføyd ved lov 4 juli 2003 nr. 78, endret ved lov 21 juni 2013 nr. 85 (ikr. 21 juni 2013 iflg. res. 21 juni 2013 nr. 687).

I og med vi har dette lovverket, har justisministeren glemt denne detaljen, den delen av lovverket som gjelder dette? At vi har allerede rammer og straffemålinger som forby visse former for aktivitet, eller er dette en myte for vedkommende som sitter med makt til å utforme lovgiving?

«Det kan bli det, men det er ikke sånn at man skriver det i loven. Det er alltid en domstolsprosess som leder frem til hva som er å anse som en kriminell organisasjon. Hvis hovedformålet er kriminell virksomhet, vil medlemskapet i den også være det, sier Wara.» (VG, 19.09.2018).

En domstolsprosess vil jo følge de lover og regler som er per dags dato også annen rettspraksis etter høve. Derfor, er det underlig at justisministeren ikke vil skrive det inn i lover. Det burde være lovregulert hva som anses som gjenger, løsgjengeri og mafia virksomhet, ettersom kriminelle handlinger er også definert i straffeloven og deretter satt straff ettersom de brudd man har gjort mot disse. Dette er jo en enkel tese, der en skal anse muligheter for innskrenke personers omgangskrets, uten å måtte bruke lover eller retningslinjer for dette. Ja, jeg er imot kriminalitet, men å være i nærheten av kriminelle gjør det ikke til kriminell de jure, de facto gjør du muligens uskyldige slektninger og venner av de kriminelle.

Mafiaparagrafen viser til det som justisministeren ber om, bare at en vil gjøre assossiasjoner med kriminelle organisasjoner forbudt. Dette er da, om man er med i Hells Angels, da bør man bli straffet, fordi motorsykkelklubben og gjengen er kjent for å importere og selge dop? Stemmer ikke det, eller er bare den kriminelle delen av Hells Angels som justisministeren tenker å ta?

Man, trenger ikke å innskrenke lovverket, da vil man gjøre flere kriminelle, enn de facto faktisk er. Ettersom man gir staten mer rett til innskrenke og derfra også ta folks muligheter. Da vil man kunne etterse politiske partier som tar imot direkte korrupsjon for å gi konsesjoner og da burde disse også sees på som kriminelle organisasjoner som brukes i embetet til å berike seg på folks og statens ressurser. Dette har kanskje ikke justisministeren tenkt på, ettersom han jakter Young Bloods, men bør også dra opp i dragsuget all annen hvitvasking og bestikkelser som skjer bak lukkede dører.

Dette kunne han ha gjort, om det var en reell bruk av mafiaparagrafen for å sikte og bevise de udåder som blir gjort. Ikke bare stikke under stol og finne andre skyldige. Der en tar de som er tilknyttet og bekjente av gjengmedlemmer, å muligens gjør dem kriminelle. Da har man ikke gjort en direkte handling, man har ikke gjort det kriminelle, men bare vært i nærheten av kriminelle. Dermed er en skyldig før en kan bevise sin uskyld. Noe som burde være betent for alle og enhver.

Referanse:

Oda Leraan Skjetne, Bjørnar Tommelstad, Ronny Berg og Lone Lohne – ‘Regjeringen vurderer gjengforbud og strengere straffer for kriminelle ungdommer’ 19.09.2018 link: https://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/i/3jbXBv/regjeringen-vurderer-gjengforbud-og-strengere-straffer-for-kriminelle-ungdommer

Bobi Wine is on the way home: But he isn’t really free!

Today’s statement from the Uganda Police Force (UPF) on the new Guidelines for his return tomorrow from medical treatment after the torture post Arua By-Election. Proves my point, that as long as you’re are a stark contrast and even a dissident of the National Resistance Movement (NRM). Your freedom is equally limited because of your choice of political affiliation. By these means, the Police will only be allowed to meet with his family at Entebbe Airport and no one else.

This just proves how measured and controlled society is, as the Public Order Management Act, the Anti-Besigye Act is now used against Bobi Wine too. As the People Power are supposed to oppressed and silenced on his return. This just proves that and to what extent, as gatherings or assembling to celebrate, to walk in processions or even wish him welcome are forbidden by the authorities. They just have to silence the people, because that fits the paradigm of Bosco and Boscoites.

We know by now if the NRM or Bosco actually was travelling anywhere, it wouldn’t be with notification or even consideration of the laws applying to the opposition. They can just do whatever that fits and fill the forms later. That is what happened during the run-up to the General Election 2016. Therefore, the composed guidelines doesn’t apply to the government itself, only its dissident citizens whose not following the scheduled programming.

Robert Kyagulanyi will most likely be whisked away, maybe even in that famous black-van by the authorities, as they will be heavy armour and mambas on the streets. There will be like an occupation between Kasangati and Entebbe Airport. You would be thinking the greatest mass-murderer ever to grace planet earth was popping by for some quality matooke. However, it is just the return of Bobi Wine. Kamwokya and other parts of Kampala will also be under siege tomorrow. As the newsreels of arrest and possible house-arrest have been revealed to the public.

When coming back, he will again be tormented and even get the Besigye treatment of being transported between Police Stations and suddenly dropped of home at night for no other reason, that he is torn in the flesh of Bosco. Because Bosco cannot pay him off or silence his defiance against him.

Key words in the guidelines to Bobi Wine: “2.He will be availed security from the airport to his home” (UPF, 19.09.2018). That they will escort his dissident remains to his home and let him out of the public domain as much as possible and if that creates issues. They have the rights to arrest him, because the Police cannot be able to contain the public support of the MP. That is why they have banned all public display and welcoming gestures, as they wished these same sentiments would be every time Bosco leaves for shopping in Khartoum or Nairobi. Alas, that is not the case.

So because of this, we know that when Bobi Wine returns, he isn’t really free. That is anticipated and he should be aware as well, because he is now under the same line of fire as Besigye have been since leaving the NRM. Bobi Wine never left NRM, but he is a fresh torn and a problem for the President as his surge of popularity. Therefore, they will do what they have to contain him and also silence his support. To what level will show tomorrow, but we are not surprised if he enters the tarmac and is whisked away to an undisclosed location by the authorities. Peace.

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President Kenyatta wants to overtax the public to cover the deficit [which is half] of the budget

President Uhuru recommends revision of mobile phone transaction excise duty to 20% from 10%, bank transaction 20% & phone, internet costs 15%” (K24 TV, 18.09.2018).

When seeing the new planned taxes from the Jubilee, this meaning the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. It all makes sense, as the new budget as explained underneath is really special. As the graft-ridden, debt-raising government under these fellas are continuing, even as the state is payer bigger and bigger slice of the budget to repay old debts. That is why austerity and ensuring a proper would be priority, however, the Jubilee are really planning an overkill. That is why the explained issue is very clear!

If adopted by the MPs on Thursday – during the second special sitting, the budget will reduce to Sh2.971 trillion as the government fights to bridge the huge deficit because it is only able to raise about Sh1.6 trillion” (Daily Nation, 18.09.2018).

When the Daily Nation calls it a huge deficit, it is half of the budget. It is actually over half of the budget that is a deficit. These funds has to found somewhere, if they are printing money to fill this gap, than the Kenyan Shilling will loose value and soon be valued less than the Ugandan Shilling. That is something Kenyatta doesn’t want to spoil his legacy. If this means more debt, than he he continuing an evil circle of renewing old debt, while adding new debt to pay for the deficit. This shortfall will not be covered by these taxes proposed in the Finance Bill. As these will also ensure that people are closing off from the Mobile Money, using banking less and also later less online.

The Kenyan Government instead of adding growth, they will actually tax themselves into recession and even depression. As the lack of currency will appear, as the monetary system in the way of taxing transactions and mobile money, will discourage people and make life in general really expensive for paying for needed services. They will find other informal ways of doing it or even more in cash, as they will save paying the added fees. People are made like this and the Safaricom M-Pesa will be hit, just like Mobile Money was hit in Uganda earlier this year.

Kenyatta should have learned from that experience, as the Mobile Money and Transaction Tax will hurt the citizens and also ensure that the poorest will find other ways to pay their bills. As they cannot afford and will use other ways of getting the things they needs. Therefore, if the Jubilee government did their due diligence, they would explain these taxes. Instead, they are unleashing them without paperwork. That means they are just to cover the shortfall, but not by finding ways of creating wealth, but taxing everyone. Hoping the funds will magically appear and find ways to pay old debts.

If Kenyatta could print money and just pay the creditors off, that seems like his dream. However, he knows that is a bad idea. Instead, he picks to overtax and kill the economy, as the transactions and movement of money will be costly, this will constrain the public and not create development. Certainly, this will backfire. But at what level is what known, but if the deficit of bewilderment wasn’t bad enough. The overtaxing of the citizens will really put the public over the barrel. Peace.

Is Museveni afraid of Bobi Wine? The Quack is Staying home instead of leaving for UNGA!

Similarly, a political leader must diagnose correctly the ills of society. A doctor who does not diagnose his patient’s disease adequately is nothing but a quack. In politics we have also got quacks – and Uganda has had a lot of political quacks over the past two decades or so.” Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on the 26th January 1986 – ‘Mere Change of Guard’.

Certainly, the ones who doesn’t get it, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is a quack, as he is Exellency and the Fountain of Honor. The 1986 rhetoric are really backfiring today, as he hasn’t shown the character, as he still promises the same remedies or simplification of problems as he did when he took power. The President still thinks that settles the score and proves that the ultimate quack is himself.

Well, this here isn’t about his lying self, this about that he is staying home. Not because he wants to save money and buy shoes for the population. Neither, is there more important tasks back home. As he has no trouble leaving for Addis Ababa or Khartoum, whenever he pleases, even Nairobi or Dodoma. Therefore, there are other reasons. I will first put the official line, which we all know isn’t true, because the political reality isn’t there. Just take a look!

President Museveni has elected not to attend the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that gets underway in New York today, according to highly-placed diplomatic sources” (…) “State House said the President has other “more important” issues to attend to while according to Foreign Affairs ministry, Mr Museveni tabled his decision for a Cabinet discussion two months ago. The President told Cabinet it was pointless to travel to New York when he was going to address the assembly for only 15 minutes. It is also costly in a way that each time he travels, he is accompanied by a big delegation. Cabinet endorsed the decision and the records are there,” State International Affairs Minister Okello-Oryem told Daily Monitor last Saturday” (Frederic Musisi – ‘Museveni skips UN General Assembly’ 18.09.2018 link: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Museveni-skips-UN-General-Assembly/688334-4764512-fob5my/index.html).

The most important issue is that Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine is returning this week after a media frenzy in the United States, where he also gotten needed medical treatment after the Post-Arua By-Election torture. Which gave him a battering and hurt him for over 2 weeks between 14th August 2018 and when he was able to leave early September, after being blocked once by the authorities at Entebbe.

However, President Museveni has become a writer and steady speaker, because Bobi Wine can enlighten and put a spark on the youth in the ghettos. In a way that Museveni haven’t been able for years. As Museveni needs to pay Bebe Cool and Jose Chameleone to get crowds like he did before the elections in 2016. Bobi Wine can just show-up or even go door-to-door and get positive response. That is because, he speaks like the generation and the ones who has only seen Museveni as the President. The ones that never saw Yusuf Lule, Tito Okello, Milton Obote or even Idi Amin. Therefore, Museveni are struggling, he cannot manage to beat that and the message of Bobi Wine.

Even if the ironies, is that the peasant message of Museveni in the 1980s isn’t far off what People’s Power is today in 2018. However, Museveni is a self-serving beast at this point and not eager to deliver anything else than wealth to the clan. The rest can just go amuse themselves in poverty. That is why he delivers breadcrumbs in the ghettos now, but didn’t do much for the three decades ruling. If he did, the UPDF wouldn’t go there last year to kill army-worms.

That is why Museveni is scared, because he knows he is a quack and failed. He knows that he is the big-man, His Excellency and President of three decades. That just continues to linger and has trouble with the kid who was 4 years old when he grabbed power. It is magical and sad at the same time.

That the man who blamed Obote for everything are delivering the same sort of nonsense and lack of development. On top of that, always asking for more time. While he trouble with a youngin’ who comes from the utter poverty and risen to the stratosphere. Someone he cannot control and speaks of the similar message as he did, when you was without power. Bobi Wine speaks of the same hope and liberty, as the ones Museveni promised the people, but however, never delivered.

That is why he is afraid and staying quacking at home. He will torment Bobi Wine, just like Museveni has done to other dissidents and he will deflect the misuse of power doing so. That is in Museveni’s nature. This is part of the fear, because Museveni cannot control Bobi Wine, just like Museveni cannot control Besigye. Both of them are vocal dissidents who are not afraid of him and that scares Museveni. That is why he don’t know what to do with them, as the world is watching.

While Museveni misused his words, there might be hope in People’s Power and Bobi Wine. Something Museveni cannot contain forever. That is why he is afraid and staying home. The 27 Guns will not change the guard this time. It will only make it worse. Peace.

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