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Iran: EU Extends Sanctions Relief

DSC_7735(PDF) The Council has extended until 30 June 2015 the suspension of EU restrictive measures specified in the Joint Plan of Action agreed by E3/EU+3 and Iran on 24 November 2013. This follows the decision by the E3/EU+3 and Iran to prolong the validity of the measures of the Joint Plan of Action until that date.

While the remainder of the EU restrictive measures against Iran remain in place, the suspension allows: the provision of insurance and transport in relation to Iranian crude oil sales to current customers, the import, purchase or transport of Iranian petrochemical products, as well as trade in gold and precious metals with the Iranian government and its public bodies. The increase in thresholds for authorising financial transfers to and from Iran also remains in force.

The legal acts will be published in the EU Official Journal later on today.

(PDF) E3/EU +3 nuclear negotiations with Iran:
Terms of the agreement on a Joint Plan of Action, including measures to be under taken by the European Union

On 24 November in Geneva, EU High Representative C atherine Ashton, together with the Foreign Ministers of the E3+3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), successfully concluded a meeting at which an agreement (known as the Joint Plan of Action) was reached with Iran on a first step towards a comprehensive and verifiable diplomatic solution to concerns about the Iranian nuclear programme.

What is the Joint Plan of Action?
The Joint Plan of Action is an interim agreement setting out an approach towards reaching a long-term comprehensive solution. As a first step, it includes the implementation, by both sides, of a series of voluntary measures, for duration of six months. This first step could be renewed by mutual agreement.

A Joint Commission of the E3/EU+3 and Iran will be established to monitor the implementation of these measures, with the IAEA responsible for the verification of nuclear-related measures. The Joint Plan of Action also includes elements for the final step–i.e. the common goal of reaching a final, comprehensive solution which would lead to the full resolution of the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme, along with UN Security Council resolutions.

What has Iran voluntarily committed to undertake as a first step?
As a first step, Iran commits to undertake measures in the following areas, to address the international community’s most pressing concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear activities:

  • - suspend enrichment above 5% everywhere in Iran
  • - freeze its enrichment capacity (i.e. no installation of new centrifuges, no new centrifuges fed with natural uranium, production of centrifuges only for replacement of damaged machines)
    - reduce significantly its stockpile of enriched uranium (all the 20% enriched uranium stockpile needs to be converted or diluted; all newly enriched below 5% uranium will be converted to uranium oxide).
  • - make no further advances in the development of the Heavy Water Reactor at Arak (no commissioning of the reactor, no installation of further components, no production and testing of fuel, no transfer of heavy water to the reactor).
  • - no reprocessing or construction of a facility capable of reprocessing.
  • - allow enhanced monitoring and verification measures which go beyond the current level
    of cooperation with the IAEA (provision of information about their nuclear facilities to the IAEA, more access for IAEA inspectors to key nuclear sites).

What have the E3/EU+3 voluntarily committed to undertake as a first step?
In response, the E3/EU + 3 will undertake the voluntary measures as specified in the Joint Plan of Action. This includes measures at the level of the EU and the US, as well as the commitment not to pursue new nuclear-related UNSC sanctions: Continue reading: Iran: EU Extends Sanctions Relief

Trafficking In Children On The Increase

أخبار النمسا – إتحاد الأطباء – النادي المصري – اللقاءات والمحاضرات وغيرها
محكمة الإستناف النمساوية تؤكد براءة الدكتور الحداد وتثبت حكم النصب على أحد كبار عمالقة الجالية المصرية

DSC_2107More than 2 billion people not adequately protected from human trafficking by their national legislation, says report; raises concern about low conviction rates

VIENNA, 24 November 2014 – UNIS – The 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons released today in Vienna by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shows that one in three known victims of human trafficking is a child, a 5 per cent increase compared to the 2007-2010 period. Girls make up 2 out of every 3 child victims, and together with women, account for 70 per cent of overall trafficking victims worldwide.

“Unfortunately, the report shows there is no place in the world where children, women and men are safe from human trafficking,” said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov “Official data reported to UNODC by national authorities represent only what has been detected. It is very clear that the scale of modern-day slavery is far worse.”

No country is immune – there are at least 152 countries of origin and 124 countries of destination affected by trafficking in persons, and over 510 trafficking flows criss-crossing the world. Trafficking mostly occurs within national borders or within the same region, with transcontinental trafficking mainly affecting rich countries.

In some regions – such as Africa and the Middle East – child trafficking is a major concern, with children constituting 62 per cent of victims.

Trafficking for forced labour – including in the manufacturing and construction sectors, domestic work and textile production – has also increased steadily in the past five years. About 35 per cent of the detected victims of trafficking for forced labour are female.

There are, however, regional variations: victims in Europe and Central Asia are mostly trafficked for sexual exploitation, whereas in East Asia and the Pacific forced labour drives the market. In the Americas, the two types are detected in almost equal measure.

Most trafficking flows are interregional, and more than 6 out of 10 victims have been trafficked across at least one national border. The vast majority of convicted traffickers – 72 per cent – are male and citizens of the country in which they operate.

The report highlights that impunity remains a serious problem: 40 per cent of countries recorded few or no convictions, and over the past 10 years there has been no discernible increase in the global criminal justice response to this crime, leaving a significant portion of the population vulnerable to offenders.

“Even if most countries criminalize trafficking, many people live in countries with laws which are not in compliance with international standards that would afford them full protection, such as the Trafficking in Persons Protocol.” Mr. Fedotov said.

Continue reading: Trafficking In Children On The Increase

Iran Warns The West Of Chaos If Nuke Talks Fail

DSC_7777Iran warned the Western world, the US, Britain, France, Russia and China and Germany ( the known P5+1) of the dangerous ramification of failing to reach a deal over its disputed nuclear program, only a day ahead of the talks self-imposed deadline, and with chances of a deal looking slim-to-none.

Ali Khoram, an adviser to Iran’s Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif reportedly told reporters that “Failure of the negotiations will inevitably boost radicals on both sides and will create far more chaotic and dangerous results both regionally and internationally,”

A deadline for resolving a 12-year-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear program may be extended from Monday until March, because of sharp disagreements between Tehran and Western powers, officials close to the talks said on Thursday.

The negotiations, under way in Vienna, are deadlocked, officials say, and will probably have to be extended due to a number of sticking points, such as limits on Iran’s uranium enrichment and the speed at which sanctions on Tehran would be lifted.

Iranian official told reports today: “We need more time to resolve technical issues and don’t forget that the time frame for lifting sanctions is still a huge dispute”. He added that an extension until March was a possibility. Western officials also suggested March was an option, with a resumption of talks in January.

The officials said, however, that Iran and the six were not actively discussing an extension yet and would push for a deal by the deadline, which has already been extended from July. Officials close to the negotiations, which began in February, say that Iran wants all key sanctions on oil exports and banking terminated almost immediately, not merely suspended as the United States and European officials have said.

Western officials say that Iran also refused to budge on enrichment, despite repeated offers of potential compromises by the six powers, including the United States. He added: “Tehran is willing to consider keeping fewer enrichment centrifuges as long as they are advanced, to keep the volume unchanged.” stating that this represents no compromise at all.

The Iranians, however, pin the blame on Western powers, which they accuse of expecting too much from Tehran. Iranian diplomat said: “Iran would resist Western pressure to make what it considered to be excessive concessions in the Vienna talks.”

DSC_7791On the other hand, it should be noted that a small tent was held as media center in front of Coburg hotel where the negotiations take place. The Iranian journalists have turned the place to a restaurant and mosque where they received hot meals from the Iranian embassy.

The small tent was like a prison where hundreds of journalists were jailed without public service. The  journalists were obliged to leave the tent and pass through improper security control each time they go to the to WC and return. 

The organizers of the event have clearly failed in their mission in dealing with journalists. They adopted discrimination policy in which some journalists were invited to the press briefing, taking pictures and filming the negotiator delegations at Hotel Coburg. Others journalists were left like herd of animals in the tent under the observations of the security team. They were far away of the center of the news and negotiations.

Vote for Racism and Discrimination in Israel

israel votHave the israeli occupation’s war crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity perpetrated in the occupied Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip inflicted damages on the jewish communities around the world after the Netanyahu administration approved contentious legislation designating Israel, the occupied Palestine in 1948, as the home of the jews?

The Netanyahu administration government approved on Sunday, Nov. 23 3014, contentious legislation officially designating Israel as home of Jewish people. The bill will pass a preliminary reading in the Knesset on Wednesday Nov. 26 2014 and will be revised to conform to a government bill which will be drafted and approved by the cabinet soon.

The proposals of so-called “National Law” were submitted by MKs Ze’ev Elkin, (Likud) and Ayelet Shaked. (Jewish Home). The aim of “national law” is to define the State of Israel as the state nationalism of the Jewish people, and the formulation of its values as a Jewish and democratic state based on the so-called ‘”Declaration of Independence”.

Earlier Sunday, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement denouncing the proposed Israeli bill and considered it to be part of an all-out apartheid war waged by the Israeli government against Jerusalem, its holy sites and its people.

According to the Israeli media, all of Yesh Atid’s ministers voted against, as did Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, while all of the radical ministers of Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu and Bayit Yehdui voted in favor. Culture Minister Limor Livnat abstained from the vote, and was the sole Likud minister not to follow the party line.

The proposed change to the laws is a clear discrimination against its 1.7 million Arab citizens. The “Jewish homeland” proposal becomes law, it would mean “the institutionalization of racism, which is already a reality on the street according to legal advisors.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, the government’s legal adviser, has also criticised the proposal, saying it weakens the state’s democratic character.

The bill recognizes Israel’s Jewish character, institutionalizes Jewish law as an inspiration for legislation, and delists Arabic as an official language. The bill is expected to go to the Knesset later this week for its first reading, but its final form is likely to be more moderate. Arab rights groups call it racist, and the attorney general has expressed reservations.

“This is a law that Ben-Gurion and Jabotinksy would have opposed,” Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid said, slamming the proposed version of the bill, which is actually two different proposals being voted on one after the other

The cabinet debate took a turn for the dramatic with harsh tones, table slamming, and round-robin attacks from ministers Lapid, Livni, German, Piron, and Peri on Prime Minister Netanyahu for advancing the legislation. “You are proposing legislation which will ruin our democracy. You want a religious state.” Continue reading: Vote for Racism and Discrimination in Israel

Iran Is Stalling

DSC_6048_edited-1Yukiya Amano, head of the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA), said that Iran has again failed to provide explanations about suspected atomic bomb research as a deadline looms for a comprehensive deal between Iran and six world powers to end the long-running controversy.

As one of the conditions to end economic sanctions, the P5+1 said Iran must stop stonewalling the IAEA’s 12-year-old investigation into allegations that Iran may have worked on designing an atomic bomb.

Amano made clear that the IAEA agency is still far from satisfied.

He said: “We are not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”

He was referring to two steps that Iran had agreed to carry out by late August, by providing information to the IAEA concerning allegations of explosives tests and other activity that could be used to develop nuclear bombs.

“I call upon Iran to increase its cooperation with the agency and to provide timely access to all relevant information, documentation, sites, material and personnel,” Amano said.

Iran denies any intention of seeking atomic weapons, saying its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity.

The Deadline For Nuclear Talks in Vienna Started

DSC_6870Iranian and six world powers negotiators are gathering in Vienna this week for what’s expected to be a final push toward a deal over Iran’s nuclear program.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry will join the negotiators in Vienna at least on Thursday afternoon Nov 20 1014. Kerry met last week with Minster Jawad Zarif in Oman.

Iran wants the United States and its allies to lift its economic sanctions. The country also wants to continue enriching uranium for a non-military program.

The six states, France, China, Russia, Germany, the United States and Britain, want Iran to scale back its uranium enrichment activity to deny it any capability to quickly produce an atomic bomb if it wanted to. France has consistently been more opposed to nuclear concessions than the other five world countries negotiators. Iran says its nuclear program is entirely peaceful and wants them to lift sanctions.

Secretary Kerry who held earlier on Wednesday consulting meetings with officials in London will fly tomorrow (Thursday) to Paris where he will hold separate meetings with foreign ministers of France.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said after the meeting with Secretary Kerry that he is not optimistic that world powers and Iran would clinch a full nuclear deal by November 24 but that there may be a way of extending the self-imposed deadline.

He said: “I think if we make some significant movement we may be able to find a way of extending the deadline to allow us to get to the final deal if we’re making a good progress in the right direction.”

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Israeli Lynch Mob Hangs Palestinian Bus Driver in Jerusalem

Al-Ramouni-1A Palestinian bus driver Yusuf Hasan al-Ramouni, 32, from al-Tur in East Jerusalem was found hanged to death at the so-called “Har Hotzvim” bus terminal northwest of the occupied Jerusalem late Sunday.

Palestinians woke up Monday Nov. 17 2014 on a new tragedy, the young quite bus driver al-Ramouni was found hanged to death in his vehicle.

The Israeli jewish criminal gang decided to kill the driver, who has worked over the past years on the transfer of Israelis from their homes to their work. Al-Ramouni was working with the Israeli Egged bus company.

The driver’s body was found by his supervisor hanging inside his vehicle in a bus depot in “Har Hotzvim”, an industrial zone in north Jerusalem, at the start of the route he was supposed to have driven late on Sunday.

ramouni-1His death comes after months of tension in East Jerusalem in which dozens of Palestinians were killed and hundreds were injured.

In July 2014, a Palestinian teenager was burned to death by Jewish assailants as a revenge attack for the abduction and killing of three Jewish colonists by Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli police tries to cover the crime. He claimed in a statement that there was “no suspicion of criminal activity” and that al-Ramouni appeared to be a suicide.

The victim’s brother, Osama al-Ramouni said the family did not accept the verdict of suicide, saying his body “had bruises on it,” suggesting he had been “tortured” before his death.

“My brother had children and was a happy man. It is impossible that he killed himself,” he told AFP.

“He had no problems that would make him do it,” he said, adding that a post-mortem would “reveal everything.”

“We reject the suicide theory. We all know it was settlers who killed him,” he said.

Medical expert, speaking on the condition of anonymity said that al-Ramouni’s death did not appear to be a suicide.

After an autopsy it was found that the man’s first vertebra was not dislocated, which usually happens in the cases of suicide by hanging, the expert said.

He added that postmortem lividity, or livor mortis, was found on the buttocks of the body and not the lower limbs, which indicates that al-Ramouni was not dangled.

Continue reading: Israeli Lynch Mob Hangs Palestinian Bus Driver in Jerusalem

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