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The Greek parliament has voted to launch a criminal investigations into allegations of a tax cover-up.
Former Greek finance minister George Papaconstantinou is one of those accused.
There was a heated debate in parliament on Thursday over whether to allow a committee to look into the minister’s suspected cover up. He says he has been set up.
Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reports from Athens.
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At a time when 70 percent of Swiss voters backed a proposal to speed up the asylum procedures, one village with population of 2,000 (300 of whom are millionaires) is opting to pay 250,000 euros in fines to avoid taking just 10 refugees.
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New Gaza flotilla2 set to sail, Israel to ban journos joining mission. A flotilla carrying humanitarian aid bound for Gaza is set to depart from Greece. Israel has already warned that it won’t let the convoy reach its destination. It also said foreign journalists who take part will be banned from working in Israel for 10 years.
Six ships that were scheduled to take part in the Gaza-bound flotilla have been detained by Greek port authorities, the Israeli news website ‘Ynet’ reported. Senior officials in Jerusalem confirmed the report, which followed a decision by Greece on Sunday to stop the American vessel ‘Audacity of Hope from participating in the convoy. While the organizers claim that more than 1,500 activists are set to take part in this year’s flotilla, it now appears that no more than seven ships, carrying between 200 and 500 passengers, will set sail next week.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated that Israel would not allow any ship to breach its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. Jerusalem believes that the dwindling extent of the sail can be largely attributed to the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s diplomatic efforts to stop the flotilla. “The Foreign Ministry is leading diplomatic efforts to delegitimize the flotilla in the eyes of the international community,” Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon said. “The world is aware that such sails are unnecessary, that they are just provocations which violate international law.” Ayalon added that Israel was still gearing to meet whichever vessels do end up participating in the flotilla.
On Monday, the Israeli Security Cabinet voted in favor of stopping the flotilla from breaching the maritime blockade and from reaching its shores. The senior ministers ordered the IDF to “adamantly” stop the sail should it try to breach the siege, while doing everything possible to spare human lives.
Nearly 30-thousand Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, according to the UN’s refugee agency.
This exposes them to the risk of a life of statelessness, deprived of basic rights.
Mother, Yasmine Hamdan, is taking her 11-month old daughter, Haya, for a check-up.
But what for some is a simple procedure has become increasingly difficult.
That’s because at almost a year old, Haya is without a nationality.
Both her parents are Syrian refugees living in Lebanon.
They applied for a birth certificate months ago, but are yet to receive one.
It’s an essential document which is needed if Haya were ever to return to Syria with her parents.
Without a birth certificate, identity papers or other documents, even basic things like getting married, going to school or finding a job can be next to impossible.
But her 26-year-old mother says the application process is daunting.
“My husband went to the Moukhtar (city hall), then he got back to the hospital, then to the Moukhtar again, then to the legal institution (nofous),” she says.
“Despite that, the Syrian government has not approved her birth certificate.
“We still have to go to the embassy. If we are late, we will have to pay around 100 US dollars as a fine.”
In Lebanon, the process begins when a child is born and new parents receive a birth notification from an authorised doctor or midwife.
The parents must then take that, along with their own identification cards, to the local mayor to get a birth certificate for a small fee.
Then they have to register the birth certificate with a local government department handling family status records.
Finally, they must register it again at another office, the provincial personal status department.
Each of those steps has its own fees.
But Haya and her mother aren’t the only ones finding it difficult to obtain a certificate.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN’s refugee agency, only 30 percent of the over 42-thousand children born as Syrian refugees in Lebanon have birth certificates.
In this Beirut clinic, mother and Syrian refugee, Khadriyeh Hilal, says she’s just given up on trying to register her child.
“My husband stopped working on the certificate because he had to work, and now he is no longer employed,” she says.
“He wanted to get a certificate from the ministry in order to cross the Syrian borders when we want to return. He wanted from someone important to mediate in the process to speed it up.”
It’s a problem replicated to varying degrees in nations across the Middle East, where more than 3.3 million Syrians have found safe haven from the civil war in their homeland.
By law, they are Syrian like their parents, but without the paperwork to prove it, they could become stateless in Lebanon and unable to return to their home country.
“A big portion of parents do not register their newborns,” says Mona Mounzer, a public information associate for the UNHCR.
“If these parents do not register their children, they will not have any legal documents, and after a while, it becomes harder to prove the children’s nationality and get the basic services like education other services, when getting back to their home country.”
Many parents begin the process but never end it.
A common reason being missing paperwork – such as marriage certificates – making it impossible for nurses delivering the child to issue the initial proof of birth.
Some claim the five-step procedure is too time-consuming for working parents who are unable to take time off.
The UNHCR tries to facilitate the process for parents, enlisting the help of nurses at hospitals.
The situation is markedly better in Jordan than in Lebanon.
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We hear all the time that Israel broke international law when they boarded the Gaza flotilla ships in International waters… well did they? Prof. of law Ruth Lapidot explains…
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Important to note:
– The situation between Israel and Hamas is Armed Conflict – this means that you can control ships going to Gaza even at high seas.
– The rules on blockades are still under international customary law, i.e. no international treaty
Definition of blockade:
– One state prohibits the entry and exit of both neutral and enemy ships and aircrafts to an area which is considered by this party to be an area subject to this blockade.
The sources of the law on blockade:
– Paris Declaration Respecting Maritime Law; – London Declaration concerning the Laws of Naval War; – Guides to Law of Naval Operations by leading countries; – San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea.
Conditions of blockade legality:
– Declare if and when you apply a blockade; – You have to apply and enforce the blockade; – You must not cut off the territorial sea of another state; – The blockade must apply to everybody. – Must permit passage of humanitarian assistance, BUT: the state that applied the blockade can decide when, where and through which port the aid will reach the coast AND A neutral organization/group can examine where the supplies go; – You may not starve the civilian population: In the 18 months prior to the Gaza flotilla, over one million tons of humanitarian supplies were delivered by Israel to the people of Gaza. In the first quarter of 2010 alone, Israel delivered 94,500 tons of supplies to Gaza. Including: – 40,000 tons of wheat — which is equal to 53 million loaves of bread; – 2,760 tons of rice — which equals 69 million servings; – 1,987 tons of clothes and footwear — the equivalent weight of 3.6 million pairs of jeans; and – 553 tons of milk powder and baby food — equivalent to over 3.1 million days of formula for an average six-month-old baby.
What can be done to ships disobeying the blockade?
In regards to merchant ships: You have the right to capture, visit, search and if the ship resists you can attack it; When can these rules be applied at high seas?; When the ship intents to break the blockade.
Links and more information:
The full talk by Ruth Lapidot:
Behind the Headlines: The Israeli humanitarian lifeline to Gaza:
US Commander’s Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations:
Customary international law
San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea
London Declaration concerning the Laws of Naval War
Paris Declaration Respecting Maritime Law
Prof. Ruth Lapidot bio:
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