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The world’s first Christian nation is under attack

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 settembre 2022

The Azerbaijani military launched a large-scale assault on the territory of the Republic of Armenia. Cities and towns deep inside Armenian territory have been bombed. So far, the Armenian government has confirmed 105 soldiers killed; the true death toll, among both soldiers and civilians, is surely higher. A ceasefire was announced on the night on the 14th, but the situation remains tense. France has announced that it will raise the issue at the UN Security Council.This attack represents yet another stage in the Armenian Genocide. This genocide process began in the late 19th century, when the Ottoman Empire massacred hundreds of thousands of Armenian Christians, and reached its peak in 1915-1923, when the Empire liquidated the Christian populations of Anatolia and sponsored anti-Armenian massacres in the Caucasus. From 1988-1994, Azerbaijan carried out further ethnic cleansing of Armenian Christians. The most recent stage in the genocide process was Azerbaijan’s 2020 assault on the Armenian territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Thousands were killed in this 44-day war of aggression, and Azerbaijan ethnically cleansed the lands it conquered of their Armenian inhabitants. Armenian civilians caught behind Azerbaijani lines were kidnapped or executed. In that war, as in the current attack, support from the Republic of Turkey – the Ottoman Empire’s successor state – was crucial to Azerbaijan’s efforts. The violence was only suspended by the intervention of Russian peacekeepers.With this new assault, the genocide process threatens to move, for the first time since 1920, into the territory of the Republic of Armenia itself. If the fighting continues to escalate, it could lead to the final extinction of Armenians in their homelands.The international community is not helpless in this matter. The United States, its allies, and Russia hold significant influence over Turkey and Azerbaijan. Turkey is a member of NATO; Azerbaijan has received over $164 million in security aid from the United States; NATO states are actively seeking to replace Russian energy imports with imports from Azerbaijan; Russia sells vast quantities of military hardware to Azerbaijan.Christian Solidarity International calls on the United States, its NATO partners, and the Russian Federation to suspend all security cooperation with Azerbaijan and to take all necessary restraining measures until this aggression ends.We call on the UN Security Council to fulfill the role for which it was created and respond forcefully to this act of aggression.Furthermore, we call on the church in Europe and the United States to speak out for, and bring aid to, our Armenian brothers and sisters in Christ, who are enduring yet another round of violence aimed at extinguishing their existence as a people.

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Will an attack on Turkish troops in Syria change the course of the war?

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 marzo 2020

Istanbul. IT HAD BEEN decades since Turkey suffered such heavy losses in a single day of battle, let alone a single attack. The air strike that killed at least 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria’s Idlib province on February 27th risks escalating a messy civil war that has already taken hundreds of thousands of lives, created millions of refugees and dragged in foreign powers. Fears are now growing of a direct conflict between Russia, which supports the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and Turkey, which supports the rebels fighting it.Turkey blamed Mr Assad’s forces for the air strike, even though Russian jets have been much more active in the area. Russia denied responsibility, but suggested that Turkey may have invited the attack by placing its troops alongside Syrian rebels and not informing Russia of their location. Just hours after the strike Russia sent two warships armed with cruise missiles to the eastern Mediterranean. The warships sailed through the Bosphorus, which bisects Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city. (font: The Economist)

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Bio-Rad Makes Progress Recovering from Recent Ransomware Attack

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 dicembre 2019

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb) a global leader of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, today announced that the Company is making good progress recovering from a ransomware attack that was detected on Bio-Rad’s network on December 5, 2019. Once the malicious software was detected, Bio-Rad immediately took certain systems offline as part of its comprehensive response to contain the activity. The Bio-Rad website and telephone communications have been brought back online. Bio-Rad is continuing to restore affected systems and return to normal operations and the Company has resumed taking orders and shipping product. Our global ERP system was not affected by the attack, and we have found no evidence of unauthorized access, transfer, or misuse of data or personal information.
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb) is a global leader in developing, manufacturing, and marketing a broad range of innovative products for the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets. With a focus on quality and customer service for over 65 years, our products advance the discovery process and improve healthcare. Our customers are university and research institutions, hospitals, public health and commercial laboratories, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, as well as applied laboratories that include food safety and environmental quality. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad is based in Hercules, California, and has a global network of operations with more than 8,000 employees worldwide. Bio-Rad had revenues exceeding $2.2 billion in 2018. For more information, please visit

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WJC President Lauder condemns vicious attack on California synagogue

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 aprile 2019

JERUSALEM – The World Jewish Congress is horrified by the vicious attack unleashed today against a Chabad synagogue near San Diego, just six months after the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh which claimed 11 lives. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder expressed his deep sorrow and condolences to the victims of the California attack, after the San Diego sheriff confirmed that one person had been killed and three others wounded.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jewish community of Poway, California today as their worst nightmare unfolds. There is absolutely no justification or explanation for such violence, and it is inconceivable that, yet again, innocent people have been targeted simply for their religion and for choosing to attend a place of worship,” Lauder said.
“We strongly condemn this heinous attack and extend our deepest sympathies to the victims, their loved ones, and the entire community. We pray for the swift recovery of the injured and trust that justice will be served against the perpetrator of this attack. There is no room for such hate-filled violence in our society. People of all faiths must stand together and declare that we will never tolerate such hatred,” Lauder said.

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WJC condemns missile attack from Gaza that wounded 7 Israelis

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 marzo 2019

NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress strongly condemns the missile attack from Gaza that struck northern Tel Aviv on Monday, wounding seven people.“It is absolutely intolerable that militants in the Gaza Strip are taking a free hand to callously escalate violence against Israel, completely unprovoked and in violation of international norms. The World Jewish Congress holds Hamas responsible for every attack that emanates from its territory, and strongly underscores that Israel reserves the full right to defend itself and its citizens against all aggression,” World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said.“Our thoughts are with the victims of this attack, who miraculously survived despite a direct hit on their home. It is inconceivable that the residents and citizens of Israel should have to live in fear for their lives and property. Hamas is a terrorist organization that exploits the lives of innocent civilians in its boundless quest to terrify Israelis and destroy the State of Israel. It is high time that the international community recognize Hamas for what it is and condemn it in the strongest terms possible,” Lauder said.

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World Jewish Congress incensed by attack on Argentina rabbi

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 marzo 2019

NEW YORK – “The World Jewish Congress is shocked and incensed by the brutal attack against the Chief Rabbi of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina, Gabriel Davidovich, who was savagely beaten by robbers inside his own home,” WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer said Monday.“Both Rabbi Davidovich and his wife were seriously wounded in this assault, which was carried out by assailants who had apparently been monitoring their home prior to perpetration. During the assault, the attackers singled out Rabbi Davidovich as a Jew, and said, ‘We know that you are the AMIA rabbi,’ a disturbing and worrisome fact that raises serious concerns about the nature of this attack,” Singer said.“An investigation is currently underway, and we are grateful that the authorities in Buenos Aires and Argentina are treating this matter with the severity and concern that it deserves,” Singer said. “It is not yet clear whether this was a targeted crime of hateful antisemitism or a barbaric criminal act, but we trust that the authorities will continue to do everything in their power to determine the motive and bring the perpetrators to justice.”“Claudio Epelman, Executive Director of the WJC’s affiliate, the Latin American Jewish Congress, is in constant and direct contact with Argentina’s Minister of Security, as well as with AMIA and the umbrella Jewish organization Delegación de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas, to monitor the situation and extend all support needed,” Singer said. “We hope that the initial findings will be clarified as quickly as possible, to ensure that the appropriate punitive action is taken.” “We wish Rabbi and Rebbetzin Davidovich a speedy recovery and stand with our community in Argentina in condemning this senseless brutality. President Mauricio Macri and his administration are close and supportive friends of the community and we know that they will work to protect the community in every way possible,” Singer said. “The WJC and the LAJC will continue to monitor this situation closely and deeply hope that this is an isolated incident that will not occur again.”

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WJC President Lauder in aftermath of Pittsburgh attack

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 ottobre 2018

NEW YORK – In the aftermath of the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder is sounding the alarm on the very real threats facing Jewish communities worldwide and urging government authorities to ramp up security efforts to prevent such an attack from happening again.“The horrific act of terror that took place on Saturday at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh has left all Jewish communities, both in the US and abroad, in a state of absolute shock. We have long warned about the sharp rise in antisemitism, on both the far-right and the far-left and have prayed that the many incidences that we have witnessed of late, of vandalism and desecration of property, would never end in loss of life.
“This Shabbat, our worst nightmares came true. Innocent people were killed and wounded for the simple crime of being Jewish. This was an attack specifically targeting the Jewish community, in a deliberate and callous manifestation of antisemitism and hatred, and it should serve as a wake-up call to all Americans that such horror can and has happened here. We must be vigilant in making sure that this never happens again.“The Pittsburgh police department were quick to respond to this heinous attack, and for that we are grateful. It is imperative that the authorities across the US, and in every country that has a Jewish community, take every threat seriously, no matter how innocuous it might seem. It is the responsibility of governments and all official authorities to ensure that the Jewish communities, and their institutions, are secure and protected.“The World Jewish Congress’ Security of Communities Department is actively working with national and local authorities in more than 50 countries to help to provide some of our communities with the proper infrastructure and crisis management tools to defend themselves against any threat. We will continue to do so with vigor, and we stand ready to assist in every way possible.“Each and every one of us, from average citizen to government official, has the moral obligation to stand up and strongly condemn every form of antisemitism or xenophobia as it rears its head. We cannot allow ourselves to become desensitized to the very real dangers that can unfold. Vandalism, hate speech, and other demonstrations of the kind must not be ignored or downplayed. We must be united in unequivocal denunciation and clear in our message that we will not let terror win.”

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Treatment for heart attack patients to be debated at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 febbraio 2018

cuoreMilan (Italy) The optimal treatment for heart attack patients will be debated at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2018. The annual congress of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), will be held 3 to 5 March at the MiCo Milano Congressi in Milan, Italy. Recommendations for treating heart attack patients, such as time windows for diagnosis and treatment, are outlined in the 2017 ESC guidelines for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).Two ‘Great Debate’ sessions will focus on controversies, including: whether to perform percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of non-infarct-related arteries immediately after primary PCI; the usefulness of risk scores in defining the optimal duration of dual antiplatelet therapy; and whether it is time to reconsider aspirin as a routine therapy for preventing a second heart attack.Professor Kurt Huber, Chairperson of the Scientific Programme, said: “Hot topics in acute coronary syndromes will be discussed by leaders in the field in several sessions. We will debate, for example, whether antithrombotic therapy should start in the ambulance or the emergency room.”Controversial treatments in acute heart failure, such as whether morphine should be given to all patients with acute pulmonary oedema, will also be debated. The 2016 ESC heart failure guidelines2 recommend switching to sacubitril/valsartan3 if patients do not improve on standard medications. But awareness of the relatively new treatment is low, especially outside specialist clinics, and its use will be examined.Acute Cardiovascular Care is the leading scientific event for all health professionals caring for acutely ill cardiac patients. It brings together more than 1,000 cardiologists, intensivists, anaesthesiologists, internists, cardiac surgeons, nurses, paramedics and other allied professionals from over 80 countries.One session is devoted to critically ill patients outside of hospital, who are initially seen by emergency doctors or paramedics. Subjects include what to consider when airlifting cardiac patients, when to terminate resuscitation, the cause and treatment of arrhythmias, and whether extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an option for patients with cardiogenic shock outside the hospital.
ECMO is another hot topic that will be featured and members of the press can get the latest updates from research and practical experience. The use of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) will also be covered extensively. “The use of ECPR is gaining more attention and we have invited the leaders in this area to present their data,” said Dr Sergio Leonardi, Co-Chairperson of the Scientific Programme.The congress theme ‘working together for acute cardiovascular patients’ highlights the fact that patients with acute cardiac conditions often have other issues – for example with their kidneys or lungs, or an infection – that contributed to the acute situation. Cooperation among many specialists is needed to ensure that patients receive optimal, timely care.The congress emphasises practical issues in caring for critically ill patients. Hands-on demonstrations and training will be given in the ACCA School, which covers ECMO, pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, and renal replacement therapy. These are sessions not to miss for journalists wanting to see and hear the nuts and bolts of treating patients in this field.
Dr Leonardi said: “This is the congress for practical insights into the management of complex patients encountered in everyday clinical practice. Acute cardiac care is a field in which it can be challenging to gather scientific evidence and the congress brings together clinician thought leaders to guide us through some of the most challenging scenarios we face every day.”Professor Huber said: “The special thing about our meeting is that it’s very patient-oriented. We discuss the most recent science and recommendations and then talk about what to do with the patient in front of you. This is the most important acute cardiac care meeting of the year.”

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The Kurdish-European Society condemns the terrorist attack in Barcelona

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 agosto 2017

barcelonaA van rammed into a crowd in Barcelona.Several people were killed and many innocent children were injured. The terror group IS confessed to the act.The Kurdish-European Society (KES) condemns the cowardly deed.The President of KES Kahraman Evsen expresses condolences to the relatives and friends of the killed and to all Spaniards. Evsen continues: “In the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, we stand firmly on the side of the Spanish people.
We as Kurds in particular can feel the pain and sorrow of our Catalan friends. In Kurdistan, we have been exposed to the terror of extremist groups for years and have made many sacrifices in the fight against the IS. The terrorists have not managed to intimidate us. On the contrary, in Iraq and Syria we were able to successfully repulse them. Together with our Spanish and Catalan friends, we will also defeat the terrorists in Spain.”

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The lessons of a terrorist attack at a London mosque

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 giugno 2017

terrorist attackIT COULD have been London Bridge, Westminster, Berlin or Nice. A man in a van, mowing down pedestrians, spewing hate: the ritual is sadly familiar. But this time the victims were Muslims, worshippers who had been at prayer after breaking their Ramadan fast. Just after midnight on June 19th a van mounted the pavement outside the Muslim Welfare House near the Finsbury Park mosque in north London. One man, already receiving first aid after slipping over, was killed. Nine others were injured. Witnesses say the attacker leapt from the vehicle shouting “kill all Muslims” and “you deserve it” before being overpowered by onlookers.Darren Osborne, a middle-aged man from Cardiff, has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences, including murder and attempted murder. The police and government are clear in describing the attack as terrorism. Theresa May convened an emergency COBRA meeting. It is not known if the attacker had links to extremist groups or was a “lone wolf”. But his actions have turned attention back to the threat from the far right.
Prevent, part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, is often criticised for focusing unfairly on Muslims. In fact it deals with all forms of extremism. In 2015 around 15% of all referrals to Channel, a Prevent programme that offers those identified as at risk of radicalisation a mix of education, counselling and support, were related to the far right, against 70% for Islamist extremism. The proportion varies locally. In Leicestershire about a quarter are for far-right extremism and half for the Islamist sort. In South Wales and Yorkshire, it could be more like 50-50, reckons Sean Arbuthnot, a Prevent co-ordinator.The political threat from far-right extremists has never been weaker, says Vidhya Ramalingam, founder of Moonshot, an organisation that combats online violent extremism. Support for the far-right British National Party, which won more than 560,000 votes in the 2010 general election, has collapsed. In 2017 it took just 4,642. Its short-lived political success may have contributed to its downfall; activists may have chafed at the party’s attempts to become a legitimate political movement.Far-right extremists are a disparate bunch. Much activity happens online. They agree on little. Common to them all, however, is a hostility towards Muslims, even more than hatred of Jews, says Matthew Feldman of Teesside University. As the Finsbury Park attack shows, the risk of violent extremism is rising. The numbers referred to Channel are growing. Last year the government banned National Action, a group that supported Thomas Mair, the murderer of Jo Cox, a Labour MP. It was the first far-right group to be banned in Britain since the second world war.The far right’s ideology may differ sharply from that of Islamist extremists, but the process of radicalisation is almost identical, says William Baldet, a Prevent co-ordinator in Leicestershire. Those most at risk are often vulnerable, perhaps because of mental-health problems or drug misuse. A sudden event, such as a bereavement, can lead them to reach out to far-right groups whose extremist ideology they then espouse.The response is accordingly similar. Police and other agencies try to identify the underlying causes of an individual’s radicalisation before challenging the ideology. But it is hard to spot those at risk on the far right. When it comes to Islamist extremism, there are institutions, such as mosques and schools, to work through, and Muslims are often concentrated in particular areas. One way to find the far-right kind is to look for spikes in hate crime. But for some ethnic minorities, hate crime is now so common that many do not bother to report it, worries Mr Baldet.The big fear is that Finsbury Park, itself possibly a response to earlier attacks, may trigger a cycle of “tit-for-tat terrorism”. Far-right extremism and the Islamist sort are two sides of the same coin, says Mr Arbuthnot. They may be ideologically opposed but they thrive off each other. Still, some hope can be found in the response of Mohammed Mahmoud, an imam from the Muslim Welfare Centre. He and others protected the driver from an angry crowd, before handing him over to the police. (by The Economist) (photo: terrorist attack)

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A horrific attack in Kabul shows the Afghan government’s weakness

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 giugno 2017

afghanistanKabul. EVEN for a city familiar with explosions, the power of the bomb that ripped through Kabul on May 31st was shocking. The device, hidden in a tanker truck, went off during rush hour in a crowded area near several foreign embassies. The blast shattered windows a mile away and sent clouds of black smoke swirling above the city. At least 90 people were killed and more than 460 wounded, making it one of the deadliest attacks in the capital in the 16-year civil war.Jan Ali Ghobar, who works for Roshan, a telecommunications company based nearby, was knocked unconscious: “When I came back, everything was dark, the ceiling had fallen down, our desk chairs, everything was crushed.” The German embassy was badly damaged; one of its Afghan guards was killed. As The Economist went to press, no one had claimed responsibility for the blast. A spokesman for the Taliban denied that they were behind it. Islamic State militants have staged several attacks in Afghanistan in recent months, though none as large as this. Whoever was behind it, the attack highlights the Afghan government’s inability to provide security, even in the capital. According to the UN, Kabul has become the deadliest province in the country for civilians, ahead of some of the country’s more notorious trouble spots, such as Helmand and Kandahar.
One effect of the explosion has been to heighten the debate in Germany over whether it is reasonable to repatriate Afghans whose applications for asylum are unsuccessful. Just after the blast, the German authorities postponed a flight carrying failed asylum-seekers to Kabul. German officials’ insistence that parts of Afghanistan are safe for deportees sounds ever less plausible.The bombing will also intensify the row within the administration of Donald Trump over whether to increase America’s military presence in Afghanistan. Mr Trump’s national-security team has endorsed a plan to deploy up to 5,000 extra troops. Others in the White House remain opposed to further entangling America in a war on which it already spends $3bn a month. Mr Trump has not yet made up his mind. The bombing certainly strengthens the case that the Afghan government is losing control and needs more military assistance. But it also makes Afghanistan look even more like a quagmire. (by The Economist)

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WCC and European churches decry Manchester bombing

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 Maggio 2017

Chiesa1The Conference of European Churches and the general secretary of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, have strongly condemned a bombing in Manchester, United Kingdom, that has left 22 persons dead and another five-dozen wounded. The attack took place at Manchester Stadium, just as thousands of children and young people, along with their parents and many others, were leaving a pop concert.“It is particularly shocking that this so-called suicide killing was directed against young people, and even children,” he said in a comment.The attack, reportedly by a suicide bomber, follows a string of such attacks in continental Europe—in Brussels, Berlin, Paris, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, and Nice— and the UK, which in 2005 suffered subway and bus bombings in London and a more recent attack at the Palace of Westminster. The motives of the attack are unknown and no individual or group has claimed responsibility.Together, the World Council of Churches and Conference of European Churches decry this cruel act that irreparably touched the lives of so many. Whatever the reasons for these actions, there is no justification for such violence, the world should be united in condemning this criminal act of horror, they stated. CEC General Secretary Fr Heikki Huttunen joined Tveit in these sentiments, “We honour a God who is life-giving, who sustains and redeems. Such horrors as happened last night encourage us to affirm this truth even more strongly.”The CEC and the WCC encourage prayer for and solidarity with the victims and those close to them.

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Nice attack: Amidst bloodshed, build peace with all people of faith and goodwill

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 luglio 2016

BruxellesBruxelles. The Conference of European Churches deplores the deaths of at least 84 people and the injuring of many more late last night in Nice (France). The attack involved a truck driven through large crowds gathered to enjoy fireworks for the French national celebration. Families, children, parents, and friends from across Europe—and even around the world—were gathered along the Côte d’Azur to celebrate in a joyful way.CEC is saddened and shocked by yet another indiscriminate act of violence on the ordinary people of Europe. This comes in the wake of other recent deadly attacks throughout the world, including in Iraq, Syria, Bangladesh, Libya, Somalia, and more. Yesterday’s violence is symbolic as it occurred on 14 July, Bastille Day, when French citizens commemorate the start of the French Revolution. On this anniversary, we are especially mindful of the heritage of this 18th century revolution that promoted values of equality, legality, and a state that strives to treat all religions equally.“As churches and people of faith we must ask ourselves, ‘What is our role in this?’” reflected CEC General Secretary Fr Heikki Huttunen at a moment of prayer in the Ecumenical Centre in Brussels. “How does this kind of tragedy challenge us and call us toward repentance instead of revenge?”
“I was horrified to hear of the attack in Nice last night,” said CEC President Rt Rev. Christopher Hill KCVO, DD. “My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected and indeed for France itself.” Through peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts, we in the churches must persevere in cultivating an atmosphere of trust and acceptance together with all people of faith and goodwill. CEC encourages all to continue and strengthen efforts to build societies where all people feel safe and welcome. Our prayers are with those who have died, those who remain injured and in critical condition, survivors, all those touched by this tragedy, and those who selflessly and courageously put their own lives at risk for the sake of others.

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Attacks against refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are unacceptable, say heads of European human rights institutions

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 marzo 2016

african_migrants.jpg.crop_displayOn the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the heads of Europe’s main intergovernmental human rights institutions call for a strong response to xenophobic attacks against migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and call on governments and state authorities to uphold their international obligations in this regard.With the drownings in the Mediterranean persisting as refugees, asylum seekers and migrants continue to risk their lives to reach safety, this is the time to strengthen our commitment to the right to life and to dignity, said Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), and Christian Ahlund, Chair of the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).“As Europe confronts the greatest migrant crisis since the Second World War, the elimination of racial discrimination is a priority like never before,” said FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “Our continent needs to eradicate every vestige of exclusion and marginalisation of the outsider if it is to rise to the challenge. The international treaties to combat racism provide the necessary roadmap.”In a number of countries, there has been a marked increase in attacks on refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, some of which have been fatal. Hate speech rooted in hostility to ethnic, religious and cultural diversity is being expressed ever more openly, not only by extremist groups but also by politicians from across the political spectrum and on social media. Such rhetoric fuels intolerance towards ethnic and religious minorities, making immediate and resolute action by governments and state authorities all the more urgent.“Past experience has shown that democracy can be undermined and swept aside where calls to deny the right to equality and dignity of the most vulnerable are listened to and acted upon,” said ECRI’s Chair, Christian Ahlund. “Therefore, discouraging and preventing hate speech through demonstrating the danger that it poses and through counter-speech is of the utmost importance.In order to combat the further spread of prejudice, human rights education and training that reaches out to all age groups and professions is vital.”In the current situation, reaffirming our commitment to the values and principles of tolerance, equality and non-discrimination is crucial,” said Michael Link, director of the OSCE/ODIHR. “We have a duty to condemn hate crimes and all other manifestations of racism and xenophobia, respond swiftly and effectively to intolerant behaviour, and to counter hate speech in the messages we deliver. This has to be accompanied by a particular emphasis on awareness-raising and other educational initiatives aimed at countering racist messages and promoting mutual understanding.”The heads of all three organisations call for greater efforts at the international, national and local levels to combat racism and discrimination, and pledge to continue their cooperation to maximise endeavours in this regard.

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WTTC Statement on the attack in Istanbul

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 13 gennaio 2016

istanbulThe World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) condemns today’s bomb attack in Istanbul that has caused the loss of many innocent lives.
David Scowsill, President & CEO of WTTC, said: “It is with great sadness that we hear that Turkey has again fallen victim to a terrorist attack. Our hearts go out to all the families of those killed and the casualties of this atrocity.The world continues to face a continuous threat of terror, which in some occasions has directly targeted tourists in a country. Turkey is an important tourist destination, where Travel & Tourism contributes around 12% of the country’s total GDP.It is important to reiterate that tourism is a force for good, and that people will not stop traveling in the face of these isolated incidents around the world. Governments must continue to ensure that appropriate security measures are in place, to facilitate travel for business and leisure purposes.”

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WTTC Statement following the terrorist attack in Tunisia

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 giugno 2015

terrorist attackWTTC condemns in the strongest terms the attack in Port el-Kantaoui, Sousse, Tunisia, on 26 March 2015. David Scowsill, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council, said:“I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the families of all the victims of this brutal attack. Our thoughts are with them at this terrible time.It is it with deep regret that the world again has its eyes on Tunisia. This attack strikes at the heart of the country’s tourism industry, only three months after the callous attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March 2015.Tunisia is a beautiful destination. Travel & Tourism plays a pivotal role in the country’s economy, generating over 15% of the country’s GDP at around US$7.4 billion, and supporting nearly 14% of total employment in 2014.Tourism is a force for good in the world with its great economic and social benefits. It is important that travel organisations and travellers continue to support Tunisia, whilst the government takes appropriate measures on security.”

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WTTC Statement following the terrorist attack in Tunis

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 marzo 2015

bardo museumIn response to the attack on the Bardo Museum, Tunis, on 18 March 2015, David Scowsill, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council, said:”Our hearts go out to families of the victims of this terrible massacre and to the authorities who are seeking the perpetrators. Targeting tourists in this deliberate way is a heinous act calculated to cause maximum impact.It will take time for the scars to heal and for the relatives of those killed to grieve properly. It will take time for the image of Tunis as a safe, attractive destination for tourists to recover. Travel & Tourism contributes over 15% of the GDP of Tunisia and almost 14% of all jobs; so it is a vitally important part of the economy of the country. Tunisia needs the sector to recover quickly, as usually happens after events of this type.Our memories should never fade of those killed in events such as those in Tunis. But the greatest tribute we can give is for our sector to prove its resilience once again and for the tourists to return.”

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Following arrest of suspect in Jewish museum attack, WJC brings solidarity mission to Brussels

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 giugno 2014

BRUSSELS – A solidarity mission of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) to Brussels will take place next Monday (2 June) following the terrorist attack last Saturday at the city’s Jewish Museum, in which three people were killed and one gravely wounded. On Sunday, police announced the arrest of the suspected killer in France.  The mission will be led by WJC President Ronald S. Lauder and include 25 senior representatives of Jewish communities from around the world. The delegation will hold talks with Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, Interior Minister Joëlle Milquet, Justice Minister Annemie Turtelboom, the head of Cabinet of the King of the Belgians, Frans van Daele, and the heads of the Jewish Museum, Philippe Blondin, and the Jewish community umbrella body CCOJB, Maurice Sosnowski.Lauder and Sosnowski will also give a WJC press conference on Monday at 13:00 (changed from 12:15), at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Brussels and brief the media about the impact this attack has on the Jewish community, the arrest of the suspected killer, and what lessons need to be learned from the incident. Ronald S. Lauder declared: “The entire Jewish world has been shocked by the horrible attack in the center of Brussels last week. We must now stand united with the community, and we also expect to get answers from Belgium’s politicians what will be done to ensure that the safety of Jews and Jewish institutions is improved and that Jews do not feel threatened.”

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United nations commends Nato coungter piracy efforts

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 novembre 2011

Arrrgh! | Pirates

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London: At its meeting in New York this week the United Nations Security Council voted to extend its mandate for those fighting piracy off the Horn of Africa by a further 12 months. NATO deployed on its Counter Piracy operations in response to the UN’s concern over the damage and disruption to world trade caused by the rapid growth in piracy off the Somali coast. The extension of the mandate through to the end of 2012 reflects the NATO mission sanctioned by the North Atlantic Council which is also due to expire at the end of 2012. In unanimously adopting resolution 2020, the Security Council stressed the need for the international community to not only tackle piracy but also to deal with the underlying causes i.e. the instability ashore in Somalia. The Security Council commended the efforts of NATO and the other international forces and nations as they “suppress piracy and protect vulnerable ships transiting through the waters off the coast of Somalia.” NATO began its continuous counter piracy mission with Operation Allied Protector in March 2009. Its aim was to deter and disrupt piracy in the Gulf of Aden. This was then superseded by Operation Ocean Shield which allowed greater geographical freedom to move into the Indian Ocean after the pirates turned their focus there and also allowed for regional capacity building if regional states requested it. In 2009, 45 ships were hijacked in the region; so far in 2011, 21 ships have been hijacked effectively halving the number of ships taken. Naval warships have been in the region constantly providing a visible presence and deterrence and this has undoubtedly contributed to the pirates’ lack of success. In addition NATO, along with its partners, has been working with the maritime community to ensure that both merchant ships and crews are aware of Best Management Practices 4 (BMP 4) which give advice on how to protect vessels against pirate attack.

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On violent attack on the Saints Church

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 3 gennaio 2011

His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, President of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), expresses his sorrow and concern for those affected by the attack on worshipers, during their midnight mass, at the Saints Church in Alexandria, Egypt.  His Eminence sends his condolences to all the Coptic Christians in Europe, to all of the Egyptian people, and to the Primate, Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria.  Rev. Dr Prof. Viorel Ionita, Interim General Secretary CEC, stated that: “Acts of terrorism such as this remind us all that we must stand united, Christians and Muslims, through these dangerous times. All places of worship must be safeguarded, and at this moment in time we gather around our brothers and sisters in Egypt and, with them, speak out for their fundamental right of freedom to worship.”

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