Wednesday, 10 December 2008

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2515

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Topics in this digest:

1. MENA Fw: UN: Violence Against Iraqi Women Largely Ignored
From: tamara aqrabawe

2. Radio 1812: The EU and its migration policies
From: Rene Plaetevoet

3. Kathmandu, Nepal: Ramaroshan FM Station Padlocked
From: George Lessard

1. MENA Fw: UN: Violence Against Iraqi Women Largely Ignored
Posted by: "tamara aqrabawe" aqrabawe
Date: Tue Dec 9, 2008 7:16 pm ((PST))

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From: Thomas v. der Osten-Sacken <>
To: tamara aqrabawe <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 9, 2008 1:38:34 PM
Subject: UN: Violence Against Iraqi Women Largely Ignored

25 November 2008
UN: Violence Against Iraqi Women Largely IgnoredComment on this post

By Laura Zuber
Impunity Watch Senior Desk Officer, Middle East

GENEVA, Switzerland – November 25 marked the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  Organizations around the world use the UN day to comment on the situation facing women where they are based.  On November 25, UN's Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Yakin Erturk, commented the conditions of Iraqi women living in Iraq and as refugees in neighboring countries.
According to Erturk, "The ongoing conflict, high levels of insecurity, widespread impunity, collapsing economic conditions and rising social conservatism are impacting directly on the daily lives of Iraqi women and placing them under increased vulnerability to all forms of violence within and outside their home."  She continued, "Violence against Iraqi women is committed by numerous actors, such as militia groups, insurgents, Islamic extremists, law enforcement personnel, members of the family as well as the community."
Iraqi women re victims of rape, sex trafficking, forced and early marriages, murder, and abduction for sectarian or criminal reasons; many are driven or forced into prostitution.  In addition, women often fall victim to disproportionate use of force by US forces as well as Iraqi police and security forces.
Most crimes against women "are not reported because of stigma, fear of retaliation, or lack of confidence in the police," MADRE, an international women's rights group, wrote in its 2007 report about violence against women in Iraq.  A 2005 report published by the Iraqi National Association for Human Rights found that women held in Interior Ministry detention centers endure "systematic rape by the investigators. "
A few national and international organizations work to help rape victims in Iraq.  However, militias have targeted women's rights advocates, forcing their workers underground – making it more difficult to offer services to victims.
In addition, the lack of security in Iraq complicates national and international efforts to document the occurrences of sexual assault.  Marianne Molliman, who leads women's rights advocacy for Human Rights Watch, lamented that the security situation has prevented the organization from getting people on the ground to look at the issue for a long time.  HRW published its last report about rape in Iraq in 2003.
Ms. Erturk also expressed concern over violence threatening Iraqi women from their own family, such as "honor killings."  According to Erturk, the number of honor killings is increasing and they are largely committed with impunity.  When perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted, the punishments are quite lenient under the Iraqi Penal Code.  Women who are sexually assaulted will often not report their attack for fear of then being ostracized or even killed by their family.  
In the northern Kurdish region of Iraq, where honor killings are among the primary causes of unnatural deaths among women, there are also frequent reports of female genital mutilation.  According to Kurdish Health Minister Zarian Abdel Rahman, 60 percent of girls (aged four to fourteen) undergo circumcision. 
A survey of 201 Kurdish villages, conducted by the German NGO, Wadi, found that 3,502 out of 5,628 women and girls had been mutilated.
Ms. Erturk concluded by urging "Iraqi government and the international community to prevent women and girls from being the 'soft targets' of violence and the invisible victims of the conflict in Iraq."


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2. Radio 1812: The EU and its migration policies
Posted by: "Rene Plaetevoet" rplaetevoet
Date: Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:42 am ((PST))

Brussels, 10 December 2008
Radio 1812 / 2008 Edition

The European Union and its migration policies.

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, we are releasing this package of audio reports dealing with the
> European Union and its migration policies.

Although migration policies in the EU are primarily the competence of the Member States, the Union does have an important role to play because it can set the general framework. The EU has, for example, been criticized recently for the so-called �Return Directive�, which establishes common rules on the deportation of irregular migrants (see report in Spanish: Cr�tica a las pol�ticas de migraci�n europeas). Furthermore, countries on the borders of the Union, like Italy, want to share their responsibility for migrants with the other Member States (see report in Italian: L�industria di sfruttamenti). There is therefore a need for a common solution, claims Kacim Kellal of the French Ministry of Migration and National Identity (see interview in French). Peter Verhaege from Caritas Europa argues that it is essential to take steps towards more rights of migrant workers. (See
interview in English)

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eas> Cr�tica a las pol�ticas de migraci�n europeas (report in Spanish)

<> Kacim Kellal, French Ministry of Migration and National Identity (interview in French)

L�industria dello sfruttamento (report in Italian)

europa> Peter Verhaege, Caritas Europa (interview in English)

These reports were prepared for <> Radio 1812 by Caroline Ausserer and Ruth Reichstein.

For any further questions, please contact the Radio 1812 team at

Ren� Plaetevoet

Coordinator Radio 1812



Radio 1812 is a global event that brings together migrant groups and radios from around the world to produce, broadcast and share programmes celebrating the achievements and highlighting the concerns of migrants worldwide. The first edition of Radio 1812 took place in 2006 and brought together over 50 radio stations in more than 25 countries. Last year, the event was even more successful. In total 152 radio stations from 34 countries in 4 continents participated, ranging from community radio stations to national and international public broadcasters.

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3. Kathmandu, Nepal: Ramaroshan FM Station Padlocked
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:21 am ((PST))

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Subject: [Asiapacific-general] FW: Ramaroshan FM Station Padlocked
From: "suman" <>
Date: Wed, December 10, 2008 06:31

Ramaroshan FM Station Padlocked

A group of people from Achham district headquarters Mangalsen captured and
padlocked the transmission station of Radio Ramaroshan, the only community
radio in the district at Thulasain of Janalibandali VDC December 8, Monday.

The radio management claimed that liquor traders padlocked the station with
the help of police as the radio recently broadcast news of free alcohol
trading in Achham, a dry district. They also blamed police for being mere
spectators in the incident.

The radio transmission was halted for an indefinite period from Monday due
to the padlocking.

Freedom Forum terms this incident a severe violation of press freedom that
serves as an example of deteriorating media situation in Nepal. The Forum
asks the concerned authority to book the guilty and take stern actions
according to the law.

For Further Information,
Krishna Sapkota
Media Officer
Freedom Forum
Thapathali, Kathmandu <> <>

via / thanks to:
Asiapacific-general mailing list

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