Posts tagged ‘BBC’

June 1, 2011

Shocking video of horrific abuse of disabled children in care centre in Britain

[Jane James, Child Crime Contributor]

It took BBC undercover reporter, Joe Casey, 5 weeks of secret filming on location, to unearth the hidden horrors of the systematic abuse being inflicted upon disabled children in care centres in Britain.  His Panorama program report is disturbing and shows carers at a leading residential care centre in Britain, Winterbourne View, involved in horrific abuse of the children in its care.  As a result of the video, arrests have been made by the police.

He comments:-

“My experience at Winterbourne View will stay with me for a very long time. The hitting, slapping, bullying, dousing with water, cruel and often pointless use of physical restraint on people – many with a child-like understanding of the world – all happened in front of my eyes.

On a near-daily basis, I watched as some of the very people entrusted with the care of society’s most vulnerable targeted patients – often, it seemed, for their own amusement. They are scenes of torment that are not easily forgotten”.

See the video to get his report, but it is shocking, so viewer discretion is advised.

May 31, 2011

Brave muslim woman cuts of rapist’s penis and hands it over to shocked police as evidence

[Silvana Shaktar, Muslim Affairs Contributor]

MailOnline:  Monju Begum, 40, who lives in Bangladesh, claims that when Mozammel Haq Mazi broke into her house and tried to rape her, during the attack she managed to cut off his penis and struggle free and run off to a nearby police station where she handed the penis over to shocked officers for forensic tests and as evidence.

The police said that the woman had painstakingly wrapped the penis in a plastic bag when she delivered the organ to them. They later on handed the penis over to hospital authorities who tried desperately to re-attach the dislocated organ to Mozammel unsuccessfully and have now discarded it.

It is not known whether the penis rejected the man, or vice versa during the operation.

Mozammel, who is now in hospital recovering, said that he was having an affair with the woman who had become angry with him when he refused to move in with her. It was then, he alleges, that she brutally cut off his manhood and ran away with it.

The married man and father of five children is due to be arrested and brought to court once he has recovered from the loss.

May 12, 2011

“We will hunt you down and kill you wherever you are”, President Obama authorises international death squads

[Kim Treadweather, Political Contributor]

BBC:  President Obama, in his defence of  his assassination of Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan recently, has sent a clear message to those who cause trouble for the USA, their associates and those perceived to be connected with them: “Wherever you are, we will hunt you down and kill you”. 

The president’s message effectively legalises the USA’s right to perpetrate extra-judicial killings on foreign soil. In particular, having declared that ‘justice has been done’, upon hearing the news of  Bin Laden’s assassination by Navy SEALS in Pakistan, the president had commented that the execution had been: “Within the bounds of our customs and traditions”.

Although, the death of the man who had been widely held to have been the architect of the the 11 September 2001 attacks on the USA which killed around 3000 people, was welcome news for most worldwide, questions are starting to emerge about the legality of the assassination.

BBC World Service said that according to Benjamin Ferencz, an ex Nuremburg trials prosecutor: “The issue here is whether what was done was an act of legitimate self-defence.. it would have been better to capture Bin Laden and send him to a court….killing a captive who poses no immediate threat is a crime under military law as well as all other law….”.  Adding to this, British law professor, Phillipe Sands QC told the BBC:  “As a matter of international law, one country is not free to enter another country apparently without the authorisation of that country, and intervene, whether to kidnap or kill a national of a third state”.

This concern has also been tabled by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns as well as the special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Martin Scheinin. They said:-

“In certain exceptional cases, use of deadly force may be permissible as a measure of last resort… including in operations against terrorists …however, the norm should be that terrorists be dealt with as criminals, through legal processes of arrest, trial and judicially decided punishment …actions taken by states in combating terrorism, especially in high profile cases, set precedents for the way in which the right to life will be treated in future instances”.

Following from this, international law analysts are saying that if the USA situation is recognised as legal, there is nothing to stop other countries, with total impunity, as in the case of Bin Laden’s assassination by the USA, authorising their own death squads to hunt down and kill in foreign countries those they perceive to be their enemies, or who have committed acts of terror, or those who are perceived to be assisting them.

That, they say will create a world whereby the rights of  all for criminal justice before a court, will disappear entirely and encourage regimes to summarily dispose of anyone perceived to be a threat to them, or their interests.

In that regard, it is important, they are saying, that the USA is made to account before an international tribunal for its assassination of Bin Laden, who by all accounts was unarmed man and had offered no resistance to the SEALS who had killed him and who had subsequently disposed of his body without the order of any court, effectively preventing a post-mortem examination as to the circumstances of his death.

May 9, 2011

Privacy superinjunctions on Twitter

[Paul Jensen, LLB Courts and Law Contributor]

MailOnline reports that British newspapers are up in arms over the increasing prevalence of UK ‘superinjuctions’ and are delighted that it seems that Twitter has apparently flouted these privacy court orders by allowing one of its users to set up an account called ‘superinjunctions’ whereby the names of the British celebrities taking out the measures were named.

However, the media’s delight may well be short-lived, as today I searched Twitter and came up with the account and the list of names, but found that Twitter had moderated the list, so that the names were no longer available to be seen.

For those of you who don’t know this, ‘superinjunctions’ refer to privacy orders given by a UK court whereby it becomes a contempt of court (punishable by imprisonment and fine) for the specified private details about a person to be published. The injunctions can bind the whole world and generally cost around £120,000 to achieve in the UK.  However, in other jurisdictions, eg., Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia, the cost may be considerably less expensive, but just as effective.

Effectively, it is possible to get the injunctions in any jurisdiction where this is not prohibited by the country’s constitution, or similar laws. In particular,  courts of record (eg., High Court) in common law countries have an inherent right to grant these injunctions.  The USA, however, is an exception as the First Amendment of its constitution specifically prohibits the right to privacy of individuals. This glaring omission has created a raging monsters of ‘blogplainting’ whereby dissing can be done via multitude of complaint boards quickly and effectively upon anyone, by anyone no matter whether the complaints, or published materials are true or false.

The sad news for the British media is that it will be difficult for USA-based publishers, be they Internet based, or not, to circumvent the UK courts’ privacy orders as a result of the USA courts’ reciprocity of judgments recognition protocols which provide for USA courts to respect and enforce orders from any jurisdiction that has reciprocity of judgment recognition with the USA.  Hence Twitter’s quick action to ‘redact’ the list of published names.  Similarly, a few weeks ago, Wikipedia faced with a similar problem, removed the offending postings.

May 7, 2011

The ‘long and winding road’ to happiness, Sir Paul McCartney to marry for the 3rd time

[Celebrities News Contributor, Anja Dneskova]

BBC: Sir Paul McCartney is set to marry his girlfriend of some 4 years running.  He has announced that he is engaged to be married to 51 year old, Nancy Shevell, a New York businesswoman. She will become his third wife.

Ringo Starr, former Beatles member like Sir Paul has offered congratulations and wishes for their happiness.

May 5, 2011

Abbottabad residents say Bin Laden’s death a fake – BBC news

[Joisha Muhammed, Pakistan News Contributor]

BBC: The residents of Abbottabad, the city where Osama Bin Laden was recently executed by Navy SEALS, do not believe the USA‘s account of his death.

Where is the body, why was it buried at sea – nothing to do with Islamic traditions – why no photographs, why so many conflicting accounts by those who said they killed Bin Laden – residents are asking.

It seems that no amount of wreath-laying, photos of the president and his team staring at a screen purporting to show the execution of Bin Laden (which later on turned out not to be the case) and pats on the back for a job well down by the ‘sting team’ responsible for the execution, will take away the controversy surrounding the authenticity of Bin Laden’s death.

Officially, there is no body to be seen by anyone and to compound things Mr. Obama has said that he will not release any photos of the incident despite the controversy and the expectation of his CIA director, Leon Pannetta, that photos of the body should be released.  Mr. Obama is adamant that he will not release any photos, saying  that the “very graphic images” could “incite violence and become propaganda tools”.

Many in the Middle East, together with the residents of Abbottabad, are now accusing the USA of deception in the matter and quite frankly, Mr. Obama has played right  into their hands on this.

To see the BBC video of the interview with the Abbottabad residents, please click on the photo above.

April 7, 2011

Libyan rebels are angry as Nato’s ‘collateral’ damage claims at least 13 of their members’ lives

[Jamal Atkins, Libya News Contributor]

BBC News: Rebels in eastern Libya are saying that they have been mistakenly targeted in a Nato air strike which claimed at least 13 of their members’ lives. The BBC’s reporter on the scene, Wyre Davies, says that on the perimeter of Ajdabiya, the rebels had been forced to withdraw after being heavily targeted by the Nato strikes.

It is the third time that this has happened in less than a few days when coalition forces aiding the rebels mistakenly targeted and killed rebel fighters.  It is reported that many, both rebels and residents, were injured by the air strikes and there are concerns that the frequency of these kind of errors is not the result of accidents, but a result of a secret plan by Nato.

(BBC) “It is unbelievable,” said one Benghazi resident. “Nato, with all the equipment they have – is this the second mistake? Is it really a mistake or something arranged secretly?”

April 2, 2011

Weed cure for skin cancer

According to a recent BBC News report, the common weedpetty spurge‘ found in most gardens can cure skin cancer. A study involving 36 patients with skin cancer who had to apply the weed on their skins once a day showed that within a month almost 85% of the cancer had disappeared! It seems that was due to a substance called ingenol mebutate which is in the sap of the weed which not only kills the cancer cells but also encourages the activity of the white blood cells in our body that destroy residual cancer cells that could allow tumours to re-emerge.

However, folks don’t rush out to try the herb out without your medic’s approval as its sap ‘results in extreme inflammation and can lead to hospitalisation’, say doctors.

[Health & Medicine Contributor]