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Perspectivas / Perspectives

Tibet’s fate is one of tragedy and hope

"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."
Gautama Buddha


Because of China’s illegal occupation, the people of Tibet have lost the right to determine their own destiny. But forced into exile, the Dalai Lama has become a compassionate leader for the world and a source of endless inspiration to resolve the Tibet-China conflict.

When Xi Jinping took over as China’s top leader in 2012, there were hopes that his reputation as a moderate and his father’s relationship with the Dalai Lama would lead to a softening of policies. Instead, Xi has proven to be a hardliner whose indefinite rule began this past month, unforeseen a decade ago.

Dalai LamaBy controlling Tibet’s environment, China controls life not just for Tibetans—but for the nearly 2 billion people across Asia that depend on Tibet’s water, land, and other resources. China is constructing massive dams on Tibetan rivers at an unprecedented pace. This weaponization of water and pollution from construction threatens nearly two billion people across Asia who depend on Tibet’s water.

At least 50 Tibetans have been persecuted for defending their environment, with four known deaths—one peaceful protestor was shot and killed by Chinese forces and three more died in prison. To make way for highways, mining projects, and sprawling development, tens of thousands of Tibetan nomads have been pushed off their lands.

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Border agents will evaluate the right of asylum to Immigrants who try to enter the US illegally through the southern border

  • Border agents will take them into custody as part of a limited experiment that will grant them access to legal advice on the asylum claim.

temporary facilities for asylum seekers in USTemporary facilities for asylum seekersWashington, DC, Apr.16.– Starting Friday, April 14, a small number of migrants trying to enter the country illegally will be able to count on legal advice as part of a border control experiment announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

This experiment has begun since the norm created by the previous pandemic, which facilitated the asylum-application procedures for the great majority of migrants, is coming to an end. The DHS has since this past Friday hired a provider of legal services to represent the applicants and counsel them on how to handle the assessment of their case during the so-called "founded fear interviews."

For this purpose, large temporary facilities of the Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP) have been built where migrants will be detained for a maximum of 72 hours to wait for the evaluation interview.

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Council of Europe Secretary General calls for increased political will to implement ECHR judgments

European Court of Human Rights logoRef. DC 084(2023)

Strasbourg, Apr.4.– The Secretary General of the 46-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has urged member states to show increased political will to implement judgments from the European Court of Human Rights, and to improve their capacity for doing so.

“Complying with court rulings is essential to the rule of law. Over the years, our member states have made consistent progress in putting the European Court’s judgments into practice, but the Court is now dealing with more and more cases of increasing complexity,” said the Secretary-General.

“Across Europe, the human rights convention has progressively changed people’s lives for the better. In order for this positive impact to continue, our member states must demonstrate the political will to implement judgments fully and consistently.”

According to the latest annual report from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers on the execution of ECHR judgments, 1,459 new cases were transferred by the European Court to the Committee of Ministers, which supervises their implementation by member states, in 2022.

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Journeys of resilience in Ukraine – Millions of people are in a state of flux

Ukraine's front lines 4/4/23

United Nations, Geneva. Mar.31.– The landscape and emotions of the Ukrainian people may be scarred and raw, but they are not giving up according to the Regional Director of the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Manfred Profazi, who is based in Vienna, Austria, has been touring some of the regions in Ukraine which have been most seriously affected by over 13 months of conflict following Russia’s full-scale invasion.

He has told UN News what he’s been seeing across the devastated country and how IOM has provided comfort to people forced to flee their homes due to the fighting and bombardment of civilian areas.

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Avanza el Caso Venezuela en la Corte Penal Internacional








El Comité Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Venezuela, CICIVEN, manifiesta su total coincidencia con el Informe presentado por el Fiscal de la Corte Penal Internacional, Karim Khan, sobre las observaciones del gobierno de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, en cuanto a reanudar la investigación de crímenes de lesa humanidad en Venezuela.

Es importante destacar que el Fiscal Khan, en el documento señalado, indica que la evaluación de la Fiscalía, de conformidad  con el artículo 53.1 del Estatuto de Roma, deja en claro que “existe una base razonable para creer que en Venezuela se han cometido crímenes de lesa humanidad, que son graves y exigen investigación y enjuiciamiento”; más adelante se indica que “bajo el artículo 18, el gobierno de Venezuela no ha demostrado que se ha realizado o está realizando investigaciones o enjuiciamientos nacionales, que reflejen suficientemente el alcance de la investigación prevista por el Tribunal, tal como define el artículo 18 apartado 1”.

En la parte final de su Informe a la Sala de Asuntos Preliminares, el Fiscal Khan indica, “La fiscalía encontró que hay una base razonable para creer que al menos miles de opositores, aparentes o reales del gobierno de Venezuela, fueron arrestados y detenidos sin base legal, varios cientos fueron sometidos a actos de torturas, más de un centenar fueron sometidos a diferentes formas de violencia sexual y de género, y que dichas víctimas también fueron perseguidas por motivos políticos”; luego agrega que “la totalidad de las investigaciones nacionales y procedimientos presentados por el gobierno de Venezuela no reflejan suficientemente la investigación prevista por la Corte, porque no ha habido investigación de crímenes de lesa humanidad, las investigaciones se enfocan exclusivamente en oficiales de bajo rango y perpetradores aparentemente físicos, y los crímenes fueron enmarcados en términos de ‘casos aislados’, sin ninguna investigación sobre patrones más amplios de conducta o políticas subyacentes”.

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