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The Veto Scandal

Posted in America, Britain, Equality, European Union, Islamic Revolution, Israel, News, Security Council, Summit, United Nations with tags , , , , on 13/04/2017 by floroy1942

Is it any wonder that Russia vetoed the Security Councils resolution on the Syria chemical attack? The veto has been a thorn in the side of the United Nations for the last forty years.

Russian Veto

In my view the only reason Russia is backing Assad is to retain their military bases in Syria. Practically the whole world  blames Assad for the chemical attacks on his own people but Russia still stands by him, and has done since the beginning of the conflict.

Russia has a naval base in Syria on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea given to them by Assad and they don’t want to lose it, which is why they are backing him.

Negotiations have been going on for years trying to stop Assad from using chemical weapons on his own people, but all have failed because of Russia’s backing.

Founders of the United Nations

The veto goes back to the time when the United Nations was formed by Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin after the Second World War and they initiated the veto to stop other countries from putting the world in danger. It has survived up to the present day and many of the decisions made by various countries have stopped positive action being taken against nations that have caused problems. The only exception was the Korean War which took place in 1950. Here the United Nations acted as it was supposed to and stopped the Communists from taking over the whole Korean peninsula.

But when you get to the present day the veto has caused more problems in the world. The United States vetoed any action against Israel during the war with Egypt in 1973 among many others, and Russia has constantly vetoed any action against Assad.

In my view the veto should be scrapped, for all countries must have a say in how the world is run. If it is, then we can stop many conflicts around the world before they get started.

I have for a long time said that the United Nations has a duty to put an end to the ISIS threat once and for all. It should gather a group of nations and go in and wipe them out. Once ISIL has been thoroughly defeated then the world can return to peace, and Islam will get the message that they will never end up ruling the world. Assad should be arrested and put on trial for the atrocities he has committed against his own people.

It is only by the concerted efforts of all countries that this debacle will end. The sad thing is, it will never end until Russia stops backing Assad.

Sad to say, the United Nations has lost its original mandate and become nothing more than a talking shop that does not achieve anything when it comes to world peace. The true purpose of its foundation was lost years ago, and today it does nothing more than verbally ‘condemn’ actions by countries or groups that want to cause trouble.

The Syrian war has been going on for years, but if the United Nations had stepped in positively at the beginning it would have been long over.

It is time for the United Nations to start acting as it was intended, and prevent wars breaking out. If it does not, then we might as well scrap it.

Roy.

Israel – The Slow But Sure Land Grab.

Posted in America, Arab, Britain, European Union, Israel, Justice, Netanyahu, News, Palestine, United Nations with tags , , , , on 03/02/2017 by floroy1942

What would you say if your neighboring country slowly, bit by bit, started taking over your land and built settlements in your country? Naturally you would be outraged and start doing something about it. So why is the world not doing something about the gradual takeover of Palestinian land by Israel?

Ever since 1947 Israel has expanded its territory into Palestine by building settlements and towns on land that does not belong to them. The Palestinians have complained to the United Nations, and every major country in the world, but all complaints have fallen on deaf ears. If this keeps up, within a few years Palestine will no longer exist because it will have been taken over in its entirety by the Israelis.

In excess of 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel annexed the West Bank and East Jerusalem after the 1967 war, all on Palestinian land. On Wednesday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was moving ahead with plans to set up a new settlement on the West Bank ‘for the first time in more than two decades’.

The announcement came as Israeli police cleared protesters from the unauthorised settler outpost of Amona. Israel’s Supreme Court has ordered Amona to be dismantled because it was built on private Palestinian land. So why have they not done this before?

The United Nations has for years condemned the land grab by Israel, but they have taken no action to put a stop to it except to vocally condemn the actions of the Israeli government.

How would the American’s feel if Canada or Mexico began building settlements over the border and claiming it for themselves? You can bet your life there would be an uproar of protestation, and it might even get to the stage of military action.

No such thing is taking place in Israel and Palestine, for the Palestinian cries of protest have all fallen on deaf ears for years, thanks to the backing of the United States who are solidly behind Israel. Now with Trump in charge we may see a change in attitude by the United States.

 

The Shrinking Map Of Palestine

The Shrinking Map Of Palestine

When Israel went to war with the surrounding Arab states in 1967 and 1973 they won convincingly and claimed the Sinai desert as their own. Even when Palestinian fighters fought against Israel to try and save their land they were called terrorists and quickly defeated. Since that time the Israeli borders have pushed back steadily until today, Palestine has all but disappeared.

You can be pretty certain that the small areas still under Palestinian control will disappear in the next few years, and Palestine will be wiped from the map completely to become the State of Israel.

Don’t for one minute think that I am a Palestinian sympathiser for I am not, but this injustice has to have a voice somewhere.

Roy.

People Die While Politicians Argue

Posted in Afghanistan, America, Britain, European Union, Immigrants, Islamic State, News, Politics, Terrorists, United Nations with tags , , , , on 12/09/2015 by floroy1942
The Challenge - Are Our Politicians Up To It?

The Challenge – Are Our Politicians Up To It?

How much longer must the people wait before the politicians take the inevitable action to stop the terrorist groups indiscriminately killing across the world? How long must the people of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria and the other 139 countries in the world accept the death and destruction caused by terrorist groups operating in their countries? How much longer will the world’s politicians make excuses for not initiating decisive action together to wipe out these people?

Questions, questions, questions, but sadly no answers from those we have voted in to govern us, and look after the security of the country we live in. For far too long we have heard of the atrocities carried out by groups like Islamic State and Boko Haram, and innocent people are dying or fleeing daily.

Not A Difinitive Answer

Air Strikes – Not A Definitive Answer

True, an international coalition led by the USA, which includes five Arab states and several European countries are carrying out bombing raids on Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria, but even the military know this is not enough. It has failed to stop the atrocities carried out by these sub-humans. I was going to say ‘animals’, but that would be an insult to animals everywhere.

Meanwhile Europe is being overwhelmed by immigrants fleeing the fighting, which is eventually going to cause many problems. Our politicians are busy talking about the crisis but its all hot air and no action.

David Cameron is the only public figure to actually say out loud that we need to attack the source of the problem and thereby stop the mass exodus from countries like Syria and Iraq. As you would expect, not one person took any notice of what he said, but he is right!

The UN - Useless

The UN – Useless

The United Nations has said and done nothing to solve this world crisis. All we hear from them is complaints from the UNHCR about how some countries are treating refugees fleeing to Europe!

This is a body formed to ensure world peace for crying out loud, but what do they do, keep their mouths shut, do nothing, and pick up their fat paychecks at the end of every month. We might as well fill the UN with fat pigs and let them roam around the building, for they would be about as useful as these incompetent idiots.

And Still They Come

And Still They Come

It is time for someone to stand up and call the nations of the world together to deal with this Islamic Jihad threat once and for all. Only when they are all dead will this threat disappear, and then the refugees can return home.

What do we have to look forward to otherwise? Years of wasted effort in fighting these people, thousands more dead, and several million refugees all wanting to come to Europe now that the precedent has been set, leading to the total destruction of the European economy.

We have had enough of silence from the UN, it is now time for positive action Ban Ki Moon!

Roy.

The Great Syrian Refugee Hoax

Posted in Afghanistan, Britain, European Union, Immigration, Islamic State, News, Pakistan, Politics, Terrorism, UK with tags , , , , on 08/09/2015 by floroy1942

The European Union is currently accepting tens of thousands of refugees monthly who claim to be Syrian. We are willing to accept these people because they are fleeing violence and death, but how many are really from Syria?

Pakistani And Bangladeshi Refugees Arriving In Lesbos.

Pakistani And Bangladeshi Refugees Arriving In Lesbos.

Evidence has now come to light that very many are indeed not, and are nothing more than economic refugees from places like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, along with some African States. Serbian border police say that 90% of those arriving from Macedonia, some 3,000 a day, claim they are Syrian although they have no documents to prove it.

“You can see that something is fishy when most of those who cross into Serbia enter January first as the date of their birth,” said border police officer Miroslav Jovic. “Guess that’s the first date that comes to their mind.” The chief of the European Union border agency Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri, said that trafficking in fake Syrian passports has increased. “A lot of people enter Turkey with fake Syrian papers, because they know that they’ll get asylum in the EU more easily,” said.

Pointing out a black African, a Syria refugee said, “There are too many people saying we are from Syria, but he is not from Syria. He is black and he said ‘I am from Syria.’ Unbelievable.” German customs officials have intercepted many packages of passports sent to Germany, some fake and some genuine.

Misguided People. Genuine Refugees Yes, But Economic Ones No!

Misguided People. Genuine Refugees Yes, But Economic Ones No!

Serbian border patrols have found many discarded passports, identity cards, driving licences and other identity documents in fields along the border fence put up by Hungary. Most of the documents are from Pakistani’s and people from Bangladesh. From this it is clear that many refugees are from countries that are not at war, and are therefore here purely for economic reasons, and yet there are still some misguided souls among us that wish to welcome them.

Among those who had no second thoughts about ditching their true identity was Rafik from Pakistan.”I’m leaving my old life behind,” said Rafik, who gave only his first name because he feared repercussions when applying for asylum in Germany. “I’m starting a new one. I don’t have a passport, nor any other identity paper,” he said, as he dashed under the fence into Hungary. “Let’s see which country they will choose to kick me back to.”

These people believe they have a greater chance of being accepted if they have forged papers, or none at all and say they are from Syria. This is the main reason why we have so many tens of thousands of ‘refugees’ entering Europe.

No Families

No Families

A very, very large portion of them are bogus and it remains to be seen what happens in the next year. As I have said previously, the largest portion of these refugees are young to middle-aged men without families. You can see that on every piece of news footage and it makes me think about where this will lead us in the future.

Another danger is that when we allow all these young and middle-aged men into Europe, they will set about bringing their families here too. So we accept one hundred thousand refugees, and within a year or two that swells to over half a million as their families arrive. What chance do our Social, Housing and Health Services have when that happens?

Islamic State Perhaps?

Islamic State Perhaps?

It is known by the authorities that Islamic State fighters are crossing into Europe disguised as refugees, so it makes me wonder what will happen in the next year or two. With so many fit young men entering, we could end up with a major problem within a short time.

While I feel extremely sorry for those who are fleeing the violence in Syria and Iraq and would welcome them with open arms, we are putting ourselves in extreme danger by accepting these economic refugees.

No matter what Angela Merkel says, there are not enough jobs around to take all these people, and their presence will cripple all Social Services in a short space of time.

I also find it extremely discomforting to hear that after a certain period these people will be given permission to stay permanently. This is not the right path! We should be prepared to give them residence only until the troubles in their homeland are solved but not give them permanent citizenship. This may sound harsh, but it is the right way to go.

Birthrate Comparison

Birthrate Comparison

The birthrate of the Islamic people far outstrips that of indigenous Europeans by five or six to one, so what does that say about the European continent in about twenty years time? Within that time frame they may become nearly 50% of the population, and in a few more years will outnumber us. That will be about the time when Europe becomes an Islamic state.

Refugees In Arab States

Refugees In Arab States

You also have to look at what would happen if the roles were reversed. Suppose that war breaks out in Europe and hundreds of thousands of people head south for asylum in the Arab States of the Middle East. Does anyone really think they would accept us with open arms? We are all Christian nations, and in many Islamic states Christianity is outright forbidden on pain of death.

These Middle Eastern States have already closed off their borders with Iraq and Syria and will not accept any refugees, although Jordan, the exception, does have a small number of refugee camps for them, but it is the only country.

While we are duty bound, which I accept, to help refugees from war-torn countries like Iraq and Syria, Europe is now being swamped with bogus refugees who are here only to improve their living standards. While you cannot condemn them for that, they are doing it at the cost of the European economy, and pretty soon all of us will be in dire straits.

European Union

European Union

While the decisions to take in refugees have been taken by some individual governments, the dictates from the European Council have also been a problem in this area. This is one reason why Britain is to hold a referendum in 2017 on leaving the union. This would make Britain an individual country that is not under the heel of those in Brussels.

A recent poll suggests that now 51% of British people are for leaving the European Union, up from 46% in a poll taken last July. Although I never put much faith in these polls, it is an indication of the trend in British thinking. Many fear the current trend in the refugee situation, and as many as 22% of the ‘No’ voters said they could change their minds if this situation continues.

The Endless Stream

The Endless Stream

It is fairly certain that the refugee crisis is far from over, because the more people we accept into Europe, the more will try to come here. The figures may well drop as the winter sets in, but you can bet your life that next spring it will start all over again. If there is even a vague chance of being accepted in Europe with their entire family, they will try.

The Future?

The Future?

The only thing that can stop that will be if the Islamic State terrorists currently moving into Europe start attacks on the continent. If that happens we could see major military action in many European countries as our armed forces are made to fight a domestic war in their own country. One Islamic State source has reported that several weeks ago at least four thousand I.S. had landed in Europe disguised as refugees. How many more are there in this current influx of people? As I recently reported, I.S. is now telling those who want to go to Syria and Iraq to fight with them to stay and begin carrying out terrorist attacks in their home countries.

Food for thought!

Roy.

Hungary Takes The Lead

Posted in Benefits, Britain, European Union, Germany, Immigrants, Islamic State, News, Politics, UK, United Nations with tags , , , , on 03/09/2015 by floroy1942
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto

Recent reports show that Hungary is about to take a step that all European countries should take. Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told reporters on Tuesday “We plan to register all migrants regardless of the fact that we are not the first member state they enter. We will register everyone who submits the request for asylum. If the decision is positive the refugee can stay, but if it is not positive we cannot give shelter to the economic migrants, we cannot bear that burden, so they will be returned where they come from.”

It is good to hear that finally one country has the balls to send economic migrants back where they came from. This is something I have advocated for some time, simply because Europe cannot sustain the hundreds of thousands who come here thinking we are a soft touch.

Mass Killing By ISIS Elements

Mass Killing By ISIS Elements

I agree that we should help those who are fleeing the barbarism of terror groups like Islamic State, the Taliban and Boko Haram, but a great majority are here purely for the perks. They know that once they get to settle in a country like Britain, Holland, Sweden, France or Germany for example, they will be cared for, housed, fed, and given whatever medical help they need.

On news reports you can see that more than half are single young men without a family, and you can bet your cotton socks that once they are accepted, their entire family will follow them. It is without a doubt true what Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto says, the more we let in the more will try to come here until the entire continent is totally overrun.

Here is what some of the general public think of the crisis:

Looking at the “migrants” shut out of the railway station in Budapest – they are not refugees, they are mostly all young men – not elderly, or women, or children that you might expect to be fleeing conflict, but young men who surely should be looking to fight for their country, not come to Europe to chant at and fight us!

Finally one country has the balls to refuse them entry and send them packing. Good on Ya Hungry. The rest of Europe watch and learn, this is what we the General Public and true Europeans have been wanting our Governments to show there strength and send them all packing back to where the came from!!!

Europe is becoming a ‘dumping ground’. for the worlds flotsam and jetsam and as their numbers continue increasing at an alarming rate so the countries of Europe will descend further and further into decline. Britain cannot absorb any more ‘economic passengers’ as they are already overloading our schools, hospitals and doctors surgeries. These people are not paying guests but are a drain on the DHSS, local housing and social services. They turn up with nothing in their pockets, put nothing into the economy and expect the British tax payers to keep them housed, fed and clothed. The government must stop treating these people like charitable organisations and do what Hungary are now doing and return them all back to where they came from.

If this migrant crisis continues it will break up the EU as already there is fighting among European leaders. The good news is we won’t be needing a referendum on whether or not we stay in Europe after all.

Fighting to Board A Train

Fighting to Board A Train

This just goes to show how ‘out of touch’ the politicians in Europe are with the people. Today (3/9) it appears that the government has at last opened up the Budapest railway station to the migrants who are now being allowed to travel on to Germany. Some have been stopped at the border and are intended to be housed in a refugee camp, but they have refused.

It is way past time that the E.U. started separating out the economic refugees from the genuine ones before the entire continent is overrun. All economic refugees should be sent back immediately, because if we continue to accept them the floodgates will be seen to be wide open and many more will come.

It is really a replay of what Tony Blair did to Britain with his ‘Multi-Cultural Britain’ Policy, but Europe-wide. I am of the opinion that if you trace all this back to its roots, Tony Blair must carry much of the blame for Europe’s current troubles because he set the precedent.

Europe is already struggling with the number of migrants that have been accepted, and Holland for one is a country that is about to toughen up its acceptance measures. The government is to cut off food supplies and shelter to all those who are not accepted as genuine refugees, i.e. economic refugees.

Mark Rutte

Mark Rutte

Failed asylum seekers will be given a ‘few weeks’ of help but after that they would then either be deported or sent away to fend for themselves. From November, the centre-right coalition of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, which competes for votes with the popular anti-immigration party of Geert Wilders, wants to close 30 regional “bed, bath and bread” shelters where asylum seekers have been able till now to get help on the basis of need.

The U.N.’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination added to outside criticism of the Dutch policy, saying basic needs of migrants should be provided unconditionally. “As long as they are in the Netherlands, they have to enjoy minimum standards of living,” said Ion Diaconu, who helped write the U.N. report. If that is the case why then is the United Nations not helping to solve the problem instead of sitting on its hands and doing nothing?

Rutte responded on Friday that it would be “crazy” to offer permanent shelter to people who refused to leave. “We are talking about the group that can go back, whose governments would take them back, but they don’t want to go back.”

Holland, one of the smallest countries in Europe is the eighth-largest destination for asylum seekers, accounting for 4 percent of total arrivals in 2014. Total applications last year rose 87 percent to 24,535. The country took in hundreds of thousands of migrants from Morocco and Turkey in the 1960s and 1970s before tightening its policy over the past decade.

Routes To Germany

Routes To Germany

Most migrants wish to enter Germany, Sweden or Denmark and many have been accepted, but there is a growing anti-immigration feeling in these countries as the numbers get bigger and bigger. Poll results given out today indicate that half the inhabitants of Germany are very worried about the number of refugees being accepted into the country.

There can be little doubt that some time in the very near future this swarm of migrants must be brought to a halt because the economy, the health services and housing problems are beginning to bite hard. Very soon the economy of the entire European continent will be in big trouble if we continue to accept and provide shelter, food and health care to these people.

There is only one answer to this entire problem. All the terrorist organizations like Islamic State and Boko Haram must be totally annihilated by an international effort so these people can return home. Otherwise Europe will drown in a sea of immigrants.

The people of Europe have had enough of this problem, and to see yet more tens of thousands arriving every month means eventually that the ‘kettle will boil over’ and there will be civil unrest on a scale not seen before. The politicians need to act now to curb the flow.

Roy.

Are The Iran Nuclear Negotiations Worth It?

Posted in America, Britain, European Union, Insurgents, Iran, Israel, News, Nuclear Proliferation, Terrorism, United Nations with tags , , , , on 09/04/2015 by floroy1942

Do you believe that Iran is seeking to make nuclear weapons or that, as they say, it is for peaceful purposes only? This thorny issue has been of major concern to many countries for the past twelve years. For more than a decade negotiations have been on-going, and in my view are still far from an agreement.

Says It All Really

Says It All Really

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

In a recent statement Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said, “I have never been optimistic about negotiating with America. While I was not optimistic, I agreed with this particular negotiation and supported the negotiators.” He went on to say, “We will sign no agreement but the one that immediately abolishes all the economic sanctions on the first day of the implementation of the agreement.” It would seem he wants ‘to have his cake and eat it too’.

The negotiators on the other side of the table are insisting that sanctions will be lifted gradually once it is seen that Iran is abiding by the terms of the agreement. I would consider this to be a much more sensible approach than that stated by the Iranian Leader.

Iran's Nuclear Facilities

Iran’s Nuclear Facilities

To demand the removal of all sanctions on the day the agreement is signed is no guarantee that Iran will fully take the steps required to limit its nuclear programme.

There will need to be a system of inspections by the  The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to ensure conformance with the terms of the agreement, otherwise Iran could just continue with their activities in secret. This all takes time to arrange, and verification will be a long process. In my view, Iran has been stringing out these talks for more than ten years while in the background they have been continuing their quest for fissionable material. After so many years of negotiation it is highly possible they already have sufficient material to make at least one nuclear weapon, crude though it might be. It would be easy to hide this away somewhere out of sight of the IAEA inspectors.

Nuclear Site

Nuclear Site

It is worthy to note that when they first allowed these inspectors into their sites a couple of years ago they allowed inspections of all but one, and then some months later allowed the inspectors into that site while refusing them entry to another. Smells fishy to me, how about you?

If over the intervening years Iran has managed to make sufficient nuclear material for a bomb, what would they do with it?

Their two main enemies are Israel, and as stated on many an occasion, the United States of America. So if you were them, and had a secret nuclear bomb what would you do with it?

Tactics

Tactics

The whole idea of Iran becoming a nuclear nation is a horrific one, for being a staunch Islamic nation which has shown its hatred for the West on many occasions, with atomic weapons it is capable of anything.  Iran has been a very active supporter of terrorist groups across the world, supplying them with arms and funds for their inhuman activities, so who is to say they will not provide someone like al Quada or Islamic State with a nuclear weapon?

A Terrorists Dream

A Terrorists Dream

There are without doubt more than enough terrorist organizations that would love to have a nuclear weapon, no matter how crude. They make no secret about who their enemies are, and would love the chance to blow up Tel Aviv or New York for example. Who is to say Iran would not initiate a devastating nuclear attack on Israel, their sworn enemy?

'Diplomacy' At Work

‘Diplomacy’ At Work

Iran as a nuclear nation would also be a great threat in the Middle East, for it would give them control, and if you remember, that’s where most of the world’s oil comes from.

This insistence by Iran that all sanctions are lifted as soon as the agreement is signed could spell the end of the negotiations. It remains to be seen if the western powers will cave in to this, but if they do it will set a dangerous precedent.

Roy.

Ever Heard Of FGM?

Posted in Afghanistan, Child Abuse, England, Europe, Human Rights, Immigrants, Justice, Muslim, News, Police with tags , , , , on 06/02/2015 by floroy1942

Its a fair bet that women will understand the initials FGM far more than men, mainly because it concerns them even though it is carried out by men. Confused? Never mind, FGM stands for female genitalia mutilation and is carried out in many countries to female children and adults.

FGM In Africa

FGM In Africa

Sometimes the reason for this is religious, and in other cases because it’s tradition, but either way the victim has no say in what happens to them. It is generally carried out on infants and girls up to the age of fifteen, but is occasionally inflicted on women after childbirth or marriage.

FGM In Practice

FGM In Practice

The actual procedure calls for the removal of the clitoris or labia, the narrowing of the vaginal opening; or piercing, scraping and burning of the genital area. This is more often than not carried out without anaesthetics, using knives, scissors, razor blades and, in some instances, even shards of glass. Normally the patient will be held down by three or four women while the ‘practitioner’ carries out the procedure.

To say that this is barbaric is without doubt an understatement, but the practice is widespread and not restricted to any single country or religion. It is most prevalent in Africa but also in Muslim countries of the Middle East, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it happens in Christian countries also.

In many other countries it is down to pure tradition. The practice of female genital mutilation dates back at least 2,000 years and was used in ancient Egypt as a sign of distinction amongst the aristocracy. In some cultures, it is valued as a rite of passage from childhood to womanhood but others believe it is a means of preserving a girl’s virginity until marriage. In most countries that still practice it FGM is a pre-requisite for marriage, with marriage being vital to a woman’s social and economic survival.

Within the Muslim faith Imams have been known to say that a woman does not have the right to enjoy sex with a man, although there is nothing to substantiate this in the Qur’an. They say a woman is born for the sole purpose to serve her master and bear his children.

FGM-women-who-have-been-cut-1024x887It is estimated that around 680,000 women and children have suffered this in Europe alone, and world-wide estimates by UNICEF put the figure at 125 million.

Statistics indicate that the United Kingdom, with 137,000 known cases, has twice as many such cases as any other country in Europe. France comes next with 61,000 cases followed by Italy, Holland, Germany, Austria and Belgium. These mutilations are restricted solely to immigrant families.

The tragic part about this whole affair is the lack of legal action against the perpetrators of this vile act. Only recently Britain made its first ever prosecution against British doctor Dhanuson Dharmasena, but he was this week acquitted of carrying out FGM on a new mother in London.

Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena

Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena

At his trial it came out that Doctor Dharmasena had to put in a stitch to stop a woman bleeding after emergency labour. The woman had previously suffered FGM when she was a child in Somalia. The doctors lawyer made the following statement: “My client strongly believes this case was nothing more than a show trial – an effort by the CPS to regain some confidence after failing to bring a prosecution despite FGM laws being in place since 1985.”

However, it would seem that the law in Europe is finally waking up to this scandal. European Commission figures to January 2012 show that in France 40 men have so far been charged, with six in Spain, two in Italy and Sweden, and the Netherlands and Denmark with one each. Pitifully few when you consider the number of children and women who have been brutalized.

Now why you may ask have so few been charged, well, in the UK the problem is that the police do not investigate such cases. The UK Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee (HAC) said,  “The police and others told us two factors contributed to the small number of investigations — a reliance on victims or witnesses to report to the police, which they are unlikely to do, and the failure of health, education and social care professionals to refer cases to the police where they suspect FGM to have taken place.”

One would imagine with this mutilation being as common as it is both the Social Services, Health Authorities and the Police would do more to bring charges against the individuals responsible. Any doctor who finds evidence of this practice during a routine examination should be duty bound to report it.

Tools Of The Trade

Tools Of The Trade

The HAC said in its report,  “A key feature of the French system is the use of regular medical check-ups on children up to the age of six, which includes examination of the genitals. The system is not mandatory, though receipt of social security is dependent on participation. Furthermore, girls identified as being at risk of FGM are required to have medical examinations every year, and whenever they return from abroad.”

It would appear that France has got its act together before any other European nation. We can only hope that more will follow their lead and put an end to this vile practice.

Roy.

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