Πέμπτη, Μαΐου 15, 2008
UN, which estimated Wednesday that as many as 2.5 million people have been severely affected by Cyclone Nargis, has suggested an emergency meeting of the donor nations, as Myanmar’s junta tried to lay down restrictions to the distribution of foreign aid. A UN official said that the restrictions set by Myanmar’s regime increase the risks of famine and the spreading of infectious diseases among the survivors. Thailand’s Prime Minister met with his Burmese counterpart and urged him to lift the restrictions and allow foreign aid workers to enter the country. The latter, however, told him that the junta is capable of dealing the problems on its own.
In New York, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has allegedly voiced his disappointment over Myanmar’s slow response, urged donor nations to hold a summit to deal with the crisis. British ambassador to the UN John Sawers insinuated that the Summit will be something more that a simple donor nations Summit, terming it as an important international meeting.
According to indymedia.uk the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel Farley Mowat was attacked by armed officers from the Canadian Coast Guard on 12th April. The 1st officer and the captain of the ship have been arrested and will be brought before a court in Canada charged with offences related to coming too close to the seal hunt. One woman allegedly sustained a head injury when was roughed up and received a blow to the head by an officer. The ship has been impounded and is currently being towed to a nearby port.
The Sea Shepherd has been documenting the Canadian seal hunt since the middle of March. On the 30th March, the Coast Guard rammed the Sea Shepherd ship twice, in an attempt to keep it away from the seal hunt. On 5th April, the ship was attacked by a mob of 30-40 angry seal hunters while anchored in the French island of St. Pierre. The crew of the Farley Mowat has been documenting violations of the humane regulations and gathering proof that seals are still being killed in an inhumane manner. The EU Parliament will be voting on an import ban on seal products later this year. The Canadian goverment has been actively lobbying to show that the hunt has become 'humane and sustainable'.
The Ministry of Information Industry appealed top the Chinese public for rescue equipment including hammers, shovels, demolition tools and rubber boats.
The call came as China finally accepted its first offer of foreign aid workers, from Japan, having previously refused outside help.