Thursday, August 14, 2008

Bulgaria - Ilko Todorov, 7 Year Old Chained to the Kitchen Sink

Left: Monument of Gotse/Georgi Nikolov Delchev (1872-1903). He was an important 19th century revolutionary figure in Ottoman Macedonia and Thrace.

Bulgarian Parents Chained Son to Sink while the Dog Roamed Freely

A Bulgarian couple chained their seven-year-old boy to the kitchen sink to prevent him from misbehaving while they were at work.

Social services in Bulgaria had to intervene after being notified by neighbours in the south-eastern town of Gotse Delchev, who heard the boy's father boast about how he was managing to control his son.

His parents began chaining the boy, Ilko, at the beginning of the summer holidays.

Ilko was bound by a four-metre chain to the sink when his mother, a cleaning lady, and his father, who worked in metallurgy, left the house. The chain only allowed him to move though a limited space in the house and caused chronic injuries.

The chain was long enough to allow him to open the fridge and reach their terrace - but not to go to the toilet. His only company was the family's dog Bucky - ironically, the dog was able to roam freely.

The child told social services that he was being punished for misbehaving.

His mother said her husband "was afraid his son would turn into a criminal".

Ilko has since been brought to an orphanage.

Social services were due to rule within 10 days whether he could be returned to his mother, who has promised to leave her husband.

Little Ilko Todorov was taken to a foster home after receiving medical treatment, while his parents Ilija, 40, a metal worker and Marija, 34, a cleaner, could be facing legal charges.

Speaking from the foster home, where he has been receiving intensive counselling, Ilko said: “I am happy here and I get to play with other children now. I miss my mum but I don’t want to see my dad.”

His mother Marija told authorities that she was forced to chain up her son by his domineering father. She said: “I tried to tell him not to do it, but I was afraid of him.”

The father Ilija declined to comment and only said that he chained his son in a bid to keep him away from “bad company.”

Sick pair chained up their son - 14 August 2008 - The Sun

Bulgarian parents chained son to sink: report - 14 August 2008 - ABC News

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If you can not discipline a child through communication and reasoning,
you are clearly unfit to be a parent.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Hannibal and His Wife V Innocent Hostages in Libya - Planned Protest March in September 2008 - Geneva, Switzerland

"They Are Innocent!"
The Hostages in Libya

Planned Protest March in September 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland

This is a Googled translation of an article from Le Matin on 9 August 2008 entitled

Affaire Kadhafi: des musulmans de Suisse appellent à une manifesfation -
Case Gaddafi: Muslims in Switzerland call for a manifesfation

Ali Benouari, the president of the Swiss Association of Muslims for Secularism and Union of North Africans in Switzerland - "We will organize a march to encourage Switzerland to remain firm against Libya and demand the immediate and unconditional release of hostages held on Libyan territory."

An appeal has been launched by the Swiss Association of secular Muslims and Mughrabi Union in Switzerland through the voice of their President Ali Benouari, and by the Association of Swiss against fundamentalism, chaired by Salika Wenger, MP Geneva. The event will take place in September in Geneva.

Geneva, is where it all began. Hannibal Gaddafi and his wife were arrested and charged on July 15. Since then, two Swiss nationals were imprisoned in Libya. They have been Freed but they can not leave Libya. The mother and brother of the domestic Moroccan worker, who filed the complaint against the son of Colonel Gaddafi, have been imprisoned. These are methods of a "dictatorship from another age," says Ali Benouari.

Ahmed Benani, of Moroccan origin endorsed the approach. "I condemn the taking of hostages - an act of terrorism by Gaddafi - and I am concerned to see Switzerland, the rule of law, lie down face to the requirements of such a psychopath at the head of a rogue state."

Hafid Ouardiri, director of the foundation of knowledge - Between, Geneva, was more tempered: "The situation is delicate and we must proceed with great wisdom." He would prefer a demonstration organised by an association "without connotation Community" to bring together the largest number of citizens.

The president of the Cultural Association of Muslim women in Switzerland plans to turn to send a letter to Libyan organizations in Switzerland.

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UAE - Slavery in the Conrad Hotel, Brussels - Monarchies/Royalty are Not Above the Law!

UAE - Slavery in the Conrad Hotel, Brussels - Monarchies/Royalty are Not Above the Law!

Left - The Conrad, Brussels

Unfortunately there are certain groups/people (royalty, religious, political, business, military, etc) who still turn a blind eye to such human rights violations and intolerable behaviour. They are either guilty of the same crimes behind closed doors; or they have been personally profiting financially and materially, from these Human Rights Violators.


What every European citizen and Foreign Visitor in Europe Knows......


Seven family members of deceased Emir Muhammed Khalid Al Nahyan from the United Arab Emirates were charged on 29 July 2008 with exploiting servants, while living in the Conrad Hotel, Brussels, Belgium.

They are accused of psychological harassment and risk two to five years in prison if convicted, according to prosecutors.

The servants, dubbed "slaves" in the Belgian media, allegedly had to be at the service of the Arab royals 24 hours a day and had their passport taken away on arrival in Belgium. The women were reportedly not allowed to leave the hotel and their monthly salaries were as low as £80 a month.

Most Belgian newspapers have described this case as "slavery right in the heart of Brussels".

Eleven of the family's servants, came from Egypt, Iraq, India, Morocco, Philippines, Syria and Turkey, have been given the status of victims of exploitation. Six others continue to work for the family.


The sheik's wife and her four daughters lived in Brussels and rented out an entire floor of the deluxe Conrad Hotel.

This case was brought to light when a 32 year old Moroccan woman managed to escape and went to the Belgium police. She said she had been exploited by the family of an emir from the United Arab Emirates. Her passport had been taken away. The woman said she was not the only one who'd been exploited.

Police officers and officials from Belgium's Labour Audit Authority raided the Conrad Hotel, the city's most prestigious and the preferred choice of many national leaders during European Union summits, on Tuesday 1 July 2008. The Moroccan was telling the truth.

The widow of rich sheik Mohammed Bin Khalid Al Nahyan had been living in the hotel for the past year, together with the four daughter-princesses: Shaima, Myriam, Maessa and Rawda. Since they didn't want anybody snooping around they paid for the entire fourth floor with 53(!) rooms. They had fourteen servant girls and three body guards, from the Philippines, Morocco, India, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and Syria. The servant girls in particular were exploited.

While the mother Hmada, of the princesses and their children lived in the most beautiful rooms the servant girls had to sleep in the corridor while many of the paid rooms stood empty for a possible visit.

The chic and pricy Conrad Hotel, "where you can discover the luxury of being yourself", is situated on the city's Avenue Louise and surrounded by the most expensive shops in Brussels. The price of a room begins at £260. A hotel spokesman, was unable to give the cost of renting an entire floor.

According to the Moroccan who had managed to escape, they didn't get much sleep. At the most they got three hours per night. The rest of the day they had to be on stand by for the princesses.

"They were demanding. their coffee addition typified them. They were crazy about hot coffee. But they abhorred saucers. Therefore you had to take the hot cup in your bare hands. The result: you easily got burned. But I couldn't go to the doctor. I didn't get permission for that.

"We were not allowed to complain or to ask any questions. We just had to be there at their beck and call."

"The girls barely got anything to eat. The woman says she couldn't leave the hotel without a guard. She was paid 500 euros a month, while the other servant girls were paid less: 150 euro. The highest earner got 700 euro. The Moroccan had applied for the job in her homeland, but local politician Fouad Lahssaini (Ecolo) says she was deceived by them. Immediately after the raid on the hotel, she was called up by the recruiting service in Morocco, who wanted to manipulate her. She was terrified, since her parents still live in Morocco and her former bosses are extremely powerful.

The Moroccan woman claims the hotel knew very well that they were employed in abominable conditions.

An ex-employee of the Conrad confirmed that the hotel closed their eyes for their top customer.

'The fire alarm was turned off on their floor. Because the princesses were annoyed by that noise." ENDANGERING EVERYONE'S LIFE!

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Traite à l'hôtel Conrad : 7 membres d'une famille d'un émir inculpés - 30 July 2008

Women 'enslaved' by Arab royals - The Telegraph - 2 July 2008
Seventeen women have been taken by police from a luxury hotel in Brussels amid allegations that they had been enslaved by an Arab royal family.

Brussels: Emir's family turned hotel into private kingdom - 2 July 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Josef Fritzl - Slavery and Imprisonment Charges

Josef Fritzl - Slavery and Imprisonment Charges - Latest News and Information

Austria: Dungeon man faces slavery charge
- 4 August 2008 - CNN

A prosecutor says Josef Fritzl, the man who held his daughter captive for 24 years in a cellar and fathered seven children with her, may be charged with slavery. Fritzl initially confessed to raping his daughter and having seven children with her. St. Poelten prosecutor Gerhard Sedlacek also says authorities hope to have formal charges -- likely to include a series of crimes -- ready by the end of September and that a trial would likely begin in December.

Josef Fritzl's wife 'living like an animal' - 4 August 2008 - The Telegraph
The wife of Josef Fritzl has revealed how she has been forced to "live like an animal" because she is afraid to be seen out in public. Elisabeth threw Rosemarie out of the villa because the three grandchildren she brought up still called her "mum". They claim Rosemarie is now struggling to survive on benefits of £300 a month and has lost a considerable amount of weight since the incest was uncovered in April. ..... her sister Christine, ..... said Rosemarie felt let down by the authorities. "My sister has totally lost it,"...... "She is also a victim and cannot understand that she does not get any help from anyone."

Austrian prosecutors are debating whether to charge incest offender Josef Fritzl with slavery, in a last ditch attempt to maximise the time he serves in jail, according to press reports.

Mr Fritzl, has admitted to imprisoning his daughter Elisabeth for 24 years in a purpose-build concrete dungeon .... where she was forced to give birth to seven of his children.
One of the children, a baby boy called Michael, died shortly after birth ...... But despite his partial confession, it was revealed last month that Mr Fritzl could only be facing ten years in prison because Austrian law, unlike British law, does not allow for multiple convictions, and because the only charge certain to be proved in court was that of incarceration.

Austrian prosecutors are now considering whether they can charge Mr Fritzl with slavery, under Paragraph 104 of the Austrian Penal Code - a crime originally deriving from the country’s 19th century law, that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

It was a distinguished university professor of criminal law, who has not been named, who suggested the slavery charges, according to press reports.

Judge Kurt Leitzenberger, head of the St Pölten Regional Court where Mr Fritzl will stand trial, told The Times: “The case is singular in the country’s history and there is no legal precedent to draw experience from. Compiling the charges against the suspect is a delicate procedure for a number of reasons and prosecutors are carefully examining all possibilities.”

Mr Fritzl is facing a string of charges including rape, incarceration, incest and coercion, as well as manslaughter for the baby that died. But prosecutors fear that the manslaughter changes could be “extremely difficult” to prove because so much time had elapsed since the death of the newborn in 1996. There is a similar problem with the rape charges, for which there is lack of forensic evidence.

The only serious crime that Mr Fritzl is certain to be convicted for is incarceration, which carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison.

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Josef Fritzl - Other Cases of Abduction and Imprisonment of Adults and Children

Slavery, Servitude, Forced or Compulsory Labour - UDHR, ECHR & UKHRA