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PVV councillor commits suicide after posting rape claim video online

A councilor for the anti-immigration PVV in The Hague has committed suicide, hours after placing a video online in which she claimed to have been kidnapped and raped to order by a Muslim gang over a year ago.

Willie Dille, 53, who served as an MP for the PVV from 2010 to 2012, said in the video that former PVV MP Arnoud van Doorn, who has since converted to Islam, was behind the attack and that he ‘hated her intensely’. The attack happened ‘March 15, May 15 2017,’ Dille said. The video, which showed a pale and thin-looking Dille looking around nervously, was removed from social media shortly after it went online. In it, Dille claims that the gang told her she had to keep her mouth shut in the council debating chamber and that she has been threatened several times since. She ends by saying she is resigning her council seat and apologizing to her family that she cannot go on. The suicide was confirmed by local PVV leader Karen Gerbrands who said Dille ‘could no longer bear what had happened to her and the reactions she had had.’ The Hague mayor Pauline Krikke, issued a statement in which she described Dille as an ‘involved and passionate’ councillor and colleague. The mayor is cutting short her holiday to deal with the aftermath. Van Doorn, who now leads a local Islamic party, refused to comment on the alleged attack and said he was considering taking legal action for slander. Police A police spokeswoman told the AD on Thursday afternoon that Dille had not made a formal complaint about being attacked. ‘We have had multiple contacts with her, including recently,’ Hilde Vijverberg said. ‘There was talk of rape. We offered her help and said we need a formal complaint and concrete evidence to start an investigation. ‘But she did not make a formal complaint and we did not get any concrete information to enable us to launch an inquiry,’ Vijverberg is quoted as saying.


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Sweden faces historic upset in election

Viking rock and whole pigs roasting on spits drew thousands of Swedes to a festival hosted by nationalists poised to deliver their country's biggest political upheaval in a century.

The Sweden Democrats have been led since 2005 by a clean-cut and bespectacled man, Jimmie Akesson. He's gentrified a party that traces its roots back to the country's neo-Nazi, white supremacist fringe. Some polls now show the group may become the biggest in Sweden's parliament after general elections on Sept. 9. Such an outcome would end 100 years of Social Democratic dominance.

In Akesson's hometown of Solvesborg, large crowds cheered as he laid out the party's vision for drastic cuts in immigration. His agenda is part of a global wave of nationalist and anti-establishment sentiment that has followed the 2008 financial crisis, with the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. and Britain's vote to leave the European Union standing out as the starkest examples of the new world order.

For Sweden, a tipping point was the refugee crisis of 2015. Over the past decades, the once homogeneous nation of 10 million people has been transformed, with 18 percent of the population now born outside the country.

Most Swedes profess to have a positive view toward immigration. But voters have become more comfortable voicing misgivings after their country accepted as many as 600,000 refugees over the past five years.

At his party's festival, Akesson revved up the crowd by slamming the establishment's failures, calling the last two governments the worst in Swedish history. T-shirts calling for a Swexit, or an exit from the EU, were exchanged as bands played nationalist tunes.

Ted Lorentsson, a retiree from the island of Tjorn, said he's an enthusiastic backer of the Sweden Democrats. "I think they want to improve elderly care, health care, child care," he said. "Bring back the old Sweden." But he also acknowledges his view has led to disagreement within his family as his daughter recoils at what she feels is the "Hitler"-like rhetoric.

Other supporters say they're frustrated that Sweden's economic boom over recent years has failed to translate into gains in welfare and other services. "Trains and hospitals don't work, but immigration continues," said Roger Mathson, a retired vegetable oil factory worker.

"I'm not a racist, but I'm a nationalist," he said. "I don't like seeing the town square full of Niqab-clad ladies and people fighting with each other."

The Social Democrat-led government of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has overseen economic growth rates exceeding 3 percent, in part fueled by immigration. But at the same time, Swedes have had to wait longer to get access to welfare staples like hospital care. Meanwhile, crime rates have risen with more gang-related shootings, reported rapes and vandalism. On Monday night, scores of cars were set on fire in Gothenburg, in what the police say may have been a coordinated attack.

Pia Persson, a 60-year-old who lives in Kristianstad and works at Absolut Vodka, says she's voting for the Sweden Democrats after feeling neglected by the current government. That includes waiting too long at her doctor's office, where Persson says she's sometimes the "only Swede."

"I think you need to start seeing the whole picture in Sweden and save the original Swedish population," she said. "I'm not racist, because I'm a realist."

Kristianstad, about 1/2 hour's drive from Akesson's hometown, has the same foreign-born population as the national average. Incomes there are about 8 percent below the national average while only a third have an education beyond high school. The Sweden Democrats got 21.5 percent of the vote in Kristianstad in 2014, compared with 12.9 percent nationwide.

According to an analysis of SD supporters by pollster Novus, only 5 percent think Sweden is heading in the right direction. The voters are almost two-thirds male, have below-average educations, tend to live in rural areas and make less money than backers of the two biggest parties, the Social Democrats and Moderates. Their top issues are immigration, law and order, and health care.

Sweden's longest economic expansion in at least four decades has done little to win the government more support, polls show. Immigrants have played a large part in the boom, stepping in to fill a growing labor shortage. Foreign-born workers accounted for the entire job growth in the industrial sector last year and filled 90 percent of the new positions in welfare.

Sweden also typically does well in global surveys on life satisfaction and economic competitiveness. And it enjoys a healthy budget surplus.

But even young voters are turning their backs on the establishment. One potential SD supporter is law student Oscar Persson. Though he hasn't yet decided how he'll vote, he says it's time for the mainstream parties to stop treating the Sweden Democrats like a pariah. "This game they are playing now, where the other parties don't want to talk to them but still want their support, is something I don't really understand," he said.

Akesson has managed to entice voters from both sides of the political spectrum with a message of more welfare, lower taxes and savings based on immigration cuts.

Sebastian Svensson, an engineer who works at a surveyor's office, says he's backed the center-right opposition party the Moderates in the past. But he's had enough."It would be okay to have very high taxes if we had the best health care in Europe, for example," he said. "But we don't."

Being perceived as racist isn't a big concern for Ulf Hansen, a municipal politician and also the drummer of Ultima Thule, one of Akesson's favorite bands. Since being formed in the early 1980s, the band has been a favorite in right-wing circles. Its first record was even sponsored by Bevara Sverige Svenskt (Keep Sweden Swedish), a neo-Nazi movement that the Sweden Democrats grew out of.

Hansen says immigration has "gone too far."

"People say there are 'racists in the streets.' Eventually, I just think, well, call me that then. I know I'm not, but..."


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Rejected asylum seekers denied food in Hungary

Hungarian authorities have stopped food distribution for rejected asylum seekers held in transit zones on the country's border with Serbia since early August, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

In a report published on Wednesday, HRW called for the Hungarian government to adhere to its legal obligations and ensure that all asylum seekers in custody are provided with sufficient and appropriate food.

"The government has stooped to a new inhumane low by refusing food to people in their custody, apparently revelling in breaching human rights law, including its obligations as a European Union member," said Lydia Gall, Eastern EU and Balkans researcher at HRW.

"This disregard for people's wellbeing smacks of a cynical move to force people to give up their asylum claims and leave Hungary".

The migrants are held in the two transit centres on the border with Serbia. They are not allowed to leave during the processing of their application unless they choose to return.

Two Afghan families and two Syrian brothers are among those denied food after their asylum applications were rejected under a new admissibility procedure.

While a breastfeeding woman and children in the Afghan families were provided with food, they were prohibited from sharing it with other family members, the families' legal representatives told HRW.

The European Court of Human Rights (EUCHR) ordered Hungary on August 10 to resume food distribution for the two Afghan families and has since issued similar orders in response to three other appeals, including on behalf of the Syrian brothers.

While Hungarian authorities respected the orders so far, dozens of other rejected asylum seekers may face food deprivation, according to HRW.

Hungary's Immigration and Asylum Office on August 20 argued that there is nothing in Hungarian law that obliges authorities to provide food to people in the "aliens policing procedure" in transit zones.

However, HRW noted that authorities have binding obligations under multiple human rights treaties and norms that prohibit inhumane treatment of those in their custody. Authorities are required to treat those under their custody with humanity which includes providing them food, water, hygiene and medical needs.

In its report, HRW called for the government to amend their legislation to ensure that everyone in a transit zone, regardless of the status of their applications, has their basic needs met.

Turning to the courts for bread

On August 20, a pastor, Gabor Ivanyi, was denied access when he tried to deliver food to people in the transit zones during a national holiday known as the Festival of the New Bread.

Currently, a young woman from Afghanistan is at the receiving end of Hungary's policy, but similar cases are likely to emerge in the coming days, Andras Lederer of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, (HHC) a human rights watchdog, told dpa news agency.

The woman had appealed against the decision by Hungarian immigration authorities to refuse her asylum. HHC sued Hungary last week at the EUCHR on her behalf.

"It’s completely outrageous and absurd that people have to turn to the courts to get a slice of bread," Gall said.

"EU institutions should take this latest attack on people's rights, add it to the large file of rule of law and human rights concerns in Hungary, and send a clear message that blatantly abusing asylum seekers and flouting EU rules will have serious consequences."

Hungary's populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban took a harsh stance on refugees and migrants during the 2015-16 migration crisis.

His country was the first to stop people from entering and has passed laws aimed at discouraging migrants from attempting a transit or from seeking asylum.

HRW noted in its report that since 2015, the Orban government has "engaged in a virulent campaign" against migrants and asylum seekers, including attempts to demonise organisations that provide legal and humanitarian assistance to these groups.

One of the targets has been George Soros, the Hungarian-born philanthropist billionaire known for funding NGOs and development organisations worldwide.


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Yazidi woman encounters 'Islamic State' captor in Germany | DW | 17.08.2018

Yazidi woman encounters 'Islamic State' captor in Germany
The past she was attempting to flee came back to haunt a young Yazidi woman in a small town in Germany. Her former IS tormentor confronted her on the street and "told me he knew everything about me."

A 19-year-old Yazidi woman has fled Germany with her family after encountering the "Islamic State" (IS) fighter who had enslaved her in Mosul on the streets of Schwäbisch Gmünd, a town in Baden-Württemberg.

Ashwaq Haji Hamid arrived in the southwestern state with her family in 2015 through a program aimed at assisting Yazidi women who had been subjected to violence by IS.

In 2014, IS committed what the UN concluded was a genocide of Yazidis in northern Iraq. The militant group also abducted scores of women and children, including Hamid, who were sold into slavery.

But while attempting to leave her past behind, she was confronted by her tormenter, who had kept her as a slave for 10 weeks.

"I ran away from Iraq so I would not see that ugly face and forget anything that reminds me of it, but I was shocked to see him in Germany," Ashwaq Haji Hamid told InfoMigrants, a news site about migration run by DW, France Medias Monde and Italy's ANSA agency.

"The first time was in 2016," she said. "He was chasing me. He was the same person, but the second time, he came close to me and told me he knew everything about me."
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