Statement by Commission for Prisoner Affairs concerning violence against inmates in Bagram

Post via Islamic Emirate February 3rd 2020

It is with great sadness to have learnt that on Sunday, the Kabul administration appointed guards working in Block 1 of Bagram prison attacked and severely beat inmates – breaking their heads, hands and legs and even sending some into a coma condition.

The problem arose over the Holy Quran when the guards sought to mentally torture prisoners by violating the sanctity of the Holy Quran and other religious texts, forcing them to protest before violently attacking them.

We strongly condemn such barbaric and inhumane actions towards prisoners. Beating and torturing defenseless and tied prisoners is no bravery or gallantry nor is it conforming to any humanitarian principles.

Such actions only encourage more violence in prisons and forcing inmates to riot.

The Commission for Prisoner Affairs of the Islamic Emirate seeks the urgent attention international humanitarian institutions and human right organizations and warns them about the situation getting out of hand.

International Committee of the Red Cross, human right organizations, representatives of the UN and other humanitarian institutions have given us strong commitments regarding improved treatment of prisoners, their medical care, clothing, food and other necessary facilities but it is unfortunate that only limited progress has taken place and they have failed in following through on their commitments. Their lack of attention has also given Kabul administration troops and prison officials an opportunity to commit such brutalities.

We express our deepest concern about the ill-treatment of inmates in all prisons across the country especially the notorious Bagram prison and seek serious attention and necessary steps from all parties.

Commission for Prisoner Affairs of the Islamic Emirate

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She was a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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Statement of Islamic Emirate regarding oppressive US plan for Palestine and Bait al Maqdis

Post via Islamic Emirate Jan 29th 2020

The US president Donald Trump announced a ‘Deal of the Century’ outlining a peace plan for the issue of Palestine in which eastern Bait al Maqdis, the Jordan valley and the large usurped lands of Palestine including the illegal Israeli settlements were to become a part of Israel.

The Islamic Emirate condemns this oppressive plan and considers it a clear violation of Palestinian rights.

Bait al Maqdis is the first Qibla of the Muslim Ummah and Palestine the rightful homeland of its people hence this issue it is not up for any deal. And just as the Palestinian people called this peace plan a conspiracy and a foolish proposal, the Islamic Emirate backs the oppressed Palestinians in their call.

The Islamic Emirate urges all Islamic countries and the Islamic Conference to fulfill their responsibility in this sensitive issue affecting the entire Muslim Ummah and to take steps in unison in opposition to this oppressive deal.

Such misleading and tyrannical steps and plans will only pour fuel on the fire of war in the Middle East.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She was a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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Islamic Emirate: Stooges and clear opposition to peace (Afghanistan)

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Over the past two days, two key officials of the incumbent Kabul administration expressed in clear terms that the governor of Arg Palace has no intention of finding a peaceful solution to the Afghan crisis and all his efforts are aimed at fueling the fire of war.

At a time when the negotiation process in Qatar has reached a decisive stage and the hopes of peace have rekindled in the hearts of our compatriots, the impotent ruler of Arg Palace (Ashraf Ghani) not only voiced his opposition to the negotiation process during an interview in Switzerland but also made other irresponsible remarks.

Following this, the first running mate of his election team also backed the cries of war during his speech to a ‘Peace’ conference in Kabul by making it unequivocally clear that they do not believe in the peace process and will continue fighting even when America withdraws from Afghanistan. But he has unfortunately forgotten that the withdrawal of America means that her trained mercenaries and spies will also be withdrawing from Afghanistan and he will not be afforded an opportunity to worsen the security situation.

The anti-peace comments by Ashraf Ghani and his running mate has put on display the ugly characteristic of their team whom readily accept every order of their foreign masters but can never tolerate a peaceful life for Afghans. They have absolutely no relation or empathy with this nation and just as their monthly salaries are dependent of others so too are their fealty, ideology and values alien. That is why they seek security for Washington and New York but the continuation of war for Kabul and Kandahar.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is of the belief that the withdrawal of America from Afghanistan will end the crisis plaguing our country. The Afghan nation that has suffered from the misery of war will never allow any puppet or a honorless spy to keep the fire of war lit. Our believing and freedom-loving nation have great experience in beating and forcing out foreign agents. If the masters of agents are unable to withstand the Jihadi determination of this people, how would it be possible for their stooges to continue mischief?

The entire nation understands that the opposition and propaganda against peace by the treasonous stooges are their last-ditch efforts birthed by their helplessness. The individuals and parties from the political class of our country who feel the pain of this nation and believe in a peaceful Afghanistan shall march in unison towards peace and dash all hopes of the enemies of peace, Allah willing.

 

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She was a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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Islamic Emirate: Truth begins to reveal itself (US in Afghanistan)

Post via Islamic Emirate December 11th 2019

It is said that truth shines like the bright sun and cannot be shrouded with veils, with its rays penetrating even the toughest of barriers even if deflected for a short while.

The occupation of Afghanistan by foreign invaders, the national uprising against them, the failure of invaders and the ineffectiveness of their military strategies are realities which the occupiers and their media have tried to distort and conceal for the past eighteen years. Even when they understood that success was a mirage, they made bold claims of success through the media and labeled the mass national uprising against them as minor revolts.

But as truth cannot remain shrouded, a trove of documents laying bare the realities of the Afghan war were published by an American newspaper. The Washington Post published 2000 documents of US Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) which lifts the veil from the US military invasion of Afghanistan and shines light on truth that was painstakingly kept buried for the last eighteen years.

A major part of these documents are interviews with officials and individuals who were directly involved in the Afghan war. The interviews carried out at various intervals reveals that most military officials already knew that strategies adopted by the Bush, Obama and the Trump administrations were doomed to failure from the very start. They accept that America had no sound rational nor a military strategy for engaging in the Afghan war – with Generals themselves failing on basic levels of understanding the complexities of Afghanistan itself or whom they are actually fighting??

These documents revealing the damning truth about this war were kept hidden from the view of the American public and the world at large. Instead, the media kept feeding lies to the people by promoting propaganda of American progress and success in Afghanistan and championing a narrative that military success was a sure outcome.

In contrast, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan insisted from the very onset that the American occupation of Afghanistan had no rational or legal basis. The presence of American forces in Afghanistan are unwarranted and American Generals cannot win this war through crafting of military strategies.

Now that the truth has been unearthed, the time has come for war-mongering Generals and those who seek to keep the fire of this war lit through occupation to rigorously study and accept these realities. Sound rational dictates that truth be embraced and future steps taken in its shining light. Therefore, it is high time that this occupation finds a conclusion so that the longest war in American history – where a consensus of its failure was present from the very beginning – can end.

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She was a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

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Islamic Emirate: War crimes of the foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries (November 2019)

Post via Islamic Emirate 4th December 2019

On Friday 1st November, a women was martyred while three civilian countrymen were incarcerated during a raid of the foreign occupying forces in ‘Makan’ area of ‘Shindand’ district in Herat province.

On Saturday 2nd November, main gates of several civilian houses were broken during a brutal raid of the joint enemy forces in the suburbs of ‘Chahi’ district in Balkh province. A number of innocent people were tortured; two of them were ruthlessly martyred, while four others were detained and taken away as prisoners.

On Saturday 2nd November, civilian houses in ‘Shara Ragi’ area of ‘Musa Kala’ district in Helmand province were raided by the savage foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries, in which a significant amount of valuables were stolen, while the village Mulla Imam (the one who leads congregational prayers) was ruthlessly martyred along with two of his students.

On Sunday 3rd November, a women was martyred while significant financial losses were inflicted on the local people during the indiscriminate bombing of the internal forces in ‘Chaqmaq’ area of ‘Pashtun Kot’ district in Faryab province.

On Sunday 3rd November, a civilian man and a woman were martyred in the indiscriminate mortar shelling of the internal forces in ‘Khawaja Khizr’ area of ‘Bala Baluk’ district in Farah province.

On Sunday 3rd November, six civilian countrymen, as they had gone for collecting chips of wood for burning as fuel, were hit and martyred in an indiscriminate drone strike of the foreign invaders in ‘Jaji Aryub’ district in Paktia province.

On Monday 4th November, ‘Makawa’, ‘Sikan’ and ‘Koti Khail’ areas in ‘Zurmat’ district of Paktia province were raided by the joint enemy forces, in which, main gates of several houses and mosques were blasted in bombs; significant amount of valuables were stolen, and eventually two innocent countrymen were ruthlessly martyred.

On Wednesday 6th November, nine civilian people including women, children and the head of the family were ruthlessly martyred during the blind bombing of the internal forces in ‘Maidaqal’ area of ‘Aab-i-Kamari’ district in Badghis province.

On Thursday 7th November, two civilian people were relentlessly martyred while two women and a child were injured during a brutal raid of the joint enemy forces in ‘Saghar’ area in the outskirts of ‘Tarin Kot’ city, the center of Uruzgan province.

On Friday 8th November, four civilian people including a woman were martyred and wounded during a brutal raid of the joint enemy forces in ‘Sarak-i-Bala’ area of ‘Chahar Dara’ district in Kunduz province.

On Friday 8th November, three vehicles full of civilian passengers were hit by fire igniting bombs on the main Kabul – Jalal Abad highway near ‘Aziz Khan Kach’ area in ‘Qarghaye’ district of Laghman province, in which, all the three vehicles were burnt, while five civilian people were badly injured.

On Sunday 10th November, four civilian countrymen were martyred when a shop was hit in a blind drone strike of the foreign invaders in ‘Chak’ district of ‘Maidan Wardak’ province.

On Monday 11th November, main gates of several civilian houses were blasted in bombs during a raid of the foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries in ‘Zakir Khail’ area of the ‘Markazi Baghlan’ district in Baghlan province, in which, local people were badly beaten and threatened, while four innocent people were brutally martyred.

On Wednesday 13th November, a civilian vehicle was targeted in a blind drone strike of the foreign invaders in the terrain between ‘Marja’ and ‘Nad Ali’ districts of Helmand province, in which one innocent civilian was martyred while another one was badly wounded.

On the same day, another passenger vehicle was hit in an indiscriminate drone strike of the foreign occupying forces near ‘Abdul Aziz Petrol Pump’ area in ‘Greshk’ district of Helmand province, in which, two civilian people were ruthlessly martyred.

On Thursday 14th November, significant amount of valuables and cash money were stolen during a brutal raid of the internal mercenary forces in ‘Takhta’ area of ‘Said Abad’ district in Saripul province. Moreover, ten civilian people were detained and taken away as prisoners.

On Thursday 14th November, two civilian countrymen were brutally martyred during a raid of the joint enemy forces in ‘Injran’ area between ‘Sangin’ and ‘Greshk’ districts of Helmand province.

On Thursday 14th November, the internal mercenary forces opened indiscriminate fire on a civilian passenger vehicle in ‘Abdul Rauf Kala’ area of ‘Musahi’ district in Kabul province, in which, two innocent countrymen were martyred while two others were badly injured.

On Friday 15th November, a civilian tractor was hit in a blind drone strike of the foreign invaders in ‘Koshi’ village of ‘Qala Kah’ district in Farah province, in which the tractor was completely destroyed while its driver was ruthlessly martyred on the spot.

On Sunday 17th November, a local health clinic was raided by the savage foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries in the central area of ‘Khwaja Musa’ district in Faryab province, in which three civilian people were brutally martyred, while an injured person and his attendant were detained and taken away as prisoners.

On Tuesday 19th November, three young civilians were ruthlessly martyred in an indiscriminate drone strike of the foreign occupying forces in ‘Jaji Aryub’ district of Paktia province.

On Tuesday 19th November, a civilian man and a child were martyred in the random mortar shelling of the internal forces in ‘Sara Kala’ area of ‘Khogyani’ district in Ghazni province.

On Wednesday 20th November, five civilian countrymen were martyred while significant financial losses were inflicted on the local people during a raid of the foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries in ‘Lam Talli’ and ‘Makki’ villages of ‘Khakrez’ district in Kandahar province.

On Friday 22nd November, five civilian people were martyred and injured in the indiscriminate mortar shelling of the internal forces in the central area of ‘Alasay’ district in Kapisa province.

On Sunday 24th November, an innocent civilian person was martyred during a raid of the internal mercenary forces in ‘Marak Khail’ area of ‘Sherzad’ district in Nangarhar province.

On Sunday 24th November, a civilian man was ruthlessly martyred in blind drone strike of the foreign occupying forces n ‘Qala Jali’ village of ‘Bagram’ district in Parwan province.

On Sunday 24th November, two civilian countrymen were martyred while six more people were detained and taken away as prisoners during the brutal military operations of the joint enemy forces in the outskirts of ‘Deh-i-Yak’ district in Ghazni province.

On Monday 25th November, a civilian passenger vehicle was targeted in a blind drone strike of the foreign occupying forces in ‘Kodalo’ area of ‘Deh-i-Yak’ district in Ghazni province, in which two civilian people were ruthlessly martyred on the spot.

On Tuesday 26th November, a white-bearded civilian was martyred, a mosque and its two adjacent common rooms were destroyed, while heavy financial losses were inflicted on the local people during a brutal raid of the foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries in ‘Sra Baghal’ area of ‘Maiwand’ district in Kandahar province.

On Tuesday 26th November, two civilian people were martyred in the random fire of the internal forces in ‘Foulad’ area of ‘Jaghatu’ district of Ghazni province.

On Thursday 28th November, a civilian vehicle while shifting a patient to a hospital was bombed by the savage foreign invaders in the center of Khost province, in which, two civilian people, two women and a child were ruthlessly martyred.

On Thursday 28th November, a local Mullah Imam (the one who leads congregational prayers) was martyred while two civilian countrymen were incarcerated during a brutal raid of the savage foreign occupying forces in ‘Zano’ area of ‘Washir’ district in Helmand province.

On Thursday 28th November, a house was destroyed in which four civilian people were martyred and inured as the outcome of a random mortar shelling of the internal mercenaries in ‘Barabara’ village of ‘Warduj’ district in Badakhshan province.

On Thursday 28th November, an innocent civilian was relentlessly martyred in an indiscriminate drone strike of the brutal foreign invaders near the center of Paktika province.

On Friday 29th November, twenty innocent countrymen were detained and taken away as prisoners while heavy financial losses were inflicted on the local people during a brutal raid of the foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries in ‘Cham Tapa’ are of ‘Gul Tapa’ district in Kunduz province.

On Saturday 30th November, a local health clinic, Shamsul-Ulum Madrassa and civilian houses in ‘Zakuru’ area of ‘Shilgar’ district in Ghazni province were raided by the joint enemy forces, in which, several class rooms of the above madrassa were destroyed, while significant amount of valuables and cash money were stolen from the civilian houses.

On Saturday 30th November, several civilian houses were damaged and heavy financial losses were inflicted on the local people during the indiscriminate bombing of the joint enemy forces in ‘Qara Ghawili’ area of ‘Almar’ district in Faryab province.

Sources: (BBC, Radio Liberty, The Afghan Islamic News Agency, Pazwak, Khabaryal, Larawbar, Nunn.Asia and Benawa websites.)

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She was a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

 

 

 

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Statement of Islamic Emirate regarding release of prisoners

Post via Islamic Emirate November 19th 2019

We welcome the positive step taken in regards to the release of three Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate namely the respected Anas Haqqani, respected Haji Mali Khan and respected Hafiz Abdul Rasheed.

Similarly, the release process of two professors (US citizen Kevin King and Australian citizen Timothy Weeks) along with ten Afghan soldiers has also been successfully executed.

These actions are a step forward in good-will and confidence building measures that can aid the peace process.

To end, we wholeheartedly thank the esteemed Amir of Qatar, his Minister of Foreign Affairs and other officials who exerted efforts in this process from the onset and provided all necessary facilities.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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Links

Welfare of prisoners in Afghanistan: A Guide to Upholding Human Rights and a Call for Accountability in the Care of Detainees

https://activist1.blog/2018/10/13/welfare-of-prisoners-in-afghanistan-a-guide-to-upholding-human-rights-and-a-call-for-accountability-in-the-care-of-detainees/

Islamic Emirate: The Political Trial of Anas Haqqani and the Reasons behind it

https://activist1.blog/2016/09/04/islamic-emirate-the-political-trial-of-anas-haqqani-and-the-reasons-behind-it/

The State as an Agent of Torture, Abuse and Killing of Detainees in Afghan Custody 

https://activist1.blog/2015/02/25/unama-report-the-state-as-an-agent-of-torture-abuse-and-killing-of-detainees-in-afghan-custody/

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She was a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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Contaminated Blood: Shameful and divisive double standards on widows/widowers pension from government and Infected Blood Inquiry

Shameful inequalities continue between what Contaminated Blood widows/widowers are paid in England and others parts of the UK compared to the much higher payments in Scotland

(Image, Dhaka Tribune)

Why do Scotland and Westminster governments have such shameful double standards on pensions?

Pensions are NOT devolved in Scotland yet Scotland is paying out a highly divisive “pension” to some widows/widowers of victims of the Contaminated Blood scandal where haemophiliacs with an inherited clotting disorder were given contaminated blood during the 1970s and 80s. Some of this blood was imported from the US and was sourced from “high-risk” prisoners, skid-row and from gay men targeted for their exposure to hepatitis B whose paid donations were used to top up the factor concentrate plasma pools used to manufacture haemophilia treatment.

Definition of pension is as follows,

a regular payment made by the state to people of or above the official retirement age and to some widows and disabled people” (Lexico)

Although the paying of a pension to contaminated blood widows/widowers by the state is welcome the divisions are not. As Scottish campaigner, Bill Wright said in 2016,

“introducing pensions for widows and widowers is an important recognition that they suffered losses in their own right and that they should have a secure future.”

https://news.gov.scot/news/extra-20-million-for-infected-blood-support

I asked campaigners in Scotland some time back why they did not throw the pension payments back to the responsibility of Westminster given that all were infected under a Westminster government. The answer I received was that they “just wanted to get something for Scotland” and “hadn’t realized that pensions were not devolved”. However this same level of pension is denied to other bereaved widows/widowers in exactly the same position across the rest of UK. This includes some victims that signed up to a UK wide legal agreement following HIV infection through contaminated blood in 1991. When infected persons signed that agreement, nowhere in the terms and conditions agreed by both sets of lawyers for government and victims did it say that some widows/widowers would receive different levels of payment depending on the country of location within the UK… so this was NOT “informed consent”. Haemophiliacs signed believing all widows/widowers would be treated equally under this agreement.

It is important to note that often widows/widowers were the MAIN wage earner in haemophilia families and gave up their own careers to become full-time carers to their loved ones. Not only did they lose years of wages but could not save adequately for their retirement pension. Some of the widows are part of the WASPI group (Women Against State Pension Inequality) or Back To 60 movement badly affected by changes in the retirement age in relation to the state pension, losing on average another £46,000. Many widows/widowers are now in poor health themselves after years of caring and fighting for justice and unable to return to work.

The double standard is that Scotland is not allowed to interfere in the WASPI pension issue yet pays out a state Contaminated Blood pension. To reiterate this is not about an affected person in Scotland receiving a Contaminated Blood pension which is a positive move but is about who pays this pension and the inequalities around the UK. The word “pension” is used throughout official Scottish documentation as confirmed to me by Dan Farthing (Haemophilia Scotland) who highlighted the terminology agreed in government meetings with campaigners in an e-mail and sent me the following,

Payments to be, start with the new scheme in April 2017 (not backdated)

  • Widow(er)s’ pensions
  • The new Scottish discretionary grants.  This will replace the Caxton Foundation and the discretionary element of the MacFarlane Trust (MFT). It will honour existing commitments from these successor organisations.

https://haemophilia.scot/2016/08/04/scottish-government-timetable-for-contaminatedblood-financial-support-payments/

Westminster and Scottish civil servants are dividing victims within the UK, grieving families that may have infected relatives either side of borders, causing huge distress amongst those left behind!

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING as to why Scotland cannot pay pensions which was looked at in terms of women born in the 1950s whose state pension was changed from age 60 to 66. Surely all pensions should be the responsibility of Westminster? Its not pick n mix, or are rules, wordings and categories simply changed when it suits? The Scottish National Party (SNP) state,

 Pensions are fully reserved to Westminster. Even with the limited social security powers devolved to Scotland, the Scottish Parliament does not have the power to create new pension benefits. This is explicitly set out in the Scotland Act 2016.

https://www.snp.org/policies/pb-can-the-scottish-parliament-mitigate-the-waspi-changes/

The report from the Smith Commission, released in November 2014, says: “All aspects of the state pension will remain shared across the United Kingdom and reserved to the UK Parliament. This includes the new single-tier pension, any entitlements to legacy state pensions whether in payment or deferred, pension credit and the rules on state pension age.”

So it appears that the Scottish Government does not have the ability to directly affect pensions. 

https://theferret.scot/scottish-government-power-waspi-pensions/

If this applies to the state pension then this must equally apply to a pension paid by the state.

To further add to the divisions within the haemophilia community, the Infected Blood Inquiry set up to investigate Contaminated Blood was asked to submit campaigners’ names to meet with government ministers earlier this year to discuss ongoing financial issues and hardships. This followed a letter from Sir Brian Langstaff, Inquiry Chairperson to government on financial concerns for sick and dying haemophiliacs and their bereaved families. Catherine Nalty (formerly in the government role of Head of the Office for Disability Issues, 2014 to 2017, now Deputy Secretary to the Inquiry) took it upon herself to decide who should be contacted to attend. By doing so she ensured that there was no representation from some of the longest standing campaign groups and independent campaigners thus denying them a voice nor was there representation for individuals that were “misdiagnosed”. Those with the most background history and knowledge on financial issues affecting communities were ignored thus creating a 2 tier Inquiry where some campaigners were givcn more rights than others.

Stuart Maclean who was infected with hepatitis C after being misdiagnosed with haemophilia and given contaminated blood has raised his concerns over the treatment of widows/widowers. Maclean is married and wants to ensure his wife and others have adequate financial provision. He complained to his lawyers Milners in writing, stating that the establishment of this select group is,

1} damaging to our community

2} they DO NOT represent me in anyway

3} I believe that this group is undermining the inquiry

4} they are not pulling in the same direction as the Inquiry or our legal teams.

The group included a known misogynist who has stated publicly on social media sites that he does not believe widows/widowers deserved financial recognition of their losses. Therefore this group is viewed by some campaigners as colluding with the government in denying fair payments to widows/widowers (highlighted in an April 2019 announcement where widows/widowers were denied an uplift to Scottish levels).

Also from what came out of the group it appeared they were working against a 1991 HIV legal agreement by suggesting monthly uplift payments were only there for the duration of the Inquiry. The 1991 agreement ensured monthly payments for the life of the infected and affected person and can’t be removed even if proper compensation were granted. The 1991 litigation also recognized in writing that had cases gone to court, bereaved partners would have a claim in their own right. Any future compensation from government will have to be paid IN ADDITION to current monthly “ex-gratia” payments. This group does not have a mandate to negotiate for all victims especially given the ignorance surrounding original legal agreements.

What is also disturbing is that the finances of entirely separate groups haemophilia and whole blood cases that were under different litigation proceedings and awards are now being discussed in the same group set up to meet ministers thus breaching confidentiality commitments given to victims particularly in the case of the 1991 HIV litigation. This has resulted in unfair attacks against campaigners from those with a completely different legal case where the circumstances and payments are nothing whatsover to do with their own situation.

In Scotland, widow/widowers receive 75% of what the infected person would have received, the contaminated blood “pension” is not means tested and does not affect state or private pension. In England and other parts of the UK, these monthly payments are thousands of pounds a year less and continue to be means tested. Widows/widowers outside of Scotland are fast losing hope that equality of payments across the UK will ever be awarded and that justice will ever be served!

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She was a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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