British newspapers today dealt with several international files, including “the Libyans’ loss of confidence in the political class, the United Nations report on “Chinese violations” against the Muslim Uighurs, and Ukraine’s restoration of control over some lands from the Russians’ grip in the south of the country.
The Guardian published a report by its diplomatic editor, Patrick Wintour, titled “US diplomat: After Tripoli attack, Libyans lost faith in the political community.”
Wintour quotes Jeffrey DeLaurentis, a senior adviser to the US mission to the United Nations, as saying, “The Libyans have completely lost confidence in the political community, allied militias, and mercenaries. They see that politicians and militants do not want to stop looting the country’s wealth.” This became clear after the recent Tripoli attack, the worst of its kind in recent years.
Wintour says that the attack by militias loyal to Fathi Bashagha, on the capital under the authority of Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, led to the killing of more than 32 people, and the injury of about 150 others.
He adds that Bashagha has been ruling the eastern region of Libya for about 6 months, with the support of Khalifa Haftar, while the national unity government headed by Dabaiba has controlled the western region in Libya, since the fall of the Gaddafi regime in 2011.
Wintour points out that De Laurentiis’ statements came during a meeting to assess the situation in Libya at the UN Security Council, which took place on Monday, during which the man presented a dark vision of what is happening in the country.
De Laurentiis said that Libyans “lose hope that their country will be freed from corruption and foreign influence, that armed militias will unite, mercenaries, and foreign militants will withdraw. In a way that favors the various factions, and the militias loyal to them, which constitutes a theft of the country’s wealth.
And we remain in the same newspaper, and an article by James McMurray, a researcher in anthropology at the British University of Sussex, entitled “The United Nations report on the Uyghurs, almost did not see the light thanks to China.”
Just minutes before midnight on Thursday, McMurray says, after an intense effort on Wednesday to crown the four-year work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, was looking forward to the remaining minutes until the end of the report on abuses against Muslim Uighurs. in Xinjiang Province, China.
He adds that matters were not settled until the last moments before the report was actually published, and some were saying that Bachelet would end her term of service before the report came to light, despite the multiple calls to end the report at the meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in which several countries, led by Britain, participated. And its delegate to the council, Rita French, who directly demanded that the report’s findings be made public.
The writer explains that for those interested in the Xinjiang issue, uncertainty is usual. Although Bachelet confirmed that the report would be published, many were skeptical about her desire to challenge China, especially after she visited Beijing about four months ago, on the first visit of a High Commissioner for Human Rights, to China on Over the course of two decades.
The final statement of the visit, which was issued by the Commission, did not come from near or far to mention the violations against the Uighurs, or other residents in Xinjiang.
McMurray believes that Bachelet’s failure to challenge China is inevitable, despite its demand to deploy observers with unrestricted statements in the Chinese territory, since the early days of taking office, but these demands have been faced by Beijing with repeated rejection, stressing that the visits of the observers will take place only by prior arrangement, and will be restricted. Significantly.
The writer says that the report itself is painful, despite its reliance on Chinese government documents, but the Commission’s interviews with some of the victims, who managed to escape outside China, and the academic documentation that was contained in it, demonstrates to a large extent the existence of an ongoing pattern of torture and ill-treatment against the Uyghurs. Since 2017, in violation of international law and human rights covenants.
McMurray continues, saying that the report considers that “these violations may fall into the category of crimes against humanity, which was reflected in the great effort made by China to prevent its issuance,” in addition to its response to it and its results, considering that it was “based on false information and lies.”
The Daily Telegraph published a report by its correspondent Joe Barnes, entitled, “Ukraine regains southern regions from the Russians, but with heavy losses.”
Barnes says that the Ukrainian advance, on the Kherson front in the south of the country, and the restoration of parts of its lands seized by the Russians earlier, came after violent clashes, since the well-armed Russians do not flee the battlefields without a fight, according to the Ukrainian soldiers.
Barnes explains that medical staff are working around the clock in exhausted conditions as hospitals are overcrowded with casualties, while the Ukrainian counter-attack continues on the southern front, while the Russians are trying to repel it using tank teams, counter artillery and helicopters.
And Barnes quotes a Ukrainian soldier, describing the battle, saying, “They are pushing everything they have to repel us, and they have a lot of equipment, and ammunition, but only a few fighters.”
“Our orders were clear, go and crush them, and take back our lands,” adds the young soldier, who is 22 years old, but is receiving treatment in hospital after his injury.
Barnes explains that while the Russian soldiers flee, they leave behind many traps, among the dead bodies, and destroyed buildings, and the Ukrainian soldiers confirm the advance of the forces in some areas, and their stability in others.
He adds that the Ukrainian Operations Command confirmed on Thursday that its forces had killed about 200 Russian soldiers, destroyed 12 T-72 tanks, and 18 armored vehicles, in addition to 6 ammunition stores, all within 24 hours.
Barnes quotes a source close to Moscow as saying that his country’s forces are currently facing an attack by Ukrainian forces armed with NATO (NATO) weapons, and not primitively trained reserve forces, as happened in earlier times.
Barnes notes that, according to the US intelligence services, the Russian forces are facing a “lack of fighters” and are forced to re-transfer the casualties to the front to fill the tactical voids in the front lines, to advance the counterattack.
Barnes continues saying that the Ukrainian forces are focusing their military effort on isolating the remaining Russian forces in the southern sector, by destroying bridges, to cut off supply lines and to stop ammunition and food.
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