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new evidence suggests victims of the london tower could have died poisoning. london to the bog just the people affected by the. by the console get in the way. over those people. american forces have reportedly been involved in interrogation of detainees in prisons where torture allegations. in the united nations says it's horrified by the loss of life
civilian life and the u.s. led coalition makes a final push to force islamic state of the syrian city. live from. thanks for joining us this. all victims of last week's blaze may have been exposed not only to smoke and fire but also highly toxic gas that's according to the latest expert's analysis on last week's tragedy in the british capital. has more. cyanide is one of the deadliest poisons there is and apparently the insulation boards on the building on ground felt how it could have been letting off cyanide as the building was burning and we know this because the hospitals treating some of the victims of the fire one of the hospitals as said that they have treated three people for cyanide poisoning bear in mind the building's management we're
telling people will stay in their apartments until help arrived the other part of this scandal that rackety growing is the cladding so the material used on the outside of the building which turned out to be extremely flammable the government's been checking to see whether it's been used anywhere else in buildings in the u.k. that cheap and very combustible material which according to the chancellor here in the u.k. philip hammond is actually illegal to use take a lesson the cloud that was used to run just like a rocket is but because most european countries is burned to the united states my understanding is that the clothing in question this flammable client which is banned in europe in the u.s. is also banned here just after a week after the tragedy the first official head has rolled the c.e.o. of kensington and chelsea council nicholas holgate he's the highest or he was the
highest on the elected official at the council he's been forced to resign by the government and to even may said that's a good thing that he's lost his job the reason may has already apologized for the way that the government handled the aftermath of the fire and also the failings that brought it about but a lot of people here is been calling on trees in may to resign the support on the ground for families in the initial hours was not good enough people were left without belongings. it's without even basic information about what has happened what they should do that was a failure to stay. local and national to help people when they needed it most as prime minister i apologize for that. terrible if she comes out here and says that maybe. i think.
i may. thing after this massacre that i could just buy people and everyone's going to shout serious say you know this is an injustice and louis needs to be trying. to pass so getting away with this sort of. thing to to reason. for these. people in the house of parliament. part to play. in britain for more than a hundred years broke out last wednesday and was only extinguished more than twenty four hours later the death toll currently stands at least seventy nine people enough while the. professor of environmental toxicology at the university of leeds he believes the claims about sought out are too serious to be ignored. many different fabrics because of their composition when they break down give rise to a range of different gases cyanide can kill really in
a matter of seconds what it essentially does is block oxygen use in your cells in the body and the cells are where the energy is produced and somebody just would be immobile and would die from a heart attack very quickly the concentration is probably going to be very very high indeed in fire carbon monoxide and cyanide of the sort of gases that you're really concerned about most often it's the gases that kill people rather than all certainly before people are exposed to flames or anything like that i have read that the residents being concerned about the refurbishment they were concerned about gas pipes in the stairwells not being sufficiently protected and they've raised a whole variety of issues that we're worried about the lack of sprinklers for example
just looking at the fire was almost impossible for the firemen to do anything above a certain height of people and the top stories of that building were completely trapped and there was nothing anybody could do for them. now over to syria where the u.s. led coalition is conducting a major offensive on the city of raka its islamic states the facts their capital in the country however the u.n. secretary general antonio good terrorists has expressed worries over the loss of civilian life during operation he said he remained alarmed at the human suffering throughout the country he warned that civilians are being killed injured and displaced at a terrifying rate because arizona the situation in iraq remains particularly grave with people trapped inside the city and facing threats from every direction. the secretary general is particularly concerned about the perilous situation for civilians in iraq where trapped and face threats from every direction the united nations and humanitarian partners are doing all they can just down the suffering and rucka and across syria often at great personal risk the secretary general made
an urgent appeal to all those conducting military operations in syria to do everything in their power to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure as fighting continues in iraq and elsewhere according to the u.n. estimates since march at least three hundred civilians in iraq have been killed as a result of the u.s. led airstrikes over the coalition claims that has caused less than five hundred deaths in total over three years of its military campaign is reported the coalition employs seven full time investigators from monitoring civilian casualties the increase from two this year. oh auntie's that kaleb open took to the streets of new york to find out how much exactly people do know about the plight of civilians in russia if you live in america and you follow the news related to syria here's what you've probably been hearing lately you've heard that the u.s. led coalition downed a syrian government jet because it was moving into the deescalation zone of al tam
why they say that this syrian jet was posing a threat russia is obviously not happy now what you probably haven't heard about is all the civilians who died as u.s. led coalition forces are moving and rocca you probably haven't even heard of rocca you heard about what's happening in iraq i know. now. you heard about civilian casualties in iraq oh. i had think i have heard something about we have a video someone talking about it here is the output of when the war planes come they strike multi-storied buildings where the terrorists are then but they're also civilians in that house and how can the plane strike then more civilians die than terrorists so civilians were either helping eisel or being used as hostages or as protection against u.s. armed forces so that they wouldn't attack that house in order to get to ice so how
are we supposed to take care of that and not kill innocent civilians if indeed they're innocent secretary of defense matters he says that two billion cattle thieves are a fact of life in this sort of situation do you agree with that oh no not at all you know all life is precious you know and nobody does really but that's the line they use always and it's in reality there will always be some civilian casualty but it shouldn't be if that life you know for someone sitting in a desk chair in washington to say that it's very difficult. you know i think it's a very delicate political. if you asian some of the reports that have come out say that more civilians have been killed than i saw fighters but in surprise me at all especially because there is no they're wearing a badge says m m i see a spider right near there we have your breasts like civilian so how can you always tell me who's who's who and it's been a big thing of the friends in the military tell me like you have no idea who it is
until like the shooting that you know that this is a price they say that as many as three hundred civilians according to the u.n. have died since march. oh yeah i mean if they see if there's ten and strikes a day that's treaty expected but again because i think they're making it a fact of life so it's become normal it has become part of life and once again like i said all life is precious and civilian life shouldn't have to parish for whatever . the reasons will reasons be by the hands of our government based on our conversations here in manhattan it seems that average americans aren't really aware of what the pentagon is up to now as u.s. coalition forces are moving in on the city of raka civilians are dying bombs are exploding but their plight remains largely under the radar cable mopp and are seeing new york. american forces in yemen have reportedly been involved in the interrogation of detainees and prisoners were told to allegations are rife that's
according to investigation released by the associated press let's get more from all middle east correspondent. paula what exactly has the investigation revealed so far . well as you say it shows that the united arab emirates and allied yemen i forces have allegedly been running a network of some seventeen secret prisons across southern yemen and one in eritrea now the locations include military bases at least one airport even private villas and a nightclub there are reports of regular abuse and extreme torture now u.s. forces are reportedly also involved in these interrogations and one of the methods of torture is reportedly one that includes a grill in inverted commas now this is when the victim is tied to a suspect like a roast and spun in a circle of fire here is what two former detainees had to say. i
stayed there for around one hundred seventy seven days without proper investigation the question me after ten days of the tension and that was it but during those one hundred seventy seven days there were beatings insults humiliation and asked for broke to sing torture there is a man they called the doctor and morality was a specialist in torture a lot of. we heard that there are american investigators and lebanese translators they were questioning some people. they were interrogating me and they would tell me they didn't know for what i asked them what are the charges and they'd say they don't know. and they say they don't know who they would go ask the head of the prison and he would say i was involved al qaeda and another would say confess to being a drug dealer say anything another one was say al qaeda everyone would just say anything that i went to iran was trained in iran and i'm
a rainy an intelligence interrogator would say he doesn't know i never got charged . now inside twenty lawyers and families say that nearly two thousand men have disappeared into the qantas time prisons this number is so high that it has triggered nearly weekly protests among families that are seeking information about the missing sons brothers and fathers. and serve as a reaction from either the united arab emirates or the u.s. officials that we had any comments from them on these allegations. well yes we have let me point out first that the united states and the united arab emirates are cooperating in yemen the u.a.e. is part of the u.s. backed saudi led coalition that is backing the ousted government in the country's civil war now the u.a.e. is government has denied the allegations and issued a statement in which it said and i'm quoting that there are no secret detention centers and no torture of prisoners is done during interrogations the same kind of
comments coming out of the united states where the chief spokesperson for the u.s. defense department said and again i'm quoting we always said here to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct we would not turn a blind eye because we are obligated to report any violations of human rights. to use poor asli of their reporting from from tel aviv. let's cross to professor law from the royal wallenberg institute of human rights and humanitarian law to get some more insight on this thanks for joining us the u.s. officials have anonymously admitted that american forces are interrogating prisoners but they deny any knowledge of torture of human rights abuses at these locations though how i mean how can we actually trust them considering all previous denials resulted in for example the famous quote by obama when he said you know we did torture some folks. off to guantanamo what's what are your thoughts.
you know it's very important to have independent impartial objective fact finding in such situations it's not enough to rely on standard denials that we hear from either the yemeni forces or u.a.e. or united states or in any country any country's government for that matter if we're seeing credible reports and you know i think the associated press. is a very credible organization that. knows how to conduct a good investigative journalism and if the sources that it has for information are not only. alleged former prisoners but also yemeni security for. officers etc you start to think that you know we're trying to leading the facts very well and. if the facts are are
alleged are so explosive is this really is very important for the united states for you even for the yemeni forces and anybody else who may be involved implicitly or by complicity or in any way to open this up to independent fact finding where does this independent fact finding come from well it could come from the international committee of the red cross could come from the united nations human rights councils special wrapper against torture. not only that but the government of yemen and. for that matter the united states and others they have become state parties to the united nations convention against torture. which. also encourages the inspections and you know for a fact finding through the u.n.
committee against torture so there are a lot of ways to to open this thing up and let. see the facts and because there's no doubt that torture is absolutely prohibited in international law and you think that after you know abu ghraib and other. terrible. instances which have been very well documented and finally admitted that all parties would stay away from you know uncivilized behavior if this was going on professors in trouble just want to get as many questions as i can and what if the u.s. though it wasn't complicit in the told it wasn't actually volley is in any international laws but it was perhaps using intelligence that was used that was gathered by its allies through the use of torture i mean could that for example if that was the case could that result to any sort of legal violation. well you know everybody has an interest in all civilized countries have an interest in fighting
al qaeda in their peninsula and al qaeda in general so intelligence sharing which is done through the united states joint special operations command with the government of yemen is is to be expected and it's a good thing so as training. interrogation there one has to be very very careful i don't think it's enough to say well you know we didn't torture. and the person that's brought before us they seem to have been softened up how cooperative they are and you know we're not personally you know directly hands on involved. under the under the rules of the convention against torture. if you cooperate or if you are part of a process in that interrogation even if you don't do it yourself if you're complicit in some way that could import. legal responsibility in under an under international law so it's a very serious issue and it's something that you know coming commanders. and
people at all levels at all ranks have to be very careful about because the rules are quite quite clear and. understood that the united states base is not very far away from currently where these interrogations are alleged to have taken place and torture or cruel and inhuman or degrading treatment so you know you start to wonder well this is just a wink and a nod and say well we're not involved directly so we're not we're not responsible you have an obligation to inquire properly and to find out and not to cooperate with processes that amount to torture ok professor so we have time for today but thanks so much for insights professor olson from the. federal one of biggest issues of human rights what is there a law thanks so much. you're welcome. oh it'll strip the country's foreign minister
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children to the biggest prepared children to school can speak german. or to go as a difference in terms of their language principles we don't need them and it. has caused controversy in the past back in twenty fifteen he proposed what was called the islamic law that he put forward before the the austrian parliament this proposed that all mosques got their funding only from within australia and also that there was an austrian approved version of the qur'an that was used in mosques within austria now a watered down version of that law was passed it didn't have the official verified qur'an in it but in october of this year from the first of october it will be illegal in austria so where report that ban was signed into law just last week in the austrian chancellor christie incur and his grand coalition government has just fallen apart they going to the polls in austria in october of this year in snap elections will elections and the far right freedom party have supported
a lot of the islamic legislation. there their polling current your own thirty percent in the polls there they've seen a big boost in support. for an hour by the deputy mayor of vienna johan and goodness he's in the r t studio with us live thanks for joining us so good to have you along on the show now this the austrian. foreign minister he's criticized these islamic schools for what he described as isolating children. surely leading to some sort of division as well as for using taxpayer money obviously is that a view you agree with of course i agree but i'm quite surprised why now the foreign minister and the minister for integration change his mind because it was his party which always voted for every request for subsidies for those. schools and you will see is party and also his political action. we tried to catering
to all these. mostly movements in austria and now you know we have election campaign in the middle of october it will be a federal actions he tries to change his mind and copy all our program points of my freedom party is quite surprisingly in this ng it's more a phoney and more a copy machine for a minister but also in general has been tightening its policies towards migrants that of course in light of the use action against poland hungary the czech republic potential sanctions on them for not taking their share of refugees are you concerned about the huge reaction towards the tightening of the policies i'm quite concerned actually because i think you know what the it's in the hungary or the czech republic and what poland does the normal rational way and i'm very irritated for the politics of austria which has been done also but as the
party of women is the courts and you also minister for the last several years four years and he bolted for every opening of border or civil to. come more refugees and also for work come more islam in austria my party and my person. for banning radical islamism for banning political islam is most are. not tries very. briefly shortly before the elections to copy all our point of views ok i think the vote to shoot no where's the original and in those words the copy machine i mean i mean there's clearly some you know potential political point scoring done on here in view of the election but even if you take. that you commission president just yesterday i believe he referred to economic migrants as illegal as opposed to just the regular which was his usual choice of words i mean is there real shift here is that a symbolic i mean that's just one quote obviously but is there some sort of shift
here in overall e.u. policy towards moderates that you've noticed over the last year i think so-called which you've got states like poland czech republic slovakia hungary the goal there going the right the way so it's politics is about protecting the own people you elected by own people in the state in the region and just to protect your own people so lunar rights and unfortunately mrs merkel in. germany also austria governmental could spot to four p. and the socialist party did the wrong re we accepted more and more illegal migrants like economical or social migrants. and this is the wrong way now because now the criminal rate increased raping women increased unfortunately and women for example in my city vienna. freight going alone on the streets when it's dark this hasn't been before the last two years it changed now because we accepted so many refugees
so-called refugees and it's a pity this is not reliable and people have on the fifteenth of october a chance to vote for the best way which my party but i mean is that out of balance here to be had i mean a lot of these people are coming from from war zones for very desperate situations yet obviously as you say there are problems with integration i think that's a little bit in certain cases the austrian foreign minister just the march he proposed though. but in refugee centers outside the european union i mean is that a proposal that could perhaps please the whole political spectrum it's a very good proposal because it's copied off from a program to two years ago he would. say it's the difference or the opposite. argument because two years ago he said we have to accept more refugees he too is a go he said is of course a part of austria and now he's copying all the points of our program of course it's very important to build such camps very human camps which is
a good treatment outside of europe in order that people can't come to europe in order that those people can go back to their countries as soon as the problem the chaos or do war or the. situation is finished it is the best point of view and i'm glad that someone else sharing it. with others sharing similar points of view the bulgarian prime minister he just said europe should completely close the borders to refugees. quite a radical measure according to many people i mean what would you take of that the if you see to the real figures you know don't understand the world refugee because ninety percent of those refugees are not really refugees according to the geneva convention those are social or economical migrants looking for a better way of life which is ok understandable but i don't know why i also szell welfare system should be for should be for anyone who have taxpayers and sex was
have to pay for everything but if i can just drop in terms of that's that is that but most of them all refugees i mean social migration has existed for many years many decades but it reached a peak due to the chaos in the middle east the syrian war the libyan civil war etc is it perhaps unfair to say that most of these people are moderates from war zones most people. really does it really figures like social migrants and the cold of themselves refugees so it's it's actually wrong but you know africa has its own it's own a refugee convention so action no one from africa if there's a real war or real situation of bad treatment in a country of africa no one would have to leave africa because countries where you can have a life in peace and.