25-03-13

Zandvoort childporn ring: Gina Bernard was murdered

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Antwerp, December 5 th, 1998

European Parliament
TO the attention of Mr . J.M. Gil-Robles Gil-Delgado
Chairman European Parliament
Belliardstreet 97-113, B-1047 Brussels

Dear Mister,

CONCERNING THE MANIFESTATION IN FRONT OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN BRUSSELS

As you know, the Morkhoven Group is since years taking action around an international network of childpornography. Hereby missing youngsters and children are also traced.

The actions and investigations of many years have finally led to the so called Zandvoort-case, whereby childporn-material was found in heaps. Although the work of the association was generally praised and its investigator Marcel Vervloesem was personally congratulated by the Chairman of the European Union, ( " Ich werde mich bemühen, auch weiterhin eine Politik zu machen, die entschlossene Menschen wie Sie, Herr Vervloesem, und deren engagierten Kampf für die Kinderrechte unterstützt ", letter dated July 20th 1998.), since 1992, the association had to cope incessantly with opposition on behalf of the Belgian Justice and political authorities.

The Morkhoven Group not only became the victim of numerous insinuations and accusations but was also regulary criticized by the Belgian Minister of Justice ( Mr. S. De Clerck ). De Clerck (christen-democratic party) accused the members of Morkhoven Group for 'spreading rumours and tales full of phantasies'.  He said, the way in which the association handled these files was 'unacceptable and he had to oppose himself against it because it gave the impression that justice didn't book any result'.

The minister could not have better summarize the way in which the case was covered up by Belgian Justice.

Although, internationally, there was an agreement that the Morkhoven Group did good work, the association was never, in any way, supported by the Belgian Justice- and political authorities.

After the murder of Gerrit-Jan Ulrich, the 49-year-old computer salesman which collected childporn in the case Zandvoort, Marcel Vervloesem he was again the victim of insinuations and accusations.

After a TV-broadcast about the Zandvoort-case ( RTBF - "Faits Divers"), just after a press-conference of the Morkhoven Group and just before the TV commentary about the Group ( VRT - " The white knight of Morkhoven " ) a judicial inquiry against Marcel Vervloesem was opened.

There where - quite accidental - three burglaries of the car from Mr. José Dessart, maker of the before mentioned RTBF-broadcasting. Mr. Willibrordus, maker of the programm " The week of Willibrordus " (SBS 6-Netherlands), found his car put on fire just before the broadcasting about the Zandvoort-case. In danger of his own life, he could push the burning vehicle away from his house ( where his small daughter was asleep ) into the street to prevent his house catching fire.

Gina Bernard-Pardaens, internet-specialist of the Morkhoven Group and co-worker of the RTBF-programme " Faits Divers " had to deal for months with telephone-disturbances and fax- and computer-problems. The telephone-company Belgacom did not succeed during all that time to resolve these interferences.

According to Belgacom " a second line was opened (which Gina never had asked ) and there was " a small thread loose".

Gina often had an " occupied line " ( while she was not at home ), with people phoning her, but saying nothing and hooking back in, deaththreats and telephone-voices which where electronicly deformed, and so on ..., but Belgacom did not appear to be able to detect the identity of these anonymous callers.

Next , the son of Gina Bernard - after different deaththreats - was almost ridden off the road, whilst on bicycle.

Both Mr. José Dessart ( RTBF ) and Mrs. Gina Bernard were interrogated by the judicial services in the case of the disappearred German boy, Manuel Schadwald.

Over and over they were asked as to their connections with the Morkhoven Group.

In an interview with a journalist of the newspaper " De Morgen ", Gina Bernard stated that she had expierienced the interrogation as " highly remarkable and even intimidating " and " that this hearing was clearly directed in that way to be able to get hold of her sources where she had access to ".

After this interrogation the intimidations towards her seemed to increase. In the night of November 14/15th, 1998, Gina - after a new series of deaththreats and telephone-, fax- and internet-problems, had a carcrash. She was instantly dead.

Then, the Morkhoven Group, decided that it could not go further in this way. The network-investigations and the tracing of missing children would be stopped and the complete file would - together with the numerous requests from parents of missing children - be put at the door of the European Parliament in Brussels.

However, the Group did get so many positive reactions and requests to continue, that it will pick up her activities in the matter concerned. This, however, can't happen without the necessary guarantees. It is unacceptable that every person and every association, who works around the problematic of missing and/or murdered children or around the international pedophile-rings and sexually abused youngsters and children, becomes the victim of a systematic persecution.

We ask the members of the European Parliament that the policeforces and judges who do their investigations well, the journalists and civil servants who try to do their work as good as possible, the solicitors, physicians ... who come up for the victims of sexual abuse, the parents of missing/murdered children, associations who by means of investigation-work and the victims of sexual abuse, are respected instead of being intimidated or persecuted.

To obtain this goal, Mister Chairman, I would like to inform you that the town of Brussels has given us permission to organise a manifestation on THURSDAY, DEC. 10 th 1998, from 14.00 untill 16.00 o'clock, in the VAN MAERLANTSTRAAT, on the opposite side of the European Parliament, Belliardstraat 97, Brussels.

In the hope that a delegation of the participants could be received by you and thereby hand you over their demand-parcel, we abide your answer,

Sincerely Yours,
Jan Boeykens

Verlatstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp
(Belgium)
chairman of the Workgroup Morkhoven

(tel/fax:03/ 248 64 69- 014/261 354)

Enclosed I send you the article "Nous ne pouvons pas permettre que la silence se met en place ... " (Mme D. Bourlet-Massart)

http://old.radicalparty.org/belgium/dutroux/docum_letter_mork.htm

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11-02-13

Trafficking of Women in the Balkans: A Modern-Day Slavery

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Over the past decade, “trafficking in persons” or “human trafficking” for commercial sexual exploitation has been one of the fastest growing areas of international organized criminal activity. In simplest terms, human trafficking is “a cruel, ruthless, and cynical form of human exploitation, a serious crime, and a gross violation of human dignity.” In legal terms, it is “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve consent of a person having control over an-other person for the purpose of exploitation.”

Even though the terms “human trafficking” and “human smuggling” are at times used interchangeably, the critical factor that distinguishes trafficking from smuggling is the use of force, coercion and/or deception in order to exploit the victims. In other words, while human smuggling refers only to the illegal transport of a person across international borders for benefit or profit and does not necessarily entail exploitation, human trafficking entails sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, or practices similar to slavery.

Each year, hundred thousands, even millions of persons are trafficked and used as commodities. According to the United States Department of State, 700,000 to 2 million people, of whom 35% are under the age of 18, are trafficked each year. According to the United Nations (UN) estimates of 2008, about 2.5 million people from 127 countries have been trafficked to 137 countries in that particular year for purposes such as forced labor, sexual exploitation, the removal of organs, and forced marriages. In addition, 2009 estimates of Amnesty International indicate that 4 million people are trafficked or smuggled across borders annually. In addition to international trafficking, internal trafficking—trafficking that does not cross national borders—claims an estimated additional four to twenty-seven million persons to that figures. These worrying numbers indeed reveal a human tragedy of massive proportions.

By Arda Bilgen on 25/3/2012

http://www.europeanstrategist.eu/2012/03/trafficking-of-women-in-the-balkans-a-modern-day-slavery/

29-02-12

Marcel Vervloesem and the amazing story of the Werkgroep Morkhoven

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In 1988, a man who came to visit Marcel for a cup of coffee was distressed. His son, placed in a psychiatric institute of the Social Services of Antwerp, was regularly locked up in isolation cell, sometimes for months, who he found inhuman. They went there together. Those cells where naked, without daylight but a violent lamp and the children would be left there alone. The law granted the hospital staff all the rights without least control, from where all freedom of abuse. The doctors would refuse to listen: locking a child in an isolation cells was normal.

Jan Boeykens, an intellectual from Antwerp, was one of the first men in Flanders to become activist of the patient's right in the area of those threatened by their internment in psychiatric institute. As he ran a radio program, he heard that the Werkgroep Morkhoven was making actions to sensitize people on the conditions of the children in psychiatry. He interviewed Marcel, then joined the movement and became the appointed writer of the pamphlets.

Their method was always the same: they drew the attention of people in the streets by making them laugh, and then made them realize the situation. The problematic of the isolation cells arrived at the Ministry for health. The minister Vervotte invited Marcel and Jan and heard them. She asked them to collaborate in the setting of a new law establishing a regulation on the use of isolation cells in the psychiatric institutes, with measures of control aiming at protecting the adults as well as children.

The Werkgroep Morkhoven carried on going to the institute to make sure the law was properly respected. The term "cell" had replaced by "room", and the term "isolation" had been replaced by "reflection”. As a child was previously locked into an isolation cell he was now sent to a reflection room.

The men returned in the streets of Antwerp, distributing their pamphlets. Strangely enough, the police reacted very violently. The men where arrested and interrogated and their houses where searched, as if suddenly the activists of child protection were terrorists. The Social Service carried a formal complaint for slandering against Jan. But the Werkgroep Morkhoven had collected approximately two hundred pages of testimonies and copies of police reports of complaints for ill-treatments, of which, a horrifying number of broken arms and a litle girl aged five years, who had died in a "reflection room".

Dressed in a priest robe, Marcel was followed by four men who carried a small empty coffin. As they arrived at the Law Courts of Antwerp, two other men had climbed on a crane not far from there, to call the crowd and to flood it with pamphlets. The Social Service gave up the proceedings against Jan.

 

26-02-12

Belgium and Palestine: accused and locked up in prison without trial

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Khader Adnan for 66 days on hunger strike against his detention without charge or trial... 

In a letter he gave to his lawyers for public release, Adnan explained why he was on hunger strike:

'The Israeli occupation has gone to extremes against our people, especially prisoners. I have been humiliated, beaten, and harassed by interrogators for no reason, and thus I swore to God I would fight the policy of administrative detention to which I and hundreds of my fellow prisoners fell prey ... The only thing I can do is offer my soul to God, as I believe righteousness and justice will eventually triumph over tyranny and oppression. I hereby assert that I am confronting the occupiers not for my own sake as an individual, but for the sake of thousands of prisoners who are being deprived of their simplest human rights while the world and international community look on. It is time the international community and the UN support prisoners and force the State of Israel to respect international human rights and stop treating prisoners as if they were not humans'.

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BELGIUM:

The Belgian activist Marcel Vervloesem who revealed the Zandvoort childporn case was convicted and imprisoned after a media process that was during 11 years. All the exculpatory documents disappeared from his court record. Since 4 years he has a ban to talk the press or to contact the board members of his association. He has a ban to travel and to work with associations fighting child abuse.