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A 5 Years old Afghan soccer fan of Messi is forced to leave his country thanks to Taliban

Five year old Murtaza continues to play football in exile, and fears no Taliban

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Afghanistan:
It might not come as a surprise  that soccer legend- Lionel Messi has a fan, who dreams someday to be like the legendd and step into his shoes.
This fan is a 5 years old Afghani boy, Murtaza Ahmadi. According to Voice of America which covered this story, Murtaza came into attention in January this year when he was spotted wearing a plastic bag as an improvised Argentinian jersey with Messi’s jersey number at the back. This caught the attention of Messi and he sent autographed jerseys to the boy in Afghanistan via UNICEF.
 All the attention and spotlight the boy received helped him to move to Kabul from his small village where he was able to practice his soccer skills. But soon after his move to Kabul, many threatening calls started coming in. These calls were by the Taliban and other criminal gangs who asked for ransom. According to Murtaza’s Father, it became difficult for them to live in such a state of fear and hence they decided to flee from the city and are presently living in Quetta in Pakistan. Mohammed Arif Ahmadi, the father of the five-year-old also informed the correspondent that it is a very unsettled condition that they are living in, owing to the financial difficulties and the legal issues surrounding their stay at the present location.
Dreams vs Fear
Dreams vs Fear
The UN, on the other hand, has extended a hand to support the boy’s family to get registered with the Pakistani embassy as the legal refugees  at the place and has been helping the family to settle in the new environment. But these hurdles have not stopped the boy from practicing soccer. As per his father, Murtaza continues to practice soccer with his uncle occasionally, whenever they have a family time.

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With so many difficulties surrounding him and his family, Murtaza’s confidence holds a powerful will that he will make it big as a Football Legend, someday in the future.(VOA)

 

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Beijing Could Improve Human Rights As Part Of The Universal Periodic Review

All U.N. member states undergo such screening, generally every four to five years. Le said China had accepted 82 percent of the recommendations presented during the review last November. The council formally adopted the review of China without a vote Friday.

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Indian Muslims shout slogans during a protest against the Chinese government, in Mumbai, India, Sept. 14, 2018. Protesters demanded that China stop detaining ethnic Uighurs in detention and political indoctrination centers in Xinjiang region. VOA

A top Chinese diplomat claimed Friday that detention centers for Muslims in China’s western province of Xinjiang are “campuses, not camps” and said they are eventually going to be closed as a “training program” for ethnic Uighurs is downsized.

At the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Executive Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng reiterated China’s insistence that the detention centers are designed to provide training and fight regional terrorism. He also claimed that officials from around the world, including from the U.N., had visited the region and that the detention centers in Xinjiang are “actually boarding schools or campuses, not camps” as reported by critics.

The U.S. State Department said this week that China has “significantly intensified” a campaign of mass detentions of minority Uighurs over the last year, with between 800,000 and 2 million people from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region interned in camps. The centers have drawn condemnation from across the world.

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At the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Executive Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng reiterated China’s insistence that the detention centers are designed to provide training and fight regional terrorism. Pixabay

Le told reporters he had recently visited some Uighur centers in Xinjiang — and played ping pong and ate halal food there. He didn’t specify when the detention centers would be closed, other than telling reporters later that would happen “at the appropriate time.”

He also took aim at a U.S.-led event in Geneva on Xinjiang — calling that “unacceptable” interference in Chinese sovereignty.

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The envoy’s comments came as China was responding to more than 200 recommendations by other countries on ways that Beijing could improve human rights as part of a Human Rights Council process known as the Universal Periodic Review.

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He also took aim at a U.S.-led event in Geneva on Xinjiang — calling that “unacceptable” interference in Chinese sovereignty. VOA

All U.N. member states undergo such screening, generally every four to five years. Le said China had accepted 82 percent of the recommendations presented during the review last November. The council formally adopted the review of China without a vote Friday.

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The United States, historically one of the few countries to confront China over its human rights records, pulled out of the 47-country Geneva-based U.N. body last year, alleging it has an anti-Israeli bias and other shortcomings.

Norway’s ambassador in Geneva voiced the most criticism among diplomats at the council on Friday. Hans Brattskar said Norway regretted that China did not accept any recommendations related to the Uighur detention situation in Xinjiang. (VOA)