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Monday, 16 January 2017

Il Piccolo Principe e gli 8 re del mondo - Oxfam Italia

Il piccolo Principe e gli 8 re del mondo
di Gabriela Jacomella e Gianluca Costantini
su il Corriere della sera del 16 gennaio 2017 per Oxfam Italia

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Kenneth Roth - Human Rights Watch


Human Rights Watch World Report, 2017
Threats to Human Rights in More Than 90 Countries
Human Rights Watch is pleased to invite you to the launch of its World Report 2017 at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at The National Press Club, Washington, DC. Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth will discuss the human rights implications of key elections around the globe, including the incoming Trump administration, as well as the refugee crisis, conflict in the Middle East, and the rise of demagogues.
For those not in Washington, DC, a livestream will be available at Additionally, if you would like to embed the livestream on your own website, that option will be available by following this link. Everything will go live at 9:45a.m. EST.
What: Launch of Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2017
Who: Kenneth Roth, executive director, Human Rights Watch
                    Emma Daly, communications director, Human Rights Watch
When: Thursday, January 12, 2017
                       9:45a.m. – 11:00a.m.
Where: The National Press Club
                        529 14th St NW, Washington, DC, 20045
For more information or to RSVP, please contact:
In New York, Philippa Stewart (English): +1-646-427-3288; or

Freedom for Christian Provvisionato

When in August 2015, Italian security operator Cristian Provvisionato accepted a temporary job in Mauritania offered by his employer, Milan-based private security company Vigilar, he did not know the African authorities would label him as a fraudster and impede his repatriation. Provvisionato, 42, was supposed to remain in Mauritania for up to 10 days and escort a technician from an Indian company whilst he showed some IT products during sale meetings. Continue

Monday, 9 January 2017

Javid Nabiyev - Support LGBTI rights in Azerbaijan


Sign petition for protection against discrimination & hate crime
London & Baku – 9 January 2017

LGBTI people in Azerbaijan face prejudice, discrimination and hate crime. They have no legal protection.
Nefes, the LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance, is calling on people around the world to support their campaign to get the Azerbaijani government to legislate protection for LGBTI people against discrimination and hate crime.

Please sign their petition:

Please use or adapt this tweet:
Support #Azerbaijan LGBTI demand for legal protection against discrimination & hate crime. SIGN #vosazerbaijan
JavidNabiyev,chairperson of Nefes, the LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance, sent us a message. This is an edited version:
22 January is National Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in the republic of Azerbaijan.
The Azerbaijani authorities do not accept fundamental human rights or freedom of expression, assembly and movement – or political rights and civil liberties. There is a state crackdown on government critics, lawyers and journalists.
In the report by Freedom House for 2016, Azerbaijan is again in not on the list of free countries. Among the UN and Council of Europe member states Azerbaijan is ranked as one the worst human rights abusers.
There are damning reports from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International and a critical resolution by the European Parliament regarding the failings on rights and freedoms in Azerbaijan.
These general, broad human rights shortcomings include inadequate LGBTI rights too.
The European Parliament in 2015 passed a resolution calling for better legal and police protection of LGBTI people in Azerbaijan.
According to ILGA Europe’s annual report for 2016, Azerbaijan was ranked in last place in Europe among the 49 member countries of the Council of Europe. Russia was ranked in 48th place.
Last year numerous violent attacks were carried out against LGBTI individuals, and several murders were reported. For example:

- The police in Baku carried out a series of raids on buildings where trans sex workers gathered
- A gay man who had been living in the Shamkir region was found dead at his apartment.
- A28 year-old trans person was found strangled and stabbed to death in an apartment in Baku.
- Another trans person was stabbed in the throat near a metro station in Baku

Hate speeches from senior officials increased, including by members of parliament. The chair of the National TV and Radio Council (NTRC) gave an interview stating that the TV channels should raise the standards of programming instead of broadcasting TV programs that “present the homosexual lifestyle as normal.”
Javid Nabiyev was denounced as a saboteur against the government and spy of the West because of his LGBTI activism. In 2015, he was obliged to escape from Azerbaijan to continue his LGBTI human rights work, in order to avoid being another victim of the political repression in Azerbaijan.
“To hold a LGBTI event and speak out in public in support of Nefes’s LGBTI human rights demands isn’t possible in Azerbaijan. Now I’m Germany as refugee. I cannot leave Germany or do something more. That’s why I’m calling on you for solidarity and to join the campaign which I launched under name Voice Of Silence. The campaign will continue between 22 – 28th January. Here are the possible activities which I want to advise you,” said Nabiyev:

Petition campaign

The Azerbaijani criminal code does not address hate crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation. There is no adoption of a single definition of hate crimes across all criminal justice agencies, which would allow for the tracking of LGBTI hate crime cases at each stage of the criminal justice system, and for policymakers and the wider public to understand better the criminal justice response to those hate crimes. That’s why we are starting online letter campaign to urge the Azerbaijani Parliament (Milli Majlis) to enacts the following reforms:

· Adopt legislation that makes hate crime and hate speech specific offences or that provides enhanced penalties for any crimes committed with a bias motive;
· Amend the criminal code to address hate crime and hate speech based on sexual orientation or gender identity;
· Adopt an anti-discrimination law that criminalises discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Petition link:

Please tweet in support of the Azerbaijan LGBTI community and their demand for legal protection. Use the hashtag #vosazerbaijan

Further information:

Javid (Cavid) Nabiyev
Founder of | Queer Refugees for Pride | Campaign
President ofNefes, the LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance

*Organisational contact:*

Facebook page |
Web |

*Personal contact:*

Tel | +49 176 578 083 06
Germany, Altena, In derHeimecke 13, 58762
Email |
Facebook page |
Web |

La sua storia in una graphic novel - Aslı Erdoğan

Un articolo di Simona Maggiorelli su Left n.1, 7 gennaio 2017

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Portrait of Ai Qing 艾青


Drawing from the book: "Le cicatrici tra i miei denti" 

Aì Qīng 艾青

He was born in Fantianjiang village (贩田蒋), Jinhua county, in eastern China's Zhejiang province. After entering Hangzhou Xihu Art School in 1928, under the advice of principal Lin Fengmian, he went abroad and studied in Paris the following spring. From 1929 to 1932 while studying in France, besides learning art of Renoir and Van Gogh, the philosophy of Kant and Hegel, he also studied modern poets such as Mayakovsky and was especially influenced by Belgian poet Verhaeren.

After returning to Shanghai, China in May 1932, he joined China Left Wing Artist Association, and was arrested in July for opposing the Kuomintang. During his imprisonment, Ai Qing translated Verhaeren's poems and wrote his first book Dayanhe—My Nurse (大堰河—我的保姆), "Reed Flute" (芦笛), and "Paris" (巴黎). He was finally released in October 1935.

After the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937, Ai Qing wrote "Snowfall on the Land" (雪落在中国的土地上) after arriving at Wuhan to support the war effort. In 1938, he moved to Guilin to become the editor of "Guixi Daily" newspaper. In 1940, he became the dean of the Chinese department at Chongqing YuCai University.

In 1941, he moved to Yan'an, and joined the Chinese Communist Party in the subsequent year. Beginning in 1949, he was on cultural committees. He was editor of Poetry Magazine, and associate editor of People's Literature.

However, in 1957, during the Anti-Rightist Movement, he defended Ding Ling, was accused of "rightism", and in 1958 exiled to farms in northeast China, and then in 1959 transferred to Xinjiang by the Communist authorities. During the period of the Cultural Revolution he was forced to work daily cleaning the communal toilets for his village of about 200 people, a physically demanding job he was required to carry out for five years, then aged in his 60s. According to an account by his son Ai Weiwei, he lost vision in one of his eyes due to lack of nutrition. He was not allowed to publish his works Return Song(《归来的歌》) and Ode to Light(《光的赞歌》) until he was reinstated in 1979. In 1979, he was vice-chairman of the Chinese Writers Association.

He made a second journey to France in 1980, and in 1985 French president François Mitterrand awarded him the title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Life Time Prison - Ross Ulbricht

“Just a quick note to say that we were hacked and the hackers still have control of our email account,” the family of convicted Silk Road administrator, Ross Ulbricht, announced this morning. “We have been told they are soliciting funds with it, posing as us. Any email from that address, until further notice, is NOT legitimate! They also have control of our twitter account through the email.” Continue

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Monday, 2 January 2017

I have chosen the path of thorns - Sheikh Nimr

People took to the streets of the Shiite-populated al-Awamiyah village in Qatif region of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province on Monday to mark the first anniversary of the execution of prominent cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by the Saudi regime.

During the rally, which started from Shahid Khalid guest house, the participants carried signs and chanted the slogan “He is always alive”.
They also condemned the kingdom for executing the cleric on trumped-up charges.
Iran’s holy city of Qom and Bahraini town of Diraz were scenes of similar demonstrations on Sunday.
On January 2, 2016, Saudi Arabia executed 47 prisoners, including Sheikh Nimr.
The senior cleric was detained in July 2012 on charges of delivering anti-regime speeches and defending political prisoners.
His arrest sparked widespread protests in the Arab country, leaving several people dead.
Nimr’s Qatif-area hometown of Awamiya has been the scene of repeated security incidents since 2011. Continue

Good Year Turkey!

Friday, 30 December 2016

Arash Sadeghi and Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee #Iran

I was charged with ‘collusion against national security’ because I supported a group of poor students who had been denied education and for supporting leftist students and visiting families of those who had been killed, and for taking part in peaceful gatherings, such as… protests against the execution of Gholamreza Khosravi and gathering in support of [imprisoned women’s rights activist] Narges Mohammadi

Arash Sadeghi

Aslı Erdoğan is free

Law is obliged to protect the individual and the community, not only the state.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Martin Gottesfeld - Anonymous Hacker

Imprisoned human rights activist and alleged Anonymous hacker.

Martin Gottesfeld, 32, is a human rights advocate and Senior Systems Engineer born and raised in Andover, Massachusetts. He was arrested on February 17th, 2016 and is being prosecuted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) by Carmen Ortiz’s office.

Marty faces allegations that he conspired with members of the hacktivist group Anonymous to organize an online sit-in of Boston Children’s Hospital’s public website, in no way harming patients or exposing private information. At the time, an international campaign was underway to stop the torture and save the life of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier.

Justina was nearly killed due to the negligence & malpractice of Boston Children’s Hospital doctors. Monday marks the 21st day of his prison hunger strike on behalf of abused children and political prisoners.

Since beginning his hunger strike on October 3, Marty has lost 16.5 pounds. Marty faces 5 years in prison and $380,000 in restitution to Justina’s tormentors. His attorneys are mounting a vigorous defense on his behalf, and need your help.

Marty has dedicated years of his life to fighting for the human rights of institutionalized children. He would often spend 8 hours at his job, come home, and spend another 8 hours campaigning against child abuse. He never profited from his activism. Before over a dozen

FBI agents raided his home and took every computer he owned, he and his wife opened their guest bedroom to survivors of the “troubled teen industry,” powerful and politically connected for profit organizations with an extremely well documented record of atrocities against children. Continue

Monday, 19 December 2016

United Nations: end slavery in conflict

Over three thousand women and girls have been forced into sexual slavery by ISIS during the conflict in Iraq and Syria.1 But the horror doesn’t end there — men, women, boys and girls all over the world have been forced into slavery during conflict.

Randa, a 16 year old girl was abducted by ISIS along with her heavily-pregnant mother from northern Iraq. Forced into slavery Randa was taken and raped by a man twice her age.2

Esther Ruth Atim was kidnapped from Uganda when she was 9 years old by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Christian militia. “Rape was on a daily basis. I was raped so I couldn’t even move … like a normal (person) … I could only move like a jumping frog.”3

Last December the UN Security Council took the first steps towards ending slavery in conflict as some members acknowledged ISIS’s use of slavery as a war crime.

We must continue to push the Security Council to protect survivors of slavery and prosecute those responsible for war crimes.

Swift action could prevent human trafficking and sexual slavery in conflicts all over the world now and forever. Continue