Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Lucía Pérez was reportedly picked up outside her school in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, some 300 kilometers south of the capital of Buenos Aires, on October 8. She was then drugged, gang raped, and allegedly penetrated with a wooden pole. Her killers then washed her, changed her clothes and took her to a medical center, alleging she had suffered an overdose. She died in hospital.
Monday, 17 October 2016
October 17, 2016 marks the 900th day that Aya Hijazi has been held in pretrial detention in Egypt. Follow and share your support on that day through Facebook, Twitter, and by signing our petition.
Aya Hijazi, an American-Egyptian and long committed to social justice and community service, founded the volunteer-based NGO Belady (“My Country”) with her Egyptian husband Mohammed Hassanein in Cairo in September 2013 to educate, provide temporary housing, and ultimately reunite street children with their families.
They funded the new foundation by foregoing a honeymoon and a formal wedding ceremony.
In accordance with the law, Aya and Mohammed applied to the Ministry of Social Solidarity to register Belady as a legally recognized nonprofit, submitting necessary paperwork to the Egyptian government by December 2013 to fulfill all necessary requirements to begin operation.
On May 1, 2014, the Egyptian police raided the Belady premises and conducted a warrantless arrest of Aya, her husband, two other volunteers, and all the street children who were present. Four other volunteers were arrested later. Only one of them has been released from detention in the last 900 days.
Egyptian law provides that the maximum period of time that a person may be held in temporary detention is two years. For Aya, her husband, and two of the other defendants, that period expired on May 1, 2016.
Aya was charged on September 8, 2014 and is facing seven false charges.
Human trafficking of minors
Indecent assault of minors
Sexual exploitation of minors
Kidnaping and exploitation of minors
Unlawful detention and torture of minors
Facilitating and inciting sexual deviation and exploitation
Illegal formation of the Belady Foundation
Aya and Mohamed are facing a maximum sentence of life in prison. Their next hearing is on November 19, 2016.
Sign our petition now to call for Aya and Mohamed’s release.
This is a particularly important subject in my own life and I found it strangely interesting that three years after I left Egypt to become a lawyer to help street children, I ended up working my first job on protecting a young woman who was doing exactly the same thing, helping Egypt’s children.
Sunday, 16 October 2016
Saturday, 15 October 2016
“Cinema for the Sahrawi People” uses film to entertain, convey knowledge and empower refugees from the Western Sahara, who have lived in exile in remote camps in Southwestern Algeria since 1975.
The project consists of an annual human rights film and cultural festival and a year-round film school.
The Western Sahara International Film Festival (FiSahara) brings screenings, roundtables, film workshops and many other cultural events to the camps every year. Filmmakers, artists, human rights defenders, journalists and others from all over the world visit the camps and interact with the local population. Continue
The Abidin Kaid Saleh audiovisual school provides hands-on training to young refugees so that they can tell their own stories and create educational and cultural films for their communities. Experienced filmmakers teach modules focused on storytelling, screenwriting, cinematography, sound, editing and other filmmaking specialties.
How would you claim your identity in a hostile land? How could you live under harassment and repression ? How would you make your voice break through the walls of silence?
Sahrawi young people living at the Occupied Territories (O.T) are required to study at the occupying country.
But a river resonates all over the desert…
Shot in the Saharawi Liberated Territories of Western Sahara, and in the Saharawi Refugee Camps in Tindouf, Algeria, the film shows the saga of the Sahrawis, their struggle to regain their homeland and the sad paradox of a nomadic people forced to live in confinement.
Liman Boisha, a Saharaui poet living in Madrid, feels that he has turned “dry of the Sahara”, and travels to western Sahara to regain inspiration for his verses.
There, Hamida Abdullah, tells him about the trip they made together with the philosopher Belga Mohamed Salem and the poet and erudite Bonnana Busseid to Leyuad, in the heart of the Tiris, the ancestral Land of the Men of the Book, the génesis of the identity of the Saharaui people, a road shown to them by Badi Mohamed Salem, the greatest of living Saharaui poets.
Friday, 14 October 2016
The film is an allegorical representation of a very old historical icehouse that has become a monument and is given a human conscience thru the poem of Noufel Bouzeboudjawith narration by Rafik Sahali in Arabic. ALLEGORIA is a call for the protection of our night skies endangered by humans that make bad use of urban lighting which wastes tremendous amount of energy and contaminates the night skies.