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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

Friday, 16 December 2016

Musa Kart- FREE!

Musa Kart, the world-renowned political cartoonist for Cumhuriyet newspaper, Istanbul is one of several staff pending trial for “crimes on behalf of the Fethullahist Terror Organisation and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)”.

Accused of collusion in last summer’s attempted coup in Turkey, these journalists are just a few of the great many academics, public servants and media workers who have been fired, detained, questioned or jailed by the Erdoğan regime in recent weeks. Kart’s regular panel in the paper has been printed with a blank space since his arrest. Continue

Friday, 9 December 2016

Carlos Jiménez Villarejo #StopTheDeal

On March 20, 2016, the controversial EU-Turkey Agreement came into effect. It set out that all “new irregular migrants” – a euphemism for refugees and asylum-seekers – arriving in Greece from this date onwards would be returned to Turkey.
The EU-Turkey deal is shameful and signifies that Europe is losing its soul, fast. Europe is, in effect, bribing Turkey to allow Europe to shirk its responsibilities to refugees. It signals to the rest of the world that vulnerable men, women, and children who managed to survive the horrors of war, persecution, and a perilous journey, will have their asylum applications turned down. And then they will be deported back to Turkey, a country that the European Parliament has just censured for its civil liberties and human rights record. These desperate people will, as a result, find even more desperate, dangerous, routes to escape. Yes, the corpses will mount, the pain will multiply and it will be Europe’s doing!
But it doesn’t have to be this way. As DiEM25 we are standing behind a unique legal action that could blow this deal up, potentially improving the lives of millions of people seeking to come to Europe in desperate need.
How? By helping to save a man’s life. Continue

Monday, 5 December 2016

Anything to say? A Monument to courage!

"Anything to say?", is a life size bronze sculpture, portraying three figures each one standing on a chair. The fourth chair is empty because it is our chair. The one for us to stand up on to express ourselves or simply to stand next to Edward Snowden, Julien Assange and Chelsea Manning, who had the courage to say no to the intrusion of global surveillance and to lies that lead to war. Both loved and hated, they chose to loose the comfort zone of their lives to tell the truth.

The work has been inspired by Charles Glass, author, journalist and broadcaster, and brought to life by artist Davide Dormino who believes in the power of Public Art. « It has the power to make people grow and change their point of view. The chair has a double meaning. It can be comfortable, but it can also be a pedestal to rise higher, to get a better view, to learn more. They all chose to get up on the chairs of courage. They made their move in spite of becoming visible, thus threatened and judged. Some think they are traitors. History never had a positive opinion of contemporary revolutionaries. You need courage to act, to stand up on that empty chair because it hurts.» Continue