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Friday, 21 July 2017

Landscape of Istanbul | IQ Houses Taksim Kurabiye

IQ Houses Taksim Kurabiye
Şehit Muhtar Mahallesi, Kurabiye Sk. No:2, 34435 Beyoğlu İstanbul

COUP! Andrzej Duda - President of Poland

It's true.
I did it... all of it!

Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel leading the Russia investigation

President Trump’s lawyers and aides are scouring the professional and political backgrounds of investigators hired by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, looking for conflicts of interest they could use to discredit the investigation — or even build a case to fire Mr. Mueller or get some members of his team recused, according to three people with knowledge of the research effort. Continue

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Bahrain Human Rights Defenders

Mujtaba Al-Sweikat - Saudi Arabia

A Saudi Arabian student who was arrested five years ago as he was about to fly to Michigan to attend college is believed to be facing imminent execution by beheading, officials say.

Mujtaba Al-Sweikat, who was 17 when he was detained at King Fahd International Airport in 2012, was moved Friday from detention in Dammam to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where executions by beheading customarily take place.

Earlier that year, Al-Sweikat allegedly attended a pro-democracy rally, which led to his arrest. Continue

Human Rights in Nigeria!

Drawign for Amnesty Nigeria

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Portrait of Svetlana Zakharova

"An absolute queen of performance – Svetlana Zakharova is much more wonderful than ever. For today, Zakharova is the most prominent and the brightest prima ballerina in the world. […] She is beautiful and possesses a great technique, so she faces all difficulties on her path with smile; her feet are perfect, she has a wonderful and gentle body and glorious lines. And being in the narrow framework of this drama, she can persuade us in every emotion experienced by her. All is simple – she is a wonder. (Financial Times).

Nmandi Kanu - Free Biafra

Activists worldwide demand release of Amnesty International Director and Chair

Veli Acu - FREE!

Günal Kurşun - FREE!

Ali Gharavi - FREE!

Peter Steudtner - FREE!

"With each passing day, the demand for the release of our colleagues grows louder and it will not be silenced" Salil Shetty, Amnesty International

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Tito Tarek Hussein - Disappeared!!!

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Egypt.

New information:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the incommunicado detention of Mr. Tarek Hussein (known as Tito), human rights activist and lawyer at the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) [1].
According to the information received, on July 9, 2017, authorities reported that Mr. Tarek Hussein who had disappeared since July 4, 2017 (see background information) was held at Giza Central Prison.
Following the announcement, Mr. Tarek Hussein’s family went to Giza Central Prison to see him but the prison’s administration denied his family a visit and did not provide his lawyer or family any reason for his detention. In addition, they were given Mr. Tarek Hussein’s clothes, torn apart.
The Observatory recalls that on July 4, 2017, Mr. Tarek Hussein was set to be transferred to Imbaba Police Station. However, Imbaba Police Station denied Mr. Tarek Hussein’s presence within their premises.
As of publication of this appeal, neither his relatives nor his lawyers have been able to see Mr. Tarek Hussein in detention.
Following two unanswered complaints filed by Mr. Tarek Hussein’s family and the Lawyers’ Syndicate, another complaint was filed by Tarek’s lawyers on July 11, 2017, before Giza’s General Prosecutor on similar grounds. On July 13, 2017, the head of Giza Prosecution orally confirmed he will sent an inquiry to Imbaba Police Station and promised to pursue formal inquiries on Mr. Tarek Hussein’s whereabouts as well as on the legal procedures pending against him and try to ensure family and lawyers’ visit.
Mr. Tarek Hussein was first arrested on June 17, 2017 and later accused of “joining an illegal organization” and “calling for a protest”. The following day, he was granted provisional release on bail but remained detained (see background information).
The Observatory remains extremely concerned over the incommunicado detention of Mr. Tarek Hussein and consequently urges the Egyptian authorities to immediately disclose his whereabouts and allow him access to his lawyer and family.
The Observatory further urges Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mr. Tarek Hussein as his detention is arbitrary and only aims at sanctioning his peaceful and legitimate human rights activities. Continue

Friday, 14 July 2017

Free the Human Rights Defenders | Turkey | The Istanbul 10

Amnesty Turkey Director İdil Eser was among 10 human rights defenders detained while attending a human rights workshop on 5 July. For over 24 hours the authorities refused to reveal their whereabouts and they were denied the right to call their loved ones.

Their detention follows the arrest of Amnesty Turkey Chair Taner Kiliç, who has been imprisoned since 6 June. They all face criminal investigations on the absurd suspicion of being members of an ‘armed terrorist organization’. The Turkish government is abusing its power, deliberately making the country a dangerous place for people who speak out for human rights.

These brave activists have been detained for no reason except for their belief in human rights. While they are behind bars, we will march for them. While they are gagged, we will speak out for them. Continue

Ebtisan Al-Saegh #freeEbtisam

In response to news about the arrest of human rights defender Ebtisam al-Saegh by the Bahraini authorities on the night of 3 July 2017 Samah Hadid, Director for Campaigns at Amnesty International in the Middle-East said:

“The Bahraini authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Ebtisam al-Saegh whose only crime is speaking up against a government committed to crushing all forms of dissent.”

“We are deeply concerned about Ebtisam’s wellbeing. When she was arrested in May 2017, she was beaten and sexually assaulted by members of the Bahraini National Security Agency. Bahraini authorities have failed to investigate those claims and we fear that she is at high risk of torture as long as she remains in custody.” Continue

Özlem Dalkiran - FREE!

Özlem is a long standing and prominent human rights campaigner. She is a founding member and former chair for of Amnesty International Turkey. Continue

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


Zaher Al-Basri - Free!

Mahdi Alsaigh - Free!

Amjad Muaibeed - Free!

Yousif Mushaikhus - Free!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Solidarity without borders instead of G20!

Something is going very wrong in the world:

There seems to be no end to wars and armed conflicts as in Syria, Iraq or Ukraine. 1.8 trillion euro are spent each year for armament and war. St the same time, weapons exports are increasing.
More than 65 Million people are on the run worldwide. The borders of Europe and Germany are sealed off once again. Thousands of people in search of safety are drowning in the Mediterranean, which has become the deadliest border in the world.
In many countries of the world, racism and open hatred are increasing – including in Germany. The truth is no longer a criterion; everything gets claimed and lied about if only it stirs up fears and prejudices. The ruling policy is to give in to these moods and even fuel them. Refugees are forcibly returned even to war zones like Afghanistan.
Man-made climate change is an undisputable and threatening reality. Its consequences are noticeable even today and affect above all those people and countries that are least responsible for causing it. Still the German federal government has adjusted its climate protection plan to the interests of the brown coal industry. In the White House, there’s a president who even think s that climate change is a lie.
Social division has reached dramatic extends. Just 8 men own more assets than the poorer half of the world population. This division doesn’t only exist on a global scale, it runs through almost all societies, including Germany’s. Millions of people have to make ends meet with low wages, have no perspective for a secure pension and have to fight for the few affordable apartments. Instead of dealing with these problems, they’re made even worse with free trade agreements like EPA, CETA, TISA or TTIP.

On July 7 and 8, those politically responsible for this humanitarian and social disaster want to meet in Hamburg. At their annual summit, the heads of the G20 countries talk about “fighting the causes for migration”, but none of the big countries of origin sits at the table. They talk about “a partnership with Africa”, but almost the whole continent is missing. They talk about climate change, but represent the interests of the oil, coal and car industry. They talk about peace, but they themselves are the biggest belligerent and weapons producing countries.

In the midst of these illustrious guests, Merkel and the federal government want to present themselves as a haven of reason and balancing. At the same time, they shut down the borders of Fortress Europe, dictate a neoliberal policy of impoverishment to Greece and other countries and are involved in illegitimate regime changes all over the world. Germany’s role in the worldwide battles for resource allocation and markets is to be extended. That’s also what the increasing number of foreign deployments of the Bundeswehr is for. The German government even makes deals with dictators like Erdogan, therefore supporting his war against the Kurdish people, in order to pursue its own interests in the region and have Turkey block the way to Europe for refugees.

The G20 summit will paralyze Hamburg for days and misuse the city as a backdrop for a staged show, as the people living there are to be marginalized. But this plan won’t work out. May the state visitors and their delegates barricade themselves in the exhibition halls. The streets will belong to the people who aren’t hosting the summit. Our criticism isn’t just against individual persons and representatives, but against the circumstances and structures that produce them. We will clearly express our rejection of this cold and cruel world of global capitalism, as it’s represented and organized by the G20. We will express our solidarity with all those who oppose the politics of the G20 through protests, strikes or uprisings worldwide. Our demand for a world of peace, global justice and borderless solidarity will be unmistakable.
We invite everyone who shares our outrage and our hope to take to the streets of Hamburg with us in a loud, colorful and diverse demonstration on July 8, 2017. Continue

Friday, 7 July 2017

Literature and comics are a form of resistance! - Baru

Drawing for Oblomov Edizioni

Idil Eser - FREE!

Responding to news that Idil Eser, Director of Amnesty International Turkey, seven other human rights activists and two IT trainers, are being investigated for membership of an 'armed terrorist organization', Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said:

“The absurdity of these accusations against Idil Eser and the nine others cannot disguise the very grave nature of this attack on some of the most prominent civil society organizations in Turkey.

“Their spurious detention while attending a routine workshop was bad enough: that they are now being investigated for membership of an 'armed terrorist organization' beggars belief. Continue

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Julian Assange - DiEM25 @G20

The G20 is the world's most expensive disco and just as intellectually vapid. Holding onto power leaves no time for ideas. But power without ideas is as worthless as ideas without power. Let us begin to solve this problem right in the heart of the G20 join us on july 7 where i will talk about cyber war and the existential threat posed to humanity by digital super states. Julian Assange
DiEM20 7/7/17 Audimax University of Hamburg
19.30 CET #disOBEY

Spesso è molto emozionante qualcosa di apparentemente neutro! - Igort

Drawing for Oblomov Edizioni

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Kolwezi on Air of Idriss Gabel

Under the continual fire of RTMA’s cameras – the largest local television in Kolwezi – Congolese society, avid of its own image, discloses itself, unvarnished and shameless. We follow these journalists, motivated by the desire to inform at all costs. They overcome with courage situations sometimes perilous, sometimes funny and often sad. Their recent and rapid adaptation to TV raises universal questions of independency from sponsors, of ethics facing sensationalism, and of die-hard investigative drive.

Dove Vanno Le Nuvole of Massimo Ferrari

From Treviso to Riace, passing through Bologna and Padua, the documentary tells the stories and experiences of those who had the courage to try to transform fear into opportunities and utopia into reality. This documentary film is a journey through Italy and Migrants Emergency: amazing models of coexistence, humanity on the move.

Dead Ears of Linas Mikuta

Two men, an aged farmer and his deaf-mute son, live in a remote area, isolated from civilization. Though sharing the same roof, problems, and sorrows, they remain very distant from one another. Their attempts at conversation turn into misunderstanding, if not conflict. The father thinks his son is abnormal and childish. The son sees his father as insensitive and crude. Can the two men find their way towards understanding one another?

Brother Jakob of Eli Roland Sachs

Jakob had his epiphany in the Moroccan mountains where he came across an English language edition of the Quran and converted to Islam. That day changed his relationship with his family, relatives and friends fundamentally. Especially the one with his brother, the director of this very personal film about an alienation. For two years he followed Jakob’s development as the latter quickly radicalised himself and considers himself a Salafist. His attitude became doctrinaire. Believing meant not doubting.

Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Blackness in Italian cinema of Fred Kuwornu

BlaxploItalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema is a documentary that uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers never heard from before: Black actors in Italian cinema. With modern day interviews and archival footage, the documentary discloses the personal struggles and triumphs that classic Afro-Italian, African-American and Afro-descendant actors faced in the Italian film industry, while mirroring their struggles with those of contemporary actors who are working diligently to find respectable, significant, and non-stereotypical roles, but are often unable to do so.

A Woman's Story of Azra Rashid

A look at genocide, survival, and physical and cultural continuity through the eyes of three women who have experienced three different genocides of the 20th century. Shot on location in Canada, Poland, Bangladesh and Rwanda, A Woman’s Story features three strong women who are connected by the thread of survival. Each one becomes aware of the story of the other, and by this they become more determined to continue their essential duty. By putting women at the center of the narrative and transcending their victimization, this film highlights their resilience and survival.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

My drawing "Diem25" in UX Lausanne #UXLS

Speaker Aral Balkan
Cyborg rights activist. Ethical designer. Leading tech policy at @DiEM_25 & making the web @betterbyindie. Follow me on my Mastodon:

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Stop The Deal #StopTheDeal - DiEM25

We are helping to take the shameful EU-Turkey refugee deal to court,
in a bid to save the life of one man and improve the lives of millions.

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