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Serjeddin Mirdamadi, an Iranian journalist jailed since May has exceeded the legal limit for his “temporary detention” according to his lawyer, speaking in early July.
Serajeddin Mirdamadi’s lawyer, Giti Pourfazel, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the detention could not exceed one month. Nearly two months after his arrest, Pourfazel says her efforts to get Mirdamadi released on bail have been unsuccessful.
Mirdamadi has worked for newspapers Jahan-e Eslam, Toos and Hayat-e No, all which have been shut down by the government. He also contributed to Radio Zamaneh, an Amsterdam-based Persian language radio, while working toward a graduate degree in France.
Mirdamadi returned to Iran in September from Paris after reformist-backed Hassan Rouhani was elected president. When he and his wife arrived at Tehran’s airport, security confiscated their passports. He was charged Jan. 8 for “propaganda against the regime” in a Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Pourfazel argued that Mirdamadi’s case be moved to provincial court instead and be heard in the presence of the press jury. After the judged ruled that his January case had not been adequately filed, Mirdamadi was summoned to another court.
When he appeared before a regional court May 10, he was arrested and transferred to prison. Pourfazel told the New York-based ICHRI that she had not been allowed to read the most recent charges against him but that it appeared that a charge of “assembly and collusion against national security had also been added to his file.
On July 9 it was reported that eighty-two Iranian journalists had spoken out against the continued detention of Serajeddin Mirdamadi, an Iranian journalist who has been in custody since May 10.
Kaleme reports that a statement from the journalists denounces Mirdamadi’s continued arrest and the judiciary’s refusal to release him.
They write that his continued detention is a “violation of the promises” made by President Hassan Rohani, who during his campaign had welcomed the return of Iranians from abroad.
Unfortunately, several recent cases have seemed to indicate that hardline elements within the Islamic Republic of Iran's Judiciary, Intelligence Ministry and Revolutionary Guard Corps are making a point of arresting and sentencing journalists and reformist activists who return to Iran from exile abroad. The infamous Judge Salavati as much as announced in a recent verdict that this is meant to be a warning to other "enemies" of the regime to stay out of Iran.
Fadhil Makki al-Manasif, 26, is a photographer and a member of the Adala Center for Human Rights (Adala Center), a rights organization in the Eastern Province Fadhil city of Qatif. On April 17, 2014 al-Manasif received a harsh 15-year sentence from the Specialized Criminal Court, plus a 15-year travel ban after his prison sentence and a fine of 100,000 Saudi Riyals (US$26,666) – for charges that included “breaking allegiance with the king” and “being in contact with foreign news agencies in order to exaggerate news and harm the reputation of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people.”
As a member of the Adala Center, al-Manasif played a leading role in documenting abuses against demonstrators in the Eastern Province in 2011. He organized educational workshops on human rights in Qatif and acted as an interlocutor between the families of detainees and authorities, on several occasions approaching police officials in the Eastern Province on behalf of families to ask about the whereabouts of missing family members.
Security forces arrested al-Manasif in his home town of Awammiyah on April 15, 2009 and detained him without charge for three months at the Dammam General Prison. Officials accused him and 20 others of participating in protests, which are banned by the Ministry of Interior, and released him in June after he signed a pledge not to take part in gatherings.
Authorities arrested al-Manasif again in May 2011, two days after he disseminated information to international media outlets and human rights organizations on amendments to the press law and ongoing protests in the Eastern Province. In response to a summons, al-Manasif presented himself to the Ministry of Interior’s Criminal Investigation Department in Awammiyah, where security forces immediately took him into custody.
On June 4, 2011, security forces transferred al-Manasif to solitary confinement in the General Investigation Directorate (al-Mabahith) prison in Dammam. On June 6, prosecutors charged him with a series of crimes related to his first arrest in 2009, including “sowing discord,” “inciting public opinion against the state,” “damaging public property by organizing and calling for protests,” and inviting the international media to demonstrations, as well as participating in gathering information about demonstrations. Security forces released him on August 22 2011, after he signed a declaration promising to refrain from participating in further demonstrations.
On the evening of October 2, 2011, al-Manasif approached the Awammiyah police station to speak to police about their detention of two elderly persons, whose sons were wanted for participation in protests. The authorities had detained the men in order to compel their sons to turn themselves in, according to the Adala Center for Human Rights. When one of the elderly men collapsed, al-Manasif followed by car the ambulance taking the man to the hospital and was stopped and arrested at a checkpoint. Security forces transferred him to the Mabahith prison in Dammam, and placed him in solitary confinement for four months, denying him any visits from his family until August 11, 2012, 314 days after his initial arrest. He remains in detention.
On May 12, 2011 several United Nations Special Procedures mandate holders released an urgent appeal on al-Manasif’s behalf, expressing concern that his arrest violated his right to freedom of expression. The UN Secretary General on July 21, 2011 also expressed concern that his situation “may be related to his work in the defense of human rights, in particular, his involvement in the documentation and dissemination of information on human rights violations, as well as his engagement with United Nations mechanisms and other international human rights organizations.”
According to the Adala Center, al-Manasif alleges that authorities have subjected him to various forms of torture during his detention including beatings on his hands and legs, blindfolding for extended periods of time, forced standing for extended periods of time, and electrocution.
During his interrogation sessions, a colleague of al-Manasif’s at the Adala Center told Human Rights Watch, officials questioned him about his rights activism and he acknowledged being in communication with international human rights organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
Source: Human Rights Activist News Agency
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هرانا؛ بازگشت حسن ترلانی به زندان در پی عدم تمدید مرخصی
شنبه 07 ارديبهشت 1392 ساعت 20:25 |
خبرگزاری هرانا - حسن ترلانی دانشجوی زندانی در زندان کرمان که پیش از عید به مرخصی درمانی رفته بود، در پی عدم تمدید مرخصی به زندان بازگشت.
بنا به اطلاع گزارشگران هرانا، ارگان خبری مجموعه فعالان حقوق بشر در ایران، حسن ترلانی که در تاریخ ۲۰ اسفند ماه سال ۹۱ جهت درمان بیماری واریکوسل خود از زندان کرمان به مرخصی استعلاجی اعزام شده بود، اوایل هفته گذشته با عدم تمدید مرخصی خود از سوی مسئولین، به زندان بازگشت.
حسن ترلانی ۲۴ ساله از سوی دادگاه انقلاب به تحمل ۱۰ سال حبس در تبعید محکوم و به زندان مرکزی کرمان منتقل شده است.
وی دوم اسفند ماه سال ۸۶ در منزل پدریاش توسط ماموران وزارت اطلاعات بازداشت و به بند امنیتی ۲۰۹ منتقل شد، وی به مدت ۸۸ روز در این بند تحت شکنجههای جسمی و روحی قرار داشت و توسط شعبه ۲۲ دادگاه انقلاب به اتهام ارتباط با سازمان مجاهدین به ۱۰ سال حبس در تبعید محکوم شد.
Hassan Tarlani returned to prison
Posted on: 28th April, 2013
HRANA News Agency – Hassan Tarlani, the imprisoned student who had come for medical vacation about 0ne month ago returned to Kerman prison.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Hassan Tarlani came to medical vacation on March 10, 2013 because of Varicocele disease but had to return to the prison by the beginning of last week.
This 24 years old student has been sentenced to 10 years of prison in exile by the revolutionary court of Kerman.
He was arrested on February 21, 2008 by the intelligence agents and was kept in section 209 of Evin prison for 88 days under torture. He was sentenced to 10 years of prison in exile by the branch 22 of the revolutionary court of Tehran charged with supporting MEK.
Maryam Salehi, 24, a university student and resident of Tehran and a member of Mothers in Support of Human Rights in Iran in addition to several other human rights campaigns, was arrested early Wednesday, August 15 at her father's home in Arak.
Maryam Salehi's mother, Sedigheh Mahouri, told Melli-Mazhabi website that the forces who entered the Salehi home did not present a warrant or any form of identification. They treated the family in a very humiliating way and took some of the family's personal belongings with them.
Since her arrest, despite efforts made by Maryam Salehi's family and friends, no information about her detention location has emerged. Maryam Salehi's family remain concerned about her conditions and ask for help from human rights organizations.
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Javad Alikhani, Veterinary Medicine student at Ahvaz's Chamran University, was first arrested in 2007 along with five other members of Ahvaz University’s Islamic Association. In September 2008, after spending eleven months in Sepidar Prison, Alikhani was released on a $50,000 bail.
Shortly thereafter, authorities sentenced Alikhani to five years in prison on the charges of “propagating against the regime,” “acting against national security,” and “blasphemy” and “insulting the Supreme Leader.” An appeals court later reduced his sentence to three years in prison.
On Monday, April 23, 2012 The parents of imprisoned student Javad Alikhani reported that they watched the guards at Evin Prison beat up their son. Authorities also prevented the family from having an in-person visit.
“We had taken heavy duty glue for Hossein to fix his broken eyeglasses. They give us so much hassle, so I hid the glue. They found it and told me that they would not allow us to have in-person visitation with him. They beat up my son, too, because he didn’t allow the guards to give him a body search. I am so upset. I have been crying since then,” Alikhani’s mother said about her visit on Monday, 23 April.
Alikhani’s mother passed out when she saw her son beaten inside Evin Prison’s visiting hall.
Javad Alikhani’s father, Zolfaghar Alikhani, told the Campaign that his son’s physical condition has deteriorated.
“Javad has lost a lot of weight during the recent months due to his illness. His conditions are dire. When he came to the visitation cabin, his mother and sister started crying at the sight of his conditions. I was so upset I did not go to see him. His mother was so upset and cried so much, she passed out. Families of other prisoners can testify to this. We were supposed to see Javad in person today, but because of a package of liquid glue, only his mother and sister were allowed to see him for eight minutes through a booth.”
Alikhani’s father alsoexplained to the Campaign that his family’s mistreatment in prison seemed to be a result of them speaking out about Javad’s arrest and condition:
When we entered the visitation hall, the head of the prison Intelligence Unit asked us, ‘Why do you keep interviewing and jeopardizing our reputation?’ I asked him, ‘Which of the things I said were lies? They called and asked me about my son’s conditions. And I spoke about his conditions, that he is ill and they would not take him to the doctor’s.’ I said, ‘I only spoke about my son to have someone take notice of our suffering.’ They then searched our belongings and found the glue. The guard called and all of a sudden a lot of forces came down on my head. I said, ‘What crime have we committed? Our only crime is possessing glue. Do we have alcohol on us? Do we have drugs? My son’s glasses were broken six months ago and you refuse to fix them. He is using a rope to hold it together. Now I have brought glue for him to fix the handle of his glasses.
On 28 May 2010, authorities arrested Javad Alikhani, a student activist and veterinary medicine student at Chamran University in Ahvaz. According to his family, he developed kidney disease several months ago and suffers from bladder bleeding, and his repeated requests for medical treatment outside prison have not been approved.
Zolfaghar Alikhani described the authorities preventing his son from seeing his family. “They had kept Javad behind the door of the visitation hall since 11:00 a.m. He was eventually told that he had to strip his clothes for an inspection. He told them that, ‘I would not allow a strip search. What could I possibly have inside the prison, which I would like to hand to my family? My hands are empty and my clothes have no pockets.’ They kept him there until 2:00 p.m. Then, when he realized that visitation time was ending and his family must be waiting for him downstairs, worried, he got into an argument with them and they threaten to send him to court and beat him up.”
“When they attacked me, I told them, ‘I am a 60-year-old man. I don’t have enough strength to engage with you. If you want to send me to prison, we are already in prison. If you want to send me to court, show me which court to go to. I am now your prisoner and you have power, you can prosecute me as you wish. But my only crime is possessing glue to fix the handle of my son’s glasses. I am so tired. My son has been in prison since 2007, and I have suffered so much, I don’t want to live any more,” Zolfaghar Alikhani added.
Zolfaghar Alikhani told the Campaign that his son will complete his three-year sentence on 25 June. “It appears they are looking for an excuse to keep Javad longer.”
“I am very worried for him. We have written several letters to Tehran Prosecutor’s Office, the Prosecutor General, and the Head of the Judiciary, we made suggestions, we criticized, we begged, we asked and insisted, but nobody answered us. We have nowhere to go but to God. I said, ‘On whatever religion you follow, please give my son furlough on bail, or send him to a doctor with a guard, we will pay for all the costs.’ But they didn’t do it. They only send him to the prison infirmary, and they only prescribe painkillers for him there, and then his pain resumes,” said Javad Alikhani’s father about his son’s illness.
BREAKING NEWS: JUNE 10, 2014--PEYMAN AREF HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR IN PRISON ON CHARGES OF "PROPAGANDA AGAINST THE REGIME." AS FAR AS HE KNOW, HE HAS NOT YET BEEN ARRRESTED TO BEGIN SERVING THIS PRISON SENTENCE.
BREAKING NEWS--ON MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 22, 2013 PEYMAN AREF WAS RE-ARRESTED YET AGAIN DURING A RAID ON HIS HOME. WE WILL UPDATE WHEN MORE INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE!
Peyman Aref, a student of political science at Tehran University, was sentenced in March 2010 to a year in jail after being found guilty of propaganda against the regime for speaking to foreign media.
Aref, who was initially arrested in the aftermath of Iran's disputed presidential elections in 2009, was also sentenced to 74 lashes for writing an "insulting" letter to Ahmadinejad and given a lifetime ban on working as a journalist or membership of any political parties.
His jail sentence came to an end on Sunday, October 9,. 2011-- but, hours before his release from Tehran's notorious Evin prison, Aref was told the lashing would be carried out.
A masked prison guard carried out the lashing in presence of Aref's wife and officials from Iran's judiciary. News of the lashing come only a few weeks after Somayeh Tohidlou, a female Iranian blogger and campaigner for former presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, was sentenced to a "symbolic" lashing for the same crime.
Unlike Tohidlou's symbolic punishment – designed to humiliate rather than harm – Aref was indeed whipped. Pictures taken after his release show his bloodied back covered in wounds.
"Lashing people sentenced to various charges such as those caught drinking alcohol is common in Iran but political activists are usually lashed for ambiguous charges such as desecrating Islam or prophets," said an Iranian journalist based in Tehran who asked not to be named. "Lashing Aref for insulting Ahmadinejad is shocking and unprecedented."
In a letter to the president during his 2009 election campaign, Aref attacked Ahmadinejad for his crackdown on students who had been politically active at university and barred from continuing with their studies.
Undergraduates and students who had criticised the government were given up to three "penalty points", according to the potential threat they were said to pose. Aref was among the "three-starred" MA students who were not not allowed to continue their studies. About 150 were starred.
Speaking to the website Rahesabz, Aref said after his release: "Whenever Ahmadinejad goes to New York [for UN general assembly], he boasts that Iran is the world's freest country but I was brutally flogged in my country for insulting him."
He added: "[My crime] was that I wrote an open letter to Ahmadinejad and reminded him of what he did to the universities." Authorities apparently have taken offense because Aref refused to begin his letter with the formal greeting "Salam" as a sign of protest. Iran's online community reacted with shock to Aref's lashing with many people sharing pictures of his back covered in blood on social networking websites.
On Tuesday, November 1, 2011, Peyman Aref was arrested once again, just days after his release.
The Rahana Human Rights House of Iran reported that Aref went to Evin Court on that day for processing of the charges against him and he was arrested once more.
Aref was previously arrested, along with fellow activists Assal Esmaizadeh and Sharar Konour Tabrizi, on Sunday, October 30, 2011 in Beheshte Zahra Cemetery. They were visiting the grave of Neda AghaSoltan, the young woman who was shot to death on the streets of Tehran during election protests in June 2009. The activists were released one day later.
After his release, Aref told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that there are no laws against visiting a grave and no arrest warrants were issued. He added that even after their arrest, they were not charged with any crimes.
The other two activists reportedly were released while Aref was rearrested. It is thought that Aref had angered the authorities by allowing his wounds from the vicious whipping ("lashing") to be photographed.
Aref was released in November, but it was reported that he was arrested yet a third time on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 by security agents at his home.
On March 24, 3012 The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reported that Peyman Aref had begun his hunger strike in protest against his “illegal” imprisonment.
Andre Dahl Jensen, a political activist from Norway is currently being held within a psychiatric ward (UNN Tromso) in Tromso (Norway), on the belief that he suffers delusions, which the doctors have said only to occur when he is in Norway (the idea of regional psychosis being absurd), and on the belief that his political views are caused by mental illness. Many can vouch for his mental stability.
The people in his life know for a FACT that he is indeed a stable man who is currently being held imprisoned for very little reason. Since entering the hospital he has been told on numerous occasions by white supremacists that are being kept there that "They will get him" and other threats. The staff there are also described as malicious and cruel.
Andre himself is trying to leave for the United Kingdom, where he will be housed with friends, while looking for work.
Here is what you can do to help : (Please contact them as often as possible)
Email the hospital directly as often as you can :
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"doctor" responsible is HERMAN TVETE his contact info is
Office phone 0047 776 27 956
important you can contact the department of health in Oslo, the big bosses, and hold them accountable..
Deptartement of healthcare :
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According to a report by Human Rights Activists for Democracy in Iran, on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, Mohammad Ali Mansouri, together with fellow prisoners of conscience Behrouz Javid Tehrani, Farzad Maddadzadeh and Salih Kahandel have been locked up in isolation cells in Sepa Ward in in Karaj’s notorious Rajai-Shahr Prison. No reason has been announced for this transfer.
This is not the first time Mohammad Ali Mansouri has been targeted for punishment in solitary confinement. In December, 2010 Rahana reported that he had been transferred to the Hosseinieh (a section of the prison with deplorable conditions) of Rajaei Shahr Prison after 13 days of solitary confinement as “punishment.”
According to RAHANA, on October 26th, the agents searched his cell and transferred him to solitary confinement for 13 days as punishment.
One day before the search, the prisoners had sung the famous patriotic song “Ey Iran” which persuaded the authorities to search their cells.
Mansouri was transferred to the Hosseinieh of Ward 1 of Rajaei Shahr Prison which is a place for “exile of prisoners” as punishment, after spending 13 days in solitary confinement. Since he had not been able to contact his family for 3 days, they were not aware of his condition.
His family was informed of the transfer when visiting him in prison.
Manosuri who is suffering from gums and teeth problems, has not been granted a prison leave for the past 4 months and the follow-ups of his family have not been successful.
He was detained on September 2, 2007. According to Amirkabir news site, political activist, Mr. Mohammad Ali Mansouri was sentenced to 17 years prison and exile to Gohardasht prison, for having participated in a ceremony marking the great massacre of more than 5000 political prisoners in 1988 by Khomeini's orders.For the first 3 months of his detention, he was held under psychological and physical pressure in solitary confinement and was banned from telephone calls or prison visits with his family. After being sentenced, he was exiled to the Rajaei Shahr Prison.
Alireza Farshi, a university professor and an Azerbaijani civil rights activist was arrested in Tabriz on Friday 13th April 2011, presumably to enforce the six-month jail sentence he received last year.
Ministry of Intelligence and Security officers (MOIS) arrested Farshi during a Tabriz rally May 22, 2009 at which Farshi and other rally participants chanted slogans demanding Azerbaijani rights such as “schooling in Azerbaijani Turkish.” Police officers responded with physical attacks and arrests. Amnesty International issued a report on June 9, 2009 condemning the human rights violations of the protesters in Tabriz—15 people, including Farshi—who had been injured and arrested. MOIS agents then deceptively requested that Didar visit her detained husband, at which time she was also arrested. The couple was released on bail after they held for 3 months and 30 days. They were tried three months later. Farshi also banned from teaching at Azad University of Jolfa in August 2010.
The Association for the Defense of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners, ADAPP, believes that, he is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for the peaceful civil, cultural and linguistic rights activities.
Heshmat Tabarzadi is an Iranian journalist and democratic activist. He was arrested on December 28, 2009, in front of his wife and son by agents who also seized his books, papers, and computer, and is currently being held at an unknown location.
Tabarzadi published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on December 17, 2009. In his op-ed, he wrote: "If the government continues to opt for violence, there very well may be another revolution in Iran. One side has to step down. And that side is the government—not the people.
On the evening of December 27, Tabarzadi was interviewed on Voice of America Persian, and said that the protests were the largest he had ever seen. He also called on protesters to keep the protests nonviolent.
Tabarzadi was viewed by the regime as one of the leaders of the student protests of July 9, 1999. He was arrested and spent nine years in Evin Prison, including two in solitary confinement, for his activities as a student leader.
On October 3rd Heshmatollah Tabarzadi Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison and 74 Lashes
According to the report, the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pirabbas, has sentenced political activist and Secretary- General of the Democratic Party of Iran to 9 years in prison and 74 lashes.
He has been convicted of conspiracy and assembly to commit a crime against national security and insulting the Supreme Leader. Tabarzadi was detained on December 28th after the Ashura protests and transferred to solitary confinement in Ward 209 of the Evin Priosn. He was later transferred to the Rajaei Shahr prison for protesting the execution of the 5 Kurdish activists including Farzad Kamangar.
His first court session was held on June 9th and after the objections made by his lawyers, the charges of destructing the public property, espionage, and insulting Ayatollah Khomeini were dropped.
The barbaric human rights violations carried out by the Iranian regime cannot be allowed to continue.
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Request the Australian Embassy in VN to call for the release of Ms. Tran Khai Thanh Thuy, a renowned novelist and democracy activist.
Calling For The Release of Democracy Activist Tran Khai Thanh Thuy
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In October 2007, Representative Mike McIntyre pledged to address climate change. Nearly two years later, he has done absolutely nothing to address the issue.
Enough Talk, Let's See Some Action! North Carolina residents and UNCW ECO are holding Representative Mike McIntyre accountable and calling for immediate climate action.
* WATCH the video and forward it to every North Carolina resident you know! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZL9TU4M6l0
* CALL Rep. McIntyre at (202) 225-2731. Demand that he take global warming seriously. There is a sample script for calling, below.
* WRITE President Obama, and ask him to rejoin the international community by signing a global climate change treaty. The opportunity to pass a global treaty will arise at the December 2009 UN Climate Negotiations in Copenhagen, and President Obama must be a leader on climate change issues. https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=472
Our elected officials work for us! Make your voice heard. Demand science-based reductions on global warming pollution.
For the sake of the health and livelihood of future generations, demand science-based climate action now!
1. All the money in the world is VIRTUAL money, of no real consequence whatsoever (see the EcoTort website). Therefore there is no financial reason for anything. Eg, there is no financial reason why we cannot feed, clothe, house, & educate every person living on the Earth today, AND be 100% eco-responsAble too…!
2. Any contract to damage or destroy the environment is a contract to commit the most serious crime of “Aggravated Criminal Damage” to the environment (max Life Sentence, see the EcoTort website), and is therefore a void, unenforceable contract (which is based upon money which does not exist ! ).
3. According to UNiversal Law it is illegal to pay tax in ANY country of the world (see the EcoTort website) until the World’s Government(s) cease their criminal activities in allowing heinous environmental damage and destruction at present day UNprecedented levels; equivalent to a threat of war, and indeed being the single most likely cause of most conflict (armed and unarmed, domestic and international) in the World today.
4. AT LEAST 60% of everyones wages on the Earth is being collected by the elite bankers of the world, through interest payments on unenforceable contracts, to do with as they please; unelected, unrepresentative, unaccountable, and unacceptable! (see the EcoTort website).
5. Every Police officer promises to “protect life and property, and to uphold the Law”. The most serious threat to life and property, and the most serious breach of the Criminal Law are BOTH due to CRIMINAL environmental damage and destruction, for which the banking elites are demonstrably responsible (see the EcoTort website)..
6. The remedy is through a global implementalion of the principles of Permaculture (see the EcoTort website).
Barrier to accessibility is a Social/Legal Discrimination of the Physically Disabled People.
As most of the outlets have a flight of steep high stairs for accessibility and almost all the physically disabled people couldn’t reach these outlets in a wheel chair, walker, or crutches, this is a Social/Legal Discrimination of the Physically Disabled People.
"No one is going to give them their rights to live with dignity on a silver platter. They have to be extracted with force... We will have to strengthen ourselves to stop those who find it profitable to misuse authority and public funds. Perhaps the courts and the NGOs are the only solution", said Justice Venkatachaliah, former Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of India and former Chief Justice of India at a workshop on Human Rights of Marginalised and Tribal Communities.
This statement and the hope put in non-governmental organizations come as a surprise if one looks at the recent developments in different states of India. There are various non-governmental human rights organizations active India and many of them recently faced serious threats by the police and the political powers. Activists were arrested and false charges were filed.
The most recent example is that of Subash Mohapatra, the director of the Forum for Fact-finding Documentation and Advocacy. He was arrested from the office of the Chhattisgarh State Human Rights Commission when submitting the reply asked by the Commission regarding a case of Dalit exploitation on July 17, 2007. Human Rights Commissions are meant to protect human rights and are not meant to be the site of its violation. False charges were filed under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Just a few days before his arrest, Amarnath Pandey, advocate and human rights defender from Chhattisgarh was charged with a false case on atrocities against the tribes (for whom he is providing legal service in courts). His life has been threatened many times by the police and he travels with a sign on the rear of his vehicle saying "Chhattisgarh Government may kill me in a fake encounter (extrajudicial killing)”.
Around the same date, on Saturday, 14 July 2007 Saroj Mohanty, poet and long-time activist with Prakrutik Sampad Surakhya Parishad (PSSP), which has been opposing the entry of large bauxite mining companies in Kashipur for over 15 years, has been arrested. Saroj was taken into custody at a railway station in Rayagada District. He is currently in judicial custody in Rayagada district jail. The charges against him are completely fabricated but serious. They include section 395 of the IPC (Dacoity), section 397 (Robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), and section 450 (House trespass with intention to commit offence that is punishable with imprisonment for life).
Brijesh Bilathare, advocate and human rights defender from Madhya Pradesh, had false charges filed against him on 6 June 2007 stating he was obstructing a public servant discharging his duty.
Dr. Binayak Sen, senior human rights activist, was arrested on May 14, 2007 by Chattisgarh police. He is General Secretary, People's Union for Civil Liberties, Chattisgarh and its national vice president. He was detained under the provisions of two highly controversial laws: The Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2005 and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 2004. The allegations are based on assumed connections with Maoist rebels.
While the next Chicago mayoral elections are not until February of 2007, Mayor Daley's actions in the Summer of 2004, vis-a-vis the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field have made him an unacceptable candidate for mayor.
John Cusack provides a unique opportunity to unseat this scion of Chicago politics.
Cusack is a Democratic Party activist with strong ties to the city of Chicago. He has played a deputy mayor on screen before in the movie "City Hall" so he has studied the intricacies of city politics for a role.
He's also a die-hard Cubs fan who would look out not only for the citizens of Chicago but also for the interests of the Cubs a lot better than the current White Sox-biased administration.
With his high profile acting career, his name recognition might be the only hope of unseating Mayor Daley while keeping a Democrat in the mayor's office in 2007!
This petition can be signed by anybody but Chicago residents will naturally hold more sway in encouraging a John Cusack run for Mayor.
I am a member of Amnesty International, the non-governmental organization that has been campaigning worldwide in defence of human rights since 1961.
I am writing on the case of Mr. 'Abed al-Rahman al-Ahmar, a human rights activist arrested in Bethlehem last November 22, 2002 and placed in administrative detention for six months as of December 3 on charges of being "a danger to the security of the area". He is currently detained at the 'Ofer Detention Centre.
I believe 'Abed al-Rahman al-Ahmar has never used or promoted the use of violence and that he has been detained solely because of his commitment in favour of human rights. For this reason I respectfully urge you to order his immediate and unconditional release and to make sure he has access to the necessary medical assistance in the meantime.
While thanking you for your attention, I remain.