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According to Reporters Without Borders, security officials arrested Fatima, her father, Khaled Saad, and her brother during a search of their home.
They are said to have seized Fatima's digital camera, memory card and telephone.
Reporters Without Borders said. “It seems that Saad’s only crime was to have possessed recordings of songs praising the uprising by Syria’s youth.
Her father and brother were released but Fatima Saad was rushed to Latakia military hospital after being mistreated during a lengthy interrogation by intelligence officers.
On 17 July, she was transferred to the headquarters of the general intelligence department in Damascus where, according to some sources, she is being held in Section 291.
Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about her present physical condition...
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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On December 24th, more than 80 people related to the BDP (Peace and Democracy Party), as well as human rights defenders and members of NGO’s were arrested across Turkey. On December 28th, another 24 people were arrested in Van, and Batman, cities of the pre-dominantly Kurdish south-east of Turkey.
The BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) is the succession party to the recently closed Democratic Society Party (DTP). The prosecutor's office accuses the detained of membership in the KCK (Koma Civaken Kurdistan), the umbrella organization that includes the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
The detentions are part of a wider pattern of repression of pro-Kurdish politicians, and in fact this is the fourth major crackdown on Kurdish politicians since the DTP won a landslide victory in the local elections in March 2009. Immediately following this success, executives of the DTP, including the party’s vice-co-presidents, were taken into custody and arrested. In the intervening eight months, not one of those individuals detained has been brought to trial. Moreover, the authorities have yet to give reasons for their detention. To date, some 500 Kurdish politicians, including DTP executives and members have been arrested or detained since April 2009. The arrested politicians belong to those who worked hardest for local democracy in their communities. In spite of constant harassment from the Turkish state, they have tried to build a functioning infrastructure in their municipalities.
If Turkey is to have any credibility left as a modern and democratic country they must have the imprisoned elected politicians and human rights activists immediately released.
A list of some of the detained and some details follows:
Muharrem Erbey: Lawyer, Vice President and Diyarbakýr Branch President of Human Rights Association (IHD).
Following the detention of Muharrem Erbey, the police raided the Diyarbakir Branch of Human Rights Association in the hope of finding “more evidence”. Besides the unlawful raid, the search and confiscation in this office , which had no relation with the related investigation, was a scandal in terms of law. The Diyarbakir Branch of IHD has not ever been raided even during the years of state of emergency. Muharrem Erbey’s activities are the work of a human rights defender.
Hatip Dicle: DTP co-chairman, he was previously arrested while member of parliament and imprisoned for ten years.
Firat Anli: DTP Amed city leader. He was the mayor of Yenisehir in the last term and stood for Mayor of Cewlik in the last election.
Abdullah Demirbas: Mayor of Sur. He was removed from power by the state for supporting multi-lingual administration, but was put back into power by the people in the March Elections. In addition he has health problems that make his detainment without attention of a doctor a threat to his well being
Aydin Budak: Mayor of Cizre-- just like Demirbas was removed from power by the state and re-elected by the people.
Zulkuf Karatekin: Mayor of Kayapinar Serving his second term in office.
Nejdet Atalay: Mayor of Batman. He won his office with a high majority in Batman.
Ferhan Turk: Mayor of Kiziltepe He spent years in the notorious Amed prison and felt the full force of the coup. He is now imprisoned for the second time.
Leyla Guven: Mayor of Viransehir She has previously been a local administrator and has actively taken part in the women’s freedom movement.
Ethem Sahin: Mayor of Suruc won the local election with a landslide victory and has since changed the appearance of the town.
Huseyin Kalkan: Former mayor of Batman
Emrullah CIn: Former mayor of Viransehir
Abdullah Akengin: Former mayor of Dicle
Kazim Kurt: Former mayor of Hakkari
Nadir Bingol: Former mayor of Ergani
Ali Simsek: Assistant mayor of Amed
Yasar Sari: General Secretary of DISKI
Ferzende Abi: MEYADER (Mesopotamia Association of Those Having Lost their Relatives) Van Branch President ,
Tefik Say: Hacıbekir Suburb Free Citizen Association Chairman
Sıddık Gül: DTP Van Provincial Treasurer,
Yıldız Tekin: BDP Women's Council Member
Eylem Açıkalın: BDP Women's Council Member
Kerem Çağlı: BDP Women's Council Member
Ramazan Özlü:BDP Women's Council Member
Selim Çay: BDP Women's Council Member
Cafer Koçak: BDP Women's Council Member
Zihni Karakaya: BDP Women's Council Member
Ahmet Sormaz: Former DTP Batman Provincial President , Göç-Der (Migration Association)
Selamet Akyüz: Batman Manager
Aydın Kılıç: former DTP city and county administrators ,
Gülizar Kal: Urban Women's Council employee
Cahit Kanbay: politician
Rıdvan Asaln: politician
Şeymus Yaşar: politician
Şirin Bağlı,: Batman Municipality Council Member
Rıfat Başalak: Batman Municipality Council Member
Nesri Kılıç: Batman Municipality Council Member
Fethi Suvari: Coordinator of Local Gundem21
Abbas Celik: Administrator of Goc-Der’s Diyarbakir Branch
Cebrail Kurt: BDP worker
On December 8, 2008, authorities arrested prominent writer and PEN Member Liu Xiaobo after he co-authored Charter 08, a manifesto calling for greater freedoms and democracy in China, which was signed by hundreds citizens from all walks of life.
Liu was formally arrested and charged with "inciting subversion of state power" on June 23, 2009. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. His case illustrates the lengths the Chinese government will still go to stifle free expression, and the determination of Chinese writers to fight for this most basic right. We stand with them in their struggle.
Take action now to help free Liu Xiaobo and send a message to the Chinese government that words are not a crime.
The latest disappearence is that Mr. Asad Ali Shah a, 24 years old teacher of saint paul, Rawalpindi, who was arrested on 22, March 2008, just two days before the new elected assembly took oath.
Mr. Shah's mother and father who were interviewed by BBC said he was arrested by the elite force. He was taken from his home in the early hours of the morning by personnel from Elite force who told his parents that they would return him within 15 minutes as they wanted him to support a statement.
However, until now there is no news about him.
Black period in Pakistan's history...
* disrespected the constitution of 1973
* declared emergency
* suspended and dissolved the judiciary
* banned media
* 1000's of people been detained
* 1000's of people harassed and beaten up
* demonstrations trough out the country
* 10,000's of people detained
* 10,000's of people harassed and beaten up
* Imran Khan arrested, harassed, humiliated by the police
* Under extreme pressure from Musharraf and the
government Geo News and Ary Oneworld has been shut
down late Friday night
Since the imposition of the emergency in Pakistan, Musharaf have not allowed people to hold demonstrations, public gatherings etc.
When ever or who ever have tried to organize a demonstration have been detained and harassed by the police - not only the organizers but also children, women and elders who are participating in the demonstrations are harassed and detained.
The media are not allowed to show the truth - they were approached by Government to sign a agreement on what they could show on TV - GEO and ARY refused, today, on the 16.11.2007 after tremendous pressure from Musharaf both channels has closed!
Musharaf is doing what ever he can do to hide the truth!
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Mubarak Abdullahi ElFadel Elmahdi, Chairman of Umma Reform and Renewal Party was arrested from his house in Khartoum 14th on July 2007 by the National intelligence and Security Service. Also arrested was secretary general AbdelGaliel ElBasha and 15 retired military men.
Mr ElMahdi,a staunch advocate of democracy, was falsely accused of sabotage as a prelude to a coup d'etet. He is being held in solitary confinement and unsanitary conditions with poor food and without due regard to his failing health.He is feeling severely ill and is requesting medical treatment by his personal doctor but is being denied.A medical doctor he was trying to see before his detention testifies his deteriorating health condition.
Similarly Amnesty International has issued a circular to its members requesting them to come to the support of Mr Mubarak ElMahdi and his colleagues.
"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.
On August 14, 1980 police officer Harry R Ryman was off duty and sleeping in his residence, located within the confines of the 63rd precinct in Brooklyn New York.
After being awakened as the result of the suspicious noises on the street, officer Ryman equipped himself with his shield and off-duty revolver and went to investigate. He observed 3 males attempting to steal a car.
Officer Ryman identifying himself as a police officer and was fired upon and immediately returned fire. Although fatally wounded, officer Ryman was able to wound one of his assailants before falling unconscious.
The suspects fled in an auto but the wounded felon was arrested when he sought aid and the two remaining perpetrators were subsequently arrested.
Hello. I am a resident of Harleysville, PA. This petition is directed in the direction of kids everywhere, skateboarders, and people fed up with the annoying sound of skating, rollerblading, or biking and the crowds that come with these sports.
I would like to propose a skatepark be built in Harleysville in order to keep skaters from damaging local property. It would also help to keep local authorities focused on crimes and more important things rather then just trying to bust the skateboarders in my town. I believe it will be a free public park for the people, by the people, and a skate at your own risk establishment. Money can and will be raised at local stores, in schools, and also from donations. Materials and labor will also somewhat be handled by donation as well as funding.
If you are a skateboarder or would like to help give us kids somewhere to go without getting fined, arrested, or yelled at, please sign this petition.
12. Child Discipline
Greetings! Atlanta, GA The House of Prayer Rev. Arthur Allen, Jr.
Our pastor has been arrested along with members of our church for upholding the word of God. Proverbs 13:24, 24:13-14 specifically command Christians to discipline our children in ways that they will learn the differences between right and wrong. Because of the proposed government (worldly) ways of disciplining our children, we feel that our society has deteriorated. This is because our government has decided that we no longer need God in government!
On August 21, 2001 we were informed that Nestor Rodríguez Lobaina, president of the organization Young Cubans for Democracy, had been savagely beaten in the Guantanamo prison were he is serving a six year prison term for his activities as political dissident. During the beating he suffered a fractured jaw and contusions through out his body. He was transferred to the provincial hospital in Guantanamo. Arriving at the hospital he received another beating despite his head being sealed in plaster and leaving him immobilized. A guard named Manuel hopped on top of him and beat him. He was then placed in a punishment cell without lighting or air-conditioning, nor had he been fed for the previous day.
Amnesty International Urgent Action 169/99 Prisoner of conscience
CUBA Nestor Rodriguez Lobaina
Political activist Nestor Rodriguez Lobaina was arbitrarily arrested on 11 July 1999, and his whereabouts are now unknown. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression. Under harsh new legislation aimed at silencing dissent, he could face a long prison sentence.
Nestor Rodriguez Lobaina, who is president of the Movimiento de Jovenes Cubanos por la Democracia (MJCD), Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy, was arrested at the MJCD coordinator's home in Santiago de Cuba. It is believed he was arrested because he had begun a hunger strike in solidarity with a group of dissidents in Havana known as the Ayunantes de Tamarindo 34, Tamarindo 34 Hunger-strikers, who began a 40-day hunger strike on 7 June to demand the release of all political prisoners and respect for human rights in Cuba.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION Nestor Rodriguez Lobaina has been arrested several times. He was last detained for several days in February and March 1999. He was detained from 7-15 December 1998 after making a personal protest at the Cuban government's refusal to let him leave the country to attend a conference in Paris marking the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (see UA 307/98, AMR 25/28/98, 9 December 1998, and follow-up, AMR 25/29/98, 18 December 1998). He had previously been arrested in April 1997 and sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment for "disrespect", and "resisting authority", after criticising the Fourteenth Youth and Student Festival.
He was also arrested on 6 June 1996, reportedly in connection with the MJCD's peaceful attempts to organize a movement for university reform in the capital. He was sentenced to 12 months' "restricted liberty", as well as five years of "destierro", internal exile or confinement, in his home town of Baracoa, Guantanamo province.
On 16 February 1999 Cuba's National Assembly passed tough new legislation aimed at combatting political dissent, called the "Ley de Proteccion de la Independencia Nacional y la Economia de Cuba", "Law for the Protection of the National Independence and Economy of Cuba". Under this new law, dissidents and journalists deemed to be working against the Cuban state reportedly face up to 20 years' imprisonment. The law calls for seven to 15 years' imprisonment for passing information to the United States that could be used to bolster anti-Cuban measures such as the US economic blockade of the island, rising to 20 years if the information is acquired surreptitiously. The legislation also bans the ownership, distribution or reproduction of "subversive materials" from the US government, and proposes jail terms of up to five years for collaborating with radio and TV stations and publications deemed to be assisting US policy.
In 1995, the General Assembly strengthened the harrassment/stalking laws with strict penalties including a mandatory prison sentence. They never invisioned this law could be used to arrest and prosecute innocent people on the basis of one person's testimony and no witnesses.
Benny Wenda, Speaking from Police Custody in West Papua:
I am not a thief, neither am I a criminal or am I a separatist leader. I am standing for my people, in the names of truth and democracy, defending the aspiration and wish of my people. I am not arrested with the charges below, but because I am defending my rights, the fundamental rights to live freely, to eat freely, to move freely, to express my opinion freely and to gather and have social assosiations freely in this world and in this era.
I am a political prisoner for my people and my country.
Benny Wenda, S.Sos, Chairperson and or Secretary-General of the Koteka Tribal Assembly (Dewan Musyawarah Adat Masyarakat Koteka - Demmak) was arrested on 08 June 2002, 01:30PM Papua Time (+9GMT) due to three charges:
1. He owns two passports from two countries (Indonesia and PNG);
2. He organised the attack on Bloody Abepura 6-7 December 2000.
3. He was organising a new attacks on TNI and Police posts in West Papua.
All charges were exposed only some hours after arrest. In other words, the charges were given BEFORE proper and just legal proceedings. Charges have no legal bases.
We want to tell the Indonesian police and army that Indonesian does not promote and respect legal supremacy. That legal systems here are not working. That Benny should be released until his arrest is proven to be legally justified.
Arbitrary arrests and or charges before legal proceedings are the culture of the military and police in Indonesia. They do not respect and even they do not trust the legal systems they themselves established.
The occupation of Indonesia itself is illegal. Consequently, all state-terrorism acts in West Papua since 1963 have been violationg human rights.
We want your help to free Benny Wenda.
International Spokesperson AMP for Demmak
In far too many instances do Domestic Violence Restraining Order Offenders get away with the crime that says they will be arrested if he/she breaches the restraining order. Example: I have had a domestic Violence restraining order on someone since Feb 2000, and in that time he has done nothing but harass, threaten my life, stalk me, and well breach the restraining order, all breaches are reported, and like other domestic Violence victims, the offender gets away with it..NO JAIL, just a little chat with a police officer. I can not leave my home without fearing for my life, wondering if he is watching me, wondering if he is hiding behind something waiting to knock me over the head.
This problem is Australia wide... far too many times does the victim feel unsafe and victimised with no way to protect themselves because the police and court system are not doing what they say they will do... which is put the offender in jail, and far too many times does the offender get away scott free, with a warning. I was told by a police officer that before they would do anything to stop this man from breaching the restraining order, he would have to physically abuse me...too bad if i am dead before i can contact the police. I was told by the police that i need to have a witness...he breaches the order and i have a security door man of a hotel as my witness, but he still got away with it.
I was told by the judge who granted my restraining order that if he was to breach the order he would be arrested, then when i go to have my order altered to prevent him coming anywhere near my home, I was treated like the villain and was not granted the protection i required. The way it is right now, I have no life and the authorities are allowing him to continue ruining my life.
Did you know people aren't allowed to try to communicate with aliens? People would get arrested and fined for it. I wan't to put a stop to this now!
I think that people arrested for marijuana use should not be placed in prison with murderers, rapists, arsonists, and theives. The only crimes these people are committing are against themselves. Now drug DEALERS, that's a different story, especially if they're dealing more harmful drugs than cannibus. These sleezeballs should be put in jail with 300 pound men named bubba who haven't had a 'friend' in a while. Anyway... first of all, i think marijuana should be legalized, but since it's not, i think that people who are arrested for marijuana use should be put in their own jail. Where, as Dennis Miller puts it, they can sit around on the floor and watch cartoons or play hacky-sack all day. Because what they did wasn't hurting anyone else. They are not committing crimes against humanity. It's like cigarette smoking; it's their decision and they're only hurting themselves. Please support my petition!!!!!!!!!!!!!