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1. 'The Interview' Can Make a Human Rights Difference

This Is America, where we are GUARANTEED the Right To Free Speech...

So how is it some Lunatic Fringe Government has brought us past our knees to the point a HUGE Entertainment MegaPower has pulled an $80 million project out of the market, promising to bury it.

THIS IS RIDICULOUS.

How on Earth could a mook who considers Dennis Rodman his good friend, and has ruled no one else in his country may have the same name OR THE SAME HAIRCUT, bring 'The World's Greatest Superpower' to CAVE like this?

But, wait, there's a solution that benefits the poor people suffering under this clown-and-his-father's regime AND makes SONY out the Hero!

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2. Free Mokhtar Assadi

Mokhtar Asadi Member of the Association of Teachers of Kurdistan Was summoned to serve his sentence of one year in prison.


مختار اسدی عضو انجمن صنفی معلمان کردستان عصر روز پنج‌شنبه جهت گذراندن حکم یک سال حبس خود احضار شد

به گزارش بام،ارگان خبری بنیاد اکبر محمدی به نقل از کمپین دفاع از زندانیان سیاسی و مدنی‌،امروز پنج‌شنبه ۱۵ آذر ۹۳، مختار اسدی عضو انجمن صنفی معلمان کردستان به صورت تلفنی برای اجرای حکم زندان احضار شد.

این معلم کرد سنندجی در سال ۱۳۸۵ در اعتراض بزرگ نمایندگان کانون‌های صنفی معلمان با فراکسیون مجلس توسط پلیس امنیت بازداشت شد و برایش پرونده‌سازی کردند.

در آذرماه ۱۳۹۱ آموزش و پرورش استان کردستان حکم تبعید مختار اسدی، فعال صنفی معلمان را برای پنجمین سال پیاپی تمدید کرده بود که با شکایت نامبرده به دیوان عدالت اداری حکم مذکور لغو شد.

پس از آن مختار اسدی در سال ۸۹ پس از دستگیری‌های سریالی اعضای کانون صنفی معلمان مانند: محمود بهشتی‌لنگرودی، علی‌اکبر باغانی، سیدمحمود باقری و اسماعیل عبدی بازداشت و پس از دادگاهی فرمایشی به بند ۲۰۹ اوین رفت. اسدی پس از ۶۶ روز بازداشت با وثیقه از زندان آزاد شد و قاضی صلواتی در شعبه پانزده دادگاه انقلاب به اتهام تبلیغ علیه نظام برایش حکم یک سال حبس صادر کرد.

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3. All Children Need Their Fathers

Bita is six years old from Iran, and when she was two years old moved to Sweden with her parents. Her parents divorced because of a lack of understanding, then her father sent to a faraway location by the Sweden immigration, and although Bita had perfect emotional attachment to her father, she has been far from her father.

Her father sought help to see her from the department of social services in the city where Bita lived. Bita could see her father just 4 hours per month in the one place that it was determined by the department social services.

The court gave Bita's custody to her mother because her father didn't have a resident permit in Sweden, and the immigration office is trying to return her father to Iran while they know that he is facing the risk of torture and even death in Iran. And now Bita is 6 years old and she is in risk of losing her father forever.

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4. Support the Secularization of the Global Society and of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Secularism is an optimal contribution for the welfare of humans and of the environment. It sustains prudence and science for the conservation and protection of the terrestrial life.

It does not accept the lies of deities, supernatural and life after death, and thus supports a clear understanding of the life and the universe, and of the human responsabilities. It avoids the intelectual and material spill on offerings for some inexistent gods.

All religions could and should become rational associations, engaged in education, science, culture, social assistance. The rational humans must contribute to a democratic secular society that ensures a decent life for everyone on the unique planet Earth.

That is why the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has to become secular.

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5. ابوالقاسم (جواد) فولادوند FREE Abolghasem Fooladvand

According to reports from inside Iran on February 13, political prisoner Javad Fouladvand was sentenced to 18 years in prison because of his membership to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and his contact and contribution to Simay-e Azadi, the Iranian Resistance TV, a round the clock satellite television station broadcasting from Europe. This sentence was handed down on February 8.

His torturers told him that they knew he made a contribution to Simay-e Azadi and collected money for it. They told him he had violated Islamic Republic law and committed Moharebeh, punishable by death.

Other reports indicate that Fouladvand’s family is in a poor financial situation. His youngest child is facing problems continuing his education and his oldest child lost an opportunity to participate in the nationwide test for entering universities. Even if he could take the test, his affiliation with a politically active family would make his admittance highly improbable.

Fouladvand officially asked that his wife would have the authority to sell their taxi or to rent it out as their only property to make ends meet. This transfer of authority was rejected by Judge Salavati as a means to bring added pressure on Fouladvand.
on 08 Feb 2014: Abol-Ghasem (Javad) Fouladvand Sentenced to 18 years in prison + 24 lashes for cooperation with MEK

http://iranhr.blogspot.com/2014/02/prisoner-record-created-abol-ghasem.html


ابوالقاسم (جواد) فولادوند زندانی سیاسی بند ۳۵۰ زندان اوین از سوی دادگاه انقلاب به ۱۸ سال زندان و ۷۴ ضربه شلاق محکوم شد.

بنا به اطلاع گزارشگران هرانا، ارگان خبری مجموعه فعالان حقوق بشر در ایران، ابوالقاسم (جواد) فولادوند روز شنبه ۱۹ بهمن ماه از بند ۳۵۰ زندان اوین به شعبه ۱۵ دادگاه انقلاب انتقال یافت و حکم ۱۸ سال حبس به وی ابلاغ شد.

فولادوند ۵۱ ساله به اتهام «بغی از طریق عضویت در سازمان مجاهدین خلق» به ۱۵ سال حبس تعزیری و به اتهام «توهین به رهبری» به ۲ سال حبس تعزیری و به دلیل شرکت در اعتراضات سال ۱۳۸۸ و اتهام «اخلال در نظم عمومی» به یکسال حبس تعزیری و ۷۴ ضربه شلاق محکوم شده است.

مجازات بغی از چند ماه پیش و با تصویب قانون جدید مجازات اسلامی به جای مجازات محاربه در مورد محکومان سیاسی اعمال می‌شود.

۱۸ سال حبس تعزیری برای این راننده تاکسی ساکن شهریار در حالی صادر شده است که این زندانی سیاسی مدت یکسال و شش ماه نیز در دههٔ ۶۰ به همین اتهام در زندانهای جمشیدیه و قزل‌حصار به سر برده است.

ابوالقاسم فولادوند خرداد ماه سال جاری به همراه فرزند ۱۷ ساله خود توسط وزارت اطلاعات دستگیر شد.


http://goo.gl/oSofPA

Interview with brother of political prisoner of ward 350 evin Abol-ghasem Foladvand.
https://showyou.com/v/y-7onI6JfDTKM/interview-with-brother-of-political-prisoner-of-ward-350

http://irannewsupdate.com/news/human-rights/647-political-prisoner-sentenced-to-18-years-prison-for-giving-contribution-to-iranian-resistance-tv-station-simay-e-azadi.html

https://hra-news.org/en/political-prisoners-sentenced-18-years-prison

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6. Free prisoners of conscience in Iran

Recently a young woman, named Reyhaneh Jabbari, was hanged in Iran. Her crime was that when she was 19 years old, she stabbed the man who was trying to rape her. The time to speak up for Reyhaneh has past. But there is still time to save others who have been wrongfully imprisoned or face a death sentence.

When you read history, don't you wish you could be present at the time of Galileo or Jesus so you could speak up for them? Well, you are alive now and these people will go down in history as Galileos of our time. You have an opportunity to make a change and all you have to do is sign this petition. Don’t let it pass you by. You have come across this petition for a reason. Don’t let the memory of your inaction haunt you when it’s too late.

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7. Save the Snowflake Babies

On November 22nd 2,000 NZ children, frozen as embryos, are to be destroyed in accordance with the HART Act of 2004 in NZ which prohibits their being kept any longer in frozen storage facilities without ethical approval. Their lives will be ended on the 22nd November this year, unless some intervention is carried out. They are also not protected from scientific experimentation under NZ law.

I have been in dialogue with my MP Jaqui Dean who has sent my concerns to Dr Johnathan Coleman, the Minister of health, who has in turn written to the Minister of Justice Amy Adams.

The HART clinics have been working with the department of Health to contact parents. Time is running out for these little lives to be saved before November 22nd.
Only a ministerial action can intervene to stop their destruction in time.

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8. Stop Amendments to the Migration Act of 1958

The Australian Government says that it wishes to stop "people trafficking" and consequently the number of deaths that have occurred at sea, due to this illegal practice. But in fact the Government seems more intent on punishing those who have fled persecution in the face of torture and death, in what more and more evidence is pointing at, modern concentration camps under the guise of detention centers.

The Government still continues to deny the inhuman conditions, the torture, beatings, threats, sexual abuse and deaths. The long term consequences of depression, mental break downs, self harm, attempted suicide and the slow suffocation of the human spirit. That is why they have no concern in sending toddler Ferouz Myuddin or 300 others waiting for the same fate, back...into what has been recorded as a condemned environment.

Scott Morrison says HIS amendments to the Migration Act will make it easier to send Asylum Seekers to other countries. If Cambodia, one of the recorded highest raking inhumane countries is not good enough, then Asylum Seekers with only a 49% chance of torture or death, should be sent back to face the consequences. He wants to raise the bar from 10% to 50% and no matter that our legal system is based on the premise "innocent until proven guilty", Asylum Seekers will now have to prove, NOT TO AUSTRALIA but to the Immigration Minister him or her self, AND TO THAT PERSONS OWN DISCRETION, that the Asylum seeker is in fact "who he says he is", a refugee. This is of cause without legal assistance. The changes will also see the removal of some procedural safeguards designed to promote certainty, consistency and fairness in protection status determinations.

These changes will apply to All Asylum Seekers processed in Australia whether they arrive by boat or Plane. The changes to the Bill will also remove provisions for family reunions for asylum seekers who have previously arrived in Australia by boat, this is aimed at discouraging family members of protection Visa holders from arriving in Australia. Scott Morrison thinks that he has the answer.

The Human Right Lawyers, the Law Council of Australia, the United Nations, International options and several thousand Australians are all under miners of his own self righteousness. Do not pass this inhumane and dangerous Bill, especially into the hands of some one who does not have the ability to hear.

Please sign not only this petition but contact your own Federal Member to vote against this Bill.

You can also contact the Prime Minister on www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm Thank you

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9. We want Canadian Titleholder Property Rights

All Canadians want Property Rights identical to Aboriginal Canadians as in the Supreme Court’s historic judgment in the Tsilhqot’in First Nation case.

http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2014/06/26/supreme-court-grants-land-title-tsilhqotin-first-nation/

The Supreme Court says (Aboriginal) Crown Land Grant Titleholder gives “the exclusive right to decide how the land is used, and the right to benefit from those uses.” but Titleholders “title is not an absolute right.”; “There’s a balancing act going on.” All Canadians Interests (vs) an Individual or Group of Canadians Interests. Government “can infringe (aboriginal) Titleholders title, for the general economic development for prosperity and the benefit of all Canadians could justify infringement of the Titleholder rights by The Federal and or Provincial Governments; but in order to do that they, “must consult adequately”, and “must get the consent of titleholders”, “must justify the projects under clear criteria”, “must have a substantive and compelling legislative objective”, must meet a “PROPORTIONALITY TEST”.  That test requires three things: (a) a government must establish is necessary to achieve a “compelling and substantial” public goal; (b) the law must go no further than necessary to achieve it; and (c) the benefits “that may be expected to flow from that goal are not outweighed by adverse effects on the titleholder (aboriginal) interest.”

Today Government Officials power and lack of accountability has turned them into bullies that actually has resulted in seniors being thrown out on to the street homeless, hard to believe but it happened to my family.

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10. Immediate & Unconditional Release for Omid AliShenas

Omid AliShenas, social activist and children's rights activist was arrested by security forces on Thursday 4 September 2014.

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11. #Free_Zied

Arrêté le vendredi 20/09/2014 chez- lui, rue Sanhaja à Khzema, gouvernorat de Sousse, Zied Younes âgé de 25 ans, doctorant en ingénierie mécatronique a été obligé sous la menace d’un pistolet pointé sur sa tempe de mener l’unité antiterrorisme venue l’intercepter chez ses parents vers le domicile de Mohamed Nacer Hadj Béchir appréhendé lui-aussi dans la même affaire et avec lequel Zied jouait parfois au foot. La maison de Zied Younes n’a pas été fouillée, les agents de la brigade antiterrorisme se sont contentés de saisir son ordinateur portable et celui de sa mère qui fut à l’occasion jetée à terre et piétinée pendant que son fils essayait de montrer aux agents de la brigade ses médicaments contre la tension et le diabète dans l’espoir de la protéger des violences policières.

Une fois Mohamed Nacer arrêté Zied fut jeté dans une voiture de police la tête couverte de son Qamis, ses vêtements de dessous très fins dissimulant à peine son corps Menotté derrière le dos et la tête toujours recouverte il se rendit quand même compte de l’arrestation bruyante et violente de plusieurs autres suspects à Sousse puis à Monastir. Ceci ayant encombré les voitures de la brigade antiterrorisme Zied dût par la suite faire le chemin de Monastir à Gasserine dans le coffre d’un 4*4 avec Mohamed Amine Sassi et Kamel Nakai. Arrivés à Gasserine ils furent accueillis par des gifles, des claques et des coups de pieds dispensés dès leur descente de voiture par les mêmes personnes qui les ont arrêtés. Il a pu distinguer l’un d’eux, brun, moyen de taille et portant une casquette et se souvient qu’un autre portait une barbiche en forme de zéro. Zied se rappelle distinctement avoir vu Mohamed Nacer recevoir une très forte claque sur la nuque suivie par un ironique : ” attends je vais te faire un massage” prélude à une pluie de gifles. Interrogés ensemble et sans procès-verbal, Zied et Mohamed Nacer menottés dans le dos et debout subirent les sévices de cinq enquêteurs tortionnaires qui se les renvoyaient comme des balles à coups de poing et à coups de pieds à un rythme tellement rapide qu’il était impossible de prévoir la provenance du coup. Puis ils furent dénudés et obligés de se regarder l’un, l’autre totalement nus et subissant une bastonnade à l’aide d’un bâton et de barre de fer. Puis avec des tuyaux et un ceinturon. On les a suspendus en poulet rôti ce qui a été difficile concernant Zied vu sa taille et sa carrure. Entre temps les enquêteurs les sommaient d’avouer avoir détenu des armes et avoir comploté des actes terroristes. Ils nièrent en bloc.

Menotté dans le dos depuis sans arrestation, Zied souffrait énormément car il avait subi antérieurement une chirurgie lourde au niveau du biceps droit suite à un accident remontant à plusieurs années. Et malgré supplications, il ne put obtenir d’être menotté les mains devant lui. Et passa d’ailleurs par la suite 90% des six jours de sa période de garde à vue menotté dans le dos. Au bout de plusieurs heures, ils furent emmenés à Tunis dans une véhicule cellulaire très encombré et non climatisé. Ils faillirent être asphyxiés. Zied y a vomi. Mohamed Nacer n’était plus avec eux.

Ils passèrent la nuit à Bouchoucha dans la puanteur et l’encombrement indescriptible, n’eurent rien à manger et ne purent pas dormir. Le lendemain (deuxième jour de garde-à vue) ils furent transférés à Gorjeni et y passèrent le reste de la période de garde à vue. Accueillis par les gifles et les claques, ils furent jetés dans la geôle de Gorjeni . Zied fut obligé à s’agenouiller menotté dans le dos durant une très longue période s’est évanoui au milieu d’une mare de sueur on lui versa de l’eau sur le visage pour le ranimer puis on le força à se remettre à genoux avec les mains levées en l’air jusqu’à ce qu’il s’évanouisse de nouveau. Il a été empêché de dormir, privé d’eau, empêché de faire ses besoins naturels à cause des menottes. Dans la geôle pleine comme une boite de sardines, un gardien a entendu du bruit. Il a alors décidé de punir tout le monde, il a ordonné d’enlever tous les matelas puis les détenus ont été obligés de s’agenouiller et ont reçu pêle-mêle des coups de partout pendant 2h et demi. Zied a été jeté à terre dans une position douloureusement inconfortable et toujours menotté dans le dos et a reçu des chocs électriques au niveau du cou et de la main. 6 gardiens de geôle frappaient indistinctement dans le tas humain jeté devant eux en même temps. Il en a distingué un qui a une crête de cheveux tirant vers le blond. Il n’osait pas trop les regarder. Il a été témoin de la torture inouïe dans sa violence d’un dénommé Oussama 19 ans originaire de Gasserine.

Zied a subi constamment des menaces d’être descendu à la cave pour être traité” comme il le mérite”. Le mercredi il a entendu des cris de femmes. Plus tard dans la journée il a vu 4 femmes : 2 voilées, une niqabée et une sans voile ramenées par les gardiens.

Les trois premiers jours, il a énormément souffert de la faim et de l’interdiction de dormir. Le 4ème jour on leur a donné des sandwichs mais son estomac a refusé la nourriture Il a entendu la voix de Mohamed Ali Jaballah et celle d’un enquêteur qui l’a torturé à Gasserine le 1er jour et qui a dit à l’occasion s’appeler Walid. Il a pu voir Mohamed Ali Jaballah avait l’œil très enflé et l’a entendu continuer à proclamer son innocence sous les coups de plusieurs personnes qui le frappaient en même temps en criant :” lève la tête”.Il a entendu l’un d’eux dire ‘’ et son œil ?’’ et l’autre répondre ‘’ frappe-le encore là-dessus ‘’. Vers minuit on lui a dit qu’il allait être interrogé à nouveau. Zied avait peur et très faim. Il a dit aux enquêteurs tortionnaires : ‘’je suis prêt à avouer tout ce que vous voulez mais ne me frappez plus je suis une ferraille humaine. J’ai subi une opération chirurgicale lourde vous risquez de me rendre handicapé.’’ Ignorant totalement ce qu’on lui demandait d’avouer Zied a demandé à l’enquêteur-tortionnaire de lui dire ce qu’il fallait avouer puis a signé le procès-verbal qu’on lui a présenté sans le relire après environ 7h d’interrogatoire à propos d’armes et d’attentats terroristes au sujet desquels il affirme ne rien savoir en réalité.

Le cinquième jour, il a été emmené à un hôpital (il croit que c’est l’hôpital Habib Thameur mais il n’est pas sûr) .Il a pu voir un médecin : une doctoresse qui lui a fait une injection de Dogmatil. Il lui a montré les bleus et écorchures qui parsemaient son corps mais ne sait pas si elle a consigné ce qu’elle a vu .Il a pu par la suite manger.

Le sixième jour il fut amené devant le juge d’instruction qui a reporté son interrogation quant aux accusations portées contre lui et l’a mis en détention provisoire en attendant. Ses avocats ont insisté pour faire consigner dans le procès verbal ses déclarations relatives à la torture et le détail des traces violacées sur ses poignets, sa nuque et ses chevilles. Ses avocats ont aussi demandé l’annulation de tous les travaux de l’enquête préliminaire en raison de la torture subie par leur client et sa mise en liberté et insisté pour qu’il subisse un examen médical immédiat avant la disparition des traces visibles de la torture. Leurs demandes furent toutes consignées dans le procès-verbal. Zied Younes est actuellement incarcéré à Mornaguia et sera interrogé par le juge d’instruction le 08 Octobre prochain.

Il a reçu la visite de son avocate au cours de son premier jour de détention à Mornaguia et lui a raconté tout ce qui précède.

Maître Ines Harrath
Avocate

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12. Immediate & Unconditional Release Saeid Shirzad & Atena Faraghdani, children-rights-activists

Demand for Immediate & Unconditional Release Saeid Shirzad & Atena Faraghdani, children-rights-activists.

does addressing the miserable and wretched situation of poor children of Iranian society in accordance with the Islamic republic laws consider a crime?

Mr. Saeid Shirzad, children-rights-activist, was arrested on 2nd June 2014 at his working place in Tabriz. Back in August 2012, he already faced judicial problems; he was forced to prison by state officials to handing numerous people in East-Azerbajdan being affected by a big earthquake. He was bailed-out after 19 days and later charged for a year on probation. Reporters of Harana informed, that Saeid currently is about to be sentenced once against to court as a danger to national security.

He did not appear at his last hearing in court because he refused to put on the unhygienic and disgraceful official prison clothes. As a punishment for that, the visitor’s right of his family was withdrawn.

For the beginning of the school term, Saeid wrote a note from prison where he appeals to children of feeling with him and being in solidarity with him.

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Another Iranian prisoner is Mrs. Atena Faraghdani who is children’s rights activist and painter that has been arrested in August for unknown reasons. Her house was investigated by security guard of regime. She is not in favorable conditions and her tendon was injured in an accident that needs surgery for fifth time.

A source who wanted to remain unknown, informed Harana’s reporter that there is no any information about her sentence and allegations and reason of arrestment.

This source informed, “we suppose Atena is kept in ward 2-Alef in Evin prison.

We, the undersigned, strictly oppose the arrest and sentence of Said & Atena, children-rights-activists, and demand their freedom now and without conditions.

—We request that the international human rights community investigate the cases of prisoners of conscience in Iran, and especially the cases of Saeid Shirzad & Atena Faraghdani.


درخواست آزادی فوری و بدون قید و شرط سعید شیرزاد و آتنا فرقدانی؛ از فعالان حقوق کودک
آیا رسیدگی به وضعیت بغرنج و اسف بار کودکان محروم جامعه ایران، طبق موازین حقوقی جمهوری اسلامی یک جرم است!؟
سعید شیرزاد، فعال حقوق کودک روز دوشنبه 12 خرداد ماه 1393 (2 ژوئن 2014) در محل کار خود در تبریز بازداشت شد.
سعید در تاریخ جمعه 31 مرداد ماه 1391(21 آگوست 2012) نیز در حالی که برای کمک به مردم زلزله زده آذربایجان شرقی رفته بود، بازداشت و پس از 19 روز با قید وثیقه از زندان آزاد شد. او در شعبه 26 دادگاه انقلاب اسلامی، به دلیل این پرونده به تحمل یک سال حبس تعلیقی محکوم شده بود.
بنا به اطلاع گزارشگران هرانا، سعید شیرزاد که در زندان اوین به سر می برد، قرار است روز سه شنبه 15 مهرماه 1393(7 اکتبر 2014) به اتهام اجتماع و تبانی علیه نظام جمهوری اسلامی مورد محاکمه قرار گیرد.
مسوولان قضایی جمهوری اسلامی ایران از انتقال سعید شیرزاد، به دلیل ممانعت او از پوشیدن لباس فرم غیر بهداشتی، غیر قانونی و توهین آمیز زندان، به دادسرای شهید مقدس اوین برای ارائه آخرین دفاع خود، ممانعت کرده اند.
سعید به دلیل امتناع از پوشیدن لباس فرم زندان بنا به دلایل فوق، از داشتن ملاقات حضوری با خانواده خود نیز محروم بوده است.
او به مناسبت آغاز سال تحصیلی جدید در ایران نیز یادداشتی را در راستای ابراز همدردی و همبستگی با کودکان، از درون زندان خطاب به آنها نوشته است.
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دیگر فعال حقوق کودک که اکنون در زندان به سر می برد،آتنا فرقدانی؛ فعال حقوق کودک و نقاش است که در شهریور ماه 1393 بدون هیچ گونه توضیحی بازداشت شده است.
ماموران امنیتی پس از بازداشت آتنامنزل او را نیز مورد تفتیش قرار دادند. او از شرایط جسمانی خوب برخوردار نیست و با توجه به پارگی تاندون دست اش، برای پنجمین بار نیاز به عمل جراحی دارد.
یکی از نزدیکان آتنا که نخواسته نام او فاش شود، به هرانا گفته است: هیچ گونه اطلاعی در مورد حکم و اتهام آتنا در دست نیست و گمان می رود که او در بند 2 الف زندان اوین نگهداری می شود.
ما امضا کنندگان متن بالا، بازداشت سعید شیرزاد و آتنا فرقدانی و محکومیت آنها را تحت هر عنوانی در زندان های جمهوری اسلامی محکوم کرده و خواستار آزادی بدون قید و شرط و فوری این فعال حقوق کودک هستیم.
از جامعه حقوق بشر بین المللی نیز خواستار پیگیری پرونده زندانیان سیاسی وعقیدتی در زندان های جمهوری اسلامی و به ویژه پرونده سعید شیرزاد و آتنا فرقدانی هستیم.

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13. Stop Female Genital Mutilation; Promote women reproductive rights

Today, more than 20 million people die each year due to inequalities in global health. More tan 150 million people face unaffordable health care costs each year. And more than 100 million people each year are plunged into poverty.

About 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). More than 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where FGM is concentrated.

If current trends continue, as many as 30 million girls are at risk of being cut before their 15th birthday. It’s no longer enough for any one group or country to take action. What we face is a global crisis that needs a global movement to end Female Genital Mutilation and promote women reproductive health.

The Barefoot Grannies are leading efforts to promote reproductive health, promote girl-child education, end Female Genital Mutilation and fistula. More information and videos here http://www.rockethub.com/projects/48599

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IS A GLOBAL PROBLEM
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. In some cases, girls bleed to death or die from infections. Later in life, FGM can lead to complications in childbirth and increase the risk of the mother and/or baby dying. The practice also violates women's rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death. Its our duty to protect and observe women rights, end the social, cultural and political causes of Female Genital Mutilation and promote women’s reproductive rights.

WE CAN NOT IGNORE THE CALLS:
Join us. #InspireChange.
Tell East Africa Governments to promote health equity for all, make firm commitments to end Female Genital Mutilation and hold promoters of this practice accountable.
The Barefoot Grannies works on a completely volunteer basis in order to change their communities. These are the women and grannies on the frontlines of change working to strengthen women’s rights, improve girls education, increase economic opportunity for women, and promote human rights in their communities. Join the by signing the petition and supporting their work and campaign. Copy and paste the following link is your browser http://www.rockethub.com/projects/48599

DOUBLE THE IMPACT
After signing the petition, support the Barefoot Grannies through this link (http://www.rockethub.com/projects/48599 ) and share the petition of facebook, twitter and blogs.

RUN ONE MILE FOR HEALTH EQUITY
Join us on October 25 for the Day of Action: We are running one mile, JUST one Mile to remind our selves, our communities, our governments of their obligations to promote health equity and to make firm commitments to end Female Genital Mutilation. Invite a a couple of friends and Run One Mile for Health Equity , share the campaign on facebook

Please send us feedback, contact us: nationaloffice@icodactionnetwork.org

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14. Stop Execution Videos On Youtube Now

Youtube is globally known as a platform for entertainment, fun and information. What most people do not realize is, that there are masses of extremely cruel videos such as videos of execution. These videos are in most cases neither censored nor blocked for users under 18 years. And even if they are blocked, the preview pictures are usually disturbing enough.

Here are some numbers that you find on youtube when you search for these keywords:
"execution": 1.320.000 videos, 48.200 channels, 77.000 playlists
"beheading": 142.000 videos, 2.160 channels, 11.300 playlists
"decapitation": 138.000 videos, 2.590 channels, 17.200 playlists

Of course we have to keep in mind that some results have documental background, some are obvious jokes and some might not even be connected to the subject at all. But the biggest percentage shows the cruel reality of what is going on in some parts of this world. It is not only about people being who were sentenced to death by the law. It is also about public hangings of gay people, the decapitation of women and the shooting of people with a different religion.

Sure, some of you might say, that it's your own fault if you type in those keywords, but please keep this in mind:

1) What if you just search for facts about a recent event or if you make a research about execution methods in a certain century? Do you really want to see the preview pictures of bloody corpses?

2) Think of the younger people - kids and teenagers often search for things out of pure curiosity or because someone else saw the video and told them "it's a fake" and they want to check it out. These kids do not really understand what they might bringt up with a search like that! And once they see these disturbing pictures they can not be made "unseen".

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15. Immediate & Unconditional Release of Arash Sadeghi

Demand for Immediate & Unconditional Release of Iranian Prisoner Arash Sadeghi.

Arash Sadeghi and his wife Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee were arrested by security forces on the evening of Saturday, 06 Sep 2014.( On Sept. 27th 2014 his wife Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee has been released on a 80 Mill Iranian Tuman bail) Arash was released from prison almost one year ago. Arash has been arrested several times by Iranian security forces—the last time he was kept in prison for nearly two years, during which he spent long periods in solitary confinement.

Sadeghi, a human rights activist and former student activist, was arrested at his workplace. During a previous arrest, agents of the Ministry of Intelligence raided Arash Sadeghi’s home at 4AM on 30 Oct 2010 in order to arrest him. Arash’s mother suffered a fatal heart attack as a result of the shock of the raid.

Arash has had extremely difficult experiences in prison—both psychologically and physically. He currently suffers from a broken rib and shoulder as a result of torture inflicted in Ministry of Intelligence detention centers, and he needs effective and urgent medical care, including surgery on his injured shoulder.

More than a year since the beginning of Hassan Rouhani’s presidency, expectations of improvements to the human rights situation in Iran have not been fulfilled. Rather, arrests of citizens on charges that amount to the exercise of their fundamental rights continue, and the number of executions has increased dramatically.

In this context, considering that these people have not carried out any illegal action and Rouhani’s state came to work with promises of "human rights";

- We, the undersigned, condemn the arbitrary detention of Arash Sadeghi and call for his immediate and unconditional release.

- We request that the international human rights community investigate the cases of prisoners of conscience in Iran, and especially the case of Arash Sadeghi.

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16. Save Hassinah Bukenya, a Ugandan lesbian from deportation

A 22 year old lesbian, Hassinah Bukenya fled her country Uganda to seek refugee in The Netherlands. On 3rd September 2014, Hassinah's request for asylum was turned down.

She was then detained and sent to prison by the Dutch immigration officials where she will be tried to see that she is forcifully sent back to Uganda, a country which is homophobic.

Hassinah lives an open life as a lesbian, participates is gay events and she likes to live a free life. See her facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/hassinah.bukenya for her pictures

This kind of life is a traumatic experience for someone who left her country to seek protection in a safe country like Netherlands.

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17. Freedom For Derrick Muhanguzi

Derrick is a gay man from Uganda; a country where homophobia is at the highest peak. Everyday, newspapers oust members of the LGBT community, many have lost their homes and many linger on without a single sign of light at the end of the tunnel.

Derrick was detained by UK Immigration Officers and placed at their mercy at Harmondsworth Prison. He was quickly rushed into subsequent interviews with no consideration of his health.

His claim for asylum in the United Kingdom was refused and further appeals dismissed. Derrick had established a private family life and has a partner who is British. With no legal representative (assigned representative broke off all contact with him), he has struggled to produce all forms of evidence to support his claim whilst in detention. However, he has instead been issued with removal directions and his submissions not regarded by the officials.

He is numbering his days because he is a a high risk of being killed upon his forceful return to Uganda.

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18. Iran Out of ILO

Iran is a founding member of ILO, the International Labor Organization. Tehran has ratified 13 ILO conventions, committing itself to fighting against gender discrimination and elimination of forced labor and child labor.

Despite this commitment, the Islamic Republic of Iran violates these accords: gender equality remains a dream in the workplace, and the rate of child labor is dramatically high. Only recently Tehran municipality has decided to fire most of its women employees and to promote a gender segregation in their working places.

The Islamic Republic has ratified the ILO Conventions on child labor and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Despite this, the child labor situation in Iran remains appalling. An estimated 14% of Iranian children are forced to work, denied any kind of protection or insurance.

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19. Reinstate vet student for her degree

Jamie Scott originally attended Ross University because she was informed that she would not have to perform surgeries she considered unethical. However, the university mandated that she partake in the killing of animals in order to graduate. Jamie was threatened with being flunked out if she did not perform terminal surgeries, and was harassed and unfairly discriminated against because of her views concerning animals. Ultimately she was unjustly dismissed despite helping and saving numerous animals’ lives. Ross University requires students to operate on healthy animals who are then killed or “terminated” at the end of their surgical procedures.

Terminal surgeries involve anesthetizing healthy animals including sheep, goats and donkeys and subjecting them to procedures that they don't need, such as tracheostomies, gastrotomies, and joint taps.

Many veterinary schools have replaced such terminal surgeries with effective and humane teaching tools. These humane alternatives include willed body cadaver donation programs, anatomy models, and survival surgeries performed under close faculty supervision such as spays, castrations, and mass removals on animals who actually benefit from the procedures.

The school continues to ignore requests to reinstate Jamie, including disregarding signed letters of endorsement from three practicing veterinarians.

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20. Stop Ebola Now - Wake Up Australia

WAKE UP AUSTRALIA:

The worlds' most volatile disease is a global emergency and is not confined to African nations. This is no joke.

•The Spanish Flu killed 100 million people and had a fatality rate of 2.5%
•This nasty virus kills 25-90% infected and killed 52 humans in 2 days
•Ebola has a 2-21 day incubation period so people are like bombs; unaware they're contagious until it's too late so checking people's temperature at airports is useless
•Every Ebola patient passes the virus onto 2.5 others
•Many affected countries have run out of living doctors to fight the outbreak
•Hospitals and pharmacies closed on Tuesday 12th August as Sierra Leoneans panic
•PEOPLE ARE STARVING AND NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES FOR 21 DAYS!
•If this epidemic remains "OUT OF CONTROL" in 2-3 months time 50,000 people will have the worlds' most gruesome virus and in 6 months,

1 MILLION VICTIMS WILL HAVE EBOLA IF WE FAIL TO ACT NOW.

We need to get our government to help those who can't help themselves.
This is an emergency. Liberia and Sierra Leone are some of the world's poorest countries due to war, normally without a crisis people fight for survival. Now their governments have stopped people from leaving their homes for 3-4 weeks WITHOUT GIVING THEM FOOD!! WHERE ARE YOU, MR. ABBOTT? We pay our taxes and are Australian citizens and you're allowing our family to suffer like this during an International Emergency. Keep in mind that there's hundreds of thousands of Africans here.

Sierra Leoneans from Sydney told me this catastrophy is worse than the 10 year "Blood Diamond" war because they said "You could tell where the rebels were and avoided them. With Ebola, a family member or local GP could kill them." That's if they have any relatives left after the brutal war or can afford a GP at all due to the aftermath. Many West African Australians have lost several family members due to Ebola and are worried about their families back home, suffering from stress, fear and high blood pressure. Now family members are going hungry adding to the pressure.

WE MUST STAND UP AND TAKE ACTION and be the voice for those in West Africa.
Our government is silent, sitting idle while Australian citizens' family members are dying. Let's be honest, if their relatives were English, our government would support them fully. I am disappointed in our government for displaying racism in this manner. Instead, we're searching for dead body parts of Australians from plane crashes and diverting attention away from the fact that this plague like virus is killing innocent people and it's an insult to remain silent. How dare we make other Australians feel like second class citizens- shame on us! How dare we discriminate. Inaction speaks louder than words. These people have gone through unfathomable situations and what, because they have African roots we brush our hands? Ebola is in Australia- scientists are studying it here but where are we helping the innocent people isolated in West Africa in the midst of this!!!!

We seem to be very focused on ourselves. The Chinese government gave medical supplies, the US and UK did too. WAKE UP AUSTRALIA!! Please send emergency food drops to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. These are INNOCENT PEOPLE and IF OUR AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DOES NOTHING, BLOOD IS OR THEIR HANDS!

With your signature, we will save the lives of MANY WITHOUT A VOICE.

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21. Home Owners Should Not Be Penalised for Objecting To The Sale of Their Home

An "enbloc" is a collective sale of a property such as condominium, apartments, flats. Using this news article below as example about an enbloc sale which has caused a messy court case because of the use of 'penalty clauses' to penalise Objecting Owners up to $26,000 plus extra contributions, we are very horrified that this is happening in Singapore. Please read the news article below, and then the petition:

New row over Gilstead collective sale (Source: The Straits Times –10 October 2013)

The fractious collective sale of Gilstead Court has hit more trouble with a breakaway group from the sales committee asking the High Court to remove financial penalties aimed at minority owners.

Four members of the seven-man committee, including treasurer Choo Liang Haw, filed documents with the court on Monday, escalating what has already been one of the most fractious collective sales in years.

The dispute centres on penalty clauses the collective sale agreement had imposed on the five dissenting owners at the estate in Newton.

These clauses could cost the five owners up to $26,000 each, a prospect that led them to file an objection with the Strata Titles Board (STB).

This triggered mandatory mediation but that failed last month after the sales committee could not agree to remove the clauses from the sales agreement.

That prompted the board to place a stop order on the deal.

The sales committee now has to apply to the High Court to have the collective sale approved. The Straits Times understands that it has until Monday next week to do so.

The division among the committee that arose during the mediation process appears to have led to Monday's court application.

The clauses state that the 43 owners who consented to the collective sale should contribute $2,000 out of their own pocket to a common fund for procedures related to the sale effort.

This sum would be refunded with 12 per cent interest once the sale has been completed.

But the minority owners would have $4,000 deducted from their share of the sale proceeds and shared equally among the 43 consenting sellers.

Other clauses state that the minority owners will have to stump up costs related to the STB approval proceedings.

Typically, costs related to legal proceedings of a collective sale are borne by all owners.

An application to the STB is not needed if all owners consent to the transaction.

The 163-page document filed by the four committee members said that the minority owners had offered to sign the agreement in June as long as the penalising clauses were removed. This would have eliminated the need for an application to the board.

But their proposal was turned down by the committee secretary, former Supreme Court judge Warren Khoo, according to the court document.

Mr Khoo, who had drafted the sales agreement, told the minority owners by e-mail that the clauses were aimed at promoting the principle of equality in the sharing of benefits.

The court documents also stated that minority owners would have to fork out about $26,000 each, which would be distributed to the 43 sellers.

The four committee members want the court to remove the "offensive clauses" in their words, if the objecting owners sign the sales agreement.

Tuan Sing Holdings, the developer that successfully tendered for the site in June, has offered to pay up to $135,000 for legal fees and other related costs. The committee has yet to accept the offer.

Majority owners have also said that they are prepared to forgo any payments that could be claimed from minority owners.

When The Straits Times contacted a committee member who was not part of the High Court application, he declined to comment as he had not received a copy of the court documents.

Source: The Straits Times –10 October 2013

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22. Imminent Humanitarian Crisis in Kobani-Syria

Since 1950s consecutive governments in Syria including the current regime have been systematically violating human rights and committing ethnic cleansing, humiliating and discriminatory measures against Kurds. Under the Ba’ath’s rule, Syrian authorities continued to repress Kurdish political and cultural rights, including arbitrarily revoking thousands of citizenship, restricting the use of the Kurdish language, banning Kurdish-language publications, arbitrarily arresting activists, issuing travel bans, abusing detainees, holding unfair trials, restricting property ownership and banning demonstrations for Kurdish rights, cultural celebrations, and commemorative events.

Following the uprising in Syria and the vicious civil war, which steeped the entire country into bloodshed, Kurds have established their own political entity in the north and northeastern parts of the country to protect people and civilian lives amid imbroglio and the insecure condition of the region. Although spared much of the fighting in other parts of Syria, civilians in the three predominantly Kurdish areas have been victims of ongoing human rights and humanitarian law violations. The Kurdish autonomous region of three cantons, including Afrin, Ain al-Arab (Kobani) and Jazira, was brutally targeted and attacked from the onset by fanatic Islamist armed groups in the area. The constant attacks led tens of thousands of Kurdish families to flee their home and seek refuge in Turkey and the Kurdish region in Iraq.

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KURDISH:
دەستپێک: لە سەرەتای دامەزرانی دەوڵەتی سوریاوە تا ئەمڕۆ نەتەوەی کورد لەو وڵاتە بووەتە قوربانی دەستی سیاسەتی رەگەزپەرستانە و نامرۆیی حکومەتە یک لە دوای یەکەکانی ئەو وڵاتە. بۆ دژایەتی کردنی کورد دەسەڵاتداران لە سوریا هەر لەسەرتاوە سیاسەتی پاکتاوی رگەزی، رگەزپەرەستی و سوکایەتیان لەگەڵ نەتەوەی کورد گرتەبەر. لە ژێر دەسەڵاتی رژێمی بەعس ئەم سیاسەتە دژە مرۆییانەی دەوڵەتی ناوەندی بۆ سەرکوت و بێ بەش کردنی نەتەوەی کورد لە مافە ڕەواکانی گەیشتە لوتکەی سەرەڕۆیی و نادادپەرەوری. کۆچی زۆرەمڵێی خەڵکی کورد، هەڵوەشاندنەوەی مافی شارومەندی، قەدەغەکردنی بەکارهێنانی زمانی کوردی و هەر چەشنە چاپ و بڵاکراویەک بەم زمانە ، دەستگیری کردنی و کوشتنی چالاکانی سیاسی و مەدەنی و خەڵکی سڤیل، دادگایی نا دادپەروەرانەو و ئەشکنجەی زیندانیانی کورد، قەدەغە کردنی مافی هاتووچۆ بۆ دەرەوی وڵات، قەدەغە کردنی مافی خاوەندارێتی و کڕین و فرۆشتی مڵک، قەدەغە کردنی خۆپیشاندان وهەرچەشنە چالاکی و بۆنەیەکی کلتوری و نەتەوەیی و دەیان پێشێلکاری دیکە لە ریزی سیاسەتەکانی رژێمی بەعس و رژێمەکانی دیکە بوون لە دژی نەتەوەی کورد لە رۆژئاوا بە درێژای چەندین دەیەی رابردوو.

دوابەدوای دەستپێکی شۆرش لە سوریە و سەرهەڵدانی شەڕی ناخۆیی کە سەرتاسەر وڵاتی وێران و لە خوێن گەوزاندوە، کوردانی رۆژائاوا بۆ پاراستنی ژیان و ماڵی هاوڵاتیان سیستەمی سیاسی خۆیان لە ناوچە کوردنشینەکان دامەزراند کە تا رادەیەکی بەرچاو توانیان گیان و ماڵی هاوڵاتیان لە شەڕ و وێرانیانە بپارێزن کە لە سوریا دا لە ئارادایە. سەرەڕای ئەم هەوڵانە، کوردانی رۆژئاوا زیاتر لە هەمووان بونەتە قوربانی دەستی ئەو پێشێلکاریە بەربڵاوانەی مافی مرۆڤ کە لە سوریایدا لە ئارادان. خەڵکی رۆژئاوا زیاتر بونەتە قوربانی دەستی هێزە چەکدارە سەلەفی و ئیسلامیەکانی وەک دەوڵەتی ئیسلامی شام و عێراق (داعش) وبەرەی نوسرە. هەر لە سەرەتای دامەزراندنی سێ کانتونی عەفرین، جەزیرە و کوبانی ئەم ناوچانە کەوتنە بەر هێرشی دڕندانەی چەکدارانی داعش کە لە ئەنجامدا هەزاران بنەماڵ کورد ئاوارەی وڵاتانی دەوروبەر و تورکیا و عێراق و هەرێمی کوردستان بوون.

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FARSI:

مقدمە: از تاسیس دولت سوریە تاکنون دول مرکزی این کشور بەصورت سیستماتیک حقوق بنیادین و اساسی کوردهای ساکن این کشور را نقض کردە ودر سیاستهایشان متوسل بە هرگونە اقدام ضد بشری و نژادپرستانە و تبعیض آمیزی علیە کوردها شدەاند. در طول دوران حکمرانی حکومت بعث مقامات این کشور بە سیاستهای ضد انسانی و سرکوب سازمان یافتە علیە کوردها ادامە دادە و آنها را از هرگونە حقوق سیاسی و فرهنگی محروم کردند. لغو حق شهروندی و تابعیت سیاسی، ممنوعیت حق استفادە از زبان کوردی وهرگونە نشر و چاپی بە این زبان، بازداشت غیر قانونی وخودسرانە فعالین اجتماعی و سیاسی، آزار و آذیت و بد رفتاری با زندانیان، برپایی دادگاهای فرمایشی و نا عادلانە، لغو و محدود کردن حق مالکیت، عدم اجازە خروج از کشور، ممنوعیت برپایی هرگونە تجمع و جشن و مراسمات فرهنگی و ملی از جملەی سیاستهای اصلی اعمال شدە دولت سوریە علیە کوردهای آن کشور بودە است.
بە دنبال انقلاب سوریە و آغاز جنگ داخلی کە تابحال منجر بە کشتە شدن صدها هزار نفر شدە، کوردها توانستند مناطق کوردنشین را تحت کنترل خود در آوردند و جهت حفاظت از جان و مال شهروندان سیستم سیاسی مستقل خود را در این مناطق مستقر کردند. با اینکە استقرار این سیستم سیاسی در منا‌طق شمال و شمال شرق سوریە بە صورت قابل ملاحظەای مردم کورد و دیگر ساکنان این مناطق را از آتش جنگ ویرانگر دیگر مناطق سوریە دور نگەداشت ولی ساکنان این مناطق قربانیان اصلی نقض حقوق بشر و آماج اصلی حملات غیر انسانی گروهای تندرو اسلامی منطقە شدند. ازهمان آغاز تاسیس سە کانتون جزیرە، عفرین و کوبانی مورد حملەی وحشیانەی‌ نیروهای دولت اسلامی شام و عراق (داعش) و جبهە النصرە قرار گرفت. بە دلیل حملات پی در پی داعش بە شهر و روستاهای کوردنشین و نا امنی منط‌قە تا بەحال هزاران خانوادە کورد مجبور بە ترک محل زندگی خود و فرار بە ترکیە و اقلیم کردستان عراق شدەاند.

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23. Free Al Jazeera Journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed Sentenced to 7-10 Years In Egypt

The judge who sent three al-Jazeera English journalists to jail in Egypt has accused them of being in league with the devil in a 57-page explanation of his verdict.

Judge Mohamed Nagy Shehata sentenced Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed last month to between seven and 10 years in jail on charges of aiding terrorists and falsifying news. At the time, diplomats and rights observers described the charges as baseless, the process as flawed and the trio's jailing as an attack on free speech.

In his first statements since the trial, Shehata said "the devil encouraged them to use journalism and direct it towards actions against this nation".

He claimed the journalists had doctored footage by "collecting audio and visual recordings and editing them by removing parts and adding it to [footage of] different events". He said this "served the interests of one of the banned terrorist groups [the Muslim Brotherhood], by showing the country – contrary to the truth – in a situation of chaos and upheaval, [and] by portraying it as a lost country suffering from division and internal fighting".

None of the footage shown in court corroborated claims that al-Jazeera English had falsified its reports. Some of it was not even made by al-Jazeera.

A rights campaigner who observed each session of the trial on behalf of Amnesty International said the ruling showed the court had the hallmarks of an inquisition. "When you read the ruling, you realise you don't have a court as much as you have an inquisition," said Mohamed Lotfy, the executive director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms. "It is censoring certain opinions and broadcasted materials because it feels it isn't in the interest of the country and because it threatens national unity. It's a form of censorship."

Fahmy's family criticised the verdict, arguing that it was further evidence of a politicised process.

"What's written in it is an absolute joke," said Adel Fahmy, Mohamed's brother and spokesperson. "When you read this lengthy document, which I did twice, you realise that [the defendants] did not even have a fighting chance. It was all predetermined that this would be the verdict from day one of their arrest. [The judges] have no way of justifying their standpoint, but they're using their authority to say: 'That's that.' It refers to state security's 'secret investigation' without elaborating on what it said. As if to say: 'Just take our word for it.'"

Greste and Baher Mohamed are being held in the same prison wing as the sons of the ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak. Fahmy, the Canadian-Egyptian bureau chief, is in a prison hospital for treatment to a damaged shoulder. All three are expected to appeal their verdicts, a process that could take months.

Hopes of a presidential pardon receded after Egypt's new head of state, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, declined to intervene the day after their conviction. A few days later, he told Egyptian editors he wished the jailed journalists had been deported rather than arrested, raising hopes of an intervention further down the line.

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24. Support The Solomons

As some of you know, perhaps many not though, Joseph Solomon and I have been fighting a visa battle for him to be allowed a visa to stay in the country as my husband.

He's originally from South Africa and came over with his family almost 10 years ago in October - and from then he would be allowed indefinite leave to remain. He was raised speaking English, educated in English, came over here and has done GCSE's and even has A levels, one of which A Level is a grade B in English Language! He is also working full time and doing an Open University degree in his own time (I have a very clever husband!) On his last application for a visa renewal in January, he mistakenly ticked a box indicating he was from a majority English speaking country. It turns out legally it isn't.

After the home office refused our application, we had to seek legal advice and go to court - all very expensive and even after hearing him speak and seeing him, and seeing us together, the home office were still hell bent on sending him back as he didn't have a specific piece of evidence at the time of the application that proved in their eyes he could speak and understand English. After what was nearly 4 weeks of waiting, the judge informed us that legally he had to side with the home office and we lost our appeal. we were devastated. Our only option left was to have our Barrister make an application to the upper tribunal, but they don't have to hear us.

On Wednesday evening, we just received notification to say they have rejected our application and as such we have no other choice but to send him back to South Africa.

So, not only does it seem that the home office are happy to tear a husband and wife apart for the sake of a statistic, but once Joseph goes back, I am the only one who can get him back in the country as I would have to be his sponsor, but as I don't earn the minimum income threshold of £18,600 per year, I can't apply to get him back until I have a job that pays that much and have been in that job for 6 months. This pretty much leaves me homeless as well as husband-less, as I will have to move out of our house and it looks like it will be for about 12 months that we will be apart.

We have been very touched by the support of our family and friends that do know about all of this and so grateful for the strength we have gained from our beliefs of knowing that God is in everything and it is often through the hard times that we grow the most.

My plea now is for continued prayers for strength in our time of separation, but particularly if anyone knows of any jobs for me to apply for or anyone hiring, anywhere in the country I hasten to add, or any business owners that my want to hire me, please let them know and forward this post to them.

Joesph and I have about three weeks left together so whilst we won't even be able to make it to our first anniversary together, hopefully I will be able to get him back for our second.

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25. Free Iranian Lawyer Negar Haeri, Held In Deplorable Conditions

UPDATE: On June 30, 2014 Negar Haeri was formally sentenced to one year in prison--which she is to continue serving under the horrible conditions of Gharchak Prison.

PERSIAN BANOO June 29, 2014--Negar Haeri, daughter of imprisoned political prisoner Mashallah Haeeri, is imprisoned in Gharchak Prison under harsh and deplorable conditions.

According to the Melli-Mazhabi news site, Negar Haeri was arrested for giving interviews and publicizing the poor health of her imprisoned father.

She was arrested on May 25, 2014, and on the order of Deputy Prosecutor at Evin, she was transferred to Gharchak prison.

Previously, Negar Haeri was also arrested and imprisoned in 2011 and 2012 and was released on bail. She was tried and sentenced to two years imprisonment plus five years suspended imprisonment sentence. Her law practice license was also suspended for ten years.

Gharchak prison in Varamin has a very unsanitary condition and Negar is incarcerated among the drug traffickers.

This prison holds inmates in excess of it’s maximum capacity and suffers from overcrowding. Due to this overcrowding and lack of space Negar has to sleep in the hallway near the restrooms.

Despite the very hot weather, the air conditioning system in this prison is not working, making conditions very difficult for the prisoners.

Other than Negar Haeeri, Basmeh Aljabouri, an Iraqi citizen, and Roya Saberi Nejad are the two other political prisoners that are incarcerated in Gharchak prison.

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26. Declare access to uncensored and unrestricted internet a human right

Knowledge is power.

Easy, fast-access information is the key to bringing equal power to a populace that all need knowledge on current events, medicine, arithmetic and other things to survive and thrive. Easy access to knowledge has turned our world into more of a global consciousness than it has ever been.

The control of knowledge, or the restriction of knowledge and information has always given power to the wrong people. During the dark ages, when the catholic church wanted people to only believe what they told them to believe, they would destroy books and documents from civilizations all over the world so that nothing could question their doctrine.

Governments - your government, our government, every government, also benefit from the control of information because they can convince people to vote the way they want and to quietly comply to demands that without important knowledge, no one would know enough about their own human rights to question. A lot of times more elite members of society - the rich, the politically connected, those who have the most to gain by selling commercial ideas instead of information or connections to humanity - have used restrictions on knowledge and bombardment of twisted information to get what they want out of the poorer populace. An informed citizen gets their information from multiple sources and scrutinizes it heavily.

As a generation with the internet we have the option to access instant uncensored information, which is something that no generation has previously had, and something that governments don't want anyone to have if it means it can threaten their absolute power to make decisions for a populace, whether that populace is willing or not.

Governments all over the world including China, Russia, and the United States are trying to either censor or control content or access to content on the internet.

Here in the "land of the free" it started with SOPA ( "Stop Online Piracy Act") and PIPA ("PROTECT IP Act").

SOPA and PIPA were bills proposed by Congress in the guise of stopping online piracy by giving the attorney general of the United States authority to command internet service providers to shut down Domain Name Server records that point people to a site, and force Google and other search engines to shut down links to sites that the attorney General expresses official disapproval of. This was proposed so that the United States could prevent people from pirating movies, music, and other goods with copyrights belonging to corporations or businesses, meant to be sold for their profit only. However, the ability to command a website be taken down and access to information be cut off had widespread censorship implications, so activists started petitions, took to the streets, and demanded that Washington drop both bills.

So the government, instead of respecting the demand for access to uncensored and unrestricted information, decided it needed to regroup and try another tactic.

That's where the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission, comes in. While claiming to be working towards Net Neutrality, the FCC proposed, then passed rules saying service providing companies can charge content providers for faster access to their sites, potentially creating "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" on the internet, which would ensure that poor people or new businesses will receive less traffic if they aren't able to pay fees for faster access for their potential customers.

Internet users and activists reacted about the same way as they did to SOPA and PIPA.

In response, Democratic lawmakers proposed a bill that would stop the FCC from allowing ISP providers from creating "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" on the internet by charging for speed of access, but the bill neglects to address the issue of anyone claiming authority over the internet, something that belongs to the entire populace that participates in its constant creation, in the first place.

So, we've come up with a proposal of our own, to declare uncensored and unrestricted access to the internet a universal human right, and to declare the internet a collective-belonging, which means that no person or entity, whether government or corporate, has the right to declare authority over it in the first place.

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27. Concerning the health and life of political refugee (Mr. Shahsiah) and other Iranian refugees in Turkey

We hope the fate and health of our fellow Iranian citizens are taken seriously and request your kind attention to this matter.

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28. "We the People" African Reparation Movement

All across the globe recompense is being sought after and paid for historical atrocities; however, when it comes to the plight of the African – wherever he finds himself in the world, such terms as militant, angry, and trouble maker are used in an attempt to ostracize and minimize those who raise this topic to the grandchildren and great grandchildren of European colonial enslavers.

As one can plainly verify that, the plight of the Jewish people has been redressed and continues to be rectified on a daily basis. The plight of the Native American Indian has for all intents and purposes been redressed by means of the billions of dollars in land, and Native American owned and operated casinos, that has ventured into a trillion dollar a year business for the Native American coupled with monumental lobbying power.

What is a crime against humanity?

1. The invasion of the continent of Africa for criminal proposes: is a war crime and international crime against humanity.
2. The unlawful abduction of the African people: is an international crime against humanity.
3. The genocide of the humans not healthy enough to make the journey from Africa: is genocide a war crime and an international crime against humanity.
4. The act of slavery for hundreds of years: is an international crime against humanity.
5. Creating the market for slavery: is an international crime against humanity.
6. The unlawful behavior performed on slaves (example) general torture, whipping, burning, kicking, hitting, cutting, chaining, hanging, raping and murder; all act without any consequences: is genocide a war crime as well as an international crime against humanity.
7. The unlawful breeding of humans for criminal proposes: is an international crime against humanity.
8. Creating intentional psychological damage to a human: is a human rights violation.
9. Breaching many verbal and written contracts made by the slave owners: is business fraud and a human rights violation.
10. Segregation of a human because of their skin color: is a human rights violation.
11. The financial neglect from the government and lending institutions: is a human rights violation.
12. Allowing the actions and criminal activities of secretive hate organizations by the U.S: is a human rights violation.
13. The secret operations and medical experiments performed on African American by the U.S government: is genocide a war crime as well as an international crime against humanity.
14. The neglect of the government to act during voting and constitutional crimes: is a human rights crime and U.S constitutional violation.
15. The financial and psychological damage performed on African American by the United States in current time by not providing reparations to them, but providing it to many other groups in America: is a human rights violation.

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29. Save the lives of the refugees on hunger strike!

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According to research, Cyprus is in the 32nd worst position among 35 European countries (just above Latvia and Turkey) in respect of policies giving access to migrants and refugees to citizenship, participation in democratic life and labour mobility (MIPEX - http://www.mipex.eu/countries, EUDO Citizenship - http://tiny.cc/84mhhx). These realities, in combination with the restrictive and discriminatory policies pursued in view of the severe economic crisis plaguing the country, have led migrants and refugees to misery and despair.

Under the circumstances, the only real option left to these people is that of temporary or permanent relocation to countries where there are better opportunities for employment and integration. The residency permit granted to refugees in Cyprus now does not allow them to move and seek regular work in other European countries. The only way to exercise this right is through acquiring Cypriot citizenship. This prospect is waning as a result of the Cyprus government’s refusal to grant them citizenship (http://tiny.cc/n9mhhx), irrespective of their years of stay in the country and even when they meet the conditions laid down by the law.

A group of recognised refugees, who are in Cyprus with their families for longer than 10 years, are on hunger strike (http://tiny.cc/9bnhhx) in front of the UNHCR in Nicosia, asking the government and UNHCR to cooperate in granting them Cypriot citizenship or to be relocated to another country, where they and their children can live in dignity.

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Η Κύπρος, σύμφωνα με τα αποτελέσματα ερευνών καταλαμβάνει την 32η χειρότερη θέση μεταξύ 35 χωρών της Ευρώπης (μόλις πιο πάνω από τη Λετονία και την Τουρκία) όσον αφορά τις πολιτικές πρόσβασης μεταναστών και προσφύγων στην υπηκοότητα, συμμετοχή στη δημοκρατική ζωή και την κινητικότητα στην αγορά εργασίας (MIPEX - http://www.mipex.eu/countries, EUDO Citizenship - http://tiny.cc/84mhhx). Οι πραγματικότητες αυτές σε συνδυασμό με τις περιοριστικές πολιτικές που ακολουθούνται, ενόψει της σοβαρής οικονομικής κρίσης που μαστίζει τη χώρα, οδήγησαν τους μετανάστες και πρόσφυγες στην εξαθλίωση και απόγνωση.

Υπό τις περιστάσεις, η μόνη ουσιαστική επιλογή για τους ανθρώπους αυτούς, είναι αυτή της προσωρινής ή και μόνιμης μετακίνησης από την Κύπρο σε χώρες όπου προσφέρονται καλύτερες ευκαιρίες απασχόλησης και ένταξης. Η άδεια διαμονής που παραχωρεί σήμερα η Κύπρος στους πρόσφυγες δεν τους επιτρέπει να μετακινηθούν και να αναζητήσουν νόμιμη εργασία σε άλλες ευρωπαϊκές χώρες. Η μόνη περίπτωση να ασκήσουν αυτό το δικαίωμα είναι μέσα από την απόκτηση της κυπριακής υπηκοότητας. Η προοπτική αυτή εξανεμίζεται λόγω άρνησης της κυβέρνηση της Κύπρου να τους παραχωρήσει υπηκοότητα (http://tiny.cc/n9mhhx) , ανεξάρτητα από τα χρόνια παραμονής στη χώρα, ακόμη και αν πληρούν τις προϋποθέσεις που καθορίζει η νομοθεσία.

Ομάδα αναγνωρισμένων προσφύγων, οι οποίοι ευρίσκονται στην Κύπρο με τις οικογένειες τους πέραν των 10 χρόνων, έχει κατέλθει σε απεργία πείνας μπροστά από τα γραφεία της UNHCR στη Λευκωσία (http://tiny.cc/9bnhhx) ζητώντας από την κυβέρνηση και την UNHCR να συνεργαστούν ώστε να τους παραχωρηθεί η κυπριακή υπηκοότητα ή να μετακινηθούν σε άλλη χώρα όπου να μπορούν να ζήσουν αυτοί και τα παιδιά τους με αξιοπρέπεια.

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30. Iran Must NOT Hang Sunni Political Prisoner Kamal Molaee

Four Sunni prisoners on death row, Hamed Ahmadi, Jahangir Dehghani, Jamshid Dehghani and Kamal Molaee, have been transferred to solitary confinement and are scheduled to be executed on Sunday 15 June on the charge of “enmity against God” (moharebeh), only days after reports of the secret execution of Ali Chebieshat and Sayed Khaled Mousawi on the same charge, according to Amnesty International. Two weeks ago another Iranian political prisoner, Gholamreza Khosravi, was also hanged.

The families of the four men were called on 13 June to visit their relatives for the last time before their death sentence will be implemented in Rajae Shahr prison on 15 June. The four are accused of killing Mullah Mohammad Sheikh al-Islam, a senior Sunni cleric with ties to the Iranian authorities. The men deny the accusation, saying that they had been arrested between June and July 2009, several months before the sheikh’s killing in September 2009, and that they have been targeted solely because they practiced or promoted their faith, such as taking part in Sunni religious seminars and distributing Sunni reading materials. The Supreme Court had upheld the death sentences in September 2013, and the sentences had been sent to the Office for the Implementation of Sentences, the official body in charge of carrying out executions.

Amnesty International has stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran's judicial authorities sentenced the four men to death after trials during which basic safeguards, such as rights of defense, were disregarded, in contravention of international fair trial standards.

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