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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.
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.
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.
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.
We hope the fate and health of our fellow Iranian citizens are taken seriously and request your kind attention to this matter.
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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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.
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.
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.
UPDATE May 28, 2014--The director of the "Happy Iranians" video, Sassan Soleimani, has now been released on bail. He, along with the six young men and women who danced in this video are still facing criminal charges.
May 22, 2014--The six young men and women who danced to Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” in a video that went viral on YouTube, and were arrested for it, were released on bail one day later. However, the director of the video, Sassan Soleimani, remains detained. The young dancers who were released on bail were told they would be prosecuted.
The youths’ dance video received over a hundred thousand views on YouTube before it was taken down and the youths arrested. They were then paraded on state television, where they were forced to issue statements of remorse and contrition.
The incident has reportedly caused widespread revulsion in Iran at the humiliation of the youths for a dance video in which they exclaimed their happiness.
Fadhil Makki al-Manasif, 26, is a photographer and a member of the Adala Center for Human Rights (Adala Center), a rights organization in the Eastern Province Fadhil city of Qatif. On April 17, 2014 al-Manasif received a harsh 15-year sentence from the Specialized Criminal Court, plus a 15-year travel ban after his prison sentence and a fine of 100,000 Saudi Riyals (US$26,666) – for charges that included “breaking allegiance with the king” and “being in contact with foreign news agencies in order to exaggerate news and harm the reputation of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people.”
As a member of the Adala Center, al-Manasif played a leading role in documenting abuses against demonstrators in the Eastern Province in 2011. He organized educational workshops on human rights in Qatif and acted as an interlocutor between the families of detainees and authorities, on several occasions approaching police officials in the Eastern Province on behalf of families to ask about the whereabouts of missing family members.
Security forces arrested al-Manasif in his home town of Awammiyah on April 15, 2009 and detained him without charge for three months at the Dammam General Prison. Officials accused him and 20 others of participating in protests, which are banned by the Ministry of Interior, and released him in June after he signed a pledge not to take part in gatherings.
Authorities arrested al-Manasif again in May 2011, two days after he disseminated information to international media outlets and human rights organizations on amendments to the press law and ongoing protests in the Eastern Province. In response to a summons, al-Manasif presented himself to the Ministry of Interior’s Criminal Investigation Department in Awammiyah, where security forces immediately took him into custody.
On June 4, 2011, security forces transferred al-Manasif to solitary confinement in the General Investigation Directorate (al-Mabahith) prison in Dammam. On June 6, prosecutors charged him with a series of crimes related to his first arrest in 2009, including “sowing discord,” “inciting public opinion against the state,” “damaging public property by organizing and calling for protests,” and inviting the international media to demonstrations, as well as participating in gathering information about demonstrations. Security forces released him on August 22 2011, after he signed a declaration promising to refrain from participating in further demonstrations.
On the evening of October 2, 2011, al-Manasif approached the Awammiyah police station to speak to police about their detention of two elderly persons, whose sons were wanted for participation in protests. The authorities had detained the men in order to compel their sons to turn themselves in, according to the Adala Center for Human Rights. When one of the elderly men collapsed, al-Manasif followed by car the ambulance taking the man to the hospital and was stopped and arrested at a checkpoint. Security forces transferred him to the Mabahith prison in Dammam, and placed him in solitary confinement for four months, denying him any visits from his family until August 11, 2012, 314 days after his initial arrest. He remains in detention.
On May 12, 2011 several United Nations Special Procedures mandate holders released an urgent appeal on al-Manasif’s behalf, expressing concern that his arrest violated his right to freedom of expression. The UN Secretary General on July 21, 2011 also expressed concern that his situation “may be related to his work in the defense of human rights, in particular, his involvement in the documentation and dissemination of information on human rights violations, as well as his engagement with United Nations mechanisms and other international human rights organizations.”
According to the Adala Center, al-Manasif alleges that authorities have subjected him to various forms of torture during his detention including beatings on his hands and legs, blindfolding for extended periods of time, forced standing for extended periods of time, and electrocution.
During his interrogation sessions, a colleague of al-Manasif’s at the Adala Center told Human Rights Watch, officials questioned him about his rights activism and he acknowledged being in communication with international human rights organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
Australia treats pet ownership differently to the rest of the world. Many strata companies in Australia will not allow pets, and some only with permission. The definition for 'suitability' is vague at best, and absolutely discriminatory at worst. It is not illlegal to own a pet in Australia, but many pet owners are made to feel like it is. A lack of pet ownership rights in Australia is infringing on the Aussie way of life, and is breaking up families all over the country. it is also contributing to a huge issue of dog rehoming, rescues and terminations because strata companies won't allow families to bring their pets with them.
Pets should be treated just like children. In other words - it is none of anybody else's business; but if the pet 'breaks it, you buy it' and you have to repair it, just like you would have to for anything else, covered in your bond.
We are currently being told that we cannot have our dog in our super spacious GROUND FLOOR apartment with a large yard, because our neighbours in the apartment may find the dog 'intimidating', even though he is not a dangerous breed and is a complete couch potato and absolute sook of a thing. (Some of you may have guessed that I am talking about a Great Dane.) We do not find this acceptable or fair, and certainly not just cause to break up a family.
Please sign up to support my cause. It may help us keep our dog, and it may help other dog owners in future who want nothing more than to keep their respective families together.
Iranian Refugees in India Subjected to Attack, in Need of Urgent Relocation to a Safe Third Country.
Iranian asylum-seeker Mrs. Marzieh Hosseinpour, age 38, and her husband Mr. Javad Riazi Ahmad Saraei, age 50, both faced political persecution in Iran. Marzieh was subjected to torture while detained as a political prisoner, and Javad was persecuted by the regime (Islamic Republic of Iran) as a member of a political organization in Iran.
Marzieh registered as a political asylum-seeker with UNHCR India (513-05C00255) in 2005, and was recognized as a refugee by UNHCR India in 2010. Javad registered with UNHCR India (513-05C00255) in 2007, and was recognized as a refugee in 2011. However, they were attacked in New Delhi by agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and are in urgent need of relocation to a safe third country.
We urge UNHCR & other human rights organizations to support the relocation of Marzieh Hosseinpour and Javad Riazi Ahmad Saraei to a safe third country.
Hassan Massali, Ph.D., President of Action for Democracy & Human Rights in the Middle East, USA
Ahmad Fatemi, Director, Mission Free Iran
If you are to boil water down to nothing anywhere in the world that water will show you its true nature. water in many places of the world is filled with sodium fluoride, chlorine and other harmful additives.
Fluoride is the main ingredient in rat poison.
fluoride consumption permanently decreases your IQ.
and many other negative effects.
This should not be in our drinking water
help get poison out of our children drinking water.
Zack Shahin, 49, is the former CEO of Dubai-based Deyaar realty. In the span of a few short years, Shahin successfully converted this small cap development business into a multi-billion dollar global competitor in the commercial and residential real estate market. An American citizen, Shahin is married and the father of two.
Before the financial crisis struck global economies, both large and small, Zack Shahin, former CEO of Deyaar Realty, successfully converted this small cap development business into a multi-billion dollar global competitor in the commercial and residential real estate market. However, when markets began to feel the effect of such downturn, the highly successful career of Shahin, a U.S. citizen working in the Middle East, came to an abrupt end following his arrest and detention by Dubai security services on March 23, 2008. Amid allegations of corruption against various directors and officers of Deyaar, Shahin has been wrongly singled out as having participated in draining the company of equity.
He has been imprisoned without trial by the Dubai Government under inhumane conditions for over six years suffering violations of his due process rights under the laws of Dubai. Although various charges have been filed, no resolution of any of them has taken place. Some cases have even been dismissed on the eve before trial, just when Shahin was about to present his defense to the claims against him.
Shahin’s mistreatment has been raised by the highest levels of the U.S. Government, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder, during bilateral discussions with top U.A.E. officials. During Secretary Clinton’s meeting with her U.A.E. counterpart, Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed, she addressed how Emiratis accused of comparable crimes have been treated far more leniently than Shahin. These U.S. Government concerns have been raised by the U.S. Ambassador and Consul General during multiple meetings and phone calls with U.A.E. law enforcement officials as well. Still, nothing has changed, Shahin’s due process rights continue to be violated, and no end to his suffering is in sight.
Prior to becoming CEO of Deyaar Development, Shahin was retail vice president and head of sales for service and distribution at MashreqBank in United Arab Emirates and Qatar. At MashreqBank, Shahin led the sales, service, distribution and retail operations of both the Retail BankingGroup & Osool Finance Company (subsidiary of the Bank) and was responsible for a total staff of 845, operating 45 branches in the UAE and Qatar. Under Shahin, retail Banking profits grew by 52% in 2001 and 62% in 2002 with absolute revenue in excess of $ 80 million. Shahin previously worked for Pepsi Cola International in United Arab Emirates, most recently as a franchise director. At Pepsico, Shahin was assigned to an under-performing franchise. Under his leadership, share loss was halted and the franchise regained market leadership. Shahins franchise expanded production capacity by 45 percent to meet potential local market and export growth thanks in part to the introduction of an additional canning line.
Shahin received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting finance from the Lebanese University, and a BAI graduate degree in retail banking from the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Retail Banking.
REUTERS: MARCH 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Renewing their call for greater involvement in the case of wrongfully imprisoned U.S. citizen Zach Shahin, attorneys for Shahin cite specific examples of American involvement in placing greater emphasis on foreign citizens' rights, while ignoring the wrongful detention of American citizens.
"While the interests of human rights and freedom of expression are conceded as an important facet of global concern, the greater interest of protecting Americans abroad should not be given a lesser importance in the scheme of American foreign policy," stated Eric J. Akers, attorney for Shahin.
To prove his contention, Akers points to three instances, which involve foreign dissidents, and one involving an American citizen held captive by a country with whom the U.S. seeks to appease.
"It is extraordinary that our government would 'strike a deal' with the Chinese government to bring the blind Chinese dissident Chen Guanqcheng to American soil, after giving him refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing. Yet, it took a hunger strike to finally have the American Embassy in the U.A.E. request bail for Zack Shahin in 2012," added Akers.
Recently, the press has been filled with reports of the release of ex-Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko: "It is again surprising that the media reports on U.S. State Department comments regarding Tymoshenko's release, but where has the State Department commented on Zack's acquittal on one case, and his continued detention for six years without an upheld conviction?" asked Akers.
"It is also interesting that, in January of this year, the U.S. State Department joined Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch in condemning the detention of dissidents in Cuba to keep them away from a summit of hemispheric leaders meeting in Havana, when, again, no mention for the past two years have been made of Zack's case."
"Finally, Kenneth Bae is being held captive by a repressive government, only for the reason that he is not a 'political bargaining chip.' However, and again very important, his imprisonment is highlighted merely because the U.S. State Department is attempting to parley his captivity into a greater goal, which is stabilizing relations with a rogue government. What matters more than the life of Zack Shahin, an American citizen in a 'friendly' country is the non-interference by the U.S. with an unfriendly government. How sad our foreign policy has deteriorated to," added Akers
On Thursday, March 6, Akers renewed his request for assistance in addressing Shahin's situation in letters directed to both President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry. "On behalf of Zack and his family, I respectfully but urgently implore you to bring to bear the considerable power of your offices in securing Zack's release," wrote Akers
About Zack Shahin's Plight Since His March 2008 Arrest and Imprisonment:
On March 2, 2014, Zack Shahin declared a hunger strike to protest the U.S. government's unwillingness to intervene on his behalf and demand that Dubai authorities release him after six years in jail without an upheld conviction
March 23, 2014, will mark the six-year anniversary of Zack Shahin's arrest. Except for the brief period following his release on bail in July 2012 and return that September, he has remained imprisoned without an upheld conviction. In early 2013, Zack was acquitted on the first of four criminal cases against him, all of which stem from the same baseless accusations concerning his tenure as CEO of Deyaar, a Dubai-based real estate company. The prosecutor unsuccessfully appealed this decision and the not-guilty verdict was upheld. In March 2013, Zack and co-defendants were found guilty of embezzlement and received a 15-year sentence. Zack immediately appealed the conviction and the Dubai Court of Appeals overturned the court's decision.
Despite an appeals court overturning Shahin's guilty verdict and a cassation court upholding another not-guilty verdict, after four years of court appearances and continuances, and an obvious strategic maneuver by the Dubai government to deny U.S. citizen Zack Shahin his due process right to a trial, Washington continues to tread lightly.
I am doing this for a project. It is to promote women to get more jobs and equal pay.
We should do this because women are essential to each household, business and the economy at large.
Last year a certain school hosted a school social where a particular member, Deepak Selvraj, offered to be DJ. He was accepted and did a wonderful job. The same social will be taking place again, however, the only difference is that Deepak is no longer invited because the president of the Social committee, Cameron Poultney, says he is "black".
I believe that this is against our human rights and in order to balance the awesomeness we need him, because he is awesome.
International conflicts and aggressions are increasing all over the world and are at the verge of escalating. Ukraine, North Corea, Iran, Afghanistan ... just to cite some of them.
Actually unrests are going to increase to open conflicts between USA, Russia and Europe, between the continents, between economic power authorities.
If you don't believe the mass-media and look behind the facade in most of the cases the main reason for those conflicts are not human rights or bad presidents loosing it, mostly it's about oil, gas, money and strategic important territory.
Ask your neighbour, if he wants to have war, he will say "no". If anybody in the world asks any neighbour in the whole world, all of them will give the same answer: "no".
That means: Humans don't want to have war and aggression, humans want to have peace and harmony. But the people who fight about oil and gas, are not the ones who are standing at the front line of a war. At the end, the people who are fighting at the front, are the people who don't want war and will never have oil, even if they survive.
If everybody in the world wants to have peace and harmony, it should be possible to find a way of living together in a nice way, even if cultures and races are different. For saving and caring about our interests we have presidents and authorities, so we think, they should do it and work out a way for peace and togetherness.
With our bavarian flashmob in India (watch at www.flashmob4peace.com), where hundreds of people from all over the world spontaneously started dancing together an bavarian song (nobody could understand anything at all), we prooved one fact:
"All nationalities can dance together, even if they sometimes don't understand each other".
War is the result of fear ...
- fear of loosing territories - fear of loosing influence - fear of loosing richness and prosperity - fear of loosing privelegs.
In short ... it's all about materialism and "being better or better situated than others".
Since thousands of years the concept is "getting more and being better than somebody else" neglecting the fact, that true richness and satisfaction is harmony and togetherness.
The main problem: The world population is growing, resources and energies are getting less. So every nation tries to get as much influence as possible, to save and raise their economic standards (fear of Looping).
But imagine an international alliance of all nations, which works on a way of togetherness on the whole earth, which creates worldwide peace-contracts and concepts for equality and global collaboration.
Imagine if all people on earth would take all the money, which is actually invested into armament (around 1500!! billions US$ per year!!!) and militaries, and work together on solutions for new sustainable energies, for making uninhabitable land inhabitable, for living together in harmony...
The earth would have enough sustainable resources for the whole population.
We think, in the 21th century - after thousand of years of "against" - it's time to recap the past, to reconsider and to start changing the system into "with each other", because that's what you and your neighbours want (if you neglect the fear of loosing something).
Media, authorities and presidents all over the world are promoting fear and the "against"-concept by forwarding unilateral story lines furthering the own nationalistic idea. Of course they do this, otherwise the folks, which don't want war, would not share the idea and authorities without the people behind them would not have any power.
But do we need political power to live together in peace and harmony? If we continue following the "against"-idea: Yes!
... If we start to change something and work on the "together" idea: No!
We know, that changing this will not be easy and for sure it will take a long time, but it's worth starting and trying to change the concept of thinking now.
Its time to make a concept not only on behalf of some people in the world, but in everyones interest all over world. Even a small change is a beginning!
Please sign this petition and share our flashmob-video: www.flashmob4peace.com.
I recently received a letter in the mail detailing that our MP Jim Hillyer intends to vote against legalizing euthanasia/assisted suicide. Being informed on this issue is of utmost importance as it will affect all, or at least most, Canadians at some point in our lives.
In the document mailed out Mr. Hillyer improperly defines euthanasia by claiming it is: “when someone other than the person to die makes the decision”. The person dying would often be a part of the decision-making process. Euthanasia should be defined as: a deliberate act undertaken by one person to relieve that person’s suffering where the act is the cause of death.
In Canada’s current system to allow a person to die we withhold treatment, meaning we take out the feeding tubes and hold the intravenous fluids until the infant or adult starves to death. This process can take days and the suffering endured is not to be taken lightly. There must be a more humane way to end a life; euthanasia must be made legal to assist with this process.
The emotional burden on the health care workers to witness a death like this, the economic burden on the health care system, as well as the suffering imposed upon those waiting for death to come are all immeasurable.
This petition is conceived as the logical next step to several initiatives that the Organization of African Unity, currently African Union, United Nations, Republic of Haiti, Caribbean Community (Caricom), and civil society have undertaken to eliminate the impact of slavery, racism, discrimination and related exclusion.
On the borders of certain countries (e.g., Israel and United States) fences are built to socially isolate, exclude and/or separate targeted communities formed of individuals that are deemed illegal by national laws. In most of those cases, significant numbers of people (e.g., Somalis, Congolese, Syrians, etc.), due to religious, ethnic, and racial conflicts, are forced to resettle in refugee camps and/or faraway countries where they have no previous ties. While the factors underlying such cases vary; by and large, the results are seizures of land, property, resources, and other possessions of these families that are displaced. For instance, the recent decision of the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic (case number 168-13) to render thousands of Dominicans Stateless on the basis of their African ancestry calls to question the Cultural Heritage of the Island of Ayiti, which African Studies, as well as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), recognize as the Nation where Africans rose to affirm their humanity in the New World.
These alarming situations do not mean the whole world is facing a new phenomenon, However, they do indicate widespread systemic impunity, and denial of due process. In a general sense, specific attention should be focus on the plight of Africans who for more than a century have presented a valid case for Reparations from Slavery. While this request continues to be formulated, no court of law has deemed it necessary to adjudicate their claim. However, Reparation is not such a controversial issue; for instance, the U.S. government formally apologized for the internments of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans that were forcibly relocated and confined by the U.S. military following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, by signing into law the Civil Liberties Act on August 10, 1988. This law also granted reparations to surviving internees and their families.
The case for Restitution and Reparation is considered beyond dispute by many thinkers, policymakers, and advocates who cite negative health outcomes from Slavery and Racism among significant segments of the world’s population. In a seminal report, the Boston Public Health Commission published in 2005, the researchers found racism to be a leading contributor to Health Disparities among Blacks and Latinos. Such findings are easily corroborated by other reports such as the UN’s annual Human Development Index (HDI) that shows most Africans on the continent and abroad occupy the lowest echelon for life expectancy, income, and education (http://hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/hdr2013_en_summary.pdf).
Therefore, the most effective manner to address those egregious cases, such as the thousands of Dominicans rendered Stateless, is to convene a judicial process for the victims to seek redress to their grievances based on this common accord: “National laws are subservient to International Courts” (The Economist, December, 2013).
Born in 1992 Denis Lutskevich. is a student, former marine infantry. He was arrested for participating in the mass anti-Putin protests on Bolotnaya Square, Moscow, on May 6, 2012. He was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months in prison.
Lutskevich was beaten by the Special Unit policemen during the 6th May demonstration, for which there is photographic evidence. He was arrested on June 9 and has been kept in the No5 pre-trial detention prison.
Lutskevich has been accused of participating in mass riots (paragraph 2, article 212 of the Russian Criminal Code) and of using force against a representative of authority (paragraph 1, article 318 of the Russian Criminal Code). He is facing up to thirteen years in prison.
He was accused of pulling a helmet off a Special Unit policeman’s head, as well as throwing pieces of asphalt at the policemen. The accusation is based on the testimony provided by the injured party, Troerin.
Denis Lutskevich’s lawyer Dmitry Dinze presented numerous positive character references at the court, for example, from Lutskevich’s work, university and neighbours.
Commenting on his conviction, Denis said: "I don't agree with the sentence, but I expected a harsher one. I think an external factor played a role there: the Olympic games and the crisis in Ukraine.
"I am very grateful for the support I have received. Of course the number of those detained (for the Bolotnaya protests) is colossal. When the judge announced the verdict, one could hear slogans from the crowds outside on the street. I plan to launch an appeal, to ask that this verdict be overturned. I will not appeal for clemency."
Immediate release of Saudi blogger Raef Badawi. This letter will be sent to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in United Kingdom.
You can add your signature to letter through this petition.
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FEBRUARY 20, 2014: Mashhad Intelligence agents arrested Rouhollah Tavana, 34, at his home in Mashhad in October 2011. According to a court documents, Intelligence agents confiscated a private video recording of Tavana on his personal computer, in which while under the influence of alcohol he allegedly uttered a phrase the judge interpreted as insulting the Prophet of Islam, a crime under Iranian law. However, the same law explicitly notes that insulting the Prophet is not a crime punishable by death if the person is drunk.
We have asked all authorities for a pardon and for forgiveness for him. My son has repented. My son wrote a letter in prison and expressed remorse, but nothing happened. We can’t rely on anything. They are going to hang him just like that,” Tavana’s mother Fakhri Jamali said.
Branch 5 of the Razavi Khorasan Province Criminal Court sentenced Rouhallah Tavana to death, and an appeals court later upheld his death sentence. On February 14, 2014, Branch 14 of the Iranian Supreme Court also upheld his death sentence, which can now be carried out at any time.
According to Article 262 of the new Islamic Penal Code, “Whoever insults [the Prophet Mohammad] . . . shall be sentenced to death.” However, Article 263 of the Code states, “If the individual accused of [insult] claims that his statements were made reluctantly, negligently, unintentionally, or while drunk, or angry, or were verbal blunders, or were said without attention to the meaning of the words, or were quoting another individual, he will not be considered a insulter of the Prophet.” A note on this article further adds, “If the insult is uttered while drunk or angry or quoting someone else, and is considered an insult, it will be punishable by up to 74 lashes.”
Jamali said judicial authorities refused to accept a letter the family wrote requesting a retrial, saying that they only receive letters from families of those on death row for drug-related crimes, not for other crimes. She added that the basis for the death sentence is a private video Tavana recorded of himself at his home, joking privately with his brother while under the influence of alcohol. In addition to “insulting the Prophet,” Rouhollah Tavana was charged with “producing alcoholic beverages.”
In an interview with the Campaign, Fakhri Jamali appealed for help to save her son’s life. “They said they will serve the lawyer and my son with his death sentence ruling at Vakilabad Prison in Shiraz in the next two weeks. My son has no idea that the Supreme Court has confirmed his death sentence. He keeps calling from prison and asking about it, and all we do is to give him hope. We are now forced to give interviews to the media. Up until now, we were afraid my son’s situation would worsen if we gave interviews, but we have no choice anymore. We ask everyone to help stop my son’s death sentence,” she said.
Describing what led to her son’s arrest and his death sentence, Tavana’s mother told the Campaign, “Three years ago, one of my son’s friends called the Mashhad Intelligence Office and told them that my son had information at his home that was ‘anti-revolutionary’ and ‘against the Supreme Leader.’ Forces from the Mashhad Intelligence Office raided my son’s home suddenly, searching through all his books, personal items, and his computer hard disk. On his computer there was a video that my son and one of his brothers had made of themselves on the night of his birthday.
According to Jamali, “In this video, my son, who was having a drink, said a sentence that cannot even be a direct insult to Prophet Mohammad. He was holding the knife he was going to cut the cake with and he said, ‘Put this knife up your prophet’s butt.’ But this film was private and other than himself and his brother, there was no one else in it. My son was kept in solitary confinement inside the Intelligence Office for three-and-a-half months, and then they transferred him to Vakilabad Prison in Shiraz.”
Judicial authorities leveled the charge of producing alcoholic beverages against Tavana based on another personal video confiscated from his home. Rouhollah Tavana did not share these videos with anyone else at any time. “He had a file on his computer which the Intelligence forces found. Rouhollah had videotaped himself when he was all alone, concocting an alcoholic beverage in a pressure cooker in the kitchen. [In the video] he was jokingly describing the directions for making the alcoholic drink. But all of these were private files. The Intelligence forces themselves took the files and put them on CDs and entered them into his case,” Jamali said her son’s other charges.
Tavana’s mother also said that the family has a letter from the Medical Examiner’s Office confirming that Rouhollah Tavana suffers from Cluster B Personality Disorders and needs treatment.
After his arrest, Tavana spent 3.5 months in a solitary cell inside the Mashhad Intelligence Office. He has expressed remorse for cursing. His family visits him once a week.
In November 2013, President Yanukovitch withdrew, at the eleventh hour, from signing a trade agreement with the EU which would have helped loosen Ukraine’s economic ties to Russia and moved it one step closer towards EU membership. However, the subsequent protests were not a fight for EU membership, but for basic political rights.
The President’s armed troops, the ‘Berkut’, violently dispersed a peaceful student demonstration in Kiev on November 30th, causing the people to take to the streets en masse to defend not only their right to peacefully demonstrate, but to speak out freely, and to demand a government with its country’s best interests at heart.
On 16th December 2013, the Ukrainian parliament passed a series of laws through a spurious raising of hands, rather than electronic voting, which made it illegal to travel in convoys of more than 4 vehicles, to publicly gather in groups of more than 10 people, and to wear protective gear such as helmets in public places: effectively, making protesting and fighting against the government illegal.
More people flooded into Maidan, setting up camp and strengthening the barricades enclosing and protecting the makeshift village in Kiev’s city centre. More Berkut troops were then deployed to try and storm Maidan yet again, meeting resistance from the people. In response to the Berkut’s use of water cannon and rubber bullets, the protesters began retaliating with Molotov cocktails, improvised cobblestone, log missiles, and firecrackers. The protesters remain entrenched on Maidan, demanding that Yanukovitch resign, without which no positive change can occur in Ukraine.
However, on February 17th, after the protesters ignored the deadline Yanukovitch set for them to clear the Square, the President commanded the Berkut to begin using excessive force to storm and reclaim Maidan.
Since that night, the official death toll escalated to circa 50 people, increasing at this very moment after a sniper was installed following the so-called truce, although people reported to have been burned alive in the opposition’s HQ, the Trade Union Building, do not seem to have been figured into the total. The Berkut is kidnapping the injured being brought into Kiev’s hospitals, forcing the people to construct makeshift hospitals in cathedrals and hotels around the city instead.
Protesters have been abducted and returned with their mouths sewn shut, being seated on crates full of firecrackers which were ignited beneath them, and after being crucified. You will hear reports of a ‘truce’ between Yanukovitch and the opposition’s leaders. This means nothing. We repeat: no truce made with Yanukovitch as president is legitimate. People are dying, being massacred, being humiliated – it will have been worth nothing if Yanukovitch is allowed to remain in power. People are laying down their time, their health, their lives, to give Ukraine another chance to flourish into the sophisticated nation it has the resources to become, none of which can happen with a leader who robs his own country’s coffers and runs to Russia when he gets low on cash.
You will hear the media hint that the protesters are rebel rousers, gratuitously inciting violence – when you do, remember this: there are 100 year old women on Maidan. There are poor villagers eating soup and staying warm by oil barrels by the side of oligarchs. There are young children rolling tyres to Maidan to use as decoys and as barricades. There are people who cannot afford to abandon their businesses who travelled across the country to set up residence in the cold for months to fight for freedom. There are women, mothers, preparing boxes of Molotov cocktails.
Please, do not be indifferent. Help Ukrainians obtain what they should never have had to fight for by signing this petition. We do not tend to pay attention to the crises in countries not our own, but while turning away form a news report is understandable, ignoring a direct appeal is irresponsible. We are real people. We are losing those we love. This is no longer just about politics.
We the Ukrainian people address you, the people of the EU, because this is now also about the very dignities which make us human.
On Minecraft, I spent two months building a plot. I was told by people of a much higher rank that it was really good. I submitted it for evaluation and was denied because it was "not realistic". It was a realistic building as people immediately knew what it was and loved it. I need your help to get compensation.
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Christian rapper "Bizzle" has taken the beautiful human rights song "Same Love" and made it in to an anti-gay protest.
The protest is founded in his belief that being gay is a choice and a sin in the eyes of god. As a Christian and also a supporter of gay and human rights, I think it is an insult. He is attempting to undo what human rights activists have been working on for years.
He is also slandering the name of the song and the people who made the song. This is not an attack on Bizzle or his beliefs.
Comparing homosexuality to pedophilia is not something that should be tolerated in today's world. While he says the song is not about hate, it clearly is meant in a very negative way. The link for the is listed below.
Yanvar ayının 24-ü tarixinə Azərbaycanda 24 gəncin intiharı qeydə alınmışdır. Onların əksəriyyəti cinsi azlıq üzvləridir. LGBT aktivist İsa Şahmarlı tərəfindən baş tutan intihar isə cəmiyyətdə rezonans doğurdu. Bu intihar hadisəsi cəmiyyətə simvolik protest və mesaj idi. Cinsi azlıqlara qarşı azərbaycan cəmiyyətində tüğyan edən nifrət səbəbi ilə cinsi azlıqların psixoloji durumu getdikcə kədərli nəticələrə gətirib çıxarır.
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During 24 days of January, 2014, 24 young people committed suicide in Azerbaijan. Most of them are sexual minorities. A suicide committed by, LGBT activist, Isa Shahmarli was a symbolic protest and a message to the society. Hatred of Azerbaijani society against sexual minorities worsens psychological situations of the sexual minorities which leads to sad consequences.
PLEASE NOTE WE JUST WANT FELLOW DOCTORS TO SIGN THIS LETTER.
After a hearing on February 3rd, verdict is reserved until 3 March SO IT IS VITAL WE GET AS MANY DOCTORS TO SIGN BEFORE THEN.
If you are not a doctor, there are other things you CAN do by going to this Amnesty page: http://goo.gl/5C7aOG
FROM AMNESTY: Qatari medical doctor, Mahmood al-Jaidah, was arrested by plain clothes United Arab Emirates (UAE) security officials while in transit at Dubai International Airport on 26 February 2013. Held in solitary confinement for 210 days, he told his family in sporadic visits that he had been subjected to beatings, sleep deprivation and forced to ingest unidentified liquid. Denied routine access to a lawyer, he is due for trial on 4 November.
Father of eight children, Dr Mahmood al-Jaidah continues to be held in an unknown place by the UAE’s State Security, or Amn al-Dawla. It is believed that he is accused of providing 100,000 UAE Dirham (US$27,225) to members of the now-banned al-Islah (the Reform and Social Guidance Association), formerly a UAE-based organization loosely modeled on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. It remains unclear whether he has been charged and what the exact charges contemplated or brought against him are.
He was not permitted to contact his family for 11 days after arrest, during which time he was not allowed to contact the UAE embassy for consular assistance. In April, Qatari lawyers and members of his family sought to meet him after the Qatar ambassador facilitated a meeting. The lawyers from Qatar were not permitted to meet with him.
In April 2013 Amnesty International wrote to the UAE authorities seeking information about Mahmood al-Jaidah and expressing concern over his fate but, has not received an a response. Since April 2013, members of his family have been able to visit him at least once a month. During these visits he told them of the verbal abuse and torture and other ill-treatment he said he faced. It is believed that he will stand trial with several UAE nationals on 4 November.
Since his arrest, Dr Mahmood al-Jaidah’s due process rights, including the right to a lawyer of one’s own choosing and his right to challenge the lawfulness of his detention, have been flouted.
SADLY ON 3/3/14 Dr Al-Jaidah was sentenced to 7 years with no right of appeal, so this petition has been closed.
For an independent inquiry into the illegal court process that had taken my father, James Duff's estate which involved fake police reports, to prevent investigation and prosecutions.
Âgé de 72 ans, Masood Ahmad - médecin britannique - est injustement emprisonné depuis 57 jours au Pakistan pour avoir récité un passage du Coran.
Il appartient à la minorité ahmadie, un mouvement religieux qualifié d'hérétique par les autres musulmans et reconnus comme non musulmans par la Constitution du Pakistan, ce qui les expose à des persécutions et des mesures discriminatoires. Le simple fait pour eux de se revendiquer musulman peut leur valoir une accusation de blasphème.