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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."
This letter will be sent to the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Rome the March 17, 2014.
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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.
STOP Gender-Based Violence and Hate Crime in Ilocos Sur. Uphold and Respect LGBT Rights as Human Rights.
Investigate incidents/reports of violence committed against LGBT people.
Uphold and Respect LGBT Rights as Human Rights. Investigate incidents/reports of violence committed against LGBT people.
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.
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.
My name is Robert Copeland, President of the Atheist Community of Wilmington, and the Atheist Community of North Carolina!
I am very involved in arguing and debating logical, rational decisions based on the evidence presented, experience, and adaptation.
I mainly discuss the topics of Abortion (Pro-Choice stance) and Religion (Atheism stance).
Iranian asylum seeker and Kurdish political activist Hamed Javanmardy is in dire need of an appropriate action to be resettled in a safe country.
Due to his political view and having affiliation with Kurdish dissident parties of Iranian regime Mr. Javanmardy was subjected to prosecution and constant harassment by Iranian security forces which eventually left him no option except fleeing from Iran.
In 2004 he left Iran to avoid any probable arbitrary arrestment and intimidation with a strong prospect to save his live from imprisonment and chastisements, but unfortunately since 2004 he has been through lots of harder circumstances in Turkey. His refugee eligibility was denied and his asylum claim was rejected by UNHCR. It’s been 10 years that he is waiting for reconsideration and reopening his case and changing above mentioned unfavorable decision. He also has been suffering from many problems which have paralyzed his daily life including: health and psychological problem, intensive anxiety of being deported to Iran, and unpleasant life conditions which all refugees in Turkey encounter. Above all aforementioned afflictions his asylum claim and rejection decision by UNHCR as well as Turkish police negligence to reopen and address his case, has put Mr. Javanmardy’s life in an infinite abeyance.
Although we deeply respect Turkey’s UNHCR prior decisions and conclusions, we consider that there are much more new elements and developments has taken place since the last rejection decision; and these elements combined with the previous elements will create danger, risks and threatening situation that are amount to persecution according to 1951 Refugee Convention if Mr. Jabvanmardy eventually is deported to Iran. More importantly, during these years of living in Turkey; in collaboration with Iranian regime opposition parties Mr.Javanmardy constantly continued his political activities as an Iranian regime dissident.
Committee of Human Rights Reporters - Behzad Arabgol, war veteran, presidential campaign activist and Ashura detainee, was transferred to Evin prison today April 30th, to serve his 4-year prison sentence.
According to CHRR, this Green movement activist and Iran-Iraq war veteran who still carries shrapnel in his body from the war, was arrested during the Ashura protests following the disputed presidential elections in 2009, and endured 6 months behind bars in Evin prison under difficult conditions and harsh interrogations.
This Green activist who has never used his veteran's benefits, was handed a 6-year prison sentence by the notoriouis Judge Salavati presiding over Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court: five years on the charge of “illegal gathering,” and one year on the charge of “mutiny.” The sentence was later commuted to a total of 4 years in prison by the court of appeals.
Following several intimidating visits by agents to his home, in March 2010 Behzad Arabgol presented himself at the Ministry of Intelligence in order to spare his family from further harassment. He was held in solitary confinement at Evin prison for extended periods of time and faced intense interrogations before being released on 100 million Tomans bail on July 7, 2010.
Behzad Arabgol is a father to a 4.5-year old and a 7-year old, and supported his family through his job as a construction worker.
نحن الموقعون/ات أدناه
نؤمن بمبادئ وقيم حقوق الإنسان، وبأن المساواة والعدالة الكرامة حق وبأن حقوق النساء جزءُ اساسيُ لا يتجزأ من حقوق الإنسان،
ونعلن عن تضامننا مع حقوق السجينات في السجون اللبنانية لكون السجون هي حلقة من حلقات العدالة التي لا يمكن أن تتحقق إلا عبر التمتع بابسط الحقوق الإنسانية،
ونطالب الدولة بتعزيز الجهود الوقائية ومعالجة الممارسات والمعايير الاجتماعية التمييزية على أساس النوع الاجتماعي (الجندر)، وبذل الجهود الدؤوبة لضمان معاملة السجينات بما يوافق معايير حقوق الأنسان في جميع مراحل الإعتقال والمحاكمة والحكم والسجن والإنخراط في المجتمع، وإيلاء الاهتمام لخصوصية المرأة من حمل ورضاعة ورعاية الأطفال، من خلال وضع إطار داعم من التشريعات والممارسات.
We, the undersigned below, believe in the principles and values of human rights, and that equality, justice, and dignity are rights, and that women rights are essential and integral part of human rights.
We declare our solidarity with the rights of women prisoners in Lebanese prisons, because prisons are part of justice that cannot be achieved without the application of the simplest human rights.
We call on the state to enhance prevention efforts – to change the gender discriminatory practices and social norms – to make unremitting efforts to ensure the treatment of prisoners, in accordance to human rights standards in all stages of detention, trial, sentence, imprisonment and engagement in the community – and to highly consider the special needs of women from pregnancy, breast-feeding and child care, through the development of a supportive framework of legislation and practices.
Uganda's Govenment has just passed an Anti-Homosexuality (Anti-Gay) Bill that gives life imprisonment to anyone who is or expected of being gay and made it a punishable offence not to report these suspicions.
The practice of combining prison sentences with exile is an illegal practice of Iranian judiciary system commonly used for political prisoners in the past few years. This practice on one hand punishes families of the prisoners by forcing them to travel long distances to visit their loved ones, and on the other hand inflicts intense psychological harm on the prisoner as he or she worries about the family members' safety and health while going through long distance travels.
Such was the case of Amir Reza (Peyman) Arefi who was first arrested in March 2009, a couple of months before the election in June 2009 on charges of supporting a monarchist group. Even though he was in prison at the time of the protests following the disputed June 2009 presidential election, Arefi was put on trial on charges of interfering in the 2009 elections after he made confessions under torture about his involvement in the protests. The Revolutionary Court first sentenced Arefi to death, however the appeal court reduced his sentence to 15 years of prison in exile at a prison in Masjed Soleyman, a city in the Southern Iran province of Khouzestan.
Arefi lost his mother and his wife in a car accident on December 19th, 2013 as they were heading back to the nearest train station to return to Tehran from visiting him at the exile prison. Ironically his wife, Ziba Sadeghzadeh, in one of her last facebook status updates had pointed out that Peyman has been asking her not to visit him in exile, because he was afraid that something happens to them in one of these trips which would make him eternally miserable.
Regardless of one's political views, one cannot stand the burden of the silence that is indifferent to the denial of the most basic human right of a man or woman to grieve his or her family members' loss by attending their funeral and saying goodbye to them for the last time.
December 21st 2013: Peyman Arefi was released on 1 billion Tomans bail for a week-long furlough to participate in the funerals of his late mother, Nahid Rahmani, and wife, Ziba Sadeghzadeh. At the end Ziba Sadeghzadeh was finally able to get her husband a furlough - one that was caused by her and her mother in law's tragic deaths.
Every prisoner in exile goes through tremendous psychological stress as he or she awaits the hours before his or her family arrives safely from long distance trip to his or her visit. Denying the prisoners the right to contact the family members amplifies the impact of the psychological harm of the exile on the prisoners who cannot be sure of the safe arrival of their loved ones to their home returning back from visiting the prisoners in exile.
Trebalo bi biti svima jasno da uistinu dobrom proizvodu nisu potrebne totalitarne i radikalne mjere da bi se pučanstvo tobože “uvjerilo” u njihovu “neupitnu” dobit.
Argument prisilnog cijepljenja uz prijetnju novčane kazne nema nikakvu znanstvenu ni etičku bazu.
December 15, 2013--Verveer Avanessian, arrested last year while serving as the priest of an Iranian house church, and who is severely ill and requires intensive medical care, has been sentenced to three and half years in prison.
According to Mohabat News quoted from Radio Zamaneh, Iranian judiciary announced the prison sentence of Verveer Avanessian on Thursday, December 5 2013.
The court announced the charges against him as propaganda and collusion against Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as action against national security.
He has been given a 20-day deadline to appeal the court's sentence.
Verveer Avanessian’s trial was held on September 7, behind closed doors.
The Court ordered him to avoid any contact with other Christians before pronouncement of the sentence.
Verveer Avanessian was arrested while attending a Christmas gathering, with a group of new-Christians on December 27, 2012.
Verveer Avanessian served as a priest for more than 17 years in Armenian and Iranian churches, and is currently retired from clerical duties due to serious health issues including kidney ailments and severe heart failure, diabetes and the aftermath of multiple surgeries.
Kerajaan Malaysia perlu menyekat terus aktiviti 54 NGO yang termasuk dalam gabungan Comango kerana telah melakukan fitnah yang boleh menghancurkan negara.
Mereka bukan sahaja menghasut rakyat supaya bersikap anti establishment, bahkan mereka juga melobi negara-negara anggota PBB supaya menekan Malaysia mengiktiraf perkara-perkara yang bercanggah dengan agama Islam dan perlembagaan negara. Antaranya termasuklah:
1) Membenarkan kebebasan untuk murtad
2) Mengiktiraf budaya hidup LGBT (budaya zina dan liwat)
3) Menuntut hak keistimewaan orang Melayu dalam perlembagaan dipinda
4) Mengiktiraf ajaran sesat Syiah di Malaysia
5) Menuntut agar mana-mana ibu bapa yang memeluk Islam tidak diberi hak penjagaan anak
6) Mendesak penghapusan hukuman syariah
Imprisoned Human Rights and children rights activist, Mohamad Hassan Yousefpour Seifi, is in dire need of an urgent back surgery.
According to Kaleme, this political prisoner who was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison, has been serving his prison term in Ward 350 of Evin prison since about a year ago. Three of his vertebra have been displaced due to the impact and trauma, and he was scheduled and supposed to be transferred to a medical center outside of the Evin prison to have an MRI scan, but his medical examination and treatment outside of the Evin prison has been denied by the prosecutor and the prison authorities.
Also, he has been suffering from damagees to his cornea of both eyes which has significantly compromised his vision.
Prison authorities and the prosecutor have denied him of family visitation throughout his imprisonment in the past one year.
In desperation, Mr. Yousefpour Seifi has now launched a hunger strike. He has already suffered two minor strokes while in prison, but has been denied necessary medical care.
INVISIBLE NO MORE!
We are an International community of advocates working together to educate and create global healing.
We are committed to being the force behind movement to stop the traumatic cycling of Ptsd, through education awareness and advocacy and we need the world to stand with us.
The enormity of PTSD's pervasiveness Internationally most certainly makes it a Global Crisis that can no longer be ignored.
Human trafficking by organized criminal gangs is a major provider for servicing prostitution in the UK. Girls abroad are lured with promises of lucrative jobs as dancers or entertainers, or in related industries.
The reality is a life of enslavement and degrading abuse from which they cannot break free. It damages them physically, mentally and emotionally.
A lesser known fact is that sex trafficking is driven by online pornography. Trafficked victims are used to produce explicit and often ‘illegal’ pornographic images and films for distribution via the internet. This material is in turn used as a training tool for trafficked victims – teaching them what to expect and how to respond.
Many men then go to prostitutes with the expectation they can experience firsthand the more extreme pornographic scenarios they have seen online, and which their regular partners would reject.
Victims of trafficking, women, children - and even pornography addicts and male users themselves - are all alike damaged by the production and easy availability of hardcore pornography.
In a morally responsible society, the right to sexual freedom can never include the right to inflict harm or degradation on another human being.
This letter will be sent to the Embassy of Ethiopia in Berlin the March 17, 2014.
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Mr Chowdhury Mueenuddin is a British citizen of Bangladeshi heritage who has been sentenced to death in abstentia in a politically-motivated trial in Bangladesh.
FOR TESTIMONIALS & ANALYSES:
Saleem Kidwai OBE, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Wales: "I had the pleasure in working with Chowdhry Mueenuddin, he is a real gentleman, he has been an innocent victim of blind justice by a politically motivated judge and the judicial system. May Allah SWT guard him guide him and protect him from the injustices of this world and bring the perpetrators of this injustice to His jurisdiction. Our prayers are and will always be with C. Mueenuddin.
Sir Stephen O'Brien: "I have worked closely with Chowdhury in recent years in my capacity as Chair of Barts Health and also in training NHS Chaplains with him. He has become a personal friend and I am sure he is subject to great l injustice in these charges. All his friends need to be very forthright in refuting them and I do not believe he has anything to answer for."
Neil Jameson, Executive Director of Citizens UK & Lead Organiser of London Citizens
Lord Carlile: ..."this case was nothing short of farcical."
UPDATE: DECEMBER 11, 2013--According to the defense lawyer Viacheslav Makarov, there are reasons to believe that Sergey Krivov has suffered two heart attacks on November 27-28.
Krovov was on hunger strike for more than two months. He was protesting refusal by judge Nikishina to accept court motions from him and to provide protocols of the hearings. On November 22 Sergey Krivov decided to end his hunger strike. After that he was placed in the prison hospital for physical evaluation and first aid regarding getting out of hunger strike.
This was a form of acceptance by the bureaucrats, that Krivov in fact needed recuperation. Earlier, the judge refused on three occasions to let physicians to examine him, arguing that his health was satisfactory. The judge was referring to the document from the prison hospital, which was provided without any physical examination of the defendant on hunger strike. Multiple requests from defense attorneys to let paramedics in the court
UPDATE: November 22, 2013: Sergei Krivov has decided to end his hunger strike but remains in dangerously poor health.
Concern is mounting over Sergei Krivov, one of over 20 people charged with assaulting police during an opposition rally in Moscow last year. These charges are widely disputed and questioned for their political motivations.
Krivov has been on hunger strike now for 50 days to protest what he says are violations of his right to a fair trial in the so-called Bolotnaya case, named after the square where a sanctioned antigovernment protest on May 6, 2012, erupted in violent clashes with police.
Krivov, who at 52, is one of the oldest defendants in the case, appeared gaunt and frail at his last hearing on November 5.
According to his lawyer, Vyacheslav Makarov, he has been refusing food since September 19 and is having difficulty walking and even speaking.
Makarov says the drawn-out trial, which requires his client to attend hearings roughly three times a week at a Moscow court, is taking a heavy toll on his health:
"He spends a lot of time being brought to court. He sits in a relatively small cell during the trial," Makarov says. "The same procedure as when he is brought to the Mikulinsky court takes place on the way back and like the others, he returns to his pre-trial detention center only around midnight. There is almost no time to rest, he is woken up at 6 a.m. the next day. It's taxing even for someone who is in good health."
Makarov accuses authorities of failing to provide Krivov with all the transcripts of the hearings, crucial to his defense. Transcripts that are delivered can take up to six weeks to reach the defendant.
Makarov says he is also routinely denied the right to formulate requests in court.
He nonetheless hopes his client will be granted the right to lie down during the hearings to spare his strength.
Despite Krivov's frail condition, prison authorities have ruled that he is healthy enough to appear in court and, according to Makarov, are denying him suitable medical supervision.
"When a person is on a hunger strike for more than 40 days, you can already describe his health as weakened," Makarov says. "He needs to undergo a thorough medical examination, and not a superficial one based on whether or not he can stand on his feet without falling over."
The plight of Krivov – who cared for his two young children and his disabled mother before being jailed – has supporters and rights campaigners deeply worried.
Bobby Sands, the famous Irish Republican Army member who died in 1981 after a hunger strike in a British prison, succumbed after just 66 days without food.
Nadezhda Mityushkina, a member of the opposition Solidarity movement, first met Krivov when he joined the group in 2011.
She describes Krivov, who was mainly involved in distributing leaflets and flyers, as a quiet, hardworking man deeply committed to his values.
She says she fears for his life and laments the lack of support in Russia for the Bolotnaya defendants.
"I think we need to make as much noise as possible about Sergei and about political prisoners more generally, to fight for them with all the means at our disposal," Mityushkina says. "But unfortunately, many people in Russia believe that if a person is in prison there is a good reason for it. I would like to tell these people: take to the street, show your support, scream, [and] don't be silent!"
Symbol Of Ruthless Tactics
A total of 25 people are currently under investigation or charged in the Bolotnaya case, which has come to symbolize the ruthless tactics employed by the Kremlin to quash a wave of protests.
The first demonstrator to be tried, Maksim Luzyanin, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison after cooperating with investigators and pleading guilty.
The second, Konstantin Lebedev, was given 2 1/2 years, also after pleading guilty.
All the other defendants deny wrongdoing.
Seventeen are currently in pretrial detention, three under house arrest, and one has fled the country.
Mikhail Kosenko, who suffers from a mild psychiatric disorder after sustaining a trauma during his military service, has been forcibly sent to a psychiatric clinic despite a police officer who was allegedly hurt by Kosenko testifying in his defense.
Born in 1961, Sergei Krivov is married and has two underage children and also his disabled mother in his charge. Prior to his arrest, he was a civic activist and a member of the RPR-Parnas.
Mahnaz Mohammadi, iranian filmmaker & women's rights activist recieved a verdict of 5 years of jail. Why? Because she's a woman, an artist, a documentarist who says truth about her own country, Iran. Let's show your support.
We want all the charges against her to be stopped.
Women of Saudi Arabia are not allowed to obtain a driver's license, thereby enabling them to operate a motor vehicle. This leads to adverse effects for the women of Saudi Arabia. It effects them economically, socially, and mentally.
Economically it forces women to either pay for a taxi, which can vary in price, or hire a driver through an agency that supplies such services. If the woman must hire a driver, then she must also pay for his boarding and lodging. Whether by a taxi or by hiring a driver, the costs can be extremely cumbersome for the women of Saudi Arabia. In addition, there is no form of public transportation that would offer women of Saudi Arabia a cheaper means to travel.
Socially women are effected by having to be fully-dependent on another person to transport them to places of necessity in order to meet their day-to-day needs such as work, school, doctors appointments, etc. If a woman fails to find or maintain a driver, then she is unable to meet her day to day needs.
Mentally women suffer from feeling as a second-class citizen in their own society; because, they are not afforded the equal opportunity in fulfilling their day-to-day needs. Therefore, not allowing women to drive forces them to suffer economically, socially, and mentally.
In what has been widely condemned as a desperate attempt by the Conservative's to secure the anti-immigrant vote for the 2015 elections, the recent Theresa May sponsored Immigration bill includes plans to require landlords to check the immigration status of would be tenants, imposing a fine of up to £3,000 on any found letting to illegal immigrants.
Details of the bill can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/proposals-for-landlord-checks-to-tackle-illegal-migrants-renting
There are widespread concerns that this will lead to discrimination against non EU immigrants as a whole, as Landlords would prefer to err on the side of caution
BBC's Inside Out programme of Monday 14 October provides evidence that there is current practice of discrimination amongst landlords and letting agents against Afro-Carribean people, confirming fears that this would lead to further discrimination which could effectively prevent black and other minority groups from renting. Please see link to documentary http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24372509
This law will only serve to foster further discrimination and untold hardship for the individuals and families that will be affected by it, and seems such a hefty price to pay to further a political agenda.
On October 14, 2013 it was reported that Branch 2 of Shiraz Revolutionary Court issued verdicts against three Gonabadi Dervishes, Messrs. Hamid Reza Arayesh, Kazem Dehghan and Mohammad Ali Shamshirzan, sentencing all of them to life in exile. They are charged with "moharebeh (enmity with God)", "spreading corruption on the earth", "membership in illegal group (being Dervish/ friary!) and "assembly and collusion with the intent to disrupt national security".
Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad had an interview with Hamid-Reza Arayesh who is temporarily released from Shiraz's Adel-Abad prison about this extremely harsh sentence for the three Gonabadi Dervishes. To hear the interview (for Farsi speakers only):