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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 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia the December 16, 2013.
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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."
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.
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):
MOSCOW, Oct 8 (Reuters) - A Russian court on Tuesday ordered a critic of President Vladimir Putin confined to a psychiatric ward indefinitely over clashes with police at a protest, a ruling likened by rights activists to abuses of psychiatry during the Soviet era to jail dissidents.
Mikhail Kosenko, who had undergone outpatient psychiatric treatment before his arrest, was among more than two dozen accused of rioting at a protest in Moscow on May 6, 2012, the eve of Putin's inauguration to a new six-year term.
They are held up by the opposition as victims of a Kremlin crackdown on dissent. Critics accuse Putin of using the courts to sideline opponents since he rose to power in 2000, citing the imprisonment of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and members of punk group Pussy Riot.
A Russian judge sentenced Kosenko, who has been in pre-trial detention for 16 months, to indefinite detention and compulsory treatment in a psychiatric institution.
He was accused of assaulting a police officer - although the officer testified that he did not recognise Kosenko and did not want him punished. Kosenko denies the charges.
"The court has come to the conclusion that at the time the action was committed by Kosenko... he was in a state of insanity," Judge Ludmila Moskalenko told the court.
Protesters demonstrating outside the courthouse chanted "Shame!" They at times drowned out her reading of the ruling. Police detained nine protesters, activists said.
"This is a clear case of a return to punitive psychiatry in Russia," said Alexander Podrabinek, a human-rights activist and Soviet-era dissident who authored a book on the political abuse of psychiatry under the Soviet Union. "This is the first such clear and obvious instance in the post-Soviet period."
Kosenko's family says he takes medication for a psychiatric disorder after a trauma sustained during military service, but was non-violent and has no prior police record.
Locked in the defendant's cage, the moustachioed 38-year-old greeted the verdict in silence.
"The most valued thing in the country is freedom," he wrote in comments published by Novaya Gazeta on Tuesday.
"Demonstrators (on May 6 2012) took to the streets in protest of unfair elections... The authorities are against fair and just elections because then they would be no more."
Human rights activists say video evidence presented in courts shows Kosenko standing by while other protesters scuffle with police. They say reports of violence at the May protest were exaggerated by the police and prosecution.
"The guilty slant (and) the political character of this process is completely obvious," said rights activist Oleg Orlov.
A gay couple in Antwerp (Berchem), J.P. Dewulf & W.Vermeulen, is being bullied for more than 4 years by a neighbouring islamic family. Although they both filed a judicial complaint, the bullying goes on.
The police has been proven to make a forged official reportnumber (Procès Verbal) in order to make it disappear. The couple has filed many other complaints against the police force, but none of these have been taken seriously.
The judicial system demonstrates an extreme apathy to start the proceedings of a lawsuit by first refusing (twice) to include the evidence of stalking, and by demanding that the original complaint from 2009 should be confirmed (up to 3 times). Furthermore it appears that the judicial system seems to have lost at one point a part of the file for 2 months.
After contacting a lot of politicians (even gay ones), none of them appeared to be really interested in the judicial and police apathy and neither in the judicial anomaly that even if the couple wins the lawsuit, the neighbours can't be forced to move out of their house. The fight against homophobic hate crime has to be more than words. The system has to work too. You can be the next victim of failing laws and of a judicial and police system that doesn't take a homophobic hate assault on you serious. Why do we need politicians if they do not guarantee a failsafe working system?
Een homokoppel uit Antwerpen (Berchem), J.P. Dewulf & W. Vermeulen, wordt al meer dan 4 jaar gepest door islamitische buren. Hoewel ze beiden klacht neerlegden bij het gerecht, blijven de pesterijen aanhouden. Er is ondertussen bewezen dat de politie een vals proces-verbaal nummer gebruikte om het vervolgens te laten verdwijnen. Het koppel heeft vele andere klachten neergelegd tegen de politie, maar geen enkele werd verder serieus genomen.
Het gerechtelijk systeem vertoont een extreme apathie om te beginnen aan de procedures voor een proces, door ten eerste tot tweemaal toe te weigeren de bewijsstukken van stalking (belaging) aan het dossier toe te voegen en door te eisen de originele klacht van 2009 (tot 3 maal toe) te herbevestigen. Bovendien blijkt dat het gerechtelijk systeem een deel van het dossier gedurende twee maanden 'verloren' was. Na het contacteren van heel wat politici (zelfs homo politici), bleek niemand van hen echt interesse te hebben in de gerechtelijke en politionele apathie en even min in de gerechtelijke anomalie dat, zelfs indien het koppel het proces wint, de buren niet gedwongen kunnen worden te verhuizen.
De strijd tegen homofobe haat criminaliteit moet meer zijn dan woorden. Het systeem moet functioneren. Jij kan het volgende slachtoffer zijn van falende wetten en van een gerechtelijk en politioneel systeem dat een homofoob haat delict op jou niet ernstig neemt. Waarom hebben we politici nodig, als ze geen efficiënt systeem kunnen waarborgen?
Un couple homo d'Anvers (Berchem), J.P. Dewulf & W. Vermeulen, est harcelé depuis plus de 4 ans par des voisins islamiques. Bien que tous les deux ont porté plainte devant la justice, l'harcèlement continue. Il a été prouvé que la police a utilisé un faux numéro de procès-verbal, de façon de le faire disparaître. Le couple a introduit plusieures autres plaintes contre la police, mais aucune d'elles n'a été prise au sérieux. Le système judiciaire montre une inertie extrème pour faire avancer les procédures, en refusant d'abord d'inclure les preuves de stalking à deux occassions, et ensuite en demandant que la plainte originale soit confirmée (à 3 reprises). En plus, le système judiciaire semble avoir perdu pendant deux mois une partie du dossier. Après avoir contacté maintes hommes et femmes politiques (parmi eux, même des homos), aucun d'entre eux n'était vraiment interessé ni par l'apathie judiciaire et policière, ni par l'anomalie judiciaire que, même si le couple gagne le procès, les voisins ne peuvent être forcés à démenager. Le combat contre la haine et le crime homophobe ne peut se contenter de mots. Il se doit aussi un système performant.
Vous pouvez être la prochaine victime de lois inadéquats, et d'un système judiciaire et policière qui ne tient pas compte de façon sérieuse d'une agression inspirée par la haine homophobe. Pourquoi avons nous besoin d'hommes et femmes politiques, s'ils ne nous garantissent pas un système performant et efficace?
Homophobia is real !
De Goed-Nieuws-Show doorprikt !
Carole spent the last two and a half years of her life in a secure unit against her wishes and the wishes of myself, Carole's next of kin. She was over medicated to the point that she could no longer perform even the most basic tasks like, eating and going to the toilet.
She was denied the right to make her own decisions on her future. All of the decisions made about her future care were made behind closed doors. Carole would be called in at the end to be told what her future held. She was also denied basic medical care which led to her death at the age of just 51.
Carole's health problem was a treatable one but, too many drugs in her system meant that no anethsetist would look at her. If she had been taken to see a medical doctor earlier she would still be here today.
Vincente Tenerelli a young college graduate, was the victim of an assault while a tourist in Egypt. He was wrongfully convicted of manslaughter while defending himself at his hotel.
The witnesses and investigator never saw the incident take place but provided false testimony to have him convicted. Vincente has been in jail for nearly two years for self defense.
On September 26, 2013 a court in the northwestern Russian city of Murmansk ordered that Denis Sinyakov (Денис Синяков), a well-known Russian freelance photographer who was aboard a Greenpeace vessel intercepted in Russian Arctic waters on 19 September, be placed in preventive detention for two months.
“Sinyakov was arrested while working as a journalist and his detention constitutes an unacceptable violation of freedom of information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By investigating this photographer and the Greenpeace activists he was accompanying on such an absurd accusation as piracy, the Russian Investigative Committee is criminalizing both journalists and environmental activism.
“If Russia’s constitutional guarantees have any meaning, neither Greenpeace’s peaceful protest nor, even more so, Sinyakov’s journalistic coverage of the protest constitute a crime. We urge the authorities to release this photographer at once and to drop this investigation.”
The Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise set off in late August for Russian Arctic waters to draw attention to the potential environmental consequences of oil exploration in the region. On 18 September, members of its crew tried to scale the Prirazlomnaya offshore drilling platform, which is owned by the Russian gas company Gazprom.
The next day, Russian special forces seized control of the Arctic Sunrise and began towing it to Murmansk. On 24 September, all 30 people aboard were placed in police custody in the Murmansk area and the authorities announced that they were being investigated for “piracy,” which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
Sinyakov was one of the first to appear in court today. Noting that he “often travels abroad” and might try to elude the authorities, the court ruled that he should be held for two months pending the outcome of the investigation.
Sinyakov told the court: “This ‘criminal activity’ is journalism and I will continue to practice it […] Greenpeace is an organization with a 40-year history and is well known for its activities. But I don’t work for it. I am a journalist. You can see my photos in the media in Russia and all over the world. All my equipment has been seized. My only weapon is my camera.”
Employed on a freelance basis by such news agencies as Reuters and AFP, Sinyakov also does occasional reporting assignments for Greenpeace and it was in this capacity that he was aboard the Arctic Sunrise. He took most of the photos of the Arctic Sunrise being boarded by Russian special forces that have appeared in the press.
Please also sign the Greenpeace petition for ALL who were aboard the Arctic Sunrise:
Islamic Republic of Iran has and continues to violate basic human rights of Ahwazi Cultural rights activists by imposing death and harsh prison sentences. In a new wave of crackdown against Ahwazi Arabs an Iranian revolutionary court sentenced three activist in an unfair trial after subjecting them to torture at intelligence services facilities. The three men were arrested with six others last November 2012.
These Ahwazi Arabs have been sentenced to death by a notorious judge who is currently the subject of EU sanctions.
Ali Chebeishat (47), Sayed Yasin Mousawi (35) were convicted by judge Seyed Mohammad Bagher Moussavi at Branch 2 of Ahwaz Revolutionary Court. A third activist, Salman Chayan (32), was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment in the city of Yazd; he had been transferred to Fatemeh Alzhra hospital in late July after his health deteriorated in Dezful prison, where he was being held. All three men are members of the Youth of Shush Cultural Institute. Their forced "confessions", following months of torture, have been recorded for broadcast by Iran's English language broadcaster Press TV.
Chebeishat is a well-known poet from the village of Khalaf Kaab Imsallam near Shush. His two sons Hussein (29), married with one child, and Sala Aldin (22) were among those arrested by the intelligence services. They had been attending their mother's mourning ceremony at the time. No arrest warrants were presented.
Chebeishat was subjected to barbaric physical and psychological torture, including the extraction of his fingernails and broken ribs. Some of the torture was carried out in front of his sons. In July, Chebeishat, Mousawi and Chayan staged a hunger strike in protest against their torture and ill-treatment while being held at an intelligence service detention facility in Ahwaz.
The European Council imposed sanctions on judge Moussavi in March after he imposed death sentences on five Ahwazi Arabs - Mohammad Ali Amouri, Hashem Shabani, Hadi Rashedi, Sayed Jaber Alboshoka and Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka - in March 2012 for "activities against national security" and "enmity against God". The sentences were upheld by Iran's Supreme Court in January 2013.
International organizations at many occasions had condemned the execution of Ahwazi Arabs in Iran, an oppressed and systematically cleansed minority that constitutes the vast majority of Ahwaz province population in the eastern Gulf coast. Islamic Republic of Iran never listened, and never showed mercy to its Arab citizens and continued to execute activists one after another. It is time to take collective action and condemn Islamic Republic of Iran firmly and loudly with faith that the world’s cries will be heard this time, and the activists will return to their families safe and sound.
We urge your respectful organization to condemn and help save the innocent activists whom only crime was defending their human rights.
European Ahwazi Human Rights Organisation
The right to keep and bear arms was introduced in the bill of rights in 1688. Unfortunately the governments have since widdled down our rights as both Canadians and human beings the right to self defense.
The law in Canada says you can defend your life with equal force of your attacker, it also says the law acknowledges the possibility of an individual requiring a restricted handgun for protection from other individuals when police protection is insufficient.
You know when someone confronts you when the police are not around, or when the opportunity to even call the police is unavailable. However, what stops you from this is the rcmp wont allow you an open carry permit to protect your life.
But oddly enough they give them out to places when the handling of valuable goods are concerned, you know like the governments money; but your life I guess is not valuable enough to get one. so please sign this petition and thanks for your time.
Xu Zhiyong (Chinese: 许志永) is a lecturer at the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications. He was one of the founders of the NGO Open Constitution Initiative and an active rights lawyer in China who helped those underprivileged. He is the main founder and icon of the New Citizens' Movement in China.
Police arrested Xu, who has called for officials to disclose their wealth, raising the stakes in the government's crackdown on anti-graft campaigners.
The arrest of Xu is viewed by many, including Human Rights Watch, as part of an ongoing campaign by the People's Republic regime and the Communist Party to crack down on civil society in China and shore up one-party rule.
Since February 2013 the government has arbitrarily detained at least 55 activists, taken into custody critics and online opinion leaders, and increased controls on social media, online expression, and public activism, rolling back the hard-won space China’s civil society has gained in recent years.
The crackdown is unfolding as China campaigns to be elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN’s preeminent human rights body, in November 2013, and prepares for the review of its human rights record before the council in October 2013.
The Chinese government has embarked on a repressive drive at home that attacks the very freedoms that Human Rights Council members are supposed to protect,” said Sophie Richardson, Human Rights Watch China director. “Every arrest of a peaceful activist further undermines the Chinese government’s standing at home and abroad.”
Seventeen of those arrested in recent months had participated in the New Citizens’ Movement, a peaceful civil rights platform that rejects authoritarianism and promotes freedom, justice, equality, and the rule of law. The New Citizens’ Movement organizes a range of activities, including a nationwide campaign that advocates for the disclosure of assets of public officials as a way to curb corruption, and monthly gatherings over meals for activists around the country to exchange ideas and build solidarity.
On August 2, 2013, the State Prosecution approved the formal arrest of Xu Zhiyong, the most prominent activist detained so far and considered the intellectual force behind the New Citizens’ Movement.
Xu has been held since July 16 for “gathering crowds to disturb public order,” even though he has been under house arrest since April. If convicted, Xu faces up to five years in prison. Xu, 40, is a law lecturer at Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications, and was once distinguished by the state broadcaster CCTV as one of the “top ten rule of law people” in China. In 2009 he was forced to disband the legal aid center he helped set up, the Open Constitution Initiative, after police detained him and a co-worker for tax evasion.
“Xu Zhiyong is one of the most important activists behind the birth of China’s ‘rights-defense’ movement that emerged around 2003,” Richardson said. “While Xu’s cautious approach has helped keep him out of jail for the past 10 years, his recent arrest indicates that even safer strategies won’t spare activists from severe consequences.”
'I'm Student, not Terrorist' is a cause asking the Australian government and Australian universities to recognise the right of education for Iranian students in Australia and stop the blind following of American sanctions.
Currently, Australian universities are not responding to students in Iran, they are not providing Iranian students with scholarships and deny the right for education for Iranian students. They take extreme measures in this matter, and most of the time over do it, even worse than USA itself.
I was just doing good on the Internet (signing petitions, using Goodsearch, etc) when I had a brilliant idea; a new school subject that would be about teaching kids and, possibly, other youngsters as well about helping others.
I have decided to refer to it as "Compassionate Education" or "C.E" and I would like it to include lessons about the following;
1. Animals and being kind to them and how and why we should all help to fight animal cruelty.
2. Poverty and how and why we should help solve it and help ensure that as many poor people as possible have access to enough good water, good food, good education, etc.
3. The environment and why and how we should all work to protect and care for Earth.
4. Prejudice and bullying and why we should all work to help stop (or at least reduce) these things.
5. Genocide and other human rights abuses and why and how we should all work to help prevent this sort of thing from happening and fight against any human rights abuses that may be going on in the world at any one time.
6. Illnesses, such as cancer, and how and why we should all help to prevent them.
Education helped beat bull-baiting. Education helped ban slavery, and education WILL help us to beat other things such as poverty, animal cruelty, human rights abuses, the damage that humans are doing to the planet and serious illnesses.
"The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) appears to have been involved in electoral fraud in Cambodia’s July 28, 2013 national elections, according to residents and ruling party officials interviewed by Human Rights Watch."
Prime Minister Hun Sen has ruled for 28 years and has not respected U.N. recommendation.
Cambodian citizens have witnessed and undergo:
• Fake Democracy & Dictatorship in Cambodia;
• Threats, Violence & Intimidations in Election;
• Election Registration Fraud & Ghost Voters.
The Cambodian People's Party have responded to the threat of mass protest by deploying extra troops and armored vehicles into the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
Hossein Bavi Zadeh is a worker at Ahwaz Sugar Factory a worker activist. he was active in Ahwaz Sugar factory month-long protests on February and March 2013 in front of Ahwaz governor building demanding for 26 months of unpaid salaries. Hossein Bavi Zadeh had human rights activities in relation to execution law in Iran in August 2013.
The Iranian Intelligence agents have raided Hossein Bavi Zadeh House on 6 AM, 06/08/2013.He was beaten in front of his wife and taken to an unknown place. Since then all efforts to find him has been unsuccessful. We believe that he is being tortured and is held in custody without any lawful reason or access to fair judgement.
Hi, my name is Sharon and I need everyone's support. My daughter and I are being faced with homelessness because the civil court process does not take heed of Human Rights legislation, nor does it seek to protect a Child's welfare as determined by The Children (Scotland) Act 1995 where it states that a child's welfare is paramount.
I have been ordered by the court that my house must go on the market for sale because my ex husband wants to profit. I have been fighting this for 4 years now because although he remains a joint mortgagee, my ex has not paid anything towards the mortgage or upkeep in more than 4 years. Our marriage ended in 2009 because he had stopped paying the mortgage and hid that fact from me until the house was to be repossessed. His parting words as he left were that he would sign the house over to me and walk away if I could stop the repossession. I duly did so. Now, he is looking to profit and is claiming legal aid to do so. I have been denied a legal right of appeal at every stage, have not had my views heard nor the facts taken into consideration. I've even contacted the Government to bring it to their attention.
Every child has the right to safe and secure housing and the opportunity to develop a secure sense of belonging. Because of this action, my daughter's welfare is being compromised, and she is being forced into a life of uncertainty and being placed at significant risk of harm because of this. The stress I am under is affecting her because she is now becoming very distressed and experiencing severe separation anxiety when apart from me even while I'm in the same room. I can't even prepare my daughter's bedroom as there's no point getting her settled in her own room when we are being forced out. I have battled for many years with depression. A condition being made worse by the actions of a system allegedly designed to promote justice.
Please support my fight, share it with your friends. My aim is to force this issue into the public domain even if just to raise awareness. The Human Rights Act states that the Government or a Public body cannot interfere or take possession of your property unless it is in the public interest to do so. My question is How is making an 8 month old child homeless and putting her at risk in the public interest?
Dear community of Australia, I would like to address a very controversial subject. The subject here, is that sex offender's are having their basic human rights violated in Australia.
The information below may take a while to digest, but a long explanation is required, to untangle the years of distorted information that has been fed to the public.
My argument/debate will be presented below.
Introduction about me:
Personally, I am a "sex offender". I am Not a "violent' "attacker", not a "rapist", I am not one of the 1% of convicted sex offenders in Australia that re-offend. I made the stupid mistake when I was younger. I entered an early guilty plea to indecent treatment of a child, under the age of 15, and indecent exposure. I never intended to hurt anyone at the time, or damage anyone's life. It was a stupid mistake, followed from an urge that I did not understand at the time.
Since then, I did my time in probation, did community service, and agreed to see a psychologist about the conviction, and to better myself through the help of the psychologist.
After two years of seeing the psychologist, I received great remarks in regard to my psychological stability. I still continued to see a psychologist for another year and a half.
I understand why I felt the urges I felt, and I would never do that again. As I said, I never intended to hurt anyone in the past, and I don't intend to in the future. Being equip with the right psychological tools, I can easily resist, and bury those urges in the past, the same way anyone with anger issues can learn to resist violent urges when they are in a stressful or confrontational situation.
Now with that introduction out of the way, I'm going to explain how I believe "sex offenders" are being discriminated against, and given restrictions based on belief, rather than facts, and that they are having their basic human rights violated.
Firstly, lets discuss the public view on "Sex Offenders":
The first problem with the "sex offender registry", is that it mixes people who have minor offenses, into the same category as rape, and other violent criminal convictions. In today's society, every time you read an article on "sex offenders", you see them throwing out words like "attacker", "Abduction", "pedophile" "rapist", and "child molester".
Very few people are even aware now, that MOST sex offenders actually committed a minor offense, caused very little damage/harm to their victim long term, and have been re-rehabilitated, in order to prevent the crime from happening again. The rate of repeat offense conviction is very low. The rate of sex offenders re-offending (being proven of re-offending) in Australia is lower than ALL other categories of crime, except murder.
Convictions of a sexual nature, are never considered for expungement or sealing, even if rehabilitation is evident:
I think this is a direct form of discrimination, based on belief, and sexual orientation, rather than facts. I also believe this is in direct violation of our right to be treated as an individual.
When a convict applies for a record to be expunged, or sealed, the decision should be made based on evidence put forth to show that they have been rehabilitated, and no longer pose a threat.
When such an application is made, the person should be judged as an INDIVIDUAL, not as a broad category. In the case of ANYONE with a sexual offense, they are Automatically denied, and are not judged on an individual basis.
Sexual urges can be resisted, the same way as any other urge can in any other category of criminal behavior. It would seem to me, that this rule is in place only to please the public, based on a false broad public belief that sex offenders are all violent criminals, with sexual urges toward children that cannot be controlled.
The broad assumption that a sex offender cannot be rehabilitated to the point they are no longer a threat to the public, is absolutely incorrect, unfair, unfounded, and unjust.
The right to not be punished for the same conviction, more than once - Inhumane form of punishment:
Any legal authority will tell you, the main goal of a convicting someone, is not so much for the purpose of "punishing", or shaming the offender. but rather to rehabilitate them to the point that they will no longer commit such a crime, and to be eventually released back into the community.
So why is it, that "sex offenders" are often released into the public under probation, or parole, put through rehabilitation programs, but still denied the ability to ever move on from their conviction, and reintegrate into the community?
The answer is, because while the facts show that many individuals no longer pose a threat(and the officials know this), the current view of the public, is that all sex offenders have an incurable psychological illness, and that it is impossible for them to be "cured" ever.
There is absolutely 0 conclusive evidence to show the above public opinion to be true. The ONLY reason to be imposing such violations of human rights, is to get MORE VOTES from the public.
How is it necessary to put a "sex offender" onto a national registry, mixed into a category of horribly violent crimes, regardless of the severity of their crime, for the rest of their lives, and never given the opportunity to show the court that they don't pose a threat to the public anymore? Once again, because of public belief. NOT because of fact. It is disgusting for a government to be allowed to impose laws solely based on public opinion.
Personally, I have tried to move on with my life, tried to live a normal life, tried to build a career, and have been bottle-necked in EVERY aspect, by my past conviction. I have done everything right, following my conviction, but I still cannot live a normal life, because of this permanent branding.
For the rest of my life...
**** I can never travel overseas, out of fear that I will be rejected, due to Australia sending a letter saying "this man IS a child sex offender". They may as well send a letter saying that I am a child rapist, and that I pose a threat to their country.
**** I cannot have children, or build a family, because I am 100% sterile, and will never be able to apply for adoption, or to foster, or to have a family of my own with my future partner. My punishment may as well have been castration.
**** If my future partner already has children, they would be notified by child protection agencies, that I am a child sex offender. Once again (due to public understanding), they may as well go ahead and say that I am a child rapist, and that I wish to harm their children.
**** If I live with, or close to anyone who has children, they are also notified of my convictions, and given the opportunity to evict me.
**** I will never be able to pursue my career in medicine and natural therapy, because when I get a job under anyone in this industry, the employer is warned by child protection agencies.
**** It is very evident, that I will suffer punishment for the rest of my life, regardless of weather or not I pose a threat to the public anymore.
**** I'm virtually castrated, in constant fear of humiliation, in fear of ever falling in love with anyone, and will forever have this conviction haunting every action or commitment in my life.
**** My 4 year marriage was destroyed, because I could not have children, and could not adopt with my partner.
I have served my time for my conviction, yet I will still suffer punishment in the above forms, over and over, for the rest of my life.
Judging a person based on their sexuality, is a violation of an individual's civil rights. The same thing should apply to people who have once had a sexual urge toward children, or even those who still do have such urges, regardless of how disgusting and morally wrong the thought is. Thoughts don't hurt people. Actions do. Therefore, if a "pedophile" does not insight action from these urges, he/she should not be treated differently, punished, or denied the ability to be rehabilitated and re-integrated into society if he/she is a convict.
It should not matter if a "pedophile" has thoughts about children he/she see's while walking down his street. If they do not follow those thoughts with an action, they are NOT going to harm anyone. Period.
It is a very common misconception, that a "pedophile" is a person who has the urge to take advantage of, abuse, and hurt children. This is absolutely not true.
In most cases, convicted pedophiles never sought to hurt anyone, and possibly even previously saw their relationship as that of a loving one. This is where re-rehabilitation can allow for such a convict to gain an understanding of their urges, an understanding that acting on those urges will hurt others, and that inappropriate actions following those urges, need to be stopped, then given the psychological tools, to avoid it from happening again.
I believe that many of the rules, restrictions, and punishments imposed on people with sexual convictions, are absolutely unjust, unfounded, unnecessary, cruel and unusual, and discriminatory based on sexual orientation.
I believe people with sexually related convictions in Australia are having their basic rights violated in many ways, and the worst part of it all, is that they have to suffer in silence, because the public view of the word "sex offender" is so badly distorted by media, that if a such a person even rears his/her head to defend himself, he becomes victim of a public witch hunt for the rest of his/her life.
I believe It's time that sex offenders were given their human rights back. I am human, just as everyone else is, I have flaws just as everyone else does, and I can learn to control, and manage those flaws, just as everyone else can.
Please sign this petition, to request we all be given fair chance to move on from previous convictions, and to have human rights given to EVERYONE, including sex offenders.
Jacqueline N. is a 45 year old Lesbian and victim of torture from Uganda who is standing up for freedom and justice; she is currently under threat of deportation back to a nation where gay and Lesbian people are politically persecuted, imprisoned and murdered for being LGBT.
She fights for justice and equality openly and publicly as a member of the Movement for Justice and in various LGBTI groups. Jacqueline has sought asylum in Britain based on her sexuality, but she has received a series of refusals from a system that treats every claimant as a liar and criminal who has to prove that they are not lying. A decision by the British government to return Jacqueline to Uganda is tantamount to a death sentence.
Jacqueline has been in a relationship with another Ugandan Lesbian in Britain for 5 years, but despite this the British government refuses to acknowledge that she is a Lesbian or the reality of what she would face if deported. She was forced into an arranged marriage in Uganda to hide her sexuality. When her sexuality was exposed she was arrested and beaten up by the police, raped and imprisoned. She knows that this would be her future if the Britain deports her back to Uganda.
Jacqueline is living under the constant threat of deportation, never knowing what the next day holds - an especially excruciating experience for LGBT asylum seekers. On the 10th July the Home Office told her she no longer qualifies for support or accommodation. Britain has denied her the fundamental human rights it claims to uphold and has presented her with the alternatives of destitution or deportation.
Last year Britain co-sponsored a Joint Statement on LGBT Rights by 85 countries at the United Nations. It calls on governments like Uganda’s to end the torture of LGBT people, protect their safety and human rights, and stop treating homosexuality as a crime.
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A fictional story inspired by current events, the Vanishing Tribes eBook was written to shed light on 50 years of peaceful protest in West Papua, and the responsibility of the international community to hear West Papuan voices and stop supporting the injustice and continuing genocide of the West Papuan people.
Please help us ask the United Nations to fulfill their historic duty to protect West Papuans from a 50-year brutal military occupation by Indonesia, and from the associated militarized commerce ravaging this precious land to the point of total destruction.
Human Rights Watch Report:
A Kuwaiti appeal court’s decision to uphold a 20-month prison sentence on a teacher for political comments she made on Twitter further erodes the right to free speech in Kuwait.
On July 17, 2013, the court of appeals confirmed the conviction of Sara al-Drees, 26, on charges of offending Kuwait’s emir and misusing her mobile phone when sending tweets that the authorities considered offensive. She is free on bail, awaiting the outcome of a further appeal.
“The Kuwait authorities over the past year have prosecuted dozens of people for peaceful political statements,” said Joe Stork, acting Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The government should tolerate this kind of criticism, not persecute people who dare express it.”
Since a political crisis between the government and the political opposition in June 2012, the authorities have charged several dozen politicians, online activists, journalists, and others with “offending” the emir, Kuwait’s head of state. The government should drop charges against those accused or convicted of crimes solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression, and it should amend Kuwait’s criminal code to remove the crime of “offending the emir,” Human Rights Watch said.
On May 29, 2013, a Kuwaiti criminal court convicted al-Drees of offending the emir in four tweets that she admitted sending. One referred to an October 2012 protest that local activists said was met with a violent government response and many arrests. She wrote: “What’s taking place now is a shame on Kuwait’s history. Damn this era! The curse of Allah shall rest on the oppressors!”
In another, referring to the ruling family, she wrote: “We loved you as a part of Kuwait’s history, rejecting violations by some of you, but we now feel that you are spongers imposed on us by our constitution.” In a third, referring to the emir, she wrote: “He is a wonderful orator, telling us about an ideal society where an individual would sleep, without the fear of getting clamped down by someone who is a great placid actor before the cameras, and tyrant behind the scenes!”
Her fourth tweet referred to the general state of affairs in Kuwait: “This is sort of making fool of the people and treating them with disregard, as if they are all stupid and should not oppose the government. Hear and obey even if you were oppressed in broad daylight. The people are insulted throughout their own law.”
Al-Drees, who teaches high school students about human rights under Kuwait’s constitution, is not the only woman to be sentenced to prison for political speech. On June 10, a court sentenced Huda al-Ajmi, a 37-year-old teacher, to 11 years in prison, including 5 years for “offending the emir,” after convicting her on charges based on a series of tweets. She is free on bail, awaiting the outcome of her appeal.
Article 25 of Kuwait’s penal code of 1970 sets out sentences of up to five years in prison for anyone who publicly “objects to the rights and authorities of the emir or faults him.” This provision violates the free speech protections in international treaties to which Kuwait is a party. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in article 19, permits restrictions on speech to protect the reputations of others or to protect national security, but only for a narrow purpose that is strictly necessary.
The United Nations Human Rights Committee, the international expert body that monitors government compliance with the covenant, has stated in a General Comment on article 19, that:
The mere fact that forms of expression are considered to be insulting to a public figure is not sufficient to justify the imposition of penalties… [A]ll public figures, including those exercising the highest political authority such as heads of state and government, are legitimately subject to criticism and political opposition… and laws should not provide for more severe penalties solely on the basis of the identity of the person that may have been impugned.
“Kuwait used to have a better reputation than most other Gulf states in respecting the right to free speech,” Stork said. “But with each case like this, the authorities are lowering themselves to the standards of the rest of the region.”
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Morocco: Free Student Imprisoned for ‘Insulting’ King
Despite 2011 Constitutional Guarantees,
Repressive Laws Still in Force
HRW JULY 16, 2013
(Rabat) – Morocco’s authorities should free a student convicted of offending the dignity of the king, Human Rights Watch said today. Two years after adopting a constitution that enshrines freedom of expression, Morocco should abolish the repressive laws that put him in prison.
Abdessamad Haydour, 24, is halfway through a three year sentence for denouncing King Mohammed VI in a video posted on YouTube. He has now served more time behind bars for this offense than any other Moroccan in the last several years, as far as Human Rights Watch has been able to determine.
If Morocco intends to carry out its new constitutional guarantees of free expression, it needs to get rid of laws that send people to jail for offending the head of state, even if what they say seems crude,” said Joe Stork, acting Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.
Morocco’s constitution, drafted in the wake of 2011 pro-reform demonstrations that toppled presidents in Egypt and Tunisia and reached Moroccan cities, was adopted by a referendum on July 1, 2011. It guarantees “freedom of thought, opinion, and expression in all its forms.” The 2011 constitution also departs from previous constitutions by no longer defining the “person of the king” as “sacred,” although it declares it “inviolable” and “owed respect.”
Government ministers have spoken of the need to revise Morocco’s press law, to harmonize it with the new constitution by eliminating prison terms for nonviolent speech offenses. However, the press law has yet to be revised, and Moroccan courts continue to apply its provisions, and provisions of the penal code, to imprison people for nonviolent offenses of speech against the king, state institutions, and private individuals.
FULL REPORT HERE :
SOURCE ; HRW
Nobody would have thought that in less than two years of setting up of the first Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLRTC) for the Hearing-Impaired, plans would be afoot to shut it down. But that is what seems to be happening at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) campus here.
Vice-Chancellor M. Aslam has publicly announced that t there was no point in continuing with the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sign Language Studies (BAASLS) program.