Petition Tag - amnesty international

1. Demand for Immediate & Unconditional Dismissal of Charges against Iranian Activist Amir Amirgholi

Iran's Authorities Issues a Heavy Sentence against Amir Amirgholi.

Amir Amirgholi, 33 arrested in the street by security forces under Branch 6 of Ghods Court warrant has been sentenced to 19 years and six months in prison at Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Judge Abolghasem Salavati handed down the sentence.

Amir is a dismissed student of the Islamic Azad University of Ghazvin and the son of Abbas Amirgholi. Officials had taken him to his father's house and seized his personal belongings: a laptop, cell phone and hard drive of his PC. He was transferred to Ward 8 after an intense two-month investigation in solitary confinement.

Branch 6 of Shahid Moghadas Court of Evin court chaired by Amin Naseri, where he was accused on vague charges of "assembly and collusion against national security", "blasphemy", "insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran", "propaganda against the regime of Iran".

Amnesty International has stated that Amir Amirgholi, Iranian activist was sentenced to 19 years and sex months incarceration on charges in connection with his peaceful activities, following an hour-long trial in early 2016. He is being held in prison under extremely poor conditions while waiting for his appointment with the appeals court.

The leftist activist was arrested and taken to the Evin prison on August 30, 2007, after taking apart on the anniversary of the massacre of political prisoners in Khavaran. He was then held in solitary confinement in Ward 209 of Evin Prison without access to legal counsel and with no contact with his family for 56 days. Almost a month after the arrest, he was granted permission to speak with his family in a brief phone call, stated Amnesty International He had reportedly served 16 days in solitary confinements at the Islamic Republic chambers.

Amirgholi was previously arrested in the peaceful demonstration supporting Kobani on September 2014. He was released after spending a night at the chambers of Intelligence and Public Security Police of NAJA, according to the reliable sources. According to the reports, he also was arrested by security forces in front of Milad Hospital; officials released him after a few days.

According to his family, it is of urgent concern at this time that Amir suffers from a pancreatic disorder and require medical attention. Previously he was held at Ward 8 of Evin prison alongside hardened criminals convicted of pirating, theft, embezzlement, fraud and forgery. Evin prison is notorious for it's poor treatment and torture of political prisoners.

Branch 36 of Tehran's Appeal Court will hold a retrial session to re-examine Amirgholi's verdict on August 3, 2016.

2. We are demanding for fair treatment of Meisam Roodaki and his transfer to a third country

Meysam Roodaki Is at Risk of Imminent Deportation.

Meysam Roodaki, 34, who has spent more than three years in Turkey is at serious risk of imminent deportation, whereas, he had been imprisoned due to his activities in 2010.

The deportation letter has been submitted by Intelligence Police of Turkey on 17 March 2015.

His situation is suspended by UNHCR officials of Ankara and they ignored and turned blind eye to his situation. He had been accepted as refugee by UNHCR of Ankara, but, he is on third country row since 2012.

Meysam had been kept in Evin prison on the charge of acting against national security and propaganda against the regime of Iran by Intelligence Service officials on 2010. He was frequently arrested by officials of the regime during 2006 till 2010.

Meysam had started the sit-in protest earlier morning in front of UNHCR office due to the negligence and suspension by UNHCR office of Ankara on 9 March 2015. Nevertheless, officials refused his demand despite all the justification documents.

He had been reportedly asked to attend in Intelligence Police office of Turkey to interrogate his case on 19th March that the situation could be deteriorated further.

It is worth noting that he is suffering from chronic migraine, severe pain in his leg and sciatic artery disorder.

3. Stop Bulgarian government’s illegal deportation of Kurdish activist Farshid Farokh Nia

Urgent action: stop Bulgarian government’s illegal deportation of Kurdish activist Farshid Farokh Nia

We as human rights activists are writing to demand all of human rights organization to intervene immediately to halt the imminent deportation of asylum seeker Farshid Farokh Nia, an Iranian Kurdish journalist and human rights activist who has sought refuge in Bulgaria from prolonged prosecution by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Farshid was born on 30-04-1973 in Sanandaj city. As Iranian Kurdish, he is a member of ethnic group that has faced centuries of oppression and discrimination and neglect by the Iranian government.

According to Farshid Farokh Nia, the Bulgaria’s government has scheduled 9 of November for his deportation to Iranian gallows. Farshid fled the country and 5 years ago sought asylum in Bulgaria to preserve his own life from prosecution at the hands of Iranian government. Since the beginning Bulgarian government has denied his application for refugee and repeatedly threatened to extradite him to Iran.

Farshid Farokh Nia is a prominent human rights activist who, due to exercising his fundamental right to freedom of speech, is facing political charges by the Iranian government. If he were returned to Iran, he would face with possible risks and more likely his life would be in danger of execution.

Yet, despite this finding, the Bulgarian government has continued to illegally attempt to deport Farshid Farokh Nia and others, all of whom are clearly and undeniably at risk not only of detention and torture by the Islamic Republic of Iran, but at unquestionable risk of execution.


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فراخوان برای نجات یک روزنامه‌نگار پناهنده کُرد از دیپورت به ایران

از همه انسان‌های آزاده و مدافع حقوق بشر برای نجات «فرشید فرخ‌نیا» روزنامه‌نگار کُرد پناهنده در بلغارستان از استرداد به ایران درخواست کمک فوری می‌کنیم.
«دولت جمهوری بلغارستان» اعلام کرده «فرشید فرخ‌نیا» ژورنالیست و فعال حقوق بشر را در روز یکشنبه 9 نوامبر 2014 (18 آبان‌ماه 1393) از این کشور اخراج و به «دولت جمهوری اسلامی ایران» تحویل می‌دهد. درخواست پناهندگی این روزنامه‌نگار کُرد در بلغارستان مورد بررسی قرار نگرفته و در همان مرحله اول این درخواست، رد شده و پرونده وی نیز بسته شده است و در صورت دیپورت به ایران در خطر جدی شکنجه و اعدام قرار دارد. این پناهنده کُرد در سال 2009 میلادی، به صورت قانونی و با پاسپورت واقعی وارد بلغارستان شده، و در این مدت بر سر دریافت حق قانونی پناهندگی و انتقال به کشور امن سوم، مبارزه کرده و در نهایت در کمال ناباوری زندانی می‌شود. فرشید فرخ‌نیا در چندین نوبت به صورت اعتصاب غذا و تحصن در مقابل دفتر کمیساریای عالی پناهندگان سازمان ملل متحد (UNHCR) و مقابل ساختمان دادگستری در شهر صوفیا نسبت به وضعیت ناعادلانه خود در این کشور اعتراض کرده و بارها در حالت وخیم جسمی در بیمارستان بستری و به کمک پزشکان حیات دوباره یافته است. سرانجام این کمیساریا به جای احقاق حق وی در پی همکاری با پلیس دولت بلغارستان، باعث می‌شود تا این ژورنالیست در حبس انفرادی افتاده و توسط بازجویان اداره پلیس شکنجه شود. این فعال حقوق بشر که خود از اقلیت‌های دینی ایران است، از سوی نیروهای امنیتی و دستگاه قضایی بلغارستان، به اتهام واهی «جعلی بودن پاسپورت» بازداشت، بازجویی و به زندان محکوم می‌شود. مدارک مربوط به شکنجه وی توسط پلیس بلغارستان موجود و از سوی پزشکان بین‌المللی تایید شده است. این روزنامه‌نگار کُرد با حمایت بهائیان بلغارستان، به صورت موقت از زندان رهایی می‌یابد اما همچنان در خانه خودش در حصر قرار داشته و به دور از چشم نهادهای بین‌امللی مدافع حقوق بشر در شرایطی غیر انسانی محدود شده است. این در حالی است که دولت جمهوری اسلامی ایران بارها تقاضای استرداد وی را از دولت جمهوری بلغارستان کرده که در نهایت با توجه به لابی‌گری‌های مداوم حکومت ایران در این کشور، با دیپورت فرشید فرخ‌نیا موافقت شده است. اکنون ما جمعی از فعالان مدافع حقوق بشر در ایران و خارج از کشور، فعالان سیاسی، مدنی، روزنامه‌نگاران و شهروندان، با امضای این فراخوان دولت جمهوری بلغارستان را از عواقب حقوق بشری دیپورت فرشید فرخ‌نیا چهره‌ی رسانه‌ای و فعال حقوق بشری کُرد آگاه ساخته و نسبت به سیاه شدن کارنامه حقوق بشری این کشور بیش از پیش و عواقب بعدی به خطر افتادن جان و حتی اعدام این ژورنالیست کُرد از سوی حکومت اسلامی ایران هشدار می‌دهیم. از تمامی انسان‌های آزاده، فعالان حقوق بشری، سازمان‌ها و نهادهای مدافع حقوق بشر، فعالان مدنی و سیاسی و همچنین دولت‌های مدافع دموکراسی و آزادی، درخواست کمک فوری می‌کنیم تا بتوانیم در این فرصت باقیمانده از دیپورت فرشید فرخ‌نیا جلوگیری کنیم. همراهان ما می‌توانند با امضای این فراخوان و نیز از طریق راه‌های زیر با وزارت امور خارجه بلغارستان و نماینده و شعبه‌های کنسولگری این کشور تماس گرفته و از راه تلفن، فاکس، ایمیل و ارسال پیام به دولتمردان بلغارستان، مانع از دیپورت و استرداد فرشید فرخ‌نیا به ایران شوند. امیدواریم همراهان ما بتوانند با استفاده از ایده‌های جدید و شیوه‌های نوین هرچه در توان دارند برای نجات این روزنامه‌نگار کُرد انجام دهند.

4. Immediately & Unconditionally Release Omid Alishenas, an Iranian activist

Updated on Dec 10, 2016.

Omid Alishenas, an Iranian civil rights activist, was arrested by IRGC officials in front of his father's house on Sep 4, 2014 and taken to Ward 2-A Sepah (IRGC). He was accused of the vague charges of "assembly and collusion to attempt crimes against national security", "propaganda against the regime" and "insulting the Supreme Leader of IRI" at Branch 28 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran chaired by Judge Mohammad Mogheyeseh on March 7, 2015.

He was in isolation for 132 days, his relatives said. In addition, officials denied him the right to access his family (face to face meeting) for more than nine months while Omid was kept in Ward 8. Omid has just spoken to his relatives from behind bars via phone.

He, 32, was sentenced to ten years in prison, the maximum punishment by the court for his peaceful activities as a child labor activist, as well as for gatherings he attended to protest the situation of Kobani children in Syria. The sentence was announced by the Head of Office of Branch 28 on May 12, 2015, and the case has been allegedly referred for re-examination to Branch 36 of the Appeals Court chaired by Judge Seyed Ahmad Zargar. The biased court accused him of “supporting the political prisoners’ families in the 80s”, “protest against systematic human rights violence in Iran, especially in cyberspace”, “opposition to the death penalty”, and “condemning the mass execution in the 80s”.

Omid, son of Atila, was very hopeful of being released on bail; Iran's judiciary officials refused his release on bail of $33,000 (1 billion Rials) despite the initial decision for conditional release, reliable sources said, which means he will have to spend the best years of his life in the notorious Evin prison.

Finally, He was released on bail of $ 230,000 (7 billion Rials) after spending 17 months in the regime’s chambers on January 18, 2016. The appeal court will issue its final decision on July 5, 2016.

Officials had confiscated his personal belongings such as cell phones, flash memory cards, three Personal Computers and a lap top, camera and CDs.

Mr. Alishenas, who has an academic degree in the field of Civil Engineering, has reportedly experienced severe torture both physically __ psychologically in the Islamic Republic chambers. He was frequently beaten during his interrogation periods that were mostly at night; officials used the barbaric procedures such as holding in isolation where in about 2 Square Meters he was kept without basic needs.

He had been in the solitary confinements at Ward 2-A Sepah (IRGC) for 132 days, and then was transferred to the public Ward 8 amongst criminals imprisoned for serious offenses such as murder, rape, drug smuggling, embezzlement, fraud and forgery (Ward Eight is officially labeled as a financial crimes ward).

The prisoners are kept in one of the crowded wards of the prison known as the infamous Ward 8, where the unsuitable circumstances could menace their health. It is an aging office building with low ceilings which has no proper sanitary facilities and has poor air circulation.

Branch 36 of the appellate Court issued 7-year prison term against Omid Alishenas. The court was conducted by Judge Ghomizadeh.

Finally, Omid Alishenas was arrested in a raid at his father house by Sarrallah Base forces of IRGC on December 10, 2016. He was taken to Evin prison to serve his 7 year prison term.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

6. Immediate & Unconditional Dismissal of Charges against Imprisoned Human Rights Activists, Arash Sadeghi and Golrokh Iraee!

UPDATED on DJan 30, 2017.

Arash Sadeghi, who had broken his prolonged hunger strike on January 3, 2017, again has started his hunger strike since the re-arrest of his wife Golrokh on Saturday morning, January 22, 2017, BCR Group has learned.

The 30-year-old imprisoned activist was recently transferred to Ward 350 of Tehran notorious Evin prison, says HRANA. He, who has diagnosed with kidney and digestive failure due to a 71-day long hunger strike, was first taken to Ward 2-A of Sepah (the IRGC controlled section) with the excuse of transferring to hospital six days ago. Wardens transferred Arash to Ward 2-A at the same time resuming his hunger strike. The agents finally took him to Ward 350 after he endured three days in solidarity confinement cells, local sources quoting his relatives. News indicate that his personal belongings such as marriage ring and watch were supposedly stolen in transfer.

“Ward 350 is heavily guarded and severely isolated section allegedly run by the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence where prisoners of conscience are locked up in. The ward has limited contact with the outside world.”

Previously, Arash had started an indefinite hunger strike following arbitrary arrest of his life Golrokh on October 25, 2016. “I will continue my hunger strike until Iran’s authorities release her from the prison, HRANA quoted it form his letter. Finally, he ended his hunger strike after 71 days on January 3, after officials released his wife on a $125,000 USD.

Despite official promises, on January 22, the Sarallah Base agents (IRGC's main security group in Tehran) rearrested Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee in front of her house in the morning and took her to Executing Verdict Department where is located in Evin prison. She was arrested along with her friend Saeed Eghbali, according to reports. Agents ultimately transferred Golrokh to Women Ward of Evin and released Saeed on January 23, 2017.

Hence, Arash is back on hunger strike because the authorities did not fulfilled their promises. He is currently kept at Ward 350 along with a few of political prisoners. The prisoners are deprived of making phone calls with their families, HRANA added.

According to news, the peaceful human rights activist is still being denied medical treatment by authorities. Arash was repeatedly unable to breathe without a pulmotor system and his life reportedly at risk. “The senior specialist at hospital emphasized that Arash needs to be hospitalized for at least five days to receive medical treatment for his critical condition”, close sources to Arash told BCR Group once he was previously transferred to hospital. Early January, prison doctors had reported that the damage in Arash's right kidney is so severe that it will likely never return to normal functionality. The report said that 70% of his right kidney and 20% of his left kidney are already damaged. "Arash Sadeghi has not received adequate medical care. Iranian regime authorities are torturing Arash through medical neglect, "says Maryam Nayeb Yazdi, an Iranian activist, on her Twitter account.

He is currently suffering from a low blood pressure, a lung infection, a severe cough, gastrointestinal bleeding and pneumonia, according to the medical reports.

Human Rights organizations and many worldwide activists have come out in support of Arash Sadeghi and his legal demands.

On December 30, 2016, Iranian citizens and activists around the world came together on Twitter to spread global awareness about his critical situation. Their efforts led to #SaveArash to become the top trending hashtag in the world and celebrities and Iranian parliament members to pay attention and speak up about Arash. However, international attention to Arash's case also led to the Iranian regime's media to launch a misinformation campaign against him and Golrokh. For example, the TV show 20:30, which is a propaganda arm of the Sarallah Base, shamelessly aired an episode attempting to smear the couple.

Both of Arash and Golrokh are currently kept at Evin prison to serve their unjust sentences respectively 19 years in prison and 6 years imprisonment.

The Tragic Tale of Imprisoned Couple Arash and Golrokh:

Arash Sadeghi's last arrest was on June 7, 2016 and he has been held in Evin Prison since then. He is being held in Evin's Ward 8 amongst prisoners who are charged with serious offences such as robbery, embezzlement, fraud and forgery.

Arash Sadeghi was sentenced to a 15-year prison term by branch 15 of Tehran's revolutionary court, presided by the corrupt Judge Salavati. In the same court hearing, Golrokh was sentenced to six years in prison. Arash had a previous four-year suspended imprisonment sentence in which Salavati activated in the court hearing, thus condemning Arash to a total of 19 years in prison. Both Arash and Golrokh were deprived of their right to a lawyer during the hearing.

Prior to his 15-year prison sentence, Arash was sentenced to six years in prison, which was eventually reduced to one year in prison and four years of suspended imprisonment. The charges against him include: "Gathering and colluding against national security ", "Propaganda against the regime ", "Insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran ", and "Spreading false news in cyberspace ".

Arash Sadeghi, a Masters of philosophy student who is barred from his education by the regime, was first arrested in July 2009. The nonviolent civil rights defender has been in and out of prison since then and has been severely tortured by his interrogators. Throughout these seven years of repeated imprisonment, Arash has launched several hunger strikes to protest against his unjust sentence and the unlawful behavior and actions of the Iranian regime's authorities.

Despite the decline in his health, authorities have frequently prolonged Arash's imprisonment, kept him in solitary confinement for long durations, physically and psychologically abused him, and tortured him through depriving him of his right to adequate medical care. As a result of the physical tortures inflicted on Arash during interrogations, he has suffered a broken shoulder and broken ribs and still continues to suffer from these injuries today. Arash is in need of medical treatment for his injuries caused by the hunger strikes and tortures he endured.

Arash has had an extremely painful experience in these seven years. Among the worst was arguably when his mother died during a violent house raid by Iranian regime authorities on October 30, 2010. According to close sources, Arash's mom died as a result of the shock of the raid.

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was nabbed at her house by IRGC forces early morning on October 24, 2016. The agents kicked down the door to her home and entered without an arrest warrant, according to her relatives. She was reportedly taken to Evin Prison and held in the women's ward. Golrokh is charged with "Insulting Islamic sanctities” (blasphemy) for an unpublished fictional story she had written in her journal about "stoning ", according to various confirmed sources.

7. Support an Independent Balochistan

Balochistan got its independence in 11th of august 1947 & later pakistan took over Balochistan & annexed freedom of Baloch Nation in 27th of March 1948.

From the first day pakistan has continued Baloch Genocide & Crimes against the Baloch nation.

We want freedom for the motherland Balochistan.

8. FREE Nasim Soltan Baigi (نسیم سلطان‌بیگی را آزاد کنید)

Last Updated: October 13, 2012
Human Rights Activists News Agency


سیم سلطان‌بیگی، فعال دانشجویی، جهت اجرای حکم به زندان احضار شد
يكشنبه 05 شهریور 1391 ساعت 02:16 |
خبرگزاری هرانا - نسیم سلطان‌بیگی فعال دانشجویی دانشگاه علامه طباطبایی، جهت اجرای حکم خود به زندان اوین احضار شد.

بنا به گزارش جرس، این فعال دانشجویی طیف چپ، در نهم آذرماه ۸۹ از سوی شعبه ۱۵ دادگاه انقلاب به شش سال حبس تعزیری محکوم شد. این حکم شامل ۳ سال حبس تعزیری به اتهام "اقدام علیه امنیت ملی" و یک سال به علت "تبلیغ علیه نظام" است و دو سال حکم تعلیقی نیز از سال ۸۵ به آن اضافه شده است.

این حکم سپس با اعتراض وی به دادگاه تجدیدنظر ارسال شده بود.

نسیم سلطان‌بیگی از جمله دانشجویان طیف چپ است که در آذرماه ۱۳۸۶ در جریان دستگیری گسترده این دانشجویان بازداشت و مدت ۵۶ روز را در زندان اوین بند ۲۰۹ سپری کرده و با قرار وثیقه ۵۰ میلیون تومان آزاد شده بود. وی همچنین در تجمع فعالین جنبش زنان در ۲۲ خرداد ماه سال ۱۳۸۵ بازداشت و به دو سال حبس تعلیقی محکوم شده بود.



https://hra-news.org/1389-01-27-05-26-23/13360-1.html

9. FREE SALAH AL-SHOGRE, 17-YEAR-OLD BROTHER OF SYRIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST ANAS AL-SHOGRE!

A 17-year-old boy, Salah al-Shogre (or al-Shogri), brother of a detained activist, was arrested on 28 July in Syria and has been held incommunicado since then. His whereabouts are unknown, and he may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Salah al-Shogre and his father were stopped at a check point on 28 July, near their home in the coastal city of Banias. According to a relative who lives outside Syria, both Salah al-Shogre and his father were taken to the political security branch in Banias, where Salah al-Shogre was separated from his father for questioning.

Salah al-Shogre’s father asked the security forces where his son had been taken, and was told: "If you want to see your son, go to Tartus." The authorities have given no reasons for his arrest, or revealed where he is, but an unofficial source has told Salah al-Shogre’s family that he is being held at the Military Security branch in the city of Tartus.

Amnesty International is not aware of the reasons for Salah al-Shogre’s arrest. His older brother Anas, who had organized demonstrations in Banias, has been held in incommunicado detention since May 2011. If Salah al-Shogre is held solely in connection with his brother’s activism, he would be a prisoner of conscience and Amnesty International would call for his immediate and unconditional release.

International standards require that detainees' families are notified promptly after their arrest, and that detainees have access to lawyers of their choice throughout their detention and are allowed to communicate with their families.

Salah al-Shogre’s brother, Anas al-Shogre has been detained incommunicado since May 2011 at an unknown location. The authorities have not told his family why he has been detained, and it is not known whether he has been charged. According to Syrian human rights activists and a network responsible for planning and organizing protests, the Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC), Anas al-Shogre played a major role in organizing protests in his city of Banias and telling the media what was happening on the ground.

10. Demand of immediate release of 2 citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan

“IRELI” Public Union operating in Baku, Azerbaijan, consisting 12 member organizations and over 25.000 young activists is submitting petition to the broad audience, NGOs, human rights defenders and young activists all over the world calling for the help to release two young Azerbaijani poets who were groundlessly accused and detained in the Islamic Republic of Iran more than two months.

“On 29th of April 2012 two Azerbaijani poets Farid Huseysn and Shahriyar Hajizade visited Islamic Republic of Iran in order to participate at the poetry festival. Soon after when they were planning to come back Azerbaijan on the 2nd of May in Tabriz city they were kidnapped and detained by persons in civilian clothes.

Two months has passed since unjustified detainment of Azerbaijani poets. In spite of the fact that within this period of time the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan has already gave 5 letters of notes to the Iranian side but yet it has not given desired outcomes. Unfortunately Iranian authorities have not yet provided reasonable information about the reasons of detainment of Farid Huseyn and Shahriyar Hajizade.

Moreover, each attempt of meeting with detained citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Tehran and Consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Tabriz was declined by Iranian officials. We would like to emphasize the fact that behavior of Iranian authorities is contradicting internationally admitted conventions and taking into consideration the fact that Iran is the member of UN and is part of the globally admitted civilization we find such behavior unreasonable and unjustified.

According to the information spread in Iranian mass media two Azerbaijani poets were detained because of accusation in illegal drug smuggling and in espionage to Israel. Furthermore, these media agencies also claim that two Azerbaijani poets made a confession regarding above mentioned accusations and Iranian officials has given related documents to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan found these claims groundless and denied the fact of getting any documents by Iranian officials.

We also turn to such organizations as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International and to the human rights defenders who based in Azerbaijan to draw more precise attention to the current issue. The curios fact is that till this moment none of above mentioned organizations have not drawn up any protocol and document regarding violation of human rights of the citizens of Azerbaijan in Iran. We also would like to see any kind of appeal by local human rights defenders to the global area, foreign media representatives, and international organizations with their true voice of justice.

We wish to see Azerbaijani human rights defenders more active and sensitive in the case when it comes to protect the rights of two Azerbaijani citizens who were unreasonably detained in other country. We make an open call to everyone who cares destiny of innocent people in Azerbaijan and across the globe to join our appeal in order to protect rights of humanity in the face of Farid Huseysn and Shahriyar Hajizade and require their soonest release.

The time is ripe for this approach because for too long Islamic Republic of Iran has not only refused release of two Azerbaijani citizens, it has also continued to ignore and repeatedly reject attempts of Consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Tabriz to meet with detained Azerbaijani citizens.”

11. Keep Bernard safe in Sheffield

Keep Bernard Safe in Sheffield
Home Office Ref: D1142549

Bernard Mboueyeu fled the Cameroon in 2007 when he was pursued by the authorities for supporting a political group opposed to the brutal ruling regime.

Bernard came to the UK in 2007 and married Sheffield woman, Sharon, a charity worker, in 2010. Sharon and Bernard have set up home in Wincobank and Bernard plays an active role in the local community, supporting local charities.

Despite their marriage, the Home Office have demanded Bernard return to Cameroon to apply for a spouse’s visa. Bernard has offered to return if his safety is guaranteed but the Home Office have refused to make that guarantee.

If Bernard returns to Cameroon he could detained, face torture, be locked up indefinitely and may never return to his wife Sharon in Sheffield.

Amnesty International’s 2011 Report noted that the Cameroon regime “continued to restrict the activities of political opponents and journalists and to stifle freedom of expression” and that “detention conditions remained harsh and often life-threatening”.

12. Save mohammadreza pourshajari

1) We the undersigned demand the immediate and unconditional release of Mohammadreza Pourshajari !

2) We demand for Mohammadreza Pourshajari to receive urgently needed medical care for the torture wounds inflicted by prison authorities!

3) We demand the prison authorities, all government forces, agents, police, and basij to stop the inhumane torture of Iranian citizens in prison in Iran! "

Blogger “Mohammad Reza Poorshajari” with weblog name “Siamak Mehr” was arrested on September 21, 2010 at his apartment in Karaj, Iran. Mr. Poor Shajari has been jailed early June with heavy charges which have been attributed to him in Karaj Branch 109 court.

Currently he is awaiting his second trail that is scheduled for December 21, 2011. In this case, he will be trailed for “Insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the system”. The Information Ministry and the prosecutor in Karaj intend to request death penalty.

13. Common Declaration Regarding the South East Asia Pacific Sea of the Vietnamese In and Outside the Country

Peace and stability are the objectives that the United Nations have pledged to establish this Century.

Furthermore, in 2011, the United Nations have also marked the 30th anniversary of the publication of “Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief”.

We believe that all members of the United Nations have the duty to pursue the common goals of peace, stability and social justice that this body has striven for.

However, in the past couple of decades, for economic development, the government of Chinese Communists has been following a policy of progressive occupation of the neighbouring regions that it alleges to be its land and sea territories. A typical instance is the region of the South East Asia Pacific Sea that it calls China Sea, which has caused confusion in the international opinion.

Therefore, for the last six months, Nguyen thai Hoc Foundation has lead a campaign seeking online signatures (http://www.change.org/petitions/change-the-name-south-china-sea-to-southeast-asia-sea) demanding the change in name from China Sea to Southeast Asia Sea. This campaign has gathered 49,436 signatures from different individuals residing in 100 countries all over the world. The purpose of this campaign aims at restating the sovereignty of Viet Nam over the sea regions in question.

Another member of the United Nations, the Vietnamese Communist government, has constantly and fragrantly violated human rights that the United Nations had defined.

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These past and present acts of aggression of the Chinese Communist government have intensified, and it could constitute the fuse that ignites a war that will undermine the stability and the prosperity of the South East Pacific region in particular and of the whole world as a whole.

And the acts of human rights violation of the government of Vietnamese Communist have reached a critical level, severely affecting the life of the Vietnamese population; these acts have also spread in the region and created an oppressive ambiance which threatening the stability and the prosperity of the neighbouring people and the world.

We invite everybody to join their efforts for the sake of peace, prosperity of the region and the whole world to support and sign for this Common Declaration on the South East Asia Pacific Sea.

Best regards and thank you all.

14. Appeal on behalf of Mr. Shahin ZeinAli an Iranian journalist

Appeal on behalf of Mr. Shahin ZeinAli an Iranian journalist who is scheduled to serve a harsh sentence for activities namely membership in a legal political party and participating in peaceful gatherings.

We are writing to you on behalf of Mr. Shahin ZeinAli, a 29-year-old Iranian journalist who is scheduled to serve a harsh sentence for activities that do not appear to constitute a crime under the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, namely membership in a legal political party and participating in peaceful gatherings. What follows is the information that has caused us a great deal of concern.

According to the Iranian Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), in the morning of Wednesday, June 16, 2010, Shahin ZeinAli, a 29-year-old Iranian journalist was sentenced to two years, three months incarceration by Judge Pirabasi of the Revolutionary Court of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Reportedly, two years of the above mentioned sentence was for Shahin's alleged conspiracy against national security of the Islamic Republic of Iran through membership in a political party (Pan-Iranist Party). The remainder of Shain's sentence, 91 days, was for participating in illegal assemblies that resulted in chaos [presumably in the post- June 2009 disputed Iranian presidential election], interview with foreign media. Shahin will also have to pay a monetary penalty, in the amount of one million, five hundred Rial (approximately $150000).

Last year, Shahin was arrested at his residence, detained at Section 240 of notorious Evin prison in the north of Tehran. He was released after serving three weeks in solitary confinement. During the search of his home, his computer, computer files, academic and journalism-related books, news archives and other personal items were confiscated. Shahin has awaite the reurn of his personal property by the authorities to no avail. The security forces refuse to return to him what they have taken illegally from him.

Shahin was asked to present before Section 25 of the Revolutionary Court for last defence after four months of having no information on the status of his case. He attorney, Mr. Mohammad Mustafayee, continued his case to June 16, 2010, at which time he was notified of his two-year-three-month sentence.

We are asking the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, including the presiding judge, Mr. PirAbbasi, Mr. Larijani, the heard of Judiciary, and Mr. Seyed Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to commute this unjust sentence and apologize to Mr. ZeinAli and his family for undue hardship and anxiety caused by Mr. ZeinAli's arrest and related events (search, seizure of property and solitary confinement).

We thank you in advance for your kind and prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

15. Amir Reza Arefi - 21 - Stop His Illegal Execution

The 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran found Amir Reza Arefi guilty of Moharebeh, and based on articles 186, 187, 189, 190, 191 and 46 of the Islamic Penal Law sentenced him to death.

The 21-year-old Arefi is married and was arrested before the June presidential election on April 15th, 2009.

Arefi's lawyer, Mohammad Mostafai, said the 21-year-old man was sentenced in Tehran on February 17. The revolutionary court also ruled that Arefi tried to plant bombs at polling stations during the presidential election in June; But Arefi was arrested two months before the vote was held.

The 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court has found my 21-year-old client guilty of Moharebeh for his alleged membership in the Anjoman Padeshahi (an exiled monarchist group) and based on articles 186, 187, 189, 190, 191 and 46 of the Islamic Penal Law, has sentenced him to death.

Mostafaie and his client have 20 days to file an appeal.

16. West-Papua: Release of Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage

For peacefully raising a flag, Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage may spend the next decade or more in prison in Indonesia.

On December 1, 2004, some 200 people participated in a nonviolent ceremony outside Abepura in Papua Province during which the Morning Star flag, a symbol of Papuan independence, was raised in commemoration of the declaration of Papuan independence in 1962. The commemoration is celebrated annually by some Papuans. While approximately 200 people took part in the December 1 ceremony, hundreds more local people watched from the edge of the fields.

Indonesian police advanced on the crowd, firing shots and beating people with batons. At least four people were reportedly injured by bullets fired by the police, including two with wounds to the head. Police reportedly beat a human rights monitor from the Institute for Human Rights Study and Advocacy who was trying to photograph the police attack on the crowd. Outnumbered by the crowd, the police retreated temporarily until reinforcements arrived. They were then able to force an end to the ceremony.
Police arrested Filep Karma at the site of the ceremony, and reportedly beat and stomped on him during transport to the police station. A group of about 20 people were later arrested at the police station when they went to protest Mr. Karma’s arrest. This group was subsequently released, except for Yusak Pakage, who remained in detention with Filep Karma. The two men were later charged with rebellion for their role in leading and organizing the flag-raising event.

Supporters of independence for Papua Province have been among those jailed as prisoners of conscience in Indonesia. Simply attending a meeting at which the political status of Papua has been discussed can lead to one’s arrest.

In May 2005, a court sentenced Filep Karma to 15 years in prison and Yusak Pakage to 10 years on charges of treason for having "betrayed" Indonesia by flying the outlawed Papua flag.

While Amnesty International takes no position on the political status of any province of Indonesia, it believes that the right to freedom of expression includes the right to peacefully advocate independence or other political solutions and that these rights must be upheld.

Amnesty International considers Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage to be prisoners of conscience who have been detained purely for the peaceful and legitimate exercise of their right to freedom of expression. It calls on the government to free them and all other prisoners of conscience in Indonesia.

Amnesty International
Schwelm / Wuppertal
Postfach 126
58314 Schwelm
Germany

17. We demand better living conditions for the imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan!

The Turkish state and the government has long promised to the European Court and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, CPT, to change the brutal isolating conditions that has been held towards the Kurdish PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan during eleven years on the Imrali island prison in the Sea of Marmara in Turkey. This gave us hope that the isolation would be removed and that Ocalan's right to life and his human rights would be respected.

According to reports from both the CPT and the European Court, the condition Ocalan lives in is a clear violation of all international laws regarding the respect of a prisoner, his human rights and human dignity are therefore not reasonable. This fact threatens both his mental and physical health. That Ocalan's physical and mental health has significantly deteriorated by his confinement on Imrali and the conditions he is held captive in, is also witnessed by his relatives and his lawyers. It has long been said by the Turkish government that the conditions Ocalan has lived in during the recent ten years should change. The actual result of this change occurred by an emergency report that Ocalan himself, his lawyers and relatives have published for the national and the international community.

The report presents that the Turkish state has set up a new prison, which Ocalan was transferred to on Tuesday 17 November 2009. According to the Turkish Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin, nine other prisoners from different prisons around the country will also move there so that Ocalan will not be the sole prisoner on the island of Imrali. But no trace of this change has until now been recognized. Ocalan is still the only prisoner in a prison which is ten times more isolating and the conditions which he lives in are much more inhumane than the previous prevailing conditions.

Although the Turkish Ministry of Justice indicate that obvious changes have been made at the newly built prison on the island in order to improve the living conditions of Ocalan, the reality is quite the opposite. In the new prison and in the new cell which Ocalan is in, much worse conditions exist compared to the previous prison he has been held in. Ocalan’s new cell is only six square meters, while the previous cell was 13 square meters. The air conditioning is much worse than before, which leads to big difficulties in absorption of oxygen. The window is also extremely worse. It is constructed upwards and no oxygenated fresh air is let through. Its design prevents Ocalan from having a view of the outside world and the daylight that comes in from the window is very hot.

In his statement, on 18 November 2009, Ocalan describes his new living conditions by following:

"My new cell is half the size of my old cell and consists of six square meters. The air conditioning here is also much worse. In order to be able to inhale and exhale air, I must stand by the window and open it. The window here is built upwards and I have no view on the outside world. The only thing I can behold is the sky. When I have to open the window in order to get oxygen, the sun burns me greatly. Even though the heat from the sun is so unpleasant, that I feel like I will get a heat stroke, I am forced to stay by the open window in order to get oxygen. I have very severe breathing problems here. "

The Kurdish PKK leader's brother Mehmet Ocalan, who recently visited his brother at the newly established prison, on 18 November 2009, said in an interview with the press that the sharp deterioration had been made on Ocalan's living conditions at the prison by informing the following:

"In the name of improvement clear deterioration has been made. The cell that my brother now is living in is a room of six square meters, but the former was thirteen square meters. The air conditioning is significantly much worse and my brother has great difficulty in inhalation and exhalation of air. Ocalan said during the meeting to us that he feels that he at any time will be suffocated and that every time he tries to inhale air, it feels like his guts are coming out of his body. My brother was also subjected to solitary confinement during our meeting with him. Previously, the distance between him and us was ten metres less when we met him, but now Ocalan was buried in a cage of glas and the distance between us was thirty metres. We had to yell to hear each other. This was the worst meeting and the worst state we have seen him in during the ten years which Ocalan has been held in a Turkish prison. As Ocalan's family, we strongly protest against the Turkish government's actions against him. His deteriorated condition and state create considerable concern for us."

We, the Kurds in the Diaspora and Kurdish friends, would like to turn to Amnesty International & European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, CPT and all organizations which have the objective to work for humanity and human rights and we appeal for your humanity and your human attention on this serious issue. The above mentioned factors all point to a system, which is twice as much worse isolating and painful, has been established at the new prison. This has occurred despite CPT's demands for improvement of the conditions.

In Amnesty International reports the case has been highlighted a number of times in the past and even the organization has made an appeal that the social and psychological isolation, which Ocalan is subjected to, should end. Amnesty International has clearly expressed criticism against the CPT's latest report, which was published on 6 March 2008 and held a number of softer emphasizes against Turkey, on the case where it was revealed that Ocalan has been poisoned. Amnesty International had through their head office in London stated that the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, CPT, was vague and weak in their indications and pressure on Turkey concerning the treatment and the poisoning of Ocalan. According to Amnesty International reports and international criteria, isolation is an extensive and dangerous crime of a man's physical and mental well-being.

That a country like Turkey, who has signed on most of the European criterias and laws for a humane treatment of detainees in prisons, promising to improve Abdullah Ocalan's situation and living conditions, but are instead doing the exact opposite, is both appalling and unacceptable. We hereby demand that Amnesty International and mainly that the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, CPT, give attention to the case and that you put this on your agenda. We demand you to initiate immediate efforts and that you take actions against this brutal decomposition, where the aim is to slowly break down Abdullah Ocalan and thus conduct him into a life-threatening health condition - both mentally and physically. We demand that a delegation from your organizations visits the Imrali island prison in Turkey in order to follow up and to pay attention to the new changes that have been made. We demand CPT, who are responsible for this situation, to take their obligation, to fulfill their responsibility and to defend the rights the committee themselves have guaranteed.

That Abdullah Ocalan's death sentence was abolished was good news for everyone, but that the sentence was replaced by torture and painful isolation, which may be called as a white execution, is an inhumane fact which your organizations should not accept and therefore do everything in your power to both deter and prevent.

18. Release Hossein 'Hoder' Derakhshan from Evin Prison

Update: September 21, 2010 Trial has been held and the prosecutor has requested the death penalty by execution for Hossein 'Hoder' Derakhshan. The sentencing verdict has not been delivered to the court but the risk is implied. Please sign and forward petition to all contacts. Thank you.

Hossein 'Hoder' Derakhshan is an Iranian-Canadian Blogger, journalist, and internet activist. He has been advocating the use of the internet as a means for social and political reform in Iran.

He is credited with starting the blogging revolution in Iran and is called by many journalists as the father of Persian blogging or the 'Blogfather'. He also helped to promote podcasting in Iran. His weblog, like some other political Persian blogs and websites, has been blocked (or filtered) by the government in Iran, since 2004

On leaving Iran, he was shortly detained and summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence. A few days later he was interrogated by an intelligence official over the content of his blog and was forced to sign an apology before being allowed to leave Iran.

After returning to iran On November 1, 2008, Derakhshan was arrested at his family home in Tehran.
As of late April 2009, the New York Times stated that Derakhshan remained under detention and had not been charged. However, by late October 2009, approaching the one-year anniversary of his arrest, his family began speaking out to Persian and English-language media. His father, Hassan Derakhshan, most notably released an open letter to the new head of the Iranian Judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani. asking for more information about his son's detention.

19. Isa (Issa) Saharkhiz: Request for his release from Prison

On 13 June 2009 it was announced that President Ahmadinejad had won the presidential election. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians were subjected to draconian restrictions by the Iranian authorities of the right to freedom of expression.

Access to the Internet was and continues to be blocked or severely disturbed. Since the announcement of the election results, it is prohibited for Iranian newspapers to publish information about the unrest. Foreign journalists were banned from the streets, and some foreign reporters were expelled from the country.

According to Amnesty International representatives investigations, at least 2277 people were arrested by the police or the Basij militia during and after demonstrations across the country since 12 June 2009. This includes information from those close to well-known political figures such as Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and former President Khatami, who supported the campaign of Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Even human rights defenders and journalists have been arrested. On 16 June 2009, the lawyer and human rights defenders in detention Abdolfattah Soltani (UA-160/2009 of 19 June 2009). Journalist Saeed Hajjarian, who formerly belonged to the City Council of Tehran, and was advisor to former President Mohammad Khatami, was arrested on 16 June 2009. Since an attack in 2000, he is confined to a wheelchair. He was transferred from Evin prison to hospital on 3rd July 2009 (UA-159/2009 of 18 June 2009). On 24 June 2009 70 university graduates were arrested as they left a meeting with Mir Hossein Mousavi in his office. All but four were later released.

Among the detainees are Dr Ghorban Behzadian, the campaign manager of Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Ardeshir Amir Arjomand, a law professor at the Shahid Beheshti University. Hundreds more people were arrested during the demonstrations against the election results by security forces using excessive force. Many were beaten and killed by authorities. A total of 20 deaths were originally claimed. The actual number of fatalities, however, is far higher.

The journalist Issa Saharkhiz was arrested on 4 July 2009. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience, held in prison solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression - including his opinion about the presidential elections. Issa Saharkhiz is in danger of being tortured or mistreated in other ways.

The journalist had supported the presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi in the election campaign. He was arrested on the 4th July in northern Iran and taken to an unknown place. Although his family and his lawyer have been trying to get information about the arrest of Issa Saharkhiz and his place of detention, the Iranian authorities failed to provide this information for a considerable time. It is now known He has been held at Evin Prison since July 4, 2009.

Update: Isa Saharkhiz, renowned journalist, was transferred from Evin to Rajai Shahr prison last year after the execution of a number of Kurdish citizens. Rajai Shahr prison is notorious for its inhumane conditions and prison officials are generally indifferent towards the health and well being of prisoners.

20. Defend the Human Rights Defenders

Colombia is suffering one of the worst humanitarian and human rights crises in the world, finding its clearest expression in the continuation of the world’s second worst internal displacement crisis (after Sudan).

Colombians are forced to flee by armed groups seeking to establish territorial and economic control, or are simply caught up in the violence. Between 3 and 4 million people have fled their homes in the past two decades and Colombians make up the third largest refugee population in the world. In 2008 there was a sharp increase in forced displacement. Those who have been displaced are very unlikely to see any significant compensation, let alone the return of their lands.

Civil society organisations, trade unionists and journalists seeking to expose crimes and human rights violations, or calling for different development policies, do so at the risk of violence or death at the hands of the police, the army, the guerrilla, or a new generation of paramilitary groups. Though there have been some advances in high profile cases following international pressure, impunity for these crimes remain the norm in Colombia. The only sustainable way to reduce levels of threats and violence is to bring the perpetrators to justice.

One of the most troubling aspects of the Colombian human rights crisis is the premeditated murder by soldiers of young people or community leaders outside combat (extrajudicial executions). Another is the stigmatisation campaign against human rights defenders being carried out by government representatives.

21. Say 'NO!' to Amnesty International's Initiative to carry out "SRI LANKA: Play by the rules campaign"

Amnesty International (AI) (a leading human rights watch dog, http://web.amnesty.org/) has started a campaign titled "Sri Lanka: Play by the Rules" to be held at the Cricket World Cup 2007.

http://web.amnesty.org/pages/lka-020407-petition-eng

However the ICC has said they will not get involved in the campaign and not allow them to enter cricket grounds to carry out this campaign, but the campaign is active. This petition is against AI's plans to invade sporting events to voice their opinion.

Having this kind of campaign not only takes away the beauty of the Cricket World Cup but it also demoralizes the Sri Lankan cricket team. This petition is against any future plans by the AI to use sporting events as platforms to voice their concerns.

This petition is not against the alegations they have raised against the government of Sri Lanka or the LTTE (That is a different argument altogether).

22. Freedom for Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet

This is an international petition to urge the Castro government to free Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet who is unjustly held in a Cuban prison. Dr. Biscet is an Amnesty International Prisoner of conscience.