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Lawyers's Gonabadi dervishes, Afshin Karam Pour transferred from Evin prison to Taleghani hospital to treat his broken leg yesterday morning on Ordibehesht 29 , 1391 ( April 17, 2012 ).
According to Majzooban reporter, Afshin Karam pour who was held in section 350 of Evin prison, his left ankle has been broken for More than three months but prison officials about his transfer to hospital were unresponsive so that he has suffered severe pain during the past three months ...
It should be noted, recently, prison officials had planned to send him to the hospital but with " handcuff " and he refused to go and described the action illegal.
افشین کرم پور از وکلای زندانی دراویش صبح امروز برای مداوای شکستگی ناحیه پا به بیمارستان طالقانی تهران منتقل شد.
به گزارش خبرنگار مجذوبان نور ؛ افشین کرم پور مدت بیش از سه ماه است که از ناحیه پا دچار آسیب شده بود اما مسئولین زندان از انتقال وی به بیمارستان اقدامی به عمل نمی آوردند. که به دلیل شدت آسیب دیدگی این درویش گنابادی سه ماه گذشته را با درد شدید سپری کرده است .
لازم به یاد آوری است که اخرین باری مامورین زندان قصد داشتند وی را برای درمان ناحیه پا به بیمارستان منتقل کنند وی به دلیل اینکه این اعزام با دسبند صورت می گرفت از رفتن به بیمارستان خودداری کرد و این اقدام را غیر قانونی توصیف کرد.
During the period between the 14th of February 2011 till the 16th of March 2011, where the Bahraini revolution took place before authorities cracked down all the protests, we were not allowed to get in or back from Saudi Arabia as smooth as it was.
That’s why we had to stay over the weekend at the students housing although we used to get back to Bahrain to meet with our families. Ala’a and Zainab were in Bahrain during the weekend before the crack down took place on the 16th of March and could not get back to university until the 19th of March. However Zahra’a stayed there for more than two weeks because she had exams and was afraid if she get back to Bahrain she will not be able to get back to Saudi as all Shia were banned to get in.
On the 21st of March 2011 10:00 PM the director of Al Dmmam University housing requested us to take our personal belongings as an order came from the Higher national security counsel requesting to depart us from Saudi Arabia immediately. We asked for more clarification at that time, but we were told that our families are waiting for us at King Fahd causeway without even mentioning the reasons for that action.
Out of the students housing building which our flat is in, the Head of university’s office manager was waiting for us as he drove us in his private car to king Fahd causeway and he handed us to the Bahraini security Force. Around 50 masked police officers were waiting for us.
Until that time we were able to contact our families in Bahrain, but our contact them got stopped since we were submitted to Bahrain security Force as they’ve taken our mobile and they switched them off. They put us in a mini-bus and closed the windows and one of the policemen was shouting on us, belittling us and frightening us. We felt suffocated. We were concerned because our parents do not know anything about us. Please note that Zainab was in her 13th week of pregnancy as she was most of the time in Bahrain. The lawyer demanded three times the public persecution to release her because of her maternity condition, however, each time the request was rejected.
After that, we have been taken to the police station at king Fahd causeway for further investigation. At 4 a.m. from the 22nd of March Bahraini authorities took us to another temporary police station to stay the rest of the night there. Our families have had appointed Mr. Abdullah Al Shamlawi as our lawyer. At 11 a.m. we had been taken again to King Fahd causeway police station where they started the investigations all again with the investigator started screaming and shouting that we have lost all the years of study and we will get a sentence of life imprisonment. Also he said that we don’t deserve to get scholarships despite that we got the scholarship after we graduated with high GPA (98%) from secondary school.
On the same day, we have been presented to the Public Prosecution and the lawyer attended as well.
General Persecutions directed an accusation to us listed below:
1. Cursing the government symbols and leaders.
2. Incitement the hate toward the regime and demanding the over drawl the regime
3. Organizing protests at the university and at the university housing in Saudi Arabia
4. Contacting foreign TV channel and providing misleading information’s regarding the situation in Bahrain.
The lawyer asked the Public prosecutor to close the file, as there were no evidence against us neither by the Bahraini government or any known evidences provided by the Saudi authorities that would charge us.
Despite that, the Public Prosecutor had decided to imprison us up for 7 days while holding our case pending for further investigation in a police station called “Isa town police station for women rehabilitation”. We were among the first women to be accused and imprisoned after the crack down in pearl roundabout took place on the 17th of March 2011.
As per investigator decision we were supposed to stay in the custody for 7 days only. However, the custody duration expanded to 23 days until the13th of April.
Suddenly, the authorities have decided to release us where we were handed back to our families from the same police station we detained from. At that time, they let us sign on pledge that we will not participate in any activity against the government and the royal family, we will not contact any media and they have the right to call us anytime if they hand new evidence and by that he case had been closed.
On the 2nd of June Ala’a and Zahra received a call asking us to attend the military court. Zainab was not asked to go due to her maternity. We asked for clarification but what we have been told that we need to sign papers regarding our closed case. On the 6th of June we went to the military court and shocked that we were presented in front the military court judge were he accused us with the charge of participating in a protest in the Pearl Roundabout to commit crimes and breach of public security. None of the previous accusation was directed to us. We had appointed another lawyer called Mr. Mohsin Al Aalwi and procreated to attend court on our behalf. He attended 3 court sessions, when finally on the 21st of June we got the acquittal.
Later, when we decided to get back to the university, we where told from the Saudi authorities on the King Fahd Causeway that we were banned from getting in and we are not welcomed in the country anymore. We contacted the University to get a clarification regarding our studying status but they cleared that they have no authority to help us getting back and it was all directed to them from higher authorities. From that day until today we had communicated with all possible responsible parties both in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia that might help in our case.
Moreover, we reported the case to BICI (Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry), which one of their recommendations was to return all dismissed students back to their studying seats. The National Committee who’s assigned by the King to apply the recommendations duty was finished on the 20th of March 2012 without even reporting back regarding our case. Keeping in mind that we met with the president of that committee since they started.
Also, we communicated with all human rights defendant parties and committees inside and outside Bahrain. Last but not least, we met with many committees and missions sent by many countries as US and Ireland who visited Bahrain. Also we met with FIDH.
In Bahrain , we tried with ministry of foreign affair , Ministry of Education , Ministry of Interior , Supreme Council of women , Saudi Embassy in Manama , Bahrain Embassy in Saudi Arabia . Bahraini Member of Parliament Ahmed Alsaati . MOI in Saudi Arabia. University of Dammam . king Fahad causeway authority.
We applied for admission to the University of Arabian Gulf, but our request was denied for the reason that the Gulf universities operate within a single system .As a result, the Saudi authorities refused to allow us to complete our study there , the Arabian Gulf Univesity refuses to accept us as well as.
Al Wasat newspaper published a number of topics related to our cause.
Our Current situation, is unknown if we will be able to get back to Saudi where we need to complete the remaining semester (2 months. Otherwise, we need to apply to private universities where most of them we contacted requested us to repeat 3 to 4 years and on our own funding despite we used to have it as a scholarship.
We hope that your foundation could consider our case and help us completing our study.
Personal Information of Zainab:
Name: Zainab Mohammed Maklooq
Occupation: Medical Student
University: AL Dammam University (King Fiasal University previously)
Year of studying: 6th year medical student, last semester (two modules to graduate)
Personal Information of Aala’a:
Name: Aalaa Sayed Shubber Mosin Majed
Occupation: Medical Student
University: AL Dammam University (King Fiasal University previously)
Year of studying: 6th Year medical student, Last semester (two modules to graduate)
Personal Information of Zahra’a:
Name: Zahra Salman Mohamed Zabar
Occupation: Medical Student
University: Al Dammam University (King Faisal University previously)
Year of Studying: 5th Year medical Student.
Two Iranians at imminent danger of execution for consuming alcohol.
Iran Human Rights, June 24: Two people who were sentenced to death for consuming alcohol are at imminent danger of execution.
According to the state run Iranian news agency ISNA Iranian Supreme court has approved the death sentence of two people who are sentenced to death for consuming alcohol for the third time. Quoting the head of the Iranian judiciary in Razavi Khorasan province, Hasan Shariati, the report said: "These two had previously been sentenced to "Hadd" and their sentences (80 lashes each time) had been implemented. They were sentenced to death for being convicted of drinking alcohol for the third time and their sentence has been approved by the Supreme Court". Shariati added: "After approval by the Supreme Court, implementation of their execution is now being prepared".
Iran Human Rights (IHR) strongly condemns the death sentences of these two prisoners. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: "It seems that the Iranian authority’s execution machine doesn’t know any limits". He added:" We urge the international community to react immediately to stop these executions. The world can not tolerate such barbaric punishments in 2012".
SOURCE : Iran Human Rights
Victorian Citizens are being forced to have Smartmeters installed without consultation or choice, in total disregard for what they believe are their human rights:
* to protection from hazards to their health and safety;
* to choose what is installed in their homes;
* to protection of their economic interests;
* to protection of their privacy;
* to access to adequate information to enable the right to making informed choices according to individual wishes and needs.
There are many concerns regarding smart meters including;
* health issues, including radiation;
* additional cost on households,
* the additional costs of time of use tariffs would impose on households;
* the accuracy of smart meters and the inability of households to check energy consumption levels;
* that installers of smart meters may not be appropriately qualified;
* individuals making it known that they did not want a smart meter installed at their property, or wanted their meter removed being totally disregarded
* problems with wiring, the possibility of fires developing and the loss of appliances following installation and consumers rights for replacement of their assets and appliances
* insurance concerns
* privacy of data collected and concerns over hacking of the system to name the main concerns
For more details on concerns and links to other sites go to stopsmartmeters.com.au and register your details to receive regular updates. More info also at www.stopsmartmeters.com.au
We look forward to your support and passing this to other Victorian Citizens concerned about their basic rights.
The American government has not responded adequately to the grievous human rights abuses associated with the Bahraini government crackdown on the democratic opposition.
The impression given is one of cynical hypocrisy and inconsistency on human rights and democracy promotion.
This undermines the legitimacy that President Obama is working to establish for the United States in the region, and offers the Islamic Republic of Iran an opportunity to project influence into the Gulf.
This petition is to request sending a UN neutral committee to Bahrain, and we refuse the committee that is appointed by the king of Bahrain as we consider him as a part of the problem and we believe that him and his family are responsible of the violations of human rights.
هذه العريضة لنحث على ارسال لجنة محايدة من الامم المتحدة للبحرين ، و نرفض اللجنة المعينة من قبل ملك البحرين الذي نعتبره جزء من المشكلة و نؤمن أنه و عائلته المسؤولين عن انتهاكات حقوق الانسان في البحرين.
"The regime has chosen to use brute force and intimidation in responding to peaceful opposition regarding legitimate and serious allegations of electoral fraud,"Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement.
"Basic human rights, including freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, are being ignored,' he said.
In the last 72 hours, 30 Christians were martyred and 400 plus injured. Tens of thousands of Christians have fled to the jungles to save their lives and are subsisting on roots and herbs.
Hundreds of village churches have been burnt and razed to ground. Christian nuns have been gang-raped and burnt to death. Priests have been killed and attacked with iron rods, clubs, swords, and country made guns. Alleged VHP radicals are supposedly responsible for this utterly unbelievable carnage.
It is reported that they force Christians to bow before Hindu Gods and threaten them with death if they do not denounce Christianity and accept Hinduism. Christians are targeted irrespective of age and gender.
Even children are not spared from these barbaric acts. Christians are assaulted, humiliated, paraded half-naked, beaten up, their limbs mutilated, tortured, burnt alive, raped, and murdered.
There are more than 124 incidents in Orissa in last 72 hours and more than 143 incidents in Karnataka, where Christians have been mercilessly victimized. These stupendously inhuman acts are not only appalling, but are also macabre, horrid, revolting, disgusting, vile and such acts of violence are big blots of shame on the secular and democratic fabric of the Indian Constitution.
It is a shame that on the land of the Mahatma, where non-violence is the sacred mantra, violence is so unashamedly, unabashedly, and unabatedly propagated, instigated, and supported by few anti-social individuals or groups, in the name of religion. Christians are a peace-loving community and abhor violence of any kind.
All the Christians of India and the world are mere mute spectators at the ghastly events happening in Orissa and Karnataka against their peace-loving brethren.
President Mag. Dr. Heinz Fischer, Chancellor Mag. Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer, Mr. Günter Platter, Minister Mag. Dr. Maria Berger, Minister Mag. Dr. Maria Theresia Fekter, Police President Hofrat Mag. Dr. jur. Gerhard Pürstl, Attorney General Hofrat Dr. Otto Schneider, Judge Mag. Astrid Toifl-Goster, Judge Mag. Pablik, Public Prosecutor Wolfgang Händler, Police Lieutenant-Colonel Josef Böck
HUMAN RIGHTS SCANDAL IN AUSTRIA
THEY ARE ALL FREE THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT
for latest information visit http://www.wikileaks.org/wiki/Category:Whistleblowers/Austria
Non-governmental organisations express concern about what may be a case of state repression of social activism.
On 21st May 2008 at 6 a.m., heavily armed police officers from an elite unit stormed 21 homes and the offices of a number of non-governmental organisations in Austria. Breaking their way in, the masked police surrounded frightened civilians in their beds at gun point. Ten people were arrested and have been held in custody without specific charge since that day. Despite the statement by the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior that "The measures taken by the police were in no way directed against animal welfare or animal welfare organisations", the removal of computers, documents and other assets has effectively crippled some of the organisations involved.
Those asking the media to look at this case draw attention to the fact that Amnesty International and the Austrian Green Party have reacted strongly, questioning police methods and the treatment of detainees, particularly the absence of actionable evidence justifying "strong suspicion" (dringender Tatverdacht) or the "reason (or grounds)" (Haftgrund) for the arrests. Detainee accounts of what has happened are alarming: see, for example, the appeal sent out by Martin Balluch on June 9. http://www.wikileaks.org/wiki/User:Austrian_Atrocities
In recent years, milestone reforms in animal law have been achieved in Austria including bans on fur farms, battery cages for hens and the use of wild animals in circuses.
Should those who have achieved advances that are an example to the rest of the world be blamed for all the unsolved cases of damage to property in Austria over the last eleven years? "All citizens have the right to actively stand up for or demonstrate against something. It is particularly important to stand up for animal rights because animals cannot stand up for themselves. People must do it for them. Animals, like all the defenceless, rely on this protection." (Elfriede Jelinek, Nobel Prize for literature 2004).
Should organisations acting for animals that have always operated peacefully and within the law have their functioning hampered by the seizure of their material?
The undersigned express deep concern at what appears to be an attempt to criminalise the animal advocacy movement and to stifle the political freedom of those involved in it.
Information in German and English is available on the website of the Association Against Animal Factories (Verein Gegen Tierfabriken): www.vgt.at. (1) http://www.vgt.at/presse/news/2008/news20080605_1_en.php (2 http://www.vgt.at/presse/news/2008/news20080613_2_en.php (3) http://www.evana.org/index.php?id=34576〈=en
ENDORSED BY: 174 National & International NGOs and groups (list growing) see: http://www.evana.org from 32 countries, namely
Argentine Austria Australia Belgium Brazil Canada Croatia Czech Republic Finland France Germany Hong Kong India Ireland Israel Italy Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Philippines Poland Portugal Romania Serbia Slovenia South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States of America
Please see also the following petition and appeal sites:
We ask for the immediate release and believe that a fair trial will still be possible, if they are no longer kept locked up.
The reputation of Austria as a constitutional state could suffer now a serious blow, if the justice system would not take immediate action to redress the situation and release the detainees from remand.
Disabled orphans in Bulgaria are left in cruel, sick conditions which breaches their human rights.
Mr Raila Respect My Constitution, you cannot be a Leader of a Country for Whose Laws you Don't Uphold.
Kibaki rigged the election votes in his favour.
President Raila Odinga is the winner of the 2007 election in Kenya.
Kibaki took the office by force.
Kenyans voted for what they knew was right and never got it.
The just concluded results of the 27th elections caused chaos in most parts of the country .
As per today's paper January 2 2008 "the standard news paper of kenya" The charmain of Electoral Commission of Kenya mr kivuitu has admitted that he was under pressure to announce kibaki as a winner.
He himself have admitted that kibaki did not win the election. The court system in kenya is so corrupt and majority of the high court judges are from kikuyu community which will favour kibaki therefore to get justice we can't go to court.
We appeal to international community to help please! please! we demand the kenyan govn to lift the media ban immediately, the kibaki to step down, demand the electoral process be given the level of seriouseness it deserves.humanitarian assistance.
We ask international community to intervene. I myself live in u.s and I can't talk to my kids who happen to be in kenya right now.
We ask more especially AMERICA, BRITAIN, AND THE EU COMMUNITY TO HELP BEFORE IT IS TOO late.
The recently concluded Kenyan presidential election results were patently rigged.
The unfolding events are troubling and the truth is obvious to all.
Let Kibaki and his associates de-escalate this situation by stepping aside to allow independent observers review the contentious issues instead of going back to doctor voter registers.
NOTE to INTERNATIONAL LABOR, MIGRANT and HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS
Greetings from the Seoul-Gyeonggi-Incheon Migrants Trade Union!
We are a union formed by and for migrant workers in South Korea. Our
members come from many countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, the
Philippines, the U.S., Indonesia and Sri Lanka. We are contacting you to ask for
your solidarity in our struggle to improve the situation of migrant workers in
In the interest of building the global struggles for workers and migrants rights
we would also like to learn about similar organizations and unions around the
world. We believe this is the first step to establishing solidarity between us.
Please take a moment to send us information about your work.
Seoul-Gyeonggi-Incheon Migrants Trade Union
Summary of the Incident
At 4:00 am on February 11 a fire swept through the locked cells of the
detention center at the Yeosu Immigration Controls Office, killing 9 detainees
and wounding 18 others. Neither the alarm system nor the sprinklers operated
when the fire broke out. The detention center staff tried but failed to put out
the flames using portable fire extinguishers. Even so, they did not unlock cells
to free the detainees. The detainees were forced to breathe in toxic fumes
emitted from burning mattresses. These fumes were the cause of most of the
deaths and injuries.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The South Korean government
says it suspects arson by one detainee, but has not produced any evidence.
Despite this alibi it is not hard to see that the real roots of the tragedy lie
elsewhere- in the government’s inhumane policy towards migrant workers.
Background on Migrant Workers in Korea
There are currently roughly 400 thousand migrant workers in South Korea, of
whom about 189,000 are undocumented. Migrants in Korea have come under
either the “Industrial Trainee System” or the “Employment Permit System,”
which place them at specific factories and prohibit them from freely moving to
other jobs. Most migrant workers experience inhumane treatment, unsafe
working environments and low and unpaid wages. Therefore, many must leave
their assigned jobs in search of better conditions, thus becoming
The government has responded to this situation with a brutal crackdown.
Migrant workers are frequently injured and killed in surprise immigration raids.
What is more, they face inhumane conditions and human rights abuses in
detention centers like the one in Yeosu, which are worse than prisons. Migrants’
organizations and their supporters believe that the only true way to solve the
issue is to stop the crackdown, improve the migrant workers system and
legalize all undocumented migrants.
Human Rights Abuses in the Aftermath of the Fire
Injured migrants have been forced to receive treatment while handcuffed to
their hospital beds. 28 migrants who were deemed to need no treatment were
transferred to Cheong-ju Detention Center. Of these, 17 were forcibly deported
without begin given any compensation. The government is also refusing to
reveal information about the case to bereaved families and civil society
In response, MTU has come together with migrant and civil society
organizations to form the ‘Joint Committee for Counter Measures to the Tragic
Fire at Yeosu Foreigners Detention Center.’ We are working to raise awareness
about the incident and its roots and investigating the actual conditions in
detention centers around the country. We held a memorial service and mass
rally on February 25, which was met by police violence.
Now more than ever, our struggle needs international support. The situation of
migrant workers in South Korea must be familiar to all those who come from
and/or work in immigrant working-class communities in throughout the world.
Please show your solidarity by signing this petition to the South Korean
October 1, 2006
This petition is now closed. Thanks to all who signed.
I and over 250 doctors across the World wrote a letter in the Lancet on March 10th regarding the ongoing human rights abuses and breaches of medical ethics by doctors in Guantanamo (http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/forumy/2006/06/guantanamo-and-medical-ethics.php).
In June, the British Medical Association at its annual meeting, passed a unanimous motion for a group of UK doctors to go to Guantanamo to assess the medical treatment there. This has been rejected by the Foreign Office. (see Hansard here http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2006-07-10b.83426.h).
Further it has become apparent, that the Foreign Office's medical and legal panels have NEVER discussed Guantanamo.
The purpose of this letter is to collect as many signatures from UK healthcare workers as possible for a letter which we will then submit to a UK newspaper to put pressure on the Foreign Office to act for UK residents being held in Guantanamo, such as Omar Deghayes (http://www.save-omar.org.uk/)
If you are doctor and a BMA member please state so when you sign.
Dr David Nicholl
In discussion regarding media tactics with others, I would be grateful if ONLY doctors sign up. I am extremely grateful for the support of medical students, nursing staff and other colleagues in this important issue. However from the Press point-of-view, it will be much simpler to see that 100+ doctors have signed up to this letter. Apologies for the change of tack!
LAST DATE FOR SIGNATURES WILL BE FRIDAY 15TH SEPT AT MIDNIGHT
According to one Australian Government Agency, my daughter doesn't exist, they deem her a "non-entity". The agency is the Child Support Agency of Australia (CSA).
I am her father, I am on her birth certificate and she is alive and well.
I seek to present a petition to the Minister in charge of this agency to give her recognition and include her in all dealings, I her father has with the CSA.
August 8, 2006
Poor Nepalese girls as young as 9 are sold into sex slavery as a meager way to support their families. Then, they are never allowed back into their homes after they contract AIDS.
Animals are above girls and women on the social level.
Demand the Nepalese government to give girls an education or to allow them to be adopted to other countries by safe and loving parents.
April 24, 2006
On the 13 July 2004 a motion was passed calling on the British Government to honour its responsibilities under international law by insisting on the immediate repatriation of British citizens and five British residents held at Guantanamo Bay.
Since that time, Mozzam Begg and the other British citizens have been released, without charge. But we now know that at least eight British residents are still imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.
The illlegal regime applied to detainees at Guantanamo undermines the rule of law and various other universally recognised human rights, which are the essence of democratic societies. The absence of any due process at Guantanamo, allegations of abuse, torture and a lack of procedural and legal safeguards are a clear violation of international human rights laws.
Various reports and ex-detainees have highlighted the physical, psychological and religious humiliation and abuse that detainees are subjected to. In light of this well documented evidence there is an urgent need and a duty on the British Government to act on behalf of those detained.
The British residents detained at Guantanamo have lived in Britain for many years and have family members who are British Nationals. Most are refugees fleeing from persecution, including Omar Deghayes, a refugee from Libya who would face immediate danger to his life should he be released from Guantanamo and returned to Libya.
We need to impress on the British government that it owes a duty of care towards its residents and that in the case of the eight British residents still detained at Guantanamo it needs to act now to get them released as a matter of urgency.
February 17, 2006
The "Register Madaraka Party of Kenya" Petition to be sent to "H.E President Mwai Kibaki, Attorney General Amos Wako, and Registrar of Societies"
Madaraka Party of Kenya was formed on June 11, 2005 to champion for the rights of youth, unemployed, poor workers, and peasants. On July 15, 2005, Madaraka Party submitted application for registration to the Registrar of Societies, Nairobi, Kenya.
On January 20, 2006, the Deputy Registrar informed Madaraka officials that "the government has put on hold registration of all political parties till further notice."
On January 29, 2006, the party wrote to the registrar seeking the following information:
1. "Who or which office in the government made the decision to put on hold the registration of political parties in Kenya?
2. Why has the government decided to put a hold on registration of political parties?
3. For how long will the hold be in place?
4. What is to happen to trigger the lifting of the hold on registration of political parties?
5. Under which law has the government based its decision to put on hold registration of political parties? Lastly, Is Kenya still a multiparty democracy or democracy is also on hold till further notice?"
There has been no response as of February 17, 2006.
February 12, 2006
Ten humanitarian aid workers of TRO have been abducted by Sri Lankan state backed paramilitary groups on 30th of jan.2006. Later, 3 were relased.
The Sri Lanka Government has sought to evade all responsibilities for this heinous act by issuing misleading statements in the media. (Ref: Minister For Foreign Affairs, dt. 02.02.06 )
February 01, 2006
The Sri Lanka military and its political sponsors have returned full cycle to the policies of the 1988 to 1999 period when an estimated 60 000 civilians in the South were killed by government death squads.
More than 100 civilians were killed and 75 disappearances reported in the North East of Sri Lanka.
January 5, 2006
Sri Lanka has a long history of human rights violations against Tamil people. Sri Lankan armed forces were accused for large number of killings, torture and disappearance.
The Sri Lankan repressive regime seeks to intimidate in a number of historically well-understood ways. Below are some methods by which the Sri Lankan armed forces and military intelligence have intimidated the Tamil people of Sri Lanka:
1. Extra judicial killing of civil rights activists, thought leaders and persons involved in international advocacy:
Hon. Joseph Pararajasingham MP, was killed in army-controlled territory allegedly by military intelligence and paramilitaries controlled by them.
This highlights the risks to the lives of all Tamil parliamentarians who have traveled internationally to advocate Tamil rights. Family members of other members of parliament have been killed by the Sri Lankan intelligence services - e.g. Mr. Kumar Ponnambalam a leading human rights lawyer was shot in Colombo in 2001.
a. Hon. Mr. Gajendran, TNA MP for Jaffna was seriously injured by the Sri Lankan army earlier this week.
b. Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham is the second TNA MP to be killed this year.
2. Intimidation and killing of journalists: Sivaram Dharmeratnam, editor of Tamilnet (www.tamilnet.com) was abducted and shot in a high security military zone in Colombo. Every one of the four major newspapers in Jaffna has been intimidated in December, journalists arrested and a newspaper worker shot outside the paper's offices in Jaffna.
3. Intimidation and killing of intellectuals, students and academic faculty. Systematic intimidation of the faculty and students of the University of Jaffna in December is detailed below.
4. Sexual violence against women in occupied territories (see below).
5. Increase in disappearances in army custody - The Northern Human Rights commission has confirmed 25 persons disappeared in Jaffna in the last two months.
Detainees in Guantanamo Bay on Hunger Strike.
At least 210 detainees have been on hunger strike since 11 August in protest at their conditions. An earlier hunger strike was stopped when the US authorities promised some changes. They reneged on these promises and the detainees have resumed their protest.
Anyone familiar with the Irish hunger strikes of the 1980s will realise that these detainees are at a critical stage - it's a matter of life and death. Please contact your MP and urge him/her to press the British government to raise the matter with the American authorities as a matter of urgency.
Most of the detainees have been held at Guantanamo for over three without access to their families and are held in untolerable conditions prompting them to go on hunger strike demanding proper treatment under various international conventions. At least one of the prisoner held at guantanamo is a juvenile.
Several, atleast five are British residents and we demand that the British administration has some seriosu discussions with its American partners to bring these intolerable conditions for the prisoners at Guantanamo to an end so that the prisoners can end the hunger strike and can expect a proper process of law applied to them so that they can defend the charges against which they are held.
We are a new family from Bulgaria where we won a green card DV-2005.
During the interview in US embassy - Sofia (Feb.28.2005) consular officer refused our documents - reason: they are fraudulent.
In this case we got a permanent ineligibility to entry to US. Section 212C of the INA states. They says that our marriage and marriage documents are fake. Our documents are not fake and we can prove that. They refuse to listen us, and do not accept our objections. They ask us these questions listed below:
"When you maked sex for the first time and where?"
"When was a last time"
"When you make sex after your first date"
Write a picture of you home.
"What is the last gift for your spouse`s birthday", and other private questions.
We are too much confused and disappointed from the lottery "green card" program and our treatment from the team of US Embassy - Sofia. Personality Rebecca Gruitz - US vice consul. We feeling us like criminals and people without human rights.
They broke our privacy asking these quiestions.
We need an advice & support to solve this case against cruel treatment.