Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

Ecuador: Assange to be questioned in London embassy

August 11, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Ecuador says a date for Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its embassy in the British capital will be set 'in the coming weeks.' The development is a possible breakthrough in an impasse that has seen Assange holed up in Ecuador's embassy for more than four years. Assange sought political asylum at the embassy in June 2012 after he was accused of involvement in a suspected rape case in Sweden, an allegation he denies. He fears that if he is extradited to Sweden he will then be sent to the United States for prosecution over WikiLeaks'[s] publication of thousands of diplomatic letters." (08/11/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/08/11/ecuador-assange-questioned-london-embassy/88554800  

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“US Marshals” gang to auction stolen Bitcoin

August 9, 2016
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The Daily Dot    

"The U.S. Marshals Service plans on selling approximately 2,719 bitcoins obtained through a handful of [thefts], it announced Monday. The coins, currently valued at more than $1.6 million, are like tours through the recent history of cryptocurrency-related crime -- all of which (or, at least, some of which) could be yours if you [have no ethics whatsoever and] decide to bid in the auction. Of the nine cases from which law enforcement officials have obtained the coins that are being auctioned, the most high-profile is [political prisoner] Ross Ulbricht." (08/08/16)

http://www.dailydot.com/layer8/us-marshals-bitcoin-auction/  

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China: Lawyer sentenced to seven years in third subversion show trial this week

August 4, 2016
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Roanoke Times World    

"A Chinese lawyer was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday in the third in a series of subversion trials demonstrating the ruling Communist Party's determination to silence independent human rights activists and government critics. The sentence given to Zhou Shifeng results from his role as director of Beijing's Fengrui Law Firm, which took on sensitive cases and represented people who dared challenge the party." (08/04/16)

http://www.roanoke.com/news/wire_headlines/china-lawyer-gets-years-in-rd-subversion-trial-this-week/article_41a9fbe0-19ac-5234-81ea-4169ae8770b2.html  

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Manning’s death wouldn’t be enough for the state

August 4, 2016
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Nick Ford  

"This act of punishing Manning for her failed suicide attempt is just another cog in a brutal machine of torturing Manning for her perceived crimes. Just last year Manning was nearly thrown into solitary confinement for possession of LGBTQA+ reading material and (wait for it) toothpaste. There is no end to the control the state wants over Manning and people like her. Because Manning symbolizes something that they want to crush: Rebellion. And a government that is obsessed with control cannot allow Manning to live, or at least not in any real way." (08/03/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45817  

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Snowden and media friends: L’etat, c’est nous

July 31, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Good and honest motives or not, [Edward] Snowden and the journalists who help him disseminate 'curated' selections from the information in his possession have set themselves up as little governments. They're not 'return[ing] this information to the public' which theoretically owns it. They're merely parceling out the information THEY'VE decided it's OK for the public to have. But the the NSA and the US State Department do the same thing. Snowden and friends differ from those organizations merely on content selection criteria, not on the principles involved."

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6939  

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Turkey: Regime calls for abduction of 47 more journalists

July 28, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Turkey's prime minister has warned that the crackdown following a failed coup was not over, as authorities issued arrest warrants for dozens of former newspaper staff. More than 15,000 people have been detained for suspected links to the coup and at least 8,000 remain in custody, according to the interior ministry. Tens of thousands more have been purged from state institutions .... Ankara said that Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric, was behind the failed uprising by a faction within the military that led to some 290 deaths on 15 July. ... The Turkish government has also issued arrest warrants for 47 former staff of the Zaman newspaper, which supported Gulen and is suspected of links to the cleric." (07/27/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/27/turkey-discharges-1700-officers-from-military-after-coup-attempt  

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OH: Attorney appeals five-day contempt sentence from idiot fascist judge for BLM pin

July 27, 2016
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Fox News    

"An attorney in Ohio is fighting a judge's ruling that sent her to jail for refusing to remove her Black Lives Matter pin in court. If Andrea Burton loses her appeal, she'll need to serve the 5-day sentence, WKBN reported Friday. Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Robert Milich said he ordered Burton to take off the pin last week because the law allows judges to limit symbolic political expression in court, even if it doesn't interrupt the proceedings." (07/26/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/26/lawyer-who-refused-to-remove-black-lives-matter-pin-appeals-5-day-sentence.html  

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Turkey: Regime forces abduct 31 academics, announces desire to abduct 42 journalists

July 26, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Turkish authorities issued warrants on Monday for the detention of 42 journalists and took 31 academics into custody, official media reported, as the government pressed ahead with a crackdown against people allegedly linked to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric following a failed coup. ... The government declared a three-month state of emergency and detained more than 13,000 people in the military, judiciary and other institutions following the foiled coup. Those rounded up include nearly 9,000 soldiers, 2,100 judges and prosecutors and 1,485 police, according to the president. In addition, tens of thousands of workers have lost their jobs, suspected of possible ties to the coup plotters. Erdogan said the government has also closed and seized the assets of 15 universities, 934 other schools, 109 student dormitories, 19 unions, 35 medical institutions as well as over 1,100 other associations and foundations." (07/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/07/25/turkey-journalists-coup-attempt/87522662/  

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In defense of torrents

July 25, 2016
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Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"With much fanfare from the Department of Justice, the alleged operator of the largest torrent site, Artem Vaulin, was arrested in Poland and the website was seized. ... The DOJ is seeking to extradite Vaulin, who is Ukrainian, from Poland to the United States where he is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of criminal copyright infringement for allegedly operating the website Kickass Torrents (KAT). ... there are a lot of similarities between the Silk Road and Kickass Torrents. First off, three simple facts of the Silk Road case: Ross Ulbricht created a website; people used the website to sell things that other people wanted to buy; Ross Ulbricht was sent to jail for the rest of his life. Now, three three simple facts of the KAT case: Artem Vaulin allegedly created a website; people used the website to share digital copies of things that other people wanted; Artem Vaulin could be sent to jail for the next 20 years." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (07/24/16)

http://fpp.cc/in-defense-of-torrents/  

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US political prisoner Chelsea Manning communicates after suicide attempt

July 13, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Chelsea Manning has tweeted that she's OK following her hospitalization for a suicide attempt last week. The 28-year-old transgender soldier imprisoned for sending classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks also posted on her Twitter account Monday night, 'I'm glad to be alive.'" (07/12/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wikileaks-whistleblower-chelsea-manning-suicide-lawyers/  

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Zimbabwe: Regime charges protest organizer with inciting violence

July 12, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Zimbabwe police have charged the organizer of the country's biggest shutdown protest in close to a decade with inciting violence and disturbing the peace, a day ahead of more protests planned across the country. Evan Mawarire, a pastor, handed himself over to police Tuesday in the company of a lawyer after police indicated they wanted to question him. Many people answered his call on social media last week for a job boycott in the southern Africa country to protest dismal economic conditions under longtime President Robert Mugabe." (07/12/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/zimbabwe-protest-organizer-charged-with-inciting-violence/2016/07/12/078265c6-4829-11e6-8dac-0c6e4accc5b1_story.html  

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US political prisoner Chelsea Manning hospitalized, cut off from attorneys

July 7, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Attorneys for imprisoned transgender soldier Chelsea Manning are livid following failed attempts to contact their client after she was briefly hospitalized on Tuesday. Manning, who was convicted in 2013 on espionage charges and other offenses for sending more than 700,000 classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, was taken to the hospital in the early hours of Tuesday, July 5, Army spokesman Wayne Hall confirmed to NBC News. She has since returned back to the United State Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she is currently serving a 35-year sentence. Hall said that military officials were continuing to monitor Manning's condition, but gave no details as to what that condition might be. Meanwhile, Manning's lawyers have not been able to get in touch with her, and are furious to see unverified information relating to her medical status apparently leaked to various media." (07/06/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/chelsea-manning-hospitalized-cut-attorneys-n604951  

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Digital dystopia: Egyptian civil society at risk

June 27, 2016
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Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jillian York  

"On June 23, Amnesty International -- along with IFEX, Human Rights Watch, FIDH, and seven other organizations -- issued a joint statement on the 'existential threat' faced by Egyptian civil society. In recent months, the statement reads: 'Many people working with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been detained and ill-treated, charged with offences under the draconian Counter-terrorism law, or subject to a judicial request to ban them from travel and freeze their assets.' Digital rights defenders are amongst those who have been targeted. ... It is not just the defenders of free speech, but free speech itself being attacked." (06/27/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/06/digital-dystopia-egyptian-civil-society-risk  

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Swedish AG asks to question Assange at Ecuador’s UK embassy

June 22, 2016
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Wikileaks Firstpost [India]    

"Swedish authorities have written to the Ecuadorean foreign office in UK seeking a meeting with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, as he began his fifth year holed out in the Ecuadoran embassy in London. It could prove to be a major breakthrough in the protracted standoff between the 44-year-old Assange and Sweden, where he is wanted [sic] in relation to a 2010 rape allegation. 'Interviewing Assange inside the embassy has been Ecuador's request for four years. Over 1,400 days we have been asking the Swedes to come and interrogate him in our embassy. So it is welcome there has been change of heart and some sign of political will,' said Ecuador's foreign minister, Dr Guillaume Long." (06/21/16)

http://www.firstpost.com/world/sweden-to-question-julian-assange-in-ecuador-embassy-in-london-2847650.html  

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Egypt: Regime court sentences six, including three journalists, to death

June 19, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"An Egyptian court handed down death sentences to six people, including two Al Jazeera journalists, for alleged spying. The six, along with former President Mohammed Morsy and his aides, were accused of leaking state secrets to Qatar. The court ruled Saturday in support of a verdict ratified by Egypt's religious leaders in the case dubbed the 'Qatar spying case.' In addition to the two former employees of the Qatar-based network, a reporter for Rasd media channel was also among those convicted. The journalists were tried in absentia." (06/19/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/19/middleeast/cairo-death-sentence-qatar-spying-case/  

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TX: Judge dismisses part of indictment against anti-abortion activist

June 15, 2016
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US News & World Report US News & World Report    

"A misdemeanor charge accusing an anti-abortion activist of trying to buy human organs while making an undercover video looking into Planned Parenthood practices has been dismissed ... David Daleiden, 27, and fellow activist Sandra Merritt, 63, were each indicted in January on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record for allegedly using fake driver's licenses to conceal their identities while dealing with Planned Parenthood at a Houston clinic. Daleiden was also indicted on the misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs. ... Harris County Criminal Court at Law Judge Diane Bull on Monday dismissed the misdemeanor count Daleiden faced, ruling the indictment was flawed because prosecutors had failed to make reference within the indictment to any exceptions to the law prohibiting the purchase or sale of human organs. Under the law, there are several exceptions including if fees were being paid to a doctor or hospital for their services." (06/14/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2016-06-14/anti-abortion-activists-human-organ-purchase-charge-dropped  

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Obama adds 42 commutations in push to free drug POWs

June 6, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 42 federal prisoners Friday, as the White House intensifies its push to free nonviolent drug offenders [sic] from prisons. The president has now shortened the sentences of 348 people during his presidency, more than the previous seven presidents combined. The White House has accelerated its efforts to release prisoners in the tail end of the president's second term. The Obama administration asked the U.S. Sentencing Commission to allow imprisoned drug offenders to apply for reduced sentences in 2014, and began a program to expedite thousands of clemency requests." (06/03/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-03/obama-adds-42-commutations-in-push-to-free-nonviolent-felons  

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Reflections on visiting political prisoner Deo Odolecki

June 6, 2016
posted by

Free Pete Eyre Cop Block
by Pete Eyre  

"Deo is caged because he encouraged others to question the ideas and institutions that manifest as two classes of people -- masters and slaves. That's why Deanna O'Donnell -- the person who said Deo was to be caged for 240 days -- said, 'I don't have the power to make it end, but I have the power to make it stop for a little while.' O'Donnell and the political/parasitic/predatory class rely on the perception that they have rights others do not. When someone questions that statist quo, and especially when someone encourages others to question it, their legitimacy is threatened." (06/04/16)

http://www.copblock.org/161092/reflections-on-visiting-political-prisoner-deo-odolecki/  

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Sweden: Court upholds warrant for Assange

May 25, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"A Swedish district court on Wednesday upheld an arrest warrant for Julian Assange, in a blow to the WikiLeaks founder's hopes to end his years-long stay at Ecuador's embassy in London. Assange is wanted on rape charges [sic] in Sweden that date back to 2010. ... In February, a United Nations working group concluded that the hacker and anti-secrecy activist has been 'arbitrarily detained' for the last three years, and that he should be allowed freedom of travel. After that claim, Assange's lawyers filed a motion asking the Stockholm District Court to overturn his arrest warrant. But Swedish officials continue to believe the charges [sic] are valid and still consider him a flight risk, Marianne Ny, the director of public prosecutions, said in a statement." [editor's note: In point of fact, Assange has not been "charged" with any crime in Sweden; Ny claims to just want to question him, but has declined numerous opportunities to do so - TLK] (05/25/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/281187-swedish-court-upholds-warrant-for-wikileaks-founder-assange  

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Doreen Hendrickson, political prisoner

May 13, 2016
posted by

William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"Michigan resident Dor[e]en Hendrickson was convicted of 'criminal contempt' and sent to prison for 18 months for refusing a judge's order to commit perjury. The first attempt to convict her of that supposed offense ended in a hung jury. In the second trial, U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds foreclosed the possibility of acquittal by instructing the jury that 'It is not a defense to the crime of Contempt of Court that the Court Order that the Defendant is accused of violating was unlawful o[r] unconstitutional.'" (05/12/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/05/doreen-hendrickson-political-prisoner.html  

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Israel: Regime indicts nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu

May 9, 2016
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Killeen Daily Herald    

"Israel has indicted Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordecai Vanunu for meeting with American citizens in Jerusalem and violating other court-ordered restrictions. Vanunu is a former employee at Israel's nuclear reactor who served 18 years in Israeli prison for leaking details and pictures of Israel's alleged nuclear weapons program to a British newspaper in 1986. Israel neither confirms nor denies its nuclear capability." (05/08/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/ap/israel-indicts-nuclear-whistleblower-mordechai-vanunu/article_3ce04163-c053-5787-be27-44308b440651.html  

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Egypt: Hundreds arrested as authorities show “paranoia” over protest

April 26, 2016
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Amnesty International    

"Egypt's security forces arbitrarily arrested hundreds of people ahead of planned protests in Egypt yesterday, said Amnesty International, after large numbers of security forces prevented demonstrators from gathering in Cairo and elsewhere. The Front of Defence for Egyptian Protesters (FDEP) early this morning told Amnesty that they knew of at least 238 people, including foreign nationals, activists and journalists, who were arrested. ... Egypt's Protest Law prohibits protesters from staging demonstrations without the consent of the authorities, and gives security forces sweeping powers to disperse 'unauthorised' demonstrations. In practice, the authorities have facilitated protests by supporters of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, while routinely dispersing demonstrations by his opponents." (04/26/16)

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/egypt-hundreds-arrested-authorities-show-paranoia-over-protest  

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Report: Saudi human rights activist sentenced to nine years in prison

April 25, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Rights group Amnesty International says a court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a peaceful dissident to nine years in prison and banned him from travel abroad for another nine years on charges related to his civil rights work. Issa al-Hamid is a founding member of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights, known by its Arabic acronym HASEM. Several HASEM members are serving similarly lengthy jail sentences. On Sunday, Amnesty International described his sentencing as part of a wider 'ruthless onslaught against civil society' by Saudi authorities. Al-Hamid was convicted of inciting people to breach public order, insulting the judiciary, defaming the kingdom's senior religious clerics and establishing an unlicensed organization." (04/24/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/24/saudi-human-rights-activist-sentenced-to-years-in-prison.html  

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Angola: Seventeen book club members convicted, sentenced to jail

March 30, 2016
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Killeen Daily Herald    

"A group of 17 political activists known as the Luanda Book Club have been sentenced to jail after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Angola's government, local media reported on Tuesday. The group was arrested at a 2015 meeting where they met to discuss Gene Sharp's 1993 book 'From Dictatorship to Democracy, A Conceptual Framework for Liberation.' State prosecutors say they were planning a coup, independent news website Rede Angola reported." (03/29/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/angola-book-club-members-convicted-sentenced-to-jail/article_113d7f42-1899-5a09-95a8-a14e6360898e.html  

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Azerbaijan: Court frees rights activist after two years

March 29, 2016
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Bismarck Tribune    

"A court in Azerbaijan has ordered the release of a human rights activist who spent the last two years in jail. Intigam Aliyev was convicted last year of economic crimes that critics have dismissed as retaliation for his work. His lawyer, Fariz Namazly, said the Supreme Court of this former Soviet republic issued a ruling Monday converting Aliyev's seven-year prison sentence into a five-year conditional one, meaning his immediate release." (03/28/16)

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/world/azerbaijan-frees-rights-activist-after-years-in-prison/article_f48a2e9c-10ae-5d9a-b573-81caad750109.html  

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