Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

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
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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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Overseas Chinese activists say families are being targeted over letter to Xi Jinping

March 28, 2016
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"The publication of an incendiary open letter calling for the resignation of President Xi Jinping has triggered widening reprisals from China's security apparatus in an apparent attempt to find those responsible. In a demonstration of the increasing lengths Mr Xi is taking to crush dissent, the mainland-based relatives of two prominent overseas Communist Party critics have been detained in connection to the broadening investigation this past week. ... It remains unclear who authored the open letter, which surfaced first in early March on overseas-Chinese website Canyu on the eve of China's annual National People's Congress. The letter, signed 'Loyal Communist Party Members,' also briefly appeared on the website of state-controlled Wujie News, before being swiftly taken down."

http://www.smh.com.au/world/overseas-activists-say-families-are-being-targeted-over-letter-to-xi-jinping-20160328-gnshm8.html  

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Dear Ross Ulbricht

March 27, 2016
posted by

Jeffrey Tucker Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker  

"As the innovator of an online market that operated outside political constraints, and even with the use of private money, you were ahead of your time. And you have experienced what so many other visionaries in history have experienced. Prison is too often the fate of those principled and brave enough to see a future of freedom beyond the regime of the moment. It should not be this way. In so many ways, your life right now is a stand-in for every dreamer in the world who has run afoul of the reactionary spirit of the powers that be." (03/25/16)

https://fee.org/articles/dear-ross-ulbricht-a-letter-on-his-32nd-birthday/  

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UK: Man arrested over Brussels attacks tweets

March 24, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"A British man who sparked outrage on Twitter with a message about confronting a Muslim woman over the Brussels attacks has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred, London police said Thursday. 'I confronted a Muslim woman yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said 'Nothing to do with me.' A mealy mouthed reply,' the man, named by British media as PR executive Matthew Doyle, said in the original tweet posted on Wednesday. ... A police spokeswoman told AFP: 'A 46-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Croydon on Wednesday, 23 March on suspicion of inciting racial hatred on social media.'" (03/24/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/briton-arrested-over-brussels-attacks-tweets-113725186.html  

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The significance of Ross and Lyn Ulbricht

March 2, 2016
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Calhoun  

"Ross Ulbricht has taken a stand against the leviathan state. His actions represented the greatest opposition to the Drug War in its history, and they have provided millions with the motivation and incentive for a new and subversive kind of radicalism that captures individuals' interests directly. It engages rather than explains. Rather than lecturing it meets people face to face as equal partners and as equal opponents to an oppressive government regime. What an insult it is to Ross and to Lyn to ignore this most spontaneous form of activism." (03/01/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43700  

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China: Four abducted Hong Kong booksellers appear on regime TV as political prisoners

February 29, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Four of the five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing in October have appeared on Chinese television, saying they were detained for 'illegal book trading' in mainland China. The five booksellers -- including a British and a Swedish national -- had been linked to a Hong Kong publisher and bookstore that specialised in scandalous books on the private lives and power struggles of China's Communist party leaders. The disappearances have prompted fears that mainland Chinese authorities may be using shadowy tactics that erode the 'one country, two systems' formula under which Hong Kong has been governed since its return to China from British rule in 1997." (02/29/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/29/four-detained-hong-kong-booksellers-chinese-tv  

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Military prison blocks political prisoner Chelsea Manning from reading material about prison censorship

February 22, 2016
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Chelsea Manning Electronic Frontier Foundation    

"EFF was dismayed to learn last week that the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) at Fort Leavenworth has refused to provide inmate Chelsea Manning with printouts of EFF blog posts and other materials related to prisoner censorship. Worse yet, it appears that the reason is ostensibly to protect EFF's copyrights. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for her role in the release of military and diplomatic documents to Wikileaks. A volunteer from her support network attempted to send her a series of articles EFF wrote last year about our work defending the rights of inmates to maintain an online presence." (02/22/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/military-prison-blocks-chelsea-manning-reading-eff-blog-posts  

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Sweden: Lawyers ask court to overturn Assange arrest warrant

February 22, 2016
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Wikileaks Independent [UK]    

"Lawyers have made a formal request to a Swedish court to overturn Julian Assange's arrest warrant in a rape case [sic]. The journalist has spent more than three years hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London after his appeal against extradition failed in the UK courts. Thomas Olsson, one of Assange's lawyers, said in a statement: 'We consider that there have arisen a number of new circumstances which mean there is reason to review the earlier decision.'" (02/22/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/swedish-lawyers-ask-court-to-overturn-julian-assanges-arrest-warrant-a6889041.html  

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Uganda: Opposition leader Besigye abucted by police

February 22, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Tensions after Uganda's elections, criticized by international observers as being undemocratic, ratcheted up on Monday when police arrested President Yoweri Museveni's main challenger. Kizza Besigye was arrested as he tried to leave his home where he had been confined under house arrest. Associated Press journalists saw police push him into the back of a blacked-out van and taken away to a police station in a rural area outside the capital." (02/22/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ugandas-opposition-leader-arrested-leave-home-37105731  

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Snowden, Ulbricht and the myth of a fair trial

February 22, 2016
posted by

Darryl W Perry Free Press Publication
by Darryl W Perry  

"The government response of 'you won't be tortured' should be enough to cause anyone to take a closer look at the so-called justice system. One could certainly look at the large number of people who have been exonerated in the United States and see that official misconduct, a guilty plea, and/or false confession were involved in the vast majority of exoneration cases. This goes to show that the judicial system is more concerned with a conviction than justice. One of the more high profile cases highlighting this infatuation with conviction over justice, is the case of Ross Ulbright, sentenced life in prison in 2015 for having created and operated the Silk Road online marketplace." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (02/21/16)

http://fpp.cc/snowden-ulbricht-and-the-myth-of-a-fair-trial/  

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India: Lawyers rough up student arrested for “sedition,” attack his supporters

February 17, 2016
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Toronto Star [Canada]    

"Dozens of lawyers, many with links to India's ruling nationalist party, on Wednesday attacked protesters who have been demanding the release of a university student leader arrested under colonial-era sedition laws. The clashes began shortly before a court hearing for Kanhaiya Kumar, the president of the students' union at the country's premier Jawaharlal Nehru University. The left-leaning campus leader has been in prison since Friday over his participation in events where anti-India slogans were allegedly shouted. ... The attacks and Kumar's arrest highlighted allegations of increasing of intolerance in India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in 2014." (02/17/16)

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/02/17/lawyers-rough-up-indian-student-arrested-for-sedition.html  

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Israel: Regime troops detain WaPo journalists

February 16, 2016
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"The Washington Post's bureau chief in Jerusalem says he was briefly detained by Israeli border police while reporting in east Jerusalem. William Booth says he was interviewing Palestinians at Damascus Gate, an entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, when he and his translator were arrested Tuesday. ... Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the journalists were questioned in connection to an unspecified 'incident' and quickly released after it was clear they were not involved." (02/16/16)

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/crime/article/Israel-briefly-detains-Washington-Post-journalists-6833250.php  

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