FREE OUR SISTERS! FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS – IWA

11 Dec

Statement on International Human Rights Day 2015

This is the demand of the International Women’s Alliance (IWA) on International Human Rights Day 2015 to highlight the situation of women who dared to stand up for their political beliefs, who risked the full force of state repression and who are now paying a high price for their courage and defiance for women’s liberation, for the freedom of their people and their country.

Around the globe, women, especially indigenous women, are among those most under attack like the women of the Unis’tot’en Nation in the province of British Colombia, Canada, who barricade the roads to block the establishment of oil pipelines over their land, or the Defensoras of the Pachamama Front in Ecuador who exposes and opposes the sell out of their resources and communities, or the Lumad from the island of Mindanao in the Philippines who trudged over 700 kilometers to the capital Manila to shout their outrage at the military occupation of their schools and communities and the killing of their leaders.

Despite the repression and criminalization, women continue to engage in political actions for system change, they stand up for their families and communities, they oppose the pillage of their resources and the destruction of their environment, and they rise up against occupation and war and continue to fight imperialism. They resist the hands that rape and steal from their countries, communities and in return face prison and even death. But with every arrest, with every imprisonment, more women dare to fight and resist. Women refuse to be silenced.

On this occasion IWA join the voices of women around the world calling for the release of women political prisoners. These women from the different sectors and the different struggles they represent are stripped of their freedom for months and years on end on the basis of trumped up criminal charges or political accusations, curtailing their democratic rights, their freedom of speech and their freedom of movement, as regimes use every repressive measure of the state to try to crush the struggle for national democracy and against imperialism.

This year, women’s voices cry out for the release of Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian woman parliamentarian who was sentenced by an Israeli occupation military court to 15 months imprisonment on December 6, 2015. Khalida Jarrar was arrested without charge in April 2015.

An international outcry pushed her case to Israeli military courts, where she faced charges for speaking, writing, talking to the media and attending events. The drawn-out prosecution had been postponed repeatedly as the tribunal failed to produce witnesses to testify against her. Jarrar was held under administrative detention, which is nothing but the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial and on the basis of secret evidence. Political prisoners are jailed for up to six-month periods, indefinitely renewable by Israeli military courts. Her ¨trial¨ finally ended with a conviction as do 99.74% of all cases of Palestinians before these military courts. Jarrar is only one among the escalating number of Palestinian women from 14 to 61 years of age being held in Israeli prisons with the more than 7000 Palestinian political prisoners.

We also call on the release of Kurdish activist Zeynep Jalaliyan who was illegally arrested in 2008 in Kermanshah, Iran. Jalaliyan was sentenced to death during minutes of trial without a lawyer. The death sentence was later modified to life imprisonment. She was arrested due to her democratic commitment and in spite of the inhumane conditions she is in, she continues the fight for liberation. Due to torture, Jalaliyan is in a critical medical state. Although she has nearly lost her eyesight, medical care is still refused. The Iranian government’s human rights violation keeps on rising, especially against women. The increasing rape and execution of women clearly shows the misogyny of the Iranian regime. We also cry out for the hundreds of Kurdish women in prison in Turkey and demand for their release. The women of Rojava and Kobane were part of the Kurdish forces that faced the bombs of the imperialist states and the regional enforcers targeting them instead of ISIS and provided the real opposition to the ISIS onslaught

On the other side of the globe, in the Philippines, women leaders Wilma Tiamson and Concha Araneta, consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines for the peace negotiations, were arrested in 23 March 2014 and 1 August 2015, respectively. They are covered by the Joint Agreement for Security and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) signed to protect peace negotiators and consultants but was still detained. Former GABRIELA officer Sharon Cabusao was also illegally arrested in 01 June 2015 is still detained on trumped up charges. IWA also demands for the release of 47 other women political prisoners who form part of the 561 political prisoners as documented by Philippine rights group, Karapatan.

The women of International Women’s Alliance raise their voices and demand for the immediate release of Khalida Jarrar , Zeynep Jalaliyan Wilma Tiamson, Concha Araneta and Sharon Cabusao and all women political prisoners. Free Our Sisters!

Free all women political prisoners now!
Release all political prisoners! Resist tyranny and impunity.

Mumia faces retaliatory transfer , Free Mumia abu jamal

18 Sep

Mumia faces retaliatory transfer

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MUMIA ALERT

PHONE CALLS NEEDED NOW

MUMIA FACES RETALIATORY TRANSFER

September 7, 2015 – Two days ago, prison staff boxed-up all Mumia’s personal effects from his cell while he was in the prison infirmary trying to recover from the prison’s medical malfeasance and neglect that nearly killed him.

The handling of prison property in the absence of a prisoner is a violation of prison procedures. After signing the forms required when prisoner property is placed in storage, Mumia asked if he was about to be moved to a different facility, since the boxing up of a prisoner’s property usually precedes a transfer. An officer assured him that he would not be transferred; but this all seemed really strange to Mumia.

A retaliatory transfer to some other prison would be a new blow against Mumia’s health, and would steep him and his family in greater fear and uncertainty.

Why do we sense retaliation? Because Mumia’s attorneys have filed a lawsuit charging the PA Department of Corrections with medical neglect, i.e. with failure to diagnose his disease in a timely way and with continuing to deny him adequate treatment of his debilitating and life-threatening Hepatitis C condition. The PA Department of Corrections was set to respond to the lawsuit this Thursday in court.

A transfer to another prison, without giving him fully professional healthcare, would be retaliatory. Indeed it would be an attack Mumia, another way for his enemies to see him dead.We must stop any retaliatory transfer.

No transfer of Mumia should take place that does not take him to a quality medical center for cure of his very serious, but treatable, Hepatitis C condition.

Keep up the fight for Mumia’s life!

CALL THE PA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
AND MUMIA’S PRISON

Here’s the message:

Stop Any Retaliatory Transfer!
Treat-to-Cure Mumia’s Hepatitis C Now!

Phone in both of these demands to:

John Wetzel
Secretary of Corrections, Pennsylvania
Phone: (717) 728-2573

John Kerestes
Superintendent, SCI-Mahanoy Prison
Phone: (570) 773-2158

Islamic regime in Iran killed Shahrokh Zamani Sunday, September 13, 2015

15 Sep

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We shall never forgive nor shall we forget that the islamic regime in Iran killed Shahrokh Zamani at Sunday 13.09.2015. Shahrokh Zamani, member of the Provisional Board for Reopening of House-Painter Workers’ Union and who was imprisoned since June 8th 2011, has been killed by islamic regime in Iran Sunday 13.09.2015.

Vi skal aldrig tilgive heller vi glemmer at det islamiske regime i Iran dræbte Shahrokh Zamani søndag 13.09.2015. Shahrokh Zamani, medlem af den Provisoriske Board for Genåbning af hus-Maler Workers ’Union, og som blev fængslet den 8. juni 2011, er blevet dræbt af det islamiske regime i Iran søndag den 13. september 2015.

Massacres of Political Prisoners in the 1980s by the capitalist – Islamic regime of Iran

11 Sep

Massacres of Political Prisoners in the 1980s by the capitalist – Islamic regime of Iran

After the change of regime in Iran in February 1979, the Islamic regime took over power. But in reality, it was just a change from monarchy dictatorship to Islamic dictatorship. Oppression, imprisonment, torture and execution continued.

The Iranian people’s uprising against the Shah-regime was put down and their demands were attacked. Likewise, from the first day of the Islamic regime in power, all demands of the people, for instance, for freedom, democracy, equality etc. were suppressed.

The Kurdish people were attacked and bombarded. Other minorities like Turkmen, Baluche, Arabs, Lor, etc. were attacked as well and many of them were killed by the Islamic forces. During the uprising, Iranian workers had formed various workers’ councils, but these were closed down by the regime. Workers were as heavily oppressed as during the Shah regime. Iranian women fighting for equality and freedom, were attacked as one of the first groups in society. In history, Iranian students and universities had always played an important role in society against dictatorship, but the Islamic regime closed universities as well as students’ organisations ” in the name of the Islamic cultural revolution”. Many students were killed. Universities were closed from 1980 until 1983.

Freedom of speech – one of the slogans of the uprising against the shah regime – has been continuously oppressed by the Islamic regime. All newspapers were closed down and forbidden, and the right to organize, demonstrate, strike etc. was forbidden.
Political organizations and parties that were against the shah regime have been persecuted and forbidden from the first day of the Islamic regime, and many of the members and supporters were sent to jail, tortured and executed.

With the start of the war between the two reactionary regimes of Iraq and Iran in 1980, the Islamic regime found a new excuse to oppress all movements: accusing of collaboration with the enemies – for instance at demonstrations, strikes etc.

In 1981, when the Islamic regime had been two years in power, beside the military and intelligence services (Savak) of the Shah, various Islamic military (Pasdaran) and intelligence services (Savama) were organised. From this period the regime intensified mass imprisonment, torture, executions, oppression etc.

At the beginning of 1981, one of the biggest massacres in Iranian history took place. Thousands of political prisoners were executed or tortured by the Islamic regime. Every day and every night, a lot of executions were carried out.

The judicial system was headed by mullahs (Islamic priests). Political prisoners were called in for a so called trial in which just one mullah asked three or four questions : name, party/ organization, Will you condemn your party/ organization? or Will you collaborate and participate in an interview on television and say you regret, and you believe in islam etc.).

Thousands of them were sentenced to execution and others to long imprisonment. In prison, the interrogation and torture continued all the time because the Islamic laws say prisoners must apologise and accept islam. Female political prisoners have obtained equality by Islamic laws – as for torture and execution. Many female political prisoners were raped in prison, and many of them raped just before execution, because – according to Islamic rules – if you are a virgin and you die, you are going to paradise.

From 1981 until 1988, tens of thousands of political prisoners were executed or killed under torture in prison by the Islamic regime. In 1988, after the end of the war between Iran and Iraq, and after the Islamic regime’s accept of UN resolution 598, Khomeini, leader of the Islamic regime, ordered to “clean up” the prisons in Iran. In a letter he sent to the responsible for the Islamic judicial system, he ordered the execution of the political prisoners.

In August and September 1988, according to the order of Khomeini, a “death commission” consisting of five members was established. They went to different prisons, for instance the Evin prison in Tehran and Gohardasht prison and called the political prisoners to so called courts. The prisoners were interrogated for two-three minutes: Do you believe in islam? Do you believe in your organization or party? Will you cooperate and make an interview on television? If the answer did not satisfy the death commission, the political prisoners were sent directly to be hanged or executed. The Marxist women according to Islamic laws – in this so called court – had to accept to pray, or if they did not accept to pray, they were lashed to death or until they accepted to do so. But many of the female political prisoners did not accept to pray and died.

After the massacres of the political prisoners in 1988, the Islamic regime buried all the bodies of the executed prisoners in mass graves in different places, for example in Tehran at the cemetery called Khavaran. The Islamic regime until now has not admitted these crimes, but the names of almost 5000 executed prisoners and the names of their organizations or parties are known.

Families and relatives of the political prisoners who were executed in 1988 did not get the bodies and they were not told where the bodies were buried. Some of them just got some clothes and from 1988 until to-day they are not allowed to commemorate their relatives.
Until now the world does not know about the massacres of the political prisoners in Iran in 1980’s – one of the biggest massacres in world history. We – as part of the revolutionary – communist resistance movements against the Islamic regime in Iran – call for international condemnation of the massacres and the Islamic regime and for solidarity with the resistance in Iran.
Overthrow the capitalist – Islamic regime in Iran – Long live socialism

International Committee for Support of Political Prisoners in Iran

Release Khalida Jarrar NOW

20 Aug

Manifestation for the Immediate Release of Khalida Jarrar

Monday August 24, 2015, from 11 – 15, Nytorv – in the Center of Copenhagen

Khalida Jarrar is a Palestinian member of parliament for PFLP (the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), human rights advocate and political activist. The Israeli authorities have held Khalida Jarrar arrested since April 2015. Her trial has 3 times been postponed. Now her trial at the Israeli military court is supposed to take place on Monday August 24. Khalida Jarrar is – among other things – accused of belonging to a ‘terror organization’. The Israeli authorities try to silence Khalida Jarrar and alle Palestinians who resist the occupation – among others by imprisoning them. There are more than 8.000 political Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
We . Internationalt Forum/the Middle East Group – consider Israel a terror state. Zionism, which stands behind the state of Israel, is part of Imperialism. That is why Israel is not punished by the US- and EU- imperialism for its crimes against the Palestinians.

Together we must fight Zionism and Imperialism and support the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people.

Free Khalida Jarrar and all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails – Boycott Israel – Free Palestine

Sommerfest for politiske fanger fredag d. 28. august i Solidaritetshuset . Griffenfeldsgade 41, 2200 Købenavhn N

19 Aug

Internationalt Forum skyder årets solidaritetskampagne i gang med en knaldperle af en støttefest

Program

17.00: Skattejagt for børn og voksne

18.00: Grill – tag selv med,

vi har salater og brød

19.30: Revolutionær brasiliansk gadedans

20.00: Solidaritetslotteri

21.00: Kakerlakvæddeløb

22.00: Revolutionær brasiliansk gadedans

Frihed til Alberto Patishtán

26 Apr

Frihed til Alberto Patishtán

Mexicogruppen kræver den politiske fange Alberto Patishtán løsladt. Du kan hjælpe ved at skrive et brev til ham, og til de mexicanske myndigheder.

Hvorfor kræver vi Patishtáns frihed?

Alberto Patishtán Gómez var skolelærer i landsbyen El Bosque i delstaten Chiapas i det sydlige Mexico. Han blev anholdt i 2000 og anklaget for at have dræbt syv politifolk og for at have deltaget i et overfald sammen med et medlem af Den Zapatistiske Hær for National Befrielse (bedst kendt som EZLN). Under sagsbehandlingen konstaterede dommeren at sagsøgeren havde løjet under vidneafhøringen. Den person som stod anklaget sammen med Patishtán blev derfor frikendt for alle anklager og sat fri. Men Alberto Patishtán blev uden yderligere forklaring idømt fængselsstraf og sidder stadig bag tremmer i dag.

Dengang Alberto Patishtán blev anholdt var han politisk aktiv i sit lokalsamfund og krævede åbent at formanden for kommunalbestyrelsen i El Bosque skulle fyres på grund af korruption. Den person som sagsøgte Patishtán, og som ifølge dommeren løj i sit vidneudsagn, er søn til den daværende formand for kommunalbestyrelsen.

Under sine næsten 12 år som uskyldigt dømt, har Alberto Patishtán gjort sig bemærket for sin kamp for de oprindelige folk, for de fattige og for de glemte. Takket være Alberto Patishtáns kamp inde bag fængselsmurene er hundredevis af uskyldigt dømte blevet sat fri.

Den 20. oktober 2011 blev Patishtán overflyttet fra fængslet CERSS No. 5 i Chiapas til et fængsel i delstaten Sinaloa i den anden ende af landet, over 2000 km fra sin familie. Overflytningen skete mens Patishtán og andre fanger befandt sig midt i en sultestrejke og handlingen kan kun tolkes som en straf mod Patishtán for hans kamp for menneskerettigheder og frihed.

Internationalt Forum besøgte Alberto Patishtán og hans medfanger i fængslet i Chiapas i 2010 og har siden fulgt og støttet de politiske fangers krav om frihed.

Hvad kan man gøre for at hjælpe?

1. Skriv et brev til Alberto Patishtán:

Noget af det hårdeste for en politisk fange er den isolation, som man befinder sig i. Alberto Patishtán vil gerne have breve fra folk uden for fængslet, der sympatiserer med hans sag. Brevene er med til at bryde isolationen og vise, at der er nogen, der tænker på Alberto, og at han ikke er alene. Solidariteten fra andre mennesker giver ham styrke til at kunne udholde den uretfærdige fængsling så langt fra hans familie.

Skriv et håndskrevet brev og send det til:

SR. ALBERTO PATISHTÁN GÓMEZ, NUMERO DE EXPEDIENTE 384, CEFERESO NO. 8 NORPONIENTE, CALLE 300 KM. 3.5 ENTRE CANAL 25 Y 27 PREDIO JESUS MARIA, EJIDO LA CHUPARROSA, MUNICIPIO GUASAVE SINALOA, C. P. 81162., MÉXICO

Husk: Brevet bør være håndskrevet og må ikke indeholde fotos, billeder, tegninger eller andre ting.

Det vil være en stor hjælp for de internationale solidaritetskampagner, der følger Albertos sag, hvis du samtidig scanner brevet ind og sender det til: presoschiapas@gmail.com solidaridad@frayba.com.mx og losamigosdealberto@riseup.net Skriv samtidig om brevet må offentliggøre på hjemmesider og blogs.

2. Skriv et protestbrev til de mexicanske myndigheder:

Det virker at skrive breve til de mexicanske myndigheder. Den mexicanske stat er sårbar over for international kritik og pres fra såvel regeringer som civilsamfund. Lignende kampagner har tidligere fået løsladt mexicanske politiske fanger.

Skriv et brev eller send en mail (på spansk eller engelsk) til følgende adresser:

Den mexicanske ambassade i Danmark, Ambassadør Martha Bárcena Coqui, Bredgade 65, 1. sal, DK-1260 København K

Mail: info@mexican-embassy.dk

Lic. Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa, Presidente de la República, Residencia Oficial de los Pinos, Casa Miguel Alemán, Col. San Miguel Chapultepec, C.P. 11850, México DF

Mail: felipe.calderon@presidencia.gob.mx

Lic. José Francisco Blake Mora, Secretario de Gobernación, Bucareli 99, 1er. Piso, Col. Juárez, Del. Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06600 México D.F.

Mail: secretario@segob.gob.mx, contacto@segob.gob.mx

Send samtidig en kopi til:

Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, A.C. Calle Brasil 14, Barrio Méxicanos, 29240 San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, México

Mail: accionurgente@frayba.org.mx