URGENT: Call your Representative: Guantánamo must close

closeguantanamoDear activist,

We urgently need your help. Congress is voting this week on whether to prevent President Obama from closing Guantánamo.

There are still 61 detainees there. Many were tortured. And many have been locked away for more than a decade, without ever having been charged with a crime.

Congress is trying to keep them there – and keep Guantánamo open forever. They want Guantánamo to be the United States’s permanent offshore prison, to hold people without charge until they simply perish. Read more

After Five Years in Iranian Prison, Omid Kokabee Is Released

Omid KokakbeeFormer UT graduate student Omid Kokabee has been released on parole, his attorney announced Monday.

A member of Kokabee’s family in Iran, who requested anonymity out of concern for their safety, said that Kokabee is feeling well and is eager to return to his scientific studies. “He is recovering very fast and as always, very lively to get back to science,” the family member said. “He is already working hard!” Asked if Kokabee might consider returning to the Forty Acres, the family member said, “He always loved UT. We have to give him some time to decide.”

Read more: Alcalde
Background: Amnesty International USA

Zimbabwe Police Crush Anti-Government Protest in Capital

By farai mutsaka, associated press

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Aug 26, 2016, 11:40 AM ETWireAP_300

Zimbabwe police used batons, tear gas and water cannons to crush an anti-government protest in the capital Friday, despite a court order that the demonstration should be permitted.

At least 50 people were injured by the police, said former vice president Joice Mujuru, now the head of the People First party and a participant in the demonstration.
Continue reading: ABC News

Police and Human Rights

All people have the right to due process, to equality before the law, and to peaceful protest. When communities raise concerns about abuses of these and other rights, they should not be treated as the enemy. Amnesty International calls on authorities to foster representative, accountable policing, and guarantee that people can exercise their right to peaceful assembly without fear of discrimination or other abuses.
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End Capital Punishment

The death penalty is the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights. By working towards the abolition of the death penalty worldwide, Amnesty International aims to end the cycle of violence created by a system riddled with economic and racial bias and tainted by human error.

Amnesty International campaigns to abolish the death penalty in the USA by focusing on individual cases of injustice, supporting work for death penalty repeal efforts in the states, and educating campuses and communities about the fatally flawed nature of our capital punishment system.

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