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$30 Million Minimum in Reparations for Afghan Family Demanded by U.S. National Group Opposing Drone Attacks

Nick Mottern | October 21, 2021

Ban Killer Drones, a national network opposed to drone attacks, is calling for reparation payments of at least $3 million for each of the 10 members of the Afghan Ahmadi family killed on August 29, 2021, by a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone. The group says thousands of others killed by U.S. drones deserve similar payments, which should be made under the oversight of Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

The $3 million U.S. payment to the family of Giovanni Lo Porto when he was killed by a U.S. drone in Pakistan in 2015 sets the minimum standard that the U.S. must meet in compensating families of civilians who are killed by U.S. drones,” said Nick Mottern, of the Ban Killer Drones network.  U.S. agrees to pay nearly $3 million to the family of Italian killed in CIA strike.

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June 13: Iranian political prisoners face sham trial - Regime repression sparks global movement for prisoners' freedom

 

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June 11, 2021 For Immediate Release 
Contact: Larry Everest 202 556 3906 
press@freeiranspoliticalprisonersnow.org 
Twitter @IranPrisonEmerg 
Interviews available

June 13: Iranian Political Prisoners Face Sham Trial

Vicious Wave of Repression Sparks Global Movement to Free All Iran's Political Prisoners

Emergency Appeal Endorsed by Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, Gloria Steinem, Ariel Dorfman, Prisoner Relatives, 1,800 more Demands Their Immediate Release

“June 13 is going to be a make-or-break day for my mother, Nahid Taghavi, and other Iranian political prisoners,” says Mariam Claren.

“These prisoners—who never should have been arrested in the first place—will be brought before an Iranian court and could face harsh sentencing for the ‘crime’ of speaking out for basic rights and against injustice,” Claren writes in a June 9 oped in Ms. Magazine.

The other political prisoners reportedly being brought to court include Mehran Raouf, Bahareh Soleimani, Nazanin Mohammadnejad, Elham Samimi, and Somayeh Kargar, who is Kurdish.

These and many other Iranians, from women's and human rights activists, to protesters, dissidents and revolutionaries, to members of religious and oppressed minorities, have been targeted by a wave of violent repression and arbitrary arrests. This has been the Islamic Republic's response to the just mass uprisings that rocked Iran in November 2019, and the heroic, ongoing resistance of prisoners and ordinary Iranians.

Claren, the International Emergency Campaign to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners, and other human rights groups, family members and activists are calling for their immediate, unconditional release and freedom for all Iran’s political prisoners. June 13 will be the third anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of world renown activist and attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh.

“Their freedom would crack open a door for Iran’s 80-plus million people to fight for freedom and a better world,” Claren writes.

Taghavi, is a 66-year-old Iranian-German citizen and women’s rights activist who suffers from diabetes and hypertension. She spent 194 days in solitary confinement and was interrogated 80 times for a total of 1,000 hours, all without legal counsel.

Mehran Raoof, an Iranian-British citizen and labor activist, has been in solitary confinement for eight months and his health is a grave concern according to Satar Rahmani, a UK-based supporter, who said Raoof is being prevented from communicating with the outside world.

Actions Ahead of June 13 to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners

Emergency Appeal - The Lives of Iran’s Political Prisoners Hang in the Balance—We Must ACT Now

An Emergency Appeal has been circulating demanding freedom for ALL of Iran’s political prisoners. To date over 1,800 have signed including relatives and former political prisoners, artists, intellectuals, activists and prominent voices of conscience including feminist writer and activist Gloria Steinem, internationally acclaimed writer Ariel Dorfman, Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, and others.

The Appeal calls on “All those who stand for justice and yearn for a better world must rally to the cause of freeing Iran’s political prisoners NOW!” and points out the special responsibility we in the U.S. have to stand with them given that this country has been the cause of so much suffering in Iran.

Amnesty International: has declaredTag havi and Raoof prisoners of conscience, “detained solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and association,” and called for their immediate, unconditional release, and this week called on the G7 to demand the release of all dual-national political prisoners being held in Iran (poster below).

GermanyAmnesty Germany, the International Society of Human Rights, and Bundestag member Dr. Heribert Hirte will issue statements in support of Nahid Taghavi, whose case has been covered extensively in the German media.

San Francisco: #FreeThemAll Press Conference / Speak Out: will take place today, Friday, June 11, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in Clarion Alley off Valencia Street, between 17th and 18th in San Francisco’s Mission District, before a mural of Iranian political prisoners. This event will be in solidarity with the Burn the Cage, Free the Birds Iranian prisoners support movement in Europe.

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Prisoners on trial June 13, clockwise from top left: Nahid Taghavi, Mehran Raouf, Nazanin Mohammadnejad, Elham Samimi, Bahareh Soleimani, and Somayeh Kargar
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Mural of Iranian Political Prisoners, Clarion Alley, San Francisco
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On the Eve of Global Climate Strikes and Summit, Celebrities, Advocates and Grassroots Groups Call on UN to Endorse Worldwide Fracking Ban

Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action | September 19, 2019

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Prominent activists, hundreds of groups urge U.N. to champion a global ban, call fracking a climate and human rights disaster

New York, NY – On the eve of international youth-led climate strikes and next week’s United Nations Climate Change Summit, nearly 500 grassroots groups, faith communities, celebrities, activists and organizations from across the world are calling on the United Nations to endorse a worldwide ban on fracking.

Actors Mark Ruffalo, Emma Thompson and Amber Heard, authors and activists Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Karenna Gore and Wenonah Hauter, fashion icons Vivienne Westwood and Joe Corré, human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson, iconic childrens’ singer Raffi, climate experts Dr. Robert Howarth and Dr. Sandra Steingraber, and nearly 500 grassroots groups sent an open letter to U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres stating that the “continued production, trade and use of fracked hydrocarbons for energy, petrochemicals and plastics torpedoes our global efforts to tackle climate change and violates basic human rights.”

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Kings Bay Plowshares Case Shifts to U.S. District Court for August 7 Hearing

Kingsbayplowshares7 | June 13, 2019

The seven members of the Kings Bay Plowshares received a notice of hearing June 4 answering their request for an oral argument before District Court Judge Lisa Wood. The seven are ordered to be in Brunswick, GA in U.S. District Court on August 7 at 10 a.m.

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June 15 Marks 6,000 Days of Guantánamo: Rights Groups Tell Donald Trump to Close the Prison, Say “Not One Day More!”

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Andy Worthington | June 15, 2018

Today, June 15, 2018, is a depressing milestone in the long history of U.S. detention at Guantánamo Bay. Today the Guantánamo prison, set up after the 9/11 attacks, has been open for 6,000 days.

Most of the men held at Guantánamo over the last 6,000 days (16 years, five months and four days) have been held without charge or trial, in defiance of international laws and treaties governing the treatment of prisoners. There are only two acceptable ways to deprive an individual of their liberty: either as a criminal suspect, to be tried in a federal court; or as a prisoner of war, held unmolested until the end of hostilities. The men at Guantánamo are neither. Instead, after 9/11, the Bush administration conceived of a novel category of prisoner — one without any rights whatsoever — and implemented this at Guantánamo.

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