Saturday, December 01, 2012

Would this be Possible in Sudan?

Truth and Reconciliation: A Conversation Between a Baha'i Survivor of Human Rights Abuses and a Former Member of the Hojjatieh Association

(November 29, 2012) - In this video, filmed on October 27, 2012 in The Hague, the Netherlands, IHRDC captured a conversation of truth and reconciliation between Ruhi Jahanpour – a Bahá’í who was imprisoned for her beliefs in the Islamic Republic of Iran during the 1980s – and Abbas Mazaheri – a former member of the Hojjatieh Association, which Mazaheri admits perpetrated serious human rights abuses against Iran’s Bahá’í community.
On the day of the film, Jahanpour was in The Hague to testify at Iran Tribunal – a people’s court set up to prosecute crimes against political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Iran’s prisons in the 1980s – and Mazaheri, who was moved to tears by Jahanpour’s testimony and the memories of the abuses he and the Hojjatieh subjected Bahá’ís to, approached Jahanpour and asked for her forgiveness.  The dialogue between Jahanpour and Mazaheri raises powerful questions of what it means to be a victim and victimizer and what type of conversation about responsibility and accountability is needed for societies to heal from past abuses.

GATS to Sponsor Human Rights Day Forum

A perfect timing to address many challenges for human rights in countries ruled under Islamic Shari'a Laws..

Human  Rights  Day  Forum

The  64th  Anniversary  of  the  Universal  Declaration
of  Human  Rights  by  the  United  Nations ~ December  10,  1948 
Human Rights Challenges
in the Muslim World:
The Case of Iran
Speaker, Gissou Nia
Human Rights Activist and Director
of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center

Sunday,  December  9th  at  1:30  pm
Jones Library, Woodbury Room, Amherst MA
Songs by The Raging Grannies
This forum will focus on the work of the brave women and men
in the Islamic World who have stood up for their rights – particularly the rights
of women and ethnic minorities – and for religious freedom and free speech.
Free  and  the  Public  is  Invited

Organized  by  Amnesty  Amherst--Group  128 / 215-870-7809
Co-sponsors:  Amnesty International Amherst Chapter-Group 128 //
Amnesty Intl. Chapter, Amherst Regional High School // Amnesty Intl. Chapter, Hampshire College //
Amherst Human Rights Commission // Amherst Progressive Muslims //
Baha'i Community of Hadley // Episcopal Peace Fellowship of Grace Church, Amherst //
Group Against Torture in Sudan // Mount Toby Meeting of Friends at Leverett //  
Unitarian-Universalist Society of Amherst, Social Justice Committee // Western Mass Darfur Coalition //

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Torture and Medical Health Professionals

For many people in Sudan, torture was something not for Sudan because "we do not do such things" as many hid their heads in sand. This made the head of the regime, Omer Al-Bashir to announce in bold statement that "the tsalk about torture in Sudan is nonesense" as he surprised many victims and survivors in 1993 in an interview aired by Amnesty International video Scared Nation.

Of course the talk about doctors and nurses involve in torture was beyond imagination until the news of islamist doctors involvement in torture became public. The Security Aparatus designated a Medical facility in Khartoum Bahri for the torture centers in the capital city Khartoum

The following article worth to have human rights activists to have a serious discussion on this crime:

Monday, July 02, 2012

Observing the International Torture Survivors' Day FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2012CONTACTS: Mohamed Elgadi & Martha Speigelman, Coordinators

“They took me to a secret prison where I was subjected to electric shocks to my vagina.”
Nora, from Honduras (Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, Survivor Testimonies)

“The torture inflicted on me was intolerable, especially the use of electric shocks and anal penetration using solid objects.” Unidentified male victim (Group Against Torture in Sudan, Survivor Testimonies)

“My father does not want to talk about his experience after all these years. I can see and
feel the mental damage of torture on him.” Mamoun, a child of a torture survivor, Albany, NY

“I will never forget what I experienced. But I’m trying to rebuild my destroyed life.” TK, Kosovo (International Rehabilitation of Torture Victims, Survivor Testimony)

Amherst, MA-In its effort to combat torture, the United Nations proclaimed June 26 as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and, as the former Secretary-General KofiAnnan declared, "an occasion for the world to speak up against the unspeakable." This
day is an opportunity to stand up together against this cruel crime against human rights. The United Nation’s theme for this year’s torture survivor’s campaign is rehabilitation. Rehabilitation can be effective in empowering torture victims to resume as full a life as possible, as noted by
many human rights advocacy groups. Nonetheless, community support is a key in this journey, according to many victims. “If it was not for my family, close friends and neighbors, I do not think I could have survived” reported one of the half-million survivors who live in the United States. It takes time and resources to re-build the intentionally destroyed lives of those who were
targeted by the government-supported torture establishment. Amnesty International’s Amherst Group 128 observes the United Nations’ InternationalDay for Torture Survivors this June 26th with cautious optimism. President Obama reiterated his strong stance against torture and
considers the CIA Enhanced Interrogation Techniques as torture. However, many voices within the Administration continue to give mixed messages about their stance toward torture. We believe that torture against one person is a crime against all of us.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

June 26: Rehabilitation Works

26 June 2012 – Rehabilitation works and is a torture survivor's rightThe United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, on the 26th of June, gives us the opportunity to stand united and remind the world that torture is a cruel violation of human rights. Rehabilitation is the theme for the 26 June 2012 campaign. Rehabilitation empowers torture victims to resume as full a life as possible. However, rebuilding the life of someone whose dignity has been destroyed takes time and is the result of long-term material, medical, psychological and social support.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Girifna: Chronicles of Torture

"I was taken to an interrogation room, two officers were sitting on chairs in front of a desk and I was made to sit on my knees facing the wall during the interrogation or stand up facing the wall and raising my arms. The first question I was asked was “Have you seen the film Yacoubian Building?”I said yes, they said remember what happened to the boy there?” when I said yes, they were basically implying that the same will happen to me, that I will get raped.".........
"During my detention, exactly after 16, days they came to my cell and took me to another cell where I was beaten really bad. They taunted me with my religious beliefs and called me an apostate and beat me on my back and feet for what seemed to be a whole hour.” Read the whole testimony on Girifna website above.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sudan Security torture paralegics

هم ضباط الأمن هؤلاء بتخويفي بالقتل
الاتهام موجه بصورة مباشرة إلى مدير جهاز الأمن والمخابرات بولاية القضارف الذي أثناء تهكمه (عايزين نتبرك بيك) كانت العربة التي تم نقلي بها ـ وتخويفي بالقتل بها ـ قد تم فتح صندوقها الخلفي وهو يرى .الاتهام موجهه بصورة مباشرة للضابط بجهاز الأمن مجاهد حسن المسئول من ملف شروق بالجهاز وأكيد هو مسئول من كل الملف بما فيه من عمليات قذرة .والاتهام موجه بصورة مباشرة للضابط إيهاب الذي شهد بأم عينيه وضعي على ضهرية العربة وحيدا ، وسمع بأم أذنيه جنوده وهم يصيحون أثناء سير العربة بغرض إخافتي وأمر بجدعي عند إيصالي .والاتهام موجه بصورة مباشرة للضابط محمد قسم الذي أمر بوضعي قرب الزنزانة قبيل إعداد العربة الإرهابية وهو ذات الضابط الذي عيرني من قبل بأن الله خلقني مكسرا ثم من بعد ذلك الاتهام موجه للجنود الذين نفذوا أوامر هؤلاء .وكان منسوبو جهاز الأمن قد جاءوا يوم الأربعاء 18/1/2012عند الثانية ظهرا وطلبوا مني الذهاب معهم ، فرفضتُ الذهاب ، وحدثتهم عن حصصي التي ستضيع وأن هذا أكل عيشي ، فاتصلوا بقيادتهم التي أمرتهم بإحضاري ، وقالوا لي نحن مأمورون ، يقولون لنا (جيبوا فلان نجيبوا .. ده شغلنا .. انت الما تقطع عيشنا) فذهبت معهم ، وبعد وصولي إلى مكاتب الجهاز تركوني خارج المكاتب ، وتحدثتُ مع منسوب الجهاز الضابط صفوفي (يوسف محمود) وذكَّرْته أن امرأة دخلت النار في هرة حبستها لا أطعمتها ولا تركتها تأكل من خشاش الأرض ، ووعدني بأنه سيكلم الضابط المسئول لأن الموضوع خارج يده ، ولكنهم أبقوني لمدة ثلاث ساعات (وقت الذروة بالنسبة لعملي) بدون سؤال أو جواب أو حتى دخول مكتب ، ثم أمر الضابط محمد قسم بنقلي من مكاني ووضعي قرب الزنزانة قبيل إعداد العربة الإرهابية وهو ذات الضابط الذي عيرني من قبل بأن الله خلقني مكسرا .و قال لي مدير الجهاز من على عربته الفارهة ـ لحظة خروجه ـ متهكما ـ (نحن عايزين نتبرّك بيك) ، وقال الضابط (إيهاب) لمنسوبي الجهاز (لامن توصلوا هناك أجدعوا) وظننته يمزح .وأعادوني على عربة بوكس مكشوفة عليها ثلاثة من منسوبي الجهاز يجلسون على المقاعد الأمامية ، وتركوني وحيدا على الضهرية ، وعَمد السائق ـ طوال الطريق ـ على الإسراع المفاجئ مما يؤدي إلى اصطدام الكرسي المتحرك الذي أجلس عليه بمؤخرة العربة ، ثم القبض على الفرامل فجأة مما يؤدي إلى ارتطام الكرسي المتحرك بمقدمة العربة ، كِدتُ في إحداها أن أسقط خارج العربة ، وانكفأ جسدي ـ مع الفرامل الأخيرة ـ على مقدمة العربة فنزلوا بسرعة وأنزلوني على قارعة الطريق ولاذوا بالفرار ..
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