April 2021 Archives

"This is one of the best news I have received after my release from Guantanamo," posts Mansoor Adayfi. "The book is coming. A journey of almost 20 years with Guantánamo and my book."
May be an image of 1 person, book and text that says 'Sam Raim @sam_raim 23m Such a thrill to hold a galley of what's undoubtedly the most important book I've ever published. have a few extra if you're interested in reviewing or spreading the word in any way! The closing of Guantánamo is within reach and for you all to read this. can't wait LOST AND FOUND AT GUANTÁNAMO DON'T FORGET US HERE UNDERWORLD MANSOOR ADAYFI GMAST2021 NOTFORSALE You and 3 others'

The Emergency Appeal: The Lives of Iran's Political Prisoners Hang in the Balance--We Must ACT Now, sounds an alarm about the grave danger facing Iran's political and prisoners of conscience, warning:

A brutal campaign of arrests, torture and executions is now taking place in Iran. This is an emergency. The lives and dignity of hundreds of political prisoners are in imminent, mortal danger. 

Executions, including of political prisoners, are often carried out in secret. It heightens the Emergency Appeal's challenge that:

All those who stand for justice and yearn for a better world [to] rally to the cause of freeing Iran's political prisoners NOW.

Amnesty International (AI) has warned of an "alarming rise in executions," with 49 prisoners executed from December 1, 2020 to February 4. 2021. Now, the UN reports that in recent months, more than 20 members of the Baluch minority have been executed, over 100 Kurdish activists have been detained, and members of the Bahá'í faith have been targeted. And recently the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, Iran Human Rights, and other sources report that the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has carried out a wave of at least 13 executions so far this month alone (mainly for alleged drug charges).


Photos of political prisoners from @burn_the_cage Instagram 

  • Endorse and spread this Emergency Appeal. Share your ideas and/or work with the Emergency Campaign to Free Iran's Political Prisoners to publish this Emergency Appeal to shine a light on this dire situation and amplify the campaign to free ALL Iran's political prisoners NOW. In the U.S., we are acting in solidarity with the burn_the_cage movement in Europe to free Iran's political prisoners.
  • Speak out and issue messages of support for Iran's political prisoners. Join with AI's call to send appeals urging the immediate and unconditional release of prisoners of conscience who are dual national citizens. Write: Head of Judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi c/o Embassy of Iran to the European Union, Avenue Franklin Roosevelt No 15, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. (Copy Amnesty International at ContactUs@Amnesty.org and our campaign.
  • Organize meetings, forums and protests in solidarity with Iran's political prisoners.  Watch and spread or screen the film Nasrin.
  • Watch for alerts, updates, and information on the website, the YouTube channel and Twitter feed of the Emergency Campaign to Free Iran's Political Prisoners.

?Write to the Emergency Campaign to Free Iran's Political Prisoners at FreeIransPoliticalPrisonersNOW@gmail.com
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A front page headline in The New York Times caught our attention Sunday: "Guantanamo Prisoners Move." What? That would be the first time in 19 years prisoners were free to move. But of course they weren't.  Despite the misleading headline, reporter Carol Rosenberg's piece was clear: prisoners had been moved from the notorious secret Camp 7 to camps in the prison where all 40 remaining prisoners are now held.
A Google Earth image of the secretive Camp 7 at Guantánamo Bay.
Camp 7 was built in 2004 to house so-called "high value detainees" after they were held around the globe in "black sites" and tortured. Anything about it has been highly classified. The new film "The Mauritanian," the story of Mohamedou ould Slahi, brought Camp 7 into public consciousness. Only terrible things happened there, and now its physical edifice was collapsing, long after its fake moral edifice crumbled.

Andy Worthington writes this week, "Moving the 'high-value detainees' solves the immediate problem of the broken prison block in which they were living, but it does nothing to solve the bigger problem of the broken prison itself. In the review of the prison's future that Biden administration officials have promised, with the suggestion that the prison's closure is Biden's aim, the six men cleared for release need to be freed, and the administration needs to accept that it cannot continue holding indefinitely men it has no intention of putting on trial, and must charge or release the 22 'forever prisoners,' including the six who are also so-called 'high-value detainees'." Continue reading...

You remember that Obama issued an order to close Guantanamo more than 12 years ago? Biden seems, maybe, to have said he might close the torture camp, if Congress allows it. Which it won't.  For better or worse, each as commander in chief, could order it closed, forcing the issue.

Let the demand be amplified by the people: Close ALL of Guantanamo now!

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