2019-05-31: Social Media Postees

Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 23 — 29 May, 2019. | Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. 11 Palestinian civilians, including 3 …

amnesty.org | 2019-05-31
Lebanese detainee Ahmad Ali Mekkaoui has been held incommunicado since 11 April 2019. He is at heightened risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Ahmad Ali Mekkaoui is serving a 15-year prison sentence in the United Arab Emirates on "terrorism" charges. Legal proceedings against him have been seriously flawed, including arbitrary detention, excessive pre-trial detention, forced confessions, allegations of torture, and lack of access to medical care. In April 2019, the Prosecutor pressed new speech-related charges against Ahmad following a TV news report in which his sister and legal consultant were interviewed a…

U.N. Special Rapporteur Calls for Julian Assange to Be Freed, Citing "Psychological Torture"
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-05-31
The United Nations special rapporteur on torture is warning that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is suffering from the effects of "psychological torture" due to his ongoing detention and threats of possible extradition to the United States. The U.N. expert, Nils Melzer, also warned that Assange would likely face a "politicized show trial" if he were to be extradited to the United States. Melzer writes, "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution, I have never seen a group of democratic states ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonize and abuse a single individual for such a lo…

UN Torture Report: "Demonized" Assange Has Faced "Psychological Torture"
Consortium News | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-31
(CN) — The UN special rapporteur on torture has issued a stinging rebuke to the United States, Great Britain, Sweden and Ecuador for "deliberately" exposing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to years of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment," which can only be described as "psychological torture." "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political …

UN Torture Report: "Demonized" Assange Has Faced "Psychological Torture"

The UN Torture Report On Assange Is An Indictment Of Our Entire Society
Caitlin Johnstone | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-31
On the eighth of April, shortly before London police forcibly carried WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy, a doctor named Sondra S Crosby wrote a letter to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights requesting that the office look into Assange's case. Today, following a scorching rebuke of multiple …

Nigeria: Human rights agenda
amnesty.org | 2019-05-31
The human rights situation in Nigeria is marked by serious human rights violations such as extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and other ill-treatment, enforced disappearances, violence against women and girls, restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, mass forced evictions, environmental pollution and lack of accountability for human rights violations and abuses. Amnesty International is proposing the following human rights agenda and recommendations to the government to improve respect for the human rights of everyone in Nigeria.

UN Rights Expert Defends Assange, Says Institutions Abusing Power for 'Ulterior Motives'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-31
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has suffered psychological torture and should not be extradited to the United States where he would face a "politicized show trial," the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer said Friday. | RELATED: | Wikileaks Confirms Assange Moved to Prison Medical Area | Melzer, who visited Assange in London's Be…

UN Says Assange Tortured: Join Us Live Online at 4pm
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-31
Julian Assange is in Belmarsh Prison hospital after his Swedish lawyer said he was too ill to carry on a conversation. Join us live for a discussion of the latest. The 32nd webcast vigil for Julian Assange can be seen… Read more ?…

UN Special Rapporteur On Torture: 'The Collective Persecution Of Julian Assange Must End Here And Now'
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-31
In a blistering statement against democratic countries collaborating to prosecute and enable the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture condemned the "collective persecution" against him. "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence, and political persecution, I have never seen a…

UN Torture Report: 'Demonized' Assange Has Faced 'Psychological Torture'
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-31
The UN special rapporteur on torture has blasted four nations for imposing psychological torture on Julian Assange. 'A Relentless and Unrestrained Campaign of Public Mobbing, Intimidation and Defamation' Warns of 'Criminalization of Journalism' By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News… Read more ?…

Calling Treatment of Julian Assange 'Psychological Torture,' UN Expert Demands End to US Extradition Attempt
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-31
"I condemn, in the strongest terms, the deliberate, concerted, and sustained nature of the abuse inflicted on Mr. Assange." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

UN Special Rapporteur Calls for Julian Assange to Be Freed
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-31
The United Nations special rapporteur on torture is warning that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is suffering from the effects of "psychological torture" due to his ongoing detention and threats of possible extradition to the United States. The U.N. expert, Nils Melzer, also warned that Assange would likely face a "politicized show trial" if he were to be extradited to the United States. Melzer writes, "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution, I have never seen a group of democratic states ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonize and abuse a single individual for such a…

Lula's Incarceration Violates International Law
plenglish.com | 2019-05-31
Brasilia, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The time of Incarceration that Luis Inácio Lula da Silva is today facing violates any international legal law, said the US trade union leader Stanley Gacek, who visited the former president at the Federal Police in Curitiba.

Multiple casualties in shooting at Virginia Beach government building — police
rt.com | 2019-05-31
Police have responded to reports of an active shooter at a municipal building in the city of Virginia Beach. Scanner traffic suggests multiple gunshot victims and at least two dead, but that has not been officially confirmed. | …

Facial Recognition Technology Ban for Police Is Important, but Not Enough
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-31
San Francisco, the 'Silicon Valley' city where facial recognition technology has been developed, is one of the first cities to recognize the risk to city residents of false recognition and over-reliance on technology…

Anti Police-Terror Project Statement on AB 392, the California Act to Save Lives
APTP | indybay.org | 2019-05-31
From our inception, the Anti Police-Terror Project has never subscribed to the belief that policing in America can be fixed. The system is not broken and thus cannot be made to right itself. Born of the slave trade, policing in America was then – and is now – about the catching, killing and incarcerating of Black and Indigenous bodies. We are an abolitionist organization committed to interrupting and rapidly responding to state violence, radically transforming the way in which we as a society define public safety and develop new practices to implement community security that are not rooted in race-based capitalis…

Sacramento PD arrests 12-year-old Black child, places plastic bag over his head
Mark T. Harris, SF Bay View | indybay.org | 2019-05-31
Sacramento residents are dismayed by word that a 12-year-old child, who stands 4-feet-10-inches tall and weighs fewer than 100 pounds, was inappropriately constrained by police officers and had a bag placed over his head.

Call to Refound the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-31
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following call to refound the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | We issue this Call in a sense of outrage in the face of increasing racist violence and political repression towards working class and Black and Brown communities. | We are currently facing a national epidemic of state-sponsored violence perpetrated by police and vigilantes targeting the oppressed Black, Latinx, immigrant, indigenous, LGBTQ, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid communities. Black Trans women are also being harassed and killed at record rates. | We are…

US activists vow to protect Venezuelan embassy
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
At 9.30am on May 16, police officers illegally entered the Venezuelan embassy in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington DC and arrested four activists lawfully living in the building since April 10, as guests of the legitimate Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro. | The four activists arrested were Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese (with the group Popular Resistance), Adrienne Pine (an academic) and David Paul (a CODEPINK member). They are part of a group called the Embassy Protection Collective. | According to the Embassy Protection Collective's attorney Mara Verheyden Hilliard, the activists were charged…

Peterloo: A defining moment in the struggle for democracy in Britain
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
Peterloo | Written & directed by Mike Leigh | Starring Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake & Pearce Quigley | In cinemas now | *** | The international release of British director Mike Leigh's new film Peterloo marks 200 years since the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, England. On August 16 that year, a crowd estimated at up to 80,000 gathered in St Peter's Fields to demand parliamentary reform and an extension of voting rights. | On the orders of the government in London and reactionary local magistrates, armed troops and militias arrested the protest leaders and then charged into the crowd. They killed at l…

69 Ethiopians arrested over suspected roles in deadly ethnic violence
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-05-31
FILE PHOTO: A family sits inside their shelter within a camp for the internally displaced people in Chelelektu town of Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region in Ethiopia, August 15, 2018. Picture taken August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo | Ethiopian security forces have arrested 69 people for their roles in recent ethnic violence in western Ethiopia, state media outlet Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA) reported on Friday. | AMMA reported among the 69 suspects arrested are eight government officials, with investigations continuing to identify other government officials suspected of involve…

Humanitarian faces 20 years in prison for giving water to migrants in the desert
Ruth Milka | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-31
This week humanitarian aid volunteer Scott Warren will go to trial for providing water, food, clothes, and beds to two undocumented immigrants crossing the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona. | Warren, a humanitarian activist with the group No More Deaths, was arrested in January 2018 and has been charged with three felony counts for "harboring" undocumented immigrants. | No More Deaths, along with other humanitarian aid groups have left food and water in the Sonoran Desert, an area that has resulted in the death of thousands of migrants. More than 2,100 bodies of undocumented immigrants have been found in Pim…

Zimbabwe: Seven activists arrested, charged with treason
amnesty.org | 2019-05-31
Seven activists, arrested on different dates, are facing charges of treason after they attended a training organised by the Center for Non-Violence Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in the Maldives. Five of the activists have already appeared in court and are remanded in custody until 6 June. The offence 'subverting a constitutional government' carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. These arrests are part of an ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders, activists and opposition members in the country and are an attempt by the government to stifle peaceful protest over the recently implemented austerity mea…

Turkey: Leyla Gàºven ends hunger strike
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
Peoples Democratic Party MP, Leyla Gàºven ended her 200-day hunger strike on May 26. Gàºven had been consuming only sugar and salt solutions and vitamins. | Gàºven, a member of the Turkish parliament, began her hunger strike in prison. She was arrested for criticising the Turkish invasion of Afrin, a predominantly Kurdish area of northern Syria. | Gàºven's hunger strike was a protest against the isolation of imprisoned PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) leader Abdullah àñcalan, who has been imprisoned since 1999 and has not been allowed visitors, including family members and lawyers, f…

Bahrain: Joint letter calling on the King to commute the death sentences of Ali al-Arab and Ahmed al-Malali
amnesty.org | 2019-05-30
The organizations urge Bahrain's king, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to commute the death sentences of Ali Al-Arab and Ahmed Al-Malali, who have exhausted all legal remedies available to them after the Court of Cassation rejected their appeal on 6 May 2019. The organizations oppose the death penalty in all cases, regardless of who is accused, the crime, their guilt or innocence, or the method of execution. The cases of Mr. Ali Al-Arab and Mr. Ahmed Al-Malali raise additional concerns, however, given the allegations that their confessions were obtained under torture and their right to a fair trial was violated.

Indonesia: Set Independent Inquiry into Jakarta Riots
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-30
Fire crackers explode near supporters of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto during clashes with the police in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. | © 2019 AP Photo/Dita Alangkara | (Jakarta) — The Indonesian government should ensure a prompt, effective, and independent investigation into the Jakarta violence on May 21-23, 2019, in which more than 700 protesters were wounded and 8 killed, Human Rights Watch said. | "Indonesian authorities should…

Five ridiculous reasons why the police label campaigners as 'domestic extremists'
Kevin Blowe | thecanary.co | 2019-05-30
As the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) launches its campaign to end the labelling of campaigners as domestic extremists, The Canary is hosting this guest post from Netpol coordinator Kevin Blowe. | It's unclear exactly how many people have their personal details included on the police's secretive "domestic extremist database" — or to give it its full name, the National Special Branch Intelligence System. This database holds records identifying campaigners as either 'nominals' (with their…

Honduran Police Repress Protesters Amid Strike
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-30
Honduran doctors, teachers, and students Thursday demanded the repeal of two executive orders issued by President Juan Orlando Fernandez (JOH) and were repressed by state police forces in cities and towns around the country. | RELATED | Honduras Teachers Unions Marching Against Privatization | The Platform for the Defense of Education and Health, an organization which brings the two sectors together, called for a national strike Thursday and Friday of this week, along with marches to d…

Bangladesh Charges 16 for Burning Alive Sexual Abuse Survivor
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-30
Bangladesh police charged 16 people for the murder of a female teenager burned to death last month after she registered a complaint against her teacher for sexually abusing her. | RELATED: | Bangladesh Schools Fight Sexual Harassment After Girl's Murder | Nusrat Jahan Rafi was 18 when her killers–classmates–poured kerosene over her and…

New Arrests in Crimea Seek to Silence Activists
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-30
Lutfie Zudiyeva outside the courthouse in Simferopol on May 30, 2019. | © 2019 Krym.Realii | This afternoon in Crimea, Russian counterextremism police detained two women leaders of Crimea Solidarity, an independent group that speaks out for people arrested for opposing Russia's occupation of the Crimean peninsula. It's the latest of the authorities' many steps to try to silence the group. | The women are Lutfie Zudiyeva and Mumine Saliyeva, both Crimean Tatars, and their activism with Crimea Solidarity is to suppor…

Ecuador Judge Admits Lack of Evidence Against Ola Bini
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-30
Programmer and digital privacy activist Ola Bini was denied bail again Wednesday evening by an Ecuadorean judge, continuing his indefinite imprisonment that is currently at 51 days. | RELATED: | UN: 'Nothing in This Story Connects Ola Bini With Any Crime' | Prosecutors have, so far, failed to formally charge the 37-year-old Swede with violating any Ecuadorean law, prompting one of his lawyers, Jose Davalos, to tweet that "Ecuador's justice system, yesterday and today, is at the se…

Colombia: FARC Leader Jesus Santrich Freed at Top Court's Order
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-30
Colombia's Prosecutor office announced Thursday the release of Jesus Santrich, less than a day after the country's Supreme Court ordered his release, the latest development in a legal saga concerning his detention and possible extradition to the United States. | RELATED: | Supreme Court of Colombia Orders Release of Jesus Santrich | From prison, Santric…

'I exposed corruption': Trump blasts Dems & 'fake media' for continuing Russiagate post-Mueller
rt.com | 2019-05-30
In the wake of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's surprise press conference, US President Donald Trump has continued to gloat in apparent victory, as his opponents cling to the hope that impeachment proceedings will begin. | …

Why the imperialists hate Huawei
Deirdre Griswold | workers.org | 2019-05-30
The Chinese company Huawei has been targeted by the Donald Trump administration. At Washington's request, Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the company, last December. The charge? That the company did business with Iran, contrary to U.S. sanctions on that country. Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder . . . | Continue reading Why the imperialists hate Huawei at Workers.org…

As Cleveland jail deaths continue, protesters demand justice
Martha Grevatt | workers.org | 2019-05-30
On May 10, Nicholas Colbert became the latest person to die in the Cuyahoga County Jail, the ninth in less than a year. The 36-year-old Army National Guard veteran was arrested for drug possession less than 48 hours prior to his death, which jail authorities have called a suicide. Colbert's . . . | Continue reading As Cleveland jail deaths continue, protesters demand justice at Workers.org…

Zimbabwe: 7 Detained After Rights Meeting
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-30
Farirai Gumbonzvanda at Chikurubi Maximum Prison on May 29, 2019. | | © Private | (Johannesburg) — Zimbabwe's authorities should immediately release seven activists and drop fabricated charges of seeking to subvert the government. | Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the local group representing the activists, said that state security agents arrested all seven between May 20 and 27, 2019, at the Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare, the capital, on…

Palestine: No Letup in Arbitrary Arrests, Torture
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-29
Protesting the electricity crisis, in the Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza, on January 12, 2017. One demonstrator holds a sign that reads, in Arabic, "We want electricity." On that day, Hamas security forces detained scores who participated in the demonstrations in Jabalia. | © 2017 Mahmoud Abu Salama | (Ramallah) — Both the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas authorities in Gaza are arbitrarily arresting peaceful critics and opponents, Human Rights Watch said today. From January 2018 throu…

Baltimore Cop Charged with Perjury, Misconduct
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-29
Baltimore police officer Michael O'Sullivan was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury for falsely accusing a city resident of committing a crime. The charges allege the officer perjured himself when he testified that a Baltimore youth possessed a gun, despite body camera footage that allegedly contradicts his testimony. | O'Sullivan was indicted on one count of perjury and one count of misconduct in office. | The charges stem from testimony against a Baltimore resident, who O'Sullivan accused of possessing a handgun during a district court trial last year. The Baltimore resident spent several months in jail before pro…

London: Diaspora Ugandans Protest Deadly Lawless Land-grabs By Country's Dictator Gen. Museveni For "Investors"
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-05-29
Ugandan Diaspora in U.K. protest the deadly lawless regime land-grabs for foreign investors in their homeland. | [Comment: Open Letter] | Statement by Ugandans in the United Kingdom Demanding End to Land Grabs and Evictions. | 28 May 2019, London | | Ugandans in Britain held a demonstration at the Uganda High Commission in central London on 28 May 2019 and called for rights to land and against seizures. | The protest followed high profile cases of evictions by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, including Uganda police and military, known as the UPDF (Uganda Peoples Defense Force) killings, shooting and arrests of…

Tyrone West Would Have Been 50
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-29
The sister of Tyrone West, Tawanda Jones, has been protesting for 303 weeks since 2013 to get justice for her brother who was killed by University and city police in…

I gave water to migrants crossing the Arizona desert. They charged me with a felony
amnesty.org | 2019-05-29
After a dangerous journey across Mexico and a difficult crossing through the Arizona desert, someone told Jose and Kristian that they might find water and food at a place in Ajo called the Barn. The Barn is a gathering place for humanitarian volunteers like me, and there the two young men were able to eat, rest and get medical attention. As the two were preparing to leave, the Border Patrol arrested them. Agents also handcuffed and arrested me, for — in the agency's words — having provided the two migrants with "food, water, clean clothes and beds."

Andre Vltchek: It Is Indifference of the Israelis That Is Killing People
Andre Vltchek | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-28
As always, I was impressed by Israel's infrastructure, but not by whom it serves. South Africa, during apartheid, built some of the greatest highways in the world. For the whites. Others were forced to live in the gutter. Israel does the same.

Somali Torture Victim Wins Small but Important Step Toward Justice
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-28
People walk down a street in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu on Jan. 29, 1991. | © 1991 AP Photo/Sayyid Azim | On May 21, a US court ruled in favor of a plaintiff who alleged that Yusuf Abdi Ali, a former commander of Somalia's Siad Barre government, tortured him in 1987. The court awarded the plaintiff…

Contracts Reveal For First Time How DEA Exercises Control Over Television, Film Productions
Tom Secker | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-28
The contracts [ PDF] cover 2011 to 2017. Over that time period, DEA supported dozens of projects, including "Cops and Coyotes" and multiple episodes of "Drugs Inc." and "Gangsters: America's Most Evil." They support the fictional drugs drama "Pure," too. | Other supported projects were "Lethal Cargo," "The Notorious Mr. Bout," and "Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies." They even worked with the U.S. government-funded Middle East Broadcasting Network for a program that featured the DEA museum. | Strangely abs…

Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-05-27
Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. In April, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange's arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.

The Indian Government Has Systematically Used Torture to Crush Opposition in Kashmir, New Report Finds
Murtaza Hussain | theintercept.com | 2019-05-26
A landmark report has accused the Indian government of "systematically and indiscriminately" using torture as a tool to crush an independence movement in the northern state of Kashmir. | The roughly 550-page report, issued last week, documents hundreds of individual cases of torture perpetrated by the Indian military over the last four decades — and not a single prosecution to hold the perpetrators accountable. The conflict in Kashmir dates back to the 1…

Interview with Indianapolis organizer for alternatives to police
Nigel Lisbon | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-26
"We truly need community accountability for our police."

Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-24
Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization: UpdateThrough statements issued by both the PLO and Palestinian civil society groups, and protests at German Representative Offices, Palestinians have unanimously condemned the German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution attacki…

In Charging Assange With 17 Espionage Act Offenses, Prosecutors Claim Power To Decide Who Is And Is Not A Journalist
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-24
To listen to the story, click the above player. In a superseding indictment, the Justice Department charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act. The Justice Department has relied upon the Espionage Act to target whistleblowers for unauthorized disclosures of information. It has treated journalists…

Jeremy Scahill: New Indictment of Assange Is Part of a Broader War on Journalism & Whistleblowers
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-05-24
The Espionage Act charges filed against Julian Assange mark just the latest attempt by the Trump administration to criminalize journalism and whistleblowers. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is back in jail for refusing to testify before a grand jury. Two weeks ago, drone whistleblower Daniel Hale was arrested in Tennessee. We air a new video by The Intercept titled "Why You Should Care About Trump's War on Whistleblowers," featuring Jeremy Scahill. We also speak to Scahill and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about how the corporate media has failed to stand up for Assange and others.