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Utah move on firing squads latest attempt to "fix" the unfixable - by Amnesty International
Utah’s decision to turn to the firing squad if it is unable to secure drugs for lethal injection is the latest attempt by a US state to keep alive a punishment that should have long ago been consigned to the history books, said Amnesty International om March 24.
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:24PM
Indigenous Land conflict in Brazil – Support needed NOW - by Ardaga - Huu-té Dschaam Dscheu
The once ~5 to 6 million Indigenous People in Brazil are down to less than 1 million. And those brave survivors of a genocide machine of half a millennium are still being brutalized and deceived by state and parallel authorities. And while the media reports nothing on it, Indigenous people are fighting for survival, their legal lands and against spree killings right now. This is a brand new eyewitness report. And a plea for YOUR support!
Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:06AM
Violations of the Rights to Freedom of Expression, Assembly and Association in Crimea - by Amnesty International
The de facto authorities in Crimea have failed to investigate a series of abductions and torture of their critics, and resorted to an unrelenting campaign of intimidation to silence dissent, said Amnesty International in a briefing published on the first anniversary of annexation.
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:51PM
Amnesty International USA Calls on DOJ to Investigate Allegations of Chicago Police Abuse - by Amnesty International
WASHINGTON — Amnesty International USA called on the Department of Justice to investigate allegations of beatings and disappearances of detainees at a Chicago Police Department facility in Homan Square and to determine whether these allegations of ill-treatment and other abuses are, in fact, systemic throughout the Chicago Police Department.
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:44PM
Misguided Border Security Bill Threatens Public Lands - by Center for Biological Diversity
TUCSON, Ariz.— Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) today jointly introduced the “Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation Act” in the U.S. Congress. A press release from Sen. McCain’s office claims that the bill is necessary to grant border security personnel full access to federal lands along the Arizona-Mexico border, including national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and monuments.
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:33PM
President Obama please expedite the extradition Barrientos - by Extradite Barrientos
Barrientos is one of the direct perpetrators of world-beloved singer Victor Jara's murder. He is now the last and only fugitive in the case.
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:04PM
Two Police Officers Shot from Distance During Ferguson Protest (video) (video/mp4 3.0MB) - by Ryan J. Reilly, HuffPo
In this video that captures the shooting, demonstrators appear to identify the shots as having come from the hill behind them, over the protesters and hitting police in the distance. (Video by Matthew Keys.) At a press conference at around 2:00 a.m. local time, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said a 41-year-old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder, and a 32-year-old Webster Groves officer was shot in the face. Both were conscious and expected to survive.
Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:54AM
US Dept of Justice Investigation of Ferguson Police Leads to Firings/Resignations - by Dave Id
This U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division report, released on March 4, is the result of the DOJ's investigation into the Ferguson, Missouri, police department after the rebellions and violent police repression following the murder of Mike Brown by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014 in the Canfield neighborhood. While the DOJ declined to prosecute Wilson after a St. Louis County grand jury found no probable cause to indict him -- the DOJ not being known as a full-throat...
Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:29PM
WTUL News & Views Interviews Kevin Caldwell of Common Sense NOLA (audio/mpeg 29.2MB) - by WTUL News and Views
Interview with Kevin Caldwell leader of Common Sense NOLA, a New Orleans-based advocacy group working toward the establishment of a cannabis marketplace through economic development, education, and legal reform to ensure our community's prosperity and security.
Posted: Mon Mar 9, 2015 7:27AM
Cautious Optimism as Angola 3 Supporters Pack the Courtroom for Albert Woodfox - by Angola 3 News
Judge Brady Gives One Week for Final Briefs in Albert Woodfox's Fight for Bail. A Release Decision is Expected Soon Thereafter. Below is a report-back from today's hearing, written by the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3.
Posted: Mon Mar 2, 2015 4:35PM
Amnesty International USA Calls on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to Investigate Chicago “Black Site” - by Amnesty International
CHICAGO — Amnesty International USA called on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to investigate allegations published in The Guardian newspaper of a Chicago Police Department facility in Homan Square, including beatings and disappearances of people detained there.
Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:26PM
KPFA's Africa Today on Albert Woodfox w/ Robert H. King and Amnesty USA's Jasmine Heiss (audio/mpeg 10.3MB) - by Africa Today audio posted by Angola 3 News
This episode of the KPFA radio show 'Africa Today' with host Walter Turner, was aired live on February 23, 2015 at 7:00pm.
Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:45AM
CBP Unveils Body-Worn Camera Testing Locations - by American Civil Liberties Union
WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection today unveiled the locations where it will begin its pilot testing of body-worn cameras. The pilot marks the latest effort by CBP to respond to the concerns of border residents about the alarming trend of excessive use of force incidents by its officers and agents.
Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:54PM
Amnesty International USA Urges Obama to Address Torture by Chicago Police - by Amnesty International
CHICAGO – On the eve of his visit to Chicago, Amnesty International USA sent a letter (see PDF) to President Obama today urging him to support reparations for those tortured while in the custody of Chicago Police over a span of decades.
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:38PM
43 Years of Injustice: Amnesty Intl interviews the UN's Juan Mendez about Albert Woodfox - by Angola 3 News
Amnesty International has just released a new video entitled "Free Albert Woodfox: 43 Years of Injustice," featuring an interview with Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The video was made in support of Amnesty's new petition campaign focusing on Albert's pending application for release on bail.
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:52AM
PA Governor Tom Wolf halts executions! - by Prison Radio
The 5th largest Death Row (186 men and women) is shut down! Citing “inherent biases” and the State’s “error prone” justice system, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf halted all executions in the State of Pennsylvania on Friday, February 13th.
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:43AM
Interview with Noonieman of Yellow Pocahontas (audio/mpeg 28.6MB) - by WTUL News & Views
Noonieman of the Yellow Pocahontas Black Indian Tribe in New Orleans joined WTUL News and Views to discuss the Mardi Gras Indians tradition and culture.
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:50AM
A3 Coalition: LA Continues to Obstruct Justice But Albert Woodfox Does Not Fear A Trial - by International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
Yesterday, the State of Louisiana took the first step toward a retrial and announced that a grand jury has re-indicted Albert a third time for the murder of Brent Miller. Though we continue to hope that the State will stop wasting taxpayer money on the prosecution and torture of this innocent man, Albert looks forward to being able to prove to the world once and for all that he is innocent. We will update you as more information becomes available, and in the meantime urge you to join over 16,...
Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 6:27PM
Amnesty International Responds to the Re-Indictment of Albert Woodfox - by Amnesty USA statement posted by Angola 3 News
Following the news of the Angola 3's Albert Woodfox being re-indicted, Amnesty International issued the following statement, reprinted below and at the Angola 3 News website. Just the previous day Amnesty launched a new petition calling on AG Caldwell to not oppose bail for Albert.
Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:26PM
New online action for Albert Woodfox launched today by Amnesty International; Please sign! - by International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
Urging people to sign the new petition launched today, Jasmine Heiss of Amnesty International USA declares: "Allowing Albert his freedom is the only just and humane action the state can take after decades of holding him in cruel and inhuman conditions. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal must ensure that the state stops standing in the way of Albert's freedom. Tell the Governor: Stop wasting valuable taxpayer resources. Help ensure Albert's release without further delay. It is imperative that jus...
Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:07AM