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IRAQI KURDISTAN NEWSLETTER: November 2016 -- Teachers' strike continues despite arrests, nonviolent resistance against Dana Gas, Duhok university students experience AVP and more...

CPTnet
17 December 2016
IRAQI KURDISTAN NEWSLETTER: November 2016 -- Teachers' strike continues despite arrests, nonviolent resistance against Dana Gas, Duhok university students experience AVP and more...

 
November 2016
 
 

Iraqi Kurdistan

 
Demonstrations in Iraqi Kurdistan
Awat Hassan talking to CPTers at his home. Photo by: Rezhiar Fakhir

Awat Hassan continues to be the voice of change among ongoing death threats 

Awat Hassan Abdulla is a civil society activist and one of the main organizers of the teachers’ protests that are currently happening in the city of Sulaimani. Since the beginning of the school year in September 2016, the teachers are on a strike and demand that their full wages be paid and that the government sector will stop and deal with its internal corruption. The schools and universities remain closed until now. Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), an international human rights organization, have been in contact with Mr. Awat Hassan Abdulla and his family, who requested that we accompany them. Mr. Awat and his family have been receiving threats and following a series of violent detentions and beatings by the Security forces (Asaish), the last one took place on the 1 December 2016, he and his family fear for their safety and lives. CPT agreed to accompany him and his family.

Read the full report here.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Short Hills Deer Harvest Becomes the Site of Reconciliation.

CPTnet

15 December 2016

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Short Hills Deer Harvest Becomes the Site of Reconciliation.

By Rachelle Friesen, Peter Haresnape, Murray Lumley, and Allan Slater

For the last three years, the Haudenosaunee deer harvest in Short Hills Provincial Park has become a place of tension as animal rights advocates have protested the Haudenosaunee right to hunt. The protestors operate under the banner of animal rights and need for safety; however in actuality most of the protestors are local property owners.  This year, although the protests still happened and moments of tension occurred, the overwhelming feeling was one of reconciliation, learning, and decolonization.

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has been involved in supporting the Haudenosaunee deer harvest in previous years, providing an avenue of witness, non-violent direct action, documentation and advocacy surrounding the harvest. CPT believes in the importance for the Haudenosaunee to have access to harvest the deer, as enshrined in the treaties. Although we admit that treaties were often signed under duress and deceit, we believe the implementation of the treaties is the basic minimum that Canadian society can do. 

Banners in the protest

Photo by Murray Lumley

Prayers for Peacemakers. December 14, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers. December 14, 2016

Every day, the images and stories of the destruction and desolation of Aleppo get more and more brutal. When we think that the war could not possibly get any worse, new stories come up proving the opposite.

Today, while many prepare to celebrate Christmas with their families, we need to stop for a moment and pray for our sisters and brothers who remain in the midst of a devastating war.

Pray for the people who find themselves trapped within Aleppo. Pray for their endurance and their will to survive. Pray for those who having escaped have come back to help others. Pray that this fratricidal war reaches its end and no more innocent lives are lost.

My God, “you are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word." 

(Psalm 119:114)

Family walking in Aleppo. The city is destroyed

There were no restrictions or limitations to the extent of destruction wrought on Aleppo [SANA / Handout via REUTERS] Published by Aljazeera.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos December 6 – 12

CPTnet

13 December 2016

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos December 6 – 12

 

"Not Funny"

Pictured here:  Soldiers invaded the homes of Christian Peacemaker Team's neighbors this week.  When some soldiers were laughing at one CPTer's attempt to speak Hebrew, another soldier barked. "It's not funny!" "No, invading people's homes is not funny," the other CPTer said.  See Israeli soldiers punish CPT neighbors for having no weapons in their home.

(December 6, 2016)

ADVENT REFLECTION: A Voice Cries Out In The Desert (Isaiah 40:3) -- Abuses and disappearance on the U.S.-Mexico border.

By John Heid

The Biblical terrain of Advent is the desert. It's pristine austerity beckons reflection. The prophetic cries, spoken of by Isaiah, were ones of hope against all odds. These cries echo today in the voices of our sisters and brothers in the Sonoran desert in their anguish and radical hope.

On December 7th, in the somber shadow of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Nogales, AZ, members of La Coalición de Derechos Humanos and No More Deaths presented their latest abuse document. “Deadly Apprehension Methods, The Consequences Of Chase And Scatter In The Wilderness.”

A US Border Patrol agent stands atop a dune along the US-Mexico border last month near Felicity, California. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

A US Border Patrol agent stands atop a dune along the US-Mexico border last month near Felicity, California. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images. Published by The Guardian.