Christian Peacemaker Teams - Turn your Faith into Action for Peace https://www.cpt.org/ en Mennonite Churches in Manitoba Launch Letter-Writing Campaign in Solidarity with Water Protectors in Minnesota  https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2021/05/14/mennonite-churches-manitoba-launch-letter-writing-campaign-solidarity-water <span>Mennonite Churches in Manitoba Launch Letter-Writing Campaign in Solidarity with Water Protectors in Minnesota </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caldwell</span></span> <span>Fri, 05/14/2021 - 12:51</span> <div><p><iframe allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share" allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmbenergyjustice%2Fvideos%2F470266007547765%2F&amp;width=600&amp;show_text=false&amp;appId=933338713789895&amp;height=338" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" width="600"></iframe></p> <p>Several Mennonite congregations in Manitoba are sending letters to TD Canada Trust, demanding that the Canadian bank stop financing the Line 3 pipeline. In Minnesota, Line 3 cuts through Anishinaabe land without the Free, Prior, and Informed consent of the Indigenous peoples who live there. Enbridge, the Canadian company, owns Line 3 and receives&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ran.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/RAN-Briefing_Line3_KXL.pdf" target="_blank">billions of dollars in financing from several Canadian banks</a>. TD is the top funder and has provided Enbridge with $13.59 billion since 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p>Indigenous Water Protectors in Minnesota are fighting to protect their lands and waters from Line 3. If built, Line 3 would destroy the sacred wild rice beds that the Anishinaabe people depend on for their food, culture, and way of life. Additionally, Line 3 would contribute as much damage to the climate as 50 new coal-fired power plants. The pipeline would endanger more than 800 wetlands and 200 waterways.</p> <p>In Minnesota, Anishinaabe Water Protectors are&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ehn.org/line-3-minnesota-2652795873/wild-rice-minnesota-tribes" target="_blank">literally putting their bodies on the line</a>. They are building numerous resistance camps along the pipeline route and chaining themselves to construction equipment. Police have already arrested dozens of people. North of the colonial border, the Canadian segment of Line 3 has already been built.&nbsp;</p> <p>But in smalltown Gretna, Manitoba, an Enbridge pumping station is a reminder for all those fighting and resisting the construction down the pipe.</p> <p>Several Mennonite churches have started sending letters to the executive of TD, urging the bank to divest from Line 3. Some church-goers who currently bank at TD have warned they will transfer to a different bank. Others are taking part in actions outside TD branches, like the one organized by the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition on the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=470266007547765" target="_blank">Global Day of Justice on May 8</a>.</p> <p>To take part in the letter-writing campaign to TD Bank, use this&nbsp;<a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LFT3sdrUn2YlTbvEqEfJ69qWeaZSq9vC/view" target="_blank">template</a>. If you live within Manitoba, you are encouraged to send your letter by “snail mail” to the address indicated. Otherwise, send a letter by email or hardcopy to a TD branch near you. If you have questions about the campaign, feel free to contact&nbsp;<a href="http://justiceteam@hopemennonite.ca/" target="_blank">justiceteam@hopemennonite.ca</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1484" hreflang="en">Turtle Island Solidarity Network</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 14 May 2021 17:51:08 +0000 Caldwell 12516 at https://www.cpt.org Joint Statement Calling on Biden Administration to Condemn Israeli government plans to Forcibly Displace Palestinians in Occupied East Jerusalem https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2021/05/14/joint-statement-calling-biden-administration-condemn-israeli-government-plans <span>Joint Statement Calling on Biden Administration to Condemn Israeli government plans to Forcibly Displace Palestinians in Occupied East Jerusalem</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caldwell</span></span> <span>Fri, 05/14/2021 - 12:28</span> <div><p><strong><a href="https://cpt.org/sites/default/files/2021-05/210514-Final-Statement-on-Palestine.pdf">Download the statement</a></strong></p> <p>The undersigned grassroots and advocacy organizations stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem currently at risk of losing their homes and call on the Biden administration to immediately and publicly condemn the Israeli government’s plans to forcibly displace 1,550 Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah and Al-Bustan neighborhoods of occupied East Jerusalem and to exert the utmost diplomatic pressure to prevent these potential&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2019/01/chapter-3-israeli-settlements-and-international-law/">war crimes</a>&nbsp;from taking place.</p> <p>The situation is particularly urgent in Sheikh Jarrah, where the Israeli government plans to forcibly displace hundreds of Palestinians from homes they have lived in for generations, in order to allow Israeli settlers to move in, an act which is illegal under international humanitarian law. On May 7, the United Nations urged the Israeli government to halt these plans, stating that the forced displacement&nbsp;<a href="https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/7/european-powers-tell-israel-to-stop-settlement-expansion">could amount to war crimes</a>. This takes place in the broader context of Israel's ongoing policy to forcibly remove Palestinians from their homes through eviction, home demolition, and displacement, with the express intent of pushing Palestinians out of Jerusalem in order to create and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.alhaq.org/advocacy/18181.html">maintain a Jewish majority</a>&nbsp;and supremacy in the city.</p> <p>Furthermore, we are deeply disturbed by the violence and use of force that Israeli police in East Jerusalem are employing against Palestinian residents, protestors, and worshippers during the last ten days of Ramadan. Over the past week, residents and activists leading sit-ins, vigils, and protests against the forced displacement in Sheikh Jarrah have been met with overwhelming&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/OmarBaddar/status/1390320204803158020">violence</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/HindHassanNews/status/1390437545092255745">force</a>&nbsp;from Israeli police and settlers, including a police officer&nbsp;<a href="https://www.middleeasteye.net/video/israeli-police-kneel-palestinian-mans-neck-following-anti-eviction-protest-jerusalem-1">kneeling on a protestor's neck</a>&nbsp;while he shouts that he is being suffocated, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/thousands-pack-al-aqsa-mosque-protest-palestinian-evictions-jerusalem-2021-05-07/">attacking worshippers at Al Aqsa Mosque</a>, Islam’s third holiest site. Protestors have also faced harassment from Israeli officials, including an incident in which the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/OrenZiv1985/status/1390572090554736640">told a Palestinian activist it was "a pity" that he wasn't shot in the head</a>.</p> <p>Israeli state violence is, of course, not limited to Jerusalem. We are horrified by Israel’s use of disproportionate and deadly force against Palestinians in Gaza which have already resulted in the killings of dozens of Palestinians, including children. This comes within the context of Israel’s 14 year illegal blockade on Gaza which has created an open air prison with severe shortages of life-saving medicines, food, electricity, and clean water, making life unsafe and unbearable. We call on the Biden administration to condemn this violence and address its root causes: Israeli blockade and occupation.</p> <p>The Biden administration has repeatedly stated that it intends to center its foreign policy around respect for human rights and international law. We therefore call on the administration to uphold international law and act in accordance with the urgency of the moment to prevent the Israeli government’s forced displacement of thousands of Palestinians.</p> <p>We support the asks articulated in a&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/RepMarieNewman/status/1392558132954603524?s=20">letter</a>&nbsp;led by Congresswoman Marie Newman (IL-03) and signed by 24 members of Congress calling on the Biden administration to:&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li> <p>Immediately send the strongest possible diplomatic message to Israel to desist from its plans to demolish Palestinian homes in Al-Bustan and evict Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah;</p> </li> <li> <p>Publicly reiterate that U.S. policy opposes Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem and that East Jerusalem is Occupied Territory under international law;</p> </li> <li> <p>Undertake an expeditious review of previous Congressional requests that the State Department investigate whether Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes with U.S. weapons violates the Arms Export Control Act (AECA);</p> </li> <li> <p>If Israel proceeds with its plans to demolish Palestinian homes in Al-Bustan and evict Palestinian residents from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, then the U.S. Embassy to Israel should send observers to document Israel’s forced displacement of Palestinians, including details on the military units involved in these operations and the usage of any U.S. weapons for purposes of oversight and accountability regarding Leahy Law and AECA violations.</p> </li> </ol> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>350.org<br /> About Face: Veterans Against the War<br /> Action Center on Race &amp; the Economy (ACRE)<br /> Adalah Justice Project<br /> Alianza Americas<br /> Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine<br /> American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)<br /> American Friends Service Committee<br /> Americans for Democracy &amp; Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) American Muslims for Palestine<br /> Arab American Association of NY<br /> Arab American Civic Council<br /> Arab Resource &amp; Organizing Center (AROC)<br /> Armenian-American Action Network<br /> Ayada Leads<br /> Borderlands for Equity<br /> Center for International Policy<br /> CHANGE (Center for Health and Gender Equity)<br /> Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Policy<br /> Christian Peacemaker Teams<br /> Churches for Middle East Peace<br /> CODEPINK<br /> Common Defense<br /> Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)<br /> Council on American-Islamic Relations, Washington ChapterDemand Progress<br /> Democratic Socialists of America<br /> Detention Watch Network<br /> Disciples Palestine Israel Network (DPIN)<br /> Dissenters<br /> Dream Defenders<br /> Emgage Action<br /> Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) Eyewitness Palestine<br /> Fellowship of Reconciliation<br /> The Feminist Front<br /> For All<br /> Freedom Forward<br /> Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)<br /> Friends of Sabeel North America<br /> Grassroots Global Justice Alliance<br /> Grassroots International<br /> Historians for Peace and Democracy<br /> ICNA Council for Social Justice<br /> IfNotNow<br /> Indivisible Illinois<br /> International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)<br /> Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno<br /> Islamophobia Studies Center<br /> Jetpac Resource Center<br /> Jewish Voice for Peace Action<br /> Jews for Racial And Economic Justice (JFREJ)<br /> Just Foreign Policy<br /> Justice Democrats<br /> Justice for Muslims Collective<br /> MADRE<br /> Massachusetts Peace Action<br /> MediaJustice<br /> Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA)<br /> Migrant Roots Media<br /> MoveOn<br /> MPower Change<br /> National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) National Iranian American Council<br /> National Network for Immigrant &amp; Refugee Rights<br /> National Writers Union<br /> New Internationalism Project at Institute for Policy Studies Nonviolence InternationalOD Action<br /> Our Revolution<br /> Palestine Advocacy Project<br /> Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace<br /> Pax Christi USA<br /> Peace Action<br /> Presente.org<br /> Progressive Democrats of America<br /> Project Blueprint<br /> Project South<br /> Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice<br /> RAICES<br /> ReThinking Foreign Policy<br /> Revolutionary Love Project<br /> Revolving Door Project<br /> Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights<br /> RootsAction.org<br /> School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch)<br /> Security Policy Reform Institute (SPRI)<br /> Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)<br /> Solidaire Action Fund<br /> South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)<br /> Sunrise Movement<br /> Tree of Life Educational Fund<br /> Tunisian United Network<br /> UltraViolet Action<br /> Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East<br /> United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network<br /> United for Peace and Justice<br /> The United Methodist Church - General Board of Church and Society United We Dream<br /> US Campaign for Palestinian Rights<br /> U.S. Labor Against Racism and War<br /> Veterans For Peace<br /> Voice for Refuge Action Fund<br /> Voices for Justice in Palestine<br /> WESPAC Foundation, Inc.<br /> Win Without War<br /> Working Families Party<br /> World BEYOND War</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1415" hreflang="en">Palestine</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 14 May 2021 17:28:43 +0000 Caldwell 12515 at https://www.cpt.org Lesvos: Refugee faces two life sentences after surviving shipwreck and trying to save 33 lives https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2021/05/12/lesvos-refugee-faces-two-life-sentences-after-surviving-shipwreck-and-trying-save <span>Lesvos: Refugee faces two life sentences after surviving shipwreck and trying to save 33 lives</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caldwell</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/12/2021 - 06:55</span> <div><p>May 12, 2021</p> <p><strong>This Thursday, 13th May 2021, 27-year-old Mohamad H., father of four children, has to stand trial in Mytilene, Lesvos. Mohamad H., who tried to save his own life and that of the 33 passengers on board during a shipwreck, is charged by Greek authorities with endangering the life of others and causing the death of two. For this, he is facing two life sentences and a further ten years imprisonment for each passenger.</strong></p> <p>On 2nd December 2020, Mohamad H., who had fled from war in Somalia to Turkey in early 2020, tried to reach Greece on a rubber boat together with 33 other people, including three children. In the middle of the Aegean sea, the boat got into distress.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2020/12/02/migration-minister-migrants-lesvos/" target="_blank">According to the Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi,&nbsp;</a>who blames the Turkish Coast Guard for the shipwreck, the group sent out a distress signal calling for help. Mohamad H., a refugee himself with no experience in seafaring, tried everything he could to prevent a shipwreck and steer the boat somehow safely ashore - this was later confirmed by the other passengers who stated that Mohamad H. tried to save everyone's life.</p> <p>Sadly, he did not succeed. The rubber boat capsized close to the island of Lesvos. Women, men, and children were thrown into the water; two young women did not survive.</p> <p>Mohamad H. and the other survivors were pulled out of the water by the Greek coast guard and brought to Mytilene port, Lesvos. There, after nearly drowning just moments before, Mohamad H. was arrested for "driving the boat" and consequently charged with the "illegal transportation of third-country nationals into Greek territory" (smuggling). Additionally, he was charged with endangering the life of 32 people under aggravating circumstances. Later on, after the missing women were found dead, he was also charged with causing the death of two. He has since been in prison awaiting trial on the island of Chios.</p> <p><strong>We condemn such blatant injustice and severe attacks on the right to asylum.&nbsp;</strong>With the lack of safe and legal pathways to enter Europe and claim asylum, people seeking safety have no other choice than to embark on perilous journeys.</p> <p><strong>We stand in solidarity with Mohamad H.</strong>, who is clearly being used as a scapegoat to divert attention from the responsibility that the E.U. and its ever-increasing closure of borders carry for these deaths.&nbsp;</p> <p>Instead of being threatened with life in prison, Mohamad H. should receive the care he needs after suffering such a traumatic experience.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Instead of being threatened with life in prison, Mohamad M. should be thanked and celebrated for trying to save the life of 33 people.</strong></p> <p>The lawyers Dimitris Choulis and Alexandros Georgoulis, who will represent Mohamad H. in his upcoming trial, state: "The Greek Law for migration is very strict - just touching the wheel is enough to be sentenced to many years in prison as a 'smuggler.' However, we have to remember that the Greek law in article 25 of the Penal Code contains the so-called 'emergency situation' as a reason not to convict a person breaking a law 'under distress and to prevent an unavoidable danger.' This argument has never been accepted by the Greek Courts so far but when the minister himself accuses the Turkish Coast Guard of causing the shipwreck, it becomes absolutely clear that&nbsp;<strong>the accused tried to prevent the death of more people and his 'driving' the boat wasn't a decision but a necessity</strong>.&nbsp;It's time to start applying all of the Greek Law and not only the parts of it that help to criminalize asylum seekers."</p> <p>The case of Mohamad H. is unfortunately not an isolated case but paradigmatic for yet another facet of Europe's policy of closing borders and deterrence.&nbsp;<a href="https://bordermonitoring.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/report-2020-smuggling-en_web.pdf" target="_blank">As documented</a>&nbsp;by CPT - Aegean Migrant Solidarity, borderline-europe, and Deportation Monitoring Aegean, the filing of such charges against migrants arriving on the Greek islands have been systematically used by the Greek state for several years.</p> <p>The basis for this is Greek legislation that considers any person found to have driven a vehicle across Greek borders carrying people seeking protection as a smuggler. The arrests that follow these often-unfounded accusations of smuggling are arbitrary, and the trials flout basic standards of fairness. Police officers might accuse the person holding the tiller to steer the boat, or the one who communicated with the coast guard to call for help, or simply someone who speaks English, of being a smuggler. Without sufficient evidence, they are usually arrested upon arrival and kept in pre-trial detention for months. When their case finally comes to court, their trials average only<a href="https://bordermonitoring.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/report-2020-smuggling-en_web.pdf" target="_blank">&nbsp;38 minutes in length, leading to an average sentence of 44 years and fines over 370.000 Euro</a>. Most recently, the young Syrian K.S. was sentenced to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.borderline-europe.de/unsere-arbeit/syrischer-gefl%C3%BCchteter-auf-lesbos-zu-52-jahren-haft-verurteilt?l=en" target="_blank">52 years in prison and a fine of 242.000 Euros</a>.</p> <p>While "smuggling" accusations against European sea rescuers gain a lot of media attention, the everyday practice of incarcerating non-Europeans on the Greek islands goes almost unnoticed. However, they constitute the majority of those arrested and imprisoned on allegations of "smuggling" and "aiding illegal immigration."</p> <p><strong>The initiatives borderline-europe, CPT - Aegean Migrant Solidarity, and You Can't Evict Solidarity will follow the trial in solidarity. We call on Greece and the European Union to stop criminalizing people because they are seeking safety, end the arbitrary detention of refugees and migrants accused of smuggling, and for the acquittal and immediate release of the defendant.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">--------------------------</p> <p dir="ltr">More info:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.unhcr.org/gr/en/17725-unhcr-news-comment-following-shipwreck-off-lesvos.html">UNHCR Greece: UNHCR News Comment following shipwreck off Lesvos</a></p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/28892/second-body-found-after-boat-sank-off-lesbos">Second body found after boat sank off Lesbos</a></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2020/12/02/migration-minister-migrants-lesvos/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1620902881199000&amp;usg=AFQjCNELl1hsVVeqhCIfYSY2A7S-adpPVQ" href="https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2020/12/02/migration-minister-migrants-lesvos/" target="_blank">https://www.keeptalkinggreece.<wbr />com/2020/12/02/migration-<wbr />minister-migrants-lesvos/</a></p> </li> </ul> <div class="yj6qo">&nbsp;</div> <div class="adL">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1486" hreflang="en">Aegean Migrant Solidarity</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1402" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1445" hreflang="en">Lesvos</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 12 May 2021 11:55:17 +0000 Caldwell 12512 at https://www.cpt.org Prayers for Peacemakers – May 10, 2021 - Iraqi Kurdistan https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2021/05/11/prayers-peacemakers-may-10-2021-iraqi-kurdistan <span>Prayers for Peacemakers – May 10, 2021 - Iraqi Kurdistan</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caldwell</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/11/2021 - 11:27</span> <div><figure><img alt="Men sitting in a circle in the shade in front of a shop. Children stand around, vehicle in the background" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://cpt.org/sites/default/files/2021-05/Meeting%20with%20residents%20of%20Hrure.jpg" style="width:80%" /> <figcaption>CPT-IK meeting with residents of Hrure.</figcaption> </figure> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Please pray for one hundred Christian and Muslim families who fled their homes this past week because of Turkish bombardments and soldiers invading their lands. Pray that organizations provide help for the families forcefully displaced. And pray that the Turkish invasion ends that people may return home.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Turkish special forces invaded Iraqi Kurdistan territory in late April and began to build bases and outposts on Zineri Kesta, the highest mountain in the region near Kani Masi. Approximately 600 people in three villages Kesta, Hrure, and Chalke, located in this region, live by farming and grazing animals on the side of the mountain.&nbsp;</p> <p>On May 3, the CPT-Iraqi Kurdistan team visited the villages where Christian and Muslim families live together side by side. CPT members saw many burned orchards and fields, and some were still burning during the visit. The village elders and leaders told the team about their fear every night when the bombs exploded. Each explosion kept getting closer to their villages. Families fear the helicopters they see shooting at their fields and the soldiers deployed to invade their territory.&nbsp;</p> <p>A village leader from Hrure told the team, "The children run to hide in their homes when they hear the sound of drones and helicopters." On the way to the village, CPT members could hear the buzzing sound of a drone overhead.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the days following the team's visit, the Turkish special forces' invasion progressed, and the bombardments reached the villages. When the shrapnels began to pierce village homes, all 32 families from Kesta and about half of the 50 families from Hrure fled their homes. Some families escaped to stay with their relatives; some fled to the nearby village of Chalke. Another 45 families then had to flee Chalke when Turkish artillery began targetting the village.</p> <p>The Turkish military assault has, as of now, forcefully displaced nearly 500 people. Families from the impacted villages told CPT over the phone: "We need help. We just got some small help from one organization, but we have no tents and no place to sleep."</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1408" hreflang="en">Kurdistan</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1406" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 11 May 2021 16:27:30 +0000 Caldwell 12511 at https://www.cpt.org Kurdistan Regional Government Uses Court to Restrain Freedom of Expression https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2021/05/08/kurdistan-regional-government-uses-court-restrain-freedom-expression <span>Kurdistan Regional Government Uses Court to Restrain Freedom of Expression</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caldwell</span></span> <span>Sat, 05/08/2021 - 07:12</span> <div><figure><img alt="Rugesh khan and her family with CPT IK team members. Rugesh is wearing a black dress with floral design, as well as a grey hijab. Two children are wearing yellow shirts and black shorts, one child is wearing a black shirt, and one child is wearing a blue dress. One person is wearing a grey dress shirt. One CPTer is wearing a blue, plaid dress shirt and jeans and a red CPT hat. Another CPTer is wearing a red, plaid dress shirt and jeans and a red CPT hat, and another CPTer is wearing a red CPT vest and black" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2021-05/cpt%20ik%20sherwan%20family.jpg" style="width:100%" /> <figcaption>CPT-IK team visited the family of Sherwan Sherwani. Rugesh khan, Sherwan's wife, told CPT, "The last time I spoke with Sherwan was on 13 March. In only two minutes that Asaish allowed Sherwan to speak, he told me to not believe the lies that they are spreading about him. Because he commented on his situation he has not been allowed to make calls for more than a month and a half."</figcaption> </figure> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>May 8, 2021</p> <p><strong>Christian Peacemaker Teams – Iraqi Kurdistan condemns the Erbil appeal court's ruling to uphold the six-year prison terms for Badinan journalists and activists.</strong></p> <p>On May 6, the Court of Cassation in Erbil ruled to support the unjust sentencing of three independent journalists and two civil rights activists from Badinan in Iraqi Kurdistan on fabricated criminal charges of "espionage and conspiracy to endanger national security." Sherwan Sherwani, Guhdar Zebari, Eyaz Karam, Shivan Saeed, and Hariwan Essa were sentenced to six years in prison for speaking to consulates about the state of human rights in Iraqi Kurdistan, criticizing corruption in political parties, and participating in nonviolent protests.</p> <p>"It is a tragic day in the history of the Kurdistan judiciary," said Bashdar Hassan, defense lawyer of the Badinan journalists and activists. "This decision is a political one. People won't be able to believe in the courts anymore."&nbsp;</p> <p>Three of the five judges of the Court of Cassation in Erbil are members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which controls the Badinan region in Iraqi Kurdistan. In their decisions, both the Criminal Court and the Court of Cassation mirrored the KDP leader and Iraqi Prime Minister Masrour Barzani's public condemnation of the Badinan prisoners before the trial: "They were neither journalists nor civil rights activists... they were spies of foreign governments and saboteurs." This ruling confirms that the Badinan journalists and activists were sentenced not according to the rule of law but according to a political decision of the KDP to punish those who criticize corruption, suppress journalists, and quash civil society initiatives.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Court of Cassation's decision comes as a shock to the family members of the Badinan prisoners and as well as to the Iraqi Kurdistan's independent journalists and civil society. If courts cannot protect the rights of civil society activists from the power and reprisals of the political parties, then who can?&nbsp;</p> <p>The ruling of the Court of Cassation is final, and only in rare cases, the verdict can be overturned by the Committee of the Correction of Appeal Decisions. The defense lawyers will still attempt to appeal the ruling. However, based on what has already happened, the Badinan prisoners' probability of receiving an overturned and just ruling is minimal.&nbsp;</p> <p>The rule of law has failed in the case of the Badinan journalists and activists. We as Christian Peacemaker Teams – Iraqi Kurdistan, alongside the families of the Badinan prisoners and members of civil society, call on the President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, to uphold his commitment to protect the freedom of expression and invoke his authority to grant amnesty for Sherwan Sherwani, Shivan Saeed, Guhdar Zebari, Hariwan Essa, and Eyaz Karam.</p> <p>Christian Peacemaker Teams – Iraqi Kurdistan condemns the Erbil appeal court's ruling to uphold the six-year prison terms for Badinan journalists and activists.</p> <p>On May 6, the Court of Cassation in Erbil ruled to support the unjust sentencing of three independent journalists and two civil rights activists from Badinan in Iraqi Kurdistan on fabricated criminal charges of "espionage and conspiracy to endanger national security." Sherwan Sherwani, Guhdar Zebari, Eyaz Karam, Shivan Saeed, and Hariwan Essa were sentenced to six years in prison for speaking to consulates about the state of human rights in Iraqi Kurdistan, criticizing corruption in political parties, and participating in nonviolent protests.</p> <p>"It is a tragic day in the history of the Kurdistan judiciary," said Bashdar Hassan, defense lawyer of the Badinan journalists and activists. "This decision is a political one. People won't be able to believe in the courts anymore."&nbsp;</p> <p>Three of the five judges of the Court of Cassation in Erbil are members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which controls the Badinan region in Iraqi Kurdistan. In their decisions, both the Criminal Court and the Court of Cassation mirrored the KDP leader and Iraqi Prime Minister Masrour Barzani's public condemnation of the Badinan prisoners before the trial: "They were neither journalists nor civil rights activists... they were spies of foreign governments and saboteurs." This ruling confirms that the Badinan journalists and activists were sentenced not according to the rule of law but according to a political decision of the KDP to punish those who criticize corruption, suppress journalists, and quash civil society initiatives.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Court of Cassation's decision comes as a shock to the family members of the Badinan prisoners and as well as to the Iraqi Kurdistan's independent journalists and civil society. If courts cannot protect the rights of civil society activists from the power and reprisals of the political parties, then who can?&nbsp;</p> <p>The ruling of the Court of Cassation is final, and only in rare cases, the verdict can be overturned by the Committee of the Correction of Appeal Decisions. The defense lawyers will still attempt to appeal the ruling. However, based on what has already happened, the Badinan prisoners' probability of receiving an overturned and just ruling is minimal.&nbsp;</p> <p>The rule of law has failed in the case of the Badinan journalists and activists. We as Christian Peacemaker Teams – Iraqi Kurdistan, alongside the families of the Badinan prisoners and members of civil society, call on the President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, to uphold his commitment to protect the freedom of expression and invoke his authority to grant amnesty for Sherwan Sherwani, Shivan Saeed, Guhdar Zebari, Hariwan Essa, and Eyaz Karam.</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1406" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1408" hreflang="en">Kurdistan</a></div> </div> </div> Sat, 08 May 2021 12:12:47 +0000 Caldwell 12510 at https://www.cpt.org Colombian people don't give up, carajo! Resistance carajo! https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2021/05/05/colombian-people-dont-give-carajo-resistance-carajo <span>Colombian people don&#039;t give up, carajo! Resistance carajo!</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/63" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hannah</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:08</span> <div><p>5 May 2021</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="893" src="/sites/default/files/WhatsApp%20Image%202021-05-05%20at%207.01.10%20PM.jpeg" width="716" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>by Milena Rincón</strong></p> <p>Since 28 April 2021, Colombia has been on national strike. What started as a one-day strike opposing the tax reform bill is now a nationwide indefinite strike urging the Colombian government to drop two bills that will profoundly affect the future of the Colombians. But most importantly, the people demand the Colombian anti-riot police to stop their ongoing violent repression of the civilian population who are demanding real change. This national strike is the third one for this current unpopular government since President Duque took office in 2018.</p> <p>On 2 May, the Colombian government dropped the very unpopular and orthodox tax reform bill, and on 3 May, the Minister of Finances resigned. The government's decision to remove the tax bill arrived the day after the president ordered anti-riot police units to militarize all cities and end all the protests. Cali, Bogota, and other cities have been heavily impacted by police brutality and violence since 28 April. Despite the devastation, especially in Cali, the president's order on the night of Saturday 1 May was a green light for the anti-riot police to use all violence and possible force and means against protestors all over the country.</p> <p>Following the withdrawal of the tax reform, the government and their supporting parties started working on a new bill that most likely will result in very few changes to the original content. Colombians, tired of feeling disrespected and ignored in their demands, called for the strike to continue. It was painfully shocking to hear the bill was only dropped after six days of nationwide nonviolent protests where citizens were severely attacked by the Colombian anti-riot police. "¿<i>Who gave the order?"&nbsp;</i>the country asked. The answer is easy: “<i>subpresident Duque and his mentor, former president Uribe,”</i> in other words, the&nbsp;right-wing.</p> <p>In different cities, Colombians have spent several days and nights hearing sound bombs and gunshots, watching people being chased and helicopters circling the skies and breathing the tear gas and smoke. For the last six days, the country has been hearing and seeing protestors and supporters screaming, "<i>They are killing us</i>,” a phrase that is still echoing in all of Colombia. “<i>They”</i> are the anti-riot police and the police, those in charge of protecting us from human rights violations and abuse.</p> <p>The lack of response to the crisis and the recent presidential orders to quell the protests has caused Colombians’ frustration to increase who, in the midst of a severe socio-economic crisis, have committed to nonviolent, peaceful demonstrations as part of the national strike working towards a common good for everyone in the country. The voices of the strike affirm, “<i>Rain or shine; the strike will continue.</i>”</p> <p>Several national and international organizations have condemned the police violence occurring against the civil population. Colombians in general, and social and human rights groups, have done incredible work accompanying the protests and documenting the ongoing human rights violations and violence exerted by the anti-riot police. Most of the victims of the current police violence are young Colombians, who keep asking in the marches, "<i>Why, why are you killing us? If we are the hope of Latin America."</i></p> <p>The national strike continues. The creative, energetic, very diverse and nonviolent social movement is far from getting tired, as they chant in the protests, "<i>We must strike to move forward, long live the National Strike!”</i> The Colombian popular demands include removing other bills, investigation and prosecution of the police responsible for the human rights violations, the president's resignation, implementation of the 2016 peace accords and, without a doubt, the Colombian anti-riot police reform.</p> <p><i>"The people united will never be defeated!" </i>We need more Colombians to join this strike.&nbsp;It is time for the change&nbsp;we want to see.</p> <p><i>In memory of those killed by the anti-riot police.</i></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1399" hreflang="en">Colombia</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 05 May 2021 17:08:49 +0000 Hannah 12509 at https://www.cpt.org CPT celebrates May Day by implementing living wage https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2021/05/01/cpt-celebrates-may-day-implementing-living-wage <span>CPT celebrates May Day by implementing living wage</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/63" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hannah</span></span> <span>Sat, 05/01/2021 - 09:01</span> <div><p>1 May 2021</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="533" src="/sites/default/files/IMG_7419.JPG" width="800" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>May Day is a day we celebrate workers around the world and their struggle for rights and fair compensation. In the spirit of solidarity and in Christian Peacemaker Team's commitment to undoing oppressions, it is with great excitement that we announce that CPT will be implementing a living wage model in how we compensate CPTers with no CPTer receiving a pay deduction.</p> <p>Thirty-five years ago, CPT was formed to bring nonviolent change to lethal conflicts around the world. Over the decades, CPT has grown and shifted, recognizing that violent conflict is rooted in oppression. In this spirit, CPT has dedicated itself to be an organization committed to transforming violence and oppression. This means transforming oppression not only in the places we work but also within the organization itself.</p> <p>In today's world, oppression takes on many forms, including the oppression in how workers are compensated for their labor. Pivotal in bringing an end to violence is bringing an end to economic oppression experienced by so many. As we express our solidarity with workers worldwide and advocate for workers' rights, we look within our organization to see how we can better compensate CPTers for their work.</p> <p>For decades CPT has operated on a stipend system to compensate its workers, with every worker receiving approximately the same amount of money no matter their location. Yet, we know 'the same' does not always mean equal, and some CPTers were struggling to cover their basic expenses. As CPT strives to transform oppression within our world, we admit we need to transform how we compensate CPTers.</p> <p>Choosing to shift our model to one that provides a living wage was not an issue, but having the financial resources to pay the living wage was the challenge. After thoughtful conversation and pouring over spreadsheets, we knew we had to take the step; the pandemic had reminded us again of why systemic fairness is vital in the work of justice.</p> <p>In a capitalist society, the value of labour is expressed through financial compensation.&nbsp; Yet, at CPT, we want to acknowledge that the work of every CPTer is invaluable. There is no monetary amount that could represent the quality of this work. So while we do not compensate for the value of labour, we want to compensate so that CPTers can live a healthy life.</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1429" hreflang="en">Undoing Oppressions</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1400" hreflang="en">CPT International</a></div> </div> </div> Sat, 01 May 2021 14:01:51 +0000 Hannah 12507 at https://www.cpt.org “When they have their foot on your neck, they can’t go anywhere either.” https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2021/04/29/when-they-have-their-foot-your-neck-they-cant-go-anywhere-either <span>“When they have their foot on your neck, they can’t go anywhere either.” </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/63" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hannah</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/29/2021 - 03:18</span> <div><p>29 April 2021</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="473" src="/sites/default/files/corleone-brown-ixdMNeTj9d0-unsplash.jpg" width="800" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>By Mona El-Zuhairi and Tarek Abuata</strong></p> <p>This<b><i> </i></b>is the liberation quote we carry with us in the confines of our internal justice work that we often take out to frame our public justice work. We learned it from a man who participated in the lunch counter sit-ins 60 years ago. His name is Dr. Bernard LaFayette, a protégé of MLK.</p> <p>As CPT continues to work alongside local communities for racial justice, we have to ask ourselves two questions: Beyond sit-ins, street demonstrations, and direct action, what is racial justice for our communities? And, what is a vision that will liberate people of colour (POCs) and white people collectively within and outside of CPT?</p> <p>Before we offer you CPT Palestine’s response to these questions, let us ground ourselves in the successes that CPT has made for racial justice and build together upon these foundations. You have supported CPT to achieve POC leadership ‘on the ground’ in various countries and multiple continents, and you have supported CPT in reaching a multi-racially led Administrative Team. This leadership has authentically centred the voices of diverse community members in the global POC-led mosaic collective liberation community and has established more effective communal justice models with Black, Brown, Indigenous, and all POC communities.&nbsp;It is important to celebrate these successes as we move forward!</p> <p>As we jointly celebrate, we invite you to hear our CPT Palestine Team members’ response by telling you about our Be The Change Project. It is a project born out of the voices of prophetic faith revolutionaries who continue to individually stand in the intersections of oppressions and commit to pushing at the limits of racial justice communally. We are Palestinians of various faith backgrounds, and we are justice and equality doers for Palestine and for a better world, working on liberating ourselves from oppressions internally and externally.&nbsp;</p> <p>Be The Change’s vision is: “A Palestinian community that is able and ready to provide frameworks to our own people and to the global community for<b><i> multi-racial multi-faith anti-oppressions work that is centered in liberation</i></b>. We want to live a microcosm of what's possible for a global community, and to teach and learn how to best continue to transgress borders through social media, online gatherings, and collective liberation demonstrations as we jointly seek new visions of leadership.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The spiritual beauty of this statement for us as Palestinian leaders is that it carries a vision of justice that encompasses our own Palestinian community <b><i>along with</i></b> POC communities worldwide <b><i>for the benefit of all</i></b> of God’s children. It is a vision where no one has their foot on anyone’s neck, intentionally or unintentionally, but where we all rise together <b><i>and</i></b> march together <b><i>daily</i></b> inside our institutions and organizations so that we don’t have to march in the streets.</p> <p>Our mission is to liberate ourselves internally by acknowledging our Palestinian society’s oppressions and drafting actions to transform them alongside other POC communities. We will then share our experiences with the full global community to all unite authentically against oppressions.</p> <p>We will carry out the first part of this mission through multiple webinars and educational workshops within and for our own Palestinian community. We have gathered 12 Palestinians of various faith and gender identities, Palestinians living in Palestine, in Israel and abroad, who will meet to evaluate issues of oppression internally that need to be addressed, hold real conversations that confront these issues, and draft actions aimed at transforming them.&nbsp; We will then hold workshops to educate and empower our own community to tackle internalized racism, classism, sexism, and interfaith living and working.</p> <p>Simultaneously, the second part of our mission is to connect with multiple POC-led organizations creating partnerships and conversations that will compare and contrast our various experiences with other communities of colour. Through these connections, we can learn and teach each other internally—and thereafter teach all global communities—how to better combat white supremacy, sexism, gender inequity, queer rights, and joint multi-faith work for justice.</p> <p>We also invite all CPTers and non-CPTers to attend our POC-led educational webinars that will give you the tools to support your local house of worship and community to grow into a vision of <b><i>multi-racial, multi-faith anti-oppressions work that is centered in liberation. </i></b>We will be sharing with you the timeline for these workshops once they are scheduled. Please know that each one of you is a valuable part of this work!</p> <p>For now, we ask you to reflect on two questions:</p> <ol> <li>How does this vision fit within your own house of worship, local community and national networks’ vision?</li> <li>Where have POC injustices shown up in your local community and workplace, and how could your community benefit from joining these efforts?</li> </ol> <p>We know that Palestinian and POC resistance reflects the power of our communities’ steadfastness and the multi-layered lessons we can teach local and international communities in our mutual justice work for freedom. These POC-led initiatives are a way forward to achieving a global justice model guaranteed to carry long-term successes. You are already a part of this work.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more information, and <b><i>if you are a person of colour who is part of a POC-led group, we invite you to connect with us by emailing </i></b><a href="mailto:tarekabuata@gmail.com">tarekabuata@gmail.com</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Originally published in CPT's&nbsp;<a href="https://cpt.org/sites/default/files/2021-04/SOTT-January-March-2021.pdf">Newsletter vol xxxi No. 1</a></em></p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1415" hreflang="en">Palestine</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1429" hreflang="en">Undoing Oppressions</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 08:18:12 +0000 Hannah 12506 at https://www.cpt.org Scandalous sentencing of Syrian refugee on Lesvos: Trial observers strongly criticise the criminalisation of migration. https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2021/04/26/scandalous-sentencing-syrian-refugee-lesvos-trial-observers-strongly-criticise <span>Scandalous sentencing of Syrian refugee on Lesvos: Trial observers strongly criticise the criminalisation of migration.</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/63" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hannah</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/26/2021 - 07:19</span> <div><div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid89">PRESS RELEASE<br /> 26.04.2021</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid90">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid19073">Scandalous sentencing of a Syrian refugee on the Greek island of Lesvos to 52 years imprisonment. Trial observers strongly criticise the criminalisation of migration.</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid92">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid19232">On Friday 23 April 2021, the trial of K.S., a young man who fled Syria, took place in Mytilini on the Greek island of Lesvos. He was sentenced to 52 years imprisonment for "illegal entry" and "facilitating illegal entry". Trial observers from the initiatives "You Can't Evict Solidarity", Christian&nbsp;Peacemaker&nbsp;Teams&nbsp;- Aegean Migrant Solidarity and borderline-europe consider the verdict a scandal. They criticise the unfair trial and once again demand the immediate release of the accused.</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid94">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid95">As he described in the trial, the defendant K.S. fled with his family from the civil war in Syria to Turkey. There, he refused to participate in the Turkish military operation in the civil war in Libya and was subsequently imprisoned and tortured. He managed to flee further to the EU with his wife and three&nbsp;small&nbsp;children. When the family reached the Greek island of Chios in early March 2020 they were denied the right to asylum for one month, like all people arriving in Greece at that time. The background, which was also described&nbsp;in&nbsp;testimony from CPT&nbsp;- Aegean Migrant Solidarity&nbsp;at the trial, is that the Greek state had unlawfully suspended the right to asylum as part of a political dispute between Turkey and the EU, and systematically brought criminal charges of "illegal entry" against migrants seeking protection in Europe. In addition, upon arrival, K.S. was falsely accused of steering the boat in which he and his family arrived on Chios and additionally charged with&nbsp;"facilitating illegal entry"(human smuggling) and "provoking a shipwreck"(endangering life).</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid96">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid19075">A trial observer&nbsp;explains about the background of the charges: "The filing of such charges against migrants arriving on the Greek islands, allegedly identified as boat drivers, has been a systematic approach of the Greek state for several years. It is based on the absurd notion that anyone who drives an inflatable boat carrying people seeking protection is a smuggler. Often the accused are themselves protection seekers and have been coerced into driving the boat. In practice, prosecuting "smugglers" means accusing someone from an arriving inflatable boat of driving the boat, whether they were or not. They are usually arrested on the spot without sufficient evidence and held in pre-trial detention for months. When their case finally comes to trial, their trials last an average of only 38 minutes, and they are sentenced to long prison terms, in some cases over 100 years in prison with very large fines. For the charges brought against K.S., the average sentence is 93 years.&nbsp;These proceedings are not conducted fairly or according to the rule of law. We know of hundreds of such cases of people in Greek prisons on these charges, as a report by CPT - Aegean Migrant Solidarity, borderline-europe and Deportation Monitoring Aegean shows (1). Most recently, last year, among others, Amir and Razouli, two refugees, were sentenced to 50 years imprisonment in such a trial and are now in Greek prison awaiting their appeal hearing in March 2022 (2)."</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid98">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid19246">After more than a year of pre-trial detention and after the trial had been postponed at short notice until Friday, 23&nbsp;April&nbsp;2021, the defendant K.S. was sentenced in just a few hours and in camera for "unauthorized entry" and "facilitating illegal entry" to 52 years imprisonment.&nbsp;He was sentenced to&nbsp;10 years plus one year for each person on the boat. In addition,&nbsp;the court&nbsp;fined&nbsp;him&nbsp;242,000 euros. This high sentence was imposed even though he was acquitted of the charges&nbsp;of "endangering human life" and "disobedience".&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid100">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid19071">K.S. was judged not on his guilt for the particular&nbsp;"crimes"&nbsp;for which he was accused, but as a proxy to condemn migration to Europe in general. K.S. was subject to&nbsp;derogatory statements by the court and jury,&nbsp;being questioned about his Muslim faith and asked why he did not stay in Syria to fight for his country.&nbsp;The trial was riddled with major irregularities. For example, the prosecution's case was based on contradictory lists of the number of people on the boat. The&nbsp;prosecution's main&nbsp;witness, a coastguard officer,&nbsp;testified in great detail, but he made no statement on the important question of whether he had seen the defendant driving the boat. In turn, the defendant's wife testified as a witness and confirmed that he had not driven the boat.&nbsp;When the coastguard officer stated at the end of his testimony that K.S. should be released because he was fleeing a warzone, the prosecutor replied that he could have stayed in Turkey&nbsp;- unbelievable, as K.S. had been imprisoned and tortured there.&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid102">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid103">His lawyers from the Legal Center Lesvos appealed immediately after the verdict.&nbsp;Until then,&nbsp;K.S.&nbsp;must&nbsp;spend the time until the appeal hearing (presumably in about a year) back in the infamous Korydallos prison on the Greek mainland.&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid104">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid105">Johannes Körner from the campaign "You can't evict Solidarity" said about the verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid106">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid107">"We as well as the initiatives CPT - Aegean Migrant Solidarity and borderline.europe will continue to support the accused in solidarity. We call on Greece and the European Union to immediately end the arbitrary detention of migrants and for the acquittal and immediate release of the accused. In addition, the pending comparable cases must be dropped,&nbsp;or&nbsp;trials&nbsp;must take place&nbsp;elsewhere than&nbsp;the biased court&nbsp;of&nbsp;Mytiline."</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid108">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid109">A&nbsp;member of&nbsp;Christian Peacemaker Teams - Aegean Migrant Solidarity&nbsp;added:</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid110">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid111">"Migrants seeking sanctuary in Europe who are accused of the crime of facilitating illegal entry cannot expect to receive a fair trial in Mytilene court. K.S. was convicted with no evidence positively identifying him. This is indicative of a justice system catering to the vocal section of local society seeking a scapegoat for migration to the island."</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid112">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid113">Press contact:</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid114">Johannes Körner:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cantevictsolidarity@riseup.net" target="_blank">cantevictsolidarity@riseup.net</a></div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid115">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid116">1)&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://bordermonitoring.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/report-2020-smuggling-en_web.pdf&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1619511565304000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHYTOXzvV2iRplF9eLmw5O5K5CdZw" href="https://bordermonitoring.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/report-2020-smuggling-en_web.pdf" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">https://bordermonitoring.<wbr />eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/<wbr />report-2020-smuggling-en_web.<wbr />pdf</a></div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid117">2)&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.borderline-europe.de/unsere-arbeit/solidarit%25C3%25A4tsstatement-freiheit-f%25C3%25BCr-amir-und-razuli?l%3Dde&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1619511565304000&amp;usg=AFQjCNG3pXuzfVVt3AqFJtvdC3S16xJQ6w" href="https://www.borderline-europe.de/unsere-arbeit/solidarit%C3%A4tsstatement-freiheit-f%C3%BCr-amir-und-razuli?l=de" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">https://www.borderline-<wbr />europe.de/unsere-arbeit/<wbr />solidarit%C3%A4tsstatement-<wbr />freiheit-f%C3%BCr-amir-und-<wbr />razuli?l=de</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1445" hreflang="en">Lesvos</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1402" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1486" hreflang="en">Aegean Migrant Solidarity</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 26 Apr 2021 12:19:44 +0000 Hannah 12504 at https://www.cpt.org Guayabo court case comes to a close https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2021/04/22/guayabo-court-case-comes-close <span>Guayabo court case comes to a close</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/63" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hannah</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/22/2021 - 10:30</span> <div><p>22 April 2021</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="533" src="/sites/default/files/marian%20decouto%20(2).jpg" width="800" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The criminal case against Guayabo community leaders Erik Payares, Jhon Fredy Ortega, and Santos Peña&nbsp;will come to a close this weekend. The judge has called the final testimonies to the stand, including CPT members who have been accompanying the process since 2013.&nbsp;</p> <p>Large landowners often accuse social leaders, which leads to drawn-out legal processes as a tactic to silence their work. The Guayabo community has been fighting this criminal case for five years. In 2013 Rodrigo Lopez Henao illegally occupied land in the community and hired armed thugs to destroy crops, kill animals, and threaten community members' lives. False accusations against Erik, Jhon Fredy, and Santos resulted in their arrest in 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p>The court case has drawn on until now. This Friday, the closing statements will be made, and the judge will issue a decision by Sunday. Please pray for a fair and just decision and remember the community and the families affected by the criminalization and persecution against land defenders and human rights activists.&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height:1.38"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1399" hreflang="en">Colombia</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 22 Apr 2021 15:30:19 +0000 Hannah 12503 at https://www.cpt.org