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Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453


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VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Human Rights Watch: Defending Illinois’ Rape Victims | Fighting Female Circumcision

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 September 2010
Women In The World

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Dear david,

In our last newsletter, we shared the story of Nasra, a Somali woman who was raped by Kenyan police officers as she fled the violence in her homeland for Kenya's Dadaab refugee camps.

Nasra told us her story while we were gathering information for our report on police violence and sexual abuse in Kenya's camps.

In response to our report, Kenya's government sent a high-level delegation to the Dadaab camps and the Somali border area to investigate our findings. In one border town, hundreds of people came forward to give their testimony.

While we don't yet know the results of the investigation, we'll keep you posted as it continues.


Liesl  Liesl Gerntholtz
Director Women's Rights Division

Defending Illinois' Rape Victims RESEARCHER

Carrie was a high school student when she was raped in an alleyway by her home in northern Illinois. The man was a friend of her father's.


Immediately after the rape, Carrie went to the local hospital to have her body examined for DNA evidence, which was collected into a "rape kit." When the police came to the hospital to interview her, they indicated that they had previously picked up the individual in question—for sexually assaulting the teenage daughter of a family friend. The police took Carrie's rape kit with them when they left the hospital.

Carrie assumed the police would conduct the DNA test, but she didn't hear back from them. At first she called once a day, eventually calling only once a month. Six months after her rape, the prosecutor who reviewed her case finally called. The prosecutor said she was leaving the case open, but "didn't have any evidence to move it forward."

Carrie asked about her rape kit, and was informed that it had not been tested because her case "would not be a strong candidate for prosecution." When she asked why, she was told:  "It is too hard to prove that what happened to you was rape. You may think it's rape, but it's your word against his."

In Illinois, roughly 80 percent of rape kits remain untested, according to figures compiled by Human Rights Watch. Our exposure of this backlog inspired the state attorney general, Lisa Madigan, to champion new legislation, signed into law in July, making Illinois the first US state to require sending every rape kit to the crime lab for testing. While the labs will need extra resources to handle the flood of kits, this is an important step.

Sarah Tofte

Sarah Tofte, a researcher at our US Program, is an expert on sexual violence, DNA evidence and sentencing, and other aspects of US criminal justice policy. Previously, she worked as a policy analyst at the Innocence Project, where she helped to exonerate individuals using forensic science. Tofte graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Law.


Read how Carrie learns that the police failed her >>


Fighting Female Genital Mutilation RESEARCHERS

In Iraqi Kurdistan, 40 percent of women and girls between the ages of 14 and 22 have been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM), surveys suggest, a practice that involves cutting out the clitoris. The practice is perpetuated by women -- often mothers, aunts and grandmothers – who say they want the best for the children, as they believe it makes their girls "clean" and marriageable.

Some link the practice to Sunni Islam's Shafi'i school of thought, to which most Kurds belong.

Human Rights Watch researchers Nadya Khalife and photographer Samer Muscati traveled to the rural villages and farmlands of Iraqi Kurdistan to interview and photograph women about their experiences with FGM.

The ensuing Human Rights Watch report had immediate impact. Shortly after its release the Kurdistan Islamic Scholars Union issued a fatwa declaring that FGM isn't an Islamic practice and that people should abandon it if it is proven harmful.

As each traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan at a different time, it was only later that Nadya and Samer discussed their experiences researching this issue.

Nadya: FGM is such a nuanced issue for women, it's so sensitive. And yet, Samer, you're a man, and you photographed these women. Did you get any kind of push-back from such a conservative society because you're male?

Samer: I was concerned. As you know, we were both concerned as to whether the women would open up to us. But in some sense, I think not being a Kurdish male was an advantage—I was an outsider.

Nadya Khalife

Nadya is the Middle East and North Africa researcher for the women's rights division. She's researched issues in her native Lebanon and the Great Lakes region in Africa. In the United States, she worked on post-September 11 abuses. Nadya has a Masters degree in gender and cultural studies from Boston's Simmons College.

Samer Muscati

Samer works as a researcher in our Middle East Division. A Canadian lawyer and former journalist, Samer was the photographer and assistant editor for the book, The Men Who Killed Me, which featured Rwandan survivors of sexual violence from the genocide.



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Photo: © 2010 Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch

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