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Amnesty International Concerned With The Detention Of Palestinian Circus Performer

Help Amnesty International Change Repressive Abortion Law In El Salvador

On December 14th last year, Mohammed Faisal Abu Sakha left his parents house to go to work at the Palestinian Circus School, however he never reached his destination. Mohammad was stopped at a checkpoint by Israeli soldiers who took him to a detention centre where he has been held ever since. He is now believed to be held in a prison in Northern Israel despite never having been charged with a crime. His family has not been allowed to visit him and he has been given a six month detention order by the Israeli military which essentially means they can hold Mohammed indefinitely without charge.

It is understood that the order to detain Mohammed was reviewed by a military judge on January 5th however no decision was made. On the day of the review an Al-Jazeera report quoted a spokesperson for the Israeli military as saying that the reason for detaining Mohammed was that he posed a danger to the region’s security. No further information was provided because according to the Israeli military the case details are confidential. The Israeli military routinely detains people and denies them the right to defend themselves or challenge the legality of the detention because the authorities refuse to provide any evidence against the detainee either to the person being detained or their lawyers.

Dedicated to the circus

The Palestinian Circus School has said that Mohammed poses no security risk and his only crime is to make children happy. Mohammed started his studies at the school back in 2007. The Israeli military arrested him when he was 17 and held him for one month, accusing him of throwing stones at a military jeep when he was aged between 12 and 14. Upon his release he told his school mates that the military judge said he would never go back to the circus. He eventually became a circus performer in 2011 and trained children in a variety of acts. Mohammed’s specialty is teaching children with learning disabilities.

About Administrative detention

Administrative detention was meant to be used only in exceptional circumstances when the people detained were believed to pose and imminent threat. The measure has been used for years now by the Israeli military as a method of avoiding the criminal justice system and detaining individuals who should never have been arrested. The use of administrative detention has expanded dramatically since October 2015. As many as 580 Palestinians were being held by the end of 2015. Amnesty International believes that some of those people being held by the state of Israel are prisoners of conscience and are being detained purely for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression and association.

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Amnesty International Urges EU Member States To Ban The Trade Of Instruments Of Torture

Help Amnesty International Change Repressive Abortion Law In El Salvador

Electric shock batons, neck shackles, leg irons and thumb screws are instruments of torture you would think have been left in the dustbin of history, however that has not been the case and they are still being used today in military barracks, torture chambers and police stations all over the world. Currently the only world region to have specific laws which regulate the trade in equipment which can be used for torture is the European Union (EU). However the laws are not completely full proof and there are some loopholes which allow companies to advertise devices that have been devised for torture to known human rights abusers outside the EU. Amnesty International is calling for the law to be tightened so the EU is not complicit in equipping countries and organisations which torture people.

Advertised in the UK

There are plenty of items such as spiked batons that are totally banned in the European Union because it is obvious what their intended use is, however companies that are based outside of the EU still have the ability to market torture equipment within the EU. In the UK there have been a number of international arms fairs where equipment that is illegal because its primary use is for torture is still being advertised. Despite the government promising to crack down on such nefarious practices, no company till date has been prosecuted for selling equipment used for torture at UK arms fairs. Companies from the EU also have the right to trade in such equipment so long as the merchandise does not physically enter the region. Oliver Sprague of Amnesty International says the organisation is keen to see the end of the UK playing any sort of role in this dirty business.

A step forward

At present there is a great opportunity to close the loopholes once and for all as the EU undertakes a review of the law that prohibits the trade of items used in either the death penalty or for torture. So far as many as 30,000 people have signed Amnesty International’s petition urging the EU to fix the law that enables companies and people to profit from torture. In October last year the law was amended by a huge majority of 630 for and 30 against and received support from all the main political groups. What is now needed is for individual EU members to do that same and ensure they also pass laws to which will mean that the EU is never complicit in the sale of torture items.

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Are You Taking the Peace? Comedy Show – 17-09-12

It’s that time again folks, as a whole host of awesome comedians ask if you ‘Are Taking the Peace’?! The event kicks off on Monday 17th September 2012 at the Comedy Store in London at 8pm to help celebrate International Peace Day. The evening is aiming to raise funds to support International Alert, who have been working with people who are directly affected by violent conflict for over 25 years.

This evening of superb comedy will hep International Alert to improve the prospects of peace in such war torn countries as Rwanda, Lebanon, Congo and Georgia. As always, there’s an amazing line up of talent on the bill, including –

  • Alex Horne
  • Imran Yusuf
  • Miles Jupp
  • Rob Rouse

with a Alistair Barrie compering and a special guest who will be revealed on the night! If you haven’t heard of any of these guys, check out the hilarious Imran Yusuf below, from his brilliant skit at the Comedy Roadshow –

Tickets cost between £12/£9, so ring 0844 871 7699 or click on the link below to purchase tickets for what is sure to be a hilarious evening of comedy and fundraising. If you’re not going, then you truly are ‘Taking the Peace’.

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Support Human Rights with Amnes-TEA

Here’s a great way to help raise much needed funds for Amnesty International, and you won’t get parched in the process! Why not organise a Amnes-TEA with your friends or work colleagues and help raise money for human rights across the globe.

This is a great way to help celebrate Amnesty’s 50th anniversary, and if you raise over £200 you will receive a free tea towel (quite apt!). You could bake and sell cakes at your event, or organise a tombola, the choices are limitless. All you need to do is –

  • Set a fundraising target
  • Choose a location
  • Invite your friends
  • Get your sup on!!

Simply click on the at the bottom of this post to order your free Amnes-TEA kit today, which is full of great fundraising ideas. You even receive some free invitations to pass out to your guests to make sure they don’t forget the date. So why not get the kettle on and help support Amnesty Internationals amazing work across the globe, you’re only a pot of tea away from glory!

 

> > Click here to order Amnest-TEA kit

Help Amnesty International Today

Amnesty International are the world’s largest and most influential human rights organisation. You can help support their amazing work on the front line from as little as £5 per month, for which you will receive :

  • FREE 40 page magazine 6 times a year
  • The opportunity to make your voice heard
  • The peace of mind from knowing you are making a difference

>> You can help by registering your support with Amnesty today

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Sign Amnesty Petition for Arms Treaty

Amnesty International is asking you to sign their petition to Prime Minister David Cameron, to ask the UK Government to commit to an Arms Trade Treaty that will go a long way to saving lives.

World leaders will be meeting up in July 2012 to draw up the first ever treaty aimed at controlling the trade of arms. This treaty could save thousands of lives across the globe, and with you help, the British government should be at the forefront of the meeting. The Arms Trade Treaty will succeed if it stops guns from being transferred to areas where they will be used is to commit atrocities, fuelling poverty.

As one of the main players, David Cameron needs to commit to the Arms Trade Treaty and stand up for the people who could lose their lives in the future. By signing the petition, you will be asking the Prime Minister not to compromise on human rights. In Iraq, thousands of people were killed under Saddam Hussein by weapons sold by companies based in the UK and USA. These weapons were sold to him even though the nature of his usage was known. This needs to stop.

Click on the link below to sign the petition today, I just have and it literally takes less than 30 seconds. Together we can save thousands of lives.

> > Click here to sign petition

Help Amnesty International Today

Amnesty International are the world’s largest and most influential human rights organisation. You can help support their amazing work on the front line from as little as £5 per month, for which you will receive :

  • FREE 40 page magazine 6 times a year
  • The opportunity to make your voice heard
  • The peace of mind from knowing you are making a difference

>> You can help by registering your support with Amnesty today

>> Read More

Free Paradisal Players Concert for Amnesty International – 14-04-12

The Paradisal Players will be performing a concert in North London for Amnesty International to celebrate their 50th birthday. Recognised as one of London’s most vibrant classical ensembles, this event is free to attend, though donations will be taken to aid the human rights charity.

The concert will feature of music by Sibelius, Haydn and Brahms as chosen by conductor Samuel Burstin, who feels that the music chosen will reflects the spirit of Amnesty International. Alongside the Paradisal Players will be soloists Nathaniel Anderson-Frank on violin, Suzie Thorn on oboe, Maria Zachariadou on cello and Amy Harman on bassoon.

The event will start at 7.30pm on Saturday 14th April 2012 and take place at –

Christ Church
Highbury Grove
London
N5 1SA

If you would like to make a donation to this fantastic event, simply click on the link below to make a donation via Just Giving. Plus if you’re in the area, why not pop in an show your support for what promises to be a great evening of amazing music for a worth cause.

 

> > Click here to make a donation

Help Amnesty International Today

Amnesty International are the world’s largest and most influential human rights organisation. You can help support their amazing work on the front line from as little as £5 per month, for which you will receive :

  • FREE 40 page magazine 6 times a year
  • The opportunity to make your voice heard
  • The peace of mind from knowing you are making a difference

>> You can help by registering your support with Amnesty today

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Help Bring Kony and Co to Justice with Amnesty International

Amnesty International is asking for your help to send a message to the UN Secretary General that he need to support more states in their mission to arrest more ICC fugitives. With the recent viral campaign to bring down Joseph Kony, now is the time for the UN to step up their efforts to capture not only him, but also other fugitives at large such as –

  • Omar al-Bashir – Sudan’s President accused of mass genocide in Darfur
  • Saif al Islam Gaddafi – accused of crimes against humanity in Libya
  • Bosco Ntaganda – charged with building a child army in Congo

There are 11 fugitives that have a warrant out for their arrest by the International Criminal Court, and now is the time to step up to the plate and bring these evil men to justice.

Simply click on the link below to email UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, calling on him to take urgent action to support states to arrest these ICC fugitives. All you have do is add your name and address, it literally takes one minute, and will make a massive difference.

Together we can try and bring these monsters to justice.

> > Click here to send email

Help Amnesty International Today

Amnesty International are the world’s largest and most influential human rights organisation. You can help support their amazing work on the front line from as little as £5 per month, for which you will receive :

  • FREE 40 page magazine 6 times a year
  • The opportunity to make your voice heard
  • The peace of mind from knowing you are making a difference

>> You can help by registering your support with Amnesty today

>> Read More

Amnesty Call for Russian Intervention in Syria

Amnesty International is asking for your help in their appeal to the Russian government to stop the atrocities in Syria. It has been nearly a year since the peaceful uprising in Syria turned to mass bloodshed, with thousands of people killed and detained for wanting to have a voice.

Russia has twice blocked international diplomatic action by the United Nations, and now is the time to tell the Russian authorities to take action to end the bloodshed. Russia has the ability to use its influence over the Syrian authorities to call a halt to the killings and allow access to humanitarian and human rights organisations and to help those in desperate need. Most importantly, Russia needs to stop the sale of arms that may be used to commit these atrocious crimes.

Please add your voices to those of other Amnesty International supporters by clicking on the link below to email the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and join the calls to end the bloodshed in Syria. I’ve just completed the form myself and it literally takes less than 30 seconds. Together we can make a difference.

> > Click here to sign petition

Help Amnesty International Today

Amnesty International are the world’s largest and most influential human rights organisation. You can help support their amazing work on the front line from as little as £5 per month, for which you will receive :

  • FREE 40 page magazine 6 times a year
  • The opportunity to make your voice heard
  • The peace of mind from knowing you are making a difference

>> You can help by registering your support with Amnesty today

>> Read More

Are You Taking the Peace? – 23-05-12

International Alert will be teaming up with a whole host of talented comedians to help ask the question ‘Are you Taking the Peace?’. The event will be taking place at the Bloomsbury Theatre on Wednesday 23rd May 2012, with an amazing line up of comedians taking part, including –

  • Sean Hughes
  • Zoe Lyons
  • Richard Herring
  • Patrick Monahan
  • Tom Price
  • Will Andrews
  • Tiernan Douieb

with Al Barrie compering the night. Tickets are £16 standard and £14 concessions, with all the money raised helping International Alert to continue helping people who are directly affected by violent conflict. Working in over 25 war-torn countries including Rwanda, Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Georgia, International Alert try to build peace and security in many countries where there is none.

These events are very well received, so if you would like to join in the fun and attend, simply click on the link below to order a ticket online.

> > Click here to book tickets

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The Secret Policeman’s Ball – 09-03-12

Don’t forget to check out The Secret Policeman’s Ball tonight in aid of Amnesty International. After taking over New York’s Radio City Music Hall last Sunday with a night of music and comedy, expect much of the same on Friday 9th March 2012 as an all star line up prepare to celebrate free speech.

Being shown at 10pm on Channel Four, the stellar cast list is sure to have you laughing and dancing, with acts such as –

  • Russell Brand
  • Eddie Izzard
  • Coldplay
  • Mumford & Sons

and Amnesty’s brand new house band, featuring Catherine Tate, Kristen Wiig and Matt Berry! You can even join in the fun by clicking here to download the make-your-own moustache kit and bring out your inner Secret Policeman.

So be sure to tune in to The Secret Policeman’s Ball at 9pm on Friday 9th March 2012 on Channel Four to experience a night of great comedy and music in aid of Amnesty International.

Help Amnesty International Today

Amnesty International are the world’s largest and most influential human rights organisation. You can help support their amazing work on the front line from as little as £5 per month, for which you will receive :

  • FREE 40 page magazine 6 times a year
  • The opportunity to make your voice heard
  • The peace of mind from knowing you are making a difference

>> You can help by registering your support with Amnesty today

>> Read More