Moldova / Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic: Judicial harassment of human rights defender Mr Stepan Popovskij

Posted on | september 11, 2012 | No Comments

President Evgeny Shevtchuk, City of Tiraspol, Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic

Your Excellency,

I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for

I came to know about the situation from Front Line Defenders.

On 6 September 2012, Mr Stepan Popovskij, Chairperson of the Republican Social Movement for the Protection of Property and Social Rights of Peasants “Peasant Union”, was notified by A A Orzul, a local policeman in the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR) (also known as Transnistria), that he had been charged with an administrative offence and that the case would be heard by the Municipal Court of Slobozia on 10 September. He has been charged with illegal organisation of public meetings.

Stepan Popovskij is a prominent human rights defender dedicated to defending peasants’ land and property rights. In this context, he provides legal advice and court assistance to citizens whose rights have been violated. Stepan Popovskij has also organised many public meetings in closed spaces especially designated for public meetings in different villages in the PMR, with the aim of explaining to citizens their rights and suggesting ways of resisting the illegal seizure of their land.
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One man hanged in public today- Another man to be hanged in public Tomorrow

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One man was hanged in public in the city of Shahroud, northern Iran.

According to the official website of the Iranian Judiciary in the province of Semnan, one man was hanged publicly in Shahroud today, Monday September 10. According to the report, the man, 35, identified as “H. A”, was convicted of sodomy and rape.

Iranian news agencies reported that a man, identified as Sadegh Moradi, will be hanged in public in Tehran on September 11. According to the reports, Moradi— also known by the Iranian media as “Black Scorpion”— is convicted of the kidnapping and rape of 30 women.
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Mothers Bond to Heal as Baltimore’s Drug War Meets Mexico’s

Posted on | september 10, 2012 | No Comments

Kimberly Armstrong of Baltimore shares a hug with a caravan mother

As the peace caravan arrived in Baltimore yesterday morning, many of the 100-some people on board still slept, hunched over their seats or slumped on the shoulders of their bus mates. With a light summer rain falling, we began to pass row after row of abandoned houses. A member of a Baltimore host organization explained the background of a city that has been bombed out–not by aerial strikes, but by economic crisis. The results were strikingly similar.

Along North Avenue and Fulton Avenue, entire blocks of houses were boarded up and abandoned. Some have been gutted by time or rehab speculators. Others stand as they have for more than a hundred years, ready to house families behind their strong brick walls. Except that money, racism and the perversion of the financial system have blocked their doors. Families are on the street while houses remain empty.

We drove up to Irvington Park where a coalition of Baltimore groups hosted a picnic with the theme “Keep Them Home”. Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), a community organization that works with imprisoned and recently released youth, greeted the caravan, along with the NAACP, Casa Maryland and others.
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Gujarat Victims Great Fight Back

Posted on | september 10, 2012 | No Comments

There are many secular minded persons hailing the landmark judgment of Special Court judge, Jyotsana Yagnik in the Naroda Patiya case of the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat. The lady judge in a bold judgment convicted 32 persons including some high profile people like former BJP minister, Maya Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi.

No wonder, she is being applauded by the Gujarat riot victims for scripting the story of their great fight back. However, judge, Jyotsana Yagnik is not the only character in this amazing story.

On 28 February 2002, ninety-seven persons were killed in Naroda Patiya, in the outskirts of Ahmadabad. This was one the biggest massacre of Muslims during post Godhara riots in Gujarat. It followed the protest call given by the BJP government after train fire tragedy in which 97 Hindu lost their lives near Godhra railway station.
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11 Prisoners Hanged Today According to Unofficial Sources- One Afghan Citizen Among Those Executed

Posted on | september 9, 2012 | No Comments

According to unofficial reports in Iran, eleven prisoners were hanged in Tehran’s Evin prison early this morning. The group, Human rights and Democracy activists in Iran (HRDAI), reported that eleven prisoners among them one Afghan citizen were hanged in Evin prison early today. The Afghan prisoner was identified as Mohammad Dahmardeh, 37. Accodring to this report, another Afghan prisoner identified as Nemat Qureishi, 33, was scheduled to be executed this morning but his execution was halted at the last moment.

The report didn’t mention what charges these prisoners were convicted of.The eleven executions have also been confirmed by a second unofficial source. Official Iranian sources have not yet announced these executions. Iran Human Rights warned earlier about a new wave of executions in September. A political prisoner identified as Gholamreza Khosravi is scheduled to be executed in the coming days.
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