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Canadian Filmmaker and Doctor Imprisoned in Egypt Without Charges, Abused After Witnessing Massacre

Canadian Filmmaker and Doctor Imprisoned in Egypt Without Charges, Abused After Witnessing Massacre | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Two Canadian citizens — acclaimed Toronto filmmaker John Greyson and medical doctor Tarek Loubani — have been jailed for more than a month and a half in Egypt without charge after witnessing a massacre by state forces on August 16 in Cairo.
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10-6-13 - I just heard they're freed!  Fantastic!

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Canadian arms exports used by Saudi Arabia to quash Bahrain protest

Canadian arms exports used by Saudi Arabia to quash Bahrain protest | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Canadian arms companies were given free rein last year as the federal government tripled the amount of military weapons and ammunition licensed for export to foreign countries to more than $12 billion.
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Canadian citizen faces five years in Bahrain prison for peacefully demonstrating

Canadian citizen al-Raas was first detained on 20 March, while attempting to leave Bahrain. Prior to his arrest, al-Raas attended protests peacefully, took pictures and tweeted his views. Charged with “inciting to hatred” and “spreading false news,” al-Raas told Index that he was “surprised” by the court’s decision to uphold the sentence, because Public Prosecutor Fadhil Al-Buainain recently said that all charges related to free expression will be dropped. al-Raas believes that his unchanged charges confirms that government officials are “lying.”

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Bahrain. Canadian Government Silence Over Torture Reeks of Hypocrisy.

Bahrain. Canadian Government Silence Over Torture Reeks of Hypocrisy. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A chronically ill Canadian man who has endured torture at the hands of the Western-backed Bahraini regime is facing a five-year jail sentence that could put his life at risk.

For the past eight months, Naser Al Raas (28), from Ottawa, has been subjected to a nightmarish ordeal: illegally detained for weeks, tortured, prosecuted by a military court, charged with offences on the basis of forced confession, denied legal counsel, and finally sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for offences he says he did not commit. On Monday, 21 November, he will hear the verdict of his appeal for release.

Al Raas suffers from a chronic heart and lung condition known as pulmonary embolism for which he underwent surgery in Ottawa when he was a teenager. Because of his detention in Bahrain, he has not been able to receive the medication that he relies on to stabilise his condition. Family and friends fear that if he is imprisoned his life will be put at serious risk.

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Canada urged to arrest and prosecute George W. Bush | Amnesty International

Canada urged to arrest and prosecute George W. Bush | Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Failure by Canada to take action during a visit by the former US President would violate the UN Convention against Torture.

 

He has violated American law by lying to Congress and the American people, as well as violating American and International laws against torture!  All deaths in the second Iraq war are on his hands, both Iraqi and American.  He is the greatest mass-murderer alive today!   He must be tried at the Hague!

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Canadian Tortured in Bahrain: Tell Government to Bring Him Home!

Canadian Tortured in Bahrain: Tell Government to Bring Him Home! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
 
Naser Bader Al-Raas is a Canadian man who has been arrested, imprisoned and tortured in Bahrain. The secret police have confiscated his...
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India advances, but many women still trapped in dark ages

India advances, but many women still trapped in dark ages | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

NEW DELHI, June 13 (TrustLaw) - The birth of a girl, so goes a popular Hindu saying, is akin to the arrival of Lakshmi - the four-armed goddess of wealth, often depicted holding lotus flowers and an overflowing pot of gold.
That should assure pride of place for women in Indian society, especially now the country is growing both in global influence and affluence.
In reality, India's women are discriminated against, abused and even killed on a scale unparalleled in the top 19 economies of the world, according to a new poll by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The survey, polling 370 gender specialists, found Canada to be the best place to be a woman amongst G20 nations, excluding the European Union economic grouping. Saudi Arabia was the second worst, after India ....

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Canadian citizen finally freed in Bahrain!

Canadian citizen finally freed in Bahrain! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Sheikh Ali Salman,  a cleric, and the Canadian all in Freedom Square!

 

[I do not intend disrespect, I do not know the name of this cleric .  The Canadian is Naser al-Raas]

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Canada must lead on human rights in 2012

Canada must lead on human rights in 2012 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

What a year on the global human rights scene; particularly the wave of change that swept across North Africa and the Middle East...

There are stark lessons for other governments, including Canada. It was wrong-headed to have tolerated and even benefited from the abysmal human rights records of this motley crew of dictators for so long. So often human rights come second to other imperatives, be it political alliances, security considerations or trade deals. That must end. Nothing can excuse making bedfellows of governments that show such utter disregard for the rights of their citizens.

 

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Canadian could face 5 years in prison for peaceful protest

Canadian could face 5 years in prison for peaceful protest | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

What Bahrain is calling a "crime" is the internationally recognized right of freedom of expression, association and assembly. It is a universal right (Article 20) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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George W. Bush: War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity

George W. Bush: War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

George W. Bush is reported to be coming to Surrey British Columbia on October 20, 2011 at the invitation of Surrey Mayor Diane Watts. There is overwhelming evidence that George W. Bush as President of the United States of America (US) and Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces aided, abetted and counseled the torture of non-Americans at US controlled prisons outside the US including but not limited to Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba, Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, Bagram prison in Afghanistan and other places. This letter of complaint focuses on torture allegations while acknowledging evidence of other war crimes and crimes against humanity carried out by the Bush administration.

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Canadian Citizen Tortured in Bahrain… But Harper Government Keeps Silent

Canadian Citizen Tortured in Bahrain… But Harper Government Keeps Silent | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A young Canadian man suffering from a serious heart condition has been abducted and tortured by the Bahraini regime ¬– yet the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has maintained a steadfast silence over his plight.

This lack of action by the Harper government is in spite of the fact that the Canadian Consuls in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are fully aware of the case. The official silence may be due to a bilateral trade deal Canada is in the process of completing with the Bahraini regime, and also Ottawa’s increasing subordinance to Washington’s foreign policy and therefore unwillingness to upset an important US ally in the Persian Gulf.
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