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PRISON SENTENCES FOR MAURITANIAN ANTI-SLAVERY ACTIVISTS A ‘DEVASTATING BLOW’ FOR THE MOVEMENT

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In Mauritania, despite the government reporting otherwise, slavery still exists. Haratine people – a group known to be the descendants of slaves – even if no longer in slavery, face widespread discrimination.

Anti-Slavery International said today that imprisoning anti-slavery activists is a ‘devastating blow’ for the Mauritanian human rights movement, and exposes the Government’s pledges to address slavery as a farce.

Thirteen leading anti-slavery activists from the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA) were sentenced to up to 15 years in prison yesterday. They were charged after a protest in late June in an impoverished neighbourhood against the forced relocation of the community in preparation for the Arab League Summit. However, none of the thirteen activists, nor IRA, had organised the protest or taken part in it.

Sarah Mathewson, Africa Programme Manager at Anti-Slavery International, said:

“The sentences are a devastating blow to the Mauritanian anti-slavery movement. They are clearly being targeted by the Government for their work to expose and denounce slavery, still commonplace in the country.

“The charges are highly politically motivated and expose the Government’s pledges to address slavery as a farce.

“It is outrageous that anti-slavery activists are targeted and prosecuted for their work, while slave-owners perpetrate crimes with impunity.

“The international community must join together to call for the unconditional release of the activists and dropping all the charges.”

Background:

Mauritania is one of the last countries where people are still born into slavery and literally owned by their masters, facing a lifetime of abuse and forced labour. They can be bought and sold, given as gifts and are at complete mercy of their masters. Women are commonly raped and forced to bear their masters’ children, who in turn also become their slaves. Haratine people –a group known to be the descendants of slaves – even if no longer in slavery, face widespread discrimination.

Mauritania has long been under national and international pressure to enforce the law, but most anti-slavery initiatives so far have proved to be empty promises.

Although last year’s new anti-slavery law offered some hope, the Government continues to target anti-slavery activists and even refuses to acknowledge the existence of slavery in the country.

To date Anti-Slavery International and its national partners achieved the only two prosecutions for slavery in the country’s history, but the slave-owners received very lenient sentences. At least 30 other cases have remained pending for years in courts or prosecutors’ offices.

Note to Editors:
For more information and to arrange interviews please contact Anti-Slavery International Press and Digital Media Manager Jakub Sobik on 07789 936 383 or at j.sobik@antislavery.org.

source:Anti-Slavery

 

 

 

 

 

 

– are we failing to see the wood, for what is left of the trees?

Fantastic post and writing

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BREXIT was a real nightmare, but now the dust has settled maybe after all the fuss it was just what was needed.  To get people, who  otherwise wouldn’t bother to think about such things, appreciating how much we are being ripped off, though not by the EU, by our own government.

It certainly made me think about what all that tax goes on.  And from there it was a short leap to discovering something even more sinister.

Take the welfare budget for instance.  It’s a joke.  Over half is spent on providing the infrastructure (staff/ premises/ etc).  Then if you’ve ever tried to get benefit, you’ll realise it has been set up to make the process as painful and difficult as possible.  Why?  Because they don’t want to pay out, just employ as many public servants (a rather apt phrase here, along with: the cost of living) as possible…

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Harrison Bergeron: “All men are not created equal. It is the purpose of the Government to make them so.” This is the premise…

Lines Dividing Rich And Poor

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For his new project “Unequal Scenes” Cape Town-based photographer Johnny Miller used a drone to show the inequality that exists in the Republic of South Africa.

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1936

Migrant Mother

Florence Owens Thompson with daughters Ruby and Norma.

Image: Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress

Dorothea Lange’s 1936 photograph of a worried migrant mother is the single most iconic image of the Great Depression, and one of the most famous pictures of all time, yet for decades after it was taken, almost nothing was known about its subject.

In 1903, Florence Leona Christie was born in Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma, the daughter of Cherokees displaced from their native tribal land.

She married her first husband at 17, and started a family while working in the farms and mills of northern California. She gave birth to her sixth child in 1931, six months after her husband died of tuberculosis.

She had another child by a California businessman, and ultimately three more with Jim Hill, a bartender and butcher from Los Angeles. She worked a litany of jobs, day and night, to keep them fed.

I worked in hospitals. I tended bar. I cooked. I worked in the fields. I done a little bit of everything to make a living for my kids.
Florence Owens Thompson

In March of 1936, she, Hill and the children were driving on Highway 101, hoping to find lettuce-picking work near Watsonville, when their car broke down near Nipomo.

They pulled into a camp of nearly 3,500 pea pickers, who had come seeking work but were left stranded when the crops were ruined by freezing rain.

While Hill and her sons went into town to get parts for the car, Florence and her daughters waited in a crude lean-to. There, they were approached by a woman hefting a Graflex 4 x 5 camera.

I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions.
Dorothea Lange

rest of article over at Retronout

Artivist Jil Love Tackles Chemtrails, Vaccines and Animal Rights

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By Brandon Turbeville

Jil Love did not invent the concept of artivism but she is re-inventing it in a number of ways. For those who may be unaware, artivism is a unique brand of art that combines activism and art (art + activism equals artivism).

Many artists have used graffiti, stencils, street art, spoken word and other more traditional forms of combining the two. However, Love is not only combining aesthetics and protest, she’s adding an element of performance that brings the art to the audience rather than requiring the audience to find the art.

Tackling such issues as the genocide of Palestinians, animal rights, bull fighting, vaccines and even chemtrails, Love’s work is thought-provoking and often controversial to say the least.

Over the last three years, Love has strived to create a social movement and out of that desire she launched her project Jil Love Revolution which has garnered attention worldwide.

Having caught the attention of the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Nation of Change and True Activist, Love has brought her perspective and her method of artistic passive resistance to thousands across the world.

Love has been outspoken against animal cruelty and for animal rights in general. A native of Spain, Love has also used her art to speak out against bullfighting; a shameful Spanish practice of enraging, torturing and subsequently killing a bull for the entertainment of spectators.

Stop Bullfighting

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Jilloverevolution.com, Photo credit: Evel Gonzalez.

In 2014 Love stated:

I’m here to speak against this cruel and savage Spanish old tradition of the torture, sacrifice and killing of innocent bulls and their babies as an amusement event in the Spanish culture. We are in 2014 and Spain can not be considered a modern European country with this kind of tradition which are more a part of an old and dark age.

Love has protested bullfighting on a number of occasions but perhaps one of the most effective and visual was when she took her art to the streets of Madrid. Lying on the street covered in fake blood, Love, completely nude, drew the attention of onlookers to her signs that read: “Murdered by bullfighters in Spain” and “Do you think this image is outrageous? Spain is different.”

Love recalls a famous Gandhi quote when she says, “the greatness of a nation will be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — David Gilkey, a veteran news photographer and video editor for National Public Radio, and an Afghan translator, Zabihullah Tamanna, were killed while on assignment in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, a network spokeswoman said. Gilkey and Tamanna were traveling with an Afghan army unit near Marjah in Helmand province when the convoy came…

via NPR journalist David Gilkey, translator killed on assignment in Afghanistan — WRIC

Image Source If we take a moment to cast our minds back to 2013, and that year’s G8 summit, those of us who believe in fairness and equality within our society, will clearly remember David Cameron’…

Source: The British Betrayal of People with Disabilities

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A Church of England vicar shouted: ‘I’m from the Vatican, you’re f*cked’ as he brawled with police after a vodka-fuelled nightclub binge.

Parish priest Gareth Jones, 36, yelled: ‘I have diplomatic immunity’ as he punched, kicked, bit and spat at a police officer and a paramedic who found him passed out in his clerical frock on Charing Cross Road, in Covent Garden, central London.

When paramedic Ian Pollock gently shook the passed-out pastor at 2.30am to check he was alright, he awoke and growled: ‘I am going to f*ck you up.’

Jones threatened to attack Mr Pollock but was unable to stand up after downing three bottles of wine, several pints of beer, a number of gin and tonics and vodka during a binge of Biblical proportions.

The married father-of-one, who was ordained in 2006 and serves at St Mary and the Virgin in Great Ilford, northeast London, then lashed out and kicked the emergency worker twice in the leg.

Fearing for his safety, Mr Pollock mounted the violent vicar in the street in a desperate attempt to subdue him.

‘Two police officers on the other side of the road see what’s going on,’ said prosecutor Edward Aydin.

‘Mr Pollock, fearing an attack, positioned himself on top of Mr Jones to protect himself.

‘Mr Jones is still attacking the paramedic, he punches him in the chest then tried to bite his arms and is spitting on him.’

As the officers tried to hold Jones’ legs during the struggle, he kicked PC Andrew Fletcher in the left cheek before claiming he was from the Vatican embassy in a cunning attempt to avoid arrest.

‘He says: ‘I have diplomatic immunity’,’ said Mr Aydin.

‘The officer says ‘which embassy?’ and he says: ‘The Vatican, you’re f*cked.’

‘He is growling makes no attempt to respond to a caution and continues to shout that he has diplomatic immunity.’

He added: ‘I’m not sure if he has anything to do with the Vatican because he is with the Church of England.

‘There’s no relationship between those two religions.’

PC Fletcher had to put a leg strap around the vicar’s ankles before he was put in a police van and taken to Belgravia Police Station.

He told officers he had been drinking at El Vino and The George on Fleet Street before heading to a nightclub in Soho, adding: ‘I am utterly ashamed and sorry for any harm that I have caused.’

Today (Fri) he appeared at Highbury Magistrates’ Court wearing a black suit jacket over a white shirt and blue tie as he pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating.

The court heard that Jones has previous convictions for communicating a false bomb hoax, affray, possession of cannabis, fraud, criminal damage, and driving matters, all before he was 21 years old.

‘Mr Jones told me he had a misspent youth,’ said Dominic Hockley, defending.

‘He is deeply ashamed, he is entirely remorseful, it is a far cry from a man who in 2006 having been ordained as a pastor set up in Brighton and Hove the ‘Street Pastors’ who go acting with the police and with the paramedics looking after homeless drunks and those on drugs.’

Mr Hockley told the court that Jones had consumed around 53 units of alcohol before the incident and is seeking help to deal with alcoholism.

He said: ‘The drinking had moved on from social drinking with his wife to something far more devastating.

‘To say that this incident has been a wake-up call would be an understatement.’

Jones will have to face an ecclesiastical court which may impose a lifetime ban on him serving the church after his conviction.

‘It will mean that his position at his current church is in jeopardy and he will have to move out of the family home,’ said Mr Hockley.

‘This will have huge implications on his career, family life and his home.’

District Judge Robin McPhee ordered Jones to pay £700 in fines, £200 compensation to PC Fletcher, £200 compensation to Mr Pollock, as well as £85 prosecution costs and a £35 victim surcharge.

He said: ‘You have known for two years that you had a significant problem with alcohol which you told me.

‘Nonetheless you decided to go out and drink to the extent that you are found asleep in a doorway.’

He continued: ‘Both of these individuals are working in the public sector providing a service to the public, and in these circumstances not only were they providing a public service, but they were specifically coming to assist you.’

Judge McPhee accepted that Jones was remorseful and said he had ‘turned his life around’ after the  convictions from his youth.

Jones, of South Park Road, Ilford, northeast London, is said to be cooperating with Redbridge Alcohol Services and AA as he seeks help with his alcoholism.

source: Court News UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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