By Staff, Agencies via AlJazeera | By Staff, RT. In a major victory for rights group the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo (Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo), former military leader and president of Argentina Jorge Videla has been sentenced to 50 years for systematically stealing the babies of detained leftist activists. Another 10 former members of Videla’s government, including a woman were also sentenced. (English | Spanish)
By Davey D, Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner Blog | twitter: @alyssa011968 | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. At a recent townhall meeting in Oakland about the shooting of 18-year old Alan Blueford, attendees turned their backs on what they perceived as being lies from the police chief. A bullhorn called “Justice!” and got the response “For Alan Blueford” Chris Moreland, the man who cried “Justice!” into the bullhorn, is himself now in jail on trumped up charges.
Interview of Drew Aiken, Defend Haiti | stophaitideportations.org | Press TV, YouTube. The U.S. has resumed the deportation of about 50 Haitians per month to Haiti since January 2011. Some of the deportees get detained in Haiti, including 34 year-old Wildrick Guerrier who died in prison of cholera. Many deportees have medical conditions for which they cannot get care or have U.S.-citizen children in the States whom they cannot support. Human Rights groups are calling for a consideration of humanitarian factors and a stop to the deportations.
By Staff, Witness Bahrain | Introduction by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. On February 9, 2012, after being sentenced to life imprisonment for peacefully calling for reforms, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja launched a hunger strike and vowed he would persevere until freedom or death. Others from his family who have been imprisoned include his son-in-law Wafi Kamel Al-Majed, who was also arrested during the Spring 2011 crackdown and held for 10 months, and daughter Zainab al-Khawaja, arrested in April for demanding her father’s release. In these fearless interviews, Abdulhadi’s wife Khadija Al-Mousawi reports on her daughter’s arrest and her husband’s recent force feeding, and Wafi discusses his hopes for Bahrain.
By ACLU PRESS RELEASE | Jessica Jones, WUNC. In a landmark decision, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks found intentional and systemic discrimination by state prosecutors against African-American potential jurors in capital cases and commuted the sentence of death-row prisoner Marcus Robinson to life in prison without the possibility of parole. This ruling and the data from a Michigan State study are consistent with the findings of every major study of jury selection in capital cases in the United States. Had Robinson been killed by the state, his mother would have lost both of her children; her eldest son Curtis was killed and his murderers not punished.
By Pratap Chatterjee, CorpWatch. A judge has banned U.S. imports of sodium thiopental: the first drug in a cocktail of three drugs administered to kill prisoners on death row. UK charity Reprieve, against the death penalty, is campaigning for a Pharmaceutical Hippocratic Oath that includes the statement “we condemn the use of any of our pharmaceuticals in the execution of human beings.” On March 28, the Danish company Lunbeck, the only U.S.-licensed producer of pentobarbital, was first to sign the oath.
Joint Statement, Addameer, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Addameer and PHR-Israel fear that while Hana Shalabi was gravely ill from her hunger strike, she might have been coerced into ending this strike by preventing family visits and restricting her access to physician and lawyers. Her health and that of over 30 “administrative detainees” on hunger strikes continue to be of grave concern. UPDATE on April 5th: Parents and uncle reunited with Hana Shalabi in Gaza.
By Marcela Valente, IPS | Staff, Cuba Debate. The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo are finally getting heard in court after 35 years of demanding their stolen grandchildren. Eight former officials of the brutal Argentinian dictatorship that began on March 24, 1976 and lasted 7 years, are accused of “taking, retaining, hiding and changing the identities of” 34 children born to political prisoners held in clandestine prisons during the dictatorship. UPDATE on Mar 27th: Closing arguments. (English | Spanish)
By Allison Deger, Mondoweiss | Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Al-Haq joint statement | Vivien Sansour, YouTube. Despite Hana Shalabi’s immediate risk of death, the Israeli Prison Service refuses to transfer her to a hospital, and an Israeli military judge of the Court of Appeals has postponed yet again making a decision regarding the order of a four-month long administrative detention. UPDATE on March 28: The Real News Visits Shalabi’s home, and Addameer discusses disparities in the laws for Palestinians versus settlers. News of a deal in the mainstream press are not confirmed by Addameer and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel.
By Staff (sc/jg/jsr/mgt/jf), Prensa Latina | By Rachel Rickard Straus, Daily Mail | Al Jazeera video, YouTube. Pedro Pimentel, a former instructor of an elite Guatemalan military force called kaibiles, extradited from the US last July, has been sentenced to 6,060 years in prison for his role in killing 201 indigenous people in the Dos Erres massacre of December 6 to 8, 1982. UPDATE March 19th: video.
By Sophie Crowe, Palestine Monitor | Press Release from PHR-Israel, Addameer | KFC Monument | You Tube | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Hana Shalabi, a 30-year Palestinian, has been on a hunger strike since February 16th to protest her detention without charge in Israel’s HaSharon prison. Her health is in danger. Her parents have joined the hunger strike and called for protests on Sat Mar 17th. UPDATES: Mar 18th — Hana Shalabi is intermittently losing consciousness; she is one of 10 women “administritative detainees”; the rest includes 176 children and 22 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. March 19th — Due to deteriorating health, Hana Shalabi is transferred to Meir hospital Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba but returned to HaSharon prison. Video of Zahera Shalabi talking about her sister.
By Hilaire Yvince, Le Nouvelliste | English translation and editorial note by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Psychology major Jaksy Fritzbert, from the School of Anthropology and a father of two, began a hunger strike on Mar 6 to protest his incarceration in Haiti’s National Penitentiary since Feb 24. Students at the university say this was a political arrest meant to intimidate them after they refused on Feb 17 to allow Martelly and large group of armed men into an international symposium. UPDATE: March 14, according to Fritzbert’s counsel, the real reason for his detention was his refusal to cooperate with individuals who offered him money after his arrest to denounce the other students and the media. UPDATE April 26: Fritzbert released by examining judge on April 2. (English | French)