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Monday, 20 February 2017

Lost in Lebanon - Sophia and Georgia Scott #HRWFFLDN

As the Syrian war continues to leave entire generations without education, health care or a state, Lost in Lebanon closely follows four Syrians during their process of relocation. The resilience of this Syrian community currently making up a fifth of the population in Lebanon is astoundingly clear as they work hard to collaborate, share resources and attempt to advocate for themselves in a new land. With the Syrian conflict continuing to push across borders, lives are becoming increasingly desperate due to the devastating consequences of new visa laws implemented by the Lebanese government, leaving families at risk of arrest, detention, and deportation. Despite these obstacles, the film encourages us to look beyond the staggering statistics of displaced refugees and focus on the individuals themselves.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Salvini ha dichiarato: Serve una pulizia di massa!

Salvini ha dichiarato: Serve una pulizia di massa (inteso pulizia di massa di migranti). Parole gravissime. Parole fasciste. Igiaba Scego

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Bye, bye Gırgır!

The publisher of one of Turkey's most prominent cartoon magazines on Friday (Feb 17) shut down the weekly and fired all its staff after it published a cartoon of the Prophet Moses deemed to be offensive.

Girgir had published in its latest edition a cartoon showing the bearded Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt, with his companions complaining and using vulgar curse words.

"The decision has been taken for the magazine to be closed and all the staff laid off because of the distasteful cartoon," the publishers said in a statement on the magazine's Facebook and Twitter feeds. Continue

Free Emin Huseynov

Emin Huseynov is a 35-year-old Azerbaijani journalist and chairman of the country’s leading media rights group, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS). Huseynov was forced into hiding in August 2014, amidst widespread repression of journalists and human rights activists, and was sheltered in the Swiss embassy in Baku until Friday 12 June, when he travelled to Switzerland on a humanitarian visa. His application for asylum was approved four months later.

Emin sought shelter at the Embassy in order to avoid his imminent arrest on fabricated charges — an act of revenge by the Azerbaijani regime in response to his criticism of the country’s poor human rights record in the international arena. On 6 August, Huseynov tried to leave the country for medical help in Turkey but was turned away at the border, and on 8 August, his colleagues told him that the IRFS headquarters were under surveillance. The office was raided shortly thereafter, and Huseynov sought protection at the Swiss Embassy.
Emin Huseynov has long been at the forefront of promoting freedom of expression and free media in his home country of Azerbaijan. He is a tireless defender of human rights, not only in his native Azerbaijan but also throughout the former Soviet Union and beyond. He has advocated for hundreds of journalists, bloggers and free speech activists under threat in Azerbaijan and across the region. Emin Huseynov has worked as a human rights defender for over a decade and has been a victim of harassment and threats since 2003.
Today, Emin Huseynov’s right to freedom of expression needs to be defended. Continue

Where is Sombath Somphone?

Sombath Somphone was born into a farming family in Khammouane Province, Laos, and is the eldest of eight brothers and sisters. In the early 1970’s he received a scholarship to study at the University of Hawaii where he received a BA in Education (1974) and an MA in Agriculture (1978).
Returning to his home country after the establishment of the Lao PDR, Sombath’s initial work was demonstrating low-cost methods of improving farm production and food security. Later, he pioneered the use of participatory rural appraisal techniques in Laos. In 1996, he was given permission by the Ministry of Education to establish the Participatory Development Training Center, PADETC, to provide training for youth, and local government officials in community-based development.

You can find out more about Sombath’s professional life by selecting ‘Sombath’s Work‘ from the menu. Continue

Friday, 17 February 2017

Verità per Giulio Regeni - San Mauro Pascoli

San Mauro Pascoli chiede verità per Giulio Regeni. Il Comune ha raccolto l’appello lanciato da Amnesty International perché non cali il silenzio sulla morte del giovane ricercatore italiano ucciso in Egitto, aderendo alla campagna, promossa anche dal quotidiano La Repubblica, “Verità per Giulio Regeni” , rivolta ad Enti, associazioni, istituzioni culturali e privati cittadini. “Sulla morte di Giulio abbiamo dovuto assistere a una serie di ricostruzioni, a versioni ogni volta differenti e discordanti che non fanno chiarezza su quanto accaduto - commenta il sindaco Luciana Garbuglia - pertanto come giunta comunale abbiamo deciso di accogliere l'appello di Amnesty affinché l'attenzione resti alta sulla vicenda e la morte di Giulio non resti impunita".

"Occorre inoltre sottolineare l'importanza della libertà di ricerca e delle esperienze dei viaggi e degli studi all'estero, per i giovani e non solo, che sono componenti fondamentali della conoscenza e del rispetto reciproco fra paesi e comunità del mondo", conclude. La campagna di Amnesty, che vuole anche respingere qualsiasi esito distante da una verità accertata e riconosciuta in modo indipendente, sarà promossa dal comune di San Mauro Pascoli con una comunicazione sui propri canali (sito istituzionale del Comune di San Mauro Pascoli e pagina facebook del sindaco) e attraverso manifesti nella principale piazza del paese e nella biblioteca comunale per sensibilizzare l'opinione pubblica e, assieme a tutti gli Enti e associazioni che stanno aderendo, lanciare l'appello affinché sulla vicenda non cali il silenzio. All'Urp inoltre sarà possibile firmare l'appello.

Anche San Mauro Pascoli chiede verità per Giulio Regeni

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower - Joe Piscatella #HRWFFLDN

Rallying thousands of students to skip school and occupy the streets of Hong Kong, teenager Joshua Wong becomes one of the autonomous territory’s most notorious dissidents, successfully disrupting government plans to devolve power back to China. This inspiring documentary spends years tracking the movement from grassroots disruption to national politics. Following tear gas attacks, multiple arrests and an exhausting 79-day campaign to shut down Hong Kong’s financial district, Joshua moves on to the next phase of the movement—facing down the superpower from inside the government itself. Courtesy of Netflix
HRW Film Festival in London

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

I Am Not Your Negro - Raoul Peck #HRWFFLDN

When James Baldwin died in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of a book that was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. In I Am Not Your Negro, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America - a journey into black history connecting the evolution of the Civil Rights movement to the current immediacy of #BlackLivesMatter. By confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have created a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
2017 Academy Award® Nominee for Best Documentary Feature
I Am Not Your Negro US film website

Monday, 13 February 2017

Girl Unbound - Erin Heidenreich #HRWFFLDN

“I want to tell girls, fear is taught; that you are born free and you are born brave.” - Maria Toorpakai, film subject, Girl Unbound

In Waziristan, Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai, with the help of her progressive father, Shamsul, defies strict Taliban law forbidding women to play sports by disguising herself as a boy to practice and compete in squash tournaments. But when she becomes a rising star, her gender is revealed, forcing Maria to leave her home and country after constant death threats to both herself and her family. In Girl Unbound, we join Maria on her journey to represent Pakistan on the national team, standing firm in her mission to carve her own identity and destiny with the support of her loving family.

Complicit - Heather White and Lynn Zhang #HRWFFLDN

Shot below the radar, Complicit follows the journey of Chinese Foxconn factory migrant worker-turned-activist Yi Yeting, who takes his fight against the global electronic industry from his hospital bed to the international stage. While struggling to survive his own work-induced leukaemia, Yi Yeting teaches himself labour law in order to prepare a legal challenge against his former employers. But the struggle to defend the lives of millions of Chinese people from becoming terminally ill due to working conditions necessitates confrontation with some of the world’s largest brands including Apple and Samsung. Unfortunately, neither powerful businesses nor the government are willing to have such scandals exposed.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Child Mother - Ronen Zaretzky and Yael Kipper #HRWFFLDN

“I was very sorry that I never had the chance to be a young, single woman who could marry whoever she wants, whenever she wants.” - testimonial of a child bride, Child Mother

Conversations between mothers and their families reveal haunting histories of women forced into marriage as young children. Born into Jewish communities in Yemen and Morocco where child marriage was a culturally sanctioned custom, these women’s voices went largely unheard. As they began to have babies of their own, often working day and night to support growing families and aging husbands, their stories became a painful secret kept even from their own children. Child Mother encourages these women to share their life stories, and through their children’s difficult but enlightening questions, exposes an aspect of child marriage and trauma that is rarely discussed: the impact on the family as a whole, an open wound passed on to the next generations.
HRW Film Festival in London

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Black Code - Nicholas de Pencier #HRWFFLDN

Based on Ronald Deibert’s book of the same name, Nicholas de Pencier’s gripping Black Code follows “internet sleuths” - or cyber stewards - from the Toronto-based group Citizen Lab, who travel the world to expose unprecedented levels of global digital espionage. The film reveals exiled Tibetan monks attempting to circumvent China’s surveillance apparatus; Syrian citizens tortured for Facebook posts; Brazilian activists who use social media to livestream police abuses; and Pakistani opponents of online violence campaigns against women. As this battle for control of cyberspace is waged, our ideas of citizenship, privacy, and democracy are challenged to the very core.
Black Code film website

Il Magnifico Rettore - Alma Mater Studiorum

Friday, 10 February 2017

Polizia di Stato | Alma Mater Studiorum - Bologna

Quando la pazienza nella cura del metodo antagonista semina i territori di pratiche di insubordinazione, i fiori del conflitto possono gemmare anche d'inverno. Gli scontri e le barricate che ieri per ore hanno attraversato la zona universitaria bolognese sono infatti il prodotto di una microfisica delle lotte dentro e contro l'università-azienda disegnata dalla riforma Gelmini che per mesi e anni, con tenacia e determinazione, hanno inscritto il proprio segno di contrapposizione alla normalizzazione dell'università. La lotta autunnale sulla mensa, la politicizzazione della produzione del sapere con le contestazioni ai baroni di guerra, l'agire sulla dimensione del welfare giovanile, sono altrettanti nodi di una rete antagonista che ieri ha saputo difendersi e contrattaccare. Continua

I'm dead! - Ridha AlGhasra

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

There's a name for the reality in the West Bank. It's called Apartheid - Amira Hass

Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I. F. Stone - Fred Peabody #HRWFFLDN

Mainstream, corporate news outlets have successfully reduced the validity and trustworthiness of news reporting in recent times. Independent journalists Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Matt Taibbi are among those defending journalistic integrity, providing investigative alternatives - and are arguably more important than ever. Award-winning filmmaker and TV news veteran, Fred Peabody, explores the life and legacy of a pioneer in the world of independent journalism, I.F. Stone, and examines how his contemporaries are exposing government and corporate deception, just as he did decades ago.
Produced by White Pine Pictures, Canada
Film Website:
All Governments Lie film website
HRW Film Festival in London

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Hanan Ashrawi - The Palestine Liberation Organisation

Israel passed a law on Monday retroactively legalising about 4,000 settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli Knesset voted 60 to 52 to pass the law, which has drawn international concern and Palestinian anger.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initially opposed the bill, fearing an international backlash and legal implications, but voiced support for it in November before it passed its second reading.

The bill has been pushed by hardline members of Netanyahu's coalition.

The Palestine Liberation Organisation slammed the new Israeli law as a means to "legalise theft" of Palestinian land. Continue

Power of Resistance! Pamela Yates #HRWFFLDN

“There is joy in dreaming about a new country, a country where we indigenous people, with our culture, our language, our spirituality, our worldview, can exist as part of this country.” - Daniel Pascual, Peasant Leader

500 Years is the story of Mayan resistance in Guatemala -- to threaten the powerful and empower the dispossessed, from the first trial in the history of the Americas to prosecute the genocide of indigenous people in 2013 to a citizen’s uprising that threatens to topple a corrupt government.

The film exposes a world of brutality, entrenched racism and impunity, that challenges the historical narrative of Guatemala. Driven by universal themes of justice, power and corruption, the film provides a platform for the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to reimagine their society.

500 Years is the third chapter of the trilogy of documentaries on Guatemala by Pamela Yates including When the Mountains Tremble and How to Nail a Dictator. The trilogy, named ‘The Resistance Saga’, will be screening as a one-off immersive cinematic event at DocHouse on Sunday 12 March. For more information on the DocHouse screenings of the trilogy please visit

HRW Film Festival in London

Why We American Jews Must Relentlessly Oppose Trump's Refugee Ban - Rabbi Jennie Rosenn

We have been both beneficiaries and victims of American refugee policies: We've seen America at its best and its worst. We can't let Trump betray our nation's values.

Much has been written over the past few days about the Jewish community’s history as a people that was turned away. We truly are a refugee people, and we can recall the times America, true to its values, welcomed us. We also recall the ghosts of Jews who are not here with us because America refused them. We have seen America at its best, and we have seen it at its worst. In fact, the very basis of the international system of refugee protection, the 1951 International Refugee Convention, rose from the ashes of the Holocaust and one of these dark times in American history. It was created as a commitment to “never again.” Continue

Monday, 6 February 2017

Nazi symbolism. On a public train. In New York City. In 2017

I got on the subway in Manhattan tonight and found a Swastika on every advertisement and every window. The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do.
One guy got up and said, "Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol." He found some tissues and got to work.
I've never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone.
Nazi symbolism. On a public train. In New York City. In 2017.
"I guess this is Trump's America," said one passenger. No sir, it's not. Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it. Gregory Locke

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Thousands of Jews and Arabs March Together Against Racism and House Demolitions in Tel Aviv

The organizers say the protest, in which the speeches were given in both Arabic and Hebrew, is a new stage in the civil struggle of Jews and Arabs.

Thousands of people, Arabs and Jews, marched Saturday evening in Tel Aviv in a protest against the house demolitions in Kalansua and Umm al-Hiran in recent weeks, and against further steps to demolish more homes.
Organizers said some 5,000 protestors participated in the march, which began at the intersection of King George an Allenby Streets and ended in Dizengoff Square.

A number of Jewish and Arab organizations participated in organizing the demonstration, which the organizers termed a new stage in the civil struggle of Jews and Arabs. The speeches were given in Arabic and Hebrew, and marchers waved both Israeli and Palestinian flags. Continue

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Batsheva Dance Company - אתר להקת בת-שבע BOYCOTT

On Saturday, February 4, New Yorkers will protest Batsheva Dance Company’s evening performance at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) due to their role as a cultural ambassador for the Israeli government. The protest will call for a boycott of Israeli cultural institutions like Batsheva that are complicit in Israel’s human rights violations.

Human rights advocates will celebrate Palestinian cultural resistance with a street performance of Palestinian folk dance by the Freedom Dabka Group. Other dancers will explore the themes of the Last Work, the piece Batsheva will be performing that evening. The Rude Mechanical Orchestra will provide musical accompaniment to songs and chants.

Batsheva is part of “Brand Israel,” an Israeli government initiative to use art and culture to show “Israel’s prettier face,” and divert attention from Israeli repression. Batsheva Dance Company has consistently been identified by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of Israel’s greatest cultural ambassadors. Their 2017 North American tour is supported by the Office of Cultural Affairs at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and sponsored by Israeli Consulate Generals in Toronto and Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, and the Israeli Embassy in Canada. Batsheva’s 2014 US tour was also supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Continue

The “Law-Train” Project Why A Partnership With The Israeli Police Is Indefensible

In Belgium, 482 professors and researchers, and more than 190 artists, have written an open letter calling on their authorities to withdraw from participating in a European Union funded research project called LAW TRAIN, in which Belgium and Spain cooperate with the Israeli National Police. The project, aimed at developing joint interrogation methods, is coordinated by an Israeli university with particularly deep ties to Israel’s army and notorious security services. The signatories of this open letter highlight that Israeli methods are tested on Palestinians. Israel’s illegal detention of Palestinian political prisoners, and the systematic abuse and torture perpetrated by Israeli security forces during interrogations, is well documented. And in 2016 alone, Israelis interrogated at least 7,000 Palestinians, including over 400 children.

This open letter is part of broader efforts by the Belgian Coalition To Stop Law Train, and broader European-wide efforts against the participation of the Israeli military, homeland security and police sector in research and development funded by the European Union. Other forms of mobilizing have included direct actions, conferences, and lobbying. Portuguese civil society successfully pressured their authorities to withdraw from LAW TRAIN in July 2016 – marking the first time a government withdrew from an EU funded project following civil society pressure in support of Palestinian rights. Belgium civil society aims to achieve the same.

We welcome the efforts of the organizers of this letter, the Belgian Campaign for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI), and every person who signed the letter in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality. Thank you for telling the Belgian government that a Belgian partnership with the Israeli police is wrong, and that it should follow the example of the Portuguese authorities and withdraw from this project that “is neither ethically nor legally defensible.”

* BACBI’s letter:
* BACBI’s accompanying dossier:
* For a summary of campaigning against LAW TRAIN, supported by the EU funding program called Horizon 2020:

FAKE ! Poisoning Palestinian Children | A report on UNRWA teachers' incitement to jihadist terrorism and antisemitism

Before a joint subcommittee hearing today of the U.S. Congress concerning the U.N., Israel, and the Palestinians, the director of the independent monitoring group UN Watch will testify and present a new report showing 40 alarming new cases of UNRWA school teachers in Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria whose Facebook pages incite to Jihadist terrorism and antisemitism, including by posting Holocaust-denying videos and pictures celebrating Hitler.
UN Watch sent letters this morning to U.N. chief António Guterres, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and U.S. envoy to the U.N. Nikki Haley, urging them to take action and demand U.N. and UNRWA condemnation of the incitement, and the immediate termination of the implicated employees.“We need to see zero tolerance in the U.N. for terrorism and antisemitism,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch. Continue