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Filipino public education defender in Fredericton

Francisca Castro, a defender of public education in the Philippines, is in Fredericton this week participating in the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Convention. She will be giving a free public talk at the Wilmot United Church, 473 King St. on Friday, April 13th at 7:00pm. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Castro, [...]

Jonathan Pollack: The Ongoing Repression of Palestinian Protesters

“On a pitch black early December night, seven armored Israeli military jeeps pulled into the driveway of a home in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Dozens of soldiers, armed and possibly very scared, came to arrest someone they were probably told was a dangerous, wanted man – Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a high school teacher [...]

Death watch in Haiti’s jails

Haitian human rights lawyer Evel Fanfan estimates that six thousand people were arrested in Port-au-Prince because of their political loyalties in March 2004, the month following Aristide’s ousting. Although some were released soon afterward, since that time both the Haitian police and the UN peacekeepeing mission MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) have conducted [...]

Bil’in activist released

On August 22, the military court judge ruled to release Mohammed Khatib on stiff bail and conditions pending his trial (including a bar through the end of proceedings on participating in or even being in Bil’in on Fridays during demonstration hours), but the prosecution requested (and was granted) a stay of execution of his release [...]

Guantanamo detainee returns home

One of the youngest people to be held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay has been released and taken back to his native Afghanistan, his lawyer has said. Mohammed Jawad, 19, was released from the jail in Cuba on Monday, seven years after he was arrested by US forces in Afghanistan…Jawad’s lawyers said [...]

Denial of parole to Leonard Peltier after more than 32 years in prison, disappointing

Amnesty International today regretted the US Parole Commission’s decision not to grant Leonard Peltier parole despite concerns about the fairness of his 1977 conviction for murder. The organization called for the immediate release on parole of the activist, who is serving two consecutive life sentences and has spent more than 32 years in prison.

Interview with a Colombian Political Prisoner

Liliany Obando visited Fredericton and other Maritime communities a few years ago. On August 8, 2008, Colombia’s National Police arrested Liliany Obando and charged her with the crime of rebellion and providing funding to a terrorist group. Ten months later, Obando had yet to have her day in court and remained a prisoner in Bogotá’s [...]

Prisoners Shackled, and Hidden Away

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel has accused the Israeli security forces of deliberately shackling Palestinian prisoners in a painful and dangerous manner, amounting to a form of torture.

Father Gérard Jean-Juste: The People’s Priest (1946-2009)

Here’s one anecdote that captures the man. While he was jailed for political reasons in late 2005, the priest took part of his prison rations and any extra food friends and family had brought him and distributed it to hungry residents of the neighborhood outside his prison cell window. Father Gérard Jean-Juste, one of Haiti’s [...]

Supreme Court Denies Appeal for Death Row Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from the journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal. On Monday, the court rejected without comment Abu-Jamal’s bid to overturn his conviction for the 1981 killing of a white police officer following a controversial trial before a predominantly white jury. Abu-Jamal contends the case was marred with racial [...]