Christian Peacemaker Teams - Turn your Faith into Action for Peace https://cpt.org/ en Lesvos: Refugee faces two life sentences after surviving shipwreck and trying to save 33 lives https://cpt.org/cptnet/2021/05/12/lesvos-refugee-faces-two-life-sentences-after-surviving-shipwreck-and-trying-save <span>Lesvos: Refugee faces two life sentences after surviving shipwreck and trying to save 33 lives</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caldwell</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/12/2021 - 06:55</span> <div><p>May 12, 2021</p> <p><strong>This Thursday, 13th May 2021, 27-year-old Mohamad H., father of four children, has to stand trial in Mytilene, Lesvos. Mohamad H., who tried to save his own life and that of the 33 passengers on board during a shipwreck, is charged by Greek authorities with endangering the life of others and causing the death of two. For this, he is facing two life sentences and a further ten years imprisonment for each passenger.</strong></p> <p>On 2nd December 2020, Mohamad H., who had fled from war in Somalia to Turkey in early 2020, tried to reach Greece on a rubber boat together with 33 other people, including three children. In the middle of the Aegean sea, the boat got into distress.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2020/12/02/migration-minister-migrants-lesvos/" target="_blank">According to the Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi,&nbsp;</a>who blames the Turkish Coast Guard for the shipwreck, the group sent out a distress signal calling for help. Mohamad H., a refugee himself with no experience in seafaring, tried everything he could to prevent a shipwreck and steer the boat somehow safely ashore - this was later confirmed by the other passengers who stated that Mohamad H. tried to save everyone's life.</p> <p>Sadly, he did not succeed. The rubber boat capsized close to the island of Lesvos. Women, men, and children were thrown into the water; two young women did not survive.</p> <p>Mohamad H. and the other survivors were pulled out of the water by the Greek coast guard and brought to Mytilene port, Lesvos. There, after nearly drowning just moments before, Mohamad H. was arrested for "driving the boat" and consequently charged with the "illegal transportation of third-country nationals into Greek territory" (smuggling). Additionally, he was charged with endangering the life of 32 people under aggravating circumstances. Later on, after the missing women were found dead, he was also charged with causing the death of two. He has since been in prison awaiting trial on the island of Chios.</p> <p><strong>We condemn such blatant injustice and severe attacks on the right to asylum.&nbsp;</strong>With the lack of safe and legal pathways to enter Europe and claim asylum, people seeking safety have no other choice than to embark on perilous journeys.</p> <p><strong>We stand in solidarity with Mohamad H.</strong>, who is clearly being used as a scapegoat to divert attention from the responsibility that the E.U. and its ever-increasing closure of borders carry for these deaths.&nbsp;</p> <p>Instead of being threatened with life in prison, Mohamad H. should receive the care he needs after suffering such a traumatic experience.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Instead of being threatened with life in prison, Mohamad M. should be thanked and celebrated for trying to save the life of 33 people.</strong></p> <p>The lawyers Dimitris Choulis and Alexandros Georgoulis, who will represent Mohamad H. in his upcoming trial, state: "The Greek Law for migration is very strict - just touching the wheel is enough to be sentenced to many years in prison as a 'smuggler.' However, we have to remember that the Greek law in article 25 of the Penal Code contains the so-called 'emergency situation' as a reason not to convict a person breaking a law 'under distress and to prevent an unavoidable danger.' This argument has never been accepted by the Greek Courts so far but when the minister himself accuses the Turkish Coast Guard of causing the shipwreck, it becomes absolutely clear that&nbsp;<strong>the accused tried to prevent the death of more people and his 'driving' the boat wasn't a decision but a necessity</strong>.&nbsp;It's time to start applying all of the Greek Law and not only the parts of it that help to criminalize asylum seekers."</p> <p>The case of Mohamad H. is unfortunately not an isolated case but paradigmatic for yet another facet of Europe's policy of closing borders and deterrence.&nbsp;<a href="https://bordermonitoring.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/report-2020-smuggling-en_web.pdf" target="_blank">As documented</a>&nbsp;by CPT - Aegean Migrant Solidarity, borderline-europe, and Deportation Monitoring Aegean, the filing of such charges against migrants arriving on the Greek islands have been systematically used by the Greek state for several years.</p> <p>The basis for this is Greek legislation that considers any person found to have driven a vehicle across Greek borders carrying people seeking protection as a smuggler. The arrests that follow these often-unfounded accusations of smuggling are arbitrary, and the trials flout basic standards of fairness. Police officers might accuse the person holding the tiller to steer the boat, or the one who communicated with the coast guard to call for help, or simply someone who speaks English, of being a smuggler. Without sufficient evidence, they are usually arrested upon arrival and kept in pre-trial detention for months. When their case finally comes to court, their trials average only<a href="https://bordermonitoring.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/report-2020-smuggling-en_web.pdf" target="_blank">&nbsp;38 minutes in length, leading to an average sentence of 44 years and fines over 370.000 Euro</a>. Most recently, the young Syrian K.S. was sentenced to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.borderline-europe.de/unsere-arbeit/syrischer-gefl%C3%BCchteter-auf-lesbos-zu-52-jahren-haft-verurteilt?l=en" target="_blank">52 years in prison and a fine of 242.000 Euros</a>.</p> <p>While "smuggling" accusations against European sea rescuers gain a lot of media attention, the everyday practice of incarcerating non-Europeans on the Greek islands goes almost unnoticed. However, they constitute the majority of those arrested and imprisoned on allegations of "smuggling" and "aiding illegal immigration."</p> <p><strong>The initiatives borderline-europe, CPT - Aegean Migrant Solidarity, and You Can't Evict Solidarity will follow the trial in solidarity. We call on Greece and the European Union to stop criminalizing people because they are seeking safety, end the arbitrary detention of refugees and migrants accused of smuggling, and for the acquittal and immediate release of the defendant.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">--------------------------</p> <p dir="ltr">More info:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.unhcr.org/gr/en/17725-unhcr-news-comment-following-shipwreck-off-lesvos.html">UNHCR Greece: UNHCR News Comment following shipwreck off Lesvos</a></p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/28892/second-body-found-after-boat-sank-off-lesbos">Second body found after boat sank off Lesbos</a></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2020/12/02/migration-minister-migrants-lesvos/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1620902881199000&amp;usg=AFQjCNELl1hsVVeqhCIfYSY2A7S-adpPVQ" href="https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2020/12/02/migration-minister-migrants-lesvos/" target="_blank">https://www.keeptalkinggreece.<wbr />com/2020/12/02/migration-<wbr />minister-migrants-lesvos/</a></p> </li> </ul> <div class="yj6qo">&nbsp;</div> <div class="adL">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1486" hreflang="en">Aegean Migrant Solidarity</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1402" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1445" hreflang="en">Lesvos</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 12 May 2021 11:55:17 +0000 Caldwell 12512 at https://cpt.org Prayers for Peacemakers – May 10, 2021 - Iraqi Kurdistan https://cpt.org/cptnet/2021/05/11/prayers-peacemakers-may-10-2021-iraqi-kurdistan <span>Prayers for Peacemakers – May 10, 2021 - Iraqi Kurdistan</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caldwell</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/11/2021 - 11:27</span> <div><figure><img alt="Men sitting in a circle in the shade in front of a shop. Children stand around, vehicle in the background" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://cpt.org/sites/default/files/2021-05/Meeting%20with%20residents%20of%20Hrure.jpg" style="width:80%" /> <figcaption>CPT-IK meeting with residents of Hrure.</figcaption> </figure> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Please pray for one hundred Christian and Muslim families who fled their homes this past week because of Turkish bombardments and soldiers invading their lands. Pray that organizations provide help for the families forcefully displaced. And pray that the Turkish invasion ends that people may return home.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Turkish special forces invaded Iraqi Kurdistan territory in late April and began to build bases and outposts on Zineri Kesta, the highest mountain in the region near Kani Masi. Approximately 600 people in three villages Kesta, Hrure, and Chalke, located in this region, live by farming and grazing animals on the side of the mountain.&nbsp;</p> <p>On May 3, the CPT-Iraqi Kurdistan team visited the villages where Christian and Muslim families live together side by side. CPT members saw many burned orchards and fields, and some were still burning during the visit. The village elders and leaders told the team about their fear every night when the bombs exploded. Each explosion kept getting closer to their villages. Families fear the helicopters they see shooting at their fields and the soldiers deployed to invade their territory.&nbsp;</p> <p>A village leader from Hrure told the team, "The children run to hide in their homes when they hear the sound of drones and helicopters." On the way to the village, CPT members could hear the buzzing sound of a drone overhead.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the days following the team's visit, the Turkish special forces' invasion progressed, and the bombardments reached the villages. When the shrapnels began to pierce village homes, all 32 families from Kesta and about half of the 50 families from Hrure fled their homes. Some families escaped to stay with their relatives; some fled to the nearby village of Chalke. Another 45 families then had to flee Chalke when Turkish artillery began targetting the village.</p> <p>The Turkish military assault has, as of now, forcefully displaced nearly 500 people. Families from the impacted villages told CPT over the phone: "We need help. We just got some small help from one organization, but we have no tents and no place to sleep."</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1408" hreflang="en">Kurdistan</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1406" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 11 May 2021 16:27:30 +0000 Caldwell 12511 at https://cpt.org Kurdistan Regional Government Uses Court to Restrain Freedom of Expression https://cpt.org/cptnet/2021/05/08/kurdistan-regional-government-uses-court-restrain-freedom-expression <span>Kurdistan Regional Government Uses Court to Restrain Freedom of Expression</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caldwell</span></span> <span>Sat, 05/08/2021 - 07:12</span> <div><figure><img alt="Rugesh khan and her family with CPT IK team members. Rugesh is wearing a black dress with floral design, as well as a grey hijab. Two children are wearing yellow shirts and black shorts, one child is wearing a black shirt, and one child is wearing a blue dress. One person is wearing a grey dress shirt. One CPTer is wearing a blue, plaid dress shirt and jeans and a red CPT hat. Another CPTer is wearing a red, plaid dress shirt and jeans and a red CPT hat, and another CPTer is wearing a red CPT vest and black" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2021-05/cpt%20ik%20sherwan%20family.jpg" style="width:100%" /> <figcaption>CPT-IK team visited the family of Sherwan Sherwani. Rugesh khan, Sherwan's wife, told CPT, "The last time I spoke with Sherwan was on 13 March. In only two minutes that Asaish allowed Sherwan to speak, he told me to not believe the lies that they are spreading about him. Because he commented on his situation he has not been allowed to make calls for more than a month and a half."</figcaption> </figure> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>May 8, 2021</p> <p><strong>Christian Peacemaker Teams – Iraqi Kurdistan condemns the Erbil appeal court's ruling to uphold the six-year prison terms for Badinan journalists and activists.</strong></p> <p>On May 6, the Court of Cassation in Erbil ruled to support the unjust sentencing of three independent journalists and two civil rights activists from Badinan in Iraqi Kurdistan on fabricated criminal charges of "espionage and conspiracy to endanger national security." Sherwan Sherwani, Guhdar Zebari, Eyaz Karam, Shivan Saeed, and Hariwan Essa were sentenced to six years in prison for speaking to consulates about the state of human rights in Iraqi Kurdistan, criticizing corruption in political parties, and participating in nonviolent protests.</p> <p>"It is a tragic day in the history of the Kurdistan judiciary," said Bashdar Hassan, defense lawyer of the Badinan journalists and activists. "This decision is a political one. People won't be able to believe in the courts anymore."&nbsp;</p> <p>Three of the five judges of the Court of Cassation in Erbil are members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which controls the Badinan region in Iraqi Kurdistan. In their decisions, both the Criminal Court and the Court of Cassation mirrored the KDP leader and Iraqi Prime Minister Masrour Barzani's public condemnation of the Badinan prisoners before the trial: "They were neither journalists nor civil rights activists... they were spies of foreign governments and saboteurs." This ruling confirms that the Badinan journalists and activists were sentenced not according to the rule of law but according to a political decision of the KDP to punish those who criticize corruption, suppress journalists, and quash civil society initiatives.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Court of Cassation's decision comes as a shock to the family members of the Badinan prisoners and as well as to the Iraqi Kurdistan's independent journalists and civil society. If courts cannot protect the rights of civil society activists from the power and reprisals of the political parties, then who can?&nbsp;</p> <p>The ruling of the Court of Cassation is final, and only in rare cases, the verdict can be overturned by the Committee of the Correction of Appeal Decisions. The defense lawyers will still attempt to appeal the ruling. However, based on what has already happened, the Badinan prisoners' probability of receiving an overturned and just ruling is minimal.&nbsp;</p> <p>The rule of law has failed in the case of the Badinan journalists and activists. We as Christian Peacemaker Teams – Iraqi Kurdistan, alongside the families of the Badinan prisoners and members of civil society, call on the President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, to uphold his commitment to protect the freedom of expression and invoke his authority to grant amnesty for Sherwan Sherwani, Shivan Saeed, Guhdar Zebari, Hariwan Essa, and Eyaz Karam.</p> <p>Christian Peacemaker Teams – Iraqi Kurdistan condemns the Erbil appeal court's ruling to uphold the six-year prison terms for Badinan journalists and activists.</p> <p>On May 6, the Court of Cassation in Erbil ruled to support the unjust sentencing of three independent journalists and two civil rights activists from Badinan in Iraqi Kurdistan on fabricated criminal charges of "espionage and conspiracy to endanger national security." Sherwan Sherwani, Guhdar Zebari, Eyaz Karam, Shivan Saeed, and Hariwan Essa were sentenced to six years in prison for speaking to consulates about the state of human rights in Iraqi Kurdistan, criticizing corruption in political parties, and participating in nonviolent protests.</p> <p>"It is a tragic day in the history of the Kurdistan judiciary," said Bashdar Hassan, defense lawyer of the Badinan journalists and activists. "This decision is a political one. People won't be able to believe in the courts anymore."&nbsp;</p> <p>Three of the five judges of the Court of Cassation in Erbil are members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which controls the Badinan region in Iraqi Kurdistan. In their decisions, both the Criminal Court and the Court of Cassation mirrored the KDP leader and Iraqi Prime Minister Masrour Barzani's public condemnation of the Badinan prisoners before the trial: "They were neither journalists nor civil rights activists... they were spies of foreign governments and saboteurs." This ruling confirms that the Badinan journalists and activists were sentenced not according to the rule of law but according to a political decision of the KDP to punish those who criticize corruption, suppress journalists, and quash civil society initiatives.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Court of Cassation's decision comes as a shock to the family members of the Badinan prisoners and as well as to the Iraqi Kurdistan's independent journalists and civil society. If courts cannot protect the rights of civil society activists from the power and reprisals of the political parties, then who can?&nbsp;</p> <p>The ruling of the Court of Cassation is final, and only in rare cases, the verdict can be overturned by the Committee of the Correction of Appeal Decisions. The defense lawyers will still attempt to appeal the ruling. However, based on what has already happened, the Badinan prisoners' probability of receiving an overturned and just ruling is minimal.&nbsp;</p> <p>The rule of law has failed in the case of the Badinan journalists and activists. We as Christian Peacemaker Teams – Iraqi Kurdistan, alongside the families of the Badinan prisoners and members of civil society, call on the President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, to uphold his commitment to protect the freedom of expression and invoke his authority to grant amnesty for Sherwan Sherwani, Shivan Saeed, Guhdar Zebari, Hariwan Essa, and Eyaz Karam.</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1406" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1408" hreflang="en">Kurdistan</a></div> </div> </div> Sat, 08 May 2021 12:12:47 +0000 Caldwell 12510 at https://cpt.org Colombian people don't give up, carajo! Resistance carajo! https://cpt.org/cptnet/2021/05/05/colombian-people-dont-give-carajo-resistance-carajo <span>Colombian people don&#039;t give up, carajo! Resistance carajo!</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/63" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hannah</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:08</span> <div><p>5 May 2021</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="893" src="/sites/default/files/WhatsApp%20Image%202021-05-05%20at%207.01.10%20PM.jpeg" width="716" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>by Milena Rincón</strong></p> <p>Since 28 April 2021, Colombia has been on national strike. What started as a one-day strike opposing the tax reform bill is now a nationwide indefinite strike urging the Colombian government to drop two bills that will profoundly affect the future of the Colombians. But most importantly, the people demand the Colombian anti-riot police to stop their ongoing violent repression of the civilian population who are demanding real change. This national strike is the third one for this current unpopular government since President Duque took office in 2018.</p> <p>On 2 May, the Colombian government dropped the very unpopular and orthodox tax reform bill, and on 3 May, the Minister of Finances resigned. The government's decision to remove the tax bill arrived the day after the president ordered anti-riot police units to militarize all cities and end all the protests. Cali, Bogota, and other cities have been heavily impacted by police brutality and violence since 28 April. Despite the devastation, especially in Cali, the president's order on the night of Saturday 1 May was a green light for the anti-riot police to use all violence and possible force and means against protestors all over the country.</p> <p>Following the withdrawal of the tax reform, the government and their supporting parties started working on a new bill that most likely will result in very few changes to the original content. Colombians, tired of feeling disrespected and ignored in their demands, called for the strike to continue. It was painfully shocking to hear the bill was only dropped after six days of nationwide nonviolent protests where citizens were severely attacked by the Colombian anti-riot police. "¿<i>Who gave the order?"&nbsp;</i>the country asked. The answer is easy: “<i>subpresident Duque and his mentor, former president Uribe,”</i> in other words, the&nbsp;right-wing.</p> <p>In different cities, Colombians have spent several days and nights hearing sound bombs and gunshots, watching people being chased and helicopters circling the skies and breathing the tear gas and smoke. For the last six days, the country has been hearing and seeing protestors and supporters screaming, "<i>They are killing us</i>,” a phrase that is still echoing in all of Colombia. “<i>They”</i> are the anti-riot police and the police, those in charge of protecting us from human rights violations and abuse.</p> <p>The lack of response to the crisis and the recent presidential orders to quell the protests has caused Colombians’ frustration to increase who, in the midst of a severe socio-economic crisis, have committed to nonviolent, peaceful demonstrations as part of the national strike working towards a common good for everyone in the country. The voices of the strike affirm, “<i>Rain or shine; the strike will continue.</i>”</p> <p>Several national and international organizations have condemned the police violence occurring against the civil population. Colombians in general, and social and human rights groups, have done incredible work accompanying the protests and documenting the ongoing human rights violations and violence exerted by the anti-riot police. Most of the victims of the current police violence are young Colombians, who keep asking in the marches, "<i>Why, why are you killing us? If we are the hope of Latin America."</i></p> <p>The national strike continues. The creative, energetic, very diverse and nonviolent social movement is far from getting tired, as they chant in the protests, "<i>We must strike to move forward, long live the National Strike!”</i> The Colombian popular demands include removing other bills, investigation and prosecution of the police responsible for the human rights violations, the president's resignation, implementation of the 2016 peace accords and, without a doubt, the Colombian anti-riot police reform.</p> <p><i>"The people united will never be defeated!" </i>We need more Colombians to join this strike.&nbsp;It is time for the change&nbsp;we want to see.</p> <p><i>In memory of those killed by the anti-riot police.</i></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1399" hreflang="en">Colombia</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 05 May 2021 17:08:49 +0000 Hannah 12509 at https://cpt.org CPT celebrates May Day by implementing living wage https://cpt.org/cptnet/2021/05/01/cpt-celebrates-may-day-implementing-living-wage <span>CPT celebrates May Day by implementing living wage</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/63" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hannah</span></span> <span>Sat, 05/01/2021 - 09:01</span> <div><p>1 May 2021</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="533" src="/sites/default/files/IMG_7419.JPG" width="800" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>May Day is a day we celebrate workers around the world and their struggle for rights and fair compensation. In the spirit of solidarity and in Christian Peacemaker Team's commitment to undoing oppressions, it is with great excitement that we announce that CPT will be implementing a living wage model in how we compensate CPTers with no CPTer receiving a pay deduction.</p> <p>Thirty-five years ago, CPT was formed to bring nonviolent change to lethal conflicts around the world. Over the decades, CPT has grown and shifted, recognizing that violent conflict is rooted in oppression. In this spirit, CPT has dedicated itself to be an organization committed to transforming violence and oppression. This means transforming oppression not only in the places we work but also within the organization itself.</p> <p>In today's world, oppression takes on many forms, including the oppression in how workers are compensated for their labor. Pivotal in bringing an end to violence is bringing an end to economic oppression experienced by so many. As we express our solidarity with workers worldwide and advocate for workers' rights, we look within our organization to see how we can better compensate CPTers for their work.</p> <p>For decades CPT has operated on a stipend system to compensate its workers, with every worker receiving approximately the same amount of money no matter their location. Yet, we know 'the same' does not always mean equal, and some CPTers were struggling to cover their basic expenses. As CPT strives to transform oppression within our world, we admit we need to transform how we compensate CPTers.</p> <p>Choosing to shift our model to one that provides a living wage was not an issue, but having the financial resources to pay the living wage was the challenge. After thoughtful conversation and pouring over spreadsheets, we knew we had to take the step; the pandemic had reminded us again of why systemic fairness is vital in the work of justice.</p> <p>In a capitalist society, the value of labour is expressed through financial compensation.&nbsp; Yet, at CPT, we want to acknowledge that the work of every CPTer is invaluable. There is no monetary amount that could represent the quality of this work. So while we do not compensate for the value of labour, we want to compensate so that CPTers can live a healthy life.</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1429" hreflang="en">Undoing Oppressions</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1400" hreflang="en">CPT International</a></div> </div> </div> Sat, 01 May 2021 14:01:51 +0000 Hannah 12507 at https://cpt.org “When they have their foot on your neck, they can’t go anywhere either.” https://cpt.org/cptnet/2021/04/29/when-they-have-their-foot-your-neck-they-cant-go-anywhere-either <span>“When they have their foot on your neck, they can’t go anywhere either.” </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/63" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hannah</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/29/2021 - 03:18</span> <div><p>29 April 2021</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="473" src="/sites/default/files/corleone-brown-ixdMNeTj9d0-unsplash.jpg" width="800" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>By Mona El-Zuhairi and Tarek Abuata</strong></p> <p>This<b><i> </i></b>is the liberation quote we carry with us in the confines of our internal justice work that we often take out to frame our public justice work. We learned it from a man who participated in the lunch counter sit-ins 60 years ago. His name is Dr. Bernard LaFayette, a protégé of MLK.</p> <p>As CPT continues to work alongside local communities for racial justice, we have to ask ourselves two questions: Beyond sit-ins, street demonstrations, and direct action, what is racial justice for our communities? And, what is a vision that will liberate people of colour (POCs) and white people collectively within and outside of CPT?</p> <p>Before we offer you CPT Palestine’s response to these questions, let us ground ourselves in the successes that CPT has made for racial justice and build together upon these foundations. You have supported CPT to achieve POC leadership ‘on the ground’ in various countries and multiple continents, and you have supported CPT in reaching a multi-racially led Administrative Team. This leadership has authentically centred the voices of diverse community members in the global POC-led mosaic collective liberation community and has established more effective communal justice models with Black, Brown, Indigenous, and all POC communities.&nbsp;It is important to celebrate these successes as we move forward!</p> <p>As we jointly celebrate, we invite you to hear our CPT Palestine Team members’ response by telling you about our Be The Change Project. It is a project born out of the voices of prophetic faith revolutionaries who continue to individually stand in the intersections of oppressions and commit to pushing at the limits of racial justice communally. We are Palestinians of various faith backgrounds, and we are justice and equality doers for Palestine and for a better world, working on liberating ourselves from oppressions internally and externally.&nbsp;</p> <p>Be The Change’s vision is: “A Palestinian community that is able and ready to provide frameworks to our own people and to the global community for<b><i> multi-racial multi-faith anti-oppressions work that is centered in liberation</i></b>. We want to live a microcosm of what's possible for a global community, and to teach and learn how to best continue to transgress borders through social media, online gatherings, and collective liberation demonstrations as we jointly seek new visions of leadership.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The spiritual beauty of this statement for us as Palestinian leaders is that it carries a vision of justice that encompasses our own Palestinian community <b><i>along with</i></b> POC communities worldwide <b><i>for the benefit of all</i></b> of God’s children. It is a vision where no one has their foot on anyone’s neck, intentionally or unintentionally, but where we all rise together <b><i>and</i></b> march together <b><i>daily</i></b> inside our institutions and organizations so that we don’t have to march in the streets.</p> <p>Our mission is to liberate ourselves internally by acknowledging our Palestinian society’s oppressions and drafting actions to transform them alongside other POC communities. We will then share our experiences with the full global community to all unite authentically against oppressions.</p> <p>We will carry out the first part of this mission through multiple webinars and educational workshops within and for our own Palestinian community. We have gathered 12 Palestinians of various faith and gender identities, Palestinians living in Palestine, in Israel and abroad, who will meet to evaluate issues of oppression internally that need to be addressed, hold real conversations that confront these issues, and draft actions aimed at transforming them.&nbsp; We will then hold workshops to educate and empower our own community to tackle internalized racism, classism, sexism, and interfaith living and working.</p> <p>Simultaneously, the second part of our mission is to connect with multiple POC-led organizations creating partnerships and conversations that will compare and contrast our various experiences with other communities of colour. Through these connections, we can learn and teach each other internally—and thereafter teach all global communities—how to better combat white supremacy, sexism, gender inequity, queer rights, and joint multi-faith work for justice.</p> <p>We also invite all CPTers and non-CPTers to attend our POC-led educational webinars that will give you the tools to support your local house of worship and community to grow into a vision of <b><i>multi-racial, multi-faith anti-oppressions work that is centered in liberation. </i></b>We will be sharing with you the timeline for these workshops once they are scheduled. Please know that each one of you is a valuable part of this work!</p> <p>For now, we ask you to reflect on two questions:</p> <ol> <li>How does this vision fit within your own house of worship, local community and national networks’ vision?</li> <li>Where have POC injustices shown up in your local community and workplace, and how could your community benefit from joining these efforts?</li> </ol> <p>We know that Palestinian and POC resistance reflects the power of our communities’ steadfastness and the multi-layered lessons we can teach local and international communities in our mutual justice work for freedom. These POC-led initiatives are a way forward to achieving a global justice model guaranteed to carry long-term successes. You are already a part of this work.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more information, and <b><i>if you are a person of colour who is part of a POC-led group, we invite you to connect with us by emailing </i></b><a href="mailto:tarekabuata@gmail.com">tarekabuata@gmail.com</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Originally published in CPT's&nbsp;<a href="https://cpt.org/sites/default/files/2021-04/SOTT-January-March-2021.pdf">Newsletter vol xxxi No. 1</a></em></p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1415" hreflang="en">Palestine</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1429" hreflang="en">Undoing Oppressions</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 08:18:12 +0000 Hannah 12506 at https://cpt.org Scandalous sentencing of Syrian refugee on Lesvos: Trial observers strongly criticise the criminalisation of migration. https://cpt.org/cptnet/2021/04/26/scandalous-sentencing-syrian-refugee-lesvos-trial-observers-strongly-criticise <span>Scandalous sentencing of Syrian refugee on Lesvos: Trial observers strongly criticise the criminalisation of migration.</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/63" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hannah</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/26/2021 - 07:19</span> <div><div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid89">PRESS RELEASE<br /> 26.04.2021</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid90">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid19073">Scandalous sentencing of a Syrian refugee on the Greek island of Lesvos to 52 years imprisonment. Trial observers strongly criticise the criminalisation of migration.</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid92">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid19232">On Friday 23 April 2021, the trial of K.S., a young man who fled Syria, took place in Mytilini on the Greek island of Lesvos. He was sentenced to 52 years imprisonment for "illegal entry" and "facilitating illegal entry". Trial observers from the initiatives "You Can't Evict Solidarity", Christian&nbsp;Peacemaker&nbsp;Teams&nbsp;- Aegean Migrant Solidarity and borderline-europe consider the verdict a scandal. They criticise the unfair trial and once again demand the immediate release of the accused.</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid94">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid95">As he described in the trial, the defendant K.S. fled with his family from the civil war in Syria to Turkey. There, he refused to participate in the Turkish military operation in the civil war in Libya and was subsequently imprisoned and tortured. He managed to flee further to the EU with his wife and three&nbsp;small&nbsp;children. When the family reached the Greek island of Chios in early March 2020 they were denied the right to asylum for one month, like all people arriving in Greece at that time. The background, which was also described&nbsp;in&nbsp;testimony from CPT&nbsp;- Aegean Migrant Solidarity&nbsp;at the trial, is that the Greek state had unlawfully suspended the right to asylum as part of a political dispute between Turkey and the EU, and systematically brought criminal charges of "illegal entry" against migrants seeking protection in Europe. In addition, upon arrival, K.S. was falsely accused of steering the boat in which he and his family arrived on Chios and additionally charged with&nbsp;"facilitating illegal entry"(human smuggling) and "provoking a shipwreck"(endangering life).</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid96">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid19075">A trial observer&nbsp;explains about the background of the charges: "The filing of such charges against migrants arriving on the Greek islands, allegedly identified as boat drivers, has been a systematic approach of the Greek state for several years. It is based on the absurd notion that anyone who drives an inflatable boat carrying people seeking protection is a smuggler. Often the accused are themselves protection seekers and have been coerced into driving the boat. In practice, prosecuting "smugglers" means accusing someone from an arriving inflatable boat of driving the boat, whether they were or not. They are usually arrested on the spot without sufficient evidence and held in pre-trial detention for months. When their case finally comes to trial, their trials last an average of only 38 minutes, and they are sentenced to long prison terms, in some cases over 100 years in prison with very large fines. For the charges brought against K.S., the average sentence is 93 years.&nbsp;These proceedings are not conducted fairly or according to the rule of law. We know of hundreds of such cases of people in Greek prisons on these charges, as a report by CPT - Aegean Migrant Solidarity, borderline-europe and Deportation Monitoring Aegean shows (1). Most recently, last year, among others, Amir and Razouli, two refugees, were sentenced to 50 years imprisonment in such a trial and are now in Greek prison awaiting their appeal hearing in March 2022 (2)."</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid98">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid19246">After more than a year of pre-trial detention and after the trial had been postponed at short notice until Friday, 23&nbsp;April&nbsp;2021, the defendant K.S. was sentenced in just a few hours and in camera for "unauthorized entry" and "facilitating illegal entry" to 52 years imprisonment.&nbsp;He was sentenced to&nbsp;10 years plus one year for each person on the boat. In addition,&nbsp;the court&nbsp;fined&nbsp;him&nbsp;242,000 euros. This high sentence was imposed even though he was acquitted of the charges&nbsp;of "endangering human life" and "disobedience".&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid100">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid19071">K.S. was judged not on his guilt for the particular&nbsp;"crimes"&nbsp;for which he was accused, but as a proxy to condemn migration to Europe in general. K.S. was subject to&nbsp;derogatory statements by the court and jury,&nbsp;being questioned about his Muslim faith and asked why he did not stay in Syria to fight for his country.&nbsp;The trial was riddled with major irregularities. For example, the prosecution's case was based on contradictory lists of the number of people on the boat. The&nbsp;prosecution's main&nbsp;witness, a coastguard officer,&nbsp;testified in great detail, but he made no statement on the important question of whether he had seen the defendant driving the boat. In turn, the defendant's wife testified as a witness and confirmed that he had not driven the boat.&nbsp;When the coastguard officer stated at the end of his testimony that K.S. should be released because he was fleeing a warzone, the prosecutor replied that he could have stayed in Turkey&nbsp;- unbelievable, as K.S. had been imprisoned and tortured there.&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid102">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid103">His lawyers from the Legal Center Lesvos appealed immediately after the verdict.&nbsp;Until then,&nbsp;K.S.&nbsp;must&nbsp;spend the time until the appeal hearing (presumably in about a year) back in the infamous Korydallos prison on the Greek mainland.&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid104">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid105">Johannes Körner from the campaign "You can't evict Solidarity" said about the verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid106">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid107">"We as well as the initiatives CPT - Aegean Migrant Solidarity and borderline.europe will continue to support the accused in solidarity. We call on Greece and the European Union to immediately end the arbitrary detention of migrants and for the acquittal and immediate release of the accused. In addition, the pending comparable cases must be dropped,&nbsp;or&nbsp;trials&nbsp;must take place&nbsp;elsewhere than&nbsp;the biased court&nbsp;of&nbsp;Mytiline."</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid108">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid109">A&nbsp;member of&nbsp;Christian Peacemaker Teams - Aegean Migrant Solidarity&nbsp;added:</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid110">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid111">"Migrants seeking sanctuary in Europe who are accused of the crime of facilitating illegal entry cannot expect to receive a fair trial in Mytilene court. K.S. was convicted with no evidence positively identifying him. This is indicative of a justice system catering to the vocal section of local society seeking a scapegoat for migration to the island."</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid112">&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid113">Press contact:</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid114">Johannes Körner:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cantevictsolidarity@riseup.net" target="_blank">cantevictsolidarity@riseup.net</a></div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid115">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid116">1)&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://bordermonitoring.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/report-2020-smuggling-en_web.pdf&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1619511565304000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHYTOXzvV2iRplF9eLmw5O5K5CdZw" href="https://bordermonitoring.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/report-2020-smuggling-en_web.pdf" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">https://bordermonitoring.<wbr />eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/<wbr />report-2020-smuggling-en_web.<wbr />pdf</a></div> <div id="m_-898965806213330753gmail-magicdomid117">2)&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.borderline-europe.de/unsere-arbeit/solidarit%25C3%25A4tsstatement-freiheit-f%25C3%25BCr-amir-und-razuli?l%3Dde&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1619511565304000&amp;usg=AFQjCNG3pXuzfVVt3AqFJtvdC3S16xJQ6w" href="https://www.borderline-europe.de/unsere-arbeit/solidarit%C3%A4tsstatement-freiheit-f%C3%BCr-amir-und-razuli?l=de" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">https://www.borderline-<wbr />europe.de/unsere-arbeit/<wbr />solidarit%C3%A4tsstatement-<wbr />freiheit-f%C3%BCr-amir-und-<wbr />razuli?l=de</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1445" hreflang="en">Lesvos</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1402" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1486" hreflang="en">Aegean Migrant Solidarity</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 26 Apr 2021 12:19:44 +0000 Hannah 12504 at https://cpt.org Guayabo court case comes to a close https://cpt.org/cptnet/2021/04/22/guayabo-court-case-comes-close <span>Guayabo court case comes to a close</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/63" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hannah</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/22/2021 - 10:30</span> <div><p>22 April 2021</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="533" src="/sites/default/files/marian%20decouto%20(2).jpg" width="800" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The criminal case against Guayabo community leaders Erik Payares, Jhon Fredy Ortega, and Santos Peña&nbsp;will come to a close this weekend. The judge has called the final testimonies to the stand, including CPT members who have been accompanying the process since 2013.&nbsp;</p> <p>Large landowners often accuse social leaders, which leads to drawn-out legal processes as a tactic to silence their work. The Guayabo community has been fighting this criminal case for five years. In 2013 Rodrigo Lopez Henao illegally occupied land in the community and hired armed thugs to destroy crops, kill animals, and threaten community members' lives. False accusations against Erik, Jhon Fredy, and Santos resulted in their arrest in 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p>The court case has drawn on until now. This Friday, the closing statements will be made, and the judge will issue a decision by Sunday. Please pray for a fair and just decision and remember the community and the families affected by the criminalization and persecution against land defenders and human rights activists.&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height:1.38"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1399" hreflang="en">Colombia</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 22 Apr 2021 15:30:19 +0000 Hannah 12503 at https://cpt.org CPT International: Words. They Matter. https://cpt.org/cptnet/2021/04/21/cpt-international-words-they-matter <span>CPT International: Words. They Matter.</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/63" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hannah</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/21/2021 - 06:47</span> <div><p>21 April 2021</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="451" src="/sites/default/files/Words.%20They%20Matter..png" width="800" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>by Hannah Redekop</strong></p> <p>One of my favourite aspects of language is its malleability. As a society, we are ever-evolving and our language evolves with us. The beauty of having a means of expression that not only describes what we see, taste, touch, hear, and feel but also what we imagine and dream into being is always somewhat of a miracle to me. The realities we can create with language are endless. But this also means that what we speak out into the world shapes and forms how we perceive the world.</p> <p>The structures of power and oppression in politics, religion, economics et al, are all held up by the power of language. When decolonizing our communities, the words we use play a role in our collective liberation.</p> <p>Recently, I’ve been reading about the term ‘terrorism’. As we have seen, particularly in United States media, white supremacist violence is explained away as isolated incidents of “a good person having a bad day.” I started to see a trend after several mass shootings in the US where critics would urge the media to start calling it what it is: domestic terrorism. But after the insurrection on the US Capitol earlier this year, <a href="https://mailchi.mp/521221ff8b51/mind-the-use-of-terrorism-anti-racism-daily-5880134?utm_content=bufferc1506&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=facebook.com&amp;utm_campaign=buffer">I heard a different voice</a>, asking us to avoid using the term ‘terrorism’. The danger in using the word terrorism to include white supremacy is that it inevitably feeds into the system that was built to oppress Black and Muslim communities through “anti-terrorism” policy and protocol. Although well-intended to bring weight to the violent actions of white supremacists, the terminology provides more ammunition to continue profiling and policing bodies of colour.</p> <p>Sometimes a term is not about what it represents but about what it fails to represent. Let’s look at the term ‘womxn’. This term originated in the 1970s, but I first came across it during a resurgence in the early 2010s when women—mostly cisgender white women—were looking to distance themselves from the root word of “men”. It was also <a href="https://www.girlboss.com/read/womxn-meaning">intended</a> as an intersectional term to include those systematically left out of white feminist discourse. But in their intent to be inclusive, most people were using the word without ensuring that those spaces were indeed safe for Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, trans and non-binary communities, or without consulting the communities if this terminology resonated with them.</p> <p>Similarly, the term People of Colour has been simultaneously a term that has given identity to some but left others confused and unidentified. Because this is a term that can quickly be weaponized (like womxn) where lines are drawn with assumptions often based on physical appearance or presentation, it becomes imperative that we give space to those who are most affected by these structures of power to dictate the language we use to describe them.</p> <p>And no, not everyone will be on the same page. Our communities are not homogenous and will not all feel represented or erased by one term or another. I have seen arguments both for and against the use of ‘domestic terrorism’ from within the Black and Muslim communities. And womxn or People of Colour can be an empowering space for those who identify and claim it.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is a call to listen boldly to perspectives different from your own.&nbsp; It is also an invitation to be willing to sit with your discomfort and make mistakes. Because we will continue to make mistakes. It doesn’t come naturally to those of us in positions of power to consider the expense of our privilege. That’s why it takes intentional practice. I invite you to do the first exercise today: if you are speaking from a position of power, remember to ask yourself who isn’t being represented in your language.</p> <p><em>Originally published in CPT's <a href="https://cpt.org/sites/default/files/2021-04/SOTT-January-March-2021.pdf">Newsletter vol xxxi No. 1</a></em></p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1429" hreflang="en">Undoing Oppressions</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1400" hreflang="en">CPT International</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 21 Apr 2021 11:47:39 +0000 Hannah 12502 at https://cpt.org Fleeing is not a crime: Syrian refugee threatened with decades in prison after trial in Lesvos https://cpt.org/cptnet/2021/04/20/fleeing-not-crime-syrian-refugee-threatened-decades-prison-after-trial-lesvos <span>Fleeing is not a crime: Syrian refugee threatened with decades in prison after trial in Lesvos</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/63" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hannah</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/20/2021 - 08:18</span> <div><p>PRESS RELEASE&nbsp;<br /> 20.04.2021<br /> <br /> Tomorrow, Wednesday 21 April 2021, the trial of K.S., a young man who fled Syria, will take place in Mytilini on the Greek island of Lesvos. He is accused of "facilitating illegal entry" (smuggling), "illegal entry" and "provoking a shipwreck" (endangering human life). If convicted, he faces several decades in prison. The initiatives You Can't Evict Solidarity, CPT - Aegean Migrant Solidarity and borderline-europe demand the acquittal and immediate release of the accused man.<br /> <br /> The accused K.S. fled with his family from the civil war in Syria to Turkey. There he refused to join the Turkish military operation in the civil war in Libya, and as a result was imprisoned and tortured. He managed to flee with his wife and three children (four, six and seven years old) all the way to Europe. When the family reached the Greek island of Chios in early March 2020, they were denied the right to asylum for one month, like all people arriving in Greece at that time. The Greek state had unlawfully suspended the right to asylum as part of a political dispute between Turkey and the EU, and systematically brought criminal charges of "illegal entry" against migrants seeking protection in Europe.<br /> <br /> In addition, upon arrival, K.S. was falsely accused of driving the boat in which he arrived with his family on Chios. He is now charged not only with "illegal entry" but also, more seriously, with "facilitating illegal entry" (human smuggling) and "provoking a shipwreck" (endangering life).<br /> <br /> The filing of such charges against migrants arriving on the Greek islands, allegedly identified as boat drivers, has been systematically used by the Greek state for several years. It is based on the absurd notion that anyone who drives a dinghy carrying people seeking protection is a smuggler. Often the accused are seeking protection themselves and have been coerced into driving the boat. In practice, the prosecution of "smugglers" means that somebody from an arriving rubber dinghy is accused of driving the boat whether they did so or not. Without sufficient evidence, they are usually arrested upon arrival and kept in pre-trial detention for months. When their case finally comes to court, their trials average only 38 minutes in length, and they are sentenced to heavy prison terms, in some cases over 100 years in prison with very high fines. For the combination of charges K.S. faces, the average sentence is 93 years. In the view of independent trial observers, these trials are not conducted fairly and according to the rule of law. There are hundreds of known cases of people being held in Greek prisons on these charges, as a report by CPT - Aegean Migrant Solidarity, borderline-europe and Deportation Monitoring Aegean shows (1). Most recently, the two refugees Amir and Razouli were sentenced to 50 years imprisonment in such a trial last year and are now waiting in Chios prison for their appeal date in March 2022 (2).<br /> <br /> The accused, K.S., has now been in pre-trial detention for over a year in Korydallos prison in mainland Greece. He will see his children and wife, who live in a camp near Athens, for the first time at the trial. His wife will testify and confirm that he was not driving the boat. In addition, a witness who is a researcher in anthropology from the University of the Aegean, and from Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) - Aegean Migrant Solidarity will give expert testimony about the political context in which K.S. crossed to Greece from Turkey. He will be represented by lawyers from the Legal Center Lesvos.<br /> <br /> The initiatives You Can't Evict Solidarity, CPT - Aegean Migrant Solidarity and borderline-europe will accompany the trial in solidarity. They call on Greece and the European Union to immediately end the arbitrary detention of refugees and migrants accused of smuggling and for the acquittal and immediate release of the defendant.<br /> <br /> Press contact:<br /> Johannes Körner:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cantevictsolidarity@riseup.net" target="_blank">cantevictsolidarity@riseup.net</a><br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 1)&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://bordermonitoring.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/report-2020-smuggling-en_web.pdf&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1619011033144000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGOUS5l6AtJc1lnvUkhTBd6O7czFQ" href="https://bordermonitoring.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/report-2020-smuggling-en_web.pdf" target="_blank">https://bordermonitoring.eu/<wbr />wp-content/uploads/2020/12/<wbr />report-2020-smuggling-en_web.<wbr />pdf</a><br /> 2)&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.borderline-europe.de/unsere-arbeit/solidarit%25C3%25A4tsstatement-freiheit-f%25C3%25BCr-amir-und-razuli?l%3Den&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1619011033144000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFV_z1L-7iWpUWEm294G1rjz6OiQg" href="https://www.borderline-europe.de/unsere-arbeit/solidarit%C3%A4tsstatement-freiheit-f%C3%BCr-amir-und-razuli?l=en" target="_blank">https://www.borderline-europe.<wbr />de/unsere-arbeit/solidarit%C3%<wbr />A4tsstatement-freiheit-f%C3%<wbr />BCr-amir-und-razuli?l=en</a></p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1402" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1445" hreflang="en">Lesvos</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1486" hreflang="en">Aegean Migrant Solidarity</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 20 Apr 2021 13:18:53 +0000 Hannah 12501 at https://cpt.org