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Help us save Saman, a member of Iran's Kurdish minority, who is to be hung at dawn on Feb., 19th چاپ ارسال به دوست
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 amnestylogo.gifHelp us save Saman Naseem, a member of Iran's Kurdish minority, who is to be hung at dawn next Thursday, Feb. 19th, 2015
 
Dear friends, 

Please find attached and below a blog and a social media graphic published on Amnesty International's LiveWire today on Saman Naseem, a member of Iran's Kurdish minority, who is to be hung at dawn next Thursday, 19 February. The blog includes a letter by Saman Naseem that explains what happened to him when he was arrested at the age of 17 and underwent an extended period of torture.  

It is also available on the Amnesty International website at the following link: 
 
It will also be tweeted from: @AmnestyIran 

Help us save Saman by tweeting the Supreme Leader of Iran @khamenei_ir urging him to stop the execution, which is unlawful under international law, given Saman's age when he was arrested. Suggested tweets and hashtags are set out at the end of this email. 


Many thanks and best wishes, 
Iran team,  Amnesty International
 
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A STORY OF KOBANÊ: CHILDREN OF DESTRUCTION چاپ ارسال به دوست
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A STORY OF KOBANÊ: CHILDREN OF DESTRUCTION 

 

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05 Feb 2015

 

  By Apo W. Bazîdî ; A Kurdish-American filmmaker and writer who has been volunteering in the camps in Suruç since October 2014 

 

 

 

Once upon a time there was a little cute town named Kobane. People were happy and busy with their ordinary lives. Barbers, butchers,tobacco shops, tea houses and playgrounds... Farmers came from villages to the city for change. Shopping in the garment bazaars for a wedding dress. Awed by the apartment buildings and cars… In the middle of this ordinary life there was a disabled boy named Azad. His body did not match his name AZAD (Freedom). He was born “abnormal”.

 

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He couldn’t move his body except his head. He never played with his friends, never rode a bike, jumped a rope, nor closed his eyes for hide and seek. But he always smiled and the freedom that he wanted to have in his body was alive in his eyes.

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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits Iraq, calls for international leadership to end suffering چاپ ارسال به دوست
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  UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits Iraq, calls for international leadership to end suffering

DOHUK, Iraq, January 25 (UNHCR) The UN refugee agency's Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is in Dohuk, Iraq, visiting Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to offer support to 3.3 million displaced people in the country and highlight their dire needs.

Since Ms Jolie's last visit to Iraq in September 2012, the scale and gravity of the humanitarian situation have increased dramatically, as the conflicts in Syria and Iraq intensify and become intertwined.

 
 
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 UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets members of the Yazidi minority in Khanke IDP Camp, Iraq, on 25 January, 2015. Ms Jolie was visiting Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to offer support to 3.3 million displaced people in the country and highlight their dire needs.

"It is shocking to see how the humanitarian situation in Iraq has deteriorated since my last visit. On top of large numbers of Syrian refugees, two million Iraqis were displaced by violence in 2014 alone. Many of these innocent people have been uprooted multiple times as they seek safety amidst shifting frontlines."


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A Magical Night of Kurdish Music with renowned Naser Razazi چاپ ارسال به دوست
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  A Magical Night of Kurdish Music with renowned Naser Razazi
  
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Dr. Amir Sharifi
 
January 03, 2015 
 
Dear Kurdish Community members in the southern California,  
 

You are invited to a magical night of Kurdish music with the renowned Kurdish vocalist Naser Razazi accompanied by Fouad. You will experience share, and cherish  unique memories  as Razazi will be singing familiar tunes;  I am sure we will will be whispering along as he sings our favorite songs and dancing to his lyrics of love, songs of freedom, and exaltation of beauty.

 Now that the back flag of Islamist terrorism and its war has brought an endless trail of destruction, threatening our cultural heritage and musical traditions, that of  Izidis,  in particular, more than anytime else we should celebrate our musical traditions and support our artists, those who like Razazi have  kept our culture alive and robust. The event promises to be another  musical journey  that would rekindle our passion for what we love in our hearts. 

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Press Release Rally in Los Angeles: International Solidarity day with Kobani چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Press Release

Rally in Los Angeles: International Solidarity day with Kobani

 November 1st, 2014 

kobane_110114_01.jpgWe members of the Kurdish American Education Society, Human Rights Advocacy Group, and Kurdish Community of Southern California, in Los Angeles join hundreds of thousands of people, United Nations agencies and prominent intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in observing the International Day of Solidarity with the defenders of the besieged city of Kobani. From Los Angeles and Washington to London and Kurdistan, we come together to support the heroic defenders of Kobani. The legendary city has indeed become the emblem of unprecedented resistance against one of the darkest and tyrannical forces in human history. The city has been the constant target of ISIS offensives for six weeks. Although the defenders of the city are both outnumbered and outgunned, women and men old and young have stood steadfast against the ferocious terrorism of ISIS. They are incessantly being bombarded with heavy artillery; many parts of the city have been demolished and destroyed as evidenced by the rising plumes of smoke, which darken the horizon of the city.

Over 200000 people from Kobani and surrounding villages have been displaced and live in deplorable conditions in various camps in Turkey. The US coalition led strikes have not been enough to effectively halt the Islamic state’s advances.  Turkey in showing its ideological affinity with and support for ISIS continues to block the flow of help and volunteers to the city.  Under mounting international pressure the Turkish government is now hypocritically allowing a limited number of Peshmerge into the area as it continues to threaten the fragile peace process. 

 

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