Today: Action for Kaboudvand

While writing this call for action, numerous people from different countries are preparing for action to support Kaboodvand. Their names are listed below. We call for all people who wish to take part in these actions to contact the person in your country to mobilize news and cooperation.

list of cities and places for today action

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USA/ Los Angeles
16:00 -19:00
Ocean Ave & Colorado Ave,
Santa Monica (Los Angeles), CA 90401
Contact Person: Azad Moradian +1 818 434 9692

Canada/ Vancouver
Time: 19:00- 21:00
Address:  Art gallery, Downtown Vancouver
Contact person, Mehemed Khademyani: +1 604 723 82889

France / Paris
The Human Rights and Freedom Sq.
Paris- metro 9 et 6 trocadero
Contact person: Susan Mohammad Ghiasvand,   Kurdnews4@gmail.com

Finland – Helsinki
13:00 – 15:00
Address:Kulusaari metroa station – Helsinki
Majid Hakki, majid.hakki@gmail.com, +3584654 15671

UK – London
Time: 13:00 – 17:00
Address: House of Hope, 45 Queens wallk
Ealing
W5 1TL
Contact person: Ali  +447930144409

Germany/ Frankfurt
Address: Main 603886
Contact person: Jahangir Wilani: +4917622957533

Germany /Koln

Germany / Hannover
13:00 – 17.00
Address: Pavillon
Weßekreutz Platz
Hinter Dem Bahnhof Hannover
Contact person: Ariz Darapour +49 17 621 63 2126

Australia/ Sydney
18:00- 20:00
Address: Kurdish house 5/115 Main St. Blacktown, Sydney
Contact person: Rojan +61 412689906

Noreway/ Oslo
13:00 – 15:00
Address:
In front of Iranian embassy
Drammensveien 88E, 0244, Oslo
Contact persons:
Karim Allahwaisi: karimakam@hotmail.com
Loghman Faroghi: chya1348@hotmail.com

Oslo
15:00 – 17:00
Address:
Oslo City Hall
Supporters of Madaran Park Laleh

Sweden/ Malmö

Sweden / Uppsala
11:00 – 13:00
Address: Stortorget

Austria / Vienna
16:00 – 18:00
Addrerss: Vienna 1010 , Stephansplatz
Contact person: asopiroti@hotmail.com , 00436764821569

If as individual or a group you wish to organize an event in your city on July 21th please inform the Campaign of Supporting Kaboodvand via 4kaboudvand@gmail.com email.

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Next Saturday, 21st July, we will unite to support Kaboudvand

Civil and human rights organizations and activists believe that dialogue and civil solutions are the only means to eliminate discrimination and inequality in society. Kaboodvand is the symbol of that phenomenon and because of that he has been sentenced to a prison sentence of ten and a half years. During the past 5 years, Kaboodvand has suffered from various deices. He has repeatedly had to undergo medical treatment for his diseases and visited his sick son who suffers from cancer.

 His objection to this type of discrimination to inmates of ethnic and religious minorities in prisons in Iran has started as an unlimited hunger strike that has lasted nearly two years. Kaboodvand continues the strike as the only remaining means of objection, thus risking his life as he might be subjected to further, serious dangers. To support Kaboodvand, the Campaign of Supporting Kaboodvand calls for all people of the world to show their collective support to his demands of humanity and legality.  We sincerely ask and urge Kaboodvand to end his hunger strike, because we want him to live. We want to warn that the Islamic republic of Iran is the main responsible for his health and life.

In support for Kaboodvand’s demands for humanity and human rights, and in order to condemn the Islamic republic regime’s oppressive politics against political prisoners, numerous NGOs and individuals are joined in the Campaign of Supporting Kaboodvand and appeal to him to end his hanger strike.

The endemic and racist policy of Islamic republic towards Kaboodvand’s legal demands is not acceptable. By appealing to Kaboodvand, the Father of Human Rights in Kurdistan, we call him that his voice is heard and we are ONE voice to support him.

The extent of our support, together with civil procedures, will undoubtedly help Kaboudvand get his message a louder voice.

While writing this call for action, numerous people from different countries are preparing for action to support Kaboodvand. Their names are listed below. We call for all people who wish to take part in these actions to contact the person in your country to mobilize news and cooperation.

USA/ Los Angeles
16:00 -19:00
Ocean Ave & Colorado Ave,
Santa Monica (Los Angeles), CA 90401
Contact Person: Azad Moradian +1 818 434 9692

Canada/ Vancouver
Time: 19:00- 21:00
Address:  Art gallery, Downtown Vancouver
Contact person, Mehemed Khademyani: +1 604 723 82889

France / Paris
The Human Rights and Freedom Sq.
Paris- metro 9 et 6 trocadero
Contact person: Susan Mohammad Ghiasvand,   Kurdnews4@gmail.com

Finland – Helsinki
13:00 – 15:00
Address:Kulusaari metroa station – Helsinki
Majid Hakki, majid.hakki@gmail.com, +3584654 15671

UK – London
Time: 13:00 – 17:00
Address: House of Hope, 45 Queens wallk
Ealing
W5 1TL
Contact person: Ali  +447930144409

Norway – Oslo

Germany/ Frankfurt
Address: Main 603886
Contact person: Jahangir Wilani: +4917622957533

Germany /Koln

Germany / Hannover
13:00 – 17.00
Address: Pavillon
Weßekreutz Platz
Hinter Dem Bahnhof Hannover
Contact person: Ariz Darapour +49 17 621 63 2126

Australia/ Sydney
18:00- 20:00
Address: Kurdish house 5/115 Main St. Blacktown, Sydney
Contact person: Rojan +61 412689906

Sweden / Stockholm (Friday)
15:00 – 17:00
Address: Mynttorget, Stockholm
contact: freekabodvand@gmail.com, +46707341883
Committee to Support Kaboodvand

Sweden/ Malmö

Sweden / Uppsala
11:00 – 13:00
Address: Stortorget

Austria / Vienna
16:00 – 18:00
Addrerss: Vienna 1010 , Stephansplatz
Contact person: asopiroti@hotmail.com , 00436764821569

If as individual or a group you wish to organize an event in your city on July 21th please inform the Campaign of Supporting Kaboodvand via 4kaboudvand@gmail.com email.

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Appel de la Campagne du Soutien de Kaboudvand – Committé Français

Samedi, le 21 Juillet, tous ensemble, réclamons la liberté pour Kaboudvand

et tous les autres prisonniers politiques et d’opinion en Iran

Mohammad Seddigh Kaboudvand, fondateur de l’Organisation des Droits de l’Homme au Kurdistan (ODHK), est en grève de la faim depuis le 26 mai pour obtenir le droit de voir son enfant, atteint d’une maladie du sang grave.

Désespéré de n’avoir pas attiré l’attention des autorités judiciaires de la République Islamique, et pour protester contre la violation des droits des nationalités et des minorités en prison, il y a ajouté une grève de la soif le 14 juillet. Son épouse a pu le rencontrer dimanche 15 Juillet ; elle fait état de la gravité de son état et déclare que son époux ne peut même plus parler. Les personnalités et les organisations politiques et civiles, en écrivant des lettres à ce militant des droits humains ont essayé de lui demander d’arrêter ses grèves.

Mohammad Seddigh Kaboudvand, journaliste kurde, a déclaré lors d’une visite avec sa famille le 16 juillet, que, par respect pour tous ceux qui le lui ont demandé, il interrompait sa grève de soif, mais qu’il continuait sa grève de la faim.

Les organisations et les militants des droits humains croient que le dialogue et les solutions non violentes sont les seuls moyens d’apporter une réponse à la discrimination et à l’injustice dans la société. Kaboundvand, Nargues Mohammadi, Nasrine Sotoudeh, Bahman Ahmadi Amoui et tant d’autres dans les prisons iraniennes montrent l’urgence de ces questions. Pendant les cinq ans qu’il a passées en prison, Kaboudvand a été atteint de plusieurs graves maladies ; il a demandé à plusieurs reprises d’obtenir des libertés provisoires pour raisons médicales ou pour rencontrer son fils malade ; toutes ces demandes lui ont été refusées.

Pour protester contre la violation des droits des nationalités et minorités religieuses en prison, cette fois Kaboudvand a entamé une grève de la faim illimitée. Choisissant cette voie comme l’unique moyen qui lui reste, il exprime sa protestation en acceptant de graves dangers pour sa vie.

C’est pourquoi la Campagne de Soutien à Kaboudvand, vous demande à tous, où que vous soyez, d’organiser ou de participer à des rassemblements de protestation, et d’exprimer votre soutien à Kaboudvand, Nargeus Mohammadi, Nasrine Sotoudeh et aux autres prisonniers politiques et d’opinion en Iran, et à leurs demandes humaines et légitimes.

Ainsi nous déclarons notre soutien pour la vie et la liberté des Kaboudvand, Nargues Mohammadi et de tous les autres, tout en déclarant aux autorités du régime de la République Islamique d’Iran qu’ils portent toute la responsabilité de toute atteinte à la santé et à la vie de Kaboudvand et des autres prisonniers politiques et d’opinion en Iran.

Nous ne pouvons évidemment pas s’arrêter au refus hostile des autorités opposées aux demandes légitimes de Kaboudvand. Nous réitérons néanmoins notre demande au fondateur de l’ODHK d’arrêter sa grève de la faim : nous avons entendu son message et nous soutenons son combat pour sa libération.

Le nombre et la concomitance de nos rassemblements non violents relaiera le message de Kaboudvand et notre soutien à lui et aux autres prisonniers

Dans le cadre la « Campagne de Soutien à Kaboudvand » nous organisons un rassemblement le samedi 21 juillet de 18h00 à 20h00 sur le Parvis de Droits de l’Homme à Paris.

« Campagne de Soutien à Kaboudvand – Comité Français »

LES INTERVENANTS :

  1. Dr. Abdolkarim Lahiji, Vice président de la FIDH, Président de la lDHI
  2. Aziz Mamli, secrétaire de l’Association des Kurdes à Paris, traducteur et observateur politique
  3. Mansour Teifouri, écrivain et traducteur
  4. Susan Mohammad-Khani Ghiasvand, Repésentante de la Campagne de Soutien à Kaboudvand en France

Susan Mohammad-Khani Ghiasvand
Kurdnews4@gmail.com

Samedi 21 juillet 2012 de 18h00 à 20h00

Paris, Parvis des Droits de l’Homme – Métro Trocadéro (ligne 9 et 6 )

Liste des soutiens au rassemblement de Paris :

  • Comité Indépendant Contre la Répression des Citoyens Iraniens – CICRCI
  • Association des kurdes résidant en France
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United Nations Association of the USA – SFV Chapter :Release Iranian-Kurdish Prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Mr. Sidigh Kaboudvand


Press Release                  July, 18,2012

Release Iranian-Kurdish Prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Mr. Sidigh Kaboudvand

Members of the United Nations Association of the USA – San Fernando Valley Chapter voice their solidarity with the Campaign in Support of Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand.  UNA/USA-San Fernando Valley Chapter is joining more than forty other organizations such as International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH),  Amnesty International, Iranian league for the defends of Human Rights (LDDHI), Human Rights Watch, Reporter’s Without Borders, individual human rights activists, social and civil rights advocates, journalists, writers, academics and Noble Peace Prize winners to call for the immediate and unconditional release of prisoner of conscious Mr. Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand.

Mr. Mohamad Sedigh Kaboudvand is a prominent Kurdish-Iranian human rights defender and journalist. In 2005 he founded the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan (HROK). This group documented human rights violations committed against the Kurdish minority in Iran as well as sought to defend and protect individuals at risk of such abuses. Since July 1st, 2007, Mr. Mohamad Sedigh Kaboudvand has been serving a ten-and-a-half-year prison sentence in Evin Prison for his journalism and human rights advocacy.

According to Mr. Mohamad Sedigh Kaboudvand ‘s wife, as well as his lawyer, Mr. Kaboudvand has suffered several heart attacks, prostate disorder, and fast declining health due to the harsh conditions of his imprisonment, months of solitary confinement, and lack of medical treatment.

As of May 26,th 2012 Mr. Kaboudvand has been on a hunger strike to protest the authorities’ denial of his repeated requests to see his seriously ill son who has been hospitalized with an undiagnosed ailment since January, 2012.  Mr. Kaboudvand is now on his 53rd day of hunger strike, and as of late Sunday July 15th, 2012 he has been refusing water as well as food. His life is in grave danger.

The UNA/USA SFV Chapter believes that the Iranian authorities are responsible for Mr. Mohamad Sedigh Kaboudvand’s life and any harm incurred to him by his ongoing hunger strike. We insist that Iranian authorities abide by their own law which allows prisoners visitation rights to family members, and in addition grant Mr. Kaboudvand his freedom so that he can receive urgent medical attention.

We also urge the Iranian authorities to respect the life and dignity of all prisoners of conscious in Iran.
David FrancisTuckman
Co-president of United Nations Association of the USA/SFV Chapter

Ginny Hatfield
Co-president of United Nations Association of the USA/SFV Chapter

Contact:  Soraya Fallah
Vice President of Programming of United Nations Association of the USA/SFV Chapter
unitednation.soraya@gmail.com

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Kaboudvand Has Lost His Strength to Speak. Join Us; Let Us Be His Voice

Campaign in Support of Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand is organizing emergency gatherings in several cities around the world in a coordinated effort to call for the release of Mr. Kaboudvand.

July 16, 2012

 

Events will take place on Saturday July 21st, 2012. Locations will be announced soon.

Press Release Number 6:
Beginning 10:00 PM Saturday July 14th, 2012 Mr. Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand, writer, journalist, human rights defender, and the founder of Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan, began a “dry” hunger strike, refusing water in addition to food. According to his wife, Parinaz Baghbani Hassani, Mr. Kaboudvand has lost the strength to speak. Along with this announcement, Parinaz Baghbani Hassani said: “After July 14th, 2012, which marked day 50 of his hunger strike, Kaboudvand’s health condition became critical. Since last Wednesday, July 11th, the prison authorities have had the intentions of transferring him to a hospital. He has, however, refused to go to the hospital while still handcuffed, chained, and shackled.” For some time Mrs. Parinaz Baghbani Hassani had been trying to locate Mr. Kaboudvand’s whereabouts. She said that after looking for her husband in almost all the hospitals in Tehran, she became certain that he had not been transferred. Parinaz Baghbani Hassani confirmed that she had finally been allowed to see her husband on Monday July 17th, 2012 at the public prosecutor’s office in Tehran’s Evin prison. She added: “When we saw Kaboudvand, we became even more concerned about him. He is no longer able to speak. He is in an extremely dangerous physical and mental state. His digestive system is in a terrible condition and he is experiencing sharp pains. He needs to receive medical care immediately.”
Kaboudvand’s 50 days of “wet” hunger strike was met by a continuous denial of his requests to visit his seriously ill son at the hospital. Mr. Kaboudvand is now forgoing his basic human and legal rights by entering a dry hunger strike beginning 10:00 PM Saturday July 14th, 2012. He is protesting the abuses committed against prisoners who are of national, ethnic, and religious minorities in Iran. Mr. Kaboudvand is in imminent danger and his dire health condition is worsening with every hour.
The Campaign in Support of Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand stresses that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the life, safety, and health of Mr. Kaboudvand. In the light of Mr. Kaboudvand’s current critical condition, his indefinite hunger strike, and the recent news of his dry hunger strike, we call for an emergency day of action. We urge all individual supporters, human rights organizations, international bodies and assemblies to raise their voices up for Mr. Kaboudvand, whose own voice is in danger of being silenced. We urge human rights advocates around the world to put immense pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran and force Iran’s government officials to grant Mr. Kaboudvand his basic human and legal rights. Iranian authorities should immediately and unconditionally agree to Mr. Kaboudvand’s requests and ask him to effectively end his hunger strike. Iranian authorities should provide Mr. Kaboudvand with the necessary urgent medical care.
The Campaign in Support of Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand has organized a day of action to call for the release of the founder of Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan. Coordinated events will take place in several countries on July 21st, 2012. Details and exact locations of these gatherings will be announced in our upcoming press release.
To support and help expand the reach of these efforts please contact Campaign in Support of Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand.

 

Campaign in support of Kaboudvand, July 16, 2012
 

For More information:

Website; https://4kaboudvand.wordpress.com

Email: 4kaboudvand@gmail.com

Contact Person:

North America: Azad Moradian

Email: moradianazad@yahoo.com

Europe: Nahid Mokri

Email: nahid_mokry@yahoo.com

Kurdistan region Northern iraq: Zahih Hanbali

Email: zahid.kurdi@gmail.com

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Concern regarding the health condition of Kaboudvand

Concern regarding the health condition and whereabouts of journalist and prisoner of conscience Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand

Press Release Number 5: On Day 50 of Kaboudvand’s Hunger Strike
Parinaz Baghban Hassani,  Kaboudvand’s wife contacted human rights activists and expressed her grave concern about the health of her husband on the 50th day of his hunger strike. She announced that only yesterday she was notified that her husband might have been transferred to Taleqani Hospital. She is, however, unaware of the exact date or reasons for his transfer.
Upon hearing this news, Mrs. Parinaz Baghban Hassani rushed to Taleqani hospital to ask about her husband’s condition and urge the authorities to give her visitation rights. She was turned away and told that the hospital has not admitted a patient under the name of Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand.

The family of  Kaboudvand and his supporters has been franticly searching for his whereabouts and has requested to be taken to the hospital where  Kaboudvand has been transferred. So far the prison authorities and the judicial court overseeing  Kaboudvand’s case have refused to provide any information regarding his condition or location.
On May 26th, 2012 Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand, founder of Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan, announced that he would begin a hunger strike to protest the repeated denial of his requests to visit his seriously ill son who is currently hospitalized. He maintained that he would continue his hunger strike until he is granted the right to visit his son. It has now been 50 days since he began his indefinite hunger strike and his own health has deteriorated substantially.

This past week, several international human rights organizations released official press releases expressing their deep concern for  Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand’s health condition and continuous mistreatment by the Iranian authorities.
Human Rights Watch, in their most recent press release, demanded the immediate end to the torture and mistreatment of Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand and  Ahmadi-Amoui, who are two of Iran’s prominent and renowned journalists and human rights activists. Human Rights Watch has once again demanded that the Iranian authorities immediately provide  Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand with the necessary medical attention in a hospital outside of Evin prison.

“Kaboudvand has already suffered five years of abuse, ill treatment, and neglect simply because he chose to speak out against injustice,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Denying him even temporary leave to see his seriously ill son is an unnecessarily callous act by Iranian authorities.”
Amnesty International, in their most recent urgent action alert, also condemned the Iranian authorities for the torture and mistreatment of  Kaboudvand and demanded his immediate release. Amnesty International urged the Iranian authorities to immediately provide  Kaboudvand medical treatment.

Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programmer, said: “It appears that the authorities are denying Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand the possibility to visit his ailing son in an attempt to pressure him into stopping his ongoing activism from inside prison.”
On Tuesday Reporter’s Without Borders sent out a press release marking the ninth anniversary of Zahra kazemi’s execution. In this document they also expressed their concern about  Kaboudvand’s health condition and imprisonment. Reporter’s Without Borders held an event in front of Iran Air, which is Iran’s last remaining official government building in Paris. Exiled Iranian journalists staged a protest expressing their outrage about Iran’s continues crackdown and campaign of torture directed at Iranian journalists.
The Campaign in Support of  Kaboudvand is deeply concerned about the lack of information about  Kaboudvand’s condition and whereabouts. The campaign demands that the Iranian authorities immediately and unconditionally release  Kaboudvand and provide him with the appropriate and adequate medical attention.

Campaign to support Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand, July 14, 2012
 

For More information:

Website; https://4kaboudvand.wordpress.com

Email: 4kaboudvand@gmail.com

Contact Person:

North America: Azad Moradian

Email: moradianazad@yahoo.com

Europe: Nahid Mokri

Email: nahid_mokry@yahoo.com

Kurdistan region Northern iraq: Zahih Hanbali

Email: zahid.kurdi@gmail.com

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Iran urged to free prisoner of conscience on hunger strike

The Iranian authorities must release a journalist and prisoner of conscience who has been on hunger strike since 26 May in protest at being denied permission to visit his sick son, Amnesty International said.

Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand, a former newspaper editor and founder of the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan, is nearly half-way through a 10-and-a-half-year prison sentence after having been convicted of charges relating to his journalism and human rights work.

He is being held in Tehran’s Evin Prison.

“It appears that the authorities are denying Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand the possibility to visit his ailing son in an attempt to pressure him into stopping his ongoing activism from inside prison by way of open letters to officials,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

“Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand should not be in prison in the first place, as he is being held solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and because of his journalist and human rights work. He should be released immediately and unconditionally.”

“Further tormenting a father by denying him the right to visit his ailing son is another testament of the cruelty of the Iranian authorities”.

Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand’s son Pejman has been ill since January 2012 with an undiagnosed condition. He has been allowed only one two-and-a-half hour hospital visit with his son in February 2012.

Prison leave in Iran for family visits of this kind is permitted under the Prison Regulations, and is usually granted.

In an open letter from 27 May 2012, Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand wrote:

“The Prosecutor and the security apparatuses continue to deny [prison] leave because of their enmity, grudge and malice towards me as a human rights activist; this despite my having served half of my illegal and unjust prison sentence and my son’s incurable diseases and acute emergency situation… Therefore, to protest the illegal and inhumane behaviour of these judicial and security officials, I launch an indefinite hunger strike as of 9 PM, Saturday 26 May 2012”.

Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand’s health has also deteriorated as a result of his prolonged hunger strike.  The official medical personnel and doctors have recommended he be transferred to a hospital for appropriate care.

Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand refused to be transferred as he was to be handcuffed, and he was concerned that he would be forcibly fed, including intravenously, in hospital.

He is now receiving daily injections from the prison doctors to support his weakened kidneys.

As well as his work with the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan (HROK), Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand was editor of weekly newspaper Payam-e Mardom-e Kordestan, which carried articles promoting the cultural, social and political rights of Iran’s Kurdish minority.

Payam-e Mardom-e Kordestan was issued with a three-year ban by Iran’s judiciary on 27 June 2004 for “disseminating separatist ideas and publishing false reports”. On appeal to the Supreme Court, this ban was lifted, though the newspaper has not re-opened since.

In July 2009, Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand appeared before Branch One of the Revolutionary Court in Mahabad, north-east Iran, on the charge of “propaganda against the system” for the publication and distribution of pamphlets about Kurdish women.

Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand reportedly told the court that “the materials printed in the pamphlet referred to in the indictment have no resemblance to the literature published by HROK. The materials brought out by HROK have the logo and the address of the organization and we can only be responsible for the materials published on the website of the organization.”

No verdict is known to have been issued in this trial.

Link : http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/iran-urged-free-prisoner-conscience-hunger-strike-2012-07-11

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