April 28, 2019

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Free Amer

To free Amer Jubran from detention in Jordan

Palestinian prisoner



Amer Jubran Released

November 8, 2018

Amer Jubran was released from prison in Jordan on November 5, 2018. He is with his family. Thanks to all of you who supported Amer during the 4-1/2 years of his unjust imprisonment.



About

Amer Jubran at demonstration in Washington DC, 2001
Amer Jubran at demonstration in Washington D.C., 2001


This is the website of the Amer Jubran Defense Campaign. It was created in response to the illegitimate detention of Amer Jubran in May of 2014. Its purpose is to expose Amer’s arrest as a political silencing and to help build a campaign to win his freedom.


July 16, 2014

On Monday May 5th, 2014, Amer Jubran was arrested by the secret intelligence agency of the Jordanian government, the Mukhabarat, in the middle of the night. He was then held in secret detention by the General Intelligence Directorate for two months, under unknown conditions, without charges, and without a lawyer. In the first week of July he was moved to another prison to await trial before Jordan’s kangaroo State Security Court, with charges still unknown. Amer has an international reputation as an advocate for Palestinian rights. His arrest is the result of intelligence cooperation between Jordan, the United States, and Israel in their attempt to silence dissent and eliminate political support for resistance to the American-Zionist project in the region.

Amer is a Palestinian political activist who opposed the war-making policies of the United States and Israel during his eighteen year residence in the United States. Shortly after September 2001 he was harassed by US authorities, detained, and finally pushed out of the country (see this history here ) . He returned to Jordan, his first country of exile, in 2004. This latest arrest is a continuation of the political repression Amer experienced in the United States.



Update: August 9, 2015

A petition against arbitrary detention was filed on Amer’s behalf with the OHCHR on July 2, 2014 by the Geneva based human rights organization Al-Karama. On July 8, 2014 the Amer Jubran Defense Campaign sent an open letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Elect, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein, with the endorsement of the National Lawyers Guild (Palestine Subcommittee) and the Defending Dissent Foundation.

In August 2014, Amer was finally given the charges against him — a list of “terrorism” offenses accusing him of planning armed actions in coordination with Hizballah against Israel and against US forces stationed in Jordan. The bulk of the “evidence” consisted of false confessions coerced from others. Amer himself made it clear that all of the charges were false and politically motivated. Amer was also charged with “harming relations with a foreign government,” an “anti-terrorism” law that was enacted a month after his detention, and which is so vague that it criminalizes as “terrorism” a broad range of political activities including journalism.

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Amer Jubran was sentenced by Jordan’s State Security Court along with 8 other defendants. The rest of the defendants were given sentences of 2-3 years; for his refusal to cooperate, he was singled out for excessive punishment, and given a 15 year sentence (reduced by his lawyers to 10 years).

He was able to get a call out of the prison where he is being held in Jordan to make a statement about his trial and sentencing. An audio recording is available at the following link:

https://archive.org/details/AmerStatement

We include a full transcript below:

“Last Wednesday on July 29, 2015, I was issued a verdict of 15 years in prison which was reduced to 10 years later. This verdict was issued by a military court, a martial tribunal court made of three judges. The trial lasted for about 1 year and over thirty sessions, through which my legal defense team has proven beyond doubt false charges of terrorism. There were 10 charges and our defense amounted to zero effect on the outcome of that trial, as I was given a maximum punishment, while everybody else in the group were given 2-3 year sentences. It is clear that I am being targeted as a person, and such decisions had completely put aside law and justice and replaced that with politics and vengeance.

During the interrogation period, I was told by the GID that any decision made about me is involving (quote) ‘our American and Israeli friends’ (end-quote). All started when I refused to be a sell-out and work against the Lebanese resistance. I was told then that I will be sent behind the sun for such a refusal. And frankly it is very easy for me to disappear behind the sun rather than to be well outside but a sell-out and traitor.

Please use this information to spread to everyone among our activist media who are interested. Especially media that is pro-resistance in Lebanon. And anybody you think is worthy to take this information to. Also please tell my love and my respect to everybody who stood by me among our friends and brothers and sisters where you are. And I thank you deeply from my heart and please do not forget Palestine.”

In conversation, Amer further clarified that all 10 of the original charges were disproved by his defense team, but a new charge was manufactured at the time of the verdict. He also clarified that his refusal to be a “sell-out and work against the Lebanese resistance” was a refusal to work as an infiltrator and informant.

On August 3, 2015, the Amer Jubran Defense Campaign sent a second open letter to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, demanding an independent review of Amer’s trial and the flagrant violations of human rights involved in his imprisonment. The letter has since been endorsed by the National Lawyers Guild.

It has been clear from the outset that Amer was targeted for his activism and political speech on behalf of Palestine. The lengthy proceedings before the State Security Court were a sham trial, before a court with no political independence, acting as a rubber-stamp for the GID (General Intelligence Directorate).

Amer’s statement confirms what many of us have suspected from the beginning: his arrest and detention–and now his sentencing to 10 years of imprisonment–have taken place in coordination with the US and Israel.



Updates and Action Calls


Amer Jubran Released

November 8, 2018

Amer Jubran was released from prison in Jordan on November 5, 2018. He is with his family. Thanks to all of you who supported Amer during the 4-1/2 years of his unjust imprisonment.


Update on Amer Jubran

February 5, 2016

We would like to send out our thanks to all those who have sent faxes and emails on Amer Jubran’s behalf.

In January, Jordan’s State Security Court reduced Amer’s sentence from 10 years to 6 years. Current Jordanian law states that actual prison time served can be additionally reduced by 25% for “good behavior.” This along with time already served (1 year and 9 months) means that Amer may still have to serve another 2 years and 8 months in prison.

In December, Amer was moved to a prison that is an hour and a half away from his family. He gets only 10 minutes with each family member when he is allowed visits. Every day in prison is time away from his wife and four children, time away from his parents, extended family, and friends.

Though the sentence by Jordan’s State Security Court was reduced, it is still not just. A verdict that is solely based on a coerced confession under torture should be overturned. Amer Jubran has done nothing wrong. He should be free.

Please stay tuned for further updates and action calls and thank you again for your support.


Court of Cassation Affirms Unjust Verdict: Call to Action

December 9, 2015

Human Rights Day Call to Action for Amer Jubran, Thursday 12/10:

Jordan’s Court of Cassation Fails to Review Evidence, Accepts Use of Torture

Jordan’s Court of Cassation issued an opinion in November affirming the verdict of the State Security Court in the case of Amer Jubran. It gave only a weak recommendation that the State Security Court “reconsider” its sentencing decision.

In reaching its opinion, the court did not even discuss the appeal arguments. Most importantly, it ignored the fact that the verdict was based on false confessions obtained through torture.

Unfortunately, this decision of the Court of Cassation conforms to the general pattern of impunity for torture and denial of justice in Jordan’s judicial system.

As we have written in earlier updates, the routine use of torture by Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate is well-documented by global human rights organizations. The UN Committee Against Torture has specifically condemned the State Security Court’s lack of independence from the GID and has been calling for its abolition since 1994.

We are urging people to express their outrage at the failure of Jordan’s highest court to give Amer’s case any meaningful review and its continued acceptance of false “confessions” obtained through torture in cases decided by the State Security Court.

On Human Rights Day (Thursday December 10th), please write to Jordan’s ambassadors to the UN in Geneva and NY.

Please send an e-mail and/or fax (see sample letter below) on Thursday 12/10 to:

1) Ms. Saja Majali, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the UN in Geneva: info@jordanmission.ch

Fax: +41 22 748 20 01 (011-41 22 748 20 01 if faxing from US)

2) Mrs. Dina Kawar, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the UN in New York: Missionun@jordanmissionun.com

You can also cc us at defense@amerjubrandefense.org


Sample Letter : (Sample letter en Español)

Dear Mrs. Dina Kawar and Ms. Saja Majali,

I am writing to you about the case of Amer Jubran, a Jordanian citizen sentenced to ten years in prison by Jordan’s State Security Court on July 29, 2015. Jubran is a Palestinian speaker and writer with an international reputation as an advocate for Palestinian rights.

In May and June of 2014 Jubran was tortured by the Jordanian mukhabarat, in collusion with a state prosecutor, so that he would sign false statements which were used, in turn, to convict and sentence him. Jordan’s Court of Cassation recently upheld Jubran’s conviction while failing to address the issue of the torture he experienced, his forced confession, or any of the appeal arguments submitted by Jubran’s attorneys.

The Jordanian government has consistently violated the rights of Amer Jubran at every level of the judicial process:

1) Arrest without a warrant;

2) Incommunicado detention for 2 months;

3) No access to legal counsel for at least 2 months while in detention;

4) Torture, including forced stress positions, sleep deprivation, beatings, 72 to 120 hour interrogation sessions, and threats to family members;

5) Forced confessions obtained through torture that the defendant was not even permitted to read before signing;

6) Charges that include “committing acts that threaten to harm relations with a foreign government” based on a law promulgated one month after his arrest and that effectively criminalizes speech or any expression of protest directed at a foreign government;

7) A trial in Jordan’s State Security Court, a military tribunal with no judicial independence (the UN has called for its abolition since 1994); and

8) The State Security Court ruling on July 29, 2015 which states openly that the Court is “not obliged to discuss defense’s evidence presented by defense attorneys since accepting prosecution’s evidence automatically implies rejection of defense’s evidence” and relies solely on the forced confessions obtained through torture that Jubran and all his co-defendants recanted during trial.

Global human rights organizations including Alkarama Foundation, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch have expressed grave concerns about the human rights violations involved in Jubran’s case. People around the world have called for justice in Jubran’s case and repeatedly petitioned Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, the Minister of Justice, Bassam Talhouni, and the Minister of the Interior, Salamah Hammad. There has been no response from the Jordanian government.

Does Jordan approve of torture? As Jordan’s ambassador to the United Nations, will you use your office to uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or to justify its violation?

A just resolution in this case requires that Jubran’s conviction be overturned and that his torturers be held accountable for their crimes.


Sincerely,



Human Rights Groups Call for Justice for Amer Jubran–Action Call

November 5, 2015

Two more global human rights organizations have added their voices to the international campaign for justice on behalf of Amer Jubran.

On November 3, 2015 Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch released a joint statement focusing on the issue of Jordanian authorities torturing Amer and his co-defendants to obtain a false conviction:

“Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are calling on the Jordanian government to ensure a prompt, impartial and independent investigation into allegations that [Amer Jubran] made the ‘confession’ that contributed to his conviction under torture and other ill-treatment.”

The statement also reiterates long-standing concerns about the lack of independence of Jordan’s State Security Court and its use as an instrument of repression against dissidents.

The Alkarama Foundation issued a public statement in October condemning the gross violations of human rights in Amer’s arrest, detention and trial, and promising to raise the allegations of torture before the UN Committee Against Torture in its upcoming review of Jordan, set to begin on November 9.

Amer’s case is still on appeal before Jordan’s Court of Cassation. Please take a moment to e-mail the Prime Minister urging him to ensure justice on Amer’s behalf, and calling attention to the growing list of international organizations who share our concerns about the human rights violations in his case.

Please e-mail Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour: info@pm.gov.jo

Please cc’ the following:

Minister of Justice, Bassam Talhouni: Feedback@moj.gov.jo .

Minister of Interior, Salamah Hammad: info@moi.gov.jo

(You can also send us a copy: defense (at) amerjubrandefense.org)


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Sample letter:


Dear Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour,

I am writing to you about the case of Amer Jubran, a Jordanian citizen sentenced to ten years in prison by the State Security Court on July 29, 2015. His case is now before Jordan’s Court of Cassation.

Global human rights organizations have expressed grave concerns about the violations of fundamental human rights in Mr. Jubran’s arrest, detention and trial.

As you may be aware, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch released a joint statement on November 3, calling upon your government to conduct an immediate investigation into allegations of torture in Mr. Jubran’s case, and condemning the lack of judicial independence and rights to fair trial in cases brought before the State Security Court.

On October 5, 2015, the Alkarama Foundation issued a public statement condemning Jubran’s “unfair trial during which confessions extracted under torture were admitted as evidence.”

Please act to ensure that Mr. Jubran’s appeal receives full and independent review. The unjust sentence must be reversed and the officers responsible for torturing Mr. Jubran and his co-defendants must be brought to justice.

Sincerely,


Amer Jubran Statement on Detention under Jordan’s GID

October 12, 2015

Statement on Detention Under Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate.

Torturers Named. Threats of Retaliation by Prison Officials.

On October 1st, Amer Jubran made another statement with a more complete commentary on his case and the conditions he is now facing in prison. In this statement he named two of the GID interrogators who tortured him.

We received word on Oct. 10th that Amer is now being threatened by prison officials, who are limiting contact with his family and pushing for him to be placed in solitary confinement. We urge people to continue to write Jordan’s Minister of Justice. New sample letter here.

We are releasing Amer’s statement below, along with some further details from court papers concerning his trial:

“This case is made of two parts: one of targeting US soldiers stationed in Jordan back in 2006, and the other, of joining Hezbollah to carry out terrorist acts. As far as the part about US soldiers is concerned, how can a plot go on for 8 years without execution unless it was not true at all? Besides, there are no American troops in Jordan, as confirmed by the king himself and the Jordanian Prime Minister through their official statements published in the local media and presented to the court as evidence. Furthermore, there was a similar case that was ruled in favor of the defendants based on the same official statements. And also, there is one big question here: who is to be believed and who is lying? Is it the king, or is it some confessions extracted by force by the GID?

The GID has exaggerated this case for the following reasons, apart from its vindictiveness against me: first, they wanted to enlarge the achievement for themselves and for the officers involved, for promotional reasons; also, accordingly, to reflect maximum punishment and revenge against me in person; and thirdly, to use their false achievement to collect anti-terrorism funds from the foolish US government. No proofs were presented in this case except for the confessions made by forceful process. If this case is as serious as they claim, how come all the co-defendants have received 2-3 year sentences and I have received a 15 year sentence? Lastly, please note that I was declared innocent on the charge relating to carrying out terrorist acts and this constitutes a screaming contradiction between the verdict and the sentence.

As for the part about Hezbollah, apart from the political argument over this issue and my denial of this charge–and despite my respect and admiration for Hezbollah–here is the big fact: the Jordanian government has not classified Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. The judges denied us our requests numerous times where we have requested both in writing and verbally to make the prosecutors spell out Jordan’s official position on Hezbollah’s classification or have us get an official statement from the Prime Minister or the GID and the Ministry of Interior, or the Ministry and the Ministry of Defense. The Court ruled on this based on its opinion and not based on the legal official stance of Jordan on Hezbollah. Again, in this part, no proofs were submitted except for a false confession and a laptop–that had an encoding and decoding software–seized from the defendant number 7. Defendant number 7 had this laptop in his possession, and surprisingly he was cleared of any charges including also codefendant number 5. Which puts a question mark on, Why?

During the interrogation there were numerous sessions during which I was asked questions about friends and activists from the States. Including [list of names]. They claimed, when I asked why, that this was for their own use of information and for their friends in the States. [He provides some additional details about statements that the GID claimed were made by his co-defendants concerning people from the US.] These are total lies, made up to pressure me into cooperating […]

My dear friends, I admit that I was not a hero during the encounter with the GID. Except for refusing to be a sell-out. I was broken down by the amount of threats against my faith and my family, and the one I love. But one would ask, Why I would believe these threats? Because the GID is credible in its evil and criminal history. I, until this moment, still fear the vindictive reaction against myself and my loved ones. I have signed all documents that they have presented to me. And wrote all sorts of confessing narratives including admitting to full responsibility of an attack that was carried against the Israeli Ambassador convoy back in January 2010. Also plotting to attack the Israeli embassy in Amman. At the end, it got so funny with the confessions and the rearrangement of the confessions, that they had to rewrite them and to rearrange them–the whole full set of the confessions by all the co-defendants for over five times. And each time they changed–they made sure that it is directed toward my full responsibility. And along with these changes and amendments and total turn around of events in each different confession that they had assigned, the Prosecutor went on and made the changes accordingly in order to match and fit the confessions made by the interrogators, or before the interrogators.

The abuses and torture were carried out by a colonel whose name–you have his name in the papers. His name is Habes Rizk. He was the man in charge. And also, he is Officer Number 1 in the table list which you have. Also, there are many others. The first five witnesses presented by the prosecutor. … The first 5 of them were the actual interrogators and officers in charge of the whole show. The first witness is what you know as Officer Number 2. And he’s the one who took charge, from the moment of raiding my house, threatening me and my family inside my house, taking me and doing all sorts of torture and threats and abuse.

Last item I have, I’m kept now in a group solitary confinement with the other six co-defendants, of which 5 of them have made my life hell as they have been instructed by the GID if they were to get off the hook.

[… ] Now I will be in lock-up for perhaps some retaliatory measures to be carried out against me while in prison like perhaps by denying my rights to make phone-calls and visitation, or even by moving me to another prison where individuals who are charged with Al-Qaeda and its sisters do not take lightly people who are charged with being with Hezbollah or members of that party. And this is the least I would say.

Please note, I don’t know if you have realized in the documents which you have received that the court of military judges has said that they did not need to look even at our facts of defense or our evidence of defense and they have thrown all of that out and ruled from their own heads what was designed or predesigned before even the trial went on.”



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Amer refers in his statement to a table list with officers who conducted the interrogations against him. This list of interrogation methods was provided as part of his trial testimony, but with numbers in the place of the names of officers. Since Amer has now provided the names of two of the individuals who tortured him, we are supplying the names of the actual officers in brackets from the narrative provided by Amer’s lawyers:

1. Officer 1 [Colonel Habes Rizk] threatened to “hide [the defendant] behind the sun” and expressed his racism that all the Palestinians are traitors because they want to free their country.

2. Officers 1 [Colonel Habes Rizk] and 2 [Captain Motaz Ahmad Abdurrahman] deceived the defendant by claiming that his father [name] , his brother [name] and ten of his company’s employees had been arrested.

3. Torturing other arrested persons in the same case before him like [defendant name] and [defendant name].

4. Successive interrogation sessions lasting 72 hours, with an interrogation team alternating every 8 hours. Sometime these sessions extended for 120 hours. During such sessions, the defendant sometimes suffered from fainting and in three such instances was taken to an internal clinic, a large quantity of acetone was poured into his nose to revive him, and the doctor would say that the fainting has nothing to do with cardiac disease, but is a psychological effect of the severity of the interrogation. When the interrogation was resumed, if the defendant lost consciousness he was given a cold shower with his clothes on to wake him up and the interrogation continued.

5. On the third day after each interrogation tour, Officer 2 [Captain Motaz Ahmad Abdurrahman] would pour water on the defendant and treat him as if he had urinated on himself. He would then be punished by ordering him to stand in the corner of the room and then by insulting him, e.g. ‘Is not it shameful for a 45 year old man to urinate on himself?’ This would be repeated every three or four days.

6. During the interrogation, Officer 2 [Captain Motaz Ahmad Abdurrahman] threatened to bring the wife of the defendant, and to insult and assault her in a way that would guarantee cooperation on part of the defendant. This occurred in the presence of Officer 3.

7. Officer 2 [Captain Motaz Ahmad Abdurrahman] would use the method of applying pressure to the point where the defendant’s neck meets his shoulder while he is seated. He would do this by using a conscript called ‘Abu Zeid’ who was heavily built. Abu Zeid would put his elbow on the aforementioned area while pushing the head in the opposite direction for several hours. In addition, the method of slapping the defendant on the face was used when he was not responsive.

8. Officer 2 [Captain Motaz Ahmad Abdurrahman] would order the defendant to sit in the prayer position and would place both feet on the leg of the defendant in case of his failure to respond.


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At the conclusion of his statement, Amer refers to the Court’s refusal even to consider the testimony and evidence of the defense. The court relied entirely on the confessions obtained through torture, although the defendants testified that in some cases they had not even been allowed to read these “confessions” before signing them. Here is the statement of the court:

“… The court was assured of the evidence presented by the prosecution, and relies on it for proof, including the fact that the confessions of the defendants during the investigations were given clearly, correctly, with no ambiguity, and were given freely and by choice. … Upon the preceding and upon the prosecution’s evidence, this court finds that it is not obliged to discuss Defense’s evidence presented by defense attorneys since accepting prosecution’s evidence automatically implies rejection of defense’s evidence, as this was the interpretation settled upon by the respected Court of Cassation in many of its rulings, among them decision number 757/2002 chapter 21/10/2002, from which is quoted: ‘…the State Security Court has done well to set aside defense’s evidence without discussing it.'”


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Amer’s case is still on appeal before Jordan’s Court of Cassation. We urge supporters to share information publicly about his case to create as much visibility as possible while it is still in appeal.

Amer’s case underlines the fact that the primary purpose of torture has never been to gather intelligence. Its purpose instead is to terrorize people into silence and inaction and to force them to implicate themselves and others in false crimes, which in turn props up whatever narrative the state wishes to promote about terrorism.

As friends of Amer from his time in the US–some of us apparently named in the the GID’s interrogation sessions–we express our full solidarity with Amer in his pursuit of justice, and condemn the use of torture against him and his co-defendants.



Sample Letter 10/12/15

October 12, 2015

Please e-mail Minister of Justice, Bassam Talhouni: Feedback@moj.gov.jo .

Please cc’ the following:

Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Abdullah Ensour: info@pm.gov.jo

Minister of Interior, Salamah Hammad: info@moi.gov.jo


Sample Letter:


Dear Minister Bassam Talhouni,

I am writing again regarding the continued violation of Amer Jubran’s most basic human rights.

Amer Jubran is a Jordanian citizen who currently has a case before Jordan’s Court of Cassation. Mr. Jubran was arrested on May 5, 2014 by agents of the General Intelligence Directorate and held in incommunicado detention for close to two months. During this period, he was deprived of legal counsel, tortured, and forced to sign a false confession he was not even permitted to read. Jubran was sentenced to 10 years in prison in July, 2015 based solely on this confession obtained through torture.

The violation of Mr. Jubran’s human rights has continued while in prison. He is now being threatened by prison officials, who are limiting contact with his family and pushing for him to be placed in solitary confinement.

I am writing now to urge you once more to take immediate steps to ensure that his appeal before the Court of Cassation receives full and independent review and that his rights be respected while he awaits his appeal.

The severe violations of human rights in Mr. Jubran’s case must be condemned and the unjust verdict and sentence reversed.

Sincerely,


Update: Torture and Denial of Justice

October 2, 2015


Urgent Action for Amer Jubran Mon 10/5

(To send an e-mail on Amer’s behalf at the click of a button, please see the post on Samidoun here.)

Members of the Amer Jubran Defense Campaign have recently received trial documents revealing severe human rights violations at every stage in the arrest, trial, and sentencing of Amer Jubran and his co-defendants.Most importantly, the documents show that the defendants were forced to sign prefabricated confessions under torture from agents of the General Intelligence Directorate. According to testimony the defendants submitted at trial, they were not even allowed to read these statements before being forced to sign them.

Methods of torture enumerated in a brief filed by defense attorneys include sleep deprivation, routine and constant humiliation, threats of violence against members of the defendants’ families, physical beatings, and prolonged stress positions. One defendant with a life-threatening illness was denied medication unless he agreed to sign.

The defendants contested these fabricated confessions at trial. In its decision, the State Security Court nevertheless stated that it was not required to consider the defendants’ testimony or any of the defense’s evidence, and used the forced confessions as the primary basis for its ruling.

The confessions that formed the basis for the court ruling defy all credibility. In Amer’s case, we are to believe that a full confession to all the facts in the trial was made voluntarily on May 6, 2014–less than 24 hours after his arrest. (He nevertheless continued to be held for close to two months in incommunicado detention.) According to the GID officer who provided the document, the confession was made without any interrogation, as a simple answer to the question: “Tell us what occurred with you.” A similar procedure was supposedly followed with the other defendants, all of whom confessed to the same facts in statements that frequently used identical language to describe the same events, referring in some cases to events that allegedly took place ten years earlier.

That such confessions should be submitted to the court and accepted by it without question suggests that the use of confessions obtained through torture has become so routine in Jordan–and takes place within such an atmosphere of impunity–that no serious attempt has been made to conceal the fact.

Amer’s case is now in appeal before Jordan’s Court of Cassation (i.e., its Supreme Court). A decision is likely to be issued within the next 1-2 weeks. International pressure at this moment is key, since it is the last opportunity under ordinary procedures in which the unjust decision in this case can be reversed.

Amer has also made us aware that he is concerned about the possibility of retaliatory measures being taken against him in prison–including transfer to a facility with prisoners who have been charged with membership in organizations such as Al-Qaeda, who would have a hostile relationship to a prisoner charged with affiliation with Hizballah. This is further reason to make the Jordanian government aware that people around the world are watching.



Action Call: E-mail Campaign on Monday, October 5:

We are asking Amer’s supporters and all who care about fundamental human rights, to direct e-mails calling for urgent intervention in Amer’s case on Monday, October 5, to:

Minister of Justice, Bassam Talhouni: Feedback@moj.gov.jo .

Please cc’ the following:

Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Abdullah Ensour, info@pm.gov.jo

Minister of Interior, Salamah Hammad, info@moi.gov.jo

A sample letter, an open letter from the Amer Jubran Defense Campaign, and more details regarding the human rights violations in Amer’s case are included below.

In addition to torture, some of the other violations of elementary rights to due process and to fair trial included the following:

1) No warrant was presented at the time of his arrest.

2) Amer and other defendants were denied access to lawyers after their arrest. They were specifically threatened with torture if they requested the presence of lawyers when they were ultimately brought before the Public Prosecutor.

3) Defense attorneys at trial were not allowed to summon for questioning GID officers involved in the arrests, in the seizure of evidence, in interrogation, and in drawing up the arrest records. They were thus deprived of their ability to demonstrate that the confessions were false and to contest material evidence used in the trial.

4) Defense attorneys were not allowed to call expert witnesses concerning key issues at stake in the use of material evidence (such as computer forensics) or to request intelligence central to the charges in the trial.



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Sample Letter:


Dear Minister of Justice Bassam Talhouni,

I am writing to call your attention to the severe miscarriage of justice against Amer Jubran, a Jordanian citizen who currently has a case before Jordan’s Court of Cassation.

⦁ Mr. Jubran was arrested on May 5, 2014 by agents of the General Intelligence Directorate and held in incommunicado detention for close to two months. No warrant was presented at the time of his arrest. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention sent an urgent appeal on his behalf to your government at that time: See https://spdb.ohchr.org/hrdb/28th/public_-_UA_Jordan_07.07.14_%281.2014%29_Pro.pdf

⦁ During his period in GID detention, Mr. Jubran and six other defendants in the same case were subjected to prolonged periods of torture, including sleep deprivation, beatings, stress positions, and threats of violence against their families. Under these conditions they were forced to sign false confessions to planning a series of “terrorist” actions–confessions they were not even allowed to read before signing them.

⦁ On July 29, 2015, Mr. Jubran was sentenced by Jordan’s State Security Court to 10 years in prison with hard labor. The Court refused to consider the defense evidence in the case, and used the fabricated confessions as the basis for its decision.

Global human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Al Karama Foundation have condemned the prevalence of torture in Jordan by the General Intelligence Directorate. The lack of independence of State Security Court from the GID and its failure to condemn torture and other fundamental human rights violations by GID agents have been specifically cited as a reason for the persistence of torture in security cases in Jordan. The United Nations Committee Against Torture, and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention have repeatedly called for the abolition of the State Security Court.

I am writing now to urge that you take all necessary action in the case of Amer Jubran to see that his appeal before the Court of Cassation receives full and independent review. The severe violations of human rights in his case must be condemned and the unjust sentence reversed.


Sincerely,


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Letter from the Amer Jubran Defense Campaign:


Dear Minister of Justice,

We urgently call your attention to the case of Amer Jubran and his horrendous treatment at the hands of the Jordanian General Intelligence Directorate. Mr. Jubran currently has a case before the Court of Cassation for severe violations of legal process in his arrest, interrogation and trial.

Mr. Jubran was violently arrested in May of 2014 and no crimes were specified at that time. He spent 50 days in a secret detention facility where he was unable to see his lawyer or family. According to the defendants’ testimony at trial, he and six other defendants were repeatedly tortured in this facility. They were forced by torture to sign identical statements that had been prepared in advance by the interrogators–statements they were not even allowed to read before signing them. The torture, led by Colonel Habes Rizk, involved 72 hour periods of sleep deprivation, being forced under cold water, being forcibly revived after fainting, threats, beatings, face-slapping, insults, and humiliation.The intelligence officers threatened to bring Mr. Jubran’s parents, wife, and children into the interrogation. They threatened to assault Mr. Jubran’s wife in front of him in order to force co-operation. Pressure was applied to his shoulder and neck and to his legs for prolonged periods to cause pain. Critical medication and transfer to a hospital was withheld from one defendant suffering from hepatitis and liver disease until such time as he signed his statement. Lawyers were not allowed to see their clients during the entire period of interrogation.

It’s only after this lengthy period of incommunicado detention and torture that charges of “terrorism” were ultimately brought against him.

At the end of Mr. Jubran’s trial in August 2015 the judges of the State Security Court completely ignored a thorough defense by his lawyers, declaring all evidence brought by the defense irrelevant. The Court then sentenced Mr. Jubran to ten years in prison with hard labor.

International human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the United Nations Committee Against Torture, and the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention have been clear in condemning the atmosphere of impunity in Jordan, especially in cases before the State Security Court involving torture by agents of the General Intelligence Directorate.

The actions of the GID, the State Prosecutor and the State Security Court in Mr. Jubran’s arrest, detention and trial violate the most basic standards of international human rights, including protection from torture and the right to a fair trial before an impartial court. It is clear from his case that these agencies are confident that their activities will not be called into question, that they can get away with any and all violations of the rights of Jordanian citizens.

We ask you to demonstrate that this is not so, and to intervene on Mr.Jubran’s behalf. The current appeal is perhaps the only opportunity left for responsible officials in Jordan to reverse this gross violation of Mr. Jubran’s legal and human rights. Amer Jubran has friends and supporters from all over the world who will be watching for your response.

Sincerely,


The Amer Jubran Defense Campaign


August 26, 2015

Video of August 21 Protest for Amer outside Jordanian Embassy in London: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLNqBHVqn4Y&feature=youtu.be

Protest and video by Innovative Minds: http://www.inminds.com/

Demonstration at Jordanian Embassy in London

August 22, 2015


Inminds demonstration , London

London protest demands Jordan release Palestinian activist Amer Jubran [Protest outside Jordanian Embassy London 21 Aug 2015]


https://www.facebook.com/inmindscom/photos/a.365131370239165.86577.365007213584914/873937969358500/?type=1


http://www.inminds.com/

Solidarity Action in London: 21st Aug 2015 – Freedom For Amer Jubran & Muhammed Allan

August 21, 2015

Jubran_Allan

Amer Jubran, Mohammed Allan


ALERT: 21st Aug 2015 – Demand Freedom For Amer Jubran & Muhammed Allan


Date: Friday 21st August 2015 3pm-5:30pm

Location: Jordanian Embassy, Upper Phillimore Gardens, London W8 7HA (few minutes walk from High Street Kensington tube station), move to Israeli Embassy around 4:30pm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/947233385320459

Web: http://inminds.com/article.php?id=10682



20th August 2014, www.inminds.com

Assalaamu Alaikum

Please join us as we hold two vigils this friday for Palestinian prisoners. At 3pm we will be outside the Jordanian Embassy demanding freedom for Palestinian father and human rights activist Amer Jubran who is facing a 10 years prison sentence in Jordan at the behest of Israel for refusing to betray the Lebanese resistance against Israel. Then at around 4:30pm we will move to the Israeli Embassy a few streets away to demand the unconditional and immediate release of Palestinian lawyer and hunger striker Muhammed Allan.

Muhammed Allan is again in a comma, breathing through a respirator, after having suffered brain damage whilst in Israeli custody. Muhammed launched his hunger strike on 15 June 2015 to protest Israel’s illegal practice of Administrative detention – of caging Palestinians indefinitely without charge or trial. He has been caged by Israel without charge since 6th Nov 2014 on never ending rolling detention orders. Allan ended his hunger strike after 65 days on 19th Aug after the Israeli Supreme Court on health grounds ordered the suspension of the administrative detention order against him. But Israel is still threatening to reimpose his administrative detention and imprisonment should he recover, its imperative at this time that we maintain the pressure and demand his immediate and unconditional release. …

JazakAllah,

Abbas Ali


Palestinian Prisoners Campaign

www.inminds.com/caged

fb.com/inmindscom

twitter.com/InmindsCom

youtube.com/user/inminds

The Palestinian Prisoners Campaign aims to raise awareness for the plight of Palestinian prisoners and build solidarity for their struggle and work towards their freedom. The campaign was launched by Innovative Minds (inminds.com) and the Islamic Human Rights Commission (ihrc.org) on the occasion of Al Quds Day 2012 (on 17th August 2012), since then we have held actions every fortnight in support of Palestinian prisoners, if you can spare two hours twice a month then please join the campaign by coming to the next action.

(For full announcement, see: http://inminds.com/article.php?id=10682 )


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Send Faxes and E-mails to UN High Commissioner, August 10-August 12

August 10, 2015


Support Palestinian activist Amer Jubran, unjustly sentenced on July 29, 2015 to 10 years in prison in Jordan.

Please remember to send e-mails and faxes between Monday, August 10 and Wednesday, August 12, to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as the Jordanian Cabinet members listed below.

New sample letter that can be signed included below.

For more information about Amer’s case as well as a recorded statement by Amer on his sentencing, see freeamer.wordpress.com .

E-mails/Fax numbers:

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Fax: (41 22) 917 0008 (If faxing from US: 011-41-22-917-0008)

E-mail: registry@ohchr.org


Prime Minister and Defense Minister

Abdullah Ensour

Fax number 962-6-464-2520 (If faxing from US: 011-962-6-464-2520)

e-mail: info@pm.gov.jo


Minister of Interior

Salamah Hammad

Fax number 962-6-560-6908 (If faxing from US: 011-962-6-560-6908)

e-mail: info@moi.gov.jo


Minister of Justice

Bassam Talhouni

Fax number 962-6-464-3197 If faxing from US: 011-962-6-464-3197)

e-mail: Feedback@moj.gov.jo

Sample Letter


Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Palais des Nations

CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

email registry@ohchr.org


August 10, 2015


Dear UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein:

I am writing to ask that you intervene immediately in the case Amer Jubran of Jordan, who was sentenced on July 29th to ten years in prison by Jordan’s State Security Court.

Amer Jubran was arrested on May 5, 2014 and detained for over two months without contact with lawyers or family, in violation of Article 9 of the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights. A petition against arbitrary detention was filed on his behalf with the OHCHR on July 2, 2014. Mr. Jubran is an internationally known activist, speaker and writer on the rights of Palestinians and against US and Israeli policies in the Arab world. His detention and trial by the GID conforms to a pattern of repression carried out by the government of Jordan against Jordanians who criticize these policies. Such prosecution violates Article 19 of the ICCPR, guaranteeing freedom of opinion and expression.

Mr. Jubran was charged in August, 2014 under a new law that makes “harming the relationship with a foreign government” a crime of “terrorism,” further demonstrating the political nature of his arrest and imprisonment. The wording of this law is so vague that it criminalizes a broad range of political activities including journalism.

Mr. Jubran’s trial under this law, enacted one month after his arrest, also constitutes a violation of Article 15 of the ICCPR, which stipulates, “No one shall be held guilty of any criminal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a criminal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time when the criminal offence was committed.”

Mr. Jubran was tried before Jordan’s State Security Court, a military tribunal that fails to meet even minimum standards of judicial independence. Proceedings before the SCC violate Article 14 of the ICCPR, which guarantees “everyone shall be entitled to a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal established by law.” Mr. Jubran maintains that his defense team effectively proved all “terrorism” charges against him false and that the verdict of the SCC was reached without regard for evidence. His conviction and harsh sentencing were an act of retaliation for his refusal to work as an infiltrator and informant for the GID–a violation of his fundamental right to freedom of conscience and political opinion, Articles 18 and 19 of the ICCPR.

In your acceptance speech at your confirmation as the UN High Commissioner by the General Assembly last year, you spoke of your commitment to push forward the issue of human rights on the Asian continent. Such a commitment can only be taken seriously if you are willing to begin at home. Jordan is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. As Human Rights Commissioner and a Jordanian, you have a responsibility to oppose the well known human rights violations of Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate and State Security Court. The unjust verdict and sentence against Amer Jubran must be overturned immediately.


Sincerely,


cc:


Prime Minister and Defense Minister

Abdullah Ensour, e-mail: info@pm.gov.jo

Fax number 011-962-6-464-2520


Minister of Interior: Salamah Hammad, e-mail: info@moi.gov.jo

Fax number 011-962-6-560-6908


Minister of Justice Bassam Talhouni, e-mail: Feedback@moj.gov.jo

Fax number 011-962-6-464-3197


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Pressure Campaign: August 5-August 12, 2015

August 4, 2015

August 5 – August 12, 2015

Endorse our open letter to UN Human Rights Commissioner, or write your own.


We call for activists to renew pressure on the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordan’s Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein, demanding an independent review of Amer’s trial and the flagrant violations of human rights involved in his imprisonment. It is now 13 months since our initial open letter to the High Commissioner–an appeal that is still unanswered. (For the text of our letter, see July 8, 2014 action call below.)

You can support justice for Amer by sending letters, faxes and e-mails over the next week (8/5/15-8/12/2015) addressed to Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein at the following address:

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Palais des Nations

CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Fax: (41 22) 917 0008 (If faxing from US: 011-41-22-917-0008)

E-mail: registry@ohchr.org


And please cc the following:


Prime Minister and Defense Minister

Abdullah Ensour

Fax number 962-6-464-2520 (If faxing from US: 011-962-6-464-2520)

e-mail: info@pm.gov.jo


Minister of Interior

Salamah Hammad

Fax number 962-6-560-6908 (If faxing from US: 011-962-6-560-6908)

e-mail: info@moi.gov.jo


Minister of Justice

Bassam Talhouni

Fax number 962-6-464-3197 If faxing from US: 011-962-6-464-3197)

e-mail: Feedback@moj.gov.jo


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Our open letter:


Open Letter to Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Palais des Nations

CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

email registry@ohchr.org

August 3, 2015


Dear UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein:

We wrote to you in July of 2014 to ask you to intervene in the case Amer Jubran of Jordan.* Mr. Jubran at that time had been detained for two months without charges, and you, at that time, were the UN High Commissioner-Elect. Now you occupy that office, and Mr. Jubran has been convicted. On July 29, 2015 he was sentenced by the Jordanian State Security Court, a military tribunal, to ten years in prison on charges of terrorism. These charges were proven false by Mr. Jubran’s defense team, but a decision was made against him nevertheless.

We saw no sign that you acted to intervene in this case in 2014. Perhaps if you had this sham trial would not have proceeded. But now that it has come to its predictable conclusion we ask you again to intervene to question why such a harsh sentence could be handed down without evidence of any crime. As High Commissioner for Human Rights we believe it is your responsibility to act to review this case. Amer Jubran is an internationally known activist, speaker, and writer on Palestinian human rights, and a critic of US and Israeli policies in the Arab world. These are the reasons he was targeted, not for terrorism. Though Jordan is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the human rights violations of its General Intelligence Directorate and State Security Court are well known. This is a problem that, as a Jordanian and as Human Rights Commissioner, you have every reason to be concerned about. The unjust sentence against Amer Jubran should be overturned immediately.

We look forward to your response.


Sincerely,


The Amer Jubran Defense Campaign

defense@amerjubrandefense.org


cc:


Prime Minister and Defense Minister

Abdullah Ensour, e-mail: info@pm.gov.jo

Fax number 011-962-6-464-2520


Minister of Interior: Salamah Hammad, e-mail: info@moi.gov.jo

Fax number 011-962-6-560-6908


Minister of Justice Bassam Talhouni, e-mail: Feedback@moj.gov.jo

Fax number 011-962-6-464-3197

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Update: February 19, 2015


The trial of Amer Jubran in Jordan is now in its final phase. Those who are familiar with the case will recall that Amer was arrested by the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) in May of 2014 and held for the first two months at an undisclosed location, without charges, and without contact with lawyers or family. In August, Amer was finally given the charges against him — a list of “terrorism” offenses accusing him of planning armed actions in coordination with Hizballah against Israel and against US forces stationed in Jordan.The prosecution has now presented its full case. The bulk of the “evidence” consists of false confessions coerced from others. Amer himself has made it clear that all of the charges are false and politically motivated.

We are confident that the government’s case would collapse under the scrutiny of any legitimate legal process, but the trial is unfolding before Jordan’s State Security Court–a special jurisdiction that fails to meet even the most minimum standards of judicial independence. The State Security Court is simply an arm of the GID itself. For this reason, we are concerned that Amer’s sentencing is a foregone conclusion and the trial has been a mere formality.

As we predicted, the vague new “anti-terrorism” laws enacted by Jordan last June have also figured prominently in Amer’s prosecution. These laws were passed after Amer’s arrest in May. They criminalize activities that threaten to “harm relations with a foreign government.” Their formulation is so vague as to allow the widest possible range of activities to be called “terrorism,” including political speech critical of Jordan’s foreign policies.

We believe that this issue of “relations with a foreign government” is what is fundamentally at stake in Amer’s trial. As an activist and writer, Amer has focused on Israel and the United States, and their criminal aggression against Palestine and the surrounding Arab region. It’s notable that there is nothing in his writing or activism concerning the government of Jordan itself. All who know Amer, know that he would never do anything to harm the people of Jordan; even the Jordanian government has not made such claims. His activities can’t be construed as a threat to the “security” of Jordan. It’s clear that Amer’s arrest and detention are being carried out for the benefit of the US and Israel, and probably at their behest.

Not long after Amer’s detention, Israel launched another attack on the imprisoned people of Gaza, killing and dispossessing thousands, and devastating Gaza’s basic civilian infrastructure — acts that appalled people all across the globe. In this context, we can only ask: Why is Jordan going out of its way to lock up its own citizens for trying to defend Arab people from their clear enemies?

Ultimate culpability for Amer’s imprisonment lies in Washington and in Tel-Aviv. Enormous pressure has been placed on Arab governments to cooperate with US and Israeli designs or face consequences that range from political and economic destabilization to total physical destruction.

We nevertheless send out this message as an appeal to Jordanian authorities. Maybe it’s time to reconsider the existing “relations with foreign governments” who have proven their willingness to commit the worst possible crimes against people throughout the Arab world. Amer Jubran should not be prosecuted as a criminal, but honored as a patriot who has dedicated himself to defending Arab lands from foreign aggression.


Amer Jubran Defense Campaign


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Update: January 19, 2015


Amer Jubran, a well known Palestinian activist, writer, and speaker, has been detained in Jordan since May 5, 2014. He has been a long-time advocate for the human rights of Palestinians and those throughout the Arab world. He is a devoted husband, father, and friend.

Amer’s trial (which began in September, 2014) is expected to end in two more months. He is well and his spirit remains strong.

We again express our full support for Amer and our belief that if justice is served he will be free again soon. It is the US and Israel who should be standing trial for their crimes in Iraq, Palestine, and the surrounding region.

Free Amer Jubran!

Victory to the Resistance!

Ramadan E-Mail Campaign Wed. July 9


July 8, 2014

Ramadan E-Mail Campaign

Justice for Amer Jubran

Wednesday July 9th


Thank you for your continued support of Amer Jubran.

Amer Jubran has now been detained for over 2 months without charge. Until last week, he was being held incommunicado. Because Amer is a political dissident, we are gravely concerned that he may be tried with serious offenses based on his political speech under Jordan’s legal framework. If so, he would be brought before the State Security Court in Jordan soon. The State Security Court is an institution that has been widely criticized by human rights advocates as a tribunal that lacks any real judicial independence from the Mukhabarat (Jordanian Secret Police).

Today, we sent an open letter to the recently elected UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein of Jordan demanding that he address the atrocious human rights abuses in Jordan, citing Amer’s case.


We are asking all supporters to take action on Wednesday July 9th.

Please take a few minutes to do the following on July 9th:


1) Please forward the open letter to Prince Zeid to all your contacts/lists and post to Facebook;

2) Please write your own letter reiterating the points in the open letter (see below) and e-mail your letter to:

***Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner-Elect for Human Rights

e-mail: registry@ohchr.org

***Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour e-mail: info@pm.gov.jo

***Minister of Interior, Hussein Majali e-mail: info@moi.gov.jo

***Minister of Justice, Bassam Talhouni e-mail: Feedback@moj.gov.jo

3) Please encourage your contacts to sign the petition to free Amer Jubran if they have not signed it already http://freeamerpetition.wordpress.com/


Amer has always fought for justice. He needs your help now!

Please follow the action steps above on Wed July 9th and let us know if you receive any reply.

Thank you again for your continued support.


Sincerely,

Amer Jubran Defense Campaign

defense@amerjubrandefense.org

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An Open Letter to Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein


July 8, 2014

To UN High Commissioner-Elect for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein:

In light of your recent confirmation as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, we are writing now to urge you to turn your attention to your own country, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and its atrocious history of human rights abuses.

The current case of Amer Jubran highlights Jordan’s ongoing contempt for the most basic international standards of civil and political rights. Mr. Jubran, a Jordanian citizen, was arrested at his home on May 5, 2014 by agents of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) and continues to be detained without charges. For the first seven weeks of his detention, he was held incommunicado, without access to a lawyer or family. The international human rights organization Alkarama recently filed his case with the UN as an instance of arbitrary detention (http://en.alkarama.org/jordan/24-communiqu/1251-jordan-arbitrary-detention-of-human-rights-defender-amer-jubran-since-may-2014 ).

Mr. Jubran is an internationally known activist, speaker, and writer on Palestinian human rights and a critic of US and Israeli policies in the Arab world. All who know him and are familiar with his history recognize his arrest as a politically motivated silencing. We are therefore concerned that the amendments to Jordan’s “anti-terrorism” laws passed on June 1st criminalizing new categories of speech as “terrorism” may be applied in Mr. Jubran’s case. The legislation itself demonstrates the willingness of the Jordanian regime to exploit the label “terrorism” to further limit free speech, especially speech that is critical of the existing system of cooperation between Jordan, Israel and the United States. (See statement from Reporters without Borders: http://en.rsf.org/jordan-king-urged-to-repeal-draconian-16-06-2014,46423.html )

We further call attention to the use of the State Security Court as an instrument for political repression. As a direct extension of the executive branch of government, the State Security Court violates all standards of judicial independence. It is a rubber stamp for arrests and detentions carried out by the GID, which has a well-documented history of arbitrary detention and torture to silence political opposition (http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/jordan/report-2013). The collaboration between the GID and the State Security Court in human rights abuses has been specifically cited by Alkarama: “The methods of torture most commonly employed by GID officers are beatings, beatings with cables, ropes, plastic pipes, whips etc all over the body including the soles of the feet (falaqa), stress positions, sleep deprivation, injections that cause states of extreme anxiety, humiliation, threats of rape against the victim and members of his family, electroshock, prolonged isolation, etc. Abuse is more prevalent in the GID due to its close collaboration with the judges of the State Security Court. Incommunicado detention, which is itself a form of mental torture, is routinely extended for undetermined amounts of time.” (http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrc/docs/ngos/Alkarama_Jordan_HRC100_en.pdf)

In your acceptance speech at your confirmation as the UN High Commissioner by the General Assembly in June, you spoke of the commitment to push forward the issue of human rights on the Asian continent. Such a commitment can only be taken seriously if you are willing to begin at home. We ask you to stand behind your words by demanding the release of Amer Jubran from his unjust imprisonment by unaccountable agencies within the state of Jordan, and to use your position to end extensive human rights violations carried out by the GID and the State Security Court.


Sincerely,

The Amer Jubran Defense Campaign

National Lawyers Guild, Palestine Subcommittee

Defending Dissent Foundation


cc: Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour (Jordan)

Minister of Interior Hussein Majali (Jordan)

Minister of Justice Bassam Talhouni (Jordan)

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

Action Call for June 5

June 4, 2014


ACTION ALERT FOR JUNE 5th AND UPDATE


1) Call and Fax Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran

2) Fax a letter to Jordan’s Interior Minister Hussein Al Majali

3) Post your concerns to the Jordanian Embassy’s Facebook page


***NEW TALKING POINTS and SAMPLE LETTERS below and attached.


Friends,

June 5th marks one month that Amer Jubran has been detained in Jordan. He has still not been charged with any crime. His whereabouts remain unknown and he has had no access to legal counsel, phone calls, or contact with his family. We are gravely concerned about his safety and are urging all his supporters to act now.

On Thursday June 5th, the petition to free Amer Jubran will be sent to the Jordanian Embassy. Please do the following on Thursday June 5th:

1) Call the Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran at the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, DC at (202) 966 – 2664

2) Fax a letter to Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran at the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, DC at Fax (202) 966 – 3110 (ready to fax- sample letter attached/below that can be printed and signed)

3) Fax a letter to Jordan’s Interior Minister Hussein Al Majali at Fax #011-962-6-5606908

(ready to fax- sample letter attached/below)

If possible, please fax this early Thursday morning, keeping in mind the 7 hour time difference.

4) Post a comment regarding your grave concern about Amer Jubran to the Jordanian Embassy’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JoEmbassyUS

Please be sure that Amer’s name and your critique of the Embassy’s handling of his case are prominent in the first 2-3 lines (sample below).

Tip: When you make your call, say that you do not want to be transferred to the Consulate but wish to speak to the Ambassador’s office and leave a message for the Ambassador, because you have not received a response yet on action to be taken regarding Amer’s case.


Talking points:

1) Amer Jubran has been detained in Jordan without charge for one month in violation of his basic rights to due process. His whereabouts remain unknown and he has had no access to a lawyer, phone calls, or contact with his family;

2) Jordan is a signatory party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 9 of the ICCPR prohibits arbitrary arrest or detention. The United Nations Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights has advised that Jordan should end its current practice of administrative detention;

3) Hundreds of people from around the world have joined the call for Amer Jubran’s release, including the National Lawyer’s Guild. State representatives, a U.S. senator, and the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus have expressed concern about the violation of Mr. Jubran’s basic rights to due process. Over 300 people including human rights activists and lawyers concerned about the violation of his basic rights have signed a petition demanding his release;

4) Despite promises to the contrary, the Jordanian Embassy has not responded to phone calls, faxes, or a request to meet regarding the status of Amer Jubran; and

5) We are gravely concerned about the rights and safety of Mr. Jubran. We demand Mr. Jubran be released immediately.


Sample posts to Jordanian Embassy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoEmbassyUS


**Please respond to human rights concerns about the detention of Amer Jubran!

http://freeamerpetition.wordpress.com/


**Amer Jubran has been detained in Jordan for one month without charge or access to a lawyer.

He should be released immediately!

http://www.nlginternational.org/news/article.php?nid=594


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Sample letter to Embassy:


6/5/14


Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran

Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

3504 International Drive, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20008

Phone (202) 966 – 2664

Fax (202) 966 – 3110

hkjembassydc@jordanembassyus.org


Dear Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran,

I am writing again to express my grave concern for Jordanian national Amer Jubran who was detained on May 5th, 2014 and has now been held for one month. His whereabouts remain unknown and he has had no access to a lawyer, phone calls, or contact with his family. He has not been charged with any crime. Amer Jubran is a long-time Palestinian activist and a well-known voice of dissent in the Arab world.

Jordan is a signatory party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 9 of the ICCPR prohibits arbitrary arrest or detention. The United Nations Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights has advised that Jordan should end its current practice of administrative detention. Jordan proclaims that it is undergoing democratic reforms and respecting civil liberties, however, Jordan’s use of arbitrary arrest and administrative detention continues to be criticized in ongoing reports by international human rights organizations.

Hundreds of people from around the world have joined the call for Amer Jubran’s release, including the National Lawyer’s Guild http://www.nlginternational.org/news/article.php?nid=594. State representatives, a U.S. senator, and the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus have written letters expressing grave concern about the violation of Mr. Jubran’s basic rights to due process and to freedom of speech. Approximately 300 people including human rights activists and lawyers concerned about the violation of his basic rights have signed a petition demanding his release.

Despite promises to the contrary, the Jordanian Embassy has not responded to phone calls, faxes, or requests to meet regarding the status of Amer Jubran.

We are gravely concerned about the rights and safety of Mr. Jubran.

Mr Jubran has not been charged with any crime. He should be released immediately.


If he is to be charged, he must have immediate

1) access to a lawyer of his choosing and prompt setting of reasonable bail;

2) evaluation by health care professionals;

3) release of information regarding his whereabouts and condition; and

4) visitation/contact with his family.


I expect a response to these concerns promptly.


Sincerely,


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Sample Letter Ministry


6/5/14


Interior Minister Hussein Al Majali

Ministry of the Interior

P.O. Box 100, Amman, Jordan

Telephone: 011-962-6-5691141

Fax: 011-962-6-5606908

info@moi.gov.jo


Dear Interior Minister Hussein Al Majali,

I am writing again to express my grave concern for Jordanian national Amer Jubran who was detained on May 5th, 2014 and has now been held for one month. His whereabouts remain unknown and he has had no access to a lawyer, phone calls, or contact with his family. He has not been charged with any crime. Amer Jubran is a long-time Palestinian activist and a well-known voice of dissent in the Arab world.

Jordan is a signatory party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 9 of the ICCPR prohibits arbitrary arrest or detention. The United Nations Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights has advised that Jordan should end its current practice of administrative detention. Jordan proclaims that it is undergoing democratic reforms and respecting civil liberties, however, Jordan’s use of arbitrary arrest and administrative detention continues to be criticized in ongoing reports by international human rights organizations.

Hundreds of people from around the world have joined the call for Amer Jubran’s release, including the National Lawyer’s Guild http://www.nlginternational.org/news/article.php?nid=594. State representatives, a U.S. senator, and the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus have written letters expressing grave concern about the violation of Mr. Jubran’s basic rights to due process and to freedom of speech. Approximately 300 people including human rights activists and lawyers concerned about the violation of his basic rights have signed a petition demanding his release.

We are gravely concerned about the rights and safety of Mr. Jubran.

Mr Jubran has not been charged with any crime. He should be released immediately.

If he is to be charged, he must have immediate

1) access to a lawyer of his choosing and prompt setting of reasonable bail;

2) evaluation by health care professionals;

3) release of information regarding his whereabouts and condition; and

4) visitation/contact with his family.

I expect a response to these concerns promptly.


Sincerely,


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May 30, 2014 Update and Action Call

5/30 ACTION ALERT AND UPDATE


1) Petition Drive to Release Amer Jubran: Sign the Petition, Spread the Word Now!

2) National Lawyers Guild Calls for Release of Amer Jubran, Detained in Jordan


Friends,

June 5th will mark 1 month that Amer Jubran has been detained in Jordan without charge or legal counsel.

Hundreds of people from all over the world have joined the call for Amer’s release including several local state representatives, a senator, and the National Lawyers Guild http://nlginternational.org/news/article.php?nid=594 (see NLG statement below). Thank you for your support!

We still need your help! We are planning to present the petition demanding Amer’s release to the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, DC soon. Help us show the Embassy and the Jordanian government that there is popular support for Amer’s immediate release.

Please follow these action steps now:

1) Sign the petition to free him online (**you only need to list your name, nothing else is required and you do not need to join a list or a petition site to do it– it takes a minute!***) and please forward the petition to all your contacts. This petition will be presented to the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, DC. You can sign it at:

http://freeamerpetition.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/petition/

2) Forward our e-mail and all action calls to your lists.

3) Share this facebook page with friends:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Amer-Jubran/754671091222315#

4) Join the Update list (low volume) for action calls:

http://mail.amerjubrandefense.org/mailman/listinfo/free_amer_amerjubrandefense.org

Thank you again for your support of Amer!


Amer Jubran Defense


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National Lawyers Guild Palestine Subcommittee calls for release of Amer Jubran, detained in Jordan

“The Palestine Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild expresses its grave concern for Jordanian national, Palestinian Amer Jubran who was detained on May 5th, 2014 in Amman, Jordan.

It is our understanding that Jubran has not been charged with any crime and has had no access to a lawyer. Jubran is an internationally recognized and respected speaker, activist and writer on Palestinian human rights, and a critic of the U.S./Israeli occupation of the region. Having already been targeted by the US government for his political speech while a legal resident of the US in 2004, Jubran’s current detention raises concerns that this is a political arrest aimed at silencing dissent and suggests cooperation between Jordanian authorities, the United States and Israel in suppressing criticism of US and Israeli policies.

Jordan is a signatory party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 9 of the ICCPR prohibits arbitrary arrest or detention, and requires that deprivation of liberty, even if legally sanctioned, must be necessary and reasonable, predictable, and proportional to the reasons for arrest. Article 19 (2) of the ICCPR guarantees the right to freedom of expression, including “freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.”

The United Nations Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights has advised that Jordan should end its current practice of administrative detention. Furthermore, Jordan’s penal code has still not been amended to comply with its 2011 guarantees to strengthen constitutional free speech. Jordan proclaims that it is undergoing democratic reforms and respecting civil liberties, claiming to have accepted a number of Amnesty International’s recommendations to limit the use and duration of administrative detention, and to ensure that all detainees are brought before an independent judicial authority promptly after arrest and charged, or else promptly released. However, Jordan’s use of arbitrary arrest and administration detention aimed to limit freedom of speech continues to be criticized in ongoing reports by international human rights organizations.

Friends and colleagues of Jubran have repeatedly contacted the Jordanian Embassy in the United States and the Ministry of the Interior in Jordan. They have been told that Jubran’s detention will be looked into, but no further information has been forthcoming.

The Palestine Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild urges compliance with internationally recognized standards of due process and the right to freedom of expression.


We expect:


• the prompt release of Jubran, if he is not to be charged;

• access to an attorney of his choosing;

• the prompt setting of a reasonable bail if he is charged;

• visitation with his family;

• consultation with health care professionals;

• the immediate release of information regarding his whereabouts and condition;

• and an immediate explanation of why he has been held since May 5, 2014.”


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May 18, 2014


May 19: Call and Fax Jordanian Authorities, Sign Petition, Share

Thank you for your calls on behalf of Amer Jubran. Amer is still detained without charge or a lawyer. Your calls and faxes are helping to draw much needed attention to his case. Keep the pressure up!

Please read to the bottom of this message as there are several important action steps.


On Monday May 19th, please do the following:

1) Call the Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran at the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, DC at

(202) 966 – 2664(202) 966 – 2664

2) Fax a letter to Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran at the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, DC at Fax (202) 966 – 3110 (ready to fax- sample letter attached/below that can be printed and signed)

3) Fax a letter to Jordan’s Interior Minister Hussein Al Majali at Fax #011-962-6-5606908

(ready to fax- sample letter attached/below)

If possible, please fax this early Monday morning, keeping in mind the 7 hour time difference.


Talking points and tips:


1) When you call, say that you do not want to be transferred to the Consulate but wish to speak to the Ambassador’s office and leave a message for the Ambassador, because you have not received a response yet on action to be taken regarding Amer’s case.

2) Talking points:

**Amer Jubran was detained on May 5th, 2014. He has been held for more than 14 days without charge or access to a lawyer.

**Jordan has made public claims that it is undergoing democratic reforms and respecting civil liberties. However, it continues to be the subject of ongoing reports by international human rights organizations concerning its use of arbitrary arrest and administrative detention to limit freedom of speech.

**Amer Jubran’s rights are being violated, and a response is expected as to what the Embassy is doing in regards to this matter.

3) Give your contact information for a response.

4) Ask for your message to be read back to you.

There are other ways you can help Amer too.


1) Share this facebook page with friends:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Amer-Jubran/754671091222315#


2) Sign the petition to free him online (you only need to list your name, nothing else is required and you do not need to join a list or a petition site to do it) and forward the petition to your contacts. This petition will be presented to the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, DC. You can sign it at:

http://freeamerpetition.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/petition/

3) Join the Update list (low volume) for action calls:

http://mail.amerjubrandefense.org/mailman/listinfo/free_amer_amerjubrandefense.org

4) Forward all action calls to your list of contacts.

Thank you for your support of Amer. He is someone who has always been a vocal advocate for the rights of people who are oppressed (in Palestine and elsewhere). Now he needs our voices.

Please do what you can.


Thank you,

Amer Jubran Defense


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Sample Letter to Embassy


5/19/14


Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran

Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

3504 International Drive, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20008

Phone (202) 966 – 2664(202) 966 – 2664

Fax (202) 966 – 3110

hkjembassydc@jordanembassyus.org


Dear Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran,

I am writing again to express my growing concern for Jordanian national Amer Jubran who was detained on May 5th, 2014 and has now been held for more than 14 days. He has not been charged with any crime and has had no access to a lawyer. Amer Jubran is a long-time Palestinian activist and a well-known voice of dissent in the Arab world.

Over the last few years, Jordan has made public claims that it is undergoing democratic reforms and respecting civil liberties. However, it continues to be the subject of ongoing reports by international human rights organizations concerning its use of arbitrary arrest and administrative detention to limit freedom of speech.

The Jordanian Embassy has stated that it is looking into this matter, but no action or information has been forthcoming.

Freedom of speech is an internationally recognized human right. Mr. Jubran’s rights are clearly being violated by the Jordanian government. He should be released immediately.

Please let me know what you intend to do regarding this matter.


Sincerely,


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Sample letter to Ministry


5/19/14


Interior Minister Hussein Al Majali

Ministry of the Interior

P.O. Box 100, Amman, Jordan

Telephone: 011-962-6-5691141

Fax: 011-962-6-5606908

info@moi.gov.jo


Dear Interior Minister Hussein Al Majali,

I am writing to express my growing concern for Jordanian national Amer Jubran who was detained on May 5th, 2014 and has now been held for more than 14 days. He has not been charged with any crime and has had no access to a lawyer. Amer Jubran is a long-time Palestinian activist and a well-known voice of dissent in the Arab world.

Over the last few years, Jordan has made public claims that it is undergoing democratic reforms and respecting civil liberties. However, it continues to be the subject of ongoing reports by international human rights organizations concerning its use of arbitrary arrest and administrative detention to limit freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech is an internationally recognized human right. Mr. Jubran’s rights are clearly being violated by the Jordanian government. He should be released immediately.


Sincerely,


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Articles and Links


Articles on the detention of Amer Jubran in Jordan:


Counterpunch: Sometimes People Fight Back: Amer Jubran Names His Torturers, by Lana Habash, October 16, 2015

Jacobin: The Torture and Imprisonment of Amer Jubran, by Noah Cohen, October 16, 2015

Axis of Logic: Jordan: Human Rights Activist Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison After Unfair Trial Before State Security Court, October 8, 2015.

Counterpunch: “Human Rights” in the Arab World: the Instruments of War, by Lana Habash, August 21, 2015.

Dissident Voice: Repression in Jordan to Protect Israel, by Noah Cohen, August 11, 2015.

Axis of Logic: Amer Jubran in Prison: Feared and Targeted by the US and Israel, by Les Blough, August 5, 2015

Counterpunch: “This is Not News: The Arrest and Detention of Amer Jubran” by Noah Cohen, July 21, 2014

Friends of Lebanon: The Case of Amer Jubran, by Richard Hugus , May 12, 2014.

Statements from Human Rights and Legal Advocacy Organizations:

Statement from Human Rights Watch (November 3, 2015)

Statement from Amnesty International (November 3, 2015)

Press Release from Alkarama on the Sentencing of Amer Jubran (October 5, 2015)

Post from Alkarama regarding the Arbitrary Detention of Amer Jubran (July 2, 2014)

National Lawyers Guild Palestine Subcommittee calls for release of Amer Jubran, May 29, 2014.

Samidoun -- Amer Jubran


Background information on Amer’s earlier judicial harassment in the US:

Amer Jubran Defense Committee


Articles by Amer Jubran:

“Vittorio Arrigoni, A Fallen Palestinian Hero” April 2011

“Insubordinate Arabs” March 2011

“The US in Iraq: New Tactic, Same Strategy” December 2005

“The Iraqi Resistance Chooses Bush” October 2004

“A Tale of Two Wars” July 2004

“Hold Your Head High, You Are in Fallujah!” April 2004

“Is the Anti-War Movement Pro-Resistance?” February 2004

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Free Amer petition


Former web site https://freeamerpetition.wordpress.com/petition-signatures/



May 16, 2014


Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran

Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

3504 International Drive, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20008

Phone (202) 966 – 2664

Fax (202) 966 – 3110

hkjembassydc@jordanembassyus.org


Dear Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran,

This letter concerns a Jordanian national named Amer Jubran. On May 5, 2014 Mr. Jubran was arrested at his home in Amman in the middle of the night by the Mukhabarat. He has been detained without charge and has been denied access to legal counsel. Many of us are friends who became acquainted with Amer Jubran while he was in the United States, where he was a permanent resident until 2004. Others are simply concerned citizens who feel it is our duty to protest the practice of secret arrest and detention apparently being carried out by the government of Jordan.

Amer Jubran has an international reputation as a speaker and writer on the issue of Palestinian human rights. This case appears to be a political detention. As Mr. Jubran has not been charged with any crime, we urge the government of Jordan to release him immediately. We would appreciate your response to this letter.

Sincerely,


Richard Hugus, New England Committee to Defend Palestine, Falmouth, MA, US

Lily, Boston, Ma, USA

Karan Doczi

Bea Dewing, Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Celeste G., Boston, MA

Marian Kromkowski, Suttons Bay, Michigan, United States

Daoud Ali Chávez, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

David Rolde, American-Iranian Friendship Committee, Weston, MA, USA

Dara Bayer, New England Committee to Defend Palestine, Boston, MA, USA

Mrs. Anne G. Remley, Quaker, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A.

Roberto Torres Collazo, Friend, Roslindale, Massachusetts, USA

Samantha Garcia, Traverse City, Michigan, USA

Gina Aranki, Traverse City, Michigan, USA

Terri DeFilippo, Society of Friends, Cedar, Michigan, United States

Dan Martinez, Boston, MA, USA

Noah Cohen, Boston, MA, USA

Matthew Posner. United States of America

Marta Rodriguez, Aibonito, Puerto Rico, United States

Mary Heffron

Dr Karen R Courtenay, Massachusetts, USA

Rod Driver, West Kingston, RI, US

Claire Posner, New York, New York, usa

Aimee Smith, Goleta, CA, USA

Hector Lopez, New York City, NY, United States

Ogden Fell, Narragansett, RI, USA

Camilo Viveiros, Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Jemes Cohen, University of Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France

Helmy Mostafa

Rita Cordova-Padron, Human Race, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Mazin Qumsiyeh, Professor, Bethlehem

Yoshihide Kitahata, ATTAC Japan, Osaka, Japan

Bill Cunningham, Cambridge, MA, USA

Annie Butler

Carmelo Ruiz, Friend,Aguada, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

Jane Duggan, APWU, Detroit, MI, USA

kim hanna, citizen, pawtucket, ri, usa

Donald Mead

Randie Clawson, Traverse City, Michigan, USA

Dr. Donna M. Joss, Bridgton, Maine, USA

Lana Habash, MD, Boston, MA, USA

Paulette F Dauteuil, National Jericho Movement, Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Steve Morse, MideastJustPeace, Suttons Bay, MI, USA

Stanley Heller, Executive Director, Middle East Crisis Committee, West Haven, Connecticut, United States

Sarah Roche-Mahdi, Cambridge, MA, United States of America

alina dollat. rouvieux, oise, france

Annelies Joss, Navarre, Florida, USA

Erin Ryan Fitzgerald, Boston, MA, USA

Sarah Bayer, Cambridge, MA, USA

Maeeda Kenaya

Clayton Dewey, Denver, Colorado, United States

Abdul Jabbar Caliph, Jericho Amnesty Movement, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Myriam Ortiz, Boston, Ma, USA

Betty Davis, New Abolitionist Movement, NY, NY

Johnny Roberts, individual, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

pf soto, humanity, Cambridge, MA, USA

Francis A Kromkowski, Helena, Montana, USA

Ann Rogers, Mid-East Just Peace, Traverse City, Michigan, USA

Kelly McCurdy

Edward Kawash, Cambridge, Ma, USA

Steve Kirschbaum, Boston, MA, USA

Chip Tolleson, Friend

Paul Zanis, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, United States of America

maria ortiz, chicago, ill, us

Barbara Smith, Beulah, MI, USA

Julian Maynard, Cambridge, MA, USA

Hector Lopez, Green Party, New York City, NY, United States

SUZANNE ROSS, INTERNATIONAL CONCERNED FAMILY & FRIENDS OF MUMIA ABU-JAMAL, NEW YORK, NY, US

Maher Saleem, North Bergen, New Jersey, USA

Halim, Tunis, TUNISIA

Kathy Manley, Albany, NY, US

Jamil Abdur-Rahman, The National Muslim Council for Justice ( NMCJ ), Lynchburg, VA, USA

Tom Shea, Friend, Snoqualmie, Washington, United States of America

Mauri Saalakhan, The Peace Through Justice Foundation, Greenbelt, MD, USA

Audrey Bomse, National Lawyers Guild, Miami, Florida, USA

Waheed Khalid, Fanwood, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Kate Piper, Brentwood, MD, United States

Linda Jansen, Seattle, WA, USA

Inger Styrbjörn

Elizabeth Viering, Stonington, CT, USA

Luqman Jahmi Abdullah-ibn, Imam Jamil Freedom Party, Four Oaks, NC, US

Syed, Houston, TX, USA

ronald reosti, michigan bar assoc., pleasant ridge, Mi., us

Sean Riddell. Detroit, Michigan, United States

Laila Hamdan

Sofia Arias, Boston, MA, USA

Laila Murad, Boston, MA, USA

Kaitlyn Hill, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA

Penny Schoner, Prison Activist Resource Center, Oakland, CA, USA

Onelia Perez Rivera, Comite pro=Derechos Humanos de Aibonito Puerto rico, Aibonito, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

Julian Rodríguez-Drix, Environmental Justice League, Providence, RI, USA

Gina Rodriguez, Providence, Ri, USA

Carmelo Ruiz, Aguada, Puerto Rico

ZALAKA ALI-IBRAHIM

Esther Posner, Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany

Marsha Vander Heyden, nyc

Ellen Posner, Friend, Hilo, Hawaii, USA

Nauman Siddiqi, Flushing, New York, USA

Emily Royce

Elise Hugus, friend, Woods Hole, MA, USA

Anne Lambert, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

TAROOB BOULOS, WINDSOR, ONTARIO, CANADA

alysha suley, benton, pa, usa

RALPH POYNTER, LYNNE STEWART ORG, BKLYN, NY, USA

Michelle DeSantis

Susan Schwartz, The Muslim Observer, Thousand Oaks, California, USA

Ann Roos, Inez, Texas, US

massoumeh asi, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Kelly Lough, Human Rights, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Hanifa Abdullah

Sami Abed, Felton, CA, USA

James Flores, Democratic Party, Willimantic, CT, USA

Abed ElFaleh, I am a Jordanian, Nablus, Palestine

Christy Pardew, Jamaica Plan, MA, Un

Mel Underbakke, Friends of Human Rights, Tampa, FL, USA

Rev. Jason Lydon, Black and Pink, Boston, MA, United States

T JAMEEL MUHAMMAD, MSA, AFGE, AARP, GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND, USA

Jihad Abdulmumit, National Jericho Movement, Chesterfield, Virginia, USA

Carolyn Poinelli, NECDP, Boston, Ma, USA

Henry Herskovitz, Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

danielle west, oakland, ca, usa

rhoda shapiro, al-awda, palestinian right to return coalition, san diego, california, usa

Gloria J. Harb, Jewish Witnesses for Peace & Friends, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Dr. Daniel McGowan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, USA

Sister Julie Grote, Tiffin Area Pax Christi, Tiffin, OH, United States

Ayman Fadel. Augusta, GA, United States

Richard Lynch. Stoughton, Ma, USA

Jaime Veve, Ret.labor organizer Transport Workers Union local 100 NYC, New York, New York, United States

D Harshaw, New York, NY, USA

Bina Ahmad, National Lawyers Guild. Brooklyn, NY, USA

Laura Dewey, Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, United States

Rabab Abdulhadi, Professor, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA

Bobbie Ross, Jamaica Plain, MA, United States

Justine McCabe, International Committee, Green Party of the US, New Milford, CT, United States

Stacy Farinella, Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

Gabrielle Magro

Lawrence Turk, Hendersonville, North Carolina, United States

Benjamin Evans, National Lawyers Guild – Rhode Island Chapter, Pawtucket, RI, US

Steve McArthur. Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, Missoula, Montana, USA

m.l. souied, u.k.

Craig E. Jud

Dale Moore, Derry, Ireland

Evan Greer, Center for Rights, Boston, MA, USA

Mansoor Patel, Bolton, England

Dakota Ditzman

Kathryn Coll, San Jose, CA, United States

Krystal Hibbett

Kristina Narkaj, Maybrook, Ny, America

Inga Boegershausen, Hamburg, Germany

Tamar, USA

andy moscotte, friend

Ducrotois, V, Belgium

Stephon Patton, Lugoff, SC, United States

Claire Valentine, Dunfermline, Scotland

Matej Zacek, Czech Republic

Penny Terwillager, Citizen, Deattle, WA, USA

Martin Radford

George Campbell, Oban Argyll, Scotland UK

Andrèw kaliçh, Detroit, Michigan, United States

Greg Higgins, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Matt Mayfield

Sue Morrison, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Charlie Drake, Concerned Citizen & Friend, Washington DC, U.S.A.

Tami Brushey

Jennifer Schneider

Vance Robinson, ellerslie, Georgia, United States

Cedric Lefort, Saint Donat sur herbasse, drome, france

Ivan Boothe, Portland, Oregon, USA

Hannah Kirschbaum

Pat Pingeton, Lowell, MA, United States

Kathleena Hynes

Barbara Müller

Patricia Abdo, Mexico City, Mexico

Dana Kopel, NY, USA

Jan Wolf, The Council of Canadians, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

hadi charles xavier, malacca, Malaysia

Kasim, England

Abdul pugganwala, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Lisian, Student, Sarpsborg, Østfold, Norway

Feargal Ó Gadhra, Éireann

Zeena

Joshua DeVoto, USA

Robert, North Bend, Oregon, United States

Luci Murphy, Artists Against Apartheid, Washington, DC, USA

Gail Estes

Shawna Lenore Kastin, California, USA

Virginia

Sean Reynolds, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Chicago, IL, United States of America

Jacob Dinklage, Boston, MA, United States

Shelley Briand, Melbourne, fl, Usa

Ronald Leo Nickolas

Jeremy Bingham, Boston, MA, USA

Gabriel Lup, independent, Cleveland, OH, USA

Michael Hill, Australia

Rachel Corey, Boston, MA, USA

Conor Newman, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Scottie Baugh, USA

Shani Casella

Mario Romero, California, United States

Chelsea Rego

David Young, Nashua, New Hampshire, United States

Dan Nguyen

Nicola Siegrist, Oberentfelden, Aargau, Switzerland

Sherry Lynn Woodbeck, White Lake, MI, United States

cameron coale, seattle

Dana Timm, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA

Alec Sisler

Theodore Majdosz, Pax Christi, Alexandria, Va., United states

Ramy Abdeljabbar, Paterson, New Jersey, United States

Kazi Toure, Friend, Boston, Massachusetts, united states

Amy Farber, Cambridge, MA, USA

Robert B Saper MD MPH, Boston, MA, USA

Ann Lamb, NYC Jericho Movement, Bronx, New York, United States

Elizabeth Gates

Olivia Liff, Boston, MA, USA

Douad Ali, Worcester, Ma, US

Toby Emmer

Hubert Cumberdale, Friend, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Linda Barnes, Boston University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Dr.Chris Burns-Cox, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, UK

Rudy List, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Hedy Epstein, St. Louis, MO, United States

Rev H.P.Barkham, Mere, Wiltshire, UK

Tom Fenton

Allen Scheid, Illinois, USA

Donald Seid Bustany, Pacifica Radio, Los Angeles, California, USA

Heather Stroud, York, N. Yorkshire, England

Steven D. McArthur, Missoula, MT, USA

Kathleen Card, Hereford, UK

Claudia Karas, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Julie Grote, Tiffin, OH, United States

John MacLeod, Cambridge, MA, USA

Melinda Strnad, Boston medical center, Boston, Massachusetts, Usa

Janet, DYR, London, UK

John Logan, UK

Phil McKee

Adrian C.Y. Fu, Vancouver, Canada

Katharine Davies Samway

Sami Joseph, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK

Greta Berlin, Co-Founder, Free Gaza Movement, Los Angeles, California, United States

Michelle R. Johnson, M.D., Boston, MA, USA

Janet Davies, Mrs., Liverpool, Great Britain

Chantal Cameron, Great Britain

Paul Eisen, Director (London) Deir Yassin Remembered, London, United Kingdom

phyllis ponvert, ann arbor, MI

Leah Gitter

Juju Juju, Naalehu, Hawaii, United States

Sky Doherty, Pahoa, HI, US

farouq shafie, ann arbor, michigan, United States

Ernest P. Salo, Naalehu, Hawaii, USA

Olivia Zemor, Europalestine France, Paris, France

Saja Raoof, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Amjad Doumani, Media Decompression Collective, Toledo, Ohio, USA

Brian D Marsden, Rochester, New York, USA

Salim Indorewala, Woodbridge, VA, USA

Hud Williams, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Erica Cuevas, Boston, MA, USA

Ali M Muhammad, The Islamic Freedom Foundation, Inc, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

Zainab Kareem, Washington, D.C., USA

IQBAL MARFANI, Glen Burnie, Md, USA

Francisco Torres, Jamaica, New York, America

Eman Fahmy, Canton, MI, Usa

khalid ZAman, Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

Ann Marie, Hart, Boston, MA, USA

Susanne Hoder, Interfaith Peace Initiative, Punta Gorda, FL, United States

N. Rasheed, Gaithersburg, Md, America

Colin Andersen, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Michele Blinn, Boston, Ma

Randie Clawson, Traverse City, Michigan, US

Peter Khan Zendran, Khan-e-Mazendaran, Watertown, MA

Mark Messing, Traverse City, MI, US

Celeste Gutierrez, Boston, MA, USA

Karin Friedemann, The Muslim Observer, Dorchester Center, MA, US

Benjamin Douglas, National Lawyers Guild, Washington, DC, USA

Sharon O’Hara-Bruce, National Lawyers Guild, US

R Michael Flynn, National Lawyers Guild, Oakland, CA, USA

Safaa Metwalli, Amman, Jordan

Umiah Fakhouri, Michigan, USA

Aram Kaligian, Belmont, MA, USA

Samten Lozang

asaf asad, gaza, Palestine

Natsu Taylor Saito, Professor of Law, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.

Ward Churchill, scholar/activist, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.

Terrance Shoemaker, Parker, CO, United States

Paul McStay, Naugatuck, Connecticut, United States

Caroline Shulene, petaluma, ca, usa

kathleen spencer, USA

Ayana Auborg, Cambridge, Massachusetts, US

Jonathan Cook, Brookline, MA, USA

emmy chadbourne, humanist, greensboro, NC, United States

Lily, Somerville, MA, USA

Sackona

Matthew Capri

runs funke

Nayeem Aslam, Villa Park, IL, United States

George Collins, J.D., San Francisco, CA, USA

Rich Aucoin, P.A.N.D.A., Worcester, MA, USA

Beena Ahmad, National Lawyers Guild-NYC Muslim Defense Project, New York, New York, USA

Usman Raja, Luton, United Kingdom

areaa, New York City, New York, United States of America

Rajbir Rehal, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

hesham, student, mississauga, ontario, Canada

Linda L.Dunigan, MidEast Just Peace, Williamsburg, Michigan, USA

James Flores, Willimantic, CT, USA

Fatima

Daniel, Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela

Jay Murphy, writer and independent curator, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

S. Shahabuddin, New York, NY, U.S.

Farhan, Warrington, England

Aisha Zejnelovic

Noorul islam, London

Sally Van Vleck, Traverse City, Michigan, United States

Ayesha Nayyar, London

Abdullah

Lia Manson, human being, US

Aden Cuciniello, Bristol, Somerset, United Kingdom

Dr Scott Burchill, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Jalal Butt, Student, North Haven, CT, USA

Eesaa Dollie, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Percy Lopez, Independiente, Lima, Perú

Nicholas, livorno, italy

Giselle Wajdner, Palestinian sympathizer, York, North Yorkshire, UK

SHERIN, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Sulz

Muhammad Harity, Stranger, Singapore

Adrees Ahmed, United Kingdom

naziya rafiq, Nelson, United Kingdom

Tahira sultana

Aneesa

Sofian, Pakistani, Houston, Tx, United States

Zuka’a, Chicago, Il, United States of America

Martin Lampert, Concerned citizen, Edinburgh, UK

Felix Greenhalgh

Maliha Fairooz, New York, New York, USA

zaid, london, england

Maddie Kon, Sugar Land, Tx, USA

sonofabbasblog, United Kingdom

Hester Goedhart, Dayboro, Queensland, Australia

joseph barclay, cambridge, MA, United States

Debra Ann Rosario, Bronx, New York, United States of America

Jan Ralske, Los Angeles, Ca., USA

Dina Bern, Lund, NY. Svierge

Ralph W. De Blois, Schenectady, New York, United States

alis, mississauga, on, canada

Lawrence Reichard, Belfast, Maine, USA

Paul, Earthling, Moxee, WA., USA

Margaret Arnold, Toledo, OH, United States

imran

Keith Pankow, Pacifica, Ca, U.S.

Karen Bett, Glasgow, Scotland

William Molony, New Orleans, LA, USA

Philip Ateto, concerned citizen, Riva, MD, United States

Bonita Staas

Julie Rush, Chicago, il, usa

Suzanne, Janesville, WI, USA

Sarah McKee, Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Robert Gardiner, Sterling, Virginia, United States

mike deycaza, honolulu, Hawaii, United States

joan lang

Barbara Coady, Buffalo, NY, US

Sharon Scott, Portland, OR, USA

Arif Dirlik, Independent scholar, Eugene, Oregon, United States

Rev. L.B. Lemos, Edmonds, Wa, USA

Merrill Cole, Macomb, IL, United States

Patricia Stearns

Jessica Boehner, Washington, DC, USA

Salman Ghoor, South Africa

samia, Lahore, Pakistan

Ben, USA

Nathan Allen, Catdiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Melissa Monserrate, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Malik Radaydeh, Jordanian American, Dallas, Texas, United States

Dawn Wolfson, Cameron Park, CA, USA

Muntz galab

Dulce Arroyo, Chicago, IL, USA

Joan Tibbetts, Christian, Altamonte Springs, FL, United States

zee, student, Malacca, Malaysia

Raymond P. Dillard, Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

Foysal, Manchester, hyde, England

Paul Baker

Shaun Wilson

farina, London, uk

Ali hamdan, American

Kaiser Mahmood, Human being, Bradford, Yorkshire, Uk

Hamdan, Seattle, WA, USA

Erika Hiltunen

Pedro Castillo

KAHINA TRIBECHE, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

Ryan, St louis, Missouri, Usa

Anthony Perez, fellow human, new York, new York

Elizabeth Neuse, Connecticut, USA

Mohammed Patel, Batley, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Lois Jordan

robert spiller, waterford, michigan, USA

Ayub Saqib, Leicester, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

Fairuz, Dearborn, MI

Sabah

Wilma Ralls, American Civil Liberties Union, Rohnert Park, CA

Jon Fox, VFP, Wheat Ridge, CO, United States

Marianne Waeber, LAUSANNE, Suisse

Jin Emerson-Cobb

Jonathan Roe

Alan Arnold, Democrat, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Kamka Popova, NGO, Kavadarci, Macedonia

Patsy Lowe, Simi Valley, California, United States

Eve, london, uk

Radwa Abdallah, United States

Sam, London, Uk

Simon Petty, Uk

Shumsa, Smethwick, West Midlands, England

Kinza suleman, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England

Mr. Tyler T, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Moe, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

William Grosh, El Centro, CA, USA

Juan Camacho, Professor, Madrid, Spain

Shahid Majeed, Friends of al-Aqsa, East Kilbride, Scotland, UK

Diane Conti, Ashland, Virginia, USA

Muhammad, Friend, Washington, D.C., United States

donita thompson, ukiah, ca, usa

Ryaz Saaed

Noura

Michael Shahin, CA, USA

Danial

Marsha Vander Heyden, NYC, NY, USA

Alwen Bauer, Palos Verdes Estates, CA, United States

Linda Thomas, Tewksbury, MA, USA

Chris, An American wanting justice, United States of America

Robert Marshall, Earthling with Morals, Port Charlotte, fl, U.S.A.

Mehak, Mississauga, Canada

Peggy Jones, human race, Grand Junction, Michigan, United States

Nusaybah, Dubai, UAE

Joshua, Canada

Asiya, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Loren, Freelance journalist, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Teresa Mohamed, Armagh, Co. Armagh, United Kingdom

anthony rowell, activist, weatherford, Texas, United States

Young America’s Voice, A national lobby for youth, Washington, D.C., USA

Fatima Mahmood

Nura Khan, malaysia

Wladyslaw Krawczyk, Ireland

Houda Birani

Kenny Murphy, Colorado, United States

Nicole Simmen, Realp, Uri, Switzerland

Patrick McCartney

Mark, Tadcaster, Yorkshire, UK

Mag, Ms, Boston, MA, USA

Melissa Am, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Leo Chavez, Dallas, Texas, USA

Ageel Shatry, USA

alan namar, ireland

Zain Kiani

Kato Rodriguez, Bronx, New York, United States

Edel, anonymous

Paul McErlean, Derry, Ulster, Ireland

Shemeka Green, West Hollywood, California, United States of America

aishah, concerned human, london, england

Ali Sheikh, Manchester, Lancashire

Craig Falconer, Livingston, Scotland

aimee agler, westerville, ohio, US

Evan Kaufman, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Dave Rauschenfels, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Defne, Istanbul, Turkey

Shifa Aaquil, Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Ruth Koehle, New York, NY

Tyler Solley

Muhammed, South Africa

Jasper Deijsselberg, the Netherlands

Yasmeen Allen, Mason, Ohio, USA

Alejandro Acosta,, World Citizen, Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela

Gareth Parker, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

Dena Harry Saleh, Denver, CO

Yassir Attalla, Dearborn, Michigan, USA

chris, Waterloo, Brabant Wallon, Belgium

safiyyah, Johannesburg, South Africa

John Kelly, Berkeley, California, USA

Brian Campoli

Waseem Afzal, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom

patricia hernando, madrid, spain

Ezer Novella, Friend, Cape Town, South Africa

Zach Schindler

Robert Ferguson

Laura Wörrle, Schwabach, Germany

Oriol Almirall, Barcelona, Spain

Gros, Arles, France

Elijah R. J. Cunningham, Margate, Florida, United States

Aashi, Canada

Tom Tarrell, United States

Jackson Kelly

Alan Thomas-Williams, Concerned Citizen, Cardiff, UK

Nikki F, Chicago, IL, USA

Kara hopa

Mohammed Saud, citizen, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Chris Botelho, Massachusetts

Victor Flamenco

Kele wisner, spring, Texas, United States

Hamida Safi. Surrey, BC, Canada

Joe, Scotch plains, New jersey, Usa

Dr Kate MacDonald, Isle of South Vist, Western Isles, United Kingdom

Mathew mingle

Mitchell stevens

Fatema A, London, UK

Shaun williams

Justin

maria benitez, madrid, Spain

Jonathan Jenkins, Dexter, Michigan, US

MJ, GA, USA

luis, new york, NY, united states

Troy Troyer, Humanity, concord, california, USA

Michael Chamberlain, Lowell, MA

Richard Jennings, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Sean Hadden, Englewood, Co, United States

gary lagerstrom, san antonio, texas, usa

Amber, Santa Monica, California, United States

Kathryn Coll, San Jose, CA

Alan Haggard, San Diego, CA, United States

Seid bilken, Düsseldorf, NRW, Germany

didier, melbourne, vic, Australia

Darrion Cribbs

Zohev Ahmad, University of Leeds, Leeds

Steven Rutter

deborah cole, alexandria, Virginia, USA

Norris Robinson, anonymous activist, Oklahoma City,Oklahoma, United States

Kristopher Brown, NC, USA

J.A. Reyes, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

Forrest, Derby, England

David Knutson, Rochester, MN, United States

Malik parris, Petawana, Ontario, Canada

Danielle

edwin dodd, concerned uk citizen, crawley, west sussex, uk

Benn, citizen, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Susan Nuessle

Teresa Codina, Barcelona,Catalonia,Spain

Robert, Lakewood, NJ, Us

Jackie Ridgeway, Amsterdam, ny, united states

Christopher Thorpe, Madison, WI, USA

Rebeca Navarro, Catalonia

Christopher Rendón, Las palmas, Spain

Rafiq Islam-Ali, Birmingham, West Midlands, England

Tracie Olsson, Glastonbury, CT, USA

Cameron Hess, citizen, Swansea, Illinois, united states of america

kris barker, human being, Lincoln, linconshire, UK

Sahar, Yahya, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Anita Sent, Cape Town, South Africa

Jade Kimpson, Watertown, Ma, Usa

Chris Robinson

Daniel Woods, common man

Joe Cochran, concerned citizen, camas, wa, USA

Laia Folch, Barcelona, spain

Isaac Frazier, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America

Jason Serbantes

Beck Williams, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Zain Zahri Ali

Nikki, Anaheim, Ca, Us

Antonia, Canada

M, Artist, GA, SA

H, Gok, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Wyatt Rodosh

Alicia, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Madilyn, Madison, WV, US

Maria Armenta

Atlas Argomuse

Owayne Smith, University of Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom

John J. Ferreiro, USA

Christopher Patrick, CA, United States

Samee Hussain, Ilford, Essex, United Kingdom

julie rushkewicz, Chicago, il, usa

lionel alkinburgh, Fuquay Varina, NC, USA

Don Sauve, MN, US

Banna Bazzarie, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

David Griffiths

Vittorio Repetti, Piacenza, Emilia Romagna, Italy

caron edouard, amiens, france

Pete Hernandez, OWS, Saratoga, CA, U.S.A.

Karen, Perth, Australia

Madge Penelope Morgan, Detroit, MI, US