Saturday, 20 June 2009

Iran’s Human Rights Activists Being Arrested, Nobel Prize Winner Tells NPR

Filed under: Human Rights,Middle East,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 17:09 PDT

Security officials posing as clients entered the Tehran offices of one of Iran’s leading human rights lawyers today and arrested him, Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi just told NPR’s Davar Iran Ardalan.

That lawyer, Abdolfattah Soltani, spoke with Davar just yesterday — telling her that the Iranian government should recount all the votes in last Friday’s disputed presidential election, in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner by a 2-1 margin.

“Once they were inside they immediately confiscated his computer and other documents and they arrested Mr. Soltani,” Ebadi said in today’s interview. “As far as we know, they did not have an arrest warrant.”

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The Healing Has Begun… U.S. Senate Apologizes For Slavery

Filed under: Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:24 PDT

Today, we celebrate Juneteenth, a day commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery on June 19, 1865. Yesterday, after 144 years, the United States Senate apologized for slavery. With a unanimous vote, America has begun her healing process.

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Iran Updates (VIDEO): Live-Blogging The Uprising

Filed under: Middle East,News Watch Blog,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:14 PDT

I’m liveblogging the latest Iran election fallout. Email me with any news or thoughts. Send me instant messages at nico.pitney@gmail.com or njpitney on AIM.

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