by Terrie Rodello, AIUSA Oregon State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator
In 2011, after three stays of execution and a final appeal to the Supreme Court, Troy Anthony Davis, who was convicted of the 1989 murder of a police officer in Savannah, was executed by the state of Georgia, despite a compelling case of innocence. Prominent human rights advocates, fifty-one members of Congress, and many civil rights and peace and justice organizations, including Amnesty International, NAACP, and National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, had joined his family in a twenty-year fight to prevent his execution and reveal evidence that pointed to Troy’s innocence.
On Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 PM in the First United Methodist Church Fireside Room (1838 SW Jefferson St, Portland), Seattle-based human rights activist, writer, and filmmaker Jen Marlowe will talk about the story of Troy Davis and his family and the human impact of the death penalty detailed in her book, I Am Troy Davis which she co-authored with Davis’ older sister Martina Davis-Correia. Marlowe will be joined by Kimberly Davis, the surviving sister of Troy Davis. They will be introduced by Dr. Audrey Terrell, President of the NAACP Portland Chapter.
Not far from the cheering crowds and spectacular competition of the Sochi Winter Games, Russian authorities are cracking down on critics.
Russian environmental activist Yevgeniy Vitishko has been sent to a penal colony for three years because he would not keep quiet about what he saw and exposed in the forests near Sochi – the illegal destruction of protected forests and massive contamination of waterways and landfills resulting from construction for the Olympic Games.
January 22, 2014
Amnesty International Responds to Execution of Mexican National in Texas
Authorities Value Power to Kill More Than Obligation to Do What is Right
(Washington, D.C.) – Amnesty International USA Executive Director, Steven W. Hawkins, released the following statement in response to the execution of Mexican national in Texas.
“Tonight, Edgar Tamayo became the 509th prisoner executed in Texas since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Days before his execution, Edgar was reported to have said, ‘If they execute me, please tell my countrymen, all of Mexico, to forgive me for having failed them and returning in a box.’
“When Texas authorities took Edgar’s life they defied our nation’s international obligations. Edgar had a right to know he could seek the support and assistance of his government. If he had, he might have had a lawyer that would have conducted more than 16 hours’ worth of investigation before going to trial. He might have had an expert testify that the brain injuries he sustained as a child could only be described as ‘life-changing’. He might have had an expert psychologist testify that he suffered from ‘mild mental retardation’ and had an IQ of 67. Most of all, he might still be alive today.
19 December 2013
Torture, flogging, and summary killings are rife in secret prisons run by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), an armed group that controls large areas of northern Syria, said Amnesty International in a briefing published today.
ISIS, which claims to apply strict Shari’a (Islamic law) in areas it controls, has ruthlessly flouted the rights of local people. In the 18-page briefing, Rule of fear: ISIS abuses in detention in northern Syria, Amnesty International identifies seven detention facilities that ISIS uses in al-Raqqa governorate and Aleppo.
“Those abducted and detained by ISIS include children as young as eight who are held together with adults in the same cruel and inhuman conditions,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
It’s that time of the year again. Group 48 will have its annual holiday potluck and Write-a-thon at the December meeting. We will be writing letters and cards to prisoners of conscience while enjoying some good food and company. Please RSVP by adding a comment to this post and include some details if you plan to bring food, supplies and/or guests.
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Date: Friday, December 13, 2013
Time: 7:30-9pm (set up starts at 7:15pm)
Location: Buchan Building at First Unitarian Church (church map)
1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR
What to bring:
- Food (an appetizer, main dish or dessert)
- Utensils, plates, cups, napkins
- Greeting cards (non-religious and non-Amnesty cards)
- Paper for letter writing
- $1.10 stamps (international postage)
- 46-cent stamps (domestic postage)
- Copies of the AIUSA Write-a-thon case sheets (please copy single-sided, no staple, make several copies for each case)