Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
Free Nazanin Ratcliffe
My wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 37 year old charity worker, was on holiday visiting her family in Iran. She was at the airport returning to the UK on the 3rd April when she was detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. She has been transferred to an unknown location in Kerman Province, 1,000 kilometres south of Tehran, and is being held in solitary confinement. Gabriella Ratcliffe our 22 month old daughter (who has British citizenship only) has had her British passport confiscated, and is stranded in Iran with her grandparents. Nazanin has not been allowed to access a lawyer or her daughter. She has not been able to call out of the country to speak to me, her British husband, and the Red Cross have not been able to make contact. There have been no charges. Nazanin has informed her family that she has been required to sign a confession under duress, its content unknown. Her family have been informed that the investigation relates to an issue of ‘national security’. It is hard to understand how a young mother and her small child on holiday could be considered an issue of national security. She has been to Iran to visit her family regularly since making Britain her home. Nazanin currently works as a project manager for the Thomson-Reuters Foundation; which delivers charitable projects around the world. It does not work in Iran. Nazanin has now been in solitary confinement for over 30 days. Please help bring my wife and daughter home by signing my petition calling on our Prime Minister Boris Johnson to use his power and intervene.
Stop the Execution of Three Iranian Protesters
The Islamic Republic of Iran wants to execute three young men for participating in the November 2019 demonstrations, which sparked after the government increased fuel prices by almost 300%. The men were tried in court on charges of "participating in destruction” and “setting fire to properties as a means of attacking the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran" and sentenced to death. Amirhossein Moradi: Amirhossein Moradi, 25, was arrested on November 19th, 2019 and held for a week in a Ministry of Intelligence detention center in Tehran before being transferred to Tehran’s Evin prison for a month He was held in prolonged solitary confinement and interrogated without a lawyer present. He has said that he was subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including beatings, electric shock treatment, and an interrogator standing on his chest. He has said he only “confessed” after his interrogators promised to provide him with medical treatment for the injuries he sustained, which they later refused. Amirhossein Moradi’s “confession”, which was broadcast in a propaganda video on state television days before their trial took place, was used as evidence to convict them. Mohammad Rajabi and Saeed Tamjidi Mohammad Rajabi, 25, and Saeed Tamjidi, 27, were arrested on December 28th, 2019, and held initially in a Ministry of Intelligence detention center in Tehran. They have also said they were subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including being kicked, beaten with batons, and hung upside down while repeatedly beaten on their legs and feet. All were subjected to enforced disappearance for weeks after their arrests and denied access to a lawyer during the investigation phase of their case. On November 20th, after hearing about Moradi’s arrest, Rajabi and Tamjidi fled to Turkey and applied for asylum. Antalya Police introduced them to a UN representative who examined their evidence in the presence of an interpreter. The police eventually told them that their request would be processed, but they would have to remain at a camp in Turkey for up to 12 months. On December 28th, despite their asylum applications, they were deported and subsequently arrested in Iran. This came just a few days after Iran’s President returned from a visit to Ankara. Turkey is also responsible for the death sentences of Rajabi and Tamjidi as they knowingly returned these asylees to the country of feared persecution. The judge presiding over their trials is Judge Abolghasem Salavati, also known as the “hanging judge” for imposing outrageous sentences, including the death penalty, lashes, and elongated jail terms, on countless political prisoners. The United States and European Union sanctioned him for violations of human rights and “unfair trials in Iranian Kangaroo courts.” During the hearings, Amir Hossein Moradi repeatedly told the judge that his confessions had been extracted under pressure, threats, and torture and that he did not plead guilty to the original allegations. Follow his long record of outrageous verdicts, the notorious Judge Salavati has sentenced all three to death, flogging, and imprisonment. Mohammad Rajabi was sentenced to death, 10 years in prison and 74 lashes. Amir Hossein Moradi was sentenced to death, 15 years in prison and 74 lashes of the whip. Saeed Tamjidi was sentenced to death, 10 years in prison and 74 lashes of the whip. Protesting and being able to voice one's opinion is a fundamental human right and no one should be imprisoned or executed for it. We, the undersigned, urge the United Nations, the European Union, and the rest of the International community to speak up against the death sentences and unfair trials of Amirhossein Moradi, Mohammad Rajabi, and Saeed Tamjidi. We also urge the Iranian government to immediately halt the execution of these three young men, give their lawyers access to their cases, and investigate torture allegations used to obtain false confessions.
Raise awareness of the mistreatment of Afghan refugees in Iran!
Enough is enough! Dozens of Afghan asylum seekers have been killed in Iran this year and yet no one has spoken about it. The only crime they did was having a different nationality. And today, once again, 14 Afghans have been burnt alive after Iranian police opened fire on their car they were travelling in. Not long ago, 45 Afghans were drowned after Iranian guards forced them into river. The Afghans workers were brought to the bank of the river, beaten and ordered to jump in the river to go back to Afghanistan. Those who could swim then jumped into the deep, fast-flowing water, while the others were beaten up and threatened with being shot before jumping or being pushed in. Of 57 workers who were forced into the river by Iranian security forces, only 12 managed to survive. They said they will investigate about the incident yet nothing has happened. Where is the justice?! There are approximately 2.5 million Afghan immigrants in Iran and everyday they have to deal with this kind of discrimination on a daily basis. Our Afghans that live there essentially have no choice, no one leaves their country with no justification. These are just the incidents that we are made aware of, I am sure that even much worse things are happening to them which are not reported about. They are treated like animals and their fundamental rights have been denied. Their Islamic Leader Ali Khameini hypocritically condemns U.S. racism and ignores what is happening in his own country to people with the same religion. How can a man be capable of such inhumane acts? Iran has constantly been known to treat its surrounding neighbours with cruelty and injustice. SHAME ON THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT AND SHAME ON THE IRANIAN POLICE! To my fellow people who stand for human rights, please stand against the cruelty of your brothers and sisters are facing, just as you stand for other nations! Social media isn’t made aware of these issues let alone the media to help them. They may not have a voice to express this but we do! Please do not hesitate to share the weblink of the Petition! The more awareness we bring to this, the better our voices will be heard!
Free Aras Amiri
Aras Amiri is a UK-based arts curator and student at Kingston University, London. In March 2018 on returning from a 7 day visit to her sick grandmother in Iran she was arrested by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence on unspecified charges relating to "national security". Aras was placed in solitary confinement, was not permitted access to a lawyer and forced to make statements under duress during 50 days of interrogations from morning till night. She was released in late May 2018 pending a trial to be announced. During this time she was asked to work as an informant for the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence in the UK which she refused. She was then re-arrested in September 2018 and has since been held in Evin prison, Tehran. On 13 May 2019, after nine further months in prison, a spokesman for the Iranian judiciary announced to international media (before Aras's lawyer had been informed) that she had received a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment. Her actual charge was "setting up and running an illegal group subject to Article 498 of the Islamic Penal Code", in reference to her work as an Arts Officer at the British Council in London. Aras had no role in "setting up and running" the British Council that was founded in 1934. Aras did not manage any projects or programmes in Iran, and the British Council's Iran desk had not operated in Iran since 2009. Aras submitted a formal appeal to her sentence in June 2019 which along with signed letters, the support of ministers, MPs and officials as well as many artists, writers and academics in Iran and internationally, stated that these accusations were entirely false and the subsequent sentence completely unjustifiable. Aras is an Iranian citizen who held a UK work visa and was an employee of the British Council (the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities) since 2013. She worked in London and with the permission and cooperation of the Iranian government's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, her role was to support cultural programmes enabling the presentation and appreciation of Iranian contemporary art, literature, film, theatre and music across the UK. On 18 August 2019 Aras's family received the news which was then relayed to Aras that her appeal had been rejected and her 10 year sentence confirmed. Aras has made a significant contribution both to UK and Iranian arts and culture in presenting the extraordinary work of Iranian artists working across cinema, music, literature, theatre and visual arts. She has enabled UK audiences to better understand the unique and outstanding achievements of Iranian art and culture and the complex and long history between both Iran and the UK. To arrest, imprison and sentence a cultural worker who respected and followed all correct procedures is an act of scapegoating and an unjust abuse of power against an individual who respected the laws of her country. This petition is a statement of support for Aras Amiri, a dear friend and student who worked tirelessly in her commitment to the arts and Iranian culture. We urge the relevant authorities to ensure Aras's release without delay.
Justice for Afghans in Iran
It's time to speak out! Enough is enough. Dozens of Afghan asylum seekers have been killed in Iran this year and nobody has talked about it. Maybe you think what the hell was their crime? I'm going to tell you, their crime was their nationality, their crime was being Afghan. On Wednesday 3rd June, 14 Afghans were burnt alive after the Iranian police opened fire on their car. Not long ago, 45 Afghans drowned after Iranian guards forced them into the river. Afghan workers were taken to the bank of the river, beaten and ordered to jump into the river to return to Afghanistan. Those who could swim then jumped into the deep, fast-flowing water, while the others were beaten up and threatened to be shot before jumping or being pushed in. Out of 57 workers, 12 of them managed to survive and the rest drowned/were shot. Where is the Justice? What has the world come to? Killing Afghans have become a norm in Iran. I will also address another of the many events that have happened. The hospitals in Iran are refusing to treat afghans in the country. Of course, many of you are not aware of these issues as no one is speaking about it, no one is raising awareness no one is asking for justice. I always wonder why such injustice exists. Why? I know that this question doesn’t have a simple answer however from my perspective it seems that it must be related to two core things: fear and greed. Fear, because those who commit injustice are fearful of people’s opinions of them, so they always desire to be seen as powerful. Greed because they are eager for attention. ‘Justice is fairness in the protection of rights and punishment of wrongs’. This is one of the definitions that describe what justice means but aside from this, words that describe justice include equity, impartialness, neutrality, honesty, righteousness. The significance of these words lies not in their quantity because there are many to describe its meaning. The true importance is in the fact that all of these words are so powerful and strong that they should not be shaken from anyone’s grounds. If not us then who? If not now then when? Please share this link, let’s get as many signatures as possible. Let us be the change, let us be the ones who make a difference. Let us be the voice of our people. Our afghans in Iran have tolerated this but enough is enough, stand against this cruelty of your brothers and sisters, just like you stand for other nations now is the time to stand for your own. We will be the voice they do not have. We will raise awareness and we will get justice for them. Share this with all your friends and family. Thank you Sama Rahem
Take action against Israeli terrorism
Palestine is being ethnically cleansed by Israel. Hundreds of innocent are dying. They cannot fight back. They have no army. It’s our duty to protect them and liberate them. They’re humans. Innocent humans and they deserve to live free. Israel is committing genocide. Please unite and speak up for them. Cuz there would be questioning by Allah. All of you are ruler of muslim world right now. It’s your duty. It’s under your authority. Please speak up before it’s too late. We all are with you. Humanity is with you. Everyone is seeing the barbaric face of Israel. The whole world will stand with you. Please speak up and take some action against them.
Libérez Nazanin Ratcliffe
Ma femme Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, travailleuse sociale de 37 ans, rendait visite à sa famille en Iran. Le 3 avril 2016, elle était à l’aéroport sur le chemin du retour vers le Royaume-Uni quand elle a été arrêtée par la Garde Révolutionnaire Iranienne. Elle a été transférée dans un endroit inconnu dans la province de Kerman, située à 1000 kilomètres au sud de Téhéran, et y est détenue en isolement.Gabriella Ratcliffe, notre fille de 3 ans (qui n’a que la nationalité britannique), s’est vue confisquer son passeport et est bloquée en Iran avec ses grands-parents.Nazanin n’a pas pas été autorisée à avoir accès à un avocat ou à sa fille. Elle n’a pas eu le droit de m’appeler moi, son mari britannique, et la Croix-Rouge n’a pas réussi à la contacter.Aucune charge n’a été retenue contre elle. Nazarin a averti sa famille qu’on l’a contrainte à signer des aveux dont elle ne connaît pas le contenu. Sa famille a été informée que l’enquête est une question de “sécurité nationale”.Il est difficile de comprendre comment une jeune mère et son bébé, en vacances, constitueraient un problème de sécurité nationale. Elle a régulièrement voyagé en Iran pour rendre visite à sa famille depuis qu’elle a fait du Royaume-Uni sa terre d’adoption. Avant son arrestation, Nazarin travaillait comme chef de projet pour la Fondation Thomson-Reuters, qui lance des projets caritatifs dans le monde entier. La Fondation ne travaille pas en Iran.Nazanin est aujourd’hui maintenue en isolement depuis plus d'un an.S'il vous plaît, aidez moi à faire rentrer ma femme et ma fille à la maison en signant ma pétition demandant à notre Première Ministre Theresa May d’utiliser son pouvoir et d’intervenir.
Free Xiyue Wang
Since August of 2016, Xiyue Wang, an American citizen and graduate student at Princeton University, has been imprisoned in Iran on false spying charges. Wang is a history student, and he went to Iran in the spring of 2016 to do dissertation research on late 19th/early 20th century governance in the Islamic central Asian world. The project grew out of Wang's longstanding respect for Islam and his love for Persian culture. The documents he needed were mostly bureaucratic paperwork and definitely not confidential. Iranian authorities reviewed and approved Wang’s research plans in advance, and even wrote him a letter of introduction to the archives. All of the documents Wang scanned were cleared with state archivists. Needless to say, Wang is completely innocent of all charges against him. The Iranian government is holding Wang as a political pawn. Since Wang was imprisoned a year and a half ago, he has been assaulted and threatened by other prisoners, interrogated for hours on end by Iranian officials, and periodically held in solitary confinement. His family, friends, and colleagues believe his life is in danger. The ward in which Wang is currently held is cold and flea-ridden, and Wang is suffering from tooth decay, arthritis, and severe depression as a result of his confinement. He has been given no warm clothes or blankets for winter, and no medical attention outside of basic pain relievers. He is not even allowed to receive the books his friends and family have tried to send him. Meanwhile, Wang’s wife and young son suffer heartache, anxiety, and crushing uncertainty as they hope for his return to the United States. Wang’s four-year-old son has not seen his father in two years; sometimes, he has trouble even remembering Wang's face. We call on the United States government to do everything in its power to secure the release of this American citizen, scholar, father, husband, and friend. We call on the Iranian government to stop playing politics with Wang’s life, and to return him to his family and his home as soon as possible.
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A voice for the voiceless help liberate those who are imprisoned for the fight for freedom
The Black Panther Party promoted armed self-defense against rampant police brutality and anti-capitalist revolution. Their militarized stance, along with “survival programs” such as free sickle cell anemia testing, attracted the intense ire of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and President Richard Nixon. Hoover’s FBI had been infiltrating, spying on and disrupting various political groups through the convert counterintelligence program COINTELPRO since its inception in 1956. The Communist Party was the first target, but by the mid-1960s, leaders and organizations classified as Black nationalist were priorities. In one revealing office memo, Hoover described the BPP’s free breakfast program—not its guns—as “the greatest threat to internal security of the country.” The Panthers were also on Nixon’s infamous political enemies list. By portraying the BPP as a major threat, Nixon and the FBI gave local authorities permission and incentives to help infiltrate, surveil, lie to, raid, frame, injure, murder and incarcerate dozens of BPP members and affiliates. In this climate, BPP and affiliates often faced manufactured or excessive criminal charges. Some were convicted due to false, inconclusive or non-existent evidence. Some were tortured into confessing to crimes they did not commit. Witnesses were frequently coerced into lying on the stand or not called at all. Prosecutors concealed evidence and relied on the testimony of paid informants. Judges were blatant about their racial bias.Because most of these cases involve the death of a police officer, BPP and BLA prisoners up for parole are frequently stymied by pressure from victims’ families and police unions. Many have been held in solitary confinement, some for decades. Here is a list of BPP and BLA participants still behind bars and the amount of time served. Based on court documents associated with their appeals and news reports, we also present the broad strokes of controversy surrounding their cases. Their names are in alphabetical order. WE MUST BE THEIR VOICES✊�✊�✊�✊�✊� Mumia Abu-JamalAffiliation: Abu-Jamal joined the Philadelphia chapter of the BPP at age 15 in 1967. After a brief stint, he went on to become a progressive radio journalist and affiliate of the MOVE organization.Conviction: In 1982 for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer, Daniel Faulkner Sentence: Death Case controversy: Witnesses said that they saw a man they believed to be the shooter fleeing the scene. >> Ballistics testing confirms that Abu-Jamal himself was shot at the scene by Faulkner. Some witnesses didn’t come forward; others have changed their stories since testifying in 1982. >> Supporters say that the prosecution withheld and falsified evidence.Time incarcerated: After 30 years on death row, Abu-Jamal’s sentence was commuted to life without parole. He has been in prison a total of 34 years. Support website:www.freemumia.com Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (aka H. Rap Brown)Affiliation: After serving as chairman of the Student Non-Violent Organizing Committee, Al-Amin briefly joined the BPP in 1968.Conviction: 2002 for the 2000 murder of Sheriff’s Deputy Ricky Kinchen in Fulton County, Ga.Sentence: Life in prison without possibility of parole Case controversy: The FBIamassed a 44,000-page file on Al-Amin while surveilling him within his Muslim community and failed to connect him to any crime. >>Al-Amin was not wounded in the 2000 shootout with police that led to the death of Kinchen. >>An officer who was injured during the confrontation claimed that the shooter was wounded. >>During a manhunt for Al-Amin following the shooting, police reported finding signs that the assailant was wounded. >>Al-Amin’s fingerprints were not found on the murder weapon. >> Three months after the shooting, a fugitive from Atlanta who was captured in Nevada claimed he he killed Kinchen. >> Five years after his conviction, Al-Amin was transferred to the federal prison system. Time incarcerated: 16 years.Support website:www.imamjamilactionnetwork.weebly.com Sundiata AcoliAffiliation: BPP, BLAConviction: With co-defendant Assata Shakur in 1974 for the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. Sentence: Life plus 30 years in prisonCase controversy: Sundiata Acoli was driving a car on the New Jersey Turnpike with passengers Assata and Zayd Malik Shakur. A traffic stop by state troopers resulted in a shoot-out in which Assata was injured and Zayd was killed. Foerster was killed and another officer was injured. >> Acoli and co-defendant Shakur unsuccessfully sought to have their case tried in federal court -rather than state court, citing the small Black population of Morris County. >> Acoli was confined to special unit in a New Jersey prison, and let out only 10 minutes a day for showers and twice a week for recreation. >> Despite not being a federal inmate, he has been transferred to several federal prisons in Marion, Ill. and Fort Leavenworth, Kans. beginning in 1979. >>Although the parole board was ordered by state appeals court in New Jersey in 2014 to set terms for his release, the parole board again denied the appeal in 2016.Time incarcerated: 43 yearsSupport website: www.sundiataacoli.org Herman BellAffiliation: BPPConviction: In 1974, of the 1971 murder of two New York City Police Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly JonesSentence: 25 years to life in prisonCase controversy: Herman Bell was one of five defendants collectively known as the New York 5. Their first trial ended in a hung jury. During the second trial, charges against co-defendants Gabriel and Francisco Torres were dropped due to a lack of evidence. >> Bell claims that he and the remaining defendants, Albert Nuh Washington and Jalil Abdul Muntaqim, were convicted based on coerced witness statements, manufactured and circumstantial evidence and prosecutorial and judicial misconduct. >> No eyewitnesses identified Bell as a shooter. >> Bell’s defense team claims that the prosecution withheld exculpatory ballistics evidence. >> They also claim that misleading charges and courtroom bias resulted in Bell being denied due process and the right to a fair trial. >> Bell argues he was illegally extradited from Louisiana to New York to stand trial.Time incarcerated: 43 yearsSupport website: www.freehermanbell.org Veronza BowersAffiliation: BPPConviction: In 1974 of the 1973 murder of U.S. Park Ranger Kenneth Patrick, in Marin County, Calif. Sentence: Life in prisonCase controversy: Bowers was convicted primarily on the eyewitness testimony of a police informant. The informant, who claimed he was with Bowers at the time of the murder, had previously been a co-defendant in the same case. After their cases were severed and the informant testified against Bowers, the informant’s case was dismissed. >> On appeal, Bowers challenged the search warrant and procedural fairness of his trial. >> Supporters believe that evidence seized during the search of Bowers’ residence should not have been used in trial. >> After mandatory parole was granted in 2005 by the regional parole commission, Bowers’ release was interrupted by the unusual intervention of the federal United States Parole Commission and the involvement of then-U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez. In 2011, the U.S. Parole Commission re-voted and denied mandatory parole.Time incarcerated: 43 yearsSupport website:http://veronza.org/ Romaine “Chip” FitzgeraldAffiliation: BPP Conviction: In 1970 for the 1969 murder of a mall security guard, Barge Miller. Also for attempted murder of a California highway patrolman in a shootout following a traffic stopSentence: Fitzgerald was sentenced to death. When the U.S.Supreme Court outlawed the death penalty in 1972, California commuted both of his sentences to life in prison with possibility of parole.Case controversy: During Fitzgerald’s attempted murder trial, a police officer testified that he had orders to shoot members of the Black Panther Party. The judge ordered the jury to ignore that statement.>> In the case of the security guard murder, Fitzgerald says he was at home with his sister that night, but his alibi was ignored. >> A witness who says he saw Fitzgerald fleeing the scene could not identify him in photographs. During cross-examination, the witness could not describe him to the judge without looking at Fitzgerald. >> In appealing his conviction, Fitzgerald unsuccessfully argued that the evidence used to convict him was insufficient and that his rights to an attorney were denied as he had sought to have his court appointed attorney replaced.Years incarcerated: 46. Several years in solitary confinement led him to stage a hunger strike in 2010. Although eligible for parole since 1976, he has been denied repeatedly for decades. Support website:www.abcf.net/abc/pdfs/chip.pdf Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore aka Eusi Zulu HeshimaAffiliation: BPPConviction: In 1977 for the 973 murder of Marshall Bond, former mayor of Zachary, La., Sentence:Life plus 99 years in prisonCase controversy: Heshima, who was 18 at the time of the murder, says he rode out to Bond’s farm with another man who claimed to be seeking work. Heshima maintains that he was waiting in the car while the man robbed and killed Bond. Heshima was arrested on an unrelated robbery charge 18 months after the murder. >> According to The Advocate, Heshima claims he was interrogated for almost two days by police who threatened and physically abused and denied him food or sleep. “I was intimidated and threatened and told I would spend the rest of my life in Angola if I did not provide the information they asked for,” The Advocate reports Whitmore as stating. >> Heshima also claims that additional recorded statements that were made during a polygraph test might have cleared him. Time incarcerated: In April 2016, Whitmore was moved to general population after spending 34 of the previous 36 years in solitary confinement. Support website: www.medilljusticeproject.org Ruchell “Cinque” MageeAffiliation: BPPConviction: Pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping for his part in the 1970 Marin County Courthouse takeover. Sentence: Life in prison without the possibility of paroleCase controversy: In August 1970, 17-year-old Johnathan Jackson took a judge, district attorney and three jurors hostage at the Marin County Courthouse in an effort to free his brother, Johnathan and the two other Soledad Brothers. Magee happened to be on the stand serving as a character witness in an urelated case, but he and two other bystanders helped with the takeover. Johnathan and Superior Court Judge Harold Haley were killed. >> Magee sought to make the legal argument that incarceration was equivalent to slavery and that the attempt to free the Soledad brothers was justified in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision in the Amistad case. >> Magee’s trial ended in a hung jury with the jury leaning heavily toward acquittal for murder, aggravated kidnapping and simple kidnapping. Magee pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping, he says, out of frustration. His attempts to withdraw the guilty plea and have a new trial were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.Years incarcerated: 53Support website: www.thejerichomovement.com/profile/magee-ruchell-cinque Jalil Abdul Muntaqim (aka Anthony Bottom)Affiliation: BPP, BLAConviction: Along with Herman Bell and Albert Nuh Washington, Muntaqim, convicted of the 1971 murder of two police officers in Harlem, Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Sentence: Two concurrent prison terms of 25 years to lifeCase controversy: Muntaqim was tried and convicted along with co-defendants Bell and Washington largely on circumstantial evidence. >> On appeal, he argued that his constitutional rights were violated and the integrity of the grand jury was impaired on the grounds that the prosecution knowingly used a police detective’s false testimony about ballistics testing. >> An important FBI ballistics report was kept secret by the prosecution during the trial. >> Muntaqim and others argued that they were denied a fair trial because two witnesses told prosecutors that a third man with a gun was at the scene of the crime and recanted their testimony. Prosecutors failed to share this information with the defense before the trial. Time incarcerated: Although eligible for parole in 2002, Muntaqim was denied for the ninth time in 2016. He has been incarcerated for 45 years.Support website:www.freejalil.com Pete O’NealAffiliation: BPPConviction: Transporting a shotgun across state lines in 1970 Sentence: Four years in prisonCase controversy: Pete O’Neal founded the Kansas City chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1969. Later that year, an off duty police officer who tried to stop a robbery was killed with a shotgun that police say O’Neal brought across state lines, from Kansas City, Kan., to Kansas City, Mo. >> O’Neal says that as head of the chapter, he was routinely harassed by police. >> O’Neal did not have the gun when he was arrested. >> Police had confiscated the gun from another man nine months earlier. >>A photo of O’Neal with the shotgun in Missouri was used as evidence to convict him, but police had no evidence that O’Neal transported it over state lines.Time incarcerated: O’Neal fled to Tanzania rather than go to prison for crime he says he didn’t commit. He has been a fugitive for 46 years. Support website:www.caseforapardon.com/atty_gen_letter_sign.php Ed Poindexter Affiliation: BPPConviction: First degree murder of Omaha Police Officer Larry Minard in 1970Sentence: Life in prisonCase controversy: Minard was killed by a suitcase bomb placed in an abandoned house he come to in response to a phony 911 call. Poindexter was convicted on the testimony of 15-year-old boy he knew through organizing. The boy, Duane Peak, reportedlymade the call and planted the bomb. >> Evidence that Poindexter’s hands had tested negative for dynamite residue found on his clothes was withheld from the jury. >> Appeals to the state argued that the evidence seized during a search of a co-defendant’s home was obtained under an illegal search warrant. >> Eight years after the trial, an FBI memo surfaced showing cooperation between police and FBI in suppressing a 911 tape as evidence that might have demonstrated Poindexter’s innocence. Likewise, court documents reveal that Omaha police had been monitoring the activities of Poindexter for two years prior to the murder.Time incarcerated: 46 yearsSupport effort:www.n2pp.info/index.htm Assata ShakurAffiliation: BPPConviction: In 1977 of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Warner Foester Sentence: Life in prisonCase controversy: A pathologist and neurologist testified based on injuries she sustained during shootout, she could not have pulled a gun trigger. >>Shakur had no gunpowder residue on her fingers and her fingerprints were not on any weapons .>> A judge denied her request to subpoena the FBI director to testify about COINTELPRO.Time incarcerated: Shakur was kept in solitary confinement for 21 months. She escaped a New Jersey prison in 1979 and was granted political asylum in Cuba in 1984. In 2005, the FBI classified her as a domestic terrorist. In 2013 the FBI added her to its Most Wanted Terrorist list.Support website: None reliable due to suspected hacking Mutulu ShakurAffiliation: According to his official bio, Shakur worked with BPP and the Revolutionary Action Movement, and was a member of the provisional government of the Republic of New Afrika. Shakur has also spoken of his affiliation with the BLA.** Conviction: In 1988 with helping Assata Shakur escape from prison in 1979. He was also convicted on RICO charges connected to an October 20, 1981 Brinks truck robbery in which a guard, Peter Paige, and two Nyack, New York, police officers, Edward O’Grady and Waverly Brown, were killed. Sentence: 60 years in prisonCase controversy: Shakur claims that the prosecution failed connect him to the evidence used to convict him. >> A government informant who participated in Brink truck robbery testified against Shakur then received $110,000 in material benefits and a reduced sentence. Time incarcerated: 30 years. Shakur was denied parole in 2016. Support website:www.mutulushakur.com Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz (aka Russell Shoats) Affiliation: BPP, BLAConviction: In 1970 of murdering Philadelphia Police Sgt. Frank Von Colln Sentence: Life in prison Case controversy: Shoatz underwent several police interrogations over a 20-hour period without legal representation. >> Supporters claim that guns taken into evidence were obtained by illegal police search and seizure. >> Supporters argue that witnesses who identified Shoatz at the scene were influenced by police suggestions. >> Supporters also contend that weapons seized during his arrest shouldn’t have been admitted as evidence because they were not used in the crime. The court insisted that the weapons were relevant. On appeal, his conviction was upheld in a 4-2 decision. (The dissenting opinion would have reversed the conviction and remanded a new trial.) >> It took a court order in 2016 to release him from 23-hour-a-day solitary confinement for 22 consecutive years in a 7- by 12-foot cell, with the lights on at all times. Supporters consider his treatment in prison retaliation for his political views and activism.Time incarcerated: 44 years.Support website:https://russellmaroonshoats.wordpress.com/ Kamau Sidiki (aka Freddie Hilton) Affiliation: BPP, BPAConviction: In 2003 of armed robbery and malice murder of an Atlanta police officer, James Green in 1971Sentence: Life plus 10 years in prisonCase controversy: No physical evidence tied Sidiki to the crime. >> Sidiki was arrested in New York City on weapons charge 31 years after Green was murdered. >> Supporters say the case was reopened in 1999 after Sidiki refused to cooperate with government attempts to recapture Assata Shakur. >> In appealing his case, Sidiki argued that the prosecution excluded testimony from the wife of a man who admitted that he and another man killed Green. Time incarcerated:12 years.Support website:www.freekamau.com/ Seth Ben Ysaac Ben Ysrael(aka Robert ‘Seth’ Hayes)Affiliation: BPP, BLA Conviction: The 1974 murder of a transit officer, Sidney Thompson; eight counts of attempted murder of a police officer; car theft at gunpoint, and other related charges Sentence: 25 years to life in prison Case controversy: In Ysrael’s account, he was framed for the fatal shooting of Thompson at a Bronx train station. Ysrael was convicted of stealing a car at gunpoint and using the vehicle to get his wounded friend to a hospital. His attempted murder charges stem from his resistance to officers who stormed into his home to arrest him. >> Because of the length of his incarceration and parole denial 10 times, despite an exemplary record, supporters say his incarceration is political in nature. >> He appealed his conviction; the ruling was upheld.Time incarcerated: 43 yearsSupport website:https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/810a58 DIED WHILE INCARCERATED:Kuwasi Balagoom aka Donald Weems died December 13, 1986 after serving five years.Bashir Hameed, aka James Dixon, died August 3, 2008 after serving 26 years.Teddy Jah Heath died in 2001 after serving 28 years.Abdullah Majid died April 3, 2016 after serving 34 years.David Rice, aka Mondo we Langa, died March 11, 2016 after serving 45 years. Herman Wallace died October 3, 2013 after serving 41 years. Albert “Nuh” Washingtondied April 28, 2000 after serving 29 years.Warren Wells Sr. died June 29, 2001 after serving 18 years. RECENTLY RELEASED:Safiyah Bukhari was incarcerated for 8 years and 8 months; released in 1983. Marshall Eddie Conway was incarcerated 43 years, released in March 2014.Masai Ehosai was incarcerated for 14 years; release date unknown.Jack Ivory Johnson was incarcerated 38 years; released in May 2010.Sekou Kambui was incarcerated for 39 years; released June 30, 2014. Robert King was incarcerated for 29 years; released in 2001.Malik Shakur Latine was incarcerated for 37 years; released in December 2016Sekou Odinga was incarcerated for 30 years; released in November 2014.Ashanti Alston Omowali was incarcerated for 11 years; released in 1985.Dhoruba bin Wahad was incarcerated for 19 years; released in March 1990.Albert Woodfox was incarcerated for 44 years; released in February 2016. By Provoking Thought' s we can awaken the minds of those who can bring these men and women justice. For more information on how you can help the cause please contact us ASAP .... Alli Muhammad is an African-American doctor, psychologist, political activist and revolutionary who founded the Revolutionary Black Panther Party, which claims continuity from the Black Panther Party of 1966, the RBPP was officially named in 1992. Dr. Alli Muhammad, RBPP Founder "STAND YOUR BLACK GROUND Gen. Min. Zuberi Jelana CGS-RBPP National Aide of the RBPP CGIC & National Correspondent Gen. Min. Talib Aziz, CGS-RBPP National Minister of Defense HQ & Dr. Muhammad's Personal Security Team Gen. Min. Ubunifu Aree Mwanajefi CGS-RBPP National Minister of Internal Security & National Minister of Defense HQ, & Magnolia Arkansas, HQ Chapter (Base) General Gen. Min. Maruufu CGS-RBPPNational Minister of Defense HQ, & New Orleans, HQ Chapter (Base) General