prisoner abroad

17 petitions

This petition won 11 months ago

Petition to Jeremy Hunt, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Free Matthew Hedges!

My husband, Matthew Hedges has just been sentenced to life in prison in the UAE after being accused of spying. Matthew is an academic at Durham University, these charges are absurd. I am desperately pleading for help to get the charges dropped, and bring him home to the UK, where he belongs. Matthew planned a two week trip to the UAE so that he could do research for his PHD thesis. He’s done research there before, so have many of his academic colleges, so it never crossed our mind that there would be anything to worry about with this trip.  But at the airport he was arrested out of the blue. He has spent nearly six torturous months in solitary confinement with extremely limited consular access. It’s destroying him mentally and physically. He wasn’t given a fair trial. The court hearing lasted less than five minutes, with no lawyer present. UAE said he confessed, but he was made to sign documents in Arabic - and Matthew doesn’t speak the language - and endured tremendous psychological strain through the interrogation period, during which he didn’t have any form of consular or legal counsel available to him. Even the British Foreign Secretary has said “We have seen no evidence to back up charges against him.” Over 600 academics across the world have called for his release in this open letter. I was shocked with the Foreign Office's initial handling of my husbands case. The government should take a much firmer stance with the UAE - who are supposed to be an ally - and make freeing Matthew a serious priority. Matthew may be able appeal his sentence in one month’s time. Before then I am begging as many people as possible to back my petition calling on the British Government to do everything in their power to ensure the UAE let my husband come home. The more members of the British public that support us, the more we can hold the Government to account -- making it more likely that Matthew will come back to us. I haven’t been able to speak to Matthew since he was sentenced. We’ve only recently got married, and have just started planning our lives together. Please help us by signing.  

Daniela Tejada-Venegas
261,347 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tim Farron

Free the 6 British Veterans from Indian jail #CHENNAI6

5 Years rigorous imprisonment in a Indian Jail is the Sentence for 6 of our Brave British Veterans In 2013 we started a petition after six British ex-soldiers were wrongly arrested and imprisoned without charge for straying into Indian waters without permission & carrying illegal weapons without licence by Indian authorities while working to protect merchant seaman in some of the most dangerous seas in the world. After spending 9 months in prison and a charge finally being filed against them 3 months in, they were released on bail, and began to fight to prove their innocence, which they done successfully and all charges were dropped in July 2014 leaving them free to return home. Unfortunately this was not the case. The Indian authorities held their passports and documents stopping them from returning home to their loved ones and denying their freedom. The Indian Q Branch police lodged an appeal to have their charges re-instated when a full trial was ordered by the Supreme Court. After a long and mentally torturing wait the trial began in September 2015 in the Magistrates court of the port where they were first arrested. On the 11th of January 2016 our hearts sank, our brothers, husbands, Sons, and fathers had been given a Guilty verdict and sentence to 5 years rigorous imprisonment. Not one of us or the people involved could have saw this verdict coming. All the evidence to prove their innocence was submitted in court, the trial had gone in their favour from day one, and most importantly they were innocent! The devastation and anguish this has caused us, the families is huge. It has left us crushed and with little hope. We know have no communication with the men and We don’t know who or where to turn to. This is why we are asking you to sign our petition, to Free our men and end this miscarriage of justice. We understand fully that one country cannot intervene in another’s judicial process, But when innocent men are being prosecuted for a crime they have not committed, then they should have a obligation to protect the human rights and freedom of these men and have them released and brought home. These men devoted their lives protecting others.  They fought for the British government now the British government must fight for them. Text FSGO66 £1 to 70070  if you wish to donate to our fund

Yvonne Machugh
410,180 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, David Cameron MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tim Farron MP, Jeremy Hunt

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 Theresa May to use her power and intervene.

Richard Ratcliffe
2,568,065 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to The Turkish Government

We demand the immediate release of University of Aberdeen lawyer Dr Hanifi Bariş

ACADEMICS, COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS DEMAND THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN LAWYER DR HANIFI BARIŞ FROM PRISON IN TURKEY On 4th July 2018, Dr Hanifi Bariş, a University of Aberdeen PhD graduate, was arrested in Istanbul. He is charged with "posting items of criminal content” on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. Hanifi is a gifted, well-respected and dearly loved scholar and friend. We decry this abuse of state power and demand justice for our esteemed colleague. The recent actions of the government are demonstrative of an escalation in the repression and erosion of basic human rights in Turkey. Sadly, Hanifi's arrest is not an isolated event. He is one of hundreds of academics currently imprisoned and facing criminal and disciplinary investigations. Many others have already been dismissed or suspended and some have fled the country. Link to news story here. STV news coverage: We, the undersigned, support Hanifi and demand his immediate release from prison. 1. Étienne Balibar, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Université Paris Nanterre 2. Professor of International Politics Engin Isin, Queen Mary University of London 3. Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley 4. Gurminder Bhambra, Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, Department of International Relations, University of Sussex 5. Professor Sandro Mezzadra, political theorist, Università di Bologna 6. Professor Ilan Pappé, historian and social activist 7. Stuart Elden, Professor of Political Theory and Geography, University of Warwick 8. Aleksandra Ålund, Emeritus Professor, Linköping University 9. Professor Patricia Burke Wood, Department of Geography, York University 10. Professor Diana Paton, William Robertson Professor of History, Edinburgh University 11. Dr Trevor Stack, Director, Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law, University of Aberdeen 12. Prof. Dr. Karin Friedrich, Chair of Early Modern European History, University of Aberdeen 13. Dr Andrea Teti, Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Aberdeen 14. Dr. Thomas Schmidinger, University Lecturer for Political Science, University of Vienna 15. Katharina Brizic, Professor of Multilingualism Studies, University of Freiburg 16. Dr. Vera Eccarius-Kelly, Professor of Comparative Politics, Siena College, Albany, NY 17. Professor Annelies Moors, Department of Cultural Anthropology, University of Amsterdam 18. Prof. Dr. Philip G. Kreyenbroek, Professor Emeritus, Georg-August University Göttingen 19. Dr. Wendelmoet Hamelink, Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo 20. Professor René Smits University of Amsterdam 21. Prof. Dr. Marlies Casier, Visiting Professor, Ghent University 22. Dr Nazand Begikhani, Senior International Adviser Higher Education & Gender, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol 21. Martin van Bruinessen, Professor Emeritus, Utrecht University 22. Dr. Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Excellence 100 Reader in Social Politics and Media, Loughborough University 23. Dr Ilia Xypolia, Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Aberdeen 24. Ogubie Lawson, President, Aberdeen University Students' Association, University of Aberdeen 25. Professor Doctor Ulisses Terto Neto, IESB and the Federal University of Goias (UFG), Brazil 26. Dr. Erik Bähre, Associate Professor, Leiden University 27. Prof. Dr. Peter Pels, Institute CA-DS, Universiteit Leiden 28. Jorunn Økland, Professor, University of Oslo; Director, Norwegian Institute at Athens. 29. Dr. Martin Greve, senior researcher, musicologist, Berlin 30. Dr. Latif Tas, SOAS, University of London​ 31. Dr. Gopal Krishna Siwakoti, Ex-President Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network. Human Rights Activist​ 32. Professor Robert I. Frost, Burnett Fletcher Chair of History, University of Aberdeen. Fellow of the British Academy Akademisyenler, Meslektaşları ve Arkadaşları Aberdeen Üniversitesinden Barış imzacısı, Avukat Hanifi Barış’ın Derhal Serbest Bırakılmasını Talep Ediyor Doktorasını Aberdeen Üniversitesinde yapmış olan Dr Hanifi Barış, 4 Temmuz 2018 günü İstanbul’da tutuklandı. Yetkililerin belirtildiğine göre, hakkındaki suçlama, Facbook’da "suç içeren paylaşımlar" yapmasıydı. Hanifi, başarılı, saygı duyulan, ve çok sevilen bir akademisyen ve arkadaş olarak bilinmektedir. Bizler devlet otoritesinin bu şekilde kötüye kullanılmasını eleştiriyor, saygıdeğer meslektaşımız için adalet talep ediyoruz. Türk devletinin son zamanlardaki uygulamaları ülkedeki temel insan haklarındaki erozyonu ve baskının boyutlarını tereddütte gerek duymadan açığa çıkarmıştır. Üzülerek belirtmek isteriz ki, Hanifi hâlihazırda cezaevinde bulunan, hakkında ceza ve disiplin soruşturmaları açılan yüzlerce akademisyenden sadece biridir. Şu güne kadar, birçok akademisyen işlerinden atılmış veya uzaklaştırılmış, veya bu baskı ve ceza tehditleri altında ülkeden ayrılmak zorunda bırakılmıştır. Bu metni Hanifi’yi desteklemek ve onun derhal serbest bırakılmasını talep etmek amacıyla imzalıyoruz. #HanifiyeÖzgürlük

Friends and Colleagues of the University of Aberdeen
4,851 supporters