India: “Condemn the execution of Afzal Guru!”

COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (MAOIST) — CENTRAL COMMITTEE — Press Release (February 13, 2013)

Activists of mass movements, nationality struggles and revolutionaries are not terrorists,
the Indian State itself is the biggest terrorist!

 The Indian State which boasts itself as world’s biggest democracy has executed Afzal Guru on February 9, 2013 in Tihar jail of Delhi in a most clandestine manner. Afzal Guru, who was arrested on the charges of abetting the attack of December 13, 2001 on Indian parliament, was not given any opportunity to prove his innocence and even he was denied from deputing a lawyer of his choice. The supreme court of India confirmed death penalty to him in 2005 to ‘satisfy the nation’s collective conscience.’ Without conducting any impartial enquiry of who might be the real actors behind that attack and what might be the real conspiracy, activists and sympathizers of Kashmiri nationality struggle were deviously framed in this case.

As part of the ‘global war on terror’ unleashed by the US imperialists after 9/11 attacks, the Indian State launched a massive propaganda campaign through the corporate media depicting the nationality organizations and revolutionary organizations as terrorist ones. To systematically divert the people’s attention from their immediate and genuine problems, it has been propagating that the ‘terrorism’ is the lone biggest problem of all. In Kashmir and in all states of India, Muslim population in general are in a state of great agony for the fascistic massacres, atrocities, tortures, jail custodies and inhuman discrimination inflicted on them by both Congress and BJP governments and various Hindu religious fanatic forces belonging to the Sangh (RSS) gang.  Continue reading

Iran hanged 10 people on Monday

DUBAI | Mon Oct 22, 2012

(Reuters) – Iran hanged 10 people convicted of drug trafficking on Monday, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported, part of what rights group Amnesty International called a “state killing spree”.

Executions are regular events in Tehran, and the latest took place in a prison in the capital. The judiciary said those hanged were members of two drug smuggling gangs, Mehr said. Continue reading

Protests for inmate Troy Davis staged worldwide

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Wednesday’s scheduled execution of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis has sparked protests worldwide from Savannah, where Davis was convicted of killing an off-duty police officer 20 years ago, to one planned in Paris.

After four years of legal battles, Wednesday appeared to be the last chance for his supporters and anti-death penalty advocates to rally in an effort to spare his life.

“We’re trying everything we can do, everything under the law,” said Chester Dunham, a Savannah civil rights activist and talk show host.

Davis, 42, was to die by lethal injection for the 1989 slaying of Mark MacPhail, a Savannah officer killed while working off-duty as a security guard. MacPhail was rushing to help a homeless man being attacked when he was shot twice.

Davis has insisted he’s innocent and his pending execution has been stopped three times since 2007. In the process, he’s gained thousands of supporters worldwide.

In Savannah, Dunham was among 16 Davis supporters who gathered outside the Chatham County courthouse Wednesday morning to press District Attorney Larry Chisolm to stop the execution. They delivered three boxes of petitions to the prosecutor’s office, saying they had 240,000 signatures supporting clemency for Davis.

Chisolm has said he’s powerless to override an execution order for Davis signed by a state Superior Court judge. But activists are still pressuring him, insisting he has enough influence to sway Georgia officials to back down from executing Davis.

In Jackson, home to the prison housing Georgia’s death row, the Rev. Al Sharpton planned to lead a prayer rally Wednesday afternoon.

After that, prison officials planned to allow a small group of demonstrators to gather inside the prison’s perimeter fence, just outside the walls, before the scheduled execution at 7 p.m. Eastern. A large crowd was expected to also gather outside.

In Europe, where plans to execute Davis have drawn widespread criticism, lawmakers and activists were making a last-minute appeal to Georgia officials to spare the inmate. Amnesty International and other groups planned a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Paris later Wednesday.

Renate Wohlwend of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly noted doubts raised about Davis’ conviction. She said that “to carry out this irrevocable act now would be a terrible mistake which could lead to a tragic injustice.”

Amnesty International: “Don’t Let Georgia Kill Troy Davis!”

Troy Davis about to be killed by the State of Georgia

AmnestyUSA on Jan 21, 2009
Troy Davis faces execution for the murder of Police Officer Mark MacPhail in Georgia, despite a strong claim of innocence.
7 out of 9 witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony, no murder weapon was found and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime. The Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles has voted to deny clemency, yet Governor Perdue can still stop this execution of Troy Davis.
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Amnesty International, September 7, 2011
Troy Davis

Troy Davis

The day is now here – the state of Georgia has set Troy Davis’ execution date for September 21st.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his final appeal earlier this year.  But the story remains the same – Troy Davis could very well be innocent.

However, in the state of Georgia, the Board of Pardons & Paroles holds the keys to Troy’s fate.  In the days before Davis’ execution, this Board will hold a final clemency hearing – a final chance to prevent Troy Davis from being executed.

Davis was convicted on the basis of witness testimony – seven of the nine original witnesses have since recanted or changed their testimony.

One witness said in a CNN news interview:

“If I knew then, what I know now, Troy Davis would not be on death row.”

I know it’s difficult to believe that a system of justice could be so terribly flawed, but keep in mind that Troy has survived three previous execution dates, because people like you kept the justice system in check! 

We’ve been bracing for this moment and the time for action is now!  Here’s what you can do to join the fight:

1. Sign our petition to the Board of Pardons & Paroles urging them to grant clemency!  We’ll deliver your signatures next week.

2. Organize locally for Troy: Take to the streets with us. Soon we’ll be announcing the date for the official Troy Davis Day of Action. Sign up now to rally in the coming days to stop the execution of Troy Davis.

3. Join our #TooMuchDoubt Twitter campaign:  Spread the word about this injustice by tweeting a “Doubt a Day” about Troy’s story.   Continue reading

Glenn Greenwald: Bradley Manning Hit With New Charges in WikiLeaks Case, Includes “Aiding the Enemy”


Mar 3, 2011

DemocracyNow.org –
The U.S. Army has filed an 22 additional charges against Army Private Bradley Manning, who is alleged to have illegally downloaded hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. military and State Department documents that were then publicly released by WikiLeaks. One of the new charges, “aiding the enemy,” could carry a death sentence. Democracy Now! interviews Glenn Greenwald, constitutional law attorney and legal blogger for Salon.com. “Although the charging document does not say who the ‘enemy is,’ there’s only two possibilities,” Greenwald says. “Either they mean Wikileaks … or any kind of leak now of classified information to newspapers where your intent is not to aid the Taliban, but expose wrongdoing.”

US: Bomani Shakur of the Lucasville Uprising death sentenced prisoners‏

Four prisoners unjustly sentenced to death for the Lucasville (OH) prison uprising are going on hunger strike beginning today, to demand that they be placed on Death Row rather than be held in solitary confinement (and to initiate a campaign that will hopefully lead to executive clemency). Here, the first of the prisoners to begin the strike speaks out:

If We Must Die

Before I speak my piece, let me make one thing perfectly clear: I don’t want to die. I want to live and breathe and strive to do something righteous with my life. Truly. For the past sixteen years, however, I’ve been in solitary confinement, confined to a cell 23 hours a day for something I didn’t do, and, speaking honestly, I have gone as far as I am willing to go. Am I giving up? No. This is a protest, the only non-violent way I can think of to express the deep disdain I have for the unjust situation that I am in. Make no mistake: my physical and mental strength is intact. However, to continue on in this way would be to lend legitimacy to a process that is both fraudulent and vindictive; this I am no longer willing to do.

I realize that for some of you the thought that an innocent man could be sent to prison and ultimately executed is inconceivable. But it happens. In a system that’s based more on competition than on the equitable treatment of others, the football field is not the only place where participants are encouraged to win at any cost. Hence, in order to be victorious, some prosecutors hide evidence, lie in open court, and even pay for the perjured testimony of their witnesses. Continue reading

New threat against the life of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

[Below are two excellent articles describing the history of the framing of revolutionary journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal by the Philadelphia police, followed  by his railroad through a court system intent on sending a revolutionary Black activist to his death for a crime he didn’t commit.  The first brings readers up to date on the current, serious threat to Mumia’s life; the second provides more historical background  on Mumia’s case and an analysis of how the US court system and the death penalty have been used from slavery up to today to crush people’s resistance, especially coming from oppressed Black communities in the US.–Frontlines ed].

New Threat Against Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal; Court of Appeals Could Reinstate Death Sentence

by C. Clark Kissinger, September 30, 2010

On November 9 in Philadelphia, three judges of the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals will again hear oral arguments on the case of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. The Court of Appeals—on orders from the U.S. Supreme Court—will be reconsidering its own previous decision that had upheld the overturning of Mumia’s death sentence by a lower court.

If the appeals court finds against Mumia, as the Supreme Court has strongly hinted it should, Mumia could very soon be facing a new death warrant and execution date. Mumia’s lead attorney, Robert R. Bryan, states, “Mumia is in the greatest danger since being arrested in 1981.”

In a  previous article [see below], we analyzed in some detail the legal issues at hand and the Supreme Court’s backtracking on its own previous decisions. As a result, the legal situation is no longer one of Mumia appealing for justice—his case for a new trial has essentially been thrown out. The courtroom action now is at the initiative of the state of Pennsylvania, which is demanding that Mumia’s death sentence be reinstated. Continue reading