Just a reminder to attend the fourteenth annual Celebrate Life-Alternatives to the Death Penalty, a party to celebrate the alternative sentences available for capital trials. It is being held in the Capitol Rotunda (200 West Washington Street) at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Alternatives work. Indiana citizens prefer them, and we will be celebrating their use.
Amnesty International USA Indiana members will recognize Tom Hinesley, Chief Deputy Public Defender for the Capital Division, for his efforts to obtain alternative sentences for those on Indiana’s death row. Bill Pelke, President and Co-founder of Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing, will share his story about the process of healing from the murder of his beloved Grandmother through reconciliation. Randy Steidl, exonerated from Illinois’ death row, will inspire us with his story of innocence. We will also discuss plans for the 20th anniversary of Indiana Journey of Hope happening this coming October.
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Midwest Regional Conference 2012 kicked off this evening. Local activists from across the Midwest clustered the registration table, picking up conference materials and Amnesty gear.
Malala Yousufzai reunited with family
CNN: There were tears of joy when Malala Yousufzai’s family was reunited with her for the first time since she was flown to a British hospital for treatment.
“In the condition when I saw my daughter … we were hopeful but we did not expect … that she can talk, that she can see,” her father Ziauddin Yousufzai said.
“I love her, and this morning, last night when we met her, there were tears in our eyes and they were out of happiness, out of happiness,” he said.
He described his daughter’s progress as a “miracle for us” and became emotional as he told how the family at one point had started to think about making funeral arrangements for her.
Photo: Malala Yousufzai with her father Ziauddin Yousufzai and other members of her family at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, in a photo released on October 26, 2012. (© University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust)
There are some that still remain in Guantanamo but many of them have been settled elsewhere in countries that are willing to accept them. And that’s difficult to find because many countries don’t want to anger China by accepting them. But the Uyghurs were swept up with others sold by Pakistani forces to the U.S. I find their cases some of the saddest because many of them — they’ve told me when they were handed over from Pakistan to the Americans, they were overjoyed. They thought, ‘Oh great, now we’re with the Americans. Everything will be fine. We love Americans! We oppose China and the U.S. stands up to China so isn’t this great.’
And it took a lot of them a long time to realize that they were in custody for a while. And their case was complicated by other events that happened. They were told when they got to Guantanamo that essentially their arrests had been a mistake — that they had been swept up with others — but they would be sent, released at some point. But then we had the Iraq War, and the U.S. needed China’s help in this so that complicated their case. And for many of them, it took years until they were released and they were only released when another country agreed to take them because they couldn’t be sent to China for fear of torture.
(Photo credit: Ashwaq Arrabyee)
A very good discussion of the Uyghur situation, and that of the Guantanamo Uyghurs.
Amnesty International Group 317 in Indianapolis has written letters on behalf of China’s ethnic Uyghur people in the past.
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