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This Prison Where I Live

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On Sunday, May 29th this free bilingual (English/Korean) screening of This Prison Where I Live will be presented by the Asia Pacific Youth Network’s Burma Youth Campaign Team and Amnesty International Korea at Jogye Temple in order to promote the 3 Freedoms of expression, association and assembly in Burma, a country where over 2,000 political prisoners remain behind bars.

This Prison Where I Live is a feature length documentary from Rex Bloomstein about two comedians. Maung Thura, better known as Zarganar, is Burma’s greatest living comic. Relentlessly victimized by the Burmese military junta, he is now in prison. Michael Mittermeier, in stark contrast, is free to practice his art of humor and provocation as one of Germany’s leading stand up comedians. The screening will be followed by a Burmese cultural performance and a question and answer session with a Burmese human rights activist living in Korea.

Time: 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Place: Jogye Traditional Cultural Theater, Jogye Temple, Jongno

Enquiries: Email amnestyseoul@gmail.com or contact Tom on 010 6379 2273 for more information about the event.

The Asia Pacific Youth Network (APYN) is a regional network of more than 5,000 young activists which connects people in the region who want to work together to campaign for human rights change. For more information about the APYN, please visit www.apyouth.net.

Find out more about the film here: www.thisprisonwhereilive.co.uk.

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Women stood beside men, demanding an end to political repression In Egypt © Sarah Carr

By Widney Brown, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Law and Policy

One hundred years ago, more than a million people marched in streets across Europe on the first International Women’s Day, calling for an end to discrimination and for women to have the same rights as men to work, vote and shape the future of their countries.

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Independent review of G20 security measures urgently needed.
Independent review of G20 security measures urgently needed.

Opportunities lost: peaceful protest suffered amidst heavy security measures and acts of vandalism during the G20

“Five feet away from me… Jesse fell down face first. The same officer [who punched him in the gut] then came and elbowed him in the back. The officer who was escorting me… looked over to me and said ‘Jeez, that shouldn’t have happened, shouldn’t have done that’.” journalist Steve Paikin (TVO)

Governments bear a very important responsibility to ensure security in and around events such as the G20 Summit.  They have an equal responsibility to enable and protect the rights associated with peaceful protest, particularly freedoms of expression, assembly and association.

Some 900 people were detained between June 25 and 28, 2010 in Toronto. While some were connected to acts of violence and vandalism – acts which Amnesty International clearly condemns – many were engaging in peaceful protest or simply caught up in police actions while going about their daily business. Among those targeted were journalists and others attempting to document the protests and the police response. This scale of arrests in connection with protests is unprecedented in Canada.

The G8/G20 Summits were supposed to have been a chance to talk about putting human rights at the heart of global fight against poverty.  Instead, the voices of thousands were silenced or ignored and the headlines dominated by images of burning police cars and broken windows.

We urgently need an independent review of the security measures adopted and the range of police actions taken in association with the G20 Summit in Toronto.

While we welcome the forthcoming review to be undertaken by the Toronto Police Service’s (TPS) Summit Management After Action Review Team, this is not an adequate response to the concerns of Amnesty International and other organizations and individuals. The TPS review is not independent, nor does it enable public participation or cover the wider range of actors involved, including various levels of government.

Stand Up United

As national football teams fight it out at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, another team is lined up to fight for human rights.

The 11 members of Stand Up United defend human rights around the world. They have a common goal – equality, dignity and justice for all.

Whatever human rights they defend, Stand Up United is sure to face strong opposition. But with your support they can win.

Be a champion of human rights: take action and support Stand Up United!

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