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In New Zealand's 2019 “Wellbeing” budget, $25 million was allocated to maritime mass arrival prevention, described as an initiative aimed at preventing asylum seekers “departing for New Zealand”. But how does the government justify such measures when it says it’s committed to upholding the right of asylum – the right for people to cross borders, to seek protection from persecution and torture? According to...
Saturday 18.05.19, 6pm to 8pm Haus der Wissenschaft, Sandstr. 4/5, 28195 Bremen - Olbers-Saal | 1. OG | Entry Free Speakers taking part will include: Nidia Arrobo Rodas (Indigenous Peoples Organisation of Ecuador) Esther Mujawayo-Keiner from Rwanda, Dr. Andy Higginbottom (prosecutor at the ‘Peoples Tribunal on Sri Lanka’) and several speakers from political parties and organisations. The program will be moderated by Pastor Hans-Gerhard Klatt...
Dilan’s father, Yüksel Koç is on indefinite hunger strike to stop the isolation regime imposed on the imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan. In describing her feelings about it (in the video below), German born Dilan raises uncomfortable questions to those of us living in Europe. The terrible situation that Dilan finds herself was set into motion 20 years ago...
We are calling on Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, to resettle a handful of refugees currently in Indonesia where they remain after being intercepted by the Australian Navy before they could arrive in New Zealand. Jacinda Ardern should also distance New Zealand from Australia's cruel policies and demonstrate it's commitment to upholding the right to asylum. In 2015, 65 mainly...
Drop all charges against him! Thirumurugan Gandhi released on bail on Tuesday the 2nd of October. His supporters have taken him to hospital because of the bad health condition that he finds himself in. We thank everyone who acted in various ways to get him released. We request all to keep up the pressure to drop all the charges against...
International pressure needed to free him! At about 3.45 am on August 9, Thirumurugan Gandhi was arrested by the police at Bengaluru International Airport in India. The Indian newspaper ‘The Hindu’ declared that the ‘May 17 Movement’ co-ordinator had been arrested on charges of sedition for speaking at the ‘United Nations Human Rights Commission’ (UNHRC) about the police shootings at the Thoothukudi...
On the 14th June 2018, the Federal Court in Bellinzona, Switzerland comprehensively rejected the case put forward by the Swiss prosecutor office against a group of Eelam Tamil activists. As reported in the ‘Tagesanzeiger’, one of the main Swiss newspapers today: ‘Gian-Andrea Danuser, who defended one of the credit intermediaries, described the verdict as very precise, strong and courageous....
Report of Press Conference on the Trial against Tamil activists in Switzerland (Zurich on 25.05.18) and some events following it. As way of introduction Viraj Mendis explained why the German based organisation – Internationaler Menschenrechtsverein Bremen (IMRV)– finds itself organising this press conference. He said that this legal action is not unique to Switzerland, and that it can be seen...
Dr. Andy Higginbottom was the prosecutor for the Bremen session of the People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka in 2013. Last week, He, together with two of the judges at the Bremen Tribunal, Dr. Denis Halliday and Dr. Maung Zarni responded to the Bellinzona case at our press conference in Geneva. This short presentation, made two days before the prosecutor...
  Is the Tamil Diaspora to blame for lengthening the war in Sri Lanka and making it more gruesome? The Swiss court will decide On the 8th January 2018, court hearings against a group of Tamil activists began in Switzerland. The court case, supposedly the biggest in Swiss history has taken a highly political character. The Office of the Attorney General of...

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