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Amnesty International Austria No Info on Austrian Scandal!

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The largest human right scandal in Austria is not that they are in prison but that Amnesty does not mention them with one single word! The 10 activists have no priority! e/amnesty.pdf Do you find it?

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Hans L (958)
Wednesday June 25, 2008, 2:55 am
Why do these sport celebs fight for China but not for their own citizens?

The Austrian activist have no priority and you will not find them on our homepage we are a international organisation...SICK!

Do you think that animal right is no issue and they see this as a job for the VGT not for amnesty? The statement from Amnesty is great but you cannot find that or a press release on the activists at the homepage!

Liebe Amnesty Austria Campaigner!

Wir brauchen alle Organisationen um die 10 Aktivisten schnell frei zu bekommen!

Die Partei fuer die Tiere in Holland hat mehrere Appelle fuer die Freilassung
gerichtet an offizielle Stellen in Austria!
Dabei hat dies nichts mit Tierschutz zu tun sondern nur mit MENSCHENRECHTE

Darum meine Fragen?

Wo sind die 10 Aktivisten auf der AI austria site?
Wo ist die Presseaussendung zu diesem Thema?
Wo ist das AI Statement auf der AI Seite?

Human rights in AUSTRIA NOT IN CHINA! Austria first!

Der groesste Human Rights Skandal in der geschichte österreichs
und Amnesty International schweigt?

Dies fragen sich in Care2 eine Community von 9.000.000 aktivisten gerade jene
Leute die fuer die Freilassung kämpfen!

Bitte um Info warum Amnesty nichsts Uber diesen Skandal in österreich schreibt
was sagen die AI Mitglieder dazu ?


Hans Lak
Aldendriel 61
5653 PH Eindhoven

Hans L (958)
Wednesday June 25, 2008, 3:00 am
I realy feel that the austrian activists could have been free within the first week if the MEDIA and Organisations would have highlighted the background! Charge them or set them free! No other option!

Kathy W (299)
Wednesday June 25, 2008, 3:02 am
I agree Hans. Charge them or set them free!

Hans L (958)
Wednesday June 25, 2008, 3:46 am
I dont know what but something is fishy in Austria! How can it be that the people do not hear about this? And that even Amnesty is talking about China and Guantanamo but not about the scandal of the Food INDUSTRY fighting the animal activists with the help of the police ministers and the media! Nobody in Austria knows about the activists....and i wonder why? Maybe because you dont read about them?

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday June 25, 2008, 11:15 am
It is not right and I hope they hear about these activists soon so something can be done about freeing them.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 25, 2008, 2:13 pm
Help these guys for they are innocent!
No charges? free them!


Hans L (958)
Thursday June 26, 2008, 4:51 am
The chairman of the VEREIN GEGEN TIERFABRIKEN (VGT) DDr. Martin Balluch, is now being artificially fed in the prison hospital wing of Wien Josefstadt. He has been on hunger strike as a result of the obvious arbitrary treatment of the national police ever since his imprisonment on the 21st of May 2008.

However, this method of feeding Martin is a temporary measure on behalf of the prison in order that Martin gets nourishment over the next two weeks.

DDr. Martin Balluch comments: "For 2 weeks now, I have been stationed in the hospital ward of the prison, since I am in hunger strike. This is the only opportunity available to me to protest against this unbearable unjust course of action of the state against me. I have already lost 21kg of bodyweight and am taking medication against stomach and muscle cramps. Since Saturday, the 14th of June, I am being nourished artificially through infusion.

Concrete accusations are still missing.

The VGT continues to protest against the incomprehensible approach of the authorities.

Not only are real evidence and accusations still missing, which would justify the imprisonment on remand, but the Public Prosecutors Office is still refusing to return even copies of the confiscated computers and other materials.

Mick Gill (119)
Friday June 27, 2008, 7:13 am
Spotlight on torture

Torture is never justified

© Amnesty International.

Stop torture action in Washington, 25 June

© Ian MacDonald

26 June 2008

On 26 June, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Amnesty International members and supporters are taking action around the world. They are calling on governments to reaffirm their commitment to the consensus affirmed after the Second World War - that torture and other ill-treatment are absolutely prohibited.

Recently, there has been a new and acute threat to the international prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment in the context of government responses to the threat of terrorism. It is the validity of the absolute prohibition itself that has been challenged by the actions of governments around the world.

What this means in reality is that individuals are subjected to horrific practices. In the context of government counter-terrorism strategies, Amnesty International has documented practices such as:

beatings, electric shocks, simulated drowning, prolonged isolation and other physical abuse;
the return of individuals to countries where they are at risk of torture, sometimes on the basis of flimsy “diplomatic assurances”;
secret detention.
Amnesty International is calling on all governments to: condemn all forms of torture and other ill-treatment; prevent torture, including through ending secret and incommunicado detention; and hold to account those responsible for authorising, facilitating, or inflicting torture or other ill-treatment.

Today is not a day of passive remembrance but one for action: governments and citizens across the world should act to reverse the trend of recent years and eradicate these cruel and inhuman practices.

Don’t let torture go unchallenged:

In view of France’s Presidency of the European Union, please send an email to President Nicolas Sarkozy and urge him to lead the EU Council to take action to end rendition and secret detention;
Write to the Tunisian government and demand it taks steps to end torture and other ill-treatment;
Sign up to demand that the US government ends illegal detentions;
Read More
No hiding place for torture (Information sheet, June 2008)

Tunisia: Torture, illegal detention and unfair trials (Information sheet, 23 June 2008)

Six steps for Europe to end rendition and secret detention (Information sheet, 24 June 2008)

USA: Torture, Enforced disappearance and Impunity (Information sheet, 1 May 2008)

Mick Gill (119)
Friday June 27, 2008, 7:18 am
nein das ist schite und nict und Liebe Amnesty Austria Campaigner!

Hans L (958)
Friday July 4, 2008, 8:12 am latest news in english

Hans L (958)
Friday July 4, 2008, 9:44 am
Thanks for the link, but this is the first and so far only statement of 5th June from ai, which was so miraculously coming out [(I believe due to your, Paula (Thanks!), and other peoples quick moves ], but unfortunately there must have been a "whistle-back" call thereafter, because ai Austria didn't place it or discuss the issue on their own website, and ai international - as we heard - still doesn't want to make a public call or statement at all, but NOW - and this is shocking to me - Heinz Patzelt, Secretary General of Amnesty International opposed the statement of the Green Party leader Pilz, who proclaimed that the rubber-band paragraph 278a had been misused against people who just showed courage and civil disobedience, by saying that he (Patzelt) opposes that view and stating: (word by word): "Actually the animal protectionists are accused of concrete criminal offences!" (Standard newspaper of yesterday 03rd July 2008). This was the only quote from him in the whole article - and it's so outragious (because either he has neither read the defence statements nor the statement of the chief prosecutor admitting false accusations or he is ....) that we will ask him in our letter for a clarification on this too, because I tend here - in dubio pro reo - that maybe the scribe of The Standard put it into wrong context. However, if this is the only move ai can make, Hans is right again by saying that he doesn't believe in any good thing coming out of Austria - because the lights surely will go off after the brains have been shut off and we can not expect any sympathy or empathy either.

I am very happy that we have the first statement of ai Austria secured and VGT has it on the website, which says and confirms more or less what Pilz stated, but that Patzelt is apparently making now a turn by blasting such an ignorant statement is nothing less than shocking and requires an explanation, if ai doesn't want to loose any chance to behold its self-esteem and legitimacy to further claim to be fighting for human rights.

Which brings me to ponder if the groups here on this list could not try and engage more their national HR organizations to support the struggle. Austria itself is a good example where the HR orgs like Initiative Zivilgesellschaft etc. have actually stepped into the circle. There are many more HR organizations in the 32 countries represented here and every one could help with their bit, I believe, if the animal oriented groups here brief and talk to them - a further stepping stone in the discussion on the way forward.

Hans L (958)
Friday July 4, 2008, 9:45 am

Hans L (958)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 3:31 pm
It has become clear that exMinister Platter is finally responsible for the exaggerated, inhumane, illegal and blotted police action against 28 private residences as well as offices and that Dr. Maria Berger as Minister of Justice is finally responsible for the continuous detention without having any evidence against the jailed 10 people. It is suggested that as good coalition-partners both ministers should resign due to these and other cases, which are pending against them and that § 278a ÖStGB (formation of a criminal organization) should be called in concerning all criminal state-corruption and corporate cartel-building cases, but not be misused for the legitimate work of registered and recognized NGOs and their members, donors, sponsors or supporters.
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