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A Bateria da Amnistia Internacional
Lisbon, Portugal
By Vítor Hugo Costa
18 May 2015

A piece about a campaign from International Amnesty Portugal , a drum set made with objects used to torture people.

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Domestic Workers Face 'Modern Slavery...
Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
01 Mar 2015

320,000 migrant women are exposed to all kinds of physical and psychological abuse in the domestic service sector of Hong Kong. This story is a testimony of their experiences and struggles.

After being repeatedly abused and realizing that her situation would not improve, in a desperate attempt, Kamsiah ran away from her employer's house without money or documentation. Subsequently she was accused of stealing her employer's wallet which was said to contain around 900 US Dollars. Unfortunately, false accusations are a common practice to pressure migrant workers and avoid paying the wages owed to them. Barefooted, without money nor documentation, she sought refuge in a 24-hour fast food restaurant and waited until another compatriot helped her and took her to a shelter.

Esther C. Bangkawayan is the director of Bethune House shelter, where foreign domestic helpers who suffer abuse find shelter, food, and legal advice. They now house about a dozen women in trouble, but at times they even have to squeeze around 20 people in the small house nestled beside a church in Kowloon. A domestic helper herself, Esther is campaigning the government to scrap two rules she deems unfair: one which forbids employees from changing their employers more than three times a year, and another one which doesn’t allow them from changing to work at another sector of the economy.

42 year old filipino domestic helper Grace signed a misleading labour contract to work in Hong Kong but she instead ended up in Dalian, a northeast Chinese city 1,979 km far from Hong Kong. After confronting her employer about the situation, Grace was put into a return flight to Hong Kong without her pending salary and with only 200 RMB in her wallet. Grace has made now a formal complaint against the recruitment agency which made her labour contract. However, she is not very optimistic regarding her chances of recovering the debt of 40,000 pesos she currently has in the Philippines.

Eni Lestari, Indonesian, is the spokesperson for the Justice for Erwiana Committee. A domestic helper herself, she hopes to get justice for one of her compatriots, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, who came to Hong Kong seeking for a better life and future but instead found a form of modern slavery. Erwiana’€™s employers hit her so severely that her brain has sustained irreversible injuries. As a result, she is unable to walk properly and has blurred vision. Her employer punched Erwiana so violently that her teeth cracked. She was sent to Indonesia with her body full of bruises and 8 US dollars in her pocket. Outraged immigrants like Lestari demand now justice and prison for her attackers. The Court has already declared them guilty and sentence is pending.

On Sundays thousands of Indonesian women gather in the streets and public spaces around Hong Kong to take advantage of their only day off. Most take their own food and an umbrella and talk to their friends all day long.

“€œWe barely have any money, so we have to take our lunch from our employer's house and sit in any public space that we can so we can enjoy our leisure time with our friends,”€ said Kamsiah.

To enjoy their free time and to get to know other immigrant workers in Hong Kong, immigrant groups organize activities for the women, such as beauty contests and self-defense classes in Victoria Park.  Persaudaraan Setia Hati Terate Fight Club teaches women to protect themselves from abusive employers.

Not only helping the women get away from the world of domestic work for the little time they have off or boosting their ability to defend themselves, such activities are the only social contact many have; and friends made during Sundays can be of great importance when difficulties arise.

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A Pakistani, Wrongly Accused and Tort...
Pattan, Kohistan
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
24 Dec 2014

Kamil Shah was held in US-run Bagram prison in Afghanistan for five years, where he was wrongly accused of belong to a terrorist group and tortured by American authorities he assumes were working for the CIA. Just seventeen at the time of his arrest in 2004, Kamil was eventually found and contacted in prison by the ICRC before being released and taken back to his family in their village in Pakistan.

"People suffer terribly when they lose contact with their loved ones and don't know where they are or whether they are safe," said Yuriy Shafarenko, a spokesperson of the ICRC in Islamabad. "Kamil Shah was one of those who we helped through the ICRC's Restoring Family Links program."

The ICRC declined to speak about the conditions Shah faced in prison or whether or not he was tortured.

However, the physical, emotional and mental trauma he suffered still plague Shah to this day. He says he is unable to concentrate and is haunted by his experiences in prison. Education seems out of reach for the young man who married in 2010 and works manual labor to make ends meet.

The recent revelations in a US senate report detailing the CIA’s torture program give little comfort to the former inmate who witnessed the worst of the program during the five years he was imprisoned. Shah says he demands justice from world authorities for the torture he faced and the long term effects it has had on him, including his inability to meaningfully undertake education. He questions how the US will compensate victims for the crime which they have had committed against them.

The interview is one of the first given by a torture victim detailing from experience how inmates like Kamil were treated. After the 5 years of jail, he says he doesn’t feel like himself. Here Kamil Shah gives an inside look into the life of a torture victim, how he struggles to live in society now, and the pain this causes families of released inmates.

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Four Floors In Bielany
Warsaw, Poland
By Kirk Ellingham
21 May 2013

Chechen Refugees in Warsaw

Kirk Ellingham

http://kellingham.viewbook.com/portfolio/four_floors_in_bielany

Every day dozens of Chechens try to escape the Putin-proclaimed happy paradise in Chechnya by entering the European Union illegally via the border with Ukraine or Belarus. Despite the news of general peace and prosperity widely circulated by the news media in the Chechen Republic, more and more people dream of leaving the allegedly problem-free Chechnya.

Each time I returned to the rundown refugee centre on the edge of Warsaw that house nearly 300 mainly Chechen refugees to Poland, I found it harder and harder to get a grip both ethically and photographically on their situation.
Some of the residents had moved out into Warsaw apartments, some had been repatriated home; others had just disappeared into the E.U, especially if their asylum claims had been rejected. Some may have even returned to Chechnya voluntary, even perhaps to fight in the insurgence. Often if they had been refused status to stay in Poland or elsewhere the militant young felt they were left with little choice, but to return back to Chechnya to face violent reprisals or join the Islamic insurgence in the Caucasus Mountains.
It became a confusing place but with so many kind and courageous people letting me into their lives to photograph them I felt I needed to continue document the transient and desperate nature of their existence on the four floors of Bielany, the reasons they fled their homeland, in an original way at least.
So how could I transpose these notes and photographs into a viable project? The stories they told me ranged from horrific tales of torture to ones of simply trying to rejoin family members who had left Chechnya years before, during the two wars.
So I began to present the images with my written notes, thoughts and also the pictures the children made for me whilst wandering the cold corridors waiting to interview and photograph their parents.
I often felt like a useless recorder of tragedy and after one visit I felt despair at being only able being able to record these courageous peoples images and voices with a view to just using the work for my MA and not to implement any real change for their situation in Poland. I destroyed my first notebook in a Warsaw youth hostel in anger one night but later I fished its torn remains back from the kitchen bin.
A Bielany resident who I had spoken to about my frustrations had told me the next day even though it may sound clichéd that “It didn’t matter, at least you are listening to us, at least you are here trying to understand us, to document us” this helped waive my doubts about continuing the project, but I still feel that a photojournalist without empathy or ethics is only taking, often not helping; I hope I can give something back even if its only a testament to the fact that the Chechen people were here, in a small part of Warsaw waiting in a bureaucratic limbo as to whether they could continue there journey or travel back to a bleeding homeland.

I plan to make this project into a multimedia piece including all the notebooks, text and audio as well as a finished book and exhibition

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Amnesty International Urges Morsi to ...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
04 Oct 2012

Amnesty International sent a letter Tuesday, October 2, to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi urging him to put an end to the “bloody” legacy of repression, torture and violence that have been used against protestors since the popular uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak’s regime.

Amnesty International highlighted the alleged violations of Egypt’s military and police against protestors over the past 20 months in two lengthy reports.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Nagad al-Bora’y, lawyer and human rights activist:
“I take this report as a claim that has to be seriously investigated. If it is proven that any of the military leaders has been directly involved, he must be tried. They are just like ordinary people who must be tried if they are convicted. They even have to be tried before civil courts, because these were violations against civilians in the streets.”

Amnesty International said that Egypt's new leader had to make reforms to ensure accountability and transparency of the army and the police.
The human rights group’s first reports sheds light on “Brutality Unpunished and Unchecked: Egypt’s Military Kills and Tortures Protesters with Impunity,” and the second deals with the "total impunity" of country's police forces against protestors.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Mohamed Zari’, lawyer, human rights activist, head of Arab Organization for Criminal Justice:
“Besides asking President Morsi to punish the criminals for their crimes against the Egyptian people, the two reports also stress the necessity of reforming the judiciary system and presenting the real criminals for trial, whether they are from the police or the military.”

Amnesty International said that since the January 25 Revolution last year, as well as the violence used against demonstrators by Mubarak’s police, repression hasn’t disappeared in post-revolution Egypt, whether from the army or the police.

President Morsi had previously vowed to set up a fact-finding committee to investigate the killings and abuses that took place under military rule, yet the committee has been given little time to gather findings, get information and summon witnesses, Amnesty International said.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 4, 2012 (and archive)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 4, 2012
Length: 0:02:21
Video Size: 115 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Wide shot, Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo
2- Various shots of President Morsi during a press conference at the Presidential Palace (archive)
3- Various shots of security men and armored vehicles on a nearby bridge (archive, May 2)
4- Medium shot, two armored vehicles with army soldiers in Abbasiya (archive, May 2)
5- Wide shot of protestors marching, shouting "where are the thugs! "We are the revolutionaries" and waving with flags (archive, May 4)
6- Wide shot of massive number of protestors (archive, May 4)
7- Various shots of clashes between protestors and army soldiers, threw stones on each other (archive, May 4)
8- Various shots of army soldiers firing water cannons to disperse protestors (archive, May 4)
9- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Nagad al-Bora’y, lawyer and human rights activist:
“I take this report as a claim that has to be seriously investigated. If it is proven that any of the military leaders has been directly involved, he must be tried. They are just like ordinary people who must be tried if they are convicted. They even have to be tried before civil courts, because these were violations against civilians in the streets.” 10- Various shots of protestors trying to destroy the barbed-wire fence made by the military in an attempt to reach the ministry of defense (archive, May 4)
11- Various shots of clashes (archive, May 4)
12- Pan right shot of protestors carrying an injured man to the ambulance (archive, May 4)
13- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Mohamed Zari’, lawyer, human rights activist, head of Arab Organization for Criminal Justice:
“Besides asking President Morsi to punish the criminals for their crimes against the Egyptian people, the two reports also stress the necessity of reforming the judiciary system and present the real criminals for trial, whether they are from the police or the military.”
14- Various external shots of Egypt’s Interior Ministry
15- Various shots of January 25 Revolution, security men using violence and tear gas to disperse protestors (archive: Jan 25, Jan 28, 2011)

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Georgian students protest against pri...
Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia.
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
27 Sep 2012

Georgian students organized ongoing protests against torture in prisons of Georgia. They gather at the Tbilisi State University and go marching to the State Chancellery of Georgia.
A few days prior, Georgian TV stations released video footage of Georgian prisoners being abused. Since that day protests are being carried out across the country due to this event. After those protests two ministers of the Georgian government resigned.

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Georgian students protest against pri...
Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia.
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
27 Sep 2012

Georgian students organized ongoing protests against torture in prisons of Georgia. They gather at the Tbilisi State University and go marching to the State Chancellery of Georgia.
A few days prior, Georgian TV stations released video footage of Georgian prisoners being abused. Since that day protests are being carried out across the country due to this event. After those protests two ministers of the Georgian government resigned.

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AGAINST PRISON TORTURE - Beirut Edit...
Tbilisi, Georgia.
By Beirut Editor's Picks
27 Sep 2012

Georgian students organized ongoing protests against torture in prisons of Georgia. They gather at the Tbilisi State University and go marching to the State Chancellery of Georgia.
A few days prior, Georgian TV stations released video footage of Georgian prisoners being abused. Since that day protests are being carried out across the country due to this event. After those protests two ministers of the Georgian government resigned.

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Georgian students protest against pri...
Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia.
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
26 Sep 2012

Georgian students organized ongoing protests against torture in prisons of Georgia. They gather at the Tbilisi State University and go marching to the State Chancellery of Georgia.
A few days prior, Georgian TV stations released video footage of Georgian prisoners being abused. Since that day protests are being carried out across the country due to this event. After those protests two ministers of the Georgian government resigned.

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Georgian students protest against pri...
Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia.
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
26 Sep 2012

Georgian students organized ongoing protests against torture in prisons of Georgia. They gather at the Tbilisi State University and go marching to the State Chancellery of Georgia.
A few days prior, Georgian TV stations released video footage of Georgian prisoners being abused. Since that day protests are being carried out across the country due to this event. After those protests two ministers of the Georgian government resigned.

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Georgian students protest against pri...
Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
26 Sep 2012

Georgian students organized ongoing protests against torture in prisons of Georgia. They gather at the Tbilisi State University and go marching to the State Chancellery of Georgia.
A few days prior, Georgian TV stations released video footage of Georgian prisoners being abused. Since that day protests are being carried out across the country due to this event. After those protests two ministers of the Georgian government resigned.

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Georgian students protest against pri...
Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia.
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
26 Sep 2012

Georgian students organized ongoing protests against torture in prisons of Georgia. They gather at the Tbilisi State University and go marching to the State Chancellery of Georgia.
A few days prior, Georgian TV stations released video footage of Georgian prisoners being abused. Since that day protests are being carried out across the country due to this event. After those protests two ministers of the Georgian government resigned.

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Georgian students protest against pri...
Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia.
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
26 Sep 2012

Georgian students organized ongoing protests against torture in prisons of Georgia. They gather at the Tbilisi State University and go marching to the State Chancellery of Georgia.
A few days prior, Georgian TV stations released video footage of Georgian prisoners being abused. Since that day protests are being carried out across the country due to this event. After those protests two ministers of the Georgian government resigned.

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TUNISIA – A NEW VICTIM OF TORTURE
Jerissa, Tunisia
By jamel
11 Sep 2012

Tension, protests and confrontation with police in Jerrisa, northwest of Tunisia after the funeral of ABDERAOUF AL KHAMASSI.
Abderaouf was a 30 year old man. He was arrested on August 28th 2012 in Tunis in a larceny affair.
4 policemen charged of doing the investigation beat and tortured him until he lost consciousness. He was taken to the Hospital Charles Nicolas in Tunis where he died.
Abdreaouf Khammasi is not the only victim of police brutality after the revolution: last week
The human rights activist Radhia Nasraoui announced in an interview that a lady was arrested and then violated by 3 policemen while they were working; the ministry of interior confirms this fact and promises to try the perpetrators in a court of law.

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TUNISIA – A NEW VICTIM OF TORTURE
Jerissa, Tunisia
By jamel
11 Sep 2012

Tension, protests and confrontation with police in Jerissa, northwest of Tunisia after the funeral of ABDERAOUF AL KHAMASSI.
Abderaouf was a 30 year old man. He was arrested on August 28th 2012 in Tunis in a larceny affair.
4 policemen charged of doing the investigation beat and tortured him until he lost consciousness. He was taken to the Hospital Charles Nicolas in Tunis where he died.
Abdreaouf Khammasi is not the only victim of police brutality after the revolution: last week
The human rights activist Radhia Nasraoui announced in an interview that a lady was arrested and then violated by 3 policemen while they were working; the ministry of interior confirms this fact and promises to try the perpetrators in a court of law.

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TUNISIA – A NEW VICTIM OF TORTURE
Jerissa, Tunisia
By jamel
11 Sep 2012

Tension, protests and confrontation with police in Jerrisa, northwest of Tunisia after the funeral of ABDERAOUF AL KHAMASSI.
Abderaouf was a 30 year old man. He was arrested on August 28th 2012 in Tunis in a larceny affair.
4 policemen charged of doing the investigation beat and tortured him until he lost consciousness. He was taken to the Hospital Charles Nicolas in Tunis where he died.
Abdreaouf Khammasi is not the only victim of police brutality after the revolution: last week
The human rights activist Radhia Nasraoui announced in an interview that a lady was arrested and then violated by 3 policemen while they were working; the ministry of interior confirms this fact and promises to try the perpetrators in a court of law.

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TUNISIA – A NEW VICTIM OF TORTURE
Jerissa, Tunisia
By jamel
11 Sep 2012

Tension, protests and confrontation with police in Jerrisa, northwest of Tunisia after the funeral of ABDERAOUF AL KHAMASSI.
Abderaouf was a 30 year old man. He was arrested on August 28th 2012 in Tunis in a larceny affair.
4 policemen charged of doing the investigation beat and tortured him until he lost consciousness. He was taken to the Hospital Charles Nicolas in Tunis where he died.
Abdreaouf Khammasi is not the only victim of police brutality after the revolution: last week
The human rights activist Radhia Nasraoui announced in an interview that a lady was arrested and then violated by 3 policemen while they were working; the ministry of interior confirms this fact and promises to try the perpetrators in a court of law.

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TUNISIA – A NEW VICTIM OF TORTURE
Jerissa, Tunisia
By jamel
11 Sep 2012

Tension, protests and confrontation with police in Jerrisa, northwest of Tunisia after the funeral of ABDERAOUF AL KHAMASSI.
Abderaouf was a 30 year old man. He was arrested on August 28th 2012 in Tunis in a larceny affair.
4 policemen charged of doing the investigation beat and tortured him until he lost consciousness. He was taken to the Hospital Charles Nicolas in Tunis where he died.
Abdreaouf Khammasi is not the only victim of police brutality after the revolution: last week
The human rights activist Radhia Nasraoui announced in an interview that a lady was arrested and then violated by 3 policemen while they were working; the ministry of interior confirms this fact and promises to try the perpetrators in a court of law.

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TUNISIA – A NEW VICTIM OF TORTURE
Tunisia Jarissah
By Editor's Picks
10 Sep 2012

Tense, protests and confrontation with police in JERRISA, northwest of Tunisia after the funeral of ABDERAOUF AL KHAMASSI.
Abderaouf is a 30 years old youth. He was arrested on august 28th 2012 in Tunis in a larceny affair.
4 policemen charged by doing the investigation still beating him and torturing him till he lost the conscience.
So he was taken to the Hospital Charles Nicolas in Tunis where he died.
Abdreaouf Khammasi is not the only victims of police repression after the revolution: last week
The human rights activist Radhia Nasraoui announced in an interview that a lady was arrested and then violated by 3 policemen while they were working; the ministry of interior confirms this fact and promises to try the perpetrators in a court of law.

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Libyan Soldiers Burned by Qaddafi
Benghazi, Libya
By ttmlibya
21 Feb 2011

Qaddafi burned over 60 officers who refused to kill protesters during the February 17th revolution. People in Benghazi found these burned bodies.

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Thousands Join Protest for Khalid Said
Ahmed Zewail Square, Bab Sharqi WA Wabour Al Meyah, Qesm Bab Sharqi, Alexandria Governorate,Egypt
By lillie
27 Oct 2010

Thousands of Egyptian citizens gather for Friday Prayer at a mosque in Alexandria to mourn and protest the untimely death of Khalid Said, who was allegedly beaten to death by police near his home on June 6, 2010.

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Interview with Malala Yousafzai
Swat, Pakistan
By Rohit Gandhi
11 Nov 2009

Interview produced in 2009. Malala Yousafzai is a school student and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. On 9 October 2012, a Taliban gunman shot Yousafzai as she rode home on a bus after taking an exam in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.