Update November 4th. Urgent Action: Please sign a Petition to Help Save Mentally ill Man From Execution.

Update November 4th

Update: Imdad’s execution has been stayed until the Supreme Court reviews his case again in the second week of November. Please continue to sign the petition, as Imdad’s stay of execution is only temporary and he is still at risk of execution.

Petition:

https://reprieve.bsd.net/page/s/mercy-for-imdad-ali?utm_medium=email&utm_source=reprieve&utm_content=1+-+Stop+Imdads+execution&utm_campaign=pakistanimdad&source=pakistanimdad

More details further down

Urgent Update 29 October  2016.

 

Please sign the petition if you have not already done so and share widely.

 

“There’s no time to lose: Imdad Ali, a severely mentally ill prisoner in Pakistan, is now scheduled to be executed at dawn on Wednesday (November 2nd) after the Supreme Court ruled that his execution could go ahead despite prison doctors confirming that he has severe paranoid schizophrenia. The Supreme Court argued that the execution could proceed because paranoid schizophrenia is “not a mental disorder”.

Please sign the petition and Share “we need as many people as possible to call for his execution to be halted. Can you share the petition on social media if you haven’t already?”

 

Please read the following from Reprieve and sign the petition to President Hussain to stop the execution.

 

The Pakistan Supreme Court refused an appeal to stop his execution, meaning only the Pakistani Government can now halt Imdad’s execution. International law prohibits the execution of mentally ill prisoners.

Please share as widely as possible.

Emergency Appeal: Stop the execution of mentally ill prisoner in Pakistan

“Imdad Ali, a Pakistani former electrician with severe mental illness, is due to be executed at dawn on Tuesday over a 2002 shooting. Despite a family history of mental illness, Imdad did not receive a proper medical assessment at his trial and was instead convicted without his mental illness being properly considered.

During his time on death row, Imdad was diagnosed as suffering from severe paranoid schizophrenia. Imdad has spent over 16 years in prison, where his mental health has significantly deteriorated. Pakistan has signed international agreements which prohibit the execution of mentally ill prisoners.

Executing a mentally ill prisoner would be deeply inhumane and a travesty of justice which cannot be undone. We don’t have much time to save Imdad, and we need your help. Join our call on President Hussain to honour Pakistan’s international agreements banning the execution of mentally ill prisoners and show mercy by staying Imdad’s execution.”

Petition PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE

More information about Imdad’scase

Stephen Fry: Pakistan’s courts must not ignore mental illness
by Stephen Fry
Imdad Ali
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Please Take Action to Save The Larung Gar Monastery

Please take action to save Tibet’s Larung Gar monastery.

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The Chinese government are in the process of demolishing Larung Gar the Tibetan Buddhist monastery pictured above. The demolitions are part of a plan to reduce the size and population of the academy and monastery:
https://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/demolitions-begin-larung-gar

Please read the following from the Free Tibet Society and take the suggested actions.

URGENT ACTION: LARUNG GAR BUDDHIST ACADEMY

Larung Gar Five Sciences Buddhist Academy 2014, by BODHICITTA: www.flickr.com/photos/qfzz/

“Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, the largest Tibetan Buddhist institution in the world, is under threat.

Under plans issued by the local government, a series of forced removals and extensive demolition work will be carried out to cut the number of residents from 10,000 down to 5,000 by October 2017. The first round of demolitions and removals, carried out in July, reduced large areas of the site to rubble and caused widespread distress among Tibetans.

The plan is to be implemented in various stages. A series of deadlines have been imposed, with a certain number of removals and demolitions required to be carried out at each stage. The next deadline is October 2016. By then, 1,200 people need to be removed and their residences destroyed.”

Please continue reading and take the suggested actions:
https://freetibet.org/urgent-action-larung-gar-buddhist-academy  – includes a simple petition and other actions such as writing to your country’s Chinese embassy and your foreign minister. All details of how to do this are included in the above link.

If you have only time for the petition please at least sign this as soon as you can but please take the other actions if at all possible and share: http://www.freetibet.org/petitions/3790

Regardless of what you think about religion, this is about freedom. The right to choose your own beliefs,  your own way of life,  your own culture and ideology. Its about a grave social injustice which the world has for the most part turned its back on.

Tibet is not a part of China, Tibet belongs to Tibetans. 

For the past fifty years the People of Tibet  have lived under Chinese oppression

“The situation is now so bad that the US-based Freedom House has ranked Tibet as the second least free country in the world, worse even than North Korea or Saudi Arabia, and ahead only of the bombed shell that is Syria.”

Please continue reading:
https://heatst.com/world/china-must-be-treated-as-a-pariah-until-it-frees-tibet/

Tragically there is little attention to Tibet Worldwide.

Why is Larung Gar Important

Why Larung Gar, the Buddhist institute in eastern Tibet, is important

Larung Buddhist Academy (also called Larung Gar) was closed to foreigners for almost a decade following the demolition of a thousand residences and eviction of numerous monks and nuns in 2001. Now, demolitions have begun once again, with as many as half its monastic residents facing eviction. What makes Larung Gar so important?

Please continue reading
http://www.lionsroar.com/why-larung-gar-the-buddhist-institute-in-estern-tibet-is-important/

Larung Gar: China ‘destroys buildings’ at Tibetan Buddhist academy
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-36863888

Larung Gar is said to be the largest Tibetan Buddhist institute in the world but more importantly it is an important part of a culture, a religion and a way of life important to the Tibetan people. Freedom to do as one pleases in life unless it harms others is surely a human right. As an occupier of Tibet the Chinese it seems can do as they please with little opposition from western countries. Countries such as the USA and the UK which are only to quick to use oppression and human rights as a justification to invade other countries when it suits their own agenda while ignoring the plight of the Tibetan people because doing so interferes with relationships with China.

Other actions you can take for Tibet

http://freetibet.org/take-action

Tibet Know the facts

Since 1950 Tibet has been occupied by the Chinese while in the same space of time more than 100 other countries have achieved their freedom.

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More facts and information for you to share: http://freetibet.org/take-action/videos-graphics

More information

https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/09/14/china-1000-evictions-tibetan-buddhist-centers

https://twitter.com/hashtag/LarungGar?src=hash

The Tale of Donald Trump Jr.

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

THE TAIL OF DONALD TRUMP JR.

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In the bullfighting, after a matador tortured and murdered a bull, he will mutilate the ears and tail of the animal as a trophies or spoils of war against innocent and unarmed creatures. Donald Trump Jr. has also awarded himself his tail when hunting elephants, one of the most endangered species.

When asked, Donald Trump said: “I’m proud of my sons.”
Elephants on the path to extinction [―with the support of Trump family―]

Something Postive :Prisoners Care For Deaf Dogs Displaced by Wildfire

A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being
The Prophet Muhammad: Hadith

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In this world of turmoil, war, disease, greed and exploitation it can feel as though there is no one left who cares about other people or the other beings with whom we share this world. The focus of life seems to be the acquisition of wealth and power at the expense of one another, other animals and the environment. There are though many exceptions and often in the most unlikely places.

This is one of them.

Below is a heartwarming story with a positive outcome for both people and animals.

The so-called Sand Fire that burned for over a week near Los Angeles didn’t only threaten wildlife sanctuaries. Soon after the wildfire started on July 22, Mark and Lisa Tipton, owners of Deaf Dog Rescue of America (DDRA), a non-profit organization that rescues, trains and rehomes hearing-impaired dogs, decided it was better to be safe than sorry. They evacuated the rescue ranch’s nearly 50 residents.

“It was no small feat to assemble crates, pack them into trucks and trailers, and load the dogs,” Lisa wrote on the DDRA Facebook page. “Backbreaking and stressful. We have wonderful paid kennel staff here which is why we were able to evacuate the dogs so smoothly. Nobody got bitten, no loose dogs, no drugs were used. They stayed with us in our time of need and they were rock stars.”

The Tiptons were eventually able to find a temporary home for the dogs at the California state prison in Lancaster, which invited them to bring the dogs there. Mark happens to operate the Karma Rescue Paws for Life dog-training program for the prison’s inmates. It is California’s first and only dog program in a high-security prison. Many of the participants are serving life sentences.

In this program, dogs rescued from high-kill shelters around Los Angeles County live full-time with the participating inmates.

Continue reading the complete article which includes a video:

Prisoners Care for Deaf Dogs Displaced by Wildfire
http://www.care2.com/causes/prisoners-care-for-deaf-dogs-displaced-by-wildfire.html  Please do read the entire article and watch the video. This is a really positive story and shows that compassion exists in places you would least expect showing that for the most part there is good in everyone and people can change. The inmates morale was boosted by their role in the care of these displaced and disabled dogs and as a result of this scheme in just two years 75  dogs were saved from death and now have a forever home.

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity.
George Bernard Shaw

To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task.
Sophocles