Anti-torture conference denounces U.S., Zionist, Turkish prisons
By Gloria Rubac - Athens, Greece
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Organizations and activists from over 30 countries participated in the Fifth International Symposium Against Isolation in Athens, Greece, Dec. 15-18, declaring anti-imperialist unity in supporting political prisoners around the world. Over the four-day symposium, the politics of isolation, secret detention and torture were graphically exposed by dozens of panelists, some of whom had been imprisoned themselves or were activists or lawyers working on behalf of political prisoners.
The symposium gave special attention to the 10,000 people from Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt who are in Zionist prisons as well as to those in the U.S.-run prisons of Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo and Bagram, and those in Turkish prisons.
Participants declared strong support for U.S. political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, the Cuban Five and the MOVE 9, greeting messages from Mumia as well as from activists on death row in Texas with great applause.
Pam Africa, representing the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, told of Mumia’s political strength despite his illegal incarceration for decades. Ralf Minkenberg from Germany, with the Solidarity Committee with the Cuban Five—”Basta Ya”—spoke of worldwide support for these Cuban heroes, who were truly fighting terrorism.
Melek Akgun, representing TAYAD, a Turkish association of prisoners’ families, gave a heart-wrenching account on conditions of isolation in Turkish prisons. Her son, a political prisoner, has been imprisoned for five years. She said that the prison isolation has psychologically disabled her son. >--> http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publi ... 3763.shtml