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Aaron Yoon, Canadian Muslim convert imprisoned in Mauritania, complaining about being “tortured”

Aww, poor baby! The Muslim Terrorist from Canada is complaining about being mistreated as he rots in jail. He’s part of Al-Qaeda, and he’s the enemy. For all I care, I hope he never comes back!

 

Aaron Yoon in the 2005-2006 South Secondary School yearbook in London, Ontario. Yoon has been in prison in Mauritania since 2011.

Geoff Robins for the National Post files

A Canadian Muslim convert imprisoned in Mauritania since 2011 has told Amnesty International he was tortured into signing a confession that said he intended to join al-Qaeda in Mali.

“I am innocent and hope I can prove that one day,” Aaron Yoon, 24, a former resident of London, Ont., said in a statement released Tuesday by Amnesty Canada’s secretary general Alex Neve, who met him in prison.

“Whatever people think about me because of what my friends have done; whatever people may think of me because they don’t understand the choices I have made — I hope they do understand one thing. No one should ever be tortured and I have been tortured.”

Mr. Neve returned to Ottawa on Tuesday after taking part in an Amnesty delegation that interviewed inmates at three Mauritanian prisons, including the Prison Centrale, where Mr. Yoon is being held.

In an interview, he said Mr. Yoon had shown him scars and provided a credible description of torture that was consistent with the testimonies of other inmates who had complained about having been beaten into making confessions.

Dave Chidley/The Canadian Press; Geoff Robins for National Post

Dave Chidley/The Canadian Press; Geoff Robins for National PostXristos Katsiroubas (L) and Ali Medlej (R) died during a terrorist attack in Algeria, while classmate Aaron Yoon (C) is being detained in Mauritania. A fourth man from the same London, Ont. school, Mujahid Enderi (not pictured) is now also being investigated for possible terrorism ties.

“He was detailed and very immediate and convincing in how he described what he went through. He acted out some of it, showing us positions he’d been put into,” Mr. Neve said. “He was able to give names of officers who he said were carrying out his torture and also gave a very vivid description of the officer who led the charge.”

Mr. Neve said he would be asking Canadian officials to pressure Mauritania to investigate the torture allegations and release Mr. Yoon unless he could receive a fair trail that did not rely on evidence tainted by torture.

“He did tell me that he had told them in one of the consular visits about the torture. So any time the Canadian government becomes aware that a Canadian detained abroad is saying that he or she has been tortured, that should be taken very seriously,” Mr. Neve said.

Canadian consular officers have visited Mr. Yoon several times in prison. “We do not comment on matters of national security. Allegations of this nature are addressed in the appropriate manner,” a Department of Foreign Affairs official said.

Mr. Yoon, a Korean-Canadian who converted to Islam in his teens, is one of several former students of a London high school who traveled to Africa two years ago and have since been linked to al-Qaeda terrorism.

In May 2011, Mr. Yoon, Ali Medlej and Xris Katsiroubas, also a Muslim convert, left for Morocco and Mauritania, where they studied together at a Koranic school. Mr. Medlej and Mr. Katsiroubas eventually left and, in January, were killed while taking part in a terrorist attack on an Algerian gas plant.

Mr. Yoon was “carrying out some errands” in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott when he was arrested in December 2011, according to Amnesty. Denied a lawyer or translator, he refused to answer any questions posed by police.

“I couldn’t answer many of their questions without a translator anyway as my Arabic was still pretty basic at that time. Simply asserting those rights is what unleashed the torture,” Mr. Yoon told Amnesty.

He said he was punched, kicked and hit with wooden sticks until he lost consciousness. Later, his hands and feet were tied behind his back in an “agonizing position” and he was beaten again, he said.

“He realized that this would never end unless he told them what they wanted,” according to Amnesty. “So he agreed to sign a statement confirming that he had been planning to go to Mali to join al-Qaeda. The statement itself, written in Arabic, was never read or translated to him. That is a pattern that Amnesty International has documented over several years.”

The confession was used to convict Mr. Yoon last July. His two-year sentence was to end in December but Mauritanian officials now want to increase that to ten years. He is still awaiting a decision.

Aaron Yoon, Canadian Muslim convert imprisoned in Mauritania, tells Amnesty International he was tortured in prison | News | National Post.

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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Canada, Mauritania

 

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Crazy Muslims go crazy again in China, 17 people murdered for the bloodthirsty ‘allah’

The riots happened in a village in the Turpan Oasis, Xinjiang, western China

The riots happened in a town in the Turpan Oasis in Xinjiang (file)

At least 27 people have been killed and three others injured after knife-wielding gangs went on the rampage through a town in far western China, according to state media.

The Xinhua news agency said mobs attacked police stations, a local government building and a construction site in the Turpan Oasis in the Turkic-speaking Xinjiang region.

Nine police officers and security guards, as well as eight civilians, were killed before police shot dead 10 of the attackers.

The death toll from the unrest was the worst in the restive region since July 2009, when nearly 200 people were killed in riots in the regional capital Urumqi, involving local predominantly Muslim Uighurs and ethnic Han Chinese.

Xinhua said Wednesday’s unrest erupted at about 6am in the remote township of Lukqun, about 120 miles southeast of Urumqi.

Gangs attacked officials and civilians, stabbing people and setting fire to police vehicles, Xinhua reported.

Residents told Sky News there was a heavy police presence in the township. Search results for the words Xinjiang and Lukqun, in both English and Chinese, were unavailable on Chinese search engines.

A map showing the location of the Turpan Oasis in Xinjiang
A map showing to location of the Turpan Oasis in Xinjiang

The reasons for the attacks were not immediately clear, but Xinjiang has been the scene of numerous violent incidents in recent years.

The region is home to a large population of Uighurs, and the influx of China’s Han majority has led to unrest.

Many Uighurs, who have ethnic links to central Asia, accuse the Chinese government of placing restrictions on their culture, language and religion.

They also claim Beijing has encouraged the numbers of Han Chinese to rise in order to reduce the Uighurs’ dominance.

China says it grants Uighurs wide-ranging freedoms and is fighting separatist terrorists in the region. It also claims to be modernising the region, which has for many years been seen as a backwater.

In 2011, the China National Petroleum Corp announced it had started large scale exploration of an oil field around Lukqun, which is thought to be the world’s deepest heavy oil reserve.

In that same year, 113 oil wells were opened. Local people claim the water level has dropped in the last few years.

The report also said three rioters had been seized, and the police pursued fleeing suspects, although it did not say how many.

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in China

 

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends Pride flag-raising ceremony, Lefties still won’t shut up

Lefturds be damned! Toronto Mayor Rob Ford shows up for the flag raising ceremony to kick-start the Gay Pride week in Toronto.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends Pride flag-raising ceremony | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Canada

 

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Four Years Later, Still No Justice for Neda’s Murder

On the fourth anniversary of the death of Neda Agha Soltan in the aftermath of the 2009 presidential elections, her mother told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, “There was supposed to be a court trial held, but in the past four years there hasn’t been a trial. The case file is still open. I don’t know what else to say. I just hope one day they will show me her murderer and tell me, ‘This is the murderer of your child.’”

Describing her expectations for justice, Hajar Rostami Motlagh, Neda Agha Soltan’s mother said, “I expected a court trial to be held for my daughter’s murder, and it hasn’t happened. I don’t know if I will ever hear an answer in my lifetime!”

Neda’s mother expressed her wishes for the future, saying, “I don’t know what to say. I just hope that one day everyone will be free, and God willing, Neda will also have achieved her goal. I can’t say anything else. Answering these questions is hard for me,” Hajar Rostami Motlagh said.

Asked whether they were able to easily hold Neda’s anniversary memorial this year, Hajar Rostami said, “Yes, thank God. It was very safe and easy. People attended also. We were going back home and there was yet another group of Neda’s fans coming to her grave site.”

Neda Agha Soltan, born on January 23, 1983, was fatally shot during a protest against the results of the 2009 presidential election on Saturday, June 20, 2009, in Tehran’s Amirabad neighborhood at the intersection of Khosravi and Salehi Streets. So far, it is not clear who shot and killed her, and no one has taken responsibility for her death. During the months following her death, the state radio and television and some Iranian authorities offered different versions of her death on several occasions. Over the past four years, the police and security forces have restricted or shown violence to those who visit her gravesite to conduct observance ceremonies for her.

In August 2011, just before the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran presented his first report to the UN, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran conducted an interview with Hajar Rostami. “Two years, three months, and two days after my daughter’s death, all I want is to first ask Mr. Ahmadinejad why we should have such lack of security in our country for some to come, kill, and go, without any particular consequences. When, speaking with one of the most reputable media outlets in the world, Mr. Ahmadinejad says that Neda was murdered by BBC operatives, he must have documents and evidence for his statements. Therefore I want him to introduce those behind my daughter’s death,” said Hajar Rostami, pointing out her daughter’s futile murder investigation.

Four Years Later, Still No Justice for Neda’s Murder : International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Iran

 

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The double-standard of the moronic members of QuAIA

The group of douchebags who protest the only democratic nation in the Middle East, and the only nation in the Middle East to not administer the death penalty for gay people.

I encourage these idiots to do a pride march in Saudi Arabia and see how well that goes over.

Gay rights are about equality and the Pride Parade is a celebration of such equality. In no way, shape or form should we involve these kinds of irrelevant politics in this march.

Fuck QuAIA

If Toronto's gay rights activists are looking for something more worthy of their time than bashing the only queer-friendly country in the Middle East, here's another idea.

Toronto’s Pride parade began as a strategy in attracting widespread popular support, in a time-honoured, peaceful, way, for gay rights — not only in Canada, but everywhere. As time went by, social acceptance and legal parity became a reality here. The tone of the parade and the surrounding spin-off events then became celebratory for most participants, and a source of vast entertainment for spectators from near and far — not to mention an important source of revenue for Toronto coffers.

That changed some years ago when a rabidly anti-Israel group, Queers Against Israel Apartheid (QuAIA), seized the occasion of the parade to showcase its political hostility, and to cast an ugly shadow over the whole parade. Gay rights activist Martin Gladstone made a documentary of the 2009 parade, called Reclaiming our Pride. In it the hatred on the faces of many QuAIA and D[ykes]AIA marchers is palpable. One saw swastikas on T-shirts characterizing Israel as a Nazi state, and heard menacing chants, like “Fist by fist, blow by blow, apartheid state has got to go.” The film offered persuasive evidence that QuAIA were not ordinary political protesters with specific grievances, but Israel exceptionalists, gripped by an irrational obsession with the Jewish state’s allegedly fathomless evils, while utterly oblivious to horrific human rights abuses elsewhere.

In the years since, the issue has become an annual flashpoint in Toronto politics. Some city councillors, and many residents, believe the city should not be funding a parade that permits such a hateful group to march. Others view it as a free speech issue (even though nobody is denying QuAIA’s right to bruit their message elsewhere). The presence of QuAIA at the Pride parade has thus morphed into an annual controversy, where gay rights, free speech, the role of government in funding civic events and, of course, Middle Eastern geopolitics all mix together to form a noxious summertime brew.

On June 24, Ali Abunimah, author of the book One Country, a Bold Proposal to end the Israeli-Palestinian impasse will speak in Toronto on the subject of “pinkwash”: i.e. “How Israel uses sex and marketing to distract from Apartheid.” (Abunimah’s one-state “solution” to the Israel-Palestinian impasse, it should be noted, is code for the eradication of Israel as a Jewish state.) His suggestion, implicit in the title of his talk, that Israelis feign tolerance for gays as part of universally understood, but never discussed, charade to gain the world’s sympathy is ludicrous. Israelis do not allow their political “masters” (who can be voted out at regular intervals) to dictate their social and cultural mores. Gays are accepted as equals in Israel because Israelis are modern, enlightened people, whose cultural values are shared by us and just about everywhere else in the West.

Russia’s travesty of democratic political action should be the theme of this year’s parade

The appearance of Mr Abunimah, here to lecture Canadians on the moral inferiority of Israelis, strikes an ironic note as we learn that Russia is moving to outlaw gay “propaganda.” By a 436-0 vote, Russia’s parliament passed a bill last week that forbids “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” mandating stiff fines and even jail terms for violators. This vote followed hard on the heels of another vote passed by the State Duma (the lower house of parliament), which provided jail terms for anyone convicted of offending religious feelings (we have Pussy Riots’ anti-Kremlin protest to thank for that one).

Not a very nice place for minorities and nonconformists, Russia. If the bill passes after going to the Federation Council and then being signed by President Put

in, as nobody doubts will occur, it will be a crime to hold gay pride events, speak up in defence of rights for gays, or to affirm that gay relationships are equal to heterosexual ones.

International rights groups were appalled by the bill. Graeme Reid of Human Rights Watch said that “Russia is trying very hard to make discrimination look respectable by calling it ‘tradition’, but whatever term is used in the bill, it remains discrimination and a violation of the basic human rights” of homosexuals.

This should be carefully noted by Toronto’s many commendable gay rights activists. Pride is in danger of being defined in the public’s perception by its lack of a respect-worthy purpose. If Pride is to be taken seriously, if it is to be something more than a civicly profitable annual party, then it must reclaim its moral high ground, and stand up for gay rights where support is desperately needed. All fair-minded Canadians should be disgusted by QuAIA’s hijacking of its once-noble goal by a group whose raison d’être is the delegitimation of the only democratic, gay-friendly country in its region.

Russia’s travesty of democratic political action should be the theme of this year’s parade, with all participating groups being encouraged to make a united stand. As an international bellwether in shaming President Putin and his puppet parliament, Toronto’s Pride would truly have an achievement to take pride in.

I don’t live in Toronto, and I won’t be able to attend Mr. Abunimah’s talk. Maybe a few (hundred) good people — gays, straights, whoever — who think offering support to persecuted gays in Russia is a better idea than trashing Israel could make this case on my behalf to Mr Abunimah and his QuAIA supporters. All they have to do is show up on June 24 at the 519 Church St. Community Centre at 7 p.m. (admission is free!!).

I wonder how gays are accepted in the world? Certainly Israel should be the least of their worries.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Canada

 

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