Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Roots of ISIS Go Back to Muslim Brothers Movement

In the news this morning... This is the head of the Muslim Brothers in Egypt who actually not only ordered torture but also did it by his own hands... Although he, el-Baltagy,  was indicted and sentenced for a different case from those mentioned in the article of 2012 (read below) yet, it tells clearly how the system of Ghost Houses created by their 'brothers' in Sudan is deeply rooted in their ideology.
Before even they reached to power, they had already started to create their own-run detention center. The Tahrir Square Apartment should be marked/identified by human rights activists as the first Ghost House of Islamists of former President Morsi.

The brutality of DA'ISH/ISIS, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, as seen their barbaric killing of Western civilians and journalists has its deep root in the ideology of their mother islamic org of the BROTHERS!





Muslim Brotherhood figure, two other Islamists sentenced to 15 years in prison on torture charges

State MENA news agency says the court on Saturday found Mohammed el-Beltagy along with a preacher and a junior member of the group guilty of holding and beating a man in an office overlooking Tahrir Square they suspected was an undercover policeman spying on the 18-day sit-in against Mubarak.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
 
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From the New York Times

Evidence of Torture by Egyptian Islamists


As my colleague David Kirkpatrick reports from Cairo, “Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Morsi captured, detained and beat dozens of his political opponents last week, holding them for hours with their hands bound on the pavement outside the presidential palace while pressuring them to confess that they had accepted money to use violence in protests against him.”
Those protesters were detained and abused during street fighting last Wednesday, which began after supporters of the Islamist president from the Muslim Brotherhood attacked a sit-in by his opponents outside the palace, leading to deadly clashes. Almost as soon as the fighting ended, opposition activists began collecting visual evidence and testimony of the abuse anti-Morsi protesters suffered that night at the hands of the Brotherhood and their allies.
The Cairene blogger who writes as Zeinobia gathered more than a dozen images of badly wounded protesters that were posted online shortly after the detainees were turned over by their Islamist captors to the authorities (who later released them without charge).
Among the injured detainees was Yehia Negm, Egypt’s former ambassador to Venezuela, who spoke to The Times about his ordeal.
Zeinobia also pointed to a widely circulated video clip of Mr. Negm describing his captivity, in which he said that even doctors from the Muslim Brotherhood mistreated the detainees.
Video of Yahia Negm, a former diplomat, describing his abuse during captivity by Islamists in Cairo last week.
Days later, when Mr. Negm appeared on Egyptian television to discuss the torture, his face was still badly scarred.
A sense of the religious and sectarian fervor that drove some of the president’s supporters during Wednesday’s clashes can be glimpsed in a video shot mainly behind Islamist lines by an opposition activist named Abdo Zineldin.
A video report on street fighting outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday, shot by Abdo Zineldin, an activist filmmaker.
Mr. Zineldin, 20, told The Lede in an e-mail that he is from Shubra, a working-class Cairo neighborhood, and recently learned to edit video at a workshop hosted by Mosireen, a collective of revolutionary filmmakers.
Explaining why he chose to record behind Islamist lines that night, the young activist wrote: “I found myself in the gap where the two sides were advancing and decided it would be an interesting perspective to get also the opinion of the Muslim Brotherhood members, since I am more familiar with the ‘revolutionaries/seculars.’”
In a still frame from his video, Mr. Zineldin said Islamists could be seen hauling off a captive protester under the watch of a member of the police force.
Last weekend, the independent Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm published one reporter’s harrowing account of what he witnessed during three hours “in a Muslim Brotherhood torture chamber at the presidential palace” on Wednesday night.
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood have since argued that any torture that took place on their side of the front lines last Wednesday was not directed by officials. But the reporter for Al-Masry Al-Youm, Mohamed El-Garhi, wrote that uniformed and plainclothes police officers were present as the torture was carried out by more than a dozen members of the Muslim Brotherhood, “supervised by three bearded men who decided who should be there.” He added:
Opposing protesters were brought to the chambers after being detained by Brotherhood members, who beat them and tore their clothes. The chambers were informal and it was unclear how many there were; when someone was detained, a chamber would be established anywhere near a building.
The kidnappers would take the detained person’s ID card, mobile phone and money before beginning “investigations,” which included intervals of beating to force the confession that he or she is a “thug.”
The interrogators would then ask their captive why they had taken to the street, if they had received any money for protesting, and if they belonged to Mohamed ElBaradei’s Constitution Party, Hamdeen Sabbahi’s Popular Current or the dissolved National Democratic Party of Hosni Mubarak.
If the detainee denied affiliation, the torturers would intensify beatings and verbal abuse. They also documented the interrogations on a mobile phone camera.
Watan, an Egyptian news site, published visual evidence of that torture by Muslim Brothers in the form of graphic video recorded during the interrogations of detainees. Taken together, two of the Watan video clips, which show bleeding and battered protestersbeing pressed to say that they were paid to oppose the president, have been viewed more than a million times in the past week.
Video of battered protesters being interrogated by Islamists in Cairo last week.
Video of Islamists interrogating a captive last week in Cairo, from Watan, an Egyptian news site.
After Mr. Morsi claimed in a speech last week that some of those detained had confessed to being armed and paid by the opposition to make trouble, Heba Morayef of Human Rights Watch noted on Twitter that it was remarkable to hear a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose members were routinely tortured into making false confessions by the security forces before the revolution, present such confessions as credible evidence.
One of the Muslim Brothers who took part in the beating of detainees admitted his role in an interview with Nancy Youssef, a Cairo correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers:
Adel Amer, 44, said he was one of those who beat protesters at a fierce and ultimately deadly standoff Wednesday in front of Egypt’s presidential palace between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi.
Amer said he had to do it. Morsi’s opponents were taking drugs that numb them to pain, he said. The police could not handle the melee on their own, so he and fellow members of the Muslim Brotherhood grabbed them, beat them and handed them over to officers.
“We had to beat them so they would confess,” he said, listing their crimes: starting the fighting, bribing others to cause trouble or working to undo the democratic election that Morsi won five months ago. “We had no other option. We protected the police.”
Another attack by Islamists on a high-profile political opponent was reported two nights after the clashes at the palace. On Friday, a former member of Egypt’s Parliament, Mohamed Abu Hamed, was badly beaten by Muslim Brothers as he tried to drive past a rally of Morsi supporters in Cairo.
Mr. Hamed later denied accusations by the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party that he was beaten only after he tried to run over members of the group.
While members of the Muslim Brotherhood were among those killed during last week’s clashes, opposition activists still blamed the Islamists for initiating the conflict by calling on their activists to confront protesters who had gathered outside the palace first.
As Hesham Sallam, one of the editors of Jadaliyya, argued, “regardless of how much violence each ‘side’ has committed,” last week’s fighting was “instigated by a deliberate, conscious decision by Muslim Brotherhood leaders to escalate the conflict with its adversaries.” He continued:
One day after thousands of opposition protesters had marched to the presidential palace and staged a sit-in in order to pressure Morsi into reversing his controversial constitutional declaration, the Muslim Brotherhood called on its supporters to march to the palace.
Organizing a march to the same site where Morsi’s opponents are gathered is a tall order, and an inevitable recipe for physical clashes. You do not rally your activists at the same site where your opponents are assembled, expecting a peaceful tailgating picnic.
Early Tuesday, one of the protesters who was detained, beaten and sexually harassed by the Islamists, Ola Shahba, reported on Twitterthat she was still recovering from her injuries.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

On the Eve of Torture Survivors Day

Torture continued to prevail around the globe not only by some rogue governments but also by some militia groups that claim to fight for justice in their own teritories.


Boko Haram is one example of an absurd group that claimed to fight for justice in Nigeria. Abducting innocent people including young middle school girls and torturing and bombing their teachers in the name of 'islamic' agenda was the way they introduced themselves to the world.
 
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ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is another terrorist group that specialized in torturing people in the name of implementing Islamic Sharia Laws. Chopping heads, hands, and foot, and flogging people was another absurd way of introducing their image of Islamic State in Syria and other areas they controlled in Iraq.


In Libya, the armed groups continued to terrorize civilians in every single region especially those who call for democratic society. On the eve of the United Nations' Day for Torture Survivors they brutally killed one of the prominent human rights activists, Ms. Salwa Bughaighis, that she called for banning armed militias in Libya.

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In Sudan, the country that has been ruled under another Islamic military group since 1989, the mass human rights violations continued to prevail. Bombing civilians in Darfur, Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile region brought a lot of concern around the world especially that many kids who escaped to the mountains continued to live in caves to get protection from air raids.


Refugees who took refuge in Sudan suffered in particular a new wave of torture conducted by government-affliated thugs to get ransom for their release. A disturbing video (see below) was part of report issued by Human Rights Watch on the plight of Eritrean refugees in Sudan and Egypt.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Ghost Houses & Boko Haram: A Conversation

The popular ACTV show "Conversation" hosted Mohamed Elgadi, a co-founder of GATS, and Martha Spiegelman, Amnesty International in Amherst to speak about the status of human rights and torture worldwide.

Why torture is wrong, why it doesn't work, why/how it brings wrong intelligence, what is the connection between Boko Haram in Nigeria and the torture establishment in Sudan? These were just a few of the the topics discussed in the 30-min show.

The program shed light on the hot case of Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian mother whom accused of apostasy in Sudan and sentenced to death (thanks to the international pressure on the regime that forced her release today).

The concealed connection between the Islamists of Sudan and Nigeria was exposed at the ACTV show when Mohamed Elgadi spoke on the training of number of Boko Haram leaders in Sudan @ the African Islamic University in Khartoum.

The show can be watched here in this link 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ghost Houses Wiki page

SUDAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION,

 33rd Annual Conference


Sudan and South Sudan: Boundaries, Borders and the Challenges of Nationhood


 
 University of San Francisco, CA
May 23rd, 24th and 25th 2014



Using Collaborative Data to Expose Torture in Sudan
Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, Springfield College (MA)
Nahid Abunama-Elgadi, Amnesty International (CA)
  
When you Google ‘Ghost Houses in Sudan’ the first pages to appear are Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI), and Group Against Torture in Sudan (GATS). However, there is no information available on Wikipedia (Wiki); one of the world’s largest applications for collaborative data. As two human rights activists in the education field, we feel it is necessary to launch a Wiki page to expose this crime worldwide and make authentic data available to researchers in academia.
  
Why are they called Ghost Houses? Who runs them? Are they mobile or permanent fixtures? What’s the justification of torture presented by the regime from an Islamic viewpoint? Who are the torturers? Do Ghost Houses continue to exist? These are just a few of the many questions the immigration lawyers and judges found themselves struggling with. Having this page will connect the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (formerly known as INS) to torture survivors and in turn help its officers better understanding the asylum seekers and provide them with appropriate needed assistance.

From the notorious ‘White House’ in Juba to the infamous ‘Citibank Ghost House’ in Khartoum, the ‘Holy Qur’an College’s Ghost House’ in Omdurman to the Ghost House inside the mosque of the HQ for Security Apparatus in Nyala, S. Darfur; the places of government-organized torture centers in Sudan will be examined in this paper. We hope that in having a global page of collective data, testimonials, location maps and history briefings, we will be able to help researchers, and shed more lights on this crime. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Brunei: Torture as a new Penal Code


"The new Penal Code also contains a range of provisions that violate the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment. These include whipping for offences such as drinking liquor or other intoxicating drinks, and the amputation of the right hand and left foot in cases of theft."

Rings a bell? Think so-called Sharia Law of Sudan

DOCUMENT - BRUNEI DARUSSALAM: AUTHORITIES MUST IMMEDIATELY REVOKE NEW PENAL CODE

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT 17 April 2014 Index: ASA 15/001/2014
Brunei Darussalam: Authorities must immediately revoke new Penal Code
Amnesty International calls on the authorities in Brunei Darussalam to immediately revoke a new Penal Code that is due to enter in to force next week.
The new Code, which is scheduled to come into force on 22 April 2014, is a deeply flawed piece of legislation containing a range of provisions that violate key human rights. It must be amended immediately and brought into line with international human rights law and standards before it can become law. If implemented, the Code would signal a major regression for human rights in Brunei Darussalam.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"stop negotiating with those whose hands literally are stained by my blood”

March 20, 2014

This article was originally posted by Sudan Tribune.

Sudan Tribune: Torture survivor calls for rethink on US policy on Sudan

March 15, 2014 (WASHINGTON) – A Sudanese-born torture survivor has called on US president Barack Obama calling to reconsider his administration’s policy on Sudan in light of the recent escalation in violence in Darfur.
There are calls for US president Barack Obama to reconsider his government’s policy on Sudan following a fresh wave of violence in Darfur (Photo: TJ Kirkpatrick/Corbis)
In the latest letter in a series sent to the US government to highlight ongoing atrocities in Sudan and call for change, human rights activist Mohamed Elgadi said the current US policy on Sudan is heading in the wrong direction, saying it should be should be based on a broad political solution that addresses the underlying roots of conflicts in the country.
Elgadi said US policy toward Sudan should be based on a political solution that addresses all of Sudan.
He has called on the US to refrain from dealing directly with those responsible for human rights abuses and to consider a broad-based sanctions system that targets key individuals.
Elgadi’s is the fifth letter sent to president Obama from Sudanese genocide survivors from Sudan’s conflict zones of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile, as part of an initiative coordinated by advocacy group Act for Sudan.

March 11, 2014

SUDANESE TORTURE SURVIVOR MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO OBAMA

Expresses concerns about “regression” in U.S. foreign 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Download the Pdf of this Press Release here.
CONTACT:
Susan Morgan, 617 797 0451, susan@paxcommunications.org
Elizabeth Blackney, 541 390 1913, eliz@medializzy.com
WASHINGTON, DC – March 11, 2014 – Today, Dr. Mohamed Elgadi, an American citizen and Sudanese refugee, sent a passionate letter to President Obama describing his experience as a victim of torture by the Sudan regime and his belief that the current U.S. policy on Sudan is heading in the wrong direction. This letter is the fifth in a series of letterscoordinated by Act for Sudan, to President Obama from Sudanese genocide survivors. The letters are intended to personally remind President Obama that the people of Sudan continue to be attacked by their own government and its proxies and that his legacy on human rights depends upon his actions. The latest shocking example of such government-sponsored violence took place in late February when more than 35 villages were burned to ashes, dozens of civilians killed and thousands displaced in attacks by troops allied with the Sudanese army.
While in Sudan documenting the government’s humanitarian abuses, Elgadi was arrested, and detained for 118 days in one of the government-operated torture centers known to Sudanese as Ghost Houses. “After being arrested at a peaceful human rights action and taken to a Ghost House, I was subjected to horrendous methods of torture including sexual torture as one of more than 30 different methods introduced by the Islamist regime,” Elgadi writes in his letter. (FULL TEXT OF LETTER INCLUDING POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW)
In the letter, Elgadi describes the role that two leaders of the Sudanese regime, Nafie Ali Nafie and Hassan al-Turabi, played in the creation and subsequent cover-up of the Ghost House torture system and expresses concern about recent invitations both men have received to visit the United States. “Seeking guidance from leaders who torture their people is a fearful sign of regression in the U.S. foreign policy,” Elgadi writes.
“As a human rights advocate, I completely understand the role of negotiation as a policy you adopted to engage many regimes for a better world. However, invitations to the U.S. to Turabi, Nafie Ali Nafie, and their like in the Sudanese regime is an insult to the torture survivors who took refuge in the U.S. and a complete disregard to their suffering. The minimum you can do, Mr. President, is to stop negotiating with those whose hands literally are stained by my blood.”
The U.S. gave Elgadi asylum after he managed to escape Sudan. Dr. Elgadi earned his M.A. in Environmental Studies at the University of Khartoum and his Ph.D. in Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A committed activist in the United States and abroad, he is the co-founder of the Philadelphia-based Darfur Alert Coalition and a co- founder of Group Against Torture in Sudan, an advocacy group that is working on behalf the victims of torture to get medical and psychological help. Mohamed is a long-time member of Amnesty International and he is the Coordinator of the local chapter in Amherst. He works for ServiceNet, Inc. in Northampton, and teaches at the School of Human Services in Springfield College.
According to Act for Sudan, in the sixth year of Obama’s presidency, he continues to oversee a disastrous approach to the ongoing genocide in Sudan. This approach has failed to prevent the tragic loss of countless civilian lives and the mass displacement and starvation of countless more innocent people. According to the national alliance, President Obama should develop a pro-democracy and civilian protection-oriented policy on Sudan. As then-Senator Obama reflected on his 2006 trip to a refugee camp in Guereda, Chad, “The United States has a stake for national security reasons, as well as humanitarian reasons, in stabilizing this region….If we don’t, we do so at our own peril.”
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Act for Sudan is an alliance of American citizen activists and Sudanese U.S. residents who advocate for an end to genocide and mass atrocities in Sudan. Act for Sudan is dedicated to advocacy that is directly informed by the situation on the ground and by Sudanese people who urgently seek protection, justice, and peace. For more information please visitwww.actforsudan.org.
FULL TEXT OF LETTER:
Download the PDF of the letter here.
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March 11, 2014
Dear President Obama,
Since your first term in office, I have followed your foreign policy with admiration and hope. I was inspired by your true enthusiasm that the world can be better by reaching out and listening to the people, not the leaders. Your strong stand against atrocities and heinous crimes of the regime in Sudan made me, and many people, believe there would be a stronger U.S. foreign policy on Sudan, a country I came from as refugee.
I was happy that your administration in 2009 discouraged communication with senior figures in the Sudanese regime who were directly responsible for the killing and torture. However, recently there were some news reports about Nafie Ali Nafie and Hassan al-Turabi that made me fearful of a return to the deplorable policy of “dealing with powerful figures in the regime.”
A former envoy to Sudan from a previous Administration had the gall to stand up in front of Sudanese refugees in the U.S. to say that he trusted working with Nafie Ali Nafie, then President Omer al-Bashir’s advisor. This Nafie, known to Sudanese as Professor Torture, is the founder of the government-operated torture system in Sudan that is infamously known as the Ghost Houses and continues to be one of the key persons controlling the country. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and other human rights groups published many reports on the horror of the Ghost Housesand the official policy of torture introduced by the current regime. Nonetheless, in April 2013, the State Department extended an officialinvitation to Nafie to come to the U.S. I was glad to see that, afterwidespread criticism, that invitation was subsequently cancelled.
As one of the many victims of torture of the Sudanese regime, I witnessed first-hand many horror stories and received many more accounts from families of those who could not make it out alive from this web of terror created by the Sudanese regime.
After being arrested at a peaceful human rights action and taken to a Ghost House, I was subjected to horrendous methods of torture including sexual torture as one of more than 30 different methods introduced by the Islamist regime. While my colleagues and I were suffering the worst types of torture, the head of the regime announced in a televised speech that, “the talk about torture and Ghost Houses is just a nonsense and not true.” I, along with 170 detainees, was being tortured at that moment. The guards mocked us saying, “The President gave us free reign because you no longer exist, as he announced to the world.”
At the same time, the ideological and de facto leader in control of Sudan, Dr. Hassan Abdalla al-Turabi, was repeating the same lie at a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa. In May of 1992, in a response to a question from Congressman Wolpe (D-MI) about torture and secret detention in Sudan, Dr. Turabi denied the allegation, just as President Bashir did. In January of 2014, Turabi was invited to visit the U.S. by former president Carter “to meet with influential figures and decision makers in Washington.” I fear that the State Department supports this visit, but sincerely hope that this proposed visit does not take place.
Seeking guidance from leaders who torture their people is a fearful sign of regression in the U.S. foreign policy.
The regime in Sudan has been committing crimes against humanity for the past 24 years. The U.S., along with many other countries, has become complicit by its inaction or indifference. Genocide continues in the South, Nuba Mountains, Darfur, and the Blue Nile region.  The Ghost Housessystem has spread all over the country from “Nyala to Kajbar, and from Juba to Port Sudan” as one Sudanese-American musician sings.
A change in the U.S. policy toward Sudan needs to be considered that is based on a political solution that addresses all of Sudan. This policy should include:
Access to humanitarian aid, especially those caught in conflict zones like Darfur, Nuba Mountains, and the southern Blue Nile region.
Efforts toward peace and justice by providing accountability for crimes committed in Darfur and other parts of Sudan and refraining from dealing or negotiating with those directly responsible for the human rights crimes.
A broad-based sanctions system that targets key individuals of the regime responsible for the government of Sudan committing serious human rights abuses.
Democratic reform that is based on separation of religion and state and the promotion of human rights.
The crimes of the regime leaders have been clearly outlined in the indictment of President al-Bashir and his cabinet by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Torture, crimes against humanity, and genocide were just few. Your Administration should be pressing other Security Council members to support the arrest warrants issued by the ICC against suspects and to introduce targeted sanctions against them.
As a human rights advocate, I completely understand the role of negotiation as a policy you adopted to engage many regimes for a better world. However, invitations to the U.S. to Turabi, Nafie Ali Nafie, and their like in the Sudanese regime is an insult to the torture survivors who took refuge in the U.S. and a complete disregard to their suffering. The minimum you can do, Mr. President, is to stop negotiating with those whose hands literallyare stained by my blood.
Respectfully,
Mohamed I. Elgadi
A U.S. Citizen and Torture Survivor
Amherst, MA

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Islamist's Justification of Torture & Rape




Ibrahim El-Sanoussi



: للذكرى والتاريخ 
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: هذه اقوال احد قيادات الانقاذ 

ان كان في التعذيب صوابا فان الله يجزينا عليه ثوابا !!! 
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  انني لست من المنكرين انني واحد من قيادات الانقاذ وكل 


الذي حدث من انتهاكات حقوق الانسان كان (باجتهادات)وكنا نرى فيه (مصلحة) للاسلام 

والسودان !! حين اقدمنا على استلام الحكم وان كان فيه خطأ فليغفر الله سبحانه وتعال

ى وان كان فيه صواب فأن الله يجزينا عليه ثوابا وهذا شيء طبيعي .

ابراهيم السنوسي

صحيفة الصحافة 

2000/9/9

Translation:

"If the torture we committed was right, then Allah will reward us  for what we did. If it's wrong,  Allah will forgive us because we did it for there benefit of Islam and Sudan. This is a  normal/natural thing"

It's no difference of what another religious Christian torturer had said:

Julian the Turk


"What I did I did for my Fatherland, my faith, and my 

religion. Of course I would do it again."