Painter becomes Prisoner – Act NOW to support artistic freedom

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29-year old Atena Farghadani

This week I have been reminded of all of the innocent people in the world that are wrongly imprisoned. I’m reminded how we, complete strangers who have and will never meet these victims, by simply sharing information about their story, signing a petition or joining a campaign to achieve their freedom can seriously make a difference.

Today we are bombarded by such campaigns and stories, the marketplace is flooded by those raising funds or asking for your participation to support human rights, climate change, animal rights etc. This week I had only just shared information about one such story on Facebook, encouraging my friends to participate, and another horrific story appeared in my newsfeed about another unfair example of human rights abuse. There is so much work to be done and I hope if you are reading this, you won’t click on to another page until you give your support to the following two women. If we don’t do anything nothing will change. Your small action and a few minutes of your time can make a BIG BIG difference.

Atena Farghadani, a 29-year old painter and activist has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison because her peaceful art was considered as being critical of the Iranian regime. In June this year she was found guilty and has since been interrogated, beaten, and been kept in solitary confinement. The pain and unfairness lead her to go on a hunger strike; she’s even suffered a heart-attack. Click here to sign Amnesty International’s petition to free this innocent woman.

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Shireen Issawi

Shireen Issawi is a Palestinian human rights lawyer, and activist who has been fighting for the rights and freedom of numerous Palestinian government officials during her career. Now, the Israeli government has been put her in prison where she has been for over a year. Shireen is innocent and we need to demand her release. The video below contains more information about this story. To help please participate in this photo campaign that raises awareness of this story and will be used to put pressure on US officials to demand her release. Click here to go to the Facebook page about the campaign, and watch the video below for more information.

If we don’t act, nothing will change. Please participate, share and spread the world to free these innocent women.

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