Attempt to disrupt the press conference for #AlaaAbdelfattah at #COP27

“Egyptian ‘citizens’ attempted to derail & disturb the press conference giving us all a small sense of the regime of fears & silencing in the country right now” @amnesty’s @AgnesCallamard #FreeAlaa #SaveAlaa Image
Photo🖕via journalist @mmsabry who writes:

“First he tried to give a speech and smear Alaa and Sanaa and then he began yelling and whatnot so security took him out”
The man who tried to disrupt the press conference for #AlaaAbdelfattah was Egyptian MP, Amr Darwish

This footage by journalist @NChulani, shows part of the exchange between him & activist @sana2 at #Cop27 
#SharmElSheikh #FreeThemAll
#FreeAlaa #SaveAlaa
#AlaaAbdelFattah must be released immediately” @amnesty

Today is his 4th day without water

Tmw, on the Day of Solidarity with Egypt’s political prisoners, people around the world will be wearing white
#FreeAlaa #SaveAlaa #FreeThemAll @sana2 @Monasosh

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Nov 2
1/ On the 5th anniversary of the Memorandum of Understanding on Migration btw Italy & Libya, @amnesty is call on Italian authorities NOT to renew this agreement which makes them complicit in the abuse & torture of asylum seekers in Libyan detention centres
2/. Since the MoU was signed in 2017,
100,000 people have been intercepted at sea & forcibly returned to #Libya

#Italy & the #EU have been helping the Libyan Coast Guard, providing financial support & technical assets

See protest in Rome (via @ellyesse)
3/. The strategy of outsourcing of border control to Libya focuses on keeping people out of Europe

But #Libya doesn't have the capacity to coordinate rescues & people rescued at sea can’t legally be taken there due to the dire rights violations they there
Read 4 tweets
Oct 27
1/. On Sunday - the day of the #BrazilianElections & week before the start of #COP27 - a traffic island in front of the Brazilian embassy by Trafalgar Sq, London, will be transformed into a tropical rainforest, the first of many #RainforestIslands to spring up around the world...
2/. #Rainforestisland – a cornucopia of trees, plants & forest creatures – will be a platform for activists to gather throughout the #COP27 & is intended to amplify Indigenous voices who’ve yet again been excluded from their rightful place on the top table beside decision-makers.
3/. Indigenous communities have conserved & sustained our planet for thousands of years & are the true experts at protecting biodiversity

It is time for us to listen to them, not because they need our help, but because we need theirs! #COP27

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Oct 25
#RishiSunak was at the heart of the #HerdImmunityScandal

Every epidemiologist, virologist & scientist made clear that - without a vaccine - #HerdImmunity was an “outcome” never a “strategy”

On 21/9/20, Sunak & Johnson skipped a crucial SAGE meeting to meet two lockdown sceptics
At the Sept meeting that Sunak skipped, SAGE had advised a circuit-breaker lockdown

Scientists had also warned against #Sunak's Eat Out to Help Out scheme which is closely linked to rise in #COViD19 cases & likely helped trigger a rise in deaths among ethnic minority populations
After #Sunak & Johnson were briefed by the anti-lockdown sceptics, they ignored SAGE’s advice to:

1. introduce a circuit-breaker lockdown

2. close pubs, restaurants & gyms

3. stop households mixing in each other’s homes

4. stop face-to-face teaching at universities & colleges
Read 5 tweets
Oct 20
EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE: #LizTruss resigns as British Prime Minister

She says she will stay for a week until the next PM elected, presumably by MPs.

What chaos!
#LizTrussPM #JeremyHunt #GrantShapps #SuellaBraveman #JacobReesMogg #JamesCleverly #BREAKING
Image of Britain see tonight from the International Space Station
“Actually, if this was a relationship, I think at this point Britain’s friends would be sitting down with it & saying:

‘Look honey, you’ve been through four Prime Ministers in six years. They can’t all be the problem’” @Trevornoah on @TheDailyShow
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Oct 5
1/. In Turkey, parliament will today vote on a bill that could further muzzle free expression & journalism

The “deliberate” publishing of “disinformation & fake news” could be punished with 3 years in jail

Definitions of both are deliberately vague

They must reject this law Image
2/. Turkey’s 'disinformation law' will strike a further blow to media freedom

It will enable the state to further censor & silence critical voices ahead of #Turkey’s upcoming elections and beyond, under the guise of fighting 'fake news' & 'disinformation'…
3/. #BREAKING: According to reports, #Turkey’s parliament has approved the first two articles in the anti-disinformation law that could be used to suppress critical journalism & online free speech

@amnesty reaction coming soon
(Report via @gazeteduvar).…
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Sep 24
1/. “In the centre of the swirling madness of London traffic there is a sort of sanctuary, a green oasis that his intrigued & aroused the curiosity of Londoners & visitors alike”

Clip from The Queen’s Garden (1977) by James Hill & @willtravers dad, Bill.
2/. On Thursday we’ll unveil our proposal that’s been in a decade in the pipeline

Originally devised to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016, the idea is to use a sliver of #BuckinghamPalace Gdns to create a new park: the #QueenElizabethMemorialGardens

DM me for a press pack Image
3/. As this period of national mourning comes to an end, our thoughts turn to how we will mark the #Queen’s memory

We hope that the #QueenElizabethMomorialGardens might provide both a living legacy to #QueenElizabethII & as well a welcome new green space in a central London ImageImageImageImage
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