Fw: USA: Kimberly Rivera imprisoned - punished for speaking out ... a message from WRI International
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From: David McReynolds <davidmcreynolds7@...>
Date: Wed, May 1, 2013
War Resisters' International, London, 01 May 2013
USA: Kimberly Rivera imprisoned - punished for speaking out
Kimberly Rivera in CanadaKimberly Rivera in CanadaKimberly Rivera, who
was a member of the US military before developing a conscientious
objection between deployments to Iraq, has been sentenced to 14 months
in military prison for desertion. This sentence is much harsher than
others in a similar situation who have not publicly declared their
opposition to the war in Iraq.
Kimberly is pregnant and is the mother of four children under 10.
You can send an email asking for Kimberly to be released immediately here.
Kimberly fled to Canada between deployments in 2007 having become
convinced of the wrongfulness of the war in Iraq. She was not made
aware of the opportunity to apply for conscientious objector status by
the army Chaplain she visited in Iraq to discuss the fact that she had
decided that she could not take a life.
As her lawyer says, "Because she spoke out against the Iraq War, Kim's
sentence is harsher than the punishment given to 94 percent of
deserters who are not punished but administratively discharged."
Ignoring international standards
The right to refuse to perform military service for reasons of
conscience is part of freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as
recognised in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights, to which the United States of America is a state party.
This includes those who have joined the armed forces voluntarily,
since the freedom to change one's religion or belief is recognised in
Article 18 (1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights. This was also specified in the Human Rights Committee General
Comment 22, paragraph 5.
What you can do
War Resisters' International calls for protest letters to the US
authorities - you can do that via the email form here -
Please also contact the American Embassy in your own country. Contact
details can be found here: www.usembassy.gov.
War Resisters' International calls for the immediate release of Kimberly Rivera.
War Resisters' International
Archives of co-alert can be found at http://wri-irg.org/news/alerts
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