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  • Robert Waldrop
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      From: Frank Cordaro <frank.cordaro@...>
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      Subject: 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
      http://www.wri-irg.org/node/20380


      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.


      Background information:
      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 -
      http://www.wri-irg.org/node/21704.


      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.


      Hannah Brock
      War Resisters' International
      http://www.wri-irg.org/


      Archives of co-alert can be found at http://wri-irg.org/news/alerts

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