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Judge Says Amina Al-Jeffery Must Be Allowed To Return Home

Amina Al-Jeffery, the Swansea woman who claims her father has kept her locked up against her will in Saudi Arabia must be allowed to return to Britain, a judge has ruled.

Amina Al-Jeffery, 21, who was born and brought up in the UK, was taken to Jeddah in 2012 by her father, Mohammed, who said he did it to “save her life”.

Mohammed Al-Jeffery has denied the allegations at the High Court.

But Justice Holman said she had been “deprived of her liberty” and her father must facilitate her return.

Mohammed Al-Jeffery, who has dual nationality, says her father took the action against her will after she “kissed a guy”.

Delivering the court order, Justice Holman said Mohammed Al-Jeffery “must permit and facilitate the return of Amina if she so wishes to Wales or England and pay the airfare” by 11 September.

The judge said the fact that Amina Al-Jeffery was born and brought up in Britain until she was almost 17 was a “very significant factor”.

Her lawyer, Anne-Marie Hutchinson QC, said she has been unable to take instruction from Amina Al-Jeffery, who sent her emails in December 2015.

The case is being heard at the Family Division of the High Court in London

She said she had been “physically abused” and there were times when she had not been allowed to leave her room, meaning she had to use it as a toilet.

She described having her head smacked against the wall.

Mohammed Al-Jeffery denied his daughter wanted to return to England or Wales.

He said he put up a barrier partition to stop her running away because he was concerned for her welfare, which was taken down on the advice of the authorities.

He said he wanted to make sure Amina Al-Jeffery was safe and not being mistreated.

The court was told that in April he instigated legal proceedings against his daughter in Jeddah “seeking parental control over his child for the purposes of caring and supervision”.

However, legal documentation said the “two parties agree to a reconciliation”.

But Justice Holman said that meant if “she were to run away the police, far from offering her protection from her father, would put her in prison”.

Justice Holman said: “If Amina chooses to remain voluntarily in Saudi Arabia she must of course adhere to the law and culture of that society but the current constraint is denying to her the ability to be British and to live in Britain.

“It is true that she is currently present and habitually resident in Saudi Arabia, but that is due to her obedience to her father in 2012. She did not travel there of her own free will.”

He said Mohammed Al-Jeffery “voluntarily chose to live for many years in Wales, to education and bring his children up here… and to accept the constraints of the legal system of England and Wales”.

The court was told Mohammed Al-Jeffery’s wife, from whom he is not estranged, and several of his children continue to live in the UK.

Swansea West MP Geraint Davies has written to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to demand immediate action over the case.

The former Swansea schoolgirl has been in touch with friends in the UK and asked them to contact the British Embassy to inform them of her situation, and has also sent a picture of what she claimed was the caged room her father had kept her in.

In a statement, the Foreign Office said: “We are providing assistance to a woman in Saudi Arabia.

“This has included visiting her and assisting her to speak to her lawyers in the UK as part of an ongoing legal process.”

Iran Sanctions Lifted With Nuke Deal Which Has Already Been Broken

The IAEA says Iran has completed all the necessary steps in an agreement aimed at reining in its nuclear program, clearing the way for the removal of some sanctions.

Iran has various obligations under the nuclear agreement. It must reduce its level of uranium enrichment, dramatically reduce the size of its stockpile of enriched uranium, reduce the number of centrifuges and agree to unfettered international inspections.

But not all nuclear-related sanctions will be rescinded immediately — that won’t happen for about 10 years, should the deal hold. But Iran will be able to sell its oil again on world markets and its banks will be able to connect to the global system.

Matthew Trevithick Is Being Released By Iran

A fifth American, Matthew Trevithick, is being released by Iran, U.S. officials said today.

Senior U.S. administration officials described Trevithick as a student who was recently detained in Iran.

His release is not part of a prison swap that freed four U.S. prisoners in exchange for seven Iranians held by the United States on sanctions charges, the officials confirmed. The prisoner swap came after more than a year of secret negotiations, the officials said.

In addition, the agreement calls for Iranian officials to “continue cooperating with the United States to determine the whereabouts of Robert Levinson,” a U.S. official said on background. Levinson is the former FBI agent and CIA contractor who went missing in Iran in 2007.

Iran has denied holding him.

Washington Post Journalist Jason Rezaian Is Being Released

Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who has been detained in Iran since July 2014, is being released as part of a prisoner swap deal, according to an Iranian news agency report today.

Three other prisoners are also being released, the semi-official FARS news agency said, citing Tehran’s prosecutor.

The news agency did not name the other prisoners being released, or provide any details on the deal.

Iran has been known to be holding Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini. Additionally, former FBI agent and CIA contractor Robert Levison has been missing since visiting Iran in 2007.

Russia, China, Cuba and Ecuador Violating Human Rights With Veto Powers?

Russia, China, Cuba and Ecuador have vetoed past and are against future sanctions, resolutions or actions to stop Syria from killing innocent people. Men, women and children have been subjected to sexual violence, medical malfeasance, gross and systematic violations of human rights by Syrian government forces but nothing has been done to stop it because of those countries. Russia and China have used their veto power at the UN Security Council to block a U.S. and western backed resolution condemning the Syrian regime’s violent crackdown on protests where Cuba and Ecuador do not.

“This has been going on long enough!” says a passer-by when told how long this has been going on. They actually didn’t even know about what had been going on in Syria. When explained to them about the protests, how and why people were being killed by the government, and about this vote, they were shocked. They were even more shocked to know that this had been going on for so long than anything.

Should the free world listen to those whom have no real experience in freedom?
No. That would be like the blind leading the one who has vision. In reviewing history, Russia, China, Cuba or Ecuador have no real experience in freedom and/or human rights.

Russia says they are a democracy, but the specter of every day life is more or less still being controlled like a communist state. You can’t speak out against any regime in power or Putin suffer somehow for it. The only reason we even heard about the “BOOing of Putin” after that boxing match was because someone uploaded it to the Internet, after that the Russian media relaxed any restrictions and went with it. Every time we turn around, the Russian government takes control of another industry.

Cuba is still buddy-buddy with Russia just like they were during the well known Cuban nuclear missile crisis. Cuba still has a communist government no matter what brother is at the helm. They can relax restrictions on sale of cars and property but that a real long way from being experienced in freedom.

China, a well known communist state that is a cancer to their citizens and international society, markets, and moral values such as willful blindness. Can’t speak out on that government or suffer false tax bills and jail time and then extraordinary fines.

Ecuador is on dope, they listen to the man. It seems Ecuador’s hands are tied at the moment. With their economy in shambles and an illegal drugs trade problem they can’t fight, they are more than likely following the lead of the other three. Ecuador is seething with who ever wants to come into their country. They virtually have no border restrictions, and anyone with a printer can get into the country.

China, Cuba, Ecuador or Russia do not have the well being of citizens, values or human rights of those citizens of the United States, Western countries and/or Syria in mind with their vetoes.

A Really Great Recent Example of just how it is a crime to allow abuse:
Recently, a well known college football coach was sacked because it had been suspected that he knew and turned a blind eye while another assistant coach sexually abused individuals and he could possibly have criminal charges brought against him for neglecting the fact that he knew about what was going on. It is illegal to let someone or some organization abuse individuals. So when the coach or who ever did turn a blind eye to what was happening, they broke the law.

So when individuals or an organization such as but not limited a governments turn a blind eyes to crimes such as sexual abuse or the infractions currently taking place in Syria, that in it’s self is a crime and therefore should be leveled against those nations that they are doing so.

More than 4,000 Syrians have been killed by Syrian military forces. Why are we even asking China, Cuba, Ecuador or Russia? What would they do to stop any actions against Syria? Nothing, because they would look just plain wrong. Like Hillary Clinton just recently said about Burma, “We aren’t married to them, this is like a first date.” If history makes any difference, Russia, China, Cuba and or Ecuador has never been on any marriage certificate either. No marriage certificate has been filed for any other country with veto power in the U.N.

What is with these governments? From recent and less recent experiences with all four of these countries with in the specter of the United Nations, on every turn they have let things go on such as this crisis with Syria and with the Iranian nuclear crisis. Every time we want to stop some dictator from killing innocent people, we always have to wait until something really bad happens and it’s not right. So why don’t we all just elect to to hold Russia, China, Cuba and Ecuador responsible for the countless current and past deaths from past wars.

If the syrian Government did have a real problem with insurgents like Iraq was seething with and who caused so much destruction, they would indeed let reporters and human rights organizations into the nation to see what is going on for the whole world to see. However, Syria has not let such personnel inside their borders therefore, we have nothing but to believe that Syrian officials are infringing on human rights.

If you live in China, Cuba, Ecuador or Russia, you should find a way to leave those countries as what is going on in Syria, can and may happen to you at any time. Not very tempting. Image walking around your village in Syria, next thing you know your being tackled, beat down, raped and jailed for no reason if not shot just because the guy down the street is protesting something. An even better example is that if they let Syria get away with this much; How much will them their selves do to their citizens.

Are your human rights violated when one government vetoes an action that would save lives by stopping another government from killing innocent people? Aren’t Russia, China, Cuba and Ecuador infringing on the human rights of the innocent Syrian people?

Seriously, this in-action is deadly and innocent people are dying all of the time. If you are un-happy about this like 99% of the world is, call or fax your local government officials and let them know. Let them know that they shouldn’t be letting Russia, China, Cuba and Ecuador get away with their violation of human right by their vetoes in the U.N. and Human Rights bodies.

How many people have to die because of 4 virtually non-free countries? That’s right. Bet’s could be placed that if you lived in Russia, China, Cuba and Ecuador and you and your buddies went to protesting every day, you’d start dropping like flies and treated just like the Syrian government treats it’s citizens. Be Warned and Beware Russia, China, Cuba and Ecuador Citizens. This could be you.

R.I.P. to the folks who only wanted freedom and have died for that cause. Curse those who let people die for whatever political reason.

Russia, China, Cuba and Ecuador Violating Human Rights With Veto Power?