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Coronavirus prompts prisoner releases around the world

The silver linings keep on coming. The question is: How do we make this permanent?

By Adela Suliman, Andy Eckardt and Gabe Joselow

NBC News

As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, some countries are freeing prisoners to stem the spread of the virus in crowded jails or free up space for COVID-19 patients.

Iran have already released 80,000 prisoners, according to official reports. Among them were British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 42, who was jailed in 2016 on what the United Nations, activists and her family say are trumped-up allegations of trying to overthrow the Iranian regime, and U.S. Navy veteran Michael White, 48, who has been in prison since his 2018 after he was sentenced to 13 years for insulting the country’s top leader and displaying a private photo publicly.

The U.N.’s special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, said in a statement that “recent reports indicate that the COVID-19 virus has spread inside Iranian prisons,” adding that “overcrowding, poor nutrition and a lack of hygiene” were also causes for concern.


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  1. you go tiger, Keith Preston, just so you know, cool dude, that there’s absolutely no such thing as a Chinese Virus. It’s an Israeli bioweapon designed to genocide Asia, & it’s true name is the Covid1984 Trumpvirus! I will stand up & side in solidarity with Asia, especially Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, etc. This whole disaster is the very reason why I HATE (((Israel))) & (((Trump))) far more than ever. That’s why (((Reactionary Biblethumping Cop-loving Pro-Israel Conservatism))) is always the EVIL ZIONIST NEW WORLD ORDER RIGHTWING TYRANNY! THE LAW IS ALWAYS EVIL, ALL COPS ARE TERRORISTS PERIOD, & THERE CAN ONLY BE PEACE WHEN THERE’S NO GOVERNMENT PERIOD! PEACEFUL ANARCHY FTW, Keith, & keep up the good work. on a plus side, there’s recently some amazing articles from C4SS that praise Polygamy (yay for me so I can love multiple Cute Petite Lightskin Eurasian Pro-Life Feminist Lolita Cinderella Girls with Rainbow Bob haircuts, Loosened Shiny Reflective Mary Jane Shoes, + Adorably Beautiful Lolita Fashion Dresses, & have happy informal marriage relationships with such babes involving my beloved Mary Jane Shoe fetish alongside making lotsa babies, & even doing fun creative projects that have nothing to do with my fetish or making babies for fun & love such making Zines, Manga, Roleplaying Game stuff, etc.) & Kevin Carson recently wrote a kickass article about the need for Micromanufacturing when the entire human race (especially Asians) is under attack from a bioweapon created by Israel.
    Not only I learn truth about this Israeli bioweapon called the COVID1984 TRUMPVIRUS from our Libertarian & Anarchist comrades (especially the Covid1984 thing), but I even had to gleen from those goddamn stupid so-called Progressive Liberals (that’s where the Trumpvirus name is revealed) & even hideous Neonazi scumbags (it’s confirmed that’s it’s an Israeli bioweapon), & the whole “Chinese Virus” BULLSHIT is nothing but a complete RACIST LIE!
    Even those woke illiberal pansies who call themselves Liberals & White Supremacist Scum can be useful sometimes. Even Liberals & Nazis know that there’s no such thing as a Chinese Virus, of course they’re asshats, it’s good for them to expose the LIES of (((Trump the Tyrant))) alongside the (((Conservative Evangelical Tyrants))) & their EVIL ZIONIST NEW WORLD ORDER RIGHTWING TYRANNY!
    Cheers, Keith, & i feel like I really need to start writing for you in the near future.

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