Dear backers and photographers,
We regret to inform you that Emphas.is has been forced to suspend its operations for the last 48 hours due to a unilateral freeze of our account by PayPal. We have now implemented a temporary solution while we work on a new permanent solution with another Payment Gateway.
We would like to stress that this freeze is entirely without merit. In fact, PayPal’s move seems to have been prompted by Emphas.is’ success. Now that we have raised more than $400,000 in the 18 months since our launch, PayPal apparently deems that its financial risk has increased.
In order to continue the important work on Emphas.is, and to make sure that the photojournalists and their backers are not impacted by PayPal’s decision, we have provided a temporary solution while we implement the new one. You can now pledge your backing to a project and will receive payment details once the project is fully funded.
In the meantime we have appealed Paypal’s decision and are working constructively with our Paypal Account Manager there to resolve the matter.
So what happens now? How are you impacted?
- In the ideal situation Paypal will restore service and business as usual can be resumed soon. In that case all active projects will be extended by the time backings were delayed.
- In the meantime, backers will be asked to simply pledge their support for a specific project. Pledges are commitments to pay at a later date, i.e. when the project is fully funded.
- Once a project is fully funded, backers will receive payment instructions. Payments will be treated either trough bank transfer, or trough an alternative payment gateway.
- All active projects will be extended by the time backings were delayed.
- Backers of open projects that were not successfully funded will of course be refunded according to our standard policy and procedures.
We thank you for your support and for your patience while we find of a solution to a problem that is not of our making.
Amnesty International has become a partner for Joao Pina’s “Shadow of the Condor”.
Amnesty recognizes the importance of Joao’s ongoing photographic project about the legacy of Operation Condor – a secret plan by the military regimes of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay to eliminate their political opposition in the late 70′s.
Amnesty International teamed up with two creatives from Lisbon, Pedro Bexiga and Marcelo Lourenço from FUEL LISBOA, who approached Pina about his Operation Condor work. The team had already done an Amnesty International awareness campaign with Pina’s work on former Portuguese political prisoners, which won the Lion d’Or in Cannes and is now one of the most awarded campaigns in Portugal ever. Their new campaign below is raising awareness about Pina’s efforts to complete the first comprehensive visual documentation of human rights abuses under Operation Condor.
Operation Condor officially started in late 1975, when the secret services had a meeting in Santiago, Chile, to define a strategy to use common resources and exchange information, manpower and techniques to execute their plan to eliminate the opposition in their countries. Thousands of people, mostly left wing workers and students, were arrested, tortured and executed. Most of the ones who managed to survive sought exile.
The operation resulted in the deaths of at least 60,000 people. A final number could never be confirmed because of the number of mass executions.
“Shadow of the Condor”, on which Joao Pina has been working for 7 years, aims to create a visual memory of these events and this particularly dark period in the history of the region.
Important work is currently being done by the EAAF, The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, to recover and identify bodies of disappeared people in Argentina and elsewhere. Trials are taking place in Argentina against perpetrators that are convicting hundreds of people for crimes against humanity. In early July two of Argentina’s former Presidents and military junta chiefs Jorge Rafael Videla and Reynaldo Bignone were convicted to 50 and 15 years in jail for having stolen babies from killed dissidents. These court cases have sparked a movement in the region and are inspiring other countries to do the same.
In Brazil, left-wing president Dilma Rousseff recently nominated a Truth commission to investigate the abuses committed during the military dictatorship. In Uruguay this past March the state has officially apologized for the first time to the victims of the state violence that was inflicted during the iron-fist years of the 60’s and 70’s.
Joao is now in his final phase of his documentation of the Operation Condor. He has already successfully funded part 1 and 2 in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay on Emphas.is. The third and final phase will allow Pina to complete the work in Paraguay and Bolivia.
Amnesty recommends this project. If you want to help raise awareness, please, check the campaign, share and contribute if you can:
Due to unforeseen professional obligations at the start of his crowdfunding campaign, Jocelyn Bain Hogg from VII has not been able to dedicate sufficient time to his book campaign. Therefore, we have decided to extend the funding period for ‘Tired of London, Tired of Life’ on Emphas.is by 30 days.
Jocelyn is confident that he can reach his goal and so are we. Since he started communicating about his book funding campaign a few days ago, when he got back from his assignment, the project has gained significant momentum.
‘Tired of London, Tired of Life’ is an artist collaboration between Jocelyn, the artist Paul Davis and the designer Henrietta Molinaro, which gives a more gritty, real and humorous view of the Olympic city to be. Visit the project here.