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1/3 This week I attended the opening of the #Mandela centenary exhibition.

In a short speech, Lord Hain thanked one of the sponsors, Moti Group, twice.

According to @mailandguardian Lord Hain is
employed by them "in part to improve their poor reputation"…
2/3 Moti Group is a mining & property
company that's been subject to some controversy. It allegedly has links to
Zimbabwean officials implicated in human rights violations & in 2017,
Interpol issued an international arrest warrant for the company's chair…
3/5 Journalist @simonallison writes:

"There is no suggestion that the royals were aware of or intended to
endorse the Moti Group’s controversial business practises; or the group’s links
to senior Zimbabwean officials that have been implicated in serious human
rights violations."
This rings a #BellPottinger

Moti Group, who employ Peter Hain as an advisor & were at the #Mandela centenary exhibition with #MeghanAndHarry, use the PR firm Sans Frontières, which is run by Lord Bell, former head of Bell Pottinger, the firm that incited division in #SouthAfrica
According to ex-Minister @DavidColtart, PR firm #SansFrontiereAssociates which was set up by Lord Bell after the collapse of his disgraced PR outfit #BellPottinger & which advises Moti Group who have mining interests in #Zimbabwe, also acted for ZANUPF during #ZimbabweElections
When debating whether to represent a questionable individual, staff at PR companies used to joke that the answer was either “Yes”, “No” or “One for #BellPottinger

Here's the story of the collapse of the PR firm whose ghosts are still haunting this thread…
"Why is Peter Hain helping Moti, a tycoon who cuts deals with #Zimbabwe’s violent regime, to rub shoulders with #HarryandMeghan?" via @guyadams.

Interestingly the PR firm Moti uses, Sans Frontieres, was set up by Lord Bell after #BellPottinger collapsed…

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Next month we will mark the 1st anniversary of the imprisonment of @Amnesty's #TanerKilic. He is being held on absurd "terrorism" charges.

For more than 5 decades, Amnesty has campaigned to free prisoners of conscience in #Turkey. Including writers, politicians etc. #FreeTaner
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Next month we will mark a year in prison for Amnesty Turkey's honorary chair #TanerKilic. #FreeTaner #FreeRightsDefenders
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We will win together.”
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1/10. "The Joy of Freedom". The #Istanbul10 were released in early hours of Thursday morning after 113 days in jail. Where are they now?
2/10. Günal Kurşun is back with his family. Before he was jailed, Günal had never heard his son say his newest word: "Daddy" #Istanbul10
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