Amnesty International är en global rörelse där mer än 7 miljoner människor i världen agerar för att mänskliga rättigheter ska gälla alla, alltid.

Lås upp

Lås upp din mobil - lås upp för en fängslad människa Lås upp är en mobilkampanj för att värva sms-aktivister till vårt blixtaktionsnätverk. Tillsammans med reklambyrån Garbergs m fl har vi tagit fram bilder som är anpassade för att lägga i sin iPhone eller iPad. Ena bilden för den låsta skärmen ...

Om blixtaktioner Amnesty International får dagligen information om människor som trakasseras, fänglas, döms till döden eller vars säkerhet på andra sätt hotas. I de fall då det är extra bråttom - t ex risk för tortyr, "försvinnanden" eller avrättning - genomförs en blixtaktion ( urgent action på engelska): ett världsomfattande ...

Statistik

Statistik - Blixtaktionverksamhet 2011 Under 2011 hade 368 nya blixtaktioner (BA) skickats ut från vårt internationella sekretariat (IS) i London. Dessutom skickades det ut 361 uppdateringar av befintliga BA som innebär att det totalt var 729 BA för året. Av de ovannämnda uppdateringarna var 116 "Stop actions" då arbetet på ...

Hur skriver man blixtaktioner

Hur skriver man blixtaktioner? Alla blixtaktioner är skrivna på engelska och ger dig en handledning hur du ska kunna agera för det aktuella fallet, med information om den eller de utsatta personerna och vad du kan göra för att hjälpa den eller dessa. En blixtaktion är uppdelad enligt följande (1) ...

Vad är en blixtaktion

Då det är extra bråttom att agera Amnesty International får dagligen information om människor som trakasseras, fänglas, döms till döden eller vars säkerhet på andra sätt hotas. I de fall då det är extra bråttom - t ex risk för tortyr, "försvinnanden" eller avrättning - genomförs en blixtaktion ( urgent ...

Rädda liv - bli sms-aktivist! När vi får information om att en människas liv är i fara utfärdas en blixtaktion. Som sms-aktivist blir du en del av ett världsomspännande nätverk som protesterar. Med ett knapptryck kan du göra stor skillnad för människor i utsatta situationer. Så här anmäler du dig ...

Further Information UA 78/15 ANGOLA - LAWYER AND ACTIVIST RISK 10 – 15 YEARS IN JAIL

  ANGOLA   Human rights lawyer, Arão Bula Tempo, was conditionally released on 13 May. However, human rights activist, José Marcos Mavungo, remains in detention at Cabinda civil prison (Cadeia Civil de Comarca de Cabinda) as authorities continue to conduct investigations into his case. They have both been charged separately ...

Further Information UA 33/14 VENEZUELA - SAFETY FEARS FOR DETAINED OPPOSITION MEMBER

  VENEZUELA   Opposition politician and Mayor of San Cristóbal in Táchira State, Daniel Ceballos, was transferred from a military prison to a high-risk civilian prison in San Juan de los Morros, Guarico State, in the early hours of the morning on 23 May. There are fears for his safety. ...

FU UA 81/15 ISRAEL AND THE OPT - PARLIAMENTARIAN STILL HELD AFTER BAIL GRANTED

  ISRAEL AND THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   A military judge has ruled that Khalida Jarrar can be freed on bail, but then agreed to the Israeli military prosecution’s request to keep her in detention while they consider appealing. The judge noted that she could be placed in administrative detention, ...

Further information on UA 80/15 EGYPT - TRIAL OF WITNESSES TO KILLING CONTINUES

  EGYPT   Women’s rights defender Azza Soliman and 16 other people who witnessed the killing of Egyptian activist Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh in a peaceful march forcibly dispersed by security forces are due in court for their second hearing on 23 May. They are charged with illegal protest and could face ...

Further Information 67/15 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - RELEASE DETAINED HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO   Two human rights activists, Yves Makwambala and Fred Bauma remain in detention at Makala prison in Kinshasa. The two are facing charges of “treason, attempted coup and an attempt to take the life of a Head of State”.   Yves Makwambala and Fred Bauma ...

UA 114/15 UZBEKISTAN - FIVE MORE YEARS FOR ‘VIOLATING PRISON RULES’

  UZBEKISTAN   Human rights defender and prisoner of conscience, Azam Farmonov, has been sentenced to a further five-year imprisonment for allegedly violating prison rules. He was due to be released at the end of April after serving nine years in prison.   The wife of prisoner of conscience Azam ...

UA 115/15 VENEZUELA - JOURNALIST BEATEN AND THREATENED

  VENEZUELA   Horacio Giusti, a journalist and volunteer press officer has reported being beaten. This attack appears to be directly linked to his work at the Venezuelan Penal Forum (Foro Penal Venezolano), a lawyers’ network that has represented hundreds of people detained during anti-government protests.   On 28 April, ...

Further information UA 100/15 PARAGUAY - PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF PREGNANT 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL

  PARAGUAY   Paraguay continues to deny the rights to health, life and physical and mental integrity to a girl who is pregnant as a result of rape, despite national and international outrage.   Following a judicial order, an interdisciplinary panel of experts (junta médica interdisciplinaria) finally met last week ...

Further information on UA 220/13 VENEZUELA - DEMAND ADEQUATE PROTECTION FOR DEFENDER

    VENEZUELA   Human rights defender Víctor Martínez and his family are still at risk as the protection measures granted to him are not being adequately implemented.   Following the latest attack against him on 6 April, human rights defender Víctor Martínez began receiving protection from the police in ...

FU UA 108/15 INDONESIA/MALAYSIA/THAILAND - REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS ADRIFT REMAIN AT RISK

    INDONESIA/MALAYSIA/THAILAND      Malaysia has ordered search and rescue operations but thousands of refugees and migrants remain at risk of death in seas around Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to provide temporary shelter to those who land.   Up to 4,000 people remain adrift ...

Further information on UA 256/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) - ONE QATARI MAN RELEASED, OTHER JAILED

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)   The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities have released one of the two Qatari men they had subjected to enforced disappearance, but sentenced the other to 10 years’ imprisonment on 18 May. He has no right to appeal.   Qatari national Yousif Abdulsamad Abdulghani al-Mullah ...

UA 111/15 SUDAN - DETAINED ACTIVIST AT RISK OF TORTURE

    SUDAN   Mohamed Musa Mohamed Dawud, a human rights activist from South Kordofan, Sudan was arrested in South Kadugli on 24 April by a suspected Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) unit. He is currently being held at Kadugli Military Hospital while undergoing medical treatment, but he has no access ...

FU UA 88/15 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - ACTIVISTS TO STAND TRIAL, RELEASED ON BAIL

  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO   Four human rights defenders from the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (Struggle for Change, LUCHA) were released on bail following an appeal court’s decision in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on 29 April.   Tresor Akili, Vincent Kasereka, Gentil Mulume and Sylvain ...

UA 110/15 CHINA - HEALTH FEARS FOR DETAINEE IN CHINA

  CHINA   There are grave concerns for Falun Gong practitioner Li Xiaobo, who is detained in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, central China as a result of his beliefs. His lawyers have reported that his health is deteriorating rapidly and he is also at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   ...

Further information on UA 2/15 MYANMAR - MYANMAR ACTIVISTS IMPRISONED FOR PROTESTING

  MYANMAR   Six human rights activists have been sentenced to four years and four months’ imprisonment in Myanmar solely for participating in a peaceful demonstration against the shooting to death of a protester. They must be immediately and unconditionally released.   On 15 May, human rights activists Naw Ohn ...

UA 109/15 PERU - THREE KILLED, HUNDREDS INJURED DURING PROTESTS

  PERU   Three people have been killed; two by-standers and one police officer, and hundreds have been injured as a result of violent clashes and excessive use of force by police during weeks of anti-mining protests in southern Peru. As new protests are announced for 27 and 28 May, ...

UA 107/15 EGYPT - RIGHTS LAWYER, JOURNALIST AND ACTIVIST HELD

  EGYPT   Human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Massry and two others have been detained pending the verdict of an Egyptian appeals court, due on 31 May. They deny the trumped-up charges of which they have been convicted.   Human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Massry, journalist Youssef Shaaban and political activist Loay ...

Further information on UA 84/15 EGYPT - SIX MEN EXECUTED FOLLOWING GROSSLY UNFAIR TRIAL

  EGYPT   Six men were executed in Egypt yesterday following a grossly unfair trial before a military court. Security forces tortured the men in order to force them to “confess” to terrorism-related offences. Officials also falsified the men’s date of arrest in official documents.   The six men, Mohamed ...

Further information on UA 249/14 BAHRAIN - NABEEL RAJAB LOSES APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab has had his six-month prison sentence upheld on appeal. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Nabeel Rajab’s appeal against a six-month prison sentence for “publicly insulting official institutions” was rejected on 14 May by the Court of Appeal in the ...

UA 108/15 INDONESIA/MALAYSIA/THAILAND - REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS STRANDED AT SEA

  INDONESIA/MALAYSIA/THAILAND   Thousands of refugees and migrants are at risk of death in seas around Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia after authorities have pushed back boats or refused to let them land.   Up to 8,000 people remain stranded at sea while Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian authorities defy international human ...

Further information on UA 212/14 IRAN - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RISKS DEATH SENTENCE

  IRAN   Mohammad Ali Taheri, who has spent four years in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin Prison for “insulting Islamic sanctities” through his spiritual beliefs and teachings, is now on trial for an additional charge of “spreading corruption on earth”, for which he may be sentenced to death.   ...

Further information on UA 21/15 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - EGYPTIAN NATIONAL MOVED TO REGULAR PRISON

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Mosaab Ahmed ‘Abdel-‘Aziz Ramadan has been transferred to al-Wathba Prison in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). He had spent several months in solitary confinement at a secret detention facility.   Mosaab Ahmed ‘Abdel-‘Aziz Ramadan, an Egyptian national, was transferred from secret detention to al-Wathba ...

Further information on UA 5/14 BAHRAIN - AHMAD MSHAIMA’ TELLS FAMILY OF BEATING

  BAHRAIN   Prisoner of conscience Ahmad Mshaima has told his family he was beaten following a prison strike on 10 March and again in the first week of May. He may be at risk of further torture and other ill-treatment.   Ahmad Mshaima’ is serving a one-year prison sentence ...

UA 106/15 TIMOR-LESTE - DOZENS ARRESTED AND TORTURED IN TIMOR-LESTE

  TIMOR-LESTE   Dozens of individuals were arbitrarily arrested and tortured or otherwise ill-treated by Timor-Leste security forces as part of security operations in the Baucau district. There are ongoing concerns for their safety.   The Timor-Leste security forces have arbitrarily arrested and allegedly tortured or otherwise ill-treated dozens of ...

Further information on UA 104/15 BRAZIL - PROTESTING TEACHERS FACE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

  BRAZIL   The Public Security Secretary and many other high-level State officials have been replaced following the teachers’ protest and police repression on 29 April in Paraná State, south Brazil. The Public Defender's Office informed Amnesty International that all those detained during the protest were released but will be ...

Further information on UA 302/08 PAKISTAN - MAN EXECUTED DESPITE UNFAIR TRIAL CLAIMS

  PAKISTAN   Zulfiqar Ali Khan was executed on 6 May, after spending 16 years on death row, despite claims that he committed the crime in self-defence and that he received an unfair trial.   Zulfiqar Ali Khan was executed at 4.30am on 6 May at Adiala Central Jail in ...

Further Information UA 18/15 SIERRA LEONE - TWO WOMEN RELEASED, ELEVEN MEN CHARGED

  SIERRA LEONE   Two women arbitrarily detained under an Executive Detention Order since October 2014 for their alleged participation in a riot, were released on 12 April. Six men, detained on the same grounds and detention order were charged. They were charged alongside five other men that were arrested ...

FU UA 81/15 ISRAEL/OPT - DETAINED PARLIAMENTARIAN RISKS UNFAIR TRIAL

    ISRAEL AND THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar is facing an unfair trial before an Israeli military court on several charges. On 4 May an administrative detention order which allowed her to be held without charge expired after the Israeli military reduced her detention period ...

UA 105/15 IRAN - RELEASE JAILED IRANIAN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER

  IRAN   Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi was arrested on 5 May. She is on trial for charges stemming from her human rights activities. She is a prisoner of conscience.   Human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, was arrested at her home on the morning of 5 May after ...

UA 104/15 BRAZIL - MILITARY POLICE ATTACK PROTESTING TEACHERS

  BRAZIL   A protest held on 29 April against changes in rules for social security and retirement affecting teachers was met with unnecessary and excessive use of force by military police in Paraná state, south Brazil, including the use of tear gas and rubber bullets. Over 200 protesters were ...

Further Information UA 249/14 BAHRAIN - BAHRAINI ACTIVIST’S APPEAL POSTPONED AGAIN

  BAHRAIN   An appeal hearing for the six months prison sentence imposed on Bahraini human rights defender, Nabeel Rajab, has been adjourned to 14 May when a final verdict is expected. He remains in detention. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Nabeel Rajab’s appeal hearing took place before ...

Further information on UA 8/15 ECUADOR - ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST SENTENCED TO JAIL

  ECUADOR   Environmental activist and community leader, Darwin Javier Ramírez Piedra continues to be targeted in what appears to be an attempt to silence his campaigning against the impact of mining activities on the community’s right to water. This will have a chilling effect on others wishing to exercise ...

UA 103/15 SINGAPORE - PRESIDENT URGED TO GRANT CLEMENCY

  SINGAPORE   Malaysian Kho Jabing, who has exhausted all legal appeals available to him, has applied for clemency from the President of Singapore on 27 April. If Kho Jabing’s appeal is rejected, he will be at risk of imminent execution.   Kho Jabing, a 31-year-old Malaysian national, has exhausted ...

UA 98/15 MYANMAR - THOUSANDS AT RISK OF FORCED EVICTION

  MYANMAR   Thousands of people are at risk of being forcibly evicted from their homes and farms to make way for the Letpadaung copper mine in central Myanmar.   On 24 March 2015 the President’s office announced that the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the Letpadaung mine project ...

Further information on UA 59/15 PAKISTAN - MAN CONVICTED AS A JUVENILE FACING EXECUTION

  PAKISTAN   The execution of Shafqat Hussain – a man whose lawyers say was under 18 years of age when the crime was committed – has been scheduled again, this time for 6 May. Legal proceedings challenging the government’s inquiry into his age and allegations that he was forced ...

Further information on UA 212/10 SAUDI ARABIA - SITI ZAINAB BINTI DUHRI RUPA EXECUTED

  SAUDI ARABIA   Siti Zainab Binti Duhri Rupa was executed on 14 April in the city of Medina, for killing her employer in 1999. An Indonesian domestic worker, she had been suspected of suffering from mental illness. Neither her family nor the Indonesian government were notified in advance of ...

Further information UA 100/15 PARAGUAY - RAPED 10-YEAR-OLD PREGNANT GIRL STILL AT RISK

  PARAGUAY   Paraguay continues to deny the right to health, life and physical and psychological integrity of a girl raped by her stepfather who is nearly five months pregnant.   Despite the urgency of the situation, 10 days after the 10-year-old girl’s pregnancy was confirmed, an interdisciplinary and independent ...

Further information on UA 305/14 INDONESIA - TWO STILL AT RISK OF IMMINENT EXECUTION

  INDONESIA   Eight men were executed in Nusakambangan Island in Indonesia in the early hours of 29 April. A man and a woman who received a temporary stay of execution remain at risk of execution in the coming weeks.   In the early hours of 29 April Andrew Chan ...

Further information on UA 302/08 PAKISTAN - EXECUTION IMMINENT AFTER 16 YEARS ON DEATH ROW

  PAKISTAN   After spending 16 years on death row, Zulfiqar Ali Khan’s most recent stay of execution expired on 31 March and he is at risk of imminent execution for murder. According to his current lawyers, he committed the crime in self-defence and received an unfair trial.   Death ...

UA 101/15 CHINA - FEARS FOR TIBETAN MONK DETAINED IN CHINA

  CHINA   Tibetan monk Choephel Dawa has not been heard from since he was detained by police on 28 March. It is not known where he is being held, or the charges against him, and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Tibetan monk Choephel Dawa, ...

UA 94/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - PRISONER DENIED MEDICAL ATTENTION

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   One of the suspects in the murder of prominent Russian political activist Boris Nemtsov has complained of being denied adequate medical treatment by the authorities and other ill-treatment during his arrest and detention, raising fair trial concerns.   Tamerlan Eskerkhanov, one of the five core suspects ...

UA 102/15 ROMANIA - ROMA FAMILIES AT RISK OF FORCED EVICTION

  ROMANIA   Eight Roma families, are at risk of forced eviction in Eforie, in south-east Romania by 30 April. The authorities must put in place key international human rights safeguards and ensure that no one is forcibly evicted.   The Municipality of Eforie, in south-east Romania, plans to evict, ...

UA 100/15 PARAGUAY - LIFE OF A PREGNANT 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL AT RISK

  PARAGUAY   The life of a 10-year-old girl who is pregnant after having been raped by her stepfather is in danger. Despite the high risk this pregnancy poses and her mother’s request, access to safe abortion has not been yet provided.   On 21 April a 10-year-old girl arrived ...

Further information on UA 75/15 MYANMAR - MYANMAR ACTIVIST RECEIVES FURTHER SENTENCE

  MYANMAR   Activist Thein Aung Myint has been jailed for a further six months for participating in a peaceful protest in Myanmar. He is now due to serve a total of one year in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.   ...

Further information on UA 307/14 IRAN - JOURNALIST CHARGED WITH ESPIONAGE

  IRAN   Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian is at risk of a long prison sentence on apparently spurious charges of espionage and national security-related offences, which appear to stem from his journalistic activities.   Jason Rezaian, an Iran-based correspondent for the Washington Post, has been detained in Tehran’s Evin Prison ...

Further information on UA 98/14 SAUDI ARABIA - IMPRISONED HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER ATTACKED

  SAUDI ARABIA   Imprisoned human rights lawyer, Waleed Abu al-Khair has been attacked by a fellow prisoner and harassed by the prison authorities. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.   Waleed Abu al-Khair, prominent human rights defender and lawyer, was attacked and ...

Further information on UA 283/14 BANGLADESH - PROMINENT OPPOSITION LEADER EXECUTED

  BANGLADESH   Muhammed Kamaruzzaman, a prominent leader of the opposition party Jamaat-e-Islami, was executed in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 11 April after the Supreme Court rejected his review petition on 6 April. He refused to seek clemency from Bangladesh’s President.   On 9 May 2013, Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) ...

UA 95/15 QATAR - LIFE SENTENCE FOR ‘CONFESSING’ UNDER TORTURE

  QATAR   Filipino national Ronaldo Lopez Ulep is serving a life sentence for espionage in a Qatari prison: he had ‘confessed’ under torture. The verdict on his appeal will be announced on 31 May.   Ronaldo Ulep, a former civilian employee of Qatar’s air force, was arrested on 7 ...

UA 96/15 TURKMENISTAN - HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES FACING FORCED EVICTIONS

  TURKMENISTAN   Despite numerous complaints from residents the authorities are proceeding with a mass demolition project, and scores of families in the north of Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, are facing forced evictions.   Hundreds of families are facing forced evictions in and near northern Ashgabat with the Choganly ...

UA 93/15 MEXICO - RELEASE PRISONER TORTURED BY POLICE

  MEXICO   Mexican police tortured Adrián Vasquez Lagunes in order to accuse him of serious crimes. He has been detained since September 2012 in the northern city of Tijuana. All the evidence against him was obtained under torture and on other violations of due process. On 7 April 2015 ...

Further information on UA 22/15 BAHRAIN - SHEIKH ‘ALI SALMAN’S TRIAL RESUMES

  BAHRAIN   The trial of leading opposition figure Sheikh ‘Ali Salman resumed on 22 April in Bahrain. The court refused requests for his release on bail and set 20 May for the next hearing. He is a prisoner of conscience.   The trial of Sheikh ‘Ali Salman, Secretary General ...

Further information on UA 318/14 OMAN - SAEED JADDAD FREE ON BAIL, BUT RISKS PRISON

  OMAN   Omani Human rights activist Saeed Jaddad was released on bail on 7 April. His two appeals are still being heard.   Saeed Jaddad, a 48-year-old Omani human rights activist, was released on 7 April by the Appeal Court in Salalah, the capital of Dhofar province, on bail ...

UA 92/15 SUDAN - DETAINED HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST RISKS TORTURE

  SUDAN   Adil Ibrahiem Bakheit, member of the Board of Trustees of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM), human rights activist and trainer was arbitrarily arrested and charged by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in Khartoum on 16 April. He may be at serious risk of torture and ...

UA 91/15 COLOMBIA - THREE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE KILLED, OTHERS AT RISK

  COLOMBIA   Members of the Indigenous community of Cerro Tijeras in northern Cauca Department, south-western Colombia, have been killed and others possibly forcibly disappeared. Further death threats against Indigenous Peoples in the area have also been reported.   The whereabouts of Berney Trochez and Wilson Trochez have been unknown ...

UA 90/15 MOROCCO - JOURNALIST JAILED FOR PRESS FREEDOM WORK

  MOROCCO   Moroccan journalist Hicham Mansouri is serving a 10-month prison term for “adultery” and other charges, handed down after an unfair trial. He appears to have been targeted for peacefully promoting investigative journalism. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Ten plainclothes police officers broke into Hicham Mansouri’s ...

Further information on UA 305/14 INDONESIA - EXECUTIONS FEARED FOR END OF APRIL

  INDONESIA   The Indonesian Attorney General announced that the execution of 10 prisoners might be carried out after the Asia-Africa Conference, end of April.   On 9 April Indonesian Attorney General HM Prasetyo made a statement implying that his office may carry out the executions of 10 prisoners after ...

Further Information UA 89/15 CAMEROON - FOUDAMA OUSMANE RECEIVES MEDICAL TREATMENT

  CAMEROON   Foudama Ousmane, a detainee who was at risk of blindness, was examined by a doctor on the morning of 20 April and prescribed medication for his eyes. This was as a direct result of the mobilization of Amnesty International’s members around the world who called and sent ...

Further information on UA 86/15 SUDAN - SANDARA FAROUQ KADOUDA RELEASED

  SUDAN   Sandara Farouq Kadouda was released on 15 April. She had been abducted on 12 April by a group of men in civilian clothes, believed to belong to the National Intelligence Security Service (NISS).   Sandara Farouq Kadouda was released on 15 April, three days after she had ...

Further information on UA 81/15 ISRAEL/OPT - PALESTINIAN PARLIAMENTARIAN CHARGED

  ISRAEL AND THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   The Israeli military brought 12 charges against Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar on 15 April. They will review her eligibility for bail on 29 April but she is also being held under a system allowing indefinite detention without charge which precludes release on ...

UA 88/15 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC) - FOUR ACTIVISTS DETAINED FOR SYMBOLIC ACTION

  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)   Four human right activists were arrested in Goma on 7 April, when they were encouraging bystanders to take part in a symbolic action to demand the release of their colleagues held in secret detention in Kinshasa.   Tresor Akili, Vincent Kasereka, Gentil Mulume ...

Further information on UA 14/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST DENIED PAROLE

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   On 15 April, the Kirsanovskii District Court in Tambov Region rejected Yevgeniy Vitishko’s request for parole. His defence team is going to appeal the decision.   At the hearing, the administration of the penal colony insisted that Yevgeniy Vitishko could not be released on parole as ...

UA 89/15 CAMEROON - DETAINEE AT RISK OF BLINDESS WITHOUT TREATMENT

  CAMEROON   Foudama Ousmane has been detained for more than six months without charge. He has lost sight in both eyes and contracted pulmonary tuberculosis while in custody. He is not receiving the health care that he needs.   Foudama Ousmane, 32-year old man, was arrested and detained by ...

Further information on UA 58/15 USA - ASYLUM-SEEKERS RELEASED FROM DETENTION

  USA   Celia Ismalej and her 18-month-old son have been released from detention after being granted asylum protection in the USA.   Celia Primero Ismalej and her 18-month-old son, Jhordan Lajuj Primero, were granted asylum protection at their hearing on 7 April. They were held in immigration detention for ...

Further information on UA 54/15 CHINA - FIVE WOMEN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS RELEASED ON BAIL

  CHINA   Five women rights activists detained after planning events to mark International Women’s Day were released on bail on 13 April. This follows a huge outcry about their detention both in China and internationally, which it is believed played a major role in their release.   Wei Tingting, ...

Further information on UA 79/15 USA - CLEMENCY DENIED, MISSOURI EXECUTION GOES AHEAD

  USA   Andre Cole was executed in Missouri on 14 April, for the murder of Anthony Curtis in 1998. He had been sentenced to death in 2001.   Among other legal challenges, Andre Cole’s lawyers had claimed that he was mentally incompetent for execution under US constitutional law. They ...

Further information on UA 220/13 VENEZUELA - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER ATTACKED AGAIN

  VENEZUELA   Víctor Martínez, a human rights defender in Barquisimeto, Lara State, has been attacked by two armed men. He and his family may be at risk of further attacks.   On 6 April human rights defender Víctor Martínez was confronted by two armed men outside his home in ...

UA 87/15 COLOMBIA - INDIGENOUS LEADER KILLED, OTHER LEADERS AT RISK

  COLOMBIA   An Indigenous leader who was monitoring artisanal mining was killed in the Cañamomo Lomaprieta Indigenous Reservation in central Colombia. Many other Indigenous leaders from the Reservation have been threatened and their safety remains at risk.   On 7 April, Indigenous leader Fernando Salazar Calvo was shot dead ...

Further information on UA 128/14 EGYPT - US-EGYPTIAN HUNGER STRIKER JAILED FOR LIFE

  EGYPT   US-Egyptian national Mohamed Soltan was sentenced by an Egyptian court on 11 April to 25 years in prison, as were 36 others, for running a protest “operations room”. The court sentenced 14 others to death.   US-Egyptian national Mohamed Soltan and 36 others were sentenced on 11 ...

UA 85/15 CHINA - DISCLOSE WHEREABOUTS OF TIBETAN WRITER

  CHINA   Druklo (pen-name Shokjang), a young Tibetan writer and blogger is believed to be arbitrarily detained with no access to a lawyer, and to be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. This happened after he wrote an article describing the increased presence of Chinese security officers ahead ...

UA 86/15 SUDAN - ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE OF POLITICAL ACTIVIST

  SUDAN   Sandara Farouq Kadouda, a mother of two, a medical doctor and political activist was taken by suspected members of the National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) on 12 April and her whereabouts remain unknown.   Sandara Farouq Kadouda left her home on 12 April to attend an anti-elections ...

Further information on UA 103/13 COLOMBIA - PEASANT FARMERS AT RISK OF FORCED EVICTION

  COLOMBIA   Peasant farmers in El Tamarindo on the outskirts of Barranquilla, northern Colombia, are at risk, facing a possible forced eviction and having received paramilitary death threats.   These families are at risk of forced eviction from El Tamarindo, Atlántico Department, northern Colombia, after local authorities offered them ...

UA 84/15 Egypt - SIX MEN AT IMMINENT RISK OF EXECUTION

  Egypt   Six Egyptian men, have had their death sentences upheld by the Supreme Military Court and could be executed at any time for killing members of the security forces after a grossly unfair trial. They say they “confessed” under torture to belonging to an armed group. Six men ...

Further Information on UA 310/14 Sudan - PROMINENT POLITICAL LEADERS FREED

  SUDAN Farouk Abu Issa and Dr Amin Maki Madani were released unconditionally on 9 April after being in detention for 124 days. Sudan’s Minister of Justice, under article 58 of Sudan’s Criminal Procedure Act, 1991, dismissed the court case against Farouk Abu Issa and Dr Amin Maki Madani.   ...

Further information on UA 249/14 Bahrain - BAHRAINI ACTIVIST NABEEL RAJAB REARRESTED

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab was arrested on 2 April and is facing new charges. The hearing of his appeal against his six-month sentence has been adjourned until 4 May. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Nabeel Rajab was arrested at his home in the ...

UA 83/15 Hungary - ROMA FAMILIES AT RISK OF FORCED EVICTION

  HUNGARY   Around 160 families, mainly Roma, are at risk of forced eviction in the ‘Numbered Streets’ neighbourhood of Miskolc, Hungary. The authorities must ensure that no one is forcibly evicted from their homes.   The Municipality of Miskolc, plans to evict all its tenants from the “Numbered Streets” ...

Further information on UA 25/15 Russian Federation - ONLINE GROUP SUPPORTING LGBTI TEENS BLOCKED

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   The court hearing in St Petersburg to decide on the future of Elena Klimova’s online support group for LGBTI teenagers, Children 404, which was expected to take place on 6 April happened on 25 March. The judge ruled that her group must be blocked. Elena Klimova ...

UA 80/15 Egypt - WITNESSES TO ACTIVIST’S KILLING PUT ON TRIAL

  EGYPT   Seventeen people, including rights defender Azza Soliman, who testified about the killing of a peaceful activist in a march forcibly dispersed by Egyptian security forces have been put on trial: their first hearing will be on 9 May. They could face up to five years in jail. ...

UA 82/15 Colombia - PEASANT FARMER COMMUNITY AT RISK

  COLOMBIA   Miguel Briceño, leader of the peasant farmer community of El Porvenir in central Colombia, has received repeated threatening telephone calls. Those occupying the community’s land are fencing it off, contrary to a judicial order.   On 6 April Miguel Briceño, leader of the peasant farmer community of ...

Further information on UA 14/14 Russian Federation - JAILED ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST ON HUNGER STRIKE

  Russian Federation   On 31 March, the Kirsanovskiy District Court adjourned Yevgeniy Vitishko’s parole hearing until 15 April. On 6 April the activist was informed that the Russian Supreme Court had rejected his appeal against his custodial sentence. The next day he started a hunger strike in protest.   ...

Further information on UA 5/15 Myanmar - JAIL SENTENCE FOR SUPPORTING PEACEFUL PROTEST

  MYANMAR   Political activist Ko Wai Lu has received a one-year prison sentence for providing support to peaceful protesters who were calling on the authorities to resolve their land dispute in Myanmar. His detention is arbitrary and he should be released immediately.   On 8 April, Ko Wai Lu, ...

UA 79/15 USA - EXECUTION SET, MENTAL DISABILITY AND RACE ISSUES

  USA   Andre Cole, a 53-year-old African American man, is scheduled to be executed in Missouri on 14 April. He was sentenced to death in 2001 by an all-white jury. His lawyers say that his mental health has steadily and seriously deteriorated over recent years. Anthony Curtis was stabbed ...

UA 82/15 Bangladesh - PRESIDENT MUST STOP IMMINENT EXECUTION

  BANGLADESH   Muhammed Kamaruzzaman, a prominent leader of the opposition party Jamaat-e-Islami, is facing imminent execution after the Supreme Court rejected his review petition on 6 April. Authorities at the Dhaka Central Jail have summoned his family to visit him immediately, indicating that preparations to execute him may be ...

UA 81/15 Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories - PARLIAMENTARIAN DETAINED WITHOUT CHARGE

  Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories   Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar has been given a six-month administrative detention order. She has chronic health problems, and now faces indefinite detention without charge or trial, after defying an Israeli order to ban her from her city.   Israeli forces arrested 52-year-old ...

UA 78/15 Angola - LAWYER AND ACTIVIST IMPRISONED WITHOUT TRIAL

  ANGOLA   Human rights lawyer, Arão Bula Tempo and human rights activist, José Marcos Mavungo, were arrested on the morning of 14 March by Angolan security forces in the province of Cabinda, Angola. Accused of threatening state security, they have been imprisoned without trial and denied access to medical ...

UA 77/15 Cuba - POLITICAL DISSIDENT MUST BE RELEASED

  CUBA   Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez has been detained in Cuba since June 2014. He was sentenced in December 2014 to one year’s imprisonment for “public disorder”. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.   On 5 ...

UA 74/15 United Arab Emirates (UAE) - THREE LIBYAN MEN DETAINED, AT RISK OF TORTURE

  United Arab Emirates (UAE)   Two Libyan men, Mo’ad Mohammad al-Hashmi and ‘Adel Rajeb Nasif, were arrested by United Arab Emirates (UAE) security officials in September 2014. A third Libyan man, ‘Issa al-Manna’, was arrested on or around 12 March 2015. The three men have been subjected to enforced ...

UA 76/15 Mexico - HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER CONSTANTLY HARASSED

  MEXICO   Human rights lawyer Rodrigo Higuera Zogaib has reported suffering constant intimidation and harassment as result of his work. The authorities have so far failed to guarantee his safety. A full investigation into these incidents must be carried out.   Mexican human rights lawyer Rodrigo Higuera Zogaib has ...

Further information on UA 318/14 Oman - SAEED JADDAD SENTENCED TO JAIL AND FINE

  OMAN   Omani prisoner of conscience Saeed Jaddad was sentenced on 31 March to one year in prison and a fine. He had been charged under Oman’s Cyber Crimes Law. He is also serving a three-year sentence on charges related to his calls for political and social reforms.   ...

Further information on UA 70/15 Kuwait - NAWAF AL-HENDAL RELEASED ON BAIL

  KUWAIT   Kuwaiti human rights activist Nawaf al-Hendal was released on bail on 25 April and charged with “illegal gathering”. Ten others were released on bail with him. Another five detainees have been released on bail and face further charges. Nawaf al-Hendal and 10 other men were released on ...

Further information on UA 42/15 Turkey - BILL THREATENING HUMAN RIGHTS PASSED

  TURKEY   On 27 March Turkey’s Parliament passed a bill endorsing a range of security reforms which will give the country’s police forces broad and dangerous new powers to detain people and use firearms to quell dissent.   The government bill entitled “Law amending the Law on powers and ...

UA 75/15 Myanmar - SIX MONTHS IN PRISON FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST

  MYANMAR   Two members of the Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF) and two other individuals have been jailed in Myanmar solely for their participation in a peaceful protest against proposed electricity price rises. They are prisoners of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released. One of the ...

UA 73/15 Myanmar - ROHINGYA COMMUNITY LEADERS IMPRISONED

  MYANMAR   Four Rohingya men have been imprisoned for their role in community protests in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in 2013. They are prisoners of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.   On 3 March 2015, the Rakhine State Divisional Court sentenced Ba Thar, Kyaw Myint and his ...

Further information on UA 25/15 Russian Federation - ‘GAY PROPAGANDA’ CASE SENT BACK FOR RETRIAL

  Russian Federation   On 25 March a Russian district court returned back for further consideration a lower court’s decision that had found Elena Klimova guilty of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors”. In a separate proceeding due on 6 April another court in St Petersburg is to decide ...

Further information on UA 281/13 Colombia - LAND CLAIMANTS ATTACKED BY ARMED MEN

  COLOMBIA   Scores of armed men attacked land claimants in the Afro-descendant and Afro-mestizo community of Pedeguita Mansilla, northern Colombia, days after the community was denied protection measures. They are claiming restitution of their collective lands.   At dusk on 18 March, scores of armed men, most of them ...

UA 69/15 Kazakhstan - STOP LGBTI ‘PROPAGANDA’ LEGISLATION

  KAZAKHSTAN   The President of Kazakhstan is due to sign legislation banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientation” which would violate the right to freedom of expression and discriminate against LGBTI people.   On 19 February, the Upper Chamber (Senat) of the Parliament of Kazakhstan approved a legislation package which, ...

UA 72/15 Indonesia - FOUR STUDENTS IN DANGER AFTER POLICE TORTURE

  INDONESIA   Four students have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated by police in Indonesia’s Papua province. There are concerns for their safety.   Four students, three of them children, were arbitrarily detained and tortured or otherwise ill-treated by police on 18 March 2015, according to their lawyer.   Eldi ...

UA 71/15 Sierra Leone - PREGNANT GIRLS’ RIGHT TO EDUCATION AT RISK

  SIERRA LEONE   According to credible reports, the Sierra Leonean government is considering putting in place a policy that would exclude pregnant girls from taking crucial exams and attending school. If implemented, this discriminatory policy would violate girls’ fundamental right to education.   Schools in Sierra Leone have remained ...

Further information on UA 14/14 Russian Federation - ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST MUST BE RELEASED

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   On 31 March a court in Kirsanov, Tambov Region, will consider Yevgeniy Vitishko’s request for parole. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.   After having served a year of his prison term and becoming formally eligible for parole, Yevgeniy ...

Further information on UA 54/15 China - HEALTH FEARS FOR DETAINED WOMEN ACTIVISTS

  CHINA   Two of the five women activists who are in detention in China have been transferred to hospital with serious health problems. These are thought to have been aggravated by their continued detention, and they still might not be receiving the treatment they need. Wang Man’s lawyer first ...

UA 70/15 Kuwait - DETAINED ACTIVIST AT RISK OF TORTURE

  KUWAIT   Kuwaiti human rights activist Nawaf al-Hendal was arrested and beaten as he monitored a peaceful demonstration in Erada Square in Kuwait City on 23 March. He is a prisoner of conscience. At least 17 other Kuwaiti men were arrested at the same time, including a lawyer.   ...

UA 68/15 Bahrain - BAHRAIN SENTENCES TWO BANGLADESHIS TO DEATH

  BAHRAIN   Two Bangladeshi men have been sentenced to death in Bahrain for murder. They have the right to appeal the sentence. A High Criminal Court in the capital, Manama, sentenced two Bangladeshi men, Salam Julas and Suzan Badsha, both aged 29, to death on 22 March for the ...

Further information on UA 246/14 Mexico - CASE OF 43 MISSING STUDENTS TO BE REVIEWED

  MEXICO   The whereabouts of 42 of the disappeared students remains unknown. The investigation has made some progress but it is mired with flaws. The Mexican authorities have accepted repeated calls from relatives for an international group of experts to review the case. It is crucial that the authorities ...

UA 66/15 Belarus - YEAR’S FIRST DEATH SENTENCE IN BELARUS

  BELARUS   A 21-year-old man, Siarhei Ivanou, has been sentenced to death in Belarus. He is the first person sentenced to death in the country this year.   Siarhei Ivanou, a 21-year-old man, was sentenced to death on 18 March by the Homel Regional Court for the murder of ...

UA 67/15 Democratic Republic of Congo - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS HELD INCOMMUNICADO

  Democratic Republic of Congo     Several Congolese human rights activists are still being held incommunicado, eight days after a press conference held at Eloko Makasi youth centre in Masina, Kinshasa, was broken up by security officials.   Security officials stormed a press conference held on 15 March at ...

UA 64/15 United Arab Emirates (UAE) - BLOGGER ARBITRARILY DETAINED

  United Arab Emirates (UAE)   Omani writer and blogger Muawiya al-Ruwahi was detained by State Security in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 24 February as he entered the country from Oman. His whereabouts are unknown and he may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Muawiya ...

UA 65/15 Thailand - MARTIAL LAW DETAINEES AT RISK OF TORTURE

  THAILAND   Two men in military custody are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Four other men, who are now in a civilian prison, have alleged they were tortured in military custody, and need independent medical care.   Two men, Surapol Iam-suwan and Wasu lam-laor are believed to ...

UA 61/15 MEXICO - HARASSED FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE ARMY

  MEXICO   Dafne Alejandra de la Cruz is at risk of reprisals from soldiers in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas State, in relation to a complaint she filed against the Army for the death of her husband. There are fears for her safety and concerns that authorities need to do more ...

Further information on UA 52/15 INDIA - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS RELEASED ON BAIL

  INDIA   Human rights activists Jaison C Cooper and Thushar Nirmal Sarathy were released on bail on 16 March, after being arrested arrested on suspicion of being involved in unlawful activities because they had ‘pro­Maoist’ materials in their homes. Amnesty International’s campaign for them was highlighted in several media ...

Further information on UA 275/14 CHINA - FEARS GROW FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVIST

  CHINA   The husband and brother of detained women’s rights activist Su Changlan have been released on bail. Su Changlan remains behind bars, and has now been detained for over four months without having access to a lawyer.   Chen Dequan, the husband of Su Changlan, was released on ...

Further information on UA 34/15 BAHRAIN - TORTURED TO ‘CONFESS’, ACTIVIST NOW STANDS TRIAL

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights activist Hussain Jawad stood trial on 17 March on the basis of confessions extracted from him under torture following his arrest. His trial was postponed to 7 April.   Human rights activist Hussain Jawad stood trial on 17 March before a Lower Criminal Court ...

UA 58/15 USA - RELEASE ASYLUM-SEEKERS FROM DETENTION

  USA   Celia Ismalej and her 18-month-old son fled Guatemala and sought protection in the US. They have been held in immigration detention for more than eight months despite being eligible for release. They are suffering physically and emotionally as a result of their continued detention, which is in ...

Further Information UA 62/15 CAMEROON - CAMEROON JOURNALIST RELEASED FROM CUSTODY

  CAMEROON   Human rights defender and journalist Gerard Kuissu was released from custody on the night of 17 March, after Amnesty International issued an urgent action and met with the Colonel in charge of his detention. The case was also covered by local and international media.   Gerard Kuissu ...

Further information on UA 25/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - ELENA KLIMOVA AWAITS APPEAL HEARING

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Elena Klimova’s appeal hearing is taking place shortly. If the appeal court supports the lower court’s decision, she will have to pay an extortionate fine for “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors”. Children 404 – the online group she created to support LGBTI teenagers – ...

Further information on UA 55/15 USA - MISSOURI EXECUTES 74-YEAR-OLD MAN

  USA   Cecil Clayton, a 74-year-old man diagnosed with dementia and a psychotic disorder stemming from a serious brain injury, was executed in Missouri on 17 March. Efforts to stop the execution narrowly lost in the courts and the state governor denied clemency.   Cecil Clayton was sentenced to ...

FU UA 23/15 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER RISKS 20 YEAR JAIL TERM

  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO   Human rights defender Christopher Ngoyi Mutamba could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty after participating in protests against government.   Christopher Ngoyi Mutamba was arrested on 21 January at around 8:30 pm, in Kalamu, a neighbourhood in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic ...

UA 62/15 CAMEROON - FEARS FOR SAFETY OF JOURNALIST IN CAMEROON

  CAMEROON   Human rights defender and journalist Gerard Kuissu is being held in an unknown location in Cameroon following his arrest on 14 March. His lawyer was told that he had been transferred to the State Defence Secretariat in Yaoundé, but the authorities in Yaoundé have denied that he ...

UA 60/15 BANGLADESH - ESTABLISH WHEREABOUTS OF OPPOSITION POLITICIAN

  BANGLADESH   The whereabouts of a leading Bangladeshi opposition politician have remained unknown since 10 March. According to his wife he was arrested by the Detective Branch of police. The police have denied arresting him and have refused to accept and investigate his wife’s complaint.   Salahuddin Ahmed, Joint-Secretary ...

Further information on UA 7/15 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DR AL-SHAWA RELEASED AND DEPORTED TO TURKEY

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Turkish citizen of Palestinian origin, Dr Amer al-Shawa, was released from detention by the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) State Security body on 13 February after 135 days of enforced disappearance. He was deported to Turkey.   Dr Amer al-Shawa (or al-Shava), a 50-year-old businessman and ...

Further information on UA 229/14 COLOMBIA - DEATH THREATS TO PEACE PROCESS SUPPORTERS

  COLOMBIA   Fourteen individuals and two human rights organizations were threatened in an email sent by paramilitaries as a wave of mass death threats targeting those involved in Colombia’s peace process continues. Their families were also threatened.   In an email sent on 9 March, the Black Eagles South ...

UA 59/15 PAKISTAN - MAN FACING EXECUTION WAS CONVICTED AT AGE 14

  PAKISTAN   The Pakistan government has resumed executions for all cases and thousands of death row prisoners are at risk of execution. One of them, Shafqat Hussain, was under 18 when sentenced to death and is set to be executed on 19 March.   Death row prisoner Shafqat Hussain, ...

Further information on UA 318/14 OMAN - OMANI HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST SENTENCED

  OMAN   An Omani human rights activist has been sentenced to three years in prison and a 1,700 Omani riyal fine by a court in Muscat, the capital, on charges related to his calls for political and social reforms. He is a prisoner of conscience.   On 8 March, ...

Further information on UA 54/15 CHINA - DEMAND RELEASE OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

    CHINA   Five young women activists have been criminally detained in China on suspicion of ‘picking quarrels and provoking troubles’ after planning events calling for an end to sexual harassment to mark International Women’s Day. They could face up to five years in prison if convicted.   Wei ...

Further information on UA 308/14 SAUDI ARABIA - WOMEN DRIVERS RELEASED

  SAUDI ARABIA   Saudi Arabian women drivers Loujain al-Hathloul and Maysaa al-Amoudi were released on 12 February after spending 10 weeks in detention. The conditions of their release and their legal status are unclear.   Loujain al-Hathloul and Maysaa al-Amoudi, both supporters of the campaign for women to drive ...

Further information on UA 254/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - TRIAL AGAINST KALININGRAD ACTIVISTS STARTS

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   During the preliminary hearing into the case of the three men who had raised the German flag over an official building in Kaliningrad, on 4 March, the judge ruled that the hearing on the merits starts on 16 March. If found guilty they could face up ...

UA 57/15 COLOMBIA - MEMBERS OF HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP THREATENED

  COLOMBIA   Members of a Colombian human rights organization supporting land restitution and the peace process have received a series of death threats by phone. Their safety is at risk.   On 22 February, Diego Martínez, the executive secretary of the Permanent Committee for the Defence of Human Rights ...

UA 56/15 ZIMBABWE - PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST ABDUCTED

  ZIMBABWE   Journalist and pro-democracy activist, Itai Dzamara, was abducted on the morning of 9 March by five men while at a barber shop in Harare’s Glen View suburb. The men accused him of stealing cattle before handcuffing him and driving off with him in a white truck. His ...

UA 55/15 USA - MAN WITH SERIOUS BRAIN INJURY FACES EXECUTION

  USA   Cecil Clayton, a 74-year-old man, is due to be executed in Missouri on 17 March. He was sentenced to death for the murder of a police officer in November 1996. He has been diagnosed with dementia and a psychotic disorder stemming from a serious brain injury.   ...

Further information on UA 43/15 COLOMBIA - PARAMILITARIES THREATEN INDIGENOUS LEADERS

  COLOMBIA   Paramilitaries continue to make death threats against Indigenous leaders in northern Cauca, while Indigenous people demand full reparation, including access to land, as redress for several mass killings.   On 6 March Margarita Hílamo, the Governor of the Huellas Indigenous Resguardo (Reservation) in Caloto Municipality, Cauca Department ...

Further information on UA 234/14 IRAN - JUVENILE OFFENDER STILL AT RISK OF EXECUTION

  IRAN   Juvenile offender Saman Naseem is believed to be held in solitary confinement in the north-western prison of Zanjan. He had been scheduled to be executed on 19 February for alleged crimes committed when he was 17 years old. He is at imminent risk of execution.   In ...

UA 54/15 CHINA - DETAINED AFTER PLANNING WOMEN’S DAY EVENTS

  CHINA   Five young women activists have been detained in unknown locations in China after planning to hold events against sexual harassment to mark International Women’s Day. They have not had access to a lawyer and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   On 6 March at ...

UA 52/15 TURKEY - CHECHEN WOMAN FACES DEPORTATION TO RUSSIA

  TURKEY   Arubika Suleymanova, a Russian citizen of Chechen origin, is facing deportation to the Russian Federation or to an as yet unknown third country. If returned she is at risk of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.   Arubika Suleymanova first arrived in Turkey ...

UA 51/15 HONDURAS - JOURNALIST THREATENED BY MILITARY OFFICER

  HONDURAS   A Honduran journalist received a verbal death threat and has faced discrimination, believed to be in connection to his journalistic work. There is fear for his safety.   On 24 January journalist César Omar Silva Rosales was denied access to the Honduran National Congress in Tegucigualpa, the ...

Further Information on UA 17/15 BURUNDI - PROMINENT JOURNALIST RELEASED

  BURUNDI   Journalist Bob Rugurika was released on bail on 19 February 2015 after being detained for a month. The Bujumbura Court of Appeal ordered his provisional release on 18 February 2015 with his bail set at Burundi francs 15,000,000 (around 9,430 US$). He was released on condition that ...

Further information on UA 236/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - PROTECT LIBYAN MEN STILL IN DETENTION

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Four of the 10 detained Libyan men were released without charge on 27 December 2014 from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and deported to Turkey. Six others, including dual nationals, are still detained and may be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.   Four ...

UA 52/15 INDIA - DETAINED FOR POSSESSING ‘PRO-MAOIST’ MATERIAL

  INDIA   Human rights activist Jaison C Cooper and Thushar Nirmal Sarathy were arrested on 30 January on suspicion of being involved in unlawful activities because they had ‘pro-Maoist’ materials in their homes. They were denied bail on 3 March, and continue to be held in judicial custody.   ...

Further information on UA 36/15 TURKEY - ACTIVIST RELEASED, FACING UNFAIR PROSECUTION

  TURKEY   Activist Onur Kılıç was released from pre-trial detention on Thursday 26 February after the court accepted his lawyers’appeal against the detention order. He had been remanded in custody since 13 February after being accused of ‘insulting the President’.   Political activist Onur Kılıç participated in a protest ...

Further information on UA 12/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - DETENTION OF TATAR ACTIVIST EXTENDED

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   The detention of Tatar rights activist Rafis Kashapov has been extended until 27 April. There are concerns about his health and prison conditions.   During the court hearing on 26 February the detention of Rafis Kashapov, Director of the Naberezhnye Chelny branch of the NGO Tatar ...

Further information on UA 305/14 INDONESIA - AT LEAST TEN FACING IMMINENT EXECUTION

  INDONESIA   At least 10 individuals are at imminent risk of execution in Indonesia. Three death row prisoners were transferred by the authorities to Nusakambangan Island today, the location of the scheduled executions.   The Indonesian authorities moved three death row prisoners to Nusakambangan Island in Central Java province ...

Further information on UA 264/13 BAHRAIN - SENTENCE UPHELD, LAWYER’S REQUEST IGNORED

  BAHRAIN   Taqi ‘Abdallah al-Maydan’s 10-year prison sentence has been upheld and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has concluded that his detention is arbitrary.   Taqi ‘Abdallah al-Maydan’s appeal against his 10-year prison sentence was dismissed by the High Criminal Court of Appeal on 27 January 2014. ...

UA 50/15 PAKISTAN - TWO MEN FACE EXECUTION, ONE CONVICTED AT 16

  PAKISTAN   Two men are due to be executed in Karachi Central Prison on 7 March. One of the men was aged 16 when he was sentenced to death in 1999. Unless halted, this will take the number of executions to 26 since the moratorium was lifted in December ...

UA 49/15 IRAN - JAILED IRANIAN ARTIST ON HUNGER STRIKE

  IRAN   Iranian prisoner of conscience and painter, Atena Farghadani, has been on a hunger strike, protesting her detention, since 9 February and is now critically ill. She has been held for her peaceful activities including a cartoon criticizing members of parliament.   Atena Farghadani, a 28-year-old painter, started ...

UA 48/15 EGYPT - REFUGEES FACING DEPORTATION TO SYRIA, GAZA

  EGYPT   Seventy-five refugees from Syria, including 15 children, have been detained in an Egyptian police station since November 2014. At least 30 of them have been on hunger strike since mid-February in protest. They face being forcibly returned to Syria or the Gaza Strip at any time.   ...

Further information on UA 243/14 EGYPT - EGYPTIAN PHOTOJOURNALIST INTERROGATED

  EGYPT   Mahmoud Abu Zied, known as Shawkan, has been questioned about a letter he wrote from his cell, which was later posted on Facebook. He has now been detained without charge or trial for over 18 months. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for his peaceful ...

UA 47/15 BAHRAIN - THREE SENTENCED TO DEATH AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL

  BAHRAIN   Three Bahraini men have been sentenced to death after an unfair trial, and another seven to life imprisonment in relation to the killing of three policemen. They have each had their nationality revoked.   Ali Abdulshaheed al-Sankis, Sami Mirza Mshaima’ and Abbas Jamil Taher Mhammad al-Samea were ...

UA 46/15 MACEDONIA - HUNDREDS UNLAWFULLY HELD IN INHUMAN CONDITIONS

  MACEDONIA   Hundreds of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants of all ages are being unlawfully detained in the Reception Centre for Foreigners “Gazi Baba” in Skopje, the capital. The centre is overcrowded and conditions are inhuman and degrading, with extremely limited access to adequate sanitation and healthcare.   In ...

Further information on UA 289/14 SYRIA - LOUAY HUSSEIN RELEASED ON BAIL

  SYRIA   Louay Hussein was released on bail on 25 February.   Louay Hussein, the head of Building the Syrian State, was released on bail on 25 February. An outspoken opposition writer, he had been arrested on 12 November 2014 at the border with Lebanon. He was brought to ...

UA 44/15 SPAIN - WOMEN AND GIRLS’ RIGHTS UNDER THREAT

  SPAIN   A parliamentary group has put forward a proposal to change current legislation and require 16 and 17 year old girls and some women with mental disabilities to obtain parental or guardian consent before they can access safe and legal abortion services.   The draft put forward proposes ...

UA 45/15 VENEZUELA - BOY KILLED DURING ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTEST

  VENEZUELA   A 14-year-old boy was killed during an anti-government protest amid reports of excessive use of force by the security forces. There are concerns the violence will intensify if the authorities do not send a clear message that peaceful protest is permitted and that excessive use of force ...

Further information on UA 322/13 EGYPT - ACTIVISTS JAILED FOR ‘SHURA COUNCIL' PROTEST

  EGYPT   Alaa Abd El Fattah was jailed for five years on 23 February for leading an “unauthorized protest” outside parliament in November 2013. The Cairo court sentenced 18 others to three-year terms for protesting and one man to five years for carrying a knife.   The Public Prosecution ...

Further information on UA 275/14 CHINA - HUSBAND AND BROTHER OF ACTIVIST DETAINED

  CHINA   The husband and brother of detained women’s rights activist Su Changlan have themselves been criminally detained in China. They were held after submitting an application for permission to visit her on 12 February, during which her brother held a sign declaring her innocence.   On 12 February, ...

Further information on UA 34/15 BAHRAIN - HUSSAIN JAWAD TORTURED, FORCED TO ‘CONFESS’

  BAHRAIN   Hussain Jawad was brought to the Public Prosecution on 21 February after six days in Criminal Investigations Directorate custody where he said he was tortured and otherwise ill-treated. He was forced to “confess” to charges he has since denied.   Hussain Jawad was brought to the Public ...

FU UA 320/14 ISRAEL/OPT- SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR ABDALLAH ABU RAHMA

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Abdallah Abu Rahma has been given a four-month suspended prison sentence and fined around US$1,300 by an Israeli military court. The court did at least reject the military prosecution’s request to give him a longer, immediately enforceable prison sentence.   Abdallah Abu Rahma received a ...

Further information UA 39/15 USA - TEXAS COURT ISSUES STAY OF EXECUTION

  USA   On 23 February, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a stay of execution in the case of Rodney Reed, who was due to be put to death on 5 March for a murder in 1996 which he has consistently said he did not commit.   On ...

UA 43/15 COLOMBIA - INDIGENOUS PEOPLE THREATENED AND KILLED

  COLOMBIA   Four Indigenous men have been killed and several enforced disappearances and death threats have been reported in northern Cauca Department, south-western Colombia.   On 6 February sugarcane workers Gerardo Velasco Escue and Emiliano Silva Oteca of the Toéz Indigenous Resguardo (Reservation) finished their workday in Caloto municipality, ...

UA 42/15 TURKEY - BILL THREATENING HUMAN RIGHTS MUST BE STOPPED

  TURKEY   Legal amendments pending before Turkey’s Parliament, dubbed the “domestic security package” threaten human rights, including the prospect of increased arbitrary detention, excessive use of firearms by police and politically motivated criminal investigations if passed into law.   The government bill entitled “Law amending the Law on powers ...

Further information on UA 41/15 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - DEPORTED DOMINICAN MAN ABLE TO RETURN HOME

    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   A Dominican man arbitrarily deported to Haiti on 19 February was able to return to his hometown in the Dominican Republic.   Following his deportation from the Dominican Republic to Haiti on 19 February, Wilson Sentimo spent the night of 19 February in the Haitian ...

UA 41/15 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - DOMINICAN MAN DEPORTED TO HAITI

  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   A young Dominican of Haitian descent was arrested by the Dominican army and was deported to Haiti, a country where he has never lived.   On 19 February at around 8am, an army truck stopped alongside the entrance of batey Libertad, close to the northern town ...

UA 40/15 BAHRAIN - OPPOSITION POLITICIAN JAILED FOR COMMENT

  BAHRAIN   A Bahraini court of appeal rejected a political opposition figure’s appeal against his six-month prison sentence on 15 February. He was immediately taken to prison. He is a prisoner of conscience, jailed solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression.   Sayed Jamil Kadhem, a member ...

UA 39/15 USA - NEW DOUBTS ABOUT CONVICTION AS EXECUTION SET

  USA   Rodney Reed is scheduled to be executed in Texas on 5 March. He was sentenced to death in 1998 for a murder he says he did not commit. Three leading forensic experts have added their voices to the serious doubts about the reliability of his conviction.   ...

Further information on UA 28/14 COLOMBIA - THREATENED FOR DEMANDING JUSTICE

  COLOMBIA   A funeral wreath was delivered to the home of human rights defender Martha Elena Díaz Ospina in Barranquilla, northern Colombia. This threat came days after she rejected a court-ordered apology by the armed forces for the extrajudicial execution of her son.   On 8 February a funeral ...

Further information on UA 5/15 MYANMAR - PRISON SENTENCES FOR PEACEFUL PROTESTERS

  MYANMAR   Fourteen members of the Michaungkan community in Myanmar have been sentenced to six months in prison for taking part in peaceful protests and are currently detained. They are prisoners of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.   The Michaungkan community claim that the Myanmar military ...

FU UA 137/14 ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - MURAD SHTEWI FREED, BUT STILL RISKS PRISON

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Human rights defender Murad Shtewi was released on 23 January, just before the end of his nine-and-a-half-month prison sentence. He is still under a suspended sentence he must serve if he takes part in any more demonstrations.   Murad Shtewi was released on 23 January, ...

UA 38/15 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) - SISTERS SUBJECT TO ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)   Three women have been subjected to enforced disappearance, a crime under international law, since 15 February in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They have had no access to their family and may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Their brother is a ...

Further information on UA 317/14 MYANMAR - MAN SENTENCED AFTER CALLING FOR JUSTICE

  MYANMAR   Shayam Brang Shawng (known as Brang Shawng), an ethnic Kachin man from Myanmar, has been found guilty of making false allegations against the Myanmar Army after he called on the authorities to investigate their role in the death of his daughter. Local organizations believe that international pressure ...

Further information on UA 5/14 BAHRAIN - AHMAD MSHAIMA’ LOSES APPEAL

  BAHRAIN   Ahmad Mshaima has lost an appeal against his one-year prison sentence for “insulting the King of Bahrain”. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Ahmad Mshaima’ is serving a one-year sentence for “publicly insulting the King of Bahrain”. The Court of Appeal upheld this sentence on 15 ...

UA 35/15 SAUDI ARABIA - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE NEEDS MEDICAL HELP

  SAUDI ARABIA   Saudi Arabian prisoner of conscience Issa al-Nukheifi is in urgent need of medical attention. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Prisoner of conscience Issa al-Nukheifi, a human rights activist and member of the independent Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), is ...

UA 34/15 BAHRAIN - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST ARRESTED, RISKS TORTURE

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights activist Hussain Jawad was arrested in the early hours of 16 February and taken to the Criminal Investigations Directorate. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Human rights activist Hussain Jawad was arrested at around 1.30am on 16 February by masked ...

Further information on UA 33/14 VENEZUELA - JAILED OPPOSITION LEADERS’ PRISON CELLS RAIDED

  VENEZUELA   The cells of imprisoned opposition leaders Leopoldo López and Daniel Ceballos have been raided in what appears to be an act of intimidation. Both men have been arbitrarily detained since February and March 2014, respectively, in relation to the wave of protests that swept the country. They ...

Further information on UA 234/14 IRAN - JUVENILE OFFENDER BEATEN, DAYS FROM EXECUTION

  IRAN   Iranian juvenile offender Saman Naseem was beaten to force him to make more TV “confessions” on 15 February. He is scheduled to be executed on 19 February for crimes he is accused of having committed when he was 17 years old.   Saman Naseem called his family ...

UA 37/15 BRAZIL - TWELVE PEOPLE KILLED BY MILITARY POLICE OFFICERS

  BRAZIL   Twelve people were shot dead and four others injured by military police officers during an operation in the neighbourhood of Cabula in Salvador, north-east Brazil. Residents report feeling threatened and afraid as the military police have maintained their presence in the neighbourhood ever since. In the early ...

UA 36/15 TURKEY - ACTIVIST DETAINED FOR ‘INSULTING THE PRESIDENT’

  TURKEY   Activist Onur Kılıç was detained on 13 February for ‘insulting the President’ during a protest in January. He could face up to four years imprisonment if the prosecution proceeds and he is found guilty.   Political activist Onur Kılıç participated in a protest against compulsory religious education ...

UA 33/15 COLOMBIA - AFRO-DESCENDANT LEADERS THREATENED

  COLOMBIA   Leaders of the Afro-descendant community of La Toma in the municipality of Suárez, Cauca Department in south-western Colombia, have been threatened by paramilitaries as they campaign to stop illegal mining operations on the community’s lands.   On 8 February, Sabino Lucumi, the President of the Community Council ...

Further Information UA 310/14 SUDAN - HEALTH FEARS FOR DETAINED OPPOSITION LEADERS

  SUDAN   Without proper medical treatment, the health of opposition leaders Farouk Abu Issa and Dr Amin Maki Madani has been deteriorating. They are prisoners of conscience.   Almost 10 weeks into their detention, the health of Farouk Abu Issa, 82 and Dr Amin Maki Madani, 76 has significantly, ...

Further information on UA 83/14 EGYPT - AL JAZEERA JOURNALISTS RELEASED, TRIAL CONTINUES

  EGYPT   An Egyptian court ordered the conditional release of journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed on 12 February. The two prisoners of conscience were finally released the same night after more than 400 days in detention. The next hearing is expected on 23 February.   The Cairo Criminal ...

Further information on UA 3/13 SAUDI ARABIA - RAIF BADAWI’S PROSPECTS UNCLEAR

  SAUDI ARABIA   Raif Badawi was scheduled to be flogged in public on 6 and 13 February, but he was spared, without explanation. He is a prisoner of conscience, serving a sentence of 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes.   Raif Badawi was expected to be publicly flogged ...

Further information on UA 249/14 BAHRAIN - APPEAL HEARING AGAINST PRISON SENTENCE STARTS

    BAHRAIN   The appeal hearing for Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has started after being sentenced to six months in prison for ‘publicly insulting official institutions’ on 20 January. If imprisoned Amnesty International would consider him a prisoner of conscience.   Nabeel Rajab’s appeal trial started before ...

UA 32/15 MEXICO - ATTACKED FOR ENSURING FAIR ACCESS TO WATER

  MEXICO   Community activists have repeatedly been beaten and threatened for their work to ensure fair access to water in the town of Coyotepec, near Mexico City. Federal authorities have promised them protection, but so far no measures have been implemented. Their lives could be at risk.   On ...

UA 31/15 USA - CLEMENCY SOUGHT AFTER 31 YEARS ON DEATH ROW

    USA   Michael Lambrix is seeking commutation of his death sentence. If he is denied clemency, the Florida authorities will set an execution date. He has spent over half of his life on death row. Twenty-three years old when he was sent there in 1984, he turns 55 ...

Further information on UA 255/14 CHINA - SUPPORTERS OF HONG KONG PROTESTS ‘TORTURED’

  CHINA   At least 27 people remain behind bars in China after showing support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Nine people have not been given access to their lawyers, the whereabouts of four are unknown, and at least two have reported being tortured in detention. All of ...

Further information on UA 320/14 ISRAEL/OPT - ACTIVIST FACES PRISON FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Prominent Palestinian activist and advocate of peaceful protest, Abdallah Abu Rahma, will be sentenced by an Israeli military judge on 23 February. If sent to jail he will be a prisoner of conscience held as a punishment and in order to silence him and put ...

UA 30/15 MEXICO - EYEWITNESSES TO KILLING OF DEFENDERS HARASSED

  MEXICO   Key eyewitnesses into the killings of two human rights defenders have been harassed in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. This is an apparent attempt to stop them from giving testimony in court. Their lives could be at risk.   On 22 January relatives of a man who ...

Further Information on UA 24/15 EQUATORIAL GUINEA - THREE DETAINEES RELEASED

  EQUATORIAL GUINEA   Celestino Okenve, Antonio Nguema and Miguel Mbomio were released unconditionally from police detention on 30 January 2015.   Celestino Okenve, Antonio Nguema and Miguel Mbomio had been arrested between 14 and 16 January in Equatorial Guinea in relation to the distribution of pamphlets protesting against the ...

UA 29/15 USA - LOUISIANA MUST RELEASE ALBERT WOODFOX

  USA   Lawyers for Albert Woodfox, held since 1972 in solitary confinement, have filed for bail after the federal appeals court denied state request for further review. The state must stop its ‘campaign of vengeance’ against Albert Woodfox and allow him his freedom.   Albert Woodfox was convicted of ...

Further information on UA 83/14 EGYPT - AL JAZEERA JOURNALISTS SOON TO BE RETRIED

  EGYPT   Journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed will be retried on 12 February, the authorities have announced. Both men are prisoners of conscience. Peter Greste was deported to Cyprus on 1 February and has since been reunited with his family in Australia.   The authorities told Mohamed Fahmy ...

Further information on UA 234/14 IRAN - EXECUTION LOOMS FOR SAMAN NASEEM

  IRAN   Iranian juvenile offender, Saman Naseem, could be executed as early as 19 February 2015 for crimes allegedly committed when he was 17 years old. He was sentenced to death after an unfair trial.   The family of Saman Naseem, who is now aged 22, have received reliable ...

UA 28/15 SUDAN - CHURCH LEADERS DETAINED IN SUDAN

  SUDAN   Reverend Yat Michael and Reverend Peter Yen of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church were arrested by Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) agents in Khartoum, Sudan on 21 December 2014 and 11 January 2015 respectively. Both pastors are being detained incommunicado, in an unknown location, ...

Further information on UA 289/14 SYRIA - LOUAY HUSSEIN RISKS UNFAIR PRISON SENTENCE

  SYRIA   Political activist Louay Hussein is being tried on charges of “weakening national sentiment” and “weakening the morale of the nation”. His second hearing will be held on 9 February, when his family expect he will be sentenced.   Louay Hussein was brought to trial before the criminal ...

FU UA 320/14 ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - PALESTINIAN ACTIVIST’S SENTENCING RESCHEDULED

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Palestinian activist Abdallah Abu Rahma will be sentenced on 8 February to up to five years in prison, at the Israeli Ofer Military Court. If he is jailed, he will be a prisoner of conscience.   Abdallah Abu Rahma was convicted on 21 October 2014 ...

UA 27/15 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - JOURNALISTS THREATENED AND HARASSED

  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   Four journalists have been harassed and received death threats in the Dominican Republic as the result of their advocacy for the respect of the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent.   On 2 February, four Dominican journalists, Juan Bolívar Díaz, Huchi Lora, Amelia Deschamps and Roberto ...

Further information on UA 3/13 SAUDI ARABIA - FLOGGING NOT CARRIED OUT FOR UNKNOWN REASONS

  SAUDI ARABIA   Raif Badawi’s anticipated public flogging on 30 January was not carried out for unknown reasons. He is a prisoner of conscience who was publicly flogged three weeks ago and remains sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes.   Raif Badawi was not publicly flogged ...

Further information on UA 182/13 PERU - FAMILY CONTINUES FACING POLICE HARASSMENT

  PERU   Máxima Acuña and her family, subsistence farmers in northern Peru, have reported further acts of intimidation and harassment by the police. They are in an ongoing legal dispute against a mining company over the ownership of a plot of land where the family lives. They believe this ...

Further information on UA 195/14 EGYPT - KHALED AL-QAZZAZ RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE

  EGYPT   Khaled al-Qazzaz was released on 11 January after spending more than a year and a half in detention without charge or trial, much of it in secret detention.   Egypt’s Prosecutor General had ordered the release of Khaled al-Qazzaz on 29 December 2014. However, the former presidential ...

Further information on UA 289/13 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MASS STATELESSNESS CRISIS CONTINUES

  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   Thousands of individuals of foreign descent remain stateless in the Dominican Republic in spite of a law facilitating restoration of the Dominican nationality for some, and providing access to a naturalization scheme for others.   In September 2013, the Dominican Constitutional Court issued ruling TC 0168-13 ...

Further information on UA 13/15 USA - STATE OF TEXAS CARRIES OUT EXECUTION

  USA   Robert Ladd, 57 years old, was put to death in Texas on 29 January after the courts rejected final appeals arguing that he had intellectual disability and that his execution would thereby be unconstitutional. Robert Charles Ladd was sentenced to death in 1997 for the murder of ...

Further information on UA 268/14 BRAZIL - GUNMEN THREATENING COMMUNITY DETAINED

  BRAZIL   Police detained five gunmen who had been patrolling the quilombo community of São José de Bruno in Matinha, Maranhão State. Around 20 families from the community were being threatened and intimidated by a local rancher who hired at least one gunman to try to push the quilombo ...

Further information on UA 305/14 INDONESIA - SIX EXECUTED, NINE MORE AT RISK

    INDONESIA   The Indonesian authorities executed six people by firing squad on 18 January. Nine more people are at risk of execution.   Rani Andriani alias Melisa Aprilia (Indonesian), Daniel Enemuo (Nigerian), Ang Kiem Soei (Dutch), Tran Thi Bich Hanh (Vietnamese), Namaona Denis (Nigerian) and Marco Archer Cardoso ...

UA 25/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - JOURNALIST FOUND GUILTY OF LGBTI ‘PROPAGANDA’

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Elena Klimova, a journalist from the Urals city of Nizhniy Taghil and founder of the online project Children 404 aimed at supporting LGBTI teenagers, was found guilty of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors” and ordered to pay a fine. Children 404 risks being shut ...

UA 24/15 EQUATORIAL GUINEA - THREE DETAINEES SHOULD BE RELEASED

  EQUATORIAL GUINEA   Celestino Okenve, Antonio Nguema and Miguel Mbomio were arrested between 14 and 16 January in Equatorial Guinea in relation to the distribution of pamphlets protesting against the hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations in the country. All three men have been arbitrarily detained for over ...

UA 23/15 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST HELD INCOMMUNICADO

  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO   Human rights activist Christopher Ngoyi Mutamba was arrested by armed men in military police uniform in Kinshasa on 21 January. His whereabouts remain unknown and he is at risk of enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment.   Christopher Ngoyi Mutamba was arrested on 21 ...

Further information on UA 318/14 OMAN - HEALTH OF ACTIVIST SERIOUSLY DETERIORATING

  OMAN   An Omani human rights activist on hunger strike was transferred to Muscat, the capital, on 26 January, despite his deteriorating health. The next day he was taken to court, on a hospital stretcher, charged with “undermining the status and prestige of the state”. He is a prisoner ...

UA 21/15 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DISCLOSE WHEREABOUTS OF DETAINED EGYPTIAN

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Egyptian national, Mos’ab Ahmed ‘Abdel-‘Aziz Ramadan was detained on 21 October 2014 after being summoned by the Preventive Security Services in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). His whereabouts remain unknown and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   An executive manager of ...

UA 19/15 PAKISTAN - IMMINENT EXECUTIONS MUST BE STOPPED

  PAKISTAN   Three men are due to be executed on 3 February. One of them Shoaib Sarwar, would be the first to be executed for a non-terrorist offence since the moratorium on executions was lifted.   Death row prisoner Shoaib Sarwar is set to be executed on 3 February ...

UA 22/15 BAHRAIN - DROP CHARGES AGAINST LEADING OPPOSITION FIGURE

  BAHRAIN   A leading opposition figure in Bahrain was denied bail in a first court hearing attended by an Amnesty International delegation. He will remain in custody until 25 February. Amnesty International is calling for charges to be dropped and for his immediate release.   The trial of Sheikh ...

UA 20/15 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MASS DEPORTATION IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   On 27 January, 51 people, including 30 Dominican-born children, some of their mothers and 14 other adults were deported without due process to Haiti from the Dominican Republic. More mass deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants are feared.   On the morning of ...

Further information on UA 15/15 USA - GEORGIA EXECUTES INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED MAN

  USA   Warren Hill was killed by the State of Georgia on 27 January. He was put to death despite the fact that all the experts who had assessed him, including those retained by the state, agreed that he had intellectual disability.   The Georgia Board of Pardons and ...

UA 18/15 SIERRA LEONE - RELEASE EIGHT ARBITRARILY DETAINED

  SIERRA LEONE   Eight people have been arbitrarily detained by a Presidential order under the State of Emergency powers in Sierra Leone for over three months following an alleged riot concerning a suspected Ebola patient in October 2014.   Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma signed an Executive Detention ...

Further information on UA 68/13 AZERBAIJAN - RELEASE REMAINING NIDA YOUTH ACTIVISTS

  AZERBAIJAN   Two youth activists from the Azerbaijani civic movement NIDA, Zaur Gurbanli and Uzeyir Mammadli, were released on 29 December. Shahin Novruzlu and Bakhtiyar Guliyev had been released on 18 October 2014. All four were released as a result of a presidential pardon. Five others remain behind bars. ...

Further information on UA 3/13 SAUDI ARABIA - DESPITE MEDICAL COMMITTEE, RAIF REMAINS AT RISK

  SAUDI ARABIA   Although Raif Badawi’s scheduled public flogging on Friday 23 January was not carried out, the prison doctor who examined Raif Badawi that morning argued he was fit to be flogged. This is in direct contradiction to the recommendation of a medical committee only two days earlier. ...

Further information on UA 214/14 MEXICO - INDIGENOUS DEFENDERS RECEIVE NEW THREATS

  MEXICO   New threats have been made against Silvia Pérez Yescas, an Indigenous human rights defender from the community of Matías Romero in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. So far the protection measures granted to her by the authorities have been insufficient. Her life and safety remain at risk.   Silvia ...

Further information on UA 318/14 OMAN - RE-ARRESTED ACTIVIST GOES ON HUNGER STRIKE

  OMAN   Omani human rights activist Saeed Jaddad is being held incommunicado after he was re-arrested at his home in Salalah on 21 January. He is on hunger strike and believed to be in poor health. Amnesty International believes that he is a prisoner of conscience and at risk ...

UA 17/15 BURUNDI - PROMINENT JOURNALIST MUST BE RELEASED

  BURUNDI   Bob Rugurika, director of African Public Radio (Radio Publique Africaine, RPA), has been detained since 20 January after broadcasting investigative reports about the September 2014 murder of three elderly Italian nuns.   Bob Rugurika was arrested on 20 January, after African Public Radio (Radio Publique Africaine, RPA) ...

Further information on UA 9/15 COLOMBIA - LAND RESTITUTION PROCESS SPARKS MORE THREATS

  COLOMBIA   Paramilitaries have threatened dozens of land claimants and community leaders, as well as human rights defenders, trade unionists, journalists and state officials working on land restitution in the departments of Atlántico and Magdalena in northern Colombia.   On 21 January a written death threat signed by the ...

Further information on UA 3/13 SAUDI ARABIA - MEDICAL COMMITTEE FURTHER POSTPONE FLOGGING

  SAUDI ARABIA   Raif Badawi’s scheduled public flogging on Friday 23 January is unlikely to be carried out following examinations by a medical committee, which found him unfit. He is a prisoner of conscience who received 50 lashes earlier this month. He continues to be at risk of receiving ...

UA 16/15 MYANMAR - DETAINED FOR CRITICIZING RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM

  MYANMAR   Writer Htin Lin Oo has been detained and is facing imprisonment for making a speech criticizing the use of religion to promote discriminatory and extremist views. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience who must be unconditionally and immediately released. The charges against him ...

Further information on UA 240/14 BAHRAIN - BAHRAINI ACTIVIST RELEASED

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini activist Nader Abdulemam has been released after his sentence was reduced on appeal.   Nader Abdulemam, aged 41, was released on 16 January after a Court of Appeal reduced his sentence from six months to four months in prison. He was released on the same day, ...

Further information on UA 4/14 CHINA - CONCERN GROWS FOR IMPRISONED TIBETAN MONK

  CHINA   Prominent Tibetan monk Karma Tsewang was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment in July or August 2014. His lawyers have repeatedly been denied access to him and his family have not been allowed to visit since he was first detained over a year ago. There ...

UA 12/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - TATAR ACTIVIST CHARGED FOR ‘INSTIGATING HATRED’

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   A Tatar rights activist was arrested in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation, on charges of “instigating hatred” for criticizing the Russian government’s policies towards Ukraine on the social network VKontakte. He is currently in pre-trial detention in Kazan.   Rafis Kashapov, director of the NGO ...

UA 15/15 USA - GEORGIA SET TO KILL INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED MAN

  USA   For the third time in four years, the State of Georgia has set an execution date for Warren Hill, who has been on death row since 1991. All the experts who have assessed him, including those retained by the state, agree that he has intellectual disability, which ...

Further information on UA 3/15 TUNISIA - FILM DIRECTOR INES BEN OTHMAN RELEASED

  TUNISIA   Film director Ines Ben Othman, sentenced to two months’ imprisonment on 7 January, was released on 16 January.   Ines Ben Othman was released from prison following a decision by the Ariana Court of Appeal to change her sentence from two months’ imprisonment with immediate implementation to ...

Further information on UA 242/11 SAUDI ARABIA - HARSHER SENTENCE AGAINST SHI’A CLERIC UPHELD

  SAUDI ARABIA   An eight-year prison sentence of prominent Saudi Arabian Shi’a cleric has been upheld upon appeal. Sheikh Tawfiq al-‘Amr is jailed for criticizing discrimination against Shi’a in Saudi Arabia and calling for reforms.   Sheikh Tawfiq Jaber Ibrahim al-‘Amr’s sentence was upheld by the appeal division of ...

UA 14/15 EL SALVADOR - RELEASE ‘THE 17’ WOMEN IN EL SALVADOR

  EL SALVADOR   A series of pardon requests for a group of 17 Salvadoran women jailed with extremely long sentences for pregnancy-related offences after flawed and unfair trials is now coming up for decision in the Legislative Assembly. “Guadalupe”, the first of such cases, is due to be voted ...

Further information on UA 318/14 OMAN - ACTIVIST RELEASED, FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES

  OMAN   Omani human rights activist, Saeed Jaddad, was released on bail on 22 December, after being charged with violating the Cyber law. His trial on charges of “undermining the status and prestige of the state” will begin in a court in Muscat on 25 January.   Following his ...

UA 13/15 USA - CLEMENCY SOUGHT AS TEXAS EXECUTION NEARS

  USA   Robert Ladd is scheduled to be executed in Texas on 29 January. He was sentenced to death in 1997 for a murder committed in 1996. The claim that he has an intellectual disability that would render his execution unconstitutional was rejected by the courts.   The body ...

Further information on UA 3/13 SAUDI ARABIA - SECOND FLOGGING POSTPONED ON MEDICAL GROUNDS

  SAUDI ARABIA   Raif Badawi’s scheduled public flogging on Friday 16 January was postponed on medical grounds. He is a prisoner of conscience who was publicly flogged the previous Friday, receiving 50 lashes. He remains at imminent risk of receiving the remaining 950 lashes over the coming weeks.   ...

UA 11/15 IRAN - PROTESTER AGAINST ACID ATTACKS JAILED

  IRAN   Women’s rights defender Mahdieh Golrou has been detained without charge for over two months in Tehran’s Evin Prison for peacefully protesting a series of acid attacks against young women in Esfahan, Iran. She has not been permitted access to her lawyer, despite undergoing dozens of hours of ...

UA 10/15 COLOMBIA - HARASSED FOR FIGHTING SEXUAL VIOLENCE

  COLOMBIA   Two men forced their way into the home of human rights defender Blanca Nubia Díaz, demanding to see one of her daughters. Both women have faced threats and intimidation as they campaign for justice in a case of sexual violence.   On 3 January two men forced ...

Further information on UA 162/14 USA - 21ST EXECUTION UNDER FLORIDA GOVERNOR

  USA   Johnny Shane Kormondy was executed by lethal injection in Florida on the evening of 15 January for a murder committed in 1993. This was the 21st execution under Rick Scott’s governorship, equalling the record for any Florida governor since 1976.   On 24 November Governor Rick Scott ...

UA 9/15 COLOMBIA - DOZENS THREATENED BY PARAMILITARIES

  COLOMBIA   Dozens of human rights defenders, as well as trade unionists and land restitution claimants have been threatened by the Black Eagles paramilitary group in Northern Colombia. The group has also labelled them guerrillas.   On 11 January a pamphlet from the paramilitary group Black Eagles Northern Bloc ...

Further information on UA 305/14 INDONESIA - SIX FACE IMMINENT EXECUTION FOR DRUG CRIMES

  INDONESIA   Six people are scheduled to be executed in Indonesia on 18 January. Five of them are foreign nationals and all have been convicted of drug trafficking, an offence which does not meet the threshold of the “most serious crimes” for which the death penalty can be imposed ...

Further information on UA 4/15 KUWAIT - FORMER MP RELEASED ON BAIL, STILL FACES TRIAL

  KUWAIT   Former Kuwaiti opposition MP Saleh al-Mulla was released on bail on 11 January by a criminal court. He was charged for tweets deemed insulting to the Amir of Kuwait and the visiting President of Egypt. His next court hearing is due on 15 February.   Saleh al-Mulla, ...

Further information on UA 305/14 INDONESIA - PRISONERS FACING IMMINENT EXECUTION NAMED

  INDONESIA   The Indonesian authorities have now publicly named six death row prisoners facing imminent execution. The Attorney General’s Office has stated that the executions will be carried out before the end of this month.   On 5 January 2015, the Junior Attorney General for General Crimes, AK Basyuni, ...

UA 7/15 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) - BUSINESSMAN DETAINED, AT RISK OF TORTURE

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Businessman Dr Amer al-Shawa, a former academic, was arrested on arrival at Dubai airport on 2 October 2014. He is being held in an unknown location with no access to his family or a lawyer of his choosing in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance. He ...

Further information on UA 98/14 SAUDI ARABIA - SENTENCE AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER UPHELD

  SAUDI ARABIA   Saudi Arabian human rights defender and lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair has had his sentence upheld upon appeal and will be serving the full 15 years in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Waleed Abu al-Khair, a prominent human rights defender and lawyer, has had ...

Further information on UA 3/13 SAUDI ARABIA - RAIF BADAWI FLOGGED IN VICIOUS ACT OF CRUELTY

  SAUDI ARABIA   Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi was publicly flogged on 9 January in front of the al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah. He is at risk of receiving the remaining 950 lashes over the coming weeks.   Raif Badawi received his first set of 50 lashes on 9 January. ...

Further information on UA 201/13 CUBA - PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED IN CUBA

  CUBA   Five jailed dissidents which Amnesty International named prisoners of conscience in 2013 were released between 7 and 8 January. Three remain under conditional release.   On 7 January twin brothers Vianco Vargas Martín and Django Vargas Martín were released from Mar Verde prison in the province of ...

UA 5/15 MYANMAR - POLITICAL ACTIVIST DETAINED IN MYANMAR

  MYANMAR   Political activist Ko Wai Lu has been arbitrarily detained and is facing imprisonment in Myanmar after he provided support to peaceful protesters who are calling on the authorities to resolve their land dispute. Fourteen people have also been charged for taking part in the peaceful protests.   ...

Further information on UA 282/14 SYRIA - JADIA NOFAL AND OMAR AL-SHA’AR FREED ON BAIL

  SYRIA   Jadia Nofal and Omar al-Sha’ar were released on bail on 17 December.   Jadia Nofal, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Civil Rights in Syria, and journalist and translator Omar al-Sha’ar had been arrested on the Syrian side of the Syria-Lebanon border on 31 October when ...

Further information on UA 164/14 EGYPT - EGYPTIAN ACTIVISTS’ SENTENCES REDUCED

  EGYPT   A Cairo court of appeal handed down reduced prison sentences to human rights defender Yara Sallam, activist Sanaa Ahmed Seif and 20 others on 28 December.   A court of appeal has reduced the three-year prison sentences against the group, handed down in October, to two years’ ...

UA 6/15 SRI LANKA - DEFENDERS THREATENED IN ELECTION CAMPAIGN

  SRI LANKA   Human rights defenders Brito Fernando, Phillip Dissanayake and Prasanga Fernando have received death threats against themselves and their families.   On 4 January severed dogs’ heads were left in front of the homes of Brito Fernando and Prasanga Fernando, two human rights defenders working with the ...

Further information on UA 3/15 TUNISIA - FILM DIRECTOR JAILED FOR ‘INSULTING OFFICIAL’

  TUNISIA   Film director Ines Ben Othman has been sentenced to two months in prison for insulting a public official.   Ines Ben Othman was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment on 7 January, for “verbally insulting a public official while carrying out their duties” under Article 125 of the ...

Further information on UA 3/13 SAUDI ARABIA - SAUDI ARABIAN BLOGGER FACES IMMINENT FLOGGING

    SAUDI ARABIA   Amnesty International has been informed that Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger and prisoner of conscience, will be publicly flogged on 9 January. Flogging violates the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in international law.   Amnesty International received information ...

Further information on UA 83/14 EGYPT - JOURNALISTS TO BE RETRIED, BUT STILL DETAINED

  EGYPT   Egypt’s highest appeals court has overturned the conviction of Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed. The three men, all prisoners of conscience, will now be retried before a lower court but will remain in detention.   In a brief hearing on 1 January, ...

UA 4/15 KUWAIT - FORMER MP FACING JAIL FOR TWITTER ‘INSULT’

  KUWAIT   Former Kuwaiti opposition MP Saleh al-Mulla was arrested on 6 January for tweets deemed insulting to the Amir of Kuwait and the visiting President of Egypt. The next day the Public Prosecution ordered him to be detained for 10 days for investigation. He is a prisoner of ...

UA 1/15 BAHRAIN - SENTENCED TO DEATH AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL

  BAHRAIN   Two men were sentenced to death on 29 December in Bahrain. Amnesty International fears they did not receive a fair trial as the main evidence used against them was allegedly obtained under torture.   Mohamed Ramadhan ‘Issa ‘Ali Hussain (32) and Hussain ‘Ali Moosa Hussain Mohamad (28) ...

Further information on UA 312/14 EGYPT - REFUGEES FORCIBLY RETURNED TO GAZA STRIP

  EGYPT   The two Palestinian refugees from Syria were forcibly returned to the Gaza Strip.   The Egyptian authorities had been preparing to deport the two men, K. S. and A. A., to either Syria or Gaza. The two men had been living in Syria but fled to Gaza ...

UA 2/15 MYANMAR - FOUR PROTESTERS DETAINED IN MYANMAR

    MYANMAR   Four human rights activists have been arbitrarily arrested and detained in Myanmar after participating in a peaceful demonstration against the shooting to death of a protester the week before. The four have been detained solely for the lawful exercise of their right to freedom of peaceful ...

UA 3/15 TUNISIA - JAILED FOR COMPLAINING OF POLICE HARASSMENT

  TUNISIA   Film director Ines Ben Othman was arrested on 19 December 2014 after lodging a complaint for harassment by a police officer. She is in custody, facing one year in prison for insulting that police officer.   Film director Ines Ben Othman went to the Ariana police station, ...

Further information on UA Dominican Republic - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC DECRIMINALIZES ABORTION

    Dominican Republic   The President of the Dominican Republic promulgated (to put a law into official effect) the new Criminal Code on 19 December following the adoption by the Chamber of Deputies of the observations made by the President seeking the decriminalization of abortion in certain circumstances.   ...

UA 322/14 Pakistan - FEARS OF FURTHER EXECUTIONS IN PAKISTAN

  PAKISTAN   Pakistan’s Prime Minister has lifted the moratorium on executions in the wake of the horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar on 16 December. Six men have already been executed, and more could be carried out at any time. On 19 December General Raheel Sharif, ...

UA 320/14 Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories - PEACEFUL ACTIVIST FACING JAIL FOR PROTEST

    Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories   Palestinian activist Abdallah Abu Rahma faces up to five years in jail as a prisoner of conscience: he will be sentenced by an Israeli military court on 5 January 2015. He was convicted on 21 October of charges relating to a 2012 protest.   ...

Further information on UA 215/14 UKRAINE - SERGEI DOLGOV: ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE?

  UKRAINE   Ukraine’s Security Services have now told Amnesty International that the authorities have no record of Sergei Dolgov’s detention. This implies that he has been subjected to enforced disappearance.   The security services of Ukraine, Sluzhba Bezpeky Ukrayiny (SBU), told Amnesty International after the last update of this ...

UA 319/14 Ukraine - COUPLE ABDUCTED BY SEPARATISTS, LIVES AT RISK

  UKRAINE   A married couple were abducted by armed men on 30 November in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Their whereabouts are unknown, and their lives are in danger.   Anna Sergienko and her husband Victor Gorbenko were driving home from work on 30 November in the city ...

UA 321/14 Gambia - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER FACING POSSIBILITY OF JAIL

  GAMBIA   Gambian human rights defender Sait Matty Jaw is facing trial on 23 December, along with researchers Seth Yaw Kandeh and Olufemi Erinle Titus, from Ghana and Nigeria respectively, over work done for a survey. They face up to two years’ imprisonment if convicted.   Social activist Sait ...

Further information on UA 275/14 CHINA - FEMALE ACTIVIST COULD FACE LIFE IMPRISONMENT

  CHINA   Detained Chinese women’s rights activist Su Changlan has been formally arrested and charged with ‘inciting subversion’ which could lead to life imprisonment. It is now known where she is being held, but she still has no access to her lawyer or family. Her friend Chen Qitong continues ...

UA 314/14 ECUADOR - INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ COMMUNITY AT RISK

  ECUADOR   The Yanua kim Indigenous community in the Zamora Chinchipe province, south-eastern Ecuador, fear for their safety after one of their leaders was assassinated and his house raided by the police.   The body of José Isidro Tendetza Antún, the leader of the Shuar people who had not ...

UA 318/14 OMAN - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST ARRESTED, RISKS TORTURE

  OMAN   Omani human rights activist Saeed Jaddad has been held incommunicado since 10 December, when he was arrested in the city of Salalah. He may be a prisoner of conscience, detained for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression.   Saeed Jaddad was arrested after ...

UA 317/2014 MYANMAR - MAN FACES PRISON AFTER CALLING FOR JUSTICE

  MYANMAR   Shayam Brang Shawng (known as Brang Shawng), an ethnic Kachin man from Myanmar, is facing jail following his calls for the authorities to investigate the role of the Myanmar Army in the death of his daughter. Charges against him must be immediately dropped.   Brang Shawng’s daughter, ...

Further information on UA 96/12 USA - THREE WEEKS LEFT FOR GOVERNOR TO DECIDE

  USA   The outgoing Illinois Governor has until 11 January to decide if he will grant clemency to Jacqueline Montanez. She is serving a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for a crime committed when she was a child, a punishment which violates international law. She ...

Further information on UA 137/14 ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - MURAD SHTEWI CONVICTED FO

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   An Israeli military court has convicted human rights defender Murad Shtewi of participating in and organizing protests against the closure of the main road to and from his village. The road has been designated for use by residents of nearby Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. ...

Further information on UA 204/14 CAMBODIA - OPPOSITION PARTY MEMBERS FACING TRIAL

  CAMBODIA   Ten youth activists and one official from Cambodia’s main opposition party have been summoned for trial on 25 December under politically motivated charges relating to a protest on 15 July 2014. If convicted, they face up to 30 years’ imprisonment.   The charges relate to a demonstration ...

UA 315/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - ACTIVIST ATTACKED AND THREATENED

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Russian human rights defender Igor Kalyapin was labelled a “supporter of terrorists” by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov after he publicly opposed Kadyrov’s promise to punish families of suspected insurgents. Since then, Igor Kalyapin has been receiving anonymous death threats and has been attacked.   Russian human ...

UA 313/14 SYRIA - STUDENT VOLUNTEER MISSING SINCE ARREST

    SYRIA   Student Salaheddin al-Tabbaa, who does voluntary work for the Red Crescent, has been subjected to enforced disappearance by the Syrian authorities. He was arrested, on 5 September 2014, at the Syrian-Lebanese border. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Salaheddin al-Tabbaa was on ...

Further information on UA 215/12 CUBA - GOVERNMENT CRITICS UNDER HOUSE ARREST

  CUBA   Two government critics and their neighbour who have been in pre-trial detention in Cuba since March 2012 were released on 9 December. Their charges have not been dropped and they have now been placed under house arrest while they await their trial.   Following national and international ...

Further information on UA 257/14 AZERBAIJAN - JOURNALIST HELD ON POLITICALLY MOTIVATED CHARGE

  AZERBAIJAN   Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was placed under pre-trial detention on 5 December on a politically motivated charge. The authorities also suspended the licence of Khadija Ismayilova’s lawyer on 10 December.   Khadija Ismayilova was detained on 5 December and ordered to spend two months in pre-trial ...

Further information on UA 229/14 COLOMBIA - ANOTHER DEATH THREAT TO DEFENDERS

  COLOMBIA   Around 80 human rights defenders were named in a death threat delivered by the Black Eagles paramilitaries in the Memory, Peace and Reconciliation Centre (Centro de Memoria, Paz y Reconciliación) in the Municipality of Bogotá. Since September there have been several mass death threats to human rights ...

Further information on UA 237/14 INDIA - JOURNALIST RELEASED ON BAIL IN INDIA

  INDIA   Journalist Jaikhlong Brahma was released on bail on 2 December, after being detained without charge or trial for three months. Amnesty International’s campaign for him was highlighted in media reports in India, suggesting our pressure may have contributed to his release.   On 2 December, the Gauhati ...

Further information on UA 304/14 TURKEY - CONCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR RELEASED

  TURKEY   Conscientious objector Haluk Selam Tufanli was released from military prison on 12 December. He served eight days of a 10-day sentence because releases over the weekend are not possible in the territory of northern Cyprus.   Conscientious objector Haluk Selam Tufanli was imprisoned for 10 days on ...

UA 311/14 MEXICO - INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY HARASSED FOR ACTIVISM

  MEXICO   Indigenous leaders and other members of their community have been intimidated and harassed in reprisal for opposing the construction of a new wind farm in the Tehuantepec Isthmus in southern Mexico. There is fear they will face further threats.   Members of the Popular Assembly for the ...

Further information on UA 273/14 SPAIN - SENATE MUST STOP IMMIGRATION LAW AMENDMENT

  SPAIN   The new Law on Public Security, which would modify the immigration law has been passed by the Spanish Congress. It is now up to the Senate to prevent its entry into force. This amendment would facilitate automatic and collective expulsion of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers from the ...

UA 309/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - PROTECT RIGHTS AND SAFETY OF INJURED DETAINEE

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   A 21-year-old medical student in pre-trial detention has been hospitalised with multiple injuries, including a pen pushed inside his head through the eye socket. He is cuffed to his hospital bed. The authorities intend to transfer him back to pre-trial detention as soon as he regains ...

Further information on UA 195/14 EGYPT - COURT TO REVIEW KHALED AL-QAZZAZ’S DETENTION

  EGYPT   A court is due to review the detention of Khaled al-Qazzaz on 17 December. The former presidential aide has yet to receive the surgery he needs for his neck injury and has now spent over 17 months in detention without charge or trial.   Courts have renewed ...

UA 312/14 EGYPT - SYRIAN-PALESTINIAN REFUGEES RISK DEPORTATION

  EGYPT   Two Syrian-Palestinian refugees are at imminent risk of being deported to either Gaza or Syria. They are also about to be transferred to a guarded room at Cairo International Airport, where they will have no possibility of contact with the outside world.   K. S. and A. ...

Further information on UA 5/14 BAHRAIN - A YEAR IN PRISON FOR ‘INSULTING THE KING’

  BAHRAIN   Ahmad Mshaima’ has been sentenced to one year in prison for publicly insulting the King of Bahrain. He is also being tried in another case, charged with illegal gathering.   Ahmad Hassan ‘Ali Mshaima’ was sentenced on 9 December by a Lower Criminal Court to one year ...

UA 308/14 SAUDI ARABIA - TWO WOMEN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING

  SAUDI ARABIA   Two Saudi Arabian women have been arrested for driving. Loujain al-Hathloul and Mayssa al-Amoudi, both supporters of the campaign for women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia, were detained at the al-Batha border crossing with the United Arab Emirates. They are prisoners of conscience.   On ...

UA 310/14 SUDAN - OPPOSITION LEADERS DETAINED, RISK TORTURE

  SUDAN   Opposition leader Farouk Abu Issa and civil society activist Dr Amin Maki Medani were arrested on 6 December by agents of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). They have been held incommunicado since then, without charge.   Farouk Abu Issa, who leads the coalition of ...

Further Information on UA 306/14 BAHRAIN - ACTIVIST SENTENCED TO MORE TIME IN PRISON

  BAHRAIN   Zainab Al-Khawaja was sentenced on 9 December to one year and four months’ imprisonment for “insulting a public servant” and “destroying government property”. She had already been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.   Zainab Al-Khawaja was sentenced on 9 December to one year and four months’ imprisonment ...

Further information on UA 302/14 USA - MISSOURI CARRIES OUT TENTH EXECUTION OF 2014

  USA   Paul Goodwin was executed in Missouri in the early hours of 10 December, Human Rights Day, for the murder of Joan Crotts, committed in 1998.   The execution of Paul Goodwin on 10 December was delayed by about an hour and a quarter while the decision of ...

Further information on UA 83/14 EGYPT - AL JAZEERA JOURNALISTS’ APPEAL ON 1 JANUARY

  EGYPT   Jailed Al Jazeera media workers Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed’s appeal before Egypt’s highest court is scheduled for 1 January 2015. All three men are prisoners of conscience, convicted on trumped-up charges.   The Court of Cassation may either uphold the men’s guilty verdict or ...

Further information on UA 147/13 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - PROTECT DAGESTANI LAWYERS FROM HARASSMENT

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Two lawyers in the North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, Russia, face renewed threats in relation to their work on a high profile murder case. One of them has also been subjected to a lawsuit in connection with her work.   Lawyers Sapiyat Magomedova and Musa Suslanov ...

UA 307/14 IRAN - IRANIAN-AMERICAN JOURNALIST DETAINED

    IRAN   Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian has spent six months in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin Prison. He has had no access to a lawyer, but was brought to court for the first time on 6 December. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Jason Rezaian, an Iran-based ...

Further information on UA 141/13 NORTH KOREA - YOUNG NORTH KOREANS FEARED EXECUTED

  NORTH KOREA   Two North Koreans who were forcibly returned to North Korea from Laos in May 2013 are reported to have been executed. Seven others arrested with them are believed to have been sent to a prison camp, where they would be at risk of torture, forced labour ...

UA 306/14 BAHRAIN - JAIL SENTENCE FOR ‘INSULTING THE KING’

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini activist Zainab Al-Khawaja was sentenced on 4 December to three years’ imprisonment and a heavy fine, for ripping up a picture of the King in court. The verdicts in a further three cases against her will be issued on 9 December.   Zainab Al-Khawaja was sentenced ...

UA 305/14 INDONESIA - STOP IMMINENT EXECUTION OF FIVE PRISONERS

  INDONESIA   Five death row prisoners in Indonesia have been moved to separate cells and are believed to be at risk of imminent execution. Indonesia’s new government has said publicly that it plans to carry out the five executions this year and 20 more in 2015.   On 28 ...

Further information on UA 292/14 USA - FEDERAL COURT BLOCKS SCOTT PANETTI EXECUTION

  USA   A federal court issued a stay of execution for Texas death row prisoner Scott Panetti a few hours before he was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on 3 December.   On 3 December, with the execution of Scott Panetti less than eight hours ...

UA 304/14 TURKEY - CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR IMPRISONED

  TURKEY   Conscientious objector Haluk Selam Tufanlı has been imprisoned for 10 days on 4 December after the military court in Lefkoşa/Nicosia (territory of northern Cyprus) found him guilty of ‘noncompliance with the mobilization call’ as a result of his refusal to take part in a one-day military training ...

UA 303/14 INDIA - ADIVASI VILLAGERS ALLEGEDLY BEATEN BY POLICE

  INDIA   Adivasi villagers in Chhattisgarh, central India, fear further repercussions by the authorities after allegations by 25 people that they were beaten by police while protesting the arrests of other villagers on 26 November. Several people have been hospitalized with serious injuries, and the police have refused to ...

UA 302/14 USA - MISSOURI EXECUTION SET FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

  USA   Paul Goodwin is scheduled to be executed in Missouri on 10 December, Human Rights Day. His lawyers are seeking clemency on the grounds of intellectual disability and mental incompetency to be executed. This would be the 10th execution of the year in Missouri, the most there in ...

FU UA 301/14 BRAZIL - Teenager disappeared during military operation

  BRAZIL   A 16-year-old teenager has been disappeared after reportedly being tied up and taken by military police officers during a police operation in the city of Salvador, Bahia State, in northeast Brazil. The teenager’s mother has been receiving threats since going public about the case and demanding information ...

Further information on UA 61/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - TWITTER ACTIVIST OSAMA AL-NAJJAR JAILED

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Osama al-Najjar was sentenced on 25 November to three years’ imprisonment, on charges stemming from his Twitter activities defending his father. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Osama al-Najjar, aged 25, was sentenced on 25 November to three years in prison and fined 500,000 ...

UA 301/14 BRAZIL - TEENAGER DISAPPEARED DURING MILITARY OPERATION

  BRAZIL   A 16-year-old teenager has been disappeared after reportedly being tied up and taken by military police officers during a police operation in the city of Salvador, Bahia State, in northeast Brazil. The teenager’s mother has been receiving threats since going public about the case and demanding information ...

Further information on UA 224/14 KUWAIT - LEYLA AL-DARMALALLI RELEASED

    KUWAIT   Long-term Kuwait resident Leyla al-Darmalalli was released from prison and has returned to Egypt voluntarily.   Leyla Mohammad Ali al-Darmalalli, 66, an Egyptian national who had been living in Kuwait for the past 40 years, returned to Egypt voluntarily on 23 October. She had been detained ...

Further information on UA 275/14 CHINA - FEMALE ACTIVIST STILL HELD IN UNKNOWN LOCATION

  CHINA   Fears are growing for the welfare of Chinese women’s rights activist Su Changlan, who has been detained in an unknown location without access to a lawyer since 27 October. One of her friends is also now being held after being detained on 25 November along with Su ...

Further information on UA 293/14 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - URGE THE PRESIDENT NOT TO CRIMINALIZE ABORTION

  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   The President of the Dominican Republic has not yet approved the proposed reform of the Criminal Code which maintains full criminalization of abortion. Presidential officials have acknowledged receiving pressure not to enact the reform into law.   On 26 November officials of the Presidency of the ...

Further information on UA 302/09 SAUDI ARABIA - EXECUTED, BODY NOT RETURNED TO FAMILY

  SAUDI ARABIA   Ali Agirdas, a Turkish man convicted of drug-trafficking after an unfair trial, was executed on 20 November in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh. His family only learned of his execution through the media, and his body has not been returned to them.   Ali Agirdas was executed on 20 ...

UA 300/14 IRAQ - IRAQI FORMER MP SENTENCED TO DEATH

  IRAQ   A former member of Iraq’s Council of Representatives (Parliament) has been sentenced to death after a trial marred with irregularities. He has a month to appeal.   Ahmed al-‘Alwani, a prominent member of the secular political party al-Iraqiya bloc, was sentenced to death on 23 November by ...

UA 298/14 IRAN - DEATH SENTENCE FOR ‘INSULTING THE PROPHET’

  IRAN   An Iranian man has been sentenced to death for “insulting the Prophet of Islam”. Soheil Arabi has now had his sentence upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court. He was sentenced for posts deemed offensive to the Prophet he had made on Facebook.   Photogrpaher Soheil Arabi, 30, was ...

UA 299/14 MEXICO - DEMONSTRATORS DETAINED AND ILL-TREATED

  MEXICO   Eleven demonstrators arrested on serious criminal charges in Mexico City on 20 November are now at risk of an unfair judicial process. All detainees have reported ill-treatment and have been transferred to far-away, high-security prisons which impose serious limitations on their ability to contact lawyers and relatives. ...

Further information on UA 246/14 MEXICO - DEMAND SEARCH AND JUSTICE FOR 43 STUDENTS

  MEXICO   The Mexican authorities have yet to establish the whereabouts of 43 students who have been victims of enforced disappearance since 26 September. Relatives and peers of the disappeared students continue to demand an urgent search, justice and reparation.   Local police operating in collusion with criminal gangs ...

Further information on UA 5/14 BAHRAIN - AHMAD MSHAIMA’ REARRESTED

  BAHRAIN   Ahmad Mshaima was rearrested on 13 November. He has not had access to his lawyer since his arrest. He may have been detained for exercising his right to freedom of expression.   Ahmad Hassan Ali Mshaima’ was rearrested on 13 November when he was trying to leave ...

UA 297/14 UKRAINE - ESTABLISH WHEREABOUTS OF DISAPPEARED MAN

  UKRAINE   Aleksandr Minchenok, a 31-year-old civilian man from Lisichansk, disappeared on 21 July after being “arrested” by pro-Kyiv forces while travelling with his grandmother in eastern Ukraine. His parents, who have not heard from him since July, fear for his life.   On the morning of 21 July ...

UA 296/14 ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - ISRAEL RESUMES PUNITIVE HOUSE DEMOLITIONS

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   The Israeli government has ordered the demolition of the family homes of at least seven Palestinians who carried out attacks which killed Israelis. Israel claim they have to do this to deter future attacks.   The Israeli authorities plan to demolish or seal up the ...

Further information on UA 253/14 AFGHANISTAN - AUTHORITIES COMMIT TO ENSURING BRISHNA’S SAFETY

  AFGHANISTAN   Following the conviction of Brishna’s rapist on 25 October, the Afghan authorities have now committed to ensuring her protection. The 10-year-old girl from Kunduz province is receiving medical and psychological attention.   Amnesty International delegates in Afghanistan have been contacted by the Office of the President, to ...

Further information on UA 15/14 SAUDI ARABIA - JAIL SENTENCE OF ACTIVIST INCREASED ON APPEAL

  SAUDI ARABIA   Prominent Saudi Arabian human rights activist Fowzan al-Harbi has been detained again, immediately after being told that his sentence had been increased upon appeal. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Fowzan al-Harbi and his lawyer reported on 19 November to the Criminal Court in the ...

UA 295/14 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - UGANDAN POLITICAL ACTIVIST AT RISK OF TORTURE

  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO   Ugandan political activist Sam Mugumya is detained incommunicado by the army in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Ugandan government have accused him of planning a rebellion against them. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Sam Mugumya, a Ugandan ...

UA 294/14 CAMBODIA - ‘MULTIMEDIA MONK’ FACES BASELESS CHARGES

  CAMBODIA   The Venerable Loun Sovath, a Cambodian Buddhist monk and human rights defender known as the “multimedia monk” faces trial on baseless charges of incitement. If convicted he could be sentenced to up to two years’ imprisonment and a heavy fine. If imprisoned, he would be considered a ...

Further information on UA 259/14 BAHRAIN - ZAINAB AL-KHAWAJA RELEASED, AWAITS VERDICTS

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini activist Zainab Al-Khawaja was released on 19 November after more than a month in detention for ripping up a picture of the King in court. The verdict in this case is expected on 4 December. The verdicts in a further three cases against her will be ...

Further information on UA 226/14 THE GAMBIA - FIRST ARRESTS SINCE NEW HOMOPHOBIC LAW

  THE GAMBIA   A law introducing possible life sentences for the offence of “aggravated homosexuality” was enacted on 9 October in Gambia. In the last two weeks, the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Presidential Guards have arrested at least four men, a 17-year-old boy and three women on ...

Further information on UA 281/14 SIERRA LEONE - DAVID TAM BARYOH FREED ON BAIL

  SIERRA LEONE   Sierra Leonean journalist David Tam Baryoh was released on bail on 14 November, after 11 days detained without charge in a maximum security prison. He now has to report to the police every Monday. He is a prisoner of conscience, arrested solely for exercising his right ...

Further information on UA 91/11 SAUDI ARABIA - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST FACES FRESH TRIAL

  SAUDI ARABIA   Prisoner of conscience Mohammed al-Bajadi is being retried on the same charges for which he was sentenced to a four-year prison term in 2012. This retrial, months before his expected release, may well result in a harsher sentence.   Mohammed Saleh al-Bajadi, one of the founders ...

UA 293/14 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - PROPOSED REFORM PUTS WOMEN AND GIRLS AT RISK

  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   On 18 November the Dominican Parliament adopted a comprehensive reform of the Criminal Code which maintains full criminalization of abortion. It is now with the President of the Republic to enact into law. If enacted, it would violate the rights of women and girls.   In ...

Further information on UA 277/14 UZBEKISTAN - TORTURE SURVIVOR SENTENCED IN UNFAIR TRIAL

  UZBEKISTAN   On 18 November Mirsobir Khamidkariev, a producer and businessman from Uzbekistan, was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment on extremism charges following an unfair trial. There are credible allegations that he was tortured in detention in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.   The Tashkent City Court for Criminal Cases found Mirsobir ...

Further information on UA 278/14 USA - MISSOURI CARRIES OUT NINTH EXECUTION THIS YEAR

  USA   Leon Taylor was executed in the first few minutes of 19 November in Missouri for a murder committed during a robbery in 1994. This was the ninth execution in Missouri in 2014, the most carried out in this state in any year since 1999.   Leon Vincent ...

UA 292/14 USA - TEXAS SET TO EXECUTE SEVERELY MENTALLY ILL MAN

  USA   Scott Panetti, a 56-year-old man whose serious mental illness predated and contributed to the 1992 double murder for which he was sent to death row, and which infected his trial and persists to this day, is scheduled to be executed in Texas on 3 December.   Scott ...

Further information on UA 169/13 SAUDI ARABIA - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER SENTENCED AGAIN

  SAUDI ARABIA   Outspoken human rights defender Mikhlif al-Shammari has been sentenced to two years in prison and 200 lashes in the second case brought against him in two years. Earlier this year, an appeal court upheld a five-year prison sentence against him in the other case. If imprisoned, ...

Further information on UA 223/14 YEMEN - POLITICAL ACTIVISTS RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE

  YEMEN   Southern Yemeni political activists Anwar Ismail and Khaled al-Junaidi have been released without charge. After being arrested and subjected to enforced disappearance by security forces in August, they were held incommunicado and reportedly tortured and otherwise ill-treated.   Anwar Ismail, 38, and Khaled al-Junaidi, 42, were released ...

Further information on UA 200/14 AZERBAIJAN - MEDICAL CARE MUST BE PROVIDED URGENTLY

  AZERBAIJAN   Azerbaijani human rights defender Intigam Aliyev’s health is rapidly deteriorating due to a lack of adequate medical care in the detention facility. This comes at a time when the authorities have removed four of the five lawyers working on Intigam Aliyev’s case.   Intigam Aliyev’s son told ...

UA 283/14 BANGLADESH - EXECUTION OF OPPOSITION LEADER ‘WITHIN DAYS’

  BANGLADESH   A leading member of an opposition party in Bangladesh, Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, is at imminent risk of being executed, even though he has not exhausted all legal remedies available to him and has declared that he intends to appeal for a review of his case. The authorities have ...

UA 287/14 UKRAINE - TREAT CAPTIVES HUMANELY

  UKRAINE   A separatist armed group fighting government forces in eastern Ukraine published a YouTube video on 30 October labelled “the first people’s court in Novorossia”. It shows a public gathering in Alchevsk, west of Luhansk, presided over by a separatist commander, voting by show of hands to put ...

UA 290/14 SUDAN - POLITICAL ACTIVIST AT RISK OF TORTURE

  SUDAN   A Sudanese political activist has been detained without charge in Khartoum, since 23 September after being arrested by security forces. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Rashid Shikhaldeen Abash, a 35-year-old father and owner of a printing company was arrested on 23 September ...

UA 291/14 HONDURAS - CAMPESINO LEADER KILLED, OTHERS COULD BE AT RISK

  HONDURAS   Community and campesino (peasant farmer) leader has been killed in northern Honduras on 11 November. The fatal incident follows the recent murder of another campesino leader in August. The safety of his family and other leaders may be at risk.   On 11 November, Juan Ángel López ...

UA 288/14 CAMBODIA - WOMEN DEFENDERS AND BUDDHIST MONK SENTENCED

  CAMBODIA   Seven women housing rights defenders from the Boeung Kak community in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh have been sentenced to a year in jail after a street protest on 10 November. Three more women and a Buddhist monk were also sentenced to one year’s imprisonment after protesting outside ...

UA 289/14 SYRIA - SYRIAN POLITICAL ACTIVIST ARRESTED

  SYRIA   Syrian political activist and writer Louay Hussein was arrested by immigration officials on the Syrian side of the Lebanese-Syrian border on 12 November. He faces charges of “weakening national sentiment” and “weakening the morale of the nation”. He is currently being held at ‘Adra prison.   Louay ...

UA 286/14 EGYPT - STUDENT DETAINED AND TORTURED AFTER PROTEST

  EGYPT   Mahmoud Hussien, an 18-year-old student, has been held in detention without trial for 293 days, pending investigation. He is facing several trumped-up charges, including protesting without authorization. He was subjected to torture and coerced into making a “confession” on videotape. He is a prisoner of conscience and ...

Further information - UA 66/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - IMPRISONED ACTIVIST MUST BE RELEASED IMMEDIATELY

    RUSSIAN FEDERATION      On 31 October, the Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic ruled that the term of Ruslan Kutaev’s imprisonment must be reduced by two months but did not quash his conviction. Ruslan Kutaev is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally. ...

Further information on UA 261/14 FRANCE - NO HOUSES YET FOR ALL EVICTED FAMILIES

  FRANCE   The forced eviction of an informal settlement near Bobigny, on the outskirts of Paris, has left about 180 people homeless. Sixty are temporarily living in two social care centres in Paris after having slept several days in a gymnasium. The others were not given any temporary shelter. ...

Further information on UA 10/14 GAMBIA - JOURNALISTS ACQUITTED AND DISCHARGED

  GAMBIA   On 10 November, Gambian journalists Musa Sheriff and Sainey M.K. Marenah were acquitted and discharged on the two counts of “publication of false news with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public” and “conspiracy to commit felony”. They had been on trial for more than ...

Further information on UA 6/14 BELARUS - BELARUS MUST STOP IMMINENT EXECUTION

  BELARUS   Amnesty International is deeply concerned that death row prisoner Eduard Lykau is at imminent risk of execution in Belarus.   Eduard Lykau was convicted and sentenced to death on 26 November 2011 by the Minsk Regional Court for five murders committed in 2002, 2004 and 2011. He ...

Further information on UA 182/14 AZERBAIJAN - LEYLA YUNUS DENIED LAWYERS OF HER CHOICE

  AZERBAIJAN   Two main lawyers representing Azerbaijani human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Leyla Yunus have been removed from her case, while the third lawyer is facing criminal charges of libel apparently in retaliation for representing her.   On 29 October Javad Javadov, a lawyer who has been ...

UA 285/14 SAUDI ARABIA - LAWYERS SENTENCED OVER ‘OFFENSIVE’ TWEETS

  SAUDI ARABIA   A special court sentenced three Saudi Arabian lawyers to between five and eight years in prison over tweets deemed offensive to the Ministry of Justice. If imprisoned Amnesty International will consider them prisoners of conscience.   On 27 October the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) in Riyadh, ...

UA 282/14 SYRIA - ARRESTED AT THE BORDER, WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN

  SYRIA   Syrian men Jadia Nofal and Omar al-Sha’ar were arrested by immigration officials on the Syrian side of the Lebanese-Syrian border on 31 October. They have not been heard of since their arrest and there are fears for their well-being.   Jadia Nofal, the Director of the Centre ...

UA 284/14 PARAGUAY - INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ SURVIVAL AT RISK

  PARAGUAY   Land that the Ayoreo Totobiegosode Indigenous people claim as their traditional territory has been invaded in the department of Alto Paraguay in the north of the country. This threatens the survival of the Indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation in this area.   During an inspection carried ...

Further information on UA 227/14 IRAN - BRITISH-IRANIAN ACTIVIST ON HUNGER STRIKE

  IRAN   British-Iranian woman Ghoncheh Ghavami has gone on her second hunger strike after learning she had been sentenced to one year’s imprisonment in Iran and banned from foreign travel for two years for protesting for the right of women to attend sport events in iran. Her verdict has ...

Further information on UA 215/14 UKRAINE - MISSING EDITOR REPORTED IN ILL-HEALTH

  UKRAINE   According to an anonymous source newspaper editor Sergei Dolgov, who has been missing since his abduction by armed men in June, in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, is held in a military base and suffering from serious health issues. His wife fears for his life.   Sergei Dolgov’s wife, ...

UA 280/14 BAHRAIN - ACTIVIST FACES JAIL FOR ‘DEFAMATION ON TWITTER’

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini women’s rights activist Ghada Jamsheer was arrested on 15 September on 10 charges of “defamation via her Twitter account”. Her detention order has been extended several times and her next hearing, which relates to one of the charges, is scheduled for 24 November. She is a ...

UA 279/14 BRAZIL - AT LEAST NINE KILLED OVERNIGHT IN NORTH BRAZIL

  BRAZIL   At least nine people were killed, allegedly by off-duty military police officers, in the city of Belém, in the northern state of Pará on 4 November. Reports from residents indicate that the numbers killed could be much higher than those confirmed by authorities. There are indications that ...

Further information on UA 117/14 MYNAMAR - ACTIVIST ORGANIZATION TARGETED AGAIN

  MYANMAR   Two members of the Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF) have been given jail terms for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. They must be immediately and unconditionally released. Charges against a third person, who is married to one of the MDCF ...

UA 281/14 SIERRA LEONE - JOURNALIST FACES INDEFINITE DETENTION

    SIERRA LEONE   Sierra Leonean journalist, David Tam Baryoh, has been detained since 3 November following an executive order signed by President Ernest Bai Korom. Under section 29 (17) (a) of the Constitution, he can remain in detention for an indefinite period of time under the state of ...

Further information on UA 215/12 CUBA - FAIR TRIAL MUST GO AHEAD WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY

  CUBA   Following three postponements, the trial of two government critics and their neighbour is set to take place on 7 November. Amnesty International is concerned for the lack of full guarantees of a fair trial, including the right to call witnesses and challenge the evidence.   Lady in ...

UA 278/14 USA - RACE CONCERNS AS MISSOURI EXECUTION NEARS

  USA   Leon Taylor, a 56-year-old man, is scheduled to be executed in Missouri on 19 November. He was convicted in 1995 of a murder committed in 1994. There are serious questions about the role of race in his case.   Leon Vincent Taylor was convicted of the first-degree ...

UA 276/14 SAUDI ARABIA - WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVIST DETAINED

  SAUDI ARABIA   Women’s rights activist Souad al-Shammari was detained on 28 October following her first interrogation session. Amnesty International believes she is a prisoner of conscience.   Souad al-Shammari, a prominent Saudi Arabian women’s rights activist, was detained on 28 October 2014 after a four-hour interrogation session at ...

UA 277/14 UZBEKISTAN - FEAR OF UNFAIR TRIAL FOR ABDUCTED REFUGEE

  UZBEKISTAN   After being abducted in Russia and forcibly returned to Uzbekistan, refugee Mirsobir Khamidkariev faces 15 years in prison on extremism charges. There are credible allegations that he was tortured in detention in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and concerns in relation to the fairness of his trial. He is at ...

Further information UA 216/14 EGYPT - REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

  EGYPT   The Egyptian authorities have extended a deadline for NGOs to register under the draconian Law on Associations (Law 84 of 2002) to 10 November. NGOs not registered after then will face the threat of “accountability” measures – likely to include closure and criminal prosecution.   The National ...

UA 275/14 CHINA - FEMALE ACTIVIST HELD INCOMMUNICADO IN CHINA

  CHINA   Chinese women’s rights activist Su Changlan has not been heard from since she was taken away by police on 27 October. There are concerns that her detention might be as a result of comments she made online in support of protests in Hong Kong. The authorities have ...

Further information on UA 97/14 TURKIMENSTAN - PRISONER STILL AWAITS REVIEW OF HIS SENTENCE

  TURKIMENSTAN   Mansur Mingelov is still awaiting a retrial in line with international fair trial standards despite promises made to him by the authorities to review his case.   Mansur Mingelov was on hunger strike from 19 May until 8 June in protest at his 22-year sentence. He ended ...

UA 274/14 VENEZUELA - FOUR PEOPLE, INCLUDING POLICE, ATTACK DEFENDER

  VENEZUELA   Human rights defender Luis Uzcátegui has reported being beaten by four people, including two police officers, near his home in Coro city, Falcón State. He believes the attack to be in retaliation for his demands for justice following the killing of his brother by state police in ...

Further information on UA 249/14 BAHRAIN - DEFENDER RELEASED ON BAIL, BANNED FROM TRAVEL

  BAHRAIN   Nabeel Rajab has been released on bail and his court session was adjourned until 20 January 2015. He has been banned from travelling.   Prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was released on bail on 2 November, during a court hearing which was scheduled to issue the ...

UA 272/14 EGYPT - TEN REFUGEES INCLUDING CHILD RISK DEPORTATION

  EGYPT   Five Palestinian refugees from Syria, with a 14-year-old child among them, and five Syrian refugees, are at risk of being forcibly returned to Syria. Egyptian national security ordered that the group be deported after they were arrested following an attempt to leave Egypt by boat. They are ...

UA 273/14 SPAIN - IMMIGRATION LAW AMENDMENT WILL VIOLATE RIGHTS

  SPAIN   The Spanish government has proposed an amendment to the immigration law that would facilitate automatic and collective expulsion of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers from the borders of the two Spanish enclaves in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, depriving them of the right to seek asylum and exposing ...

UA 271/14 SAUDI ARABIA - CLERIC SENTENCED TO DEATH AFTER FLAWED TRIAL

  SAUDI ARABIA   Prominent Saudi Arabian Shi’a Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr has been sentenced to death on vague charges and after a deeply flawed trial. His conviction must be quashed and he should be released immediately in relation to these charges.   Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr was sentenced ...

Further information on UA 99/14 BAHRAIN - HARASSMENT OF BAHRAINIS RENDERED STATELESS

  BAHRAIN   Ten Bahrainis, whose nationality was arbitrarily revoked in 2012, are at risk of harassment and intimidation while awaiting the appeal against a court order to deport them.   On 28 October a lower court in the capital, Manama, ordered the deportation of 10 of 31 people whose ...

Further information on UA 10/14 GAMBIA - JOURNALISTS’ CASE TO BE DECIDED ON 3 NOVEMBER

  GAMBIA   Gambian journalists Musa Sheriff and Sainey M.K. Marenah will have their case decided by a magistrate on 3 November. They could be jailed for up to two years for the legitimate exercise of their right to freedom of expression. They would be prisoners of conscience.   A ...

Further information on UA 322/13 EGYPT - 20 ACTIVISTS RE-ARRESTED AS RETRIAL IS POSTPONED

  EGYPT   On 27 October, a Cairo Criminal Court ordered the arrest and detention of activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and 19 others as their retrial began. The 20 activists are currently held in Tora Prison and are standing retrial alongside five others for defying the country’s repressive protest law, ...

UA 270/14 SERBIA - TWENTY-FOUR ROMA FAMILIES RISK FORCED EVICTION

  SERBIA   Twenty-four Roma households at the Belvil settlement in Belgrade are due for resettlement at the end of November. If human rights requirements, including genuine consultation and providing full information are not followed, their removal for resettlement could result in a forced eviction.   The families are amongst ...

Further information on UA 253/14 AFGHANISTAN - RAPIST SENTENCED, GIRL SURVIVOR STILL AT RISK

  AFGHANISTAN   Local mullah accused of raping a 10-year-old girl from Kunduz province in Afghanistan has received a 20-year prison sentence on 25 October. Family members who threatened Brishna with an “honour” killing have provided written guarantee they will not harm her. She has been taken out of school ...

Further information on UA 262/14 KUWAIT - SULAIMAN AL-JASSEM RELEASED

  KUWAIT   Prisoner of conscience Sulaiman al-Jassem was released on 22 October, and had his conviction overturned by the Misdemeanours Appeal Court.   The Misdemeanours Appeal Court ordered the release of Sulaiman al-Jassem on 22 October 2014, and overturned his conviction. His lawyers had appealed against his one-month prison ...

Further information on UA 137/13 NIGERIA - RELEASED AFTER 19 YEARS ON DEATH ROW

  NIGERIA   Thankgod Ebhos was released after the signing of a release order by the Governor of Kaduna State. He had been on death row in southern Nigeria’s Edo State since 1995.   Thankgod Ebhos was released on 24 October after 19 years on death row. Following Nigeria’s Independence Day ...

UA 269/14 ALGERIA - 18-YEAR-OLD SYRIAN REFUGEE FACES DEPORTATION

  ALGERIA   The Algerian authorities may be preparing to forcibly return an 18-year-old Syrian refugee after he entered the country without official legal documentation.   Moustafa Albakkor, 18, fled Syria in 2012 to escape the crisis that had begun in 2011 and entered Turkey where he was officially recognised ...

Further information on UA 85/14 IRAN - REYHANEH JABBARI EXECUTED

  IRAN   Reyhaneh Jabbari, who had been sentenced to death under qesas (retribution-in-kind), was executed on 25 October in Iran.   Reyhaneh Jabbari, aged 26, was executed in the early hours of 25 October in Raja’i Shahr Prison, in the city of Karaj. She had been transferred there late ...

Further information on UA 229/14 COLOMBIA - MASS DEATH THREATS TO DEFENDERS CONTINUE

  COLOMBIA   Around 100 human rights defenders received a death threat on 22 October from the Black Eagle paramilitaries in a statement sent to the New Rainbow Corporation (Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris), a think tank based in Bogotá. Since September there has been an increase of repeated mass threats ...

Further information on UA 164/14 EGYPT - YARA SALLAM, 21 OTHERS, JAILED FOR THREE YEARS

  EGYPT   Human rights defender Yara Sallam, activist Sanaa Ahmed Seif and 20 others were jailed for three years on 26 October by a criminal court, which convicted them of breaching Egypt’s repressive Protest Law and a string of other charges.   The verdict was handed down by the ...

UA 267/14 EGYPT - REFUGEES FACE FORCIBLE RETURN TO GAZA OR SYRIA

  EGYPT   Five Palestinian refugees from Syria are at imminent risk of being forcibly returned to either Gaza or Syria by the Egyptian authorities. Their travel documents have been confiscated and they have been confined to a terminal in Cairo airport.   A group of five Palestinian refugees from ...

Further information on UA 91/14 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - TORTURE DENOUNCERS THREATENED BY POLICE

  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   Ana Patricia Fermín has been receiving death threats from police since April 2014 after she reported that two of her relatives were tortured while in police custody in the northern outskirts of Santo Domingo, the capital. Her husband and one of the tortured men were shot ...

UA 268/14 BRAZIL - COMMUNITY THREATENED BY LOCAL RANCHER

  BRAZIL   Around 20 families from the quilombo community of São José de Bruno in Matinha, Maranhão State, are currently being threatened and intimidated by a local rancher. The rancher has placed a gunman in the area in order to push the quilombo community members off the remaining lands. ...

UA 263/14 VENEZUELA - LAWYER THREATENED AND UNDER SURVEILLANCE

  VENEZUELA   Private defence lawyer Omar Ernesto Silva Martínez has made a formal complaint after being repeatedly targeted with threatening calls and surveillance. Guaranteeing the safety of lawyers to perform their functions without intimidation, hindrance or harassment is integral to ensuring that the right to a fair trial is ...

UA 266/14 PAKISTAN - WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR BLASPHEMY

  PAKISTAN   Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi, sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2010, has had her appeal rejected by the Lahore High Court of Appeal.   On 16 October the Lahore High Court rejected the appeal against the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted on blasphemy ...

Further information on UA 260/14 TURKEY - DETENTION OF REFUGEES MUST BE INVESTIGATED

  TURKEY   Ninety-five refugees from the city of Kobani, Syria, who had been unlawfully detained in a sports hall in the Turkish border town of Suruç since 5 October have been released. They must be given access to medical care and an investigation must be carried out into their ...

Further information on UA 240/14 BAHRAIN - ACTIVIST SENTENCED FOR COMMENTS ON TWITTER

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini activist Nader Abdulemam has been sentenced to six months in prison for “insulting” a figure of worship. Amnesty International believes he has been targeted for exercising his right to freedom of expression.   Nader Abdulemam, aged 41, was sentenced to six months in prison by the ...

UA 265/14 MACEDONIA - BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE PENDING APPROVAL

  MACEDONIA   Amendment XXXIII, currently pending before the Parliament of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, will discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the enjoyment of their family life and all the reproductive and social rights associated with marriage. If adopted, the Constitution will ...

Further information on UA 261/14 FRANCE - EVICTED FAMILIES FORCED TO SLEEP IN A GYMNASIUM

  FRANCE   The forced eviction of an informal settlement near Bobigny, in the outskirts of Paris, has left more than 60 people, including 15 children and infants, homeless. They are currently sleeping in a gymnasium in the centre of Paris but will have to leave imminently and without any ...

UA 262/14 KUWAIT - HUMAN RIGHTS MONITOR IMPRISONED

  KUWAIT   Kuwaiti lawyer and human rights activist Sulaiman al-Jassem was arrested on 20 October after being sentenced to one month’s imprisonment on charges of “participating in an illegal gathering” and “failing to obey police orders to disperse”. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Sulaiman al-Jassem, a lawyer ...

UA 264/14 TURKEY - CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR MUST NOT BE IMPRISONED

  TURKEY   Fifty-six-year-old conscientious objector Ali Fikri Isik is due to appear in front of Çorlu Military court on Wednesday 22 October, facing three separate charges of ‘desertion’ that could carry a prison sentence of around two-and-a-half years. Should he be imprisoned, he will be a prisoner of conscience ...

Further information on UA 135/14 SAUDI ARABIA - FILIPINO WORKER RELEASED FROM SAUDI PRISON

  SAUDI ARABIA   Filipino domestic worker Ruth Cosrojas was released from a Saudi Arabian prison on 29 September and deported back to the Philippines the following day.   Ruth Cosrojas Gonzales was taken from al-Malaz prison in the capital, Riyadh, to the city’s airport late on 29 September. She ...

UA 261/14 FRANCE - STOP IMMINENT FORCED EVICTION IN FRANCE

  FRANCE   More than 200 Roma, including around 50 children, living in an informal settlement near Bobigny in the north eastern suburbs of Paris, are at high risk of being evicted in the next 48 hours despite the High Court in Bobigny declaring in July that there was no ...

UA 260/14 SYRIA - SYRIAN REFUGEES AT RISK OF BEING RETURNED

  SYRIA   Around 100 refugees from Syria are at risk of being returned to the war-torn city of Kobani/Ayn Al-Arab. They are part of a group of over 250 men, women and children from Kobani who have been unlawfully detained by the Turkish authorities in a sports hall since ...

Further information on UA 184/14 MEXICO - TORTURED PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED

  MEXICO   Prisoner of conscience and torture victim Ángel Amílcar Colón Quevado was released from prison in Tepic, Nayarit state, after more than five years in pre-trial detention. Amnesty International believes that his torture, detention and prosecution were the result of discrimination based on his ethnic origin and his ...

Further information on UA 225/14 BAHRAIN - MARYAM AL-KHAWAJA LEAVES BAHRAIN

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja’s travel ban has been lifted, and she has left Bahrain. The charges against her have not been dropped, however, and her next trial session is on 5 November.   Maryam Al-Khawaja left Bahrain on 2 October. Her travel ban had been ...

Further information on UA 213/14 MYANMAR - MEDIA WORKERS JAILED FOR TWO YEARS

  MYANMAR   Five media workers have been sentenced to two years in prison in Myanmar over the publication of a news story. They are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.   On 16 October, media workers Kyaw Zaw Hein, Ko Win ...

Further information on UA 155/14 USA - NEW DEATH PENALTY CHARGES AGAINST LIBYAN MAN

  USA   A Libyan man seized by US military forces in Libya in June and transferred to the USA two weeks later to face trial has now been charged with offences punishable by the death penalty. The charges relate to an attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi ...

UA 254/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR RAISING A FLAG

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Three men have been detained since April and face criminal charges for raising the German flag over an official building in Kaliningrad. If found guilty they could face up to seven years in prison.   On 11 March, early in the morning, some activists raised the ...

UA 259/14 BAHRAIN - ACTIVIST ARRESTED IN COURT

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini activist Zainab Al-Khawaja was arrested on 14 October after she tore up a picture of the King in court where she was appearing on two separate charges of “destroying government property”. She is a prisoner of conscience.   Eight month pregnant Zainab Al-Khawaja was arrested on ...

UA 257/14 AZERBAIJAN - INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER FACES HARASSMENT

  AZERBAIJAN   Khadija Ismayilova – an outspoken investigative journalist in Azerbaijan – fears arrest after being harassed by the authorities and prevented from leaving the country. She has long been targeted by the authorities for her critical reporting and is currently facing criminal trial on politically motivated libel charges. ...

UA 258/14 SYRIA - PARENTS AND SIX CHILDREN AT RISK

  SYRIA   A Syrian couple, Rania Alabbasi and her husband Abdulrahman Yasin, and their six children, now aged three to 15, have been subjected to enforced disappearance by the Syrian authorities. They were arrested in March 2013.   According to a relative who lives abroad, Military Intelligence officers came ...

Further information on UA 211/14 – SUDAN - OPPOSITION LEADER RELEASED

  SUDAN   Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi was released on 9 September. She had been detained without charge for almost a month.   Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi was released on 9 September. She had been arrested on 11 August by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) at Khartoum Airport, when she ...

Further information on UA 166/14 BAHRAIN - ABDULHADI AL-KHAWAJA ENDS HUNGER STRIKE

    BAHRAIN   Prisoner of conscience Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, one of the 13 jailed prominent opposition activists, ended his hunger strike on 23 September.   Prisoner of conscience Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, a dual Bahraini-Danish national, ended his hunger strike on 23 September, after 30 days. His family visited him in prison ...

Further information on UA 206/13 BAHRAIN - HUSSAIN HUBAIL’S APPEAL REJECTED

  BAHRAIN   Photographer Hussain Hubail’s appeal against his five-year sentence has been rejected by the High Criminal Court of Appeal. He was sentenced on 28 April 2014 on charges that included “using social media networks to incite hatred of the regime”, “calling on people to ignore the law” and ...

Further information on UA 249/14 BAHRAIN - NABEEL RAJAB CHARGED, RISKS THREE YEARS’ JAIL

  BAHRAIN   Nabeel Rajab has been charged with “publicly insulting official institutions”. His detention has been extended and he will face trial on 19 October before the Lower Criminal Court. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Nabeel Rajab appeared before the Public Prosecution Office (PPO) on 9 October ...

UA 256/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE OF QATARI NATIONALS

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Officials from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) detained two Qatari men on 27 June at the al-Ghuwaifat border post on the UAE’s western border with Saudi Arabia. The UAE has subjected them to enforced disappearance, since they have withheld information about the men’s fate from ...

Further information on UA 174/13 IRAN - EX-POLITICAL PRISONER DETAINED, RISKS TORTURE

  IRAN   Former prisoner of conscience Arash Sadeghi has been held in Tehran’s Evin Prison since 6 September. He is believed to be in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer and he has yet to be charged. He may be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.   ...

UA 253/14 AFGHANISTAN - 10-YEAR OLD RAPE SURVIVOR FACES ‘HONOUR’ KILLING

  AFGHANISTAN   Brishna, a 10-year old girl from Kunduz province in Afghanistan was raped by a local mullah in May 2014. She is at risk of an “honour” killing by family and community members. The women’s rights defender who assists her is facing death threats.   Shortly after Brishna ...

UA 255/14 CHINA - DETAINED FOR SUPPORTING HONG KONG PROTESTS

  CHINA   At least 26 people, including several poets and artists, have been detained in Beijing for showing support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Thirteen people are known to have been accused of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble", and could face up to five years in prison ...

Further information on UA 128/14 EGYPT - HUNGER STRIKER HOSPITALIZED IN INTENSIVE CARE

  EGYPT   Detained Egyptian-American national Mohamed Soltan was hospitalized on 7 October after his health deteriorated dramatically following an eight-month wet hunger strike.   Mohamed Soltan was taken to El Manial University Hospital in Cairo, the capital, after medical personnel at Tora Prison refused to be held liable for ...

Further information on UA 61/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - UAE TWITTER ACTIVIST’S UNFAIR TRIAL CONTINUES

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Osama al-Najjar is due to appear before the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, for his second hearing on 14 October on charges stemming from his Twitter activities defending his father. If convicted, he will have no right to appeal. He is a prisoner of ...

Further information on UA 213/13 MYANMAR - ROHINGYA ACTIVIST CONDITIONALLY RELEASED

  MYANMAR   Human rights defender U Kyaw Hla Aung has been released from prison in Myanmar as part of a Presidential amnesty. Before being released he was required to sign a statement agreeing not to take part in any other “unlawful activities” or else he would be imprisoned again. ...

Further information on UA 227/14 IRAN - JAILED BRITISH-IRANIAN WOMAN ON HUNGER STRIKE

  IRAN   British-Iranian woman Ghoncheh Ghavami has been on hunger strike since 1 October in protest at her prolonged detention and her lack of access to her lawyer. Ghoncheh Ghavami is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.   Ghoncheh Ghavami, a 25 year-old British-Iranian ...

Further information on UA 246/14 MEXICO - DISAPPEARED STUDENTS STILL MISSING IN MEXICO

  MEXICO   The 43 disappeared students are still missing after being fired at by police and later attacked by unknown individuals in Iguala, Guerrero state. Twenty-eight bodies have been found in unmarked mass graves near Iguala, but their identities remain unclear and the search for those abducted continues.   ...

Further information on UA 205/14 EGYPT - REFUGEES RESETTLED IN EUROPE

  EGYPT   The two Palestinian refugees from Syria that the Egyptian authorities had been preparing to forcibly return to Syria or Gaza have now been resettled in Europe.   The Egyptian authorities had been preparing to deport two Palestinian men, Youssef Farid Youssef and Hamza Issa to Syria or ...

UA 252/14 BAHRAIN - DEATH SENTENCE FOR FLARE FATALITY

  BAHRAIN   A Bahraini man under sentence of death has lodged his final appeal and could be at risk of execution. He was sentenced to death in February 2014 and lost his first appeal in August.   Death row prisoner Maher Abbas Ahmad (also known as Maher al-Khabbaz) is ...

Further information on UA 248/14 ECUADOR - PROTESTERS SENTENCED TO TWO MONTHS IN PRISON

  ECUADOR   Despite calls by their lawyers, the trial against people detained in anti-government demonstrations in Quito went ahead. Those charged accepted responsibility and received reduced sentences of two months in prison.   On 2 October a judge decided that the trial against more than 60 people detained in ...

Further information on UA 82/14 MYANMAR - IMPRISONED MEDIA WORKERS’ SENTENCES REDUCED

  MYANMAR   Five media workers from Unity newspaper in Myanmar had their sentences reduced on appeal to seven years’ imprisonment. They were jailed in connection with their journalistic activities and are prisoners of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.   On 2 October 2014 the Magwe Regional ...

UA 250/14 IRAN - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST DETAINED

  IRAN   Human rights activist Saeed Shirzad has been detained in Tehran’s Evin Prison for four months, without access to his lawyer. He has been accused of having contact with political prisoners’ families and cooperating with the office of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights ...

Further information on UA 23/14 PAKISTAN - GUARD SHOOTS MENTALLY ILL PRISONER

  PAKISTAN   Blasphemy prisoner Mohammad Asghar has been shot and wounded by a prison guard in Pakistan. He is recovering in hospital, but his lawyers fear he is still in danger of being killed.   A prison guard shot 70-year-old Mohammad Asghar in the back on 25 September in ...

FU UA 238/14 INDONESIA - SHARI’A BYLAW PASSED BY THE ACEH PARLIAMENT

  INDONESIA   The Aceh parliament has passed a Shari’a bylaw that would criminalize, among other things, same-sex sexual relations and consensual sex outside marriage, punishable by caning. The governor of Aceh and central government have powers to block its implementation.   The Aceh Islamic Criminal Code, a provincial bylaw ...

UA 249/14 BAHRAIN - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST ‘OFFENDS’ AUTHORITIES

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was arrested on 1 October. The Public Prosecution has ordered him to be detained for seven days, for further investigation. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and Director of the ...

UA 248/14 ECUADOR - DETAINEES AT RISK OF UNFAIR TRIAL

  ECUADOR   53 people detained in anti-government demonstrations might face an unfair trial as their lawyers have not been given adequate time to prepare their defence.   On 18 September, the police detained around 60 people in and around the secondary school Instituto Nacional Mejía, in the capital, Quito, ...

Further information on UA 85/14 IRAN - REYHANEH JABBARI’S EXECUTION POSTPONED

  IRAN   The execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, the Iranian woman scheduled to be put to death on 30 September in Rajai Shahr Prison, has been postponed for 10 days. Reyhaneh Jabbari was convicted of murder after a flawed investigation and unfair trial.   Reyhaneh Jabbari’s mother said in a ...

UA 247/14 HAITI - CAMP RESIDENTS ATTACKED, MORE AT RISK

  HAITI   A woman was killed after municipal agents opened fire in order to remove street sellers from the road in proximity of a makeshift camp for displaced people in Port-au-Prince. Two other camp residents were injured by the police. Camp residents fear further violence by the municipality and ...

Further information on UA 233/14 MOROCCO/WESTERN SAHARA - SAHRAWI DETAINEES END HUNGER STRIKE

  MOROCCO/WESTERN SAHARA   The Sahrawi detainees have ended their hunger strike, after the authorities pledged to improve their prison conditions.   Six of the men, Mohamed Baber, Abdelmoutaleb Sarir, Mahmoud El Haissan, Aaliayne El Moussaoui, Abdelkrim Bouchalga and Abdelfattah Dallal, ended their hunger on 22 September 2014, after the ...

UA 246/14 MEXICO - STUDENTS KILLED AND OTHERS MISSING IN GUERRERO

  MEXICO   On 26 September, students were intercepted by Mexican police patrols firing shots and then later attacked by unknown individuals in Iguala, Guerrero state. At least six people were killed, 20 were injured and the whereabouts of 38 remain unknown.   On 26 September at around 9pm, 80 ...

UA 244/14 IRAN - JAILED SCIENTIST DENIED URGENT MEDICAL CARE

  IRAN   Iranian physicist Omid Kokabee, serving a 10-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin Prison, is in urgent need of medical care, which the authorities have refused. He is suffering from a number of health problems, including kidney stones and heart palpitations, exacerbated by the poor conditions in which he ...

UA 245/14 MYANMAR - FARMERS AT RISK AFTER BEATING BY SOLDIERS

  MYANMAR   Six Chin farmers who were ill-treated – some tortured – by Myanmar Army soldiers are at risk of further human rights violations after speaking out publicly about their ordeal. All six are now in hiding. A seventh farmer who was also tortured has fled to India.   ...

Further information on UA 213/13 MYANMAR - ROHINGYA ACTIVIST JAILED FOR 18 MONTHS

  MYANMAR   Human rights defender U Kyaw Hla Aung has been sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment in Myanmar. He is now detained in Sittwe prison in Rakhine State. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Rohingya human rights defender U Kyaw Hla Aung was sentenced on 26 September to ...

UA 243/14 EGYPT - PHOTOJOURNALIST HELD A YEAR WITHOUT CHARGE

  EGYPT   Freelance Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zied has been detained in Egypt without charge or trial for over a year. The prosecutor is next due to interrogate him on 2 October. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for his journalistic work.   Mahmoud Abu Zied, also ...

Further information on UA 21/14 BAHRAIN - AHMED AL-ARAB SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

  BAHRAIN   Ahmed Mohammad Saleh al-Arab has been sentenced to life imprisonment. After an unfair trial he was convicted of attempted murder and possession of explosives. He is still on trial in separate cases, and could face a total of 64 years’ imprisonment.   Ahmed Mohammad Saleh al-Arab, aged ...

Further information on UA 182/14 AZERBAIJAN - LEYLA YUNUS BEATEN IN DETENTION

  AZERBAIJAN   Azerbaijani human rights defender Leyla Yunus was beaten in the Kurdakhany detention facility by the administration staff on 23 September. Conditions in her cell remain dire, which aggravates her already weakened health.   Leyla Yunus’s lawyers told Azerbaijani media that on 23 September a detention centre warden ...

UA 240/14 SYRIA - ACTIVIST FACING UNFAIR TRIAL

  SYRIA   Peaceful political activist Gebrail Moushe Kourie is to be tried by the Anti-Terrorism Court, which does not abide by international fair trial standards. He has been in custody since December 2013 and has been held in ‘Adra Prison since February. There are concerns that he may have ...

Further information on UA 134/13 VENEZUELA - POLICE THREATEN AND INTIMIDATE BARRIOS FAMILY

  VENEZUELA   Venezuelan police have raided Beatriz Adriana Guzmán Barrios’ house and arrested her husband. The Barrios family have received further threats even though they should be protected in accordance with an Inter-American Court ruling. Ten members of their family have been murdered since 1998 in circumstances that suggest ...

UA 242/14 IRAN - HUNGER-STRIKING DERVISHES CRITICALLY ILL

  IRAN   Nine jailed members of Iran’s Gonabadi dervish religious minority began a hunger strike on 31 August, in protest at the authorities’ harassment and persecution of Gonabadi dervishes across the country and are now critically ill. They are prisoners of conscience.   Nine imprisoned followers of one of ...

UA 241/14 MALAYSIA - DETAINED STUDENT ACTIVIST AT RISK OF TORTURE

  MALAYSIA   Student activist Ali Abdul Jalil was beaten up by prison officers in Malaysia and is facing charges under the country’s draconian Sedition Act. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression. He is at risk of ...

Further information on UA 230/14 MEXICO - SECOND INDIGENOUS ACTIVIST DETAINED

  MEXICO   Another indigenous activist, Fernando Jiménez Gutiérrez, has been detained and is at risk of unfair trial. The charges against Mario Luna have been confirmed, and he has been committed to pre-trial detention.   Fernando Jiménez Gutiérrez, a member of the Indigenous Yaqui community of Vícam, Sonora state, ...

UA 240/14 BAHRAIN - ACTIVIST ON TRIAL FOR ‘INSULTING’ ISLAMIC FIGURE

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini activist Nader Abdulemam is being tried for “insulting” a figure of worship. Amnesty International believes he is being targeted for exercising his right to freedom of expression.   Nader Abdulemam, aged 41, was arrested on 27 August after he was summoned to the Criminal Investigations Directorate ...

Further information on UA 18/14 CHINA - UIGHUR ACADEMIC SENTENCED TO LIFE

  CHINA   Prominent Uighur scholar, Ilham Tohti, was sentenced to life imprisonment on 23 September in China. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression as an academic and writer. According to his lawyers, he was denied food ...

UA 239/14 SYRIA - SCIENTIST FACING UNFAIR TRIAL, RISKS TORTURE

  SYRIA   Syrian physicist Faten Rajab Fawaz, a prisoner of conscience, is awaiting trial before a Military Field Court, whose proceedings are grossly unfair. She has been detained since 24 December 2011, seemingly as a result of her peaceful activism.   When pro-reform protests began in Syria in 2011, ...

UA 238/14 INDONESIA - DRAFT LEGISLATION PUTS HUMAN RIGHTS AT RISK

  INDONESIA   The Aceh parliament is planning to pass a Shari’a bylaw before the end of September that would criminalize, among other things, same-sex sexual relations and consensual sex outside marriage. Those found guilty could be caned up to 100 times.   The Aceh Islamic Criminal Code, a draft ...

UA 236/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - PROTECT DETAINED LIBYAN MEN FROM TORTURE

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   At least ten Libyan men, some with dual nationality, were detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) between 13 August and 3 September. The authorities have not told four of the men’s families where they are detained. By withholding information about their whereabouts from the ...

Further information on UA 221/14 AZERBAIJAN - JOURNALIST ‘ATTACKS’ ATTACKER

  AZERBAIJAN   Independent Azerbaijani journalist and human rights defender, Ilgar Nasibov, who was brutally attacked on 21 August, is himself accused of assault.   Azerbaijani journalist and human rights defender Ilgar Nasibov has been accused of assaulting Farid Askerov – one of the persons accused of attacking him on ...

UA 237/14 INDIA - JOUNALIST HELD WITHOUT CHARGE IN INDIA

  INDIA   Journalist Jaikhlong Brahma has been detained since 2 September after being accused of having links with banned armed groups in Assam, India. He is at risk of being detained for 12 months without charge or trial under the National Security Act (NSA).   Journalists Jaikhlong Brahma and ...

Further information on UA 201/14 SAUDI ARABIA - HAJRAS AL-QUREY EXECUTED

  SAUDI ARABIA   Hajras al-Qurey was executed on 22 September for drug-trafficking, despite maintaining that he was tortured into “confessing” to the crime and the fact that he was convicted after an unfair trial.   Hajras bin Saleh bin Muhammad al-Qurey was executed on the morning of 22 September. ...

Further information on UA 225/14 Bahrain - MARYAM AL-KHAWAJA FREE ON BAIL, AWAITING TRIAL

  BAHRAIN   Maryam Al-Khawaja was released on bail on 18 September. Her trial before the High Criminal Court has been scheduled for 1 October on a charge of “assaulting police officers”.   Maryam Al-Khawaja was released on bail on orders of the High Criminal Court on 18 September. The ...

UA 233/14 Morocco - SAHRAWIS ON HUNGER STRIKE AGAINST TORTURE

  MOROCCO   Seven Sahrawi men were severely beaten on 17 September in Laayoune Local Prison, Western Sahara. They have gone on hunger strike in protest.   Seven Sahrawi men, Mohamed Baber, Abdessalam Loumadi, Abdelmoutaleb Sarir, Mahmoud El Haissan, Aaliayne El Moussaoui, Abdelkrim Bouchalga and Abdelfattah Dallal were reportedly subjected ...

Further information on UA 218/14 Myanmar - FURTHER SENTENCES FOR PROTESTOR IN MYANMAR

  MYANMAR   Community leader U Sein Than has received four further sentences for participating in a series of peaceful protests in Myanmar. He now faces two years’ imprisonment merely for the peaceful exercise of his rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. His daughter and four others are ...

UA 234/14 Iran - KURDISH JUVENILE OFFENDER FACING EXECUTION

  IRAN     Iranian juvenile offender Saman Naseem has been convicted of taking part in armed activities against the state and killing a member of the Revolutionary Guards, while he was under 18. He could be executed at any time as his death sentence has been sent to the ...

Further information on UA 164/14 Egypt - TRIAL ADJOURNED AS ACTIVISTS REMAIN IN PRISON

  EGYPT   Human rights defender Yara Sallam, well-known activist Sanaa Ahmed Seif and 21 others standing trial for breaching Egypt’s repressive protest law, remain detained as their trial is adjourned to 11 October. If found guilty they could face up to five years in prison.   The 23 activists’ ...

UA 231/14 Malaysia - CRACKDOWN ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

  MALAYSIA   Opposition politicians, human rights activists, lawyers, students, academics and journalists are at risk of arbitrary arrest and imprisonment in Malaysia after an alarming rise in the use of the draconian Sedition Act in recent weeks. The law is being used to target individuals for peacefully exercising their ...

UA 232/14 Indonesia - PAPUAN HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER ATTACKED

  INDONESIA   Papuan human rights lawyer Anum Siregar was attacked by an unknown person in Wamena, Papua province. She is currently defending a tribal leader who is a prisoner of conscience accused of supporting separatist activities. There are concerns for her safety.   Amnesty International has received information about ...

Further information on UA 322/13 Egypt - 25 ACTIVISTS ON TRIAL, THREE RELEASED ON BAIL

  EGYPT   On 15 September a Cairo criminal court released on bail three activists who have been jailed since June 2014. They are standing retrial alongside 22 other defendants for defying Egypt’s repressive protest law after an earlier flagrantly unfair trial.   Leading activist and blogger Alaa Abd El ...

Further information on UA 199/14 Indonesia - PAPUAN STUDENT ACTIVIST RELEASED

  Indonesia   A second student tortured or otherwise ill-treated by police has been released. He was detained together with another student for their peaceful political activism in Indonesia’s West Papua province.   Oni Wea, a 21-year-old university student was released on 2 September from the Manokwari District Police Station. ...

UA 230/14 Mexico - INDIGENOUS ACTIVIST DETAINED, RISKS UNFAIR TRIAL

  MEXICO   Indigenous activist Mario Luna Romero is at risk of unfair trial after being arrested in Sonora State, northwest Mexico. There are concerns that the case against him may be politically motivated due to his leading role in protests against an aqueduct which affects the Yaqui Indigenous community’s ...

Further information on UA 232/13 Bahrain - SENTENCE AGAINST WOMEN PROTESTERS UPHELD

  BAHRAIN   The five-year sentence handed down to two women protesters for attempting to enter the Formula 1 circuit during a protest at the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix was upheld on 31 August 2014 by the High Court of Appeal.   Nafeesa al-‘Asfoor and Rayhana al-Mousawi were sentenced to ...

UA 226/14 Gambia - STOP GAMBIA’S HOMOPHOBIC BILL

  GAMBIA   The Gambian President is currently reviewing a proposed amendment to the Criminal Code which will further discriminate against and punish Gambians merely on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation.   On 25 August Gambia’s National Assembly passed the Bill for the Criminal Code (Amendment) ...

Further information on UA 157/14 Tajikistan - TAJIKISTANI ACADEMIC RETURNS TO CANADA

  Tajikistan    Tajikistani PhD student Alexander Sodiqov has safely returned to Toronto, Canada, where he will continue his studies.   On 10 September, Alexander Sodiqov flew to Toronto from Dushanbe, Tajikistan. His wife and daughter joined him on 12 September. The Tajikistani authorities responded positively to a request from ...

UA 228/14 Peru - INDIGENOUS LEADERS KILLED, COMMUNITY AT RISK

  PERU   Four Asháninka Indigenous leaders from the Peruvian Amazon have been killed by suspected illegal loggers. It is likely that the attack was in retaliation to the leaders’ activism against illegal logging on their ancestral lands. Their families and fellow community members are at risk.   On 1 ...

UA 229/14 Colombia - MASS DEATH THREATS TO HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

  COLOMBIA     At least 80 human rights defenders received death threats by email on or just prior to Colombia’s Human Rights Day on 9 September. Paramilitaries declared them a military target.   On 8 September at least 80 human rights defenders throughout Colombia received an email in which ...

Further information on UA 190/14 China - FAMILIES FORCIBLY RETURNED TO NORTH KOREA

  CHINA   A group of around 29 people, including a one-year-old baby, were forcibly returned to North Korea in early August after being detained in China. It is not known what has happened to them since, but illegal border-crossers often face imprisonment, torture and other ill-treatment, including forced labour. ...

UA 227/14 Iran - JAILED FOR WOMEN’S RIGHT TO WATCH SPORTS

  IRAN   Ghoncheh Ghavami, a 25-year-old Iranian-British national, has been held in Tehran’s Evin Prison since 30 June, largely in solitary confinement without access to her lawyer. She is a prisoner of conscience, arrested solely for taking part in a peaceful protest against the ban on women attending Volleyball ...

Further information on UA 216/14 Egypt - REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

  EGYPT       The Egyptian authorities have extended a deadline for NGOs to register under the draconian Law on Associations (Law 84 of 2002) to 10 November. NGOs not registered after then will face the threat of “accountability” measures – likely to include closure and criminal prosecution.   ...

Further information on UA 220/14 USA - MISSOURI CONDUCTS ITS EIGHTH EXECUTION OF 2014

  USA   Earl Ringo was executed in Missouri on 10 September after the courts refused to intervene and the state governor denied clemency. This was the eighth execution of 2014 in Missouri, more than a quarter of the national total.   Earl Ringo was sentenced to death in 1999 ...

Further information on UA 222/14 Qatar - UK NATIONALS RELEASED

  QATAR   UK nationals Krishna Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev have been released. They are not known to have been charged with any offence. UK nationals Krishna Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev were released on 9 September. They had been held incommunicado from 31 August until 6 September, when UK consular ...

Further information on UA 225/14 - MARYAM AL-KHAWAJA’S DETENTION EXTENDED

  BAHRAIN Maryam Al-Khawaja’s detention order has been extended until 16 September. She is a prisoner of conscience, held in connection with her human rights work. Maryam Al-Khawaja appeared before a Lower Criminal Court judge on 6 September to review her pre-trial detention. She is accused of “assaulting police officers” ...

Further information on UA 336/13 China - CHINESE ACTIVIST IMPRISONED

  CHINA   Veteran activist Zhang Lin has been sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment as a result of his peaceful activism defending his daughter’s right to education. On 5 September, Zhang Lin was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment by Bengshan District People’s Court in ...

Further information on UA 117/14 Myanmar - FURTHER JAIL TERMS FOR PEACEFUL ACTIVIST

  MYANMAR   Activist Ko Htin Kyaw has received two further prison sentences for his peaceful political activities in Myanmar and is facing further charges related to the peaceful exercise of his rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately ...

UA 215/14 Ukraine - NEWSPAPER EDITOR ABDUCTED IN EAST UKRAINE

  UKRAINE     Sergei Dolgov, the editor of a Ukrainian newspaper, has been missing since his abduction by armed men in June. Media reports suggested that he had been killed, but eyewitnesses and relatives believe he is being held in the Ukrainian city Zaporizhhya.   The deputy editor of ...

UA 225/14 Bahrain - FEMALE HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST DETAINED

  BAHRAIN   Maryam Al-Khawaja, co-director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights and daughter of prisoner of conscience Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja was arrested on 30 August on arrival at Bahrain International Airport. She is a prisoner of conscience held in connection with her human rights work. Dual Danish and Bahraini ...

UA 224/14 Kuwait - MOTHER OF ACTIVIST AT RISK OF DEPORTATION

  KUWAIT   Long-term Kuwait resident and Egyptian national, Leyla al-Darmalalli, is at risk of deportation from Kuwait to Egypt. She was detained on 2 September although her residency permit is still valid.   Leyla Mohammad Ali al-Darmalalli, 66, who has been living in Kuwait for the past 40 years, ...

UA 223/14 YEMEN - FEAR OF ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE OF ACTIVISTS

  YEMEN   Southern Yemeni political activists Anwar Ismail and Khaled al-Junaidi disappeared within days of one another. It is feared that they have been subjected to enforced disappearance by security forces and are at imminent risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Anwar Ismail (38) and Khaled al-Junaidi (42) ...

UA 220/14 USA - CALL FOR RACE INQUIRY AS EXECUTION NEARS

  USA   Earl Ringo is due to be executed in Missouri on 10 September. He was sentenced to death in 1999 for two murders committed in 1998. As part of the clemency effort, his lawyers are calling on the governor to initiate an inquiry into the role of race ...

Further information on UA 157/14 Tajikistan - DROP ALL CHARGES AGAINST ACADEMIC

  TAJIKISTAN   Criminal investigation against Tajikistani PhD student Alexander Sodiqov has been extended. Charges against him have not been dropped and he still faces up to 20 years in prison. He is being targeted for his academic research and for exercising his right to freedom of expression.   On ...

UA 218/14 Myanmar - IMPRISONED FOR PEACEFULLY PROTESTING

  MYANMAR     Community leader U Sein Than has been imprisoned in Myanmar for participating in a series of peaceful protests. He faces further charges related to the peaceful exercise of his rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. U Sein Than is a prisoner of conscience who ...

UA 222/14 Qatar - UK NATIONALS DISAPPEAR IN QATAR, RISK TORTURE

  QATAR   UK nationals Krishna Prasad Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev have disappeared in Qatar while researching the conditions of migrant workers. They are believed to have been detained by the Qatari authorities and may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Human rights researcher Krishna Prasad Upadhyaya, 52, ...

UA 221/14 Azerbaijan - JOURNALIST ATTACKED AND FAMILY THREATENED

  Azerbaijan   Independent Azerbaijani journalist, Ilgar Nasibov, and his family continue receiving threats after he was brutally attacked by unidentified people on 21 August. Azerbaijani journalist and human rights defender Ilgar Nasibov was severely beaten by unidentified people on 21 August as they stormed the office of the Democracy ...

UA 217/14 China - HEALTH FEARS FOR DETAINED ACTIVIST IN CHINA

  CHINA   Prisoner of conscience Liu Ping is being denied access to the medical treatment she needs in detention, and there are serious concerns for her health. She is also at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Liu Ping’s daughter was able to visit her at Jiangxi Nanchang ...

UA 219/14 Honduras - CAMPESINO LEADER SHOT DEAD IN HONDURAS

  HONDURAS   Prominent campesino (peasant farmer) leader Margarita Murillo was shot dead in the community of El Planón, north-western Honduras, on 27 August. The safety of other members of her organization and family could be at risk.   In the morning of 27 August Margarita Murillo (56) was working ...

Further information on UA 3/13 Saudi Arabia - RAIF BADAWI’S SENTENCE UPHELD

  SAUDI ARABIA   Raif Badawi will serve 10 years in prison and receive 1,000 lashes, as the Court of Appeal has upheld his sentence. He is a prisoner of conscience. The Court of Appeal in Jeddah upheld on 1 September the sentence imposed on Raif Badawi on 7 May. ...

Further information on UA 127/14 Oman - FOUR ARBITRARILY ARRESTED MEN RELEASED

  OMAN     The four Omani men arbitrarily arrested in May are now known to have been released without charge on 12 July. They are not believed to have been tortured, but their conditions of detention may have amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. Amnesty International has recently ...

UA 166/14 Bahrain - OPPOSITION ACTIVIST ON HUNGER STRIKE

  BAHRAIN   Prisoner of conscience Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, one of the 13 jailed prominent Bahraini opposition activists, went on hunger strike on 25 August in protest at his arbitrary arrest and detention. His health might deteriorate rapidly.   Prisoner of conscience Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, a dual Bahraini-Danish national, started a hunger ...

Further information on UA 199/14 Indonesia - ONE STUDENT RELEASED, OTHER STILL DETAINED

  INDONESIA   One of the two Papuan students tortured or otherwise ill-treated by police has been released. The other is still in detention and has been charged for his peaceful political activism in Indonesia’s West Papua province.   Robert Yelemaken, a 16-year-old high school student, was released on 18 ...

Further information on UA 203/14 Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories CEASEFIRE, BUT NOT YET JUST

  Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories   Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire on 26 August, ending their conflict after 50 days. The need for justice for civilian victims on both sides is urgent, as is the need for Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip.   At least 2,104 ...

Further information on UA 117/14 Myanmar - THREE MDCF ACTIVISTS JAILED, FOURTH ON TRIAL

  MYANMAR   Three activists from the Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF) have been imprisoned and a fourth is on trial, as a result of their peaceful political activities. They are prisoners of conscience.   Within the last three months, Ko Htin Kyaw, leader of the community-based organization Movement ...

UA 216/14 EGYPT - EGYPTIAN NGOS AT RISK AS DEADLINE LOOMS

  EGYPT   Egyptian human rights organizations have been warned they face closure and criminal prosecution, ahead of a government deadline for them to register under the Law on Associations. The authorities have also proposed a draft law that would erode the independence of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and subject them ...

Further information on UA 201/14 SAUDI ARABIA - EXECUTION OF SAUDI ARABIAN MAN POSTPONED

  SAUDI ARABIA   Hajras al-Qurey was not executed on 25 August, as had been expected, but is still at imminent risk of execution.   Hajras bin Saleh bin Muhammad al-Qurey was transferred from his prison cell to a secure location in the Najran General Prison on 22 August. He ...

UA 212/14 IRAN - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE FACES DEATH THREATS

  IRAN   Prisoner of conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri, who has spent over three years in solitary confinement in Section 2A of Evin Prison in Iran’s capital, Tehran, has been threatened with death by interrogators. He is serving a five-year prison sentence on a charge of “insulting Islamic sanctities”, in ...

UA 214/14 MEXICO - INDIGENOUS DEFENDER’S LIFE AT RISK

  MEXICO   An Indigenous human rights defender from the community of Matías Romero in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico, is at risk of death if she returns to her hometown. She has received a series of threats due to her work on Indigenous rights issues and the authorities have so far ...

UA 203/14 ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - CIVILIANS IN DANGER IN GAZA STRIP AND ISRAEL

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Thousands of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip are under threat from indiscriminate, disproportionate, or other forms of sea, air and ground attacks by Israeli forces. Israeli civilians are at risk from rockets fired indiscriminately by Palestinian armed groups.   Since Israel launched Operation “Protective ...

Further information on UA 232/12 BAHRAIN - ZAINAB AL-KHAWAJA COURT SESSIONS POSTPONED

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini activist Zainab Al-Khawaja was released on bail on 16 February and has had her trial postponed several times since. She is now due in court on 14 October on two separate charges: “destroying government property” and “insulting a police officer”.   Zainab Al-Khawaja was released on ...

UA 213/14 MYANMAR - MEDIA WORKERS ARRESTED OVER NEWS STORY

  MYANMAR   Five media workers in Myanmar are facing imprisonment over the publication of a news story. They are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.   Reporter Kyaw Zaw Hein, managing editor Ko Win Tin and editor-in-chief Thura Aung of the ...

UA 211/14 SUDAN - OPPOSITION LEADER DETAINED WITHOUT CHARGE

  SUDAN   Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, deputy leader of Sudan’s National Umma Party (NUP), was arrested on 11 August at Khartoum Airport. She is currently detained without charge in an unknown location.   Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi was arrested on arrival at Khartoum Airport on 11 August having returned from Paris. ...

Further information on UA 201/14 SAUDI ARABIA - HAJRAS AL-QUREY DAYS AWAY FROM EXECUTION

  SAUDI ARABIA   Hajras al-Qurey, a Saudi Arabian man sentenced to death for drug trafficking after an unfair trial, is now scheduled to be executed on Monday 25 August.   Hajras bin Saleh bin Muhammad al-Qurey has been told by the local authorities in the Najran Governorate that he ...

UA 210/14 COLOMBIA - INDIGENOUS DEFENDERS RECEIVE DEATH THREAT

  COLOMBIA   Defender of Indigenous Peoples’ rights Juan Pablo Gutiérrez received a death threat from a paramilitary group targeting him and other Indigenous organizations in Colombia. He has received numerous threatening phone calls since. His life and that of his colleagues is at risk.   On 14 August Juan ...

Further information on UA 42/14 MOZAMBIQUE - CONCERNS REMAIN IN DRAFT CRIMINAL CODE

  MOZAMBIQUE   The latest draft of the Mozambique Criminal Code was approved by the National Assembly (parliament) on 11 July. The Code is now with the President, who has to sign and promulgate it into law, however concerns still remain about certain provisions.   As of 21 August the ...

UA 209/14 COLOMBIA - DEATH THREATS TO WOMEN LAND CLAIMANTS

  COLOMBIA   Several members of the rural women’s association ASOMUPROCA have received death threats since trying to reclaim their land in Magdalena Department, northern Colombia.   On 8 August Sol Carranza was participating in a meeting at the Unit for the Attention and Reparation of Victims (Unidad para la ...

UA 208/14 AZERBAIJAN - POLITICAL ACTIVIST ARRESTED, RISKS TORTURE

  AZERBAIJAN   Azerbaijani political activist Murad Adilov was arrested on 11 August on what appears to be a trumped-up charge of drug possession. He is held incommunicado, putting him at risk of torture.   Murad Adilov was arrested on 11 August, after police claimed to have found drugs at ...

Further information on UA 47/14 KUWAIT - BIDUN ACTIVISTS RELEASED

  KUWAIT   Kuwaiti Bidun activists ‘Abdulhakim al-Fadhli and ‘Abdullah ‘Atallah were released on 6 and 14 August, respectively.   On 6 August, a judge ordered the release of ‘Abdulhakim al-Fadhli who had been detained pending an investigation. However, he will appear before a court in another case on 4 ...

UA 206/14 SUDAN - OPPOSITION LEADER AT RISK OF DEATH PENALTY

  SUDAN   Ibrahim El Sheikh, a leading member of the political opposition in Sudan, has been in detention since 8 June. His health is deteriorating and he is at risk of receiving the death penalty.   Ibrahim El Sheikh is the Chairman of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party. He ...

UA 207/14 MEXICO - ACTIVISTS HARRASSED AT PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION

  MEXICO   Three community activists in the central state of Mexico were threatened by members of Antorcha Campesina, a movement with close ties to the ruling political party. The three activists were publicly sharing information that was critical of the movement and the municipal government. Their safety remains at ...

UA 205/14 EGYPT - SYRIAN-PALESTINIANS FACE FORCIBLE RETURN

  EGYPT   The Egyptian authorities are preparing to forcibly return two Palestinian refugees from Syria back to Syria or to Gaza. The men were part of a group of 15 who fled the conflict in Gaza, 13 of whom were forcibly returned to Syria on 14 August.   Youssef ...

UA 204/14 CAMBODIA - OPPOSITION PARTY MEMBERS ARRESTED, CHARGED

  CAMBODIA   Five youth members and two officials from Cambodia’s main opposition party are facing arbitrary and politically motivated legal action over a protest which ended in violence on 15 July 2014.   On 15 July there were violent clashes between Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) supporters and district ...

Further information on UA 186/14 AZERBAIJAN - KARIMOV BROTHERS TORTURED IN CUSTODY

  AZERBAIJAN   Azerbaijani political activist Faraj Karimov and his brother Siraj Karimov have complained of torture in detention to make them “confess” to drug-related crimes.   Azerbaijani political activist Faraj Karimov was visited by his lawyer on 2 August after being held incommunicado for 10 days. Faraj Karimov told ...

Further information on UA 242/11 SAUDI ARABIA - SHI’A CLERIC JAILED AFTER CALLING FOR REFORMS

  SAUDI ARABIA   A prominent Saudi Arabian Shi’a cleric has been sentenced to eight years in prison and banned from delivering religious sermons, for criticizing discrimination against Shi’a in Saudi Arabia and calling for reforms.   Sheikh Tawfiq Jaber Ibrahim al-‘Amr was sentenced on 13 August to eight years ...

UA 202/14 EGYPT - COURT TO TRY 494 PEOPLE OVER PROTESTS

  EGYPT   A court in Cairo is due to try 494 people for their alleged role in violence during protests in August 2013, in a case which may lead to mass death sentences. Those on trial include 11 children and 18-year-old Ibrahim Halawa, an Egyptian-Irish national who Amnesty International ...

UA 201/14 SAUDI ARABIA - DEATH SENTENCE FOR ‘DRUG SMUGGLING’

  SAUDI ARABIA   A man convicted of drug-smuggling is at imminent risk of execution in Saudi Arabia. He says he has been tortured and received an unfair trial.   Hajras bin Saleh bin Muhammad al-Qurey, 53, was sentenced to death on 16 January 2013, for drug-smuggling, by the General ...

Further information on UA 182/14 AZERBAIJAN - LEYLA YUNUS IN FAILING HEALTH IN PRISON

  AZERBAIJAN   Azerbaijani prisoner of conscience Leyla Yunus’s health has deteriorated and she needs urgent medical assistance. The prison authorities are not allowing her hospital treatment or providing her with medication. Her husband Arif Yunus was arrested on 5 August.   Azerbaijani prisoner of conscience Leyla Yunus told her ...

UA 200/14 AZERBAIJAN - ACTIVIST DETAINED ON TRUMPED-UP CHARGES

  AZERBAIJAN   Intigam Aliev, a prominent Azerbaijani human rights defender, has been placed on three months’ pre-trial detention on trumped up charges. Amnesty International considers Intigam Aliev a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for his work as a human rights defender.   Intigam Aliev, head of the NGO Legal ...

UA 199/14 INDONESIA - PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE BEING TORTURED

    INDONESIA   On 8 August two Papuan students, including a child, were arbitrarily detained for their peaceful political activism in Indonesia’s West Papua province. They are believed to have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated by police.   Robert Yelemaken, a 16-year old high school student, and Oni Wea, ...

UA 196/14 CHINA - HUSBAND AND WIFE AT RISK OF TORTURE IN CHINA

  CHINA   Veteran activists Zhang Xiaoyu and Xu Youchen have been severely beaten by police in Henan Province, China, after they were detained on suspicion of killing a policeman. The authorities are denying them access to lawyers, and they are at grave risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   ...

UA 197/14 THAILAND - DISAPPEARANCE FEARS FOR MAN IN THAILAND

  THAILAND   A man associated with the “red-shirt” political movement in Thailand has been subjected to enforced disappearance and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. While authorities have confirmed he is in military custody, his family and lawyers have not been able to contact him since he ...

UA 198/14 BRAZIL - NINE PEOPLE KILLED IN POLICE OPERATIONS

  BRAZIL   At least nine people were killed after repeated Military Police operations in the community of Acari, in Rio de Janeiro, in a period of 20 days. Community members say operations started after the World Cup ended.   Nine men were killed between 15 July and 4 August ...

UA 195/14 EGYPT - EX-PRESIDENT’S AIDE DENIED VITAL MEDICAL CARE

  EGYPT   Former presidential aide Khaled al-Qazzaz, detained without charge for over a year, is in failing health and requires surgery. The Egyptian authorities are denying him adequate medical care, as well as access to his lawyers and family.   Khaled al-Qazzaz has been detained without charge since 3 ...

UA 192/14 HAITI - ACTIVISTS FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE THREATENED

  HAITI   Members of GADES, an organization of women human rights defenders in Haiti, have received threats following the recent sentencing of a police officer for the rape of an underage boy. The organization has been supporting the victim and his family throughout the legal process.   On 25 ...

UA 194/14 ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - DOCTORS, PATIENTS AND HOSPITALS UNDER ATTACK

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Throughout Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip, which began on 8 July, and especially since Israeli ground forces entered Gaza on 17 July, ambulances and medical facilities across the Gaza Strip have been attacked. Scores of critically wounded patients will die unless they are ...

UA 193/14 INDIA - SIX PRISONERS FACE IMMINENT EXECUTION IN INDIA

  INDIA   Four men and two women are at risk of imminent execution in India after their mercy pleas were rejected by the President. They could be executed at any time.   Surendra Koli was convicted and sentenced to death in five cases involving the abduction, rape and murder ...

Further information on UA 182/14 AZERBAIJAN - ACTIVIST ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH TREASON

  AZERBAIJAN   Azerbaijani human rights defender Leyla Yunus and her husband, Arif Yunus, have been charged with treason and other crimes. Leyla Yunus has been placed in pre-trial detention and her husband has been placed under travel restrictions.   Azerbaijani human rights defender Leyla Yunus was on her way ...

Further information on UA 304/13 MEXICO - RELATIVES OF THE DISAPPEARED INTIMIDATED

  MEXICO   A group of relatives of the disappeared in Querétaro state, including Brenda Rangel Ortiz, have been intimidated for demanding a meeting with state authorities.   On 27 July three tires of the car belonging to Brenda Rangel Ortiz were slashed in the central Mexican city of Querétaro. ...

UA 191/14 PAKISTAN - AHMADIYYA COMMUNITY ATTACKED, THREE KILLED

  PAKISTAN   A mob burned down the homes of a small Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan’s Punjab province on 27 July, after a resident was accused of blasphemy. Two children and their grandmother died of smoke inhalation and several others were seriously injured.   On the evening of 27 July, ...

UA 190/14 CHINA - FAMILIES FACE FORCIBLE RETURN TO NORTH KOREA

  CHINA   A group of around 29 people, including a one-year-old baby, are at risk of being forcibly returned to North Korea after being detained in China. If returned to North Korea, they would be at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment, forced labour and death.   Four ...

UA 189/14 IRAN - JOURNALIST HELD INCOMMUNICADO

  IRAN   Iranian journalist Saba Azarpeik has been detained in solitary confinement without access to her lawyer and family since 28 May. Her whereabouts are unknown, sparking fears that she may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. She is a prisoner of conscience.   Saba Azarpeik, a ...

Further information on UA 86/14 SWAZILAND - TWO MEN SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON

  SWAZILAND   On 25 July Bhekithemba Makhubu, editor of Swaziland’s monthly news magazine The Nation and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko were sentenced to two years in prison without the possibility of paying a fine.   The sentences were backdated to March when the men were arrested and detained ...

UA 186/14 AZERBAIJAN - ACTIVIST HELD INCOMMUNICADO, RISKS TORTURE

  AZERBAIJAN   Political activist Faraj Karimov, a dedicated critic of the Azerbaijani government, went missing on 23 July. It was later revealed that police had detained him, but his whereabouts are still not known, and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. His brother Siraj Karimov had ...

UA 187/14 COLOMBIA - ARMED FORCES THREATEN PEACE COMMUNITY

  COLOMBIA   Members of the armed forces have threatened to “exterminate” the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in north-western Colombia.   On 21 July a member of the armed forces told an inhabitant of San José, Antioquia Department, who has close links with the Peace Community of ...

UA 188/14 IRAN - IRANIAN WRITER SENTENCED TO DEATH

  IRAN   Iranian prisoner of conscience Arzhang Davoodi, already in prison for nearly 11 years, has now been sentenced to death on a new charge of “enmity against God”, in relation to his peaceful political activism and writings.   Iranian writer and poet Arzhang Davoodi learned from his lawyer ...

Further information on UA 104/14 COLOMBIA - DEFENDER THREATENED WITH EXTREME VIOLENCE

  COLOMBIA   Paramilitaries threatened to “dismember” a human rights defender and continue to threaten members of the Humanitarian Space of Puente Nayero in the port city of Buenaventura, southern Colombia.   On 18 July human rights defender Jacob Jenezen was threatened by paramilitaries in the La Playita neighbourhood close ...

Further information on UA 173/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO DETAINEE’S TORTURE

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   The anonymous detainee’s lawyers have been sent a copy of an order to open a criminal case against prison staff. More appeals will help to ensure the authorities pursue this complaint.   Lawyers for the man believed to have been tortured at a temporary detention facility ...

Further information on UA 136/14 SUDAN - THREE ACTIVISTS RELEASED FROM DETENTION

  SUDAN   Three Sudanese activists have been released after two months in detention without charge.   Mohamed Salah Mohamed Abdelrahman, Moamar Musa Mohamed and Taj Alsir Jaafar were released from detention on 11 July. The three were detained by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) outside the University ...

Further information on UA 157/14 TAJIKISTAN - ACADEMIC RELEASED ON BAIL, STILL FACING PRISON

  TAJIKISTAN   Prisoner of conscience Alexander Sodiqov was released on bail on 22 July in Tajikistan. He still faces a prison sentence. He has been targeted for his work as an academic researcher and for the legitimate exercise of his right to freedom of expression.   PhD student Alexander ...

Further information on UA 341/13 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - POLITICAL ACTIVIST ACQUITTED, BUT NOT RELEAS

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Political activist Obaid Yousef al-Zaabi has been arbitrarily detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 23 June, despite being acquitted that day by the Federal Supreme Court. He has not been told why he has not been freed. He is a prisoner of conscience. ...

UA 185/14 HONDURAS - AFRO-DESCENDANT COMMUNITY AT RISK IN HONDURAS

  HONDURAS   Members of an Afro-descendant Garífuna community in north-eastern Honduras, including human rights defender Miriam Miranda, were temporarily abducted by armed men after discovering an illegal runway used by drug traffickers on the Garífuna community’s territory. The safety of Miriam and the Garífuna community remains at risk.   ...

UA 184/14 MEXICO - MIGRANT TORTURED AND CHARGED IN MEXICO

  MEXICO   A Honduran migrant of Afro-descendent origin has been in prison in Mexico since 2009. He was tortured to falsely implicate himself in criminal activity. As his torture arose from racial discrimination and resulted in his unfounded prosecution, Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience.   Ángel ...

UA 183/14 UZBEKISTAN - JAILED PARLIAMENTARIAN DENIED MEDICAL HELP

  UZBEKISTAN   Former Uzbekistani parliamentarian Murad Dzhuraev, convicted and imprisoned after an unfair trial in 1995, is in urgent need of medical care. His prison sentence has been extended four times on politically motivated grounds.   Murad Dzhuraev, 61, a former member of Uzbekistan’s parliament, was associated with the ...

UA 179/14 Myanmar - ACTIVISTS FACING JAIL FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST

  Myanmar   Eight Chin human rights defenders in Myanmar are facing imprisonment for peacefully protesting against impunity for sexual violence in Chin State. If convicted and jailed, Amnesty International would consider them prisoners of conscience.   The eight activists – six women, Ngun Chin Par, Sui Sui Kyi, Kaw ...

UA 182/14 Azerbaijan - POLICE HARASS ACTIVIST WORKING FOR PEACE

  Azerbaijan   Azerbaijani human rights defender Leyla Yunus is being harassed by police. She and her husband are under surveillance and being subjected to regular interrogations, and have had their passports confiscated.   The Azerbaijani authorities are harassing Leyla Yunus, who is the president of Azerbaijani NGO the Institute ...

Further information on UA 86/14 Swaziland - TWO MEN CONVICTED FOR CONTEMPT OF COURT

  Swaziland   On 17 July Bhekithemba Makhubu, editor of Swaziland’s monthly news magazine The Nation and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko were convicted on two charges of contempt of court in the High Court in Mbabane, Swaziland. Bhekithemba Makhubu and Thulani Maseko have already spent 119 days in custody ...

UA 181/14 United Arab Emirates - EGYPTIAN NATIONAL DETAINED, RISKS TORTURE

  United Arab Emirates   An Egyptian national, Ahmad Mas’ad al-Ma’dawi, was arrested at Abu Dhabi’s International Airport as he was leaving the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 13 January. His whereabouts are unknown and he may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Ahmad Mas’ad al-Ma’dawi, an ...

UA 180/14 Russian Federation - DETAINEE ATTEMPTS SUICIDE DEMANDING JUSTICE

  Russian Federation   Chechen detainee Timur Tangiyev attempted suicide on 15 July to demand justice and complain at ill-treatment. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that he was wrongfully convicted, and the Chechen Supreme Court is now reviewing his case. Timur Tangiyev, an ethnic Chechen currently held ...

Further information on UA 82/14 Myanmar - MEDIA WORKERS IMPRISONED IN MYANMAR

  MYANMAR   Five media workers in Myanmar have been sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment with hard labour in connection with their journalistic activities. All five are prisoners of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released. On 10 July a court in Pakokku District, Magwe Region sentenced Unity journalists ...

Further information on UA 201/13 Cuba - SENTENCING OF THREE BROTHERS POSTPONED

  CUBA       The sentencing of three prisoners of conscience originally scheduled for 1 July has been postponed with no further information. They are prisoners of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.   Twenty-two-year-old Alexeis Vargas Martín and his two 18-year-old twin brothers, Vianco Vargas Martín ...

Further information on UA 47/14 Kuwait - TWO BIDUN ACTIVISTS REARRESTED AFTER DEMOS

  KUWAIT   Kuwaiti Bidun activists ‘Abdulhakim al-Fadhli and ‘Abdullah ‘Atallah were arrested again on 7 July after demonstrations in Kuwait. They may be prisoners of conscience.   Kuwaiti Bidun activists ‘Abdulhakim al-Fadhli and ‘Abdullah ‘Atallah were arrested again on 7 July and are now held in the Central Prison ...

Further information on UA 66/14 Russian Federation - ACTIVIST SENTENCED ON FABRICATED CHARGES

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Civil society activist Ruslan Kutaev has been sentenced to four years imprisonment following an unfair trial in Russia. He is a prisoner of conscience, and was allegedly tortured to force him to confess to possessing illegal drugs.   On 7 July 2014 Ruslan Kutaev was sentenced ...

UA 178/14 Iran - JUVENILE OFFENDER AT RISK OF EXECUTION IN IRAN

  IRAN   Iranian juvenile offender Rasoul Holoumi is at risk of execution for allegedly causing fatal injuries to a boy in a fight. He was 17 years old at the time. His death sentence has been sent to the Office of the Implementation of Sentences in Ahwaz, and could ...

Further information on UA 146/14 Slovakia - ANZOR CHENTIEV EXTRADITED TO RUSSIA

  SLOVAKIA     Ethnic Chechen Anzor Chentiev, who was seeking asylum in Slovakia, has been extradited to Russia, where he might be at risk of torture and unfair trial. The Slovak Ministry of Interior has confirmed that Anzor Chentiev was extradited to Russia on 6 July, as requested by ...

Further information on UA 275/13 Bahrain - MAHDI SAHWAN RELEASED

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini political activist Mahdi Sahwan was released on 8 July after serving a one-year prison sentence for “insulting” the King and “calling for and participating in an illegal gathering”.   Mahdi Sahwan, a 44-year-old Bahraini Islamist activist, was released from Jaw Prison on 8 July after serving ...

UA 177/14 Mexico - LAND RIGHTS DEFENDERS THREATENED

  MEXICO   Two threatening telephone calls were made to staff members of a human rights organization in Oaxaca State, south-western Mexico. It is believed the threats are a direct result of their work supporting local Indigenous communities who oppose the construction of a wind farm project on their land. ...

UA 173/14 Russian Federation - DETAINEE FACES TORTURE IN RUSSIA

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   A detainee in a temporary detention facility on the territory of Russian prison colony no. 14, whose anonymity has to be preserved for security reasons, has complained of numerous incidents of beating and rape to extort his confession. These complaints have not been effectively investigated and ...

UA 172/14 Bahrain - DOCTOR JAILED FOR “INSULTING THE KING”

BAHRAIN     Dr Sa'eed Mothaher Habib al-Samahiji was arrested on 1 July to serve a one-year sentence for “insulting the King of Bahrain”. He is a prisoner of conscience. Dr Sa'eed Mothaher Habib al-Samahiji was convicted of “publicly insulting the King of Bahrain” and sentenced on 11 December 2013 ...

UA 176/14 Australia - ASYLUM SEEKERS AT RISK OF RETURN TO SRI LANKA

9 July 2014 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers travelling by boat from India and intercepted by the Australian Navy are at risk of being returned to Sri Lanka, where they could face serious human rights violations. On 28 June, a boat travelling from India carrying 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, ...

Further information on UA 164/14 Egypt - ACTIVISTS REMANDED IN JAIL, TRIAL IN SEPTEMBER

  EGYPT   Human rights defender and NGO staff member Yara Sallam, activist Sanaa Ahmed Seif and 20 other detainees stood trial on 29 June on charges of protesting without authorization, vandalizing property and disturbing public order. The next hearing will be on 13 September and the group will remain ...

UA 175/14 Ukraine - CRIMEAN TATAR LEADER BANNED FROM HOMELAND

  UKRAINE   The leader of the Crimean Tatar community, Refat Chubarov, has been banned from entering Crimea for five years. This highlights a broader campaign of harassment and intimidation against the Crimean Tatar community since Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula in March.   Refat Chubarov was travelling back to ...

Further information on UA 98/14 Saudi Arabia - WALEED ABU AL-KHAIR JAILED FOR 15 YEARS

  SAUDI ARABIA   Saudi Arabian human rights activist Waleed Abu al-Khair has been sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by a 15-year travel ban. He is a prisoner of conscience. Human rights defender and lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair was sentenced on 6 July to 15 years in prison, ...

Further information on UA 108/14 MYANMAR - PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED IN MYANMAR

  MYANMAR   Prisoners of conscience Zaw Pe and Win Myint Hlaing have been released from prison in Myanmar after their jail sentences were reduced on appeal.   Zaw Pe (aka Thu Ya Thet Tin), a reporter for the media organization Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), and Win Myint Hlaing ...

UA 174/14 HONDURAS - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER AND FAMILY AT RISK

  HONDURAS   Honduran journalist and human rights defender Dina Meza has faced increasing harassment and intimidation in recent weeks. This harassment has also extended to a close family member. The safety of Dina and her family remains at risk.   Dina Meza has reported several incidents of harassment and ...

UA 170/14 IRAN - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST ON HUNGER STRIKE IN IRAN

  IRAN   Human rights activist Latif Hasani, a member of Iran’s Azerbaijani minority who is serving a nine-year prison sentence, has been on hunger strike since 18 May in protest at the treatment of political prisoners in Iran. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately ...

Further information on UA 124/13 ZAMBIA - COURT ACQUITS TWO MEN IN ZAMBIA

  ZAMBIA   On 3 July a Zambian court in Kapiri Mposhi acquitted two men charged with having sex “against the order of nature”. The court ruled that the State had failed to prove the case against James Mwape and Philip Mubiana who had spent more than a year in ...

Further information on UA 168/14 UKRAINE - JOURNALISTS RELEASED IN EAST UKRAINE

  UKRAINE   Ukrainian journalists Anastasia Stanko and Ilya Bezkorovaini were released on 2 July. They have subsequently revealed that they were ill-treated.   Journalists Anastasia Stanko and Ilya Bezkorovaini, abducted by armed group members on 30 June and held captive in Luhansk, east Ukraine, were released on 2 July ...

UA 167/14 BRAZIL - SEX WORKERS EVICTED AND ABUSED BY POLICE

  BRAZIL   Isabel (anonymized name), a sex worker in the city of Niterói, was assaulted and threatened after she publicly denounced the rape and extortion of sex workers by police during illegal raids and evictions on 23 May. Around 300 sex workers are now without a home and the ...

Further information on UA 68/13 AZERBAIJAN - YOUTH ACTIVISTS SENTENCED, AWAITING APPEAL

  AZERBAIJAN   Eight youth activists from the Azerbaijani civic movement NIDA were sentenced to between six and eight years’ imprisonment on 6 May. Their lawyers appealed the sentence. The decision of the appeals court is expected on 11 July.   Pro-democracy youth activists Rashadat Akhundov, Mammad Azizov, Bakhtiyar Guliyev, ...

UA 169/14 BRAZIL - POLICE ABUSE DURING PEACEFUL PUBLIC ASSEMBLY

  BRAZIL   Military police in São Paulo, southeast Brazil, threw tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets in an attempt to block a public assembly gathered to discuss and protest against police abuses in the city. Protesters were surrounded, harassed and intimidated by police. Several protesters, including lawyers, were ...

UA 168/14 UKRAINE - JOURNALISTS KIDNAPPED BY SEPARATISTS IN UKRAINE

  UKRAINE   Amnesty International is concerned for the welfare of a Ukrainian journalist and her cameraman who were kidnapped by armed separatists in Luhansk, east Ukraine. They are believed to be at risk of ill-treatment.   Ukrainian journalist, Anastasia Stanko, and her cameraman, Ilya Bezkorovaini, were captured on the ...

Further information on UA 300/13 EGYPT - FATHER OF MORSI’S AIDE RELEASED FROM DETENTION

  EGYPT   Adly al-Qazzaz was released in the early morning of 25 June after eight months in detention. He had suffered two heart attacks in detention and needed heart surgery.   The Public Prosecution had ordered Adly al-Qazzaz’s release on “compassionate grounds”, according to an official statement published in ...

Further information on UA 136/14 SUDAN - THREE ACTIVISTS IN DETENTION WITHOUT CHARGE

  SUDAN   Three Sudanese activists remain in detention without charge in Khartoum’s Kober prison. Their family members say they show signs of having been tortured and otherwise ill-treated.   Mohamed Salah Mohamed Abdelrahman, Moamar Musa Mohamed and Taj Alsir Jaafar have been in detention since 12 May 2014 after ...

Further information on UA 118/14 SUDAN - MERIAM IBRAHIM RELEASED, OTHER CHARGES PENDING

  SUDAN   Meriam Yeyha Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian and mother of two, was released from prison on 23 June after her sentence to flogging and death was reversed by an appeals court. She is now with her family in the United States Embassy in Khartoum but is unable to ...

Further information on UA 253/14 SUDAN - WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVIST CONTINUES TO FACE CHARGES

    SUDAN   Amira Osman Hamed, a Sudanese women’s rights activist, continues to face charges of ‘indecent dress’ for refusing to wear her headscarf. Charges against her must be dropped and the law under which she was charged abolished.   Amira Osman Hamed was arrested on 27 August 2013 ...

Further information on UA 18/14 CHINA - UIGHUR SCHOLAR DEPRIVED FOOD AND SHACKLED

  CHINA   Prominent Uighur scholar, Ilham Tohti, was not given food for two 10 day periods and his feet were shackled for over 20 days, according to his lawyers Li Fangping and Wang Yu. They were able to meet him on 26 June for the first time since he ...

Further information on UA 201/13 CUBA - PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE AWAIT SENTENCING

  CUBA   Three brothers who have been in pre-trial detention in Cuba since late 2012 have now been tried and are due for sentencing. They are at risk of being sentenced to between three and five years’ imprisonment. Amnesty International believes they are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for ...

Further information on UA 148/14 SOUTH AFRICA - CALM RETURNS TO MAMELODI BUT FEARS REMAIN

  SOUTH AFRICA   No further attacks have been reported in Mamelodi, Pretoria since 12 June. However hundreds of Somali and Ethiopian refugees and asylum-seekers remain displaced and concern remains for their immediate welfare and their ability to re-integrate back into the community in the long-term.   The attacks on ...

Further information on UA 208/13 MEXICO - MIGRANTS’ RIGHTS DEFENDERS THREATENED

  MEXICO   A coordinator of the migrants’ shelter All for Them (Todos por Ellos) and others at the shelter in Tapachula, Chiapas State, southwest Mexico were threatened with death by a gang member. Help arrived, although not via official protection measures. The lives of staff, migrants and volunteers at ...

Further information on UA 157/14 TAJIKISTAN - ACADEMIC HELD ON POLITICALLY MOTIVATED CHARGES

    TAJIKISTAN   Alexander Sodiqov, a PhD student who has been held incommunicado since 16 June, has been transferred to a detention facility in Dushanbe, the capital. Some media reports claim that he has been charged with “high treason”.   According to media reports, on 20 June the State ...

Further information on UA 256/13 BAHRAIN - OPPOSITION LEADER ACQUITTED OF CHARGES

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini political opposition leader Khalil Al-Marzouq has been acquitted of charges of incitement to violence. Travel ban restrictions may still remain.   Khalil Al-Marzouq, the Assistant Secretary General of the largest legal opposition group, Al-Wefaq, was acquitted by Branch Three of the High Criminal Court on 25 ...

UA 161/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - LGBTI NGO FORCED TO REGISTER AS “FOREIGN AGENT”

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   On 2 July Vasileostrovskiy District Court in St Petersburg will hear the Prosecutor’s Office’s request to compel LGBTI organization Coming Out (Vykhod) to register as a “foreign agent”. This is the third attempt to brand Coming Out as a “foreign agent”. The organization is unequivocally against ...

Further information on UA 100/14 EGYPT - COURT SENTENCES 183 TO DEATH, JAILS FIVE

  EGYPT   An Egyptian court sentenced 183 people to death on 21 June, after a grossly unfair trial. Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie was among those condemned to death, as was a blind man who could not have taken part in any political violence.   The Minya Criminal Court ...

Further information on UA 142/14 UKRAINE - UKRAINIAN DETAINEE THREATENED WITH RAPE

  UKRAINE   Oleg Sentsov’s lawyer reported on 11 June that his client had been beaten and threatened with rape when he was detained in Crimea, to force him to confess.   Oleg Sentsov is one of four Ukrainian citizens held in Moscow’s Lefortovo pre-trial detention centre accused of terrorist ...

UA 163/14 MAURITANIA - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER THREATENED, LIFE AT RISK

  MAURITANIA   Human rights defender Aminetou Mint El Moctar’s safety is at risk following death threats made against her by a leader of a radical Islamist group in Mauritania. No action has been taken by the authorities to ensure her safety and that of her organization.   Aminetou Mint ...

Further information on UA 13/13 CHINA - CHINESE WOMAN’S DEATH SENTENCE OVERTURNED

  CHINA   China’s Supreme People’s Court called for a retrial for a woman who was sentenced to death for killing her husband after suffering months of domestic abuse. This comes after intense pressure from within China and internationally on the authorities to commute her sentence.   On 23 June, ...

Further information on UA 83/14 EGYPT- AL JAZEERA WORKERS JAILED FOR JOURNALISM

  EGYPT   Al Jazeera English staff Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed were jailed by an Egyptian court on 23 June on charges of broadcasting false news and involvement with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood movement. They are prisoners of conscience.   The court, convened at the Tora Police ...

UA 164/14 EGYPT - GROUP DETAINED FOLLOWING MARCH

  EGYPT   Twenty-three people have been detained in Cairo following a march against Egypt’s repressive protest law on the evening of 21 June. They include noted women’s rights activist and human rights defender Yara Sallam. She is a prisoner of conscience.   The protesters had been marching through Cairo ...

UA 165/14 TURKEY - ASYLUM-SEEKER DEAD, OTHERS AT RISK OF RETURN

  TURKEY   Lutfillah Tadjik, a 17-year-old Afghan asylum-seeker, died on 31 May following an alleged beating by a police officer from the Foreigners Directorate Returns Centre in Van, eastern Turkey. Other asylum-seekers who witnessed the assault are now at risk of being returned to Afghanistan.   On 16 May ...

UA 160/14 MEXICO - COMMUNITY LEADER ARRESTED AND BEATEN

  MEXICO   A leader of a community-based organization which opposes the construction of the La Parota dam near Acapulco, Guerrero state, was arrested on 17 June and was reportedly beaten and threatened while in custody. He has been denied access to his lawyer and is at risk of further ...

Further information on UA 38/14 SYRIA - SYRIAN WOMEN RELEASED

  SYRIA   Syrian student Ranim Khalil Ma’touq was released on 11 June under the presidential amnesty of 9 June. Human rights lawyer Jihan Amin had been released on 29 April after being questioned by an investigating judge of the Anti-Terrorism Court.   Ranim Khalil Ma’touq was released on 11 ...

UA 162/14 USA - SENTENCING DISPARITY IN DEATH PENALTY CASE

  USA   Shane Kormondy, a Florida inmate who has exhausted his normal court appeals, is seeking commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment, the sentence being served by his two co-defendants. Doubt about who shot the murder victim persists.   Gary McAdams was shot dead and Cecilia McAdams ...

UA 159/14 CUBA - JOURNALIST THREATENED AND ATTACKED

  CUBA   Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez, director of the independent news agency Hablemos Press has been receiving threatening telephone calls and was assaulted on the streets of Havana, the capital. He believes these are attempts by the Cuban authorities to dissuade him from continuing his activities as a ...

Further information on UA 258/13 IRAN - FOUR MEN ON DEATH ROW GO ON HUNGER STRIKE

  IRAN   Four Sunni men from Iran’s Kurdish minority have again been on hunger strike since 13 June in fear of their imminent execution. They have reportedly been subjected to mock executions at Ghezal Hesar Prison, where they were transferred on 14 June.   Jamshid Dehghani, his younger brother ...

Further information on UA 77/14 SYRIA - YARA FARIS RELEASED

  SYRIA   Yara Faris was released on 13 June under the presidential amnesty of 9 June.   Yara Faris was released on 13 June, under the terms of a presidential amnesty that pardoned individuals charged with certain offences under the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2012, which contains overly broad definitions ...

UA 157/14 TAJIKISTAN - PHD STUDENT ARRESTED, HELD INCOMMUNICADO

  TAJIKISTAN   Tajikistani national Alexander Sodiqov, who is a resident in Canada, was arrested on 16 June in eastern Tajikistan while conducting academic research. There are fears for his safety and concerns that he may face torture or other ill-treatment.   Alexander Sodiqov, who lives in Canada, was detained ...

Further information on UA 310/13 COLOMBIA - TRADE UNIONIST ATTACKED, LIFE AT RISK

  COLOMBIA   Trade union leader José Onofre Esquivel Luna was in a car in Medellín, northwest Colombia on 16 June, when two men started shooting at him. His safety is at risk.   On 16 June José Onofre Esquivel Luna, vice-president of the Bugalagrande branch of the National Union ...

UA 158/14 IRAN - JUVENILE OFFENDER NEARING EXECUTION

  IRAN   Juvenile offender Razieh Ebrahimi has been sentenced to death for the murder of her husband in 2010 when she was 17 years old. Her death sentence has been sent to the Office of the Implementation of Sentences, so it could be carried out at any time.   ...

Further information on UA 101/14 EGYPT - ELSHAMY RELEASED, AFTER 10 MONTHS’ DETENTION

  EGYPT   Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Abdallah Elshamy has been released, after spending 10 months detained without charge.   Abdallah Elshamy was released on the night of 17 June, after being transferred from his cell in a maximum-security prison to Nasr City Police Station 1 in Cairo. The public ...

UA 156/14 HONDURAS - SURVEILLANCE AND ATTACKS ON HUMAN RIGHTS NGO

  HONDURAS   Members of COFADEH, a prominent Honduran human rights organization based in Tegucigalpa, the capital, have reported being the subject of surveillance and attacks in recent weeks. The Honduran authorities must fully comply with an IACHR order to implement effective measures to protect members of COFADEH and their ...

UA 155/14 USA - MAN SEIZED IN LIBYA AT RISK OF DEATH PENALTY IN USA

  USA   A Libyan man seized by US forces in Libya on 15 June is being held incommunicado in US custody at an undisclosed location, possibly a ship. He could face the death penalty in the USA, where he has been charged with alleged participation in an attack on ...

Further information on UA 141/14 FRANCE - 200 ROMA STILL FACE FORCED EVICTION NEAR PARIS

  FRANCE   Around 200 Roma, including around 50 children are at risk of being forcibly evicted at any time after 23 June, from an informal settlement near Bobigny, in the north-eastern suburbs of Paris.   Around 200 Roma living in an informal settlement in Bobigny were notified by a ...

Further information on UA 184/13 MEXICO - JORGE ARZAVE ORIHUELA GETS NEW PHONE THREAT

  MEXICO   Human rights defender Jorge Arzave Orihuela has received a further threatening phone call at his home in Lomas de San Francisco Tepojaco, Mexico State. He and his family are in danger.   On 13 June, Jorge Arzave Orihuela received another threatening phone call, from a man who ...

Further information on UA 46/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - BOLOTNAYA APPEAL APPROACHING

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   An appeal by eight Bolotnaya protesters will be heard by Moscow City Court on 19 June. All of them are victims of a politically motivated trial. All seven behind bars shall be released.   Moscow City Court will hold an appeal hearing on 19 June in ...

UA 154/14 COLOMBIA - PEASANT FARMERS THREATENED, LEADER SHOT AT

  COLOMBIA   An employee of a company claiming ownership of La Europa farm, in Northern Colombia, shot at Andrés Narvaéz Reyes, a leader of the peasant farmers living on the farm.   On 12 June Andrés Narvaéz Reyes, the vice-president of the Peasant Farmer Association La Europa, Sucre Department, ...

UA 151/14 IRAN - KURDISH WOMAN LOSING SIGHT IN IRANIAN PRISON

    IRAN   Zeynab Jalalian, a member of Iranian’s Kurdish minority, currently serving a life sentence in Kermanshah Prison, western Iran, is at risk of losing her eyesight and she is in urgent need of medical care.   Zeynab Jalalian has had eye problems for a number of years, ...

Further Information on UA 97/14 Turkmenistan - PRISONER ENDS HUNGER STRIKE, BUT NO RETRIAL

  TURKMENISTAN     On 8 June Mansur Mingelov ended a hunger strike that had lasted for almost three weeks after some Turkmenistani officials reportedly visited him in prison and the attitude of the prison authorities towards him has improved. However, there is no official indication that there will be ...

UA 153/14 HAITI - WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS THREATENED

  HAITI   Several members of KOFAVIV, a Haitian women’s rights organization in Port-au-Prince, the capital, have been repeatedly threatened and harassed. Their safety remains at risk.   Several members of the Haitian women’s rights organization Komisyon Fanm Viktim Pou Viktim (KOFAVIV), including its secretary general Marie Eramithe Delva, have ...

Further information on UA 136/14 Sudan - THREE STUDENTS DETAINED IN UNKNOWN LOCATION

  SUDAN   Three Sudanese student activists remain in detention without charge and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Family members have been denied access to the detainees, while requests for information about their location and their alleged offences have not been granted. The National Intelligence and Security ...

UA 152/14 Israel/OPT - HUNGER STRIKER’S HEALTH IN DANGER

  ISRAEL/OPT   Abdul Razeq Farraj, a Palestinian detained without charge is on hunger strike and his health, as well as that of around 100 other administrative detainees on hunger strike, is deteriorating rapidly. The Israeli authorities are punishing them for their protest and are denying them access to their ...

UA 149/14 United Arab Emirates - PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE ILL-TREATED

  United Arab Emirates At least 10 prisoners of conscience are being ill-treated in al-Razeen Prison in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the conditions in the prison are worsening. Amnesty International fears their mental and physical health is at risk. At least 10 prisoners of conscience, who are held with more than 50 political ...

Further information on UA 322/13 EGYPT - HEAVY JAIL SENTENCES FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST

  EGYPT   Leading activist Alaa Abd El Fattah and 24 other men were sentenced on 11 June to 15 years’ imprisonment and a fine of 100,000 Egyptian pounds (US$13,900) for taking part in a peaceful protest. Alaa Abd El Fattah, Wael Mahmoud Mohamed Metwally and Mohamed Abdul Rahman were ...

Further information on UA 126/14 PARAGUAY - MAJOR VICTORY FOR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY

  PARAGUAY   On 11 June the President of Paraguay enacted (promulgó) the law that will allow the return of 14,404 hectares of traditional land to the Sawhoyamaxa Indigenous community. This is a major victory for the community who have been fighting for their land for over 20 years.   ...

UA 150/14 Spain - WOMEN AND GIRLS’ RIGHTS AND LIVES UNDER THREAT

  SPAIN     The law that guarantees women and girls access to safe and legal abortion services in Spain is at risk of being significantly amended, taking the country back decades to a precarious time. There are serious concerns for their health and lives if these changes are introduced. ...

UA 147/14 Colombia - ACTIVIST FAMILY AND DEFENDERS THREATENED

  COLOMBIA       Human rights defenders Ingrid Vergara and Jeison Pava, as well as members of the Verbel family in northern Colombia, received death threats on 3 and 7 June. The two defenders have been accompanying the Verbel family in their fight for justice since the killing of ...

Further information on UA 111/14 China - LAWYER REMAINS BEHIND BARS IN BEIJING

  CHINA     Prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has been in detention since 6 May after attending a meeting to discuss the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. His assistant and niece, Qu Zhenhong, has also been detained. Four other activists detained after attending the meeting were released ...

Further information on UA 9/14 Iran - IRANIAN ACTIVIST JAILED FOR FOUR YEARS

  IRAN     Prisoner of conscience Maryam Shafi’ Pour has had her seven-year prison sentence reduced to four years on appeal.   Maryam Shafi’ Pour’s sentence was reduced to four years’ imprisonment on 28 May, by Branch 54 of the Appeals Court of Tehran. Activist Maryam Shafi’ Pour had ...

UA 148/14 South Africa - TWO REFUGEES DEAD AND MANY INJURED IN ATTACK

  SOUTH AFRICA   Attacks on foreign-owned shops in Mamelodi, Pretoria, have left two refugees dead and dozens reported injured. At least 75 shops have been looted. The situation in the township northeast of South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria, remains tense. Refugees and migrants are being evacuated from the area ...

UA 146/14 Slovakia - ETHNIC CHECHEN FACES EXTRADITION TO RUSSIA

    SLOVAKIA   Anzor Chentiev, an ethnic Chechen asylum-seeker in Slovakia, is facing imminent extradition to Russia. If returned to Russia, he will be at risk of torture and an unfair trial.   Anzor Chentiev reportedly faces criminal proceedings under terrorism-related charges initiated against him by the Russian authorities. ...

UA 145/14 SYRIA - POET ARRESTED, LIFE IN DANGER

    SYRIA   Poet Nasser Saber Bondek was arrested on 17 February at his home by people believed to be members of the Syrian security forces. His whereabouts are unknown and his life is in danger: a man arrested in the same neighbourhood that day died in custody.   ...

UA 143/14 Saudi Arabia - DEATH PENALTY FOR JUVENILE ACTIVIST

SAUDIA ARABIA A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a Shi'a activist to death for crimes it judged he committed when he was 17 years old. He claims he was tortured and otherwise ill-treated to make him "confess", but his allegation has not been investigated. He has had no access ...

Further information on UA 103/13 Colombia - DEFENDERS SUPPORTING PEASANTS THREATENED

COLOMBIA Nubia Acosta and Nevis Niño Rodríguez, two human rights defenders working with the peasant farmers of El Tamarindo in northern Colombia, have been threatened. On 30 May Juan Martínez, a leader of the Association of Land Workers (Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo, ASOTRACAMPO), from the El Tamarindo farm, received ...

Further information on UA 80/14 ANGOLA - MEN CONVICTED, FACE EXPULSION AND TORTURE

  ANGOLA   Nine men, most of whom are originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), face being sent from Angola to the DRC where they could be tortured or sentenced to death.   On 16 April, eight men tried on charges in connection with allegedly attempting to destabilise ...

Further information on UA 240/12 IRAN - GHOLAMREZA KHOSRAVI SAVADJANI EXECUTED

  IRAN   Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani, sentenced to death for “enmity against God” (moharebeh), was executed on 1 June in Raja’i Shahr Prison, in Karaj.   Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani was executed in the early hours of 1 June, in Raja’i Shahr Prison, in the city of Karaj. He had been ...

Further information on UA 124/13 ZAMBIA - ZAMBIAN COURT POSTPONES RULING ON GAY CASE

  ZAMBIA   On 30 May the Magistrate court in Kapiri Mposhi postponed delivering its verdict on the case of James Mwape and Philip Mubiana to an unknown date.   On 30 May the Magistrate court in Kapiri Mposhi was due to deliver its verdict on the case of James ...

Further information on UA 139/14 THAILAND - ARBITRARY DETENTIONS CONTINUE IN THAILAND

  THAILAND   Arbitrary detentions and sweeping restrictions continue throughout Thailand following the imposition of martial law on 20 May. Those detained are often held incommunicado, while those released face severe restrictions on their rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and movement. Authorities are initiating prosecutions of civilians in ...

Further information on UA 130/14 THAILAND - THREATS TO THE LIVES OF VILLAGE LEADERS

  THAILAND   There are allegations that professional gunmen have been hired to attack and possibly assassinate six men and two women associated with the Khon Rak Ban Koed group in Wangsaphung District, north-eastern Thailand.   Since the allegations of further planned attacks on them have come to light, villagers ...

Further information on UA 104/14 COLOMBIA - FURTHER THREATS IN ‘HUMANITARIAN ZONE’

    COLOMBIA   Paramilitaries continue to threaten and shoot at human rights defenders and members of the Humanitarian Zone of Puente Nayero in the port city of Buenaventura, Southern Colombia.   On 27 May community leader Doris Valenzuela was informed of threats made by paramilitaries to “dismember” (picada) her ...

Further information on UA 306/13 IRAN - AILING TRADE UNIONIST STARTS HUNGER STRIKE

  IRAN   Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi, a prisoner of conscience serving a six-year jail sentence, has gone on hunger strike in protest at his transfer from Evin Prison in Tehran to Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj.   Reza Shahabi (also known as Reza Shahabi Zakaria) was transferred on ...

Further information on UA 93/14 EGYPT - WOMEN JAILED FOR CAMPUS PROTESTS

  EGYPT   University students Abrar Al-Anany and Menatalla Moustafa, and teacher Yousra Elkhateeb, were sentenced to jail on 21 May for protesting peacefully. They are prisoners of conscience, jailed solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.   The Mansoura Criminal Court sentenced ...

UA 144/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - ABDUCTED ASYLUM SEEKERS AT RISK OF TORTURE

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   There are grave concerns for two abducted asylum seekers, as it is feared that they have been forcibly returned to Uzbekistan and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Dilshodbek Nazarov, 42, and, Davronbek Mamazhonov, 38, were abducted in Kaliningrad, Russia, on 26 and ...

UA 142/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - UKRAINIAN MEN UNLAWFULLY DETAINED IN RUSSIA

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Ukrainian citizens and Crimea residents Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko are among a group of detainees from Russian-occupied Crimea who have been unlawfully detained and transferred to Moscow. They are believed to be accused of terrorism offences under Russian legislation and do not have adequate access ...

UA 141/14 FRANCE - OVER 200 ROMA FACE FORCED EVICTION IN FRANCE

  FRANCE   More than 200 Roma, including around 50 children, living in an informal settlement near Bobigny, in the north east suburbs of Paris, are at risk of being forcibly evicted following an eviction procedure initiated by the municipality. A court in Bobigny will deliver its ruling on 30 ...

Further information on UA 123/14 UKRAINE - SECOND MAN RELEASED, AT LEAST THREE REMAIN

  UKRAINE   Journalist Serhiy Shapoval was released on 18 May and has returned to his family. At least three hostages remain: theatre producer Pavlo Yurov, his colleague Denis Grishchuk and student Igor Oprya.   Serhiy Shapoval had been taken captive on 26 April after he tried to work undercover ...

Further information on UA 151/13 IRAQ - EXECUTION LOOMS FOR IRAQI OIL TECHNICIAN

  IRAQ   The case files of Osama Jamal ‘Abdallah Mahdi are now with the office of the President of the Republic for review. If his death sentence is ratified, he could be executed at any time.   Osama Jamal ‘Abdallah Mahdi, a father of two, is detained in Kadhimiya ...

UA 140/14 USA - DEATH ROW INMATE SEEKS COMMUTATION TO LIFE

  USA   Michael Zack, a 45-year-old man on death row in Florida who has exhausted his ordinary court appeals, is seeking executive commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment. In Florida an execution date is set if and when clemency is denied.   Michael Duane Zack, then aged ...

Further information on UA 126/14 PARAGUAY - LAST STEP FOR INDIGENOUS LAND CLAIM

  PARAGUAY   On 21 May the plenary of the Paraguayan Lower Chamber (Cámara de Diputados) passed legislation to return 14,404 hectares of traditional land to the Sawhoyamaxa Indigenous community. This is major victory for the community, who have been fighting for their land for over 20 years. The law ...

UA 139/14 THAILAND - HUNDREDS AT RISK OF ARBITRARY DETENTION

  THAILAND   Dozens of politicians, activists, journalists, academics and demonstrators have been detained after being arrested without warrant, following the imposition of martial law in Thailand. Hundreds of others are at risk of arbitrary detention.   Nearly 250 individuals have been ordered to report to the Thai military since ...

Further information on UA 94/14 IRAN - PRISONERS OUT OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

  IRAN   All the Iranian prisoners taken to solitary confinement in Section 240 of Tehran’s Evin Prison after the 17 April raid, when security officers beat and injured political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, have been transferred back to Section 350.   According to prisoners’ open letters and family ...

Further information on UA 3/13 SAUDI ARABIA - BADAWI SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS’ JAIL, FLOGGING

  SAUDI ARABIA   Website founder Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a fine. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Raif Badawi was sentenced on 7 May by the Criminal Court in Jeddah to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a ...

UA 135/14 SAUDI ARABIA - FILIPINO WORKER SENTENCED TO PRISON, FLOGGING

  SAUDI ARABIA   Sentenced to 18 months in prison and 300 lashes after an unfair trial in Saudi Arabia, Filipino domestic worker Ruth Cosrojas is understood to have already received 50 lashes. She is at imminent risk of further flogging.   According to a family member, Filipino domestic worker ...

UA 137/14 ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER DETAINED FOR PROTEST

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Palestinian human rights defender Murad Shtewi has been detained by Israeli forces since 29 April for his role in weekly peaceful demonstrations in his village. He is a prisoner of conscience. On 22 May a court rejected a petition for his release.   Murad Shtewi ...

Further information on UA 50/14 COLOMBIA - LAND RIGHTS ACTIVISTS THREATENED IN COLOMBIA

  COLOMBIA   On 20 May armed men attempted to kill the land restitution leader Enrique Cabezas near a military base in the Curvaradó River Basin, north-western Colombia. Rafael Truaquero, another land claimant, and his family were also threatened.   On 20 May a group of armed men came looking ...

UA 138/14 INDIA - MEN THREATENED AFTER TORTURE CLAIMS

  INDIA   Two men and a boy who were detained on 15 April and allegedly tortured by police in Mumbai, India, say they are facing intimidation and threats of reprisals to pressure them to withdraw their complaint. A man detained with them who was also allegedly tortured died three ...

Further information on UA 97/14 TURKMENISTAN - HUNGER STRIKE PRISONER FACES FORCE FEEDING

  TURKMENISTAN   After announcing a hunger strike on 19 May, Mansur Mingelov, 39, who was sentenced to 22-year imprisonment after unfair trial, is being threatened with force feeding.   On 19 May Mansur Mingelov, who is serving 22-year sentence in LBK/11 prison in Seidi, Lebap province in eastern Turkmenistan, ...

Further information on UA 42/14 MOZAMBIQUE - CHANGES TO DRAFT LAW BUT CONCERNS CONTINUE

  MOZAMBIQUE   On 18 June the parliamentary Legal, Human Rights and Constitutional Affairs Commission will meet to discuss the latest version of the Mozambique Draft Criminal Code.   On 30 April the parliamentary Legal, Human Rights and Constitutional Affairs Commission once again met to discuss a new version of ...

Further information on UA 72/14 IRAN - AHWAZI ARAB PRISONERS HOURS FROM EXECUTION

  IRAN   The execution of Ali Chebieshat and Sayed Khaled Mousawi, both members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority, has been scheduled for 22 May. Both men are believed to have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated and to have received an unfair trial.   Relatives of Ali Chebieshat and Sayed ...

UA 136/14 SUDAN - STUDENT ACTIVISTS DETAINED WITHOUT CHARGE

  SUDAN   Three Sudanese student activists have been detained without charge in Khartoum since 12 May after being arrested outside their university by security forces. They are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Mohamed Salah Mohamed Abdelrahman is a graduate from the Faculty of Science of the ...

UA 132/14 PAKISTAN - ABDUCTED POLITICAL ACTIVIST AT RISK OF DEATH

  PAKISTAN   Zahid Baloch, Chairman of the Baloch Student Organisation-Azad (BSOA) was abducted in Quetta, Balochistan, on 18 March. His family do not know where he is or what has happened to him. He is at grave risk of ill-treatment, torture, or even death. Hundreds of other activists have ...

UA 133/14 PAKISTAN - HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER SHOT DEAD IN HIS OFFICE

  PAKISTAN   Prominent human rights defender and lawyer Rashid Rehman was shot dead in Multan, Pakistan on 7 May. The killing is likely linked to his legal representation of university teacher Junaid Hafeez who has been charged with blasphemy. The Pakistani authorities must bring the perpetrators to justice and ...

UA 130/14 THAILAND - FEARS FOR VILLAGERS AFTER ATTACK IN THAILAND

  THAILAND   There are grave concerns for the safety of the 700 residents of Nanongbong village in north-eastern Thailand, after it was attacked by at least 100 unidentified armed men on 15 May. Some of the villagers were assaulted and detained for around six hours during the incident. It ...

UA 129/14 PAPUA NEW GUINEA - ASYLUM-SEEKERS AT RISK OF RETURN TO SYRIA

  PAPUA NEW GUINEA   Five Syrian asylum-seekers held at a detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, are in danger of being returned to their home country, where their lives or freedoms are at risk. Due to ongoing instability and human rights violations occurring in Syria, all Syrians ...

UA 134/14 BURUNDI - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER DETAINED

    BURUNDI   Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, a Burundian human rights defender, was arrested during the night of 15 to 16 May and is detained on spurious charges relating to state security after making declarations on Burundian radio.   Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa is the President of a local human rights organization, the ...

UA 127/14 OMAN - FOUR MEN ARBITRARILY ARRESTED, RISK TORTURE

  OMAN   Four men are being held incommunicado, without charge, in Oman. They are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.   Businessman Ibrahim Abdullah Juma al-Balushi is understood to have been arrested on 6 May near the Wadi Al Jezi border crossing with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ...

UA 128/14 EGYPT - EGYPTIAN-AMERICAN ON HUNGER STRIKE

  EGYPT   Mohamed Soltan, the son of a Muslim Brotherhood figure, who has been detained in Egypt since August 2013, has been on hunger strike since 26 January and his health is rapidly deteriorating. He was brought to his last court hearing on a stretcher on 11 May.   ...

Further information UA 118/14 SUDAN - WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR HER BELIEFS

  SUDAN   On 15 May Meriam Yehya Ibrahim was sentenced to death by hanging for ‘apostasy’, and to flogging for ‘adultery’. She is a prisoner of conscience convicted because of her religious beliefs and identity.   Meriam Yehya Ibrahim is eight months pregnant and currently in detention with her ...

Further information on UA 341/13 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - ACTIVIST AWAITS VERDICT AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Political activist Obaid Yousef al-Zaabi, who was arrested after giving an interview to CNN on 11 December 2013, has received an unfair trial and will receive the verdict on 26 May. If convicted and jailed, he will be a prisoner of conscience, with no right ...

UA 131/14 INDIA - JAILED ACTIVIST DENIED MEDICAL CARE

  INDIA   Gokarakonda Naga Saibaba, an activist and academic, is being held in pre-trial detention in Nagpur Central Prison, Maharashtra state. His legs are almost completely paralyzed and he uses a wheelchair. He is being denied medicine and access to suitable sanitary facilities.   47-year-old Gokarakonda Naga Saibaba is ...

Further information on UA 101/14 EGYPT - AL JAZEERA JOURNALIST IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

  EGYPT   Abdallah Elshamy is now known to be in solitary confinement at a maximum-security prison as punishment for going on hunger strike. The journalist has been refusing to eat since 21 January in protest at his continued imprisonment.   Abdallah Elshamy, a journalist with Al Jazeera Arabic, was ...

Further information on UA 116/14 MONTENEGRO - EVICTION HALTED AND RESETTLEMENT PROMISED

    MONTENEGRO   The families living in the Zvjerinjak settlement in Nikšic, the second largest city of Montenegro, will be resettled to social housing units.   Shortly before the forced eviction of the seven households was due to be carried out, the Municipality of Nikšic notified the owner of ...

Further information on UA 252/13 MEXICO - POLICE ABUSES AGAINST COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS

  MEXICO   A group of municipal police have arrested beaten and threatened members of the Coyotepec community in Mexico state. There is a fear for their safety.   According to information received, on 13 May, a group of around 60 municipal police detained, beat and threatened to “disappear” Coyotepec ...

Further information on UA 119/14 VENEZUELA - MORE PROTESTERS DETAINED, AT RISK OF TORTURE

  VENEZUELA   On 14 May security forces in Caracas detained at least 100 people involved in ongoing anti-government demonstrations. They are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment and their right to due process is at risk.   According to reports, on 14 May, at least 100 people including ...

Further information on UA 90/14 USA - U.S. FEDERAL COURT BLOCKS TEXAS EXECUTION

  USA   On 13 May a federal court blocked the execution in Texas of Robert Campbell about two and a half hours before it was due to be carried out. The stay will allow his lawyers to pursue the claim that his mental disability renders his death sentence unconstitutional. ...

UA 125/14 BELARUS - BELARUS EXECUTES SECOND PRISONER THIS YEAR

  BELARUS   Mogilev Regional Court has confirmed that another death-row prisoner has been executed in Belarus. At least two men remain on death row at imminent risk of execution.   The execution of Rygor Yuzepchuk only became public knowledge on 8 May, but may have actually occurred in April. ...

UA 126/14 PARAGUAY - INDIGENOUS LAND CLAIM A STEP CLOSER TO REALITY

  PARAGUAY   On 21 May the plenary of the Paraguayan Lower Chamber (Cámara de Diputados) will vote on a bill to return 14,404 hectares of traditional land to the Sawhoyamaxa Indigenous community. The community has been fighting for their land which is vital for their survival for over 20 ...

UA 118/14 SUDAN - MOTHER AT RISK OF FLOGGING AND DEATH SENTENCE

  SUDAN   Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian Sudanese woman, was convicted on charges of 'adultery' and 'apostasy' and is at risk of being sentenced to flogging and death. She is a prisoner of conscience, currently in detention with her 20-month-old son.   Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a 27-year- old Christian ...

UA 124/14 USA - FLORIDA DEATH ROW INMATE SEEKS CLEMENCY

  USA   The case of Charles Finney, a 60-year-old man on death row in Florida, is now before the clemency authorities. He maintains that he did not commit the murder for which he was sentenced to death. In Florida, an execution date is set if and when clemency is ...

Further information on UA 117/14 MYANMAR - MORE ACTIVISTS FROM SAME GROUP ARRESTED

  MYANMAR   Two more human rights defenders from the community-based organization the Movement for Democracy Current Force have been arrested and detained in Myanmar for their peaceful activism. They are being held in Yangon’s Insein prison. Both men are prisoners of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released. ...

Further information on UA 101/14 EGYPT - ELSHAMY IN UNKNOWN LOCATION, RISKS TORTURE

  EGYPT   Prisoner of conscience Abdallah Elshamy has been moved from Tora Prison to an unknown location, which the authorities have not disclosed to his family or lawyers. He may have been subjected to enforced disappearance, which would put him at increased risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   ...

UA 121/14 INDONESIA - GANG-RAPED WOMAN COULD NOW BE CANED

  INDONESIA   A woman gang-raped by eight men who accused her of adultery is now at risk of being caned for this “offence” in Indonesia’s Aceh province.   According to the Head of the Shari’a office in Aceh province’s Langsa district, a woman who had been accused of adultery ...

UA 120/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - LAWYER IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, RISKS TORTURE

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Human rights lawyer Dr Mohammed al-Roken, a prisoner of conscience, is now in solitary confinement in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Prison authorities have denied his family all contact with him for over a week. He may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. ...

UA 122/14 HONDURAS - CHILDREN’S RIGHTS DEFENDER BEATEN, DETAINED

  HONDURAS   The Director of Casa Alianza Honduras, a children’s rights organization, was beaten and detained by military police on 8 May. He believes his mistreatment was in retaliation for speaking out against violence against children in Honduras and denouncing government inaction on the matter.   Late in the ...

UA 123/14 UKRAINE - RELEASE MISSING JOURNALISTS IMMEDIATELY

  UKRAINE   At least two journalists are still missing in eastern Ukraine, believed to be held captive by armed anti-Kyiv protesters in Slovyansk. One journalist recently released spoke of other captives and expressed concern over their safety.   As civil unrest continues to escalate in Ukraine, several journalists and ...

UA 117/14 MYANMAR - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER ARRESTED AND DETAINED

  MYANMAR   Human rights defender Ko Htin Kyaw has been arrested in Myanmar for his peaceful activism and is currently detained in Yangon’s Insein prison. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released.   Ko Htin Kyaw, a human rights defender and leader of ...

UA 116/14 MONTENEGRO - SEVEN FAMILIES AT RISK OF BEING MADE HOMELESS

    MONTENEGRO   Seven households (14 adults and 20 children) are facing imminent forced eviction in the Zvjerinjak settlement in Nikšic, the second largest city in Montenegro. The authorities have failed to respect any of the safeguards and protections set out in international law, including the provision of adequate ...

Further information on UA 72/14 IRAN - AHWAZI ARAB MEN AT IMMINENT RISK OF EXECUTION

  IRAN   Death row prisoners Ali Chebieshat and Sayed Khaled Mousawi, both members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority, may be nearing execution, as the Supreme Court is understood to have upheld their death sentences.   Family members of Ali Chebieshat and Sayed Khaled Mousawi were informed informally by an ...

UA 119/14 VENEZUELA - PROTESTERS DETAINED, AT RISK OF ILL-TREATMENT

  VENEZUELA   Security forces in Caracas detained 243 people involved in ongoing anti-government demonstrations between 7 and 8 May. The whereabouts of those who have not yet been released remain unknown. They are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.   Between 7 and 8 May security forces in ...

UA 115/14 COLOMBIA - THREATS MADE AGAINST INDIGENOUS DEFENDERS

  COLOMBIA   Fifteen-year-old Génesis Giselle Gutiérrez Romero, a member of the Wayúu Indigenous Reservation of Zahíno, received a death threat on 5 May. She and her family are linked to a local human rights organization which campaigns on behalf of the Wayúu Indigenous communities and which has been the ...

UA 114/14 UKRAINE - ILL-TREATMENT OF CAPTIVES AMIDST CIVIL UNREST

  UKRAINE   Video footage shows two men held captive and being ill-treated by armed people in south-eastern Ukraine. They are seen being interrogated by a man who is evidently not a law enforcement official. This incident occurs amidst spiralling civil unrest and concerns over breakdown of the rule of ...

UA 113/14 AZERBAIJAN - PEACEFUL PROTESTORS SENTENCED TO DETENTION

  AZERBAIJAN   Five activists arrested for taking part in a peaceful protest have been sentenced to between 15 and 30 days in jail for an administrative offence. One of the activists was reportedly tortured in custody. She was also the only one to receive a 30 day prison term. ...

UA 112/14 COLOMBIA - PARAMILITARIES THREATEN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

  COLOMBIA   Paramilitaries threatened a human rights lawyer, trade unionists and environmental activists in Santander Department, north-eastern Colombia. The paramilitaries accuse these people of organizing peasant farmer demonstrations currently underway, alleging they are supported by guerrilla groups.   On 29 April a written death threat was sent to the ...

Further information UA 106/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - COURT RULES WEBSITE SHOULD REMAIN BLOCKED

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   On 6 May, the Taganskii District Court in Moscow quashed an appeal against the authorities’ decision to block the Russian news website Grani.ru. Representatives of the website intend to appeal the decision.   At the court hearing the lawyers representing Grani.ru pointed out that blocking the ...

UA 111/14 CHINA - ACTIVISTS DETAINED IN TIANANMEN CLAMPDOWN

  CHINA   Five activists were detained in China on 6 May as part of a wider crackdown ahead of the anniversary of the crackdown of the 1989 pro-democracy movement. They were held after attending a meeting in Beijing to discuss the anniversary. Several other activists have also been detained, ...

Further information on UA 147/13 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - NEW DEATH THREATS AGAINST DAGESTANI LAWYERS

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Two lawyers in the North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, Russia, continue to receive death threats in relation to their work on a high profile murder case. Their complaints are not being effectively investigated by the authorities.   Lawyers Sapiyat Magomedova and Musa Suslanov in Dagestan, Russia, ...

UA 110/14 NEPAL - FEARS FOR TWO MEN TORTURED BY POLICE IN NEPAL

  NEPAL   There are fears for the safety of Kalu Chaudhari and Hikmat Chaudhary after they filed an official complaint against Kanchanpur District police personnel, who had tortured them in late April. The lawyers for the two men have expressed concern that the police might retaliate against the men ...

Further information on UA 90/14 USA - MENTAL DISABILITY CLAIM AS EXECUTION NEARS

  USA   Lawyers for Robert Campbell, on death row in Texas for a crime committed when he was aged 18, have filed an appeal based on new evidence that he has an intellectual disability that would render his execution unconstitutional. The execution is still set for 13 May.   ...

UA 107/14 - RUSSIA - REFUGEE ABDUCTED BY POLICE IN BROAD DAYLIGHT

  RUSSIA     Umid Yakubov, a refugee from Uzbekistan, was abducted on the street in Moscow on 29 April. It is feared that he has been taken to Uzbekistan, where he is at real risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Umid Yakubov, an ethnic Uzbek officially recognised by ...

UA 108/14 - MYANMAR - IMPRISONED FOR CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION

  MYANMAR   On 7 April two men, video journalist Zaw Pe and Win Myint Hlaing, were each sentenced to one year in prison in Myanmar because of their attempted investigation and criticism of education authorities in Magwe Region. Amnesty International considers them prisoners of conscience who must be immediately ...

UA 109/14 MEXICO - DEFENDERS HIT AND MIGRANTS DETAINED

  MEXICO   Migrants’ rights defenders were injured by police and migration authorities during an operation to detain irregular migrants in the Municipality of Zapata, Tabasco State, south east Mexico. The whereabouts of the detained migrants is uncertain.   On 30 April migrants’ rights defenders Rubén Figueroa, Fray Tomás González ...

UA 106/14- RUSSIA - WEBSITES BLOCKED FOR WRITING ABOUT PROTEST

  RUSSIA     On 6 May, Taganskii court in Moscow will consider an appeal against the blocking of the Russian news website Grani.ru. The website was blocked on 13 March following an official request from the Deputy Prosecutor General which stated that Grani.ru published materials calling on people to ...

UA 100/14 - EGYPT- COURT AGREES TO 683 DEATH SENTENCES

  EGYPT       In a second mass trial in five weeks, an Egyptian court has agreed to sentence a further 683 people to death, again following a grossly unfair trial. Those condemned include Mohamed Badie, the detained General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood.   The judges at the ...

UA 104/14 - COLOMBIA - DEATH THREATS RECEIVED IN ‘HUMANITARIAN ZONE’

  COLOMBIA   Three human rights defenders have been threatened by paramilitaries in the port city of Buenavenutra, southern Colombia, following the creation of the Humanitarian Zone of Puente Nayero, a civilian initiative to protect the mainly Afro-descendant community.   On 22 April, a paramilitary threatened to kill human rights ...

Further information on UA 75/14 - EGYPT - COURT SENTENCES 37 TO DEATH, 491 TO LIFE IN JAIL

  EGYPT   An Egyptian court sentenced 37 people to death and 491 others to life in prison on 28 April. This followed a grossly unfair trial which breached both international fair trial standards and Egyptian law.   None of the defendants was brought to the Minya Criminal Court, in ...

UA 105/14 - BRAZIL - CALL FOR INQUIRIES INTO TWO KILLINGS IN RIO

  BRAZIL   A man was shot dead during a protest in the Pavão-Pavãozinho community in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro on 22 April. The community was protesting in reaction to the death of another man earlier that day during a police operation in the favela.   On 22 April, 27-year-old ...

UA 103/14 - THAILAND - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST MISSING IN THAILAND

  THAILAND   A prominent human rights activist has been missing in Thailand since 17 April 2014. It is feared that Pholachi Rakchongcharoen, also known as “Billy,” has been subjected to enforced disappearance in response to his activism.   Billy, 30, was last seen in the custody of park officials ...

UA 102/14 - SAUDI ARABIA - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST DETAINED INCOMMUNICADO

  SAUDI ARABIA   Saudi Arabian human rights activist Abdulrahman al-Hamid has been detained incommunicado since his arrest on 17 April. He may be a prisoner of conscience. Dr Abdulrahman al-Hamid received a phone call from the Criminal Investigation Department in Burayda in the central province of al-Qassim, on 17 ...

UA 101/14 – EGYPT - JOURNALIST JAILED AFTER REPORTING ON PROTEST

  EGYPT   Journalist Abdallah Elshamy has been detained without charge or trial for over eight months in Egypt. He began a hunger strike on 21 January and his health is deteriorating. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for his journalistic work.   Abdallah Elshamy was arrested on ...

UA 98/14 SAUDI ARABIA - HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER ARRESTED DURING TRIAL

  SAUDI ARABIA   Saudi Arabian human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair was detained on 15 April following a court hearing of his ongoing trial. He is a prisoner of conscience, at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair was arrested on 15 April ...

UA 99/14 BAHRAIN - THREAT OF FORCIBLE EXILE AND STATELESSNESS

  BAHRAIN   A number of Bahraini citizens, who had their nationality revoked in 2012, are now at risk of being forced to leave Bahrain. One of them was expelled on 23 April, most have been rendered stateless.   The Bahraini government forced Shaikh Hussain al-Najati to leave Bahrain on ...

Further information on UA 95/14 PARAGUAY - VICTORY OF INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY IN THE SENATE

  PARAGUAY   On 24 April the plenary of the Paraguayan Senate voted on a bill to return 14,404 hectares of traditional land to the Sawhoyamaxa indigenous community. The decision of the Senate is a major step forward to ensure compliance with the 2006 judgement of the Inter-American Court of ...

Further information on UA 263/11 ETHIOPIA - OPPOSITION LEADERS DENIED MEDICAL TREATMENT

  ETHIOPIA   Olbana Lelisa and Bekele Gerba are being denied medical treatment. The two men, political opposition leaders and prisoners of conscience, are reported to be ill in Kaliti prison, Ethiopia. Olbana Lelisa’s friends believe his condition may be life-threatening.   Several months ago Olbana Lelisa and Bekele Gerba ...

Further information on UA 304/11 SAUDI ARABIA - PROTESTING HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST IMPRISONED

  SAUDI ARABIA   Saudi Arabian human rights activist Fadhel al-Manasif has been sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment, to be followed by a 15-year travel ban. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Fadhel Maki al-Manasif was sentenced by the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh on 17 April to 15 ...

UA 97/14 TURKMENISTAN - MAN TO RETURN TO PRISON WHERE HE WAS BEATEN

  TURKMENISTAN   A Turkmen citizen of Baloch origin faces imminent transfer to Ovadan-Depe prison in Turkmenistan. During his previous time at the prison he was regularly beaten.   Mansur Mingelov, 39, is serving 22 year sentence in LBK/11 prison in Seidi, Lebap province in north-eastern Turkmenistan. Mansur Mingelov was ...

Further information on UA 79/14 CHINA - FEMALE ACTIVIST RELEASED IN CHINA

  CHINA   Anti-corruption activist Liu Hua was released from detention on 17 April. She was criminally detained for 37 days as a result of her work exposing abuses in China’s Re-Education Through Labour (RTL) system. The attention on her case following the Urgent Action may have contributed to her ...

UA 96/14 CHINA - HUNGER STRIKING UIGHUR PRISONER CRITICALLY ILL

  CHINA   Religious leader and ethnic Uighur, Abdukiram Abduveli, has been on hunger strike since mid-February in protest against being given an additional five year prison sentence. Despite having been initially sentenced to 12 years in prison, he has since been given additional sentences on five separate occasions and ...

UA 95/14 - PARAGUAY - VITAL VOTE ON INDIGENOUS LAND CLAIM IMMINENT

  PARAGUAY     On 24 April the Paraguayan Senate votes on a bill to return 14,404 hectares of traditional land to the Sawhoyamaxa indigenous community. A positive result is crucial to ensure compliance with the 2006 judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.   For over 20 years ...

Further information on UA: 223/13 - Syria - SITUATION OF DETAINED MAN STILL UNKNOWN

    SYRIA   ‘Ali Sayed al-Shihabi, a Palestinian refugee living in Syria, who was detained in December 2012 and then subjected to enforced disappearance, has been confirmed to have been in the custody of the Syrian authorities. But his place of detention and present condition remain unknown.   ‘Ali ...

UA 93/14 - Egypt - THREE WOMEN JAILED ON TRUMPED-UP CHARGES

  EGYPT       The Egyptian authorities have detained three female students on trumped-up charges. The women are prisoners of conscience, held solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. Abrar Al-Anany and Menatalla Moustafa, 18-year-old students, and 21-year old graduate student Yousra ...

UA 94/14 - IRAN - EVIN PRISONERS AT RISK AFTER REPORT OF RIOT

  IRAN   Reports of prison guards raiding Section 350 of Tehran’s Evin Prison, where many political prisoners are held, have emerged raising fears about the safety of prisoners. The unrest appears to have resulted in prisoners sustaining injuries, including broken ribs. It has been reported that at least 32 ...

UA 92/14 HONDURAN MEDIA WORKER MURDERED IN HIS HOME

  HONDURAS   On 11 April Carlos Mejía was stabbed to death in his home, in El Progreso municipality, Honduras. He had been threatened in the past in apparent connection with his work on projects for the promotion of human rights and social justice. Carlos Hilario Mejía Orellana was head ...

UA 89/14 IRAN - TRADE UNIONIST PUNISHED FOR HUNGER STRIKE

  IRAN   Iranian trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani, a prisoner of conscience, has ended a hunger strike after 38 days, which has left him in poor health. He is facing reprisals for demanding prisoners’ rights inside Raja’i Shahr Prison.   After ending his “wet” hunger strike (taking water but not ...

UA 91/14 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - THREATENED WITH DEATH AFTER TORTURE

  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   Two men were reportedly tortured while in police custody in the Dominican Republic on 12 April. Since then, the men and their relative Ana Patricia Fermín have faced intimidation and death threats after she denounced the torture to the media.   On 12 April Luis Manuel ...

UA 90/14 USA - TEXAS AGAIN SET TO EXECUTE FOR CRIME AT AGE 18

  USA   Robert Campbell, aged 41, is due to be executed on 13 May. He has been on death row for 22 years, over half of his life. This would be the third Texas execution in three months of a prisoner who was 18 years and three months old ...

UA 87/14 HAITI - FEAR FOR SAFETY OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER

  HAITI   On 2 April Pierre Espérance, a prominent Haitian human rights defender, received a letter containing a bullet and death threats related to his work. Amnesty International fears for his safety and that of other human rights defenders in the country.   On 2 April, Pierre Espérance, executive ...

UA 88/14 MEXICO - MIGRANTS AND DEFENDERS’ SAFETY AT RISK

  MEXICO   Migrants and migrants’ rights defenders were shot at in the vicinity of Lechería shelter, Mexico State, Mexico. There are concerns that the authorities are not taking the threat to migrants and defenders working with them seriously due to a delay in investigating the incident and in implementing ...

Further information on UA 84/14 NIGERIA - MAN WHO TWEETED PHOTOS RELEASED

  NIGERIA   Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi was released by Nigerian authorities on the evening of 11 April, after being held incommunicado since 30 March. Yusuf had been arrested after tweeting photos of an alleged attempted jail break at the State Security Service in Abuja, Nigeria.   Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi was ...

Further information on UA 60/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - TWO MEN RETURN HOME AFTER EXTRADITION FEARS

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Kholzhigit Sanakulov and his son, Sherzod Sanakulov, have safely returned to the Netherlands after being released from a temporary detention facility in Moscow, Russia.   Kholzhigit Sanakulov, 64, and his son, Sherzod Sanakulov, 31, were released from detention on 20 March and were able to return ...

UA 86/14 SWAZILAND - TWO MEN RE-DETAINED FOR CRITICAL ARTICLES

  SWAZILAND   On 9 April respected magazine editor, Bhekithemba Makhubu, and human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, were re-detained in Swaziland after irregular court proceedings against them. The two had been released from custody on 6 April after a high court judge overturned their previous arrests and detentions as unlawful. ...

UA 84/14 NIGERIA - MAN FEARED DISAPPEARED AFTER SENDING TWEETS

  NIGERIA Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi (copyright: private)   Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi has been missing since 30 March, when he tweeted photos of an alleged attempted jail break-in at the State Security Service in Abuja, Nigeria. Twenty-one detainees died during the incident. If he is in detention Yusuf is at risk ...

UA 85/14 IRAN - IRANIAN WOMAN AT RISK OF EXECUTION

  IRAN   The death sentence of Iranian woman Reyhaneh Jabbari has been sent to the Office of Implementation of Sentences in Tehran, Iran. Once death sentences have gone to this body, they may be carried out at any time.   Reyhaneh Jabbari, aged 26, was arrested in 2007 for ...

Further information on UA 32/14 CHINA - CITIZEN JOURNALISTS RELEASED ON BAIL

  CHINA   Three citizen journalists were released on bail on 7 April, after they had been detained for publishing reports online about the activities of petitioners’ at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. The organization they work for has thanked Amnesty International for its action on their behalf, and the ...

Further information on UA 71/14 USA - MEXICAN NATIONAL EXECUTED IN TEXAS

  USA   Ramiro Hernandez Llanas was put to death by lethal injection on 9 April in Texas. His execution went ahead despite evidence that his intellectual disability, as assessed in six different IQ tests over the past decade, rendered his death sentence unconstitutional.   On 7 April the Texas ...

Further information on UA 5/14 BAHRAIN - STUDENT PROTESTOR’S TRIAL RESUMES

  BAHRAIN   The trial of student Ahmad Mshaima’ has resumed in Bahrain although his torture allegation is not known to have been investigated. He told the judge on 10 April that he had been tortured in detention, and told his family his health was deteriorating.   Ahmad Hassan Ali ...

UA 83/14 EGYPT - AL JAZEERA JOURNALISTS ON TRIAL IN EGYPT

  EGYPT   Al Jazeera-English staff Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed are on trial in Egypt, charged with broadcasting false news and involvement with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood movement. They are prisoners of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.   Egyptian-Canadian national Mohamed Fahmy and Australian ...

Further information on UA 324/13 EGYPT - THREE JAILED FOR “UNAUTHORIZED PROTEST”

  EGYPT   Prisoners of conscience Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Douma will serve three years in prison with labour, after an appeal court upheld their conviction on 7 April for taking part in an “unauthorized protest”.   As well as the three-year prison sentence, the court also upheld ...

UA 82/14 MYANMAR - ILL-HEALTH CONCERNS FOR DETAINED JOURNALIST

  MYANMAR   Detained journalist Lu Maw Naing is in ill-health in a Myanmar prison. He and four others are on trial in connection with their journalistic activities, and are facing lengthy prison sentences. Amnesty International considers them to be prisoners of conscience.   Information has recently been received indicating ...

UA 80/14 ANGOLA - MEN FACE EXTRADITION, AT RISK OF TORTURE

  ANGOLA   Nine men, most of whom are originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), face extradition to the DRC where they could be tortured or sentenced to death. They were arrested in Angola on suspicion of attempting to destabilise the government of the DRC.   The trial ...

Further information on UA 56/14 SOUTH KOREA - TRADE UNION LEADER RELEASED ON BAIL

  SOUTH KOREA   Trade union leader, Kim Jungwoo, was released on bail on 1 April pending the outcome of his appeal hearing. He was detained in June 2013 after taking part in protests in support of dismissed workers and their families. The international attention on his case, following the ...

UA 79/14 CHINA - FEMALE ACTIVIST DETAINED FOR EXPOSING RTL

  CHINA   Anti-corruption activist Liu Hua, a woman who exposed abuses in China’s Re-Education Through Labour (RTL) system, has been criminally detained on the charge of “picking quarrels and making troubles”. It is widely believed that she is being punished by the authorities for appearing in a documentary that ...

UA 81/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - STREET PROTEST MAY BECOME A CRIME IN RUSSIA

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   A draft law, which will make repeated violation of the already restrictive rules governing public assemblies a criminal offence, has been tabled in the Russian parliament.   The draft law No. 485729-6 "On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation (in relation to improving the ...

UA 78/14 IRAN - JAILED CLERIC SERIOUSLY ILL, DENIED TREATMENT

  IRAN   The health of jailed Iranian cleric Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi, a prisoner of conscience held in Tehran’s Evin Prison, is worsening. He is in urgent need of medical treatment.   Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi, serving an 11-year prison sentence, suffers from a number of illnesses, including diabetes, ...

UA 77/14 SYRIA - WOMAN ON TRIAL FOR ALLEGEDLY AIDING DISPLACED

  SYRIA   A Syrian woman, Yara Faris, was arrested by Syrian State Security officers on 8 December 2013. She is held in ‘Adra Prison, waiting to be tried by the Anti-Terrorism Court for allegedly assisting in the distribution of food and aid to displaced people.   According to a ...

Further information on UA 47/14 KUWAIT - ONE MORE BIDUN MAN RELEASED, TWO DETAINED

  KUWAIT   Another of the seven men from Kuwait’s Bidun (“stateless”) community arrested in February was released on 31 March. The two still detained will be facing trial. They may be prisoners of conscience.   A General Court ordered the release of ‘Abdulnasser al Fadhli on 31 March and ...

Further information on UA 31/14 INDONESIA - FEARS GROW FOR MISSING INDONESIAN MAN

  INDONESIA   At least five soldiers have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Indonesian man, Dedek Khairudin. However, his whereabouts are still unknown and an independent investigation into the case has yet to be opened.   The military police in Indonesia have reportedly arrested at least five ...

UA 75/14 EGYPT - 528 MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH AFTER MASS TRIAL

  EGYPT   An Egyptian court has sentenced 528 people to death, most in their absence, following a grossly unfair trial. It is the largest number of death sentences handed down in one case in recent years.   A court in the city of Minya, Upper Egypt, tried 545 people ...

Further information on UA 48/14 USA - ANOTHER TEXAS EXECUTION FOR CRIME AT 18

  USA   For the second time this month, Texas carried out an execution of a prisoner for a crime committed when he was 18 years old. Anthony Doyle was put to death by lethal injection on the evening of 27 March.   Anthony Doyle was sentenced to death in ...

UA 76/14 MEXICO - ACTIVIST AT RISK AFTER DENOUNCING POLICE ABUSE

  MEXICO   A human rights activist and her family from San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora state, have faced repeated threats and intimidation by local police in reprisal for denouncing police abuses. Their safety remains at risk.   Martha Solórzano Martínez, a local activist from San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora ...

Further information on UA 232/12 BAHRAIN - TRIAL PROCEEDS DESPITE TORTURE ALLEGATIONS

  BAHRAIN   The trial of two women protesters for attempting to enter the Formula 1 circuit during a protest at the Bahrain Grand Prix last year resumed on 25 March. They told the court they had been tortured. One of them has already been sentenced to five years in ...

Further information on UA 322/13 EGYPT - PROMINENT EGYPTIAN ACTIVIST RELEASED ON BAIL

  EGYPT   A court ordered the release on bail of Alaa Abdel Fattah and Ahmed Abdel Rahman on 23 March. However, they still face trial for breaking Egypt’s repressive protest law, together with 23 other men. The next court hearing is on 6 April. If convicted, the men face ...

Further information on UA 103/13 COLOMBIA - PEASANT FARMERS THREATENED, FORCIBLY EVICTED

  COLOMBIA   A leader of the peasant farmers of El Tamarindo, Northern Colombia, received a death threat on 25 March. Days before, several armed men, suspected to be paramilitaries, attacked and threatened peasant farmers of El Tamarindo following the forced eviction of 43 families from their land.   On ...

UA 74/14 SAUDI ARABIA - DOMESTIC WORKER FACING EXECUTION

  SAUDI ARABIA   An Indonesian domestic worker is at imminent risk of execution in Saudi Arabia. She could be executed as early as 3 April if the victim’s family does not receive the requested diya (“blood money”) compensation by this date.   Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad, a 41-year-old Indonesian ...

UA 72/14 IRAN - TWO AHWAZI ARAB MEN RISK IMMINENT EXECUTION

  IRAN   Two Ahwazi Arab men on death row, Ali Chebieshat and Sayed Khaled Mousawi, have been transferred from Fajr Prison in Dezfoul, Khuzestan province, to an unknown location, sparking fears their execution may be imminent.   The family members of Ali Chebieshat and Sayed Khaled Mousawi, both members ...

Further information on UA 30/14 CHINA - LIU XIA RECEIVES MEDICAL TREATMENT

  CHINA   The wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xia, has been able to have medical examinations and treatment, and her health condition has improved. She had been prevented from receiving the treatment she needed after suffering a heart attack in January. She continues to ...

UA 73/14 MEXICO - FEAR FOR SAFETY OF ABDUCTED MIGRANTS

  MEXICO   Irregular migrants in Tamaulipas state, north east Mexico are at risk of abduction by criminal gangs. There are fears for their safety and concerns that authorities are not taking measures to ensure the safety of migrants in the area.   According to information received on 19 March, ...

Further information on UA 42/14 MOZAMBIQUE - LEGAL PROTECTION OF RAPISTS TO BE STRUCK OUT

  MOZAMBIQUE   Mozambique’s authorities have publicly undertaken to strike down the proposed law which would have enabled rapists to escape prosecution by marrying their victims.   The parliamentary Legal, Human Rights and Constitutional Affairs Commission announced on 20 March that an article enabling rapists to escape prosecution by marrying ...

UA 71/14 USA - TEXAS EXECUTION SET DESPITE MENTAL DISABILTY

  USA   Ramiro Hernandez Llanas is due to be put to death on 9 April in Texas. His lawyers say his execution would be unconstitutional because of his intellectual disability, an assessment supported by six different IQ tests administered over almost 10 years.   Ramiro Hernandez Llanas, a Mexican ...

UA 68/14 EGYPT - MORSI’S SUPPORTERS FACE MILITARY TRIAL

  EGYPT   Five supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi were arrested on 25 February 2014 on Egypt’s border with Sudan. They are now being tried by a military court. They have reportedly been tortured and otherwise ill-treated in custody.   Khaled Hamza, Tarek Ismail, Zen Elabdeen Mahmoud, Adel Mostafa ...

UA 67/14 SUDAN - STUDENTS AND LAWYERS AT RISK OF TORTURE

  SUDAN   Eleven men have been arrested and detained without charge in Khartoum in a sweep by the National Security Services (NISS) between 12 and 20 March.   The eleven detainees are students, activists and lawyers mainly from Darfur but living in Khartoum. Their names are Hamdan Abdallah, Ashraf ...

UA 69/14 BARBADOS - TWO MEN REPORTEDLY TORTURED IN BARBADOS

  BARBADOS   Two men who are suspects in a robbery have reportedly been tortured while in police custody in the district of Christ Church. They have not received adequate medical treatment and remain at risk of further ill-treatment.   At 11am on 17 March, Adrian Mottley and Jamar Headley ...

UA 70/14 SRI LANKA - ACTIVISTS IN NORTHERN SRI LANKA AT RISK

  SRI LANKA   Human rights defenders in Northern Sri Lanka have been arrested, detained, and threatened. This has coincided with the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva considering a resolution calling for an international investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.   Prominent Sri Lankan human rights activist ...

Further information on UA 252/13 MEXICO - WATER RIGHTS ACTIVISTS THREATENED IN MEXICO

  MEXICO   Community activists in Coyotepec, Mexico state, received telephone threats which could be linked to their work defending the right to fair access to water. They and other members of the local environmental group they are part of are at risk of further attacks.   On 15 March, ...

Further information on UA 45/14 USA - TEXAS EXECUTION FOR CRIME AT 18 YEARS OLD

  USA   Ray Jasper was executed in Texas on 19 March for a murder committed when he was 18 years old.   Ray Jasper was sentenced to death in 2000 for the murder of David Alejandro, who was stabbed to death on 29 November 1998 during a robbery of ...

Further information on UA 322/13 EGYPT - PEACEFUL PROTESTERS TO STAND TRIAL

  EGYPT   Prisoners of conscience Alaa Abdel Fattah and Ahmed Abdel Rahman will stand trial on 23 March, along with 23 other men, for breaking Egypt’s repressive protest law. They face up to five years in prison.   The Prosecution has charged the group with participating in a public ...

Further information on UA 33/14 VENEZUELA - OPPOSITION MEMBER DETAINED AMID PROTESTS

  VENEZUELA   A city mayor and member of the opposition party Voluntad Popular was detained on 19 March on suspicion of rebellion and conspiracy to commit a crime for his involvement in anti-government protests. The government and opposition leaders must both promote respect for human rights as the protests ...

UA 66/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - EVIDENCE AGAINST ACTIVIST LIKELY FABRICATED

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Civil society activist Ruslan Kutaev has been detained by the authorities in Chechnya after organising a conference in commemoration of Stalin’s deportations from the Caucasus, and reportedly tortured.   Ruslan Kutaev was arrested in Achkhoi-Martan in the Chechen Republic, Russian Federation, by some 30 armed men ...

Further information on UA 58/14 UKRAINE - ACTIVISTS RELEASED FROM HOSTAGE SITUATION

  UKRAINE   Oleksiy Gritsenko and Sergiy Suprun were released early in the morning on 20 March at a village on the border between Kherson region in mainland Ukraine and the Crimea. Natalya Lukyanchenko had been released earlier.   Six other hostages were also released including the Commander of the ...

Further information on UA 48/14 USA - NEW FALSE EVIDENCE CLAIM AS EXECUTION NEARS

  USA   A new claim has been filed in the Texas courts arguing that the state presented false evidence at Anthony Doyle’s trial relating to his potential for rehabilitation. He is due to be executed on 27 March for a murder committed when he was just over 18 years ...

UA 62/14 COLOMBIA - ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE ACTIVIST THREATENED

  COLOMBIA   Javier Barrera Santa, a leader of ASFADDES, an association campaigning for justice in cases of enforced disappearances, has been threatened in Medellín, Colombia.   On 12 March Javier Barrera Santa, the coordinator of the Medellín branch of Association for Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared (Asociación de Familiares de ...

UA 61/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - SON OF POC ARRESTED, AT RISK OF TORTURE

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   The son of a prisoner of conscience has been arrested in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after criticising the treatment of his father and other political prisoners on social media. His whereabouts are unknown and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   ...

UA 65/14 AZERBAIJAN - ACTIVISTS JAILED FOR CRITICISING GOVERNMENT

  AZERBAIJAN   Two opposition activists in Azerbaijan have been sentenced to several years in prison on fabricated charges, simply for being critical of the Government. Their lawyers are planning to appeal the judgment.   On 17 March the Shaki District Court in north-western Azerbaijan announced its verdict against Tofig ...

UA 64/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - PEACE ACTIVISTS RECEIVE DEATH THREATS

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Activists in Samara, Russian Federation, received death threats after staging a protest against Russia’s military intervention in Crimea.   On 2 March, Svetlana Chernova, Alexander Lashmankin, Igor Titarenko and several other peace activists took part in a series of single-person pickets, which, under Russian law can ...

Further information on UA 108/13 MEXICO - HOME OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER BROKEN INTO

  MEXICO   The home of human rights defender Darío Ramírez was broken into in Mexico City, Mexico. He is the director of prominent human rights organization Article 19 in the country and there is concern that the incident may be connected to his work and that of the organization ...

UA 63/14 SYRIA - SYRIAN WOMAN ARRESTED, LIFE AT RISK

  SYRIA   Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer Maryam Haid was arrested on 13 January in Damascus. She was later shown “confessing” on a programme on a pro-government TV channel. She has been held in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance and her life may be in danger.   According to ...

Further information on UA 23/14 PAKISTAN - FEARS FOR THE HEALTH OF ELDERLY DETAINEE

  PAKISTAN   Masud Ahmad has returned to the UK after being released on bail in Pakistan. Mohammad Asghar remains in detention. His lawyers fear for his health.   In November 2012, 72-year-old Masud Ahmad, a member of the Ahmaddiya religious community, was imprisoned in City District Jail in Lahore ...

Further information on UA 282/13 CHINA - ACTIVIST DIES AFTER DENIAL OF TREATMENT

  CHINA   Human rights activist Cao Shunli died from organ failure on 14 March after being denied medical treatment while in detention. Her family repeatedly called for her to receive the treatment she needed, but these requests were denied by the Chinese authorities. Cao Shunli was a prisoner of ...

UA 59/14 SYRIA - SYRIAN ACTIVIST ARRESTED, AT RISK OF TORTURE

  SYRIA   Syrian pro-reform activist Amal Jamil Nasr was arrested on 2 March by men believed to be Military Intelligence agents. She has been detained incommunicado since then and is in danger of torture and other ill-treatment.   According to a contact in Syria, Amal Jamil Nasr was stopped ...

Further information on UA 247/11 YEMEN - DEATH SENTENCE OVERTURNED, RETRIAL AHEAD

  YEMEN   Yemen’s Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence of security guard Ahmed Omar al-Abbadi al-Markashi and returned his case to the Court of Appeal.   The Yemeni Supreme Court overturned Ahmed Omar al-Abbadi al-Markashi’s murder conviction and death sentence on 19 December 2013, citing numerous irregularities in ...

UA 60/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - FATHER AND SON FACE EXTRADITION TO UZBEKISTAN

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Two refugees have been detained at Domodedovo airport, Moscow, Russia, since 8 March. They are facing extradition to Uzbekistan where they are at a risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Kholzhigit Sanakulov, 64 years old, and his son, Sherzod Sanakulov, 31, originally from Uzbekistan, were ...

UA 56/14 SOUTH KOREA - DEMAND RELEASE OF TRADE UNION LEADER

  SOUTH KOREA   Trade union leader, Kim Jungwoo, is at risk of receiving a further prison sentence at an appeal hearing on 4 April. He has been detained since June 2013 after taking part in protests in support of dismissed workers and their families. He is due to be ...

Further information on UA 206/13 BAHRAIN - VERDICT IN HUSSAIN HUBAIL’S TRIAL IMMINENT

  BAHRAIN   Photographer Hussain Hubail is about to receive his verdict. He is on trial together with eight other men on charges arising from their exercise of their right to freedom of expression. He has been denied adequate medical treatment.   Hussain Hubail’s trial, which began on 28 November ...

UA 57/14 MEXICO - HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS HARASSED IN MEXICO

  MEXICO   Two prominent human rights lawyers in Mexico have repeatedly suffered harassment and intimidation as a result of their work. A full investigation into the incidents must be carried out and their safety guaranteed.   Well known human rights lawyer Leonel Rivero Rodríguez has reported that his office, ...

UA 58/14 UKRAINE - THREE FURTHER DISAPPEARANCES IN CRIMEA

  UKRAINE   Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of three EuroMaydan activists who disappeared on the evening of 13 March in Crimea.   Oleksiy Gritsenko, Natalya Lukyanchenko and Sergiy Suprun have not made contact with friends or family since 11pm on 13 March. Oleksiy Gritsenko’s father told Amnesty ...

UA 55/14 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE SUSPECTED

  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   The whereabouts of Randy Vizcaíno González have been unknown since he was supposedly detained by the police on 13 December 2013 in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. The National Human Rights Ombudsman called on the police to investigate his whereabouts on 2 March. ...

UA 54/14 HAITI - FAMILIES AT IMMINENT RISK OF FORCED EVICTION

  HAITI   Around twenty families who were left homeless after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti face imminent forced eviction from their makeshift camp in the capital, Port-au-Prince. If evicted they will once again be left homeless.   Approximately twenty families living in Camp KID displacement camp in the ...

UA 32/14 CHINA - THREE CITIZEN JOURNALISTS DETAINED IN CHINA

  CHINA   Three citizen journalists have been detained in China after they published reports online about the activities of petitioners’ at Tiananmen Square, including a woman who tried to set herself on fire. The whereabouts of one of the journalists, a 17-year-old boy, is currently unknown. They are prisoners ...

Further information on UA 51/14 VENEZUELA - DEATH TOLL RISES DURING VENEZUELAN PROTESTS

  VENEZUELA   Two more fatalities have occurred in Venezuela as violent clashes during protests continue.   The death toll has risen to 23 and the number of injured continues to escalate. It is imperative that the government sends a clear and unequivocal message that human rights must be respected ...

UA 52/14 UKRAINE - JOURNALISTS AT RISK OF ABDUCTION IN CRIMEA

  UKRAINE   At least five people went missing after being held by armed men at a military check point in Armyansk, Ukraine, 3km into the Crimean peninsula. They have been released after two-days in captivity, but may still be at risk of abduction.   On 9 March photographer Oles ...

Further information on UA 47/14 KUWAIT - FOUR BIDUN MEN RELEASED, THREE STILL DETAINED

  KUWAIT   Four of the seven men from Kuwait’s Bidun (“stateless”) community arrested in February were released on bail on 10 March. The three others are still detained, and may be prisoners of conscience.   A General Court ordered the release of four Bidun men, Hussein Jabr, Youssef Matar, ...

Further information on UA 271/13 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - FOUR ASYLUM-SEEKERS AT RISK OF EXTRADITION

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Following decisions by the Russian Federation Supreme Court, four asylum-seekers are still at risk of extradition from Russia to Kyrgyzstan, where they are at a real risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   On 25 February the Russian Federation Supreme Court ruled to overturn the November ...

UA 53/14 SYRIA - ARRESTED SYRIAN AT RISK OF TORTURE

  SYRIA   Syrian man Mahmoud Saber Sabra was arrested on 19 February by men in civilian clothing believed to be members of the Syrian security forces. He has been detained incommunicado since then and is in real danger of torture and other ill-treatment.   According to a local contact, ...

Further information on UA 257/12 SAUDI ARABIA - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS ON HUNGER STRIKE

  SAUDI ARABIA   Two prominent Saudi Arabian human rights defenders have been on hunger strike since 3 March in protest at their deteriorating prison conditions. Their lives may be in danger because of poor prison conditions and ill-health. They are prisoners of conscience.   Dr Abdullah bin Hamid bin ...

UA 50/14 COLOMBIA - COMMUNITY LEADER REPEATEDLY THREATENED

  COLOMBIA   Yomaira Mendoza, a leader of the Afro-descendant community in the Curvaradó River Basin campaigning for collective land titles, has received repeated death threats.   On 3 and 4 March, Yomaira Mendoza, a leader of the Humanitarian Zone Caño Manso in Carmen del Darién Municipality, Chocó Department, in ...

Further information on UA 44/14 TURKEY - ACTIVIST RELEASED BUT STILL FACING CHARGES

  TURKEY   On 6 March Murat Kanatli was released from prison after completing a 10 day prison sentence for ‘noncompliance with the mobilization call’ as a result of his refusal to take part in military training. He faces two further charges under the same article of the Law on ...

Further information on UA 167/13 SAUDI ARABIA - SENTENCE OVERTURNED, BUT STILL IN PRISON

  SAUDI ARABIA   Saudi Arabian human rights defender Dr Abdulkareem Yousef al-Khoder, jailed for eight years in June 2013, has had his conviction and prison sentence overturned by the Court of Appeal, but is still behind bars.   The Court of Appeal in al-Qassim overturned Dr Abdulkareem Yousef al-Khoder’s ...

UA 51/14 VENEZUELA - MORE KILLINGS DURING VENEZUELAN PROTESTS

  VENEZUELA   Violent clashes during protests that started in early February give no signs of abating and have led to the death of two more people on 6 March. So far the official death toll stands at 21 people, with over 300 injured. Victims include civilians demonstrating for and ...

UA 47/14 KUWAIT - SEVEN STATELESS MEN ARRESTED, ILL-TREATED

  KUWAIT   Seven men from Kuwait’s Bidun (“stateless”) community were arrested between 19 and 24 February after a gathering in Taima, west of Kuwait City, marking the third anniversary of demonstrations by members of the Bidun community demanding citizenship.   ‘Abdullah ‘Atallah, a Bidun activist, was arrested on 19 ...

UA 45/14 USA - TEXAS EXECUTION IMMINENT FOR CRIME AT AGE 18

  USA   Ray Jasper is scheduled to be executed in Texas on 19 March for a murder committed in 1998 when he was 18 years old. If he had been three months and three days younger at the time of the crime, Ray Jasper would not be facing execution. ...

UA 49/14 MEXICO - INDIGENOUS LAND ACTIVISTS THREATENED

  MEXICO   An Indigenous family of land activists received a death threat on 27 February. The family are struggling to preserve their land against the construction of a wind farm in Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca state, southern Mexico.   On 27 February an unknown man told smallholding farmer Mariano ...

UA 46/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE BEATEN IN COURT

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Aleksey Polikhovich, prisoner of conscience and one of the Bolotnaya case convicts, was severely beaten by an escorting police officer at the Moscow Zamoskvoretskiy court on 24 February. His lawyers filed a complaint to the prosecutor’s office but have not received any reply yet.   On ...

UA 48/14 USA - EXECUTION SET FOR CRIME COMMITTED AT AGE 18

  USA   Anthony Doyle is scheduled to be executed in Texas on 27 March for a murder committed in 2003 when he was 18 years old. If he had been 93 days younger at the time of the crime, he would not be facing execution. He is seeking executive ...

Further information on UA 329/13 HONDURAS - BROTHER OF KILLED JOURNALIST AT RISK

  HONDURAS   Following the killing of Honduran journalist Juan Carlos Argeñal on 7 December, his brother, Mario Argeñal, has become the target of intimidation and harassment for speaking publicly about the incident and demanding justice from the authorities. The investigation into Juan Carlos Argeñal’s death has not moved forward. ...

UA 44/14 TURKEY - CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR IMPRISONED

  TURKEY   On 25 February, conscientious objector Murat Kanatli was imprisoned for 10 days. He refused to pay a 500 TL fine (approximately 165 Euros), after a military court in Lefkosa/Nicosia (territory of northern Cyprus) had found him guilty of ‘noncompliance with the mobilization call’ as a result of ...

FU UA 170/13 ISRAEL/OPT- PALESTINIAN VILLAGERS AND ISRAELI STATE MEDIATE

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   The mediation period between Palestinian villagers and the Israeli state was extended until 25 April.   On 2 September 2013 the High Court of Justice suggested that the Palestinian villagers who are threatened with forced eviction and the Israeli state go into mediation. The High ...

Further information on UA 37/14 EGYPT - EVICTED FAMILIES ATTACKED BY SECURITY FORCES

  EGYPT   Security forces used excessive force to disperse homeless families from the rubble of their former homes, from which they were forcibly evicted on 18 February. The families were using the rubble as shelter since they were not provided with alternative housing. The security forces arrested at least ...

UA 40/14 SYRIA - KURD SUBJECTED TO ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE

  SYRIA   Siveen Juma Kindi, a Kurdish postal worker in Syria, was subjected to enforced disappearance in the northern city of Qamishly, on 13 March 2012. He has not been heard from since then.   Siveen Juma Kindi, who is 28 years old, was on his way to present ...

UA 43/14 AUSTRALIA - MANUS ISLAND ASYLUM SEEKERS STILL AT RISK

  AUSTRALIA   Asylum seekers held at a detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, continue to be at risk following two nights of violence on 16 and 17 February which left one man dead and dozens of others seriously injured.   The Australian government is holding more than ...

Further information on UA 20/14 USA - FLORIDA CARRIES OUT ANOTHER EXECUTION

  USA   Paul Howell was executed in Florida on 26 February. He had been on death row for 19 years for the murder of a police officer in 1992.   On 26 February, the US Supreme Court refused to consider lower court rulings on the claim that Paul Howell ...

Further information on UA 18/14 CHINA - UIGHUR SCHOLAR AT RISK OF DEATH SENTENCE

  CHINA   Prominent Uighur scholar, Ilham Tohti, has been formally arrested and charged with “separatism” in China. The charge is punishable by 10 years to life in prison, or even the death penalty. He is still denied access to his lawyer and his family, and is at risk of ...

UA 42/14 MOZAMBIQUE - NEW CRIMINAL CODE PUTS WOMEN’S RIGHTS AT RISK

  MOZAMBIQUE   Survivors of sexual abuse in Mozambique are at risk of being deprived of justice and having their rights violated by proposed amendments to the Criminal Code to be brought before parliament in March.   In March the Mozambique National Assembly (the Parliament) will consider proposed revisions to ...

UA 41/14 BRAZIL - LAWS COULD CRIMINALIZE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

  BRAZIL   New proposed legislation on “terrorism” and “disorder” being discussed in Brazilian Congress puts freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly at risk. The new “crimes” could be used to criminalize citizens attending protests.   The proposed new law PL 499/2013 creates the crime of “terrorism” ...

Further information on UA 346/13 UGANDA - ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

  UGANDA On 24 February Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law. President Yoweri Museveni has assented to the Anti Homosexuality Act which entrenches discrimination and hatred against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The Anti-Homosexuality Act imposes penalties as high as life imprisonment for ...

UA 39/14 IRAN - FACING DEATH FOR “INSULTING THE PROPHET”

  IRAN   Iranian engineer Rouhollah Tavana may be at risk of execution, as the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence earlier this month. He was sentenced to death in 2013 for charges including “insulting the Prophet”.   Rouhollah Tavana, from Iran’s north-eastern Khorasan province, was sentenced to death on ...

UA 37/14 EGYPT - 1,200 FAMILIES FORCIBLY EVICTED IN CAIRO

  EGYPT   The Cairo Governorate forcibly evicted at least 1,200 families on 18 February and demolished their homes. The families were reportedly given no warning, and most were provided with no alternative housing. At least 300 families are said to be still homeless.   Egypt’s security forces forcibly evicted ...

Further information on UA 282/13 CHINA - DETAINED CHINESE ACTIVIST IN CRITICAL CONDITION

  CHINA   Chinese human rights activist Cao Shunli is in a critical condition in a Beijing hospital after being denied medical treatment while in detention. She is being heavily guarded by police, and while her brother was allowed to see her, her lawyer has been denied access.   Cao ...

UA 36/14 IRAN - STUDENT JAILED AFTER REFUSAL TO SPY

  IRAN   Iranian graduate student Hamid Babaei, serving a six-year sentence for “acting against national security by communicating with hostile governments”, including Belgium, has lodged an appeal. His wife, Cobra Parsajoo, is at risk of arrest for peacefully campaigning for his release.   Graduate student Hamid Babaei filed his ...

UA 35/14 GREECE - FORCED EVICTION OF HALANDRI ROMA IMMINENT

  GREECE   Despite an injunction by the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), around 74 Roma families living in a settlement in Halandri, Athens, Greece are at risk of imminent forced eviction.   74 Roma families living in a settlement in Halandri, a neighbourhood in Greater Athens, Greece, are ...

UA 38/14 SYRIA - TWO WOMEN ARRESTED IN SYRIA

  SYRIA   Student Ranim Khalil Ma’touq and human rights lawyer Jihan Amin were arrested by members of the Syrian security forces on 17 February. Their current whereabouts are unknown.   A local contact has told Amnesty International that members of the Syrian security forces arrived at the home of ...

Further information on UA 25/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - CASE AGAINST JOURNALIST “MUST BE CLOSED”

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   On 21 February a court in the Urals city of Nizhnii Taghil ruled that the case against journalist Elena Klimova under “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” law must be closed. It means that work on her online project “Children404” aimed to support LGBTI teenagers will continue. ...

UA 34/14 USA - TRIAL JUDGE BACKS MERCY AS EXECUTION LOOMS

  USA   Florida death row prisoner Ernest Suggs, aged 58, has exhausted his ordinary court appeals and is seeking executive clemency. If this is denied, the state will set his execution date. The judge who sentenced him to death in 1992 is supporting clemency.   On the evening of ...

Further information on UA 21/14 BAHRAIN - AHMED AL-ARAB NOW NEEDS MEDICAL ATTENTION

  BAHRAIN   Ahmed Mohammad Saleh al-Arab now requires urgent medical attention for injuries he says he sustained during torture at the National Security Agency.   Ahmed Mohammad Saleh al-Arab saw his family for the first time on 10 February, a month after he was arrested, and again on 18 ...

Further information on UA 22/14 MALAYSIA - EXECUTION POSTPONED, EXTRA PRESSURE NEEDED

  MALAYSIA   Chandran s/o Paskaran was spared execution in Malaysia on 7 February after an outcry from human rights groups, including Amnesty International. However, he remains under sentence of death and at risk of execution if international pressure on the Malaysian authorities is not maintained.   On 19 February ...

Further information on UA 14/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST LOSES APPEAL

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   On 12 February, the Krasnodar regional court ruled that detained environmentalist Yevgeniy Vitishko must serve three years in a penal colony. Amnesty International believes that he is a prisoner of conscience, persecuted for speaking out against environmental damage in Krasnodar region.   On 12 February the ...

UA 33/14 VENEZUELA - OPPOSITION PARTY HEADQUARTERS RAIDED

  VENEZUELA   The headquarters of opposition party Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) were raided three times by security forces on 17 February. The raids appear to be an attempt to intimidate party members following their participation in recent anti-government protests.   Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) has denounced how officials of ...

UA 30/14 CHINA - HEALTH FEARS GROW AFTER LIU XIA HEART ATTACK

  CHINA   The wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xia, who is under illegal house arrest in Beijing, had a heart attack in January and has been diagnosed with a heart condition. She has been prevented from receiving the treatment she needs in hospital and ...

Further information on UA 137/12 IRAN - TWO AHWAZI ARAB MEN EXECUTED, THREE AT RISK

  IRAN   Teachers Hadi Rashedi and Hashem Sha’bani Amouri, both members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority, were executed in secret at the end of January. Three other Ahwazi Arab men remain at risk of execution.   On 29 January an official from the Ministry of Intelligence called the families ...

Further information on UA 10/14 GAMBIA - GAMBIAN JOURNALISTS STILL FACING CHARGES

  GAMBIA   Journalists Musa Sheriff and Sainey M.K. Marenah continue to face charges. Their charges were amended to “conspiracy to commit a misdemeanour” and “false publication”. They pleaded not guilty. Both journalists have been targeted for their journalistic work and for the legitimate exercise of their right to freedom ...

Further information on UA 196/13 EGYPT - MORSI AND HIS AIDES TO STAND TRIAL

  EGYPT   Deposed president Mohamed Morsi and five of his aides will stand trial on 16 February on charges of “spying”. If convicted, they may face the death penalty. At least two of the men do not have access to lawyers.   Ousted president Mohamed Morsi will stand trial ...

UA 31/14 INDONESIA - MAN TAKEN BY MILITARY MISSING AND AT RISK

  INDONESIA   The whereabouts of Dedek Khairudin, an Indonesian man taken by military personnel in November 2013, are still unknown. The Indonesia Army Military Police refused to accept his family’s formal complaint into the matter on 13 February. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Dedek ...

Further information on UA 181/13 CHINA - PROMINENT ACTIVIST JAILED IN CHINA

  CHINA   Legal scholar and human rights activist Xu Zhiyong was sentenced to four years imprisonment on 26 January by a court in Beijing. His jailing is part of a wider suppression of those associated with the “New Citizen’s Movement” by the Chinese authorities.   Xu Zhiyong was sentenced ...

Further information on UA 347/13 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MEN CONVICTED AFTER UNFAIR MASS TRIAL IN UAE

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Twenty Egyptian and 10 United Arab Emirates (UAE) nationals, including at least three prisoners of conscience, have been convicted in a second mass trial marred by human rights violations. They have no right to appeal the court verdict, in contravention of the UAE’s obligations under ...

UA 29/14 VENEZUELA - THREE PROTESTERS KILLED, OTHERS INJURED

  VENEZUELA Three people have been killed, several injured and dozens more detained in clashes between protesters, security forces and armed civilians during demonstrations throughout Venezuela. As the demonstrations continue, risk of further incidents remains. Three people were killed in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, and scores were injured nationwide ...

UA 28/14 COLOMBIA - DEATH THREATS SENT TO HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER

  COLOMBIA   Human rights defender Martha Elena Díaz Ospina received three death threats by text message on 6, 7 and 8 February, labelling her a guerrilla fighter and military target, in Barranquilla, northern Colombia.   On 8 February Martha Elena Díaz Ospina, member of the Atlántico branch of the ...

UA 27/14 COLOMBIA - ARMED CONFLICT THREATENS PEACE COMMUNITY

  COLOMBIA   Colombia’s armed conflict continues to affect members of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, as an explosive device reportedly planted by guerrillas went off near a police station and a school, and the armed forces continue to threaten its members.   On 5 February an ...

UA 26/14 BOLIVIA - VICTIMS OF MILITARY REGIMES’ CAMPSITE BURNT

  BOLIVIA   The campsite outside the Ministry of Justice of a group of people whose rights were violated during past military regimes in Bolivia was set on fire on 9 February. No casualties have been reported but files and other important documents have been destroyed.   Since March 2012 ...

UA 25/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - JOURNALIST CHARGED UNDER ‘PROPAGANDA’ LAW

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Elena Klimova, journalist from the Urals city of Nizhniy Taghil, has been charged with “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” for her online project “Children 404” aimed to support LGBTI teenagers. If court rules that she violated the law she will have to pay a hefty fine ...

UA 24/14 COLOMBIA - ELECTION CANDIDATES RECEIVE DEATH THREATS

  COLOMBIA   In recent days several candidates standing in Colombia’s legislative elections in March have received death threats from paramilitaries.   On 4 February the Black Eagles Capital Bloc (Aguilas Negras Bloque Capital) sent a death threat by email to the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (Colectivo de Abogados ...

Further information on UA 124/13 ZAMBIA - ZAMBIAN COURT TO RULE ON “UNNATURAL SEX” CASE

  ZAMBIA   Two men in Zambia who are on trial for allegedly having sex “against the order of nature” are expecting a verdict on their case to be delivered on 25 February. If convicted they face a minimum of 14 years in prison.   On 6 May 2013 police ...

UA 23/14 PAKISTAN - MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH UNDER BLASPHEMY LAW

  PAKISTAN   Mohammad Asghar, a British man suffering from mental illness, has been sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Masud Ahmad, another British man charged with blasphemy, has been granted bail but is still at risk of attack from extremists.   In November 2012 Masud Ahmad, aged 72, ...

Further information on UA 182/13 PERU - FAMILY RECEIVES THREATS AND FACES EVICTION

  PERU   Máxima Acuña received a death threat over the telephone on 30 January and has been repeatedly harassed by police. She is in an ongoing legal dispute against a mining company over the ownership of a plot of land where she and her family live in northern Peru. ...

Further information on UA 327/13 HAITI - THOUSANDS MORE AT RISK OF FORCED EVICTION

  HAITI   Approximately a hundred families have been forcibly evicted from an informal settlement known as Canaan in continuance of an illegal eviction process which started in December 2013. Thousands more people may be at risk of being made homeless.   The same justice of peace (juge de paix) ...

UA 21/14 BAHRAIN - MAN HELD INCOMMUNICADO AT RISK OF TORTURE

  BAHRAIN   Ahmed Mohammad Saleh al-Arab continues to be denied family visits after 27 days of detention. There are fears the authorities are hiding that he has been tortured while held incommunicado. He has been denied medical care.   Ahmed Mohammad Saleh al-Arab, aged 22, was arrested on 9 ...

UA 20/14 USA - LEGAL CONCERNS AS FLORIDA RESETS EXECUTION

  USA   Paul Howell, aged 48, is due to be executed in Florida on 26 February for the murder of a police officer in 1992. In 2013 a federal judge described his legal representation at trial and on initial appeal as “incompetent, ineffective, and deeply unprofessional”.   In February ...

Further information on UA 14/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST DETAINED FOR SWEARING

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Yevgeniy Vitishko was detained on 3 February and charged with “petty hooliganism” for “swearing at a bus stop”. He has been sentenced to 15 days in detention. During this period Amnesty International regards him as a prisoner of conscience.   Yevgeniy Vitishko was detained by police ...

Further information on UA 16/14 UKRAINE - ACTIVIST SEEKS MEDICAL TREATMENT ABROAD

  UKRAINE   Dmitrii Bulatov, the Ukrainian EuroMaydan activist who was abducted, beaten and ‘crucified’, has been given permission to leave the country to obtain treatment for the severe injuries he received at the hands of unknown assailants.   Dmitrii Bulatov has been charged by the Ukrainian authorities with ‘organising ...

Further information on UA 16/14 UKRAINE - UKRAINIAN ACTIVIST TORTURED AND LEFT FOR DEAD

  UKRAINE   Dmitrii Bulatov, the Ukrainian Euromaydan activist, who disappeared on the evening of 22 January has been found alive. He was abducted, beaten and ‘crucified’.   Dmitrii Bulatov was thrown from a car into a forest on the outskirts of Kiev late in the evening of 30 January. ...

Further information on UA 232/12 BAHRAIN - WOMAN ACTIVIST SENTENCED AGAIN IN BAHRAIN

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini activist Zainab Al-Khawaja was sentenced to a further four months in prison by a Criminal Court in relation to two new cases brought against her for “destroying government property”.   On 27 January Zainab Al-Khawaja, dual Bahraini and Danish national, was sentenced by the Lower Criminal ...

UA 19/14 PERU - OVER 2,000 WOMEN IN PERU DENIED JUSTICE

  PERU   Over 2,000 Indigenous and peasant women living in poverty who were allegedly subjected to forced sterilization have been denied justice after the Public Prosecutor’s office closed their cases. The failure to investigate their claims highlights the persistent discrimination against peasant and Indigenous peoples in Peru, including women. ...

UA 18/14 CHINA - UIGHUR SCHOLAR TAKEN FROM HIS HOME

  CHINA   Ilham Tohti, prominent Uighur scholar and founder of the website “Uighur Online”, was taken from his home in Beijing by authorities on 15 January. His whereabouts are currently unknown. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   On 25 January the Urumqi Public Security Bureau ...

Further information on UA 343/13 BAHRAIN - TWO BOYS RELEASED

  BAHRAIN   Bahrain’s Juvenile Court ordered the release of Jehad Nabeel al-Samee’ and ’Abdullah Yousif al-Bahrani on 27 January, but they will remain under supervision by social workers.   Jehad Nabeel al-Samee’ (aged 10) and ‘Abdullah Yousif al-Bahrani (aged 13) were brought before the Juvenile Court in the capital, ...

Further information on UA 35/12 TURKMENISTAN - FORMER PRISONER DENIED URGENT MEDICAL CARE

  TURKMENISTAN   Geldy Kyarizov, who was previously imprisoned after falling out of favour with the Turkmenistani authorities remains in very poor health. He is in need of urgent specialist medical care, but he and his family are being kept under constant surveillance by the security forces in Turkmenistan and ...

UA 17/14 COLOMBIA - DEATH THREATS MADE TO HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

  COLOMBIA   Human rights defenders in the city of Barrancabermeja, in the Magdalena Medio region in north-eastern Colombia, have received death threats.   On 23 January Iván Madero Vergel, the president of the Regional Human Rights Corporation (Corporación Regional para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos, CREDHOS), met with ...

Further information on UA 259/12 IRAQ - TWO MEN NEAR EXECUTION AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL

  IRAQ   Two men, one of them a Saudi Arabian national, are at risk of execution in Iraq, where the rate of executions has surged and the presidency has ratified the death sentences of around 200 people.   Saudi Arabian national ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam Saleh Musfer al-Qahtani and Iraqi Safa ...

Further information on UA 338/13 USA - TEXAS EXECUTION VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL LAW

  USA   Texas executed a Mexican national on 22 January, in violation of an order of the International Court of Justice and despite a recent finding by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that he had been denied a fair trial.   Edgar Arias Tamayo was sentenced to death ...

UA 16/14 UKRAINE - EUROMAYDAN ORGANIZER DISAPPEARED

  UKRAINE   Amnesty International is gravely concerned for the wellbeing of Dmitrii Bulatov, a prominent activist in the Euromaydan demonstrations in Kyiv, Ukraine. His family have not heard from him since the evening of 22 January and believe he has been abducted.   Dmitrii Bulatov has not made contact ...

Further information on UA 237/12 INDONESIA - IMPROVED CONDITIONS FOR MALUKAN PRISONERS

  INDONESIA   The prison conditions for Malukan prisoners of conscience Johan Teterissa and Johni Sinay have improved and they have now received clothing and better sleeping accommodation.   Amnesty International has received information that prison conditions have improved for Malukan prisoners of conscience Johan Teterissa and Johni Sinay. They ...

Further information on UA 213/13 MYANMAR - ELDERLY ACTIVIST STILL DETAINED, HEALTH AT RISK

    MYANMAR   Human rights defender Kyaw Hla Aung is in poor health in Sittwe prison, in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. He is suffering from arthritis and high blood pressure, however there are concerns he is not receiving adequate medical treatment in detention.   Kyaw Hla Aung, 75, has been ...

Further information on UA 325/13 UKRAINE - PROTESTER RELEASED AND ALL CHARGES DROPPED

  UKRAINE   Yaroslav Prytulenko has been released from detention and all charges against him have been dropped.   On 24 January the Shevchenkivskiy District Court in Kyiv released Yaroslav Prytulenko and dropped all charges against him.   Amnesty International will continue to urge the authorities to open an investigation ...

Further information on UA 346/13 UGANDA - ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL AWAITS DECISION

  UGANDA   The Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been presented to President Museveni of Uganda, who now has 30 days to respond. If the Bill were to become law, it would be in violation of Uganda’s Constitution as well as international and regional human rights treaties to which Uganda is party. ...

UA 15/14 SAUDI ARABIA - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST REMAINS IN JAIL

  SAUDI ARABIA   A prominent Saudi Arabian human rights activist, Fowzan al-Harbi, who is on trial for his human rights activism has been arbitrarily detained since 26 December 2013. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience.   Fowzan al-Harbi a 36-year-old father of two, was arrested on 26 ...

Further information on UA 4/14 CHINA - HEALTH FEARS FOR DETAINED TIBETAN MONK

  CHINA   There are growing concerns for the health of prominent Tibetan monk, Karma Tsewang, who has not been allowed access to his family or lawyer since he was seized by public security officers on 6 December in Chengdu, south-west China. His 16 supporters, who were detained for protesting ...

Further information on UA 8/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) - ACTIVIST’S WIFE RELEASED

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Aisha Ibrahim al-Zaabi, wife of activist Mohamed Saqer al-Zaabi, has been released by the state security in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). She was arrested on 10 January at a checkpoint on the border with Oman and detained for five days with no access to ...

Further information on UA 315/13 TAJIKISTAN - OPPOSITION PARTY MEMBER DIES IN HOSPITAL

  TAJIKISTAN   Umed Tojiev died in a hospital in Tajikistan on 19 January. He was reportedly subjected to torture and other ill-treatment so that he would confess to being involved with terrorism. Such treatment led him to jump out of the third floor window of the police station in ...

Further information on UA 2/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) - SRI LANKAN NATIONAL EXECUTED

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Sri Lankan migrant worker Ravindra Krishna Pillai was executed by firing squad on 21 January in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He had been convicted of murder after an unfair trial.   Migrant worker Ravindra Krishna Pillai, a Sri Lankan national, was executed by firing ...

UA 14/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST FACES PRISON IN RUSSIA

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Yevgeniy Vitishko will be imprisoned for three years if his appeal hearing fails. He did not receive a fair trial and his defence team believe the severity of the charges against him and the resulting sentence were politically motivated.   On 20 December 2013 a court ...

UA 13/14 COLOMBIA - PEASANT FARMER SHOT AT, COMMUNITY AT RISK

  COLOMBIA   An armed man shot at peasant farmer Benjamin Sánchez in El Carpintero, central Colombia. He has been leading a land restitution process for those forcibly displaced from El Carpintero as a result of the armed conflict, and is the latest community member to receive threats or to ...

Further information on UA 2/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - UAE TO EXECUTE SRI LANKAN MIGRANT WORKER

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   A Sri Lankan migrant worker risks being executed by firing squad on 21 January in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He has been transferred to solitary confinement and told that he is scheduled to be executed in the morning. He was convicted of murder following ...

Further information on UA 3/13 SAUDI ARABIA - NEW TRIAL, THOUGH SENTENCE OVERTURNED

  SAUDI ARABIA   Website founder Raif Badawi, jailed in 2013, has had his conviction and sentence overturned on appeal, but could now be tried again. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience.   The Court of Appeal in Jeddah is reviewing the case of Raif Badawi. It referred ...

UA 12/14 COLOMBIA - TWO INDIGENOUS LEADERS KILLED, THIRD AT RISK

  COLOMBIA   Embera Chamí Indigenous leader Flaminio Onogama Gutiérrez is at risk following the killing of his two nephews, who were also Indigenous leaders, in south-western Colombia.   On 1 January Berlain Saigama Gutiérrez and Jhon Braulio Saigama, Embera Chamí leaders who were living in the Indigenous community of ...

Further information on UA 10/14 THE GAMBIA - TWO GAMBIAN JOURNALISTS RELEASED ON BAIL

  THE GAMBIA   Musa Sheriff and Sainey M.K. Marenah were released on bail on 16 January. If convicted, they would face sentences of up to two years in prison. They have been targeted for their work as journalists and for the legitimate exercise of their right to freedom of ...

Further information on UA 3/14 BAHRAIN - DOUBTS ABOUT TORTURE INVESTIGATION

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini photojournalist Ahmad Fardan was released on bail on 9 January pending investigation on a new charge of “involvement in a Molotov cocktail attack on police in December”. He has said that he was tortured.   Ahmad Fardan was released on bail from Dry Dock prison in ...

UA 10/14 THE GAMBIA - TWO GAMBIAN JOURNALISTS UNLAWFULLY DETAINED

  THE GAMBIA   Journalists Musa Sheriff and Sainey M.K. Marenah have been in detention since 13 January. They have been charged with “giving false information to a public officer” following an article published in the privately-owned newspaper The Voice. They are prisoners of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising ...

UA 11/14 SUDAN - SUDANESE STUDENT AT RISK OF TORTURE

  SUDAN   Tajeldin Ahmed Arja has been detained incommunicado since 24 December 2013. He was arrested by the presidential security guards after openly criticizing both the Chadian and Sudanese presidents during a conference. He is at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Tajeldin Ahmed Arja, a 26-year-old ...

Further information on UA 318/13 BAHRAIN - ACTIVIST FREED ON BAIL TO AWAIT UNFAIR TRIAL

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights activist Hussain Jawad was released on bail on 9 January, but is still facing trial on charges that relate solely to his exercise of his right to freedom of expression.   Hussain Jawad, Chairman of the European-Bahraini organization for Human Rights (EBOHR), was released ...

Further information on UA 328/13 EGYPT - FIRST JAILINGS UNDER NEW PROTEST LAW

  EGYPT   Activists Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel, and blogger Ahmed Douma, are facing three years in prison for breaking Egypt’s repressive new protest law. Two of the men are prisoners of conscience. The men do not have access to their lawyers or families.   The Abdeen Misdemeanour Court ...

UA 9/14 IRAN - IRANIAN STUDENT HELD FOR PEACEFUL ACTIVISM

  IRAN   Banned student activist Maryam Shafi’ Pour has been detained for over five months on charges apparently related to her peaceful political activism.   Student activist Maryam Shafi’ Pour, who has been banned from pursuing higher education, has been detained since 27 July 2013. She spent over two ...

Further information on UA 296/09 SINGAPORE - DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED IN SINGAPORE

  SINGAPORE   In a landmark ruling in Singapore, the death sentence of Malaysian man Yong Vui Kong was commuted to life imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane in November 2013. Yong Vui Kong had been on death row for over five years on drug charges.   Yong Vui ...

UA 8/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - WIFE OF ACTIVIST MISSING AFTER ARREST

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   The wife of activist Mohamed Saqer al-Zaabi, one of the men unfairly tried in the “UAE 94” mass trial, was arrested at a checkpoint along the border with Oman in the morning of 10 January in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Her whereabouts are unknown ...

Further information on UA 301/13 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - QATARI DOCTOR HARASSED IN UAE PRISON

      UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Qatari medical doctor Mahmoud al-Jaidah, who is facing an unfair trial in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been ill-treated in prison. He is repeatedly strip-searched when he is taken back to prison from court in an apparent attempt to humiliate him and ...

Further information on UA 293/13 IRAN - JAILED BLOGGER’S HEALTH WORSENING

  IRAN   The health of jailed Iranian blogger Mohammad Reza Pourshajari, a prisoner of conscience, is worsening. He is in urgent need of specialized medical treatment.   Mohammad Reza Pourshajari, aged 53, was taken to the medical facility of Ghezal Hesar Prison on 4 January when he was suddenly ...

UA 7/14 HONDURAS - SEX WORKERS TARGETED AND KILLED IN HONDURAS

  HONDURAS   A transgender sex worker was found dead in San Pedro Sula, northern Honduras on 7 January. Nine killings of sex workers have occurred in the city since early December. Exhaustive investigations into these attacks are urgently needed.   On the evening of 7 January, Marco Noé López ...

Further information on UA 237/12 INDONESIA - PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE AT RISK OF TORTURE

  INDONESIA   Malukan prisoners of conscience, Johan Teterissa and Johni Sinay, have been ill-treated by security personnel in Batu prison, Central Java. Both men are now at risk of further ill-treatment.   On 31 December 2013, police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) and military personnel from the 0703 district military command ...

UA 5/14 BAHRAIN - STUDENT ARRESTED, TORTURED

  BAHRAIN   Ahmad Mshaima’, the son of one of the 13 jailed opposition activists, was arrested on 28 December on the Bahrain border with Saudi Arabia. He is accused of participating in demonstrations in February 2013. The Public Prosecution ordered his detention for 30 days pending investigation.   Ahmad ...

Further information on UA 332/13 EGYPT - EGYPTIAN SCHOOL BOY RELEASED ON BAIL

  EGYPT   High-school student Khaled Mohamed Bakara was released on bail of LE500 (US$72) by the Public Prosecution on 22 December 2013, his lawyer has told Amnesty International.   While Khaled Mohamed Bakara was granted bail, the Public Prosecution is continuing a criminal investigation into accusations that the 15-year-old ...

Further information on UA 321/13 USA - FLORIDA CONDUCTS FIRST US EXECUTION OF 2014

  USA   Askari Abdullah Muhammad, aged 62, was executed on 7 January for a prison murder committed in 1980. He had a long history of serious mental illness, including diagnoses of paranoid schizophrenia. He had been on death row for nearly four decades.   Askari Abdullah Muhammad, formerly known ...

UA 4/14 CHINA - TIBETAN MONK AND SUPPORTERS DETAINED IN CHINA

  CHINA   Prominent Tibetan monk, Karma Tsewang, was detained on 6 December in Chengdu, south-west China, on suspicion of “endangering state security”. Sixteen of his supporters were also detained after they demanded his release. They have not been allowed access to lawyers and are at risk of torture.   ...

UA 6/14 BELARUS - MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN BELARUS

  BELARUS   A 53 year-old man, Eduard Lykau, was sentenced to death on 26 November, but the information was only released almost a month later. He was the fourth person to receive the death sentence in 2013.   Eduard Lykau was sentenced to death by Minsk Regional court for ...

Further information on UA 258/13 IRAN - IRANIAN HUNGER STRIKERS' HEALTH FAILING

  IRAN   Hunger striking Sunni men from Iran’s Kurdish minority are in grave danger as their health deteriorates after 64 days on hunger strike. They have been on hunger strike in protest at their death sentences and the conditions in which they are held.   Jamshid Dehghani, his younger ...

UA 3/14 BAHRAIN - PHOTOJOURNALIST ARRESTED AND TORTURED

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini photojournalist Ahmad Fardan was arrested at his home on 26 December 2013. He was brought before the Prosecution on 1 January, who ordered his detention for 45 days on a charge of “intending to participate in gatherings”. He was tortured during interrogation.   Ahmad Fardan, a ...

Further information on UA 344/13 BAHRAIN - CHILDREN RELEASED ON BAIL IN BAHRAIN

  BAHRAIN   Two young Bahraini cousins were released on bail on 26 December 2013.   The Juvenile Prosecution ordered on 26 December that 13-year-old cousins Sayed Tameem Majed Ahmad Majed and Sayed Hashim Alwai Ahmad Majed should be released on bail. Both are still facing charges of “illegal gathering” ...

Further information on UA 337/13 BULGARIA - REFUGEES CONTINUE TO ENDURE BAD CONDITIONS

  BULGARIA   Following intense criticism of the authorities in Bulgaria for failing to adequately respond to the needs of refugees and migrants crossing the Bulgarian-Turkish border, there have been some improvements in the living conditions. Despite this, refugees and migrants in Bulgaria, many of whom are fleeing the Syrian ...

UA 2/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FIVE MEN AT IMMINENT RISK OF EXECUTION

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Five migrant workers on death row in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are facing execution by firing squad on 12 January. At least one of the men did not receive a fair trial.   In December 2013 death row prisoners, Abdullah Ahmad Muhammad, Ateek Ashraf, ...

UA 1/14 IRAQ - THREE IRANIAN MEN KILLED, MORE INJURED

  IRAQ   Three Iranian exiles were killed and at least 70 others, all members of the People’s Mojahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI), were wounded on 26 December 2013 when Camp Liberty in Baghdad was attacked with rockets and mortars.   On the night of the 26 December three men, ...

Further information on UA 203/10 SYRIA - STUDENT STILL DETAINED DESPITE RELEASE ORDER

  SYRIA   A court ordered the release of Syrian student blogger Tal al-Mallohi on 23 October, but instead she was transferred from prison into the custody of Syrian State Security in Damascus, where she is still believed to be held. She is being held incommunicado, putting her at risk ...

UA 347/13 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NEW TRIAL MARRED BY HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Twenty Egyptian and 10 UAE nationals, including at least three prisoners of conscience, face long prison sentences in a new mass trial whose latest session took place on 17 December. Those detained have apparently not been allowed to see a lawyer. Their verdict is due ...

UA 348/13 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - SON OF DETAINED MAN ABDUCTED OUTSIDE COURT

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Qatari national Abdulrahman al-Jaidah was beaten and abducted by unidentified men on 23 December outside the Federal Supreme Court of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where his father is on trial in a case marred by torture allegations. Abdulrahman al-Jaidah’s whereabouts are unknown and ...

UA 346/13 UGANDA - ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL PASSED IN PARLIAMENT

  UGANDA   The Ugandan Parliament has passed a bill which entrenches discrimination and hatred against lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex people. The Bill is now with the President who can veto the Bill or ask Parliament to reconsider specific provisions.   The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was tabled and passed ...

UA 343/13 BAHRAIN - CHILDREN DETAINED FOR ‘RIOTING’

  BAHRAIN   Two Bahraini boys, Jehad Nabeel al-Samee’ and ‘Abdullah Yousif al-Bahraini, are being held in a juvenile detention centre for investigation. They were brought before the Juvenile Prosecution on 18 December, accused of “attacking a police patrol with stones” and “illegal gathering and rioting”.   The two boys, ...

UA 345/13 PAKISTAN - ELDERLY MAN IMPRISONED FOR READING QU’RAN

  PAKISTAN   A British man of the Ahmadi sect has been imprisoned in Pakistan for reciting a passage from the Qu’ran, a prohibited act for Ahmadis under the country’s blasphemy laws.   Masud Ahmad, a homeopathic practitioner, aged 72, was arrested at his pharmacy in Lahore on 25 November ...

Further information on UA 307/13 SAUDI ARABIA - COURT ORDERS HALT TO EXECUTION

  SAUDI ARABIA   The Supreme Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has ordered a halt to the execution of a Saudi Arabian man sentenced to death after an unfair trial.   Mabruk bin Ali al-Sai'ari was due to be executed on 19 December. The Supreme Court ordered a halt to ...

UA 341/13 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) - POLITICAL ACTIVIST DETAINED, HEALTH AT RISK

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   United Arab Emirates (UAE) national Obaid Yousef al-Zaabi has been detained after giving an interview to CNN on 11 December. He had been arrested and charged earlier in the year after tweeting about human rights issues in the country. His whereabouts are unknown and his ...

UA 342/13 IRAQ - TWO COUSINS NEAR EXECUTION AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL

  IRAQ   Two cousins, Bara' Ibrahim Muhammad and Taysir Jassim Muhammad, are at imminent risk of execution in Iraq. They were sentenced to death after an unfair trial on 8 August 2010.   Bara' Ibrahim Muhammad and Taysir Jassim Muhammad are among a group of 11 people convicted in ...

Further information on UA 196/13 EGYPT - THREE AIDES MOVED TO UNKNOWN LOCATION

  EGYPT   Three of Mohamed Morsi's aides were taken from the military facility they were held in to an unknown location on the evening of 17 December. Two other aides, Essam al-Haddad and Ayman Ali, are still held incommunicado. All five have been arbitrarily detained since 3 July in ...

UA 339/13 COLOMBIA - ACTIVIST KILLED, OTHER MEMBERS AT RISK

  COLOMBIA   On 17 December armed people were looking for peasant farmer leader Olga Lucía Quintero at her home in Cúcuta, north-eastern Colombia. Another peasant farmer from the same organisation had been found dead on 2 December.   On 2 December Jorge Eliécer Calderón, peasant farmer and member of ...

Further information on UA 192/13 SPAIN - KAZAKHSTANI MAN RISKS TORTURE IF EXTRADITED

  SPAIN   The Spanish Council of Ministers is due to take a decision on the extradition request by Kazakhstan regarding asylum-seeker Aleksandr Pavlov. Credible evidence indicates that Aleksandr Pavlov, an associate of Kazakhstani opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, would risk torture if returned to Kazakhstan. The Spanish Council of Ministers ...

Further information on UA 331/13 TURKEY - ROMA FAMILIES TO RECEIVE WINTER AID

  TURKEY   Officials from the Prefecture have informed the Roma families that they will receive fuel for heating and other funding during the winter period. In addition, the Mayor of Pendik has stated that they do not have jurisdiction over the area where the families are currently located and ...

Further information on UA 327/13 HAITI - 200 FAMILIES EVICTED, MORE AT IMMINENT RISK

  HAITI   Around 200 families have been forcibly evicted from their homes in an informal settlement in the area of Titanyen on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. Hundreds of other families living in nearby areas are facing a similar threat. Many of them are victims of ...

UA 338/13 USA - MEXICAN NATIONAL FACING EXECUTION IN TEXAS

  USA   A 46-year-old Mexican national is due to be executed in Texas on 22 January in violation of international law. He was denied his consular rights after arrest and he has not received the judicial review of this issue ordered by the International Court of Justice.   Edgar ...

UA 337/13 BULGARIA - REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS AT RISK IN BULGARIA

    BULGARIA   The Bulgarian authorities are failing to adequately respond to the needs of the increasing number of refugees and migrants crossing the Bulgarian-Turkish border, many of whom are fleeing the Syrian armed conflict. The asylum-seekers in Bulgaria are exposed to substandard living conditions characterized by overcrowding and ...

UA 336/13 CHINA - DEMAND RELEASE OF CHINESE ACTIVIST

  CHINA   Veteran activist Zhang Lin is at risk of being sentenced to five years in prison as a result of his peaceful activism defending his daughter’s right to education. It is believed that he has been targeted due to his association with the “New Citizens’ Movement”. His trial ...

Further information on UA 330/13 BANGLADESH - OPPOSITION MEMBER EXECUTED IN BANGLADESH

  BANGLADESH   Abdul Quader Mollah, a senior member of Bangladeshi opposition political party Jamaat-e-Islami was executed on 12 December. The Supreme Court had sentenced him to death for crimes against humanity. Abdul Quader Mollah was executed shortly after the Supreme Court rejected an application for a review of his ...

Further information on UA 296/13 IRAN - JAILED JOURNALIST BROTHERS SENTENCED

  IRAN   Brothers Khosro and Masoud Kordpour, both journalists from Iran’s Kurdish minority, were sentenced on 10 November to prison terms of respectively six years and three-and-a-half years. On 10 December Masoud Korpour wrote an open letter to the Iranian authorities demanding his and his brother’s release.   On ...

Further information on UA 325/13 UKRAINE - DETAINED PROTESTERS RELEASED ON BAIL

  UKRAINE   Six of the nine street protesters unfairly detained in Ukraine have been released under bail conditions or house arrest. Two have confessed to participation in mass disorder, have been fined and released and one remains in detention.   On 11 December the Kyiv Appeal Court released Gennadiy ...

Further information on UA 318/13 BAHRAIN - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE’S DETENTION EXTENDED

  BAHRAIN   The detention of Bahraini human rights activist Hussain Jawad was extended by 30 days by the Public Prosecutor on 10 December following investigation of new charges against him including “insulting the king” and “criticizing a national institution”.   Hussain Jawad, aged 26, who is the chairman of ...

UA 335/13 AZERBAIJAN - DETAINED JOURNALIST ALLEGES TORTURE

  AZERBAIJAN   Detained journalist Parviz Hashimli has been tortured, but his complaints remain ignored by the court.   On 13 December hearing took place at Sabail District Court to assess Parviz Hashimli’s application for a transfer from the Ministry of National Security (MNS) Investigative Detention Centre to the Baku ...

UA 333/13 SYRIA - TWO STUDENTS INCOMMUNICADO, HEALTH AT RISK

  SYRIA   Two Syrian students, Marwa and her brother Mohamed Tuffaha, have been held incommunicado at an unknown location for over two months in conditions that amount to enforced disappearance. Both require regular medication.   Marwa Tuffaha was arrested on 2 October at her family's house in the Roukn ...

Further information on UA 263/12 USA - KIMBERLY RIVERA RELEASED FROM PRISON

  USA   Prisoner of conscience Kimberly Rivera has been released from prison.   Kimberly Rivera was granted early release from her 10 month prison sentence on 12 December, 18 days after giving birth to her fifth child.   Kimberly Rivera was arrested and detained by US military authorities in ...

Further information on UA 95/13 BANGLADESH - NO TORTURE RISK FOR NEWSPAPER EDITOR

  BANGLADESH   Bangladeshi newspaper editor Mahmudur Rahman was transferred from police custody back to jail custody in the capital Dhaka on 8 December. He is not currently at risk of torture.   After having been transferred from jail to Tejgaon police station in the capital, Dhaka, on 4 December, ...

UA 332/13 EGYPT - SCHOOLBOY DETAINED, AS SUPPORTS EX-PRESIDENT

  EGYPT   High-school student Khaled Mohamed Bakara was arrested on 25 November at his school, after his teachers found he was using stationery with a symbol supporting Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression. ...

UA 334/13 ECUADOR - FEAR FOR SAFETY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS

  ECUADOR   There are growing concerns for the safety of Carlos Zorrilla, an environmental activist in Ecuador, and others who have protested against development projects in the northern region of Intag. These concerns come after Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa repeatedly attacked their activities during his weekly addresses to the ...

Further information on UA 258/13 IRAN - DEATH ROW KURDS ON HUNGER STRIKE

  IRAN   Six Sunni men from Iran's Kurdish minority have been on hunger strike since 4 November, in protest at their death sentences and the conditions they are held in. All have been suffering health problems as a result.   Jamshid Dehghani, his younger brother Jahangir Dehghani, Hamed Ahmadi, ...

Further information on UA 10/13 LAOS - FEARS GROW FOR LAO CIVIL SOCIETY LEADER

  LAOS   The failure of the Lao authorities to thoroughly investigate the enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone has increased fears for his fate and well-being. The 62-year-old Lao civil society leader was abducted at a police post in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, almost one year ago. He needs ...

UA 330/13 BANGLADESH - IMMINENT EXECUTION: OPPOSITION PARTY MEMBER

  BANGLADESH   Abdul Quader Mollah, a senior member of a Bangladeshi opposition political party, is at imminent risk of execution after a warrant for his execution was issued on 5 December. The Supreme Court had sentenced him to death for crimes against humanity. His family have reportedly been summoned ...

UA 328/13 IRAN - JAILED ACTIVIST ILL AND IN NEED OF MEDICAL CARE

  IRAN   Iranian political activist Hootan Dolati has been repeatedly denied medical treatment by the clinic in Tehran's Evin Prison. He has been on hunger strike since 28 November, in protest at being denied medical care for his chronic heart condition.   Hootan Dolati, aged 37, suffers from a ...

UA 329/13 HONDURAS - HONDURAN JOURNALIST SHOT AND KILLED

  HONDURAS   On 7 December Honduran journalist Juan Carlos Argeñal was shot and killed by two unidentified men in his house. Honduras is an extremely dangerous country for journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders to carry out their work. A full and impartial investigation is urgently needed.   At ...

Further information on UA 137/12 IRAN - AHWAZI ARAB TEACHERS NEARING EXECUTION?

  IRAN   Imprisoned teachers Hadi Rashedi and Hashem Sha'bani Amouri, both members of Iran's Ahwazi Arab minority, have been transferred to an unknown location, which suggests their executions may be imminent.   Hadi Rashedi and Hashem Sha'bani Amouri were transferred on 7 December to an unknown location from Karoun ...

UA 327/13 HAITI - FAMILIES FORCIBLY EVICTED, 100 MORE AT RISK

  HAITI   Around 60 families have been forcibly evicted from their homes in an informal settlement in the area of Titanyen on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. A further 100 families face a similar threat. Many of them are victims of the January 2010 earthquake who ...

Further information on UA 280/13 IRAN - FOUR AHWAZI ARAB MEN EXECUTED IN IRAN

  IRAN   Ghazi Abbasi and three other men, Abdul-Reza Amir-Khanafereh, Abdul-Amir Mojaddami and Jasim Moghaddam Payam, have been executed. All were members of Iran's Ahwazi Arab minority.   The four men had been transferred to an unknown location on 3 November, from Karoun Prison, in the south-western province of ...

Further information on UA 322/13 EGYPT - TWO PROTESTERS LEFT IN CUSTODY, OTHERS FREED

  EGYPT   The South Cairo Criminal Court has ordered the release of all but one of the prisoners of conscience held since the peaceful protest in front of the Shura Council. Prosecutors are also still detaining well-known activist Alaa Abdel Fattah in connection with the protest.   The South ...

UA 324/13 EGYPT - EGYPTIAN ACTIVISTS FACE TRIAL FOR PROTESTING

  EGYPT   Three Egyptian activists are facing trial for taking part in a protest on 30 November 2013. The charges against them may arise solely from their opposition activism. Two of the activists, Ahmed Maher and Ahmed Douma, are in detention pending trial.   On 4 December the Public ...

UA 326/13 ECUADOR - ECUADORIAN POLICE SHUT DOWN NGO

  ECUADOR   Police officers closed the offices of Fundación Pachamama, an Ecuadorian NGO working on Indigenous Peoples and environmental rights. The closure order alleged that the organization was interfering in public policies and threatening the security of the state. The organization has denied any involvement in violent acts. Other ...

Further information on UA 214/11 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - FEAR FOR SAFTEY OF TAJIKISTANI ASYLUM SEEKER

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   On 3 December Tajikistani asylum seeker Ismon Azimov was abducted from the Centre for temporary placement of immigrants in the Russian region of Tver. It is feared that he could have been illegally transferred to Tajikistan where he will be at risk of torture and an ...

Further information on UA 263/12 USA - KIMBERLY RIVERA GIVES BIRTH BUT STAYS IN PRISON

  USA   Prisoner of conscience Kimberly Rivera has had her clemency request rejected, though she has recently given birth.   Kimberly Rivera gave birth to a son, Matthew Kaden Rivera, on 25 November. Two days later, she was separated from him when she was returned to prison from hospital ...

Further information on UA 325/13 UKRAINE - DETENTION OF PROTESTERS UNFAIRLY AUTHORISED

  UKRAINE   Of the nine street protesters unfairly detained in Ukraine, seven have had to be hospitalised. As soon as they are discharged from hospital they will be returned to the pre-trial detention centre.   Protesters Yaroslav Pritulenko and Yuriy Bolotov are being held in a pre-trial detention centre. ...

Further information on UA 313/13 YEMEN - KHALED AL-JUNAIDI RELEASED

  YEMEN   Khaled al-Junaidi, a southern Yemeni political activist, was released without charge on 27 November. He had been detained since 6 November, possibly as a result of his peaceful political activism.   Khaled al-Junaidi had been arrested on 6 November in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. He ...

Further information on UA 95/13 BANGLADESH - NEWSPAPER EDITOR FACES TORTURE

  BANGLADESH   Bangladeshi newspaper editor Mahmudur Rahman was transferred from jail custody to police custody in the capital Dhaka on 4 December, putting him at risk of torture. Credible allegations that he was tortured in police custody in April heighten the fear that he might be tortured now.   ...

UA 325/13 UKRAINE - PROTESTORS UNFAIRLY DETAINED

  UKRAINE   Nine street protestors have been detained in Ukraine and are facing eight-year prison sentences. One is in urgent need of medical care.   Violent clashes erupted between riot police (Berkut) and demonstrators on 1 December in the capital, Kyiv, on Bankova Street, outside the presidential administration building. ...

Further information on UA 309/13 SUDAN - CHARGES FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOUR DROPPED

  SUDAN   Charges against Najlaa Mohammed Ali and Amin Senada were dropped on 2 December. The two activists had been at risk of imprisonment or flogging for ‘indecent behaviour’.   On 4 December in court in Port Sudan Najlaa Mohammed Ali and Amin Senada learned that the charges against ...

UA 317/13 IRAQ - CONFESSES UNDER TORTURE, FACING EXECUTION

  IRAQ   Khaled Khalifa Mahmud, a 36-year-old Iraqi man who was sentenced to death in October 2009 after an unfair trial, is at imminent risk of execution in Iraq. His contested "confession", allegedly obtained under torture, was admitted as evidence against him. His conviction was upheld by the Court ...

UA 323/13 VENEZUELA - OPPOSITION CANDIDATE SHOT AND KILLED

  VENEZUELA   An opposition party candidate in the forthcoming municipal elections in Venezuela has been shot and killed. Concerns about violence in the context of the elections remain.   José Chirinos, councillor candidate for the municipality of Baralt, Zulia state in eastern Venezuela, was shot and killed on 26 ...

Further information on UA 113/12 IRAN - HAMID GHASSEMI-SHALL RELEASED

  IRAN   Canadian-Iranian national Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, who had been sentenced to death in Iran in 2008, was released on 23 September after spending over five years in prison. He returned home to Toronto, Canada, on 10 October and was reunited with his wife.   Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, co-owner of a ...

Further information on UA 222/13 MEXICO - BODY OF DISAPPEARED MAN FOUND IN MEXICO

  MEXICO   Armando del Bosque Villarreal, a Mexican man who was forcibly disappeared by marines on 3 August, was found dead on 3 October. The authorities had failed to take any urgent and meaningful steps to establish his whereabouts or hold to account those responsible for his enforced disappearance ...

Further information on UA 271/13 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - ETHNIC UZBEKS APPEAL AGAINST EXTRADITION

RUSSIAN FEDERATION Two of five asylum-seekers detained in Russia have been freed. However they and three others still detained remain at risk of extradition from Russia to Kyrgyzstan, where they would be at high risk of torture and other ill-treatment. The Supreme Court of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan cancelled ...

Further information on UA 272/13 SUDAN - ADAM SHARIEF RELEASED FROM DETENTION

  SUDAN On 30 October Adam Sharief, lawyer and activist, was released from prison after spending over one month in detention without a charge. Adam Sharief was released from detention in Khartoum on 30 October and flew back to his home in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur State, where ...

Further information on UA 322/13 EGYPT - ACTIVIST BEATEN AND AT RISK OF TORTURE

  EGYPT   In the evening of 28 November Alaa Abdel Fattah, a well-known Egyptian activist, was taken from his home and arrested in connection to the peaceful protest in front of the Shura Council which took place on 26 November.   Upon arrest, Alaa Abdel Fattah was taken to ...

UA 315/13 TAJIKISTAN - OPPOSITION MEMBER ILL-TREATED IN DETENTION

  TAJIKISTAN   A member of the Islamic Renaissance Party has been arbitrarily detained in Tajikistan since 30 October. His family, who still do not have access to him, claim that he has been tortured and ill-treated while in detention, has restricted access to the family’s lawyers and that his ...

UA 322/13 EGYPT - BEATEN AND ARRESTED UNDER NEW PROTEST LAW

  EGYPT   Egyptian security forces arrested and beat dozens of protesters on 26 November in the capital, Cairo. At least 24 are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of assembly and expression. The arrests came two days after Egypt's President approved a repressive ...

Further information on UA 102/10 IRAN - THREE REPRIEVED, TWO STILL AT RISK OF EXECUTION

  IRAN   Abdolreza Ghanbari and two others have had their death sentences commuted or overturned. Father and son Mohsen and Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam, however, are still at risk of execution in Tehran's Evin Prison in Iran. Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam is in poor health and requires medical care.   Teacher ...

UA 321/13 USA - EXECUTION LOOMS AFTER DECADES ON DEATH ROW

  USA   The governor of Florida has signed a death warrant for Askari Abdullah Muhammad, a 62-year-old man originally sentenced to death in 1975 when he was 24 years old. He has a long history of serious mental illness, including diagnoses of paranoid schizophrenia.   Askari Abdullah Muhammad, formerly ...

UA 319/13 USA - FLORIDA DEATH ROW PRISONER SEEKS CLEMENCY

  USA   Frank Walls, a 46-year-old man who has been on death row in Florida for 25 years and has exhausted his ordinary appeals to the courts, is seeking commutation of his death sentence. If clemency is rejected, the governor will sign an execution warrant.   Frank Walls is ...

UA 320/13 HAITI - LGBTI ORGANIZATION’S OFFICE ATTACKED IN HAITI

  HAITI   The office of Haitian LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) rights organization Kouraj was attacked by armed men who assaulted two members of the organization, ransacked the premises and stole sensitive personal information. Kouraj activists are also receiving homophobic telephone threats since then.   The office ...

UA 318/13 BAHRAIN - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST ARRESTED FOR SPEECH

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights activist Hussain Jawad was arrested on 24 November at a police station south of the capital, Manama, while lodging a complaint. He has been accused of "inciting hatred against the regime" in a speech he gave on 12 or 13 November during a rally. ...

UA 316/13 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - PROTESTER’S LIFE IS IN IMMINENT DANGER

    RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Sergey Krivov, a detainee standing trial in a criminal case in Moscow, has been on hunger strike for over two months in protest against violation of his procedural rights.   Sergey Krivov, street protester detained since October 2012, has been on hunger strike since 19 ...

Further information on UA 242/13 IRAQ - ABDUCTED IRANIAN EXILES IN IRAQI CUSTODY

  IRAQ   The seven Iranian exiles abducted on 1 September are now known to be held by the Iraqi security forces at an unofficial detention facility in central Baghdad. They are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and could be forcibly returned to Iran.   According to reliable ...

UA 313/13 YEMEN - POLITICAL ACTIVIST DETAINED IN YEMEN

  YEMEN   Southern Yemeni political activist Khaled al-Junaidi has been held without charge in virtual incommunicado detention since 6 November. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and may have been targeted for his peaceful political activism.   On 6 November, Khaled al-Junaidi, a 41 year-old engineer ...

UA 314/13 EL SALVADOR - HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION’S OFFICE ATTACKED

  EL SALVADOR   The office of human rights organization Pro-Búsqueda in San Salvador was raided on 14 November. Three staff members were held captive while important information was set on fire and computers containing sensitive information on legal cases were stolen.   At around 4:45 am, three armed men ...

UA 312/13 BRAZIL - FAMILIES LEFT HOMELESS, THREATENED BY GUNMEN

  BRAZIL   Sixty families from two rural communities in the state of Maranhão, northeast Brazil, were left homeless and landless after being forcibly evicted by Maranhão police. The community Campo da Bandeira has also been threatened and intimidated by gunmen patrolling the area. Four community leaders have been “marked ...

Further information on UA 236/13 IRAN - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE NEEDS MEDICAL CARE

  IRAN   On 4 November Iranian prisoner of conscience and blogger, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, was taken to a hospital outside prison but transferred back to Tehran’s Evin Prison after three hours. He remains in critical condition and in urgent need of specialized medical care which he cannot receive in ...

Further information on UA 222/11 IRAQ - FIVE IRAQI MEN AT RISK OF IMMINENT EXECUTION

  IRAQ   Five Iraqi men were transferred to a prison in Baghdad, known to carry out executions. They are at imminent risk of execution. They were sentenced to death, along with 19 others, in al-Nasseriya in February 2009.   Several months ago ‘Abbas Sabti Mussa, Hussain ‘Abd Hassan Mansur, ...

UA 311/13 IRAQ - MAN ARBITRARILY HELD AFTER SERVING SENTENCE

  IRAQ   US and Jordanian national, Shawqi Ahmad ‘Omar has been imprisoned since 2004. He should be released immediately as he has served his sentence. He was arrested in Iraq in October 2004, sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment in 2010 which was reduced to seven years. He should have ...

Further information on UA 289/13 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MASS DEPRIVATION OF NATIONALITY UNDERWAY

  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   The Constitutional Court ruling which deprives thousands of individuals of foreign descent of their Dominican nationality is being implemented. This has created an increasing nationalist and hostile atmosphere where individuals of Haitian descent are particularly discriminated against and at risk of violence and further violations.   ...

Further information on UA 297/12 IRAQ - MAN AT RISK OF IMMINENT EXECUTION IN IRAQ

  IRAQ   Ahmad ‘Amr ‘Abd al-Qadir Muhammad, a Palestinian man born in Iraq had his application for a retrial rejected on 12 November 2013. He had been sentenced to death in Baghdad in May 2011 under the Anti-Terrrorism Law. He is at imminent risk of execution.   Ahmad ‘Amr ...

Further information on UA 336/12 INDONESIA - SHI’A COMMUNITY AT RISK OF NEW FORCED EVICTION

  INDONESIA   At least 168 people from a Shi’a community in East Java are at risk of being forcibly removed again from their temporary shelter. The community was displaced in August 2012 after a mob attacked their village.   On 10 November, East Java province local government officials led ...

UA 310/13 COLOMBIA - TRADE UNIONIST KILLED, OTHER MEMBERS AT RISK

  COLOMBIA   Trade union member Oscar López Triviño was killed on 9 November in Bugalagrande, south-western Colombia. A day earlier, paramilitaries sent a death threat to members of the union to which he belongs. Other members of the union are at risk.   On 9 November a man shot ...

Further information on UA 263/13 MEXICO - ADELA GÓMEZ MARTÍNEZ RELEASED FROM PRISON

  MEXICO   Social activist Adela Gómez Martínez has been released from prison after 64 days in detention. Her partner and fellow activist, Noé Hernández Caballero, remains in custody in El Amate de Cintalapa, Chiapas State, Mexico.   Adela Gómez Martínez was released from prison on 18 October after the ...

UA 309/13 SUDAN - TWO SUDANESE ACTIVISTS AT RISK OF FLOGGING

  SUDAN   On 13 November two activists in Sudan are due to stand trial for ‘indecent behaviour’. They are at risk of imprisonment or flogging.   On 21 October Najlaa Mohammed Ali and Amin Senada were arrested by members of Sudan’s police and security forces who raided their car ...

Further information on UA 192/13 SPAIN - ASYLUM-SEEKER RISKS TORTURE IF EXTRADITED

  SPAIN   The Spanish high court approved a Kazakhstani extradition request regarding Aleksandr Pavlov. This was despite credible evidence that he would risk torture upon return. The power to finally decide on his extradition now rests with the Spanish government.   Aleksandr Pavlov, a 37-year-old asylum seeker in Spain ...

UA 307/13 SAUDI ARABIA - SAUDI MAN FACES EXECUTION AFTER UNFAIR TRIALS

  SAUDI ARABIA   A Saudi Arabian man is at risk of imminent execution after exhausting all his appeals. He was tortured while in detention and sentenced to death twice in unfair trials. He could be executed within a month.   Mabruk bin Ali al-Sai’ari, a 41-year-old Saudi Arabian man ...

Further information on UA 196/13 EGYPT - MORSI TRIAL POSTPONED, LAWYERS DENIED ACCESS

  EGYPT   Mohamed Morsi and three of his aides faced trial on 5 November on charges of murder and incitement, among others. Lawyers for the former president told Amnesty International they were barred from speaking to Mohamed Morsi before the trial, and the authorities only gave them access to ...

UA 306/13 IRAN - JAILED TRADE UNIONIST’S HEALTH AT RISK

  IRAN   Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi, held in Tehran’s Evin Prison, is in urgent need of medical care that he cannot obtain in prison. He is serving a six-year prison sentence. Reza Shahabi is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.   Reza Shahabi ...

Further information on UA 139/11 BAHRAIN - JAILED ACTIVIST NEEDS SPECIALISED MEDICAL CARE

  BAHRAIN   Prisoner of conscience ‘Abdelwahab Hussain, one of the 13 jailed prominent Bahraini opposition activists, needs urgent access to specialised medical treatment. His health condition has deteriorated and his family’s last scheduled visit to the prison was cancelled without explanation.   ‘Abdelwahab Hussain, aged 59, the co-founder and ...

Further information on UA 235/13 BELARUS - OUTSPOKEN PSYCHIATRIST RELEASED

  BELARUS   Psychiatrist Igor Postnov who was forcibly detained and treated in a psychiatric hospital following his outspoken criticism of the health care system in Belarus, has been allowed to go home.   Igor Postnov was discharged from Vitebsk Regional Psychiatric hospital on 30 September, so that he could ...

UA 305/13 CHINA - FEARS FOR FAMILY OF DEAD ACTIVIST

  CHINA   The son and mother of a Shanghai petitioner, Shen Yong, are under tight surveillance after Shen Yong was allegedly beaten to death by police in China. They are both at risk of torture and ill-treatment.   Neighbours told Shen Yaming, Shen Yong's son, that the police took ...

Further information on UA 263/12 USA - WAR OBJECTOR REQUESTS SENTENCE REDUCTION

  USA Pregnant USA prisoner of conscience, Kimberly Rivera, is requesting a reduction of her prison sentence. She received a prison sentence for deserting the US army while deployed in Iraq because she felt morally unable to take part in the conflict.   Former Private First Class Kimberly Rivera is ...

Further information on UA 103/13 COLOMBIA - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS RECEIVE DEATH THREAT

  COLOMBIA   Paramilitaries sent a death threat to several human rights organizations and a trade union in Barranquilla, Northern Colombia. Among those threatened are families from El Tamarindo, who are also under threat of eviction from their farm.   On 30 October the Rastrojos Urban Commands Barranquilla (Rastrojos – ...

Further information on UA 206/13 BAHRAIN - HEALTH OF DETAINED PHOTOGRAPHER WORSENING

  BAHRAIN   Photographer Hussain Hubail’s case has been referred for trial on charges including using social media networks to incite hatred of the regime. He suffers from a heart condition and has been frequently losing consciousness.   Hussain Hubail was taken to the Public Prosecution Office on 31 October ...

UA 304/13 MEXICO - ACTIVIST INTIMIDATED BY POLICE

  MEXICO   Heavily-armed police officers surrounded the house of a Mexican woman whose brother has been disappeared since 2009. She and her family are campaigning for truth and justice and believe this intimidation is intended to deter her from organizing a march in his name.   According to Brenda ...

Further information on UA 213/13 MYANMAR - MYANMAR ACTIVIST FACING LONG PRISON SENTENCE

  MYANMAR   Human rights defender Kyaw Hla Aung remains arbitrarily detained in Myanmar over three months after he was arrested in connection with his peaceful activities. He has been charged with multiple offences and is facing a lengthy prison sentence. There are serious concerns regarding his lack of access ...

UA 302/13 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - FEAR FOR SAFTEY OF “MISSING” PUSSY RIOT MEMBER

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, imprisoned member of punk group Pussy Riot was reportedly put into a car on the 22 October, apparently to be transferred to another penal colony. Her whereabouts remain unknown. There are serious concerns regarding her safety and wellbeing.   Russian law only obliges the ...

UA 301/13 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - QATARI DOCTOR TORTURED AND DETAINED 248 DAYS

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Qatari medical doctor, Mahmood al-Jaidah, was arrested by plain clothes United Arab Emirates (UAE) security officials while in transit at Dubai International Airport on 26 February 2013. Held in solitary confinement for 210 days, he told his family in sporadic visits that he had been ...

Further information on UA 282/13 CHINA - CHINESE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER ARRESTED

  China   Human rights defender Cao Shunli was formally arrested on charges of "picking quarrels and making trouble" on 21 October. She is in poor health and is not receiving the medical treatment she requires during detention.   Cao Shunli was taken away from Beijing Capital International Airport on ...

UA 300/13 EGYPT - FATHER OF MORSI’S AIDE ARRESTED

Egypt   Egyptian armed security forces arrested 67-year-old Adly al-Qazzaz at his home in Cairo, at 3 am on 24 October. A State Security Prosecutor is investigating accusations that he belongs to a “banned group”. Amnesty International is concerned that Adly al-Qazzaz, who is in poor health, was arrested because ...

UA 299/13 SYRIA - WRITER GOES MISSING, FEARED ARRESTED

Syria     Syrian writer Jihad As’ad Mohamed has not been heard from since 10 August, when he is most likely to have been arrested on his way to visit his family in the Damascus suburb of Dummar.   According to a close friend of his, living abroad, Jihad As’ad ...

Further information on UA 276/13 ISRAEL/OPT - ANAS BARGHOUTI FREED ON BAIL, FACING TRIAL

Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories   Prisoner of conscience Anas Barghouti was released on bail on 23 October, on the orders of a military judge, on the grounds that confessions from other detainees submitted as evidence against him failed to prove he was a security threat. He is facing ...

Further information on UA 283/13 USA - ABDUCTED LIBYAN HELD IN INHUMANE CONDITIONS

USA     A Libyan man seized by US forces in Libya on 5 October was detained following a US federal court hearing on 15 October. He is not facing the death penalty, as previously feared, however concerns remain about the inhumane conditions in which he is held.   A ...

UA 298/13 SYRIA - WOMEN, CHILDREN HELD HOSTAGE IN SYRIA

Syria   At least two armed opposition groups are holding hostage at least 105 civilians, who were reported recently to have been split between three locations in northern Syria. The hostages, mainly women and children, are at risk of being tortured or killed.   At least 41 women, 56 children, ...

UA 297/13 MEXICO - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER SHOT AT, RISK REMAINS

Mexico   A human rights defender survived an attempted shooting on 16 October in San Felipe del Agua, Oaxaca State, Mexico. There is grave fear for his security and that of his family.   Leader of the Organization of Indigenous Zapotec People (Organización de los Pueblos Indígenas Zapotecos, OPIZ), Juan ...

UA 296/13 IRAN - JOURNALIST BROTHERS DETAINED

Iran   Brothers Khosro and Masoud Kordpour, both journalists and from Iran’s Kurdish minority, were arrested in March 2013 and later charged with vaguely worded national security offences. They are currently held in Mahabad Central Prison. Their last court hearing is due to be held on 28 October.   Khosro ...

UA 293/13 IRAN - JAILED BLOGGER DENIED ADEQUATE MEDICAL CARE

Iran     Iranian blogger Mohammad Reza Pourshajari, also known by his pen name of Siamak Mehr, is in urgent need of medical care that he cannot obtain in prison. He is serving a four-year sentence in Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran.   Mohammad Reza Pourshajari, aged ...

Further information on UA 319/12 QATAR - CONVICTION OF QATARI POET UPHELD

Qatar   Qatar's highest court has upheld the conviction and 15-year prison sentence of a poet whose poetry was deemed offensive to the state and its ruler. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.   On 20 October Qatar's Court of ...

Further information on UA 243/13 CHINA - HOUSES DEMOLISHED WITHOUT WARNING IN BEIJING

  China   Two houses in Bagou village in the Haidian District of Beijing were destroyed by bulldozers on 22 October without advance notice to residents. An official warned the remaining residents that their houses will be demolished by 26 November 2013.   Over 200 people including from Haidian District ...

UA 294/13 MEXICO - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER AND FAMILY THREATENED

  Mexico   Malú García Andrade received two threatening phone calls while she was working in Mexico City, Mexico. The caller has threatened to take reprisal actions against her family. Human rights defender Malú García Andrade received two anonymous phone calls on 17 October while carrying out advocacy activities in ...

UA 295/13 CZECH REPUBLIC - WOMAN FACES TORTURE IF EXTRADITED

Czech Republic   Tatiana Paraskevich is detained in the Czech Republic and in imminent danger of extradition to Ukraine or Russia. If forcibly returned to either country, she will likely be transferred to Kazakhstan and at risk of torture and other ill-treatment, and unfair trial due to her links with ...

UA 292/13 COLOMBIA - INDIGENOUS ACTIVISTS THREATENED

  Colombia   There are reports that the Colombian security forces are using excessive force against Indigenous Peoples protesting in several parts of the country, while paramilitaries directly threaten Indigenous leaders and organizations.   Thousands of Indigenous people in Colombia have been demonstrating for respect of their human rights since ...

UA 289/13 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - RISK OF MASS DEPRIVATION OF NATIONALITY

  Dominican Republic     Hundreds of thousands of individuals of foreign, mostly Haitian, descent in the Dominican Republic are at risk of being deprived of their Dominican nationality and becoming stateless following a recent ruling by the Constitutional Court.   The Dominican Constitutional Court (Tribunal Constitucional) confirmed a decision ...

UA 291/13 HAITI - HUNDREDS FACE VIOLENT FORCED EVICTION

Haiti   Hundreds of people left homeless after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti are the victims of an ongoing violent campaign involving police officers to forcibly evict them from their makeshift shelters.   Residents of the Lanmè Frape area of Canaan, an informal settlement in the municipality of Cabaret, ...

UA 290/13 SYRIA - POLITICAL ACTIVIST VANISHES, NEEDS MEDICAL HELP

Syria     Syrian political activist Fa’eq ‘Ali Asa’d has not been seen since 7 October, when he is believed to have been arrested in Damascus. He suffers from kidney problems and it is not clear whether he has access to medical attention.   A local contact has told Amnesty ...

Further information on UA 248/13 EGYPT - CANADIANS RELEASED FROM EGYPTIAN PRISON

  EGYPT   Canadian nationals Tarek Loubani and John Greyson were released on 5 October. They had spent 50 days in detention.   Tarek Loubani and John Greyson were released from Tora Prison on 5 October. They wanted to fly to Canada the next day, but the Cairo International Airport ...

UA 288/13 CUBA - ACTIVISTS RECEIVE DEATH THREATS IN CUBA

  CUBA   The head of a Cuban human rights organization and his wife, also an activist, have received death threats from government supporters.   Juan Carlos González Leiva, the President of the Cuban Council of Human Rights Rapporteurs (Consejo de Relatores de Derechos Humanos de Cuba, CRDHC) and his ...

UA 287/13 MEXICO - COMMUNITY MEMBERS THREATENED

  MEXICO   Two residents have been threatened in the Democratic Civic Union of Neighbourhoods and Communities Neighbourhood (Colonia Unión Cívica Democrática de Barrios Colonias y Comunidades, UCIDEBAAC), Pinotepa Nacional Municipality, Oaxaca State. This event follows a repeated pattern of threats and intimidation.   UCIDEBACC community residents Tobías Alonso Sánchez ...

Further information on UA 251/13 BAHRAIN - PREGNANT WOMAN RELEASED ON BAIL

  BAHRAIN   Nadia ‘Ali Yousef Saleh, a 37-year-old pregnant woman, was released on bail on 2 October from a women’s detention centre in ‘Issa Town in central Bahrain. The High Criminal Court has scheduled a hearing into her case for 31 October.   Branch 4 of the High Criminal ...

Further information on UA 210/13 EQUATORIAL GUINEA - POLITICAL ACTIVIST RELEASED FROM DETENTION

  EQUATORIAL GUINEA   Political activist Clara Nsegue Eyí was released from detention on 9 October. She had been held without charge or trial in the Gendarmerie (a police station) in the town of Mongomo, north-eastern Equatorial Guinea, since 26 June. During her detention she did not receive medical treatment ...

Further information on UA 214/13 PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY - JUVENILE OFFENDER EXECUTED IN GAZA

  PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY   The Hamas de facto administration executed Hani Abu Alian on 2 October at the Jawazat police compound in Gaza City, despite serious concerns about the fairness of his trial, including allegations he was tortured to “confess”. He was under 18 at the time of one of ...

UA 286/13 CHINA - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER AT RISK OF TORTURE

  CHINA   Yang Maodong, better known by his pen-name Guo Feixiong, a human rights defender based in Guangdong province on the South China Sea coast, has been arbitrary detained for more than 65 days. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Human rights defender Guo Feixiong ...

UA 284/13 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - PROTESTOR SENT TO MENTAL INSTITUTION

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   A Moscow court found Mikhail Kosenko guilty on 8 October and ordered him to be sent for forcible psychiatric treatment. He may be deprived of his freedom indefinitely. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Mikhail Kosenko has been in detention since 8 June 2012, a ...

Further information UA 139/11 BAHRAIN - OPPOSITION LEADER DENIED MEDICAL TREATMENT

  BAHRAIN   Dr ‘Abdel-Jalil al-Singace, one of the 13 jailed prominent Bahraini opposition activists, has been denied medical treatment. He is a prisoner of conscience.   An academic and spokesperson of the al-Haq Movement, Dr ‘Abdel-Jalil al-Singace, aged 51, is serving a life sentence in Jaw Prison, which is ...

Further information on UA 206/13 BAHRAIN - BLOGGER, LAWYER RELEASED: TRIALS UNDERWAY

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini blogger and translator Mohammad Hassan Sudayf was released on bail on 3 October. His lawyer, 'Abdul-'Aziz Moussa, had been released on bail on 21 August. Their trials are underway. Photographer Hussain Hubail is still in detention.   Mohammad Hassan Sudayf was released on bail from Dry ...

Further information on UA 257/13 USA - HERMAN WALLACE DIED TWO DAYS AFTER RELEASE

  USA   On 1 October a federal judge overturned Herman Wallace's conviction for the 1972 murder of a prison guard and ordered his immediate release from prison.   Consistent with their decades-long determination to keep Herman Wallace behind bars, the state appealed against the judge's order and refused to ...

Further information on UA 231/13 TAJIKISTAN - ABDUMAVLON ABDURAKHMONOV RELEASED

  TAJIKISTAN   Abdumavlon Abdurakhmonov was released on 3 or 4 October, according to his brother Abdurashid Abdurakhmonov. He returned to his home in Tajikistan safely on 5 October.   The reasons for Abdumavlon Abdurakhmon’s detention remain unclear. Abdumavlon Abrudrakhmonov was held at a temporary detention centre under the Uzbekistani ...

Further information on UA 262/13 UZBEKISTAN - SERGEI NAUMOV RELEASED

  UZBEKISTAN   Independent journalist Sergei Naumov was released on 3 October on completing his 12-day administrative sentence in Uzbekistan. He had been held incommunicado. He has thanked everyone who took action on his case.   The day after his release Sergei Naumov, a 50-year-old independent investigative journalist, gave an ...

UA 282/13 CHINA - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER ARBITRARILY DETAINED

  CHINA   Human rights defender Cao Shunli, who was taken away by police on 14 September at Beijing Capital International Airport, has been arbitrarily detained. She is a prisoner of conscience and may have been subjected to enforced disappearance. Her whereabouts and legal status are unconfirmed.   Cao Shunli ...

UA 283/13 USA - USA ABDUCTS MAN, HOLDS HIM INCOMMUNICADO

  USA   A Libyan man seized by US forces in Libya on 5 October is being held and interrogated incommunicado in US military custody. He could also face the death penalty in the USA, where he has been indicted in federal court for his alleged involvement with al-Qa'ida and ...

Further information on UA 117/11 CHINA - HOUSING RIGHTS ACTIVIST NI YULAN RELEASED

  CHINA   Housing rights activist Ni Yulan was released on 5 October after serving two years and six months in Tiantanghe Women's Prison in Beijing. She has been reunited with her family, including her husband Dong Jiqin, who was released from prison on 5 April.   The police beat ...

UA 281/13 COLOMBIA - AFRO-DESCENDANT PEOPLE THREATENED

  COLOMBIA   Afro-descendant people forcibly displaced from their collective lands in northern Colombia have been threatened by paramilitaries as they try to reclaim their lands.   Andres Lance is a member of the community council of the Afro-descendants who own collectively own the titles to land in Curvarado in ...

UA 275/13 BAHRAIN - ACTIVIST IMPRISONED FOR "INSULTING" THE KING

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini political activist Mahdi Sahwan was sentenced by a Lower Criminal Court in Manama to one year's imprisonment for "insulting" the King and three months' imprisonment for "calling for an illegal gathering". He may be a prisoner of conscience.   Mahdi Sahwan, a 43-year-old Islamist activist was ...

UA 277/13 SYRIA - TORTURE FEARS FOR KURDISH RIGHTS ACTIVIST

  SYRIA   Kurdish rights activist Juwan Abd Rahman Khaled has been detained in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance since his arrest on 3 September 2012 by persons believed to be part of Syria’s State Security. There are fears he may have been subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.   ...

Further information on HONDURAS - INDIGENOUS LEADERS CONTINUE TO BE TARGETED

  HONDURAS   A judge has ordered Indigenous leader Bertha Cáceres to be placed in detention as a result of her human rights work. Indigenous leaders Aureliano Molina and Tomás Gómez have been subjected to restriction orders.   On 20 September a judge ordered Bertha Cáceres to be placed in ...

UA 278/13 COLOMBIA - COMMUNITY LEADER KILLED, OTHERS AT RISK

  COLOMBIA   Investigation demanded into the killing of Adelinda Gómez Gaviria, a community leader in Cauca Department, southwest Colombia, who had been opposing the development of gold mining interests.   On 30 September at 8:30pm in the Cortaderas area of the municipality of Almaguer, department of Cauca, two unknown ...

UA 279/13 SAUDI ARABIA - WOMEN ACTIVISTS’ SENTENCES CONFIRMED

  SAUDI ARABIA   An appeal court in Dammam has confirmed the sentences of two women’s rights activists convicted in an unfair trial for attempting to help an abused woman. Wajeha al-Huwaider and Fawzia al-Oyouni were sentenced to 10 months in prison followed by a two-year travel ban.   On ...

UA 280/13 IRAN - AHWAZI ARAB MEN AT RISK OF IMMINENT EXECUTION

  IRAN   Ghazi Abbasi, a member of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority has been transferred to solitary confinement sparking fears that his execution may be imminent. He is believed to have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated while in detention.   On 27 September 2013, Ghazi Abbasi, an Ahwazi Arab man ...

UA 274/13 ROMANIA - FAMILIES HOMELESS AFTER FORCED EVICTION

  ROMANIA   About 100 Roma, half of them children, were forcibly evicted by local authorities in the town of Eforie Sud in south-east Romania on 27 September. To date the affected families, including pregnant women and people with medical conditions, remain homeless.   On 19 September around 100 Roma ...

UA 276/13 ISRAEL and the OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - PALESTINIAN HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER CHARGED

  ISRAEL and the OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Palestinian human rights lawyer and activist Anas Barghouti was arrested by the Israeli army on 15 September. He was held without charge until 24 September when an Israeli military court presented him with charges related to his work and human rights activism. ...

Further information on UA 179/13 BELARUS - CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST ACTIVIST IN BELARUS

  BELARUS   The criminal case against Aliaksei Shchadrou, an activist for the homeless, has been dropped. He is no longer facing a two-year prison term in Belarus for “acting on behalf of an unregistered religious organization”.   On 11 September the Investigation Committee closed the criminal case against Aliaksei ...

UA 273/13 IRAQ - MAN AT IMMINENT RISK OF EXECUTION IN IRAQ

  IRAQ   Ahmad Nuri Badawi ‘Abbas, a 29-year-old Iraqi man who was sentenced to death in December 2010 after an unfair trial is at imminent risk of execution in Iraq. His “confession”, allegedly obtained under torture, was admitted as evidence against him. His conviction was upheld by the Court ...

Further information on UA 114/13 BAHRAIN - 15 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT FOR OPPOSITION ACTIVIST

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights activist Naji Fateel was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment on 29 September on charges related to his involvement in the opposition youth movement known as the 14 February Coalition. He told the court that he had been tortured, and marks of torture were visible ...

Further information on UA 248/13 EGYPT - DETENTION OF TWO CANADIANS EXTENDED

  EGYPT   On 29 September the detention of two Canadians, Tarek Loubani and John Greyson, was extended by 45 days. The men claim they were beaten following their arrest and have endured cramped and unsanitary conditions in Tora prison, Egypt. They remain on hunger strike to protest against their ...

Further information on UA 230/13 USA - FLORIDA CARRIES OUT FIFTH EXECUTION OF YEAR

  USA   Marshall Gore was executed on 1 October in Florida for the murder of Robyn Novick, committed in 1988.   Marshall Gore’s lawyer had continued to challenge the execution on the grounds of his client’s alleged mental “incompetence” for execution. In July a trial level judge in Florida ...

UA 271/13 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - FIVE ASYLUM-SEEKERS AT RISK OF EXTRADITION

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Five ethnic Uzbek asylum-seekers are at risk of being extradited from Russia to Kyrgyzstan, where they would be at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Their defence teams believe the charges against them have no basis and are ethnically motivated.   Abdilaziz Hamrakulov, aged 19, ...

UA 272/13 SUDAN - LAWYER DETAINED WITHOUT CHARGE

  SUDAN   A Sudanese lawyer, working in South Darfur, has been detained without charge. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Adam Sharief, a lawyer and the coordinator of the Darfur Bar Association in South Darfur, was arrested on 26 September and is now being held ...

UA 270/13 TAJIKISTAN - DETAINEES AT RISK OF TORTURE IN TAJIKISTAN

  TAJIKISTAN   Since July Amnesty International has received reports that at least four detainees, including a minor, have been subjected to further ill-treatment at the hands of law enforcement, security and prison officials. They had previously tried to report the ill-treatment they have suffered or witnessed.   According to ...

UA 269/13 SUDAN - SUDANESE LAWYER HELD INCOMMUNICADO

  SUDAN   Magdi Saleem, has been detained in an undisclosed location without charge by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) following his arrest in Wad Medani, Sudan, on 24 September. Magdi Saleem was demonstrating against the government and exercising his right to peaceful assembly. He is being held ...

Further information UA 236/12 BAHRAIN - TEENAGE PROTESTERS GIVEN 10 YEARS IN PRISON

  BAHRAIN   Two Bahraini boys, Jehad Sadeq ‘Aziz Salman and Ebrahim Ahmed Radi al-Moqdad, had their 10-year prison sentences upheld by the High Criminal Court of Appeal.   On 29 September the High Criminal Court of Appeal in Manama upheld the 10-year prison sentences against Jehad Sadeq ‘Aziz Salman ...