Amnesty International består av 3 miljoner människor som kämpar för att de mänskliga rättigheterna ska gälla alla, alltid.

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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 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 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 ...

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 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 ...

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 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 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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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 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, ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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, ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ...

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 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 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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 ...

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 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 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 ...

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 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.   ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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.   ...

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 ...

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.   ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 ...

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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 ...

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 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 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 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 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 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 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). ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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.   ...

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 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 ...

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 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. ...

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 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 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 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. ...

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 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 ...

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 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 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 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 ...

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 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, ...

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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, ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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.   ...

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 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 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 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 ...

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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 ...

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 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 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 ...

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, ...

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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 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” ...

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 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 ...

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 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 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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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. ...

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 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 ...

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, ...

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 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 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 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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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.   ...

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 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 ...

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 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 ...

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 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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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 ...

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 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 ...

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 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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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, ...

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 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 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 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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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 ...

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.   ...

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 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. ...

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ...

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 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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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 ...

Further information on UA 202/13 BRAZIL - WITNESSES ALLEGE PRESSURE BY POLICE IN BRAZIL

  BRAZIL   Two months since he was arrested by military police in Brazil, Amarildo Souza Lima remains missing. His family has been threatened and they have not been kept informed of the progress of the police investigation.   Amarildo Souza Lima was last seen on 14 July entering the ...

Further information on UA 249/13 NICARAGUA - WOMEN’S RIGHTS LAW WEAKENED IN NICARAGUA

  NICARAGUA   On 25 September, a law which criminalizes acts of violence against women in Nicaragua was reformed, weakening the protection it now offers women.   On 25 September a reform to the Comprehensive Law number 779 against Violence against Women (la Ley Integral Contra la Violencia hacia las ...

Further information UA 261/13 Morocco/Western Sahara - JOURNALIST CHARGED UNDER ANTI-TERRORISM LAW

Morocco/Western Sahara     On the night of 24 September journalist Ali Anouzla was charged with “advocacy of acts amounting to terrorism offenses” and “providing assistance to perpetrators or accomplices of acts of terrorism”. He was transferred to the Salé II prison near Rabat.   Ali Anouzla was charged under ...

UA 266/13 Colombia - COMMUNITY LEADER KILLED, OTHERS AT RISK

Colombia     A community leader was killed when he planned to return to Ituango municipality, Northern Colombia, from where hundreds were forcibly displaced while they were opposing the construction of a dam.   On 17 September the community leader and artisanal miner Nelson Giraldo was killed on the river ...

UA 267/13 Serbia - 2013 BELGRADE PRIDE MARCH IN JEOPARDY

Serbia     There are concerns that the 2013 Belgrade Pride march in Serbia to be held on 28 September may be banned. This would deny the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.   The 2013 Belgrade Pride ...

Further information on UA 241/13 India - PRASHANT RAHI PLACED IN PRE-TRIAL DETENTION

India   Journalist and human rights activist Prashant Rahi, who was arrested on 1 September 2013 on suspicion of having links with a banned organization, has been placed in pre-trial detention in Nagpur Central Jail, Maharashtra state, India, and is awaiting trial.   52-year-old Prashant Rahi, also known as Prashant ...

UA 264/13 Bahrain - US NATIONAL GETS 10 YEARS AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL

Bahrain   Taqi ‘Abdallah al-Maydan, a 25 year-old US national, was sentenced on 24 September to 10 years’ imprisonment after unfair trial. He was reportedly tortured following his arrest in October 2012 and was forced to sign a “confession”. He was charged with “attempting to kill policemen”, “burning an armoured ...

Further information on UA 262/13 Uzbekistan - JOURNALIST WITHOUT ACCESS TO A LAWYER

Uzbekistan     Independent journalist Sergei Naumov, held incommunicado since 21 September, has been sentenced to 12 days of administrative detention. His lawyer continues to be denied access to him. Human rights defenders and colleagues fear that the authorities are trying to silence Sergei Naumov and that he is at ...

UA 263/13 Mexico - IMPRISONED ACTIVIST’S HEALTH AT RISK IN MEXICO

Mexico   Social activist Adela Gómez Martínez’s health is at risk while she is in a prison in El Amate de Cintalapa, Chiapas State, Mexico. There is fear for her safety and that the detention could be a reprisal for her activism.   Amnesty International has learned that Adela Gómez ...

UA 265/13 Colombia - DEATH THREATS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Colombia     Four human rights defenders received a death threat in Cali, south-western Colombia. All four women are campaigning for justice in cases of serious human rights violations implicating members of the armed forces.   On 15 September a piece of paper with a death threat was pushed under ...

UA 254/13 Brazil - INDIGENOUS PEOPLE THREATENED IN BRAZIL

Brazil   There are concerns for the safety of some 60 Indigenous people, including children, who occupied a sugar cane plantation they say is their ancestral land in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul on 15 September. They have been threatened by armed private security guards working on ...

UA 262/13 Uzbekistan - JOURNALIST AT RISK OF TORTURE IN UZBEKISTAN

Uzbekistan   Sergei Naumov, an independent journalist, has been detained and held incommunicado in Uzbekistan. Human rights defenders and colleagues fear that the authorities are trying to silence him and that he is at risk of being subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.   Sergei Naumov, a 50-year-old independent investigative ...

UA 261/13 Morocco/Western Sahara - JOURNALIST HELD FOR ARTICLE ON AQIM VIDEO

Morocco/Western Sahara   Moroccan authorities have arrested and detained independent journalist and editor Ali Anouzla, a well known critic of government policies. He is a prisoner of conscience, held for an article published on his news website about a video released by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). He has ...

UA 260/13 Bahrain - FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD DIABETIC BOY HELD IN BAHRAIN

Bahrain   ‘Ali Muslim Ebrahim, a 15-year-old Bahraini boy who suffers from diabetes, was arrested at his home in al-Hidd in northern Bahrain on 8 September and was reportedly hit on the head during interrogation. The Public Prosecutor has ordered his detention.   ‘Ali Muslim Ebrahim was arrested by police ...

UA 259/13 Egypt - OVER 150 REFUGEES FROM SYRIA DETAINED

Egypt   The refugees are being detained in Egypt following an attempt to leave Egypt by boat. The group includes an unaccompanied nine-year-old boy. Under international law Egypt has a responsibility to protect people fleeing the conflict in Syria.   Over 150 Syrian and Palestinian refugees from Syria were arrested ...

Further information on UA 253/13 Sudan - SUDANESE WOMAN STILL AT RISK OF FLOGGING

Sudan   Amira Osman Hamed, a Sudanese women’s rights activist, has had her trial postponed until 4 November 2013. She was arrested in August and charged with ‘indecent dress’ for refusing to wear her headscarf. If convicted, she risks receiving up to 40 lashes.   Amira Osman Hamed, aged 35, ...

Further information on UA 233/13 Bahrain - BOY AGED 13 RELEASED ON BAIL IN BAHRAIN

Bahrain   Salman Mahdi Salman, a 13-year-old Bahraini boy, was released on 10 September following a month long detention where he was allegedly beaten and threats made against his parents.   Salman Mahdi Salman, aged 13, was released from a juvenile detention centre on 10 September 2013 after his first ...

UA 258/13 Iran - DEATH SENTENCES UPHELD, EXECUTIONS IMMINENT

Iran   Death sentences of four Sunni men from Iran’s Kurdish minority have been upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court. They are at imminent risk of execution. All men are believed to have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated while in detention. They did not have a lawyer.   On 14 November ...

UA 256/13 Bahrain - PROMINENT BAHRAINI OPPOSITION MEMBER JAILED

Bahrain   Leading Bahraini opposition member Khalil al-Marzouq was interrogated by the Public Prosecutor for seven hours on 17 September and ordered to remain in prison for 30 days pending investigation. He is a prisoner of conscience, targeted for his criticism of the government.   Khalil al-Marzouq, the Assistant Secretary ...

Further information on UA 181/13 China - CHINESE ACTIVISTS FORMALLY ARRESTED

China   Legal scholar and human rights activist Xu Zhiyong and his associates Song Ze and Li Huanjun have been formally arrested in Beijing. They are prisoners of conscience, who are likely to face trial, and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   According to his lawyer, Xu ...

Further information on UA 248/13 Egypt - CANADIAN DETAINEES ON HUNGER STRIKE IN EGYPT

Egypt   Canadians Tarek Loubani and John Greyson are on hunger strike in protest at their continued detention in Egypt. On 14 September, the Public Prosecution extended their detention for a further 15 days following a brief investigation in Tora Prison.   Doctor Tarek Loubani and Professor John Greyson began ...

UA 257/13 USA - DO NOT LET HERMAN WALLACE DIE IN PRISON

USA   Herman Wallace, 71, diagnosed with liver cancer and given weeks to live, will die in prison if Governor of Louisiana does not grant him compassionate release.   Following a deeply flawed trial marked by prosecutorial misconduct, Herman Wallace was convicted by an all-white jury of the murder of ...

Further information on UA 134/13 Venezuela - POLICE THREATEN TO KILL MORE OF BARRIOS FAMILY

Venezuela     Venezuelan police have threatened to kill another member of the Barrios family, who are receiving protection as 10 of them have been murdered since 1998 in circumstances that suggest police involvement.   Lilia Isabel Solorzano Barrios has reported that three Aragua state police officers forced their way ...

Further information on UA 68/13 Azerbaijan - ACTIVISTS FACE 12 YEARS' JAIL ON NEW CHARGES

Azerbaijan   Eight pro-democracy activists charged in connection with organizing a peaceful protest on 10 March are now facing up to 12 years of imprisonment under further new charges of planning to organize 'public disorder'.   Pro-democracy youth activists Bakhtiyar Guliyev, Mahammad Azizov, Shahin Novruzlu, Rashad Hasanov, Rashadat Akhundov, Zaur ...

UA 255/13 Colombia - PARAMILITARY ABDUCTION NEAR PEACE COMMUNITY

Colombia   Colombian soldiers and paramilitaries have threatened members of the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado and other civilians in the area. A peasant farmer has been subjected to enforced disappearance and dozens have been forcibly displaced.   Soldiers from the Mobile Brigade 24 of the Colombian army ...

UA 251/13 Bahrain - PREGNANT WOMAN HELD WITHOUT CHARGE

Bahrain   A 37-year-old pregnant woman, Nadia ‘Ali Yousef Saleh, has been detained without charge or trial in Bahrain since 30 May, and was reportedly beaten upon her arrest. She is now eight-months pregnant, and was admitted to al-Salmaniya Medical Complex on 15 September.   Nadia ‘Ali Yousef Saleh was ...

UA 253/13 Sudan - WOMAN LEAVES HAIR UNCOVERED, RISKS FLOGGING

Sudan   Sudanese women's rights activist Amira Osman Hamed is to go on trial on 19 September for refusing to cover her hair in public. She is at risk of receiving up to 40 lashes for 'indecent or immoral dress'.   Amira Osman Hamed, aged 35, was arrested on 27 ...

Further information on UA 166/13 Belarus - PAVEL SELYUN SEEKS PRESIDENTIAL CLEMENCY

Belarus   Pavel Selyun's appeal was turned down by the Supreme Court on 17 September. He had been sentenced to death on 12 June, and will now appeal to the President for clemency. The Supreme Court turned down Pavel Selyun's appeal on 17 September. He had been sentenced to death ...

UA 249/13 Nicaragua - WOMEN’S RIGHTS UNDER THREAT IN NICARAGUA

Nicaragua   A law which criminalises acts of violence against women in Nicaragua is at risk of being reformed, which would weaken the protection it offers women. There are grave concerns for the safety of women if these changes are introduced.   The Comprehensive Law number 779 against Violence against ...

UA 250/13 Mexico - HUMAN RIGHTS CENTRE BROKEN INTO IN MEXICO

  Mexico     The offices of a Human Rights Centre in Coahuila State, northern Mexico, were broken into on 8 September and sensitive information was stolen. Staff could be at risk of further harassment.   On 8 September, the offices of Juan Gerardi Human Rights Centre (Centro de Derechos ...

UA 252/13 Mexico - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST STABBED IN MEXICO

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UA 247/13 Colombia - GOVERNMENT URGED TO HALT PARAMILITARIES

  COLOMBIA       Paramilitaries are threatening to kill Afro-descendants in the Cacarica River Basin in north-western Colombia. There is an imminent threat of forced displacement.   On 12 September, paramilitaries reached the areas of Bijao, El Limón, and the two areas Nueva Vida and Nueva Esperanza en Dios, ...

UA 246/13 Venezuela - ACTIVIST TORTURED IN POLICE CELL

  VENEZUELA   Luis Rafael Escobar Ugas, a Venezuelan human rights activist has been in detention since March for participating in a protest. He has been tortured and threatened. He is ill and is not receiving the urgent medical care he needs.   On 19 March Luis Rafael Escobar Ugas ...

UA 245/13 Egypt - SYRIAN CONFLICT REFUGEES FACE DEPORTATION

  EGYPT   Twenty-three refugees from Syria – 21 Syrians and two Palestinians – are at risk of deportation from Egypt, including five women and nine children. The two Palestinians will likely be sent to Lebanon and the 21 Syrians to Turkey. The group sought refuge in Egypt after fleeing ...

Further information on UA 239/13 Bahrain - JUVENILE RELEASED ON BAIL IN BAHRAIN

  BAHRAIN   ‘Ali Hatem ‘Ali Salman, a Bahraini boy aged 14, was released on bail on 10 September. The Juvenile Prosecution is still investigating his case.   ‘Ali Hatem ‘Ali Salman was released on bail by the Juvenile Prosecution on 10 September. He was arrested on 26 August in ...

Further information on UA 8/13 Bahrain - SAYED YOUSIF ALMUHAFDAH AQUITTED IN BAHRAIN

  BAHRAIN Bahraini human rights activist Sayed Yousif Almuhafdah was acquitted by an Appeal Court in Manama on 12 September of the charge of “spreading false news with the intention of causing damage to state security”.   On 12 September Branch 2 of the High Criminal Court of Appeal in ...

Further information on UA 180/13 China - CHINESE ACTIVISTS TORTURED, RISK PROSECUTION

  CHINA   Human rights defenders Ding Hongfen, Qu Fengsheng, Shen Aibin, Shen Guodong and Yin Xijin have been formally arrested on suspicion of “gathering crowds to disturb social order” in Jiangsu province, eastern China. This means that they are likely to face a trial. At least four of them ...

Further information on UA 91/11 Saudi Arabia - SAUDI PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RE-ARRESTED

  SAUDI ARABIA   Prisoner of conscience Mohammed Saleh al-Bajady was re-arrested eight days after his release. He is reported to again be on hunger strike. Amnesty International fears he is at risk of ill-treatment as experienced during previous hunger strikes.   Mohammed Saleh al-Bajady was released without notice or ...

UA 248/13 Egypt - TWO CANADIANS DETAINED IN EGYPT

  EGYPT   Two Canadian nationals have been detained by Egypt’s Public Prosecution on charges relating to violent protests in the capital, Cairo, on 16 August. Doctor Tarek Loubani and Professor John Greyson arrived in Egypt on 15 August with the intention of travelling immediately to Gaza, in the Occupied ...

UA 244/13 Honduras - INDIGENOUS LEADERS FACE UNJUST CHARGES

  HONDURAS   Three Honduran indigenous leaders face unfounded charges in relation to their actions as human rights defenders. A hearing is scheduled to take place on 12 September. If they are imprisoned, Amnesty International will consider them prisoners of conscience.   Bertha Cáceres, Tomás Gómez and Aureliano Molina are ...

UA 243/13 China - HOUSEHOLDS RISK IMMINENT FORCED EVICTION

  CHINA   Six households in Bagou village, in Haidian district in Beijing are at risk of forced eviction on 14 September. The authorities have failed to provide the protections required and the residents are at risk of being rendered homeless.   On 9 September, the six households involving 28 ...

UA 241/13 India - DETAINED JOURNALIST AT RISK OF TORTURE IN INDIA

  INDIA   Journalist and human rights activist Prashant Rahi was arrested on 1 September 2013 on suspicion of having links with a banned organization. He is being held in police custody in Aheri, Maharashtra state, and is at imminent risk of torture or other ill-treatment.   52-year-old Prashant Rahi, ...

UA 240/13 Cuba - NEW PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE

  CUBA     Cuban activist Iván Fernández Depestre was arrested on 30 July during a peaceful march, and has been on hunger strike since. He was sentenced on 2 August to three years imprisonment on politically motivated charges. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for ...

FI on UA 170/13 Israel and the OPT - FORCED EVICTIONS OF PALESTINIANS TO GO AHEAD

  ISRAEL/OPT   Some 1,000 Palestinians living in the south of the occupied West Bank, nearly half of them children, are still facing forced eviction by the Israeli army; the Israeli High Court of Justice did not rule in favour of their rights.   The Israeli army plans to expel ...

UA 242/13 Iraq - SEVEN IRANIANS ABDUCTED FROM CAMP ASHRAF

  IRAQ   Seven Iranian exiles, members of the People’s Mojahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI), were abducted from Camp Ashraf, northeast of Baghdad, on 1 September by armed men who had attacked the Camp and killed 52 residents. Unconfirmed reports have suggested that they are in the custody of the ...

Further information on UA 70/13 Sudan - NGO WOMAN RELEASED FROM PRISON IN SUDAN

  SUDAN   Sudanese Christian woman and NGO worker Salwa Fahmi Suleiman Gireis, who was arrested by the National Security Service in February 2013, was released from prison on 2 April 2013.   Salwa Fahmi Suleiman Gireis, a 64-year old woman, was arrested by the National Security Services on 12 ...

Further information on UA 231/13 Uzbekistan - DETAINEE LOCATED BUT STILL AT RISK OF TORTURE

  UZBEKISTAN   Abdumavlon Abdurakhmonov, Tajikistani national, has now been in pre-trial detention in Uzbekistan without access to a lawyer for over five months. Representatives of the Tajikistani Embassy were able to visit him in detention, but his family have still not been permitted to do so, and the reasons ...

Further information on UA 218/13 Egypt - EGYPT DEPORTS SYRIA REFUGEES

  EGYPT   The Egyptian authorities deported 41 Syrians and Palestinians from Syria to Turkey and Lebanon. The group, which included at least 13 children and 10 women, had sought refuge in Egypt after fleeing the armed conflict in Syria.   The Egyptian Navy arrested 13 Syrians and 28 Palestinians ...

Further information on UA 236/13 Iran - IRANIAN BLOGGER IN CRITICAL CONDITION

  IRAN   Iranian prisoner of conscience and blogger, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, is still in critical condition in Tehran’s Evin Prison after ending his hunger strike. He is in urgent need of specialized medical care which he cannot receive in prison.   On 5 September, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, ended a ...

UA 239/13 Bahrain - CHILD TORTURED IN DETENTION IN BAHRAIN

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini boy aged 14, Ali Hatem Ali Salman, was arrested on 26 August 2013 and reportedly tortured and otherwise ill-treated during interrogation to “confess” to rioting. On 3 September the Juvenile Prosecution extended his detention for another week.   Ali Hatem Ali Salman was arrested in a ...

Further information UA 218/13 Egypt - EGYPT DEPORTS SYRIA REFUGEES

  EGYPT   The Egyptian authorities deported 41 Syrians and Palestinians from Syria to Turkey and Lebanon. The group, which included at least 13 children and 10 women, had sought refuge in Egypt after fleeing the armed conflict in Syria.   The Egyptian Navy arrested 13 Syrians and 28 Palestinians ...

Further information on UA 106/13 Syria - TEENAGE DETAINEE DIES IN MILITARY HOSPITAL

  SYRIA   The family of Syrian 16-year-old Ahmed Ismael al-'Akkad were told in early August that he had died in a military hospital.   Ahmed Ismael al-'Akkad had been held incommunicado since 20 November 2012, when he was arrested during raids by government forces on his neighbourhood, al-Midan, in ...

Further information on UA 154/13 Bangladesh - ANWARUL ISLAM MASUM RELEASED

  BANGLADESH   Bangladeshi opposition activist Anwarul Islam Masum, who is understood to have been taken from his home in Rajshahi by police officers on 4 April, has been released. Anwarul Islam Masum is a university student and Rajshahi City Office Secretary of Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir (BICS), the student ...

UA 237/13 North Korea - TWO ESCAPEES RETURNED TO NORTH KOREA

  NORTH KOREA   Two North Koreans, who are part of a family of five who fled the country, have been forcibly returned to North Korea where they are at serious risk of arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment, forced labour and possible death.   Kim Song-il and Kim Son-hye, ...

UA 236/13 Iran - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE DENIED HEALTH CARE

  IRAN   Iranian prisoner of conscience Hossein Ronaghi Maleki is on hunger strike to protest against the conditions of political prisoners. His health is deteriorating rapidly and he needs urgent medical care. He was taken to hospital on 28 August but transferred back to prison the same day. His ...

Further information on UA 73/13 Chad - JEAN LAOKOLE FREED WITH SUSPENDED SENTENCE

  CHAD   Writer and humanitarian worker Jean Laokole was released on 19 August after receiving a three-year suspended prison sentence from the N'Djamena High Court. His lawyer appealed against the decision the same day.   Jean Laokole had been arrested on 22 March by a group of men in ...

UA 235/13 Belarus - OUTSPOKEN PSYCHIATRIST FORCIBLY DETAINED

  BELARUS   A psychiatrist working in Belarus, Igor Postnov, has been forcibly detained and treated in the hospital where he works following his outspoken criticism of the health care system in Vitebsk, a city in the north of the country.   Igor Postnov, a psychiatrist working at the Vitebsk ...

Further information on UA 55/13 Maldives - 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL'S FLOGGING SENTENCE QUASHED

  MALDIVES   A Maldives High Court has quashed the sentence of 100 lashes and house arrest imposed on a 15-year-old girl for the "offence" of extra-marital sex. This follows a campaign by Amnesty International, among other international organizations.   In February 2013, the Juvenile Court in Male, the capital, ...

Further information on UA 116/13 Chad - TOPONA RELEASED, BUT STILL IN DANGER

  CHAD   Journalist Eric Topona, Secretary General of the Union of Chadian Journalists (UJT), was released on 19 August, after receiving a three-year suspended prison sentence for defamation from the N'Djamena High Court. His lawyer appealed against the decision the same day.   When Eric Topona was arrested on ...

Further information on UA 209/13 Oman - OMANI ACTIVIST RELEASED

  OMAN   Detained Omani activist Sultan al-Saadi was released without charge on 20 August. He had been ill-treated in detention, and not allowed access to his lawyer or family.   Omani activist Sultan al-Saadi was released without charge on 20 August. He had spent 23 days in solitary confinement ...

Further information on UA 91/13 India - TWO EXECUTIONS STAYED, ANOTHER IMMINENT

  INDIA   India's Supreme Court stayed the execution of Shivu and Jadeswamy on 21 August, the day before the men had been scheduled to be executed. Devender Pal Singh Bhullar remains at imminent risk of execution.   Shivu and Jadeswamy, who were sentenced to death in 2005, had petitioned ...

Further information on UA 215/13 Colombia - DEATH THREAT AGAINST DANILO RUEDA

  COLOMBIA   Colombian human rights defender Danilo Rueda received a death threat on 22 August in the capital, Bogota. His life is in danger.   Two men approached human rights defender Danilo Rueda on 22 August in Bogota. One of them put his hand on Danilo Rueda's head and ...

UA 234/13 Colombia - DISPLACED FAMILIES' LEADERS THREATENED

  CLOMBIA   Armed men believed to be Colombian paramilitaries have threatened, and apparently attempted to kill, leaders of the families forcibly displaced from the Hacienda Bellacruz farm, who are campaigning to return to their land.   Three armed men asked for community leader Elker Leon Catano at his home ...

Further information on UA 228/13 Russian Federation - FARID MURTAZIN TOLD HE WILL KEEP HIS LICENCE

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Farid Murtazin has received assurances from the Bar Association that his advocate's licence will not be withdrawn. Lawyer Farid Murtazin has told Amnesty International that thanks to the over 300 appeals sent to Russia on his behalf he has received informal, but reliable, assurances from the ...

UA 233/13 Bahrain - BOY ARRESTED, THREATENED, RISKS TORTURE

  BAHRAIN   A 13-year-old Bahraini boy, Salman Mahdi Salman, has been arrested and had his detention order renewed for seven days by the Public Prosecution on 21 August. He is held in a juvenile detention centre, but at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.   Salman Mahdi Salman, aged ...

UA 230/13 USA MENTAL HEALTH IN QUESTION AS EXECUTION SET

  USA   Marshall Gore, aged 50, is due to be executed in Florida on 1 October for a murder committed in 1988. His mental “competence” for execution is in question. Marshall Gore was sentenced to death in 1995 for the murder of Robyn Novick, whose body was found in ...

UA 232/13 Bahrain - GRAND PRIX PROTESTORS TORTURED

  BAHRAIN   Nafeesa al-‘Asfoor, a mother-of-two, was arrested along with Rayhana al-Mousawi on 20 April as they were peacefully protesting near the Formula One Grand Prix circuit in Manama. They are both to be tried, have been tortured and Nafeesa al-'Asfoor is being denied the medical care she requires. ...

UA 231/13 Uzbekistan - DETAINEE AT RISK OF TORTURE IN UZBEKISTAN

  UZBEKISTAN   Abdumavlon Abdurakhmonov a Tajikistani national, has been detained in Uzbekistan without access to his family since April. His family fear that he is at risk of being subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.   Abdumavlon Abdurakhmonov, a 38-year-old ethnic Tajik, arrived in Uzbekistan on 25 April to ...

Further information on UA 224/13 Pakistan - EXECUTIONS TEMPORARILY HALTED IN PAKISTAN

  PAKISTAN   A temporary halt to planned executions was ordered by the Pakistan Prime Minister on 18 August until he has spoken to the President, Asif Ali Zardari, who is opposed to the death penalty. Thousands will be at risk of execution after President Zardari’s term in office ends ...

UA 229/13 Iraq - KURDISH DETAINEE ON HUNGER STRIKE IN IRAQ

  IRAQ   A 36-year-old man currently on hunger strike has been detained without charge or trial for 20 months in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He was held in solitary confinement for the first three months and repeatedly beaten. The authorities accuse him of leaking ...

UA 228/13 Russian Federation - LAWYER AT RISK OF BEING STRIPPED OF LICENSE

  Russian Federation   Russian lawyer Farid Murtazin could be striped off his advocate status following a complaint from the Investigation Committee. The lawyer denies the allegations and believes that this is an attempt to stop him representing possible prisoner of conscience Artiom Saviolov. The hearing is scheduled for the ...

Further information on UA 91/13 India - THREE MEN FACE IMMINENT EXECUTION IN INDIA

  INDIA   On 14 August, India’s Supreme Court upheld its rejection of Devender Pal Singh Bhullar’s commutation plea. He is now at risk of imminent execution. The mercy petitions of two other men were also rejected by the President in August, and reports suggest they could be executed on ...

UA 223/13 Syria - ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE OF PALESTINIAN MAN

  SYRIA   Political activist ‘Ali Sayed al-Shihabi, a Palestinian refugee living in Syria, was detained by Syrian authorities on 19 or 20 December 2012 and subjected to enforced disappearance. He was known to be held at a Military Intelligence branch in the capital, Damascus but his current whereabouts are ...

UA 222/13 Mexico - STOP ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE BY MEXICAN NAVY

  MEXICO   A man illegally detained by Mexican marines on 3 August has not been seen since. Navy officials deny detaining him. He is the fourth person to be subjected to apparent enforced disappearance by marines in or near the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state, since 29 ...

UA 224/13 Pakistan - EXECUTIONS SET TO RESUME IN PAKISTAN

  PAKISTAN       Thousands at risk of execution in Pakistan as the new government is set to resume executions for the first time in five years. Eight prisoners have been scheduled to be executed from 20-25 August. These eight are amongst 450 prisoners who are now facing imminent ...

UA 225/13 Syria - MEN SUBJECTED TO ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE

  SYRIA     Syrian artist Youssef Abdelke and his friend Adnan al-Dibs have been detained incommunicado at an unknown location since their arrest by Syrian security forces in Tartus on 18 July. They have been subjected to enforced disappearance.   Youssef Abdelke, Adnan al-Dibs and another man were arrested ...

UA 221/13 Bahrain - FEMALE ACTIVIST DETAINED

  BAHRAIN   Seddiqa al-Basri, a 27-year-old mother of two, has been detained since 14 August. Three other women and a girl were detained with her but released shortly after. Seddiqa al-Basri is a possible prisoner of conscience and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   On 14 ...

Further information on UA 318/12 Turkmenistan - EX-MINISTER RELEASED FROM 'MEDICAL' TREATMENT

  TURKMENISTAN   Former Turkmenistan government minister Geldimurat Nurmuhammedov has been released after nine months of forced medical treatment. It is likely he was targeted because of his criticism of the authorities.   Geldimurat Nurmuhammedov was detained on 5 October 2012 in the capital, Ashgabat, where he lives. He was ...

UA 220/13 Venezuela - ACTIVIST IN DANGER FROM SON'S KILLERS

VENEZUELA   Venezuelan human rights defender Victor Martinez is in danger, as the two men on trial for the murder of his son are free: one has escaped and the other was given parole. Victor Martinez has spent years drawing attention to corruption and human rights violations by local police ...

UA 218/13 Egypt - EGYPT MEANS TO DEPORT REFUGEES, CHILDREN

  EGYPT   The Egyptian authorities are preparing to deport 13 Syrians to Turkey and 28 Palestinians from Syria to the Gaza Strip. The group, which includes at least 13 children and 10 women, had sought refuge in Egypt after fleeing the armed conflict in Syria. Under international law, Egypt ...

UA 219/13 Mexico - MARINES ABDUCT ADULT AND TWO CHILDREN

  MEXICO   Three people, two of them children, were detained by Mexican marines in the northern city of Nuevo Laredo in late July and have not been seen since. The military authorities have denied arresting them. They may have been subjected to enforced disappearance.   Jose de Jesus Martinez ...

UA 217/13 Bahrain - BAHRAINI ACTIVIST ARRESTED AND CHARGED

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini banker Mohammad Sanad al-Makina was arrested on 9 August at Bahrain International Airport when leaving for a holiday with members of his family. He faces several charges including "inciting hatred against the regime". He is a prisoner of conscience.   Mohammad Sanad al-Makina, aged 27, is ...

Further update on UA 206/13 Bahrain - BAHRAINI BLOGGER AND PHOTOGRAPHER TORTURED

  Bahrain   Bahraini blogger and translator Mohammad Hassan Sudayf and photographer Hussain Hubail have reportedly been tortured or otherwise ill-treated. Mohammad Hassan Sudayf’s lawyer was arrested on 7 August for tweets saying that he had seen torture marks on his client and revealing the charges both men face. Mohammad ...

Further information on UA 211/13 Albania - ROMA FAMILIES FORCIBLY EVICTED

  ALBANIA   Roma families were evicted on 7 August and are now homeless. Neither the Tirana municipal authorities nor the government have done anything to assist them or provide them with alternative housing.   Roma families, some of whom have lived for 10 years on the site of the ...

UA 216/13 Colombia - PARAMILITARIES THREATEN TRADE UNIONISTS

  COLOMBIA   Paramilitaries have threatened scores of trade unionists, many of whom are in labour negotiations, as well as human rights defenders and other organizations in Colombia.   The paramilitary group Rastrojo Urban Commandos (Los Rastrojos - Comandos Urbanos) emailed an announcement on 4 August, with death threats. They ...

Further information on UA 198/13 Morocco - ALI AARRASS ENDS HUNGER STRIKE

  MOROCCO Ali Aarrass ended his hunger strike on 7 August, after a representative of Morocco's national human rights body, the National Council for Human Rights, visited him in prison that day and pledged to ensure the authorities would meet his demands. The representative phoned his family to tell them ...

Further information on UA 196/13 Egypt - MORSI’S AIDES DETAINED, FACING CHARGES

  EGYPT   The Public Prosecution in Egypt has formally detained four of Mohamed Morsi’s aides while it investigates the protest violence that occurred in December 2012, Egyptian media has reported. The five other members of the deposed President’s team remain arbitrarily detained in an unknown location. Their families have ...

UA 214/13 Palestinian Authority - HAMAS THREATEN POST-EID FESTIVAL EXECUTIONS

  Palestinian Authority   The Hamas authorities in Gaza are threatening to carry out several executions following the end of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr. This may include a man known as “H.M.A.”, who was aged under 18 years at the time of one of his alleged crimes and ...

UA 215/13 Colombia - PARAMILITARIES THREATEN TO KILL DEFENDERS

  COLOMBIA     Paramilitaries are planning to kill members of a Colombian human rights NGO, Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission, and community leaders from the Curvarado and Jiguamiando River Basin. One attack has failed, but others are being prepared.   The NGO Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission (Comision Intereclesial ...

Further information on UA 195/13 USA - MENTALLY ILL MAN EXECUTED IN FLORIDA

  USA   John Ferguson, a 65-year-old man with a decades-long history of serious mental illness, was executed in the US state of Florida on 5 August. He had been on death row for 35 years.   It is a violation of the US constitution to execute a prisoner who ...

UA 213/13 Myanmar - MYANMAR ACTIVIST ARBITRARILY DETAINED

  MYANMAR   74-year-old human rights defender Kyaw Hla Aung has been arbitrarily detained in Myanmar since 15 July. He is in poor health and may not be receiving the medical treatment he requires. He is on trial, facing charges related to his peaceful activities.   Kyaw Hla Aung has ...

Further information on UA 194/13 Viet Nam - JAILED BLOGGER ENDS HUNGER STRIKE

  VIET NAM   Imprisoned Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Hai, known as Dieu Cay or “the peasant’s pipe”, has ended his hunger strike after 38 days. An official visited him in prison and informed him that his complaint petition would be investigated. He is a prisoner of conscience serving a ...

UA 210/13 Equatorial Guinea - FEARS FOR HEALTH OF DETAINED FEMALE ACTIVIST

  Equatorial Guinea   Female political activist Clara Nsegue Eyí has been in detention without charge or trial in Equatorial Guinea for over one month for refusing to obey a ministerial order confining her to her native town. She is believed to be in poor health and may require urgent ...

UA 207/13 Colombia - PEASANT FARMERS AT RISK FOLLOWING KILLINGS

  COLOMBIA   Two peasant farmer leaders have been killed in the municipality of Tierralta, northern Colombia. There are fears for the safety of peasant farmers living in the area.   Emel Antonio Varela Tuberquia, president of the local Communal Action Council (Junta de Acción Comunal), of the hamlet of ...

UA 211/13 Albania - ROMA FAMILIES AT RISK OF FORCED EVICTION

  ALBANIA   Around 37 Roma families in Albania are being threatened with forced eviction. The land where they live is about to be redeveloped. The landowner has not respected procedures set out in law, and the authorities have not taken measures to provide the Roma with any alternative housing. ...

UA 212/13 Romania - STOP NEW FORCED EVICTION OF ROMA IN BAIA MARE

  ROMANIA   Romani families in the Craica settlement in the town of Baia Mare, Romania, are at imminent risk of a new forced eviction. On 2 August, approximately 30 families reportedly received orders asking them to leave their houses by 5 August. Around 15 houses were demolished on 5 ...

UA 209/13 Oman - ACTIVIST DETAINED AND AT RISK OF ILL-TREATMENT

  OMAN       Activist Sultan al-Saadi is being held in an undisclosed location in Oman. He has been denied access to his lawyer, and is at risk of ill-treatment and prolonged arbitrary detention. He may be a prisoner of conscience held solely for exercising his right to freedom ...

Further information on UA 189/13 USA - INMATE FOUND HANGED DAYS BEFORE EXECUTION

  USA   Billy Slagle, who was scheduled to be executed on 7 August, was found hanged in his cell on the morning of 4 August. He was pronounced dead about an hour after he was found. He had been denied clemency, but litigation in the courts was still underway. ...

UA 206/13 Bahrain - SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVISTS RISK TORTURE IN BAHRAIN

  BAHRAIN       Mohammad Hassan Sayef, a 26-year-old blogger and translator and Hussain Habib, a 23-year-old cameraman, were arrested separately on 31 July. They are held incommunicado and are at risk of torture. They may be prisoners of conscience.   Mohammad Hassan Sayef, was arrested from his parents’ ...

FI on UA 186/13 Haiti - ANTI-LGBTI MARCH THREATENS MORE VIOLENCE

  HAITI   A further march has been called by religious groups for Tuesday 6 August in the city of Les Cayes. Two demonstrations against homosexuality have taken place in Haiti since 19 July.   More than a thousand people demonstrated against homosexuality and same-sex marriage at two different marches ...

UA 204/13 Bahrain - CHILD SENT TO PRISON AFTER DEMONSTRATION

  BAHRAIN   A 15-year-old boy, Hussain al-Hawaj, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by a Bahraini court on 9 June for participation in a protest, arson and rioting . He is held in Jaw prison for adults.   Hussain al-Hawaj, aged 15, was arrested by plainclothes security officers at ...

UA 201/13 Cuba - THREE BROTHERS DETAINED FOR DISSENT

  CUBA   Three brothers who are members of a dissident organization are being detained on trumped-up charges. Amnesty International believes them to be prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression. Alexeis Vargas Martín and his two 17-year-old twin brothers, Vianco Vargas Martín ...

UA 205/13 Cuba - GOVERNMENT CRITICS JAILED FOR SPEAKING OUT

  CUBA Two government critics are serving prison sentences in Cuba on politically motivated charges, following summary trials. Amnesty International considers them prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.   Emilio Planas Robert and Rafael Matos Montes de Oca were arrested in the ...

UA 202/13 Brazil - "SUSPECT" GOES MISSING FROM POLICE CUSTODY

  BRAZIL   Military Police arrested a man they had apparently mistaken for a drug dealer they were chasing, in Rio de Janeiro on 14 July. The police have since claimed they released the man, Amarildo Souza Lima, after checking his records, but he has not been seen since.   ...

UA 208/13 Mexico - INVESTIGATION NEEDED AFTER POLICE INTIMIDATION

  MEXICO   Police have intimidated and threatened a migrants’ shelter in Tapachula, Chiapas State, South West México. The lives of staff, migrants and volunteers at the shelter could be at risk.   On 27 July, a group of around eight uniformed members of the Federal Police burst into the ...

UA 197/13 Australia - OFF-SHORE INDEFINITE DETENTION OF REFUGEES

  AUSTRALIA     Hundreds of “unauthorised maritime arrivals” – i.e. asylum-seekers arriving to Australia by boat – are currently being flown, or are at imminent risk of being flown, to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, purportedly to assess their asylum claims and, if found to be refugees, to be ...

Further information on UA 196/13 Egypt - MORSI AND TEAM'S WHEREABOUTS STILL UNKNOWN

  EGYPT   Mohamed Morsi is "well", the European Union Foreign Affairs Representative has said after meeting with him on 29 July. Catherine Ashton told reporters she had seen the facility he was being held at, but did not know where it was, as she had been flown there.   ...

UA 203/13 Colombia - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS THREATENED

  COLOMBIA   Paramilitaries have threatened to kill human rights defenders Hernando Mejia Lopez and David Espinoza in the northern Colombian city of Barrancabermeja. An envelope was pushed under the door of the office of the NGO Pax Christi Barrancabermeja, which is part of the coalition Space of Human Rights ...

Further information on UA 3/13 Saudi Arabia - RAIF BADAWI SENTENCED TO JAIL, FLOGGING

  SAUDI ARABIA   Website founder Raif Badawi has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for online posts critical of the Saudi Arabian authorities, which they considered offensive to Islam. Amnesty International considers Raif Badawi a prisoner of conscience.   A Criminal Court in Jeddah, western ...

Further Information on UA 177/13 Ukraine - ACTIVIST RELEASED FROM PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

  UKRAINE   Raisa Radchenko, a 70 year-old human rights activist in Ukraine, was released from the psychiatric hospital on 26 July. However, more pressure is needed to ensure that a criminal investigation is carried out into the fact that she was subjected to psychiatric treatment against her will, and ...

UA 200/13 Honduras - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ABDUCTED IN HONDURAS

  HONDURAS   Two international volunteers, who were accompanying a Honduran community whose members are campaigning against a mining project were recently abducted at gunpoint. Although released, the safety of both the community and the volunteers is at risk.   On 24 July Orlane Vidal, a French woman and Daniel ...

Further information on UA 208/12 China - FALUN GONG PRACTITIONERS RELEASED

  CHINA   Falun Gong practitioners Wang Xiuqing and her daughter Qin Hailong were released from Harbin City Qianjin Re-education through Labour (RTL) Camp on 13 April. They have returned home but remain under police surveillance.   Wang Xiuqing and her youngest daughter, Qin Hailong, from Yichun, were released from ...

Further information on UA 118/13 Sudan - SUDAN RELEASES PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE

  SUDAN   Sudanese lawyer and human rights activist Asma Ahmed, who was arrested by the National Security Service in May 2013, was released from detention on 11 June.   Asma Ahmed was arrested on 4 May 2013 by the National Security Services (NSS) and was detained without charge for ...

Further information on UA 139/11 Bahrain - BAHRAINI PRISONER DENIED MEDICAL TREATMENT

  BAHRAIN   Hassan Mshaima’, one of the 13 jailed prominent Bahraini opposition activists, told his family that he has been denied urgent medical treatment. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Hassan Mshaima’, a diabetic and former cancer patient, phoned his family from Jaw prison and complained to them ...

UA 198/13 Morocco/Western Sahara - HUNGER STRIKE DUE TO MORE ILL-TREATMENT

  Morocco/Western Sahara   Ali Aarrass, a dual Belgian-Moroccan national detained in Salé II prison near Rabat, Morocco, is on a “dry” hunger strike (refusing water in addition to food) to protest ill-treatment at the hands of the prison authorities. He is reportedly in a critical condition, still conscious but ...

UA 195/13 USA - MENTALLY ILL MAN FACING EXECUTION IN FLORIDA

  USA   John Ferguson, a 65-year-old man with a decades-long history of serious mental illness, including repeated diagnoses of paranoid schizophrenia by prison doctors, is due to be executed in the US state of Florida on 5 August. He has been on death row for 35 years.   In ...

UA 196/13 Egypt - DEPOSED PRESIDENT AND AIDES INCOMMUNICADO

  EGYPT   Deposed President Mohamed Morsi and nine of his aides have been held in an unknown location by the Egyptian authorities since 3 July, without contact with their lawyers, doctors or family. They appear to be held in a manner which deprives them of the protection of the ...

UA 194/13 Vietnam - JAILED BLOGGER ON HUNGER STRIKE

  VIET NAM   Imprisoned Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Hai, known as Dieu Cay or "the peasant's pipe", has been on hunger strike since around 20 June in protest at the harsh treatment of himself and other political prisoners. He is serving a 12-year sentence for his writings and his ...

Further information on UA 186/13 Haiti - ANTI-LGBTI MARCH THREATENS MORE VIOLENCE

  HAITI   After a march on 19 July against homosexuality gathered thousands of people in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, religious groups are now calling for a second march in Jacmel, in the south-east of the country on Sunday 28 July.   Thousands of people demonstrated against homosexuality and same-sex ...

Further information on UA 189/13 USA - URGE GOVERNOR TO RETHINK CLEMENCY DENIAL

  USA   On 24 July, the Governor of Ohio announced that he was denying clemency to Billy Slagle, who remains scheduled to be executed on 7 August.   The office of Governor John Kasich announced on 24 July that he had “denied a request for executive clemency” from Billy ...

UA 191/13 COLOMBIA - TRADE UNION LEADER AND FAMILY THREATENED

  COLOMBIA   Colombian trade union leader Hector Sanchez received a death threat on 16 July. In a separate incident information was stolen from an NGO in the capital, Bogota. Both had taken part in a meeting to prepare a mock trial related to the oil industry.   A death ...

UA 192/13 SPAIN - TORTURE RISK FOR DISSIDENT IF EXTRADITED

  SPAIN   Aleksandr Pavlov, 37, is detained in the Spanish capital, Madrid. The Spanish authorities are considering extraditing him to Kazakhstan. Amnesty International believes that he must not be extradited or transferred to Kazakhstan, as there he would be at a real risk of torture or other ill-treatment, and ...

UA 192/13 MEXICO - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER KILLED, FAMILY AT RISK

  MEXICO   A human rights defender has been abducted and killed in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. His family and at least one of his colleagues are at risk.   The body of human rights defender Heron Sixto Lopez was found on 20 July near the community of ...

UA 190/13 COLOMBIA - PARAMILITARIES INTIMIDATE WITH DEATH THREATS

  COLOMBIA   In two separate instances on 16 and 17 July, paramilitaries delivered warnings and death threats to human rights defenders. A threat was made at the home of Rocio Campos a day after paramilitaries left a death threat at the home of Elizardo Badillo against him and other ...

UA 188/13 HONDURAS - ARMY FIRES ON PROTESTERS IN HONDURAS

  HONDURAS   On 15 July the army opened fire during a protest in Honduras, killing an Indigenous leader and seriously injuring his son. There are grave concerns for the safety of protesters, as the demonstrations are continuing.   Since April, the Lenca Indigenous communities of Río Blanco, Santa Barbara, ...

Further information on UA 187/13 IRAQ - JOURNALIST ACQUITTED

  IRAQ   Ja’far al-Nasrawi, an Iraqi journalist working for al-Sumariya satellite channel, was acquitted by al-Russafa Criminal Court in Baghdad, Iraq, on 22 July. He had been detained three days earlier for taking part in an anti-government demonstration.   Ja’far al-Nasrawi was arrested in al-Tahrir Square in Baghdad by ...

UA 189/13 USA - OHIO EXECUTION SET FOR CRIME AT AGED 18

  USA   Billy Slagle, a 44-year-old man, is scheduled to be executed in the US state of Ohio on 7 August for a murder committed in 1987 when he was 18. The parole board has voted 6-4 to deny clemency. Ohio’s governor is not bound by the board’s recommendation. ...

UA 180/13 CHINA - SIX HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS RISK TORTURE

  CHINA   Six human rights defenders are detained in eastern China, on suspicion of “gathering crowds to disturb social order”. They are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Ding Hongfen, Qu Fengsheng, Shen Aibin, Xu Haifeng, Wu Ping and Zheng Bingyuan,were among 30 people who on 22 ...

Further information on UA 10/12 CHINA - MACAU RESIDENT EXECUTED IN CHINA

  CHINA   According to his family, Lau Fat-wai was executed at the end of February after China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) approved his sentence.   Lau Fat-wai was a resident of Macau, a partly autonomous special administrative region of China. He was arrested in mainland China in April 2006 ...

Further information on UA 197/12 USA - STAY OF EXECUTION HOLDS IN GEORGIA CASE

  USA   Warren Hill’s execution warrant expired at noon on 20 July with the stay of execution granted by a state judge still in place.   On 12 July, Warren Hill’s lawyers filed an emergency motion in county court in Georgia challenging the current state of affairs relating to ...

UA 181/13 CHINA - DETAINED ACTIVISTS AT RISK OF TORTURE

  CHINA   Xu Zhiyong, a legal scholar and activist, has been detained in Beijing since 16 July, alongside two of his associates, Li Huanjun and Li Gang, on suspicion of "gathering a crowd to disturb social order". Another of Xu Zhiyong's associates, Song Ze has gone missing and his ...

UA 185/13 CHINA - FAMILY FACE FORCIBLE RETURN TO NORTH KOREA

  CHINA   A family of five are at risk of forcible return to North Korea after being arrested by Chinese authorities. If returned to North Korea they are at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment, forced labour and death.   The Chinese authorities are holding five North Koreans, ...

UA 187/13 IRAQ - IRAQI JOURNALIST AT RISK OF TORTURE

  IRAQ   Journalist Ja’far al-Nasrawi was arrested on 19 July in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad for participating in an illegal demonstration. He is held in a police station in Baghdad where he is yet to be interrogated. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Ja’far al-Nasrawi, ...

UA 186/13 HAITI - LGBTI ACTIVISTS AT RISK IN HAITI

  HAITI   Activists of Kouraj a group working for the rights of the Haitian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, have been receiving threats related to their work. The threats seem to be related to a march against “homosexuality in Haiti”, scheduled for 19 July.   The ...

UA 184/13 Mexico - MEXICAN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER THREATENED

  MEXICO   A human rights defender received a threatening phone call at his home in San Francisco de Tepojaco, Mexico State on 10 July. There are fears that he and his family could be in danger.   On 10 July, Jorge Arzave Orihuela received a threatening phone call at ...

UA 183/13 Index: Turkey - CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR DETAINED IN TURKEY

  TURKEY   Conscientious objector Onur Erden was detained at Atatürk Airport in Istanbul on 11 July after he was forcibly returned to Turkey from Cyprus where his asylum application was turned down. On 17 July, he was transferred to the 2nd Army Corps Command Military Prison in Gelibolu, Çanakkale, ...

Further information on UA 164/13 China - ACTIVIST DU BIN RELEASED ON BAIL

  CHINA   Chinese photographer and human rights activist Du Bin has been released on bail. He has confirmed that in detention he was questioned about his film on Re-education Through Labour and his book about the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.   Du Bin was released on bail on 8 ...

UA 182/13 Peru - FAMILY AT RISK OF VIOLENCE AND FORCED EVICTION

  PERU   Maxima Acuña and her family are at risk of unnecessary and excessive use of force by the police and of being forcibly evicted from their home and land in northern Peru. Police used violence in previous attempts to drive the family away from the plot of land ...

Further Information on UA 177/13 Ukraine - ACTIVIST STILL IN PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

  UKRAINE   Further Information on UA 177/13 Ukraine - ACTIVIST STILL IN PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL Raisa Radchenko, a 70 year-old human rights activist in Ukraine, continues to be detained in a psychiatric hospital against her will, despite increased public scrutiny. The pressure generated by the Urgent Action issued on her ...

UA 179/13 Belarus - ACTIVIST FACING JAIL FOR HELPING THE HOMELESS

  BELARUS   Aliaksei Shchadrou is facing a two-year prison term in Belarus for acting on behalf of an unregistered religious organization. If jailed he will be a prisoner of conscience.   Aliaksei Shchadrou, a 28-year-old devout Catholic, had been running a shelter for homeless people, with a prayer room, ...

UA 178/13 Colombia - PARAMILITARIES THREATEN TRADE UNION LEADER

  COLOMBIA   A Colombian paramilitary group have threatened to kill trade union leader Juan Carlos Galvis and two of his children, and also LGBTI activists in Barrancabermeja. On 11 July an envelope was left at the home of a human rights defender working for the NGO coalition Space of ...

Further information on UA 197/12 USA - EXECUTION STAYED, DEATH WARRANT STILL ACTIVE

  USA   A judge in Georgia has granted Warren Hill a temporary stay of execution to consider a lethal injection question. A petition is still pending before the US Supreme Court on the claim that Warren Hill has "mental retardation" and that his execution would therefore violate the US ...

UA 177/13 Ukraine - FORCED PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT FOR ACTIVIST

  UKRAINE   A 70-year old human rights activist in Ukraine has been detained in a psychiatric hospital against her will, apparently in retaliation for her activism.   Raisa Radchenko is a member of several local citizens’ associations in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine and has actively campaigned against local corruption and police ...

UA 176/13 Macedonia ESCALATION IN ANTI-LGBTI ATTACKS IN MACEDONIA

  MACEDONIA   A series of homophobic attacks in Macedonia in June and July has led to grave concerns for the safety of LGBTI people and organizations. In June, during Pride Week in the capital Skopje, the LGBTI centre was attacked by around 30 people and on 5 July, unidentified ...

Further information on UA 165/13 Honduras - BODY OF ABDUCTED HONDURAN JOURNALIST FOUND

  HONDURAS   The dead body of Aníbal Barrow, a journalist who was abducted on 24 June, has been found following two weeks of searches by the Honduran authorities. Four individuals have been arrested, but a full and impartial investigation of the killing is still needed. On 9 July, the ...

Further information on UA 106/13 Syria - CHILD NOT PRESENTED TO COURT, LIFE AT RISK

  SYRIA   Syrian 16-year-old Ahmed Ismael al-'Akkad should have been brought before a juvenile criminal court in mid-June, but was not presented to court. His whereabouts are unknown. He has been held incommunicado since 20 November 2012, when he was arrested. Ahmed Ismael al-'Akkad was arrested during government raids ...

Further information on UA 103/12 Palestinian Authority - PALESTINIAN AT RISK OF EXECUTION BY HAMAS

Palestinian Authority   A 23-year-old man known only as "F.A." is at risk of execution by the Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip if his appeal against his death sentence is rejected on 21 July. He is said to have signed a "confession" under torture. The Hamas Attorney General said ...

Further information on UA 91/11 Saudi Arabia - AL-BAJADY SEES FAMILY, NEEDS MEDICAL ATTENTION

  SAUDI ARABIA   Prisoner of conscience Mohammed Saleh al-Bajady, who had been held incommunicado since 19 September 2012, was finally granted a family visit on 7 July. He had been on hunger strike for over nine months, during which time he was ill-treated. He remains at risk of ill-treatment ...

Further information on UA 222/12 - "TEDDY BEAR" CASE IS CLOSED IN BELARUS

BELARUS   The criminal case in connection with the ‘teddy bear stunt’ on 4 July 2012, calling for freedom of expression in Belarus, has been dropped by the Belarusian authorities. Anton Suryapin and Syarhei Basharimau are no longer facing jail-sentences.   On 28 June 2013 the State Security Committee of ...

UA 175/13 Colombia - DEATH THREAT AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

  COLOMBIA     Colombian human rights defenders Diego Martinez and Jeison Paba have received an email threatening to kill them and their families, while they were participating in an event in the municipality La Macarena, central Colombia.   Diego Martinez and Jeison Paba received an unsigned email on 6 ...

Further information on UA 194/11 ISRAEL - ISRAELI ARMY DESTROYS HOMES FOR SIXTH TIME

  ISRAEL       On 8 July just after 6am, the Israeli army demolished three homes and a number of animal pens belonging to shepherds in Hadidiya in the Jordan Valley. Twenty-two people were made homeless, of which six were children, including a four-year-old suffering from cerebral palsy. This ...

Further information on UA 197/2012 USA - SUPREME COURT IS LAST HOPE TO STOP EXECUTION

  USA   Warren Hill is due to be put to death in Georgia, USA, on 15 July. All seven experts who have assessed him now say that he has ‘mental retardation’, which would make his execution unconstitutional. His lawyers are asking the US Supreme Court to step in.   ...

UA 174/13 Iran - GROWING FEARS FOR HUNGER STRIKER IN IRAN

  IRAN   Student activist, Arash Sadeghi, has been on hunger strike since 1 June to protest against his ill-treatment in Tehran’s Evin Prison. He has been held without charge and in solitary confinement since his arrest in January 2012. He is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment and ...

Further information on UA 227/11 - RELEASE OF PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE DENIED

  BAHRAIN   Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Deeb the former president of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association (BTA) had his request for temporary release rejected by the Court of Cassation on 1 July. He is a prisoner of conscience.   On 1 July 2013, the Court of Cassation in Manama, the ...

UA 172/13 Index: Sri Lanka - CHILD FEARED ABDUCTED IN SRI LANKA

  SRI LANKA     Sivasooriyakumar Sanaraj, 15 years old, has been missing since 13 June, after he failed to arrive at school in Vavuniya, northern Sri Lanka. His family fears that he has been abducted, and he may be at risk of torture or extrajudicial execution. Despite complaints lodged ...

Further information on UA 126/13 Bahrain - LAWYER’S PRISON SENTENCE FOR TWEET UPHELD

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini lawyer, Mahdi al-Basri, had his one-year prison sentence upheld by the High Criminal Court of Appeal on 3 July, for allegedly insulting the King of Bahrain in messages posted on Twitter. He may be a prisoner of conscience.   On 3 July Branch 3 of the ...

Further Information UA 84/13 India - SHEETAL SATHE RELEASED ON BAIL

  INDIA   Theatre activist Sheetal Sathe, who was arrested in Mumbai, India, on 2 April 2013 on various charges, has been released on bail. Her husband Sachin Mali and two other theatre activists remain in detention.   Sheetal Sathe and Sachin Mali are members of Kabir Kala Manch (KKM), ...

Further information on UA 348/12 RUSSIA - ANTI-LGBTI BILL SIGNED INTO LAW BY PUTIN

  RUSSIA   President Putin signed the bill prohibiting "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors" into law on 29 June. It came into force the next day, after it was officially published.   The new legislation introduces amendments to several laws, including the Russian Code of Administrative Offences. This ...

UA 169/13 SAUDI ARABIA - OUTSPOKEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER SENTENCED

  SAUDI ARABIA   A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a prominent human rights defender to five years in prison and a 10-year travel ban. He is free pending his appeal, but he could be detained at any time, and would be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment in ...

UA171/13 Saudi Arabia - SEVEN MEN SENTENCED FOR FACEBOOK ACTIVISM

  SAUDI ARABIA   A special security court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced seven men to prison sentences of between five and 10 years for Facebook posts. The court mainly relied on the men's confessions, some of which were allegedly extracted under torture. The men remain at risk of torture ...

UA 170/13 Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories - ARMY PLANS FORCED EVICTIONS OF PALESTINI

  Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories     Some 1,000 Palestinians living in the southern West Bank, nearly half of them children, are facing forced eviction; some of their buildings are already being demolished, and their movement is restricted. The Israeli army plans to expel from their homes all ...

UA 167/13 SAUDI ARABIA - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER SETENCED TO PRISON

  SAUDI ARABIA   A Saudi Arabian criminal court has sentenced human rights defender Dr Abdulkareem Yousef al-Khoder to eight years’ imprisonment and a 10-year travel ban. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.   Dr Abdulkareem Yousef al-Khoder, 48, was sentenced to eight ...

UA 168/13 MEXICO - ACTIVISTS AT RISK AFTER COLLEAGUES MURDERED

  MEXICO   Several political activists in Mexico are at risk after pushing for justice in regards to the recent case of the abduction and killing of three of their colleagues.   On 30 May members of the Popular Unit (Unidad Popular, UP) Arturo Hernández Cardona, Héctor Arroyo Delgado, Efraín ...

Further information on UA 160/13 USA - WOMAN PUT TO DEATH IN 500TH TEXAS EXECUTION

  USA (TEXAS)   Kimberly McCarthy was put to death by lethal injection on 26 June, becoming the 500th person to be executed in Texas since judicial killing resumed in the USA in 1977.   Kimberly McCarthy had been sentenced to death in 1998 in Dallas County, Texas, for the ...

Further information on UA 103/12 PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY - TWO MEN HANGED; MORE FACING EXECUTION

  PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY   Two men known only as “A.M.Gh.” and “H.J.Kh.” were executed at the Jawazat police compound in Gaza on 22 June. They were convicted of “collaborating with the enemy”. At least 22 more people are at risk of execution.   A.M.Gh., aged 49 and from the Sheikh ...

Further information on UA 137/13 NIGERIA - MAN AT RISK OF EXECUTION AFTER OTHERS HANGED

  NIGERIA   A man on death row in southern Nigeria’s Edo State is at imminent risk of execution by firing squad, after four others were hanged.   Death row prisoner Thankgod Ebhos was dragged to the gallows with four other prisoners: he alone was not hanged, but he may ...

UA 164/13 CHINA - DEMAND RELEASE OF CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHER

  CHINA   Chinese photographer and human rights activist Du Bin is being held in criminal detention on suspicion of “picking quarrels and making trouble”. The criminal charges he is facing are related to his peaceful human rights work, and he is at risk of torture.   Du Bin, 41, ...

UA 166/13 BELARUS - MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN BELARUS

  BELARUS   A 23 year-old man has been sentenced to death in Western Belarus on 12 June for a double murder. Pavel Selyun was sentenced to death by the Hrodna Regional Court on 12 June for the murder of his wife and her lover in August 2012. His lawyer ...

UA 162/13 COLOMBIA - PROTESTERS KILLED IN COLOMBIA

  COLOMBIA   Peasant farmers participating in demonstrations in Catatumbo, north-eastern Colombia, are at risk after at least four protesters were killed and others injured. There are fears that security forces have been using disproportionate and excessive force, particularly following government claims that guerrilla forces have infiltrated the demonstrations.   ...

UA 163/13 IRAQ - IRAQI KURD HELD INCOMMUNICADO

  IRAQ   A 35-year-old Iraqi Kurd, Hazem Saber Ibrahim Qader, has been held incommunicado in Iraq’s Kurdistan region since 17 June, and is believed to be at risk of torture.   Hazem Saber Ibrahim Qader was summoned by the Asayish (security services) and presented himself at an Asayish branch ...

Further information on UA 145/13 BANGLADESH - NAZRUL ISLAM NO LONGER DETAINED

  BANGLADESH   Local opposition party member Nazrul Islam, who was allegedly abducted on 12 April from his home in Saheb Parha in Joypurhat district, northern Bangladesh, is no longer in detention.   Nazrul Islam is the Joypurhat district secretary of the Bangladeshi political party Jamaat-e-Islami, part of a multi-party ...

UA 165/13 HONDURAS - JOURNALIST KIDNAPPED IN HONDURAS

  HONDURAS   On 24 June, Aníbal Barrow, a Honduran journalist, was kidnapped by three heavily-armed men in San Pedro Sula, northern Honduras. His whereabouts are unknown and his life is in serious danger.   According to reports, at approximately 3.45pm on 24 June, the vehicle which Aníbal Barrow was ...

UA 160/13 USA - RACISM CLAIM AS 500TH TEXAS EXECUTION NEARS

  USA   In what would be the 500th execution in Texas since 1977, a 52-year-old woman, Kimberly McCarthy, is due to be put to death at 6pm on 26 June. Her lawyer is seeking a stay of execution from the courts, raising claims of racial discrimination in jury selection. ...

UA 161/13 VIET NAM - LETHAL INJECTION LOOMS FOR 117 PRISONERS

  VIET NAM   Some 117 death row prisoners in Viet Nam have exhausted their appeals and will face imminent execution when a change in the law comes into effect on 27 June. There are more than 530 prisoners under sentence of death.   The authorities in Viet Nam amended ...

UA 158/13 RUSSIA - LAWYER DEMANDING TO SEE CLIENT THREATENED

  RUSSIA   A lawyer in Karachaevo-Cherkessia (North Caucasus, Russia) is being unlawfully denied access to a client held incommunicado, and is receiving threats.   Criminal defence lawyer Vyacheslav Merzakulov was contracted on 17 June to defend Atam Achmiz, who had been taken to a temporary detention facility (IVS) in ...

UA 156/13 SYRIA - SYRIAN MEDICAL VOLUNTEER HELD INCOMMUNICADO

  SYRIA   Syrian student Suhaib Hassan Swaidan was arrested on 23 May while volunteering with a Syrian Arab Red Crescent ambulance crew. He has since been detained incommunicado. His brother, Abdullah Hassan Swaidan, was arrested on 9 May and has also been held in incommunicado detention since his arrest. ...

UA 159/13 VENEZUELA - PRISON BANS VISITS: SAFETY FEARS FOR INMATES

VENEZUELA Relatives of prisoners held in Yare prison, near Caracas, have not been allowed to visit their loved ones for over a week. They are concerned for the safety of the inmates after reports of violence and killings inside the facility.   According to reports, visits to prisoners have been ...

Further information on UA 336/16 INDONESIA - SHI’A COMMUNITY EVICTED FROM SHELTER

  INDONESIA   A Shi’a community in Indonesia have been forcibly evicted from their temporary shelter and have been relocated to an area at least four hours drive from their homes. At least 160 Shia followers were forcibly evicted from their temporary shelter at a sports complex in Sampang, Madura ...

Further information on UA 232/12 BAHRAIN - JAILED ACTIVIST GETS FURTHER PRISON SENTENCE

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini activist Zainab Al-Khawaja was sentenced to a further three months' imprisonment on 22 May. She is a prisoner of conscience.   A lower criminal court in the capital, Manama, sentenced Zainab Al-Khawaja and fellow activist Ma'suma Sayyid Sharaf on 22 May to, respectively, three months' imprisonment ...

Further information on UA348/12 RUSSIA - DISCRIMINATORY BILL PASSED IN RUSSIA

  RUSSIA   On 11 June, the lower house of Russia's parliament almost unanimously passed in its second and third readings a bill severely limiting freedom of expression, assembly and association for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. After a largely formal hearing in the upper house, the ...

UA 157/13 BELARUS - MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN BELARUS

BELARUS   A 25-year-old man was sentenced to death in eastern Belarus on 14 June for the murder of a student on 20 September 2012.   Alyaksandr Haryunou was sentenced to death by a court in the city of Homel on 14 June for the murder of a student on ...

Further information on UA 110/13 RUSSIA - NGOS GIVEN HEFTY FINES, RISK CLOSURE

  RUSSIA   Golos Association and four other Russian NGOs have received heavy fines for refusing to register as "foreign agents". They and many other NGOs risk closure, while their leaders may face possible criminal prosecution.   Under the "foreign agents law", every NGO receiving any amount of foreign funding ...

UA 155/13 RUSSIA - POLICE THREATEN MAN COMPLAINING OF TORTURE

  RUSSIA   A man who was abducted and tortured by police in the Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria has been threatened by police officers as the investigation into his allegations is making progress.   Inal Berov was abducted on 6 March 2012 from the car repair garage where he worked ...

Further information on UA 146/13 USA - FLORIDA GOVERNOR SIGNS DEATH PENALTY BILL

  USA   On 14 June, the Governor of Florida signed House Bill 7083, also known as the “Timely Justice Act of 2013”, into law. The bill is aimed at furthering the “intent of the legislature to reduce delays in capital cases” and to ensure “all appeals and post-conviction actions ...

Further information on UA 46/13 SUDAN - 14 WOMEN RELEASED, 20 STILL DETAINED IN SUDAN

  SUDAN   Fourteen women held in El Obeid Prison, in Sudan’s Northern Kordofan State, were released on 26 April, but have been told that they may be charged in the future. However 20 other women, who have been arbitrarily detained in the same facility since 12 November 2012, continue ...

Further information on UA 62/13 MEXICO - CRIMINALS THREATEN MIGRANTS’ RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

  MEXICO   New death threats have been made against workers at the 72 migrants’ shelter in Tenosique, southern state of Tabasco, Mexico. The authorities have not fully implemented agreed protection measures, leaving staff exposed to attacks.   Migrants' rights activist Rubén Figueroa was threatened on 8 June by an ...

Further information on UA 139/11 BAHRAIN - JAILED ACTIVISTS DENIED MEDICAL TREATMENT

  BAHRAIN   Hassan Mshaima’ and Dr ‘Abdel-Jalil al-Singace, two of the 13 jailed prominent Bahraini opposition activists, have been denied urgent medical treatment. They are prisoners of conscience.   Hassan Mshaima’, a diabetic and former cancer patient, needs regular hospital check-ups. In about February 2013 the prison doctor said ...

Further information on UA 66/13 COLOMBIA - TRADE UNIONISTS FACE CONTINUED DEATH THREATS

  COLOMBIA   Colombian trade union leaders involved in labour negotiations continue to receive threats against their lives. On 13 June four of the union leaders received death threats by text message.   On 13 June trade union leaders Juan Aguas, Edgar Muñoz, Estivenson Avila and Rubén Morrón Guerrero received ...

UA 154/13 BANGLADESH - OPPOSITION ACTIVIST ABDUCTED IN BANGLADESH

  BANGLADESH   Bangladeshi opposition activist Anwarul Islam Masum was allegedly abducted by police officers on 4 April. The police deny it. His family have looked for him at local police stations without success. He is at risk of torture or extrajudicial execution.   Anwarul Islam Masum is a university ...

UA 153/13 BELARUS - PRISONER KILLS CELLMATE, SENTENCED TO DEATH

    BELARUS   A prisoner, Rygor Yuzepchuk, was sentenced to death on 24 April for the murder of a cellmate in eastern Belarus. He could be executed within months.   Amnesty International has recently learnt that Mahiliou regional court sentenced Rygor Yuzepchuk to death for the murder of a ...

Further information on UA 148/13 USA - EXECUTION CARRIED OUT IN FLORIDA

  USA   William Van Poyck was executed in Florida on 12 June. He had been sentenced to death in 1988 for the murder of a prison guard in 1987.   Florida prison guard Fred Griffis was shot dead on 24 June 1987 as he and another guard were transporting ...

UA 152/13 VIET NAM - JAILED SCHOLAR ON HUNGER STRIKE

  VIET NAM   Dr Cu Huy Ha Vu, a Vietnamese legal scholar, has been on hunger strike since 27 May in protest at his treatment in prison. He is serving a seven-year sentence for "conducting propaganda" against the state. He has a chronic heart condition, and his health is ...

UA 151/13 IRAQ - MAN FACES EXECUTION AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL IN IRAQ

  IRAQ   Amnesty International has received information about Osama Jamal ‘Abdallah Mahdi, a 32-year-old oil technician who was sentenced to death in December 2011 after an unfair trial. His “confession”, allegedly obtained under torture, was admitted as evidence against him. His conviction was reportedly upheld by the Court of ...

Further information on UA 214/12 UAE - VERDICT DUE IN TRIAL OF 94 GOVERNMENT CRITICS

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Ninety-four critics of the UAE government, including around 60 connected to the Reform and Social Guidance Association (al-Islah), have been on trial since 4 March. Verdicts are due to be handed down on 2 July; each could face up to 15 years in prison.   ...

Further information on UA 66/13 COLOMBIA - TRADE UNION LEADER SHOT AT IN COLOMBIA

  COLOMBIA   Gunmen fired shots at a taxi in which trade union leader Rubén Morrón Gerrero was travelling on the eve of a trade union negotiation in Barranquilla, Northern Colombia.   On 28 May, trade union leader Rubén Morrón Guerrero escaped unharmed when two gunmen on a motorbike opened ...

UA 150/13 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - THREE MEN FACE EXTRADITION, RISK TORTURE

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Three ethnic Uzbeks 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.   Ethnic Uzbeks Gairatbek Saliev, aged ...

Further information on UA 93/13 EL SALVADOR - BEATRIZ GIVEN CAESAREAN SECTION

  EL SALVADOR   Beatriz’s doctors performed a caesarean section on 3 June, ending her pregnancy. Beatriz’s life is no longer in imminent danger and no further action is required.   On 3 June the Salvadoran government finally acted to prevent Beatriz from dying. Beatriz was given a caesarean section. ...

Further information on UA 14/10 IRAQ - 'CONFESSIONS' RETRACTED, BUT EXECUTION LOOMS

  IRAQ   Eleven men sentenced to death in Iraq in 2010, convicted of involvement in causing bomb explosions, are now known to have had their application for a retrial rejected by the Court of Cassation on 26 March 2013. They could be executed at any time.   The 11 ...

Further information on UA 112/13 EGYPT - NEW CHARGES DELAY DOUMA'S RELEASE ON BAIL

  EGYPT   Opposition activist Ahmed Douma has been sentenced to six months in prison for "insulting the President". He is in Tora Istiqbal Prison despite being granted bail pending his appeal, because the public prosecutor has ordered that he be held for investigation on new charges.   Ahmed Douma ...

UA 149/13 COLOMBIA - PARAMILITARIES ANNOUNCE KILLINGS

  COLOMBIA   Paramilitaries in the north of Colombia are intending to kill members of an organization that represents victims of the country's internal armed conflict.   Several human rights defenders were copied into a 3 June anonymous email, telling Sucre Department's police commander they were intending to kill Juan ...

UA 148/13 USA - FLORIDA SETS EXECUTION OF ‘NON-TRIGGERMAN’

  USA   Fifty-eight-year-old William Van Poyck, sentenced to death in 1988 for the murder of a prison guard, is due to be executed in Florida on 12 June. Claims persist that he received inadequate legal representation at trial and that he was not the “triggerman”. The alleged gunman died ...

UA 146/13 USA - URGE GOVERNOR TO VETO DEATH PENALTY BILL

  USA (FLORIDA)   The Governor of Florida has until mid-June to decide whether to sign or veto a bill which, at least in part, aims to speed up the pace of executions. Such legislation is inconsistent with international human rights standards which seek eventual abolition of the death penalty, ...

Further information on UA 135/13 PAPUA NEW GUINEA - PAPUA NEW GUINEA PLANS FOR EXECUTIONS

  PAPUA NEW GUINEA   A new law adopted by the Papua New Guinea parliament increases the scope of the death penalty and number of execution methods. This has prompted fears that executions might resume and heightened concerns about the fate of at least 10 prisoners under sentence of death. ...

UA 147/13 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - LAWYERS IN DAGESTAN RECEIVE DEATH THREATS

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Two lawyers in Dagestan in the North Caucasus, Russia, have received death threats in connection with a criminal case they are working on.   Sapiyat Magomedova and Musa Suslanov are criminal defence lawyers (advokaty) working in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, Russia. They have both ...

UA 145/13 BANGLADESH - OPPOSITION ACTIVIST ABDUCTED IN BANGLADESH

  BANGLADESH   A local opposition party member, Nazrul Islam, was allegedly abducted on 12 April from his home in Saheb Parha in Joypurhat district, northern Bangladesh. His abductors identified themselves to Nazrul Islam’s family as being “from the administration”. He has not been seen or heard from since. There ...

UA 144/13 TURKEY - EXCESSIVE FORCE AGAINST PROTESTORS MUST END

  TURKEY   Since 29 May, over 2,000 people have been injured across Turkey after police used water cannon and teargas against demonstrators.   Protests began in Gezi Park in Taksim, in the centre of Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, on 27 May. A few hundred protestors occupied the park to ...

Further information on UA 93/13 EL SALVADOR - GOVERNMENT MUST MEET COMMITMENT TO BEATRIZ

  EL SALVADOR   The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has issued protective measures for Beatriz, ordering the Salvadoran government to urgently provide the medical treatment she needs to safeguard her life and health. The Salvadoran Minister of Health has stated that she supports Beatriz being given the necessary treatment, ...

UA 141/2013 NORTH KOREA - NINE TEENAGERS FORCIBLY RETURNED TO NORTH KOREA

  NORTH KOREA   Nine North Korean teenagers have been forcibly returned to North Korea where they are at serious risk of arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment, enforced disappearance, forced labour and possible death.   Nine North Koreans, aged between 14 and 19, were arrested in Laos on 10 ...

UA 142/13 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 600 FAMILIES FACE FORCED EVICTION FROM HOMES

  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   Approximately 600 families are under threat of imminent eviction from their homes in Santo Domingo Province, Dominican Republic. The notice period provided by state authorities to leave the land they have been occupying for more than 20 years has expired. Due process has not been respected. ...

Further information on UA 114/13 BAHRAIN - ACTIVIST NAJI FATEEL JAILED FOR SIX MONTHS

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights activist Naji Fateel was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on 22 May for "illegal gathering" in February 2012. He is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for his human rights activities.   Naji Fateel, 39, was sentenced on 22 May 2013 to six months' ...

UA 140/13 COLOMBIA - THREATS FORCE HUMAN RIGHTS NGO TO CLOSE

  COLOMBIA   A prominent human rights organization in Colombia has been forced to close after threats of an imminent attack.   The human rights organization Interdisciplinary Group for Human Rights (Grupo Interdisciplinario por los Derechos Humanos, GIDH) announced in a press release on 24 May that they were closing ...

UA 139/13 HONDURAS - PEASANT FARMERS FACE DEATH CLAIMING LAND

  HONDURAS   Several members of a peasant farmers' organization in northern Honduras have been attacked over a dispute with a local company which claims it owns the land. Three have been killed and two injured. The others are in grave danger.   The peasant farmers' organization Campesino Movement of ...

UA 137/13 NIGERIA - TWO PRISONERS IN NIGERIA AT RISK OF EXECUTION

  NIGERIA   At least two prisoners on death row in Benin prison, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, are at risk of imminent execution by hanging, as the Federal High Court in Benin City is expected to give its ruling on a lawsuit seeking to stop the execution.   On ...

UA 138/13 SOUTH SUDAN - CHURCH LEADERS DETAINED IN SOUTH SUDAN

  SOUTH SUDAN   Two members of the Presbyterian Church in South Sudan, Reverend Idris Nalos Kida and Pastor Trainee David Gayin, were arrested from their homes by security forces on 19 May. They are being detained incommunicado, without access to a lawyer or their family, and are at risk ...

Further Information on UA 135/12 GAMBIA - GAMBIAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED

  GAMBIA   Islamic cleric Imam Baba Leigh was released on 10 May 2013, after more than five months of being subjected to enforced disappearance, for publicly condemning the execution of nine death row inmates in August 2012.   On 10 May 2012 Imam Baba Leigh, a prominent Islamic cleric ...

Further information on UA 5/11 CHINA - TIBETAN MONK, IMPRISONED SINCE 1996, RELEASED

  CHINA   Jigme Gyatso, a Tibetan prisoner of conscience and former monk, was released on 30 March and has returned home.   Further information will be provided if and when it becomes available.   Jigme Gyatso was detained in 1996 for his activities in support of Tibetan independence, including ...

Further information UA 132/13 EQUATORIAL GUINEA:OPPOSITION LEADER’S FAMILY FREE, 11 STILL JAILED

  EQUATORIAL GUINEA   The wife and brother of opposition leader Jerónimo Ndong were released from police custody on 20 May, but Jerónimo Ndong is now detained without charge, together with 10 others arrested in the context of a failed demonstration.   Medianera and Ubaldo Mesi Ndong, respectively the wife ...

Further information UA 121/13 TURKMENISTAN - RELEASED JOURNALIST REMAINS AT RISK

  TURKMENISTAN   Rovshen Yazmuhamedov, a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist, was released from detention on 22 May in Turkmenistan after spending more than two weeks in custody. The charges against him are still unclear. It is likely he had been targeted in connection with his work as a journalist. ...

Further information on UA 112/13 EGYPT - ACTIVIST TRIED FOR ‘INSULTING THE PRESIDENT'

  EGYPT   The trial of prisoner of conscience Ahmed Douma resumed on 13 May 2013. At the end of the hearing the presiding judge set 3 June as the date for the verdict to be delivered. If Ahmed Douma is found guilty of insulting Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi he ...

Further information on UA 38/13 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - LAWYER UNDER THREAT SENDS THANKS FOR ACTION

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   An investigation into death threats made against lawyer Magamed Abubakarov has been opened and is ongoing.   Criminal defence lawyer from North Caucasus, Russia, Magamed Abubakarov, sends his deep gratitude to Amnesty International members for letters of support from the Urgent Action Network, and requests that ...

UA 136/13 HAITI - DEATH THREAT TO HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER IN HAITI

  HAITI   A human rights lawyer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has been threatened and intimidated since 15 April, when two men were arrested and beaten. One died in custody. The lawyer is now representing the cases of both men.   Human rights lawyer Patrice Florvilus, who is executive director of ...

Further information on UA 62/13 MEXICO - PROTECT MIGRANTS FROM KIDNAPPING

  MEXICO   Criminal gangs continue to target migrants travelling to the U.S. border, this time by kidnapping some of them, in the southern state of Tabasco, Mexico. The authorities’ response has been slow and inadequate. Kidnapping puts the migrants in immediate danger.   On 14 May, a group of ...

UA 135/13 PAPUA NEW GUINEA - DEATH PENALTY PROPOSALS PUT LIVES AT RISK

  PAPUA NEW GUINEA   At least ten people under sentence of death will be at risk of execution if legal amendments to facilitate the resumption of executions are passed in Papua New Guinea. The Government has announced that Parliament will imminently debate these draft legal changes. Executions have not ...

Further information on UA 115/13 VENEZUELA - OPPOSITION POLITICIAN RELEASED

  VENEZUELA   Antonio Rivero has been released pending trial. He was arrested for his involvement in protests after the election results were published.   Antonio Rivero was released on 17 May. He had been arrested on 27 April after he was called for a meeting with officials from the ...

Further information on UA 356/12 CHINA - CHINESE DEATH ROW PRISONER ENDS LIFE

  CHINA   The family of Li Xin, a Chinese man facing execution, reports that he ended his life on 29 January.   Exact details of his death are unavailable.   Li Xin was sentenced to death for trafficking, selling and transporting 1,925 grams of methamphetamines by the Dehong Daizu ...

Further information on UA 296/12 COLOMBIA - DEATH THREAT TO MOTHER OF MAN KILLED BY ARMY

  COLOMBIA   The mother and lawyers of a young man killed by the members of the Colombian armed forces have received death threats, days before a court hearing on the case.   On 17 May a death threat was found by Alfamir Castillo, President of the Committee of Women ...

Further information on UA 220/12 TAJIKISTAN - 26 YEAR SENTENCE FOR HIGH PROFILE MURDER

  TAJIKISTAN   The murder trial of a man accused of murdering the Tajikistani President's brother-in-law took place behind closed doors in December 2012 and January 2013. Dilovarsho Qosimov was found guilty and sentenced to 26 years in prison, despite his "confessions" being reportedly extracted under torture and other ill-treatment. ...

UA 131/13 SYRIA - FATHER AND SON HELD INCOMMUNICADO IN SYRIA

  SYRIA   Medical student Sameeh Bahrah, aged 26, has been held incommunicado at an unknown location, since his arrest on 30 April 2013. The same day, his father Bassam Bahrah, aged 52, also went missing. They may have been subjected to enforced disappearance.   Medical student Sameeh Bahrah, aged ...

UA 133/13 COLOMBIA - PARAMILITARIES THREATEN RIGHTS ORGANISATION

  COLOMBIA   Human rights defenders working with forcibly displaced people in Barrancabermeja, Northern Colombia, received three death threats from paramilitaries on 13 and 14 May. Their families are also at risk.   On 13 May, a death threat was written on the wall of the office of the non-governmental ...

UA 132/13 EQUATORIAL GUINEA - FAMILY OF OPPOSITION LEADER ARRESTED

  EQUATORIAL GUINEA   The wife and brother of the of an opposition party leader in Equatorial Guinea were arrested in the capital Malabo in the early hours of 20 May. They are being held incommunicado, apparently to pressure the opposition leader to hand himself in.   Medianera is the ...

UA 134/13 VENEZUELA - MURDERS OF FAMILY CONTINUE; 17-YEAR-OLD KILLED

  VENEZUELA   On the night of 16 May, 17-year-old Roni Barrios was murdered with a machete or axe in Aragua state, Venezuela. He is the tenth member of the Barrios family to be murdered since 1998 under circumstances that suggest police involvement. The authorities have failed to investigate the ...

UA 128/13 INDONESIA - THREE MEN EXECUTED IN INDONESIA

  INDONESIA   Suryadi Swabuana, Jurit bin Abdullah, and Ibrahim bin Ujang were executed by firing squad late at night on 16 May 2013.   Suryadi Swabuana was convicted and sentenced to death in 1992 for the premeditated murder of a family in South Sumatra province. His clemency application was ...

Further information on UA 83/13 POLAND - THREATS OF FORCED EVICTION TO ROMA CONTINUE

  POLAND   On 7 May, around 20 Roma residents of an informal settlement on Paprotna Street, Wroclaw were served with a 14-day eviction notice by the municipality without any consultation with them on the planned eviction. The 20 Roma residents including children have been living in Paprotna street for ...

UA 129/13 USA - PUSH USA ON NEW PROMISE TO SHUT GUANTÁNAMO

  USA   According to the military authorities, 102 of the 166 detainees in the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba are on hunger strike, with 30 being “tube fed”. In recent days, the US administration has promised a “renewed effort” to close the detention facility.   Concerns ...

UA 130/13 YEMEN - THREE MEN AT RISK OF IMMINENT EXECUTION

  YEMEN   Three Yemeni men are at risk of imminent execution in the coming week after local authorities informed them and their families that they have received orders to carry out their executions. One of the men claims to have been a juvenile at the time of the alleged ...

Further information on UA 104/13 REPUBLIC OF CONGO - STRIKE ENDS WITH AN AGREEMENT, STRIKERS SAFE

  REPUBLIC OF CONGO   Leaders of the Coalition for Improving the Teaching Profession (Concertation pour la revalorisation de la profession d’enseignant, CPRE), a confederation of teachers’ trade unions in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, have called off the strike by teachers. They are no longer being harassed and intimidated by ...

UA 126/13 BAHRAIN - FIVE BAHRAINI MEN SENTENCED TO JAIL FOR TWEETS

  BAHRAIN   Five Bahraini men, including a lawyer, were sentenced to one year’s imprisonment by the Manama Lower Criminal Court on 15 May for allegedly insulting the King of Bahrain in messages posted on Twitter. They may be prisoners of conscience.   According to information received by Amnesty International, ...

UA 128/13 INDONESIA - THREE MEN TO BE EXECUTED IN INDONESIA

  INDONESIA   Three men in Indonesia are facing imminent execution, possibly as early as the evening of 16 May. The three have been moved to isolation cells and family members have travelled to be close to them.   According to a statement by the Attorney General’s Office today, Suryadi ...

Further information on UA 125/13 MOROCCO/WESTERN SAHARA - SIX TORURED AND DETAINED IN WESTERN SAHARA

MOROCCO/WESTERN SAHARA   El Hussein Bah was jailed in Laayoune, Western Sahara,yesterday after the Crown Prosecutor overruled a previous decision to release him on bail. Five other Sahrawis also arrested for protesting for self-determination of Western Sahara face unfair trial after reportedly being tortured into “confessions”.   17-year- old El ...

UA 127/13 COLOMBIA - ATTEMPT ON LIFE OF INDIGENOUS RIGHTS DEFENDER

  COLOMBIA   The home of Pedro Manuel Loperena, an indigenous human rights defender in north-eastern Colombia, was attacked with a grenade on 11 May.   On 11 May, two unidentified individuals travelling on a motorbike threw a grenade at the home of Pedro Manuel Loperena, in the area of ...

UA 124/13 ZAMBIA - TWO MEN ON TRIAL FOR "UNNATURAL" SEX

  ZAMBIA   Two men in Zambia have been arrested on charges of having sex “against the order of nature”, and denied bail. They are detained and awaiting trial. They have been subjected to forcible anal examination.   On 6 May, police arrested Phil Mubiana and James Mwansa, both aged ...

Further information on UA 93/13 EL SALVADOR - BEATRIZ IN NEED AS AUTHORITIES JUST STAND BY

  EL SALVADOR   Beatriz is still waiting for the Salvadoran authorities to provide her with the medical treatment she urgently needs to safeguard her life and health. The authorities are known to be concerned by the appeals the network have been sending, and it is vital to continue the ...

UA 123/13 KENYA - 400 FAMILIES FORCIBLY EVICTED

  KENYA   Some 400 Kenyan families were forcibly evicted on 10 May from an informal settlement in the capital, Nairobi. They are homeless and in urgent need of food, water and shelter. Police, who were providing security for the eviction, used live ammunition and teargas.   Nearly 400 homes ...

UA 125/13 MOROCCO/WESTERN SAHARA - SIX ARRESTED AND TORTURED IN WESTERN SAHARA

  MOROCCO/WESTERN SAHARA   On 9 May, Moroccan security forces in Laayoune, Western Sahara, arrested six Sahrawis including a 17-year-old. They were arrested after protesting for the self-determination of Western Sahara. They face unfair trial after reportedly being tortured into “confessions”.   El Hussein Bah, 17, Yassine Sidati, 22, Mohamed ...

Further information on UA 336/12 INDONESIA - SHI'A COMMUNITY FACE REMOVAL FROM SHELTER

  INDONESIA   The Shi'a community driven from their homes in East Java in August 2012 are now at risk of being forcibly removed from their temporary shelter. They have been denied clean drinking water and food supplies for almost two weeks.   According to local sources, the Sampang district ...

UA 122/13 COLOMBIA - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER’S DAUGHTER TARGETED

  COLOMBIA   The daughter of Ingrid Vergara, a prominent Colombian human rights defender, has received a text message telling her that her mother had been killed.   On 30 April Ingrid Vergara’s daughter received a text message that read: “Hello bitch, your mum was killed, hahaha” (hola perra mataron ...

UA 118/13 SUDAN - FEMALE LAWYER DETAINED, RISKS TORTURE

  SUDAN   Sudanese lawyer Asma Ahmed, a human rights activist, has been detained incommunicado by the National Security Services since 4 May. She has not been charged with any offence, and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Agents of the National Security Services (NSS) visited Asma ...

UA 120/13 BRAZIL - RURAL LEADER THREATENED IN LAND CONFLICT

BRAZIL   Rural leader Antônio Isídio Pereira da Silva and families from the community of Vergel, in the interior of the north-eastern Brazilian state of Maranhão, have received a series of death threats. Vergel has long been targeted by loggers and land-grabbers who have repeatedly used violence to intimidate them. ...

UA 121/13 TURKMENISTAN - JOURNALIST AT RISK OF TORTURE IN TURKMENISTAN

  TURKMENISTAN   Rovshen Yazmuhamedov, a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist, was detained on 6 May in Turkmenistan by local police. Though the charges against him have not been disclosed by the authorities, there are fears that he may have been targeted in connection with his work and that he ...

Further information on UA 51/13 NIGERIA - DEMOLITIONS CEASE BUT PEOPLE STILL HOMELESS

  NIGERIA   Hundreds of people in Badia East settlement in Lagos State, Nigeria, are still at risk of further evictions, after they were forcibly evicted from their homes on 23 February. The authorities did not extend the demolitions into other parts of Badia East, but the fear of further ...

Further information on UA 232/12 BAHRAIN - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE’S SENTENCE UPHELD

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini activist Zainab Al-Khawaja’s sentence to three months’ imprisonment for participating in an “illegal gathering” was upheld by the Appeal Court on 9 May. She is a prisoner of conscience held solely for peacefully exercising her rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.   In 2012 ...

Further information on UA 113/13 USA - MISSISSIPPI EXECUTION BLOCKED BY STATE COURT

  USA   The Supreme Court of Mississippi granted Willie Manning a stay of execution on 7 May, about five hours before he was due to be put to death. He has been on death row for over 18 years; he was convicted in 1994 of two murders committed in ...

Further information on UA 114/13 BAHRAIN - ACTIVIST PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE WAS TORTURED

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights activist Naji Fateel was tortured and otherwise ill-treated before he was transferred to Dry Dock Prison on 5 May 2013. He is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for his human rights activities and should be released immediately.   Naji Fateel, 39, was taken ...

UA 116/13 CHAD - JOURNALIST ARRESTED, RISKS TORTURE

  CHAD   Journalist Eric Topona, Secretary General of the Union of Chadian Journalists (UJT) was arrested on 6 May and transferred to Am Sinene prison in the Chadian capital, N'Djamena, where detention conditions are life-threatening.   Eric Topona, a journalist for Chad's national broadcaster, the National Radio and Television ...

UA 115/13 VENEZUELA - OPPOSITION POLITICIAN ARBITRARILY DETAINED

  VENEZUELA   Antonio Rivero, a supporter of the main opposition candidate in the recent Venezuelan presidential elections, was detained on 27 April and two days later charged for his involvement in protests after the election results were published.   Antonio Rivero was detained on 27 April after he was ...

UA 117/13 COLOMBIA - COMMUNITY THREATENED IN "DEATH LIST"

  COLOMBIA   Paramilitaries are looking for members of the communities of the Curvarado River Basin in north-western Colombia, to kill them. They have also been watching members of a human rights NGO active in the region, the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission.   The Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission ...

UA 119/13 MEXICO - WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS THREATENED

  MEXICO   Two women activists, both members of a human rights organization in Oaxaca State, southern Mexico, are being threatened and harassed.   Human rights defender Alba Cruz Ramos received a threatening text message on 30 April. It was similar to threats she had received before: it called her ...

UA 112/13 EGYPT - ACTIVIST DETAINED FOR "INSULTING THE PRESIDENT" (update)

  EGYPT   Opposition activist Ahmed Douma, 24, has been detained since 30 April on charges which include "insulting the president". He is a possible prisoner of conscience.   Ahmed Douma presented himself at the public prosecutor's office in the city of Tanta, capital of the northern governorate of Gharbiya, ...

Further information on UA 23/12 YEMEN - YEMENI MAN'S EXECUTION HALTED ONCE AGAIN

  YEMEN   A Yemeni man who had been told that he would be executed as early as 5 May was granted a stay of execution on 4 May. His case, and those of all others on death row whose ages are disputed, will be reviewed by a medical examination ...

UA 113/13 USA - EXECUTION SET AMID DNA AND RACISM DISPUTES

  USA (MISSISSIPPI)   Willie Manning is due to be executed in Mississippi on 7 May for two murders committed in 1992. He is seeking clemency or at least a stay of execution in order for DNA and other testing of crime evidence to be carried out. He maintains his ...

Further information on UA 263/12 USA - IRAQ WAR OBJECTOR WILL SERVE JAIL TERM IN USA

  USA   Pregnant USA prisoner of conscience, Kimberly Rivera, will serve 10 months in prison following sentencing at her court martial. She deserted the US army while deployed in Iraq because she felt morally unable to take part in the conflict.   After pleading guilty to desertion at her ...

Further information on UA 90/13 PAPUA NEW GUINEA - WOMEN ACCUSED OF SORCERY FREED

  PAPUA NEW GUINEA   A seriously injured woman and her two daughters, who were held in Papua New Guinea by a group that accused them of practicing "sorcery", have been freed. They are safe and are receiving medical care.   The injured woman has a severe laceration to her ...

UA 112/13 EGYPT - ACTIVIST DETAINED FOR "INSULTING THE PRESIDENT"

  EGYPT   Opposition activist Ahmed Douma, 24, has been detained since 30 April on charges which include “insulting the president”. He is a possible prisoner of conscience.   Ahmed Douma presented himself at the public prosecutor’s office in the city of Tanta, capital of the northern governorate of Gharbiya, ...

UA 114/13 BAHRAIN - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST DETAINED IN BAHRAIN

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights activist, Naji Fateel, was arrested on 2 May 2013 at his home by plain clothed police officers. His whereabouts are unknown. He is a prisoner of conscience who should be released immediately and unconditionally.   Naji Fateel, 39, is a board member of the ...

UA 111/13 HONDURAS - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER JOURNALIST THREATENED

  HONDURAS   Honduran journalist Hector Longino Becerra, a human rights defender, has been phoned by a man who threatened to murder him and his family.   Hector Longino Becerra, executive director of the NGO Freedom of Expression Committee (Comite por la Libre Expresion, C-Libre), was telephoned three times in ...

Further information on UA 93/13 EL SALVADOR - PROTECTION MEASURES ORDERED FOR BEATRIZ

  EL SALVADOR   The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has urged the Salvadoran government to safeguard the life of Beatriz, but they still have not acted.   The Salvadoran government must act immediately to safeguard the life of Beatriz: the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) granted her "protective ...

Further information on UA 23/13 YEMEN - YEMENI MAN AGAIN FACING IMMINENT EXECUTION

  YEMEN   A Yemeni man who had been granted a stay of execution in February could now be executed as early as 5 May. His birth certificate shows that he was 15 years old at the time of the offence for which he was sentenced to death.   The ...

UA 110/13 Russian Federation - RUSSIAN NGOS FACE NEW FORM OF PERSECUTION

    Russian Federation   A Moscow court has fined a Russian NGO almost 10,000 USD. It is the first organization to be fined under a repressive new law which requires organizations in receipt of foreign funding and engaged in “political activities” to describe themselves as “foreign agents”.   On ...

Further information on UA 242/11 Saudi Arabia - SHEIKH AL-'AMR APPEAL MAY WORSEN SENTENCE

  SAUDI ARABIA       Sheikh Tawfiq Jaber Ibrahim al-'Amr risks a harsher sentence when his appeal is heard within the next few weeks. He has been serving a three-year prison sentence since December 2012, when he rejected an offer of release if he gave no more Friday sermons. ...

Further information on UA 104/13 Republic of Congo - TEACHERS FREED, STRIKE LEADERS STILL HARASSED

  Republic of Congo   Two teachers in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, detained for a week in connection with an ongoing strike, have now been released without charge. However leaders of the union still face harassment and intimidation by the Congolese authorities.   Hilaire Eyima and Claude Nzingoula were released ...

UA 109/13 Indonesia - NINE MORE TO BE EXECUTED IN INDONESIA

    INDONESIA   Nine people are at risk of execution in Indonesia, as the state has resumed executions. According to the Attorney General’s Office, the execution of Adami Wilson on 14 March was only the first of 10 executions to be carried out in 2013.   Indonesia has carried ...

UA 106/13 SYRIA - CHILD HELD INCOMMUNICADO IN SYRIA

  SYRIA   Sixteen-year-old Ahmed Ismael al-‘Akkad, who suffers from asthma, has been held incommunicado in conditions possibly amounting to enforced disappearance since 20 November 2012. He is reported to have been ill-treated and denied medical treatment.   Ahmed Ismael al-‘Akkad was arrested on 20 November 2012 when the authorities ...

UA 107/13 SAUDI ARABIA - REFORMISTS KEPT IN PRISON

  SAUDI ARABIA   Six reformist prisoners of conscience have been kept behind bars, while 10 others, several of whom were out on bail, are now released under a “pardon” on condition that they give up their activism.   Ten men were released under a royal “pardon” in January, but ...

UA 108/13 MEXICO - ARTICLE 19 STAFF THREATENED IN MEXICO CITY

  MEXICO   An anonymous threatening letter was received by Article 19, a human rights organization which works on the right to freedom of expression at their country headquarters in Mexico City, Mexico.   On 19 April, a threatening letter was found at the front door of Article 19 offices. ...

Further information on UA 100/13 BURUNDI - JOURNALISTS AT RISK FROM RESTRICTIVE LAW

  BURUNDI   A draft press law which would severely limit the activities of journalists has been adopted by the Burundian Senate and is expected to be promulgated by the President of Burundi shortly. Freedom of expression is under threat in Burundi.   If the draft law is passed, it ...

UA 104/13 REPUBLIC OF CONGO - TEACHERS HELD WITHOUT CHARGE OVER STRIKE

  REPUBLIC OF CONGO   Two teachers were arrested in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on 18 and 19 April, in connection with an ongoing peaceful strike that began on 25 February. They have not been charged and Amnesty International considers them to be prisoners of conscience, detained solely for exercising ...

Further information UA 75/13 UZBEKISTAN - UZBEKISTANI WRITER FREE AFTER 14 YEARS

  UZBEKISTAN   Writer Mamadali Makhmudov was released on 19 April after serving 14 years in prison in cruel, inhuman and degrading conditions in Uzbekistan. The day of his release he returned to his home in Taskent, the Uzbekistani capital, where he met his grandchildren for the first time.   ...

Further information on UA 93/13 EL SALVADOR - WOMAN STILL DENIED LIFE-SAVING TREATMENT

  EL SALVADOR   Beatriz, a woman from El Salvador, has still not been given the life-saving termination to her pregnancy. The targets for this UA have been updated to apply further pressure on the authorities. Each day that passes places Beatriz at greater risk.   Beatriz suffers from health ...

Further information on UA 128/12 BAHRAIN - DEMAND MEDICAL CARE FOR IMPRISONED ACTIVIST

  BAHRAIN   Prominent Bahraini human rights activist and prisoner of conscience NabeeI Rajab is not receiving adequate medical care in detention for severe back pain.   Nabeel Rajab has not been receiving adequate medical care for a herniated disc in his back from which he has been suffering for ...

Further information on UA 89/13 EGYPT - ACTIVISTS STILL HELD IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

  EGYPT   Three Egyptian activists continue to be detained in solitary confinement in Alaqrab high security prison after their preventive detention was renewed on 15 April.   On 15 April, the New Cairo Criminal Court renewed the preventive detention of Mohamed Mostafa Youssef, Mamdouh Hassan Mamdouh and Abdelazeem Abdo ...

UA 103/13 COLOMBIA - PEASANT FARMER KILLED AFTER THREATS

  COLOMBIA   Gunmen thought to be paramilitaries have killed a land rights activist in northern Colombia, and have threatened to kill peasant farmers trying to assert their rights over land in the region.   Land rights activist Narciso Enrique Tehrán Mejía was shot dead as he slept on 12 ...

Further Information on UA 81/13 FRANCE - EVICTION FORCES UP TO 200 FROM THEIR HOMES

  FRANCE   Up to 200 people have been forcibly evicted from an informal settlement in Ris-Orangis, on the outskirts of Paris, France. Eight families have begun legal proceedings.   On the morning of 3 April, authorities evicted over 200 inhabitants of the informal settlement in Ris-Orangis from their huts ...

UA 102/13 CHINA - ACTIVIST DETAINED, RISKS TORTURE

  CHINA   Activist Liu Yuandong, a businessman, was detained on 23 February in Guangzhou, China after he took part in a protest against North Korea’s nuclear tests. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Liu Yuandong, a 35-year-old businessman, protested with several other people against North ...

Further information on UA 71/13 QATAR - ACTIVISTS RELEASED, BUT FORBIDDEN TO TRAVEL

  QATAR   Two Qatari activists who had been detained without charge since 22 March were released on 18 April. The prosecutor’s office told the men there was no case against them, but the Interior Ministry later told both activists they were banned from leaving the country.   Muhammad Issa ...

Further information on UA 95/13 BANGLADESH - DETAINED EDITOR ALLEGES TORTURE

  BANGLADESH   Detained Bangladeshi newspaper editor Mahmudur Rahman was hospitalised on 18 April. His lawyers say he was tortured in police custody.   On 18 April, Mahmudur Rahman was transferred to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University hospital, after his condition deteriorated following a two day hunger strike. He had ...

UA 101/13 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - POLICE THREATEN, ASSAULT JOURNALIST

  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   Police officers in the Dominican Republic have attacked and threatened a journalist reporting on a forced eviction they were carrying out in the north of the country.   Journalist Marcelo Contreras was filming for a local TV channel on 11 April, as police officers evicted peasants ...

UA 99/13 HAITI - HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES RISK FORCED EVICTION

  HAITI   Hundreds of families left homeless after Haiti's January 2010 earthquake are being threatened with forced eviction from their makeshift camp in the Christ-Roi neighbourhood of the capital, Port-au-Prince.   A man claiming to be the landowner came to the Christopher camp in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, on 23 ...

UA 98/13 HAITI - FAMILIES ATTACKED, RISK FORCED EVICTION

  HAITI   Hundreds of families left homeless by the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti are living under the threat of forced eviction from their makeshift camp in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Their lives are in danger following a recent arson attack and the death of one resident in police custody. ...

UA 100/13 BURUNDI - JOURNALISTS AT RISK FROM RESTRICTIVE LAW

  BURUNDI   A draft press law which would severely limit the activities of journalists is soon to be debated by the Burundian Senate. It could make journalists criminally liable for carrying out their work, introduce new press-related crimes and exorbitant fines for those who violate its provisions. Freedom of ...

UA 97/13 INDIA - TWO CHILDREN DETAINED, ANOTHER AT RISK

  INDIA   Two teenage boys have been detained without charge under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in Jammu and Kashmir. A third boy detained without charge at the same time has been released for health reasons but may be returned to custody within days. It is illegal for anyone ...

Further information on UA 73/13 CHAD - JEAN LAOKOLE CHARGED AND AWAITING TRIAL

  CHAD   Writer and humanitarian worker Jean Laokole was transferred to the Am Sinene detention centre in the Chadian capital, N'Djamena, on 25 March. He had been detained incommunicado for three days. He has been charged with defamation.   Jean Laokole appeared before a magistrate on 1 April 2013. ...

UA 95/13 BANGLADESH - WRITERS AT RISK OF TORTURE

  BANGLADESH   Newspaper Editor Mahmudur Rahman was arrested in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 11 April after he published articles criticising the government and some bloggers. On 3 April blogger Asif Mohiudeen was also arrested in Dhaka after he was alleged to have posted blasphemous comments online. Both men are at ...

Further Information on UA 160/12 VENEZUELA - VENEZUELAN PRISON ACTIVISTS THREATENED

  VENEZUELA   Marianela Sánchez Ortíz, a Venezuelan human rights defender with Observatorio Venezolano de Prisiones (OVP), an organisation which monitors human rights abuses in Venezuelan prisons, has been threatened because of her work. She, her family and OVP’s director Humberto Prado are all in danger.   On 12 April ...

UA 93/13 EL SALVADOR - WOMAN DENIED LIFE SAVING MEDICAL INTERVENTION

  EL SALVADOR   Beatriz is a 22-year-old woman with a high risk pregnancy who is being denied access to life saving medical treatment that she urgently needs in El Salvador. Her life is at risk and she is suffering cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.   Beatriz suffers from health ...

UA 94/13 ANGOLA - FAMILIES FORCIBLY EVICTED AND LEFT HOMELESS

  ANGOLA   On Tuesday 9 April, scores of families were forcibly evicted and had their homes demolished by city authorities in Menongue city, Angola. Thousands more in the city are at risk of being evicted.   On 9 April, the Menongue City Administrator arrived at Aeroporto Comandante Kwenha neighbourhood ...

UA 96/13 SYRIA - RED CRESCENT VOLUNTEER HELD INCOMMUNICADO

  SYRIA   Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer Mohammad Atfah was arrested at a checkpoint in Homs, Syria on 3 February 2013. He has since been detained incommunicado in conditions which possibly amount to enforced disappearance and may be held at the Military Intelligence branch in Homs. He may have ...

UA 88/13 IRAN - IRANIAN HUNGER STRIKERS IN CRITICAL CONDITION

  IRAN   Two men imprisoned in Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz, south-west Iran, are in critical condition after a prolonged hunger strike protesting the harsh treatment of dervishes, including lawyers, in Tehran’s Evin Prison. They have been beaten, have lost consciousness several times, and are being kept alive by ...

UA 89/13 EGYPT - EGYPTIAN ACTIVISTS HELD IN HIGH SECURITY PRISON

  EGYPT   Three men have been detained in solitary confinement in Egypt since 6 April in Alaqrab high security prison for insulting the Minister of Interior. The men could be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention and may be prisoners of conscience.   Mohamed Mostafa ...

Further information on UA 357/12 JORDAN - JORDANIAN MAN AND SON RELEASED

  JORDAN   Abd al-Rahman Fanatsa and his son Da’oud were released on bail on 8 January 2013 after nearly two months in detention in Jordan. However, they still face charges stemming from peacefully protesting fuel subsidy cuts.   Their case was recently transferred from the State Security Court (SSC) ...

UA 91/13 INDIA - EXECUTION IMMINENT AFTER PLEA REJECTED

  INDIA   The Supreme Court of India rejected the commutation plea of Devender Pal Singh Bhullar on 12 April. This verdict could affect the cases of at least 17 more prisoners.   Devender Pal Singh Bhullar was sentenced to death in August 2001 for his involvement in a bomb ...

Further information on UA 71/13 QATAR - DETAINED QATARI ACTIVISTS ON HUNGER STRIKE

  QATAR   Two detained Qatari activists started a hunger strike on 8 April in protest against their continued detention without charge. On 5 April they were told without further explanation that their detention had been extended for another two weeks.   On 5 April, the General Prosecutor’s office informed ...

Further information on UA 49/13 LIBYA - DETAINED LIBYAN JOURNALIST DENIED FAIR TRIAL

  LIBYA   Detained Libyan journalist Amara Abdalla al-Khattabi’s lawyer has been prevented from representing him, in breach of his right to a fair trial. Amara Abdalla al-Khattabi has been on hunger strike since 28 February 2013, and his wife has also begun a hunger strike in protest against his ...

UA 90/13 PAPUA NEW GUINEA - FEARS FOR WOMEN ACCUSED OF ‘SORCERY’

  PAPUA NEW GUINEA   A seriously injured woman and her two daughters are being held in Papua New Guinea by a group that accuses them of practising “sorcery”. There are grave fears for their safety following the beheading of a woman last week after she was also accused of ...

Further information on UA 25/13 CUBA - CUBAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE FREED

  CUBA   Independent journalist and prisoner of conscience Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias was released on 9 April after spending almost seven months in prison without charge in Cuba. He has thanked Amnesty International and believes international action on his case led to his release.   In the afternoon of ...

Further information on UA 62/13 MEXICO - SAFTETY CONCERNS FOR MIGRANTS’ SHELTER GROW

  MEXICO   There are increasing concerns for the safety of staff and migrants at La 72 migrants’ shelter in Tenosique, southern state of Tabasco, Mexico. This follows further intimidation against the shelter by a man who had been detained on charges of abuses against migrants, but was recently released. ...

Further information on UA 52/13 SAUDI ARABIA - JORDANIAN RELEASED FROM DETENTION

  SAUDI ARABIA   A Jordanian man who had been held incommunicado in Saudi Arabia since 6 January was released on 7 April. It had been 91 days since he was last seen, being arrested by security forces at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. Throughout his detention, he ...

UA 86/13 MEXICO - HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION ATTACKED IN MEXICO

  MEXICO   The office of a human rights organization in Chihuahua in northern Mexico has been attacked. This could be connected to their work on human rights and the staff's security may be at risk.   On 4 April, members of the Women’s Human Rights Centre (Centro de Derechos ...

Further information on UA 236/12 BAHRAIN - JUVENILES SENTENCED IN TRIAL ALONGSIDE ADULTS

  BAHRAIN   Two boys, Jehad Sadeq Aziz Salman and Ebrahim Ahmed Radi al-Moqdad were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on 4 April 2013. Three male adults were also sentenced to 10 and 15 years’ imprisonment.   The High Criminal Court in Manama issued its verdict in the cases of ...

UA 85/13 INDIA - INDIAN PRISONERS AT RISK OF IMMINENT EXECUTION

  INDIA   The Indian President has rejected the mercy petitions of at least seven people, putting them at risk of imminent execution. The government has not, however, disclosed the names of those who are now at risk of execution.   Decisions have been made by the Indian President on ...

Further information on UA 28/13 MEXICO - THREATS DUE TO WIND FARM OPPOSITION CONTINUE

  MEXICO   Human rights organization and activists continue to be threatened and harassed believed to be as a result of their opposition to the construction of a wind farm project in the Tehuantepec Isthmus, Oaxaca State, Mexico.   On 3 March the offices of human rights organization Human Rights ...

UA 84/13 INDIA - ARRESTED THEATRE ACTIVISTS AT RISK OF TORTURE

  INDIA   Theatre activists Sheetal Sathe and Sachin Mali were arrested on 2 April 2013 on various charges, including criminal conspiracy and being part of a banned organization. They are being held in Mumbai, India and are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.   Sheetal Sathe and Sachin ...

Further information on UA 66/13 COLOMBIA - TRADE UNIONISTS RECEIVE MORE DEATH THREATS

  COLOMBIA   Several trade unionists in the mining industry have received further death threats from Colombian paramilitaries.   On 1 April the paramilitary group “Rastrojo Urban Commands” (Los Rastrojos - Comandos Urbanos) sent an email with death threats which named dozens of individuals including many trade union members and ...

UA 83/13 POLAND - ROMA FAMILIES FACE FORCED EVICTION IN POLAND

  POLAND   Over 60 Roma people living in an informal settlement in Wroclaw, western Poland, face imminent forced eviction after notices were delivered by the municipality on 26 March.   On 26 March, the residents of the settlement received eviction notices from the municipality giving them 14 days to ...

Further information on UA 259/12 IRAQ - FOUR MEN EXECUTED IN IRAQ, TWO REMAIN AT RISK

  IRAQ   Four men were executed in Iraq yesterday. Two more men, including one Saudi Arabian national, could be executed at any time.   Four Iraqi nationals were executed on 2 April; they are Manaf ‘Abdulrahim ‘Abdulhamid ‘Issa al-Rawi, Mohammad Nouri Matar Yassin, Ibrahim ‘Abdulqader ‘Ali ‘Antik, and Mohammad ...

Further Information on UA 232/12 BAHRAIN - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE DENIED VISITS BY FAMILY

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini activist Zainab Al-Khawaja has been denied family visits since mid-March for refusing to wear the prison uniform during the visits. She is a prisoner of conscience held solely for peacefully exercising her rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.   Dual Bahraini and Danish national, ...

UA 81/13 FRANCE - OVER 200 PEOPLE FACE FORCED EVICTION

  FRANCE   Over 200 people living in an informal settlement in Ris-Orangis on the outskirts of Paris face imminent forced eviction following a decision taken by the municipality on 29 March 2013.   On 1 April, representatives of the Mayor of Ris-Orangis (a municipality in the greater Parisian region) ...

UA 77/13 COLOMBIA - LAND ACTIVISTS RECEIVE DEATH THREATS

  COLOMBIA   A member of the Victims’ Roundtable of El Carmen del Bolívar – a group of victims seeking the return of misappropriated land – in northern Colombia has received death threats on behalf of both herself and other land activists.   On 11 March human rights defender Mariluz ...

UA 78/13 Mexico - TWO MEN ALLEGEDLY EXECUTED BY MEXICAN ARMY

    MEXICO   The Mexican Army killed two young men in disputed circumstances in the town of Nuevo Laredo. Relatives are seeking a full investigation into evidence that the two men were tortured and summarily executed. Family members and witnesses are at risk of reprisals.   On 18 March, ...

UA 79/13 Kosovo - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER ATTACKED

  KOSOVO   Nazlie Bala, a human rights defender in Kosovo, was attacked outside her apartment on 27 March. She had recently received death threats after publicly supporting a law that would provide survivors of war crimes of sexual violence with compensation and rehabilitation. Amnesty International is calling for her ...

Further information on UA 236/12 Bahrain - VERDICT OF TRIAL TO BE ANNOUNCED ON 4 APRIL

    BAHRAIN   The verdict on the trial of two children and three male adults who participated in protests in Bahrain will be announced on 4 April 2013.   On 4 April 2013, the High Criminal Court in Manama will announce its verdict in the cases of Jehad Sadeq ...

Further information on UA 3/13 Saudi Arabia - WEBSITE FOUNDER’S CASE BEFORE APPEAL COURT

    SAUDI ARABIA   The case of Raif Badawi, a man who set up a website in Saudi Arabia, has now come before an appeal court. Amnesty International considers Raif Badawi a prisoner of conscience.   Raif Badawi (25), founder of a website for political and social debate, “Saudi ...

UA 80/13 Sudan - SUDANESE YOUTH AT RISK OF TORTURE

    SUDAN   Sudanese youth Hatim Ali Mohammed has been detained incommunicado since 24 March in the suburbs of Sudan’s capital by the National Security Service (NSS) following his participation in a protest. He is at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Hatim Ali Mohammed (25) attended ...

Further information on UA 71/13 Qatar - ACTIVISTS REMOVED FROM SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

    QATAR   Two Qatari activists have been removed from solitary confinement and granted regular access to family and lawyers. They are yet to be charged with any criminal offence.   On 27 March, five days after their arrest, Muhammad Issa al-Baker and Mansour bin Rashed al-Matroushi were removed ...

Further information on UA 191/12 CHINA - ACTIVIST RETURNED HOME BUT REMAINS AT RISK

    CHINA   Chinese prisoner of conscience Zhu Chengzhi returned home on 20 March but continues to be held under “residential surveillance” after being held in a hostel since 15 March. He continues to be at risk of secret and incommunicado detention.   Zhu Chengzhi was placed under “residential ...

UA 76/13 MEXICO - ACTIVIST RECEIVES DEATH THREAT

    MEXICO   Activist and radio presenter, Filiberto Vicente Aquino, received a death threat on 20 March after covering a press conference about the opposition to the construction of a wind farm near San Mateo del Mar, in the Tehuantepec Istmus, Oaxaca State. Others opposing the wind farm have ...

Further information on UA 20/13 ZIMBABWE - HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER RELEASED ON BAIL

    ZIMBABWE   Prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa was released on bail by a High Court Judge on Monday 25 March. She had been detained since Sunday 17 March and was initially denied bail on Wednesday 20 March by a Magistrates Court despite the High Court issuing ...

Further information on UA 71/13 QATAR - QATARI ACTIVISTS GRANTED VISIT FROM FAMILIES

    QATAR   Two Qatari activists who have been held incommunicado since 22 March were allowed a visit by family members yesterday. They are said to be in solitary confinement in the central police headquarters in the capital, Doha. They remain at risk of ill-treatment.   Muhammad Issa al-Baker ...

UA 72/13 Tajikistan - UZBEK COMMUNITY LEADER GOES MISSING

    Tajikistan   Salim Shamsiddinov, a lawyer and leader of the Uzbek community in southern Tajikistan's Khatlon Region, went missing on 15 March in what may have been a political abduction. His family last saw Salim Shamsiddinov, aged 58, at 6.30 am on 15 March as he went out ...

Further information on UA 137/12 IRAN - DEATH ROW AHWAZI ARAB MEN ON HUNGER STRIKE

    IRAN   Five Iranian Ahwazi Arab men have launched a hunger strike in protest at the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold their death sentences and their treatment in prison, including torture and other ill-treatment and the authorities’ refusal to allow them medical care.   The five men from ...

UA 74/13 VENEZUELA - VENEZUELAN CARTOONIST THREATENED

    VENEZUELA   Rayma Suprani, cartoonist and journalist with independent newspaper El Universal, began receiving threats on 18 March.   Renowned Venezuelan cartoonist and journalist, Rayma Suprani, has been receiving threats and insults via mobile phones and social media. The attack started on 18 March, when she received a ...

FU on UA 26/13 ISRAEL/OPT - DETAINEES END HUNGER STRIKE, NEED TREATMENT

    ISRAEL/OPT   Palestinian administrative detainees Ja’far Izz al-Din and Tareq Qa’dan suspended their hunger strikes on 27 February after the Israeli military prosecution stated that their current detention orders would not be renewed. They are currently held in the clinic at Ramleh prison, amid continuing concerns about their ...

UA 75/13 UZBEKISTAN - WRITER FACES FURTHER PRISON TERM

    UZBEKISTAN   Uzbekistani writer Mamadali Makhmudov was told on 5 March that a new criminal case for allegedly violating prison rules has been initiated against him. He was due to be released from detention after serving 14 years in prison in cruel, inhuman and degrading conditions. His family ...

UA 71/13 Qatar - TWO ACTIVISTS HELD INCOMMUNICADO, IN DANGER

      QATAR   Two Qatari human rights activists have been held incommunicado since 22 March, putting them at risk of ill-treatment. They are said to be in solitary confinement in the central police headquarters in the capital, Doha. They are prisoners of conscience if they are held solely ...

UA 73/13 Chad - WRITER ARRESTED, DETAINED INCOMMUNICADO

    25 March 2013   Chad     Writer Jean Laokolé, a humanitarian worker, was arrested on 22 March by the security services in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena. His whereabouts are unknown.   Jean Laokolé was arrested in the evening of 22 March by a group of men in ...

Further information on UA 119/12 Israel/OPT - PALESTINIAN DETAINEE RESUMES HUNGER STRIKE

     Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories   Administrative detainee Samer al-Barq was denied a family visit on 12 March, apparently to punish him for resuming his hunger strike on 27 February in protest at the renewal of his administrative order despite previous assurances by the Israeli authorities. He is currently held ...

UA 70/13 Sudan - SUDANESE CHRISTIAN HELD WITHOUT CHARGE

    SUDAN   Salwa Fahmi Suleiman Gireis, a Sudanese Christian woman and NGO worker, has been detained without charges for over month by the Sudanese security services following her arrest from her home in Khartoum. She may be detained in conditions amounting to ill-treatment.   Salwa Fahmi Suleiman Gireis ...

UA 69/13 Haiti - DISPLACED FAMILIES FACE FORCED EVICTION IN HAITI

    HAITI   Hundreds of families who were left homeless after the January 2010 earthquake face imminent forced eviction from their makeshift camp in the Port-au-Prince municipality of Carrefour. Amnesty International is concerned that if evicted they will once again be left homeless.   Approximately 650 families living in ...

Further Information on UA174/12 Oman - ACTIVISTS PARDONED AND RELEASED IN OMAN

    OMAN   The Sultan of Oman has pardoned activists who were convicted last year on charges of insulting the ruler, IT crimes and taking part in unauthorized protests. All who were imprisoned on these charges were released on 22 March 2013.   On 21 March, Sultan Qaboos issued ...

Further information on UA 9/13 SOMALIA - CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST JOURNALIST

    SOMALIA   The conviction of journalist Abdiaziz Abdnur Ibrahim has been quashed, and he was released by the Supreme Court on 17 March.   Chief Justice Aideed Abdullahi Ilka-Hanaf of the Supreme Court quashed the conviction of Abdiaziz Abdnur Ibrahim, who had been jailed for 66 days following ...

UA 68/13 Azerbaijan - FOUR YOUTH ACTIVISTS FACE PRISON SENTENCES

    Azerbaijan   Four members of the NIDA youth movement were arrested on 8 and 15 March in Baku, Azerbaijan. All four had been involved in organising a peaceful protest, which was violently dispersed by the authorities on 10 March and face long prison sentences.   Youth activists Mahammad ...

Further information on UA 62/13 Mexico - MORE THREATS MADE AGAINST MIGRANTS’ SHELTER

    MEXICO   There are new reports of threats against La 72 migrants’ shelter and its director in Tenosique, southern state of Tabasco, Mexico. The lives of the shelter director and workers are in grave danger.   On 17 March, a migrant told volunteers at the La 72 migrants’ ...

UA 20/13 Zimbabwe - HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER DENIED BAIL

    Zimbabwe   Prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa was arrested in Harare on Sunday 17 March when she went to help a client whose home was being searched by police. She was denied bail on Wednesday 20 March and remains in custody, despite the High Court issuing ...

UA 67/13 GUATEMALA - FEARS FOR SAFETY OF LEADERS IN GUATEMALA

  GUATEMALA   Four Xinca indigenous leaders were kidnapped near Mataquescuintla, Jalapa department in Eastern Guatemala after participating in a public meeting. One was killed; the other three survived the attack.   On 17 March, four Xinca leaders – Encarnación Marcos, Rigoberto Aguilar, Rodolfo López and Roberto González – participated ...

Further information on UA 181/12 BELARUS - CRIMINAL CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST JOURNALIST

BELARUS   The second criminal case against journalist Andrzej Poczobut has been closed, and the charges of “libelling the President of Belarus” have been dropped. He had been targeted for his work as a journalist and for the legitimate exercise of his right to freedom of expression.   On 15 ...

UA 66/13 Colombia - UNION LEADERS' SAFETY AT RISK

  COLOMBIA     A death threat was made against Colombian trade union leaders who are representing workers of coal mining companies in La Jagua de Ibírico municipality, in the north-eastern department of Cesar.   On 3 March trade union president Ricardo Machado and treasurer Wilder Martínez, of the La ...

UA 63/13 Syria - ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE OF THREE SYRIAN MEN

  SYRIA   There are fears for three Syrian opposition activists held in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance for nearly six months after being arrested in Damascus.   On 20 September 2012, Abd al-Aziz al-Khayyir, Head of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change (NCB) Foreign Affairs Office and a ...

Further information on UA 58/13 Index: Saudi Arabia - SEVEN MEN PUBLICLY EXECUTED IN SAUDI ARABIA

  SAUDI ARABIA     Seven Saudi Arabian men were publicly executed on 13 March in Abha, Saudi Arabia, despite appeals by family and international organizations to halt the executions on grounds of unfair trial and underage.   The seven men – Sarhan bin Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mashayekh, Sa’id ...

Further information on UA 25/13 CUBA - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE

  CUBA     Independent journalist and prisoner of conscience Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias is on hunger strike to protest against his detention in Cuba. As a result, he has been placed in solitary confinement in a punishment cell.   On 6 March, journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias went on ...

Further information on UA 54/13 - IRAQI CLERIC RELEASED FROM DETENTION IN IRAN

  IRAN   Iraqi cleric and commentator, Ahmed al-Qubbanji, has been released from detention in Iran. He is safely back in Iraq.   Ahmed al-Qubbanji (56), a Shi’a Muslim cleric, has been released from detention in Iran. Amnesty International has been informed that he has safely returned to Baghdad, Iraq. ...

Further information on UA 330/12 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - UZBEKISTANI NATIONAL AT RISK OF TORTURE

  Russian Federation   UZBEKISTANI NATIONAL AT RISK OF TORTURE Azamatzhon Ermakov is now back in Uzbekistan, where he is facing a real risk of being tortured and otherwise ill-treated. There is strong circumstantial evidence to indicate that he was abducted following his release from detention in Russia and put ...

Further information on UA 55/13 MALDIVES - GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL

  MALDIVES   The government of Maldives has recently committed to protecting a 15-year-old, who was found guilty of “fornication” and sentenced to house arrest and flogging. She is still at risk of being flogged and house arrest while the conviction hangs over her head.   On 26 February, a ...

UA 64/13 GUATEMALA - GUATEMALAN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AT RISK

  GUATEMALA   Human rights defender and trade unionist Carlos Hernández was shot dead on 8 March in Chiquimula department, eastern Guatemala. He may have been targeted for his activism. Two other human rights defenders working in the area are at particular risk.   At 8.30am on 8 March, Carlos ...

UA 61/13 SYRIA - MEN IN VIDEO “CONFESSIONS” FEARED TORTURED

  SYRIA   Four Syrian men identified in televised “confessions” as involved in a plot to assassinate Syria's president have been held incommunicado for 10 weeks, during which time at least two of them are reported to have been tortured. Their lives are in grave danger.   Anas al-Husseini, his ...

UA 65/13 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - PEACEFUL PROTESTORS HARASSED AND ARRESTED

  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   Activists peacefully demonstrating in the Dominican Republic against discrimination suffered by Dominicans of Haitian descent were arbitrarily arrested by the police on 11 March. They are at risk of further harassment.   On 11 March, activists campaigning for the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent were ...

Further information on UA 263/12 USA - KIMBERLY RIVERA TO BE SENTENCED ON 29 APRIL

  USA   A plea agreement has been reached between US servicewoman Kimberly Rivera’s lawyers and the military authorities. A hearing to determine the length of her sentence will take place on 29 April at Fort Carson, Colorado.   Private First Class (PFC) Kimberly Rivera has been detained by the ...

UA 62/13 MEXICO - DEATH THREAT FOR DEFENDING MIGRANTS

    MEXICO   A man believed to be involved in extortion of money from irregular migrants has threatened to kill an activist for migrants' rights in southern Mexico.   A man threatened to kill migrants’ rights defender Rubén Figueroa on 4 March, at the La 72 migrants’ shelter in ...

Further information on UA 49/13 LIBYA - DETAINED JOURNALIST’S HEALTH AT RISK

  LIBYA   Libyan newspaper editor Amara Abdalla al-Khatabi, who has been detained incommunicado since 19 December, began a hunger strike on 28 February 2013. His health is deteriorating. The Minister of Justice has called for him to be released on bail.   Amara Abdalla al-Khatabi, 67, has been on ...

Further information on UA 57/13 YEMEN - MUHAMMAD HAZA'A EXECUTED

  YEMEN   Muhammad Abdul Karim Muhammad Haza’a was executed on 9 March despite international and local appeals, including a request by the Yemeni Attorney General to review his case, since his age had been disputed.   Muhammad Abdul Karim Muhammad Haza’a was executed at 11am on 9 March, in ...

FU UA 257/12 SAUDI ARABIA - NGO FOUNDERS JAILED FOR ACTIVISM, DISSENT

  SAUDI ARABIA   Two of the co-founders of a Saudi Arabian human rights organization have been imprisoned on charges related to their human rights activism and criticism of the Saudi Arabian authorities. Amnesty International considers them prisoners of conscience.   Dr Abdullah bin Hamid bin Ali al-Hamid and Mohammad ...

Further information on UA 33/13 INDIA - FORCED EVICTIONS RESUME IN ODISHA

  INDIA   An estimated 100 people were forcibly evicted on 3 March, and about 1,500 families are still at risk of forced eviction.   Government and police officials resumed forced evictions near the village of Govindpur in Jagatsinghpur district on 3 March, in continuing efforts to acquire 283 hectares ...

Further information on UA 174/12 OMAN - SENTENCES UPHELD FOR EIGHT OMANI ACTIVISTS

  OMAN   The Omani Supreme Court has upheld sentences against eight activists, while referring the cases of eight others for retrial. On the basis of information received by Amnesty International, all 16 activists appear to be held solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly ...

Further information on UA 9/13 SOMALIA - JOURNALIST'S JAIL SENTENCE UPHELD

  SOMALIA   Abdiaziz Abdnur Ibrahim, who had been found guilty on 5 February of "insulting a national institution", had his sentence upheld by Somalia's Appeals Court on 3 March. The woman who claimed she had been raped was cleared of the same charge.   Abdiaziz Abdnur Ibrahim had been ...

Further information on UA 172/12 HAITI - DISPLACED PEOPLE FACE ARBITRARY ARREST

  HAITI   Residents of a makeshift camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, which is under threat of forced eviction, have been informed by police that several of them are on an arrest list. Amnesty International believes this threat to be linked to ongoing efforts by the alleged landowner to intimidate them ...

Further information on UA 57/13 YEMEN - YEMENI MAN TO BE EXECUTED WITHIN DAYS

  YEMEN   Muhammad Abdul Karim Muhammad Haza’a is scheduled to be executed on 9 March. His age at the time of his alleged crime remains in dispute.   Muhammad Abdul Karim Muhammad Haza’a is scheduled to be executed on 9 March for the alleged killing of a man that ...

Further information on UA 58/13 SAUDI ARABIA - EXECUTIONS OF SEVEN MEN POSTPONED

  SAUDI ARABIA   Seven Saudi Arabian men have had their executions postponed (they were originally scheduled for 5 March). They could be executed as early as next week.   In August 2009, the General Court in the south-western town of Abha, Saudi Arabia, found seven men (all in their ...

Further information on UA 43/13 MALAYSIA - MOHD HILMI HASIM HEARD IN COURT IN MALAYSIA

  MALAYSIA   Mohd Hilmi Hasim has now been given access to his lawyers and was brought before a Kuala Lumpur High Court on 25 February.   Malaysian cafeteria worker Mohd Hilmi Hasim was among the first to be arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) on ...

Further information on UA 32/13 IRAQ - JOURNALIST PERMITTED TO RETURN TO FRANCE

  IRAQ   Independent journalist Nadir Dendoune was released on bail on 14 February and handed to the French Embassy in Baghdad where he remained, pending the closure of his file by the court. He returned to France on 4 March.   Algerian-French-Australian journalist Nadir Dendoune (40), his translator, and ...

Further information on UA 232/12 BAHRAIN - ACTIVIST JAILED FOR 'INSULTING AN OFFICER'

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini activist Zainab Al-Khawaja was sentenced to three months' imprisonment on 28 February for "insulting an officer" in a military hospital. She had been acquitted of this charge in May 2012, but the Prosecution had appealed.   Zainab Al-Khawaja was sentenced to three months' imprisonment on 28 ...

UA 54/13 IRAN - IRAQI CLERIC DETAINED, WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN

  IRAN   Iraqi cleric and commentator Ahmed al-Qubbanji was detained on 17 or 18 February in Qom, central Iran, while visiting a member of his family. He is not known to have been formally charged, but media reports citing officials state that he was arrested for allegedly "spying for ...

UA 58/13 SAUDI ARABIA - SEVEN MEN TO BE EXECUTED

  SAUDI ARABIA   Seven Saudi Arabian men are scheduled to be executed on 5 March. They have said they were tortured to make them “confess”, and sentenced to death following a summary trial that was grossly unfair.   Seven Saudi Arabian men, all in their 20s, are scheduled to ...

UA 59/13 YEMEN - YEMENI MAN AT IMMINENT RISK OF EXECUTION

  YEMEN   A 55-year-old Yemeni man is at imminent risk of execution after spending 20 years in prison. The Supreme Court has upheld his death sentence, despite previous Appeal Court decisions to commute it to 10 years' imprisonment.   A 55-year-old Yemeni man, Muhammad Abdullah Ali Hambaj, has exhausted ...

UA 55/13 MALDIVES - RAPE SURVIVOR FOUND GUILTY OF “FORNICATION”

  MALDIVES   A 15-year-old survivor of rape is at risk of house arrest and flogging in the Maldives, where she was found guilty of “fornication” by a juvenile court, and sentenced to eight months’ house arrest and 100 lashes.   A 15-year-old survivor of rape has been found guilty ...

Further information on UA 214/12 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - AL-ISLAH MEMBERS FACE UNFAIR TRIAL IN UAE

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Over 70 male nationals of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are being detained, reportedly in connection with a non-violent association, al-Islah. On 4 March, around 60 of these detainees will go on trial before the State Security Court. The whereabouts of the detainees is unknown; ...

UA 56/13 COLOMBIA - PEACE COMMUNITY THREATENED WITH A MASSACRE

  COLOMBIA   Members of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó were threatened with a massacre in the context of increased paramilitary presence in the area.   On 23 February a man called a member of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, in Antioquia Department, and ...

UA 53/13 SRI LANKA - SRI LANKAN HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER THREATENED

  SRI LANKA   Since 22 February Sri Lankan human rights lawyer Lakshan Dias has reported being followed and under surveillance by unidentified men who have sought information about him from his wife and neighbours. Colleagues are concerned that he is in danger of enforced disappearance and physical violence.   ...

UA 57/13 YEMEN - YEMENI MAN AT RISK OF IMMINENT EXECUTION

YEMEN   Yemeni man Muhammad Abdul Karim Muhammad Haza’a continues to be at imminent risk of death after his execution was postponed. The Yemeni Attorney General halted his execution to enable claims that he was under 18 at the time of his alleged crime to be re-examined and to give ...

Further information on UA 47/13 USA - FEDERAL COURT BLOCKS FLORIDA EXECUTION

  USA   A US federal court has stopped the execution of Paul Howell, who was scheduled to be put to death in Florida at 6pm on 26 February for the murder of a police officer in 1992.   On 23 February, a US District Court denied Paul Howell’s emergency ...

Further information on UA 38/13 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - THREATS AGAINST LAWYER TO BE INVESTIGATED

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   The investigation has been opened into death threats made against criminal defence lawyer Magamed Abubakarov from North Caucasus, Russia, from an unfamiliar phone number. It remains to be seen whether anybody will be found responsible.   On 11 February 2013, Magamed Abubakarov filed a complaint with ...

UA 52/13 SAUDI ARABIA - JORDANIAN HELD INCOMMUNICADO IN SAUDI ARABIA

  SAUDI ARABIA   A Jordanian man has been held incommunicado in an undisclosed location in Saudi Arabia since 6 January. He was last seen being arrested by Saudi Arabian security forces, and has since been denied access to his family and to the outside would. The conditions of his ...

UA 51/13 NIGERIA - HUNDREDS FORCIBLY EVICTED IN LAGOS, NIGERIA

  NIGERIA   At least 300 homes have been demolished and hundreds of residents have been left homeless as Lagos State officials carried out a forced eviction on 23 February in Badia East settlement in Lagos, Nigeria. Thousands more remain at risk of being forcibly evicted from their homes.   ...

UA 19/13 ZIMBABWE - STAFF OF ZIMBABWE HUMAN RIGHTS NGO AT RISK

  ZIMBABWE   Zimbabwean police have classified a human rights group the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) as a “threat to state security”, prompting fears that the workers could be arrested for their legitimate work of monitoring and documenting human rights violations. The statement follows two searches of the ZPP’s office ...

UA 49/13 LIBYA - JOURNALIST HELD FOR ANTI-CORRUPTION WORK

  LIBYA   Libyan newspaper editor Amara Abdalla al-Khatabi has been detained incommunicado since 19 December 2012. He has been charged with defamation, as his newspaper published a list of judges it said were involved in corruption.   Amara Abdalla al-Khatabi, 67-year-old editor-in-chief of the Libyan daily newspaper Al-Umma is ...

UA 50/13 MEXICO - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER ATTACKED IN MEXICO

  MEXICO   A human rights defender has been threatened and beaten in Misantla, Veracruz state, eastern Mexico.   According to Ignacio Ochoa Plácido, on the morning of 18 February two unidentified men with guns forced their way into his car while he was at a petrol station in Misantla. ...

Further information on UA 319/12 QATAR - AL-AJAMI'S SENTENCE REDUCED TO 15 YEARS

  QATAR   Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami, detained since November 2011, has had his sentence of life imprisonment reduced to 15 years' imprisonment, for "offences" that relate to his poems. He appears to be a prisoner of conscience, jailed solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of ...

UA 48/13 INDONESIA - TWO MEN DETAINED, FEARED TORTURED IN PAPUA

  INDONESIA   Two Indonesian men now arbitrarily detained in Jayapura, Papua province, are believed to have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated by police.   Daniel Gobay and Matan Klembiap are currently detained at the Jayapura district police station in Papua province. Police officers allegedly tortured or other otherwise ill-treated ...

Further Information on UA 337/12 INDIA - NINE PRISONERS AT RISK OF EXECUTION

  INDIA   Following two recent secret executions in India, there is fear that the Indian authorities may execute nine other prisoners whose petitions for mercy have not yet been ruled on.   The mercy petitions of eight men and one woman are pending with either the Union Home Ministry ...

Further information on UA 226/12 CAMBODIA - JOURNALIST SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON

  CAMBODIA   Government critic and prominent journalist Mam Sonando, 71, was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment by the Municipal Court in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, on 1 October 2012. He was convicted of anti-state offences, including “instigating insurrection”. His appeal hearing is scheduled for 5 March.   A representative ...

UA 47/13 USA - MAN DENIED FEDERAL REVIEW SET FOR EXECUTION

  USA   Paul Howell, a 47-year-old man, is due to be executed in Florida at 6pm on 26 February for the murder of a police officer in 1992. As his appeal lawyer missed a filing deadline, the case has had no federal judicial review on the merits of the ...

Further information on UA 298/12 SYRIA - PROSECUTOR DENIES HOLDING SYRIAN LAWYER

  SYRIA   There are increased concerns for the well-being of prominent Syrian human rights lawyer Khalil Ma’touq after the state denied holding him, despite the fact that he has been seen in detention by other detainees.   Last week the public prosecutor replied to a request from a group ...

Further information on UA 174/12 OMAN - PRISONERS IN OMAN ON HUNGER STRIKE

  OMAN   Dozens of people detained in relation to the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and assembly are on hunger strike to protest against the delay in some of their appeals. Amnesty International considers all those held solely for peacefully exercising their rights to be ...

Further information on UA 114/12 SYRIA - SYRIAN DOCTORS TO SOON BE SENTENCED

  SYRIA   Dr Mahmoud Al Refaai and Dr Mohamad Osama Al-Baroudi, arrested in Syria on 16 and 18 February 2012 respectively, were referred to a Military Field Court in September 2012 on unknown charges. It is feared that they may shortly be sentenced after an unfair trial, without recourse ...

UA 46/13 SUDAN - SUDANESE WOMEN HELD WITHOUT TRIAL

  SUDAN   More than 30 Sudanese women have been detained arbitrarily without access to a lawyer since 12 November 2012. They are being held in Al-Obeid prison in central Sudan following their transfer from Kadugli, Southern Kordofan. Their access to medical care is inadequate and the lives of several ...

Further information on UA 9/13 SOMALIA - JOURNALIST & ALLEGED RAPE VICTIM FOUND GUILTY

  SOMALIA   Freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdnur Ibrahim has been found guilty of insulting a national institution, following his investigation into an alleged rape involving government forces. The woman who reported the rape has also been found guilty.   The grounds for the convictions are unclear, but the court appeared ...

UA 41/13 INDIA - EXECUTION OF FOUR MEN IMMINENT

  INDIA   Four men are at imminent risk of execution after India's president rejected their petitions for mercy. They were sentenced to death in 2004 for their involvement in a landmine explosion that killed 22 people.   Indian president has rejected four men's petitions for mercy, putting them in ...

UA 45/13 BOLIVIA - PROTESTOR ATTACKED, POLICE TAKE NO NOTICE

  BOLIVIA   Victoria Lopez, a victim of human rights violations and member of an association of people whose human rights were violated when Bolivia was under military rule, was attacked and injured by a man while at a protest outside the Ministry of Justice, in La Paz, on 8 ...

UA 44/13 COLOMBIA - PARAMILITARY DEATH THREATS MUST BE STOPPED

  COLOMBIA   Paramilitaries calling themselves the "Black Eagles" have left a printed death threat at the home of a human rights defender in northern Colombia.   On 12 February the daughter of a member of the Sucre branch of the National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (Movimiento Nacional ...

UA 42/13 COLOMBIA - WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS THREATENED

  COLOMBIA   Four women human rights defenders from northern Colombia have been threatened in an email sent to one of them, Jackeline Rojas Castaneda. Her two bodyguards were also threatened.   On 13 February Jackeline Rojas Castaneda received a threat by email. She is a member of the Popular ...

Further information on UA 281/12 CHINA - FEMALE RIGHTS ACTIVIST ALLOWED HOME

  CHINA   Human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Mao Hengfeng was allowed to leave the police detention centre where she was being held on 8 February. The Chinese authorities issued a notice allowing her to serve the rest of her "Re-education Through Labour" (RTL) term at home. She ...

UA 40/13 COLOMBIA - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER'S CAR FIRED ON

  COLOMBIA   Father Alberto Franco's car was fired at on 13 February, in the Colombian capital, Bogota. He is the Executive Secretary of the human rights NGO Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission (Comision Intereclesial Justicia y Paz).   Three gunshots hit the window of Father Alberto Franco's armour-plated car. ...

UA 43/13 MALAYSIA - ARREST UNDER NEW LAW MEANS TORTURE RISK

  MALAYSIA   Mohd Hilmi Hasim, one of the first people arrested under Malaysia's new security law, has been detained without charge and without access to lawyers since 7 February. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Police arrested cafeteria worker Mohd Hilmi Hasim at his workplace ...

Further information on UA 35/13 YEMEN - AHMED SALEH ABDULLAH AL-MA’OURI EXECUTED

  YEMEN   Ahmed Saleh Abdullah al-Ma’ouri was executed on 13 February by shooting. Amnesty International spoke to him by phone, moments before he was taken to the prison square for the execution.   He was being held in solitary confinement in a prison in al-Baydha, south-east of the capital, ...

Further information on UA 27/13 ISRAEL / OPT - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER ALLEGES TORTURE

  ISRAEL / OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   An Israeli military court extended the period of interrogation of Palestinian human rights defender Hassan Karajah until 26 February 2013. He has been held since 24 January without charge and has reported being subjected to torture and other ill-treatment to his lawyer.   ...

UA 38/13 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - LAWYER THREATENED IN NORTH CAUCASUS

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Criminal defence lawyer Magamed Abubakarov has been receiving text messages containing death threats from an unfamiliar phone number. He was repeatedly threatened before in connection with his professional activities, and was badly injured in December 2011 in a suspicious car accident involving police.   Magamed Abubakarov ...

UA 34/13 PHILIPPINES - HEALTH ACTIVIST FACES PRISON FOR PROTEST

  PHILIPPINES   Filipino activist for reproductive health rights Carlos Celdran has been convicted of "offending religious feelings" in a peaceful protest. He is facing up to 13 months in jail.   Filipino human rights defender Carlos Celdran, who campaigns for reproductive health rights, was convicted on 28 January 2013 ...

UA 39/13 SUDAN - DARFUR ACTIVIST AT IMMINENT RISK OF EXECUTION

    SUDAN   Bakri Moussa Mohammed, a Darfuri activist, is at imminent risk of execution in Khartoum. He was recently informed that his 10 year prison sentence was revised to a death sentence.   On 11 January 2010 Bakri Moussa Mohammed was sentenced to 10 years in prison by ...

Further information on UA 23/13 YEMEN - YEMENI MAN GRANTED STAY OF EXECUTION

  YEMEN   Muhammad Abdul Wahhab Faysal al-Qassem’s execution has been suspended, pending further investigations into his case and age.   Muhammad Abdul Wahhab Faysal al-Qassem, has been granted a stay of execution by the Yemeni President on 6 February, he had been informed that he would be executed on ...

Further information on UA 347/12 SRI LANKA - STUDENT PROTESTORS RELEASED

  SRI LANKA   Secretary of the Jaffna University Students' Union, P. Tharshananth and President of the Arts Faculty Student Union, K. Jenemajeyamenan, were released on 13 February on the orders of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.   P. Tharshananth and K. Jenemajeyamenan were arrested without a warrant on 1 December 2012 ...

UA 37/13 COLOMBIA - WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS THREATENED

  COLOMBIA   Gloria Amparo Suárez and Yolanda Becerra, from the women’s human rights organization OFP, have been threatened with violence against their children in Barrancabermeja, Northern Colombia.   On 11 February a man came to the office of the Popular Women’s Organization (Organización Femenina Popular, OFP) asking for information ...

UA 36/13 ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - HUNGER STRIKER GRAVELY ILL, LIFE AT RISK

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Samer Issawi, 34, has been on hunger strike in Israeli detention since August 2012. His life is in grave danger.   Samer Issawi has been held by the Israeli authorities since 7 July 2012 who allege – without specifying how – that he broke the ...

UA 35/13 YEMEN - EXECUTION OF YEMENI MAN FEARED IMMINENT

  YEMEN   A Yemeni man, Ahmed Saleh Abdullah al-Ma'ouri, could be executed on 13 February, according to sources in the country. He has exhausted all his appeals, and although previously granted presidential pardons, has been retried and sentenced to death.   Ahmed Saleh Abdullah al-Ma'ouri could be executed as ...

Further information UA 280/12 CHINA - CHEN GUANGCHENG’S NEPHEW SENTENCED

  CHINA   Chen Kegui, nephew of Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, was sentenced to three years and three months imprisonment in November 2012. His family was able to visit him on 31 January for the first time since he was detained.   Chen Kegui was detained on 30 ...

UA 31/13 SUDAN - SUDANESE STUDENT DETAINED, AT RISK OF TORTURE

  SUDAN   Mohammed Osman Moussa, a Sudanese student, has been detained incommunicado for nearly two months following his arrest on his way to university. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Mohammed Osman Moussa (26) left his home in Omdurman, Sudan at 11am on 11 December ...

UA 32/13 IRAQ - INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST DETAINED IN BAGHDAD

  IRAQ   Independent journalist Nadir Dendoune was arrested in Baghdad, Iraq, on 23 January. He was arrested for taking pictures without prior approval from the authorities. He appeared before the Central Criminal Court on 5 February but has not yet been charged. He is detained in an intelligence detention ...

UA 33/13 INDIA - FARMERS AT RISK OF FORCED EVICTION IN INDIA

  INDIA   An estimated 1,500 families in Jagatsinghpur district in Odisha state are under threat of being forcibly evicted from common land used for farming. On 3 February, armed police officials and a government official used unnecessary force to disperse protesters in Govindpur village.   The Odisha government is ...

UA 29/13 SUDAN - SUDANESE OPPOSITION MEMBERS DETAINED

  SUDAN   Six members of Sudanese opposition parties were arrested in January in Khartoum, Sudan. Five are still under detention without charge, with one – Mohamed Zain Al Alabidein – requiring urgent medical attention.   Mohamed Zain Al Alabidein (66), a Political Affairs Assistant to the Chair of the ...

UA 30/13 HONDURAS - HONDURAN ACTIVIST RECEIVES DEATH THREAT

  HONDURAS   On 22 January, Honduran lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activist Patricio Vindel, received a death threat. His life is at risk.   Patricio Vindel is the executive director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization OPROUCE – La Ceiba’s Pro-Union Organization (Organización Pro-Unión ...

Further information on UA 324/08 SAUDI ARABIA - MAN EXECUTED IN SAUDI ARABIA

  SAUDI ARABIA   Abdullah Fandi al-Shammari was executed on 5 February in the city of Hail, in northern Saudi Arabia, for a killing committed in 1981 or 1982. He had spent over 30 years in prison before he was executed.   On 5 February, Abdullah bin Fandi bin Ghazi ...

UA 18/13 ANGOLA - FAMILIES FORCIBLY EVICTED, MANY MORE AT RISK

  ANGOLA   Since Friday 1 February, thousands of families have been forcibly evicted by the authorities in the Cacuaco municipality of Luanda city, Angola. The families have been left destitute. Hundreds more who remained in the area are also likely to be evicted.   At about 5am on Friday ...

Further information on UA 191/12 CHINA - CHINESE ACTIVIST AT RISK OF PROSECUTION

  CHINA   Chinese prisoner of conscience Zhu Chengzhi was moved to his own home to continue his "residential surveillance" term after being held at an unknown location since 4 January. He is still at risk of being prosecuted for "inciting subversion of state power" as a result of his ...

UA 28/13 MEXICO - COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS IN MEXICO RECEIVE THREATS

  MEXICO   Community activists opposing the construction of wind farm turbines in Oaxaca State, Mexico have received threats. Members of the protest camp opposing the construction of the turbines were confronted by police on 2 February.   On 3 February, Mariano López Gomez, a community activist opposing the construction ...

Further information on UA 352/12 SERBIA - EU MISSION SHARES AI’S CONCERN FOR ROMA

  SERBIA   The EU Delegation in Serbia emphasised the utmost need to avoid creation of segregated resettlement of the Roma communities.   On 24 December 2012, the EU Delegation in Serbia made a public statement on their opposition to the resettlement of forcibly evicted Roma into racially segregated settlements. ...

UA 27/13 ISRAEL - RIGHTS DEFENDER DENIED ACCESS TO LAWYER

UPDATE: The security services order to deny Hassan Karajah access to a lawyer has been extended until 10 February.   ISRAEL   Palestinian human rights defender Hassan Karajah had his interrogation period extended by nine days by an Israeli military court on 4 February. A security services order to deny ...

Further information on UA 339/12 IRAN - BEHROUZ GHOBADI RELEASED

  IRAN   Behrouz Ghobadi, brother of internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi, has been released, after a campaign that engaged prominent Hollywood directors, actors and independent filmmakers.   Behrouz Ghobadi was released on 22 January, following the action of Amnesty International's global membership and a campaign by Amnesty International ...

Further information on UA 23/13 YEMEN - YEMENI MAN TO BE EXECUTED ON 10 FEBRUARY

  YEMEN   Muhammad Abdul Wahhab Faysal al-Qassem has been told by the General Prosecutor's office that he will be executed this coming Sunday. His age at the time of the murder for which he was condemned to death is still disputed.   Muhammad Abdul Wahhab Faysal al-Qassem was sentenced ...

Further information on UA 360/12 CAMBODIA - CAMBODIAN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS CONVICTED

  CAMBODIA   Two Cambodian women human rights defenders were convicted on baseless charges in separate trials on 26/27 December 2012. Yorm Bopha was sentenced to three years in prison. Tim Sakmony from Borei Keila received a six-month sentence, partially suspended, and has been released.   The trial of Yorm ...

UA 23/13 YEMEN - YEMENI MAN AT RISK OF IMMINENT EXECUTION

  YEMEN   Muhammad Abdul Wahhab Faysal al-Qassem is at imminent risk of execution after the President of Yemen ratified his death sentence. His age at the time of his alleged crime remains in dispute. He could be executed at any time in the next two weeks.   Muhammad Abdul ...

UA 24/13 HAITI - FAMILIES FORCIBLY EVICTED FROM CAMPS IN HAITI

  HAITI   Hundreds of families have been forcibly evicted from two makeshift camps in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Neither camp was given enough time to gather their belongings before their shelters were destroyed.   On 12 January – the third anniversary of the devastating earthquake which left 200,000 dead and 2.3 ...

UA 25/13 CUBA - INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST DETAINED IN CUBA

  CUBA   Independent journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias has been detained since September 2012 in Cuba in relation to his work. Amnesty International believes he is a prisoner of conscience solely detained for peacefully exercising his freedom of expression.   On 16 September 2012 Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, a ...

Further information on UA 347/12 SRI LANKA - TWO STUDENTS RELEASED FROM DETENTION

  SRI LANKA   On 22 January, students Sanmugam Solaman and V. Bhavananadan were released from detention in a “Rehabilitation” centre in Welikanda by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID). Two others, P. Tharshananth and K. Jenemajeyamenan, remain in detention and at risk of torture.   On 1 December 2012, four ...

Further information on UA 348/12 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - DISCRIMINATORY LAW BACKED IN RUSSIA

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   The Russian Parliament has almost unanimously backed a homophobic bill outlawing the “propaganda of homosexuality amongst minors” at the first reading, held on 25 January.   The law would make “propaganda of homosexuality among minors” an administrative offence in federal law, with fines up to 500,000 ...

Further information on UA 9/13 SOMALIA - JOURNALIST AND ALLEGED RAPE VICTIM CHARGED

  SOMALIA   Freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdnur Ibrahim has been charged with insulting a national institution, following his investigation into an alleged rape involving government forces. The woman who reported the rape has also been charged with falsifying an accusation.   On 29 January, Abdiaziz Abdnur Ibrahim was charged under ...

UA 22/13 COLOMBIA - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER’S LIFE THREATENED

  COLOMBIA   Human rights defender Martha Elena Díaz Ospina has found a death threat, accusing her of being a guerrilla, on the doorstep of her house in Barranquilla, northern Colombia.   Martha Elena Díaz Ospina came home on 24 January to find a death threat on her doorstep in ...

Further information on UA 160/11 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - COURT FINDS RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES NEGLIGENT

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Tamerlan Dokuvich Suleimanov's whereabouts remain unknown, but the European Court of Human Rights has found that the Russian authorities violated his rights, in response to a complaint bought by his father, and ordered them to pay compensation.   The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), whose ...

Further information on UA 1/13 QATAR - SAUDI EX-DIPLOMAT AND FAMILY REACH MOROCCO

  QATAR   Former Saudi Arabian diplomat Mishal bin Zaar Hamad al-Mutiry left Qatar safely on 18 January and is now in Morocco.   Former Saudi Arabian diplomat Mishal bin Zaar Hamad al-Mutiry (50) left Qatar on 18 January with his family, and reached Morocco on the same day. They ...

UA 13/13 CHINA - CHINESE WOMAN FACES IMMINENT EXECUTION

  CHINA   A Chinese woman who killed her husband after suffering months of domestic violence is at imminent risk of execution, after exhausting all her appeals.   According to sources within China, Li Yan is currently held at Anyue County Detention Centre in Sichuan province, south-west China. Li Yan ...

UA 21/13 COLOMBIA - TARGETED COMMUNITY LEADERS IN DANGER

  COLOMBIA   Paramilitaries are looking for Afro-descendant leaders Ligia María Chaverra and Enrique Petro in the Curvaradó River Basin, Northern Colombia. Their lives are in danger.   On 22 January two men – thought to be paramilitaries – arrived on motorbikes in the Humanitarian Zone of Las Camelias in ...

Further information on UA 84/12 SUDAN - SUDANESE PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED

  SUDAN   Sudanese teacher and activist Jalila Khamis Koko, who was arrested by the National Security Service (NSS) on 15 March 2012, was released from detention after a court hearing on 20 January.   Jalila Khamis Koko was arrested on 15 March 2012 by the NSS and was detained ...

Further information on UA 137/12 IRAN - FIVE AHWAZI ARAB MEN FACE IMMINENT EXECUTION

  IRAN   Five members of Iran's Ahwazi Arab minority may be at imminent risk of execution after their death sentences were upheld by the Supreme Court of Iran. All five were transferred out of Karoun Prison to an unknown location on 18 January.   On 9 January, the families ...

UA 12/12 COLOMBIA - TRADE UNION NEGOTIATORS THREATENED

  COLOMBIA   Colombian trade union leaders Igor Diaz Lopez and Aldo Raul Amaya Daza have received telephone death threats. Their lives are in danger.   Two trade union leaders have been threatened in La Guajira Department in north-east Colombia. Igor Diaz Lopez's wife received a call to her mobile ...

UA 10/13 LAOS - LAO CITIZEN ABDUCTED, NOT SEEN OR HEARD FROM

  LAOS   Respected member of Lao civil society Sombath Somphone – well known for his work promoting education and sustainable development – was taken away in a truck by unknown persons after being stopped by police in the Lao capital, Vientiane on 15 December 2012. Nobody has seen or ...

UA 09/13 SOMALIA - SOMALI JOURNALIST DETAINED WITHOUT CHARGE

  SOMALIA   Freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdnur Ibrahim has been arbitrarily detained without charge since 10 January, following his investigation into the alleged rape of an internally displaced woman by government forces. He is a prisoner of conscience.   On 10 January, journalist Abdiaziz Abdnur Ibrahim (also known as Koronto) ...

Further information on UA 08/13 - BAHRAIN - ACTIVIST RELEASED ON BAIL, STILL FACING CHARGES

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights activist Sayed Yousif Almuhafdah was released on bail on 17 January. His next trial hearing has been scheduled for 29 January.   Acting Vice President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Sayed Yousif Almuhafdah, was released on bail of 100 Bahraini dinars (about ...

UA 8/13 BAHRAIN - ACTIVIST CHARGED WITH ‘SPREADING FALSE NEWS’

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights activist Sayed Yousif Almuhafdah was arrested on 17 December at a protest, and subsequently charged with “spreading false news with the intention of causing damage to state security”. His trial began on 9 January.   Acting Vice President of the Bahrain Center for Human ...

Further information on UA 336/12 INDONESIA - SHI’AS AT RISK OF FORCED RELOCATION

  INDONESIA   The authorities have threatened to relocate a Shi’a community by force, in March. The community are living in temporary shelter in East Java, in deteriorating conditions. The community had been displaced in August 2012 after a mob attacked their village.   Since 1 January the East Java ...

UA 11/13 AZERBAIJAN - PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE’S CONVOY ATTACKED

  AZERBAIJAN   A convoy carrying opposition Azerbaijani Presidential candidate Isa Gambar was attacked by a mob on 13 January, resulting in at least nine people injured and several cars badly damaged. Police looked on without intervening.   According to a spokesperson from Isa Gambar’s party, Musavat, the Presidential candidate ...

Further information on UA 337/12 INDIA - JUDGES SUPPORT MERCY, PRESIDENT REJECTS IT

  INDIA   India's president has rejected a mercy petition from Saibanna Ningappa Natikar, though 14 former judges have told him they believe the death sentence was wrongly imposed. Saibanna is at imminent risk of execution.   Saibanna Ningappa Natikar had petitioned the president for mercy, but the president rejected ...

Further information on UA 1/13 QATAR - EX-DIPLOMAT AT RISK OF IMMINENT RETURN

  QATAR   Former diplomat Mishal al-Mutiry has been given 24 hours to leave Qatar or be forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia, where he would be at grave risk of imprisonment and possible torture or other ill-treatment in relation to his criticism of the Saudi Arabian authorities.   Mishal al-Mutiry ...

Further information on UA 191/12 CHINA - ACTIVIST AT RISK OF ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE

    CHINA   Human rights defender Zhu Chengzhi has been subjected to six months’ “residential surveillance” at an undisclosed location since 4 January. Having been previously held for more than five months in Shaoyang, People’s Republic of China, he is at risk of enforced disappearance.   On 4 January, ...

Further information on UA 350/12 SYRIA - SYRIAN "PEACE BRIDES" RELEASED FROM DETENTION

  SYRIA   Four Syrian women who had been arrested while peacefully demonstrating as "Peace Brides" were released on 9 January.   Ru'a Ja'far, aged 24, Rima Dali, aged 33, as well sisters Kinda al-Za'our, aged 26 and Lubna al-Za'our were released on 9 January 2013. The four women had ...

UA 06/13 THAILAND - EDITOR AT RISK OF UNJUST SENTENCE IN THAILAND

  THAILAND   Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, a labour activist and editor of the Voice of Taksin, is a prisoner of conscience. He has been detained since April 2011, having been charged in relation to publishing articles deemed critical of Thailand’s monarchy. Authorities have repeatedly turned down his requests for bail.   ...

UA 07/13 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - TAJIKISTANI MAN FACING EXTRADITION AND TORTURE

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Tajikistani businessman Umarali Kuvvatov risks extradition to Tajikistan by the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) authorities, where he would be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.   Businessman Umarali Kuvvatov was arrested in Dubai on 23 or 24 December 2012, when in transit from Moscow ...

Further information on UA 02/13 IRAN - TRADE UNIONIST ENDS HUNGER STRIKE

  IRAN   Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi ended his hunger strike on 7 January after 22 days, after the prison authorities agreed to meet his demand to grant him medical leave.   Reza Shahabi (also known as Reza Shahabi Zakaria), treasurer of the Union of Workers of the Tehran ...

Further information on UA 27/07 SAUDI ARABIA - FORMER JUDGE HELD INCOMMUNICADO

  SAUDI ARABIA   A former judge in Saudi Arabia is being held incommunicado and is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. He was arrested on 12 December, following a lecture he gave on the legality of demonstrations in Shari’a law. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Dr ...

Further information on UA 278/12 EGYPT - RELIGION CRITIC SENTENCED AND RELEASED ON BAIL

  EGYPT   Egyptian Alber Saber Ayad was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for “defaming religion” on 12 December 2012. However, he was freed on 17 December pending an appeal against his conviction after paying bail of EG£1,000 (US$160).   Prisoner of conscience, Alber Saber Ayad, had been detained since ...

Further information on UA 175/07 SAUDI ARABIA - SRI LANKAN WOMAN EXECUTED IN SAUDI ARABIA

  SAUDI ARABIA   Rizana Nafeek was executed on 9 January in Dawadmi, a town west of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. Aged only 17 years at the time, Sri Lankan domestic worker Rizana Nafeek was arrested in May 2005 on charges of murdering an infant in her care. On ...

Further information on UA 175/07 SAUDI ARABIA- SRI LANKAN AT RISK OF EXECUTION IN SAUDI ARABIA

  SAUDI ARABIA   After exhausting all of her appeals, Rizana Nafeek is at imminent risk of execution in Saudi Arabia for a crime she allegedly committed while under the age of 18.   Aged only 17 years at the time, Sri Lankan domestic worker Rizana Nafeek was arrested in ...

UA 05/13 SYRIA - FOUR MEN ARRESTED, AT RISK OF TORTURE IN SYRIA

  SYRIA   A Syrian man, Youssef al-Ammar, his nephews Suhaib al-Ammar and Iqbal al-Ammar and another relative, Bilal Koushan, were arrested on 24 November 2012 at their shared flat in Damascus. Since then they have been detained in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance and are at risk of torture ...

UA 04/13 MEXICO - FEAR FOR SECURITY OF SHELTER STAFF IN MEXICO

    MEXICO   Members of Belén Migrant Shelter (Casa del migrante - Posada Belén), in Saltillo, Coahuila state, northern Mexico have been subjected to threats and information theft.   On 19 December, the window of a car belonging to catholic priest and director of the shelter, Pedro Pantoja Arreola ...

UA 2/13 IRAN - HUNGER STRIKER DEMANDS MEDICAL TREATMENT

  IRAN   Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi, a prisoner of conscience, started a hunger strike on 17 December 2012 in protest at the authorities' denial of his repeated requests for medical leave. He is refusing medication as well as food. He is in poor health and requires specialized medical ...

UA 3/13 SAUDI ARABIA - WEBSITE FOUNDER ON TRIAL FOR "APOSTASY"

  SAUDI ARABIA   A man who set up a website in Saudi Arabia has been put on trial for "apostasy", which carries the death penalty. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience.   Raif Badawi, 25-year-old founder of a website for political and social debate, "Saudi Arabian Liberals", ...

UA 1/13 QATAR - EX-DIPLOMAT COULD BE RETURNED, TORTURED

  QATAR   The Qatari authorities are preparing to forcibly return a former diplomat to Saudi Arabia, where he would be at grave risk of detention and possibly torture or other ill-treatment in relation to his criticism of the Saudi Arabian authorities.   Mishal bin Zaar Hamad al-Mutairy, a 50-year-old ...

Further Information on UA 362/12 BAHRAIN - CHILD RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE IN BAHRAIN

  BAHRAIN   Sixteen-year-old Bahraini Mohammad Mohammad 'Abdulnabi 'Abdulwasi was released from a juvenile detention centre without charge.   Mohammad Mohammad 'Abdulnabi 'Abdulwasi was released without charge on the evening of 20 December 2012. In the morning he had been transferred from Dry Dock prison, north-eastern Bahrain, to a juvenile ...

Further information on UA 367/11 INDIA - ANTI-NUKE PROTESTORS AT RISK DURING PUTIN VISIT

  INDIA   More than 50 persons charged with sedition for leading an 18-month-long protest against the Russian-built nuclear plant at Kudankulam risk detention without charge or trial for planned protests during President Putin’s scheduled visit to Delhi on 24 December.   Among them are Dr S.P. Udayakumar and M. ...

Further information on UA 357/12 JORDAN - PROTESTER RELEASED, MANY STILL DETAINED

  JORDAN   Adnan al-Howeish was released after being denied specialized medical attention for over a month. Sixty-year-old Abd al-Rahman Fanatsa and his sons Daoud and 16-year-old Hamza were arrested on 19 November. They were also accused of demonstrating against fuel subsidy cuts with the aim of “disrupting public order”. ...

Further information on UA 351/12 IRAQ - ONE BROTHER RELEASED, TWO STILL HELD IN IRAQ

  IRAQ   One of three brothers arrested in Iraq has been released. The other brothers have been reportedly tortured while held incommunicado and require access to adequate medical treatment. ‘Adel Hamdi Shihab was released in the early hours of 13 December. Shamil Hamdi Shihab and ‘Amer Hamdi Shihab have ...

Further information on UA 348/12 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - DISCRIMINATORY LAW POSTPONED IN RUSSIA

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Russian Parliament has postponed the first hearing of the amendments to the Russian Code of Administrative Offences regarding punishment for ‘propaganda of homosexuality amongst minors’ until 22 January 2013.   The bill, if passed, would lead to further discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex ...

Further Information on UA 362/12 BAHRAIN - CHILD MOVED FROM ADULT PRISON IN BAHRAIN

  BAHRAIN   Sixteen-year-old Mohammad Mohammad ‘Abdulnabi ‘Abdulwasi was transferred from an adult prison to a juvenile detention centre and his family have been allowed to visit him. However, he remains held without charge and it appears that his lawyer has yet to visit him.   Mohammad Mohammad ‘Abdulnabi ‘Abdulwasi ...

Further information on UA 326/12 BAHRAIN - BAHRAINI MEN SENTENCED FOR TWEETS

  BAHRAIN   A Bahraini man had his six-month prison sentence upheld on appeal, while three others are serving four-month prison sentences, all for allegedly insulting the King of Bahrain in messages posted on their Twitter accounts. They are considered prisoners of conscience.   Abdullah Alwi al-Hashemi’s six-month imprisonment sentence ...

UA 363/12 KAZAKSTAN - DEMAND MEDICAL CARE FOR DISABLED PRISONER

  KAZAKSTAN   A wheelchair bound prisoner, Zhasulan Suleimenov, has been kept in solitary confinement in Kazakhstan for more than 11 months. He has been denied direct access to drinking water, basic hygiene and necessary medical care. His health is deteriorating and he urgently needs to be moved to a ...

Further information on UA 338/12 UGANDA - UGANDAN ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL NOT TABLED

  UGANDA   On 14 December, the Ugandan Parliament closed for the Christmas and New Year recess without tabling the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Parliament is not expected to reconvene before February 2013.   The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which contains provisions that would entrench discrimination and hatred against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ...

UA 364/12 ALGERIA - ACTIVISTS TARGETED IN ALGERIA

  ALGERIA   Security forces surrounded the office of a civil society organization in Algeria on 19 December. At least five activists were arrested and at least two are still being detained. There are fears that other activists are at risk of being arbitrarily arrested.   On 19 December, the ...

UA 365/12 PERU - PERUVIAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS SUFFER INTIMIDATION

  PERU   The home of lawyer and human rights defender, Dr Mirtha Vasquez Chuquilin, has been raided twice in three weeks. Other members of the organization where she works in Peru have also faced intimidation in the past month.   The home of Dr Mirtha Vasquez Chuquilin, who works ...

Further information on UA 231/12 CHINA - MAN FACES TRIAL FOLLOWING FORCED CONFESSION

  CHINA   Businessman Wu Wai Sing, a 54-year-old US national of Hong Kong residency, was reportedly tortured to make him confess. He has reportedly told his lawyers that he is "losing hope" and cannot stand up to the torture and other ill-treatment any longer.   Wu Wai Sing (also ...

Further information on UA 264/12 SYRIA - DETAINEE FACES SECRET MILITARY TRIAL IN SYRIA

  SYRIA   Bassel Khartabil has been detained incommunicado since his arrest on 15 March. He is believed to have been referred to a Military Field Court, which does not allow for the right to defence or for appeals to verdicts and whose proceedings are conducted in secret.   Bassel ...

UA 362/12 BAHRAIN - CHILD HELD WITHOUT CHARGE IN ADULT PRISON

  BAHRAIN   A child arrested in Bahrain is being held without charge in an adult prison. He has not seen his family or lawyer and his detention has been extended until the end of December.   Mohammad Mohammad ‘Abdulnabi ‘Abdulwasi (16), was arrested from his house in Sitra, an ...

UA 359/12 INDIA - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER AT RISK OF TORTURE

  INDIA   Aparna Marandi, a long-time human rights defender who has been repeatedly targeted by the state government for her activities, was arrested on 8 December. She is being detained in Jharkhand, India and is at imminent risk of torture or other ill-treatment.   Aparna Marandi, accompanied by her ...

UA 361/12 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - UZBEK MAN RISKS FORCIBLE RETURN FROM RUSSIA

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Uzbekistani national Yusup Kasymakhunov went missing in Moscow region on 14 December. He may have been abducted by Uzbekistani security services and taken to Uzbekistan, where he would be at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Yusup Kasymakhunov was released from jail in Murmansk ...

UA 360/12 CAMBODIA - WOMEN FACE JAIL FOR DEFENDING HOUSING RIGHTS

  CAMBODIA   Two Cambodian women human rights defenders are to be tried on 26 December. They may be facing six months to five years in prison. Yorm Bopha and Tim Sakmony are housing rights activists from two areas in the capital, Phnom Penh. They are prisoners of conscience.   ...

UA 358/12 TAIWAN - EXECUTION OF TAIWANESE MAN IS IMMINIENT

  TAIWAN   Cheng Hsing-tse is facing imminent execution in Taiwan after the Prosecutor General rejected a request on 11 December to seek an extraordinary appeal. The Minister of Justice could sign an execution order at any moment.   Cheng Hsing-tse was arrested on 5 January 2002 and accused of ...

Further information on UA 335/11 CHINA - FALUN GONG WOMAN RISKS EXTENDED TERM IN RTL

    CHINA   Falun Gong practitioner Li Shanshan who is held in a re-education through labour (RTL) camp in northern China, is being threatened with an extended sentence for refusing to renounce her faith. She is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Li Shanshan, who is currently ...

Further information on UA 232/12 BAHRAIN - ACTIVIST ARRESTED AGAIN IN BAHRAIN

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini activist Zainab Al-Khawaja was arrested on 9 December and her detention has been extended twice. She was also sentenced the following day to one month’s imprisonment in relation to earlier charges of entering a restricted area and participating in an illegal gathering. This is her fifth ...

UA 357/12 JORDAN - DEMAND MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR PROTESTOR

  JORDAN   A Jordanian man, detained after peacefully protesting against fuel subsidy cuts, is being denied specialized medical care he urgently needs. His family say that he lost the sight in his left eye after an injury sustained during the protest.   Adnan al-Howeish participated peacefully in a demonstration ...

Further information on UA 84/12 SUDAN - TEACHER CHARGED; FACES DEATH PENALTY

  SUDAN   On 13 December, Sudanese teacher and activist Jalila Khamis Koko was officially charged on five criminal counts. She faces the death penalty. The charges come after Jalila has been detained, without charged, for over nine months.   Jalila Khamis Koko was formally charged with five criminal counts ...

UA 354/12 IRAQ - DEATH SENTENCES AFTER COERCED ‘CONFESSIONS’

  IRAQ   Four Iraqi men were sentenced to death on 3 December following the broadcast of their coerced “confessions”, taken while they were held incommunicado in pre-trial detention.   Nabhan ‘Adel Hamdi, Mu’ad Muhammad ‘Abed, ‘Amer Ahmad Kassar and a fourth man, now known to be Shakir Mahmoud ‘Anad, ...

Further information on UA 128/12 BAHRAIN - CONVICTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST UPHELD

  BAHRAIN   The conviction against Bahraini human rights activist, NabeeI Rajab, was upheld on 11 December. However his three-year prison sentence was reduced to two years.   On 11 December the Court of Appeal in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, upheld the guilty verdict against Nabeel Rajab, President of ...

Further information on UA 263/12 USA - POSSIBLE TRIAL FOR US CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR

  USA   Key decisions could be imminently made concerning whether US servicewoman and conscientious objector Kimberly Rivera will face a court martial. If convicted, Kimberly Rivera could face a prison sentence of up to 5 years.   Kimberly Rivera has been detained by the US military authorities since 20 ...

UA 356/12 CHINA - CHINESE MAN FACES DEATH FOR DRUG CHARGES

  CHINA   Li Xin is facing imminent execution in Yunnan for drug trafficking. The Supreme People’s Court in Beijing is reviewing the case. He could be executed once the review is complete.   Li Xin was arrested in mainland China in April 2011 accused of trafficking, selling and transporting ...

Further information on UA 347/12 SRI LANKA - CRACKDOWN ON STUDENTS SPREADS FURTHER

  SRI LANKA   One student is believed to have been released on bail, but many more have been arrested. Several are held incommunicado, putting them at much greater risk of torture.   One of the four detained students, Kaneshamurthy Sudarsan, has been released on bail, according to local press. ...

UA 353/12 GAMBIA - ANTI-DEATH PENALTY IMAM DETAINED IN THE GAMBIA

  GAMBIA   Imam Baba Leigh has been held in incommunicado detention without charge since 3 December. Imam Baba Leigh publicly decried the August executions of nine death row inmates in The Gambia.   On 3 December eyewitnesses reported seeing two National Intelligence Agency (NIA) officers arrive at the home ...

UA 351/12 IRAQ - THREE BROTHERS AT RISK OF TORTURE IN IRAQ

  IRAQ   Three brothers arrested in the early hours of 5 December are at risk of torture at the Directorate of Counter-Crime in Ramadi, central Iraq. Torture and other ill-treatment are frequently used at the detention centre to coerce "confessions" from detainees.   In the early hours of 5 ...

UA 352/12 SERBIA - ROMA FACE SEGREGATED REHOUSING

  SERBIA   The Serbian authorities are finalizing plans to resettle an evicted Roma community, in housing funded by the European Commission. Some of the proposed sites will result in racial segregation. The final decision is likely to be made before the end of December.   The Roma communities to ...

UA 348/12 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - RUSSIAN BILL THREATENS FREEDOM OF EXPRESSON

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   A proposed law that would punish the "promotion of homosexuality among minors" will be considered by the Russian parliament on 19 December. This law would violate the right to freedom of expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.   The law (Draft Federal ...

Further information on UA 197/10 IRAN - LAWYER ENDS HUNGER STRIKE BUT STILL DETAINED

  IRAN   Following an intervention by parliamentarians, Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh ended her 49-day long hunger strike on 4 December 2012 after the travel ban on her 13-year old daughter was lifted by Iran’s judiciary. Her health is frail due to her prolonged hunger strike and she ...

Further information on UA 162/12 PARAGUAY - RETURN OF INDIGENOUS LAND STILL PENDING

  PARAGUAY   The Paraguayan indigenous community Sawhoyamaxa are unable to sustain their traditional activities, essential for their survival. While negotiations have reopened, effective action by the authorities is needed to ensure they can return to their traditional land. The community is still living in destitute conditions alongside a nearby ...

UA 350/12 SYRIA - SYRIAN ‘PEACE BRIDES’ FORCIBLY DISAPPEARED

  SYRIA   Four Syrian ‘peace brides’ have been held in conditions amounting to an enforced disappearance since their arrest while demonstrating on 21 November in Damascus. There are serious fears for the safety of the four women.   Four Syrian women, Ru’a Ja’far, aged 24, Rima Dali, aged 33, ...

Further information on UA 174/12 OMAN - SIX ACTIVISTS' APPEALS REJECTED

  OMAN   Five men and a woman who were sentenced in August are to be sent to jail for insulting the Sultan. At least 14 more activists are also likely to be jailed when their cases go to an appeal court in Muscat over the next two weeks.   ...

UA 349/12 MEXICO - VICTIMS' FAMILY BURGLED, IN DANGER

  MEXICO   Five members of a family in western Mexico were subjected to enforced disappearance in the early 1970s. The rest of the family have been seeking truth and justice; their home was burgled on 29 November, and some of their paperwork about the enforced disappearances was stolen. The ...

Further information on UA 309/12 SUDAN - MISSING MAN BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN TORTURED

  SUDAN   Omaia Abdel Latif Hassan Omaia has been detained incommunicado since 22 August. He is believed to have been tortured and otherwise ill-treated.   Omaia Abdel Latif Hassan Omaia was last seen by his family on 22 August. According to eyewitnesses, two people in civilian clothes, believed to ...

Further information on UA 266/12 CHINA - WOMEN AT RISK OF TORTURE FOR BELIEFS

  CHINA   Seven women are being arbitrarily detained in an enforced drug rehabilitation camp in China on account of their religious beliefs: they are all Falun Gong practitioners. They are at risk of torture.   15 Falun Gong practitioners were initially detained on 10 September, when plain clothed police ...

UA 347/12 SRI LANKA - STUDENTS AT RISK OF TORTURE FOLLOWING MARCH

  SRI LANKA   Four students were arrested on 1 December in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka, by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) of the police. They are being held in Vavuniya for interrogation and are at risk of torture.   P. Tharshananth, Sanmugam Solaman, Kanesamoorthy Sutharsan and K. Jenemajeyamenan were ...

Further information on UA 300/12 SOUTH AFRICA - GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO SHOP RAIDS CONCERN

  SOUTH AFRICA   Following an Urgent Action in October 2012, the South African government has met with Amnesty International and committed to investigate our concerns about forcible closures of asylum-seekers and refugees' shops in South Africa’s Limpopo province.   Amnesty International's October Urgent Action highlighted the plight of hundreds ...

Further information on UA 278/12 EGYPT - RELIGION CRITIC’S VERDICT DELAYED IN EGYPT

  EGYPT   The trial of Alber Saber Ayad has been thrown into disarray after the judge hearing the case joined a nationwide strike in Egypt. The court had been due to hand down its verdict in late November, but has now set the final session for 12 December 2012. ...

UA 345/12 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MAN ABDUCTED DURING FORCED EVICTION

  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   On 20 November a mentally disabled man was brutally abducted in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, during an illegal forced eviction carried out by the police. Since then his family have had no information about his whereabouts and the authorities are not investigating ...

UA 344/12 VIET NAM - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER BEATEN IN PRISON

  VIET NAM   A Vietnamese human rights defender, Ho Thi Bich Khuong, currently serving a five-year prison term for “conducting propaganda” against the state, has been beaten by a group of prisoners. She is said to be seriously injured and in urgent need of medical care.   Ho Thi ...

Further information on UA 310/12 PERU - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS GIVEN PROTECTION

  PERU   Peruvian human rights defenders Rosario Huayanca Zapata and Father Jose Manuel Miranda Azpiroz are now receiving protection from the police. This follows a series of death threats against them. The action taken as a result of the Urgent Action issued on their behalf may have contributed to ...

UA 342/12 HONDURAS - DEATH THREAT AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER

  HONDURAS   An environmental journalist has received a death threat after publicly condemning the environmental impacts of opencast mining and illegal logging in Honduras.   Environmental activist and journalist Juana Dolores Valenzuela received an email death threat on 27 November. The subject line of the email read "big mouth" ...

Further information on UA 197/10 IRAN - HUNGER STRIKER'S HEALTH NOW CRITICAL

  IRAN   Hunger-striking human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is in grave danger as her health deteriorates after 45 days on hunger strike. She is protesting at the Iranian authorities imposing a travel ban on her 13-year-old daughter among other things.   Prisoner of conscience Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been ...

UA 343/12 CUBA - THREATS AND ASSAULT ON ACTIVISTS

  CUBA   The Cuban authorities have threatened one of the country's leading human rights defenders because of his human rights work, and a prominent government critic has been assaulted on the street, apparently by state security personnel.   State security officials threatened Elizardo Sanchez, president of the Cuban Commission ...

Further information on UA 319/12 QATAR - LIFE IN PRISON FOR WRITING POETRY

  QATAR   Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami, detained since November 2011, was sentenced to life imprisonment on 29 November for offences that relate to his poems. He appears to be a prisoner of conscience, convicted solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression.   Poet Mohammed ...

UA 341/12 YEMEN - STUDENT POLITICAL ACTIVIST BEATEN, SHOT AT

  YEMEN   Student political activist Abdul Raouf Hassan Zain al-Saqqaf was severely beaten on 23 November and shot at two days later, in the southern city of Aden. Amnesty International believes that he is being targeted for his political activism and his life is in danger.   Aden University ...

Further information on UA 333/12 CUBA - CUBAN ACTIVIST RELEASED

  CUBA   Government critic Antonio Rodiles was released on 26 November and charges of “resisting authority” against him have been dropped. He was forced to pay an “administrative” fine and was warned not to continue with his peaceful activism in Cuba.   Antonio Rodiles, the national coordinator of a ...

UA 340/12 THAILAND - TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TARGETED IN THAILAND

  THAILAND   The lives of teachers and students in Thailand’s southern provinces are at risk. At least four teachers have been killed and two injured in targeted attacks by suspected insurgents since October. The most recent occurred on 22 November, when a headmistress was killed in Pattani Province.   ...