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

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 Anmäl ...

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Statistik - Blixtaktioner 2015 Under 2015 hade 367 nya blixtaktioner (BA) skickats ut från vårt internationella sekretariat (IS) i London. Dessutom skickades det ut 339 uppdateringar av befintliga BA som innebär att det totalt var 706 BA för året.   Region Blixtaktioner (nya) Uppdateringar Afrika 34 43 Amerikas 72 59 ...

Om Urgent Actions (blixtaktioner) Amnesty International får dagligen information om människor, runt om i världen, vars mänskliga rättigheter kränks. Det handlar om personer som fängslas, utsätts för tortyr, döms till döden eller vars säkerhet på andra sätt hotas. Ibland är det extra bråttom att agera och då utfärdas en Urgent ...

Update UA 306/14 Bahrain - Zainab al-Khawaja released, left Bahrain

Zainab al-Khawaja and her son were released from prison in Bahrain on humanitarian grounds on 31 May. She left Bahrain for Denmark on 7 June after receiving information that she could face new charges if she remained in Bahrain.  Dual Bahraini and Danish national Zainab al-Khawaja, was released from the ...

Update UA: 27/16 Yemen - 10 Yemeni journalists forcibly disappeared

Ten Yemeni journalists have been forcibly disappeared since 23 May after they were moved from al-Habra pre-trial detention facility in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, to an unknown location. They have been arbitrarily detained since 9 June 2015.  Journalists Abdelkhaleq Amran, Hisham Tarmoom, Tawfiq al-Mansouri, Hareth Hamid, Hasan Annab, Akram ...

Update UA: 81/16 Egypt - Human rights defenders still targeted

A Cairo court has confirmed a request to freeze the assets of Al-Andalus Institute for Tolerance and anti-Violence Studies and its director Ahmed Samih. Other human rights defenders continued to be targeted by Egyptian authorities in the “foreign funding case”. North Cairo Criminal court ruled on 15 June to freeze ...

Update UA 282/15 Turkiet - Syrian refugee reunited with family in Australia

Syrian refugee Fadi Mansour finally reunited with his family in Melbourne, Australia, on 11 June. He had been held in the Adana Removal Centre in south-eastern Turkey since 23 March, after he was arbitrarily detained for more than one year in inhumane conditions in Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport. Syrian refugee Fadi ...

Update UA: 22/15 Bahrain - Conviction upheld, prison sentence extended

Opposition leader Sheikh ‘Ali Salman’s conviction was upheld and his prison sentence extended from four to nine years by the Court of Appeal in Manama on 30 May. He is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for his peaceful criticism of the Bahraini government. On 30 May the Appeal Court ...

Update UA: 249/14 Bahrain - Human rights defender charged and detained

Bahraini human rights defender and prisoner of conscience, Nabeel Rajab, was arrested on 13 June. He has been charged with “spreading false information and rumours in the aim of discrediting the State”. The Prosecution ordered his detention for seven days pending investigation.  Nabeel Rajab was arrested at home in the ...

Update UA: 12/16 Israel/OPT - Circus performer's detention renewed

On 13 June an Israeli military court renewed by a further six months the detention without charge of Palestinian circus performer Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha. His detention will be reviewed by a military judge on 15 June.  Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha was on 13 June handed a second administrative detention ...

Update UA: 209/15 Tajikistan - "Extremism" trial held behind closed doors

The trial of Buzurgmekhr Yorov, a lawyer representing members of the banned Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), began in May. The trial is closed to the public and Buzurgmekhr Yorov remains at risk of unfair trial. The trial of Tajikistani lawyer Buzurgmekhr Yorov began in May. Buzurgmekhr Yorov is ...

Update UA: 36/16 Democratic Republic of Congo - Three activists sentenced to a year in prison

A Peace Tribunal in Kinshasa sentenced three youth activists to a year in prison and fined them 100,000 Congolese Franc each (approximately 100 USD) on 20 May. The three were arrested on 15 and 16 February, just before a general strike called for by the opposition and civil society in ...

Update UA: 9/16 Egypt - Human rights defenders’ detention renewed

Cairo judges ordered on 5 June the renewed detention of two human rights defenders, Dr Ahmed Abdullah and Mina Thabet. Both are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for their human rights work with the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms. Prisoners of conscience, Dr Ahmed Abdullah and Mina Thabet, will ...

Update UA: 98/14 Saudi Arabia - Waleed Abu al-Khair starts hunger strike

Imprisoned human rights defender and lawyer, Waleed Abu al-Khair, began a hunger strike on 7 June to protest the prison authorities’ refusal to provide him with adequate medical care and because of his ongoing ill-treatment. Waleed Abu al-Khair, a prominent human rights defender and lawyer who is currently serving a ...

Update UA 91/11 Saudi Arabia - Mohammed Saleh al-Bajadi released

Human rights defender Mohammed Saleh al-Bajadi was released on 7 April from a rehabilitation centre where he had spent four months after being discharged from prison in November 2015. He remains banned from travelling until 2020.  Mohammed Saleh al-Bajadi, a founding member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association ...

Update UA: 236/13 Iran - Sick blogger being forced to return to prison

Blogger and pioneering anti-censorship activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was released on temporary medical leave on 4 May. He suffers from major health conditions and was assessed in April by a state forensic institute as being unfit to serve his prison sentence. Despite this, he will be forced to return to ...

Update UA 98/16 Egypt - Malek Adly’s detention renewed for 15 days

A Cairo court renewed on 1 June the detention of prisoner of conscience Malek Adly for 15 days. The human rights lawyer is in poor health, has been ill-treated and is held in solitary confinement. He is one of hundreds arrested in the wake of protests in Cairo on 25 ...

Update UA: 47/15 Bahrain -Three death sentences upheld

The Bahraini High Court of Appeal has upheld the death sentences imposed against three Bahraini men and life sentences against seven others after an unfair trial in relation to the killing of three policemen in March 2014. It also confirmed that eight of the 10 men had their nationality revoked. ...

UA: 134/16 - Belarus issues third death sentence in 2016

Siarhei Vostrykau was sentenced to death by the Homel Regional Court on 19 May. He is the third person to be sentenced to death in Belarus this year.  Siarhei Vostrykau (aged 33) was found guilty on 19 May of two separate cases of rape and murder. He was convicted of ...

Update UA: 78/15 Angola - Human rights defender freed, lawyer risks jail

The Angolan Supreme Tribunal acquitted human rights defender José Marcos Mavungo on 19 May and he was released the following day. He is now home with his family. Human rights lawyer Arão Bula Tempo still risks 5 to 12 years in jail if the court allows his case to proceed ...

Update UA: 236/14 Libya - Four libyan men acquitted and released

Four Libyan men, three of them with dual nationality, were acquitted on 30 May by the Federal Supreme Court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of providing support to “terrorist” groups. They were released the next day. The fate of three others remains unknown. On 30 May the State Security ...

Update UA: 243/14 Egypt - SHAWKAN’S TRIAL ADJOURNED UNTIL 28 june

A Cairo court adjourned to 28 June the trial of photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, popularly known as Shawkan. He is a prisoner of conscience facing nine trumped-up charges and is at risk of the death penalty, if convicted.  On 21 May the Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the case of photojournalist ...

Update UA: 105/15 Iran - 16-year prison sentence for Narges Mohammadi

Iranian human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Narges Mohammadi was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment after her trial on 20 April. She suffers from serious illnesses and needs ongoing specialized medical care, which she cannot receive in prison. She continues to be denied the right to have access to ...

Update UA 99/16 China - Activist in dire need of adequate medical care

Imprisoned Chinese human rights campaigner Yang Maodong (better known by pen-name Guo Feixiong) started a hunger strike on 9 May to protest his humiliating and threatening treatment by the authorities. He is in ill health and is desperate need of adequate medical care.  Zhang Qing, the wife of Guo Feixiong, ...

Update UA: 259/15 China - Returned activists at riks of unfair trial

Two Chinese activists, Jiang Yefei and Dong Guangping (pictured), are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and unfair trial. The two were recognized as refugees by the UN’s Refugee Agency, but were forcibly returned to China from Thailand in violation of international law. They had been held in incommunicado ...

Update UA: 2/16 South Korea - Woman denied medical help on hunger strike

On 26 May 2016, the High Court of Seoul upheld the two-year prison sentence of Kim Hye-young, a woman in South Korea with thyroid cancer, who was earlier arrested for taking part in a peaceful demonstration. Kim, who developed mental health problems while in detention, is going on a hunger ...

Update UA: 95/16 Argentina - Court denies Belén´s release

Belén continues to be detained in Tucuman Province, northern Argentina, after suffering a miscarriage in a public hospital. On 12 May, her release was denied. Medical personnel and police officials violated her right to privacy and have unfairly accused and mistreated her. On 21 March 2014, Belén went to the ...

UA: 127/16 El Salvador - MARÍA TERESA’S RELEASE AT RISK

María Teresa Rivera, a Salvadoran woman recently released after four years in prison for pregnancy-related charges, risks being sent back to trial if the Attorney General decides to appeal the judge’s ruling that just set her free.  María Teresa Rivera, 33, was jailed in 2011 and sentenced to 40 years ...

Update UA: 259/15 China - Returned activists at risk of unfair trial

Two Chinese activists, Jiang Yefei and Dong Guangping, are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and unfair trial. The two were recognized as refugees by the UN’s Refugee Agency, but were forcibly returned to China from Thailand in violation of international law. One had been held in incommunicado detention ...

Update UA: 41/16 Iran - Iranian musicians and filmmaker summoned to jail

Iranian musicians Mehdi Rajabian and Yousef Emadi, and filmmaker Hossein Rajabian have been summoned to start serving a three-year prison sentence, imposed for their artistic work. They must report to the Office of the Prosecutor in Tehran’s Evin Prison by 31 May. If imprisoned, they will be prisoners of conscience.  ...

Update UA: 163/15 Brazil - Guarani Kaiowá risk imminent forced eviction

The Apika’y Indigenous People, one of the most vulnerable of the Guarani Kaiowá communities of Mato Grosso do Sul state, are once again facing forced eviction. The judge who issued the eviction order only notified the community five days in advance, and the authorities have not adequately consulted with the ...

Update UA 66/16 Bangladesh - Political leader executed

Motiur Rahman Nizami, leader of the political party Jamaat-e-Islami, was executed on 10 May in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Supreme Court rejected his review petition on 6 April. Motiur Rahman Nizami refused to seek clemency from Bangladesh’s President. Motiur Rahman Nizami, former chief of the Bangladeshi opposition party Jamaat-e-Islami, was convicted ...

Update UA 225/15 China - Activists still at risk of torture in detention

The whereabouts of two missing activists, Tang Zhishun and Xing Qingxian, are finally known after their family members revealed arrest notices dated 4 May. The two went missing on 6 October 2015, after they were detained in Myanmar while helping the son of detained lawyers leave China. They are at ...

Update UA 183/15 United Arab Emirates - DR NASSER BIN GHAITH CHARGED, case adjourned

Dr Nasser bin Ghaith appeared before the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi on 2 May. His case has been adjourned until 23 May. He is a prisoner of conscience and faces charges relating solely to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of ...

UA: 122/16 Belarus - Belarus upholds another death sentence

Siarhei Khmialeuski, who was sentenced to death in Belarus in February, is at imminent risk of execution.  On 6 May, the Supreme Court of Belarus upheld the death sentence passed by the Minsk Regional Court in February. Siarhei Khmialeuski was found guilty of the murder of at least two people ...

UA 116/16 Iran - Iranian teenager’s execution still pending

Iranian teenager Alireza Tajiki is at continued risk of execution. The authorities did not carry out his scheduled execution on 15 May after a global outcry. However, they have not committed to not rescheduling the execution. Alireza Tajiki had been sentenced to death for a crime he says he did ...

Update UA 232/15 Russian Federation - GOVERNMENT CRITIC'S CONVICTION UPHELD

Yekaterina Vologzheninova’s appeal was rejected on 26 April and she must serve 320 hours of “corrective labour”. She was convicted for criticising online the Russian annexation of Crimea and Russia’s military involvement in Donbass, eastern Ukraine. She will be appealing her sentence. Yekaterina Vologhzeninova’s appeal was rejected on 26 April ...

Update UA: 244/14 Iran - IRANIAN PHYSICIST NEEDS ONGOING CANCER CARE

Iranian physicist and prisoner of conscience Omid Kokabee had surgery on 22 April to remove his right kidney. He has been diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer following five years of medical neglect in prison. He needs ongoing specialized post-operative care and cancer treatment. His life will be in grave danger ...

Update UA 98/16 Egypt - Egyptian human rights defender detained

Lawyer and human rights defender Malek Adly was arrested and ill-treated by Egyptian security forces on 5 May. He is a prisoner of conscience and one of hundreds of people detained in connection with protests in Cairo on 25 April. Egyptian security forces arrested human rights defender Malek Adly on ...

Update UA 155/14 USA will not seek death penalty against Libyan man

Amnesty can now confirm that the US government has now said it will not seek death in the case of Ahmed Abu Khatallah.  For more information, see the following AP article Many thanks to all those who took action calling on the US federal authorities not to seek the death ...

Update UA: 103/15 Singapore - Kho Jabing’s execution date set for 20 may

The execution of Kho Jabing has been set for 20 May. The Court of Appeal in Singapore rejected the appeal of Kho Jabing on 5 April and upheld his death sentence.  The family of Malaysian national Kho Jabing have been notified that his execution has been scheduled in Singapore for ...

Update UA: 243/14 Egypt - SHAWKAN’s TRIAL ADJOURNED UNTIL 17 MAY

Egyptian authorities adjourned until 17 May the trial of photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, popularly known as Shawkan. He is facing trumped-up charges as a result of his journalistic work. He is a prisoner of conscience and, if convicted, risks a death sentence. On 10 May, Cairo Criminal Court postponed the ...

Update UA: 9/16 Egypt - Ahmed Abdullah’s detention order renewed

  Prisoner of conscience and human rights defender, Dr Ahmed Abdullah, had his detention renewed for a further 15 days on 7 May. He has been detained since 25 April solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.  Prisoner of conscience and head of the Egyptian Commission for ...

Update UA 66/15 BELARUS - AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL DEPLORES THE EXECUTION OF SIARHEI IVANOU

Amnesty International strongly condemns the execution of 22-year old Siarhei Ivanou in Belarus. He is the first person known to have been executed since November 2014. Siarhei Ivanou was executed on the night of 18 April. In March 2015 he was sentenced to death having been convicted of the murder ...

UA: 110/16 Indonesia - Prisoners at imminent risk of executions

Three death row prisoners were moved on 8 May to Indonesia’s Nusakambangan prison island, where 13 executions were carried out in 2015. On 10 May, the Attorney General confirmed to the media that another round of executions will be carried out soon.  Three prisoners were moved on 8 May at ...

Update UA: 61/16 Georgia - BILL BANNING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE MOVES FORWARD

The bill which would amend the Constitution introducing a definition of marriage as a union exclusively between a man and a woman, received the endorsement of the Parliament’s Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee on 5 May. Now the bill has to go through other committee hearings after which it ...

Update UA: 95/15 Qatar - Torture allegations ignored, sentence upheld

Ronaldo Lopez Ulep’s 15 years’ imprisonment sentence was upheld by the Court of Cassation in Qatar on 2 May. His allegations of torture have not yet been investigated. Filipino national Ronaldo Ulep, a former civilian employee of Qatar’s air force, had his espionage conviction upheld by the Court of Cassation ...

Update UA: 160/15 Russian Federation - BLOGGER IMPRISONED AFTER APPEAL REJECTED

On 20 April political activist and blogger Darya Poliudova arrived in the open prison colony in Novorossiisk, Krasnodar Krai, where she will be serving her sentence after her appeal was rejected on 30 March. She has submitted another appeal. Darya Poliudova is a prisoner of conscience. On 30 March, the ...

Update UA: 51/16 Malawi - PERSONS WITH ALBINISM RISK FURTHER ATTACKS

A teenage boy with albinism from Malawi who went missing on 24 April has been found dead in Mozambique with his hands and feet chopped off. Thousands of people with albinism live in constant fear of being abducted or killed in Malawi, where their body parts are being sold for ...

Update UA: 3/14 Bahrain- BAHRAINI PHOTOGRAPHER RELEASED

Photographer and prisoner of conscience Ahmad Fardan has been released after completing his three-month prison sentence on 18 April.   Prisoner of conscience Ahmad Fardan was released on 18 April after completing his three-month prison sentence. He was sentenced on 17 February 2015 for “attempting to participate in a public ...

Update UA: 66/16 Bangladesh - STOP POLITICAL LEADER’S IMMINENT EXECUTION

The Supreme Court has rejected the appeal against its ruling, upholding the death sentence against Motiur Rahman Nizami, the leader of the political party Jamaat-e-Islami. All legal appeals have now been exhausted and his only remaining option is to seek clemency from the President. His execution is imminent. Motiur Rahman ...

Update UA 232/13 Bahrain - GRAND PRIX PROTESTER RELEASED AFTER PARDON

Rayhana al-Mousawi, one of two women protesters at the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix, has been released as part of a royal pardon on 20 April. The other woman, Nafeesa al-‘Asfoor, was released on 2 July 2015. Protester Rayhana al-Mousawi was released from ‘Issa Town Women Detention Centre on 20 April, ...

Update UA: 18/16 Belarus - GENNADII YAKOVITSKII’S DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD

The Supreme Court of Belarus upheld the death sentence of Gennadii Yakovitskii on 4 April. He is now at imminent risk of execution.  Gennadii Yakovitskii was sentenced to death on 5 January having been found guilty of the murder of his partner in June 2015. His was the first death ...

UA: 95/16 Argentina - EIGHT-YEAR SENTENCE FOR HAVING A MISCARRIAGE

Twenty-seven-year-old Belén has been held in pre-trial detention for over two years in Tucuman Province, northern Argentina, after suffering a miscarriage in a public hospital. Medical personnel and police officials violated her right to privacy and have unfairly accused and mistreated her. On 21 March 2014, Belén went to the ...

Update UA 9/16 Egypt - Egyptian Human rights defender arrested

Prominent human rights defender, Dr Ahmed Abdullah, was arrested at his home and beaten on 25 April. A prosecutor in Cairo ordered his pre-trial detention for 15 days on 27 April on “terrorism” charges. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of ...

Update UA: 227/11 Bahrain - TEACHER RELEASED AFTER SERVING HIS SENTENCE

Prisoner of conscience and former president of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association, Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb, has been released after completing a five-year prison sentence.  Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb, the former president of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association (BTA) was released on 4 April after serving a five-year prison sentence ...

Update UA 51/16 Malawi - SAFETY CONCERN FOR MISSING TEEN WITH ALBINISM

A 15 year old boy with albinism from Nambirikira Village, Traditional Authority Kachere, Dedza district went missing on 24 April. The police and community are searching for him.  David Fletcher, a 15 year old boy with albinism, had gone to watch a football match in the village on 24 April ...

UA: 93/16 Colombia - DEATH THREATS TO AFRO-DESCENDANT LEADERS

Several Afro-descendant leaders from Cauca Department have been threatened as they continue their campaign in favour of their territorial rights and against illegal mining. On 28 April Francia Márquez, a leader of the Afro-descendant community of La Toma in Suárez Municipality, Cauca Department, received a death threat by text to ...

UA: 103/16 Austria - PRESIDENT MUST BLOCK CHANGES TO ASYLUM LAW

On 27 April the Austrian parliament passed amendments to Austria’s asylum law that will allow people fleeing violence and conflict to be turned away at the border. In order for the legislation to enter into force, it has now to be signed by the Federal President. He has the power ...

UA: 101/16 Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories - PALESTINIAN CHILDREN ADMINISTRATIVELY DETAINED

A 16-year-old Palestinian boy, Abed al-Rahman Awad Kmail, was arrested by Israeli forces on 4 February while he was sleeping. He was placed under a four month administrative detention order and spent his 17th birthday in prison.  Abed al-Rahman Awad Kmail, from Qabatiya, south of Jenin, was given a six ...

Update UA 183/15 United Arab Emirates - Dr Nasser bin Ghaith appeared in court

Dr Nasser bin Ghaith appeared briefly before the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi on 4 April. This is the first time he has been seen since he was forcibly disappeared in the United Arab Emirates on 18 August 2015.  The court session took place ...

UA: 99/16 Index: China - Activist denied medical help as health failing

Chinese human rights campaigner Yang Maodong (better known by pen-name Guo Feixiong) has difficulty standing up and has significantly lost weight. He is suffering from bloody stools and is bleeding from his mouth, including haemorrhaging large amounts of blood on 19 April. He is currently in prison as a result ...

Update UA 78/16 Turkey - ACADEMICS TARGETED FOR FOR PEACE APPEAL, RELEASED

Turkish academics Muzaffer Kaya, Esra Mungan, Kıvanç Ersoy and Meral Camcı  were released from pre-trial detention on 22 April. The prosecution against them for ‘‘making propaganda for a terrorist organisation’’ following their support to a peace appeal has stopped but they have not been acquitted.  Turkish academics Muzaffer Kaya, Esra Mungan, Kıvanç ...

Update UA:14/16 Myanmar- PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE JAILED FOR SIX MONTHS

Prisoner of conscience U Gambira has been sentenced to six months in prison with hard labour by a court in Myanmar. There are concerns that his ongoing detention could seriously exacerbate his already serious mental health issues. He should be immediately and unconditionally released. On 26 April a court in ...

Update UA: 85/15 China - TIBETAN IMPRISONED FOR “INCITING SEPARATISM”

A young Tibetan writer and blogger, Druklo (pen-name Shokjang), was sentenced to three years imprisonment for “inciting separatism”, without access to family and lawyer. He has filed an appeal. According to his appeal letter, his conviction was based on his online posts on religious freedom; the Dalai Lama and other ...

UA: 96/16 Pakistan - MAN PARALYSED IN JAIL NOW AT RISK OF EXECUTION

A Pakistani man convicted and sentenced to death for murder in 2009, Abdul Basit, is at risk of execution. His execution has been stayed three times, all at the last minute, in July, September and November 2015. He became paralysed in 2010 due to the inhumane conditions in which he ...

Uppdatering UA 182/14 Azerbajdzjan - Aktivister har fått lämna landet

Den 19 april tilläts äntligen Leyla och Arif Yunus från Azerbajdzjan att lämna landet för att söka läkarvård i Nederländerna. Där har de återförenats med sin dotter och söker nu asyl. Leyla och Arif Yunus är båda framstående historiker och människorättsförsvarare som i många år varit aktiva för att för ...

Update UA: 12/15 Russian Federation - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE TARGETED AND HARASSED

Tatar activist and prisoner of conscience Rafis Kashapov is currently serving a three-year sentence for criticizing the Russian government. He has been discriminated against and harassed by being singled out for punishment in a corrective prison colony in the Komi Republic, in northern Russia.  Tatar activist Rafis Kashapov was sentenced ...

Update UA: 81/16 Egypt - Concern grows for Egyptian NGOS

 A court case against Egyptian human rights defenders has now increased to include three other human rights organizations.  On 20 April a Cairo court, hearing a case against Egyptian human rights defenders and their families, named seven new defendants - including the directors of three human rights groups. The next ...

Update UA:143/15 Angola - JAILED YOUTH ACTIVISTS APPEAL THEIR SENTENCE

The lawyers for the 17 youth activists sentenced to jail terms of between 2 years and 8 years, six months have lodged an appeal at the Supreme Court and a habeas corpus before the Constitutional Court. Nuno Alvaro Dala ended his hunger strike after 36 days and is at a ...

Update UA: 14/16 Myanmar - AILING PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE REMAINS IN JAIL

Prisoner of conscience U Gambira remains in detention facing politically motivated criminal charges. There are ongoing concerns about his well-being, as he suffers from serious physical and mental health issues. He should be immediately and unconditionally released.  Despite a series of prisoner releases in Myanmar – which have seen scores ...

Update UA 49/15 Iran - Iran confirms forced “virginity test” on artist

Iranian painter and prisoner of conscience Atena Farghadani remains in prison pending the outcome of her appeal against a 12 years and nine months prison sentence. The authorities have now confirmed that they subjected her to virginity and pregnancy tests. Atena Farghadani, 29-year old painter and human rights defender, remains ...

Uppdatering UA 2/15 och 117/14 Burma – Fler fria men U Gambira fortfarande fängslad

Htin Kyaw, ledare för Movement for Democracy Force (MDCF) och människorättsaktivsterna Naw Ohn Hla, San San Win, Sein Htwe, Nay Myo Zin, Tin Htut Paing och Than Swe har även de frigivts från Inseinfängelset i Rangoon.  Htin Kyaw greps i maj 2014 efter att ha hållit ett tal och delat ...

Update UA: 274/15 Congo - DETAINED OPPOSITION MEMBER AWAITING TRIAL

Congolese political opposition member, Paulin Makaya has been held in pre-trial detention at the central prison of Brazzaville beyond the four months limit prescribed by Congolese law. Paulin Makaya, president of the opposition political party “Unis pour le Congo” (UPC), has been in pre-trial detention for more than four months ...

Update UA: 60/16 Honduras - NEW ATTACKS AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Members of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) and other national and international organizations were attacked by unidentified armed people in the context of an international meeting celebrating the life of murdered human rights defender and leader of COPINH, Berta Cáceres.  On 15 April a ...

Update UA: 54/16 Algeria - Activist released, Seven remain imprisoned

A court in Tamanrasset, Algeria, acquitted and released activist Abdelali Ghellam on 19 April. Seven other men remain imprisoned for taking part in a peaceful protest last December. They are prisoners of conscience.  The Tamanrasset Court of Appeals acquitted and released activist Abdelali Ghellam on 19 April, a month and ...

Update UA:171/15 Iran - Iranian trade unionist faces sixteen years in jail

Ismail Abdi, prisoner of conscience and Secretary General of Iran’s Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA), has been sentenced on charges related to his peaceful trade union activities. He is awaiting an appeal date and has announced he will go on hunger strike on International Workers’ Day on 1 May to protest ...

UA 91/16 Egypt - EIGHT CIVILIAN MEN AT RISK OF DEATH SENTENCE

An Egyptian military court is preparing to sentence eight men to death after a grossly unfair trial. The men are standing trial on terrorism-related charges with 20 others, in a case also marred by torture and enforced disappearances. A Cairo military court began the process of sentencing eight civilian men ...

Uppdatering UA 16/15, 82/14, 237/15, 211/15 Burma - Samvetsfångar frigivna

Den burmesiska regeringen tycks nu uppfylla sitt löfte att frige landets samvetsfångar. Den 17 april släpptes 83 fångar, bland dem flera samvetsfångar som Amnesty arbetat för. Bland de frigivna finns författaren och före detta talespersonen för National League for Democracy, Htin Lin Oo. Htin dömdes i juni 2015 till två ...

Update UA: 215/15 Bahrain - IBRAHIM KARIMI SENTENCED TO PRISON

Ibrahim Karimi has been sentenced to two years and one month in prison on charges including “publicly insulting the King” which he has denied. He is a prisoner of conscience. He will be at immediate risk of expulsion after he completes his sentence as his nationality was arbitrarily revoked. Ibrahim ...

Update UA: 68/16 Chad - FOUR MONTH SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR ACTIVISTS

Four Chadian activists arrested and charged for planning to organise peaceful public demonstrations have received a four month suspended prison sentence. The High Court of N’Djamena, Chad has also prohibited them from ‘engaging in subversive activities’.  Mahamat Nour Ibedou and Younous Mahadjir, spokespersons of the civil society organisations platform ‘Ça ...

Uppdatering UA 50/16 Honduras - Hälsning från Gustavo Castro till Amnesty

  Gustavo Castro som kvarhölls mot sin vilja i Honduras efter mordet på Berta Cáceres hälsar till Amnesty och tackar för stödet. “At last I am in Mexico, free after being held in Honduras, where the government illegally held me for being the only witness of Berta Caceres’ killing. Her ...

Uppdatering UA 51/16 Malawi: Tvååriga albinoflickan mördad

Den tvååriga Whitney Chilumpha, som led av albinism, fördes bort från sitt hem den 3 april då hon låg och sov bredvid sin mamma.  Flickan har nu hittats mördad. Mordet på henne visar på underlåtenheten från de malawiska myndigheterna att skydda denna utsatta grupp. Sedan december 2014 har minst 12 ...

Update UA: 54/16 Algeria - RELEASE EIGHT PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE

Eight men including two activists are serving one-year prison terms over a peaceful protest last December in Tamanrasset. They are prisoners of conscience. Activist Abdelali Ghellam has been imprisoned since his arrest on 2 March for a peaceful protest. On 7 March, a court in the southern city of Tamanrasset ...

Update UA: 261/15 Russian Federation - LIBRARIAN’S HOUSE ARREST EXTENDED

Librarian Natalya Sharina has been under house arrest since 30 October 2015 for the library holding “extremist literature”. She was charged with a new offence on 5 April which makes it possible to extend her period of house arrest for up to a year. She is a prisoner of conscience. ...

Update UA: 3/16 Bahrain - ACTIVIST SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR IN JAIL

Bahraini activist Dr Sa’eed al-Samahiji was sentenced to one year in prison on 7 April, on charges including “insulting a brotherly State” and “calling for participation in illegal demonstrations”. He was on hunger strike between 14 February and 31 March in protest at his ill-treatment in prison. He is a ...

UA: 81/16 Egypt - NGOs face unprecedented crackdown

Egyptian human rights organizations are facing an unprecedented crackdown. The government has ordered the closure of a leading torture-rehabilitation centre and human rights defenders have faced questioning, travel bans and asset freezes. Egyptian authorities are moving to shut down human rights organizations, while human rights defenders fear they could be ...

UA: 88/16 Colombia - DEATH THREATS TO DEFENDERS AND TRADE UNIONISTS

 Human rights defenders and trade unionists in Valle del Cauca Department, south-west Colombia, are in danger after receiving death threats, apparently from the paramilitary Gaitanista Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia).   On 11 April a written death threat, apparently signed by the paramilitary Gaitanista Self-Defence Forces of ...

Update UA: 204/15 Myanmar - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED

Prominent student unionist Nandar Sitt Aung was released from prison on 8 April after all charges against him were dropped by courts in Myanmar. On 8 April, Nandar Sitt Aung, a senior member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), was released from prison after courts in Myanmar ...

Update UA: 252/15 Myanmar - STUDENT LEADERS RELEASED

Student leaders Phyoe Phyoe Aung and Lin Htet Naing (aka James aka Aung Thant Zin) were released on 8 April after all charges against them were dropped by courts in Myanmar. Phyoe Phyoe Aung and her husband Lin Htet Naing, student leaders and members of the All Burma Federation of ...

Update UA 247/15 Myanmar - PROMINENT STUDENT UNIONIST RELEASED

Prominent student unionist Kyaw Ko Ko was released from prison on 8 April after courts in Myanmar dropped charges against scores of student protesters.   On 8 April, Kyaw Ko Ko, a prominent student unionist and Chairman of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), was released from prison ...

Update UA:105/15 Iran - NARGES MOHAMMADI’S TRIAL DATE SET FOR 20 APRIL

  Iranian human rights defender and prisoner of conscience, Narges Mohammadi, has been informed that her court hearing is scheduled on 20 April. She has not been allowed to make any contact with her children for over eight months. She remains critically ill.   Prominent human rights defender and prisoner ...

Update UA: 281/15 China - TWO CHINESE LABOUR ACTIVISTS STILL DETAINED

 Labour activist He Xiaobo was released on 7 April, but two other labour activists – Zeng Feiyang and Meng Han remain in detention, solely as a result of their legitimate activities defending workers’ rights in Guangdong province. The sudden release of He Xiaobo suggests that actions may be having an ...

Update UA: 70/16 USA - FEDERAL COURT STAYS VIRGINIA EXECUTION

Ivan Teleguz, a Ukrainian national, received a stay of execution. He maintains his innocence of the 2001 murder for which he was sent to death row in 2006.  He had been scheduled to be executed on 13 April.    The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit granted Ivan ...

Update UA 74/16 USA - State of Georgia carries out execution

Kenneth Fults was executed by lethal injection on 12 April in the US state of Georgia. He was sentenced to death in 1997 for the murder of Cathy Bounds in 1996. The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency to Kenneth Fults on 11 April. His clemency petition to ...

Update UA: 74/15 Libya - TWO LIBYAN MEN ACQUITTED AND RELEASED

Two Libyan men, Mo’ad Mohammad al-Hashmi al-Harari and ‘Adel Rajeb Nasef, were acquitted of all charges by the Federal Supreme Court in the United Arab Emirates on 14 March. Mo’ad Mohammed al-Hashmi was released on 27 March and ‘Adel Rajeb Nasef on 28 March.   The trials of Mo’ad Mohammad ...

Update UA: 286/14 Egypt - MAHMOUD HUSSEIN RELEASED ON BAIL

 Prisoner of conscience Mahmoud Mohamed Ahmed Hussein was released on 25 March after spending more than two years in detention without charge or trial. A Cairo court ordered the release on bail of Mahmoud Mohamed Ahmed Hussein on 24 March 2016, after rejecting an appeal by Egypt’s Public Prosecution. However, ...

UA: 79/16 China - Tibetan education advocate detained

A young Tibetan, Tashi Wangchuk, who advocates for Tibetan language education has been detained and charged with “inciting separatism”, with no access to family and lawyer. He could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.   Tashi Wangchuk, 30, has been detained by the Chinese authorities since ...

Update UA: 68/16 Chad - FOUR CHADIAN ACTIVISTS ON TRIAL AWAIT VERDICT

 The trial against four Chadian activists began on 7 April. The Public Prosecutor’s office has requested that they be sentenced to six months in prison. A verdict is expected on 14 April. The four are prisoners of conscience.   Activists Mahamat Nour Ibedou and Younous Mahadjir, spokespersons of the civil ...

Update UA: 12/16 Israel/OPT - Palestinian circus performer’s appeal rejected

  An Israeli military court dismissed Palestinian circus performer Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha’s appeal against his detention without trial on 31 March. The military prosecution again denied him his right to challenge his detention by withholding much of their “evidence”.    Palestinian circus performer Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha’s appeal against ...

UA: 78/16 Turkey - ACADEMICS DETAINED FOR SIGNING PEACE APPEAL

On 15 March three academics who signed an appeal for peace in January 2016 were charged with “making propaganda for a terrorist organization”. If convicted they face up to seven and a half years’ imprisonment. A fourth academic was detained on 31 March for signing the same appeal. The four ...

Update UA: 243/14 Egypt - Shawkan’s trial postponed until 23 april

Egyptian authorities postponed until 23 April the trial of photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, popularly known as Shawkan. He is facing trumped-up charges as a result of his journalistic work. He is a prisoner of conscience and risks the death penalty if convicted.   On 26 March, Cairo Criminal Court adjourned ...

Update UA: 4/16 UAE - MAN FORCIBLY RETURNED TO UAE FACING NEW TRIAL

Emirati national Abdulrahman Bin Sobeih appeared before the Federal Supreme Court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 28 March. The 15 year prison sentence he previously received in absentia has been cancelled and he will face new unknown charges. The trial will resume on 29 April.   Abdulrahman Bin ...

Update UA: 250/14 Iran - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE STARTS HUNGER STRIKE

Human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Saeed Shirzad started a hunger strike on 31 March in protest at the authorities’ disregard for regulations governing separation of different categories of prisoners. Saeed Shirzad is held in Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj near Tehran, awaiting the outcome of his appeal against ...

Update UA 71/16 Morocco/Western Sahara - Sahrawi prisoners stop hunger strike

Thirteen Sahrawi prisoners have suspended their hunger strike after 36 days, as their health worsened. They are serving long prison sentences after a grossly unfair military trial in 2013.    Sidahmed Lemjayed, Ahmed Sbai, Mohamed Bachir Boutanguiza, Naâma Asfari, Hassan Dah, Cheikh Banga, Mohamed Bani, Sidi Abdallah Abhah, Mohamed Bourial, ...

Update UA 35/15 Saudi Arabia - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST RELEASED

Saudi Arabian prisoner of conscience, Issa al-Nukheifi, was released after serving a prison sentence for his human rights activism.    Prisoner of conscience, Issa al-Nukheifi, a human rights activist and member of the independent Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), was released on 6 April after serving his prison ...

Update UA: 237/15 Myanmar - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR

A peaceful protester and former election candidate in Myanmar has been sentenced to one year in prison for participating in a peaceful demonstration against the shooting to death of a protester. She is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.   Myat Nu Khaing was sentenced ...

Update UA 51/16 Malawi - FEAR FOR SAFETY OF MISSING BABY WITH ALBINISM

A two year-old baby girl with albinism was abducted whilst sleeping beside her mother in Chiziya Village. Thousands of people with albinism live in fear of being abducted or killed in Malawi, where their body parts are being sold for use in witchcraft.   Unknown persons broke into the house ...

Update UA 266/15 Belarus - IVAN KULESH AT IMMINENT RISK OF EXECUTION

IVAN KULESH AT IMMINENT RISK OF EXECUTION On 29 March, the Supreme Court of Belarus upheld the death sentence of Ivan Kulesh. His only hope now is to appeal for clemency to the President but this is likely to be rejected. Ivan Kulesh is at imminent risk of execution. Ivan ...

Update UA 50/16 Honduras - MEXICAN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER RETURNS HOME

Mexican human rights defender Gustavo Castro Soto, sole witness to the murder of Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, has returned to Mexico. Honduran authorities had previously ordered him to remain in the country until 6 April. Gustavo Castro Soto arrived in Mexico City on 1 April. The day before, a judge ...

Update UA 2/16 South Korea - WOMAN WITH CANCER FACES TWO-YEAR SENTENCE

On 29 January 2016, Kim Hye-young, a woman in South Korea with thyroid cancer, has been sentenced to a two-year prison term for taking part in a peaceful demonstration. Kim has developed mental health problems while in detention. Authorities have continued to refuse her treatment outside the detention facility. Kim ...

UA 71/16 MOROCCO - SAHRAWI PRISONERS ON HUNGER STRIKE

  Thirteen Sahrawi prisoners have been on hunger strike since the beginning of March, to urge the Moroccan authorities to release them. They were arrested more than five years ago and were sentenced to jail after a grossly unfair trial by a military court in 2013.   The 13 men ...

UA 77/16 MONGOLIA - 200 PEOPLE FACE IMMINENT RISK OF HOMELESSNESS

  An estimated 200 people in Ulaanbaatar, are facing homelessness due to stalled redevelopment plans. The apartments have become uninhabitable as heating pipes, windows and doors have been removed, and rubbish has been dumped inside the building. These people, including people with disabilities, elderly and families with young children need ...

Further information on UA 215/15 BAHRAIN - IBRAHIM KARIMI’S VERDICT ON 31 MARCH

    Ibrahim Karimi’s trial started on 31 January on charges including “insulting the King” on his Twitter account. The verdict will be issued on 31 March. He is at risk of expulsion, as the Appeal Court separately upheld his deportation order on 8 March.   Ibrahim Karimi’s trial began ...

Further information on UA 68/16 CHAD - ACTIVISTS RISK SIX MONTHS TO ONE YEAR IN PRISON

  Four activists will be standing trial for planning to organise peaceful demonstrations to protest against President Idriss Deby’s re-election bid. They are currently detained at the Amsinene Prison in N’Djamena and risk jail terms of between six months to one year.   Mahamat Nour Ibedou and Younous Mahadjir, spokespersons ...

Further Information on UA 30/16 SOUTH SUDAN - FORMER GOVERNOR ARBITRARILY DETAINED

  Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro, former governor of Western Equatoria state has been in arbitrary detention without charge or trial since 22 December 2015, at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in Juba. He has also been denied access to a lawyer, though his family now has access to him.   ...

UA 76/16 IRAN - PRISONER IN NEED OF URGENT MEDICAL CARE

  Afshin Sohrabzadeh, a member of Iran’s Kurdish minority serving a 25-year prison term in “internal exile” at a remote prison in southern Hormozgan province, is in urgent need of specialized medical treatment outside prison. He suffers from a life-threatening gastrointestinal condition, exacerbated by prolonged lack of adequate treatment.   ...

Further information on UA 45/16 TURKEY - SYRIAN REFUGEE RELEASED FROM AIRPORT DETENTION

  Syrian refugee M.K., who had been arbitrarily detained at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen airport since 9 November 2015, was released on 29 March. He is required to go to the central Anatolian province of Aksaray to await a decision on his international protection application. He will not be detained while ...

Further Information on UA 62/16 CHINA - CHINESE JOURNALIST RELEASED

  Prominent journalist and columnist Jia Jia went missing on 15 March while he was due to board a flight to Hong Kong. His disappearance may be connected with an online letter critical of President Xi Jinping. He was released on 27 March.   Jia Jia, a prominent mainland columnist ...

UA 65/16 SOMALIA - CIVILIAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED IN A MILITARY COURT

  Mrs Saado Jaamac Aadan, a civilian, was arrested by police in Somaliland and has been charged in a closed military court. She has not been allowed access to a lawyer nor granted bail. She is currently detained in Hargeisa.   Mrs Saado Jaamac Aadan was arrested by the police ...

UA 73/16 CHINA - FALUN GONG PRACTITIONERS RISK TORTURE IN CHINA

  An elderly couple in China’s Henan province have been arrested as a result of their beliefs. They are facing criminal charges and are at risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment while in detention.   Approximately 30 plainclothes police officers broke into the apartment of Yao Guofu, 63 ...

Further information on UA 64/15 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) - BLOGGER RELEASED AND RETURNED TO OMAN

  Omani blogger Muawiya al-Ruwahi was acquitted by the Federal Supreme court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 14 March. He has been deported to Oman.   Omani blogger Muawiya al-Ruwahi, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was acquitted on 14 March by the State Security Chamber of the Federal ...

UA 64/16 SOUTH SUDAN - UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR ARBITRARILY DETAINED

  Prof. Leonzio Angole Onek was arrested on 7 December 2015 in Juba, South Sudan and taken to the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in the Jebel neighbourhood. He has had no access to his family while in detention and has not been allowed legal representation.   Prof. Leonzio Angole ...

Further information on UA 319/12 QATAR - POET MOHAMMED AL-AJAMI PARDONED, RELEASED

  Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami, a prisoner of conscience, was released on 15 March when the Emir of Qatar pardoned him unconditionally.   Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami, also known as Ibn al-Dheeb, was released from the Central Prison, south-west of the capital, Doha, on 15 March at about 7.30 pm, ...

UA 75/16 IRAN - IRANIAN KURD SENTENCED AFTER LETTER TO UN

  Iranian Kurdish farmer Yousef Kakehmami, already serving nine years in prison after two unfair trials, has been sentenced to a further five years in prison after writing a letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran.   Yousef Kakehmami is a farmer from Iran’s ...

UA 74/16 USA - GEORGIA SETS EXECUTION DESPITE RACISM CLAIM

  Kenneth Fults, a 47-year-old African American man sentenced to death in 1997, is due to be executed on 12 April in Georgia. In 2005, one of the jurors signed a sworn statement that he had voted for the death penalty because “that’s what the nigger deserved”.   In May ...

Further information on UA 306/14 BAHRAIN - ZAINAB AL-KHAWAJA IMPRISONED WITH HER CHILD

  Zainab Al-Khawaja has been arrested and taken into custody, with her 15-month-old son. She is a prisoner of conscience.   Zainab Al-Khawaja was arrested at her home on 14 March. Police jeeps had sealed off her street to be ready to arrest her. She was taken with her 15-month ...

Further information on UA 70/15 KUWAIT - KUWAITI ACTIVIST NAWAF AL-HENDAL ACQUITTED

  Kuwaiti human rights activist Nawaf al-Hendal was acquitted on 1 March, along with 10 other men, of charges including “illegal gathering”.   Human rights activist Nawaf al-Hendal and 10 other men were acquitted by a misdemeanours court on 1 March. They were already free on bail.   They had ...

Further information on UA 4/15 KUWAIT - FORMER MP SALEH AL-MULLA ACQUITTED

  Former Kuwaiti opposition MP Saleh al-Mulla was acquitted by the Appeal Court on 9 March of “insulting the Amir of Kuwait and the President of Egypt” on his Twitter account.   Saleh al-Mulla, appeared before the Appeal Court in Kuwait City on 9 March and was acquitted of “insulting ...

Further Information on UA 190/15 CHINA - LAWYER DEFENDING CHURCHES IN CHINA RELEASED

  A prominent human rights lawyer supporting churches resisting the removal of crosses was released on 23 March after being detained for seven months.   Prominent human rights lawyer Zhang Kai, 37, posted on his WeChat and Weibo on 23 March evening saying that he “safely returned to his hometown ...

UA 72/16 IRAN - MAN ARRESTED IN HIS TEENS NEARS EXECUTION

  A young Iranian man, Himan Uraminejad, on death row for an offence carried out when he was a child, has been told that he will be executed soon after 1 April, when the 13-day Iranian New Year holiday period ends.   Himan Uraminejad was sentenced to death in August ...

UA 69/16 INDIA - RELEASE JOURNALIST TORTURED IN CUSTODY

  A journalist from the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh has been arrested and charged for allegedly sharing a message on Whatsapp criticising the state police. If convicted he could face up to three years of imprisonment.   Journalist Prabhat Singh was arrested on 21 March and charged under Sections ...

UA 70/16 USA - UKRAINIAN MAINTAINS INNOCENCE, EXECUTION SET

  Ivan Teleguz, a Ukrainian national, is scheduled to be executed in Virginia on 13 April. He maintains his innocence of the 2001 murder for which he was sent to death row in 2006.   Stephanie Sipe was found dead in her apartment in Harrisonburg, Virginia on 23 July 2001. ...

UA 66/16 BANGLADESH - POLITICAL LEADER AT IMMINENT RISK OF EXECUTION

  Leader of political party Jamaat-e-Islami, Motiur Rahman Nizami, is at imminent risk of execution following the Supreme Court of Bangladesh’s decision on 6 March to uphold his death sentence. Nizami is seeking to have the Supreme Court review its decision but should this be rejected, Nizami could be executed ...

Further information on UA 236/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - LIBYAN MEN’S TERRORISM CHARGES REPLACED

  On 21 March the prosecution in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) replaced all terrorism-related charges against four Libyan men with new ones. The fate of three other Libyan men is still unknown.   US-Libyan Kamal Eldarat and his son Mohammed Eldarat, Canadian-Libyan Salim el-Aradi and Libyan ‘Issa al-Manna’ were ...

UA 68/16 CHAD - CHADIAN ACTIVISTS HELD OVER PEACEFUL PROTEST

  Mahamat Nour Ibedou, Younous Mahadjir, Nadjo Kaina Palmer and Celine Narmadji are being detained by the judicial police of N’Djamena, Chad, for planning to organise peaceful demonstrations that were to take place on 22 March and 29 March, to protest against President Idriss Deby’s re-election bid. They are charged ...

FU UA 37/16 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - SIX MONTH PRISON TERM FOR ACTIVISTS AFTER APPEAL

  An appeal court has reduced the prison sentence for six members of the Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) youth movement from two years to six months. The six were arrested on 16 February in Goma, hours before a general strike held in protest against delays in organizing the 2016 ...

Further information on UA 48/16 GREECE - REFUGEES SHAMEFULLY TRAPPED IN GREECE

  Thousands remain stranded in Greece in dreadful conditions, both in official and makeshift informal camps. The humanitarian crisis will deteriorate unless reception conditions improve and EU Member States urgently accept refugees from Greece.   The latest official figures raise the number of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants stuck in ...

UA 67/16 UKRAINE - LAWYERS TARGETED FOR THEIR WORK, LIVES AT RISK

  Two Ukrainian lawyers have been under sustained pressure from the Ukrainian authorities in connection with a high profile and deeply politicised case they are working on. One of them went missing on 6 March in suspicious circumstances.   Oksana Sokolovskaya and Yuri Grabovski have been acting as the defence ...

Further information on UA 282/15 TURKEY - REFUGEE TRANSFERRED FROM AIRPORT, STILL AT RISK

  The Syrian refugee who had been arbitrarily detained in the ‘Problematic Passengers Room’ at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport for more than one year was transferred on 19 March. He remains under administrative detention until a decision is made on his request to be released. He is at continued risk of ...

UA 63/16 Saudi Arabia - JOURNALIST RISKS DEATH PENALTY FOR TWEETS

  SAUDI ARABIA   Saudi Arabian journalist Alaa Brinji is on trial at the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh. He has been charged with apostasy and risks being sentenced to death. He has been denied access to a lawyer. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Journalist Alaa Brinji is ...

UA 62/16 CHINA - Chinese Journalist feared detained

  CHINA   Prominent journalist and columnist Jia Jia went missing while he was at the Beijing airport, about to board a flight to Hong Kong. Friends believe that his disappearance may be related to an open letter published on a website on 4 March calling for President Xi Jinping ...

Fu on UA 173/15 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - NINE PEACEFUL PROTESTERS RELEASED AFTER TRIAL

  Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)   Two activists from Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA), Juvin Kombi Narcisse and Pascal Byumanine have been sentenced to three months in prison and fined 100,000 Congolese Francs (about 100 US Dollars) for organizing an ‘illegal’ demonstration. Seven others who were arrested with them ...

UA 61/16 Georgia - STOP AMENDMENT BANNING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

  GEORGIA   The ruling coalition in Georgia introduced a bill on 14 March to amend the Constitution and define marriage explicitly as a union between a man and a woman. The amendment discriminates against LGBTI people in the enjoyment of their family life and all social rights associated with ...

UA 58/16 Sudan - TEN CIVIL SOCIETY ACTIVISTS HARASSED BY NISS

  SUDAN   Staff members, trainers, a volunteer and visitors of the training centre TRACKS for Training and Human Development had to report daily to the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) office in Khartoum, Sudan between 3 March and 13 March.   The NISS raided TRACKS’ office on 29 ...

Further information on UA 184/15 Iran - ELDERLY PROFESSOR’S SIX-YEAR JAIL TERM UPHELD

  IRAN   Elderly prisoner of conscience Hossein Rafiee, a retired university professor, has had his six-year prison sentence, imposed for his peaceful political activism, upheld by an appeal court. The authorities have rejected his request for compassionate leave to be with his sick wife, who is due to undergo ...

UA 59/16 Malaysia - AT LEAST 13 DETAINEES DETAIL ABUSE AND TORTURE

  MALAYSIA   At least 13 detainees, arrested under the Security Offences Act, have reported torture or other ill-treatment by the authorities and sexual harassment of their family members.   At least 13 detainees who were arrested for suspected security offences under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA), ...

Further information on UA 234/14 Iran - JUVENILE OFFENDER SAMAN NASEEM THREATENED

  IRAN   Juvenile offender Saman Naseem is believed to have been put under renewed pressure to do a video interview and threatened with “consequences”, including execution, if he fails to comply.   Juvenile offender Saman Naseem, now 22, was taken on 7 March to the Ministry of Intelligence office ...

Further Information on UA 53/16 Venezuela - ESTABLISH THE WHEREABOUTS OF MISSING MINERS

  VENEZUELA   The bodies of seventeen informal gold miners reported as missing were found by the authorities. The whereabouts of at least four other missing people are still unknown.   The Venezuelan Attorney General announced on 15 March that authorities found the bodies of seventeen people out of the ...

Further information on UA 282/15 Turkey - syrian refugee detained in airport for a year

  TURKEY   A Syrian refugee has been arbitrarily detained in inhumane conditions at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport since 15 March 2015. He is at continued risk of being returned to Syria. Syrian national F.M. fled Syria in August 2012 to avoid military service. He has been detained in the “Problematic ...

UA 60/16 Honduras - DEFENDER KILLED, OTHERS HARASSED

  HONDURAS   Nelson García, 38, active member of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH) was killed on 15 March in Rio Lindo (West). Since the murder of Berta Cáceres on 3 March, other COPINH members and Berta Caceres´ relatives have been harassed by authorities ...

Further information on UA 142/15 Bahrain - ACTIVIST’S APPEAL HEARING ADJOURNED AGAIN

  BAHRAIN   Political activist Fadhel Abbas has had his appeal hearing adjourned for a third time, to 25 April, because a prosecution witness has failed to attend. He is a prisoner of conscience. Fadhel Abbas Mahdi Mohamed, former Secretary General of opposition political party The Unitary National Democratic Assemblage ...

UA 56/16 Iran - SICK PRISONER OF CONSIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE

  IRAN   The health of Iranian prisoner of conscience Saeed Hosseinzadeh, a children’s rights activist currently on hunger strike, is deteriorating rapidly. He started his hunger strike more than 20 days ago in protest at the authorities’ refusal to release him, despite doctors declaring him unfit to remain in ...

UA 53/16 Venezuela - ESTABLISH THE WHEREABOUTS OF MISSING MINERS

  Venezuela   Twenty-eight informal gold miners have been reported missing in Venezuela in the town of Tumeremo, Bolivar State. The relatives of the male and female miners and other members of the community may be at risk.   The relatives of 28 informal gold miners have reported them missing ...

Further information on UA 50/16 Honduras - MEXICAN DEFENDER FEARS FOR SAFETY IN HONDURAS

Honduras   Honduran authorities have ordered Mexican human rights defender Gustavo Castro Soto, sole witness to the murder of Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres and victim of the attack, to remain another 30 days in the country. He has already provided testimony and fears for his safety in Honduras.   On ...

UA 55/16 Azerbaijan - DEFENDER’S HEALTH DETERIORATES IN PRISON

  Azerbaijan   The health of imprisoned Azerbaijani human rights defender Taleh Khasmammadov has continued to progressively deteriorate. He is not receiving adequate medical care in the prison’s hospital. He is currently serving a three-year sentence following his conviction on politically motivated charges.   Human rights defender Taleh Khasmammadov, from ...

UA 54/16 Algeria - YEAR IN PRISON FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST

  ALGERIA   An Algerian activist has been sentenced to one year in prison for taking part in a peaceful protest. Seven others who took part have already been imprisoned. All eight are prisoners of conscience.   Activist Abdelali Ghellam was sentenced on 7 March to one year in prison ...

UA 52/16 Cameroon - THREE CAMEROON JOURNALISTS’ RISK PRISON TERM

  CAMEROON     Cameroonian journalists Baba Wame, Felix Ebole Bola and Rodrigue Tongue are on trial for ‘non-denunciation’ of information and sources at the Military Tribunal of Yaoundé, Cameroon for upholding journalism ethics in not disclosing their sources of information. If convicted, they could face between one to five ...

UA 51/16 Malawi - PEOPLE WITH ALBINISM UNDER THREAT IN MALAWI

  MALAWI   Thousands of people with albinism and their families in Malawi have been living in fear of attacks, including killings, abductions and mutilations. There are grave concerns for the safety and security of people with albinism across Malawi. At least 11 people with albinism have been killed in ...

Further information on UA 298/15 Tunisia - SIX MEN FREE AFTER SENTENCE REDUCED

  Tunisia   Six Tunisian men convicted of “sodomy” were found guilty but not returned to prison on 3 March, after their sentence was reduced on appeal. Six men, who had been jailed for “sodomy”, are now free.   The six men were already free on bail, but were still ...

UA 50/16 Honduras - WITNESS TO DEFENDER’S MURDER AT RISK

  HONDURAS   Honduran authorities are refusing to allow Mexican human rights defender Gustavo Castro Soto, sole witness to the murder of Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, to leave Honduras and are seeking to have him return to the state where the crime was committed. He has already provided testimony and ...

UA 47/16 China - FEARS OF FORCED OPERATION ON TIBETAN WOMAN

  CHINA   There are fears that a young Tibetan woman, who has been imprisoned for moving the body of a man who set himself on fire, could be subjected to unnecessary medical procedures against her will.   Dolma Tso, 30, has had no access to her family or lawyer ...

UA 48/16 Greece - HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN GREECE AMID EU PARALYSIS

  GREECE   Thousands of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are trapped in Greece in dire conditions, with no access to protection due to arbitrary and discriminatory border closures on the Western Balkans route. As thousands are arriving, the humanitarian situation will deteriorate unless EU states urgently start accepting refugees ...

UA 49/16 India - PROFESSOR AND STUDENTS DETAINED FOR SEDITION

  INDIA A professor from Delhi University and two students from the Jawaharlal University (JNU) in Delhi are in detention for allegedly chanting ‘anti-India’ slogans at two separate events. If convicted, they could face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Another student arrested on suspicion of the same offence has ...

Further Information on UA 41/16 Iran - IRANIAN MUSICIANS, FILMMAKER AT RISK OF ARREST

  IRAN   Iranian musicians Mehdi Rajabian and Yousef Emadi, and filmmaker Hossein Rajabian, have had their prison sentences upheld by an appeal court in Tehran. They are at imminent risk of arrest. If jailed, they will be prisoners of conscience.   Filmmaker Hossein Rajabian, his brother Mehdi Rajabian and ...

UA 44/16 Syria - WHEREABOUTS OF DISAPPEARED MEN UNKNOWN

  SYRIA   Forcibly disappeared student Adel Barazi from Damascus was recently seen in Saydnaya Military Prison, where he is at risk of being tortured and otherwise ill-treated. The whereabouts of three men who were arrested together with Adel Barazi remain unknown.   A relative of Adel Barazi, who lives ...

Further information on UA 190/15 China - LAWYER SUPPORTING CHURCHES STILL DETAINED

  CHINA   A prominent human rights lawyer has been criminally detained in China after being placed under ‘residential surveillance’ in an unknown location for six months, without access to lawyer or family. He had been providing assistance to activists who are resisting the removal of crosses from churches. His ...

FU on UA 12/16 Israel/OPT - APPEAL DATE SET FOR DETAINED CIRCUS PERFORMER

  Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories   An Israeli military court will hear an appeal against the detention without charge of Palestinian circus performer Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha on 21 March. His mother was permitted to visit him in Israeli detention for the first time in over two months.   On 21 ...

UA 46/16 VIET NAM - SAFETY CONCERNS FOR VIETNAMESE ACTIVIST

  VIET NAM   There are increasing fears for the safety and security of Vietnamese Trần Minh Nhật, a former prisoner of conscience, who is facing ongoing harassment, intimidation and other human rights abuses by police in the province of Lâm Đồng in the south of Việt Nam. On the ...

UA 45/16 TURKEY - syrian refugee arbitrarily detained at airport

  TURKEY   Syrian refugee M.K. has been arbitrarily detained under inhumane conditions at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport since 9 November 2015. He is at risk of being returned to Syria, where his life would be in danger.   M.K. fled Syria in December 2012 and went to Jordan. In ...

Further Information on UA 15/08 Iran - JUVENILE OFFENDER FACES DEATH AFTER RETRIAL

  IRAN   Iranian juvenile offender Amir Amrollahi has been sentenced to death for the second time, after a retrial and following a decade in prison. The court rejected the conclusion of an official forensic report which had said he had not attained “mental growth and maturity” at the time ...

Further information on UA 182/14 Azerbaijan - ACTIVISTS DENIED VITAL MEDICAL TREATMENT ABROAD

  Azerbaijan   Azerbaijani human rights defenders and former prisoners of conscience Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus are being prevented from leaving the country for urgent medical treatment abroad as their health continues to deteriorate. On 4 March the Appeals Court will consider their request for their travel ban to ...

FU on UA 37/16 Democratic Republic of Congo - TWO YEAR PRISON TERM FOR SIX LUCHA ACTIVISTS

  Democratic Republic of Congo   Six members of the Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) youth movement have been sentenced to two years in prison on charges of “attempting to incite disobedience”. The six were arrested on 16 February in Goma, hours before a general strike held in protest against ...

Further information on UA 19/16 Iran - FILMMAKER’S FLOGGING AND JAIL SENTENCE UPHELD

  IRAN   Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi has had five years of his six-year sentence suspended by the appeal court, which upheld the flogging sentence of 223 lashes. If jailed to serve the one-year prison term, imposed for his peaceful activities, he will be a prisoner of conscience.   Keywan ...

Further information on UA 168/15 BAHRAIN - EBRAHIM SHARIF SENTENCED TO YEAR IN PRISON

  Political activist Ebrahim Sharif has been sentenced to one year in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Ebrahim Sharif was sentenced to one year in prison on 24 February. The High Criminal Court in the capital, Manama, convicted him of “incitement to hatred and contempt of the ...

Further information on UA 232/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - GOVERNMENT CRITIC CRIMINALLY CONVICTED

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Yekaterina Vologzheninova was found guilty of "inciting hatred and enmity” on 20 February for her online criticism of the Russian authorities. She will appeal the sentence.   Yekaterina Vologzheninova, a shop assistant from Yekaterinburg, in the Ural region, was found guilty on 20 February of “inciting ...

Further information on UA 160/15 Russian Federation - CONVICTED BLOGGER APPEALS SENTENCE

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Blogger Darya Poliudova was sentenced on 21 December 2015 to two years’ imprisonment in an open prison colony for criticizing the Russian government. The appeal hearing will take place on 10 March.   Political activist and blogger Darya Poliudova was sentenced on 21 December 2015 by ...

Further information on UA 3/16 Bahrain - PRISONER OF CONSIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini activist Dr Sa'eed al-Samahiji, a prisoner of conscience, went on hunger strike on 14 February in protest at being ill-treated. His family say his health is deteriorating. He is on trial for posting on Twitter.   Bahraini activist Dr Sa'eed Mothaher Habib al-Samahiji, a prisoner of ...

Further Information on UA 36/16 Democratic Republic of Congo - TWO LUCHA ACTIVISTS AND ONE YOUTH DEN

  Democratic Republic of Congo   On 25 February a court in Kinshasa denied a bail request by three young men, two of whom are members of Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA). The tribunal also authorized an extension of their provisional detention at Makala Prison for 15 days.   A ...

Further information on UA 209/15 TAJIKISTAN - LAWYER REMAINS IN DETENTION, RISKS UNFAIR TRIAL

  Buzurgmekhr Yorov, a lawyer representing members of the banned Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), remains in pre-trial detention and is at risk of an unfair trial. He was arrested in September 2015 in what appeared to be an attempt to deny the arrested members of the IRPT access ...

Further information on UA 85/15 CHINA - TIBETAN WRITER IMPRISONED AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL

  A young Tibetan writer and blogger, Druklo (pen-name Shokjang), was sentenced to three years imprisonment, almost one year after he was first detained. It is believed that this is as a result of an article he wrote describing the increased presence of Chinese security officers ahead of a politically-sensitive ...

UA 42/16 INDIA - FEARS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN INDIA

  Activists, lawyers and journalists in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, have been facing increased attacks, harassment and threats. It is believed this is intended to deter them from carrying out their work, and has led to some leaving the region in fear for their safety.   On 7 February, a group of ...

Further Information on UA 36/16 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - DETAINED YOUTH MUST BE RELEASED

  Three youths, two of whom are youth activists from Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA), who had been held in incommunicado detention after their arrest, are now detained at Makala Prison in Kinshasa. They are accused of “spreading rumours”, “incitement to disobedience” and “undermining national security”.   Two LUCHA activists, ...

Further information on UA 264/15 UZBEKISTAN - DEFENDER RELEASED UNDER HEAVY RESTRICTIONS

  Human rights defender Uktam Pardaev was given a three year conditional sentence on 11 January which heavily restricts his movements and activities. He spent eight weeks in pre-trial detention in degrading conditions and is now under constant surveillance.   Human rights defender Uktam Pardaev, was convicted of fraud, bribery ...

UA 41/16 IRAN - TORTURED FILMMAKER AND MUSICIANS FACE JAIL

  Iranian filmmaker Hossein Rajabian and musicians Mehdi Rajabian and Yousef Emadi have each been sentenced to six years in prison, in connection with their artistic work. They have appealed their sentences. If jailed, they will be prisoners of conscience.   Filmmaker Hossein Rajabian, his brother Mehdi Rajabian and Yousef ...

Further Information on UA 263/15 LESOTHO - TRIAL OF TWENTY-THREE SOLDIERS POSTPONED AGAIN

      The court martial of 23 members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) for mutiny charges has been postponed to 2 May. Sixteen of the accused remain in custody. The soldiers’ legal team has been facing increased harassment and intimidation, including arrest.   The court martial of 23 ...

Further information on UA 252/15 MYANMAR - STUDENT LEADERS RECEIVE FURTHER CHARGES

  Detained student union leaders in Myanmar at risk of longer prisoner sentences after receiving additional charges for protests they took part in over a year ago. They are prisoners of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.   Secretary General of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions ...

Further information on UA 22/16 SOUTH SUDAN - JOURNALIST RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE

  Joseph Afandi, a journalist with the El Tabeer daily newspaper who was held incommunicado by the South Sudanese National Security Service (NSS) since 29 December 2015 has been released.   Joseph Afandi was arrested by members of the NSS while having tea in Hai Thoura, Juba at around 6pm ...

Further information on UA 284/15 VIETNAM - FEARS GROW FOR HEALTH OF DETAINED ACTIVIST

  There are increasing fears for the health of prisoner of conscience Trần Thị Thúy, who continues to be denied medical treatment, despite repeated requests to the Vietnamese authorities. She has been diagnosed with a tumour on her uterus and is in severe pain, unable to walk without assistance. She ...

UA 40/16 UZBEKISTAN - FISH FARMER TORTURED, JAILED AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL

  Fish farmer Aramais Avakian was sentenced on 19 February to seven years in prison for “plotting anti-constitutional activities” following an unfair trial. He had been detained since 4 September 2015 and was subjected to torture.   Fish farmer Aramais Avakian was sentenced to seven years in prison on 19 ...

UA 38/16 ANGOLA - ANGOLAN ACTIVIST CONVICTED AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL

  Human rights and pro-democracy activist, Manuel Chivonde Nito Alves, was charged with contempt of Court and subjected to a summary trial. He was sentenced to six months in prison and asked to pay a fine on 8 February. He is now serving his sentence at Viana Prison.   The ...

UA 37/16 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - ACTIVISTS ARRESTED HOURS BEFORE STRIKE

  Six youth activists from the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) were arrested in Goma just hours before a general strike called for by the political opposition and civil society. The general strike was in protest against delays in the preparations for the 2016 presidential elections in the ...

Further information on UA 230/15 TUNISIA - ABDELFATTAH SAID RELEASED

  Tunisian teacher Abdelfattah Said has been freed. His case was dismissed by a court of appeal on 5 February.   Mathematics teacher Abdelfattah Said had been arrested by Tunisian counter-terrorism police on 7 July 2015 for posting a video about the June 2015 attack on a hotel in the ...

UA 39/16 IRAN - JUVENILE OFFENDER SENTENCED TO DEATH AGAIN

  Juvenile offender Amanj Veisee has been sentenced to death for the second time, after a retrial. The court dismissed as “non-binding” an official forensic report which had concluded that he had not attained “mental growth and maturity” at the time of the crime, in April 2007, when he was ...

Further information on UA 15/16 EGYPT - COURT RENEWS ACTIVISTS’ DETENTION FOR 15 DAYS

    Dr Taher Mokhtar and two other activists have had their detention renewed a second time, for a further 15 days. They are facing baseless charges and remain at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.   Dr Taher Mokhtar is understood to have been beaten by police on 7 ...

UA 36/16 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - WHEREABOUTS OF TWO LUCHA ACTIVISTS UNKNOWN

  Two youth activists from the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) were arrested in Kinshasa just hours before a general strike called for by the political opposition and civil society in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They may have been subjected to enforced disappearance.   Two LUCHA ...

Further information on UA 162/15 MOZAMBIQUE - APPEAL AGAINST ACQUITTED MEN STILL PENDING

  More than five months after the General Prosecutor filed an appeal against the acquittal of economist Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco and newspaper editor Fernando Mbanze, the court is yet to set a date for a hearing.   Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco and Fernando Mbanze were acquitted on 16 September 2015. Their ...

Further information on UA 212/14 IRAN - MOHAMMAD ALI TAHERI RESUMES HUNGER STRIKE

  Iran’s Supreme Court quashed Mohammad Ali Taheri’s death sentence in December and returned his case to the Revolutionary Court to order further investigation. He is now in his fifth year of solitary confinement, and has begun a new hunger strike in protest.   Mohammad Ali Taheri started a hunger ...

Further Information on UA 001/16 ETHIOPIA - DETAINED OROMO PROTESTERS MUST BE RELEASED

  The Ethiopian authorities arbitrarily arrested and detained a number of peaceful protesters including journalists and opposition party leaders in recent brutal crackdown on protesters in the Oromia Region. Those detained remain at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and should immediately and unconditionally be released.   Bekele Gerba (Deputy ...

Further information on UA 307/14 IRAN - JASON REZAIAN RELEASED

  Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian was released from Tehran’s Evin Prison on 16 January, after being detained for 18 months on national security-related charges. He was a prisoner of conscience.   Jason Rezaian, the Tehran correspondent for the US newspaper Washington Post, was released from Tehran’s Evin Prison on 16 ...

Further information on UA 200/14 AZERBAIJAN - JAILED DEFENDER IN NEED OF URGENT MEDICAL CARE

  Azerbaijani prisoner of conscience and human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev’s health has deteriorated further due to lack of adequate medical care in prison. On 24 February the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan will consider his appeal.   Intigam Aliyev is a human rights lawyer and the head of the NGO ...

Further information on UA 281/15 CHINA - TWO CHINESE LABOUR ACTIVISTS RELEASED

  Two Chinese labour activists have been released, but three remain in detention, solely as a result of their legitimate activities defending workers’ rights in Guangdong province, south-east China. These releases suggest that the attention on their situation may be having an influence, but more appeals are needed for those ...

UA 35/16 SPAIN - PUPPETEERS ACCUSED OF GLORIFYING TERRORISM

  Alfonso Lázaro de la Fuente and Raúl García Pérez were arrested by police on 5 February after performing a puppet show in a public event in Madrid. They were released on 10 February but are facing charges that include “glorifying terrorism”. If found guilty they could spend up to ...

Further information on UA 267/15 BAHRAIN - ALI ISA AL-TAJER’S DETENTION EXTENDED YET AGAIN

  Ali Isa al-Tajer’s detention has been extended by a further month. A forensic doctor referred him to see three consultants about his alleged torture. He has been examined by only one of them.   On 28 January, Ali Isa al-Tajer was brought before the Public Prosecutor who ordered his ...

UA 32/16 INDONESIA - RELIGIOUS MINORITY MEMBERS FORCIBLY EVICTED

  At least 12 members of the Ahmadiyya religious minority have been forced to leave their homes in Bangka Island on 5 February. Nine others are facing ongoing intimidation.   At least 12 members of the religious minority group Ahmadiyya, mostly women and children, were forced to leave their homes ...

UA 36/16 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - FEAR FOR SAFETY OF DETAINED PERFORMANCE ARTIST

  Performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky was charged with vandalism for setting fire to the main doors of the headquarters of the Federal Security Service on 9 November. He is currently detained in a psychiatric hospital in Moscow and is being denied access to his lawyer and the outside world. His ...

UA 30/16 SOUTH SUDAN - FORMER GOVERNOR DETAINED WITHOUT CHARGE

  Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro, former governor of Western Equatoria state in South Sudan, was detained by the National Security Service (NSS) on 22 December 2015. Family members have been denied access to him on multiple occasions and he is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.   Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro, ...

Further information on UA 286/14 EGYPT - DETENTION ORDER RENEWED AGAIN, ILLEGALLY

  Prisoner of conscience Mahmoud Mohamed Ahmed Hussein has had his detention renewed for another 45 days. He has now spent more than two years in pre-trial detention, against Egypt’s own laws. The 20-year-old-student was arrested for wearing a T-shirt with an anti-torture logo, and a scarf with a logo ...

Further information on UA 243/14 EGYPT - PHOTOJOURNALIST’S TRIAL POSTPONED AGAIN

  The trial of photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, has been postponed to 26 March. He has just spent four days in solitary confinement. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.   Egyptian judicial authorities postponed on 6 ...

UA 29/16 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC) - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE MOVED TO MILITARY PRISON

  Former member of parliament Vano Kiboko is currently serving a three year prison sentence for publicly opposing a third term for the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila. He was transferred to a military detention centre in Kinshasa on 27 January, following accusations that he ...

UA 22/16 SOUTH SUDAN - JOURNALIST HELD IN INCOMMUNICADO DETENTION

  Joseph Afandi, a journalist with the ‘El Tabeer’ daily newspaper was arrested and detained by the South Sudanese National Security Service (NSS) on 29 December 2015. He is currently being held incommunicado at the NSS headquarters in Juba.   Joseph Afandi was arrested by members of the NSS while ...

UA 31/16 ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - ISRAELIS DETAIN TEENAGE BOY WITHOUT CHARGE

  A 17-year-old Palestinian boy, Mohammad al-Hashlamoun, is facing indefinite detention without charge. After an Israeli judge ordered his transfer to house arrest, the Israeli authorities promptly imposed a six-month administrative detention order on him, which expires on 20 June but is renewable indefinitely.   Mohammad al-Hashlamoun, a 17-year-old Palestinian ...

Further information on UA 294/15 EGYPT - JAIL SENTENCE AGAINST FIVE ACTIVISTS CONFIRMED

  A Cairo appeal court confirmed on 27 January the two-year jail sentence imposed on five activists. The activists had been sentenced on 13 December on trumped-up charges.   Abdeen Misdemeanour Appeal Court in the capital, Cairo, confirmed on 27 January the two-year jail sentence handed down to activists Mostafa ...

Further information on UA 3/14 BAHRAIN - PHOTOGRAPHER RE-ARRESTED, SENTENCE UPHELD

  Ahmad Fardan, a Bahraini photographer had his three month prison sentence upheld and has been re-arrested to serve his prison sentence. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Ahmad Fardan had his three-month prison sentence upheld on 3 February by the Court of Appeals in Manama, the capital of ...

Further information on UA 182/13 PERU - FAMILY HARASSED BY MINING COMPANY PERSONNEL

  Máxima Acuña and her family, subsistence farmers in northern Peru, have reported new acts of intimidation and harassment against them, this time by armed security personnel from a mining company. They are in an ongoing legal dispute against the mining company over the ownership of a plot of land ...

Further information on UA 253/15 SOUTH KOREA - TWO SENTENCED FOR FERRY ACCIDENT PROTESTS

  Two human rights defenders received suspended prison sentences on 22 January for their role in protests calling for justice for the victims of the Sewol ferry accident and their families.   Prominent human rights defenders Park Rae-goon and Kim Hye-jin were sentenced by the Seoul Central District Court on ...

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

  Ahmad Mshaima’ has been released, after completing a one-year sentence for “publicly insulting the King of Bahrain”.   Ahmad Mshaima’ was released on 12 November after serving a one-year sentence in Jaw prison, south-eastern Bahrain. He had been convicted in December 2014 of “publicly insulting the King of Bahrain” ...

Further information on UA 265/15 SAUDI ARABIA - POET RESENTENCED TO PRISON AND FLOGGING

  Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh has had his death sentence overturned by a court in Saudi Arabia. He has been resentenced to eight years in prison and 800 lashes. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Ashraf Fayadh’s death sentence was commuted by the General Court in Abha, ...

Further information on UA 16/16 GREECE - REFUGEES ALLOWED ACCESS TO TRANSIT CAMP

  A large transit camp with facilities appropriate for cold weather at the Greek border with “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (Macedonia) is now working at its full capacity providing relief and emergency assistance to refugees arriving in the area with the aim of crossing the border.   Access ...

Further information on UA 24/16 CHINA - CHINESE JOURNALIST FEARED DETAINED

  A Chinese journalist who went missing in Thailand on 11 January is feared to be detained in China. His partner received a call from him on 3 February in which he said he had “voluntarily” returned to assist with an investigation, but she believes he was forced to go ...

Further information on UA 202/13 BRAZIL - TWELVE POLICE OFFICERS CONVICTED FOR DEATH

  Twelve military police officers were found guilty and sentenced for the crimes of torture followed by death, procedural fraud and occultation of a corpse in the case of the enforced disappearance of Amarildo de Souza in Rio de Janeiro.   On 1 February, a Brazilian criminal court sentenced 12 ...

UA 28/16 VIET NAM - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER DENIED MEDICAL CARE

  Vietnamese human rights defender Bùi Thi Minh Hang is being denied medical treatment for various health problems, despite repeated requests. She is serving a three-year sentence on fabricated charges of “causing public disorder”.   Bùi Thi Minh Hang, imprisoned since February 2014, is in poor health. She has a ...

Further information on UA 281/15 CHINA - CHINESE LABOUR ACTIVISTS REMAIN BEHIND BARS

  Four labour activists in China have been formally arrested on charges believed to be solely as a result of their legitimate activities defending workers’ rights in Guangdong province, south-east China. Two labour activists detained with them have since been released.   Zeng Feiyang, the director of Panyu Workers’ Centre ...

UA 26/16 PAKISTAN - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER ARRESTED, FATE UNKNOWN

  Human rights defender Saeed Baloch was arrested in Karachi on 16 January by members of the Rangers, Pakistan’s paramilitary police force. Following national and international pressure, he was presented in court on 26 January. The Rangers claimed he had only been arrested on 25 January. He has been placed ...

Further information on UA 156/15 GAMBIA - DETAINED RADIO DIRECTOR STANDS TRIAL IN GAMBIA

  Gambian radio director Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay has been detained since August 2015 charged with sedition and the publication of false news. He has been in detention at Mile 2 prison for over six months and was recently diagnosed with an enlarged liver.   Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay is on trial ...

Further information on UA 233/15 IRAN - HEALTH OF ELDERLY PRISONER REMAINS AT RISK

  Kamal Foroughi, a 76-year-old British-Iranian serving an eight-year prison term in Tehran’s Evin Prison, was taken to hospital and received a number of medical tests in November 2015. The outcome of these tests have not yet been shared with him. He remains without consular assistance and has restricted contact ...

Further Information on UA 277/16 SUDAN - ACTIVIST PUSHING FOR BROTHER’S RELEASE DETAINED

  Emad Al Sadig Ismael Hamdoun remains in detention at the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) offices after publicly confronting an NISS officer whom he believes tortured him in 2012. His older brother, Erwa Al Sadig Ismael Hamdoun who has been leading a campaign for his release, was arrested ...

UA 24/16 CHINA/THAILAND - CHINESE JOURNALIST MISSING IN THAILAND

  A Chinese journalist has not been seen or heard from since 11 January, when he was travelling by train from Thailand to Laos. He was planning to apply for refugee status in Thailand, but there are fears he may have been forcibly returned to China where he would be ...

Further information on UA 143/15 ANGOLA - TRIAL OF ACTIVISTS VIOLATES FAIR TRIAL STANDARDS

  The ongoing trial of 15 youth activists arrested after attending a meeting in Luanda in June 2015 to discuss politics and governance concerns is in breach of international fair trial standards. Two female activists are also part of the trial.   The trial against 15 male youth activists started ...

UA 27/16 YEMEN - NINE YEMENI JOURNALISTS ARBITRARILY DETAINED

  Nine journalists have been held arbitrarily by the Huthi armed group in Yemen since June 2015. They appear to have been detained solely on the basis of their journalistic work.   Nine Yemeni journalists, who work for a variety of news outlets, were taken from a hotel room in ...

FU UA 74/15 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) - UNFAIR TRIAL OF TORTURED PRISONERS CONTINUES

    The separate trials of two Libyan men, Mo’ad Mohammad al-Hashmi and ‘Adel Rajeb Nasef, are ongoing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Security officials arrested the men in September 2014. The trial of a third Libyan man, ‘Issa al-Manna’ who was arrested on or around 12 March 2015, ...

Further Information on UA 117/14 MYANMAR - ONE ACTIVIST RELEASED, ONE STILL BEHIND BARS

  A member of the community-based organization the Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF), Naung Naung, was released under a presidential amnesty in Myanmar on 22 January. However the organization’s leader, Htin Kyaw, remains in prison.   Naung Naung was released on 22 January as part of a presidential prisoner ...

Further information on UA 8/16 CHINA - CHINA RELEASES SWEDISH NGO WORKER

  A Swedish national who had been held in secret detention since 3 January on suspicion of “endangering state security” has been released and deported to Sweden. His girlfriend has also been released, and remains in China.   Peter Dahlin, a Swedish national and cofounder of the NGO the Chinese ...

Further information on UA 285/14 SAUDI ARABIA - JAIL SENTENCES OF THREE LAWYERS OVERTURNED

  Three Saudi Arabian lawyers convicted over messages posted on Twitter deemed offensive to the Ministry of Justice have had their prison sentences quashed by an appeal court.   Three lawyers, Dr Abdulrahman al-Subaihi, Bander al-Nogaithan and Abdulrahman al-Rumaih, had their sentences quashed on 15 April 2015, it has now ...

Further Information UA 227/15 MYANMAR - ACTIVIST IMPRISONED FOR FACEBOOK POST

  Kachin peace activist Patrick Kum Jaa Lee has been sentenced to six months imprisonment in Myanmar for a Facebook post mocking the Army. There is also concern that he may not be receiving the specialist treatment he needs for a number of medical conditions. He is a prisoner of ...

Further Information on UA 243/15 SUDAN - EIGHT DARFURI STUDENTS RELEASED

  Eight students from the Holy Quran University in Omdurman arrested and detained on 14 November 2015 by the National Intelligence Security (NISS) have been released.   Eight students from the Holy Quran University in Omdurman arrested on 14 November 2015 by the NISS were released in December 2015. The ...

UA 25/16 TIMOR-LESTE - HARASSED FOR ORGANIZING PEACEFUL RALLY

  Two members of Timor-Leste’s security forces visited the office of the human rights NGO Yayasan HAK on 26 January and the police has been harassing its Executive Director by telephone for organizing and participating in a peaceful demonstration.   Manuel Monteiro Fernandes, Executive Director of the human rights NGO ...

FU UA 173/15 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC) - DETAINED YOUTH ON TRIAL AFTER PEACEFUL PROTEST

  Nine youth remain in detention after they were denied bail by the High Court in Goma. Among them are two activists from Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA), Juvin Kombi Narcisse and Pascal Byumanine. They were arrested on 28 November in Goma during a peaceful demonstration in honour of victims ...

Further information on UA 10/16 ECUADOR - COMMUNITY LEADERS ACQUITTED OF CHARGES

  Manuel Trujillo and Manuela Pacheco, community leaders in San Pablo de Amalí, central Ecuador, have been acquitted of the unsubstantiated charges of organized terrorism.   On 25 January the court in Guaranda, Bolívar province, acquitted Manuel Trujillo and Manuela Pacheco of the charges of organized terrorism. The hearing began ...

UA 16/16 GREECE - GREEK AUTHORITIES RESTRICTING SHELTER ACCESS

  The Greek authorities are arbitrarily restricting access to a large transit camp at the Greek border with “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”. The camp would provide facilities that are appropriate for cold weather. This barring of access is putting the well-being of thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants ...

UA 21/16 IRAN - JAILED SYRIAN KURD IN IRAN NEEDS SURGERY

  Ramazan Ahmad Kamal, a Syrian Kurd serving a 10-year prison sentence in Iran, needs urgent medical care, including surgical treatment. On his way to hospital on 30 December with a postoperative infection, he was beaten by prison officials. He was returned to prison after two weeks without receiving adequate ...

UA 23/16 TURKEY - INJURED, STRANDED, IN NEED OF EMERGENCY CARE

      An estimated 24 injured people are stranded in a building’s basement in the town of Cizre, Şırnak province, in south-eastern Turkey. Some of them are seriously injured and require emergency medical care. Four people among the injured have reportedly died from their injuries while waiting for emergency ...

UA 18/16 BELARUS - FIRST DEATH SENTENCE IN 2016

  Gennadii Yakovitskii was sentenced to death in Belarus on 5 January. His was the first death sentence to be passed in 2016.   On 5 January, the Minsk Regional Court found Gennadii Yakovitskii (49 years old) guilty of the brutal murder of his partner, on 29 June 2015. She ...

UA 20/16 VENEZUELA - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE AT RISK

  Opposition member, LGBTI activist and prisoner of conscience Rosmit Mantilla is at risk of being transferred to a common prison where his physical integrity may be in jeopardy.   On 20 January, Rosmit Mantilla’s lawyer learned that the public prosecutor on his case had requested that he be transferred ...

Further information on UA 191/15 EGYPT - ISRAA AL-TAWEEL FREED FROM HOUSE ARREST

  Disabled student Israa al-Taweel has been freed from house arrest, as security measures against her have been reduced.   Security measures against Israa Al-Taweel were reduced on 20 January by the Cairo Criminal Court (Circuit 25). This included the lifting of her house arrest. All she is required to ...

UA 17/16 UKRAINE - AUTHORITIES MUST DISCLOSE MISSING MAN’S FATE

  Authorities continue refusing to disclose the fate and whereabouts of Kostyantyn Beskorovaynyi. He was detained in Kostyantynivka, in eastern Ukraine, on 27 November 2014 by security service officers. There are serious concerns about his health and safety.   Around 2 pm on 27 November 2014 four masked men with ...

Further information on UA 293/15 CHINA - SEVEN ACTIVISTS RELEASED IN CHINA

  Seven activists who had been criminally detained after gathering outside a court in Beijing during the trial of prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang have been released.   Activists Zhang Zhan, Wang Su'e, Qu Hongxia, Ran Chongbi, Li Meiqing, Wen Rengui and Sheng Lanfu were taken away by plain-clothes ...

Further information on UA 7/16 THAILAND - PEACEFUL ACTIVISTS ARRESTED, FACING CHARGES

  Five activists were arrested on 20-21 January, one of whom reports being abducted and ill-treated by military officials before being taken to a police station. They, along with six other activists, face trial in a military court and up to six months in prison and/or a fine for taking ...

Further information on UA 236/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FOUR LIBYAN MEN IN COURT AFTER LONG DELAY

  Four Libyan men, three with dual nationality, three arrested in August 2014 and one in March 2015, appeared for the first time before the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 18 January. They have been charged with providing support to “terrorist” groups. ...

Further information on UA 280/15 JORDAN - SYRIAN REFUGEES STILL STRANDED AT BORDER

  The Jordanian government is still refusing to allow 13,000 Syrian refugees to leave the border area and move further into Jordan, including pregnant women, elderly people and children. Refugees are still stranded in a remote desert area on the border.   People fleeing armed conflict in Syria are still ...

UA 19/16 IRAN - SIX YEARS IN JAIL FOR IRANIAN FILMMAKER

    Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi has been sentenced to six years in prison and 223 lashes, on charges that include “insulting Islamic sanctities” and “illicit relations”. He has appealed, and is awaiting the outcome. If jailed for charges relating to his peaceful activities, he will be a prisoner of ...

Further information on UA 6/16 TURKEY - CURFEW PARTIALLY LIFTED, PEOPLE REMAIN AT RISK

  On 19 January the twenty-four hour curfew in place since 14 December 2015 in the town of Silopi, Şırnak province, in south eastern Turkey, was reduced to operate daily between 6pm and 5am. Round-the-clock indefinite curfews continue in the town of Cizre (also in Şırnak province) and Sur district, ...

UA 15/16 EGYPT - THREE ACTIVISTS ARRESTED BEFORE ANNIVERSARY

  Dr Taher Mokhtar and two other activists were arrested in Cairo on 14 January, ahead of the fifth anniversary of Egypt’s “25 January Revolution”. They have been accused of “being in possession of leaflets calling for the overthrow of the regime”, and other offences. Their pre-trial detention was renewed ...

UA 11/16 YEMEN - POLITICAL ACTIVIST IN CUSTODY, RISKS TORTURE

    Yemeni political activist Muhammad Qahtan is in the custody of the Huthi armed group in Yemen. His whereabouts are unknown and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. There are concerns that his health may be deteriorating.   Political activist Muhammad Qahtan, a leading figure in ...

Further information on UA 8/16 CHINA - SWEDISH ACTIVIST ‘CONFESSES’ ON CHINESE TV

  There are increasing concerns for a Swedish national who has been detained in Beijing since 3 January on suspicion of “endangering state security”. He is being held in secret detention without access to lawyers or his family, and his “confession” was broadcast on national television, in which he admitted ...

UA 14/16 MYANMAR - FORMER PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ARRESTED

    Former Buddhist monk, activist and prisoner of conscience U Gambira has been arrested during his visit to Myanmar from Thailand. His arrest is believed to be as a result of his previous work as a human rights activist, which was always peaceful, and he must be immediately and ...

UA 13/16 ARGENTINA - PEACEFUL PROTESTOR DETAINED, ON HUNGER STRIKE

  Community leader Milagro Sala has been detained since 16 January for peacefully protesting in Belgrano Plaza in San Salvador de Jujuy, a city in northwest Argentina.   Since 13 December the Tupac Amaru organization and other co-operatives (forming part of the Network of Social Organizations) have been protesting in ...

Further information on UA 236/13 IRAN - AILING BLOGGER TOLD TO RETURN TO PRISON

  Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been summoned to return to prison to resume serving his 13-year sentence though he is critically ill and doctors have advised against stopping his specialized medical care. He has been on medical leave since mid-June 2015. If he returns to jail, he will be ...

Further information on UA 271/14 SAUDI ARABIA - SHEIKH NIMR AL-NIMR EXECUTED

  Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was executed on 2 January. His family were not informed, and his body has not been returned to them. He had been sentenced to death after a deeply flawed trial at the counter-terrorism court.   Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr was executed on 2 January, together with ...

FU UA 90/15 MOROCCO/WESTERN SAHARA - HICHAM MANSOURI FREED, STILL FACES JAIL

  Moroccan journalist Hicham Mansouri was released on 17 January after serving a 10-month prison term on trumped-up charges. He now faces up to five years in prison on separate charges.   Hicham Mansouri and his co-defendant were arrested on 17 March 2015 and each sentenced to 10 months in ...

UA 12/16 ISRAEL/ OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - ISRAEL DETAINS CIRCUS PERFORMER

  A 23-year-old Palestinian man, Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha, has been detained by the Israeli military, without charge or any explanation, since 14 December. He has not been allowed visits from his family.   Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha was detained by Israeli soldiers on 14December, as he was on his ...

Further information on UA 298/15 TUNISIA - SIX MEN FREE ON BAIL, BUT IN GRAVE DANGER

  Six Tunisian men, who have been tortured and otherwise ill-treated since they were convicted of “sodomy”, were released on bail on 7 January. The men have been threatened, and fear that their lives are in danger.   Six men jailed for “sodomy” were released on bail on 7 January ...

UA 9/16 EGYPT - AUTHORITIES THREATEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER

  Egyptian National Security officers made an attempt to arrest human rights defender Dr Ahmed Abdullah on 9 January, when they raided a coffee shop he is known to frequent.   Three National Security officers in plain clothes raided a coffee shop in El Agouza, Cairo, that human rights defender ...

UA 8/16 CHINA - SWEDISH NGO WORKER DETAINED IN CHINA

A Swedish national working for a China based NGO has been detained in Beijing since 3 January on charges of “endangering state security”. The Chinese authorities have not allowed consular visits, and he has a health condition that requires urgent medical treatment.   Peter Dahlin, a Swedish national, was detained ...

Further information on UA 199/15 KUWAIT - ‘ABDALI CELL’ SENTENCED TO PRISON OR DEATH

  The Kuwaiti Criminal Court issued its verdict on 12 January against 26 defendants on charges including "spying for Iran and Hezbollah”. A Kuwaiti man and an Iranian national were sentenced to death, one man was sentenced to life in prison and 19 others to between five and 15 years. ...

Further Information UA 274/15 CONGO - JUDGE YET TO REVIEW BAIL FOR OPPOSITION MEMBER

  Congolese political opposition member, Paulin Makaya’s bail application by his lawyers is yet to be considered by an investigating judge of the High Court of Brazzaville. He has been held in pre-trial detention at the central prison of Brazzaville since 1 December 2015 facing charges.   Paulin Makaya’s lawyers ...

UA 10/16 ECUADOR - COMMUNITY LEADERS ACCUSED OF ‘TERRORISM’

  Manuel Trujillo and Manuela Pacheco, community leaders in San Pablo de Amalí, central Ecuador, are facing unsubstantiated charges of organized terrorism. These criminal proceedings appear to be an attempt to silence their campaigning to demand their community’s right to consultation on the construction of a hydroelectric plant which they ...

UA 7/16 THAILAND - PEACEFUL ACTIVISTS FACE IMPRISONMENT

  Eleven activists are facing trial in a military court and up to six months in prison and/or a fine for taking part in peaceful activities to highlight allegations of official corruption. Six of them face imminent arrest after failing to report to the police.   The Bangkok Military Court ...

FURTHER INFORMATION ON UA 31/15 USA - CLEMENCY DENIED, EXECUTION SET IN FLORIDA

  Michael Lambrix has been denied clemency and his execution set for 11 February. Twenty-three years old when he was sent to Florida’s death row in 1984, he is now almost 56. He maintains that he acted in self-defence during the crime in question.   Clarence Moore and Aleisha Bryant ...

Further information on UA 188/15 SAUDI ARABIA - WRITER JAILED BY COUNTER-TERRORISM COURT

  Saudi Arabian writer Dr Zuhair Kutbi has been sentenced to four years in prison on charges related to his peaceful activism. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and is in need of medical attention. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Dr Zuhair Kutbi was sentenced ...

Further information on UA 232/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - TRIAL AGAINST GOVERNMENT CRITIC CONTINUES

  The trial against Yekaterina Vologzheninova will continue on 21 January. She faces the charge of “inciting hatred or enmity”, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, for her posts on social media criticizing Russia’s actions in Ukraine.   Yekaterina Vologzheninova, a shop assistant from Yekaterinburg, faces ...

Further information on UA 1/15 BAHRAIN - DEATH SENTENCES UPHELD AT FINAL APPEAL

  Bahrain’s Court of Cassation has upheld the death sentences imposed on two men in December 2014 after a trial that relied on “confessions” extracted under torture. If the King ratifies their sentences, they will be in danger of execution.   Mohamed Ramadhan ‘Issa ‘Ali Hussain and Hussain ‘Ali Moosa ...

UA 6/16 TURKEY - INDEFINITE 24-HOUR CURFEW, OVER 200,000 IN DANGER

    Twenty four-hour curfews have been declared since 11 December in the Sur district of the city of Diyarbakır, and since 14 December in the towns of Cizre and Silopi, in Şırnak province, southeastern Turkey. The curfews have been put in place as the police and army conduct operations ...

UA 3/16 BAHRAIN - ACTIVIST DETAINED FOR POSTING ON TWITTER

  Dr Sa'eed al-Samahiji, a Bahraini activist, was arrested on 3 January for posting on Twitter and is being held for interrogation. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.   Bahraini activist Dr Sa'eed Mothaher Habib al-Samahiji was arrested from his home in 'Issa ...

Further information on UA 294/15 EGYPT - PROTESTERS’ APPEAL HEARING POSTPONED

  Surgeon Ahmed Said and four other activists have had their appeal hearing postponed to 13 January. They were jailed for two years in December, for protesting.   Activists Ahmed Said, Mostafa Ibrahim Mohamed Ahmed, Karim Khaled Fathy, Mohamed Abdel-Hamid, and Gamila Seryel-Dain will now have their appeal heard on ...

UA 4/16 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FORCIBLY RETURNED MAN AT RISK OF TORTURE

  Indonesia forcibly deported Emirati national Abdulrahman Bin Sobeih to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 18 December 2015. His whereabouts are unknown and he is at risk of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.   The Indonesian authorities detained Abdulrahman Bin Sobeih, aged 50, on 20 October ...

UA 5/16 ARGENTINA - PRISONERS AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER PERSECUTED

  Sixty-one prisoners have been threatened and punished for exposing human rights violations in No 1 Wing of Prison Unit 37 in Barker, Province of Buenos Aires. Karina Valenti, the human rights defender who reported these grave abuses, has been banned from entering all penal institutions in the province.   ...

Further information on UA 216/15 TUNISIA - STUDENT FREE AFTER SENTENCE REDUCED

  Tunisian student jailed for engaging in homosexual relations free after his sentence was reduced on appeal on 17 December.   A 22-year-old Tunisian student, referred to by the pseudonym “Marwan”, was sentenced to one year in prison on 22 September 2015 by the Court of First Instance in Sousse ...

UA 2/16 SOUTH KOREA - HEALTH FEARS FOR DETAINED WOMAN WITH CANCER

  A woman in South Korea with thyroid cancer has developed mental health problems while in detention, after the authorities failed to give her appropriate dosages of medication. Kim Hye-young is not receiving adequate treatment, but the authorities have not allowed her to be treated outside the detention facility. Kim ...

Further information on UA 286/14 EGYPT - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE’S DETENTION EXTENDED

  EGYPT   With 711 days already spent languishing in pre-trial detention, prisoner of conscience Mahmoud Hussein’s detention was once again extended for a further 45 days on 6 January.   Prisoner of conscience Mahmoud Mohamed Ahmed Hussein, who turned 20 while in detention last week, has been ordered by ...

Further information on UA 191/15 EGYPT - ISRAA AL-TAWEEL UNDER HOUSE ARREST

  EGYPT   Student Israa al-Taweel has been released on health grounds, but is under house arrest and must report to the police every week.   The Cairo Criminal Court ordered the release of Israa al-Taweel on 19 December on health grounds. She had been held without charge in pre-trial ...

UA 1/16 ETHIOPIA - PEACEFUL OROMO PROTESTERS MUST BE RELEASED

  The Ethiopian authorities arbitrarily arrested a number of peaceful protesters, journalists and opposition party leaders in the context of a brutal crackdown on ongoing protests in the Oromia Region which started in November. Those arrested are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and should be immediately and unconditionally ...

Further information on UA 228/15 MYANMAR - WOMAN IMPRISONED FOR FACEBOOK POST

  MYANMAR   A 24-year-old woman in Myanmar has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in connection with a Facebook post mocking the army. She is a prisoner of conscience, who must be released immediately and unconditionally.   On 28 December 2015, Chaw Sandi Tun, also known as Chit Tha ...

Further information on UA 293/15 CHINA - SEVEN DETAINED FOR SUPPORTING LAWYER

  CHINA   A total of seven activists are being criminally detained after gathering outside a court in Beijing during the trial of prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang. Three of those detained have not been given access to their lawyers.   Activists Zhang Zhan, Wang Su'e, Qu Hongxia, Ran ...

Further information on UA 257/15 NORWAY - JOURNALIST LOSES FINAL ASYLUM APPEAL IN NORWAY

  NORWAY   Genci Angjellari, an investigative journalist from Albania, and his family have lost their final challenge against their deportation from Norway to Albania.   Genci Angjellari, an investigative journalist from Albania, his wife, Fatjona Angjellari, and their 15-month-old daughter, Sofi Angjellari, registered a further appeal against their deportation ...

UA 297/15 VIET NAM - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST HELD, AT RISK OF TORTURE

  VIET NAM   Vietnamese lawyer Lê Thu Hà, a human rights activist, was arrested on 16 December, at the same time as prominent human rights lawyer Nguyễn Văn Đài, a colleague. No other activists have been allowed to see her, and she is at risk of torture and other ...

Further information on UA 34/15 BAHRAIN - HUSSAIN JAWAD SENTENCED, TORTURE IGNORED

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights activist Hussain Jawad has been sentenced in absentia to two years in prison. The investigation into his torture allegations has been closed. He is living outside Bahrain.   Hussain Jawad, Chairman of the European-Bahraini Organization for Human Rights, was sentenced in absentia to two ...

UA 296/15 IRAN - JUVENILE OFFENDER AGAIN FACES DEATH PENALTY

  IRAN   Hamid Ahmadi, an Iranian juvenile offender now aged 24, has been sentenced to death again. He had been convicted of the fatal stabbing of a young man during a fight between five boys when he was 17.   Iranian juvenile offender Hamid Ahmadi, who had been sentenced ...

UA 298/15 TUNISIA - MEN JAILED FOR ‘SODOMY’ ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

  TUNISIA   Six Tunisian men have been convicted of ‘sodomy’ and jailed for three years, the maximum provided by Tunisian law.   Six men were arrested on 2 December at a party in the city of Kairouan. They were brought to court on 10 December, which is International Human ...

Further information on UA 221/15 GUINEA - UNIONISTS AND OPPOSITION MEMBERS STILL DETAINED

  GUINEA   Following the wave or arrests of opposition members and trade unionists ahead of the 11 October elections, 10 of the at least 35 opposition members arrested in Koundara, northern Guinea, have been released on bail. The other 25, including a minor, are still in detention. Five trade ...

UA 294/15 EGYPT - FIVE ACTIVISTS SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON

  EGYPT   Five activists, including surgeon Ahmed Said, are due to appear at a Cairo court for an appeal hearing on 30 December. They were sentenced on 13 December to two years in prison on trumped-up charges, less than a month after their arrest.   Five activists, including surgeon ...

UA 293/15 CHINA - FOUR HELD FOR SUPPORTING DETAINED LAWYER

  CHINA   Four activists have been criminally detained after gathering outside a court in Beijing during the trial of prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang. It is not known what charges they are being held under, and they have not had access to their lawyers or families. Several other ...

UA 277/15 SUDAN - SAFETY CONCERNS FOR DETAINED STUDENT ACTIVIST

  SUDAN   Emad Al Sadig Ismael Hamdoun, a 24-year-old student at Omdurman Ahlia University, is currently being held at the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) political office in Khartoum North after his arrest on 14 December. Amnesty International is concerned about his safety while in detention.   Emad ...

Further information on UA 227/15 MYANMAR - HEALTH FEARS FOR DETAINED PEACE ACTIVIST

  MYANMAR   There are increasing fears for the health of detained Kachin peace activist Patrick Kum Jaa Lee, who suffers from a number of medical conditions and may not be receiving the treatment he needs. He was arrested in Myanmar in connection with a Facebook post mocking the army. ...

UA 292/15 VIET NAM - UA 292/15 VIET NAM - HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER ARRESTED, AT RISK

  VIET NAM   Vietnamese human rights lawyer Nguyễn Văn Đài was arrested on charges of “conducting propaganda” against the state on 16 December. He is in detention pending investigation and at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Nguyễn Văn Đài was arrested in the morning of 16 December ...

UA 291/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - INDIGENOUS LEADER AND ENVIRONMENTALIST IN JAIL

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Sergei Nikiforov, an Evenki indigenous people’s leader and environmental rights defender has been imprisoned for opposing a gold mining project in the Amur region, in Russia’s Far East, after an unfair trial. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Sergei Nikiforov is an environmental rights defender ...

Further information on UA 281/15 CHINA - FEARS GROW FOR DETAINED LABOUR ACTIVISTS

  CHINA   Seven labour activists could be facing up to 15 years imprisonment solely as a result of their activities defending labour rights in China. They have not been granted access to their lawyers, putting them at increased risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Their continued detention forms part ...

UA 290/15 THAILAND - ACTIVIST TAKEN FROM HOSPITAL IN THAILAND

  THAILAND   Authorities in Thailand removed student activist Thanet Anantawong from hospital on 13 December where he was admitted for treatment. He is currently held in a military detention facility without adequate access to medical treatment, or to his family or lawyers. He may face up to 27 years’ ...

Further information on UA 160/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - BLOGGER STANDING TRIAL

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Political activist and blogger Darya Poliudova is standing trial for the use of satire to criticize Russia’s policy towards Ukraine online.   Darya Poliudova is a political activist and blogger from Poltavskaya Stanitsa, Krasnodar Region, in southern Russia. She is standing trial for her online activity ...

Further information on UA 5/15 MYANMAR - POLITICAL ACTIVIST RELEASED IN MYANMAR

  MYANMAR   Political activist Ko Wai Lu has been released from prison in Myanmar upon completion of his sentence. On 12 November 2015, political activist Ko Wai Lu was released from Insein prison in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city upon completion of his sentence. He was arrested on 18 December ...

UA 287/15 USA - EXECUTIONS COULD RESUME IF REGULATION ADOPTED

  USA   The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has launched a public consultation on its proposed new lethal injection protocol. The public has until 22 January to submit comments on the regulation, the adoption of which would allow for the resumption of executions in the US state with ...

Further information on UA 263/15 LESOTHO - TRIAL AGAINST TWENTY-THREE SOLDIERS POSTPONED

  LESOTHO   The court martial of 23 members of the Lesotho army for mutiny charges has been postponed to 1 February 2016. Nineteen of the accused remain in custody. Concerns that they will not receive a fair trial remain. If found guilty, they face the death penalty.   The ...

UA 289/15 INDONESIA - HEALTH CONCERN FOR PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE

  INDONESIA   Malukan prisoner of conscience, Johan Teterissa, has been suffering from severe pain in both his legs for more than a month. The prison authorities have repeatedly denied his request to seek medical treatment at a hospital.   Malukan prisoner of conscience, Johan Teterissa, has been denied access ...

UA 173/15 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC) NINE ARRESTED DURING MEMORIAL DETAINED

  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)   Nine people, including two activists from Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA), Juvin Kombi and Pascal Byumanine, are in detention. They were arrested on 28 November in Goma during a peaceful demonstration in honour of victims of the ongoing killings in the Beni area ...

UA 280/15 JORDAN - SYRIAN REFUGEES STRANDED AT BORDER CROSSING

  JORDAN   The Jordanian government is refusing to let 12,000 Syrian refugees enter the country, including pregnant women, children and elderly people. They are now stranded in a remote desert area on the Jordan-Syria border.   A growing number of people fleeing the armed conflict in Syria are stranded ...

Further information on UA 276/15 BAHAMAS - UNLAWFULLY DETAINED MIGRANT DEPORTED

  BAHAMAS   Jean Marie Justilien, a Haitian national, was shot in the back of the neck during an immigration raid in June 2015, and detained and charged with illegal entry into the Bahamas. On 2 December he was found not guilty, but was transferred to Carmichael Road Immigration Detention ...

UA 284/15 VIET NAM - DENIED MEDICAL TREATMENT UNLESS SHE 'CONFESSES'

  VIET NAM   Prisoner of conscience Tran Thi Thuy, currently serving an eight year sentence in Viet Nam, is being denied medical treatment for a tumour on her uterus in circumstances that could amount to torture. Although diagnosed by a prison doctor and despite being in severe pain, she ...

Further information on UA 75/15 MYANMAR - ACTIVIST RELEASED IN MYANMAR

  MYANMAR   Peaceful protester and Movement for Democratic Current Forces (MDCF) activist Thein Aung Myint has been released from prison in Myanmar after receiving reductions to his sentence.   On 10 December, Thein Aung Myint was released from Oh-Bo prison in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city. He had been ...

UA 285/15 ECUADOR - SENTENCED AFTER POSSIBLE UNFAIR TRIAL

  ECUADOR   Twenty-one people among those detained during anti-government protests in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, have been sentenced following concerns of violations of their right to a fair trial. Amnesty International received reports during the protests of excessive use of force and clashes between the security forces and ...

Further information on UA 203/15 EGYPT - JOURNALISTS’ SENTENCES OVERTURNED

  EGYPT   A group of Egyptian journalists jailed for 25 years and another sentenced to death in an unfair trial last April have had their conviction and sentences overturned by the country’s highest court of appeal.   Egypt’s Court of Cassation overturned the convictions and sentences of eight journalists ...

UA 286/15 IRAN - JUVENILE OFFENDER RE-SENTENCED TO DEATH

  IRAN   An Iranian juvenile offender, Sajad Sanjari, was re-sentenced to death on 21 November, after a retrial. He had been convicted of murder, for fatally stabbing a man when he was 15 years old.   Sajad Sanjari who had been sentenced to death in January 2012 for fatally ...

UA 273/15 YEMEN - ACTIVISTS DETAINED IN SECRET, RISK TORTURE

  YEMEN   Two Yemeni activists were arrested in October by the Huthi armed group. Their whereabouts are unknown, and they are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Armed men seized activists Ameen al-Shafaq and Antar al-Mabarazi on 13 October in the central city of Ibb. Antar al-Mabarazi ...

UA 278/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - SIXTEEN MEMBERS OF RELIGIOUS GROUP SENTENCED

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Sixteen members of the religious group Jehovah’s Witnesses were convicted of “religious extremism” solely for peacefully practising their religious beliefs.   On 30 November, a court in the city of Taganrog, in Rostov Oblast, southern Russia, found 16 members of the local community of Jehovah’s Witnesses ...

UA 283/15 CUBA - PEACEFUL PROTESTORS AT RISK IN CUBA

  CUBA   In November 2015 there were over 1,400 politically motivated detentions in Cuba, the highest number in years. Many detainees were held between one and 30 hours, and some reported excessive use of force by political police during detention. On 10 December groups of political dissidents and human ...

Further information on UA 267/15 BAHRAIN - ALI ISA AL-TAJER CHARGED, ALLEGES TORTURE

  BAHRAIN   Ali Isa al-Tajer was brought before the Public Prosecution on 30 November and charged. He denied all the charges, and said he had been tortured to make him “confess”.   Ali Isa al-Tajer was brought to the Public Prosecution on 30 November for interrogation, after 25 days ...

FU UA 81/15 ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - PALESTINIAN PARLIAMENTARIAN SENTENCED

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar has pleaded guilty to two of 12 charges against her and accepted a 15-month prison sentence, because she does not believe she will receive a fair trial before an Israeli military court.   Under a plea bargain made with the military ...

UA 281/15 CHINA - ACTIVISTS HELD IN CRACKDOWN ON LABOUR RIGHTS

CHINA   Four prominent labour activists have been criminally detained in what appears to be a coordinated crackdown on labour rights organizations in Guangdong province, south-east China. The whereabouts of four other activists are currently unknown, and several others have been questioned. This crackdown comes at a time of escalating ...

Further information on UA 162/15 MOZAMBIQUE - ACQUITTED ECONOMIST, EDITOR AWAIT APPEAL TRIAL

  MOZAMBIQUE   Economist Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco and newspaper editor Fernando Mbanze are still awaiting their appeal trial after the General Prosecutor challenged their acquittal in court. The two were acquitted on 16 September.   Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco and Fernando Mbanze were acquitted on 16 September. Their acquittal was on ...

Further information on UA 306/14 BAHRAIN - ZAINAB AL-KHAWAJA’S SENTENCES UPHELD ON APPEAL

  BAHRAIN   Zainab Al-Khawaja’s one-year sentence for speaking out in defence of another prisoner while she was in prison in June 2013, and her four-month sentence for ripping up photos of the King of Bahrain in May 2012 have been upheld on appeal. She has been sentenced to a ...

UA 282/15 TURKEY - SYRIAN REFUGEE DETAINED IN INHUMANE CONDITIONS

  TURKEY   A Syrian refugee known as F.M., has been arbitrarily detained in inhumane conditions at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport for almost nine months. He is without a bed or access to natural light. The conditions are so severe that he has even thought of agreeing to return to Syria ...

Further Information UA 274/15 CONGO - OPPOSITION MEMBER CHARGED, SET TO STAND TRIAL

  CONGO   Congolese political opposition member, Paulin Makaya who has been detained since 23 November was finally brought before an investigating judge of the High Court of Brazzaville on 1 December. He is held in pre-trial detention at the central prison of Brazzaville facing three different charges.   Paulin ...

UA 276/15 BAHAMAS - UNLAWFULLY DETAINED MIGRANT AT RISK

  BAHAMAS   Jean Marie Justilien, a Haitian national, was shot in the back of the neck during an immigration raid in June 2015, and detained and charged with illegal entry into the Bahamas. On 2 December he was found not guilty, but was transferred to Carmichael Road Immigration Detention ...

UA 279/15 GUATEMALA - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER REPEATEDLY THREATENED

  GUATEMALA   Rafael Maldonado of the Guatemalan Centre for Environmental, Social and Legal Action received a series of threats this week, the most recent in a pattern of threats and intimidation towards him. His organization has recently been involved in litigation regarding a number of mining operations and palm ...

UA 275/15 EGYPT - JOURNALIST ARRESTED FOR HIS WORK

  EGYPT   Journalist Ismail Alexandrani was arrested on 29 November at Egypt’s Hurghada International Airport. On 1 December a prosecutor ordered him to be detained for 15 days to investigate allegations that he had spread “false news and rumours” and belonged to a “terrorist” group.   Ismail Alexandrani, an ...

Further information on UA 230/15 TUNISIA - ABDELFATTAH SAID JAILED FOR ONLINE COMMENTS

  TUNISIA   Tunisian teacher Abdelfattah Said has been sentenced to one year in prison for a video he posted on social media. His lawyers have appealed and are waiting for a hearing date to be set.   Mathematics teacher Abdelfattah Said was sentenced on 26 November to one year ...

Further information on UA 318/14 OMAN - SAEED JADDAD REARRESTED, JAILED

  OMAN   Omani human rights activist Saeed Jaddad was arrested on 25 November, after the Appeal Court in Salalah upheld his one-year sentence under the Cyber Crimes Law for a blog he wrote in October 2014. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Omani human rights activist Saeed Jaddad, ...

Further information on UA 93/15 MEXICO - TORTURE VICTIM RELEASED AFTER THREE YEARS

  MEXICO   Bus driver and father of four Adrián Vásquez Lagunes was released from prison on 2 December near Tijuana, Mexico, more than three years after he was arrested and tortured by state police and accused of being a high-level drug trafficker. Amnesty International has campaigned for his release ...

Further information on UA 165/15 IRAN - SALAR SHADIZADI’S EXECUTION POSPONED

  IRAN   Iranian juvenile offender Salar Shadizadi’s execution has been postponed, to allow efforts to get the murder victim’s family to pardon him. He remains at risk as the authorities have not yet granted Salar Shadizadi a fair retrial, in accordance with the principles of juvenile justice and without ...

UA 274/15 CONGO - CONGO OPPOSITION MEMBER HELD WITHOUT CHARGE

  CONGO   Congolese political opposition member, Paulin Makaya has been detained since 23 November without being brought before a court. No charges have been brought against him. He has been questioned several times in the absence of his lawyer and was initially denied visits from family members.   Paulin ...

Further information on UA 254/15 IRAN - ALIREZA SHAHI EXECUTED

  IRAN   Alireza Shahi was executed on 24 November. He had been convicted of murder and sentenced to death under qesas (retribution-in-kind) following proceedings that gave rise to numerous fair trial concerns.   Alireza Shahi was executed in the morning of 24 November 2015, in Raja’i Shahr Prison, in ...

Further information on UA 262/15 BANGLADESH - TWO MEN EXECUTED DESPITE UNFAIR TRIAL CONCERNS

    BANGLADESH   Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury were executed on 22 November. The authorities declared that both men filed a clemency appeal in which they admitted their guilt, which was rejected by the President of Bangladesh. The families of the two men deny that a ...

UA 269/15 COLOMBIA- HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS GET DEATH THREATS

  COLOMBIA   Two human rights defenders are in danger after receiving death threats, apparently from paramilitaries, in Colombia’s Pacific Coast city of Buenaventura, department of Valle del Cauca.   Human rights defender Danelly Estupiñán received a text message death threat on her mobile phone in the afternoon of 23 ...

UA 272/15 IRAN - FACING EXECUTION AFTER HASTY, UNFAIR TRIAL

  IRAN   Shahram Ahmadi, a Sunni Muslim man from Iran’s Kurdish minority, is at imminent risk of execution. He was sentenced to death for “enmity against God” after a grossly unfair trial, and his death sentence has been upheld by the Supreme Court.   Shahram Ahmadi, aged 28, learned ...

UA 270/15 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) - END THE USE OF MUSIC TO TORTURE PRISONERS

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Prisoner of conscience Dr Mohammed al-Roken passed out in his cell in al-Razeen Prison in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 11 November after the prison authorities deliberately broadcast very loud noise, which could amount to torture.   Prisoner of conscience Dr Mohammed al-Roken was ...

Further information on UA 223/15 TURKEY - REFUGEES RELEASED, STILL RISK DEPORTATION

  TURKEY   Palestinian refugees Ali Fares and Mohammed Fares and Syrian refugee Abdalsalam Sakal were released on 9 November in the capital, Ankara.   Ali Fares, Mohammed Fares and Abdalsalam Sakal were released from administrative detention in Ankara on 9 November. The authorities ordered the three refugees to leave ...

UA 268/15 MEXICO - MIGRANT SHELTER WORKERS THREATENED

  MEXICO   A migrants’ rights defender received a series of threatening phone calls from an individual claiming to be part of a major drug cartel who threatened him with extortion. The defender and his colleagues from a migrants shelter in Tabasco state, south east Mexico, had been recently working ...

UA 267/15 BAHRAIN - LAWYER’S BROTHER HELD AND AT RISK OF TORTURE

  BAHRAIN   Ali Isa al-Tajer was arrested on 5 November in Bahrain and has had no access to his family or lawyer since. It is not known where he is held, or whether he has been charged. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Ali Isa ...

Further information on UA 169/13 SAUDI ARABIA - DEFENDER SENTENCED TO PRISON AND FLOGGING

  SAUDI ARABIA   Saudi Arabian human rights defender, Mikhlif al-Shammari, had his sentence of two years in prison and 200 lashes upheld by a court of appeal on 2 November. He is at risk of being imprisoned and flogged at any time. If detained he will be considered a ...

UA 266/15 BELARUS - SECOND KNOWN DEATH SENTENCE IN BELARUS IN 2015

  BELARUS   A 28-year-old man, Ivan Kulesh, was sentenced to death in Belarus on 20 November. He is at least the second person to receive the death sentence in 2015.   On 20 November the Hrodna Regional Court, in western Belarus, sentenced Ivan Kulesh to death for “committing murder ...

Further information on UA 165/15 IRAN - JUVENILE OFFENDER FACES THE GALLOWS AGAIN

  IRAN   Juvenile offender Salar Shadizadi has been rescheduled for execution on Saturday 28 November, despite the prohibition on the use of the death penalty against juvenile offenders under international law and standards, and his right to be granted a re-trial under Iran’s own domestic law.   Salar Shadizadi, ...

UA 265/15 SAUDI ARABIA - POET FACES DEATH FOR APOSTASY IN SAUDI ARABIA

  SAUDI ARABIA   Ashraf Fayadh, a Palestinian poet and artist, has been sentenced by a court in Saudi Arabia to death for the “crime” of apostasy. He was denied access to a lawyer throughout his detention and trial. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Ashraf Fayadh, a 35 ...

UA 263/15 LESOTHO - TWENTY-THREE RISK UNFAIR TRIAL AND DEATH PENALTY

  LESOTHO   Twenty-three members of the Lesotho army face a court martial on mutiny charges. Twenty-one have been in custody since May and in solitary confinement for over a month. There are concerns that evidence against them was obtained through torture and that they will not receive a fair ...

Further information on UA 255/15 TURKEY - REFUGEES IN TURKEY RISK EXPULSION TO SYRIA

  TURKEY   About 80 Syrian refugees who were held in Erzurum Removal Centre are believed to have been deported to Syria since 18 November, and are at risk of serious human rights violations there. Syrians among the 50 refugees still at the Centre continue to be at risk of ...

UA 264/15 UZBEKISTAN - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER FACES 10 YEARS IN JAIL

  UZBEKISTAN   On 18 November, Uzbekistani human rights defender Uktam Pardaev was charged with fraud and bribery. He is facing 10 years in prison. He is being targeted for his legitimate human rights work.   Uktam Pardaev, chairman of the Independent Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan of Dzhizakh (Jizzakh) ...

UA 262/15 BANGLADESH - TWO PRISONERS AT RISK OF IMMINENT EXECUTION

  BANGLADESH   Despite serious fair trial concerns, on 18 November the highest court in Bangladesh upheld the death sentences of Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury. This was the last judicial remedy available to them. They are now at risk of imminent execution unless the President commutes ...

FU UA 320/14 ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - MILITARY COURT REJECTS ACTIVIST’S APPEAL

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   The Israeli military court rejected an appeal by Palestinian human rights defender Abdallah Abu Rahma against a four-month suspended sentence imposed on him for his peaceful participation in a demonstration. In ruling, the military judge said, “It is my opinion that the appellant's enthusiasm should ...

UA 261/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - LIBRARIAN DETAINED FOR HOLDING ‘EXTREMIST BOOKS’

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Natalya Sharina spent two nights in a police cell and is currently under house arrest after “extremist books” were allegedly found in the library where she works. She is a prisoner of conscience and could face up to five years in prison.   Natalya Sharina, the ...

Further information on UA 235/15 MEXICO - TORTURE VICTIM NO LONGER HELD INCOMMUNICADO

  MEXICO   Julián Castilla Flores, torture victim and Lieutenant of the Mexican Army was recently visited by his lawyer in a federal prison, after having been transferred there and held incommunicado. While his safety and personal integrity are currently unharmed, there are still fears that he is at risk ...

Further information on UA 249/15 INDIA - DALIT FOLK SINGER RELEASED ON BAIL

  INDIA   Dalit folk singer and activist S Sivadas, popularly known by his stage name Kovan, was released on bail on 16 November. He was arrested over two satirical songs which criticized the Tamil Nadu state government and chief minister. Amnesty International’s campaign for him was highlighted in several ...

Further Information on UA 286/14 EGYPT - COURT RENEWS TEEN’S DETENTION FOR 45 DAYS

  EGYPT   Prisoner of conscience Mahmoud Mohamed Ahmed Hussein will remain in detention for another 45 days, a Cairo court ruled on 16 November.   19-year-old Mahmoud Mohamed Ahmed Hussein will remain in detention for another 45 days, a Cairo court ruled on 16 November. Mahmoud Hussein was brought ...

UA 260/15 IRAN - IRANIAN BILL A THREAT TO WOMEN’S RIGHTS

  IRAN   A discriminatory bill in Iran, that undermines women’s right to decide freely whether and when to marry, divorce and have children, and further entrenches domestic violence as a private “family matter”, has moved one step closer to becoming law after its general principles were passed by an ...

Further information on UA 182/14 AZERBAIJAN - ARIF YUNUS RELEASED PENDING APPEAL HEARING

  AZERBAIJAN   Azerbaijani prisoner of conscience Arif Yunus was released from jail on 12 November on medical grounds, pending an appeal hearing in the criminal case against him. His wife, prisoner of conscience Leyla Yunus remains in jail. Both face lengthy sentences.   The Court of Appeal in Baku, ...

UA 258/15 SAUDI ARABIA - ACTIVIST SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS FOR WRITING

  SAUDI ARABIA   Saudi Arabian activist Abdulaziz al-Sunaidi was sentenced by the counter-terrorism court on 13 October to eight years in prison followed by an eight-year travel ban for posting on Twitter. He was denied access to a lawyer throughout his detention and trial. He is a prisoner of ...

UA 243/15 SUDAN - WHEREABOUTS OF DARFURI STUDENTS UNKNOWN

  SUDAN   Eight students from the Holy Quran University in Omdurman, Sudan were arrested by the National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) on 14 November. Their whereabouts remain unknown and they may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Eight students from the Holy Quran University, among them ...

Further information on UA 168/15 BAHRAIN - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON TRIAL DENIED BAIL AGAIN

  BAHRAIN   Prisoner of conscience Ebrahim Sharif’s trial resumed on 12 November. The request to release him on bail was rejected and his trial has been adjourned to 15 December.   The trial of Ebrahim Sharif resumed on 12 November before the High Criminal Court in Manama, the capital ...

UA 257/15 NORWAY - JOURNALIST AND FAMILY AT RISK 0F DEPORTATION

  NORWAY   Investigative journalist, Genci Angjellari, his wife and his 14-month-old daughter are at imminent risk of deportation from Norway to Albania. The family fled from Albania in 2014, after a physical attack on Genci Angjellari and receiving death threats. If returned to Albania their lives will be at ...

UA 259/15 CHINA - DEPORTED CHINESE ACTIVISTS AT RISK OF TORTURE

  CHINA   Two Chinese activists recognized as refugees by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment after being deported from Thailand, most likely to China.   Chinese activists Jiang Yefei (left) and Dong Guangping are at grave risk of torture and ...

Further information on UA 22/15 BAHRAIN - APPEAL DELAYED, ARBITRARY DETENTION EXTENDED

  BAHRAIN   Sheikh ‘Ali Salman’s third appeal hearing on 12 November has been adjourned for another month. This means that his arbitrary detention has been extended. He is a prisoner of conscience and continues to be denied the right to a fair trial.   Sheikh ‘Ali Salman’s third appeal ...

Further information on UA 64/15 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DETAINED OMANI BLOGGER TALKS OF SUICIDE

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Omani blogger Muawiya al-Ruwahi, who suffers from bipolar disorder, has said that he will commit suicide in prison if he is not “treated fairly”. His trial, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on charges that include “ridiculing the State and its leaders”, is ongoing.   ...

Further information on UA 151/15 SUDAN - COURT OVERTURNS STUDENT’S FLOGGING SENTENCE

  SUDAN   The Court of Appeal in Sudan has overturned the sentence of Fardous Al Toum, one of the 10 female Christian students charged with “indecent dress”. She had been sentenced to a fine of 500 Sudanese pounds and 20 lashes.   Fardous Al Toum’s sentence was overturned by ...

Further information on UA 103/15 SINGAPORE - EXECUTION LOOMING IF APPEALS REJECTED

  SINGAPORE   On 5 November the Court of Appeal of Singapore granted Malaysian national Kho Jabing a temporary stay of execution to allow for the consideration of two last-minute legal challenges. However, the President can reconsider his clemency decision and halt the execution at any time.   After exhausting ...

Further information on UA 107/15 EGYPT - MAHIENOUR EL-MASSRY HELD IN WORSE CONDITIONS

  EGYPT   Prisoner of conscience Mahienour El-Massry’s prison conditions are “atrocious”, her family said. She is serving a 15-month jail sentence, along with two others.   Prisoner of conscience Mahienour El-Massry’s detention conditions have been “atrocious” for the past three weeks, her family said in a 31 October statement ...

Further information on UA 216/15 TUNISIA - STUDENT STILL FACING JAIL FOR HOMOSEXUAL ACTS

  TUNISIA   A Tunisian student who has been sentenced to one year in prison for engaging in homosexual relations was released on bail on 5 November. However, his appeal trial is ongoing and he is still at risk of being imprisoned.   A 22-year student known by the pseudonym ...

UA 255/15 TURKEY - REFUGEES IN INCOMMUNICADO DETENTION AT RISK

  TURKEY   Five Syrian refugees, including a 16 year-old boy, have been held in incommunicado detention since being taken to the Erzurum Deportation Centre in Aşkale, eastern Turkey. They are at risk of deportation to Syria. They are among between 150 to 200 asylum-seekers and refugees believed to be ...

UA 253/15 SOUTH KOREA - TWO FACE JAIL FOR PROTESTS ABOUT FERRY ACCIDENT

  SOUTH KOREA   Two human rights defenders in South Korea are at risk of being imprisoned for their role in protests calling for justice for the victims of the Sewol ferry accident and their families. Their trial began on 14 October, with a sentence expected in December.   Prominent ...

UA 254/15 IRAN - IMMINENT EXECUTION OF 25-YEAR-OLD IRANIAN MAN

  IRAN   A 25-year-old Iranian man, Alireza Shahi, is at imminent risk of execution after he was convicted and sentenced to death for the charge of murder. Amnesty International has concerns about the fairness of the trial that led to Alireza Shahi’s conviction.   Alireza Shahi is scheduled to ...

FU UA 219/15 MOROCCO/WESTERN SAHARA - ALI AARRASS SUSPENDS HUNGER STRIKE

  MOROCCO/WESTERN SAHARA   Ali Aarrass suspended his hunger strike on 4 November as his health was failing. He is still fighting for justice.   Ali Aarrass suspended his hunger strike on 4 November, after 72 days. His family, who visited him in Salé II prison, near Rabat, told Amnesty ...

FU UA 181/15 ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINAN TERRITORIES - PALESTINIAN LAWYER MOHAMMED ALLAN RELEASED

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINAN TERRITORIES   Palestinian lawyer Mohammed Allan was released on 4 November after a year of being detained without charge. The Israeli High Court had ruled in August that his detention should be suspended because his life was in danger, after 65 days on hunger strike, but the ...

Further information on UA 143/15 ANGOLA - TRIAL AGAINST 15 YOUTH ACTIVISTS SET TO START

  ANGOLA   15 Angolan youth activists who have been in detention for more than four months in Angola are set to stand trial between 16 and 20 November. Luaty Beirão, one of the activists, ended his hunger strike on 27 October after 36 days.   The 15 youth activists ...

Further information on UA 242/15 USA - US SUPREME COURT BLOCKS MISSOURI EXECUTION

  USA   The United States Supreme Court issued a stay of execution in the case of Ernest Johnson shortly before he was due to be put to death in Missouri on 3 November.   The stay relates to an appeal brought by Ernest Johnson’s lawyers challenging the constitutionality of ...

UA 250/15 GREECE - REFUGEES FACE HELLISH CONDITIONS ON ISLANDS

  GREECE   As weather worsens, thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers are facing inhumane conditions after arriving on the Greek Aegean islands following dangerous and life threatening journeys. They are also at risk of violence by police and members of far-right groups.   Thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers, including many ...

Further information on UA 78/15 ANGOLA - HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER RISKS 5-12 YEAR JAIL TERM

  ANGOLA   Human rights lawyer Arão Bula Tempo has formally been charged with crimes against the security of the state in Angola.   Arão Bula Tempo, a human rights lawyer, was formally charged with the crimes of attempted “collaboration with foreigners to constrain the Angolan state” (maximum penalty: 5 ...

UA 251/15 VIET NAM - DEMAND RELEASE OF BLOGGER AND ASSISTANT

  VIET NAM   Blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh and his assistant Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy have been held without trial in Viet Nam since May 2014, in excess of the time allowed under national law. Following a visit in late October by his family and lawyer, there are increasing concerns ...

UA 252/15 MYANMAR - STUDENT UNIONIST DETAINED IN MYANMAR

  MYANMAR   After almost eight months in hiding, prominent student unionist Lin Htet Naing has been detained for his role in organizing student protests in Myanmar. Over 50 students are currently in detention for taking part in the protests. Lin Htet Naing is a prisoner of conscience who must ...

UA 248/15 ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - CHILDREN ADMINISTRATIVELY DETAINED

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   The Israeli military have imposed administrative detention orders on three Palestinian 17-year-olds from East Jerusalem, allowing indefinite detention without charge. Since their arrests between 17 and 19 October, two of them have not been allowed family visits.   Mohammed Ghaith and Fadi Abbasi, from Silwan, ...

Further information on UA 191/15 EGYPT - ISRAA AL-TAWEEL DENIED VITAL MEDICAL CARE

  EGYPT   The Egyptian prison authorities are preventing Israa al-Taweel from getting medical treatment that could prevent her from becoming permanently disabled.   Israa al-Taweel’s family have told Amnesty International that the prison doctor diagnosed her in July as having a permanent disability that needed no further treatment. Her ...

Further information on UA 103/15 SINGAPORE - EXECUTION SET FOR 6 NOVEMBER IN SINGAPORE

  SINGAPORE   The execution of Malaysian national Kho Jabing has been set for 6 November in Singapore. The President rejected his clemency application on 19 October but can still reconsider his decision and halt the imminent execution.   After exhausting all available legal avenues, Kho Jabing, a 31-year-old Malaysian ...

UA 249/15 INDIA - DALIT FOLK SINGER ARRESTED FOR “SEDITION”

  INDIA   Dalit folk singer and activist S Sivadas, popularly known by his stage name Kovan, was arrested on 30 October over two satirical songs which criticize the Tamil Nadu state government and chief minister. Kovan faces charges including sedition, provocation with intent to cause a riot and public ...

FU UA 219/15 MOROCCO/WESTERN SAHARA - ALI AARRASS ILL BUT CONTINUES HUNGER STRI

    MOROCCO/WESTERN SAHARA   Ali Aarrass was admitted to hospital on 27 October, two weeks after prison medical staff first recommended this. He is now back in Salé II prison, near Rabat, and is still in poor health.   Ali Aarrass was finally transferred to hospital on 27 October, ...

Further information on UA 223/15 TURKEY - RESPECT RIGHTS OF DETAINED REFUGEES

  TURKEY   Palestinian refugees Ali Fares and Mohammed Fares, and Syrian refugee Abdalsalam Sakal remain at risk of deportation. They have been detained since 22 September and have been repeatedly denied access to legal representation. On 21 October, Ali Fares, Mohammed Fares and Abdalsalam Sakal were transferred from the ...

Further information on UA 230/14 MEXICO - MEXICAN INDIGENOUS LEADERS RELEASED

  MEXICO   Indigenous Yaqui leaders Mario Luna and Fernando Jiménez have been released after a judge decided that evidence against them was lacking. They spent a year in preventive detention. Amnesty International actively campaigned with them since their arrest.   Mario Luna Romero and Fernando Jiménez Gutiérrez are two ...

UA 247/15 MYANMAR - PROMINENT STUDENT UNIONIST MUST BE RELEASED

  MYANMAR   After almost eight months in hiding, prominent student unionist Kyaw Ko Ko has been detained for his role in organizing student protests in Myanmar. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.   Kyaw Ko Ko (age 34) prominent student unionist and ...

Further information on UA 105/15 IRAN - NARGES MOHAMMADI REMOVED FROM HOSPITAL

  IRAN   Human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, a prisoner of conscience, has been returned from hospital to Tehran’s Evin prison, though she is critically ill and her doctor has advised against discontinuing her specialized treatment.   Narges Mohammadi was taken from Tehran’s Evin prison to a hospital on 11 ...

Further information on UA 80/15 EGYPT - AZZA SOLIMAN, 16 OTHERS, ACQUITTED

  EGYPT   An appeal court has upheld the acquittal of women’s human rights defender Azza Soliman and 16 others who witnessed the killing of Egyptian activist Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh.   Azza Soliman and 16 other eyewitnesses to the fatal shooting of a 32-year-old woman, Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh, were acquitted on 24 ...

UA 245/15 IRAN - JUVENILE OFFENDER RISKS EXECUTION

  IRAN   Iranian juvenile offender Milad Azimi may be at risk of execution in connection with the murder of a man when he was 17 years old. His trial was grossly unfair and relied on “confessions” extracted through torture.   Milad Azimi was sentenced to death by Branch 3 ...

UA 244/15 INDONESIA - CHRISTIAN MINORITY IN ACEH UNDER THREAT

  INDONESIA   Local authorities in Aceh province have increased religious tensions by tearing down seven churches. A mob had already destroyed one church, leaving one person dead.   Religious tensions between Muslims and Christians in the Aceh Singkil region have been increasing, after the authorities tore down seven churches ...

UA 241/15 TUNISIA - NGO FOUNDER SENTENCED TO PRISON

  TUNISIA   A former prison officer, Walid Zarrouk, who set up an NGO to monitor the treatment of prisoners in Tunisia, has been sentenced to three months in prison for "insulting a public official".   Former prison officer Walid Zarrouk was sentenced to three months in prison on 21 ...

Further information on UA 271/14 SAUDI ARABIA - SHEIKH NIMR AL-NIMR AT RISK OF EXECUTION

  SAUDI ARABIA   A prominent Saudi Arabian Shi’a Muslim cleric has had his death sentence upheld by the Supreme Court. Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr has exhausted his appeals and will be at imminent risk of execution as soon as the King has ratified his death sentence.   Sheikh Nimr Baqir ...

UA 240/15 ARGENTINA - ENSURE FAIR TRIAL FOR INDIGENOUS LEADER

  ARGENTINA   An Indigenous leader, Relmu Ñamku, will be charged with attempted homicide on 26 October for hurting a policewoman in 2012, when her community resisted eviction from their ancestral land, in Argentina’s Neuquén Province. She had first been charged with ‘causing harm’. She may face an unfair trial, ...

Further information on UA 306/14 Bahrain - ZAINAB AL-KHAWAJA RISKS PRISON AFTER APPEAL

  BAHRAIN   Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja’s three-year prison sentence for ripping up a picture of the King of Bahrain has been reduced on appeal to one year and a large fine. If she does not pay the fine, her prison sentence will be extended by a further 18 months. If ...

UA 242/15 USA - INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY CLAIM AS EXECUTION SET

  USA   Ernest Johnson, aged 55, is due to be executed in Missouri on 3 November. He was convicted of three murders committed during a robbery in 1994. There is evidence that he has intellectual disability, which would render his execution unconstitutional.   In the early hours of 13 ...

Further information on UA 167/13 Saudi Arabia - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RESENTENCED TO JAIL

  SAUDI ARABIA     Saudi Arabian human rights defender Dr Abdulkareem al-Khoder has been resentenced under the 2014 counter-terror law to 10 years in prison followed by a 10-year travel ban. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Dr Abdulkareem Yousef al-Khoder was sentenced on 19 October to 10 ...

UA 233/15 Iran - ELDERLY PRISONER IN NEED OF MEDICAL CARE

  IRAN   A 76-year-old British-Iranian businessman, Kamal Foroughi, is serving an eight-year prison term on charges including espionage. His health is deteriorating and he is in need of specialized medical care outside prison. He is held in Tehran’s Evin Prison.   Kamal Foroughi, a 76-year-old British-Iranian man, is serving ...

UA 239/15 Australia SAFETY AND HEALTH OF SOMALI REFUGEE AT RISK

  AUSTRALIA   A 23-year-old Somali refugee, allegedly raped in July on the island nation of Nauru, in the Central Pacific, is now 15 weeks pregnant. She is in urgent need of an abortion and mental health care. After bringing her to Australia to terminate her pregnancy, which was not ...

Further information on UA 103/15 Singapore - CLEMENCY PETITION REJECTED, EXECUTION IMMINENT

  SINGAPORE   On 19 October the President of Singapore rejected the clemency petition of Malaysian national Kho Jabing. He is now at imminent risk of execution. After exhausting all available legal avenues, Kho Jabing, a 31-year-old Malaysian national, had applied for clemency from Singapore’s President on 27 April. This ...

UA 238/15 Malaysia - ACTIVIST CHARGED FOLLOWING SOCIAL MEDIA POST

  MALAYSIA   A Malaysian political activist was charged on 13 October with fourteen counts for posting comments on social media that were allegedly offensive to the Johor State royalty. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience.   On 13 October prisoner of conscience Khalid Ismath was ...

Further information on UA 223/15 TURKEY - CONCERN GROWS FOR DETAINED REFUGEES

  TURKEY   Palestinian refugees Ali Fares and Mohammed Fares, and Syrian refugee Abdulsalam Sakal have been detained since 22 September and were again prevented from seeing a lawyer on 16 October. On 20 October, the authorities prevented Mohammed Fares’ mother from seeing him and denied that he was even ...

UA 232/15 Russian Federation - PROSECUTED FOR CRITIZISING GOVERNMENT

  RUSSIA     Shop assistant Yekaterina Vologzheninova is facing trial on 27 October for “inciting hatred and enmity” against the Russian government and Russians fighting in eastern Ukraine. The charges stem from her posts on social media criticizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea and Russia’s involvement in Donbass, eastern Ukraine. ...

Further information on UA 214/15 Cuba - CUBAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED

  CUBA   Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (‘El Sexto’) was released on 20 October after spending almost 10 months in prison without trial following accusations of “aggravated contempt”. Amnesty International considered him a prisoner of conscience.   Around 11am on 20 October, Danilo Maldonado Machado, known by his ...

UA 236/15 Paraguay - SECURITY FORCES THREATENING INDIGENOUS GROUP

  PARAGUAY   The Ayoreo Atetadiegosode Indigenous Peoples living in Cuyabia, Boquerón department, western Paraguay have reported feeling threatened by the presence of private, heavily-armed security forces. The security forces were hired by the owner with whom the Cuyabia community is having a land dispute. They are waiting for their ...

UA 237/15 Myanmar - ELECTION CANDIDATE HELD FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST

  MYANMAR   A candidate standing for election to Myanmar’s Lower House of Parliament has been detained and charged for participating in a peaceful protest that took place 10 months ago against the shooting to death of a protester. She is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and ...

UA 231/15 Ukraine - FATE OF CAPTURED UKRAINIAN OFFICER UNKNOWN

  UKRAINE       Ivan Bezyazykov was captured by pro-Russian separatist forces on 16 August 2014 in eastern Ukraine. They heavily beat and tortured him. His wife made contact with his captors on 2 October and has reason to believe his life might be in danger. Ivan Bezyazykov’s whereabouts ...

Further information on UA 22/15 Bahrain - UNFAIR APPEAL HEARING FOLLOWS UNFAIR TRIAL

  BAHRAIN   Prisoner of conscience Sheikh ‘Ali Salman’s appeal against his four-year sentence, handed down after an unfair trial, has resumed.   Sheikh ‘Ali Salman’s second appeal hearing took place before the Court of Appeal in the capital, Manama, on 14 October. The judge denied his lawyers’ request to ...

Further information on UA 286/14 Egypt - MAHMOUD HUSSEIN’S DETENTION ORDER EXTENDED

  EGYPT   Prisoner of conscience Mahmoud Hussein is to remain in detention for another 45 days, a Cairo court ordered on 8 October. He is next due in court on 23 November, when a judge could either order his release or renew his detention.   Prisoner of conscience Mahmoud ...

Further information on UA 214/15 Cuba - DETAINED GRAFFITI ARTIST RESUMES HUNGER STRIKE

  CUBA   Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (‘El Sexto’) re-started his hunger strike on 16 October after the authorities failed to uphold their promise to release him by 15 October. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.   Danilo Maldonado Machado, known ...

Further information on UA 219/15 Morocco/Western Sahara - HUNGER STRIKER’S HEALTH IN GRAVE DANGER

  Morocco/Western Sahara   Ali Aarrass has been on hunger strike since 25 August. He is understood to be in a critical condition and in urgent need of appropriate medical care.   Ali Aarrass has been on hunger strike since 25 August, and his health is understood to have deteriorated ...

UA 230/15 Tunisia - TEACHER FACING JAIL TERM FOR ONLINE COMMENTS

  TUNISIA   Tunisian mathematics teacher Abdelfattah Said has been detained since 15 July, and is in poor health in a Tunis prison. His trial date has not been set. Mathematics teacher Abdelfattah Said presented himself at Al-Gorjani police station on 15 July, after being summoned for questioning by the ...

UA 234/15 Colombia - FORMER MAYOR KILLED AHEAD OF ELECTIONS

  COLOMBIA   Benicio Flor Belalcazar, the former mayor of Suárez Municipality, who had been active in the current local election campaign was killed by two armed men. His wife survived the attack but there are concerns for the safety of members of their community and candidates in local and ...

UA 235/15 Mexico - TORTURE VICTIM HELD INCOMMUNICADO

  MEXICO   A Lieutenant of the Mexican Army and victim of torture has been taken away from the military prison where he had been detained since 2011 and transferred to a civilian federal prison without any communication with his lawyers or family. There are fears for his safety including ...

UA 226/15 FRANCE - PROTECT ROMA FAMILIES MADE HOMELESS

  FRANCE     A group of 150 people, mostly Roma migrants from Romania, including pregnant women and children, have been camping in front of the town hall of La Courneuve, Parisian region, since September. On 27 August, they were forcibly evicted from the informal settlement “Le Samaritain”. In the ...

Further information on UA 214/15 CUBA - AUTHORITIES FAIL TO RELEASE ARTIST AS PROMISED

  CUBA   Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado remains in prison after the authorities failed to uphold their promise to release him by 15 October. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.   On 1 October Danilo Maldonado Machado, known by his artistic ...

Further information on UA 143/14 Saudi Arabia - ALI AL-NIMR AT IMMINENT RISK OF EXECUTION

  SAUDI ARABIA   Ali al-Nimr was moved to solitary confinement in al-Ha’ir prison in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on 5 October, and is now held incommunicado. He has exhausted his appeals, raising fears that he may be executed soon.   Ali al-Nimr was moved on 5 October, together with two ...

Further information on UA 162/15 Mozambique - PROSECUTOR APPEALS ACQUITTAL OF TWO MEN

  Mozambique   The General Prosecutor has appealed against a court decision that acquitted economist Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco and newspaper editor Fernando Mbanze. The two were acquitted on 16 September. Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco and Fernando Mbanze were acquitted on 16 September. Their acquittal was on the grounds that the Facebook ...

UA 228/15 MYANMAR - WOMAN DETAINED FOR FACEBOOK POST

  MYANMAR     A 24-year-old woman in Myanmar has been detained in connection with a Facebook post mocking the army. She is a prisoner of conscience, who must be released immediately and unconditionally. Chaw Sandi Tun, also known as Chit Tha Mee, was arrested on 12 October in Yangon, ...

UA 229/15 SAUDI ARABIA - JUVENILE OFFENDERS RISK EXECUTION

  SAUDI ARABIA   Two Saudi Arabian Shi’a activists, arrested when they were under 18 years old, risk being executed as soon as the King ratifies their death sentences. They were moved to solitary confinement on 5 October and have been held incommunicado since then.   Shi’a activists Abdullah Hasan ...

Further information on UA 102/14 SAUDIARABIA - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST JAILED AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL

  SAUDIARABIA   Saudi Arabian human rights activist Dr Abdulrahman al-Hamid, a founding member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), has been sentenced to nine years in prison followed by a nine-year travel ban. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Dr Abdulrahman al-Hamid, 53, founding member ...

UA 227/15 MYANMAR - PEACE ACTIVIST DETAINED FOR FACEBOOK POST

  MYANMAR   A Kachin peace activist in Myanmar has been detained in connection with a Facebook post mocking the army. He is a prisoner of conscience, who must be released immediately and unconditionally. At around 7:30pm on 14 October, Kachin peace activist Patrick Kum Jaa Lee, 43, was arrested ...

Further Information on UA 221/15 Guinea - FOUR MORE TRADE UNIONISTS DETAINED

  GUINEA   Four other trade unionists and retired military officers close to opposition groups were arrested in Conakry between 4-6 October, days before the contested 11 October presidential elections. They have been charged with contempt of the head of state and defamation. The four, together with Jean Dougo Guilavogui, ...

UA 225/15 CHINA - TWO MISSING AND TEENAGER UNDER HOUSE ARREST

  CHINA   A 16-year-old whose parents are detained as part of a crackdown on legal activists in China has been placed under house arrest. He had crossed the border into Myanmar along with two activists, and all three were taken away by a group of uniformed officials on 6 ...

UA 224/15 INDIA - JOURNALIST DETAINED ON FABRICATED CHARGES

  INDIA     Journalist Santosh Yadav has been in detention in Chhattisgarh, central India, since 29 September on what are believed to be fabricated charges as a result of his work reporting on human rights abuses by the police. Santosh Yadav is a freelance journalist. He was arrested on ...

Further information on UA 78/15 ANGOLA - ANGOLAN ACTIVIST SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN JAIL

  ANGOLA   Angolan human rights defender José Marcos Mavungo was sentenced to six-years in prison on 14 September, on charges of ‘rebellion’, a crime against the security of the state. He has been in detention since 14 March for taking part in the organisation of a peaceful protest.   ...

Further information on UA 143/15 ANGOLA - 15 ACTIVISTS STILL IN JAIL, ONE IN CRITICAL CONDITION

  ANGOLA   15 Angolan youth activists are still detained in Angola. Some of them began a hunger strike on 20 September to protest against their illegal detention. Luaty Beirão is still on hunger strike and his health is deteriorating. Nelson Dibango joined the hunger strike on 9 October.   ...

UA 223/15 TURKEY - REFUGEES DETAINED, AT RISK OF DEPORTATION

  TURKEY   Two Palestinian refugees coming from Syria, Ali Fares and Mohammed Fares, and Syrian refugee Abdalsalam Sakal, have been detained in Turkey since 22 September and are facing deportation. If deported they are at risk of serious human rights violations.   Palestinian refugees coming from Syria Ali Fares ...

UA 222/15 Iran - ACTIVISTS JAILED AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL FOR PROTEST

  IRAN   Iranian civil society activists Omid Alishenas and Asou Rostami have been sentenced to long prison terms after grossly unfair trials on national security charges for their peaceful activism. They are prisoners of conscience, now held in Tehran’s Evin Prison.   Civil society activists Omid Alishenas and Asou ...

Further information on UA 212/14 IRAN - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE

  IRAN   Spiritual teacher Mohammad Ali Taheri has been on hunger strike since 13 August to protest against his death sentence and the Iranian authorities’ refusal to allow him access to his lawyers. His health is deteriorating. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Spiritual teacher Mohammad Ali Taheri ...

FURTHER INFORMATION ON UA 208/15 TURKEY - RELEASED SYRIAN REFUGEES MUST BE PROTECTED

  TURKEY   On 5 October 106 Syrian refugees were released from a camp in Düziçi, in the southern province of Osmaniye, in Turkey. The group included 85 individuals who had been held in the camp since 17 September, after they were rescued from a sinking boat on 15 September. ...

Further information on UA 196/15 ECUADOR - GOVERNMENT ABANDONS PROCESS TO CLOSE NGO

  ECUADOR   Ecuadorian authorities have abandoned their plans to shut down freedom of expression organization Fundamedios. This is a welcome move which will allow Fundamedios to continue carrying out their legitimate human rights work.   On 25 September the National Communication Secretariat (Secretaria Nacional de Comunicación, Secom) notified Fundamedios, ...

Further information on UA 192/15 USA - INDEFINITE EXECUTION STAYS IN OKLAHOMA CASES

  USA   On 30 September the Governor of Oklahoma issued a 37-day stay of execution for Richard Glossip minutes before he was due to be killed, after the prison department revealed it did not have one of the drugs required for the lethal injection. The state Attorney General has ...

Further information on UA 158/15 NORTH KOREA - STUDENT RELEASED BY NORTH KOREA

  NORTH KOREA   South Korean student Joo Won-moon has been released by the North Korean authorities and has returned to South Korea.   Joo Won-moon, a 21-year-old South Korean student, was dropped off in the border village of Panmunjom on 5 October, and safely crossed into South Korea. He ...

UA 219/15 MOROCCO - HUNGER STRIKER BEATEN IN PRISON

  MOROCCO   Dual Belgian-Moroccan national Ali Aarrass was beaten and verbally abused on 29 September at Salé II prison, near Rabat. He has been on hunger strike since 25 August. He is at risk of further ill-treatment.   Ali Aarrass has said he was ill-treated on 29 September at ...

UA 220/15 SYRIA - ACTIVIST MOVED FROM PRISON, RISKS TORTURE

  SYRIA   Peaceful activist Bassel Khartabil has been moved to an unknown location from ‘Adra prison, where he had been held since December 2012. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Bassel Khartabil was moved to an unknown location on 3 October, from ‘Adra prison, where ...

Further information on UA 207/15 USA - MISSOURI GOVERNOR COMMUTES DEATH SENTENCE

  USA   The Governor of Missouri commuted the death sentence of Kimber Edwards to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole four days before he was due to be put to death.   Kimber Edwards was scheduled to be executed on 6 October for the murder in 2000 of ...

Further information on UA 198/15 USA - SALVADORAN MAN EXECUTED IN VIRGINIA

  USA   Alfredo Prieto, a Salvadoran man, was executed in Virginia on 1 October. He was convicted in 2008 of two capital murders committed in 1988. The execution went ahead despite evidence that he had intellectual disability.   Alfredo Prieto, a Salvadoran national, was convicted in 2008 of the ...

Further information on UA 197/15 USA - WOMAN EXECUTED IN GEORGIA

  USA   Kelly Gissendaner was executed in Georgia on 30 September. She was convicted in 1998 of orchestrating the murder of her husband, Douglas, in 1997. Her co-defendant, who actually killed Douglas Gissendaner, is serving a life sentence.   On 29 September, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles ...

Further information UA 128/15 VIET NAM - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE TA PHONG TAN RELEASED

  VIET NAM   Vietnamese blogger and prisoner of conscience Ta Phong Tan was released on 19 September after serving four years of a 10-year prison sentence. She was immediately put on a plane to Los Angeles, in the USA, where she is now effectively in exile.   On arrival ...

UA 221/15 GUINEA - OPPOSITION ACTIVISTS ARRESTED AHEAD OF ELECTION

  GUINEA   Several opposition figures in Guinea have been arbitrarily arrested ahead of the 11 October presidential elections. This includes union leader Jean Dougou Guilavogui and at least 35 other political opponents, who were arrested following a violent episode in Koundara, northern Guinea. Some of the detainees were not ...

UA 216/15 TUNISIA - STUDENT JAILED FOR HOMOSEXUAL ACTS

  TUNISIA   A Tunisian student has been sentenced to one year in prison for engaging in homosexual relations. He was forced to undergo an anal examination to “prove” that he had had anal sex. He has appealed, and is awaiting the verdict.   A 22-year student known by the ...

UA 218/15 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) - MEN FACING MASS TRIAL AFTER SECRET DETENTION

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)   A mass trial of 41 men began on 24 August in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). At least 21 had been held in secret detention facilities without access to their families or lawyers for 20 months before trial. They may have been tortured ...

Further information on UA 234/14 IRAN - SAMAN NASEEM TO BE RETRIED

  IRAN   Juvenile offender Saman Naseem has been returned to Oroumieh Central Prison, north-west Iran, where he had been held before to his five-month enforced disappearance. He will be retried by a criminal court in Oroumieh.   Saman Naseem was transferred on 19 September from the north-western prison of ...

Further information on UA 80/15 EGYPT - TRIAL OF AZZA SOLIMAN TO BEGIN 24 OCTOBER

  EGYPT   The trial of women’s human rights defender Azza Soliman and 16 others, who witnessed the killing of an activist in Cairo, has been set for 24 October.   The trial of Azza Soliman and 16 other eyewitnesses will be held on 24 October at the Qasr al-Nil ...

UA 217/15 VENEZUELA - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER ATTACKED IN HIS HOME

  VENEZUELA   Human rights defender Marino Alvarado and his nine-year-old son were attacked by three armed men in their home. He, his family and other colleagues may be at risk of further attacks.   According to a statement by Venezuelan NGO Venezuelan Program for Education and Action on Human ...

Further information on UA 64/15 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OMANI BLOGGER PUT ON TRIAL BY SECURITY COURT

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Omani blogger Muawiya al-Ruwahi was put on trial in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 14 September, on charges that include “ridiculing the State and its leaders”. He suffers from bipolar disorder and has attempted suicide six times.   Omani blogger Muawiya al-Ruwahi (or al-Rawahi) ...

UA 215/15 BAHRAIN - STATELESS MAN ARRESTED FOR POSTING ONLINE

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini resident Ibrahim Karimi has been arrested in connection with messages posted on Twitter. He says he was forced to “confess” to charges. He has been stateless since 2012, when his nationality was arbitrarily revoked.   Plainclothes police arrested Ibrahim Karimi on 26 September at 2.30pm, at ...

UA 209/15 TAJIKISTAN - OPPOSITION MEMBERS’ LAWYER AT RISK OF TORTURE

  TAJIKISTAN   Buzurgmekhr Yorov, a lawyer representing members of the arbitrarily banned Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), has been arrested on fraud charges and is at risk of torture and ill treatment. The timing indicates that the charges are likely to be politically motivated and designed to deny ...

Further information on UA 214/15 CUBA - ARTIST ENDS HUNGER STRIKE BUT REMAINS IN PRISON

  CUBA   Imprisoned Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado Machado ended his hunger strike on 1 October after being told by a state official that he would be released in 15 days. He remains a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.   On 8 September Danilo Maldonado ...

Further information on UA 105/15 IRAN - NARGES MOHAMMADI’S TRIAL TO BEGIN 6 OCTOBER

    IRAN   Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi’s trial on national security-related charges will begin on 6 October in Tehran. She is still being denied the specialized medical care she requires. She is a prisoner of conscience.   Narges Mohammadi’s trial is to begin on 6 October, on ...

UA 211/15 MYANMAR - DEMAND RELEASE OF MYANMAR LABOUR ACTIVISTS

  MYANMAR   Two labour activists are currently on trial for providing striking garment workers in Myanmar advice on their rights. Two other union leaders have already been sentenced to two years and six months in prison for their role in leading and supporting the workers. All four are prisoners ...

Further information on UA 77/15 CUBA - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED

  CUBA   Cuban prisoner of conscience Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez was released from prison in Villa Clara province on 10 June.   After almost one year in detention, prisoner of conscience Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez was unconditionally released on 10 June from Manaca prison in Villa Clara province.   ...

Further information on UA 83/14 EGYPT - LAST AL JAZEERA JOURNALISTS RELEASED

  EGYPT   Journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were finally released on 23 September after Egypt’s president pardoned them.   Al Jazeera English channel journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were freed on 23 September after Egypt’s president pardoned them, along with several other prominent activists jailed on trumped-up ...

UA 212/15 NEPAL - PROTECT DETAINEES FROM FURTHER TORTURE

  NEPAL   Arbind Kumar Tamoli and Raju Nau were arrested on 17 September in Banke District, Nepal, after police officers claimed they were in possession of a pistol and bullets. Since their arrests, they have been repeatedly tortured by unidentified police officers. They are currently in detention and remain ...

UA 214/15 CUBA - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE

  CUBA   Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado Machado has been on hunger strike since 8 September to protest his detention without trial in Cuba. He was detained in December 2014 and is accused of “contempt”. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his right ...

UA 213/15 COLOMBIA - PEASANT FARMER LINKED TO PEACE COMMUNITY KILLED

  COLOMBIA   Paramilitaries killed a peasant farmer with close links to the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in north-western Colombia. Other peasant farmers in the area have been labelled guerrilla fighters and may therefore be at risk.   On 21 September paramilitaries killed Ernesto Guzmán in the ...

FU UA 12/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - TATAR ACTIVIST SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN JAIL

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Tatar activist and outspoken government critic, Rafis Kashapov, was sentenced to three years in prison on 15 September for criticising the Russian government.   On 15 September Rafis Kashapov, head of the local branch of the NGO Tatar Public Centre, was found guilty by the City ...

Further information on UA 80/15 EGYPT - VERDICT ON AZZA SOLIMAN AND 16 OTHERS DELAYED

  EGYPT   The verdict in the case of Azza Soliman and the 16 other eyewitnesses to a killing in Cairo has been delayed by the five-day Eid al-Adha public holiday. A new date will be set after the holiday, which ended on 27 September.   The verdict in the ...

Further information on UA 243/14 EGYPT - SHAWKAN’S TRIAL TO BEGIN ON 12 DECEMBER

    EGYPT   The trial of photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, has been set for 12 December. He will be tried on charges stemming from his journalism. He is a prisoner of conscience.   The first session of Mahmoud Abu Zeid’s trial will be on 12 December, ...

UA 210/15 INDIA - HEALTH OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT PRISONER AT RISK

  INDIA   Zabiuddin Ansari, suspected of planning and co-ordinating the 2008 Mumbai attacks, has been on a hunger strike since 5 August protesting against his indefinite and prolonged solitary confinement at the Mumbai Central Prison. He has been held in solitary confinement in pre-trial detention for over two years ...

Further information on UA 174/13 IRAN - COUPLE SENTENCED TO JAIL ON SECURITY CHARGES

  IRAN   Former student activist Arash Sadeghi and his wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, have been sentenced to imprisonment on national security charges following grossly unfair trials. They have appealed their sentences.   Arash Sadeghi, a former student activist, was informed in August 2015 that he had been sentenced by ...

UA 205/15 MALAYSIA - FREE POLITICIAN HELD FOR EXPOSING CORRUPTION

  MALAYSIA   Politician Khairuddin Abu Hassan was arrested on 23 September under a national security legislation for reporting corruption. He is now serving 28 days’ detention without trial and there are concerns for his safety.   Khairuddin Abu Hassan, former vice-head of the Batu Kawan division of the ruling ...

UA 208/15 TURKEY - REFUGEES AT RISK OF FORCIBLE RETURN TO SYRIA

  TURKEY   Around 150 Syrian refugees are being held in a camp in Osmaniye province, close to the Syrian border. They are at risk of being returned to Syria by the Turkish authorities. A smaller group of Iraqi refugees were released from the camp on condition that they return ...

UA 207/15 USA - MISSOURI EXECUTION SET AS INNOCENCE CLAIMED

  USA   Kimber Edwards is due to be executed in Missouri on 6 October. He was sentenced to death in 2002 for the murder-for-hire of his former wife. The man who shot the victim and who is serving a life sentence now claims that Kimber Edwards was not involved. ...

UA 206/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - PRISONER REQUIRES URGENT MEDICAL TREATMENT

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Amur Khakulov is currently awaiting an appeal hearing against a 20 year prison sentence. He is in the pre-trial detention centre SIZO-1 in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria Republic, south of Russia. He is suffering from a chronic kidney disease and is being denied appropriate medical treatment. His life ...

UA 197/15 USA - WOMAN FACING IMMINENT EXECUTION IN GEORGIA

  USA   Kelly Gissendaner, a 47-year-old woman, is due to be executed in Georgia on 29 September. She was convicted in 1998 of the murder of her husband, Douglas, in 1997. She has accepted responsibility for her role in the crime. Her co-defendant, who actually killed Douglas Gissendaner, is ...

UA 198/15 USA - SALVADORAN MAN FACES IMMINENT EXECUTION

  USA   Alfredo Prieto, a Salvadoran man, is scheduled to be executed in Virginia on 1 October. He was convicted in 2008 of two capital murders committed in 1988. There is evidence that he has intellectual disability which would render his execution unconstitutional.   Rachael A. Raver and Warren ...

UA 204/15 MYANMAR - FREE PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE NANDAR SITT AUNG

  MYANMAR   Prominent student unionist Nandar Sitt Aung is being detained for his role helping organize student protests in Myanmar. He faces up to fifteen years and six months’ imprisonment. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Nandar Sitt Aung is a senior member of the All Burma Federation ...

UA 203/15 EGYPT - JOURNALISTS’ APPEAL TO BE HEARD IN OCTOBER

  EGYPT   Fourteen journalists sentenced to life imprisonment and one sentenced to death, in an unfair trial, will have their appeal heard on 1 October. They were convicted of politically motivated charges, including “broadcasting false information”.   A Cairo criminal court sentenced 14 journalists on 11 April to life ...

UA 202/15 HUNGARY - HUNGARY VIOLATES HUMAN RIGHTS OF REFUGEES

  HUNGARY   Hungary is violating the human rights of refugees by blocking their access to a meaningful asylum procedure on its territory. Amendments of the law criminalizing the “illegal” entry of refugees and migrants and intended to shift Hungary’s responsibility towards those in need of international protection must be ...

UA 201/15 TAJIKISTAN - OPPOSITION PARTY LEADERS ARRESTED, RISK TORTURE

  TAJIKISTAN   Thirteen members of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) whom the authorities accuse of links to armed violence are at risk of torture and unfair trial, following their arrests on 16-17 September. Their arrests follow years of harassment of IRPT members and the Ministry of Justice’s ...

Further information on UA 186/15 INDIA - DALIT FAMILY TO BE PROVIDED WITH PROTECTION

  INDIA   The Supreme Court in India has ordered the Delhi police to provide protection to two sisters and their family after they fled their village in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, fearing for their safety. The sisters had been ordered to be raped by the unelected all-male village council, which ...

UA 200/15 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER BANNED FROM TRAVEL

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)   The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities have banned prominent human rights defender and blogger Ahmed Mansoor from travelling, so he cannot attend the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders ceremony in Switzerland on 6 October.   The UAE authorities have prevented prominent human ...

FU UA 181/15 ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - MOHAMMED ALLAN REARRESTED AT HOSPITAL

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Mohammed Allan was rearrested on 16 September as he was preparing to leave the hospital where he had been recovering since he ended a hunger strike protesting against his administrative detention. He has now gone back on hunger strike.   Palestinian lawyer Mohammed Allan ended ...

Further information on UA 192/15 USA - COURT GRANTS TWO-WEEK STAY OF EXECUTION

  USA   On 16 September, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted Richard Glossip a two-week stay of execution hours before he was due to be put to death. His execution has been rescheduled for 30 September.   Richard Glossip was sentenced to death for the murder of Barry ...

Further Information on UA 153/15 KENYA - FORCED EVICTION OF 3000 RESIDENTS SUSPENDED

  KENYA   The planned forced eviction of thousands of residents from the Deep Sea informal settlement in Nairobi has been halted temporarily. The European Union (EU) has agreed to dialogue with Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) to ensure that the eviction of the residents, to allow for the construction ...

UA 199/15 KUWAIT - SHI’A MEN ALLEGE TORTURE, RISK UNFAIR TRIAL

  KUWAIT   Kuwaiti brothers Mohammad and Abdullah al-Hussaini and at least 20 other men, on trial since 15 September, have told a court they were tortured to make them ‘confess’. They have been charged with ‘spying for Iran and Hezbollah’ and preparing to attack the state.   Mohammad al-Hussaini, ...

Further information on UA 33/14 VENEZUELA - OPPOSITION LEADER SENTENCED UNJUSTLY

  VENEZUELA   Opposition leader Leopoldo López has been sentenced to 13 years and 9 months in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.   On 10 September Leopoldo López was found guilty of inciting violence during an anti-government protest on 12 February ...

Further information on UA 143/14 SAUDI ARABIA - JUVENILE ACTIVIST’S DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD

  SAUDI ARABIA   A Saudi Arabian Shi’a activist has had his death sentence upheld. The offences he “confessed” to had taken place when he was 17 years old. He has exhausted his appeals and may be executed as soon as the King ratifies the sentence.   Ali Mohammed Baqir ...

Further information on UA 75/15 MYANMAR - ACTIVIST REMAINS BEHIND BARS FOR PROTESTING

  MYANMAR   Three peaceful protesters have been released in Myanmar after completing their prison sentences, but Thein Aung Myint, an activist with the Movement for Democratic Current Forces (MDCF) remains in detention.   On 9 September, some Amnesty International activists received a response from the Myanmar National Human Rights ...

UA 196/15 ECUADOR - GOVERNMENT MOVES TO CLOSE ECUADORIAN NGO

  ECUADOR   Ecuadorian organization Fundamedios is at risk of being closed down by the authorities. This appears to be an attempt to restrict freedom of association and expression in Ecuador and interfere with the legitimate work of Human rights Defenders and NGOs. Other organizations are at risk of being ...

Further information on UA 117/14 MYANMAR - TWO ACTIVISTS RELEASED, OTHERS STILL DETAINED

  MYANMAR   Tin Maung Kyi and Zaw Win, members of the community-based organization the Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF), have both been released in Myanmar, but other group members remain in detention.   Tin Maung Kyi was released on 30 July as part of a presidential amnesty, with ...

UA 194/15 MALAYSIA - NINE CHARGED OVER PEACEFUL PROTEST

  MALAYSIA   An opposition parliamentarian, and eight other politicians and activists, have been charged by a Malaysian court for taking part in peaceful protests in February and March.   Nine people, including an opposition parliamentarian, were charged by the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court on 8 September, for taking part ...

UA 193/15 SAUDI ARABIA - SUDANESE ACTIVIST ARRESTED, RISKS DEPORTATION

  SAUDI ARABIA   Sudanese national Waleed Al Hussein has been detained without charge in Saudi Arabia since 23 July, after a website he had set up criticized the Sudanese government. He is at risk of being deported to Sudan, where he could face torture and other ill-treatment. He is ...

UA 195/15 BRAZIL - POLICE OPERATION KILLS TWO AND INJURES OTHERS

  BRAZIL   At least two people were killed and one seriously injured in police operations in favelas in Rio de Janeiro on 8 and 9 September. Two boys, aged 13 and 16, were shot dead and a 33-year-old woman was shot in the face and is in grave condition. ...

Further information on UA 78/15 ANGOLA - ACTIVIST’S TRIAL STARTS: RISKS 12 YEARS IN JAIL

  ANGOLA   José Marcos Mavungo’s trial started on 26 August and the General Sub-Prosecutor has asked for the maximum penalty: a 12-year prison term. A ruling on the case is expected on 14 September. He is a prisoner of conscience.   The trial of human rights defender José Marcos ...

Further Information on UA 162/15 MOZAMBIQUE - TWO MEN ON TRIAL FOR FACEBOOK POST

  MOZAMBIQUE   Economist Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco and newspaper editor Fernando Mbanze have been on trial since 31 August for crimes against the security of the state in relation to a Facebook post on poor governance in Mozambique. A court decision is expected on 16 September.   Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco, ...

UA 192/15 USA - URGE PAROLE BOARD TO RECONSIDER CLEMENCY

  USA   Richard Glossip is scheduled to be executed in Oklahoma on 16 September. The case against him is circumstantial and he maintains his innocence. The parole board voted against clemency in 2014. It should reconsider that decision.   Richard Glossip, now 52, was sentenced to death in July ...

Further Information UA 189/15 NIGERIA - 92 HOMES DESTROYED, HUNDREDS MORE AT RISK

  NIGERIA   A court case seeking to stop the forced eviction of thousands in Zaria City, Kaduna state in Nigeria will be heard on 15 September. The affected residents had been given a 21-day notice after which the state was to carry out demolitions and they would be liable ...

Further information on UA 281/14 SIERRA LEONE SIERRA LEONE JOURNALIST STILL FACING RESTRICTIONS

  SIERRA LEONE   Sierra Leonean authorities have held the passport of journalist David Tam Baryoh since he was released on bail on 14 November 2014, thus hindering his work and personal life as he is unable to travel. He is a prisoner of conscience, targeted solely for exercising his ...

UA 191/15 EGYPT - STUDENT WITH DISABILITY DETAINED

  EGYPT   Student Israa Al-Taweel, injured by a bullet wound at a protest, has been detained on accusations that include “belonging to a banned group” and “broadcasting false news”. She may not be able to walk again unless she can continue her physiotherapy treatment.   Student Israa Al-Taweel, aged ...

UA 190/15 CHINA - LAWYER SUPPORTING CHURCHES IN CHINA DETAINED

    CHINA      A prominent human rights lawyer and his two assistants have been detained in China as part of a wider crackdown on activists who are resisting the removal of crosses from churches. Zhang Kai has been placed under ‘residential surveillance’ in an unknown location, which means ...

Further information on UA 83/14 EGYPT - PRISON SENTENCES FOR AL JAZEERA JOURNALISTS

  EGYPT   Journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were jailed by a Cairo court on 29 August on charges of “broadcasting false news” and operating without authorization. The court sentenced journalist Peter Greste to prison in his absence.   On 29 August the Cairo Criminal Court jailed Mohamed Fahmy ...

Further Information UA 286/14 EGYPT - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE TO REMAIN IN DETENTION

  EGYPT   Mahmoud Hussein appeared in court again on 26 August due to an irregularity in his case, two days after his detention had been renewed for 45 days. He is a 19-year-old student who has spent over 18 months in pre-trial detention in Egypt after being arrested for ...

Further information on UA 176/15 USA - COURT BLOCKS EXECUTION OF NICARAGUAN MAN

  USA   A Texas appeals court issued a stay of execution in the case of Bernardo Abán Tercero a day before he was due to be put to death. The stay has been granted so that the courts can consider the claim that the prosecution presented false testimony at ...

UA 189/15 NIGERIA - 92 HOMES DESTROYED, HUNDREDS MORE AT RISK

  NIGERIA   Thousands are at risk of forcible eviction in Kaduna state in Nigeria, after receiving demolition notices giving them just 21 days to demolish their own houses. If they fail to do so, the state will carry out the demolitions and they will be liable for reimbursing the ...

Further information on UA 81/15 ISRAEL/OPT - KHALIDA JARRAR’S TRIAL BEGINS, RAISES QUESTIONS

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Khalida Jarrar’s trial, before an Israeli military court, began on 25 August. Two witnesses for the prosecution retracted their statements, claiming the Israeli authorities had obtained them under duress.   Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar’s much-delayed trial began on 25 August, before a military court. She ...

Further information on UA 130/15 BELARUS - BELARUSIAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE FREED

  BELARUS   Belarusian prisoner of conscience Yury Rubtsou was released from penal colony in the eastern city of Bobruisk on 22 August.   Yury Rubtsou along with prisoner of conscience and former presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich and opposition activists Mikalai Dziadok, Ihar Alinevich, Artsiom Prakapenka, and Yauhen Vaskovich were ...

UA 188/15 SAUDI ARABIA - WRITER DETAINED AFTER CRITICIZING GOVERNMENT

  SAUDI ARABIA   Prominent Saudi Arabian writer Dr Zuhair Kutbi has been detained without charge since 15 July. He was beaten during arrest and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. He is in need of medical attention. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Dr Zuhair Kutbi, ...

Further information on UA 168/15 BAHRAIN - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RISKS 13 YEARS IN PRISON

  BAHRAIN   The trial of prominent opposition leader Ebrahim Sharif started on 24 August. His next hearing is on 12 October. He was denied bail. If convicted he could face up to 13 years in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience.   The first hearing of Ebrahim Sharif ...

Further information on UA 169/15 BULGARIA - ROMANI FAMILIES REMAIN AT RISK OF FORCED EVICTION

  BULGARIA   22 Romani families are at imminent risk of forced eviction on 31 August. They are part of a total of 124 Romani households in Gurmen municipality that have received demolition orders. Bulgarian authorities have not yet committed to put in place key international human rights safeguards.   ...

Further information on UA 286/14 EGYPT - EXTENDED DETENTION FOR PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE

  EGYPT   A judge in Cairo renewed the detention order of student Mahmoud Hussein for 45 days on 24 August. He has spent over 18 months in pre-trial detention for wearing a T-shirt with the “Nation Without Torture Campaign” logo and a scarf with the logo of the “25 ...

Further information on UA 227/11 BAHRAIN - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE DENIED MEDICAL NEEDS

  BAHRAIN   Prisoner of conscience Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb has been denied his medication for hypertension and diabetes since March. He has also been denied supportive shoes which his doctor says are needed to help alleviate his back pain, which he has suffered from since his torture in ...

UA 187/15 TURKEY - PROTECT MEN FROM FURTHER ILL-TREATMENT

  TURKEY   Four men accused of involvement in the killing of two police officers on 21 July, have reported being beaten repeatedly while in police and prison custody, most recently on 19 August, and denied access to medical treatment for their injuries. They are being held in pre-trial detention ...

Further information on UA 165/15 IRAN - JUVENILE OFFENDER’S EXECUTION STILL IMMINENT

  IRAN   Juvenile offender Salar Shadizadi remains at imminent risk of execution after a conviction for murder. He is currently held in solitary confinement in Lakan Prison, Rasht, northern Iran.   Salar Shadizadi’s scheduled execution on 10 August did not take place. His first execution date was 1 August, ...

FU UA 170/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - UKRAINIAN ACTIVISTS SENTENCED AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL

    RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Film director Oleg Sentsov has been sentenced to 20 years and ecologist and anti-fascist activist Aleksandr Kolchenko has been sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment on 25 August after an unfair trial in a military court in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. They are both Ukranian citizens and ...

UA 186/15 INDIA - DALIT SISTERS ORDERED TO BE RAPED IN INDIA

  INDIA   On 30 July, an unelected all-male village council in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, northern India, ordered that a Dalit woman and her teenage sister be raped and paraded naked. The sisters and their family have fled the village and are now in Delhi.   On 24 May, 23-year-old ...

Further information on UA 176/15 USA - INTER-AMERICAN BODY CALLS FOR EXECUTION STAY

  USA   The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has called for a stay of execution in the case of Nicaraguan national Bernardo Abán Tercero, who is due to be put to death in Texas on 26 August. It has concluded that his consular and fair trial rights were violated. ...

Further information on UA 243/14 EGYPT - PHOTOJOURNALIST REFERRED TO CRIMINAL COURT

  EGYPT   Photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, has been referred to a criminal court. He has spent more than two years in pre-trial detention, which is against Egyptian law. Shawkan’s health is deteriorating as he is being denied access to medication.   Shawkan was referred to a ...

UA 185/15 ECUADOR - DOZENS INJURED AT NATIONWIDE PROTESTS

  ECUADOR   Dozens of people have been injured, including police officers, amid clashes between the security forces and protestors in nationwide demonstrations in Ecuador. Many have been detained. As demonstrations continue there is a risk of more injuries and detentions.   The injuries and arrests have taken place in ...

Further Information UA 151/15 SUDAN - EIGHT GIRLS FREE, ONE OTHER RISKS FLOGGING

  SUDAN   Ferdous Al Toum was sentenced to be flogged 20 lashes and a fine. She has appealed this sentence. Rehab Omer Kakoum was sentenced to a heavy fine and has appealed this. Trials against eight of the 10 female Christian students charged with “indecent dress” have concluded.   ...

UA 184/15 IRAN - RETIRED PROFESSOR JAILED FOR WRITING

  IRAN   Iranian retired university professor Hossein Rafiee has begun serving a prison sentence handed down in 2004 for his peaceful political activism. Hossein Rafiee is 70 and has several health problems, including high blood pressure and a heart condition. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Retired professor ...

Further information on UA 181/15 ISRAEL/OPT - HUNGER STRIKER OUT OF COMA, STILL IN DANGER

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Mohammed Allan ended his hunger-strike on 20 August after the Israeli High Court ruled that his administrative detention order be suspended because of his medical condition. Two days earlier, he had come out of a four-day coma. An MRI scan on 19 August revealed extensive ...

Further information on UA 143/15 ANGOLA - PEACEFUL ACTIVISTS STILL DETAINED WITHOUT CHARGE

  ANGOLA   The fifteen activists arrested between 20 and 24 June in Luanda, Angola remain in detention with no formal indictment since their arrest in connection with a peaceful meeting to discuss politics and governance concerns. An additional arrest was made on 30 June and peaceful protests calling for ...

Further information on UA 128/14 EGYPT - MOHAMED SOLTAN RELEASED, RECOVERING IN THE U.S.

  EGYPT   Egyptian-American activist Mohamed Soltan was released from prison and deported to the United States on 30 May, after spending one year and nine months in jail in Egypt.   Speaking to Amnesty International by video conference from the U.S. Mohamed Soltan said: “I want to thank you ...

Further information on UA 161/15 SERBIA - ROMA FAMILIES PROTECTED FROM FORCED EVICTION

  SERBIA   The demolition of the homes of 53 Roma families living in the Grmec informal settlement in Zemun municipality has been suspended on the order of the Serbian government. All families living in the settlement have been promised alternative accommodation before any eviction should take place.   The ...

UA 183/15 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) - PROMINENT ACADEMIC ARRESTED, RISKS TORTURE

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)   Economist and prominent academic Dr Nasser bin Ghaith was arrested on 18 August in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), by the country’s State Security apparatus. His whereabouts are unknown and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. ...

UA 179/15 SUDAN - THREE OPPOSITION MEMBERS HARASSED BY NISS

  SUDAN   Khalid Omer Yousif, Magdi Okasha Amed and Widad Abdelrahman Derwish, opposition members of the Sudanese Congress Party (SCP), were arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) and released without charge. However, they are required to report to the NISS office every day.   Khalid Omer Yousif, ...

UA 182/14 MEXICO - TORTURE SURVIVOR’S WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN

  MEXICO   Artemio Duarte Martínez, one of 25 police officers tortured in Tijuana in 2009, has gone missing after receiving harassment and threats for denouncing the torture he suffered. The authorities must immediately establish his whereabouts and protect his family, his lawyers and all other victims of the same ...

FU UA 177/15 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - LUCHA YOUTH ACTIVIST RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE

  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO   Bienvenu Matumo, a youth activist from the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was released from detention on 12 August without any explanation on the motivation behind his arrest and detention.   Bienvenu Matumo, a youth ...

UA 181/15 ISRAEL/OPT- HEALTH FEARS FOR PALESTINIAN HUNGER STRIKER

  ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Palestinian lawyer Mohammed Allan has been on hunger strike since 16 June in protest at his detention. He has been held by Israeli authorities without charge or trial since 6 November 2014. The reasons for his arrest and detention remain unknown. He lost consciousness on ...

UA 180/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - WITNESS MUST BE PROTECTED AGAINST TORTURE

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Gennady Afanasiyev, a key a witness for the prosecution in the trial of Ukrainian activists Oleg Sentsov and Aleksandr Kolchenko, has withdrawn the testimony that he gave under torture. He has been threatened and is at renewed risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Gennady Afanasiyev ...

Further information to UA 117/15 IRAN - FILM PRODUCER GIVEN JAIL TERM AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL

  IRAN   Iranian writer and film producer Mostafa Azizi, a permanent resident of Canada, has been sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment. He has been convicted of vague and overly broad national security-related offences for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression, including by posting on Facebook.   Mostafa ...

Further information on UA 161/15 SERBIA - ROMA FAMILIES STILL AT RISK OF HOMELESSNESS

  SERBIA   The demolition of the homes of 53 Roma families living in the Grmec settlement, in Zemun municipality, Belgrade seems to have been suspended for now. However, the families remain in a situation of uncertainty and continue to be at risk of being made homeless as the demolition ...

Further information on UA 182/14 AZERBAIJAN - LENGTHY JAIL SENTENCES FOR PROMINENT DEFENDERS

  AZERBAIJAN   Azerbaijani human rights defender Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus have been sentenced to eight-and-a-half and seven years in prison, respectively, on 13 August. Arif Yunus’s health has deteriorated and he fainted in the courtroom. Azerbaijani authorities continued to restrict access to the courtroom for international ...

FU UA 81/15 ISRAEL AND THE OPT - KHALIDA JARRAR’S TRIAL POSTPONED AGAIN

  ISRAEL AND THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   An Israeli military court has postponed Khalida Jarrar’s trial again, because the prosecution had failed to produce witnesses for the third time. The judge rejected a request to have her released on bail until the end of legal proceedings.   Palestinian parliamentarian ...

UA 177/15 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - WHEREABOUTS OF LUCHA ACTIVIST UNKNOWN

  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO   Bienvenue Matumo, an activist from the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been missing since 8 August. He may have been subjected to enforced disappearance.   Congolese human rights activist Bienvenue Matumo has not been ...

UA 178/15 ECUADOR - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER FACES HARASSMENT

  ECUADOR   Human rights defender Paulina Muñoz Samaniego has been subjected to an intimidation campaign which she believes is related to her work with Ecuador Decide, a platform of civil society organizations which oppose the Free Trade Agreement between Ecuador and the European Union. She and other members of ...

UA 175/15 COLOMBIA - AFRO-DESCENDANT COMMUNITY LEADER KILLED

  COLOMBIA   Afro-descendant community leader Genaro García of the Alto Mira y Frontera Community Council was killed on 3 August in Tumaco Municipality, southern Colombia. He had been threatened previously and was under State protection; others may be at risk.   Gilmer Genaro García Ramírez was a leader of ...

Further information on UA 212/14 IRAN - MOHAMMAD ALI TAHERI SENTENCED TO DEATH

  IRAN   Mohammad Ali Taheri has been sentenced to death in Iran for “spreading corruption on earth” through his spiritual beliefs and teachings. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Mohammad Ali Taheri received a death sentence on 1 August for “spreading corruption on earth” (efsad-e fel arz) by ...

Further information on UA 167/15 OMAN - MAHMOUD AL-FAZARI RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE

  OMAN   Omani national Mahmoud al-Fazari was released without charge on 6 August.   Mahmoud bin Khalifa bin Salem al-Fazari, aged 22, was released without charge in the evening of 6 August, from the police Special Section (al-Qism al-Khas) in the Qurm area of the capital, Muscat, He had ...

Further Information UA 28/15 SUDAN - TWO PASTORS SENTENCED TO TIME SERVED, RELEASED

  SUDAN   Two South Sudanese pastors, Reverend Yat Michael and Reverend Peter Yen, were released on 5 August after being sentenced to time already served in Khartoum, Sudan. The two have been in detention since their arrests on 21 December 2014 and 11 January 2015 respectively.   South Sudanese ...

Further information on UA 86/14 SWAZILAND - BHEKI MAKHUBU AND THULANI MASEKO RELEASED

  SWAZILAND   Bhekithemba Makhubu, editor of Swaziland’s monthly news magazine The Nation and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko were released on 30 June after spending over 15 months in detention.   Bhekithemba Makhubu, editor of Swaziland’s monthly news magazine The Nation and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko were released ...

Further information on UA 218/14 MYANMAR - COMMUNITY LEADER RELEASED

  MYANMAR   Community leader U Sein Than, who had been sentenced to two years in prison in Myanmar for the peaceful exercise of his rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, has been released under a presidential amnesty.   Community leader U Sein Than was released on 30 ...

UA 176/15 USA - NICARAGUAN NATIONAL FACING EXECUTION IN TEXAS

  USA   Bernardo Aban Tercero, a Nicaraguan national, is scheduled to be executed in Texas on 26 August for a murder committed in 1997. The poor quality of the legal representation he received at trial and during state-level appeals is at the centre of his clemency bid.   Robert ...

Further information on UA 73/15 MYANMAR - ROHINGYA LEADERS RELEASED

  MYANMAR   Four Rohingya leaders in Myanmar have been released under a presidential amnesty. They had been imprisoned in connection with community protests in 2013.   Rohingya leaders Ba Thar, Kyaw Myint, his son Hla Myint and Kyaw Khin were released on 30 July 2015 from Sittwe prison, Rakhine ...

UA 174/15 TURKMENISTAN - FREELANCE JOURNALIST’S WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN

  TURKMENISTAN   Freelance journalist Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, whose current whereabouts are unknown, is believed to have been held incommunicado by Turkmenistani authorities for a month. His likely arrest and detention may be linked to his work as a freelance journalist. He is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment and ...

Further information on UA 182/14 AZERBAIJAN - PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE IN NEED OF URGENT CARE

  AZERBAIJAN   Azerbaijani prisoner of conscience Arif Yunus had to receive emergency medical treatment during the court hearing on his case, on 3 August. He and his wife Leyla Yunus, also a prisoner of conscience, are facing trumped-up criminal charges stemming from their legitimate human rights work. Azerbaijani authorities ...

Further information on UA 231/14 MYANMAR - MEDIA WORKERS RELEASED

  MYANMAR   Five media workers have been released under a presidential amnesty in Myanmar. They had been serving two-year prison sentences for their peaceful journalistic activities.   Media workers Kyaw Zaw Hein, Ko Win Tin, Thura Aung, Yin Min Htun and Kyaw Min Khaing from the Bi Midday Sun ...

Further information on UA 93/15 MEXICO - TORTURE VICTIM MUST BE RELEASED FROM PRISON

  MEXICO   Adrián Vasquez Lagunes has been in jail near Tijuana, northern Mexico, since September 2012 when police arbitrarily arrested and tortured him in order to accuse him of drug-related crimes. All the evidence against him has been obtained through undue process. Following a legal challenge, the prosecutors have ...

Further information on UA 105/15 IRAN - RIGHTS DEFENDER DENIED URGENT MEDICAL CARE

  IRAN   Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, imprisoned since 5 May, was taken to hospital on 1 August suffering from partial paralysis. She is being denied the specialized treatment she needs, and is facing charges based on her human rights activities. She is a prisoner of conscience.   ...

UA 171/15 IRAN - PROMINENT TRADE UNIONIST UNLAWFULLY DETAINED

  IRAN   Ismail Abdi, Secretary General of Iran’s Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA), has been detained in Tehran's Evin Prison since 27 June for "organizing and participating in illegal gatherings” for his legitimate trade unionist activities. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Ismail (Esmail) Abdi was arrested on 27 ...

Further information on UA 59/15 PAKISTAN - SHAFQAT HUSSAIN HAS BEEN EXECUTED

  PAKISTAN   Shafqat Hussain was executed in the early hours of 4 August. His lawyers had maintained he was under 18 years of age when the crime was committed and that he was forced to “confess” under torture.   Shafqat Hussain was executed in Karachi Central Jail shortly before ...

UA 172/15 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - EGYPTIAN MAN KEPT IN PRISON AFTER SENTENCE

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Egyptian national Sameh Bassiouni Abdullah Alam was arrested on 11 February in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). He was sentenced to one month in prison in April for “falsely reporting a crime” but has not yet been released. His whereabouts are unknown and he is ...

UA 167/15 OMAN - BROTHER HELD AFTER ACTIVIST FLEES COUNTRY

  OMAN   Omani national, Mahmoud al-Fazari, has been held without charge since 22 July after his brother fled the country while under a travel ban. He is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.   Mahmoud bin Khalfan bin Salem al-Fazari, aged 22, was arrested on 22 July after ...

Further Information UA 165/15 IRAN - JUVENILE OFFENDER’S EXECUTION DATE CHANGED

  IRAN   Juvenile offender Salar Shadizadi’s execution has been postponed to 10 August. He remains at imminent risk of execution after a conviction for murder. He was 15 years old at the time of the crime.   Salar Shadizadi’s execution in Lakan Prison, Rasht, northern Iran, has been postponed ...

UA 168/15 BAHRAIN - POLITICAL ACTIVIST DETAINED OVER SPEECH

  BAHRAIN   Political activist Ebrahim Sharif has been detained and charged for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression in a speech he gave at a public gathering. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Political activist Ebrahim Sharif was brought to the Public Prosecution for interrogation on ...

UA 169/15 BULGARIA - HUNDREDS OF ROMA AT RISK OF FORCED EVICTION

  BULGARIA   126 Romani families are at risk of forced eviction in Gurmen municipality, Bulgaria. Eight families have already been rendered homeless. Bulgarian authorities must put in place key international human rights safeguards and ensure that no one is forcibly evicted.   The Ministry for Regional Development plans to ...

UA 170/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - DROP TERROR CHARGES AGAINST UKRAINIAN ACTIVISTS

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Film director Oleg Sentsov and ecologist Aleksandr Kolchenko are on trial in a military court in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. They are Ukrainian citizens and residents of Crimea who opposed its Russian annexation. The excessive charges of terrorism on allegations of property destruction and recurring torture allegations give ...

UA 166/15 LIBYA - DEATH SENTENCES FOR AL-GADDAFI OFFICIALS

  LIBYA   A Libyan court has sentenced to death nine men, all former members of Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi’s regime, including his son Saif al-Islam and head of Military Intelligence Abdallah al-Senussi. The men’s trial was seriously flawed.   The trial of the “symbols of the former regime”, as it ...

Further Information UA 138/15 CHAD - CHADIAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED

  CHAD   Djeralar Miankeol, Chadian land rights activist and Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, was released on 28 July. The Moundou Court of Appeal overturned an earlier High Court verdict that had found him guilty of insulting the judiciary and dropped all charges against him.   The Moundou Court ...

Further information on UA 40/15 BAHRAIN - SAYED JAMIL KADHEM RELEASED

  BAHRAIN   Sayed Jamil Kadhem was released on 27 July after completing his six-month sentence.   Prisoner of conscience Sayed Jamil Kadhem was released on 27 July after he had served a six-month sentence. A senior member of Bahrain’s main opposition group, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, he had been ...

Further information on UA 204/14 CAMBODIA - OPPOSITION MEMBERS CONVICTED IN UNFAIR TRIAL

  CAMBODIA   Eleven members of Cambodia’s main opposition party have been convicted on trumped up politically motivated charges of “insurrection” and sentenced to between seven and 20 years in prison. The verdict delivered on 21 July followed proceedings that violated fair trial rights, guaranteed by Cambodian and international law. ...

Further information on UA 59/15 PAKISTAN - SHAFQAT HUSSAIN’S EXECUTION SCHEDULED AGAIN

  PAKISTAN   Shafqat Hussain’s execution is scheduled for the fifth time on 4 August. His lawyers maintain he was under 18 years of age when the crime was committed and that he was forced to ‘confess’ under torture.   A death warrant has been issued scheduling Shafqat Hussain’s execution ...

UA 163/15 BRAZIL - INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY FACES FORCED EVICTION

  BRAZIL   Fifteen families of the Apika’y Indigenous community in central-western Brazil will be forcibly evicted in early August if a judicial decision by the Federal Justice Court of Dourados, issued on 21 May, is carried out.   The forced eviction of the Apika’y community, which belongs to the ...

Further information on UA 164/15 PAKISTAN - KHIZAR HAYAT’S EXECUTION STILL IMMINENT

  PAKISTAN   Khizar Hayat’s execution warrant was suspended on 25 July but he remains at imminent risk of execution. He was diagnosed with a mental disability in 2008 and has been on medication since then. International law clearly states that the death penalty should not be used against those ...

Further information on UA 46/15 MACEDONIA - INFAMOUS ‘GAZI BABA’ RECEPTION CENTRE CLOSED

  MACEDONIA   The Reception Centre for Foreigners “Gazi Baba” has been closed. This brings an end to the detention of hundreds of refugees and migrants, in inhumane and degrading conditions. The last detainees were released on 24 July.   On 18 July the Macedonian Ministry of Interior informed the ...

UA 165/15 IRAN - JUVENILE OFFENDER NEAR TO EXECUTION

  IRAN   Juvenile offender Salar Shadizadi is at imminent risk of execution for a murder allegedly committed when he was 15 years old. He is scheduled to be executed on 1 August.   Salar Shadizadi was arrested in February 2007 on a charge of murdering a friend. He was ...

Further Information UA 156/15 Gambia - RADIO DIRECTOR REARRESTED, HELD INCOMMUNICADO

  GAMBIA   Alagie Abdoulaye Ceesay, the managing director of the independent Gambian radio station Teranga FM, was rearrested on 17 July by members of the Gambian security forces after being abducted and released earlier on in the month. He has since been held incommunicado without access to his family ...

UA 164/15 Pakistan - EXECUTION DATE SET FOR MENTALLY ILL MAN

  PAKISTAN   Khizar Hayat’s execution is scheduled for 28 July. He has suffered from a mental disability since 2008 and has taken medication regularly since then. International law prohibits the execution of those with mental and intellectual disabilities   Khizar Hayat, a mentally ill man from the Punjab province, ...

Further information on UA 249/14 Bahrain - NABEEL RAJAB RELEASED, BUT FACES CHARGES

  BAHRAIN     Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab has been released on medical grounds. He is still facing separate charges, for which he could face up to 10 years in prison.   Nabeel Rajab was released in the evening of 13 July, after a royal pardon was issued ...

UA 162/15 Mozambique - TWO MEN FACING TRIAL FOR FACEBOOK POST

  Mozambique   Economist Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco and newspaper editor Fernando Mbanze have been charged with crimes against the security of the state in relation to a Facebook post on poor governance in Mozambique. Their trial begins on 3 August. Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco is an economist and the co-founder of ...

UA 161/2015 Serbia - ROMA FAMILIES AT RISK OF BEING MADE HOMELESS

  Serbia   Fifty-three Roma families are facing imminent forced eviction in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. They arrived in the settlement, in the Zemun municipality, between 1999 and 2000, having been internally displaced from Kosovo. Between 7 and 10 July they were served with orders to demolish their homes. ...

Further information on UA 64/15 United Arab Emirates - OMANI BLOGGER’S TRIAL CONFIRMED

  United Arab Emirates   Omani writer and blogger Muawiya al-Ruwahi has been moved to a prison in Abu Dhabi, where he is due to go on trial on 14 September before the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court. Omani blogger and writer Muawiya al-Ruwahi (or al-Rawahi), aged ...

UA 159/15 Iran - ACTIVISTS TORTURED FOR ALLEGED ‘FLAG-BURNING’

  IRAN   Two activists for the rights of Iran’s Azerbaijani Turkish minority have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly burning the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Amnesty International fears that the sentences are unjustified, politically-motivated and based on “confessions” extracted under torture.   Hossein ...

UA 160/15 Russian Federation - BLOGGER IN DETENTION FOR POLITICAL SATIRE

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Political activist and blogger Darya Poliudova is serving five days in detention for online satire and criticism of Russia’s policy towards Ukraine. Darya Poliudova is a political activist and blogger from Krasnodar Region in southern Russia. On 16 July she was sentenced to five days of ...

Further information on UA 156/15 Gambia - GAMBIAN RADIO DIRECTOR RELEASED

  GAMBIA   Alagie Abdoulaye Ceesay, managing director of the Gambian Radio Station Teranga FM, has been released on 13 July.   The managing director of the Gambian Radio Station Teranga FM, Alagie Abdoulaye Ceesay, was released on Monday 13 July. He was abducted 12 days ago and he had ...

Further information on UA 286/14 EGYPT - JAILED STUDENT BEATEN FOR MOVING POSSESSIONS

  EGYPT   Egyptian student Mahmoud Hussein, a prisoner of conscience, was beaten by prison guards on 14 July. He has been tortured during the more than 500 days he has spent in pre-trial detention for wearing a T-shirt with the “Nation Without Torture Campaign” logo. Mahmoud Mohamed Ahmed Hussein, ...

Further information on UA 137/15 China - TWO ACTIVISTS RELEASED IN CHINA

  CHINA   Two activists associated with a prominent anti-discrimination NGO in China were released on 11 July. They had been detained since 12 June on suspicion of ‘illegal business operations’, but it is believed this is solely due to their connection with the organization Yirenping, as part of a ...

Further information on UA 152/15 USA - MISSOURI EXECUTION GOES AHEAD

  USA   David Zink, aged 56, was executed on 14 July in Missouri. He was sentenced to death in July 2004 for the murder of 19-year-old Amanda Morton committed three years earlier. The US Supreme Court refused to intervene and Governor Jay Nixon denied clemency. In a statement, the ...

Further information on UA 157/15 China - DOZENS OF LAWYERS TARGERTED IN CRACKDOWN

  CHINA   At least 24 human rights lawyers and activists have been detained or are missing in China in an unprecedented nationwide crackdown. Many more have been questioned by police and at least three law firms have also been searched. In the early hours of 9 July, human rights ...

UA 158/15 NORTH KOREA - STUDENT ARRESTED IN NORTH KOREA

  NORTH KOREA     South Korean student Joo Won-moon is at risk of a long prison sentence and possibly torture and other ill-treatment after having been detained by North Korean authorities in April. No information on a trial has yet been announced. Joo Won-moon, a 21-year-old South Korean student, ...

Further Information UA 78/15 Angola - TWO ACTIVISTS STILL FACE 10-15 YEARS IN JAIL

  ANGOLA       José Marcos Mavungo has been held in pre-trial detention beyond the 90 days limit allowed by Angolan law. Arão Tempo who was conditionally released on 13 May needs urgent access to adequate medical care outside Cabinda Province in Angola. Both are facing charges that carry ...

UA 157/15 CHINA - SEVEN MISSING IN FEARED ATTACK ON LAW FIRM

  CHINA   At least seven people affiliated with a law firm in Beijing are missing and believed to have been detained, in what appears to be a coordinated attack on the law firm.   At around 3am on 9 July, Wang Yu, a human rights lawyer with the Fengrui ...

UA 154/15 THAILAND - PROTECT UIGHURS FROM RETURN TO TORTURE

  THAILAND       Some 50 ethnic Uighurs detained in Thailand for irregular entry must be protected from forcible transfer to any country where they may face torture. Fears for the individuals are heightened following the Thai authorities’ forcible deportation to China of around 100 other individuals on 8 ...

Further information on UA 136/15 THAILAND - STUDENT PROTESTERS RELEASED, BUT FACE TRIAL

  THAILAND     Fourteen students and young activists held in prison after peaceful protests have been released. They and two other students, now free on bail, still face trial in a military court.   A group of 14 students and young activists were released on 8 July 2015, the ...

UA 155/15 Colombia - TWO TRANS WOMEN KILLED AND ANOTHER INJURED

  COLOMBIA     One transgender woman was found dead on the night of 4 to 5 July in Cali, south-western Colombia. Two other trans women were injured, one of them fatally, following attacks with knives during a separate incident, also in Cali.   On the night of 4 to ...

UA 156/15 GAMBIA - WHEREABOUTS OF RADIO DIRECTOR UNKNOWN

  GAMBIA   The managing director the Gambian Radio Station Teranga FM, Alagie Abdoulaye Ceesay, was taken on 2 July by two men and since then his whereabouts are unknown.   Alagie Abdoulaye Ceesay is the managing director of Teranga FM an independent Gambian radio station which has been targeted ...

Further Information UA 28/15 SUDAN - DETAINED PASTORS’ ACCESS TO LAWYER RESTRICTED

  SUDAN   Reverend Yat Michael and Reverend Peter Yen have had restricted access to their lawyer from 4 June, only being allowed to meet him once in court for only 10-15 minutes. They are currently being held in solitary confinement and are at risk of flogging and the death ...

UA 151/15 SUDAN - WOMEN RISK FLOGGING FOR ‘INDECENT’ CLOTHING

  SUDAN   The Public Order Police have charged 10 female Christian students with "indecent dress” and subjected them to verbal abuse during their detention. The charge carries the punishment of flogging.   The Public Order Police (POP) arrested 12 female Christian students on 25 June. Ten of them were ...

Further information on UA 138/15 CHAD - TWO YEAR SENTENCE FOR EXPRESSING HIS VIEWS

  CHAD   Chadian activist Djeralar Miankeol has been sentenced to two years in prison and fined 100,000 Cfa francs for expressing his opinion on corrupt practices of some judicial officers in Chad during a radio interview.   Chadian activist Djeralar Miankeol who is the Director of Association Ngaoubourandi (ASNGA), ...

Further information on UA 284/14 PARAGUAY - INDIGENOUS GROUP IN VOLUNTARY ISOLATION AT RISK

  PARAGUAY   Land that the Ayoreo Totobiegosode Indigenous people claim as their traditional territory has been invaded again in the department of Alto Paraguay, northern Paraguay. This threatens the survival of the Indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation in this area.   According to the Indigenous organization People, Environment ...

Further Information UA 14/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - COURT TO HEAR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST’S APPEAL

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   A lower court will be considering a petition by Yevgeniy Vitishko’s lawyer for a mitigated sentence after Tambov Regional Court denied the environmental activist’s parole on 25 June.   Tambov Regional Court on 25 June rejected all motions by Yevgeniy Vitishko’s defence team in favour of ...

Further information on UA 80/15 EGYPT - AZZA SOLIMAN VERDICT DUE ON 26 SEPTEMBER

  EGYPT   The verdict is due on 26 September in the trial of human rights defender Azza Soliman and 16 others, who witnessed the killing of a poet in Cairo. They are at risk of a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to ...

UA 152/15 USA - ANOTHER MISSOURI EXECUTION IMMINENT

  USA   David Zink, aged 56, is due to be executed on 14 July in Missouri. He was sentenced to death in July 2004 for a murder committed three years earlier.   Police went to the scene of a traffic accident near Stafford, Missouri on 12 July 2001. They ...

UA 153/15 KENYA - DEEP SEA RESIDENTS AT RISK OF FORCED EVICTION

  KENYA   Thousands of residents of the Deep Sea informal settlement in Nairobi are facing imminent forced eviction as a notice served by Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) expires on 8 July.   Approximately 3000 residents of Deep Sea informal settlement are facing imminent forced eviction due to the ...

Further information on UA 305/14 INDONESIA - EXECUTION LOOMS FOR A FILIPINO NATIONAL

  INDONESIA   One person is still at risk of being executed in Indonesia after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.   Filipino national Mary Jane Veloso was scheduled for execution in April, but was granted a last-minute stay of execution. The office of the Indonesian Attorney General announced that ...

Further information on UA 232/13 BAHRAIN - ONE OF TWO WOMEN PROTESTERS RELEASED

  BAHRAIN   A woman protester has been released in Bahrain, three years before completing her sentence. A woman sentenced with her is still in prison.   Nafeesa al-‘Asfoor was released on 2 July, three years before her sentence would have come to an end. Her release was part of ...

Further information on UA 172/14 BAHRAIN - PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED

  BAHRAIN   Dr Sa'eed Mothaher Habib al-Samahiji was released on 1 July. He had completed his one-year sentence.   Dr Sa'eed Mothaher Habib al-Samahiji was released on 1 July after serving a one-year sentence in Bahrain’s Jaw prison. He had been sentenced in December 2013 for publicly insulting the ...

Further information on UA 137/15 CHINA - ACTIVISTS REMAIN IN DETENTION IN CHINA

  CHINA   Two activists associated with a prominent anti-discrimination NGO continue to be held in a detention centre in Henan province. They have been detained on suspicion of ‘illegal business operations’, but it is believed this is solely due to their connection with the organization Yirenping, as part of ...

Further information on UA 132/15 BRAZIL - PROPOSED AMENDMENT MOVES FORWARD IN BRAZIL

  BRAZIL   The President of the Brazilian House of Representatives called for a new vote on a proposal to reduce the age at which children can be tried as adults from 18 to 16 years, despite the proposal being rejected by the Lower Chamber earlier that same day. If ...

UA 143/15 ANGOLA - YOUTH ACTIVISTS ARBITRARILY ARRESTED

  ANGOLA   Fifteen activists have been arbitrarily arrested by the security forces in Angola, in connection with a meeting to discuss politics and governance concerns. They have been accused of planning to disrupt public order and the public security of the country.   Political and human rights activists Henrique ...

UA 150/15 INDIA - DETAINED FOR PROTESTING ARRESTS OF ‘MAOISTS’

  INDIA   Two young men were arrested on 13 June in Tamil Nadu, India, after protesting the arrest of five people for offences including allegedly belonging to a banned Maoist armed group. They are now being held under the same charge, which carries a possible sentence of life imprisonment. ...

Further information on UA 236/13 IRAN - BLOGGER ON SICK LEAVE CALLED BACK TO PRISON

  IRAN   Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been told he must return to prison, to resume serving his 13-year sentence. He has been on medical leave since mid-June, for urgent specialized medical care. If he returns to jail, he would be a prisoner of conscience.   Hossein Ronaghi Maleki ...

UA 148/15 IRAQ - SENTENCE COMPLETED, BUT NOT RELEASED

  IRAQ   A man called Walid Yunis Ahmad is being held in a prison in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq more than three months after he was due to be released.   An Iraqi man, Walid Yunis Ahmad, also known as Abu Khubeib, completed a prison sentence in March ...

UA 149/15 COLOMBIA - CALLER ‘WILL KILL’ MISSING MAN’S MOTHER

  COLOMBIA   An anonymous caller has threatened to kill a woman searching for her son, who was subjected to enforced disappearance in 2014. Her life may be in danger.   Claudia Mabel Palacios, whose son was subjected to enforced disappearance in 2014, was called on 25 June on her ...

UA 147/15 COLOMBIA - DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RIGHTS NGO THREATENED

  COLOMBIA   Iván Madero Vergel, the director of the non-governmental human rights organization Corporación Regional para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (CREDHOS), based in Barrancabermeja, northern Colombia, has been threatened twice in recent days.   On 25 June the secretary of the non-governmental human rights organization Regional Human ...

Further information on UA 80/15 EGYPT - WITNESSES DUE IN COURT, DESPITE ACQUITTAL

  EGYPT   Prominent women’s human rights defender Azza Soliman is due in court on 4 July, along with 16 others who witnessed the police killing of a left-wing activist. All risk up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to 50,000 Egyptian pounds.   Women’s human rights ...

UA 145/2015 CHINA - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST DETAINED, RISKS TORTURE

  CHINA   Human rights activist Liu Shaoming is being held by police, and the authorities have prevented his lawyer from meeting with him. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Liu Shaoming was detained shortly after publishing a piece online about his experience during the Tiananmen crackdown ...

Further information on UA 138/15 CHAD - ACTIVIST PUT ON TRIAL, AWAITS VERDICT

  CHAD   Chadian activist Djeralar Miankeol went on trial on 30 June. The verdict is expected to be announced on 7 July. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Activist Djeralar Miankeol, Director of Association Ngaoubourandi (ASNGA), was detained from 15 to 22 June at the prison of Moundou. ...

Further information on UA 136/15 THAILAND - STUDENTS CHARGED FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST

  THAILAND   Sixteen students have been charged for taking part in peaceful protests and may face imprisonment and trial in a military court. Fourteen of them are detained in prison, and have also been charged with sedition, which carries a sentence of seven years in prison.   Thatchapong Gaedum ...

Further information on UA 83/15 HUNGARY - ROMA FAMILIES REMAIN AT RISK OF FORCED EVICTION

  HUNGARY   Around 100 families, mainly Roma, remain at risk of forced eviction in the ‘Numbered Streets’ neighbourhood of Miskolc, Hungary. The vast majority of previously evicted families have not been provided with adequate alternative housing or compensation.   Since evictions resumed at the end of March, around 120 ...

UA 142/15 BAHRAIN - POLITICAL ACTIVIST JAILED FOR SPEAKING OUT

  BAHRAIN   A political activist has been sentenced to five years in prison in Bahrain for describing the war in Yemen as a violation of international law. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Fadhel Abbas Mahdi Mohamed was sentenced to five years in prison on 28 June for ...

Further information on UA 132/15 BRAZIL - BRAZIL MUST NOT VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

  BRAZIL   On 17 June the Special Commission of the House of Representatives approved a proposal to reduce the age at which children can be tried as adults from 18 to 16 years. The proposal will now be voted on in the House of Representatives by 30 June. If ...

Further information on UA 116/15 COLOMBIA - THREATENED AND ATTACKED FOR SEEKING JUSTICE

  COLOMBIA   Colombian human rights lawyer Andrea Torres Bautista has been threatened with sexual violence and death. A few days earlier the son of a victim of enforced disappearance, who is being represented by Andrea Torres Bautista, was stabbed with a knife.   On 24 June Andrea Torres Bautista, ...

UA 140/15 COLOMBIA - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER UNDER SURVEILLANCE

  COLOMBIA   Colombian human rights defender Berenice Celeita was kept under surveillance by unidentified individuals after returning from a visit to the USA and Canada to expose human rights violations in Colombia.   From the evening of 20 June until the early hours of 21 June, a vehicle was ...

Further information on UA 82/15 COLOMBIA - PEASANT LEADER THREATENED, COMMUNITY AT RISK

  COLOMBIA   Miguel Briceño, a leader of the peasant farmer community El Porvenir in central Colombia has been threatened yet again. There are fears that the community of El Porvenir might be forcibly displaced in a climate of general insecurity.   On 18 June Miguel Briceño, a community leader ...

UA 139/15 INDONESIA - PAPUAN ACTIVISTS DETAINED AND CHARGED

  INDONESIA   Seven Papuan political activists have been detained as a result of their peaceful political activities. They have been charged with ‘incitement’ and could face up to six years’ imprisonment. Three of the men have reported being beaten and burnt with cigarettes while in detention.   On 20 ...

UA 136/15 THAILAND - STUDENTS AT RISK OF ARREST FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST

  THAILAND   Thai authorities have announced they will arrest 16 students unless they report to police on 19 June. The students have all been charged for peacefully protesting on the first anniversary of Thailand’s 2014 military coup. They may face one year in prison and fines.   Chatupat Boonyapatraksa, ...

Further information on UA 254/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - KALININGRAD ACTIVISTS RELEASED

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Oleg Savvin, Mikhail Feldman and Dmitriy Fonarev, who have spent more than a year in detention for raising the German flag over an official building in Kaliningrad on 4 March 2014, were released on 17 June.   On 17 June, the judge at the Central District ...

Further Information on UA 133/15 GUINEA - TWO DETAINEES RELEASED ON HEALTH GROUNDS

  GUINEA   Dogius Koly Théa and Kala Honomou, two men arbitrarily detained in Guinea, have been granted provisional release on health grounds. Authorities continue to conduct investigations into their case.   Dogius Koly Théa, a 28-year-old corporal and father of two, and Kala Honomou, a 47-year-old economist and father ...

UA 137/15 CHINA - FEARS FOR TWO ACTIVISTS DETAINED IN CHINA

  CHINA   Two activists associated with the prominent anti-discrimination NGO Yirenping were detained on 12 June on suspicion of “illegal business operations”. Guo Bin and Yang Zhangqing have since been transferred to Henan province, but their exact whereabouts are unknown. They are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. ...

UA 135/15 IRAN - JAILED IRAQI WOMAN ON HUNGER STRIKE IN IRAN

  IRAN   An Iraqi woman, Basima Al-Jibouri, imprisoned in Iran since 2011, is critically ill: she has been on hunger strike since 8 April. She has served four years of a five-year sentence for “espionage”, apparently imposed for associating with an Iranian diplomat in Iraq.   Basima Al-Jibouri, an ...

Further information on UA 306/14 BAHRAIN - ZAINAB AL-KHAWAJA’S APPEAL HEARING BEGINS

  BAHRAIN   The appeal against Bahraini activist Zainab Al-Khawaja’s three-year prison sentence started on 15 June and was adjourned until 13 September. If the sentence is upheld, she will be a prisoner of conscience. She has been sentenced to a total of five years and one month in prison. ...

Further Information on UA 22/15 BAHRAIN - PROMINENT OPPOSITION LEADER JAILED UNFAIRLY

  BAHRAIN   The head of Bahrain’s main opposition group has been sentenced to four years in prison, after an unfair trial. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Sheikh ‘Ali Salman, Secretary General of Bahrain’s main opposition group, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, was sentenced to four years in prison ...

UA 134/15 KUWAIT - EX-MP ARRESTED FOR CRITICAL SPEECH

  KUWAIT   Former Kuwaiti MP Musallam al-Barrak was arrested on 13 June to serve a two-year prison sentence on charges relating to a speech he had made in October 2012. He is a prisoner of conscience.   Former Kuwaiti parliamentarian Musallam al-Barrak was arrested in the early hours of ...

UA 133/15 GUINEA - URGENT HEALTH CONCERN FOR TWO DETAINEES

  GUINEA   Dogius Koly Théa and Kala Honomou, two men arbitrarily detained in Guinea, and with deteriorating health, are in need of urgent medical treatment. Since their arrest on 7 May, they have not been charged with a recognizable offense nor brought before a court.   Dogius Koly Théa, ...

Further information on UA 38/15 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) - THREE EMIRATI SISTERS RELEASED

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)   Three Emirati sisters were released on 15 May in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They had been secretly detained since 15 February. Their brother is a prisoner of conscience.   Three sisters, Asma Khalifa al-Suwaidi, Mariam Khalifa al-Suwaidi and Alyaziyah Khalifa al-Suwaidi, were released ...

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

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   On 25 June, the Tambov Regional Court in Russia will hear Yevgeniy Vitishko’s appeal against the refusal to grant him parole. If unsuccessful, he will only be eligible again in six months’ time. Yevgeniy Vitishko is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and ...

Further information on UA 301/13 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) - QATARI PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)   Prisoner of conscience Dr Mahmoud al-Jaidah was pardoned on 22 May and deported to Qatar. He had been serving a seven-year prison sentence.   Qatari national Dr Mahmoud al-Jaidah received a pardon on 22 May from the president of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin ...

Further information on UA 107/15 EGYPT - HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER SENTENCED, WITH OTHERS

  EGYPT   Human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Massry and two others have been sentenced to 15 months in jail on trumped-up charges. Mahienour El-Massry is a prisoner of conscience detained solely for exercising her right to peaceful expression and assembly. The three are in prison, but will appeal.   Human ...

Further Information on UA 121/15 SUDAN - TWO SUDANESE ACTIVISTS RELEASED

  SUDAN   Pharmacist Yasir Mirghani Abdalrahman, who is also the Secretary General of the Sudanese Consumer Protection Society, and civil society activist, Nasreen Ali Mustafa have been released.   Yasir Mirghani Abdalrahman and Nasreen Ali Mustafa were arrested by the National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) on 25 May in ...

Further Information UA 33/14 VENEZUELA - DETAINED OPPOSITION MEMBERS MUST BE RELEASED

  VENEZUELA   Detained opposition member Daniel Ceballos has ended his hunger strike but remains in arbitrary detention. He and fellow opposition member Leopoldo López should be released in line with recommendations of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.   Daniel Ceballos, the former mayor of San Cristobal, Táchira ...

UA 131/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - DEATH THREATS AGAINST RUSSIAN JOURNALIST

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   Elena Milashina, a Russian journalist covering Chechnya at the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper, received death threats passed through an article on the Chechen government’s online news agency Grozny-Inform.   An article containing death threats against Elena Milashina appeared on 19 May on the Chechen government-owned online ...

UA 132/15 BRAZIL - BRAZIL MUST NOT LET CHILDREN BE TRIED AS ADULTS

  BRAZIL   A proposed constitutional amendment in Brazil will change the age at which children can be tried as adults from 18 to 16 years. This will violate a number of national and international laws, including Brazil’s obligation to protect the rights of the child.   The proposed constitutional ...

Further Information UA 119/15 UKRAINE - POLICE FAIL TO PROTECT KYIV LGBTI PRIDE MARCH

  UKRAINE   The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Pride march that took place in Kyiv on 6 June was marred by violence, as police failed to adequately protect the participants.   The Kyiv Pride march, attended by about 250 people including some French, American, Dutch and Swedish ...

UA 130/15 BELARUS - ‘T-SHIRT WEARER’S’ PRISON SENTENCE EXTENDED

  BELARUS   Belarusian prisoner of conscience Yury Rubtsou has had his prison sentence extended to two years for “refusing to work” in a penal colony. He was originally sentenced for wearing a T-shirt that called on the president of Belarus to resign.   Prisoner of conscience Yury Rubtsou, an ...

UA 129/15 CHINA - CHINESE ACTIVIST DETAINED FOLLOWING PROTEST

  CHINA   Prominent activist Wu Gan (also known as ‘Butcher’) has been criminally detained in China on suspicion of ‘picking quarrels and provoking troubles’ and defamation. This follows his demonstration outside a courthouse in support of a group of lawyers’ demand to examine court documents from an alleged case ...

Further Information UA 33/14 VENEZUELA - DETAINED OPPOSITION MEMBERS ON HUNGER STRIKE

  VENEZUELA   Daniel Ceballos and Leopoldo López, opposition politicians both arbitrarily detained in Venezuela for over a year are on hunger strike, causing concern for their health. They should both be released in line with recommendations of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.   Daniel Ceballos and Leopoldo ...

Further Information on UA 28/15 SUDAN - TWO SOUTH SUDAN PASTORS RISK DEATH PENALTY

  SUDAN   Reverend Yat Michael and Reverend Peter Yen who had been held incommunicado by the Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) were charged with eight offences under the 1991 Penal Code on 1 March. Two of these offences carry the death penalty.   Reverend Yat Michael and Reverend Peter ...

Further information UA 100/15 PARAGUAY - PREGNANT GIRL’S RIGHTS TO LIFE AND HEALTH AT RISK

  PARAGUAY   The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has called on Paraguay to protect the rights to health, life and integrity of a young girl who is pregnant as a result of rape.   The 21-week pregnancy of the girl came to light almost two months ago on 21 ...

Further information on UA 3/13 SAUDI ARABIA - RAIF BADAWI SENTENCE UPHELD, FACES FLOGGING

  SAUDI ARABIA   Raif Badawi’s full sentence of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes has been upheld by Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court. He is a prisoner of conscience and at imminent risk of public flogging.   Saudi Arabian media reported on 6 June that the Supreme Court had ...

UA 112/15 MALAYSIA - POLITICAL CARTOONIST FACES LENGTHY JAIL SENTENCE

  MALAYSIA   Malaysian political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, also known as “Zunar”, is facing nine charges under the draconian Sedition Act for tweets criticizing the judiciary. A court hearing is set for 7 July. If convicted for more than one charge he will face a long term custodial sentence. ...

UA 128/15 VIETNAM - JAILED BLOGGER ON HUNGER STRIKE

  VIETNAM   Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan, serving a 10-year prison sentence, has been on hunger strike since 13 May in protest at her harsh treatment by prison guards. She is reported to be weak and in poor health. She is a prisoner of conscience.   Ta Phong Tan, ...

Further information on UA 254/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - JUDGEMENT DUE IN KALININGRAD ACTIVISTS’ CASE

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   The trial of the three men who raised the German flag over an official building in Kaliningrad on 4 March 2014 is likely to come to a close on 11 June, when the judgement is expected. The prosecution has asked for sentences of up to two ...

UA 126/15 UZBEKISTAN - DEFENDER SUBJECTED TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE

  UZBEKISTAN   Uzbekistani human rights defender Elena Urlaeva was detained by police officers on 31 May and subjected to torture, sexual violence and humiliation to force her to surrender her camera’s memory card. The memory card contained photographic evidence of human rights violations documented by Elena Urlaeva.   Elena ...

UA 127/15 IRAN - PRISON FOR ANTI-DEATH PENALTY ACTIVIST

  IRAN   Anti-death penalty activist Atena Daemi has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for her peaceful activism. She has been held in Tehran’s Evin Prison since October 2014, when she was arrested. She is a prisoner of conscience.   Atena Daemi, a 27-year-old anti-death penalty and civil ...

Further information on UA 95/15 QATAR - LIFE SENTENCE REDUCED TO 15 YEARS

  QATAR   Ronaldo Lopez Ulep has had his espionage conviction upheld on appeal in Qatar. His life sentence was reduced to 15 years’ imprisonment; he is expected to appeal.   Filipino national Ronaldo Ulep, a former civilian employee of Qatar’s air force, had his espionage conviction upheld by the ...

UA 123/15 VENEZUELA - DEFENDERS AT RISK FOLLOWING BREACH OF PRIVACY

  VENEZUELA   The private communications of two human rights defenders may be being monitored by the Venezuelan authorities. This appears to be an attempt to restrict their ability to freely carry out their legitimate human rights work. The two men, their colleagues and the people they represent might be ...

Further information on UA 49/15 IRAN - SENTENCED TO YEARS IN PRISON FOR HER ART

  IRAN   Iranian prisoner of conscience Atena Farghadani has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison for her art and peaceful activism. She now has 20 days to appeal.   Atena Farghadani, a 29-year-old painter and activist, was sentenced on 1 June to 12 years and nine ...

UA 125/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - JOINT MOBILE GROUP OFFICE RANSACKED BY MOB

  RUSSIAN FEDERATION   The office of Joint Mobile Group, a human rights group working in Chechnya, was attacked by a group of masked men in the Chechen capital, Grozny, on 3 June. Two JMG members had to evacuate the office through a window to escape a violent mob.   ...

FU UA 108/15 INDONESIA/MALAYSIA/THAILAND - ENSURE THE SAFETY OF REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS

  INDONESIA/MALAYSIA/THAILAND   Thousands of refugees and migrants remain at risk in seas around Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Those who have landed in Malaysia and Indonesia are at risk of detention and unlawful return.   Over 3,000 people have either landed in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia or returned to Myanmar ...

Further information on UA 16/15 MYANMAR - TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR ‘INSULTING RELIGION’

  MYANMAR   Writer Htin Lin Oo has been sentenced to two years in prison for “insulting religion” after he made a speech criticising the use of Buddhism to promote discriminatory and extremist views. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.   On 2 ...

UA 124/15 MEXICO - THREATS AGAINST WIDOWER OF MURDERED DEFENDER

  MEXICO   The widower of a human rights defender killed in 2010 has received information concerning plans to take his life. The threats follow a series of intimidating acts directed at him and others that are calling for the investigation of the murder.   On 17 May Omar Esparza, ...

Further information on UA 59/15 PAKISTAN - SHAFQAT HUSSAIN FACING IMMINENT EXECUTION AGAIN

  PAKISTAN   Shafqat Hussain’s execution has been scheduled again, for 9 June. His lawyers maintain he was under 18 years of age when he allegedly committed the crime and that he was forced to ‘confess’ under torture.   A death warrant was issued scheduling Shafqat Hussain’s execution for 9 ...

FU UA 81/15 ISRAEL/OPT - RELEASE ON BAIL ORDERED, THEN DENIED

  ISRAEL AND THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES   Acting on secret evidence, a military judge has reversed a ruling that Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar should be released on bail. She will still be in custody when her case comes before a military court on 22 June, where she faces an ...

UA 122/15 SYRIA - ACTIVISTS IN UNKNOWN LOCATION, RISK TORTURE

  SYRIA   Syrian activists Hani al-Zitani, Hussein Gharir and Mazen Darwish should have been presented in court on 1 June, but were not. Their whereabouts are unknown and they are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Hani al-Zitani, Hussein Gharir and Mazen Darwish worked documenting human rights ...

UA 121/15 SUDAN - ACTIVISTS’ WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN AFTER ARREST

  SUDAN   Two Sudanese activists Yasir Mirghani Abdalrahman and Nasreen Ali Mustafa, were arrested by the National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) on 25 May. Their whereabouts are unknown and their families have not been allowed to visit them. Both are at risk of torture.   Yasir Mirghani Abdalrahman, 51, ...

UA 120/15 IRAN - IMMINENT EXECUTION OF 24 YEAR OLD IRANIAN MAN

  IRAN   Ehsan Shah Ghasemi, a 24 year-old Iranian man, is at imminent risk of execution. Ehsan Shah Ghasemi was sentenced to death for the murder of Ali Khalili. He stabbed Ali Khalili in the neck in July 2011, causing injuries that allegedly resulted in his death almost three ...

Further information on UA 34/15 BAHRAIN - ACTIVIST TORTURED TO ‘CONFESS’ RELEASED ON BAIL

  BAHRAIN   Bahraini human rights activist was released on bail on 19 May. He is standing trial on trumped up charges, based on police statements and a “confession” extracted from him under torture. His trial was postponed to 2 September.   Hussain Jawad was released on bail on 19 ...

Further Information UA 80/15 EGYPT - ACQUITTAL OF WITNESSES TO KILLING CHALLENGED

  EGYPT   Egypt’s public prosecution has appealed the acquittal of 17 people, including women’s human rights defender and lawyer Azza Soliman, who witnessed the killing of Egyptian leftist activist and poet Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh. The first appeal hearing is on 13 June. If the charge of illegal protest is upheld ...

Further Information UA 1/15 BAHRAIN - COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCES OF TWO MEN

  BAHRAIN   Death sentences imposed on Mohamed Ramadhan ‘Issa ‘Ali Hussain and Hussain ‘Ali Moosa Hussain Mohamed in December 2014, following an unfair trial that relied on “confessions” extracted under torture, were confirmed on 26 May by a Court of Appeal in Manama. The death sentences will go to ...

Further information on UA 90/15 MOROCCO - JAIL TERM OF PRESS FREEDOM ADVOCATE UPHELD

  MOROCCO   Moroccan journalist Hicham Mansouri’s 10-month prison term for complicity in adultery was confirmed on appeal. He is a prisoner of conscience.   The Appeals Chamber of the Rabat Court of First Instance upheld a 10-month prison term against Hicham Mansouri for complicity in adultery on 27 May ...

UA 119/15 UKRAINE - KEEP KYIV LGBTI PRIDE MARCHERS SAFE

  UKRAINE   Hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activists are at risk of being denied their right to peaceful assembly and at risk of violence during the Pride march planned in Kyiv on 6 June as the police fail to show full commitment to protect the ...

UA 118/15 NIGER - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS HELD WITHOUT CHARGE

  NIGER   Two human rights defenders, Moussa Tchangari and Nouhou Azirka, were arrested on 18 and 24 May respectively after making public statements on human rights violations during the state of emergency in the Diffa region in Niger and the poor working conditions of security forces. Both are being ...

UA 117/15 IRAN - FILM PRODUCER TO FACE TRIAL IN IRAN

  IRAN   Iranian writer and film producer Mostafa Azizi, a permanent resident of Canada, will stand trial before Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran on 1 June on national security-related charges, apparently stemming from his posts on social media. Amnesty International fears that he is a prisoner ...

UA 116/15 COLOMBIA - KEY WITNESSES AND LAWYER HARASSED

  COLOMBIA   A key witness in an enforced disappearance case has received death threats. The witness’ lawyer and other members of the human rights organization Fundación Nydia Erika Bautista, have also been threatened. Another witness in an emblematic case of enforced disappearances has been attacked.   On 21 May, ...

Further Information UA 256/14 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - QATARI NATIONAL PARDONED AND DEPORTED

  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Qatari national, Hamad Ali Mohammad al-Hamadi, who had been sentenced to 10 years in prison, was pardoned by the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and deported back to Qatar on 22 May.   The president of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al ...

UA 113/15 GAMBIA - COUP SUSPECT’S TEENAGE SON HELD INCOMMUNICADO

  GAMBIA   Yusupha Lowe, the 16 year old son of Bai Lowe, a man accused of being involved in the 30 December 2014 attempted coup in Gambia, was arrested on 1 January. Initial reports indicated that he was being held at the National Intelligence Agency headquarters, but credible sources ...

Further information on UA 109/15 PERU - STATE OF EMERGENCY IMPOSED AFTER LATEST KILLING

  PERU   Four people, including one police officer, have been killed and hundreds injured during protests against a planned copper mining project in southern Peru. The authorities imposed a state of emergency in the region following the latest killing on 22 May.   On 22 May street vendor Ramón ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 115/15 VENEZUELA - JOURNALIST BEATEN AND THREATENED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 104/15 BRAZIL - MILITARY POLICE ATTACK PROTESTING TEACHERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 103/15 SINGAPORE - PRESIDENT URGED TO GRANT CLEMENCY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 94/15 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - PRISONER DENIED MEDICAL ATTENTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 93/15 MEXICO - RELEASE PRISONER TORTURED BY POLICE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 85/15 CHINA - DISCLOSE WHEREABOUTS OF TIBETAN WRITER

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

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

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

UA 86/15 SUDAN - ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE OF POLITICAL ACTIVIST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 82/15 Colombia - PEASANT FARMER COMMUNITY AT RISK

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

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

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

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

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

FU UA 283/14 Bangladesh - PRESIDENT MUST STOP IMMINENT EXECUTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 77/15 Cuba - POLITICAL DISSIDENT MUST BE RELEASED

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

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

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

UA 76/15 Mexico - HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER CONSTANTLY HARASSED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 73/15 Myanmar - ROHINGYA COMMUNITY LEADERS IMPRISONED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 60/15 BANGLADESH - ESTABLISH WHEREABOUTS OF OPPOSITION POLITICIAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 56/15 ZIMBABWE - PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST ABDUCTED

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

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

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

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

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

UA 51/15 HONDURAS - JOURNALIST THREATENED BY MILITARY OFFICER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 43/15 COLOMBIA - INDIGENOUS PEOPLE THREATENED AND KILLED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 40/15 BAHRAIN - OPPOSITION POLITICIAN JAILED FOR COMMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 33/15 COLOMBIA - AFRO-DESCENDANT LEADERS THREATENED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 29/15 USA - LOUISIANA MUST RELEASE ALBERT WOODFOX

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 28/15 SUDAN - CHURCH LEADERS DETAINED IN SUDAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 27/15 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - JOURNALISTS THREATENED AND HARASSED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 19/15 PAKISTAN - IMMINENT EXECUTIONS MUST BE STOPPED

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

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

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

UA 18/15 SIERRA LEONE - RELEASE EIGHT ARBITRARILY DETAINED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 17/15 BURUNDI - PROMINENT JOURNALIST MUST BE RELEASED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 16/15 MYANMAR - DETAINED FOR CRITICIZING RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 11/15 IRAN - PROTESTER AGAINST ACID ATTACKS JAILED

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

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

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

UA 10/15 COLOMBIA - HARASSED FOR FIGHTING SEXUAL VIOLENCE

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

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

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

UA 9/15 COLOMBIA - DOZENS THREATENED BY PARAMILITARIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 5/15 MYANMAR - POLITICAL ACTIVIST DETAINED IN MYANMAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 2/15 MYANMAR - FOUR PROTESTERS DETAINED IN MYANMAR

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

Further information on UA Dominican Republic - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC DECRIMINALIZES ABORTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 315/14 RUSSIAN FEDERATION - ACTIVIST ATTACKED AND THREATENED

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

UA 313/14 SYRIA - STUDENT VOLUNTEER MISSING SINCE ARREST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 311/14 MEXICO - INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY HARASSED FOR ACTIVISM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 307/14 IRAN - IRANIAN-AMERICAN JOURNALIST DETAINED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 304/14 TURKEY - CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR IMPRISONED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 301/14 BRAZIL - TEENAGER DISAPPEARED DURING MILITARY OPERATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 297/14 UKRAINE - ESTABLISH WHEREABOUTS OF DISAPPEARED MAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 287/14 UKRAINE - TREAT CAPTIVES HUMANELY

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

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

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

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

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

UA 289/14 SYRIA - SYRIAN POLITICAL ACTIVIST ARRESTED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA 281/14 SIERRA LEONE - JOURNALIST FACES INDEFINITE DETENTION

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

Further information UA 216/14 EGYPT - REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

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

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

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

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

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