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Startseite Urgent Actions 2013 04

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Land activists receive death threats
A member of the Victims’ Roundtable of El Carmen del Bolívar – a group of victims seeking the return of misappropriated land – in northern Colombia has received death threats on behalf of both herself and other land activists.
Over 200 people face forced eviction
Over 200 people living in an informal settlement in Ris-Orangis on the outskirts of Paris face imminent forced eviction following a decision taken by the municipality on 29 March 2013.
Roma families face forced eviction
Over 60 Roma people living in an informal settlement in Wroclaw, western Poland, face imminent forced eviction after notices were delivered by the municipality on 26 March.
Arrested theatre activists at risk of torture
Theatre activists Sheetal Sathe and Sachin Mali were arrested on 2 April 2013 on various charges, including criminal conspiracy and being part of a banned organization. They are being held in Mumbai, India and are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Indian prisoners at risk of imminent execution
The Indian President has rejected the mercy petitions of at least seven people, putting them at risk of imminent execution. The government has not, however, disclosed the names of those who are now at risk of execution.
Human rights organization attacked
The office of a human rights organization in Chihuahua in northern Mexico has been attacked. This could be connected to their work on human rights and the staff's security may be at risk.
Hunger strikers in critical condition
Two men imprisoned in Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz, south-west Iran, are in critical condition after a prolonged hunger strike protesting the harsh treatment of dervishes, including lawyers, in Tehran’s Evin Prison. They have been beaten, have lost consciousness several times, and are being kept alive by intravenous drips in prison.
Fears for women accused of «sorcery»
A seriously injured woman and her two daughters are being held in Papua New Guinea by a group that accuses them of practising «sorcery». There are grave fears for their safety following the beheading of a woman last week after she was also accused of «sorcery» . The response from the police has so far been seriously inadequate.
Execution imminent after plea rejected
The Supreme Court of India rejected the commutation plea of Devender Pal Singh Bhullar on 12 April. This verdict could affect the cases of at least 17 more prisoners.
Activists held in high security prison
Three men have been detained in solitary confinement in Egypt since 6 April in Alaqrab high security prison for insulting the Minister of Interior. The men could be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention and may be prisoners of conscience.
Woman denied life saving medical intervention
Beatriz is a 22-year-old woman with a high risk pregnancy who is being denied access to life saving medical treatment that she urgently needs in El Salvador. Her life is at risk and she is suffering cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
Families forcibly evicted and left Homeless
On Tuesday 9 April, scores of families were forcibly evicted and had their homes demolished by city authorities in Menongue city, Angola. Thousands more in the city are at risk of being evicted.
Writers at risk of torture
Newspaper Editor Mahmudur Rahman was arrested in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 11 April after he published articles criticising the government and some bloggers. On 3 April blogger Asif Mohiudeen was also arrested in Dhaka after he was alleged to have posted blasphemous comments online. Both men are at risk of torture.
Red crescent volunteer held incommunicado
Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer Mohammad Atfah was arrested at a checkpoint in Homs, Syria on 3 February 2013. He has since been detained incommunicado in conditions which possibly amount to enforced disappearance and may be held at the Military Intelligence branch in Homs. He may have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated.
Two children detained, another at risk
Two teenage boys have been detained without charge under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in Jammu and Kashmir. A third boy detained without charge at the same time has been released for health reasons but may be returned to custody within days. It is illegal for anyone under 18 to be detained under the PSA.
Families attacked, risk forced eviction
Hundreds of families left homeless by the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti are living under the threat of forced eviction from their makeshift camp in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Their lives are in danger following a recent arson attack and the death of one resident in police custody.
Journalists at risk from restrictive law
A draft press law which would severely limit the activities of journalists is soon to be debated by the Burundian Senate. It could make journalists criminally liable for carrying out their work, introduce new press-related crimes and exorbitant fines for those who violate its provisions. Freedom of expression is under threat in Burundi.
Police threaten, assault journalist
Police officers in the Dominican Republic have attacked and threatened a journalist reporting on a forced eviction they were carrying out in the north of the country.
Activist detained, risks torture
Activist Liu Yuandong, a businessman, was detained on 23 February in Guangzhou, China after he took part in a protest against North Korea’s nuclear tests. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Peasant farmer killed after threats
Gunmen thought to be paramilitaries have killed a land rights activist in northern Colombia, and have threatened to kill peasant farmers trying to assert their rights over land in the region.
Hundreds of families risk forced eviction
Hundreds of families left homeless after Haiti's January 2010 earthquake are being threatened with forced eviction from their makeshift camp in the Christ-Roi neighbourhood of the capital, Port-au-Prince.
Teachers held without charge over strike
Two teachers were arrested in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on 18 and 19 April, in connection with an ongoing peaceful strike that began on 25 February. They have not been charged and Amnesty International considers them to be prisoners of conscience, detained solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression and association.
Article 19 staff threatened in Mexico City
An anonymous threatening letter was received by Article 19, a human rights organization which works on the right to freedom of expression at their country headquarters in Mexico City, Mexico.
Reformists kept in prison
Six reformist prisoners of conscience have been kept behind bars, while 10 others, several of whom were out on bail, are now released under a “pardon” on condition that they give up their activism.
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Minor held incommunicado
Sixteen-year-old Ahmed Ismael al-‘Akkad, who suffers from asthma, has been held incommunicado in conditions possibly amounting to enforced disappearance since 20 November 2012. He is reported to have been ill-treated and denied medical treatment.
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Nine more to be executed
Nine people are at risk of execution in Indonesia, as the state has resumed executions. According to the Attorney General’s Office, the execution of Adami Wilson on 14 March was only the first of 10 executions to be carried out in 2013.
Russian NGOS face new form of persecution
A Moscow court has fined a Russian NGO almost 10,000 USD. It is the first organization to be fined under a repressive new law which requires organizations in receipt of foreign funding and engaged in “political activities” to describe themselves as “foreign agents”.