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Startseite Urgent Actions 2013 05


Human rights defender journalist threatened
Honduran journalist Héctor Longino Becerra, a human rights defender, has been phoned by a man who threatened to murder him and his family.
Execution set amid DNA and racism disputes
Willie Manning is due to be executed in Mississippi on 7 May for two murders committed in 1992. He is seeking clemency or at least a stay of execution in order for DNA and other testing of crime evidence to be carried out. He maintains his innocence. His lawyers argue that the trial prosecutor used racially motivated tactics during jury selection.
Activist detained for "insulting the president"
Opposition activist Ahmed Douma, 24, has been detained since 30 April on charges which include “insulting the president”. He is a possible prisoner of conscience.
Human rights activist detained
Bahraini human rights activist, Naji Fateel, was arrested on 2 May 2013 at his home by plain clothed police officers. His whereabouts are unknown. He is a prisoner of conscience who should be released immediately and unconditionally.
Journalist arrested, risks torture
Journalist Eric Topona, Secretary General of the Union of Chadian Journalists (UJT) was arrested on 6 May and transferred to Am Sinene prison in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, where detention conditions are life-threatening.
Opposition politician arbitrarily detained
Antonio Rivero, a supporter of the main opposition candidate in the recent Venezuelan presidential elections, was detained on 27 April and two days later charged for his involvement in protests after the election results were published.
Community threatened in «death list»
Paramilitaries are looking for members of the communities of the Curvaradó River Basin in north-western Colombia, to kill them. They have also been watching members of a human rights NGO active in the region, the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission.
Female lawyer detained, risks torture
Sudanese lawyer Asma Ahmed, a human rights activist, has been detained incommunicado by the National Security Services since 4 May. She has not been charged with any offence, and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Women human rights defenders threatened
Two women activists, both members of a human rights organization in Oaxaca State, southern Mexico, are being threatened and harassed.
Rural leader threatened in land conflict
Rural leader Antônio Isídio Pereira da Silva and families from the community of Vergel, in the interior of the north-eastern Brazilian state of Maranhão, have received a series of death threats. Vergel has long been targeted by loggers and land-grabbers who have repeatedly used violence to intimidate them.
Journalist at risk of torture
Rovshen Yazmuhamedov, a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist, was detained on 6 May in Turkmenistan by local police. Though the charges against him have not been disclosed by the authorities, there are fears that he may have been targeted in connection with his work and that he is at grave risk of torture.
Human rights defender’s daughter targeted
The daughter of Ingrid Vergara, a prominent Colombian human rights defender, has received a text message telling her that her mother had been killed.
400 families forcibly evicted
Some 400 Kenyan families were forcibly evicted on 10 May from an informal settlement in the capital, Nairobi. They are homeless and in urgent need of food, water and shelter. Police, who were providing security for the eviction, used live ammunition and teargas.
Two men on trial for "unnatural" sex
Two men in Zambia have been arrested on charges of having sex “against the order of nature”, and denied bail. They are detained and awaiting trial. They have been subjected to forcible anal examination.
Three men facing imminent execution
Three men in Indonesia are facing imminent execution, possibly as early as the evening of 16 May * . The three have been moved to isolation cells and family members have travelled to be close to them.
Six men tortured and detained in Western Sahara
On 9 May, Moroccan security forces in Laayoune, Western Sahara, arrested six Sahrawis including a 17-year-old. They were arrested after protesting for the self-determination of Western Sahara. They face unfair trial after reportedly being tortured into “confessions”.
Five Bahraini men sentenced to jail for tweets
Five Bahraini men, including a lawyer, were sentenced to one year’s imprisonment by the Manama Lower Criminal Court on 15 May for allegedly insulting the King of Bahrain in messages posted on Twitter. They may be prisoners of conscience.
Attempt on life of indigenous rights defender
The home of Pedro Manuel Loperena, an indigenous human rights defender in north-eastern Colombia, was attacked with a grenade on 11 May.
Push USA on new promise to shut Guantánamo
According to the military authorities, 102 of the 166 detainees in the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba are on hunger strike, with 30 being “tube fed”. In recent days, the US administration has promised a “renewed effort” to close the detention facility.
Three men at risk of imminent execution
Three Yemeni men are at risk of imminent execution in the coming week after local authorities informed them and their families that they have received orders to carry out their executions. One of the men claims to have been a juvenile at the time of the alleged crime.
Father and son held incommunicado
Medical student Sameeh Bahrah, aged 26, has been held incommunicado at an unknown location, since his arrest on 30 April 2013. The same day, his father Bassam Bahrah, aged 52, also went missing. They may have been subjected to enforced disappearance.
Family of opposition leader arrested
The wife and brother of the of an opposition party leader in Equatorial Guinea were arrested in the capital Malabo in the early hours of 20 May. They are being held incommunicado, apparently to pressure the opposition leader to hand himself in.
Paramilitaries threaten rights organisation
Human rights defenders working with forcibly displaced people in Barrancabermeja, Northern Colombia, received three death threats from paramilitaries on 13 and 14 May. Their families are also at risk.
Murders of family continue, 17-year-old killed
On the night of 16 May, 17-year-old Roni Barrios was murdered with a machete or axe in Aragua state, Venezuela. He is the tenth member of the Barrios family to be murdered since 1998 under circumstances that suggest police involvement. The authorities have failed to investigate the murders or protect the family from further violence.
Death threat to human rights lawyer
A human rights lawyer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has been threatened and intimidated since 15 April, when two men were arrested and beaten. One died in custody. The lawyer is now representing the cases of both men.
Death penalty proposals put lives at risk
At least ten people under sentence of death will be at risk of execution if legal amendments to facilitate the resumption of executions are passed in Papua New Guinea. The Government has announced that Parliament will imminently debate these draft legal changes. Executions have not taken place in the country since 1954.
Church leaders detained
Two members of the Presbyterian Church in South Sudan, Reverend Idris Nalos Kida and Pastor Trainee David Gayin, were arrested from their homes by security forces on 19 May. They are being detained incommunicado, without access to a lawyer or their family, and are at risk of torture or other forms of ill-treatment.
Two Prisoners in Nigeria at risk of execution
At least two prisoners on death row in Benin prison, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, are at risk of imminent execution by hanging, as the Federal High Court in Benin City is expected to give its ruling on a lawsuit seeking to stop the execution.
Peasant farmers face death claiming land
Several members of a peasant farmers’ organization in northern Honduras have been attacked over a dispute with a local company which claims it owns the land. Three have been killed and two injured. The others are in grave danger.
Threats force human rights NGO to close
A prominent human rights organization in Colombia has been forced to close after threats of an imminent attack.
Nine teenagers forcibly returned
Nine North Korean teenagers have been forcibly returned to North Korea where they are at serious risk of arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment, enforced disappearance, forced labour and possible death.
600 families face forced eviction from homes
Approximately 600 families are under threat of imminent eviction from their homes in Santo Domingo Province, Dominican Republic. The notice period provided by state authorities to leave the land they have been occupying for more than 20 years has expired. Due process has not been respected.