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Amnesty Urgent Actions
Startseite Urgent Actions 2013 07


Outspoken human rights defender sentenced
A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a prominent human rights defender to five years in prison and a 10-year travel ban. He is free pending his appeal, but he could be detained at any time, and would be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment in custody.
Army plans forced evictions
Some 1,000 Palestinians living in the southern West Bank, nearly half of them children, are facing forced eviction; some of their buildings are already being demolished, and their movement is restricted.
Seven men sentenced for Facebook activism
A special security court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced seven men to prison sentences of between five and 10 years for Facebook posts. The court mainly relied on the men's confessions, some of which were allegedly extracted under torture. The men remain at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Child feared abducted
Sivasooriyakumar Sanaraj, 15 years old, has been missing since 13 June, after he failed to arrive at school in Vavuniya, northern Sri Lanka. His family fears that he has been abducted, and he may be at risk of torture or extrajudicial execution. Despite complaints lodged with the local police by his family, the police have failed to investigate.
Growing fears for hunger striker
Student activist, Arash Sadeghi, has been on hunger strike since 1 June to protest against his ill-treatment in Tehran’s Evin Prison. He has been held without charge and in solitary confinement since his arrest in January 2012. He is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment and may be in need of urgent medical care.
Death threat against human rights defenders
Colombian human rights defenders Diego Martínez and Jeison Paba have received an email threatening to kill them and their families, while they were participating in an event in the municipality La Macarena, central Colombia.
Escalation in homophobic attacks
A series of homophobic attacks in Macedonia in June and July has led to grave concerns for the safety of LGBTI people and organizations. In June, during Pride Week in the capital Skopje, the LGBTI centre was attacked by around 30 people and on 5 July, unidentified suspects attempted to set fire to the centre.
Forced psychiatric treatment for female activist
A 70-year old human rights activist in Ukraine has been detained in a psychiatric hospital against her will, apparently in retaliation for her activism.
Paramilitaries threaten trade union leader
A Colombian paramilitary group have threatened to kill trade union leader Juan Carlos Galvis and two of his children, and also LGBTI activists in Barrancabermeja.
Activist facing jail for helping the homeless
Aliaksei Shchadrou is facing a two-year prison term in Belarus for acting on behalf of an unregistered religious organization. If jailed he will be a prisoner of conscience.
Family at risk of violence and forced eviction
Maxima Acuña and her family are at risk of unnecessary and excessive use of force by the police and of being forcibly evicted from their home and land in northern Peru. Police used violence in previous attempts to drive the family away from the plot of land they live on and whose ownership is disputed.
Conscientious objector detained
Conscientious objector Onur Erden was detained at Atatürk Airport in Istanbul on 11 July after he was forcibly returned to Turkey from Cyprus where his asylum application was turned down. On 17 July, he was transferred to the 2nd Army Corps Command Military Prison in Gelibolu, Çanakkale, where he is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Human rights defender threatened
A human rights defender received a threatening phone call at his home in San Francisco de Tepojaco, Mexico State on 10 July. There are fears that he and his family could be in danger.
Detained activists at risk of torture
Xu Zhiyong, a legal scholar and activist, has been detained in Beijing since 16 July, alongside two of his associates, Li Huanjun and Li Gang, on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order”. Another of Xu Zhiyong’s associates, Song Ze has gone missing and his family believe he may be detained. All four are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Family face forcible return to North Korea
A family of five are at risk of forcible return to North Korea after being arrested by Chinese authorities. If returned to North Korea they are at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment, forced labour and death.
LGBTI activists at risk
Activists of Kouraj a group working for the rights of the Haitian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, have been receiving threats related to their work. The threats seem to be related to a march against “homosexuality in Haiti”, scheduled for 19 July.
Iraqi journalist at risk of torture
Journalist Ja’far al-Nasrawi was arrested on 19 July in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad for participating in an illegal demonstration. He is held in a police station in Baghdad where he is yet to be interrogated. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Six human rights defenders risk torture
Six human rights defenders are detained in eastern China, on suspicion of “gathering crowds to disturb social order”. They are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Ohio execution set for crime at aged 18
Billy Slagle, a 44-year-old man, is scheduled to be executed in the US state of Ohio on 7 August for a murder committed in 1987 when he was 18. The parole board has voted 6-4 to deny clemency. Ohio’s governor is not bound by the board’s recommendation.
Army fires on protesters
On 15 July the army opened fire during a protest in Honduras, killing an Indigenous leader and seriously injuring his son. There are grave concerns for the safety of protesters, as the demonstrations are continuing.
Paramilitaries intimidate with death threats
In two separate instances on 16 and 17 July, paramilitaries delivered warnings and death threats to human rights defenders. A threat was made at the home of Rocio Campos a day after paramilitaries left a death threat at the home of Elizardo Badillo against him and other members of the human rights movement of Barrancabermeja, northern Colombia.
Trade union leader and family threatened
Colombian trade union leader Héctor Sánchez received a death threat on 16 July. In a separate incident information was stolen from an NGO in the capital, Bogotá. Both had taken part in a meeting to prepare a mock trial related to the oil industry.
Torture risk for dissident if extradited
Aleksandr Pavlov, 37, is detained in the Spanish capital, Madrid. The Spanish authorities are considering extraditing him to Kazakhstan. Amnesty International believes that he must not be extradited or transferred to Kazakhstan, as there he would be at a real risk of torture or other ill-treatment, and unfair trial, due to his links with the Kazakhstani opposition leader Mukhtar Ablyazov.
Human rights defender killed, family at risk
A human rights defender has been abducted and killed in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. His family and at least one of his colleagues are at risk.
Jailed blogger on hunger strike
Imprisoned Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Hai, known as Dieu Cay or “the peasant’s pipe”, has been on hunger strike since around 20 June in protest at the harsh treatment of himself and other political prisoners. He is serving a 12-year sentence for his writings and his health has deteriorated badly. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Mentally ill man facing execution
John Ferguson, a 65-year-old man with a decades-long history of serious mental illness, including repeated diagnoses of paranoid schizophrenia by prison doctors, is due to be executed in the US state of Florida on 5 August . He has been on death row for 35 years.
Deposed President and aides incommunicado
Deposed President Mohamed Morsi and nine of his aides have been held in an unknown location by the Egyptian authorities since 3 July, without contact with their lawyers, doctors or family. They appear to be held in a manner which deprives them of the protection of the law, in conditions which put them at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and may amount to enforced disappearance.
Hunger strike due to more ill-treatment
Ali Aarrass, a dual Belgian-Moroccan national detained in Salé II prison near Rabat, Morocco, is on a “dry” hunger strike (refusing water in addition to food) to protest ill-treatment at the hands of the prison authorities. He is reportedly in a critical condition, still conscious but unable to stand and struggling to speak.
Human rights activists abducted
Two international volunteers, who were accompanying a Honduran community whose members are campaigning against a mining project were recently abducted at gunpoint. Although released, the safety of both the community and the volunteers is at risk.