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Amnesty Urgent Actions
Startseite Urgent Actions 2013 08


Off-shore indefinite detention of refugees
Hundreds of “unauthorised maritime arrivals” – i.e. asylum-seekers arriving to Australia by boat – are currently being flown, or are at imminent risk of being flown, to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, purportedly to assess their asylum claims and, if found to be refugees, to be “settled” there.
Three brothers detained for dissent
Three brothers who are members of a dissident organization are being detained on trumped-up charges. Amnesty International believes them to be prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.
«Suspect» goes missing from Police custody
Military Police arrested a man they had apparently mistaken for a drug dealer they were chasing, in Rio de Janeiro on 14 July. The police have since claimed they released the man, Amarildo Souza Lima, after checking his records, but he has not been seen since.
Human rights defenders threatened
Paramilitaries have threatened to kill human rights defenders Hernando Mejía López and David Espinoza in the northern Colombian city of Barrancabermeja.
15-year-old boy sent to prison after demonstration
A 15-year-old boy, Hussain al-Hawaj, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by a Bahraini court on 9 June for participation in a protest, arson and rioting . He is held in Jaw prison for adults.
Government critics jailed for speaking out
Two government critics are serving prison sentences in Cuba on politically motivated charges, following summary trials. Amnesty International considers them prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.
Social media activists risk torture
Mohammad Hassan Sayef, a 26-year-old blogger and translator and Hussain Habib, a 23-year-old cameraman, were arrested separately on 31 July. They are held incommunicado and are at risk of torture. They may be prisoners of conscience.
Investigation needed after police intimidation
Police have intimidated and threatened a migrants’ shelter in Tapachula, Chiapas State, South West México. The lives of staff, migrants and volunteers at the shelter could be at risk.
Fears for health of detained female activist
Female political activist Clara Nsegue Eyí has been in detention without charge or trial in Equatorial Guinea for over one month for refusing to obey a ministerial order confining her to her native town. She is believed to be in poor health and may require urgent treatment.
Roma families at risk of forced eviction
Around 37 Roma families in Albania are being threatened with forced eviction. The land where they live is about to be redeveloped. The landowner has not respected procedures set out in law, and the authorities have not taken measures to provide the Roma with any alternative housing.
Stop new forced eviction of roma in Baia Mare
Romani families in the Craica settlement in the town of Baia Mare, Romania, are at imminent risk of a new forced eviction. On 2 August, approximately 30 families reportedly received orders asking them to leave their houses by 5 August. Around 15 houses were demolished on 5 August, and the remaining families could be forcibly evicted at any time.
Activist detained and at risk of ill-treatment
Activist Sultan al-Saadi is being held in an undisclosed location in Oman. He has been denied access to his lawyer, and is at risk of ill-treatment and prolonged arbitrary detention. He may be a prisoner of conscience held solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression.
Peasant farmers at risk following killings
Two peasant farmer leaders have been killed in the municipality of Tierralta, northern Colombia. There are fears for the safety of peasant farmers living in the area.
Myanmar activist arbitrarily detained
74-year-old human rights defender Kyaw Hla Aung has been arbitrarily detained in Myanmar since 15 July. He is in poor health and may not be receiving the medical treatment he requires. He is on trial, facing charges related to his peaceful activities.
Hamas threaten post-eid festival executions
The Hamas authorities in Gaza are threatening to carry out several executions following the end of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr. This may include a man known as “H.M.A.”, who was aged under 18 years at the time of one of his alleged crimes and was allegedly tortured or otherwise ill-treated during interrogation.
Paramilitaries threaten to kill defenders
Paramilitaries are planning to kill members of a Colombian human rights NGO, Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission, and community leaders from the Curvaradó and Jiguamiandó River Basin. One attack has failed, but others are being prepared.
Paramilitaries threaten trade unionists
Paramilitaries have threatened scores of trade unionists, many of whom are in labour negotiations, as well as human rights defenders and other organizations in Colombia.
Bahraini activist arrested and charged
Bahraini banker Mohammad Sanad al-Makina was arrested on 9 August at Bahrain International Airport when leaving for a holiday with members of his family. He faces several charges including “inciting hatred against the regime”. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Egypt means to deport refugees, children
The Egyptian authorities are preparing to deport 13 Syrians to Turkey and 28 Palestinians from Syria to the Gaza Strip. The group, which includes at least 13 children and 10 women, had sought refuge in Egypt after fleeing the armed conflict in Syria. Under international law, Egypt has a responsibility to protect people fleeing the conflict.
Marines abduct adult and two children
Three people, two of them children, were detained by Mexican marines in the northern city of Nuevo Laredo in late July and have not been seen since. The military authorities have denied arresting them. They may have been subjected to enforced disappearance.
Activist in danger from son's killers
Venezuelan human rights defender Víctor Martínez is in danger, as the two men on trial for the murder of his son are free: one has escaped and the other was given parole.
Female activist detained
Seddiqa al-Basri, a 27-year-old mother of two, has been detained since 14 August. Three other women and a girl were detained with her but released shortly after. Seddiqa al-Basri is a possible prisoner of conscience and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Stop enforced disappearance by Mexican navy
A man illegally detained by Mexican marines on 3 August has not been seen since. Navy officials deny detaining him. He is the fourth person to be subjected to apparent enforced disappearance by marines in or near the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state, since 29 July.
Executions set to resume
Thousands at risk of execution in Pakistan as the new government is set to resume executions for the first time in five years. Eight prisoners have been scheduled to be executed from 20-25 August . These eight are amongst 450 prisoners who are now facing imminent execution.
Men subjected to enforced disappearance
Syrian artist Youssef Abdelke and his friend Adnan al-Dibs have been detained incommunicado at an unknown location since their arrest by Syrian security forces in Tartus on 18 July. They have been subjected to enforced disappearance.
Enforced disappearance of Palestinian man
Political activist ‘Ali Sayed al-Shihabi, a Palestinian refugee living in Syria, was detained by Syrian authorities on 19 or 20 December 2012 and subjected to enforced disappearance. He was known to be held at a Military Intelligence branch in the capital, Damascus but his current whereabouts are unconfirmed.
Lawyer at risk of being stripped of license
Russian lawyer Farid Murtazin could be striped off his advocate status following a complaint from the Investigation Committee. The lawyer denies the allegations and believes that this is an attempt to stop him representing possible prisoner of conscience Artiom Saviolov. The hearing is scheduled for the week starting 19 August.
Kurdish detainee on hunger strike in Iraq
A 36-year-old man currently on hunger strike has been detained without charge or trial for 20 months in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He was held in solitary confinement for the first three months and repeatedly beaten. The authorities accuse him of leaking information about election rigging to a newspaper.
Grand prix protestors tortured
Nafeesa al-‘Asfoor, a mother-of-two, was arrested along with Rayhana al-Mousawi on 20 April as they were peacefully protesting near the Formula One Grand Prix circuit in Manama. They are both to be tried, have been tortured and Nafeesa al-'Asfoor is being denied the medical care she requires.
Mental health in question as execution set
Marshall Gore, aged 50, is due to be executed in Florida on 1 October for a murder committed in 1988. His mental “competence” for execution is in question.
Detainee at risk of torture
Abdumavlon Abdurakhmonov a Tajikistani national, has been detained in Uzbekistan without access to his family since April. His family fear that he is at risk of being subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.
Boy arrested, threatened, risks torture
A 13-year-old Bahraini boy, Salman Mahdi Salman, has been arrested and had his detention order renewed for seven days by the Public Prosecution on 21 August. He is held in a juvenile detention centre, but at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Displaced families’ leaders threatened
Armed men believed to be Colombian paramilitaries have threatened, and apparently attempted to kill, leaders of the families forcibly displaced from the Hacienda Bellacruz farm, who are campaigning to return to their land.
Outspoken psychiatrist forcibly detained
A psychiatrist working in Belarus, Igor Postnov, has been forcibly detained and treated in the hospital where he works following his outspoken criticism of the health care system in Vitebsk, a city in the north of the country.
Prisoner of conscience denied health care
Iranian prisoner of conscience Hossein Ronaghi Maleki is on hunger strike to protest against the conditions of political prisoners. His health is deteriorating rapidly and he needs urgent medical care. He was taken to hospital on 28 August but transferred back to prison the same day. His mother has also gone on hunger strike against his detention.