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Amnesty Urgent Actions
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Death penalty for juvenile activist
A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a Shi’a activist to death for crimes it judged he committed when he was 17 years old. He claims he was tortured and otherwise ill-treated to make him “confess”, but his allegation has not been investigated. He has had no access to his lawyer.
Poet arrested, life in danger
Poet Nasser Saber Bondek was arrested on 17 February at his home by people believed to be members of the Syrian security forces. His whereabouts are unknown and his life is in danger: a man arrested in the same neighbourhood that day died in custody.
Ethnic Chechen faces extradition to Russia
Anzor Chentiev, an ethnic Chechen asylum-seeker in Slovakia, is facing imminent extradition to Russia. If returned to Russia, he will be at risk of torture and an unfair trial.
Two refugees dead and many injured in attack
Attacks on foreign-owned shops in Mamelodi, Pretoria, have left two refugees dead and dozens reported injured. At least 75 shops have been looted. The situation in the township northeast of South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria, remains tense. Refugees and migrants are being evacuated from the area by civic groups but there is concern for the safety of those assisting evacuation.
Activist family and defenders threatened
Human rights defenders Ingrid Vergara and Jeison Pava, as well as members of the Verbel family in northern Colombia, received death threats on 3 and 7 June. The two defenders have been accompanying the Verbel family in their fight for justice since the killing of Eder Verbal Rocha by paramilitaries in March 2011.
Prisoners of conscience ill-treated
At least 10 prisoners of conscience are being ill-treated in al-Razeen Prison in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the conditions in the prison are worsening. Amnesty International fears their mental and physical health is at risk.
Women and girls’ rights and lives under threat
The law that guarantees women and girls access to safe and legal abortion services in Spain is at risk of being significantly amended, taking the country back decades to a precarious time. There are serious concerns for their health and lives if these changes are introduced. The government must withdraw the bill immediately.
Kurdish woman losing sight in Iranian prison
Zeynab Jalalian, a member of Iranian’s Kurdish minority, currently serving a life sentence in Kermanshah Prison, western Iran, is at risk of losing her eyesight and she is in urgent need of medical care.
Hunger striker’s health in danger
Abdul Razeq Farraj, a Palestinian detained without charge is on hunger strike and his health, as well as that of around 100 other administrative detainees on hunger strike, is deteriorating rapidly. The Israeli authorities are punishing them for their protest and are denying them access to their lawyers and families, and doctors of their choice.
Women’s human rights defenders threatened
Several members of KOFAVIV, a Haitian women’s rights organization in Port-au-Prince, the capital, have been repeatedly threatened and harassed. Their safety remains at risk.
Peasant farmers threatened, leader shot at
An employee of a company claiming ownership of La Europa farm, in Northern Colombia, shot at Andrés Narvaéz Reyes, a leader of the peasant farmers living on the farm.
Man seized in Libya faces death penalty in USA
A Libyan man seized by US forces in Libya on 15 June is being held incommunicado in US custody at an undisclosed location, possibly a ship. He could face the death penalty in the USA, where he has been charged with alleged participation in an attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi in 2012 in which four US nationals were killed.
Surveillance and attacks on human rights NGO
Members of COFADEH, a prominent Honduran human rights organization based in Tegucigalpa, the capital, have reported being the subject of surveillance and attacks in recent weeks. The Honduran authorities must fully comply with an IACHR order to implement effective measures to protect members of COFADEH and their families.
PHD student arrested, held incommunicado
Tajikistani national Alexander Sodiqov, who is a resident in Canada, was arrested on 16 June in eastern Tajikistan while conducting academic research. There are fears for his safety and concerns that he may face torture or other ill-treatment.
Juvenile offender nearing execution
Juvenile offender Razieh Ebrahimi has been sentenced to death for the murder of her husband in 2010 when she was 17 years old. Her death sentence has been sent to the Office of the Implementation of Sentences, so it could be carried out at any time.
Journalist threatened and attacked
Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez, director of the independent news agency Hablemos Press has been receiving threatening telephone calls and was assaulted on the streets of Havana, the capital. He believes these are attempts by the Cuban authorities to dissuade him from continuing his activities as a journalist.
Community leader arrested and beaten
A leader of a community-based organization which opposes the construction of the La Parota dam near Acapulco, Guerrero state, was arrested on 17 June and was reportedly beaten and threatened while in custody. He has been denied access to his lawyer and is at risk of further ill-treatment.
Sentencing disparity in death penalty case
Shane Kormondy, a Florida inmate who has exhausted his normal court appeals, is seeking commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment, the sentence being served by his two co-defendants. Doubt about who shot the murder victim persists.
Human rights defender threatened, life at risk
Human rights defender Aminetou Mint El Moctar’s safety is at risk following death threats made against her by a leader of a radical Islamist group in Mauritania. No action has been taken by the authorities to ensure her safety and that of her organization.
LGBTI NGO forced to register as “foreign agent”
On 2 July Vasileostrovskiy District Court in St Petersburg will hear the Prosecutor’s Office’s request to compel LGBTI organization Coming Out (Vykhod) to register as a “foreign agent”. This is the third attempt to brand Coming Out as a “foreign agent”. The organization is unequivocally against this label and is fighting back in the courts.
Group detained following March
Twenty-three people have been detained in Cairo following a march against Egypt’s repressive protest law on the evening of 21 June. They include noted women’s rights activist and human rights defender Yara Sallam. She is a prisoner of conscience.
Asylum-seeker dead, others at risk of return
Lutfillah Tadjik, a 17-year-old Afghan asylum-seeker, died on 31 May following an alleged beating by a police officer from the Foreigners Directorate Returns Centre in Van, eastern Turkey. Other asylum-seekers who witnessed the assault are now at risk of being returned to Afghanistan.