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Startseite Urgent Actions 2014 09


Campesino leader shot dead
Prominent campesino (peasant farmer) leader Margarita Murillo was shot dead in the community of El Planón, north-western Honduras, on 27 August. The safety of other members of her organization and family could be at risk.
Health fears for detained activist
Prisoner of conscience Liu Ping is being denied access to the medical treatment she needs in detention, and there are serious concerns for her health. She is also at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Call for race inquiry as execution nears
Earl Ringo is due to be executed in Missouri on 10 September . He was sentenced to death in 1999 for two murders committed in 1998. As part of the clemency effort, his lawyers are calling on the governor to initiate an inquiry into the role of race in his case.
Newspaper editor abducted in East Ukraine
Sergei Dolgov, the editor of a Ukrainian newspaper, has been missing since his abduction by armed men in June. Media reports suggested that he had been killed, but eyewitnesses and relatives believe he is being held in the Ukrainian city Zaporizhhya.
Imprisoned for peacefully protesting
Community leader U Sein Than has been imprisoned in Myanmar for participating in a series of peaceful protests. He faces further charges related to the peaceful exercise of his rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. U Sein Than is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Journalist attacked and family threatened
Independent Azerbaijani journalist, Ilgar Nasibov, and his family continue receiving threats after he was brutally attacked by unidentified people on 21 August.
Uk nationals disappear in Qatar, risk torture
UK nationals Krishna Prasad Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev have disappeared in Qatar while researching the conditions of migrant workers. They are believed to have been detained by the Qatari authorities and may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Fear of enforced disappearance of activists
Southern Yemeni political activists Anwar Ismail and Khaled al-Junaidi disappeared within days of one another. It is feared that they have been subjected to enforced disappearance by security forces and are at imminent risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Mother of activist at risk of deportation
Long-term Kuwait resident and Egyptian national, Leyla al-Darmalalli, is at risk of deportation from Kuwait to Egypt. She was detained on 2 September although her residency permit is still valid.
Female human rights activist detained
Maryam Al-Khawaja, co-director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights and daughter of prisoner of conscience Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja was arrested on 30 August on arrival at Bahrain International Airport. She is a prisoner of conscience held in connection with her human rights work.
Jailed for women’s right to watch sports
Ghoncheh Ghavami, a 25-year-old Iranian-British national, has been held in Tehran’s Evin Prison since 30 June, largely in solitary confinement without access to her lawyer. She is a prisoner of conscience, arrested solely for taking part in a peaceful protest against the ban on women attending Volleyball World League matches in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium.
Indigenous leaders killed, community at risk
Four Asháninka Indigenous leaders from the Peruvian Amazon have been killed by suspected illegal loggers. It is likely that the attack was in retaliation to the leaders’ activism against illegal logging on their ancestral lands. Their families and fellow community members are at risk.
Mass death threats to human rights defenders
At least 80 human rights defenders received death threats by email on or just prior to Colombia’s Human Rights Day on 9 September. Paramilitaries declared them a military target.
Stop Gambia’s homophobic bill
The Gambian President is currently reviewing a proposed amendment to the Criminal Code which will further discriminate against and punish Gambians merely on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation.
Indigenous activist detained, risks unfair trial
Indigenous activist Mario Luna Romero is at risk of unfair trial after being arrested in Sonora State, northwest Mexico. There are concerns that the case against him may be politically motivated due to his leading role in protests against an aqueduct which affects the Yaqui Indigenous community’s access to water.
Crackdown on freedom of expression
Opposition politicians, human rights activists, lawyers, students, academics and journalists are at risk of arbitrary arrest and imprisonment in Malaysia after an alarming rise in the use of the draconian Sedition Act in recent weeks. The law is being used to target individuals for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.
Papuan human rights lawyer attacked
Papuan human rights lawyer Anum Siregar was attacked by an unknown person in Wamena, Papua province. She is currently defending a tribal leader who is a prisoner of conscience accused of supporting separatist activities. There are concerns for her safety.
Sahrawi men on hunger strike against torture
Seven Sahrawi men were severely beaten on 17 September in Laayoune Local Prison, Western Sahara. They have gone on hunger strike in protest.
Kurdish juvenile offender facing execution
Iranian juvenile offender Saman Naseem has been convicted of taking part in armed activities against the state and killing a member of the Revolutionary Guards, while he was under 18. He could be executed at any time as his death sentence has been sent to the Office of the Implementation of Sentences.
Jounalist held without charge
Journalist Jaikhlong Brahma has been detained since 2 September after being accused of having links with banned armed groups in Assam, India. He is at risk of being detained for 12 months without charge or trial under the National Security Act (NSA).
Protect detained Libyan men from torture
At least ten Libyan men, some with dual nationality, were detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) between 13 August and 3 September. The authorities have not told four of the men’s families where they are detained. By withholding information about their whereabouts from the men’s families or legal representatives, the UAE has subjected them to enforced disappearance. All are at risk of torture or other forms of ill-treatment.
Draft legislation puts human rights at risk
The Aceh parliament is planning to pass a Shari’a bylaw before the end of September that would criminalize, among other things, same-sex sexual relations and consensual sex outside marriage. Those found guilty could be caned up to 100 times.
Scientist facing unfair trial, risks torture
Syrian physicist Faten Rajab Fawaz, a prisoner of conscience, is awaiting trial before a Military Field Court, whose proceedings are grossly unfair. She has been detained since 24 December 2011, seemingly as a result of her peaceful activism.
Activist on trial for «insulting» islamic figure
Bahraini activist Nader Abdulemam is being tried for «insulting» a figure of worship. Amnesty International believes he is being targeted for exercising his right to freedom of expression.
Hunger-striking dervishes critically ill
Nine jailed members of Iran’s Gonabadi dervish religious minority began a hunger strike on 31 August, in protest at the authorities’ harassment and persecution of Gonabadi dervishes across the country and are now critically ill. They are prisoners of conscience.
Detained student activist at risk of torture
Student activist Ali Abdul Jalil was beaten up by prison officers in Malaysia and is facing charges under the country’s draconian Sedition Act. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression. He is at risk of further torture or other ill-treatment.
Activist facing unfair trial
Peaceful political activist Gebrail Moushe Kourie is to be tried by the Anti-Terrorism Court, which does not abide by international fair trial standards. He has been in custody since December 2013 and has been held in ‘Adra Prison since February. There are concerns that he may have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated.
Photojournalist held a year without charge
Freelance Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zied has been detained in Egypt without charge or trial for over a year. The prosecutor is next due to interrogate him on 2 October. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for his journalistic work.
Jailed scientist denied urgent medical care
Iranian physicist Omid Kokabee, serving a 10-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin Prison, is in urgent need of medical care, which the authorities have refused. He is suffering from a number of health problems, including kidney stones and heart palpitations, exacerbated by the poor conditions in which he is held. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Farmers at risk after beating by soldiers
Six Chin farmers who were ill-treated – some tortured – by Myanmar Army soldiers are at risk of further human rights violations after speaking out publicly about their ordeal. All six are now in hiding. A seventh farmer who was also tortured has fled to India.