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Startseite Urgent Actions 2014 10


Students killed and others missing in Guerrero
On 26 September, students were intercepted by Mexican police patrols firing shots and then later attacked by unknown individuals in Iguala, Guerrero state. At least six people were killed, 20 were injured and the whereabouts of 38 remain unknown.
Camp residents attacked, more at risk
A woman was killed after municipal agents opened fire in order to remove street sellers from the road in proximity of a makeshift camp for displaced people in Port-au-Prince. Two other camp residents were injured by the police. Camp residents fear further violence by the municipality and the police.
Detainees at risk of unfair trial
53 people detained in anti-government demonstrations might face an unfair trial as their lawyers have not been given adequate time to prepare their defence.
Human rights activist «offends» authorities
Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was arrested on 1 October. The Public Prosecution has ordered him to be detained for seven days, for further investigation. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Human rights activist detained
Human rights activist Saeed Shirzad has been detained in Tehran’s Evin Prison for four months, without access to his lawyer. He has been accused of having contact with political prisoners’ families and cooperating with the office of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for his peaceful human rights activism.
Afghan president must stop executions
Six men, including five convicted in a rape case, face execution in Afghanistan after an unfair trial. The men are due to be executed on 8 October.
Death sentence for flare fatality
A Bahraini man under sentence of death has lodged his final appeal and could be at risk of execution. He was sentenced to death in February 2014 and lost his first appeal in August.
10-year old rape survivor faces «honour» killing
Brishna, a 10-year old girl from Kunduz province in Afghanistan was raped by a local mullah in May 2014. She is at risk of an «honour» killing by family and community members. The women’s rights defender who assists her is facing death threats.
Detained for supporting Hong Kong protests
At least 26 people, including several poets and artists, have been detained in Beijing for showing support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Thirteen people are known to have been accused of «picking quarrels and provoking trouble», and could face up to five years in prison if formally charged.
Enforced disappearance of Qatari nationals
Officials from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) detained two Qatari men on 27 June at the al-Ghuwaifat border post on the UAE’s western border with Saudi Arabia. The UAE has subjected them to enforced disappearance, since they have withheld information about the men’s fate from their families. Both men are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Investigative reporter faces harassment
Khadija Ismayilova – an outspoken investigative journalist in Azerbaijan – fears arrest after being harassed by the authorities and prevented from leaving the country. She has long been targeted by the authorities for her critical reporting and is currently facing criminal trial on politically motivated libel charges.
Parents and six children at risk
A Syrian couple, Rania Alabbasi and her husband Abdulrahman Yasin, and their six children, now aged three to 15, have been subjected to enforced disappearance by the Syrian authorities. They were arrested in March 2013.
Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja arrested in court
Bahraini activist Zainab Al-Khawaja was arrested on 14 October after she tore up a picture of the King in court where she was appearing on two separate charges of «destroying government property». She is a prisoner of conscience.
Criminal charges for raising a flag
Three men have been detained since April and face criminal charges for raising the German flag over an official building in Kaliningrad. If found guilty they could face up to seven years in prison.
Syrian refugees at risk of being returned
Around 100 refugees from Syria are at risk of being returned to the war-torn city of Kobani/Ayn Al-Arab. They are part of a group of over 250 men, women and children from Kobani who have been unlawfully detained by the Turkish authorities in a sports hall since 5 October in the border town of Suruç in Turkey’s south-eastern Şanlıurfa province. Of this group, two sets of returns have taken place on October 14 and 16.
Stop imminent forced eviction
More than 200 Roma, including around 50 children, living in an informal settlement near Bobigny in the north eastern suburbs of Paris, are at high risk of being evicted in the next 48 hours despite the High Court in Bobigny declaring in July that there was no urgent need to carry out the eviction.
Human rights monitor imprisoned
Kuwaiti lawyer and human rights activist Sulaiman al-Jassem was arrested on 20 October after being sentenced to one month’s imprisonment on charges of «participating in an illegal gathering» and «failing to obey police orders to disperse». He is a prisoner of conscience.
Conscientious objector must not be imprisoned
Fifty-six-year-old conscientious objector Ali Fikri Işık is due to appear in front of Çorlu Military court on Wednesday 22 October, facing three separate charges of ‘desertion’ that could carry a prison sentence of around two-and-a-half years. Should he be imprisoned, he will be a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.
Ban on same-sex marriage pending approval
Amendment XXXIII, currently pending before the Parliament of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, will discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the enjoyment of their family life and all the reproductive and social rights associated with marriage. If adopted, the Constitution will define marriage as the exclusive union between a man and a woman.
Lawyer threatened and under surveillance
Private defence lawyer Omar Ernesto Silva Martínez has made a formal complaint after being repeatedly targeted with threatening calls and surveillance. Guaranteeing the safety of lawyers to perform their functions without intimidation, hindrance or harassment is integral to ensuring that the right to a fair trial is respected.
Woman sentenced to death for blasphemy
Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi, sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2010, has had her appeal rejected by the Lahore High Court of Appeal.
Community threatened by local rancher
Around 20 families from the quilombo community of São José de Bruno in Matinha, Maranhão State, are currently being threatened and intimidated by a local rancher. The rancher has placed a gunman in the area in order to push the quilombo community members off the remaining lands.
Refugees face forcible return to Gaza or Syria
Five Palestinian refugees from Syria are at imminent risk of being forcibly returned to either Gaza or Syria by the Egyptian authorities. Their travel documents have been confiscated and they have been confined to a terminal in Cairo airport.
18-year-old Syrian refugee faces deportation
The Algerian authorities may be preparing to forcibly return an 18-year-old Syrian refugee after he entered the country without official legal documentation.
Twenty-four Roma families risk forced eviction
Twenty-four Roma households at the Belvil settlement in Belgrade are due for resettlement at the end of November. If human rights requirements, including genuine consultation and providing full information are not followed, their removal for resettlement could result in a forced eviction.
Cleric sentenced to death after flawed trial
Prominent Saudi Arabian Shi’a Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr has been sentenced to death on vague charges and after a deeply flawed trial. His conviction must be quashed and he should be released immediately in relation to these charges.
Ten refugees including child risk deportation
Five Palestinian refugees from Syria, with a 14-year-old child among them, and five Syrian refugees, are at risk of being forcibly returned to Syria. Egyptian national security ordered that the group be deported after they were arrested following an attempt to leave Egypt by boat. They are held in Anfoushy refugee detention centre in Alexandria and are at imminent risk of deportation.
Immigration law amendment will violate rights
The Spanish government has proposed an amendment to the immigration law that would facilitate automatic and collective expulsion of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers from the borders of the two Spanish enclaves in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, depriving them of the right to seek asylum and exposing them to the risk of serious human rights violations.