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Amnesty Urgent Actions
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Four protesters detained
Four human rights activists have been arbitrarily arrested and detained in Myanmar after participating in a peaceful demonstration against the shooting to death of a protester the week before. The four have been detained solely for the lawful exercise of their right to freedom of peaceful assembly and must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Jailed for complaining of police harassment
Film director Ines Ben Othman was arrested on 19 December 2014 after lodging a complaint for harassment by a police officer. She is in custody, facing one year in prison for insulting that police officer.
Former MP facing jail for Twitter «insult»
Former Kuwaiti opposition MP Saleh al-Mulla was arrested on 6 January for tweets deemed insulting to the Amir of Kuwait and the visiting President of Egypt. The next day the Public Prosecution ordered him to be detained for 10 days for investigation. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Sentenced to death after unfair trial
Two men were sentenced to death on 29 December in Bahrain. Amnesty International fears they did not receive a fair trial as the main evidence used against them was allegedly obtained under torture.
Political activist detained
Political activist Ko Wai Lu has been arbitrarily detained and is facing imprisonment in Myanmar after he provided support to peaceful protesters who are calling on the authorities to resolve their land dispute. Fourteen people have also been charged for taking part in the peaceful protests.
Defenders threatened in election campaign
Human rights defenders Brito Fernando, Phillip Dissanayake and Prasanga Fernando have received death threats against themselves and their families.
Businessman detained, at risk of torture
Businessman Dr Amer al-Shawa, a former academic, was arrested on arrival at Dubai airport on 2 October 2014. He is being held in an unknown location with no access to his family or a lawyer of his choosing in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance. He may be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Dozens threatened by paramilitaries
Dozens of human rights defenders, as well as trade unionists and land restitution claimants have been threatened by the Black Eagles paramilitary group in Northern Colombia. The group has also labelled them guerrillas.
Harassed for fighting sexual violence
Two men forced their way into the home of human rights defender Blanca Nubia Díaz, demanding to see one of her daughters. Both women have faced threats and intimidation as they campaign for justice in a case of sexual violence.
Protester against acid attacks jailed
Women’s rights defender Mahdieh Golrou has been detained without charge for over two months in Tehran’s Evin Prison for peacefully protesting a series of acid attacks against young women in Esfahan, Iran. She has not been permitted access to her lawyer, despite undergoing dozens of hours of interrogations. She is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Environmental activists charged with rebellion
Environmental activists, community leaders and brothers, Víctor Hugo and Darwin Javier Ramírez Piedra, have been charged with rebellion despite a lack of evidence against them. Darwin Javier has been in preventive detention since April 2014 and Victor Hugo is at large. The criminal proceedings against them appear to be an attempt to silence their campaigning against the impact of mining activities on their community’s right to water.
Clemency sought as Texas execution nears
Robert Ladd is scheduled to be executed in Texas on 29 January . He was sentenced to death in 1997 for a murder committed in 1996. The claim that he has an intellectual disability that would render his execution unconstitutional was rejected by the courts.
Release ‘the 17’ women
A series of pardon requests for a group of 17 Salvadoran women jailed with extremely long sentences for pregnancy-related offences after flawed and unfair trials is now coming up for decision in the Legislative Assembly. «Guadalupe», the first of such cases, is due to be voted on again on 21 January. The members of the Assembly have the power to set her and other women free.
Georgia set to kill intellectually disabled man
For the third time in four years, the State of Georgia has set an execution date for Warren Hill, who has been on death row since 1991. All the experts who have assessed him, including those retained by the state, agree that he has intellectual disability, which would render his execution unconstitutional. He is due to be put to death on 27 January .
Tatar activist charged for «instigating hatred»
A Tatar rights activist was arrested in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation, on charges of «instigating hatred» for criticizing the Russian government’s policies towards Ukraine on the social network VKontakte. He is currently in pre-trial detention in Kazan.
Detained for criticizing religious extremism
Writer Htin Lin Oo has been detained and is facing imprisonment for making a speech criticizing the use of religion to promote discriminatory and extremist views. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience who must be unconditionally and immediately released. The charges against him must be dropped.
Prominent journalist must be released
Bob Rugurika, director of African Public Radio (Radio Publique Africaine, RPA), has been detained since 20 January after broadcasting investigative reports about the September 2014 murder of three elderly Italian nuns.
Release eight arbitrarily detained
Eight people have been arbitrarily detained by a Presidential order under the State of Emergency powers in Sierra Leone for over three months following an alleged riot concerning a suspected Ebola patient in October 2014.
Drop charges against leading opposition figure
A leading opposition figure in Bahrain was denied bail in a first court hearing attended by an Amnesty International delegation. He will remain in custody until 25 February. Amnesty International is calling for charges to be dropped and for his immediate release.
Imminent executions must be stopped
Three men are due to be executed on 3 February . One of them Shoaib Sarwar, would be the first to be executed for a non-terrorist offence since the moratorium on executions was lifted.
Mass deportation in the Dominican Republic
On 27 January, 51 people, including 30 Dominican-born children, some of their mothers and 14 other adults were deported without due process to Haiti from the Dominican Republic. More mass deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants are feared.
Disclose whereabouts of detained Egyptian
Egyptian national, Mos’ab Ahmed ‘Abdel-‘Aziz Ramadan was detained on 21 October 2014 after being summoned by the Preventive Security Services in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). His whereabouts remain unknown and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Human rights activist held incommunicado
Human rights activist Christopher Ngoyi Mutamba was arrested by armed men in military police uniform in Kinshasa on 21 January. His whereabouts remain unknown and he is at risk of enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment.
Three detainees should be released
Celestino Okenve, Antonio Nguema and Miguel Mbomio were arrested between 14 and 16 January in Equatorial Guinea in relation to the distribution of pamphlets protesting against the hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations in the country. All three men have been arbitrarily detained for over 2 weeks without charge and with restricted access to a lawyer.
Journalist found guilty of LGBTI «propaganda»
Elena Klimova, a journalist from the Urals city of Nizhniy Taghil and founder of the online project Children 404 aimed at supporting LGBTI teenagers, was found guilty of «propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors» and ordered to pay a fine. Children 404 risks being shut down.