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Amnesty Urgent Actions
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Health fears for imprisoned Chinese activist
Chinese activist and prisoner of conscience Chen Xi has been suffering from a number of serious health problems and has not received the treatment he needs in prison. His health has deteriorated severely and there are serious concerns for his well-being.
Journalists threatened and harassed
Four journalists have been harassed and received death threats in the Dominican Republic as the result of their advocacy for the respect of the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent.
Church leaders detained
Reverend Yat Michael and Reverend Peter Yen of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church were arrested by Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) agents in Khartoum, Sudan on 21 December 2014 and 11 January 2015 respectively. Both pastors are being detained incommunicado, in an unknown location, without access to their families or lawyers and are at risk of torture or ill-treatment and enforced disappearance.
Louisiana must release Albert Woodfox
Lawyers for Albert Woodfox, held since 1972 in solitary confinement, have filed for bail after the federal appeals court denied state request for further review. The state must stop its ‘campaign of vengeance’ against Albert Woodfox and allow him his freedom.
Eyewitnesses to killing of defenders harassed
Key eyewitnesses into the killings of two human rights defenders have been harassed in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. This is an apparent attempt to stop them from giving testimony in court. Their lives could be at risk.
Clemency sought after 31 years on death row
Michael Lambrix is seeking commutation of his death sentence. If he is denied clemency, the Florida authorities will set an execution date. He has spent over half of his life on death row. Twenty-three years old when he was sent there in 1984, he turns 55 in March.
Attacked for ensuring fair access to water
Community activists have repeatedly been beaten and threatened for their work to ensure fair access to water in the town of Coyotepec, near Mexico City. Federal authorities have promised them protection, but so far no measures have been implemented. Their lives could be at risk.
Human rights activist arrested, risks torture
Bahraini human rights activist Hussain Jawad was arrested in the early hours of 16 February and taken to the Criminal Investigations Directorate. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Activist detained for «insulting the president»
Activist Onur Kılıç was detained on 13 February for «insulting the President» during a protest in January. He could face up to four years imprisonment if the prosecution proceeds and he is found guilty.
Twelve people killed by military police officers
Twelve people were shot dead and four others injured by military police officers during an operation in the neighbourhood of Cabula in Salvador, north-east Brazil. Residents report feeling threatened and afraid as the military police have maintained their presence in the neighbourhood ever since.
Afro-descendant leaders threatened
Leaders of the Afro-descendant community of La Toma in the municipality of Suárez, Cauca Department in south-western Colombia, have been threatened by paramilitaries as they campaign to stop illegal mining operations on the community’s lands.
Prisoner of conscience needs medical help
Saudi Arabian prisoner of conscience Issa al-Nukheifi is in urgent need of medical attention. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Sisters subject to enforced disappearance
Three women have been subjected to enforced disappearance, a crime under international law, since 15 February in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They have had no access to their family and may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Their brother is a prisoner of conscience.
New doubts about conviction as execution set
Rodney Reed is scheduled to be executed in Texas on 5 March . He was sentenced to death in 1998 for a murder he says he did not commit. Three leading forensic experts have added their voices to the serious doubts about the reliability of his conviction.
Opposition politician jailed for comment
A Bahraini court of appeal rejected a political opposition figure’s appeal against his six-month prison sentence on 15 February. He was immediately taken to prison. He is a prisoner of conscience, jailed solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression.
Dominican man deported to Haiti
A young Dominican of Haitian descent was arrested by the Dominican army and was deported to Haiti, a country where he has never lived.
Bill threatening human rights must be stopped
Legal amendments pending before Turkey’s Parliament, dubbed the «domestic security package» threaten human rights, including the prospect of increased arbitrary detention, excessive use of firearms by police and politically motivated criminal investigations if passed into law.
Indigenous people threatened and killed
Four Indigenous men have been killed and several enforced disappearances and death threats have been reported in northern Cauca Department, south-western Colombia.
Boy killed during anti-government protest
A 14-year-old boy was killed during an anti-government protest amid reports of excessive use of force by the security forces. There are concerns the violence will intensify if the authorities do not send a clear message that peaceful protest is permitted and that excessive use of force will not be tolerated.
Women and girls’ rights under threat
A parliamentary group has put forward a proposal to change current legislation and require 16 and 17 year old girls and some women with mental disabilities to obtain parental or guardian consent before they can access safe and legal abortion services.
Hundreds unlawfully held in inhuman conditions
Hundreds of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants of all ages are being unlawfully detained in the Reception Centre for Foreigners «Gazi Baba» in Skopje, the capital. The centre is overcrowded and conditions are inhuman and degrading, with extremely limited access to adequate sanitation and healthcare. In some cases people are having to sleep on the floor. They have no access to legal aid or protection.
Three sentenced to death after unfair trial
Three Bahraini men have been sentenced to death after an unfair trial, and another seven to life imprisonment in relation to the killing of three policemen. They have each had their nationality revoked.
Refugees facing deportation to Syria and Gaza
Seventy-five refugees from Syria, including 15 children, have been detained in an Egyptian police station since November 2014. At least 30 of them have been on hunger strike since mid-February in protest. They face being forcibly returned to Syria or the Gaza Strip at any time.
Jailed Iranian artist on hunger strike
Iranian prisoner of conscience and painter, Atena Farghadani, has been on a hunger strike, protesting her detention, since 9 February and is now critically ill. She has been held for her peaceful activities including a cartoon criticizing members of parliament.