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Lawyer supporting churches in China detained
A prominent human rights lawyer and his two assistants have been detained in China as part of a wider crackdown on activists who are resisting the removal of crosses from churches. Zhang Kai has been placed under «residential surveillance» in an unknown location, which means he can be held for up to six months without access to his lawyers or family.
Student with disability detained
Student Israa Al-Taweel, injured by a bullet wound at a protest, has been detained on accusations that include «belonging to a banned group» and «broadcasting false news». She may not be able to walk again unless she can continue her physiotherapy treatment.
Urge Parole Board to reconsider clemency
Richard Glossip is scheduled to be executed in Oklahoma on 16 September . The case against him is circumstantial and he maintains his innocence. The parole board voted against clemency in 2014. It should reconsider that decision.
Sudanese activist arrested, risks deportation
Sudanese national Waleed Al Hussein has been detained without charge in Saudi Arabia since 23 July, after a website he had set up criticized the Sudanese government. He is at risk of being deported to Sudan, where he could face torture and other ill-treatment. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Police operation kills two and injures others
At least two people were killed and one seriously injured in police operations in favelas in Rio de Janeiro on 8 and 9 September. Two boys, aged 13 and 16, were shot dead and a 33-year-old woman was shot in the face and is in grave condition. Residents of one favela report that police operations are still ongoing, with heavy shooting.
Nine charged over peaceful protest
An opposition parliamentarian, and eight other politicians and activists, have been charged by a Malaysian court for taking part in peaceful protests in February and March.
Government moves to close NGO
Ecuadorian organization Fundamedios is at risk of being closed down by the authorities. This appears to be an attempt to restrict freedom of association and expression in Ecuador and interfere with the legitimate work of Human rights Defenders and NGOs. Other organizations are at risk of being closed down.
Shi’a men allege torture, risk unfair trial
Kuwaiti brothers Mohammad and Abdullah al-Hussaini and at least 20 other men, on trial since 15 September, have told a court they were tortured to make them «confess». They have been charged with «spying for Iran and Hezbollah» and preparing to attack the state.
Human rights defender banned from travel
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities have banned prominent human rights defender and blogger Ahmed Mansoor from travelling, so he cannot attend the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders ceremony in Switzerland on 6 October.
Opposition party leaders arrested, risk torture
Thirteen members of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) whom the authorities accuse of links to armed violence are at risk of torture and unfair trial, following their arrests on 16-17 September. Their arrests follow years of harassment of IRPT members and the Ministry of Justice’s order to disband it in August.
Hungary violates human rights of refugees
Hungary is violating the human rights of refugees by blocking their access to a meaningful asylum procedure on its territory. Amendments of the law criminalizing the «illegal» entry of refugees and migrants and intended to shift Hungary’s responsibility towards those in need of international protection must be repealed.
Free prisoner of conscience Nandar Sitt Aung
Prominent student unionist Nandar Sitt Aung is being detained for his role helping organize student protests in Myanmar. He faces up to fifteen years and six months’ imprisonment. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Journalists’ appeal to be heard in October
Fourteen journalists sentenced to life imprisonment and one sentenced to death, in an unfair trial, will have their appeal heard on 1 October. They were convicted of politically motivated charges, including «broadcasting false information».
Woman facing imminent execution
Kelly Gissendaner, a 47-year-old woman, is due to be executed in Georgia on 29 September . She was convicted in 1998 of the murder of her husband, Douglas, in 1997. She has accepted responsibility for her role in the crime. Her co-defendant, who actually killed Douglas Gissendaner, is serving a life sentence.
Salvadoran man faces imminent execution
Alfredo Prieto, a Salvadoran man, is scheduled to be executed in Virginia on 1 October . He was convicted in 2008 of two capital murders committed in 1988. There is evidence that he has intellectual disability which would render his execution unconstitutional.
Prisoner requires urgent medical treatment
Amur Khakulov is currently awaiting an appeal hearing against a 20 year prison sentence. He is in the pre-trial detention centre SIZO-1 in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria Republic, south of Russia. He is suffering from a chronic kidney disease and is being denied appropriate medical treatment. His life is at risk.
Execution set as innocence claimed
Kimber Edwards is due to be executed in Missouri on 6 October . He was sentenced to death in 2002 for the murder-for-hire of his former wife. The man who shot the victim and who is serving a life sentence now claims that Kimber Edwards was not involved.
Refugees at risk of forcible return to Syria
Around 150 Syrian refugees are being held in a camp in Osmaniye province, close to the Syrian border. They are at risk of being returned to Syria by the Turkish authorities. A smaller group of Iraqi refugees were released from the camp on condition that they return to Iraq within a month. The refugees were travelling to Greece in a boat that sunk on 15 September leaving at least 22 dead, including children.
Free politician held for exposing corruption
Politician Khairuddin Abu Hassan was arrested on 23 September under a national security legislation for reporting corruption. He is now serving 28 days’ detention without trial and there are concerns for his safety.
Health of solitary confinement prisoner at risk
Zabiuddin Ansari, suspected of planning and co-ordinating the 2008 Mumbai attacks, has been on a hunger strike since 5 August protesting against his indefinite and prolonged solitary confinement at the Mumbai Central Prison. He has been held in solitary confinement in pre-trial detention for over two years and eight months.
Demand release of labour activists
Two labour activists are currently on trial for providing striking garment workers in Myanmar advice on their rights. Two other union leaders have already been sentenced to two years and six months in prison for their role in leading and supporting the workers. All four are prisoners of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Peasant farmer linked to peace community killed
Paramilitaries killed a peasant farmer with close links to the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in north-western Colombia. Other peasant farmers in the area have been labelled guerrilla fighters and may therefore be at risk.
Protect detainees from further torture
Arbind Kumar Tamoli and Raju Nau were arrested on 17 September in Banke District, Nepal, after police officers claimed they were in possession of a pistol and bullets. Since their arrests, they have been repeatedly tortured by unidentified police officers. They are currently in detention and remain at risk of further torture and other ill-treatment.
Prisoner of conscience on hunger strike
Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado Machado has been on hunger strike since 8 September to protest his detention without trial in Cuba. He was detained in December 2014 and is accused of «contempt». Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.