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Opposition members’ lawyer at risk of torture
Buzurgmekhr Yorov, a lawyer representing members of the arbitrarily banned Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), has been arrested on fraud charges and is at risk of torture and ill treatment. The timing indicates that the charges are likely to be politically motivated and designed to deny the arrested members of the IRPT access to legal counsel.
Stateless man arrested for posting online
Bahraini resident Ibrahim Karimi has been arrested in connection with messages posted on Twitter. He says he was forced to «confess» to charges. He has been stateless since 2012, when his nationality was arbitrarily revoked.
Human rights defender attacked in his home
Human rights defender Marino Alvarado and his nine-year-old son were attacked by three armed men in their home. He, his family and other colleagues may be at risk of further attacks.
Student jailed for homosexual acts
Tunisian student has been sentenced to one year in prison for engaging in homosexual relations. He was forced to undergo an anal examination to «prove» that he had had anal sex. He has appealed, and is awaiting the verdict.
Men facing mass trial after secret detention
A mass trial of 41 men began on 24 August in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). At least 21 had been held in secret detention facilities without access to their families or lawyers for 20 months before trial. They may have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated.
Opposition activists arrested ahead of election
Several opposition figures in Guinea have been arbitrarily arrested ahead of the 11 October presidential elections. This includes union leader Jean Dougou Guilavogui and at least 35 other political opponents, who were arrested following a violent episode in Koundara, northern Guinea. Some of the detainees were not involved in the violence and actively called for peace.
Hunger striker beaten in prison
Dual Belgian-Moroccan national Ali Aarrass was beaten and verbally abused on 29 September at Salé II prison, near Rabat. He has been on hunger strike since 25 August. He is at risk of further ill-treatment.
Activist moved from prison, risks torture
Peaceful activist Bassel Khartabil has been moved to an unknown location from ‘Adra prison, where he had been held since December 2012. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Activists jailed after unfair trial for protest
Iranian civil society activists Omid Alishenas and Asou Rostami have been sentenced to long prison terms after grossly unfair trials on national security charges for their peaceful activism. They are prisoners of conscience, now held in Tehran’s Evin Prison.
Refugees detained, at risk of deportation
Two Palestinian refugees coming from Syria, Ali Fares and Mohammed Fares, and Syrian refugee Abdalsalam Sakal, have been detained in Turkey since 22 September and are facing deportation. If deported they are at risk of serious human rights violations.
Journalist detained on fabricated charge
Journalist Santosh Yadav has been in detention in Chhattisgarh, central India, since 29 September on what are believed to be fabricated charges as a result of his work reporting on human rights abuses by the police.
Two missing and teenager under house arrest
A 16-year-old whose parents are detained as part of a crackdown on legal activists in China has been placed under house arrest. He had crossed the border into Myanmar along with two activists, and all three were taken away by a group of uniformed officials on 6 October. The teenager was returned to China where he remains under house arrest. There has been no information about the whereabouts of the two activists.
Peace activist detained for Facebook post
A Kachin peace activist in Myanmar has been detained in connection with a Facebook post mocking the army. He is a prisoner of conscience, who must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Woman detained for Facebook post
A 24-year-old woman in Myanmar has been detained in connection with a Facebook post mocking the army. She is a prisoner of conscience, who must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Juvenile offenders risk execution
Two Saudi Arabian Shi’a activists, arrested when they were under 18 years old, risk being executed as soon as the King ratifies their death sentences. They were moved to solitary confinement on 5 October and have been held incommunicado since then.
Protect Roma families made homeless
A group of 150 people, mostly Roma migrants from Romania, including pregnant women and children, have been camping in front of the town hall of La Courneuve, Parisian region, since September. On 27 August, they were forcibly evicted from the informal settlement «Le Samaritain». In the run-up to winter, these men, women and children must be immediately rehoused.
Former mayor killed ahead of elections
Benicio Flor Belalcazar, the former mayor of Suárez Municipality, who had been active in the current local election campaign was killed by two armed men. His wife survived the attack but there are concerns for the safety of members of their community and candidates in local and regional elections, scheduled to take place on 25 October.
Teacher facing jail term for online comments
Tunisian mathematics teacher Abdelfattah Said has been detained since 15 July, and is in poor health in a Tunis prison. His trial date has not been set.
Torture victim held incommunicado
A Lieutenant of the Mexican Army and victim of torture has been taken away from the military prison where he had been detained since 2011 and transferred to a civilian federal prison without any communication with his lawyers or family. There are fears for his safety including the risk of attacks and intimidation from prisoners or authorities.
Fate of captured Ukrainian officer unknown
Ivan Bezyazykov was captured by pro-Russian separatist forces on 16 August 2014 in eastern Ukraine. They heavily beat and tortured him. His wife made contact with his captors on 2 October and has reason to believe his life might be in danger. Ivan Bezyazykov’s whereabouts and fate are currently unknown.
Security guards threatening indigenous group
The Ayoreo Atetadiegosode Indigenous Peoples living in Cuyabia, Boquerón department, western Paraguay have reported feeling threatened by the presence of private, heavily-armed security guards. The security guards were hired by the owner with whom the Cuyabia community is having a land dispute. They are waiting for their land titles to be regularized.
Prosecuted for critizising government
Shop assistant Yekaterina Vologzheninova is facing trial on 27 October for «inciting hatred and enmity» against the Russian government and Russians fighting in eastern Ukraine. The charges stem from her posts on social media criticizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea and Russia’s involvement in Donbass, eastern Ukraine.
Election candidate held for peaceful protest
A candidate standing for election to Myanmar’s Lower House of Parliament has been detained and charged for participating in a peaceful protest that took place 10 months ago against the shooting to death of a protester. She is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Activist charged following social media post
A Malaysian political activist was charged on 13 October with fourteen counts for posting comments on social media that were allegedly offensive to the Johor State royalty. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience.
Elderly prisoner in need of medical care
A 76-year-old British-Iranian businessman, Kamal Foroughi, is serving an eight-year prison term on charges including espionage. His health is deteriorating and he is in need of specialized medical care outside prison. He is held in Tehran’s Evin Prison.
Safety and health of Somali refugee at risk
A 23-year-old Somali refugee, allegedly raped in July on the island nation of Nauru, in the Central Pacific, is now 15 weeks pregnant. She is in urgent need of an abortion and mental health care. After bringing her to Australia to terminate her pregnancy, which was not carried out, the government of Australia unlawfully returned her to Nauru, where her safety and health are at risk.
Intellectual disability claim as execution set
Ernest Johnson, aged 55, is due to be executed in Missouri on 3 November. He was convicted of three murders committed during a robbery in 1994. There is evidence that he has intellectual disability, which would render his execution unconstitutional.
Ensure fair trial for Indigenous leader
An Indigenous leader, Relmu Ñamku, will be charged with attempted homicide on 26 October for hurting a policewoman in 2012, when her community resisted eviction from their ancestral land, in Argentina’s Neuquén Province. She had first been charged with ‘causing harm’. She may face an unfair trial, and risks 15 years in prison.
NGO founder sentenced to prison
A former prison officer, Walid Zarrouk, who set up an NGO to monitor the treatment of prisoners in Tunisia, has been sentenced to three months in prison for "insulting a public official".
Christian minority in Aceh under threat
Local authorities in Aceh province have increased religious tensions by tearing down seven churches. A mob had already destroyed one church, leaving one person dead.
Juvenile offender risks execution
Iranian juvenile offender Milad Azimi may be at risk of execution in connection with the murder of a man when he was 17 years old. His trial was grossly unfair and relied on “confessions” extracted through torture.
Prominent student unionist must be released
After almost eight months in hiding, prominent student unionist Kyaw Ko Ko has been detained for his role in organizing student protests in Myanmar. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.