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Amnesty Urgent Actions
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Peaceful Oromo protesters must be released
The Ethiopian authorities arbitrarily arrested a number of peaceful protesters, journalists and opposition party leaders in the context of a brutal crackdown on ongoing protests in the Oromia Region which started in November. Those arrested are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and should be immediately and unconditionally released.
Health fears for detained woman with cancer
A woman in South Korea with thyroid cancer has developed mental health problems while in detention, after the authorities failed to give her appropriate dosages of medication. Kim Hye-young is not receiving adequate treatment, but the authorities have not allowed her to be treated outside the detention facility. Kim Hye-young was detained after taking part in a peaceful demonstration in Seoul.
Prisoners and human rights defender persecuted
Sixty-one prisoners have been threatened and punished for exposing human rights violations in No 1 Wing of Prison Unit 37 in Barker, Province of Buenos Aires. Karina Valenti, the human rights defender who reported these grave abuses, has been banned from entering all penal institutions in the province.
Activist detained for posting on Twitter
Dr Sa'eed al-Samahiji, a Bahraini activist, was arrested on 3 January for posting on Twitter and is being held for interrogation. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Forcibly returned man at risk of torture
Indonesia forcibly deported Emirati national Abdulrahman Bin Sobeih to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 18 December 2015. His whereabouts are unknown and he is at risk of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
Indefinite 24-hour curfew, over 200,000 in danger
Twenty four-hour curfews have been declared since 11 December in the Sur district of the city of Diyarbakır, and since 14 December in the towns of Cizre and Silopi, in Şırnak province, south eastern Turkey. The curfews have been put in place as the police and army conduct operations against the armed Revolutionary Patriotic Youth Movement. More than 200,000 people live in the affected areas and some are unable to access food, medical care and face severe electricity and water shortages. More than 70 residents and at least seven soldiers and police officers have been reported killed.
Peaceful activists face imprisonment
Eleven activists are facing trial in a military court and up to six months in prison and/or a fine for taking part in peaceful activities to highlight allegations of official corruption. Six of them face imminent arrest after failing to report to the police.
Community leaders accused of «terrorism»
Manuel Trujillo and Manuela Pacheco, community leaders in San Pablo de Amalí, central Ecuador, are facing unsubstantiated charges of organized terrorism. These criminal proceedings appear to be an attempt to silence their campaigning to demand their community’s right to consultation on the construction of a hydroelectric plant which they claim will affect the community’s right to water.
Swedish NGO worker detained in China
A Swedish national working for a China based NGO has been detained in Beijing since 3 January on charges of «endangering state security». The Chinese authorities have not allowed consular visits, and he has a health condition that requires urgent medical treatment.
Authorities threaten human rights defender
Egyptian National Security officers made an attempt to arrest human rights defender Dr Ahmed Abdullah on 9 January, when they raided a coffee shop he is known to frequent.
Israel detains circus performer
A 23-year-old Palestinian man, Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha, has been detained by the Israeli military, without charge or any explanation, since 14 December. He has not been allowed visits from his family.
Peaceful protestor detained, on hunger strike
Community leader Milagro Sala has been detained since 16 January for peacefully protesting in Belgrano Plaza in San Salvador de Jujuy, a city in northwest Argentina.
Political activist in custody, risks torture
Yemeni political activist Muhammad Qahtan is in the custody of the Huthi armed group in Yemen. His whereabouts are unknown and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. There are concerns that his health may be deteriorating.
Former monk and prisoner of conscience arrested
Former Buddhist monk, activist and prisoner of conscience U Gambira has been arrested during his visit to Myanmar from Thailand. His arrest is believed to be as a result of his previous work as a human rights activist, which was always peaceful, and he must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Three activists arrested before anniversary
Dr Taher Mokhtar and two other activists were arrested in Cairo on 14 January, ahead of the fifth anniversary of Egypt’s «25 January Revolution». They have been accused of «being in possession of leaflets calling for the overthrow of the regime», and other offences. Their pre-trial detention was renewed for 15 days on 17 January.
Authorities must disclose missing man’s fate
Authorities continue refusing to disclose the fate and whereabouts of Kostyantyn Beskorovaynyi. He was detained in Kostyantynivka, in eastern Ukraine, on 27 November 2014 by security service officers. There are serious concerns about his health and safety.
Six years in jail for Iranian filmmaker
Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi has been sentenced to six years in prison and 223 lashes, on charges that include «insulting Islamic sanctities» and «illicit relations». He has appealed, and is awaiting the outcome. If jailed for charges relating to his peaceful activities, he will be a prisoner of conscience.
Prisoner of conscience at risk
Opposition member, LGBTI activist and prisoner of conscience Rosmit Mantilla is at risk of being transferred to a common prison where his physical integrity may be in jeopardy.
First death sentence in 2016
Gennadii Yakovitskii was sentenced to death in Belarus on 5 January. His was the first death sentence to be passed in 2016.
Greek authorities restricting shelter access
The Greek authorities are arbitrarily restricting access to a large transit camp at the Greek border with «the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia». The camp would provide facilities that are appropriate for cold weather. This barring of access is putting the well-being of thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants at risk.
Jailed Syrian Kurd needs surgery
Ramazan Ahmad Kamal, a Syrian Kurd serving a 10-year prison sentence in Iran, needs urgent medical care, including surgical treatment. On his way to hospital on 30 December with a postoperative infection, he was beaten by prison officials. He was returned to prison after two weeks without receiving adequate medical care.
Injured, stranded, in need of emergency care
An estimated 24 injured people are stranded in a building’s basement in the town of Cizre, Şırnak province, in south-eastern Turkey. Some of them are seriously injured and require emergency medical care. Four people among the injured have reportedly died from their injuries while waiting for emergency medical care. The town of Cizre has been under a 24-hour curfew since 14 December as police and army conduct operations against the armed group Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H).
Harassed for organizing peaceful rally
Two members of Timor-Leste’s security forces visited the office of the human rights NGO Yayasan HAK on 26 January and the police has been harassing its Executive Director by telephone for organizing and participating in a peaceful demonstration.
Chinese journalist missing in Thailand
A Chinese journalist has not been seen or heard from since 11 January, when he was travelling by train from Thailand to Laos. He was planning to apply for refugee status in Thailand, but there are fears he may have been forcibly returned to China where he would be at risk of detention, torture and other ill-treatment.
Human rights defender arrested, fate unknown
Human rights defender Saeed Baloch was arrested in Karachi on 16 January by members of the Rangers, Pakistan’s paramilitary police force. Following national and international pressure, he was presented in court on 26 January. The Rangers claimed he had only been arrested on 25 January. He has been placed under a preventative detention order for three months under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Nine Yemeni journalists arbitrarily detained
Nine journalists have been held arbitrarily by the Huthi armed group in Yemen since June 2015. They appear to have been detained solely on the basis of their journalistic work.