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Amnesty Urgent Actions
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Syrian refugee arbitrarily detained at airport
Syrian refugee M.K. has been arbitrarily detained under inhumane conditions at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport since 9 November 2015. He is at risk of being returned to Syria, where his life would be in danger.
Safety concerns for Vietnamese activist
There are increasing fears for the safety and security of Vietnamese Trần Minh Nhật, a former prisoner of conscience, who is facing ongoing harassment, intimidation and other human rights abuses by police in the province of Lâm Đồng in the south of Việt Nam.
Whereabouts of disappeared men unknown
Forcibly disappeared student Adel Barazi from Damascus was recently seen in Saydnaya Military Prison, where he is at risk of being tortured and otherwise ill-treated. The whereabouts of three men who were arrested together with Adel Barazi remain unknown.
Fears of forced operation on Tibetan woman
There are fears that a young Tibetan woman, who has been imprisoned for moving the body of a man who set himself on fire, could be subjected to unnecessary medical procedures against her will.
Humanitarian crisis in Greece amid EU paralysis
Thousands of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are trapped in Greece in dire conditions, with no access to protection due to arbitrary and discriminatory border closures on the Western Balkans route. As thousands are arriving, the humanitarian situation will deteriorate unless EU states urgently start accepting refugees from Greece.
Professor and students detained for sedition
A professor from Delhi University and two students from the Jawaharlal University (JNU) in Delhi are in detention for allegedly chanting ‘anti-India’ slogans at two separate events. If convicted, they could face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Another student arrested on suspicion of the same offence has been released on bail.
Witness to defender’s murder at risk
Honduran authorities are refusing to allow Mexican human rights defender Gustavo Castro Soto, sole witness to the murder of Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, to leave Honduras and are seeking to have him return to the state where the crime was committed. He has already provided testimony and fears for his safety in Honduras.
Three journalists’ risk prison term
Cameroonian journalists Baba Wame, Felix Ebole Bola and Rodrigue Tongue are on trial for ‘non-denunciation’ of information and sources at the Military Tribunal of Yaoundé, Cameroon for upholding journalism ethics in not disclosing their sources of information. If convicted, they could face between one to five years in prison.
People with albinism under threat
Thousands of people with albinism and their families in Malawi have been living in fear of attacks, including killings, abductions and mutilations. There are grave concerns for the safety and security of people with albinism across Malawi. At least 11 people with albinism have been killed in Malawi since December 2014.
Year in prison for peaceful protest
An Algerian activist has been sentenced to one year in prison for taking part in a peaceful protest. Seven others who took part have already been imprisoned. All eight are prisoners of conscience.
Establish the whereabouts of missing miners
Twenty-eight informal gold miners have been reported missing in Venezuela in the town of Tumeremo, Bolivar State. The relatives of the male and female miners and other members of the community may be at risk.
Defender’s health deteriorates in prison
The health of imprisoned Azerbaijani human rights defender Taleh Khasmammadov has continued to progressively deteriorate. He is not receiving adequate medical care in the prison’s hospital. He is currently serving a three-year sentence following his conviction on politically motivated charges.
Sick prisoner of consience on hunger strike
The health of Iranian prisoner of conscience Saeed Hosseinzadeh, a children’s rights activist currently on hunger strike, is deteriorating rapidly. He started his hunger strike more than 20 days ago in protest at the authorities’ refusal to release him, despite doctors declaring him unfit to remain in prison due to his poor health.
Defender killed, others harassed
Nelson García, 38, active member of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH) was killed on 15 March in Rio Lindo (West). Since the murder of Berta Cáceres on 3 March, other COPINH members and Berta Caceres´ relatives have been harassed by authorities and unidentified armed men.
At least 13 detainees detail abuse and torture
At least 13 detainees, arrested under the Security Offences Act, have reported torture or other ill-treatment by the authorities and sexual harassment of their family members.
Ten civil society activists harassed by NISS
Staff members, trainers, a volunteer and visitors of the training centre TRACKS for Training and Human Development had to report daily to the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) office in Khartoum, Sudan between 3 March and 13 March.
Stop amendment banning same-sex marriage
The ruling coalition in Georgia introduced a bill on 14 March to amend the Constitution and define marriage explicitly as a union between a man and a woman. The amendment discriminates against LGBTI people in the enjoyment of their family life and all social rights associated with marriage.
Chinese journalist feared detained
Prominent journalist and columnist Jia Jia went missing while he was at the Beijing airport, about to board a flight to Hong Kong. Friends believe that his disappearance may be related to an open letter published on a website on 4 March calling for President Xi Jinping to resign.
Journalist risks death penalty for tweets
Saudi Arabian journalist Alaa Brinji is on trial at the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh. He has been charged with apostasy and risks being sentenced to death. He has been denied access to a lawyer. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Lawyers targeted for their work, lives at risk
Two Ukrainian lawyers have been under sustained pressure from the Ukrainian authorities in connection with a high profile and deeply politicised case they are working on. One of them went missing on 6 March in suspicious circumstances.
Man arrested in his teens nears execution
A young Iranian man, Himan Uraminejad, on death row for an offence carried out when he was a child, has been told that he will be executed soon after 1 April, when the 13-day Iranian New Year holiday period ends.
Release journalist tortured in custody
A journalist from the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh has been arrested and charged for allegedly sharing a message on Whatsapp criticising the state police. If convicted he could face up to three years of imprisonment.
Chadian activists held over peaceful protest
Mahamat Nour Ibedou, Younous Mahadjir, Nadjo Kaina Palmer and Celine Narmadji are being detained by the judicial police of N’Djamena, Chad, for planning to organise peaceful demonstrations that were to take place on 22 March and 29 March, to protest against President Idriss Deby’s re-election bid. They are charged with ‘disturbing public order’ and ‘disobeying a lawful order’.
Political leader at imminent risk of execution
Leader of political party Jamaat-e-Islami, Motiur Rahman Nizami, is at imminent risk of execution following the Supreme Court of Bangladesh’s decision on 6 March to uphold his death sentence. Nizami is seeking to have the Supreme Court review its decision but should this be rejected, Nizami could be executed in less than two weeks.
Ukrainian maintains innocence, execution set
Ivan Teleguz, a Ukrainian national, is scheduled to be executed in Virginia on 13 April . He maintains his innocence of the 2001 murder for which he was sent to death row in 2006.
Falun Gong practitioners risk torture in China
An elderly couple in China’s Henan province have been arrested as a result of their beliefs. They are facing criminal charges and are at risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment while in detention.
Georgia sets execution despite racism claim
Kenneth Fults, a 47-year-old African American man sentenced to death in 1997, is due to be executed on 12 April in Georgia. In 2005, one of the jurors signed a sworn statement that he had voted for the death penalty because “that’s what the nigger deserved”.
Iranian Kurd sentenced after letter to UN
Iranian Kurdish farmer Yousef Kakehmami, already serving nine years in prison after two unfair trials, has been sentenced to a further five years in prison after writing a letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran.
University professor arbitrarily detained
Prof. Leonzio Angole Onek was arrested on 7 December 2015 in Juba, South Sudan and taken to the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in the Jebel neighbourhood. He has had no access to his family while in detention and has not been allowed legal representation.
Sahrawi prisoners on hunger strike
Thirteen Sahrawi prisoners have been on hunger strike since the beginning of March, to urge the Moroccan authorities to release them. They were arrested more than five years ago and were sentenced to jail after a grossly unfair trial by a military court in 2013.
Prisoner in need of urgent medical care
Afshin Sohrabzadeh, a member of Iran’s Kurdish minority serving a 25-year prison term in “internal exile” at a remote prison in southern Hormozgan province, is in urgent need of specialized medical treatment outside prison. He suffers from a life-threatening gastrointestinal condition, exacerbated by prolonged lack of adequate treatment.
200 people face imminent risk of homelessness
An estimated 200 people in Ulaanbaatar, are facing homelessness due to stalled redevelopment plans. The apartments have become uninhabitable as heating pipes, windows and doors have been removed, and rubbish has been dumped inside the building. These people, including people with disabilities, elderly and families with young children need emergency, alternative and adequate accommodation.
Rights defenders at risk of further attacks
Members of the Joint Mobile Group (JMG) have been repeatedly threatened by the Chechen authorities and targeted with increasing violence. They continue their human rights work in the North Caucasus, Russia, but impunity for the perpetrators exposes them to further attacks and puts their lives in imminent danger.
Civilian arrested and charged in a military court
Mrs Saado Jaamac Aadan, a civilian, was arrested by police in Somaliland and has been charged in a closed military court. She has not been allowed access to a lawyer nor granted bail. She is currently detained in Hargeisa.