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Startseite Urgent Actions 2017 07


Nigerian at risk of execution in Saudi Arabia
Nigerian national Suliamon Olufemi remains at risk of execution in Saudi Arabia. On 19 April, 11 of his co-defendants were released from prison and deported to Nigeria, having completed their 15-year sentences. Suliamon Olufemi was sentenced to death in 2005 after an unfair trial and has exhausted all of his appeals.
Activist and lawyer held at military facility
Jean-Marie Kalonji, an activist with the youth movement Quatrieme voie/ il est temps, was arrested by military security forces on Friday 23 June in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). His colleague and lawyer Sylva Mbikayi was arrested a few hours later when he attempted to visit Jean-Marie Kalonji where he was detained.
Eight North Koreans at risk of forcible return
Eight North Korean refugees have been detained in China since mid-March 2017. If forcibly returned, they are at risk of persecution or other serious human rights violations, such as arbitrary detention, torture or other ill-treatment, enforced disappearance and execution.
Opposition activist in maximum security prison
After ending a reported 39-day hunger strike, Cuban opposition activist Jorge Cervantes, allegedly detained for contempt in May, was transferred to a maximum security prison. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Arrested defender at risk of torture
Bahraini human rights defender Ebtisam al-Saegh was arrested on 3 July after her home was raided by masked security officers. Amnesty understands that she is being held at Issa Town detention centre for women, on the outskirts of Manama. She is a prisoner of conscience at risk of torture and other ill-treatment, including sexual assault.
Smear campaign against environmental defenders
Members of the Centre for Environmental, Social and Legal Action (CALAS) have been the target of a smear campaign after they challenged the license of the San Rafael mining company in court. On 5 July, the Supreme Court of Justice notified it would provisionally suspend the mining company’s licence. CALAS members are at risk of further attacks.
Defenders and their trainers must be released
Eight human rights defenders, including Amnesty International’s Turkey Director İdil Eser, and two international IT trainers, were detained by police on 5 July as they were participating in a workshop in Istanbul. They must be released immediately and unconditionally as they are prisoners of conscience.
Uighur students at risk of forcible return to China
According to media reports, around 150 Uighurs have been detained in Egypt and have either already been, or are currently at imminent risk of, being forcibly returned to China. If returned, they are at real risk of serious human rights violations.
Assailants burn human rights defender’s car
Unidentified intruders entered the residence of Mario Luna Romero, leader of the Indigenous Yaqui community in Sonora state, northern Mexico, and set fire to his partner’s car. To date, no protection measures have been provided at the defender’s house and investigations are advancing slowly. Mario Luna and his family remain at risk.
Bahraini prisoner of conscience in detention
On 24 May, the Bahraini Court of Appeal halved the prison sentence of Dr. Taha al-Dirazi from six to three months. He was immediately arrested to begin serving the sentence. Dr Taha al-Dirazi was convicted of «illegal gathering» for participating in a peaceful protest in Duraz village on 19 July 2016. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Aliaksei Mikhalenya at risk of imminent execution
Aliaksei Mikhalenya was sentenced to death by the Homel Regional Court, in southeast Belarus, on 17 March. His sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court on 30 June and he is now at risk of imminent execution.
Reveal whereabouts of four Kurdish men
Four men from Iran’s Kurdish minority have been subjected to enforced disappearance since their arrests on 23 and 24 June. The authorities have refused to provide any information to their families about their fate or whereabouts. The men, who are all related, are at risk of extrajudicial execution, torture and other human rights violations.
Arbitrary detainees on hunger strike
The physical integrity and lives of 14 police officers arbitrarily detained for politically motivated reasons are at risk in Venezuela, since they began a hunger strike 23 days ago to demand that authorities execute their pending release warrant.
Amendments threatening rights must be stopped
Two legislative amendments that would undermine the right to an effective remedy and the right to a fair trial have been adopted by the Polish Parliament on 15 July. It is now in the hands of the President to refuse to sign these amendments. The President’s signature could happen any moment.
Resumption of executions looms in Ohio
Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed in Ohio on 26 July. He was sentenced to death in 1993 for a murder committed earlier that year when he was 19 years old. He is now 43. This would be the first execution in Ohio in three and a half years.
Maldives to resume executions after over 60 years
Sources close to the government of Maldives have confirmed that executions in the country will resume on 21 July 2017. The Maldives Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and death sentences of three men, who are all now at imminent risk of execution. If carried out, it would be the first executions in the country in over 60 years.
Egyptian defender arbitrarily detained
Human rights defender and lawyer Tarek Hussein has been arbitrarily detained by the Egyptian security forces for more than a month, despite the prosecutor’s decision to release him on bail on 18 June. He was held incommunicado for 12 days during his detention. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Wounaan Indigenous community in danger
Presence and clashes between paramilitary groups, the National Liberation Army and state security forces continue to violate the rights of Indigenous communities in Chocó, in the Pacific region of Colombia.
14 Saudi Arabian men could face execution
The families of 14 Saudi Arabian men sentenced to death fear that they are at risk of execution after they were transferred to Riyadh on 15 July. The men were sentenced to death on 1 June 2016 after a grossly unfair trial based on “confessions” they said were obtained under torture.
Death sentence upheld on appeal for 15 men
The families of 15 Saudi Arabian men sentenced to death learned on 23 July that the Court of Appeal had upheld their sentences. The 15 men are accused of spying for Iran and were sentenced after a grossly unfair mass trial. They will be at risk of imminent execution as soon as the Supreme Court upholds their sentences.
Multiple concerns as Missouri execution set
Marcellus Williams, aged 48, is due to be executed in Missouri on 22 August for a 1998 murder. He maintains his innocence of the crime. An African American, he was tried before an almost all-white jury. Two of the four federal judges to review his case have concluded that he received constitutionally inadequate representation at his sentencing.
Activists deported from Saudi Arabia detained
Activists Elgassim Mohamed Seed Ahmed, Elwaleed Imam Hassan Taha and Alaa Aldin al-Difana were deported from Saudi Arabia to Sudan on 11 July. The Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) arrested them upon arrival in Sudan. The three are currently being held at the NISS headquarters in Khartoum North. Amnesty considers them to be prisoners of conscience held solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
Human rights defender facing intimidation
Human rights defender Maurice Fangnon was detained at the Nigerian Police Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department in Abuja accused of providing police with false information that a member of a powerful royal family was responsible for arson, murder and forced evictions of residents of the Otodo-Gbame community. He was released four days later, but was asked to report back on Wednesday, 2 August. Amnesty International is concerned that this is an attempt to intimidate him.
Bahraini activist risks 7 years in jail for retweets
Bahraini activist Yaser Mawali has been on trial before the Lower Court in Manama, the capital, since 7 June charged with “insulting the King” for two posts he had retweeted. He has been detained since 29 May and his next hearing is scheduled for 16 August. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Detained journalist faints in overheated prison
Independent Azerbaijani journalist Aziz Orujov has been held in detention on fabricated charges since 2 May. He is being kept in inhumane conditions. On 23 July he fainted as a result of the sweltering heat in the prison cell. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately released.
Israeli civilians abducted for more than 2 years
Avera Mangistu and Hisham al-Sayed have been missing respectively since 7 September 2014 and 20 April 2015 in the Gaza Strip. The two Israeli civilians suffer from serious mental health conditions. Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip have refused to disclose any information about them. Their fate and whereabouts remain unknown.