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Amnesty Urgent Actions
Startseite Urgent Actions 2018 06


Free trans asylum seeker from detention
Alejandra fled attacks and extortion based on her transgender identity in El Salvador and requested asylum in the US in November 2017. She has been detained since December at the Cibola detention centre in New Mexico, where she and other trans women complained of inadequate and unresponsive health care. US immigration authorities should immediately free Alejandra while she awaits the decision on her asylum claim.
Grave health concerns for detainee with cirrhosis
Moldovan businessman Serghei Cosovan is unable to access essential health care in pre-trial detention for his acute cirrhosis. The authorities are ignoring medical grounds to support treatment in an external specialised hospital and have recently remanded him to 30 more days in pre-trial detention. Serghei Cosovan’s health is rapidly deteriorating and there are serious risks to his life.
Indigenous people threatened and displaced
More than 200 indigenous Nasa Embera Chamí from La Delfina reservation in Buenaventura (West), Colombia, are currently displaced following an armed attack to a member of their community on 8 June. They are in need of decisive security measures to protect them and access to humanitarian aid such as food, health services and shelter.
Environmental activist imprisoned
Dr Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, an environmental activist, was sentenced in Cuba to one-year imprisonment for contempt. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released unconditionally and immediately.
Three youth imprisoned after unfair trial
High school students; Afonso S. Muatchipuculo (22), António J. Fernando (18) and Justino H. Valente (21) were sentenced to seven months in prison by the Malange Provincial Court in Angola on 9 April after an unfair trial. The three were arrested on 4 April for allegedly throwing stones at the Vice-President’s convoy in Malange. However, they were not present at the scene of the protest when the stones were thrown.
Call on Ohio governor to stop execution
Robert Van Hook is due to be executed in Ohio on 18 July . He has been on death row for 33 years for a murder committed in 1985. The parole board has voted against clemency. The governor is not bound by their recommendation and can stop this execution.
Qatari National arbitrarily held incommunicado
Qatari national Nawaf al-Rasheed was arbitrarily arrested in Kuwait and has been detained incommunicado in Saudi Arabia since 12 May.
Blogger convicted with 10 year prison sentence
Following more than 16 months in pre-trial detention, Algerian blogger Merzoug Touati was convicted to 10 years prison terms for some peaceful online posts. The Court of Appeal in Bejaya will review its conviction on 21 June. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Disappearances insufficiently investigated
From February to May 2018 at least 33 people were reported disappeared in Nuevo Laredo, northern Mexico. Authorities have been losing crucial time to investigate and family members are being left without adequate protection.
Trust fund boss goes missing from police custody
Head of the Maesaiah Thabane Trust Fund (MTTF), Makarabo Mojakhomo’s whereabouts are unknown after police claim that she escaped from custody on 31 May in Maseru, Lesotho’s capital. She was brought in for questioning following allegations that she had defrauded Maesaiah Thabane Trust Fund- a trust fund founded by the First Lady. Makarabo’s family fear that she has been subjected to enforced disappearance given the history of such cases in the country involving security forces.
More at risk as Thailand resumes executions
Thai prison authorities carried out the country’s first execution in nearly a decade on 18 June 2018. Amnesty International fears that others on death row may be at imminent risk after receiving unconfirmed reports that prisoners have in recent weeks had their applications for a royal pardon rejected.
Health fears for detainee without access to lawyer
Lahiru Manikkuadura, a Sri Lankan citizen, has been detained in the Maldives without a trial date since September 2016 and, following recent and restrictive changes in legal procedures, is being denied any access to his lawyer. Deplorable prison conditions have further raised serious concerns for his health and well-being.
Grave fears for missing Uighur PhD student
Guligeina Tashimaimaiti has not been heard from since 26 December 2017, when she returned from Malaysia to her hometown in Yili, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Her family fear that she has been detained at a re-education camp and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Five people held incommunicado
Since 6 April, Omani authorities have launched a series of arbitrary detentions of individuals from Musandam province. The security forces are currently holding five persons incommunicado and without charges. They are believed to be in the custody of the Internal Security Service in the capital Muscat.