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Startseite Urgent Actions 2018 07


Governor – act for justice, stop execution
The Ohio parole board has recommended against clemency for Raymond Tibbetts despite a juror telling them that he would have voted for life if the jury had heard mitigation evidence revealed since the trial. The Governor can still grant clemency.
Protesters being held in administrative detention
Five protesters have been held under administrative detention since 10 June after participating in protests demanding the closure of a copper plant in southern India. Under the repressive National Security Act (NSA), people can be detained for up to 12 months on loosely defined grounds of maintenance of public order. The NSA has been used to target protesters and human rights defenders in India.
Lawyer jailed for defending women’s rights
Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been held in Tehran’s Evin prison since her arrest on 13 June. She is facing charges including «spreading propaganda against the system» in connection with her work as a lawyer defending women who have peacefully protested against compulsory veiling (hijab). She is a prisoner of conscience.
Health concerns for detained Sudanese activist
The family of Sudanese activist Husham Ali Mohamed Ali has received disturbing information that he has been injured while in detention. The Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) arrested him upon arrival in Sudan on 29 May. The NISS have not allowed his family and lawyer to visit. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience held solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression.
Seven people killed in Cauca
Seven bodies, all male, were found piled on a road of the municipality of Argelia, in the southwest region of Cauca, Colombia. The bodies are being identified by authorities as they were presumably not from the municipality. In the past few weeks, paramilitary groups have been circulating pamphlets threatening to kill certain groups of people.
Son of murder victim opposes execution
Christopher Young is due to be executed in Texas on 17 July . He was 21 years old at the time of the murder in 2004 for which he was sentenced to death. The son of the murder victim supports clemency.
Politician faces 7 trumped up criminal charges
Faris Maumoon, an opposition politician in the Maldives, was sentenced to four months and 24 days in prison for identity fraud, and is facing five other politically motivated criminal charges. Detained for almost a year through unfair trial proceedings, Amnesty International considers Faris Maumoon a prisoner of conscience.
Students detained for insulting the president
Four students from the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Turkey have been detained over a banner containing caricatures of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The students could face up to four years in prison for «insulting the president».
Fate and whereabouts of policeman unknown
Former Chechen policeman Artur Aydamirov, 34, disappeared on 8 June in Brest, Belarus, after learning in early 2018 that he is required to perform military service in Syria. He decided to flee Chechnya with his family. Witnesses saw unidentified men in uniform force Artur Aydamirov into a van and drive away. He has not been seen since and there are grave concerns about his fate.
Former child soldier jailed after media interview
Former child solider Aung Ko Htwe is serving two years and six months in prison in connection with a media interview he gave about his experiences in the Myanmar military. He faces a further three years in prison after he protested his conviction. He should be immediately and unconditionally released.
Lawyer intimidated during trial of policemen
Chilean lawyer Karina Riquelme was followed and surveilled by police intelligence agents because of her work as a defender of Mapuche Indigenous rights.
Iranian in Belarus at risk of imminent deportation
Iranian citizen Mehrdad Jamshidian, who suffers from acute ill-health, was detained on 14 June in Belarus. He is at imminent risk of deportation to Iran, where he may be subjected to torture and the death penalty for «apostasy» and murder accusations.
First execution in Nebraska since 1997 looms
The State of Nebraska is set to carry out its first execution in 21 years on 14 August . The prisoner, who has been on death row for 38 years, has given up his appeals and is not seeking clemency. Amnesty International is urging the state not to resume executions.
200 families at risk of forced eviction
200 families are at imminent risk forced eviction in the Guahory Campesino Community, Caaguazú department, Eastern Paraguay.
Independent journalist must be immediately released
On 11 July, independent journalist and comedian Khairullo (Khayrullo) Mirsaidov was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment on charges that include embezzlement, forgery and providing false testimony. His defence team has appealed the decision. Khairullo Mirsaidov is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.
Thousands of residents’ risk forced eviction
Approximately 3,000 residents of the Deep Sea informal settlement in Nairobi are at imminent risk of forced eviction due to the EU funded «Missing Link» road project constructed by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA).
Road to be built over individual and mass graves
The families of political dissidents who were forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially killed in Ahvaz, southern Iran, in the 1980s are suffering untold mental anguish and distress as the authorities are destroying the individual and mass graves of their loved ones. They are afraid of facing further persecution if they speak out.
Detained activist denied access to a lawyer
Peter Biar Ajak, a prominent South Sudanese academic and activist, was arrested by the National Security Service (NSS) at Juba International Airport on Saturday 28 July. He is being held at the NSS Headquarters in Juba. He has not been informed of the reason for his arrest and has thus far been denied access to a lawyer.