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Startseite Urgent Actions 2018 09


Papuan activist charged for posting Facebook-video
A peaceful pro-independence Papuan activist, Agustinus Yolemal, was detained and charged for posting a video on Facebook. He was charged with «disseminating hostility against the state ideology» under the Law on Electronic Information and Transaction. If convicted, he would face a penalty of up to six years’ imprisonment. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.
Anti-slavery activists arbitrarily arrested
Two members of the anti-slavery organization Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA) were arbitrarily arrested on 7 August in Nouakchott, west Mauritania. Biram Dah Abeid, IRA president and candidate to the September parliamentarian elections, and Abdellahi el Housein Mesoud have been charged and denied access to legal representation.
Legislators could pass a discriminatory law
Guatemala’s Congress is at the verge of passing a law to ban abortion, same-sex marriage and inclusive sex education. The bill 5272 «to protect family and life» directly threatens the rights of girls, women, and LGBTI people, their lives and their families.
Iranian Kurds forced to make tv «confession»
Iranian Kurds Houshmand Alipour and Mohammad Ostadghader were arrested by security forces on 3 August and held incommunicado for weeks. They were shown on state television on 7 August making a forced «confession» incriminating themselves. They have had little access to their families and no access to lawyers of their choosing.
Lawyer assaulted and arbitrarily detained
On 9 September, lawyer Mikhail Benyash was arrested, beaten and detained by police after meeting his client who had taken part in a peaceful protest in Krasnodar, a city in the south of Russia. A court convicted and sentenced Mikhail Benyash to 14 days in administrative detention on 11 September. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Activist missing for over one month
Activist Franklin Mowha, the president of the NGO Frontline Fighters for Citizens Interests (FFCI) went missing on 6 August during a mission in the southwest region of Cameroon. His friends and family have not heard from him since. They fear he might have been caught up in one of the frequent raids that the military conducts in the region and may have been subjected to enforced disappearance.
Wave of detentions of students and activists
Detention of student leaders and other social activists have increased in Nicaragua as the government persists in its strategy of persecution and criminalization as a punishment against those taking part in nationwide protests.
Ex-Minister arbitrarily held after book release
Former Eritrean Minister of Finance, Berhane Abrehe, was taken to an undisclosed location by security agents on 17 September. His arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention come just days after he published a book encouraging Eritreans to peacefully protest against government policies.
NGO worker under administrative detention
Ayman Nasser, the legal unit coordinator of Palestinian NGO Addameer, has been issued a six-month administrative detention order by the Israeli military commander of the West Bank. He has been held by Israel without charge or trial since 9 September.
Community in Nigeria drinking polluted water
There is an urgent need for the government and multinational oil company Shell to ensure a regular supply of safe water to people in the oil-producing Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Their right to water continues to be violated as they are forced to drink dangerously polluted water or buy water at unaffordable prices.
Chinese refugees at risk of refoulement
Chinese human rights defenders YANG Chong and WU Yuhua, UNHCR-recognized refugees, have been charged with immigration offences in Thailand. They could be deported to China, where they would face risks of unfair trial and torture.