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Startseite Urgent Actions 2019 04


Activist rearrested on fabricated charges
Azerbaijani activist Bayram Mammadov was detained on 30 March and sentenced to 30 days of administrative detention for resisting lawful police orders. Amnesty International believes the charges are trumped-up. On 2 April, during the appeal hearing when the decision was upheld Bayram Mammadov claimed he had been ill-treated during detention. His family and friends could see he had bruises on his face. Bayram Mammadov is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and must be immediately and unconditionally released. Bayram Mammadov had been released following a presidential pardon of 16 March after spending more than three years in prison on fabricated charges.
Jerusalemite journalist at risk of deportation
Since 22 January 2019, Palestinian photojournalist Mustafa al-Kharouf has been arbitrarily detained at Givon prison in Ramle, in central Israel. His arrest came after the Israeli Ministry of Interior Affairs denied his request for a family unification with his wife and child and, ordered his immediate deportation to Jordan. Mustafa al-Kharouf has been living in East Jerusalem, without legal status, since 1999. He is at risk of being forcibly deported at any time. Mustafa al-Kharouf is a photojournalist at Anadolu Agency and has been covering human rights violations by the Israeli forces in East Jerusalem.
Former Prosecutor General risks torture
Former Prosecutor General of Uzbekistan Rashitjon Kadirov and 12 co-defendants are standing trial in closed-door criminal proceedings. Credible reports allege that since his detention on 21 February 2018 Rashitjon Kadirov has been subjected to physical abuse, mock executions, sleep deprivation and other ill-treatment. He and his co-defendants continue to be at high risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Transgender woman held in all-male prison
Malak al-Kashef is a 19-year-old transgender woman human rights defender, arbitrarily detained in the all-male Mazra’at Tora prison. On 6 March 2019, National Security Agency (NSA) officers arrested Malak at her family’s residence in Giza. Malak’s arrest was part of a massive arrest campaign that followed the 27 February fire incident at Cairo’s main train station, which killed 25 people. Malak is facing the trumped-charges of «aiding a terrorist organization» and «misusing social media to commit a crime punishable by law». On March 10, the authorities subjected Malak to a forced anal examination at a government hospital, where she was also subjected to other forms of sexual assault.
Human rights defender under house arrest
Human rights defender Serikzhan Bilash has been under house arrest since 10 March. He is the leader of the human rights organisation Atajurt, which exposes human rights violations against ethnic Kazakhs in China. Serikzhan Bilash is facing charges under Article 174 of the Criminal Code in an apparent move by the authorities to intimidate and harass him simply for defending human rights. He risks a maximum prison sentence of seven years. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.
Human rights defender on hunger strike
Prominent human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor has been on hunger strike for over three weeks in protest at his prison conditions and his unfair trial. He was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison, solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression. He was convicted on charges including «insulting the status and prestige of the UAE and its symbols», including its leaders, «publish[ing] false information to damage [the] UAE’s reputation abroad» and «portray[ing] the UAE as a lawless land.» Ahmed Mansoor is a prisoner of conscience.
Three face jail for peaceful protest
The trial against three young men from Rostov-on-Don, in south-west Russia, Yan Sidorov, Vladislav Mordasov and Viacheslav Shashmin, is expected to start in May. They are being prosecuted for trying to organise a peaceful protest in November 2017 in support of dozens of Rostov residents who had lost their houses in mass fires. They could be sentenced to up to 15 years in jail if convicted. Yan Sidorov and Vladislav Mordasov have been in pre-trial detention and Viacheslav Shashmin under house arrest since November 2017. They are prisoners of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.
13 prisoners at risk of imminent execution
After 43 years without using the death penalty, the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, is reportedly planning to execute prisoners on death row. There is complete secrecy around identities of the prisoners who are expected to be imminently executed. No information about their case histories has been shared. It is unknown whether the individuals had fair trials, access to lawyers or whether they were able to engage in a meaningful clemency process. The last execution in Sri Lanka was in 1976. 2019 cannot be the year that we see this this progress reversed.
Bloggers held for condemning corruption
Bloggers Cheikh Jiddou and Abderrahmane Weddady were arbitrarily arrested on 22 March in Nouakchott. Both were arrested after posting comments on Facebook condemning corruption. Their comments came after media articles were published, accusing some Mauritanian officials of corruption. The two bloggers have been charged with «malicious accusation». On 27 March, they were transferred to the Central prison of Nouakchott.
Falun Gong high school teacher detained
Falun Gong practitioner and chemistry teacher Chen Yan is facing a trial in April 2019 after she was detained for distributing Falun Gong materials on a street in Beijing. She has no access to her family members and her lawyer said the judge handling her case threatened to give her a heavier sentence if she does not admit to «using evil religious organizations to sabotage the implementation of state laws».
Yemeni academic held incommunicado
Professor and political figure Youssef al-Bawab has been held in incommunicado detention in Sana’a’s Political Security Office (PSO) since 2 April 2019 and is at heightened risk of being tortured. He has been detained since 20 October 2016. In April 2017, he was accused of charges that carry the death penalty. The legal proceedings against him have been seriously flawed, including enforced disappearance, excessive pre-trial detention, undue delays in his trial, allegations of torture and other ill-treatment, and lack of access to legal counsel and medical care. Amnesty calls on the Huthi de facto authorities to drop all charges and immediately release him as the organization believes that he is being prosecuted on trumped-up charges used to punish him for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.
Thousands in need of urgent protection
7,000 persons from Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities in Bojayá, Chocó (western Colombia) face live-threathening and forced displacement risk as the guerrilla National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional, ELN) and the paramilitary group Gaitanistas Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia) are increasing hostilities in their territory. The communities of Unión Baquiaza, Union Cuití, Carrillo, Playita, Mesopotamia and Egoróquera are at risk. In Chocó several assassinations of community leaders recently occurred, and communities are constantly under threats from armed groups without any preventive action from national authorities.
End attacks against human rights defenders
Cristina Palabay of Philippines-based human rights alliance Karapatan received on 22 April a text message from an unidentified person warning her and several others that they are targeted to be killed this year. Hours earlier, Karapatan member Bernardino Patigas was shot dead in Escalante City, Negros Occidental. He is the second human rights defender killed who was on a supposed ‘hit list’ released in 2018. The killing of Patigas and the threats against Palabay come amid increasing risks for human rights defenders in the country.
Journalist charged with spreading false news
Casimir Kpedjo, the managing editor of the newspaper «New Economy» (Nouvelle Economie), was charged with publishing «false information» on 23 April. The charge is in relation to articles from the New Economy newspaper that Casimir shared on Facebook about the economic situation in Benin. He has been released on bail pending his trial which begins on 2 May.