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Jailed activist subjected to ill-treatment
Prisoner of conscience Sergey Tihanovski (Syarhei Tsikhanouski) is a popular blogger and prominent government critic, and the husband of Belarus’ exiled opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. He was arbitrarily detained in May 2020 and given 18 years’ sentence under trumped-up charges. The prison administration is continuously subjecting him to punishments for false «offences» and to conditions that amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Sergey Tihanovski is being targeted for his peaceful political activism and he must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Three people risk court-ordered blinding
Three prisoners, two men and a woman, are at imminent risk of judicially-sanctioned blinding after their cases were sent to Branch 3 of the Office for Implementation of Sentences in Tehran to carry out their sentences of blinding under the principle of qesas (retribution-in-kind).
Release blogger jailed for offending Islam
On 15 August 2022, Moroccan blogger and activist Fatima Karim was sentenced to two years in prison and a fine for Facebook posts in which she made satirical comments about a Qur’anic verse, that the authorities deemed insulting to Islam. She has been held in solitary confinement since her arrest on 26 July 2022 and is not permitted contact with fellow prisoners. Posting a photo or text on social media, even something others might see as insulting religion, is protected under the right to freedom of expression. Amnesty International calls for Fatima Karim’s immediate release.
Torture survivor faces third arrest
Over a month since her arrest, martial law survivor Adora Faye de Vera remains detained on charges of murder, frustrated murder and rebellion. Her family has denied these charges, saying she is being targeted for her activism, including her work to seek justice for victims of martial law abuses. A former political prisoner subjected to torture and other ill-treatment in 1976, Adora Faye was in Quezon City to seek medical treatment when she was arrested on 24 August. We call on the Philippine government to drop the charges against Adora Faye and immediately release her. She should also be released because of her deteriorating health.
Human rights defender jailed for online posts
On 9 September, the Casablanca judicial police questioned Rida Benotmane, a member of the Moroccan Association for the defense of human rights (Association Marocaine des Droits Humains) about several social media posts and YouTube videos he released in 2021, in which he denounced the authorities for ignoring demands for social justice and warned against the potential use of Covid-19 vaccine passes in Morocco as a tool of repression. He has since been held in Arjate 1 prison in Salé, a city in northwestern Morocco, on bogus charges that violate his right to freedom of expression. He must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Free Prof Şebnem Korur Fincanci !
In the early hours of 26 October 2022, police detained Prof Şebnem Korur Fincancı, the head of the Union of Turkish Medical Associations. A criminal investigation was launched against Prof Fincancı, a prominent human rights defender and forensic medicine expert, after she called for an independent investigation into allegations that Turkish armed forces might have used chemical weapons in Kurdistan Region of Iraq in comments during a live TV interview. Prof Fincancı must be released immediately and unconditionally from detention and must not be prosecuted for her human rights work.
Release the «Nyatsime 16» and drop all charges
16 men, known as the «Nyatsime 16», including two opposition members of parliament, were arrested in June for allegedly protesting the murder of an opposition activist during their funeral and charged with inciting public violence, an offence that carries a lengthy prison term often at the discretion of the magistrate. They have been detained for over 130 days without trial and have been denied bail countless times. They now await trial, which is due to begin in November. The Zimbabwean authorities must drop the politically motivated charges against the «Nyatsime 16» and immediately release them.
Missouri execution set for 2005 murder
The State of Missouri is set to execute Kevin Johnson on 29 November 2022. He was sentenced to death in 2007 for the murder of a police officer in 2005. Kevin Johnson, aged 19 at the time of the crime, had experienced a lifetime of deprivation and sexual and physical abuse. The crime occurred hours after the sudden death of his younger brother. Despite Kevin Johnson’s history of psychiatric disorders, the jurors never heard any expert testimony of the effect of his brother’s death or his own traumatic history and mental disabilities when they decided whether to spare his life.