Prisoners Of Conscience

China: Attempt to block tribute to rights activist at UN ‘an insulting ploy’ - 20 March 2014

Headline Title:  China: Attempt to block tribute to rights activist at UN ‘an insulting ploy’ The Chinese government’s attempt to block a tribute by the UN Human Rights Council to Cao Shunli, a prominent human rights activist, who died in detention is disgraceful, said Amnesty International The Chinese government’s attempt to block a tribute by the UN Human Rights Council to Cao Shunli, a prominent human rights activist, who died in detention is disgraceful, said Amnesty International.   Media Node:  Cao Shunli Twitter Tag:  CaoShunli Story Location:  China 31° 11' 51.9648" N, 107° 18' 52.0308" E “This is a shameful and insulting ploy by Chinese officials. Not only have the authorities shown complete disregard for Cao’s life, they now appear intent on burying the truth as they have so many times before ” Source:  Roseann Rife, East Asia Research Director at Amnesty International Date:  Thu, 20/03/2014 URL:  An inspiring activist – remembering China’s Cao Shunli Description:  Blog, 19 March 2014 URL:  China: Further information: Activist dies after denial of treatment: Cao Shunli Description:  Urgent action, 18 March 2014 URL:  China: Authorities have "blood on their hands" after activist's death Description:  News story, 14 March 2014

يتعين على المملكة العربية السعودية أن تُدعِّم تنازلاتها بشأن حقوق الإنسان بالأفعال - 19 March 2014

Headline Title:  يتعين على المملكة العربية السعودية أن تُدعِّم تنازلاتها بشأن حقوق الإنسان بالأفعال قالت منظمة العفو الدولية اليوم إن قرار المملكة العربية السعودية بقبول عدة توصيات تهدف إلى تحسين سجلها في مجال حقوق الإنسان في جلسة الاستعراض التي عقدها مجلس حقوق الإنسان، قرار المملكة العربية السعودية بقبول عدة توصيات تهدف إلى تحسين سجلها في مجال حقوق الإنسان في جلسة الاستعراض التي عقدها مجلس حقوق الإنسان، في جنيف، لا يُرجَّح أن يضع حداً للانتهاكات الجسيمة والتمييز أو يؤدي إلى تحقيق العدالة   Media Node:  Saudi MOI AR Story Location:  المملكة العربية السعودية 25° 34' 19.8336" N, 44° 1' 59.5308" E “إلى أن تتطابق أفعال المملكة العربية السعودية مع أقوالها فإن السمعة الفظيعة للمملكة كدولة ترتكب انتهاكات جسيمة لحقوق الإنسان لا يحتمل أن تتغير ” Source:  سعيد بومدوحة، نائب مدير برنامج الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا في منظمة العفو الدولية Date:  Wed, 19/03/2014 URL:  Saudi Arabia: Grave human rights violations addressed with denials and more promises Description:  Public statement, 19 March 2014 URL:  Saudi Arabia Description:  Country page

Saudi Arabia must back concessions on human rights with action - 19 March 2014

Headline Title:  Saudi Arabia: Match words with actions to improve human rights Saudi Arabia’s decision to accept numerous recommendations to improve its human rights record during its United Nations Human Rights Council review session in Geneva today is unlikely to put an end Saudi Arabia’s decision to accept numerous recommendations to improve its human rights record during its United Nations Human Rights Council review session is unlikely to put an end to grave violations and discrimination.   Media Node:  Saudi MOI Story Location:  المملكة العربية السعودية 25° 34' 19.8336" N, 44° 1' 59.5308" E “Until Saudi Arabia’s actions match its words the Kingdom’s dire reputation as a grave violator of human rights is unlikely to change ” Source:  Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International Date:  Wed, 19/03/2014 URL:  Saudi Arabia: Grave human rights violations addressed with denials and more promises Description:  Public statement, 19 March 2014 URL:  Saudi Arabia Description:  Country page

Sri Lankan government amplifies its ‘dirty tactics’ during UN session - 19 March 2014

Headline Title:  Sri Lankan government amplifies its ‘dirty tactics’ during UN session   The Sri Lankan government’s ongoing dirty tactics to silence and smear dissidents are a brazen attempt to deflect criticism as the country faces fresh scrutiny at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Amnesty International said today. Media Node:  Sri Lanka UN Story Location:  Sri Lanka 6° 55' 3.0684" N, 79° 54' 3.0024" E “Sri Lanka must put an end to the campaign of intimidation and dirty tactics against outspoken human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and families of the disappeared” Source:  Peter Splinter, Amnesty International Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Date:  Wed, 19/03/2014 “While it’s positive that the human rights defenders Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen Mahesan have been released, the world must not be fooled. The fact remains they should never have been arrested in the first place. The Sri Lankan authorities must stop repressing critical voices and ensure the safety of all those who peacefully express inconvenient truths about the country’s post-war human rights situation” Source:  Peter Splinter URL:  Sri Lanka: Free prominent human rights defenders Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen Description:  News story, 17 March 2014 URL:  Sri Lanka: Briefing exposes how activists brave retaliation before UN human rights session Description:  News story, 26 February 2014 URL:  Sri Lanka: Suppressing calls for justice Description:  Briefing, 26 February 2014 URL:  Sri Lanka: UN report must be call to action on international war crimes investigation Description:  News story, 24 February 2014

Swaziland: Free editor and human rights lawyer jailed after summary proceedings - 18 March 2014

Headline Title:  Swaziland: Free editor and human rights lawyer jailed after summary proceedings Today’s unlawful detention of a respected magazine editor and human rights lawyer for their criticism of the judiciary in Swaziland is another shocking example of the southern African kingdom’s int Today’s unlawful detention of a respected magazine editor and human rights lawyer for their criticism of the judiciary in Swaziland is another shocking example of the southern African kingdom’s intolerance of freedom of expression. Media Node:  Swaziland Chief Justice Story Location:  Swaziland 26° 22' 38.9136" S, 31° 18' 59.5008" E “These arbitrary arrests and highly irregular legal proceedings amount to judicial retribution rather than justice being delivered, and are further evidence of Swaziland’s intolerance of freedom of expression. It violates international human rights standards and has no basis in Swaziland’s domestic law.” Source:  Mary Rayner, researcher on Swaziland at Amnesty International Date:  Tue, 18/03/2014 URL:  Swaziland: Newspaper editor threatened with jail amid media crackdown Description:  Press release, 19 April 2013

تونس: ينبغي إلغاء إدانة سجين الرأي المفرج عنه - 5 March 2014

Headline Title:  تونس: ينبغي إلغاء إدانة سجين الرأي المفرج عنه قالت منظمة العفو الدولية إن الإفراج الليلة الماضية عن جابر الماجري، وهو سجين رأي قضى سنتين في السجن لنشره مقالات على الانترنت ورسوماً ساخرة اعتبرت مسيئة للإسلام، أمر طال قالت منظمة العفو الدولية إن الإفراج الليلة الماضية عن جابر الماجري، وهو سجين رأي قضى سنتين في السجن لنشره مقالات على الانترنت ورسوماً ساخرة اعتبرت مسيئة للإسلام، أمر طال انتظاره ويجب اتباعه من قبل السلطات بإلغاء إدانته والعقوبة الصادرة بحقه  Media Node:  Jabeur Mejri AR Story Location:  Tunisie 34° 18' 6.12" N, 9° 34' 48.2808" E “إن الإفراج عن جابر الماجري مبعث ارتياح كبير لعائلته وانتصار لجميع النشطاء الذين شنوا حملة من أجله في جميع أنحاء العالم. إن وضعه وراء القضبان لمدة سنتين للصور التي نشرها على الانترنت كان مهزلة هددت بوأد كل الآمال في إحراز تقدم حقيقي لحرية التعبير في مرحلة ما بعد بن علي في تونس” Source:  فيليب لوثر، مدير منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا في منظمة العفو الدولية Date:  Wed, 05/03/2014 URL:  Tunisia: ‘You can go to jail for a word or an idea’ Description:  Feature, 11 December 2013 URL:  Jabeur Mejri - Jailed for Facebook posts Description:  Action, 6 November 2013

Azerbaijan: Political activists held on fabricated charges must be released - 14 March 2014

Headline Title:  Azerbaijan: Political activists held on fabricated charges must be released Azerbaijan should immediately and unconditionally release two political leaders who have been behind bars for more than a year on fabricated charges, Amnesty International said. Azerbaijan should immediately and unconditionally release two political leaders who have been behind bars for more than a year on fabricated charges. Media Node:  Azerbaijan Twitter Tag:  Azerbaijan Story Location:  Azerbaijan 41° 22' 41.9016" N, 47° 11' 53.7576" E “The authorities in Azerbaijan seem to stop at nothing to crush dissent. All Tofig and Ilgar did was visit Ismayili to observe and report on these events. They are being punished simply as critics of the government. ” Source:  Denis Krivosheev, Europe and Central Asia Deputy Director at Amnesty International. URL:  Azerbaijan: Opposition candidate arrested ahead of presidential elections Description:  News Story, 6 February 2013. URL:  Mysterious explosions and discretionary arrests: A day in the life of Azerbaijan’s opposition Description:  Feature, 5 March 2014

Tunisia: Quash conviction of released prisoner of conscience - 5 March 2014

Headline Title:  Tunisia: Quash conviction of released prisoner of conscience Last night’s release of Jabeur Mejri, a prisoner of conscience who spent two years in prison for publishing online articles and cartoons deemed offensive to Islam, is long overdue and must be follo Last night’s release of Tunisian prisoner of conscience Jabeur Mejri is long overdue and must be followed by the authorities quashing his sentence and conviction, said Amnesty International.  Media Node:  Jabeur Mejri Story Location:  Tunisia 34° 18' 6.12" N, 9° 34' 48.2808" E “Jabeur Mejri’s release is a huge relief for his family and a victory for all the activists who have campaigned on his behalf across the globe. Putting him behind bars for two years for the images he posted online was a travesty that risked crushing all hope of genuine progress on freedom of expression in post-Ben Ali Tunisia” Source:  Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International Date:  Wed, 05/03/2014 URL:  Tunisia: ‘You can go to jail for a word or an idea’ Description:  Feature, 11 December 2013 URL:  Jabeur Mejri - Jailed for Facebook posts Description:  Action, 6 November 2013

الإمارات العربية المتحدة: تعذيب سجين رأي قطري وحبسه سبع سنوات
 - 3 March 2014

Headline Title:  الإمارات العربية المتحدة: تعذيب سجين رأي قطري وحبسه سبع سنوات
 صرحت منظمة العفو الدولية أنه يتعين على السلطات الإماراتية أن تلغي فورا الحكم الصادر بإدانة الطبيب القطري الذي حُكم عليه بالسجن سبع سنوات اليوم عقب محاكمة جائرة للغاية. صرحت منظمة العفو الدولية أنه يتعين على السلطات الإماراتية أن تلغي فورا الحكم الصادر بإدانة الطبيب القطري الذي حُكم عليه بالسجن سبع سنوات اليوم عقب محاكمة جائرة للغاية Media Node:  Dr Mahmoud al-Jaidah AR Story Location:  United Arab Emirates 24° 33' 13.0284" N, 54° 57' 13.0068" E “يشكل الحكم اليوم على محمود الجيدة مهزلة ويستهزئ بزعم الإمارات العربية المتحدة أنها بلد تقدمي يحترم حقوق الإنسان. ولقد اُلقي القبض عليه دون مذكرة توقيف، ووُضعت عصابة على عينيه وزُج به في الحبس الانفرادي قبل أن يتعرض وفق ما زُعم للتعذيب وغيره من ضروب سوء المعاملة، وتم إجباره على التوقيع على أوراق لم يُسمح له بالاطلاع على محتواها ” Source:  سعيد بومدوحة نائب مدير برنامج الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا بمنظمة العفو الدولية Date:  Mon, 03/03/2014 URL:  UAE: Urgent call for release of Qatari prisoner of conscience Description:  Public statement, 28 February 2014 URL:  UAE: Further information: Qatari doctor harassed in UAE prison: Mahmoud al-Jaidah Description:  Urgent action, 10 January 2014

Russia: Freedom of expression falls victim to the dramatic events in Ukraine’s Crimea - 3 March 2014

Headline Title:  Russia: Freedom of expression falls victim to events in Ukraine’s Crimea The detention of hundreds of anti-war protesters over the weekend is another manifestation of the increasing crackdown on the freedom of expression and assembly in Russia, Amnesty International sai The detention of hundreds of anti-war protesters over the weekend is another manifestation of the increasing crackdown on the freedom of expression and assembly in Russia, Amnesty International said.   Media Node:  Russia Ukraine anti-war protesters Story Location:  United Kingdom 60° 33' 47.5884" N, 51° 40' 46.8768" E See map: Google Maps “The government’s crackdown of the anti-war protesters is highly alarming. In a number of cities people have been targeted for taking part in demonstrations. This is state-sanctioned harassment and intimidation ” Source:  Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International’s Moscow Office URL:  Russia: Hundreds more protesters arbitrarily arrested outside Bolotnaya trial sentencing Description:  News story, 24 February 2014 URL:  Russia: Legacy of Olympic Games tarnished by arrests Description:  News story, 22 February 2014

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