On 1 October, Steven Donziger, a human rights lawyer and environmental rights defender, was sentenced to six months in prison on a politically motivated ‘contempt of court’ charge. He had spent more than two years under house arrest in a process that United Nations experts found lacked any legal basis, was in violation of numerous fair trial standards, and was in retaliation for his work as a lawyer. As ordered by the judge on 1 October, on 27 October Steven reported to prison to start his six-month sentence, with his appeal still pending. He must be released immediately and unconditionally.
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