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  • Russian Federation
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Russia: Further information: Two Jehovah's Witnesses still detained: Yevgeniy Fedin and Sergei Loginov

Artur Severinchik was released from detention on 15 March by the Khanty-Mansiisk Regional Court’s decision of 7 March. Yevgeniy Fedin and Sergei Loginov, remain behind bars and face risk of torture and other ill-treatment. They are prisoners of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.

Date:
22 March 2019
Ref:
EUR 46/0103/2019
  • Campaigns
  • Belarus
  • Youth and Human Rights

Belarus: Protect rights of juvenile prisoners: Emil Astrauko and Vasily Sauchanka

Emil Astrauko and Vasily Sauchanka are held in a juvenile prison in Belarus in conditions which violate their human rights and are subjected to harassment and discrimination by the prison authorities. Following flawed trials in 2018, they were sentenced to 10 years in prison each for minor drug offences. They were 17 years old at the time of their arrest. Their case is emblematic of thousands of teenagers imprisoned in appalling conditions following unfair trials for minor drug-related offences.

Date:
21 March 2019
Ref:
EUR 49/0100/2019
  • Campaigns
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Detention

China: Further information: Detained Uighur has nervous breakdown: Hankezi Zikeli

Hankezi Zikeli, who is detained in a “transformation-through-education” centre in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR), is believed to have suffered a nervous breakdown in the camp. An aunt of Gulchehra Hoja, a Washington based journalist, Hankezi Zikeli is one of 25 relatives who have been detained since January 2018. Without any access to a lawyer, there are grave fears that they are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

Date:
20 March 2019
Ref:
ASA 17/0073/2019
  • Campaigns
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Detention

Viet Nam: Further Information: Health concerns for prisoner of conscience: Huỳnh Trương Ca

Prisoner of conscience Huỳnh Trương Ca continues to suffer from several illnesses behind bars including lung disease, stomach problem and diabetes. The authorities at his previous facility failed to provide him with adequate medical treatment, now they moved him to another prison further away from his home. We urge the Vietnamese government to release Huỳnh Trương Ca immediately and unconditionally.

Date:
19 March 2019
Ref:
ASA 41/0062/2019
  • Campaigns
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Unfair Trials

Saudi Arabia: Further Information: Women Activists on Trial

On 13 March 2019, 11 women activists were brought to trial at the Criminal Court in Riyadh after being detained without charge since May 2018. The women were charged with contacting international organizations, including Amnesty International, foreign media and other activists. Some of the women were also charged with promoting women’s rights and calling for the end of the male guardianship system. The activists have had no access to their lawyers throughout their detention.

Date:
18 March 2019
Ref:
MDE 23/0057/2019
  • Campaigns
  • Egypt
  • Disappearances

Egypt: Further Information: Held incommunicado despite release order: Islam Khalil

On 19 February 2019, a judge ordered the conditional release of Egyptian activist Islam Khalil. On 25 February, the police moved Islam to al-Santa police station to complete his release procedures, but instead of releasing him the authorities held him incommunicado. On 10 March 2018, Islam was forcibly disappeared after National Security Agency officers had abducted him. He remained in arbitrary detention for almost a year facing the trumped-up charges of “membership in an illegal group” and “disseminating false information.

Date:
15 March 2019
Ref:
MDE 12/0023/2019
  • Campaigns
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Detention

Israel/OPT: Further Information: NGO Worker's Detention Renewed: Ayman Nasser

On 10 March 2019, the Israeli Ofer Military Court in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) approved the renewal of Ayman Nasser’s administrative detention for further six months. Since 17 September 2018, Ayman Nasser has been detained without charge or trial in Ofer prison, near Ramallah, in the West Bank. Ayman is the legal unit coordinator of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Right Association, a Palestinian NGO.

Date:
14 March 2019
Ref:
MDE 15/0012/2019
  • Campaigns
  • China
  • Freedom of Movement

China: Further information: Restrictions on released human rights lawyer: Jiang Tianyong

Immediately after human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong was released from prison on 28 February 2019, he and his father and sister were taken away. While they have now been returned to his family home, he remains under tight surveillance and is being constantly followed, with no freedom to choose his employment. Having completed his two-year sentence for ‘inciting subversion’, Jiang Tianyong was a prisoner of conscience and should never have been detained for practicing his right to freedom of expression.

Date:
14 March 2019
Ref:
ASA 17/0021/2019
  • Campaigns
  • Oman
  • Unfair Trials

Oman: Further Information: "National Security" Trials End in Life Sentences

Oman sentenced six defendants to life imprisonment for “infringement of the country’s independence or unity or the sanctity of its territory” after grossly unfair trials. The charges were based on the six men’s online browsing habits in relation to Oman’s Musandam province and the Shuhuh tribe that lives there. Following the trials, credible allegations of torture emerged. However, the verdicts were summarily upheld by an appeals court.

Date:
12 March 2019
Ref:
MDE 20/9971/2019
  • Campaigns
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Zimbabwe: Activist, opposition members charged with treason

Activist Rashid Mahiya and Members of Parliament with the opposition, Joanna Mamombe and Charlton Hwende were arrested on different dates in Zimbabwe. All three have been charged with ‘subverting a constitutional government’ which attracts a sentence of more than 20 years in prison. This charge is in connection with a three-day national shutdown called for on 14-16 January in protest against a hike in fuel prices.

Date:
11 March 2019
Ref:
AFR 46/9997/2019
  • Campaigns
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Equatorial Guinea: Human rights defender allegedly tortured: Joaquín Elo Ayeto

Human rights defender Joaquín Elo Ayeto was arrested on 25 February at his house in Malabo. He is accused of having information on a plot to kill the president. According to reliable sources, Joaquín was subjected to torture at least twice while at Central Police Station after his arrest which resulted in physical injuries. He was also threatened with death by police at the station. He is detained at Black Beach Prison.

Date:
8 March 2019
Ref:
AFR 24/9981/2019
  • Campaigns
  • Viet Nam
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Viet Nam: Prisoner of conscience suffers behind bars: Huỳnh Trương Ca

Prisoner of conscience Huỳnh Trương Ca is being held in conditions of detention that further violates his rights. He shares a small, unlit cell with four other prisoners and cannot leave the cell, not even for meal times. The only time he leaves the cell is once a month for family visits. He also suffers several illnesses, yet the prison authorities refuse to provide him with the medical treatment he requires.

Date:
8 March 2019
Ref:
ASA 41/9945/2019