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Russian Federation/Ukraine: Further information: Lengthy jail terms for prisoners of conscience

On 12 November, a Russian military court found Crimean Tatar human rights defender Emir-Usein Kuku and his five co-defendants guilty of trumped-up charges. After a protracted unfair trial, they have been given prison sentences of between seven and 19 years in jail. Emir-Usein Kuku and his co-defendants are prisoners of conscience and they should be released immediately and unconditionally.

Date:
13 November 2019
Ref:
EUR 46/1386/2019
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Russian Federation/Ukraine: Further information: Lengthy jail terms for prisoners of conscience

On 12 November, a Russian military court found Crimean Tatar human rights defender Emir-Usein Kuku and his five co-defendants guilty of trumped-up charges. After a protracted unfair trial, they have been given prison sentences of between seven and 19 years in jail. Emir-Usein Kuku and his co-defendants are prisoners of conscience and they should be released immediately and unconditionally.

Date:
13 November 2019
Ref:
EUR 46/1098/2019
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  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Cuba: Opposition leader at risk of torture: José Daniel Ferrer Garcia

José Daniel Ferrer García, Cuban opposition leader and former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, has been in detention for 40 days, since Oct 1, for reasons still unknown. As far as we can ascertain, he has not been informed of the charges against him or brought before a judge. In addition, recent alarming reports suggest he may have been tortured or ill-treated while in detention, something Amnesty International has not been able to independently verify in a context where lawyers and the judiciary are largely controlled by the Executive.

Date:
12 November 2019
Ref:
AMR 25/1389/2019
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  • Detention

Burundi: Journalists detained for doing their job: Iwacu Five

Four Iwacu journalists and their driver were arbitrarily arrested on 22 October in north-western Burundi, as they arrived to investigate reports of clashes between the security forces and an armed group in Bubanza province. Charged with undermining state security, the five remain in prison after the Council Chamber of the Bubanza Tribunal decided to keep them in detention on 31 October. They have appealed this decision.

Date:
11 November 2019
Ref:
AFR 16/1349/2019
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  • Iraq
  • Disappearances

Iraq: Activist’s Fate Remains Unknown: Saba Mahdawi

On 2 November 2019, Iraqi activist and medic Saba Mahdawi was abducted by armed and masked men at around 11:20 pm on her way home from Tahrir Square in Baghdad. Saba’s family has raised her case with the local authorities, but no progress has been made to date. The Iraqi police and other security personnel involved in the investigation confirmed to her family that her whereabouts remained unknown, with no additional information with regards to the perpetrators’ identity.

Date:
8 November 2019
Ref:
MDE 14/1369/2019
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Mozambique: Further information: Refugees and asylum seekers must be released

Sixteen refugees and asylum seekers, fourteen men and one woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and one man from Ethiopia, have been arbitrarily detained in Pemba, northeast Mozambique, for more than ten months in appalling conditions. They still have not been notified of the reason for their detention or of any criminal charges against them and are being continuously harassed to sign repatriation requests.

Date:
7 November 2019
Ref:
AFR 41/1365/2019
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Pakistan: Professor facing prison on trumped up charges: Muhammad Ismail

Professor Muhammad Ismail, a prisoner of conscience charged with “hate speech’ and “cyber terrorism”, was denied bail on 4 November. If convicted, he will face up to seven years in prison. A vocal critic of the country’s armed forces and their treatment of his daughter, woman human rights defender Gulalai Ismail, he is also facing trumped up charges under Pakistan’s draconian anti-terror laws. The Ismail family has faced surveillance, threats and intimidation since May 2019 – with their home raided multiple times.

Date:
6 November 2019
Ref:
ASA 33/1348/2019
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Turkmenistan: Gay man summoned by police and disappeared: Kasymberdi Garaev

Kasymberdi Garaev, a 24-year-old doctor, came out as gay in an online article published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Turkmen Service on 21 October. He spoke of his despair as same sex relations between men are a crime in Turkmenistan. He was summoned to a police station on 24 October and has not been heard of since. Meanwhile, the authorities have started a campaign to identify supposed LGBTI people.

Date:
6 November 2019
Ref:
EUR 61/1363/2019
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  • Morocco and Western Sahara
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Morocco: Further Information: Detained Journalist Ends His Hunger Strike: Rabie Lablak

On 31 October 2019, detained journalist Rabie Lablak ended his 45 day-long hunger strike, which he started in protest of the alleged torture and ill-treatment he has suffered at the hands of Moroccan security officials. The prison administration claimed that Rabie never informed the administration of his hunger strike and that his activities proved he was in good health. In April 2019, Rabie Lablak was transferred to Tanger 2 prison after being detained in Casablanca prison in May 2017 for his involvement in the Hirak El-Rif protests.

Date:
6 November 2019
Ref:
MDE 29/1358/2019
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  • Detention

Israel/OPT: Further Information: Stateless Palestinian Released On Bail: Mustafa al-Kharouf

On 24 October 2019, Palestinian photojournalist Mustafa al-Kharouf was released after spending nine months in an Israeli prison. He still does not have legal status and is at risk of being separated from his family again. A new preliminary request to give him legal status has been submitted. Israeli authorities must grant him permanent residency status in East Jerusalem.

Date:
5 November 2019
Ref:
MDE 15/1336/2019
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  • Russian Federation
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Russian Federation/Ukraine: Rights defender imprisoned and ill-treated: Server Mustafayev

Human rights defender Server Mustafayev from Russian-occupied Crimea has been in detention since May 2018, under false terrorism-related charges. On 12 September he was transferred from Crimea to southwest Russia. He is awaiting further transfer from Krasnodar to Rostov-on-Don where he will face military court. His detention in shared four-square meter cell, with appalling sanitation, amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment.

Date:
5 November 2019
Ref:
EUR 46/1351/2019
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Myanmar: Jailed satire performers face more charges

Five members of the Peacock Generation, a Thangyat or a satirical poetry troupe, have been sentenced to one year’s imprisonment, after being detained for over six months, for their performance criticizing the military. They are facing further charges in different townships where they have also performed, including for livestreaming their performances. If found guilty of all charges, they face up to eight additional years in prison.

Date:
5 November 2019
Ref:
ASA 16/1340/2019
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  • Libya
  • Detention

Libya: No Contact With Abducted Politician For Months: Siham Sergiwa

On 17 July 2019, Libyan parliamentarian and prominent woman’s rights defender Siham Sergiwa was brutally abducted from her home in Benghazi by armed gunmen, after publicly criticising the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army’s military campaign to seize Tripoli. No contact has been made with her since her abduction more than three months ago, raising grave fears that she is at risk of torture or other forms of ill-treatment.

Date:
1 November 2019
Ref:
MDE 19/1263/2019