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China: Further information: Uyghur activist’s 30 relatives still detained

Up to 30 relatives of Uyghur human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer, who currently lives in the United States, have been detained for nearly two years in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang) without trial. The exact date that they were taken away remains unclear, however it is presumed they are being arbitrarily detained at a political re-education camp and are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

Date:
15 July 2019
Ref:
ASA 17/0717/2019
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  • Russian Federation
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Russia: Further information: Jailed Crimean Tatar's health still at risk: Edem Bekirov

On 3 July a court in Russian - occupied Crimea rejected Edem Bekirov’s appeal to review his pre-trial detention. Crimean Tatar, Edem Bekirov, has been detained since December 2018 in conditions that are not suitable for his disability. He also continues to be denied the specialised medical care he urgently requires due to his numerous conditions, and that is not available in the detention centre.

Date:
15 July 2019
Ref:
EUR 46/0706/2019
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United Arab Emirates: Further Information: Emirati Authorities Unlawfully Deport Pakistani National: Rashid Hussain Brohi

On 22 June 2019, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) forcibly returned Rashid Hussain Brohi to Pakistan. Emirati security forces had taken him into custody on 27 October 2019 without an explanation. They held him incommunicado for seven months. Prior to moving to the UAE, Rashid was an activist in the Baloch National Movement in Pakistan. The deportation places his life in danger in Pakistan, due to his ethnicity, and is therefore an unlawful forced return.

Date:
11 July 2019
Ref:
MDE 25/0690/2019
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  • Discrimination

Italy: Further information: Roma still homeless after forced eviction

Around 500 Roma people, including around 150 children, pregnant women and older people, were left homeless after being forcibly evicted by authorities from their settlement in the municipality of Giugliano in Campania, in southern Italy, on 10 May. The families have since found shelter in an industrial area but urgently need adequate alternative housing solutions. Authorities must urgently comply with European mechanisms’ request that Italy adopts immediate measures to eliminate the risk of serious and irreparable harm and guarantee Roma families’ rights and safety.

Date:
11 July 2019
Ref:
EUR 30/0691/2019
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  • Egypt
  • Unfair Trials

Egypt: Further Information: Arbitrarily Detained Couple Remains Held: Ola al-Qaradawi and Hossam Khalaf

On 3 July 2019, a judge ordered the release of Ola al-Qaradawi after over two years of arbitrary solitary confinement over unfounded charges. However, the Egyptian authorities decided to imprison Ola in another case, over unfounded charges including “using her connections in prison to fund terrorist groups”, despite her being in solitary confinement the whole time. Hossam Khalaf, Ola’s husband, is awaiting his detention renewal hearing, which has been postponed until 3 August.

Date:
11 July 2019
Ref:
MDE 12/0677/2019
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

USA: Dr. Scott Warren New Trial Slated for November

Dr. Scott Warren was facing 20 years in prison for providing humanitarian aid to migrants in the desert of the US-Mexico border region. His first trial ended in June 2019, when the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision. On 2 July 2019, the prosecution announced it will try Dr. Warren again on 12 November 2019. They offered a plea deal, but it is unclear if he will accept it. The prosecution only dropped the conspiracy charges against him, so he would now face 10 years in prison.

Date:
10 July 2019
Ref:
AMR 51/0688/2019
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  • Africa
  • Detention

South Sudan: Security agent ill-treated in detention: Ding Ding Mou

Ding Ding Mou, a South Sudanese security agent, is detained at the Riverside detention centre – notorious for its extremely poor conditions and incidents of torture and other forms of ill-treatment. He was arbitrarily arrested by the National Security Service (NSS) in Juba on 31 May. He was first detained at the NSS headquarters, known as ‘Blue House’ for eight days.

Date:
10 July 2019
Ref:
AFR 65/0679/2019
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  • Iran
  • Women and Girls

Iran: Four Women Jailed For Attending May Day Rally: Anisha Assadolahi, Atefeh Rangriz, Neda Naji and Marzieh Amiri

Iranian labour rights activists Anisha Assadolahi, Atefeh Rangriz and Neda Naji and Iranian journalist Marzieh Amiri have been arbitrarily detained, without access to a lawyer, for weeks and accused of spurious national security offences in connection with a peaceful International Workers’ Day gathering in Tehran on 1 May 2019. They were initially held in prolonged solitary confinement amounting to torture or other ill-treatment.

Date:
8 July 2019
Ref:
MDE 13/0663/2019
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Iran: Jailed for Protesting Forced Veiling Laws: Monireh Arabshahi, Yasaman Aryani and Mojgan Keshavarz

Iranian women’s rights defenders Monireh Arabshahi, Yasaman Aryani and Mojgan Keshavarz have been arbitrarily detained in Shahr-e Ray prison, outside Tehran, since April 2019. They have been charged with offences including “inciting and facilitating corruption and prostitution” through promoting “unveiling”, solely for campaigning against abusive forced veiling laws. All are prisoners of conscience.

Date:
8 July 2019
Ref:
MDE 13/0656/2019
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  • Prisoners of Conscience

Iran: Lawyer Sentenced To Over 29 Years in Prison: Amirsalar Davoudi

Human rights lawyer Amirsalar Davoudi has been sentenced to 29 years and three months in prison and 111 lashes on charges stemming from his human rights work. He was interrogated in detention without a lawyer present and was convicted and sentenced in his absence. Under Iran’s sentencing guidelines, he is required to serve 15 years of this sentence. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
5 July 2019
Ref:
MDE 13/0636/2019
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  • Iran
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Iran: Jailed for Reporting on Workers' Protests: Amir Amirgholi, Sanaz Alahyari, and Amirhossein Mohammadifar

Iranian journalists Amir Amirgholi, Sanaz Alahyari and Amirhossein Mohammadifar have been arbitrarily detained since January 2019 without access to a lawyer. They are facing trial on spurious national security charges solely in connection with their reporting on workers’ rights protests in Khuzestan province, southern Iran. Amir Amirgholi and Sanaz Alahyari are being denied adequate medical care. All three must be released immediately and unconditionally.

Date:
3 July 2019
Ref:
MDE 13/0639/2019
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Paraguay: Indigenous community at risk of eviction

The Tekoha Sauce Indigenous community in Paraguay are, once again, at risk of eviction from their ancestral territory due to legal action being taken against them by the Itaipú Binational (Paraguay-Brazil) Hydroelectric Plant. Both international human rights standards and the Paraguayan Constitution protect Indigenous peoples from eviction from their ancestral territories without their free, prior and informed consent.

Date:
2 July 2019
Ref:
AMR 45/0614/2019
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  • Mexico
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Mexico: National guard harasses migrant shelter

Since the National Guard was deployed in Mexico with a new role addressing migration-related issues, Amnesty International has seen concerning behaviours that could put as risk the rights of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and human rights defenders. On 23 June, 6 officers attempted to raid, without warrant or legal cause, the migrant shelter CAME, in the northern state of Sonora, and harassed human rights defenders working there.

Date:
1 July 2019
Ref:
AMR 41/0626/2019