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Trinidad and Tobago: Venezuelan Refugees at Risk

At least 165 Venezuelans have been deported by Trinidad and Tobago in recent weeks. Pushing a xenophobic narrative targeting Venezuelans and associating them with COVID-19, the government announced it will deport Venezuelans who have “entered illegally” and those with legal residency found to be helping them. This fuels a climate of fear which risks pushing people underground and away from health services.

Date:
13 August 2020
Ref:
AMR 49/2953/2020
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  • Americas
  • Indigenous People

Chile: Imprisoned mapuche life’s at risk

Machi (spiritual Mapuche leader) Celestino Córdova Tránsito completed over 100 days on hunger strike demanding to join his community for the period of a mandatory spiritual retreat. He was convicted and in prison in the city of Temuco for homicide induced by arson in 2014. Authorities failed to dialogue with him and a local Court authorized the possibility of force feeding him. On 10 August, he expressed his intention to enter a dry strike.

Date:
12 August 2020
Ref:
AMR 22/2870/2020
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  • Niger
  • Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Niger: Further information: Niger journalist has been freed: Samira Sabou

Samira Sabou, a journalist and President of the Niger bloggers association, was freed from Niamey prison on 28 July after the judge dismissed all charges of defamation against her. She had been arbitrarily detained for 48 days, in pre-trial detention, after a defamation complaint, filed by the son of the President, was made against her following a Facebook user’s mention of the President’s son’s name in a comment on a post made on Samira Sabou’s Facebook page.

Date:
11 August 2020
Ref:
AFR 43/2862/2020
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  • Death Penalty

USA: Further information: Three men executed, four others at risk

On 14 July, the US authorities carried out the first federal execution in 17 years, with two others following closely on 16 and 17 July. Two of them were executed hours after their original death warrants had expired, following the lifting by the US Supreme Court of temporary injunctions put in place by lower courts. As a fourth man remains at risk of execution on 28 August and new executions have been set for August and September, we urge the US Attorney General to call off the death warrants and abandon any plans to pursue further executions.

Date:
6 August 2020
Ref:
AMR 51/2815/2020
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  • Detention

Venezuela: Charges against detainee must be dropped

Unidentified officers arbitrarily detained Nicmar Evans, a Venezuelan political scientist and communicator, on 13 July 2020 in Caracas, Venezuela. They reportedly belonged to the Directorate for Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM) and the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigation Corps (CICPC). He is in custody of the DGCIM and is charged with 'advocacy of hatred' for posting on social media messages that allegedly challenge the policies of Nicolas Maduro.

Date:
6 August 2020
Ref:
AMR 53/2850/2020
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Detention

Maldives: Serious health concerns for Maldivian politician: Ahmed Adeeb

Ahmed Adeeb, former Maldivian Vice President, suffers from several ongoing health conditions. Arrested in 2015, for what was believed to be politically motivated charges, his convictions were overturned last year and other charges against him were dropped in July 2020. Local media outlets have reported that the Prosecutor General submitted the case for appeal and accordingly, Adeeb was taken into custody again on 24 July, following an order by High Court, raising further concerns about his wellbeing.

Date:
4 August 2020
Ref:
ASA 29/2841/2020
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  • Iran
  • Death Penalty

Iran: Tortured Iranian Kurd at risk of execution: Arsalan Khodkam

Arsalan Khodkam, from Iran’s Kurdish minority, is at risk of execution in West Azerbaijan province. He was sentenced to death for “spying” after a grossly unfair trial that lasted about 30 minutes and relied on “confessions” he says were obtained under torture. He has never been allowed access to a lawyer of his own choosing. The use of the death penalty for “espionage” violates international law.

Date:
3 August 2020
Ref:
MDE 13/2830/2020
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  • United States of America
  • COVID-19

USA: Free Families from Immigration Detention

On 26 June 2020, a federal judge in the USA ordered immigration authorities to release all children from family immigration detention facilities, which the judge declared were “on fire” with COVID-19. Authorities must comply but release all families together to protect them from the pandemic while maintaining their family unity. The alternative – releasing the children but continuing to detain their parents- would constitute family separation, a practice that in some cases can constitute torture under US and international law.

Date:
29 July 2020
Ref:
AMR 51/2805/2020
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  • United States of America
  • Asylum

USA: Kelly Gonzalez Aguilar is Free

Kelly Gonzalez Aguilar, a 24-year-old transgender woman, fled Honduras when she was 12 years old because of violence against her based on her transgender identity. In August 2017, she traveled to the USA and US immigration authorities detained her while her asylum request was in process. She feared becoming infected by COVID-19 because of the inadequate measures taken by authorities to protect detainees and staff from the virus.

Date:
29 July 2020
Ref:
AMR 51/2766/2020
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  • Censorship and Freedom of Expression

China: Further information: Human rights defenders face secret trial

Anti-discrimination NGO workers Cheng Yuan, Liu Yongze and Wu Gejianxiong remain incommunicado since being detained on 22 July 2019. Cheng Yuan’s wife learned from prosecutors on 10 July 2020 that an indictment was issued in the case on 24 June and that the three now await trial on charges of “inciting subversion of state power”. As the authorities have provided no additional information about the indictment to members of the three men’s families or family-appointed lawyers, there are fears that these human rights defenders could be tried in secret.

Date:
29 July 2020
Ref:
ASA 17/2804/2020
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  • Mexico
  • Women's Rights

Mexico: Government confirms funding for women's rights

On 23 April, the Mexican government suspended funding for different programmes to attend the COVID-19 pandemic, including that of the Indigenous and Afro-Mexican Women Shelters (CAMIs). The government had not been transparent about how these cuts could affect other programmes that support and care for women victims of violence. On 14 July 2020, the Ministry of Interior announced publicly that the austerity measures would not affect the budget of the programmes addressing women’s rights and violence against women.

Date:
24 July 2020
Ref:
AMR 41/2752/2020
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  • Honduras
  • Indigenous People

Honduras: Indigenous Human Rights Activists Missing

Unknown individuals, wearing police-type clothing took four Garifuna activists Alberth Snider Centeno Tomas, President of the Board of Triunfo de la Cruz on behalf of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), Suami Aparicio Mejía García, Gerardo Mizael Rochez Cálix and Milton Joel Martínez Álvarez, members of the OFRANEH, and a fifth person, Junior Rafael Juárez Mejía, from their homes on 18 July 2020.

Date:
23 July 2020
Ref:
AMR 37/2780/2020
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  • Palestine (State of)
  • Detention

State of Palestine: Anti-corruption activists must be released

On 19 July 2020, the West Bank-based Palestinian forces arrested 19 anti-corruption activists during a peaceful protest held in the city of Ramallah. While three were released, 16 of these activists have been charged, 10 of which remain in detention. All 10 are on hunger strike in protest of their detention. Authorities must immediately drop all charges and release these activists. Their next court hearing is on 5 August 2020.

Date:
23 July 2020
Ref:
MDE 21/2779/2020
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  • Disappearances

Argentina: Disappeared during COVID-19 quarantine

22-year old Facundo Astudillo Castro went missing on 30 April 2020. Police arrested him in Mayor Buratovich town in the Province of Buenos Aires for violating the COVID-19 quarantine imposed by the State at the national level. Contradicting police accounts and other testimonies lead to a presumption of responsibility by the police officers involved. On 2 July his family filed a federal compliant to start investigations into Facundo’s disappearance.

Date:
22 July 2020
Ref:
AMR 13/2767/2020
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  • United States of America
  • COVID-19

USA: Free Families from Immigration Detention

On 26 June 2020, a federal judge in the USA ordered immigration authorities to release all children from family immigration detention facilities, which the judge declared were “on fire” with COVID-19. Authorities must comply but release all families together to protect them from the pandemic while maintaining their family unity. The alternative – releasing the children but continuing to detain their parents- would constitute family separation, a practice that in some cases can constitute torture under US and international law.

Date:
17 July 2020
Ref:
AMR 51/2664/2020