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Pakistan: Stop execution of death row prisoner with mental disability

Pakistan’s authorities must not execute Imdad Ali, a death row prisoner with a history of mental illness, Amnesty International said today. Imdad Ali was convicted of the murder of a religious teacher in 2002. In 2012, he was diagnosed a suffering from “paranoid schizophrenia,” a condition the doctor who examined him described as “a chronic and disabling psychiatric illness. ” Dr. Naeemullah Leghari, the head of psychiatry at Nishtar Hospital in the central Pakistani city of Multan, added that Imdad Ali’s illness “impairs the person’s rational thinking and decision-making capabilities.

Date:
26 September 2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Azerbaijan: Assaults on freedom of expression mar constitutional referendum

Threats, arrests and prosecutions of those who have voiced criticism of the proposed amendments to the Constitution have been a defining feature of the authorities’ campaign ahead of the referendum scheduled in Azerbaijan on 26 September, Amnesty International said ahead of the vote. “The referendum has been accompanied by arrests and intimidation from the beginning. Those who have attempted to criticise and campaign against these proposals have faced assaults and harassment by the authorities,”said Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International.

Date:
23 September 2016
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  • Iran
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Iran: Further Information: Jailed musician and filmmaker on hunger strike

Iranian brothers Mehdi Rajabian and Hossein Rajabian began a hunger strike on 8 September in protest at the authorities’ refusal to allow them medical leave, as well as the decision to separate the brothers into different sections of Tehran’s Evin Prison. The health of both prisoners of conscience has deteriorated.

Date:
23 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 13/4874/2016
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  • United Arab Emirates
  • Censorship and Free Speech

United Arab Emirates (UAE): Appeal Case: Mohammed al-Roken

Dr Mohammed al-Roken is a prominent academic, a former professor of constitutional law, and human rights lawyer. State Security officials arrested him on 17 July 2012. On 2 July 2013, the highest court of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sentenced him to a 10-year prison sentence following an unfair, mass trial of 94 activists. It became widely known as the “UAE 94” trial.

Date:
23 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 25/4889/2016
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  • Myanmar
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Myanmar: A letter from… Phyoe Phyoe Aung

A personal thank you from the Myanmar student activist freed earlier this year following Amnesty's Write for Rights 2015. Dear friends, I am Phyoe Phyoe Aung. Many of you campaigned for my release from prison, and sent me letters of support while I was in prison. I have been wanting to reply to you all since I was released – I would like to apologize to you for my late message. As the daughter of a former political prisoner, I know very well the name of Amnesty International, and heard about your campaigns to free prisoners of conscience, including Aung San Suu Kyi, since I was young.

Date:
22 September 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Mexico
  • Migrants

Mexico: Refuge for migrants under attack

A soup kitchen for Mexican and Central American migrants has been vandalized in the northern Mexican city of Nogales, on the US border. Staff members had previously reported receiving death threats and having electronics stolen. The attacks could be a reprisal for their complaints of kidnappings against migrants in the area. The lives of staff and volunteers, as well as the migrants who use the soup kitchen, could be at risk.

Date:
22 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AMR 41/4871/2016
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  • Cambodia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Cambodia: Further Information: Cambodian housing rights defender released

Two Cambodian housing rights defenders were tried and convicted on 22 August for “insult of a public official”. While Bov Sophea has been released, Tep Vanny remains in detention, serving a six-month sentence for charges related to a 2011 protest, and under investigation for separate charges linked to a 2013 protest.

Date:
22 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 23/4870/2016
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  • Unlawful Killings

Sudan: No justice for protester killings

(Nairobi, September 22, 2016) – Sudanese authorities have yet to provide justice to victims of a violent crackdown on anti-austerity protesters in Khartoum in September 2013, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. “Although it seems like Sudan has succeeded in sweeping the horrific violence of September 2013 under the carpet, victims’ families still demand justice,” said Mosaad Mohamed Ali, Executive director at ACJPS “The UN Human Rights Council, currently holding a session on Sudan, should press Sudan to hold those responsible to account for the appalling bloodshed on the streets of Khartoum and other towns, and provide meaningful justice to victims of killings, assaults and other abuses.

Date:
22 September 2016
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  • India
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

India: Kashmiri human rights defender arbitrarily detained: Khurram Parvez

Khurram Parvez, a prominent Kashmiri human rights defender, has been placed in administrative detention a day after a court ordered his release on 20 September. He was previously prevented from flying to the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva without any official explanation and arrested on 16 September.

Date:
22 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 20/4861/2016
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  • Swaziland
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Swaziland must end excessive use of force and withdraw charges against human rights defenders

Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Swaziland. Women and young girls experiencing gender-based violence in Swaziland have few remedies available to them under domestic law. Amnesty International therefore welcomes Swaziland’s commitment to enact the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Bill and ensure that existing legislation is bought into conformity with obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Date:
22 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 55/4887/2016
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  • Africa
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Sudan: Amnesty International Public Statement at the 33rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Amnesty International welcomes Sudan’s acceptance of recommendations to ratify the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and strengthen efforts to prevent torture and inhuman treatment. The organization notes, however, that Sudan rejected recommendations to remove impunity provisions from the National Security Act 2010 and ensure independent investigation and prosecution of human rights violations committed by the National Intelligence and Security Service, the armed forces and the police.

Date:
22 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 54/4875/2016
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Women's Rights

Papua New Guinea: Amnesty International welcomes closure of Manus Island refugee detention facility and urges increased protection of women and girls from discrimination and violence

Ratification of core human rights treaties, and passing national legislation to give meaning to these obligations, is essential for the enjoyment of human rights in Papua New Guinea. However, their implementation by the government of Papua New Guinea, in policy and practice, remains a significant barrier to the full realization of human rights in the country.

Date:
22 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 34/4884/2016
  • Campaigns

Show solidarity with refugees like the Yezidi sisterhood

Kurtey, Ghazal, Karmey, Beshey and Noorey are Yezidi women from northern Iraq who were forced to flee in August 2014 when IS swept through the region in a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing. They abducted thousands of Yezidi men, women and children forcing them to convert to Islam and killed hundreds of men in cold blood. Captured women and girls were subjected to torture, including rape, forcibly married, ‘sold’ or given as ‘gifts’ to IS fighters or their supporters and forced into sexual slavery.

Date:
21 September 2016