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USA: Florida set to conduct its first execution in a year and a half

Ahead of a planned resumption of executions in Florida on 24 August, 18 months after the last one, Amnesty International is issuing a paper on recent developments relating to the death penalty in the US state. “Death in Florida” outlines the state’s response to the January 2016 US Supreme Court decision that Florida’s capital sentencing law was unconstitutional, and the governor’s reaction to a prosecutor’s subsequent decision to reject the death penalty.

Date:
21 August 2017
  • Research
  • United States of America
  • Death Penalty

USA: Death in Florida

In March 2017, Rick Scott, Governor of Florida, responded to a State Attorney’s decision not to pursue the death penalty because of its demonstrable flaws by ordering her replacement with a prosecutor willing to engage in this lethal pursuit. Since then the governor has transferred 27 capital murder cases to his preferred prosecutor. Two of these cases have already resulted in juries voting for death sentences.

Date:
21 August 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/6736/2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen: Activist detained by Huthi-Saleh forces must be freed

Yemen’s Huthi-Saleh forces must immediately and unconditionally release a leading political activist who has been arbitrarily detained in the capital Sana’a since 14 August without access to a lawyer or his family, Amnesty International has said. Hisham al-Omeisy, 38, was arbitrarily detained at approximately 2. 45pm on 14 August in Jawlat al-Misbahi, south Sana’a, when approximately 15 armed security officers from the National Security Bureau (NSB) took him away.

Date:
18 August 2017
  • News
  • South Africa
  • Justice Systems

South Africa must reassert commitment to human rights as it prepares to lead SADC

South Africa must take a strong lead in addressing ongoing threats to basic human rights across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, Amnesty International said ahead of the 37th Heads of State Summit in Pretoria. The country takes over from Swaziland as chair of the regional bloc at a time when several member states – including Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Zimbabwe – face major political instability linked to elections that has put freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association in jeopardy.

Date:
18 August 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Americas
  • Migrants

USA: Further information: Four families ordered released from detention

On 17 August, four-year-old Carlos and 16-year-old Michael along with their mothers, Lorena and Maribel (all names changed to protect their identities), were ordered released from Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania by an immigration judge after nearly 700 days in detention. This follows the release of two other young boys and their mothers held in Berks for over 22 months on 7 and 14 August.

Date:
18 August 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/6963/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Iran: Further information: Harassment of dissident Iranian cleric must end: Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi

Dissident Iranian cleric Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi has faced continued intimidation and death threats by the Iranian authorities since his temporary release from prison on 4 January. He is under 24 hour surveillance and has effectively been placed under house arrest. He is critically ill, and could be returned to prison at any time.

Date:
17 August 2017
Ref:
MDE 13/6942/2017
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  • Americas
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Nicaragua: Authorities threaten protest against construction of canal

For several hours yesterday, Nicaraguan police officers prevented communities from participating in a peaceful march against the construction of the Interoceanic Grand Canal in Nicaragua. The march, organised by the National Council in Defence of our Land, Lake and Sovereignty, was the 91st protest against the project which will affect thousands of people. The renowned human rights defender Bianca Jagger also participated in the massive demonstration.

Date:
16 August 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Detention

Iran: Further information: Iranian prisoner of conscience in critical health: Arash Sadeghi

Iranian prisoner of conscience and human rights defender Arash Sadeghi is critically ill and requires immediate hospitalization outside of prison. However, the authorities are refusing to authorize the transfer, apparently on the orders of the Revolutionary Guards. The denial of access to medical care in these circumstances amounts to torture.

Date:
16 August 2017
Ref:
MDE 13/6928/2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Death Penalty

Iran: Scheduled execution of man arrested as teenager is an all-out assault on children’s rights

The planned execution on Wednesday morning of Mehdi Bohlouli, who was only a child at the time of the crime, just days after the hanging of another man arrested as a child, is a sickening act of cruelty that must be stopped immediately, said Amnesty International today. Mehdi Bohlouli was transferred to solitary confinement in Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj, near Tehran, on Monday morning. His family have been told to go to the prison for their final visit today.

Date:
15 August 2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Indonesia: 12 years on victims of Aceh conflict still waiting for truth, justice and full reparation

In commemorating the 12th anniversary of the end of the conflict in Aceh on 15 August 2017, Amnesty International reiterates its calls to the Indonesian and Acehnese authorities to fulfill their international obligations to acknowledge the truth and to ensure accountability for victim of serious human rights violations and their families. Human rights organizations and survivors of the conflict have persevered and campaigned for truth, justice and full reparation over the last decade.

Date:
15 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 21/6934/2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Children

North Korea: Amnesty International's Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

This submission does not reflect the full range of concerns of the organization in terms of respect, protection and fulfilment of children’s rights in Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea), but it focuses in particular on the failure of the DPRK to uphold human rights of children as a result of its heavy restrictions on citizens’ freedom to seek, receive and impart information freely regardless of national frontiers.

Date:
15 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 24/6500/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Detention

Sheikh Tawfiq: My Father

A man who stands by his principles Sheikh Tawfiq al-Amr is a prominent Shi’a Muslim cleric who is serving an eight-year prison sentence in Saudi Arabia. He was jailed in 2011 for criticising discrimination against the Shi’a community and calling for reforms. Today, on the third anniversary of his sentencing, his son Mohammed, 31, tells their story. *** When Sheikh Tawfiq, my father, was arrested the last time, I was in Arizona working on my Bachelor degree and studying for an exam.

Date:
14 August 2017
  • News
  • China
  • Detention

China: Trial of prominent activist ‘The Butcher’ a cruel farce

The Chinese authorities must end their persecution of prominent activist Wu Gan and immediately and unconditionally release him, Amnesty International said, ahead of his expected trial on Monday. Wu Gan, better known by his pen name ‘The Super Vulgar Butcher’, is to be tried at a closed court hearing in Tianjin for “subverting state power” – a charge that carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Date:
11 August 2017