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  • Syria
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Syria: Detained Kurdish activist in critical health: Suleiman Abdulmajid Oussou

The health of Suleiman Abdulmajid Oussou has critically deteriorated since 21 June. The Syrian Kurdish opposition activist has been arbitrarily detained by the Asayish, the police force of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)-led Autonomous Administration, in the north-eastern region of Syrian, since 23 May. He is currently held in poor conditions in Allaya prison in Qamishli, north-eastern Syria, without being charged.

Date:
23 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 24/6587/2017
  • Research
  • Poland
  • Demonstrations

Poland: Concerns over large-scale prosecution of protesters

On Saturday, 10 June the police removed by force about hundred anti-government protesters in central Warsaw. They were held for two hours and were served fines for an interference with a lawful assembly. Amnesty International is concerned over the use of criminal and administrative law against protesters in Poland. It calls on the Polish authorities to ensure that people are able to take part in demonstrations as a means of expressing their views.

Date:
22 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 37/6567/2017
  • Campaigns
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Censorship and Free Speech

United Arab Emirates: Further information: Prison sentence and fine upheld for journalist: Tayseer Salman al-Najjar

The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), upheld the conviction and sentence of Tayseer Salman al-Najjar on 19 June. The Jordanian poet and journalist was arrested on 13 December 2015 and is serving a three-year prison sentence for comments he posted on Facebook that were “damaging [to] the reputation and prestige of the Emirati state”. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
21 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/6553/2017
  • Research
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Côte d’Ivoire: Continued human rights capacity building and technical cooperation required

Amnesty International welcomes progress made in creating a supportive legal environment for human rights defenders in Côte d’Ivoire, particularly with the adoption of the law on the protection of human rights defenders in 2014 and its decree of implementation in 2017. Amnesty International is concerned, however, that the closure of the United Nations Operations in Côte d’Ivoire and the simultaneous end of the mandate of the Independent Expert is likely to reduce international support and scrutiny at a time when human rights challenges are increasing in the country.

Date:
20 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 31/6549/2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Prisoners of Conscience

United Arab Emirates (UAE): End the arbitrary imprisonment of prominent rights defender Ahmed Mansoor

The Martin Ennals Foundation and the ten human rights organizations that make up the jury of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA), today renewed their appeal to the government of the United Arab Emirates to release immediately and unconditionally Ahmed Mansoor, the last remaining human rights defender in the UAE who had previously been able to criticize the authorities publicly.

Date:
20 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/6552/2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Mexico: human rights defenders and journalists should be protected against illegal surveillance

Responding to a NYT’s article that disclosed the use of software to spy on Mexican journalists and human rights defenders, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said: “This new chilling evidence confirms that Mexican journalists and human rights defenders are a target of illegal practices designed to interfere and hinder their work. These findings are consistent with Amnesty International's previous research and show a clear pattern of illegal use of technology in an attempt to control any criticism against those in power.

Date:
19 June 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Pakistan
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Pakistan: Minority rights journalist attacked and injured: Rana Tanweer

Pakistani minority rights journalist Rana Tanweer faced an assassination attempt on 9 June. He was attacked in a hit and run accident and fractured his leg. Days before, his home was vandalised and he was threatened for his writing. The authorities have not provided him and his family with adequate protection nor held the perpetrators to account.

Date:
19 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 33/6531/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Detention

Our father is brave, we wait for him with hope in our hearts

Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was detained on 17 June 2012 and sentenced in 2014 to 10 years in prison for creating an online forum for public debate and accusations that he insulted Islam. He was also sentenced to a cruel and inhuman punishment of 1,000 lashes, and on 9 January 2015 he received the first 50 of these in a public square in Jeddah. Raif’s children have not seen their father for many years.

Date:
17 June 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Saudi Arabia: Release blogger Raif Badawi, still behind bars after five years

Marking the fifth anniversary of the arrest of Saudi Arabian blogger and prisoner of conscience Raif Badawi, Samah Hadid, Middle-East Director of Campaigns for Amnesty International said: “Raif Badawi has already served half of his prison term, but he shouldn’t be locked up in the first place. Saudi Arabian authorities must ensure his immediate and unconditional release, as well as the release of all prisoners of conscience detained solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Date:
16 June 2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Detention

Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories-Palestine: Palestinian university professor in detention: Ahmad Qatamesh

An Israeli military judge confirmed a three-month administrative detention order against Ahmad Qatamesh on 13 June. The Palestinian academic was arbitrarily detained under an administrative order issued on 17 May. He has been held since 14 May without charge or trial in Ofer prison. Ahmad Qatamesh is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
16 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/6485/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Hungary: Further information: President approves law targeting NGOs

President Janos Ader has signed a law targeting Hungarian NGOs which receive funding from abroad, on the grounds that they may represent “foreign interests. Once the law takes effect, it will be a new tool to discredit and intimidate NGOs and undermine their capacity to protect human rights and provide valuable services to Hungarian people.

Date:
16 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 27/6533/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Saudi Arabia: Further information: Sentence confirmed on Saudi Arabian writer: Nazeer al-Majed

Saudi Arabian writer Nazeer al-Majed was informed on 15 May that the Court of Appeal of the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) in Riyadh has upheld his seven-year prison sentence. Nazeer al-Majed has been detained since 18 January solely for having peacefully exercised his right to freedom of expression. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
16 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 23/6510/2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Hungary: Appeal Court orders retrial of man convicted of ‘terrorism’ for throwing stones

Hungary: Appeal Court orders retrial of man convicted of ‘terrorism’ for throwing stones Following a decision by a Hungarian appeal court to order a retrial in the case against Ahmed H, a Syrian man sentenced to 10 years in prison for committing an “act of terror” during clashes with border guards at the Serbia-Hungary border, Todor Gardos, Amnesty International’s Hungary researcher said: “This is an important step on the path to justice for a man whose absurd conviction was based on the blatant misuse of terrorism provisions.

Date:
15 June 2017