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  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Iran: Further information: Iran: Women's rights activist in critical health: Atena Daemi

The health of Iranian women’s rights activist, Atena Daemi, has sharply deteriorated. After 46 days on hunger strike, she is critically ill and her body has started rejecting water. Despite doctors’ warnings, the authorities are still refusing to transfer her to a hospital outside prison for specialist medical care. She is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
MDE 13/6322/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Uganda
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Uganda: Further information: University lecturer freed on conditional bail: Dr Stella Nyanzi

Dr Stella Nyanzi, an academic and feminist, has been released on conditional bail. She was arrested on 7 April and subsequently charged with insulting the president and violating his right to privacy. On 25 May, the Magistrate Court is expected to hear an application made by the state attorney to have a mental health examination done on Dr Stella Nyanzi.

Date:
22 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 59/6284/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Laos
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Laos: Further information: Three activists sentenced to prison in secret trial: Soukan Chaithad, Somphone Phimmasone and Lodkham Thammavong

According to sources, three Lao human rights activists, Soukan Chaithad, Somphone Phimmasone and Lodkham Thammavong, were sentenced to between 12 and 20 years’ in prison following a secret trial held in April 2017. Arrested in March 2016, and held incommunicado for over two months, they are prisoners of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
17 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 26/6270/2017
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Internet and Social Media

Ethiopia: Terrorism verdict for Facebook posts is a shameful affront to freedom of expression

In response to news that former Ethiopian opposition spokesman Yonatan Tesfaye has been found guilty of “encouragement of terrorism” in connection with his posts on Facebook, Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “Today’s verdict is a miscarriage of justice. It is yet another example of how the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation is used to target and destroy people who criticize the government.

Date:
16 May 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Terrorism

Shut down for speaking out. Human rights defenders at risk in West and Central Africa

Human rights defenders have long played an essential role in standing up for freedom, opposing repression and promoting social justice across West and Central Africa. Yet rather than heralding these efforts to promote and defend universal civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, state authorities have far too often responded with hostility and an intolerance of dissent.

Date:
16 May 2017
Ref:
ACT 30/6170/2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Internet and Social Media

Russian YouTuber convicted of blasphemy after playing Pokémon Go in a church

Russian authorities have blatantly misused the criminal justice system, including draconian anti-extremist legislation, in a show trial against blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky, said Amnesty International today. A court in Yekaterinburg today gave the 22-year-old blogger a three-and-a-half year suspended prison sentence for “inciting hatred” and “offending believers’ feelings”. He was arrested in September 2016 for playing Pokémon Go in a cathedral in Yekaterinburg, in the Urals.

Date:
11 May 2017
  • News
  • Uganda
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Uganda: Stella Nyanzi free but ludicrous charges must be dropped

Responding to news that outspoken feminist academic Stella Nyanzi has been released on bail after four weeks in prison, Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “It is a great relief that Stella Nyanzi is no longer behind bars, as she should never have been arrested in the first place. The government’s attempt to prosecute her for speaking out for the rights of Uganda’s women and girls, is an affront to freedom of expression.

Date:
10 May 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Thailand
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Thailand: Lawyer and activists detained for Facebook post: Prawet Prapanukul, Danai, Wanchai and three others

Detained lawyer Prawet Prapanukul, Danai, Wanchai and three others were arrested by a joint military security force on 29 April and held in an unknown location for five days before Bangkok’s Criminal Court on 3 May remanded the six men to custody. They have been targeted in an ongoing crackdown on individuals sharing or expressing views critical of ruling authorities online. If convicted, they could face between 15 and 50 years’ imprisonment for sharing and commenting on Facebook.

Date:
10 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 39/6195/2017
  • Blog
  • Ethiopia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

A time warp: Face-to-face with emergency restrictions in Ethiopia

My three days in Addis Ababa felt like a step back in time. As part of my day job, I keep abreast of developments in Ethiopia, so I thought I knew the true extent of restrictions people there have to endure every day – especially since the state of emergency was imposed in October last year. But I was unpleasantly surprised on my recent visit there. You really cannot imagine what it is like to live under the state of emergency just by reading about it in a newspaper in Nairobi, Johannesburg or London.

Date:
9 May 2017
  • News
  • Maldives
  • Internet and Social Media

Maldives: Killing of popular blogger an attack on freedom of expression

Maldives authorities must immediately investigate the brutal killing of an online activist today and bring those responsible to justice, Amnesty International said. Yameen Rasheed, a 29-year-old popular blogger and social media personality, was found stabbed to death inside his apartment building in the capital Malé this morning. No one has claimed responsibility for the killing. Yameen Rasheed had received multiple death threats prior to his murder, which he had reported to the police.

Date:
23 April 2017
  • Research
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Internet and Social Media

UAE: Free Prominent Rights Defender Ahmed Mansoor Held on Speech-Related Charges

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates should immediately release Ahmed Mansoor, an award-winning human rights defender who is facing charges that violate his right to freedom of expression, a coalition of 18 human rights organizations said in a joint statement on 20 April, one month after his arrest. Ahmed Mansoor, who received the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2015, has been in detention since 20 March 2017.

Date:
20 April 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/6094/2017
  • News
  • Uganda
  • Internet and Social Media

Uganda: Detention of feminist academic for criticizing president a travesty

A Ugandan university lecturer who criticized the President and his wife on Facebook must be released immediately and unconditionally, said Amnesty International today, after she was charged in court with insulting the President and violating his right to privacy under the Computer Misuse Act of 2011. Her prosecution violates Uganda’s obligations regarding the right to freedom of expression under the country’s Constitution, as well as regional and international human rights law.

Date:
10 April 2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • LGBT Rights

Russian authorities ban Putin ‘gay clown’ meme but fail to investigate homophobic killings

After the Russian government banned a digitally altered image depicting President Vladimir Putin wearing lipstick and mascara – widely reported in global media as a “gay clown” meme - Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International’s Moscow office, said: “In its twisted definition of justice, the Russian authorities have chosen to use anti-extremism legislation to silence peaceful freedom of expression at a time when state-supported homophobia inspires violence across the country.

Date:
6 April 2017