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“Although the distance is painful our hope must persist”

21 March marks Mother’s Day in much of the Arab world, including Saudi Arabia. For the mothers of Abdullah al-Zaher, Dawood al-Marhoon, Ali al-Nimr and Abdulkareem al-Hawaj, four young Saudi Arabian men who were arrested as minors and sentenced to death after grossly unfair trials based on “confessions” they say were extracted under torture, Mother’s Day is a day of heartache. But it is also yet another day of hope and prayer for their sons’ release.

Date:
21 March 2017
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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Conflict

DRC: Amnesty International’s oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February-24 March 2017)

Since 2015, Amnesty International has documented patterns of human rights violations and crimes under international law linked to the end of President Kabila’s second and last constitutional term. We have documented the use of disproportionate, excessive and lethal force by the security forces in handling demonstrations.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/5917/2017
  • Research
  • Unfair Trials

Kyrgyzstan: Immediately release peaceful demonstrators detained in Bishkek

The detention of peaceful demonstrators by authorities in Kyrgyzstan appears to be a deliberate attempt to obstruct the conduct of a peaceful protest and to deny participants their right to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. They should be immediately and unconditionally released. Their detention also appears designed to scare others from participating in future protests.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 58/5929/2017
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  • Bahrain
  • Death Penalty

Bahrain: Further information: Three Bahrainis executed by firing squad: Ali Abdulshaheed al-Sankis, Sami Mirza Mshaima and Abbas Jamil Taher Mhammad al-Samea

On 15 January the Bahraini authorities executed three men by firing squad. Seven others continue to serve life sentences which were upheld by the Court of Cassation on 9 January along with the three death sentences. All ten men were convicted in February 2015 following an unfair trial in relation to the March 2014 killing of three policemen.

Date:
16 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/5889/2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Penal Institutions

Morocco/Western Sahara: Grant Sahrawi defendants a fair trial

The trial of 24 Sahrawis in a civilian court that began on 26 December is an opportunity to redress the numerous violations that tainted their fundamentally flawed military trial in 2013. The trial at the Rabat Court of Appeals continued on 23, 24 and 25 January, and was adjourned until 13 March. A fair trial is essential in order to bring to light the truth of the events in 2010 which led to the death of eleven members of the Moroccan security forces and two Sahrawis, Amnesty International said.

Date:
6 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 29/5753/2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Algeria: Social justice activist facing trial in El Oued

On 7 March, Yahia Ben Ammar, an Algerian social justice activist, will come before a court in El Oued, southern Algeria, on charges in relation to his exercise of his right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly during peaceful protests in late 2016, as well as on charges of insulting and assaulting police following his arrest in January 2017 in a separate case. He reported that police officers ill-treated him in custody at the time.

Date:
6 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 28/5818/2017
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  • Iran
  • Unlawful Detention

Iran: Further information: Doctor on hunger strike after dismissal of lawyer: Dr Ahmadreza Djalali

Iranian academic Dr Ahmadreza Djalali has resumed his hunger strike and has said he has stopped taking liquids as well as food. He is protesting his ongoing detention and the authorities’ refusal to grant him access to a lawyer of his choice. He has said that he would “rather die from his hunger strike than be convicted of baseless charges”.

Date:
2 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 13/5807/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Iran: Further information: UK-Iranian charity worker needs medical care: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is suffering with severe arm, neck and back pain and needs urgent hospitalization. An appeal court has upheld her five-year prison sentence for the charge of “membership of an illegal group” in connection with her work with BBC Media Action and Thompson Reuters Foundation.

Date:
22 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 13/5748/2017