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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
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  • 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
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  • Kenya
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Kenya: Attempts to shut down human rights groups unlawful and irresponsible

Responding to attempts by Kenya’s NGO regulator to shut down two human rights organizations – the Kenya National Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and the African Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) - Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “The NGO Coordination Board’s decision must be seen for what it really is - a cynical attempt to discredit human rights organizations.

Date:
15 August 2017
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  • Pakistan
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Pakistan: Pakistani defender forcibly disappeared: Punhal Sario

Human rights defender and Convenor of Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh, Punhal Sario, has been forcibly disappeared in Sindh Province, southern Pakistan. This is another example in a string of recent enforced disappearances by the security forces in Sindh. His fate and whereabouts remain unknown. He is at grave risk of torture, ill-treatment, and even death.

Date:
14 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 33/6911/2017
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  • Cambodia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Cambodia: Civil society organizations call for the release of Tep Vanny

Tep Vanny, one of Cambodia’s most prominent land activists and human rights defenders, will have spent one year in prison on 15 August for defending her community and exercising her human rights. Sixty-four civil society organizations condemn her arbitrary imprisonment. We call for her convictions to be overturned, for all ongoing politically motivated and unsubstantiated charges against her to be dropped, and for her immediate release from prison.

Date:
14 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 23/6937/2017
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  • 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
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

China: Tens of thousands demand President Xi frees Liu Xia

Almost 70,000 people from across the world have urged China’s President to lift all restrictions and end the harassment against poet and artist Liu Xia, one month after the death of her husband, Nobel Peace laureate, Liu Xiaobo. Liu Xia has not been heard of since her husband’s hastily arranged funeral ceremony and sea burial on 15 July. Prisoner of Conscience, Liu Xiaobo, passed away in custody two days earlier.

Date:
11 August 2017
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  • China
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China: Open Letter Calling for the Urgent Medical Attention of Su Changlan

24 directors from Amnesty International sections, national and regional offices across the world wrote to Minister of Public Security of China to draw attention to the dire situation of Su Changlan, who is currently serving a three-year prison sentence in China. In light of her appalling health conditions in detention centre, Su Changlan requires immediate transfer to adequate health facilities so as to be able to receive the appropriate medical care she requires.

Date:
10 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6830/2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Ukraine: 76-year old Crimea Tatar protester in detention: Server Karametov

76-year old Crimean Tatar Server Karametov was arrested on 8 August by the de facto authorities in Crimea while engaging in a peaceful protest and sentenced to 10 days of administrative detention on charges of resisting police. He is a prisoner of conscience, with Parkinson’s disease, who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
10 August 2017
Ref:
EUR 50/6923/2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
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Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: Two Palestinian women in administrative detention: Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin

Member of the Palestinian parliament Khalida Jarrar and women’s union leader Khitam Saafin have been held without being charged or tried for 36 days. They both face indefinite detention without charge or trial. Their administrative detention orders can be renewed indefinitely and with no prior notice.

Date:
8 August 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/6859/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
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Sri Lanka: Further information: Harassed priests granted fellowship abroad: Father Elil Rajendram

Since being summoned for questioning by the Sri Lankan police for hosting a memorial for the war dead, Father Elil Rajendran was successful in securing a court order directing the police not to question him further. In terms of his personal safety, he now has respite from harassment and is out of the country on a short-term Fellowship.

Date:
8 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 37/6780/2017