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Equatorial Guinea: Free Human Rights Defenders

Two Prominent Activists Arbitrarily Detained  Equatorial Guinean authorities should immediately release two men who head the country’s leading human rights organization, seven human rights and transparency organizations said today. The police detained Enrique Asumu and Alfredo Okenve, who head the Center for Development Studies and Initiatives (CEID), on April 17, 2017, and have exceeded the 72-hour period that Equatorial Guinean law permits them to detain a person without charge.

Date:
21 April 2017
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China: Disclose the whereabouts of two Tibetans who attempted self-immolation

Wangchuk tseten and Pema Gyaltsen were taken away by police after attempting self-immolations. Amnesty International calls on the Chinese government to immediately inform the families their whereabouts, or, if they are no longer alive, return the bodies of the deceased individuals to their family members. The Chinese government should also stop harassing, intimidating, attacking and arbitrarily detaining their family members and others accused of being involved with the self-immolations.

Date:
21 April 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6098/2017
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It's not marriage but equality that we long for

On this island of Taiwan, there have always been people whose rights are not protected. Overtime, we start to believe that everyone is treated equally but reality has a way of awakening us from this complacency. My good friend Anja* is a lesbian woman. She has a girlfriend whom she has been with for more than a decade. They live together with Anja’s family and often spend weekends at the home of her girlfriend’s parents.

Date:
21 April 2017
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Iran: Further Information: Iranian human rights defender on hunger strike: Atena Daemi

Iranian human rights defender Atena Daemi has been on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin prison since 8 April. She is protesting the suspended prison sentences imposed on two of her sisters, Hanieh and Ensieh, for “insulting public officers on duty”. She has accused Iran’s security bodies of harassing family members as a way to inflict further pain and suffering on political prisoners.

Date:
21 April 2017
Ref:
MDE 13/6096/2017
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Qatar must not deport human rights activist at risk of torture and persecution in Saudi Arabia

The Qatari authorities must not buckle to demands from Saudi Arabia if they request the deportation of human rights activist Mohammad al-Otaibi back to the country, where he is at risk of being imprisoned and tortured or otherwise ill-treated, said Amnesty International, ahead of a hearing by a Saudi Arabian court scheduled for Tuesday 25 April. Mohammad al-Otaibi, a peaceful activist, and founder of a local human rights organization, is being tried in his absence before Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court on a list of ludicrous charges.

Date:
20 April 2017
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Nepal: Need Effective Steps to Enforce Court Verdicts

Rule of Law Should Prevail, Not Political Protectionism Nepali authorities should immediately take effective steps to enforce the landmark Kavre district court murder verdict for the 2004 torture and killing of teenage Maina Sunuwar, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists said today. On 16 April 2017, the Kavre district court sentenced three army officers to life imprisonment for the murder of Maina Sunuwar, a 15-year-old girl who was tortured in army custody and died as a result in February 2004.

Date:
20 April 2017
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  • United Arab Emirates
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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
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Singapore: authorities must halt execution of Singaporean man convicted of drug trafficking

The family of Mohd Jeefrey bin Jamil, a Singaporean national, were notified on 17 April that the President had rejected his clemency petition and that his execution has been scheduled for tomorrow, Friday 21 April. Mohd Jeefrey bin Jamil, now 52 years old, was convicted on 28 November 2014 after he was found in possession of 45. 26 grams of diamorphine and automatically presumed to be trafficking the substance in March 2012.

Date:
20 April 2017
Ref:
ACT 50/6097/2017
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Africa: Counting gains, filling gaps: strengthening African Union’s response to human rights violations committed in conflict situations

The scale of atrocities in recent and ongoing conflicts in Africa has prompted the African Union Peace and Security Council to recognize the intimate link between peace and security and human rights. It has begun to take measures to address human rights violations that lead to and/or committed in conflict situations. This report examines the extent to which the respect, promotion, and protection of human rights is integrated into the peace and security processes of the African Union.

Date:
20 April 2017
Ref:
AFR 01/6047/2017
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  • Myanmar
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Myanmar: Establish an independent prisoner review mechanism to end politically motivated imprisonment

In this joint statement, 22 national and international non-governmental organizations call for the immediate release of all individuals detained or imprisoned on fabricated, politically motivated charges, and for the establishment of an independent and effective prisoner review mechanism to bring about an end to arbitrary arrests and detentions in Myanmar.

Date:
20 April 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/6090/2017
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Venezuela: Unending cycle of violence and repression threatens the lives of the Venezuelan people

The unending spiral of violence and repression during the protests in Venezuela is submerging the country in a crisis that will be hard to come back from, threatening the lives and security of the Venezuelan population, Amnesty International said following reports of at least two deaths and several people injured and detained during the protests around the country today. The Venezuelan authorities confirmed that Paola Ramírez, 23 years old, and Carlos Moreno, 17 years old, were shot dead in San Cristóbal, Táchira and Caracas respectively.

Date:
19 April 2017
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Draconian amendments to Egyptian laws spell further disaster for human rights

A set of legislative amendments approved by the Egyptian parliament last week in the name of security will sanction mass arbitrary arrests, enable indefinite detention without charge or trial and will severely undermine fair trial guarantees, Amnesty International said in a statement published today. The amendments were rushed through parliament after last week’s deadly bombings of three Coptic churches in Egypt that left 44 people dead and more than 100 injured.

Date:
19 April 2017