Wednesday, January 30, 2019

THAILAND: Ask Authorities to Release Refugee Footballer - ONLINE ACTION

Amnesty International Australia, January 27, 2019.

Former Bahraini national footballer, Hakeem al-Araibi, found refuge and safety in Australia after fleeing torture and persecution in his home country. 

Now, he is languishing in immigration detention in Thailand and could be deported back to certain danger in Bahrain.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

IRAN: Labor Rights Activists at Risk of Further Torture - URGENT ACTION

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Iranian labor rights activists Sepideh Gholian (pictured left) and Esmail Bakhshi (right), who were rearrested on 20 January after speaking out about beatings and other abuse they suffered in detention in late 2018, are at grave risk of further torture. The authorities must release them immediately and unconditionally as they are prisoners of conscience jailed solely on the basis of their peaceful activism in defense of workers’ rights.


Friday, January 25, 2019

MEXICO: Activists Killed - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, January 23, 2019

On 17 January, unidentified armed men attacked demonstrators in Amatán, Chiapas state, southern Mexico. Noé Jiménez Pablo and José Santiago Gómez Álvarez, two economic, social and cultural rights activists and members of the Independent Regional Campesino Movement (MOCRI – Movimiento Campesino Regional Independiente), were taken and deprived of their liberty by the armed men. The following day, their wounded death bodies appeared in a local dumpster. In reaction to this attack, the government took measures like sending few law enforcement officials, but members of the community fear further attacks and that these measures are insufficient to protect them.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

MAURITANIA: Anti-Slavery Activists Released - GOOD NEWS

Amnesty International, USA, January 23, 2019.

Two anti-slavery activists Biram Dah Abeid and Abdellahi el Housein Mesoud were released from Nouakchott civil Prison on 31 December 2018. The Tribunal of Arafat in Nouakchott sentenced them to six months, two months of which would be a suspended sentence. Having already spent more than four months in prison, Biram and Abdellahi were released the same day.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2019 AIUSA Lobby Days

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AIUSA Lobby Days 2019

Please join us to lobby our elected leaders in Wisconsin! Contact Wisconsin Legislative Coordinator Jacob Pankratz ( or Group #139 coordinator Azam Niroomand-Rad ( if you would like to get a group together to lobby!

President's Day Recess
February 18-22, 2019

AIUSA Lobby Day (in Washington, D.C.)
May 5-6, 2019

August Recess

August 5-9, 2019

October Recess

September 30-October 11, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

ISRAEL: Bedouin Human Rights Leader Imprisoned - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, January 21, 2019.

On 25 December 2018, 69-year-old human rights defender Sheikh Sayyah Abu Mdeighim al-Turi, started serving a 10-month prison sentence for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly. Sheikh Sayyah is the head of al-‘Araqib, a Bedouin village in the Negev/Naqab that is unrecognized by the Israeli authorities. He is currently held at Maasiyahu Prison, in the city of Ramle in central Israel. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

INDIA: Release Journalist Detained for Facebook Posts

Urgent Action

Related imageKishorchandra Wangkhem, a journalist based in Manipur, India, was arrested in August, and again in November 2018, because of Facebook posts where he criticized the government. While he was released on bail in both cases, on 27 November, he was arrested under the National Security Act (NSA). This draconian administrative detention law allows for him to be imprisoned for 12 months without charge or trial, in violation of regular criminal justice safeguards. The High Court of Manipur will hear his challenge to his detention under the NSA on 1 February 2019.                                      CLICK HERE to LEARN MORE

Thursday, January 10, 2019


Amnesty International, Australia, January 2019.

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BAHRAIN: Free Ali Mohamed al-Showaikh - ONLINE ACTION

Amnesty International, Australia, January 9, 2019.

Ali Mohamed al-Showaikh fled Bahrain to seek safety in the Netherlands in 2017

But in October 2018 the Dutch authorities sent Ali back to Bahrain where he feared persecution. He was arrested at the airport on arrival and has been detained without trial ever since. 

Ali feared that this would happen to him, if not worse. He should never have been sent back. Ali had a valid passport and was willing to travel to another country to seek safety, yet the Dutch authorities still chose to aggressively pursue his forcible return.

Bahrain has a record of persecuting those who speak out against the authorities and is notorious for torture and other ill-treatment in detention.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

IRAN: Prisoners Executed - NEWS

Iran Human Rights, January 4, 2019.

Last month IHR and several other rights groups and news websites received reports about the execution of 12 imprisoned drug offenders on December 6, in the Central Prison of Kerman, South-Eastern Iran. IHR has now confirmed the reports through several independent sources.  This is the highest number of drug-related executions in one day since the new amendments to the Anti-Narcotics Law were enforced in November 2017.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

USA: Free Mother Torn From Son at US/Mexico Border

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