Saturday, June 29, 2019

IRAN: Authorities must investigate death of Benyamin Alboghbiesh - PRESS RELEASE

Amnesty International, June 28, 2019.
The Iranian authorities must urgently carry out an effective and impartial investigation into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a 28-year-old detainee from the Ahwazi Arab minority, said Amnesty International.
Benyamin Alboghbiesh was arrested on 26 May. Just a month later, on 26 June, his family were informed by an intelligence official believed to be affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards that he had died at a detention centre in Ahvaz, in southern Iran. The authorities have yet to return his body to his family.

IRAN: Executions in IRAN - NEWS

Amnesty International, June 25, 2019

The Iranian authorities are systematically violating the absolute prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment by cruel practices targeting family members of the thousands of prisoners who were forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed in prisons across Iran in 1988, said Amnesty International on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Three decades on from when the Iranian authorities forcibly disappeared and killed several thousand political dissidents in secret, dumping their bodies in unmarked mass graves, they continue to torment relatives by refusing to disclose when, how and why their loved ones were killed and where their remains are buried. Family members who have sought truth and justice have faced threats, harassment, intimidation and attacks. 

IRAN: Nazanin on Hunger Strike - NEWS

Amnesty International,UK, June 28, 2019

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has now gone almost two weeks without food. She’s on a hunger strike for the second time to demand one very simple thing – to finally be free and reunited with her family.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

SRI LANKA: Four Face Death Penalty - NEWS & URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, June 26, 2019.

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena must immediately halt his plans to execute four prisoners, Amnesty International said today.

Amnesty International is shocked by President Sirisena’s announcement that he has signed the execution warrants of four death row prisoners convicted of drug-related crimes, and that they will be hanged in “the near future.”

While the President has confirmed signing the death warrants, no names have been revealed and no details have been shared about any scheduled executions or information on the cases. The lack of transparency makes it impossible to ascertain whether these prisoners have exhausted clemency appeals or if all safeguards were followed in their conviction or sentencing. There is also no confirmation that the four prisoners, or their families, have been alerted to their imminent execution.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

ECUADOR: Investigate Death Threats Against Nema - ONLINE ACTION

Amnesty International, Australia, June 18, 2019.

Nema’s courageous work to protect her homelands in the Amazon rainforest has put her life in danger.

An armed man has threatened to kill her, and Ecuador’s government has failed to protect her.

We need to push Ecuador to act for Nema’s safety, now.

IRAN: 18 Year Old Faces Execution - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, June 18, 2019.

Danial Zeinolabedini, an 18-year-old imprisoned in Mahabad prison, West Azerbaijan province, is at risk of execution. He was sentenced to death in June 2018 after an unfair trial in which he was convicted of a murder that took place when he was 17 years old. His execution would be a grave violation of international law.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

FRANCE: Journalists Harrassed - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, June 14, 2019.

Seven investigative journalists have been summoned since February for questioning by the Intelligence Services after the Paris Prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation against them for revealing a national defense secret. In April, the online media portal Disclose published the ‘Yemen papers’ regarding the sale of French weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and their use against civilians in the context of the Yemen civil war. The authorities have pressured the journalists to reveal their sources, however their actions are protected by the right to freedom of expression and the preliminary investigation against the journalists must stop.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

IRAN: One Million Demand Release of Nasrin - PRESS RELEASE

Amnesty International, USA, June 15, 2019

More than a million people in more than 200 countries and territories across the globe have come together to express their outrage at the sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 years and six months in prison and 148 lashes after two grossly unfair trials, Amnesty International announced today, as signatures demanding her release were handed in to Iranian embassies around the world.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Ecuador: Help Indigenous Women Protect Their Land - ONLINE ACTION

Amnesty International, Canada, May 5, 2019

On World Environment Day, we are in solidarity with courageous women earth defenders of Mujeres Amaz√≥nicas (Amazonian Women), a collective in the Amazon region of Ecuador.

These determined women risk their lives to protect the world’s largest rainforest from environmental damage caused by extractive industries, like mining, oil drilling and logging.  

Patricia Gualinga is a leader of the Kichwa Sarayaku Indigenous community that went all the way to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to demand that an oil company remove explosives it had placed in Sarayaku territory without their consent.  

Patricia was attacked with stones. Her attacker yelled: “Next time, we’ll kill you, bitch!” 

Other women defenders of the Amazon have also been attacked and threatened with death in retaliation for outspoken efforts to protect the environment on which the survival of their people depends.