Friday, August 30, 2019

CHINA: Uyghur Woman Missing - ONLINE ACTION

Amnesty International, Australia, August 30, 2019.

Guligeina was worried about her parents. She hadn’t been able to contact them since her last visit home in February 2017. So she did what any daughter would do. She left her studies in Malaysia and made the journey back to Yili, in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, to find them.
Now, Guligeina is missing. Family and friends fear that she has been detained at a political 're-education' camp as part of a crackdown on Uyghur minorities and is at risk of torture.

Monday, August 26, 2019

CHINA: Human Rights Defenders Imprisoned - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, August 22, 2019.

Human rights defenders Cheng Yuan, Liu Yongze, and Wu Gejianxiong have been placed under incommunicado detention on suspicion of ‘subversion of state power” since 22 July 2019. If found guilty, they could face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Denied any access to their family and a lawyer of their choice, they are at grave risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

COLOMBIA: Human Rights Defender in Danger - ONLINE ACTION

Amnesty International Australia, August 21, 2019.

Picture this: unknown men have been following you everywhere you go for months. You report it to the police, but they ignore you.
Just imagining it is enough to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. For rights defender Danelly Estupiñan it’s very real. She’s being followed wherever she goes, and she’s heard that people have paid to have her murdered.

So far the authorities have ignored Danelly’s fears, but if we speak up together, we can get them to act and ensure she’s safe.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

IRAN: Saeed Malekpour Freed - GOOD NEWS!

Amnesty International, Canada, August 15, 2019.
On August 2, Maryam Malekpour was finally reunited with her brother Saeed in Vancouver after she had campaigned tirelessly for 11 years to free him from prison in Iran.
“The nightmare is finally over!” Maryam wrote on Twitter. “Together we prevailed.”
Maryam thanked “every single person who supported us throughout this time.”
Saeed, a permanent resident of Canada, was arrested in Iran in October 2008 while on a visit to his dying father.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Amnesty International, UK, Aug 14, 2019.

Texas is set to execute Larry Swearingen on 21 August—just over one week.
He’s been behind bars in Texas for nearly two decades. Larry has always maintained his innocence, and several forensic experts support his innocence too.
We don’t have much time. Please send a message now to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, urging they call off Larry’s execution.

Larry was convicted only on circumstantial evidence in connection with the murder of a young woman. DNA testing of evidence has failed to find any traces of Larry’s DNA.
Larry’s legal representation was dismal, and lead to his execution being called off in 2009... and again in 2011.

Now, without conclusive evidence, his execution date is set again for 21 August.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

IRAN: Critically Ill Prisoner Tortured - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, August 12, 2019.

Critically ill prisoner of conscience and human rights defender Arash Sadeghi is being tortured through the intentional and purposeful denial of his access to cancer treatment, causing him severe pain and suffering. A serious post-operation infection has developed in his right arm due to lack of care in prison, leaving it swollen, paralyzed and without sensation. He has also been denied critical bone marrow tests to monitor if his cancer has spread. His life is being put at risk.

Friday, August 9, 2019

SENEGAL: Activist Detained for Facebook Post - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, August 8, 2019.

Senegalese activist Guy Marius Sagna was charged with ‘false alert of terrorism’ on 5 August. He was arbitrarily arrested on 16 July in Dakar. He was first questioned over his two Facebook posts about the lack of adequate medical facilities in Senegal, 59 years after independence and then for a publication on a Facebook Page about the presence of French army in Africa. He is detained at the Central prison of Rebeuss in Dakar.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

HONDURAS: Land Defenders Still at Risk - ONLINE LETTER

Amnesty International, Canada, July 22, 2019.

On July 16, Rosalina had spoken out to denounce a vicious attack on her community and the destruction of food crops vital to their survival. 

Rosalina and the Lenca community of Río Blanco are a target because of their relentless efforts to defend their human rights, even when that puts them on a collision course with powerful people who want to exploit the land and water on which the community depends.

The situation is extremely dangerous. Rosalina and her community have appealed for our support.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

EGYPT: Malak Released - GOOD NEWS!

Amnesty International, Australia, July , 2019

The great news: the authorities have now released Malak.

Malak sends this message:

“Thank you from all my heart for [everyone] that supported my right to freedom. Our existence as trans is a crucial fight for our rights and we will defend our rights despite all the abuse and racism and pain ... This is not an act of heroism! No, this is a right and rights are won.”