Friday, January 29, 2021

NIGERIA: Singer Faces Execution - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, January 29,2021.

On 21 January, an Appeal Panel ordered the case of 22-year-old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu be retried by a different judge on the basis that he was not represented by a legal representative throughout his trial. The singer was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy in August 2020, accused of circulating a song on WhatsApp that allegedly contained derogatory comments against Prophet Muhammad SWAT. The charges against Yahaya Sharif-Aminu must be dropped and he must be released immediately and unconditionally.



Wednesday, January 27, 2021

TIBET: Ask UN to Help Stop Torture in Tibet - ONLINE PETITION

International Campaign for Tibet, 1-26-2021

A 19-year-old monk has died after he was beaten in police custody. Now, we must demand an investigation into his killing—and a stop to China’s torture and abuse in Tibet.

Click on link above text to sign petition.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

IRAN: 3rd Anniversary of Nationwide Protests - PUBLIC STATEMENT

Amnesty International, 1-21-2021

Please find below and attached a Public Statement, in English and Persian, that Amnesty International issued today on the third anniversary of the nationwide protests of December 2017 and January 2018. Amnesty International renews its calls for justice for the dozens of protesters, including children, who were killed by Iran’s security forces across the country, and their bereaved families. The organization urges the international community to pressure the Iranian authorities to stop the recurrent pattern of using lethal force to crush protests.


The Public Statement is available in both English and Persian on the Amnesty International website at the following link:


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

CHINA: Hongkongers Sentenced in Unfair Trial - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International,  USA, 1-15-2021

Ten of the 12 Hongkongers arrested in August 2020 by the Chinese coast guard were sentenced on 30 December 2020 without a fair trial. Having been detained for more than four months, the 10 individuals still have no access to their families or family-appointed lawyers.

CHENG Tsz-ho, CHEUNG Chun-fu, QUINN Moon,TANG Kai-yin, LI Tsz-yin, LI Yu-hin, WONG Wai-yin and four other individuals were intercepted by coast guard officers from mainland China after leaving Hong Kong on a speedboat on 23 August 2020. 

Since the 12 Hongkongers were intercepted on 23 August 2020, the Chinese authorities have deprived them of their right to legal representation of their choice. Apart from rejecting all requests made by family-hired lawyers to meet with the detained Hongkongers, the authorities threatened and intimidated at least four of the family-hired lawyers to withdraw from this case. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

IRAN: Doctor at Risk of Execution - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, 1-12-2021.

On 24 November, Iranian-Swedish academic Ahmadreza Djalali learned that prosecution authorities ordered for his death sentence for “corruption on earth” (efsad-e fel-arz) to be carried out. 

In a brief phone call the same day to his wife, he said he had been transferred to solitary confinement in section 209 of Evin prison in Tehran. He is at imminent risk of execution.


Saturday, January 9, 2021

USA: Three Face Execution in Trumps' Last Days - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, January 8, 2021.

Two men and one woman convicted under US federal law face execution in the last weeks of the Trump presidency. 

The US federal authorities resumed executions after 17 years and have been pursuing an unprecedented number of lethal injections, bucking national and global trends towards abolition. 

The cases of those selected for execution have been affected by arbitrariness, ineffective legal representation, racial bias, and have involved people with severe mental and intellectual disabilities, in violation of international law and standards. We urge the US Attorney General to halt all executions. 


Friday, January 1, 2021

IRAN: Young Man Executed - NEWS

Amnesty International, 12-31-2020.

The Iranian authorities’ execution of a young man on 31 December 2020, following a grossly unfair trial for a crime that took place when he was just 16 years old, has once again demonstrated their unrelenting assault on children’s rights and utter disregard for the rules of juvenile justice and the right to life.

The execution of Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee, which took place in Lakan prison in Rasht, Gilan province, lays bare Iran’s shameful record as one of the world’s most prolific executioners and one of the last counties in the world that continues to use the death penalty against juvenile offenders. It further exposes the authorities’ sheer contempt for their obligations under international law, which strictly prohibits the use of the death penalty against people who were under the age of 18 at the time of the crime.