Sunday, February 28, 2021

TIBET: Petition to Pressure China to End Crackdown of Human Rights in Tibet

International Campaign for Tibet, 02-27-21.

Sangdrol la was just 13 when she went to prison for protesting peacefully against China’s repression. Because she bravely continued to protest behind bars, her sentence was extended three times.

However, thanks to pressure from international activists, including ICT members, China eventually commuted her sentence and let her go in 2002. Today, like the other women in “Tibet in Chains,” Sangdrol la lives in freedom outside Tibet.

“I was sentenced to 23 years in prison,”  “But because [of] support of ICT members, I was released after 11 years.”

CLICK HERE to TAKE ACTION; scroll to Take Action; Go to Petition to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

IRAN: Baluchi Ethnic Minority Members at Risk for Execution - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, 2-2021.

Death row prisoners from Iran’s Baluchi ethnic minority, Hamed Rigi and Mehran Naru’i, are at risk of execution. They have been subjected to serious human rights violations including enforced disappearance and torture and other ill-treatment to extract “confessions” used to convict and sentence them to death in unfair trials. Since mid-December 2020, the Iranian authorities have executed 18 Baluchi men, raising fears that Hamed Rigi and Mehran Naru’i may be executed imminently.


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

USA: Close Guantanamo - ONLINE PETITION

Amnesty International, USA, 2-16-2021

The detention facility at Guantánamo continues to hold 40 Muslim men indefinitely, most without charge, and many of whom were tortured by the US government. None has received a fair trial. The treatment and imprisonment in Guantánamo are glaring human rights violations that the Biden administration must end now.

Toffiq al-Bihani is one of five detainees at Guantanamo who have been cleared for transfer to other countries for many years, yet remain imprisoned indefinitely.

He was tortured by the CIA before he was sent to Guantánamo in 2003, where he remains without charge or trial. He was cleared for transfer in 2010.


Sunday, February 14, 2021

ISRAEL: International Criminal Court Ruling Offers New Hope - PRESS RELEASE

Amnesty International, 2-5-2021

The Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has ruled that the ICC has jurisdiction over Rome Statute crimes committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), offering new hope for victims to access justice.



Sunday, February 7, 2021

PAKISTAN: Ailing Professor Arrested After Cancelation of Bail - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, 2-5-2021

Professor Muhammad Ismail, 66 and an Amnesty Prisoner of Conscience, was arrested on 2 February 2021 after his pre-arrest bail was canceled at his bail confirmation hearing at an Anti-Terrorism Court in Peshawar. 

Charged with “terror financing” because of the organization his daughter, human rights defender Gulalai Ismail does, he is at risk of a lengthy prison sentence. Professor Ismail recently tested positive for COVID-19, which his family says has weakened his health significantly, exacerbating the risk to his wellbeing if he is sent to jail. 

Amnesty International calls for all charges against Professor Ismail to be dropped unconditionally and for his immediate release.


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

CHINA: Human Rights Defender on Hunger Strike - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, 2-1-21.

Chinese human rights defender Yang Maodong (better known by his pen name, Guo Feixiong) has been unreachable since the morning of 29 January. 

He began an indefinite hunger strike at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on the night of 28 January after the Chinese authorities prevented him from leaving the country to visit his critically ill wife in the US, saying that he was suspected of “endangering national security”. 

With no communication from him, there are grave concerns about his situation and well-being.