Prisoners Of Conscience

Azerbaijan in downward spiral of oppression ahead of presidential elections - 8 October 2013

Headline Title:  Azerbaijan in downward spiral of oppression ahead of presidential elections Harassment, intimidation, ill-treatment, arbitrary arrests, fabricated charges and unfair trials are all part of the arsenal the Azerbaijani authorities are employing in a downward spiral of oppres Harassment, intimidation, ill-treatment, arbitrary arrests, fabricated charges and unfair trials are all part of the arsenal the Azerbaijani authorities are employing in the run up to the presidential elections. Media Node:  Azerbaijan Story Location:  Azerbaijan 40° 17' 26.5092" N, 47° 38' 12.1884" E “With new arrests of civil society activists reported almost daily, it’s hard to keep up with the sheer number and the speed at which dissenters are being persecuted at the moment. The persecution is so widespread and frequent it’s difficult to assess just how bad the current situation really is.” Source:  John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Director. URL:  Downward spiral: Continuing crackdown on freedoms in Azerbaijan Description:  Read the report URL:  Azerbaijan: Activists face 12 years' jail on new charges Description:  Urgent Action, 18 September 2013 URL:  Azerbaijan: Restrictions to the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly obstructs the work of civil society and political activists Description:  Public Statement, 20 September 2013 URL:  Azerbaijan criminalizes free speech online ahead of elections Description:  News Story, 15 May 2013

يتعيَّن على السلطات البحرينية إطلاق سراح زعيم معارض فوراً - 18 September 2013

Headline Title:  يتعيَّن على السلطات البحرينية إطلاق سراح زعيم معارض فوراً قالت منظمة العفو الدولية اليوم إن اعتقال الزعيم المعارض البارز خليل المرزوق في البحرين ليلة أمس يُعتبر خطوة جديدة تتخذها السلطات نحو تضييق الخناق على المعارضة السياسية في اعتقال الزعيم المعارض البارز خليل المرزوق في البحرين ليلة أمس يُعتبر خطوة جديدة تتخذها السلطات نحو تضييق الخناق على المعارضة السياسية في البلاد وإسكات كل من تعتبره من منتقدي الحكومة Media Node:  Bahrain AR Story Location:  Bahrain 25° 59' 39.3288" N, 50° 32' 13.5924" E “إن خليل المرزوق سجين رأي، سُجن بسبب انتقاداته الحادة للحكومة، ليس إلا” Source:  حسيبة حاج صحراوي، نائبة مدير برنامج الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا في منظمة العفو الدولية URL:  Bahrain: New anti-terrorism powers would pose further risk to human rights Description:  Public statement, 31 July 2013 URL:  Bahrain: “Freedom has a price”: Two years after Bahrain’s uprising Description:  Report, 14 February 2013 URL:  Bahrain: Crackdown in Bahrain: Human Rights at the crossroads Description:  Report, 11 February 2011

Vaclav Havel Human Rights Award goes to Belarusian prisoner of conscience - 30 September 2013

Headline Title:  Vaclav Havel Human Rights Award goes to Belarusian prisoner of conscience Ales Bialiatski, a Belarusian human rights activist and a prisoner of conscience, was awarded the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize in recognition for his work to improve the human rights situation i Ales Bialiatski, a Belarusian human rights activist and a prisoner of conscience, was awarded the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize. Media Node:  Ales ales video Story Location:  Belarus 56° 17' 55.1688" N, 27° 35' 51.5616" E “The prize that Ales Bialiatski received today recognises his courageous human rights work in the face of adversity and for the great personal sacrifices he has made. It is also an indictment against the Belarusian authorities for their persecution of human rights activists and their attacks on freedom of association, assembly and expression. ” Source:  Heather McGill, Amnesty International’s researcher on Belarus. “My biggest worry is how he is surviving in Bobruisk colony. He lives in difficult and strict conditions. He is not only imprisoned but the administration has forbidden contact with other prisoners. The prisoners who have any contact with Ales are told that they can lose priviledges, or their right to parole or may be disciplined. The lengthy imprisonment also threatens his health. ” Source:  Natallia Pinchuk, wife of Ales Bialiatski. URL:  Belarusian activist still languishes in prison, two years on Description:  News Story, 2 August 2013 URL:  Belarus: What is not permitted is prohibited: Silencing civil society in Belarus Description:  Report, 18 April 2013 URL:  Belarus: Dare to be independent Description:  Press Release, 18 April 2013 URL:  Belarus evicts leading human rights organization Description:  News Story, 26 November 2012

Russia must investigate prison abuse allegations by Pussy Riot member - 25 September 2013

Headline Title:  Russia must investigate prison abuse allegations by Pussy Riot member The Russian prison authorities’ decision to move an imprisoned member of the punk band Pussy Riot to solitary confinement after she complained about prison conditions is yet another sign of suppres The Russian prison authorities’ decision to move an imprisoned member of the punk band Pussy Riot to solitary confinement after she complained about prison conditions is yet another sign of suppression of free speech in the country. Media Node:  Pussy Riot Story Location:  United Kingdom 63° 48' 30.0888" N, 96° 19' 41.25" E See map: Google Maps “The prison administration claimed that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova had been placed in isolation for her own protection, but we are concerned this could be yet another punishment for demanding that her own rights and the rights of other inmates are respected. What authorities should do is investigate the allegations she made. ” Source:  Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International’s office in Moscow. URL:  Russia: Second Pussy Riot singer denied parole Description:  News Story, 26 July 2013 URL:  Scores of musicians urge Russia to release Pussy Riot Description:  News Story, 22 July 2013 URL:  Read the open letter Description:  Amnesty International open letter signed by more than 100 musicians, 22 July 2013 URL:  Russian artists and activists campaign for the release of punk singers Description:  Public statement, 7 March 2013 URL:  Russia escalating attacks on free expression a year on from Pussy Riot protest Description:  News story, 20 February 2013

Iran releases prominent human rights lawyer - 18 September 2013

Headline Title:  Iran releases prominent human rights lawyer Amnesty International welcomes the release of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and at least 11 political activists. Amnesty International welcomes the release of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and at least 11 political activists. Media Node:  Iran POC Story Location:  Iran 32° 49' 4.9908" N, 55° 43' 21.5616" E “While the releases are a positive development, they must be a first step that paves the way for the release of all prisoners of conscience held solely because they peacefully exercised their rights. ” Source:  Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director at Amnesty International. URL:  Iran: Release human rights lawyer for good Description:  News Story, 23 January 2013 URL:  Iran: Sakharov Prize winner and other detainees denied visits and medical care Description:  News Story, 31 October 2012 URL:  Health fears for imprisoned Sakharov prize winner in Iran Description:  News Story, 26 October 2012

Bahrain must immediately release opposition leader - 18 September 2013

Headline Title:  Bahrain must immediately release opposition leader The arrest of the prominent opposition leader Khalil al-Marzouq in Bahrain last night is the authorities’ latest move to tighten the noose on political opposition in the country and silence anyone The arrest of the prominent opposition leader Khalil al-Marzouq in Bahrain last night is the authorities’ latest move to tighten the noose on political opposition in the country. Media Node:  Bahrain Story Location:  Bahrain 25° 59' 39.3288" N, 50° 32' 13.5924" E “Khalil al-Marzouq is a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned only for of his vehement criticism of the government. He must be immediately and unconditionally released. ” Source:  Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director at Amnesty International. URL:  Bahrain: New anti-terrorism powers would pose further risk to human rights Description:  Public statement, 31 July 2013 URL:  Bahrain: “Freedom has a price”: Two years after Bahrain’s uprising Description:  Report, 14 February 2013 URL:  Bahrain: Crackdown in Bahrain: Human Rights at the crossroads Description:  Report, 11 February 2011

Zambia postpones same-sex conduct trial - 17 September 2013

Headline Title:  Zambia postpones same-sex conduct trial The postponement of the trial against two Zambian men charged with same-sex sexual conduct whilst they continue to languish in prison is compounding their suffering, Amnesty International said. The postponement of the trial against two Zambian men charged with same-sex sexual conduct whilst they continue to languish in prison is compounding their suffering Media Node:  Zambia At a Glance:  In the last decade sub-Saharan Africa has seen a surge in discrimination and violence towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals.Homosexuality is against the law in 38 African countries. Story Location:  Zambia 13° 5' 50.3412" S, 22° 51' 5.6268" E “These men should not be facing the courts in the first place. Postponing the trial condemns these men to even more time in prison simply because of outrageous charges against them based on their perceived sexual orientation. ” Source:  Simeon Mawanza, Amnesty International’s Zambia researcher. URL:  Zambia: Drop charges against men accused of same-sex conduct Description:  News Story, 11 September 2013 URL:  Zambia urged to release two men charged with same-sex sexual conduct Description:  News Story, 8 May 2013 URL:  Rising levels of homophobia in sub-Saharan Africa are dangerous and must be tackled Description:  News Story, 25 June 2013 URL:  African activists fight homophobia Description:  Feature, 26 June 2013

Cuba. Les autorités doivent libérer immédiatement un prisonnier d'opinion

Les autorités cubaines doivent libérer immédiatement et sans condition un militant politique incarcéré uniquement en raison de ses opinions politiques, a déclaré Amnesty International en annonçant qu'elle venait d'adopter Iván Fernández Depestre comme prisonnier d'opinion. Les autorités cubaines doivent libérer immédiatement et sans condition un militant politique incarcéré uniquement en raison de ses opinions politiques, a déclaré Amnesty International en annonçant

Cuba debe liberar de inmediato a preso de conciencia

Las autoridades de Cuba deben poner en libertad de inmediato y sin condiciones a un activista político encarcelado únicamente a causa de sus opiniones políticas, ha afirmado Amnistía Internacional al tiempo que adoptaba a Iván Fernández Depestre como preso de conciencia. Las autoridades de Cuba deben poner en libertad de inmediato y sin condiciones a un activista político encarcelado únicamente a causa de sus opiniones políticas, ha afirmado Amnistía Internacional

Cuba must immediately release prisoner of conscience

Authorities in Cuba must immediately and unconditionally release a political activist imprisoned solely because of his political views, Amnesty International said as it adopted Iván Fernández Depestre a “Prisoner of Conscience”. Authorities in Cuba must immediately and unconditionally release a political activist imprisoned solely because of his political views, Amnesty International said as it adopted Iván Fernández Depes

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