Middle East and North Africa

Urgent Action Victory! Independent Journalist And His Mother Released (Turkmenistan: UA 279/16)

On 15 February independent Turkmenistani journalist Khudayberdy Allashov and his mother, Kurbantach Arazmedova, were given three-year conditional sentences after being found guilty of possessing chewing tobacco. They were released form the courtroom.

February 22, 2017
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On 15 February independent Turkmenistani journalist Khudayberdy Allashov and his mother, Kurbantach Arazmedova, were given three-year conditional sentences after being found guilty of possessing chewing tobacco. They were released form the courtroom.
 
Independent Turkmenistani journalist Khudayberdy Allashov and his mother, Kurbantach Arazmedova, were released on 15 February after being given a three-year conditional sentence for possessing chewing tobacco.

Urgent Action: Activist Back In Detention (Bahrain: UA 51/17)

Bahraini activist Nader Abdulemam was arrested on 18 February and taken to Jaw prison to serve the remaining four and a half months of a prison sentence handed down to him for participating in and calling on people to join an illegal march in Manama in 2013. He is a prisoner of conscience.

February 22, 2017

Bahraini activist Nader Abdulemam was arrested on 18 February and taken to Jaw prison to serve the remaining four and a half months of a prison sentence handed down to him for participating in and calling on people to join an illegal march in Manama in 2013. He is a prisoner of conscience.

 

Urgent Action Update: UK-Iranian Charity Worker Needs Medical Care (Iran: UA 117/16)

British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is suffering with severe arm, neck and back pain and needs urgent hospitalization. An appeal court has upheld her five-year prison sentence for the charge of “membership of an illegal group” in connection with her work with the BBC and Thompson Reuters Foundation.

February 23, 2017

Urgent Action: Unwell Palestinian In Administrative Detention (Israel/OPT: UA 48/17)

Palestinian Muhammed al-Qiq has been on hunger strike since 6 February in protest against his administrative detention. The Israeli authorities have yet to respond to his lawyer's request for him to be transferred to a hospital to receive medical treatment. He is being held in solitary confinement and is increasingly weak.

February 22, 2017

Palestinian Muhammed al-Qiq has been on hunger strike since 6 February in protest against his administrative detention. The Israeli authorities have yet to respond to his lawyer's request for him to be transferred to a hospital to receive medical treatment. He is being held in solitary confinement and is increasingly weak.

 

Urgent Action Update: Economist's Next Trial on 22 February (United Arab Emirates: UA 183/15)

The trial of Dr Nasser bin Ghaith before the Federal Appeal Court in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) began anew on 18 January. His next hearing is scheduled for 22 February. He is a prisoner of conscience at risk of torture and ill-treatment.

February 21, 2017

Urgent Action: Sentenced to Death Based on "Confessions" (Iraq: UA 45/17)

Brothers Mahmoud Tale’ Nayef and Taleb Tale’ Nayef were sentenced to death by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq on 9 August 2016 based on “confessions” extracted under torture. Taleb Tale’ Nayef remains at risk of further torture and other ill-treatment.

February 21, 2017

Brothers Mahmoud Tale’ Nayef and Taleb Tale’ Nayef were sentenced to death by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq on 9 August 2016 based on “confessions” extracted under torture. Taleb Tale’ Nayef remains at risk of further torture and other ill-treatment.

Three Concerns the Senate Committee Should Raise with David Friedman

Ambassadors are on the front lines of diplomacy, where they can head off conflict or be the cause of the next war.  They must not have any conflicts-of-interest or appearance of conflict and definitely not be involved in unlawful activities, … Please continue reading.
February 16, 2017

Urgent Action: Palestinian Boy's Administrative Order Renewed (Israel/OPT: UA 36/17)

17-year-old Palestinian Ahmad Azmi Abdurrahman Hanatsheh was arrested by Israeli forces on 1 August 2016. He was initially placed under a six month administrative detention order, which was renewed by a further two months on 31 January.

February 14, 2017

 

17-year-old Palestinian Ahmad Azmi Abdurrahman Hanatsheh was arrested by Israeli forces on 1 August 2016. He was initially placed under a six month administrative detention order, which was renewed by a further two months on 31 January.

 

Urgent Action: Prisoner of Conscience Held Incommunicado (Saudia Arabia: UA 41/17)

Saudi Arabian writer Nazeer al-Majed has been held in incommunicado detention since 18 January after being sentenced by the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh to seven years in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience at risk of torture and ill-treatment.

December 31, 1969
 
Saudi Arabian writer Nazeer al-Majed has been held in incommunicado detention since 18 January after being sentenced by the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh to seven years in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience at risk of torture and ill-treatment.
 
Nazeer al-Majed, a 39-year-old school technician, writer and father of two, was sentenced on 18 January by the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC), a counter-terrorism court, in the capital, Riyadh.

Urgent Action: Iranian Academic Could Be Sentenced to Death (Iran: UA 38/17)

Iranian academic specializing in disaster medicine Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, a resident of Sweden detained in Iran since 25 April 2016, has been threatened with the death penalty. He has been on hunger strike since 26 December 2016 in protest at his detention.

February 7, 2017

Iranian academic specializing in disaster medicine Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, a resident of Sweden detained in Iran since 25 April 2016, has been threatened with the death penalty. He has been on hunger strike since 26 December 2016 in protest at his detention.