Human rights defender Aminatou Haidar, featured in our 2005 Holiday Card Action, was released from prison in January 2006. Her colleagues Mohamed El Moutaouakil, Houssein Lidri, Brahim Noumria, Larbi Messaoud, Ali Salem Tamek, and H'mad Hammad were freed two months later. Many thanks to all who took action on their behalf.
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Iran: Jailed Artist on Hunger Strike (UA 49/15)
Iranian prisoner of conscience and painter, Atena Farghadani, has been on a hunger strike, protesting her detention, since 9 February and is now critically ill. She has been held for her peaceful activities including a cartoon criticizing members of parliament.