Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia Castillo, who had been imprisoned on charges of 'desertion' from the US Army, was released from prison on 15 February, three months before the end of his one-year sentence. He is a conscientious objector who cited his moral objections to the conduct of US troops towards Iraqi civilians and prisoners and questioned the legality of the war in his conscientious objector application.
Democratic Republic of Congo: Release Yves Makwambala and Fred Bauma (UA 67/15)
Two human rights activists, Yves Makwambala and Fred Bauma remain in detention at Makala prison in Kinshasa. The two are facing charges of “treason, attempted coup and an attempt to take the life of a Head of State”.