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.
Good News! - Azerbaijan: Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus Allowed to Travel for Medical Care (UA 182/14)
Azerbaijani human rights defenders and former prisoners of conscience Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus were allowed to travel to the Netherlands on 19 April to receive medical care for their deteriorating health and to be reunited with their daughter.
Amnesty International is concerned about the fairness of proceedings leading to the trial and conviction of Leonard Peltier, an Ashinabe-Lakota Native American who was convicted of murdering two FBI agents.
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