Amnesty International is happy to report that Andrei Zatoka was released from jail on January 31. Andrei had been detained on December 17 by local police at the airport in his home city of Dashoguz. There were allegations that he was targeted to punish him for his peaceful work as an environmental activist. He and his supporters are grateful for the appeals sent by AI's Urgent Action network on his behalf.
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Oman: Health of Activist Seriously Deteriorating (UA 318/14)
An Omani human rights activist on hunger strike was transferred to the capital on 26 January, despite his deteriorating health. The next day he was taken to court, on a hospital stretcher, charged with “undermining the status and prestige of the state”. He is a prisoner of conscience.