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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Peru: Investigate the Killings of of Victoriano Huayna, Henry Checlla Chura and Alberto Vasquez Duran (UA 109/15)
Three people have been killed; two by-standers and one police officer, and hundreds have been injured as a result of violent clashes and excessive use of force by police during weeks of anti-mining protests in southern Peru. As new protests are announced for 27 and 28 May, risk of further human rights violations remains.