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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Russia: Prisoner of Conscience Beaten in Court (UA 46/14)
Aleksey Polikhovich, prisoner of conscience and one of the Bolotnaya case convicts, was severely beaten by an escorting police officer at the Moscow Zamoskvoretskiy court on 24 February.
The participation of Afghan women in shaping their country’s future and engaging as equal partners will help improve and secure their political status, security, economic and social well-being, and uphold their human rights.