Ignatius Mahendra Wardhana and Yoyok Eko Widodo were released on August 17 and July 26, 2005, respectively. Both young men had been sentenced for insulting the President and Vice-President in 2003 for their role in a demonstration protesting government policies. Ignatius Mahendra Wardhana and Yoyok Eko Widodo's case featured in AIUSA's Holiday Action special focus cases in 2004.
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Viet Nam: End Suppression of Demonstrations by Ede Villagers (UA 178/16)
A spontaneous demonstration by ethnic and religious minority Ede in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam on 14 July was violently suppressed, resulting in injuries to around 20 demonstrators. The arrests and incommunicado detention of at least seven demonstrators raises serious concerns about torture and ill-treatment.
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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