Mikalay Astreyka was conditionally released from prison in November before the end of his sentence. He and 3 other political activists, featured in AIUSA's Summer postcard and Freedom Writer's actions, were arrested in February as they prepared to monitor elections in Belarus. Enira Branizkaya and Alyaksandr Shalayka were freed from prison in August, following completion of their sentences. Amnesty is calling for Astreyka's release to be made unconditional and for Tsimafey Dranchuk to be released as well. Many thanks to all who took action on their 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.