The sentence of cross amputation passed on 16-year-old Mohamed Hassan Hamdan, member of the Ja'afra ethnic group (an Arab group in South Darfur), was quashed in December 2003 by the Appeal Court in Nyala, South Darfur State, on the grounds that the accused was a child. The sentence was commuted to a year of imprisonment in a reformatory. Mohamed Hassan Hamdan has now been sent to a reformatory in Khartoum. External pressure from the UA Network was reportedly one factor that led authorities to reconsider the sentence.
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Urgent Action Update: Vote On Regressive Torture Bill Is Imminent (Mexico: UA 11/17)
The Mexican lower house of Congress has until 30 April to vote on the General Law on Torture. The current version of the bill has amendments that, if passed, would increase impunity for torture and undermine access to justice in relation to torture complaints.
Amnesty International is concerned about the fairness of proceedings leading to the trial and conviction of Leonard Peltier, an Anishinabe-Lakota Native American who was convicted of murdering two FBI agents.
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