Qusay 'Abdel-Razaq Zabib, who was detained without charge or trial in Iraq for over two years, was released on 30 December 2010. Qusay was a former police officer from Tikrit in the north of Iraq. He was detained by US forces in July 2008 and held until March 2010, when Camp Taji, the prison in which he was held, was transferred by the US forces to the Iraqi government. Prior to this, the US forces had recommended his release to the Iraqi authorities.
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Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender Faces Inhumane Prison Conditions (Iran: UA 250/14)
Iranian prisoner of conscience and human rights defender Saeed Shirzad ended his 39-day hunger strike on 14 January after the authorities at Karaj’s Raja’i Shahr Prison made an oral promise to address his grievances about the inhumane treatment of political prisoners in the prison. He is now in need of specialized medical care.
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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