Detained Student Activist Released!
The first two Syrian refugees that became at risk of being forcibly returned to Turkey under the illegal EU-Turkey deal have now been released from detention. In both cases a court has also ordered the suspension of their deportation until other court hearings take place at the end of September.
Lawyer Ren Quanniu, who was criminally detained on suspicion of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble", has been released on bail. Please stop sending appeals at this time.
Vano Kiboko, a former Member of Parliament who had been in detention since December 2014, was released from prison on 5 May after completing his sentence.
Ehsan Shah Ghasemi, a 25-year-old Iranian man who had been on death row since October 2014, was released from prison on 13 March after he was pardoned by the victim’s family in September 2015. He had been sentenced to death in connection with the death of another man, following a stabbing incident.