Write for Rights Cases
Celebrate International Human Rights Day on December 10 by taking part in Amnesty International's Write for Rights Global Write-a-thon. By taking action on one or more of the cases outlined below, you will join hundreds of thousands of others around the world in demanding that the rights of these individuals are respected, protected and fulfilled. Stand in solidarity with those suffering human rights abuses, and help us change lives.
In February 2013 Ihar Tsikchanyuk was arrested, beaten, and subjected to threats and abuse for being openly gay. He was later released without charge. The arrest came one month after he attempted to register LGBTI rights NGO Human Rights Center Lambda in Belarus.
Yorm Bopha is a 31 year old housing rights activist from the former Boeung Kak Lake area in Phnom Penh. She was arrested and jailed in September 2012 and sentenced to three years' imprisonment, despite a lack of compelling evidence. Amnesty International believes she was imprisoned for her work as a human rights defender working to protect housing rights for her community. She is a Prisoner of Conscience.
Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen was imprisoned by the Chinese authorities in March 2008. He is charged with 'inciting separatism' for his work on a documentary film about Tibetan attitudes towards the Beijing Olympics and the Dalai Lama. Dhondup has been tortured, held in solitary confinement and forced to work up to 18 hours per day.
Azza Hilal Ahmad Suleiman is fighting for justice after Egyptian army soldiers attacked her during protests in December 2011. The soldiers' vicious attack left her with a fractured skull, and she now suffers from memory lapses. No member of the armed forces has been held accountable for attacking her, and she has not received any reparation to assist in her recovery.
Eskinder Nega was arrested in September 2011 after making speeches and writing articles critical of the government and calling on it to respect the freedom of expression. In July 2012 he was convicted on charges of terrorism and sentenced to 18 years imprisonment. Eskinder is a Prisoner of Conscience. His most recent prosecution marks the eighth time that Eskinder has been arrested and prosecuted because of his activities as a journalist.
Occupied Palestinian Territories
Residents of the village of Nabi Saleh hold weekly non-violent demonstrations to demand an end to Israeli settlement expansion and related human rights violations. These demonstrations are frequently met with excessive and unnecessary force from Israeli security forces. Two protestors have been killed and hundreds injured. When nonviolent protestors from Nabi Saleh are arrested and detained, they are considered Prisoners of Conscience.
Miriam Lopez was arbitrarily detained for a week. Three soldiers raped and tortured the mother of four in order to coerce a self-incriminating confession, implicating herself in drug-trafficking offenses. She was eventually released without charge. No one has been brought to justice, and Miriam has been threatened and fears for her safety.
Vladimir Akimenkov, Artiom Saviolov and Mikhail Kosenko were arrested when tens of thousands gathered to march on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square in protest of President Vladimir Putin's reelection. They are charged with engaging in violence when some parts of the protest turned violent, though the charges against are all based on highly questionable evidence. On October 8, Kosenko was sent by the court to forcible psychiatric treatment.
Albert Woodfox has spent more than four decades in solitary confinement after being convicted of murdering a prison guard at Louisiana's Angola prison. He has remained there, even as significant flaws in their trial rose to the surface. Amnesty is calling for Woodfox to be immediately released.
Former British resident Shaker Aamer has been held at Guantanamo without charge for nearly 11 years. A Saudi Arabian national, Shaker was originally detained in Afghanistan in the autumn of 2001. In February 2002 he was sent to Guantanamo Bay where he has been protesting against conditions at the camp, including by participating in hunger strikes. He has spent much of his time in Guantanamo held in solitary confinement.