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September 16, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Tortured Prisoner Needs Medical Care (Iran: UA 120.19)

Austrian-Iranian businessman Kamran Ghaderi is serving a 10-year prison sentence after a grossly unfair trial that relied on “confessions” obtained under torture to convict him of “co-operating with hostile states against the Islamic Republic”. He was denied access to a lawyer and his family, and he needs ongoing medical care for a tumor in his left leg.

September 16, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Journalist Detained Over Bogus Charges (Morocco: UA 121.19)

On 31 August 2019, Moroccan police arrested journalist Hajar Raissouni on suspicion of carrying out an abortion, despite lack of evidence supporting the claims. She was arrested as she left a doctor’s clinic in Rabat, along with her fiancé, the doctor and two medical staff. Hajar and the four others remain detained until today. Their trial is on September 16th.

September 13, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Rohingya Law Student Suspended from Studies (Bangladesh: UA 118.19)

University student Rohima Akter Khushi has been suspended during her second semester at a private university in Cox’s Bazar solely due to her being Rohingya. One of the very few Rohingya young women who have braved all odds to pursue higher education, denying her access solely based on her identity is an affront to the human rights commitment that Bangladesh has made under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

September 13, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Independent Journalist Arrested (Cuba: UA 122.19)

On 11 September 2019, authorities arrested independent Cuban journalist Mr. Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces in Cuba, after he was convicted of resistance and disobedience in August 2019. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

September 13, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Journalist Charged with Criminal Offenses (Mozambique: UA 1.19)

On 5 September 2019, journalist Amade Abubacar and his lawyer were notified by the Office of the Public Prosecutor of Cabo Delgado Province of final charges against him. On 10 September, the defense presented a response to the accusation. The Cabo Delgado Provincial Court will now decide whether to accept the charges against Amade or withdraw the accusations against him.

September 11, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov Finally Free (Russian Federation: UA 79.19)

Crimean Tatar, Edem Bekirov, is finally free and reunited with his family in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, following a prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine on 7 September. Edem Bekirov was arrested by Russian security forces on 12 December 2018 in Russia-occupied Crimea and held in pre-trial detention in inhumane conditions and deprived of the specialized medical care he urgently required.

September 10, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Uyghur Academic Faces Execution (China: UA 119.19)

Fears are mounting that the Chinese authorities will imminently carry out the execution of Tashpolat Tiyip, a prominent Uyghur academic who was convicted in a secret and grossly unfair trial. Subjected to an enforced disappearance in 2017, he has been arbitrarily detained since then. No information has been made available about charges and proceedings against him, and his current whereabouts remain unknown.

September 10, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Trans Asylum Seeker Freed From Detention (USA: UA 108.18)

Alejandra Barrera, a transgender Salvadorian activist held in USA immigration detention since 2017, was released late Friday 6 September 2019. We will continue to monitor the status of her asylum petition.

September 6, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Activist Detained a Year Without Trial (Viet Nam: UA 117.19)

Đoàn Thị Hồng was unlawfully arrested in September 2018 and has been detained without trial. Held incommunicado for eleven months, her family were finally able to meet with her on 4 September 2019 and noticed a significant deterioration in her health. A prisoner of conscience, we call on the government to immediately and unconditionally release Đoàn Thị Hồng as she has been detained solely for peacefully exercising her human right to freedom of expression.

September 6, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Activist Released on Bail, Still Facing Charges (Senegal: UA 109.19)

Senegalese activist Guy Marius Sagna was released on bail on 16 August, one month after he was first detained for posting comments on Facebook. Charged with ‘false alert of terrorism’’ under the Senegalese Criminal Code, if he is found guilty, he faces a maximum of five years in prison. Amnesty International continues to call on the authorities to immediately drop all charges against Guy Marius Sagna as they relate solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom expression.