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November 13, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Prison Sentence Upheld for Mosque Noise Complaint (Indonesia: UA 161.18)

The High Court has upheld the 18-month prison sentence for Meliana who was convicted of blasphemy after complaining about the loudspeaker volume at a local mosque. Preparation for an appeal to the Supreme Court is underway. Amnesty International considers her a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

November 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: 80-Year-Old Egyptian’s Death Sentence Upheld (Egypt: UA 193.18)

On 24 September 2018, the Court of Cassation upheld the death sentence of Sheikh Abdel Halim Gabreel – an 80-year-old Quran tutor – in one of Egypt’s largest mass trials since 2011.

November 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Twelve Men at Imminent Risk of Execution (Saudi Arabia: UA 182.17)

The families of 12 Saudi Arabian men sentenced to death after a grossly unfair mass trial fear that their relatives could be executed imminently, as their cases were transferred from the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) to the Presidency of State Security.

November 8, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Lawyer Detained In Undisclosed Location (Egypt: UA 190.18)

Human rights lawyer, Hoda Abdelmoniem, was arrested on 1 November 2018. State Security forces broke into her apartment and took her to an undisclosed location.

November 7, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Nine Umbrella Movement Leaders to Stand Trial (Hong Kong: UA 191.18)

Nine leaders of the 2014 Hong Kong pro-democracy protests are being charged with three vague and ambiguous offences, each facing a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment. The continued prosecution of prominent figures of the Umbrella Movement is having a chilling effect on freedom of peaceful assembly and expression. 1) TAKE ACTION Write a letter, …

November 6, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Christian Woman Accused of Blasphemy at Risk (Pakistan: UA 192.18)

Aasia Noreen, known as Aasia Bibi, is a Christian farmworker who was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010. Despite being acquitted of all charges by the Supreme Court, the Pakistani government gave in to demands by a violent mob, stopping her from leaving the country and having the Supreme Court review its ruling.

November 6, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! President Pardons Two Men Sentenced to Death (South Sudan: UA 240.17)

James Gatdet and William Endley received a presidential pardon on 31 October 2018. The president also ordered the immediate deportation of William Endley to his home country, South Africa. They were released on 2 November.

November 5, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Activist Charged for Peaceful Anti-Military Protest (Myanmar: UA 188.18)

Activist Tin Maung Kyi has been detained for staging a peaceful solo protest calling on the international community to arrest senior Myanmar generals. He has been charged under laws often used to silence peaceful activists and faces up to two years and one month in prison if found guilty. He must be immediately and unconditionally released.

November 5, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Life Sentence for Bahraini Opposition Leader (Bahrain: UA 22.15)

On 4 November 2018, the Bahraini Appeal Court sentenced opposition leader and prisoner of conscience, Sheikh Ali Salman, to life imprisonment. The court overturned an earlier acquittal, and convicted him and two others of communicating sensitive security information to Qatar.

November 5, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Two Missing Prisoners Found; Torture Fears Remain (Russian Federation: UA 145.18)

After weeks of uncertainty about the fate and whereabouts of IT specialist Victor Filinkov and civil society activist Yuliy Boyarshinov, on 31 October the two men were confirmed to being held at pre-trial detention centres in St. Petersburg, Russia. The authorities failed to disclose the fate or whereabouts of the two men, despite them being in their custody, which amounts to an enforced disappearance. Their allegations of torture and ill-treatment remain un-investigated and there are serious concerns for Victor Filinkov’s health.