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October 15, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Prisoner of Conscience Attacked in Prison (Viet Nam: UA 135.19)

Aquatic engineer Nguyen Ngoc Anh, sentenced to six years in prison for peacefully expressing his disagreement with government policies, was physically assaulted in prison by a fellow prisoner. Despite serious injuries to his leg and head, he has been denied access to any medical care and instead locked in solitary confinement. The recent incident follows months of mental abuse by several prisoners, including daily death threats, which the prison officials failed to act on, despite being aware of the abuse.

October 15, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Papuan Activists Face Maximum Life Imprisonment (Indonesia: UA 130.19)

Six political activists have been arrested in Jakarta, Indonesia after peacefully campaigning for the right to self-determination of Papua. Charged with “rebellion” (makar), the six Papuan activists are prisoners of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

October 15, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Prominent Activist and His Lawyer Detained (Egypt: UA 132.19)

On 29 September 2019, National Security officers arrested prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah from his probation cell in Dokki police station in Cairo. Later that day, human rights lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer was arrested at the State Security Prosecution while attending the investigation session of Alaa Abdel Fattah. On 1 October 2019, Alaa Abdel Fattah and Mohamed el-Baqer appeared in Tora Maximum Security prison 2 for the first time after their arrest.

October 15, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Ahmed H. Allowed to Return Home (Cyprus: UA 88.19)

Ahmed H. was finally able to return home to his family in Cyprus on 28 September. He had been separated from his Cypriot wife and two daughters for almost four years, after being wrongfully convicted in Hungary.

October 15, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Early Release for Former Child Soldier (Myanmar: UA 132.18)

Aung Ko Htwe, former child soldier, was released from prison a few months early on 6 September 2019, likely due to good behavior. Arrested in August 2017 after giving a media interview about being forcibly recruited into the military, he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

October 9, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Detained (Egypt: UA 131.19)

On 22 September 2019, security officers in plainclothes arrested prominent human rights lawyer and activist, Mahienour el-Masry and bundled her into a minivan, as she left the Supreme State Security Prosecution (SSSP) building in Alexandria. An SSSP prosecutor later questioned Mahienour el-Masry on unfounded charges including “aiding a terrorist group in achieving its goals” and “spreading false news” in a case related to the March 2019 anti-government protests. The prosecutor then ordered her detention in Al Qanater women’s prison for 15 days, pending investigations.

October 9, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Opposition Leader Detained (Cuba: UA 134.19)

On 1 October 2019, Cuban authorities detained José Daniel Ferrer García, leader of the unofficial political opposition group “Patriotic Union of Cuba” (Unión Patriótica de Cuba - UNPACU) in Santiago de Cuba. He was held incommunicado for 72 hours and remains in detention without charges. Ferrer García should be informed of the charges against him or should otherwise be released, have access to lawyers of his choosing and to his family, as well as access to medical care.

October 3, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Prisoners of Conscience Awaiting Sentence (Russian Federation: UA 126.19)

The final hearing in the trial of Emir-Usein Kuku and his co-defendants is expected soon. Emir-Usein Kuku is a Crimean Tatar who peacefully denounced the human rights violations taking place since the occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation. He has been in pretrial detention, separated from his wife and children, since February 2016, and is facing trumped-up charges which carry up to 25 years in prison. Emir-Usein Kuku and his co-defendants are prisoners of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.

October 3, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Evelyn at Risk of Further Criminalization (El Salvador: UA 133.19)

Evelyn Hernández was acquitted of charges for aggravated homicide in August, after suffering an obstetric emergency in which she lost her pregnancy in 2016. She is now at risk of further criminalization by El Salvador’s Public Prosecutor’s Office, which has appealed the court’s ruling. Please take immediate action calling upon the Attorney General to drop the appeal.

October 3, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: One Year in Prison for Unlawful Abortion (Morocco: UA 121.19)

On 30 September 2019, Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni and her fiancé Amin Rifaat were sentenced to one year in prison after being convicted of abortion related offenses and sex outside of marriage. The doctor involved in the alleged abortion was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison, and two other members of medical staff received suspended sentences of one year and eight months respectively.

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