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September 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: 18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR MOSQUE NOISE COMPLAINT (Indonesia: UA 161.18)

Meliana, an ethnic Chinese Buddhist woman, has been convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to 18 months in prison for complaining about the loudspeaker volume at a local mosque. Amnesty International considers her a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

September 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: ISTANBUL VIGILS MUST BE ALLOWED TO TAKE PLACE (Turkey: UA 162.18)

On 25 August, police in Istanbul used unnecessary and excessive force to disperse people taking part in a longstanding weekly peaceful vigil. The authorities must ensure that future vigils, including the next one planned for 1 September, are allowed to take place.

September 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: BUSINESSMAN ARBITRARILY DETAINED FOR 4 MONTHS (South Sudan: UA 159.18)

Kerbino Agok Wol, a South Sudanese businessman and philanthropist, has been languishing in detention since 27 April. He is being held at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in Juba. He has been denied access to a lawyer and has not been informed of any charges against him. His health has deteriorated since he was detained, and he has not been given adequate medical care.

September 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: ACTIVIST ARBITRARILY DETAINED (South Sudan: UA 147.18)

Bashir Ahmed Mohamed Babiker, a member of the South Sudanese civil society, was arrested by the National Security Service (NSS) in Yambio on Wednesday 8 August. He is being held at a NSS detention centre in Yambio. No charges have been brought against him and he has not had access to a lawyer.

September 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: PRISONER AT RISK OF LOSING EYESIGHT (Kazakhstan: UA 157.18)

Kazakhstani activist and blogger, Muratbek Tungishbayev risks losing sight in his left eye due to the penitentiary authorities’ failure to provide him with necessary medical care following surgery he had on his eye. He remains held in pre-trial detention in Almaty, on politically-motivated charges and requires urgent surgery immediately in order to save his sight. Amnesty International considers Muratbek Tungishbayev to be a prisoner of conscience.

September 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: CHRISTIANS SENTENCED FOR PRACTICING THEIR FAITH (Iran: UA 156.18)

Iranian Christians, Victor Bet-Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi, Amin Afshar-Naderi and Hadi Asgari, have been sentenced to a combined total of 45 years in prison solely for practising their Christian faith, including through attending Christmas gatherings and organizing house churches. If imprisoned, they would be prisoners of conscience.

September 13, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: FEARS FOR PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE AFTER DEATH THREAT (Vietnam: UA 155.18)

Human rights defender Tran Thi Nga recently told her husband in a hurried phone call that she had been brutally beaten up and has received a death threats by another inmate. After a previous call with her family, it appears that the attacks have been orchestrated by prison authorities to punish her. Detained for more than 18 months, Tran Thi Nga is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released.

September 13, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: OPPOSITION POLITICIAN DETAINED; SIGNS OF TORTURE (Uganda: UA 154.18)

On 14 August, Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, a Ugandan singer turned politician was arrested and later charged with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition on 16 August. While being arrested, he was physically assaulted with visible injuries and swelling on his face and body.

September 13, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: JOURNALIST DETAINED AND THREATENED (Nigeria: UA 153.18)

Journalist Samuel Ogundipe is being detained at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) headquarters, Guzape district Abuja. He was brought to court without a lawyer present and has been charged with ‘criminal trespass’ and ‘theft of police document’. He was arrested on 14 August after honouring an invitation by the SARS unit of the Nigerian police to report to their office as part of an investigation into a news article Premium Times, the online newspaper he works for, published.

September 13, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: SYRIAN KURD AT IMMINENT RISK OF EXECUTION (Iran: UA 151.18)

On 13 August, Kamal Hassan Ramezan, a Syrian Kurd on death row in Iran, was removed from his cell in Urumieh Central Prison in the city of Urumieh, West Azerbaijan province, by officials from the Office for the Implementation of Sentences. He has not been heard from since. He is at imminent risk of execution.