Dr Tun Aung, Burma, Jailed for defusing riots
Yorm Bopha, Cambodia, Peaceful activist wrongfully jailed

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Eskinder Nega, Ethiopia, Journalist imprisoned for 'terrorism'

Harassed, arrested and imprisoned for supporting free speech and criticising the Ethiopian government.

Eskinder Nega, Ethiopia

Journalist imprisoned for ‘terrorism’

Dr Tun Aung, Burma, Jailed for defusing riots

Doctor imprisoned, held incommunicado and convicted of inciting riots after peacefully trying to calm a crowd in 2012.

Dr Tun Aung, Burma

Jailed for defusing riots

Ihar Tsikhanyuk, Belarus, LGBTI activist threatened and beaten

Activist verbally abused, threatened and beaten for trying to register an LGBTI community organisation.

Ihar Tsikhanyuk, Belarus

LGBTI activist threatened and beaten

Eskinder Nega, Ethiopia

Harassed, arrested and imprisoned for supporting free speech and criticising the Ethiopian government.

What is happening?

Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega is serving an 18-year prison sentence for ‘terrorism’. He was charged in 2011 after giving speeches and writing articles criticising the government and supporting free speech.

Background

Eskinder has long been a thorn in the side of the Ethiopian authorities. He has previously been harassed, arrested and prosecuted a number of times for his writing. Between 2006 and 2007, Eskinder and his wife Serkalem Fasil were tried for ‘treason’ and other charges along with 129 other journalists, opposition politicians and activists. Serkalem gave birth to their son, Nafkot, while she was in prison.

How can you help?

Amnesty International considers Eskinder to be a prisoner of conscience and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

Currently held in Kaliti prison, Addis Ababa, earlier this year Eskinder wrote from prison: “I will live to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It may or may not be a long wait. Whichever way events may go, I shall persevere!”

Eskinder’s treatment is disgraceful. Join us and demand his immediate release from prison so he can be reunited with his wife and son.

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Dr Tun Aung, Burma

Doctor imprisoned, held incommunicado and convicted of inciting riots after peacefully trying to calm a crowd in 2012.

What is happening?

Dr Tun Aung is a medical doctor and community leader in Burma, imprisoned after peacefully trying to defuse riots at the police’s request.

He was arrested following riots which broke out between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Maungdaw, western Myanmar in June 2012. Independent eyewitnesses confirm that Dr Tun Aung actively tried to calm the crowd during the rioting and did not play any role in the violence. Nevertheless he was convicted of inciting riots and of various other criminal offences.

Background

It is likely that the authorities were looking for people to blame in the aftermath of the violence. Dr Tun Aung may have been targeted because he is a Muslim community leader and Chairman of the Islamic Religious Affairs Council in Maungdaw.

The criminal charges against Dr Tun Aung’s are unfounded.

How can you help?

After Dr Tun Aung’s arrest, he was held incommunicado for several months. He was not allowed to receive visitors or to make phone calls.

Due to the distance of the Sittwe prison from his hometown and the travel restrictions on Muslims in Rakhine State, he is not able to receive visitors.

Dr Tun Aung suffers from a pituitary tumour and requires medication to manage this condition. There is concern that the prison authorities may not be providing him with the medication he requires.

Dr Tun Aung’s imprisonment is wrong. Join us and demand his immediate release from prison so he can receive proper medical treatment.

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Ihar Tsikhanyuk, Belarus

Activist verbally abused, threatened and beaten for trying to register an LGBTI community organisation.

What is happening?

Ihar Tsikhanyukan is an openly gay man and activist in Belarus, who was verbally abused, threatened and beaten by police following his unsuccessful attempt to register a LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) community organisation.

On 6 February 2013, Ihar Tsikhanyuk was having hospital treatment for a stomach ulcer in Hrodna, Belarus, when two police officers entered the hospital ward and asked him to go with them. He was taken to the October District police station, where he was repeatedly punched, verbally abused for being gay and threatened with more violence.

Background

Ihar Tsikhanyuk is an activist for LGBTI rights in Belarus. This incident occurred shortly after Ihar Tsikhanyuk tried to register the Human Rights Centre Lambda, an organisation that supports the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Belarus.

Ihar Tsikhanyuk has said: “I don’t want to hide myself. I live openly. It is not easy in Belarus, but I want to show people that I am a person like everybody. With my example I want to show that it is possible to live openly.”

How can you help?

Nobody has been brought to justice for ill-treating him.

Ihar’s treatment at the hands of the Belarussian police was outrageous. Join us and demand justice for Ihar and to let the authorities in Belarussia know that violence against LGBTI people will not be tolerated.

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Nabi Saleh village, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Villagers facing Israeli violence

Protesting against military occupation of their farmland, villagers are facing violent force and death at the hands of the Israeli army.

Nabi Saleh village, Occupied Palestinian Territories

Villagers facing Israeli violence

Yorm Bopha, Cambodia, Peaceful activist wrongfully jailed

Housing rights activist imprisoned on false charges for peacefully defending the right to housing and freedom of expression.

Yorm Bopha, Cambodia

Peaceful activist wrongfully jailed

Miriam López, Mexico, Mother tortured by soldiers

Wrongfully imprisoned, Miriam was raped and tortured until she signed a false statement for drug offences. She still awaits justice.

Miriam López, Mexico

Mother tortured by soldiers

Nabi Saleh village, Occupied Palestinian Territories

Protesting against military occupation of their farmland, villagers are facing violent force and death at the hands of the Israeli army.

What is happening?

The 550 villagers of Nabi Saleh are facing frequent, violent force from the Israeli army for protesting against military occupation and settlement on their farmland. So far the army have killed two people and injured hundreds, including women and children.

The army frequently intimidates villagers by declaring the whole village a closed military zone, firing tear gas at homes, carrying out night raids and arresting children.

Background

Nabi Saleh is in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), 20 km northwest of Ramallah. The villagers’ farmland has mostly been taken over by the neighbouring Israeli settlement of Halamish, which includes a military base. Despite court orders, the settlers have also turned the village water spring into a tourist attraction, which Nabi Saleh residents are prevented from using.

Since 2009 the Nabi Saleh villagers, with solidarity from other Palestinian, Israeli and international activists, have held weekly demonstrations in protest of the Israeli occupation. The Israeli army has responded with excessive and unnecessary force, including tear gas, stun grenades, live ammunition and rubber-coated bullets.

How can you help?

The villagers of Nabi Saleh protest the occupation of their land and the Israeli military continues to meet these protests with violent force.

Nariman Tamimi, a mother of four, is one of the leaders of the protests. Nariman’s house has been raided numerous times and she, her husband Bassem and two of her children have been injured and repeatedly detained.

On 17 November 2012, Nariman’s brother Rushdi Tamimi was shot in the back and killed by Israeli soldiers. Soldiers delayed his family from taking him to hospital. Another peaceful protester, Mustafa Tamimi, was killed in December 2011 when Israeli forces shot him in the face with a tear gas canister. Neither man was posing a serious threat to others' lives and the force used against them was disproportionate.

The villagers of Nabi Saleh deserve to live peacefully on their land and without fear of violence. Join us and demand that violence by the Israeli army ceases immediately.

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Yorm Bopha, Cambodia

Housing rights activist imprisoned on false charges for peacefully defending the right to housing and freedom of expression.

What is happening?

Yorm Bopha is a housing rights activist from Boeung Kak Lake in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She was imprisoned from September 2012 to November 2013 on fabricated charges as a result of her peaceful activism.

Over 90,000 people globally took action for Yorm Bopha as part of Write for Rights, leading to her release on bail on 22 November.

However, there is more to do as her release is conditional and the charges have not been dropped. She may be sent back to jail.

Background

Yorm Bopha, a 30-year old mother of one, was accused of planning an assault on two men. She was convicted despite no evidence against her and inconsistent witness testimonies.

Before Yorm Bopha’s arrest, she had been defending her community’s right to housing at Boeung Kak Lake, where thousands of people have been forcibly evicted. In 2012 she was a leading campaigner for the release of 13 female activists from the area.

In Yorm Bopha’s own words: “Thank you to Amnesty International’s supporters! Your campaign has been successful, as my release shows! But my case is not over yet. Please keep pushing the Cambodian Government to end the case against me. We can achieve the most success when we all work together!”

How can you help?

On 22 November 2013, Cambodia’s Supreme Court released Yorm Bopha on bail. The court also ordered that the Appeals Court reconsider her case. This means a new trial date will need to be set and in Cambodia this can take months. This gives us time to campaign for her.

Ensure that all charges against prisoner of conscience Yorm Bopha are dropped and her release is unconditional.

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Miriam López, Mexico

Wrongfully imprisoned, Miriam was raped and tortured until she signed a false statement for drug offences. She still awaits justice.

What is happening?

Miriam López, a 30-year-old housewife and mother of four in Mexico, is seeking justice after being tortured and repeatedly raped by soldiers, then imprisoned for seven months on false charges.

Background

In February 2011, moments after Miriam López dropped off her children at school, two soldiers wearing balaclavas grabbed her. She was tied up, blindfolded and driven to a military barracks in the city of Tijuana.

For the following week soldiers repeatedly raped and tortured her until she signed a false statement for drug offences. During this time she suffered electric shocks, near asphyxiation and stress positions. Soldiers showed Miriam recent pictures of her children and partner, taken covertly on the streets, telling her that they would “go for them” if she did not cooperate.

She was then sent to prison to await trial, but was released without charge seven months later.

How can you help?

Despite the fact that Miriam has identified some of the perpetrators and their accomplices, no-one has been brought to justice for the torture and sexual violence she suffered.

Miriam López is not the only one. Reports of torture and ill-treatment rose by 500 per cent in Mexico between 2006 and 2012, according to the National Human Rights Commission. Convictions for these crimes are very rare, which why it is so important that Miriam's case is not ignored.

Miriam deserves justice for the awful crimes committed against her. Join us and demand that someone be held accountable for the physical and mental abuse she suffered and to let the Mexican authorities know what sexual violence against women is unacceptable.

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