Tashi is doing well and supported in knowing that people are working with him to end his imprisonment. He has been reading lots of Buddhist scriptures, continues to study Chinese, started learning English, and with his lawyer working on a request for appeal against his five year sentence for “inciting subversion” which was handed down in May.
On 15 August, Taner Kilic was released from prison in Turkey. After fourteen months behind bars, Taner is finally back in the arms of his wife and daughters. Taner is still charged with “being a member of an armed terrorist organisation”. If convicted, he could face 15 years in prison. We will continue to campaign for the Turkish authorities to drop the charges against Taner. Please continue to take action for him.
Tep Vanny has been released from prison following a royal pardon after more than 700 days in detention. Thank you to everyone who took action and who campaigned in their communities for Tep Vanny!
Following campaigning from activists during Write for Rights, Sakris is now able to carry out his work defending transgender rights in a safe and enabling environment. In Australia, we will continue campaigning for Sakris, and all Finnish people, to obtain legal gender recognition without suffering degrading treatment.
Hoo Yew Wah
In an unprecedented and welcomed step Malaysian authorities announced today that the executions of 17 death row prisoners have been put on hold, pending the review of the country’s death penalty laws. Planned executions are kept secret by authorities until days before they are carried out – so we don’t know who the 17 people are. We need to keep calling for clemency for Hoo Yew Wah, so make sure he gets off death row.