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Japan – please don’t send Hakamada back to death row

19 Oct

hakamadaHakamada Iwao‘s freedom is hard-won, but it could be lost at any moment.

After 46 years on Japan’s death row, he was freed in March and granted a retrial based on new DNA evidence that could prove his innocence.

Now prosecutors are appealing his retrial – they want to send the 78-year-old back to death row.

Please ask them to drop the appeal.

Stop Torture Casefile: Morocco: Ali Aarrass

27 Jul

aliIn 2010, Ali Aarrass, a Belgian-Moroccan national, was forcibly returned to Morocco from Spain, where he had been supporting his ageing father. The extradition took place despite warnings from the UN Human Rights Committee and Amnesty International that doing so would put the father-of-one at risk.

Ali has been detained ever since. For the first 12 days he was held incommunicado and tortured in a secret detention centre: he was beaten on the soles of his feet, given electric shocks to his testicles, suspended from his wrists, and burnt with cigarettes.

In November 2011, Ali was convicted of illegal use of weapons and participation in a group intending to commit acts of terrorism, solely on the basis of a ‘confession’ extracted under torture. In September 2012 the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and an independent forensic doctor visited Ali in detention and confirmed his torture claims.

The Moroccan authorities have repeatedly failed to investigate Ali’s assertions that he was held incommunicado and tortured.

How you can help

1) Call on the Minister of Justice and Liberties in Morocco to:

• Implement the decision of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention calling for the immediate release of Ali Aarrass.
• Investigate reports that he was tortured or otherwise ill-treated.
• Introduce video-recording and make the presence of defence lawyers compulsory in pre-arraignment detention, as a safeguard against torture and other ill-treatment.

Address: Minister of Justice and Liberties El Mustapha Ramid, Ministère de la Justice et des Libertés, Place El Mamounia, BP 1015, Rabat, Morocco

2) Let Ali know that you are thinking of him and support his struggle for justice.

• Address: Ali Aarrass, Prison locale de Salé II, Salé, Morocco
• Preferred language: French, Spanish or English.
• Please do not send a religious card. It is ok to mention Amnesty and to include a return address if you wish.

Action against the death penalty: Stop execution of Osama Jamal ‘Abdallah Mahdi

15 Jun

At the June meeting of Amnesty International Taunton group, members wrote to Iraqi authorities on behalf of father-of-two Osama Jamal ‘Abdallah Mahdi.

He is detained in Kadhimiya Prison, northern Baghdad, following his conviction for killing an Iraqi army officer in 2008.

He is at imminent risk of execution and his case has now been forwarded to the President’s office, which has the authority to ratify the sentence, commute it or grant a pardon.

During his trial, Osama Jamal ‘Abdallah Mahdi withdrew “confessions” extracted from him under torture, but this was not accepted by the court.  Witnesses confirm that he was at work at the time of the killing, 120km from where it took place.

Click here for details of how you can to write to the Iraqi authorities, asking for this execution to be permanently halted and the allegations of torture investigated.

Torture In 2014: 30 Years of Broken Promises

29 May

Electric shocks. Beatings. Rape. Humiliation. Mock executions. Burning. Sleep deprivation. Water torture. Long hours in contorted positions. Use of pincers, drugs, and dogs.

The very words sound like the stuff of nightmares. But every day and across every region of the world, these unimaginable horrors are the reality for countless men, women and children.

Salil Shetty, Secretary General, Amnesty International

Click here to read the report from Amnesty USA

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How safe would you feel if you were taken into custody?

24 May

How safe would you feel if you were taken into custody?

Enough is enough – join our campaign and help us stop torture http://amn.st/Stop-Torture

Act now to stop mass executions in Egypt

2 May

From Amnesty International USA:

An Egyptian court has sentenced 720 men to death, mostly in their absence, in two mass trials targeting alleged supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Amnesty International believes both of these trials to be deeply flawed and grossly unfair.

Alone, each of these mass trials represents the largest number of death sentences handed down in one case in recent years. Taken together, the scale of injustice is staggering. It is a grotesque example of the shortcomings and selective, arbitrary nature of Egypt’s justice system.

This is definitely not justice. It’s the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, and it could be an attempt to wipe out political opposition.

Please follow this link to contact the Egyptian Minister of Justice Nayer Abdel-Moneim Othman and urge him to overturn the convictions.

Defending your rights is not ‘inciting hatred’. Call on the Bahrain authorities to free Mahdi

24 Apr

In April 2011, Mahdi Abu Dheeb, a school teacher in Bahrain and then president of union the Bahrain Teachers’ Association, was arrested for encouraging members of the union to strike.

Along with his colleague Jalila al-Salman, Mahdi proposed a teachers’ strike to support widespread protests at the time, calling for governmental reform. Both Mahdi and Jalila were arrested soon after.

Jalila was freed a couple of years ago, but Mahdi remains in prison. He was interrogated by police at a secret location, subjected to 64 days in solitary confinement, reportedly beaten by the police, and tried in a military court despite being a civilian.

Click here to call on the Bahraini authorities to release Mahdi and investigate reports of torture and ill-treatment.

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