Thursday, March 20, 2014

Human Rights Action update March 14-20

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012
Human rights activist Cao Shunli died from organ failure on 14 March after being denied medical treatment while in detention. Her family repeatedly called for her to receive the treatment she needed, but these requests were denied by the Chinese authorities. Cao Shunli was a prisoner of conscience, who had been detained for five months solely as a result of her peaceful activism. May she rest in peace and let us honor her memory by continuing to be active for human rights. Thanks to all who wrote on her behalf.

Three citizen journalists have been detained in China after they published reports online about the activities of petitioners’ at Tiananmen Square, including a woman who tried to set herself on fire. The whereabouts of one of the journalists, a 17-year-old boy, is currently unknown. They are prisoners of conscience.  Please act on their behalf.

Detention Of Human Rights Defender Ms Marlen Cruz Licona:
On 10 March 2014, human rights defender and lawyer Ms Marlen Cruz Licona was brought before the court of San Pedro Sula in southern Honduras and accused of participating in the occupation of land and of instructing a group of campesinos to attack a group of agents from the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DGIC). Please click the Take Action tab at the bottom of the post. A prepared letter is available there.

Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of three EuroMaydan activists who disappeared on the evening of 13 March in Crimea. Oleksiy Gritsenko, Natalya Lukyanchenko and Sergiy Suprun have not made contact with friends or family since 11pm on 13 March. Oleksiy Gritsenko’s father told Amnesty International that he believes they have been abducted by paramilitary forces in de facto control in Crimea.  Please act.

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