Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Human Rights Action Update April 11-16

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012
The blog is a day earlier this week because of travel.

Migrants and migrants’ rights defenders were shot at in the vicinity of Lechería shelter, Mexico State, Mexico. There are concerns that the authorities are not taking the threat to migrants and defenders working with them seriously due to a delay in investigating the incident and in implementing effective protection mechanisms. Please act on their behalf.

On 9 April respected magazine editor, Bhekithemba Makhubu, and human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, were re-detained in Swaziland after irregular court proceedings against them. The two had been released from custody on 6 April after a high court judge overturned their previous arrests and detentions as unlawful. They had spent 20 days in detention for criticizing a powerful public official. Please pick up the link and act for them.

Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi has been missing since 30 March, when he tweeted photos of an
alleged attempted jail break-in at the State Security Service in Abuja, Nigeria. Twenty-one
detainees died during the incident. If he is in detention Yusuf is at risk of extra-judicial
execution.  Please act on his behalf.

On 2 April Pierre Espérance, a prominent Haitian human rights defender, received a letter containing a bullet and death threats related to his work. Amnesty International fears for his safety and that of other human rights defenders in the country. Please act for them.

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