Thursday, April 3, 2014

Human Rights Action Update March 28-April 3

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012
Civil society activist Ruslan Kutaev has been detained by the authorities in Chechnya after organizing a conference in commemoration of Stalin’s deportations from the Caucasus, and reportedly tortured. Amnesty International believes that the evidence against him was fabricated. Please act on his behalf.

 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) has been informed by reliable sources about discriminatory acts, including violations of the right to freedom of association and assembly performed against members of the Russian Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transexuals (LGBT) Network, because of the nature of the human rights they defend. Please join the protest.
Activists in Samara, Russian Federation, received death threats after staging a protest against Russia’s military intervention in Crimea. On 2 March, Svetlana Chernova, Alexander Lashmankin, Igor Titarenko and several other peace activists took part in a series of single-person pickets, which, under Russian law can be held without a prior permission from the authorities, in the city of Samara, in Russia. Following this, they repeatedly received death threats from anonymous members of an online group which calls itself “Anti-Maydan” (a reference to the recent EuroMaydan protest in Kyiv, Ukraine). Please join the outcry.

We are renewing the call for the release of Balendran Jeyakumari and also demanding that the two activists, Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen Mahesan, who were released on March 18, be protected and allowed to move about freely.

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