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  Schrijfactie Bahrein: laat Abdulhadi al-Khawaja vrij                                                                                                                          

De 61-jarige Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is een zeer prominente mensenrechtenactivist uit Bahrein. Voor zijn activisme kreeg hij na een oneerlijk proces een levenslange gevangenisstraf. Hij zit al 11 jaar vast. Het gevangenispersoneel blijft manieren vinden om hem extra te straffen. Op 28 november 2022 kreeg Al-Khawaja twee boetes.

De eerste boete kreeg Al-Khawaja omdat hij een stoel kapotmaakte en een gevangenismedewerker beledigd zou hebben, nadat deze hem telefoontjes met zijn dochters verbood. De tweede boete, ook voor het beledigen van een gevangenismedewerker, had te maken met zijn activisme.

Amnesty roept de de autoriteiten van Bahrein op om Adbulhadi al-Khawaja onmiddellijk vrij te laten.

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Sheikh Salman bin Hamad                                                        H.E. Mr. Abdulla bin Faisal bin Jabur Al Doseri

Crown Prince and Prime Minister                                           Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain

Court of the Crown Prince                                                        102 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt     

P.O Box 29091, Riffa                                                                  1050 Brussel, België

Bahrain

Apeldoorn, January 2023.

Your Highness, Your Excellency (ambassade),

Bahraini-Danish human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has been convicted and fined in two separate cases on 28 November 2022 by the Second Lower Criminal Court.

He was convicted for breaking a chair and insulting a public servant in November 2021 while in Jaw prison after he was denied phone calls to his daughters.

In a second case, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja was convicted of insulting a public servant in relation to an incident on 30 March 2022 when he protested against the normalization deal with Israel (Abraham Accords) and had an altercation with a prison officer. He was denied his right to be represented by a lawyer of his choosing and to be tried in his presence in both cases.

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja so far spent more than 11 years of an unjust life sentence in Jaw prison for leading peaceful protests during the 2011 popular uprising in Bahrain.

I therefore call upon your Highness to ensure that he is immediately and unconditionally released, that his convictions and sentences are quashed and any new charges brought against him are dropped. 

Thank you for your attention for this urgent matter.

Yours sincerely,

  Schrijfactie China: geef journalist Huang Qi medische hulp                           

Journalist Huang Qi zit een gevangenisstraf uit van 12 jaar, alleen omdat hij een website over mensenrechtenschendingen in China beheerde. Hij zit sinds 2016 vast. Huang is ernstig ziek en heeft dringend hulp nodig. Maar de gevangenisautoriteiten weigeren dit.

Al voor zijn detentie leed Huang aan nierfalen, een waterhoofd en aandoeningen aan zijn hart en longen. In de gevangenis kreeg hij ook een ernstige schildklieraandoening. Dit maakt hem heel kwetsbaar. Medische zorg krijgt hij niet.

Amnesty roept de gevangenisdirecteur op om Huang Qi onmiddellijk vrij te laten. Ook moet Huang Qi dringend medische zorg krijgen.

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Director Su Yuanliang                                                                     H. E. Mr. Tan Jian

Sichuan Bazhong Prison                                                                 Embassy of the People’s Republic of China

9, Xiangjiazhui, Bazhou                                                                  Willem Lodewijklaan 10 

Bazhong shi, Sichuan sheng, 636005                                           2517 JT Den Haag

People’s Republic of China

Apeldoorn, January 2023.

Dear Director Su, Your Excellency (ambassade),

I am writing to express my grave concern for the health and wellbeing of Huang Qi, a human rights defender who is currently serving a 12-year sentence in Sichuan Bazhong Prison for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression. It is distressing to learn that Huang Qi’s health has further deteriorated and is at risk of worsening further. The prison authorities must ensure that he has access to immediate medical care.

Huang Qi was known to suffer from chronic kidney disease and hydrocephalus, as well as other conditions affecting his heart and lungs, before being detained in 2016 He was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in July 2022. It has been reported that he has not been able to access  proper medical care in prison.

Huang Qi should be released immediately. Moreover, pending his release, I urge you to ensure that he receives urgent, regular, and adequate medical care. Furthermore, he must have regular and unrestricted access to his family and to lawyers of his choice.

Thank you for your attention for this urgent matter.

Yours sincerely,

  Schrijfactie India: laat activisten vrij                                                              

Sinds 2018 zijn er in India zestien bekende mensenrechtenactivisten opgepakt op basis van valse aanklachten. Eén van hen, Fr. Stan Swamy (foto midden/boven), overleed in de gevangenis doordat hij geen medische hulp kreeg. Een aantal personen is vrijgelaten, maar elf van hen zitten nog vast.

De groep activisten wordt ook wel de BK16 genoemd. Deze bestaat uit dichters, advocaten, journalisten, professoren en een priester. Stuk voor stuk strijden ze voor de rechten van onderdrukte gemeenschappen in India, onder wie de Dalits en de Adivasis. Ze werden opgepakt omdat ze betrokken zouden zijn bij rellen die uitbraken in Bhima Koregaon begin 2018.

Amnesty roept de minister van Binnenlandse Zaken van India op om de 11 activisten die nog vastzitten onmiddellijk vrij te laten.

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Mr. Amit Shah, Union Home Minister of India                                     Embassy of India

Ministry of Home Affairs                                                                          H. E. Mrs. Reenat Sandhu, Ambassador

North Block                                                                                                 Buitenrustweg 2

New Delhi – 110001                                                                                   2517 KD Den Haag

Apeldoorn, January 2023.

Dear Minister Amit Shah, Your Excellency (ambassade),

Between 2018 and 2021, the Pune Police and National Investigation Agency arrested 16 human rights defenders for their involvement in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon riots. They were charged under various provisions of the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Indian Penal Code. The arrests appear to be politically motivated and relate to a massive crackdown on human rights defenders.

Fr. Stan Swamy, one of the 16 activists, died in detention on 5 July 2021. Since his arrest, his mental and physical health drastically deteriorated, and he was denied timely and effective medical treatment by the authorities.

Sudha Bhardwaj, Varavara Rao and Anand Teltumbde were granted bail. Gautam Navlakha was shifted to house arrest. The other 11 activists continue to languish in jail without a trial.

I call for all charges against the 16 activists to be dropped, and for the immediate release of the 11 that remain in detention. Pending their release, the activists should be granted prompt, regular and unrestricted access to medical care and other basic necessities.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.

Yours sincerely,