Urgent action - free Behnam Ebrahimzadeh - Iran

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh is jailed labour and children’s rights activist and a member of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations in Iran.

He was coming towards the end of one prison sentence, but is now facing a new term of imprisonment.

Benham is in an Iranian prison having already served four and a half years of a five year sentence. Last year he went on hunger strike to demand a transfer back to a medical wing of Evin prison in north Tehran and to receive medical treatment for his longstanding health problems.

The Ministry of Intelligence has opened a new case against him. On 29 December 2014, last year, Behnam was tried on new charges of communicating, from prison, with Ahmad Shahid (the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran) and with a political organisation. Behnam was sentenced to a further nine and a half years imprisonment – this needs to be vigorously protested.

During this time his home was searched in order for the  the Ministry of Intelligence to open a new case against him. Subsequently on 29 December, last year, Behnam was tried in branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, presided over by Judge Salavati, on new charges of communicating, from prison, with Ahmad Shahid (the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran) and with a political organisation. Behnam was sentenced to a further nine and a half years imprisonment – this needs to be vigorously protested.

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Attacks on Human Rights Defenders - Chechnya

Igor Kalyapin leads the Joint Mobile Group of human rights defenders working in Chechnya (JMG). He was labelled a “supporter of terrorists” by the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov after he publicly opposed Kadyrov’s promise to punish families of suspected insurgents. Since then, Igor Kalyapin has been receiving anonymous death threats and has been attacked.

At a government-sponsored demonstration in Grozny against terrorism on 13 December, banners that said “Kalyapin Go Home $” and labeling human rights defenders “supporters of terrorism” were held by some participants in the front of the crowd.Later that day the Joint Mobile Group’s office in Grozny was destroyed in a fire, an apparent arson attack, while its two staff were followed by armed masked men in a car believed to belong to Chechen law-enforcement agencies. Police came to the destroyed JMG office the next day, while JMG members Sergei Babinets and Dmitry Dimitriev were there, and, without any explanation or search warrant, subjected them to personal search, confiscated their mobile phones, cameras, laptop computers and other electronic equipment. They also searched the JMG’s car. They held the two JMG members for several hours before releasing them without charge and without returning their equipment.

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Take Action - Support Human Rights Defenders - Philippines

Karapatan and its network of people’s organizations, human rights defenders and peace advocates are mounting several activities and actions nationwide to highlight the continuing human rights abuses under the administration of Phil. Pres. Benigno Aquino III as a result of intensified military operations through the government’s counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan. Karapatan has documented 222 cases of extrajudicial killing, 23 enforced disappearances, 221 frustrated killings, 105 victims of torture, and more than 40,000 individuals who have been forcibly evacuated due to military operations. 

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Protest the murder of human rights defender - South Africa

On the night of the 29th September 2014 Thuli Ndlovu - the chair of Abahlali baseMjondolo - was murdered. An armed man burst into her home in KwaNdengezi, South Africa, and shot her seven times. She died at the scene. Abahlali baseMjondolo is a movement of the shack dwellers and those who are homeless in South Africa. It is an organisation that has organised campaigns against evictions, has organised squatters, and campaigns for public housing. It has been a thorn in the side of the neo-liberal ANC government, exposing their abandonment of the Freedom Charter and socialism. The leaders of Abahlali baseMjondolo have over the years faced threats and intimidation. We call for those who believe in social justice and human rights to show their solidarity by sending the attached letter of protest to Jacob Zuma the President of South Africa.

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Defend Human Rights Defender - Colombia

Urgent protests are required to support Liliany Obando a sociology lecturer who is a human rights activist. She was accused of 'rebellion' and arrested in August 2008 as a way of silencing her criticism of the current political and economic situation in Colombia. We are concerned that throughout the action against her there have been constant breaches of due process which have seen her imprisoned for over 3 years without conviction, and then later - despite house arrest - being re-arrested again. 

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