In Bulgaria, beatings, rape and murders of LGBTI people are inadequately investigated and prosecuted. Take action to call on the Bulgarian authorities to ensure that the new Criminal Code, currently under discussion, prohibits all crimes perpetrated with a hate motive.
On the surface, everything is quiet in Bangui, the tiny capital city of the Central African Republic. Strangely quiet. But behind this silence, stories of devastation are emerging. The city is calm but people are afraid writes Susanna Flood, Director of Media, Amnesty International, from Bangui.
Canadian-Iranian national Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, who had been sentenced to death in Iran in 2008, was released on 23 September after spending over five years in prison. He returned home to Toronto, Canada, on 10 October and was reunited with his wife.
Hate crime is a serious form of discrimination. Victims of these crimes are selected by the perpetrators on the basis of a real or perceived identity-related characteristic such as ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Egyptian security forces arrested and beat dozens of protesters on 26 November in Cairo. At least 24 are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of assembly and expression. The arrests came two days after Egypt’s President approved a repressive new protest law.
Frank Walls, a 46-year-old man who has been on death row in Florida for 25 years and has exhausted his ordinary appeals to the courts, is seeking commutation of his death sentence. If clemency is rejected, the governor will sign an execution warrant.