Good news on recent urgent action cases: In Honduras, Mexican Human Rights Defender was able to leave Honduras after he witnessed the murder of Berta Cáceres . In Tunisia, six men jailed for “sodomy" were released. Myanmar student activists, Phyoe Phyoe Aung and her husband Lin Htet Naing were released on 11 April.
March 2016 was an incredible month for human rights – activists were released, unfair laws were changed, and people who committed serious human rights abuses were brought to justice. We’ve picked out 15 successes, wins and pieces of good news, and they were all made possible thanks to your support.
1. Egypt: Teen who challenged torture released after more than two years
Myanmar has released scores of students imprisoned simply for exercising their human rights, including student union leader Phyoe Phyoe Aung and her husband Lin Htet Naing. Amnesty called for their release as part of the 2016 Write for Rights campaign, gaining 394,000 actions worldwide.
All charges dropped in prisoner amnesty
At a court in the town of Tharrawaddy, the student protesters had all charges against them dropped.
A historic ruling by a Philippines court this week in which a police officer was convicted of torturing bus driver Jerryme Corre plants a seed of hope that the tide may be turning against impunity for perpetrators of torture, Amnesty International said today.
It is first under the country’s 2009 Anti-Torture Act, and follows a three-year campaign by Amnesty International. The organization took up Jerryme Corre’s case in December 2013 – one year after his arrest – in its global Stop Torture campaign.
Egypt’s authorities must expedite the release of a 20-year-old prisoner of conscience who has spent more than two years in pre-trial detention in a case of outrageous injustice, said Amnesty International after a court ordered his release on bail today.
Mahmoud Hussein was arrested on 25 January 2014 for wearing a “Nation Without Torture” T-shirt, and a scarf with a logo of the “25 January Revolution”. He was accused of belonging to a banned group and attending an unauthorised protest, amongst other things.
On February 19, 2016, Albert Woodfox, the last imprisoned member of the Angola 3, was released after more than four decades in solitary confinement. Albert Woodfox’s release was long overdue and undeniably just. Nothing will truly repair the cruel, inhuman and degrading solitary confinement that the state of Louisiana inflicted upon him. But the belated measure of justice, that came on Woodfox’s 69th birthday, was something he had been seeking for more than half his life.
Seven activists who had been criminally detained after gathering outside a court in Beijing during the trial of prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang have been released.
The Court of Appeal in Sudan has overturned the sentence of Fardous Al Toum, one of the 10 female Christian students charged with “indecent dress”.
Amnesty International Ireland today welcomed the Dáil's passing an amendment to the 2001 Mental Health Act removing the ability to administer electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) on people against their will.
Mexico’s injustices fall like dominoes as two torture victims released in 24 hours due to illegal evidence
In the past 24 hours, judges in two states in northern Mexico have released torture victims who have spent years in prison away from their families and young children, providing hope for justice in countless similar cases of people tortured and detained unfairly, Amnesty International said today.