In Tunisia same-sex sexual relations are criminalised. As a result many LGBTI people are afraid to report the violence they are subjected to because they fear that they themselves will be prosecuted instead. This creates a permissive environment for homophobic and transphobic hate crimes.
Belén has been given an eight-year sentence for having a miscarriage.
Twenty-seven-year-old Belén has been in prison since March 2014 after suffering a miscarriage in a public hospital. Medical personnel and police officials violated her right to privacy and have unfairly accused and mistreated her.
On 5 May the Parliament’s Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee endorsed the bill which would amend the Georgian Constitution introducing a definition of marriage explicitly as a union between a man and a woman.
On 27 April the Austrian parliament passed amendments to Austria’s asylum law that will allow people fleeing violence and conflict to be turned away at the border. In order for the legislation to enter into force, it has now to be signed by the Federal President. He has the power to stop these amendments.
Concerns grow for human rights defenders and NGOs in Egypt as the authorities there have brought charges against numerous human rights defenders, amid an unprecedented crackdown on human rights groups.
Issa al-Hamid, a Saudi Arabian human rights defender and founding member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association, is at risk of being sentenced to a lengthy prison term for his peaceful human rights activism.
Thousands of people are stranded in Greece in dreadful conditions, both in official and makeshift informal camps. The humanitarian crisis will deteriorate unless reception conditions improve and EU Member States urgently accept refugees from Greece.
A young Iranian man, Himan Uraminejad, on death row for an offence carried out when he was a child, has been told that he will be executed soon after 1 April, when the 13-day Iranian New Year holiday period ends.
Ibrahim Halawa has been in prison for 1,000 days. He has not been convicted of anything. He is a Prisoner of Conscience, detained solely for expressing his right to freedom on expression and peaceful assembly.
27 May 2016 will mark two years since Ali al-Nimr was sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial, following a “confession” Ali said was extracted under torture and other ill-treatment. Two others are in a similiar situation. Join our call for their release.
Prisoner of conscience Mahmoud Hussein has finally been released on bail after more than two years in prison. More than 12,700 activists in Ireland alone have already signed the petition calling for his immediate and unconditional release, but we need to keep up the pressure.
“I am lying there in a pool of blood for at least a few days - no water, no food. I am trying to remember all the good things in my life, my children, my wife. And mentally I am preparing myself that I am going to die.” Muhammad Bekzhanov describing some of the torture he was subjected to in prison.
Yecenia was arrested and tortured to sign a confession for a crime she says she didn’t commit. Yecenia deserves to be free and to see her torturers brought to justice, as do so many other torture victims in Mexico.
Dr ‘Ali ‘Esa Mansoor al-‘Ekri, a consultant surgeon, is serving a five-year prison sentence in Jaw prison. He was imprisoned after treating injured protestors and denouncing the violence used by armed forces.
Pregnant women and new mothers in Mkhondo Municipality in eastern South Africa are dying needlessly because they are not getting vital health care. Maternal mortality rates are far too high, and Mkhondo is in one of the worst-performing health districts in the country.
When thousands of us took action last year to save Saman Naseem’s life, the Iranian authorities heard us and quashed his death sentence. Now he faces renewed pressure to do a video interview and has been threatened with "consequences", including execution, if he fails to comply.