Rapid Action Network

Iran: COVID-19 fears for detained human rights defender and writer Narges Mohammadi

Narges Mohammadi @ PEN International

21 July 2020 – PEN International is alarmed by reports that writer, journalist and human rights defender, Narges Mohammadi may have contracted COVID-19 in Zanjan prison where she is serving sentences totaling 16 years for her rights activism. She suffers from underlying health conditions for which she has been denied adequate treatment, further increasing concerns for her welfare. Continue reading

CUBA: Immediately release poet and journalist Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces

Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces © Cortesia

PEN International calls for the immediate and unconditional release of poet, lawyer and independent journalist Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces. In April 2019, he was detained while he was covering a trial for news website CubaNet. Quiñones Haces was released five days later and fined for conduct during his detention allegedly constituting ‘disobedience’ and ‘resistance’. After refusing to pay the fine, he was sentenced to a prison sentence of one year on 7 August and detained on 11 September 2019. During his imprisonment, Quiñones Haces has developed health problems due to the conditions of detention and, according to the writer’s relatives, he is particularly at risk from Covid-19. Continue reading

(German) Kirgisistan: Schreiben Sie Azimjon Askarov und setzen Sie ein Zeichen der Solidarität

Azimjon Askarov © PEN International

(German) 15. Mai 2020 – RAN 03/2020
Am 13. Mai hat sich der Oberste Gerichtshof in Kirgisistan der Entscheidung eines Regionalgerichts angeschlossen, die Verurteilung des Journalisten und Menschenrechtsaktivisten Azimjon Askarov zu einer lebenslangen Haftstrafe nicht zu überprüfen.  Continue reading