Claude Yabanda, a senior member of an opposition political party called the Patriotic Front for Progress, was released from prison on November 11. He had been detained since April 2006 on account of his peaceful political activities. Claude was featured in AIUSA's Holiday Card action. Many thanks to all who send letters of support.
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Urgent Action: Activist Jailed For Criticism Of Development Project (Maldives: UA 70/17)
Maldivian social media activist Thayyib Shaheem was arrested on 16 March, and has since been detained in Dhoonidhoo island prison. He is accused of “spreading panic” on social media after he criticised a development project in Maldives. He faces up to a year and three months in jail if convicted. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Amnesty International is concerned about the fairness of proceedings leading to the trial and conviction of Leonard Peltier, an Anishinabe-Lakota Native American who was convicted of murdering two FBI agents.
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