We are writing to you to express our concerns and to ask for information regarding recent developments in Ward 350 of Tehran’s Evin Prison, and to seek clarification and further information regarding the treatment of “security prisoners” in Iran more generally.
Venezuelan security forces have used unlawful force in response to antigovernment demonstrations, severely beating unarmed protesters and shooting them at point blank range, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Security forces also subjected detainees to severe physical and psychological abuse, including in some cases torture, and justice officials failed to safeguard detainees’ due process rights.
Algerian authorities on the eve of the April 17, 2014, presidential election forcibly dispersed a demonstration against a fourth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The authorities should abandon such repressive practices by rescinding the 2001 decree banning all demonstrations in Algiers, the capital, and by allowing people to exercise their right to peaceful assembly anywhere in Algeria.
Algerian authorities are deploying large numbers of police and arresting protesters to prevent demonstrations in the capitalin advance of the April 17, 2014 presidential elections. Officials recently targeted a movement opposed to a fourth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.