Friday, September 30, 2011

Banned Books Week 2011: The Amnesty International jailed authors list

During Banned Books Week, Amnesty International directs attention to the plight of individuals who are persecuted because of the writings that they produce, circulate or read. Traditionally, Banned Books Week activities take place at the end of each September -- but the featured cases are not confined to a week. They continue to need your action.

Here are downloads to more information from Amnesty International and below, selected cases currently being monitored by A.I.

Nurmemet Yasin

writer in prison

Uighur poet & story writer Nurmemet Yasin is serving a 10-year prison sentence for writing an allegorical short story that the authorities consider to be a veiled indictment of their rule in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). He is a prisoner of conscience.

» Download casesheet on Nurmemet Yasin (PDF)
» Download petition for Nurmemet Yasin (PDF)
Isa Saharkhiz

imprisoned journalist

Isa Saharkhiz, a prominent reformist commentator & journalist, was arrested in 2009 after posting an article on a website criticizing the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayed ’Ali Khamenei. His health has deteriorated alarmingly during his two years as a prisoner of conscience, and his period of incarceration is being lengthened.

» Download casesheet on Isa Saharkhiz (PDF)
» Download petition for Isa Saharkhiz (PDF)
Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

threatened journalist

Apparently in part because of her books exposing a child pornography ring and trafficking of women & girls, journalist and human rights defender Lydia Cacho has received new death threats in the summer of 2011 and has had to leave her home.

» Download postcard for Lydia Cacho Ribeiro (PDF)

Prageeth Eknaligoda

journalist & cartoonist disappeared

Journalist, cartoonist and political analyst Prageeth Eknaligoda disappeared from Homagama, near the capital, Colombo, shortly after leaving work at the Lanka-e-News office on January 24, 2010.

» Download casesheet on Prageeth Eknaligoda (PDF)
» Download petition for Prageeth Eknaligoda (PDF)
Abuzar Al Amin

detained newspaper editor*

Abuzar Al Amin, deputy editor-in-chief of Rai Al Shaab newspaper, was arrested in May 2010 after publishing an analysis of the results of the April 2010 elections and an article suggesting that an Iranian weapons factory had been built in Sudan. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience.

* Abuzar Al Amin was released on bail on August 22, 2011.

» Download casesheet on Abuzar Al Amin (PDF)
» Download petition for Abuzar Al Amin (PDF)
Father Nguyen Van Ly

dissident priest/publisher jailed again

Since the 1970s, Father Nguyen Van Ly, now 64, has spent almost two decades in prison -- in harsh conditions and often in solitary confinement -- for calling on Vietnamese authorities to respect freedom of expression and other human rights. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience.

Aayat Alqormozi

poet & student

Released conditionally after detention for reading her poem at a protest rally.

» Download postcard for Aayat Alqormozi (PDF)

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