Update – September 15, 2008
On Friday, September 12, the Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles voted to deny clemency for Troy Anthony Davis. Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed by the state of Georgia on September 23. Check out the AIUSA press release for more details.
Please urge the board to reconsider the decision. A sample letter is available in MS Word. Fax your letter to 404-651-8502.
URGENT ACTION APPEAL
September 9, 2008
UA 250/08 – Death penalty / Legal concern
USA (Georgia) – Troy Anthony Davis (m), black, aged 40
Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed in Georgia at 7pm local time on September 23. He has been on death row for 17 years for a murder he maintains he did not commit. He has a clemency hearing before the state Board of Pardons and Paroles on September 12. It is not known when the Board will make its decision.
On August 28, 1991 Troy Davis was convicted of the murder of 27-year-old Officer Mark Allen MacPhail, white, who was shot and killed in the car park of a Burger King restaurant in Savannah, Georgia, in the early hours of August 19, 1989. Davis was also convicted of assaulting Larry Young, a homeless man, who was accosted immediately before Officer MacPhail was shot. At the trial, Troy Davis admitted that he had been at the scene of the shooting, but claimed that he had neither assaulted Larry Young nor shot Officer MacPhail.
URGENT ACTION APPEAL
05 September 2008
UA 245/08 – Intimidation
ANGOLA – Association for Justice Peace and Democracy (AJPD) and other Angolan human rights organizations
The authorities are attempting to shut down one of Angola’s most active human rights organizations, the Association for Justice Peace and Democracy (AJPD). This organization has played an important role in publicizing human rights violations and promoting human rights awareness in Angola. It has also provided human rights training for the Angolan police force.
UA 194/08 – Fear of forcible return/ Fear of torture or ill-treatment / 4 July 2008
GERMANY – Mohamed Abdelrahman Ferah (m), aged 33
The German authorities are preparing to forcibly return asylum-seeker Mohamed Abdelrahman Ferah to Eritrea. If returned, he is at risk of arbitrary arrest, incommunicado detention, torture or other ill-treatment for evasion of compulsory military service and for seeking asylum abroad, which the Eritrean authorities regard as a betrayal of the country.
Mohamed Abdelrahman Ferah travelled from Eritrea to Germany via Sudan and Nigeria, arriving in the German city of Frankfurt on 12 May 2008. His application for asylum was rejected by the German authorities, and he has also lost his appeal against this decision.
“At the Death House Door,” an important new documentary on the death penalty, will have a preview screening at the First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson, Portland, on May 14th, at 7pm. This event is sponsored by Amnesty International Group 48 and is free and open to the public. Following the screening, Clarence Pugh from Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and Matthew Rubenstein of the Oregon Capital Resource Center, will lead a discussion of the issues related to capital punishment in Oregon: lethal injection, wrongful conviction, the unlikely victims, the flaws in our criminal justice system.