Virginia Execution Reset As Doubts Persist (USA: UA 55/17)
March 13, 2017
Ivan Teleguz, a Ukrainian national, is scheduled to be executed in Virginia on 25 April. He maintains his innocence of the 2001 murder for which he was sent to death row in 2006.
On Thursday, Sara Beltran Hernandez was released.
Sara is a 26-year-old mother of two who fled to the U.S. to escape gang and domestic violence. But despite having a claim to asylum, she was locked up for 15 months. ICE officials refused to release Sara on parole even after she collapsed in her cell as a result of a brain tumor.
But Amnesty members like you spoke up. And when you raised your voice, you shut down three ICE phone lines. Read more
Journalist Muhammad Bekzhanov was arrested by Uzbekistani security forces in 1999. He was beaten, suffocated and given electric shocks until he confessed to fabricated charges. A judge ignored his claims of torture and used Muhammad’s forced confession to send him to prison.
You and thousands of other Amnesty supporters tirelessly campaigned for his release as part of Write for Rights 2015 – you never gave up on him.
And it worked! Read more