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Former prisoner of conscience, Nguyễn Bắc Truyển was last seen on 30 July 2017 after dropping off his wife outside her place of work in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Although State media reported that he was arrested by authorities, more than three weeks later his wife has received no official confirmation from police as to the accusations against him or his place of detention. He is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment and has pre-existing medical conditions that require treatment.
Kenya’s NGO Coordination Board threatened to arrest George Kegoro, Executive Director of Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), Gladwell Otieno, Executive Director of African Center for Open Governance (AfriCOG) and Maina Kiai, former UN Special Rapporteur and a member of AfriCOG’s Board of Directors on 16 August.
Investigative journalist Tomasz Piątek is facing criminal charges for a book he published in June, alleging a link between the Defence Minister and the Russian intelligence services. If found guilty he could face up to 3 years in prison.
Further information: Harassment of dissident Iranian cleric must end: Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi
Dissident Iranian cleric Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi has faced continued intimidation and death threats by the Iranian authorities since his release from prison on 4 January. He is under 24 hour surveillance and has effectively been placed under house arrest. He is critically ill, and could be returned to prison at any time.
Huang Qi, founder of “64 Tianwang” (64tianwang. org), who has been detained since November 2016, was ill-treated by police officers in the detention centre and it is unclear if he has received adequate medical treatment.
Iranian prisoner of conscience and human rights defender Arash Sadeghi is critically ill and requires immediate hospitalization outside of prison. However, the authorities are refusing to authorize the transfer, apparently on the orders of the Revolutionary Guards. The denial of access to medical care in these circumstances amounts to torture.
Human rights defender and Convenor of Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh, Punhal Sario, has been forcibly disappeared in Sindh Province, southern Pakistan. This is another example in a string of recent enforced disappearances by the security forces in Sindh. His fate and whereabouts remain unknown. He is at grave risk of torture, ill-treatment, and even death.
Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy were convicted and sentenced to death by the Mahiliou Regional Court, in eastern Belarus, on 21 July 2017. Theirs are the second and third death sentences imposed in Belarus in 2017.
On 12 August, the Cairo criminal court adjourned Mahmoud Abu Zeid's court hearing 19 August, for the 35th time. Today is the four-year anniversary of Mahmoud Abu Zeid arrest. The Egyptian photojournalist, also known as “Shawkan,” has been in prison for four years. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Raúl Isaías Baduel was unexpectedly taken from his cell at Ramo Verde National Military Detention Centre, Caracas, at dawn on 8 August 2017. There has been no information regarding his whereabouts since.
76-year old Crimean Tatar Server Karametov was arrested on 8 August by the de facto authorities in Crimea while engaging in a peaceful protest and sentenced to 10 days of administrative detention on charges of resisting police. He is a prisoner of conscience, with Parkinson’s disease, who must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Further information: Journalist's deportation halted but risk remains: Khudoberdi Nurmatov (Ali Feruz)
On 8 August, the Moscow City Court suspended the deportation of Uzabekistani national Khudoberdi Nurmatov pending review of his case by the European Court of Human Rights, but he continues to be held in detention. He should be immediately released.
Australia’s offshore detention and processing policy on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), amounts to the systematic abuse of hundreds of individuals. Ongoing reports of violence and the recent death of an Iranian man who had sought asylum underline the grave harm being done by Australia’s policy.
National Security Forces violently repressed the Mapuche community Pu Lof en Resistencia, in Chubut, Argentina, and a 28-year-old man was forcibly disappeared.
Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: Two Palestinian women in administrative detention: Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin
Member of the Palestinian parliament Khalida Jarrar and women’s union leader Khitam Saafin have been held without being charged or tried for 36 days. They both face indefinite detention without charge or trial. Their administrative detention orders can be renewed indefinitely and with no prior notice.
While newspaper editor Kyaw Min Swe has been released on bail, he remains on trial for “online defamation’’ for a satirical article mocking the Myanmar Army. In addition, he and his colleague Kyaw Zwar Naing are now also facing additional charges in connection with the article. They have been charged solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.
Dong Guangping’s court hearing scheduled for April 2017 has been cancelled by authorities with no reason provided. Charged with “subverting state power” and “crossing the national border illegally”, Dong Guangping has been held incommunicado since his forced return from Thailand in 2015. He is at risk of torture and unfair trial.
Wei Xiaobing, He Lin, Liu Guangxiao, Li Shujia, Wang Meiju and Qin Mingxin have been criminally detained on suspicion of “assembling a crowd to disturb social order” after they held a seaside memorial for deceased Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo in Jiangmen, Guangdong province.
A judge has asked the prosecutor to collect further evidence for the trial of Falun Gong practitioner, Chen Huixia, for her indictment of “using an evil cult to undermine law enforcement”. Following a court hearing in Hebei province on 12 May 2017 her trial has now been indefinitely adjourned. Arbitrarily detained since 3 June 2016, Chen Huixia was tortured and has had no access to her family for over a year.
On 24 July President Duda vetoed two of the three controversial legislative amendments regarding judicial reforms but signed a third amendment. The bills threaten to undermine the independence of the judiciary by awarding the government direct control over Polish courts.
Further information: Russian Federation: Detained journalist facing imminent deportation: Khudoberdi Nurmatov (Ali Feruz)
On 1 August, the Moscow Basmanniy Court ruled that journalist and LGBTI activist Khudoberdi Nurmatov (also known as Ali Feruz) must be forcibly returned from Russia to Uzbekistan. If returned, he will be at risk of torture and imprisonment for his sexual orientation. The journalist has nine days to appeal the decision.
Another 10 Uighur students were forcibly returned by the Egyptian authorities back to China, bringing the total to 22 in July, while approximately 200 more remain at risk of being forcibly returned to the country. They would be at real risk of serious human rights violations if forcibly returned to China.
Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories-Palestine: Israeli civilians abducted for more than 2 years: Avera Mangistu and Hisham al-Sayed
Avera Mangistu and Hisham al-Sayed have been missing respectively since 7 September 2014 and 20 April 2015 in the Gaza Strip. The two Israeli civilians suffer from serious mental health conditions. Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip have refused to disclose any information about them. Their fate and whereabouts remain unknown.
Bahraini activist Yaser Mawali has been on trial before the Lower Court in Manama, the capital, since 7 June charged with “insulting the King” for two posts he had retweeted. He has been detained since 29 May and his next hearing is scheduled for 16 August. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Independent Azerbaijani journalist Aziz Orujov has been held in detention on fabricated charges since 2 May. He is being kept in inhumane conditions. On 23 July he fainted as a result of the sweltering heat in the prison cell. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately released.
Activists deported from Saudi Arabia detained: Elgassim Mohamed Seed Ahmed, Elwaleed Imam Hassan Taha and Alaa Aldin al-Difana
Activists Elgassim Mohamed Seed Ahmed, Elwaleed Imam Hassan Taha and Alaa Aldin al-Difana were deported from Saudi Arabia to Sudan on 11 July. The Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) arrested them upon arrival in Sudan. The three are currently being held at the NISS headquarters in Khartoum North. Amnesty considers them to be prisoners of conscience held solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
Human rights defender Maurice Fangnon was detained at the Nigerian Police Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department in Abuja accused of providing police with false information that a member of a powerful royal family was responsible for arson, murder and forced evictions of residents of the Otodo-Gbame community. He was released four days later, but was asked to report back on Wednesday, 2 August.
Fourteen Saudi Arabian men are at imminent risk of execution after their families learned on 23 July that the Supreme Court has ratified their death sentences. On 1 June 2016, the men were sentenced to death penalty after a grossly unfair trial based on “confessions” they said were obtained under torture.
The families of 14 Saudi Arabian men sentenced to death fear that they are at risk of execution after they were transferred to Riyadh on 15 July. The men were sentenced to death on 1 June 2016 after a grossly unfair trial based on “confessions” they said were obtained under torture.
Stanislav Aseev, a freelance journalist, who was missing for several weeks, is held by the Russia-backed separatists from the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DNR”) in eastern Ukraine. They accuse him of “espionage”.
Bahraini human rights defender Ebtisam al-Saegh was charged on 18 July by the Terrorism Crime Prosecution with using her human rights work as a cover to provide Alkarama Foundation with information and fake news about the situation in Bahrain. She has been detained for a further six months pending completion of the investigation. She is a prisoner of conscience.
Human rights defender and lawyer Tarek Hussein has been arbitrarily detained by the Egyptian security forces for more than a month, despite the prosecutor’s decision to release him on bail on 18 June. He was held incommunicado for 12 days during his detention. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Presence and clashes between paramilitary groups, the National Liberation Army and state security forces continue to violate the rights of Indigenous communities in Chocó, in the Pacific region of Colombia.
Dr Stella Nyanzi, an academic and feminist, will not be subjected to a mental health examination after a magistrate court ordered a stay of the examination on 25 May. Dr Stella Nyanzi was released on conditional bail by the same court on 10 May. She still faces charges of insulting the president and violating his right to privacy.
George Livio Bahara, one of the men arbitrarily detained at a prison at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in Juba, was released on 25 May. Mike Tyson, another detainee, died on 29 June at the NSS prison. Twenty-one men remain held at the NSS prison under poor conditions with lack of access to appropriate medical treatment.
Two legislative amendments that would undermine the right to an effective remedy and the right to a fair trial have been adopted by the Polish Parliament on 15 July. It is now in the hands of the President to refuse to sign these amendments. The President’s signature could happen any moment.
The physical integrity and lives of 14 police officers arbitrarily detained for politically motivated reasons are at risk in Venezuela, since they began a hunger strike 23 days ago to demand that authorities execute their pending release warrant.
An appeal court has upheld the death sentence against Abdulkareem al-Hawaj, a Shi’a man who was convicted of offences committed when he was 16 years old. The court appears to have based its sentence on forced “confessions”.
Bahraini human rights defender, Ebtisam al-Saegh, has been under continuous and lengthy interrogation since her arrest on 3 July when she also started a hunger strike. She is at high risk of torture or other ill-treatment and requires urgent medical attention. Ebtisam al-Saegh is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Four men from Iran’s Kurdish minority have been subjected to enforced disappearance since their arrests on 23 and 24 June. The authorities have refused to provide any information to their families about their fate or whereabouts. The men, who are all related, are at risk of extrajudicial execution, torture and other human rights violations.
Aliaksei Mikhalenya was sentenced to death by the Homel Regional Court, in southeast Belarus, on 17 March. His sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court on 30 June and he is now at risk of imminent execution.
While Salvadoran legislators have, for months, been postponing the debate on the Criminal Code reform that would decriminalize abortion, another rape survivor has been sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment for having suffered pregnancy-related complications.
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