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Journalist John Ndabarasa was last seen in Kigali on 7 August 2016. More than six months later, there is no news on his whereabouts or on the progress of the police investigation into his disappearance.
Sara Beltran Hernandez fled domestic and gang violence in El Salvador in November 2015 to live with relatives in the US. She has been held in a detention centre in Texas since then, despite having a claim to asylum. She is in urgent need of medical attention and must be released on parole pending the resolution of her asylum claim.
Prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab remains on trial for comments posted on Twitter. The verdict pursuant to his trial has been repeatedly postponed since October 2016. He also faces a new trial on separate charges related to TV interviews he gave. He faces up to 18 years in prison if convicted in both cases.
Suthar Batumalai and B. Rames Batumalai are scheduled to be executed on Friday, 24 February 2017. The brothers were convicted of murder in 2010 on the basis of circumstantial evidence and sentenced to the mandatory death penalty.
Palestinian Muhammed al-Qiq has been on hunger strike since 6 February in protest against his administrative detention. The Israeli authorities have yet to respond to his lawyer's request for him to be transferred to a hospital to receive medical treatment. He is being held in solitary confinement and is increasingly weak.
British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is suffering with severe arm, neck and back pain and needs urgent hospitalization. An appeal court has upheld her five-year prison sentence for the charge of “membership of an illegal group” in connection with her work with the BBC and Thompson Reuters Foundation.
Bahraini activist Nader Abdulemam was arrested on 18 February and taken to Jaw prison to serve the remaining four and a half months of a prison sentence handed down to him for participating in and calling on people to join an illegal march in Manama in 2013. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Azizi Mirmahaleh, a 60-year old woman from Iran, is currently in a detention centre in Laval, Québec, awaiting her scheduled deportation on 28 February. If deported to Iran, she would be at risk of serious human rights violations, including torture and ill-treatment.
British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is suffering with severe arm, neck and back pain and needs urgent hospitalization. An appeal court has upheld her five-year prison sentence for the charge of “membership of an illegal group” in connection with her work with BBC Media Action and Thompson Reuters Foundation.
The trial of Dr Nasser bin Ghaith before the Federal Appeal Court in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) began anew on 18 January. His next hearing is scheduled for 22 February. He is a prisoner of conscience at risk of torture and ill-treatment.
Brothers Mahmoud Tale’ Nayef and Taleb Tale’ Nayef were sentenced to death by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq on 9 August 2016 based on “confessions” extracted under torture. Taleb Tale’ Nayef remains at risk of further torture and other ill-treatment.
Around 700 men, women and children was attacked by police while on the way to submit legal complaints against Formosa Plastics, amounting to US$20 million in damages. The Taiwanese company, based in Hà Tĩnh province, has accepted responsibility for the April 2016 ecological disaster, which affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals.
Prisoner of conscience Đinh Nguyên Kha is being denied medical treatment following an operation to remove a tumour from his stomach three months ago, which could amount to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of punishment.
Within 10 days of each other, three unassociated Vietnamese human rights defenders were arrested in January and are currently being held in incommunicado pre-trial detention. With no access to lawyers, they are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
More than 60 heavily armed individuals entered Asháninka Meantari Indigenous community territory in the Central Peruvian rainforest and forced out 21 families by subjecting them to death threats.
17-year-old Palestinian Ahmad Azmi Abdurrahman Hanatsheh was arrested by Israeli forces on 1 August 2016. He was initially placed under a six month administrative detention order, which was renewed by a further two months on 31 January.
A 21-year-old Syrian refugee has spent more than five months in police detention awaiting a decision on whether he will be forcibly returned from Greece to Turkey under the EU-Turkey deal. The decision on the return is expected at any time and in the interim he remains unlawfully detained on the island of Lesvos.
Jordanian poet and journalist Tayseer Salman al-Najjar appeared before the Criminal Chamber of the Federal Appeal Court in Abu Dhabi on 18 January, and again on 1 February, facing charges of “damaging the reputation and prestige of the Emirati state”, in connection with a comment he posted on Facebook. His next hearing has been scheduled for 15 February.
A group of paramilitaries entered the Humanitarian Zone of Nueva Esperanza en Dios in the Cacarica river basin in north-west Colombia looking for several individuals which they claimed were on a death list. The increase in paramilitary activity in the area is placing residents of the Humanitarian Zone and those accompanying them at risk.
Ali Aarrass has been held in prolonged solitary confinement since his transfer to Tifelt II Local Prison on 10 October 2016. His health has sharply deteriorated as a result.
Transgender lawyer Samantha Seijas was threatened by a police officer from the Aragua Police Force, in central Venezuela, while filing a complaint in a police station accompanied by his daughter. Fears exist for their safety.
Saudi Arabian writer Nazeer al-Majed has been held in incommunicado detention since 18 January after being sentenced by the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh to seven years in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience at risk of torture and ill-treatment.
Pastor Evan Mawarire, a human rights defender and leader of the #ThisFlag movement in Zimbabwe has been granted bail by the High Court. He is expected to stand trial for the charges against him. Amnesty International is concerned that Pastor Evan Mawarire’s charges are an attempt to intimidate him and prevent his human rights work.
Kuwa Shumal A. Zumam was set free by the court on 2 January after the prosecution failed to provide sufficient evidence to sustain the charges against him. Petr Jezek was sentenced to life imprisonment on 29 January, while Hassan A. Kodi and Abdulmonem Abdumawla were sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment.
Loghman Sawari, an Iranian refugee, faces criminal charges in Papua New Guinea for allegedly using false information to obtain a passport to seek asylum in Fiji. Deported back to Papua New Guinea without due process, he was held incommunicado for 30 hours. Loghman Sawari remains in custody, amid grave concerns for his safety.
Fashion designer and LGBTI activist Barbaros Şansal remains in pre-trial detention since 3 January for allegedly ‘inciting the public to hatred or hostility’, despite a court rejecting the indictment drawn up in his case. He must be freed immediately and unconditionally.
Iranian academic specializing in disaster medicine Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, a resident of Sweden detained in Iran since 25 April 2016, has been threatened with the death penalty. He has been on hunger strike since 26 December 2016 in protest at his detention.
Four Papuan political activists have been detained since 19 December 2016 in Manado, North Sulawesi Province for “rebellion” (makar). Detained solely for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, the men are considered prisoners of conscience.
Human rights activists Salman Haider, Waqas Goraya, Asim Saeed, and Ahmed Raza Naseer returned home between 27 – 29th January after being subjected to a suspected enforced disappearance in early January by security forces in Pakistan. Another activist, Samar Abbas, is still missing; his fate and whereabouts remain unknown.
Residents in several hamlets in or near the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in north-western Colombia continue to report the presence of paramilitaries. The security of Peace Community members and other inhabitants in the area is at serious risk.
On 1 February, Indigenous leader Juan Ontiveros Ramos was found dead in Chihuahua State, northern Mexico. Unknown men forcibly took from his home the day before and brutally beat other members of his family during the attack. Inhabitants of the Choréachi community remain at risk.
Retired general Raúl Isaías Baduel is currently in detention and has had no contact with his lawyers or family since 22 January.
International organization Global Witness, along with Honduran organizations MILPAH, COPINH and CEHPRODEC are facing a smear campaign against them for their work defending land, territory and environmental rights in the country. This increasing campaign puts them at risk of further harassment and physical attacks.
The social leader Milagro Sala has been arbitrarily detained since 16 January. The Argentine government has not complied with the UN decision ordering her immediate release.
Saudi Arabian human rights defender Essam Koshak has been detained since 8 January 2017 for his online activism. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.
Fadhel Sayed Abbas Hasan Radhi has been detained without charge since his arrest on 29 September 2016. He has had no access to a lawyer and only limited access to his family. His family have not heard from him since 10 December 2016 nor have they received any information about his whereabouts or well-being. Amnesty International is concerned that he is a victim of enforced disappearance and at risk of torture and other-ill treatment.
Five days after Fidel Castro’s death, human rights defender Eduardo Cardet was detained and has since been held in provisional detention in Holguín, south-east Cuba. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.
On 20 January, the Atyrau Regional Court in western Kazakhstan upheld the decision to sentence human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience Maks Bokaev and Talgat Ayan to five years in prison for their involvement in the organization of peaceful demonstrations and their posts on social media. On 3 February they will be transferred to a penal colony 1500 km from their home city where they will serve their sentence.
Congolese political opposition member, Modeste Boukadia, has been hospitalised for the third time as a result of injuries he sustained during a severe beating by prison guards on 15 November 2016 while in prison. There has been no investigation into the incident. He has been at central prison of Pointe Noire for more than a year.
Prominent human rights lawyer in Crimea Emil Kurbedinov was sentenced to 10 days’ administrative detention on 26 January. He is being targeted for his human rights work and should be immediately released.
Hamid Ahmadi, an Iranian man arrested as a juvenile, is at imminent risk of execution. He has been transferred to solitary confinement in Lakan prison in Rasht, northern Iran, in preparation for his execution on 4 February. He was 17 years old when he was arrested for the fatal stabbing of a young man during a fight between him and four others in 2008.
Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, 58, a prominent Sudanese human rights defender has been on hunger strike since 21 January 2017 to protest against his arbitrary detention. Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam was arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on 7 December 2016 and has been detained without charge since then at Kober prison in Khartoum, Sudan.
Keyvan Qadari, a Yemeni Baha’i, has been arbitrarily detained since 10 August 2016 and held incommunicado intermittently. Despite a release order, he remains detained without charge and is a prisoner of conscience.
Al-Sayed Alawi Hussain al-Alawi continues to be detained without charge or access to a lawyer since his arrest in October 2016. His family have not heard from him since 14 December 2016, nor have they received any information about his whereabouts or well-being. Amnesty International is concerned that he is a victim of enforced disappearance and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Dong Samuel Luak, a prominent South Sudanese lawyer and human rights advocate, has been missing since the night of 23 January. Aggrey Idri, a member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO), has been missing since 24 January 2017. Credible sources indicate they are being detained by Kenyan police and are at imminent risk of deportation.
There have been further paramilitary incursions into several hamlets in or near the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in north-western Colombia. This is posing an increasing risk to the security of Peace Community members and others in the area.
Five indigenous (Orang Asli) human rights defenders and two journalists were arbitrarily detained by the Department of Forestry on 23 January following peaceful protests against logging licences granted by local authorities. They have all been released, but fears of a continuing crackdown remain.
Sibel Çapraz is imprisoned and the authorities are denying her a vital and an urgent operation and adequate medical treatment. She was shot in November 2015 in Yüksekova, south-east Turkey, during clashes between security forces and the PKK. She was detained in March 2016 while in hospital.
The fate and whereabouts of Abdulhadi Kamel remain unknown. He was last seen being driven away in an ambulance on 16 December 2016 after being injured by Syrian government forces who intercepted the evacuation convoy in which he was leaving east Aleppo.
Elderly dissident Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Nekounam has been on hunger strike for 31 days in protest at his detention and the denial of specialized medical care by the authorities. After suffering from a stroke and heart attack while in detention, he is in extremely poor health and in urgent need of specialized medical care.
The fate and whereabouts of two members of Yemen’s Baha’i community remain unknown following their arrest on 11 January. They have been denied contact with their families and lawyer, and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Elias Waya Nyipuoch has been in arbitrary detention since 26 June 2016. He has not been charged with any offense. He was initially detained at the Giyada military barracks before being transferred to Bilpam Military Headquarters on 21 October 2016.
Iranian prisoner of conscience and human rights defender Saeed Shirzad ended his 39-day hunger strike on 14 January after the authorities at Karaj’s Raja’i Shahr Prison made an oral promise to address his grievances about the inhumane treatment of political prisoners in the prison. He is now in need of specialized medical care.
Prisoner of conscience, Tashi Wangchuk, has now been indicted by the prosecutor after police had arrested him on suspicion of “inciting separatism” in March 2016.
Six men submitted their final appeal to the Supreme Military Court in December 2016. The men were sentenced to death by a military court in May 2016, in a case marred by enforced disappearances and torture. If the court rejects their appeal, the men could be executed at any time.
Two Sudanese nationals have been detained incommunicado since their arrest on 21 December 2016 in Saudi Arabia after they supported recent civil disobedience in Sudan on social media. They are prisoners of conscience.
Mohamed Ramadhan ‘Issa ‘Ali Hussain and Hussain ‘Ali Moosa Hussain Mohamed, are at imminent risk of execution following the execution of three men on 15 January. Their death sentences were upheld by the Court of Cassation on 16 November 2015. Their trial was grossly unfair and relied on “confessions” extracted under torture.
The Mexican lower house of Congress has finalized its version of a General Law on Torture. This version of the bill has key amendments that, if passed, would increase impunity for torture and undermine access to justice in relation to torture complaints. The Congress resumes on 1 February and the bill is listed for voting by the full Chamber of Deputies.
Two ethnic Kachin pastors, who had been helping journalists report on military abuses in northern Shan State, have been missing since 24 December 2016. Last seen near a Myanmar Army post in Monekoe town, their fate and whereabouts remain unknown.
Cuba: Further information: Graffiti artist still in maximum-security prison: Danilo Maldonado Machado
Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (‘El Sexto’) continues to be detained in a maximum-security prison, a month and a half after his arrest. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Twenty-six men were killed and nine others severely injured in Alcaçuz prison in Rio Grande do Norte state, following the spread of riots and conflicts between criminal gangs in northern Brazilian prisons. Authorities must immediately investigate the killings and implement measures to prevent further possible riots and killings in the prison system.
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