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Asia and The Pacific - Disappearances

Further information: China: Torture fears for activist sentenced to death: Xu Youchen

Veteran activist Xu Youchen has testified at his appeal that police had tortured him to obtain the evidence used to convict and sentence him to death in December 2016. In addition to unfair trial concerns, there are fears that he is still at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

UA 3/17  Sista datum: 2017-07-07
Sri Lanka - Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Priest harassed over memorial to war dead: Father Elil Rajendram

Sri Lankan priest, Father Elil Rajendram, is being harassed by the police over his efforts to help families memorialize their loved ones lost during the armed conflict.

UA 116/17  Sista datum: 2017-07-06
Sudan - Death Penalty

Further information: Human rights defender facing death penalty: Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam

Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam is now facing six charges two of which may result in the death penalty or life imprisonment if he is convicted. Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam was arrested on 7 December 2016 and is being detained for his human rights work in Sudan.

UA 26/17  Sista datum: 2017-07-06
Americas - Detention

Cuba: Further information: Human rights defender's sentence upheld: Dr. Eduardo Cardet Concepción

A Provincial Court upheld a three-year prison sentence against human rights defender Eduardo Cardet who continues to be held in the Provincial Prison of Holguín, south-east Cuba. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

UA 32/17  Sista datum: 2017-07-06
Turkey - Detention

Fear for hunger strikers' wellbeing: Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça

Academic Nuriye Gülmen and primary school teacher Semih Özakça, were remanded in Sincan prison, in Ankara, on 23 May. They are continuing a prolonged hunger strike to protest against the dismissal from their jobs. There are fears for their wellbeing including that they may be forced to end their hunger strike against their will.

UA 107/17  Sista datum: 2017-07-05
Americas - Demonstrations

Colombia: Police use tear gas on peaceful protestors

Residents of the city of Buenaventura in Colombia have reported police repression, including the use of tear gas, at peaceful protests that began on 16 May. Several people, including two children, have been injured. Police and armed forces have a significant presence in the area, and fear of increasing violence remains as protests continue.

UA 117/17  Sista datum: 2017-07-05
South Sudan - Censorship and Free Speech

Further information: Fate and whereabouts of two men unknown: Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri

Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri, were disappeared in Kenya and taken to a prison facility at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in Juba, South Sudan on 25 January, around midday. They were then removed from this facility on 27 January. Their current fate and whereabouts are unknown.

UA 29/17  Sista datum: 2017-07-05
South Sudan - Detention

Further information: Health concerns for detainees arbitrarily held

Three men arbitrarily detained at a prison at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in Juba died in February and March as a result of poor prison conditions and lack of appropriate medical treatment. There is concern for the health of at least 23 other men arbitrarily detained at the NSS prison.

UA 87/16  Sista datum: 2017-07-05
Asia and The Pacific - Torture and other ill-treatment

China: Imminent execution for former government official: Zhao Liping

A former government official has been sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in the killing of a young woman. His family has raised serious concerns about whether he received a fair trial and he alleges that he gave a “confession” after being subjected to torture and other ill-treatment. His execution could be imminent.

UA 115/17  Sista datum: 2017-07-04
Asia and The Pacific - Censorship and Free Speech

Timor-Leste: Further information: Two journalists may face imprisonment

In the case of two Timorese journalists, the lead prosecutor has recommended imprisonment of one year for Raimundos Oki, and a two year suspended sentence for Lourenco Vicente Martins if they are convicted of “defamatory false information. ” The court will read its verdict – and sentence, if it is a conviction – on 1 June 2017.

UA 230/16  Sista datum: 2017-07-04
Asia and The Pacific - Disappearances

Further information: China: Lawyer on bail remains under tight surveillance: Xie Yang

Human rights lawyer Xie Yang was released on bail the day after his trial for “inciting subversion of state power” and “disrupting court order”. The verdict has not yet been announced and he continues to be kept under tight surveillance.

UA 88/17  Sista datum: 2017-07-04
Asia and The Pacific - Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Further information: Thailand: Student activist on trial by military court: Jatupat Boonpattararaksa

Jatupat ‘Pai’ Boonpattararaksa and six other law students from Khon Kaen University are on trial at a military court for taking part in a peaceful demonstration on 22 May 2015, the first anniversary of a military coup in Thailand.

UA 290/16  Sista datum: 2017-07-04
Iran - Censorship and Free Speech

Further information: Women's rights activist in critical health: Atena Daemi

The health of Iranian women’s rights activist, Atena Daemi, has sharply deteriorated. After 46 days on hunger strike, she is critically ill and her body has started rejecting water. Despite doctors’ warnings, the authorities are still refusing to transfer her to a hospital outside prison for specialist medical care. She is a prisoner of conscience.

UA 127/15  Sista datum: 2017-07-04
Asia and The Pacific - Detention

Bangladesh: 28 men arrested, suspected of being gay

Bangladesh’s elite security forces arrested 28 young men on 19 May 2017 at a social event where more than 150 people were gathered and which is known to be frequented by members of the LGBTI community. They have been charged with drug possession and are all currently in detention where they remain at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

UA 112/17  Sista datum: 2017-07-03
Malaysia - Detention

Family to pay last visit after told execution is 'soon': Yong Kar Mun

Yong Kar Mun was convicted and sentenced to death in 2009 for discharging a firearm in the commission of an armed robbery. On 22 May, his family was informed that he will be executed “soon” and they are to pay their last visit on 23 May 2017.

UA 113/17  Sista datum: 2017-07-03
Americas - Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Venezuela: Defenders' home invaded, safety at risk

Unidentified persons broke into the residence of Venezuelan human rights defenders Yonaide Sánchez and Nelson Freitez. There is concern that this incident is an attempt to stop the legitimate activism they both carry out for human rights.

UA 114/17  Sista datum: 2017-07-03
Iran - Detention

Further information: Reprisal for speaking out against 1988 massacre: Maryam Akbari Monfared

Prisoner of conscience Maryam Akbari Monfared has been threatened with an additional three-year prison term and exile to a remote prison. This was in reprisal for her open letters seeking truth and justice for her siblings who were extrajudicially executed in 1988. She has been held in Tehran’s Evin prison since 2009 serving a 15-year sentence.

UA 248/16  Sista datum: 2017-07-03
Uganda - Censorship and Free Speech

Further information: University lecturer freed on conditional bail: Dr Stella Nyanzi

Dr Stella Nyanzi, an academic and feminist, has been released on conditional bail. She was arrested on 7 April and subsequently charged with insulting the president and violating his right to privacy. On 25 May, the Magistrate Court is expected to hear an application made by the state attorney to have a mental health examination done on Dr Stella Nyanzi.

UA 89/17  Sista datum: 2017-07-03
Bahrain - Death Penalty

Further information: Bahraini man's death sentence upheld on Appeal: Maher Abbas Ahmad

On 11 May, the Bahrain High Court of Appeal upheld the death sentence imposed against Maher Abbas Ahmed. His case will now go before the Court of Cassation. Maher Abbas Ahmed will be at imminent risk of execution if the sentence is upheld again.

UA 252/14  Sista datum: 2017-06-29
Asia and The Pacific - Disappearances

Further information: China: Activists indicted for commemorating Tiananmen: Fu Hailu, Chen Bing, Zhang Jinyong and Luo Fuyu

Four activists have been indicted for “inciting subversion of state power” for producing and promoting their own baijiu (a popular Chinese liquor) that commemorated the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown. They are considered to be prisoners of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

UA 138/16  Sista datum: 2017-06-28
Iran - Detention

Further information: Health fears for jailed Iranian teacher unionist: Esmail Abdi

The health of jailed trade unionist Esmail Abdi has deteriorated following a hunger strike he started on 30 April in protest at the criminalization of peaceful trade unionists. He is a prisoner of conscience serving a six-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin prison.

UA 171/15  Sista datum: 2017-06-28
Laos - Prisoners of Conscience

Further information: Three activists sentenced to prison in secret trial: Soukan Chaithad, Somphone Phimmasone and Lodkham Thammavong

According to sources, three Lao human rights activists, Soukan Chaithad, Somphone Phimmasone and Lodkham Thammavong, were sentenced to between 12 and 20 years’ in prison following a secret trial held in April 2017. Arrested in March 2016, and held incommunicado for over two months, they are prisoners of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

UA 184/16  Sista datum: 2017-06-28
Americas - Detention

Venezuela: Further information: Leopoldo López denied access to his lawyers

Venezuelan prisoner of conscience, Leopoldo López, continues to be denied access to his lawyers since 8 April. Despite authorities allowing family visits since 7 May, they continue violating his right to a defence.

UA 33/14  Sista datum: 2017-06-28
Americas - Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Venezuela: Human rights defender harassed: Ehisler Vásquez

Authorities forcibly searched the home of human rights defender Ehisler Vásquez and prosecutors threatened to indict him when he requested information on the reason for the search. This potential criminalization would put his work to defend human rights at risk.

UA 110/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-27
Madagascar - Detention

Detained journalist needs proper medical care: Fernand Cello

Fernand Cello, a Malagasy investigative journalist, is facing seven charges including ‘defamation’, ‘endangering state security’, and ‘incitation to hatred’ after he was arrested on Friday, 5 May. The arrest comes after he exposed an illegal sapphire mining site. The company was eventually ordered by the ministry of mining to suspend its operations for contravening the mining code. He was suffering from angina at the time of his arrest for which he needs immediate medical attention that he has not adequately received in detention.

UA 108/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-26
Bahrain - Torture and other ill-treatment

Bahraini opposition member at risk of torture: Nizar al-Qari

On 5 May, Nizar al-Qari, a member of the opposition party al-Wefaq, was arrested and taken to the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), where he alleges he was deprived of sleep and handcuffed behind his back for long periods of his detention. On 8 May, he was charged with “illegal gathering in Duraz” and taken back to the CID where he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

UA 111/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-26
Indonesia - Unlawful Detention

Blasphemy conviction demonstrates intolerance: Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok)

Christian Jakarta Governor, ‘Ahok’, was sentenced to two years imprisonment on 9 May 2017. Convicted of blasphemy against Islam, Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience, who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

UA 106/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-22
Togo - Censorship and Free Speech

Detained community leader wrongly charged: Salomée T. Abalodo

Salomée T. Abalodo, a farmer and community leader, has been charged with ‘rebellion’ and ‘participation in an unauthorised protest’. She was arrested in the district of Pagouda (Kara, northern region of Togo) on 13 April after taking pictures of wounded protestors and asking the local authorities to keep security forces from using excessive force on peaceful demonstrators. She is detained at a prison in Kara.

UA 104/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-21
Thailand - Censorship and Free Speech

Lawyer and activists detained for Facebook post: Prawet Prapanukul, Danai, Wanchai and three others

Detained lawyer Prawet Prapanukul, Danai, Wanchai and three others were arrested by a joint military security force on 29 April and held in an unknown location for five days before Bangkok’s Criminal Court on 3 May remanded the six men to custody. They have been targeted in an ongoing crackdown on individuals sharing or expressing views critical of ruling authorities online. If convicted, they could face between 15 and 50 years’ imprisonment for sharing and commenting on Facebook.

UA 105/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-21
Iran - Detention

Further information: Jailed Human rights defender in poor health: Atena Daemi

Following 31 days of hunger strike in Tehran's Evin prison, Iranian human rights defender Atena Daemi is in poor health, and requires immediate hospitalization. She has been unjustly imprisoned for her human rights activities since November 2016.

UA 127/15  Sista datum: 2017-06-20
Syria - Detention

Syrian father of three missing for 1403: Ali Mohammed Mostafa

Today is Ali Mohammed Mostafa’s 55th birthday. He is a father of three who has been forcibly disappeared for nearly four years, and his family still has no information about his fate or whereabouts. On 2 July 2013, Ali went missing after being taken from his family home in Damascus.

UA 101/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-16
Malaysia - Torture and other ill-treatment

Three Turkish men arrested and at risk of torture: Turgay Karaman, Ihsan Aslan, Ismet Ozcelik

According to the Malaysian police, three Turkish nationals have been arrested and detained in Malaysia under anti-terrorism legislation. There are concerns about their safety if they are extradited to Turkey.

UA 102/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-16
Iran - Children

Further information: Iranian arrested at 15 risks imminent execution: Peyman Barandah

Peyman Barandah is at imminent risk of execution on 10 May in Shiraz’s Adel Abad prison, Fars Province, Iran. He was 15 years old at the time of his arrest, and was sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial.

UA 94/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-16
Philippines - Death Penalty

Further information: Philippines Senate must oppose death penalty

Bills to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines are pending before the Senate, which resumed session on 2 May 2017. Despite the Philippines being a state party to an international treaty that commits it to the abolition of the death penalty, the House of Representatives have adopted measures contrary to this.

UA 282/16  Sista datum: 2017-06-02
Iran - Prisoners of Conscience

Dutch-Iranian prisoner denied heart surgery: Sabri Hassanpour

Dutch-Iranian national Sabri Hassanpour, who has been detained in Tehran’s Evin prison since his arrest on 19 April 2016, is being denied urgently needed open heart surgery by the Iranian authorities. He had a heart attack in prison in November 2016.

UA 100/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-09
Somalia - Death Penalty

Five children executed, two others at risk

Puntland authorities have executed five boys found guilty of murder. They were subjected to various forms of torture before “confessing” to the crime. Two other boys found guilty are at imminent risk of execution.

UA 96/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-09
Americas - Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bolivia: Bolivian civil society centre under threat

The civil society organization Bolivian Documentation and Information Centre (CEDIB) reports being harassed, threatened, and evicted from its premises in Cochabamba, central Bolivia. This is a worrying sign of shrinking civic space in Bolivia and could mean the loss of decades of evidence related to human rights in the country.

UA 99/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-09
Malaysia - Censorship and Free Speech

Further information: Student convicted for possession of 'illegal' books: Siti Noor Aishah

Research student Siti Noor Aishah has been sentenced by the Kuala Lumpur High Court to five years in prison for possessing 12 books deemed ‘illegal’ by the Malaysian government.

UA 79/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-09
Sudan - Detention

Doctor risks ill-treatment in detention: Dr. Mohamed Yasin Abdalla

Dr. Mohamed Yasin Abdalla, the chairperson of the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD), was arrested on 22 April in Khartoum by National Intelligence Service (NISS) agents. He is currently being held without charge at the office of the NISS Prosecutor of Crimes against the State in Khartoum. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.

UA 97/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-08
Egypt - Detention

Activist in solitary confinement for 1234 days: Ahmed Douma

On 4 February, the Cairo Administrative Court postponed activist Ahmed Douma's appeal against his prolonged solitary confinement to 16 May. He has been held in poor detention conditions since his arrest on 3 December 2013.

UA 91/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-05
Greece - Refugees

Refugees at great risk due to unsafe camps

Over a thousand refugees and migrants face uninhabitable and unsafe conditions in three camps in Elliniko, Athens. Women and girls are at risk of sexual and gender-based violence. The authorities must urgently provide residents with adequate alternative housing, following a genuine consultation, with a view to close the camps.

UA 93/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-05
Myanmar - Censorship and Free Speech

Rakhine journalist receiving death threats: Nay Min Aung (known as Min Min)

Journalist Nay Min Aung (known as Min Min) has been receiving death threats after publishing an article about an armed ethnic group operating in Rakhine State, Myanmar. The authorities must take immediate steps to ensure Min Min’s protection, investigate the threats against him and hold those responsible to account.

UA 95/17  Sista datum: 2017-06-05
Chad - Censorship and Free Speech

Three Chadian activists held incommunicado: Nadjo Kaina Palmer, Bertrand Sollo and Dingamnayal Nely Versinis

Three Chadian activists have been arrested by agents of the National Security Agency in N’Djamena. Nadjo Kaina Palmer, Bertrand Sollo and Dingamnayal Nely Versinis are being held in secret and incommunicado. They are prisoners of conscience.

UA 92/17  Sista datum: 2017-05-31
Americas - Detention

Venezuela: Further information: Prisoner of conscience held incommunicado: Leopoldo López

Venezuelan prisoner of conscience, Leopoldo López, has been kept incommunicado since 8 April. He has been placed in solitary confinement for reasons that have not been disclosed by the authorities. During this time, he has been illegally denied visits from his lawyer and family.

UA 33/14  Sista datum: 2017-05-30
Russian Federation - Torture and other ill-treatment

Further information: Newspaper threatened for reports on abductions

The staff of Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and journalists supporting them have been threatened following the newspaper’s publication of reports about the abduction and torture of gay men in Chechnya.

UA 80/17  Sista datum: 2017-05-30
Americas - Armed Groups

Colombia: Further information: Continued paramilitary presence in Chocó

Residents of Puerto Lleras, Jiguamiandó collective territory in the department of Chocó, report threats and raids from paramilitaries near the Humanitarian Zone of Pueblo Nuevo, putting all the inhabitants at risk.

UA 62/17  Sista datum: 2017-05-30

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