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2017-12-13
Asia and The Pacific - Disappearances

China: Health fears for poet under illegal house arrest: Liu Xia

Liu Xia, a poet, an artist and the widow of late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, wrote a letter expressing her deep depression and loneliness under house arrest. According to reports, she received surgery in recent months to remove uterine fibroids. No direct contact with her has been allowed, nor confirmation of her whereabouts, since her husband’s death in July.

UA 270/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-23
2017-12-13
Equatorial Guinea - Censorship and Free Speech

Further information: Cartoonist held in pre-trial detention: Ramón Esono Ebalé

Ramón Esono Ebalé, an Equatorial Guinean cartoonist and activist, has now been charged with counterfeiting money and is being held in pre-trial detention after being detained without charge for almost 3 months.

UA 219/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-24
2017-12-12
Americas - Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Honduras: Defenders denouncing violent repression at risk

Honduran human rights organizations and independent media monitoring and denouncing the violent repression of protests in the aftermath of the presidential election have reported a series of security incidents, including threats and persecution of their members, illegal raids and damaged facilities.

UA 271/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-23
2017-12-11
Americas - Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Colombia: Killings of land claimant leaders

Two land claimant leaders of collective Afro-descendent territories in Curvaradó, Jiguamiandó, Piedeguita and Mancilla in Chocó have been killed by paramilitary groups belonging to the Gaitanistas Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia, AGC). The inhabitants of these humanitarian zones and areas of biodiversity feel threatened.

UA 268/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-22
2017-12-08
Americas - Detention

Bahamas: Bahamian man at risk after detention: Jean Rony Jean-Charles

After being detained by immigration authorities for more than three months, the whereabouts of a Bahamian-born man, Jean Rony Jean-Charles, are unknown and his lawyer has been denied access to the detention centre where he was being held.

UA 265/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-18
2017-12-07
Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories - Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Israel/OPT: Bedouin community at imminent risk of expulsion: Jabal al-Baba Bedouin community

The Israeli army has issued an expulsion order which will forcibly evict 58 Palestinian Bedouin families in the area of Jabal al-Baba, east of Jerusalem. The expulsion order has to be rescinded immediately.

UA 267/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-18
2017-12-07
Pakistan - Disappearances

Pakistani activist’s whereabouts unknown: Raza Khan

Raza Khan, a Pakistani peace activist, has not been seen or heard from since 2 December and may have been subject to an enforced disappearance.

UA 269/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-18
2017-12-07
Americas - Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bolivia: Further information: Bolivian NGO and staff under financial threat

The Bolivian Documentation and Information Centre (CEDIB) reported new threats to their human rights work and its staff members’ financial security caused by the freezing of their bank accounts. This is the latest in a series of attempts to obstruct CEDIB’s legitimate work and a worrying sign of shrinking civic space in the country.

UA 99/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-18
2017-12-06
Americas - Demonstrations

Honduras: Violent repression following elections

At least 13 people have reportedly been killed, scores of people detained and others injured as a result of violent repression of protests provoked by the presidential election in Honduras on 26 November.

UA 264/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-17
2017-12-06
China - Torture and other ill-treatment

Further information: Former POC feared to be in detention again: Gao Zhisheng

The whereabouts of Human Rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng remains a mystery after he has been missing for over three months. Conflicting accounts have emerged as to his exact location and current condition. Given his previous treatment in detention, and without access to a lawyer, he is at high risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

UA 212/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-17
2017-12-05
Indonesia - Disappearances

Papuan worker disappeared since 7 November: Martinus Beanal

Martinus Beanal, a Papuan worker has disappeared since 7 November in the midst of alleged escalated armed clashes in Utikini village, Tembagapura District, Mimika Regency, Papua Province. The Police have announced that he was dead and buried by his family, a claim that has been refuted by his family. His whereabouts are still unknown.

UA 262/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-16
2017-12-05
Americas - Armed Groups

Colombia: Leader of Peace Community threatened: Gildardo Tuberquia

Paramilitary groups continue their incursions and threats against the people of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, Colombia, and the leaders who have reported these abuses nationally and internationally.

UA 263/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-16
2017-12-05
China - Torture and other ill-treatment

Further information: Detained rights lawyer further ill-treated: Li Yuhan

Sixty-year-old human rights lawyer Li Yuhan reported to her lawyer that she was left unconscious and unattended for hours after detention officers poured cold water on her during a bath in freezing weather. She is at risk of further torture and other ill-treatment.

UA 227/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-16
2017-12-05
North Korea - Torture and other ill-treatment

Further information: Mother and son risk being sent to prison camp

A woman who was identified as Lee Su-jung in China (aged 24) and her son (aged 4) were forcibly returned to North Korea on 17 November after nearly two weeks of detention in China and are at risk of arbitrary detention, torture or other ill-treatment and possible execution.

UA 253/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-16
2017-12-05
Americas - Armed Groups

Colombia: Further information: Confined communities in Riosucio, Chocó

Several Embera Indigenous communities and the Afro-descendent community of Taparal in the department of Chocó, Colombia, find themselves confined and terrified due to the presence of the Gaitanistas Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia, AGC), and due to the possibility of them clashing with the National Liberation Army (Ejército De Liberación Nacional, ELN) in their communities.

UA 178/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-16
2017-12-05
Colombia - Armed Groups

Further information: Confined communities in Riosucio, Chocó

Several Embera Indigenous communities and the Afro-descendent community of Taparal in the department of Chocó, Colombia, find themselves confined and terrified due to the presence of the Gaitanistas Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia, AGC), and due to the possibility of them clashing with the National Liberation Army (Ejército De Liberación Nacional, ELN) in their communities.

UA 178/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-16
2017-12-04
Thailand - Censorship and Free Speech

Authorities block march, charge participants

16 individuals were arrested during a march to deliver a petition to the Thai Prime Minister to request the shelving of plans for a coal-fired power plant and may face criminal charges. The arrests occurred after security forces blocked the path of the protesters, leading to a clash between the two groups and minor injuries.

UA 260/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-15
2017-11-30
Americas - Killings and Disappearances

Brazil: Seven killed in joint security operation

Seven men were killed during a joint security operation of the Civil Police and the Army in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro State. The case is not being investigated, and could remain unpunished after a law transferring the competence to try crimes committed by military personnel to military courts was approved.

UA 259/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-11
2017-11-29
Asia and The Pacific - Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Singapore: Activist faces seven charges for peaceful protest: Jolovan Wham

Singapore activist Jolovan Wham is facing seven charges for organizing several peaceful assemblies over a one year period, including a vigil protesting the execution of Malaysian national Prabagaran Srivijayan in July 2017. If found guilty, he could face up to 3 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of SGD$11,000 (USD$ 8,100).

UA 258/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-10
2017-11-23
Asia and The Pacific - Refugees

Australia: Further information: Refugees forcibly removed from detention centre

There are ongoing concerns for hundreds of refugees as authorities forcibly relocated refugees from the Lombrum detention centre on 23 November, three weeks after all essential services were shut down. These refugees and asylum-seekers remain at further risk of violence from members of the local community and security forces.

UA 184/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-04
2017-11-22
Americas - Children

USA: Border officials forcibly separate families

US border agency officials forcibly separated four Central American asylum-seeking fathers from their children after their arrival to the US, in violation of US standards on family unity during immigration detention. The parents are subsequently suffering from emotional distress, and the whereabouts of two of the children are still unknown.

UA 256/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-03
2017-11-22
Burundi - Detention

Defender accused of undermining state security: Nestor Nibitanga

Nestor Nibitanga, a former member of the deregistered Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), was arrested in Gitega on 21 November. Burundian police have accused him of undermining state security.

UA 257/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-03
2017-11-22
Asia and The Pacific - Disappearances

China: Further information: Human rights lawyer sentenced to 2 years in prison: Jiang Tianyong

Human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, represented by a government-appointed lawyer at trial, has been sentenced to two years of imprisonment for “inciting subversion of state power”. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

UA 141/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-03
2017-11-21
Egypt - Prisoners of Conscience

Activists and Prisoners of conscience in detention

Women Human Rights Defender and Prisoner of Conscience Mahienour El-Masry has been detained on remand on 18 November, alongside activist Moataseem Medhat. If convicted, Mahienour and Moataseem, as well as three other activists, could face up to five years in prison for “participating in an unauthorized protest”, amongst other charges.

UA 255/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-02
2017-11-17
Europe and Central Asia - Disappearances

Russian Federation: Chechen asylum-seeker feared disappeared: Imran Salamov

Chechen asylum-seeker Imran Salamov, who was forcibly returned to Russia from Belarus on 5 September, may have been subjected to an enforced disappearance. Although his lawyer and wife met with him at the City Police Headquarters in Grozny on 11 September, all subsequent efforts to locate him have failed and the authorities have recently claimed that he is not in their custody. There are serious concerns for his welfare.

UA 254/17  Sista datum: 2017-12-29
2017-11-17
China - Torture and other ill-treatment

Further information: Rights lawyer abused and at risk of torture: Li Yuhan

Li Yuhan, a sixty-year-old human rights lawyer, has been formally arrested for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. She has suffered physical abuse while in detention and is at risk of further torture and other ill-treatment.

UA 227/17  Sista datum: 2017-12-29
2017-11-14
China - Detention

30 Relatives of Uighur activist arbitrarily detained

Chinese authorities have detained up to 30 relatives of Uighur human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer, who currently lives in the United States. Among the detained are Kadeer’s sisters, brothers, sons, grandchildren and extended relatives. It is unclear when they were taken away, and they are presumed to be arbitrarily detained at an “education centre”. They are at high risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

UA 251/17  Sista datum: 2017-12-27
2017-11-13
Americas - Death Penalty

USA: Further information: Nevada execution delayed but still pursued

A judge stayed Nevada’s first execution in over 11 years, scheduled for 14 November, due to concerns about the lethal injection protocol. The state had asked for the stay to allow it to appeal her order to remove one of the drugs from the protocol.

UA 250/17  Sista datum: 2017-12-25
2017-11-10
Asia and The Pacific - Detention

India: Dalit rights activist held without charge: Chandrasekhar Azad

Chandrasekhar Azad, a prominent Dalit rights activist from Uttar Pradesh, India, has been held in administrative detention since 3 November 2017, the day after he was granted bail following over four months in prison. Under the National Security Act, he is at risk of being detained for up to 12 months without charge or trial.

UA 248/17  Sista datum: 2017-12-22
2017-11-09
Asia and The Pacific - Detention

China: Further information: Singer-songwriter activist formally arrested: Xu Lin and Liu Sifang

Xu Lin was formally arrested for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” on 2 November while fellow singer activist, Liu Sifang, was released on bail. Without regular contact with his family and a lawyer, Xu Lin is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

UA 245/17  Sista datum: 2017-12-21
2017-11-08
Asia and The Pacific - Disappearances

China: Further information: Detained activist beaten and denied necessities: Huang Qi

Huang Qi, founder of Sichuan-based human rights website “64 Tianwang” (64tianwang. com), has told his lawyer that he was beaten up by other detainees, with a prison officer’s knowledge, and has not been allowed to buy basic necessities such as food and toilet paper. Suffering from health issues, there are serious concerns for his well-being.

UA 284/16  Sista datum: 2017-12-20
2017-11-07
Egypt - Prisoners of Conscience

Prisoner of Conscience dies in detention: Gamal Sorour

Prisoner of conscience and Nubian activist Mohamed Saleh Sorour (also known as Gamal Sorour) died in custody in Aswan, Egypt on 4 November, after slipping into a diabetic coma and not getting immediate medical attention. He was arrested and detained on 3 September alongside 24 other Nubian activists for engaging in peaceful protest. The 24 Nubian activists are prisoners of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

UA 249/17  Sista datum: 2017-12-19
2017-11-06
Africa - Censorship and Free Speech

Equatorial Guinea: Further information: Cartoonist still detained without charge

Ramón Esono Ebalé, an Equatorial Guinean cartoonist and activist, has spent over 50 days in prison without being formally charged. His continued detention is related to his artistic work which has been critical of the government. The Cartoonists Rights Network International has awarded him the 2017 Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning.

UA 219/17  Sista datum: 2017-12-18
2017-11-03
Asia and The Pacific - Disappearances

China: Rights lawyer detained without official charge: Li Yuhan

Sixty year old human rights lawyer Li Yuhan has been criminally detained for nearly a month without any official information about the charges against her. Last heard from on 9 October 2017, there has been no confirmation that she has access to a lawyer of her own choice. She is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

UA 227/17  Sista datum: 2017-12-15
2017-11-03
Asia and The Pacific - Right to Food

Australia: Further information: No safe options for refugees after camp ‘closure’

There are serious concerns for the health and security of hundreds of refugees after essential services were withdrawn at the Manus Island detention centre on 31 October. In addition to limited access to food, water, electricity and medical care, these refugees and asylum-seekers are at risk of violence from members of the local community and Papua New Guinea (PNG) security forces.

UA 184/17  Sista datum: 2017-12-15

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