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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Libyan man facing capital charges in the USA was seized by US forces in Libya on 29 October and taken to a ship. Although he may be flown to the USA, in a related case in 2014, the suspect was held incommunicado for 13 days before being brought to court.
Malagasy environmental human rights defender Raleva has been released after the Mananjary Tribunal in Madagascar handed him a two-year suspended sentence on 26 October. His conviction came after he publicly challenged a Chinese gold mining company to provide proof that it had the necessary permits to continue its mining activities in Mananjary. He is appealing the sentence.
Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian-born Swedish resident and academic, has been sentenced to death for “corruption on earth” after a grossly unfair trial. His conviction was based on torture-tainted “confessions” that he was forced to make while in solitary confinement without access to his lawyer or family. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Aulio Isarama Forastero, Indigenous governor of the Catru Dubaza Ancoso reservation in Alto Baudó, Chocó department, was killed by armed men, allegedly members of the National Liberation Army (Ejército De Liberación Nacional, ELN). The community is at risk of forced displacement following this violence.
Activists Xu Lin and Liu Sifang have been criminally detained since September 2017 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. Over the past few years, the two men have published many songs about human rights and democracy. They are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
The Brazilian President sanctioned the law that transfers to the Military Court the ability to try human rights violations and crimes against life, such as killings and extrajudicial executions, carried out by military personnel against civilians. This contradicts the fundamental principles of fair trial, judicial independence and impartiality of the decisions. It is now up to the Attorney General to appeal to the Supreme Court to stop law from entering into force.
Prisoner of conscience Mohammad Nazari, who has been unjustly languishing in prison for over two decades, is critically ill and needs urgent medical care outside prison. He has been on hunger strike since 30 July, demanding his release from prison. He must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Dalit lawyer and human rights defender, Rajat Kalsan, faces fabricated charges and death threats due to his work defending Dalit communities in Haryana state. Forced to suspend his legal practice and leave his home town, he faces life imprisonment if convicted of the charges.
Thirteen health and human rights activists, including two South Africans and one Ugandan, have been detained by Tanzanian authorities. They were arrested during a consultative meeting to discuss the Tanzanian government’s decision to limit the provision of certain health services that it had previously provided. The 13 have been accused of ‘promoting homosexuality’ in Tanzania though they are yet to be formally charged.
Lee Ming-cheh, the Taiwanese NGO worker detained after the Foreign NGO Management Law came into effect, was seen “confessing” on camera to charges of “subversion” during his trial. Prior to this appearance, he had not been heard from for six months. If convicted, the maximum sentence is life imprisonment.
Russian Federation: Further information: Activist found guilty of 'homosexual propaganda': Evdokia Romanova
On 18 October, a magistrate in Samara, Russia found Evdokia Romanova guilty of spreading ‘homosexual propaganda’ for posting links to LGBTI-related articles on social media, and issued her a fine of 50,000 roubles. She will appeal the decision. The sentence against Evdokia Romanova stems solely from the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression and must be immediately quashed.
Five student activists, a land rights activist and two human rights lawyers face six months imprisonment and unfair trial in a military court in Khon Kaen, Northeast Thailand. The students had arranged a public discussion on Thailand’s constitution, which the human rights lawyers observed.
James Gatdet, who was unlawfully transferred from Kenya, has been charged with several offenses among them ‘Treason’ which carries the death penalty, or life imprisonment. He is being held at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters under poor detention conditions. He has been denied visits from his lawyers and family since 15 September.
Fifteen individuals whom Amnesty International had previously campaigned on were among a group of detainees released from the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters on 10 August. Five men remain arbitrarily detained at the NSS headquarters, while one has been charged.
On 18 October, a court in Samara will hear the case against human rights defender Evdokia Romanova accused of spreading “homosexual propaganda”. The judge has ruled that the hearing will be closed to the public. The proceedings against Evdokia Romanova stem solely from the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression and therefore must be dropped.
Prominent Crimean Tatar activist Ilmi Umerov was sentenced to two years in penal colony on 27 September for his criticism of the Russian occupation of Crimea. The court also imposed a two-year ban on his public activities. Ilmi Umerov’s sentence should be quashed immediately and the charges against him dropped.
Journalist and poet Narzullo Akhunzhonov was detained by Ukrainian border guards on 20 September, following an Interpol Red Notice requested by Uzbekistan. He remains remanded in custody, pending a formal extradition request from the Uzbekistani authorities. If forcibly returned to Uzbekistan, he would be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Malagasy environmental human rights defender Raleva has been detained based on the false charge of ‘use of false title’. This comes after he publicly challenged a Chinese gold mining company to provide proof that it had been granted mining and environmental permits to proceed with its activities. There are also health concerns for Raleva as he has yet to fully recover from a surgery he underwent several months ago.
A proposed bill under consideration in the Brazilian Senate would transfer to the Military Court the ability to try human rights violations, such as killings and extrajudicial executions, which have been carried out by military personnel against civilians. If approved, the proposal would contradict the fundamental principles of fair trial, judicial independence and impartiality of the decisions.
Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories-Palestine: Further information: Palestinian women's union leader released: Khitam Saafin, Khalida Jarrar
Palestinian women’s union leader Khitam Saafin was released from HaSharon prison in Israel on 1 October after serving three months in administrative detention without charge or trial. Member of the Palestinian parliament, Khalida Jarrar remains held in HaSharon prison under a six month administrative detention order.
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