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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.
Ruben Cárdenas Ramírez, a 47-year-old Mexican national denied his consular rights, is due to be executed in Texas on 8 November in violation of international law. Convicted in 1998 of a murder in 1997, he maintains his innocence and is seeking new DNA testing.
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.
No official information has been made available regarding eight North Koreans that have been detained in China since mid-March 2017. If forcibly returned to North Korea, they are at risk of arbitrary detention, torture or other ill-treatment, enforced disappearance and execution. Without news about their health, families remain concerned for their well-being.
The most recent death at Lorengau Hospital, Manus Island, highlights the ongoing and grave risks from violent attacks and inadequate health care faced by refugees in Papua New Guinea. Australia’s offshore detention and processing policy on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), amounts to the systematic abuse of hundreds of individuals.
The Egyptian authorities have detained at least 57 people for their perceived sexual orientation, following the display of the rainbow flag at a concert in Cairo on 22 September.
Over six months after the arrest of prominent Emirati human rights defender and blogger Ahmed Mansoor, his whereabouts remain unverified. He has had no access to a lawyer and has only been allowed two short family visits. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Morocco: Rif protestors facing reprisals in detention: Nasser Zefzafi, Hamid El Mahdoui and 35 others
Protest leader Nasser Zefzafi and journalist Hamid El Mahdaoui remain in prolonged solitary confinement. Hunger-striking detainees are facing reprisals as their health continues to deteriorate. They face trial in Casablanca.
Human rights lawyer Buzurgmekhr Yorov is serving a 28-year prison sentence on politically motivated grounds. He is allegedly being subjected to regular beatings – accompanied by threats, insults and harassment – by officials at the detention centre. Buzurgmekhr Yorov continues to be at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Aleksandr Eivazov, a former court secretary, is unjustly detained on charges of interfering with the course of justice after he exposed violations in the judicial system. His health is at risk and he should be immediately released.
Clinton Young is due to be executed in Texas on 26 October. He was convicted of capital murder in 2003 in relation to two fatal shootings which occurred over the course of two days in November 2001. He was 18 at the time of the crimes. He maintains his innocence.
Imran Salamov was forcibly returned from Belarus to Russia on 5 September. On 11 September, the authorities in Grozny, the Chechen capital, confirmed that he was in their custody but his exact whereabouts have since not been disclosed.
On 22 September, Azerbaijani police conducted numerous raids on LGBTI individuals in Baku, detaining more than 100 people. While some were released, at least 48 individuals were placed in between 10 and 20 day-long administrative detention for purportedly resisting police. Those detained were denied access to lawyers of their own choosing and some allege ill-treatment by the police.
French-Palestinian NGO worker Salah Hammouri has been issued a six-month administrative detention order. He is a field researcher for Palestinian NGO, Addameer and has been held by Israel without charge or trial since 23 August.
Saudi Arabian human rights defender Abdulaziz al-Shubaily was arrested on 17 September to begin serving an eight-year prison sentence that he was handed in 2016. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.
Buzainafu Abudourexiti, who returned to China in 2015 after studying for two years in Egypt, was suddenly detained in March 2017 and sentenced in a secret trial to seven years in prison. No information has been provided about the charges against her, but it is believed that it may be part of a wider crackdown on Uighur students who studied abroad. Held incommunicado, she is at grave risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
A devastating earthquake hit Mexico on 19 September. Hundreds of people have died, thousands have been made homeless, and essential services have been compromised in various locations. Mexican authorities must ensure that relief and reconstruction efforts safeguard human rights without discrimination.
Detained human rights lawyer Ibrahim Metwaly is being held in solitary confinement and has raised allegations of torture and ill-treatment. The co-founder of the Families of the Disappeared in Egypt group has been detained since 10 September and has had no access to his family since then.
Human rights defender Zhen Jianghua has been criminally detained since 2 September 2017 for “inciting subversion of state power”. Executive director of an online platform “Human Rights Campaign in China”, he is being detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression. All requests by his lawyers to meet with him have been rejected, increasing concerns that he is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
The lives of four Indigenous Mapuche men are at risk as a result of a hunger strike they initiated more than 100 days ago, in protest of unfair judicial proceedings against them under the Chilean Counter-Terrorism Act. On 25 September, one of them began a dry hunger strike by refusing to consume any liquids.
Novel Baswedan, a human rights defender and prominent investigator for the independent Corruption Eradication Commission, is facing criminal defamation proceedings for an email he wrote as a union representative. These charges come five months after he suffered an acid attack in Jakarta of which there has been no progress.
Yemenis who left everything behind to come to the US have been stuck in Malaysia for months because of the discriminatory Muslim and Refugee Travel Ban.
Congolese pro-democracy activists Jean Mulenda, Patrick Mbuya, Jean-Pierre Tshibitshabu and Eric Omari were sentenced to eight months in prison on 30 August. They have appealed the sentence. A fifth activist, Timothée Mbuya is still facing trial. The five were arrested on 31 July for their involvement in public protests demanding the publication of the elections calendar. They are currently in custody.
An Equatorial Guinean cartoonist and activist, Ramón Esono Ebalé, whose work has been critical of the government has been arrested and detained. He is being held at the Black Beach prison in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. He has not been charged yet.
On 12 September, prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab was interrogated by the Terrorism Prosecution in relation to comments posted on Instagram and Twitter accounts running in his name. He faces new charges including “inciting hatred against the regime”. There are also concerns for his safety after he was interrogated by the National Security Agency in June.
Staff of the Indonesian and Jakarta Legal Institutes were threatened by violent ‘anti-communist’ protesters outside their offices. The organizations have since closed due to concerns for the safety of their staff. Indonesian authorities must take action to protect them and ensure that these human rights defenders are able to continue their work.
Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi was forced to return to prison on 9 August, prompting him to go on hunger strike in protest. After over 40 days on hunger strike, his health has seriously deteriorated and he is in need of urgent specialized medical care. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Saudi Arabia: Further information: Juvenile offender at risk of imminent execution: Abdulkareem al-Hawaj
The family of Abdulkareem al-Hawaj, a Saudi Arabian Shi’a young man sentenced to death for offences that occurred when he was 16 years old, learned that their son’s sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court on 11 September. He has exhausted all his appeals and is at risk of imminent execution.
Ibrahim Metwaly, human rights lawyer and co-founder of the Families of the Disappeared in Egypt group, was detained on 10 September while on his way to Geneva to address the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. After being held incommunicado for two days by Egyptian security forces, the Prosecutor has now ordered his detention for a further 15 days, pending investigation.
Nabil Mohamed El-Niwari, a Sudanese political activist and member of the opposition party Sudan Congress, was arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in Khartoum on 5 September. He is currently being held without charge at the NISS detention centre at Kober Prison in Khartoum North. He has been denied access to a lawyer and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.
Activist and human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng is said to be currently in police custody in Beijing. Last heard from on 13 August 2017, his exact location and current condition remain unclear. Given his previous treatment in detention, and without access to a lawyer, he is at high risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Evdokia Romanova, an LBGT activist from Samara, Russia was charged with “homosexual propaganda” on 26 July for reposting links to the international Youth Coalition for Sexual Reproductive Rights website and to articles that promoted LGBT equality. She will stand trial on 18 September.
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