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2018-01-18
Africa - Censorship and Free Speech

Sudan: Opposition member alleges torture in Sudan prison: Radwan Daoud

Radwan Daoud alleges that he has been subjected to torture while in the custody of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in Khartoum. He made the allegation when his family was first allowed to visit him on 30 December 2017. He was arrested on 6 December 2017 and is yet to be charged. He has been denied access to a lawyer. Radwan Daoud is a dual national of the US and Sudan.

UA 2/18  Sista datum: 2018-01-18
2018-01-18
India - Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Two Indigenous activists face life imprisonment

Adivasi activists Judhishtira Jena and Babula Samal have been arrested for their role in the resistance to forced acquisition of land for a steel plant. Both men also face numerous other cases, some of which are with regard to alleged actions ten years ago. If convicted, they could face life imprisonment.

UA 3/18  Sista datum: 2018-03-01
2018-01-15
Europe and Central Asia - Unlawful Detention

Uzbekistan: Further information: Independent journalist must be immediately released: Bobomurod Abdullayev

On 10 January, the family of Uzbekistani independent journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev, held since 27 September 2017 in an Uzbekistani National Security Service (SNB) detention centre, was allowed to see him for the first time in three months. While the family saw no visible signs of torture, concerns for his wellbeing remain. He has had no access to independent legal representation since December 2017.

UA 232/17  Sista datum: 2018-02-26
2018-01-12
Kenya - Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Indigenous community forcibly evicted

Kenyan authorities are forcibly evicting the Sengwer Indigenous community from their ancestral home, the Embobut forest. The evictions have been carried out by the authorities in violation of the Constitution, a High Court injunction and international human rights law, through a conservation project funded by the European Union.

UA 6/18  Sista datum: 2018-02-23
2018-01-12
Belarus - Death Penalty

Further information: Execution imminent after death sentence upheld: Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy

The death sentences of Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy were upheld by the Supreme Court of Belarus on 20 December 2017. The two men were convicted and sentenced to death by the Mahiliou Regional Court, in eastern Belarus, on 21 July 2017. In the likely event that their appeal for clemency is rejected by the President, both men will be at risk of imminent execution.

UA 195/17  Sista datum: 2018-02-23
2018-01-11
Asia and The Pacific - Disappearances

China: More activists detained for Liu Xiaobo memorial: Li Xuewen and Zhan Huidong

Independent writer Li Xuewen and Zhan Huidong (aka “Xiaozhang”or “Headmaster”), a former finance journalist and an online writer, have been detained due to their participation in the July 2017 seaside memorial for late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

UA 7/18  Sista datum: 2018-02-22
2018-01-11
Americas - Indigenous People

Ecuador: Attack against Indigenous defender: Patricia Gualinga

Patricia Gualinga, Indigenous human rights defender, reported that on 5 January an unknown man attacked her home in Puyo, Pastaza province, throwing stones at the windows while yelling death threats against her.

UA 8/18  Sista datum: 2018-01-18
2018-01-10
Asia and The Pacific - Detention

Myanmar: Two journalists face up to 14 years in prison: Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

Two journalists are facing up to 14 years in prison in connection with their peaceful journalistic activities. Both men must be immediately and unconditionally released and the charges against them dropped.

UA 4/18  Sista datum: 2018-02-21
2018-01-10
Russian Federation - Prisoners of Conscience

Human rights defender detained in Chechnya: Oyub Titiev

On 9 January, police arbitrarily arrested Chechen human rights defender Oyub Titiev. He was held incommunicado for several hours and remains in detention falsely accused of drug possession. If tried and convicted he could face up to 10 years in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

UA 5/18  Sista datum: 2018-02-21
2018-01-09
Asia and The Pacific - Disappearances

China: Medical practitioner held incommunicado: Shafkat Abasi

Shafkat Abasi, a member of the Tatar ethnic minority, was detained by Chinese authorities on 13 March of 2017 and has not been heard from since. It is believed his detention is due to accessing foreign websites from his computer, connection with an elderly patient who is an imam, and his possession of banned religious books. His family have not been provided with any information and fear that he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

UA 1/18  Sista datum: 2018-02-20
2018-01-05
Asia and The Pacific - Disappearances

China: Further information: Lawyer refused access to detained activist: Liu Feiyue

Liu Feiyue, the founder and director of Hubei-based website “Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch” (www. msguancha. com) who is facing charges of “inciting subversion of state power”, has been again unable to meet his lawyer. Without access to his lawyer, there are fears that he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

UA 274/16  Sista datum: 2018-02-16
2017-12-22
Cambodia - Prisoners of Conscience

Environmental activists arbitrarily jailed

On 11 September 2017, environmental activists Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy were arrested in Cambodia while filming two large vessels they suspected of illegally carrying sand for export. They face up to three years in prison for incitement and violation of privacy. Both men are prisoners of conscience.

UA 279/17  Sista datum: 2018-02-02
2017-12-21
Cambodia - Detention

Head of dissolved main opposition party jailed: Kem Sokha

On 3 September, Kem Sokha, president of the dissolved main opposition party, was arrested at his house in Tuol Kork district in Phnom Penh, on politically motivated accusations of treason. If convicted he faces up to 30 years in prison. He has been denied bail.

UA 278/17  Sista datum: 2018-02-01
2017-12-21
Europe and Central Asia - Children

Russian Federation: Mother loses custody over kids for son's long hair: Lyubov Litsegevich and her 7 children

Local authorities, in the Bogradskiy District, Russia, have removed seven children from their adoptive mother after she allowed one of her four year-old sons’ hair to grow long. The authorities interpreted this as her fostering the “wrong” gender identity in him, an absurd accusation arising in the context of state-sponsored homophobia, transphobia and gender stereotyping in Russia.

UA 281/17  Sista datum: 2018-02-01
2017-12-21
Americas - Killings and Disappearances

Honduras: Further information: Violence against protestors escalates

At least 20 people have reportedly been killed, hundreds detained and others injured following the violent repression of protests regarding the processing and counting of votes following the presidential elections in Honduras on 26 November.

UA 264/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-31
2017-12-20
Americas - Right to Health

Venezuela to run out of antiretrovirals in 2018

The Venezuelan government has reportedly not yet signed an urgently needed order for the purchase of vital antiretroviral medication in Venezuela, putting the lives of at least 77,000 people living with HIV in the country at risk. The dwindling stock of antiretroviral medications will finally run out in March 2018, according to local civil society.

UA 280/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-31
2017-12-19
Syria - Right to Food

14 dead as a result of the Syrian government siege: Eastern Ghouta

14 individuals have died since July in Eastern Ghouta, as the Syrian government blocks their medical evacuation and those of another 572 other severely injured and ill people. More deaths are expected if authorities do not approve their immediate evacuation to hospitals in Damascus.

UA 275/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-30
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
Americas - Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Haiti: Women's rights defender threatened with death: Sanièce Petit Phat

Sanièce Petit Phat, a Haitian women and girls’ rights defender, has reported receiving death threats because of her work on behalf of victims of domestic and sexual violence in the community of Canaan, Haiti.

UA 272/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-24
2017-12-13
Americas - Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Venezuela: Prisoner of conscience needs medical care: Villca Fernández

Prisoner of conscience Villca Fernández has been scheduled to be transferred to hospital to receive specialized medical treatment since June 2017. Doctors requested his transfer to hospital and the Attorney General’s Office issued an order to this effect which has not yet been executed. His transfer was postponed for the fifth time in November while his health continues to deteriorate.

UA 274/17  Sista datum: 2018-01-24
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

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