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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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