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Families forcibly evicted, many more at risk
Since Friday 1 February, thousands of families have been forcibly evicted by the authorities in the Cacuaco municipality of Luanda city, Angola. The families have been left destitute. Hundreds more who remained in the area are also likely to be evicted.
Rights defender denied access to lawyer
Palestinian human rights defender Hassan Karajah had his interrogation period extended by nine days by an Israeli military court on 4 February. A security services order to deny him access to a lawyer was extended till 6 February.
Community activists in Mexico receive threats
Community activists opposing the construction of wind farm turbines in Oaxaca State, Mexico have received threats. Members of the protest camp opposing the construction of the turbines were confronted by police on 2 February.
Hunger strikers protest ongoing detention
Palestinian administrative detainees Ja’far Izz al-Din and Tareq Qa’dan have been on hunger strike since 28 November 2012 to protest against their detention without charge or trial. Their health is deteriorating.
Sudanese opposition members detained
Six members of Sudanese opposition parties were arrested in January in Khartoum, Sudan. Five are still under detention without charge, with one – Mohamed Zain Al Alabidein – requiring urgent medical attention.
Activist receives death threat
On 22 January, Honduran lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activist Patricio Vindel, received a death threat. His life is at risk.
Sudanese student detained, at risk of torture
Mohammed Osman Moussa, a Sudanese student, has been detained incommunicado for nearly two months following his arrest on his way to university. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Independent journalist detained in Baghdad
Independent journalist Nadir Dendoune was arrested in Baghdad, Iraq, on 23 January. He was arrested for taking pictures without prior approval from the authorities. He appeared before the Central Criminal Court on 5 February but has not yet been charged. He is detained in an intelligence detention facility pending investigation.
Farmers at risk of forced eviction
An estimated 1,500 families in Jagatsinghpur district in Odisha state are under threat of being forcibly evicted from common land used for farming. On 3 February, armed police officials and a government official used unnecessary force to disperse protesters in Govindpur village.
Execution of yemeni man feared imminent
A Yemeni man, Ahmed Saleh Abdullah al-Ma’ouri, could be executed on 13 February, according to sources in the country. He has exhausted all his appeals, and although previously granted presidential pardons, has been retried and sentenced to death.
Hunger striker gravely ill, life at risk
Samer Issawi, 34, has been on hunger strike in Israeli detention since August 2012. His life is in grave danger.
Health activist faces prison for protest
Filipino activist for reproductive health rights Carlos Cedran has been convicted of "offending religious feelings" in a peaceful protest. He is facing up to 13 months in jail.
Women human rights defenders threatened
Gloria Amparo Suárez and Yolanda Becerra, from the women’s human rights organization OFP, have been threatened with violence against their children in Barrancabermeja, Northern Colombia.
Lawyer threatened in North Caucasus
Criminal defence lawyer Magamed Abubakarov has been receiving text messages containing death threats from an unfamiliar phone number. He was repeatedly threatened before in connection with his professional activities, and was badly injured in December 2011 in a suspicious car accident involving police.
Darfur activist at imminent risk of execution
Bakri Moussa Mohammed, a Darfuri activist, is at imminent risk of execution in Khartoum. He was recently informed that his 10 year prison sentence was revised to a death sentence.
Human rights defender’s car fired on
Father Alberto Franco's car was fired at on 13 February, in the Colombian capital, Bogotá. He is the Executive Secretary of the human rights NGO Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission (Comisión Intereclesial Justicia y Paz).
Execution of four men imminent
Four men are at imminent risk of execution after India's president rejected their petitions for mercy. They were sentenced to death in 2004 for their involvement in a landmine explosion that killed 22 people.
Women human rights defenders threatened
Four women human rights defenders from northern Colombia have been threatened in an email sent to one of them, Jackeline Rojas Castañeda. Her two bodyguards were also threatened.
Arrest under new law means torture risk
Mohd Hilmi Hasim, one of the first people arrested under Malaysia’s new security law, has been detained without charge and without access to lawyers since 7 February. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Paramilitary death threats must be stopped
Paramilitaries calling themselves the «Black Eagles»  have left a printed death threat at the home of a human rights defender in northern Colombia.
Protestor attacked, Police take no notice
Victoria López, a victim of human rights violations and member of an association of people whose human rights were violated when Bolivia was under military rule, was attacked and injured by a man while at a protest outside the Ministry of Justice, in La Paz, on 8 February. Police took no action
Sudanese women held without trial
More than 30 Sudanese women have been detained arbitrarily without access to a lawyer since 12 November 2012. They are being held in Al-Obeid prison in central Sudan following their transfer from Kadugli, Southern Kordofan. Their access to medical care is inadequate and the lives of several of the women may be at risk.
Man denied federal review set for execution
Paul Howell, a 47-year-old man, is due to be executed in Florida at 6pm on 26 February for the murder of a police officer in 1992. As his appeal lawyer missed a filing deadline, the case has had no federal judicial review on the merits of the claims raised.
Two men detained, feared tortured in Papua
Two Indonesian men now arbitrarily detained in Jayapura, Papua province, are believed to have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated by police.
Staff of ZImbabwe human rights ngo at risk
Zimbabwean police have classified a human rights group the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) as a “threat to state security”, prompting fears that the workers could be arrested for their legitimate work of monitoring and documenting human rights violations. The statement follows two searches of the ZPP’s office by police earlier in February.
Journalist held for anti-corruption work
Libyan newspaper editor Amara Abdalla al-Khatabi has been detained incommunicado since 19 December 2012. He has been charged with defamation, as his newspaper published a list of judges it said were involved in corruption.
Human rights defender attacked
A human rights defender has been threatened and beaten in Misantla, Veracruz state, eastern Mexico.
Hundreds forcibly evicted in Lagos
At least 300 homes have been demolished and hundreds of residents have been left homeless as Lagos State officials carried out a forced eviction on 23 February in Badia East settlement in Lagos, Nigeria. Thousands more remain at risk of being forcibly evicted from their homes.
Jordanian held incommunicado in Saudi Arabia
A Jordanian man has been held incommunicado in an undisclosed location in Saudi Arabia since 6 January. He was last seen being arrested by Saudi Arabian security forces, and has since been denied access to his family and to the outside would. The conditions of his detention may amount to enforced disappearance if the Saudi Arabian authorities continue to refuse disclosing his fate.
Sri Lankan human rights Lawyer threatened
Since 22 February Sri Lankan human rights lawyer Lakshan Dias has reported being followed and under surveillance by unidentified men who have sought information about him from his wife and neighbours. Colleagues are concerned that he is in danger of enforced disappearance and physical violence.
Peace community threatened with a massacre
Members of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó were threatened with a massacre in the context of increased paramilitary presence in the area.
Yemeni man at risk of imminent execution
Yemeni man Muhammad Abdul Karim Muhammad Haza’a continues to be at imminent risk of death after his execution was postponed. The Yemeni Attorney General halted his execution to enable claims that he was under 18 at the time of his alleged crime to be re-examined and to give him the opportunity to reach an agreement with the victim’s family.
Rape survivor found guilty of «fornication»
A 15-year-old survivor of rape is at risk of house arrest and flogging in the Maldives, where she was found guilty of «fornication» by a juvenile court, and sentenced to eight months’ house arrest and 100 lashes.