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Three iranian men killed, more injured
Three Iranian exiles were killed and at least 70 others, all members of the People’s Mojahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI), were wounded on 26 December 2013 when Camp Liberty in Baghdad was attacked with rockets and mortars.
Five men at imminent risk of execution
Five migrant workers on death row in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are facing execution by firing squad on 12 January. At least one of the men did not receive a fair trial.
Photojournalist arrested and tortured
Bahraini photojournalist Ahmad Fardan was arrested at his home on 26 December 2013. He was brought before the Prosecution on 1 January, who ordered his detention for 45 days on a charge of “intending to participate in gatherings”. He was tortured during interrogation.
Tibetan monk and supporters detained
Prominent Tibetan monk, Karma Tsewang, was detained on 6 December in Chengdu, south-west China, on suspicion of “endangering state security”. Sixteen of his supporters were also detained after they demanded his release. They have not been allowed access to lawyers and are at risk of torture.
Student arrested, tortured
Ahmad Mshaima’, the son of one of the 13 jailed opposition activists, was arrested on 28 December on the Bahrain border with Saudi Arabia. He is accused of participating in demonstrations in February 2013. The Public Prosecution ordered his detention for 30 days pending investigation.
Man sentenced to death
A 53 year-old man, Eduard Lykau, was sentenced to death on 26 November, but the information was only released almost a month later. He was the fourth person to receive the death sentence in 2013.
Sex workers targeted and killed
A transgender sex worker was found dead in San Pedro Sula, northern Honduras on 7 January. Nine killings of sex workers have occurred in the city since early December. Exhaustive investigations into these attacks are urgently needed.
Wife of activist missing after arrest
The wife of activist Mohamed Saqer al-Zaabi, one of the men unfairly tried in the “UAE 94” mass trial, was arrested at a checkpoint along the border with Oman in the morning of 10 January in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Her whereabouts are unknown and she could be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Iranian student held for peaceful activism
Banned student activist Maryam Shafi’ Pour has been detained for over five months on charges apparently related to her peaceful political activism.
Sudanese student at risk of torture
Tajeldin Ahmed Arja has been detained incommunicado since 24 December 2013. He was arrested by the presidential security guards after openly criticizing both the Chadian and Sudanese presidents during a conference. He is at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Two Gambian journalists unlawfully detained
Journalists Musa Sheriff and Sainey M.K. Marenah have been in detention since 13 January. They have been charged with “giving false information to a public officer” following an article published in the privately-owned newspaper The Voice. They are prisoners of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.
Two indigenous leaders killed, third at risk
Embera Chamí Indigenous leader Flaminio Onogama Gutiérrez is at risk following the killing of his two nephews, who were also Indigenous leaders, in south-western Colombia.
Peasant farmer shot at, community at risk
An armed man shot at peasant farmer Benjamin Sánchez in El Carpintero, central Colombia. He has been leading a land restitution process for those forcibly displaced from El Carpintero as a result of the armed conflict, and is the latest community member to receive threats or to be attacked as a result of his involvement in this process.
Environmental activist faces prison
Yevgeniy Vitishko will be imprisoned for three years if his appeal hearing fails. He did not receive a fair trial and his defence team believe the severity of the charges against him and the resulting sentence were politically motivated.
Human rights activist remains in jail
A prominent Saudi Arabian human rights activist, Fowzan al-Harbi, who is on trial for his human rights activism has been arbitrarily detained since 26 December 2013. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience.
Euromaydan organizer disappeared
Amnesty International is gravely concerned for the wellbeing of Dmitrii Bulatov, a prominent activist in the Euromaydan demonstrations in Kyiv, Ukraine. His family have not heard from him since the evening of 22 January and believe he has been abducted.
Death threats made to human rights activists
Human rights defenders in the city of Barrancabermeja, in the Magdalena Medio region in north-eastern Colombia, have received death threats.
Uighur Scholar taken from his home
Ilham Tohti, prominent Uighur scholar and founder of the website «Uighur Online», was taken from his home in Beijing by authorities on 15 January. His whereabouts are currently unknown. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Over 2,000 women denied justice
Over 2,000 Indigenous and peasant women living in poverty who were allegedly subjected to forced sterilization have been denied justice after the Public Prosecutor’s office closed their cases. The failure to investigate their claims highlights the persistent discrimination against peasant and Indigenous peoples in Peru, including women.