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Legal concerns as Florida resets execution
Paul Howell, aged 48, is due to be executed in Florida on 26 February for the murder of a police officer in 1992. In 2013 a federal judge described his legal representation at trial and on initial appeal as “incompetent, ineffective, and deeply unprofessional”.
Man held incommunicado at risk of torture
Ahmed Mohammad Saleh al-Arab continues to be denied family visits after 27 days of detention. There are fears the authorities are hiding that he has been tortured while held incommunicado. He has been denied medical care.
Man in Malaysia at risk of imminent execution
Chandran s/o Paskaran, 36, is facing execution by hanging in Malaysia. His execution is scheduled for 7 February.
Man sentenced to death under blasphemy law
Mohammad Asghar, a British man suffering from mental illness, has been sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Masud Ahmad, another British man charged with blasphemy, has been granted bail but is still at risk of attack from extremists.
Election candidates receive death threats
In recent days several candidates standing in Colombia’s legislative elections in March have received death threats from paramilitaries.
Charged under «propaganda»-law
Elena Klimova, journalist from the Urals city of Nizhniy Taghil, has been charged with «propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations» for her online project «Children 404» aimed to support LGBTI teenagers. If court rules that she violated the law she will have to pay a hefty fine and the project will have to close down.
Victims of military regimes’ campsite burnt
The campsite outside the Ministry of Justice of a group of people whose rights were violated during past military regimes in Bolivia was set on fire on 9 February. No casualties have been reported but files and other important documents have been destroyed.
Armed conflict threatens peace community
Colombia’s armed conflict continues to affect members of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, as an explosive device reportedly planted by guerrillas went off near a police station and a school, and the armed forces continue to threaten its members.
Death threats sent to human rights defender
Human rights defender Martha Elena Díaz Ospina received three death threats by text message on 6, 7 and 8 February, labelling her a guerrilla fighter and military target, in Barranquilla, northern Colombia.
Three protesters killed, others injured
Three people have been killed, several injured and dozens more detained in clashes between protesters, security forces and armed civilians during demonstrations throughout Venezuela. As the demonstrations continue, risk of further incidents remains.
Man taken by military missing and at risk
The whereabouts of Dedek Khairudin, an Indonesian man taken by military personnel in November 2013, are still unknown. The Indonesia Army Military Police refused to accept his family’s formal complaint into the matter on 13 February. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Health fears grow after Liu Xia heart attack
The wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xia, who is under illegal house arrest in Beijing, had a heart attack in January and has been diagnosed with a heart condition. She has been prevented from receiving the treatment she needs in hospital and there are increasing fears for her physical and mental health.
Opposition party headquarters raided
The headquarters of opposition party Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) were raided three times by security forces on 17 February. The raids appear to be an attempt to intimidate party members following their participation in recent anti-government protests.
Trial judge backs mercy as execution looms
Florida death row prisoner Ernest Suggs, aged 58, has exhausted his ordinary court appeals and is seeking executive clemency. If this is denied, the state will set his execution date. The judge who sentenced him to death in 1992 is supporting clemency.
Forced eviction of Halandri Roma imminent
Despite an injunction by the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), around 74 Roma families living in a settlement in Halandri, Athens, Greece are at risk of imminent forced eviction.
Student jailed after refusal to spy
Iranian graduate student Hamid Babaei, serving a six-year sentence for «acting against national security by communicating with hostile governments», including Belgium, has lodged an appeal. His wife, Cobra Parsajoo, is at risk of arrest for peacefully campaigning for his release.
1’200 families forcibly evicted
The Cairo Governorate forcibly evicted at least 1,200 families on 18 February and demolished their homes. The families were reportedly given no warning, and most were provided with no alternative housing. At least 300 families are said to be still homeless.
Two women arrested
Student Ranim Khalil Ma’touq and human rights lawyer Jihan Amin were arrested by members of the Syrian security forces on 17 February. Their current whereabouts are unknown.
Facing death for «insulting the prophet»
Iranian engineer Rouhollah Tavana may be at risk of execution, as the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence earlier this month. He was sentenced to death in 2013 for charges including «insulting the Prophet».
Laws could criminalize freedom of expression
New proposed legislation on “terrorism” and “disorder” being discussed in Brazilian Congress puts freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly at risk. The new “crimes” could be used to criminalize citizens attending protests.
New criminal code puts women’s rights at risk
Survivors of sexual abuse in Mozambique are at risk of being deprived of justice and having their rights violated by proposed amendments to the Criminal Code to be brought before parliament in March.
Manus Island asylum seekers still at risk
Asylum seekers held at a detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, continue to be at risk following two nights of violence on 16 and 17 February which left one man dead and dozens of others seriously injured.
Kurd subjected to enforced disappearance
Siveen Juma Kindi, a Kurdish postal worker in Syria, was subjected to enforced disappearance in the northern city of Qamishly, on 13 March 2012. He has not been heard from since then.