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Court agrees to 683 death sentences
In a second mass trial in five weeks, an Egyptian court has agreed  to sentence a further 683 people to death, again following a grossly unfair trial. Those condemned include Mohamed Badie, the detained General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Websites blocked for writing about protest
On 6 May, Taganskii court in Moscow will consider an appeal against the blocking of the Russian news website Grani.ru. The website was blocked on 13 March following an official request from the Deputy Prosecutor General which stated that Grani.ru published materials calling on people to take part in unauthorized protest actions.
Refugee abducted by police in broad daylight
Umid Yakubov, a refugee from Uzbekistan, was abducted on the street in Moscow on 29 April. It is feared that he has been taken to Uzbekistan, where he is at real risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Imprisoned for corruption investigation
On 7 April two men, video journalist Zaw Pe and Win Myint Hlaing, were each sentenced to one year in prison in Myanmar because of their attempted investigation and criticism of education authorities in Magwe Region. Amnesty International considers them prisoners of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Defenders hit and migrants detained
Migrants’ rights defenders were injured by police and migration authorities during an operation to detain irregular migrants in the Municipality of Zapata, Tabasco State, south east Mexico. The whereabouts of the detained migrants is uncertain.
Fears for two men tortured by police
There are fears for the safety of Kalu Chaudhari and Hikmat Chaudhary after they filed an official complaint against Kanchanpur District police personnel, who had tortured them in late April. The lawyers for the two men have expressed concern that the police might retaliate against the men for taking legal action and may even pose a threat to their lives.
Activists detained in Tiananmen Clampdown
Five activists were detained in China on 6 May as part of a wider crackdown ahead of the anniversary of the crackdown of the 1989 pro-democracy movement. They were held after attending a meeting in Beijing to discuss the anniversary. Several other activists have also been detained, while relatives of those killed during the crackdown have been placed under strict surveillance.
Ill-treatment of captives amidst civil unrest
Video footage shows two men held captive and being ill-treated by armed people in south-eastern Ukraine. They are seen being interrogated by a man who is evidently not a law enforcement official. This incident occurs amidst spiralling civil unrest and concerns over breakdown of the rule of law.
Paramilitaries threaten human rights activists
Paramilitaries threatened a human rights lawyer, trade unionists and environmental activists in Santander Department, north-eastern Colombia. The paramilitaries accuse these people of organizing peasant farmer demonstrations currently underway, alleging they are supported by guerrilla groups.
Peaceful protestors sentenced to detention
Five activists arrested for taking part in a peaceful protest have been sentenced to between 15 and 30 days in jail for an administrative offence. One of the activists was reportedly tortured in custody. She was also the only one to receive a 30 day prison term.
Threats made against indigenous defenders
Fifteen-year-old Génesis Giselle Gutiérrez Romero, a member of the Wayúu Indigenous Reservation of Zahíno, received a death threat on 5 May. She and her family are linked to a local human rights organization which campaigns on behalf of the Wayúu Indigenous communities and which has been the target of repeated paramilitary death threats. Their safety is at risk.
Seven families at risk of being made homeless
Seven households (14 adults and 20 children) are facing imminent forced eviction in the Zvjerinjak settlement in Nikšić, the second largest city in Montenegro. The authorities have failed to respect any of the safeguards and protections set out in international law, including the provision of adequate alternative housing.
Human rights defender arrested and detained
Human rights defender Ko Htin Kyaw has been arrested in Myanmar for his peaceful activism and is currently detained in Yangon’s Insein prison. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Protesters detained, at risk of ill-treatment
Security forces in Caracas detained 243 people involved in ongoing anti-government demonstrations between 7 and 8 May. The whereabouts of those who have not yet been released remain unknown. They are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Gang-raped woman could be caned
A woman gang-raped by eight men who accused her of adultery is now at risk of being caned for this «offence» in Indonesia’s Aceh province.
Mother at risk of flogging and death sentence
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian Sudanese woman, was convicted on charges of 'adultery' and 'apostasy' and is at risk of being sentenced to flogging and death. She is a prisoner of conscience, currently in detention with her 20-month-old son.
Children’s Rights Defender beaten, detained
The Director of Casa Alianza Honduras, a children’s rights organization, was beaten and detained by military police on 8 May. He believes his mistreatment was in retaliation for speaking out against violence against children in Honduras and denouncing government inaction on the matter.
Lawyer in solitary confinement, risks torture
Human rights lawyer Dr Mohammed al-Roken, a prisoner of conscience, is now in solitary confinement in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Prison authorities have denied his family all contact with him for over a week. He may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Florida death row inmate seeks clemency
The case of Charles Finney, a 60-year-old man on death row in Florida, is now before the clemency authorities. He maintains that he did not commit the murder for which he was sentenced to death. In Florida, an execution date is set if and when clemency is denied.
Release missing journalists immediately
At least two journalists are still missing in eastern Ukraine, believed to be held captive by armed anti-Kyiv protesters in Slovyansk. One journalist recently released spoke of other captives and expressed concern over their safety.
Belarus executes second prisoner this year
Mogilev Regional Court has confirmed that another death-row prisoner has been executed in Belarus. At least two men remain on death row at imminent risk of execution.
Indigenous land claim a step closer to reality
On 21 May the plenary of the Paraguayan Lower Chamber (Cámara de Diputados) will vote on a bill to return 14,404 hectares of traditional land to the Sawhoyamaxa Indigenous community. The community has been fighting for their land which is vital for their survival for over 20 years.
Four men arbitrarily arrested, risk torture
Four men are being held incommunicado, without charge, in Oman. They are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Egyptian-American on hunger strike
Mohamed Soltan, the son of a Muslim Brotherhood figure, who has been detained in Egypt since August 2013, has been on hunger strike since 26 January and his health is rapidly deteriorating. He was brought to his last court hearing on a stretcher on 11 May.
Jailed activist denied medical care
Gokarakonda Naga Saibaba, an activist and academic, is being held in pre-trial detention in Nagpur Central Prison, Maharashtra state. His legs are almost completely paralyzed and he uses a wheelchair. He is being denied medicine and access to suitable sanitary facilities.
Abducted political activist at risk of death
Zahid Baloch, Chairman of the Baloch Student Organisation-Azad (BSOA) was abducted in Quetta, Balochistan, on 18 March. His family do not know where he is or what has happened to him. He is at grave risk of ill-treatment, torture, or even death. Hundreds of other activists have suffered similar fates in the province over recent years.
Asylum-seekers at risk of return to Syria
Five Syrian asylum-seekers held at a detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, are in danger of being returned to their home country, where their lives or freedoms are at risk. Due to ongoing instability and human rights violations occurring in Syria, all Syrians are prima facie entitled to international protection.
Human rights lawyer shot dead in his office
Prominent human rights defender and lawyer Rashid Rehman was shot dead in Multan, Pakistan on 7 May. The killing is likely linked to his legal representation of university teacher Junaid Hafeez who has been charged with blasphemy. The Pakistani authorities must bring the perpetrators to justice and drop all charges against Junaid Hafeez.
Human rights defender detained
Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, a Burundian human rights defender, was arrested during the night of 15 to 16 May and is detained on spurious charges relating to state security after making declarations on Burundian radio.
Student activists detained without charge
Three Sudanese student activists have been detained without charge in Khartoum since 12 May after being arrested outside their university by security forces. They are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Men threatened after torture claims
Two men and a boy who were detained on 15 April and allegedly tortured by police in Mumbai, India, say they are facing intimidation and threats of reprisals to pressure them to withdraw their complaint. A man detained with them who was also allegedly tortured died three days later.
Human rights defender detained for protest
Palestinian human rights defender Murad Shtewi has been detained by Israeli forces since 29 April for his role in weekly peaceful demonstrations in his village. He is a prisoner of conscience. On 22 May a court rejected a petition for his release.
Filipino worker sentenced to prison, flogging
Sentenced to 18 months in prison and 300 lashes after an unfair trial in Saudi Arabia, Filipino domestic worker Ruth Cosrojas is understood to have already received 50 lashes. She is at imminent risk of further flogging.
Fears for villagers after attack
There are grave concerns for the safety of the 700 residents of Nanongbong village in north-eastern Thailand, after it was attacked by at least 100 unidentified armed men on 15 May. Some of the villagers were assaulted and detained for around six hours during the incident. It is believed that the attack is connected to opposition to the planned expansion of a local gold mine.
Hundreds at risk of arbitrary detention
Dozens of politicians, activists, journalists, academics and demonstrators have been detained after being arrested without warrant, following the imposition of martial law in Thailand. Hundreds of others are at risk of arbitrary detention.
Death row inmate seeks commutation to life
Michael Zack, a 45-year-old man on death row in Florida who has exhausted his ordinary court appeals, is seeking executive commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment. In Florida an execution date is set if and when clemency is denied.
Over 200 Roma face forced eviction
More than 200 Roma, including around 50 children, living in an informal settlement near Bobigny, in the north east suburbs of Paris, are at risk of being forcibly evicted following an eviction procedure initiated by the municipality. A court in Bobigny will deliver its ruling on 30 May.
Ukrainian men unlawfully detained in Russia
Ukrainian citizens and Crimea residents Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko are among a group of detainees from Russian-occupied Crimea who have been unlawfully detained and transferred to Moscow. They are believed to be accused of terrorism offences under Russian legislation and do not have adequate access to their lawyers.
Abducted asylum seekers at risk of torture
There are grave concerns for two abducted asylum seekers, as it is feared that they have been forcibly returned to Uzbekistan and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.