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Brother held after activist flees country
Omani national, Mahmoud al-Fazari, has been held without charge since 22 July after his brother fled the country while under a travel ban. He is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Prominent trade unionist unlawfully detained
Ismail Abdi, Secretary General of Iran’s Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA), has been detained in Tehran's Evin Prison since 27 June for «organizing and participating in illegal gatherings» for his legitimate trade unionist activities. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Egyptian man kept in prison after sentence
Egyptian national Sameh Bassiouni Abdullah Alam was arrested on 11 February in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). He was sentenced to one month in prison in April for «falsely reporting a crime» but has not yet been released. His whereabouts are unknown and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Freelance journalist’s whereabouts unknown
Freelance journalist Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, whose current whereabouts are unknown, is believed to have been held incommunicado by Turkmenistani authorities for a month. His likely arrest and detention may be linked to his work as a freelance journalist. He is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment and an unfair trial.
Nicaraguan national facing execution in Texas
Bernardo Aban Tercero, a Nicaraguan national, is scheduled to be executed in Texas on 26 August for a murder committed in 1997. The poor quality of the legal representation he received at trial and during state-level appeals is at the centre of his clemency bid.
Afro-descendant community leader killed
Afro-descendant community leader Genaro García of the Alto Mira y Frontera Community Council was killed on 3 August in Tumaco Municipality, southern Colombia. He had been threatened previously and was under State protection; others may be at risk.
Human rights defender faces harassment
Human rights defender Paulina Muñoz Samaniego has been subjected to an intimidation campaign which she believes is related to her work with Ecuador Decide, a platform of civil society organizations which oppose the Free Trade Agreement between Ecuador and the European Union. She and other members of Ecuador Decide may be at risk.
Whereabouts of LUCHA activist unknown
Bienvenue Matumo, an activist from the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been missing since 8 August. He may have been subjected to enforced disappearance.
Health fears for Palestinian hunger striker
Palestinian lawyer Mohammed Allan has been on hunger strike since 16 June in protest at his detention. He has been held by Israeli authorities without charge or trial since 6 November 2014. The reasons for his arrest and detention remain unknown. He lost consciousness on 14 August and is at risk of being forcibly fed.
Witness must be protected against torture
Gennady Afanasiyev, a key a witness for the prosecution in the trial of Ukrainian activists Oleg Sentsov and Aleksandr Kolchenko, has withdrawn the testimony that he gave under torture. He has been threatened and is at renewed risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Three opposition members harassed by NISS
Khalid Omer Yousif, Magdi Okasha Amed and Widad Abdelrahman Derwish, opposition members of the Sudanese Congress Party (SCP), were arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) and released without charge. However, they are required to report to the NISS office every day.
Torture survivor’s whereabouts unknown
Artemio Duarte Martínez, one of 25 police officers tortured in Tijuana in 2009, has gone missing after receiving harassment and threats for denouncing the torture he suffered. The authorities must immediately establish his whereabouts and protect his family, his lawyers and all other victims of the same case.
Prominent academic arrested, risks torture
Economist and prominent academic Dr Nasser bin Ghaith was arrested on 18 August in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), by the country’s State Security apparatus. His whereabouts are unknown and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. He is a former prisoner of conscience.
Dozens injured at nationwide protests
Dozens of people have been injured, including police officers, amid clashes between the security forces and protestors in nationwide demonstrations in Ecuador. Many have been detained. As demonstrations continue there is a risk of more injuries and detentions.
Retired professor jailed for writing
Iranian retired university professor Hossein Rafiee has begun serving a prison sentence handed down in 2004 for his peaceful political activism. Hossein Rafiee is 70 and has several health problems, including high blood pressure and a heart condition. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Dalit sisters ordered to be raped
On 30 July, an unelected all-male village council in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, northern India, ordered that a Dalit woman and her teenage sister be raped and paraded naked. The sisters and their family have fled the village and are now in Delhi.
Protect men from further ill-treatment
Four men accused of involvement in the killing of two police officers on 21 July, have reported being beaten repeatedly while in police and prison custody, most recently on 19 August, and denied access to medical treatment for their injuries. They are being held in pre-trial detention in Adana, southern Turkey, and remain at risk of further ill-treatment.
Writer detained after criticizing government
Prominent Saudi Arabian writer Dr Zuhair Kutbi has been detained without charge since 15 July. He was beaten during arrest and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. He is in need of medical attention. He is a prisoner of conscience.
92 homes destroyed, hundreds more at risk
Thousands are at risk of forcible eviction in Kaduna state in Nigeria, after receiving demolition notices giving them just 21 days to demolish their own houses. If they fail to do so, the state will carry out the demolitions and they will be liable for reimbursing the cost. Ninety-two houses have already been demolished, 267 more are at risk.