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Activist held incommunicado since 2 september
Saudi Arabian human rights activist Salim al-Maliki has been arbitrarily detained and held incommunicado for four weeks. He appears to have been detained solely for his peaceful activism against evictions in south-west Saudi Arabia.
Syrian refugee at risk of return to Turkey
A Syrian refugee is at risk of being forcibly returned from Greece to Turkey under the EU-Turkey deal. His asylum application was dismissed on the grounds that Turkey is a “safe third country.” A decision on his appeal before Greek courts is expected within days. He is currently in police custody on the Greek island of Lesvos.
Detained without charge for over three months
South Sudanese Military Police arrested Elias Waya Nyipuoch, former governor of Wau state, on the morning of 26 June. For more than three months, he has remained in ...
Defender threatened for work with campesinos
Human rights defender and social leader Rubén Ortiz is suffering from constant threats and intimidation related to his support for the rights of peasant farmer (campesino) communities and workers in Misiones province , Argentina. (= Corrected lead text ! )
Grave concern over Thai Computer Crimes Act
Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly is considering amendments to the rights-restricting Computer Crimes Act (2007). Current proposed changes preserve the Act’s powers to violate the right to freedom of expression and the right to privacy including by enabling indiscriminate online surveillance and censorship.
Imminent execution of 22-year-old Iranian woman
Zeinab Sekaanvand Lokran, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, is at risk of execution following an unfair trial in which she was convicted of the murder of her husband. She was 17 years old at the time of the crime. She could be executed as early as 13 October .
Family imprisoned for selling poppy seeds
Four members of the Polukhin family were accused of drug trafficking in 2010 for selling culinary poppy seeds and each sentenced to eight years in prison after an unfair trial. They have appealed to the Russian Supreme Court. The hearing is expected within days.
Hundreds stranded on Mexico–US border at risk
Hundreds of displaced Haitians, Africans and internally displaced Mexicans are stranded in the Mexican cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, many awaiting appointments with US Customs and Border Protection across the border. Many are in precarious conditions without adequate shelter, security and psychological support. Some of them, as well as Central Americans from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, could be at risk of being deported to situations of risk if official asylum screening is not improved.
Student leader’s fate and whereabouts unknown
24-year-old student leader Shabbir Baloch may have been subjected to enforced disappearance by the security forces during a day-long military operation in Gwarkop in Balochistan, Pakistan. He is at grave risk of ill-treatment, torture, and even death.
Two journalists on trial for defamation
Two Timorese journalists, Raimundos Oki and Lourenco Vicente Martins, are facing trial on criminal defamation charges filed by Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister over a 2015 article they published about irregularities during the tendering process for a government IT project. If found guilty they may be sentenced to three years’ imprisonment each.
Female detainees sexually attacked in prison
For the past month, female detainees at Gabiley prison have complained of sexual violence, including rape, and other forms of torture and ill-treatment by the male guards at the prison. Female guards that report these incidents to prison authorities fear reprisals. The female detainees risk further torture and other ill-treatment during their detention.
Vietnamese human rights blogger arrested
Human rights defender Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh, known as blogger Mẹ Nấm (Mother Mushroom) was arrested on 10 October and has been charged with “conducting propaganda” against the state under Article 88 of Viet Nam’s Penal Code. She is at risk of torture and ill-treatment. It is not known where she is currently detained.
Detained opposition members risk ill-treatment
Ethiopian security forces have arrested Aweke Tezera, Blen Mesfin, Eyasped Tesfaye, Abebe Akalu and Tena Yitayew for exercising their freedom of expression to criticise the government. This comes after a state of emergency was declared in Ethiopia following a week of protests in Oromia region.
Paramlitary activity threatens peace community
Over the last few months, there has been an increase in paramilitary activity in the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in north-western Colombia. This has placed members of the community and other local inhabitants at serious risk.
Fears for safety of murder victim’s family
Luis Urbano, son of human rights defender José Luis Urbano, was murdered by police officers in the state of Anzoátegui, Venezuela, on 10 October. The safety of his family is at risk.
Two children held in unlawful detention
Two teenage boys in Jammu and Kashmir are being detained in prison under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA), which expressly prohibits the detention of anyone under 18 years of age. The PSA is an administrative detention law that allows detention without charge or trial for up to two years in some cases.
Two campesino leaders shot dead
On 18 October, José Ángel Flores and Silmer Dionisio George of the Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguán were murdered. Both human rights defenders were shot dead after attending a meeting with several campesino (peasant farmer) people in La Confianza settlement, Bajo Aguán region, north-eastern Honduras.
Death threats against Bersih organizers
Death threats are the latest form of harassment levelled against the Chairperson of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) and other organizers, activists and supporters of the Bersih 5 rally, planned for 19 November, calling for electoral reform.
Detained rights defender’s family at risk
The family of the Crimean Tatar human rights defender Emir-Usein Kuku is facing threats and harassment as a way to intimidate him. After his arrest, his son has been threatened by a man who said he worked for the Russian security service. The de facto authorities in Crimea have accused Emir-Usein Kuku of failing to protect his son and initiated an inquiry that could lead to him losing custody of him.
Harsh sentencing puts man at risk of imminent execution
The Supreme People’s Court approved a death sentence which could result in the execution of Jia Jinglong at any time. According to lawyers, mitigating factors of his case were not taken into account during sentencing.
Detained human rights defender on hunger strike
Human rights defender Khaled al-Omair has been on hunger strike since 6 October in protest at his continuing detention. He was due to be released on 5 October after completing his eight-year prison sentence. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Arrested and prosecuted by military tribunal
Andrés Moreno Febres-Cordero, Marco Trejo, James Mathison and César Cuellar were arrested at the end of September for producing a video for the opposition party Primero Justicia. They are worryingly being tried for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.
Three activists face harassment and risk arrest
Three human rights defenders engaged in activism relating to an ecological disaster in Viet Nam are facing severe harassment, including public denunciations, prosecution and death threats. They could be arrested for “conducting propaganda” against the state.