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Amnesty Urgent Actions
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Human rights defender harassed
Francisca Ramírez, coordinator of the Council for the Defence of Our Land, Lake and Sovereignty, reported that the Nicaraguan police damaged and took possession of a pickup truck and another truck which she uses for her work, without notice. The retention of her vehicles could constitute an act of reprisal for her work as a human rights defender, and any further harassment could put her physical integrity at risk.
Demand commutation for Chelsea Manning
Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison after disclosing classified information – some of which pointed to potential human rights violations – after a trial marred by due process shortcomings. President Obama must commute her sentence before he leaves office.
Independent journalist tortured, facing jail
Journalist Khudayberdy Allashov was detained on 3 December, together with his wife and mother, in Turkmenistan. He is accused of possessing chewing tobacco, which is a criminal offence, and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. His mother also remains in detention.
Health concern for prisoner of conscience
Aung Win Hlaing, a member of the National Democratic Force party in Myanmar, has been sentenced to nine months in prison for a Facebook post critical of the President. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.
One year in prison for denouncing corruption
An Algerian court sentenced journalist Hassan Bouras to a year in prison and fines for a video denouncing corruption of local officials in the city of El Bayadh. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Two Palestinian human rights defenders on trial
Palestinian human rights defenders Farid al-Atrash and Issa Amro face charges in an Israeli military court relating to their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. Both face time in prison if found guilty. At a hearing on 23 November their lawyer asked for a number of the charges to be dropped and the hearing was adjourned until 21 December.
Halt plans to reinstate the death penalty
The House of Representatives and Senate of the Philippines will consider and vote on draft legislation to reintroduce the death penalty from as early as 13 December. If adopted, the draft law would allow for the imposition of the death penalty for a wide range of crimes, against international law obligations on this issue.
Fate of two detained unmiss staff unknown
Anthony Nyero and James Lual, staff members of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), may have been subjected to enforced disappearance by South Sudan’s National Security Service (NSS). Family members have not had any contact with them since January 2016.Their last known place of detention was an NSS facility in Juba town, along the bank of the Nile River.
NGO founder on hunger strike after conviction
Former prison officer and NGO founder Walid Zarrouk is on hunger strike in protest against his 24 November prison sentences for «insulting public officials». His wife Ines Ben Othman was told on 13 December that she was banned from travelling outside Tunisia.
Torture fears for missing website founder
Huang Qi, founder of Sichuan-based website «64 Tianwang» (, was taken from his home in Chengdu, Sichuan Province by 15 public security officers on 28 November. His whereabouts are unknown and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Disclose whereabouts of UK-Bangladeshi man
The fate and whereabouts of UK-Bangladeshi national Yasin Talukder remain unknown five months after his enforced disappearance. The British diplomatic mission in Bangladesh has confirmed he is being detained by Bangladeshi authorities since July, although the authorities deny any involvement.
Journalist at risk of further jail time
Journalist Muhammad Bekzhanov, aged 62, who is scheduled to be released in January after spending more than 17 years in prison on politically motivated charges, has been put in a punishment cell. In Uzbekistan, this is the usual practice before the authorities arbitrarily extend prisoner’s sentence.
Two LUCHA youth activists missing
Youth activists Gloria Senga and Musasa Tshibanda went missing on the evening of 16 December after they met with another youth activist in Kinshasa. Gloria Senga and Musasa Tshibanda are members of the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA).
Twenty activists arrested after peaceful sit-in
Twenty activists of the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) were arrested during a peaceful sit-in in the city of Goma on 21 December. They were protesting against President Kabila’s stay in power beyond the end of his second mandate on 19 December.
Two political activists charged with rebellion
Two Papuan political activists have been detained as a result of their peaceful political activities and charged with «rebellion» under the Indonesian Criminal Code. They are prisoners of conscience and could face up to life imprisonment.
Activist’s bail revoked for commenting on Facebook
Activist Jatupat Boonpattararaksa may face up to 15 years’ imprisonment for posting a news article online. On 22 December authorities revoked his bail – allegedly for making joking comments on social media – and detained him in Khon Kaen Central Prison in north-eastern Thailand.
Detained 70-year old professor’s health at risk
70-year-old retired professor Dr Zafar Arif was arrested on 22 October and remains without access to a lawyer or medical care. He is a heart patient and there are grave concerns for his health.