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LGBTI activist held in pre-trial detention
Fashion designer and LGBTI activist Barbaros Şansal is being held in pre-trial detention, accused of ‘inciting the public to hatred or hostility’ for a video message and tweet he shared on social media on New Year’s Eve. He was detained on the territory of northern Cyprus and extradited to Turkey the next day. He was assaulted on arrival in Istanbul on the airport apron.
Journalist threatened by Chechen official
The speaker of the Chechen parliament used his Instagram account to threaten prominent journalist Grigory Shvedov on 6 January. Grigory Shvedov is the editor-in-chief of Caucasian Knot, an independent website reporting on the situation in the Caucasus.
Activist tortured and at risk of expulsion
Jabir Zain, an activist residing in Libya, continues to be detained in an unknown location over 100 days following his enforced disappearance by a militia in Tripoli. According to his family, who have been unable to speak with him since his abduction, he has been tortured in detention and is facing expulsion to Sudan.
Four human rights activists gone missing
Since the beginning of January activists Salman Haider, Waqas Goraya, Asim Saeed, and Ahmed Raza Naseer have gone missing in a suspected enforced disappearance by state security forces in Pakistan. The activists are known for their social media activism and for expressing their views on human rights issues and state policies. An investigation into one of the cases has been ordered by the Ministry of Interior, but the fate or whereabouts of the activists has so far not been disclosed.
Over 90 men killed in Brazilian prison riots
In the first week of January, over 90 men were killed (shot dead, beheaded or quartered) in prisons in Amazonas and Roraima states in northern Brazil, as a result of riots and conflicts between criminal gangs. Authorities must promptly investigate the killings and adopt measures within the prison system to prevent similar incidents.
Veteran activist sentenced to death
A court in China’s Henan province has convicted and sentenced Xu Youchen to death for killing a policeman when authorities were taking him and his wife away for peaceful petitioning. An appeal against the decision is currently under review.
Hindu fisherman kept in unlawful detention
Hindu fisherman Rasraj Das has been detained in Bangladesh since October 2016. He was arrested for allegedly posting an “offensive” image on Facebook and charged with “hurting religious sentiment”. He could face up to 14 years in prison if convicted. Even though police have recently stated that he was not responsible for posting the image, the charge has not been dropped and he was denied bail on 3 January. His next bail hearing is scheduled for 16 January.
Torture fears for hundreds Rohingya detained
Hundreds of Rohingya have been detained as part of the ongoing security operation in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar. To date, no official information about where the individuals are being held or what they are accused of has been made public. All are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and of being subjected to unfair trials.
Refugees and migrants freezing in Serbia
Over a thousand refugees and migrants are being exposed to disease and inhuman living conditions by the Serbian authorities who are fail to provide accommodation, food and healthcare to them. They are being forced to endure the extreme cold winter temperatures by lighting fires and squatting in derelict warehouses in the capital.
Violent repression of Mapuche peoples
On 10 and 11 January security forces violently repressed members of the Mapuche community of Cushamen in Chubut, Argentina.
Malaysian national faces imminent execution
Prabagaran Srivijayan, a Malaysian national, was convicted and sentenced to the mandatory death penalty on 22 July 2012 in Singapore. The execution could take place as early as next week.
Mental health professionals support clemency
Ricky Gray is scheduled to be executed in Virginia on 18 January . More than 50 mental health professionals have written to the state governor in support of clemency in view of the prisoner’s childhood of severe sexual and physical abuse and its impact on him.
Fourth death sentence issued before new year
Kiryl Kazachok was sentenced to death by the Gomel Regional Court, in southeast Belarus, on 28 December. His was the fourth death sentence to be issued in Belarus in 2016.
Kachin pastors missing after assisting journalists
Two ethnic Kachin pastors, who had been helping journalists report on military abuses in northern Shan State, have been missing since 24 December 2016. Last seen near a Myanmar Army post in Monekoe town, their fate and whereabouts remain unknown.
Congress to vote on regressive torture bill
The Mexican lower house of Congress has finalized its version of a General Law on Torture. This version of the bill has key amendments that, if passed, would increase impunity for torture and undermine access to justice in relation to torture complaints. The Congress resumes on 1 February and the bill is listed for voting by the full Chamber of Deputies.
Sudanese activists held incommunicado
Two Sudanese nationals have been detained incommunicado since their arrest on 21 December 2016 in Saudi Arabia after they supported recent civil disobedience in Sudan on social media. They are prisoners of conscience.
Two men forcibly disappeared
The fate and whereabouts of two members of Yemen’s Baha’i community remain unknown following their arrest on 11 January. They have been denied contact with their families and lawyer, and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Man missing during east Aleppo evacuation
The fate and whereabouts of Abdulhadi Kamel remain unknown. He was last seen being driven away in an ambulance on 16 December 2016 after being injured by Syrian government forces who intercepted the evacuation convoy in which he was leaving east Aleppo.
Dissident Iranian cleric in need of medical care
Elderly dissident Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Nekounam has been on hunger strike for 31 days in protest at his detention and the denial of specialized medical care by the authorities. After suffering from a stroke and heart attack while in detention, he is in extremely poor health and in urgent need of specialized medical care.
Imprisoned woman in urgent need of surgery
Sibel Çapraz is imprisoned and the authorities are denying her a vital and an urgent operation and adequate medical treatment. She was shot in November 2015 in Yüksekova, south-east Turkey, during clashes between security forces and the PKK. She was detained in March 2016 while in hospital.
Activist detained for running online library
Lee Jin-young has been arrested for the online distribution of materials that are deemed, by South Korean authorities, to ‘benefit’ North Korea. Detained since 5 January 2017, the prosecutor has until 4 February to either release or formally charge him.
Two South Sudanese at risk of deportation
Dong Samuel Luak, a prominent South Sudanese lawyer and human rights advocate, has been missing since the night of 23 January. Aggrey Idri, a member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO), has been missing since 24 January 2017. Credible sources indicate they are being detained by Kenyan police and are at imminent risk of deportation.
End harassment of indigenous rights defenders
Five indigenous (Orang Asli) human rights defenders and two journalists were arbitrarily detained by the Department of Forestry on 23 January following peaceful protests against logging licences granted by local authorities. They have all been released, but fears of a continuing crackdown remain.
Prominent peace activist detained without bail
Hiroji Yamashiro has been detained since mid-October 2016 after protesting against new U.S. military construction projects in Okinawa. Aged 64 years, concerns for his well-being have been raised as medical tests show a deterioration in his health. All requests for bail have been denied.
Health concern for professor on hunger strike
Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, 58, a prominent Sudanese human rights defender has been on hunger strike since 21 January 2017 to protest against his arbitrary detention. Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam was arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on 7 December 2016 and has been detained without charge since then at Kober prison in Khartoum, Sudan.
Detained opposition member hospitalised
Congolese political opposition member, Modeste Boukadia, has been hospitalised for the third time as a result of injuries he sustained during a severe beating by prison guards on 15 November 2016 while in prison. There has been no investigation into the incident. He has been at central prison of Pointe Noire for more than a year.
Human rights lawyer incarcerated in Crimea
Prominent human rights lawyer in Crimea Emil Kurbedinov was sentenced to 10 days’ administrative detention on 26 January. He is being targeted for his human rights work and should be immediately released.
Human rights defender jailed for online activism
Saudi Arabian human rights defender Essam Koshak has been detained since 8 January 2017 for his online activism. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.
Bahraini’s fate and whereabouts unknown
Fadhel Sayed Abbas Hasan Radhi has been detained without charge since his arrest on 29 September 2016. He has had no access to a lawyer and only limited access to his family. His family have not heard from him since 10 December 2016 nor have they received any information about his whereabouts or well-being. Amnesty International is concerned that he is a victim of enforced disappearance and at risk of torture and other-ill treatment.
Demand release of human rights defender
Five days after Fidel Castro’s death, human rights defender Eduardo Cardet was detained and has since been held in provisional detention in Holguín, south-east Cuba. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.