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Amnesty Urgent Actions
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Indigenous leader killed, community at risk
On 1 February, Indigenous leader Juan Ontiveros Ramos was found dead in Chihuahua State, northern Mexico. Unknown men forcibly took from his home the day before and brutally beat other members of his family during the attack. Inhabitants of the Choréachi community remain at risk.
Detainee held incommunicado
Retired general Raúl Isaías Baduel is currently in detention and has had no contact with his lawyers or family since 22 January.
Increasing smear campaign against defenders
International organization Global Witness, along with Honduran organizations MILPAH, COPINH and CEHPRODEC are facing a smear campaign against them for their work defending land, territory and environmental rights in the country. This increasing campaign puts them at risk of further harassment and physical attacks.
Prisoners of conscience could face life in prison
Four Papuan political activists have been detained since 19 December 2016 in Manado, North Sulawesi Province for «rebellion» (makar). Detained solely for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, the men are considered prisoners of conscience.
Iranian academic could be sentenced to death
Iranian academic specializing in disaster medicine Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, a resident of Sweden detained in Iran since 25 April 2016, has been threatened with the death penalty. He has been on hunger strike since 26 December 2016 in protest at his detention.
Refugee criminally charged for seeking asylum
Loghman Sawari, an Iranian refugee, faces criminal charges in Papua New Guinea for allegedly using false information to obtain a passport to seek asylum in Fiji. Deported back to Papua New Guinea without due process, he was held incommunicado for 30 hours. Loghman Sawari remains in custody, amid grave concerns for his safety.
Disclose whereabouts of missing activists
Artists and activists Seroe Fioletovoe and Viktoriya Miroshnichenko have been missing since 31 January after entering the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) in Ukraine to perform a pacifist public action. The de facto authorities are refusing to acknowledge their detention and there are serious concerns about their safety.
Transgender lawyer and daughter threatened by police
Transgender lawyer Samantha Seijas was threatened by a police officer from the Aragua Police Force, in central Venezuela, while filing a complaint in a police station accompanied by his daughter. Fears exist for their safety.
Prisoner of conscience held incommunicado
Saudi Arabian writer Nazeer al-Majed has been held in incommunicado detention since 18 January after being sentenced by the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh to seven years in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience at risk of torture and ill-treatment.
Paramilitary incursion in Humanitarian Zone
A group of paramilitaries entered the Humanitarian Zone of Nueva Esperanza en Dios in the Cacarica river basin in north-west Colombia looking for several individuals which they claimed were on a death list. The increase in paramilitary activity in the area is placing residents of the Humanitarian Zone and those accompanying them at risk.
Palestinian boy’s administrative order renewed
17-year-old Palestinian Ahmad Azmi Abdurrahman Hanatsheh was arrested by Israeli forces on 1 August 2016. He was initially placed under a six month administrative detention order, which was renewed by a further two months on 31 January.
Indigenous community at risk due to threats
More than 60 heavily armed individuals entered Asháninka Meantari Indigenous community territory in the Central Peruvian rainforest and forced out 21 families by subjecting them to death threats.
Three human rights defenders held incommunicado
Within 10 days of each other, three unassociated Vietnamese human rights defenders were arrested in January and are currently being held in incommunicado pre-trial detention. With no access to lawyers, they are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Hundreds of peaceful marchers attacked by police
Around 700 men, women and children were attacked by police while on the way to submit legal complaints against Formosa Plastics, with damages amounting to US$20 million. The Taiwanese company, based in Hà Tĩnh province, has accepted responsibility for the April 2016 ecological disaster, which affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals.
Necessary medical treatment denied to prisoner
Prisoner of conscience Đinh Nguyên Kha is being denied medical treatment following an operation to remove a tumour from his stomach three months ago, which could amount to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of punishment.
Sentenced to death based on confessions
Brothers Mahmoud Tale’ Nayef and Taleb Tale’ Nayef were sentenced to death by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq on 9 August 2016 based on “confessions” extracted under torture. Taleb Tale’ Nayef remains at risk of further torture and other ill-treatment.
Unwell Palestinian in administrative detention
Palestinian Muhammed al-Qiq has been on hunger strike since 6 February in protest against his administrative detention. The Israeli authorities have yet to respond to his lawyer's request for him to be transferred to a hospital to receive medical treatment. He is being held in solitary confinement and is increasingly weak.
Activist back in detention
Bahraini activist Nader Abdulemam was arrested on 18 February and taken to Jaw prison to serve the remaining four and a half months of a prison sentence handed down to him for participating in and calling on people to join an illegal march in Manama in 2013. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Iranian woman risks torture if deported
Azizi Mirmahaleh, a 60-year old woman from Iran, is currently in a detention centre in Laval, Québec, awaiting her scheduled deportation on 28 February. If deported to Iran, she would be at risk of serious human rights violations, including torture and ill-treatment.
Journalist missing for more than six months
Journalist John Ndabarasa was last seen in Kigali on 7 August 2016. More than six months later, there is no news on his whereabouts or on the progress of the police investigation into his disappearance.
Detained asylum seeker needs medical care
Sara Beltran Hernandez fled domestic and gang violence in El Salvador in November 2015 to live with relatives in the US. She has been held in a detention centre in Texas since then, despite having a claim to asylum. She is in urgent need of medical attention and must be released on parole pending the resolution of her asylum claim.
Execution date set for Malaysian brothers
Suthar Batumalai and B. Rames Batumalai are scheduled to be executed on Friday, 24 February 2017. The brothers were convicted of murder in 2010 on the basis of circumstantial evidence and sentenced to the mandatory death penalty.
Sudanese political activist held incommunicado
Sudanese national and political activist Alaa Aldin al-Difana is currently being held incommunicado without charge, following his arrest on 26 December 2016, raising fears he could be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. He requires access to a lawyer and medical care.