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Over 300 displaced due to paramilitary incursion
An incursion by paramilitaries and subsequent armed confrontation between them and guerrilla groups forced a mass displacement of families and the potential confinement of surrounding communities in Peña Azul, Chocó department, in north-western Colombia. The increase in paramilitary activity in the area is placing residents of rural areas of Chocó department at risk.
Convicted of screening human rights documentary
Malaysian human rights defender Lena Hendry has been convicted by the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate Court for the private screening of the documentary «No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka». She faces up to three years imprisonment or a fine of up to RM30, 000 ($7,200 USD).
Virginia execution reset as doubts persist
Ivan Teleguz, a Ukrainian national, is scheduled to be executed in Virginia on 25 April . He maintains his innocence of the 2001 murder for which he was sent to death row in 2006.
Indigenous defenders denied right to defence
On 20 March the oral trial against three members of the Chañaral Wichí Indigenous community for defending their territory will take place. These legal proceedings violate their right to defence and access to justice.
Four families detained for over 500 days
Four young children and their mothers are seeking asylum in the US after escaping horrific violence in their home countries. They have been held at a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement centre in Pennsylvania for over 500 days despite having pending applications for legal permanent residency.
Clemency board to hear what jury never did
Marcel Williams, aged 46, is due to be executed in Arkansas on 24 April . The jury never heard any mitigating evidence about his childhood of severe abuse and trauma. That evidence is now before the clemency board which will consider his petition on 27 March.
Stop journalist’s forcible return to Uzbekistan
Journalist and activist Khudoberdi Nurmatov (also known as Ali Feruz) is at risk of being forcibly returned from Russia to Uzbekistan. Friends and supporters are worried that he could be abducted by Uzbekistani security forces. He is at risk of serious human rights violations, including torture, if returned to Uzbekistan.
Hundreds of Roma at risk of forced eviction
A community of approximately 1300 Romanian Roma is facing an imminent forced eviction from the informal settlement of Gianturco in Naples, in southern Italy. Around 200 of the Roma will be rehoused by the municipality in a newly built segregated camp in Via del Riposo. The rest risk being rendered homeless. The municipal authorities have so far failed to carry out a genuine consultation to identify adequate alternative housing.
Execution set after 25 years on death row
Don Davis is scheduled to be executed in Arkansas on 17 April . He has been on death death row for 25 years, having been sentenced to death in 1992 for a murder committed during a burglary in 1990. Twenty seven years old at the time of the crime, he is now 54.
Paramilitary invasion of humanitarian zones
Inhabitants of the Jiguamiandó river basin have reported the presence of paramilitary groups in their territory. The increase in paramilitary activity in these humanitarian zones is putting the Indigenous and Afro-Colombian residents at risk.
Execution set despite diagnosis of schizophrenia
Bruce Ward is scheduled to be executed in Arkansas on 17 April . He has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. In custody since 1989, he has been on death row for nearly 25 years. Thirty-two years old at the time of the crime, he is now aged 60.
Fair trial concern revisited as execution looms
Stacey Johnson, aged 47, is scheduled to be executed in Arkansas on 20 April for a 1993 murder. Three state Supreme Court Justices argued that he was deprived of a fair trial by being denied access to information regarding the credibility of a key witness against him.
Bipolar disorder not raised at trial, execution set
Jack Jones, aged 52, is scheduled to be executed in Arkansas on 24 April for a murder committed in 1995. The jurors who sentenced him to death did not know he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a serious mental disability, shortly before the crime.
Bahraini student in detention alleges torture
Bahraini student Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab was arrested on 9 February and taken to the Criminal Investigations Directorate where he alleges he was tortured and forced to “confess”. He has been denied access to a lawyer. Upon transfer to Dry Dock Prison on 7 March, he said he was repeatedly beaten on both legs. He remains at risk of further torture and other ill-treatment.
Taiwan NGO worker held incommunicado in China
Lee Ming-cheh is the first foreign NGO worker to be detained after the new Foreign NGO Management Law went into effect and is under investigation for “endangering national security”. No direct contact has been made with him since he first went missing on 19 March 2017 after crossing the border into China. His whereabouts remain unknown.
Activist jailed for criticism of development project
Maldivian social media activist Thayyib Shaheem was arrested on 16 March, and has since been detained in Dhoonidhoo island prison. He is accused of “spreading panic” on social media after he criticised a development project in Maldives. He faces up to a year and three months in jail if convicted. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Juror and victim’s parents oppose execution
Paul Storey, aged 32, is scheduled to be executed in Texas on 12 April . Among those who are calling for clemency are the parents of the man he was convicted of killing in 2006. One of the jurors who voted for the death sentence also opposes the execution.
Former prisoner of conscience detained again
Activist, Htin Kyaw is again being detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his human rights. Arrested in October 2016 for his criticism of the Myanmar justice system, his next court hearing is on 5 April 2017 and, if convicted, he faces up to two years’ imprisonment. He must be immediately released and all charges related to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression must be dropped.
Prisoners of conscience on hunger strike
Two days after Fidel Castro’s death, a family of four human rights defenders were arrested in Holguín, south-east Cuba. They received a one-year sentence, and the three siblings are currently on hunger strike. They are prisoners of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.
One man faces execution for murder by three
Jason McGehee is scheduled to be executed in Arkansas on 27 April for a murder committed in 1996. He had just turned 20 at the time of the crime, and is now 40. One of three main participants in the murder, he is the only one facing execution.