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Poet detained after commemorating Liu Xiaobo
Poet Wu Mingliang, better known as «Langzi» (literally «Wanderer»), has been criminally detained on suspicion of «illegal business operations». Previously held for questioning after co-signing a letter in support of Liu Xiaobo, Amnesty International believes he is being targeted for helping publish an anthology of poems commemorating the late Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Authorities have 37 days to decide whether to lay formal charges.
Detained student activist risks ill-treatment
Naser Aldeen Mukhtar Mohamed, the former chairperson of the Darfur Students’ Association at the Holy Quran University, was arrested on 22 August in Khartoum by National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) agents. He is currently being held without charge at the NISS detention centre in Khartoum North. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.
Call on Ohio governor to rethink clemency
Gary Otte is scheduled to be executed in Ohio on 13 September . He was sentenced to death in October 1992 for two murders committed eight months earlier. Twenty years old when he was sent to death row, he is now 45. The governor has rejected clemency.
Activists held incommunicado may face life in prison
Three Vietnamese activists, Trương Minh Đức, Nguyễn Trung Tôn, and Phạm Văn Trội, are being held incommunicado at B14 prison in Hà Nội after their arrests on 30 July 2017. They have a range of pre-existing health conditions that require treatment and face a sentence of up to life imprisonment or capital punishment.
US national sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia
US national Robert Slaten was sentenced to death on 13 July in Saudi Arabia on appeal. A court convicted him of the murder of his wife after a grossly unfair trial. The conviction relied largely on statements made by the victim’s son, who did not witness the crime.
Religious minority leader arrested
Mohamed Fali, the president of the Ahmadiyya religious community, was arrested in Algeria on 28 August. On 6 September, he was tried at the Ain Tedles Court of First Instance on charges arising from the peaceful practice of his faith. The court will issue its verdict on 13 September. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Couple held in solitary confinement for 66 days
Ola al-Qaradawy and her husband Hossam Khalaf have been detained in solitary confinement since 3 July. On 30 June, security forces arrested them on charges of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. They are both detained in poor prison conditions.
Chechen man’s whereabouts in Russia unknown
Imran Salamov is a 39-year old Chechen man who was forcibly returned from Belarus to Russia on 5 September. His whereabouts are currently unknown and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
LGBT activist charged with homosexual propaganda
Evdokia Romanova, an LBGT activist from Samara, Russia was charged with «homosexual propaganda» on 26 July for reposting links to the international Youth Coalition for Sexual Reproductive Rights website and to articles that promoted LGBT equality. She will stand trial on 18 September.
Former prisoner of conscience detained again
Activist and human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng is said to be currently in police custody in Beijing. Last heard from on 13 August 2017, his exact location and current condition remain unclear. Given his previous treatment in detention, and without access to a lawyer, he is at high risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Detained opposition activist denied lawyer visits
Nabil Mohamed El-Niwari, a Sudanese political activist and member of the opposition party Sudan Congress, was arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in Khartoum on 5 September. He is currently being held without charge at the NISS detention centre at Kober Prison in Khartoum North. He has been denied access to a lawyer and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.
Human rights lawyer must be released
Ibrahim Metwaly, human rights lawyer and co-founder of the Families of the Disappeared in Egypt group, was detained on 10 September while on his way to Geneva to address the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. After being held incommunicado for two days by Egyptian security forces, the Prosecutor has now ordered his detention for a further 15 days, pending investigation.
Juror racism claim as execution draws near
Keith Tharpe is scheduled t o be executed in Georgia at 7pm on 26 September . He was sentenced to death for the murder of his sister-in-law in 1990. His appeal lawyers are trying to get back into court to argue that juror racism infected his 1991 trial.
Offices of human rights defenders attacked
Staff of the Indonesian and Jakarta Legal Institutes were threatened by violent ‘anti-communist’ protesters outside their offices. The organizations have since closed due to concerns for the safety of their staff. Indonesian authorities must take action to protect them and ensure that these human rights defenders are able to continue their work.
Detained cartoonist facing trumped up charges
An Equatorial Guinean cartoonist and activist, Ramón Esono Ebalé, whose work has been critical of the government has been arrested and detained. He is being held at the Black Beach prison in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. He has not been charged yet.
Activists risk prison after peaceful protests
Congolese pro-democracy activists Jean Mulenda, Patrick Mbuya, Jean-Pierre Tshibitshabu and Eric Omari were sentenced to eight months in prison on 30 August. They have appealed the sentence. A fifth activist, Timothée Mbuya is still facing trial. The five were arrested on 31 July for their involvement in public protests demanding the publication of the elections calendar. They are currently in custody.
Victim of acid attack faces defamation charge
Novel Baswedan, a human rights defender and prominent investigator for the independent Corruption Eradication Commission, is facing criminal defamation proceedings for an email he wrote as a union representative. These charges come five months after he suffered an acid attack in Jakarta of which there has been no progress.
Pakistani journalist attacked while driving home
Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan was driving home with his two children on 24 September when he was attacked by two men on a motorbike, who threw a brick-sized piece of concrete at his car. The attack appears to have been a response to Matiullah Jan’s work as a journalist. He could be at risk of further attack.
Embassy must urgently issue diversity visas
Yemenis who left everything behind to come to the US have been stuck in Malaysia for months because of the discriminatory Muslim and Refugee Travel Ban.
Mapuche charged with ‘terrorist crimes’ at risk
The lives of four Indigenous Mapuche men are at risk as a result of a hunger strike they initiated more than 100 days ago, in protest of unfair judicial proceedings against them under the Chilean Counter-Terrorism Act. On 25 September, one of them began a dry hunger strike by refusing to consume any liquids.
Torture fears for detained human rights defender
Human rights defender Zhen Jianghua has been criminally detained since 2 September 2017 for «inciting subversion of state power». Executive director of an online platform «Human Rights Campaign in China», he is being detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression. All requests by his lawyers to meet with him have been rejected, increasing concerns that he is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Uighur woman incommunicado after secret trial
Buzainafu Abudourexiti, who returned to China in 2015 after studying for two years in Egypt, was suddenly detained in March 2017 and sentenced in a secret trial to seven years in prison. No information has been provided about the charges against her, but it is believed that it may be part of a wider crackdown on Uighur students who studied abroad. Held incommunicado, she is at grave risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Mass raid and detention of LGBTI people in Baku
On 22 September, Azerbaijani police conducted numerous raids on LGBTI individuals in Baku, detaining more than 100 people. While some were released, at least 48 individuals were placed in between 10 and 20 day-long administrative detention for purportedly resisting police. Those detained were denied access to lawyers of their own choosing and some allege ill-treatment by the police.
Adequate relief and reconstruction needed
A devastating earthquake hit Mexico on 19 September. Hundreds of people have died, thousands have been made homeless, and essential services have been compromised in various locations. Mexican authorities must ensure that relief and reconstruction efforts safeguard human rights without discrimination.