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Man seized in Libya held incommunicado
A Libyan man facing capital charges in the USA was seized by US forces in Libya on 29 October and taken to a ship. Although he may be flown to the USA, in a related case in 2014, the suspect was held incommunicado for 13 days before being brought to court.
Ohio to execute 69-year-old ‘state-raised’ man
Alva Campbell, aged 69, is due to be executed in Ohio on 15 November . The governor can commute the death sentence despite a parole board vote against clemency.
Rights lawyer detained without official charge
Sixty year old human rights lawyer Li Yuhan has been criminally detained for nearly a month without any official information about the charges against her. Last heard from on 9 October 2017, there has been no confirmation that she has access to a lawyer of her own choice. She is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Call for a moratorium on executions in Nevada
The State of Nevada is set to carry out its first execution in over 11 years. A prisoner who has waived his appeals is due to be executed at 8pm on 14 November . Amnesty International is calling for a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition.
Prisoner of conscience dies in detention
Prisoner of conscience and Nubian activist Mohamed Saleh Sorour (also known as Gamal Sorour) died in custody in Aswan, Egypt on 4 November, after slipping into a diabetic coma and not getting immediate medical attention. He was arrested and detained on 3 September alongside 24 other Nubian activists for engaging in peaceful protest. The 24 Nubian activists are prisoners of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Dalit rights activist held without charge
Chandrasekhar Azad, a prominent Dalit rights activist from Uttar Pradesh, India, has been held in administrative detention since 3 November 2017, the day after he was granted bail following over four months in prison. Under the National Security Act, he is at risk of being detained for up to 12 months without charge or trial.
Bangladeshi academic whereabouts unknown
Mubashar Hasan, a prominent Bangladeshi academic, has not been seen or heard from since 7 November and may have been subject to an enforced disappearance.
30 relatives of Uighur activist arbitrarily detained
Chinese authorities have detained up to 30 relatives of Uighur human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer, who currently lives in the United States. Among the detained are ...
Mother and child at risk of forcible return
Lee Su-jung (name being used in China, aged 24) and her son (aged 4) are currently in detention in Shenyang, China, along with 8 other North Koreans. If forcibly returned, they are at risk of persecution or other serious human rights violations, such as arbitrary detention, torture or other ill-treatment and possibly execution.
Chechen asylum-seeker feared disappeared
Chechen asylum-seeker Imran Salamov, who was forcibly returned to Russia from Belarus on 5 September, may have been subjected to an enforced disappearance. Although his lawyer and wife met with him at the City Police Headquarters in Grozny on 11 September, all subsequent efforts to locate him have failed and the authorities have recently claimed that he is not in their custody. There are serious concerns for his welfare.
Activists and Prisoners of conscience in detention
Women Human Rights Defender and Prisoner of Conscience Mahienour El-Masry has been detained on remand on 18 November, alongside activist Moataseem Medhat. If convicted, Mahienour and Moataseem, as well as three other activists, could face up to five years in prison for “participating in an unauthorized protest”, amongst other charges.
Border officials forcibly separate families
US border agency officials forcibly separated four Central American asylum-seeking fathers from their children after their arrival to the US, in violation of US standards on family unity during immigration detention. The parents are subsequently suffering from emotional distress, and the whereabouts of two of the children are still unknown.
Defender accused of undermining state security
Nestor Nibitanga, a former member of the deregistered Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), was arrested in Gitega on 21 November. Burundian police have accused him of undermining state security.
Activist faces seven charges for peaceful protest
Singapore activist Jolovan Wham is facing seven charges for organizing several peaceful assemblies over a one year period, including a vigil protesting the execution of Malaysian national Prabagaran Srivijayan in July 2017. If found guilty, he could face up to 3 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of SGD$11,000 (USD$ 8,100).
Seven killed during joint security operation
Seven men were killed during a joint security operation of the Civil Police and the Army in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro State. The case is not being investigated, and could remain unpunished after a law transferring the competence to try crimes committed by military personnel to military courts was approved.