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Medical practitioner held incommunicado
Shafkat Abasi, a member of the Tatar ethnic minority, was detained by Chinese authorities on 13 March of 2017 and has not been heard from since. It is believed his detention is due to accessing foreign websites from his computer, connection with an elderly patient who is an imam, and his possession of banned religious books. His family have not been provided with any information and fear that he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Two journalists face up to 14 years in prison
Two journalists are facing up to 14 years in prison in connection with their peaceful journalistic activities. Both men must be immediately and unconditionally released and the charges against them dropped.
Human rights defender detained in Chechnya
On 9 January, police arbitrarily arrested Chechen human rights defender Oyub Titiev. He was held incommunicado for several hours and remains in detention falsely accused of drug possession. If tried and convicted he could face up to 10 years in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.
More activists detained for Liu Xiaobo memorial
Independent writer Li Xuewen and Zhan Huidong (aka «Xiaozhang» or «Headmaster»), a former finance journalist and an online writer, have been detained due to their participation in the July 2017 seaside memorial for late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.
Attack against indigenous defender
Patricia Gualinga, Indigenous human rights defender, reported that on 5 January an unknown man attacked her home in Puyo, Pastaza province, throwing stones at the windows while yelling death threats against her.
Indigenous community forcibly evicted
Kenyan authorities are forcibly evicting the Sengwer Indigenous community from their ancestral home, the Embobut forest. The evictions have been carried out by the authorities in violation of the Constitution, a High Court injunction and international human rights law, through a conservation project funded by the European Union.
Opposition member alleges torture in Sudan prison
Radwan Daoud alleges that he has been subjected to torture while in the custody of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in Khartoum. He made the allegation when his family was first allowed to visit him on 30 December 2017. He was arrested on 6 December 2017 and is yet to be charged. He has been denied access to a lawyer. Radwan Daoud is a dual national of the US and Sudan.
Two indigenous activists face life imprisonment
Adivasi activists Judhishtira Jena and Babula Samal have been arrested for their role in the resistance to forced acquisition of land for a steel plant. Both men also face numerous other cases, some of which are with regard to alleged actions ten years ago. If convicted, they could face life imprisonment.
Teen arrested at 14 still at risk of execution
Iranian teenager Abolfazl Chezani Sharahi remains at risk of execution after his execution scheduled for 17 January was postponed. He was 14 years old at the time of the crime of which he was convicted. Since 2014, he has been subjected to the anguish of being transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution four times.
Execution set for crime man cannot remember
Vernon Madison is scheduled to be executed in Alabama on 25 January . His lawyers maintain that he lacks a rational understanding of the reason for his execution as a result of severe strokes which have left him with dementia and unable to remember the crime.
Ohio prepares for its first execution of 2018
Raymond Tibbetts, aged 60, is due to be executed in Ohio on 13 February . His lawyers are urging the Governor to take account of mitigating evidence they say the clemency board failed to give proper weight to, and about which the jury was not fully informed.
Student at risk of deportation to Afghanistan
18-year old student Taibeh Abbasi is at imminent risk of being deported to Afghanistan, a country she has never been to. Despite the rise in the number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, Norway has declared Kabul safe for returns. Should Taibeh Abbasi be deported to war-torn Afghanistan, she would be at serious risk of human rights violations.
Two young men remain disappeared
Between 27 December and 3 January, at least seven young men disappeared in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state. Most cases point to the involvement of local police. Three of the disappeared men were found alive with signs of torture; two others were found dead. The whereabouts of two still remain unknown.
Execution reset despite delusional disorder
John Battaglia, aged 62, is due to be executed in Texas on 1 February. This date was set after a trial court judge rejected the opinions of three psychologists that a severe delusional disorder deprives the prisoner of a rational understanding of his execution.
Turkish Medical Association facing threats
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) and its prominent members have been subjected to threats of violence, following a statement they issued on 24 January, calling for an end to the ongoing military operation by the Turkish armed forces in Afrin, northern Syria. The TTB lodged a request with the Ankara Governorship to provide protection for its offices and members, but they have received no response.
Lawyer detained for «inciting subversion»
Beijing human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng is currently being held under «residential surveillance in a designated location» on suspicion of «inciting subversion of state power». Held incommunicado and denied all access to a lawyer and his family, he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Opposition member risks further ill-treatment
Gabonese political opposition member, Bertrand Zibi Abeghe, has alleged that he was subjected to ill-treatment while in detention after a mobile phone was found in his cell at Libreville central prison. He has since been moved to a cell block notoriously known for over-crowding and where prisoners are held in the dark with no access to sunlight.
At least 14 people killed during a party
At least 14 people were shot dead and other nine were injured while enjoying a party in Cajazeiras, in the city of Fortaleza, Ceará state, on 27 January. Most of the victims were young, between 15 and 24 years old. An independent investigation into the killings must be carried out promptly, including determining any involvement by state agents.