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Two government critics and their neighbor were released on 9 December. Their charges have not been dropped and they have now been placed under house arrest.
A federal court issued a stay of execution for Texas death row prisoner Scott Panetti a few hours before he was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on 3 December.
Osama al-Najjar was sentenced on 25 November to three years’ imprisonment, on charges stemming from his Twitter activities defending his father. He is a prisoner of conscience.
A Sudanese political activist has been detained without charge in Khartoum, since 23 September after being arrested by security forces. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.