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In recent days several candidates standing in Colombia’s legislative elections in March have received death threats from paramilitaries.
Human rights defenders in the city of Barrancabermeja, in the Magdalena Medio region in north-eastern Colombia, have received death threats.
Veteran activist Zhang Lin faces a possible five year prison sentence. He was detained for peacefully defending his daughter’s right to education. Zhang Lin has several health problems.
Brothers Khosro and Masoud Kordpour, both journalists from Iran’s Kurdish minority, were sentenced to prison terms of six years and three-and-a-half years after unfair trials.