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January 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Execution Set For Crime Man Cannot Remember (USA: UA 11.18)

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.

January 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Teen Arrested At 14 Still At Risk Of Execution (Iran: UA 10.18)

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.

January 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Tatar Activist And Prisoner Of Conscience Released (Russian Federation: UA 12.15)

On 27 December 2017, Tatar activist Rafis Kashapov was released from prison after having served the full three-year sentence for his criticism of Russia’s involvement in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and the treatment of Crimean Tatars in the annexed Crimea. Amnesty International recognised the activist as a prisoner of conscience while he was in detention.

January 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Prisoner of Conscience Denied Medication (Bahrain: UA 139.11)

Hassan Mshaima, one of 11 jailed prominent Bahraini opposition activists, is being denied adequate healthcare in detention. He is a prisoner of conscience.

January 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Two Indigenous Activists Face Life Imprisonment (India: UA 3.18)

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.

January 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defenders Under Attack (Honduras: UA 271.17)

Violence against human rights defenders monitoring and denouncing the violent repression of protests in the aftermath of the presidential elections has increased, with defenders reporting a murder, smear campaigns, threats and intimidation against them.

January 16, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Independent Journalist Must Be Immediately Released (Uzbekistan: UA 232.17)

On 10 January, the family of Uzbekistani independent journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev, held since 27 September 2017 in an Uzbekistani National Security Service (SNB) detention centre, was allowed to see him for the first time in three months. While the family saw no visible signs of torture, concerns for his wellbeing remain. He has had no access to independent legal representation since December 2017.

January 16, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender’s Appealed Sentence Upheld (Bahrain: UA 249.14)

On 15 January 2018, the Court of Cassation upheld the two-year prison sentence against human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab, for interviews he gave in 2015 and 2016. In a separate case against him in relation to comments posted on his Twitter account, the Criminal Court heard his final defence pleading and scheduled its verdict for 21 February.

January 16, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Execution Imminent After Death Sentence Upheld (Belarus: UA 195.17)

The death sentences of Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy were upheld by the Supreme Court of Belarus on 20 December 2017. The two men were convicted and sentenced to death by the Mahiliou Regional Court, in eastern Belarus, on 21 July 2017. In the likely event that their appeal for clemency is rejected by the President, both men will be at risk of imminent execution.

January 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Indigenous Community Forcibly Evicted (Kenya: UA 6.18)

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.