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March 23, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Activist Released and Given Deportation Reprieve (Russian Federation: UA 61.17)

On 15 February, Ali Feruz was released and arrived in Germany a few hours later. The release came after the Supreme Court’s decision on 25 January to uphold the activist’s appeal and overturn the 2017 decision to deport him to Uzbekistan. Ali Feruz had been detained since August 2017 for supposedly violating the terms of his stay in Russia.

March 22, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Lawyer Detained Incommunicado (China: UA 19.18)

Beijing lawyer Yu Wensheng has been detained for more than two months without access to a lawyer of his choice. While the Public Security Bureau in Jiangsu province have admitted that they are holding him, his exact whereabouts are unknown. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

March 22, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! – Forcibly Returned Woman No Longer at Risk (North Korea: UA 253.17)

Detained since 3 December 2017 in North Korea for leaving the country without legal permits, Koo Jeong-hwa’s family reports that she is no longer at risk of being sent to a political prison camp together with her 4-year-old son.

March 22, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Board Votes for Clemency, Now to Governor (USA: UA 47.18)

The Ohio parole board announced on 16 March that it had voted to recommend that the Governor of Ohio commute William Montgomery’s death sentence. The governor can accept or reject the recommendation. The execution remains scheduled for 11 April.

March 20, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Two Men Sentenced to Death by Hanging (South Sudan: UA 240.17)

James Gatdet and William Endley, who had both been arbitrarily detained at the National Security Services (NSS) headquarters in Juba, were convicted and sentenced to death by a High Court in Juba on 12 February and 23 February, respectively. They are appealing their sentences.

March 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

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

On 8 February, human rights activists reported that two SNB officers leading the investigation on the case against detained journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev had been suspended and that the General Prosecutor's Office had initiated investigations into allegations of torture and fabrication of a criminal case. Bobomurod Abdullayev, however, remains in SNB detention.

March 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Palestinian Prisoner of Conscience Sentenced (Israel/OPT: UA 26.18)

An Israeli military court sentenced Palestinian human rights defender Munther Amira on 12 March 2018 to six months in prison, five years of probation and a fine. He was convicted on charges relating to his peaceful participation in protests.

March 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! – Kashmiri Photojournalist Released on Bail (India: UA 43.18)

Kamran Yousuf was granted bail and released from prison on 14 March 2018, following six months of pre-trial detention. He has been charged with several criminal offences including ‘waging war against the government of India’, and faces life imprisonment if convicted.

March 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Two Men Held for Criticizing the Government (Ethiopia: UA 62.18)

Seyoum Teshome and Taye Dendea were both arrested from their homes in March for publicly criticizing the Ethiopian government during the State of Emergency.

March 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Peaceful Pashtun Activists Face Criminal Cases (Pakistan: UA 61.18)

Criminal cases have been filed against Manzoor Pashteen and other leaders of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (Movement for the Protection of Pashtuns), for peacefully calling for equality and justice for human rights violations against the Pashtun community.