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June 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: QATARI NATIONAL ARBITRARILY HELD INCOMMUNICADO (Saudi Arabia UA: 114.18)

Qatari national Nawaf al-Rasheed was arbitrarily arrested in Kuwait and has been detained incommunicado in Saudi Arabia since 12 May.

June 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Blogger Convicted with 10 Year Prison Sentence (Algeria: UA 117.18)

Following more than 16 months in pre-trial detention, Algerian blogger Merzoug Touati was convicted to 10 years prison terms for some peaceful online posts. The Court of Appeal in Bejaya will review its conviction on 21 June. He is a prisoner of conscience.

June 15, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: CALL ON OHIO GOVERNOR TO STOP EXECUTION (USA: 116.18)

Robert Van Hook is due to be executed in Ohio on 18 July. He has been on death row for 33 years for a murder committed in 1985. The parole board has voted against clemency. The governor is not bound by their recommendation and can stop this execution.

June 15, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: IRANIAN KURDISH WOMAN DENIED MEDICAL CARE (Iran: UA 151.14)

Iranian Kurdish woman Zeynab Jalalian is being subjected to torture by the Iranian authorities, who are deliberately blocking her access to specialized medical care, despite her deteriorating health in Khoy prison, West Azerbaijan Province. She has several medical conditions, including a heart problem and a severe dental infection.

June 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Three Youth Imprisoned After Unfair Trial (Angola: UA 115.18)

High school students; Afonso S. Muatchipuculo (22), António J. Fernando (18) and Justino H. Valente (21) were sentenced to seven months in prison by the Malange Provincial Court in Angola on 9 April after an unfair trial. The three were arrested on 4 April for allegedly throwing stones at the Vice-President’s convoy in Malange. However, they were not present at the scene of the protest when the stones were thrown.

June 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST IMPRISONED (Cuba 109.18)

Dr Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, an environmental activist, was sentenced in Cuba to one-year imprisonment for contempt. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released unconditionally and immediately.

June 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Indigenous People Threatened And Displaced (Colombia: UA 112.18)

More than 200 indigenous Nasa Embera Chamí from La Delfina reservation in Buenaventura (West), Colombia, are currently displaced following an armed attack to a member of their community on 8 June. They are in need of decisive security measures to protect them and access to humanitarian aid such as food, health services and shelter.

June 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Detained Religious Leader Denied Family Visits (Sudan: UA 70.18)

Matar Younis Ali Hussein, a visually impaired religious teacher, has been transferred from Kober Prison to a detention centre run by the State Security Prosecution office of Crimes Against the State. The Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested him on 1 April and since then he has been denied access to his family and a lawyer. Matar Younis has been a vocal critic of the government’s policy in Darfur. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.

June 11, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: GRAVE HEALTH CONCERNS FOR DETAINEE WITH CIRRHOSIS (Moldova: UA 111.18)

Moldovan businessman Serghei Cosovan is unable to access essential health care in pre-trial detention for his acute cirrhosis. The authorities are ignoring medical grounds to support treatment in an external specialised hospital and have recently remanded him to 30 more days in pre-trial detention. Serghei Cosovan’s health is rapidly deteriorating and there are serious risks to his life.

June 11, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: FREE TRANS ASYLUM SEEKER FROM DETENTION (USA: UA 108.18)

Alejandra fled attacks and extortion based on her transgender identity in El Salvador and requested asylum in the US in November 2017. She has been detained since December at the Cibola detention centre in New Mexico, where she and other trans women complained of inadequate and unresponsive health care. US immigration authorities should immediately free Alejandra while she awaits the decision on her asylum claim.