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March 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Family Seeking Asylum Detained in Berks County (USA: UA 53.18)

Astrid (14) and her father, Arturo (49), have been detained at the Berks County Residential Center in Leesport, Pennsylvania, since 20 February. They are seeking asylum because they fear returning to their home country of Guatemala as Indigenous K’iche. Astrid also fears returning because as a female, she may be subject to gender-based and sexual violence and other serious harm. They must be released pending the result of their asylum claim.

March 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

[EXTENDED DEADLINE] Urgent Action: Two Journalists Face Up to 14 Years in Prison (Myanmar: UA 4.18)

Two journalists are facing up to 14 years in prison in connection with their peaceful journalistic activities. Both men must be immediately and unconditionally released and the charges against them dropped.

March 9, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Health Concerns For Jailed Belarusian Activist (Belarus: UA 54.18)

23-year old Belarusian activist, Dzmitry Paliyenka, is serving a two-year prison sentence for peacefully opposing restrictions on cyclists. He is being exposed to conditions that exacerbate his asthma and denied medical treatment for an untreated wound. He is a prisoner of conscience.

March 9, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Former POC Feared To Be In Detention Again (China: UA 212.17)

The whereabouts of Human Rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng remains a mystery after he has been missing for over three months. Conflicting accounts have emerged as to his exact location and current condition. Given his previous treatment in detention, and without access to a lawyer, he is at high risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

March 9, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Rights Lawyer’s Health Worsens in Jail (China: UA 141.17)

Jailed human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong’s health has deteriorated severely. He continues to be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. The government-appointed defense lawyer and other authorities have refused to share the verdict with his family.

March 9, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! – Cartoonist Released After Charges Dropped (Equatorial Guinea: UA 219.17)

Equatorial Guinean cartoonist and activist, Ramón Esono Ebalé was released from Malabo prison of Black Beach on 7 March. Eight days earlier on 27 February, the charge of ‘counterfeiting money’ against him was dropped after a court hearing in Malabo.

March 8, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: NGO Worker’s Arbitrary Detention Prolonged (Israel/OPT: UA 226.17)

On 5 March, an Israel court confirmed the renewal of the administrative detention of NGO worker Salah Hammouri for a further four months. He is a field researcher for Palestinian NGO Addameer and has been held by Israel without charge or trial since 23 August 2017.

March 7, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Threats Against Environmental Defenders (Peru: UA 51.18)

Alleged land traffickers harass and threaten members of the Save Chaparrí Defense Front of the Chaparrí Ecological Reserve in Peru. The members of the Front fear for their safety.

March 6, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Activist Arrested, Family Suffers Economic Hardship (Indonesia: UA 34.18)

Environmental activist Heri Budiawan, known as Budi Pego, was sentenced to 10 months in prison on 24 January 2018 for “crimes against state security.” The case is currently under appeal in East Java High Court. The arrest of Heri Budiawan has led his family into financial distress, forcing his wife and two daughters to depend on their small farm and support from relatives. Heri Budiawan is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released.

March 5, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Detainee Missing in Venezuela (Venezuela: UA 50.18)

The fate and whereabouts of Gilber Caro, imprisoned in Venezuela for political reasons, have been unknown since the early hours of 2 March. Gilber Caro has been arbitrarily detained since 11 January 2017. He is being unlawfully tried before a military court despite being a civilian and Member of Parliament.