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We urgently need your help to call out the Chechen government on the persecution of people who are, as they put it, of ‘non-traditional orientation’ – and urge immediate action to ensure their safety.
She was strip-searched, held for five hours in a chain-link holding cage, detained for 30 hours total and then charged with rioting and trespassing.
Demand that charges against Jenni be dropped!
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.
Patricia Gualinga, Indigenous human rights defender, reported that on 5 January an unknown man attacked her home in Puyo, Pastaza province, throwing stones at the windows while yelling death threats against her.
Independent writer Li Xuewen and Zhan Huidong (aka “Xiaozhang” or “Headmaster”), a former finance journalist and an online writer, have been detained due to their participation in the July 2017 seaside memorial for late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.
Human rights activist and prisoner of conscience Mahienour el-Masry sentenced along with labour activist Moatasem Medhat to two years in prison for “participating in an unauthorized protest”. Three other activists, Asmaa Naem, Waleed el-Amry, and Ziad Abu el-Fadl, convicted in absentia to three years in prison in the same case.
On 9 January, police arbitrarily arrested Chechen human rights defender Oyub Titiev. He was held incommunicado for several hours and remains in detention falsely accused of drug possession. If tried and convicted he could face up to 10 years in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.
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.
Shafkat Abasi, a member of the Tatar ethnic minority, was detained by Chinese authorities on 13 March of 2017 and has not been heard from since. It is believed his detention is due to accessing foreign websites from his computer, connection with an elderly patient who is an imam, and his possession of banned religious books. His family have not been provided with any information and fear that he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
29 of the 558 patients awaiting medical evacuation in besieged Eastern Ghouta have been evacuated and transferred to hospitals in Damascus for treatment. 529 more patients still require urgent medical treatment.
Liu Feiyue, the founder and director of Hubei-based website “Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch” (www.msguancha.com) who is facing charges of “inciting subversion of state power”, has been again unable to meet his lawyer. With no trial date yet confirmed, and no access to a lawyer, there are fears that he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Prominent Chinese activist Wu Gan (better known by his pen name Tufu, ‘The Butcher’) was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for ‘subverting state power’. In a statement released after the sentencing, Wu Gan stated he was tortured during detention and there are fears that he continues to be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.