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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!
Liu Xia, a poet, an artist and the widow of late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, wrote a letter expressing her deep depression and loneliness under house arrest. According to reports, she received surgery in recent months to remove uterine fibroids. No direct contact with her has been allowed, nor confirmation of her whereabouts, since her husband’s death in July.
Sanièce Petit Phat, a Haitian women and girls’ rights defender, has reported receiving death threats because of her work on behalf of victims of domestic and sexual violence in the community of Canaan, Haiti.
Prisoner of conscience Villca Fernández has been scheduled to be transferred to hospital to receive specialized medical treatment since June 2017. Doctors requested his transfer to hospital and the Attorney General’s Office issued an order to this effect which has not yet been executed. His transfer was postponed for the fifth time in November while his health continues to deteriorate.
Ramón Esono Ebalé, an Equatorial Guinean cartoonist and activist, has spent over 50 days in prison without being formally charged. His continued detention is related to his artistic work which has been critical of the government. The Cartoonists Rights Network International has awarded him the 2017 Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning.
Honduran human rights organizations and independent media are monitoring and denouncing the violent repression of protests in the aftermath of the presidential election and have reported a series of security incidents, including threats and persecution of their members, illegal raids and damaged facilities.
Two land claimant leaders of collective Afro-descendent territories in Curvaradó, Jiguamiandó, Piedeguita and Mancilla in Chocó have been killed by paramilitary groups belonging to the Gaitanistas Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia, AGC). The inhabitants of these humanitarian zones and areas of biodiversity feel threatened.
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The Russian authorities continue to block activist and journalist Ali Feruz’s release from detention. On 21 November the Basmannyi District court in Moscow issued Ali Feruz with a 5,000 rouble (USD$ 85) fine for working illegally and upheld the decision to deport the activist to Uzbekistan, where he would be at risk of human rights violations.
Since his transfer to Ain Sbaa 1 Local Prison, Abdeljalil Laaroussi’s health is critically deteriorating. During the Gdim Izik mass trial in July 2017, which included 22 other Sahrawi activists, he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Abdeljalil is on hunger strike since 20 November.
Stanyslav Klykh, a Ukrainian national detained in Russia in 2014, has been subjected to forced psychiatric treatment by prison authorities. His mother is in Ukraine, unable to regularly visit him due to the prison’s remote location, and his health is rapidly deteriorating