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December 18, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Palestinian Human Rights Defender Released (Israel/OPT: UA 154.16)

Palestinian human rights defender and media coordinator for prisoners’ rights group Addameer, Hasan Safadi, was released on 7 December from Ketziot Prison in Israel. He spent nearly a year and a half in administrative detention without charge or trial. He has now returned home to his family in Beit Hanina, in occupied East Jerusalem

December 13, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Health Fears for Poet Under Illegal House Arrest (China: UA 270.17)

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.

December 13, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Women’s Rights Defender Threatened With Death (Haiti: UA 272.17)

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.

December 13, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Prisoner Of Conscience Needs Medical Care (Venezuela: UA 274.17)

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.

December 13, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Cartoonist Held In Pre-Trial Detention (Equatorial Guinea: UA 219.17)

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.

December 12, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Defenders Denouncing Violent Repression At Risk (Honduras: UA 271.17)

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.

December 12, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Killings Of Land Claimant Leaders (Colombia: UA 268.17)

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.

December 11, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Court Rejects Activist’s Appeal (Russian Federation: UA 209.17)

We have received updated information regarding this case and require no further action from the Urgent Action Network. Thank you to all those who sent appeals. For more information about this case, please see the Word/PDF attachments below or email [email protected] ADDITIONAL RESOURCES READ THE FULL URGENT ACTION: Word or PDF GET INSPIRED: Read about the people you have helped READ … Continued

December 11, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Russian Authorities Block Activist’s Release (Russian Federation: UA 61.17)

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.

December 11, 2017 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Sahrawi Prisoner’s Health Quickly Deteriorating (Morocco: UA 71.16)

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.