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February 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Criminalization of Peaceful Protesters (Thailand: UA 33.18)

Peaceful protesters in Thailand are at risk of arrest and up to eight years’ imprisonment as authorities seek to silence calls for authorities not to delay promised elections.

February 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: New Threats Against Indigenous Community (Kenya: UA 6.18)

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.

February 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Death Sentence of Veteran Activist Upheld (China: UA 3.17)

Xu Youchen is facing imminent execution after the Henan Provincial Higher People’s Court rejected his appeal and upheld his conviction and death sentence. The Supreme People’s Court will review the case and if it approves the lower court’s decision he will be executed. In his appeal, Xu Youchen has testified to being tortured to “confess” to the crime.

February 13, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Members of NGO Wrongly Accused, Facing Trial (Burundi: UA 31.18)

Emmanuel Nshimirimana, Aimé Constant Gatore and Marius Nizigiyimana are on trial for “threatening state security” and using fake documents. A verdict is expected on 26 February. They are members of the Burundian non-governmental organization Words and Actions for the Awakening of Consciences and the Evolution of Mentalities (PARCEM). Amnesty International considers them to be prisoners of conscience.

February 13, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Human Rights Defender’s Trial Starts (Burundi: UA 32.18)

Burundian human rights defender, Germain Rukuki, is being prosecuted for ‘threatening state security’ and ‘rebellion’ on account of his human rights work. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience.

February 13, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Activist Immediately Jailed After Forcible Return (Cambodia: UA 15.18)

Sam Sokha, a UNHCR recognised refugee, was arrested and detained by Cambodian authorities when forcibly returned from Thailand on 8 February. She had been convicted in absentia of “incitement” for her peaceful political activism and sentenced to over two years imprisonment plus a fine. Amnesty International considers her a prisoner of conscience.

February 13, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Detained Human Rights Defender Awaiting Trial (Burundi: UA 257.17)

Nestor Nibitanga, a former member of the deregistered Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), remains in detention awaiting trial for charges of ‘threatening state security’ and ‘rebellion’. He was arrested in Gitega, Burundi on 21 November 2017. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience.

February 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Forcibly Returned Woman Faces Treason Charges (North Korea: UA 253.17)

A woman named Koo Jeong-hwa (aged 24, previously identified as Lee Su-jung in China) has been detained since 3 December 2017 in North Korea and a decision on her sentence is expected from the Ministry of State Security in March 2018. She is at risk of being sent to a political prison camp together with her 4-year-old son, where they may be subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.

February 12, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Detained Cartoonist Must be Freed Immediately (Equatorial Guinea: UA 219.17)

Ramón Esono Ebalé, an Equatorial Guinean cartoonist and activist, has spent almost 5 months in prison. He is being held in pre-trial detention waiting for a trial date. He was charged with counterfeiting money, but Ramón has denied the allegations.

February 9, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Prisoner of Conscience Needs Urgent Treatment (Ethiopia: UA 27.18)

Ethiopian prisoner of conscience Bekele Gerba has been denied access to specialised medical treatment that he urgently needs. He has high blood pressure which is affecting his sight, leaving his left eye operating at 25% capacity. He was sentenced to a year in prison after being held in contempt of court twice.