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January 23, 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.

January 22, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Man Arrested at 17 at Risk of Execution (Iran: UA 296.15)

Iranian man Hamid Ahmadi, arrested at 17 and sentenced to death on the basis of torture-tainted “confessions” is at risk of execution. According to the authorities, his request for retrial has been rejected and his death sentence is ready for implementation.

January 22, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Two Men Still Missing One Year Later (South Sudan: UA 29.17)

Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri disappeared in Kenya and taken to a prison facility at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in Juba, South Sudan on 25 January 2017, around midday. They were then removed from this facility on 27 January 2017. Their current fate and whereabouts are unknown.

January 22, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Prisoner of Conscience Attacked in Prison (Cuba: UA 32.17)

On 19 December 2017, after being transferred from the Provisional Prison of Holguín to Cuba SI prison, three other prisoners attacked Eduardo Cardet, according to his wife. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.

January 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Execution Set For Crime Man Cannot Remember (USA: UA 11.18)

Vernon Madison is scheduled to be executed in Alabama on 25 January. His lawyers maintain that he lacks a rational understanding of the reason for his execution as a result of severe strokes which have left him with dementia and unable to remember the crime.

January 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Teen Arrested At 14 Still At Risk Of Execution (Iran: UA 10.18)

Iranian teenager Abolfazl Chezani Sharahi remains at risk of execution after his execution scheduled for 17 January was postponed. He was 14 years old at the time of the crime of which he was convicted. Since 2014, he has been subjected to the anguish of being transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution four times.

January 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Tatar Activist And Prisoner Of Conscience Released (Russian Federation: UA 12.15)

On 27 December 2017, Tatar activist Rafis Kashapov was released from prison after having served the full three-year sentence for his criticism of Russia’s involvement in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and the treatment of Crimean Tatars in the annexed Crimea. Amnesty International recognised the activist as a prisoner of conscience while he was in detention.

January 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Prisoner of Conscience Denied Medication (Bahrain: UA 139.11)

Hassan Mshaima, one of 11 jailed prominent Bahraini opposition activists, is being denied adequate healthcare in detention. He is a prisoner of conscience.

January 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Two Indigenous Activists Face Life Imprisonment (India: UA 3.18)

Adivasi activists Judhishtira Jena and Babula Samal have been arrested for their role in the resistance to forced acquisition of land for a steel plant. Both men also face numerous other cases, some of which are with regard to alleged actions ten years ago. If convicted, they could face life imprisonment.

January 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defenders Under Attack (Honduras: UA 271.17)

Violence against human rights defenders monitoring and denouncing the violent repression of protests in the aftermath of the presidential elections has increased, with defenders reporting a murder, smear campaigns, threats and intimidation against them.