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May 23, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Human Rights Activist Detained (Morocco: UA 76.18)

On 5 April, Moroccan authorities arrested Zine El Abidine Erradi upon his arrival from France at Agadir airport in Morocco. He is a human rights defender with refugee status in France who was travelling to Morocco as an exceptional measure after the French authorities provided him with a travel document allowing him to go to Morocco without losing his refugee status in France.

May 23, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Homes of Religious Minority Destroyed by Mob (Indonesia UA 104.18)

Police evacuated at least 23 members of the Ahmadiyya religious minority in East Lombok to another town after neighbouring villagers destroyed their homes and possessions. Repeatedly attacked over a period of 24 hours, the community continues to face on-going intimidation and threats of damage to their property.

May 23, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Attack Causes Forced Displacement (Colombia: UA 59.18)

The binational Indigenous Yukpa people living in Cúcuta, in the east of Colombia, suffered an armed attack on 17 May followed by their forced displacement.

May 22, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Indigenous Defender Killed, Others at Risk (Mexico: UA 103.18)

Indigenous environmental rights defender Manuel Gaspar Rodríguez was found dead on 14 May in Cuetzalan, Puebla state. He was one of a number of defenders facing criminal investigation for their opposition to the construction of a high-voltage power line. These defenders are at grave risk and have recently been subject to attacks and intimidation.

May 22, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Execution Looms for Iranian Kurdish Prisoner (UA: Iran 171.17)

Iranian Kurdish prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi, sentenced to death in January 2018, is at imminent risk of execution. The Office for Implementation of Sentences has said that his execution will be carried out soon after the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan on 15 June. He was convicted and sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial.

May 22, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Displaced Women, Children Denied Right to Food (Nigeria: UA 102.18)

Approximately 230 internally displaced women (known as the Knifar movement) and their children have not had food delivered to the internally displaced (IDP) camp since 18 April. Their food supply has run out. This denial of food to the women and their children is seen as an attempt by the authorities to force them to go back to their former homes where they would risk facing various human rights violations.

May 21, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Intellectual Disability Claim as Execution is Set (USA: 100.18)

Clifton Williams is due to be executed in Texas on 21 June for a murder committed in 2005. The courts have rejected the claim that he has intellectual disability. His lawyers are seeking further review on this issue, as well as pursuing executive clemency.

May 21, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Activist Held Immediately After Returning Home (Zambia: UA 94.18)

Fumba Chama, affectionately known as Pilato, was arrested on 16 May on arrival at Kenneth Kaunda Airport in Lusaka. He had been forced to flee the country on 5 January after receiving threats on his life from members of the ruling Party, Patriotic Front.

May 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Detained for Addressing Sexual Harassment (Egypt: UA 98.18)

Egyptian authorities ordered the pre-trial detention of woman human rights defender Amal Fathy, for a total of 30 days, after she posted a video on her Facebook page in which she shared her experience of sexual harassment and criticized the government over its failure to address the issue.

May 17, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Violent Disruption Threatens Equality Festival (Ukraine: UA 99.18)

The Ukrainian Police in the western Ukrainian town of Chernivtsi have advised the organizers of the Equality Festival to move it away from the city centre to an undisclosed location because far-right groups have threatened the event and are set on disrupting it. The police also claim that they are unable to offer a sufficient number of officers to protect the festival despite reports that members of different far-right groups from across Ukraine are planning to travel to Chernivtsi for the festival.