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February 21, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Man At Risk of Torture if Extradited to Russia (Slovakia: UA 41.18)

Aslan Yandiev was detained by the Slovakian authorities on 20 January 2011, shortly before the Prosecutor General’s office of the Russian Federation submitted a request for his extradition. He is now at risk of imminent extradition to Russia following the Minister of Justice’s decision on 7 February to authorise it. If extradited to Russia, Aslan Yandiev would be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

February 21, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: 12 Assumed Transgender People Publicly Tortured (Indonesia: UA 36.18)

Individuals assumed to be transgender women by the North Aceh Police Force were arbitrary arrested, humiliated and tortured on 27 January. Although released without charge the next day, the individuals remain deeply traumatized, with some having lost their jobs and others being forced to flee due to concerns for their safety.

February 21, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Activist in Prison for ‘Crimes Against State Security’ (Indonesia: UA 34.18)

Environmental activist Heri Budiawan, known as Budi Pego, was sentenced to 10 months in prison on 24 January 2018 for “crimes against state security.” The first conviction under a provision which criminalises spreading communist ideology since the downfall of Soeharto in 1998, it sets a dangerous precedent for other activists. Heri Budiawan is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released.

February 21, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! – Convicted Environmental Activists Released (Cambodia: UA 279.17)

Two environmental activists and prisoners of conscience, convicted of and sentenced on trumped-up charges based on their peaceful activism, were released after serving five months out of their 1-year prison sentences, as seven months of their sentences had been suspended.

February 20, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Oromo Civilians Killed, Wounded by the Military (Ethiopia: UA 40.18)

At least 22 members of the Ethiopian Oromo community have been killed or wounded by military officers in two separate incidents.

February 20, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Pro-Democracy Activists Arbitrarily Detained (Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): UA 39.18)

Pro-democracy activists Rachel Pilipili, Francois Kahombo Hangi, Justin Mutabesha, Benjamin Kamuntu and Parfait Muhani have been in arbitrary detention since 21 January. They have alleged that they were beaten in the first five days of their detention by security officers. The five were arrested during a peaceful demonstration in Goma.

February 20, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Six Men to be Executed if Last Appeal Rejected (Egypt: UA 91.16)

On 12 February, the Supreme Military Court postponed the verdict of six men appealing their death sentence to 26 February. If their appeal is rejected, the men could be executed at any time.

February 16, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Turkish Medical Association Leaders Released (Turkey: UA 16.18)

All 11 doctors who are members of the Turkish Medical Association’s Central Council, detained on 30 January following the association’s statement calling for an end to Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, northern Syria, have been released.

February 16, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Whistle-Blower Faces Two More Months In Jail (Russian Federation: UA 228.17)

Whistle-blower Aleksandr Eivazov has spent six months in detention and is due to be released on 19 February. However, the investigator has petitioned for an extension of Eivazov’s detention for two more months. Aleksandr Eivazov is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately.

February 15, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Father Appeals for Son’s Life to be Spared (USA: UA 37.18)

Thomas Whitaker, aged 38, is due to be executed in Texas on 22 February. He was convicted in 2007 of the murder of his mother and brother in a shooting in which his father was badly wounded but survived. The father is appealing for clemency for his son.