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January 23, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Student at Risk of Deportation to Afghanistan (Norway: 9.18)

18-year old student Taibeh Abbasi is at imminent risk of being deported to Afghanistan, a country she has never been to. Despite the rise in the number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, Norway has declared Kabul safe for returns. Should Taibeh Abbasi be deported to war-torn Afghanistan, she would be at serious risk of human rights violations.

January 23, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Ohio Prepares for Its First Execution of 2018 (USA: 13.18)

Raymond Tibbetts, aged 60, is due to be executed in Ohio on 13 February. His lawyers are urging the Governor to take account of mitigating evidence they say the clemency board failed to give proper weight to, and about which the jury was not fully informed.

January 23, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Two Young Men Remain Disappeared (Mexico: UA 12.18)

Between 27 December and 3 January, at least seven young men disappeared in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state. Most cases point to the involvement of local police. Three of the disappeared men were found alive with signs of torture; two others were found dead. The whereabouts of two still remain unknown.

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 23, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Lesotho Soldiers Acquitted of Mutiny Charges (Lesotho: UA 263.15)

A Military Court Martial acquitted 22 Lesotho Defense Force (LDF) Soldiers of mutiny charges, while a High Court had ordered a permanent stay of prosecution for one LDF soldier a month earlier. The 23 soldiers had first been arrested and detained between May and June 2015. They were charged with mutiny in the same year. If convicted they would have faced the death penalty.

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.