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December 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Queer Artist at Risk of Going to Prison (Paraguay: UA 110.18)

Bruno Almada Comas, a young queer artist, is being accused of “acts of exhibitionism” based on a performance denouncing violence and discrimination faced by LGBTI people in Paraguay. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for 19 December. If he is found guilty he could face one year in prison.

December 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Bill Could Further Pretrial Detentions (Mexico: UA 202.18)

The Mexican Congress could pass a constitutional amendment in the following weeks that would force judges to order pretrial detention in cases involving a broad series of crimes. Contrary to international law, the reform does not provide that judges can waive it or assess any evidence before determining if such deprivation of liberty is appropriate.

December 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Singer-Song Rriter Activist Sentenced (China: UA 245.17)

Activist Xu Lin was sentenced to three years in prison for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” on 7 December 2018. The singer-songwriter has composed and published songs online about his democratic aspirations and critical of the government for various injustices. He has refused to repent and maintained his innocence.

December 14, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Two Prisoners at Risk of Imminent Execution (Belarus: UA 17.18)

There is grave concern that the only two known prisoners on death row in Belarus, Aliaksandr Zhylnikau and Viachaslau Sukharko, are at risk of imminent execution.

December 13, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Hunger-Striking Detainee Admitted to Hospital (State of Palestine: UA 203.18)

The Palestinian authorities have transferred social justice activist Suha Jbara to a hospital in Jericho following a deterioration in her health condition. She has been on hunger strike since 22 November to protest against her arbitrary detention. Her next court hearing is scheduled for 20 December.

December 13, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Expected Verdict for Human Rights Defender (Bahrain: UA 249.14)

On 31 December Bahrain’s Cassation Court is expected to issue its verdict in the case of prominent human rights defender and prisoner of conscience, Nabeel Rajab. He was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison in June 2018 in relation to peaceful tweets about the conflict in Yemen and torture allegations in Jaw prison.

December 11, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Attacks on Defenders and Journalists Increase (Nicaragua: UA 160.18)

Nicaraguan authorities continue to target journalists, human rights defenders and organizations. Recent attacks against freedom of expression and association indicate ongoing strategy to supress dissenting voices.

December 10, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Sudanese Activist Deported, at Risk of Torture (Sudan: UA 205.18)

Sudanese political activist Mohamed Hassan Alim Shareef was deported from Egypt to Sudan on 9 October. Officers from Sudan’s National Intelligence Service (NISS) arrested him upon his arrival in Sudan. He is currently detained at the NISS headquarters in Khartoum North. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience, held solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

December 10, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Risk of Imminent Execution for Hong Kong Citizen (China: UA 208.18)

The death sentence of Hong Kong citizen Wu Zongxi is currently under review by the Supreme People’s Court. If approved, the authorities will sign an order to carry out his execution, placing him in imminent risk. Wu Zongxi’s family is gravely concerned about his physical and mental state, as they have not been allowed to meet him since he was detained more than four years ago.

December 10, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender’s Sentencing is Imminent (Russian Federation: UA 5.18)

On 26 November, Oyub Titiev – prisoner of conscience and the head of Russian NGO Memorial’s office in Grozny, who has been in pre-trial detention since 9 January 2018 – was denied release on bail. Chechnya’s Shali City Court also rejected the request by his lawyers that Oyub not be kept in a cage during hearings. His next hearing is on 10 December. He must be released immediately and unconditionally and all charges against him dropped.