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March 22, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Board Votes for Clemency, Now to Governor (USA: UA 47.18)

The Ohio parole board announced on 16 March that it had voted to recommend that the Governor of Ohio commute William Montgomery’s death sentence. The governor can accept or reject the recommendation. The execution remains scheduled for 11 April.

March 20, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Two Men Sentenced to Death by Hanging (South Sudan: UA 240.17)

James Gatdet and William Endley, who had both been arbitrarily detained at the National Security Services (NSS) headquarters in Juba, were convicted and sentenced to death by a High Court in Juba on 12 February and 23 February, respectively. They are appealing their sentences.

March 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Tortured Journalist Must Be Immediately Released (Uzbekistan: UA 232.17)

On 8 February, human rights activists reported that two SNB officers leading the investigation on the case against detained journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev had been suspended and that the General Prosecutor's Office had initiated investigations into allegations of torture and fabrication of a criminal case. Bobomurod Abdullayev, however, remains in SNB detention.

March 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Palestinian Prisoner of Conscience Sentenced (Israel/OPT: UA 26.18)

An Israeli military court sentenced Palestinian human rights defender Munther Amira on 12 March 2018 to six months in prison, five years of probation and a fine. He was convicted on charges relating to his peaceful participation in protests.

March 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! – Kashmiri Photojournalist Released on Bail (India: UA 43.18)

Kamran Yousuf was granted bail and released from prison on 14 March 2018, following six months of pre-trial detention. He has been charged with several criminal offences including ‘waging war against the government of India’, and faces life imprisonment if convicted.

March 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Two Men Held for Criticizing the Government (Ethiopia: UA 62.18)

Seyoum Teshome and Taye Dendea were both arrested from their homes in March for publicly criticizing the Ethiopian government during the State of Emergency.

March 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Peaceful Pashtun Activists Face Criminal Cases (Pakistan: UA 61.18)

Criminal cases have been filed against Manzoor Pashteen and other leaders of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (Movement for the Protection of Pashtuns), for peacefully calling for equality and justice for human rights violations against the Pashtun community.

March 16, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Police Must Protect Women’s Rights Activists (Ukraine: UA 57.18)

Across Ukraine, marches marking International Women’s Day, on 8 March, were marred by violence against peaceful demonstrators. Far-right groups physically attacked and have threatened with further violence women’s rights activists taking part in the event. The local police say that they are unable to offer protection from far-right groups.

March 16, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Indigenous Yukpa People Face Eviction (Colombia: UA 59.18)

Yukpa indigenous people that crossed to Colombia are facing eviction and threat of being sent back to Venezuela violating their rights as a binational population. The Colombian State is denying their right to remain in the country and their rights as Indigenous Peoples.

March 16, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: 48 Asylum Seekers at Risk of Refoulement (México: UA 58.18)

48 people including families and children, who came to Mexico looking for protection, are at risk of being deported to possible persecution or grave human rights violations in their countries due to unusual failures in the procedures of Mexico´s refugee agency and migration authority.