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December 6, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Bahraini Refugee Risks Deportation (Thailand: UA 206.18)

Bahraini refugee Hakeem Ali al-Araibi is in imminent danger of deportation from Thailand. Despite his status as a recognized refugee in Australia, Thai authorities detained Hakeem while he was traveling there based on an INTERPOL Red Notice. His forcible return to Bahrain would violate international law.

December 6, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Court to Review Death Sentences of Two Men (Egypt: UA 91.16)

The Supreme Military Court of Appeals formally agreed to reconsider the death sentences of Ahmed Amin Ghazali and Abdul Basir Abdul Rauf. The court set a hearing on 4 December for the substantive pleadings.

December 5, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Survivor of Sexual Harrassment Faces Imprionment (Indonesia: UA 199.18)

Baiq Nuril Maknun, an employee at a State High School in Lombok, Indonesia, has been found guilty of distributing pornographic content after she recorded a conversation in which the Principal sexually harassed her. The Supreme Court overturned the Mataram Local Court’s non-guilty verdict, and she has been sentenced to 6 months in prison and fined IDR 500 million (US$34,218) with one possibility to pursue a judicial review.

December 4, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Saudi Activists Face the Death Penalty (Saudi Arabia: UA 201.18)

Saudi activist Israa al-Ghomgham and four other individuals on trial at the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) face the death penalty for charges related to their participation in peaceful protests.

December 4, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: 59 People Deprived of Their Liberty (Venezuela: UA 204.18)

On 21 November, the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice overturned an order issued a year earlier for the release of 59 Colombian nationals detained during a security operation in 2016. They continue to be deprived of their liberty.

November 30, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Social Justive Activist on Hunger Strike (State of Palestine: UA 203.18)

Suha Jbara has been on hunger strike since 22 November in protest against her detention and torture by Palestinian security forces. Her next court hearing is scheduled for 6 December 2018.

November 29, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Activist Released on Bail After Months in Detention (Bangladesh: UA 146.18)

Shahidul Alam, photographer and outspoken social activist, has been freed on permanent bail after spending more than 100 days behind bars for comments he made in an interview with Al-Jazeera in August 2018. In detention, he was ill-treated and subjected to prolonged detention merely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

November 26, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Opposition Youth Leader Still Detained One Year On (Democratic Republic of Congo: UA 197.18)

Opposition youth leader Christian Lumu Lukusa has been in arbitrary detention since 22 November 2017, when he was arrested in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He was arrested by men believed to be agents of the National Intelligence Agency (Agence Nationale de Renseignements, ANR). Family visits have been restricted and he has not been allowed access to a lawyer.

November 26, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Workers Arrested for Trying to Set Up Trade Union (China: UA 200.18)

Three factory workers and an NGO worker have been arrested for attempting to set up a trade union in China. In addition to restricted access to their lawyers, the four men have been unable to see or communicate with their families since their detention in July 2018. As a result, there are concerns for their well-being and their access to a fair trial.

November 21, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: NGO Worker Prison Visit Denied for Months (China: UA 71.17)

Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che, the first foreign NGO worker detained after China’s new Foreign NGO Management Law came into effect, has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for “subverting state power”. His family is not allowed to see him since the last prison visit on 10 September 2018. His whereabouts remain uncertain.