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January 2, 2019 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Mother and Son Separated by Border Authorities (USA: UA 185.18)

In March, Valquiria and her seven-year-old son Abel* fled Brazil and requested asylum in the US after death threats from drug traffickers. US border authorities forcibly separated them and continue to detain Valquiria. The extreme anguish she and her son are experiencing may amount to torture. US immigration authorities must immediately free Valquiria while she pursues her asylum claim.

December 20, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Hunger-Striking Academic In Critical Condition (UAE: UA 183.15)

Dr Nasser bin Ghaith’s health has severely deteriorated. The prominent Emirati economist and academic has been on hunger strike for over 70 days in al-Razeen prison in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to protest the detention conditions and the denial of access to medical care. He is a prisoner of conscience.

December 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Indigenous Communities Attacked and at Risk (Venezuela: UA 210.18)

The Pemón Indigenous communities in the Canaima National Park (western Venezuela) were the target of a violent attack during a two-day military operation, for which there was no justification. The communities fear for their safety in the context of these operations and the militarization of their ancestral territory ordered by the national government.

December 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Bill to Give Armed Forces Control of Security (Mexico: UA 212.18)

Mexican legislators could pass a bill for a constitutional reform that would broaden the powers of the armed forces providing them wider policing authority and permission to remain on the streets of Mexico permanently. The bill is tabled for voting in the chamber of deputies.

December 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! 200 Families No Longer at Risk of Forced Eviction (Paraguay: UA 137.18)

Families from the Guahory Community, Eastern Paraguay, are no longer at imminent threat of forced eviction. The implementation of the Joint Action Plan for Punishable Actions for Trespassing on Property has been suspended in their community.

December 19, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Chinese Veteran Activist Executed (China: UA 3.17)

Xu Youchen, 58, was executed on 15 November 2018 after the China Supreme People’s Court approved his death sentence the month before.

December 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action: Christian House Church Members Criminally Detained (China: UA 211.18)

Li Yingqiang is among about 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan province, who have been detained after a raid by the police on 9 December 2018. Without access to his family or a lawyer of his choice, he is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

December 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Organizations at Risk (Nicaragua: UA 160.18)

As the National Assembly approved cancelling the legal registration of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH), the National Police broke into their offices, and the premises of other three human rights organisations and an independent newspaper. These recent attacks are examples of the continued strategy of repression by the Nicaraguan state against journalists and human rights defenders.

December 18, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Syrian Refugee Granted Asylum in Canada (Malaysia: UA 180.18)

Hassan al-Kontar has been granted asylum and arrived in Canada on 26 November 2018 after having been stranded in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia for about seven months. Arrested on 1 October for being in a “forbidden area” of the airport, Malaysian authorities initially considered deporting him back to Syria.

December 17, 2018 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Victory! Court Lifts Ban on Anti-War Protestors (Turkey: UA 66.18)

A Turkish court has lifted travel bans on 30 students facing terrorism-related charges for taking part in a peaceful protest on 19 March. The court rejected the students’ allegations of torture and other ill-treatment while they were in custody on the basis that ‘the incident did not take place in the presence of the court’. The students are still facing charges of ‘making propaganda for a terrorist organization’ and could face up to five years in prison if found guilty.