Urgent Action: Man Held In Poor Conditions, Denied Family Visits (South Sudan: UA 240.17)

James Gatdet, who was unlawfully transferred from Kenya, has been charged with several offenses among them ‘Treason’ which carries the death penalty, or life imprisonment. He is being held at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters under poor detention conditions. He has been denied visits from his lawyers and family since 15 September. 1) TAKE … Continued

Urgent Action Update: Fifteen Released, Five Still Arbitrarily Detained (South Sudan: UA 87.16)

George Livio Bahara, one of the men arbitrarily detained at a prison at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in Juba, was released on 25 May. Mike Tyson, another detainee, died on 29 June at the NSS prison. Twenty-one men remain held at the NSS prison under poor conditions with lack of access to appropriate medical treatment.

Urgent Action Victory! Texas Court Issues Stay Of Execution (USA: UA 230.17)

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted a stay of execution to Clinton Young, who was due to be put to death on 26 October. The case is remanded to the trial court for resolution of the claim that false or misleading testimony was introduced at his trial. Clinton Young was convicted in 2003 … Continued

Urgent Action Update: Activist Faces Trial For “Homosexual Propaganda” (Russian Federation: UA 209.17)

On 18 October, a court in Samara will hear the case against human rights defender Evdokia Romanova accused of spreading “homosexual propaganda”. The judge has ruled that the hearing will be closed to the public. The proceedings against Evdokia Romanova stem solely from the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression and therefore must be dropped.

Urgent Action Update: Crimean Tatar Leader Sentenced To Prison (Ukraine: UA 205.16)

Prominent Crimean Tatar activist Ilmi Umerov was sentenced to two years in penal colony on 27 September for his criticism of the Russian occupation of Crimea. The court also imposed a two-year ban on his public activities. Ilmi Umerov’s sentence should be quashed immediately and the charges against him dropped.

Urgent Action: Human Rights Defender And Journalist Charged (Angola: UA 155.17)

Human rights defender Rafael Marques de Morais and journalist Mariano Brás Lourenço have formally been charged with ‘defamation of a public authority’ and ‘outrage to a sovereign body’ in relation to an article they published on questionable acquisition of public land by the Angolan General Public Prosecutor. Both charges carry a penalty of one year in prison and three years in prison respectively.

Urgent Action: Mexican National Facing Execution In Texas (USA: UA 239.17)

Ruben Cárdenas Ramírez, a 47-year-old Mexican national denied his consular rights, is due to be executed in Texas on 8 November in violation of international law. Convicted in 1998 of a murder in 1997, he maintains his innocence and is seeking new DNA testing.

Urgent Action: Uzbekistani Journalist At Risk Of Extradition (Ukraine: UA 238.17)

Journalist and poet Narzullo Akhunzhonov was detained by Ukrainian border guards on 20 September, following an Interpol Red Notice requested by Uzbekistan. He remains remanded in custody, pending a formal extradition request from the Uzbekistani authorities. If forcibly returned to Uzbekistan, he would be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. 1) TAKE ACTION Write … Continued

Urgent Action Update: Bill Leading To Military Impunity Approved (Brazil: UA 236.17)

The Brazilian Senate has approved a proposed bill which will transfer to the Military Court the ability to try human rights violations, such as killings and extrajudicial executions, which have been carried out by military personnel against civilians. This contradicts the fundamental principles of fair trial, judicial independence and impartiality of the decisions. It is now up to the President of Brazil to fully veto or sign the Bill into law.

Urgent Action: Environmental Rights Defender Falsely Accused (Madagascar: UA 237.17)

Malagasy environmental human rights defender Raleva has been detained based on the false charge of ‘use of false title’. This comes after he publicly challenged a Chinese gold mining company to provide proof that it had been granted mining and environmental permits to proceed with its activities. There are also health concerns for Raleva as he has yet to fully recover from a surgery he underwent several months ago.