Thailand:Urgent Action Update: Activists Could Be Charged For Exposing Torture (Thailand: UA 145/16)

A decision by the Public Prosecutor on whether to prosecute three human rights defenders on criminal defamation and computer crimes in connection with their online documentation of torture in Thailand is expected imminently. The charges carry a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment plus fines of up to 300,000 baht (US $8,330). The group are to report to Pattani Police […]

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Vietnam: Urgent Action: Three Human Rights Defenders Held Incommunicado (Vietnam: UA 24/17)

Within 10 days of each other, three unassociated Vietnamese human rights defenders were arrested in January and are currently being held in incommunicado pre-trial detention. With no access to lawyers, they are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   Trần Thị Nga, a member of the independent Vietnamese Women for Human Rights group, was arrested at her home in […]

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Peru: Urgent Action: Indigenous Community At Risk Due To Threats (Peru: UA 44/17)

More than 60 heavily armed individuals entered Asháninka Meantari Indigenous community territory in the Central Peruvian rainforest and forced out 21 families by subjecting them to death threats.   In the afternoon of 3 February, around 60 unidentified armed men entered Asháninka Meantari Indigenous community territory in the district of Pangoa, Satipo province, in the Central Peruvian rainforest. They forced […]

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Israel: Urgent Action: Palestinian Boy’s Administrative Order Renewed (Israel/OPT: UA 36/17)

17-year-old Palestinian Ahmad Azmi Abdurrahman Hanatsheh was arrested by Israeli forces on 1 August 2016. He was initially placed under a six month administrative detention order, which was renewed by a further two months on 31 January.   Ahmad Azmi Abdurrahman Hanatsheh, from Dura, Hebron, south of Jerusalem, was given a six month administrative detention order by Ofer Military Court […]

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Ukraine:Urgent Action Victory! Two Activists Released From Detention (Ukraine: UA 42/17)

Russian activists Seroe Fioletovoe and Viktoriya Miroshnichenko were released unharmed after spending 15 days in detention in the pro-Russian separatist-controlled Donetsk, in Ukraine. The activists have now returned to Russia.   On 14 February, representatives of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) released activists Seroe Fioletovoe and Viktoriya Miroshnichenko from custody. The two activists went missing on 31 January immediately […]

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BANGLADESHI OPPOSITION LEADER FACES IMMINENT EXECUTION

  URGENT ACTION OPPOSITION LEADER FACES IMMINENT EXECUTION The Supreme Court has rejected the latest appeal of Mir Quasem Ali and upheld his death sentence. The only remaining avenue available to him is to seek clemency from the President. Mir Quasem Ali, the key financier of the Bangladeshi opposition party Jamaat-e-Islami, was convicted and sentenced to death by the International […]

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