Urgent Action: Defamation charges for exposing labour abuse

Human rights defenders, activists, journalists and former employees are facing criminal defamation lawsuits for comments.

UA 73/19 issued 24/05/2019

Urgent Action: Prisoner of conscience tortured to confess

Journalist and human rights defender Nguyen Van Hoa was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison in December 2017

UA 72/19 issued 24/05/2019

Urgent Action: Defamation charges used to silence dissent

Police charged prominent activists Parit Penguin Chiwarak, Sirawit ‘Ja New’ Seritiwat, and Phayaw Akkahad with defamation

UA 71/19 issued 22/05/2019

Urgent Action update: Constant surveillance impacts lawyer’s health

Human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong remains under heavy surveillance, despite having been released from prison in February

5th update on UA 141/17 issued 21/05/2019

Urgent Action: Drop charges against human rights defender

US Border Patrol agents arrested Dr. Scott Warren, a 36-year old Human Rights Defender and humanitarian aid volunteer.

UA 69/19 issued 17/05/2019

Urgent Action: Stop harassing investigative journalists

Three journalists were summoned for a hearing by the Intelligence Services for revealing a national defence secret.

UA 70/19 issued 17/05/2019

Urgent Action: Human rights defender fears for safety

On 26 April, two unknown men on motorbikes, presumably belonging to a local gang, circled the office of Pierre Espérance.

UA 66/19 issued 16/05/2019

Urgent Action update: Jailed academic needs urgent medical care

Iranian-Swedish academic Ahmadreza Djalali needs urgent specialized medical care unavailable inside prison.

3rd update on UA 38/17 issued 16/05/2019

Urgent Action update: Journalist officially charged with cyber libel

Maria Ressa, human rights defender, was formally charged in court for one count of cyber libel.

2nd update on UA 20/19 issued 16/05/2019

Urgent Action update: Women activists face prison sentences

11 Saudi women activists on trial before the Criminal Court in Riyadh risk being sentenced to prison.

2nd update on UA 105/18 issued 16/05/2019