Urgent Action update: Human rights defender's whereabouts unknown in UAE

Prominent Emirati human rights defender and blogger Ahmed Mansoor was arrested at his home in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 20 March. His whereabouts are unknown.

1st update on UA 200/15 issued 21/03/2017

Urgent Action correction: Four families in USA detained for over 500 days

Four young children and their mothers are seeking asylum in the US after escaping horrific violence in their home countries. They have been held at a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement centre in Pennsylvania for over 500 days despite having pending applications for legal permanent residency.

Correction on UA 59/17 issued 20/03/2017

Urgent Action good news: Okinawa activist released on bail after five months

Hiroji Yamashiro, 64 years of age, has been released on bail after five months in detention without being able to see his family. Arrested for his role in protests against new U.S. military construction projects in Okinawa, his next court hearing is scheduled for 27 March 2017.

2nd update on UA 023/17 issued 21/03/2017

Urgent Action update: Tibetan activist remains arbitrarily detained

Prisoner of conscience, Tashi Wangchuk, has been detained for over a year and has yet to be informed by Chinese authorities of the charges against him.

2nd update on UA 079/16 issued 21/03/2017

Urgent Action update: Egyptian prisoner in solitary confinement on hunger strike

Ahmed Amin Ghazali Amin has been on hunger strike since 9 March, in protest against his solitary confinement, which he has been held in since May 2016, when he was sentenced to death by a Military Court. An appeal hearing is still due to be set. If rejected, he could be executed at any time.

4th update on UA 091/16 issued 17/03/2017

Urgent Action: Four families in USA detained for over 500 days

Four young children and their mothers are seeking asylum in the US after escaping horrific violence in their home countries.

UA 59/17 issued 16/03/2017

Urgent Action: Stop journalist's forcible return from Russia to Uzbekistan

Journalist and activist Khudoberdi Nurmatov (also known as Ali Feruz) is at risk of being forcibly returned from Russia to Uzbekistan.

UA 61/17 issued 17/03/2017

Urgent Action correction: Virginia USA execution reset as doubts persist

Ivan Teleguz, a Ukrainian national, is scheduled to be executed in Virginia on 25 April. He maintains his innocence of the 2001 murder for which he was sent to death row in 2006.

Correction for UA 55/17 issued 10/03/2017

Urgent Action update: Two Sudanese dissidents interrogated for activism in Saudi Arabia

Two Sudanese nationals, who till 13 February had been held incommunicado in Saudi Arabia since their arrest on 21 December 2016, have been interrogated by the Saudi Arabian authorities about their social media activism and are now awaiting trial.

1st update on UA 9/17 issued 17/03/2017

Urgent Action: Clemency board in USA to hear what jury never did

Marcel Williams, aged 46, is due to be executed in Arkansas on 24 April. The jury never heard any mitigating evidence about his childhood of severe abuse and trauma.

UA 60/17 issued 17/03/2017