Urgent Action Update: Opposition leader held in inhumane conditions in Zambia

There is fear for safety of Hakainde Hichilema after he was transferred from Lusaka Central Correctional Facility in Lusaka Province to Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Facility in Central Province.

1st update on UA 90/17

Urgent Action: Defender at risk of continued detention in Egypt

The South Banha prosecutor renewed on 18 June the detention for human rights defender Hanan Badr el-Din for 15 more days.

UA 129/17 issued 19/06/2017

Urgent Action: Minority rights journalist attacked and injured in Pakistan

Pakistani minority rights journalist Rana Tanweer faced an assassination attempt on 9 June. He was attacked in a hit and run accident and fractured his leg. Days before, his home was vandalised and he was threatened for his writing. The authorities have not provided him and his family with adequate protection nor held the perpetrators to account.

UA 147/17 issued 19/06/2017

Urgent Action update: Circus performer detained for 554 days in Israel

6th update on UA 12/16 issued on 19/06/2017

Urgent Action update: Opposition politician released in Maldives

Opposition politician Adam Azim has been released after spending nearly a week in detention in Maldives. He was arrested and faced trumped up charges after criticizing the government in a TV interview.

1st update on UA 143/17 issued on 16/06/2017

Urgent Action update: Sentence confirmed on Saudi Arabian writer

Saudi Arabian writer Nazeer al-Majed was informed on 15 May that the Court of Appeal of the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) in Riyadh has upheld his seven-year prison sentence. Nazeer al-Majed has been detained since 18 January solely for having peacefully exercised his right to freedom of expression. He is a prisoner of conscience.

1st update on UA 041/17 issued on 16/06/2017

Urgent Action update: 23 men granted bail but fear for safety remains in Bangladesh

Twenty-three of the 28 men arrested at a social event outside of Dhaka on 19 May have been granted bail. Though initially apparently held on suspicion of breaching the prohibition of ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’ in the Penal Code, the 28 were charged under the Narcotics Control Act 1990.

1st update on UA 112/17 issued 16/06/2017

Urgent Action: Palestinian university professor in detention

An Israeli military judge confirmed a three-month administrative detention order against Ahmad Qatamesh on 13 June. The Palestinian academic was arbitrarily detained under an administrative order issued on 17 May.

UA 140/17 issued 16/06/2017

Urgent Action: Health fears for imprisoned Canadian pastor in North Korea

Lim Hyeon-soo, sentenced to life in prison in hard labour in North Korea, has developed a host of health problems including malnutrition, high blood pressure, arthritis, and stomach problems as a side effect of medicine that was not properly administered.

UA 139/17 issued 14/06/2017

Urgent Action: University students arrested in India after protest

Eight university students and three members of a political party’s student wing in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh have been in detention since 7 June.

UA 145/17 India issued 15/06/2017