Urgent Action update: Iranian prisoner of conscience in critical health

Iranian prisoner of conscience and human rights defender Arash Sadeghi is critically ill and requires immediate hospitalization outside of prison. However, the authorities are refusing to authorize the transfer, apparently on the orders of the Revolutionary Guards.

5th update on UA 174/13 issued 16/08/2017

Urgent Action update: Chinese website founder ill-treated in detention

Huang Qi, founder of “64 Tianwang” (64tianwang.org), who has been detained since November 2016, was ill-treated by police officers in the detention centre and it is unclear if he has received adequate medical treatment.

2nd update on UA 284/16 issued 16/08/2017

Urgent Action: Belarus sentences two men to death

Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy were convicted and sentenced to death by the Mahiliou Regional Court, in eastern Belarus, on 21 July 2017. Theirs are the second and third death sentences imposed in Belarus in 2017.

UA 195/17 issued 14/08/2017

Urgent Action: Detainee's fate and whereabouts unknown in Venezuela

Raúl Isaías Baduel was unexpectedly taken from his cell at Ramo Verde National Military Detention Centre, Caracas, at dawn on 8 August 2017. There has been no information regarding his whereabouts since.

UA 194/17 issued 11/08/2017

Urgent Action: Pakistani defender forcibly disappeared

Human rights defender and Convenor of Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh, Punhal Sario, has been forcibly disappeared in Sindh Province, southern Pakistan.

UA 192/17 issued 14/08/2017

Urgent Action update: Shawkan still detained after four years in Egypt

On 12 August, the Cairo criminal court adjourned Mahmoud Abu Zeid's court hearing 19 August, for the 35th time. Today is the four-year anniversary of Mahmoud Abu Zeid arrest.

12th update on UA 243/14 issued 14/08/2017

Urgent Action: In Ukraine 76-year old Crimean Tatar protestor in detention

76-year old Crimean Tatar Server Karametov was arrested on 8 August by the de facto authorities in Crimea while engaging in a peaceful protest and sentenced to 10 days of administrative detention on charges of resisting police.

UA 193/17 issued 10/08/2017

Urgent Action update: Journalist's deportation halted but risk remains in Russian Federation

On 8 August, the Moscow City Court suspended the deportation of Uzabekistani national Khudoberdi Nurmatov pending review of his case by the European Court of Human Rights, but he continues to be held in detention.

2nd update on UA 61/17 issued 10/08/2017

Urgent Action good news: Pastor released after over two years of detention in North Korea

Lim Hyeon-soo, a 62 year old Canadian pastor, has been released from a North Korean labour camp after spending more than two and a half years in detention.

1st update on UA 139/17 issued 10/08/2017

Urgent Action: Forced disappearance in Mapuche community in Argentina

National Security Forces violently repressed the Mapuche community Pu Lof en Resistencia, in Chubut, Argentina, and a 28-year-old man was forcibly disappeared.

UA 191/17 issued 09/08/2017