Urgent Action: Worrying crackdown on Kenyan defenders

Kenya’s NGO Coordination Board threatened to arrest George Kegoro, Executive Director of Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), Gladwell Otieno, Executive Director of African Center for Open Governance (AfriCOG) and Maina Kiai, former UN Special Rapporteur and a member of AfriCOG’s Board of Directors on 16 August.

UA 198/17 issued 22/08/2017

Urgent Action: Missing human rights defender at risk of torture in Vietnam

Former prisoner of conscience, Nguyễn Bắc Truyển was last seen on 30 July 2017 after dropping off his wife outside her place of work in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.

UA 197/17 issued 22/08/2017

Urgent Action good news: Journalists out of immediate danger in Paraguay

Menchi Barriocanal and Oscar Acosta, Paraguayan journalists and married couple who were threatened with imprisonment by President Horacio Cartes, have stopped received threats and seem to be out of immediate danger of being arbitrarily detained.

1st update on UA 154/17 issued 21/08/2017

Urgent Action: Journalist in Poland facing charges for exposé book

Investigative journalist Tomasz Piątek is facing criminal charges for a book he published in June, alleging a link between the Defence Minister and the Russian intelligence services. If found guilty he could face up to 3 years in prison.

UA 196/17 issued 18/08/2017

Urgent Action good news: Four families in USA ordered released from detention

On 17 August, four-year-old Carlos and 16-year-old Michael along with their mothers, Lorena and Maribel (all names changed to protect their identities), were ordered released from Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania by an immigration judge after nearly 700 days in detention.

1st update on UA 59/17 issued 18/08/2017

Urgent Action update: Harassment of dissident Iranian cleric must end

Dissident Iranian cleric Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi has faced continued intimidation and death threats by the Iranian authorities since his release from prison on
4 January.

1st update on UA 78/14 issued 17/08/2017

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