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China: Risk of imminent execution for Hong Kong citizen: Wu Zongxi

The death sentence of Hong Kong citizen Wu Zongxi are currently under review by the Supreme People’s Court. If approved, the authorities will sign an order to carry out his execution, placing him in imminent risk. Wu Zongxi’s family is gravely concerned about his physical and mental state as they have not been allowed to meet him since he was detained more than four years ago.

Date:
10 December 2018
Ref:
ASA 17/9531/2018
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  • Africa
  • Demonstrations

Niger: Further information: Activist cleared of charges, another awaiting trial: Yahaya Badamassi and Sadat Illiya Dan Malam

Activist Yahaya Badamassi has been released after he was cleared of all charges by the Appeal Court of Zinder on 6 December. He had been detained for eight months charged with “participation in an insurrectional movement” and “conspiracy against state security”. Activist Sadat Illiya Dan Malam is still in detention awaiting trial.

Date:
7 December 2018
Ref:
AFR 43/9527/2018
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  • Russian Federation
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Russian Federation: Further information: Human rights defender's sentencing imminent: Oyub Titiev

On 26 November, Oyub Titiev – prisoner of conscience and the head of Russian NGO Memorial’s office in Grozny, who has been in pre-trial detention since 9 January 2018 – was denied release on bail. Chechnya’s Shali City Court also rejected the request by his lawyers that Oyub not be kept in a cage during hearings. His next hearing is on 10 December. He must be released immediately and unconditionally and all charges against him dropped.

Date:
4 December 2018
Ref:
EUR 46/9507/2018
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  • Indonesia
  • Disappearances

Indonesia: Survivor of sexual harassment faces imprisonment: Baiq Nuril Makmun

Baiq Nuril Maknun, an employee at a State High School in Lombok, Indonesia, has been found guilty of distributing pornographic content after she recorded a conversation in which the Principal sexually harassed her. The Supreme Court overturned the Mataram Local Court’s non-guilty verdict, and she has been sentenced to 6 months in prison and fined IDR 500 million (US$34,218) with one possibility to pursue a judicial review.

Date:
4 December 2018
Ref:
ASA 21/9509/2018
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  • Bangladesh
  • Disappearances

Bangladesh: Further information: Activist released on bail after months in detention: Shahidul Alam

Shahidul Alam, photographer and outspoken social activist, has been freed on permanent bail after spending more than 100 days behind bars for comments he made in an interview with Al-Jazeera in August 2018. In detention, he was ill-treated and subjected to prolonged detention merely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Date:
29 November 2018
Ref:
ASA 13/9455/2018
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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Detention

Democratic Republic of Congo: Opposition youth leader still detained one year on: Christian Lumu Lukusa

Opposition youth leader Christian Lumu Lukusa has been in arbitrary detention since 22 November 2017, when he was arrested in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He was arrested by men believed to be agents of the National Intelligence Agency (Agence Nationale de Renseignements, ANR). Family visits have been restricted and he has not been allowed access to a lawyer.

Date:
23 November 2018
Ref:
AFR 62/9405/2018
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China: Workers arrested for trying to set up trade union

Three factory workers and an NGO worker have been arrested for attempting to set up a trade union in China. In addition to restricted access to their lawyers, the four men have been unable to see or communicate with their families since their detention in July 2018. As a result, there are concerns for their well-being and their access to a fair trial.

Date:
23 November 2018
Ref:
ASA 17/9438/2018