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.
State of Palestine: Further Information: Social Justice Activist Detention Extended: Suha Jbara
The Palestinian authorities renewed, for the second time, the detention of Suha Jbara. She was tortured by Palestinian security forces, and has been on hunger strike since 22 November to protest her arbitrary detention. Her next court hearing is scheduled for 20 December 2018.
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.
Belarus: Further information: Two more prisoners executed in Belarus: Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy
Belarusian prisoners, Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy have been executed, likely on 19 or 20 November. Amnesty International condemns their execution and continues to call on the Belarusian authorities to introduce an immediate moratorium on all executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.
Colombia: Land Claimant Leader at Risk: Enrique Cabezas
Enrique Cabezas, leader of the collective of Afro-descendent territory in Curvaradó (Chocó department, western Colombia), has received several threats in response to his work defending the ancestral territory and the right of the communities to not to be involved in the armed conflict.
Thailand: Bahraini Refugee Risks Deportation: Hakeem Ali al-Araibi
Bahraini refugee Hakeem Ali al-Araibi is in imminent danger of deportation from Thailand. Despite his status as a recognized refugee in Australia, Thai authorities detained Hakeem while he was traveling there based on an INTERPOL Red Notice. His forcible return to Bahrain would violate international law.
Egypt: Further Information: Court To Review Death Sentences of Two Men - Ahmed Amin Ghazali and Abdul Basir Abdul Rauf
The Supreme Military Court of Appeals formally agreed to reconsider the death sentences of Ahmed Amin Ghazali and Abdul Basir Abdul Rauf. The court set a hearing on 4 December for the substantive pleadings.
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.
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.
Venezuela: 59 People deprived of their liberty
On 21 November, the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice overturned an order issued a year earlier for the release of 59 Colombian nationals detained during a security operation in 2016. They continue to be deprived of their liberty.
Saudi Arabia: Saudi Activists Face The Death Penalty
Saudi activist Israa al-Ghomgham and four other individuals on trial at the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) face the death penalty for charges related to their participation in peaceful protests.
State of Palestine: Social Justice Activist on Hunger Strike: Suha Jbara
Suha Jbara has been on hunger strike since 22 November in protest against her detention and torture by Palestinian security forces. Her next court hearing is scheduled for 6 December 2018.
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.
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.
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.
China: NGO worker prison visit denied for months: Lee Ming-che
Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che, the first foreign NGO worker detained after China’s new Foreign NGO Management Law came into effect, has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for “subverting state power”. His family is not allowed to see him since the last prison visit on 10 September 2018. His whereabouts remain uncertain.