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644 communications found
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Type and
ref. no. of
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received
    09 Aug 2021
    Sri Lanka
    JOL
  • terrorism
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • minority issues
  • religion or belief
  • torture
Concerns about the adoption and implementation of a recent regulation, titled ‘Prevention of Terrorism (De-radicalization from holding violent extremist religious ideology) Regulations No. 01 of 2021’ [hereinafter ‘Regulation’] under section 27 of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act No. 48 of 1979 as amended by Act No. 10 of 1982 [hereinafter ‘PTA’] published in the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2218/68 on 12 March 2021. In this regard, we wish to express our serious concern and to encourage the rescission of the Regulation because its provisions are contrary to Sri Lanka’s international legal obligations.
Alleged victims: -
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11 Aug 2021
    22 Jul 2021
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • human rights defenders
  • migrants
Informations reçues concernant l'arrestation arbitraire présumée du défenseur des droits de l'homme M. Jean Paul et la disparition du défenseur des droits de l'homme M. Habumuremyi, « Angelo ».
Alleged victims: 2
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    21 Jul 2021
    Mexico
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
Información recibida en relación con la revocación de la sentencia condenatoria en contra de cinco miembros de la Secretaría de Marina acusados de la desaparición forzada del señor Armando Humberto del Bosque Villareal, ocurrida el 3 agosto 2013 en la localidad de Colombia, municipio de Anáhuac, estado de Nuevo León, México.
Alleged victims: 2
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    19 Jul 2021
    Nicaragua
    JAL
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • violence against women
  • women and girls
Información recibida sobre los alegatos de acoso por parte de los autoridades en perjuicio de los miembros de la entonces Fundación Violeta Barrios de Chamorros, supuestamente por la actividad política que desempeña su ex directora; el periódico Confidencial por la presión a los medios periodísticos durante el proceso electoral; así como a Juan Sebastián Chamorro García, por su actividad política en contra del Gobierno.
Alleged victims: 5
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    16 Jul 2021
    Egypt
    JUA
  • executions
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the reportedly imminent execution of 12 individuals following a mass trial, which failed to meet due process and fair trial standards, marred by allegations of enforced disappearances, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and arbitrary detention.
Alleged victims: 12
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08 Sep 2021
    16 Jul 2021
    China
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • minority issues
  • religion or belief
Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance of two Tibetan Buddhists, Mr. Go Sherab Gyatso and Mr. Rinchen Tsultrim.
Alleged victims: 2
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27 Aug 2021
    15 Jul 2021
    Mexico
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Información recibida en relación con los asesinatos del señor Javier Barajas Piña y la señora Rosario Zavala Aguilar y las amenazas en contra de las señoras Norma Patricia Barrón Núñez y Angélica Zamudio Almanza en el marco del aumento de agresiones en contra de familiares y colectivos en búsqueda de personas desaparecidas en Guanajuato.
Alleged victims: 4
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    12 Jul 2021
    India
    JAL
  • executions
  • disappearances
  • health
  • torture
Information received concerning the allegations of enforced disappearance followed by the death in custody of Mr. Muhammad Ashraf Khan Sehrai. He suffered from type 2 diabetes and hypertension and reportedly had no access to his medication since his abduction.
Alleged victims: 3
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    12 Jul 2021
    Cyprus
    JAL
  • migrants
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
Information received concerning allegations of pushbacks of migrants from Cyprus to Lebanon and Turkey carried out at sea by the Republic of Cyprus Port and Marine Police, and the alleged unreasonable use of force involved in some of these pushback operations.
Alleged victims: 550
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08 Sep 2021
    05 Jul 2021
    Mexico
    JAL
  • executions
  • disappearances
  • indigenous peoples
  • torture
Información recibida en relación a la presunta ejecución de Efraín Espinoza Pérez y Mario Alberto Vázquez Aguilar, Jorge Armando Hernández Pérez, Jordán López de la Cruz y Abenamar Hernández; así como el secuestro y tortura de Sebastián Ramírez Gómez, Miguel Mendoza de la Torre, José del Carmen Solano de la Torre, Belisario Velázquez de la Torre, y las heridas sufridas por José Alfredo Solano Espinosa, en el municipio de Venustiano Carranza, Estado de Chiapas, México, el 4 de mayo de 2021. Otro hecho similar habría ocurrido el 12 de junio de 2021. Las víctimas, activistas campesinos, pertenecen a la comunidad indígena Tzotzil.
Alleged victims: 11
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03 Sep 2021
    02 Jul 2021
    Libya
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
Information received concerning the abduction and potential enforced disappearance of human rights defender Mansour Mohamed Atti Al-Maghrabi.
Alleged victims: 1
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    30 Jun 2021
    United Arab Emirates
    JUA
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
Information received concerning the alleged imminent extradition of Mr. Ravil Mingazov to Russia where he may risk torture and arbitrary detention. He is a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay who has been resettled in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in 2017, detained in an unknown location without charges or trial and subjected to ill-treatment.
Alleged victims: 1
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    29 Jun 2021
    Pakistan
    OL
  • disappearances
Information received concerning the recent tabling in the National Assembly of the bill to criminalize enforced disappearances in Pakistan.
Alleged victims: -
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    28 Jun 2021
    Bahrain
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • religion or belief
  • torture
Information received concerning alleged violations of the rights of Sheikh Zuhair Jasim Mohamed Abbas and Mr. Ali Abdul Husain Ali Hasan Ali AlWazeer, including arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, torture and non-access to due process.
Alleged victims: 1
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24 Aug 2021
    25 Jun 2021
    United Arab Emirates
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the ongoing trial of Syrian human rights defender Abdulrahman Muhammad Al-Nahhas.
Alleged victims: 1
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18 Aug 2021
    16 Jun 2021
    Egypt
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • health
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the arbitrary detention of 12 human rights defenders, under investigation for the alleged commission of crimes carrying potentially lengthy prison sentences, and related allegations of grave ill-treatment and poor conditions of detention. Three of these individuals were allegedly targeted for their cooperation or attempted cooperation with the UN, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights.
Alleged victims: 12
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    10 Jun 2021
    El Salvador
    JAL
  • executions
  • disappearances
  • torture
  • violence against women
  • women and girls
Information recivida en relación con el reciente hallazgo de entierros clandestinos, incluyendo fosas comunes, con los restos de al menos catorce personas en la vivienda de un exagente de la Policía Nacional Civil (PNC). Se presume que el total de cuerpos en las fosas sería mayor. Once personas han sido ya detenidas en relación al caso y acusadas de nueve feminicidios y cinco homicidios agravados. De las víctimas encontradas, la mayoría son mujeres, incluyendo niñas. Preliminarmente se conoció que las víctimas presentaban signos de violencia, incluyendo agresión sexual.
Alleged victims: 14
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23 Aug 2021
    10 Jun 2021
    China
    JAL
  • trafficking in persons
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • health
  • minority issues
  • religion or belief
  • terrorism
  • torture
  • violence against women
Information received concerning the alleged forced organ harvesting targeting ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities such as Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghurs, Tibetans, Muslims and Christians in detention.
Alleged victims: 2
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09 Aug 2021
    09 Jun 2021
    Eritrea
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • Eritrea
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • health
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged long-term arbitrary detention of human rights defender, Dawit Isaak.
Alleged victims: 1
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    31 May 2021
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JAL
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • minority issues
  • religion or belief
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Information received regarding the decision of the official Organization of the Behesht Zahra to not allow members of the Baha’i faith to bury their dead in new gravesites at Golestan Javid cemetery in Tehran.
Alleged victims: -
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23 Jul 2021
    27 May 2021
    Philippines
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • terrorism
Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary arrest, harassment and criminalisation of woman human rights defender Ms. Renalyn Tejero, and the raid on the homes and subsequent arrest of human rights defenders Ms. Maria Jesusa “Sasah” Sta. Rosa and Mr. Dan Balucio.
Alleged victims: 3
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02 Sep 2021
    25 May 2021
    Algeria
    JAL
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • minority issues
informations reçues concernant des allégations selon lesquelles M. Walid Nekiche aurait été détenu au secret et torturé. Ces allégations font également état de la lenteur des procédures juridiques destinées à enquêter indépendamment sur ces allégations, et si elles étaient avérées, de poursuivre les tortionnaires et garantir réparation à la victime. Elles font aussi état de pressions exercées sur M. Nekiche pour qu’il retire sa plainte de torture.
Alleged victims: 1
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13 Aug 2021
    12 May 2021
    Turkey
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Information received concerning participants of the Saturday Mothers/People (CurmatesiAnneleri/Insanlari)
Alleged victims: 1
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08 Jul 2021
    12 May 2021
    Bangladesh
    JAL
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • torture
Information received concerning the dispersal by law enforcement authorities and members of the ruling party Awami League of a series of peaceful demonstrations organized by different political and civil society groups during and after Indian Prime Minister Modi’s visit to attend the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the country's independence and the birth centenary of 'Bangabandhu' Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the alleged related excessive use of force against demonstrators which led to at least 17 people being killed and several injured.
Alleged victims: 218
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    10 May 2021
    Mr. Hisham Sharaf, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sana’a, Yemen
    JAL
  • migrants
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • torture
Information received concerning a fire at the Immigration, Passports and Naturalisation Authority (IPNA) compound in Sana'a, controlled by Ansar Allah, which has led to the deaths of at least 44 migrants held in the detention facility and injured over 200 others.
Alleged victims: 450
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    07 May 2021
    Colombia
    JAL
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • indigenous peoples
  • torture
  • violence against women
Información recibida en relación a alegaciones sobre el uso excesivo de la fuerza y armas de fuego por parte de policías y miembros del Escuadrón Móvil Antidisturbios (ESMAD) empleadas contra manifestantes y personas defensoras de derechos humanos que protestaban de forma pacífica desde el 28 de abril de 2021 en contra de las reformas fiscales en Colombia, así como en relación a las alegaciones recibidas sobre posibles detenciones arbitrarias y desapariciones forzadas de estas personas. Tomamos nota del anuncio del pasado 2 de mayo por parte del Presidente de la República que retiraría el proyecto de ley sobre la reforma fiscal.
Alleged victims: 2000
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08 Jul 2021
09 Aug 2021
    04 May 2021
    Egypt
    JUA
  • torture
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • religion or belief
Information received concerning Abdulrahman Gamal Metwally Ibrahim and Omar Gamal Metwally Ibrahim, two brothers who reportedly were arbitrarily arrested in connection to the military coup of 2013 and subjected to torture and ill-treatment by security officials while in custody.
Alleged victims: 2
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25 May 2021
    28 Apr 2021
    China
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • health
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • women and girls
Information received concerning the arbitrary detention of seventeen human rights defenders sentenced or under investigation or trial for the alleged commission of crimes against the State, that carry prison sentences of 10 years or more. Such crimes would have been perpetrated in connection to activities aimed to the promotion and defence of human rights and in the exercise of their public freedoms.
Alleged victims: 17
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26 Jun 2021
    27 Apr 2021
    Lao People's Democratic Republic
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • environment
  • executions
  • food
  • housing
  • indigenous peoples
  • poverty
  • water and sanitation
Information received concerning the situation of the Hmong community located in the Phou Bia region, referred as to “ChaoFa Hmong”. More precisely, with regards to reported acts of intimidation and reprisals by the Lao military forces against the relatives of an elderly Hmong man and three Hmong girls, victims of enforced disappearance since March 2020, following an intervention by Special Procedures mandate-holders on 31 August 2020.
Alleged victims: 1
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    20 Apr 2021
    Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
    JAL
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
Información recibida en relación a la presunta desaparición forzada y detención arbitraria de los Sres. Guillermo José Zárraga Lázaro, Antonio José Sequea Torres, Oreste Alfredo Schiavo Lavieri, Eliant Felipe Cesar Carballo y Carlos Arturo Rosario Pimentel, así como a las supuestas violaciones del derecho a la asistencia de un abogado de su elección y del principio de la igualdad de armas entre la defensa y la fiscalía.
Alleged victims: 5
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24 Jun 2021
17 Aug 2021
    19 Apr 2021
    Nepal
    JAL
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
Information received concerning the appointment of new members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that is not in compliance with the Paris Princplies and severely undermines the NHRC’s independence thereby restricting the ability of the people of Nepal to access remedies for alleged human rights violations which is a key component of a free and enabling civic space.
Alleged victims: -
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29 Apr 2021
    16 Apr 2021
    Mexico
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • migrants
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida en relación con la falta sistemática de investigaciones efectivas y de cooperación transregional entre los países centroamericanos y México para atender los numerosos casos de desapariciones de migrantes, incluidas las desapariciones forzadas, informar a sus familiares, preservar los datos forenses, repatriar los restos humanos y proporcionar una reparación adecuada a las víctimas.
Alleged victims: -
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    16 Apr 2021
    Honduras
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • migrants
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida en relación con la falta sistemática de investigaciones efectivas y de cooperación transregional entre los países centroamericanos y México para atender los numerosos casos de desapariciones de migrantes, incluidas las desapariciones forzadas, informar a sus familiares, preservar los datos forenses, repatriar los restos humanos y proporcionar una reparación adecuada a las víctimas.
Alleged victims: -
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    16 Apr 2021
    Guatemala
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • migrants
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida en relación con la falta sistemática de investigaciones efectivas y de cooperación transregional entre los países centroamericanos y México para atender los numerosos casos de desapariciones de migrantes, incluidas las desapariciones forzadas, informar a sus familiares, preservar los datos forenses, repatriar los restos humanos y proporcionar una reparación adecuada a las víctimas.
Alleged victims: -
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17 Jun 2021
    16 Apr 2021
    El Salvador
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • migrants
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida en relación con la falta sistemática de investigaciones efectivas y de cooperación transregional entre los países centroamericanos y México para atender los numerosos casos de desapariciones de migrantes, incluidas las desapariciones forzadas, informar a sus familiares, preservar los datos forenses, repatriar los restos humanos y proporcionar una reparación adecuada a las víctimas.
Alleged victims: -
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08 Jul 2021
    12 Apr 2021
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Informations reçues concernant les meurtres de M. Floribert Chebeya, défenseur des droits de l'homme, et de son collègue, M. Fidèle Bazana, en 2010. En particulier, nous avons reçu de nouvelles allégations concernant les circonstances et les responsables présumés de ces meurtres. Ces nouvelles informations semblent confirmer que les enquêtes et les procédures judiciaires effectuées antérieurement n'ont pas permis de garantir la pleine responsabilité de tous les auteurs de ces crimes.
Alleged victims: 2
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    06 Apr 2021
    United Arab Emirates
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • torture
  • violence against women
  • women and girls
Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, and continued incommunicado detention of Ms. Sheikha Latifa Mohammed Al Maktoum who is reportedly in imminent danger of further human rights violations, including her right to life.
Alleged victims: 1
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06 May 2021
06 May 2021
    31 Mar 2021
    Uganda
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • torture
Information received concerning alleged human rights violations,– including arbitrary detentions and arrests, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, torture, impediments to the exercise of freedom of opinion and expression as well as obstacles to freedom of assembly that have been reported in the context of the electoral process 2020-2021.
Alleged victims: 1
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01 Apr 2021
    31 Mar 2021
    Pakistan
    JAL
  • terrorism
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • health
  • human rights defenders
  • minority issues
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary arrests, torture, and in some cases inappropriate access to medical care while in detention, as well as prosecution of several human rights defenders and persons associated to them.
Alleged victims: 7
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    31 Mar 2021
    India
    JUA
  • torture
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • terrorism
Information received concerning allegations of arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killing, enforced disappearance and torture and ill-treatment against Messrs. Waheed Para, Irfan Ahmad Dar, Naseer Ahmad Wani, including reprisals against Mr. Waheed Para by Indian intelligence following engagement with current and future UN Security Council members.
Alleged victims: 3
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02 Jun 2021
06 Jul 2021
    31 Mar 2021
    Bangladesh
    JAL
  • torture
  • cultural rights
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • health
Information received concerning the torture and ill-treatment while in detention of Ahmed Kabir Kishore and Mushtaq Ahmed, and the subsequent death in custody of Mr Ahmed.
Alleged victims: 2
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    26 Mar 2021
    Lobaye Invest
    JAL
  • mercenaries
  • business
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
Information received concerning the recruitment and use of private military and security personnel in the context of the ongoing hostilities in the Central African Republic in support of the Central African Army Forces.
Alleged victims: 1
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    26 Mar 2021
    Central African Republic
    JAL
  • mercenaries
  • business
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
Information received concerning the recruitment and use of private military and security personnel in the context of the ongoing hostilities in the Central African Republic in support of the Central African Army Forces.
Alleged victims: 1
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25 Jun 2021
25 Jun 2021
25 Jun 2021
25 Jun 2021
25 Jun 2021
    23 Mar 2021
    Iraq
    JUA
  • executions
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the alleged extrajudicial killing by individuals linked to the Iraqi armed forces of Mr Jasib Hattab Abboud Al Heliji, father of human rights defender Ali Jasib Hattab Al Holaijy, who remains forcibly disappeared.
Alleged victims: 2
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    19 Mar 2021
    Saudi Arabia
    JUA
  • torture
  • disappearances
Information received concerning Mr. Osama Talal Abbas Al-Mahruqi, a dual Saudi and Australian national, reportedly extradited from Morocco to Saudi Arabia, despite the provisional measures ordered by the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT), on the basis of the potential risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Since his extradition on 13 March 2021, no information on Mr. Al-Mahruqi’s fate or whereabouts is available.
Alleged victims: 1
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28 Apr 2021
    19 Mar 2021
    Russian Federation
    JAL
  • mercenaries
  • business
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
Information received concerning the involvement of Russian private military and security personnel in the context of the ongoing hostilities in the Central African Republic in support of the Central African Armed Forces and their alleged involvement in international humanitarian law and human rights abuses including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture, some of which may amount to international crimes.
Alleged victims: 1
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20 May 2021
    19 Mar 2021
    Morocco
    JUA
  • torture
  • disappearances
Informations reçues concernant M. Osama Talal Abbas Al-Mahruqi, ayant la double nationalité saoudienne et australienne, qui aurait été extradé du Maroc vers l’Arabie Saoudite, malgré les mesures provisoires ordonnées par le Comité contre la torture des Nations Unies (UNCAT), sur la base du potentiel risque de torture et autres mauvais traitements. Depuis son extradition, le 13 mars 2021, aucune information sur le sort ou l’endroit où se trouve M. Al-Mahruqi n’est disponible.
Alleged victims: 1
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25 Jun 2021
    12 Mar 2021
    Colombia
    JAL
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • disappearances
  • executions
Información recibida en relación con las intervenciones realizadas en el cementerio alterno de El Copey, ubicado en el departamento del Cesar, y la falta de protección de los restos de las víctimas de desapariciones forzadas y ejecuciones extrajudiciales allí enterradas.
Alleged victims: -
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11 May 2021
21 Jun 2021
    09 Mar 2021
    Madagascar
    JUA
  • torture
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • health
  • terrorism
Informations reçues concernant M. Inssa Mohamed (alias Bobocha), un opposant politique qui aurait été renvoyé de force à deux reprises de Madagascar aux Comores
Alleged victims: 1
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19 Mar 2021
07 May 2021
    09 Mar 2021
    Comoros
    JUA
  • torture
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • health
  • terrorism
Informations reçues concernant M. Inssa Mohamed (alias Bobocha), un opposant politique qui aurait été renvoyé de force à deux reprises de Madagascar aux Comores
Alleged victims: 1
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    01 Mar 2021
    Pakistan
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • minority issues
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged steady increase in the number and widespread practice of enforced disappearance of persons belonging to minorities, as well as of political activists and human rights defenders, in the province of Sindh, Pakistan.
Alleged victims: -
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    01 Mar 2021
    Burundi
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • torture
Informations reçues concernant la disparition forcée, l’arrestation et la détention arbitraire, les mauvais traitements ou la torture et les éventuels meurtres de réfugiés burundais en Tanzanie ; ainsi que la prétendue détention arbitraire et la disparition forcée de réfugiés burundais rapatriés de force au Burundi.
Alleged victims: 200
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07 Apr 2021
    26 Feb 2021
    Mexico
    JAL
  • migrants
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
Información recibida en relación con la ejecución extrajudicial y desaparición forzada de al menos 19 personas, en su mayoría migrantes, en el municipio de Camargo, Tamaulipas, en el norte de México.
Alleged victims: 19
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15 Apr 2021
    22 Feb 2021
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • minority issues
  • torture
Information received concerning the risk of imminent execution of Mr. Hossein Silawi, Mr. Ali KHasraji and Mr. Naser KHafajian, individuals of the Ahwazi Arab minority, as well as a series of executions of individuals of the Baluchi minority. We furthermore would like to bring to your Excellency’s Government’s attention information received at the risk to arbitrary deprivation life of Mr. Behnam Mahjoubi, a Gonabadi sufi religious minority, following his enter into coma while in state custody. The alleged violations form part of what appears to be an escalation of a systematic crackdown on minority groups, particularly intensified since mid-December 2020.
Alleged victims: 4
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20 Apr 2021
26 Apr 2021
    19 Feb 2021
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • minority issues
  • torture
Information received concerning the arrest of over 100 individuals from the Kurdish minority in several towns and cities of Iran.
Alleged victims: 110
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    18 Feb 2021
    Myanmar
    JAL
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged violations of the right to peaceful assembly, the internet shutdowns, arbitrary arrest and detention of journalists, protesters and political figures in the aftermath of the military coup on 1 February 2021.
Alleged victims: 450
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29 Apr 2021
    17 Feb 2021
    Turkmenistan
    JAL
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning what appear to be acts of retaliation, which included allegedly meritless charges, judicial harassment and seemingly arbitrary detention, against Mr. Nurgeldi Halykov, an independent journalist, who was reportedly sentenced to four years in prison for fraud shortly after he had allegedly shared a photograph of a World Health Organisation (WHO) delegation that were visiting Turkmenistan in July 2020.
Alleged victims: 1
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18 Mar 2021
    17 Feb 2021
    Russian Federation
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • sexual orientation and gender identity
  • torture
Information received concerning alleged arbitrary arrest and detention of Salekh Magamadov (20 years old) and Ismail Isayev (17 years old), as well as their subsequent transfer to the Chechen Republic.
Alleged victims: 2
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22 Mar 2021
    17 Feb 2021
    Egypt
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • minority issues
  • terrorism
  • torture
  • violence against women
  • women and girls
Information received regarding serious and grave developments that threaten the physical and mental integrity of a number of human rights defenders in the custody of the Egyptian authorities, including lack of medical care, physical and sexual assault, and alleged enforced disappearance.
Alleged victims: 4
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    08 Feb 2021
    Tunisia
    JAL
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
Informations reçues concernant l'absence de progrès substantiels du processus de justice transitionnelle décrit dans les lois organiques n°2013-53 et n° 2014-17, en particulier dans les domaines des réparations et de la redevabilité; ainsi qu'en ce qui concerne les tentatives d'invalidation du travail de l’Instance Vérité et Dignité et de son héritage, en soutien à la recherche de la vérité et de la justice pour les violations passées des droits de l'Homme commises en Tunisie. Les informations reçues concernant les projets de loi présentés au Parlement, et d'autres en cours d'élaboration, qui pourraient avoir des répercussions négatives sur les Chambres pénales spécialisées et la redevabilité pour les violations flagrantes des droits de l'Homme, la corruption financière et la mauvaise utilisation des fonds publics sont également portées à votre attention.
Alleged victims: -
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08 Apr 2021
16 Jun 2021
    05 Feb 2021
    Lao People's Democratic Republic
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
Information received regarding the alleged enforced disappearance of human rights defender Mr. Sombath Somphone since 2012.
Alleged victims: 2
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    01 Feb 2021
    Indonesia
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • indigenous peoples
  • religion or belief
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged detention, enforced disappearance and extrajudicial execution of Mr. Apinus Zanambani, and Mr. Luther Zanambani, at the hand of the military in Suagapa, Intan Jaya, Papua.
Alleged victims: 2
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17 May 2021
    26 Jan 2021
    Russian Federation
    JAL
  • executions
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Information concerning the prosecution and imprisonment of Yuri Alexeevich Dmitriev, a historian and civil rights activist, that suggests the charges against him have been fabricated and are without grounds.
Alleged victims: 1
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24 Mar 2021
24 Mar 2021
    25 Jan 2021
    United Republic of Tanzania
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • torture
Information received concerning Burundian refugees in the refugee camps of Nduta, Nyarugusu and Mtendeli in the Kigoma region in Tanzania, who have faced serious human rights violations for several years, including arbitrary detention, torture and enforced disappearances.
Alleged victims: 230
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    21 Jan 2021
    Mexico
    JOL
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • migrants
Información recibida en relación con la iniciativa con proyecto de decreto por el que se expide la Ley de la Fiscalía General de la República (LFGR) y se abroga la Ley Orgánica de la Fiscalía General de la República (Ley Orgánica) vigente, publicada en la Gaceta del Senado el día 7 de octubre de 2020 (la iniciativa) que posiblemente se discutirá en periodo extraordinario el 15 de enero de 2021 conforme a la petición hecha por la Comisión de Justicia del Senado.
Alleged victims: -
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    18 Jan 2021
    United Republic of Tanzania
    JAL
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning persistent and severe restrictions to fundamental freedoms in the United Republic of Tanzania (Tanzania) in the context of the October 2020 elections.
Alleged victims: -
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08 Feb 2021
    30 Dec 2020
    Albania
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • migrants
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning Mr. Selami Simsek, who is reportedly facing an imminent transfer from Albania to Turkey during which he may be at risk of enforced disappearance.
Alleged victims: 1
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    24 Dec 2020
    Peru
    JAL
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • cultural rights
  • disappearances
Información recibida en relación con los daños ocasionados al memorial “El Ojo que Llora.
Alleged victims: -
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22 Apr 2021
    23 Dec 2020
    Pakistan
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged enforced disappearance of the journalist, and human rights activist, Mudassar Mahmood, alias Naaru, and threats and acts of intimidation against persons associated with him, as well as the alleged short term enforced disappearance of the journalist Matiullah Jan and ongoing acts of intimidation against him.
Alleged victims: 2
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    22 Dec 2020
    India
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • privacy
  • terrorism
Information received regarding allegations of intimidations, searches and confiscations committed during raids performed by national security agents in Jammu & Kashmir.
Alleged victims: 3
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18 Jan 2021
    21 Dec 2020
    Pakistan
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • minority issues
  • torture
Information received concerning the continued intimidation, threats of reprisal and harassment faced by human rights defender, Fazal ur Rehman Afridi, president of the Institut de Recherche et d’Études Stratégiques de Khyber (IRESK) and member of the Pashtun Protection Movement (PTM).
Alleged victims: 1
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    21 Dec 2020
    Egypt
    JAL
  • executions
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • health
  • torture
Information received concerning the denial of adequate and timely health care in custody leading to the deaths of Mr. Ibrahim Hassan Abdel-Ghany Al-Batea, Mr. Magdy Taha Mohamed El-Qalawy and Mr. Tony Hasan Khalifa Farghal.
Alleged victims: 3
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    17 Dec 2020
    Saudi Arabia
    JOL
  • terrorism
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Information received following comments and suggestions on the 2017 Law on Combating Crimes of Terrorism and its Financing, which was recently amended on 19 June 2020.
Alleged victims: -
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    11 Dec 2020
    Viet Nam
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • migrants
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged enforced disappearance of Mr. Siam Theerawut, a Thai national, believed to have been arrested by the authorities of Viet Nam in 2019; and the case of Mr. Truong Duy Nhat, a Vietnamese blogger and journalist who was allegedly apprehended by Thai police and returned to Viet Nam in 2019, and who remains in detention in Viet Nam.
Alleged victims: 2
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18 Mar 2021
    11 Dec 2020
    Thailand
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • migrants
  • poverty
  • torture
Information received concerning at least six alleged cases of Thai political activists disappearing abroad, namely Wanchalearm Satsaksit, Siam Theerawut, Surachai Danwattananusorn, Chatchan Bubphawan, Kraidej Luelert, and Itthipol Sukpan, and concern that this may point to a pattern of extraterritorial enforced disappearance.
Alleged victims: 8
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14 Dec 2020
    11 Dec 2020
    Lao People's Democratic Republic
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • migrants
  • poverty
  • torture
Information received concerning at least four alleged cases of Thai political activists disappearing in Lao People’s Democratic Republic, namely Surachai Danwattananusorn, Chatchan Bubphawan, Kraidej Luelert, Itthipol Sukpan as well as the alleged enforced disappearance in Thailand of Lao PDR national Od Sayavong and the lack of progress in the search and investigation of these cases.
Alleged victims: 5
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    11 Dec 2020
    Cambodia
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • Cambodia
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • migrants
  • torture
Information received concerning the case of Mr. Wanchalearm Satsaksit, in Cambodia, a Thai political opposition member who disappeared in Cambodia as well as the case Mr. Osman Karaca, a dual Mexican-Turkish national who was arrested in Cambodia in November 2018, subjected to enforced disappearance for several days and then deported to Turkey.
Alleged victims: 2
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07 Feb 2021
03 Mar 2021
    11 Dec 2020
    Azerbaijan
    JUA
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • executions
Information received concerning torture and ill-treatment of prisoners of war and cases of enforced disappearance during the armed conflict in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. We also call on your Excellency’s Government to honour the ceasefire agreement to ensure lasting peace, including by returning captives and bodies of the dead to their respective countries of origin and to their families.
Alleged victims: -
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30 Dec 2020
30 Dec 2020
30 Dec 2020
30 Dec 2020
    09 Dec 2020
    Myanmar
    JUA
  • Myanmar
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
Information received regarding allegations of arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of a minor and the death of his father, Mr. Serajul Mustafa, while in police custody.
Alleged victims: 2
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    09 Dec 2020
    Armenia
    JUA
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • executions
Information received concerning torture and ill-treatment of prisoners of war and cases of enforced disappearance during the armed conflict in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. We also call on your Excellency’s Government to honour the ceasefire agreement to ensure lasting peace, including by returning captives and bodies of the dead to their respective countries of origin and to their families.
Alleged victims: -
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22 Feb 2021
22 Feb 2021
22 Feb 2021
22 Feb 2021
22 Feb 2021
    04 Dec 2020
    Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • migrants
  • torture
Información recibida con relación a la falta de investigaciones efectivas y cooperación binacional para atender los casos de desapariciones transfronterizas de personas, incluyendo personas migrantes y trabajadoras fronterizas, por actores armados no estatales, incluyendo grupos armados organizados y grupos criminales, en la zona fronteriza entre Colombia y Venezuela.
Alleged victims: -
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    04 Dec 2020
    Colombia
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • migrants
  • torture
Información recibida con relación a la falta de investigaciones efectivas y cooperación binacional para atender los casos de desapariciones transfronterizas de personas, incluyendo personas migrantes, refugiadas y trabajadoras fronterizas, por actores armados no estatales, incluyendo grupos armados organizados y grupos criminales, en la zona fronteriza entre Colombia y Venezuela.
Alleged victims: -
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02 Feb 2021
25 Feb 2021
25 Feb 2021
    04 Dec 2020
    China
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
Information concerning the detention, arrest and charging of human rights defender and lawyer Qin Yongpei and the alleged arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance of human rights defender and lawyer Chang Weiping in “residential surveillance at a designated location”.
Alleged victims: 2
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28 Dec 2020
    27 Nov 2020
    Iraq
    JAL
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary detention of journalist Mr Sherwan Amin Naao Sherwani.
Alleged victims: 1
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29 Dec 2020
    25 Nov 2020
    Egypt
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • health
  • human rights defenders
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the arrest and filing of official charges for terrorism and national security related crimes against human rights defenders Gasser Abdel Rakez, Karim Ennarah and Mohamed Basheer in apparent retaliation for a human rights meeting they held with representatives of the diplomatic community, under the auspices of their NGO, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). We also bring to the attention of your Excellency’s Government information regarding the continued pre-trial detention of another EIPR staff, Patrick Zaki as well as the ongoing criminalization, travel ban and freeze of assets of Hossam Bahgat founder and former Executive Director of the same organization.
Alleged victims: 6
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    25 Nov 2020
    Côte d'Ivoire
    JAL
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
Informations reçues concernant des allégations de détention arbitraire et disparition forcée à l’encontre de Mme Gbalet Pulcherie Edith, de MM. Djehi Bi Cyrille et Gbaou Gédéon Junior, de M. Kouakou N’goran Aime César, ainsi que de M. Pascal Affi N'Guessan, ainsi qu’à des restrictions indues au droit de réunion pacifique.
Alleged victims: 5
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04 Dec 2020
25 Jan 2021
    11 Nov 2020
    Uzbekistan
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • migrants
  • religion or belief
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged enforced disappearance of Mr. Alisher Haydarov in Ukraine prior to his forcible return to Uzbekistan, where he is likely to face arbitrary detention, prosecution and, potentially, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment because of his professed religion or beliefs or his imputed affiliation with an extremist organization or movement.
Alleged victims: 1
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    11 Nov 2020
    Ukraine
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • migrants
  • religion or belief
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged enforced disappearance of Mr. Alisher Haydarov in Ukraine prior to his forcible return to Uzbekistan, where he is likely to face arbitrary detention, prosecution and, potentially, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment because of his professed religion or beliefs or his imputed affiliation with an extremist organization or movement.
Alleged victims: 1
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04 Feb 2021
04 Feb 2021
    11 Nov 2020
    Peru
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida sobre la independización del terreno, destinado a la construcción del Santuario de la Memoria La Hoyada, a favor del Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones (MTC) para la ampliación del Aeropuerto “Coronel FAP Alfredo Mendevil Duarte.”
Alleged victims: -
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    10 Nov 2020
    Panama
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • migrants
  • terrorism
  • torture
Información recibida con relación a las alegaciones de privación de libertad del Sr. Muaz Türkyılmaz, un nacional turco, y su potencial extradición a Turquía, donde existen razones fundadas para creer que estaría en peligro de desaparición forzada y detención arbitraria.
Alleged victims: 1
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08 Jan 2021
    10 Nov 2020
    Iraq
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the alleged enforced disappearance of human rights defender Ali Jasib Hattab Al Holaijy.
Alleged victims: 1
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    09 Nov 2020
    Sri Lanka
    JAL
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
  • violence against women
Information received concerning the alleged regression in the transitional justice measures that Sri Lanka had adopted, or committed to implement, to address the serious human rights violations committed during the 25-year conflict, as well as the obstacles imposed on memorialization efforts led by victim’s groups and the intimidation of victims and civil society
Alleged victims: -
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    06 Nov 2020
    Turkey
    JUA
  • executions
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • minority issues
  • torture
Information received concerning the reported detention and enforced disappearance of Swedish-Iranian national Mr. Habib Chaab in Turkey, and that he may be in danger of transfer to Iran, which would put him at risk of serious human rights violations, including torture and other cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and being sentenced to death following an unfair trial.
Alleged victims: 1
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05 Jan 2021
    06 Nov 2020
    Syrian Arab Republic
    JAL
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • internally displaced persons
  • torture
  • violence against women
Information received concerning the absence in the political process between the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition, of negotiations regarding the design and implementation of transitional justice measures to address the gross violations of international human rights law and serious violations of international humanitarian law committed against civilians since March 2011, as well as the absence of meaningful victim participation in the process.
Alleged victims: -
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    06 Nov 2020
    President of the Syrian National Coalition
    JAL
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • internally displaced persons
  • torture
  • violence against women
Information received concerning the absence in the political process between the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition, of negotiations regarding the design and implementation of transitional justice measures to address the gross violations of international human rights law and serious violations of international humanitarian law committed against civilians since March 2011, as well as the absence of meaningful victim participation in the process, including women and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Alleged victims: -
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05 Jan 2021
05 Jan 2021
05 Jan 2021
    15 Oct 2020
    Syrian Arab Republic
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning Mr. Bilal Al-Bayush, Ms. Walla Ahmadou, and Ms. Raghda Awad, who have been allegedly arbitrarily detained, subjected to enforced disappearance and torture by the Syrian Government forces amid the ongoing conflict in Syria.
Alleged victims: 3
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    14 Oct 2020
    Madagascar
    JAL
  • torture
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • health
Informations reçues concernant M. Insaa Mohamed Bouboucha qui aurait fait l'objet d'un enlèvement extraterritorial commandité par l'Etat et aurait été renvoyé de force aux Comores depuis Madagascar. M. Bouboucha aurait été soumis à des mauvais traitements, se verrait refuser l'accès aux soins médicaux et serait actuellement détenu arbitrairement à la prison centrale de Moroni.
Alleged victims: 1
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12 Apr 2021
    14 Oct 2020
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • torture
  • violence against women
Informations reçues concernant des allégations d’harcèlement, d’intimidations, des menaces et des possibles représailles contre les défenseurs des droits humains Olivier Muhubiri et Christine Mugabo, en lien avec leur travail dans le domaine des droits humains et leur coopération avec les Nations Unies dans ce domaine.
Alleged victims: 2
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    14 Oct 2020
    Comoros
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • health
  • torture
Informations reçues concernant M. Insaa Mohamed Bouboucha qui aurait fait l'objet d'un enlèvement extraterritorial commandité par l'Etat et aurait été renvoyé de force aux Comores depuis Madagascar. M. Bouboucha aurait été soumis à des mauvais traitements, se verrait refuser l'accès aux soins médicaux et serait actuellement détenu arbitrairement à la prison centrale de Moroni.
Alleged victims: 1
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15 Dec 2020
    09 Oct 2020
    Mexico
    JOL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • torture
Información recibida relativa al Acuerdo por el que se dispone de la Fuerza Armada permanente para llevar a cabo tareas de seguridad pública de manera extraordinaria, regulada, fiscalizada, subordinada y complementaria (el Acuerdo), publicado el 11 de mayo de 2020 y que está en vigor desde el 12 de mayo de 2020 hasta el 27 de marzo de 2024.
Alleged victims: -
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23 Oct 2020
    07 Oct 2020
    Cameroon
    JUA
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • terrorism
  • torture
Informations reçues concernant des allégations de restrictions au droit à la liberté de réunion pacifique, d’usage excessif de la force lors de manifestations pacifiques du 22 septembre 2020, ainsi que des allégations d’arrestations et de détentions arbitraires des manifestants et d’actes de tortures, traitements cruels, inhumains ou dégradants à leur encontre.
Alleged victims: 622
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07 Dec 2020
    06 Oct 2020
    Sri Lanka
    JAL
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • cultural rights
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
  • minority issues
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Information received concerning alleged police harassment and excessive use of force against demonstrators during a peaceful assembly for the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances held on 30 August 2020, in the districts of Jaffna and Batticaloa.
Alleged victims: 8
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    06 Oct 2020
    Paraguay
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
Información recibida en relación con la muerte de dos niñas en el Departamento de Concepción, Paraguay como resultado de un operativo llevado a cabo por la Fuerza de Tarea Conjunta, que podría constituir ejecución arbitraria, desaparaciones forzadas de corta duración, y posible tortura, además de irregularidades relacionadas con procedimientos de identificación y evidencias forenses por parte del estado.
Alleged victims: 2
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19 Nov 2020
03 Dec 2020
15 Jan 2021
15 Jan 2021
15 Jan 2021
15 Jan 2021
15 Jan 2021
15 Jan 2021
    06 Oct 2020
    Mr. Hesham Sharaf, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and
    JAL
  • executions
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • health
  • torture
Information received concerning allegations of arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and death penalty imposed as a result of an unfair trial in relation to ten Yemeni journalists.
Alleged victims: 10
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    01 Oct 2020
    Mexico
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
En este contexto, quisiéramos señalar a la atención urgente del Gobierno de su Excelencia la información que hemos recibido en relación con la detención e inicio de investigaciones penales en contra de Carla Verónica Martínez Jiménez, Isela Verenice Olimpia Montoya y Verónica Durán Lara, todas ellas familiares de personas desaparecidas, defensoras de derechos humanos, y también miembros de la organización Colectivo A Tu Encuentro, así como de la defensora María del Carmen Ramírez, activista de la organización civil Guanajuato Despertó, por su participación en manifestaciones en el estado de Guanajuato, en México. El Colectivo A Tu Encuentro lleva a cabo actividades para la búsqueda de verdad y justicia sobre las personas desaparecidas, incluyendo la interposición de denuncias, búsquedas forenses en campo y en servicios forenses, así como búsquedas de vida en centros penitenciarios y hospitalarios. Además dicha organización participa en mesas de interlocución con autoridades estatales y federales para que se de atención a la búsqueda de sus familiares bajo un enfoque integral y participativo. Según la información recibida: El 10 de julio a las 9:00 a.m., las Señoras Isela Verenice Olimpia Montoya, Carla Verónica Martínez Jiménez, Verónica Durán Lara y María del Carmen Ramírez, fueron detenidas durante una manifestación, por agentes de las Fuerzas de Seguridad Pública del Estado, cerca de la glorieta Santa Fe a unos metros de la caseta de cobro Guanajuato-Silao, en la Ciudad de Guanajuato. Dicha manifestación pacífica, tenía como propósito denunciar la falta de participación de familiares de personas desaparecidas en la elección del titular de la Comisión de Búsqueda estatal recientemente establecida mediante la Ley sobre desapariciones. Anteriormente, el 9 de julio 2020, las personas mencionadas se reunieron durante la manifestación para mostrar las fotografías de sus familiares en el Teatro Juárez en la Ciudad de Guanajuato. Cabe destacar que la movilización, según se informa, se dio de manera pacífica y haciendo ejercicio de los derechos a la libertad de expresión y a la libertad de reunión pacífica y de asociación. Después de su arresto, las señoras Olimpia Montoya, Martínez Jiménez, Durán Lara y Ramírez, fueron trasladadas a las instalaciones de la Dirección de Policía Municipal Preventiva de Guanajuato, Guanajuato. Inicialmente se les comunicó que se les detenía por haber obstruido la vía pública. En los registros policiales de la detención en el apartado de circunstancias que motivaron la detención únicamente se mencionan las conductas de obstrucción. Se señala que en ningún momento se informó a las defensoras de que estaban detenidas por lesiones. Sin embargo, posteriormente se declaró legal la detención por obstrucción y lesiones. Se inició la carpeta de investigación identificada con el número 63433/2020 del índice de la Agencia de investigación número 3 de la ciudad de Guanajuato. A las 3:00 p.m. del mismo día, las personas mencionadas fueron liberadas. Sin embargo, se les informó que seguirían siendo investigadas. Tras la solicitud de la copia de la carpeta de investigación, se descubrió que la investigación oficial se sostiene mediante la denuncia por agentes de las Fuerzas de Seguridad Pública del Estado de Guanajuato. En la información de la carpeta de investigación, se encuentra como único elemento de evidencia del delito, la presencia de las personas mencionadas en el lugar de los hechos, mientras se llevaba a cabo la manifestación. No se hace referencia a acciones o conductas llevadas a cabo por las señoras Montoya, Martínez Jiménez, Durán Lara y Ramírez de manera individualizada, señalando circunstancias específicas de tiempo, modo y lugar, que pudieran actualizar el delito de lesiones a los elementos de seguridad. Además, ninguno de los testimonios documentados en la carpeta de investigación señalaba explícitamente la participación de mujeres como autoras materiales de actos de violencia. Según la información recibida, se documentan también deficiencias procesales y un uso desviado del derecho penal, particularmente dirigido en contra de mujeres familiares de personas desaparecidas que ejercían su derecho a la libertad de reunión para exigir verdad y justicia. Las personas mencionadas, debían firmar el acta de lectura de derecho sin presencia de un defensor legal para poder ser liberadas. El 16 de julio de 2020, las defensoras presentaron un escrito solicitando la terminación de la investigación penal en contra de ellas, sin obtener respuesta. El mismo día, las personas mencionadas interpusieron una denuncia por delito de abuso de autoridad y falsedad de declaraciones ante la autoridad del Ministerio Público, pero en vano. En el caso de la señora Carla Verónica Martínez Jiménez, la criminalización del hecho, mediática y por declaraciones de funcionarios, resultó en la pérdida de su empleo. Según la información recibida, las acciones por parte del Estado resultan no solamente en la detención arbitraria de personas ejerciendo su derecho a la libertad de expresión, a participar en asuntos públicos y el derecho a la libertad de reunión, sino que también sostiene la re victimización continua de familiares de personas desaparecidas, generando un contexto aún más adverso en su búsqueda de verdad y justicia. Tras los hechos de la manifestación, se señaló el uso arbitrario y desproporcionado de la fuerza por parte de los agentes de las Fuerzas de Seguridad Pública del Estado, que fueron superiores en número a los protestantes durante la manifestación. Según la información recibida, la manifestación se llevó a cabo de forma pacífica y se informa de que el uso de la fuerza fue iniciado por la operación policial. El secretario de seguridad pública del Estado de Guanajuato dio declaraciones públicas justificando la acción policial de las cuáles se desprende que la decisión de actuar violentamente contra una manifestación hasta ese momento pacífica se debía únicamente a la afectación al tráfico rodado. Además, no se consideró la especial vulnerabilidad de las participantes de la manifestación, siendo principalmente mujeres familiares de personas desaparecidas. Estos casos se darían en un contexto de creciente violencia y graves violaciones de derechos humanos, incluyendo desapariciones forzadas, así como la ausencia de mecanismos de participación por familiares de personas desaparecidas en procesos de búsqueda de verdad y justicia, generando así la re victimización institucional de familiares de personas desaparecidas en el estado de Guanajuato. Sin establecer de antemano una conclusión sobre los hechos anteriormente expuestos, quisiéramos expresar nuestra profunda preocupación por la reciente detención y las investigaciones penales en contra de las defensoras anteriormente mencionadas Isela Verenice Olimpia Montoya, Carla Verónica Martínez Jiménez y Verónica Durán Lara, familiares de personas desaparecidas y la defensora María del Carmen Ramírez por su participación en manifestaciones en el estado de Guanajuato, México. De confirmarse, las alegaciones arriba mencionadas podrían configurar violaciones de los derechos a la libertad y a la seguridad personal, a la libertad de reunión pacífica y de asociación y a las garantías de debido proceso, estipulados en los artículos 9 y 10 de la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos y los artículos 9, 14, 21 y 22 del Pacto internacional de Derechos Civiles y Políticos (PIDCP), ratificado por México el 23 marzo 1981. Asimismo, nos preocupa que estas alegaciones puedan constituir violaciones graves de las obligaciones contenidas en la Declaración sobre la protección de todas las personas contra las desapariciones forzadas y la Convención Internacional para la protección de todas las personas contra las desapariciones forzadas, ratificada por México en 18 de marzo de 2008. En cuanto a las medidas de seguridad de los Estados en su respuesta a la crisis de COVID-19, la Alta Comisionada de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos declaró que las medidas para contener y combatir la propagación de COVID-19 deberían llevarse a cabo siempre en estricta conformidad con las normas de derechos humanos y de manera necesaria y proporcional al riesgo evaluado. Asimismo, el Experto Independiente sobre la protección contra la violencia y la discriminación por motivos de orientación sexual o identidad de género subrayó que los gobiernos no deben utilizar las medidas de COVID-19 para dirigirse a las personas por su orientación sexual o identidad de género o para enjuiciarlas. Los Estados deberán garantizar que las víctimas de violaciones de los derechos humanos que se hayan perpetrado utilizando la norma COVID-19 como excusa o como resultado de las medidas aplicadas para hacer frente a la pandemia tengan acceso a la reparación, incluida la no repetición y las reparaciones. En relación con las alegaciones arriba mencionadas, sírvase encontrar adjunto el Anexo de referencias al derecho internacional de los derechos humanos el cual resume los instrumentos y principios internacionales pertinentes.
Alleged victims: 4
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    01 Oct 2020
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • minority issues
Information received concerning the imminent executions of Mr. Heidar Ghorbani and Mr. Arsalan Khodkam, two Iranians from the Kurdish minority, after they were both sentenced to death for baghi (armed rebellion against the state) and moharebeh (taking up arms to take lives or property and to create fear in the public) respectively. There are serious concerns in both cases related to due process, adherence to fair trial guarantees, a lack of evidence and alleged use of torture to extract forced confessions.
Alleged victims: 2
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24 Nov 2020
    30 Sep 2020
    United Arab Emirates
    JAL
  • torture
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
Information received concerning Mr. Paul Rusesabagina, who has been forcibly transferred from Dubai to Kigali under uncertain circumstances, and is currently detained in Rwanda facing terrorism related charges.
Alleged victims: 1
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21 Dec 2020
    30 Sep 2020
    Rwanda
    JAL
  • torture
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
Information received concerning Mr. Paul Rusesabagina, who has been forcibly transferred from Dubai to Kigali under uncertain circumstances, and is currently detained in Rwanda facing terrorism related charges.
Alleged victims: 1
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    25 Sep 2020
    Honduras
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • sexual orientation and gender identity
  • violence against women
  • women and girls
Información recibida en relación con la muerte violenta y la desaparición de varias personas defensoras de los derechos humanos en Honduras, así como amenazas y acoso en su contra, en lo que parece una situación de alto riesgo para las personas defensoras de los derechos humanos.
Alleged victims: 8
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    25 Sep 2020
    Colombia
    JAL
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • human rights defenders
  • internally displaced persons
  • torture
Información recibida en relación con el contexto de menoscabo y cuestionamiento de los mecanismos del Sistema Integral de Verdad, Justicia, Reparación y No Repetición, en particular sobre la Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz (JEP) y la Comisión para el Esclarecimiento de la Verdad, la Convivencia y la No Repetición (CEV), y de críticas y ataques a la reputación de los integrantes de ambas instituciones en virtud de sus actividades previas relacionadas con su labor en defensa de los derechos humanos.
Alleged victims: -
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    16 Sep 2020
    Belarus
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • Belarus
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • torture
  • violence against women
Information received concerning an alleged enforced disappearance of Ms. Maria Kalesnikava, a prominent member of the opposition and one of the leaders of peaceful protests in Belarus. We have also received information on what appears to be a systematic targeting and persecution by security forces of the members of the opposition associated with the Coordination Council. According to the reports received, most of them were also subjected to enforced disappearance.
Alleged victims: 1
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02 Oct 2020
    14 Sep 2020
    Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
    JAL
  • trafficking in persons
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • migrants
  • sale of children
  • slavery
  • torture
Información recibida en relación con las desapariciones de 73 migrantes que se dirigían de Venezuela a las islas de Curazao y Trinidad y Tobago en tres embarcaciones distintas durante el periodo comprendido entre abril y julio 2019
Alleged victims: 73
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18 May 2021
    03 Sep 2020
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • terrorism
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Information received concerning allegations of the continued refusal to disclose the circumstances of death and remains of thousands of political dissidents who were forcibly disappeared and then allegedly extrajudicial executed between July and early September in 1988 in 32 cities, and the authorities’ refusal to provide families with accurate and complete death certificates.
Alleged victims: 6
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    01 Sep 2020
    Bangladesh
    JAL
  • religion or belief
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • minority issues
  • sexual orientation and gender identity
Information received concerning threats, acts of intimidation and legal prosecution of Mr. Asaduzzaman Noor, and the ongoing harassment of his family members in Bangladesh.
Alleged victims: 1
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    31 Aug 2020
    Pakistan
    JAL
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • human rights defenders
  • minority issues
Information received concerning the continued disappearance and risk of torture and ill-treatment of Mr. Idris Khattak.
Alleged victims: 1
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04 Feb 2021
    31 Aug 2020
    Lao People's Democratic Republic
    JAL
  • food
  • disappearances
  • environment
  • executions
  • health
  • housing
  • indigenous peoples
  • minority issues
  • poverty
  • water and sanitation
Information received concerning the alarming situation of the Hmong indigenous community located in the Phou Bia region (referred to as the “ChaoFa Hmong”), including the indiscriminate attacks against the community, enforced and involuntary disappearances, denying access to food and lacking health care and access to safe and drinking water.
Alleged victims: 4
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    27 Aug 2020
    Belarus
    JAL
  • Belarus
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • torture
Information received concerning allegation of torture and ill-treatment against detained protesters
Alleged victims: 2
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31 Aug 2020
    19 Aug 2020
    Egypt
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the situation of Mohammad Awsam Abdulaziz Ali Rashed, a student at the Faculty of Engineering, Mechatronics Department and his father, Awsam Abdulaziz Ali Rashed who are allegedly both in detention following an unfair trial before the military court and whose fate remains unknown since 1 March 2020.
Alleged victims: 2
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09 Sep 2020
    14 Aug 2020
    Cameroon
    JUA
  • torture
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • minority issues
  • terrorism
Informations reçues concernant des allégations de pratiques sécuritaires systématiques d’arrestation arbitraire, disparition forcée, torture et mauvais traitement, détention prolongée sans jugement ainsi que des exécutions extrajudiciaires, commises à l’encontre de treize individus appartenant à la minorité anglophone dans les régions nord-ouest et sud-ouest du Cameroun.
Alleged victims: 13
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14 Oct 2020
07 Dec 2020
    13 Aug 2020
    China
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the trial and sentencing, behind closed doors, of Mr. Yu Wensheng.
Alleged victims: 1
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23 Oct 2020
    29 Jul 2020
    Egypt
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • health
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • minority issues
  • religion or belief
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received regarding continued detention of human rights defenders and other individuals in Egyptian prisons, who, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, have had their communication with the outside world heavily restricted, their pre-trial detentions renewed in absentia and are at grave risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus.
Alleged victims: 12
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    29 Jul 2020
    Bahrain
    JUA
  • torture
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • terrorism
Information received concerning Mr. Mohamed Ramadhan Issa Ali Hassan and Mr. Hussain Ali Moosa Hassan Mohamed, two Bahraini nationals, who are facing imminent execution following the confirmation of a death penalty against them by the Court of Cassation, on 13 July 2020.
Alleged victims: 2
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28 Sep 2020
    27 Jul 2020
    United States of America
    JAL
  • torture
  • disappearances
Information received concerning Zahra Ahmed Mohamed, who was subjected to psychological pain and suffering as a result of the enforced disappearance of her husband, Mohammed al-Asad, who was abducted and disappeared by the Governments of the United States of America and Djibouti.
Alleged victims: 1
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    27 Jul 2020
    Djibouti
    JAL
  • torture
  • disappearances
Information received concerning Zahra Ahmed Mohamed, who was subjected to psychological pain and suffering as a result of the enforced disappearance of her husband, Mohammed al-Asad, who was abducted and disappeared by the Governments of the United States of America and Djibouti.
Alleged victims: 1
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24 Sep 2020
    15 Jul 2020
    United States of America
    JUA
  • torture
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • food
  • terrorism
Information received concerning allegations of twenty former Guantánamo detainees, who have been resettled in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Alleged victims: 2
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19 Jan 2021
    15 Jul 2020
    United Arab Emirates
    JUA
  • torture
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • food
  • terrorism
Information received concerning allegations of twenty former Guantánamo detainees, who have been resettled in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Alleged victims: 2
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    15 Jul 2020
    Thailand
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged abduction and enforced disappearance in Cambodia of Mr. Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a Thai political activist, and the lack of progress in the investigation.
Alleged victims: 1
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10 Aug 2020
    15 Jul 2020
    Cambodia
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • Cambodia
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged abduction and enforced disappearance in Cambodia of Mr. Wanchalearm Satsaksit and the lack of progress in the investigation.
Alleged victims: 1
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12 Aug 2020
    14 Jul 2020
    Yemen
    JAL
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
Information received concerning a Yemeni national living in Saudi Arabia, who was arrested at a checkpoint in Yemen, detained from 19 May to 25 June 2018 in unofficial detention facilities and allegedly tortured and intimidated, by Yemeni forces and their allies.
Alleged victims: 1
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    14 Jul 2020
    United States of America
    JAL
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
Information received concerning a Yemeni national living in Saudi Arabia, who was arrested at a checkpoint in Yemen, detained from 19 May to 25 June 2018 in unofficial detention facilities and allegedly tortured and intimidated, by Yemeni and Emirati forces.
Alleged victims: 1
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    14 Jul 2020
    United Arab Emirates
    JAL
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
Information received concerning a Yemeni national living in Saudi Arabia, who was arrested at a checkpoint in Yemen, detained from 19 May to 25 June 2018 in unofficial detention facilities and allegedly tortured and intimidated, by Yemeni forces and their allies.
Alleged victims: 1
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    10 Jul 2020
    Turkey
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • minority issues
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received regarding the arrest of human rights defender Mr. Abdollah Bozorgzadeh and his potential extradition to Iran.
Alleged victims: 2
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02 Sep 2020
    07 Jul 2020
    Cameroon
    JUA
  • torture
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • minority issues
  • terrorism
Informations reçues concernant des allégations de disparition forcée, torture et décès en détention de M. Samuel Ajiekah Abuwe, alias « Samuel Wazizi », du 2 août 2019 au 5 juin 2020, ainsi que la détention arbitraire et la disparition forcée de M. Njoka Kingsley Fomonyuy arrêté le 15 mai 2020.
Alleged victims: 2
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03 Sep 2020
04 Jan 2021
    01 Jul 2020
    India
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • minority issues
  • terrorism
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Information received concerning the sudden closure of the Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in October 2019 which has currently left the people of the region with limited legal recourse to seek justice for potential human rights violations committed against them including enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, torture and sexual violence and created uncertainty as to how pending cases will be treated.
Alleged victims: 639
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    29 Jun 2020
    Brazil
    JAL
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • cultural rights
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged renewed public remarks made by President Jair Bolsonaro and members of his Government denying the existence of a military dictatorship in Brazil between 1964 and 1985, positively assessing the events occurred during this period, and trivializing the violations committed, as well as concerning the alleged interference with the work of existing transitional justice mechanisms.
Alleged victims: -
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26 Aug 2020
    23 Jun 2020
    Democratic People's Republic of Korea
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • slavery
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged continued enforced disappearance of Republic of Korea civilians and prisoners of war following the outbreak of the Korean war on 25 June 1950 as well as individuals abducted following the war including Republic of Korean, Japanese and other nationals.
Alleged victims: 500
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30 Jun 2020
    17 Jun 2020
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • minority issues
  • torture
Information received concerning the enforced disappearance and reported secret execution of Hedayat Abdollahpour, a member of the Kurdish minority.
Alleged victims: 1
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07 Aug 2020
    12 Jun 2020
    Thailand
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
Information received concerning the alleged abduction and disappearance in Cambodia of Mr. Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a Thai political activist.
Alleged victims: 1
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15 Jun 2020
10 Aug 2020
    12 Jun 2020
    Cambodia
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • Cambodia
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
Information received concerning the alleged abduction and enforced disappearance in Cambodia of Mr. Wanchalearm Satsaksit.
Alleged victims: 1
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19 Jun 2020
    11 Jun 2020
    Pakistan
    JUA
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • human rights defenders
  • minority issues
Information received concerning the continued disappearance and risk of torture and ill-treatment of Mr. Idris Khattak.
Alleged victims: 1
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16 Jun 2020
    11 Jun 2020
    Mauritania
    JAL
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • African Descent
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • human rights defenders
  • minority issues
  • torture
Informations reçues concernant l'absence de recours effectifs pour les victimes de violations des droits de l'homme pendant la période dite du "Passif humanitaire" en Mauritanie et le projet de loi sur la justice transitionnelle présenté à l'Assemblée nationale à ce sujet.
Alleged victims: -
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23 Sep 2020
    04 Jun 2020
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    JAL
  • mercenaries
  • business
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Information received concerning the role of Keenie Meenie Services Ltd. as well as UK nationals employed and/or contracted by the company, in violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law that were allegedly committed during the armed conflict in Sri Lanka between 1984 and 1988, as well as the related lack of accountability and remedies for victims.
Alleged victims: -
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02 Aug 2020
    04 Jun 2020
    Sri Lanka
    JAL
  • mercenaries
  • business
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Information received concerning the role of Keenie Meenie Services Ltd. as well as UK nationals employed and/or contracted by the company, in violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law that were allegedly committed during the armed conflict in Sri Lanka between 1984 and 1988, as well as the related lack of accountability and remedies for victims.
Alleged victims: -
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    04 Jun 2020
    Saladin Security Limited
    JAL
  • mercenaries
  • business
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Information received concerning the role of Keenie Meenie Services Ltd. as well as UK nationals employed and/or contracted by the company, in violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law that were allegedly committed during the armed conflict in Sri Lanka between 1984 and 1988, as well as the related lack of accountability and remedies for victims.
Alleged victims: -
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02 Aug 2020
02 Aug 2020
02 Aug 2020
06 Sep 2020
    02 Jun 2020
    Zimbabwe
    JAL
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • violence against women
Information received concerning the arbitrary arrest, disappeance, torture and ill-treatment of members of the MDC Alliance Youth Assembly.
Alleged victims: 4
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08 Jun 2020
16 Jun 2020
    02 Jun 2020
    Egypt
    JAL
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • health
  • human rights defenders
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the arrest and ongoing pre-trial detention of prominent labour rights activists and trade union leaders including Haytham Mohamadein, Hassan Barbary, Alla Essam and Khalil Rizk.
Alleged victims: 5
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    02 Jun 2020
    China
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • cultural rights
  • minority issues
  • religion or belief
Information received concerning the continued enforced disappearance of Gedhun Cheokyi Nyima, and the regulation of reincarnation of Tibetan living Buddhas against the religious traditions and practices of the Tibetan Buddhist minority. The 17 May 2020 marked 25 years since the disappearance of Gedhun Cheokyi Nyima.
Alleged victims: 1
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08 Jul 2020
    02 Jun 2020
    Angola
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • health
  • indigenous peoples
Information received concerning acts of intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders working for the non-governmental organisation MBAKITA.
Alleged victims: 2
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26 Aug 2020
    20 May 2020
    Kenya
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • food
  • housing
  • water and sanitation
  • women and girls
In this connection, we would like to bring to the attention of your Excellency’s Government information we have received concerning the allegations of the forced eviction of over 7,000 residents of Kariobangi, Nairobi, during the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to use the land for a development project, and the serious threats made against woman human rights defender Ms. Ruth Mumbi, who may be at risk of enforced disappearance for defending the right to housing of the evicted individuals.
Alleged victims: 1
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    15 May 2020
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • minority issues
Information received concerning the enforced dispapearance of Hossein Silawi, Ali Khasraji, Naser Khafajian, members of the Ahwazi Arab minority, and Hedayat Abdollahpour a member of the Kurdish minority and fears that they may be at risk of torture or secret execution
Alleged victims: 4
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08 Oct 2020
    12 May 2020
    Mexico
    JAL
  • torture
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • health
  • independence of judges and lawyers
Información recibida en relación a presuntos actos constitutivos de tortura y otras violaciones al derecho a la integridad personal en contra del Sr. Yonny Ronay Chacón González (en adelante denominado el Sr. Chacón González), durante su detención en el estado de Chiapas, México y llevadas a cabo por agentes de la Policía Judicial del estado mencionado. Así como en contra de los Sres. Jesús Iván Figueroa Gómez, Luis Adrián Figueroa Gómez y Juan Antonio Figueroa Gómez durante su detención en el estado de Chihuahua, México, y llevadas a cabo por agentes ministeriales adscritos a la unidad antiextorsión del estado mencionado.
Alleged victims: 4
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    11 May 2020
    Sri Lanka
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • human rights defenders
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Concerns about policies with regards to addressing enforced disappearances in the country and recent statements from the Government on this issue.
Alleged victims: -
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    07 May 2020
    China
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • health
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the penalties faced by individuals during the COVID-19 outbreak, in particular the arbitrary detention of Mr. Guo Quan and the enforced disappearance Mr. Xu Zhiyong, as a result of the legitimate exercise of their right to freedom of expression.
Alleged victims: 2
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06 Jul 2020
    05 May 2020
    Turkey
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • migrants
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning what appears to be a systematic practice of state-sponsored extraterritorial abductions and forcible return of Turkish nationals from multiple States to Turkey.
Alleged victims: 28
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11 Jun 2020
    05 May 2020
    Iraq
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • minority issues
  • religion or belief
  • terrorism
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Information received concerning the cases of 432 army cadets missing from Tikrit since 12 June 2014.
Alleged victims: 432
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14 Oct 2020
    30 Apr 2020
    Chile
    JAL
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • health
  • torture
Información recibida en relación con la reactivación del proyecto de ley que regula la sustitución de penas privativas de libertad por razones humanitarias, más conocido como “Ley Humanitaria” (Boletín 12.345-073).
Alleged victims: -
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    22 Apr 2020
    Turkey
    JAL
  • executions
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
Information received concerning the physical abuse and deportation to Iran of Messrs. Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi, who were later prosecuted and sentenced to death by the Iranian authorities
Alleged victims: 2
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11 Jun 2020
17 Jul 2020
    22 Apr 2020
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
Information received concerning the arrest, detention and sentencing to death of Messrs. Amir Hossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi, and Mohammad Rajabi, on charges of arson and property damage during the November 2019 protests in Tehran, and amid serious concerns related to due process, adherence to fair trial guarantees and use of torture to extract forced confessions.
Alleged victims: 3
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    21 Apr 2020
    UNESCO World Heritage Centre
    JAL
  • indigenous peoples
  • disappearances
  • environment
  • human rights defenders
Concerns over incompliance with requirements set out in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention
Alleged victims: 3
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    21 Apr 2020
    IUCN
    JAL
  • indigenous peoples
  • disappearances
  • environment
  • human rights defenders
Concerns over incompliance with requirements set out in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention
Alleged victims: 3
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    20 Apr 2020
    Thailand
    JAL
  • indigenous peoples
  • disappearances
  • environment
  • human rights defenders
Concerns regarding the national legal framework and the exclusion of indigenous peoples from forest management in Thailand
Alleged victims: 3
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09 Apr 2021
    15 Apr 2020
    United States of America
    JAL
  • torture
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • health
  • terrorism
Information we have received concerning the continued detention of Mr. Ammar al Baluchi, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detainee at Guantanamo Bay.
Alleged victims: 1
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    15 Apr 2020
    Philippines
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • terrorism
  • violence against women
  • women and girls
Information received concerning the alleged killings of human rights defenders Mr. Ryan Hubilla and Ms. Nelly Bagasala as well as the alleged threats, arbitrary detention and legal cases brought against other human rights defenders from the organisations Karapatan, Gabriela and Rural Missionaries of the Philippines which work on issues including enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. The individuals concerned include Ms. Elisa Tita Lubi, Ms. Cristina Palabay, Mr. Reylan Vergara, Mr. Roneo Clamor, Ms. Kiri Dalena, Dr. Edita Burgos, Fr. Wilfredo Ruazol, and Mr. Jose Mari Callueng, Sr. Elenita Belardo, Sr. Emma Cupin, Ms. Gertrudes Libang, Ms. Joan May Salvador, Ms. Jennefer Aguhob and Mr. Alexander Philip Abinguna.
Alleged victims: 16
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    06 Apr 2020
    Saudi Arabia
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • health
  • human rights defenders
  • violence against women
  • women and girls
Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary arrest and detention in Saudi Arabia since 28 February 2019 of Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and her daughter Suhoud Al Sharif, who are Saudi citizens.
Alleged victims: 2
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04 Jun 2020
    03 Apr 2020
    Bangladesh
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • disappearances
  • executions
Information received concerning the alleged enforced disappearance of journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol, the undue delay by the authorities to initiate investigations into the disappearance, and the opening of investigations against him for offences under the Digital Security Act.
Alleged victims: 1
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    31 Mar 2020
    Viet Nam
    JUA
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary arrest and potential enforced disappearance of Ms. Truong Thi Ha while crossing the border from Laos to Viet Nam, in what appears to be an act of reprisal for her human rights advocacy.
Alleged victims: 1
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25 May 2020
    31 Mar 2020
    Jordan
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
Information received regarding the arbitrary arrest and detention of human rights defender Abdulrahman Shdeifat.
Alleged victims: 1
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04 Jun 2020
    31 Mar 2020
    Egypt
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • health
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the continued arbitrary detention of journalists Mr. Mohamed Al-Yammani and Mr. Mohamed Badr whose charges have not been communicated by authorities, and the detention, torture and ongoing judicial harassment of human rights defender Mr. Patrick George Zaki.
Alleged victims: 2
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12 May 2020
    30 Mar 2020
    Algeria
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
Informations reçues concernant des allégations d’arrestation violente et de détention arbitraire d'un défenseur des droits de l’homme.
Alleged victims: 1
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20 Apr 2020
    26 Mar 2020
    Turkey
    JAL
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • executions
Information received concerning the custodial death of Mr. Zaki Mubarak Youssef in Silivri Prison near Istanbul, Turkey.
Alleged victims: 1
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22 May 2020
    20 Mar 2020
    Mexico
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • torture
Información relativa a la desaparición forzada de un ciudadano mexicano
Alleged victims: 1
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    20 Mar 2020
    Albania
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • migrants
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged imminent deportation of Mr. Selami Şimşek from Albania to Turkey, where he is likely to face detention, prosecution and, potentially, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, for his perceived or imputed affiliation to the Hizmet/Gulen movement. The information received also indicates that Mr. Şimşek is at risk of enforced disappearance in transit from Albania, following the alleged short-term enforced disappearance and expulsion to Turkey of Mr. Harun Çelik on 1 January 2020.
Alleged victims: 2
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11 Aug 2020
    19 Mar 2020
    Belarus
    JAL
  • Belarus
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the alleged intimidation and harassment of lawyer and human rights defender Mr. Oleg Volchek for the legitimate exercise of his professional activities.
Alleged victims: 1
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23 Apr 2020
    16 Mar 2020
    Nepal
    JAL
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
  • violence against women
Information received concerning the reported lack of effective consultation with victims concerning the amendment of the Act on the Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation 2071 (2014).
Alleged victims: -
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12 Jun 2020
    12 Mar 2020
    China
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Information received concerning what appears to be the arbitrary detention and risk of ill-treatment or torture of Mr. Shao Zhongguo, as a reprisal for his activities as a human rights defender, and his association with Mr. Gao Zhisheng, another human rights defender whose fate and whereabouts are currently unknown.
Alleged victims: 2
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02 Apr 2020
    09 Mar 2020
    China
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Information received concerning allegations of arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance of three human rights defenders. Mr. Ding Jiaxi, Mr. Zhang Zhongshun and Mr. Dai Zhenya were each arrested on 26 December at different locations and placed under Residential Surveillance in Designated Location (RSDL).
Alleged victims: 3
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02 Apr 2020
    02 Mar 2020
    Bahrain
    JAL
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • religion or belief
  • terrorism
Information received concerning Ali Ebrahim Mohamed Ameen Ebrahim AlArab, Husain Ali Redha Ebrahim Khamis Barbar, Isa Jaafar Isa Hasan AlAbd, Majeed Ahmed Habib Ahmed, Ali AbdulAziz Ali Husain Mohamed, Salah Saeed Saleh Ali Hasan AlHammar, Ali Hasan Ali Ashoor Ali, and Sadiq Jaafar Isa Abdulla Hasan AlAbd who reportedly have been subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.
Alleged victims: 8
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09 May 2020
    28 Feb 2020
    Egypt
    JOL
  • terrorism
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
The application of the Anti-Terrorism Law, Protest Law, Association Law, and NGO law raise serious concerns regarding increasing practices of arbitrary detention, allegations of torture, the absence of judicial oversight and procedural safeguards, restrictions on freedom of expression, the right to freedom of thought, and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. The effects of these laws in the Sinai region have also resulted in violations of socio-economic rights including the right to education, the right to secure housing, the right to sustainable development and the rights to food and water.
Alleged victims: -
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08 Apr 2020
10 Mar 2021
    19 Feb 2020
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JAL
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
Information received concerning protests held in various parts of Iran since 11 January 2020 and the alleged disproportionate response by law enforcement, including excessive use of force leading to injury, arbitrary arrest and detention, enforced disappearance, and ill-treatment of protesters.
Alleged victims: -
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    17 Feb 2020
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    JAL
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged imposition of the statute of limitations –known as zastara- to wartime victims seeking reparations through the judicial system, as well as the imposition of court fees to victims whose claims have been barred due to the imposition of the aforementioned statute.
Alleged victims: -
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    12 Feb 2020
    Belarus
    JAL
  • Belarus
  • disappearances
  • executions
Information received concerning the lack of accountability in the alleged cases of enforced disappearance and summary execution of Mr. Yuriy Zakharenko, Mr. Anatoliy Krasovskiy, and Mr. Dmitriy Zavadski.
Alleged victims: 3
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23 Mar 2020
    11 Feb 2020
    Democratic People's Republic of Korea
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged continued disappearance of 11 individuals, including Jeong Gyeong-Suk, Lee Dong-Ki, Jang Ki-Yeong, and Choi Jeong-Woong, after the hijacking of Korean Air Lines flight YS-11 in 1969.
Alleged victims: 5
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24 Feb 2020
    31 Jan 2020
    United Republic of Tanzania
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Information received concerning the enforced disappearance, alleged arbitrary detention and subsequent charges with non-bailable financial crimes against human rights lawyer Tito Magoti and journalist Erick Kabendera.
Alleged victims: 2
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02 Jul 2020
    28 Jan 2020
    Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • independence of judges and lawyers
Información recibida en relación con la supuesta detención arbitraria, desaparición forzada, incomunicación y falta de garantías procesales para un juicio justo, del Diputado de la Asamblea Nacional, Gilber Caro, y su asistente, el periodista Victor Ugas, quienes fueron arrestados el 20 de diciembre de 2019 por fuerzas de seguridad del Estado.
Alleged victims: 2
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27 Mar 2020
    28 Jan 2020
    Republic of Korea
    JAL
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
Information received concerning the decision that your Excellency’s Government took on 7 November 2019 to deport two North Korean individuals who were reportedly seized in the East Sea on 2 November 2019, to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. This decision was reportedly taken based on their alleged confession of having killed 16 persons on the boat they were spotted on by the Republic of Korea Navy.
Alleged victims: 2
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28 Feb 2020
    28 Jan 2020
    Democratic People's Republic of Korea
    JUA
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
Information received concerning the announcement made by the Government of the Republic of Korea on 7 November 2019.
Alleged victims: 2
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    27 Jan 2020
    Saudi Arabia
    JUA
  • torture
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • health
  • independence of judges and lawyers
Information received concerning the arrest, continued detention without any charge and ill-treatment of Dr. Mohammed Al Khoudary, his son, Dr. Hani Al Khoudary and Mr. Adelrahman Mohammed Farhanah.
Alleged victims: 3
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27 Mar 2020
    30 Dec 2019
    Pakistan
    JOL
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Actions (In Aid of Civil Power) Ordinance 2019, issued by the Provincial Governor on 5 August 2019, which allegedly assigns wide-ranging powers to the armed forces.
Alleged victims: -
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    26 Dec 2019
    Philippines
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • terrorism
  • women and girls
Information received concerning the arrests of at least 62 individuals following raids at the offices of several civil society organisations, as well as the houses of their members, and the alleged abduction of human rights defender Ms. Honey Mae Suazo.
Alleged victims: 71
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    23 Dec 2019
    Libya
    JAL
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • disappearances
Information received concerning the alleged short-term enforced disappearance, and then detention of journalist Mr. Reda Fhelboom.
Alleged victims: 1
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    18 Dec 2019
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • torture
Information received concerning the use of force against protestors leading to the killing of at least 234 individuals, and the reported arrest of 7000 individuals. Concerns relating to conditions of detention including mistreatment of detainees, as well as restrictions on journalists covering the events.
Alleged victims: 7000
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18 Feb 2020
    11 Dec 2019
    Turkey
    JUA
  • executions
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
  • torture
  • women and girls
Information received concerning the need to protect the right to life of four French women, and their children. While their whereabouts are currently unknown, they may be either in North East Syria, including in areas that may be under the control of Turkish authorities, or in Turkey. We also wish to inform you that a letter expressing similar concerns has been sent to the Government of France. We are bringing these cases to your attention in the hope that the Turkish authorities may be able to trace the location of these four women and their children and assist in their repatriation to France.
Alleged victims: 11
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09 Mar 2020
    11 Dec 2019
    France
    JUA
  • executions
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
  • torture
  • women and girls
Informations reçues concernant la situation extrêmement précaire de quatre femmes françaises, et de leurs enfants, qui se trouveraient au Nord-Est de la Syrie, ou en Turquie. Une lettre exprimant des préoccupations similaires est en cours d’envoi au Gouvernement turc.
Alleged victims: 11
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14 Feb 2020
    11 Dec 2019
    China
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • health
Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary detention, short-term enforced disappearance and charging of health rights defenders from the organisation Changsha Funeng, Messrs. Cheng Yuan, Liu Dazhi and Wu Gejianxiong, in connection with their advocacy for non-discrimination and the rights of disadvantaged groups, as well as the investigations opened against Mr. Cheng’s wife and brother.
Alleged victims: 5
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23 Dec 2019
    03 Dec 2019
    UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged abduction of two Yemeni journalists, Mr. Bilal Al-Arifi and Mr. Mohammed Al-Salahi.
Alleged victims: 2
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    29 Nov 2019
    Turkmenistan
    JAL
  • executions
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • health
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
  • water and sanitation
Information received concerning the alleged enforced disappearances and deaths in custody of at least 27 individuals due to torture, inhumane treatment, degrading living conditions, and denial of medical assistance in the Turkmen prison system, in particular at the maximum-security prison Ovadan Depe.
Alleged victims: 28
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14 Feb 2020
    27 Nov 2019
    Mexico
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida en relación con la falta de avances significativos en la implementación de la resolución emitida por la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos el 23 de noviembre de 2009, en el caso “Radilla Pacheco vs. Estados Unidos Mexicanos”.
Alleged victims: 1
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12 Feb 2020
    15 Nov 2019
    Turkey
    JUA
  • terrorism
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
  • violence against women
  • women and girls
Information received concerning the detention and interrogation of Ms. Lisa Smith and the situation of vulnerability of her child.
Alleged victims: 2
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02 Dec 2019
23 Dec 2019
    15 Nov 2019
    Ireland
    JUA
  • terrorism
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
  • violence against women
  • women and girls
In this connection, we would like to bring to the attention of your Excellency’s Government information we have received concerning the detention and interrogation of Ms. Lisa Smith and the situation of vulnerability of her child.
Alleged victims: 2
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19 Nov 2019
14 Jan 2020
    13 Nov 2019
    Egypt
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Information received concerning the ongoing detention of Mr. Ibrahim Abdelmonem Metwally Hegazy (متولي حجازي عبدالمنعم ابراهيم), in reprisal for his activities as a human rights defender and cooperation with the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID).
Alleged victims: 1
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    08 Nov 2019
    Lebanon
    AL
  • disappearances
Information received concerning the alleged disappearance of Lebanese citizen Andre Morcos.
Alleged victims: 1
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30 Jan 2020
    08 Nov 2019
    Iraq
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • violence against women
Information received concerning the alleged enforced disappearance of Ms. Saba al-Mahdawi, who had participated in some demonstrations in the past weeks.
Alleged victims: 1
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    08 Nov 2019
    Burkina Faso
    JAL
  • executions
  • disappearances
  • environment
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • internally displaced persons
  • minority issues
  • religion or belief
  • terrorism
  • torture
Informations reçues concernant des allégations d’usage excessif de la force, d’exécutions arbitraires, de torture et d’enlèvements, ainsi que des destructions de biens culturels, et ce depuis décembre 2018. Ces actes auraient été commis dans le contexte des opérations militaires antiterroristes menées par les Forces de défense et de sécurité (FDS) en réponse aux attaques de groupes non armés dans plusieurs régions du pays. Les opérations des FDS prendraient pour cible principalement la communauté pastorale Peule, une minorité ethnolinguistique représentant 10% de la population burkinabé. En conséquence de ces attaques, de nombreux habitants de ces régions ont dû abandonner leurs villages et sont actuellement déplacés.
Alleged victims: 1008
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07 Jan 2020
13 Feb 2020
    06 Nov 2019
    Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
Información recibida relativa a la presunta muerte en custodia del Capitán de corbeta Rafael Acosta Arévalo el 29 de junio de 2019
Alleged victims: 1
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04 May 2021
    01 Nov 2019
    China
    JOL
  • terrorism
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • education
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • health
  • human rights defenders
  • minority issues
  • privacy
  • religion or belief
  • torture
We offer the following comments on the effect and application of the Counter-Terrorism Law of the People’s Republic of China (Counter-Terrorism Law) promulgated on 27 December 2015 effective as of 1 January 2016 and its Regional Implementing Measures, the 2016 Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Implementing Measures of the Counter-Terrorism Law of the People's Republic of China.
Alleged victims: -
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16 Dec 2019
    22 Oct 2019
    Colombia
    JAL
  • African Descent
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • human rights defenders
  • indigenous peoples
  • racism
Información recibida en relación con los asesinatos, desapariciones forzadas y el incremento de riesgos y violaciones a los derechos humanos de los defensores y defensoras que ejercen su labor en Colombia.
Alleged victims: 86
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23 Dec 2019
08 Jan 2020
    18 Oct 2019
    Algeria
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Informations reçues concernant des allégations d’arrestations et de détentions arbitraires de M. Fadel Breika et M. Moulay Abba Bouzaid.
Alleged victims: 1
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    14 Oct 2019
    Bahrain
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • religion or belief
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance and torture of 20 individuals convicted in a mass trial. The individuals were accused of belonging to a terrorist organization under the Act No. 58 of 2006 on the Protection of Society from Terrorist Acts. We received information that, all of the 20 individuals convicted have remained in prison and have exhausted all available domestic remedies. In particular, we are concerned that the allegations of arbitrary arrests, disappearances, and deficiencies in fair trial proceedings have not been addressed by your Excellency’s government to date.
Alleged victims: 20
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    10 Oct 2019
    Singapore
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • migrants
  • minority issues
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the armed conflict in Rakhine State between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army.
Alleged victims: 173
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24 Oct 2019
24 Oct 2019
    10 Oct 2019
    Myanmar
    JUA
  • Myanmar
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • migrants
  • minority issues
  • terrorism
Information received concerning the armed conflict in Rakhine State between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army.
Alleged victims: 173
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29 Nov 2019
    09 Oct 2019
    Mexico
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
Información recibida relativa a la próxima discusión en la Primera Sala de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación del proyecto de sentencia relativo al amparo en revisión no. 835/2018.
Alleged victims: 1
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30 Jan 2020
30 Jan 2020
    02 Oct 2019
    China
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • minority issues
Information received concerning the situation of Mr. Tashpolat Tiyip, a Chinese nationals of Uyghur origin, who was reportedly sentenced to death and may be at risk of execution.
Alleged victims: 1
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09 Dec 2019
    25 Sep 2019
    Thailand
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • poverty
Information received concerning the potential disappearance of Mr. Od Sayavong.
Alleged victims: 4
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    25 Sep 2019
    Lao People's Democratic Republic
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • poverty
Information received concerning the potential disappearance of Mr. Od Sayavong.
Alleged victims: 4
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17 Jan 2020
    27 Aug 2019
    China
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • health
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Information received concerning the detention and sentencing of Mr. Huang Qi. Mr. Huang Qi was the head of the human rights organization Tianwang Human Rights Service and founder of the human rights website 64tianwang.
Alleged victims: 1
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    20 Aug 2019
    China
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • minority issues
  • religion or belief
Information received concerning the alleged police intimidation and harassment since 2005 and subsequent detention on 9 December 2018 of Mr. Wang Yi and Mrs. Jiang Rong, founders of the Early Rain Covenant Church.
Alleged victims: 15
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    19 Aug 2019
    China
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance of human rights defender Ms. Chen Jianfang.
Alleged victims: 1
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10 Oct 2019
    16 Aug 2019
    India
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning severe restrictions on freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly and of association imposed during the past week in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as the arbitrary arrests and detention of political figures, journalists, members of civil society and human rights defenders in the state, and violations to the right to life.
Alleged victims: -
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    13 Aug 2019
    Brazil
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Information received concerning the remarks made by President Bolsonaro about the enforced disappearance of Mr. Fernando Augusto de Santa Cruz Oliveira.
Alleged victims: 1
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    08 Aug 2019
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • health
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
Information received concerning the continued arbitrary detention of the Iranian-Swedish academic Mr. Ahmadreza Djalali and serious concerns related to his treatment and the possibility of imminent execution. Mr. Djalali has been detained in Iran since April 2016. Subsequently, the Iranian courts convicted him of “enmity against God” and sentenced him to death on 21 October 2017. It is reported Mr. Djalali has been tortured during his detention and denied medical treatment for life-threatening medical conditions.
Alleged victims: 1
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    07 Aug 2019
    Paraguay
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida en relación a la sentencia de la Cámara de Apelaciones de Paraguay de 22 de mayo del 2019. Dicha sentencia extingue la causa penal contra los procesados Camilo Almada Morel y Eusebio Torres Romero, por delitos relacionados con detención arbitraria, ejecución arbitraria y tortura, ocurridos entre abril de 1976 y mayo de 1979, y dispone su sobreseimiento definitivo. Dicha sentencia daría lugar a la impunidad de crímenes de lesa humanidad y sería contraria a la imprescriptibilidad de dichos crímenes.
Alleged victims: -
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14 Aug 2020
    02 Aug 2019
    Tunisia
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Informations reçues concernant une proposition de loi visant à démanteler les chambres criminelles spécialisées en Tunisie et à les remplacer par une institution qui impliquerait une impunité systémique pour les violations flagrantes des droits de l'homme commises en Tunisie entre 1955 et 2013, annulant ainsi les progrès essentiels que le pays a fait sur la voie de l'État de droit.
Alleged victims: -
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    26 Jul 2019
    Pakistan
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • terrorism
  • torture
  • violence against women
Information received concerning the detention of women’s human rights defender Ms. Gulalai Ismail, criminal legal proceedings against her, and the harassment of her family members and friends through house-raids, the opening of criminal proceedings against her parents and allegations of torture of her associates.
Alleged victims: 5
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30 Sep 2019
    19 Jul 2019
    Egypt
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the arrest, detention and prosecution under terrorism-related charges of human rights defenders, critics and peaceful protesters for the exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly , in particular in the context of the February train accident at Ramses Station in Cairo and the Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt.
Alleged victims: 2
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    19 Jul 2019
    China
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance and charging of labour rights defenders Messrs. Chengbing Ke, Zhili Wei and Zhengjun Yang.
Alleged victims: 3
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20 Sep 2019
    15 Jul 2019
    Nepal
    JOL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
Information received regarding an amendment bill to revise the existing act of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Act-2012, potentially severely undermining the NHRC’s authority, effectiveness and independence and limiting the Nepali people’s ability to access justice.
Alleged victims: -
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17 Jan 2020
    02 Jul 2019
    Cameroon
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
Informations reçues concernant des allégations de disparition forcée du défenseur de droits de l’homme, M. Franklin Mowha.
Alleged victims: 1
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    30 May 2019
    Guatemala
    JOL
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida en relación a la posible falta de renovación del Convenio Interinstitucional 24-2009 entre el Ministerio de Gobernación y el Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes sobre el Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional (AHPN), lo cual podría conllevar un eventual traslado del mismo y la pérdida o destrucción de documentos, así como su desmantelamiento.
Alleged victims: -
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28 Jun 2019
    29 May 2019
    Pakistan
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • violence against women
Information received concerning the alleged imminent risk to the life of two female human rights defenders, Ms. Gulalai Ismail and Ms Sanna Ejaz who are working on the rights of ethnic Pasthuns in Pakistan and who have received death threats. Reportedly, Ms. Gulalai Ismail has also been included on a ‘kill list’ and is facing charges linked to her human rights work.
Alleged victims: 2
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25 Jun 2019
    28 May 2019
    Egypt
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • health
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged enforced disappearance of, and charges against, 15 individuals, including human rights defenders who are board members of the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), in connection with case no. 1552/2018, and the alleged enforced disappearance of the Executive Director of the ECRF, who is charged in case no. 441/2018. Allegations have also been received regarding a reported smear campaign against a number of human rights organisations in Egyptian media.
Alleged victims: 33
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    20 May 2019
    China
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • poverty
Information received concerning the alleged continuing violations of the human rights of Mr. Jiang Tianyong. Mr. Jiang is a renowned human rights lawyer who represented clients in a number of high-profile cases over the last decade.
Alleged victims: 1
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27 Jun 2019
    16 May 2019
    Colombia
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida en relación con el asesinato del excombatiente Dimar Torres Arévalo en proceso de reincorporación en el marco de la implementación del Acuerdo Final para la Terminación del Conflicto y la construcción de una Paz Estable y Duradera. La información proporcionada se enmarca en el día 22 de abril de 2019.
Alleged victims: 1
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12 Jul 2019
    14 May 2019
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • cultural rights
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • torture
  • violence against women
  • women in law and in practice
Information received concerning the reported arrest and arbitrary detention of human rights defender Ms. Yasaman Aryani, Ms. Monireh Arabshahi and Ms. Mojgan Keshavarz by the Iranian authorities.
Alleged victims: 3
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02 Jul 2019
14 Nov 2019
    08 May 2019
    Mexico
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
Información recibida sobre la ola de ataques e intentos de intimidación contra defensores de derechos humanos, integrantes y colaboradores de la organización Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo, que se ha intensificado en los primeros meses de 2019, y en particular el asesinato del defensor de derechos humanos, el Sr. Luis Armando Fuentes Aquino y la desparación forzosa del Sr. Ernesto Sernas García, abogado de miembros de la organización.
Alleged victims: 6
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10 Jul 2019
    01 May 2019
    Jasic Technologies Ltd.
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • business
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • independence of judges and lawyers
Information received concerning the arrest and detention of, and charges against, five labour rights defenders, as a result of their advocacy for labour rights and better working conditions at the Jasic Technology plant in Shenzhen, and for their attempts to form a trade union.
Alleged victims: 31
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    01 May 2019
    China
    JAL
  • business
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
Information received concerning the arrest and detention of, and charges against, five labour rights defenders, as well as the enforced disappearance of one of them as a result of their advocacy for labour rights and better working conditions at the Jasic Technology factory in Shenzhen, and for their attempts to form a trade union.
Alleged victims: 31
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21 May 2019
    18 Apr 2019
    Viet Nam
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • migrants
Information received concerning the arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance and subsequent repatriation of Mr. Truong Duy Nhat from Thailand to Viet Nam, as well as the surveillance and intimidation of Mr. Bach Hong Quyen.
Alleged victims: 2
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30 Jan 2020
    18 Apr 2019
    Thailand
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • migrants
  • torture
Information received concerning the arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance and subsequent repatriation of Mr. Truong Duy Nhat from Thailand to Viet Nam, as well as the surveillance and intimidation of Mr. Bach Hong Quyen.
Alleged victims: 2
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24 Apr 2019
20 Jun 2019
    16 Apr 2019
    Argentina
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida en relación con los proyectos a realizar en la guarnición militar de Campo de Mayo -donde se localizaron numerosos centros clandestinos de detención durante la dictadura-, que podrían poner en riesgo los derechos de las víctimas de crímenes de lesa humanidad, en particular el derecho a conocer la verdad sobre las circunstancias de las desaparición forzada, la evolución y los resultados de la investigación, y el paradero de la persona desaparecida y/o fallecida, y a obtener garantías de no repetición de las violaciones sufridas tales como la preservación de los sitios de memoria histórica.
Alleged victims: -
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14 Jun 2019
14 Jun 2019
14 Jun 2019
14 Jun 2019
14 Jun 2019
    12 Apr 2019
    Nepal
    JOL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • violence against women
Information received concerning the reported lack of impartiality, independence and transparency in the existing procedure for the appointment of the members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission on the Investigation of Enforced Disappearance (CIEDP), which may affect the selection of new commissioners in April 2019; the reported lack of progress in the work undertaken by both commissions; and the possible amendment of the Act on the Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation 2071 (2014).
Alleged victims: -
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07 Jun 2019
    02 Apr 2019
    India
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • environment
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the alleged enforced disappearance of the environmental human rights defender Mr. Shanmugam Thangasamy, in connection to his participation in a press conference during which he denounced the involvement of senior police officials in the killing of 13 persons on 22 May 2018 during a protest opposing the environmental pollution caused by the Sterlite Copper Smelting Plant in Thoothukudi.
Alleged victims: 1
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30 Dec 2019
    01 Apr 2019
    Saudi Arabia
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
Information received concerning alleged arrest and enforced disappearance of Yemeni journalist, Marwan Ali Naji Al Muraisy in Saudi Arabia.
Alleged victims: 1
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05 Apr 2019
    28 Mar 2019
    Sudan
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • Sudan
Information received concerning the arrest and arbitrary detention initially at an unknown location of Mr Osman Mirghani. Mr Mirghani is a journalist and editor-in-chief of the newspaper Al-Tayyar
Alleged victims: 1
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29 Mar 2019
01 Apr 2019
    25 Mar 2019
    Turkey
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Information received alleging violations and their consequences afterwards attributable to Turkey in relation to the tragic events that affected the Armenian minority from 1915 to 1923.
Alleged victims: 600000
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17 May 2019
17 May 2019
17 May 2019
    19 Mar 2019
    Azerbaijan
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • migrants
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged forcible return from Azerbaijan to Turkey, of Turkish asylum seekers. We also refer to serious allegations indicating that one of them was subjected to torture while in detention in Azerbaijan, prior to his deportation.
Alleged victims: 2
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24 May 2019
    08 Mar 2019
    Lao People's Democratic Republic
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
Information received concerning the alleged enforced disappearance and extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions in late 2018 of three Thai political activists affiliated with the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD),
Alleged victims: 4
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    06 Mar 2019
    Thailand
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged enforced disappearance and extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions in late 2018 of three Thai political activists affiliated with the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD),
Alleged victims: 4
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14 Mar 2019
    28 Feb 2019
    World Heritage Programme, IUCN
    JOL
  • indigenous peoples
  • disappearances
  • environment
  • human rights defenders
Information received regarding alleged attacks and renewed harassment of the indigenous Karen peoples in the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (KKFC) by officials of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department and over the failure to ensure accountability for these violations.
Alleged victims: 3
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19 Mar 2019
    28 Feb 2019
    UNESCO
    JOL
  • indigenous peoples
  • disappearances
  • environment
  • human rights defenders
Information received regarding alleged attacks and renewed harassment of the indigenous Karen peoples in the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (KKFC) by officials of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department and over the failure to ensure accountability for these violations.
Alleged victims: 3
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08 Mar 2019
    25 Feb 2019
    Saudi Arabia
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • independence of judges and lawyers
Information received concerning Mr Kashoggi's killing.
Alleged victims: 5
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23 Apr 2019
    22 Feb 2019
    Colombia
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • human rights defenders
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida en relación a amenazas de muerte y actos de intimidación cometidos en contra de la Sra. Alfamir Castillo Bermúdez, su abogado el Sr. German Romero Sánchez, y la Fundación Nydia Erika Bautista y sus integrantes, en relación con el juicio del general Mario Montoya Uribe.
Alleged victims: 7
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16 Apr 2019
    21 Feb 2019
    Thailand
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • environment
  • human rights defenders
  • indigenous peoples
Information received regarding alleged attacks and renewed harassment of the indigenous Karen peoples in the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (KKFC) by officials of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department and over the failure to ensure accountability for these violations.
Alleged victims: 3
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23 Apr 2019
    12 Feb 2019
    Egypt
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the arrest and alleged enforced disappearance of a journalist and human rights defender.
Alleged victims: 1
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    05 Feb 2019
    Malawi
    JAL
  • albinism
  • disability
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Information received concerning human rights violations against two persons with albinism, namely, the killing of Mr. Yassin Phiri on 31 December 2018, and the abduction of one-year old Eunice Nkonjera, on 22 January 2019, for the alleged purposes
Alleged victims: 2
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    04 Feb 2019
    Mexico
    JOL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Información recibida relativa a las reformas constitucionales aprobadas el pasado 16 de enero por la Cámara de Diputados sobre la Guardia Nacional y otros temas relevantes
Alleged victims: -
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24 Jan 2020
    30 Jan 2019
    Israel
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
  • terrorism
Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary arrest, detention, enforced disappearance and death of Mr. Saleh Omar Barghouthi and subsequent punitive measures imposed on his family since 12 December 2018.
Alleged victims: 11
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    25 Jan 2019
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • torture
  • violence against women
Information received concerning Mr. Esmail Bakhshi and Ms. Sepideh Gholian, who were reportedly arrested in Khuzestan Province on 20 January 2019. The current location of Mr. Bakhshi and Ms. Gholian is not certain.
Alleged victims: 2
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15 Apr 2019
    17 Jan 2019
    United Arab Emirates
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • executions
Information received concerning a Pakistani national who is forcibly disappeared and at risk of being deported from the United Arab Emirates back to Pakistan
Alleged victims: 1
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13 May 2019
    06 Dec 2018
    United Arab Emirates
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • executions
Information received concerning the continuous enforced disappearance and alleged death of Ms. Sheikha Latifa al Maktoum.
Alleged victims: 1
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21 Dec 2018
    27 Nov 2018
    Turkmenistan
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the alleged reprisals against a human rights defender and against her husband, for her cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights.
Alleged victims: 2
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    23 Nov 2018
    China
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the alleged denial of requests made by Mrs. Lee Ching-yu to visit her husband Mr. Li Ming-Che who has been detained in Chi-Shan prison, where he is serving his 5-year term since December 2017.
Alleged victims: 1
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22 Dec 2018
    12 Nov 2018
    Mexico
    JOL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • privacy
En este contexto, quisiéramos señalar a su atención urgente la información que hemos recibido en relación a la próxima discusión por el Pleno de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación de las acciones de inconstitucionalidad promovidas contra la Ley de Seguridad Interior.
Alleged victims: -
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    12 Nov 2018
    China
    JOL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • minority issues
  • religion or belief
  • terrorism
Information received concerning the revision of the Xianjian Uyghur Autonomous Region Regulation on De-extremification, which targets Turkic Muslim ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities as well as Kazakh nationals.
Alleged victims: -
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    30 Oct 2018
    UN Department of Political Affairs
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • migrants
  • violence against women
Information received concerning the arrest, enforced disappearance and extrajudicial execution of over 50 migrants from Ghana and other West African countries by Gambian security forces in The Gambia and across the border in Senegal, in July 2005.
Alleged victims: 64
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06 Dec 2019
    30 Oct 2018
    Ghana
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • migrants
  • violence against women
Information received concerning the arrest, enforced disappearance and extrajudicial execution of over 50 migrants from Ghana and other West African countries by Gambian security forces in The Gambia and across the border in Senegal, in July 2005.
Alleged victims: 64
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    30 Oct 2018
    Gambia
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • migrants
  • violence against women
Information received concerning the arrest, enforced disappearance and extrajudicial execution of over 50 migrants from Ghana and other West African countries by Gambian security forces in The Gambia and across the border in Senegal, in July 2005.
Alleged victims: 64
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    30 Oct 2018
    ECOWAS COMMISSION
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • migrants
  • violence against women
Information received concerning the arrest, enforced disappearance and extrajudicial execution of over 50 migrants from Ghana and other West African countries by Gambian security forces in The Gambia and across the border in Senegal, in July 2005.
Alleged victims: 64
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    16 Oct 2018
    Eritrea
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • Eritrea
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • health
  • torture
Information received concerning the enforced disappearance of Mr. Berhane Abrehe and the arrest and incommunicado detention of his wife Mrs. Almaz Habtemariam Sibhatu, both former freedom fighters.
Alleged victims: 2
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    08 Oct 2018
    Saudi Arabia
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
Information received concerning the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and allegations of his murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Alleged victims: 1
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    02 Oct 2018
    Iraq
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Information received concerning allegations of unlawful arrest, enforced disappearance and torture against Mr. Imad Al Tamimi (عماد التميمي) and acts of intimidation and threats against Ms. Israa Al Dujaili (إسراء الدجيلي), two human rights defenders, in direct retaliation for their legitimate human rights work. Such acts have also been reported as acts of reprisals for their cooperation with United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights.
Alleged victims: 2
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    18 Sep 2018
    Permanent EU Delegation to UNOG
    JOL
  • migrants
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
  • international solidarity
  • racism
  • torture
  • trafficking in persons
Concerns regarding current discussions on the reform of the European migration and asylum system.
Alleged victims: -
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    12 Sep 2018
    Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
Información adicional recibida en relación a la detención y alegaciones de tortura del Sr. Jaimes Criollo
Alleged victims: 1
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03 Jan 2019
    28 Aug 2018
    Libya
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
Information received concerning allegations of arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance of Mr. M in direct retaliation for his legitimate exercise of the right to seeking the truth about the fate and whereabouts of his father and reprisals for his cooperation with United Nations human rights mechanisms.
Alleged victims: 1
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    22 Aug 2018
    China
    JOL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • health
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • privacy
  • terrorism
Information received concerning the use of Residential Surveillance in a Designated Location (RSDL) as amended in the 2012 Criminal Procedure Law Article 73, in relation to persons suspected of endangering State security, of terrorist activities or of involvement in major bribery and where confinement in their own home may ‘impede the investigation’.
Alleged victims: -
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23 Nov 2018
    02 Aug 2018
    Sri Lanka
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • privacy
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Information received concerning allegations of harassment of Ms. Sandya Ekneligoda in reprisal to her efforts to seeking the truth about the fate and whereabouts of her husband.
Alleged victims: 1
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    26 Jul 2018
    Saudi Arabia
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Information received concerning the incommunicado detention of human rights defender, Mr. Khalid Al-Omair.
Alleged victims: 1
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23 Oct 2018
    16 Jul 2018
    Pakistan
    JAL
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
Information received concerning the intimidation of journalists and media outlets ahead of elections in Pakistan.
Alleged victims: 1
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05 Oct 2018
    11 Jul 2018
    Myanmar
    JAL
  • executions
  • internally displaced persons
  • Myanmar
  • disappearances
Information received regarding the arbitrary arrest, and extrajudicial killings of two internally displaced persons in Mansi township, Kachin State: Hpaugan Yaw, age 65, from Maing Hkawng KBC Camp 1, and Nhkum Naw San (also known as Dauje Naw San Maing Hkawng), age 35, from the Catholic IDP Camp.
Alleged victims: 2
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    29 Jun 2018
    Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
Información recibida en relación con la detención y desaparición forzada de corta duración de la Sra. Ariana Granadillo-Roca.
Alleged victims: 1
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31 Jul 2018
07 Sep 2018
    14 Jun 2018
    Saudi Arabia
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • poverty
  • women in law and in practice
Informations received concerning the arrest and charges against a number of women’s human rights defenders, along with acts of reprisal against Ms. Loujain Al-Hathloul.
Alleged victims: 3
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    14 Jun 2018
    China
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the deteriorating physical and mental health of Mrs. Liu Xia, a Chinese national, poet, human rights defender and wife of the deceased Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mr. Liu Xiaobo. Mrs Liu Xia is reportedly held or physically restricted in an unknown location.
Alleged victims: 1
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    06 Jun 2018
    Nicaragua
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • education
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • health
  • human rights defenders
  • older persons
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida en relación con alegaciones de uso excesivo de la fuerza por parte de cuerpos de seguridad del Estado, incluyendo policía anti-motines y grupos armados pro-gubernamentales (también llamados ‘turbas’, para-policías o paramilitares, ‘motorizados’) en contra de manifestantes en zonas urbanas y rurales, y de estudiantes (incluyendo adolescentes), la cual ha causado, desde su inicio el 18 de abril hasta el 3 de junio al menos 120 muertos, y aproximadamente 1200 personas heridas en varias ciudades del país.
Alleged victims: 1100
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    06 Jun 2018
    Egypt
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the imposition of the death sentence on four Egyptian nationals, including one child, and of life and other lengthy prison sentences on six others, including two children. These sentences were handed down by a court in Giza, in the so-called “Owseem cell” case, following a collective trial that appears to have violated the most basic fair trial and due process guarantees. Several of the defendants were reportedly subjected to enforced disappearance, torture and denial of access to legal representation during investigations. Eight of them were below the age of 18 at the time of the commission of the alleged crime for which they were convicted and sentenced.
Alleged victims: 10
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    06 Jun 2018
    Bangladesh
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • health
  • poverty
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • freedom of opinion and expression
Information received that more than 132 people have been killed by security forces in Bangladesh since 15 May 2018 in the context of the announcement of a ‘war on drugs”; that more than 13,000 individuals have been arrested and a number of others have been subjected to enforced disappearance in the same context; that drug users have been facing increasing difficulties to access health care services; and that the draft Narcotics Control Act, 2018 extends the death penalty to additional drug offenses.
Alleged victims: 13000
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    25 May 2018
    United States of America
    JAL
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • health
  • human rights defenders
  • migrants
  • trafficking in persons
  • executions
  • disappearances
Information received concerning the arrest and charges against Mr. Scott Warren.
Alleged victims: 1
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    18 May 2018
    Turkey
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • migrants
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the arbitrary arrest and detention in Kosovo and illegal deportation to Turkey of six Turkish nationals working for educational institutions allegedly link to the Hizmet/Gulen movement
Alleged victims: 6
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17 Aug 2018
    18 May 2018
    Kosovo
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • migrants
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the arbitrary arrest and detention in Kosovo and illegal deportation to Turkey, as well as short-term enforced disappearance, of six Turkish nationals working for educational institutions allegedly linked to the Hizmet/Gulen movement.
Alleged victims: 6
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    16 May 2018
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the continuous judicial harassment of Ms. Raheleh Rahemipor, in reprisal to her legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, and against her efforts to seeking the truth about the fate and whereabouts of her brother and his infant daughter.
Alleged victims: 1
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04 Sep 2018
    09 May 2018
    Egypt
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • cultural rights
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • religion or belief
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged detention, torture and short-term enforced disappearance of poet Galal el Behairy and the issuance of an arrest warrant against musician Ramy Essam, in connection with their song and video “Balaha” that has been recently released on social media.
Alleged victims: 2
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26 Oct 2018
    04 May 2018
    United Arab Emirates
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning the continued arbitrary detention of human rights defenders Mr. Osama Al-Najjar and Mr. Ahmed Mansoor, along with the charges against Mr. Mansoor.
Alleged victims: 2
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05 Jul 2018
    26 Apr 2018
    Egypt
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
Information received concerning the alleged short-term enforced disappearance for several days, arbitrary detention, and charges against human rights defenders Mr. Ezzat Eid Taha Fadl Ghoneim and Mr. Ahmed Tarek Ibrahim Ziada.
Alleged victims: 2
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    10 Apr 2018
    Iraq
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning allegations of death threats and physical attack against Mr Faisal Al Tamimi and Mr Iyad Al Roumy, two human rights defenders, in direct retaliation for their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and for their legitimate human rights work against enforced disappearances in Iraq.
Alleged victims: 2
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    06 Apr 2018
    Guatemala
    JOL
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida en relación con la iniciativa de ley número 5377 que persigue reformar la Ley de Reconciliación Nacional, Decreto 145-96, la cual buscaría establecer una amnistía general y una extinción total de la responsabilidad penal de los responsables de delitos y graves violaciones a los derechos humanos cometidos durante el conflicto armado interno de Guatemala.
Alleged victims: -
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    26 Mar 2018
    Sudan
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
  • Sudan
Information received concerning the alleged disappearance of Mr. Yousif El Koda, Mr. Amjed El Tayeb and Mr. Omer Ushari Ahmed Mahmoud. Even if some of them had contacts with their relatives, their current place of detention is unknown.
Alleged victims: 3
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    22 Mar 2018
    India
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Information received concerning the temporary detention in a Police Station of Boniyar Police Station for an hour of Advocate Parvez Imorz, Patron of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons and President of Jammu Kashmir Colaition of Civil Society, as well as three other lawyers, Advocates Kartik Murukutla, Ghulam Nabi Khan and Qazi Irfan. and the verbal direction from Police preventing them from holding prayers and laying a tombstone on the grave of Mr. Atta Mohammed Khan in Bimyar Village of Chehal, in the Baramulla district of Kashmir.
Alleged victims: 4
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    05 Mar 2018
    Azerbaijan
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the alleged arrest, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention, torture and narcotics-related charges against Mr. Tahir Teymurov, step-brother of Mr. Sahib Teymurov, in apparent retaliation to an online post made by Mr. Sahib Teymurov, along with harassment of Mr. Sahib Teymurov’s family members.
Alleged victims: 2
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07 Mar 2018
13 Apr 2018
    21 Feb 2018
    Egypt
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • health
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the prolonged pre-trial detention of Ms. Hanane Baderraddine Abdalhafez Othman of over nine months, as well as allegations concerning the denial of health care and medical attention while in prison.
Alleged victims: 1
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    07 Feb 2018
    Bahrain
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • terrorism
  • torture
  • religion or belief
Information received concerning the sentencing to death of Messrs. Mohamed AbdulHasan Ahmed Kadhem AlMutaghawi, Fadhel Sayed Abbas Hassan Radhi and Sayed Alawi Husain Alawi Husain along with three other individuals.
Alleged victims: 3
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06 Mar 2018
    02 Feb 2018
    Israel
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • terrorism
Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary arrest and detention of Mr. Cemil Tekeli, a Turkish national; in circumstances that could also constitute an enforced disappearance.
Alleged victims: 1
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    01 Feb 2018
    Egypt
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information received concerning allegations of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings of Mohammed Younis Ali Ibrahim, Mr. Ali Sami Fahim El Far, Mr. Imad El Din Sami El Far and Mr. Omar Abdel Mohamed Abdelbaki, and the enforced disappearance of Mr. Mohammed Shaaban Owais Shaaban Abdelhady and a minor.
Alleged victims: 6
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    26 Jan 2018
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
Informations reçues concernant des allégations de disparition forcée et de violation du droit à la liberté d’expression commises par les forces de la police nationale congolaise.
Alleged victims: 1
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    15 Jan 2018
    Afghanistan
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
  • torture
  • migrants
  • executions
Information received concerning the reported detention of Mr. Mesut Vardak, Mr. Önder Akkuşçi and Mr. Yunus Demirci, and the ongoing house arrest of Mr. Sami Yavuz and Mr. Yılmaz Aytan, as well as the potential risk of deportation of all five individuals to Turkey, which would put them at risk of serious human rights violations, including torture and other cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and threats to their lives.
Alleged victims: 5
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    12 Jan 2018
    Egypt
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • terrorism
  • torture
Information we have received concerning the alleged enforced disappearance, torture and judicial proceedings which do not appear to have fulfilled the most stringent guarantees of fair trial and due process standards of Mr. Loutfy Ibrahim Ismael Khalil, Mr. Ahmed Abdel Moneim Salama Ali Salama, Mr. Ahmed Abdel Hady Mohammed al-Suhaimy and Mr. Sameh Abdallah Mohammed Youssef who have been executed, Mr. Abdulsalam Shoaib Abdulsalam Shoaib who has been sentenced to death and a woman who faces a possible death sentence.
Alleged victims: 6
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22 May 2018
    19 Dec 2017
    Burundi
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Informatin recue concernant des allégations relatives à la perquisition, aux saisies, à l’arrestation de M. Nestor Nibitanga effectuées par la police burundaise, sous le commandement du commissaire de police de la province de Gitega en coopération avec le Service national de renseignement (SNR) ainsi qu’à sa disparition forcé.
Alleged victims: 1
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22 Dec 2017
    11 Dec 2017
    Mexico
    JOL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • privacy
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida en relación al proceso legislativo en curso para la eventual aprobación de una “Ley de Seguridad Interior”, dirigida, entre otras cuestiones, a regular la participación de las Fuerzas Armadas en tareas de seguridad. La ley fue adoptada por la Cámara de Diputados el 30 de noviembre y ha sido remitida al Senado para su debate y adopción.
Alleged victims: -
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13 Dec 2017
07 Mar 2018
    08 Dec 2017
    Peru
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida sobre la posible adopción de un indulto presidencial en favor del expresidente Alberto Fujimori, quien fuera sentenciado en 2009 a 25 años de prisión por serias violaciones a los derechos humanos.
Alleged victims: -
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13 Dec 2017
    13 Nov 2017
    Libya
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • health
Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary arrest and detention of Hosny Ashor al-Mesmary, a Libyan national and business man.
Alleged victims: 1
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    03 Oct 2017
    Lebanon
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged torture to death in custody of four Syrian refugee men, and the arbitrary detention and disappearance of several others. The information received also concerns the pressure exercised on the legal representation of the families of the victims and the lack of independence of the military court presiding over the case.
Alleged victims: 360
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15 Dec 2017
    03 Oct 2017
    Egypt
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
Information received concerning the abduction and subsequent detention of Mr. Ebrahim Abdelmonem Metwally Hegazy, reportedly in reprisal for his activities as a human rights defender and cooperation with the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID).
Alleged victims: 1
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08 Nov 2017
    18 Sep 2017
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
Information received concerning the alleged arrest of Ms. Raheleh Rahemipor, the sister of Mr. Hossein Rahemipor, whose case is under review by the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.
Alleged victims: 1
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27 Oct 2017
    12 Sep 2017
    China
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Information received concerning allegations of the disappearance of the human rights defender Mr. Gao Zhisheng from his home, which was reported by a member of his family on 13 August 2017. Mr. Gao Zhisheng has been kept under close surveillance by authorities of Yulin City, Shaanxi Province following his release from detention on 8 August 2014.
Alleged victims: 1
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13 Oct 2017
    23 Aug 2017
    Uganda
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • minority issues
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged extra-judicial killings, excessive use of force, and enforced disappearances of ethnic Bakonzo people of the Rwenzururu kingdom, including children, by the Ugandan military and police officers during joint operations in Kasese, western Uganda, on 26 and 27 November 2016, as well as concerning obstacles in the investigation of the events.
Alleged victims: -
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25 Oct 2017
25 Oct 2017
25 Oct 2017
25 Oct 2017
25 Oct 2017
25 Oct 2017
    02 Aug 2017
    Chad
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • violence against women
Informations reçues concernant les mesures de réparation ordonnées par la Cour d'appel de N'Djamena pour les violations des droits humains commises sous le régime répressif de l’Etat tchadien entre 1982 et 1990, ainsi que les peines de travaux forcés, dictées par la Cour.
Alleged victims: 7000
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    28 Jul 2017
    Saudi Arabia
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disability
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • torture
Information received concerning imminent executions of 17 individuals convicted of protest-related charges and on the basis of trials that did not meet fair trial and due process guarantees, including allegations of confessions obtained under torture, as well as allegations of human rights violations in relation to several other death penalty cases at various stages of proceedings before the Specialized Criminal Court and Criminal Court in Saudi Arabia.
Alleged victims: 104
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13 Dec 2017
    27 Jul 2017
    Pakistan
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the alleged acts of threats and intimidation against Mr. Adil Ghaffar, a lawyer and human rights defender who has actively engaged with the UN Human Rights mechanisms, including the Special Procedures.
Alleged victims: 1
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    27 Jul 2017
    Nepal
    JOL
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • violence against women
Information received concerning the Nepal Act on the Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation 2071, adopted on 25 April 2014 (henceforth “TRC Act”); the lack of significant progress in the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission on the Investigation of Enforced Disappearance (CIEDP); and the need to enhance participation and to better guarantee the protection of victims and witnesses.
Alleged victims: 3
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31 Jul 2017
    14 Jul 2017
    Mexico
    JAL
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • privacy
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Información recibida en relación a alegaciones sobre el uso de tecnologías de vigilancia por parte de agencias gubernamentales contra miembros del Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos Independientes de la Comsión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (GIEI), defensores de derechos humanos, entre ellos integrantes del Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez (Centro Prodh), periodistas y otros miembros de la sociedad civil en México, así como en relación al discurso del Presidente de México solicitando investigaciones contra quienes han señalado al Gobierno mexicano como autor de dichos actos.
Alleged victims: 11
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23 Nov 2017
    12 Jul 2017
    Guatemala
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • freedom of opinion and expression
Información recibida en relación al veredicto de la Junta de Honor del Ejército de Guatemala, en el que recomendó la cancelación de despachos militares y la baja del Ejército del Coronel de Infantería Edgar Rolando Rubio Castañeda, tras la publicación del libro “Desde el Cuartel; Otra Visión de Guatemala”. Asimismo, quisiéramos referirnos a las alegaciones de intimidaciones y amenazas contra el Coronel Rubio Castañeda y su familia en relación con esta publicación.
Alleged victims: 1
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    11 Jul 2017
    Kenya
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • minority issues
  • religion or belief
Information received concerning a persisting trend of extrajudicial executions by Kenyan police and other security agencies.
Alleged victims: 489
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    06 Jul 2017
    Egypt
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Information received concerning the arrest and detention of Dr. Hanane Baderraddine Abdalhafez Othman, reportedly in connection with her activities as a human rights defender and as an act of reprisals for her cooperation with the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances
Alleged victims: 1
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30 Oct 2017
    15 Jun 2017
    Egypt
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • terrorism
  • torture
  • disappearances
Information received concerning the death sentences imposed on Messrs. Basem Mohsen Elkhorieby (also written Bassem Mohsen), Khaled Askar, Mahmoud Mamhouh Wahba, Ibrahim Yahia Azab, Abd Elrahman Attia and Ahmed al-Waleed al-Shal (also written Ahmed El Waleed El Shal) following trials that did not meet fair trial and due process guarantees.
Alleged victims: 6
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23 Aug 2017
    15 Jun 2017
    Argentina
    JOL
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida en relación con la decisión de la Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación Argentina (CSJN) relativa a la aplicación de la ley 24.390 (llamada ley 2x1) en casos de crímenes de lesa humanidad y la adopción de la ley 27.362, que establece que disposiciones de la ley 24.390 no son aplicable en casos de delitos de lesa humanidad, genocidio o crímenes de guerra.
Alleged victims: -
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11 Aug 2017
11 Aug 2017
11 Aug 2017
11 Aug 2017
11 Aug 2017
    14 Jun 2017
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • executions
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
Information received regarding the threats of additional prison terms and relocation to remote detention of Ms. Maryam Akbari Monfared, imprisoned since December 2009, allegedly to keep her from writing open letters about the fate and whereabouts of several thousand political prisoners extrajudicially executed in the summer of 1988. In addition, information has been received about the desecration of mass grave sites in Ahvaz and Mashhad that contains the remains of at least 184 people and 170 people, respectively, who were extra-judicially executed during the summer of 1988.
Alleged victims: 1
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11 Aug 2017
11 Sep 2017
    18 May 2017
    Mexico
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • human rights defenders
  • violence against women
Información recibida en relación con el asesinato de una defensora de derechos humanos , madre de una joven desaparecida y representante de una communidad del estado de Tamaulipas.
Alleged victims: 1
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17 Jan 2018
10 Sep 2018
    08 May 2017
    Uruguay
    JUA
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • disappearances
Información recibida en relación con las amenazas de muerte contra los señores Pablo Chargoñia y Louis Joinet, así como otras once personas involucradas en la promoción de los derechos humanos y la lucha contra la impunidad en Uruguay.
Alleged victims: 15
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27 Jun 2017
03 Jul 2017
    05 May 2017
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Informations et des allégations très inquiétantes reçues concernant des graves atteintes aux droits de l’homme, y compris contre des enfants, attribuées à des militaires des Forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo (FARDC) et d’autres acteurs étatiques, ainsi qu’à des membres de milices de Kamuina Nsapu.
Alleged victims: 143
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    03 May 2017
    Egypt
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Information received concerning the abduction, detention, torture and ill-treatment of Dr. Ahmed Shawky Abdelsattar Mohamed Amasha (احمد شوقي عبد الستار محمد عماشه), reportedly in retaliation for his activities as a human rights defender, which included documenting cases of enforced disappearances for the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.
Alleged victims: 1
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    27 Apr 2017
    Nigeria
    JOL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • minority issues
  • religion or belief
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
In this connection, we would like to bring to the attention of your Government information we have received concerning the White Paper on the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the clashes between the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and the Nigerian Army (NA) in Zaria, Kaduna State, between Saturday 12 and Monday 14 December 2015, issued on 5 December 2016 (hereafter “The White Paper”), and in particular some findings and recommendations by the Commission.
Alleged victims: 2
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    13 Apr 2017
    China
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • migrants
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • torture
Information received concerning the impending forced repatriation of 31 individuals from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, who are currently under the custody of Chinese authorities in different prisons throughout the country.
Alleged victims: 31
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18 May 2017
    10 Apr 2017
    Turkey
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • health
  • minority issues
  • terrorism
  • torture
  • violence against women
  • water and sanitation
Information received concerning alleged human rights violations committed in the context of security operations in the Omerli, Nusaybin and Artuklu districts of Mardin province in southeast Turkey, including raids on and destruction of houses, surveillance of residents, deprivation of access to food, safe drinking water and sanitation, and health services, arbitrary arrests and detentions, acts of torture and ill-treatment, enforced disappearances, and killings.
Alleged victims: 38
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06 Jun 2017
    05 Apr 2017
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • cultural rights
  • disappearances
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
Information received concerning the arrest of Mr. Ehsan Mazandarani, a journalist, Ms. Hengameh Shahidi, a senior member of the Etemad Melli (National Trust) political party, Ms. Tahereh Riahi, the social affairs editor of the State-funded Borna News Agency, Ms. Zeinab Karimian, a producer for the state-run “Salam Khorshid” (Hello Sun) television show and former reporter for the official Islamic Republic News Agency, Ms. Mehrnaz Haghighi, medical doctor and social activist, Mr. XX, a seventeen-year-old ethnic Arab environmentalist, Mr. Morad Saghafi, director of Goftego magazine and researcher, and Saleh Deldam, a film director and producer.
Alleged victims: 20
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26 Jul 2017
29 Aug 2017
    31 Mar 2017
    Algeria
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
Allégations reçues concernant la détention arbitraire, depuis le 27 février 2017, du défenseur des droits de l’homme M. Rafik Belamrania par les autorités algériennes.
Alleged victims: 1
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29 May 2017
    27 Mar 2017
    United Arab Emirates
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
Information received concerning the arrest, secret detention, and risk of enforced disappearance of Mr. Ahmed Mansoor, a prominent human rights defender and blogger in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Alleged victims: 1
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25 Apr 2017
    23 Mar 2017
    Sri Lanka
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning alleged acts of intimidation and reprisals against a human rights defender and against members of the non-governmental organization “Pupil Salvation Forum”.
Alleged victims: 3
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    22 Mar 2017
    China
    JUA
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning allegations of the arbitrary arrest, short-term disappearance and prolonged incommunicado detention of four human rights defenders and lawyers; of their subjection to torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment in detention, in particular during Residential Surveillance at Designated Location (RSDL); and that the charges against them might be related to their activities as human rights defenders.
Alleged victims: 4
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18 Apr 2017
    16 Mar 2017
    El Salvador
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
Información recibida en relación con los ataques y el hostigamiento contra una defensora de derechos humanos en El Salvador.
Alleged victims: 1
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22 May 2017
    08 Mar 2017
    Colombia
    JOL
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Información recibida en relación con el actual debate legislativo referente a la creación de la Unidad para la Búsqueda de Personas dadas por Desaparecidas en el contexto y en razón del conflicto armado, contemplada dentro del Sistema Integral de Verdad, Justicia, Reparación y No Repetición, del proceso de paz en Colombia.
Alleged victims: -
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    16 Feb 2017
    Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
    JOL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • torture
  • violence against women
Promulgación por parte de la Asamblea Legislativa Plurinominal de Bolivia, de la Ley No. 897 que crea una Comisión de la Verdad “para esclarecer los asesinatos, desapariciones forzadas, torturas, detenciones arbitrarias y violencia sexual, entendidas como violaciones graves de derechos humanos, fundados en motivos políticos e ideológicos, acontecidos en Bolivia del 4 de noviembre de 1964 al 10 de octubre de 1982”.
Alleged victims: -
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    03 Feb 2017
    Delegation of the European Union
    JOL
  • migrants
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • slavery
  • torture
Information received concerning the European Commission’s proposal to review the EU Action Plan on Return, which may have implications of returns of migrants to Libya intercepted at sea, in possible violation of the principle of non-refoulement.
Alleged victims: -
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10 Apr 2017
    02 Feb 2017
    Libya
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • migrants
  • slavery
Information received concerning the partnership framework under discussion between your Excellency’s Government, the Government of Italy and the European Union, as well as widespread human rights violations, including the detention, unlawful killings, abductions, hostage-taking, forced labour, trafficking, enforced disappearances and torture of migrants.
Alleged victims: -
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    02 Feb 2017
    Italy
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • migrants
  • slavery
  • torture
Information received concerning the possible return of migrants, under the partnership framework under discussion between your Excellency’s Government and the Government of the State of Libya, in violation of the principle of non-refoulement.
Alleged victims: -
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21 Feb 2017
    01 Feb 2017
    Burundi
    JUA
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
Informations reçues concernant des allégations relatives aux mesures de suspension provisoires et de radiation de la liste des ONG autorisées à travailler au Burundi de plusieurs organisations de la société civile burundaise, en particulier, la radiation définitive de la Ligue burundaise des droits de l’homme, ITEKA, organisation membre de la FIDH. Nous souhaiterions par là même attirer l’attention de votre Gouvernement sur les allégations de menaces de mort et d’actes de disparition forcée de plusieurs défenseurs des droits de l’homme.
Alleged victims: 1
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    27 Jan 2017
    South Sudan
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged detention and enforced disappearnce of two South Sudanese nationals.
Alleged victims: 2
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    27 Jan 2017
    Kenya
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged detention and enforced disappearnce of two South Sudanese Nationals, Mr. Dong Samuel Luak and Mr. Aggrey Idri Ezibon respectievely on 23 and 24 January 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. Both individuals are members of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO). It is further alleged that they might be at imminent risk of deportation from Kenya to South Sudan.
Alleged victims: 2
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    26 Jan 2017
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
Information received concerning the prosecution of Ms. Raheleh Rahemipor, the sister of Mr. Hossein Rahemipor, whose case is under review by the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. Ms. Rahemipor was the subject of previous communications by Special Procedures mandate holders on 5 August 2016 (UA IRN 23/2016) and on 22 November 2016 (UA IRN 29/2016).
Alleged victims: 1
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    13 Jan 2017
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • health
  • torture
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
Information received regarding Mr. Ali Moezzi who was reportedly ending a two-year prison sentence in hall 12 of ward 4 of the high security Gohardasht prison of Karaj in western Teheran when, on 4 January, he was taken to unknown location and has not been seen by his family since then.
Alleged victims: 1
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    11 Jan 2017
    Pakistan
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the alleged disappearances of four human rights activists, who went missing between 4 and 7 January 2016.
Alleged victims: 4
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    28 Dec 2016
    China
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • poverty
Information received concerning the disappearance of Mr. Jiang Tianyong, a prominent human rights lawyer who was the subject of the previous communication (UA CHN 13/2016), and the compulsory criminal measures allegedly imposed on him, which appear to be related to his longstanding human rights work and which carry serious consequences on his right to a fair trial.
Alleged victims: 1
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20 Jan 2017
    13 Dec 2016
    Sudan
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
  • Sudan
Information received concerning allegations of the enforced disappearances of human rights defenders, Mr. Hafiz Idris, following his arrest in Khartoum by the National Intelligence and Security Service of Sudan on 24 November 2016, and Mr. Ibrahim Adam Mudawi, following his arrest in Khartoum on 7 December 2016.
Alleged victims: 2
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    12 Dec 2016
    Sudan
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • torture
  • Sudan
Information received concerning allegations of arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance of 24 Sudanese political activists and opponents by the Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) between 4 and 27 November 2016.
Alleged victims: 43
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29 Dec 2016
    02 Dec 2016
    Sri Lanka
    JOL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • terrorism
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Information received concerning the “Policy and Legal Framework of the proposed Counter Terrorism Act of Sri Lanka”, insofar as its compatibility with international norms and standards on human rights, particularly as set forth in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, is concerned.
Alleged victims: -
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05 Dec 2016
    02 Dec 2016
    China
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • poverty
Information received concerning Mr. Jiang Tianyong, a renowned human rights lawyer who has been allegedly disappeared by the authorities due to his human rights work and partly in reprisal of his meeting with the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights in August 2016.
Alleged victims: 1
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20 Jan 2017
    22 Nov 2016
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • human rights defenders
  • freedom of opinion and expression
Information received concerning the continued harassment of Ms. Raheleh Rahemipor, the sister of Mr. Hossein Rahemipor, whose case is under review by the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. Ms. Rahemipour was the subject of a previous communication by Special Procedures mandate holders on 5 August 2016 (UA IRN 23/2016).
Alleged victims: 1
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    17 Nov 2016
    Sudan
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • health
  • torture
Information received concerning allegations of arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance of ten Sudanese doctors by the Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) between 30 October and 6 November.
Alleged victims: 10
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23 Nov 2016
    01 Nov 2016
    Algeria
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
Informations reçues concernant des allégations d’arrestation et de détention arbitraires survenues à la suite d’un rassemblement pacifique des membres des familles de disparus, qui limiteraient de ce fait les droits à la liberté d’expression et à la liberté de réunion pacifique, ainsi que de l’usage excessif de la force dans le cadre de cette manifestation.
Alleged victims: 25
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06 Mar 2017
    31 Oct 2016
    Morocco
    UA
  • disappearances
Informations reçues concernant les allégations d’intimidation et de représailles à l’encontre de M. Carlos Martín Beristain, Mme Gloria Guzmán et de Mme Arantza Chacón, commises par les forces de sécurité marocaines, empêchant leur entrée dans le pays.
Alleged victims: 3
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19 Jan 2017
    28 Oct 2016
    Bangladesh
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
Information received concerning the abduction of lawyer Ahmad Bin Quasem, which seems to be directly related to his work as part of the legal defence team that represented Mr. Mir Quasem Ali before the International Crimes Tribunal.
Alleged victims: 1
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    11 Oct 2016
    Mexico
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
Información recibida en relación con presuntas amenazas y agresiones contra familiares de una víctima de desaparición forzada y su esposa, ambos dirigentes y abogados de la organización de derechos humanos “Desaparecidos Justicia” que apoya a familiares de desaparecidos en el Estado de Querétaro, México; así como las amenazas dirigidas a los integrantes del Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez A.C. (Centro Prodh).
Alleged victims: 2
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    11 Oct 2016
    India
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning allegations of arbitrary arrest, detention, intimidation and a travel ban against Mr. Khurram Parvez.
Alleged victims: 1
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    07 Oct 2016
    Ethiopia
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • indigenous peoples
  • torture
Information received concerning the repression of protests in Ethiopia that has been ongoing since November 2015, especially in the Oromia and Amhara regions.
Alleged victims: -
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    26 Sep 2016
    Argentina
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
Información recibida en relación con los ataques y hostigamiento contra la Sra. Laura Figueroa y el Sr. César Sivo, defensores de derechos humanos involucrados en la busca de la verdad y la justicia por crímenes de lesa humanidad perpetrados durante la dictadura militar.
Alleged victims: 2
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28 Nov 2016
    16 Sep 2016
    India
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning allegations of arbitrary arrest, detention, intimidation and travel ban issued against Mr. Khurram Parvez in alleged reprisal for cooperating with the United Nations human rights mechanisms.
Alleged victims: 1
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30 Sep 2016
    02 Sep 2016
    Ethiopia
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
  • indigenous peoples
Information received concerning the alleged killing of at least 500 people, and the injury, detention and enforced disappearance of thousands of individuals in the context of protests organized in Ethiopia, particularly in the Oromia and Amhara regions, since November 2015.
Alleged victims: 2607
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    19 Aug 2016
    Turkey
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • health
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • disappearances
Information received concerning arbitrary and incommunicado detention, torture and ill-treatment, and denial of fundamental rights of detainees in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt of 15 July 2016.
Alleged victims: -
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22 Aug 2016
01 Dec 2016
    19 Aug 2016
    Mexico
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • freedom of opinion and expression
Información recibida en relación con alegaciones de intervención de comunicaciones privadas y la deslegitimización de personas defensoras de derechos humanos.
Alleged victims: 4
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08 Nov 2016
    05 Aug 2016
    Mozambique
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • torture
Information received regarding alleged ill-treatment, torture and execution of civilians by security forces during operations against the Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO) and the unearthing of a suspected mass grave near Gorongossa, where the bodies of 100-120 children, men and women might rest, as well as attacks reportedly conducted by RENAMO against civilians.
Alleged victims: -
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    05 Aug 2016
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
Information received concerning alleged acts of threats and intimidation against Ms. X, the sister of Mr. Y, whose case is under review by the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.
Alleged victims: 1
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    03 Aug 2016
    Sri Lanka
    JOL
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Observations from Special Procedures on the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (25 March 2016), the Prevention of Terrorism Act No 48 of L979 (PTA), and the bill providing for the establishment of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP).
Alleged victims: -
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04 Aug 2016
    26 Jul 2016
    Kenya
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
Information received concerning the alleged disappearance, torture and extra-judicial executions of a human rights lawyer, Mr. Willie Kimani, as well as Mr. Josephat Mwenda and Mr. Joseph Muiruri.
Alleged victims: 3
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    25 Jul 2016
    Mexico
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • human rights defenders
  • freedom of opinion and expression
Información recibida en relación con el presunto asesinato del señor José Jesús Jiménez Gaona y el atentado en contra de la señora Francisca Vázquez Mendoza; así como acerca de los actos de intimidación y hostigamiento en contra de personas defensoras de derechos humanos y pertenecientes al Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos “Hasta Encontrarlos”.
Alleged victims: 4
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14 Oct 2016
    25 Jul 2016
    Lao People's Democratic Republic
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
Information received concerning allegations of arbitrary arrest, detention and disappearence of human rights defenders, Mr. Somphone Phimmasone, Mr. Soukane Chaithad, and Ms. Lodkham Thammavong.
Alleged victims: 3
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    13 Jun 2016
    Thailand
    JUA
  • disappearances
  • environment
  • executions
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning the killing of environmental human rights defender Mr. Payao Panroj; the disappearance of land rights defender Mr. Den Kamlae; the attempted killing of another land rights defender, Mr. Supoj Kansong; and the threats made against a group of environmental human rights defenders from Pichit Province, for their human rights work and exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and freedom of association.
Alleged victims: 10
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    08 Jun 2016
    Sri Lanka
    UA
  • disappearances
Information received concerning a key witness in a case of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka, who is currently being court-martialed by the Sri Lanka Navy.
Alleged victims: 1
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    02 Jun 2016
    Chad
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
Informations reçues concernant des allégations de disparitions forcées, d’arrestations et de détentions arbitraires, de traitements cruels, inhumains et dégradants et de violation des droits à la liberté de réunion pacifique et la liberté d’expression commises par les forces de sécurité et de défense tchadiennes.
Alleged victims: 5
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    18 May 2016
    Gambia
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • executions
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Allegations of excessive use of force by Police Intervention Unit officers, as well as disappearances, torture and ill-treatment, in at least one case resulting in death, by National Intelligence agents against peaceful protesters. According to the information received, on 14 April 2016, during a peaceful anti-government demonstration at the Westfield junction, in Serrekunda, the Gambia, Mr. Solo Sandeng, a senior figure and the National Organizing Secretary of the United Democratic Party, Gambia’s main opposition party, together with other protesters, including other senior members of the United Democratic Party, were subjected to excessive use of force as well as arbitrary arrest and detention by Police Intervention Unit officers, in an effort of the latter to disperse the crowd. The total number of arrested people, their whereabouts and their health conditions remain unknown. Mr. Sandeng, who led the demonstrations, is said to have died in police custody as a result of torture by National Intelligence agents. On 16 April, in response to the rumours of Mr. Sandeng’s death, another demonstration was held demanding justice. It is reported that at least 50 persons were arrested during the two demonstrations. During interrogations, National Intelligence agents allegedly inflicted injuries on several protesters; including rape of female members of the United Democratic Party. After the latter demonstration, members of Mr. Sandeng’s family have reportedly been subjected to threats and intimidation and fled the country.
Alleged victims: 1
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    15 Apr 2016
    Iraq
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Allegations of acts of intimidation and reprisals, in the form of arbitrary arrest and ill-treatment, against two human rights defenders for their work and cooperation with the United Nations in the field of human rights. According to the information received, on 6 March 2016, Mr. Imad Amara and Mr. Faisal Al Tamimi were on their way to meet with families of disappeared persons as part of their work for the Al Wissam Humanitarian Assembly, a human rights organization that documents cases of enforced disappearances and submits them to the United Nations human rights mechanisms, when their car was stopped at the checkpoint close to the Bab Al Moatham Square in Baghdad by Iraqi military forces. The military forces searched their car and informed both men that an arrest warrant had been issued against them. They were subsequently handcuffed, blindfolded and taken to an unknown location where they were severely beaten, insulted and threatened, while being interrogated about their work. Mr. Amara and Mr. Al Tamimi were released two hours later.
Alleged victims: 2
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    24 Mar 2016
    Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • executions
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Presunta desaparición y asesinato de 28 trabajadores en las minas de Oro de Tumeremo, Estado de Bolívar, Venezuela. Según la información recibida, el 4 de marzo de 2016, 28 personas habrían desaparecido después de haber sido agredidas por un grupo criminal ubicado en la zona, presuntamente liderado por una persona ubicada con el alias “el Topo”, quien presuntamente mantiene el control de la extracción de oro en la región en colaboración con las autoridades. Se alega, asimismo, que familiares de las víctimas habrían organizado protestas con el fin de exigir la actuación de las autoridades, pero dichas manifestaciones habrían sido interrumpidas mediante el uso de la fuerza y una creciente presencia militar en la zona. Finalmente, se alega que los medios de comunicación y periodistas habrían enfrentado obstáculos en la cobertura de estos hechos, así como acoso por parte de agentes encargados de hacer cumplir la ley en Tumeremo.
Alleged victims: -
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04 Jul 2016
    26 Feb 2016
    Guatemala
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • indigenous peoples
  • executions
  • torture
  • violence against women
  • disappearances
  • slavery
  • women in law and in practice
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Comunicación relativa al desarrollo de tres procesos judiciales sobre violaciones manifiestas de las normas internacionales de derechos humanos y violaciones graves del derecho internacional humanitario, ocurridas durante el período del conflicto armado interno en Guatemala. Según las informaciones recibidas, procedimientos judiciales habrían iniciado en tres causas conocidas por los nombres de CREOMPAZ; Molina Theissen; y Sepur Zarco. Dieciocho militares en situación de retiro habrían sido objeto de órdenes de captura y habrían sido acusados de varios delitos incluyendo delitos de lesa humanidad, masacres, desaparición forzada, incluso en el caso de un niño, Marco Antonio Molina Theissen, así como la esclavitud sexual y laboral de mujeres q’eqchíes que vivían en la comunidad de Sepur Zarco, donde estaba ubicada una base militar durante la época del conflicto armado interno. En el contexto de estos procesos judiciales, se reportan un creciente número de mensajes y actos intimidatorios, incluyendo de grupos ligados a los militares acusados, que buscarían desacreditar y presionar a las víctimas y a quienes les apoyan en este proceso. Esta comunicación se refiere a comunicaciones anteriores enviadas el 22 de diciembre de 2014, ver A/HRC/29/50, caso no. GTM 8/2014; 18 de agosto de 2014, ver A/HRC/28/85, caso no. GTM 5/2014; el 2 de mayo 2014, ver A/HRC/27/72, caso no. GTM 4/2014; el 30 de octubre 2013, ver A/HRC/25/74, caso no. GTM 9/2013; el 17 de mayo 2013, ver A/HRC/24/21, caso, no. GTM 5/2013; y el 15 de marzo 2013, ver A/HRC/24/21, caso no. GTM 2/2013.
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06 Apr 2016
24 May 2016
    28 Dec 2015
    Ethiopia
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • executions
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Allegations of violent repression of peaceful protests. According to the information received, since mid-November 2015, several peaceful demonstrations have been organized by students throughout the Oromia region of Ethiopia to protest against the “Addis Ababa Integrated Development Master Plan” which aims at expanding Addis Ababa’s municipal boundaries. The police and military have allegedly violently repressed several peaceful demonstrations by firing live ammunition at protesters resulting in the deaths of at least 75 of persons. On 15 December 2015, Ethiopian State intelligence services issued a statement claiming that Oromo protesters had a “direct connection with forces that have taken mission from foreign terrorist groups” and labelling them as “terrorists”, which permits the authorities to enforce the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation 652/2009. Concerns relative to the application of this law have been mentioned in several previous communications since its implementation in 2009, especially in those sent on 05 October 2011, see A/HRC/19/44, case no. ETH 4/2011; 19 December 2011, see A/HRC/20/30, case no. ETH 7/2011; 16 March 2012, see A/HRC/21/49, case no. ETH 1/2012; 31 July 2012, see A/HRC/22/67, ETH 4/2012; 15 April 2014, see A/HRC/27/72, case no. ETH 2/2014; 11 July 2014, see A/HRC/28/85, case no. ETH 6/2014; 27 February 2015, see A/HRC/29/50, case no. ETH 1/2015; 26 February 2015, see A/HRC/29/50, case no. ETH 2/2015; and 21 October 2015, see A/HRC/31/79, case no. ETH 4/2015.
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    22 Dec 2015
    Serbia
    JAL
  • sale of children
  • disappearances
Alleged shortcomings of the “draft law on determining the facts on the position of newborn infants suspected to have disappeared in maternity hospitals in the Republic of Serbia” to adequately secure the establishment of a mechanism aimed at providing individual redress to all parents of infants who have disappeared from maternity wards in Serbia. According to the information received, on 26 March 2013 the European Court of Human Rights found Serbia in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights in the lead case of Zorica Jovanovic v. Serbia, and held that Serbia “must […], take all appropriate measures, preferably by means of a lex specialis […] to secure the establishment of a mechanism aimed at providing individual redress to all parents in a situation such as, or sufficiently similar to, the applicant’s”. In July 2015, a draft law was reportedly circulated to a number of concerned civil society organizations by the Ministry of Justice of Serbia, yet a number of concerns have been raised regarding the content of the draft legislation, as well as the process by which it was drafted.
Alleged victims: -
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    10 Dec 2015
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    JAL
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • executions
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Allégations de violations du droit à la vie. Selon les informations reçues, entre le 15 novembre 2013 et le 15 février 2014, dans le cadre de l’Opération Likofi menées à Kinshasa, la Police nationale congolaise (PNC) serait responsable de graves violations des droits de l’homme y compris des exécutions sommaires et extrajudiciaires, et des disparitions forcées. Au moins 41 personnes- notamment des jeunes soupçonnés d’appartenir à des bandes armées - ont été exécutées ou sont portées disparues suite à leur arrestation sans mandat. Mise à part la condamnation par le Tribunal militaire de Garnisson du directeur de la Police de Masina à10 ans de travaux forcés aucun progrès significatif n’a été enregistré dans le cadre des enquêtes sur ces allégations. En janvier 2015, la police aurait sévèrement réprimé les manifestations organisées contre une réforme de la loi électorale congolaise. Des opposants politiques et des défenseurs des droits de l’homme ont été réprimés et arrêtés, en négation flagrante de leur liberté d’expression et de réunion. Des exécutions sommaires et extrajudiciaires ont été également rapportées. Le 19 mars 2015, un charnier qui pourrait contenir les corps des victimes des récents évènements a été découvert à Maluku (Kinshasa).
Alleged victims: -
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29 Jan 2016
11 Feb 2016
02 Mar 2016
    03 Dec 2015
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
Alleged prosecution of teachers and teachers’ organizations in the Islamic Republic of Iran. According to the information received, Mr. Esmail Abdi, General Secretary of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA), was arrested in June 2015 and is currently being held in Evin Prison in Tehran on unknown charges. The whereabouts of Mr. Ramin Zandnia, a well-known and active ITTA member, and Ms. Pravin Mohammadi, a human rights activist, are unknown since their arrest on 15 October 2015 by Revolutionary guards. Mr. Rasoul Bodahi, a member of ITTA, is currently serving a three year prison sentence handed down to him while he was already serving a prison sentence after he had been arrested in September 2009. Mr. Abdholreza Ghanbari, a literature professor and unionist, was arrested on 4 January 2010 and sentenced to 15 years in prison; he remains imprisoned and in poor health. Mr. Ali Akbar Baghani, the Deputy Director of the ITTA, was sentenced to 5 years in prison and has been detained since his arrest in May 2015. Mr. Mohammad Reza Niknejad and Mr. Mehdi Bohlooli, both ITTA activists, were released on a high bail after their arrest on 31 August 2015; their trial is pending.
Alleged victims: 7
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    26 Nov 2015
    China
    JAL
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • religion or belief
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • minority issues
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged demolition of 37 Christian Catholic and Protestant churches, removal of over 500 churches in Zhejiang Province and enforced disappearance of a Pastor for protesting against the planned demolition of a church. According to the information received, since October 2013, the Zheijang provincial Government systematically removed and destroyed Christian symbols and places of worship in an attempt to reduce the visibility of the Christian religion. Pastor Huang Yizi was arrested and sentenced to one year imprisonment for publicly opposing the demolition of a church in Wenzhou, Zheijang´s biggest city. It is reported that he was repeatedly tortured while in custody. He was released on 1 August 2015 after serving his sentence, but arrested again on 12 September 2015. Authorities acknowledged the arrest but have kept him incommunicado and concealed his fate and whereabouts.
Alleged victims: 1
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22 Jan 2016
    20 Nov 2015
    Pakistan
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
Alleged incompatibility of a number of provisions of the Protection of Pakistan Act with international human rights standards. According to the information received, relevant provisions in the Protection of Pakistan Act (PPA) provide security forces involved in the fight against terrorism in Pakistan, including the Army, Frontier Corps, Police and Rangers, with the authority to make arrests without warrants, order preventive detention without adequate safeguards, including in some cases secret detention, and retroactively apply the law to legitimize illegal detentions. The PPA also grants immunity to law enforcement officers who might be responsible for serious human rights violations such as arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance.
Alleged victims: -
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    09 Oct 2015
    India
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • disappearances
Alleged continued refusal to renew the passport of a human rights lawyer since 2004 in an attempt to restrict his work in relation to investigations of enforced disappearances. According to the information received, Mr. Parvez Imroz has been denied the renewal of his passport since 2004. His most recent application for the renewal of his travel documents is currently pending with the Government. On 8 August 2015, he was provided assurances by the Inspector General of the Criminal Investigation Department of Jammu and Kashmir that his current application would be successful. However, his passport remains to be renewed. Mr. Imroz has been the subject of five previous communications, sent on 17 January 2012, see A/HRC/20/30, case no. IND 23/2011; 20 November 2008, case no. IND 31/2008; 8 July 2008, case no. IND 18/2008; 14 September 2006, case no. IND 29/2006; 1 May 2006, case no. IND 16/2006.
Alleged victims: 1
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05 Sep 2016
    02 Oct 2015
    Bangladesh
    JAL
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged acts of harassment and intimidation against human rights defenders, relatives of victims of enforced disappearances and a group of non-governmental organizations. According to information received, an NGO event was to take place on 30 August 2015, on the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. It is reported that less than 24 hours before the event was scheduled, it was suddenly cancelled by the National Press Club, which was set to be the venue for the event, and that several police officers were deployed and remained on the premises throughout the day with no explanation for their presence. It is also reported that families of the disappeared who were scheduled to speak during the event received threatening phone calls. Concern is expressed that these acts are part of a wider effort to silence the voices of those speaking out against enforced disappearances, and to maintain a climate of impunity for such crimes. One of the organizations involved, Odhikar, and its members, have been the subject of several previous communications sent by several special procedures, most recently on 12 August 2015, see above, case no. BGD 5/2015.
Alleged victims: -
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06 Oct 2015
    02 Sep 2015
    Other actors
    JAL
  • executions
  • torture
  • disappearances
Allégations d’exécutions sommaires et extrajudiciaires, de disparitions forcées et de torture. Selon les informations reçues, en décembre 2013, des soldats, originaires de la République du Congo de la Mission internationale de soutien à la Centrafrique (MISCA,) auraient torturé mortellement deux éléments de la milice anti-balaka dans la région de Bossangoa. Les tortionnaires auraient versé du plastique fondu et brûlant sur le corps de leurs victimes, les mutilant jusqu’à ce que mort s’en suive. En mars 2014, dans le village de Boali, suite à une embuscade contre une patrouille des soldats congolais de ladite mission ayant entraîné la mort de l’un d’entre eux et ayant blessé quatre autres, ils auraient procédé à l’arrestation, puis auraient sommairement exécuté plus de dix personnes. D’autres seraient portés disparus. De graves préoccupations sont exprimées quant aux allégations de torture et d’exécutions sommaires commises par des soldats originaires de la République du Congo contre des miliciens anti-balaka et leurs proches. Ce cas a fait l’objet de trois autres communications adressées respectivement au Gouvernement de la République du Congo, numéro cas COG 1/2015; au Gouvernement de la République Centrafricaine, numéro cas CAF 1/2015; ainsi qu’au Département de maintien de la paix de l’Organisation des Nations Unies, numéro cas OTH 6/2015.
Alleged victims: -
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    02 Sep 2015
    Other actors
    JAL
  • executions
  • torture
  • disappearances
Allégations d’exécutions sommaires et extrajudiciaires, de disparitions forcées et de torture. Selon les informations reçues, en décembre 2013, des soldats, originaires de la République du Congo de la Mission internationale de soutien à la Centrafrique (MISCA) auraient torturé mortellement deux éléments de la milice anti-balaka dans la région de Bossangoa. Les tortionnaires auraient versé du plastique fondu et brûlant sur le corps de leurs victimes, les mutilant jusqu’à ce que mort s’en suive. En mars 2014, dans le village de Boali, suite à une embuscade contre une patrouille des soldats congolais de ladite mission ayant entraîné la mort de l’un d’entre eux et ayant blessé quatre autres, ils auraient procédé à l’arrestation, puis auraient sommairement exécuté plus de dix personnes. D’autres seraient portés disparus. De graves préoccupations sont exprimées quant aux allégations de torture et d’exécutions sommaires commises par des soldats originaires de la République de Congo contre des miliciens anti-balaka et leurs proches. Ce cas a fait l’objet de trois autres communications adressées respectivement au Gouvernement de la République du Congo, numéro cas COG 1/2015; au Gouvernement de la République Centrafricaine, numéro cas CAF 1/2015; ainsi qu’à l’Union Africaine, numéro cas OTH 5/2015.
Alleged victims: -
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    02 Sep 2015
    Congo
    JAL
  • executions
  • torture
  • disappearances
Allégations d’exécutions sommaires et extrajudiciaires, de disparitions forcées et de torture. Selon les informations reçues, en décembre 2013, des soldats, originaires de la République du Congo de la Mission internationale de soutien à la Centrafrique (MISCA) auraient torturé mortellement deux éléments de la milice anti-balaka dans la région de Bossangoa. Les tortionnaires auraient versé du plastique fondu et brûlant sur le corps de leurs victimes, les mutilant jusqu’à ce que mort s’en suive. En mars 2014, dans le village de Boali, suite à une embuscade contre une patrouille des soldats congolais de ladite mission ayant entraîné la mort de l’un d’entre eux et ayant blessé quatre autres, ils auraient procédé à l’arrestation, puis auraient sommairement exécuté plus de dix personnes. D’autres seraient portés disparus. De graves préoccupations sont exprimées quant aux allégations de torture et d’exécutions sommaires commises par des soldats originaires de la République du Congo contre des miliciens anti-balaka et leurs proches. Ce cas a fait l’objet de trois autres communications adressées respectivement au Gouvernement de la République Centrafricaine, numéro cas CAF 1/2015; à l’Union Africaine, numéro cas OTH 5/2015; ainsi qu’au Département de maintien de la paix de l’Organisation des Nations Unies, numéro cas OTH 6/2015.
Alleged victims: -
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    02 Sep 2015
    Central African Republic
    JAL
  • executions
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • Central African Republic
Allégations d’exécutions sommaires et extrajudiciaires, de disparitions forcées et de torture. Selon les informations reçues, en décembre 2013, des soldats, originaires de la République du Congo, de la Mission internationale de soutien à la Centrafrique (MISCA), auraient torturé mortellement deux éléments de la milice anti-balaka dans la région de Bossangoa. Les tortionnaires auraient versé du plastique fondu et brûlant sur le corps de leurs victimes, les mutilant jusqu’à ce que mort s’en suive. En mars 2014, dans le village de Boali, suite à une embuscade contre une patrouille des soldats congolais de ladite mission ayant entraîné la mort de l’un d’entre eux et ayant blessé quatre autres, ils auraient procédé à l’arrestation, puis auraient sommairement exécuté plus de dix personnes. D’autres seraient portés disparus. De graves préoccupations sont exprimées quant aux allégations de torture et d’exécutions sommaires commises par des soldats originaires de la République du Congo contre des miliciens anti-balaka et leurs proches. Ce cas a fait l’objet de trois autres communications adressées respectivement au Gouvernement de la République du Congo, numéro cas COG 1/2015; à l’Union Africaine, numéro cas OTH 5/2015; ainsi qu’au Département de maintien de la paix de l’Organisation des Nations Unies, numéro cas OTH 6/2015.
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    28 Aug 2015
    Pakistan
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
Allegations of enforced disappearance of a social worker and investigative journalist in retaliation for her work on enforced disappearances in Pakistan. According to the information received, the social worker had in particular been working on the reported disappearance of Mr. Hamid Nehal Ahmed Ansari and been supporting Mr. Ansari’s family since his disappearance. She was due to give evidence on Mr. Ansari’s case on 24 August 2015, at the Joint Intelligence Team hearing. On 19 August 2015, the social worker was allegedly abducted from a bus stop near her usual place of residence in Lahore and taken away in a car to an unknown location. It is believed that the abduction of the social worker was intended to prevent her from attending the hearing.
Alleged victims: 1
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    24 Aug 2015
    Ukraine
    JUA
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • disappearances
Alleged enforced disappearance of a Russian national in Ukraine after being released from detention. According to the information received, on 6 March 2015, the Ovidiopol District Court of Odessa region passed a sentence which found Mr. X guilty of “trespass against the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine”. The court also decided to exempt Mr. X from punishment under the regime of probation. After being released from custody, Mr. X was allegedly invited by convoy officers to receive his personal belongings. Mr. X was reportedly approached by several individuals, allegedly belonging to the Security Service of the Odessa Region in Ukraine, who used violence to place him into a minibus and drove off. It is reported that no messages or phone calls have been received from Mr. X since then. His fate and whereabouts remain unknown to date.
Alleged victims: 1
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06 Oct 2015
    10 Jul 2015
    Mexico
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • disappearances
Presuntas alegaciones de detención arbitraria de 12 personas procesadas en relación al “caso Ayotzinapa”, en México, y alegaciones de tortura y malos tratos en su contra. Según la información recibida, la Sra. Verónica Bahena Cruz y los Sres. Santiago Manzón Cedillo, Héctor Aguilar Ávalos, Alejandro Lara García, Edgar Magdaleno Navarro Cruz y Jesús Parra Arroyo, policías de los municipios de Iguala y Cocula, Estado de Guerrero, así como los Sres. Marco Antonio Ríos Berber, Raúl Núñez Salgado, Agustín García Reyes, Jonathan Osorio Cortez, Patricio Reyes Landa y Carlos Canto Salgado, habrían sido detenidos, torturados y procesados en relación al caso de la desaparición forzada de 43 estudiantes y la ejecución de otras seis personas en Iguala, Estado de Guerrero, entre el 26 y el 27 de septiembre de 2014. Cuatro de las 12 personas procesadas han sido mencionadas por el ex Procurador General de la República como testigos claves en el esclarecimiento de los hechos sucedidos en Iguala. Tanto el caso de la desaparición forzada de los 43 estudiantes y la ejecución de las otras seis personas, como otros casos relativos a violaciones derivadas de estos sucesos, han sido objeto de comunicaciones previas por parte de los Procedimiento Especiales, con fecha de 3 de octubre de 2014, véase A/HRC/28/85, caso no. MEX 21/2014; 16 de diciembre de 2014, véase A/HRC/29/50, caso no. MEX 26/2014; y 25 de febrero de 2015, véase A/HRC/29/50, caso no. MEX 1/2015.
Alleged victims: 13
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28 Oct 2015
    06 Jul 2015
    Iraq
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • disappearances
Alleged arbitrary arrest, detention, torture and temporary enforced disappearance of an Iraqi intelligence agent of the federal police in Mosul. According to the information received, on 20 November 2014, Mr. Mohammed Abbas Kadhim al Sudani was arrested at his home in Baghdad by 15 members of the Special Weapons and Tactic force, a force belonging to the Iraqi Special Forces and headed by the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service, and detained incommunicado for about six months at the Al Muthanna airport detention centre, where he was allegedly subjected to torture and ill-treatment. His family was unaware of his fate and whereabouts until 4 May 2015, when the authorities informed them of his transfer to Taji Prison. It is alleged that his arrest and detention is directly related to the fact that he had been searching for his brother, Mr. Mustafa al Sudani, whose fate and whereabouts are unknown since 9 June 2014. Mr. Mohammed al Sudani did not have access to a lawyer, was not informed of the charges against him and has not yet been presented before a judge. He remains in detention awaiting his trial.
Alleged victims: 1
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    25 Jun 2015
    Colombia
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • disappearances
Presuntas amenazas y agresiones contra testigos en dos casos de desaparición forzada y una abogada, miembro de una organización de derechos humanos. Según la información recibida, el 17 de mayo, el Sr. Luis Carlos Ramírez, habría sido agredido por dos hombres cuando se dirigía a su trabajo en Bogotá. El 21 de mayo, la Sra. Jacqueline Ramírez, habría recibido una llamada telefónica amenazadora. Previamente, su abogada y miembro de la organización de derechos humanos Fundación Nydia Erika Bautista, la Sra. Andrea Torres Bautista, habría sido amenazada de manera similar. Anteriormente, miembros de la Fundación Nydia Erika Bautista fueron objeto de comunicaciones enviadas el 24 de septiembre y el 21 de octubre de 2014, ver A/HRC/28/85, casos COL 8/2014 y COL 9/2014
Alleged victims: 3
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25 Aug 2015
18 Sep 2015
    09 Jun 2015
    Ukraine
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • international order
Alleged adoption by the Parliament of Ukraine of a resolution requesting derogation from certain rights protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. According to the information received, the resolution, entitled “On the Approval of the Notification of Ukraine about the Derogation from Certain Obligations Determined by the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights”, mentions derogations of State obligations in relation to the rights to liberty and security, fair trial, effective remedy, respect for private and family life, and freedom of movement, including the right to choose one’s residence. The derogation would reportedly significantly lower the level of human rights protection in certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Alleged victims: -
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    03 Jun 2015
    United States of America
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • health
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • international order
Alleged arbitrary detention and torture of an Italian citizen of Moroccan origin in the context of the secret detention, rendition and torture programme operated by the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency after 11 September 2001. According to the information received, between March 2002 and April 2011, Mr. Abou Elkassim Britel was secretly detained in Pakistan and Morocco, with the alleged complicity of Italian authorities, as well as alleged involvement, in the form of logistical support to the rendition programme, of Portuguese authorities. During this period, Mr. Britel was subjected to torture and ill-treatment, without access, or with obstructions to access, to his family or lawyers, and was not presented before a court within a reasonable time. Mr. Britel was pardoned and released on 14 April 2011. To date, no investigation has reportedly been initiated into the alleged events and no reparation or adequate psychological and medical rehabilitation has been provided to him and/or his family members. Communications with the same contents are also being addressed to the Governments of Italy, Morocco, Pakistan and Portugal.
Alleged victims: 1
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03 Aug 2015
    03 Jun 2015
    Portugal
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • health
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • international order
Alleged arbitrary detention and torture of an Italian citizen of Moroccan origin in the context of the secret detention, rendition and torture programme operated by the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency after 11 September 2001. According to the information received, between March 2002 and April 2011, Mr. Abou Elkassim Britel was secretly detained in Pakistan and Morocco, with the alleged complicity of Italian authorities, as well as alleged involvement, in the form of logistical support to the rendition programme, of Portuguese authorities. During this period, Mr. Britel was subjected to torture and ill-treatment, without access, or with obstructions to access, to his family or lawyers, and was not presented before a court within a reasonable time. Mr. Britel was pardoned and released on 14 April 2011. To date, no investigation has reportedly been initiated into the alleged events and no reparation or adequate psychological and medical rehabilitation has been provided to him and/or his family members. Communications with the same contents are also being addressed to the Governments of Italy, Morocco, Pakistan and the United States of America.
Alleged victims: 1
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05 Aug 2015
    03 Jun 2015
    Pakistan
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • health
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • international order
Alleged arbitrary detention and torture of an Italian citizen of Moroccan origin in the context of the secret detention, rendition and torture programme operated by the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency after 11 September 2001. According to the information received, between March 2002 and April 2011, Mr. Abou Elkassim Britel was secretly detained in Pakistan and Morocco, with the alleged complicity of Italian authorities, as well as alleged involvement, in the form of logistical support to the rendition programme, of Portuguese authorities. During this period, Mr. Britel was subjected to torture and ill-treatment, without access, or with obstructions to access, to his family or lawyers, and was not presented before a court within a reasonable time. Mr. Britel was pardoned and released on 14 April 2011. To date, no investigation has reportedly been initiated into the alleged events and no reparation or adequate psychological and medical rehabilitation has been provided to him and/or his family members. Communications with the same contents are also being addressed to the Governments of Italy, Morocco, Portugal and the United States of America.
Alleged victims: 1
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09 Jun 2015
    03 Jun 2015
    Morocco
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • health
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • international order
Allégations de torture d’un citoyen italien d’origine marocaine, dans le cadre du programme de détention secrète, transfert et torture mis en place par la Central Intelligence Agency des États-Unis après le 11 septembre 2001. Selon les informations reçues, M. Abou Elkassim Britel aurait été maintenu en détention secrète au Pakistan et au Maroc, avec la complicité présumée des autorités italiennes, ainsi que la complicité du Portugal, sous la forme de soutien logistique au programme de transfert, entre mars 2002 et avril 2011. Au cours de cette période, M. Britel a été soumis à de la torture et à des mauvais traitements, sans accès ou avec des obstructions à l’accès, à sa famille ou à des avocats, et n’a pas été présenté devant un tribunal dans un délai raisonnable. À ce jour, il semble qu’aucune enquête n’ait été ouverte en ce qui concerne les faits allégués et aucune réparation ou réhabilitation psychologique au médicale adéquate ne semble avoir été apportée à M. Britel et/ou aux membres de sa famille. Des communications avec le même contenu sont également adressées aux Gouvernements de l’Italie, des États-Unis, du Pakistan et du Portugal.
Alleged victims: 1
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    03 Jun 2015
    Italy
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • health
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • international order
Alleged arbitrary detention and torture of an Italian citizen of Moroccan origin in the context of the secret detention, rendition and torture programme operated by the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency after 11 September 2001. According to the information received, between March 2002 and April 2011, Mr. Abou Elkassim Britel was secretly detained in Pakistan and Morocco, with the alleged complicity of the Italian authorities, as well as alleged involvement, in the form of logistical support to the rendition programme, of Portuguese authorities. During this period, Mr. Britel was subjected to torture and ill-treatment, without access, or with obstructions to access, to his family or lawyers, and was not presented before a court within a reasonable time. Mr. Britel was pardoned and released on 14 April 2011. To date, no investigation has reportedly been initiated into the alleged events and no reparation or adequate psychological and medical rehabilitation has been provided to him and/or his family members. Communications with the same contents are also being addressed to the Governments of Morocco, Pakistan, Portugal and the United States of America.
Alleged victims: 1
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05 Aug 2015
    02 Jun 2015
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • executions
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
Alleged imminent execution of two juvenile offenders after trials that did not meet due process and fair trial guarantees. According to the information received, on 18 March 2015, Mr. Saman Naseem, whose death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in December 2013 and who was scheduled for execution on 19 February 2015, was transferred from Oroumieh prison to an unknown location. In March 2015, the authorities informed Mr. Naseem’s lawyer that his execution had not been carried out. In 2009, in another case, Mr. Hamid Ahmadi was reportedly sentenced to death. However, the Supreme Court overturned his sentence and sent the case back to the Appeals Court for re-trial. In March 2010, the Appeals Court in Gilan Province re-sentenced Mr. Ahmadi to death, a decision which was upheld by the Supreme Court in November 2010. Mr. Ahmadi’s application for judicial review is currently pending before the Supreme Court. Mr. Naseem was the subject of two previous communications dated 14 October 2014, see A/HRC/28/85, case no. IRN 23/2014, and 12 February 2015, see A/HRC/29/50, case no. IRN 3/2015.
Alleged victims: 2
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04 Mar 2016
    18 May 2015
    Colombia
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
Presuntos actos intimidatorios y de hostigamiento contra una integrante del MOVICE (sección Barrancabermeja) y del Colectivo 16 de mayo. Según la información recibida, la Sra. Rocío Campos Pérez sufriría continuo hostigamiento y amenazas de muerte en contra de su persona debido a su trabajo con diferentes grupos poblacionales. Anteriormente, la Sra. Rocío Campos Pérez fue objeto de una comunicación enviada el 2 de agosto de 2013, ver A/HRC/25/74, caso COL 8/2013.
Alleged victims: 1
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19 Oct 2015
    12 May 2015
    El Salvador
    UA
  • disappearances
Presuntos actos intimidatorios y de hostigamiento contra familiares de víctimas de desaparición forzada. Según la información recibida, desde la desaparición de los Sres. Oscar Oswaldo Leiva Mejía, Francisco Javier Hernández Gómez y José Fernando Choto Choto el 18 de febrero de 2014, en Armenia, Sonsonate, El Salvador, sus familiares habrían sido víctimas de diversos hechos intimidatorios, particularmente en sus viviendas. El Sr. José Amílcar Choto Pleitéz, agente de la Policía Civil Nacional y padre del Sr. José Fernando Choto Choto, sería víctima constante de acosos laborales desde la desaparición de su hijo.
Alleged victims: 14
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31 Jul 2015
    30 Apr 2015
    Mexico
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alegaciones sobre presuntos actos intimidatorios contra organizaciones integrantes de la Red Nacional en Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (RENDDH). Según la información recibida, desde el 2 de febrero de 2015, día en que iniciaron las actividades en la ciudad de Oaxaca para dar a conocer la “Gira Nacional: Desaparición Forzada en México, Caso Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez y Edmundo Reyes Amaya”, los integrantes de organizaciones defensoras de derechos humanos, se habrían percatado de la presencia y seguimiento físico de personas vestidas de civil que vigilarían sus actividades. Asimismo, habrían sido víctimas de amenazas y hostigamientos durante la Gira Nacional. Estos hechos de intimidación y hostigamiento buscarían limitar las acciones de denuncia iniciadas durante la “Gira Nacional”.
Alleged victims: 3
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    24 Apr 2015
    Morocco
    AL
  • disappearances
Allégations selon lesquelles les enquêtes de l’Instance équité et réconciliation (IER) et du Conseil consultatif des droits de l’homme (CCDH) ne seraient pas adéquates. Selon les informations reçues, le rapport du CCDH se contente de reconnaître le décès des personnes disparues sans fournir de preuves concrètes. De plus, il est allégué que, concernant des allégations de disparitions forcées, l’IER et le CCDH n’auraient fourni que des informations vagues et invérifiables qui ne répondraient pas aux attentes des familles des disparus.
Alleged victims: -
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    09 Apr 2015
    Gambia
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • torture
  • health
  • disappearances
Alleged death of three men involved in an attempted coup d’état in the Gambia and alleged arrests, abductions and illegal detentions following that event. According to the information received, three men reportedly involved in the organization of the 30 December 2014 attempted coup d’état in the Gambia were killed during the Government’s attempt to resist the coup. Photographs of the deceased raise questions about the circumstances that led to their deaths. Following the coup, at least thirty persons, including family members of alleged plotters and a child, were arrested. Their whereabouts have not been confirmed officially but reports indicate that they are being held in incommunicado detention in unofficial places of detention, and that several of them have been subject to acts of torture. Reportedly, around ten individuals have been released.
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    25 Mar 2015
    Spain
    JAL
  • executions
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Alegaciones relativas a la decisión del Consejo de Ministros de rechazar las solicitudes de extradición de varios ciudadanos españoles, presentadas por autoridades judiciales argentinas, con relación a una serie de delitos que incluirían violaciones graves de los derechos humanos y crímenes de lesa humanidad cometidos durante el franquismo. Según la información recibida, el 13 de marzo de 2015, el Consejo de Ministros habría tomado la decisión de rechazar dicha solicitud de extradición, sin iniciar procedimientos judiciales a nivel nacional para investigar y sancionar a los responsables de violaciones graves de los derechos humanos, incluyendo tortura, ejecuciones sumarias y desapariciones, cometidas durante el régimen franquista. Esta decisión negaría los derechos de las víctimas y sus familiares a la justicia y a la verdad. Se expresa grave preocupación por los argumentos esgrimidos por el Gobierno, los cuales ignorarían las normas y estándares internacionales de los derechos humanos, así como las recomendaciones formuladas por varios mecanismos internacionales de derechos humanos.
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    25 Feb 2015
    Mexico
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • executions
  • torture
  • disappearances
Presuntos actos de detención arbitraria, tortura y restricción del derecho a la defensa de un hombre que, según la Procuraduría General de la República, habría estado involucrado en la desaparición y la supuesta ejecución de 43 estudiantes. Según la información recibida, el Sr. Sidronio Casarrubias Salgado habría sido detenido con violencia el día 15 de octubre de 2014, en Toluca, Estado de México, por la Policía Federal Ministerial. El Sr. Casarrubias Salgado habría sido torturado durante varios días, con el objeto de que firmara una declaración ministerial fabricada. El Juzgado II de Distrito con sede en Toluca, habría comunicado al Ministerio Público los supuestos actos de tortura en agravio del Sr. Casarrubias Salgado el día 23 de octubre de 2014, con el fin de que se llevara a cabo una investigación por parte de la Procuraduría General de la República. Se expresa preocupación por las alegaciones de tortura con el presunto objetivo de extraer confesiones, entre otros.
Alleged victims: 1
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29 Apr 2015
    20 Feb 2015
    United Arab Emirates
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • disappearances
Alleged arbitrary arrest, incommunicado detention and enforced disappearance of three women, which may be related to their activities on the internet in defence of their brother in prison after an unfair trial. According to the information received, on 15 February 2015, Ms. Asma Khalifa al-Suwaidi, Ms. Meriem Khalifa al-Suwaidi and Ms. AlYazyeh Khalifa al-Suwaidi, who are sisters, went to the State Security premises in Abu Dhabi, the first in the morning and the two others in the afternoon, after they had been summoned. The three sisters have not been seen since and their family is allegedly unaware of their fate or whereabouts. The sisters had been active online, defending their brother Dr. Issa Khalifa al-Suwaidi who was sentenced to 10 years in prison after an alleged unfair trial often referred to as the “UAE 94 trial”. Serious concern is expressed regarding the fate and whereabouts of the three sisters, as well as about their physical and psychological integrity. Dr. Issa Khalifa al-Suwaidi was the subject of two previous communications sent on 7 November 2012, see A/HRC/22/67, case no. ARE 7/2012, and 16 April 2013, see A/HRC/24/21, case no. ARE 1/2013, as well as an Opinion of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, sent on 9 September 2013, see A/HRC/WGAD/2013/60.
Alleged victims: 4
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03 Mar 2015
    27 Jan 2015
    China
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
Alleged arbitrary arrest, incommunicado detention and disappearance of several human rights defenders. According to the information received, several human rights defenders, including Mr. Xia Lin, Ms. Su Changlan and Ms. Kou Yanding, were arrested between October and November 2014 either due to their human rights work, or on charges of “illegal business activity” and “inciting subversion”. Some of them are allegedly detained at Beijing No.1 Detention Centre, whilst the whereabouts of the other individuals are unknown. Reportedly, none of them has been permitted access to a lawyer.
Alleged victims: 12
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30 Mar 2015
    23 Jan 2015
    India
    JAL
  • executions
  • disappearances
Allegations of continuing construction work on the site of a newly discovered mass grave and the effects that this may have on an effective criminal and forensic investigation, and the right to truth and justice. According to the information received, on 25 December 2014, eight human skulls and skeletal remains were found in the compound of the former Tombisana High School in Imphal Town, Manipur, during the excavation works for a new complex on the school site. In the past, the school was reportedly used by police forces engaged in counter-insurgency operations against organizations fighting for Manipur’s political self-determination. Human rights organizations reported cases of enforced disappearances in Manipur between 1980 and 2011. Although the remains have allegedly been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Manipur High Court reportedly failed to issue the requested interim order that would halt the excavation works at the site.
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    14 Jan 2015
    Sri Lanka
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
Alleged threats, intimidation and harassment of two human rights defenders in retaliation for their work on enforced disappearances, truth and justice. According to the information received, Mr. Brito Fernando and Mr. Prasanga Fernando, both working for The Families of the Disappeared, a Sri Lankan non-governmental organization, have been the victims of harassment and intimidation since October 2014. During that month, on the day of the annual memorial celebration for the disappeared, posters defaming Mr. Brito Fernando were made public and stones thrown at his house. In the evening of 4 January 2015, Mr. Brito Fernando and Mr. Prasanga Fernando each allegedly found a bag containing the head of a dog hanging on their gates when they arrived to their homes. On 7 January 2015, both men reportedly received death threats over the telephone from unidentified callers believed to be connected to Sri Lankan security authorities. Serious concern is expressed about the threats to the life, personal security, psychological and physical integrity of Messrs. Brito Fernando and Prasanga Fernando.
Alleged victims: 2
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    07 Jan 2015
    Spain
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Alegaciones relativas al presunto inminente cierre del laboratorio de la Asociación para la Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica (ARMH) en el Campus Ponferrada de la Universidad de León. Según las informaciones recibidas, el laboratorio de la ARMH, cedido por la Universidad de León, donde se llevan a cabo exhumaciones de restos de víctimas encontradas en fosas de la Guerra Civil y la represión franquista, cesaría sus actividades en debido a la falta de financiación.
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04 Aug 2015
    22 Dec 2014
    Russian Federation
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • housing
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
Allegations of an arson attack on the premises of a human rights organization, and intimidation and harassment of human rights lawyers. According to the information received, on 13 December 2014, in Grozny, the office of the Joint Mobile Group (JMG) - a human rights organization that investigates grave human rights abuses, including abductions, enforced disappearances and torture, in the Chechen Republic - was largely destroyed by a fire in what appears to have been an arson attack. On 14 December 2014, human rights lawyers and JMG staff members Mr. Sergei Babinets and Mr. Dmitry Dimitriev arrived at the JMG office and called the police who, upon arrival, failed to inspect the incident and arrested the two men without a warrant. These events appear to have been triggered by a public request from Mr. Igor Kalyapin, the president of JMG, to probe the legality of declarations of the Head of the Chechen Republic, after which Mr. Kalyapin was publicly accused of supporting terrorism. Mr. Kalyapin was the subject of two previous communications sent on 29 February 2012, see A/HRC/20/30 case RUS 1/2012, and 31 March 2014, see A/HRC/27/72 case RUS 4/2014.
Alleged victims: 3
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13 Feb 2015
    22 Dec 2014
    Guatemala
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • indigenous peoples
  • torture
  • violence against women
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Alegaciones sobre la posible aplicación de una amnistía por los delitos de genocidio y crímenes de lesa humanidad, retrasos en el proceso judicial y alegaciones relativas a la falta de garantías de imparcialidad e independencia en la selección de magistrados de la Corte Suprema y salas de apelaciones. Según las informaciones recibidas, los retrasos debidos a la anulación de una fase del debate del juicio por genocidio y crímenes de lesa humanidad contra el ex Jefe de Estado Sr. Efraín Ríos Montt; la posible re-victimización de los testigos y víctimas si tuvieran que volver a dar testimonio; la posible aplicación de una amnistía a delitos que constituirían violaciones graves de los derechos humanos, crímenes de lesa humanidad y genocidio; así como la falta de garantías para la imparcialidad e independencia de la justicia señaladas en el proceso de selección de magistrados de la Corte Suprema y salas de apelaciones, vulnerarían el derecho a la verdad y el acceso a la justicia para las víctimas y familiares de violaciones graves de los derechos humanos cometidas en Guatemala durante el conflicto armado interno. Esta comunicación se refiere a comunicaciones anteriores enviadas el 18 de agosto de 2014, ver A/HRC/28/85, caso no. GTM 5/2014; el 2 de mayo 2014, ver A/HRC/27/72, caso no. GTM 4/2014; el 30 de octubre 2013, ver A/HRC/25/74, caso no. GTM 9/2013; el 17 de mayo 2013, ver A/HRC/24/21, caso, no. GTM 5/2013; y el 15 de marzo 2013, ver A/HRC/24/21, caso no. GTM 2/2013.
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26 Dec 2014
15 Jan 2015
    19 Dec 2014
    Turkey
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
Alleged arbitrary arrest and detention, disappearance and risk of refoulement of a Libyan national from Turkey to Libya. According to the information received, on 13 November 2014, Mr. X, a Libyan national, was arrested in Yalova, Turkey, by Turkish authorities and transferred to a detention centre for irregular migrants in Kocaeli province, Turkey. Since his arrest, the fate and whereabouts of Mr. X remain unknown. It is alleged that Mr. X is at imminent risk of being extradited from Turkey to Libya where he would be at risk of torture.
Alleged victims: 1
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07 Apr 2015
    16 Dec 2014
    Oman
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged arbitrary arrest and detention, and enforced disappearance of an Omani human rights defender as an act of reprisal for his cooperation with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. According to the information received, on 10 December 2014, officers of the Oman Royal Police and the Internal Security Forces arrested Mr. Said Ali Said Jadad, an Omani citizen and human rights defender, at his house in Salalah. His family has since been denied the right to visit him and is unaware of his fate and whereabouts. On 10 September 2014, Mr. Jadad had met with the Special Rapporteur during his visit to Oman. After this meeting, Mr. Jadad reportedly became the subject of increased surveillance by Omani security and intelligence services. Allegations of acts of reprisal against Mr. Jadad for his cooperation with the Special Rapporteur during his country visit to Oman in September 2014, was the subject of a previous communication sent on 11 November 2014, see A/HRC/28/85, case no. OMN 3/2014. A similar communication concerning allegations of acts of intimidation and reprisals in relation to the Special Rapporteur’s visit to Oman was sent on 26 September 2014, see A/HRC/28/85, case no. OMN 2/2014.
Alleged victims: 1
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20 Feb 2015
    16 Dec 2014
    Mexico
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
  • disappearances
Presuntos actos de deslegitimación y estigmatización por parte de autoridades del Estado mexicano, contra organizaciones de derechos humanos del Estado de Guerrero, que participan en la investigación de los hechos ocurridos en Iguala el 26 y 27 de septiembre de 2014. Según la información recibida, en una publicación de un informe de inteligencia federal, se habría vinculado con grupos armados a algunas organizaciones de derechos humanos que trabajan con familiares de los estudiantes de Ayotzinapa desaparecidos en Iguala. Asimismo, algunas de esas organizaciones habrían sido señaladas como responsables de diversos hechos violentos durante manifestaciones llevadas a cabo en el Estado de Guerrero, como consecuencia de los acontecimientos de septiembre de 2014 en Iguala.
Alleged victims: 2
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30 Mar 2015
    12 Dec 2014
    Sri Lanka
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
Alleged intimidation, harassment and abduction of a woman following her actions and inquiries to determine the fate and whereabouts of her disappeared husband. According to the information received, Ms. Rankothge Mauri Inoka Kumari Jayasena has been the victim of intimidation and harassment since the disappearance of her husband, Mr. Madushka Haris De Silva, in 2013, as a consequence of her actions and inquiries into his fate and whereabouts. On 1 November 2014, Ms. Kumari Jayasena was reportedly abducted by a group of unidentified individuals who ordered her, at gunpoint, to stop searching for her disappeared husband. She was released later in the day and since then, is believed to have become the subject of constant surveillance in her home town of Anuradhapura, North Central Province. Prior to her abduction, Ms. Kumari Jayasena had received a number of threats, including death threats. However, the police failed to thoroughly investigate all reported incidents.
Alleged victims: 1
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12 Dec 2014
    09 Dec 2014
    Sudan
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
  • health
  • disappearances
Alleged arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention of a human rights defender and a political activist. According to the information received, on 3 December 2014, Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, the President of Sudan’s Confederation of Civil Society Organisations, and Mr. Farouk Abu Eissa, the Chairman of National Consensus Forces, co-signed the “Sudan Call: A Political Declaration on the Establishment of a State of Citizenship and Democracy”. On 6 December 2014, both men were arrested at their homes by seven men in plain clothes who are believed to be members of Sudan’s National and Intelligence Security Service (NISS). Both men have high blood pressure and are diabetic, for which they take regular medications. Dr. Medani also suffers from heart problems. However, they were not able to bring their medication with them during their arrests. Both men are currently in incommunicado detention and their families and lawyers have not been able to see them.
Alleged victims: 2
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    04 Dec 2014
    Ukraine
    UA
  • disappearances
Alleged arbitrary arrest and disappearance of a civilian by the pro-Kyiv territorial defence battalion Aidar. According to the information received, on 21 July 2014, Mr. Aleksander Minchenok, a 31-year-old civilian from Lisichansk, was arrested by the pro-Kyiv territorial defence battalion Aidar on the road from Lisichansk, a town in Luhansk region, to Kharkiv. His fate and whereabouts have been unknown since the disappearance and serious concern is expressed about his psychological and physical integrity.
Alleged victims: 1
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13 Feb 2015
    21 Nov 2014
    Syrian Arab Republic
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • disappearances
Alleged arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention of two Syrian human rights defenders in reprisal for their cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. According to the information received, Mr. Jdea Abdullah Nawfal and Mr. Omar Al-Shaar were arbitrarily arrested and detained on 31 October 2014 at the Lebanese-Syrian border crossing, upon their return from taking part in a workshop organized by OHCHR’s Regional Office for the Middle East. They were held at the Syrian immigration post for approximately eight hours until they were transferred to the office of the Syrian security intelligence agency in the area of Mazzeh, Rif Dimashq. Since then, they have been detained incommunicado at an unknown location. Grave concern is expressed that the alleged arbitrary arrest, detention and enforced disappearance of Mr. Nawfal and Mr. Al-Shaar are acts of reprisals for their cooperation with OHCHR. Serious concern is also expressed about their physical and psychological integrity, due to their incommunicado detention without access to a lawyer or medical care. Further concern is expressed that their arrest and detention might only be a first step towards more severe sanctions for their legitimate activities in the defence of human rights.
Alleged victims: 2
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    12 Nov 2014
    Mexico
    UA
  • disappearances
Presuntos actos intimidatorios contra un miembro de COMVERDAD (Comisión de la Verdad para la Investigación de las Violaciones a los Derechos Humanos durante la Guerra Sucia de los Años Sesenta y Setentas del Estado de Guerrero) y su familia. Según la información recibida, el 10 de noviembre de 2014, a las 4.40 am, el Sr. Nicomedes Fuentes García, habría escuchado el ruido de arranque de una de las camionetas que utilizó la COMVERDAD, y que estaba estacionada frente a su casa. El Sr. Fuentes García se habría asomado a la ventana y habría alcanzado a ver la caja de la camioneta pick up que se alejaba. El 27 de mayo de 2014, el Grupo de Trabajo sobre las Desapariciones Forzadas e Involuntarias envió una alegación general al Gobierno de México respecto a las dificultades que enfrentaría COMVERDAD en el desempeño de labores y el acceso a la información, y que sus miembros habrían sido víctimas de hostigamiento.
Alleged victims: 1
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    23 Oct 2014
    China
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged arbitrary and incommunicado detention, and disappearance of a human rights defender. According to the information received, on 1 October 2014, Ms. Liu Xizhen, a human rights defender, was detained by the police in Beijing after going to Beijing to attend a protest. On 2 October 2014, she reportedly communicated through a phone call that she had been abducted by Xinyu City officials and taken back to Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province. She is allegedly being detained in an unofficial detention centre and her fate and whereabouts are unknown. Prior to the arrest and disappearance on 2 October 2014, Ms Liu Xizhen had been arrested and detained on several occasions in connection with her peaceful work in defence of human rights.
Alleged victims: 1
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    21 Oct 2014
    Colombia
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
Presuntas amenazas y calumnias en contra de la Directora de la Fundación Nydia Erika Bautista. Según la información recibida, el 8 y 9 de septiembre de 2014, la Sra. Yanette Bautista Bautista habría recibido tres correos electrónicos con contenidos amenazantes contra su vida. Además, el 17 de septiembre de 2014, el Senador y ex – Presidente de la República Álvaro Uribe la habría acusado de guerrillera. Las amenazas de muerte contra 87 defensores y defensoras de los derechos humanos en Colombia, fue objeto de una comunicación anterior enviada el 24 de septiembre de 2014, ver arriba, caso no. COL 8/2014.
Alleged victims: 1
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14 Nov 2014
    08 Oct 2014
    United Arab Emirates
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • disappearances
Alleged arbitrary arrest, incommunicado detention and enforced disappearance of two Qatari nationals. According to the information received, on 27 June 2014, Mr. Yousef Abdu al-Ghani Ali al-Mullah and Mr. Hamed Ali Mohamed al-Hamaadi were arrested by police officers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while they were crossing the border by car to enter the UAE at the Ghuwaifat point of entry. It is alleged that since their arrest, their families have received no information about their fate or whereabouts. Serious concern is expressed regarding Mr. al-Mullah and Mr. al-Hamaadi’s fate and whereabouts, as well as their physical and psychological integrity.
Alleged victims: 2
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04 Nov 2014
    07 Oct 2014
    Maldives
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
Alleged abduction of a journalist after the publication of his article on death threats received by journalists reporting on gang violence. According to the information received, on 4 August 2014, Mr. Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, a journalist working for Minivan News, published an article on death threats received by 15 journalists who reported on gang violence. On 8 August 2014, at approximately 2 a.m., a man fitting Mr. Abdulla’s description was allegedly seen by eyewitnesses being threatened with a knife and forced into a vehicle outside of his apartment. Mr. Abdulla’s family filed a missing person’s complaint to the Maldives Police Service on 12 August 2014. On 15 August 2014, Mr. Abdulla’s family received calls from an unlisted number, warning them to stop their search for Mr. Abdulla. Mr. Abdulla’s fate and whereabouts remain unknown. Grave concern is expressed that Mr. Abdulla may have been abducted due to his peaceful and legitimate activities reporting on human rights issues.
Alleged victims: 1
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    03 Oct 2014
    Mexico
    JUA
  • executions
  • torture
  • disappearances
Alegación sobre casos de ejecución extrajudicial y desaparición forzada masiva de estudiantes de la Escuela Normal Rural “Raúl Isidro Burgos” en Iguala, Estado De Guerrero, México. El día 26 de septiembre de 2014 a las 21:00 hs., aproximadamente 80 estudiantes de la Escuela Normal Rural “Raúl Isidro Burgos” se dirigían a la ciudad de Chilpancingo desde la ciudad de Iguala, a bordo de tres autobuses de la empresa Costa Line que habían tomado minutos antes después de llevar a cabo actividades de colecta de recursos para su escuela. Al salir de la central de autobuses, varias patrullas habrían intentado cerrar el paso a los autobuses, y empezaron a disparar de manera intermitente sin dar advertencia alguna. Asimismo, desde esa noche, se desconoce el paradero de 43 estudiantes, incluyendo alrededor de 25 presuntas víctimas de desaparición forzada a manos de la policía municipal.
Alleged victims: 8
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11 Nov 2014
    02 Oct 2014
    Rwanda
    JUA
  • executions
  • disappearances
Allégations des exécutions sommaires ou extra-judiciaires. Selon les informations reçues, depuis juillet 2014, environs 40 cadavres auraient été découverts flottant sur le lac Rweru, aussi bien que dans la rivière Kagera venant du Rwanda. A ce jour, aucune enquête indépendante et impartiale afin de déterminer l’identité des victimes, d’établir les faits qui ont causé la mort de ces personnes et de poursuivre les responsables présumés n’aurait été mené.
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16 Oct 2014
    02 Oct 2014
    Burundi
    JUA
  • executions
  • disappearances
Allégations des exécutions sommaires ou extra-judiciaires. Selon les informations reçues, depuis juillet 2014, environs 40 cadavres auraient été découverts flottant sur le lac Rweru, aussi bien que dans la rivière Kagera venant du Rwanda. A ce jour, aucune enquête indépendante et impartiale afin de déterminer l’identité des victimes, d’établir les faits qui ont causé la mort de ces personnes et de poursuivre les responsables présumés n’aurait été mené.
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    19 Sep 2014
    Pakistan
    UA
  • disappearances
Allegations of ill-treatment, harassment and reprisals against a human rights defender for cooperating with the United Nations, its mechanisms and representatives in the field of human rights. According to the information received, on 12 September 2014, prior to his visit to Geneva to meet with members of the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances, Mr. Babar Anis Syed, who works on the issue of enforced disappearance on behalf of Urdu speaking people in Pakistan, was arrested by Pakistani ranger personnel without an arrest warrant. He was taken to the premises of the Sachal Rangers Office, where he was reportedly ill-treated, beaten and interrogated about his planned visit to Geneva while being blindfolded. At midnight on the same day, his family was called to collect Mr. Syed from the Sachal Rangers Office after being fingerprinted. It is reported that while Mr. Syed was detained some of his documents prepared for his visit to Geneva were taken from his home. Concern is raised that the ill-treatment, harassment and threats appear to be acts of reprisal against Mr. Syed for his work on the issue of enforced disappearance and for his engagement with the United Nations, its mechanisms and representatives in the field of human rights, namely the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances.
Alleged victims: 1
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    27 Aug 2014
    India
    JAL
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
Alleged ban to enter India issued against the Secretary-General of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) as a result of her work on enforced disappearances in Kashmir. According to the information received, on 17 August 2014, Ms. Mary Aileen Diez Bacalso, Secretary-General of AFAD, was refused entry into India upon arrival at Mumbai airport, and sent back to Manila the same day. Prior to this incident, Ms. Diez Bacalso had visited India in 2003, 2006 and 2009, during which visits she travelled to Kashmir to meet with families of disappeared persons and held meetings with a member organization of AFAD, which works on the subject of unmarked and mass graves in Kashmir. Ms. Diez Bacalso has also published reports on cases of enforced disappearances in Kashmir and campaigned for India’s ratification of the Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
Alleged victims: 1
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    14 Aug 2014
    Sri Lanka
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged dispersal of, and acts of intimidation against, a group of individuals gathered to discuss cases of disappearance in Sri Lanka, and possible collusion between the assailants and the police. According to the information received, on 4 August 2014, family members of disappeared persons, religious clergy, members of civil society and the international community, gathered at the Center for Society & Religion to listen to the experiences of families of disappeared persons from Northern Sri Lanka. The closed-door meeting was reportedly disrupted by a mob of approximately 40 individuals, who exhibited hostility towards the families, shouting derogatory remarks at the participants. The police reportedly arrived immediately after the mob had stormed the premises, but failed to stop the assailants. Prior to the meeting, families of the disappeared had reportedly received phone calls and visits from the police’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID), requesting information about the meeting, including the identity of the organizers.
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18 Aug 2014
    14 Aug 2014
    Mexico
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
Presuntos actos de intimidación y amenazas contra familiares del Sr. Héctor Rangel Ortiz, desaparecido en Querétaro el 10 de noviembre de 2009. Según la información recibida, el día 26 de julio de 2014, la Sra. Brenda Rangel Ortiz, hermana del Sr. Rangel Ortiz, habría informado a funcionarios del Estado de Querétaro que se llevaría a cabo una manifestación al día siguiente. Asimismo, antes de la manifestación, tres neumáticos de su coche habrían sido pinchados. Se presume que el recorte de los neumáticos habría sido un acto de intimidación para disuadir al grupo de realizar la manifestación. Durante la manifestación, personas vinculadas al Sr. Rangel Ortiz habrían sido amenazadas por autoridades gubernamentales. La misma habría concluido sin mayores incidentes.
Alleged victims: 2
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11 Nov 2014
    18 Jul 2014
    Yemen
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
Alleged secret detention, risk of torture, infringement of due process and fair trial guarantees of two men. According to the information received, Mr. Mourad Ben Ayed and Mr. Taha Aissaoui, two French-Tunisian citizens, were arrested at different airports in Yemen on 8 and 9 May respectively. On 9 May 2014, both men were questioned by the Yemeni authorities concerning their alleged political convictions and affiliation with terrorist groups. Mr. Ben Ayed and Mr. Aissaoui have reportedly not been brought before a judge, the lawyer appointed by their families has not been permitted to contact them and their families have not been allowed to visit or call them. The authorities have refused to provide any information on the fate and whereabouts of Mr. Ben Ayed and Mr. Aissaoui on the ground that they are officially still in custody.
Alleged victims: 2
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    08 Jul 2014
    Other actors
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • disappearances
Allégations de disparitions forcées en République centrafricaine. Selon les informations reçues, 11 personnes de République centrafricaine auraient été arrêtées en République Centrafricaine par des troupes de maintien de la paix de l’Union Africaine, qui appartiendraient à un contingent fourni par la République du Congo agissant dans le cadre de la Mission Internationale de soutien à la Centrafrique (MISCA). Selon les informations reçues, les troupes chargées du maintien de la paix auraient arrêté 11 personnes après que des membres de la milice anti-balaka auraient tué un soldat congolais de la MISCA et blessé quatre autres. Il est également allégué que certains des individus détenus auraient été tués. Depuis leurs arrestations, il n’y aurait plus aucune nouvelle concernant ces individus, bien que des personnes associées aux victimes aient demandé des renseignements sur leur sort à la base de la MISCA et dans les postes de police de la région.
Alleged victims: 1
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    04 Jul 2014
    Congo
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • disappearances
Allégations de disparitions forcées en République centrafricaine. Selon les informations reçues, 11 personnes de République centrafricaine auraient été arrêtées en République Centrafricaine par des troupes de maintien de la paix de l’Union Africaine, qui appartiendraient à un contingent fourni par la République du Congo agissant dans le cadre de la Mission Internationale de soutien à la Centrafrique (MISCA). Selon les informations reçues, les troupes chargées du maintien de la paix auraient arrêté 11 personnes après que des membres de la milice anti-balaka auraient tué un soldat congolais de la MISCA et blessé quatre autres. Il est également allégué que certains des individus détenus auraient été tués. Depuis leurs arrestations, il n’y aurait plus aucune nouvelle concernant ces individus, bien que des personnes associées aux victimes aient demandé des renseignements sur leur sort à la base de la MISCA et dans les postes de police de la région.
Alleged victims: 1
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    03 Jul 2014
    Nepal
    JAL
  • executions
  • torture
  • violence against women
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Alleged incompatibility of the recently adopted Nepal Act on the Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation, 2071 (2014), with international obligations. According to the information received, the Act, adopted on 25 April 2014, is incompatible with international obligations in the areas of 1) the competence of the Commission to recommend amnesties for perpetrators, including for gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law, 2) the competence of the Commission to initiate reconciliation processes in the absence of a request by the victim or the offender, and 3) the selection procedures for Commission members.
Alleged victims: -
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12 Dec 2014
    23 Jun 2014
    Tajikistan
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged arrest, detention and enforced disappearance of a doctoral student and journalist. According to the information received, on 16 June 2014, Mr. Alexander Sodiqov was arrested in Khorog, Tajikistan. It is reported that on the day of his arrest, police officers searched his home in Dushanbe and confiscated his IT equipment without presenting a warrant. Reportedly, Mr. Sodiqov has been accused by Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security of spying and carrying out subversive activities, despite evidence suggesting that the relevant meetings and conduct of Mr. Sodiqov all pertained to his academic research. Mr. Sodiqov’s fate and whereabouts remain unknown. His family has not had access to a lawyer. Serious concerns are expressed about the physical and mental integrity of Mr. Sodiqov and that his arrest, incommunicado detention and enforced disappearance may be due to his human rights work and legitimate and peaceful exercise of his rights to freedom of expression, opinion and association.
Alleged victims: 1
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21 Jul 2014
    20 Jun 2014
    Honduras
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Presuntos actos de intimidación, represalias y agresiones contra integrantes del Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras (COFADEH). Según la información recibida, COFADEH habría sido objeto de varios tipos de vigilancia desde el mes de febrero de 2014, por vehículos estacionados frente a sus oficinas. Dicha vigilancia se habría incrementado entre abril y mayo, tras la presentación por parte de la organización de informes sobre la situación de derechos humanos en Honduras a parlamentarios españoles y en eventos en Canadá y Europa, incluida la cooperación con un mecanismo de derechos humanos de la Unión Europea. Además, el 5 de junio de 2014, una colaboradora de COFADEH habría sido secuestrada temporalmente y maltratada.
Alleged victims: -
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    18 Jun 2014
    Eritrea
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • torture
  • health
  • disappearances
  • Eritrea
Alleged arrest and arbitrary detention of Eritrea’s Ambassador to Nigeria. According to the information received, on 29 April 2014, security personnel in plain clothes arrested H.E. Mohamed Ali Omaro in Asmara and took him to an unknown location, where he is being detained incommunicado. He has been denied family visits and access to a lawyer and doctor despite his serious heart condition and urgent need for regular medication and medical care. It is reported that H.E. Omaro has not been formally charged and has not been brought before a judge. The reasons for his arrest and detention are unknown but it is believed that his detention is politically motivated.
Alleged victims: 1
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    11 Jun 2014
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
Alleged acts of reprisal in the form of ill-treatment of six human rights defenders and other detainees in Evin prison. According to the information received, on 17 April 2014, Messrs’ Behrouzi, Ebrahimzadeh, Kabudvand, Matinpour, Ronaghi-Maleki and Soltani, along with other detainees, were beaten in Ward 350 of Evin prison by prison guards and transferred to solitary confinement. Mr. Soltani was returned to his cell on 19 April 2014. Messrs’ Behrouzi, Ebrahimzadeh, Matinpour and Ronaghi-Maleki were returned to Ward 350 on 1 May 2014. Mr. Kabudvand was kept at the Evin prison clinic from 20 April until he was returned to his cell on 5 May 2014. Mr. Ebrahimzadeh was summoned to the Prosecutor’s Office on 3 May 2014 and his current whereabouts are unknown. Grave concern is expressed that the ill-treatment of the detainees in Evin prison might constitute reprisals due to the engagement of some of them with the United Nations and its human rights mechanisms. Messrs’ Behrouzi, Kabudvand, Matinpour, Ronaghi-Maleki and Soltani have been the subject of several previous communications, two of which were most recently sent on 11 September 2013, see A/HRC/26/74, case no. IRN 15/2013 and on 17 April 2014, see A/HRC/27/72, case no. IRN 7/2014.
Alleged victims: 6
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    28 May 2014
    Thailand
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Allegations of the suspension of Constitutional guarantees, detention of senior political leaders and activists and the closure of multiple media outlets. According to the information received, on 22 May 2014, two days after the imposition of martial law, the Thai armed forces and police issued a statement, through the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), that they would assume control of the country. The NCPO reportedly issued 21 announcements and three orders, that, among others, suspended the Constitution, overturned the acting Government and bestowed all powers and responsibilities of the Prime Minister to the NCPO, ordered all radio and TV stations to stop broadcasting their regular programmes and prohibited political gatherings in any place of more than five people. Furthermore, the NCPO reportedly issued nine orders (as of 16:00 p.m., 26 May) to summon 231 individuals to the army base. Reportedly, most political leaders and activist summoned were transported to army camps in different locations in the Central region. Reportedly, family members have not been informed of their whereabouts.
Alleged victims: -
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13 Jun 2014
    26 May 2014
    Sudan
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Allegations of the arrest and incommunicado detention of a human rights defender. According to the information received, Mr. Mohamed Salah Mohamed Abdelrhman, a student activist who has been actively involved in the mobilization of Sudanese citizens to promote and protect human rights and democracy, made a statement at the memorial of a fellow student activist who was killed during a student demonstration in Khartoum. In the statement, he named the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) agents who were responsible for the killing. Since then, his family home has been monitored and his younger brother was threatened. Mr. Abdelrhman was arrested on 20 March 2014 and released on 7 April 2014. On 12 May 2014, Mr. Abdelrhman was re-arrested by plain-clothed NISS agents and his family has not been informed of his whereabouts. Grave concern is expressed at Mr. Abdelrhman’s physical and psychological integrity while in detention.
Alleged victims: 1
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06 Jun 2014
    12 May 2014
    United Arab Emirates
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • disappearances
Allegations of arbitrary arrest and secret detention of the cousin of the Minister of Cabinet Affairs and head of psychosocial rehabilitation at the Training and Rehabilitation Center. According to the information received, Mr. Bader Hussain al-Abdulla al-Bahri was arrested by security agents at al-Qusais police station on 22 April 2014, allegedly after his wife damaged someone’s car. The security agents accompanied him to his house, conducted a search and confiscated his passport. Mr. al-Bahri has not been charged to date and has had no access to a lawyer. While he managed to make one brief phone call to his family, he was unable to tell them his location, only that he is in the hands of the State Security Services. Concern is expressed at the secret detention of Mr. al-Bahri without informing him and his family of the charges pending against him, and without him being brought before a judicial authority.
Alleged victims: 1
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30 May 2014
    02 May 2014
    Guatemala
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • violence against women
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Alegaciones de abuso de poder por parte del Tribunal de Honor del Colegio de Abogados y Notarios de Guatemala que suspendió a una jueza del ejercicio de la profesión de abogada por un año. Según la información recibida, el Tribunal de Honor informó el 4 de abril de 2014 a la Jueza Yassmin Barrios que iba a ser sancionada pecuniariamente, amonestada y suspendida en el ejercicio de su profesión de abogada por un año por haber supuestamente cometido una falta grave durante el juicio contra el Sr. Efraín Ríos Montt y el Sr. José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez por genocidio y delitos contra los deberes de humanidad. Se informa que el abogado que habría presentado la denuncia ante el Tribunal de Honor era uno de los defensores del imputado Rodríguez Sánchez. Se alega que el Tribunal de Honor actuó fuera de su competencia y que el órgano legalmente competente para evaluar las actuaciones de los jueces e imponerles las sanciones disciplinarias, la Junta de Disciplina Judicial, ya había desestimado la misma denuncia. Se expresa profunda preocupación ante la decisión emitida por el Tribunal de Honor que se enmarca en un contexto de ataques, amenazas e intimidación que afecta a los operadores de justicia que luchan contra la impunidad de graves violaciones a los derechos humanos en Guatemala. La Jueza Barrios ya fue objeto de un llamamiento urgente previo en el cual se denunciaban supuestas amenazas e intimidaciones, enviada con fecha 30 de octubre de 2013, ver A/HRC/25/74, no. de caso GTM 9/2013.
Alleged victims: 1
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    17 Apr 2014
    Mexico
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • disappearances
Alegaciones de arresto arbitrario y desaparición forzada de un abogado defensor de los derechos humanos. Según las información recibida, el Sr. Marco Antonio Valle Cabañas, un abogado que presentó varios casos contra las fuerzas armadas por desapariciones forzadas, fue arrestado el 22 de marzo de 2014 en su domicilio en la ciudad de Atoyac de Álvarez, estado de Guerrero, por dos hombres armados vestidos de civiles. Los hombres habrían manifestado que pertenecían al gobierno pero no habrían presentado una orden de arresto u otro documento oficial. Se informa que la familia del Sr. Cabañas habría presentado quejas ante varias autoridades estatales y federales sin obtener respuesta alguna sobre el paradero del Sr. Cabañas. Desde el 22 de marzo, la familia del Sr. Cabañas no tiene ninguna información sobre su paradero. Se expresa seria preocupación por la integridad física y psicológica del Sr. Cabañas.
Alleged victims: 1
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22 Jul 2014
    03 Apr 2014
    Pakistan
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • executions
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged harassment and intimidation of a human rights defender and his family. According to the information received, Mr. Nasrullah Baloch, Chairman of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), was followed by individuals believed to belong to the Pakistani security forces when he attended a hearing at the Supreme Court in Islamabad. On 28 October 2013, Mr. Baloch’s brother was reportedly beaten and threatened by individuals from State intelligence agencies. It is further reported that in November 2013, Mr. Baloch’s younger brother was allegedly threatened by personnel of State intelligence agencies. Furthermore, a few days after the visit of the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances to Pakistan, which took place in September 2012, Mr. Baloch and the Vice Chairman of the VBMP reportedly were threatened.
Alleged victims: 1
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04 Apr 2014
    01 Apr 2014
    China
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
  • disappearances
Alleged incommunicado detention of a human rights lawyer. According to the information received, Mr. Gao Zhisheng, who has been detained for several years, was last seen by his family on 12 January 2013 during the last permitted family visit at Shaya prison in Xinjiang Province. Reportedly, he has since then been held incommunicado. It is alleged that despite formal requests and inquiries, no explanation has been given regarding his fate and whereabouts. Mr. Gao has been the subject of several previous communications sent on 25 November 2005, see E/CN.4/2006/95/Add.1, para. 90, 21 December 2005, 30 November 2006 and 1 December 2006, see A/HRC/4/37/Add.1, para. 141, 157 and 158, 28 September 2007, see A/HRC/7/28/Add.1, para. 376-379, 12 February 2009, see A/HRC/13/22/Add.1, para. 310-313; and 23 March 2010, see A/HRC/16/52/Add.1, para. 21. He was also the subject of Opinion No. 26/2010 (People’s Republic of China) of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
Alleged victims: 1
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30 May 2014
    01 Apr 2014
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
The communication addresses the situation surrounding the decision of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina of 22 October 2013 ordering the quashing of the verdicts in the cases of ten individuals convicted of war crimes against civilians and genocide, following the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the case of Maktouf and Damjanovic vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina. Concerns are raised as to the legal developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina following the domestic application of this ECtHR judgement, specifically about the following issues: 1) the apparent automatic application of the aforementioned ECtHR judgment in at least a dozen cases in Bosnia and Herzegovina in contravention of the actual ruling of the same judgment; 2) the release of the defendants, guilty of genocide and war crimes against civilians, without remand pending re-trial, and its impact on the protection of victims from violence, re-victimization and intimidation; and 3) the lack of a comprehensive transitional justice strategy to complement the criminal justice process in the country.
Alleged victims: 10
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20 Jun 2014
    25 Mar 2014
    Spain
    JAL
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Alegaciones relativas a la adopción de la Ley Orgánica 1/2014, de 13 de marzo, que modifica la Ley Orgánica 6/1985, de 1 de julio, del Poder Judicial, relativa a la justicia universal, y que restringiría la aplicabilidad del principio de jurisdicción universal por los tribunales españoles.
Alleged victims: -
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08 Jul 2014
    25 Mar 2014
    Bangladesh
    JAL
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Allegations of harassment, intimidation and surveillance of human rights defenders and persons associated with them, and alleged undue restrictions on the right to freedom of association. According to the information received, Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, Secretary of Odhikar, a human rights non-governmental organization, his family members and colleagues have been followed since October 2013, when Mr. Adilur Rahman was released on bail. Since January 2014, two individuals associated with Mr. Khan have been allegedly beaten and threatened by police officers from the Detective Branch. Additionally, according to the source, 50 percent of the funds of Odhikar have been held up by the NGO Affairs Bureau which has resulted in financial difficulty for the organization.
Alleged victims: 1
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    20 Mar 2014
    Sri Lanka
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • internally displaced persons
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged arbitrary arrest and detention of three human rights activists. According to the information received, on 13 March 2014, Ms. Balendran Jayakumari, a human rights activist working on the issue of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka, and her 13-year-old daughter, were arrested in Kilinochchi by soldiers on suspicion of sheltering a fugitive. A 16-day detention order was subsequently issued against Ms. Jayakumari under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), and her daughter was handed to a childcare institution. Ms. Jayakumari was reportedly physically assaulted by the soldiers. On 16 March, Mr. Ruki Fernando and Rev. Praveen Omi, two human rights defenders, were arrested by officers from the Terrorist Investigation Division in Kilinochchi while looking into the arrests that were made on 13 March. They were detained and questioned under the PTA and afterwards transferred to Vavunia, and then Colombo, for further questioning. On 19 March, both men were released without condition. Reportedly, the police announced that Mr. Fernando, and possibly Rev. Praveen Omi, will be the subject of further investigations. Serious concerns are expressed that the arrest and detention of Ms. Jayakumari, Mr. Fernando and Rev. Praveen Omi may be linked to their legitimate human rights activities.
Alleged victims: 3
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    07 Mar 2014
    Russian Federation
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • environment
Alleged enforced disappearance of an environmental rights defender. According to the information received, on 3 February 2014, Mr. Evgeny Vitishko was detained for swearing while at a public bus stop. On 18 February 2014, Mr. Vitishko was transferred to pre-trial detention centre No.1 in Krasnodar instead of being released. On 24 February 2014, it was discovered that Mr. Vitishko’s fate and whereabouts were unknown. Mr. Vitishko works with Environmental Watch on North Caucasus (EWNC), an independent group that published a report on environmental damage caused by preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Since 2011, Mr. Vitishko has been involved in legal proceedings related to alleged damage to a disputed fence in Krasnodar. In November 2011, he received a three-year suspended sentence. In November 2013, he was imprisoned for alleged breach of curfew, a condition of his probation. Grave concern is expressed about the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Vitishko.
Alleged victims: 1
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16 Jul 2014
    20 Feb 2014
    Ukraine
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • executions
  • torture
  • violence against women
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged excessive use of force against, killings, injuries, enforced disappearances of, and/or arbitrary arrests and detention of, largely peaceful protestors and journalists in the context of Euromaidan (“Independence Square”) protests. According to the information received, during the Euromaidan protests, which have been ongoing in Kiev and other parts of the country since November 2013, 29 individuals have been killed, including from excessive use of force by law enforcement authorities; 28 individuals have been held incommunicado and/or disappeared and abducted; many individuals have been arrested and, oftentimes pursuant to a court order, have been detained in prison or held under house arrest, on a preventive basis as a security measure, for either participating in, or for being perceived as participating in protests; and over 100 journalists, cameramen and photographers, have been injured, some very seriously, by law enforcement officials while covering and reporting on the protests, with some being placed under house arrest.
Alleged victims: 55
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    10 Feb 2014
    Sri Lanka
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • internally displaced persons
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged acts of intimidation and reprisals, including death threats, directed against human rights defenders. According to the information received, members of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO) have been the subject of acts of intimidation and reprisals, including in some instances in connection with the visit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navanethem Pillay, to Sri Lanka from 25 to 31 August 2013. Serious concern is raised about allegations that some of the harassment was carried out by self-identified police personnel. Grave concern is also expressed that in some cases, members of NAFSO might have experienced acts of reprisals for cooperating or trying to cooperate with the United Nations, including its mechanisms and representatives in the field on human rights.
Alleged victims: 4
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    03 Feb 2014
    China
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • religion or belief
  • disappearances
  • minority issues
  • cultural rights
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged arrest and detention of ten Tibetan singers and musicians. According to the information received, artists Gongpo Tsezin, Trinley Tsekar, Kelsang Yarphel, Lolo, Pema Trinley, Chakdor, Khenrap, Nyagdompo, Shawo Tashi, and Achok Phulshung are either currently being detained or their fate and whereabouts are unknown. It is alleged that these artists have been arrested in connection with their songs supporting Tibetan culture and reflecting the situation in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Serious concerns are expressed that the alleged arbitrary arrest and detention or enforced disappearance of the aforementioned 10 Tibetan singers and musicians may be linked to their legitimate human rights activities. The Tibetan singer Lolo was the subject of an earlier communication sent on 9 August 2012, see A/HRC/22/67/Corr.2, case no. CHN 8/2012.
Alleged victims: 10
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30 Apr 2014
    22 Jan 2014
    Syrian Arab Republic
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • cultural rights
Alleged arrest and detention of a political cartoonist. According to the information received, Mr. Akram Raslan, a cartoonist working for Al-Fida newspaper, was arrested without an arrest warrant on 2 October 2012 by the Syrian Military Intelligence in the city of Hama. The arrest reportedly occurred after he posted political cartoons critical of President Bashar Al-Assad on Facebook. On 26 July 2013, Mr. Raslan was reportedly put on secret trial and sentenced to life imprisonment on account of, inter alia, insulting the country’s president. While Mr. Raslan had reportedly been held incommunicado since his arrest, there were conflicting reports about Mr. Raslan’s fate and whereabouts, including that he may have been executed.
Alleged victims: 1
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31 Mar 2014
    17 Jan 2014
    Bahrain
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • torture
  • disappearances
Alleged arrest of one individual and enforced disappearance of four others. According to the information received, on 29 December 2013, Mr. Aqeel Abdul Rasool Mohamed Ahmed, was allegedly arrested at the house of his relative by members of the security team of the Criminal Investigation Department of the State. Mr. Ahmed’s family has reportedly not been allowed to visit him. On 8 January 2014, Mr. X, 17 years old, was allegedly last seen in the village of “Markh”. The family of Mr. X has not been informed of the fate and whereabouts of him. In the early morning of 9 January 2014, Messrs’ Ahmed Mohammed Saleh Al Arab, Mansoor Ali Mansoor Al Jamri and Hussain Al Ghasrah were allegedly abducted by police officers. The fate and whereabouts of Messrs’ Al Arab, Al Jamri and Al Ghasrah also remain unknown.
Alleged victims: 7
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17 Feb 2014
    02 Jan 2014
    Thailand
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
Request for information on the status of the investigation on the case of Mr. Somchait Neelaphaijit. According to the information received, the investigation of the enforced disappearance of Mr. Somchait Neelaphaijit may be closed and consequently his wife, Ms. Neelaphaijit, may be removed from the witness protection programme.
Alleged victims: 2
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    30 Dec 2013
    United Arab Emirates
    JUA
  • torture
  • disappearances
Alleged enforced disappearance and ill-treatment of a Qatari national by State Security officers of the United Arab Emirates and alleged risk of further torture or ill-treatment while in secret detention. According to the information received, on 23 December 2013, Mr. Abdulrahman al-Jaidah, age 25, was beaten by State Security officers and taken to an unknown location, outside the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is reported that Mr. al-Jaidah was attending a session of his father’s trial in the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi when he was told to go outside by a member of the UAE’s State Security apparatus. The fate and whereabouts of Mr. Abdulrahman al-Jaidah are unknown. Serious concern is expressed that the abduction of Mr. al-Jaidah may be related to his public campaign on his father’s case, drawing attention to his father’s prolonged detention without charge and alleged torture.
Alleged victims: 1
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27 Feb 2014
    30 Dec 2013
    Algeria
    JAL
  • executions
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Des allégations sont exprimées quant aux droits des victimes de disparition forcée et leurs familles, notamment concernant le droit à la vérité et l’accès à la justice. Selon les informations reçues, le 12 août 2013, un charnier aurait été découvert près du village de Ras El-Ma, Azzaba, dans la wilaya de Skikda, qui pourrait contenir les corps de personnes qui seraient des victimes de disparition forcée. Il a été rapporté qu’une enquête serait en cours. Les familles de victimes de disparition forcée n'auraient cependant pas été dument informées du déroulement et possibles conclusions d’une enquête. Des préoccupations sont exprimées concernant les articles 45 et 46 de l’ordonnance n° 06-01 du 28 Moharram 1427, correspondant au 27 février 2006, portant sur la mise en œuvre de la Charte pour la Paix et la Réconciliation Nationale, notamment à l’égard du droit à la vérité et l’accès à la justice.
Alleged victims: -
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11 Apr 2014
    27 Dec 2013
    Egypt
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • disappearances
Alleged enforced disappearance and incommunicado detention of 5 men for their affiliation to Mr. Mohamed Morsi. According to the information received, on 3 July 2013, five aides of Mr. Mohamed Morsi, namely Messrs’ Khaled al-Qazzaz, Ayman al-Serafy, Abdelmeguid Mashali, Essam al-Haddad and Ayman Ali, were allegedly arrested. On 17 December 2013, Messrs’ Khaled al-Qazzaz, Ayman al-Serafy and Abdelmeguid Mashali were reportedly transferred by Egyptian security forces to an unknown location from the military facility where they were being held. Their fate and whereabouts remain unknown. It was further reported that Mr. Essam al-Haddad and Mr. Ayman Ali, have been held incommunicado since 3 July 2013.
Alleged victims: 5
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10 Nov 2014
    20 Dec 2013
    Algeria
    JUA
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • terrorism
Extradition présumée des Etats-Unis vers l’Algérie. Selon les informations reçues, dans les années 1990, craignant la persécution et le harcèlement, M. Ameziane aurait quitté l’Algérie, et suite au refus de sa demande d’asile en Autriche et au Canada en 1995 et 2000 respectivement, il serait parti pour l’Afghanistan en 2000. En 2001, M. Ameziane aurait été détenu par les autorités pakistanaises, remis aux forces militaires opérant en Afghanistan, puis transféré vers la base aérienne américaine de Kandahar, en Afghanistan, où il aurait été détenu pendant plus d’un mois avant d’être transféré à Guantanamo Bay. Pendant son transfert et sa détention à Guantanamo Bay, M. Ameziane aurait été soumis à la torture et à d’autres mauvais traitements. Depuis plus de six ans, tout contact significatif avec sa famille lui aurait été refusé. M. Ameziane a une demande d’habeas corpus en attente depuis février 2005, et une demande de mesures conservatoires datant du 20 août 2008, Ameziane v Etats-Unis, déposée auprès de la Commission interaméricaine des droits de l’homme (CIDH). Des préoccupations sont exprimées quant à l’intégrité physique et mentale de M. Ameziane par rapport à son extradition vers l’Algérie.
Alleged victims: 1
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    17 Dec 2013
    Syrian Arab Republic
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
Alleged enforced disappearance of four activists by an unknown group in the Syrian Arab Republic. According to the information received, on 9 December 2013, activists and human rights defenders Ms. Razan Zaitouneh, Mr. Wa’el Hamada, Mr. Nazem Hamadi and Ms. Samira Khalil, were allegedly abducted by unknown individuals from a joint office of the Violations Documentation Center (VDC) and the Local Development and Small Projects Support (LDSPS), located in Douma of Rif Dimashq, Syrian Arab Republic. Prior to the alleged abductions, it is reported that Mr. Hamada, Ms. Zaitouneh’s husband, was imprisoned for several months before being released. In addition, a person associated with the aforementioned individuals was reportedly detained by the Air Force intelligence services. It is further reported that Ms. Zaitouneh was forced into hiding in 2011 after receiving threats from Syrian authorities due to her activities in documenting human rights violations. It is also reported that during the previous months, Ms. Zaitouneh received threats from at least one armed opposition group in the Eastern Ghouta area. The fate and whereabouts of Ms. Razan Zaitouneh, Mr. Wa’el Hamada, Mr. Nazem Hamadi and Ms. Samira Khalil remain unknown.
Alleged victims: 4
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09 Jul 2014
    10 Dec 2013
    Ukraine
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged use of excessive force against peaceful protestors, including 53 journalists, and disappearance of 15 individuals. According to the information received, starting 29 November 2013 to date, major protests have been taking place in central Kiev against the Government’s decision not to sign a partnership agreement with the European Union which was announced on 21 November 2013. After this announcement, a major protest begun and it is reported that on 1 December 2013, an estimated 300,000 pro-EU protesters gathered at the capital’s Independence Square (Maidan Square). Allegedly police forces tried to disperse the gathering in a violent manner, including by using stones and grenades, thereby injuring at least 53 protestors, including journalists, activists and students. It is reported that 15 individuals, most of whom youth activists and students, remain missing after the police crackdown, including Ms. Hryhoryan Inna and Messrs’ Brovko Oleh, Vokatiuk Volodymyr, Humeniuk Denys, Okhrymovych Volodymyr, Rosputnyi Vyacheslav, and Shynkaruk Anatoliy.
Alleged victims: 68
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16 Jan 2014
    09 Dec 2013
    Russian Federation
    JUA
  • torture
  • disappearances
Allegations of abduction, enforced disappearance and forced return to the country of origin of an asylum seeker. According to the information received, on 3 December 2013, Mr. Ismon Azimov, a Tajik asylum seeker, was kidnapped from the State-run reception centre in Moscow, forced into a car and driven away to an unknown location. Mr. Azimov had reportedly earlier been released from administrative detention in view of the final judgment of the European Court of Human Rights dated 9 September 2013, concluding that Mr. Azimov’s forced return to Tajikistan would give rise to a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Grave concern is expressed about the fate and whereabouts of Mr. Azimov and about the allegations that Mr. Azimov may have been deported to Tajikistan.
Alleged victims: 1
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29 Jan 2014
    28 Nov 2013
    El Salvador
    JAL
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Presunto allanamiento y destrucción de documentos y materiales de una organización y actos violentos e intimidatorios contra varios integrantes de la misma. Según las informaciones recibidas, en la madrugada del 14 de noviembre de 2013, tres hombres armados habrían amenazado a punta de pistola al conductor de la asociación Pro-Búsqueda, así como al vigilante y al presidente de la Junta Directiva. Al ganar acceso a la oficina, dichos hombres habrían quemado documentos, sustraído archivos y prendido fuego con gasolina parte de sus instalaciones. Así mismo, una empleada de la asociación habría sido perseguida pocas horas después mientras se dirigía a su puesto de trabajo. Se alega que el material destruido incluye muestras de ADN y datos de familiares víctimas de violaciones a derechos humanos y desapariciones forzadas durante el conflicto armado.
Alleged victims: -
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29 Jan 2014
    25 Nov 2013
    Syrian Arab Republic
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • disappearances
Alleged disappearance of two journalists. According to the information received, on 7 November 2013, Mr Abdulwahab Almullah was allegedly abducted by a group of unidentified armed men from his home in Aleppo. It was further reported that, on 1 October 2013, Mr Rami Al-Razzouk, was allegedly abducted by a group of armed men at a checkpoint between the cities of Raqqa and Toubqa. At the time of the present communication, the fate and whereabouts of Mr Abdulwahab Almullah and Mr Rami Al-Razzouk were unknown.
Alleged victims: 2
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    25 Nov 2013
    Other actors
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • cultural rights
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Presunto cierre de la Oficina de Tutela Legal (Tutela Legal) de la Arquidiócesis de San Salvador y de su archivo que contendría información sobre casos de violaciones a los derechos humanos, incluyendo desapariciones forzadas. Según la información recibida, el día 30 de septiembre de 2013, la Arquidiócesis de San Salvador decretó el cierre de la Oficina de Tutela Legal de dicho Arzobispado. Se expresa preocupación por la protección de los aproximadamente 50.000 archivos en poder de Tutela Legal y por la preservación de la confidencialidad de los datos que contiene. Se señala la importancia del resguardo del Archivo, por el riesgo que podría representar para numerosas víctimas, familiares y testigos y para la promoción de la verdad, la justicia, la reparación y las garantías de no-repetición. La decisión de cerrar la Oficina de Tutela Legal ocurre diez días después de la admisión por la Sala de lo Constitucional de una demanda de inconstitucional contra la Ley de Amnistía General para la Consolidación de la Paz; proceso que podría permitir la apertura de procesos judiciales y en el marco de los cuales la documentación y archivos de la Oficina de Tutela Legal podrían jugar un rol central.
Alleged victims: -
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    25 Nov 2013
    El Salvador
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • cultural rights
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Presunto cierre de la Oficina de Tutela Legal (Tutela Legal) de la Arquidiócesis de San Salvador y de su archivo que contendría información sobre casos de violaciones a los derechos humanos, incluyendo desapariciones forzadas. Según la información recibida, el día 30 de septiembre de 2013, la Arquidiócesis de San Salvador decretó el cierre de la Oficina de Tutela Legal de dicho Arzobispado. Se expresa preocupación por la protección de los aproximadamente 50.000 archivos en poder de Tutela Legal y por la preservación de la confidencialidad de los datos que contiene. Se señala la importancia del resguardo del Archivo, por el riesgo que podría representar para numerosas víctimas, familiares y testigos y para la promoción de la verdad, la justicia, la reparación y las garantías de no-repetición. La decisión de cerrar la Oficina de Tutela Legal ocurre diez días después de la admisión por la Sala de lo Constitucional de una demanda de inconstitucional contra la Ley de Amnistía General para la Consolidación de la Paz; proceso que podría permitir la apertura de procesos judiciales y en el marco de los cuales la documentación y archivos de la Oficina de Tutela Legal podrían jugar un rol central.
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26 May 2014
26 May 2014
    05 Nov 2013
    Russian Federation
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • torture
  • violence against women
  • disappearances
  • slavery
Allegations of forced labour in prison amounting to slavery and acts of retaliation by prison authorities. This communication follows up to an earlier UA submitted on 8 October 2013 (current report, RUS 8/2013), regarding the situation of Ms Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. The original UA related to allegations of forced labour in prison amounting to slavery, which reportedly resulted in retaliation by prison authorities, a hunger strike by Ms Tolokonnikova, and her hospitalization. No response to the previous UA was received by Government authorities at the time of writing. According to the updated information received, Ms Tolokonnikova was repeatedly denied access to members of her legal team. Since 8 October 2013, she has also been transferred to a number of different prisons, including transit prisons with authorities allegedly refusing to reveal her exact whereabouts, which remained at the time of writing still unknown. Interventions by Ombudsman, Parliamentary deputies and others at the national level have not succeeding in clarifying her location and wellbeing.
Alleged victims: 1
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03 Dec 2013
    30 Oct 2013
    Kazakhstan
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • disappearances
Alleged disappearance of a poet while in detention. According to the information received, Mr Aron Atabek (also referred to as Mr Aron Edigeev) who had been held in solitary confinement in Arkalyk Prison since December 2012 disappeared in early October 2013. It was reported that he was transferred to Karazhal Prison on 5 October 2013. Although the authorities did not confirm this information, his family received an anonymous phone call informing them of the transfer. At the time of writing, Mr Atabek’s whereabouts remained unknown. Mr Atabek was sentenced to two years in solitary confinement for writing the book “The Heart of Eurasia” highly critical of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the Government of Khazakhstan.
Alleged victims: 1
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06 Dec 2013
    22 Oct 2013
    China
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Allegations of arbitrary arrest and detention, and enforced disappearances. According to the information received, 20 individuals were arrested and detained, and in some instances forcibly disappeared, in connection with their participation in peaceful assemblies or human rights campaigns in different parts of the country. They had protested, inter alia, against alleged corruption among Government officials or called on the State to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Many of them were believed to belong to, or be inspired by, the New Citizen Movement, a network of peaceful activists who reportedly call for transparency about the financial assets of top Chinese leaders, and promote political and legal reforms.
Alleged victims: 20
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07 Jan 2014
    18 Oct 2013
    Algeria
    JAL
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Allégations d’usage excessif de force et d’arrestations lors d’une manifestation pacifique de familles de disparus. Selon les informations reçues, le 29 septembre 2013, des agents de la police auraient arrêté les participants d’un rassemblement organisé par la Coalition d’associations de victimes des années 90 (SOS Disparus, Collectif des familles de disparus, Djazairouna, Somoud) devant le Ministère de Justice à Alger à 10 heures, pour dénoncer les dispositions de la Charte pour la paix et la réconciliation nationale. Plus de la moitié des personnes présentes auraient été embarquées de force par la police et conduites aux commissariats de La Scala et d’El Biar. Les policiers auraient brusqué les familles âgées en les malmenant et les jetant violemment par terre. Une fois arrivés au commissariat, les policiers auraient ordonné aux personnes arrêtées d’éteindre leurs téléphones portables, rendant impossible toute communication avec elles pour obtenir des informations sur leur état. Les personnes auraient été relâchées au bout de deux heures.
Alleged victims: -
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21 Jan 2014
    17 Oct 2013
    Sudan
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • executions
  • torture
  • disappearances
  • Sudan
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged serious violation of international human rights standards. According to the information received, since 22 September 2013, National Intelligence Services (NISS) and the Sudanese police have arrested at least 800 individuals, including political activists, opposition party members, human rights defenders and journalists. It is reported that an estimated 200 demonstrators were killed by gunshot wounds caused by Governmental security forces. It is alleged that the NISS and the Sudanese Police used excessive and disproportionate force including live ammunition and tear gas to disperse assemblies, and blocked access to hospitals. It is further reported that the previous detained have in most cases been held incommunicado and denied access to medical care, and that it is common in NISS facilities to extend periods in custody to up to four and a half months without charges. Journalists have allegedly been harassed and heavily censured and political parties are no longer allowed to hold meetings.
Alleged victims: 28
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    01 Oct 2013
    China
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged imposition of travel bans on two human rights defenders, and enforced disappearance of one, working on China’s upcoming UPR. According to the information received, Ms Cao Shunli was barred from travelling to Geneva on 14 September 2013 and at the time of writing had not been seen since. Ms Chen Jianfang was forbidden from boarding her flight to Geneva on 13 September 2013 and was told she was barred from travelling for life. She was also allegedly intimidated on 16 September 2013. Ms Cao Shunli and Ms Chen Jianfang were among the subjects of a previous communication sent on 17 July 2013 (A/HRC/25/74).
Alleged victims: 2
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07 Jan 2014
24 Jan 2014
    26 Sep 2013
    Kenya
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • executions
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged killing of a human rights lawyer and alleged harassment and intimidation of families of victims of enforced disappearances and human rights defenders, including for cooperating with the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances. According to the information received, on 17 September 2013, in the town of Bungoma in the Western Province of Kenya, unknown gunmen shot dead Mr Peter Wanyama Wanyonyi who had been assisting in documenting cases of enforced disappearances that occurred in 2008 in Mount Elgon District. Families of victims have reportedly been subjected to police harassment, harassment from local chiefs and from some of the neighbours whose relatives had been killed by the Saboat Land Defense Force (SLDF) early July 2013. According to the reports received, more than 28 families of victims of enforced disappearances and human rights defenders have abandoned their homes for fear of reprisals. Harassment and intimidation against families of victims and human rights defenders for having cooperated with WGEID has already been the subject of one previous communication dated 31 July 2013 (A/HRC/25/74).
Alleged victims: 1
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    13 Sep 2013
    Colombia
    JUA
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • executions
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Presunto asesinato de un abogado y supuestos actos de intimidación, estigmatización y amenazas de muerte contra abogados en un contexto de ataques contra profesionales del derecho trabajando en casos de violaciones de derechos humanos, incluidas desapariciones forzadas e involuntarias. Según la información recibida, el Sr. Juan Carlos Canizales Ocampo habría sido asesinado en Buga, Valle del Cauca, el 10 de agosto de 2013 en conexión con su trabajo. Además, el 4 de agosto de 2013, otros abogados habrían sufrido intimidaciones y habían sido objeto de actos de estigmatización y amenazas de muerte por parte del grupo armado autodenominado “Los Rastrojos”. El 17 de agosto de 2013, el local del Sr. Sneither Cifuentes habría sido violentamente allanado, un familiar suyo atacado y unos documentos confidenciales sustraídos (Véanse A/HRC/21/49; A/HRC/18/51).
Alleged victims: 3
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14 Nov 2013
24 Dec 2013
12 Aug 2015
    29 Aug 2013
    Syrian Arab Republic
    JUA
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • disappearances
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Alleged enforced disappearance of Messrs. Youssef Abdelke and Adnan al-Dibs, and alleged arrest of Mr Tifouq Umran. According to the information received, on 18 July 2013, Messrs Abdelke, Al-Dibs and Umran, members of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change, were reportedly arrested by Syrian security forces at a Military Intelligence checkpoint when entering the coastal city of Tartus, and taken to the local Military Intelligence Branch. On 3 August 2013, Mr Umran was allegedly released. Mr Al-Dibs and Mr Abdelke were reportedly transferred to other detention facilities, possibly in Damascus and the State Security Branch in Tartus respectively. At the time of the present communication, the fate and whereabouts of Messrs Abdelke and Al-Dibs remained unknown.
Alleged victims: 3
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    28 Aug 2013
    Bahrain
    JUA
  • arbitrary Detention
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • human rights defenders
  • independence of judges and lawye