On 12 June 2014, at 3pm, the Salyan Regional Court of Azerbaijan rejected a request to transfer human rights defender Mr Emil Mamedov from administrative detention to house arrest. The human rights defender, who denies all accusations, faces between three and five years of imprisonment if convicted of the charges of repeated extortion under Article 182.2.2 of the Criminal Code.
On 21 February 2014, human rights defender Dr Ágnes Geréb was released from house arrest by the Court of Appeal in Budapest. The human rights defender has been under house arrest for 3 years, 4 months and 15 days.
On 21 March 2013, Uyghur human rights defender Mr Ilham Tohti was placed under strict house arrest at his home in Beijing. On 22 March, the human rights defender was due to travel to Hong Kong to attend an academic conference.
On 2 May 2012, Mr Chen Guangcheng left the US Embassy in Beijing where he had taken refuge for six days following his escape on 22 April 2012 from nineteen months of strict and unlawful house arrest in his home province of Shandong.
On 27 April 2012, it emerged that Chinese human rights defender and 'barefoot' lawyer Mr Chen Guangcheng had escaped the brutal house arrest which he and his family had been subjected to since his release from prison in September 2010.
Ms Liu Xia, the wife of human rights defender and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mr Liu Xiaobo, continues to be held under house arrest and largely incommunicado in her home in Beijing, one year after the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to her husband.