On 27 January 2018, Mohamed Aldouma's legal representatives reported that the defender was transferred to Shala Prison in El Fasher, Darfur. They further reported that Mohamed Aldouma has been subjected to ill-treatment in detention and is in need of regular medical care to treat his chronic osteoarthritis.
Sudanese authorities are continuing a nationwide crackdown against protesters and human rights defenders, through arrests and the use of excessive force resulting in killings. Mohamed Aldouma was arrested during a demonstration in Omdurman on 17 January.
On 29 March 2018, a group of hitmen killed Crisanto Garcia Ohajaca, the uncle of the COMUNDICH Executive Board vice-president, Eugenio Ohajaca. The leader of the Ch’orti’ de Morola community, which COMUNDICH is currently assisting, received a death threat two days after Crisanto Garcia Ohajaca’s murder. In the past few weeks, threats and attacks against those associated with the indigenous rights organisation, Coordinadora de Asociaciones y Comunidades para el Desarrollo Integral del Pueblo Ch’orti’ COMUNDICH, have increased.
Following her detention on 16 January, human rights defender Amal Habani was beaten with an electric rod by Sudanese forces during interrogation. She remains in detention despite an order for her release being issued on 20 January.
On 8 August 2018, Butch Rosales, human rights defender and Rise-Up volunteer was shot and killed in broad daylight on his way to Mandaue, Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu province.
On 22 December 2017, Istanbul Anatolia Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office concluded the indictment for the murders of Syrian human rights defenders Orouba Barakat and Halla Barakat and called for the imposition of two sentences of life imprisonment under the charge of “intentional killing” according to the Turkish Criminal Code, Article 82.
On 30 September 2017, Turkish police arrested a suspect in the killing of Syrian human rights defenders Orouba and Halla Barakat.
On 23 November 2018, human rights defender Raed Fares was shot dead by unknown assailants in the Kafranbel, a town close to Idlib in northwestern Syria.
On 25 October, land rights defender Noel Castillo Aguilar was killed in the community of Barra de la Cruz in the municipality of Santiago Astata, Oaxaca. Noel Castillo Aguilar is the fifth member of the organisation CODEDI to be killed in 2018.
On 25 September, woman human rights defender Su’ad Al-Ali was shot dead in the city of Basra in southern Iraq. This is the latest case in a series of attacks on civil society actors in Iraq.