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31 March 2011

Libya: End campaign to discredit Eman al-Obeidi

The Libyan authorities must end their campaign to discredit Eman al-Obeidi after the government said she was being sued by the security officials who she says raped her

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Libya
31 March 2011

Egypt urged to scrap draft law outlawing protests and strikes

The Egyptian authorities should scrap a draft law aimed at criminalizing strikes and protests, Amnesty International said ahead of demonstrations against the law set for Friday.

Tags
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Law Enforcement,
  • Trials And Legal Systems
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Egypt
31 March 2011

Côte d’Ivoire: Warning of ‘human rights catastrophe’ as forces reach Abidjan

Côte d’Ivoire civilians are at immediate risk of massive human rights violations Amnesty International warned today, as forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara reach the country’s commercial capital Abidjan. 

Tags
  • Armed Conflict,
  • Children,
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
  • Extrajudicial Executions And Other Unlawful Killings,
  • Human Rights Standards,
  • Law Enforcement,
  • Women
Region Africa
31 March 2011

Repression of Azerbaijani activists intensifies ahead of protests

The Azerbaijan authorities must end their clampdown on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today after 11 more political activists were arrested ahead of Saturday's planned "Day of Wrath" protest

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Azerbaijan
31 March 2011

Iranian Baha'i leaders hit by 'vindictive' sentence extension


The reimposition of 20-year jail terms on seven leaders of Iran's Baha'i religious minority is “outrageous”, Amnesty International said today as it made a renewed call for their immediate release..

30 March 2011

Myanmar – New government installed today 30 March 2011

As the new government is installed in Myanmar today, Donna Guest, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director of the Asia Pacific Program said:

 

"The new government should take immediate action to stop human rights violations and put an end to the growing legacy of impunity in the country.

 

 As a very first step, and a matter of urgency, Amnesty International calls on the government to take the following measures:

 

-  ensure the unconditional release of hundreds of prisoners of conscience, which is long overdue. 

 

- remove provisions in the Constitution which grant immunity from prosecution for state officials for past involvement in human rights violations. "

30 March 2011

Syrian President misses opportunity as emergency powers remain

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has missed a crucial opportunity to lift the country’s repressive state of emergency in a key speech today amid ongoing protests, Amnesty International has said. 

30 March 2011

Thousands stranded in 'appalling' conditions on Italian island

Many on Lampedusa have not been provided with the most basic humanitarian assistance such as shelter, medical care, mats, blankets and access to sanitary facilities, the Amnesty International team has found, while thousands continue to sleep outdoors

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Italy
29 March 2011

Libya: Campaign of enforced disappearances must end

Libyan forces loyal to Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi have carried out a campaign of enforced disappearances in an attempt to crush growing opposition to his rule, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing paper. 

Tags
  • Children,
  • Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes,
  • Detention,
  • Disappearances And Abductions,
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Law Enforcement,
  • Prison Conditions,
  • Torture And Ill-treatment
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Libya
29 March 2011

China: Prominent blogger missing

The Chinese authorities must reveal the whereabouts of a political blogger and commentator who has not been seen since Sunday and is believed to be detained, Amnesty International said today.

Tags
  • Activists,
  • Detention,
  • Disappearances And Abductions,
  • Discrimination,
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Human Rights Standards
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China

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