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Iran: Prominent academic sentenced to death after grossly unfair trial

The Iranian authorities must urgently quash the death sentence against Iranian-born Swedish resident and specialist in emergency medicine Ahmadreza Djalali, said Amnesty International today. The medical doctor and university lecturer had studied and taught in Sweden, Italy and Belgium. Since his arrest in April 2016, several European officials have called for his release. Zeynab Taheri, one of Ahmadreza Djalali’s lawyers, told Amnesty International that he was sentenced to death for the charge of “corruption on earth” (ifsad fil-arz), and has been given a 200,000 euro fine.

Date:
23 October 2017
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  • Algeria
  • Discrimination

Algeria: Mass racial profiling used to deport more than 2,000 sub-Saharan migrants

The Algerian authorities have launched a discriminatory crackdown against foreign nationals, rounding up and forcibly expelling more than 2,000 sub-Saharan African migrants from a range of countries to neighbouring Niger and Mali over the past three weeks, said Amnesty International. Those expelled include more than 300 minors, among them at least 25 unaccompanied children. The new wave of arrests started on 22 September when Algerian police and gendarmes began arbitrarily detaining migrants in the capital, Algiers, and neighbouring suburbs.

Date:
23 October 2017
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  • Refugees

Greece: Asylum seekers in abysmal conditions on islands

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras should end the Greek government’s “containment policy” of confining asylum seekers to the Aegean islands, 19 human rights and humanitarian aid organizations said in an open letter released today. Thousands of people, including very young children, single or pregnant women, and people with physical disabilities, are trapped in abysmal conditions as winter sets in. Forcing asylum seekers to remain in conditions that violate their rights and are harmful to their well-being, health, and dignity, cannot be justified by the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal, the organizations said.

Date:
23 October 2017
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  • Americas
  • Killings and Disappearances

Argentina: Authorities must guarantee justice for Santiago Maldonado

News that a dead body found in a river in the state of Chubut, Argentina, is that of activist Santiago Maldonado, who was presumably forcibly disappeared, marks a tragic day for human rights and justice in the South American country, Amnesty International said today. Maldonado was forcibly disappeared in a context of a demonstration on 1 August 2017 when militarized forces violently entered a Mapuche community.

Date:
20 October 2017
  • News
  • Armed Conflict

UN: Amnesty urges international action on armed drones

Today Amnesty International launches a new briefing at the UN General Assembly, setting out measures to bring the use and transfer of armed drones in line with international human rights and humanitarian law. The briefing, Key principles on the use and transfer of armed drones, has been developed in response to the rapid proliferation of armed drones, and their use in extrajudicial executions and other unlawful killings around the world.

Date:
20 October 2017
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  • Americas
  • Justice Systems

Peru: Rumours of pardon for Fujimori must not distract from efforts to seek justice for victims

The Peruvian government must focus all its energy on ensuring that the thousands of victims of human rights violations committed during the administration of former president Fujimori receive truth, justice and reparation, said Amnesty International in an open letter sent today to President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. “The rumours of a possible pardon for former President Alberto Fujimori are little more than a distraction from the government’s historic debt to guarantee justice for thousands of people,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
20 October 2017
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  • Bangladesh
  • Refugees

Bangladesh: Donors must pledge support for Rohingya refugees

More countries need to step up and pledge their support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh amid an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, Amnesty International said today. The meeting of high-level representatives of donor countries at the UN’s office in Geneva on Monday must include pledges of new money, including from countries in the region, to support rising numbers of Rohingya refugees who have sought shelter in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district.

Date:
20 October 2017
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  • Argentina
  • UN

What are we fighting for? The experience of young people at the United Nations

In June, I was selected from 500 young people from all over the world to join four young leaders from Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and India at the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF-ONU), held 11-19 July in New York. Our mission, as young human rights activists, was to ensure that our voices, concerns and priorities were heard. For me it was also a chance to find out how other young people deal with the challenge of gaining recognition for our sexual and reproductive rights.

Date:
20 October 2017
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Irish national Ibrahim Halawa released after four years unlawfully detained in an Egyptian prison

Today’s release of Irish citizen Ibrahimn Halawa is a resounding victory for those who have campaigned on his behalf and brings to an end his painful four-year ordeal behind bars in an Egyptian prison, said Amnesty International. Ibrahim Halawa release from Wadi al-Natroun prison is long overdue after more than one month from his acquittal date. He is due to arrive home to Ireland in the coming days. Amnesty International has been campaigning for his release since he was first arrested four years ago at a protest in Cairo.

Date:
20 October 2017
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  • Egypt
  • Detention

Egypt: End two year arbitrary detention of human rights defender Hisham Gaafar

The Egyptian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release the journalist and human rights defender, Hisham Gaafar, who will have completed two years in arbitrary pre-trial detention on 21 October, Amnesty International said. He is being held in inhumane conditions and prolonged solitary confinement causing his health to deteriorate seriously. Security forces arrested Hisham Gaafar on trumped up charges in October 2015.

Date:
19 October 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Business and Human Rights

Australian firm Canstruct takes up toxic contract profiting from the abuse of refugees

The civil engineering company Canstruct International Pty Ltd (‘Canstruct’) has taken on a toxic contract to run facilities on Nauru where the Australian government has trapped refugees in a system that amounts to torture, Amnesty International said today. Canstruct, an Australian family-run company, has signed a contract to run refugee processing centres on the island, where hundreds of people have been forcibly transferred after trying to seek asylum in Australia.

Date:
18 October 2017
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  • China
  • Censorship and Free Speech

China: Xi Can’t Do It Alone

“To forge iron, one first needs to get strong” - Chinese President Xi Jinping’s homespun maxim, casually uttered during his first public appearance when he ascended to power in 2012, looks in retrospect as having been the very core of his programme. In the five years since, Xi has never deviated from this objective, embarking on an unprecedented drive to consolidate his personal power, skillfully using a popular anti-corruption campaign to methodically take down every rival faction and interest group within the vast Chinese bureaucracy.

Date:
18 October 2017
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  • Togo
  • Demonstrations

Togo: Security forces, political parties must exercise restraint after call for fresh protests today

Eight killed-including four shot dead-since mid-August • Two soldiers and two civilians shot dead in Sokodé on Monday and Tuesday • African pro-democracy activists barred from leaving the country for five days Togolese security forces must refrain from using force during peaceful protests, Amnesty International said today. Since mid-August, eight people have been killed, including four shot dead in mass protests calling for constitutional reforms, including a limit on the number of presidential terms.

Date:
18 October 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Myanmar: Crimes against humanity terrorize and drive Rohingya out

More than 530,000 Rohingya men, women and children have fled northern Rakhine State in terror in a matter of weeks amid the Myanmar security forces’ targeted campaign of widespread and systematic murder, rape and burning, Amnesty International said today in its most detailed analysis yet of the ongoing crisis. ‘My World Is Finished’: Rohingya Targeted in Crimes against Humanity in Myanmar describes how Myanmar’s security forces are carrying out a systematic, organized and ruthless campaign of violence against the Rohingya population as a whole in northern Rakhine State, after a Rohingya armed group attacked around 30 security posts on 25 August.

Date:
18 October 2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

Turkey: Dismay as “fantastical allegations” accepted by court

Baseless allegations against 11 human rights defenders, including Amnesty International’s Turkey director and chair, should have been rejected in their entirety, said Amnesty International after an Istanbul court accepted the indictment today. “This indictment fails to provide a shred of incriminating evidence to substantiate the trumped up terrorism charges it contains. In accepting this indictment the Istanbul Court has missed a golden opportunity to bring this grotesque miscarriage of justice to a halt,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe Director.

Date:
17 October 2017
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  • Zambia

Zambia: President Lungu must uphold human rights of all

Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty has urged President Edgar Lungu to uphold human rights of all, including the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, the organization said today after their meeting. Shetty met with President Lungu at state house yesterday during his high level mission to the Southern African country. “Zambia is facing a number of human rights challenges.

Date:
17 October 2017