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Brazil: Government failures are fuelling wildfires across the Amazon

Responding to the news of the wildfires that have been raging in the Amazon rainforest for several weeks, Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International said: “The responsibility to stop the wildfires that have been raging in the Amazon rainforest for several weeks now lies squarely with President Bolsonaro and his government. They must change their disastrous policy of opening up the rainforest for destruction, which is what has paved the way for this current crisis.

Date:
22 August 2019
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  • Europe and Central Asia
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France: G7 protesters must not be subject to violent policing and mass arrests

Ahead of this weekend’s G7 summit during which authorities are expected to unnecessarily scale up police and judicial measures, including the unprecedented deployment of judicial personnel, Amnesty International’s France Researcher, Marco Perolini said: “As thousands of protesters prepare to take to the streets this weekend, the announced presence of more than 13,000 police, extensive restrictions on public assemblies and enhanced judicial measures to arrest and prosecute protesters, gives cause for concern.

Date:
22 August 2019
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  • Myanmar
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Myanmar: Two years since Rohingya exodus, impunity reigns supreme for military

With the threat of returns to Myanmar once again looming over Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, Amnesty International warned that Rakhine State remains unsafe while those responsible for atrocities continue to evade justice. This Sunday marks two years since the Myanmar military launched operations in Rakhine State which forced more than 740,000 Rohingya women, men and children to flee their homes and villages.

Date:
21 August 2019
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Fresh wave of phishing attacks targeting journalists and human rights activists in MENA

Attackers who use phishing scams to target human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are developing increasingly sophisticated techniques to infiltrate their accounts and evade digital security tools, according to new research published by Amnesty Tech. The organization highlighted three key tactics attackers are employing to ensnare people who take extra steps to secure their accounts online.

Date:
21 August 2019
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  • Europe and Central Asia
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Switzerland: Judgment day for pensioner convicted for showing compassion to frost-bitten asylum-seeker

Ahead of tomorrow’s appeal against the conviction of Anni Lanz, a 73-year-old woman convicted and fined with 800 Swiss francs ($820 US) for giving a rough-sleeping frost-bitten Afghan asylum seeker a lift over the Italian border into Switzerland, Amnesty International’s Senior Campaigner on Migration, Maria Serrano, said: “Anni Lanz has done nothing wrong and committed no crime. By driving across the border to help a young and traumatized man who had been forced to sleep rough in sub-zero temperatures, she showed compassion, not criminality.

Date:
19 August 2019
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  • Americas
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El Salvador: Acquittal of Evelyn Hernández is a victory for human rights

In response to a ruling by a court today in El Salvador under which Evelyn Hernández was acquitted of charges for aggravated homicide, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: “This is a resounding victory for the rights of women in El Salvador. It reaffirms that no woman should be wrongly accused of homicide for the simple fact of suffering an obstetric emergency. Now that Evelyn has been acquitted, Amnesty International calls on El Salvador to end the shameful and discriminatory practice of criminalizing women once and for all by immediately revoking the nation’s draconian anti-abortion laws.

Date:
19 August 2019
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Hong Kong: Hundreds of thousands march peacefully against proposed extradition bill

In response to another march this afternoon where hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets, Man-Kei Tam, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong said: “The people of Hong Kong have once again demonstrated their resolve by taking part in a peaceful demonstration against a proposed extradition bill. “We saw how failure in political leadership inflamed tensions between protesters and the police in the past few months.

Date:
18 August 2019
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  • Americas
  • Unlawful Killings

President Hernández must end repression of protests in Honduras

For 41 days, Eblin Noel Corea Maradiaga’s family kept watch over his grave. They took shifts and even installed a light bulb above his concrete tomb to make sure no one would sneak in at night and remove the bullet lodged in his chest. In their tireless quest for justice, the boy’s parents are determined to preserve any evidence that might prove that the Honduran army killed him. “We watch him night and day.

Date:
17 August 2019
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Russia Authorities raid human rights offices, confiscate vital documents

Responding to today’s raid of the office of human rights organization Russia Justice Initiative (RJI) by police in the Republic of Ingushetia in the North Caucasus in Russia, Natalia Prilutskaya, Russia Researcher at Amnesty International, said: “Without a court warrant police searched the office of Russia Justice Initiative and seized confidential documents, including legal contracts, in a clear attempt to intimidate and silence the organization’s staff.

Date:
16 August 2019
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  • India
  • International Justice

Jammu and Kashmir: UN Security Council must uphold peace and security

Ahead of a closed-door consultation on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the UN Security Council today, Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International said: “For the first time in decades the United Nations Security Council is taking up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. Members of the council need to remember that their mandate is to protect international peace and security – and they should seek to resolve the situation in a way that puts the human rights of the people in this troubled region at its centre.

Date:
16 August 2019
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Tanzania: Drop trumped-up charges against journalist

Ahead of Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera’s next appearance in court on 19 August, when he will be required to enter a plea on charges of leading organized crime and money laundering, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Joan Nyanyuki, said: “The trial of Erick Kabendera is a travesty as the charges brought against him are politically motivated. The charges must be dropped and Kabendera immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
16 August 2019
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  • Zimbabwe
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Zimbabwe: Police must be held accountable for appalling assault on protesters

In response to the brutal assault on peaceful protesters who gathered in the Harare CBD earlier today in anticipation of the “16 August” national protests, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, said:   “The scenes in Harare today demonstrate just how far the authorities will go to repress dissent. Baton-wielding police unleashed a brutal assault on protesters, who had gathered to protest the socio-economic conditions which are causing suffering to so many in Zimbabwe.

Date:
16 August 2019
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Libya: Fears mount for abducted woman politician a month since she went missing

Fears are mounting for the safety of Siham Sergiwa, a Libyan member of parliament, vocal in criticising the current offensive on Tripoli, who was abducted by armed gunmen in a night-time raid on her home in Benghazi one month ago, said Amnesty International. Dozens of masked gunmen wearing army attire stormed Siham Sergiwa’s home and seized her in the early hours of 17 July. Her husband, Ali, was shot in the leg and her 16-year-old son, Fadi, was badly beaten during the raid.

Date:
16 August 2019
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  • Americas
  • Unlawful Killings

Jamaica: Six police officers charged over killing of Matthew Lee

Reacting to the announcement that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), Jamaica’s independent police oversight body, presented charges against six members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) following a six-and-a-half-year investigation into the fatal shooting of Matthew Lee, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: “We welcome the Independent Commission of Investigations’ continuous and determined efforts in investigating the killing of Matthew Lee.

Date:
16 August 2019
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  • Sudan
  • International Justice

Sudan: Former president Omar al-Bashir must not escape international trial

Former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir must face justice for crimes under international law, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, that he allegedly committed in Darfur while in power, Amnesty International said ahead of the start of his trial on corruption charges on 18 August in Khartoum. Al-Bashir, who was deposed from power four months ago following sustained protests against his 30-year rule, will be charged with possessing foreign currency, corruption and receiving gifts illegally.

Date:
16 August 2019
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  • Malawi
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Malawi: Human rights defender survives petrol-bomb attack, car burned to ashes

In response to a petrol bomb attack targeting the home and car of Malawian human rights defender and activist Timothy Mtambo, which took place in the early hours of this morning, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, said: “This cowardly and malicious attack on Timothy Mtambo’s property is a clear act of intimidation, designed to deter him from carrying out his human rights work.

Date:
15 August 2019