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Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi “burying her head in the sand” about Rakhine horrors

Reacting to today’s speech by Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counsellor and de facto leader, on the crisis in Rakhine State, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said: “Aung San Suu Kyi today demonstrated that she and her government are still burying their heads in the sand over the horrors unfolding in Rakhine State. At times, her speech amounted to little more than a mix of untruths and victim blaming.

Date:
19 September 2017
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  • Censorship and Free Speech

Saudi Arabia: Arrest of two prominent activists a deadly blow for human rights

Responding to the arrest over the weekend of two prominent Saudi Arabian human rights defenders Abdulaziz al-Shubaily and Issa al-Hamid, both founding members of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), Samah Hadid, Director of campaigns for Amnesty International in the Middle-East said:  “This is a dark time for freedom of expression in Saudi Arabia. These two arrests have confirmed our fears that the new leadership under Mohamed bin Salman is determined to crush the Kingdom’s human rights movement.

Date:
18 September 2017
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Israel/ OPT: French-Palestinian human rights worker detained without charge or trial

Responding to the news that an Israeli court has confirmed the six month administrative detention order for Salah Hammouri a field researcher for the Palestinian human rights NGO Addameer, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Magdalena Mughrabi said: “The arbitrary detention of Salah Hammouri is yet another shameful example of the Israeli authorities’ abusive use of administrative detention to detain suspects indefinitely without charge or trial.

Date:
18 September 2017
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Egypt: Irish national acquitted, hundreds sentenced following grossly unfair mass trial

The acquittal of Irish national Ibrahim Halawa by a Cairo criminal court today, after a grossly unfair mass trial involving 494 defendants, brings his four year ordeal to an end said Amnesty International, emphasizing the need for 442 other defendants in the case, who were sentenced to between five years and life imprisonment, to be re-tried in line with international due process standards or released.

Date:
18 September 2017
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UN: Myanmar Rohingya exodus exposes abject failure of world leaders to deliver solution to refugee crisis

More Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh in the space of three weeks than the total number of refugees who fled by sea to Europe in 2016 Worldwide situation goes from bad to worse as rich countries fail to do their part in addressing the refugee crisis, leaving poorer countries to pick up the pieces   As almost 400,000 refugees flee ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, world leaders meeting at the UN General Assembly should hang their heads in shame that they have not only failed to make good on their promises to take in more refugees, but have actively dismantled refugee rights in many parts of the world.

Date:
18 September 2017
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‘Telemedicine’: A toxic state’s response to a health crisis in Peru

The small shack, standing a few meters away from the colorful houses of the Indigenous People community of Cuninico, in the Peruvian Amazon, looked unfinished. Four clumsy thin walls, a tin roof and a door equipped with a ramp was the Peruvian government’s answer to the desperate calls for help coming from a community where most of its members have fallen ill in recent years. There is no doctor in sight, just this makeshift shack.

Date:
18 September 2017
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Lesotho: Arrest of journalist a spurious and cynical ploy to intimidate the press

In response to the arrest of the owner of MoAfrika FM, Candi Ramainoane, following the closure of the station earlier this week, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southern Africa, Muleya Mwananyanda said: “The closure of MoAfrika FM and the arrest today of the station owner, Candi Ramainoane, is nothing more than a witch-hunt aimed at harassing and intimidating the country’s press. “The defamation charge against him is spurious and cynical and is meant to send a chilling message to other media owners and journalists of the consequences they face for scrutinising the government.

Date:
15 September 2017
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Saudi Arabia: Wave of arrests targets last vestiges of freedom of expression

Saudi Arabia: Wave of arrests targets last vestiges of freedom of expression In the last week Saudi Arabian authorities have intensified their crackdown on freedom of expression, detaining more than 20 prominent religious figures, writers, journalists, academics and activists, said Amnesty International. “In recent years we cannot recall a week in which so many prominent Saudi Arabian figures have been targeted in such a short space of time,” said Samah Hadid, Director of Campaigns for Amnesty International in the Middle East.

Date:
15 September 2017
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“We’re not just here to learn – we can lead too”: young women human rights defenders speak out

By Sara Vida Coumans, International Youth Coordinator  Millennials often get a bad rap, accused of being politically apathetic and selfie-obsessed. But around the world, young people who are sick of government inaction are stepping up to speak passionately on behalf of their communities. These four young women live in different continents and have had diverse experiences. Each is involved in Amnesty International campaigns, fighting for human rights from Australia to Peru.

Date:
15 September 2017
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Myanmar: Scorched-earth campaign fuels ethnic cleansing of Rohingya from Rakhine State

More than 80 sites set ablaze in orchestrated campaign since 25 August More than 370,000 Rohingya fled across border in less than three weeks Testimonies show attacks were planned, deliberate and systematic Amnesty International can reveal new evidence pointing to a mass-scale scorched-earth campaign across northern Rakhine State, where Myanmar security forces and vigilante mobs are burning down entire Rohingya villages and shooting people at random as they try to flee.

Date:
14 September 2017
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Chad: Increasing use of repressive laws amid brutal crackdown on human rights activists

• 65 associations refused authorization for peaceful protests in two years• 13 ministerial decrees banning protests in 2016 alone • Over 10 critical websites blocked Human rights defenders, citizens’ movements, unionists and journalists critical of the government are facing growing danger as the government increasingly uses repressive laws and intelligence service to muzzle critics and hamper their work, Amnesty International reveals in a new report published today.

Date:
14 September 2017
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Peru: Authorities neglect Indigenous Peoples exposed to contaminated water

The Peruvian government is neglecting the health of hundreds of Indigenous people whose only sources of water are contaminated by toxic metals and who lack access to adequate health care, Amnesty International said in a new investigation published today. A Toxic State reveals how the Peruvian government has failed to provide adequate healthcare for Indigenous communities in Cuninico and Espinar, in the country’s Amazonian and Andean regions, respectively.

Date:
13 September 2017
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‘Your brother has been killed,’ the Myanmar soldier said. ‘You can come out of hiding and take him.’

As you approach the fishing village of Shamlapur, near the long, sloping sand beach of Cox’s Bazar, the sense that something is wrong grows. Tens of thousands of exhausted people step out of ramshackle boats that have carried them across the Naf River after an arduous journey from Myanmar. Weary and traumatized, they seek shelter anywhere they can — in one school I entered, hundreds, about half of them children, had gathered in silence.

Date:
13 September 2017
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Reports Israeli government plans to retaliate against Amnesty International over settlements campaign

Responding to reports circulating in Israeli media today suggesting that the Israeli Finance Ministry is planning to take action against the organization and its donors under Israel’s controversial 2011 anti-boycott law, over its campaign calling on governments to ban imports of Israeli settlement products, Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International said:  “The reports that the Israeli government plans to punish Amnesty International over its settlements campaign are deeply alarming.

Date:
12 September 2017
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“My time in jail has made me even more committed”: Salil Shetty meets Amnesty Turkey's jailed director

As I walked I was acutely aware of the armed guards in watch towers high above me tracking my every step. I was on my way to meet my colleague and friend İdil Eser, in the highest security section of Turkey’s highest security prison. İdil, the Director of Amnesty International in Turkey, was arrested alongside nine other human rights defenders on absurd terrorism charges more than two months ago. Incredibly – other than her lawyers who see her for one hour each week, and a Member of Parliament – I will be İdil’s first visitor.

Date:
12 September 2017
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Egypt: Release 24 Nubian activists detained after protest calling for respect of their cultural rights

Egyptian authorities should immediately release 24 Nubian activists arrested after the police violently dispersed their peaceful protest in Aswan governorate on 3 September, Amnesty International said today. The detained activists, who had been protesting in support of the Nubian Indigenous people’s cultural rights and to call for their return to their homelands in the south of Egypt, are due to appear in court tomorrow, 13 September.

Date:
12 September 2017