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China: Scrap Foreign NGO law aimed at choking civil society

The Chinese government must scrap a new law aimed at further smothering civil society, Amnesty International said today. China’s National People’s Congress adopted on 28 April a fundamentally flawed law governing Foreign NGOs and their domestic partners. The new law will have severe consequences for freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, which are already sharply curtailed under existing laws and policies.

Date:
28 April 2016
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Russian Federation: Russia must respect its international obligations, not defy the European Court of Human Rights

The decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, announced on 19 April, that the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in Anchugov and Gladkov v Russia “cannot be implemented” is an affront to human rights and the rule of law. It has to respect and fully implement the decisions of European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), both with regards to Anchugov and Gladkov v Russia, and to all of the Court’s rulings.

Date:
28 April 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 46/3928/2016
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What difference does learning about your sexual and reproductive rights make in practice?

Making your own decisions about your health, your body and your sexual life are basic rights. But how do you claim these rights when everyone else around you thinks this is taboo? In Tunisia, activists have developed ways to break the silence about issues no one talks about. “When I first got involved in the My Body My Rights campaign, whenever I would try to raise the issue of sexual and reproductive rights, my friends would stop me or refuse to listen”, says Sabri, 23, activist at Amnesty International Tunisia.

Date:
28 April 2016
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China: Activist denied medical help as health failing: Yang Maodong

Chinese human rights campaigner Yang Maodong (better known by pen-name Guo Feixiong) has difficulty standing up and has significantly lost weight. He is suffering from bloody stools and is bleeding from his mouth, including haemorrhaging large amounts of blood on 19 April. He is currently in prison as a result of his peaceful advocacy. Prison officials denied him a medical examination and adequate medical treatment.

Date:
28 April 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 17/3924/2016
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Thailand: Release Facebook commenters now

Thailand’s military government is brazenly seeking to shut down debate ahead of a referendum on a draft constitution, Amnesty International said today. At least a dozen Facebook commenters have been detained or charged on 27 April under a draconian new Order issued by the head of the military government. The arrests come after they commented on the controversial draft of a new constitution Thailand’s military government is seeking to impose.

Date:
27 April 2016
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Austria: Parliament must overturn proposal to deny refugee protection to thousands

The Austrian National Council must reject changes to its asylum law that would curtail access to protection for thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers and breach its obligations under international law, said Amnesty International ahead of today’s vote. The proposed ‘special measures’ would fast-track procedures, effectively giving police and border guards sweeping powers to arrest, detain and swiftly return or forcibly deport asylum-seekers.

Date:
27 April 2016
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Trigger-happy: Rio’s security forces show their true colours ahead of Olympics

The taxi from Rio’s international airport skirts around the edge of a sprawling favela, where rust-coloured breeze block houses line narrow alleyways, blue plastic water tanks perch on roofs and laundry dances in the breeze under corrugated iron sheets to protect it from the frequent downpours that turn the city’s streets into fast flowing rivers. Children dart in and out of buildings, while vultures scavenge in rubbish piled up along the banks of a river.

Date:
27 April 2016
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Brazil: Surge in killings by police sparks fear in favelas ahead of Rio Olympics

Residents in many of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas are living in terror after at least 11 people have been killed in police shootings since the beginning of the month, Amnesty International warned ahead of the 100-day countdown to the Olympic Games. In the city of Rio alone, at least 307 people were killed by the police last year, accounting for one in every five homicides in the city. Meanwhile the authorities have failed to hold those responsible to account and have increasingly taken a hard-line approach against mainly peaceful street protests.

Date:
27 April 2016
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Egypt: Mass arrests in ‘ruthlessly efficient’ bid to block peaceful protest

Security forces arbitrarily arrested hundreds of people in response to planned protests in Egypt yesterday, said Amnesty International, after large numbers of security forces deployed to prevent demonstrators from gathering in Cairo and elsewhere. The Front of Defence for Egyptian Protesters (FDEP) early this morning told Amnesty International that they knew of at least 238 people, including foreign nationals, activists and journalists, who were arrested on 25 April across Egypt.

Date:
26 April 2016
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Las sillas vacías de Ayotzinapa

Las tres sillas vacías en medio de la sala lo decían todo. En cada una, el nombre de cada funcionario del alto nivel del gobierno Mexicano encargado de velar por los derechos humanos en el país: Eber Omar Betanzos Torres, Roberto Campa Cifrián y Miguel Ruiz Cabañas Izquierdo. Los tres habían sido invitados por el Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos Independientes (GIEI) a la presentación el pasado 24 de abril de su informe final sobre la desaparición forzada de 43 estudiantes de la escuela normal de Ayotzinapa en Septiembre de 2014.

Date:
26 April 2016