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  • Torture and other ill-treatment

“My heart is exhausted”: A mother’s story of death row in Saudi Arabia

Ali al-Nimr was just 17 when he was arrested on 14 February 2012, a few months after taking part in anti-government rallies in Saudi Arabia. He was sentenced to death, despite being a minor when he was arrested and following a deeply unfair trial based on “confessions” he says were obtained through torture. He now awaits his execution. His mother, Nassra al-Ahmed, tells their story. When I first heard the verdict to execute my little boy, I felt as if a thunderbolt was hitting my head.

Date:
12 February 2016
  • Research
  • Egypt

Egypt: Travel bans systematically used to silence Human Rights defenders' voices

The travel ban against Mr Gamal Eid issued on 4 February 2016 is only the latest in a long series of arbitrary travel restrictions against prominent Human Rights defenders and activists. Amnesty International, EuroMed Rights, Front Line Defenders, Human Rights Watch, IFEX, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a joint OMCT-FIDH programme), People In Need and Solidar condemn this blatant crackdown perpetrated by the Egyptian authorities against independent civil society.

Date:
12 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 12/3432/2016
  • Research
  • Spain
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Spain: Puppeteers accused of glorifying terrorism: Alfonso Lázaro de la Fuente and Raúl García Pérez

Alfonso Lázaro de la Fuente and Raúl García Pérez were arrested by police on 5 February after performing a puppet show in a public event in Madrid. They were released on 10 February but are facing charges that include “glorifying terrorism”. If found guilty they could spend up to four years in prison.

Date:
12 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 41/3428/2016
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Detention

Libya: Abduction epidemic continues as media worker still held after 58 days

As UN-led talks over the formation of a Government of National Accord continue, media worker Abdelsalam al-Shahoumi, taken at gunpoint from his workplace in Tripoli, becomes yet another victim of an abduction epidemic that has continued unabated. Amnesty International calls on the Libyan authorities and all those effectively in control on the ground, to secure Abdelsalam al-Shahoumi’s immediate and unconditional release, and ensure that he is protected from torture and other ill-treatment.

Date:
12 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 19/3434/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Bahrain
  • Demonstrations

7 stories of shocking injustice: Bahrain after the ‘Arab Spring’

Five years ago, people in Bahrain rose up in protest to demand reform, but were met with violence from security forces. Since then, the authorities have continued to arrest, torture and intimidate people who speak out. 1. Ali Abdulhadi Mushaima: Killed during protests but still no justice Ali Mushaima was the first protester to be killed during the uprising in Bahrain after being shot on 14 February 2011.

Date:
11 February 2016
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: Hopes for justice and reform fading five years since 2011 uprising

Five years after a wave of protests demanding widespread reform rocked Bahrain, hopes for progress on human rights and accountability for past and present abuses have faded, said Amnesty International. The mass protests which began on 14 February 2011 were met with violence by the security forces, who shot dead and injured protesters. Others died in custody after being tortured. “Five years since the uprising, torture, arbitrary detention and a widespread crackdown against peaceful activists and government critics have continued.

Date:
11 February 2016
  • Research
  • Iran
  • Justice Systems

Iran: Flawed reforms: Iran's new Code of Criminal Procedure

In June 2015, a much anticipated new Code of Criminal Procedure, which had been in the making for almost a decade, came into force. The new Code is an improvement on the old one and introduces several long overdue reforms that, if implemented properly, could provide accused persons with increased fair trial safeguards. However, the report exposes that the Code has failed to tackle many of the major shortcomings in Iran’s criminal justice system.

Date:
11 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 13/2708/2016
  • Research
  • Iran
  • Justice Systems

Iran: Nearly four decades after revolution, legal framework remains deeply flawed

Nearly four decades after Iran’s 1979 Revolution shook its criminal justice system to the core, the country’s legal framework remains largely inadequate, inefficient and inconsistent with international fair trial standards, leaving individuals who come into contact with it with little or no protection. Amnesty International’s new report, Flawed reforms: Iran’s new Code of Criminal Procedure, provides a comprehensive analysis of Iran’s new Code of Criminal Procedure, which came into force in June 2015.

Date:
11 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 13/3420/2016
  • Research
  • Russian Federation
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Russian Federation: Fear for safety of detained performance artist: Pyotr Pavlensky

Performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky was charged with vandalism for setting fire to the main doors of the headquarters of the Federal Security Service on 9 November. He is currently detained in a psychiatric hospital in Moscow and is being denied access to his lawyer and the outside world. His wife fears for his health.

Date:
11 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 46/3418/2016
  • Research
  • Thailand
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Thailand: End Impunity and Ensure Justice for Community under Attack

On the first anniversary of the death of land rights activist Chai Bunthonglek, FORUM-ASIA, Amnesty International, FIDH and OMCT within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Protection International (PI) renew calls on the Royal Thai government to ensure justice for the crimes against Chai Bunthonglek and other members of the Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand (SPFT) - a community-based land rights organization.

Date:
11 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 39/3421/2016
  • Research
  • Canada
  • Women and Girls

Canada: Submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Agaist Women: 65th pre-sessional working group, 7-11 March 2016

In this submission, Amnesty International sets out its concerns about the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Convention) by Canada, including (i) the implementation of Canada’s international human rights obligations; (ii) violence against Indigenous women and girls; (iii) violence against women and girls; (iv) discrimination on the basis of gender identity; (v) sexual and reproductive rights; (vi) inadequate protections for migrant domestic workers; (vii) over-incarceration of Indigenous women; (viii) women, peace, and security; (ix) land rights and resource development projects; and (x) the use of maximum available resources to eliminate discrimination against women.

Date:
11 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AMR 20/3425/2016
  • Research
  • Chad
  • Detention

Chad: Security forces beat and mistreat detained peaceful protesters

Authorities in Chad must conduct a prompt and independent investigation into the detention and ill-treatment of 17 peaceful protestors arrested on 6 February. Amnesty International calls on the Chadian government to take immediate action to uphold the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, ensure that the allegations of arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of peaceful protesters are effectively investigated, and that those found responsible are held to account.

Date:
10 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 20/3423/2016
  • Education
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

10 quotes on the power of human rights education

10 times human rights defenders and activists around the world have reminded us how human rights education makes a difference in protecting people's rights: 1. "Human rights education is much more than a lesson in schools or a theme for a day; it is a process to equip people with the tools they need to live lives of security and dignity. On this International Human Rights Day, let us continue to work together to develop and nurture in future generations a culture of human rights, to promote freedom, security and peace in all nations.

Date:
10 February 2016