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After Gambia Elections, The Climate of Fear Is Disappearing

In April, I met a man named Solo Sandeng in a restaurant in Serekunda, a city close to Gambia’s Atlantic coast. At the time, Sandeng was a leading opposition figure in Gambia and with, eight months to go until presidential elections, he spoke passionately about his desire to fight incumbent President Yahya Jammeh at the December polls. I was deeply impressed by Sandeng’s courage in speaking out for his beliefs, but gravely worried that he was being reckless; Gambia’s security forces are well known for their blunt and brutal approach to handling political opposition.

Date:
8 December 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Unlawful Detention

Israel/OPT: Further Information: Circus performer held in administrative detention: Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha

The High Court of Israel accepted to review the case of Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha but, in a 5 December hearing, his lawyer decided to withdraw the petition after the judges indicated that they believed there was enough “evidence” in a secret file to justify his detention. His current period of administrative detention will end on 12 December.

Date:
7 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/5283/2016
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Egypt: Prominent women’s rights activist arrested in worrying escalation

The arrest today of Azza Soliman, the founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance, an NGO which works to prevent violence against women, is a clear sign that Egyptian authorities are intensifying the crackdown on human rights activists, said Amnesty International. Police officers arrived at Azza Soliman’s home this morning, presented an arrest warrant and took her to Masr el Gedida police station on the outskirts of Cairo, before taking her to an investigative judge’s office in New Cairo for questioning.

Date:
7 December 2016
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Slums and the Right to Housing

Mongolia: Thousands at risk of homelessness due to authorities’ urban redevelopment failings

The Mongolian authorities’ are failing residents of Ulaanbaatar with an urban redevelopment process that is putting thousands of people at risk of forced eviction and homelessness, Amnesty International said in a report published today. The 55-page policy briefing, Falling Short: The Right to Adequate Housing in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia highlights the plight of residents in Mongolia’s capital and reviews an urban redevelopment agenda that is marred by a lack of information on eviction, compensation and resettlement.

Date:
7 December 2016
  • Campaigns

Stop the return of the death penalty in the Philippines

The Philippine government is trying to bring back the death penalty, rushing usual processes to push through the new law. Since President Duterte got into power, there have been six months of killing encouraged by the government with more than 5,000 people dead. Now, the Philippine government may go back on the commitment they made 10 years ago to abolish the death penalty. Time is running out. We only have until 16 December to stop lawmakers voting in favor of a bill to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines.

Date:
7 December 2016
  • Research
  • Mongolia
  • Slums and the Right to Housing

Mongolia: Falling short: The right to adequate housing in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, is undergoing large-scale redevelopment to provide better housing and access to services for residents and to combat high pollution levels. Despite the advanced stage of the redevelopment agenda in Mongolia, relevant laws and policies are lagging behind practice. This briefing examines the process in place for ger area redevelopment and redevelopment of inadequate public housing buildings, the two areas of the redevelopment agenda that directly affect the most number of Ulaanbaatar residents.

Date:
7 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 30/4933/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Mongolia
  • Slums and the Right to Housing

Out of the Cold: A Mongolian Success Story

It took seven months. From March when the first emails and letters written by concerned supporters across the world – France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and Iran -- arrived in the mailboxes of city government officials, to the day the residents were finally moved out of a crumbling, unsound building in Mongolia’s capital into safer housing. In between, working closely in tandem with residents of the building, staff at Amnesty International Mongolia including myself tirelessly traipsed from government department to government department, taking with us their concerns.

Date:
7 December 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Bahrain
  • Death Penalty

Bahrain: Further Information: Ten men sentenced to death and life imprisonment

A Bahraini court of appeal upheld the death sentences against three Bahraini men, the life sentences against seven others and the revocation of the nationality of eight of them on 4 December after an unfair retrial in relation to the killing of three policemen in March 2014. On 17 October the Court of Cassation had overturned the three death sentences and ordered the retrial.

Date:
6 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 11/5280/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Iran: Further Information: Gravely ill Iranian musician returned to prison

Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian was forced to return to Tehran’s Evin Prison on 4 December. He had been on medical leave following his month-long hunger strike. He was hospitalized during his leave and Amnesty International fears for his health. His brother Hossein Rabajian, a filmmaker, is on hunger strike. They are prisoners of conscience.

Date:
6 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 13/5275/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Egypt
  • Children

Egypt: Further Information: Tortured to confess child faces 15 years in jail: Aser Mohamed

The trial of 15-year-old Aser Mohamed has been adjourned to 27 December. He faces a string of charges, including belonging to the banned Muslim Brotherhood group and attacking a hotel, based on “confessions” that he says were obtained under torture after 34 days of enforced disappearance. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years imprisonment.

Date:
6 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 12/5278/2016
  • News
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Death Penalty

Saudi Arabia: Mass death sentences in ‘spy trial’ a travesty of justice

The condemning of 15 people to death by the Specialized Criminal Court today after a grossly unfair trial is a travesty of justice and a serious violation of human rights, said Amnesty International. The men were among 32 people arrested across Saudi Arabia in 2013 and 2014 who were accused of spying for Iran. Fifteen others were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years and two were acquitted.

Date:
6 December 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Americas
  • Internet and Social Media

Five ways technology will shape the future of politics, society and human rights

Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp. Young people, activists and protest movements using the internet and mobiles. These are the images that usually come to mind when technology is discussed as a catalyst of social change. This was only the beginning: in the next 10–20 years, emerging technologies will fundamentally change societies; it will be nothing short of revolutionary. The internet and mobiles have forever changed how people communicate, spread information and organize.

Date:
6 December 2016
  • Research
  • Turkey
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Turkey: Displaced and dispossessed: Sur residents' right to return home

Amid the crackdown on opposition Kurdish voices by the Turkish government, this report focuses on the forced displacement of residents of Sur in Diyarbakır, south-east Turkey’s most populous city. Displaced and dispossessed of their homes, around 24,000 former residents of Sur are unable to return one year after the outbreak of heavy clashes in the district and other towns across the south-east of the country.

Date:
6 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 44/5213/2016