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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Demonstrations

DRC: Show restraint in handling Kinshasa protests

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo must observe restraint in their handling of rival protests in the capital Kinshasa on 29 and 31 July, said Amnesty International today. The ruling coalition – Majorité Présidentielle – has called a rally in support of proposed talks on the electoral process, two days before the opposition coalition – Rassemblement des Forces du Changement – holds a rally demanding that the polls are held on schedule in November, as required by the Constitution.

Date:
29 July 2016
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Syria: Fatal airstrike on maternity hospital a potential war crime

An aerial attack which struck and partially destroyed a maternity hospital in rural Idlib province, north-western Syria, this afternoon appears to be part of a despicable pattern of unlawful attacks deliberately targeting medical facilities, Amnesty International said. The number of casualties in today’s attack is not yet clear, but a spokesperson from Save the Children, which supports the hospital, told media there were at least two fatalities.

Date:
29 July 2016
  • News
  • Chad
  • Unlawful Killings

Chad: Victims in the case against Hissène Habré awarded reparation

The decision to grant reparation to thousands of victims in the case against former Chadian president Hissène Habré marks a significant moment in their long and determined quest for justice, Amnesty International said today. “Today’s decision is a significant step in enabling the victims of crimes in the case against Hissène Habré to move on with their lives,” said Erica Bussey Amnesty International Senior Legal Advisor Africa.

Date:
29 July 2016
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  • Refugees

World leaders must step up efforts to conclude robust and principled deal for refugees and migrants

The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants to be held on 19th September, has been called to tackle one of the greatest global challenges of our age: to protect and assist millions of people on the move in search of safety and dignity. The Summit could deliver vital changes for the millions of people and societies who need them. However Amnesty International and CSO partners are deeply concerned that leaders are not showing the political will required to ensure this historical opportunity results in lasting and effective solutions.

Date:
29 July 2016
Author:
Amnesty International and CSO Partners
Ref:
IOR 40/4574/2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Terrorism

Bulgaria: Proposed counter-terrorism bill would be a serious step back for human rights

A proposed counter-terrorism bill in Bulgaria would threaten human rights and undermine the rule of law, said Amnesty International today. The bill, in line with a regional trend, consolidates excessive power in the hands of the Bulgarian executive and security services; proposes measures that would threaten freedom of expression, association, movement, peaceful assembly, and the right to privacy; and permits the government to declare a “state of emergency” in the aftermath of an attack with no independent oversight mechanism to monitor for abuses of special powers employed under such an emergency regime.

Date:
29 July 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 15/4545/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Pakistan
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Pakistan: Human rights defender at risk of torture: Wahid Baloch

Human rights defender Wahid Baloch may have been subjected to enforced disappearance by state security forces in Karachi, Pakistan, on the afternoon of 26 July. His family does not know where he is or what has happened to him. He is at grave risk of ill-treatment, torture, or even death. Scores of other activists who have been forcibly disappeared in Karachi and the neighbouring province of Balochistan have suffered similar fates in recent years.

Date:
29 July 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 33/4580/2016
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  • Kuwait
  • Justice Systems

Kuwait: Further information: Appeal court issues verdict in 'Abdali Cell' case

A Kuwaiti appeal court issued its verdict on 21 July in the “Abdali Cell” case. It upheld a life sentence, a five-year prison sentence and a death sentence against individuals convicted of charges including "spying for Iran and Hizbullah”. Nine defendants were acquitted and other sentences were reduced to shorter prison terms and fines.

Date:
29 July 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 17/4561/2016
  • Research
  • Malaysia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Malaysia - National Security Council Act risks increasing impunity

The Malaysian government must immediately repeal, review and thoroughly revise the National Security Council Act 2016 at its next Parliament sitting. The Act places extraordinary, unchecked and potentially abusive powers in the hands of the National Security Council and contains provisions that are inconsistent with international human rights law and standards and the Federal Constitution.

Date:
29 July 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 28/4576/2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Intensified crackdown on media increases atmosphere of fear

As Turkey enters its second week of a three month state of emergency, the ongoing crackdown on civil society and the assault on media freedom has reached disturbing levels, said Amnesty International. Arrest warrants have been issued for 89 journalists, more than 40 have already been detained and others are in hiding. A second emergency decree passed on 27 July has resulted in the shutdown of 131 media outlets.

Date:
28 July 2016
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  • Syria
  • Armed Conflict

Syria: Safe passage for civilians will not avert humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo city

Unfettered and impartial humanitarian assistance is urgently needed to alleviate the suffering of thousands of civilians in Aleppo city on the verge of running out of food and other essential supplies, said Amnesty International today. This morning Russia’s Defence Minister announced it was coordinating a “humanitarian operation” with safe corridors set up to allow civilians and fighters who lay down their arms to leave Aleppo city, and food and first aid points established outside the city.

Date:
28 July 2016
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  • Indonesia
  • Death Penalty

Indonesia: Jokowi should not become the most prolific executioner in recent history

The Indonesian authorities have told the relatives of 14 death row prisoners that they will execute them by firing squad tonight, Amnesty International has learned. The 14 include four Indonesians, and ten foreign nationals – all convicted of drug-related offences. Contrary to Indonesian law and international standards, the families were only informed of the decision this morning. Indonesian law requires that relatives be informed at 72 hours in advance.

Date:
28 July 2016
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Detention

Australia: Guantanamo-style abuse of child prisoners shows current detention system has failed

Chilling footage showing detained Indigenous children being tear gassed and a child being hooded and strapped to a restraint chair in Australia’s Northern Territory must serve as a wakeup call for the government on the need to urgently change its policies on juvenile detention, Amnesty International said today. The organization is calling on Australia’s authorities to immediately ratify the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) as a way of ensuring that detention facilities are thoroughly and independently monitored.

Date:
28 July 2016
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  • Americas
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Venezuela: New regime effectively amounts to forced labour

A new decree establishing that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work in the country’s fields as a way to fight the current food crisis is unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labour, said Amnesty International. “Trying to tackle Venezuela’s severe food shortages by forcing people to work the fields is like trying to fix a broken leg with a band aid,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
28 July 2016