Turkmenistan

45,353 results

My filters

  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

A radical change is needed to failing EU migration policy

As world refugee day was being marked around the globe came the all too familiar news that at least 120 people had drowned off the coast of Libya. Their deaths bring the total number of people who have died whilst attempting to cross the central Mediterranean to more than 1,800 since the start of the year. Against this grim backdrop, European leaders meet today in Brussels and discuss migration. Each leader will no doubt lament these latest deaths.

Date:
22 June 2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Demonstrations

Morocco: Protest Leader Alleges Police Beat Him - Possible State Security Charges for Charismatic Figure in Rif

Police arrested and severely beat the de facto leader of ongoing social protests in Morocco’s Rif region, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today, based on an account the protest leader gave his lawyer. Authorities are investigating Nasser Zefzafi, the protest leader, on grave charges, including one that carries the death penalty and some that appear political in nature.

Date:
22 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 29/6563/2017
  • Research
  • Poland
  • Demonstrations

Poland: Concerns over large-scale prosecution of protesters

On Saturday, 10 June the police removed by force about hundred anti-government protesters in central Warsaw. They were held for two hours and were served fines for an interference with a lawful assembly. Amnesty International is concerned over the use of criminal and administrative law against protesters in Poland. It calls on the Polish authorities to ensure that people are able to take part in demonstrations as a means of expressing their views.

Date:
22 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 37/6567/2017
  • Research

Pakistan: Joint Public Statement: Investigate Assault on Lawyers

Pakistani authorities need to ensure a prompt, impartial and effective investigation into a barrage of assaults and threats against lawyers in the premises of the Lahore High Court, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. The Government needs to defend the rule of law and prosecute those responsible for any criminal conduct.

Date:
22 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 33/6566/2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Oral statement delivered during the thirty-fifth session of the UN Human Rights Council, 6-23 June 2017

The human rights situation in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) requires immediate action from this Council. Hundreds of extrajudicial executions and other serious violations of international human rights law have been committed by the Armed Forces of the DRC. Violence now affects at least five provinces, and an estimated 500 to 1,000 people have been killed and 1. 3 million1 have been forced to flee their homes.

Date:
22 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6562/2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Armed Groups

South Sudan - "It was as if my village was swept by a flood" - Mass displacement of the Shilluk population from the West Bank of the White Nile

Tens of thousands of civilians in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region were forcibly displaced in January to May 2017, as government forces burnt, shelled and looted their homes. Aided by Dinka militias, government forces undertook a ground offensive in the Upper Nile region in early/mid 2017, retaking territory that had been under the control of armed opposition forces. They attacked numerous towns and villages on the west bank of the White Nile, an area belonging to the traditional kingdom of the Shilluk ethnic minority.

Date:
21 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/6538/2017
  • News
  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan: Killings, mass displacement and systematic looting as government forces purge civilians from Upper Nile

Tens of thousands of civilians in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region were forcibly displaced as government forces burnt, shelled and systematically looted their homes between January and May 2017, Amnesty International said in a new briefing today based on interviews with dozens of victims and eyewitnesses. Civilians belonging to the Shilluk minority told Amnesty International how government troops and allied militias stole anything they could get their hands on in the aftermath of attacks, from stored food supplies to furniture and even the front doors of houses.

Date:
21 June 2017
  • Research
  • Afghanistan

Afghan security forces yet again demonstrate a chilling disregard for human life

Opening fire on a tent full of demonstrators, the Afghan security forces have demonstrated a chilling disregard for human life. The protestors, who were fired upon on the night of 19 June 2017, had been peacefully protesting against the deterioration of security in the country and the relentless loss of civilian lives since the worst attack on civilians in 15 years struck the capital Kabul on 31 May, killing at least 150 people and wounding hundreds.

Date:
21 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 11/6557/2017
  • Campaigns
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Censorship and Free Speech

United Arab Emirates: Further information: Prison sentence and fine upheld for journalist: Tayseer Salman al-Najjar

The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), upheld the conviction and sentence of Tayseer Salman al-Najjar on 19 June. The Jordanian poet and journalist was arrested on 13 December 2015 and is serving a three-year prison sentence for comments he posted on Facebook that were “damaging [to] the reputation and prestige of the Emirati state”. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
21 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/6553/2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • LGBT Rights

ECHR rule exposes homophobic nature of Russian “gay propaganda law”

After Russian “gay propaganda law” was ruled discriminatory by ECHR today, Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Research Deputy Director, said: “This legislation has always been nothing short of homophobic. ” “The law is blatantly discriminatory and violates the right to freedom of expression, and its introduction has contributed to a climate of homophobia and violence targeting LGBTI people in Russia.

Date:
20 June 2017
  • Blog
  • Nepal
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Exploitation of Nepali migrant workers: Bharat's Story

This is the final blog in a three-part series which shines light on some of the realities faced by Nepali migrant workers throughout the three stages of the migration process: their recruitment; time in-country; and their return home. You can read the first blog here and the second blog here. This last blog tells the story of “Bharat” who was stranded in Malaysia and then abandoned by his recruitment agency and government, and was forced to seek out a black market agent who charged extremely high fees, just to get home.

Date:
20 June 2017
  • Research
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Côte d’Ivoire: Continued human rights capacity building and technical cooperation required

Amnesty International welcomes progress made in creating a supportive legal environment for human rights defenders in Côte d’Ivoire, particularly with the adoption of the law on the protection of human rights defenders in 2014 and its decree of implementation in 2017. Amnesty International is concerned, however, that the closure of the United Nations Operations in Côte d’Ivoire and the simultaneous end of the mandate of the Independent Expert is likely to reduce international support and scrutiny at a time when human rights challenges are increasing in the country.

Date:
20 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 31/6549/2017
  • Research
  • Sri Lanka
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Sri Lankan Minister threatens human rights lawyer for highlighting allegations of religious attacks

Amnesty International is appalled by the recent comments by Sri Lankan Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijedasa Rajapakse, denying allegations of attacks against Christians before any independent investigation has even been conducted and threatening to remove senior lawyer and prominent human rights defender Lakshan Dias from the legal profession if he did not apologise to the nation for speaking publicly about reported attacks on Christians.

Date:
20 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 37/6550/2017