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EU: Orwellian counter-terrorism laws stripping rights under guise of defending them

Sweeping new laws are driving Europe into a deep and dangerous state of permanent securitization, Amnesty International said on the publication of a comprehensive human rights analysis of counter-terrorism measures across 14 EU member states. Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe reveals how a deluge of laws and amendments passed with break-neck speed, is undermining fundamental freedoms and dismantling hard-won human rights protections.

Date:
17 January 2017
  • Campaigns

Hungary: Release Ahmed H and stop abusing terrorism laws

Ahmed has been labelled a terrorist and jailed for 10 years after using a megaphone to call for calm during clashes at the Hungarian border. In August 2015, Ahmed left his family home in Cyprus to go and help his elderly parents and six other family members flee Syria and find safety in Europe. One month later, they found themselves among hundreds of refugees stranded at the Hungarian border after police fenced off the crossing with Serbia.

Date:
17 January 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

UK: Highest court dismisses Government attempt to block cases seeking justice for UK involvement in torture and kidnap abroad

Leading human rights organisations have hailed a landmark decision of the UK Supreme Court to hold the UK Government accountable for its role in human rights abuses overseas. The country’s highest court issued today a long-awaited judgment in the two joined appeals in Belhaj and Others v. Jack Straw & Others and Rahmatullah v. Ministry of Defence and Another. The Court ruled that the UK Government could not rely on the legal doctrines of sovereign immunity and foreign act of state to escape claims in the two cases alleging UK involvement in breaches of human rights by foreign governments.

Date:
17 January 2017
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  • Discrimination

Fear must not change us

Hundreds have been killed and wounded in a spate of terror attacks across Europe in the past two years. These callous crimes have not just targeted individuals, they are also attacks on our societies, our freedoms and our way of life. The need to protect people from such wanton violence is clear, but this is not something that can be achieved by any means. Crucially, it neither should nor can be achieved by riding roughshod over the very rights that governments are supposed to uphold.

Date:
17 January 2017
  • Research
  • Austria
  • EU

Europe: Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe - Executive Summary

Hundreds of people were killed and wounded in a spate of violent attacks in European Union (EU) states between January 2015 and December 2016. They were shot by armed men, blown up in suicide bomb attacks and deliberately run over as they walked in the street. These callous crimes did not just target individuals; they were also attacks on societies, on how people live and what people think. The need to protect people from such wanton violence is obvious and urgent.

Date:
17 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 01/5343/2017
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  • Austria
  • EU

Europe: Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe

Hundreds of people were killed and wounded in violent attacks in the European Union in 2015 and 2016. The need to protect people from such wanton violence is obvious and urgent. This report gives a bird’s eye view of the national security landscape and shows just how widespread and deep the “securitization” of Europe has become. It focuses on eight themes: states of emergency, principle of legality, right to privacy, freedom of expression, right to liberty, freedom of movement, stripping of nationality, and the prohibition on sending people to places where they risk torture.

Date:
17 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 01/5342/2017
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PROPOSED CRITERIA FOR SELECTION AND APPOINTMENT OF A NEW MANDATE HOLDER ON THE RIGHTS TO FREEDOM OF PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AND OF ASSOCIATION: JOINT WRITTEN STATEMENT TO THE 34TH SESSION OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (27 FEBRUARY – 24 MARCH 2017)

The Human Rights Council will appoint a new Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in March 2017. This joint written statement sets out the formal criteria for selection and appointment of mandate-holders and includes a checklist.

Date:
17 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
IOR 40/5512/2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia

Netherlands: Counter-terrorism bills would violate human Rights and undermine rule of law

Proposed counter-terrorism legislation currently pending in the Dutch Senate threatens to violate a range of human rights, including freedom of movement and association; the right to leave one’s country and return to it; the right to privacy and family life; a wide range of fair trial guarantees (i. e. the presumption of innocence, principle of legal certainty and right to appeal); the prohibition of discrimination and the right to an effective remedy said Amnesty International today.

Date:
17 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 35/5432/2017
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  • UN

PROPOSED CRITERIA FOR SELECTION AND APPOINTMENT OF A NEW MEMBER OF THE WORKING GROUP ON ENFORCED OR INVOLUNTARY DISAPPEARANCES: JOINT WRITTEN STATEMENT TO THE 34TH SESSION OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (27 FEBRUARY – 24 MARCH 2017)

The Human Rights Council will appoint a new member, from the Latin American and Caribbean States, to serve on the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances in March 2017. This joint written statement sets out the formal criteria for selection and appointment of a new member and includes a checklist.

Date:
17 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
IOR 40/5435/2016
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As world prepares for Trump, leaders at Davos must reject politics of fear and division

As political and business leaders gather at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, the heads of six of the world’s largest campaigning organizations have called on them to immediately and urgently repudiate narratives of fear, division and blame, and recommit themselves to working together towards a free, just, sustainable and equitable world. In a joint statement released days before Donald Trump is inaugurated as President of the United States, the leaders of Amnesty International, Avaaz, Greenpeace International, International Trade Union Confederation, Oxfam International, and Transparency International have strongly condemned the new climate of permissiveness for hate crimes and discrimination which has arisen in numerous countries.

Date:
16 January 2017
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  • Americas
  • Justice Systems

Brazil: More than 120 killings in 16 days signals national prison crisis

Brazil’s chaotic prison system is facing crisis with more than 120 inmate deaths reported since 1 January 2017, Amnesty International said today after the confirmation of a further 26 killings inside Alcaçuz prision, Rio Grande do Norte state. More than 120 government prison inmates have been killed in the past 16 days during riots in the northern and northeastern states of Amazonas, Roraima and now, Rio Grande do Norte.

Date:
16 January 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Death Penalty

Living in limbo: Benin's last death row prisoners

In the last three decades Benin has made important progress on the abolition of the death penalty. Despite the remarkable progress made by Benin on the abolition of the death penalty 14 people are languishing on death row with an uncertain future. Benin is committed not to execute them yet it has not commuted their death sentences. The uncertainty that hangs over the 14 death row prisoners needs to be resolved urgently through the commutation of their death sentences.

Date:
16 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ACT 50/4980/2017
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  • Benin
  • Death Penalty

Benin: Death row prisoners held in cruel limbo

Prisoners on death row in Benin are languishing in a cruel limbo after a court decision last year effectively abolished the death penalty, but failed to commute existing death sentences, said Amnesty International in a new report today. The 14 remaining death row inmates have been informed by prison authorities that they will not be executed but are still being held in terrible conditions separately from other inmates at Akpro-Missérété Prison, close to Port Novo, Benin’s capital.

Date:
16 January 2017
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  • Nigeria
  • Detention

Nigeria: Comply with court order to release Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky

The Nigerian authorities must immediately comply with a High Court order and release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife from detention, said Amnesty International. El-Zakzaky, and his wife Malama Zeenah Ibraheem, have been in detention without charge for more than a year following a clash between his supporters and the Nigerian military in which soldiers slaughtered hundreds of men, women and children.

Date:
16 January 2017