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Indonesia: Executions will put Jokowi on the wrong side of history

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as ‘Jokowi’, will be putting his government on the wrong side of history if he proceeds with a fresh round of executions, Amnesty International said today. Amnesty International received credible reports that at least 14 people could be executed this week, who consist of four Indonesian and ten foreign nationals, including a Pakistani, an Indian, a Zimbabwean, a Senegalese, a South African, and five Nigerians.

Date:
26 July 2016
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Turkey crackdown by the numbers: Statistics on brutal backlash after failed coup

Human rights in Turkey are in peril following a bloody failed coup attempt on 15 July. The Turkish authorities’ reaction was swift and brutal, unleashing a crackdown of exceptional proportions that has continued after a state of emergency declared five days later. Amnesty International has been on the ground in Istanbul and Ankara to document human rights violations amid these events. Here are some alarming statistics on the situation: At least 208 people were killed and more than 1,400 injured amid the failed coup attempt in Istanbul and Ankara, according to government accounts.

Date:
26 July 2016
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Thailand: Drop charges against Amnesty International Thailand Chair and others

Image: AI Thailand Chair Porpen Khongkaconkiet (L) and Piyanut Kotsan (R) of Amnesty International Thailand with Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International. © Amnesty International Responding to the news on 26 July 2016 that three leading human rights defenders in Thailand -- including a current and former chair of Amnesty International Thailand --  have been formally charged with “computer crimes” and “criminal defamation” for publishing a report on torture committed by the country’s security forces, Amnesty International said: “The Thai authorities must immediately drop all charges against Somchai Homla-or, Anchana Heemmina, and Porpen Khongkaconkiet.

Date:
26 July 2016
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Thailand: Amnesty International Thailand’s Chair and other activists face jail for exposing torture

The Thai authorities must immediately drop the criminal investigation against three of the country’s most prominent human rights activists, including the chair of Amnesty International Thailand, who could be charged today for documenting and publishing a report about torture by Thai security forces, the organization warned. Somchai Homla-or, Anchana Heemmina, and Porpen Khongkaconkiet, who was appointed Chair of the Amnesty International Thailand board last month, face the prospect of five years behind bars and a fine of US $4,800 if found guilty on charges of “criminal defamation” and “computer crimes”.

Date:
26 July 2016
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Yemen: Peace talks must prioritize getting aid to desperate civilians

Restrictions on the delivery of vital humanitarian aid to civilians in Yemen are exacerbating the country’s humanitarian crisis and endangering lives, said Amnesty International calling on all parties to the conflict to allow full and unfettered access to organizations providing crucial supplies. A delegation from the organization visited Huthi-controlled parts of Yemen in May 2016 and spoke to 11 local and international humanitarian aid organizations who described unlawful restrictions on aid by both Huthi and Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces.

Date:
26 July 2016
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Open letter on the UN Human Rights Committee's Request to Halt Humaam's Execution

Amnesty International is writing to express its concern about recent statements made by Maldives newly appointed Foreign Minister, Mohamed Asim, on the UN Human Rights Committee’s request to halt the execution of Hussain Humaam Ahmed (Humaam). The organization urges you to immediately halt plans to carry out the execution of Humaam or any other prisoner and establish a moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty with a view to its abolition.

Date:
26 July 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 29/4551/2016
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Turkey: Arrest warrants for 42 journalists a brazen attack on press freedom

Responding to news that Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists, Amnesty International issued the following quote: “This is the latest alarming development in what is increasingly becoming a brazen purge based on political affiliation,” said Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe. “By rounding up journalists the government is failing to make a distinction between criminal acts and legitimate criticism.

Date:
25 July 2016
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Congo Brazzaville: Opposition leader sentenced to two years of prison

“Sentencing Paulin Makaya to two years in prison simply for taking part in a protest is yet another clear example of how freedom of expression has been restricted and opposition muzzled in Congo,” said Stephen Cockburn, Amnesty International Deputy regional director for West and Central Africa. “Amnesty International considers Paulin Makaya as a prisoner of conscience who should never have been arrested in the first place, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

Date:
25 July 2016
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Turkey: rights hard-won cannot be taken away

There are well-founded fears for people’s rights and freedoms in Turkey, as a crackdown of exceptional proportions continues following the failed coup attempt on 15 July 2016. At a time of great fear and uncertainty the government must not trample over people’s rights in the pursuit of justice. Abuses that took place during the attempted coup must be investigated and perpetrators brought to justice, but human rights must be upheld – not disregarded – during this process.

Date:
25 July 2016
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UN: Narrow national self-interest must not scupper Ban Ki-moon’s initiative to end refugee crisis

UN talks under way to agree a Global Compact on Refugees by 2018 Just one week left before game-changing proposal is locked in ahead of September Summit A strong outcome would give fresh hope to 20 million refugees worldwide States risk historic failure by sacrificing refugees’ rights for national self-interest With just under a week to go, a group of unlikely bedfellows including Australia, China, Egypt, India, Russia, Pakistan and the UK, among others, risk bulldozing through the only worldwide effort under way to provide concrete action to deal with the global refugee crisis affecting 20 million people, warned Amnesty International today.

Date:
25 July 2016
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Indonesia: human rights leadership undermined through use of the death penalty

As the government of Indonesia prepares to carry out the third round of executions since 2015, Amnesty International renews its calls on the country’s authorities to maintain their electoral promises to improve respect for human rights by immediately establishing a moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty, reviewing and commuting existing death sentences and abolishing this punishment from national legislation once and for all.

Date:
25 July 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 21/4534/2016
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Indonesia: Imminent round of executions in Indonesia

Two death row prisoners were moved on 24 and 25 July to Nusakambangan prison island, where 13 executions were carried out in 2015. A lawyer has been informed about the imminent execution of his client and three other Nigerian nationals. The authorities have suspended family visits to the prison complex and completed preparation of the executions grounds, indicating that another round of executions by firing squad will be carried out soon.

Date:
25 July 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 21/4542/2016
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Turkey: Independent monitors must be allowed to access detainees amid torture allegations

Amnesty International has gathered credible evidence that detainees in Turkey are being subjected to beatings and torture, including rape, in official and unofficial detention centres in the country. The organization is calling for independent monitors to be given immediate access to detainees in all facilities in the wake of the coup attempt, which include police headquarters, sports centres and courthouses.

Date:
24 July 2016