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Algeria: Ensure Fair Trial for Minority Rights Activists

MDE 28/6369/2017 The Algerian authorities should drop all charges against a leading activist and his 40 co-defendants that are based on their peaceful activism for the rights of the Amazigh, or Berber, minority, Human Rights Watch, EuroMed Rights, Amnesty International, and Front Line Defenders said today. Kamaleddine Fekhar and most of his co-accused have been detained since July 2015. Regarding other violence-related charges that the defendants face, the authorities should immediately release them from pretrial detention unless there is individual justification in each case of the necessity for their continued detention after nearly two years.

Date:
29 May 2017
  • Research
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WORKING GROUP ON THE ISSUE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS - ADVANCING ACCOUNTABILITY AND REMEDY FOR CORPORATE CRIMES THROUGH EFFECTIVE AND PRO-ACTIVE CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT- WRITTEN STATEMENT TO HRC 35

Multinational companies have been implicated in some of the most serious human and environmental disasters of the last 30 years – from the 1984 Bhopal gas leak in India that exposed over 500,000 people to hazardous levels of toxins, to the 2015 Mariana dam burst in Brazil which released around 60 million cubic meters of toxic sludge that devastated local rivers. This statement sets out Amnesty International's concerns and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council.

Date:
29 May 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6376/2017
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Zambia: Adjournment of opposition leader’s treason case is “persecution through prosecution”

In response to the Lusaka Magistrate Court’s decision to adjourn the case of United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema and five of his employees until 12 June, Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa said: “Hakainde Hichilema and his five employees are currently undergoing persecution through prosecution and the charge against them must be dropped.

Date:
26 May 2017
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Kenya: Ruling in Ogiek case gives hope to Indigenous peoples everywhere

Following today’s ruling by the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights that the Kenyan government violated the rights of the Indigenous Ogiek people when it evicted them from their land, Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “Today’s ruling is a historic victory for the Ogiek community, and gives hope to all Indigenous peoples everywhere.

Date:
26 May 2017
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Tunisia: Changes to passport law will ease arbitrary restrictions on travel

Key legislative amendments approved by the Tunisian Parliament this week are a positive step towards ending some of the discriminatory and disproportionate restrictions on freedom of movement in Tunisia, said Amnesty International. The changes to the 1975 Law on Passports, passed on 23 May, include new provisions requiring that reasons are provided for decisions to impose travel bans or withdraw passports, that people affected by a travel ban are informed of the decision promptly, and guaranteeing that they have the right to challenge the decision.

Date:
26 May 2017
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Tell Canada to honour the rights of Indigenous Peoples

Right now, Canada is breaking its promises to honour the rights of Indigenous People and losing the opportunity to set a positive example for the international community. More than 600 First Nations and Inuit communities don’t have any shelters or emergency housing for women. What’s more, 58 out of 60 Indigenous languages in Canada are considered endangered. The Canadian government urgently needs to uphold the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as it promised.

Date:
26 May 2017
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Hungary: Draft law targeting NGOs must be stopped

A draft law targeting Hungarian NGOs receiving funding from abroad on the grounds that they represent “foreign interests” is expected to be voted by the National Assembly on 12-15 June. If passed, the law would be the latest step in the crackdown on civil society in Hungary. It would become a tool to discredit and intimidate NGOs and undermine their capacity to protect human rights and provide valuable services to Hungarian people.

Date:
26 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 27/6366/2017
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  • Disappearances

Further information: China: Former government official executed: Zhao Liping

Zhao Liping was executed on 26 May 2017 following the approval by the Supreme People’s Court of his death sentence with immediate execution. The decision was made despite serious concerns about whether he had received a fair trial and allegations that his “confession” was made after being subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.

Date:
26 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6365/2017
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Iraq: Pentagon probe of Mosul airstrike underscores urgent need to protect civilians

As the Pentagon reports on its findings following the investigation into the US-led coalition airstrike that killed at least 100 civilians in West Mosul’s Jadida neighbourhood on 17 March 2017, Samah Hadid Amnesty International’s Middle East Deputy Director of campaigns said: “The attack on the Jadida neighbourhood was a tragedy that alerted the world to the horrors being inflicted upon Iraqi civilians.

Date:
25 May 2017
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Execution of man arrested at 16 exposes Iran’s disregard for child rights

Iran has demonstrated its utter disregard for children’s rights by executing a man arrested for a crime committed while he was 16 years old in a brazen violation of international human rights law, said Amnesty International. The man, who has been identified in state media only by the name “Asqar”, was sentenced to death by public hanging nearly 30 years ago. He was executed at Karaj’s Central Prison near Tehran on 23 May 2017.

Date:
25 May 2017