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The art of surviving a Venezuela on the brink

The seemingly endless crisis in Venezuela appears to have entered a new, dark and alarming chapter. As if coming off the pages of a terrifying thriller, a crisis that seemed to have reached its worst point in recent months, has actually escalated further after weeks of protests sparkled by growing anger and frustration around what looks like a never-ending catalogue of problems. On Monday, President Maduro ordered the military onto the streets, two days before planned peaceful protests across the country on 19 April.

Date:
23 April 2017
  • News
  • Maldives
  • Internet and Social Media

Maldives: Killing of popular blogger an attack on freedom of expression

Maldives authorities must immediately investigate the brutal killing of an online activist today and bring those responsible to justice, Amnesty International said. Yameen Rasheed, a 29-year-old popular blogger and social media personality, was found stabbed to death inside his apartment building in the capital Malé this morning. No one has claimed responsibility for the killing. Yameen Rasheed had received multiple death threats prior to his murder, which he had reported to the police.

Date:
23 April 2017
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Unlawful Killings

Egypt: Video of extrajudicial executions offers glimpse of hidden abuses by military in North Sinai

Information gathered by Amnesty International confirms that members of Egyptian military are responsible for at least seven unlawful killings, including shooting dead at point blank range an unarmed man and a 17-year-old child. The organization’s experts analysed leaked video footage of the killings and compared it with photographs and a Youtube video published by the Egyptian military, as well as interviewing Sinai-based sources and experts.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • News
  • Nigeria
  • Death Penalty

Nigeria: Gallows preparation in Lagos prison suggests spate of executions imminent

The Nigerian authorities must immediately scrap plans to execute death row inmates in Kirikiri prison in Lagos, Amnesty International said today amid macabre reports from inmates that the prison’s gallows were being prepared and one inmate had been isolated possibly in preparation for execution. This follows a statement by the Attorney General of Lagos State during a press briefing on 18 April indicating that the state government would soon start signing execution documents.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Journalists around the world demand release of 120+ jailed colleagues

The three journalists imprisoned while working for Al Jazeera in Egypt for more than 400 days have joined thousands of other journalists, artists and activists in an Amnesty International campaign to demand the release of more than 120 journalists jailed in Turkey in the wake of last summer’s failed coup. Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohammed added their voices to the Free Turkey Media campaign which will culminate in a global day of action on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Cartoonists use drawings to demand the release of colleagues in Turkey

From the hilarious to the heart-breaking, the poignant to the surreal, cartoons depicting the crackdown on journalists in Turkey are filling social media channels. It all began last month with a simple tweet calling on cartoonists to show solidarity with journalists and media workers jailed in the wake of Turkey’s attempted coup. But has now grown into a full-on cartoon competition with scores of cartoons submitted from around the world and a judging panel of world renowned cartoonists hastily assembled.

Date:
21 April 2017
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  • Americas
  • Killings and Disappearances

Colombia: Wave of killings of Indigenous people highlights shortcomings in implementation of peace process

The killing of six Indigenous people in the past week raises serious doubts about the effectiveness of the measures implemented by the government to advance the peace process in Colombia, says Amnesty International. In the past week, six Indigenous people have been killed in the departments of Chocó, Cauca and Nariño, affecting theWounan, Nasa and Awá Indigenous Peoples, communities who have historically been seriously affected by the armed conflict.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • News
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Unlawful Detention

Equatorial Guinea: Free Human Rights Defenders

Two Prominent Activists Arbitrarily Detained  Equatorial Guinean authorities should immediately release two men who head the country’s leading human rights organization, seven human rights and transparency organizations said today. The police detained Enrique Asumu and Alfredo Okenve, who head the Center for Development Studies and Initiatives (CEID), on April 17, 2017, and have exceeded the 72-hour period that Equatorial Guinean law permits them to detain a person without charge.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • Research
  • China
  • Unlawful Detention

China: Disclose the whereabouts of two Tibetans who attempted self-immolation

Wangchuk tseten and Pema Gyaltsen were taken away by police after attempting self-immolations. Amnesty International calls on the Chinese government to immediately inform the families their whereabouts, or, if they are no longer alive, return the bodies of the deceased individuals to their family members. The Chinese government should also stop harassing, intimidating, attacking and arbitrarily detaining their family members and others accused of being involved with the self-immolations.

Date:
21 April 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6098/2017
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It's not marriage but equality that we long for

On this island of Taiwan, there have always been people whose rights are not protected. Overtime, we start to believe that everyone is treated equally but reality has a way of awakening us from this complacency. My good friend Anja* is a lesbian woman. She has a girlfriend whom she has been with for more than a decade. They live together with Anja’s family and often spend weekends at the home of her girlfriend’s parents.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Iran: Further Information: Iranian human rights defender on hunger strike: Atena Daemi

Iranian human rights defender Atena Daemi has been on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin prison since 8 April. She is protesting the suspended prison sentences imposed on two of her sisters, Hanieh and Ensieh, for “insulting public officers on duty”. She has accused Iran’s security bodies of harassing family members as a way to inflict further pain and suffering on political prisoners.

Date:
21 April 2017
Ref:
MDE 13/6096/2017