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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
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Detention

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
  • News
  • Turkey
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey Could Be Taking A Big Step Backwards In Human Rights

Please note this article first appeared on Time. com here. It’s rush hour on Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge. Queues of cars jostle for position, the noise of horns fills the air, a young man selling Turkish flags weaves through the traffic carrying dozens of fluttering pieces of fabric; red and emblazoned with the country’s striking crescent and star. Looking at the bustling scene, it’s difficult to believe that just a week ago, this same bridge was the scene of bloody carnage.

Date:
22 July 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Brazil
  • Unlawful Killings

The police are breaking records in Rio

The Olympic organisers are getting ready for this year’s Games in Rio. But the Games’ security plans risk plunging thousands of Rio’s most vulnerable into a summer of violence and fear. It’s been 7 years since Rio was awarded the Games, promising a safe city for all. And yet, in those same 7 years, police have killed over 2,651 people in the city. The majority: young black men. Amidst the Olympic glitter and fanfare, will anyone remember them?.

Date:
22 July 2016
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  • Mauritania
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Mauritania: Further Information: Thirteen activists charged, held incommunicado

Four more activists from the anti-slavery organization Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement in Mauritania (IRA) were arrested on 8 and 9 July, just days after the arrest of nine others. All 13 activists have been charged and are being detained at the prison of Nouakchott. However, none of them has had access to their families or lawyers.

Date:
22 July 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 38/4504/2016
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Viet Nam: Series of attacks on political activists, human rights defenders and their relatives must be investigated

Three recent attacks on people who have been deliberately knocked off their motorbikes appear to be part of a wider series of attacks against political activists, human rights defenders and their relatives. Amnesty International urges the Viet Nam authorities to immediately and impartially investigate these incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Date:
22 July 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 41/4533/2016
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  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan: Joint Letter to the UN Security Council to impose an immediate arms embargo

As human rights, humanitarian, and peacebuilding organizations, we call on the UN Security Council to impose an immediate arms embargo on South Sudan. The Transitional Government of National Unity, led by President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Machar, is failing to uphold its responsibility to protect populations in South Sudan from mass atrocities. The UN Security Council must act now to protect civilians.

Date:
22 July 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 65/4505/2016
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  • Zimbabwe
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Zimbabwe: Fear for safety of human rights defender: Evan Mawarire

There is fear for the safety of Evan Mawarire, a pastor and leader of the #ThisFlag social media movement in Zimbabwe, who called for a national stay-away. He is being sought by the police after the Magistrates’ Court dropped the charge against him and he was freed. Recently, human rights defenders and activists in Zimbabwe have been receiving threats and subjected to arbitrary arrests, ill–treatment and attempted abductions.

Date:
22 July 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 46/4465/2016
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Turkey: State of emergency must not roll back human rights

President Erdogan’s announcement of the imposition of a state of emergency must not pave the way for a roll-back in human rights or be used as a pretext to further clamp down on freedom of expression and protections against arbitrary detention and torture, said Amnesty International today. Following a meeting of the National Security Council and the Turkish cabinet late Wednesday night, President Erdogan announced that the government will impose a state of emergency for at least three months.

Date:
21 July 2016
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Libya: Lives of captives trapped under fire in Benghazi in danger

Airstrikes by the Libyan National Army are endangering the lives of scores of detainees who are being held captive in Benghazi, said Amnesty International. The organization raised the alarm as new video evidence emerged showing three men who were among an estimated 130 people abducted by the armed group Ansar al-Sharia from a military prison in Benghazi in October 2014. In the video, the first time they’ve been seen since they went missing, the men call for an end to the airstrikes which they say have injured several people and are putting lives at risk.

Date:
21 July 2016
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Demonstrations

Hong Kong: Guilty verdicts against student leaders latest blow for freedom of expression

The Hong Kong authorities’ prosecution of three pro-democracy student leaders sends a chilling warning for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in the city, Amnesty International said today, after Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law were found guilty for their roles in events that triggered 2014’s Umbrella Movement. The city’s Eastern Magistrates’ Court found Joshua Wong and Alex Chow guilty of “taking part in an unlawful assembly”.

Date:
21 July 2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

"You Don't Exist". Arbitrary Detentions, Enforced Disappearances, and Torture in Eastern Ukraine

Both the Ukrainian government authorities and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have held civilians in prolonged, arbitrary detention, without any contact with the outside world, including with their lawyers or families. In some cases, the detentions constituted enforced disappearances, meaning that the authorities in question refused to acknowledge the detention of the person or refused to provide any information on their whereabouts or fate.

Date:
21 July 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 50/4455/2016
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  • Ukraine
  • Armed Conflict

Ukraine: Torture and Secret Detention on Both Sides of the Conflict Line

Both the Ukrainian government authorities and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine are holding civilians in prolonged arbitrary and sometimes secret detention and torturing them, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a joint report released today. The report “‘You Don’t Exist. ’ Arbitrary Detentions, Enforced Disappearances, and Torture in Eastern Ukraine,” is based on interviews with 40 victims of abuses, their family members, witnesses, victims’ lawyers, and other sources.

Date:
21 July 2016