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Turkey: Re-arrest of four human rights defenders a cruel and retrograde step

Responding to news that the Turkish authorities have issued detention orders against four human rights defenders released on bail on Tuesday, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe said: “With this cruel and retrograde step, Turkey has underlined its growing reputation as an indiscriminate jailer of civil society activists and a stranger to the rule of law. ”   One of the four, Nalan Erkem was detained from her house in Istanbul last night.

Date:
22 July 2017
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Philippines: Human rights must not be ignored during martial law

The Philippine government must ensure that human rights are protected during its campaign against militants in Mindanao, as martial law remains in place, Amnesty International said today. President Rodrigo Duterte today extended martial law in the southern island of Mindanao first imposed on 23 May 2016, for a further six months, to 31 December 2017. Since 23 May, Philippines armed forces have battled against the Maute group, which has pledged allegiance to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State, in Marawi City, the capital of Lanao Del Sur province in northern Mindanao.

Date:
22 July 2017
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  • Burundi
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Calling out Burundi on impunity

President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office in April 2015 sparked a crisis that continues today. When people took to the streets in protest, they were met with violent repression by the police. The crackdown on dissent continued following a failed coup attempt in May 2015. Crimes under international law and human rights violations were committed. Hundreds of people were killed, with bodies turning up in the streets almost every morning in late 2015.

Date:
21 July 2017
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  • Egypt
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Egypt: Investigate apparent torture and death in custody of Coptic man

The Egyptian authorities must conduct an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into allegations that police officers tortured a man to death this week at a police station in Cairo, Amnesty International said today, urging them to ensure that witnesses who testified against the suspected perpetrators are protected from any threats or harassment. On 18 July, police officers arrested Gamal Aweida, a 43-year-old Coptic Christian man, along with a friend, from a local café and took them to Mansheyet Nasir police station for questioning in relation to a minor offence.

Date:
21 July 2017
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  • Uganda
  • Unlawful Detention

Uganda: Arrest of dozens for attending peaceful meetings is absurd

Responding to the Ugandan police’s announcement that they have arrested 56 people for allegedly holding illegal meetings under the deeply-flawed Public Order Management Act (POMA), Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “The Ugandan police are no strangers to making arrests in utter disregard for constitutionally-guaranteed rights, but this most recent case is patently absurd.

Date:
21 July 2017
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  • Argentina
  • Indigenous People

Argentina: Regressive Human Rights Policies

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Argentina in November 2017. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Argentina in its previous UPR, assesses the national human rights framework and the human rights situation on the ground, and makes a number of recommendations to the government of Argentina to address the human rights challenges mentioned in this report.

Date:
21 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 13/6772/2017
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Lesvos: Symbolic protest from refugees caught in the net of the EU-Turkey deal

Refugees, Greek islanders and activists today called on European leaders to heed their plight in a flash mob on a beach on the island of Lesvos symbolising the spirit of “refugees welcome”, organized by Amnesty International and Lesvos Solidarity. The #ActionLesvos flash mob wrapped a giant fishing net with an EU flag on it around 60 refugees and activists to represent the situation of refugees and migrants trapped on the Greek islands by the EU-Turkey deal.

Date:
21 July 2017
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  • Americas
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

PERU: NOTHING TO CELEBRATE. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSION FOR THE UN UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW, 28TH SESSION OF THE UPR WORKING GROUP, NOVEMBER 2017

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Peru in November 2017. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made in the previous UPR, assesses the national human rights framework and the human rights situation on the ground, and makes recommendations to the government of Peru to address the human rights challenges mentioned in this report.

Date:
21 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 46/6624/2017
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Bahrain: Further information: Bahraini human rights defender charged: Ebtisam al-Saegh

Bahraini human rights defender Ebtisam al-Saegh was charged on 18 July by the Terrorism Crime Prosecution with using her human rights work as a cover to provide Alkarama Foundation with information and fake news about the situation in Bahrain. She has been detained for a further six months pending completion of the investigation. She is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
21 July 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6770/2017