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Greece: Victory for strawberry pickers, trafficked into forced labour and shot

Following today’s victory in the European Court of Human Rights by a group of Bangladeshi strawberry pickers shot by employers for demanding unpaid wages, Amnesty International's Deputy Europe Director Gauri van Gulik said: “Today's judgment is an important vindication for these people and their families, and will hopefully help prevent future abuses. "Amnesty International met the migrant workers in 2013 and interviewed them about the exploitation they were subjected to.

Date:
30 March 2017
  • Blog
  • United Kingdom
  • Internet and Social Media

UK Government targeting WhatsApp is Another Security Red Herring

Anyone who hoped that the debate about encryption had already been put to bed, sadly, was wrong. Today, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd will meet with technology companies including Facebook and Google to discuss encrypted messaging services, with a view to “persuading” the companies to gain access to encrypted communications. Earlier this week, in the wake of the Westminster terrorist attack, Rudd became the latest state official to blame encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp for ostensibly facilitating terrorist attacks.

Date:
30 March 2017
  • News
  • Turkey
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: US Secretary of State must call for the release of more than 120 jailed journalists

As US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Turkey to meet with President Erdoğan and others in Ankara today, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, Gauri van Gulik said: “During his visit, Secretary of State Tillerson cannot ignore the fact that Turkey is the world’s biggest jailer of journalists. Nor should he overlook the plight of the more than 100,000 public sector employees, dismissed after the coup and the estimated half-a-million people displaced amid military operations and curfews in the south-east.

Date:
30 March 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Myanmar
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Myanmar: Former prisoner of conscience detained again: Htin Kyaw

Activist, Htin Kyaw is again being detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his human rights. Arrested in October 2016 for his criticism of the Myanmar justice system, his next court hearing is on 5 April 2017 and, if convicted, he faces up to two years’ imprisonment. He must be immediately released and all charges related to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression must be dropped.

Date:
30 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/5993/2017
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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Unlawful Killings

DRC: Deaths of two UN experts must not be in vain

In response to the killing of two UN experts in Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “These deaths should not be in vain, but serve as a reminder of the urgent need to end the violence in Kasai Province that has so far claimed more than 400 lives, and which the two UN officials lost their lives trying to shed a light on.

Date:
29 March 2017
  • News
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Censorship and Free Speech

UAE: Prominent academic jailed for 10 years over tweets in outrageous blow to freedom of expression

In response to the sentencing today of human rights defender Dr Nasser bin Ghaith at the Federal Appeal Court in Abu Dhabi Amnesty International’s Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for Research at the organization’s Beirut office said: “Today’s sentencing of prominent economist, academic and human rights defender Dr Nasser bin Ghaith to 10 years in prison is yet another devastating blow for freedom of expression in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Date:
29 March 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

China: Taiwan NGO worker detained on vague national security charges

The Chinese authorities’ detention of a Taiwanese NGO worker on vague national security grounds raises fears the authorities are broadening their attack against those carrying out legitimate activism, Amnesty International said today, as it urged the authorities to provide further details for his detention. On Wednesday, Chinese officials confirmed that Lee Ming-cheh was being held on suspicion of “endangering national security”.

Date:
29 March 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Jordan: Arrest Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and surrender him to the ICC

Jordan must immediately arrest Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir and hand him over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, said Amnesty International today as the Sudanese leader arrived in Amman for the Arab League Summit. “As a signatory to the Rome Statute that set up the ICC, Jordan is obligated to arrest Omar Al-Bashir and hand him over to the court,” said Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty International’s regional office in Beirut.

Date:
29 March 2017
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  • Greece
  • Detention

Greece: Further information: Free Syrian refugee from unlawful detention: Noori

Noori, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee, continues to be unlawfully detained in a police station on the Greek island of Lesvos. He has been in detention since 9 September and is awaiting to find out whether he will be forcibly returned to Turkey under the EU-Turkey deal. The uncertainty he has been facing for months and the poor detention conditions are having a negative impact on his wellbeing.

Date:
29 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 25/5984/2017
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  • Bahrain
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Bahraini student in detention alleges torture: Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab

Bahraini student Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab was arrested on 9 February and taken to the Criminal Investigations Directorate where he alleges he was tortured and forced to “confess”. He has been denied access to a lawyer. Upon transfer to Dry Dock Prison on 7 March, he said he was repeatedly beaten on both legs. He remains at risk of further torture and other ill-treatment.

Date:
29 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/5982/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Maldives
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Maldives: Activist jailed for criticism of development project: Thayyib Shaheem

Maldivian social media activist Thayyib Shaheem was arrested on 16 March, and has since been detained in Dhoonidhoo island prison. He is accused of “spreading panic” on social media after he criticised a development project in Maldives. He faces up to a year and three months in jail if convicted. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

Date:
29 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 29/5989/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Ethiopia
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

A license to torture

Seyoum Teshome is a professor at a university in Ethiopia and writes to fight the spread of fear that has engulfed his country as a result of an increasingly repressive administration. In September 2016, Seyoum was arrested and charged with incitement to violence against the state. In this blog, he describes the treatment of prisoners in one of Ethiopia’s rehabilitation centres, where he was detained further to his arrest.

Date:
28 March 2017