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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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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