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Hungary Amnesty International will not comply with repressive new NGO law

Announcing that Amnesty International Hungary will not to comply with the country’s repressive new NGO law and register as a ‘foreign funded NGO’, Julia Ivan, Director of Amnesty International Hungary said: “Amnesty International has every intention of challenging Hungary’s repressive new NGO law in the courts - both domestically and internationally - and no intention of complying with it until all these avenues have been exhausted.

Date:
28 June 2017
  • Research
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Republic of Korea: Open Letter to President Moon Jae-in

Amnesty International would like to congratulate you on your election as President of the Republic of Korea. We look forward to working together with your government to improve respect for and protection and fulfilment of human rights in the Republic of Korea. We thank you for your office’s reply to our 8-point human rights agenda issued prior to the election. We appreciate your commitments to pursue a number of our recommendations, including ratification and implementation of the four fundamental International Labour Organization Conventions, participation in a global system of responsibility sharing for refugee resettlement, initiating an overhaul of the resettlement support process for arrivals from North Korea and ensuring that human rights are a regular and integral part of future dialogue with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Date:
28 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 25/6615/2017
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Viet Nam: Vietnamese human rights blogger should be immediately and unconditionally released

Amnesty International and Civil Rights Defenders call on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release human rights defender Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh, also known by her blogging pseudonym, Mẹ Nấm (Mother Mushroom). She is a prisoner of conscience, being held and tried solely for her peaceful activities promoting and defending human rights. Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh is scheduled to appear for trial before the first instance People's Court of Khánh Hòa province on 29 June 2017.

Date:
28 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 41/6616/2017
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  • Nepal
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Nepal: Respect human rights during elections

Ahead of the second round of Nepal’s historic local elections tomorrow, Amnesty International calls on the country’s authorities to respect people’s human rights. Voting is due to take place in areas where Amnesty International has documented serious human rights violations, particularly at the hands of the security forces, including the unlawful use of excessive and lethal force, torture and other ill-treatment, and arbitrary detention.

Date:
27 June 2017
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Guatemala: Major human rights challenges still pending. 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 Guatemala 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 Guatemala to address the human rights challenges mentioned in this report.

Date:
27 June 2017
Ref:
AMR 34/6554/2017
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  • Women's Rights

Ireland: Submission to the United Nations Committee against Torture, 61st Session, 24 July to 11 August 2017

Amnesty International submits this briefing to the United Nations (UN) Committee against Torture (the Committee) ahead of its examination, in July 2017, of Ireland’s second periodic report on the implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the Convention or the Convention against Torture). This written submission highlights Amnesty International’s concerns regarding torture in Irish law, deportations and counter-terrorism, ‘renditions’, Ireland’s abortion laws, female genital mutilation, and accountability for alleged past abuses.

Date:
27 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 29/6564/2017
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Zimbabwe: Pastor Mawarire’s arrest a case of history repeating itself

In response to today’s arrest of Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire after he held prayers with University of Zimbabwe medical students protesting fee increases, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, Belinda Moses, said: “The latest arrest of Pastor Evan Mawarire is unfortunately a classic case of history repeating itself. “His arrest unfortunately shows that he continues to be targeted by a government hell-bent on criminalizing him for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Date:
26 June 2017
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Myanmar: Release journalists immediately

The Myanmar authorities must immediately release three journalists, who were detained while carrying out their work in conflict-afflicted northern Shan State, Amnesty International said today. Aye Nai and Pyae Phone Naing, both reporters for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), and Thein Zaw (aka Lawi Weng), a reporter for the Irrawaddy newspaper, were arrested along with four other people they were travelling with.

Date:
26 June 2017
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End the attack on human rights in the Philippines

Since President Duterte came to power in June 2016, there have been thousands of killings as part of his government’s anti-drug campaign in the Philippines. Over 3000 people suspected of using or selling drugs have been killed in direct police operations. In thousands of other ‘deaths under investigation’, some police officers have worked with paid killers to kill suspected drug offenders. The victims have overwhelmingly been from poor families who were often made even poorer by the death.

Date:
26 June 2017
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A safe haven for refugee women in Greece

A woman with a white scarf slung around her head is singing in Farsi. Her voice is soon joined by other women sitting around a wooden table. A colorful blanket hangs on the wall behind them, and a white door with green shutters opens up into a terrace filled with lush, green plants. Birds are chirping loudly in the background. When we close our eyes, it’s hard to believe that we’re in a building in the centre of the Greek capital Athens.

Date:
26 June 2017
  • News
  • Fiji
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Fiji: Crack down on torture, not protests

Fiji’s authorities must immediately and unconditionally release a youth activist for protesting against torture in the Pacific island nation, Amnesty International said today. On the International Day for Victims of Torture, the Fijian authorities arrested Jope Koroisavou – a youth leader from the opposition Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) – for holding a solitary and peaceful protest, carrying signs bearing the names of Fijian victims of torture as he marched through the capital, Suva.

Date:
26 June 2017
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China: Liu must be released immediately

Responding to the news that Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo has developed late-stage liver cancer while in prison and is currently in hospital receiving treatment, Amnesty International’s China Researcher Patrick Poon said:   “It adds injury to insult that Liu Xiaobo, who should never have been put in prison in the first place, has been diagnosed with a grave illness. “The Chinese authorities should immediately ensure that Liu Xiaobo receives adequate medical care, effective access to his family and that he and all others imprisoned solely for exercising their human rights are immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
26 June 2017
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  • Discrimination

USA: Congress must step in and stop Muslim Ban

Following the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will hear arguments on President Trump’s discriminatory Muslim ban and allow the order to take effect in the meantime, Margaret Huang, Amnesty International USA executive director, released the following statement: “This bigoted ban cannot be allowed to take effect again, and Congress needs to step in immediately to nullify it once and for all. It’s always been crystal clear that this policy was based on discrimination.

Date:
26 June 2017
  • Research
  • Death Penalty

REPUBLIC OF KOREA: AUTHORITIES FAIL TO PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Republic of Korea (South Korea) 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 the Republic of Korea to address the human rights challenges mentioned in this report.

Date:
26 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 25/6500/2017
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  • Turkey
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Blocking of Istanbul Pride March the latest blow to right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly

For a third year running, authorities in Istanbul banned, on spurious grounds, the Istanbul Pride March, historically the biggest event held by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) people and supporters in Turkey. Yesterday police used excessive and unnecessary force against people attempting to march peacefully despite the ban. The event, which had been successfully held annually for over a decade and which attracted tens of thousands of participants, was once held up by the authorities as an example of their respect for rights.

Date:
26 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/6602/2017