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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

Israeli forces carry out violent hospital raids in ruthless display of force

Israeli soldiers and police stormed a Palestinian hospital twice over the past week terrifying staff and patients and in some cases preventing doctors from providing emergency medical care to critically injured patients, said Amnesty International today. The raids on al-Makassed hospital in East Jerusalem took place as tensions escalated in Jerusalem and across the West Bank in recent days following an Israeli government decision to place metal detectors and search worshipers at the entrance of Al-Aqsa mosque after the killing of two Israeli policemen at the site on 14 July.

Date:
25 July 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Death Penalty

Fourteen men at imminent risk of beheading as Saudi Arabia continues bloody execution spree

The Saudi Arabian Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the death sentences of 14 men after a grossly unfair mass trial is a worrying reminder of the country’s lethal crackdown on dissent, said Amnesty International today. The men who were found guilty of protest-related crimes now face imminent execution. “By confirming these sentences Saudi Arabia’s authorities have displayed their ruthless commitment to the use of the death penalty as a weapon to crush dissent and neutralize political opponents,” said Samah Hadid, Director of campaigns for the Middle-East at Amnesty international.

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

Stronger EU-Egypt ties must not come at the expense of human rights

Hours after the tanks rolled onto Cairo’s streets on 3 July 2013 and President Mohamed Morsi’s ousting from power was declared, the EU firmly stated it would hold the new administration to account over respect for “fundamental rights, freedoms, and the rule of law”. Four years later, Egypt is facing one of the worst human rights crises the country has seen in decades. Yet, despite this, on Tuesday 25 July the EU is set to hold high-level talks with Egypt in Brussels for the first time in years.

Date:
24 July 2017
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  • Americas
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Arbitrary detentions in Mexico: ‘We never thought this could happen to us’

The phone rang at four in the afternoon, exactly as scheduled. The ringing heightened the tension in the small living room of the 1950s house in Mexico City. “Will you accept a call from the West Federal Prison?” said the voice at the end of the line. “Yes, of course. Yes, I will,” Blanca responded, visibly nervous, as if she hadn’t done this before. But Blanca Aviña Guerrero has done this many times before.

Date:
24 July 2017
  • News
  • Poland

Poland: Presidential veto is a step back from the brink

Following an announcement by Poland’s president Andrzej Duda that he will veto two controversial judicial reform bills which would have granted the ruling Law and Justice Party wide ranging control of the judiciary, Gauri Van Gulik, Deputy Europe Director at Amnesty International, said: “With this decision President Duda has pulled Poland back from the brink of all-out assault on the rule of law. These reforms would have brought the justice system fully under the heel of the government, removing judicial independence and jeopardizing fair trial rights in Poland.

Date:
24 July 2017
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  • Afghanistan
  • Armed Conflict

Afghanistan: Kabul bombing is a war crime

Responding to the deaths of 24 people and the wounding of 42 when a car packed with explosives rammed into a bus in western Kabul this morning, in an attack claimed by the Taliban, Amnesty International’s Afghanistan Researcher, Horia Mosadiq, said: “This horrific attack deliberately targeted civilians and constitutes a war crime under international law. It was just yesterday that the people of Kabul were marking the one year anniversary of one of the deadliest attacks in the city’s history.

Date:
24 July 2017
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  • South Sudan
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan: Sexual violence ‘on a massive scale’ leaves thousands in mental distress amid raging conflict

Thousands of South Sudanese women and girls, and some men, who have been raped in ethnically-charged sexual attacks in the ongoing conflict are battling mental distress and stigma with nowhere to turn for help, Amnesty International revealed in a new report out today. “Do not remain silent”: Survivors of Sexual violence in South Sudan call for justice and reparations, reveals aggravated acts of sexual violence against thousands of people across the country since hostilities began in December 2013.

Date:
24 July 2017
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  • Turkey
  • Detention

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
  • Impunity

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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  • 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
  • News
  • 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
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

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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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

Turkey: International pressure mounts on Turkey as world leaders demand release of jailed activists

Just days after six human rights defenders were remanded in pre-trial custody in Turkey, the European Commission has joined governments and world leaders, including Angela Merkel, to demand their immediate and unconditional release. Speaking today a European Commission spokesperson called for the “immediate release of these people”. This call follows similar demands by the governments of Germany, the US, Holland, France, Belgium, Ireland and Austria.

Date:
20 July 2017
  • News
  • Refugees

Ed Sheeran joins line up of 1,000 artists playing refugee solidarity concerts

Fans can apply here to win tickets to see Ed Sheeran's living room show in Washington D. C. on 20 September, USA. Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds have announced that Ed Sheeran is delighted to play in their global concert series Give a Home. Taking place in cities all over the world on 20 September 2017, Sheeran’s announcement comes just ahead of the next bulk of additional major artists to be announced in early August.

Date:
20 July 2017
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  • Malaysia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Malaysia: Bangladeshi human rights activist detained

The Malaysian authorities must immediately release a distinguished Bangladeshi human rights activist and former prisoner of conscience and allow him to speak at and participate in a conference on the death penalty, Amnesty International said today. The Malaysian authorities at Kuala Lumpur airport detained Adilur Rahman Khan, the Secretary of Odhikar, a leading Bangladeshi human rights organization, this morning as he arrived in the country to speak at a conference on the death penalty.

Date:
20 July 2017