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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
  • News
  • Maldives
  • Death Penalty

Maldives: Halt first execution in more than 60 years

The Maldives  must immediately halt its first execution planned in more than sixty years and preserve its positive death penalty record, Amnesty International said today. The human rights organization has learned that three men, whose death sentences were made final by the Supreme Court in 2016, are now at risk of imminent execution as reports emerged that the authorities have been preparing to implement death sentences.

Date:
20 July 2017
  • News
  • Cameroon
  • Armed Groups

Cameroon: Amnesty report reveals war crimes in fight against Boko Haram, including horrific use of torture

• Detainees subjected to severe beatings, agonising stress positions and drownings, with some tortured to death • Widespread torture at 20 sites, including four military bases, two facilities run by intelligence services, a private residence and a school • Calls for US and other international partners to investigate their military personnel’s possible knowledge of torture at one base  Hundreds of people in Cameroon accused of supporting Boko Haram, often without evidence, are being brutally tortured by security forces, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

Date:
20 July 2017
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  • Sudan
  • Discrimination

Sudan: Hundreds of Darfuri student protesters stopped at the capital’s gates

The Sudanese authorities must end the continued discrimination of Darfuri students at universities, said Amnesty International today as more than 1,000 Darfuri students of Bakht al-Rida University in White Nile State,descended on the capital Khartoum to demand the release of 10 of their colleagues accused of killing two police officers. The students are now blockaded on the southern edge of the capital Khartoum after they were stopped by National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) agents from delivering a statement listing their demands to the government.

Date:
19 July 2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Bahrain: Human rights defender charged with terrorism

The Bahraini authorities’ decision to bring terrorism charges against Ebtissam al-Saegh, a human rights defender detained since 3 July 2017, is a chilling blow to human rights in the country, said Amnesty International. Ebtisam al-Saegh was previously tortured, including by being sexually assaulted by members of the Bahrain National Security agency while she was held in custody last May. “Ebtisam al-Saegh is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
19 July 2017
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Killings and Disappearances

EU: Egypt’s dark human rights record must not be swept beneath carpet

The EU appears in danger of softening its stance on human rights violations in Egypt by resuming annual high-level meetings with the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs and his delegation in Brussels next week, said Amnesty International. The upcoming EU-Egypt Association Council meeting is set to take place in Brussels on 25 July. The meetings had been suspended after the 2011 uprising but with concerns over regional security and migration on the rise there are fears that EU member states are more willing to turn a blind eye to grave human rights violations in the country.

Date:
19 July 2017
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  • Morocco/Western Sahara
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Morocco/Western Sahara: Verdict in Sahrawi trial marred by failure to adequately investigate torture claims

A court today convicted 23 Sahrawi activists over deadly clashes in Western Sahara after failing to exclude evidence tainted by allegations of torture during the trial hearings, said Amnesty International. Early this morning the Rabat Court of Appeals sentenced the defendants to prison terms ranging from two years to life imprisonment in connection with the clashes that followed the forcible dismantlement of a protest camp in Gdim Izik, Western Sahara, in 2010, killing 11 members of the security forces and two Sahrawi protesters.

Date:
19 July 2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The world is finally starting to break its silence on Turkey

In Turkey, truth and justice have become strangers. Six human rights defenders were imprisoned this week on the absurd charge of supporting a terrorist organization. They await trial, which could prolong their incarceration for several months. Four others were released but remain under investigation. Their movements have been restricted and they have to report to the police three times a week. Among those imprisoned is Idil Eser, Amnesty International’s director in Turkey.

Date:
19 July 2017
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  • Americas
  • Women and Girls

Chile: Deputies must use historic opportunity to decriminalize abortion

The Chilean Chamber of Deputies has an historic opportunity to put the country on the right side of human rights, Amnesty International said ahead of a debate today on the potential decriminalization of abortion under three circumstances. Late last night, the Chilean Senate passed a bill to decriminalize abortion under three circumstances: when the pregnancy results from rape or incest, when the life of the pregnant woman is at risk, and in cases of lethal foetal impairment, “Chile is finally taking a step away from the small number of countries that still expose women and girls to terrible suffering due to the cruel and draconian laws and policies that violate their human right to make free choices about their own bodies, health and lives,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
19 July 2017
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  • Lebanon
  • Armed Conflict

Lebanon: Thousands at risk as Arsal security operation looms

Responding to a statement by Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri announcing an imminent security operation in the outskirts of the town of Arsal, in northeast Lebanon,Lynn Maalouf, Middle-East Director of Research for Amnesty International said: “It is of utmost importance for the Lebanese army and other sides involved in the fighting in Arsal to prioritize the protection of Lebanese residents as well as Syrian refugees in the area.

Date:
18 July 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

Jailing of activists, including Amnesty director, a crushing blow for rights in Turkey

The remanding of six human rights defenders in pre-trial custody is an appalling affront to justice and a new low in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown, said Amnesty International. Amnesty International Turkey’s Director, Idil Eser, who was among those remanded in custody, was detained alongside nine others on 5 July whilst attending a routine workshop. Four of them have now been released on bail but are still facing investigation.

Date:
18 July 2017
  • News
  • Morocco/Western Sahara
  • Detention

Morocco/Western Sahara: Torture Allegations Cast Shadow over Trial

Verdict Awaited for Sahrawis Charged in Fatal 2010 Clashes  The Moroccan judicial authorities should ensure that upcoming verdicts in a mass trial are not based on confessions or statements implicating other defendants obtained under torture or other ill-treatment during police interrogations, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. The Rabat Court of Appeals is expected to issue its verdict in the trial of 24 Sahrawi defendants shortly after a hearing scheduled for July 18, 2017.

Date:
17 July 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

China: Anti-corruption activist to be freed but relentless crackdown goes on

Chinese authorities must end their callous assault against human rights activists and free all those still imprisoned for solely exercising their right to freedom of expression, said Amnesty International, ahead of the expected release of prominent social activist Xu Zhiyong. Xu Zhiyong is due to be released from prison on Saturday, 15 July after completing a four year jail sentence. In January 2014, he was convicted of “gathering a crowd to disturb order in a public place” following more than six months in pre-trial detention.

Date:
14 July 2017
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  • Angola
  • Justice Systems

Angola: Victory for civil society as court strikes down NGO law

In response to the Angolan Constitutional Tribunal’s decision to declare unconstitutional the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Presidential Decree, a piece of legislation that sought to monitor the registration and financial support of NGOs, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena said: “The court’s judgement is a positive step forward that gives Angolan authorities a second chance to go back and work together with local NGOs to build a safe and enabling environment for civil society.

Date:
14 July 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Death Penalty

Singapore: Malaysian executed for drugs conviction after unfair trial

Responding to the news of Malaysian national Prabagaran Srivijayan’s execution in Singapore today, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Director for South East Asia and the Pacific said:“This execution is a shocking violation of the human right to life. That this cruel punishment has been administered after a trial filled with flaws makes this flouting of international law all the more disturbing. “That an appeal was pending on this case in his home country at the time of execution, and that there were serious concerns about the fairness of his trial, underlines a flagrant disregard for due process in profoundly dubious circumstances.

Date:
14 July 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

World leaders must speak out against detention of human rights defenders in Turkey

We are dismayed and appalled by the arrest and detention of 10 human rights defenders by the Turkish authorities, now facing investigation for membership of an “armed terrorist organisation” on account of their peaceful human rights work. As an attack on six of the most prominent human rights NGOs in the country, the arrests are a hammer blow to Turkey's besieged civil society and an ominous indicator of the direction Turkey is heading in.

Date:
14 July 2017