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USA: 100 ways Trump has threatened human rights in first 100 days

“These first 100 days show how dangerous Trump’s agenda is, and they’re also a roadmap for how to stop it and protect human rights in the U. S. and around the world. ”  As the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s administration come to a close, Amnesty International has compiled a list of 100 ways the Trump administration has tried to threaten human rights in the U. S. and around the world sometimes succeeding, and sometimes being blocked by a powerful and growing resistance movement.

Date:
25 April 2017
  • News
  • Yemen
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen: Mounting fears for civilian safety as Hodeidah offensive looms

Reports Saudi Arabia-led coalition is gearing up for major military offensive Key port city of Hodeidah is a major entry point for humanitarian aid UN donor conference under way in Geneva Fears are growing for the safety of civilians in the strategic western port city of Hodeidah amid reports that a major offensive by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition is due to get under way soon, said Amnesty International as UN states meet at a donor conference in Geneva on 25 April.

Date:
25 April 2017
  • News
  • Cameroon
  • Unlawful Detention

Cameroon: Conviction and sentence of Radio France Internationale journalist a travesty of justice

The conviction and sentencing of a journalist by a military court in Cameroon to 10 years in prison after an unfair trial is a travesty of justice, Amnesty International said today. Ahmed Abba, a journalist for Radio France Internationale's Hausa service was handed down 10 years of imprisonment after having been convicted on 20 April on charges of "non-denunciation of terrorism" and "laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts”.

Date:
24 April 2017
  • News
  • Maldives
  • Internet and Social Media

Maldives: Killing of popular blogger an attack on freedom of expression

Maldives authorities must immediately investigate the brutal killing of an online activist today and bring those responsible to justice, Amnesty International said. Yameen Rasheed, a 29-year-old popular blogger and social media personality, was found stabbed to death inside his apartment building in the capital Malé this morning. No one has claimed responsibility for the killing. Yameen Rasheed had received multiple death threats prior to his murder, which he had reported to the police.

Date:
23 April 2017
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Unlawful Killings

Egypt: Video of extrajudicial executions offers glimpse of hidden abuses by military in North Sinai

Information gathered by Amnesty International confirms that members of Egyptian military are responsible for at least seven unlawful killings, including shooting dead at point blank range an unarmed man and a 17-year-old child. The organization’s experts analysed leaked video footage of the killings and compared it with photographs and a Youtube video published by the Egyptian military, as well as interviewing Sinai-based sources and experts.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • News
  • Nigeria
  • Death Penalty

Nigeria: Gallows preparation in Lagos prison suggests spate of executions imminent

The Nigerian authorities must immediately scrap plans to execute death row inmates in Kirikiri prison in Lagos, Amnesty International said today amid macabre reports from inmates that the prison’s gallows were being prepared and one inmate had been isolated possibly in preparation for execution. This follows a statement by the Attorney General of Lagos State during a press briefing on 18 April indicating that the state government would soon start signing execution documents.

Date:
21 April 2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Journalists around the world demand release of 120+ jailed colleagues

The three journalists imprisoned while working for Al Jazeera in Egypt for more than 400 days have joined thousands of other journalists, artists and activists in an Amnesty International campaign to demand the release of more than 120 journalists jailed in Turkey in the wake of last summer’s failed coup. Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohammed added their voices to the Free Turkey Media campaign which will culminate in a global day of action on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May.

Date:
21 April 2017
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  • Americas
  • Killings and Disappearances

Colombia: Wave of killings of Indigenous people highlights shortcomings in implementation of peace process

The killing of six Indigenous people in the past week raises serious doubts about the effectiveness of the measures implemented by the government to advance the peace process in Colombia, says Amnesty International. In the past week, six Indigenous people have been killed in the departments of Chocó, Cauca and Nariño, affecting theWounan, Nasa and Awá Indigenous Peoples, communities who have historically been seriously affected by the armed conflict.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • News
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Unlawful Detention

Equatorial Guinea: Free Human Rights Defenders

Two Prominent Activists Arbitrarily Detained  Equatorial Guinean authorities should immediately release two men who head the country’s leading human rights organization, seven human rights and transparency organizations said today. The police detained Enrique Asumu and Alfredo Okenve, who head the Center for Development Studies and Initiatives (CEID), on April 17, 2017, and have exceeded the 72-hour period that Equatorial Guinean law permits them to detain a person without charge.

Date:
21 April 2017
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  • Qatar
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Qatar must not deport human rights activist at risk of torture and persecution in Saudi Arabia

The Qatari authorities must not buckle to demands from Saudi Arabia if they request the deportation of human rights activist Mohammad al-Otaibi back to the country, where he is at risk of being imprisoned and tortured or otherwise ill-treated, said Amnesty International, ahead of a hearing by a Saudi Arabian court scheduled for Tuesday 25 April. Mohammad al-Otaibi, a peaceful activist, and founder of a local human rights organization, is being tried in his absence before Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court on a list of ludicrous charges.

Date:
20 April 2017
  • News
  • Nepal
  • Armed Groups

Nepal: Need Effective Steps to Enforce Court Verdicts

Rule of Law Should Prevail, Not Political Protectionism Nepali authorities should immediately take effective steps to enforce the landmark Kavre district court murder verdict for the 2004 torture and killing of teenage Maina Sunuwar, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists said today. On 16 April 2017, the Kavre district court sentenced three army officers to life imprisonment for the murder of Maina Sunuwar, a 15-year-old girl who was tortured in army custody and died as a result in February 2004.

Date:
20 April 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Venezuela: Unending cycle of violence and repression threatens the lives of the Venezuelan people

The unending spiral of violence and repression during the protests in Venezuela is submerging the country in a crisis that will be hard to come back from, threatening the lives and security of the Venezuelan population, Amnesty International said following reports of at least two deaths and several people injured and detained during the protests around the country today. The Venezuelan authorities confirmed that Paola Ramírez, 23 years old, and Carlos Moreno, 17 years old, were shot dead in San Cristóbal, Táchira and Caracas respectively.

Date:
19 April 2017
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  • Egypt
  • Justice Systems

Draconian amendments to Egyptian laws spell further disaster for human rights

A set of legislative amendments approved by the Egyptian parliament last week in the name of security will sanction mass arbitrary arrests, enable indefinite detention without charge or trial and will severely undermine fair trial guarantees, Amnesty International said in a statement published today. The amendments were rushed through parliament after last week’s deadly bombings of three Coptic churches in Egypt that left 44 people dead and more than 100 injured.

Date:
19 April 2017
  • News
  • Iran
  • Death Penalty

Iran: Halt imminent execution of two men arrested as teenagers

The Iranian authorities must urgently stop the imminent execution of two long-time death row prisoners who were children at the time of their arrest, Amnesty International said today. One of the men, Mehdi Bahlouli, is due to be executed tomorrow morning in Karaj’s Raja’i Shahr Prison, after more than 15 years on death row. He was sentenced to death by a criminal court in Tehran in November 2001 for fatally stabbing a man during a fight.

Date:
18 April 2017
  • News
  • Morocco/Western Sahara
  • International Organizations

UN peacekeeping force in Western Sahara must urgently monitor human rights

The UN must prioritize human rights monitoring for the situation in Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara and Sahrawi refugee camps across the border in Tindouf, Algeria, Amnesty International urged ahead of a Security Council vote next week on 27 April to renew the mandate of its peacekeeping presence in the area. The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) does not currently have a mandate to document or report on the human rights situation despite the fact that abuses continue to be committed by both the Moroccan authorities and the Polisario Front, a Sahrawi pro-independence movement, which administers Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, southern Algeria.

Date:
18 April 2017
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  • Australia
  • Asylum

Australia/PNG: Shooting incident at Manus Island centre exemplifies the failure of offshore processing

Reacting to today’s shooting incident in the Australian Government-run refugee detention centre on Manus Island, Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director for Research, said: “Today’s shooting serves as just another example that Manus island detention facility is not a safe place for asylum seekers. More incidences like this are inevitable unless the refugees and asylum seekers are relocated to safety.

Date:
14 April 2017