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Hungary: NGO law a vicious and calculated assault on civil society

The passing of a law stigmatising non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive foreign funding is the latest in an escalating crackdown on critical voices and will hamper critically important work by civil society groups, said Amnesty international. The Law on the transparency of organizations funded from abroad will force NGOs receiving more than 24,000 EUR direct or indirect funding from abroad to re-register as “civic organization funded from abroad” and to put this pejorative label on every publication.

Date:
13 June 2017
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  • Malawi
  • Discrimination

Malawi: Failing criminal justice system fuels a new wave of attacks on people with albinism

A new wave of killings and attacks targeting people with albinism over the past six months is being fueled by systemic failures in Malawi’s criminal justice system which leave members of this vulnerable group at the mercy of criminal gangs, Amnesty International said today on International Albinism Awareness Day. Since January 2017, at least two people with albinism have been killed while seven more have reported crimes such as attempted murder or abduction.

Date:
13 June 2017
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  • Pakistan
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Pakistan: Economic, social and cultural rights under attack

Pakistan is failing on its international obligations to uphold people’s economic, social and cultural rights, Amnesty International said today, in a submission to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 61st session. “Pakistan is backsliding on its commitments to economic, social and cultural rights. From shrinking civic space, to the failure to bring laws in line with international standards, widespread discrimination, curtailed workers’ rights and meagre social security, there is much that needs to be done to help some of the most disadvantaged people,” said Nadia Rahman, Amnesty International’s Pakistan Campaigner.

Date:
12 June 2017
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Russia: Mass arrests tighten authorities’ stranglehold on freedom of expression

A crackdown on peaceful protests across Russia in which hundreds of people were arrested and numerous others beaten by police demonstrates the authorities’ utter contempt for fundamental human rights, Amnesty International said today. “The right to peaceful assembly is guaranteed by the Russian Constitution, though you wouldn’t know it from the alarming scenes today. After trying to intimidate protesters into abstaining from these demonstrations with blackmail and harassment, the authorities in Moscow, St Petersburg and elsewhere have punished hundreds of those who turned up with beatings and arrests,” said Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International.

Date:
12 June 2017
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  • Pakistan
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Pakistan: Quash conviction and death sentence for alleged blasphemy in Facebook post

Responding to an Anti-Terrorism court’s decision to convict and sentence to death a man for allegedly posting content on Facebook deemed to be ‘blasphemous’, Amnesty International’s Pakistan campaigner, Nadia Rahman, said: “Convicting and sentencing someone to death for allegedly posting blasphemous material online is a violation of international human rights law and sets a dangerous precedent. The authorities are using vague and broad laws to criminalize freedom of expression.

Date:
12 June 2017
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  • Bahrain
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Families ripped apart, freedom of expression under attack amid political dispute in Gulf

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are toying with the lives of thousands of Gulf residents as part of their dispute with Qatar, splitting up families and destroying peoples’ livelihoods and education, Amnesty International said today. The organization’s researchers have interviewed dozens of people whose human rights have been affected by a series of sweeping measures imposed in an arbitrary manner by the three Gulf countries in their dispute with Qatar.

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9 June 2017
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  • Russian Federation
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Russia: Handover of Chechen torture survivor would put him at further risk of torture or death

The Russian authorities must immediately release Chechen torture survivor Murad Amriev, and under no circumstances place his life at further risk by handing him over to the Chechen authorities, Amnesty International said today. Having tried to flee to Belarus earlier this week, Murad Amriev was arrested and unlawfully handed back to Russian police officers early this morning. He is currently in custody in an unknown location in Russia, stoking fears about his fate.

Date:
9 June 2017
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  • Turkey
  • Detention

Turkey: Imprisonment of Amnesty Chair is a devastating injustice

The Turkish prosecution’s decision to charge Taner Kiliç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, with “membership of a terrorist organisation” is a mockery of justice, and highlights the devastating impact of the Turkish authorities’ crackdown following the failed coup attempt in July last year, Amnesty International said today. Taner Kiliç became the latest victim of the government’s sweeping purge after he was detained in the early hours of Tuesday on suspicion of involvement with the Fethullah Gülen movement, together with 22 other lawyers based in Izmir.

Date:
9 June 2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • LGBT Rights

Amnesty activists' message to Chechnya: End this purge now

When reports emerged in April that the Chechen authorities have been detaining, torturing and even killing gay men, as part of a deplorable campaign to purge the republic of people of “non-traditional orientation”, there was international outcry. The response of the Chechen authorities was to claim that gay men do not exist – even as they defended killing them in the name of “honour”. The aggressive homophobia of the Chechen authorities is replicated throughout society, so that gay men have to hide their identities even from their families and closest friends for fear of being attacked and killed.

Date:
9 June 2017
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  • Internet and Social Media

Artificial Intelligence for good

Industry and academia are working towards the next generation of computers that can understand and learn from natural spoken language, full motion video, and more. Given how much the world is already changing, what can we expect from the next generation of Artificial Intelligence systems? How will these technologies affect the world?  Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty addresses the AI for Good Global Summit in ITU in Geneva on 7 June 2017 You have heard and you will hear a lot more in the course of these days about the amazing things that artificial intelligence could do in the future.

Date:
9 June 2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

Israel's occupation: 50 years of Palestinian oppression

After 50 years of Israeli war crimes on Palestinian land, the world has to act and ban Israeli settlement goods. "Everyone has a right to live in his home and no one may uproot him. " These were the words of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a Knesset event this week marking 50 years of Israel's military occupation of the Palestinian territories in which he vowed to strengthen Israel's "settlement enterprise".

Date:
8 June 2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Iraq/US-Led Coalition: Weapons Choice Endangers Mosul Civilians

The expected battle involving Iraqi and US-led coalition forces against the Islamic State (ISIS) in west Mosul’s Old City poses a considerable threat to civilians and civilian objects, international humanitarian and human rights organizations said today. All warring parties should cease using explosive weapons with wide area effects and inherently indiscriminate weapons in densely populated west Mosul.

Date:
8 June 2017
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  • Morocco/Western Sahara
  • Refugees

Syrian refugees trapped in desert on Moroccan border with Algeria in dire need of assistance

Moroccan authorities are flouting their international obligations to give protection to refugees by entrapping a group of 25 Syrian refugees in a desert area on the border between Morocco and Algeria and denying them access to asylum and urgent humanitarian assistance said Amnesty International. The group of Syrians, including 10 children, have been stuck for the past two months in a buffer zone within Moroccan territory, 1km from the oasis of Figuig in Morocco and 5km away from Beni Ounif in Algeria.

Date:
7 June 2017
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  • Iran
  • Terrorism

Iran: Attack at mausoleum and parliament a horrific assault on human life

The group calling itself Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for today’s suicide bombing and gun attack at parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, the first Leader of Islamic Republic, which killed a number of people and injured dozens in Tehran. In response, Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said: “The coordinated attack today at parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum was a brutal and deliberate assault on civilians carried out in cold blood.

Date:
7 June 2017
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  • Papua New Guinea
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

As Papua New Guinea Approaches New Elections, Human Rights Concerns Persist

Later this month, Papua New Guinea will go to the polls to elect a new government. The country’s seven million people, who are spread across several islands and speak more than 800 languages, form one of the most diverse electorates. Once famed for its natural resources, Papua New Guinea is among the world’s poorest countries, a fact that is keenly felt today as the economic boom of a few years ago has yielded to a mere 2 per cent annual growth.

Date:
7 June 2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

States must ban Israeli settlement products to help end half a century of violations

The international community must ban the import of all goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements and put an end to the multimillion dollar profits that have fuelled mass human rights violations against Palestinians, said Amnesty International today. To mark the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, the organization is launching a new campaign calling on states across the world to prohibit settlement goods from their markets and to prevent their companies from operating in settlements or trading in settlement goods.

Date:
7 June 2017