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London demonstration to mark Musharraf visit

Amnesty International activists and lawyers will lead a demonstration outside Downing Street in London on Saturday to protest against the serious human rights abuses in Pakistan while President Pervez Musharraf is in London. Pakistan's President begins a four-day visit to the UK on Friday. He is due to meet Gordon Brown on Monday. The demonstration is being organised by Amnesty International together with the Society of Asian Lawyers and the Solicitors’ International Human Rights Group.

Date:
25 January 2008
  • News
  • Myanmar
  • Killings and Disappearances

Arrests of political activists increase in Myanmar

Political activists continue to be imprisoned in Myanmar, according to new research by Amnesty International. There have been 96 arrests since 1 November 2007. Amnesty International's research completely contradicts the assurance that arrests had stopped and that no more would take place given to UN Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari in early November by Myanmar's Prime Minister Thein Sein. “Four months on from the violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, rather than stop its unlawful arrests the Myanmar government has actually accelerated them,” said Catherine Baber, director of Amnesty International Asia-Pacific programme.

Date:
25 January 2008
  • News
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Justice Systems

Gaza must not be cut off from the world

The Egyptian authorities began efforts to reclose the country's border with Gaza on Friday morning. Their actions come three days after Palestinian militants blew open breaches in the Gaza-Egypt border wall, allowing hundreds of thousands of Gazans to cross into Egypt to buy food, medicines, fuel and other basic necessities. The Gaza-Egypt border had been sealed since June 2007, virtually imprisoning the 1.

Date:
25 January 2008
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  • Belarus
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Belarusian youth activist freed

The Belarusian youth activist, Zmitser Dashkevich, has been released early from Sklou prison in Belarus. Zmitser was the subject of a global Amnesty International action last year calling for his release. In an interview shortly after his release, Zmitser said that he thought his early release was due to international pressure. The first Zmitser's friends knew about his release was when he phoned them from Sklou post office on Wednesday.

Date:
25 January 2008
  • News
  • Zimbabwe
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Zimbabwean police arrest and assault opposition demonstrators

Police assaulted several supporters of Zimbabwe's political opposition en route to a rally outside Harare city centre on Wednesday. Police used teargas against the demonstrators who were travelling from the city centre to the venue for the rally, organised by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).   The MDC rally at Glamis Stadium had been authorised by the Magistrates Court. It has been reported that between 1,000 and 3,000 MDC supporters attended the rally.

Date:
24 January 2008
  • News
  • Pakistan
  • International Organizations

World leaders urged to tackle Musharraf at World Economic Forum

Irene Khan has written to world political and business leaders, calling on them to raise the issue of Pakistan's human rights situation with President Musharraf at the World Economic Forum (WEF). In the letter, Amnesty International's Secretary General urges them to make human rights and rule of law in Pakistan a central theme in their discussions with the President. President Musharraf is due to travel Davos, Switzerland, today for the WEF Annual Meeting and is expected to stay until the meeting ends on Sunday.

Date:
23 January 2008
  • News
  • Bangladesh
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Ending the downward spiral in Bangladesh

by Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International As British Airways flight BA144 takes off from Zia International Airport in the darkness of the night, I look out of the window of the airplane and think of the metaphorical darkness from which the people of this country are seeking to escape. For decades, Bangladesh has been caught in a downward spiral of corruption, insecurity, political violence and organized crime in which human rights and the rule of law have been the first casualties.

Date:
23 January 2008
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  • Poverty

Israel cuts electricity and food supplies to Gaza

Israel has cut off the supply of electricity, fuel and humanitarian assistance to the population of Gaza, a move Amnesty International has condemned as collective punishment. With the blockade likely to lead to a public health emergency, Amnesty International called for an immediate lifting of the blockade on fuel, humanitarian aid and basic necessities, as well as other restrictions that have effectively prevented entry or exit of people and goods from the Gaza Strip since Hamas seized control in the territory in June 2007.

Date:
21 January 2008
  • News
  • Pakistan
  • Killings and Disappearances

Europe must call Musharraf to account

Europe's leaders have the chance to urge President Pervez Musharraf to end human rights violations in Pakistan when he visits Europe this week. The Pakistani President begins a week-long trip to Europe on Monday, where he will meet leaders including Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy. This follows Amnesty International's month-long visit to Pakistan last month, where it uncovered a worsening human rights crisis - despite last month's lifting of emergency rule.

Date:
21 January 2008
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  • Algeria
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Six years from home – Guantánamo detainees from Bosnia and Herzegovina

“I am going back to my wife and children, and you are going back to your cell like a dog. ” Reported statement of US interrogator to Belkacem Bensayeh Unlike his US interrogator, Belkacem Bensayeh has little hope that he will soon return home to his wife and children.   It is now six years since he was seized in Bosnia and Herzegovina and handed over to US forces along with five other men of Algerian origin.

Date:
18 January 2008
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  • South Korea
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

The world shouts 'Close Guantánamo'

Thousands of people, including Amnesty International members and supporters from around the world, have taken action to mark the sixth anniversary of the first transfers of detainees to Guantánamo. Amnesty International staged protests in 30 countries on Friday, 11 January. Click on the pictures to the right to watch a slideshow with images of the day. More than simply a call for closure, Amnesty International once again presented the US government with the organization’s framework for ending illegal detentions, whether at Guantánamo or elsewhere.

Date:
16 January 2008
  • News
  • Killings and Disappearances

Six years of illegal US detentions

On the sixth anniversary of the US detention centre at Guantánamo, thousands of Amnesty International members and supporters are taking action around the world calling on the US government to end illegal detentions at Guantánamo and elsewhere. This anniversary is not just about Guantánamo. The detentions there are only one part of the unlawful detention policies and practices that the US government has adopted since 11 September 2001 in the name of counter-terrorism and national security.

Date:
11 January 2008
  • News
  • Uzbekistan
  • Death Penalty

Uzbekistan abolishes the death penalty

The trend towards total abolition of the death penalty has continued with Uzbekistan becoming the latest country to put an end to executions. From 1 January 2008, it becomes the 135th country in the world to abolish the death penalty in law or practice. Capital punishment has now been replaced with life or long-term imprisonment. Amnesty International welcomes this move towards ending this cruel and inhumane practice.

Date:
11 January 2008
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  • Paraguay
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

World marks sixth anniversary of Guantánamo Bay

Amnesty International is leading worldwide events, rallies and meetings to mark the sixth anniversary of the first transfers of detainees to Guantánamo Bay. People around the world will be taking action to seek the immediate closure of the detention centre and an end to all illegal detentions. Amnesty International events for the anniversary will showcase the recently declassified “Poems from Guantánamo” in countries including Bahrain, Luxembourg, Denmark and Spain.

Date:
10 January 2008
  • News

Amnesty International launches new Bangla website

A new Amnesty International website will help people in Bangladesh participate in the global campaign against human rights abuses. The site - www. amnesty. org/bangla - enables Bangla speakers to join Amnesty International’s global community of 2. 2 million activists in over 100 countries and was launched on Wednesday 9 January. It coincides with Amnesty International's visit to Bangladesh, during which delegates met journalists, bloggers and activists to discuss the state of freedom of expression in the country.

Date:
10 January 2008