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Indonesia: Jokowi should not become the most prolific executioner in recent history

The Indonesian authorities have told the relatives of 14 death row prisoners that they will execute them by firing squad tonight, Amnesty International has learned. The 14 include four Indonesians, and ten foreign nationals – all convicted of drug-related offences. Contrary to Indonesian law and international standards, the families were only informed of the decision this morning. Indonesian law requires that relatives be informed at 72 hours in advance.

Date:
28 July 2016
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Detention

Australia: Guantanamo-style abuse of child prisoners shows current detention system has failed

Chilling footage showing detained Indigenous children being tear gassed and a child being hooded and strapped to a restraint chair in Australia’s Northern Territory must serve as a wakeup call for the government on the need to urgently change its policies on juvenile detention, Amnesty International said today. The organization is calling on Australia’s authorities to immediately ratify the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) as a way of ensuring that detention facilities are thoroughly and independently monitored.

Date:
28 July 2016
  • News
  • International Organizations

Global refugee deal risks being sacrificed on altar of selfish national interests

The world faces an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. On the 65th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention being adopted, there are now 65 million displaced people globally, the highest number since the Second World War. Around a third of that number are refugees; at least half of those are children. Yet the only attempt to find an international solution to this most urgent of problems is now being gutted and delayed.

Date:
28 July 2016
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  • South Sudan
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

South Sudan: Government forces continue to commit war crimes despite peace agreement

Amid a fresh outbreak of fighting in South Sudan, a new report by Amnesty International reveals the true horror suffered by civilians at the hands of government forces after the August 2015 peace agreement was signed. “We are still running”: War crimes in Leer, South Sudan, details how South Sudanese government forces and allied militia hunted down and killed civilians, raped and abducted women, stole cattle and torched villages in opposition strongholds in Leer County, Unity State, between August and December 2015.

Date:
28 July 2016
  • News
  • Indonesia
  • International Justice

Indonesia: Gen. Wiranto's appointment shows contempt for human rights

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision to make Gen. Wiranto Indonesia’s most powerful security official a mere day after Indonesia ordered the execution of 14 death row prisoners shows contempt for human rights, Amnesty International said today. "This is adding insult to injury. A day after ordering a fresh round of executions, Jokowi has now decided to hand control of the country’s security apparatus to someone who was indicted for crimes against humanity by a UN sponsored tribunal,” said Josef Benedict, Deputy Director for South East Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
27 July 2016
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Brazil: Amnesty International activists deliver ‘body bags’ to Rio 2016 organizers

Forty body bags, representing the number of people killed by the police in May 2016 in Rio de Janeiro were displayed in front of the Local Organizing Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympics by Amnesty International’s activists in a peaceful protest. The activists also delivered a petition signed by 120,000 people from more than 15 countries demanding public security policies that respect human rights during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Date:
27 July 2016
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Fighting injustice with smartphones in Olympic Rio

By Josefina Salomon, News Writer at Amnesty International @josefinasalomon It was a regular evening in April 2015 in the Complexo do Alemão, one of the largest conglomerations of favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Eduardo, a 10-year-old boy, was sitting at the front door of his house, playing with his mobile phone. He was eagerly waiting for his sister to return home so they could play together while their mum prepared dinner.

Date:
27 July 2016
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  • Death Penalty

Indonesia: Executions will put Jokowi on the wrong side of history

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as ‘Jokowi’, will be putting his government on the wrong side of history if he proceeds with a fresh round of executions, Amnesty International said today. Amnesty International received credible reports that at least 14 people could be executed this week, who consist of four Indonesian and ten foreign nationals, including a Pakistani, an Indian, a Zimbabwean, a Senegalese, a South African, and five Nigerians.

Date:
26 July 2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey crackdown by the numbers: Statistics on brutal backlash after failed coup

Human rights in Turkey are in peril following a bloody failed coup attempt on 15 July. The Turkish authorities’ reaction was swift and brutal, unleashing a crackdown of exceptional proportions that has continued after a state of emergency declared five days later. Amnesty International has been on the ground in Istanbul and Ankara to document human rights violations amid these events. Here are some alarming statistics on the situation: At least 208 people were killed and more than 1,400 injured amid the failed coup attempt in Istanbul and Ankara, according to government accounts.

Date:
26 July 2016
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  • Thailand
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Thailand: Drop charges against Amnesty International Thailand Chair and others

Image: AI Thailand Chair Porpen Khongkaconkiet (L) and Piyanut Kotsan (R) of Amnesty International Thailand with Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International. © Amnesty International Responding to the news on 26 July 2016 that three leading human rights defenders in Thailand -- including a current and former chair of Amnesty International Thailand --  have been formally charged with “computer crimes” and “criminal defamation” for publishing a report on torture committed by the country’s security forces, Amnesty International said: “The Thai authorities must immediately drop all charges against Somchai Homla-or, Anchana Heemmina, and Porpen Khongkaconkiet.

Date:
26 July 2016
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  • Thailand
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Thailand: Amnesty International Thailand’s Chair and other activists face jail for exposing torture

The Thai authorities must immediately drop the criminal investigation against three of the country’s most prominent human rights activists, including the chair of Amnesty International Thailand, who could be charged today for documenting and publishing a report about torture by Thai security forces, the organization warned. Somchai Homla-or, Anchana Heemmina, and Porpen Khongkaconkiet, who was appointed Chair of the Amnesty International Thailand board last month, face the prospect of five years behind bars and a fine of US $4,800 if found guilty on charges of “criminal defamation” and “computer crimes”.

Date:
26 July 2016
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Yemen: Peace talks must prioritize getting aid to desperate civilians

Restrictions on the delivery of vital humanitarian aid to civilians in Yemen are exacerbating the country’s humanitarian crisis and endangering lives, said Amnesty International calling on all parties to the conflict to allow full and unfettered access to organizations providing crucial supplies. A delegation from the organization visited Huthi-controlled parts of Yemen in May 2016 and spoke to 11 local and international humanitarian aid organizations who described unlawful restrictions on aid by both Huthi and Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces.

Date:
26 July 2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Arrest warrants for 42 journalists a brazen attack on press freedom

Responding to news that Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists, Amnesty International issued the following quote: “This is the latest alarming development in what is increasingly becoming a brazen purge based on political affiliation,” said Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe. “By rounding up journalists the government is failing to make a distinction between criminal acts and legitimate criticism.

Date:
25 July 2016
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Congo Brazzaville: Opposition leader sentenced to two years of prison

“Sentencing Paulin Makaya to two years in prison simply for taking part in a protest is yet another clear example of how freedom of expression has been restricted and opposition muzzled in Congo,” said Stephen Cockburn, Amnesty International Deputy regional director for West and Central Africa. “Amnesty International considers Paulin Makaya as a prisoner of conscience who should never have been arrested in the first place, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

Date:
25 July 2016
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  • Americas
  • Refugees

UN: Narrow national self-interest must not scupper Ban Ki-moon’s initiative to end refugee crisis

UN talks under way to agree a Global Compact on Refugees by 2018 Just one week left before game-changing proposal is locked in ahead of September Summit A strong outcome would give fresh hope to 20 million refugees worldwide States risk historic failure by sacrificing refugees’ rights for national self-interest With just under a week to go, a group of unlikely bedfellows including Australia, China, Egypt, India, Russia, Pakistan and the UK, among others, risk bulldozing through the only worldwide effort under way to provide concrete action to deal with the global refugee crisis affecting 20 million people, warned Amnesty International today.

Date:
25 July 2016
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  • Turkey
  • Detention

Turkey: Independent monitors must be allowed to access detainees amid torture allegations

Amnesty International has gathered credible evidence that detainees in Turkey are being subjected to beatings and torture, including rape, in official and unofficial detention centres in the country. The organization is calling for independent monitors to be given immediate access to detainees in all facilities in the wake of the coup attempt, which include police headquarters, sports centres and courthouses.

Date:
24 July 2016