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Bahrain: Opposition leader jailed for nine years over peaceful speeches

In a shocking attack on the right to freedom of expression Bahrain’s authorities today upheld the conviction of opposition leader Sheikh ‘Ali Salman and increased his prison sentence from four to nine years for giving speeches in which he criticized the government, said Amnesty International. “Sheikh ‘Ali Salman’s conviction is clearly politically motivated and is designed to send a message to others that even legitimate and peaceful demands for reform will not go unpunished.

Date:
30 May 2016
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  • Chad
  • International Justice

The long road to justice for Chad’s Hissene Habre

“From the depths of my cell, from the depths of that madness, I swore to fight for justice if I ever got out alive,” former detainee Souleymane Guengueng told the special criminal court last year. Today he and thousands of other victims are celebrating after the life sentence handed down by the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) in Dakar against the former Chadian President, Hissène Habré for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture.

Date:
30 May 2016
  • News
  • Chad
  • International Justice

Hissene Habre verdict: Landmark decision brings justice for tens of thousands of victims

Today’s judgment convicting former Chadian president Hissène Habré marks a significant moment for international justice and a huge relief for the tens of thousands of victims who have waited for this day for over 25 years, said Amnesty International. Following a trial which began in July last year, the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) in Dakar sentenced Hissene Habre to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture committed in Chad between 1982 and 1990.

Date:
30 May 2016
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  • Middle East and North Africa
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Egypt: Head of press syndicate detained in unprecedented crackdown on media freedom

The arrest today of the head of the Egyptian Press Syndicate and two colleagues is an alarming setback for freedom of expression and the most brazen attack on the media the country witnessed in decades, said Amnesty International. Yahia Galash, head of Press Syndicate and senior board members Khaled Elbalshy and Gamal Abd el-Reheem were summoned for questioning on 29 May by the public prosecution. After 13 hours of questioning, the three men were charged with ‘harbouring suspects against whom an arrest warrant has been issued’ and ‘publishing false news, which threatens public peace, related to their arrest’.

Date:
30 May 2016
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  • Malaysia
  • Refugees

Malaysia: One year on, no justice for the ‘boat crisis’ survivors

Hundreds of refugees who survived the 2015 boat crisis in South East Asia have been locked up in poor conditions in Malaysia ever since, Amnesty International said, following a visit to the country to investigate the fate of people one year on. After harrowing footage of desperate refugees and migrants stranded at sea was beamed around the world last May, Malaysia agreed to accept 1,100 people. Almost 400 of those were identified as Rohingya refugees – people fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

Date:
28 May 2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Armed Conflict

No justice for eastern Ukraine’s victims of torture

Alexandra showed me her fingernails and sighed in despair, “See, they don’t grow. I used to have long nails, but they broke them to the roots. ” Her damaged fingers are among the many injuries reminding her of the time she spent in detention. As the war raged in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatist forces and Ukrainian army, 55-year-old Alexandra stayed in her home village of Pervomayskoe, just 20 kilometres from Donetsk, the capital of the so-called DNR (the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic).

Date:
27 May 2016
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  • Unlawful Detention

South Sudan: Dozens of detainees at risk of death in shipping containers

Dozens of detainees held in dire conditions in poorly ventilated metal shipping containers, fed only once or twice a week and given insufficient drinking water are at risk of death, warned Amnesty International today. According to information obtained by the organisation, these conditions have apparently resulted in the deaths of multiple detainees at the Gorom detention site, located about 20km south of the capital Juba.

Date:
27 May 2016
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  • Saudi Arabia
  • Death Penalty

Saudi Arabia: Surge in executions continues as death toll approaches 100

Saudi Arabia will have put to death more than 100 people in the first six months of this year if it continues to carry out executions at its current pace, said Amnesty International today. At least 94 people have been executed so far this year, higher than at the same point last year. At least 158 people were put to death in Saudi Arabia in 2015, the highest recorded figure in the country since 1995. “Executions in Saudi Arabia have been surging dramatically for two years now and this appalling trend shows no sign of slowing,” said James Lynch, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
27 May 2016
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  • Killings and Disappearances

Argentina: Historic ruling on Operation Condor a great step forward for truth and justice

The sentencing of a former Argentinean military leader for his role in hundreds of enforced disappearances in the context of a region-wide intelligence operation must open the door to further investigations to bring all those responsible to justice, said Amnesty International. Former de facto President Reynaldo Bignone was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a court in Buenos Aires. Fourteen other military officers were also sentenced to prison terms.

Date:
27 May 2016
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  • India
  • Discrimination

Strength in Numbers: Sex Worker Collectives in India

Bharati Dey, 52 years old, from Kolkata, India, is a former sex worker and now heads the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (Durbar). This collective of 75,000 sex workers from across the West Bengal region was founded in 1995 and is managed by sex workers and their children. Durbar, which means ‘unstoppable’ in Bengali, aims to strengthen sex workers’ rights through solidarity and reduce the stigma and discrimination they face.

Date:
27 May 2016
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  • Jamaica
  • Discrimination

"I feel scared all the time." A Jamaican sex worker tells her story

‘Apple’ is a 38 year old street sex worker in Jamaica, she has been a sex worker for almost 12 years. She was arrested for the first time six weeks ago, and forced to sign a confession. Apple told Amnesty that the statement read on her behalf at the court hearing was “pure lies”. She described how she and the other female sex workers are regularly harassed and abused by a particular police officer who demands free sex in return for not arresting them.

Date:
27 May 2016
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  • Africa
  • Discrimination

Out of the Shadows: Fighting for the Rights of Sex Workers

“Six police officers did sex to me one by one. They were armed with guns so I had to do it,” Mona, a mother of two in her late thirties told us, tears streaming down her cheeks. The gang rape took place in a public park in Papua New Guinea’s capital city Port Moresby in August 2012 and, while clearly extremely traumatized, Mona has never reported it. “It was so painful to me, but then I let it go,” Mona sighs.

Date:
26 May 2016
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  • Uganda
  • Discrimination

"We are not criminals; We are people" A Ugandan sex worker tells her story

Bad Black, is a 25-year old, HIV positive trans woman in Uganda. She is a street sex worker in the capital city, Kampala. Bad Black has been arrested over 20 times and has suffered horrific sexual abuse and violence at the hands of police officers and other inmates in jail. She can’t stop doing sex work, she says, because she has no other way of making money. "Most trans women in Uganda are sex workers because they cannot be employed anywhere.

Date:
26 May 2016
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  • Norway
  • Women's Rights

Amnesty International publishes policy and research on protection of sex workers’ rights

“If a customer is bad you need to manage it yourself to the end. You only call the police if you think you are going to die. If you call the police, you lose everything. ” --Sex worker in Norway Amnesty International is today publishing its policy on protecting sex workers from human rights violations and abuses, along with four research reports on these issues in Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Norway and Argentina.

Date:
26 May 2016
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  • Azerbaijan
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Azerbaijan: Journalist Khadija Ismayilova free but conviction must be quashed

The release of Khadija Ismayilova by Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court is a welcome step but she will not have obtained justice until her conviction is quashed, said Amnesty International. Khadija Ismayilova was sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment at a trial in September 2015 under trumped-up charges of embezzlement, illegal entrepreneurship, tax evasion and abuse of office. The Supreme Court today reduced her sentence to a suspended term of three and a half years, after it reversed two of the initial four charges against her.

Date:
25 May 2016
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Killings and Disappearances

EU: Halt arms transfers to Egypt to stop fuelling killings and torture

Almost half of European Union (EU) member states have flouted an EU-wide suspension on arms transfers to Egypt, risking complicity in a wave of unlawful killings, enforced disappearances and torture, Amnesty International said today. Despite the suspension imposed after hundreds of protesters were killed in a show of grossly excessive force by security forces in August 2013, 12 out of 28 EU member states have remained among Egypt’s main suppliers of arms and policing equipment.

Date:
25 May 2016