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Bahrain: At least one dead and hundreds injured as government violently cracks down on opposition

The Bahraini security forces used excessive force against protesters in the village of Duraz, the majority of whom were peaceful, as part of an ongoing crack down on the village which has been under siege by the authorities for 11 months, according to evidence uncovered by Amnesty International. At least one person has been killed and hundreds injured as security forces fired birdshot from shotguns and teargas against protesters.

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23 May 2017
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Vatican: President Trump should heed Pope Francis’ call to “build bridges, not walls”

Ahead of the meeting between Pope Francis and President Trump in the Vatican tomorrow, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe said: “Pope Francis has spoken forcefully in favour of freedom and justice and need to build bridges rather than walls. President Trump would do well to heed this advice. ” “The Pope has also warned against the rise of populism and the importance of opening our hearts and borders to refugees fleeing war and conflict.

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23 May 2017
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Indonesia: Caning of gay men an outrageous act of cruelty

Responding to news that two men have been caned 83 times each for having sex with each other in Indonesia’s Aceh province, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Josef Benedict, said: “This sickening spectacle, carried out in front of more than a thousand jeering spectators, is an act of utmost cruelty. These two men had their privacy forcefully invaded when they were ambushed inside their own home, and their ‘punishment’ today was designed to humiliate as well as physically injure them.

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23 May 2017
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USA Health of pregnant women being jeopardized by punitive laws

A set of US laws which claim to promote maternal and infant health are in fact driving pregnant women away from vital health services, jeopardizing their wellbeing and violating their right to health, according to a new report published by Amnesty International today. Criminalizing Pregnancy: Policing Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs in the USA, highlights the impact of pregnancy criminalization laws, especially those which are used to arrest and prosecute women who use drugs based on a belief that they are harming their fetuses.

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23 May 2017
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Greece: People displaced by imminent closure of refugee camps must get safe and adequate housing

Greek authorities must ensure that refugees and migrants expected to start being evacuated from three Elliniko camps tomorrow, are provided with safe, adequate, alternative housing, said Amnesty International. “Whilst no one will mourn the closure of these uninhabitable, unsafe camps, the failure to provide people living there with information about their imminent removal has only served to increase their fears and anxieties,” said Monica Costa Riba, Amnesty International’s Regional Campaigner.

Date:
22 May 2017
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Turkey: “Professional annihilation” of 100,000 public sector workers in post-coup attempt purge

The dismissal of more than 100,000 Turkish public sector workers is arbitrary and has had a catastrophic impact on their lives and livelihoods, a new report published by Amnesty International reveals. No end in sight: Purged public sector workers denied a future in Turkey finds that tens of thousands of people including doctors, police officers, teachers, academics and soldiers, branded as ‘terrorists’ and banned from public service, are now struggling to make ends meet.

Date:
22 May 2017
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Angola: Authorities must tolerate critical views amid pre-election protests

Authorities in Angola must uphold people’s rights to exercise their freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, Amnesty International said ahead of a planned protest against the imprisonment of seven activists. “In recent years, Angolan authorities have frequently used the police to suppress public protests. Demonstrators are often arrested, imprisoned and even ‘disappeared’ for expressing themselves,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa.

Date:
19 May 2017
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Trump’s first international tour raises red flags for human rights in Middle East

As President Donald Trump embarks on his first foreign tour this weekend, the irony of his decision to make his first stop in Saudi Arabia, home to some of Islam’s holiest sites, will not be lost on many. Within weeks of coming to power, President Trump provoked global outrage with his blatantly discriminatory ban on people from six majority-Muslim countries entering the USA. Yet this weekend he is joining a summit in Riyadh attended by dozens of leaders from across the Muslim world, where it is reported he will give a speech laying out his vision on how to tackle Islamic extremism.

Date:
19 May 2017
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Saudi Arabia: Trump visit risks giving green light to violations of human rights

As US President Donald Trump embarks on his first foreign visit to attend the Riyadh summit in Saudi Arabia, counter terrorism and security will dominate his discussions with Gulf and Arab state leaders. The President is also expected to unveil a multi-billion dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The glaring absence of human rights from Trump’s agenda will only embolden further violations in a region where governments flout the rights of their own people in the name of the fight against terror, and violate international humanitarian law in conflicts fueled on large part by US arms transfers, said Amnesty International.

Date:
19 May 2017
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Tricks of the trade? Open season on journalists in Mexico

The tragic news of the brutal murder of Javier Valdez Cárdenas, a Mexican journalist renowned for his fearless reporting of the drug war wreaking havoc across Mexico, has sent shockwaves through the country. His journalism was particularly well-known in his home town of Culiacán, in Sinaloa. There, thousands of people are virtual hostages of a war between ruthless drug cartels and a government that is at best, unable to protect its people and, at worse, in collusion with those it claims to be fighting against.

Date:
19 May 2017
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Burundi: Regional leaders must prioritize ongoing human rights crisis

The East African Community (EAC) must prioritize ending human rights violations in Burundi, and provide the renewed political leadership and commitment needed to end the crisis, said Amnesty International today in an open letter to the bloc’s leaders, ahead of their summit on 20 May in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam. “The need to find a solution to this ongoing human rights crisis is more urgent than ever, and the EAC is an essential part of it,” wrote Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, in the letter addressed to the presidents of the six-member regional grouping.

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19 May 2017
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Qatar: Abuse of migrant workers remains widespread as World Cup stadium hosts first match

Migrant workers on Qatar 2022 World Cup construction sites continue to suffer abuse and exploitation, Amnesty International said today as the country’s flagship football venue hosts the first match since its redevelopment. Companies involved in the renovation of Khalifa International Stadium subjected their workers to systematic labour abuse which Amnesty International exposed last year. The stadium will be inaugurated on Friday evening – one month after independent auditors published fresh details of ongoing exploitation of migrant workers across World Cup projects.

Date:
18 May 2017
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Sri Lanka: The conflict’s legacy of impunity endures

On the eighth anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s decades-long conflict, Amnesty International calls on the government to repeal the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and ensure that any legislation it introduces to replace it meets international standards. The failure to repeal the notorious law is one of several commitments that the government has stalled on since coming to power two years ago, when it pledged to deliver truth, justice and reparation to victims of the conflict and enact reforms that would prevent further human rights violations “The PTA is a highly repressive law that contributed to many of the human rights violations during and following Sri Lanka’s conflict.

Date:
18 May 2017
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Chile: Closure of investigation into crimes against Mapuche leader puts Indigenous Peoples at risk

The closure of the investigation into the alleged crimes of abduction and torture reported by the Mapuche leader Víctor Queipul Hueiquil sends a dangerous message to human rights defenders in the country, Amnesty International said today. The Temuco Public Prosecutors Office announced today that it will close the case of Víctor Queipul Hueiquil, a Ionko (leader) of the Autonomous Community of Temucuicui, because they have been unable to identify those allegedly responsible for his detention from approximately 8pm on 14 June 2016 until 4am the following day.

Date:
17 May 2017
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Iran refuses hospital transfer for jailed human rights defender on hunger strike for 40 days

The Iranian authorities must immediately transfer Atena Daemi, an imprisoned human rights defender, whose health has sharply deteriorated in recent days, to a hospital outside of prison so that she can receive the specialized medical care she requires, said Amnesty International. Atena Daemi, who has been on hunger strike for 40 days, has been coughing up blood, suffered severe weight loss, nausea, vomiting, blood pressure fluctuations, and kidney pain.

Date:
17 May 2017
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Indonesia: Revoke the caning sentence of gay men in Aceh

Responding to the sentencing of two gay men to 85 lashes each for consensual same-sex sexual relations, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Josef Benedict, said: “The Aceh authorities must immediately revoke the conviction and the caning sentences and end the use of this punishment, which constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and may amount to torture.

Date:
17 May 2017