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Central American carnage – how Trump’s border wall would lock refugees in a life of violence and fear

The image of a dozen children playing behind a tall metal fence, surrounded by armed guards, says it all – in one of the world’s most dangerous barrios, even playtime happens under security lockdown. The newly built park is located in the Rivera Hernández neighbourhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. It’s one of the deadliest areas of the most dangerous city in one of the most dangerous countries on earth.

Date:
20 February 2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Demonstrations

Bahrain: Fears of further violent crackdown on uprising anniversary

Authorities in Bahrain must refrain from using excessive force against protesters, Amnesty International urged as mass protests are under way on 14 February, to mark the sixth anniversary of the 2011 uprising. Bahrain is on the verge of a human rights crisis, as recent weeks have seen a pattern of increased repression, characterized by violence against protesters, executions, arbitrary detentions and a crackdown on freedom of expression.

Date:
14 February 2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
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Trump must push for end to illegal Israeli settlements during meeting with Netanyahu

President Donald Trump must use his upcoming meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make clear that the US government opposes the construction of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, said Amnesty International in an open letter published today. The two men are due to meet at the White House tomorrow, Wednesday 15 February. Since President Trump’s inauguration last month, the Israeli authorities have announced plans to construct more than 6,200 new settlement homes, apparently emboldened by the prospect of a new ally in the White House.

Date:
14 February 2017
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EU: Human rights cost of refugee deal with Turkey too high to be replicated elsewhere

The EU-Turkey refugee deal has left thousands of refugees and migrants in squalid and dangerous living conditions, and must not be replicated with other countries, Amnesty International said today ahead of the deal’s one year anniversary. The deal aimed at returning asylum-seekers back to Turkey on the premise that Turkey is safe for them, has left thousands exposed to squalid and unsafe conditions on Greek islands.

Date:
14 February 2017
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  • Discrimination

Donald Trump Is Alienating His Most Valuable Allies

Salil Shetty Even at a time when human rights are under relentless attack across the globe, the stories and images of human suffering that have emerged this week have been harrowing. Desperate mothers in Yemen cradle their starving children, knowing that there is nothing left to give them. The ever-present threat of attacks by militant groups and air raids compounds their suffering. In Syria, accounts of brutal torture and mass hangings in prisons have reminded us once again why there is such an urgent need for people to flee the country.

Date:
13 February 2017
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  • Americas

How President Trump’s spat with Mexico will crush Central American refugees

Judging by the spat between US President Donald Trump and his Mexican counterpart, President Enrique Peña Nieto, over who will pay for the infamous wall to separate their countries, the two leaders could not be further apart. But the two presidents have something in common: they are both ignoring the lives of the many men, women and children who are desperately fleeing some of the most violent countries on earth.

Date:
12 February 2017
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Tunisia: Abuses in the name of security threatening reforms

Tunisian security forces’ reliance on the brutal tactics of the past, including torture, arbitrary arrests, detentions and restrictions on travel of suspects as well as harassment of their family members, is threatening Tunisia’s road to reform, said Amnesty International in a new report published today. In response to a series of armed attacks since March 2015 which shook the country, the authorities have stepped up security measures, increasingly relying on emergency laws, many of which are inconsistent with human rights obligations.

Date:
10 February 2017
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  • Syria
  • Detention

President Bashar al-Assad’s response to Amnesty International report on Saydnaya

In response to President Bashar al-Assad’s interview with Yahoo News in which he dismisses the findings of Amnesty International’s recent report on mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya military prison in Syria, the organization’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Philip Luther, said:  “In his interview President Bashar al-Assad repeatedly attempts to discredit Amnesty International’s findings.

Date:
10 February 2017
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Russia: Court offers ‘chink of light’ in case brought by jailed protester Ildar Dadin

This morning’s Constitutional Court ruling in Saint Petersburg scaling back Russia’s draconian rules on public protest offers a rare glimmer of hope for the right to peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said. In the case brought by Ildar Dadin, a prisoner of conscience who is the first and so far only person thrown behind bars because of the law, the Court stated clearly that criminal liability of protesters should be based on harm caused, or the threat of such harm, rather than the mere fact of holding an ‘unauthorized’ peaceful gathering.

Date:
10 February 2017
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Hungary stoops to new low with plan to round up asylum seekers in container camp

The Hungarian government’s announcement that it will detain all asylum seekers in containers near the border is yet another disturbing move in a pattern of demonizing this already very vulnerable group, Amnesty International said today. The government will submit its proposal to Parliament which will then debate and vote on the measures within weeks. If adopted, it will be in clear contravention of EU law and the Refugee Convention.

Date:
10 February 2017
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  • Malaysia
  • Detention

Malaysia: Continued persecution of Anwar Ibrahim symbolizes crackdown on human rights

On the second anniversary of the politically-motivated conviction of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Amnesty International calls for his immediate and unconditional release. “The ongoing political persecution of Anwar Ibrahim is symbolic of Malaysia’s crackdown on human rights. He has unjustifiably spent the past two years behind bars on trumped-up charges intended to silence him and end his political career,” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
10 February 2017
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  • Myanmar
  • Business and Human Rights

Myanmar: Suspend copper mine linked to ongoing human rights abuses

The Myanmar authorities must immediately halt operations at a giant copper mine co-owned by a Chinese company and the Myanmar military, which continues to be plagued by human rights abuses, Amnesty International said today in a new report. The Letpadaung mine is operated by Wanbao Mining, a subsidiary of NORINCO, a Chinese state-owned conglomerate with interests in arms manufacturing and mining – and began shipping copper in September 2016.

Date:
10 February 2017
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  • Corporate Accountability

USA: Suspending conflict minerals law would throw a cloak of secrecy over rogue business practices

President Donald Trump’s proposed suspension of a ground-breaking transparency law on conflict minerals will reward irresponsible business practices and seriously undermine global human rights protections, Amnesty International said today. “The conflict minerals law is a vital way of breaking the chain between horrific human rights abuses in Central Africa and consumer products like smart phones. By requiring companies to be transparent about how they source minerals, it throws light on shameful and secretive business practices that allow companies to benefit from conflict and abuse.

Date:
10 February 2017
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USA: Congress must permanently repeal muslim ban

Following the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA made the following statement: “This ruling is obviously a relief, but it won’t end the turmoil and uncertainty that this inhumane ban is causing for thousands of families,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of AIUSA. “We’re concerned by reports that some border patrol agents are still subjecting people entering the U.

Date:
9 February 2017
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  • Egypt
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Shutdown of renowned torture rehabilitation centre in Egypt

In response to the news that the El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence was raided by police and shut down today Deputy Director for campaigns at Amnesty International’s Tunis regional office Najia Bounaim said: “Today’s shutdown of the El Nadeem Center, an organization which offers crucial support to survivors of torture and violence, is yet another shocking attack on civil society in Egypt.

Date:
9 February 2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Migrants

Europe’s cruel migration policies weaken its Trump criticism

European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini's strong response President Trump’s discriminatory executive order — banning the entry of anyone arriving from seven predominantly Muslim countries and suspending the United States' refugee resettlement program — stood out as a rare example of EU leadership. With the stroke of a pen Trump left countless people, many of whom had lived in the U. S. for years, stranded in airports and ripped apart families and communities.

Date:
9 February 2017