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Ukraine: Authorities must commit to a thorough investigation after 13 people released from secret detention

Fresh details of secret detention by the Ukrainian authorities have emerged following the release of 13 people from a Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) compound in Kharkiv, said Amnesty InternationaI and Human Rights Watch today. The release comes after Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch exposed the use of torture and secret detention by both Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian separatists during the conflict in eastern Ukraine in a joint report “‘You Don’t Exist.

Date:
29 August 2016
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  • Discrimination

France: Reaction to court decision to overturn burkini ban

Responding to the decision of France’s highest administrative court to overturn the ban on the burkini on a French beach, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe Director said: “By overturning a discriminatory ban that is fuelled by and is fuelling prejudice and intolerance, today’s decision has drawn an important line in the sand. ” “French authorities must now drop the pretence that these measures do anything to protect the rights of women.

Date:
26 August 2016
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  • Yemen
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen's horror exposes the deadly hypocrisy of arms exporters like the UK and the USA

By Rasha Mohamed, Yemen Researcher at Amnesty International and Rasha Abdul Rahim, Arms Control Campaigner at Amnesty International The airstrike on Abs Rural Hospital in Yemen's Hajjah governorate on 15 August was the fourth attack on a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in 10 months. That didn't lessen the shock. Sixteen-year-old ambulance driver Ayman Issa Bakri was among the 10 dead. He had been working there since MSF began supporting the hospital in the summer of 2015.

Date:
26 August 2016
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  • Discrimination

France: Upholding burkini ban risks giving green light for abuse of women and girls

Failure to overturn the ban on the burkini would be a missed opportunity to end an assault on women’s freedoms of expression and religion as well as the right to non-discrimination, said Amnesty International as France’s highest administrative court considers a challenge to the ban. “The case being considered today offers an opportunity for the French justice system to overturn a discriminatory ban that is fuelled by and is fuelling prejudice and intolerance,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe Director.

Date:
25 August 2016
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  • Egypt
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Egypt: Refusal to release survivor of torture and disappearance an outrageous blow

The Egyptian authorities’ refusal to release Islam Khalil who was tortured and subjected to enforced disappearance for 122 days is another alarming setback for human rights in Egypt, said Amnesty International. Islam Khalil was transferred to the Second Raml Police Station in the coastal city of Alexandria in preparation for his release yesterday after a court ordered his release on bail of 50,000 EGP (approximately US$ 5,630) on 21 August 2016.

Date:
25 August 2016
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  • Censorship and Free Speech

Malaysia: Sedition conviction must be quashed

The conviction of Mohammed Fakhrulrazi Mohammed Mokhtar for sedition should be quashed immediately, Amnesty International said today. “This is a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression. Malaysia’s sedition law is a crude colonial-era instrument designed to silence dissent. It has no place in a modern rights-respecting society and should be repealed immediately,” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for South East Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
25 August 2016
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Colombia: End of negotiations over conflict brings hopes of peace

The announcement that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have reached a deal to end the five decade-old armed conflict is a momentous and long-awaited development that brings hope that peace will at last be possible, said Amnesty International. In Cuba, the two sides announced that, after almost four years of official talks, they had settled all the major outstanding issues.

Date:
25 August 2016
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  • Myanmar
  • Discrimination

Myanmar: Kofi Annan to head Commission on Rakhine state

The establishment of a high-level commission headed by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is a welcome step towards addressing the human rights situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Amnesty International said today. “Today’s announcement is a sign that Myanmar’s authorities are taking the situation in Rakhine state seriously. But it will only have been a worthwhile exercise if it paves the way for the realization of human rights for all people in the state,” said Rafendi Djamin, Amnesty International’s Director for South East Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
24 August 2016
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Nauru: Australia’s shame and a warning for Europe

“I have lumps in my breasts, in my throat, and in my uterus…” – Halimeh spoke softly, but as she quickly uttered these words, I noticed an immense sadness in her dark brown eyes. We were sitting on the rocks near the ocean, wary of wild dogs barking nearby, and melting in the scorching heat of this remote Pacific island. I could feel her fear, so common for any woman in her 30s who checks her breasts in the morning and knows something isn’t right.

Date:
24 August 2016
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After escaping war, what awaits Syrian children in Europe?

The horrific situation facing Syria’s children, graphically captured by the haunting image of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, shocked and bloodied in the back of an ambulance after being pulled from the rubble of his home, makes it easy to understand why parents would take their children on the desperate, arduous journey to Europe. But if a child like Omran were to survive the trip and reach Europe’s shores, their ordeal would be far from over.

Date:
22 August 2016
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  • Death Penalty

Iraq: Executions will not eliminate security threats

The execution of 36 men in Iraq yesterday marks an alarming rise in the authorities’ use of the death penalty in response to the dramatic security threats the country is facing, said Amnesty International today. The men were convicted over the killing of 1,700 military cadets at Speicher military camp near Trikrit in June 2014, after a deeply-flawed mass trial which lasted only a few hours, and relied on “confessions” extracted under torture.

Date:
22 August 2016
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  • Mali
  • Armed Groups

Mali: ICC trial over destruction of cultural property in Timbuktu shows need for broader accountability

In response to the opening today of the trial of Ahmad Al-Fadi Al-Mahdi, an alleged senior member of the Ansar Eddine armed group, for attacks on mosques and mausoleums in Timbuktu in 2012, Amnesty International’s Senior Legal Advisor Erica Bussey said: “Attacks against religious and historical monuments violate cultural rights and can cause significant harm to the local and sometimes broader communities.

Date:
22 August 2016
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  • Americas
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Brazil: Rio’s Olympic legacy shattered with no let-up in killings by police

The legacy of the Rio 2016 Olympics has been shattered with at least eight people killed in police operations in the city during the Games and peaceful protests heavily repressed, Amnesty International said. “Brazil has lost the most important medal at play during Rio 2016: the chance to become a champion on human rights,” said Atila Roque, Executive Director at Amnesty International Brazil. “The Brazilian authorities missed a golden opportunity to follow on their promises to implement public security policies to make Rio a safe city for all.

Date:
22 August 2016
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  • Armed Conflict

Killer Facts: The scale of the global arms trade

Transfers of heavy conventional weapons The top 10 exporters of conventional arms (excluding small arms/ light weapons – SALW) 2010-15 USA                     US$55. 006 billion Russia                  US$42. 404 billion China                   US$9. 943 billion Germany              US$ 9. 467 billion France                 US$ 8. 932 billion UK                       US$ 7. 627 billion Spain                   US$ 5.

Date:
22 August 2016
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  • Armed Conflict

UN: Zero tolerance for states who flout Arms Trade Treaty obligations

States Parties still engaging in unscrupulous arms transfers, putting lives and human rights at risk More than a quarter of States Parties are yet to meet the treaty’s reporting obligations Some States Parties opting to reject public scrutiny of their arms transfers States must ensure the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) lives up to its promise to save lives and protect human rights from the devastating effects of the international arms trade by taking concrete, transparent steps towards more effective implementation, Amnesty International said today.

Date:
22 August 2016
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  • Pakistan
  • Refugees

Pakistan: Afghan refugees still languish in limbo

Until recently, Pakistan was home to the largest refugee population. For decades, the country won much praise for giving sanctuary to vulnerable people who had to flee their homes. When far wealthier countries showed a callous indifference towards those people seeking safety — tightening border controls while pleading lack of capacity — the example of Pakistan shamed them. Now, however, the Pakistani government risks squandering that moral standing and courting notoriety, for planning what might be one of the largest forcible returns of refugees in modern history.

Date:
21 August 2016