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  • Nepal
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Nepal: Respect human rights during elections

Ahead of the second round of Nepal’s historic local elections tomorrow, Amnesty International calls on the country’s authorities to respect people’s human rights. Voting is due to take place in areas where Amnesty International has documented serious human rights violations, particularly at the hands of the security forces, including the unlawful use of excessive and lethal force, torture and other ill-treatment, and arbitrary detention.

Date:
27 June 2017
  • News
  • Myanmar
  • Detention

Myanmar: Release journalists immediately

The Myanmar authorities must immediately release three journalists, who were detained while carrying out their work in conflict-afflicted northern Shan State, Amnesty International said today. Aye Nai and Pyae Phone Naing, both reporters for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), and Thein Zaw (aka Lawi Weng), a reporter for the Irrawaddy newspaper, were arrested along with four other people they were travelling with.

Date:
26 June 2017
  • News
  • Fiji
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Fiji: Crack down on torture, not protests

Fiji’s authorities must immediately and unconditionally release a youth activist for protesting against torture in the Pacific island nation, Amnesty International said today. On the International Day for Victims of Torture, the Fijian authorities arrested Jope Koroisavou – a youth leader from the opposition Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) – for holding a solitary and peaceful protest, carrying signs bearing the names of Fijian victims of torture as he marched through the capital, Suva.

Date:
26 June 2017
  • News
  • China
  • Detention

China: Liu must be released immediately

Responding to the news that Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo has developed late-stage liver cancer while in prison and is currently in hospital receiving treatment, Amnesty International’s China Researcher Patrick Poon said:   “It adds injury to insult that Liu Xiaobo, who should never have been put in prison in the first place, has been diagnosed with a grave illness. “The Chinese authorities should immediately ensure that Liu Xiaobo receives adequate medical care, effective access to his family and that he and all others imprisoned solely for exercising their human rights are immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
26 June 2017
  • News
  • Sri Lanka
  • Killings and Disappearances

Sri Lanka: Establish Office on Missing Persons immediately

Amnesty International calls on the Sri Lankan authorities to immediately implement the much delayed Office on Missing Persons. “The people of Sri Lanka cannot wait any longer. Tens of thousands of families, from all communities, have waited far too long already. The Office on Missing Persons must be established as soon as possible,” said Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director. “It is encouraging that both the President and the Prime Minister have reached out to families of the disappeared over recent days.

Date:
23 June 2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Refugees

Thailand: Amnesty International calls on Thailand to extend legal protections to refugees and asylum seekers in 2017

On World Refugee Day 2017, Amnesty International acknowledges the role the Royal Thai Government has played in hosting and supporting large refugee populations over several decades and welcomes its recent commitments to improve the protection of the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the country. However, despite these undertakings, Thailand has failed to consistently protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, who lack domestic legal status in Thailand and are vulnerable to arbitrary and indefinite detention and forcible returns.

Date:
19 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 39/6539/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Armed Conflict

Time to rein in Myanmar's Army and protect civilians trapped in northern conflict

When Ngau Masar watched her husband Le Mei Tah speed off on his motorbike on the morning of 4 December 2016, little did she know she might never see him again. Two weeks earlier, heavy fighting had prompted the family to flee to China from their village in northern Myanmar. When they returned, they joined thousands of others in makeshift camps near the border. Soldiers remained ubiquitous in the area’s villages, where some houses showed damage from airstrikes.

Date:
19 June 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Southeast Asia and the Pacific: James Gomez joins Amnesty International as new Regional Director

Amnesty International is pleased to announce the appointment of James Gomez as the human rights organization’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The appointment underscores Amnesty International’s commitment to the region, moving closer to the ground to ensure a more impactful presence where human rights abuses are taking place. “Across Southeast Asia and the Pacific, people are facing a relentless assault on their rights, Amnesty International is mounting a robust response to drive change on the ground,” said Minar Pimple, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Global Operations.

Date:
15 June 2017
  • News
  • Australia
  • Refugees

Australia: Compensation deal must lead to safe resettlement for refugees

A landmark settlement that forces the Australian government to pay more than AUS $70m in compensation to nearly 2,000 refugees and asylum seekers for illegally detaining them on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island amid horrific conditions must lead to their safe resettlement, Amnesty International said today. “While the compensation deal is important, it does not remedy the injustices visited upon the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island or change their present circumstances.

Date:
14 June 2017
  • Research
  • Myanmar
  • Armed Conflict

Myanmar: "All the civilians suffer" : Conflict, displacement, and abuse in Northern Myanmar

Over the last seven months, fighting has intensified between the Myanmar Army and ethnic armed groups in Kachin and northern Shan States, areas with long-running conflicts as ethnic minorities have sought greater autonomy and respect for their rights. This report documents war crimes and other human rights violations by the Myanmar Army, including extrajudicial executions, torture, forced labour, and indiscriminate shelling.

Date:
14 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/6429/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Armed Conflict

Myanmar: Ethnic minorities face range of violations including war crimes in northern conflict

CHINESEBURMESE   Civilians from minority ethnic groups suffer appalling violations and abuses, including war crimes, at the hands of Myanmar’s military and ethnic armed groups in the country’s Kachin and northern Shan States, Amnesty International said today in a new report based on three recent trips to the conflict area. ‘All the Civilians Suffer’: Conflict, Displacement and Abuse in Northern Myanmar details how soldiers from the Tatmadaw, as Myanmar’s Armed Forces are known, mete out torture and extrajudicial executions, shell civilian villages indiscriminately and place punitive restrictions on movement and humanitarian access.

Date:
14 June 2017
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  • Pakistan
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Pakistan: Economic, social and cultural rights under attack

Pakistan is failing on its international obligations to uphold people’s economic, social and cultural rights, Amnesty International said today, in a submission to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 61st session. “Pakistan is backsliding on its commitments to economic, social and cultural rights. From shrinking civic space, to the failure to bring laws in line with international standards, widespread discrimination, curtailed workers’ rights and meagre social security, there is much that needs to be done to help some of the most disadvantaged people,” said Nadia Rahman, Amnesty International’s Pakistan Campaigner.

Date:
12 June 2017