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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

China: Anti-corruption activist to be freed but relentless crackdown goes on

Chinese authorities must end their callous assault against human rights activists and free all those still imprisoned for solely exercising their right to freedom of expression, said Amnesty International, ahead of the expected release of prominent social activist Xu Zhiyong. Xu Zhiyong is due to be released from prison on Saturday, 15 July after completing a four year jail sentence. In January 2014, he was convicted of “gathering a crowd to disturb order in a public place” following more than six months in pre-trial detention.

Date:
14 July 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Liu Xiaobo: A giant of human rights who leaves a lasting legacy for China and the world

Responding to the news that Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo has passed away, Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International commented: “Today we grieve the loss of a giant of human rights. Liu Xiaobo was a man of fierce intellect, principle, wit and above all humanity. “For decades, he fought tirelessly to advance human rights and fundamental freedoms in China. He did so in the face of the most relentless and often brutal opposition from the Chinese government.

Date:
13 July 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Myanmar
  • Detention

Myanmar: Further information: Kachin pastors face additional charge: Dumdaw Nawng Lat and Langjaw Gam Seng

Dumdaw Nawng Lat and Langjaw Gam Seng are facing an additional charge of defamation for speaking to media about human rights violations committed by the Myanmar Army. If convicted, they each face up to 8 years in prison for charges Amnesty International believes are politically motivated. There are also concerns for their health.

Date:
11 July 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/6688/2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Detention

China: Authorities must end ruthless crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists

The Chinese authorities must end their ruthless campaign of detention and torture of human rights lawyers and activists, said Amnesty International, ahead of the second anniversary of the start of an unprecedented crackdown launched under President Xi Jinping. Nearly 250 human rights lawyers and activists have been targeted during the nationwide sweep which began on 9 July 2015. Six have since been convicted for “subverting state power” or “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”.

Date:
7 July 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Unlawful Detention

China’s lawyers crackdown: two years on the torment continues

It’s been two years since China began its unprecedented assault on human rights lawyers and activists across the country. Nearly 250 lawyers and activists have been caught up in the dragnet since and for many the torment goes on. Jin Bianling has not heard from her husband since November last year. Jiang Tianyong, a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer, called his wife in the USA, after traveling to Changsha, Hunan province to visit the wife of a detained human rights lawyer.

Date:
7 July 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

China: Labour activist jailed for four and a half years for publishing account of Tiananmen crackdown

Chinese labour activist Liu Shaoming is the latest victim of the authorities’ relentless assault on human rights, Amnesty International said, after he was sentenced to four and a half years in jail for publishing his story of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. On Friday, court in Guangzhou found Liu Shaoming guilty of “inciting subversion of state power”. He has already spent more than two years in detention, after he was taken away by police on 30 May 2015.

Date:
7 July 2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Refugees

Thailand: Implement Commitments to Protect Refugee Rights. End Detention and Forcible Returns of Refugees

On the occasion of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Mr. Filippo Grandi’s visit to Thailand, Amnesty International joins 12 other organisations urging the Thai government to demonstrate its commitment to protecting refugees by ending abusive practices as well as instituting and implementing laws that guarantee the rights of refugees in Thailand. These rights should be guaranteed without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, nationality or national origin, or membership of a particular social group or political opinion.

Date:
6 July 2017
Ref:
ASA 39/6677/2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Detention

China must release critically ill Liu Xiaobo

The Chinese authorities are demonstrating new-depths of cruelty by preventing Liu Xiaobo from leaving the country to receive urgent medical treatment for his late-stage liver cancer, Amnesty International said. On Wednesday, the authorities announced medical experts from Germany and the US will be invited to China to assist with the treatment of the Nobel Peace Prize winner. The move appears in part an attempt to limit international criticism, as the authorities continue to refuse to grant Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia’s wish to travel abroad to receive treatment.

Date:
5 July 2017
  • News
  • India
  • Armed Conflict

India must ask Israel to end mass human rights violations against Palestinians

During his official visit to Israel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi must ask Israel to immediately lift the illegal 10 year blockade of Gaza and raise the issue of 50 years of illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land, Amnesty International India said today. This is the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister since establishment of diplomatic relations 25 years ago. “Prime Minister Modi must tell his Israeli counterparts that the illegal settlements are a violation of international humanitarian law and cause of mass violations of human rights.

Date:
5 July 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Myanmar
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Myanmar: Further information: Newspaper editor denied bail again: Kyaw Min Swe and Kyaw Zwar Naing

Newspaper editor Kyaw Min Swe remains in detention after a court in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, again rejected his request for bail. While charges against his colleague, Kyaw Zwar Naing, have been dropped, Kyaw Min Swe remains on trial for “online defamation’’ in connection with a satirical article mocking the Myanmar Army. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
4 July 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/6658/2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Hong Kong: President Xi’s attack on human rights a grave threat to city’s freedoms

Hong Kong’s political leaders must show they are prepared to fiercely resist pressure from President Xi Jinping to further erode human rights in the city, Amnesty International said, as the Chinese President arrived to mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China. “Hong Kong’s political leaders need to step up and show they won’t bend to Beijing’s pressure. They must be prepared to defend the city’s cherished human rights and freedoms and the rule of law that were guaranteed as part of the handover deal,” said Mabel Au, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong.

Date:
29 June 2017
  • News
  • Nepal
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

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