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  • Afghanistan
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Afghanistan: Kabul bombing is a war crime

Responding to the deaths of 24 people and the wounding of 42 when a car packed with explosives rammed into a bus in western Kabul this morning, in an attack claimed by the Taliban, Amnesty International’s Afghanistan Researcher, Horia Mosadiq, said: “This horrific attack deliberately targeted civilians and constitutes a war crime under international law. It was just yesterday that the people of Kabul were marking the one year anniversary of one of the deadliest attacks in the city’s history.

Date:
24 July 2017
  • News
  • Malaysia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Malaysia: Bangladeshi human rights activist detained

The Malaysian authorities must immediately release a distinguished Bangladeshi human rights activist and former prisoner of conscience and allow him to speak at and participate in a conference on the death penalty, Amnesty International said today. The Malaysian authorities at Kuala Lumpur airport detained Adilur Rahman Khan, the Secretary of Odhikar, a leading Bangladeshi human rights organization, this morning as he arrived in the country to speak at a conference on the death penalty.

Date:
20 July 2017
  • News
  • Maldives
  • Death Penalty

Maldives: Halt first execution in more than 60 years

The Maldives  must immediately halt its first execution planned in more than sixty years and preserve its positive death penalty record, Amnesty International said today. The human rights organization has learned that three men, whose death sentences were made final by the Supreme Court in 2016, are now at risk of imminent execution as reports emerged that the authorities have been preparing to implement death sentences.

Date:
20 July 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Death Penalty

Singapore: Further Information: Malaysian man hanged in hurried, secretive manner: Prabagaran Srivijayan

Prabagaran Srivijayan, a Malaysian national was executed at dawn on 14 July 2017 at Changi Prison, in Singapore. Contrary to international standards, he was sentenced to the mandatory death penalty in 2012 for a drug related offence. An appeal was pending in his home country at the time of execution, exposing a disregard of due process.

Date:
17 July 2017
Ref:
ASA 36/6740/2017
  • News
  • 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
  • Death Penalty

Singapore: Malaysian executed for drugs conviction after unfair trial

Responding to the news of Malaysian national Prabagaran Srivijayan’s execution in Singapore today, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Director for South East Asia and the Pacific said:“This execution is a shocking violation of the human right to life. That this cruel punishment has been administered after a trial filled with flaws makes this flouting of international law all the more disturbing. “That an appeal was pending on this case in his home country at the time of execution, and that there were serious concerns about the fairness of his trial, underlines a flagrant disregard for due process in profoundly dubious circumstances.

Date:
14 July 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Death Penalty

Japan: Two men hanged as reprehensible executions continue

The Japanese government’s continued use of the death penalty demonstrates a contempt for the right to life, Amnesty International said, following the execution of two men on Thursday. The executions, the first in Japan in 2017, take the number of people executed under the current government to 19 since 2012. Masakatsu Nishikawa, who was convicted of the murder of four people in 1991 and 1992, was executed at Osaka Detention Centre.

Date:
13 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
  • Campaigns
  • Singapore
  • Death Penalty

Singapore: Further information: Singapore sets execution of Malaysian man: Prabagaran Srivijayan

The family of Prabagaran Srivijayan, a Malaysian national, have been informed that his execution has been scheduled in Singapore for 14 July 2017. Against international law and standards, he was convicted of and sentenced to the mandatory death penalty in 2012 for drug-related offences. He has an appeal pending before the courts of Malaysia.

Date:
10 July 2017
Ref:
ASA 36/6687/2017
  • 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