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Bangladesh: Halt imminent executions of three men who tried to kill UK ambassador

Bangladesh must halt the imminent executions of three men sentenced to death for a grenade attack on the UK Ambassador, Amnesty International said. Prison authorities in Bangladesh today confirmed that the executions of Mufti Abdul Hannan, Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul and Delwar Hossain Ripon – all alleged members of the banned armed group Harkat-ul-Jihad (HuJI) – would be carried out soon. They were all convicted of and sentenced to death over an attack in 2004 which injured the then-UK High Commissioner, Anwar Choudhury, and killed three people.

Date:
22 March 2017
  • News
  • Myanmar
  • Killings and Disappearances

Myanmar: Act now on Rakhine Commission report

Myanmar’s authorities must immediately act on the urgent calls made in an interim report by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, Amnesty International said today. “The authorities must immediately act on the Rakhine Commission’s recommendations to grant humanitarian access, end the media blackout in northern Rakhine State, and ensure the perpetrators of human rights violations are held accountable,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
17 March 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • UN

Timor-Leste: Amnesty International Urges Renewed Action on Past Human Rights Violations

Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Timor-Leste. Amnesty International welcomes Timor-Leste’s acceptance of recommendations to address past human rights violations and ensure the delivery of reparations to the victims, and accepting recommendations to implement the Media Law in line with its international human rights obligations, to uphold the rights to freedom of expression and to ensure freedom of the press.

Date:
16 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 57/5922/2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

South Asia: Biraj Patnaik joins Amnesty International as new Regional Director

Amnesty International is pleased to announce that Biraj Patnaik joins the organization as its new Regional Director for South Asia. The appointment deepens Amnesty International’s commitment to the world’s most populous region, moving closer to the ground where human rights abuses are taking place in order to challenge them more effectively. “As people across South Asia face assaults 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 March 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

South Korea: Further Information: Supreme Court upholds Korean activist’s sentence: Kim Hye-young

Kim Hye-young lost her second appeal, as the Supreme Court of South Korea upheld her two-year prison sentence. Authorities continue to refuse her outpatient treatment for mental health conditions, however her overall health situation has improved and she is due to be released in August 2017.

Date:
13 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 25/5852/2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Disappearances

Thailand: Treaty ratification must be followed by domestic action to combat enforced disappearances

Amnesty International welcomes the 10 March vote by Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED). This is an important step towards combating enforced disappearances and securing truth and justice for victims, including family members. Amnesty International urges authorities to avoid further delays in ratifying the treaty and to eunsure that its obligations to prevent and protect against disappearances become a domestic reality.

Date:
11 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 39/5862/2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific

Thailand: Prioritize the amendment and passage of legislation on torture and enforced disappearances

Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) regret the decision of Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to further delay the passage of essential legislation criminalizing torture and enforced disappearances. Our organizations call on the Thai government to cease its stalling measures and instead prioritize the amendment of the Draft Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearance Act (Draft Act) in order to bring it into line with international law.

Date:
9 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 39/5846/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Women and Girls

Southeast Asia: As governments fail on human rights, women stand up

As the world marks International Women’s Day, Amnesty International recognizes the work of six distinguished women human rights activists who have faced harassment, threats, imprisonment, and violence for standing up for human rights in the region. “In Southeast Asia, there are few governments who can be proud of their human rights records, but there are countless women across the region who have braved great dangers to take a stand against injustice,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
7 March 2017
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  • Nepal
  • Killings and Disappearances

Nepal: Investigation urgently needed after security forces shoot protesters dead

Nepal’s authorities must promptly investigate the security forces who opened fire on a crowd of protestors in Saptari district in the Tarai, Nepal’s southern plains, killing three people and injuring 16, Amnesty International said today. “This was an unlawful use of lethal force. There must be a prompt, effective and impartial investigation, and those responsible must be held accountable,” said Aura Freeman, Amnesty International’s Nepal campaigner.

Date:
7 March 2017