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Hope within prison walls: A letter from imprisoned Korean labour leader Han Sang-gyun

A leading labour union figure in South Korea, Han Sang-gyun, president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions is currently serving a three-year prison term after a South Korean court last year convicted him for his role as an organizer of a number of largely peaceful protests. His conviction and sentencing, reduced from five to three years on appeal after hearings to which Amnesty International sent observers, underlined the authorities’ intolerance of the right to peaceful assembly.

Date:
25 April 2017
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  • Thailand
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Thailand: Ban on critics shows brazen determination to silence dissent

Responding to a government warning that anyone who follows, contacts, or shares posts online with three prominent critics - historian Somsak Jeamteerasakul, journalist and author Andrew MacGregor Marshall, and former diplomat Pavin Chachavalpongpun - will be prosecuted under the Computer Crimes Act, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific Josef Benedict said: “The Thai authorities have plunged to fresh depths in restricting people’s freedoms of expression.

Date:
12 April 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Death Penalty

China's deadly secret

That China remains among the world’s top executioners is no secret. According to Amnesty International’s latest global review of the death penalty, the number of death sentences handed out each year in the country is estimated to be in the thousands, a figure believed to be more than all other countries in the world put together. What remains a secret is the sheer scale of these executions; most information related to the death penalty is classified as “state secrets” under the country’s secrecy laws.

Date:
12 April 2017
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Australia: Treasure I$land: How companies are profiting from Australia's abuse of refugees on Nauru

Under the Government of Australia’s “offshore processing" regime, everyone who arrives in Australia by boat seeking asylum is forcibly taken to a "Refugee Processing Centre" on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or the Pacific island of Nauru. This briefing exposes how companies Broadspectrum and Ferrovial are complicit in and reaping vast profits from the abusive and secretive system on Nauru, acting contrary to their responsibility to respect human rights and exposing themselves to potential liability under civil and criminal law.

Date:
5 April 2017
Ref:
ASA 12/5942/2017
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China: Callous guilty verdicts against supporters of Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

The Chinese authorities’ relentless attack on human rights activists continues as two supporters of Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy protests became the latest to be convicted, Amnesty International said, as it called for their immediate and unconditional release. A court in Foshan city, southern China, on Friday sentenced women’s rights activist Su Changlan to three years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power”.

Date:
31 March 2017
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

China: Taiwan NGO worker detained on vague national security charges

The Chinese authorities’ detention of a Taiwanese NGO worker on vague national security grounds raises fears the authorities are broadening their attack against those carrying out legitimate activism, Amnesty International said today, as it urged the authorities to provide further details for his detention. On Wednesday, Chinese officials confirmed that Lee Ming-cheh was being held on suspicion of “endangering national security”.

Date:
29 March 2017
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  • Fiji
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Fiji: Drop politically-motivated sedition charges against The Fiji Times

The Fijian authorities must immediately drop politically-motivated sedition charges against The Fiji Times newspaper group, Amnesty International said today. “By charging the Fiji Times with sedition, the Fijian authorities are using a crude tactic to intimidate and silence one of the few independent media outlets left in the country,” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
27 March 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Unlawful Killings

Why Indonesia must look backwards to build a stronger future

It is an honour to be here to give the second of this year’s Yap Thiam Hien human rights lectures. I am here at a time when Amnesty International is establishing a new national office in Indonesia, which we hope will give us a more present role in the already very active and strong human rights movement in the country. Yap Thiam Hien was one of the leading lights of the human rights movement in this country, and Amnesty is looking to be part of the collective efforts to build on his legacy and strengthen justice, equality and human rights in Indonesia.

Date:
24 March 2017