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Pakistan: Wave of violence shows a horrific disregard for human life

A bomb attack in Lahore that killed eight people is the latest in a wave of violence that shows a horrific disregard for human life, Amnesty International said today. Over the past fortnight, a series of bomb attacks claimed by a slew of armed groups has claimed the lives of more than 120 people and injured several more, raising concerns about the protection of human life. “All those suspected of responsibility for this horrific wave of violence must be brought to justice in fair trials before ordinary civilian courts and without recourse to death penalty,” said Nadia Rahman, Amnesty International’s Pakistan campaigner.

Date:
23 February 2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Philippines: Impending Arrest of Senator Politically Motivated

Amnesty International condemns the impending arrest of prominent human rights defender Senator Leila de Lima as politically motivated and is calling for all charges against her to be dropped immediately. The arrest of de Lima is a blatant attempt by the Philippine government to silence criticism of President Duterte and divert attention away from serious human rights violations in the “war on drugs. ”.

Date:
23 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 35/5772/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Viet Nam: Hundreds of peaceful marchers attacked by police

Around 700 men, women and children was attacked by police while on the way to submit legal complaints against Formosa Plastics, amounting to US$20 million in damages. The Taiwanese company, based in Hà Tĩnh province, has accepted responsibility for the April 2016 ecological disaster, which affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals.

Date:
20 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 41/5728/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Disappearances

Viet Nam: Further Information: Growing health fears for prisoner of conscience - Trần Thị Thúy

Denied proper medical treatment by prison authorities since April 2015, when she was first diagnosed with a tumour on her uterus, Trần Thị Thúy is no longer able to walk without assistance. A prisoner of conscience, she has been detained since her arrest in 2010 and has expressed fears of death due to appalling prison conditions.

Date:
17 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 41/5727/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Thailand: Further Information: Activists could be charged for exposing torture

A decision by the Public Prosecutor on whether to prosecute three human rights defenders on criminal defamation and computer crimes in connection with their online documentation of torture in Thailand is expected imminently. The charges carry a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment plus fines of up to 300,000 baht (US $8,330). The group are to report to Pattani Police Station on 21 February 2017.

Date:
16 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 39/5687/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Disappearances

Myanmar: Further Information: Still no information on hundreds missing Rohingya

Four months after the launch of major security operations in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State, the fate and whereabouts of hundreds of detained Rohingya are still unknown. Amnesty International considers them as victims of enforced disappearances, and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and of being subjected to unfair trials.

Date:
15 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/5689/2017
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  • Malaysia
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Malaysia: Continued persecution of Anwar Ibrahim symbolizes crackdown on human rights

On the second anniversary of the politically-motivated conviction of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Amnesty International calls for his immediate and unconditional release. “The ongoing political persecution of Anwar Ibrahim is symbolic of Malaysia’s crackdown on human rights. He has unjustifiably spent the past two years behind bars on trumped-up charges intended to silence him and end his political career,” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
10 February 2017
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  • Myanmar
  • Business and Human Rights

Myanmar: Suspend copper mine linked to ongoing human rights abuses

The Myanmar authorities must immediately halt operations at a giant copper mine co-owned by a Chinese company and the Myanmar military, which continues to be plagued by human rights abuses, Amnesty International said today in a new report. The Letpadaung mine is operated by Wanbao Mining, a subsidiary of NORINCO, a Chinese state-owned conglomerate with interests in arms manufacturing and mining – and began shipping copper in September 2016.

Date:
10 February 2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Business and Human Rights

Myanmar: Mountain of trouble: Human rights abuses continue at Myanmar’s Letpadaung mine

This briefing examines the current human rights situation at Myanmar's largest copper mine, the Letpadaung mine. The operating company, a subsidiary of China’s Wanbao Mining, intends to extend the mine’s perimeter, putting hundreds of people at risk of forced eviction from their homes and farmland. The company has also failed to undertake an adequate environmental assessment of the mine, putting the safety of the neighbouring communities at risk.

Date:
10 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/5564/2017
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  • Afghanistan
  • Killings and Disappearances

Afghanistan: Attack on ICRC is a horrific crime

The killing of six employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in northern Afghanistan is a horrific crime, Amnesty International said today. “By targeting the ICRC, who devote their lives to helping people in desperate need, the perpetrators have demonstrated a horrific contempt for human life,” said Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director. The killings in the northern Jowzjan province come a day after a suicide bomber killed more than 20 people at the entrance of Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul.

Date:
8 February 2017
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  • Thailand
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Thailand: Civil society under attack as authorities criminalize dissent

Thai authorities are waging a campaign to criminalize and punish dissent by targeting civil society and political activists who peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of expression and assembly, a new briefing from Amnesty International said today. Dozens of human rights defenders, pro-democracy activists and others are currently being investigated and prosecuted under draconian laws and decrees, which are used as tools to silence critics by Thailand’s military government.

Date:
8 February 2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Thailand: "They cannot keep us quiet": The criminalization of activists, human rights defenders, and others in Thailand

Civil society has been at the forefront of efforts to defend human rights following the May 2014 military coup in Thailand. In response, Thai authorities have targeted political activists, human rights defenders and others as part of a systematic crackdown on government critics. This briefing illustrates cases of human rights defenders, activists, lawyers and others targeted for exercising their right to freedom of expression, freedom of association and peaceful participation.

Date:
8 February 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 39/5514/2017