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Malawi: Failing criminal justice system fuels a new wave of attacks on people with albinism

A new wave of killings and attacks targeting people with albinism over the past six months is being fueled by systemic failures in Malawi’s criminal justice system which leave members of this vulnerable group at the mercy of criminal gangs, Amnesty International said today on International Albinism Awareness Day. Since January 2017, at least two people with albinism have been killed while seven more have reported crimes such as attempted murder or abduction.

Date:
13 June 2017
  • Blog
  • Malawi
  • Discrimination

Malawi: "We will not rest"

Spanish photojournalist, Sofia Moro, visited Malawi earlier this year, to document the targeting of people with albinism. The bell rings to herald a class change as we cross the sports fields of Mzuzu International Academy, the only internationally-accredited secondary school in northern Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. In all of the 800 kilometres we have travelled so far, these are the most modern and appropriate facilities we have seen.

Date:
13 June 2017
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  • China
  • Censorship and Free Speech

China: Submission on the Draft “National Intelligence Law”

Amnesty International submitted comments regarding the Draft National Intelligence Law. As other laws in the national security legal architecture, the Draft Law would legalize censorship, surveillance and arbitrary detention in the name of national security beyond the requirements set out in international law. Amnesty International in particular submits concerns and recommendations with regard to the vague and overbroad concepts of “national intelligence” and “national security” as used in this law; concerns about the right to privacy and risk of arbitrary detention and torture or other ill-treatment.

Date:
5 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6412/2017
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  • Impunity

Tiananmen anniversary lays bare China’s contradictory attitude towards history

History. Few words are more important, or even sacred, to Chinese culture. China prides itself on having a rich history and illustrious culture that goes back 5,000 years. And yet, when it comes to the treatment of history, China’s ruling Communist Party suffers from a case of Orwellian “double think” – holding two mutually contradictory ideas at the same time without recognizing the contradiction. On the world stage, Chinese leaders boldly assert that history should be viewed objectively, and all parties should acknowledge past human rights violations, no matter how painful it may be to do so.

Date:
4 June 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Disappearances

Further information: China: Former government official executed: Zhao Liping

Zhao Liping was executed on 26 May 2017 following the approval by the Supreme People’s Court of his death sentence with immediate execution. The decision was made despite serious concerns about whether he had received a fair trial and allegations that his “confession” was made after being subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.

Date:
26 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6365/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Disappearances

Further information: China: Activists indicted for commemorating Tiananmen: Fu Hailu, Chen Bing, Zhang Junyong and Luo Fuyu

Four activists have been indicted for “inciting subversion of state power” for producing and promoting their own baijiu (a popular Chinese liquor) that commemorated the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown. They are considered to be prisoners of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
17 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6262/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Detention

China: Human rights lawyer released on bail amid relentless crackdown

The release of Xie Yang on bail does not represent a break in China’s relentless crackdown against human rights lawyers, Amnesty International said today. Xie Yang was tried in Changsha City Intermediate People’s Court in southern China on 8 May for “inciting subversion of state power” and “disrupting court order” and apparently released on bail even though a verdict has not been announced. “This unusual sequence of events does nothing to alleviate the concerns about torture in this case,” said Patrick Poon, China Researcher at Amnesty International.

Date:
10 May 2017
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  • Botswana
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Southern Africa: A year of persistent attacks on media threaten press freedom

Persistent attacks against journalists and media owners are threatening press freedom and the growth of independent media across Southern Africa, Amnesty International said today to mark World Press Freedom Day. “From Angola to Zambia, we have seen disturbingly brazen attacks on press freedom which have a chilling effect on those working in the media. Across the region, journalists have been targeted simply for exposing the truth,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa.

Date:
3 May 2017
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  • China
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4.6 million actions for Write for Rights!

Amnesty supporters around the world outdid themselves this Write for Rights 2016. Together, you wrote an amazing 4,660,774 letters, emails, tweets and much more. Among those messages were words of support that made all the difference to the many whose rights we were writing for. Here are just a few of their personal thankyou notes to you. "It brought me to tears to see all the letters that Amnesty International had collected.

Date:
28 April 2017