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India: University students arrested after protest

Eight university students and three members of a political party’s student wing in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh have been in detention since 7 June. The students had participated in a protest against the Lucknow University and the state Chief Minister by carrying black flags and trying to block the state Chief Minister’s convoy. A local court in Lucknow has denied them bail.

Date:
15 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 20/6516/2017
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India: Activists held under administrative detention

G Thirumurugan Gandhi, D Arun Kumar, M Tyson, and Ilamaran were arrested on 21 May 2017 for attempting to stage a peaceful memorial for Tamils killed in the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka. Currently detained under a Tamil Nadu administrative detention law, they are at risk of being held without charge or trial for 12 months.

Date:
2 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 20/6409/2017
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India: Further Information: Detained journalist released on bail: Santosh Yadav

Santosh Yadav was released from prison on 9 March 2017, over a week after the Supreme Court of India granted him bail. Detained since September 2015, it is believed that he was targeted for his work among Indigenous Adivasi communities in Bastar district, Chhattisgarh. He is required to report to the local police station daily.

Date:
10 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 20/5797/2017
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It has become dangerous to be a blogger or a journalist in South Asia

For all the differences South Asia’s countries insist on, they have depressingly similar attitudes when it comes to human rights. Over the past year, as Amnesty International documents in its Annual Report, civil society organisations have been harassed and shut down, journalists have been targeted, crude colonial-era laws have been unleashed against government critics, new laws have been invoked against critics online, and brutal practices have endured in areas afflicted by conflict.

Date:
1 March 2017
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India: Further Information: Children released from unlawful detention: Rayees Ahmad Mir and Waheed Ahmed Gojree

Rayees Ahmad Mir and Waheed Ahmed Gojree have been released after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court quashed their detention orders on 6 and 31 December 2016 respectively. The teenagers were unlawfully detained in prison under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA), an administrative detention law that expressly prohibits the detention of anyone under 18 years of age.

Date:
3 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 20/5615/2017
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Suggested recommendations to States considered during the 27th session of the Universal Periodic Review, 1 – 12 May 2017

This document contains Amnesty International's suggested recommendations for 13 states - Algeria; Bahrain; Brazil; Finland; India; Indonesia; Morocco; Netherlands; Philippines; Poland; South Africa; Tunisia and United Kingdom - coming up for review in the 27th session of the UPR Working Group on 1-12 May 2017 aimed at addressing human rights challenges and improving respect for human rights in the states under review.

Date:
1 February 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/5941/2017
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Qatar - New name, old system? Qatar's new employment law and abuse of migrant workers

Qatar has been under intense international scrutiny for its treatment of migrant workers since being awarded the rights to host the 2022 World Cup. Particular focus has been placed on the notorious 2009 sponsorship law, which ties workers to their employers, putting them at risk of forced labour. In December 2016, this law is being replaced. This briefing examines whether its replacement, Law No. 21 of 2015, will make any significant improvement to the lives of workers in the country.

Date:
12 December 2016
Ref:
MDE 22/5242/2016
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India: Impunity, discrimination and repression of dissent: Amnesty international submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review – 27th session of the UPR Working Group, April/May 2017

Amnesty International is concerned about the retention of laws in India which are not in line with international human rights law, including on children’s rights and the death penalty, and the use of legal provisions to restrict the right to freedom of expression. Discrimination and violence against women, girls, Dalit and Adivasi people, and members of religious minority groups remains a concern, as does harassment and attacks against human rights defenders and journalists.

Date:
30 September 2016
Ref:
ASA 20/5206/2016
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Human rights do not stand in the way of India’s ambitions

“Our democracy,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned soon after coming to office, “will not sustain if we can’t guarantee freedom of speech and expression. ” Importantly, it should be noted, that it is not just the freedom to voice conformist views – it is also the freedom to express views that are unpopular, critical, or even offensive. This is why the Indian constitution guarantees freedom of expression, and why it has signed up to a number of international human rights treaties.

Date:
20 August 2016
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Space for civil society and dissent is shrinking: Amnesty International India Executive Director

This is a Q&A that the Hindustan Times conducted with Aakar Patel, Amnesty International India's Executive Director Police filed an FIR under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including section 124A - sedition, against Amnesty International India on Monday for alleged raising of “anti-India” slogans at an event held by the organisation in Bengaluru. The alleged sloganeering at the event --- held to highlight human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir – earned the ire of right-wing students group Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Date:
19 August 2016
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India: End of Irom Sharmila’s hunger strike an opportunity to repeal AFSPA

Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience Irom Chanu Sharmila ended her 16-year-long hunger strike against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) today. Amnesty International India calls on authorities to drop all charges against her, and take steps to repeal the AFSPA. At a hearing in a local court, Irom Sharmila said, “I have been fasting for the last 16 years. I haven’t got anything from it yet.

Date:
9 August 2016