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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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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Detention

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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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Business and Human Rights

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
  • Detention

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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  • India
  • Discrimination

India: “When land is lost, do we eat coal?” Coal mining and violations of Adivasi rights in India

Coal is an important part of India’s economic growth story. However coal mining in India also has a different cost, borne by the communities affected by these mines, who are rarely meaningfully informed or consulted when their land is acquired, their forests decimated, and their livelihoods jeopardised. This report examines how land acquisition and mining in three mines in three different states run by three different Coal India Limited subsidiaries have breached Indian domestic laws, and India’s obligations under international human rights law.

Date:
13 July 2016
Ref:
ASA 20/4391/2016
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  • India
  • Discrimination

India: “When land is lost, do we eat coal?” Coal mining and violations of Adivasi rights in India: Executive summary

This is the summary of the Amnesty International report which considers the human cost of increased coal production in India. The issues reported are indicative of a broader pattern of violations of Adivasi communities’ rights to consultation and consent. The consequences of these failures are felt most keenly by some of India’s most vulnerable people, who already live in poverty. Without respect for the rights of all people, India’s development goals will never truly be met.

Date:
13 July 2016
Ref:
ASA 20/4392/2016
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  • Qatar
  • Business and Human Rights

Qatar: Letters of response - The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game: Exploitation of Migrant Workers on a Qatar 2022 World Cup site

All correspondences from the Qatar government, organisations and companies in relation to the abuse of migrant workers on·Khalifa International Stadium and Aspire Zone. Some of the names of organisations and selected attachments listing individuals have been removed -either because they do not feature in the report or to protect the individuals’ identities.

Date:
30 March 2016
Ref:
MDE 22/3681/2016
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  • Qatar
  • Business and Human Rights

The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game: Exploitation of migrant workers on a Qatar 2022 World Cup site

Migrant workers on Khalifa International Stadium and the surrounding Aspire Zone, one of the main venues for the 2022 World Cup, have been subjected to a range of exploitative practices. This includes high recruitment fees for which many took out loans; false promises about the pay and type of work on offer; passport confiscation; dirty and cramped accommodation; and threats for complaining about their conditions.

Date:
30 March 2016
Ref:
MDE 22/3548/2016