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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
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 22/5242/2016
  • News
  • Nepal
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Nepal: Investigate police torture of Tharu community members

A new report published today by Amnesty International reveals how members of the indigenous Tharu community in Nepal’s Tarai plains were subjected to arbitrary arrests, torture and other ill-treatment at the hands of the police in connection with the killings of eight security personnel and a child in Tikapur, Kailali district, on 24 August 2015. The report follows interviews that Amnesty International conducted with detainees at Dhanghadi jail, Kailali.

Date:
19 July 2016
  • Research
  • Nepal
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Nepal: Torture and Coerced Confessions

In this briefing, Amnesty International documents how police subjected members of the Indigenous Tharu community in Kailali district in Nepal’s Far-Western Tarai in the southern plains part of the country, to arbitrary arrests, torture and other ill-treatment, and coerced some of them into signing “confessions” in connection with the killings of eight security personnel and a child in Tikapur, Dhangadhi on 24 August 2015.

Date:
19 July 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 31/4456/2016
  • Research
  • Brazil
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Wire Magazine July-September 2016: International Day of the Disappeared

From Brazilian youths who are taking to boxing as a route out of the violence sullying Rio’s Olympics, to the Nepali migrants who risk so much for a better and safer life, hope fills the pages of this edition of WIRE. Features include the results of our survey on people’s attitudes to refugees, China’s crackdown on human rights lawyers, and a special focus on 30 August, the International Day of the Disappeared.

Date:
4 July 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
NWS 21/4217/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Nepal
  • Slums and the Right to Housing

Nepal – When the earthquake came

One year since a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, the government has done nothing to help survivors, says Om Bahadur Silwal. I am a farmer. I live in Lele, Lalitpur, in the central region of Nepal. I was right outside my home when the earthquake hit. I was just about to wash my hands after eating at the edge of the field, when everyone shouted: “It has come!” I ran to a clearing outside and watched as – crash – my house fell.

Date:
22 April 2016
  • Research
  • Nepal
  • UN

Nepal: End Intimidation of Human Rights Commission

The Nepal government should immediately stop all intimidation and harassment of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and its staff and respect its independence in line with international standards, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today. The attempts to intimidate the NHRC are a direct contradiction of the United Nation’s Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions (the Paris Principles) as well as Nepal’s constitution, the rights organizations said.

Date:
15 April 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 31/3850/2016
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  • Qatar
  • Business and Human Rights

Qatar: Executive Summary: 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 is the summary of the Amnesty International report which details these human rights violations.

Date:
31 March 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 22/3741/2016
  • Research
  • 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
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 22/3681/2016
  • Research
  • 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
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 22/3548/2016
  • Research
  • Nepal
  • UN Convention Against Torture

Nepal: New Constitution fails to adequately protect women and marginalized communities

The UN Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Nepal on 16 March 2016 during its 31st session. Amnesty International is concerned by several provisions of Nepal’s new Constitution, adopted on 20 September 2015, which do not adequately protect the rights of women and marginalized communities, including Dalits. These concerns were addressed in a number of recommendations during Nepal’s UPR; however, regrettably Nepal rejected recommendations to protect religious freedom and to allow women to convey their citizenship to their children and foreign spouses on an equal basis with men.

Date:
17 March 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 31/3664/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Burkina Faso
  • Women's Rights

9 ways you defended women’s rights worldwide

We look back at how your campaigning for My Body My Rights has changed women’s lives around the world. Thousands of you joined us in standing up for sexual and reproductive rights through Amnesty’s My Body My Rights campaign. Launched in 2014, the campaign is founded on the principle that we all – women and men – have the right to make decisions about our health, body, sexuality and reproductive lives without fear or force.

Date:
3 March 2016
  • Research
  • Nepal
  • Demonstrations

Nepal: Police must halt the use of excessive force against protestors with immediate effect

Nepali authorities have repeatedly failed to prevent their security forces from using excessive force against protestors and must act without delay to protect the right to life. In yet another incident on 21 January three people, including an elderly woman, died following a violent clash between protestors and the police in the Tarai area of Nepal.

Date:
27 January 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 31/3343/2016
  • Research
  • Nepal
  • Right to Health

Nepal: Critical shortages of essential medicines and services puts lives and health at risk

Amnesty International calls on the Government of Nepal to take urgent steps to ensure that hospitals have the essential drugs and other medical supplies and services they need to save lives and treat patients. The people most at risk are those living in poverty, the elderly and the young and those suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The government must take immediate action to comply with its international obligations and guarantee access the essential medicines and other goods necessary to ensure people’s human rights to life and health.

Date:
23 December 2015
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 31/3130/2015
  • Research
  • Nepal
  • Killings and Disappearances

Nepal: Open letter to the new Prime Minister and government of Nepal: Amend regressive aspects of the Constitution

Amnesty International urges the new Prime Minister of Nepal to bring about a number of important amendments to ensure the human rights of all people of Nepal are guaranteed in the Constitution, adopted on 20 September 2015. Furthermore, it urges him to push for amendments to existing laws and the adoption of news laws to give full effect to the rights protected in the Constitution.

Date:
3 November 2015
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 31/2802/2015
  • Campaigns
  • Nepal
  • Internet and Social Media

How the wisdom of crowds can help defend human rights

Can we harness the power of the collective to shed light on human rights abuses worldwide? We take a look at the digital response to the Nepal earthquake to find out. On April 25 2014, a 7. 8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal with tremors and aftershocks killing more than 9,000 people. In a country known for its poor roads and nonexistent maps, material and logistical assistance was particularly challenging.

Date:
16 October 2015