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Turkey: Journalists around the world demand release of 120+ jailed colleagues

The three journalists imprisoned while working for Al Jazeera in Egypt for more than 400 days have joined thousands of other journalists, artists and activists in an Amnesty International campaign to demand the release of more than 120 journalists jailed in Turkey in the wake of last summer’s failed coup. Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohammed added their voices to the Free Turkey Media campaign which will culminate in a global day of action on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Cartoonists use drawings to demand the release of colleagues in Turkey

From the hilarious to the heart-rending, the poignant to the surreal, cartoons depicting the crackdown on journalists in Turkey are filling social media channels. It all began last month with a simple tweet calling on cartoonists to show solidarity with journalists and media workers jailed in the wake of Turkey’s attempted coup. But has now grown into a full-on cartoon competition with scores of cartoons submitted from around the world and a judging panel of world renowned cartoonists hastily assembled.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

‘They are throwing us on the street like dogs’ - Europe abandons the Roma in Italy

In the last weeks, ahead of International Roma Day tomorrow, EU leaders in Brussels have been paying great lip service to Roma, Europe’s largest and most disadvantaged minority. Yet, this morning, hundreds of Roma in Italy were forcibly evicted from the Gianturco informal settlement in Naples. Their eviction is an unfortunate reminder of the discrimination suffered by the Roma, and the refusal of the European Commission to take action.

Date:
7 April 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Hungary: Plan to brand NGOs has sombre echoes of Russia’s ‘foreign agents law’

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Hungary that receive foreign funding – even direct European Union support – risk being discredited and undermined by a draft law leaked to the media, said Amnesty International today. Proposals in the draft Law on the transparency of organizations funded from abroad would force NGOs receiving more than 24k EUR per year to re-register as “civic organization funded from abroad” and to put this stigmatizing label on every publication.

Date:
7 April 2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • LGBT Rights

Russian authorities ban Putin ‘gay clown’ meme but fail to investigate homophobic killings

After the Russian government banned a digitally altered image depicting President Vladimir Putin wearing lipstick and mascara – widely reported in global media as a “gay clown” meme - Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International’s Moscow office, said: “In its twisted definition of justice, the Russian authorities have chosen to use anti-extremism legislation to silence peaceful freedom of expression at a time when state-supported homophobia inspires violence across the country.

Date:
6 April 2017
  • News
  • Uzbekistan
  • Internet and Social Media

Uzbekistan: Tentacles of mass surveillance spread across borders

The Uzbekistani government is conducting unlawful surveillance of its citizens and fostering a climate of fear and uncertainty for Uzbekistani people in Europe, said Amnesty International in a new report and film launched today. ‘We Will Find You, Anywhere’ looks at the impact of unlawful government surveillance on the lives of seven Uzbekistani people, living within and outside the country. The cases include a refugee living in Sweden, whose correspondence with family members back home was monitored, and a journalist forced to flee to France after being watched by secret service officials.

Date:
31 March 2017
  • Research
  • Russian Federation
  • Demonstrations

Russian Federation: Detained members of corruption watchdog are prisoners of conscience and should be freed immediately

Arrests and other reprisals against employees and volunteers of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (ACF) are part of the latest clampdown on the rights to peaceful assembly and expression in Russia. They are facing administrative arrests and harassment by the Russian authorities for organising a live broadcast of the anti-corruption protests that swept across Russia on 26 March, while the state-run media largely ignored this significant political event.

Date:
31 March 2017
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EUR 46/5998/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Greece: Victory for strawberry pickers, trafficked into forced labour and shot

Following today’s victory in the European Court of Human Rights by a group of Bangladeshi strawberry pickers shot by employers for demanding unpaid wages, Amnesty International's Deputy Europe Director Gauri van Gulik said: “Today's judgment is an important vindication for these people and their families, and will hopefully help prevent future abuses. "Amnesty International met the migrant workers in 2013 and interviewed them about the exploitation they were subjected to.

Date:
30 March 2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Demonstrations

Russia: Navalny jailed and hundreds arrested in violent clampdown

Russian opposition leader, Aleksei Navalny, and all the peaceful protesters detained after the mass demonstrations across Russia on Sunday, must be immediately released, said Amnesty International, after he was today sentenced to 15 days in jail. “By detaining hundreds of protesters, the Russian authorities have demonstrated their profound disdain for the right to freedom of expression and assembly,” said Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International Russia.

Date:
27 March 2017
  • News
  • Belarus
  • Demonstrations

Belarus: Vicious crackdown on peaceful protests mars ‘Freedom Day’

Belarusian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release all those arrested before and during peaceful protests and end their vicious crackdown against demonstrators, Amnesty International said after dozens of ‘Freedom Day’ demonstrators were violently arrested and human rights observers detained. Amnesty International’s monitors witnessed the arrest of dozens of peaceful protesters at demonstrations in Minsk, and saw instances of excessive use of force by the police.

Date:
25 March 2017
  • Research
  • Italy
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Italy: Hundreds of Roma at risk of forced eviction from the informal settlement of Gianturco in Naples

Amnesty International is deeply concerned at the threat of imminent forced eviction by local authorities of approximately 1,300 Romanian Roma, living in the Gianturco informal settlement, in the city of Naples, southern Italy. Municipal authorities are planning to relocate 200 of the evicted Roma to a new segregated camp currently being built by the municipality, co-funded by the Ministry of Interior.

Date:
22 March 2017
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EUR 30/5926/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

The EU-Turkey deal: Europe's year of shame

“I sleep on a mattress on the floor in a cell with five other people,” Noori told me last December when I met him in the police station on the Greek island of Lesvos, where he has been detained for the past six months. “I have nothing to read in my language. I have not been given a clean blanket since my arrest. ” Three months on and Noori, an asylum seeker and former nursing student from Syria, is still there.

Date:
20 March 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

A remarkable journey: An emotional reunion

“When I close my eyes, all I see is being with my father again,” Alan Mohamed told me when I met him for the first time in a refugee camp near Athens last July. He and his sister Gyan,who have both suffered from muscular dystrophy since birth, thought that moment might never come. But, on Thursday night in Hanover, Germany, against all the odds and after a journey that saw them cross four borders and spend the past year stranded in Greece, their family was finally reunited.

Date:
17 March 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

EU-Turkey Deal: A shameful stain on the collective conscience of Europe

The EU-Turkey deal which has resulted in the suffering of thousands of refugees and migrants is a stain on the collective conscience of Europe, said Amnesty International on the first anniversary of the agreement. The deal aimed at returning asylum-seekers back to Turkey on the premise that Turkey is safe for them, has failed on its own terms but left thousands exposed to squalid and unsafe conditions on Greek islands.

Date:
17 March 2017