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‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

Amnesty International releases its Annual Report for 2016 to 2017 Risk of domino effect as powerful states backtrack on human rights commitments Salil Shetty, head of the global movement, warns that “never again” has become meaningless as states fail to react to mass atrocities Politicians wielding a toxic, dehumanizing “us vs them” rhetoric are creating a more divided and dangerous world, warned Amnesty International today as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

Date:
22 February 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

EU: Human rights cost of refugee deal with Turkey too high to be replicated elsewhere

The EU-Turkey refugee deal has left thousands of refugees and migrants in squalid and dangerous living conditions, and must not be replicated with other countries, Amnesty International said today ahead of the deal’s one year anniversary. The deal aimed at returning asylum-seekers back to Turkey on the premise that Turkey is safe for them, has left thousands exposed to squalid and unsafe conditions on Greek islands.

Date:
14 February 2017
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Greece: A blue print for despair. Human rights impact of the EU-Turkey deal

The EU-Turkey deal, agreed in March last year was Europe’s signature response to these challenges. It has certainly stemmed the flow of migrants across the Aegean, but at considerable cost to Europe’s commitment to upholding the basic principles of refugee protection and the lives of the tens of thousands it has trapped on Greek islands. With European leaders touting its success, closing their eyes to its flaws, and seeing in it a blueprint for new migration deals with countries like Libya, Sudan, Niger and many others, this briefing serves as a cautionary tale.

Date:
14 February 2017
Ref:
EUR 25/5664/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Migrants

Europe’s cruel migration policies weaken its Trump criticism

European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini's strong response President Trump’s discriminatory executive order — banning the entry of anyone arriving from seven predominantly Muslim countries and suspending the United States' refugee resettlement program — stood out as a rare example of EU leadership. With the stroke of a pen Trump left countless people, many of whom had lived in the U. S. for years, stranded in airports and ripped apart families and communities.

Date:
9 February 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Slovenia: Amendments to Aliens Act denies protection to refugees

New law passed this evening strip refugees and asylum seekers of protections to which they are entitled under international and EU law and are a serious backward step for human rights in Slovenia, said Amnesty International. The amendments to the Aliens Act allow for special emergency measures that would deny entry to people arriving at the borders and automatically expel migrants and refugees who have entered Slovenia irregularly, without properly assessing their asylum claims or the risks to which they would be exposed upon return.

Date:
26 January 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Nigel Rodley 1941 - 2017

Nigel Rodley’s outstanding achievement, earning him a place in history, was to be an architect of the process leading to the international treaty instrumental in the global fight against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. He was also a kind and modest man who cared intensely about individuals’ human rights and whose commitment, humanity and sincerity inspired the deep respect and lasting affection of his colleagues.

Date:
26 January 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Kyrgyzstan: Grave failure of justice in Azimjan Askarov’s case

Following today’s decision by the Chui Regional Court to uphold the life sentence of human rights defender and prisoner of conscience, Azimjan Askarov, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, Denis Krivosheev said: “Kyrgyzstani justice suffered a major blow today. In deciding not to release Azimjan Askarov, the regional court has brazenly disregarded the country’s international human rights obligations.

Date:
24 January 2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Children

Refugees in Serbia left out in the cold

In a corner of a cavernous abandoned warehouse in Belgrade, 11-year-old Ahmed is huddled around a small fire with four other boys. They are boiling potatoes, a meager meal that is likely to be the only food that they will eat today. Outside, the city is blanketed in snow. Despite the morning sunshine that streams though the glassless windows, forming translucent beams in the smoke-filled air, the temperature outside is minus ten degrees.

Date:
23 January 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Discrimination

Beware the march of draconian counter-terrorism laws in Europe

“Our lives have been turned upside down,” says Nadia, holding her two young daughters close. “I try to be both mother and father to my children but it is very hard. We miss Ahmed and we are scared for him. ” Ahmed has not set foot in their Cyprus home for nearly a year-and-a-half. Instead he is languishing in a Hungarian jail having been sentenced to 10 years in jail on absurd and far-fetched “terrorism” charges.

Date:
18 January 2017
  • Research
  • Slovenia
  • Refugees

Amnesty International’s Legal Assessment of the Proposed Amendments to Slovenia’s Aliens Law

The Aliens Law’ amendments in the proposed form would contravene international, EU and Slovenian domestic law. If adopted, the amendments: • Would allow authorities to automatically deny entry to migrants and refugees arriving at the borders, including those who indicate a desire to claim asylum; • Could lead to unlawful collective expulsions of migrants and refugees who enter Slovenia irregularly, as they do not prescribe adequate due process protections, thus depriving migrants and asylum-seekers of essential substantive and procedural safeguards, such as the principle of non-refoulement or the right to an effective remedy;.

Date:
18 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 68/5522/2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

EU: Orwellian counter-terrorism laws stripping rights under guise of defending them

Sweeping new laws are driving Europe into a deep and dangerous state of permanent securitization, Amnesty International said on the publication of a comprehensive human rights analysis of counter-terrorism measures across 14 EU member states. Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe reveals how a deluge of laws and amendments passed with break-neck speed, is undermining fundamental freedoms and dismantling hard-won human rights protections.

Date:
17 January 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Discrimination

Fear must not change us

Hundreds have been killed and wounded in a spate of terror attacks across Europe in the past two years. These callous crimes have not just targeted individuals, they are also attacks on our societies, our freedoms and our way of life. The need to protect people from such wanton violence is clear, but this is not something that can be achieved by any means. Crucially, it neither should nor can be achieved by riding roughshod over the very rights that governments are supposed to uphold.

Date:
17 January 2017
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  • United Kingdom
  • Refugees

United Kingdom: Weakening protections: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review – 27th Session of the UPR Working Group, May 2017

Amnesty International notes with regret that the UK has expressed an intention to replace its domestic Human Rights Act with what appears likely to be a less protective Bill of Rights, and that it has been highly critical of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in this regard. There have also been reports at the close of 2016 suggesting the government intends to withdrawn altogether from the European Convention on Human Rights should it win the next election.

Date:
13 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 45/5488/2017
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  • Slovenia
  • Refugees

Slovenia: Proposals to strip refugees and asylum-seekers of their rights must be rejected

The Slovenian parliament must reject amendments to the Aliens Act that, once triggered, would deny refugees and asylum seekers the protections to which they are entitled under international and EU law, Amnesty International said following the adoption of the amendments by the government today. Emergency measures set out in the bill would give authorities the possibility to adopt special measures that would deny entry to people arriving at the borders and automatically expel migrants and refugees who had entered Slovenia irregularly, without assessing their asylum claims or the risk of them being tortured or persecuted upon return.

Date:
5 January 2017
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Ukraine: Crimea in the dark: The silencing of dissent

Since the Russian occupation and annexation of Crimea in February-March 2014, the Russian and de facto local authorities, have demanded total submission to this brute fact. With most opponents of Crimea’s annexation harassed into exile or silence, Crimean Tatar leaders and activists have been the most organized focus of opposition, and have borne the brunt of the repression. Their representative structure, the Mejlis, was banned as an “extremist” organisation and any association with it has been outlawed; its leaders have been exiled or prosecuted on a range of trumped up charges; several have been forcibly disappeared.

Date:
15 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 50/5330/2016