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Hungary: Amnesty International regrets Hungary’s breach of refugee and migrants' rights - Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Hungary

The UN Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Hungary on 21 September 2016 during its 33rd session. Prior to the adoption of the report of the review Amnesty International delivered this oral statement. Amnesty International also contributed to the information basis of the review through its submission on Hungary: https://www. amnesty. org/en/documents/eur27/3471/2016/en/.

Date:
28 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 27/4906/2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Hungary: Appalling treatment of asylum-seekers a deliberate populist ploy

Asylum-seekers – including unaccompanied children – are suffering violent abuse, illegal push backs and unlawful detention at the hands of Hungary’s authorities and a system blatantly designed to deter them, Amnesty International has revealed in a new report. Stranded hope: Hungary’s sustained attack on the rights of refugees and migrants, published against the backdrop of the toxic referendum campaign on refugee quotas, finds hundreds of asylum-seekers are left waiting for months in degrading conditions.

Date:
27 September 2016
  • Research
  • Ireland
  • UN

Ireland must amend its harsh abortion law, further protect the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers, and ratify outstanding international human rights treaties. Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Ireland.

Amnesty International regrets Ireland’s rejection of 16 of the 17 recommendations relating to its harsh abortion law. The reason given is that Ireland’s Constitution may only be amended by popular referendum. This referendum must urgently be held.

Date:
23 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 29/4896/2016
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  • Greece
  • UN

Amnesty International welcomes Greece’s recognition of same-sex relationships, but regrets its inadequate response to the refugee crisis. Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Greece

Amnesty International welcomes Greece’s acceptance of recommendations to respond to high levels of irregular migration in a manner that is consistent with international human rights and refugee law; to improve reception conditions for refugees and migrants; and to prohibit the detention of unaccompanied children. The organization noted with regret, however, that Greece’s current response to the refugee crisis, including the European Union (EU) -Turkey Agreement of 18 March 2016, is not consistent with international human rights and refugee law, including the principle of non-refoulement.

Date:
21 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 25/4880/2016
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Miraculous journeys, stranded hopes

Strapped onto either side of a horse, 30 year-old Alan Mohammad and his 28 year-old sister Gyan crossed craggy mountains from Iraq and into Turkey last February. Their younger sister walked ahead, leading the horse. Their mother, brother and younger sister trailed behind, pushing heavy wheelchairs up the steep unpaved path. Alan and Gyan, both teachers, have both suffered from muscular dystrophy since birth.

Date:
7 September 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

“Learning is like a diamond” – but no diamond in the rough for child refugees in Greece

Kondylia Gogou, Amnesty International’s Greece Researcher September – and in Europe a new school term - is upon us. But on the margins of the continent, thousands of children can only dream of the day they will be able to continue their precious education. A law passed yesterday by the Greek parliament could give some hope to tens of thousands of school-aged refugee children stranded in Greece. It aims, among other things, to start providing so-called reception classes for them by the end of September.

Date:
1 September 2016
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  • Netherlands
  • UN

The Netherlands: Excessive immigration detention, ethnic profiling and counter-terrorism measures: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review – 27th session of the UPR Working Group, May 2017

Amnesty International acknowledges that the Netherlands has in place a National Action Plan on Human Rights. However, the Plan has been poorly implemented and contains structural weaknesses, including in relation to migrants’ rights and human rights education. Amnesty International is concerned that immigration-related detention exceeds the limit set by the EU Returns Directive limit and that draft legislation on counter-terrorism and intelligence and security services could disproportionally restrict human rights.

Date:
1 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 35/5462/2016
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  • Finland
  • Refugees

Finland: Insufficient protection of human rights: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 27th session of the UPR Working Group, May 2017

In this submission Amnesty International acknowledges Finland’s efforts to develop its national human rights architecture. However, concerns remain regarding the restrictions on the rights of refugees and migrants, including to free legal assistance and family reunification. The organization also draws attention to inadequate domestic legislation aimed at protecting women and girls from violence, discrimination against transgender individuals and intersex children, the lack of human rights training for teachers and civil servants, Finland’s involvement in the US-led CIA rendition and secret detention programmes, and lack of civilian alternatives to military service which are not punitive and discriminatory.

Date:
1 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 20/5354/2016
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  • Greece
  • Refugees

Anniversary of Alan Kurdi drowning highlights continuing global shame

One year after the shocking image of Syrian boy Alan Kurdi’s drowned body caused international outcry, world leaders are still failing to respond to the refugee crisis, said Amnesty International today. Marking the 2 September anniversary of Alan’s death, the organisation drew attention to the plight of thousands of other refugee children let down by the dismal failure of world leaders to tackle the refugee crisis.

Date:
31 August 2016
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  • Greece
  • Refugees

Yezidi refugees: stranded sisterhood unites to draw strength through adversity

Maria Serrano, Campaigner at Amnesty International Two years ago, the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) swept across northern Iraq in a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing against minority communities. They abducted thousands of Yezidi men, women and children forcing them to convert to Islam and killed hundreds of men in cold blood. Captured women and girls were subjected to torture, including rape, forcibly married, ‘sold’ or given as ‘gifts’ to IS fighters or their supporters and forced into sexual slavery.

Date:
26 August 2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Children

After escaping war, what awaits Syrian children in Europe?

The horrific situation facing Syria’s children, graphically captured by the haunting image of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, shocked and bloodied in the back of an ambulance after being pulled from the rubble of his home, makes it easy to understand why parents would take their children on the desperate, arduous journey to Europe. But if a child like Omran were to survive the trip and reach Europe’s shores, their ordeal would be far from over.

Date:
22 August 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Greece
  • Asylum

Trapped in Greece: refugees stranded in dire conditions as Europe drags its heels

Around 48,000 refugees and migrants are still stranded in mainland Greece, many of them in terrible conditions in state-run camps, as borders across Europe remain closed to them. Thousands of men, women and children are facing a very uncertain future with very little information available to them, as they languish in limbo. Amnesty International recently returned to Greece to visit some of the camps and document some of their stories.

Date:
18 July 2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

European Commission: Proposals on resettlement and asylum a cynical attempt to strengthen the walls of fortress Europe

A package of new proposals published by the European Union today risks rolling back basic protections for refugees and asylum seekers, said Amnesty International. A proposed EU-wide resettlement framework would use resettlement as a tool for migration control rather than to provide assistance to vulnerable refugees. In addition, three proposed reforms of the EU asylum system would introduce measures intended to increase the number of refugees and asylum seekers returned to non-EU countries.

Date:
13 July 2016