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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
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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
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
  • Research
  • 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
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
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

EU: Pressure on Greece for Dublin returns is ‘hypocritical’

European Commission pressure on Greece to improve conditions so that Dublin transfers to Greece can resume is hypocritical, as one of the main reasons why conditions for refugees in Greece - particularly on the islands - are so dire, is the EU’s deal with Turkey, said Amnesty International. The reaction comes in response to an announcement today by the European Commission that EU member states will be able to return migrants to Greece from mid-March.

Date:
8 December 2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

Hungary: Shameful misuse of terrorism provisions as man involved in border clash jailed for 10 years

In response to the sentencing of Ahmed H, to 10 years in prison on terrorism charges for his involvement in clashes with Hungarian border guards at a Serbia-Hungary border crossing last year, Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Directorwho attended the court hearing said:  “This verdict is based on a blatant misuse of terrorism provisions and reflects a disturbing confluence of two dangerous trends: the misuse of terrorism-related offenses and the appalling treatment of refugees and migrants.

Date:
30 November 2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

How a family man in Cyprus ended up in a Hungarian jail cell accused of ‘terrorism’

**UPDATE: On 30 November, Ahmed H was found guilty on all counts by the Szeged District Court and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He is appealing the verdict and the sentence. The prosecution has also announced that it intends to appeal what it considers a "lenient" sentence. One summer’s evening last year Ahmed was at home in Cyprus with his wife Nadia and their young children when he received the call that would turn his life upside down.

Date:
29 November 2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Greece: Police must protect refugees from ongoing far-right attacks

As attacks by suspected far-right extremists against refugees in Souda camp on the Greek island of Chios continue for a third day Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director, said: “These shocking attacks against refugees cannot be permitted to continue with impunity. For the last two nights, suspected right-wing extremists have thrown petrol bombs, stones and rocks down on the camp from castle walls, causing injuries and panic.

Date:
18 November 2016
  • News
  • Greece
  • Refugees

Compassion of the many: Indifference of the few

On the day President Obama thanked the Greek people for their “extraordinary compassion” in their response to the refugee crisis, I spoke to Haji Mohamad Lound, a Syrian refugee whose experience at the hands of the Greek and European authorities was less than compassionate. Haji, together with his wife and four young children, was illegally returned from Greece to Turkey last month. “Our situation is desperate,” the graphic designer from Aleppo told me on the phone.

Date:
18 November 2016
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  • Americas
  • Refugees

Greece: Obama must shine spotlight on Europe's abysmal failure to protect refugees

US President Barack Obama should use his visit to Greece, which begins on 15 November, to call for concrete action to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Greece and for European countries to stop shirking responsibility for refugee protection, said Amnesty International. “President Obama must use his visit to shine the spotlight not only on abysmal conditions for the tens of thousands of refugees stranded in Greece, but also on the failure of world leaders to adequately address the wider global refugee crisis,” said John Dalhuisen, Europe Director for Amnesty International.

Date:
14 November 2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Turning up the heat on refugees and migrants

Salih was just 10 years old when militias attacked his village in Sudan’s North Darfur region. “It was in the evening. They were shooting and setting fire to our huts. My parents were killed but I managed to escape. ” He made his way to Khartoum, where he stayed until earlier this year when his uncle in the UK sent him money to come and join him. It took him more than a month to travel across the desert into Libya and northwards to the coast where he paid his passage on an overcrowded boat across the Mediterranean.

Date:
3 November 2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Italy: Beatings and unlawful expulsions amid EU push to get tough on refugees and migrants

The European Union’s pressure on Italy to “get tough” on refugees and migrants has led to unlawful expulsions and ill-treatment which in some cases may amount to torture, a new report from Amnesty International revealed today. Beatings, electric shocks and sexual humiliation are among the numerous allegations of abuse documented in Hotspot Italy: How EU’s flagship approach leads to violations of refugee and migrant rights.

Date:
3 November 2016