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Cyprus: Marriage equality campaigners celebrate hard-won victory on civil unions

The Cypriot Parliament’s recognition of the right to same-sex civil unions is an important first step towards eradicating discrimination and achieving full marriage equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Cyprus, Amnesty International said. Yesterday’s vote shows how far Cyprus has come since decriminalizing same-sex sexual relations in 1998. It was preceded by a lengthy public debate over the past two years following political promises to recognize civil partnerships.

Date:
27 November 2015
  • News
  • Cyprus

Cyprus: Abusive detention of migrants and asylum seekers flouts EU law

Cypriot immigration authorities routinely detain hundreds of migrants and asylum-seekers in prison-like conditions for extended periods while awaiting deportation, said Amnesty International. Those detained include Syrian refugees and women separated from their young children. Evidence gathered by researchers during a recent visit to Cyprus indicates that the authorities are exploiting European Union (EU) laws – imposing automatic detention of migrants and asylum-seekers without implementing the required safeguards, which make detention a last resort.

Date:
18 March 2014
  • Research
  • Afghanistan
  • Discrimination

Suggested recommendations to States considered in the 18th round of the Universal Periodic Review, 27 January – 7 February 2014

In this document Amnesty International makes recommendations to the governments of different states about ratification of international human rights standards, domestic legislation and human rights violations. The abuses and rights considered include use of excessive force; impunity; death penalty; forced eviction; the rights of displaced and Indigenous peoples and to the freedom of expression and from discrimination.

Date:
1 December 2013
Ref:
IOR 41/022/2013
  • Research
  • Afghanistan
  • Impunity

Amnesty International assessment of states’ implementation of recommendations from the previous UPR: 18th session of the UPR Working Group, 27 January – 7 February 2014

Amnesty International has assessed the extent to which 12 of the states up for review have implemented key recommendations accepted in their previous UPR in 2009. The organization strongly urges these states to pay close attention to the implementation of accepted recommendations and to address any gaps in implementation with renewed recommendations, bilateral collaboration and the sharing of good practice among states to promote and facilitate implementation at the national level leading to an improvement of the situation of human rights.

Date:
1 November 2013
Ref:
IOR 41/023/2013
  • Research
  • Brazil
  • Death Penalty

Wire, September/October 2012. Vol. 42, issue 05

1) The Agenda 2) Up front: A life in isolation 3) Italy: 'What does this tell our children?' 4) International justice: Exposing wrongs on the global stage 5) Human Rights Talk: A dying trend 6) Côte d'Ivoire: Closing the toxic loopholes 7) Poster : 10 October 2012: World Day against the Death Penalty 8) Tunisia; 'The sea is a cemetery' 9) El Salvador: The truth will not die 10) Kuwait: The 'withouts' of Kuwait 11) Cyprus: Punishment without a crime 12) Technology and human rights: Digital panic buttons 13) Good news & updates 14) Worldwide Appeals: Brazil: Land rights activists in hiding: Nilcilene Miguel de Lima; Bulgaria: Student killed in homophobic attack: Mihail Stoyanov; Dominican Republic: Killed by police: Cecilio Díaz and William de Jesús Checo; India: Indigenous activist remains in prison: Kartam Joga; Indonesia: Activist killed: Munir Said Thalib; Saudi Arabia: Domestic worker under death sentence: Siti Zainab Binti Duhri Rupa.

Date:
1 September 2012
Ref:
NWS 21/005/2012
  • Research
  • Cyprus
  • Children

Cyprus: Punishment without a crime: Detention of migrants and asylum seekers in Cyprus

Every year, hundreds of people, fleeing poverty or war and persecution, are deprived of their liberty for immigration purposes in Cyprus. Due to limited or no access to legal aid, many are unable to challenge the lawfulness of their detention. Even in cases where the Supreme Court rules the detention unlawful, many continue to be held. This briefing documents the shortcomings in Cypriot law and its application, and calls on the authorities to take prompt action to fully respect the right to liberty of irregular migrants and asylum-seekers.

Date:
18 June 2012
Ref:
EUR 17/001/2012
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

Inside Cyprus’ migrant detention centres

By Giorgos Kosmopoulos, Amnesty International’s Greece and Cyprus campaigner Hundreds of migrants awaiting deportation from Cyprus are being held for months in squalid conditions with limited access to legal and medical aid. A few muted rays of light seep through the barred cell windows of block ten of Nicosia’s Central Prison. Not many miles down the road, a light breeze sweeps over long sandy beaches and tourists wander at their leisure, free to enjoy the fresh air and winter sunshine.

Date:
19 December 2011
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  • Cyprus
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Legal loopholes allow European companies to trade in 'tools of torture'

European companies are participating in the global trade in types of equipment widely used in torture or other ill-treatment, according to evidence presented in a new report by Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation. Fixed wall restraints, metal "thumb-cuffs", and electroshock "sleeves" and "cuffs" that deliver 50,000V shocks to detained prisoners are amongst the "tools of torture" highlighted in the report, From Words to Deeds, which was published on Wednesday.

Date:
16 March 2010
  • News
  • Bulgaria
  • Justice Systems

Europe moves to protect trafficked people

Europe has taken a further step towards protecting people who have been trafficked with the entry into force of a new convention on Friday. The 14 states that have so far become parties to the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings have committed themselves to ensuring greater respect and protection of the rights of trafficked persons. Amnesty International, Anti-Slavery International and La Strada International welcomed this major step for people trapped in a modern form of slavery, for which Amnesty International has been campaigning for years.

Date:
1 February 2008
  • Research
  • Albania
  • Detention

Europe and Central Asia: Summary of Amnesty International's Concerns in the Region: July - December 2006

This bulletin contains information about Amnesty International's main concerns in Europe and Central Asia between July and December 2006. Not every country in the region is reported on; only those where there were significant developments in the period covered by the bulletin, or where Amnesty International (AI) took specific action. A number of individual country reports have been issued on the concerns featured in this bulletin.

Date:
1 April 2007
Ref:
EUR 01/001/2007