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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
  • Austria
  • EU

Europe: Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe - Executive Summary

Hundreds of people were killed and wounded in a spate of violent attacks in European Union (EU) states between January 2015 and December 2016. They were shot by armed men, blown up in suicide bomb attacks and deliberately run over as they walked in the street. These callous crimes did not just target individuals; they were also attacks on societies, on how people live and what people think. The need to protect people from such wanton violence is obvious and urgent.

Date:
17 January 2017
Ref:
EUR 01/5343/2017
  • Research
  • Austria
  • EU

Europe: Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe

Hundreds of people were killed and wounded in violent attacks in the European Union in 2015 and 2016. The need to protect people from such wanton violence is obvious and urgent. This report gives a bird’s eye view of the national security landscape and shows just how widespread and deep the “securitization” of Europe has become. It focuses on eight themes: states of emergency, principle of legality, right to privacy, freedom of expression, right to liberty, freedom of movement, stripping of nationality, and the prohibition on sending people to places where they risk torture.

Date:
17 January 2017
Ref:
EUR 01/5342/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia

Spain must not aid Russian warships bound for Syria

Responding to reports that a flotilla of Russian warships destined for Syria is considering refuelling at Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in North Africa, Samah Hadid, Deputy Regional Director of Campaigns at Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Office, said: “Neither Spain nor any other country should refuel or provide any other logistical support to Russian warships en route to Syria, given the substantial risk that these ships will be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

Date:
26 October 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Burkina Faso
  • Women's Rights

9 ways you defended women’s rights worldwide

We look back at how your campaigning for My Body My Rights has changed women’s lives around the world. Thousands of you joined us in standing up for sexual and reproductive rights through Amnesty’s My Body My Rights campaign. Launched in 2014, the campaign is founded on the principle that we all – women and men – have the right to make decisions about our health, body, sexuality and reproductive lives without fear or force.

Date:
3 March 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Spain
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Spain: Puppeteers accused of glorifying terrorism: Alfonso Lázaro de la Fuente and Raúl García Pérez

Alfonso Lázaro de la Fuente and Raúl García Pérez were arrested by police on 5 February after performing a puppet show in a public event in Madrid. They were released on 10 February but are facing charges that include “glorifying terrorism”. If found guilty they could spend up to four years in prison.

Date:
12 February 2016
Ref:
EUR 41/3428/2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Spain: Submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. 57th Session, 22 February-4 March 2016. Lists of issues prior to reporting.

Amnesty International is concerned that since the Committee’s last review of Spain in May 2012 the State has not adopted the necessary legislative measures to ensure that economic, social and cultural rights enjoy the same level of protection as civil and political rights. Furthermore, at a time of economic crisis, when the protection of human rights of vulnerable groups is needed the most, the Spanish authorities have adopted retrogressive and discriminatory measures, undermining the right to health for migrants in irregular administrative situation, the right to access to a legal and safe abortion, the right to adequate housing and the rights of survivors of gender-based violence.

Date:
1 February 2016
Ref:
EUR 41/3355/2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Justice Systems

Spain: 10,000 kilometres and 80 years for justice

When the Spanish Civil War broke out, Félix Llorente lived and worked on the railways in the Castilian town of Medina del Campo. His great-niece, Anaïs Huerta, is a filmmaker who now lives in Mexico. On 28 July 1936, Félix was detained by the authorities and brought to Medina del Campo jail, “for his record and activities”. On 15 August that year he was taken out of the jail, supposedly to be transferred to another prison, and disappeared.

Date:
29 January 2016
  • Research
  • Spain
  • UN

Spain: Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Spain

Amnesty International welcomes Spain’s acceptance of recommendations to guarantee the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression. The organization is concerned, however, that the law regulating the right to freedom of assembly does not envisage or recognize the right to hold spontaneous demonstrations, as provided for in international standards. This law, together with the Public Safety Law and the reformed Criminal Code that will enter into force on 1 July, threaten the right to freedom of assembly and expression.

Date:
25 June 2015
Ref:
EUR 41/2042/2015
  • Research
  • Chile
  • UN

UN Human Rights Council: oral statement on abortion laws for interactive dialogue with the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women

Amnesty International made this oral statement during the interactive dialogue with the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice held at the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council (15 June – 3 July 2015). That statement welcomes concerns expressed by the Working Group about criminalization of abortion, including in the context of its country visits to Chile, Peru and Spain.

Date:
22 June 2015
Ref:
IOR 40/1917/2015
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Spain: Two-pronged assault targets rights and freedoms of Spanish citizens, migrants and refugees

Draconian reforms to two pieces of Spanish legislation are an assault on the rights of its citizens as well as an attempt to formalize abusive practices against migrants and refugees, said Amnesty International ahead of a vote in parliament this afternoon. A double whammy of proposed reforms to the Criminal Code and the Law on Public Security will restrict rights to peaceful assembly, association and freedom of expression.

Date:
26 March 2015
  • News
  • Spain
  • Impunity

Spain: New counter-terrorism proposals would infringe basic human rights

Proposed amendments to the Spanish criminal code that would expand the range of crimes defined as “terrorism” to include vague language and overly broad categories of offences would infringe people’s basic human rights, said Amnesty International ahead of a parliamentary debate today. “The proposed definition of terrorism includes so many crimes that it is rendered virtually meaningless. The parliament should reject any proposals that would violate basic rights,” said Julia Hall, Amnesty International’s expert on counter-terrorism and human rights.

Date:
10 February 2015
  • Campaigns
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Spain/Morocco: a tragedy at the border

A tragedy on a Spanish border beach a year ago shows how the EU’s border policies are forcing thousands of people to take ever greater risks to reach Europe. Exactly one year ago today, at least 14 people died just metres from Tarajal beach in Ceuta, a tiny Spanish enclave bordering northern Morocco. We know a lot about what happened that morning, thanks to video footage and testimony from survivors. But a year after the tragedy only one of the victims has been formally identified by the Spanish Government, the others remaining nameless.

Date:
6 February 2015
  • News
  • Spain

Spain: Ceuta migrant tragedy – deplorable disregard for human life

The Spanish authorities’ failure to properly investigate the drowning of 14 migrants off the coast of Ceuta after the Civil Guard opened fire with large rubber bullets highlights the deplorable disregard for human life at Spain’s borders with Morocco, said Amnesty International on the anniversary of the tragedy. “One year on from this tragic incident, victims and their families are still waiting for justice, while the investigation has been blocked and stalled,” said Irem Arf Rayfield, Amnesty International’s Researcher on Refugee and Migrants' Rights in Europe.

Date:
6 February 2015