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Yemen: Journalist Yahia al-Jubaihi sentenced to death by Huthi forces

In response to the news that Huthi forces in control of the Yemeni capital Sana’a yesterday sentenced journalist Yahya al-Jubaihi, who has been arbitrarily detained since September 2016, to death for allegedly communicating with Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces, Samah Hadid, Director of Campaigns at Amnesty International’s Beirut Office said:  “The Huthis’ shameful death sentence, after a flagrantly unfair trial, against journalist Yahya al-Jubaihi must immediately be quashed.

Date:
13 April 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Jordan: Arrest Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and surrender him to the ICC

Jordan must immediately arrest Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir and hand him over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, said Amnesty International today as the Sudanese leader arrived in Amman for the Arab League Summit. “As a signatory to the Rome Statute that set up the ICC, Jordan is obligated to arrest Omar Al-Bashir and hand him over to the court,” said Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty International’s regional office in Beirut.

Date:
29 March 2017
  • Research
  • Yemen
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen: Amnesty International’s oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council: Item 10 – General Debate

In the two years since the Saudi Arabia-led coalition launched airstrikes on the Huthi armed group in Yemen, over 12,000 civilians have been killed or injured. Amnesty International urges members of this Council to support the High Commissioner’s call for the establishment of an international investigative body which can establish the facts about alleged violations by all parties to the conflict and identify alleged perpetrators to ensure justice and accountability.

Date:
22 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 31/5883/2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

UAE: Surprise overnight raid leads to arrest of prominent human rights defender

Following the arrest of human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor at 3:15AM local time after a lengthy room-by-room search of his apartment, Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research at Amnesty International’s Beirut regional office, said: “Amnesty International is appalled and dismayed at this surprise overnight raid resulting in the arrest of Ahmed Mansoor, a courageous and prominent human rights defender in the United Arab Emirates.

Date:
20 March 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

UAE Decision not to release Osama al-Najjar ‘indefensible’

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities must immediately release 28 year old activist Osama al-Najjar said Amnesty International the day following the expiry of his prison sentence. Osama al-Najjar was arrested on 17 March 2014 and sentenced to three years in prison after sending tweets to the Minister of Interior expressing concern that his father had been ill-treated in prison. Amnesty International considers both men to be prisoners of conscience.

Date:
18 March 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

A remarkable journey: An emotional reunion

“When I close my eyes, all I see is being with my father again,” Alan Mohamed told me when I met him for the first time in a refugee camp near Athens last July. He and his sister Gyan,who have both suffered from muscular dystrophy since birth, thought that moment might never come. But, on Thursday night in Hanover, Germany, against all the odds and after a journey that saw them cross four borders and spend the past year stranded in Greece, their family was finally reunited.

Date:
17 March 2017
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  • Qatar
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

UN agency must keep up pressure on Qatar as government’s migrant labour reforms fall short

The International Labour Organization (ILO)’s governing body must continue to scrutinize Qatar’s record on migrant labour abuse, Amnesty International said, ahead of a crucial 21 March decision on a complaint brought by trade unions against the Gulf state. Last week the government stated it had “repealed” its controversial sponsorship law, including the requirement that migrant workers obtain an exit permit from their employers to leave the country.

Date:
17 March 2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Penal Institutions

Morocco/Western Sahara: Grant Sahrawi defendants a fair trial

The trial of 24 Sahrawis in a civilian court that began on 26 December is an opportunity to redress the numerous violations that tainted their fundamentally flawed military trial in 2013. The trial at the Rabat Court of Appeals continued on 23, 24 and 25 January, and was adjourned until 13 March. A fair trial is essential in order to bring to light the truth of the events in 2010 which led to the death of eleven members of the Moroccan security forces and two Sahrawis, Amnesty International said.

Date:
6 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 29/5753/2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Algeria: Social justice activist facing trial in El Oued

On 7 March, Yahia Ben Ammar, an Algerian social justice activist, will come before a court in El Oued, southern Algeria, on charges in relation to his exercise of his right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly during peaceful protests in late 2016, as well as on charges of insulting and assaulting police following his arrest in January 2017 in a separate case. He reported that police officers ill-treated him in custody at the time.

Date:
6 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 28/5818/2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Discrimination

Libya: Arbitrary military decree highlights precariousness of women’s rights in Libya

On 16 February 2017, the military in eastern Libya issued Decree No. 6 of 2017 restricting Libyan women under the age of 60 from travelling abroad without a legal male guardian ‘muhram’. The decree was frozen five days later amidst ongoing calls from civil society for its removal, and ultimately replaced on 23 February with Decree No. 7 of 2017, which stipulates that no Libyan male or female between the ages of 18-45 can travel abroad without prior “security approval.

Date:
3 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 19/5820/2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Child Soldiers

Yemen: Huthi forces recruiting child soldiers for front-line combat

New evidence has emerged of how the Huthi armed group is actively recruiting boys as young as 15 to fight as child soldiers on the front lines of the conflict in Yemen, said Amnesty International today after speaking to the families of three boys targeted this month by the appalling practice which violates international law. The families also confirmed the recruitment of a fourth local boy. Family members and an eyewitness told Amnesty International that the four boys, aged between 15 and 17, were recruited by fighters of the Huthi armed group, also known as Ansarullah locally, in the capital, Sana’a.

Date:
28 February 2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen: Urgent need for accountability in Yemen: Statement to the UN Human Rights Council

Amnesty International has gathered information according to which all parties to the conflict, including the Saudi Arabia-led coalition and the Huthis and allied forces, have committed serious violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights law in ground and air attacks, some of which should be investigated as war crimes. Further, the Huthis and allied forces, including army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have arbitrarily arrested and detained critics and opponents as well as journalists, human rights defenders and members of the Baha’i community, subjecting scores to enforced disappearance.

Date:
23 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 31/5765/2017