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Bahrain: At least one dead and hundreds injured as government violently cracks down on opposition

The Bahraini security forces used excessive force against protesters in the village of Duraz, the majority of whom were peaceful, as part of an ongoing crack down on the village which has been under siege by the authorities for 11 months, according to evidence uncovered by Amnesty International. At least one person has been killed and hundreds injured as security forces fired birdshot from shotguns and teargas against protesters.

Date:
23 May 2017
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Saudi Arabia: Trump visit risks giving green light to violations of human rights

As US President Donald Trump embarks on his first foreign visit to attend the Riyadh summit in Saudi Arabia, counter terrorism and security will dominate his discussions with Gulf and Arab state leaders. The President is also expected to unveil a multi-billion dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The glaring absence of human rights from Trump’s agenda will only embolden further violations in a region where governments flout the rights of their own people in the name of the fight against terror, and violate international humanitarian law in conflicts fueled on large part by US arms transfers, said Amnesty International.

Date:
19 May 2017
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Why we need to stand up for the brave – now, more than ever

Recent attacks on human rights defenders across the world show the urgent need for Amnesty’s new campaign. A few days ago, on 10 May, a courageous Mexican mother and human rights defender, Miriam Rodriguez, was shot 12 times and killed in her home in Tamaulipas, northern Mexico. Miriam had been campaigning tirelessly to bring to justice those responsible of abducting and killing her 14-year-old daughter Karen, and became a leading activist searching for others who have been disappeared in the country.

Date:
17 May 2017
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USA: Return to bigoted anti-Muslim travel ban would cause immeasurable harm

The Trump administration’s executive order on travel, scheduled for federal appeals court review on Monday, would harm both immigrants and US citizens if allowed to enter into effect, warns Amnesty International in a briefing paper released today. “President Trump’s travel ban order separated families and sent a message of bigotry and intolerance,” said Joanne Mariner, Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International.

Date:
12 May 2017
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FIFA's chance to show they put people ahead of money is now

After a tumultuous few years of corruption allegations, internal upheaval and human rights abuses linked to its events, FIFA is no stranger to controversy. Its choice of Bahrain, a country where football has been inextricably linked with politics and protest as a location for this week’s meetings of the FIFA Council and Congress, may raise further eyebrows. In 2011 national footballing stars alleged that they had been tortured after taking part in popular protests alongside tens of thousands of other Bahrainis.

Date:
11 May 2017
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Yemen: Joint Letter to Ambassadors of the United Nations Security Council

The undersigned human rights and civil liberties organizations write to raise serious concerns about recent efforts by the Government of Yemen to silence renowned Yemeni human rights advocates and civil society leaders. These efforts undermine much-needed human rights work in Yemen; threaten connections between Yemeni civil society and the international community; put the safety and lives of Yemeni advocates at risk; and undercut government commitments, expressed in the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, to respect the work of human rights advocates.

Date:
8 May 2017
Ref:
MDE 31/6196/2017
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Yemen Baha’i community faces persecution at hands of Huthi-Saleh authorities

More than 20 Baha’i men and women are at risk of immediate arrest by Huthi-Saleh authorities in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a, said Amnesty International. “Huthi-Saleh authorities must immediately stop persecuting members of the Baha’i community in Sana’a,” said Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research at Amnesty International’s Beirut regional office. “The detention of Baha’is on account of their faith appears to be part of a wider crackdown on minorities by the Huthi-Saleh authorities, and is making entire families live in fear for their safety and the safety of their loved ones – not to mention that they are a clear violation of Yemen’s obligations under international law”.

Date:
28 April 2017
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Yemen: Joint Public Statement: Immediately release Baha’i man at risk of death sentence

Huthi-Saleh authorities in Yemen should immediately and unconditionally release Hamid Haydara as he is a prisoner of conscience who is being held and tried on account of his conscientiously held beliefs and peaceful activities as a member of the Baha’i community, said Amnesty International and Mwatana Organization for Human Rights (Mwatana) today, after he was transferred to solitary confinement.

Date:
28 April 2017
Ref:
MDE 31/6127/2017
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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
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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
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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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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