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Morocco: Protest Leader Alleges Police Beat Him - Possible State Security Charges for Charismatic Figure in Rif

Police arrested and severely beat the de facto leader of ongoing social protests in Morocco’s Rif region, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today, based on an account the protest leader gave his lawyer. Authorities are investigating Nasser Zefzafi, the protest leader, on grave charges, including one that carries the death penalty and some that appear political in nature.

Date:
22 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 29/6563/2017
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Algeria: Ensure Fair Trial for Minority Rights Activists

MDE 28/6369/2017 The Algerian authorities should drop all charges against a leading activist and his 40 co-defendants that are based on their peaceful activism for the rights of the Amazigh, or Berber, minority, Human Rights Watch, EuroMed Rights, Amnesty International, and Front Line Defenders said today. Kamaleddine Fekhar and most of his co-accused have been detained since July 2015. Regarding other violence-related charges that the defendants face, the authorities should immediately release them from pretrial detention unless there is individual justification in each case of the necessity for their continued detention after nearly two years.

Date:
29 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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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
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  • 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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Bahrain: Fears of further violent crackdown on uprising anniversary

Authorities in Bahrain must refrain from using excessive force against protesters, Amnesty International urged as mass protests are under way on 14 February, to mark the sixth anniversary of the 2011 uprising. Bahrain is on the verge of a human rights crisis, as recent weeks have seen a pattern of increased repression, characterized by violence against protesters, executions, arbitrary detentions and a crackdown on freedom of expression.

Date:
14 February 2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Algeria: Court to decide fate of protesters arrested for calling for a health clinic in Tamanrasset

On Sunday 12 February, a court in Tamanrasset is due to issue a verdict in the trial of four men, prosecuted for participating in a sit-in demanding that the Algerian authorities provide a health clinic and other basic services to their impoverished neighbourhood. The four protesters are currently at liberty pending the verdict. Amnesty International calls on the Algerian authorities to drop the charges against the four men of “inciting an unarmed gathering”, and calls for reform of Algerian legislation so as to respect freedom of peaceful assembly.

Date:
10 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 28/5672/2017
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Egypt: Investigate potential extrajudicial execution of North Sinai men: Six of the men were in police custody at the time of their killing

The Egyptian judicial authorities must conduct an impartial, independent and thorough investigation into the killing of 10 men by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) on 13 January in al-Arish in the North Sinai governorate and bring those responsible to justice, Amnesty International said today. Six of the 10 men were in police custody at the time of their killing, having been held incommunicado for up to three months.

Date:
23 January 2017
Ref:
MDE 12/5534/2017
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As world prepares for Trump, leaders at Davos must reject politics of fear and division

As political and business leaders gather at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, the heads of six of the world’s largest campaigning organizations have called on them to immediately and urgently repudiate narratives of fear, division and blame, and recommit themselves to working together towards a free, just, sustainable and equitable world. In a joint statement released days before Donald Trump is inaugurated as President of the United States, the leaders of Amnesty International, Avaaz, Greenpeace International, International Trade Union Confederation, Oxfam International, and Transparency International have strongly condemned the new climate of permissiveness for hate crimes and discrimination which has arisen in numerous countries.

Date:
16 January 2017
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Algeria: Authorities must adequately investigate death of jailed journalist after months in coma

On 11 December, British-Algerian freelance journalist Mohamed Tamalt, 41, died in custody in Mohamed Lamine Debaghine University Hospital in Bab El Oued, Algiers, over five months after his arrest on 27 June. He had immediately gone on hunger strike to protest against his detention, before entering coma in late August. Hundreds attended his burial in Bourouba cemetery in Algiers on 12 December, including human rights defenders and civil society activists.

Date:
11 January 2017
Ref:
MDE 28/5430/2017
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Morocco: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review – 27th session of the UPR Working group, May 2017

Since Morocco’s last review the government has taken some steps towards adopting some of the recommendations, yet has ignored other key recommendations. Amnesty International is concerned about ongoing restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly, including by prosecuting journalists, forcibly dispersing peaceful protests, and restricting the activities of NGOs. The organization regrets that the current draft law to amend the Penal Code leaves provisions that restrict the right to freedom of expression largely unchanged.

Date:
1 September 2016
Ref:
MDE 29/5470/2016
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Algeria – impunity past and present: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review 27th Session

Since it was last reviewed in 2012, Algeria has taken steps to strengthen human rights guarantees with limited impact. The authorities continue to threaten and harass human rights defenders, journalists and activists while current legislation restricts the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. Although Algeria has taken positive steps to address sexual and gender-based violence, women and girls continue to face discrimination in both law and practice.

Date:
1 September 2016
Ref:
MDE 28/5468/2016
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Lebanon: Submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Amnesty International submits this briefing in advance of the examination of Lebanon by the United Nations (UN) Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights during its 59th session in September 2016. This examination provides an opportunity to review Lebanon’s progress since its last review in 1993 in implementing, both in law and practice, the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

Date:
22 August 2016
Ref:
MDE 18/4435/2016
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EU: Halt arms transfers to Egypt to stop fuelling killings and torture

Almost half of European Union (EU) member states have flouted an EU-wide suspension on arms transfers to Egypt, risking complicity in a wave of unlawful killings, enforced disappearances and torture, Amnesty International said today. Despite the suspension imposed after hundreds of protesters were killed in a show of grossly excessive force by security forces in August 2013, 12 out of 28 EU member states have remained among Egypt’s main suppliers of arms and policing equipment.

Date:
25 May 2016