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Syria: Extrajudicial execution of Bassel Khartabil a grim reminder of Syrian prison horrors

Responding to news of the execution of Syrian-Palestinian human rights activist Bassel Khartabil today, Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Research said:  “We are deeply saddened and outraged at this awful news. Bassel Khartabil will always be remembered as a symbol of courage, who peacefully fought for freedom to the very end. Our thoughts are with his family. “Bassel Khartabil’s death is a grim reminder of the horrors that take place in Syrian prisons every day.

Date:
2 August 2017
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Lebanon: Further investigation needed into deaths of Syrian refugees in military custody

The Lebanese authorities must disclose the full findings of their investigation into the deaths of four Syrian refugees, said Amnesty International, after the country’s military prosecutor yesterday revealed that a forensic report concluded that they had died of “natural causes”. The men died after they were arrested in a military raid on the town of Arsal on 30 June 2017. Forensic analysis of photographs showing the bodies of three of the four deceased men, commissioned by Amnesty International, reveals signs of recent beatings and trauma to the head, legs and arms suggesting they may have been tortured.

Date:
25 July 2017
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Tunisia: Appeal to the People's Representatives to Abandon Consideration of the Draft Law on Prosecution of Abuses Against the Armed Forces

Dear Members of the Assembly of the People's Representatives, Our organizations are writing to urge you to abandon consideration of the "Draft law No. 25/2015 on the Prosecution of Abuses Against the Armed Forces" officially listed in Parliament since April 13, 2015. On Thursday July 13, 2017, much to the surprise of civil society, the Assembly of the People's Representatives (ARP) resumed parliamentary debate of this law.

Date:
25 July 2017
Ref:
MDE 30/6858/2017
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Fourteen men at imminent risk of beheading as Saudi Arabia continues bloody execution spree

The Saudi Arabian Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the death sentences of 14 men after a grossly unfair mass trial is a worrying reminder of the country’s lethal crackdown on dissent, said Amnesty International today. The men who were found guilty of protest-related crimes now face imminent execution. “By confirming these sentences Saudi Arabia’s authorities have displayed their ruthless commitment to the use of the death penalty as a weapon to crush dissent and neutralize political opponents,” said Samah Hadid, Director of campaigns for the Middle-East at Amnesty international.

Date:
24 July 2017
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Algeria: Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, list of issues

This submission sets out some of Amnesty International’s key concerns about violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the Covenant), and in particular with regard to freedom of religion or belief and religious minorities (articles 18 and 27), freedom of expression and opinion (article 19), freedom of assembly and association (articles 21 and 22), accountability for past abuses (article 2), freedom of movement (article 12), the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment and fair trial guarantees (articles 7 and 14) and the death penalty (article 6).

Date:
24 July 2017
Ref:
MDE 28/6776/2017
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Bahrain: Human rights defender charged with terrorism

The Bahraini authorities’ decision to bring terrorism charges against Ebtissam al-Saegh, a human rights defender detained since 3 July 2017, is a chilling blow to human rights in the country, said Amnesty International. Ebtisam al-Saegh was previously tortured, including by being sexually assaulted by members of the Bahrain National Security agency while she was held in custody last May. “Ebtisam al-Saegh is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
19 July 2017
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Lebanon: Thousands at risk as Arsal security operation looms

Responding to a statement by Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri announcing an imminent security operation in the outskirts of the town of Arsal, in northeast Lebanon,Lynn Maalouf, Middle-East Director of Research for Amnesty International said: “It is of utmost importance for the Lebanese army and other sides involved in the fighting in Arsal to prioritize the protection of Lebanese residents as well as Syrian refugees in the area.

Date:
18 July 2017
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Bahrain: Bahraini prisoner of conscience in detention: Dr. Taha al-Dirazi

On 24 May, the Bahraini Court of Appeal halved the prison sentence of Dr. Taha al-Dirazi from six to three months. He was immediately arrested to begin serving the sentence. Dr Taha al-Dirazi was convicted of “illegal gathering” for participating in a peaceful protest in Duraz village on 19 July 2016. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
11 July 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6693/2017
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G20 summit: Trump-Putin meeting, a matter of life and death for the people of Syria

The lives of millions of Syrian civilians hang in the balance as the Presidents of Russia and the USA prepare to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany on 7 July 2017, to discuss counter-terrorism initiatives and a political resolution to Syria’s war, said Amnesty International. “For civilians in Syria, decisions made by President Trump and President Putin are a matter of life and death. A continuation of present policies would have disastrous consequences for the people of Syria, who have endured unimaginable suffering for more than six years,” said Samah Hadid, Middle East Director of Campaigns at Amnesty International.

Date:
6 July 2017
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Bahrain: Woman human rights defender at high risk of torture, including sexual assault

In response to news about the arrest of human rights defender Ebtisam al-Saegh by the Bahraini authorities on the night of 3 July 2017 Samah Hadid, Director for Campaigns at Amnesty International in the Middle-East said:  “The Bahraini authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Ebtisam al-Saegh whose only crime is speaking up against a government committed to crushing all forms of dissent.

Date:
4 July 2017
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Yemen: Urgent investigation needed into UAE torture network and possible US role

Following an Associated Press investigation alleging that United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its allied Yemeni security forces are arbitrarily detaining and torturing detainees, who are also being interrogated by US forces in a network of secret prisons across Southern Yemen, Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research at Amnesty International in the Middle East said:  “A UN-led investigation must immediately be launched into the UAE’s and other parties’ role in setting up this horrific network of torture.

Date:
22 June 2017
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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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United Arab Emirates (UAE): End the arbitrary imprisonment of prominent rights defender Ahmed Mansoor

The Martin Ennals Foundation and the ten human rights organizations that make up the jury of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA), today renewed their appeal to the government of the United Arab Emirates to release immediately and unconditionally Ahmed Mansoor, the last remaining human rights defender in the UAE who had previously been able to criticize the authorities publicly.

Date:
20 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/6552/2017
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Saudi Arabia: Release blogger Raif Badawi, still behind bars after five years

Marking the fifth anniversary of the arrest of Saudi Arabian blogger and prisoner of conscience Raif Badawi, Samah Hadid, Middle-East Director of Campaigns for Amnesty International said: “Raif Badawi has already served half of his prison term, but he shouldn’t be locked up in the first place. Saudi Arabian authorities must ensure his immediate and unconditional release, as well as the release of all prisoners of conscience detained solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Date:
16 June 2017
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Iraq/US-Led Coalition: Weapons Choice Endangers Mosul Civilians

The expected battle involving Iraqi and US-led coalition forces against the Islamic State (ISIS) in west Mosul’s Old City poses a considerable threat to civilians and civilian objects, international humanitarian and human rights organizations said today. All warring parties should cease using explosive weapons with wide area effects and inherently indiscriminate weapons in densely populated west Mosul.

Date:
8 June 2017