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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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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

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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  • 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 Last week the government stated it had “repealed” its controversial sponsorship law, including the requirement that migrant workers obtain an exit permit from their employers to leave the country.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
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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
  • Demonstrations

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
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MDE 28/5672/2017
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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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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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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  • Americas
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What has climate change got to do with human rights?

Climate change is one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time, says Savio Carvalho, Senior Advisor on International Development and Human Rights. What has climate change got to do with human rights? Extreme weather-related disasters and rising seas will destroy homes and ruin people’s ability to earn a living. What’s more, unless emissions are reduced significantly, around 600 million people are likely to experience drought and famine as a result of climate change.

Date:
1 December 2015
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

This Is What Being 'Tough on Terror' Looks Like In East Jerusalem

At the southern edge of Jabal Mukaber, a Palestinian neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem, the hills form a wide, natural amphitheatre. Here olive groves adorn the gentle slopes, horses whinny, and birds flit out from the eaves to play in the evening sky. The views out towards Herod's great fortress Herodion are breathtaking. The air where I was sitting, however, was thick with concrete dust, driven up by the feet of two small children chasing one another between piles of rubble and shattered furniture.

Date:
30 October 2015
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Business and Human Rights

Post-2015 outcome document: redlines and proposals on follow-up

Statement by Amnesty International, Center for Economic and Social Rights, Center for Reproductive Rights, and Human Rights Watch (July 2015) As international human rights organizations who have been advocating for the SDG commitments to be underpinned by robust monitoring and review mechanisms, we are deeply concerned that the framework for follow-up and review outlined in the final draft of the outcome document (dated 8 July 2015) for the September Summit is very vague and falls far short of what will be required to ensure effective implementation.

Date:
21 July 2015
Ref:
POL 30/2131/2015