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Cameroon: Thousands worldwide demand release of students jailed for sharing Boko Haram joke

More than 300,000 letters and petitions from people around the world have been sent to Cameroonian President Paul Biya calling on him to release three students each sentenced to 10 years in prison by a military court for sharing a joke by SMS about Boko Haram, Amnesty International revealed today. As part of the organization’s annual Write for Rights campaign 2016, over 310,000 actions were taken from people across the globe asking that Fomusoh Ivo Feh and his friends, Afuh Nivelle Nfor and Azah Levis Gob, be immediately released.

Date:
23 May 2017
  • Research
  • Bahrain
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Bahrain: End Degrading Treatment of Activists

Bahraini authorities’ treatment of wrongfully imprisoned detainees violates international standards on prisoner treatment and in some cases may constitute cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, a coalition of ten rights groups said today. The authorities should ensure that all detainees are treated with humanity and in accordance with the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, known as the Nelson Mandela Rules, including access to the adequate medical care they require and contact with their relatives.

Date:
2 May 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6159/2017
  • 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
  • Research
  • Syria
  • Killings and Disappearances

Syria: Human slaughterhouse: Mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria

At Saydnaya Military Prison, the Syrian authorities have quietly and methodically organized the killing of thousands of people in their custody. Amnesty International’s research shows that the murder, torture, enforced disappearance and extermination carried out at Saydnaya since 2011 have been perpetrated as part of an attack against the civilian population that has been widespread, as well as systematic, and carried out in furtherance of state policy.

Date:
7 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 24/5415/2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Terrorism

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
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Terrorism

Morocco: Convictions Based on Tainted ‘Confessions’ - Frenchmen Had Disavowed Statements Prepared in Arabic

Moroccan courts recently sentenced two French citizens in unrelated cases to prison based largely on “confessions” written in Arabic, which they cannot read, Human Rights Watch, FIDH (the International Federation for Human Rights), and Amnesty International said today. Both defendants repudiated the confessions once they learned their contents.

Date:
21 November 2016
Ref:
MDE 29/5189/2016
  • Research
  • Myanmar
  • Detention

Myanmar: Bring rights to prisons: Amnesty International's recommendations on the draft Prisons Law

In July 2015 a draft Prisons Law was introduced in Myanmar’s Parliament, with the objective to “safeguard peace in the community and the rule of law”; prevent “repeat offending”; and provide for the rehabilitation of prisoners with a view to their release. Amnesty International welcomes this legislative initiative. However, the latest draft made available to the public falls far short of international standards.

Date:
10 November 2016
Ref:
ASA 16/4788/2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Russia: Shocking new torture allegations by prisoner of conscience must be investigated

Russian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Ildar Dadin, a peaceful street protester convicted for participation in “unauthorized” assemblies, and investigate his allegations of torture, Amnesty International said today. Ildar Dadin’s letter from prison was published by Meduza online newspaper on Tuesday. “Ildar Dadin’s allegations of beatings, humiliation and rape threats are shocking, but unfortunately they are just the latest in a string of credible reports indicating that torture and other ill treatment are being widely used in the Russian penal system with impunity, with the aim of silencing any form of dissent,” said Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International Russia.

Date:
1 November 2016
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Terrorism

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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  • Americas
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Mexico: Surviving death: Police and military torture of women in Mexico

Torture is widespread in Mexico’s “war on drugs”, but the impact on women has been largely ignored or downplayed. This report analyses the stories of 100 women who have reported torture and other forms of violence during arrest and interrogation by police and armed forces. Severe beatings; threats of rape against women and their families; near-asphyxiation, electric shocks to the genitals; groping of breasts and pinching of nipples; rape with objects, fingers, firearms and the penis – these are just some of the forms of violence inflicted on women, in many cases with the intention of getting them to “confess” to serious crimes.

Date:
28 June 2016
Ref:
AMR 41/4237/2016