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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • UN

Algeria: Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, list of issues

Amnesty International provides the below information to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee (the Committee) ahead of the adoption of the list of issues for the fourth periodic report of Algeria at its 121st session. 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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  • Argentina
  • Indigenous People

Argentina: Regressive human rights policies

In this submission Amnesty International expresses concerns about the regressive policies adopted on migrants’ rights, the continued criminalization of abortion, and shortcomings in the national human rights institution. Amnesty International also raises concerns about the threats of detention of irregular migrants, obstacles in accessing legal abortion, violence against women, violations of the rights of Indigenous Peoples and increased criminalization of Indigenous leaders and human rights defenders, restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and assembly, and impunity for past crimes.

Date:
21 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 13/6772/2017
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  • Sudan
  • Discrimination

Sudan: Hundreds of Darfuri student protesters stopped at the capital’s gates

The Sudanese authorities must end the continued discrimination of Darfuri students at universities, said Amnesty International today as more than 1,000 Darfuri students of Bakht al-Rida University in White Nile State,descended on the capital Khartoum to demand the release of 10 of their colleagues accused of killing two police officers. The students are now blockaded on the southern edge of the capital Khartoum after they were stopped by National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) agents from delivering a statement listing their demands to the government.

Date:
19 July 2017
  • News
  • Angola
  • Justice Systems

Angola: Victory for civil society as court strikes down NGO law

In response to the Angolan Constitutional Tribunal’s decision to declare unconstitutional the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Presidential Decree, a piece of legislation that sought to monitor the registration and financial support of NGOs, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena said: “The court’s judgement is a positive step forward that gives Angolan authorities a second chance to go back and work together with local NGOs to build a safe and enabling environment for civil society.

Date:
14 July 2017
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  • Italy
  • Discrimination

Italy: Around 150 Roma in Naples again at risk of forced eviction and homelessness

Amnesty International and the European Roma Rights Centre are urgently calling on the Naples local authorities to take all necessary measures and prevent the forced eviction of around 150 Romani adults and children from a disused factory and ensure they are not rendered homeless or vulnerable to other human rights violations. This would be the second forced eviction these families experience within the last three months.

Date:
14 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 30/6715/2017
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  • Indonesia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Indonesia: Amendments of the Mass Organizations Law expand threats to the freedom of association

Amnesty International urges the Indonesian authorities to immediately revoke or revise the Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Peraturan Pemerintah Pengganti Undang-Undang or Perppu) No. 2/2017 amending the Law on Mass Organizations (Undang-Undang Organisasi Kemasyarakatan) to bring it into line with international human rights law and standards. The organization is extremely concerned that the new legislation will impose restrictions on freedom of association, expression, and thought, conscience and religion which are even more extensive than those currently set out in the Law on Mass Organization.

Date:
12 July 2017
Ref:
ASA 21/6722/2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Discrimination

Greece: Draft law on legal recognition of gender identity must be strengthened so that transgender people enjoy human rights without discrimination

Amnesty International considers the recent draft legislative proposals presented by the Greek Ministry of Justice on legal recognition of gender identity as a much anticipated and important first step, but still requiring significant improvements in order to ensure that transgender people in Greece can enjoy their human rights without discrimination.

Date:
10 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 25/6692/2017
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  • Pakistan
  • Death Penalty

Pakistan: Widespread human rights violations continue: Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th Session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

Amnesty International highlights continued harassment of human rights defenders, including enforced disappearance of defenders; arbitrary arrest and detention in Karachi and Balochistan; restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and association; sectarian and religious violence; and violence against women and lack of access to justice. Amnesty International also raises concerns about the continued application of the death penalty, including death sentences imposed by military courts; and forced return of refugees to Afghanistan.

Date:
10 July 2017
Ref:
ASA 33/6513/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Refugees

Thailand: Implement Commitments to Protect Refugee Rights. End Detention and Forcible Returns of Refugees

On the occasion of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Mr. Filippo Grandi’s visit to Thailand, Amnesty International joins 12 other organisations urging the Thai government to demonstrate its commitment to protecting refugees by ending abusive practices as well as instituting and implementing laws that guarantee the rights of refugees in Thailand. These rights should be guaranteed without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, nationality or national origin, or membership of a particular social group or political opinion.

Date:
6 July 2017
Ref:
ASA 39/6677/2017
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  • India
  • Armed Conflict

India must ask Israel to end mass human rights violations against Palestinians

During his official visit to Israel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi must ask Israel to immediately lift the illegal 10 year blockade of Gaza and raise the issue of 50 years of illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land, Amnesty International India said today. This is the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister since establishment of diplomatic relations 25 years ago. “Prime Minister Modi must tell his Israeli counterparts that the illegal settlements are a violation of international humanitarian law and cause of mass violations of human rights.

Date:
5 July 2017
  • News
  • Tanzania
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Tanzania: Stop Threatening Rights Groups

International Organizations Urge Respect for Free Expression, Association (Nairobi, July 6, 2017) – The government of Tanzania should end its hostile rhetoric toward civil society groups and threats to obstruct their work, 18 national and international nongovernmental organizations said today. The comments have targeted groups helping pregnant girls finish their education and those working to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

Date:
5 July 2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Detention

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