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Lesvos: Symbolic protest from refugees caught in the net of the EU-Turkey deal

Refugees, Greek islanders and activists today called on European leaders to heed their plight in a flash mob on a beach on the island of Lesvos symbolising the spirit of “refugees welcome”, organized by Amnesty International and Lesvos Solidarity. The #ActionLesvos flash mob wrapped a giant fishing net with an EU flag on it around 60 refugees and activists to represent the situation of refugees and migrants trapped on the Greek islands by the EU-Turkey deal.

Date:
21 July 2017
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PERU: NOTHING TO CELEBRATE. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSION FOR THE UN UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW, 28TH SESSION OF THE UPR WORKING GROUP, NOVEMBER 2017

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Peru in November 2017. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made in the previous UPR, assesses the national human rights framework and the human rights situation on the ground, and makes recommendations to the government of Peru to address the human rights challenges mentioned in this report.

Date:
21 July 2017
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AMR 46/6624/2017
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Turkey: International pressure mounts on Turkey as world leaders demand release of jailed activists

Just days after six human rights defenders were remanded in pre-trial custody in Turkey, the European Commission has joined governments and world leaders, including Angela Merkel, to demand their immediate and unconditional release. Speaking today a European Commission spokesperson called for the “immediate release of these people”. This call follows similar demands by the governments of Germany, the US, Holland, France, Belgium, Ireland and Austria.

Date:
20 July 2017
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The world is finally starting to break its silence on Turkey

In Turkey, truth and justice have become strangers. Six human rights defenders were imprisoned this week on the absurd charge of supporting a terrorist organization. They await trial, which could prolong their incarceration for several months. Four others were released but remain under investigation. Their movements have been restricted and they have to report to the police three times a week. Among those imprisoned is Idil Eser, Amnesty International’s director in Turkey.

Date:
19 July 2017
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Jailing of activists, including Amnesty director, a crushing blow for rights in Turkey

The remanding of six human rights defenders in pre-trial custody is an appalling affront to justice and a new low in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown, said Amnesty International. Amnesty International Turkey’s Director, Idil Eser, who was among those remanded in custody, was detained alongside nine others on 5 July whilst attending a routine workshop. Four of them have now been released on bail but are still facing investigation.

Date:
18 July 2017
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World leaders must speak out against detention of human rights defenders in Turkey

We are dismayed and appalled by the arrest and detention of 10 human rights defenders by the Turkish authorities, now facing investigation for membership of an “armed terrorist organisation” on account of their peaceful human rights work. As an attack on six of the most prominent human rights NGOs in the country, the arrests are a hammer blow to Turkey's besieged civil society and an ominous indicator of the direction Turkey is heading in.

Date:
14 July 2017
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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
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EUR 30/6715/2017
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Dominican Republic: Further information: Congress rejects regressive abortion reform

On 11 July, the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Congress voted to reject proposed reforms to the Criminal Code that failed to decriminalize abortion in limited circumstances and continued to violate the rights of women and girls. As a result, the proposed reforms cannot be made into law during the current legislative period.

Date:
14 July 2017
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AMR 27/6724/2017
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Chile: Further information: Senate to vote on weakened draft abortion law

The Chilean Senate has begun discussing a proposed law aimed at decriminalizing abortion under specific circumstances, and is set to vote on the law next week. However, the draft law includes worrying amendments that would restrict possible access to legal abortion and sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls, putting their lives and well-being at risk.

Date:
13 July 2017
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AMR 22/6730/2017
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Poland: New law undermines the independence of the judiciary

Responding to new legislation adopted by the Polish parliament today that may result in ending the independence of judiciary in the country, Amnesty International’s Poland Researcher, Barbora said:   “Today’s vote puts rights and freedoms in Poland at great risk. The right to a fair trial is one of the key requirements of international human rights law as well as of the Polish constitution. This level of political interference with the judiciary can only lead to decreased trust in the fairness of trials.

Date:
12 July 2017
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Wire Magazine July-September 2017: Brave

Find out about our new campaign Brave to stand with human rights defenders who are threatened just for peacefully speaking out for human rights. Read the story of Esther Kiobel from Nigeria who sees her case with the oil company Shell go to court; she’s accusing Shell of colluding in her husband’s killing over 20 years ago. From Naples, Italy, we hear about the forced eviction of the Gianturco Roma settlement.

Date:
12 July 2017
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NWS 21/6334/2017
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Turkey: Detention of rights activists, including Amnesty Director, extended

Turkish authorities must immediately and unconditionally release 10 human rights defenders, Amnesty International said today after their week-long police detention was extended by up to a further seven days. Amnesty International Turkey’s Director, Idil Eser, is among the 10 detained on 5 July whilst attending a routine workshop. They are being investigated on the unfounded suspicion of membership of an 'armed terrorist organization'.

Date:
11 July 2017
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Human rights defenders are key for 2030 Agenda

Human rights defenders play a crucial role in promoting and defending the human rights of all people to live free from fear and free from want without discrimiantion, which are key for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the context of the forthcoming High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), held under the auspices of the United Nations General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council, to review progress towards implementation of the 2030 Agenda, Amnesty International urges states undergoing national voluntary reviews to reaffirm explicitly the key role and the legitimacy of human rights defenders (HRDs) and support their work.

Date:
11 July 2017
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IOR 40/6694/2017
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Turkey: US Secretary of State must call for the release of Amnesty Director and Chair

As US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Turkey to meet with senior Turkish officials in Ankara today, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, Gauri van Gulik said: “With both the Chair and Director of Amnesty International Turkey behind bars we urge Rex Tillerson to use his face-to-face meetings to call on Turkish authorities to immediately and unconditionally release them and the other human rights activists caught up in this cynical trawl.

Date:
10 July 2017