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  • Nepal
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Exploitation of Nepali migrant workers: Bharat's Story

This is the final blog in a three-part series which shines light on some of the realities faced by Nepali migrant workers throughout the three stages of the migration process: their recruitment; time in-country; and their return home. You can read the first blog here and the second blog here. This last blog tells the story of “Bharat” who was stranded in Malaysia and then abandoned by his recruitment agency and government, and was forced to seek out a black market agent who charged extremely high fees, just to get home.

Date:
20 June 2017
  • Research
  • Czech Republic
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Czech Republic: Human Rights of Roma and Refugees at Stake – Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th Session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

In this submission Amnesty International comments on the implementation of recommendations made to the Czech Republic during its previous UPR in 2012 concerning discrimination and hate crimes against Roma and the situation of refugees and migrants. Amnesty International remains concerned that Romani children continue to be over-represented in schools and classes for pupils with mild mental disabilities and segregated in Roma-only schools.

Date:
20 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 71/6509/2017
  • Article
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

EU Executive fails to act as pregnant Romani women and infants are rendered homeless in Italy

Recent unlawful demolitions of Romani settlements across Italy have left scores of extremely vulnerable people, including heavily pregnant women and children as young as just a few months old, homeless in the country, said Amnesty International today following new research on the ground. The widespread human rights violations by the Italian authorities were documented days before the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, again failed to sanction Italian authorities for discriminating against the Roma.

Date:
14 June 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Hungary: We will not be intimidated

“Even though I’d braced myself for the news, today’s result still sent a jolt through me like electricity,” , director of Amnesty International Hungary, told me yestderday. “Hard won freedoms will be lost and the vital work done by NGO’s to create a freer and fairer society will be seriously hampered by Orbán’s bullying politics. ” As director of an organization that will itself be affected by the new NGO law was passed yesterday, she should know.

Date:
14 June 2017
  • Research
  • Myanmar
  • Armed Conflict

Myanmar: "All the civilians suffer" : Conflict, displacement, and abuse in Northern Myanmar

Over the last seven months, fighting has intensified between the Myanmar Army and ethnic armed groups in Kachin and northern Shan States, areas with long-running conflicts as ethnic minorities have sought greater autonomy and respect for their rights. This report documents war crimes and other human rights violations by the Myanmar Army, including extrajudicial executions, torture, forced labour, and indiscriminate shelling.

Date:
14 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/6429/2017
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  • Nepal
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Exploitation of Nepali migrant worker: Madhu's Story

This is the second in a three-part series which shines light on some of the realities faced by Nepali migrant workers throughout the three stages of the migration process: their recruitment; time in-country; and their return home. You can read the first blog here. Read Amnesty International’s new report here: Turning people into profits: Abusive recruitment, trafficking and forced labour of Nepali migrant workers.

Date:
13 June 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Hungary: NGO law a vicious and calculated assault on civil society

The passing of a law stigmatising non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive foreign funding is the latest in an escalating crackdown on critical voices and will hamper critically important work by civil society groups, said Amnesty international. The Law on the transparency of organizations funded from abroad will force NGOs receiving more than 24,000 EUR direct or indirect funding from abroad to re-register as “civic organization funded from abroad” and to put this pejorative label on every publication.

Date:
13 June 2017
  • News
  • Pakistan
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Pakistan: Economic, social and cultural rights under attack

Pakistan is failing on its international obligations to uphold people’s economic, social and cultural rights, Amnesty International said today, in a submission to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 61st session. “Pakistan is backsliding on its commitments to economic, social and cultural rights. From shrinking civic space, to the failure to bring laws in line with international standards, widespread discrimination, curtailed workers’ rights and meagre social security, there is much that needs to be done to help some of the most disadvantaged people,” said Nadia Rahman, Amnesty International’s Pakistan Campaigner.

Date:
12 June 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Guatemala
  • Children

Mexico/Guatemala: Hundreds stranded at Mexico-Guatemala border

Approximately 400 people from rural Guatemala are stranded at the Mexico-Guatemala border in temporary shelters and tents, without adequate access to water, food, or medical supplies, after a Guatemalan court order was executed to evict them. Babies, children and elderly people are suffering from conditions such as diarrhea and fever, and there is little access to humanitarian support.

Date:
8 June 2017
Ref:
AMR 01/6462/2017
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  • Papua New Guinea
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

As Papua New Guinea Approaches New Elections, Human Rights Concerns Persist

Later this month, Papua New Guinea will go to the polls to elect a new government. The country’s seven million people, who are spread across several islands and speak more than 800 languages, form one of the most diverse electorates. Once famed for its natural resources, Papua New Guinea is among the world’s poorest countries, a fact that is keenly felt today as the economic boom of a few years ago has yielded to a mere 2 per cent annual growth.

Date:
7 June 2017
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

Israel/OPT: A Call to States to Stop Sustaining Illegal Settlements

As the world marks the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, as well as the Golan Heights, the Israeli authorities are reinvigorating their relentless expansion of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), with devastating consequences for the human rights of Palestinians. Amnesty International is therefore calling on states to take measures to stop the financial support and expansion of settlements by prohibiting settlement goods from entering their markets and by regulating and preventing corporations domiciled in their territory from operating in settlements or trading in settlement products.

Date:
7 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/6296/2017
  • Research
  • Nigeria
  • Women's Rights

Nigeria: Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: 67th Session, 3-21 July 2017

In this submission Amnesty International focuses on the following issues: Legislative measures taken by Nigeria to ensure the protection of the rights of women and girls: Gender based violence resulting from displacements and armed conflict: Forced evictions which led to the disproportionate loss of livelihoods for women, and gender based violence and, finally, the use of rape and other forms of sexual violence by the police.

Date:
7 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 44/6430/2017
  • News
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

States must ban Israeli settlement products to help end half a century of violations

The international community must ban the import of all goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements and put an end to the multimillion dollar profits that have fuelled mass human rights violations against Palestinians, said Amnesty International today. To mark the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, the organization is launching a new campaign calling on states across the world to prohibit settlement goods from their markets and to prevent their companies from operating in settlements or trading in settlement goods.

Date:
7 June 2017
  • Research
  • Turkey
  • UN

Turkey: Deterioration Of Human Rights Must Be Addressed By The United Nations Human Rights Council

Amnesty International written statement to the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council (6 - 23 June 2017). Almost a year since the coup attempt of July 2016, human rights enjoyment is under attack in Turkey. While the deterioration of the human rights situation in Turkey is not new, the scale of the current crackdown and its impact have been described as unprecedented by Amnesty International and other domestic and international organizations.

Date:
6 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6434/2017
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  • Nepal
  • Business and Human Rights

Exploitation of Nepali migrant workers: Aadinath’s story

This is the first blog in a series showing light on some of the stark realities faced by Nepali migrant workers. This is the story of “Aadinath”, who accumulated a staggering debt – the equivalent of over two years of his annual income – before he had even left Nepal due to fees he had to pay a recruitment agency. This crippling indebtedness left him with no choice but to enter into exploitative working conditions.

Date:
5 June 2017