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  • Hong Kong
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Hong Kong: “Vindictive” jail terms for pro-democracy leaders

The Hong Kong authorities’ relentless pursuit of jail terms for three leaders of the pro-democracy movement is a vindictive attack on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said. On Thursday, Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal handed Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law between six and eight months in prison for their roles in a demonstration that helped spark the city’s 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement.

Date:
17 August 2017
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Killings and Disappearances

Egypt: Rampant impunity for security forces illustrates dark legacy of Rabaa massacre

Four years since security forces violently dispersed two sit-ins at Rabaa al Adawiya and al-Nahda squares in Greater Cairo, leaving at least 900 people dead and thousands more injured, Egypt is experiencing an unprecedented human rights crisis, said Amnesty International. Not a single person has been held to account for the events on 14 August 2013, widely known as the Rabaa massacre. Instead, hundreds who attended the protests, including journalists and photographers who were covering the events, have been arrested and are facing an unfair mass trial.

Date:
14 August 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Detention

Sheikh Tawfiq: My Father

A man who stands by his principles Sheikh Tawfiq al-Amr is a prominent Shi’a Muslim cleric who is serving an eight-year prison sentence in Saudi Arabia. He was jailed in 2011 for criticising discrimination against the Shi’a community and calling for reforms. Today, on the third anniversary of his sentencing, his son Mohammed, 31, tells their story. *** When Sheikh Tawfiq, my father, was arrested the last time, I was in Arizona working on my Bachelor degree and studying for an exam.

Date:
14 August 2017
  • News
  • Venezuela
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Venezuela: Wave of arrests as government turns against elected opposition

The arrest of four officials from the opposition in Venezuela, the removal from office of a further 11 and the issuing of arrest warrants against another five, demonstrates the Maduro administration’s tightening stranglehold on any form of dissent, taking repression to a frightening new level, said Amnesty International. “By removing opposition officials from their posts for no legitimate reason, the Maduro administration is crossing a very delicate line,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
11 August 2017
  • Research
  • China
  • Censorship and Free Speech

China: Open letter calling for the lifting of all arbitrary restrictions on Liu Xia

Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Asia, wrote to the President of China to draw attention to Amnesty International’s petition to end the illegal house arrest and surveillance of Liu Xia, stop the harassment, and allow her to travel freely. A total of 69,850 signatures have been collected through global online platform and national Sections. Liu Xia has returned to Beijing but is still under tight surveillance.

Date:
10 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6831/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Ukraine: 76-year old Crimea Tatar protester in detention: Server Karametov

76-year old Crimean Tatar Server Karametov was arrested on 8 August by the de facto authorities in Crimea while engaging in a peaceful protest and sentenced to 10 days of administrative detention on charges of resisting police. He is a prisoner of conscience, with Parkinson’s disease, who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
10 August 2017
Ref:
EUR 50/6923/2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Indonesia: Stop intimidating participants in events concerning 1965 human rights violations

Amnesty International is deeply concerned about attempts by the Indonesian security forces to disband internal closed-door discussions and public events relating to serious human rights violations that occurred 50 years ago, most recently a workshop organised by the 1965 survivors and human rights defenders in Jakarta on 1 August 2017. These actions are a clear violation of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Date:
9 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 21/6908/2017
  • News
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Censorship and Free Speech

DRC: Block on social media images an appalling attack on freedom of expression

In response to a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government order to block the sharing of images on social media websites, Amnesty International’s DRC researcher Jean-Mobert Senga said: “The order for internet companies to take ‘technical measures’ to limit social media use is an appalling attack on everyone’s right to share and receive information. “Most worryingly, it comes amid a worsening political crisis where the risk of human rights violations and abuses – and therefore the importance of social media as a documentation tool - is high.

Date:
8 August 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Detention

"No one should be imprisoned for simply standing up for human rights"

On his 17th birthday, Omar writes about his dad, Mohammad al-Qahtani, a human rights defender and founding member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), one of Saudi Arabia’s few independent human rights organizations. He is serving a 10-year prison sentence for peacefully calling for reforms in the country. *** My name is Omar Al-Qahtani and today I turn 17. I have two brothers and two sisters, oldest is Abdullah (20), then Norah (18), than me, then Othman (15), and Layla (4).

Date:
4 August 2017
  • Research
  • Mali
  • Terrorism

Mali: Violations and abuses as instability spreads

Since the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Mali in 2013, instability has spread from the north to the centre of the country, with a growing number of armed groups carrying out attacks. The state of emergency, first imposed in November 2015, has been repeatedly extended, most recently in April 2017. Amnesty International has consistently expressed its concern about a wide range of violations of human rights and breaches of international humanitarian law committed by Malian security forces and international forces on one hand, and armed groups on the other hand.

Date:
4 August 2017
Ref:
AFR 37/6835/2017
  • Campaigns
  • China
  • Detention

China: Further information: Falun Gong practitioner indefinitely detained

A judge has asked the prosecutor to collect further evidence for the trial of Falun Gong practitioner, Chen Huixia, for her indictment of “using an evil cult to undermine law enforcement”. Following a court hearing in Hebei province on 12 May 2017 her trial has now been indefinitely adjourned. Arbitrarily detained since 3 June 2016, Chen Huixia was tortured and has had no access to her family for over a year.

Date:
3 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6860/2017