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  • Campaigns
  • Ethiopia
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

A license to torture

Seyoum Teshome is a professor at a university in Ethiopia and writes to fight the spread of fear that has engulfed his country as a result of an increasingly repressive administration. In September 2016, Seyoum was arrested and charged with incitement to violence against the state. In this blog, he describes the treatment of prisoners in one of Ethiopia’s rehabilitation centres, where he was detained further to his arrest.

Date:
28 March 2017
  • Campaigns
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Release Ahmed Mansoor!

Prominent Emirati human rights defender and blogger, Ahmed Mansoor, was arrested at his home in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on March 20, 2017. His whereabouts are still unknown. Amnesty International fears that he has been subjected to enforced disappearance and is at risk of torture and other ill treatment. He is a prisoner of conscience. His family has yet to be informed of his whereabouts. The UAE authorities often subject activists and human rights defenders to enforced disappearance and torture and other ill-treatment in detention.

Date:
28 March 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan: Open Letter from Secretary-General Salil Shetty to President Salva Kiir on prolonged detentions, enforced disappearances, and reported deaths while in government custody

Your Excellency, in your address to the people of South Sudan on 10 March 2017, on the occasion of the National Day of Prayer, you announced your plans to release from detention Generals Elias Waya and Andrea Dominic as well as “any other political detainees. ” Since the start of South Sudan’s ongoing conflict in December 2013, the National Security Service (NSS) and the Military Intelligence Directorate have carried out hundreds of arbitrary arrests, prolonged detentions and enforced disappearances of individuals perceived as government opponents.

Date:
28 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/5970/2017
  • Research
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Internet and Social Media

United Arab Emirates: Stop paying lip service to human rights and release Dr Nasser Bin Ghaith

A coalition of ten human rights organizations today urged the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Dr Nasser Bin Ghaith, a prominent economist, academic and human rights defender, who faces a verdict in his case on 29 March 2017. He has been imprisoned in solitary confinement since his arrest in August 2015.

Date:
28 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/5968/2017
  • Research
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Conflict

DRC: Renewal of MONUSCO’s mandate, an opportunity to recommit to civilian protection in the DRC

The mandate renewal of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is an opportunity for the UN to reaffirm its commitments and step up its efforts to prevent further deterioration of the human rights situation and protect civilians in the DRC and the entire Great Lakes region, Amnesty International said today.

Date:
27 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/5971/2017
  • News
  • Fiji
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Fiji: Drop politically-motivated sedition charges against The Fiji Times

The Fijian authorities must immediately drop politically-motivated sedition charges against The Fiji Times newspaper group, Amnesty International said today. “By charging the Fiji Times with sedition, the Fijian authorities are using a crude tactic to intimidate and silence one of the few independent media outlets left in the country,” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
27 March 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Mexico: "Open season" on journalists as third reporter killed in a month

The killing of the third journalist in a month in Mexico raises new alarms about the state of free expression in the country, said Amnesty International. Miroslava Breach, a reporter for La Jornada and el Norte de Juarez, was shot dead while she was in her car outside her home in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. Miroslava was known for reporting on issues including organised crime and drug trafficking.

Date:
24 March 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Bahrain
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: Further information: Growing health concerns for prominent activist: Nabeel Rajab

Prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab has been held in solitary confinement for nine months, with growing concerns about the effect it is having on his health and well-being. On 22 March, his trial in the case regarding comments he posted on Twitter was once again postponed and re-scheduled for 17 May. He also remains on trial on separate charges in relation to TV interviews he gave in 2015 and 2016.

Date:
24 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/5953/2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Pluralism and the struggle for justice and equality in Indonesia

It is an honour to have been asked to give this year’s Yap Thiam Hien human rights lecture. And I should begin by acknowledging both the importance of his work and the relevance of the example he set. At a time when many people around the world are facing surveillance, arrest, attack and even killings for standing up for their rights, it is very good to honour the memory of a man who was uncompromising in his fight for rights and justice.

Date:
23 March 2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Malaysia: Politically Motivated Prosecutions Against Human Rights Defenders Must Stop

Malaysia continues its vicious crackdown on dissent through the selective prosecution of outspoken activists. The latest instance is the trial, conviction and sentencing of Lena Hendry, a Malaysian woman human rights defender who was found guilty under the Film Censorship Act and fined RM 10,000 ($USD 2,260) by the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates Court on 22 March 2017 for screening a film on alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Sri Lanka.

Date:
23 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 28/5939/2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Detention

Cuba: Activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro

A three year sentence against the leader of a Christian pro-democracy movement after he criticized Fidel Castro is a stark illustration of ongoing restrictions to the right to free expression in Cuba, said Amnesty International. Dr. Eduardo Cardet Concepción, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement (Movimiento Cristiano Liberación, MCL) was sentenced on Monday 20 March, his wife told Amnesty International.

Date:
21 March 2017
  • Research
  • Maldives
  • Press Freedom

Maldives: Alarming crackdown on protests and media ahead of Saudi Arabian King’s visit

The Maldives authorities have launched a troubling crackdown on peaceful protests and media workers ahead of a visit by the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, which was meant to take place this week. Although the King’s visit has been postponed indefinitely, Amnesty International urges the Maldives government to respect the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, and to not suppress public debate about any development plans in the country.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 29/5925/2017
  • News
  • Sudan
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Sudan: Criminalization of human rights work threatens protection of freedoms

Three Sudanese human rights defenders were released from jail on 6 March after paying a fine of 50,000 Sudanese Pounds (about 7,700 US dollars) each. Khalafalla Al-Afif Mukhtar, Midhat A. Hamdan and Mustafa Adam had been sentenced to one year in jail and a fine, but were released after nine months on time served after paying the exorbitant fines. The crimes they were found guilty of? Two of them were convicted of dissemination of false information and one for espionage.

Date:
21 March 2017