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  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Burundi: Open letter on urgency of addressing Burundi Crisis during upcoming EAC Heads of State Summit

In this open letter Amnesty International, while recognising the efforts already underway, urge Heads of State to ensure that resolving the Burundi crisis is a priority for the Heads of State Summit of the East African Community to be held on 20 May, and to provide the renewed political leadership and commitment which is needed to end the crisis.

Date:
17 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 16/6278/2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Terrorism

Shut down for speaking out. Human rights defenders at risk in West and Central Africa

Human rights defenders have long played an essential role in standing up for freedom, opposing repression and promoting social justice across West and Central Africa. Yet rather than heralding these efforts to promote and defend universal civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, state authorities have far too often responded with hostility and an intolerance of dissent.

Date:
16 May 2017
Ref:
ACT 30/6170/2017
  • News
  • Turkey
  • Press Freedom

Turkey: Detention of Cumhuriyet editor another dark day for country's media

Responding to the ongoing detention of Oğuz Güven, the web editor of the prominent Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet after he was taken into police custody this morning, Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s Turkey Researcher, said: “Since their crackdown on the media escalated dramatically following the coup attempt last July, the Turkish authorities have been relentless in their hounding of Cumhuriyet, which is now one of the country’s last remaining opposition newspapers.

Date:
12 May 2017
  • News
  • Tunisia
  • Press Freedom

Tunisian authorities must end harassment of independent media

Responding to the harassment and interrogation of Sami Ben Gharbia, founder and director of the independent Tunisian news website, Nawaat, who was questioned for six hours earlier this week in relation to an article that leaked details of a controversial government bill, Najia Bounaim, North Africa Campaigns Director at Amnesty International said: “Subjecting an independent journalist to lengthy interrogation and harassment in connection with their work is a flagrant assault on press freedom.

Date:
5 May 2017
  • Blog
  • Kenya
  • Press Freedom

East Africa: Now is the time to stand up for media freedom

At a time when fake news is on the rise and robust and critical journalism is most acutely needed, the press in East Africa is facing growing challenges. Freedom of expression more generally is also at heightened risk as governments move to silence critical voices, both in mainstream and social media. Increased access to the internet has liberalized access to information, and contributed to the rise of individual digital advocates against government excesses, leading to attacks on journalists and bloggers.

Date:
3 May 2017
  • Research
  • Turkey
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Journalism is not a crime: Crackdown on media freedom in Turkey

Freedom of expression in Turkey is under sustained and increasing attack. Since the failed coup attempt in July 2016, academics, journalists and writers who criticize the government risk criminal investigation and prosecution, intimidation, harassment and censorship. The severity of the Turkish government’s repression of the media is such that it has been described by some as the “death of journalism”.

Date:
3 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/6055/2017
  • Research
  • Azerbaijan
  • Unfair Trials

Azerbaijan: Free Azerbaijani Journalist Mehman Huseynov

As World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the globe on May 3, we, the undersigned organizations, cannot forget the untenable price journalists pay for government criticism in Azerbaijan. The case of Mehman Huseynov is emblematic. Huseynov is a popular journalist and blogger in Azerbaijan who is known for his hard-hitting exposés of alleged corruption by senior Azerbaijani officials. In March 2017, a Baku court sentenced him to two years in prison on charges of defaming an entire police station, after he gave a statement in front of the courthouse in which he described the abuses he had suffered at that police station.

Date:
3 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 55/6178/2017
  • News
  • Cameroon
  • Unlawful Detention

Cameroon: Conviction and sentence of Radio France Internationale journalist a travesty of justice

The conviction and sentencing of a journalist by a military court in Cameroon to 10 years in prison after an unfair trial is a travesty of justice, Amnesty International said today. Ahmed Abba, a journalist for Radio France Internationale's Hausa service was handed down 10 years of imprisonment after having been convicted on 20 April on charges of "non-denunciation of terrorism" and "laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts”.

Date:
24 April 2017
  • News
  • Sudan
  • Press Freedom

Sudan: Torture of Channel 4 journalists highlights need to investigate Darfur chemical attacks

The torture of two journalists abducted en route to Jebel Marra, in Sudan’s Darfur region, is not only a grave affront to press freedom, but also proof the Sudanese authorities have something to hide in the region, said Amnesty International today ahead of the airing of a film detailing their harrowing six-week ordeal. Phil Cox, a British national, and Daoud Hari, a Darfuri translator and author, had been commissioned by the UK’s Channel4 TV to investigate reports by Amnesty International that Sudanese security forces had used chemical weapons against civilians in Jebel Marra between January and August 2016.

Date:
5 April 2017
  • Research
  • Iraq
  • Demonstrations

Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Investigate death of Yazidi protester

Amnesty International has called on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to conduct a prompt, impartial and thorough investigation into the killing of 21-year-old Nazeh Nayef Qawal, a Yazidi woman. The killing occurred on 14 March during a violent dispersal of protesters, at a checkpoint between Khanasor and Snuny, north of Sinjar Mountain, in north-west Iraq. Amnesty International is concerned that on 15 March KRG security forces raided the offices of a non-governmental organization based in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), and forced its staff and guests who were attending a seminar there to leave the building.

Date:
5 April 2017
Ref:
MDE 14/6020/2017
  • Research
  • Senegal
  • Internet and Social Media

Senegal: Analysis of the laws amending the criminal code and the code of criminal procedure

In the name of the war on terror and cybercrime, the two laws amending the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure adopted by Senegal’s National Assembly on 28 October 2016 contain draconian provisions. They must be revised in order to bring them into line with Senegal’s obligations under international and regional human rights law.

Date:
3 April 2017
Ref:
AFR 49/6006/2017
  • 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
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • UN

Timor-Leste: Amnesty International Urges Renewed Action on Past Human Rights Violations

Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Timor-Leste. Amnesty International welcomes Timor-Leste’s acceptance of recommendations to address past human rights violations and ensure the delivery of reparations to the victims, and accepting recommendations to implement the Media Law in line with its international human rights obligations, to uphold the rights to freedom of expression and to ensure freedom of the press.

Date:
16 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 57/5922/2017