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  • 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
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Burundi: Amnesty International’s Oral Statement to the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 24 March 2017)

From the start of the current crisis, the Government of Burundi has stifled the work of independent media and civil society, although, despite major restrictions on their work, NGOs continue to document and report serious human rights violations in the country. Since this Council discussed Burundi in September 2016, more restrictive measures have been imposed, including the closure of several human rights organizations and introduction of new controls on the work of NGOs.

Date:
13 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 16/5863/2017
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  • Uganda
  • Press Freedom

Uganda: Ruling against journalist's attacker a rare victory for press freedom

In response to today’s court ruling finding Joram Mwesigye, a senior Ugandan police officer, guilty of assaulting journalist Andrew Lwanga in January 2015, Abdullahi Halakhe, Amnesty International’s East Africa Researcher, said: “Today’s ruling is a rare victory for freedom of the press in Uganda. It sends a clear message that attacks on journalists must never be accepted or tolerated under any circumstances.

Date:
10 March 2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Algeria: Social justice activist facing trial in El Oued

On 7 March, Yahia Ben Ammar, an Algerian social justice activist, will come before a court in El Oued, southern Algeria, on charges in relation to his exercise of his right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly during peaceful protests in late 2016, as well as on charges of insulting and assaulting police following his arrest in January 2017 in a separate case. He reported that police officers ill-treated him in custody at the time.

Date:
6 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 28/5818/2017
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  • Turkey
  • Press Freedom

Turkey: Die Welt journalist is latest victim of media purge

Responding to a Turkish court’s decision yesterday to remand Deniz Yücel, a Turkish-German journalist working for the German newspaper Die Welt, in custody pending a trial on charges of propaganda and incitement to hatred, John Dalhuisen, Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International, said: “The detention of Deniz Yücel, a Turkish-German national, marks a new chapter in the Turkish authorities’ crackdown on freedom of expression.

Date:
28 February 2017
  • Research
  • Ukraine
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Ukraine: The human rights situation in Ukraine

Since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, both the Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatist forces have committed serious violations of international humanitarian law and gross violations of international human rights law. Amnesty International’s written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 24 March 2017).

Date:
28 February 2017
Ref:
EUR 50/5795/2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Demonstrations

Bahrain: Fears of further violent crackdown on uprising anniversary

Authorities in Bahrain must refrain from using excessive force against protesters, Amnesty International urged as mass protests are under way on 14 February, to mark the sixth anniversary of the 2011 uprising. Bahrain is on the verge of a human rights crisis, as recent weeks have seen a pattern of increased repression, characterized by violence against protesters, executions, arbitrary detentions and a crackdown on freedom of expression.

Date:
14 February 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Burundi: Amnesty International’s Written Statement to the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 24 March 2017)

In recent months the Government of Burundi has imposed further restrictions on civil society, on top of an already severe clampdown since the beginning of the crisis in April 2015. Amnesty International shares the concerns raised by a group of UN Special Procedures on 6 February in this regard.

Date:
14 February 2017
Ref:
AFR 16/5678/2017
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  • Ethiopia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Ethiopia: Draconian state of emergency measures

Halfway into the six-month state of emergency the Ethiopian government declared on 9 October 2016, this is a commentary on the State of Emergency Declaration and the Directive for the Implementation of the Declaration. The commentary analyses the State of Emergency Declaration against established human rights norms provided for in the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Date:
10 February 2017
Ref:
AFR 25/5669/2017
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  • Kenya
  • Press Freedom

Kenya: End media crackdown and allow British journalist to return

The Kenyan government must halt its crackdown on media freedom and allow Jerome Starkey to return to the country, said eight human rights organizations today, two months after the British journalist was detained and deported. The organizations, including Amnesty International Kenya, have sent a letter to Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Internal Affairs and Coordination of National Government Joseph Nkaissery, and other senior government officials, calling for Jerome Starkey to be allowed to return to Kenya to resume his work, and that the government publicly reaffirm its oft-expressed commitment to the right to freedom of expression and media freedom.

Date:
8 February 2017
  • News
  • Africa
  • Detention

Gambia: State of Emergency no license for repression

Soldiers Arbitrarily Detained as Political Crisis Deepens President Yahya Jammeh’s declared state of emergency in Gambia provides no justification for a crackdown on peaceful dissent around the January 19, 2017 deadline for the new government to take office, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. Since 15 January, security forces loyal to President Jammeh have arbitrarily detained at least five officers and enlisted men suspected of opposing Jammeh’s bid to remain in office.

Date:
18 January 2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Internet and Social Media

Algeria: Authorities must adequately investigate death of jailed journalist after months in coma

On 11 December, British-Algerian freelance journalist Mohamed Tamalt, 41, died in custody in Mohamed Lamine Debaghine University Hospital in Bab El Oued, Algiers, over five months after his arrest on 27 June. He had immediately gone on hunger strike to protest against his detention, before entering coma in late August. Hundreds attended his burial in Bourouba cemetery in Algiers on 12 December, including human rights defenders and civil society activists.

Date:
11 January 2017
Ref:
MDE 28/5430/2017