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  • Prisoners of Conscience

Sudan: Opposition activists arbitrarily held in Sudan

Three political opposition activists are being held in prolonged detention without charge following their arrests in Khartoum by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) between January and February 2017. They are being detained because they supported protests in November 2016 against economic austerity measures. They are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Date:
12 April 2017
Ref:
AFR 54/6000/2017
  • 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
  • Russian Federation
  • Demonstrations

Russian Federation: Detained members of corruption watchdog are prisoners of conscience and should be freed immediately

Arrests and other reprisals against employees and volunteers of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (ACF) are part of the latest clampdown on the rights to peaceful assembly and expression in Russia. They are facing administrative arrests and harassment by the Russian authorities for organising a live broadcast of the anti-corruption protests that swept across Russia on 26 March, while the state-run media largely ignored this significant political event.

Date:
31 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 46/5998/2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Demonstrations

Russia: Navalny jailed and hundreds arrested in violent clampdown

Russian opposition leader, Aleksei Navalny, and all the peaceful protesters detained after the mass demonstrations across Russia on Sunday, must be immediately released, said Amnesty International, after he was today sentenced to 15 days in jail. “By detaining hundreds of protesters, the Russian authorities have demonstrated their profound disdain for the right to freedom of expression and assembly,” said Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International Russia.

Date:
27 March 2017
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  • Belarus
  • Demonstrations

Belarus: Vicious crackdown on peaceful protests mars ‘Freedom Day’

Belarusian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release all those arrested before and during peaceful protests and end their vicious crackdown against demonstrators, Amnesty International said after dozens of ‘Freedom Day’ demonstrators were violently arrested and human rights observers detained. Amnesty International’s monitors witnessed the arrest of dozens of peaceful protesters at demonstrations in Minsk, and saw instances of excessive use of force by the police.

Date:
25 March 2017
  • News
  • Sierra Leone
  • Unlawful Killings

Sierra Leone: One dead, two seriously injured as security forces open fire on protesting students

The security forces killed one person and seriously injured at least two others as they opened fire on protesting students in the city of Bo today, Amnesty International said. “This bloodshed and loss of young life is a tragedy and suggests a heavy handed response by the security forces to a student protest,” said Sabrina Mahtani, Amnesty International West Africa researcher. “We urge the police to refrain from committing human rights violations and instead allow the students to safely exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Date:
23 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
  • Research
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Unfair Trials

Kyrgyzstan: Immediately release peaceful demonstrators detained in Bishkek

The detention of peaceful demonstrators by authorities in Kyrgyzstan appears to be a deliberate attempt to obstruct the conduct of a peaceful protest and to deny participants their right to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. They should be immediately and unconditionally released. Their detention also appears designed to scare others from participating in future protests.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 58/5929/2017
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  • Palestine (State of)
  • Demonstrations

Evidence shows Palestinian security forces violently suppressed peaceful protest in Ramallah

Photographic evidence and witness testimony gathered by Amnesty International at the scene suggest that Palestinian security forces used excessive force to violently suppress a peaceful protest outside of the Ramallah District Court in the West Bank on 12 March 2017. Ten minutes after the protest against the prosecution of six Palestinian men, including slain activist Basil al-Araj, began outside the courthouse in al-Bireh area, Amnesty International researchers witnessed heavily armed security forces arriving, carrying batons and shields.

Date:
13 March 2017
  • News
  • Belarus
  • Demonstrations

Belarus: Biggest crackdown in years as dozens detained at peaceful protests

Belarusian authorities arrested dozens of peaceful protesters and journalists across the country over the weekend in a massive escalation of their crackdown on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said today. According to media reports, at least 48 protesters, including civil society leaders and independent journalists, were detained on 10, 11 and 12 March in connection with protests in the cities of Babruisk, Kobryn, Brest, Luninets and Maladzechna.

Date:
13 March 2017
  • Research
  • Belarus
  • Demonstrations

Belarus: Reprisals against participants in recent peaceful rallies

Thousands of people joined peaceful street rallies under the slogan “My nie darmoyedy!” (“We are not spongers!”) in Minsk, Homel, Vytebsk and other cities and towns across Belarus between 17 and 26 February. Contrary to common practice in recent years, the rallies had not been expressly authorised in advance by the authorities but were still allowed to proceed, in central locations, by the police.

Date:
8 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 49/5842/2017
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  • 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