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Kenya: Life turned upside down by excessive use of force by the police in Mathare

Kenya held its second General Elections under the 2010 Constitution and sixth since the introduction of multiparty politics on 8 August 2017. The election was closely contested. The two major political formations that contested the elections were: the ruling Jubilee Party, headed by Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto, both seeking a second term; and the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA), led by Raila Odinga, with Kalonzo Musyoka as his running mate.

Date:
18 August 2017
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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
  • Kenya
  • Demonstrations

Kenya: Police must only use force as a last resort in dealing with protests

Kenyan police must not use unnecessary force in their handling of any election-related protests, said Amnesty International today amid fear and uncertainty in the country after the opposition rejected the initial publicly announced results. In a live press briefing this morning, opposition candidate Raila Odinga, of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, alleged the electoral commission’s website had been hacked and the results manipulated in favour of the ruling Jubilee Party.

Date:
9 August 2017
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  • Africa
  • Demonstrations

Kenyan police must guard against using excessive force during elections

By Abdullahi Boru Halakhe An ominous cloud hangs over this week’s elections. Fearing a repeat of the violence that followed the 2007 election, police are poised to break up protests and have pinpointed what they are calling violence ‘hotspots’. Some incidents of violence already occurred during the campaign period. Supporters of rival governorship candidates clashed in the western city of Eldoret on 19 July, leaving five people injured, as well as in Marsabit in northern Kenya on 26 July, where four people were injured.

Date:
9 August 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Sri Lanka: Further information: Harassed priests granted fellowship abroad: Father Elil Rajendram

Since being summoned for questioning by the Sri Lankan police for hosting a memorial for the war dead, Father Elil Rajendran was successful in securing a court order directing the police not to question him further. In terms of his personal safety, he now has respite from harassment and is out of the country on a short-term Fellowship.

Date:
8 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 37/6780/2017
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  • Venezuela
  • Demonstrations

Venezuela: Ban on protests lays groundwork for mass human rights violations

The security plan announced ahead of the elections for the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela this Sunday is laying the groundwork for a new wave of mass human rights violations, said Amnesty International. “Venezuela's ban on protests will do nothing but worsen an already incredibly volatile situation,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International. “Instead of trying to silence the increasing popular anger, authorities must find workable solutions to people's very reasonable demands.

Date:
28 July 2017
  • Research
  • Greece
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Greece: Authorities must investigate allegations of excessive use of force and ill-treatment of asylum-seekers in Lesvos

Amnesty International calls on the Greek authorities to urgently investigate allegations that police used excessive force against asylum-seekers in the Moria camp near Mytilene during a protest on 18 July 2017 and ill-treated some of those who were arrested and detained in the Mytilene police station following the clashes that ensued. Testimonies the organisation collected from victims and witnesses about excessive use of force in the Moria camp are also supported by audio-visual material that was made public in the media in the days after the protest.

Date:
28 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 25/6845/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Hong Kong: President Xi’s attack on human rights a grave threat to city’s freedoms

Hong Kong’s political leaders must show they are prepared to fiercely resist pressure from President Xi Jinping to further erode human rights in the city, Amnesty International said, as the Chinese President arrived to mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China. “Hong Kong’s political leaders need to step up and show they won’t bend to Beijing’s pressure. They must be prepared to defend the city’s cherished human rights and freedoms and the rule of law that were guaranteed as part of the handover deal,” said Mabel Au, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong.

Date:
29 June 2017
  • Research
  • South Korea
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Republic of Korea: Open Letter to President Moon Jae-in

Amnesty International would like to congratulate you on your election as President of the Republic of Korea. We look forward to working together with your government to improve respect for and protection and fulfilment of human rights in the Republic of Korea. We thank you for your office’s reply to our 8-point human rights agenda issued prior to the election. We appreciate your commitments to pursue a number of our recommendations outlined in this letter.

Date:
28 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 25/6615/2017
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  • Turkey
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Blocking of Istanbul Pride March the latest blow to right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly

For a third year running, authorities in Istanbul banned, on spurious grounds, the Istanbul Pride March, historically the biggest event held by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) people and supporters in Turkey. Yesterday police used excessive and unnecessary force against people attempting to march peacefully despite the ban. The event, which had been successfully held annually for over a decade and which attracted tens of thousands of participants, was once held up by the authorities as an example of their respect for rights.

Date:
26 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/6602/2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Demonstrations

Morocco: Protest Leader Alleges Police Beat Him - Possible State Security Charges for Charismatic Figure in Rif

Police arrested and severely beat the de facto leader of ongoing social protests in Morocco’s Rif region, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today, based on an account the protest leader gave his lawyer. Authorities are investigating Nasser Zefzafi, the protest leader, on grave charges, including one that carries the death penalty and some that appear political in nature.

Date:
22 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 29/6563/2017
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  • Poland
  • Demonstrations

Poland: Concerns over large-scale prosecution of protesters

On Saturday, 10 June the police removed by force about hundred anti-government protesters in central Warsaw. They were held for two hours and were served fines for an interference with a lawful assembly. Amnesty International is concerned over the use of criminal and administrative law against protesters in Poland. It calls on the Polish authorities to ensure that people are able to take part in demonstrations as a means of expressing their views.

Date:
22 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 37/6567/2017
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  • Russian Federation
  • Business and Human Rights

FIFA must challenge Russia's human rights record

By Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International When the whistle blows in St. Petersburg's Zenit Arena on Saturday, signaling the start of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, not everyone will be in the mood to cheer. Scores of people in Russia will be spending the weekend in jail after being swept up in the Russian authorities' crackdown on anti-corruption protests on Monday.

Date:
16 June 2017
  • Campaigns
  • India
  • Censorship and Free Speech

India: University students arrested after protest

Eight university students and three members of a political party’s student wing in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh have been in detention since 7 June. The students had participated in a protest against the Lucknow University and the state Chief Minister by carrying black flags and trying to block the state Chief Minister’s convoy. A local court in Lucknow has denied them bail.

Date:
15 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 20/6516/2017