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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
  • Research
  • 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
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  • 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
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Detention

Russia: Police humiliate and mistreat hundreds of detained peaceful protesters

Hundreds of peaceful anti-corruption protesters in Russia’s two largest cities have been subjected to cruel and degrading treatment in police detention over the past 48 hours as authorities continue their crackdown on participants of mass rallies that took place across the country on 12 June, Amnesty International said today. “The Russian authorities have used mass detentions as a tactic to crush peaceful protests.

Date:
14 June 2017
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  • Belarus
  • Death Penalty

Belarus: The Human Rights Council must renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus

Amnesty International deplores the sharp rise in death sentences and executions in Belarus and the continued violation of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression. The detention of hundreds of peaceful protestors across the country in March and April this year, with multiple reports of excessive use of police force, was extreme even by Belarusian standards. In such a context, it is imperative that the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus is extended and that the Belarusian authorities grant full access to the country.

Date:
14 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 49/6512/2017
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  • Russian Federation
  • Demonstrations

Russia: Mass arrests tighten authorities’ stranglehold on freedom of expression

A crackdown on peaceful protests across Russia in which hundreds of people were arrested and numerous others beaten by police demonstrates the authorities’ utter contempt for fundamental human rights, Amnesty International said today. “The right to peaceful assembly is guaranteed by the Russian Constitution, though you wouldn’t know it from the alarming scenes today. After trying to intimidate protesters into abstaining from these demonstrations with blackmail and harassment, the authorities in Moscow, St Petersburg and elsewhere have punished hundreds of those who turned up with beatings and arrests,” said Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International.

Date:
12 June 2017
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  • Bulgaria
  • Demonstrations

Bulgaria: Authorities must protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex activists from threats of attacks against the Sofia Pride march

On 10 June, the 10th Sofia Pride march is taking place amid concerns that a counter-demonstration, organized at the same location and around the same time, could mar the event with violence. Amnesty International is calling on Bulgarian authorities to publicly support the Sofia Pride, and make all necessary arrangements to ensure the safety of organizers and participants of the Sofia Pride march on 10 June, and of other events organized during the Pride.

Date:
7 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 15/6437/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Impunity

Tiananmen anniversary lays bare China’s contradictory attitude towards history

History. Few words are more important, or even sacred, to Chinese culture. China prides itself on having a rich history and illustrious culture that goes back 5,000 years. And yet, when it comes to the treatment of history, China’s ruling Communist Party suffers from a case of Orwellian “double think” – holding two mutually contradictory ideas at the same time without recognizing the contradiction. On the world stage, Chinese leaders boldly assert that history should be viewed objectively, and all parties should acknowledge past human rights violations, no matter how painful it may be to do so.

Date:
4 June 2017
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  • Morocco/Western Sahara
  • Demonstrations

Morocco: Rif protesters punished with wave of mass arrests

The Moroccan authorities have carried out a chilling wave of arrests rounding up scores of protesters, activists and bloggers in the Rif, northern Morocco, over the past week following months of protests demanding an end to marginalization of communities and better access to services in the region, said Amnesty International. Some of those detained have been denied prompt access to their lawyers in police custody.

Date:
2 June 2017
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  • Afghanistan
  • Armed Conflict

Afghanistan: Security forces open fire on protesters voicing anger over Kabul blast

Responding to the Afghan security forces opening fire today on crowds protesting insecurity in the wake of the 31 May bombing in Kabul, Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director, said: “The security forces’ use of excessive and fatal force on protesters voicing anger over one of Afghanistan’s deadliest attacks ever illustrates the authorities’ contempt for the lives of ordinary people.

Date:
2 June 2017
  • Research
  • Singapore
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Singapore: Restrictions to LGBT gathering another attempt to suppress activism

Singapore authorities must immediately revoke a new requirement that requires that entrances to a peaceful assembly are barricaded, and that people will be subjected to identity checks in order to enter. This restriction is another attempt by authorities to restrict and suppress peaceful activism in Singapore. On 30 May, organisers of Pink Dot - an annual gathering for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their friends, families and supporters of LGBT rights - announced that police will require barricades around the perimeter of Hong Lim Park, where the event is scheduled to be held.

Date:
1 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 36/6386/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

South Korea: Supreme Court ruling against jailed union leader a further setback for peaceful protests

South Korea must immediately release trade union leader Han Sang-gyun, Amnesty International said, after the country’s Supreme Court rejected his final appeal against a three-year jail sentence. Han Sang-gyun has been held responsible for others’ sporadic clashes with police and for his role in organizing a series of largely peaceful anti-government protests in 2014 and 2015. He has already been detained for one and a half years.

Date:
31 May 2017
  • Research
  • France
  • Censorship and Free Speech

France: A right not a threat: Disproportionate restrictions on demonstrations under the state of emergency in France

In 2016, French authorities banned dozens of public assemblies using emergency powers and placed restrictions on hundreds of individuals to prevent them from exercising their right to freedom of assembly. Individuals not linked in any way to acts of terrorism are getting caught in the cross-hairs of the emergency measures. This report shows the disproportionate use of emergency powers to restrict the right to freedom of assembly in situations unrelated to any specific threat of attacks on the general population.

Date:
31 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 21/6104/2017