Turkmenistan

1,926 results

  • News
  • 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
  • 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
  • News
  • 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
  • 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
  • Campaigns
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Viet Nam: Hundreds of peaceful marchers attacked by police

Around 700 men, women and children was attacked by police while on the way to submit legal complaints against Formosa Plastics, amounting to US$20 million in damages. The Taiwanese company, based in Hà Tĩnh province, has accepted responsibility for the April 2016 ecological disaster, which affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals.

Date:
20 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 41/5728/2017
  • News
  • 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
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Russia: Court offers ‘chink of light’ in case brought by jailed protester Ildar Dadin

This morning’s Constitutional Court ruling in Saint Petersburg scaling back Russia’s draconian rules on public protest offers a rare glimmer of hope for the right to peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said. In the case brought by Ildar Dadin, a prisoner of conscience who is the first and so far only person thrown behind bars because of the law, the Court stated clearly that criminal liability of protesters should be based on harm caused, or the threat of such harm, rather than the mere fact of holding an ‘unauthorized’ peaceful gathering.

Date:
10 February 2017
  • Research
  • 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
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Business and Human Rights

Myanmar: Mountain of trouble: Human rights abuses continue at Myanmar’s Letpadaung mine

This briefing examines the current human rights situation at Myanmar's largest copper mine, the Letpadaung mine. The operating company, a subsidiary of China’s Wanbao Mining, intends to extend the mine’s perimeter, putting hundreds of people at risk of forced eviction from their homes and farmland. The company has also failed to undertake an adequate environmental assessment of the mine, putting the safety of the neighbouring communities at risk.

Date:
10 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/5564/2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Algeria: Court to decide fate of protesters arrested for calling for a health clinic in Tamanrasset

On Sunday 12 February, a court in Tamanrasset is due to issue a verdict in the trial of four men, prosecuted for participating in a sit-in demanding that the Algerian authorities provide a health clinic and other basic services to their impoverished neighbourhood. The four protesters are currently at liberty pending the verdict. Amnesty International calls on the Algerian authorities to drop the charges against the four men of “inciting an unarmed gathering”, and calls for reform of Algerian legislation so as to respect freedom of peaceful assembly.

Date:
10 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 28/5672/2017