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Libya: Mass drowning highlights European governments’ shameful failure to protect refugees and migrants

Responding to reports that more than 200 people may have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, Gauri Van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director, said: “The latest tragedy on this deadly crossing highlights the shameful failure of European governments to address the global refugee crisis. It is clear that putting up walls and fences is not deterring desperate people from trying to reach safety – it is simply putting more lives in peril and filling the pockets of smugglers.

Date:
24 March 2017
  • Research
  • Libya
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Amnesty International’s oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February-24 March 2017)

Amnesty International welcomes the report of the High Commissioner and echoes its concerns about the continued state of lawlessness in Libya. It is regrettable that despite the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement in December 2015, armed groups and militias continue to commit serious violations and abuses in a climate of impunity.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 19/5918/2017
  • News
  • Burkina Faso
  • Refugees

The human cost of European hypocrisy on Libya

When he saw boats in the distance, Issa knew he was going to live. It was July 2014 and he had spent hours in the sea, clinging to a plastic petrol container while women, men and children drowned around him. The small rubber boat that was supposed to take them all to Italy had sunk just two hours after leaving the Libyan coast. Of the 137 people Issa says were on board, only 49 survived. Issa, from Burkina Faso, was not rescued by any passing ship but was picked up by the Libyan coastguard.

Date:
15 March 2017
  • Research
  • Hungary
  • Refugees

Hungary: Legal amendments to detain all asylum-seekers a deliberate new attack on the rights of refugees and migrants

Amnesty International regrets the adoption of the latest comprehensive set of amendments to Hungarian asylum laws in the National Assembly on 7 March 2017. The amendments to five different laws , if signed into law by the President and proclaimed in the official journal will lock up all asylum-seekers in border “transit zones” for the whole duration of their asylum process, including any appeals, as well as enable the push-back (summary expulsion) of all persons found in an irregular situation in Hungary to the external side of the country’s extensive border fences.

Date:
9 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 27/5855/2017
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USA: Baby left stranded a world away from her family amid Trump’s chaotic Muslim ban

It was an excruciating choice that no family should ever have to make. Should they stay together with their two young daughters and miss perhaps their only chance to escape the horrors of war, or should they make a break for freedom but leave their year-old baby behind in a foreign land half-way around the world? This was the devil’s dilemma facing US-Yemeni dual national Baraa Ahmed (not his real name) and his wife, who were separated from their breastfeeding baby in the wake of President Trump’s discriminatory travel ban.

Date:
8 March 2017
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  • Americas
  • Discrimination

USA: Trump’s revised travel ban will stir hatred and division

In response to President Trump’s new Executive Order to reinstate the suspension of the USA’s refugee resettlement programme and establish a temporary travel ban on people from six majority-Muslim countries, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said: “President Trump’s determined efforts to slam the door on those fleeing the very terror he claims to be fighting will be remembered among the darkest chapters of US history.

Date:
6 March 2017
  • Research
  • United States of America
  • Business and Human Rights

USA: Tell Data Brokers: Do not Help Build a Muslim Registry or Facilitate Mass Deportations

While we cannot predict the future actions of the Trump administration, given Trump’s statements about building a registry in the past, we must conclude that the risks to human rights are enormous. This raises questions of data ethics and especially of international human rights responsibilities. Data brokers and data analytics companies – like all businesses – have a responsibility to respect human rights, which means they must make sure they do not cause or contribute to human rights abuses.

Date:
27 February 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/5784/2017
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Greece: A blue print for despair. Human rights impact of the EU-Turkey deal

The EU-Turkey deal, agreed in March last year was Europe’s signature response to these challenges. It has certainly stemmed the flow of migrants across the Aegean, but at considerable cost to Europe’s commitment to upholding the basic principles of refugee protection and the lives of the tens of thousands it has trapped on Greek islands. With European leaders touting its success, closing their eyes to its flaws, and seeing in it a blueprint for new migration deals with countries like Libya, Sudan, Niger and many others, this briefing serves as a cautionary tale.

Date:
14 February 2017
Ref:
EUR 25/5664/2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Migrants

Europe’s cruel migration policies weaken its Trump criticism

European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini's strong response President Trump’s discriminatory executive order — banning the entry of anyone arriving from seven predominantly Muslim countries and suspending the United States' refugee resettlement program — stood out as a rare example of EU leadership. With the stroke of a pen Trump left countless people, many of whom had lived in the U. S. for years, stranded in airports and ripped apart families and communities.

Date:
9 February 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Discrimination

USA: Trump’s seven first steps to sabotage human rights

Since taking over at the White House, US President Donald Trump has wasted little time putting into action his poisonous campaign rhetoric. In his first couple of weeks in office, he pushed through a series of repressive executive orders that threaten the human rights of millions at home and abroad. Here are seven potentially devastating steps already taken by President Trump: Turning his back on refugees One week into his administration, Trump suspended the country’s refugee programme for 120 days, implemented an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees and introduced an annual refugee cap of 50,000.

Date:
6 February 2017
  • Research
  • Algeria
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Suggested recommendations to States considered during the 27th session of the Universal Periodic Review, 1 – 12 May 2017

This document contains Amnesty International's suggested recommendations for 13 states - Algeria; Bahrain; Brazil; Finland; India; Indonesia; Morocco; Netherlands; Philippines; Poland; South Africa; Tunisia and United Kingdom - coming up for review in the 27th session of the UPR Working Group on 1-12 May 2017 aimed at addressing human rights challenges and improving respect for human rights in the states under review.

Date:
1 February 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/5941/2017
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  • Americas
  • Refugees

USA: Trump’s policy decisions blocking refugees puts hateful rhetoric into action

In reaction to President Trump’s Executive Order to effectively prevent refugees from seeking resettlement in the USA, Salil Shetty, Secretary General at Amnesty International said: “President Trump’s Executive Order effectively blocking those fleeing war and persecution from war-torn countries such as Syria, from seeking safe haven in the USA are an appalling move with potentially catastrophic consequences.

Date:
27 January 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Refugees

USA: We Will Fight Trump’s Effort to Close U.S. Borders

Today President Donald Trump issued several executive orders related to immigration, including constructing a wall on the border with Mexico, building more detention centers, and stripping sanctuary cities of federal funding. “We will fight this dangerous move with everything we’ve got,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “This wall would say that those from outside the United States, especially from Latin America, are to be feared and shunned – and that is just wrong.

Date:
25 January 2017
  • Research
  • Slovenia
  • Refugees

Amnesty International’s Legal Assessment of the Proposed Amendments to Slovenia’s Aliens Law

The Aliens Law’ amendments in the proposed form would contravene international, EU and Slovenian domestic law. If adopted, the amendments: • Would allow authorities to automatically deny entry to migrants and refugees arriving at the borders, including those who indicate a desire to claim asylum; • Could lead to unlawful collective expulsions of migrants and refugees who enter Slovenia irregularly, as they do not prescribe adequate due process protections, thus depriving migrants and asylum-seekers of essential substantive and procedural safeguards, such as the principle of non-refoulement or the right to an effective remedy;.

Date:
18 January 2017
Ref:
EUR 68/5522/2017