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Republic of Korea: Authorities fail to protect human rights: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Republic of Korea (South Korea) in November 2017. In this submission Amnesty International expresses its concern about the governance of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea and the absence of a specialized body dealing with complaints against the police. The organization also raises concerns about restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and freedom of peaceful assembly, and violations of the rights of conscientious objectors, LGBTI individuals, migrant workers, and asylum seekers.

Date:
26 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 25/6500/2017
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Japan: Inadequate protection against discrimination: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Japan in November 2017. Amnesty International is concerned about the lack of a legal framework to achieve equality and freedom from discrimination in all areas and on all grounds, including sexual orientation and gender identity. Amnesty International also raises concerns about continued executions, continued denial of full reparations for survivors of Japan’s military sexual slavery system before and during World War II, and lack of legal protection of the rights of migrant workers and their families.

Date:
26 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 22/6544/2017
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Czech Republic: Human Rights of Roma and Refugees at Stake – Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th Session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

In this submission Amnesty International comments on the implementation of recommendations made to the Czech Republic during its previous UPR in 2012 concerning discrimination and hate crimes against Roma and the situation of refugees and migrants. Amnesty International remains concerned that Romani children continue to be over-represented in schools and classes for pupils with mild mental disabilities and segregated in Roma-only schools.

Date:
20 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 71/6509/2017
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  • Americas
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Americas: Facing walls: USA and Mexico's violations of the rights of asylum-seekers

Hundreds of thousands of people flee extreme violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala each year and seek asylum in Mexico and the United States. This briefing analyses the harsh effect that President Donald Trump's Executive Order on border security will have on these people, as well as the complicit role that the Mexican government plays in pushing people back to danger. Beyond a physical wall, there are a number of inhumane walls that exist and violate international law, including increasing detention of asylum seekers and families, and violations of the non-refoulement principle that effectively return helpless people to life threatening situations.

Date:
15 June 2017
Ref:
AMR 01/6426/2017
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Mexico/Guatemala: Hundreds stranded at Mexico-Guatemala border

Approximately 400 people from rural Guatemala are stranded at the Mexico-Guatemala border in temporary shelters and tents, without adequate access to water, food, or medical supplies, after a Guatemalan court order was executed to evict them. Babies, children and elderly people are suffering from conditions such as diarrhea and fever, and there is little access to humanitarian support.

Date:
8 June 2017
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AMR 01/6462/2017
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Nepal: Unscrupulous recruiters given free rein to exploit migrants

The Nepali government is failing to address rampant deception and extortion in the country’s labour recruitment business, putting migrant workers at risk of forced labour abroad and leaving them with crippling debts, according to a report published today by Amnesty International. “All over Nepal, unscrupulous recruiters are getting away with destroying lives – illegally charging aspiring job-seekers exorbitant fees to get jobs abroad, and then abandoning them overseas when things go wrong,” said James Lynch, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Global Issues programme.

Date:
6 June 2017
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  • Nepal
  • Migrants

Nepal: Turning people into profits: Abusive recruitment, trafficking and forced labour of Nepali migrant workers

This report provides fresh evidence that despite recently-introduced government reforms, entrenched patterns of abuse of Nepali migrant workers remain unaddressed. During recruitment processes, local agents and recruitment agents in Nepal are still able to deceive and exploit migrants without significant fear of being caught or punished. New government policies meant to improve the protection of migrant workers’ rights, and drastically reduce what recruitment businesses can charge workers, have not been adequately resourced, monitored, or enforced.

Date:
6 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 31/6206/2017
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Further information: Unsafe refugee camps in Greece evacuated

The three refugee camps in the Elliniko area, Athens, were evacuated on 2 June. The majority of refugees and migrants still in the sites were transferred by bus to alternative camps. In the last days before the evacuation residents were finally asked about their specific circumstances but it is still unclear whether everyone has been moved to accommodation adequate to their needs.

Date:
6 June 2017
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EUR 25/6432/2017
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Canada: Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee follow up to the concluding observations of Canada’s sixth periodic report

In this submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (the Committee), Amnesty International evaluates Canada’s progress in implementing the Committee’s recommendations on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls; immigration detention, asylum-seekers and non-refoulement and Indigenous lands and titles. Although Canada has undertaken certain positive steps, including establishing a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and beginning a review of the immigration detention regime, many crucial aspects of the Committee’s recommendations remain unimplemented.

Date:
5 June 2017
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AMR 20/6379/2017
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European award for refugee and migrant solidarity campaign by Oxfam and Amnesty International

A touring exhibition by Oxfam and Amnesty International promoting solidarity with refugees and other migrants has received a prestigious European Excellence Award in Brussels today. The “Museum without a Home”, which showcases items donated by Greeks to migrants, was awarded the best European NGO campaign in 2016. Responding to the news, Nicola Bay, Country Director of Oxfam in Greece said: “This award is a strong message that Europe needs immediate and sustainable solutions in dealing with migration.

Date:
1 June 2017
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  • Qatar
  • Migrants

Qatar: Abuse of migrant workers remains widespread as World Cup stadium hosts first match

Migrant workers on Qatar 2022 World Cup construction sites continue to suffer abuse and exploitation, Amnesty International said today as the country’s flagship football venue hosts the first match since its redevelopment. Companies involved in the renovation of Khalifa International Stadium subjected their workers to systematic labour abuse which Amnesty International exposed last year. The stadium will be inaugurated on Friday evening – one month after independent auditors published fresh details of ongoing exploitation of migrant workers across World Cup projects.

Date:
18 May 2017
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  • United States of America
  • Discrimination

USA: "My family was in shock" - The harm caused by President Trump's executive orders on travel to the US

US President Donald Trump had been in office for exactly a week when he issued an executive order barring the entry of people from seven Muslim-majority countries and slamming the door on refugees. Besides documenting the harms caused by the first executive order during the relatively brief period in which it was in effect, this briefing paper describes the situations of people who are still awaiting US visas, some of whom could be irreparably harmed if the US courts were to rule that the second executive order is constitutional.

Date:
12 May 2017
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AMR 51/6207/2017
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  • Poland
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Poland: Rule of Law and Human Rights Concerns in Poland Update, May 2017

This document provides updates on the main concerns in relation to the rule of law and human rights in Poland. It focuses on the independence of judiciary, freedom of assembly and the situation of asylum-seekers and migrants. It reflects Amnesty International’s assessment of the amendments of the Law on the National Council of Judiciary, the Law on Assemblies and the amendment of the Asylum Law. This document provides further evidence of the deterioration of the Rule of Law and human rights situation in Poland.

Date:
12 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 37/6227/2017
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Netherlands: Submission to the United Nations Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights: 61st Session, 29 May – 23 June 2017

From 29 May to 23 June 2017, the United Nations (UN) Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee) will review the sixth periodic report of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (the Netherlands) during its 61st session. In this submission Amnesty International particularly highlights its concerns regarding the right to an adequate standard of living for undocumented migrants in the Netherlands.

Date:
9 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 35/6150/2017
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  • Italy
  • Refugees

Italy: Losing the moral compass: Innuendoes against NGOs which rescue lives in the central Mediterranean

In the absence of safe and legal routes into Europe, over recent years hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants have travelled irregularly, at considerable risk to their own lives. Rather than creating an orderly system offering safe avenues for people to reach Europe, and advocating for the respect and protection of human rights in countries were conflict, persecution and poverty are displacing people, European leaders have increasingly focussed on blocking borders and negotiating with human rights violating governments to stop them coming.

Date:
28 April 2017
Ref:
EUR 30/6152/2017