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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
  • Research
  • 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
Ref:
AMR 51/6207/2017
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  • Poland
  • Refugees

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
  • Refugees

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
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  • Australia
  • Corporate Accountability

Spanish corporate giant Ferrovial makes millions from Australia’s torture of refugees on Nauru

A major corporation responsible for running the Australian government’s refugee “processing” centre on Nauru is making millions of dollars from a system that amounts to torture of refugees and people seeking asylum, Amnesty International said today. A new briefing, ‘Treasure I$land’, exposes how Spanish multinational Ferrovial and its Australian subsidiary Broadspectrum are complicit in, and reaping vast profits from, Australia’s cruel and secretive refugee “processing” system on the Pacific island.

Date:
5 April 2017
  • Research
  • Finland
  • Discrimination

Finland: Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Amnesty International submits this document in advance of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s (hereinafter the Committee) consideration of Finland’s 23rd periodic report on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in April 2017. This submission summarizes Amnesty International’s concerns about Finland’s failure to comply with its obligations under the Convention.

Date:
3 April 2017
Ref:
EUR 20/6007/2017
  • Research
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Joint Observations regarding Revised General Comment No. 1 (2017) on the implementation of article 3 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

The Alkarama Foundation, Amnesty International, the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), DIGNITY - Danish Institute Against Torture, the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT), the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the Redress Trust (REDRESS) provide these comments to the Committee on the draft revised General Comment No.

Date:
3 April 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6040/2017
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  • Americas
  • Refugees

How to stir up a refugee crisis in five steps, Trump style

The sight of one of the most infamous borders on earth – roughly 1,000 kilometers of porous metal fencedividing lives, hopes and dreams between the USA and Mexico, is undoubtedly overwhelming, but not in the way we expected it to be. While it has been one of the most talked about issues since last year’s USA election campaign, the stretch of land that separates the USA and Mexico now lies eerily quiet.

Date:
28 March 2017
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  • Libya
  • Refugees

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
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  • 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