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Serbia: Still Failing to Deliver on Human Rights: Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review – 29th Session of the UPR Working Group, January 2018

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review of Serbia in January 2018. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Serbia in its previous UPR and makes a number of recommendations to the government of Serbia. Amnesty International raises concerns about failure of national legislation to meet international human rights standards and poor implementation of legislation that does meet such standards; impunity for crimes under international law, including enforced disappearances, and lack of adequate reparation; the failure to prevent forced evictions; and the failure to protect the rights of refugees and migrants.

Date:
17 August 2017
Ref:
EUR 70/6953/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Sudan
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Sudan: Activists deported from Saudi Arabia detained: Elgassim Mohamed Seed Ahmed, Elwaleed Imam Hassan Taha and Alaa Aldin al-Difana

Activists Elgassim Mohamed Seed Ahmed, Elwaleed Imam Hassan Taha and Alaa Aldin al-Difana were deported from Saudi Arabia to Sudan on 11 July. The Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) arrested them upon arrival in Sudan. The three are currently being held at the NISS headquarters in Khartoum North. Amnesty considers them to be prisoners of conscience held solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Date:
26 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 54/6768/2017
  • Research
  • Greece
  • Refugees

Greece: Lives on Hold Update on Situation of Refugees and Migrants on the Greek Islands

Almost sixteen months since the EU-Turkey deal came into effect on the Greek islands on 20 March 2016, thousands of asylum-seekers continue to wait in limbo in sub-standard living conditions as a result of the deal, which aspires to return everyone arriving on the islands back to Turkey regardless of their international protection needs. Although returns of asylum-seekers on the basis that Turkey is safe have not yet taken place, the expectation that they would be returned under the deal continues to condemn many to extended asylum procedures stuck on overcrowded islands.

Date:
14 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 25/6745/2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Europe: A perfect storm: The failure of European policies in the central Mediterranean

A humanitarian crisis continues to unfold in the central Mediterranean as thousands of people are dying at sea in the desperate attempt to reach safety or a better life in Europe. Instead of trying to prevent further loss of life, European leaders are focused on preventing refugees and migrants from departing from Libya to keep the number of arrivals in Europe down. This report shows how this reckless European strategy is exposing refugees and migrants to even greater risks at sea and, when intercepted, to disembarkation in Libya, where they face horrific conditions and violations in detention, torture and rape.

Date:
6 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 03/6655/2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Migrants

Poland: EU Should Tackle Unsafe Returns to Belarus. Poland blocks asylum seekers at border in defiance of European Court rulings

(5 July 2017) The European Commission should take enforcement action to address Poland’s summary returns of asylum seekers to Belarus, three leading rights groups have said today. Amnesty International, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, and Human Rights Watch highlight how Poland is in breach of human rights law, refugee law, European Union law and orders by the European Court of Human Rights.

Date:
5 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 37/6662/2017
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  • Canada
  • Indigenous People

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

Amnesty International presents this submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (the Committee) on the occasion of the review of Canada’s twenty-first to twenty-third periodic reports during the Committee’s 93rd Session. Although Canada has undertaken certain positive steps since the Committee’s last review of Canada in 2012, many of the obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (the Convention) remain unimplemented.

Date:
4 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 20/6620/2017
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  • South Korea
  • Censorship and Free Speech

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
  • Discrimination

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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  • Migrants

Amnesty International recommendations to the G20 on migration and refugees

The G20 Summit, which this year focuses on ‘Shaping an Interconnected World’, is an important opportunity for G20 countries to affirm their collective commitment to ensuring that human rights are a fundamental part of the framework of the developing global interconnectivity, thus setting an important example to the rest of the world. Amnesty International is providing a set of recommendations to G20 countries on the importance of responsibility-sharing and the resettlement of refugees and the development of safe and orderly migration processes to facilitate the movement of displaced people which, if implemented, would demonstrate their global leadership in this area.

Date:
23 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 30/6582/2017
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  • Czech Republic
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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
  • Refugees

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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  • Guatemala
  • Children

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
Ref:
AMR 01/6462/2017
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  • Migrants

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
  • Research
  • 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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  • Greece
  • Refugees

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
Ref:
EUR 25/6432/2017