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Australia/PNG: Shooting incident at Manus Island centre exemplifies the failure of offshore processing

Reacting to today’s shooting incident in the Australian Government-run refugee detention centre on Manus Island, Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director for Research, said: “Today’s shooting serves as just another example that Manus island detention facility is not a safe place for asylum seekers. More incidences like this are inevitable unless the refugees and asylum seekers are relocated to safety.

Date:
14 April 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
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  • Asia and The Pacific
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Australia: Treasure I$land: How companies are profiting from Australia's abuse of refugees on Nauru

Under the Government of Australia’s “offshore processing" regime, everyone who arrives in Australia by boat seeking asylum is forcibly taken to a "Refugee Processing Centre" on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or the Pacific island of Nauru. This briefing exposes how companies Broadspectrum and Ferrovial are complicit in and reaping vast profits from the abusive and secretive system on Nauru, acting contrary to their responsibility to respect human rights and exposing themselves to potential liability under civil and criminal law.

Date:
5 April 2017
Ref:
ASA 12/5942/2017
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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
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Russian Federation: Stop journalist's forcible return to Uzbekistan: Khudoberdi Nurmatov (Ali Feruz)

Journalist and activist Khudoberdi Nurmatov (also known as Ali Feruz) is at risk of being forcibly returned from Russia to Uzbekistan. Friends and supporters are worried that he could be abducted by Uzbekistani security forces. He is at risk of serious human rights violations, including torture, if returned to Uzbekistan.

Date:
17 March 2017
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EUR 46/5905/2017
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  • Hungary
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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: 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
  • 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
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EUR 25/5664/2017
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Hungary stoops to new low with plan to round up asylum seekers in container camp

The Hungarian government’s announcement that it will detain all asylum seekers in containers near the border is yet another disturbing move in a pattern of demonizing this already very vulnerable group, Amnesty International said today. The government will submit its proposal to Parliament which will then debate and vote on the measures within weeks. If adopted, it will be in clear contravention of EU law and the Refugee Convention.

Date:
10 February 2017
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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