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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
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  • Russian Federation
  • Asylum

Russia: Court halts journalist’s deportation to Uzbekistan but detains him despite abuse claims

In response to Moscow City Court’s decision to suspend the deportation to Uzbekistan of openly gay journalist Khudoberdi Nurmatov (better known by his journalist alias Ali Feruz) but to keep him in detention while his case is reviewed by the European Court of Human Rights, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, Denis Krivosheev, said: “The suspension of Ali Feruz’s deportation to Uzbekistan - where he faces a real risk of persecution and torture, and where homosexuality is a crime - is a positive step.

Date:
8 August 2017
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Russian Federation: Further information: Detained journalist facing imminent deportation: Khudoberdi Nurmatov (Ali Feruz)

On 1 August, the Moscow Basmanniy Court ruled that openly gay journalist and activist Khudoberdi Nurmatov (also known as Ali Feruz) must be forcibly returned from Russia to Uzbekistan. If returned, he will be at risk of torture and imprisonment for his sexual orientation. The journalist has nine days to appeal the decision.

Date:
2 August 2017
Ref:
EUR 46/6865/2017
  • News
  • Nauru
  • Refugees

Ferrovial continues to build a fortune on refugees’ despair

Spanish multinational Ferrovial continued to make millions from the abuse of refugees and people seeking asylum on Nauru and Manus Island in the first half of 2017, despite attempts to distance itself from Australia’s deliberately cruel refugee “processing” system, Amnesty International said today. Financial reports released today show that between 1 January and 30 June 2017 Ferrovial reported revenues of €1.

Date:
27 July 2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • UN

Algeria: Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, list of issues

This submission sets out some of Amnesty International’s key concerns about violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the Covenant), and in particular with regard to freedom of religion or belief and religious minorities (articles 18 and 27), freedom of expression and opinion (article 19), freedom of assembly and association (articles 21 and 22), accountability for past abuses (article 2), freedom of movement (article 12), the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment and fair trial guarantees (articles 7 and 14) and the death penalty (article 6).

Date:
24 July 2017
Ref:
MDE 28/6776/2017
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  • Guatemala
  • Justice Systems

Guatemala: Major human rights challenges still pending: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

Amnesty International is concerned that the process to reform the Constitution appears to have stalled and so has the establishment of the National Commission for the Search for Victims of Enforced and Other Forms of Disappearance. Amnesty International also raises concerns about continued impunity for past crimes, lack of independence of the judiciary, violence against women, attacks on human rights defenders, a surge in asylum applications by Guatemalans worldwide, and the death penalty.

Date:
19 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 34/6554/2017
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Research
  • 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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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Refugees

Thailand: Amnesty International calls on Thailand to extend legal protections to refugees and asylum seekers in 2017

On World Refugee Day 2017, Amnesty International acknowledges the role the Royal Thai Government has played in hosting and supporting large refugee populations over several decades and welcomes its recent commitments to improve the protection of the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the country. However, despite these undertakings, Thailand has failed to consistently protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, who lack domestic legal status in Thailand and are vulnerable to arbitrary and indefinite detention and forcible returns.

Date:
19 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 39/6539/2017
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  • Uganda
  • Armed Conflict

Uganda: "Help has not reached me here" - Donors must step up support for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

More than 900,000 refugees have fled the brutal conflict in South Sudan and sought safety in Uganda with over 1000 refugees arriving each day. Uganda has a progressive refugee policy which is lauded by the international community, however, states have failed in their obligation to help Uganda and have not provided an adequate response to this crisis. This has meant basic needs including access to food, water, sanitation, health care and shelter not being met.

Date:
18 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 59/6422/2017
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  • Refugees

Switzerland: Better safeguards needed to protect human rights. Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

Amnesty International is concerned about proposed changes to the Constitution which could undermine respect for human rights, the lack of a provision in the Criminal Code to expressly prohibit torture, and the absence of a national human rights institution. The organization also raises concerns about protection of the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers, domestic violence, discrimination against LBGTI persons, the ban on full face veil, and weaknesses in the implementation of UPR and other UN recommendations.

Date:
16 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 43/6505/2017
  • Research
  • Refugees

Human rights risks of external migration policies

This briefing paper sets out the main human rights risks linked to external migration policies, which are a broad spectrum of actions implemented outside of the territory of the state that people are trying to enter, usually through enhanced cooperation with other countries. From the perspective of international law, external migration policies are not necessarily unlawful. However, Amnesty International considers that several types of external migration policies, and particularly the externalization of border control and asylum-processing, pose significant human rights risks.

Date:
13 June 2017
Ref:
POL 30/6200/2017