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Bahrain: Postponement of Nabeel Rajab’s trial for sixth time is blatant harassment

In response to the news today that the Bahraini authorities have postponed the verdict in the case of prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, Samah Hadid, Deputy Director of Campaigns at Amnesty International’s Regional office in Beirut said:   “The Bahraini authorities must stop playing games with Nabeel Rajab’s freedom. He has been arrested and released repeatedly over the past five years and has been banned from leaving the country.

Date:
23 January 2017
  • Research
  • Russian Federation
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Russian Federation: Constitutional Court ruling - an opportunity to annul criminalisation of “unauthorised” peaceful protest

On 24 January, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation will consider prisoner of conscience Ildar Dadin’s complaint questioning the constitutionality of Article 212. 1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The hearing by the Constitutional Court offers the opportunity to repeal this legislative provision which enables criminal prosecution and imprisonment of peaceful protesters for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, to overturn Ildar Dadin’s conviction and enable his release.

Date:
23 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 46/5542/2017
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Human rights priorities for the new African Union Commission chairperson

The election of a new chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) is scheduled to take place during the 28th African Union Summit (22-31 January 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). In this statement, Amnesty International outlines six human rights issues that the organization believes should be the priorities of the new chairperson upon taking up the mantle of leadership.

Date:
23 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 01/5511/2017
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Standing Up for Human Rights Under President Trump’s administration

On the 20th of January, the eyes of the world will be on Washington, DC as a new U. S. president takes the oath of office. Donald J. Trump and his administration will assume responsibility for upholding the laws of the land – including the United States’ obligations to protect human rights at home and abroad. However, if Trump implements his campaign rhetoric of fear and hate in US policies, there is a real risk that the vast power of the U.

Date:
20 January 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Business and Human Rights

USA: People must stand up to Trump’s anti-rights rhetoric

On the day of the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty said: "We are facing what could turn into a major roll-back on hard-fought freedoms both in the USA and across the world. " "It is up to each one of us to fight President Trump’s spiteful rhetoric of discrimination, hate and xenophobia. Amnesty will resist injustice every step of the way.

Date:
20 January 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Iran: Further information: Inhumane prison conditions need attention

Iranian prisoner of conscience and human rights defender Saeed Shirzad ended his 39-day hunger strike on 14 January after the authorities at Karaj’s Raja’i Shahr Prison made an oral promise to address his grievances about the inhumane treatment of political prisoners in the prison. He is now in need of specialized medical care.

Date:
19 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 13/5515/2017
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  • Bahrain
  • Death Penalty

Bahrain: Human rights on the brink of crisis

Bahraini authorities must immediately commute the death sentences of two men at imminent risk of execution, Amnesty International said today, and warned that the harsh response to protests against three executions carried out by firing squad on 15 January risks plunging the country into a human rights crisis. Amnesty International is urging Bahrain’s authorities to immediately commute the death sentences of Mohamad Ramadhan and Husain Ali’ Moosa, who were sentenced to death in December 2014 following a bombing in the village of al-Deir that killed a police officer in February of that year.

Date:
18 January 2017
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  • Sudan
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Sudan must end politically-motivated attacks on Darfuri students

The Sudanese government must end politically-motivated and sometimes deadly attacks on Darfuri students at universities across the country, said Amnesty International today as it released a report covering a wave of attacks spanning three years. “Dozens of students have been killed, injured and expelled from universities since 2014 for organizing around and speaking out against human rights violations in Darfur,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

Date:
18 January 2017
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Fear must not change us

Hundreds have been killed and wounded in a spate of terror attacks across Europe in the past two years. These callous crimes have not just targeted individuals, they are also attacks on our societies, our freedoms and our way of life. The need to protect people from such wanton violence is clear, but this is not something that can be achieved by any means. Crucially, it neither should nor can be achieved by riding roughshod over the very rights that governments are supposed to uphold.

Date:
17 January 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Democratic Republic of Congo: Further Information: LUCHA activist in incommunicado detention: Musasa Tshibanda

Youth activist Musasa Tshibanda remains in incommunicado detention after the release of his fellow activist Gloria Senga on 27 December. The authorities did not provide any explanation for the arrest and detention of Gloria Senga. They are both members of the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) and went missing on 16 December after meeting with another activist.

Date:
16 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 62/5485/2017
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  • Russian Federation
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Russian Federation: Ildar Dadin moved to a new prison

Following revelations that he had been tortured in Segezha prison colony, prisoner of conscience Ildar Dadin was moved to a new prison colony. On 6 January his family were informed that he is now in Prison Colony 5 in the Altai district of Southern Siberia. Between 5 December and 6 January neither his wife nor his lawyer were informed about his whereabouts.

Date:
16 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 46/5506/2017
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Venezuela: Detentions on the rise amid “witch-hunt” against opposition

The most recent wave of arrests of leaders and members of an opposition party point to a systematic pattern of abuses against those who dare to express an opinion contrary to that of the government, Amnesty International said today. Between January 11 and 12, MP Gilber Caro, member of the opposition political party Voluntad Popular, along with council members Roniel Farias, Jorge Gonzalez and political activists Stacy Escalona and Irwin Roca, were deprived of liberty after high level authorities who linked these leaders with Lilian Tintori, wife of the prisoner of conscience Leopoldo López, publicly accused them of carrying out "terrorist activities".

Date:
13 January 2017