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Israel: Release Palestinian prisoner of conscience detained without charge or trial

The Israeli authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Ahmed Qatamesh, a 67-year-old Palestinian academic, writer and political analyst who has been arbitrarily detained under a three month administrative detention order, said Amnesty International. Ahmed Qatamesh was seized during a pre-dawn raid on his home on 14 May 2017. Three days later a military commander signed an administrative order to detain him for three months despite the fact that he has not been charged with a criminal offence.

Date:
24 May 2017
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Iraq: US military admits failures to monitor over $1 billion worth of arms transfers

The US Army failed to keep tabs on more than $1 billion worth of arms and other military equipment in Iraq and Kuwait according to a now declassified Department of Defense (DoD) audit, obtained by Amnesty International following Freedom of Information requests. The government audit, from September 2016, reveals that the DoD “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location”of a vast amount of equipment pouring into Kuwait and Iraq to provision the Iraqi Army.

Date:
24 May 2017
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Tajikistani lawyers harassed, intimidated and imprisoned

Tajikistani authorities have dealt a major blow to the legal profession through political manipulation of the criminal justice system and repressive legislation, Amnesty International said today ahead of the country’s National Lawyer Day. A new briefing reveals a raft of repressive government tactics used to intimidate, silence and crush lawyers in the country, punishing them for the legitimate exercise of their professional duty.

Date:
24 May 2017
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Greece: Adequate housing for Elliniko residents

On 23 May, Amnesty International was informed by the Greek Ministry for Migration Policy that a registration process has begun in the Elliniko refugee camps in order to determine the specific housing needs of each resident ahead of the closure of the camps. This is a highly necessary and welcome step from the Greek authorities. Amnesty International hopes that the information collected during the registration exercise will lead to individuals and families being offered housing that is adequate to their needs.

Date:
24 May 2017
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EUR 25/6338/2017
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Cameroon: Thousands worldwide demand release of students jailed for sharing Boko Haram joke

More than 300,000 letters and petitions from people around the world have been sent to Cameroonian President Paul Biya calling on him to release three students each sentenced to 10 years in prison by a military court for sharing a joke by SMS about Boko Haram, Amnesty International revealed today. As part of the organization’s annual Write for Rights campaign 2016, over 310,000 actions were taken from people across the globe asking that Fomusoh Ivo Feh and his friends, Afuh Nivelle Nfor and Azah Levis Gob, be immediately released.

Date:
23 May 2017
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Bahrain: At least one dead and hundreds injured as government violently cracks down on opposition

Updates May 24: The Bahraini authorities have stated that 5 men were killed in the violent crackdown on Duraz. The Bahraini security forces used excessive force against protesters in the village of Duraz, the majority of whom were peaceful, as part of an ongoing crack down on the village which has been under siege by the authorities for 11 months, according to evidence uncovered by Amnesty International.

Date:
23 May 2017
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What does it take to solve a statelessness crisis?

Three years ago today, authorities in the Dominican Republic passed a law seeking to address a statelessness crisis that has effectively stripped thousands of people off their Dominican nationality and with it,  denied them a range of human rights. The crisis exploded in 2013, after a ruling by the Dominican Republic’s top Court that retroactively applied to anyone born after 1929 to undocumented foreign parents.

Date:
23 May 2017
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Vatican: President Trump should heed Pope Francis’ call to “build bridges, not walls”

Ahead of the meeting between Pope Francis and President Trump in the Vatican tomorrow, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe said: “Pope Francis has spoken forcefully in favour of freedom and justice and need to build bridges rather than walls. President Trump would do well to heed this advice. ” “The Pope has also warned against the rise of populism and the importance of opening our hearts and borders to refugees fleeing war and conflict.

Date:
23 May 2017
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“The uncertainty is killing us” - refugees seek clarity as Elliniko camps close

Outside the unused airport in the Elliniko area of Athens, a group of Afghan women take off their sandals before sitting down on a blue blanket. Behind them is the old terminal building, which has been their temporary “home” for months, for many more than a year. There’s rubbish everywhere, shattered windows have turned into gaping holes and some places reek of urine. “I have been in this camp for 1 year and two months without a destiny”, a woman with a burgundy headscarf said, tears trickling down her face.

Date:
23 May 2017