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Indonesia: Caning of gay men an outrageous act of cruelty

Responding to news that two men have been caned 83 times each for having sex with each other in Indonesia’s Aceh province, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Josef Benedict, said: “This sickening spectacle, carried out in front of more than a thousand jeering spectators, is an act of utmost cruelty. These two men had their privacy forcefully invaded when they were ambushed inside their own home, and their ‘punishment’ today was designed to humiliate as well as physically injure them.

Date:
23 May 2017
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  • United States of America
  • Women and Girls

USA Health of pregnant women being jeopardized by punitive laws

A set of US laws which claim to promote maternal and infant health are in fact driving pregnant women away from vital health services, jeopardizing their wellbeing and violating their right to health, according to a new report published by Amnesty International today. Criminalizing Pregnancy: Policing Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs in the USA, highlights the impact of pregnancy criminalization laws, especially those which are used to arrest and prosecute women who use drugs based on a belief that they are harming their fetuses.

Date:
23 May 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
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Viet Nam: Open Letter on Prisoner of Conscience Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức

On the 8th anniversary of the arrest of POC Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức – and half way through his 16-year prison sentence – the Directors of 12 Amnesty International offices call for his immediate and unconditional release. The letter also calls on Viet Nam’s prison authorities to ensure that their treatment of Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức adheres strictly, as a minimum, to the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Nelson Mandela Rules) so that he is treated with dignity and respect while he is incarcerated.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 41/6234/2017
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  • Torture and other ill-treatment

China: Imminent execution for former government official: Zhao Liping

A former government official has been sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in the killing of a young woman. His family has raised serious concerns about whether he received a fair trial and he alleges that he gave a “confession” after being subjected to torture and other ill-treatment. His execution could be imminent.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6326/2017
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  • United States of America
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USA: Criminalizing pregnancy: policing pregnant women who use drugs in the USA

In the USA, pregnant women lie at the center of a contested battleground over their sexual and reproductive rights. A series of laws police the behavior of pregnant women and particularly impact those who are marginalized and those who use drugs. Collectively called pregnancy criminalization laws, this report provides a basic overview of the impact of these laws on women’s human rights and access to healthcare across the USA, and specifically focuses on two criminal laws in Alabama and Tennessee.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/6203/2017
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Philippines: Committee of Justice must ensure amendments to Juvenile Justice Act comply with international law

Amnesty International commends the decision of the Sub-Committee on Correctional Reforms of the Committee on Justice, not to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 9. However, the organisation remains concerned about some of the provisions in a bill adopted by the Sub-Committee, to amend the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, which appear to treat children lower than 15 in ways which could be harsh or arbitrary.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 35/6336/2017
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Tajikistan: In the line of duty: Harassment, prosecution and imprisonment of lawyers in Tajikistan

Tajikistan will celebrate the ‘Professional Day of the Lawyer’ on 26 May, the day when the first Bar Association was established in Tajikistan 95 years ago this year. For lawyers, though, there will be little to celebrate: this anniversary comes at a time when the country is increasingly turning its back on human rights and the rule of law, and when lawyers in Tajikistan are confronted with significant obstacles in the exercise of their professional duty.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 60/6266/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Timor-Leste: Further information: Two journalists may face imprisonment

In the case of two Timorese journalists, the lead prosecutor has recommended imprisonment of one year for Raimundos Oki, and a two year suspended sentence for Lourenco Vicente Martins if they are convicted of “defamatory false information. ” The court will read its verdict – and sentence, if it is a conviction – on 1 June 2017.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 57/6290/2017
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  • Censorship and Free Speech

Iran: Further information: Iran: Women's rights activist in critical health: Atena Daemi

The health of Iranian women’s rights activist, Atena Daemi, has sharply deteriorated. After 46 days on hunger strike, she is critically ill and her body has started rejecting water. Despite doctors’ warnings, the authorities are still refusing to transfer her to a hospital outside prison for specialist medical care. She is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
MDE 13/6322/2017
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Greece: People displaced by imminent closure of refugee camps must get safe and adequate housing

Greek authorities must ensure that refugees and migrants expected to start being evacuated from three Elliniko camps tomorrow, are provided with safe, adequate, alternative housing, said Amnesty International. “Whilst no one will mourn the closure of these uninhabitable, unsafe camps, the failure to provide people living there with information about their imminent removal has only served to increase their fears and anxieties,” said Monica Costa Riba, Amnesty International’s Regional Campaigner.

Date:
22 May 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Detention

Iran: Further information: Reprisal for speaking out against 1988 massacre: Maryam Akbari Monfared

Prisoner of conscience Maryam Akbari Monfared has been threatened with an additional three-year prison term and exile to a remote prison. This was in reprisal for her open letters seeking truth and justice for her siblings who were extrajudicially executed in 1988. She has been held in Tehran’s Evin prison since 2009 serving a 15-year sentence.

Date:
22 May 2017
Ref:
MDE 13/6267/2017
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Turkey: “Professional annihilation” of 100,000 public sector workers in post-coup attempt purge

The dismissal of more than 100,000 Turkish public sector workers is arbitrary and has had a catastrophic impact on their lives and livelihoods, a new report published by Amnesty International reveals. No end in sight: Purged public sector workers denied a future in Turkey finds that tens of thousands of people including doctors, police officers, teachers, academics and soldiers, branded as ‘terrorists’ and banned from public service, are now struggling to make ends meet.

Date:
22 May 2017
  • Research
  • Turkey
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Turkey: No end in sight: Purged public sector workers denied a future in Turkey

This report focuses on the dismissal of public servants, among them police officers, teachers, soldiers, doctors, judges, prosecutors and academics, by executive decree issued under the powers of the state of emergency in Turkey, which continues 10 months after it was first introduced. The mass dismissals have been carried out arbitrarily on the basis of vague and generalized grounds of “connections to terrorist organizations”.

Date:
22 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/6272/2017