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Eritrea: Immediately and unconditionally release prisoners of conscience

The Eritrean foreign minister’s confirmation that all politicians and journalists arbitrarily arrested in 2001 are alive is welcome news but they must now be immediately and unconditionally released, said Amnesty International. In a Radio France Internationale (RFI) interview broadcast on 20 June, Foreign Minister Osman Saleh referred to the detainees as political prisoners and said “all of them are alive” and will be tried “when the government decides”.

Date:
21 June 2016
  • News
  • Libya
  • Refugees

EU risks fuelling horrific abuse of refugees and migrants in Libya

The EU’s plans to cooperate more closely with Libya on migration risk fuelling the rampant ill-treatment and indefinite detention in horrifying conditions of thousands of refugees and migrants, said Amnesty International. Last month the EU announced plans to extend its anti-smuggling naval mission in the Mediterranean, Operation Sophia, for another year and to train, build up the capacity of and share information with the Libyan coastguard following a request by the new Libyan government.

Date:
14 June 2016
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Demonstrations

Ethiopia: Detainees beaten and forced to appear before court inadequately dressed

Authorities in Ethiopia should immediately stop the ill treatment of political opposition members and human rights defenders who were beaten in detention and then forced to appear before the court inadequately dressed, Amnesty International said today. The 22 defendants, including political opposition leaders Gurmesa Ayano and Beqele Gerba, Deputy Chief of the Oromo Federalist Congress, were brought today before the court inadequately dressed.

Date:
3 June 2016
  • News
  • Africa
  • Unlawful Detention

Ethiopia: End use of counter-terrorism law to persecute dissenters and opposition members

The Ethiopian Government must end its escalating crackdown on human rights defenders, independent media, peaceful protesters as well as members and leaders of the political opposition through the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP) says a group of civil society organisations (CSOs). “The government’s repression of independent voices has significantly worsened as the Oromo protest movement has grown,” said Yared Hailemariam, Director of the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE).

Date:
2 June 2016
  • Research
  • Ethiopia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Ethiopia: 25 Years of Human Rights Violations

When the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) took control of the capital, Addis Ababa on 28 May 1991, Amnesty International hailed the day as a “…break with the past” and an opportunity to put human rights protection at the top of the agenda for the future. However, as Ethiopians celebrate 25 years of EPRDF rule, they have suffered persistent and pervasive violations, in particular, of civil and political rights that has become a hallmark of the EPRDF government.

Date:
2 June 2016
Ref:
AFR 25/4178/2016
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Unlawful Detention

Ethiopia: Release opposition politician held for Facebook posts

The Ethiopian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release a prominent opposition politician facing a possible death sentence on trumped-up terrorism charges over comments he posted on Facebook, said Amnesty International. Yonatan Tesfaye, the spokesman of the opposition Semayawi (Blue) party, was arbitrarily arrested in December 2015 and held in lengthy pre-trial detention for comments he posted on Facebook.

Date:
6 May 2016
  • News
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Salil Shetty Address to Stanford University on "Companies, consumers and the state: Defining private industry´s obligation to protect privacy"

Video courtesy of the Handa Centre and Stanford University   Thank you to Jessie and the Handa Centre, and Professor Granick and the Centre for Internet and Society at the Law School for having me here today. I welcome the opportunity to address this important subject right in the middle of the world’s digital nerve centre - Silicon Valley. At the outset, it is important to put the attack on the right to privacy online in context.

Date:
4 April 2016
  • News
  • Africa
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Ethiopia: Civil society groups urge the international community to address killing of Oromo protesters

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (DefendDefenders) and Amnesty International urge Ethiopia’s development and international partners to addressthe killing of at least 140 protesters in the Oromia region since December 2015. On 12 November 2015, peaceful protests started in the Oromia Region, southwest of the capital, Addis Ababa, in response to measures taken to transfer the ownership of a community school and portions of a local forest to private investors.

Date:
14 January 2016
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Discrimination

Ethiopia: Anti-terror rhetoric will escalate brutal crackdown against Oromo protesters

Protesters have been labelled ‘terrorists’ by Ethiopian authorities in an attempt to violently suppress protests against potential land seizures, which have already resulted in 40 deaths, said Amnesty International. A statement issued by state intelligence services today claims that the Oromia protesters were planning to “destabilize the country” and that some of them have a “direct link with a group that has been collaborating with other proven terrorist parties”.

Date:
16 December 2015
  • News
  • Africa
  • Detention

Op-ed: The world must not forget the jailed journalists of Ethiopia

Today, on International Human Rights Day, the Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega, who was convicted on trumped up terrorism charges, will have spent more than four years in jail. Eskinder is just one of many Ethiopian journalists currently languishing behind bars, merely for doing their job. But unlike other journalists incarcerated on spurious terrorism charges such as the Al-Jazeera journalists freed from Egyptian prison earlier this year, the plight of jailed journalists in Ethiopia attracts little attention from the international community and the media.

Date:
10 December 2015
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  • Africa
  • Children

Eritrea: Refugees fleeing indefinite conscription must be given safe haven

The huge number of young people fleeing indefinite national service in Eritrea is adding to the global refugee crisis. These people have the right to international protection, a new report from Amnesty International has found. Just Deserters: Why indefinite national service in Eritrea has created a generation of refugees reveals that, despite claims by officials that conscription would be limited to 18 months, national service continues to be indefinite, often lasting for decades.

Date:
1 December 2015
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Justice Systems

Ethiopia: The acquittal of three bloggers detained for over 500 days no victory for freedom of expression

The acquittal of three bloggers by an Ethiopian court after 539 days in detention must not be dressed up as a victory for freedom of expression, said Amnesty International today. Natnael Feleke, Atnaf Berhane and Abel Wabela, who were tried on terrorism charges, were acquitted by the federal court today in Addis Ababa but have yet to be released. The fourth, Befeqadu Hailu, was also acquitted of terrorism charges but trial hearings on an incitement charge will continue.

Date:
16 October 2015
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Refugees

Global Refugee Crisis – by the numbers

There are 19. 5 million refugees globally 14. 4 million under the mandate of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and 5. 1 million Palestinian refugees under the mandate of UNRWA. Top 10 source countries of refugees (in addition to Palestinian refugees):  Syria Afghanistan Somalia Sudan South Sudan Democratic Republic of Congo Myanmar Central African Republic Iraq Eritrea Top 10 refugee host countries: Turkey (1.

Date:
12 October 2015
  • Campaigns
  • Syria
  • Refugees

Chain Reaction - #refugeeswelcome

We welcome refugees #refugeeswelcome On Sunday 13th September 2015, Amnesty International Italy, Art for Amnesty and the Italian NGO "Insieme Si Può" organised a massive 'human chain' event, linking arms around the three peaks of Lavaredo, a mountain within the Dolomites mountain range in Italy. An estimated 5,000-6,000 people joined in. Participants in the human chain signed a human rights manifesto including support for refugees and migrants.

Date:
16 September 2015