Zimbabwe: Police attack on opposition supporter raises alarm about partisan policing and torture

Responding to the assault and torture of a supporter of the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) by members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police on 17 March, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southern Africa, said: This brutal and vicious assault against Godfrey Karembera is meant to intimidate political…

A guide to how Amnesty verifies military attacks in Ukraine

Amnesty International’s Crisis Evidence Lab is a multidisciplinary team that uses cutting-edge digital investigation tools to document human rights violations remotely. It helps to ensure that information emerging from conflict areas is timely, accurate and meets the needs of human rights work in crises situations. This is particularly important in…

Slovenia: stop making people pay for policing of protests

Everyone has the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. But in Slovenia it seems people need to pay for exercising these human rights. Jaša Jenull © PrivateActivist and theatre director Jaša Jenull (PHOTO BY: Private) Slovenian activist and theatre director Jaša Jenull is being made to pay nearly…

Ukraine: Beleaguered town of Izium at breaking point after constant attack from Russian forces – new testimony

Civilians in Izium in Kharkiv Region in eastern Ukraine are on the brink of a humanitarian disaster as Russian forces relentlessly bombard the town, new testimony gathered by Amnesty International has revealed. Residents of Izium have been under a constant siege-like situation since 28 February, and warned that diminishing food and water…

UK: The release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori hasn’t come a moment too soon

In response to reports that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori have been released from detention in Iran and are about to leave the country, Sacha Deshmukh, Amnesty International UK’s CEO, said: “This is fantastic news, but it hasn’t come a moment too soon.   “Nazanin and Anoosheh should never have been…

Russia’s withdrawal from Council of Europe a tragedy for victims of Kremlin’s abuses

Reacting to the Russian government’s decision to withdraw from the Council of Europe, and its declared intention to denounce the European Convention on Human Rights, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said: “Russia’s withdrawal from the Council of Europe comes on the heels of its…

Chad/CAR: Maxime Jeoffroy Eli Mokom Gawaka must face justice at the ICC

Responding to the arrest of Maxime Jeoffroy Eli Mokom Gawaka, a former armed group leader suspected of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity who has now been surrendered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by the Chadian authorities, Alice Banens, a Legal Advisor at Amnesty International’s, said: “Maxime Jeoffroy…

El Salvador: Hearing on abuse of Pegasus spyware to be held by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will examine the widespread unlawful surveillance using Pegasus spyware against journalists and civil society in El Salvador at a hearing on Wednesday. Amnesty International, Access Now and Citizen Lab will provide expert opinion at a hearing. NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware is being used…

Spain: Authorities must not deport asylum seeker Mohamed Benhlima to Algeria

Responding to the news that the Spanish authorities are planning to deport Mohamed Benhlima, an Algerian asylum-seeker, whistleblower and anti-corruption activist, Amna Guellali, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said: “The Spanish authorities are deeply aware of the grim fate that awaits Mohamed Benhlima…

USA: Over 100 environmental and human rights organizations join Amnesty International’s call for Biden to pardon Steven Donziger

For more than two years, human rights lawyer Steven Donziger – currently serving the remainder of a six month sentence on house arrest – has been arbitrarily detained in apparent retaliation for his work to hold Chevron accountable for its deliberate dumping of more than 16 billion gallons of toxic…

UK: Refusal by Supreme Court to grant Assange right to appeal is “a blow for justice”

Responding to a UK Supreme Court decision refusing to grant Julian Assange permission to appeal against the previous High Court ruling permitting his extradition, Amnesty International’s Deputy Research Director for Europe Julia Hall, said:  “Today’s decision is a blow to Julian Assange and to justice. The Supreme Court has missed…

Hong Kong: Targeting of UK human rights charity signals disturbing expansion of repression

Responding to the UK organization Hong Kong Watch saying it has been threatened with criminal sanctions by the Hong Kong Police Force’s National Security Department, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Regional Director Erwin van der Borght said: “The targeting of Hong Kong Watch is the latest example of the Hong Kong government…

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