Chad: Repression of protests continues as authorities fail to protect right to freedom of expression

Following the repression of a protest planned on 9 October 2021 by opposition and pro-democracy activists in Chad, Abdoulaye Diarra, Amnesty International Central Africa researcher said: “The crackdown on this weekend’s protest is the latest in a series of blatant restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and freedom…

Iran: Halt imminent execution of young man arrested at 17

The Iranian authorities must immediately halt the planned execution of a young man who was sentenced to death for a crime that took place when he was a child, following a grossly unfair trial marred by torture-tainted “confessions”, Amnesty International said today. Arman Abdolali was moved to solitary confinement in…

Cambodia: Conviction of Prey Lang activist marks further repression of environmental defenders

Responding to the conviction of Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) activist Chan Thoeun for “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances”, Ming Yu Hah, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns, said: “Chan Thoeun and the PLCN have been standing up against powerful illegal logging interests for years. They have defended the…

China: UN must act on Xinjiang atrocities after petition shows mass global outrage

China: UN must act on Xinjiang atrocities after petition shows mass global outrage More than 323,000 people worldwide sign Amnesty International’s ‘Free Xinjiang Detainees’ petition Open letter urges UN to investigate human rights violations against Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities New testimonies reveal impact on detainees’ family members The…

Algeria: Effort to Dissolve Prominent Civic Association

Algerian authorities should drop their effort to dissolve a prominent civil society group over alleged violation of the law on associations, five international human rights organizations said today. An administrative court is set to issue a ruling on October 13, 2021, in a case brought by the Interior Ministry against…

Libya: Unlawful lethal force and mass arrests in unprecedented migrant crackdown

Libyan security forces and militias in Tripoli have used unlawful lethal force and other violence in an unprecedented roundup of over 5,000 men, women and children from Sub-Saharan Africa and are holding them in horrid conditions where torture and sexual abuse are rampant, said Amnesty International.  On 1 October, armed…

Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov’s Nobel Peace Prize win is a victory for press freedom globally

Responding to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov winning the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of their fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia respectively, Agnès Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International, said:   “Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov’s Nobel Peace Prize win is a victory not…

UN: Recognition of the right to a healthy environment is a milestone in the battle against the climate crisis

Responding to the Human Rights Council’s adoption of a resolution recognizing the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, Amnesty International’s Law and Policy Director Ashfaq Khalfan said: “This resolution brings hope in the context of widespread and increasing climate disasters, and is a milestone moment in the…

New Human Rights Education toolkits for this year’s Write for Rights campaign

Amnesty International’s “Write for Rights” campaign takes place annually around 10 December, which is Human Rights Day (commemorating the day when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948). Write for Rights aims to bring about change to the lives of people or communities that have suffered or…

Turkey: Welcome acquittal of all Pride participants “a victory that should never have been necessary”

Responding to the decision of Ankara Criminal Court of First Instance to acquit 18 students and an academic who were prosecuted for taking part in a campus-based Pride parade in May 2019, Massimo Moratti, Amnesty International’s Europe Deputy Director said: “More than two years ago, a peaceful Pride march in…

World Day Against the Death Penalty: Women on death row face despicable discrimination

Women on death row have, in many cases, been denied justice for the prolonged physical and sexual violence and abuse they have suffered, which preceded and triggered the offences for which they were convicted for, Amnesty International said ahead of the World Day Against the Death Penalty (10 October). “Many…

EU/Afghanistan: High level meeting must deliver Afghans to safety

Ahead of the EU ‘Forum for providing protection to Afghans at risk’ being held on 7 October with the UK, USA and Canada, Amnesty International is calling for the EU and participating states to evacuate and resettle Afghans at risk from Afghanistan and neighbouring countries.  “We’ve seen an outpouring of concern for the people of Afghanistan, their fate and their futures. Public support…

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