Algerian refugee deported from Tunisia now imprisoned in Algeria

Tunisian authorities must conduct prompt and thorough investigations into the circumstances of the abduction, enforced disappearance and forced return to Algeria of Slimane Bouhafs, an Algerian activist with refugee status from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Tunisia, said Amnesty International today. Under international human rights law, Tunisia must protect refugees and must not expel or return them to a country where they face persecution. The organization is calling on the Algerian authorities to release him immediately and allow him to leave Algeria. He had previously been imprisoned in Algeria for exercising his legitimate right to freedom of expression in…

U.S. anti-trafficking organizations constrained on sex workers’ rights

The U.S. government makes around $300 million in funding available annually for anti-trafficking organizations, a significant amount for the sector to continue providing direct services to survivors and advocate for legislative and policy changes to help build communities resilient to trafficking. However, the ‘Anti-Prostitution Pledge’, a legislative provision for recipients of this federal funding, restricts anti-trafficking organizations’ ability to advocate for the decriminalization of sex work as a means to preventing trafficking for sexual exploitation. Grantees are limited by signing a statement that they will not “promote, support, or advocate the legalization or practice of prostitution”, causing anti-trafficking organizations to…

Doctors forcibly removed outside JP Morgan offices as they stage die in to demand they end fossil fuel investments

Email: press@doctorsforxr.com Phone: +447901 916489 / +4477089 21568 Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#ActNow #ClimateEmergency #ExtinctionRebellion Doctors for Extinction Rebellion stage die in at JP Morgan’s Canary Wharf Offices; some chalk spray ‘CODE RED’ on the building Sixty doctors, nurses, midwives and other health professionals protest against the world’s biggest fossil fuel investor for driving the public health crisis arising from climate and ecological breakdown They delivered a letter referring to the recent ‘Code Red’ IPCC report and the International Energy Association’s ‘Net Zero by 2050’ report This morning, sixty doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare…

The common cause of drug reform and sex workers’ rights

Supporting sex workers’ rights shouldn’t feel like a reach for the drug reform movement. Both exist to reduce the harm wrought by criminalisation Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/beyond-trafficking-and-slavery/the-common-cause-of-drug-reform-and-sex-workers-rights/

New Texas Abortion Law Likely to Unleash a Torrent of Lawsuits Against Online Education, Advocacy and Other Speech

In addition to the drastic restrictions it places on a woman’s reproductive and medical care rights, the new Texas abortion law, SB8, will have devastating effects on online speech.  The law creates a cadre of bounty hunters who can use the courts to punish and silence anyone whose online advocacy, education, and other speech about abortion draws their ire. It will undoubtedly lead to a torrent of private lawsuits against online speakers who publish information about abortion rights and access in Texas, with little regard for the merits of those lawsuits or the First Amendment protections accorded to the speech.…

How Europe’s ban on seal products turned frontier communities into pariahs

How Europe’s ban on seal products turned frontier communities into pariahs In the 1970s, a sustained campaign convinced much of the world that protesters were saving cuddly seals from murderous killers near the Arctic Circle. Before long, people around the world became accustomed to seeing images of hunters with clubs, looming over a fluffy white-harp seal pups. Europe was the primary market for seal products at the time. After a public outcry, the European Economic Community banned the import of white-harp seal pup furs in 1983, and then the EU later extended the ban to all seal products in 2009,…

Poland: State of emergency risks worsening already dire situation for 32 asylum-seekers at border

Spokespeople available for interview  The Polish government’s declaration of a “state of emergency” at the border with Belarus presents serious risks for asylum-seekers trying to reach Poland and threatens to exacerbate the already dire situation faced by 32 Afghans including four women, 27 men and a 15-year-old girl, who have been held there without adequate food and clean water for over three weeks, after being pushed back from Poland, Amnesty International said.  The state of emergency will restrict the already limited access and work of journalists reporting on the issue as it bans the use of recording equipment in the area. It will also hinder the work of lawyers assisting…

France: Sentencing of police officer who assaulted Calais volunteer sends powerful message against impunity

Responding to the decision by a French court to sentence a police officer who assaulted Tom Ciotkowski, a British volunteer who was supporting asylum seekers in Calais in 2018, and then made false statements against him, Katia Roux Amnesty International Advocacy France’s, said: “This is an important decision in a case that has become emblematic of the attacks by police on asylum seekers and the human rights defenders who support them. “This prosecution which was only successful due to video evidence and determination of a small group of campaigners, will hopefully send a clear signal that the impunity for police…

Seeing Blue: Extinction Rebellion’s Blue Light Policy

Today key figures in Extinction Rebellion insisted that it has always been XR’s policy to allow emergency vehicles through protests. Police Liaison coordinator and ex-policeman, Paul Stephens said: “This ‘blue light’ policy is designed into each action and we clear the road to facilitate genuine emergency responses.” Steward coordinator Alex Dickinson gave some recent examples: “We let an ambulance through during our impromptu march near the Shard. We let one through on our march yesterday after we had taken over the junction outside Blackfriars station. And we let a fire engine through our takeover of the north side of Tower…

Splinters: September 2021 – sallies into the here & now

This month: Burning down the house… When machines suck humanity out of the economy… Norway's Sami people fight for their land as reconciliation commission delves into their past… Spectacle of Terror II… 'No one saw this coming' – it's true, 'no-one' has seen a thing or two…Whoever owns the youth: a Reader (Part Two)… Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/splinters-september-2021-sallies-into-the-here-now/

Lebanese authorities must not deport six detained refugees to Syria

The Lebanese authorities must not deport six Syrian refugees who were arrested last week after collecting their passports from the Syrian embassy, Amnesty International said today, urging them to release the refugees or charge them with a recognizable offense. A Lebanese army statement on 28 August confirmed that its intelligence directorate had over the past four days arrested the six men outside the embassy for entering the country irregularly, and that they had been handed over to the General Security directorate. The family do not know their whereabouts. Amnesty International believes they are now at imminent risk of deportation to…

Exclusion: Women survivors suffer from digital poverty

Digital poverty, or the lack of access to information and communications technology such as internet, phones, and computers, perpetuates the social exclusion of women of color in the United Kingdom. This includes immigrant trafficking survivors, who struggle to keep in contact with their families and are legally barred from working while they wait for a decision on their residency status. Al Jazeera recently spoke with Asmin (name changed to protect anonymity), a migrant domestic worker from the Philippines who has been recognized as a survivor of modern slavery by the UK’s National Referral Mechanism. She came to the UK in…