Cuba: Massive protests are a desperate cry to a government that doesn’t listen

In response to the state repression of social protests in several areas of Cuba yesterday, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: “In a historic day for Cuba, thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate peacefully in several parts of the country, exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. It’s unacceptable that the Cuban government has denied these rights for decades and continues to do so today.” “During yesterday’s spontaneous demonstrations, which spread across different areas of the country, Amnesty International received with alarm reports of internet blackouts, arbitrary arrests, excessive use of force…

Pescatarians are right – why eating fish is more ethical than eating meat

Pescatarians are right – why eating fish is more ethical than eating meat Andreea Tudor/Shutterstock Forget veggie burgers, fake bacon and cheese made from oats. For vegans at least, plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products have long since gone mainstream. Alt-fish – food made from plants that mimics the taste and texture of fish, or real fish tissue grown from stem cells – is the next big thing. As a researcher in applied ethics, I’ve long understood that decisions about what we eat link up with several other debates. And, though often conflated, the arguments against eating real fish…

Jury trial of five XR members for Brazilian Embassy action begins today

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone: +44(0)7918165046Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate The Crown Court trial for five members of Extinction Rebellion charged with criminal damage during a protest at the Brazilian embassy begins today (Monday 12 July 2021). The trial, at Southwark Crown Court, is only the third Extinction Rebellion trial to be decided by a jury. It follows the acquittal by a jury in April of six XR activists, despite all but one having no defence in law.  The charges relate to an action at the Brazilian Embassy in London in August 2019 during which the group, known as the Snowflakes, blockaded the main entrance. They spray…

Fair recruitment is key to protecting migrants from trafficking

In a new opinion piece for Thomson Reuters Foundation, James Lynch from human rights organization FairSquare writes that governments that import low-cost migrant labor must ensure that employers must cover the full cost of recruitment. It is central to preventing labor trafficking and other forms of labor exploitation. Following the release of the new United States Trafficking in Persons report — a ranking tool that shapes the minds and policies of governments around the world, despite the “hard political edge” to it — it’s worth asking why there is near universal agreement to outlaw human trafficking, yet less attention paid…

Saudi Arabia: Further information: Saudi woman human rights defender released: Nassima al-Sada

On 27 June, Saudi Arabian human rights defender and women’s rights activist Nassima al-Sada was conditionally released from detention upon the expiry of her prison term sentence. Nassima al-Sada will continue to be on a travel ban for five years, which restricts her basic right to freedom to movement and expression. Amnesty International calls on the Saudi Arabian authorities to lift the travel ban immediately. Source / Read More: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde23/4448/2021/en/

Joint Statement: No Justice At 5-Year Anniversary of Kem Ley’s Death

On the fifth anniversary of the unlawful killing of prominent Cambodian political commentator and human rights defender Kem Ley, 45 organizations call for the Cambodian authorities to create an independent Commission of Inquiry tasked with conducting an independent, impartial and effective investigation into Kem Ley’s death. Source / Read More: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa23/4445/2021/en/

USA: Rocky Myers – Three decades on Alabama's death row, seeking justice

Rocky Myers will spend his 60th birthday at the Holman Correctional Facility in Alabama, USA. He has been under sentence of death for 27 years and deep flaws have affected the proceedings against him. This case sheet provides an overview of his case and key concerns on the use of the death penalty in Alabama; and suggests avenues for action on Rocky Myers’ behalf. Source / Read More: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/act50/4408/2021/en/

USA: Rocky Myers – Trois decennies dans le couloir de la mort en Alabama

Rocky Myers va passer son 60e anniversaire au centre correctionnel Holman, en Alabama (États-Unis). Il se trouve dans le couloir de la mort depuis 27 ans. En ce mois de juillet, il existe deux façons de nous aider à rendre son anniversaire mémorable, malgré les conditions difficiles dans lesquelles il vit dans le couloir de la mort. Vous pouvez aussi contacter directement la gouverneure de l’Alabama, Kay Ivey, pour lui exprimer votre inquiétude quant aux failles de l’affaire Rocky Myers, et lui demander d’intervenir en engageant une révision immédiate de son dossier, ainsi que de celui toutes les personnes condamnées…

Syria: UN Security Council’s compromise resolution falls short of humanitarian needs

Responding to the UN Security Council vote passing a resolution renewing authorization of the Bab al-Hawa crossing point for the delivery of UN cross-border humanitarian aid from Turkey to north-west Syria for a six-month period, with a six-month renewal subject to certain conditions, the Head of Amnesty International’s UN office Sherine Tadros said: “This compromise resolution is once again an example of Russia ignoring the humanitarian needs of Syrians, and instead playing political games with the lives and welfare of millions of people. “The cross-border aid mechanism through Bab al-Hawa provides a crucial lifeline for people in north-west Syria, providing…

Can’t Stop Us Now: ‘Chilling’ Police Bill Won’t Stop Extinction Rebellion

You might not have noticed that the Government’s notorious Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill – which aims to curb our right to protest – went through a further stage of the House of Commons on Monday because the news was all about Boris Johnson and emerging from lock down. Priti Patel has been clear that Extinction Rebellion and Black Lives Matter are the targets of the legislation. Mr Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, said in Parliament: “I remain of the view that the provisions will be ineffective and have a chilling effect. I do not believe for…

Women's Rights are Human Rights

Sometimes human rights organizations have been accused of being elitist and bypassing those with little or no formal education. Amnesty International Nigeria has often recognized that these categories of persons are disproportionately at the receiving end of human rights violations. It is important that human rights education is accessible to all, irrespective of educational background or social status. Amnesty Nigeria organized a question and answer session with women from the Nyanya community in Abuja Nigeria. It was a learning experience for both Amnesty Nigeria and the women. Many of the questions the women asked could easily be taken for granted…

JOINT PUBLIC STATEMENT on the release of the “The law of inclusion” report by the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

On 25 June 2021, the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity presented his report “The law of inclusion” at the 47th session of the Human Rights Council. Source / Read More: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/ior40/4382/2021/en/

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