Hong Kong: Demise of vigil group shows marking Tiananmen crackdown will not be tolerated

Responding to the disbandment of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China (Hong Kong Alliance), which has organized Hong Kong’s Tiananmen commemoration vigil for the past 30 years, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director Yamini Mishra said:  “For 32 years, the Chinese government has sought to censor…

Afghan Women Fleeing Violence Lose Vital Protection

Click to expand Image Afghan women in their bedroom at a women’s shelter in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 20, 2017. © 2017 REBECCA CONWAY/AFP via Getty Images “My parents warned me they will kill me if I ever leave this shelter,” Najla, a woman of about 30, told me. “The…

As World Heats, Youth Protesters March for Climate Action

Click to expand Image © Human Rights Watch On Friday, September 24, young climate activists from around the world will be marching once again to call on governments to cut carbon emissions and tackle the climate crisis. Millions marched in 2019, but this will be the first time since the…

Russia: Siberian shaman who marched against Putin is indefinitely confined to a psychiatric hospital

Responding to a court decision that came into force today to indefinitely confine Siberian shaman, Aleksandr Gabyshev, to a psychiatric ward for vowing in 2019 “to purge” President Vladimir Putin from the Kremlin, Natalia Zviagina, Amnesty International’s Moscow Office Director, said: “Aleksandr Gabyshev has become a symbol of grassroots resistance…

‘Lebanon is a prison’: Migrant domestic workers fight to go home

“I am stuck here. I also know the situation and crisis my employer is passing through, but right now, Lebanon is a prison to me.” These are the words of Tigets, a migrant domestic worker from Ethiopia who hasn’t seen her son since she left for job in Lebanon four…

Sign Language Is Key to Real Inclusion

Click to expand Image A sign language interpreter records sign language lessons that are broadcast on public television, at an elementary school in Athens, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.  © 2020 Thanassis Stavrakis/AP Images Imagine that during a national emergency, you and your loved ones are at risk. The government is announcing…

Gambia: Oppressive laws remain despite President’s promises

Current parliamentary session is an opportunity to make significant changes to improve human rights protection Gambia Press Union recorded more than 15 assaults on media professionals in the past four years Despite Gambian President Adama Barrow’s pledge to reform the country nearly five years ago, oppressive laws curtailing human rights…

COVID-19: States must take immediate action and deliver surplus vaccines now, not next year

In response to today’s Global Covid-19 Summit: Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better, where US President Biden and EU President von der Leyen announced new commitments to donate an additional 900 million to low and lower-middle income countries by September 2022, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Agnès Callamard, said: “Fair…

Thailand: Immediately drop unjustified charges against protest leader

Responding to the arrest of prominent Thai rights activist Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul today for alleged sedition and computer-related crimes, Ming Yu Hah, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns, said: “As Thailand’s protest movement resumes, the Thai authorities continue to abuse their powers to detain and penalize peaceful protesters. For…

The Netherlands: Decision to allow continued use of ethnic profiling “throws international human rights law out of the window”

Following a decision by a District Court in The Hague to reject a claim brought by Amnesty Netherlands and a coalition of NGOs and individual claimants that the use of ethnicity in stop and searches by Dutch border police was discriminatory, Amnesty Netherlands’ Director, Dagmar Oudshoorn said: “Today’s ruling that…

Cameroon: Repression marks crackdown anniversary

Release Political Prisoners, Respect Right to Peaceful Assembly  Cameroon’s authorities should ensure accountability for their security forces’ crackdown on opposition leaders, supporters and peaceful protesters in September 2020, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today.  They should immediately and unconditionally release all those held for expressing their political views…

Cameroon: Repression Marks Crackdown Anniversary

Click to expand Image Demonstrators stopped by gendarmes and police in Bafang, West Cameroon, on September 22, 2020. © 2020 Private (Dakar) – Cameroon’s authorities should ensure accountability for their security forces’ crackdown on opposition leaders, supporters, and peaceful protesters in September 2020, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said…

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