Iran: World must take meaningful action against bloody crackdown as death toll rises

The bravery of protesters facing a spiralling deadly response by the Iranian security forces over the past days after the death of Mahsa Amini reveals the extent of outrage in Iran over abusive compulsory veiling laws, unlawful killings, and widespread repression, Amnesty International said today. Evidence gathered by the organization from the past two nights of fresh violence in 20 cities and 10 provinces across Iran points to a harrowing pattern of Iranian security forces deliberately and unlawfully firing live ammunition at protesters. With the death toll reaching at least 30 people, four of them children, the organization reiterated its…

Russia/Ukraine: So-called referenda in the occupied territories are in blatant breach of international law

Reacting to news that “voting” has begun in the Russian-occupied areas of the Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia regions in Ukraine on whether to join the Russian Federation, Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said: “These so-called ‘referenda’ are a ruse for Russia to illegally annex occupied Ukrainian territory, which would be another escalation of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and further evidence of the Kremlin’s profound disregard for international law and the rights of people in the territories under its occupation. The Fourth Geneva Convention expressly prohibits annexation of occupied territory and…

The case of ‘El Hiblu 3’: “Resisting illegal deportation to Libya is not a crime”

Pressure is mounting on Attorney General Victoria Buttigieg to dismiss the trial against three young migrants who stand accused of terrorism in Malta.  Charities claim that the charges should be dropped as the youths were merely resisting their forced return to Libya, a country where migrants and refugees face systematic exploitation, including forced labor, torture and extortion.   Who are ‘El Hiblu 3’?  In March 2019, a freighter rescued 108 people in distress from an inflatable boat in the Mediterranean Sea. The oil tanker, the ‘El Hiblu 1’ attempted to return them to Libya, allegedly under orders from European authorities.…

Viet Nam: Imprisoned activist ‘beaten and shackled’ 

Viet Nam’s government must immediately investigate allegations that prison authorities beat and shackled an activist serving an eight-year prison sentence, Amnesty International said today. “Being beaten, placed in solitary confinement and shackled for days on end amounts to torture or other ill-treatment. Authorities in Viet Nam must urgently investigate these allegations and any perpetrators must be held accountable,” said Ming Yu Hah, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns.  Being beaten, placed in solitary confinement and shackled for days on end amounts to torture or other ill-treatment. Ming Yu Hah, Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns Activist Trinh Ba Tu was…

NDN Collective Hosts Extreme Heat and Climate Change Webinar

On Friday, September 16th NDN Collective’s Climate Justice team— Jade Begay, Director of Climate Justice Campaign, and Kailea Frederick, Climate Justice Organizer— joined Dr. Gaurab Basu, a health equity fellow from Harvard’s School of Public Health who works with the Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment, on a presentation addressing the health equity crisis linked to extreme heat… Source Source: Full Article: NDN Collective Hosts Extreme Heat and Climate Change Webinar

Impacts of Permitting Reform Proposal on Tribes and Indigenous Communities

This analysis and summary, co-authored by the NDN Collective Climate Justice Team alongside Dr. Kyle Whyte, organizer and Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, captures the impacts of Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) permitting reform proposal and is based on the most recent draft text released on September 21, 2022. Tribal Consultation: The permitting reform deal… Source Source: Full Article: Impacts of Permitting Reform Proposal on Tribes and Indigenous Communities

Russia: More than 1,300 protesters detained after Putin’s partial military draft

Responding to the detention of at least 1,386 peaceful protesters who took part in rallies across Russia following President Vladimir Putin’s call to mobilize additional troops to fight in Ukraine, Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said: “As President Vladimir Putin seeks to boost the dwindling supply of troops for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, thousands of Russians across the country have peacefully marched on the streets protesting against mobilization and the war. They are raising their voices even amid the stifling of their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and as new…

Gov’t contract shows how Israel enlists forests to grab land from Bedouin citizens

Gov’t contract shows how Israel enlists forests to grab land from Bedouin citizens An agreement between the Israel Land Authority and Jewish National Fund uses militaristic language justifying tree-planting as weapon against ‘invaders.’ The post Gov’t contract shows how Israel enlists forests to grab land from Bedouin citizens appeared first on +972 Magazine. Source / Read More: Gov’t contract shows how Israel enlists forests to grab land from Bedouin citizens

Cambodia: Verdict against former Khmer Rouge head of state upheld as tribunal nears end

Responding to the Appeals decision by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to uphold the guilty verdicts of genocide, crimes against humanity, and grave breaches of the Geneva Convention, against former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns Ming Yu Hah said:  “For all its well-documented flaws, the Khmer Rouge tribunal has shown that those responsible for crimes under international law can and will be held responsible. Today’s ruling should serve as another reminder that accountability for the most serious crimes has no expiration date.  “The tribunal has served as…

USA: Torture and other ill-treatment of Haitian asylum seekers is rooted in anti-Black racism

US authorities have subjected Haitian asylum seekers to arbitrary detention and discriminatory and humiliating ill-treatment that amounts to race-based torture, said Amnesty International today in the new report, ‘They Did Not Treat Us Like People’: Race and Migration-Related Torture and Other Ill-Treatment of Haitians Seeking Safety in the USA. These human rights violations, along with mass expulsions under Title 42, are the latest chapter in a long history of detention, exclusion, and the practice of trying to deter Haitians seeking safety in the United States, rooted in systemic anti-Black discrimination. “One year ago, the Biden administration condemned the shameful scenes…

Iran: Deadly crackdown on protests against Mahsa Amini’s death in custody needs urgent global action

World leaders at the UN General Assembly must support calls for the establishment of an independent international investigative and accountability mechanism to address the prevailing crisis of impunity in Iran. Their urgent need for action was demonstrated most recently by the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, and the barrage of gunfire unleashed on protesters which has left at least eight people dead and hundreds injured, Amnesty International said today. Iranian security forces are violently quashing largely peaceful protests sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death on 16 September, days after her violent arrest by the “morality police” for not…

NDN Collective Announces Open Application Period for NDN Changemaker Fellowship

NDN Collective, an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power, announces the opening of applications for the fourth year of the NDN Changemaker Fellowship! The Changemaker Fellowship will be offered to 21 Indigenous Changemakers across the continental U.S., Canada, Mexico, Islands of Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Boriken (Puerto Rico)… Source Source: Full Article: NDN Collective Announces Open Application Period for NDN Changemaker Fellowship

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