California set to vote on bill to protect migrant workers from trafficking

Freedom United’s campaign urging California to implement better protections for migrant workers against forced labor and trafficking saw Bill AB 364 pass the Senate Judicial Committee in July. Now, the California Senate is due to vote on this piece of legislation that, if passed, will protect temporary migrant workers from…

New investigation exposes global misuse of police batons

Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation today called on governments to support a UN-led process to regulate the trade in law enforcement equipment, highlighting how ubiquitous weapons like police batons are routinely misused in ways which can constitute torture and other ill-treatment.  In a new investigation, Blunt Force, the organizations catalogued 188…

Blunt Force: Investigating the misuse of police batons and related equipment

TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION USE OF FORCE Right to protest Policing assemblies Equipment Case studies Producers/trade Experts Recommendations References Resources Take action © AFP via Getty Images Introduction Time and again, law enforcement officials are too quick to resort to the use of force, often against peaceful protesters exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly.  In recent years and throughout…

States and pharmaceutical companies have abandoned their human rights commitments in fight against Covid-19

Livestream event from the 48th UN Human Rights Council takes place on 14 September 2021, from 13:00-14:00 CEST Amnesty International Secretary General Agnès Callamard available for interviews States and pharmaceutical companies are continuing to fail to uphold their human rights obligations and responsibilities in the fight against Covid-19, said Amnesty…

Lebanon: General Security must halt imminent deportation of six Syrians

Update: In a welcome statement on 8 September, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, head of Lebanon’s General Security Office, confirmed they would not be deporting the six Syrian men. Amnesty International calls on the GSO to implement this decision, and release the men. The organization further calls on the Syrian embassy…

Afghanistan: Suppression of protests at odds with Taliban’s claims on human rights

Responding to widespread reports that the Taliban are using unlawful force against peaceful protesters and journalists at gatherings across Afghanistan, including using gunfire to disperse crowds and cables to lash protesters, Samira Hamidi, Amnesty International’s South Asia Campaigner, said:  “The Taliban have repeatedly insisted that they will respect human rights,…

Forced child marriage survivor fears retaliation from Taliban

“My husband is in the Taliban, he is looking for me everywhere.” – Fahima*, beauty salon owner and survivor of forced child marriage. Fahima, now 36 years old has reason to still fear the husband she managed to escape following the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. At just 11 years…

Syria: Former refugees tortured, raped, disappeared after returning home

Syrian security forces have subjected Syrians who returned home after seeking refuge abroad to detention, disappearance and torture, including sexual violence, Amnesty International said today. In a new report, “You’re going to your death,” the organization documented a catalogue of horrific violations committed by Syrian intelligence officers against 66 returnees, including…

Guinea: Coup leaders must protect the rights of all population

Following yesterday’s military coup in Guinea, in which soldiers from the National Committee for Reconciliation and Development (CNRD) seized power and detained President Alpha Condé, Amnesty International’s West and Central Africa Director Samira Daoud said: “We call on CNRD leaders to protect and guarantee the human rights of Guinea’s entire…

Lebanon: Authorities violating right to health and endangering lives by failing to provide fuel to hospitals

The Lebanese authorities’ failure to resolve a catastrophic fuel crisis has crippled people’s daily lives and left hospitals hanging by a thread, said Amnesty International today. The organization is calling on the authorities to uphold economic and social rights in their response and prioritize the redistribution of fuel to hospitals…

Pakistan: Investigate police for use of excessive force against protesting doctors

The Pakistani authorities must ensure a thorough, independent, and impartial inquiry into allegations that excessive force was used by the Punjab Police against doctors and medical students protesting a new qualification exam last month, said Amnesty International, after reviewing video footage of the protests. Eyewitnesses told Amnesty International that dozens…

Belarus: Maryia Kalesnikava and Maksim Znak sentenced to jail over historic protests

Today’s sentencing of Maryia Kalesnikava, the public face of the 2020 peaceful protests in Belarus, and her close associate, lawyer Maksim Znak, to 11 and 10 years in prison respectively, is a disaster for freedom of expression in Belarus, said Bruce Millar, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Eastern Europe and…

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