German Court Orders Protection of People with Disabilities in Triage Decisions

Click to expand Image Plenary session in the Bundestag in Berlin, January 12, 2022. © 2022 ddp images/Sipa via AP Images In a December 2021 ruling, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ordered lawmakers to protect people with disabilities against discrimination during medical triage decisions. Nine people with disabilities had filed a…

The Future for Autocrats is Darker Than It Seems

(Geneva) – Autocratic leaders faced significant backlash in 2021, but democracy will flourish in the contest with autocracy only if democratic leaders do a better job of addressing global problems, Kenneth Roth, executive director at Human Rights Watch, said today in releasing the Human Rights Watch World Report 2022. From…

Brazil: Protect Voting, Speech Rights

Click to expand Image Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro watches a military parade in front of the presidential palace in Brasilia on August 10, 2021. © Matheus W Alves/Futura Press (São Paulo) – Brazil’s democratic institutions should protect voting and speech rights leading to the October 2022 presidential elections from any attempt by President Jair Bolsonaro to…

Bangladesh: Grave Rights Concerns Dismissed

Click to expand Image Activists hold placards during a demonstration in Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 1, 2021, following the death of Bangladeshi writer Mushtaq Ahmed in prison after his arrest under the Digital Security Act. © 2021 Syed Mahamudur Rahman/NurPhoto via AP (New York) – Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League government…

Kazakhstan: Protect Human Rights During Crisis

Click to expand Image Police detain Khalida Akytkhan outside the Chinese Consulate in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where relatives of people detained or disappeared in Xinjiang, China have been protesting for over 300 days. December 8, 2021. © 2021 Manas Kaiyrtaiuly/RFE/RL (Berlin) –  Kazakhstan authorities have failed to prioritize protecting human rights…

Belarus: Civil Society ‘Purge’

Click to expand Image Journalists Katsiaryna Andreyeva, right, and Daria Chultsova embrace inside a defendants’ cage in a court room in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. © 2021 AP (Berlin) – Belarusian authorities unleashed an unprecedented crackdown against civil society following peaceful countrywide protests in spring and summer 2020,…

Russia: Repression Escalates

Click to expand Image Police detain protesters at a rally against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in St. Petersburg, January 31, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky (Moscow) – Russian authorities unleashed a full-fledged witch hunt on civic groups, independent media and journalists, political opposition and other critics…

Germany/Syria: Conviction of Syrian official for crimes against humanity a historic win for justice

Responding to a decision of the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany, which has convicted former Syrian intelligence officer Anwar Raslan to life in prison for crimes against humanity, including torture, murder and rape of detainees in Branch 251, an infamous military intelligence facility in Damascus city, Amnesty International’s Deputy…

Germany: Conviction for State Torture in Syria

Click to expand Image Photos of Syrians who have been detained or disappeared set up by Families for Freedom, as part of a protest in front of the court in Koblenz, July 2, 2020. © 2020 Alexander Suttor (Berlin) – The conviction of a former Syrian intelligence officer for crimes against…

El Salvador: Amnesty International verifies use of Pegasus spyware for surveillance of journalists

A joint investigation by Access Now and the Citizen Lab has identified the use of NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware against journalists and members of civil society organizations in El Salvador on a massive scale. Technical experts from the Amnesty International Security Lab have peer-reviewed the report and independently verified forensic evidence showing that…

Niger: Conviction of investigative journalists marks deepening repression of media freedom

The recent conviction of two investigative journalists in Niger for reporting the findings of an international NGO marks an alarming turn in the authorities’ increasingly brazen targeting of media critics, Amnesty International said today. On 3 January, a court in the capital Niamey sentenced two prominent journalists, Samira Sabou and…

Egypt: Hopes for justice crushed as court confirms prison term for women’s rights defender

Responding to yesterday’s decision –announced today– by Egypt’s Court of Cassation to confirm its conviction against Amal Fathy, a women’s rights defender who criticised the Egyptian authorities’ failure to protect women from sexual harassment, and sentence her to one year in prison, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa…

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