How corporations like Corcraft benefit from prison slavery

Truthout reports the horrors of prison slavery and how incarcerated people continue to be exploited under the prison industrial complex. Stephanie Foxworth was previously incarcerated at the Albion Correctional Facility in New York where she was forced to work, spending long days lifting sheets of metal. Her employer Corcraft, the…

New EU Dual Use Regulation agreement ‘a missed opportunity’ to stop exports of surveillance tools to repressive regimes

Human Rights Organizations’s Statement in Response to the Adoption of the New EU Dual Use Export Control Rules: We, the undersigned organisations, welcome the positive elements adopted by the EU legislators to reform the European Union’s Dual Use Regulation aimed at preventing human rights harm resulting from digital surveillance by…

Congress must hold Big Tech to account for their rights-abusing business models

Ahead of the CEOs of Google, Facebook and Twitter testifying before Congress today, Joe Westby, Acting Deputy Director of Amnesty Tech, said: “Social media companies have failed to protect people from content on their platforms that incites violence or advocacy of hatred. And despite growing calls for action, users continue…

South Sudan: UN Human Rights Council renews mandate of Commission on Human Rights

Following the adoption of a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council, renewing in full the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan (“the Commission”), Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena said:   “We welcome the Council’s decision to renew the Commission,…

Belarus: Government’s threats and history of crackdown on protesters require urgent international response

Statements made by the Belarusian authorities ahead of demonstrations planned for 25 March (Freedom Day) raise serious concerns that the police response will yet again be marked by severe violence, Amnesty International said today, as it called for international action to protect the rights of peaceful protesters. As many journalists…

Joint civil society monitoring finds systemic forced labor in Turkmen cotton harvest

A new joint report by leading independent Turkmen human rights groups exposes systemic forced labor during the 2020 cotton harvest in Turkmenistan, said the Cotton Campaign, a coalition of organizations including Freedom United. The report, Review of the Use of Forced Labor in Turkmenistan During the 2020 Cotton Harvest, was…

UN Human Rights Council resolution a welcome step towards ensuring fair and universal access to COVID-19 vaccines

Responding to the UN Human Rights Council’s adoption, today, of a resolution calling for equitable, affordable, timely and universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, Amnesty International’s Health Advisor, Tamaryn Nelson, said: “This resolution is yet another urgent reminder that vaccine access is a basic human right that every single person is…

Lebanon: Torture of Syrian refugees arbitrarily detained on counter-terror charges

Lebanese security forces have committed shocking violations against Syrian refugees who have been arrested, often arbitrarily, on terrorism-related charges, employing some of the same atrocious torture techniques that are used in Syria’s most notorious prisons, said Amnesty International in a damning new report published today. Amnesty’s report, “I wish I would…

EU Parliament backs corporate accountability, but law can be strengthened

On March 10, 2021, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new EU law — 504 in favor, 79 against, and 112 abstentions — by adopting Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) legislative report by MEP Lara Wolters on corporate due diligence and corporate accountability.     This is an…

Turkey: Targeting of LGBTI people to justify quitting convention on combating violence against women is dangerous

Responding to a statement by the Turkish government justifying their proposal to pull out of a convention to combat and prevent domestic violence against women by claiming it is being used to ‘normalise homosexuality’ which is ‘incompatible with Turkey’s social and family values’, Amnesty International’s Senior Europe Adviser, Esther Major,…

China has detained my young children. I don't know if I'll ever see them again

When I left my children five years ago, I did it in a rush. I didn’t have time to grab any memento, any toys. All I took was a family photo. At the time, my husband and I felt we had no choice. The Chinese authorities were harassing us constantly…

The nightmare of Uyghur families separated by repression

Nearly four years ago, Uyghur parents studying or making a living abroad began living a recurring nightmare. Many had left one or more children in the care of family members in their hometowns back in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang). They could not know at the time that…

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