Americas: Pandemic deepens decades of inequality, neglect and abuse in region worst hit by COVID-19

COVID-19 has laid bare and exacerbated the systemic inequality, widespread repression and destructive policies that contributed to the Americas becoming the region worst affected by the pandemic, Amnesty International said today upon publishing its annual report. In the Americas, Amnesty International Report 2020/21: The State of the World’s Human Rights…

Facts and figures: Human rights in the Americas in 2020-21

The Americas has been the region worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 55 million confirmed cases and 1.3 million confirmed deaths as of 29 March 2021. (WHO) The United States had more than 29 million confirmed cases and 543,000 deaths from COVID-19 as of 29 March 2021, more…

COVID-19 hits those shackled by oppression hardest thanks to decades of inequalities, neglect and abuse

The global pandemic has exposed the terrible legacy of deliberately divisive and destructive policies that have perpetuated inequality, discrimination and oppression and paved the way for the devastation wrought by COVID-19, Amnesty International said in its annual report published today. Amnesty International Report 2020/21: The State of the World’s Human…

Morocco: Journalist targeted by authorities faces trial

Moroccan journalist Omar Radi today faces trial after nine months in unlawful pre-trial detention, amid grave concerns about the fairness of proceedings, Amnesty International said today. The organization is calling on the Moroccan authorities to release Omar Radi from pre-trial detention and drop any charges against him which stem from…

Thailand: NGO law would strike ‘severe blow’ to human rights

The Thai authorities’ adoption of a draft law to regulate non-profit groups would strike a severe blow to human rights in Thailand, several international organizations said today. The bill is the latest effort by the Thai government to pass repressive legislation to muzzle civil society groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).…

U.S. escalates action against Top Glove with total rubber glove import ban

The U.S. has banned the import of all rubber gloves from the world’s largest manufacturer, Top Glove, as a result of forced and indentured labor in its factories, the Guardian reported on Tuesday. The decision comes at the close of a months-long investigation by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP),…

Investors push fashion brands to hold ground amid China backlash

Western fashion brands are under pressure from an alliance of more than 50 investors and funds to take action on forced labor in the Uyghur Region, according to a Reuters exclusive. The group, which is backed by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), said it was contacting dozens of…

Lawyers call out U.K.’s unsubstantiated claims about false modern slavery survivors

The U.K.’s interior ministry, the Home Office, recently published a press release entitled “Alarming rise of abuse within modern slavery system.” The press release announced new measures to address this supposed abuse by the likes of “child rapists, people who pose a threat to our national security, serious criminals and…

REPUBLIQUE DU CONGO. LES ACTIVISTES CHRIST DONGUI ET ALEXANDRE IBACKA DZABANA DOIVENT ETRE IMMEDIATEMENT LIBERES

Les autorités congolaises doivent immédiatement et de manière inconditionnelle libérer les activistes Christ Dongui et Alexandre Ibacka Dzabana, détenus arbitrairement depuis respectivement les 25 et 11 mars 2021. Elles doivent par ailleurs impérativement veiller à la protection de leur intégrité physique et psychologique, a déclaré Amnesty International. Source / Read…

Viet Nam: Fresh crackdown as National Assembly election looms

Vietnamese authorities have arrested and charged two independent candidates for National Assembly election Intimidation and harassment on the rise ahead of 23 May vote The Vietnamese authorities must end their crackdown on independent election candidates and critical voices, said Amnesty International today ahead of the country’s National Assembly elections scheduled…

Bangladesh authorities must conduct prompt, thorough, impartial, and independent investigations into the death of protesters and respect people’s right to peaceful assembly

The Bangladeshi authorities must conduct prompt, thorough, impartial, and independent investigations into the death of at least 14 protesters across the country between 26 and 28 March, and respect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, said 11 human rights organizations in a joint statement today. The organizations also called…

Amnesty International's recommendations to states under review in UPR38 (May 2021)

This compilation of recommendations are made to seven of the states under review in the 38th session of the UN Universal Periodic Review (Belgium, Denmark, Mozambique, Paraguay, Sierra Leone, Singapore and Somalia) and address key human rights concerns in each country. Source / Read More: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/ior40/3940/2021/en/

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