France: ’Republican values’ law risks discrimination

As the French Senate prepares to debate a law “to strengthen respect for the principles of the Republic” tomorrow, Amnesty International is calling for the many problematic provisions of the bill to be scrapped or amended. The proposed legislation would give the French authorities new powers to deny or withdraw funds…

Dr Agnès Callamard appointed as Secretary General of Amnesty International

Amnesty International announced today the appointment of Dr. Agnès Callamard, a leading international human rights expert, as its new Secretary General, effective immediately.  Dr. Callamard joins the world’s largest non-governmental human rights organisation, having recently been the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. In that role,…

Myanmar: Five-year-old among almost 100 killed by security forces 

Responding to reports that at least 91 people, including a five-year-old boy, were killed by Myanmar security forces across the country on 27 March in its ongoing brutal crackdown on protesters, Ming Yu Hah, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns, said:  “This is just the latest example of the…

Turkey: Rights groups warn “The world is watching” as women mobilize this weekend

Ahead of nationwide protests against President Erdogan’s decision to pull out of the Istanbul Convention to combat violence against women and domestic violence, Amnesty International launches a “100 days of action” alongside women in Turkey and around the world. With large protests expected across Turkey this weekend, Amnesty International’s Europe…

Bangladesh: Authorities must respect right to peaceful protest following bloody crackdowns

  The Bangladeshi authorities must respect the right to freedom of assembly and protect peaceful protestors, said Amnesty International, after police opened fire on protestors at a rally in Chattogram today, killing at least four people and injuring dozens of others, according to local media sources. On a day of…

Tell FIFA to blow the whistle on labour abuse in Qatar

Migrant workers are at the heart of realising Qatar’s dream of hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup. But 10 years after FIFA awarded the tournament to Qatar, thousands of them are still being exploited by unscrupulous bosses. But today, while FIFA is set to generate huge revenues  from the World…

Philippines: Surge in killings of lawyers and judges shows justice system "in deadly danger”

The Philippine government must urgently put an end to the surge in often-deadly threats against judges and lawyers, Amnesty International said today, echoing the concerns of the country’s own Supreme Court and Senate this week.  “When the country’s own Supreme Court and Senate are seized of the death toll facing…

Trafficking victims’ pursuit of justice delayed in Bangladesh

Research released this week has found human trafficking cases in Bangladesh are being prevented from progressing through the justice system due to a lack of evidence from foreign authorities and insufficient financial support for survivors. Delays in receiving justice as well as “inadequate witness protection mechanisms”, and in some cases,…

Attitudes towards massage parlors are putting workers in danger

In the wake of the racist attack that targeted massage parlors in Atlanta last week, advocates for massage workers, sex workers and others including Freedom United are concerned that targeted police raids on these establishments that are said to “curb sex trafficking” will instead put workers in greater danger. While…

Motion on Uyghur forced labor before Australian parliament

Reuters reports that on Monday this week, Australia’s parliament debated a motion to condemn human rights violations by China in the Uyghur Region. The very same day, the E.U., U.K., Canada and the U.S. announced sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes, targeting senior Chinese officials. The BBC points out…

Stealth policy could see more trafficking survivors put behind bars

In the U.K., if someone in immigration detention is identified as a potential victim of modern slavery they are automatically considered for release, barring extenuating circumstances such as public security. This may soon change as a new immigration policy is being pushed by the Home Office, the U.K.’s interior ministry,…

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…

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