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Pakistan: Climate measures must uphold human rights as country hosts World Environment Day

Pakistani authorities must ensure that human rights are placed at the centre of ambitious new plans to mitigate the impact of climate change, said Amnesty International, ahead of the country’s hosting of World Environment Day on 5 June.   Prime Minister Imran Khan will preside over the virtual World Environment Day…

Belarus: Raman Pratasevich forced televised ‘confession’ amounts to ill-treatment

Following the 3 June broadcast of a forced ‘confession’ by jailed Belarusian journalist Raman Pratasevich, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Director, said: “Raman Pratasevich’s forced ‘confession’ on Belarusian state TV was devastating to watch. He was plainly on the edge of breaking down, in tears and…

Slovenia: Recognition that sex without consent is rape is a “historic victory for women”

Responding to the adoption by the Slovenian Parliament of amendments to the country’s Criminal Code that will recognise that sex without consent is rape, Amnesty International’s Europe Director, Nils Muižnieks, said: “This is a historic victory for women in Slovenia and an important step along the road to changing culture, attitudes…

Cambodia/Thailand: One year on, still no justice for Wanchalearm

Cambodia’s investigation has been negligent and failed to establish Wanchalearm Satsaksit’s fate and whereabouts Thailand, ASEAN urged to undertake independent investigations of their own   The Cambodian authorities have failed in their legal obligation to properly investigate the enforced disappearance of Thai dissident Wanchalearm Satsaksit, said Amnesty International today, one…

Iraq: Reveal whereabouts of 643 men and boys disappeared five years ago

On the fifth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of at least 643 Iraqi men and boys by Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) militias during military operations to retake control of Fallujah from the so-called Islamic State group, Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International…

Pakistan: Acquittal of couple on death row for sending ‘blasphemous’ texts delivers long-awaited justice

Responding to the Lahore High Court’s decision to acquit Shagufta Kausar and her husband Shafqat Emmanuel, a Christian couple who were sentenced to death in 2014 for ‘sending blasphemous texts’, Amnesty International’s South Asia Deputy Director Dinushika Dissanayake said: “Today’s decision puts an end to the seven-year long ordeal of…

Hong Kong: People must not be punished for peacefully marking Tiananmen anniversary

The Hong Kong authorities must allow people to peacefully pay their respects to those killed in the Tiananmen crackdown, Amnesty International said ahead of Friday’s anniversary of the 1989 atrocity.   Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen vigil on 4 June has been banned on Covid-19 grounds for the second year running, but…

Controversial Ontario trafficking law passed

Despite strong opposition from Freedom United and dozens of other organizations, Ontario’s controversial new anti-trafficking bill, Bill 251, passed into law on May 31. Under the new law, police in Canada’s most populous province have increased powers to question anybody they consider relevant to a sex trafficking investigation, as well…

Japan: Government must deliver an LGBTI bill that ensures zero tolerance of discrimination

Ahead of the Japanese parliament’s discussion on a cross-party bill to promote public awareness of sexual orientation and gender identity, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director Yamini Mishra said: “This is a historic opportunity for Japan to send a message to the world that discrimination has no place in the country. The…

Russia: Immediately release Open Russia leader detained after being hauled off flight

Reacting to the news that Andrei Pivovarov, Executive Director of the recently disbanded Open Russia, a Russian pro-democracy and human rights movement, was taken off a flight in Saint Petersburg and arbitrarily detained, Natalia Zviagina, Amnesty International’s Moscow Office Director, said: “This is an audacious move by the Kremlin in…

Nigeria: #TalkYourTruth – a campaign to secure the Right to Freedom of Expression

Amnesty International Nigeria today launches #TalkYourTruth– a campaign to protect freedom of expression in Nigeria, as critics, journalists and individuals who express dissenting views face intimidation, threats and sometimes arrest by security forces.  On many occasions, Nigerian authorities have continued to respond with violence and threats to individuals and groups who express dissenting opinions. Law enforcement agencies often fail…

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