India Should Stop Using Abusive Foreign Funding Law

End Harassment Against People’s Watch, Other Rights Groups (Geneva, January 18, 2021) – The Indian government should immediately stop harassing the Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns and its program unit People’s Watch, ten human rights groups said today. The government should stop using the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act and…

Don’t let Big Tech fool you: Small businesses don’t want surveillance advertising.

by Claudia Prettner (Legal/Policy Advisor, Amnesty Tech), Alia Al Ghussain (Campaigns and Communications Officer, Amnesty Tech) and Nienke Palstra (Senior Campaigner, Global Witness) Tracking-based advertising has become all pervasive in the digital world. Our new research shows that small businesses know very well how harmful these practices are to human…

France/Germany: Small businesses want EU to get tough on Google and Facebook’s invasive advertising – new research

YouGov poll reveals small business leaders are uncomfortable with Facebook and Google’s tracking-based advertising  Small business leaders in France and Germany want alternatives to Facebook and Google’s dominant tracking-based advertising, new research commissioned by Amnesty International and Global Witness has shown. Ahead of a key EU vote this week aimed…

Russia: One year after jailing, Aleksei Navalny and his associates in a “living hell”

Over the course of the last 12 months, the Russian authorities have unleashed an unprecedented campaign of repression and reprisals against wrongfully imprisoned opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and his supporters, destroying all remnants of the rights to freedom of expression and association, Amnesty International said today on the first anniversary…

Tunisia: Amend excessive Covid-19 restrictions banning all public gatherings

New Covid-19 restrictions in Tunisia banning all public gatherings effectively impose a blanket ban on public demonstrations, and thus impede people’s rights to free expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said today. The restrictions came into force on 13 January, amid signs of growing intolerance for dissent and one day…

China: World must use Winter Olympics to demand human rights improvements

Games take place amid worsening human rights situation International community must not be complicit in sportswashing exercise IOC should better protect athletes’ rights following Peng Shuai case The world must use the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics as an opportunity to push for human rights improvements in China, Amnesty International…

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…

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…

Poland: After acquitting rainbow halo women, authorities must end their witch-hunt against activists

Responding to the dismissal of the appeal against the acquittal of three women human rights activists in Poland on absurd charges of “offending religious beliefs” for distributing posters of the Virgin Mary with a halo in the rainbow colours of the LGBTI pride flag, Catrinel Motoc, Senior Campaigner in Amnesty…

Kazakhstan: Authorities must release arbitrarily detained protestors and respect human rights amid ongoing unrest

• Information severely restricted• Concern over arbitrary arrests and detainees’ treatment• Death toll still unknown The Kazakhstani authorities must release journalists and activists who have been arbitrarily detained for their coverage of mass protests across the country over the past week, provide information on all protest-related arrests and ensure human…

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