Sri Lanka: Authorities must end violence and discrimination against Muslims

Sri Lanka’s Muslim community has suffered consistent discrimination, harassment and violence since 2013, culminating in the adoption of government policies explicitly targeting the minority group, said Amnesty International, in a new report published today. From Burning Houses to Burning Bodies: Anti-Muslim Harassment, Discrimination and Violence in Sri Lanka, traces the development…

Canada: Stop Incarcerating Immigration Detainees in Provincial Jails

National Campaign Urges Provinces to Cancel Contracts Enabling Abuses (Ottawa, October 14, 2021) – Provincial governments should sever their contracts to hold immigration detainees in provincial jails, where many experience abusive conditions, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today in opening a joint national campaign, #WelcomeToCanada. While Canadian authorities have released significant…

UK: Matt Hancock’s appointment as UN special envoy for Covid-19 recovery in Africa requires clear commitment to human rights and just recovery

Responding to Matt Hancock MP’s appointment as UN special representative on financial innovation and climate change for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, with a focus on helping Africa’s economy recover from Covid-19, Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director, said: This appointment must result in Matt Hancock…

Facebook Files: How a ban on surveillance advertising can fix Facebook

by Alia Al Ghussain, Campaigner, Amnesty Tech  Facebook is engulfed in the biggest crisis to hit the company since the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The explosive revelations by whistle-blower Frances Haugen, is that Facebook’s leadership refused to make changes that would make their platforms safer because they “put their immense profits…

Americas: Amnesty International launches five strategies for holding police to account

To end the rampant impunity for human rights violations committed by police across many parts of Latin America and Caribbean, governments must address this as a structural issue, applying appropriate protocols for investigation, scrutinizing the role of commanding officers, and working with civil society to introduce effective and independent accountability…

Chile: Two years on from social unrest Amnesty International presents report on command responsibility to National Prosecutor’s Office

In the context of the second anniversary of the social unrest in Chile, Amnesty International has submitted a report to the National Prosecutor’s Office compiling international standards on the criminal responsibility of Carabineros commanders in the context of the crimes committed during the response to the protests. “Two years ago,…

Think you can’t change the world? You already have!

Reading the news can be really depressing. Sometimes there seems to be so much wrong in the world, the idea of changing it for the better feels impossible. But as Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign shows, you can make a big difference by doing something ‘little’. Writing a letter,…

EU: Pegasus project prize win highlights importance of media freedom

Spokespeople available  Responding to the news that the European Parliament’s Daphne Caruana Prize for Journalism has been awarded to the Forbidden Stories Consortium, of which Amnesty International was the technical partner, for the Pegasus Project which exposed the systematic targeting of human rights activists, journalists and lawyers with surveillance software, Eve Geddie, Director of Amnesty International’s…

Algeria: Dissolution of leading rights group RAJ a blow for freedoms

Responding to today’s ruling by the Administrative Tribunal in Algiers accepting the government’s arbitrary request to dissolve the well-known Algerian civil society organization, the Youth Action Rally (Rassemblement Actions Jeunesse -RAJ), which played a prominent role in the Hirak protest movement, Amna Guellali, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty…

Chad: Repression of protests continues as authorities fail to protect right to freedom of expression

Following the repression of a protest planned on 9 October 2021 by opposition and pro-democracy activists in Chad, Abdoulaye Diarra, Amnesty International Central Africa researcher said: “The crackdown on this weekend’s protest is the latest in a series of blatant restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and freedom…

Iran: Halt imminent execution of young man arrested at 17

The Iranian authorities must immediately halt the planned execution of a young man who was sentenced to death for a crime that took place when he was a child, following a grossly unfair trial marred by torture-tainted “confessions”, Amnesty International said today. Arman Abdolali was moved to solitary confinement in…

Cambodia: Conviction of Prey Lang activist marks further repression of environmental defenders

Responding to the conviction of Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) activist Chan Thoeun for “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances”, Ming Yu Hah, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns, said: “Chan Thoeun and the PLCN have been standing up against powerful illegal logging interests for years. They have defended the…

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