Greece: Asylum seekers being illegally detained in new EU-funded camp

Spokespeople recently returned from Samos camp available for interview  Asylum-seekers staying in a new EU-funded refugee camp on the island of Samos are being detained illegally by Greek authorities following a yet unpublished decision from the Greek Minister for Migration and Asylum, based on information received by Amnesty International.  In line with the decision, since 17 November those without valid government-issued IDs (asylum cards) are barred from leaving the camp for an indefinite period…

Saudi Arabia: Grand Prix must not deflect attention from dismal human rights record

Responding to Saudi Arabia’s hosting of a Formula One Grand Prix this weekend, Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said: “Over the last few years, the Saudi Arabian authorities have invested heavily in PR stunts to rebrand their image and attempt to deflect…

Belarus: Drop myriad charges against human rights defender Marfa Rabkova

Reacting to the news that Marfa Rabkova, a human rights defender and coordinator of the NGO Viasna’s Volunteer Service, is facing fresh charges linked to “endangering national security” that could lead up to 20 years in prison for 11 criminal offenses, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia…

Paraguay: Girls face sexual violence, pregnancies and impunity in a labyrinth with no way out

Girls who are survivors of sexual violence in Paraguay face a confusing path of obstacles to rebuilding their lives and obtaining justice in a country where authorities ignore their voices, force them to carry pregnancies resulting from rape to term, while failing to listen to the expert opinions of their…

Poland: Attempt to equate abortion with killing must be rejected

Ahead of tomorrow’s debate in the Polish parliament on a “stop abortion” bill that seeks to legally equate accessing or providing abortion services with killing, Esther Major, Amnesty International’s Senior Research Adviser for Europe, said “The bill seeking to equate abortion with killing is the latest in a wave of…

Syria: Repatriate at least 27,000 children held in dire conditions in north-east Syria

Tens of thousands of children have been arbitrarily deprived of their liberty and exposed to life-threatening and inhumane conditions in al-Hol, north-east Syria’s sprawling camp, their future surrounded by grim uncertainty as governments continue to show a shameful lack of willingness to repatriate them, Amnesty International said today. Over the…

Algeria: Release human rights lawyer tried on bogus terrorism-related charges

Algerian authorities must immediately release human rights lawyer Abderraouf Arslane and drop bogus “false news” and terrorism-related charges against him which stem from his defense of Hirak activists and the expression of his opinions online, said Amnesty International today ahead of the start of his trial on 30 November. Abderraouf Arslane…

Singapore: Call off execution of man with intellectual disability

Ahead of the set appeal hearing before the planned execution of Malaysian national Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam, Amnesty International’s Singapore Researcher Rachel Chhoa-Howard said: “Singapore authorities must listen to the global outcry against executing Nagaenthran, whose case has shocked people around the world. This appeal hearing provides an opportunity to call off this horrific punishment against a man who may not fully understand what is happening to him.” “Nagaenthran’s case has been marred by multiple human rights violations including deep…

Colombia: Excessive actions of ESMAD during the National Strike leave more than 100 people with eye trauma

Violence and repression by the Colombian security forces, especially the Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (ESMAD), have resulted in hundreds of victims sustaining eye trauma, said Amnesty International, Temblores and the Programa de Acción por la Igualdad y la Inclusión Social (PAIIS) of the Universidad de los Andes in a new report…

Turkey: Failure to release Osman Kavala must prompt infringement proceedings

Following today’s decision by a court in Turkey not to release prominent human rights defender, Osman Kavala, Amnesty International have called on heads of state of the Council of Europe countries to launch infringement proceedings against Turkey when they meet in Strasbourg on Tuesday. In an open letter published this…

India: Kashmiri Activist Held Under Abusive Law

End Crackdown on Civil Society; Ensure Accountability for Security Force Abuses Indian authorities have detained the prominent Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez under an abusive counterterrorism law that is increasingly used against activists and critics of the government, six human rights groups said today.The Indian government should immediately end…

Nigeria: Mass prisoner release from unlawful military detention is testament to campaign power of ‘Knifar Women’

Reacting to the release of hundreds of the husbands of the ‘Knifar Women’ – a movement of more than 2,000 displaced Nigerian women who campaign for the release of their husbands from unlawful military detention – Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, said: “We welcome the release of the…

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