Thailand: Police violence and harmful chemical irritants routinely unleashed on young protesters – exclusive research

Thai authorities have repeatedly deployed reckless and violent tactics to quell the country’s burgeoning youth protest movement including beating demonstrators, firing chemicals from water cannons and shooting rubber bullets at close range, new research from Amnesty International reveals today. The report, My face burned as if on fire, provides exhaustive documentation and analysis of the past year of Thai protests, painting a detailed picture of the excessive and unlawful use of force against largely peaceful protesters.  Reporting by Amnesty’s on-the-ground monitors is corroborated by interviews with dozens of victims and eyewitnesses. Amnesty’s International Crisis Evidence Lab has also verified 87…

Belarus: HRC47 – Joint letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council at its 47th session will consider the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus. As Belarus’s human rights crisis deepens, the mandate is more important than ever. We, the undersigned international and Belarusian organisations, urge your delegation to support the renewal of the mandate while maintaining scrutiny on Belarus’s human rights crisis. Source / Read More: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/ior40/4385/2021/en/

Thailand: "My face burned as if on fire": Unlawful use of force by Thailand's police during public assemblies

In this report Amnesty International outlines multiple violations of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly by Thai authorities. Focusing on the Royal Thai Police’s management of largely peaceful youth-led demonstrations in 2020 and early 2021, it examines the use of force by authorities policing the protests. The report describes incidents in which authorities used unlawful force. It highlights police failures to take measures to prevent third parties from causing violence against peaceful protesters. The report makes recommendations to Thailand’s law enforcement agencies, government and parliament, as well as countries with bilateral relations with Thailand on steps to bring law…

Ending human rights abuses in drug control: Oral statement to the Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at HRC47

Amnesty International welcomes the study prepared by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention relating to drug policies (A/HRC/47/40), which provides an important contribution to the understanding of the widespread human rights violations that are facilitated by drug control regimes and provides fundamental recommendations to transform drug laws and policies to ensure they protect people, not harm them. Source / Read More: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/ior40/4369/2021/en/

Burundi: Release of Germain Rukuki a victory for human rights

Reacting to news that Burundian human rights defender Germain Rukuki has been released after serving more than four years in prison, Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, said: “It is terrific news that Germain is finally free. He should never have been jailed in the first place – as he was arrested, prosecuted and convicted simply for his human rights work.” “This is a great moment for Germain, his family and friends and the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who tirelessly campaigned for his release. It is also a victory for human…

„NU VREM DECÂT NIȘTE DREPTURI” DREPTURI REFUZATE ÎNGRIJITOARELOR MIGRANTE DIN AUSTRIA

This document summarises the findings of report EUR 13/4326/2021 in which organization highlights the exploitation of live-in care workers in Austria, most of whom are women migrant workers from Central and Eastern Europe. They receive low wages, work excessively long hours without adequate breaks and experience barriers in accessing social security. Many women migrant workers experience racism, harassment and abuse with little protection, safeguarding or monitoring in place. This document includes key recommendations to the Austrian authorities to make sure that all live-in care workers enjoy their rights to fair remuneration, favourable and just conditions of work and social security…

Let’s Talk About Yes: the activists promoting sexual consent

Sex without consent is rape. It’s that straightforward – there are no “grey” areas. The #LetsTalkAboutYes campaign builds on years of work and activism against sexual violence in different countries and pushes for consent-based legislation and a consent culture. As part of the campaign, Amnesty International activists and staff put together a toolkit (also available as a blog series). It’s for anyone who wants to start conversations about sexual consent. More and more countries in Europe are changing their legal definition of rape to one based on consent – but there’s still a long way to go. Activists all around Europe…

Hong Kong: National Security Law has created a human rights emergency

Hong Kong’s National Security Law (NSL) has decimated the city’s freedoms and created a landscape increasingly devoid of human rights protections, Amnesty International said in a new research briefing released today, exactly one year after the Beijing-imposed legislation took effect. ‘In the Name of National Security’ details how the law enacted on 30 June 2020 has given the authorities free rein to illegitimately criminalize dissent while stripping away the rights of those it targets.  “In one year, the National Security Law has put Hong Kong on a rapid path to becoming a police state and created a human rights emergency…

United Arab Emirates: Further information: Detainee resumes contact with his family: Ahmad Ali Mekkaoui

Ahmad Ali Mekkaoui, a Lebanese national serving a 15-year prison sentence in the United Arab Emirates on terrorism-related charges, has been allowed to resume contact with his family and has now been calling them twice a week. He had been in incommunicado detention for several months, intermittently, from 11 April 2019. Source / Read More: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde25/4345/2021/en/

Egypt: Haphazard and flawed Covid-19 vaccine rollout fails to prioritize most at-risk

The Egyptian authorities’ haphazard handling of the country’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout and failure to outline a clear national strategy has meant that at risk and marginalized people have not been prioritized for vaccination and continue to face barriers undermining their right to health, said Amnesty International today. Among those affected are people living in informal urban settlements or remote rural areas, prisoners, refugees and migrants, The organization is calling on the authorities to rectify ongoing flaws and eliminate all practical barriers hampering at-risk people and those in vulnerable situations from accessing the vaccine. “Egypt’s vaccine rollout has been blighted by…

Women with Disabilities: Invisible Survivors of Domestic Violence in Kyrgyzstan

In February 2021 Gulzat[1], a 26-year old woman with cerebral palsy managed to escape the abusive home environment she had lived in since she was a child.  This was one of the rare occasions when a case of domestic abuse against women with disabilities reached the national media. In Kyrgyzstan, there is a lot of stigma around domestic violence, and disability. This is a highly traditional society with long-standing social norms where “shame” stops women from talking about abuse in the family. Moreover, women with disabilities are highly reliant on the help of their family. This dependency means they simply…

Kosovo: Defamation lawsuits seeking to silence environmental activists must be withdrawn

  Kosovo: Defamation lawsuits seeking to silence environmental activists must be withdrawn Two environmental activists in Kosovo are facing baseless defamation lawsuits which are designed to intimidate and silence them, Amnesty International said today. The organization is calling on Kelkos Energy, which operates hydropower plants in a protected natural area in western Kosovo, to withdraw two lawsuits against Shpresa Loshaj and Adriatik Gacaferi, activists who have publicly spoken out against the environmental impact of the projects. Kelkos Energy is a subsidiary of the Austria-based public energy provider Kelag International. Amnesty International analysed legal documents and other materials relating to the…

Translate »