If Magic and sorcery were real….

If magic and sorcery were real, it would be classed as terrorism. If you had creative power to shape your own destiny, how log would you survive against a ruthless government? Imagine if magic and sorcery were real, that you or some people you knew were able to create things…

Turkey: Weaponizing Counterterrorism: Turkey exploits terrorism financing assessment to target civil society

The government of Turkey has exploited a 2019 Financial Action Task Force (FATF) assessment report to supplement its arsenal of counterterrorism laws, many of which are routinely used to target civil society organizations. This briefing paper highlights the numerous ways that the Turkish authorities historically have targeted civil society, including…

Hong Kong: Apple Daily raid, arrests a brazen attack on press freedom

Responding to the arrest of five senior executives and the seizing of journalistic material during a police raid on Hong Kong media outlet Apple Daily this morning, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Regional Director Yamini Mishra said: “With this latest brazen attack on one of its fiercest media critics, the Hong Kong…

Belarus: Medical workers witnessing painful human toll of reprisals, paying high personal price

Belarusian health workers who participated in anti-government demonstrations or spoke out against official accounts of protesters’ deaths and injuries, are facing brutal reprisals from the authorities, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing. Despite chronic staff shortages, dozens of health workers have been dismissed amid the government’s crackdown on…

Europe: Plan of Action – Twenty steps to protect people on the move along the central Mediterranean route

This action plan includes 20 recommendations from Amnesty International, ECRE and Human Rights Watch for EU institutions and member states, to protect people on the move along the central Mediterranean route. Source / Read More: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur01/4289/2021/en/

Myanmar: As Aung San Suu Kyi goes on trial, ASEAN’s indecision is enabling military rampage

• Aung San Suu Kyi faces seven charges and decades in prison as the UN General Assembly sets to vote on a landmark resolution on Myanmar. • Since the coup, more than 800 civilians including 58 children were killed, more than 4800 people were detained and more than 100,000 displaced…

Hungary: Dark day for LGBTI rights as homophobic and transphobic law adopted

Responding to the adoption of an anti-LGBTI proposal that bans education and advertising that is deemed to “popularize” or even depict, consensual same-sex conduct or the affirming of one’s gender to children, Director of Amnesty International Hungary, David Vig said: “This is a dark day for LGBTI rights and for Hungary.…

KURDISTAN REGION OF IRAQ: AUTHORITIES MUST END PROTESTS-RELATED REPRESSION

Authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) must put an end to their ongoing crackdown of protests by way of arbitrary arrests and harassment, and they should immediately release those detained – including those already sentenced following unfair trials – in relation to their participation in protests or related…

Nepal: Oxygen, vaccines and essential medical supplies urgently needed amid devastating Covid-19 wave 

Nepal’s politicians must set aside their differences and take decisive action in the coming weeks to save thousands of lives as the country endures a deadly second wave of Covid-19, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today, which also calls for increased support from the international community.   While Nepal’s leaders…

Nepal: "Struggling to breathe": The second wave of Covid-19 in Nepal

Nepal is facing a public health crisis since April 2021 as the second wave of Covid-19 in the country wreaks havoc on its fragile health care system. Immediate action is needed from both the government of Nepal and the international community to support the public health sector, which is teetering…

Switzerland: Dangerous “Yes” vote gives police sweeping powers to target people including children without charge or trial

Responding to a “yes” vote in a referendum in Switzerland to give the Federal Police far-reaching powers in the fight against so-called “potential terrorist offenders” Amnesty International Switzerland’s Campaign Director, Patrick Walder said: “Whilst the desire among Swiss voters to prevent acts of terrorism is understandable, these new measures are…

Hungary: Proposed law a new frontal attack against LGBTI people

Responding to the tabling of anti-LGBTI legal amendments that would ban education and  advertising that is deemed to “popularize”, or even depict, consensual same-sex conduct or the affirming of one’s gender to children, Director of Amnesty International Hungary, David Vig said: “These proposals, which have dark echoes of Russia’s anti-gay…

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