‘Revolting’: Senate Panel Raises Biden’s Bloated Military Budget by $45 Billion

Progressives responded with disgust after the Senate Armed Services Committee voted Thursday to tack an additional $45 billion on top of President Joe Biden’s already massive military spending request, bringing the total proposed budget for the coming fiscal year to a staggering $857.6 billion. The Biden administration’s March request for $813 billion in military spending for Fiscal Year 2023 represented a $31 billion increase over the current level of $782 billion, which is already unprecedented. During its closed-door markup of the National Defense Authorization Act this week, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved a bill with a topline budget of…

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 out of thin air, to transform objects around them with a few words and a wave of the hand. How do you think global corporations and multinationals who depend on people working to earn money to buy their stuff would react? How do you think governments who need workers taxes…

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 by harassment, investigation, prosecution and conviction on trumped up terrorism charges. Law No. 7262 is only the most recent tool in the Turkish government’s toolbox of counterterrorism measures Amnesty International calls on FATF and other relevant interlocutors to ensure that Turkey’s responses to FATF assessments fully comply with FATF policy…

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 authorities are ramping up their crackdown on press freedom and using the pretext of ‘national security’ to justify it. “Use of the content of Apple Daily media articles as grounds for arrest under the national security law is deeply disturbing and could have profound implications for all media outlets operating…

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 critics, with many barred from medical employment, while countless others have faced threats and prosecution. “Belarusian health workers have been on the frontline of the country’s human rights crisis, treating protesters with injuries and exposing the government’s attempts to downplay the bloodshed. Many have paid a heavy price for their…

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 in Kayah State alone. • ASEAN states play pivotal role. They must support call for UN arms embargo or will effectively shield military’s crimes against the civilian population. • ASEAN senior official’s call for release of political opposition welcome, but other ASEAN states must follow. The Association of Southeast Asian…

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. Like the infamous Russian ”propaganda law” this new legislation will further stigmatise LGBTI people and their allies. It will expose people already facing a hostile environment to even greater discrimination. “Tagging these amendments to a bill that seeks to crack down on child abuse appears to be a deliberate attempt…

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 activism or professional practice Source / Read More: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde14/4233/2021/en/

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 have engaged in infighting that has seen the country’s parliament dissolved twice in the past five months, Covid-19 has run rampant. Nepal currently has one of the world’s highest infection rates and, in April, the country’s Ministry of Health projected an additional 300,000 cases by July. Nepal’s infrastructure is already…

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 on the edge of collapse. Source / Read More: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa31/4229/2021/en/

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 not the answer. They provide the police with sweeping and mostly unchecked powers to impose harsh sanctions against so-called ‘potential terrorist offenders’ and can also be used to target legitimate political protest.   “The law, which will disproportionately affect already discriminated-against groups, introduces a vaguely worded definition of terrorism that…

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