Human Rights

  • China: Families of Xinjiang detainees speak out as they await long-overdue UN report
    Almost 50 new detainees added to Amnesty International campaign on arbitrary detention, bringing total to 120 Family members describe injustice and horror of prolonged separation UN High Commissioner yet to release report on situation despite recent Xinjiang visit Amnesty International today published heartbreaking new testimony from relatives of 48 ethnic Uyghur and Kazakh people detained…
  • Tunisia: New draft constitution undermines independence of Judiciary and weakens human rights safeguards
    A new draft constitution issued by the Tunisian authorities on 30 June, after an obscure and fast-tracked drafting process, undermines institutional guarantees for human rights, including by further diminishing the independence of judiciary, Amnesty International said today. President Kais Saied announced a referendum on the new draft on 25 July. The draft constitution does not…
  • An Israeli bullet killed Shireen. Denial is the army’s time-tested strategy
    An Israeli bullet killed Shireen. Denial is the army’s time-tested strategy Israel’s attempts to deny responsibility for Abu Akleh’s death is part of its long-standing policy of obfuscating investigations into Palestinian killings. The post An Israeli bullet killed Shireen. Denial is the army’s time-tested strategy appeared first on +972 Magazine. Source / Read More: An…
  • Zimbabwe: Allow legal representatives access to opposition politicians while in detention 
    Amnesty International Zimbabwe has been following closely the case of  Job Sikhala, chairman of Citizens Coalition for Change, and Godfrey Sithole, MP for Chitungwiza North, both of whom are facing charges of inciting violence after attending the funeral of Moreblessing Ali. The two remain in detention and have been denied bail by the magistrate court.…
  • Syria: Non-renewal of last aid corridor risks humanitarian catastrophe for millions
    The United Nations Security Council members must extend the cross-border resolution that allows the UN to deliver aid to at least 4 million residents and internally displaced people (IDPs) in north-west Syria before it expires on 10 July, Amnesty International said today. In a new report, ‘Unbearable living conditions’: Inadequate access to economic and social…
  • South Sudan: Fulfil past Universal Periodic Review commitment to develop a human rights agenda and action plan
    Speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) today, Amnesty International welcomed South Sudan’s support for 210 out of 246 recommendations made during its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The organization regrets, however, that the country has not implemented its commitment from its previous review in 2016 to develop a human rights agenda and…
  • Uzbekistan: End use of unlawful force against Karakalpakstan protesters
    Responding to reports of use of unlawful force in Nukus, which left at least 18 protesters dead following a demonstration against a proposed amendment to the Constitution that would strip away Karakalpakstan’s autonomy within Uzbekistan, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Director, said: “The images we saw last weekend on social media,…
  • Israel expelled my father from Masafer Yatta 20 years ago. Now it’s happening again
    Israel expelled my father from Masafer Yatta 20 years ago. Now it’s happening again More than two decades have passed since my father was first kicked out of his home. Now that the Supreme Court approved his second expulsion, I spoke to him about how the decision fits into our family’s story of resistance. The…
  • Germany puts artists, academics in its anti-Palestinian crosshairs
    Germany puts artists, academics in its anti-Palestinian crosshairs In the span of just a few months, four high-profile Palestinians have been censored and attacked in Germany for their views after being accused by pro-Israel groups of antisemitism. The post Germany puts artists, academics in its anti-Palestinian crosshairs appeared first on +972 Magazine. Source / Read…
  • The ICC at 20: Double standards have no place in international justice
    As the International Criminal Court (ICC) marks its twentieth anniversary, Amnesty International has warned that the court’s legitimacy risks being eroded by an increasingly selective approach to justice. The organization highlighted several recent decisions and practices which appear to demonstrate double standards and a willingness to be influenced by powerful states. For example, in 2020…
  • Hong Kong: New leader John Lee must change course to halt collapse of city’s freedoms
    Former security chief replaces Carrie Lam as chief executive on 1 July Lee has announced plans to introduce more repressive laws in the city Chinese President Xi to mark 25th anniversary of UK handover in Hong Kong UN reviews Hong Kong’s human rights performance this week Hong Kong’s new chief executive John Lee must fundamentally…
  • NDN Collective Blasts SCOTUS’ Move to Gut EPA’s Power in Landmark Case
    June 30, 2022 Rapid City, SD – Today, in response to SCOTUS’ ruling in West Virginia v. the Environmental Protection Agency, a decision which will severely curtail the EPA’s legal ability to regulate emissions from power plants, NDN Collective released the following statement: “With this ruling, the illegitimate SCOTUS continues its anti-human warpath,” said Jade…
  • The glare of Pride can alienate those facing ongoing violence and oppression
    Pride isn’t a celebration for everyone. For those LGBTQ+ people living alongside the threat of violence, attending an event is an act of extraordinary bravery. Nadia Rahman is a policy advisory and researcher in Amnesty International’s  Gender, Sexuality and Identity team. For this piece, she spoke to Mehlab Jameel, an activist for the rights of…
  • EU/Lithuania: In milestone judgement, EU Court slams automatic detention and denial of asylum
    Responding to the Court of Justice of the European Union’s finding today that Lithuanian national law, which orders the automatic detention of people who cross irregularly into the country and effectively denies them the right to asylum, is incompatible with EU laws, Nils Muižnieks, Europe Regional Director of Amnesty International, said: “The Court of Justice of…
  • Algeria: Over 260 Hirak detainees languishing in prison must be released
    The Algerian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release at least 266 activists and protesters imprisoned for participating in the Hirak protest movement, criticising the authorities, denouncing state corruption or expressing solidarity with detainees, Amnesty International said today as Algeria prepares to celebrate 60 years of independence on 5 July. In May 2022, local watchdogs reported…
  • Top health expert: WHO committing ‘statistical genocide’ against Palestinians
    Top health expert: WHO committing ‘statistical genocide’ against Palestinians Richard Horton accuses the World Health Organization of ‘deliberately eliminating’ Palestinians under occupation from one of its major reports. The post Top health expert: WHO committing ‘statistical genocide’ against Palestinians appeared first on +972 Magazine. Source / Read More: Top health expert: WHO committing ‘statistical genocide’…
  • Ukraine: Deadly Mariupol theatre strike ‘a clear war crime’ by Russian forces – new investigation
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  • Senegal. Prohibitions, violence, arbitrary arrests: the right to protest is under threat 
    Repeated bans on demonstrations, together with the deaths of people during such protests, represent a real threat to the right to protest in Senegal, Amnesty International has said. Amnesty International is calling on the Senegalese authorities to guarantee the right to peaceful assembly, conduct independent and impartial investigations into the deaths of previous demonstrators, and…
  • ‘They’re not arriving with trucks to deport us, but the goal is the same’
    ‘They’re not arriving with trucks to deport us, but the goal is the same’ From holding a mini-census to confiscating vehicles, the Israeli army is reminding the residents of Masafer Yatta who rules their lives. The post ‘They’re not arriving with trucks to deport us, but the goal is the same’ appeared first on +972…
  • Algeria: Silencing critics at home and abroad
    #banner-67ab48a6{position:relative;background-image:url(“https://www.amnesty.org/en/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/280130-1-770×681.jpg”)}@media screen and (min-width:770px){#banner-67ab48a6{background-image:url(“https://www.amnesty.org/en/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/280130-1.jpg”)}}@media screen and (min-width:1444px){#banner-67ab48a6{background-image:url(“https://www.amnesty.org/en/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/280130-1.jpg”)}} ALGERIA: SILENCING CRITICS AT HOME AND ABROAD UNPRECEDENTED REPRESSION OF DISSENT IN ALGERIA Campaigns Middle East and North Africa Background Take Action Stories Testimonies Calls PreviousNext In February 2019, peaceful weekly protests known as “Hirak” swept Algeria. Initially opposing a fifth mandate of then-President Bouteflika, the protests have…
  • India: Amnesty International condemns shocking murder of Kanhaiya Lal
    AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL INDIA QUOTE In response to the horrific murder of a tailor in Rajasthan on Tuesday afternoon, Aakar Patel, chair of board of Amnesty International India, said: “Amnesty International strongly condemns the horrific killing of Kanhaiya Lal. The targeted gruesome murder shows utter contempt for the right to life. The Indian authorities must ensure…
  • Philippines: New administration must confront human rights crisis, ensure accountability
    Incoming President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. must end the catastrophic disregard for human life and dignity shown under the Duterte administration and prioritize the respect and protection of human rights, Amnesty International said a day ahead of his inauguration on 30 June.   “This is an opportunity to leave behind the violence and impunity we have…
  • Americas: Inhumane migration policies further endanger people who need protection
    In response to the news that at least 50 people have been found dead in a trailer in San Antonio, Texas, and a dozen others who were onboard have been hospitalized, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: “The tragedy in San Antonio is a devastating example of the failure of states across the…
  • Pakistan: Authorities must respect and facilitate people’s right to protest
    QUOTE Responding to the crackdown and violent dispersal by police on Tuesday morning against protestors demonstrating against 14-hour long power cuts in Lyari in the city of Karachi, Rimmel Mohydin, Pakistan campaigner at Amnesty International said, “The authorities in Pakistan must not use unnecessary or excessive force to disperse protesters who take to the streets…
  • Egypt: Quash death sentences in torture-tainted grossly unfair mass trial
    Responding to today’s verdict by the First Terrorism Circuit in Cairo Criminal Court against 206 defendants, sentencing 10 people to death and 153 people to between 10 years and life in prison, Amna Guellali, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said: “Today’s verdict is an insult to justice. This was…
  • Melilla: Never again
    The death toll continues to rise. At least 23 people died last Friday trying to reach the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco. Some organisations working on the ground have put the death toll at 37. Their bodies await burial in hastily dug graves. But as far as we know, none of them have not…
  • Border law leads to 53 dead in Texas tragedy
    53 people have now died from hyperthermia trapped in a sealed truck found in Texas, 160 miles from the U.S. Mexico border where outside temperatures reached 109F (39C) last week. Of the dozen who survived the horrific conditions when the truck, near San Antonio, was finally opened on Monday morning after a worker heard cries…
  • IDF censorship hits an 11-year low
    IDF censorship hits an 11-year low The decline in the censor’s work is a small consolation when considering that it regularly interferes in the news we read without our knowledge. The post IDF censorship hits an 11-year low appeared first on +972 Magazine. Source / Read More: IDF censorship hits an 11-year low
  • There are good reasons for a double shampoo – if you can avoid waste
    An Italian town has banned the practice during a heatwave, but if done right it benefits hair and scalpGlobal consumption of water is growing twice as fast as the world’s population and droughts are affecting swathes of the planet. So it was no surprise that this week the mayor of an Italian town in Emilia-Romagna, which is experiencing a severe heatwave, banned hairdressers from shampooing their customers’ hair twice, saying it would save thousands of litres of water a day.As we all attempt to reduce waste, that additional shampoo at home or in the salon can seem like overkill. So…
  • India: Free Human Rights Defender Mohammed Zubair
    AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL INDIA QUOTE Responding to the arrest of Mohammed Zubair, co-founder of ALT News, an independent fact-checking website by the Delhi Police late on Monday night for allegedly ‘hurting religious sentiments’ and ‘promoting enmity’ on Twitter, Aakar Patel, chair of board for Amnesty International India, said: “The Indian authorities are targeting Mohammed Zubair for…
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