Human Rights

  • Sri Lanka: Authorities must end violence and discrimination against Muslims
    Sri Lanka’s Muslim community has suffered consistent discrimination, harassment and violence since 2013, culminating in the adoption of government policies explicitly targeting the minority group, said Amnesty International, in a new report published today. From Burning Houses to Burning Bodies: Anti-Muslim Harassment, Discrimination and Violence in Sri Lanka, traces the development of anti-Muslim sentiment in Sri…
  • Russian Activist Imprisoned for Peaceful Environmental Protests
    Click to expand Image Vyacheslav Yegorov at Kolomna court, October 8, 2021. © Nataliya Demina © 2021 Nataliya Demina Yesterday, a court in the city of Kolomna, Russia sentenced Viacheslav Yegorov to 15 months in prison for repeatedly taking part in peaceful protests in 2018 against the “import” of trash from Moscow. It is ironic…
  • Lebanon’s Tragic Cycle of Violence Has a Cause
    Click to expand Image Lebanese army soldiers are seen through the bullet-riddled window of a car after deadly clashes erupted in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. © 2021 Bilal Hussein/AP Images Scenes from Lebanon shocked residents and the world on Thursday when the streets of a residential and commercial district in Beirut descended into a…
  • Canada: Stop Incarcerating Immigration Detainees in Provincial Jails
    National Campaign Urges Provinces to Cancel Contracts Enabling Abuses (Ottawa, October 14, 2021) – Provincial governments should sever their contracts to hold immigration detainees in provincial jails, where many experience abusive conditions, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today in opening a joint national campaign, #WelcomeToCanada. While Canadian authorities have released significant numbers of people from immigration…
  • UK: Matt Hancock’s appointment as UN special envoy for Covid-19 recovery in Africa requires clear commitment to human rights and just recovery
    Responding to Matt Hancock MP’s appointment as UN special representative on financial innovation and climate change for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, with a focus on helping Africa’s economy recover from Covid-19, Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director, said: This appointment must result in Matt Hancock demonstrating meaningful commitment to the…
  • New Vetting Process in International Criminal Court Deputy Prosecutor Elections
    Click to expand Image Permanent premises of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands. © 2018 Marina Riera/Human Rights Watch Further leadership changes are underway at the International Criminal Court (ICC) as its member countries approach the December election of the court’s next deputy prosecutors. On October 10, ICC prosecutor Karim Khan submitted two…
  • Facebook Files: How a ban on surveillance advertising can fix Facebook
    by Alia Al Ghussain, Campaigner, Amnesty Tech  Facebook is engulfed in the biggest crisis to hit the company since the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The explosive revelations by whistle-blower Frances Haugen, is that Facebook’s leadership refused to make changes that would make their platforms safer because they “put their immense profits before people”. The claims by…
  • Americas: Amnesty International launches five strategies for holding police to account
    To end the rampant impunity for human rights violations committed by police across many parts of Latin America and Caribbean, governments must address this as a structural issue, applying appropriate protocols for investigation, scrutinizing the role of commanding officers, and working with civil society to introduce effective and independent accountability mechanisms, Amnesty International said in…
  • Chile: Two years on from social unrest Amnesty International presents report on command responsibility to National Prosecutor’s Office
    In the context of the second anniversary of the social unrest in Chile, Amnesty International has submitted a report to the National Prosecutor’s Office compiling international standards on the criminal responsibility of Carabineros commanders in the context of the crimes committed during the response to the protests. “Two years ago, thousands of people in Chile…
  • Think you can’t change the world? You already have!
    Reading the news can be really depressing. Sometimes there seems to be so much wrong in the world, the idea of changing it for the better feels impossible. But as Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign shows, you can make a big difference by doing something ‘little’. Writing a letter, sending a Tweet, signing a…
  • EU: Pegasus project prize win highlights importance of media freedom
    Spokespeople available  Responding to the news that the European Parliament’s Daphne Caruana Prize for Journalism has been awarded to the Forbidden Stories Consortium, of which Amnesty International was the technical partner, for the Pegasus Project which exposed the systematic targeting of human rights activists, journalists and lawyers with surveillance software, Eve Geddie, Director of Amnesty International’s European Institutions Office said: “The…
  • Kuwait: Quash Conviction Against Transgender Woman
    Click to expand Image Maha al-Mutairi, a 40-year-old Kuwaiti transgender woman.    © 2021 Maha al-Mutairi. A Kuwaiti court has sentenced a transgender woman to prison for “imitating the opposite sex” online, Human Rights Watch said today. Such laws violate the rights to free expression, privacy, and nondiscrimination under Kuwait’s constitution and international law. The…
  • Uzbekistan: Opponents Barred from Presidential Ballot
    Click to expand Image Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev speaking in Qingdao, China on June 9, 2018.  © 2018 AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko (Berlin) – Uzbek authorities have ramped up restrictions on media freedoms and kept opposition candidates off the ballot for the presidential election scheduled for October 24, 2021, Human Rights Watch said today. In releasing…
  • Algeria: Dissolution of leading rights group RAJ a blow for freedoms
    Responding to today’s ruling by the Administrative Tribunal in Algiers accepting the government’s arbitrary request to dissolve the well-known Algerian civil society organization, the Youth Action Rally (Rassemblement Actions Jeunesse -RAJ), which played a prominent role in the Hirak protest movement, Amna Guellali, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International said:  “The decision to…
  • Empower and protect: rethinking bans on child labor
    “Child labour isn’t going anywhere, so children’s safety in work must become the priority.” Writing in Open Democracy, Edward Van Daalen and Mohammed Al-Rozzi argue that we should rethink bans on child labor. 2021 is the UN International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour — a goal that won’t be achieved — and child…
  • Landmark judgment could see trafficking survivors granted leave to remain
    A week after losing a legal challenge regarding its policy that denies asylum seekers the right to work, the U.K. Home Office, which is responsible for immigration, security, and law and order, has once against fallen short in the eyes of the law regarding its treatment of trafficking survivors. The landmark ruling from the High…
  • Japan: Establish Safe Sport Center
    Click to expand Image Participation in sport should provide children with the joy of play, and with an opportunity for physical and mental development and growth. In Japan, however, violence and abuse are too often a part of the child athlete’s experience. Photo montage of the Tokyo Olympic Stadium and youth in Japan training and…
  • Chad: Repression of protests continues as authorities fail to protect right to freedom of expression
    Following the repression of a protest planned on 9 October 2021 by opposition and pro-democracy activists in Chad, Abdoulaye Diarra, Amnesty International Central Africa researcher said: “The crackdown on this weekend’s protest is the latest in a series of blatant restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful association we have…
  • Iran: Halt imminent execution of young man arrested at 17
    The Iranian authorities must immediately halt the planned execution of a young man who was sentenced to death for a crime that took place when he was a child, following a grossly unfair trial marred by torture-tainted “confessions”, Amnesty International said today. Arman Abdolali was moved to solitary confinement in Raja’i Shahr prison in Karaj…
  • Cambodia: Conviction of Prey Lang activist marks further repression of environmental defenders
    Responding to the conviction of Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) activist Chan Thoeun for “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances”, Ming Yu Hah, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns, said: “Chan Thoeun and the PLCN have been standing up against powerful illegal logging interests for years. They have defended the Prey Lang forest while the…
  • China: UN must act on Xinjiang atrocities after petition shows mass global outrage
    China: UN must act on Xinjiang atrocities after petition shows mass global outrage More than 323,000 people worldwide sign Amnesty International’s ‘Free Xinjiang Detainees’ petition Open letter urges UN to investigate human rights violations against Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities New testimonies reveal impact on detainees’ family members The international community must strongly condemn…
  • Algeria: Effort to Dissolve Prominent Civic Association
    Algerian authorities should drop their effort to dissolve a prominent civil society group over alleged violation of the law on associations, five international human rights organizations said today. An administrative court is set to issue a ruling on October 13, 2021, in a case brought by the Interior Ministry against the Youth Action Rally (known…
  • Algeria: Effort to Dissolve Prominent Civic Association
    Click to expand Image Algerians demonstrate in Algiers to mark the second anniversary of the Hirak movement, February 22, 2021.  © 2021 AP Photo/Toufik Doudou (Beirut) – Algerian authorities should drop their effort to dissolve a prominent civil society group over alleged violation of the law on associations, five international human rights organizations said today. An…
  • Chinese government denies forced organ harvesting
    Forced organ harvesting and organ trafficking are interlinked crimes where organs are taken from victims through coercion or without informed consent and sold illegally, often making their way into the organ tourism transplant market. The Chinese government has denied reports of forced organ harvesting occurring in the country following increased scrutiny from UN independent experts.…
  • US Should Keep Millions of Children Out of Poverty
    Click to expand Image Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, center, and US Congressman Jimmy Gomez, hold a press conference about the new Child Tax Credit, in Los Angeles, July 15, 2021.  © 2021 Ashley Landis/AP Images The United States Congress is debating the content and price tag of the Build Back Better Act, President Joe…
  • Libya: Unlawful lethal force and mass arrests in unprecedented migrant crackdown
    Libyan security forces and militias in Tripoli have used unlawful lethal force and other violence in an unprecedented roundup of over 5,000 men, women and children from Sub-Saharan Africa and are holding them in horrid conditions where torture and sexual abuse are rampant, said Amnesty International.  On 1 October, armed men from militias and security…
  • Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov’s Nobel Peace Prize win is a victory for press freedom globally
    Responding to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov winning the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of their fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia respectively, Agnès Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International, said:   “Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov’s Nobel Peace Prize win is a victory not only for independent, critical journalism…
  • UN: Recognition of the right to a healthy environment is a milestone in the battle against the climate crisis
    Responding to the Human Rights Council’s adoption of a resolution recognizing the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, Amnesty International’s Law and Policy Director Ashfaq Khalfan said: “This resolution brings hope in the context of widespread and increasing climate disasters, and is a milestone moment in the battle against environmental degradation. With…
  • Ukraine: Security Agency Reform Bill Risks Undermining Human Rights
    Click to expand Image Lawmakers attend a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine December 21, 2017. © 2017 Reuters (Berlin) – Ukraine’s draft legislation to reform the security services would grant them broad powers in intelligence and law enforcement, without essential safeguards against abuse of these powers. Parliament should postpone the final vote on the draft…
  • New Human Rights Education toolkits for this year’s Write for Rights campaign
    Amnesty International’s “Write for Rights” campaign takes place annually around 10 December, which is Human Rights Day (commemorating the day when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948). Write for Rights aims to bring about change to the lives of people or communities that have suffered or are at risk of human…
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