Human Rights

  • Philippines: Duterte cannot halt ICC investigation into murderous “war on drugs”
      Responding to news that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is still refusing to allow the government to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it opts to launch a formal probe into his murderous “war on drugs”, even after the Supreme Court of the Philippines ruled to the contrary, Amnesty International’s Philippines Researcher, Rachel…
  • Belarus: Sweeping closure of dozens of NGOs as the crackdown on civil society continues
    Responding to the news that the Belarusian authorities have dissolved at least 46 human rights and other civil society organizations, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said: “Today is another dark day that will go down in the history of Belarus. Undeterred, the Belarusian authorities are pushing in their unprecedented and…
  • Tanzania: stop the eviction of the Maasai from Ngorongoro!
    Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater is renowned the world over for its wildlife and as the home of the indigenous Maasai people. To promote tourism, the government wants to enlarge the protected area – and evict more than 80,000 people, mostly indigenous Maasai. We cannot accept gross human rights violations under the guise of conservation.
  • France: Class action lawsuit against ethnic profiling filed over systemic racial discrimination
      France has failed to take necessary steps to prevent and remedy ethnic profiling by the police during identity checks, a form of systemic discrimination, six French and international human rights organizations said today in filing a class action lawsuit against the French state. Antoine Lyon-Caen, a lawyer before France’s Council of State and Court of Cassation,…
  • EU perpetuates forced labor in Libya, Amnesty International reports
    Trigger warning: this article contains references to sexual abuse and suicide. A new report by Amnesty International has strongly condemned the role of the European Union in perpetuating the “abusive” detention and “cycles of human rights violations” of migrants turned away in Europe and sent to Libya. Amnesty’s report is based on interviews with 53…
  • Czech Republic: Hard won justice for women survivors of unlawful sterilization
      The Czech Senate today finally voted to compensate thousands of Roma women who were unlawfully sterilized by the Czechoslovak and subsequently Czech authorities between 1966 and 2012, following a long campaign for justice by survivors. Barbora Černušáková, Amnesty International’s researcher on the Czech Republic, said: “Thousands of women, the majority of whom were Roma,…
  • Angola: Millions facing hunger, as thousands flee their homes as drought ravages the south of Angola
    Millions of people in southern Angola are facing an existential threat as drought aggravated by climate change continues to ravage the region, Amnesty International said today. The organization highlighted how the creation of commercial cattle ranches on community land has driven  pastoralist communities from their land since the end of the civil war in 2002…
  • Chile: Amnesty International demands investigations into Carabineros’ former and current Director Generals for human rights violations
    Amnesty International published a new video today calling on the Chilean National Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the high command of the Carabineros, specifically the former Director General and the current Director General, for widespread human rights violations committed during the period of social unrest that began in October 2019. Given the imminent closure of the…
  • 1,000 survivors in the U.K. gain financial independence thanks to HSBC
    HSBC U.K. continues to provide a model to other banking institutions with its trafficking survivor services or ‘Survivor Bank’. Launched in 2019, this service allows survivors to open an account without the need for photo ID or proof of address which are documents that many survivors lack. Rather than provide this paperwork, the bank works…
  • Hungary: The government must provide a meaningful response to the Pegasus scandal
    Hungarian journalism non-profit Direkt36 today published a major investigation into the use of NSO Group’s notorious Pegasus spyware in Hungary, revealing that the phones of more than 300 Hungarian nationals were identified as possible targets for infection. Experts from Amnesty International were able to confirm several cases where the spyware was successfully installed. The revelations…
  • Pegasus Project: Macron among world leaders selected as potential targets of NSO spyware
    New evidence uncovered by the Pegasus Project has revealed that the phone numbers for 14 heads of state, including French President Emmanuel Macron, Pakistan’s Imran Khan and South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as hundreds of government officials, were selected as people of interest by clients of spyware company NSO Group.   Amnesty International’s Secretary General Agnes Callamard said:  “The unprecedented revelation that the phones of at least fourteen heads of state may…
  • Pegasus Project: Apple iPhones compromised by NSO spyware
    New evidence uncovered by Amnesty International and Forbidden Stories has revealed a massive wave of attacks by cyber surveillance company NSO Group’s customers on iPhones, potentially affecting thousands of Apple users worldwide.     Deputy Director of Amnesty Tech Danna Ingleton said:   “Apple prides itself on its security and privacy features, but NSO Group has ripped these apart.…
  • What’s wrong with India’s new anti-trafficking bill
    India’s government has tabled a new anti-trafficking bill – an effort over two years in the making. But the rushed public consultation process and approach to sex work is facing intense criticism. At the end of June, the government introduced its Draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection, and Rehabilitation) Bill, giving a time period of…
  • Indonesia: Three Moluccans arbitrarily arrested and detained
    Pieter, Alexander and Benjamin, pro-independence political activists from Molucca, have been arbitrarily arrested and charged with treason for their role in keeping a Republic of South Maluku (RMS) flag “Benang Raja” in a private house. Charged with treason “makar”, they face up to 20 years of imprisonment. The Indonesian authorities have used the criminal code…
  • Massive data leak reveals Israeli NSO Group's spyware used to target activists, journalists, and political leaders globally
    NSO Group’s spyware has been used to facilitate human rights violations around the world on a massive scale, according to a major investigation into the leak of 50,000 phone numbers of potential surveillance targets. These include heads of state, activists and journalists, including Jamal Khashoggi’s family. The Pegasus Project is a ground-breaking collaboration by more…
  • Afghanistan: Journalists covering conflict must be protected following death of Reuters photographer
    Responding to the death of Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed on Friday in Spin Boldak, Afghanistan while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters, Samira Hamidi, Amnesty International’s South Asia regional campaigner, said: “The news of the killing of Danish Siddiqui is deeply shocking. We share our condolences with his…
  • New action plan to tackle racism & inequality in the U.K. anti-modern slavery sector
    This week Freedom United joined the launch of the U.K.’s BME Anti-Slavery Network’s (BASNET) launch of the Race, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) action plan for the anti-modern slavery sector to tackle racism and discrimination in the space. Established by child protection charity, AFRUCA, BASNET’s inaugural conference last summer co-hosted by the Human Trafficking Foundation…
  • Report finds exploitation of migrant hotel workers in Qatar
    The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) has just published a report based on a survey of 19 hotel companies representing over 100 global brands with properties across Qatar on their efforts to safeguard migrant workers’ rights. With a staggering increase of hotel rooms by 26,000 just for the 2022 World Cup, there is…
  • Ethiopia: End arbitrary detentions of Tigrayans, activists and journalists in Addis Ababa and reveal whereabouts of unaccounted detainees
    Police in Addis Ababa have arbitrarily arrested and detained dozens of Tigrayans without due process, following the recapture of the Tigray region’s capital, Mekelle, by forces from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) that also calls itself Tigray Defence Forces (TDF) on 28 June, Amnesty International said today. The arrests appear to be ethnically motivated,…
  • Concluding observations and recommendations on outcomes at the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council HRC47
    Several steps were taken at the 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC47), held from 21 June to 14 July 2021, to tackle a number of critical global human rights challenges and crisis situations, despite significant resistance from different quarters, though in other areas action fell significantly short of expectations. This briefing…
  • Supreme Court decision could mean increase in labor trafficking of farmworkers
    A recent US Supreme Court ruling on private property rights could now put migrant farmworkers at greater risk of labor trafficking. In late June, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on the Cedar Point Nursery v Hassid case, deciding to uphold private property rights over organizing rights, thereby prohibiting California union organizers from fields and bunkhouses.…
  • Tunisian authorities must accelerate fair access to vaccines, as Covid-19 cases soar
    Tunisian authorities must urgently expedite fair access to vaccines for all, Amnesty International said today, as Covid-19 infections in the country rapidly escalate amid a fourth wave. Public hospitals are already exceeding their maximum capacity, with intensive care units more than 90% full.      Tunisia’s vaccine rollout began in March 2021 but has been undermined…
  • Tunisia: COVID-19 Vaccination Plan must be Fair and Transparent
    Tunisian authorities must ensure fair access to vaccines for all and should publish vital information about the national vaccination rollout, including the criteria adopted for determining priority groups, Amnesty International said today. Source / Read More: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde30/4459/2021/en/
  • Libye: 'Personne ne te cherchera': La detention abusive des personnes refugiees et migrantes debarquees en Libye
    Cela fait longtemps que la Libye n’est pas un pays sûr pour les personnes réfugiées et migrantes. Des acteurs étatiques et non étatiques soumettent ces personnes à tout un éventail d’atteintes aux droits humains, telles que des homicides illégaux, des actes de torture et d’autres mauvais traitement, des viols et d’autres violences sexuelles, la détention…
  • Libia: 'Nessuno verrà a cercarti': i ritorni forzati dal mare ai centri di detenzione della Libia
    Da tempo la Libia non è un luogo sicuro per rifugiati e migranti. Attori statali e non statali li sottopongono a una serie di violazioni dei diritti umani e abusi, tra cui uccisioni illegali, torture e altri maltrattamenti, stupro e altre violenze sessuali, detenzione arbitraria a tempo indefinito in condizioni crudeli e inumane e lavoro…
  • Libya: Horrific violations in detention highlight Europe’s shameful role in forced returns
     Fresh evidence of harrowing violations, including sexual violence, against men, women and children intercepted while crossing the Mediterranean Sea and forcibly returned to detention centres in Libya, highlights the horrifying consequences of Europe’s ongoing cooperation with Libya on migration and border control, said Amnesty International in a report published today. ‘No one will look for…
  • Greece: Authorities abusing power to trample on right to protest
    Greece: Authorities abusing power to trample on right to protest  Amnesty International finds Greek authorities have used the Covid-19 pandemic to violate the right to protest  Police used unlawful force including water cannon and chemical irritants against peaceful protesters  Spokespeople available     Under the guise of the Covid-19 pandemic the Greek authorities have used arbitrary arrests,…
  • Greece: Freedom of assembly at risk and unlawful use of force in the era of COVID-19
    Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and especially during the country’s second lockdown, Greece took a series of measures that have put the right to freedom of peaceful assembly at risk. They include detrimental legislative reforms regulating demonstrations; blanket bans on demonstrations; arbitrary arrests and criminalization of peaceful protesters for allegedly breaching public health…
  • Pakistan: Human rights defender abducted without trace: Seengar Noonari
    Seengar Noonari, Labour Secretary of the Awami Workers Party (AWP) and lifelong activist, was abducted from his home at 3am on 26 June 2021 in front of his wife and three young children. 15 men in plain clothes ransacked his house before blindfolding and taking him away. The abduction came the day before a National…
  • Cuba: Massive protests are a desperate cry to a government that doesn’t listen
    In response to the state repression of social protests in several areas of Cuba yesterday, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: “In a historic day for Cuba, thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate peacefully in several parts of the country, exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.…
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