Human Rights

  • Malawi: Killing of a girl with albinism shows community urgently needs better protection
    The killing of a three-year-old girl shows the urgent need to better protect people with albinism following a series of attacks over recent weeks. The horrific nature of the death of Tadala Chirwa is deeply shocking, and a cause of great concern Vongai Chikwanda, Senior Campaigner for Amnesty International in Southern Africa Amnesty International calls…
  • Israel/OPT: Deporting Salah Hammouri would constitute a war crime  
    On Sunday 4 December, the Israeli authorities plan to deport French-Palestinian human rights defender Salah Hammouri, who has also had his Jerusalem residency status revoked.  Amnesty International’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Heba Morayef, said:  “Salah Hammouri has already spent nine months in administrative detention without charge or trial this year,…
  • NDN Collective Announces 2022 Community Self-Determination Grantees
    Rapid City, SD – Today, NDN Collective announced recipients of the Community Self-Determination Grant, an unprecedented grant opportunity which will support and invest in the long-term visions, priorities, and power building of Indigenous Nations, communities, and Peoples. The 65 recipients, who will receive grants of up to $100,000 annually for up to two years, are…
  • EU: New business sustainability law risks being undermined by glaring human rights loopholes 
    The exclusion of banks and financial institutions, as well as waivers for companies that sell high-risk security equipment and surveillance technologies, undermine a proposed new European Union law governing human rights and businesses, Amnesty International said. The legislation, the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, for which Member States agreed a Council position today, seeks…
  • E.U. ministers deal blow to corporate accountability law
    The position of the Council of the European Union on a draft E.U. corporate accountability law has dealt a devastating blow: Member States have watered down human rights protections, majorly limited the law’s scope and failed to set enforceable climate commitments for companies. The Council guts the law The Council has agreed on its preliminary…
  • Belarus: Whereabouts of prisoner of conscience Mariya Kalesnikava must be disclosed amid reports of hospitalization
    Responding to reports that imprisoned opposition figure Mariya Kalesnikava has been rushed to intensive care from her ‘punishment cell’ to undergo surgery, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Marie Struthers, said: “The Belarusian authorities must immediately disclose all information regarding Maryia Kalesnikava’s condition, whether her life is in danger, and her whereabouts.…
  • NDN Collective & Rewiring America Release IRA Memo for Tribes & Indigenous Communities
    Rapid City – Today, as the White House Tribal Nations Summit begins, NDN Collective and Rewiring America released The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: Investments for Tribal and Indigenous Communities. The memo outlines how the over $722 million directed specifically to Tribal and Indigenous communities through the IRA, as well as the additional $46 billion…
  • Syria: Families of ‘disappeared’ deserve answers
    United Nations member countries should establish an international, independent entity to track and identify those missing and disappeared since the start of the Syria crisis in 2011, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. The Syrian conflict has been marked by prolonged arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment, and forced disappearance at the hands…
  • Bangladeshi migrants still paying off debts from working in Qatar
    Bangladeshi migrant workers are reporting returning to their home countries saddled with debt after paying high recruitment fees to work in Qatar. These costs include paying for international travel, passports, visas, medical fees and other charges. Contracts cut short In order to break even, a Bangladeshi 2020 Cost of Migration Survey found that male workers…
  • E.U. Due Diligence: We’re running out of time, but this could be a game changer
    Photo credit: Philip Reynaers / Photonews / Justice is Everybody’s Business European leaders are deciding on game-changing rules to stop big business from getting away with exploiting people and destroying the planet. But big business is doing everything it can to keep getting its way.   As part of the Justice is Everybody’s Business campaign, we’re calling on you…
  • Protected: Hawai’i’s First Non-Violent Direct Action Camp: Ka Wai Ola a Kāne Launches in Nānākuli, Oahu
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  • Qatar: Ongoing debate over migrant worker deaths exposes need for truth and compensation
    Responding to comments made by the Secretary General of the Qatar World Cup Supreme Committee, Hassan Al Thawadi, about migrant worker deaths during an interview with Piers Morgan, and a subsequent clarification of those comments issued by the Supreme Committee, Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International’s Head of Economic and Social Justice, said:   “The continued debate around the number of workers who have died in the preparation…
  • Israel/OPT: Solidarity with Palestinians means ending all support for apartheid
    On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Amnesty International reiterates its call for global action to end the system of apartheid which Israeli authorities enforce against Palestinians with impunity. This system has become increasingly violent and oppressive over the past year – in the West Bank, Israeli forces have killed 127 Palestinians…
  • Serbia: Social Card law could harm marginalized members of society – legal opinion 
    Serbia’s Social Card law is an intrusive surveillance system that could harm the most marginalized members of society, including Roma communities, Amnesty International said today, as it submits a legal opinion as part of a review of the constitutionality of the law.  The law, which entered into force on 1 March 2022, authorizes the establishment…
  • NDN Collective Statement on COP27 Negotiation Outcomes
    Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – Today, NDN Collective – who sent a delegation to COP27 and partnered with the Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) to host the Indigenous Pavilion – released the following statement on the initial outcomes of the two week long negotiation: “A historic number of Indigenous Peoples traveled to Sharm…
  • Migrant worker exploitation isn’t unique to Qatar – the U.S. has work to do
    Appalling treatment of low-paid migrant workers in Qatar has been under the spotlight as the World Cup gets underway. Amid intense scrutiny on Qatar’s human rights record and its treatment of migrant workers, activists in the U.S. are raising their own concerns about similar treatment in the U.S. and inviting us to look inward at…
  • China: Government must not detain peaceful protesters as unprecedented demonstrations break out across the country
    Responding to widespread protests unprecedented in recent years, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director Hana Young said: “The tragedy of the Urumqi fire has inspired remarkable bravery across China. Peaceful protesters are holding blank pieces of paper, chanting slogans, and engaging in many forms of creative dissent. It is virtually impossible for people in China to protest…
  • Afghanistan: Taliban’s cruel return to hardline practices with public floggings must be halted immediately
    Responding to the public flogging of three women and 11 men on Wednesday on the orders of a Taliban court on charges of theft and moral crimes in Logar province of Afghanistan, Samira Hamidi, Amnesty International’s South Asia Campaigner, said: “The public flogging of women and men is a cruel and shocking return to out-and-out…
  • Iran: Landmark UN fact-finding mission marks long-awaited turning point in tackling systematic impunity
    Responding to today’s announcement that the UN Human Rights Council has passed a landmark resolution to establish a fact-finding mission to investigate human rights violations in Iran related to the protests that began on 16 September 2022, especially with respect to women and children, Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said:  “This important and long…
  • Ethiopia: Survivors of sexual violence deserve justice and accountability
    On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, Amnesty International is reiterating its call to mediators in the ongoing peace process on Ethiopia to prioritise justice for survivors, including survivors of sexual violence in the two-year conflict. The African Union must…
  • South Korea: Supreme Court ruling on legal gender recognition an important step forward for transgender rights
    Today’s South Korean Supreme Court decision that having children of minor age should not immediately be the reason to refuse to recognize the legal gender of transgender persons is an important step forward for human rights, Amnesty International said. “This decision by the Supreme Court opens the door for more recognition of transgender rights, but…
  • Russia: Journalists and independent monitors being silenced to stifle reporting of protests – new report
    The Russian authorities have developed a sophisticated system of restrictions and severe reprisals to crush public protests, which extends to suppressing any reporting of them by journalists and independent monitors. Restrictions have increased since the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and the unbridled repression of the anti-war movement virtually precludes public protest and any…
  • Madagascar: Executive Director of Transparency International Initiative Madagascar summoned after denouncing corruption
    Responding to the questioning of the Executive Director of Transparency International Initiative Madagascar (TI-MG) Ketakandriana Rafitoson by the police this afternoon, Muleya Mwananyanda, Regional Director for Amnesty International East and Southern Africa Regional Office said, “The Madagascar authorities must refrain from the misuse of the justice system to harass and intimidate human rights defenders. Ketakandriana…
  • Tanzania: Prosecutors drop murder charges against 24 members of the Maasai
    Responding to the decision by Tanzania’s Director of Public Prosecution to drop charges of murder and conspiracy to murder against 24 members of the Maasai, including 10 leaders, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, said: “Dropping these charges against members of the Maasai people is unequivocally the right decision. They…
  • It’s not a just transition if clean energy is powered by forced labor
    The phrase “just transition” is on everybody’s lips in the aftermath of COP27, but in the race toward cleaner energy, are we losing sight of what justice really looks like?   A closer look at solar panel and electric transport supply chains suggest we may be sidelining human rights as we scale up solutions to the…
  • Algeria: Ensure effective and impartial investigation into activist disappearance
    The Algerian authorities must ensure that the investigation into the enforced disappearance for 20 days of activist Abdelhamid Bouziza, is independent, effective and impartial, Amnesty International said today. Judicial authorities in Tlemcen ordered the opening of an investigation in November, however in at least three cases documented by Amnesty International, investigations into human rights violations…
  • South Sudan: African Union must set precedent for African-led justice by establishing court for South Sudan
    Ahead of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) meeting on South Sudan on 30 November, Amnesty International and the South Sudanese Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) have called on the African Union to speed up the formation of the Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS). The AUPSC must call on the African Union…
  • New report uncovers widespread migrant worker abuse in Qatar
    A new report by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has shed light on widespread abuse of migrant workers in Qatar as the World Cup gets underway. “Legacy of the kafala system lives on” Testimonies from migrant workers reveal that the “legacy of the kafala system lives on”, despite Qatar passing a host of legislative reforms…
  • Algeria: Ensure effective and impartial investigation into activist disappearance
    The Algerian authorities must ensure that the investigation into the enforced disappearance for 20 days of activist Abdelhamid Bouziza, is independent, effective and impartial, Amnesty International said today. Judicial authorities in Tlemcen ordered the opening of an investigation in November, however in at least three cases documented by Amnesty International, investigations into human rights violations […] The post Algeria: Ensure effective and impartial investigation into activist disappearance appeared first on Amnesty International.
  • NDN Collective Responds to Mass Shooting of 2SLGBTQIA+ Relatives in Colorado Springs
    Rapid City, SD – In response to recent news of the mass shooting that occurred on Saturday, November 19th at Club Q, an LGBTQIA+ nightclub in Colorado Springs – killing 5 people and injuring at least 25 others – NDN Collective released the following statements: “What happens to queer and two spirit relatives anywhere is…
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