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Iran: Authorities amputate a man’s hand in shocking act of cruelty
Amnesty International is outraged by reports that Iranian authorities have amputated the hand of a man convicted of theft. The amputation, which was conducted by guillotine, took place yesterday in the central prison in Mashhad city in north-eastern Razavi Khorasan province, according to the state-sponsored newspaper Khorasan News. According to Khorasan News, the 34-year-old man, referred to as A. Kh. , was transferred to a medical centre immediately after the punishment was carried out.
Date: 18 January 2018
RESEARCH
AFRICA
DEATH PENALTY
Executions of juveniles since 1990 ( as of January 2018)
The use of the death penalty for crimes committed by people younger than 18 is prohibited under international human rights law, yet some countries still execute child offenders. Since 1990 Amnesty International has documented 137 executions of child offenders in 9 countries: China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the USA and Yemen.
Date: 18 January 2018
Ref:
ACT 50/3832/2016
NEWS
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
DETENTION
Saudi Arabia: Cleric hospitalized after five months in solitary confinement must be released
Saudi Arabian authorities must release a prominent reformist cleric who has been held in solitary confinement for five months without charge or trial, Amnesty International said today amid growing fears for his health. Sheikh Salman al-Awda’s family learnt yesterday that he has been hospitalized in the city of Jeddah. His family have not been given further details of his condition. Sheikh Salman al-Awda was arrested on 7 September 2017 and has been prevented from communicating with the outside world since October.
Date: 17 January 2018
NEWS
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
ARMED CONFLICT
Israel/OPT: Israeli authorities must release Ahed Tamimi immediately
Responding to the ruling today by an Israeli court that 16 year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, will remain in custody until the end of her trial, Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International said: “There is nothing that can justify Ahed Tamimi’s continued detention. The video of the incident clearly showed that she posed little threat to the soldier she slapped, as he stood in front of her fully armed.
Date: 17 January 2018
NEWS
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Egypt: Release of activist Mahienour el-Massry a rare moment of justice
In response to the release of human rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry from prison today, Najia Bounaim, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director of Campaigns for North Africa said: “This is fantastic news for Mahienour who walks free today. She should never have spent a moment behind bars, as she was detained only because of her peaceful activism in Egypt. Her release will come as a huge relief for her family and all those who mobilized tirelessly on her behalf.
Date: 16 January 2018
NEWS
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
ARMED CONFLICT
Yemen: Release of Hisham al-Omeisy must be followed by release of all prisoners of conscience
Responding to the news that Yemeni journalist Hisham al-Omeisy was released after being detained incommunicado by Huthi forces in Sana’a since August 2017, Samah Hadid, Director of Campaigns for Amnesty International in the Middle-East Amnesty International said: “The release of Hisham al-Omeisy today is a welcome step, however, Huthi authorities must also immediately and unconditionally free all prisoners of conscience languishing in detention.
Date: 16 January 2018
NEWS
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
CENSORSHIP AND FREE SPEECH
Tunisia: Drop charges against blogger and newly elected parliamentarian
The prosecution of Tunisian blogger and parliament elect Yassine Ayari in a military court for his posts on Facebook is a serious violation of the right to freedom of expression and the right to fair trial, said Amnesty International. On 4 January, a military prosecutor charged Ayari with “undermining the morale of the army” for a Facebook post published on 27 February 2017, in which he mocked the appointment of a senior military commander.
Date: 15 January 2018
NEWS
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS
Tunisia: Security forces must respect the rights of protesters amid planned acceleration of anti-austerity rallies
Tunisian security forces must refrain from using excessive force and end their use of intimidation tactics against peaceful demonstrators, Amnesty International said ahead of major anti-austerity protests planned across the country on Friday. During the past four days of anti-government demonstrations, security forces have used increasingly heavy-handed methods to disperse rallies and subsequently arrest protesters.
Date: 12 January 2018
NEWS
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
DEATH PENALTY
Iran: Easing of deadly drugs laws may spare hundreds from gallows
Responding to news today that Iran will implement amended drugs laws and remove capital punishment for some drug trafficking offenses, Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, said: “Iran’s deadly anti-drugs campaign has had an enormous human toll over the years, resulting in gross human rights violations in the name of ill-conceived crime prevention policies.
Date: 10 January 2018
NEWS
IRAQARMED CONFLICT
Iraq: Committee to investigate abuses in Tuz Khurmatu a welcome step
Responding to the news that the Iraqi Parliament voted to establish a multi-ethnic committee to investigate events in the city of Tuz Khurmatu, 65 kilometres south of Kirkuk, Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research for the Middle-East at Amnesty International said: “The establishment of this committee is a welcome step, which not only could be a step towards securing justice for victims of violations in Tuz Khurmatu, but also should serve as a deterrent against future violations and abuses.
Date: 9 January 2018
NEWS
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
JUSTICE SYSTEMS
Yemen: Huthis must quash death sentence of Baha'i prisoner of conscience
Responding to the news that Huthi authorities sentenced 52-year-old Yemeni prisoner of conscience Hamid Haydara to death for allegedly collaborating with Israel and forging official documents, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director said: “The Huthi authorities must immediately quash the death sentence against Hamid Haydara. He is a prisoner of conscience who has been tried on account of his conscientiously held beliefs and peaceful activities as a member of the Baha’i community.
Date: 3 January 2018
NEWS
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
ARMED CONFLICT
Israel/OPT: Military must end excessive force to avoid further bloodshed and deaths
Ahead of planned protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territories tomorrow, and in the wake of the deaths of four Palestinian protesters and the injuring of hundreds of others in the last two weeks, Amnesty International is calling on the Israeli authorities to put an end to the excessive force that has been part of its response to demonstrations and clashes resulting from the decision by the US administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Date: 21 December 2017
RESEARCH
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
CENSORSHIP AND FREE SPEECH
Bahrain: Human rights violations continue unabated
Amnesty International has today expressed serious concern about recent developments in Bahrain, namely the new charges brought against the leader of the now-dissolved Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, Sheikh Ali Salman; the dissolution on appeal of the National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad); the resumption of trials of civilians before military courts; the ongoing trial of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab and the continued targeting of human rights activist Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei’s family.
Date: 21 December 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/7638/2017
RESEARCH
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
DEATH PENALTY
Death penalty: Abolitionist reflections: Issue no. 6: Middle East and North Africa
On 11 December 1977 Amnesty International and participants of the International Conference on the Abolition of the Death Penalty issued the Stockholm Declaration which called on all governments to bring about the immediate and total abolition of the death penalty. At the time, only 16 countries had abolished the death penalty. Forty years on, that figures stands at 105. To mark this anniversary, Amnesty International looks through this newsletter at the trend towards abolition in Middle East and North Africa.
Date: 20 December 2017
Ref:
ACT 50/7610/2017
NEWS
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
ARMED CONFLICT
Iraq: New reports place Mosul civilian death toll at more than ten times official estimates
Responding to reports made by the Associated Press that between 9000 to 11000 civilians have been killed in the battle for Mosul, Lynn Maalouf, Head of Research for Amnesty International in the Middle East said: “We are horrified, but not surprised, by these new figures. These numbers are directly in line with our previous findings that thousands of civilians were killed during the battle for Mosul - and that these deaths were caused not only by the so-called Islamic State group, but also by Iraqi and coalition forces.
Date: 20 December 2017
NEWS
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
DEATH PENALTY
Iraq: 38 hanged in abhorrent mass execution
Responding to news that 38 people were executed in Iraq today for “terrorism” offences, Lynn Maalouf, Middle East Research Director at Amnesty International said: “By carrying out yet another mass execution, the second in the span of three months, the Iraqi authorities have once again displayed a blatant disregard for human life and dignity. “In the wake of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s declaration of victory over the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) on 10 December, it is disheartening to see this week’s celebrations tainted with yet another mass execution.
Date: 14 December 2017
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