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Stand with the MILPAH Indigenous people’s movement
In Honduras, there are people who are in danger because they are trying to defend their land. Tell the government to protect them now. The MILPAH risk their lives every day to protect the land where they have lived for generations. They face threats and violence, as well as people trying to destroy their reputation; all because they defend their land and the natural resources in it. The threats they face are real.
Date: 14 January 2018
NEWS
SOUTH AFRICAREFUGEES
South Africa: Government must show political will to end xenophobic violence
The South African government must stop prevaricating around the issue of violence against foreign nationals and take firm action in dealing with the situation, said Amnesty International South Africa today after the outbreak of reported xenophobic violence in Rustenburg, North West Province, this week. “There is a lack of political will on the part of the government to deal with issues of violence and xenophobia in a sustainable way, and the consequence of this inertia has resulted in continuing sporadic bursts of violence which often end in deaths, injuries and damage to property,” said Shenilla Mohamed, Executive Director of Amnesty International South Africa.
Date: 12 January 2018
BLOG
AFRICAREFUGEES
Trump: Outrage from an African ‘shithole’ nation
I heard last night that the President of the United States believes that, as an African, I come from a shithole country. Charming. Donald Trump – despite his subsequent denials - apparently insisted in a White House meeting that people from “shithole” countries, by which he means Haiti and the entire continent of Africa, should not be encouraged or allowed to come to the United States. Norway is apparently still OK for him, so that’s a relief.
Date: 12 January 2018
NEWS
CAMEROON
UNLAWFUL DETENTION
Cameroon: Ten arrested Anglophone leaders at risk of unfair trial and torture if deported from Nigeria
Ten leaders of the independence movement in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon could be at risk of torture and unfair trials if extradited from Nigeria, where they have been arrested and detained in secret for one week, Amnesty International said today. On 5 January, armed men in plain clothes stormed a hotel in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja where the pro- independence activists were meeting, and arrested them without presenting a warrant or providing an explanation.
Date: 12 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
RESEARCH
BAHRAIN
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AND ACTIVISTS
Bahrain: Six men sentenced to death after unfair military trial as human rights violations continue
Amnesty International has today expressed grave concern about the death sentences passed against six defendants tried by the Military Court in Bahrain; the ongoing trials of the leader of the now-dissolved Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, Sheikh Ali Salman and of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab; the continued targeting of human rights activist Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei’s family and the ongoing imposition of travel bans against activists.
Date: 12 January 2018
Ref:
MDE 11/7719/2018
CAMPAIGNS
KENYA
ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS
Kenya: Indigenous community forcibly evicted
Kenyan authorities are forcibly evicting the Sengwer Indigenous community from their ancestral home, the Embobut forest. The evictions have been carried out by the authorities in violation of the Constitution, a High Court injunction and international human rights law, through a conservation project funded by the European Union.
Date: 12 January 2018
Ref:
AFR 32/7704/2018
NEWS
EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA
WOMEN AND GIRLS
Decisions about my body do not belong to politicians
More than a year ago, tens of thousands of people poured onto streets in towns and cities across Poland. Standing in torrential rain they were part of an unprecedented mobilization against proposed restrictions to access to abortion. These women were part of what was called The Black Protest: and they won. Today, however, their victory is at risk. Last night MPs voted to refer a Stop Abortion amendment that would increase restrictions on access to abortion for consideration by a parliamentary committee.
Date: 11 January 2018
NEWS
INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Microsoft encryption announcement a first step towards protecting privacy
Responding to Microsoft’s announcement that it is rolling out a preview of end-to-end encryption for some Skype users, Joshua Franco, Head of Technology and Human Rights at Amnesty International, said: “Today Microsoft has taken an important first step towards upholding its human rights responsibilities. Encryption is a vital tool for protecting internet users’ rights to privacy and freedom of expression, but Amnesty’s research has shown that an alarming number of companies are leaving users exposed.
Date: 11 January 2018
NEWS
AMERICAS
KILLINGS AND DISAPPEARANCES
Mexico: Cloaked by silence of Christmas, Police unleash spate of at least 5 enforced disappearances in Guerrero
While families were celebrating Christmas holidays at home, police in the city of Chilpancingo forcibly disappeared 5 young men, using chilling tactics that mirror those used by organized crime, said Amnesty International. “Tragically, the enforced disappearance of these young men is the latest of a long line of horrors have befallen Guerrero state. The warning signs of corruption and terrible human rights violations have been there for all to see, and those officials that negligently ignored them are themselves complicit,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.
Date: 11 January 2018
NEWS
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AND ACTIVISTS
Russia: Rights Defender Arbitrarily Arrested in Chechnya
Free Oyub Titiev, Drop All Charges Police in Chechnya have arbitrarily arrested Oyub Titiev, head of the local office of Memorial, Russia’s leading human rights organization, on bogus drug possession charges, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders, FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and International Partnership for Human Rights said today.
Date: 11 January 2018
NEWS
AMERICAS
TORTURE AND OTHER ILL-TREATMENT
USA: After 16 years, close Guantánamo´s detention center once and for all
On the 16th anniversary of the opening of the notorious detention facility at the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Amnesty International is again calling for the fair trial or immediate release of those detained there and closure of the facility. “Over the years Guantánamo has come to symbolize torture, rendition and indefinite detention without charge or trial – in complete violation of internationally agreed standards of justice and human rights.
Date: 11 January 2018
CAMPAIGNS
ECUADOR
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
Ecuador: Attack against Indigenous defender: Patricia Gualinga
Patricia Gualinga, Indigenous human rights defender, reported that on 5 January an unknown man attacked her home in Puyo, Pastaza province, throwing stones at the windows while yelling death threats against her.
Date: 11 January 2018
Ref:
AMR 28/7714/2018
CAMPAIGNS
ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
DISAPPEARANCES
China: More activists detained for Liu Xiaobo memorial
Independent writer Li Xuewen and Zhan Huidong (aka “Xiaozhang”or “Headmaster”), a former finance journalist and an online writer, have been detained due to their participation in the July 2017 seaside memorial for late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.
Date: 11 January 2018Ref:ASA 17/7709/2018
RESEARCH
POLAND
WOMEN AND GIRLS
Poland: Amnesty International’s position on the proposal to further restrict access to abortion in Poland
On 10 January 2018 in the late evening, the MPs of the lower chamber of Poland’s parliament supported the proposal of anti-choice organization to severely restrict access to legal abortions in Poland. 277 MPs voted for the draft law to be referred to the parliamentary Committee for Social Policy and Family Affairs. 134 MPs were against. If the draft gets the support of the Committee, it will go back to the plenary.
Date: 11 January 2018
Ref:
EUR 37/7713/2018
RESEARCH
BAHRAIN
Bahrain: Misinformation on Amnesty International in Bahraini embassy report
In response to erroneous statements by the Bahraini embassy in London about the organization’s planned work on Bahrain, Amnesty International clarified today its recent discussions with the embassy and urged the authorities in general to respond positively to human rights concerns it raises and to its repeated requests for access to the country for it and other human rights organizations.
Date: 11 January 2018
Ref:
MDE 11/7711/2018
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