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EU: Orwellian counter-terrorism laws stripping rights under guise of defending them

17 januari 2017

Sweeping new laws are driving Europe into a deep and dangerous state of permanent securitization, Amnesty International said on the publication of a comprehensive human rights analysis of counter-terrorism measures across 14 EU member states.

Global leaders at Davos must reject politics of fear and division

16 januari 2017

At a time when justice and human rights face a deeply uncertain future in so many parts of the world, we, the undersigned heads of some of the world's major campaigning organisations, call on world leaders immediately and urgently to repudiate narratives of fear, division and blame and recommit themselves unambiguously to working together towards a free, just, sustainable and equitable world.

As world prepares for Trump, leaders at Davos must reject politics of fear and division

16 januari 2017

As political and business leaders gather at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, the heads of six of the world’s largest campaigning organizations have called on them to immediately and urgently repudiate narratives of fear, division and blame, and recommit themselves to working together towards a free, just, sustainable and equitable world.

Amnesty International response to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s investigations

16 januari 2017

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s investigative mechanism, the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT), published a series of legal conclusions in August, October and December 2016 surrounding specific air strike incidents where concerns have been raised that international humanitarian law (IHL) may have been breached.

Philippines: lawmakers must uphold international obligations and say no to the death penalty

16 januari 2017

As the House of Representatives and Senate of the Philippines resume their work on 16 January 2017, Amnesty International calls on the country’s lawmakers to uphold its obligations under international law and oppose attempts to reintroduce the death penalty.

Nigeria: Comply with court order to release Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky

16 januari 2017

The Nigerian authorities must immediately comply with a High Court order and release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife from detention, said Amnesty International.

Brazil: More than 120 killings in 16 days signals national prison crisis

16 januari 2017

Brazil’s chaotic prison system is facing crisis with more than 120 inmate deaths reported since 1 January 2017, Amnesty International said todayafter the confirmation of a further 26 killings inside Alcaçuz prision, Rio Grande do Norte state.

Benin: Death row prisoners held in cruel limbo

16 januari 2017

Prisoners on death row in Benin are languishing in a cruel limbo after a court decision last year effectively abolished the death penalty, but failed to commute existing death sentences, said Amnesty International in a new report today.

Bahrain: First executions in more than six years a shocking blow to human rights

15 januari 2017

In response to the execution today of three men accused of killing three police officers in Bahrain Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Campaigns in Beirut, Samah Hadid said:

“This is a dark day for human rights in Bahrain. These executions – the first to be carried out since 2010 - are a deeply regressive step for a country whose authorities’ have repeatedly trumpeted their commitment to human rights.

Venezuela: Detentions on the rise amid “witch-hunt” against opposition

14 januari 2017

The most recent wave of arrests of leaders and members of an opposition party point to a systematic pattern of abuses against those who dare to express an opinion contrary to that of the government, Amnesty International said today.

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