International News and Developments

  • Amnesty International releases 30 rules to curb the use of chemical irritants by police

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    French  Spanish Across the world, from the streets of Thailand to Philadelphia (USA), from Greece to Chile, the police continue to use tear gas and pepper spray unlawfully and unnecessarily, resulting in serious injury and even death.

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  • Concluding observations and recommendations on outcomes at the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council HRC47

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    The Human Rights Council (“the Council”) adopted a resolution, led by the African Group of states, creating an independent, international…

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  • UN Human Rights Chief urges immediate, transformative action to uproot systemic racism

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    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday issued an urgent call for States to adopt a “transformative…

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  • UK: Europe’s top court rules UK mass surveillance regime violated human rights

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    In a landmark judgment, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) today ruled that the…

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  • European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights – Your rights matter: Police stops

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    A new paper by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) reveals the differences between people’s experiences with police stops.

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  • Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe calls for greater protection of journalists during public assemblies

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    Journalism is a dangerous profession. Images of injured journalists on the fringes of protests have unfortunately become commonplace in Europe,…

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  • Christof Heyns: A tribute to a giant of human rights

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    This weekend, respected human rights lawyer Professor Christof Heyns passed away, aged 62. Most recently, Professor Heyns…

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  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on the enjoyment of human rights around the world including good practices and areas of concern

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    The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights presents an update on the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic…

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  • Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) Report on Persons Deprived of Liberty in Nicaragua

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    In October 2020, the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights published a report on Persons deprived of liberty in Nicaragua.

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  • New CERD General recommendation No. 36 on Preventing and Combating Racial profiling

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    On 24th November 2020, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination published its General recommendation No. 36 on…

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  • CoE Commissioner for Human Rights: Challenges to human rights have intensified in Europe

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    The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published today her annual activity report covering 2019. The…

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  • COVID-19 security measures no excuse for excessive use of force, say UN Special Rapporteurs

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    GENEVA (17 April 2020) – UN Human rights experts have expressed grave concern at the multiplication of accounts of…

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  • Human Rights Committee 2nd Draft General Comment on the Right to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly

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    In November 2019, during its 127th session, the Human Rights Committee finalised its first reading of draft General Comment 37…

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  • Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) Report on Protest and Human Rights

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    In September 2019, the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and its Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression…

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  • New technologies and their impact on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of assemblies: Submission to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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    In October, PHRP in collaboration with the Amnesty’s Law and Policy Programme and Tech Team, responded to a call for…

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    CERD Draft General recommendation on Preventing and Combating Racial Profiling

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    PHRP, in collaboration with colleagues from the Amnesty’s TechTeam and Law-and-Policy Programme, responded to a call for contribution by the…

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  • Amnesty-activisten tijdens Women's March in Amsterdam, 8 maart 2020

    Human Rights Committee publishes Draft General Comment on the Right to Peaceful Assembly

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    After a consultation process in which Amnesty International, including the PHRP team, participated, the Human Rights Committee published the first…

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  • IACHR Report on Police Violence Against Afro-descendants in the United States

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    In March 2019, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) published a report on “Police Violence Against Afro-descendants in…

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  • Human Rights Council Resolution on human rights in peaceful protests

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    On 6th of July 2018, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution (A/HRC/RES/38/11) on the promotion and protection of…

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  • Caribbean Human Rights and Use of Force Model Policy published

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    In June 2018, the Caribbean Human Rights and Use of Force Model Policy was published as the final…

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  • Amnesty International calls on states to implement African Commission’s groundbreaking guidelines on policing assemblies

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    Amnesty International welcomes the powerful standards and practices set out in the Guidelines on Policing Assemblies adopted by…

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  • Council of Europe adopted a Resolution on Right to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly

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    On 27th of May 2016, the Standing Committee acting on behalf of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe…

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  • African Commission General Comment on the Right to Life

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    African Commission General Comment on the Right to Life During its 57th ordinary session from 4th to 18th of November…

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