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Published: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 19:18:56 +0100
Egypt: Abused and denied heath care, prisoners’ lives at risk
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm: -Prison officials in Egypt are subjecting prisoners of conscience and others held for political reasons to torture, cruel and inhuman conditions of detention and are deliberately denying them health care to punish dissent, Amnesty International said in a new damning report today highlighting how prison authorities’ callousness has led or contributed to deaths in custody and irreparable harm to prisoners’ health.

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Published: Fri, 22 Jan 2021 21:43:06 +0100
EGYPT: OPEN LETTER TO THE EU AND ITS MEMBER STATES ON EGYPT
EGYPT: OPEN LETTER TO THE EU AND ITS MEMBER STATES ON EGYPT

Middle East Today / Sweden /Stockholm :-In this open letter, non-governmental organizations write ahead of the January 25th Foreign Affairs Council discussion on Egypt to raise serious concerns, once again, about the human rights crisis unfolding in the country, and to urge the EU and its member states to take the long overdue steps needed to signal that Egypt’s disregard for human rights will no-longer be tolerated.
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Published: Tue, 29 Dec 2020 01:37:44 +0100
Brazil: Accelerating deforestation of Amazon a direct result of Bolsonaro’s policies
New statistics revealing deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon region increased 9.5 per cent year-on-year show the tragic cost of President Jair Bolsonaro’s policies of systematically undermining environmental protections, Amnesty International said today.

The statistics, published by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), showed that 11,088 km² of rainforest was lost between August 2019 and July 2020, an increase of 9.5 per cent when compared to the same period the...
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Published: Thu, 12 Nov 2020 12:16:56 +0100
Brazil: Cattle illegally grazed in the Amazon found in supply chain of leading meat-packer JBS
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- On 23 September, JBS announced it would introduce a new system to monitor its cattle suppliers, including its indirect suppliers, by 2025. Amnesty International considers this timeline too far removed. JBS has been aware of the risks that cattle illegally grazed in protected areas may enter its supply chain since at least 2009, and previously pledged to monitor its indirect suppliers by 2011. In light of the company's longstanding awareness of these issues,...
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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2020 12:58:46 +0200
Exxon weighs global job cuts after unveiling Australian lay-off plan
Exxon weighs global job cuts after unveiling Australian lay-off plan

Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm-MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) is assessing possible worldwide job cuts, a spokesman said on Wednesday, after the company announced a voluntary lay-off programme in Australia.

Exxon is the latest oil major to embark on axing jobs spurred by a historic collapse in fuel demand because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The company has slashed...
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Published: Thu, 20 Aug 2020 10:42:31 +0200
Taiwan to change passport, fed up with confusion with China
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-TAIPEI (Reuters) - Fed up with being confused for China amid the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing’s stepped-up efforts to assert sovereignty, Taiwan said on Wednesday it would redesign its passport to give greater prominence to the island’s name.

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Fed up with being confused for China amid the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing’s stepped-up efforts to assert sovereignty, Taiwan said on Wednesday it would redesign its passport...
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Published: Tue, 18 Aug 2020 17:06:21 +0200
Fewer foreign students are expected to Lund this year
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- These days, Lund's international students are welcomed to the historic Scanian university city. But this year, universities estimate that they will be far fewer than in previous years, almost 1,000 students against the approximately 2,000 who usually come.

Lund University has corona-adapted both its event "Arrival Days" and the introductory weeks to be able to receive students safely during the current pandemic.

- This year, there...
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Published: Sun, 03 May 2020 23:38:02 +0200
Filmmaker Who Mocked Egypt’s President Dies in Prison
Shady Habash had been held without trial at a maximum-security prison for two years. His lawyer said the cause of death was unknown.

Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-CAIRO — An Egyptian filmmaker imprisoned over a music video that mocked President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi died at a maximum-security facility on Friday after two years in detention without trial, his lawyer said.

The cause of death of the filmmaker, Shady Habash, 24, was not immediately clear. But it brought...
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Published: Tue, 28 Apr 2020 15:42:33 +0200
Why abortion and contraception are essential healthcare
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- The COVID-19 pandemic is stretching healthcare systems around the world to breaking point. As a result, many people are finding it harder than ever to access abortion and contraception.

A health crisis on this scale means governments are having to make difficult decisions about where to target limited health resources. Already, in some countries, including Nepal and South Africa, providers of abortion and contraception have been forced to reduce...
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Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 19:15:16 +0200
Thailand: Authorities using repressive laws to intensify crackdown on online critics
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- The Thai authorities are prosecuting social media users who criticize the government and monarchy in a systematic campaign to crush dissent which is being exacerbated by new COVID-19 restrictions, Amnesty International said in a new briefing released today.

‘They are always watching’ shows how General Prayut Chan-O-Cha’s administration has increased the use of vague or overly broad laws to bring criminal charges against dozens of peaceful...
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Published: Thu, 16 Apr 2020 13:22:20 +0200
Egypt: Rights Activist Detained, Allegedly Tortured
Escalating Campaign Against Human Rights Advocates

Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- (Beirut) – Egyptian authorities on February 7, 2020 detained Patrick George Zaki, a researcher with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), in a serious escalation of their campaign against human rights activists and groups, Human Rights Watch said today.

A source at the rights organization told Human Rights Watch that the National Security Agency held George incommunicado...
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Published: Tue, 14 Apr 2020 12:47:37 +0200
Egypt: Private-sector garment workers forced to choose between health and livelihoods
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-On 16 March, the government decided to reduce the number of workers in governmental and public institutions in provinces with COVID-19 cases, and granted paid leave to workers in at least some state-run factories. However, the government did not make any similar provision for private-sector workers, who are left to face their employers’ discretionary measures. On 29 March Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly confirmed that there were no restrictions on the movement...
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Published: Thu, 09 Apr 2020 22:53:08 +0200
South Asia: As COVID-19 spreads, fears rise for people at higher risk
-Protect daily wage earners, people displaced by conflict, health workers and prisoners

Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-As cases of COVID-19 escalate in South Asia, one of the world’s poorest and most populous regions, Amnesty International calls on the authorities there to put human rights at the heart of their responses and intensify efforts to protect marginalized and vulnerable groups at higher risk, including daily wage earners, people displaced by conflict, health workers...
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Published: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 18:50:20 +0100
Russia: Scores of activists arrested for protesting the detention of Aleksei Navalny must be released
Responding to the mass arrests and detention of more than 1.300 protesters gathered today in Moscow and across Russia to rally against the politically motivated detention of prominent opposition activist Aleksei Navalny, Natalia Zviagina, Amnesty International’s Russia Director said:  

“Russian authorities relentlessly unleash reprisals against peaceful protesters what we saw today has only confirmed this. The police ignored their duty to guarantee the right to peaceful assembly...
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Published: Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:00:37 +0100
Egypt: Authorities escalate punishment of human rights defenders
Middle East Today / Sweden /Stockholm :-The cruel and inhuman treatment meted out in prison against Gasser Abdel-Razek, Executive Director of Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) is outrageous and shows the Egyptian authorities’ determination to escalate this crackdown against human rights defenders, said Amnesty International. Yesterday, Gasser Abdel- Razek appeared before a prosecutor for questioning, and a meeting of ambassadors to the Human Rights Council took place in Geneva to discuss...
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Published: Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:07:05 +0100
Egypt: End shocking reprisal campaign against leading Egyptian rights group
Authorities in Egypt must end their vicious reprisal campaign against the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and immediately and unconditionally release three senior staff members arrested arbitrarily, said Amnesty International today.

The crackdown took place after the group held a human right briefing with 13 Western diplomats. Gasser Abdel-Razek, EIPR’s Executive Director and a veteran human rights defender, is the third senior staff member to be detained in just five...
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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2020 17:42:07 +0200
Egypt: Authorities arrest a staff member of prominent human rights organization in reprisal for a meeting with diplomats
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- Responding to the arbitrary arrest of Mohamed Basheer, the Administrative Manager at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), over bogus charges, Philip Luther, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director said:

“By arresting Mohamed Basheer, a member of staff at one of Egypt’s most prominent independent human rights organizations, the Egyptian authorities have yet again shown their intolerance...
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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2020 12:24:21 +0200
India secures its east after western Himalaya clashes with China
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm-GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - India has moved troops to its eastern stretch of border with China since clashes erupted between the nuclear-armed rivals on the western part of their border in the Himalayas in June, a government official said.

The June clash in the Ladakh region, in the western part of their border, was the worst violence between the Asian giants in decades and there has been little sign of a reduction in tension, with more military...
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Published: Thu, 20 Aug 2020 09:29:19 +0200
Human Rights Watch Calls on Morocco to Ensure LGBTQ Rights
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Human Rights Watch affirms the “precarious” situation for LGBTQ identifying people in Morocco. The organization makes ongoing calls for justice.

Rabat – Human Rights Watch (HRW), an international NGO headquartered in New York, has questioned the justice system surrounding Moroccan transgender women and LGBTQ rights in Morocco.

A July 22 publication titled “‘Where is the Justice’ for Moroccan Transgender Women?,” highlights...
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Published: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 23:55:37 +0200
Brazil: Cattle illegally grazed in the Amazon found in supply chain of leading meat-packer JBS
Government data shows steep rise in illegal commercial cattle ranching in protected areas of Brazil’s Amazon
Illegal commercial cattle ranching drives land seizures, violence and threats against Indigenous peoples and traditional residents of Reserves
JBS urged to implement effective monitoring system by end of 2020
Cattle illegally grazed in protected areas of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest have entered the supply chain of the world’s largest meat-packer, JBS, Amnesty International...
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Published: Wed, 29 Apr 2020 10:22:26 +0200
How to stay safe online during the COVID-19 crisis
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-With much of the world on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us are relying on our phones, laptops and other devices to stay connected. While cyber-surveillance is a longstanding threat to human rights defenders and others, this new normal means options for using physical security alternatives (like simply communicating sensitive information in person rather than online) are seriously diminished. This raises the human rights stakes. It can...
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Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 19:33:33 +0200
Europe: Mass protests provide hope as rights and judicial independence eroded
Europe: Mass protests provide hope as rights and judicial independence eroded

Moyen-Orient aujourd'hui / Suède / Stockholm: -People’s rights are being violated by governments in Europe and Central Asia, who are cracking down on protests and seeking to erode the independence of the judiciary to avoid accountability, Amnesty International said today as it published its annual review of human rights in the region.

The organization praised those brave people who took to the...
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Published: Sun, 26 Apr 2020 09:59:23 +0200
Death penalty 2019: Saudi Arabia executed record number of people last year amid decline in global executions
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Saudi Arabia, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen bucked a global trend with spikes in executions
Global executions fell by 5%, hitting a 10-year low
Saudi Arabia executed a record number of people in 2019, despite an overall decline in executions worldwide, Amnesty International said in its 2019 global review of the death penalty published today. The Saudi authorities put 184 people to death last year, the highest number Amnesty has ever recorded in a...
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Published: Tue, 14 Apr 2020 14:14:27 +0200
Egypt: Further Information: Detained Researcher in Critical Condition: Ibrahim Ezz El-Din
Urgent Action Update: Detained Researcher in Critical Condition (Egypt: UA 104.19)

Detained human rights researcher Ibrahim Ezz El-Din’s health has deteriorated in Tora prison putting him at particular risk if exposed to COVID-19. Ibrahim remains in pre-trial detention following his arrest on 11 June 2019 and enforced disappearance for 167 days.

Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- Detained human rights researcher Ibrahim Ezz El-Din’s health has deteriorated in...
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Published: Fri, 10 Apr 2020 22:27:22 +0200
Cambodia: Exclusive footage reveals deplorable prison conditions
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Amnesty International is releasing shocking footage providing first-hand evidence of the inhumane conditions and extreme overcrowding inside one of Cambodia's prisons.

The organization recently called the country's detention facilities a "ticking time bomb" for a potentially disastrous coronavirus outbreak.

"These deplorable conditions make a mockery of 'physical distancing' and show the Cambodian authorities' utter neglect for these...
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Published: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 19:18:56 +0100
Egypt: Abused and denied heath care, prisoners’ lives at risk
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Published: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 18:50:20 +0100
Russia: Scores of activists arrested for protesting the detention of Aleksei Navalny must be released
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Published: Fri, 22 Jan 2021 21:43:06 +0100
EGYPT: OPEN LETTER TO THE EU AND ITS MEMBER STATES ON EGYPT
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Published: Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:00:37 +0100
Egypt: Authorities escalate punishment of human rights defenders
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Published: Tue, 29 Dec 2020 01:37:44 +0100
Brazil: Accelerating deforestation of Amazon a direct result of Bolsonaro’s policies
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Published: Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:07:05 +0100
Egypt: End shocking reprisal campaign against leading Egyptian rights group
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Published: Thu, 12 Nov 2020 12:16:56 +0100
Brazil: Cattle illegally grazed in the Amazon found in supply chain of leading meat-packer JBS
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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2020 17:42:07 +0200
Egypt: Authorities arrest a staff member of prominent human rights organization in reprisal for a meeting with diplomats
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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2020 12:58:46 +0200
Exxon weighs global job cuts after unveiling Australian lay-off plan
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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2020 12:24:21 +0200
India secures its east after western Himalaya clashes with China
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Published: Thu, 20 Aug 2020 10:42:31 +0200
Taiwan to change passport, fed up with confusion with China
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Published: Thu, 20 Aug 2020 09:29:19 +0200
Human Rights Watch Calls on Morocco to Ensure LGBTQ Rights
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Published: Tue, 18 Aug 2020 17:06:21 +0200
Fewer foreign students are expected to Lund this year
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Published: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 23:55:37 +0200
Brazil: Cattle illegally grazed in the Amazon found in supply chain of leading meat-packer JBS
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Published: Sun, 03 May 2020 23:38:02 +0200
Filmmaker Who Mocked Egypt’s President Dies in Prison
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Published: Wed, 29 Apr 2020 10:22:26 +0200
How to stay safe online during the COVID-19 crisis
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Published: Tue, 28 Apr 2020 15:42:33 +0200
Why abortion and contraception are essential healthcare
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Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 19:33:33 +0200
Europe: Mass protests provide hope as rights and judicial independence eroded
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Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 19:15:16 +0200
Thailand: Authorities using repressive laws to intensify crackdown on online critics
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Published: Sun, 26 Apr 2020 09:59:23 +0200
Death penalty 2019: Saudi Arabia executed record number of people last year amid decline in global executions
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Published: Thu, 16 Apr 2020 13:22:20 +0200
Egypt: Rights Activist Detained, Allegedly Tortured
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Published: Tue, 14 Apr 2020 14:14:27 +0200
Egypt: Further Information: Detained Researcher in Critical Condition: Ibrahim Ezz El-Din
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Published: Tue, 14 Apr 2020 12:47:37 +0200
Egypt: Private-sector garment workers forced to choose between health and livelihoods
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Published: Fri, 10 Apr 2020 22:27:22 +0200
Cambodia: Exclusive footage reveals deplorable prison conditions
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Published: Thu, 09 Apr 2020 22:53:08 +0200
South Asia: As COVID-19 spreads, fears rise for people at higher risk
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