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Published: Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:55:26 +0100
Six things countries must do to protect human rights at COP24
Poland is hosting COP24, the most important UN climate change conference since the Paris Agreement was adopted in 2015.
Delegates from around the world have gathered in the town of Katowice, until 14 December, to produce a “rule book” that would flesh out details of the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the rise in global average temperatures to between 1.5 and 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
Millions of people are already suffering from the catastrophic effects of extreme climate-related...
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Published: Sun, 09 Dec 2018 21:27:35 +0100
South Sudan: Execution spree targets even children and threatens nursing mothers
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-South Sudan has carried out more executions this year than it has done in any year since gaining independence in 2011, with a child among seven people known to have been executed so far in 2018, Amnesty International revealed today.
Amnesty International fears for the lives of another 135 people on death row, who have this year been rounded up from other prisons across the country to two prisons notorious for executions.
It is extremely disturbing...
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Published: Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:23:43 +0100
THOUSANDS OF TORMENTED FAMILIES STILL WAITING FOR JUSTICE
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Between late July and September 1988, the Iranian authorities forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed thousands of prisoners for their political opinions and dumped their bodies in unmarked individual and mass graves. Minimum estimates put the death toll at around 5,000.
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Published: Wed, 05 Dec 2018 20:55:30 +0100
Palestine: Social justice activist tortured and punished for going on hunger strike
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The Palestinian authorities must urgently investigate the torture and other ill-treatment of Suha Jbara, an activist who has told Amnesty International that she was beaten, slammed against a wall and threatened with sexual violence by her interrogators, the organization said ahead of her court hearing tomorrow.
Amnesty International met with her in prison on 4 December and gained first-hand testimony detailing her brutal treatment at the hands of her...
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Published: Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:22:31 +0100
Fact vs. Fiction: What you need to know about the caravan passing through Mexico on its way to the USA
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Fiction: If Mexico or the United States doesn’t turn people back or detain them, more people will come
Fact: There is scarce evidence to suggest that increasing border restrictions has any effect on whether people leave their country or not.
In many cases we are talking about people who have no choice but to leave their homes, and people who will continue to keep trying to find a safe place to live, despite the policies of Mexico, the USA, or...
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Published: Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:31:01 +0100
Why Rohingya refugees shouldn't be sent back to Myanmar
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Since August 2017, more than 720,000 Rohingya have fled a vicious campaign of violence by the Myanmar security forces and sought refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh.

This week some refugees could be returned from Bangladesh to Myanmar under an agreement reached earlier between the two governments that sidestepped safeguards mandated under international law.

Here, Amnesty International explains how this situation has come about and why...
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Published: Sun, 02 Dec 2018 18:52:02 +0100
Netanyahu's legal troubles mount as police seek new bribery charges
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police on Sunday said they had found enough evidence for bribery and fraud charges to be brought against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife in a third corruption case against the Israeli leader.
Authorities allege Netanyahu awarded regulatory favors to Israel’s leading telecommunications company, Bezeq Telecom Israel (BEZQ.TA), in return for more positive coverage of him and his wife on a news website, Walla,...
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Published: Sat, 01 Dec 2018 12:17:26 +0100
Stranded refugees and migrants must be immediately allowed to dock in Italy or Malta
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Twelve refugees and migrants who have been stranded in the Central Mediterranean on a Spanish fishing boat for almost a week must be allowed to disembark in Europe as soon as possible, said Amnesty International.
Six days after they were rescued from the water by the Nuestra Madre de Loreto vessel, the 12 - including two children - remain on board in overcrowded conditions and stormy waters.
Under no circumstances should these people be returned...
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Published: Fri, 30 Nov 2018 12:00:08 +0100
“this human world” Human Rights Film Festival / Wien 2018
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm-Vienna 29.11. - 10.12.2018;
Out of the comfort zone into the direct dialogue about the socio-political challenges of our time.
The international "this human world" film festival brings about 80 visually stunning, themed documentary, feature and animated films to Vienna. The focus is on Arts, Rights and Justice, My Body My Rules or Working Realities and the competition sections: International, Austria, Expanded Shorts, Up and Coming.
In addition,...
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Published: Fri, 30 Nov 2018 10:22:07 +0100
Amnesty International launches worlds biggest human rights campaign
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Women human rights defenders around the world are facing unprecedented levels of abuse, intimidation and violence, said Amnesty International as it launched its global Write for Rights campaign, in a bid to shine a spotlight on brave women who have been harassed, jailed, tortured or even killed for their human rights work.
Women continue to face multiple forms of discrimination, targeted because of their gender and other characteristics, as well as for...
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Published: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 23:10:38 +0100
China orders halt to gene-editing after outcry over babies
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Chinese government on Thursday ordered a temporary halt to research activities for people involved in the editing of human genes, after a Chinese scientist said he had edited the genes of twin babies.
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Published: Tue, 27 Nov 2018 01:12:10 +0100
Saudi Arabia: Families of twelve men fear imminent execution
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Responding to the news that the cases of twelve men from Saudi Arabia’s Shi’a minority who were sentenced to death last year have been transferred to the ‘Presidency of State Security’, a body under the King’s direct authority mandated to address all state security matters, Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director, said:

“The families of the men are terrified by this development and the lack of information...
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Published: Mon, 26 Nov 2018 23:08:37 +0100
Bahrain: Widespread pre-election clampdown on political opposition and activists
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Ahead of the Bahraini parliamentary election on 24 November, Amnesty International is gravely concerned over the widespread suppression of the political opposition, activists, and civic leaders. Shi’a public figures have been disproportionately targeted in the pre-election clampdown.

Over the past two years, the crackdown in Bahrain has seen the political opposition detained, intimidated and silenced
Devin Kenney, Amnesty International’s...
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Published: Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:37:06 +0100
Greece and the EU must move asylum seekers to safety
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The Greek government and its European Union partners should urgently ensure that all asylum seekers on the Aegean islands are transferred to suitable accommodation on the mainland or relocated to other EU countries as winter approaches, 20 human rights and other organizations said today.

Despite the Greek government’s recent efforts to transfer asylum seekers from the islands to more suitable accommodation in the mainland, as of December 3, 2018,...
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Published: Sat, 08 Dec 2018 19:19:16 +0100
Yemen: Talks should address rights concerns
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Participants to the Yemen talks in Sweden should prioritize key human rights issues, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Mwatana Organization for Human Rights said today.

The issues should include removing impediments to the free flow of humanitarian aid and vital commercial goods such as food and fuel, the fate of detainees, and ending attacks on civilians and civilian objects. Talks should also address how best to ensure justice,...
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Published: Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:03:47 +0100
Egypt: Repeal draconian NGO law following President’s calls for review
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Following comments by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in which he acknowledged the need for a more” balanced” law governing NGOs, Amnesty International has published an open letter to the government calling for the law to be scrapped and replaced with a version that is in line with Egypt’s constitutional and international commitments to ensure the right to freedom of association.

“While President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s decision...
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Published: Wed, 05 Dec 2018 09:08:08 +0100
Climate justice clashes with an increasingly intolerant Poland
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-This weekend world leaders arrive in the Polish city of Katowice for the COP24 climate summit, where they will set out plans for implementing the Paris Climate Agreement. Over the course of two weeks governments are expected to make decisions which could move us closer to limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Failure to achieve this would have serious consequences and crossing this threshold by even half a degree will trigger catastrophic...
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Published: Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:03:00 +0100
Honduras: Half-truths for Berta Cáceres and her family
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The irregularities in the investigation and court proceedings relating to the murder of prominent human rights defender Berta Cáceres, combined with the fact all those who masterminded the crime have still not been identified, lead to the conclusion that neither the right to justice, the right to the truth, nor the right to reparation have been guaranteed in this emblematic case, Amnesty International said today.
“By excluding the victims from the...
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Published: Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:21:06 +0100
Google must not capitulate to China's censorship demands
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Yesterday Google staff published an open letter in support of Amnesty International’s campaign for Google to #Drop Dragonfly. Part of the letter reads:

“Many of us accepted employment at Google with the company’s values in mind, including its previous position on Chinese censorship and surveillance, and an understanding that Google was a company willing to place its values above its profits. After a year of disappointments including Project...
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Published: Sun, 02 Dec 2018 18:05:28 +0100
Egyptian Actress Dressed to Impress. She Could Be Jailed for Debauchery
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-CAIRO — When an Egyptian actress strutted down the red carpet in Cairo last week, twirling and smiling in a revealing lace dress, she had hoped to turn heads in the movie world.
Instead, she attracted the attention of three lawyers known for using the courts to engage in moral vigilantism. Now she faces criminal charges that could potentially land her in prison.
Three Egyptian lawyers filed a lawsuit against the actress, Rania Youssef, accusing...
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Published: Sat, 01 Dec 2018 11:20:08 +0100
Former President George H.W. Bush dead at 94
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-(Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who presided over the end of the Cold War and routed Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army but lost a chance for a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge, died on Friday at the age of 94.

Bush, the 41st president of the United States, who lived longer than any of his predecessors and possessed one of the most impressive resumes in American political history, died peacefully at his home in Houston,...
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Published: Fri, 30 Nov 2018 11:41:02 +0100
Diamond industry fails to clean up its act
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The diamond industry must deliver on its promise that consumers can trust the diamonds they purchase are sourced, traded, and processed responsibly, said a coalition of concerned civil society organizations today.
“Time is up for the diamond industry. Image is everything to the value of diamonds, yet the industry continues to be tainted by association with human rights abuses like child labour and forced labour, as well as conflict, environmental damage,...
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Published: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 23:45:32 +0100
Israel: ‘Rogue’ NSO Group must have licence revoked over controversial surveillance software
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Amnesty International is taking legal advice in order to revoke the export licence of Israeli-based NSO Group, after it was revealed the cyber firm’s spyware had been used in an attempt to spy on an Amnesty staff member.
A recent investigation by Haaretz newspaper uncovered the firm’s sophisticated surveillance tool “Pegasus” was offered to authorities in Saudi Arabia last year.
Two weeks ago, Amnesty International Israel submitted an urgent...
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Published: Tue, 27 Nov 2018 22:45:32 +0100
Key facts about the migrant and refugee caravans making their way to the USA
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Groups of families, including many young people and small children escaping violence, poverty and persecution in Central America, are not a new phenomenon.

For several years, people have fled Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and other countries to head north towards the USA.

Travelling as a group, many make the exhausting and dangerous journey through Mexico. Some travel with their children. Many have the aim of seeking protection...
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Published: Mon, 26 Nov 2018 23:44:32 +0100
Freedom, Equality, Absurdity
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-“We are only an hour from the sea, but I can’t take my children to the beach,” Kamel Daoudi tells me. It is school holidays and Kamel’s wife and three young children have made the long journey across the country to visit him in an isolated town in western France: a town he cannot leave without facing arrest.

A decade ago, Kamel – a 44-year-old man originally from Algeria - was subjected to an assigned residence order, which effectively...
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Published: Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:55:26 +0100
Six things countries must do to protect human rights at COP24
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Greece and the EU must move asylum seekers to safety
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Published: Sun, 09 Dec 2018 21:27:35 +0100
South Sudan: Execution spree targets even children and threatens nursing mothers
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Published: Sat, 08 Dec 2018 19:19:16 +0100
Yemen: Talks should address rights concerns
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Published: Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:23:43 +0100
THOUSANDS OF TORMENTED FAMILIES STILL WAITING FOR JUSTICE
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Published: Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:03:47 +0100
Egypt: Repeal draconian NGO law following President’s calls for review
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Palestine: Social justice activist tortured and punished for going on hunger strike
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Climate justice clashes with an increasingly intolerant Poland
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Published: Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:22:31 +0100
Fact vs. Fiction: What you need to know about the caravan passing through Mexico on its way to the USA
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Honduras: Half-truths for Berta Cáceres and her family
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Published: Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:31:01 +0100
Why Rohingya refugees shouldn't be sent back to Myanmar
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Published: Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:21:06 +0100
Google must not capitulate to China's censorship demands
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Published: Sun, 02 Dec 2018 18:52:02 +0100
Netanyahu's legal troubles mount as police seek new bribery charges
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Published: Sun, 02 Dec 2018 18:05:28 +0100
Egyptian Actress Dressed to Impress. She Could Be Jailed for Debauchery
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Published: Sat, 01 Dec 2018 12:17:26 +0100
Stranded refugees and migrants must be immediately allowed to dock in Italy or Malta
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Former President George H.W. Bush dead at 94
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“this human world” Human Rights Film Festival / Wien 2018
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Diamond industry fails to clean up its act
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Amnesty International launches worlds biggest human rights campaign
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Published: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 23:45:32 +0100
Israel: ‘Rogue’ NSO Group must have licence revoked over controversial surveillance software
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China orders halt to gene-editing after outcry over babies
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Key facts about the migrant and refugee caravans making their way to the USA
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Saudi Arabia: Families of twelve men fear imminent execution
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Freedom, Equality, Absurdity
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Bahrain: Widespread pre-election clampdown on political opposition and activists
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