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Published: Sun, 23 Jun 2019 14:15:02 +0200
International refugee day
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm: -While in peace and quiet we celebrate Midsummer in Sweden, millions of people are fleeing the world. Some lose their lives on the road to a closed Europe, others are imprisoned in criminal gangs in Libya. The EU, and the Swedish government, let it happen.


International refugee day
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Published: Sat, 22 Jun 2019 13:57:24 +0200
Georgia: First LGBTI Pride in the South Caucasus test for the authorities
Georgia: First LGBTI Pride in the South Caucasus test for the authorities

Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The Georgian authorities must do their utmost to ensure the safety and security of participants of the first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Pride March in Tbilisi, Georgia, Amnesty International said ahead of the event (due to take place this weekend), in response to Georgian police statements that they may not be able to protect attendees.
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Published: Fri, 21 Jun 2019 17:29:19 +0200
Welcoming refugees through community sponsorship
Rebelling against hostility: Welcoming refugees, one family at a time

Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Over the past few years, Amnesty International offices on four continents have been working to support refugees in a way and on a scale never seen before. The goal? To increase the number of people who can start their lives in a safe country. The method? Community sponsorship.

At its heart, community sponsorship is a simple but radical idea: ordinary citizens like...
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Published: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:03:19 +0200
UK: Appeal Court ruling on Saudi arms is welcome decision for war-torn Yemen
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The UK Court of Appeal today found that the UK government’s decision to continue licensing exports of military equipment to Saudi Arabia is unlawful, ruling in a judicial review brought by Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) and joined by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Rights Watch UK.

“This judgment is a rare piece of good news for the people of Yemen. During four years of devastating war the Saudi Arabia-led coalition has...
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Published: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 21:49:47 +0200
Launch UN Investigation into the Death of President Mohamed Morsy
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the United Nations has called for an investigation to be carried out by an independent body to clarify the cause of death.

We, the undersigned, join international human rights organizations to call upon the UN Human Rights Counsel and the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism,...
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Published: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:16:09 +0200
Egypt: Authorities must order immediate investigation into death of former President Mohamed Morsi
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Responding to the news of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s death in custody today Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said:

The Egyptian authorities must immediately order an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his death, as well as his detention conditions and his ability to access medical care.
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Published: Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:52:04 +0200
Abortion laws in the US – 10 things you need to know
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-In 2019 several US states have passed laws which effectively ban abortion, and others have taken steps to drastically restrict abortion access.

Here are 10 key facts about this frightening crackdown on reproductive rights.

1. This has been a long time coming
In 1973 the US Supreme Court ruled that abortion was legal in the landmark case Roe v. Wade. Anti-choice activists and politicians have been working to overturn this decision...
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Published: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 19:40:32 +0200
Sudan: Remove Rapid Support Forces from Khartoum streets immediately
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Following the suspension of Sudan from the African Union after the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) led the horrific slaughter of more than 100 peaceful protestors over the past three days, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo said:

The Transitional Military Council of Sudan must immediately withdraw all members of the Rapid Support Forces from policing and law enforcement anywhere in Sudan and especially in Khartoum.
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Published: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 21:19:24 +0200
Russia: Detention and alleged beating of a prominent investigative journalist is deeply alarming
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Reacting to the news that prominent Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov was detained and charged with drugs possession amid allegations that he was held incommunicado and beaten in custody, Natalia Zviagina, Director of Amnesty International’s Representative Office in Russia, said:

“The circumstances of Ivan Golunov’s detention sound dubious and follow a depressingly familiar pattern. A Russian journalist who has been critical of...
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Published: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:34:08 +0200
France: Authorities must stop arms-laden ship of shame bound for Saudi Arabia
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-A Saudi Arabian cargo ship believed to be transporting Canadian armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia must be stopped in France, Amnesty International said today, as the ship transited through the maritime port of Marseille-Fos.

The organization warned there is a serious risk that the military material on board the Bahri Tabuk will be used by the Saudi Arabian armed forces to commit war crimes and other abuses in Yemen, and said there were legitimate...
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Published: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:13:55 +0200
MALMÖ: Here the man is shot by the police
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm: -A man was shot on Monday by police after appearing threatening at Malmö central station.

He stated that he had bags of weapons and explosives - and threatened to blow up the building.

Malmö Central Station was evacuated and blocked.

- We worked according to the thesis that if it is not possible to exclude terror, we work according to that principle, says Per-Olof Söyseth, commander-in-chief during a press conference.
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Published: Sun, 09 Jun 2019 17:31:47 +0200
Egypt: Reprisal against human rights defender Mohamed Soltan for human rights advocacy
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-We, the undersigned organizations strongly condemn the defamation campaign by the Egyptian authorities against human rights defender Mohamed Soltan, following the recent advocacy work of the organisation he leads, The Freedom Initiative, in Washington D.C.

These attacks are part of an intimidation campaign against human rights groups and defenders targeted because they have been shedding light on the serious human rights violations in Egypt. Many...
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Published: Mon, 03 Jun 2019 17:54:14 +0200
Russia: Censorship of Elton John biopic an insult for the rights of LGBTI people
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Censorship of the Russian version of the Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’ is yet another example of the ‘gay propaganda law’ undercutting freedom of expression and encouraging homophobia in Russia, Amnesty International said today.

“This homophobic censorship of a film about Elton John is as ridiculous as it is insulting for LGBTI people and anyone in the country who stands for dignity and non-discrimination. It is a sad irony that Sir Elton...
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Published: Sat, 01 Jun 2019 22:46:03 +0200
Syria: Security Council must address crimes against humanity in Idlib
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The Syrian government, supported by Russia, is carrying out a deliberate and systematic assault on hospitals and other medical facilities in Idlib and Hama, Amnesty International said today, as it shared harrowing new testimony from shattered medical workers in the region.

The international community has so far utterly failed to protect civilians in Syria from the horrors of this conflict
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Published: Fri, 31 May 2019 22:29:16 +0200
Death of an activist: A shame on Algeria's state
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Earlier this week it was announced that Algerian human rights defender Kamel Eddine Fekhar had tragically died in detention. The news, which came as protestors prepared for the weekly Tuesday student protests, shocked many.

Doctor Fekhar was arrested on 31 March and thrown into Ghardaia prison for his ongoing outspoken support for the rights and freedoms of minorities - namely the Mozabite people.

The activist went on hunger strike...
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Published: Mon, 27 May 2019 23:29:40 +0200
GAMBIA: 22 death sentences commuted to life imprisonment, a welcome step towards abolition
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Responding to the news that Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has commuted the death sentences of 22 prisoners to life imprisonment, Marie-Evelyne Petrus Barry, Amnesty International West and Central Africa Regional Director-who met with the Gambian President last week- said:

“The President’s commutation of these death sentences to life imprisonment is an important milestone for Gambia which is slowly and steadily moving away from the death...
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Published: Sat, 25 May 2019 23:02:04 +0200
Congratulations Global Swedes of 2019
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Congratulations to the 26 excellent students who received the distinguished award Global Swede at Sweden's Ministry for Foreign Affairs on the 21 of May.

Global Swede is awarded to active, committed and enthusiastic students who are excellent in areas closely related to innovation,
creativity and entrepreneurship and shown that they are good representatives of their own country as well as Sweden. This year 10 of the 26 recipients are SI...
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Published: Sat, 25 May 2019 22:47:18 +0200
Brazil: Bolsonaro administration is transforming anti-human-rights rhetoric into action
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-On Tuesday 21 May, almost five months after the new government came to power, Amnesty International is launching the “Brazil for Everyone” campaign, in which it presents its main concerns about developments in the country since the start of the Jair Bolsonaro administration, and warns that the anti-human-rights rhetoric that has marked the president’s entire political career, including his 2018 election campaign, is beginning to be translated into concrete...
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Published: Fri, 24 May 2019 00:30:07 +0200
UN: Catastrophic failure as civilians ravaged by war violations 70 years after Geneva Conventions
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The UN Security Council must mark the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions this year by ending its catastrophic failure to protect millions of civilians around the world whose lives and livelihoods are routinely ravaged by violations of the laws of war, Amnesty International said today.

Tomorrow (23 May), the Security Council will hold an open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict – 20 years after this goal was first added...
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Published: Tue, 21 May 2019 14:40:35 +0200
Egypt: Arrests raise fears of fresh crackdown against peaceful critics
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The arbitrary detention of labour rights lawyer, Haytham Mohamdeen, and former political activist, Mostafa Maher, this week has raised fears that the Egyptian authorities might be embarking on a fresh crackdown targeting peaceful dissent or individuals with history of activism, said Amnesty International.

“These latest arrests have reignited a climate of fear amongst independent activists and human rights organizations about a renewed assault...
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Published: Mon, 20 May 2019 11:58:06 +0200
The Migration Board changes its decision - family reunites after 3.5 years
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Oussama Al Rifai from Knivsta came to Sweden as a political refugee 3.5 years ago. About the same time he has struggled to get his two children and his wife here. SVT News Uppsala participated when the family reunited at Arlanda.
There are strong emotions that bubble up at Arlanda this day. Oussama Al Rifai from Knivsta has not met his family for 3.5 years. For as long, the children Oula Al Rifai and Alaa Al Rifai and his wife Fatoun Al Rifai have been...
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Published: Sun, 19 May 2019 20:34:09 +0200
Fifteen years of LGBTI community activism in Lebanon:‎ A story of existence and oppression
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The sun was shining above the groups demonstrating against the US-British military campaign against Iraq in 2003 in Beirut.‎ We were a group of eager youths, university student activists meeting in front of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) building in the city centre. We stood at a corner, trying to avoid a crowd calling for the victory of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and ‎another crowd cheering for a holy war...
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Published: Sun, 19 May 2019 20:09:47 +0200
Egyptian court renews Fotouh’s detention for 45 more days
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Cairo, Egypt The Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday ordered former-presidential candidate and head of the “Strong Egypt Party” Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh be detained for a further 45 days, having been accused of leading a terrorist group.

Egyptian security forces arrested Fotouh on February 14, 2018 for alleged ties with Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. He was also accused of spreading false news against state institutions.

He...
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Published: Sat, 18 May 2019 22:52:23 +0200
UAE: Three Lebanese men receive heavy sentences, including life, despite grave fair trial concerns
Responding to the UAE Federal Court’s verdict into the case of eight Lebanese men, all Shi’a Muslims, sentencing one to life in prison, two to ten years, and acquitting five others following a trial marred by due process and fair trial concerns, Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director, said:

“The absence of basic requirements of a fair trial – such as having access to a lawyer – strips today’s verdict of any reliability or credibility.
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Published: Sat, 18 May 2019 22:30:53 +0200
Israel's refusal to grant Palestinian refugees right to return has fuelled seven decades of suffering
-Nakba Day on 15 May marks the displacement of more than 700,000 Palestinians following the creation of the State of Israel in 1948
-More than 70 years later, Israel still denies Palestinian refugees their right to return to their land
-Amnesty International’s dedicated Nakba website describes the heartbreaking struggles of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories
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Published: Sun, 23 Jun 2019 13:02:19 +0200
Saudi Arabia: UN findings on Jamal Khashoggi’s murder highlight need for independent criminal investigation to uncover the truth
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Responding to the release of the UN report on the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which concludes that he was the victim of “an extrajudicial killing for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible under human rights law,” and that “there is credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi officials’ individual liability, including the Crown Prince’s,” Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East...
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Published: Sat, 22 Jun 2019 13:37:22 +0200
Hosts Egypt beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in Africa Cup of Nations opener
Mahmoud Trezeguet handed hosts Egypt a winning start to the Africa Cup of Nations with the only goal of Friday's opening game against Zimbabwe in a high tempo start to the tournament.

Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-His 41st-minute strike proved decisive as Egypt missed out on a myriad of chances to make a bigger impact but will be satisfied to have taken the first three point haul of the month-long event.

Trezeguet's finish overshadowed a return to Cairo for Champions...
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Published: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:30:02 +0200
Sudan - Stop the attacks against peaceful protesters


Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm: - In April, Sudan's long-standing dictator Omar al-Bashir was deposed. A new military government took over, but the people of Sudan still ventured out into the streets to demand freedom, justice and an end to the military regime.


Sudan - Stop the attacks against peaceful protesters!
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Published: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:07:24 +0200
Hong Kong: Police must end excessive force against largely peaceful protest
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-In response to the use of force against largely peaceful protestors by Hong Kong police, who used tear gas, guns firing bean bags and rubber bullets, batons and pepper spray to disperse a demonstration against the extradition bill in central Hong Kong on Wednesday, Man-Kei Tam, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong, commented:

The excessive response from police is fuelling tensions and is likely to contribute to worsening violence, rather...
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Published: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:42:41 +0200
OP-ED: How Facebook’s sudden change hinders human rights investigations
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-When human rights crises break, Amnesty International aims to deploy to the scene to witness first-hand what is happening and expose violations. But sometimes security, diplomatic or administrative issues prevent us from doing so. That’s when we turn to remote tools – including social media platforms – to monitor what is happening in a crisis in real time.


All over the world, grassroots human rights defenders are taking huge risks...
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Published: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:02:35 +0200
Egypt's former president Mohamed Morsi dies: state media
State TV reports Egypt's first democratically elected president fainted during court session and died afterwards.

Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi has died after appearing in court in Cairo, according to state media.

The 67-year-old died after fainting during the court session in the Egyptian capital on Monday, state TV reported.

"He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became very animated and fainted....
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Published: Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:41:38 +0200
Sudan: Urgent UN and AU investigation needed after military admits deadly decision on protestor crackdown
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Following an admission by Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) that they all met the country’s security chiefs on 2 June, and after receiving undisclosed advice from the Attorney General and the Head of the Judiciary, ordered the dispersal of peaceful protestors on 3 June, which “by mistake” killed more than 100 people and injured hundreds more , Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes...
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Published: Wed, 12 Jun 2019 21:07:39 +0200
Sudan: Fresh evidence of government-sponsored crimes in Darfur shows drawdown of peacekeepers premature and reckless
New evidence that ‘scorched earth’ attacks continue
-UN and AU set to vote to close UNAMID peacekeeping mission on 27 June
-Peacekeeper drawdown would expose civilians to brutal tactics of Sudanese security forces
-UN and AU must pause the drawdown of UNAMID and resist Transitional Military Council demand to hand over bases to Rapid Support Forces
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Published: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:57:47 +0200
BOTSWANA: DECRIMINALIZATION OF CONSENSUAL SAME SEX RELATIONS SHOULD INSPIRE OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRIES
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Today’s judgement by the Gaborone High Court to decriminalize consensual same sex relations is a victory in the battle for equality and freedom to love whoever you choose, Amnesty International said as it called on other African countries to follow Botswana’s inspiring example.



Today’s court judgement sends a strong message that no one should be harassed, discriminated against or criminalized because of their sexual orientation...
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Published: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:20:04 +0200
Saudi Arabia: Authorities must not resort to use of death penalty against protester arrested aged 13
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Saudi Arabia must not use the death penalty to punish a young man who was arrested at the age of 13 for participating in anti-government protests, said Amnesty International today.

The organization has confirmed that Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution sought the death penalty for Murtaja Qureiris in August 2018 for a series of offences, some of which date back to when he was just 10 years old. CNN had revealed this week that he is facing the death...
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Published: Sun, 09 Jun 2019 17:50:34 +0200
EGYPT: OSAMA MURAD'S ATTEMPTED SUICIDE IN TORA PRISON
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Allegations of ill-treatment against a prisoner who attempted to commit suicide at Tora Reception Prison in Egypt
must be subject to an effective, independent investigation without delay, Amnesty International said today.
Osama Murad, a 40-year old man who is serving a 10-year prison sentence on charges of “membership in a terrorist organization”, attempted to commit suicide at Tora Reception Prison at around 12pm on 22 April. According to...
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Published: Fri, 07 Jun 2019 17:01:05 +0200
Sudan: Soaring violence calls for urgent international response
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Sudanese opposition activists today reported that dozens of bodies have been recovered from the river Nile in Khartoum, following a bloody crackdown on protests by security forces, and a surge in attacks by members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a special military force allied to Sudan’s former government.

Netsanet Belay, Africa Director at Amnesty International, said:

“This should be a week of celebration in Khartoum, as...
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Published: Mon, 03 Jun 2019 17:45:34 +0200
Lebanon: Ban on gay dating app Grindr a blow for sexual rights and freedom
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Responding to a decision by Lebanon’s Telecommunications Ministry to block access to the app, Grindr, which is mainly used by gay and trans men, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director Lynn Maalouf said:

“The decision to ban Grindr in Lebanon is a deeply regressive step and a blow for the human rights of the local LGBTI community. As well as being a flagrant assault on the right to freedom of expression, this move will serve...
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Published: Fri, 31 May 2019 22:55:39 +0200
Algeria: Authorities must ensure justice for protester beaten by police
Algeria’s authorities must ensure the investigation into the death of protester Ramzi Yettou, 22, who was brutally beaten by police last month, is thorough, independent, impartial, and effective, said Amnesty International.

The organization has gathered evidence including testimony from three eyewitnesses, a first-aid volunteer, two family members, two lawyers and a doctor which suggests Ramzi’s death on 19 April resulted from the injuries he sustained after being beaten by the police...
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Published: Tue, 28 May 2019 23:36:21 +0200
A Professor Who Argues Against Multicultural Ideology and for Western Exceptionalism Now Fears for His Job
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-I have met University of New Brunswick sociologist and co-founder of the blog Council of European Canadians Ricardo Duchesne only once and found him reserved, thoughtful and modest. A brilliant writer and genuine scholar, he has authored two impeccably-researched volumes on the history of Western civilization and the settler domestication of pre-industrial lands.

In an earlier article for PJ Media, I had occasion to mention Duchesne, who writes...
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Published: Sun, 26 May 2019 21:35:51 +0200
Switzerland: One in five women is a victim of sexual violence
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Sexual violence is much more widespread in Switzerland than commonly thought, with women and girls being failed by dangerous and outdated laws, a new survey commissioned by Amnesty International has revealed.

According to the research involving interviews with 4,495 women and girls aged 16 and over, one in five women surveyed has been subjected to sexual violence, and more than 10 percent of women surveyed had been raped. Only 8 percent of women...
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Published: Sat, 25 May 2019 22:56:19 +0200
Mauritania: Bloggers languish in detention two months after their arrest for condemning corruption
Authorities in Mauritania must immediately and unconditionally release two famous bloggers who have been in detention for two months solely for posting on Facebook about alleged corruption in the country, Amnesty International said today.

Cheikh Ould Jiddou and Abderrahmane Weddady were arrested on 22 March by the Economic Crimes Unit in Mauritania’s capital Nouakchott, charged with ‘malicious accusation’, and detained at the central prison. Their national ID cards and passports...
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Published: Fri, 24 May 2019 17:42:54 +0200
UAE: Ahmed Mansoor enters fourth week of hunger strike to protest unfair 10-year sentence
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Responding to confirmed reports that prominent Emirati human rights defender, Ahmed Mansoor, has been on hunger strike for more than three weeks to protest his prison conditions and the unfair trial he was subjected to before being sentenced, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director, Lynn Maalouf said:

“It is clearly not enough for the UAE authorities to have wrongly convicted and sentenced Ahmed Mansoor to 10 years behind bars....
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Published: Wed, 22 May 2019 21:15:04 +0200
Israel: Amnesty International engages in legal action to stop NSO Group’s web of surveillance
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Amnesty International is supporting a legal action to take the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) to court, to demand that it revokes the export license of NSO Group, an Israeli company whose spyware products have been used in chilling attacks on human rights defenders around the world.

In a petition to be filed tomorrow at the District Court of Tel Aviv, approximately 30 members and supporters of Amnesty International Israel and others from the...
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Published: Tue, 21 May 2019 14:24:42 +0200
Sudan: Omar al-Bashir must face justice for recent and past crimes
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Following the announcement by Sudan’s Public Prosecutor that he will charge former president Omar al-Bashir with the recent killing of protestors, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Seif Magango said:

Al-Bashir must face justice not only for recent crimes, but also for the crimes under international law he allegedly committed while he was in power.
Seif Magango, Amnesty International's...
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Published: Mon, 20 May 2019 11:35:37 +0200
Sri Lanka: Authorities must protect Muslims against violence
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Responding to the killing of at least one individual and the spate of attacks against Muslim-owned businesses, mosques and houses in several parts of Sri Lanka, Amnesty International’s South Asia Researcher, Thyagi Ruwanpathirana said:

“The Sri Lankan authorities must protect the country’s Muslim minority as it is being targeted by mobs in horrific attacks on their homes, mosques and businesses in the wake of the Easter Sunday massacre. The...
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Published: Sun, 19 May 2019 20:24:19 +0200
WHATSAPP HACK: WHEN SPYWARE COMPANIES GO ROGUE, NO ONE IS SAFE | OPINION
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-In June last year, one of my colleagues at Amnesty International received a WhatsApp message from an unknown number. It contained details about a protest supposedly taking place at the Saudi embassy in Washington DC, and my colleague was instantly suspicious. The message came at a time when Amnesty International was campaigning for the release of six jailed activists in Saudi Arabia, and something didn’t feel right.

An analysis of the links in...
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Published: Sun, 19 May 2019 19:53:56 +0200
Egypt explosion injures tourists near Giza pyramids
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Cairo, Egypt (CNN)At least 14 people were injured in an explosion that targeted a tourist bus carrying 25 South African citizens, Egypt's state-run Ahram daily reported.

A device exploded near the bus, Ahram reported, while the windshield of another vehicle was damaged. The blast took place outside the yet-to-be-opened Grand Egyptian Museum, near the Giza pyramids.
Egypt's Minister of Tourism Rania A. Al Mashat called it a "minor explosion"...
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Published: Sat, 18 May 2019 22:37:38 +0200
Arms shipment to Saudi Arabia flouts multiple EU states’ Arms Trade Treaty obligations
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Reacting to the onward voyage of the Saudi Arabian state shipping company’s vessel, the Bahri Yanbu, from the Spanish port of Santander this afternoon, Ara Marcen Naval, Deputy Director for Arms Control and Human Rights at Amnesty International, said:

“Laden with arms that will likely be used in the war in Yemen, the Bahri Yanbu has been bouncing off European ports like a pinball. After loading up with Belgian munitions in Antwerp, it has visited...
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Published: Sat, 18 May 2019 01:34:54 +0200
My son was kicked to death - this is why I am seeking justice
Zak Kostopoulos, a queer activist, drag artist and human rights defender from Greece, was brutally beaten up by two men after entering a jewellery shop in central Athens last year. Following the attack, footage showed police violently attempting to arrest Zak while he lay dying on the ground. According to the forensic report, Zak died from the multiple injuries he sustained.

Zak’s tragic death devastated his family, friends and the wider human rights community in Greece. In a moving...
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Published: Sun, 23 Jun 2019 14:15:02 +0200
International refugee day
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Published: Sun, 23 Jun 2019 13:02:19 +0200
Saudi Arabia: UN findings on Jamal Khashoggi’s murder highlight need for independent criminal investigation to uncover the truth
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Published: Sat, 22 Jun 2019 13:57:24 +0200
Georgia: First LGBTI Pride in the South Caucasus test for the authorities
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Published: Sat, 22 Jun 2019 13:37:22 +0200
Hosts Egypt beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in Africa Cup of Nations opener
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Published: Fri, 21 Jun 2019 17:29:19 +0200
Welcoming refugees through community sponsorship
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Published: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:30:02 +0200
Sudan - Stop the attacks against peaceful protesters
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Published: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:03:19 +0200
UK: Appeal Court ruling on Saudi arms is welcome decision for war-torn Yemen
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Published: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:07:24 +0200
Hong Kong: Police must end excessive force against largely peaceful protest
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Published: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 21:49:47 +0200
Launch UN Investigation into the Death of President Mohamed Morsy
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Published: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:42:41 +0200
OP-ED: How Facebook’s sudden change hinders human rights investigations
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Published: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:16:09 +0200
Egypt: Authorities must order immediate investigation into death of former President Mohamed Morsi
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Published: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:02:35 +0200
Egypt's former president Mohamed Morsi dies: state media
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Published: Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:52:04 +0200
Abortion laws in the US – 10 things you need to know
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Published: Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:41:38 +0200
Sudan: Urgent UN and AU investigation needed after military admits deadly decision on protestor crackdown
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Published: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 19:40:32 +0200
Sudan: Remove Rapid Support Forces from Khartoum streets immediately
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Published: Wed, 12 Jun 2019 21:07:39 +0200
Sudan: Fresh evidence of government-sponsored crimes in Darfur shows drawdown of peacekeepers premature and reckless
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Published: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 21:19:24 +0200
Russia: Detention and alleged beating of a prominent investigative journalist is deeply alarming
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Published: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:57:47 +0200
BOTSWANA: DECRIMINALIZATION OF CONSENSUAL SAME SEX RELATIONS SHOULD INSPIRE OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRIES
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Published: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:34:08 +0200
France: Authorities must stop arms-laden ship of shame bound for Saudi Arabia
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Published: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:20:04 +0200
Saudi Arabia: Authorities must not resort to use of death penalty against protester arrested aged 13
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Published: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:13:55 +0200
MALMÖ: Here the man is shot by the police
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Published: Sun, 09 Jun 2019 17:50:34 +0200
EGYPT: OSAMA MURAD'S ATTEMPTED SUICIDE IN TORA PRISON
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Published: Sun, 09 Jun 2019 17:31:47 +0200
Egypt: Reprisal against human rights defender Mohamed Soltan for human rights advocacy
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Published: Fri, 07 Jun 2019 17:01:05 +0200
Sudan: Soaring violence calls for urgent international response
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Published: Mon, 03 Jun 2019 17:54:14 +0200
Russia: Censorship of Elton John biopic an insult for the rights of LGBTI people
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