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Published: Sun, 08 Dec 2019 14:24:35 +0100
Malmö crime at lowest level in two decades – so why do people still feel so unsafe?
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- In Malmö, criminals have long used bombs to intimidate and threaten. And just like MC gangs and telephone fraud, the blasts have now spread to the rest of Sweden - making Sweden unique in Europe.
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Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2019 13:19:15 +0100
New poll reveals 7 in 10 people want governments to regulate Big Tech over personal data fears

Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- Seven in ten people (73%) want governments to do more to regulate Big Tech, with a clear majority (71%) worried about how tech companies collect and use their personal data, a new Amnesty International poll conducted by YouGov reveals.

Nearly 10,000 people were polled on their attitudes to online privacy and Big Tech across nine countries: Brazil, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Norway, South Africa and the USA.

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Published: Fri, 06 Dec 2019 13:50:40 +0100
Lebanon: Military forces must end arbitrary arrests and torture of protesters
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- Lebanese armed forces must end the arbitrary arrests, torture and other ill-treatment of peaceful protesters, Amnesty International said today as nationwide protests entered their seventh week. The past weeks have seen scores of protesters arrested by both military and security forces across Lebanon.

The Lebanese Armed Forces must immediately put an end to these abusive practices and ensure it is protecting the rights of peaceful protesters to...
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Published: Wed, 04 Dec 2019 14:43:31 +0100
Yemen: War and exclusion leave millions of people with disabilities in the lurch
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Amnesty International’s first report examining war’s impact on a range of people with disabilities
Scant support for at least 4.5 million Yemenis with disabilities
International donor community falling short in its response
Millions of people with disabilities in Yemen have not only endured years of armed conflict but are also among those most excluded amid what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, Amnesty...
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Published: Tue, 03 Dec 2019 14:51:02 +0100
Israel Discriminatory measures undermine Palestinian representation in Knesset
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Palestinians elected to Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, are being targeted by discriminatory regulations and legislation that undermine their ability to represent and defend the rights of the Palestinian minority population in Israel, Amnesty International said in a new briefing published today, ahead of upcoming Israeli elections on 17 September.

Elected but restricted: Shrinking space for Palestinian parliamentarians in Israel’s Knesset,...
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Published: Mon, 02 Dec 2019 18:10:54 +0100
Attorney General orders probe as video showing man jumping off Tower leaked
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-CAIRO – 2 December 2019: Attorney General Hamada al-Sawi ordered investigation after footage leaked on Sunday from a surveillance camera at the 187-meter (614 ft) Cairo Tower, showing a young man committing a suicide by jumping from such height.

A video showing an Engineering student while approaching the brink of the tower, climbing the fence, and jumping with barely any hesitation went viral on social media. The investigation seeks finding...
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Published: Sat, 30 Nov 2019 16:23:05 +0100
Egypt: State Security prosecution operating as a ‘sinister tool of repression’
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-A new report published by Amnesty International exposes how Egypt’s Supreme State Security Prosecution (SSSP) is routinely misusing counter-terror legislation to prosecute thousands of peaceful critics and suspend guarantees to fair trial.

The report, Permanent State of Exception, reveals how the SSSP, a special branch of the Public Prosecution responsible for investigating national security threats, is complicit in enforced disappearances, arbitrary...
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Published: Wed, 27 Nov 2019 20:29:07 +0100
DISAPPEARED FROM THE STREETS OF CAIRO-Demand to know where Ibrahim is
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-As part of the worst crackdown on freedom of expression in Egypt’s recent history, young researcher Ibrahim Ezz El-Din has been forcibly disappeared. Demand to know his whereabouts.

26-year-old Ibrahim has been documenting forced evictions and calling for safe and affordable housing for all Egyptians.

On the night of 11 June 2019, plain clothed police took Ibrahim from the street near his home in Cairo. His family and lawyers enquired...
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Published: Tue, 26 Nov 2019 02:07:12 +0100
Pakistan: Amnesty International issues “Urgent Action” saying every person in Lahore at risk
Air quality in Lahore measured at nearly twice “hazardous” level
Amnesty International issues first “Urgent Action” for entire population of a major city
Pakistan government accused of downplaying crisis

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Published: Sun, 24 Nov 2019 15:02:20 +0100
Facebook and Google’s pervasive surveillance poses an unprecedented danger to human rights
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- Facebook and Google’s omnipresent surveillance of billions of people poses a systemic threat to human rights, Amnesty International warned in a new report as it called for a radical transformation of the tech giants’ core business model.

Surveillance Giants lays out how the surveillance-based business model of Facebook and Google is inherently incompatible with the right to privacy and poses a systemic threat to a range of other rights including...
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Published: Sat, 23 Nov 2019 16:46:31 +0100
South Korea: Valentine’s Day for activist J
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- J knew she was lesbian before she even knew the word. Now 27, she has come out to her close friends but not to any of her family, as she doesn't want her family and other acquaintances to know. J works for a Korean non-profit organization and she met her partner two years ago when she took a short course at the SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) Academy. J is excited about celebrating Valentine’s Day with her partner.

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Published: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 16:14:27 +0100
Taiwan: Valentine’s Day for intersex activist Hiker
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Hiker Chiu only found out s/he is an intersex person at the age of 42. S/he was born with both male and female reproductive organs. S/he founded Organization Intersex International to promote knowledge and acceptance of intersex people in Taiwan. For this year’s Valentine’s Day, s/he hopes everyone can find their love.

When and how did you find out about your true gender identity?

I felt weird all the time, especially during my...
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Published: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 13:32:34 +0100
Chile: Amnesty International denounces human rights violations to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
The Chilean authorities continue to commit widespread human rights violations, showing that President Sebastián Piñera's government has not taken effective decisions to deal with the crisis, Amnesty International will tell the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights at a hearing in Quito, Ecuador today.

Amnesty International continues to investigate grave human rights violations and possible crimes under international law committed during the protests in Chile, but the information...
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Published: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 13:44:42 +0100
Hong Kong: Investigate shooting of protesters after ‘another low’ in police use of force
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- In response to the shooting of two protesters by police during demonstrations in Sai Wan Ho on the morning of 11 November, Man-Kei Tam, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong, said:

“Today was another shocking low for the Hong Kong police. The live rounds fired by police are clear evidence of reckless use of force. Another policeman was seen driving at high speed into a group of protesters on a motorbike. These are not policing measures...
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Published: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 12:57:10 +0100
Visit Sweden changes market priorities: Marketing of Sweden concentrates on Europe and long-distance markets
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm: -Visit Sweden is now adjusting its market priorities to reach more tourists who are interested in Sweden. Starting from 2020, the company will place greater emphasis on marketing in countries with great growth potential and where the state investments will be of greatest benefit to the whole of Sweden. That is why Visit Sweden is now starting union negotiations to phase out operations in Norway and Denmark in 2020.

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Published: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 19:07:57 +0100
Lebanon :- Mass demonstrations
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- Mass protests swept across Lebanon shortly after the government announced new tax measures on 17 October. In unprecedented scenes tens of thousands of peaceful protesters from different religious and class sectors of society assembled in cities across the country accusing the political leadership of corruption and calling for social and economic reforms.

Waving the Lebanese flag, the crowds chanted demands for the "fall of the regime" many of...
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Published: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 20:04:17 +0100
Hong Kong: Rampaging police must be investigated
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-

Violence directed at police on Saturday is no excuse for officers to go on the rampage elsewhere. The horrifying scenes at Prince Edward metro station fell far short of international policing standards.
Man-kei Tam, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong

In response to the latest clashes between police and protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday night – including one incident where police stormed the platform of...
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Published: Tue, 12 Nov 2019 18:28:46 +0100
Saudi Arabia: Categorizing feminism, atheism, homosexuality as crimes exposes the Kingdom’s dangerous intolerance
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-

Responding to an official announcement and a promotional video published by Saudi Arabia’s state security agency which categorizes feminism, homosexuality and atheism as ‘extremist ideas’, Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director, said:

“The Saudi state security agency’s announcement which labels feminism, atheism and homosexuality as extremist ideas punishable by jail and flogging is...
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Published: Sun, 10 Nov 2019 12:10:37 +0100
USA: Drop abusive criminal charges against humanitarian volunteer Scott Warren
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The US Department of Justice should immediately drop the spurious criminal charges against humanitarian volunteer Dr Scott Warren in the state of Arizona on the US–Mexico border, said Amnesty International in a letter to US authorities ahead of his retrial next week.

“The Trump administration’s second attempt to prosecute Scott Warren is a cynical misuse of the justice system, intended to criminalize compassion and lifesaving humanitarian...
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Published: Wed, 06 Nov 2019 22:31:52 +0100
Sweden may be the first to expel to Syria
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm: -The Migration Board is currently looking at the possibility of expelling asylum seekers from Syria. Once the regulations are in place, Sweden may become the first country in Europe to devise a practice for deportations to Syria, Ekot reports.

- We are probably among the first. Since we are not politically influenced, our decision-making process usually goes a little faster. I think Sweden's assessments will be something that many other countries...
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Published: Tue, 05 Nov 2019 08:00:32 +0100
"Who does not support the president, is considered a terrorist"
For weeks, Egyptian President Al-Sisi has been arresting civilians. He has long since lost the support of the population, says human rights lawyer Mohamed Lotfy.

Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm: -There was a small sensation: About four weeks ago, on September 20, hundreds of people took to the streets in Egypt, in Cairo, but also in Alexandria, Suez and Mansoura. They protested against the regime of ruler Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, against the poverty, oppression and corruption of...
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Published: Mon, 04 Nov 2019 22:27:15 +0100
Lebanon: Investigate excessive use of force including use of live ammunition to disperse protests
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The Lebanese army used excessive force, including live fire, to disperse protests in northern Lebanon, seriously injuring at least two people according to eyewitness testimony and analysis of verified video footage, Amnesty International said today.

In the single most violent episode since the mass protests began, the army opened fire against dozens of protesters staging a sit-in the Beddawi area of Tripoli on 26 October. At least two protesters...
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Published: Sun, 03 Nov 2019 13:33:17 +0100
Turkey: Hundreds arrested in crackdown on critics of military offensive in Syria
Turkey: Hundreds arrested in crackdown on critics of military offensive in Syria

Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Hundreds of people have been detained in Turkey for commenting or reporting on Turkey’s recent military offensive in northeast Syria and are facing absurd criminal charges as the government intensifies its crackdown on critical voices, said Amnesty International in a report published today.

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Published: Fri, 01 Nov 2019 03:20:34 +0100
Jordan: End arbitrary detention of women who disobey male guardians or have unsanctioned relationships
-The opening of Dar Amneh shelter for women at risk is a significant step, but more action is needed

-Women detained without charge or trial for leaving home without -male family members’ permission or for a relationship outside marriage

-Women taken by the police for “virginity tests”
-Unmarried women forced to give up “illegal” babies

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Published: Thu, 31 Oct 2019 23:59:36 +0100
Turkey: Syrians illegally deported into war ahead of anticipated ‘safe zone’
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Turkey spent the months leading up to its military incursion into northeast Syria forcibly deporting refugees to the war-torn country, in advance of attempting to create a so-called “safe zone” on the Syrian side of the border, a new Amnesty International report ‘Sent to a War Zone: Turkey’s Illegal Deportations Of Syrian Refugees’ has revealed.
The organization met or spoke with refugees who said Turkish police had beaten or threatened them...
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Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2019 14:52:24 +0100
Amnesty International’s Secretary General steps down
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-It is with regret that Amnesty International can confirm that following medical advice, Kumi Naidoo, the organization’s Secretary General, has made the decision to step down from his position due to health-related reasons. His resignation has been accepted by the International Board and he will hand over his responsibilities on today, 5th December.

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Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2019 12:43:11 +0100
From slurs to sexual violence, women human rights defenders come under global attack
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Governments are failing to protect women human rights defenders (WHRDs) who routinely face a wide range of gender specific attacks, including rape, because of their work promoting rights relating to women, gender equality and sexuality, Amnesty International said in a new report on International Women Human Rights Defenders Day.

“Challenging power, fighting discrimination: A call to action to recognize and protect women human rights defenders”...
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Published: Thu, 05 Dec 2019 14:40:46 +0100
Sudan: Decision to repeal public order laws a step forward for women’s rights
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Reacting to the Sudanese government’s decision to repeal the public order laws, which governed among other things, women’s presence in public spaces, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Seif Magango, said:

This is a big step forward for women's rights in Sudan.
Seif Magango, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes
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Published: Tue, 03 Dec 2019 15:52:26 +0100
Hungary: State media censors Amnesty and HRW
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Reacting to a November 29 news report by Hungarian daily Nepszava that MTVA, the Hungarian government controlled news agency, in internal communication earlier this month, ordered its staff not to report on statements from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, Dávid Vig, Director of Amnesty International Hungary, said:

“It is scandalous that Hungarian state media is censoring the vital information that Amnesty International and Human...
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Published: Mon, 02 Dec 2019 18:56:17 +0100
Turkey: Prosecution call for jail term of up to 15 years for six human rights defenders, including Amnesty’s honorary chair and former director, defies logic
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Following a request by the State Prosecutor for the conviction of Amnesty Turkey’s honorary chair, Taner Kılıç, former director İdil Eser and four other human rights defenders on terrorism-related charges, Marie Struthers Europe, Director for Amnesty International, said:

“Today’s vindictive request by the State Prosecutor for jail terms of up to 15 years ignores the evidence and defies all logic.

“The terrorist allegations...
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Published: Sun, 01 Dec 2019 23:00:56 +0100
Morocco: Sentencing of rapper Gnawi to one year in prison a flagrant assault on freedom of expression
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Responding to the news that a Moroccan court has today convicted the rapper Mohamed Mounir – widely known as Gnawi – for insulting public officials and has sentenced him to one year in prison and a fine of 1000 dirhams (100 USD) Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director Heba Morayef said:

“This is a disgraceful verdict. There can be no justification for imprisoning the Moroccan rapper Gnawi for a year simply because...
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Published: Sat, 30 Nov 2019 16:04:55 +0100
Iraq: Eyewitness describes ‘street filled with blood’ as at least 25 protesters killed in security force onslaught
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-A range of different security forces descended on protesters in the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah overnight, killing at least 25 people and injuring scores more by this morning, Amnesty International confirmed after interviewing eyewitnesses and verifying a dozen videos and images from the scene.

The organization urged Iraqi authorities to rein in security forces, amid reports of ongoing use of live ammunition against protesters in Nasiriyah on Thursday...
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Published: Tue, 26 Nov 2019 14:58:50 +0100
Egypt: Aisha el-Shater critically ill amid torture and denial of medical treatment in prison
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Following her arrest in November 2018, sources told Amnesty International that Aisha was subjected to severe beating, electric shocks and enforced disappearance. Her predicament did not end when the authorities ordered her transfer to al-Qanater Women’s Prison in late January 2019. Instead, she has been subjected to prolonged solitary confinement in conditions that amount to torture.

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Published: Tue, 26 Nov 2019 01:38:32 +0100
Iran: More than 100 protesters believed to be killed as top officials give green light to crush protests
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Verified video footage, eyewitness testimony from people on the ground and information gathered from human rights activists outside Iran reveal a harrowing pattern of unlawful killings by Iranian security forces, which have used excessive and lethal force to crush largely peaceful protests in more than 100 cities across Iran sparked by a hike in fuel prices on 15 November, said Amnesty International today.

At least 106 protesters in 21 cities have...
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Published: Sat, 23 Nov 2019 17:18:26 +0100
Hong Kong: Valentine’s Day for transgender activist Vincy
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- Vincy is an up and coming musician in Hong Kong who prefers to use the pronoun “they” to refer to their non-binary, transgender identity. They are 25 years old. They don’t really care about Valentine’s Day, and may not celebrate it this year.

How did you become aware of your gender identity?

I realized that I’m trans in the summer of 2015. I was dating a straight man at that time and he was asking me if I would consider...
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Published: Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:38:39 +0100
Japan: Valentine’s Day for LGBTI rights activist Soshi
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- Soshi Matsuoka is in his final year of university in Tokyo. He is also an active writer, and gives presentations at seminars in schools to broaden people’s understanding of LGBT issues. He finds Valentine’s Day quite unrelated to him, as he thinks it is based on a premise of opposite-sex relationships.

When did you become aware of your sexual orientation?

I became aware of my sexual orientation for the first time in my early teens....
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Published: Tue, 19 Nov 2019 13:43:06 +0100
Pride and Prejudice: Valentine's Day for LGBTI activists in Asia
Pride and Prejudice: Valentine’s Day for 5 LGBTI activists in Asia

Millions of people across the world will celebrate love this Valentine's Day, but what if your government or society doesn't view your love as equal?

Five LGBTI activists from Asia tell how they plan to mark this 14 February, and their hopes to end different kinds of discrimination the LGBTI communities face.

Kris, a queer activist from Fiji
Loving ourselves and our families...
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Published: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 12:57:54 +0100
Your words have power
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- Sometimes a letter can change someone’s life. That’s the premise of Write for Rights, Amnesty’s global letter-writing campaign and the world’s biggest human rights event.

Every December, Amnesty supporters across the globe will write millions of letters for those whose basic human rights are being attacked. They are people like you, continuing a long tradition of writing letters to right some of the world’s biggest wrongs. And it’s...
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Published: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:18:19 +0100
Syria: Families left alone to find answers about disappeared relatives
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The families of tens of thousands of people who have been forcibly disappeared or abducted since the onset of the crisis in Syria in 2011 have suffered years of agony in the face of government denials and insufficient support from the international community, Amnesty International said today.

On International Day of the Disappeared, the organization called for unified international action to support the families who have spent years left alone...
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Published: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 21:26:18 +0100
Myanmar: ICC decision to investigate Rohingya atrocities an important step towards justice
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- Following the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s decision on Thursday to authorize an investigation into alleged crimes committed against Myanmar’s Rohingya population, Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southeast Asia said:

“This decision marks an important step in the fight for justice and accountability in Myanmar. It sends a strong message to the orchestrators of atrocities against Rohingya that their...
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Published: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 18:48:33 +0100
Violence escalates - over 30 dead in Gaza
Middle East Today / Sweden / Stockholm: - An Israeli robotic attack on targets in the Gaza Strip early Thursday demanded six casualties, all civilians, medical personnel said.

Thus, the death toll following Israeli attacks in Gaza has risen to 32 over the past two days.
Violence has risen in the region since Israel says it wants to attack jihadist bases.

Since the Palestinian jihadist leader Israel Baha Abu al-Ata was killed on Tuesday, the Palestinian side has responded...
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Published: Tue, 12 Nov 2019 20:53:13 +0100
Turkey: Decision to re-arrest writer Ahmet Altan a scandalous injustice
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Responding to an official announcement and a promotional video published by Saudi Arabia’s state security agency which categorizes feminism, homosexuality and atheism as ‘extremist ideas’, Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director, said:

“The Saudi state security agency’s announcement which labels feminism, atheism and homosexuality as extremist ideas punishable by jail and flogging is outrageous -...
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Published: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 16:12:55 +0100
World must condemn appalling deterioration of human rights in Iran
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The international community must publicly condemn the deterioration in Iran’s human rights record during the country’s upcoming review session at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 8 November, Amnesty International said today.

The organization urges states taking part in Iran’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to denounce the widespread human rights violations and make concrete recommendations for the Iranian authorities to address them.
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Published: Wed, 06 Nov 2019 23:27:50 +0100
UN: States must denounce Egypt’s disastrous human rights record
UN: States must denounce Egypt’s disastrous human rights record

Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- The international community must demand the immediate release of peaceful protesters, activists and human rights defenders in Egypt following a draconian crackdown that saw more than 3,800 people arrested, many of them randomly, in recent months, said Amnesty International, ahead of the country’s upcoming review session at the UN Human Rights Council on 13 November.
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Published: Tue, 05 Nov 2019 22:23:41 +0100
USA: Trump’s monstrous move to exit Paris climate pact shows contempt for the lives of millions
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Responding to news that Donald Trump is moving to formally exit the Paris climate agreement, making the US the only country in the world not to be part of the pact, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo said:

“Selfish, reckless and monstrous, the continued attempt to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement is potentially the most destructive act of the Trump presidency.

“President Trump may believe his commitment...
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Published: Tue, 05 Nov 2019 07:22:13 +0100
Haiti: Amnesty International verifies evidence of excessive use of force against protesters
Authorities in Haiti must end the unlawful use of force against protesters and guarantee their right to life, Amnesty International said today, after verifying multiple instances of police using excessive force during six weeks of anti-government protests in which at least 35 people were killed, with national police implicated in many of the deaths.

“The images that we have verified shed light on human rights violations by the Haitian authorities. The security forces under the command...
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Published: Mon, 04 Nov 2019 20:06:08 +0100
Bangladesh: Alleged extrajudicial killings in the guise of a ‘war on drugs’
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Bangladeshi authorities have allegedly killed 466 people in 2018 under the guise of an anti-drugs campaign in what appears to be a wave of extrajudicial executions.

There are allegations of enforced disappearance and fabricating evidence by the law enforcement agencies in these suspected extrajudicial executions, a new Amnesty International report reveals.
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Published: Sat, 02 Nov 2019 13:54:15 +0100
Iraq: Gruesome string of fatalities as new tear gas grenades pierce protesters’ skulls
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The Iraqi authorities must ensure anti-riot police and other security forces in Baghdad immediately stop using two previously unseen types of tear gas grenade to kill rather than disperse protesters, Amnesty International urged today after its investigation found they caused at least five protester deaths in as many days.

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Published: Fri, 01 Nov 2019 02:16:46 +0100
Israel/ OPT: Amnesty staff member faces punitive travel ban for human rights work
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The Israeli authorities’ decision to prevent an Amnesty International staff member from travelling abroad for “security reasons”, apparently as a punitive measure against the organization’s human rights work, is another chilling indication of Israel’s growing intolerance of critical voices, Amnesty International said today.
Laith Abu Zeyad, Amnesty International’s Campaigner on Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), was stopped...
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Published: Wed, 30 Oct 2019 12:09:04 +0100
Iran: Authorities committing torture by cruelly amputating man’s hand
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Responding to the Iranian authorities’ announcement yesterday that they had amputated the hand of a man imprisoned for theft in a prison in Sari in the northern province of Mazandaran, Amnesty International’s Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director, Saleh Higazi said:

By carrying out this unspeakably cruel punishment, the Iranian authorities have committed torture which is a crime under international law
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