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Egypt: Post-election fears for human rights as impunity holds fast - 23 May 2014

Headline Title:  Egypt: Post-election fears for human rights as impunity holds fast Egypt is likely to continue to face a downward spiral of human rights abuses following the presidential elections, after candidates failed to commit to much-needed reforms to ensure those responsib Egypt is likely to continue to face a downward spiral of human rights abuses following the presidential elections, after candidates failed to commit to much-needed reforms to ensure those responsible for abuse face justice. Media Node:  Egypt ballot box AR Twitter Tag:  Egypt Story Location:  Egypt 26° 16' 43.104" N, 28° 18' 2.8116" E “This election will not wipe the slate clean after 10 months of gross human rights violations. ” Source:  Hassiba Hadj- Sahraoui, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International. URL:  Egypt: Key human rights concerns ahead of presidential elections Description:  Read the full briefing

Zimbabwe: Anniversary of new Constitution no cause for celebration - 22 May 2014

Headline Title:  Zimbabwe: Anniversary of new Constitution no cause for celebration Legislation restricting internationally recognized human rights is still in place in Zimbabwe, one year after the new Constitution was signed into law promising improved civil liberties for all, Am Legislation restricting internationally recognized human rights is still in place in Zimbabwe, one year after the new Constitution was signed into law promising improved civil liberties for all, Amnesty International said today.  Media Node:  Zimbabwe Constitution anniversary Story Location:  Zimbabue 18° 41' 27.6036" S, 27° 59' 35.3904" E “A year ago the people of Zimbabwe were celebrating a new Constitution which promised a much improved Declaration of Rights. Unfortunately, the government has since failed to amend or repeal all the laws rendered unconstitutional and continues to use these laws to repress people exercising their rights in Zimbabwe. ” Source:  Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director of Southern Africa Date:  Thu, 22/05/2014 URL:  Zimbabwe's human rights record remains poor despite safeguards in new Constitution Description:  News story, 25 November 2013 URL:  Human Rights Agenda for the New Government – 2013 to 2018 Description:  Briefing, 25 November 2013 URL:  New Zimbabwe constitution can usher in new culture of human rights Description:  News story, 22 May 2013

مراجعة الأمم المتحدة للأوضاع في قطر: ينبغي إجراء إصلاحات جذرية لحماية النساء والعمال المهاجرين - 7 May 2014

Headline Title:  مراجعة الأمم المتحدة للأوضاع في قطر: ينبغي إجراء إصلاحات جذرية لحماية النساء والعمال المها قالت منظمة العفو الدولية إنه قبل موعد إجراء الاستعراض الدوري الشامل في مجلس حقوق الإنسان التابع للأمم المتحدة في جنيف غداً، يتعين على الحكومة القطرية إجراء إصلاحات جذرية لحماية العمال المهاجرين وال قبل موعد إجراء الاستعراض الدوري الشامل في مجلس حقوق الإنسان التابع للأمم المتحدة في جنيف غداً، يتعين على الحكومة القطرية إجراء إصلاحات جذرية لحماية العمال المهاجرين والتصدي للعنف المنـزلي كي تتمكن من الإيفاء بالمعايير الدولية Media Node:  Qatar UPR - migrants AR Story Location:  Qatar 25° 30' 10.026" N, 51° 13' 5.7432" E “على الرغم من التأكيدات المتكررة من قبل الحكومة القطرية بأن التغيير جارٍ، فإنها لا تزال تقصِّر عن الإيفاء بتلك الوعود المتعلقة بالقيود الصارمة المفروضة على حرية التعبير، وحوادث التعذيب في الحجز، والقوانين التي تسمح باستغلال العمال المهاجرين وخذلان ضحايا العنف المنـزلي ” Source:  فيليب لوثر، مدير برنامج الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا في منظمة العفو الدولية Date:  Wed, 07/05/2014 URL:  Qatar: Human rights concerns linger including ill-treatment of migrant workers, women and detainees Description:  Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review, May 2014 URL:  Foreign domestic workers in Qatar: Shocking cases of deception, forced labour, violence Description:  News story/report, 23 April 2014 URL:  Qatar: End corporate exploitation of migrant construction workers Description:  News story/report, 17 November 2013

Qatar UN review: Crucial reforms needed to protect women and migrant workers - 7 May 2014

Headline Title:  Qatar UN review: Crucial reforms needed to protect women and migrant workers Qatar’s government must introduce sweeping reforms to protect migrant workers and tackle domestic violence in order to meet international standards, said Amnesty International, ahead of the country Qatar’s government must introduce sweeping reforms to protect migrant workers and tackle domestic violence in order to meet international standards, said Amnesty International, ahead of the country’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today. Media Node:  Qatar UPR - migrants Story Location:  Qatar 25° 30' 10.026" N, 51° 13' 5.7432" E “Despite repeated assurances that change is afoot, Qatar continues to fall short with severe restrictions on freedom of expression, incidents of torture in detention and laws that enable the exploitation of migrant workers and fail victims of domestic violence ” Source:  Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme Date:  Wed, 07/05/2014 URL:  Qatar: Human rights concerns linger including ill-treatment of migrant workers, women and detainees Description:  Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review, May 2014 URL:  Foreign domestic workers in Qatar: Shocking cases of deception, forced labour, violence Description:  News story/report, 23 April 2014 URL:  Qatar: End corporate exploitation of migrant construction workers Description:  News story/report, 17 November 2013

Azerbaijan to chair Council of Europe amid climate of fear and suppression - 6 May 2014

Headline Title:  Azerbaijan to chair Council of Europe amid climate of fear and suppression Azerbaijan’s human rights situation remains dire as it gears up to assume the six-month chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 14 May 2014, Amnesty International sai Azerbaijan’s human rights situation remains dire as it gears up to assume the six-month chairmanship of the  Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 14 May 2014.   Media Node:  Azerbaijan COE Chair Story Location:  Azerbaïdjan 40° 29' 29.2308" N, 49° 8' 30.6456" E “Through its Constitution and membership of the Council of Europe, Azerbaijan has declared its commitment to respect and protect fundamental human rights. However, its legislation, policies and practices are testimony of its failure to live up to its national and international human rights commitments and obligations.” Source:  Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director of the Europe and Central Asia Programme at Amnesty International URL:  Release pro-democracy youth activists in Azerbaijan Description:  Take action URL:  Azerbaijan: Human rights start at home! Description:  Blog, 7 May 2014 URL:  Behind Bars: Silencing dissent in Azerbaijan Description:  Report, 6 May 2014 URL:  Azerbaijan Description:  More of Amnesty International's work on human rights in Azerbaijan URL:  Council of Europe Description:  More of Amnesty International's work on the Council of Europe

Ukraine: Rights at risk in Slovyansk - 2 May 2014

Headline Title:  Ukraine: Rights at risk in Slovyansk There are increasing fears for the safety of the local population in Slovyansk as the Ukrainian forces are trying to re-assert control over the eastern Ukrainian town, Amnesty International said to There are increasing fears for the safety of the local population in Slovyansk as the Ukrainian forces are trying to re-assert control over the eastern Ukrainian town.  Media Node:  Ukraine Twitter Tag:  Ukraine Story Location:  Ukraine 46° 51' 29.2932" N, 34° 8' 45.6252" E “As the operation intensifies there is an ever present risk of bystanders being caught in the cross fire. We are calling on all sides to refrain from committing human rights abuses. ” Source:  Heather McGill, Amnesty International researcher on Ukraine.

Brunei Darussalam: Revoke new Penal Code allowing stoning, whipping and amputation - 30 April 2014

Headline Title:  Brunei Darussalam: Revoke new Penal Code allowing stoning, whipping and amputation Brunei Darussalam’s shocking new Penal Code will take the country back to the dark ages when it comes to human rights, Amnesty International said. Brunei Darussalam’s shocking new Penal Code will take the country back to the dark ages when it comes to human rights. Media Node:  Brunei Twitter Tag:  Brunei Story Location:  Reino Unido 4° 22' 59.736" N, 114° 36' 35.5464" E See map: Google Maps “Brunei Darussalam’s new Penal Code legalizes cruel and inhuman punishments. It makes a mockery of the country’s international human rights commitments and must be revoked immediately. ” Source:  Rupert Abbott, Deputy Asia-Pacific Director at Amnesty International. URL:  Brunei Darussalam: Authorities must immediately revoke new Penal Code Description:  Public Statement, 17 April 2014.

عاملات المنازل الأجنبيات في قطر: حالات صادمة من الخداع والعمل الجبري والعنف - 23 April 2014

Headline Title:  عاملات المنازل الأجنبيات في قطر: حالات صادمة من الخداع والعمل الجبري والعنف في معرض تقرير جديد تنشره اليوم، صرحت منظمة العفو الدولية أن السلطات القطرية لا زالت تخذل عاملات المنازل المهاجرات اللائي يتعرضن لاستغلال كبير، بما في ذلك العمل الجبري وال في معرض تقرير جديد تنشره اليوم، صرحت منظمة العفو الدولية أن السلطات القطرية لا زالت تخذل عاملات المنازل المهاجرات اللائي يتعرضن لاستغلال كبير، بما في ذلك العمل الجبري والعنف الجسدي والجنسي Media Node:  Qatar migrant domestic workers AR Story Location:  Qatar 25° 26' 2.3064" N, 51° 21' 59.6772" E “تقع عاملات المنازل المهاجرات ضحايا لنظام تمييزي يحرمهن من أشكال الحماية الأساسية، تاركا إياهن عرضة للاستغلال والإساءة، بما في ذلك العمل الجبري والاتجار بالبشر” Source:  أودري كوكران مديرة برنامج القضايا العالمية بمنظمة العفو الدولية Date:  Wed, 23/04/2014 URL:  “My sleep is my break”: Exploitation of domestic workers in Qatar Description:  Read the full report URL:  The Dark Side of Migration: Spotlight on Qatar’s construction sector ahead of the World Cup Description:  Report, 17 November 2013 URL:  Qatar: End corporate exploitation of migrant construction workers Description:  News story, 17 November 2013 URL:  Exploited and struggling to survive in Qatar Description:  Feature, 17 November 2013

Foreign domestic workers in Qatar: Shocking cases of deception, forced labour, violence - 23 April 2014

Headline Title:  Foreign domestic workers in Qatar: Shocking cases of deception, forced labour, violence The Qatari authorities are failing to protect migrant domestic workers who face severe exploitation, including forced labour and physical and sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new re The Qatari authorities are failing to protect migrant domestic workers who face severe exploitation, including forced labour and physical and sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.  Media Node:  Qatar migrant domestic workers Story Location:  Qatar 25° 26' 2.3064" N, 51° 21' 59.6772" E “Migrant domestic workers are victims of a discriminatory system that denies them basic protections and leaves them open to exploitation and abuse including forced labour and human trafficking ” Source:  Audrey Gaughran, Amnesty International’s Global Issues Director Date:  Wed, 23/04/2014 URL:  “My sleep is my break”: Exploitation of domestic workers in Qatar Description:  Read the full report URL:  Stop the abuse of migrant workers in Qatar Description:  Take action URL:  The Dark Side of Migration: Spotlight on Qatar’s construction sector ahead of the World Cup Description:  Report, 17 November 2013 URL:  Qatar: End corporate exploitation of migrant construction workers Description:  News story, 17 November 2013 URL:  Exploited and struggling to survive in Qatar Description:  Feature, 17 November 2013

الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية/ المملكة المتحدة: سنودن يزعم أن وكالات التجسس استهدفت المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان - 8 April 2014

Headline Title:  الولايات المتحدة/المملكة المتحدة: سنودن: وكالات التجسس استهدفت المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان إدوارد سنودن الموظف المتعاقد السابق مع الاستخبارات الأمريكية الذي أذاع بعض أسرارها،  تشير أحدث ادعاءاته إلى خطر حقيقي جدا يتمثل في أن المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان، بمن إدوارد سنودن الموظف المتعاقد السابق مع الاستخبارات الأمريكية الذي أذاع بعض أسرارها،  تشير أحدث ادعاءاته إلى خطر حقيقي جدا يتمثل في أن المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان، بمن فيهم موظفو منظمة العفو الدولية، كانوا أهدافاً للمراقبة الشاملة من قبل وكالات التجسس الأمريكية والبريطانية  Media Node:  Snowden PACE remarks AR Twitter Tag:  Surveillance Story Location:  United States 34° 46' 4.0404" N, 85° 38' 57.8904" W See map: Google Maps “وكالة الأمن القومي في واقع الأمر قد استهدفت على وجه التحديد اتصالات إما للقادة أو لفرق العاملين في عدد من المنظمات المدنية البحتة أو حقوق الإنسان” Source:  إدوارد سنودن الموظف المتعاقد السابق مع الاستخبارات الأمريكية الذي أذاع بعض أسرارها Date:  Tue, 08/04/2014 “إن هذه الادعاءات، إذا دعمت بالأدلة، من شأنها أن تؤكد مخاوفنا منذ فترة طويلة من أن وكالات الاستخبارات الدولة مثل وكالة الأمن القومي و رئاسة الاتصالات الحكومية قد وضعت منظمات حقوق الإنسان لمراقبة الشامل طول الوقت” Source:  مايكل بوكانيك، مدير أول قسم القانون الدولي و السياسة في منظمة العفو الدولية Date:  Tue, 08/04/2014 URL:  New global coalition urges governments to keep surveillance technologies in check Description:  News story, 4 April 2014 URL:  Solving the ‘Big Brother Problem’ That Affects Every One of Us Description:  Blog, 22 January 2014 URL:  Surveillance without oversight a danger to society Description:  Blog, 20 June 2013 URL:  The lives of others – the USA must do more than ‘tighten the bolts’ on surveillance Description:  Blog, 15 August 2013 URL:  USA: Revelations about government surveillance ‘raise red flags’ Description:  News story, 7 June 2013

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