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13 June 2014

Police seize sex workers and men believed to be gay in Tajikistan’s new ‘morality’ campaign

Tajikistan must immediately cease a campaign of harassment and violence against people accused of “moral crimes”, Amnesty International said today. Police have seized more than 500 sex workers and a number of men suspected of ‘homosexual behaviour’ since 6 June.  

Tags
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Tajikistan
12 June 2014

Post-2015 Agenda: Human rights accountability key to progress Amnesty International tells UN

The UN’s development targets for the next 15 years must hold governments to account on their human rights obligations, Amnesty International has urged ahead of a crucial meeting next week which will help decide the post-2015 Development Agenda.

Tags
  • United Nations,
  • Demand Dignity
12 June 2014

Turkey must abandon ‘show trial’ against Gezi Park protest organizers

Turkey must abandon a politically motivated show trial of a group of peaceful activists charged with organizing “unlawful” protests that swept the country a year ago, said Amnesty International.

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Turkey
12 June 2014

South Africa: Government and police failing to protect Somali refugees from deadly attacks

Attacks on Somali-owned shops in and around Mamelodi township over the last six days have cost lives and livelihoods and are part of a disturbing trend of violence against refugees and migrants which the police and government are failing to address, Amnesty International said.

12 June 2014

World must follow Denmark’s example after landmark transgender law

A landmark law in Denmark making it easier for transgender people to change their legal gender should set an example to governments across the world, Amnesty International said. 

Tags
  • Discrimination,
  • My Body My Rights
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Denmark
12 June 2014

Brazil: Military police issued “yellow card” after brutal repression

The Brazilian authorities’ promises that the opening of the World Cup would be a global celebration ring hollow as police brutally repressed peaceful protesters in Sao Paulo, injuring at least two journalists, Amnesty International said. 

Region Americas
Country Brazil
11 June 2014

Egypt: 25 activists sentenced as al-Sisi tightens grip on human rights

The sentencing today by the Cairo Criminal Court of leading activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah and 24 others to 15 years in prison on politically motivated charges is an outrageous travesty of justice, said Amnesty International.  

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Egypt
11 June 2014

Iraq: Civilians must be protected following insurgents’ takeover of Mosul

Civilians caught up in fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul must be protected at all costs and allowed to safely leave the conflict zone, Amnesty International said after an estimated 500,000 people were forced to flee their homes in the area.

Tags
  • MENA unrest
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iraq
11 June 2014

Paraguay: Celebrations as law will return ancestral land to indigenous community after two decades of destitution

The law signed today by the President of Paraguay that enables the Sawhoyamaxa to return to their ancestral land is a triumph for an indigenous community that has been fighting for its rights for more than 20 years, said Amnesty International.

Region Americas
Country Paraguay
10 June 2014

Turkey: Demonstrators on trial, police unpunished

One year on from the Gezi Park protests, the government’s approach to demonstrations is as abusive as ever while impunity for police violence is rampant

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Turkey

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