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24 November 2009

Women face abuse in Tajikistan: Don’t keep it in the family

The authorities in Tajikistan must properly prosecute violence against women as a criminal offence
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Tajikistan
24 November 2009

Tunisia: Authorities must release dissenting journalist

The Tunisian authorities must immediately release a well known government critic, journalist Taoufik Ben Brik, Amnesty International said today, and drop trumped up charges that could lead to his being imprisoned for up to five years.
Tags
  • Freedom Of Expression
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Tunisia
23 November 2009

China: Free activist who defended earthquake victims

Amnesty International today urged the Chinese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Huang Qi, a human rights defender who worked with the victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and was sentenced today to three years’ imprisonment.

The Court said the conviction was based on two city level documents found in Huang Qi’s house and found him guilty of “unlawfully holding state secrets”. Several dozen police surrounded the courts this morning, and after negotiation only his wife and mother were allowed to enter. Several local women supporters who requested to enter the court to hear the sentence were beaten and injured. There was only a verbal announcement and no written verdict has given to the family. Huang Qi’s lawyers were not able to come from Beijing to attend due to the short notice. Huang Qi protested immediately and said he will appeal. The judge asked court police taken him away and not allowed him to speak.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
23 November 2009

Philippines: Abduction and killings of journalists and politicians must be investigated

Amnesty International condemns the killings of at least 21 civilians, including journalists and members of a politician’s family, in the southern Philippines province of Maguindanao, the first reported killings linked to national elections to be held in May 2010.

A group of about 45 people were ambushed and abducted by about 100 armed men, according to reports. The military recovered the bodies of 13 women and eight men—some of them mutilated.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Philippines
23 November 2009

Sri Lanka: Promise to free displaced must be followed by concrete action

Amnesty International welcomes the government of Sri Lanka’s promise to lift by 1 December any restrictions on movement of at least 130,000 people displaced by the war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam.
Tags
  • Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Sri Lanka
20 November 2009

Denmark: Government must arrest Sudanese President if he attends climate conference

Amnesty International has learned that the Danish government has invited Sudanese President al Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur, to attend a meeting in Copenhagen on climate change in December.  
Tags
  • International Justice
Region Africa
Country Sudan
20 November 2009

China: Activists under threat after Obama visit

Chinese authorities must stop the harassment and arbitrary detention of dozens of human rights lawyers and activists who were targeted during US President Obama’s visit to the country earlier this week, Amnesty International said today.

Security forces have kept dozens of lawyers and activists under house arrest or under surveillance during President Obama’s visit and prevented them from having any contact with foreign journalists reporting on the visit.

“It is a very negative sign that the Chinese government now actually steps up its repressive tactics during sensitive public events,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director.

“This is a clear signal to China’s civil society, as well as to the United States, that the Chinese government will not abide by its international human rights obligations even when it knows the whole world is watching.” Said Sam Zarifi.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
19 November 2009

Egypt: Military Court of Appeals fails to rectify injustice

Amnesty International condemns the failure of Egypt's military appeals court to overturn sentences imposed on leading members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood organization after unfair trials and calls on the authorities to stop trying civilians in military tribunals.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Egypt
18 November 2009

Haiti: Government must eradicate child slavery

Authorities in Haiti must enact legislation to protect children working as domestic help in conditions that amount to slavery, said Amnesty International ahead of Universal Children’s Day.
Tags
  • Children
Region Americas
Country Haiti
18 November 2009

Australia: Government must end state-sponsored racially discriminatory measures

Slamming decades of failure by Australian governments to address the dire living conditions, disempowerment and discrimination faced by many of the country’s Indigenous peoples, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Irene Khan warned that the government of Prime Minister Rudd must not squander its unique opportunity to right these historic wrongs.
Tags
  • Indigenous peoples
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Australia

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