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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.
  • 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.
  • Indigenous peoples
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Australia
18 November 2009

Afghanistan: President Karzai must commit to human rights

Amnesty International urges Afghanistan’s newly re-elected President Hamid Karzai to prioritize human rights and the rule of law in his second term in order to strengthen the country’s stability and security.

“Afghans from around the country continue to tell us that they suffer from poor governance, endemic corruption, a weak and inept justice system and lack of respect for human rights and rule of law,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director. “All these factors weaken support for the government and its international allies.”

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Afghanistan
18 November 2009

Future of Guantánamo detainees must be resolved

The US government must redouble efforts to resolve the future of detainees still held at the military facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Amnesty International said after President Barack Obama acknowledged his administration would not meet his deadline for its closure.
  • Security with Human Rights
Region Americas
Country USA
18 November 2009

Amnesty International visits Honduras to assess human rights situation

An Amnesty International delegation will be travelling to Honduras between 24 November and 4 December to assess the human rights situation in the context of the political crisis facing the Central American nation.
Region Americas
Country Honduras
18 November 2009

Singapore: Defamation case threatens press freedom

The Singaporean parliament should enact new legislation protecting freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today, after a magazine and its editor agreed to pay S$405,000 (Approximately US$290,000) following a fine by the country’s highest court for alleged defamation.

The Dow Jones Company-owned Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER) magazine and its editor Hugo Restal had published an article critical of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his father, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

The 2006 article entitled "Singapore's 'Martyr', Chee Soon Juan", contained allegations against the two leaders, including of corruption, which the Singapore Court of Appeal ruled as defamatory.

Dow Jones Company denied any wrongdoing but said they had to pay the fine.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Malaysia
17 November 2009

Egypt: Cairo’s poorest risk being buried alive in their homes

The Egyptian authorities must take immediate and inclusive steps to protect Cairo’s poorest inhabitants living in ‘unsafe areas’ where they are at risk from rockslides and other dangers, Amnesty International said in a new report released today.
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Egypt
16 November 2009

Mozambique: No justice for grieving victims of police killings

Amnesty International today urged the authorities in Mozambique to properly investigate and prosecute police officers suspected of unlawful killings, with families continually obstructed from getting justice over the deaths of their relatives.
Region Africa
Country Mozambique
15 November 2009

US: Reform Afghanistan Detention Policy as New Facility Opens, Prisoner Rights Still Lacking

(London November 15, 2009) –The Obama administration should revise its detention policies in Afghanistan to make them consistent with international law, Amnesty International, Human Rights First, and Human Rights Watch said today.
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Afghanistan
13 November 2009

Macedonia: Guarantee the right to freedom of peaceful assembly

Amnesty International today welcomed the commitment by the Macedonian authorities to ensure that the International Day for Tolerance march in Skopje goes ahead on 16 November without hindrance
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Macedonia

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