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July 9, 2018 • Press Release

Myanmar: Charging of Reuters journalists a black day for press freedom

Responding to today’s decision by a Yangon court to formally charge Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, with breaching the country’s Official Secrets Act, Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International’s Director of Crisis Response, said: “This is a black day for press freedom in Myanmar. The court’s decision to proceed with this farcical, politically motivated case …

July 9, 2018 • Press Release

Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s eighth Secretary General, to join Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy as Senior Fellow in 2018-19

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced today that Salil Shetty, the outgoing Secretary General of Amnesty International, will join the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy as a Senior Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year.

July 6, 2018 • Press Release

Turkey: Conviction of six Zaman journalists “sends further shock through an already devastated media landscape”

Following the sentencing of six former columnists and editors of the shuttered Zaman newspaper to jail terms of between eight-and-a-half and ten-and-a-half years, and the acquittal of five others, Fotis Filippou, Amnesty International’s Campaign Director for Europe said:

July 5, 2018 • Press Release

Amnesty International movement to vote on abortion and drug control policy positions

Amnesty International will be debating proposals to tackle the devastating human rights consequences of misguided attempts by countries to criminalize and restrict abortion and to punish people for using drugs. Delegates from around the world will be gathering in Warsaw, Poland, over July 6-8 to hold crucial votes on the organization’s positions on safe and …

July 5, 2018 • Press Release

Israel’s demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and transfer of its inhabitants are war crimes

Israel’s forcible transfer of Palestinians from their homes and settling of Israeli civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories violate the Fourth Geneva Convention and are war crimes, Amnesty International said as it continues to monitor the fast-changing situation on the ground in the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar. This morning Israeli security forces closed off …

July 5, 2018 • Press Release

UN: Next week, world leaders must take steps to end child migration detention for good

With hundreds of traumatized children still trapped in detention centres in the USA as a result of the Trump administration’s family separation policy, Amnesty International is calling on world leaders to take action by including a commitment to end child migration detention in the text of the Global Compact on Migration (GCM), which enters the final stage of negotiations next week.

July 3, 2018 • Press Release

Nicaragua: Government commitment to dialogue appears insincere

In response to the constant repression of the Nicaraguan population by the government of President Daniel Ortega, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said:

July 2, 2018 • Report

Sierra Leone: New government must prioritize ending police crackdowns on peaceful protesters

The new government of Sierra Leone must start fulfilling its promises to improve the human rights situation in the country by lifting restrictions on peaceful demonstrations and ending entrenched impunity for police killings of protesters, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

July 2, 2018 • Press Release

Syria: Civilians in Daraa trapped as attacks intensify

Civilians in Syria’s southern Daraa province are facing death and destruction as the government ramps up a merciless campaign of indiscriminate artillery shelling and air strikes that include repeated attacks on hospitals, Amnesty International said today. The organization has urged the Jordanian government to open its borders to people seeking to flee the area, beginning with those who are sick and injured.

July 1, 2018 • Report

Indonesia: Police and military unlawfully kill almost 100 people in Papua in eight years with near total impunity

Indonesian security forces have unlawfully killed at least 95 people in little more than eight years in the restive eastern provinces of Papua and West Papua, with the overwhelming majority of perpetrators never being held to account for these crimes, Amnesty International reveals in a new report today. All but 10 of the victims were of Papuan ethnicity. The …

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