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Prisoner of conscience in coma still detained in Saudi Arabia during COVID-19 pandemic

The Saudi Arabian authorities must immediately release Dr Abdullah al-Hamid, a prisoner of conscience who remains detained despite being in coma and in critical condition, Amnesty International said today. Dr…

April 17, 2020
Saudi imprisoned human rights defenders Abdullah al-Hamid, Waleed Abu al-Khair and Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani (not pictured) receive the Right Livelihood Award
Saudi imprisoned human rights defenders Abdullah al-Hamid, Waleed Abu al-Khair and Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani (not pictured) receive the Right Livelihood Award represented by Omar al-Qahtani (L), family member of al-Qahtani and the Saudi human rights advocate Yahya Assiri (R), during the Right Livelihood award ceremony at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, on November 23, 2018. (Photo by Meli PETERSSON ELLAFI / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo credit should read MELI PETERSSON ELLAFI/AFP via Getty Images)

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Government in India Must Act As Lives At Risk In Overcrowded Detention Centers In Assam

While steps taken by the Assam Government to release over 700 prisoners to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak are welcome, the Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal must ensure…

April 7, 2020
Customers queue to enter an India Post office to collect their pensions during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Kolkata on April 7, 2020. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP) (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

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Authorities in Tunisia Should Reduce Number of Detainees During COVID-19 Crisis

The Tunisian authorities must urgently consider reducing the number of people detained for breaching emergency health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Amnesty International warned today.

April 2, 2020
TUNIS, TUNISIA - APRIL 02: A health official wearing protective suit gather samples for testing from people with the symptoms of coronavirus within the Covid-19 pandemic precautions in Tunis, Tunisia on April 02, 2020. (Photo by Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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Proposed Emergency Powers in Cambodia Would Obliterate Human Rights

The Cambodian authorities must urgently withdraw or substantially redraft the egregious State of Emergency Law which poses a grave threat to human rights in Cambodia, said Amnesty International today.

April 2, 2020
Cambodian soldiers carry aid, to be used to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, from a Chinese military plane as a Chinese soldier wearing a protective suit looks on at Phnom Penh International Airport on April 1, 2020. - China's Ministry of Defence provided on April 1 medical equipment to the state-run Preah Ket Mealea military hospital to support the fight against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP) (Photo by TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP via Getty Images)


Amnesty International Highlights Human Rights Priorities for Country Responses to COVID-19 

Amnesty International has published recommendations today for countries in Europe, urging them to ensure that their responses to COVID-19 are in line with their international and regional human rights obligations.

April 1, 2020
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 25: A Cruz Roja member is seen at the pavilion that Fira de Barcelona fair prepares to accommodate homeless people during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak on March 25, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images). Fira De Barcelona Shall Accommodate Homeless People. A coalition Cruz Roja, 'Red Cross', Barcelona City Council, Spanish Army, E.T. Logistics Brigade, UME Military Emergency Unit, Urban Guard, Health Personnel and Bombers of Catalonia. For 225 homeless, check them without Coronavirus ready to accommodate them, bunks, showers and food. (Photo by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images)

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Authorities In Chile Must Guarantee The Health Of The Prison Population Against COVID-19

Chilean authorities must speed up the implementation of measures to reduce prison overcrowding and provide all essential services to prevent cases of COVID-19 in the country's prisons, Amnesty International said…

April 1, 2020
SANTIAGO, March 27, 2020 -- A policeman checks a driver's paperwork in Santiago, Chile, March 27, 2020. Chile has adopted a "progressive quarantine" to help control the spread of the disease in the country, where 1,610 cases and five deaths have been registered. The government has closed borders and even isolated some areas, installed sanitary cordons, and imposed a national curfew. (Photo by Jorge Villegas/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/ via Getty Images)

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COVID-19 Response in Canada Needs Human Rights Oversight

Amnesty International is urging governments across Canada to establish oversight committees tasked with monitoring the human rights impact of decisions, policies and laws adopted to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 1, 2020
VANCOUVER, March 31, 2020.A sign showing the direction of a drive-through COVID-19 test site for health care workers is seen in Vancouver, Canada, March 31, 2020. Several satellite sites around the cities are operating 7-day a week offering drive-through COVID-19 test. (Photo by Liang Sen/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/ via Getty Images)

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Prisoners in Syria Should be Released to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

The Syrian authorities must cooperate fully with UN agencies and humanitarian organizations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country’s prisons, detention centers and military hospitals, Amnesty International has…

March 31, 2020
A worker disinfects streets in Damascus
DAMASCUS, March 30, 2020 . A worker disinfects streets in Damascus, Syria, on March 30, 2020. Four new COVID-19 cases were registered in Syria, bringing the total number of the infections to nine, Syria's Health Ministry said on Sunday. (Photo by Ammar Safarjalani/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Ammar Safarjalani via Getty Images)