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Published: Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:07:46 +0200
Afghanistan: Shocking disregard for civilians as US drone strike adds to death toll
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Responding to the reported killing of numerous farmers in a US drone strike in Afghanistan, on the same day that 20 civilians were reportedly killed in a suicide bomb attack on a hospital, Amnesty International USA’s Security with Human Rights Director Daphne Eviatar said:

“On yet another deadly day in Afghanistan, once again it is civilians who bear the brunt of the violence involving armed groups, the Afghan government and their backers in...
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Published: Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:45:22 +0200
Egyptian stock exchange among the world's best
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm: - Funds Egypt is one of the world's best markets this year, up about 25 percent in US dollars. Right now, the Egyptian stock market is attracting large amounts of foreign capital following several major reforms launched after the devaluation in 2016.

The major reform package is the basis of foreign capital's interest in the Egyptian market. According to Reuters, foreigners account for about 35 percent of trading on the Cairo stock exchange.
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Published: Sat, 14 Sep 2019 20:29:26 +0200
Israel Discriminatory measures undermine Palestinian representation in Knesset
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Palestinians elected to Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, are being targeted by discriminatory regulations and legislation that undermine their ability to represent and defend the rights of the Palestinian minority population in Israel, Amnesty International said in a new briefing published today, ahead of upcoming Israeli elections on 17 September.

Elected but restricted: Shrinking space for Palestinian parliamentarians in Israel’s Knesset,...
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Published: Fri, 13 Sep 2019 01:56:31 +0200
Egypt: Calls for investigation into death in custody of al-Aqrab prisoner
Egyptian authorities must urgently carry out a thorough, prompt, independent and impartial investigation into the death in custody of 30-year-old Hossam Hamed, a prisoner at al-Aqrab prison who has been in solitary confinement since at least 3 August 2019, amid allegations that he was tortured said Amnesty International.

Testimony from three sources close to the incident indicate that Hossam Hamed was repeatedly physically assaulted by prison guards while being held in solitary confinement...
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Published: Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:37:54 +0200
Hong Kong: Hundreds of thousands march peacefully against proposed extradition bill
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-In response to another march this afternoon where hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets, Man-Kei Tam, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong said:

“The people of Hong Kong have once again demonstrated their resolve by taking part in a peaceful demonstration against a proposed extradition bill.

The Hong Kong government must immediately withdraw the extradition law amendments, ensure the right to freedom of peaceful...
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Published: Wed, 21 Aug 2019 20:29:53 +0200
Zimbabwe: Police must be held accountable for appalling assault on protesters
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-In response to the brutal assault on peaceful protesters who gathered in the Harare CBD earlier today in anticipation of the “16 August” national protests, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, said:



“The scenes in Harare today demonstrate just how far the authorities will go to repress dissent. Baton-wielding police unleashed a brutal assault on protesters, who had gathered...
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Published: Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:27:23 +0200
UK must refuse extradition of Julian Assange to the United States
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Following the formal extradition request by the United States to the United Kingdom for Julian Assange and ahead of tomorrow’s extradition hearing in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Massimo Moratti, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe, said:

“The British government must not accede to the US extradition request for Julian Assange as he faces a real risk of serious human rights violations if sent there. The UK must comply...
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Published: Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:52:17 +0200
Sudan: Former president Omar al-Bashir must not escape international trial
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir must face justice for crimes under international law, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, that he allegedly committed in Darfur while in power, Amnesty International said ahead of the start of his trial on corruption charges on 18 August in Khartoum.

While this trial is a positive step towards accountability for some of his alleged crimes, he remains wanted for heinous crimes committed...
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Published: Sat, 17 Aug 2019 15:26:32 +0200
Egypt: Peaceful activists among hundreds subjected to arbitrary overnight probation measures
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Egyptian authorities are continuing their use of arbitrary and excessive overnight probation measures to further punish peaceful activists by forcing them to overnight in crowded police cells after their release from prison, said Amnesty International today.

The Egyptian authorities are relying on arbitrary and excessive probation measures as a repressive tactic to intimidate peaceful activists into silence after their release from prison
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Published: Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:26:34 +0200
Egypt: Mass hunger strike at al-Aqrab prison over denial of family visits and dire conditions
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The Egyptian authorities must immediately end cruel and inhumane detention conditions and allow regular family visits at al-Aqrab maximum security prison in Tora where approximately 130 detainees have gone on a mass hunger strike for more than six weeks, said Amnesty International today. Many of those on strike were arrested more than two years ago and have not been allowed a single visit from their families or lawyers.

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Published: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 22:31:29 +0200
Lebanon: Decision to cancel Mashrou’ Leila concert an alarming indicator of the state of freedom of expression
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Responding to a statement issued by the organizers of the Byblos International Festival stating they were forced to cancel a performance by the band Mashrou’ Leila, that was due to take place on 9 August, “to prevent bloodshed and maintain security and stability”, following a hate campaign targeting the group, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director Lynn Maalouf said:

“This decision is a devastating blow for the right to...
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Published: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:46:44 +0200
Google must fully commit to never censor search in China
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Responding to the statement by a senior Google executive that the company has “terminated” plans to launch Project Dragonfly, its censored search engine for China, Joe Westby, researcher on technology and human rights at Amnesty Tech, said:

Google must now go one step further and commit to never aid China’s large-scale censorship and surveillance. The company’s past evasiveness on this issue leaves the door open to future abuses.
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Published: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:34:10 +0200
South Sudan: Authorities crackdown on critics in cross-border campaign of intimidation
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- The South Sudanese authorities have in recent months escalated their crackdown on peaceful dissent by conducting a cross-border campaign of harassment, intimidation and attacks against critics to prevent a series of global protests on the country’s leadership from taking place, reveals a new briefing by Amnesty International.

The protests organized by the Red Card Movement (RCM), a nascent South Sudanese youth movement open to any individual...
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Published: Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:29:25 +0200
Syria: Families left alone to find answers about disappeared relatives
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The families of tens of thousands of people who have been forcibly disappeared or abducted since the onset of the crisis in Syria in 2011 have suffered years of agony in the face of government denials and insufficient support from the international community, Amnesty International said today.

On International Day of the Disappeared, the organization called for unified international action to support the families who have spent years left alone...
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Published: Sun, 15 Sep 2019 14:02:51 +0200
Egypt's Sisi makes first public remarks on viral videos accusing him of corruption
President confirms new palaces being built using public money, but says they do not belong to him but rather to the people

Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi responded on Saturday for the first time to a series of videos by an Egyptian whistleblower who accused him of misappropriating millions of dollars of public funds on personal projects.

The video testimonies by Egyptian film star and property tycoon Mohamed Ali have gone...
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Published: Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:39:54 +0200
Israeli spyware firm NSO must match words with action
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- NSO needs to demonstrate this is more than an attempt to whitewash its tarnished reputation. It doesn’t get to pick and choose when it should respect human rights.
Danna Ingleton, Deputy Director of Amnesty Tech.

Responding to news that Israeli spyware firm NSO Group, whose malicious technology has been used by governments to target activists, has announced it will respect human rights and take steps to prevent its tools being used...
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Published: Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:18:14 +0200
TURKEY: END POST ELECTION CRACKDOWN ON PEACEFUL DISSENT
Peaceful protests against the government’s arbitrary decision to remove from office mayors elected in March in three provinces in eastern Turkey have been met with excessive and abusive force by police in several cities and towns across the country. Amnesty International calls on the authorities in Turkey to end this politically motivated crackdown and bring the country’s laws and their use in line with international human rights law and standards; for the immediate and unconditional release...
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Published: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 21:45:50 +0200
Fresh wave of phishing attacks targeting journalists and human rights activists in MENA
Attackers who use phishing scams to target human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are developing increasingly sophisticated techniques to infiltrate their accounts and evade digital security tools, according to new research published by Amnesty Tech.

The organization highlighted three key tactics attackers are employing to ensnare people who take extra steps to secure their accounts online. These include asking users to reset the password on their Google accounts;...
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Published: Wed, 21 Aug 2019 20:13:26 +0200
El Salvador: Acquittal of Evelyn Hernández is a victory for human rights
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-In response to a ruling by a court today in El Salvador under which Evelyn Hernández was acquitted of charges for aggravated homicide, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said:

“This is a resounding victory for the rights of women in El Salvador. It reaffirms that no woman should be wrongly accused of homicide for the simple fact of suffering an obstetric emergency. Now that Evelyn has been acquitted, Amnesty International...
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Published: Sun, 18 Aug 2019 21:44:28 +0200
Italy/Malta/Spain: 121 people including babies and children stranded at sea in searing heat must be allowed to dock
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-More than 30 children, including two babies, and nearly 90 men and women stranded at sea in searing temperatures, must be immediately allowed to dock, said Amnesty International, as the stand-off between the Italian, Maltese and Spanish authorities and a NGO rescue ship enters its second week.

Despite mounting concerns for their well-being, Italian and Maltese authorities are refusing a port where they could safely be disembarked. Spanish authorities...
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Published: Sun, 18 Aug 2019 18:13:38 +0200
Hong Kong: Police should exercise restraint to avoid escalating violence
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-In response to police operations on Aug 11, where rounds of tear gas and rubber bullets were fired, Man-Kei Tam, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong said:

“Hong Kong police have once again used tear gas and rubber bullets in a way that have fallen short of international standards. Firing at retreating protesters in confined areas where they had little time to leave goes against the purported objective of dispersing a crowd.”
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Published: Sat, 17 Aug 2019 14:59:00 +0200
Egypt: Five ways the legacy of the Rabaa dispersal still haunts Egyptians today
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Six years ago, Egyptian security forces killed at least 900 individuals and injured more than a thousand during the dispersal of sit-ins in Rabaa al-Adawiya and al-Nahda squares in Greater Cairo. According to official statistics, eight security officers were also killed that day. For many of those directly affected and their families, the legacy of that dark day still lingers.

Death sentences: 75 men have been sentenced to death in relation to...
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Published: Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:02:38 +0200
Egypt: Bitter legacy of Rabaa massacre continues to haunt Egyptians
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The bloody events of 14 August 2013, when Egyptian security forces killed at least 900 people during the violent dispersal of mass anti-government sit-ins in Rabaa al-Adawiya and al-Nahda squares, has cast a shadow over Egyptian society that lingers to this day, said Amnesty International today.

More than 650 people who participated in the sit-in were given prison sentences of up to 25 years and 75 others were sentenced to death after a grossly...
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Published: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 21:17:45 +0200
Tanzania: Free arrested journalist immediately and unconditionally
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Following the arrest and detention of Tanzanian investigative journalist Erick Kabendera, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Joan Nyanyuki, said:

The arrest of Erick Kabendera is an assault on press freedom and further underlines the rising repression of journalists and perceived government critics in Tanzania.
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Published: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 19:24:30 +0200
"I am 15. I’m blocking your commute so my generation has jobs to go to, and a planet to live on."
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- “I am going to be late for work because of you! You lot don’t have jobs to go to!” a red-faced woman yelled at last month’s youth climate march in London. Admittedly, by occupying Westminster Bridge, the schoolchildren I was with had caused some disruption, but that was the point. Commuters might be late for work, but we will not have jobs to go to or even have a healthy planet to live on unless our governments take immediate action on climate change.
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Published: Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:07:46 +0200
Afghanistan: Shocking disregard for civilians as US drone strike adds to death toll
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Published: Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:29:25 +0200
Syria: Families left alone to find answers about disappeared relatives
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Published: Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:45:22 +0200
Egyptian stock exchange among the world's best
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Published: Sun, 15 Sep 2019 14:02:51 +0200
Egypt's Sisi makes first public remarks on viral videos accusing him of corruption
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Published: Sat, 14 Sep 2019 20:29:26 +0200
Israel Discriminatory measures undermine Palestinian representation in Knesset
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Published: Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:39:54 +0200
Israeli spyware firm NSO must match words with action
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Published: Fri, 13 Sep 2019 01:56:31 +0200
Egypt: Calls for investigation into death in custody of al-Aqrab prisoner
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Published: Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:18:14 +0200
TURKEY: END POST ELECTION CRACKDOWN ON PEACEFUL DISSENT
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Published: Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:37:54 +0200
Hong Kong: Hundreds of thousands march peacefully against proposed extradition bill
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Published: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 21:45:50 +0200
Fresh wave of phishing attacks targeting journalists and human rights activists in MENA
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Published: Wed, 21 Aug 2019 20:29:53 +0200
Zimbabwe: Police must be held accountable for appalling assault on protesters
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Published: Wed, 21 Aug 2019 20:13:26 +0200
El Salvador: Acquittal of Evelyn Hernández is a victory for human rights
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Published: Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:27:23 +0200
UK must refuse extradition of Julian Assange to the United States
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Published: Sun, 18 Aug 2019 21:44:28 +0200
Italy/Malta/Spain: 121 people including babies and children stranded at sea in searing heat must be allowed to dock
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Published: Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:52:17 +0200
Sudan: Former president Omar al-Bashir must not escape international trial
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Published: Sun, 18 Aug 2019 18:13:38 +0200
Hong Kong: Police should exercise restraint to avoid escalating violence
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Published: Sat, 17 Aug 2019 15:26:32 +0200
Egypt: Peaceful activists among hundreds subjected to arbitrary overnight probation measures
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Published: Sat, 17 Aug 2019 14:59:00 +0200
Egypt: Five ways the legacy of the Rabaa dispersal still haunts Egyptians today
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Published: Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:26:34 +0200
Egypt: Mass hunger strike at al-Aqrab prison over denial of family visits and dire conditions
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Published: Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:02:38 +0200
Egypt: Bitter legacy of Rabaa massacre continues to haunt Egyptians
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Published: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 22:31:29 +0200
Lebanon: Decision to cancel Mashrou’ Leila concert an alarming indicator of the state of freedom of expression
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Published: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 21:17:45 +0200
Tanzania: Free arrested journalist immediately and unconditionally
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Published: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:46:44 +0200
Google must fully commit to never censor search in China
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Published: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 19:24:30 +0200
"I am 15. I’m blocking your commute so my generation has jobs to go to, and a planet to live on."
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Published: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:34:10 +0200
South Sudan: Authorities crackdown on critics in cross-border campaign of intimidation
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