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  • Mexico Deports Thousands of Central Americans Back to Conflict-Ridden Countries: Report

    01/24/2018 1:36:22 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    teleSUR English ^ | January 24, 2018
    The Mexican government has been sending thousands of Central American asylum seekers back to their conflict-ridden countries where they fear persecution, a new Amnesty International report claims. The report, based on a survey of nearly 500 people, said Mexico's National Migration Institute, INM, is violating the non-refoulement principle, an international law which bars a country to send back the asylum seekers in fear of persecution. Nearly 40 percent of those detained were in violation of non-refoulement, Amnesty International said in its report, whereas 75 percent of those detained by the INM were not informed of their right to seek asylum...
  • Rights groups urge Egypt to halt crackdown on homosexuals

    09/30/2017 10:17:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2017 2:19 PM EDT | Hamza Hendawi
    Two international rights groups called on Egyptian authorities on Saturday to halt their crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality following the waving of the LGBT rainbow flag at a recent concert in Cairo. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International also urged Egypt, a majority Muslim country of some 95 million people, to call off the anal examination of people detained on suspicion of homosexuality to determine whether they were engaged in same-sex sexual relations. They said the practice amounted to torture and called it “abhorrent” and scientifically unsound. Homosexuality is highly taboo in Egypt among Muslims and minority Christians alike,...
  • Israel slammed over Al-Jazeera 'repressive clampdown'

    08/07/2017 9:11:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08.08.2017 | ls/cmk (AFP, dpa, AP)
    Human rights groups have denounced attempts by the Israeli government to shutter Al-Jazeera’s operations in the country. Israeli officials have accused the Qatari-owned broadcaster of “supporting terrorism.” Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has criticized the Israeli government for attempting to shut down the Al-Jazeera bureau in Jerusalem. “This is a brazen attack on media freedom in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The move sends a chilling message that the Israeli authorities will not tolerate critical coverage,” Amnesty said in a statement on Monday. On Sunday, Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara announced the government’s intention to shutter the Qatari-owned broadcaster’s...
  • 2 Republican US senators slam Egypt's NGO law as 'draconian' [guess which ones]

    06/01/2017 10:09:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 1, 2017 10:42 AM EDT | Menna Zaki
    Two Republican U.S. senators slammed Wednesday a law recently passed by Egypt’s president as “draconian” for imposing heavy restrictions and effectively banning the work of non-governmental organizations — the latest among measures cracking down on dissent in the country. Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham urged President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to bring the law on NGOs in line with international standards and the Egyptian constitution. “Congress should strengthen democratic benchmarks and human rights conditions on U.S. assistance for Egypt,” they said in a statement. […] The law has triggered wide international backlash and raised concerns over human rights conditions in...
  • Amnesty makes final push for Obama to close Guantánamo

    01/03/2017 7:14:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/03/17 12:38 PM EST | Rebecca Kheel
    Amnesty International is making a final push to convince President Obama to circumvent Congress and close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility before the end of his presidency. “On behalf of Amnesty International’s 1.2 million supporters in the United States, I write to make a final plea that you use all the powers of your office to close the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay,” Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA, wrote in a letter to Obama on Tuesday. “We are gravely concerned that if you fail to do so, President-elect Trump may attempt to bring dozens or even hundreds...
  • Amnesty International slams Quebec’s Couillard on Mexican human rights comment (Mexico's bad record)

    06/27/2016 9:53:24 PM PDT · by Trumpinator
    Hamilton Spectator ^ | 3 hours ago | Mike Blanchfield and Bruce Cheadle
    OTTAWA — The head of Amnesty International's Mexican branch is taking Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard to task for his comment that Mexico's human rights record is moving in the "right direction." "I beg to differ (that) Mexico is going in the right direction," Perseo Quiroz, Amnesty's executive director in Mexico, told The Canadian Press
  • The ACLU doing what the ACLU does

    02/13/2016 1:44:45 PM PST · by HarborSentry · 6 replies
    Rand Koch blog ^ | February 13, 2016 | Rand Koch
    The ACLU and its friends are close to admitting that there weren't enough examples of real "torture" for them to complain about. Having sued to get images from evidence files of military legal cases, the ACLU finally got 198 images involving soldiers accused of mistreating prisoners. There were about 2,000 photos, but most are withheld because, quite understandably, the military doesn't want to provoke the the jihadists. The ACLU doesn't care if it provokes more violence. They want to see all the photos no matter who gets hurt. But this wasn't interrogation, either by the military or the CIA. It...
  • Cuban Activist Freed in Obama Deal, Then Arrested Again, Now in Grave Condition

    12/29/2015 5:13:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 29, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    The Obama administration is calling on the Cuban government to free a political prisoner -- one of the dozens released from prison a year ago as a rapprochement gesture, only to be re-arrested a few months later. Vladimir Morera Bacallao, 53, is reportedly near death due to the hunger strike he started behind bars in October. Morera Bacallao, a labor activist, was arrested in April in the run-up to the regime's sham municipal elections for posting a sign outside his home stating: "I vote for my freedom and not in an election where I cannot choose my president." A month...
  • Authority of new EU force to supercede that of member states

    12/15/2015 11:04:40 AM PST · by csvset · 26 replies
    France24 ^ | 15 december 2015 | AFP
    The European Commission unveiled plans for a new external border and coastguard force that will be able to intervene even without the host country's consent on Tuesday, saying it had to restore EU security threatened by the migration crisis. The new agency will have a rapid reaction force of 1,500 guards and a "right to intervene" in European Union nations that are either overwhelmed by a migration influx or are deemed to be failing to secure their frontiers. With 1 million mainly Syrian refugees and migrants set to arrive in Europe by the end of this year, the record movement...
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    12/12/2015 12:02:33 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 65 replies
  • Liam Neeson Records Ad for Amnesty International Calling for Ireland to Legalize Abortion

    10/20/2015 1:23:06 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 30 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | October 20, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT
    Actor Liam Neeson, known for his roles in popular action flicks, has recorded a new ad for Amnesty International which calls on Ireland to legalize abortion. The European nation is staunchly pro-life and prohibits killing babies in abortions in virtually every circumstance. Amnesty International is helping lead a pro-abortion push to repeal the 8th Amendment in Ireland, which has provided legal protection for unborn babies for years. Amnesty International Ireland recruited Neeson, an Irish actor, to do a voice-over for its commercial, which appears below. In the ad, Neeson essentially says laws protecting babies from abortions are antiquated and should...
  • Germany tightens rules for asylum seekers

    10/15/2015 7:22:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Euronews ^ | 10/15/15
    German lawmakers have approved new measures to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis. The list of countries Germany deems “safe” will be widened to include Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro, whose citizens will generally have no chance of being granted asylum. That will allow Germany to focus on refugees fleeing war zones such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Germany’s parliament that working with Turkey is key to solving the crisis, including providing humanitarian aid, helping to secure borders and combating people trafficking. “Most war refugees who come to Europe travel via Turkey. We won’t be able to order...
  • Syria Kurds 'razing villages seized from IS' - Amnesty

    10/13/2015 11:43:01 AM PDT · by keat · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | October 13, 2015
    Kurdish forces have carried out a wave of forced displacement and mass house demolitions - amounting to war crimes - in northern Syria, a rights group says. A report by Amnesty International accuses the Popular Protection Units (YPG) of razing entire villages after capturing them from Islamic State (IS). This appeared to be in retaliation for residents' perceived sympathies with or links to the jihadist group, it says. The YPG has consistently denied accusations of forced displacements. However, the YPG - a key ally of the US-led international coalition against IS - and its political parent the PYD have admitted...
  • Amnesty International Decides To Support Prostitution (lib against lib)

    08/12/2015 4:24:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | August 11, 2015
    Posted: August 11, 2015 Amnesty International Decides To Support Prostitution Amnesty International has voted in favor of a new proposal that pushes for the decriminalization of sex work and prostitution. During the Amnesty International Council Meeting (ICM), Amnesty International delegates from various nations voted in favor of a resolution titled “Policy on State Obligations to Respect, Protect, and Fulfill the Human Rights of Sex Workers,” according to the human rights group’s official website. “The International Council requests the International Board to adopt a policy that seeks attainment of the highest possible protection of the human rights of sex workers, through...
  • Amnesty approves policy to decriminalize sex trade

    08/11/2015 12:30:56 PM PDT · by wtd · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/11/2015 | AP
    Amnesty approves policy to decriminalize sex tradeLONDON (AP) — Amnesty International has approved a controversial policy to endorse the de-criminalization of the sex trade, rejecting complaints by women’s rights groups who say it is tantamount to advocating the legalization of pimping and brothel owning. At its decision-making forum in Dublin on Tuesday, the human rights group approved the resolution to recommend “full decriminalization of all aspects of consensual sex work.” It argues its research suggests decriminalization is the best way to defend sex workers’ human rights.
  • Report: C. African Republic Muslims forced to convert [to Catholicism, says Amnesty International]

    07/31/2015 6:15:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2015 8:42 AM EDT | Carley Petesch
    Muslims in the western part of Central African Republic are being forced to hide their religion or convert to Christianity under threat of death, Amnesty International said Friday. […] Widespread human rights abuses committed by Seleka led to the formation of a Christian militia known as the anti-Balaka, who have targeted Muslims and sent tens of thousands fleeing to neighboring countries. Muslims told Amnesty International they’ve been forced to convert or hide practices. “We had no choice but to join the Catholic Church. The anti-balaka swore they’d kill us if we didn’t,” said a 23-year-old man in the Sangha-Mbaere prefecture,...
  • Iran sees unprecedented spike in executions with 694 people already put to death this year…

    07/24/2015 1:10:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:46 EST, 23 July 2015 | Sam Matthew
    The Iranian authorities have put to death nearly 700 people so far this year, in an unprecedented spike in executions. Amnesty International said this is the equivalent of three people being killed each day. […] The reasons behind this year’s shocking surge in executions are unclear, but the majority of those put to death in 2015 were convicted on drug charges. […] Amnesty International said in Iran, death sentences were handed down by courts “completely lacking in independence and impartiality.” “They are imposed either for vaguely-worded or overly-broad offenses, or acts that should not be criminalized at all, let alone...
  • Amnesty International Denounces Hamas War Crimes

    05/28/2015 5:02:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 28, 2015 | Ari Lieberman
    Amnesty International Denounces Hamas War CrimesPosted By Ari Lieberman On May 28, 2015 @ 12:07 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments [1]The so-called human rights group Amnesty International, which frequently and unjustly criticizes Israel for defending itself against todayÂ’s modern-day Nazis, has issued another scathing report about this past summerÂ’s war in Gaza involving the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas. However, in a surprising and refreshing turn of events, Amnesty International actually performed a genuine investigation and issued a biting indictment [2] of the Hamas terrorist group.The report, one of four issued by Amnesty International concerning the war, confirms...
  • Hamas Executed Palestinians During Israel War: Amnesty

    05/27/2015 8:27:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Islamist group Hamas used its 2014 Gaza war with Israel to "settle scores" with rival Palestinians, executing at least 23 in possible war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday. A report by the London-based rights group detailed the "brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of 'collaborating' with Israel" by Hamas, de facto ruler of the Gaza Strip enclave. The report details the "extrajudicial execution of at least 23 Palestinians and the arrest and torture of dozens of others".
  • Police in Ferguson committed human rights abuses: Amnesty report

    10/24/2014 6:24:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 24, 2014 | BY CAREY GILLAM
    Police in Ferguson, Missouri, committed human rights abuses as they sought to quell mostly peaceful protests that erupted after an officer killed an unarmed black teenager, an international human rights organization said in a report released on Friday. The Amnesty International report said law enforcement officers should be investigated by U.S. authorities for the abuses, which occurred during weeks of racially charged protests that erupted after white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9. The use by law enforcement of rubber bullets, tear gas and heavy military equipment and restrictions placed on peaceful...