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    Australia: Scrap proposed laws that would suffocate NGOs and create a climate of secrecy

    The Australian government must immediately scrap two proposed new laws that, if passed, would suffocate the work of civil society, intimidate whistleblowers and limit scrutiny of government, Amnesty International said. The bills – the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill and the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill – are currently being […] More

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    Yemen: Huthi missile attack on Saudi Arabian cities is a possible war crime

    Responding to reports that the Huthi armed group in Yemen fired seven ballistic missiles at airports in Riyadh and other Saudi Arabian cities overnight on Sunday, killing one civilian, Samah Hadid, Middle East Deputy Director for Campaigns at Amnesty International, said: “Launching indiscriminate attacks is prohibited by international humanitarian law and can constitute a war […] More

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    Israel: Deportation of African asylum-seekers is a cruel and misguided abandonment of responsibility

    Israel’s policy of deporting African asylum-seekers to two unnamed African countries is an abdication of its responsibility to refugees and an example of the vicious political measures feeding the “global refugee crisis”, Amnesty International said today as the Israeli Supreme Court considers new evidence on the legality of the policy.  Under the government’s new “Procedure […] More

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    Malaysia: ‘Fake news’ bill must be scrapped

    Reacting to the news that the Malaysian government has tabled a vaguely-defined bill in parliament ostensibly outlawing “fake news”, which could land those found guilty with a 10-year prison term, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said: The vague and broad definition of ‘fake news’, combined with severe punishments and […] More

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    Madagascar must quash sentence against environmental activist Raleva

    Malagasy authorities should quash the two-year suspended jail sentence handed in 2017 to an environmental activist who was targeted for questioning the activities of a mining company, Amnesty International said ahead of his appeal hearing tomorrow in the city of Fianarantsoa. Raleva was convicted of ‘use of false title’ in October 2017 after questioning the […] More

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    Ukraine: Cut off on the Donetsk conflict line

    Credits: Michelle Hoffman, producer / Bela Szandelszky, camera-editor  |  26 March 2018 Ukraine: Cut off on the Donetsk conflict line Far from the headlines, 4.4 million people in eastern Ukraine continue to live in the grips of an armed conflict that has divided their region, restricting freedom of movement and displacing many. The Titov family live just inside […] More

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    Rohingya traders cater to all needs in Bangladesh settlement

    With a snap of his towel, refugee barber Najimuddin ushers his next client into the chair at this sprawling settlement in Bangladesh and reaches for his scissors. Smartly dressed student Firoz has studied pictures of soccer players and film stars in magazines and describes the style he wants: short on the sides but left longer […] More

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    Yemen: Three years on, US and UK arms supplies to Saudi Arabia-led coalition are devastating civilian lives

    A Saudi Arabia-led coalition attack with a US-manufactured bomb, which turned a civilian home into rubble and killed or injured six members of the same family, is the latest in a long string of potential war crimes Amnesty International has documented over the past three years of Yemen’s devastating conflict. Since the coalition’s campaign of […] More

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    UNHCR and partners seek US$504 million for Congolese refugees

    Congolese refugee Christine, 52, and her grandson Aluda, 9, sleep in the former market in Cacanda reception centre, northern Angola.  © UNHCR/Colin Delfosse UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, together with 30 humanitarian partners, is launching today an appeal for US$504 million, to assist the people forced to flee one of the world’s most complex, challenging and […] More

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