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More than 50,000 people have been jailed pending trial after the attempted military coup a year ago triggered a sweeping crackdown on people whom authorities say they suspect of links to the network of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
The arrests of eight of Turkey’s most respected human rights defenders and two European information technology trainers have been called “a repressive new low for the Turkish state”
The 11-point plan is expected to be presented in the coming days to some nine NGOs who regularly deploy rescue boats just off the Libyan coast.
Amnesty said the Iraqi coalition carried out a series of unlawful attacks using crude Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions that devastated densely populated areas.
Eight of Turkey’s best-known human rights defenders were arrested during a workshop on July 5 on one of Istanbul’s islands.
Turkish police detained ten people including the local director of Amnesty International on suspicion of membership in a terrorist organisation.
More than 3,000 people in 55 countries were condemned to death last year, marking a 56% surge from 2015.
Amnesty International has said the high civilian toll in Mosul suggested US-led coalition forces had failed to take adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths.
Domestic law says children aged between seven and 12 are only criminally responsible if mature enough to understand the consequences of their actions. Two listed detainees are under 12, while two more are 13.
While the team would not be able to prosecute by itself, the idea is to prepare files for future prosecution that states or the ICC in the Hague could use.
An Amnesty report based on interviews with 84 witnesses including former guards, officials, detainees, judges and lawyers says mass hangings were implemented.
Amnesty said the military fired live ammunition, with little or no warning, to disperse members of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
Only 25% of refugees at the Dadaab Camp are willing to return to Somalia, with many expressing concerns about relocation due to ongoing insecurity in that country.
Amnesty International said up to six people, suspected of having ties to ISIS, were found dead last month in the Shura and Qayyara sub-districts.
Mexico has signed every international human rights treaty, but abuses are still rife.
Colombians narrowly rejected a peace deal with Marxist guerrillas in a referendum with the “no” camp winning by 50.21% to 49.78% for the “yes” camp.
The rights group estimated that up to 250 people may have died as a result of exposure to the chemical weapons agents.
Hungary refused to take in migrants under an EU burden-sharing plan. Instead, Orban announced a referendum on whether to accept any future EU-wide quotas.
Pakistan has been ranked as one the most dangerous countries for journalists. Shahzadi is one among several thousand ‘enforced disappearances’ in the country.
Caned for burning an effigy in a residential area, ABVP has resolved to continue its protest against Amnesty India.
Amnesty International India issued a rebuttal of the charges against it and even gave the police video footage of the event in question as proof.
Europe’s migrant crisis is at the very least numerically worse than it was last year. More people are arriving and more are dying. But the twist is that, compared with last year, a lot of it is out of sight.
Unrest flared for several months over plans to allocate farmland surrounding the regional capital for development. Authorities scrapped the scheme in January, but protests flared again over the continued detention of opposition demonstrators.
The rights organisation has asked for a comprehensive reparation plan, robust laws to deal with communal violence and police reforms to prevent political interference.
In the guise of “national interest”, Brazil has “deported” the CERN scientist to France, where he has been placed under house arrest.
A Turkish official has reported that Erdogan wants control over the armed forces, in yet another move to consolidate his power after the failed coup.
European governments fear that Erdogan declaring an emergency might move Turkey away from democracy.
Magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe said prosecutors presented different charges from those read out to Mawarire when he was arrested.
There are only two practising psychiatrists for South Sudan’s 11 million people, Amnesty International said in a report.
A two-third majority vote by the 193-member UN General Assembly can suspend a state from the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.
Criminalisation implies pushing sex work into the hidden economy, increasing the risks that sex workers face.
The letter, signed by groups including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Oxfam, criticised Ban Ki-moon, saying he capitulated to Saudi Arabia and tainted his legacy.
The government says it has no choice but to screen fleeing men and boys to prevent Islamic State fighters from escaping among civilians. Amnesty International has said people as young as 15 were being held in “inhumane and degrading conditions”.
The rights group said that situation of people uprooted from their homes in Afghanistan has deteriorated in recent years as global attention and aid money have been diverted to other crises, and over a million are now “on the brink of survival”.
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Amnesty, which has called for the full decriminalisation of sex work, wants governments to create policies to protect adults who consent to selling sex for money.
Opposition leaders and opponents say the move is a dangerous escalation in the government’s ongoing crackdown on dissent.
Several recent cases of police abuse underscore the difficult path Tunisia is treading as it tries to nurture its young democracy and simultaneously fight Islamist militants.
A draft bill proposes punishing protesters for spreading “wrong” information and makes straying away from pre-registered chants an offence.