Tuesday, June 22, 2021

USA: Amnesty International, National Refugee Day - ONLINE ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, 6-18-2021

Today, we reflect on the importance of humanitarian protection for women all over the world. Read on for information about the Safe from the Start Act, which will help protect refugee and migrant women and girls globally. If you like what you read, invite a friend to subscribe!


Today, we reflect on the importance of humanitarian protection for women all over the world. Read on for information about the Safe from the Start Act, which will help protect refugee and migrant women and girls globally. If you like what you read, invite a friend to subscribe.

 

When emergencies force women and girls to flee from their homes as refugees or internally displaced people within their own countries, they face an increased risk of gender-based violence, including sexual assault, rape, intimate partner violence, child marriage, human trafficking, and even exploitation by humanitarian personnel who are supposed to protect them. 

 

Some emergencies are created by armed conflict, such as the current hostilities in Tigray, Ethiopia. Soldiers from both the Ethiopian and Eritrean armies have used systematic sexual assault and torture of women and girls as a weapon of war to humiliate, traumatize, terrorize and control the whole local population.
 
Other emergencies result from natural disasters.  For example, the recent volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo near Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo forced more than 400,000 residents to flee, including 88,000 women of childbearing age, and at least 12,200 of them pregnant.  There is an urgent need for sexual and reproductive health services to care for pregnant women, newborn babies and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
 

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Sunday, June 20, 2021

IRAN: Amnesty International Responds - NEWS

Amnesty International, 6-18-2021.

Responding to today’s announcement declaring Ebrahim Raisi as Iran’s next president, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Agn├Ęs Callamard has said:

 

“That Ebrahim Raisi has risen to the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance and torture, is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran. 


In 2018, our organization documented how Ebrahim Raisi had been a member of the ‘death commission’ which forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed in secret thousands of political dissidents in Evin and Gohardasht prisons near Tehran in 1988. The circumstances surrounding the fate of the victims and the whereabouts of their bodies are, to this day, systematically concealed by the Iranian authorities, amounting to ongoing crimes against humanity.


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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

IRAN: Brothers Held After Unfair Trial - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, 6-13-2021.

Iranian brothers Vahid Afkari and Habib Afkari are being subjected to renewed torture and other ill-treatment in Adelabad prison in Shiraz. 


Since September 2020, they have been held in windowless solitary confinement cells and denied access to adequate healthcare, fresh air, telephone calls and face to face family visits. 


Authorities arbitrarily arrested them in 2018 after their participation in protests, forcibly disappeared them and repeatedly tortured them for months. They were sentenced to lengthy imprisonment after grossly unfair trials.    

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CHINA: Release Australian Mirzat - ONLINE ACTION

Amnesty International, Australia, 6-13-2021. 

I am a Uyghur who was born and raised in Australia, but met and got married to my husband in Urumqi, Xinjiang. Due to no other reason but for being Uyghur, people like my husband are being persecuted and tortured at the hands of the Chinese government. 

In April 2017, we were about to fly to Australia and start our life together when the police turned up at our door – just two days before our flight. 

Mirzat was one of the first Uyghurs to be arbitrarily detained in what I didn't know would be the beginning of China's campaign of mass detention and repression against Uyghurs. 

Call for the freedom of Mirzat and all those arbitrarily detained in Xinjiang.



Wednesday, June 9, 2021

SAUDIA ARABIA: Execution Imminent - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, 6-8-2021

Mustafa al-Darwish, a young Saudi Arabian man, is at high risk of being executed imminently after his case was referred to the Presidency of State Security and his death sentence upheld by the Supreme Court. 


Mustafa Al-Darwish was arrested in 2015 for allegedly participating in anti-government riots in the Shi’a majority Eastern Province. According to court documents, he was subjected to prolonged pre-trial detention, torture and grossly unfair trial. Amnesty International urges King Salman not to ratify the death sentence and order the relevant judicial bodies to quash his conviction and re-try him in line with international fair trial standards.


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Thursday, June 3, 2021

BELARUS: Journalist Unlawfully Arrested - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, May 27, 2021

Exiled Belarusian journalist and government critic, Raman Pratasevich, was unlawfully arrested on May 23, 2021 by the Belarusian authorities along with his partner Sofia Sapega, a Russian national. 


Their Athens-Vilnius flight was diverted and forced to land in Minsk under false pretext. Raman Pratasevich was wanted by the Belarusian authorities on trumped-up “terrorism” charges solely for his journalistic work. 


If convicted, Raman Pratasevich is facing up to 20 years' imprisonment. A televised “confession” may indicate torture and other ill-treatment.


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