Saturday, April 30, 2022

Amnesty International, UK - Nazanin Home - NEWS

Amnesty International, UK

Nazaninhas been reunited with her husband Richard, and daughter Gabriella, and has returned home. She is settling back into life in the UK and is keen to start a fresh chapter in her life.


So many of you joined us & Richard in campaigning for Nazanin’s release. You signed petitions, wrote to MPs, donated to the campaign and shared the campaign on social media.


And we know that so many of you were overjoyed at the news of her freedom and moved by the images of her reunion with Richard and Gabriella.


Since landing back in the UK, both Nazanin & Anoosheh have said they would be happy for us to collect messages of welcome and celebration on their behalf.


If you would like to, please add your name to our open letter welcoming them home and we will share this with them soon.


Thank you for standing with Nazanin & Richard and helping to campaign for her freedom. When we come together, humanity wins.

Dear Nazanin & Anoosheh,

We wanted to write this letter from all of us to welcome you back home to the UK and to rejoice with you as you reunite with your families and settle back into your lives - lives that should never have been disrupted.

After your unjust arrests and arbitrary detentions in Iran, tens of thousands of us were moved to take action to campaign for your freedom. 

Led by your incredible families, we signed petitions, wrote to MPs, shared your stories on social media and donated to the campaign to help ensure your freedom. 

After so many years of hoping you’d one day land back in the UK as the free people you should always have been, we were so happy to see images of you stepping off the plane and into the arms of your families. 

We hope that you are able to rest, recover and rejoice in being back home in the UK.





Friday, April 22, 2022

ALGERIA: Journalist Must Be Released - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, 4-19-2022.

Algerian journalist, Merzoug Touati, sentenced to one year in prison and a fine for Facebook posts denouncing deplorable prison conditions of another detained activist. 

He started a hunger strike on March 29, 2022, to protest his detention conditions and demand a transfer to a prison close to his official residence in Bejaia, Algeria. 

As the prison administration disregarded his hunger strike, Merzoug Touati did not receive any medical care until suffering sharp kidney pain which required his transfer to a hospital. His health has significantly deteriorated according to reports from his family. He must be released immediately and unconditionally. 



Monday, April 18, 2022

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: Yemen: Latest Round of Saudi-UAE-Led Attacks Targets Civilians: Report

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH:  April 18, 2022

(Sanaa) – The Saudi and UAE-led coalition carried out three attacks in Yemen in late January 2022 in apparent violation of the laws of war that resulted in at least 80 apparently civilian deaths, including three children, and 156 injuries, including two children, Mwatana for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch said today.


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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS: Scientist Beaten - NEWS


Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian-Swedish scientist on death row in Evin Prison is still banned from contacting his family and “was beaten in the prison infirmary on April 4” according to sources.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, Ahmadreza Djalali is being held in poor conditions and banned from contact with his family.


RUSSIA: Amnesty International & Human Rights Watch Offices Closed - NEWS

Amnesty International, USA, 04-10-2022.

Today, the Russian authorities have closed down representative offices of Amnesty International and other international NGOs. Reacting to the news, Agn├Ęs Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International, said:

“Amnesty’s closing down in Russia is only the latest in a long list of organizations that have been punished for defending human rights and speaking the truth to the Russian authorities. 

In a country where scores of activists and dissidents have been imprisoned, killed or exiled, where independent media has been smeared, blocked or forced to self-censor, and where civil society organizations have been outlawed or liquidated, you must be doing something right if the Kremlin tries to shut you up. 


Monday, April 4, 2022

Amnesty International Annual Report, 2021

Amnesty International’s annual report on the state of the world’s human rights in 2021 covering 154 countries was published today. 

It shows that promises to “build back better” after the Covid-19 pandemic were little more than lip service. 

Hopes of global cooperation withered in the face of vaccine hoarding and corporate greed. Governments suppressed independent and critical voices, with some even using the pandemic as a pretext to shrink further the civic space. 

New and unresolved conflicts erupted or persisted. Those forced to flee were subjected to a litany of abuses, including pushbacks by countries in the Global North.