Egypt: Convictions of two men disappeared and tortured as children ‘shameful’

Responding to the news that Aser Mohamed and Karim Hemada, who were both forcibly disappeared and tortured to “confess” while aged 14 and 17 respectively, have been sentenced to 10 years in prison, Amnesty International’s North Africa campaigns director Najia Bounaim said: “Today’s disgraceful verdict after a grossly unfair trial demonstrates the Egyptian authorities’ utter […]

Uganda: Parliament must reject bill imposing death penalty for gay sex

Responding to Ugandan Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo’s announcement that the government is planning to introduce the death penalty for consensual same-sex sexual acts, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Joan Nyanyuki said: It is outrageous that instead of the Ugandan government taking urgent steps to decriminalize gay […]

Syria: Turkish military offensive risks a humanitarian catastrophe

The military offensive by Turkey in northeast Syria risks devastating humanitarian consequences and a further destabilization of the region, warned Amnesty International’s Europe Director, Marie Struthers, reiterating the call on Turkey to respect international law. “Hostilities will impact and restrict access to humanitarian aid pushing the civilian population, which has already suffered years of violence […]

Ethiopia: Nobel Peace Prize must spur Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed towards further human rights reform

Responding to the announcement that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo said: This award recognizes the critical work Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has done to initiate human rights reforms in Ethiopia after decades of widespread repression. Kumi Naidoo “This award recognizes […]

Tunisia: New parliament must prioritize human rights

Tunisia’s newly elected parliament must commit to protecting human rights, said Amnesty International, as the country announced the preliminary results of its parliamentary elections. In an open letter to incoming members of parliament, the organization published a human rights agenda highlighting 10 pressing issues for parliament to prioritize over the coming six months. These include […]

Moroccan human rights defenders targeted using malicious NSO Israeli spyware

Two prominent human rights defenders in Morocco have been targeted using surveillance technology developed by the Israeli-based company NSO Group, according to new research published by Amnesty Tech today. Maati Monjib, an academic and human rights activist, and Abdessadak El Bouchattaoui, a human rights lawyer who has represented protesters from the Hirak El-Rif social justice […]

Iraq: Deadly sniper attacks and intimidation as protesters face intensifying crackdown

Anti-government protesters report being targeted by snipers and live fire Authorities harassing and intimidating peaceful activists and journalists Death toll passes 150as demonstrations enter second week The Iraqi security forces’ escalating use of excessive and deadly force against anti-government protesters must be properly investigated, Amnesty International said after interviewing eight activists who witnessed protesters being […]

Russia: ‘Foreign agent’ blacklisting for the Anti-Corruption Foundation is latest attack on freedom of association

Reacting to the news that Russia’s Justice Ministry has added the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) founded by opposition activist Aleksei Navalny to its list of “foreign agents”, Natalia Zviagina, Amnesty International Russia’s Director, said: “The Anti-Corruption Foundation joints the long list of NGO victims of the repressive ‘foreign agents law’. While this act of vengeance against […]