Tag Archives: Amnesty International

Turkey/AI: #FreeRightsDefenders

August 23, 2017

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Turkey may be trying to silence us by imprisoning human rights defenders, like our Director Idil Eser, but they can’t imprison our voices. 📱SPEAK UP and tell Turkey to #FreeRightsDefenders>>http://bit.ly/2tmlSM8

Iran/AI: Iran Vilifies Human Rights Defenders as ‘Enemies of the State’

August 18, 2017

The Iranian regime has increasingly focused on clamping down on anyone who speaks out against the human rights abuses of its ruling class. One of the key areas where this is demonstrated is in the trials of these individuals. Many lack basic legal representation, and the proceedings are brief. If they do have legal representation, there are often hurdles for them to meet with their lawyers and having access to court files delayed.

Human rights lawyers who speak out against torture and unfair trials have also faced harassment, disbarment, and imprisonment. Trials of human rights defenders generally take place in a climate of fear.

Amnesty International recently launched a global campaign ‘Brave’, calling for an end to attacks against those defending human rights worldwide.

“It is a bitter irony that as the Iranian authorities boast about their increased engagement with the UN and the EU, particularly in the aftermath of the nuclear deal, human rights defenders who have made contact with these same institutions are being treated as criminals,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Iran Vilifies Human Rights Defenders as ‘Enemies of the State’

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/08/iran-vilifies-human-rights-defenders-as-enemies-of-the-state/

http://www.irannewsupdate.com/news/sanctions/4065-iran-global-outcry-over-missiles-and-human-rights-violations.html

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/brave/

Guatemala/AI: PROTECT ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS DEFENDER FROM ATTACKS

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Pedro Rafael Maldonado Flores is a passionate and dedicated human rights lawyer. As the legal director of the Centre for Environmental, Social and Legal Action (CALAS), Rafael provides environment and water defenders with legal counsel to help them protect their rights to a healthy environment and freedom of expression, and defends their rights as Indigenous peoples.

But someone wants to stop Rafael’s and CALAS’ important work.

For several years, Rafael and his colleagues have been threatened and harassed outside their homes, at work, in public spaces, in newspaper articles and over social media.

‱ In April 2017 someone fired shots outside Rafael’s house

‱ In November 2016 22 year-old staffer Jeremy Barrios was murdered in Guatemala City

‱ In 2008 Executive Director Dr Yuri Melini was shot several times and survived

Despite these threats and attacks, the Guatemalan government has not brought anyone to justice nor has it provided adequate protection for Rafael and his colleagues.

http://takeaction.amnesty.ca/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1770&ea.campaign.id=70091

https://business-humanrights.org/en/entrevista-con-pedro-rafael-maldonado-flores-calas

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/case-history-pedro-rafael-maldonado-flores

http://copredeh.gob.gt/comunicado/ (ESPANOL)

Egypt: LIBÉRATION DU PRISONNIER D’OPINION TAREK HUSSEIN

le 7 août, 2017

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Tarek Hussein, dĂ©fenseur des droits humains, a Ă©tĂ© libĂ©rĂ© le 27 juillet. AprĂšs avoir Ă©tĂ© dĂ©tenu arbitrairement pendant 40 jours, cet ancien prisonnier d’opinion a pu rejoindre sa famille.

Tarek Mohamed Ahmed Hussein a Ă©tĂ© libĂ©rĂ© par la police Ă©gyptienne le 27 juillet. Il Ă©tait dĂ©tenu arbitrairement depuis son arrestation par des policiers Ă  son domicile, au Caire, le 17 juin. La police l’a maintenu en dĂ©tention, lors mĂȘme que le procureur d’al Khanka avait ordonnĂ© sa libĂ©ration sous caution le 18 juin. Elle affirmait que Tarek Hussein avait Ă©tĂ© condamnĂ© dans le cadre de 16 affaires diffĂ©rentes. Au cours de sa dĂ©tention, la police l’a dĂ©tenu au secret pendant 12 jours et lui a fait subir des mauvais traitements. Tarek Hussein pourrait encore Ă©ventuellement ĂȘtre emprisonnĂ©, car le procureur n’a pas clos l’enquĂȘte officiellement.

Tarek Hussein a dit Ă  Amnesty International qu’il avait Ă©tĂ© dĂ©tenu dans de mauvaises conditions. Il a dit qu’il avait dĂ» supporter des cellules surpeuplĂ©es, de la nourriture avariĂ©e, des conditions sanitaires dĂ©plorables et une mauvaise aĂ©ration pendant des jours. La police n’a cessĂ© de le dĂ©placer entre trois prisons, trois postes de police et neuf tribunaux dans toute l’Égypte.

Tarek Hussein a dit Ă  Amnesty International : « DĂ©fendre les droits humains n’est pas un crime, s’exprimer pacifiquement n’est pas un crime. Ce sont nos droits, et non un don du gouvernement. MĂȘme si le gouvernement considĂšre que dĂ©fendre les droits humains est un crime, nous continuerons Ă  le faire. Les vrais crimes sont la torture, les disparitions forcĂ©es et la maltraitance des opposants politiques. Si le prix de notre lutte pour les droits humains est la prison, alors c’est un petit prix Ă  payer pour une Égypte libre et forte. »

https://www.amnesty.be/je-veux-agir/agir-en-ligne/les-bonnes-nouvelles/liberation_hussein

https://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/good-news/egypt-human-rights-defender-tarek-hussein-freed-prison (ENGLISH)

Turkey: OBS Calls Turkey To Release Jailed Human Rights Defenders Immediately, Unconditionally

August 12, 2017

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme between the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has urged Turkey to release jailed human rights defenders in the country. The Observatory urges Turkish authorities to immediately and unconditionally release these people and put an end to all forms of harassment against them, read a statement released by the Observatory on Saturday.

Acting on an anonymous tip Turkish police raided a hotel on BĂŒyĂŒkada, one of the Princes’ Islands off Ä°stanbul on July 5,  2017, and detained Ä°dil Eser from Amnesty International, Ä°lknur ÜstĂŒn from the Women’s Coalition, lawyer GĂŒnal KurƟun from the Human Rights Agenda Association, lawyer Nalan Erkem from the Citizens Assembly, Nejat TaƟtan from the Equal Rights Watch Association, Özlem Dalkıran from the Citizens’ Assembly, lawyer ƞeyhmus Özbekli, Veli Acu from the Human Rights Agenda Association and two foreign trainers, Ali Garawi and Peter Steudtner.

After interrogation at the anti-terror branch of the İstanbul Police Department, on July 17, the 12th day of their detention, the 10 human rights defenders, who are accused of membership in a terrorist organization, were referred to the İstanbul Courthouse. Six of the activists were subsequently arrested, while the court decided to release four of them on judicial probation. On July 21 İstanbul’s Adalar Public Prosecutor’s Office issued detention warrants for the four human rights defenders, including TaƟtan and Özbekli, who were released by the court.

https://stockholmcf.org/obs-calls-turkey-to-release-jailed-human-rights-defenders-immediately-unconditionally/

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/turkey/2017/08/d24485/

https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/08/12/intl-rights-organizations-call-on-turkey-to-release-jailed-human-rights-activists/

The Post Coup Purge Evolved to The Humanitarian Crisis

Turkey: Amnesty Turkey head will return to work

August 9, 2017

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As you know, last month, a group of human rights activists who had gathered in BĂŒyĂŒkada at a training intended for the protection of human rights activists, were taken into custody, and afterwards were arrested.

Even though suspicions had arisen around having the meeting on the island, in fact, having a meeting on the island is an ordinary thing. Once, I had also joined a workshop in Heybeliada. Together with a group of academicians, journalists, and legal experts, we had talked about the circumstances within the media. The reason for having a meeting on an island is so that you do not get stuck in a hotel room for two days but work in a peaceful atmosphere with a clear head.

Besides, if the one on BĂŒyĂŒkada was a “secret and dangerous” meeting as claimed, would the meeting room’s doors be open?

“The door was open,” is written on the official report. Today, I will tell you about Amnesty International Turkey’s director İdil Eser who was arrested on charges of “helping an armed terrorist organization” because of joining this meeting. I will tell you about her from her friends’ point of view.

Ä°dil was born in 1963 in Ä°stanbul. She studied business management at Istanbul University after graduating from the ÜskĂŒdar American Academy and did her postgraduate in International Relations at Columbia University. For many years, she worked as a freelance translator after she finished her doctorate degree courses at Chicago University’s department of Russian history.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/amnesty-turkey-head-will-return-to-work-.aspx?pageID=449&nID=116499&NewsCatID=507

https://www.thenation.com/article/turkeys-great-terror/

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Turkey/AI: Ä°stanbul Court Rejects Objection To Arrest Of Human Rights Defenders

August 4, 2017

The Ä°stanbul 11th Penal Court of Peace on Friday rejected an objection to the arrest of eight human rights defenders who were put in pretrial detention by an Ä°stanbul court on July 18 after being detained during a workshop on Ä°stanbul’s BĂŒyĂŒkada.

The court ruled for the continuation of the pretrial detention of the human rights defenders, including Amnesty International (AI) Turkey Director Ä°dil Eser, claiming that the evidence was adequate for the continuation of the arrests.

Turkey’s arrest of human rights activists received much criticism from European Union countries, further endangering Turkey’s membership accession and weakening its ties with Europe.

Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the human rights defenders of plotting a follow-up to a July 15, 2016 coup attempt, during a press conference on July 8.

Ä°stanbul’s Adalar Chief Prosecutor’s Office has issued detention warrants for four human rights defenders who were released on judicial probation on Tuesday after they were detained along with six others on July 5 during a workshop on Ä°stanbul’s BĂŒyĂŒkada. Detention warrants were issued for Nalan Erkem, ƞeyhmus Özbekli, Nejat TaƟtan and Ä°lknur ÜstĂŒn.

Six human rights activists, including Amnesty International’s (AI) Turkey director Ä°dil Eser, who were detained on July 5 during a workshop at a hotel on Ä°stanbul’s BĂŒyĂŒkada, were put in pre-trial arrest by an Ä°stanbul court on Tuesday. The court however ordered the release of the four on judicial probation and banned them from international travel.

https://stockholmcf.org/istanbul-court-rejects-objection-to-arrest-of-human-rights-defenders/

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