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Eyes of the world on Turkey as show trial of human rights activists begins – Amnesty International

By   /  October 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Eyes of the world on Turkey as show trial of human rights activists begins – Amnesty International

Eyes of the world on Turkey as show trial of human rights activists begins    Trumped up charges against the 11 arrested in Istanbul exposed Forensic analysis shows Amnesty Chair did not download Bylock Spokespeople available on the ground for trials on October 25 & 26 Trumped up charges against 11 human rights defenders, including Amnesty International’s Turkey […]

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Australian firm Canstruct takes up toxic contract profiting from the abuse of refugees – Amnesty International

By   /  October 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Australian firm Canstruct takes up toxic contract profiting from the abuse of refugees – Amnesty International

The civil engineering company Canstruct International Pty Ltd (‘Canstruct’) has taken on a toxic contract to run facilities on Nauru where the Australian government has trapped refugees in a system that amounts to torture, Amnesty International said today. Canstruct, an Australian family-run company, has signed a contract to run refugee processing centres on the island, […]

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Philippines: 32 killed in a day as Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ hits new levels of barbarity – Amnesty International

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Philippines: 32 killed in a day as Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ hits new levels of barbarity – Amnesty International

After Philippine police killed 32 people in what is believed to be the highest death toll in a single day in President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called “war on drugs”, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, James Gomez, said:     “These shocking deaths are a reminder that President Duterte’s lawless ‘war on drugs’ continues […]

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Director of Amnesty International Turkey must be released from incommunicado detention – Amnesty International

By   /  July 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Director of Amnesty International Turkey must be released from incommunicado detention – Amnesty International

Responding to the news that Idil Eser, Director of Amnesty International Turkey, was detained on Wednesday along with seven other human rights defenders and two trainers during a digital security and information management workshop in Büyükada, Istanbul, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said:  “We are profoundly disturbed and outraged that some of Turkey’s leading […]

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Compensation deal must be turning point for a better solution for refugees – Amnesty International

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Compensation deal must be turning point for a better solution for refugees – Amnesty International

In response to the news that the Australian Government and companies have come to a settlement agreement with the refugees and people seeking asylum forcibly sent to and detained on Manus Island, Kate Schuetze, Pacific Researcher at Amnesty International said: “The settlement marks a historical agreement by the Australian Government and corporations to compensate refugees […]

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UN requires NZ Government to fully investigate 2010 Afghan raid – Amnesty International

By   /  June 10, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on UN requires NZ Government to fully investigate 2010 Afghan raid – Amnesty International

The United Nations Committee Against Torture has asked the New Zealand Government to report on what measures it has put in place in order to fully investigate the allegations relating to Operation Burnham in Afghanistan in 2010. During this Operation it is alleged that the New Zealand Defence Force raided two Afghan villages, which left […]

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Amnesty International – ASEAN Summit: Leaders must take a stand against Philippines bloodshed

By   /  April 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

With mounting evidence of government involvement in thousands of extrajudicial executions in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’, Amnesty International is calling on regional leaders to take a stand against possible crimes against humanity as they meet at the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila this week. “While they meet in […]

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Spanish corporate giant Ferrovial makes millions from Australia’s torture of refugees on Nauru

By   /  April 5, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Spanish corporate giant Ferrovial makes millions from Australia’s torture of refugees on Nauru

A major corporation with ties to New Zealand is making millions running the Australian Government’s refugee “processing” centre on Nauru, Amnesty International said today. The system amounts to torture of refugees and people seeking asylum. A new briefing, ‘Treasure I$land’, exposes how Spanish multinational Ferrovial and its Australian subsidiary Broadspectrum are complicit in – and reaping vast profits […]

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Amnesty International says New Zealand Government can’t rely on the ISAF report into civilian casualties in Afghanistan

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Amnesty International says New Zealand Government can’t rely on the ISAF report into civilian casualties in Afghanistan

Amnesty International’s Grant Bayldon says the New Zealand Government must act now to swiftly launch an independent inquiry into allegations of civilian deaths in Afghanistan. Bayldon said today, “The New Zealand Government can’t rely on the veracity of the ISAF report as they’re currently doing. We have documented instances of ISAF reaching incorrect findings in their reports […]

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Amnesty International responds to ‘Hit & Run’ release

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Amnesty International responds to ‘Hit & Run’ release

Following the release of Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s book ‘Hit & Run’, Grant Bayldon Executive Director of Amnesty International New Zealand released the following statement: “Based on the release of Hit & Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the meaning of honour, there appears to be evidence that New Zealand troops may […]

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Amnesty International – Response to Ombudsman’s report on treatment of prisoners

By   /  March 1, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Amnesty International – Response to Ombudsman’s report on treatment of prisoners

In response to the Chief Ombudsman’s report highlighting that the Corrections Department’s treatment of prisoners has breached international torture prevention standards under the Convention Against Torture, the Executive Director of Amnesty International New Zealand, Grant Bayldon, said, “We recognise that the responsibility for at-risk prisoners is challenging. But that is never an excuse to resort […]

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Commutation for Chelsea Manning is a long overdue positive step for human rights – Amnesty International

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Commutation for Chelsea Manning is a long overdue positive step for human rights – Amnesty International

With less than a week left in his term, President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning today. Manning had been serving a 35-year sentence in a maximum security prison after releasing information that pointed to potential crimes under international law and human rights violations by the U.S. military. “Chelsea Manning exposed serious abuses, and as […]

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Myanmar: Security forces target Rohingya during vicious Rakhine scorched-earth campaign – Amnesty International

By   /  December 20, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Military violations could be crimes against humanity Soldiers killing and raping Rohingya Helicopters fired randomly at villagers Bangladesh has illegally pushed back thousands of refugees The Myanmar security forces are responsible for unlawful killings, multiple rapes and the burning down of houses and entire villages in a campaign of violence against Rohingya people that may […]

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Missed opportunity for New Zealand Parliament to be on the right side of history – Amnesty International

By   /  December 15, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Today New Zealand Parliamentarians from the cross-party Human Rights Parliamentary Network introduced a motion during Question Time calling on the Australian Government to support refugees seeking protection. Unfortunately, members of the National Party and New Zealand First objected to the motion being introduced to the House. The motion moved that the House express its support […]

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Fiji: A darker side of paradise – Amnesty International

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Fiji: A darker side of paradise – Amnesty International

Under the military’s dominance, Fiji has seen an ingrained culture of torture take root among its security forces, a new Amnesty International report says today.

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Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child and forced labour – Amnesty International

By   /  December 1, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child and forced labour – Amnesty International

The world’s most popular food and household companies are selling food, cosmetics and other everyday staples containing palm oil tainted by shocking human rights abuses in Indonesia, with children as young as eight working in hazardous conditions, said Amnesty International in a new report published today. The report, The great palm oil scandal: Labour abuses […]

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