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Apr 8 2021 5:44PM
Scottish Elections: Human + Digital Rights Hustings

Amnesty Scotland has been engaging with several political parties about our priorities for the next Parliament ahead of the Scottish elections next month. We would like to invite you to join us for a live-streamed candidate hustings...

UK: New immigration plan is a 'false pretence of fundamental change'

Home Office new immigration plan

In response to the Home Office’s new immigration plan announced today, Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, says: “After months of Government briefings that have consistently sought to fault anyone but the Home Office for its manifest failings, today’s announcement is nothing short of what we expected. “Once again the Home Office is presenting us with many failed ideas and a false pretence of fundamental change. But don’t be fooled. “The Home Secretary is clearly more concerned with appearing tough – regardless of admitting to a dreadful culture that continues to ignore the

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Scotland: Holyrood has opportunity to be world leader with new human rights law

Human rights for all

Scottish Government commits to four international human rights treaties to protect the rights of disabled people, black and ethnic minority people, women and economic, social and cultural rights ‘We welcome these recommendations and look forward to ensuring the strongest possible human rights protections for everyone in Scotland’ - Naomi McAuliffe Responding to the Scottish Government’s commitment to introduce a new human rights Bill which will apply recommendations from the National Taskforce on Human Rights Leadership report including incorporating four international human rights treaties

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Security forces clash with demonstrators in Douala
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Repression of the opposition

On 26 January 2019, opposition party, Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC) – the party of the candidate that came in second during the October 2018 presidential elections – called for public protests or “marches blanches” across the country, to contest the alleged mass irregularities that occurred during the electoral process.

In response to the unauthorised protests, security forces used excessive force against demonstrators. Seven people were shot and injured in the coastal city of Douala, while other protesters were beaten. A Government spokesperson denied the use of live ammunition against protesters, but sequences of automatic gunfire in Douala, and one of a riot police officer shooting at a protester’s legs, were shown on social media.

More than one hundred protesters were arrested in Douala, Yaoundé, Dschang, Bafoussam and Bafang. Approximately 50 were released the following day and the remaining protesters were placed under administrative custody. Opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, was arrested on 28 January 2019; and high-profile member of the party, lawyer, Michele Ndoki, was also arrested in February. They were charged alongside 130 other people with offences including rebellion, hostility against the nation, incitement to insurrection, and were sent to pre-trial detention.

In October 2019, following an order from President Paul Biya to release some opposition members arrested during the demonstrations, hundreds of political activists, including Maurice Kamto and Michele Ndoki, were released.

Serge Branco Nana could not benefit from this measure, because he was caught up in another case. On 22 July a riot was reported in Kondengui Prison in Yaoundé. According to reports, detained armed separatists from the Anglophone regions and opposition members took possession of the prison yard, denouncing overcrowding in the prison, judicial delays and deplorable conditions.

Serge Branco Nana, who was detained in that prison at the time, was accused of being among the initiators and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, in August. Following the riot, he was taken from the prison and sent to the State Secretariat for Defence (SED), where he reportedly severely beaten for hours and his genitals electrocuted. He was then transferred to Mfou Prison, 30km from Yaounde and around 300km from the West region, making it very difficult for his family, relatives and lawyer to visit.

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General Election 2019: A Human Rights to-do list

As our new government takes office, we are calling on them to uphold and protect the UK’s commitment to human rights. Here are just some of the things we will be working with MPs from all parties to solve, because when we all act, humanity wins.

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Urgent Action: Parliamentarian disappeared in Venezuela

On 26 April 2019, intelligence officers took Venezuelan opposition member of parliament Gilber Caro at a restaurant.

UA 55/19 issued 08/05/2019
Oct 4 2018 4:37PM
Conservative conference 2018: too many leaders not enough rights

This year's Conservative Party Conference saw bid-for-leadership speeches from several of its Party members. There was a lot of 'hot air' but not much expelled on human rights.

Urgent Action: Arbitrary arrests following state of emergency in the Maldives

Five people have been arrested since the Government of Maldives declared a State of Emergency on 5 February 2018

UA 024/18 issued 07/02/2018

Urgent Action: Opposition member risks further ill-treatment in Gabon

Gabonese political opposition member, Bertrand Zibi Abeghe, has alleged that he was subjected to ill-treatment.

UA 18/18 issued 30/01/2018

Cambodia: Banning of opposition party a 'blatant act of political repression'

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen

Reacting to the Cambodian Supreme Court’s decision to dissolve the main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said: “Today’s decision by the Supreme Court to dissolve the CNRP is not only a blatant act of political repression that must be reversed immediately, but also a serious violation of the human rights to freedom of association and expression in Cambodia. The fact that the court also ruled to ban more than 100 senior CNRP officials from political activity for five years compounds this

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