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29 Jul 2016
12:09 PM

We must not wait for a Royal Commission to protect children in youth detention

No one could have watched Monday’s ABC’s Four Corners without a sense of horror. Distressing is an understatement as I sat and watched a crying, distraught child seized by his neck, forced to the ground, manhandled, stripped naked by three grown men and left alone in a cell. It made me sick.

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29 Jul 2016
09:42 AM

Syria: Safe passage for civilians will not avert humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo city

Unfettered and impartial humanitarian assistance is urgently needed to alleviate the suffering of thousands of civilians in Aleppo city on the verge of running out of food and other essential supplies, said Amnesty International today.

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29 Jul 2016
09:23 AM

Turkey: Intensified crackdown on media increases atmosphere of fear

As Turkey enters its second week of a three month state of emergency, the ongoing crackdown on civil society and the assault on media freedom has reached disturbing and unprecedented levels, said Amnesty International.

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29 Jul 2016
09:17 AM

Indonesia: Deplorable executions must not be compounded

Reacting to the announcement that at least four people – Fredi Budiman, Humphrey Jefferson Ejike, Michael Titus Igweh, and Seck Osmane – have been executed by the Indonesian authorities, Amnesty International said:

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28 Jul 2016
13:47 PM

Guantanamo-style abuse of child prisoners shows current detention system has failed

Chilling footage showing detained Indigenous children being tear gassed and a child being hooded and strapped to a restraint chair in Australia’s Northern Territory must serve as a wakeup call for the government on the need to urgently change its policies on juvenile detention.

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28 Jul 2016
10:09 AM

100 organisations call for Royal Commission to be independent, and broad in scope

Today over 100 organisations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak representative bodies and Amnesty International, have released an Open Statement welcoming Prime Minister Turnbull’s Royal Commission into the horrific abuse of children in the Northern Territory, but calling for it to be conducted independently from the NT Government and for a broader inquiry into the youth justice system as a whole.

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27 Jul 2016
09:49 AM

Indonesia: Executions will put Jokowi on the wrong side of history

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as ‘Jokowi’ will be putting his government on the wrong side of history if he proceeds with a fresh round of executions

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26 Jul 2016
12:51 PM

Royal Commission welcome, but PM Turnbull must act now to prevent further abuse of children

Prime Minister Turnbull should consult with Northern Territory Indigenous and Youth organisations in setting the terms of reference of a Royal Commission into the conditions in NT youth detention, announced this morning following last night’s shocking Four Corners program depicting the torture and abuse of incarcerated children.

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26 Jul 2016
11:00 AM

Yemen: Peace talks must prioritize getting aid to desperate civilians

Restrictions on the delivery of vital humanitarian aid to civilians in Yemen are exacerbating the country’s humanitarian crisis and endangering lives, said Amnesty International calling on all parties to the conflict to allow full and unfettered access to organizations providing crucial supplies.

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26 Jul 2016
10:58 AM

Turkey: Arrest warrants for 42 journalists a brazen attack on press freedom

Responding to news that Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists, Amnesty International issued the following quote:

“This is the latest alarming development in what is increasingly becoming a brazen purge based on political affiliation,” said Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe.

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