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Human rights Asia
India: Kashmiri Activist Held Under Abusive Law
29 November 2021 | 2:05 pm

Indian authorities have detained the prominent Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez under an abusive counterterrorism law that is increasingly used against activists and critics of the government, six human rights groups said today.The Indian government should immediately end violations of the rights to liberty and a fair trial under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act […]

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Freedom of expression, association and assembly Asia
Government of India must immediately stop intimidation of journalists in Jammu and Kashmir
22 April 2020 | 11:19 am

Responding to news that the Jammu and Kashmir police have invoked the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against photojournalist Masrat Zehra and also initiated investigation against journalist Peerzada Ashiq for allegedly spreading ‘misinformation’, Avinash Kumar, Executive Director of Amnesty International India said: “The two new First Information Reports (FIR) against journalists in Kashmir that initiate […]

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Freedom of expression, association and assembly Asia
Closure of Kashmir newspaper a setback to free speech
5 October 2016 | 11:03 am

The order, passed by the District Magistrate of Srinagar and served to the publication on 2 October, states that the newspaper “contains such material and content which tends to incite acts of violence and disturb public peace and tranquillity”. The newspaper has extensively covered the violence in Kashmir in recent months, and reports of human […]

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Freedom of expression, association and assembly Asia
India: Kashmiri human rights activist re-arrested
21 September 2016 | 10:34 am

Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez has been detained a second time, after a court ordered his release from administrative detention on Tuesday. “Detaining a person right after he is released, without any intention to charge him or bring him to trial, amounts to using a revolving door of persecution,” said Aakar Patel, Executive Director, […]

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Freedom of expression, association and assembly Asia
India: Kashmiri human rights activist held in administrative detention
17 September 2016 | 4:23 pm

Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez must be immediately released from administrative detention unless he is charged with recognizable criminal offences. The 39-year-old, who is the coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society Organisation (JKCCS), a prominent human rights organization, was arrested from his Srinagar residence and detained by the state police on […]

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Freedom of expression, association and assembly Asia
India: Global standards on police use of force violated in Kashmir
12 September 2016 | 12:45 pm

Security forces are using arbitrary and excessive force in response to protests in Jammu and Kashmir, violating international standards and worsening the human rights crisis in the state. At least 78 people, including two security force personnel, have been killed in the state since 8 July, following protests and violent clashes after the killing of […]

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Freedom of expression, association and assembly Asia
India should stop using abusive foreign funding law
20 January 2022 | 9:37 am

The Indian government should immediately stop harassing the Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns and its program unit People’s Watch, ten human rights groups said today. The government should stop using the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act and other abusive laws to silence civil society in India. The groups are Amnesty International, Asian Forum for Human […]

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Loujain al-Hathloul, Iman al-Nafjan, Aziza al-Youssef, Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sada are women human rights defenders who have campaigned for women’s rights to drive and against the guardianship system in Saudi Arabia.
Human rights Australia
Australia must raise human rights concerns at G20
17 November 2020 | 11:11 am

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has the opportunity to lead on human rights concerns by raising them with leaders at the G20 Summit under Saudi Arabia’s presidency, which will be held virtually. Amnesty and the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) have also written to the Saudi ambassador to Australia, Messaad Ibraham al-Sulaim, […]

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Freedom of expression, association and assembly Asia
Amnesty India forced to close due to sustained harassment
29 September 2020 | 2:00 pm

Responding to Amnesty International India’s bank accounts being frozen by the Enforcement Directorate, an investigative agency of the Government in India, Julie Verhaar, Acting Secretary General of Amnesty International said: “This is an egregious and shameful act by the Indian Government, which forces us to cease the crucial human rights work of Amnesty International India […]

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COVID-19 Global
Global: Crackdown on journalists weakens efforts to tackle COVID-19
2 May 2020 | 2:13 pm

The backlash against journalists and others who criticize their governments’ handling of COVID-19 is hampering efforts to tackle the virus, Amnesty International said today. The organization warned that censorship of vital information related to the pandemic has become a global phenomenon and urged governments to prioritise public health over their own egos. Ahead of World […]

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