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Amnesty International strips Myanmar’s Suu Kyi of ‘conscience’ award

YANGON: Amnesty International has withdrawn its most prestigious human rights prize from Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing the Myanmar leader of perpetuating human rights abuses by not speaking out about violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Once hailed as a champion in the fight for democracy, Suu Kyi has been stripped of a series of international honors over a Rohingya exodus that began in August 2017. More than 700,000 people fled across Myanmar’s western border into Bangladesh after the Myanmar military launched a…

Amnesty demands UN investigation, independent autopsy in Khashoggi death

LONDON: Amnesty International said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia’s explanation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul appeared to be a whitewash of “an appalling assassination”. “The investigation findings by the Saudi authorities claiming that Khashoggi died as a result of a ‘fist-fight’ inside the consulate are not trustworthy and marks an abysmal new low to Saudi Arabia’s human rights record,” Samah Hadid, the human rights group’s Middle East director, said in a statement. It called on…

Amnesty writes to Canadian PM to raise concerns with Modi over pellet guns use in IHK

OTTAWA: Amnesty International (AI), in its letter, has urged the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to raise the matter of pellet firing shotguns as a means of policing protests in the India held Kashmir (IHK) in the meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi next week. The letter has been written ahead of Trudeau’s much-awaited visit to India, where the Canadian premier would call on Modi. The duo is expected to meet during February 19 to 23, Indian media reported. In the letter, the AI has also urged…

At least 17 killed in Cameroon separatist clashes: Amnesty

BAMENDA, Cameroon: At least 17 people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions, Amnesty International said, as violence broke out in an area where a separatist movement is gathering strength. The clashes began on Sunday after local groups called protests against what they say is their marginalisation by the Francophone-dominated government of the country’s long-time ruler, Paul Biya. Witnesses said security forces opened fire, often at close range. Ilaria…

Amnesty condemns US, UK over Yemen arms

DUBAI: Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the United States and Britain for transferring arms to Saudi Arabia to use in its war in Yemen. The rights group said the two countries had together sent more than five billion dollars (4.6 billion euros) worth of arms to Riyadh since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015. That was more than 10 times their humanitarian aid to Yemen during the same period, it said. The London-based watchdog described the alleged arms transfers as a "shameful…

‘Draconian’ EU anti-terror laws target Muslims: Amnesty International

BRUSSELS: A raft of new counter-terrorism laws across Europe discriminate against Muslims and refugees, spreading fear and alienation, Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday. The human rights group sounded the alarm over security measures adopted over the past two years in 14 EU nations, including expanded surveillance powers. During that period, militant attacks have killed some 280 people in France, Belgium and Germany. The attacks, mostly claimed by the Islamic State group, have fanned tensions over…

Russia seals off Amnesty International office

MOSCOW: Amnesty International said Wednesday that Russian authorities had sealed off its office in Moscow and changed the locks with no warning or explanation. "Staff found the office was sealed around 10 am. The organisation received any warning and the premises was sealed in their absence," the rights group wrote on its website. The global human rights campaign group said that the locks had been changed and the alarm system switched off in the premises, which is its only office in Russia. Amnesty International regularly…

End crackdown on PTI activists, release them: Amnesty International

ISLAMABAD: Amnesty International has asked the Pakistan government to end crackdown on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) activists and release them. "Pakistan’s authorities must immediately and unconditionally release hundreds of opposition activists, lift restrictions on their movement and take all appropriate measures to ensure that people are allowed to exercise their right to peaceful assembly," Amnesty International said today. The organization’s calls come as Pakistan’s authorities have intensified their crackdown…

Kashmiri newspaper banned for being ‘critical of India’

SRINAGAR: Authorities in Indian Kashmir have banned a local newspaper they claimed was inciting violence in the Himalayan region, which has been roiled by deadly violence in recent months. The editor of the Kashmir Reader, an English-language daily, said police had come to their office carrying an order for them to stop publishing. "There was no prior notice or communication from the government," Hilal Mir said. "If there was a problem with the content, they could have sought an explanation from us." The order said the…