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Abdul Basit was paralysed in prison due to inhumane conditions, he now faces execution.

On 27 April the Austrian parliament passed amendments to Austria’s asylum law that will allow people fleeing violence and conflict to be turned away at the border. In order for the legislation to enter into force, it has now to be signed by the Federal President. He has the power to stop these amendments.

Concerns grow for human rights defenders and NGOs in Egypt as the authorities there have brought charges against numerous human rights defenders, amid an unprecedented crackdown on human rights groups.

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Amnesty International tentatively welcomes inclusion of Citizens’ Assembly on Eighth Amendment in Programme for Partnership

DUBLIN, 5th May 2016 - Amnesty International Ireland today welcomed reports that the draft “Programme for Partnership” documentagreed between Fine Gael and Independents, if forming a minority government, includes a commitment to establishing a Citizens’ Assembly on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.

More than 1,000 detainees, including some as young as 15, are being held without charge in horrendous conditions at makeshift holding centres in Anbar governorate, west of Baghdad, said Amnesty International today. A delegation led by the organisation’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty, gained access on 30 April to a centre run by Anbar’s counter-terrorism agency (Mukafahat al-Irhab) in Ameriyat al-Fallujah, where 683 male detainees are held without charge. 


“My dad married me off to a 70-year-old man who already has five wives. He threatened

me saying if I don’t join my husband he will kill me.” – 13-year-old Maria[i]


Success Stories

Good news on recent urgent action cases: In Honduras, Mexican Human Rights Defender was able to leave Honduras after he witnessed the murder of Berta Cáceres . In Tunisia, six men jailed for “sodomy" were released. Myanmar student activists, Phyoe Phyoe Aung and her husband Lin Htet Naing were released on 11 April.

March 2016 was an incredible month for human rights – activists were released, unfair laws were changed, and people who committed serious human rights abuses were brought to justice. We’ve picked out 15 successes, wins and pieces of good news, and they were all made possible thanks to your support. 

1. Egypt: Teen who challenged torture released after more than two years

Myanmar has released scores of students imprisoned simply for exercising their human rights, including student union leader Phyoe Phyoe Aung and her husband Lin Htet Naing. Amnesty called for their release as part of the 2016 Write for Rights campaign, gaining 394,000 actions worldwide. 

All charges dropped in prisoner amnesty

At a court in the town of Tharrawaddy, the student protesters had all charges against them dropped.

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