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Five Years & Five Months

Five Years & Five Months

This film is a coproduction between Bulgarian Helsinki Committee and the VOX POPULI studio for documentary theatre. Supported by Mono Collective, The Red House Center for Culture and Debate, Dream Team Productions, Concept Studio. The film is based on an interview with a woman who served her sentence at the Sliven prison.

Learn more about the conditions at the only women’s prison in Bulgaria at 
http://womenprisoners.bghelsinki.org.

Bulgarian Helsinki Committee a nongovernmental organization for the protection of human rights, founded in 1992 in Sofia, Bulgaria. For more than 20 years BHC has been carrying out independent and regular monitoring of prisons, juvenile homes, homes for children deprived of parental care and other closed institutions. Support our work by making a donation at http://www.bghelsinki.org/donate.

Sudan: Special Force Rampages in Darfur

Sudan: Special Force Rampages in Darfur

A Sudanese government special force has gone on two sprees of killings and mass rape of civilians in dozens of Darfur villages and towns since October 2014, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government should end these Rapid Support Forces (RSF) attacks and prosecute those responsible. The African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) should urgently improve its protection of civilians.

The report, “‘Men With No Mercy’: Rapid Support Forces Attacks against Civilians in Darfur, Sudan,” documents Rapid Support Forces atrocities against civilians during two counterinsurgency campaigns in Darfur. The abuses appear to be widespread and systematic attacks on civilian populations that may constitute crimes against humanity.

Nairobi, September 2, 2015

Human Rights Watch

No foul play Brazil!

No foul play Brazil!

The lead up to the World Cup has prompted large scale demonstrations and public protests to which the police have responded with use of force, and in some cases "less lethal" weapons such as tear gas and rubber bullets.

Protests are likely to continue in coming weeks and the Brazilian Congress is considering new laws that could be used to crack down on protesters. Additionally, inadequate regulations and training for policing demonstrations pose a risk of more injuries to protesters due to excessive use of force by police.

Everyone has the right to peaceful protest -- to exercise their human rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly - and the Brazilian Government has a duty to ensure that they can. That's why we are giving the Brazilian Government a yellow card!
Together we can use our freedom of expression to send them a warning. 

Join us and take action here: 
https://www.aiyellowcard.org/

War Crimes in Mali

War Crimes in Mali

United Nations human rights chief has condemned the ongoing human rights violations in northern Mali, including cruel punishments such as amputations, and called on the Government and the international community to urgently address the crisis.

"According to credible reports that my office has received, the various armed groups currently occupying northern Mali have been committing serious human rights violations and possibly war crimes," High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the UN Human Rights Council.
Mali's Justice minister Malick Coulibaly addressing the Council appealed to the International Community to support Mali in its efforts to promote peace in the country.

 Torture and Rendition to Gaddafi's Libya

Torture and Rendition to Gaddafi's Libya

The Unites States government during the Bush administration tortured opponents of Muammar Gaddafi, then transferred them to mistreatment in Libya, according to accounts by former detainees and recently uncovered CIA and UK Secret Service documents, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on September 6, 2012. One former detainee alleged he was waterboarded and another described a similar form of water torture, contradicting claims by Bush administration officials that only three men in US custody had been waterboarded - http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/09/05/us-torture-and-rendition-gaddafi-s-libya.

Yemen Must Investigate Sniper Killings of Protesters

Yemen Must Investigate Sniper Killings of Protesters

The Yemeni authorities must launch an immediate independent investigation after Central Security Forces and snipers opened fire on a peaceful demonstration and march in the southern port city of Aden on Saturday killing at least three people, and leaving another on a life-support machine. On 07 July 2012, snipers were seen firing from rooftops as hundreds gathered to mark the 18th anniversary of the day in 1994 that government forces from Sana'a captured Aden from secessionist forces at the end of the civil war. Dina El-Mamoun of Amnesty International reports from the city of Amen after injured protestors were brought to a local hospital for treatment.

Libyan Militias Are Spiralling Out of Control

Libyan Militias Are Spiralling Out of Control

During a visit to Libya in May and June, Amnesty International found that hundreds of armed militias continue to act above the law, many refusing to disarm or join the national army or police force. The Ministry of Interior told the organization that it has been able to dismantle four militias in Tripoli, a tiny proportion of the total number. In a new report 'Libya: rule of law or rule of militias?', the organization says that nearly a year after Tripoli fell to the revolutionary fighters (thuwwar), ongoing violations -- including arbitrary arrests and detention, torture including to death, impunity for unlawful killings and forcible displacement -- are casting a shadow over the country's first national elections since the fall of al-Gaddafi's regime.

Protests in Bahrain

Protests in Bahrain

With preparations well underway for Sunday's Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, a leading human rights group has said torture and ill-treatment are continuing in the Gulf kingdom. Amnesty International says it has evidence of people being kept in prison for participating in peaceful anti-government protests, and that security forces are using excessive and unnecessary force against demonstrators. Bahrain's Government has rejected many of the claims. BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says demonstrations against the authorities are a daily event.

Syrian First Lady Silent on Syria's Human Rights Record

Syrian First Lady Silent on Syria's Human Rights Record

Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad has portrayed herself as a defender of women and children's rights in her country. But she has been silent through much of the escalating violence, and has appeared publicly in support of her husband, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Call on Syria's First Lady to use her influence to defend the rights of women activists, and release those who are in detention. (http://www.amnestyusa.org/syriawomen)

Arab League demands Assad give up power

Arab League demands Assad give up power

The Arab League announced on Sunday that it had agreed to a new plan whereby Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would give up power, allowing a unity government to form and put an end to 10 months of bloody uprising. The resolution came after Saudi Arabia announced that it would withdraw its observers from the League's monitoring mission, which was dispatched in December to observe the fighting between the government and the armed opposition. The League said it would ask the United Nations Security Council to support its new resolution. (Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna reports from Cairo)

Guantánamo Bay: A Decade of Damage to Human Rights

Guantánamo Bay: A Decade of Damage to Human Rights

On 11 January 2002, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the first detainees were transferred to the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Since then, the detention facility there has made the world's news headlines for the shocking human rights concerns associated with it - including arbitrary detention, secret detention, torture and other ill-treatment, renditions, and unfair trials. Ten years on more than 150 detainees remain at Guantánamo Bay. The majority are in indefinite detention without charge or trial. Those who have been charged face unfair trial by military commission and some can face the death penalty if convicted. The government claims that even those found not guilty can be returned to indefinite detention. There has been essentially no accountability or redress for the human rights violations to which they and other detainees have been subjected. Human rights concerns in Guantánamo Bay remain an unfinished story. How long before the US government closes the book on Guantánamo and meets its human rights obligations? Amnesty International will deliver a petition to President Obama before his 2012 State of the Union address on 24 January. Sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/endguantanamo!