Nigeria: Left with nowhere to go: Stories of survivors of forced evictions in Nigeria’s mega city

Index number: AFR 44/9290/2018. Survivors of forced evictions in Lagos, south west Nigeria are homeless and without livelihoods. They are the urban poor whose rights to adequate and affordable housing has been strangled by a mega city project. These people want to return to their homes; they want their means of livelihood back. The Lagos State authorities have failed to provide residents of Otodo-Gbame with alternative housing and/or compensation for the loss and/or damage to property caused by the forced evictions. They have also not provided any relief or rehabilitation for those who lost their livelihoods.

https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/AFR4492902018ENGLISH.PDF

 

Antisemitism – Overview of data available in the European Union 2007–2017

Antisemitism can be expressed in the form of verbal and physical attacks, threats, harassment, discrimination and unequal treatment, property damage and graffiti or other forms of speech or text, including on the internet. The present report provides an overview of data on antisemitism as recorded by international organisations and by official and unofficial sources in the 28 European Union (EU) Member States, based on their own definitions and categorisations.

http://fra.europa.eu/sites/default/files/fra_uploads/fra-2018-antisemitism-update-2007-2017_en.pdf

 

In Search of a New Equilibrium: Immigration Policymaking in the Newest Era of Nativist Populism

Nativist populism is reshaping the political landscape in many liberal democracies. A recent string of electoral gains in Europe and the United States by politicians and parties touting (radical) right populist policies has forced analysts to rethink how they account for populism’s appeal and resilience. From treating it as a protest movement or handful of one-off events, there is increasing recognition that populism has moved from the fringes into the political mainstream in many countries.

This report steps back to assess the web of factors driving support for populism. “The rise of nativist populism,” the authors write, “is inextricably bound up with anxiety about the rate, form, and manner in which immigration has grown in recent years.” In many countries, it is also a reflection of concerns about lost livelihoods and socioeconomic status amid an uneven recovery from the 2008-09 global recession, and perceived threats to social norm and “community,” however defined.

https://www.migrationpolicy.org/sites/default/files/publications/TCM-NativistPopulism_Final.pdf

 

Tunisia: Privacy Threatened by ‘Homosexuality’ Arrests. Government Using Personal Data, Anal ‘Tests’ for Prosecutions

Tunisian authorities are confiscating and searching the phones of men they suspect of being gay and pressuring them to take anal tests and to confess to homosexual activity, Human Rights Watch said today. Prosecutors then use information collected in this fashion to prosecute them for homosexual acts between consenting partners, under the country’s harsh sodomy laws.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/11/08/tunisia-privacy-threatened-homosexuality-arrests

 

EU / Poland: Attacks against LGBT + rights and abortion left behind

For the past three years, the ultra-conservative Polish government’s anti-democratic reforms and repeated attacks against the independence of the country’s judicial institutions have triggered a strong reaction on the part of the European Union (EU). However, while political and media attention has so far focused on the risks posed to the judiciary, a new report released today by FIDH and PSAL analyses how these attacks also have extremely concrete consequences on women’s sexual and reproductive rights and LGBT + persons’ rights. Our organisations are therefore calling on the European institutions to finally include these abuses in ongoing discussions.

https://www.fidh.org/spip.php?page=spipdf&spipdf=spipdf_article&id_article=23833&nom_fichier=article_23833

 

The Thousandth Cut: Eliminating U.S. Humanitarian Assistance To Gaza

Today, some two million people are effectively trapped in a space of 140 square miles without reliable access to clean water, sufficient food, adequate medical care, or the ability to make a living. Living conditions in Gaza are the worst they have ever been, and the Trump administration’s latest cuts in aid to Palestinians across the region are worsening a humanitarian crisis that is already desperate.

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/506c8ea1e4b01d9450dd53f5/t/5be356dc562fa79eaec992e6/1541625565836/Gaza+Report+-+November+2018+-+FINAL.pdf

 

Chile: A long road ahead

Index number: AMR 22/9234/2018. This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Chile in January-February 2019. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Chile in its previous UPR, including in relation to impunity for past crimes under international law and human rights violations, the use of military courts to try civilians, discrimination against LGBTI people and Indigenous Peoples, decriminalization of abortion, and national human rights institutions. It also assesses the national human rights framework and raises concerns in relation to the human rights situation on the ground.

https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/AMR2292342018ENGLISH.PDF

 

The United Arab Emirates in the Horn of Africa

Briefing Nº 65 / Middle East & North Africa. The UAE, together with its ally Saudi Arabia, played a highly visible role in helping make peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia. As its footprint across the Horn of Africa grows, the UAE should avoid having intra-Gulf competition colour its engagement.

https://d2071andvip0wj.cloudfront.net/b065-the-united-arab-emirates-in-the-horn-of-africa.pdf

 

Fiji: 6-Point Human Rights Agenda for Election Candidates

Index number: ASA 18/9350/2018. Ahead of general elections in Fiji on 14 November 2018, Amnesty International calls on all election candidates to respect, protect, fulfil and promote human rights for all, and to publicly commit to meeting Fiji’s international human rights obligations.

https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/ASA1893502018ENGLISH.PDF

 

The Illogic of the U.S. Sanctions Snapback on Iran

Briefing Nº 64 / Middle East & North Africa. The Trump administration believes that ratcheting up economic pressure on Iran will compel the Islamic Republic to curtail its disruptive Middle East policies. History suggests otherwise. Both Washington and Tehran should step off their current escalatory path.

https://d2071andvip0wj.cloudfront.net/B064-the-illogic-of-the-us-sanctions-snapback-on-iran.pdf