Category Archives: Middle East And North Africa

Europe failed to act on the warning signs of a tragedy in the Mediterranean

By Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Head of Refugee and Migrants’ Rights at Amnesty International Before the two shipwrecks that came to light yesterday,1,800 people were believed to have died or gone missing while attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa this … Continue reading

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Revenge attacks and killings sprees in Samarra, Iraq

By Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser in Iraq. These days there are no visitors heading to the ancient Iraqi city of Samarra, 120km north of Baghdad, to admire its archaeological treasures. The city, once the capital of … Continue reading

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“Don’t they know that winter is coming?” Frustration and fear among Iraq’s displaced

By James Lynch and Francesca Pizzutelli, Refugee and Migrants’ Rights researchers, in northern Iraq. Everywhere in northern Iraq thousands of people driven from their homes by the conflict are now struggling to survive in grim conditions. As winter approaches it can only … Continue reading

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Fear and loathing in Kirkuk – summary killings amid growing sectarian tension in oil-rich city

By Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser A 19-year-old labourer, a 27-year-old bus driver, a 28-year-old nurse, a 30-year-old driver, a tribal leader, a former army officer, a lawyer; the list of the dead goes on. These and … Continue reading

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Internet Governance Forum: A missed opportunity for human rights

By Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Deputy Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International. As you read this on your laptop, smart phone or tablet, 3,000 government leaders and representatives from companies and civil society are meeting in Istanbul to shape the future … Continue reading

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