I started this blog for personal matters, to publish my art and literature, Now it seems I am turning this blog to a reporting media of Human abuse and Human being in wretched plight all around the World. I hope, We all citizen should rush to the crying and disturbing souls and help and support them. Protest and publicizing can help stop atrocities on public and bring safety measure to the mass under calamities.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

WIRE alert: human rights news from around the world

The anniversary edition of WIRE outlines everything you need to know about our plans for the year, and how you can:
  • Defend the rights of women and girls in Nicaragua
  • Unite against the death penalty
  • Speak out for the silenced
  • Demand justice for people in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Call for clean-up of the Niger Delta
  • Stand up for women’s rights in Egypt

As always, your urgent action is also needed on our World Wide Appeals.

Also, see what our researchers in the Middle East and North Africa have to say about their work in this special supplement.

Until next time,
Adi, Editor

Somali's Future on the line?

Above: Celebrating Amnesty International’s 50th birthday in Togo.

Amnesty international teams blogging from the ground:

UN Security Council must act to end repression in Syria
“Majd Al Kurdy was a junior member of Syria’s ruling Baath party in the small town of Tell Kalakh near the border with Lebanon…” By Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International

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Mubarak’s trial in Egypt: We have come a long way
“Since the morning I had felt that this was going to be a historic day…” By Mohammed Lotfy, Amnesty International researcher for the Middle East and North Africa

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Massive oil pollution in Niger Delta The UN shows evidence of the devastating impact of oil pollution on people in the Delta The UN shows

UN confirms massive oil pollution in Niger Delta

The UN shows evidence of the devastating impact of oil pollution on people in the Delta

The UN shows evidence of the devastating impact of oil pollution on people in the Delta

© Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR

Shell's systemic failure to address oil spills for many years is addressed in the report

Shell's systemic failure to address oil spills for many years is addressed in the report

© Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR

4 August 2011

The oil company Shell has had a disastrous impact on the human rights of the people living in the Niger Delta in Nigeria, said Amnesty International, responding to a UN report on the effects of oil pollution in Ogoniland in the Delta region.

The report from the United Nations Environment Programme is the first of its kind in Nigeria and based on two years of in-depth scientific research.

It found that oil contamination is widespread and severe, and that people in the Niger Delta have been exposed for decades.

“This report proves Shell has had a terrible impact in Nigeria, but has got away with denying it for decades, falsely claiming they work to best international standards,” said Amnesty International Global Issues Director, Audrey Gaughran, who has researched the human rights impacts of pollution in the Delta.

The report, which was conducted at the request of the Nigerian government and paid for by Shell, provides irrefutable evidence of the devastating impact of oil pollution on people’s lives in the Delta – one of Africa’s most bio-diverse regions.

It examines the damage to agriculture and fisheries, which has destroyed livelihoods and food sources. One of the most serious facts to come to light is the scale of contamination of drinking water, which has exposed communities to serious health risks.

In one case water was found to contain a known carcinogen at levels 900 times above World Health Organization guidelines. UNEP has recommended emergency measures to alert communities to the danger.

The report reveals Shell’s systemic failure to address oil spills going back many years. UNEP describes how sites that Shell claimed were cleaned up were found by UNEP experts to be still polluted.

“Shell must put its hands up, and face the fact that it has to deal with the damage it has caused. Trying to hide behind the actions of others, when Shell is the most powerful actor on the scene, simply won’t wash,” said Audrey Gaughran. “There is no solution to the oil pollution in Niger Delta as long as Shell continues to focus on protecting its corporate image at the expense of the truth, and at the expense of justice”.

The report’s findings also expose the serious failure of the Nigerian government to regulate and control companies like Shell. UNEP found that Nigeria’s regulators are weak and Nigeria’s oil spill investigation agency is often totally reliant on the oil companies to do its work.

The Nigerian government, the oil companies, and the home governments of these companies, such as the UK and Netherlands, have all benefited from oil extraction in the Niger Delta and should now support a social and environmental rehabilitation process, said Amnesty International.

“This report should also be a wake-up call to institutional investors. In the past they’ve allowed Shell’s Public Relations machine to pull the wool over their eyes, but they will now want to see the company cleaning up its act in the Niger Delta - that means putting real pressure on Shell to avoid spillages, compensate those already affected and disclose more accurate information on their impacts,” said Audrey Gaughran.

The UN report notes that there are other, relatively new, sources of pollution in Ogoniland, such as illegal refining but it is clear that Shell’s poor practice stretching back decades is a major factor in the contamination of Ogoniland.

On 3 August 2011 it was widely reported that Shell had accepted liability for two major spills in Ogoniland in 2008. The spills at Bodo, which severely damaged the livelihoods of the community, have still not been cleaned up almost three years later.

The oil industry in the Niger Delta started commercial production in 1958 following the discovery of crude oil at Oloibiri by Shell British Petroleum (now Royal Dutch Shell). Today, the oil industry is highly visible in the Niger Delta and has control over a large amount of land. Shell alone operates over 31,000 square kilometres.

The oil and gas sector represents 97 per cent of Nigeria’s foreign exchange revenues and
contributes 79.5 per cent of government revenues. Oil has generated an estimated $600 billion since the 1960s.

The oil industry in the Niger Delta comprises both the government of Nigeria and subsidiaries of multinational companies such as Shell, Eni, Chevron, Total and ExxonMobil, as well as some Nigerian companies.

According to the UN Development Program (UNDP), more than 60 per cent of the people in the region depend on the natural environment for their livelihood.

According to UNDP, more than 6,800 spills were recorded between 1976 and 2001, with a loss of approximately 3 million barrels of oil. Many experts believe that due to under-reporting the true figures may be far higher.

Under Nigerian regulations oil companies must clean up all oil spills. However these regulations are not enforced.

Read More

Nigeria: Clean up oil pollution in the Niger Delta (Postcard, 9 May 2011)
Shell accused over misleading figures on Nigeria oil spills (News, 25 January 2011)
UN must not use flawed data on cause of Nigeria oil spills (23 August 2010)
Nigeria: Petroleum, Pollution and Poverty in the Niger Delta
(Report, 30 June 2009)

Source: Amnesty

A new report by United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has laid bare how oil pollution in the Niger Delta has destroyed the environment and the lives of people living in poverty. The report confirms that Nigeria’s government has failed to hold the oil industry to account, and the oil companies have failed to clean up pollution.

Please help us spread the message that it’s time for the oil industry and the Nigerian government to Wake Up and Clean Up! Disseminate the press release to your networks, and use the attached Twitter and Facebook messages to get the word out via social media.

The Nigerian government has a duty to protect the people of the Niger Delta from the impact of pollution. Amnesty International is urging Nigeria’s newly-elected President to commit to a comprehensive clean-up of pollution in the Niger Delta.

Women stand next to an oil wellhead

Women stand next to an oil wellhead that has been regularly spilling crude oil since 2004 near the community of Ikot Ada Udo inthe Niger Delta © Kadir van Lohuzien / NOOR

Tell the President to commit to a clean up of the Niger Delta

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In 2008, two major oil spills occurred at Bodo Creek in Ogoniland in the Niger Delta. The oil poured into the swamp and creek for weeks. Almost three years on, the pollution has not been cleaned up. Amnesty International visited Bodo in May 2011. Watch our video showing the ongoing damage and the human impact including how livelihoods and sources of food for community members like Pastor Christian Lekoya Kpandei have been destroyed.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Media discouraged from reporting on tsunami, earthquake fallout, says CPJ

20 April 2011
Media discouraged from reporting on tsunami, earthquake fallout, says CPJ

Hiro Ugaya in tsunami-destroyed Noda Mura village, which received scant media attention

Freelancers in Japan says they and foreign and online media have been actively excluded from reporting on the nuclear threat and other calamities resulting from the earthquake and tsunami, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Last week, the Japanese government upped the danger rating for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station to its highest level. According to CPJ, it is not clear if the government or Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which runs the plant, withheld the extent of the risk.

"The local media's habitual allegiance to officials who arrange press conferences and companies that buy advertising makes it hard to tell, and freelancers who are eager to probe deeper say their questions have been suppressed," said CPJ.

Take author and freelancer Takashi Uesugi. After appearing in his weekly guest slot on the local TBS radio station on 15 March where he strongly criticised TEPCO, the station asked him not to come back. "I was removed from my slot on the TBS programme permanently," Uesugi told CPJ.

Japanese journalist Makiko Segawa says that media owners are hoping to preserve their portion of the US$120 million TEPCO lays out annually in media advertisements.

Segawa, who writes for Shingetsu News Agency, which focuses on Japan-Middle East relations, reported that when news of the tsunami broke, several of Japan's mainstream media executives were accompanying TEPCO Chair Tsunehisa Katsumata on a trip to China. TEPCO said they paid the majority of the expenses.

Not that keeping TEPCO satisfied is anything new. In 2007, no mainstream media reported that a Fukushima law-maker had asked TEPCO to construct a higher breakwater to guard against the threat of a tsunami.

Local journalists told CPJ that one of the problems is that only professional journalists are admitted into press conferences, which can "foster docility among reporters willing to forgo asking critical questions in exchange for continued access." Some in Japan are asking whether these conventional reporters have been passively reprinting government and TEPCO risk assessments unconfirmed - even when they conflict with one another or with independent findings, reports CPJ.

Freelancer Hiro Ugaya says at the very least, the Prime Minister's Office press conference should be open to the foreign press and freelancers. "The mainstream media are too cooperative with the government and other authorities, such as electric power companies and their lobbyists… Consequently, they behave like an outsourced government PR division," he wrote on CPJ's blog.

Ugaya said one of the villages he visited earlier this month, Noda Mura, had received scant media attention even though half the village was wiped out in the tsunami. "I presume the government tried to make the damages sound as minimal as possible, maybe not to cause public panic or simply because they are reluctant to show the failures they have made," he wrote.

Segawa says online sources have also come under pressure to toe the government line. Early this month, the Ministry of General Affairs announced a task force to enforce guidelines for Internet sites deemed to be spreading false rumours. The Telecom Services Association, one of Japan's leading Internet providers, said they had complied with some of the task force's requests, resulting in the removal of prohibited information from the Internet, such as images of corpses. "The media has not covered this story," she told CPJ.

"It is to be hoped that this step toward controlling online information does not solidify into a long-term censorship policy," said CPJ. "The people on the ground are the ones the government should be working to protect - not TEPCO's interests, or its own grip on information."
source :Ifex

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tsunami hits north-eastern Japan after massive quake

Tsunami hits north-eastern Japan after massive quake

source : BBC

Tsunami hits north-eastern Japan after massive quake

A massive earthquake has hit the north-east of Japan, triggering a tsunami that has caused extensive damage.

Japanese television showed cars, ships and even buildings being swept away by a vast wall of water after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake.

The quake has sparked fires in several areas including Tokyo, and numerous casualties are feared.

It struck about 250 miles (400km) from the capital at a depth of 20 miles. There have been powerful aftershocks.

The tremor hit at 1446 local time (0546 GMT). Seismologists say it is one of the largest earthquakes to hit Japan for many years.

At the scene

When the earthquake hit, buildings in Tokyo swayed. Walking was like crossing the deck of a ship at sea.

People poured down from their offices and stood in the street staring up.

A large fire seemed to have broken out in one part of the city and, in another place, injured people were being brought out of a station.

The authorities immediately issued a tsunami warning.

In Tokyo, public transport has been suspended, elevators are switched off in many buildings and thousands of people have gathered in squares and around train stations.


The tsunami warning was extended to the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Pacific coast of Russia and Hawaii.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the wave could extend as far as Chile.

Tsunami waves hit Japan's Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, officials said, damaging dozens of coastal communities.

Japan's NHK television showed a massive surge of debris-filled water sweeping away buildings, cars and ships and reaching far inland.

Motorists could be seen trying to speed away from the wall of water.

Farmland around the coastal city of Sendai was submerged and the waves pushed cars across the runway of the city's airport.


The earthquake also triggered a number of fires, including one at an oil refinery in Ichihara city in Chiba prefecture near Tokyo, engulfing storage tanks.

There were reports of about 20 people injured in Tokyo after the roof of a hall collapsed on to a graduation ceremony.

Residents and workers in Tokyo rushed out of apartment buildings and office blocks and gathered in parks and open spaces as aftershocks continued to hit.

Many people in Tokyo said they had never felt such a powerful earthquake.

Map of Japan

In central Tokyo, Jeffrey Balanag said he was stuck in his office in the Shiodome Sumitomo building because the elevators had stopped working.

"There's no panic but we're almost seasick from the constant rolling of the building," he told the BBC.

Bullet train services to northern Japan were halted, rapid transit in Tokyo was suspended and some nuclear power plants automatically shut down.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said there had been no radiation leaks.

In a televised address, he extended his sympathy to the victims of the disaster and said an emergency response headquarters had been set up.

He said the earthquake had a magnitude of 8.4 while the US Geological Survey said it measured 8.9.


Massive quake hits Japan; triggers Tsunami

At 2.46 pm Japan time, an earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale struck in mid-ocean at a depth of 24.4 km, 130 km (80 miles) from the coastal city of Honshu and 373 km (231 miles) from Tokyo.

The quake, which was followed 30 minutes later by an aftershock registering above 7, triggered 13 meter high waves that struck the coast off Honshu, washing away cars and people and destroying buildings.

All power is down in the affected region, and all trains and buses have been stopped in Tokyo. Narita International airport has also been shut down for inspection of runways and other facilities. The country's nuclear plants have all been shut down as a safety measure.

We bring you updated information as received; refresh for the latest:

3:12 pm:
Little things make a big difference. The Japanese government, currently battling the worst earthquake to hit the quake-prone country in 140 years, found the time and sensitivity to do the little things: reports say that with cellphone services out of whack, the government has made all pay phones free of charge to enable people to stay connected at a time of considerable chaos.

3:07 pm:
Residents in the Phillippines have been warned to evacuate and move to high ground, with weather experts predicting the first waves of the tsunami to strike around 6 PM local time. The Coast Guard has been put on high alert, and rescue teams have been placed in a state of emergency alert.

3:05 pm:
Authorities in Taiwan have warned that tidal waves triggered by the Japan quake could reach the eastern coast of the Island at around 5.30 PM local time, and also possibly hit the north-eastern port of Keelung by 6:00 pm.

3:03 pm:
The US Geological Society meanwhile has reported a secondary quake, timed at 5.12 PM Japan time, of magnitude 6.2, also near the eastern coast of Honshu. More

3:00 pm:
In another illustration of how social media is supplementing, even exceeding, the work of news agencies, the CitizenTube initiative features videos of the Japan quake shot by the people themselves. Watch video

2:41 pm: Within half an hour of the quake, the Twitter monitoring service Tweet-O-Meter indicated that tweets out of Tokyo were streaming in at the rate of over 1,200 per minute.

2:40 pm:
Tsunami alert issued across US West Coast; evacuation on in Hawaii.

Photos: Tsunami damages northern Japan

2:30 pm: 11,000 evacuated in Russia in the wake of Japanese tsunami

2:29 pm:
With a massive electricity and communications blackout impacting the quake-hit area, estimates of the toll and damages will take a considerable time to be collated. For now, the Japanese government is officially reporting five dead, AP reports.

2:27 pm:
Though the Sensex fell over 200 points in reaction to the news of the quake, no lasting impact on the economy is expected, say experts. More

2:24 pm:
The United States Geological Survey, which has been tracking the quake and its aftermath, has pegged the Japan quake at 8.9 on the Richter scale. That makes this the 5th biggest earthquake in history, ahead of the February 2010 quake in Chile. See chart

2:22 pm:
Four million homes in Japan have no power supply.

2:21 pm:
Sendai airport in northern Japan flooded.

2:17 pm:
Japanese news agency Kyodo reports that as many as 14 public structures are on fire in Tokyo.

2:15 pm:
The Japan Meteorological Agency in a press statement warned that aftershocks of a possible magnitude of 7 and above on the Richter scale could happen in a month, consequent on today's quake.

2:15 pm:
AP reports that Russian authorities have evacuated over 12,000 residents of the far-eastern Sakhalin Island and its neighborhood as a consequence of the tsunami warning.

2:05 pm:
Biggest quake since 1995, say Japanese met officials.

2 pm:
Blaze continues at major oil refinery. Fires break out in Tokyo as well. Aftershocks continue in Tokyo. Casualty numbers trickling in.

1:55 pm: Kudan Kaikan auditorium collapses: 600 had gathered for a graduation ceremony, 30 seriously injured.

1:53 pm: Television studio cameras shake as aftershocks continue.

1:52 pm: Tsunami warnings for Australia, New Zealand.

1:45 pm: Japan's disaster management team is headed by its prime minister Naoto Kan. One of the biggest earthquakes ever to hit the country, says met office.

Tsunami may hit Indonesia, Hawaii next.

1:26 pm: Japan has swung into disaster control mode following a tsunami and massive earthquake on Friday.
The country has shut down all its ports, airports and nuclear installations.

World television channels showed cars and boats being swept onshore by huge tidal waves. A bigger tsunami is feared.

Ravi Shingari, director, KPMG, Japan, told CNN-IBN over the phone that the Japanese were not as shocked by the tremors as the Indians.

The nearest city to the epicenter is the coastal city of Honshu, 130 km (80 miles) from the quake center. Tokyo is 373 km (231 miles) away.

The quake was approximately 24.4 KM deep within the ocean. Al Jazeera is running a live stream of the disaster:

Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan said no radiation leak had been reported from any nuclear installation.

The authorities had no casualty numbers, and said they were concentrating on 'relief and rescue'.

Thousands of passengers are trapped in trains, which have stopped mid-way. Prime minister Kan said they would be rescued, and appealed to people in all parts of Japan to be vigilant.

Prime minister Kan is addressing the nation. 'Stay calm', is his message.

The tidal waves were 13 feet high, met reports say.

Buildings in Tokyo shook and made creaking sounds, according to an Indian executive working in that city.

An oil refinery is on fire, and the fire authorities are fighting a losing battle.
People are milling around Tokyo station as all trains and buses have been halted.
Stranded passengers can't find any taxis either.

1 pm (India time): All airports have been closed in Japan as the authorities fear fires will break out following the tsunami.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed cars, trucks, houses and buildings being swept away by the tsunami.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world's most seismically active areas. The country accounts for about 20 percent of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

Reuters reports: A massive 8.8 magnitude quake hit the northeast coast of Japan on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital Tokyo, causing "many injuries", at least one fire and triggering a four-metre (13-ft) tsunami, NHK television and witnesses reported.

There was also a warning of a 10-metre tsunami following the quake, Japan's biggest in 7 years.

The public broadcaster showed flames and black smoke billowing from a building in Odaiba, a Tokyo suburb, and bullet trains to the north of the country were halted.

Black smoke was also pouring out of an industrial area in Yokohama's Isogo area.

TV footage showed boats, cars and trucks floating in water after a small tsunami hit the town of Kamaichi in northern Japan.

"The building shook for what seemed a long time and many people in the newsroom grabbed their helmets and some got under their desks," Reuters correspondent Linda Sieg said.

"It was probably the worst I have felt since I came to Japan more than 20 years ago."

Passengers on a subway line in Tokyo screamed and grabbed other passengers' hands. The shaking was so bad it was hard to stand, said Reuters reporter Mariko Katsumura.

The U.S. Geological Survey earlier verified a magnitude of 7.9 at a depth of 15.1 miles and located the quake 81 miles east of Sendai, Honshu. It later upgraded it to 8.8.

The Tokyo stock market extended its losses after the quake was announced. The central bank said it would do everything to ensure financial stability.

Japan's northeast Pacific coast, called Sanriku, has suffered from quakes and tsunamis in the past and a 7.2 quake struck on Wednesday. In 1933, a magnitude 8.1 quake in the area killed more than 3,000 people. Last year fishing facilities were damaged after by a tsunami caused by a strong tremor in Chile.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world's most seismically active areas. The country accounts for about 20 percent of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

source : Yahoo

Location Date UTC Magnitude Lat. Long. Reference
1. Chile 1960 05 22 9.5 -38.29 -73.05 Kanamori, 1977
2. Prince William Sound, Alaska 1964 03 28 9.2 61.02 -147.65 Kanamori, 1977
3. Off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra 2004 12 26 9.1 3.30 95.78 Park et al., 2005
4. Kamchatka 1952 11 04 9.0 52.76 160.06 Kanamori, 1977
5. Offshore Maule, Chile 2010 02 27 8.8 -35.846 -72.719 PDE
6. Off the Coast of Ecuador 1906 01 31 8.8 1.0 -81.5 Kanamori, 1977
7. Rat Islands, Alaska 1965 02 04 8.7 51.21 178.50 Kanamori, 1977
8. Northern Sumatra, Indonesia 2005 03 28 8.6 2.08 97.01 PDE
9. Assam - Tibet 1950 08 15 8.6 28.5 96.5 Kanamori, 1977
10. Andreanof Islands, Alaska 1957 03 09 8.6 51.56 -175.39 Johnson et al., 1994
11. Southern Sumatra, Indonesia 2007 09 12 8.5 -4.438 101.367 PDE
12. Banda Sea, Indonesia 1938 02 01 8.5 -5.05 131.62 Okal and Reymond, 2003
13. Kamchatka 1923 02 03 8.5 54.0 161.0 Kanamori, 1988
14. Chile-Argentina Border 1922 11 11 8.5 -28.55 -70.50 Kanamori, 1977
15. Kuril Islands 1963 10 13 8.5 44.9 149.6 Kanamori, 1977
Updated 2010 March 29
Source : USGS

In Japan, Prime Minister Naoto Kan addressed the nation, saying the government will do "everything possible to minimize the damage" and calling for international assistance. "We ask the people of Japan to exercise the spirit of fraternity and act fast and to assist one's family and neighbors," Kan said.

Several countries, including Russia and South Korea, pledged support, putting emergency crews on standby. The U.S. military - which said all its personnel in Japan were accounted for - announced it was coordinating with Japan's government.

President Obama, who was briefed on the quake about 4 a.m., said the United States "stands ready to help the Japanese people in this time of great trial."

Authorities ordered evacuations from low-lying areas on the U.S. island territory of Guam in the western Pacific, but the tsunami passed that area without causing significant damage, according to news reports.

In Japan, the quake struck at 2:46 p.m. local time (12:46 a.m. in Washington). According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck at a depth of about six miles, about 80 miles off the coast east of Miyagi Prefecture, a mostly rural but still densely populated part of Honshu, Japan's largest island.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Stand in solidarity. Demand an end to the crackdown in Egypt.

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Stand in solidarity. Demand an end to the crackdown in Egypt.

25 January: The Tunisian and Egyptian flag held aloft © Demotix / Nour El Refai

Clashes erupted with organized groups of pro-government supporters attacking protesters in Cairo and across Egypt. © Nasser Nouri

When violence broke out in Tahrir Square an anti-Mubarak protester interviewed on TV said, “The difference between us and animals is that we have dignity.”

Protesters are demanding change but their right to do so peacefully is not being respected. They have been the target of violent attacks by pro-government supporters, while Egyptian authorities have failed to ensure protection of their right to freedom of expression and assembly.

Human rights activists and journalists have also been subjected to a systematic campaign of harassment and detention as part of a brutal crackdown by security forces that included the arrest of two Amnesty International staff. They spent two days in military custody before being freed.

Journalists and human rights activists must be able to carry out their work free from fear of intimidation or harassment. Detaining them cuts off vital access to information and escalates the risk of human rights violations taking place with impunity.

The Egyptian people must be able to make their voices heard and be able to organize peacefully. Vice President Omar Suleiman has been appointed to handle the situation.

Join us in calling on Vice President Omar Suleiman to stop the crackdown in Egypt.


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25 January: The Tunisian and Egyptian flag held aloft © Demotix / Nour El Refai

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As mass anti-government protests flare across the Middle East and North Africa, Amnesty International is urging state authorities in the region to respect the rights of those demanding change.

In the coming weeks, Amnesty International will bring you unique human rights perspectives on events in Egypt and the wider region, through photographs, eye-witness reports and analysis.

Also, if you’re outside Egypt you can show your solidarity with Egyptians by gathering with others online. Now is the time to act! Post a message or share information.

And if you want quick updates on the fast-moving events in the region follow us on Twitter.

Watch this space for a variety of perspectives on the role of women, the army, social media and lots of other aspects of the dramatic events shaping the Middle East and North Africa.

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