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Regional News • World
Rich countries are hoarding Coronavirus vaccine, poor nations are left behind
Rich countries are hoarding Coronavirus vaccine, poor nations are left behind
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Rich countries are buying enough Coronavirus vaccine doses to vaccinate their entire populations around three times. Meanwhile, at least 67 poorer countries are left with only one dose per 10 people by the end of next year, the People's Vaccine Alliance said on Wednesday.

“The hoarding of vaccines actively undermines global efforts to ensure that everyone, everywhere can be protected from COVID-19,” said Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International’s head of economic and social justice.

Regional News • Africa
Amnesty international: 54 dead after Ethiopia massacre

After a massacre carried out by rebels in western Ethiopia on Sunday, survivors have counted 54 bodies in a schoolyard, according to Amnesty International.

The attack deliberately targeted the ethnic Amhara minority. The prime minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has denounced the attack and stated that security forces had been sent to the area and "started taking measures".

Regional News • Asia • India
Amnesty International to halt operations in India
Amnesty International Logo
Amnesty International Logo Credit: Amnesty International

Amnesty International said Tuesday it is halting work in India due to a "continuing crackdown" and "harassment" by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The human rights watchdog said the bank account of its India branch has been frozen by the right-wing government.

In a statement, Avinash Kumar, Executive Director of the organization, said: "The continuing crackdown on Amnesty International India over the last two years and the complete freezing of bank accounts is not accidental."

Regional News • Europe
Freed protesters in Belarus describe being beaten and tortured by police, Amnesty International reports
Freed protesters in Belarus describe being beaten and tortured by police, Amnesty International reports
Credit: Witold Dobrowolski via Twitter

Amnesty International's director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia Marie Struthers has stated that "former detainees told us that detention centres have become torture chambers, where protesters are forced to lie in the dirt while police kick and beat them with truncheons".

Multiple people including a Polish journalist have come forward to support the claims of torture. Witold Dobrowolski has stated on Twitter that he has been "kidnapped, tortured and sent to gulag" but is "now free and safe with members of polish diplomacy".

Regional News • Americas • United States
125 human rights abuses during BLM protests by US law enforcement, says Amnesty International
Black Lives Matter Protest in DC, 5/31/2020.
Black Lives Matter Protest in DC, 5/31/2020. Credit: Kunii

According to a press release by Amnesty International, US law enforcement committed at least 125 incidents of police violence against "protestors, medics, journalists and legal observers in 40 states and D.C." during the Black Lives Matter protests in May and June.

The NGO further stated that US law enforcement "repeatedly used physical force, chemical irritants such as tear gas and pepper spray, and kinetic impact projectiles as a first resort tactic against peaceful protestors rather than as a response to any sort of actual threat or violence." Amnesty recorded 89 cases of use of tear gas, six incidents of the use of batons, 13 instances of the use of rubber bullets and 31 cases of unlawful pepper spray.

Regional News • Europe • European Union
New details surface of police brutality against asylum-seekers at the Croatian border
Injuries sustained by an asylum-seeker
Injuries sustained by an asylum-seeker Credit: Danish Refugee Council

Gruesome reports and photographs have surfaced of migrant and asylum-seekers abuse by Croatian special police. Massimo Moratti, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director, calls for the European Commission to investigate.

There have been reports of abuse at the Croatian border since late 2017.