Greta Thunberg receives Amnesty human rights award | AFP

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg and the ‘Fridays for Future’ youth movement are awarded Amnesty International’s “Ambassadors of Conscience” award.

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Here’s the latest for Thursday, August 22nd: Amnesty International, Brazilian president at odds over Amazon rainforest fires; Pompeo on Canadians detained in China; Youth in Hong Kong take to the streets; Arrests in Spain exotic animal smuggling.

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Madrid activists demand ‘safe port now’ for migrants in Mediterranean | AFP

Madrid’s central Retiro park lake is taken over by 32 boats packed with Amnesty International activists demanding a “safe port now” for the migrant rescue boats Open Arms and Ocean Viking.

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Amnesty urges Lebanon to help end domestic worker abuse

London-based rights group Amnesty International launches a campaign urging Lebanon to end what it described as an “inherently abusive” migration sponsorship system governing the lives of tens of thousands of foreigners working in private homes. The group calls on the Lebanese authorities to end the kafala system and extend labour protections to migrant domestic workers.

‘Martyrdom culture’: Amnesty’s working conditions examined after 2 staff commit suicide

A leading global human rights group is being accused by its own staff of bullying, discrimination & the abuse of power. Amnesty International is one of the world’s oldest humanitarian groups, but a review of its workplace practices has revealed a toxic culture. The wellbeing review was launched after two Amnesty employees committed suicide within six weeks of each other, last year.


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Young girl’s tragic story makes her symbol of Yemen war

Buthaina Mansur al-Rimi’s life has changed drastically since last year — orphaned in Sanaa, the little girl controversially ended up in Saudi Arabia for medical care and has just returned to Yemen’s capital. Her entire immediate family was wiped out in an air strike by a Saudi-led coalition that backs Yemen’s government, using an explosive device Amnesty International says was made in the US.

Myanmar’s Rohingya

Videographic on the Rohingyas. Myanmar authorities and citizens leapt to the defence of Aung San Suu Kyi Tuesday after Amnesty International stripped her of its top award over indifference to atrocities committed against the Rohingyas. VIDEOGRAPHIC

FT journalist denied entry to Hong Kong

Rights campaigners have denounced Hong Kong’s barring of a senior Financial Times journalist as another blow to press freedom in the city which has come under increasing pressure from an assertive China. Amnesty International said it was a “distressing signal” about the state of press freedom in Hong Kong and smacked of “retaliation” against the reporter.