Turkish Trials Following Failed Military Coup

In the momentum of thousands of arrests in Turkey after a recent failed military coup, there have been plenty of convictions.
These have been across many different types of people, but often people identified as “terrorists” by Turkey.
The most recent group, 11 activists, included 2 Amnesty International leaders, according to CNN.
While Amnesty International fired back against the claims as utterly baseless, Turkey claims the 11 assisted terrorist groups.
From Amnesty International’s point of view, this situation is a raindrop in a downpour of critical voices of Turkish state of affairs being silenced via arrest. Should this be the case, it would be a widespread wave of censorship and unjust imprisonment.
Turkey’s claims include the activists assisting the Kurdistan Workers Party, a group that has been in armed conflict with Turkey since 1984 after being founded in 1978. Its ideologies include tenants like feminism, libertarian socialism, communalism, and, most recently, democratic confederalism.
The group has declared it would only even consider ceasing fires under UN or US direction.
As such, it’s been an enemy of Turkey for some time.
Regardless of the verdict, this wave of trials has raised eyebrows of concern regarding the countries’ citizens, and their rights and liberties being potentially infringed upon.
Either way, we can be sure to expect many more trials in this effort.


Unfair Trial Leads an Iranian Academic to a Death Penalty

Amnesty International urges the Iranian authorities to free the Iranian-born Ahmadreza Djalali urgently. Djalali is a Swedish resident with a prominent specialist in emergency medicine. Not only was Djalali a medical doctor, but he was also a lecturer who studied and taught in different countries such as Sweden, Belgium, and Italy. He is a very respectful man that upon his detention, many European officials have demanded his immediate release. Ahmadreza Djalali has many lawyers working on his case, and Zeynab Taheri, a prominent lawyers, had told Amnesty International that Djalali was sentenced to death, under the charge ‘’corruption on earth’’ that claims that the man was working with the Israeli government.
Djalali has also accused that his relationship with the Israeli government is what helped him get his residency permit in Sweden. The Iranian government has sentenced the innocent man to death after an unfair trial, which shows how easy it is for them to execute a death penalty on a man without giving him the benefit of the fair trial. In fact, there is no clear evidence presented against him, except that he was a peaceful man who is trying to pursue his career. The man was simply expressing his opinions through his academic work, and now he is facing a death penalty.

Source: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/10/iran-prominent-academic-sentenced-to-death-after-grossly-unfair-trial/

Unjust Arrest of Protesters in Anglophone Packed in Overcrowded Places

It has been reported that 500 people are still detained in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon, where the place of the detention is overcrowded with people stacked like sardines in a can. Additionally, mass arrests have also been taking place in the area, which led many of the protestors who are wounded to flee from hospitals in fear of arrest. Those unfortunate 500 detainees were arrested after they protested in the movement that took place in numerous towns North-West and South-West Cameroon and the beginning of October. During these protests, more than 20 people were shot dead by the security forces that were working on dissolving the protest.
The army is part of the security forces, however; its involvement in enforcing the law is excluded to emergency situations. The main reason they were only needed in that situation is that their experience in using force is quite excessive and unnecessary once they start conducting arrests. The outcome of their assistance in arresting civilians has cost the country property in mass destruction. The Police and the army should be two separate entities that serve their countries in two different ways. The roles of the two cannot be intermixed except in time of need.

Source: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/10/cameroon-inmates-packed-like-sardines-in-overcrowded-prisons-following-anglophone-protests/

Amnesty Collects 16,000 Firearms in Queensland

The three-month national firearm amnesty has succeeded in collecting 16,000 guns from the streets of Queensland. The people of Queensland has proved to be quite the role models after the tragedy that took place in Las Vegas as they have doubled the number of the weapons given to the police force. Queensland is one of the first places that the gun laws were overhauled in after the atrocious massacre in Port Arthur. The Federal Government launched the campaign to address people’s concerns about their national security. People were terrified that they might be facing the issue of bigger terrorist threats. People of Australia have surrendered around 51,461 firearms to their local police stations, in addition to gun shops during only three months.
People are now moved with concern and fear as the Federal Government have stated only collecting 666,000 firearms during the buyback program that they conducted for a year back in 1996. Both the police force and gun shops have found unusual items during their quest, as they were handed in a sawn-off shotgun that was once found in a local tip back in 1995, in addition to a handgun that was purchased in the 1900s for personal protection, in addition to a tiny pistol.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-06/queensland-gun-amnesty-nets-16000-firearms/9023586

Indonesia’s Fight Against Drugs Is Taking a Bloody Turn

Terminating all sorts of drug abuse is one of the major priorities of the Indonesian government, however; the campaign against drug dealers by the law enforcement personnel in Indonesia has taken a bloody turn. A significant number of victims have been shot dead in an attempt to battle drug abuse. Bramantya Basuki, who is a researcher, has reported that around 80 people died due to these clashes since last January, which is regarded as four times higher than the number of victims who were shot dead last year. There was a meeting held by Amnesty International that revolved on discussing whether the gun usage by the police was questioned or not, and if so, did it make a difference.
The number of incidents in Indonesia keeps on growing, which raises a huge concern and that is if Indonesia is going to turn to the Philippines in its fight against drugs. People fear that the number of incidents will keep on increasing because the police do not seem to run any internal investigations on the matter. People who are not related to drug dealing might also be harmed in the process and later on be accused of false allegations.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/19/80-people-killed-in-polices-war-on-drugs-amnesty-international.html

The Use of Pellet-Firing Shotguns in Kashmir Needs to Stop

As the use of pellet-firing shotguns have been the cause of blinding and injuring a massive number of people in Kashmir Valley, Amnesty International have been arguing the government in Kashmir for an immediate ban of such a deadly weapon. International human rights organizations have been calling the Kashmir government irresponsible since they have been continuously using it although they are aware of the amount of damage pellet shotguns inflicts on people. Ironically, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stated in his speech on Independence Day that the change that Kashmir needs will not be achieved with the use of guns or any violent methods against unarmed civilians. Hence, Amnesty International is calling now for an immediate termination of such method.
Although authorities in Kashmir have been claiming that the use of the pellet shotguns is not lethal, this cruel weapon has caused many injuries and deaths, which provide proof of how dangerous it could be. Amnesty has presented to the authorities around 88 cases where the victims have lost their eyesight due to the use metal pellets that were fired by the Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force during the last three years.

Source: http://www.theweekendleader.com/Headlines/10963/amnesty-international-urges-government-to-ban-pellet-guns-.html

Myanmar’s Minorities Live in Fear of the Military Force

The military of Myanmar continues to terrorize and torture minorities, claiming false accusations. The military force has forcibly arrested Kachin innocent and Ta’ang ethnic civilians and proceeded with torturing them from morning to evening. Dau, one of the people who was constantly harassed by the military force, speaks up about what he, and others, have gone through. Dau described a scene where the soldier was holding a knife to his nose while threatening him to slice it if he did not respond to his questions correctly. Soldiers often liked to play ‘’the questions game’’ with innocent civilians. The game went like this; soldiers would pick a random man or a woman and continue to inflict pain on them while asking them series of questions.
The soldiers always ask the same questions; is the person in question-fighting for an armed group, is he providing the fighters with food and where those fighters are currently located in the country. Some soldiers stomped the hostages with their boots while smacking their bodies with their fists and rifles, while others burned some of the skin on their faces and necks with lighters. Dau also tells a story where the soldiers had put him into a sack and zipped it shut, making it very difficult for him to breathe.

Source: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/08/military-stranglehold-brings-misery-to-myanmars-minorities/