Iran: Inhumane treatment of prisoners

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IFHHRO is deeply concerned about our colleague Dr Ahmadreza Djalali (45), a resident of Sweden who has been detained in Iran since 25 April 2016. He has been on hunger strike since 26 December 2016 in protest against his detention. This week, Amnesty International initiated an urgent action on his behalf.

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Egypt: Rehabilitation centre for torture survivors shut down

arrestOn February 9th, the El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence was raided by police and shut down. According to Amnesty International, the centre had suffered from harassment by the authorities for a full year before it was closed by the police.

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The war on drugs and human rights

drugaddictionThe war on drugs has had devastating effects on human rights and public health worldwide, experts argue in the BMJ. In three articles published online, key players in this debate discuss the harms of prohibition and criminalisation and outline their reasons for drug policy reform. 

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USA: Draft directives undermine prohibition against torture and will harm refugees

complicityFollowing the release of draft executive orders under consideration by President Donald Trump, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has warned that any attempts to undermine the absolute prohibition against torture, the ban on secret and unlawful detention, and U.S. obligations to protect refugees would be illegal, immoral, and harmful.

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Greece: Insufficient access to services for asylum seekers with disabilities

careAccording to Human Rights Watch, asylum seekers with disabilities are not properly identified and do not enjoy equal access to services in reception centres in Greece. The Greek government is operating several reception centres and refugee camps on the Aegean islands and the mainland. Asylum seekers and other migrants with disabilities have particular difficulties getting basic services in these facilities, such as shelter, sanitation, and medical care.

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  • UK: Discriminatory National Health System policies

    protestLast week, thousands of NHS (National Health System) workers and activists marched in the cities of London, Newcastle and Manchester to protest against a health policy that has left migrants too scared to access care.  The government’s so-called ‘hostile environment’ policy has been described as discriminatory and inhumane.

     
  • Ghana: Ban shackling and invest in mental health services

    complicityThe government of Ghana should ensure adequate funding for mental health services in the country, a coalition of Ghanaian and international nongovernmental groups said. This is as a crucial step to eliminating the widespread practice of shackling and other abuses against people with psychosocial disabilities. The coalition includes several mental health and human rights organizations in Ghana, Human Rights Watch, CBM, Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, Anti-Torture Initiative, and the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez.