June 2022 Newsletter Newsletter

Amnesty International Report: They Think That We’re Machines

For They Think That We’re Machines, Amnesty interviewed 34 workers in the security sector in Qatar between April 2021 and February 2022, collected documentary evidence such as employment contracts, photographs and video footage, and reviewed and analysed secondary sources including Qatari laws and FIFA policies. Many of the guards, all migrants working for eight private…
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June 2022 Newsletter Newsletter

Refugees to Rwanda Update

The Home Office has stated that sending asylum seekers to Rwanda was not a penalty but a deterrent, and deportation would be on a case-by-case basis with monitoring in place. It acknowledged that LGBT+ people in Rwanda face ill-treatment. The Central Africa director of Human Rights Watch said the government’s safety assessment was ‘not grounded…
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June 2022 Newsletter Newsletter

Amnesty International’s Annual Report on Death Sentences and Executions 2021

Released in May, this annual report charts current global trends in relation to the death penalty. The key findings are that both known executions and death sentences have increased, and that more than 28,500 people are under sentence of death around the world (unfortunately excluding China, Egypt, Iran, North Korea and Saudi Arabia – all…
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June 2022 Newsletter Newsletter

‘Sportswashing’

Sports have traditionally been viewed as a force for good in the world, but the term ‘sportswashing’ describes how some authoritarian governments use them as propaganda to ‘launder’ their global reputations by diverting attention from their deplorable records on human rights and social justice. For example, by hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics, China sought to…
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June 2022 Newsletter Newsletter

The Queen’s Speech and Human Rights

The Queen’s Speech sets out the legislative agenda for the year to come. In all, 38 Bills were cited, several considered controversial and with an impact on human rights. These include the Online Safety Bill (dealing with harmful content online); the Victims’ Bill (to help victims have greater confidence in the criminal justice system); the…
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