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    May 13, 2019

      Reacting to the news that the Swedish Prosecution Authority has re-opened its investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, and will issue a formal extradition request to the UK by 14 June 2019, Massimo Moratti, Amnesty’s Deputy Director for Research for Europe said:  

      “Rape allegations should always be treated with utmost seriousness. It is vital that the allegations against Julian Assange are properly investigated, in a way that respects the rights of both the complainant and the person under investigation.  

      “We urge both the Swedish and UK authorities not to extradite or otherwise send Julian Assange to the USA, where there is a very real risk that he could face serious human rights violations.” 


    For more information contact Elizabeth Berton-Hunter, Media Relations 416-363-9933 ext 332




    May 23, 2018

    Sweden’s parliament will today vote on a bill which, if passed, will recognize in law that sex without consent is rape. Ahead of the vote, which is expected to be passed with a large majority, Anna Blus, Amnesty International’s Women’s Rights Researcher for Europe said:

    “Today’s vote will mark a huge victory for women’s rights activists in Sweden who have been campaigning tirelessly for this change for more than a decade. By refusing to stay silent, these activists have led the charge to end sexual violence, and politicians voting today should be guided by their courage.

    “Shockingly, this change in law will make Sweden only the tenth country in Europe to recognize that sex without consent is rape. Most European countries still define rape based on physical force, threat or coercion, and these outdated definitions have caused immeasurable harm. While there is still a great distance to travel, we are hopeful that today’s decision will herald a Europe-wide shift in legislation and in attitudes.”

    February 22, 2018
    Amnesty International publishes State of the World’s Human Rights report for 2017 to 2018 “Last year our world was immersed in crises, with prominent leaders offering us a nightmarish vision of a society blinded by hatred and fear. This emboldened those who promote bigotry, but it inspired far more people to campaign for a more hopeful future,” says Salil Shetty, head of Amnesty International

    The world is reaping the terrifying consequences of hate-filled rhetoric that threatens to normalize massive discrimination against marginalized groups, Amnesty International warned today as it launched its annual assessment of human rights.

    Nevertheless, the organization found that a growing movement of both first-time and seasoned activists campaigning for social justice provides real hope of reversing the slide towards oppression.

    The report, The State of the World’s Human Rights, covers 159 countries and delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights in the world today.

    January 22, 2016

    Omar, a refugee from Syria, was just 12 years old when he accidentally arrived alone in Sweden. It took months of tears and worry, emails and phone calls before his parents and big brother could join him. As Denmark proposes delaying family reunification for up to five years, their story shows why the right to a family life is worth fighting for.

    “I slept in jeans, not pyjamas,” says Maha Khadour, Omar’s mother, recalling the summer of 2012 when bombs starting falling on their neighbourhood in Syria. “You just didn't know when you’d have to flee."

    Despite being a veterinarian, not a doctor, her husband Mohannad gave medical help to injured neighbours who feared being arrested if they sought help at a public hospital. When rumours started circulating that the government was looking for Mohannad, he and Maha fled with their two sons, Ali, now aged 19, and Omar, now 14, to neighbouring Turkey.

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