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Dear Members of the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly,
Human Rights Watch, an independent, nongovernmental organization, is writing to urge you to amend the 2003 counterterrorism law that risks undermining human rights.
Provisions that cause concern include an overly broad and vague definition of terrorism that includes acts of violence that could “disturb the public order” and “bring harm to persons or property”. Vague terminology on incitement to commit a terrorist act means persons can be prosecuted if they employ a term or symbol that is deemed supportive of terrorism, regardless of whether doing so results in any concrete act. It also violates the right of a suspect to mount an effective legal defense by making it a crime for a lawyer not to provide authorities with "information relating to any terrorist activity,” even if he or she is bound by professional confidentiality.
Preventing refugees from entering Jordan to escape the conflict in Syria would increase suffering and could lead to further bloodshed and human rights abuses, Amnesty International said today following the Jordanian Prime Minister’s announcement that the Jordanian authorities would close the border if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government collapses.
This was the message brought forth by around 30 protesters at the consulate general of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today as the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants and International Migrants’ Alliance Hong Kong and Macau chapter led a picket action condemning the execution of Rizana Nafeek.
18 December 2012: The number of migrant workers working in perilous conditions is growing each year warns, the International Trade Union Confederation as the UN marks International Migrants Day on 18 December.