2014年06月13日

Amnesty International


Military calories police stand guard outside the National Stadium where people gathered to protest the money spent on the World Cup in Brasilia last week.
A CULTURE OF police abuse and impunity threatens to mar the FIFA World Cup, which kicks off this day next week.

That is the warning from Amnesty International, who say that “indiscriminate police and military violence” could overshadow the football tournament.

Atila Roque of Amnesty International Brazil says that protesters who are angered at the waste of public money on the tournament are risking serious violence.

“The 2014 World Cup will be a crucial test for authorities in Brazil. They must use this opportunity to step up their game and ensure the security forces policing demonstrations during the tournament refrain from committing any more human rights violations virtual office.”

Amnesty International’s report ‘They use a strategy of fear’: Protecting the right to protest in Brazil analyses the catalogue of abuses committed by the security forces in the past year.

They include the indiscriminate use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters, arbitrary arrests and the misuse of laws to stop and punish those who had taken to the streets.

Brazil WCup Protest

Today, Amnesty International’s activists in Brasilia are presenting federal authorities with tens of thousands of “yellow cards” signed by individuals from across the world as a warning that the authorities must respect the right to protest peacefully.

“The world is sending a clear message to the Brazilian authorities: protesting is not a crime, it is a human right,” said Roque.

Military police units also used tear gas on peaceful protesters — in one case even firing a gas canister inside a hospital in Rio de Janeiro.

Hundreds were also indiscriminately rounded up and detained, some under laws targeting organised crime, without any evidence that they were involved in criminal activity.
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2013年10月17日

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that stalled immigration reform would be a top priority once the fiscal crisis has been resolvedart supplies storage.

"Once that's done, you know, the day after, I'm going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform," he told the Los Angeles affiliate of Spanish-language television network UnivisionLocal Express.

The president's domestic agenda has been sidetracked in his second term by one problem after another. As he coped with the revelation of domestic surveillance programs, chemical weapons in Syria, and a fiscal battle that has shut down the U.S. government and threatens a debt default, immigration has been relegated to the back burner.

But Obama, who won re-election with overwhelming Hispanic backing, had hoped to make reforms easing the plight of the 11 million immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

In June, the Senate passed an immigration overhaul, but House of Representatives Republicans are divided over the granting of legal status to those in the country illegally, a step many see as rewarding lawbreakers.

Although the president had sought comprehensive reform, he said last month he would be open to the House taking a piece-by-piece approach if that would get the job done.

Obama on Tuesday blamed House Speaker John Boehner for preventing immigration from coming up for a vote.

"We had a very strong Democratic and Republican vote in the Senate," he said. "The only thing right now that's holding it back is, again, Speaker Boehner not willing to call the bill on the floor of the House of Representatives."

Boehner said the sweeping Senate bill would not pass the House and has said the lower chamber would tackle the issue in smaller sections that would include stricter provisions on border protection.
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